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Sunday 15th May 2005
by Lee Glanville

Luck played a large part in Astonaut's men's open win at the Tetcott point to point at Lifton on Sunday. Guy Weatherley, currently second in the area men's title chase was left in the lead when Jalon's Star (Ben Robarts) tried to dip out, decided not to and the pair parted company at the last fence. Weatherley looked to be celebrating when his whip flew up in the air and he caught it coolly while galloping to the post but he later admitted that it happened by accident and "racing whips cost too much to lose these days!"

There was bad luck earlier in the same race for title chase leader Richard Woollacott who was making his move on Finewood, seeking a hat-trick of wins, only to be all but floored by a blunder at the third last. Woollacott did well to stay on board but he pulled Finewood up shortly afterwards.

There were no fallers at all during the day until the last race, the second division of the maiden, when only Alazylady (Andrew Glassonbury) finished, all nine of the others coming a cropper or pulling up.

There were only four runners in the ladies' open, but all four were good'uns. Racegoers were intrigued to see who would win out of Ross Oliver's recent Cheltenham hunter chase winner, partnered by top lady rider Polly Gundry and the Richard Barber trained, Rachel Green ridden Rimpton Boy, a winner of four open races so far this season.

Tanya Newman made the running on Salford until the closing stages when the two big guns went on. Rimpton Boy prevailed, easing into a four length margin of victory at the line.

Jennifer Congdon had a point to prove to her boyfriend Liam Burns and did it in style, winning the Confined Hunts race from the front on Possible Pardon. Congdon had two second places on the horse before Burns won on him last time out. "Possible Pardon is a bit of a monkey and has to be give a positive ride. To be fair he did run on well when he was challenged," she said.

The Restricted saw a good win for Rebecca Welch's Gunner's Mistake. Rebecca trains the horse near Dartington, Totnes and he was given a fine ride by Darren Edwards. "Will Biddick gave him a great ride when he was second at Flete so we knew he was well," she said. Helen Stoneman's Lady Wurzel was second.

Dionysian (D Jacobs) had run well at Cotley on Bank Holiday Monday and won the first division of the a competitive maiden well from Slippery Friend (R Darke) who has been placed on all five runs this season and must surely win soon. Russell Ross won the hunt race on the Linda Blackford Some Tool, following up from his previous day's success on the same trainer's Canada at Holnicote.


Members: 1, Some Tool, R Ross; 2, Moon, S Craddock. Two ran, 10l, 6.58.

Confined Hunts: 1, Possible Pardon, Miss J Congdon; 2, Indian Raider, W Biddick; 3, Its Not Simple, Miss E Kennan. Eight ran, 4l, 1l, 6.25.

Men's Open: 1, Astronaut, G Weatherley; 2, Peter's Two Fun, J Barnes; 3, Province, W White. Nine ran, 3l, nk, 6.23.

Ladies: 1, Rimpton Boy, Miss R Green; 2, Lets Fly, Miss P Gundry; 3, Salford, Miss T Newman. Four ran, 4l, 1l, 6.19.

Intermediate (Nov riders) : 1, Proby Lady, G Wigley; 2, Montebank, G Walters; 3, Gunner Be True, J Cole. Five ran, 1/2l, 20l, 6.30.

Restricted: 1, Gunners Mistake, D Edwards; 2, Lady Wurzel, Miss P Gundry; 3, Panto Pixie, Miss T Cave. 11 ran, 6l, 1/2l, 6.33.

Maiden Division One: 1, Dionysian, D Jacobs; 2, Slippery Friend, R Darke; 3, Coral Bay, W Biddick. 11 ran, 5l, 5l, 6.31.

Division Two: 1, A Lazylady, A Glassonbury. 10 ran, fin alone, 6.36.

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