SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR
Sunday 10th April 2005
by Lee Glanville
Nick Williams, on board two
Richard Barber trained horses, Smart Cavalier and Classify,
completed an impressive double at the picturesque Cherrybrook
course where the Spooners and West Dartmoor held their point to
point on Sunday.
Classify notched up a 20 length
victory over his nearest rival in the Intermediate race, with
Williams spending almost as much time looking over his shoulder as
he did looking in front! Neil Harris, on board Sherwood Rose, a
horse bang in form which travelled down from the Croome and West
Warks, weren't able to get in much of a blow, and third place Rio
Grande was a further distance back in third.
Smart Cavalier was denied a win
at Ottery St Mary earlier this season when falling at the last
fence but he made no such blunder at Cherrybrook, winning the first
division of the split-on-the-day Restricted by 10 lengths. Wendys
Dynamo (Mark Munrowd) continues to improve and finished third.
Longdown based rider and
trainer Lucy Gardner also notched up a double. She took the Mixed
Open on board her aunt, Roma Cook's North Cornwall qualified Hasten
Bak - the soft ground taking its toll on many of the big guns in
this race, and following up on her own Tsar's Twist in the young
The second division saw a
back-to-back win for Bude's Tim Dennis on his father's Lord Americo
seven year old Stars 'N' Stripes. The pair won a maiden at Great
Trethew last time out, and had the best of a strong race run in the
same time as the mixed open. On His Toes (Will White) appreciated
the soft going and continued his improvement to finish
Gordon Chambers' horses
are in fine fettle and Mystic Warrior, also loving the testing
conditions, took the novice riders' race under Ian
Apple Pie Lady, another by
Lord Americo, took the older horses' confined maiden for trainer
Andrew Congdon ridden by his daughter Jennifer. Apple Pie Lady
finished a good third at the first East Cornwall meeting where she
was dismounted after she crossed the line, a tendon injury feared.
However, the mare had only knocked herself and should improve again
for this run.
Verity Nicholls trained
the winner of the opening members' race, Virgos Bambino ably
partnered by Sarah Gaisford who was notching up her first win of
the season after a string of seconds.
Members: 1, Virgos
Bambino, Miss S Gaisford; 2 Onmywayhome, Miss L Gardner; 3, Fowler,
A Cole. Four ran, 12l, dist, 6.23.
Restricted Race Division
1: 1, Smart Cavalier, N Williams; 2, Pharsu, J Snowden; 3, Wendys
Dynamo, M Munrowd. 10 ran, 10l, 6l, 6.27.
Restricted Race Division
2: 1 Stars 'N' Stripes, T Dennis; 2, On His Toes, W White; 3, Coral
Bay, W Biddick. 10 ran, 7l, 4l, 6.26.
Mixed Open: 1, Hasten Bak, Miss L Gardner; 2, Mister Club
Royal, M Munrowd; 3, First Officer, T Dennis, 11 Ran, 15l, 8l,
Novice Riders: 1, Mystic
Warrior, I Chanin; 2, Teninarow, Miss V Shaw; 3, Genereux, D Pick.
7 ran, 10l 10l, 6.33.
1, Classify, N Williams; 2,
Sherwood Rose, N Harris; 3, Rio Grande, Miss S Gaisford. 8 ran,
20l, dist, 6.25.
Confined Hunts Maiden
Race, 8yo and up: 1, Apple Pie Lady, Miss J Congdon, 2,
Steponthebandit, Miss T Cave; 3, Dear As Saffron, W Biddick. 11
ran, 1 1/2l, 10l, 6.37.
Confined Hunts Maiden Race
for 5, 6 & 7 years old: 1, Tsars Twist, Miss L Gardner; 2, Ted
One, Miss C Prouse, 3, Final Deal, D Alers
Hankey. Nine ran, 7l, 12l, 6.39.