4th June 2005
by Lee Glanville
photos by Graham Fisher
Rimpton Boy, trained near
Crewkerne by Richard Barber for the Axe Valley Racing Club, showed
what a smooth operator he is by winning his seventh race of the
season at the Exmoor point to point at Bratton Down, Exmoor on
The grey is always held up in
arrears by Rachel Green early doors and swooped up the long finish
to nail Claire Allen on the Dick Baimbridge-trained Father Tom by a
neck. First season rider Katharine Hobbs, daughter of NH trainer
Philip, was third on her mother Sarah's consistent Saint Romble,
having won five races earlier on in the season.
The grey Rimpton
Boy just leads Preacher Boy and Father Tom with a circuit to
go in the Ladies
Rimpton Boy (Rachel
Green) has a neck to spare over Father Tom (Claire Allen) at
Top trainer Baimbridge, who made
the long jouney down from the Berkeley country, went one better in
the men's open when Julian Pritchard got Well Ted home by a length
from Friar Waddon, trained near Bishops Nympton by Keith Cumings.
Friar Waddon had looked the winner for most of the race, but Well
Ted challenged with a late run.
Well Ted and Julian
Pritchard return after their win in the Men's
There was a blanket finish, and
a bit of argy bargy up the run in, in the Intermediate where Hill
Trail (Tigger Barnes) got the verdict by a short head over
Beachtime, owned and trained by Sarah Faulks, with River Quoile
(Polly Gundry) a length third. Hill Trail and River Quoile were
locked in battle but Beachtime stayed on well to split the two.
Intermediate winner Hill
Trail (Tigger Barnes) just leads Polly Gundry on the favourite
River Quoile at the twelfth
Tigger Barnes drives out
Hill Trail from Beach Time and River Quoile
Sarah Hawker's Charliebob
(Richard Hawker) made a successful trip from the Beaufort to land
the first division of the Restricted in style.
Hawker) is clear at the last in the Restricted
The second division went to Will
White on the improving Derosa, John Symes' Eric's Way having led
most of the way before unshipping his rider in the closing
Derosa and William White
return after their win in the Restricted Div2
White later had to settle for
runner up spot on Miramar behind leading lady rider Polly Gundry
who took the first division of the maiden on Gemster. Nick Williams
escaped serious injury when Worthahand fell on him with a circuit
to go in this race. He hurt his ankle in the fall but, having been
extricated from under the horse, almost walked straight out in
front of the finishing field who had been diverted around the
dolled off fence.
Open Maiden Div1 winner Gemster (Polly Gundry) tracks Silver Image
Up and coming rider Tom O'Brien
won the second division on the Aaron Bateman trained Wallace's Word
the horse's first ever racecourse appearance.
The debutant Wallace's
Word and Tom O'Brien impress in the Open Maiden
Area leading rider Richard
Woollacott won the opening Countryside Alliance Confined Club
members' race on Finewood, having recently become the proud father
of twins. His girlfriend, Emeley, who trains the horse, was at the
meeting with Archie and Mary. Richard said: "Emeley was running
round right up until they were born but she will have her work cut
out now! The horses will run until the end of the season as we have
two very good girls who ride out for us and they will carry on"
Finewood's win gives Richard a 10 point lead over Guy Weatherley in
the title race, although both men have 15 area wins.
Finewood and Richard
Woollacott - easy winners of the Members
Confined Club Members: 1, Finewood, R Woollacott; 2, South West
Won, Miss T Hayes. Three ran, only two finished, 25l,
Restricted Div One: 1,
Charliebob, R Hawker; 2, A Lot To Like, J Snowden; 3, Houlihans
Free, N Williams. 11 ran, 12l, 6l, 6.29.
Div Two: 1, Derosa, W
White; 2, Tyre Hill Lilly, Miss P Gundry; 3, Wendys Dynamo, M
Munrowd. 10 ran, 4l, 8l, 6.32.
Intermediate: 1, Hill
Trail, J Barnes; 2, Beachtime, Miss C Tizzard; 3, River Quoile,
Miss P Gundry. Eight ran, sh, 1l, 6.36.
Ladies' Open: 1, Rimpton
Boy, R Green; 2, Father Tom, Miss C Allen; 3, Saint Romble, Miss K
Hobbs. Seven ran, nk, 4l, 6.21.
Men's Open: 1, Well Ted, J
Pritchard; 2, Friar Waddon, M Miller; 3, Sea Snipe, T O'Brien.
Seven ran, 1l, 5l, 6.28.
Open Maiden Div One: 1,
Gemster, Miss P Gundry; 2, Miramar, W White; 3, Silver image, M
Dennis;. 11 ran, 4l, 10l, 6.36.
Div Two: 1, Wallace's
Word, T O'Brien; 2, Grande Bretagne, J Barnes; 3, Lagan Lady, M
Jackson. 11 ran, 12l, 15l, 6.32.