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Sunday 2nd April 2006

by Lucy Johnson

NEIL Harris’s clasp on the Devon and Cornwall point-to-point area title tightened at Great Trethew near Liskeard on Sunday when he rode a treble taking his tally to 15 for the season.

Most impressive of the winners came on Southwestern who revelled in the sticky conditions to easily win the mixed open, held in the memory of staunch point-to-point supporter Basil Young.

The seven-year-old will continue his point-to-point campaign this season for his enthusiastic owners The Exmoor Partners.

Osokenda, also trained by in-form Scott who readies his horses on Exmoor, sluiced up in the restricted recording the fastest time of the day on ground which gradually dried in the relentless strong wind. Harris was in command approaching the second last and pulled away to record an eight length victory from Maxou Des Brosses.

Harris opened his account in the opening maiden race, confined to horses aged five, six and seven and run over two and a half miles, on No Whips, trained by former national champion point-to-point jockey Leslie Jefford for the Hands and Heels Partnership. Jefford was notching his first success since he hung up his boots this year to concentrate on training near Cullompton and explained that the horse’s disappointing run at the course last time was probably due to the firmer ground.

Another former national point-to-point champion Ashley Farrant also scored his first success of the season, having trained a string of well placed horses, when Jayemcee won the second maiden. Bought out of Ascot Sales for 3,500gns, the well bred six-year-old is a half brother to Lady Rebecca who was ridden to success by the trainer’s brother Rodney.

In the saddle was Darren Edwards who also scored on Mandy Hand’s Frontenac in the concluding confined.

Third division of the maiden went to Sue Trump’s home bred Mcsolo who is out of the prolific pointer Fair Cone. The six-year-old is trained by Robert Chanin at Thorverton in Devon and was ridden by his son Ian who was recording his fifth win this campaign.

Another home bred to impress was Oliver Carter’s First Thought who came home the half length winner of the first confined maiden from favourite Kingsmill Quay on her first start over fences. The good looking eight-year-old mare is trained by Pauline Geering and her husband Tony who spent four years with Carter at his Ottery St Mary home during his hey day when he trained the likes of Otter Way.

Sam Holdsworth, broke in Rebecca Welch’s home bred Little Apple Bay and then rode her to victory, his first for about six years, in the third maiden. The mare was a fence in front at the last in a race where just two of the eight starters go round.

An Accordian looks a real star for the future having won his third race in succession when he easily won the intermediate under Guy Weatherly. The winner, bred by his owner Brian Kilpatrick, will stay with his trainer Ollie Jackson for the season before his future is decided.

Next Sunday’s meeting is the Spooners and West Dartmoor at Cherrybrook near Tavistock with the first race off at 12.30pm


Open Maiden 5, 6 & 7yr olds, 2m4f div I: No Whips (Mr N Harris) 1, Walter De Wodeland (Miss S Young) 2; Heritage Castle (Mr J Young) 3. Trainer; Mr L Jefford, distances; 1 length, 3 lengths, time; 5minutes 48 seconds.

Open Maiden 5, 6 & 7yr olds, 2m4f div II: Jayemcee Boy (Mr D Edwards) 1; Merlin Meg (Mr D Alers-Hankey) 2; I’m George (Miss V Shaw) 3. Mr A Farrant; 3l, 2l, 5.42.

Open Maiden 5, 6 & 7yr olds, 2m4f div III: Mcscolo (Mr I Chanin) 1; Claymills (Mr R Darke) 2; Dart A Trump (Mr T Dennis) 3. MR R Chanin; 3l, 1l, 5.41.

The Basil Young Memorial Mixed Open: Southwestern (Mr N Harris) 1; Gin ‘N’ Fonic (Mr C Heard) 2; Roymillon (Miss L Gardner) 3. Mr J Scott; 10l, 3l, 6.48.

Confined Maiden div I part I: First Thought (Mr R Darke) 1; Kingsmill Lake (Miss S Young) 2; The Sovereign Man (Mr W Biddick) 3. ; T&P Geering; ½ l, 3l; 6.59.

Confined Maiden div I part II: Little Apple Bay (Mr S Holdsworth) 1; I Move Earth (Mr M Sweetland) 2. Two finished; Mrs R Welch; 20l; 7.03.

Intermediate: An Accordian (Mr G Weatherly) 1; Soldier of Rome (Mr N Harris) 2; Gunners Mistake (Mr D Edwards) 3. Mrs O Jackson; 7l, 7l, 6.44.

Restricted: Osokenda (Mr N Harris) 1; Maxou Des Brosses; Thirtytwored (Mr G Weatherly) 3. Mr J Scott; 8l, 9l; 6.41.

Confined: Frontenac (Mr D Edwards) 1; Young General (Mr N Rovai) 2; Nditlir (mr C Heard) 3. Mrs M Hand; 4l, 1l; 6.49.

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