RICHARD WOOLLACOTT is not giving up his Men's National title without a fight, and a treble at Kilworthy took him to the nine-winner mark for the season.
Woollacott started the day when The Boss Roche took the Hunt race for the local Lydford yard of Pauline and Tony Geering, and added the Confined for the same stable thanks to a sparkling performance by the game little mare Deimne. "I ride The Boss Roche and my sister Tracey generally rides Deimne on the gallops and she usually comes sprinting past me," laughed Pauline.
The champion jockey's hat trick was secured when six-year-old Deb's Dasher got the better of the odds-on favourite Certain Flight in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. The rider has Deb's Dasher in his yard for joint owners Deborah Bean and Sonia Gardner. "He is still a bit of a baby and a saint in the yard," said Woollacott.
The Rose Ash stable can also claim a part in a first ever double for 18-year-old jockey Michael Heard, who works in Richard Woollacott's yard. Michael had a spell with Paul Nicholls before returning nearer to home, and achieved his double on horses trained by his father John at Okehampton. Family owned veteran pointer Paddy the Piper and Ballydub raced neck and neck for much of the final circuit in the Mixed Open until Ballydub overjumped and fell at the last, leaving Heard's mount well clear of Kilrogan. "He likes the firm ground but we jumped the last level and it would have been a very close finish," said Michael.
The young rider completed his double when nine-year-old Roll On Rose outstayed Wassonthen to win the Restricted. John Heard trains this ex-Irish mare for a five strong syndicate called The High Rollers. She was bought at Ascot sales last August and obviously relishes fast ground. "She got stuck in the mud in her previous races," reported the successful jockey.
21-year-old Leanda Tickle rode the second winner of her career when Wanna Do A Deal made all the running to outpoint his three opponents in the first Maiden. A lightly raced 10-year-old, the winner is jointly owned by the rider's mother Sarah and brother Joe, together with Gay and Tony Loades-Carter. "He broke down two years ago and mother has done all the work on him. She rides him out on the moor before she goes to work," said Joe.
A 10-strong field for the second Maiden produced the finish of the day with Colin's Desire just getting the better of Bernie The Banker and Zephyros. Colin's Desire was only third jumping the last, but Tom Chanin got a terrific run out of his mount up the hill to outstay his close rivals. Five-year-old Colin's Desire is trained by Tom's father Robert for his owner/breeder Colin Mitchell. "I got a blow into him before the fourth last and rode him out with hands and heels," explained the winning jockey.