RICHARD Barber saddled a treble at Upcott Cross on Saturday where times were slow but racing was of the highest order.
Mud lovers had conditions just right and Range Rover came home the seven length winner of the restricted under Nick Williams. Lucy Dickinson bought the seven year old as a yearling and he’s now won two for the season.
Barber’s wife Viv was the happy owner of second maiden winner Just There, a chance buy at Ascot Sales. The seven year old was considered the outsider of Barber’s two in the race but he pulled right away from Cool Friend to give Rachael Green her 19th winner of the season.
Green had earlier scored on Brown Cockle, the first of Barber’s three winners, in the Devon National Mixed Open, run over four miles.
His owner Bill Dupont had earlier taken the second Exeter Racecourse Intermediate with Braeroy, trained by Louise Alner, who put up an impressive performance in the more competitive of the two divisions carrying 11 lbs more than second place Mr Bennett.
“I bought this horse through Robert Alner and I won’t be selling him,” said Dupont.
Richard Woollacott’s fine run of form continued with a back to back double. Big Brendan was a comfortable winner of the hunt race while John Symes’ Whizzaar showed signs he’s as good as the lofty impression he gave a season ago. Upsides over the last with Lord of the Road, the pair matched strides to the line with Whizzaar getting a neck verdict.
Trainer Emely Thompson said: “It’s been a case of gaining his confidence. He fell on his last run last season and fell first time out this season, We’ve always thought an awful lot of him.”
So Long scored her fourth win of the season in the confined, surging ahead on the turn for home and scoring comfortably under Neil Harris, keeping up Camilla Scott’s fine record this season.
Fastest of the three maiden winners was Duxy Hill Lady who was recently transferred to Ed Walker and Polly Gundry who rode the six year old for her owners Kim Tripp and Francis Read. Polly is now 25 winners for the season and leads the national champiomnship.
Hunt: Big Brendan (Mr R Woollacott) 1; Canada (Mr R Ross) 2; Keep Him Keen (Mr M Griffiths) 3. 12l, 25l; 7.20.
Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Div 1: Whizzaar (Mr R Woollacott) 1; Lord of the Road (Mr R Mahon) 2; Moorlands Return (Mr R Hawker) 3. Nk, 15l; 7.18.
Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Div 2: Braeroy (Mr J Derham) 1; Mr Bennett (Mr D Cook) 2; Niver Bai (Mr A Ralph) 3. 1/2l, 1l; 7.26.
Confined: So Long (Mr N Harris) 1; McSolo (Miss P Gundry) 2; Ballybrown (Mr W Biddick) 3.
Devon National Mixed Open: Brown Cockle (Miss R Green) 1; Dare To Dream (Mr N Harris) 2; Winter Scene (Miss L Gardner) 3. 4l, dist; 9.08.
Restricted: Range Rover (Mr N Williams) 1; Supreme Royal (Mr I Popham) 2; Pendoun (Miss P Gundry) 3. 7l, 6l; 7.21.
Open Maiden Div 1: Duxy Hill Lady (Miss P Gundry) 1;The Buddle (Mr D Edwards) 2; Ryeman (Mr D Cook) 3. 12l, 6l; 7.45.
Open Maiden Div 2: Be Brief (Miss L Gardner) 1; Fenny Lily (Mr M Sweetland) 2; Fidgetfeet (Mr E Glassonbury) 3. 20l, 5l; 8.10.
Open Maiden Div 3: Just There (Miss R Green) 1; Cool Friend (Mr W Biddick) 2; Jubilee Jack (Mr D Edwards) 3. 15l, 1 1/2l; 7.47.