East Devon at Bishop's Court
Nick Scholfield’s run of good form continued at the East Devon’s meeting at Bishop’s Court where a double brought his tally to five for the weekend, both for course owner Oliver Carter and trainers Tony and Pauline Geering.
The first came in the members’ where Early Edition was a convincing seven length winner. His son Gone Missing then scored in the restricted. Held up in the rear of the field until pushed into second place after four out he then took up the lead on the turn for home to score readily.
Mrs Geering said: “It’s nice to have father and son scoring on the same day. Gone Missing needs to be dropped in behind, although when he was left a bit at the start I did think I didn’t mean to drop him in that far! Nick got him jumping amazingly though. Mr Carter has a five-year-old by Gone Missing.”
Alice Mills was another young jockey seen to good effect when partnering Barham Brook to make virtually all and score in the confined maiden for five, six and seven year olds, although the win was a surprise to her trainer Sam Holdsworth who would have been satisfied if she’d got over the first after she refused at Buckfastleigh. “She was a bit shocked that day and refused. I said to Alice to drop her in at the back, but after we went schooling this morning, she said she wanted to go out in front and let her see her fences,” he said.
Nineteen-year-old Charlie Dailly, who has been with Paul Nicholls since he left school four years ago, got his first winner on the board when scoring in the restricted on Ability for Gordon Herrod.
But there was disappointment for Jenny Carr who was all set to record her first victory after leading from pillar to post on Alan and Jane Walter’s Fleur De Nikos only to be disqualified for going the wrong side of a fence which had to be bypassed due to a stricken rider.
Jenny, who is based with Gordon Chambers, looked superb aboard the chestnut eight-year-old, but in the end the race went to Reviewer and Charlotte Tizzard who were 15 lengths behind.
Southwestern, who was never traveling in the tacky ground at Buckfastleigh, was seen back to his best when winning the men’s open under Neil Harris and won far more easily than the two length margin suggests.
Thoughts of making a race riding come back sprung to Mandy Hand’s mind after the third success this season of her gelding Dante’s Back who took the intermediate under Darren Hand. But husband Reg, with whom she owns the horse, and her family, are putting her under lock and key if she does.
Confined Maiden 5, 6 & 7 yr olds
Confined Maiden 5,6&7 yr olds
Open maiden 8 yrs old and over