A blunder four fences from home by Patricktom Boru which unseated Evan David cost him at the least a place. The eight-year-old bay gelding appeared to be going well when challenging for the lead. However, it must be said that although the eventual winner Desertmore View, partnered by Welsh champion John Mathias, won by just two lengths from Kimora (Bradley Gibbs), it looked as though Mathias, who had won the previous year's race on Gale Force Oscar in astounding style, could have won a lot easier than the offical distance suggested. In fact, upon dismounting Mathias said, "We were travelling so well It was embarrassing and I could have won by a lot further." And I for one have no reason to doubt him!
Irish-bred Desertmore View, a seven-year-old bay gelding, is owned by Haverfordwest's Rachel Hooton and is trained by Marc Barber who also saddled the runner-up Kimora, a 33-1 chance, which was ridden by Bradley Gibbs. The third home, Andrew Leyshon's Fine Resolve, which finished a neck behind Kimora, was ridden by Marc's younger brother Matthew and owned by his father Gary.
Bought in Ireland just three months ago or so, Desertmore View (by Fruits of Love out of The Iron Lady) is apparently a straightforward sort of horse to train. However, he prefers his own company and would rather go walking on the road than racing his stablemates on the gallops.
Matthew Barber, Marc's younger brother, was in the saddle when riding the 2013 winner Hawkeye Native for Marc.