THE Four Burrow fixture at Trebudannon attracted a total of 83 runners on ground described by jockeys as riding on the fast side of good.
There was early drama in the Mixed Open when the favourite Croix de Guerre unseated Diana Hobbs on the bend after the 8th fence. Course specialist Let’s Fly led until the ninth, but Charlotte Tizzard, paying her first visit to the track, always had Swift Wood handy and sent the nine year old clear of Braeroy after the final ditch to score easily. The winner, jointly owned by Peter Clarke and Richard Dunsford, acts well on fast ground, but had injured a leg at Cheltenham last May in a hunter chase. “We had his near fore tendon injected for that injury”, said trainer Keith Cumings. The gelding had run well on his come back at Barbury Castle recently and could well go hunter chasing again before the end of the season.
21 year old Stuart Payne landed his fourth point-to-point winner of the season with a positive ride on Fort of Gold to take the Intermediate. This consistent gelding had given Rev Simon Beveridge his first winner at Wadebridge earlier this season, but the Reverend’s military duties have had to take precedence lately. Trainer Nikki Frost reported that Fort of Gold, originally found by Gerald Penfold in Ireland, “is still for sale”.
Darren Edwards must have enjoyed his win on Master Kevin in the Restricted. Owned and trained by Hugh Thomas on Exmoor, Master Kevin cruised up to the hard ridden leader Winning Connection at the second last, and was never off the bit with Darren looking cheekily across at rival Ian Popham all the way up the run in before easing Master Kevin ahead near the line.
The remainder of the card consisted of four maiden races. Shaabs Quest just held the favourite Lucette Annie to win the mares maiden under Will Biddick despite idling on the run in. Ross Oliver gained some consolation for the defeat of Let’s Fly when his 6 year old Hardknott won a division of the youngsters maiden under Mark Munrowd. Ross trains his pointers only three miles from the course at St Mawgan and bought Hardknott for 1400 gns at Doncaster in October 2006.
The other two and a half miles maiden for young horses went to the previously unraced four year old Point West, who just got the better of Fairly Glorious in a driving finish. Owner/trainer Sarah Faulks bought Point West at the Scarvagh Stud sale in Ireland last October. “I bought him unbroken and have taken it very slowly with him”, she explained. Danny Cook was riding his 6th winner of the season on Point West, and quickly added to that total when Major Matt beat 13 opponents in the three miles Open maiden. Major Matt ran a bit green when tackled by runner up Turnworth approaching the last, but was always holding the upper hand on the run in. Ollie Jackson has charge of this six year old for owner Brian Kilpatrick.
Open maiden Div 1 2m 4f
Open maiden Div 2 2m 4f
Open maiden mares & fillies 2m 4f