BISHY Barnaby proved the most impressive winner at the East Cornwall point-to-point meeting at Great Trethew on Sunday where a huge crowd witnessed some potentially very bright prospects begin their racing careers.
The Gordon Chambers’ trained eight-year-old started a short odds favourite having gone down in plenty of notebooks following an eyecatching debut at Black Forest Lodge a few weeks previously and the ease of his win prompted winning jockey Ian Chanin to say: “It’s definitely what you do it for. Gordon told me in October this was a good horse and having ridden him at Black Forest Lodge I wanted to ride him again.”
Chanin had a handful of rides at Barbury Castle but had opted to stick with the gelding and the decision paid off as he had the race in the bag and was walking back into the winners’ enclosure while the remainder of the field were jumping the final fence.
The gelding was purchased at Doncaster Sales in 2007 for Carl Firminger but spent last season on the sidelines with injury.
The first of three open maidens went to the good looking Bafaluto who matched strides with the favourite Curly Quinn down the hill before the penultimate two fences and then pulled away after the last to win comfortably and keep up jockey Will Biddick’s good run of form in the process. Pauline Geering, who trains the winner with her husband Tony, on Dartmoor said: “We bought this horse at Ascot Sales in November and he cost just 1,300gns. I thought he would run well but this is beyond my expectations and Will has given him a lovely ride.”
Danimix’s good breeding prompted Lady Earle to purchase him as a yearling following Fairyhouse Sales and the ease of his win in the second maiden caused his rider/trainer Richard Woollacott to comment that he is one the nicest horses he has ever trained.
Previously unraced he proved a natural over fences, taking up the lead over the last fence and pulling away for a length victory. “He’s a real natural and although I’m not one to encourage my staff to bet, they all had a bit on him!” said Woollacott.
Another Fairyhouse purchase was The Disnegager who won the third maiden far more comfortably than the winning margin suggests under Matt Griffiths. Keith Cumings, who trains him for Geoff Brown, admitted the five-year-old had only got his jumping together in the days running up the meeting but having schooled nicely on Thursday it was decided to run him.
Ashley Farrant’s good run of form continued when Tonic Du Charmil won the mixed open. Darren Edwards had a slight advantage over the last on the nine-year-old and pushed him on for a half length success.
It was a terrific achievement for Farrant who said: “This horse has had everything wrong with it and has had a lot of time off but we’ve got there in the end.” Farrant, who had a season to forget last year, added: “I’ve changed things a bit this year and we have about four or five good gallops we use and I also have three very good people working for me.”
Lucy Gardner took a pull approaching the final fence in the restricted and the decision paid off after she got a good jump out of Gemgablou and then out battled Murdol on the run in to win by half a length. Trained by her aunt Roma Cook, it was the mare’s second success this season having scored at Wadebridge.
Mandy Hand, the veteran of the changing room at 46 and another Dartmoor-based trainer, has lost none of her zest for the job and brought Paddy The Piper home the two length winner of the confined race despite shouldering 12st7lbs. He had pulled up on his previous run but Mandy explained: “He hung very badly last time so we put a pricker on him and it seemed to work.”
KIngsmill Lake who is trained near Saltash, was a warm order to win the opening members race for the third year in a row, and she duly did so in good style under Emily Noszkay who was wearing the colours of her trainer Jackie Du Plessis who owns the mare with her father David Du Plessis.
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