EAST CORNWALL HARRIERS
SUNDAY 14 APRIL 2002
by Fred Sampson
(of Equestrian Cornwall - http://www.equestriancornwall.co.uk)
From Badbury Rings we travelled down and stayed near Black
Forest Lodge overnight before then travelling onto Great Trethew for the
first race at 1pm. We
didn’t bother to walk the course as it was obvious it would be a painful
exercise as the car park wheel ruts from the previous meeting here were
rock hard so there was no reason to expect the course to be any different.
There were only twenty-four runners in five races, the other
two races being walkovers and talking to trainers/owners, this was due to
the state of the course. I
think the fact that we have not had rain for over three weeks accounts for
most of the problem.
The Sue Young ridden MOORLAND ROSE ‘walked over’ in The
Cornish Times East Cornwall Hunt Members’, Subscribers’ and Farmers’
Race and The Ginsters Men’s Open Race was ‘walked over’ by C
Eight went to post in The Duralock Open Maiden Race over 2.5
miles. The best turned out,
the Roberts’s CHAPNERS CROSS (L Jefford) was reported waiting for firmer
going so today had to be his day.
I chose Mandy Hand riding Ross Oliver’s ACTING TOUGH who also has
been waiting for firmer going as she went very well at Wadebridge at the
Western meeting when the going was about ‘better than good’.
Whilst these two horses have not collected much form, it is true to
say that none of the others have either.
After the first circuit most horses had settled a bit after being
quite erratic at the start. Mr
Heuff riding his own SAMARAKAND had the lead as they passed the judge with
a circuit to go with about five horses in a bunch behind him.
Mrs Nicholls’s JUST
FABLE (T Cave) and CHAPNERS CROSS being the most prominent. Ross Oliver’s other entry McCLOUD (C Dalley) was pulled up. ACTING TOUGH was being held up in
rear at this stage. Dawn
Power’s DRUMDARI (R Darke) was pulled up a little later and C
Lawrence’s DAMMITU (A Middleton) was tailed off.
Paul Tylor’s MENANTOL (R Emmett) was now being pushed up as was
my ACTING TOUGH. As they
reached the top of the hill and commence the run down to the second last
it was CHAPNERS CROSS, ACTING TOUGH and
MENANTOL racing together. On
the line it was the judges decision as to who had won – me or CHAPNERS
CROSS. Unfortunately ACTING TOUGH was placed second by a head, with
MENANTOL third, a further length back.
Poor form but it was a reasonable race in a reasonable time under
Lucy Gardner was in cracking form again and brought home
Terry Long’s BALDHU CHANCE to a two length win over the improving John
Weldhen’s DARK CHALLENGER (M Hand) in The Downderry Construction
Ladies’ Open Race and she went on to clock up another win for Aunty when
COUNTY BASH came home ten lengths ahead of any other horse in The Who’d
Have Thought It Inn Restricted Race.
I liked this race as I had punted on K Lawrence bringing in her
DRUMBANES PET to second place behind COUNTY BASH.
It came off and at a price of ten to one.
Happy Fred now!
I remembered The Ansell Partnerships MISTER CONE skipping a
little or at least changing legs too often at Cherrybrook last week so I
thought he would find it difficult to do that on this surface so he would
have to run. He carried my
money in The Dawe Hawken & Dodd Confined Hunts Maiden Race and got me
out of debt with a very close finish being only a short head in front of
Richard Darke onboard Mr Stanton’s WARNING BOARD and Tabitha Cave just
half a length further back on Miss Kelley’s BOWLING ON.
The Mattes Equestrian Intermediate Race was contested by only
three runners and of them only two finished. Sam Holdsworth riding the ‘best turned out’ Mrs
Berwick’s YOUNG GENERAL came home six lengths in front of Mrs
Lawrence’s NATTIE ridden by Tony Middleton.
This is a very short report for me but without terrier racing
and a parade of hounds and two walk overs I am finding it hard to be
constructive about this meeting but if it doesn’t rain, the ground goes
hard and then trainers will not advise running on it! Quite simple really!
Here’s hoping for better next weekend; we will be at The Dartmoor Foxhounds at Flete Park followed by The Eggesford Hunt meeting at Lifton and please can we see hounds paraded? Please?
Cheers Fred & Ruth