12th March 2005
by Lee Glanville
WILL Biddick underlined his emergence as one of the most promising jockeys in the area with a double at the Western Foxhounds meeting at Wadebridge, Cornwall, on Saturday.
The 18-year-old works for his father Mike who trained Raregem to win the intermediate, a qualifier for the final at Exeter Racecourse.
The promising seven-year-old, who was purchased as a yearling from Doncaster Sales by his owner Sally Alford, has so far had an exemplary record, winning three times and finishing second twice in his five race career.
Ross Oliver's Let's Fly concluded the brace with a convincing win in the men's. The ten-year-old had run well at Hereford earlier in the week, finishing fourth under Mandy Hand. Biddick has now won three times on the gelding and was the subject of plenty of praise from Oliver.
Guy Weatherly, 27, was another jockey to bag his first double courtesy of trainer Ollie Jackson who sent out the good looking mare Dapples to win the second maiden and the well-related Love Fool, a half brother to Oneminutetofive, the third maiden. "Love Fool jumps superbly for a maiden but I've been waiting for the penny to drop and it finally has. Dapples is the only mare we have in the yard out of 20 horses and she is a such a sweetie," said Jackson.
Jennifer Congdon is looking forward to riding Dantie Boy in a hunter chase at Hereford following their success in the confined. Jennifer spent several years with Dantie Boy's former trainer Phillip Hobbs, where she gained valuable help from jockey Paddy Brennan, before joining her father Andrew in November to help train six point-to-pointers. "It's nice working for Dad I give all the orders," said Congdon.
Mary McCarthy admitted she's been doing plenty of weight lifting to help strengthen her up following the impressive victory of Sandy Duff in the ladies' race. The gelding had proved difficult to control at the course in February, but with change of bit and different tactics, it was a different story this time.
Katies Hero took the first of four maidens under Richard Darke. Her owners Dave and Terri Fisher owned her sire Pontevecchio Notte and her dam Kindly Lady although Pauline Geering, who trains her with her husband Tony, admitted that it was the only winner the sire is likely to produce given he has since passed away. Pauline is hobbling around on crutches, having broken her fibula when she slipped on the ice, and her husband Tony is riding out their six horses.
Ian Hambley gave Off The Hook an exemplary ride in the concluding restricted race, holding up the nine-year-old on the downhill run before the turn for home and relying on his stamina to peg back the leaders on the home straight.
It's the second time the pair have won for his owners Patrick and William Ansell and their mother Mary.
Joe Tickle suffered a nasty looking fall in the second maiden when his ride went out through the wing and then fell on him, and the teenager was unconscious for several minutes. He later came round and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Dantie Boy (Miss J Congdon) 1; Procedure (Mr L Heard) 2; Hasten Bak (Miss L
Gardner) 3. 4l, 1l, 6m10secs.
Sandy Duff (Miss M McCarthy) 1; Bally Blue (Miss P Gundry) 2; Karadin (Mrs M
Hand) 3 9l, 2l, 6.09.
Rare Gem (Mr W Biddick) 1; Frontenac (Mrs M Hand) 2; Sea Snipe (Miss T Cave) 3. 1/2l, 7l, 6.12.
Open Maiden Div I
Katies Hero (Mr R Darke) 1; High Rocker (Mr L Heard) 2, Karing Kenda (Mr N
Harris) 3. 15, 2, 6.23.
Open Maiden Div II
Dapple (Mr G Weatherly) 1; Golden Spirit (Miss R Green) 2; Vero Beach (Mr R
Darke) 3. Dist, 4l, 6.23.
Open Maiden Div III
Love Fool (Mr G Weatherly) 1; Jemannette (Mr M Dennis) 2; Louise's Choice (Miss M McCarthy) 3. 1l, 1l, 6.31.
Lets Fly (Mr W Biddick) 1; First Officer (Mr T Dennis) 2; Gotha (Mr M
Sweetland) 3. 12l, 2l, 6.18.
Off The Hook (Mr I Hambley) 1; Rutherford (Mr M Milne) 2; Panto Pixie (Miss T Cave) 3. 1l, 2l, 6.24.