Lake battles through Trethew mud

11:59 01 March 2011

Runners bunched up

Runners bunched up

Archant

BISHY Barnaby returned to form with a convincing victory in the Mixed Open at Great Trethew, where stamina was an essential ingredient in very gruelling conditions.

Ridden for the first time by Richard Hawkins, the ten-year-old was recording his third win on this track, “His saddle slipped when he ran at Taunton the other day, but he will return to hunter chases now,” reported trainer Gordon Chambers.

20-year-old jockey James Best had suffered a long wait on the sidelines since breaking both legs in a horrendous fall at the Taunton Vale last Easter. Complications in his recovery delayed his comeback, so it was good to see him return to action with a winner on his first day back. He was successful on Living The Dream, owned by Pauline Yardley and trained by Dai Williams, who was one of only two to complete the course in the 13 runner Open Maiden for older horses. “That was great, I couldn’t wait to get back and I was booked for the ride through my boss Philip Hobbs a couple of days ago,” said the locally born rider.

James had been second on his first ride back when Percy de Burrell was runner up to Quizzling in the opening Hunt race. “He had to dig deeper on the soft ground,” reported winning rider Micheal Nolan, who also works for the Hobbs yard but was partnering this winner for Bridgwater trainer Christine Gray.

Ian Chanin also sat out the whole of last season with a broken leg, but took his tally for this campaign to five thanks to a double with Weldesigned and Dare Too Dream. Four-year-old Weldesigned stayed on gamely to win his Maiden for owners James and Debbie Siggs. “He was bought as a two-year-old and was broken last June. He has impressed us all the way,” said the rider’s father Robert Chanin, who trains the sturdy Weld gelding.

Ottery trainer Ed Walker saddled Ian Chanin’s other winner Dare Too Dream who revelled in the gluepot conditions to win the Confined. “He loves this ground and just keeps going,” said the trainer.

Lizzie Kelly, from north Devon, lifted herself to the top of the National Novice Riders’ title thanks to two horses owned and trained by her mother Jane Williams. The young rider’s first ever double was initiated with hot favourite Sarika in the second leg of the Maiden, and completed when Wayward Frolic was the only one to get round in his Maiden division to secure Lizzie’s fifth winner of the season.

Geneva Lake just outstayed Blazing Bouncer to take the other two and a half miles Maiden. Stewart and Monique Pike’s chestnut mare, trained at Sidbury by the Pikes, was another winner for Will Biddick, and is destined to keep her dams line going in due course. “She is the last one out of Lady Geneva and is related to several winners,” said Monique Pike, adding that, “She is so laid back and has a lovely temperament.”

Jimmy Cole’s trademark victory salute was in evidence as his gallant six-year-old mare Mayfair Lastchance defied odds of 33-1 to beat Knight in the City in the Restricted. “She only goes on wet ground and I knew she was ready when she worked well with Holly Walk the other day,” said the Tavistock rider.

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 10:42

Budleigh Salterton’s big-hitting Zimbabwean Cephas Zhuwao will make his belated debut against Barton this Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:41
Golf generic picture

In glorious May weather the DMVGA team headed into Cornwall to play the first leg of the annual match against the Cornish Seniors Golfing Association, writes Stuart MacKerrell

Read more
Wed, 22:45
Cyle Sport Dynamos Cam Pelly in action at Hatherleigh

Cam Pelly of Exmouth’s cycle club Cycle Sport Dynamo pulled off a stunning win in the regional junior road race championship at Hatherleigh on Sunday, writes Andy Waite.

Read more
Wed, 22:44
Sidmouth player Andy Mathieson bowls against Bovey Tracey at the Fortfield.. Ref shsp 5797-20-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

DEVON were left to ponder on where it all went wrong after sliding out of the Unicorns Trophy following a 46-run defeat by Wiltshire, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Wed, 22:44
Phear Park bowler Sarah Westcott

Park won by nine shots with Liz Nelson, Lawrie Harries and John Anderson (skip) finishing 10 shots ahead.

Read more
Wed, 22:44

Topsham St James Under-15s went out of the cup, beaten at home by eight wickets by near neighbours Cyst St George.

Read more
Wed, 22:44

Topsham St James U15s won their first match of the season in a 10-a-side game with Alphington.

Read more
Wed, 22:43
Madeira bowler Brenda Marks bowls in the County Over 55's at the club on Saturday. Ref exsp 6946-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, but unsettled weather is not enough to keep the ladies of Madeira away from the greens, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Read more
Wed, 22:41

Dean ‘The Cobra’ Tratt kept up his season-long unbeaten record when he defeated the much vaunted George Scutt of Sydenham ABC at the Yeovil ABC tournament held at Westlands Social Club, writes Neil Parsons.

Read more
Wed, 22:40
WithycombeRFC ladies action

The season might be over but the rugby doesn’t stop at Withycombe RFC

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder