DARTMOOR & MODBURY
Saturday 22nd April 2006
by Lucy Johnson
WARM weather and competitive racing drew a
large crowd to Flete Park in South Devon at the weekend where the
superb Sandy Duff clocked up his seventh win of the season.
Mary McCarthy was given her usual arm chair
ride on the 12-year-old gelding, who was 6-1 on to win, coming home
by a distance from Kingsmill Creek and the stunning chestnut
remains on target to win the prestigious Grand Marnier trophy for
the country’s winning most horse.
The seven-race card kicked off with the
members’ where Ben Robarts scored his third win this term on
Jalons Star who is trained at Buckfastleigh by Nikki Frost along
with Sandy Duff. The eight-year-old was an easy winner, stretching
away from his stable companion Mr Bentley to score by 20
Derek Mckenna, who is head lad at the
Frost’s National Hunt yard was in winning form aboard
Peter’s Two Fun who is trained by North Bovey-based farrier
John Berwick. The nine-year-old has reportedly been difficult to
train, and would have preferred softer ground according to his
trainer, but he ran well here scoring by four lengths.
Eight went to post for the feature Lord
Mildmay of Flete Memorial Men’s Open , run over four miles,
and John Dufosee, who has a good record at the track, made a
worthwhile trip from Dorset to land the race with Spiers Peace,
ridden by his assistant Ryan Bliss.
The gallant Polar Champ had done much of the
donkey work, making virtually all the running with Guy Weatherly on
board, until Bliss made his move on Spiers Peace two fences from
home and kicked on to score a half length victory. Bliss, 23, was
recording his 14 th winner of the season on the seven-year-old who
is owned by Dorset farmers Pat and Jill Awdry who bought him as a
four-year-old from Doncaster sales.
Winner number 15 nearly came Bliss’ way
in the Exeter Racecourse intermediate race, but he had to settle
for a short head defeat after Lady Edison lost out to Thirtytwo
Red, with Weatherly on board, in a rousing finish.
The gelding had been trained by Ollie Jackson
at Cullompton until a week before the race when he was purchased by
Holcombe Rogus-based Mike Gallagher who last had a winner 21 years
ago. Jonathan Apps, who trains the gelding, explained: “Guy
said the horse would be a good buy so we decided to buy him, but
his success to today is all down to Ollie.”
Sue Young notched up her first success of the
season when Walter De Wodeland proved too good for his seven rivals
in the maiden race. The gelding was in the lead approaching the
final fence and ran on well to score a five length win from Final
Deal and Rogue Lady who battled it out for the minor placings.
The five-year-old is by Graham Heal’s
stallion Bandmaster, who has been a prolific sire of winners under
all codes in the Westcountry, and is lucky to be here at all after
he was born unexpectedly. But five friends of Miss Du Plessis, who
now jointly own the gelding under The Alder Plot Friends banner,
worked hard to save his life and their commitment paid off with the
promising gelding. Miss Du Plessis, who trains several at her
Saltash home, believes he is the best she has and added that plenty
of schooling and showjumping has paid off. “He refused first
time out at Buckfastleigh but we’ve given him plenty of
schooling since and he ran well last time at Great Trethew where he
Sue Trump’s home bred McSolo continued
his progress through the ranks winning the restricted in fine style
with Darren Edwards on board.
The next point-to-point in the Devon and
Cornwall area is at Trebudannon in Cornwall next Saturday, with the
first race off at 2pm.
Members: Jalons Star (Mr B Robarts) 1; Mr
Bentley (Mr L Adams) 2; It Worked (Miss A Mills) 3. Mrs N Frost;
20l, 4l; Six mins thirty eight secs.
Restricted: McSolo (Mr D Edwards) 1; Silver
Monarch (Mr R Bliss) 2; Limogos (Mr T Gardner) 3. Mr R Chanin; 10l,
Men’s Open 4 miles: Spiers Peace (Mr R
Bliss) 1; Polar Champ (Mr G Weatherly) 2; Frotenac (Mr D Edwards)
3; Mr J Dufosee; 1/2l , 6l, 7.55.
Ladies’ Open: Sandy Duff (Miss M
McCarthy) 1; Kingsmill Creek (Miss E Noszkay) 2; Golden Revamp
(Miss C Tizzard) 3. Mrs N Frost; Dist, 4l; 6.41.
Confined: Peter’s Two Fun (Mr D
McKenna) 1; Father Mansfield (mrs C Farrant) 2; Virgos Bambino
(Miss S Gaisford) 3. Mr J Berwick; 4l, 10l; 6.29
Exeter Racecourse Intermediate: Thirtytwo Red
(Mr G Weatherly) 1; Lady Edison (Mr R Bliss) 2; Coffee Morning (mr
C Heard) 3. Mr J Apps; shthd, 15l; 6.54.
Maiden: Walter De Wodeland (Miss S Young) 1;
Final Deal (Mr A Charles-Jones) 2; Rouge Lady (Mr R Darke) 3. Miss
J Du Plessis; 5l, nk; 6.40