RICHARD Woollacott took the training honours at the Silverton’s meeting at Black Forest Lodge on Saturday where he saddled both winners of the open maiden race for Witheridge-based Fred and Elizabeth Roberts and their son Steven as well as men’s open winner Cookies Bank.
Will Scarlett has been promising to win a maiden race for two seasons and he finally came good when easily winning the first division under James Banks, an amateur based with National Hunt trainer Alan King.
Mrs Roberts, who has enjoyed a long and fruitful career as an owner, said “Richard broke him in for he and he’s a lovely horse. He should have won more races by now but he always seems to have had bad luck.”
In the second maiden, Therecessionbeater was pushed on by Woollacott after the second last fence and, following a good jump over the last, easily won the second division. The five-year-old has proved a lucky find for the Roberts who spotted him in a field belonging to a neighbour of their property in County Galway, Ireland. “We saw him, bought him and brought him home last year where we looked after him and fed him up. He’s a beautiful horse – so kind and good,” said Mrs Roberts.
Just three went to post in the men’s open and the 12-year-old Cookies Bank made virtually all the running to record his second success of the season with Woollacott on board. “He always seems to run well here. He’s been a super horse to own,” said winning owner Sue Condry.
It was a day of firsts for jockey James Huxham, 20, his grandmother Gill Sandercock and trainer Jack Mathias who were ecstatic following Prudent Peggy’s win in the restricted.
James and Mrs Sandercock, who is the mother of former point to point champion Philip Scholfield, jointly own Prudent Peggy who they acquired from Jimmy Frost last year. They placed with second season trainer and friend Jack Mathias who is based a stone’s throw from the course at Trebudannon.
“It’s my first winner, James’ first winner and Jack’s first winner so we are really pleased,” said Mrs Sandercock.
The Jenny Carr-ridden Miss Midnight ran out the easy winner of the ladies, a change of scenery paying dividends for the John Norman owned mare. Her trainer Mary Tory explained: “John, who also bred her, felt she had had enough of being in a big yard so she came to us and she’s been a lovely, straight forward horse to do. She’s turned out every day and it really seems to have done the trick.”
Another horse for whom long hours in the paddocks are paying dividends is Fully Loaded who scored his sixth success of the season when winning the intermediate race after another fine ride from Lucy Pugsley. Winning trainer Gerald Greenway said: “He’s been absolutely brilliant. He’s a dream to look after and he goes out every day with his El Hombre Del Rio. You have to do what you can to keep horses happy and they can’t be in 24 hours a day,” said Gerald who added that despite winning he actually hated the ground which was quite tacky.
The members’ race went to Sherilyn King’s homebred Madam Noso, a six-year-old ridden by Tom Chanin and trained by his father Robert. “She’s from a long line of winners dating back to Special cargo who I bred too. She’s a bit quirky – a typical chestnut mare but Ian (Chanin) who I met when he was working for my husband’s cousin Sally Alner, broke her for me last summer and now his father trains her,” said Mrs King.