Secretary: Mrs Nickty Atkinson
Address: Holway Farm, Cattistock, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0HH
T: 01300 320246
Entries: Mrs Helen Rees
Address: Distant Hills, Chalmington, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0HB
T: 01300 320683
Entry Fee: £30 per horse per race, £15 per additional entry same horse (Hunt Members £15)
Entries Close: Monday 27th April 2015, 12 noon
Races: Members - 4,5,6 & 7 year old Maiden (2m4f) - Restricted - Ladies Open - Mens Open - CA Club Members Novice Riders - Open Maiden
National Novice Champion-elect Harry Cobden can choose between in-form pair Cock Of The Rock and Silver Token for the Cattistock Mens Open at Littlewindsor on Bank Holiday Monday. The former completed a hat-trick for Harry at the Seavington, while Silver Token had won four consecutive races before crashing through the wing at the Axe Vale on Sunday. Wadebridge winner Before The War, who was turned over at long odds-on at Flete Park, Bellsinni Ron, who has yet to reach his best this season and Champagne Rosie, who had favourite backers sweating at the Seavington, are three longer priced alternatives, but Harry Cobden’s chosen mount will be the selection.
Champagne Rosie is among the 11 entries for a quality Ladies Open contest. Contenders include John Daniell and Kawana Cove – second and third here in April – the consistent Ladyvie, who has finished in the frame in nine point-to-points without winning, Cheltenham Hunter Chase winner Rebel Du Maquis and three-time French winner Tiger D’Oust, who ran well at Ystradowen. The Magherally Man is unbeaten in five outings this season and is a confident selection to make it six.
Barneys Mate can record his 22nd career success – including three under Rules – in the CA Club Members Confined Conditions contest. Great Trethew runner-up Ned The Post and Otis Tarda, a winner at last season’s corresponding meeting, can fill the placings.
Walker Ridge ran on strongly to take the Seavington Restricted and can follow up in the Hunt Members race. The Jack Barber-trained pair Barneys Mate and Mangans Turn are the obvious dangers.
Polo The Mumm, who made a successful UK debut at Great Trethew, and Wyndcrest, third to Walker Ridge here in April, are two to consider for the Restricted, but Seavington winner Never Say Never and Porlock Bay are fancied to fight out the finish.
Two Maiden races complete the card. Athreeothree and Overland Flyer hold entries in both and are selected to win their respective contests.
Two pony races, the 2015 Wessex Area Open Finals, open proceedings at 1.00pm, prior to the first of seven races between the flags from 2.00pm.
The course lies off the A3066 between Beaminster and Crewkerne (DT8 3QU). Admission is £10 per head (up to a maximum of £30 per car); pedestrians £10; under 16s free.
Open Maiden 456&7yo, 2m4f (12 ran)
Restricted (5 ran)
Ladies Open (6 ran)
Mens Open (4 ran)
CA Club Members Confined Conditions (6 ran)
Open Maiden (7 ran)
Hunt Members (3 ran)
The Wessex Area Pony Open Finals were won by Olive Nicholls aboard Angelic (138cm race) and Fergus Gillard riding Hawkesfield Flyer (148cms).
Trainer Teresa Clark followed up Bathwick Scanno’s Sunday Holnicote success with a double in the first two races at Littlewindsor. She led off with Next Surprise, who made all in the 2m-4f Maiden to provide Will Biddick’s 51st winner of the season. Next Surprise was bought privately from Liam Corcoran to replace Grey Dream, who has missed the 2015 season. Will is now unbeaten in three rides this season for Teresa – “we’d better stop now on a 100% record,” she smiled.
Teresa doubled up with Redlynch Rock, a comfortable 1½ length winner of the Restricted under Robert Hawker. Winner of the 2m-4f Maiden at the 2013 corresponding meeting when trained by Richard Barber, Redlynch Rock is owned by Scott Sillick and Katie Bennett, who may ride the seven-year-old in Novice Riders’ races.
John Daniell took his win tally into double figures by staying on better than The Magherally Man in a keenly contested Ladies’ Open, where the first four home finished within 1½ lengths of each other. Named after the late 1961 National Champion rider, John Daniell was described as a “real little trier” by connections and may now be aimed at a maiden hunter chase.
Cock Of The Rock may go summer jumping after his comfortable Men’s Open win. Before The War and Bellsinni Ron made a lot of the running, but neither had any answer when National Novice Champion-elect Harry Cobden produced Cock Of The Rock approaching the last. Bought from Welsh owner-trainer David Brace prior to the season, Cock Of The Rock is now unbeaten in his last four outings.
Another ex-David Brace horse, Knight Blaze, took the Conditions contest under Philip Hobbs employee Nick Lawton, who stole the race by kicking clear five out and just holding Alice Mills’ challenge aboard Canada Coombe. The winner is one of four horses owned and trained at Lawford, on the Quantocks, by George and Debbie Beilby.
Castle Cary owners Raymond and Evelyn Targett’s familiar black and yellow colours were back in the winner’s enclosure after Robbie Henderson steered Kernel Victor home in the 3-mile Maiden. “This horse is the apple of my eye and reminds me a lot of [10 point-to-point race winner] Rockwithacaveman, who was also by Old Vic,” said Polly Gundry, representing Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker.
Owner Bill Dupont achieved his ambition for the season when Josh Newman steered Mangans Turn home in the Hunt race. Josh had to work hard at times during the contest, but Mangans Turn became a comfortable winner after his renowned stamina kicked into play in the closing stages.