by Lee Glanville

Lucy Gardner rode and trained a double at the Mid Devon Foxhounds point-to-point races at Blackforest Lodge. Grey Ciseaux finished with a wet sail to win the first race, the Confined in an exciting three-horse finish beating off the David Pipe-trained favourite. She went on to win the Restricted with Bak On Board, the horse having won his maiden at this course a fortnight ago.

David Pipe, out of luck in the first two races with Classic Masquerade who finished lame, and Leading Optimist, favourite in the men’s open, did go home having two winners, watched by his father, racehorse trainer Martin Pipe. Charlotte Stucley took the ladies’ race on her own Phoenix Phlyer and Ashley Farrant was on board Porchester Close, owned by David Johnson, to take one of the maiden races. Johnson is one of the leading racehorse owners in the country and, as the announcer said after the race, “This won’t be the biggest prize he has ever won! ” First prize in a point to point being £100.

At the Silverton meeting two weeks earlier Jeremy Scott had produced County Derry to win the men’s open under Neil Harris in impressive style. This time the same partnership copied the feat with Porlock Hill, who set off at a generous 3-1, all the money going on the Pipe representative Leading Optimist who was second, beaten a distance.

Another comfortable winner was Sir William from Keith Cumings’ South Molton yard, ridden by Darren Edwards who took the Intermediate, a qualifier for the Newton Abbot races hunter chase final on Tueday, April 2 and was following up a win in the confined at the course at the previous meeting.

There were four maiden races, Division Two having to be split on the day. Part two went to Gilzine, by Gildoran, having his first run in a point to point, owned by Jane Reynolds and Beryl Bishop and ridden by Tigger Barnes, part one having gone to Porchester Close.

Harry’s Mare and Julian Pritchard won division one, having fought off the late challenge of Atlantic Drift (James Young) and Richard Woollacott got off the mark for the meeting in the last race, division three on Teddy Boy.

Results: Confined: 1, Grey Ciseaux, Miss L Gardner; 2, William O’Dee, R Woollacott; 3, Classic Masquerade, A Farrant. Five ran, 3l, 1l, 6.14.

Men’s Open : 1, Porlock Hill, N Harris; 2, Leading Optimist, A Farrant; 3, Welsh Lad, M Shears. Five ran, dist, dist, 6.11.

Ladies’ Open: 1, Phoenix Phlyer, Miss C Stucley; 2, Bells Wood, Miss V Lucas; 3, Handsome Henry, Miss S Gaisford.Five ran, 20l dist, 6.10.

Intermediate: 1, Sir William, D Edwards; 2, Buckland Boy, T Vaughan; 3, Barton Rose, Mr B Evans. 11 ran, 4l, 15l, 6.15.

Restricted; 1, Bak On Board, Miss L Gardner; 2, Dantes Promise,  M Walters; 3, Jo’s Wedding, Mrs M Hand. 12 ran, 2l, 1l, 6.22.

Open Maiden Division One: 1, Harry’s Mare, J Pritchard; 2, Atlantic Drift, J Young; 3, Viscount Bankes, C Williams.12 ran, 1l, 8l, 6.27.

Division Two part one: 1, Gilzine J Barnes; 2, Five Minutes, R Woollacott; 3, Rainbow Dust, Mrs M Hand. 10 ran, 4l, 8l, 6.29.

Part two: 1, Porchester Close, A Farrant; 2, Smokey Joe, T Dennis; 3, Sohapara, W Oakes.10 ran, 20l, 1 1/2l, 6.33.

Division Three: 1, Teddy Boy, R Woollacott; 2, Abrakadalpha, S Blackwell; 3, Restless Native, J Pritchard. 13 ran, 10l, 1l, 6.23.