SATURDAY 8 MAY 2004
by Peter Mansell
photos by Graham Fisher
Richard Burton’s Championship hopes suffered a setback when
several of his fancied rides were beaten at Chaddesley Corbett while his
main rival for the Riders Championship Ashley Farrant, rode a double down in
The afternoon did not start off on a good note for Burton when Jolejoker was beaten into third place in the 5-6-7 year old Maiden. The winner Lucky Wyn made the long journey up from Somerset to be reunited with Mark Walters who had made several visits to the West Country for schooling purposes. The horse’s owner Bruce Heywood decided if the jockey could not go to the horse, the horse would have to go to the jockey.
Burton’s mount Fane Council started a warm favourite for the Mens Open, but the promising 6-year-old was unable to reproduce the scintillating displays which had been his trademarks earlier in the season and the Shropshire based rider started to send out distress signals on the uphill run to the 15th.
Minella Silver had grabbed the lead at this point but Fane Council fought back gallantly and was still in with a chance approaching the penultimate but that effort had taken its toll and The Campdonian sailed past on the flat to deprive him of the runners up spot. Having had the choice of mounts, Burton must have regretted his decision to forsake Minella Silver who stayed on strongly under Adrian Wintle to record his second win of the season.
Word from Fane Councils connections afterwards attributed his
failure to three factors. His previous wins had been on a right handed
course; he may not have recovered sufficiently from a virus problem
contacted earlier in the season and was attempting Open company for the
Westcoast was fancied to provide Burton with compensation for his earlier disappointments in the PPORA Members Race but the favourite was never seen with a chance and was pulled up a long way from home. This race provided the closest finish of the day with Native King looking likely to provide Mark Walters with a double. They fought back gallantly in the closing stages but Brook Bee hung on for to provide a well-deserved success for owner rider David Sherlock and Malpas trainer Steve Wynne.
Burtons supporters had a dismal afternoon which was crowned by Special Friends disappointing run in the Restricted. After moving up menacingly they were unable to sustain their progress and were left floundering as Tim Stephenson and Wind on the Common raced into the lead on the home turn. The 8-year-old has really found his form in recent weeks and after several close finishes he has now won his last two races for Castlemorton owner/breeder Mike Stephenson.
The 8-year-old and upward Maiden had to be divided on the day and both halves of this race went to horses purchased at Ascot Sales. Rosemead Tye was acquired by Sandhurst Farmer Tim Jewitt in October 2003 “because I like a challenge” and the mare has certainly proved that. Her early season tearaway tactics have now been replaced by a more cautious approach and the mare was given a beautiful ride by Katie Baimbridge. They were never in danger of defeat after the Pershore based riders mount had sprinted into the lead at the 16th.
News Flash had been qualified down in Wales prior to his purchase in February by Llandridnod Wells based owner Lady Susan Brooke. The cheaper of the two horses she acquired that day, News Flash has been running prominently in much better company than this and favourite backers never had any cause for concern after Lorna Brooke had sent her mount to the front at flag fall.
Only two horses faced the starter in the Members Race where Nealie Mac caused an upset. The 8-year-old jumped his solitary rival into oblivion and although Karinga Lane tried to make a race of it he never looked like catching Mark Walls mount who provided the horses 25-year-old trainer Emma Murray from Pattingham on the outskirts of Wolverhampton with her first success.