by Lee Glanville
A record crowd enjoyed eight
competitive races at Chipley Park near Tiverton on Sunday where
Mike Miller’s double earned him the leading rider award.
The amateur’s first win
came aboard John Boulter and Fern Wilkins’ Cantenac Brown in
the intermediate. The gelding has had a catalogue of disasters
including a broken bone in his hind leg as a six-year-old and
sarcoids on his neck which kept him on the sidelines for a season
until this year.
By John Boulter’s own
admission, the ten-year-old isn’t very quick, but stamina is
his forte, an essential requirement up the course’s long run
for home, and the gelding kept up to his work well to win by five
Miller was back in the winners
enclosure again after Mister Swallow, trained by his father, the
former champion point-to-point rider Richard, won the restricted.
The gelding was bought at Doncaster Sales as a four-year-old and
his wayward tendencies meant he had to be rebroken.
Thirteen went to post in the
mixed open and it was Perkys Pride who rallied well under Charlotte
Tizzard on the run-in to claim victory. The gelding’s racing
ability has proved a bonus for his owner Tracy Williams who
originally bought the David Pipe cast-off as a hack. But the
nine-year-old proved so full of life that after a summer of road
work trainer Alan Tizzard, Tracy’s friend and neighbour,
suggested he should come into training. "He’s the first
pointer I have owned and I ride him myself every morning," she
The race saw the debut ride of
leading trainer Philip Hobbs’ daughter Katherine, 18, who
finished fourth on Simber Hill. Two rides later she booted Saint
Romble clear with a circuit to go in the PPORA race to record her
first ever victory. Hobbs admitted watching his daughter ride was
far more nerve wracking than sending out a winner of the Champion
Hurdle and added that the horse was in fact a two miler under Rules
and he didn’t think he would stay the trip.
The maiden was divided into
three divisions and most impressive winner of the day was the Jamie
Tuck-trained Flora Poste who looks well up to adding to this
victory. The Alflora mare, ridden by decent amateur Adrian Wintle,
jumped the last well and won pulling away from the rest of the
field. Tuck said the mare hadn’t been quite good enough under
Rules for his father John, who trains and farms the land where the
Beaufort run their point-to-point.
Pirandello Due looked lucky to
win the first division after leader Four In Hand, owned by local
Mary Sanderson who had seen Jabiru beaten by Ballysicyos in the
members’, brought down Bilton’s Nap at the last leaving
Carol Stainer’s winner, ridden by Zoe Lilly, and Highway
Robbery to battle it out in front.
The concluding division went to
Manhunter, who is owned by 18 members of the Criw Preseli in Wales
and is trained John Moore in Wales. The ex Peter Bowen-trained
horse was Tim Vaughan’s first ever winner at the course.
The Stags Members, Subscribers
and Farmers Race Ballysicyos (Mr G Weatherly) 1. Jabiru (Mr D
Edwards) 2. four lengths, time 6 minutes 22 seconds.
The Matford Land Rover &
John Pearcey Memorial Mixed Open Race Perkys Pride (Miss C Tizzard)
1. Le Cure (Mr J Barnes) 2. Genereux (Mr L Jefford) 3. 4l,
The Exeter Racecourse
Intermediate Series 2005 Catenac Brown (Mr M Miller) 1. Proby Lady
( D Jacob) 2. Presuming Ed (A Wintle) 3. 5l, 1/2l, 6.27.95.
The Dodson & Horrell
Point-to-Point Owners & Riders Association Club Members Race
Saint Romble (Miss K Hobbs) 1. Cherokee Run (Miss C Tizzard) 2.
Earls Toy (Mr G Fry) 3. 10l, 25l, 6.21.04.
The Agrownomics Restricted Race
Mister Swallow (Mr M Miller) 1. Itchen Mill (Mr D Jacob) 2. Enoch
(Miss E Tory) 3. 11/2l, 12l, 6.24.09.
The Mountpleasant Inn Open
Maiden Division I Pirandello Due (Miss Z Lilly) 1. Highway Robbery
(Mr G Barfoot-Saunt) 2. Barry Lydon (Mr A Michael) 3. _, distance,
The Swan Inn, Bampton, Open
Maiden Division II Flora Poste (Mr A Wintle) 1. Simply Bert (Mr H
Fry) 2. Mighty Mack (Miss L Gardner) 3. 5l, 6l, 6.40.41.
The Lionel Redwood Memorial Open
Maiden Division III Manhunter (Mr T Vaughan)1. Dionysian (Mr D
Jacob) 2. Phartodante (Mr M Munrowd) 3. 1/2l, 10l, 6.39.