Saturday 7th May 2005
by Lee Glanville
Despite runners being few on the ground, there was plenty of action to keep racegoers amused at the Modbury Harriers' point to point at Flete Park on Saturday.
Tabitha Cave rode a double which included her 100th winner, Lucy Gardner rode a double which included the ladies' four mile feature race and two of the three runners took the wrong course in the men's open leading to a stewards' enquiry.
Tabitha has ridden more than 100 winners point to point and under rules but she said, "Last year it said 94 point to point winners in Mackenzie and Selby (the sport's top form book), and I really wanted that to read 100!"
Now it will as she partnered Mystic Warrior, trained by Gordon Chambers near Buckfastleigh,, to take the confined hunts race and had a walkover on Sea Snipe in the Intermediate. "I couldn't believe it was a walkover that secured the 100th win. I can't remember ever having one before!" she said.
Hasten Bak looked a picture in the paddock and was not extended to win the ladies' four mile open race under Longdown based Lucy Gardner. The horse, owned and trained by Lucy's aunt Roma Cook near St Austell, is a dour stayer and has come right back to form recently. He was tucked in behind Bally Blue (Rilly Goschen), who had to make all the running in a four runner field, and pounced in the closing stages to win by three lengths.
Lucy doubled up in the open maiden on board her father's Alderbrook-sired seven year old Misty Brook, beating the Welch family's Little Apple Bay ( Sam Holdsworth) who was also second at Cotley on Bank Holiday Monday.
The men's open saw Province (Will White) have to complete virtually the whole course alone after Jalons Star (Ben Robarts) and Simon Partridge ( Knock Star) missed the marker in the dip of the track where the fourth fence was dolled off, sparking off the stewards' enquiry.
Top horse Sandy Duff won the Pegasus Club race as he pleased for owner/rider Mary McCarthy.
Abseal, winner of the Restricted under Richard Darke, was bred by his part owner Gerald Smith of Beaworthy. Abseal ran with his mother until five years old, when Smith was joined in a half share by John Mills who broke the horse in. He is trained by Pauline and Tony Geering who said that the horse had been going well at Great Trethew when brought down at the second last. Fauntleroy was a good second ridden by Tim Dennis. He was deputising for regular pilot Liam Heard who was at Warwick where he won on Silence Reigns for boss Paul Nicholls.
Vanessa Shaw took the hunt race on Dartmoor master and huntsman Mike Weir's Teninarow. Mr Weir had a grandstand view as he was one of the meeting's mounted stewards! Second place Zoralo was partnered by Robert Quinn as owner/rider/trainer Mandy Hand is recovering from a broken collar bone.
Dartmoor Hunt and Modbury Harriers' Members race: 1, Teninarow, Miss V Shaw; 2, Zoralo, R Quinn; 3, Sunny Ways, Miss A Mills. Four ran, 15l, dist, 6.37.
Confined: 1, Mystic Warrior, Miss T Cave; 2, Barton Rose, I Chanin; 3, Itsnotsimple, Miss E Kennan. Five ran, 4l, 7l, 6.38.
Intermediate: 1, Sea Snipe, Miss T Cave, walked over.
Restricted: 1, Abseal, R Darke; 2, Fautleroy, T Dennis; 3, Kingsmill Creek, Miss S Young. Six ran, 5l, dist, 6-32.
Ladies' Four Mile open: 1, Hasten Bak, Miss L Gardner; 2, Bally Blue, Miss A Goschen; 3, Cento, Miss C Tizzard. Four ran, 3l, 10l, 8.02.
Men's open: 1, Province, W White. Three ran, fin alone, 7.20.
Pegasus Club: 1, Sandy Duff, Miss M McCarthy; 2, Gunners Mistake, W Biddick; 3, Hannah Bay, Miss A Mills. Three ran, 15l, dist, 6.36.
Open Maiden: 1, Misty Brook, Miss L Gardner; 2, Little Apple Bay, A Holdsworth; 3, Coral Bay, W Biddick. 10 ran, 4l, 8l, 6.40.