Barber treble at Larkhill

PUBLISHED: 12:41 10 January 2012

point to point

point to point

Archant

Old Sodbury owner Ray Geddes, who has been a standing dish at Larkhill since riding winners aboard his top-class Master Vesuvius nearly 40 years ago, achieved a 1-2 in the Larkhill Racing Club Men’s Open, writes Brian Armstrong.

Martin Cooney had Mustangsallyrally in a prominent position throughout, but couldn’t hold off stable companion According To John when Will Biddick pressed the button after the third last. “I’m proud of both, especially Mustangsallyrally who’s carried 7lb more”, said Ray. According To John, third to Denman in Cheltenham’s 2007 Royal & Sun Alliance Chase, is now half-way to Christie’s Foxhunter qualification and connections will seek to secure the qualification via another Open or a Hunter Chase.

The win completed a treble for Seaborough trainer Richard Barber after debutant Spider Monkey and I’m The Article’s Maiden race wins. The former, who led after two out under Will Biddick, is from the family of 1974 Champion Hurdler Lanzarote and provided a first point-to-point success for Jared Sullivan, whose firm, Potensis, sponsors champion trainer Paul Nicholls’ Ditcheat yard.

Jack Barber produced I’m An Article on the flat to provide a second winner of the season for Melanie Alford, Jeremy Barber, Brian Lock, Ned Nolan, Susanne Read and Phillip Walters, the six members of The Peckmoor Partnership.

Coombe Hill notched his first win since the 2010 Coronation Gold Cup when sauntering home under Darren Edwards in the second Conditions race. The win was a first for Charlotte Tizzard since she moved to her partner Nick Fear’s family farm at Wingfield near Bradford-upon-Avon, and a first point-to-point success for Blandford owner Geoff Thompson, who bought Coombe Hill from the Tizzard family six months ago. A hunter chase campaign is on the cards.

New Forest owner-trainer James H Young described Hincheslea Moor as “my best horse ever” after David Turner had driven the five-year-old past long-time leader Artic Fire (Rachel King) on the run-in in the Restricted. Named after a local viewing spot two miles from the Youngs’ home, Hincheslea Moor won his Maiden at Littlewindsor in May but failed to reach his reserve – “thankfully”, sighed James – at Cheltenham Sales shortly afterwards.

Noble Aran (Micheal Nolan) completed a family win for the Barrow family in the final Maiden division. Owned by Ray Barrow, found by Ray’s son-in-law, Tom Long, from Ffos Las racecourse chairman, Dai Walters, and hunted with the West Somerset Vale and trained by Ray’s daughter, Julie Long, Noble Aran already looked the winner when the Barber-Biddick challenger Spuddler fell at the last.

South Midlands yards took the remaining two races. The Jenny Pidgeon-trained Orient Legend (Tom Ellis) made virtually all the running in the first Conditions race. National Champion Gina Andrews adopted similar tactics on Description, who held off the Barber-trained Gwanako (partnered by Gina’s younger sister Bridget) to repeat his 2011 Ladies’ Open win, despite a blunder at the fifth. “[Owner and regular rider] Camilla [Ewart] broke her hip in a schooling fall before Christmas, so I said we should get the best”, smiled Oxfordshire trainer Alan Hill, who took over the horse from Jenny Gordon in December.

Colonel Dickie Winchester and new Larkhill Clerk of the Course Suzie Vickery presented a David Trundley print of the course to Major Mike Shaw to mark his retirement after 10 seasons in the post.

The next Wessex Area meeting is the Royal Artillery at Larkhill on Saturday 21st January.

Other Sport Stories

10:11

Exmouth Town are set for further managerial changes following the announcement that former Exeter City star Kevin Miller is to step down from his role as joint manager with immediate effect, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more
07:48

An East Devon netball player – and umpire – has just returned from a visit to Dubai, writes Steph Upson.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

Big League wresting is back at the Exmouth Pavilion.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:28

The year of 2017 proved to a be a very productive one for members of Exmouth Sea Angling Association with a number of long standing club records being broken and a new club record being added, as well as many personal bests being landed, writes Tim Clotworthy.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:12

With just one game in the Macron Devon and Exeter League Premier Division beating the weather on the third Saturday matchday of 2018, it means more frustration for footballers as the soggy start to the New Year continues.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

The second half of the Exmouth Snooker League is up and running after the Festive break and the Conservative stay top after a 3-2 win and a 3-2 loss.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Player registration in the Tolchards Devon League is going on-line for the season ahead, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Exmouth Town’s South West Peninsula League (SWPL) Premier Division game at home to Godolphin Atlantic was called off after a mid-morning pitch inspection and that means more frustration for Town bosses Andy Rawlings and Kevin Miller.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Withycombe Under-15s eased their way into the last four of the Devon Plate with an excellent 18-12 success at Teignmouth.

Read more
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fencers from the Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club made an impressive start in the first competitions of the new season, writes Chris Cruise.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications