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Sunday 19th March 2006

by Arthur Shone

The rescheduled Tanatside meeting between the flags at Eyton on Severn produced an excellent days racing. The cold wind did not help with crowd numbers but those that stayed away missed seeing some really good horses and there will be a lot of future winners that will come from this meeting.

With the exception of the Members, there were plenty of runners at Shropshire course. One of the main reasons for this is down to the clerk of the course John Beddoes, who produced perfect racing ground and once again came in for a lot of praise from owners, trainers and riders.

Gloucester born rider Adrian Wintle took centre stage at the Shropshire course yesterday when he reached a notable milestone, riding his 100 th point to point winner. This came aboard Go Classic in the first division of the Restricted with the mare winning readily by 8 lengths from Fresh Love with According To This a further 5 lengths back, staying on in third. The winner is trained at Bishops Castle by Pam Sykes, who was recording her 4 th win of the season. The winner is co-owned by Frank Cornes from Bayston Hill, Dave Edwards from Welshpool and Clive Gittins from Chirbury in Montgomery.

The second division of the Restricted was run in a faster time of 6m 22s, three seconds faster than the first division. This was won in a hack canter by the Sheila Crow trained Which Way Now who made every yard under the champion rider Richard Burton to win on the bit by 20 lengths from Boolabawn with William Hill in the plate. The winner is owned by William and Angela Rucker from Saleway, Nr Droitwich.
Sheila Crow thinks very highly of the Anshan gelding. Speaking after the race, she said,” Edward (Crow) and I bought him on one of our shopping trips to Ireland and we liked him as soon as we saw him. The plan today was to hold him up, but Richard (Burton) said that he could not hold him so he just let him go and in the end he had a job to pull him up as he was still going so well. This is a very progressive horse, who will improve a lot from this race. I see him as a very serious horse with a big future ahead of him.” This was Richard Burton’s 19 th winner of the season and he’s well on target to retaining his national and area championship titles.

The Men’s Open was won in impressive style by the Gary Hanmer trained and ridden Border Fusion, who quickened away from the last fence to beat Fane Counsel with plenty in hand by 4 lengths with Reel Dancer a further 6 lengths back in third. The winner, who has a reputation as a quirky individual, has always been very useful and Hanmer has gone on record as saying that the son of Weld was the best horse that he has ever trained. He will now be aimed at the Lady Dudley Cup at Chaddersley Corbett according to his owner Gordon Crawford from Nantwich, who is a racecourse bookmaker and bets under the name of George Simpson. Sadly the runner up broke down badly after the race.

There was a cracking finish at the end of the Intermediate race. Lord Bush, under the champion rider Richard Burton, set out to make every yard from flag fall and very nearly succeeded until they were caught on the run in by Thompsons Wood who got up by a length and a quarter under a perfectly judged ride from Liam Payter. The winner is trained at Durlow, Nr Ledbury by Debby Ewing. The Glacial Storm gelding was formerly trained in Ireland by Joe Walsh and was bought by Debby at the Doncaster Sales in May of last year. The winning owners are made up of a syndicate called “Thomo’s Monday Club”; they comprise of neighbours and friends of the trainer, most of which are based in the Ledbury Area.

The Ladies’ Open was a very thrilling affair. Approaching the final fence Benbow, trained by Gordie Edwards, held a slight lead with the trainers wife, Sarah in the plate, but the closing pack finished so fast that Benbow amazingly did not make the frame. Magicien looked all over the winner under Lorna Brooke, but Hannah Kinsey timed her run to perfection on Prince Dundee winning in the final strides by half a length with Stormy Sunrise was a further 6 lengths back in third. The winner is trained at Condicote in the Cotswolds by Martin Keighley, who also co-owns the horse with Dave Cull and Dave Phipps. The latter is the building manager for Cheltenham racecourse. As for the winning rider, she was thrilled to get off the mark for the season, as she drew a blank in 2005.

Only four runners went to post for the opening Members race but you could not call the winner until the last fence when Adam Wadlow touched down first on Dare, pulling clear on the run in to beat The Peter Morris trained Times Past by two and a half lengths. The winner is trained by Jonathon Lee at Welshpool and the winning owners, James and Jean Potter, are also from the Welshpool area.

Morville rider Adam Wadlow went on to record his first ever double in the plate when Beligerent won the second division of an incident packed Open maiden by 12 lengths from Strolling with Gunsmoke a similar distance away in third. The winner was also a career first for Bridgnorth trainer Belinda Clarke, who purchased the horse in Ireland from Tom Costello.

Students of the form book would have noticed that the John Groucott trained Latzod’Alm was runner up last time out to Go Classic, winner of the first division of the Restricted here, at Barbury. Sent off the 1-2 favourite, he was confidently ridden by William Hill to land the spoils by 8 lengths from the fast finishing Astormydayiscoming with Hidden Depth, from the Caroline Robinson yard, an eyecatching third under Adam Wadlow. The winner is trained at Much Wenloch by John Groucott who said afterwards that the winner used to be trained in Ireland by Paul Keen and added that he suffered a minor setback in training prior to his run today and that they had waited with him to get the good ground at Eyton. The winner is owned by Roy Swinburne from Pattingham, who said that many people always associate him with his other useful horse John Foley.

Groucott went on to complete a double in the “Getting Out Stakes”, the Confined Maiden, with Here To Eternity, who came late and fast under Will Kinsey to collar the well backed Will Wings under Richard Burton by two and a half lengths. The winner is owned by Mark Harris and his wife Dean from Berrington Manor. Mark bought the winner cheaply for only a grand out of Terry Mills yard. The Harris’s also own the very useful No Retreat and Precious Bane.


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