20-1 outsider Saorsie provided the biggest upset of the day, winning the Mens Open by a wide margin as the more fancied horses floundered. Saorsie burst clear of his rivals at the third last to win comfortably from Askers Jack and Arctic Sky. A first winner for Nether Stowey owner Kate Houghton, the 11 year old is trained at Spaxton by Tina Porter and was ridden by Ryan Bliss. I was only booked an hour before the race because his intended jockey Dan Collins was stuck in traffic on the M5, said the successful rider who was partnering his 16th winner of the season. Yes My Lords exit through the wing of the fourth last in this race almost cost Neil Harris his triumph on Southwestern in the feature race at Stratford that evening. Fortunately Harris was eventually able to walk away from what looked like a nasty fall.
Another 40 years old-plus rider Mandy Hand was not so fortunate after parting company from her mount Dantes Back at the second fence in the Ladies Open. Mandy was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle which threatens to put an end to her riding career. Emile Zola made virtually all the running to win this event, finishing 12 lengths ahead of Imperial Sun with the favourite Wee Fly well held in third. He was neat over his fences except for the last, explained winning rider Charlotte Tizzard, who is enjoying her best ever season in the saddle. That is my 13th winner this year and now 99 in all including 25 National Hunt winners, said Charlotte, who has also trains Emile Zola at her yard at Milborne Port.
Richard Woollacott took his seasonal tally to 20 by winning the Intermediate on Denis Underhills Lords Bridge, who shook off Major Matt and Dandooley in the home straight. Woollacott also trains this eight-year-old at Rose Ash, and saddled another winner when Deloughtane stayed on strongly to beat his 12 rivals in the Open Maiden. Deloughtane was bought by his owner John Pearn at Ascot sales last June and was ridden by his daughter Alice. I am in the process of doing my finals at Cirencester, said the 22 year old rider who was enjoying her third career success.
Another young lady to shine was 16 year old Lizzie Kelly who followed up her recent initial success at Holnicote by winning the Hunt race on her mothers Redworth Boy. The nine-year-old jumped boldly in the lead throughout to see off his four rivals. I am juggling between racing and my exams at the moment and have got my revision notes in the lorry, said the youngster who is taking GCSEs at West Buckland when not riding out.
Sue Trumps Ashclyst also gave a successful front running performance to provide Darren Edwards with his 15th winner of the season in the Restricted. The winner was saddled by Lisa Jefford on behalf of husband Leslie, who had taken Doof to run at Stratford. Bought as a foal by his owner, seven-year-old Ashclyst obviously relished a drop in class here, having run recently in hunter chases. He is not a true three miler and loves to bowl along, said the winning rider.
There had been criticism of the lay out of the track at Treborough Hill when it was first used last year. Spectator viewing was much improved this time with the cars being parked on the outside of the course alongside the home straight. Although the ground was on the fast side of good, jockeys reported favourably on the going, and the organisers can be well pleased with a healthy total of 48 runners for the six races.