MAY 2003
by Lee Glanville

The reputation of the Trebudannon course is growing year on year and South Cornwall secretary Mary Lynch reported a bigger crowd than 2002 for their meeting on Sunday.

The heavens had opened in the morning but, fortunately for those still drying off from the previous day, the rain kept away while racing was on.

Despite having only four runners, the mixed open was high on quality and the winner, Kestick, was not only recording a third win of the season but was also following on from a hunter chase second at Exeter the previous
Tuesday. Fossy Bear, so gutsy for Sue Young at Bratton Down on Saturday, was second again with Hasten Bak (Lucy Gardner) just another length back in third. Disappointing in this race was Bomba Charger who pulled up.

Kestick was the first leg of a double for Cornwall-based owner Charlie Rush and rider Tabitha Cave and the horse has not finished out of the top three in eight races this season. Cave and Rush teamed up to take the last race, the second of the divided-on-the-day maidens with Panto Pixie.

Another horse to be in great form is Colin Blank's six-year-old Bengal Bullet. The horse was a maiden at the start of the season and completed a four-timer by winning the Confined under Sarah Gaisford.. Bengal Bullet drew
clear of the battling Belitlir (Sue Young) despite blundering so badly at the last fence that he broke the back rail.

Dorset trainer Richard Barber didn't make the long journey home empty handed. Red Native took the Intermediate beating Lucy Gardner on her own Bak On Board, but the Barber/ NickWilliams partnership had to settle for third
in the Restricted. Three horses jumped the last together ­ Teninarow (Vanessa Shaw), Change (Tim Dennis) and Lord of the Mist (Nick Williams). Vanessa Shaw got the better of her two more experienced challengers in a
battling finish ­ her horse completing a course and distance double. Imprevu (Clare Heywood) was almost a fence in front at one point in this race but fell three out when a tiring force.

Sue Young was third time lucky in the first maiden when Lirkimalong got the better of the only other finisher of 10 runners, Quizzal (Richard Woollacott).

Hunt: 1, Neveradullmoment, S Edwards; 2, Marquis Max, W Smith. Three ran, only 2 finished, 2l, 6.41.

Confined: 1, Bengal Bullet, Miss S Gaisford; 2, Belitlir, Miss S Young; 3, Young General, R Darke. Seven ran, 15l, 2l, 6.14.

Mixed Open: 1, Kestick, Miss T Cave, 2, Fossy Bear, Miss S Young; 3, Hasten Bak, Miss L Gardner. Four ran 1 1/2l, 1l, 6.12.

Intermediate: 1, Red Native, N Williams; 2, Bak On Board, Miss L Gardner; 3, Baldhu Jack, Miss A Barnett. Six ran, 2l, 6l, 6.23.

Restricted: 1, Teninarow, Miss V Shaw; 2, Change, T Dennis; 3, Lord of the Mist, N Williams. 10 ran, 1l, 1l, 6.18.

Maiden Div One: 1, Lirkimalong, Miss S Young; 2, Quizzal, R Woollacott. 10 ran, only two finished. 2l, 6.25.

Division Two: 1, Panto Pixie, Miss T Cave; 2, Hawkers Cove, T Dennis; 3, Red Cap, Miss C Heywood. Nine ran, 7l, 10l, 6.49.

Editors note: the official time given of the Confined was 6.04 but the race was timed by the Racing Post representative as 6.14, which is more likely to be correct given the other race times recorded during the day.