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Entries close: Monday 24th April 2017 12.30pm
Races: CA Members Conditions, Ladies Open, Open Maiden, Mens Open, Restricted, Young Maiden 2m4f
First Race: 2.00pm
Bank Holiday Monday sees the second and final meeting at picturesque Littlewindsor when the Cattistock hold their point to point. An excellent entry of 101 horses has been received for the 7 races which is testimony to the hard work done by Jeremy Barber and his team in keeping the course in such good condition and the watering programme that has been carried out during this dry spell. There is a good covering of grass on the course and the aim is to produce good ground on Monday. There will be delicious local food, tea, coffee and home-made cakes as well as a bar, bookmakers and bouncy castle. The Wessex Area Final Pony races start proceedings at 1.00pm with the first point to point race due off at 2.00pm.
The opening race, the 2 miles 4 furlong Maiden, sets some posers for racegoers as those that have run so far have not shown very much form. Findusatgorcombe was fourth on his seasonal debut at Trebudannon and ought to come on for that run. Horse Force One ran well when fourth at Ottery St Mary in March and should be considered. Doolin Music ran an encouraging race at Cherrybrook and looks open to improvement. Of the newcomers Jack Barber has three entries Robin Waters, Smart Boy (who was placed in a hurdle race at Newcastle when trained by Tim Easterby for Trevor Hemmings) and Worthy Down. The last named is a half- brother to Mister Miyagi , the winner of 5 races so far for Dan Skelton and if he makes his debut here then he should be noted with interest.
The Restricted race, also run over 2 miles 4 furlongs, could see the reappearance of Cereal Killer who was very impressive when winning in the soft ground at Cotley. Of his potential rivals Eyesopenwideawake is held in high regard by his trainer Richard Bandey and was a very easy winner at Larkhill. Flights has been very consistent this season and should find a Restricted race. Faraway Star runs well here and broke her Maiden status when finishing alone at Kingston St Mary on Easter Monday. Jabbea was awarded the Maiden race at Upcott Cross and may be the one to give Cereal Killer the most to do.
The Ladies race could provide Aikideau with his fourth course victory at Littlewindsor. Given a supremely confident ride by Bryony Frost at the Seavington meeting the partnership are in sparkling form and a repeat of that performance may be too good for his rivals. Miss Gotaway was an easy winner of the Novice Riders race at the last meeting and may give Aikideau a battle. Triangular who won a Hunter Chase at Newbury on his last outing comes into the picture as does course specialists Sobre Tresor and the mare Champagne Rosie who on their best form would give the selection a race.
The Mens Open race has attracted an entry of 17 horses and this may give Kernel Victor the chance to get his head in front for the first time this season. No match for the smart Dan McGrue last time he does not meet anything of that quality in this renewal although Sacre Toi placed in his three outings this season looks the pick of the opposition. Ohio Gold, Champagne Rosie and Before the War all hold entries in the Ladies race and that may be their chosen option. Boygojumping won well at Badbury Rings for owner/rider Martin Peaty but this is a step up. De Bene Esse, the winner of a steeplechase at Exeter when trained by Evan Williams, is an interesting newcomer to point-to-pointing for Lorcan Williams to ride.
The Club Members Conditions race also contains an entry for Boygojumping and if this race is chosen he should have a strong chance. Ballybough Gorta won at Badbury Rings to give Ed Henderson his first winner and this course may suit him. Adrenalin Flight has been placed second in his three races this season and should be considered. Genermouse won at the last meeting despite a bad mistake at the last and Same Difference has been placed in his last four races. Creative Inerta won a Restricted at Cotley where Athreeothree fell four from home when third in the Conditions race. If none the worse for his tumble he may the one to give Boygojumping the most to do.
The Open Maiden contains the biggest entry of 24 and the three Jack Barber entries for the shorter Maiden also hold entries in this race plus Roxy Belle who ran in three Bumper races for Mark Rimell but is yet to make her point to point debut. Of those with form Karigale ran well in defeat at the last meeting, Ruby Fool has been second in three of her outings, Tree Sparrow was second to Flights at Charlton Horethorne and Robin Longstride has been placed several times. Tucks Bergin who was second at Badbury Rings and Pyle might be able to use his race experience and weight advantage to break his maiden status.
The Hunt Race concludes the card with Jack Barber holding three of the five entries and of these the progressive King Calvin looks the pick. However if Miss Gotaway is declared for this race rather than the Ladies she ought to be too good for her rivals and give local owner and breeder Audrey Goodwin another winner.
First Race 2.00pm. Course is at Littlewindsor near Beaminster DT8 3QU. Signposted from A3066 Crewkerne- Bridport road and B3165 Crewkerne to Lyme Regis road. Entry costs £10 per person with a maximum of £40 per car and under 16s free. Racecards are £3 or £5 for two.
Meeting: Cattistock @ Littlewindsor
1st May 2017
Race 1 – Open Maiden 4,5 & 6 yo 2m4f:
1st: Taking the Mickey (Ire) 2nd: Smart Boy (Ire) 3rd: Old Time Hero (Ire)
Runners: 6 Time: 5min 46.6s Distance: nk, 2l Dist
Race 2 – Restricted 2m4f:
1st: Micks Lad (Ire) 2nd: Faraway Star (Fr) 3rd: Just Imagine It
Runners: 6 Time: 5min 46.6s Distance: 10l 10l
Race 3 – Ladies Open:
1st: Miss Gotaway 2nd: Sobre Tresor (Fr) 3rd: Archie Rice (USA)
Runners: 4 Time: 6min 44.3s Distance: 10l 10l
Race 4 – Mens Open:
1st: Kernel Victor 2nd: Kirkleigh 3rd: Sacre Toi (Fr)
Runners: 6 Time: 6min 48.3s Distance: .5l .5l
Race 5 – CA Club Members Conditions:
1st: Flights 2nd: Ballybough Gorta 3rd: Dunn’s River (Fr)
Runners: 6 Time: 6min 55.1s Distance: .5l .5l
Race 6– Open Maiden:
1st: Worthy Farm (Ire) 2nd: Tagine 3rd: Dunnicks Skipper
Runners: 7 Time: 6min 55.9s Distance: dist, 2l
Race 7– Hunt:
1st: Well Travelled (Ire) 2nd: 3rd:
Runners: 1 Time: Distance:
he Wessex Area Pony Race finals were held prior to racing with Freddie Gingell winning the 13.2 race aboard The Jobs Not Straight and Alfie Godfrey winning the 14.2 race riding Calypso and reversing the form when these two ponies met at the Seavington meeting just over two weeks ago.
A good Bank Holiday crowd enjoyed an excellent afternoon of racing at the Cattistock meeting at Littlewindsor. The rain kept away until after the last race and on the softened ground following the overnight rain the hard work done by Jeremy Barber and his team to produce at least good going was rewarded with some very competitive racing with three of the races being decided by a half a length or less. The highlights were a training treble for Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker and a riding double for Josh Newman.
The opening race, the Maiden over 2 and a half miles, produced a surprise result with Taking the Mickey ridden by George Hiscock narrowly holding off the challenge of Smart Boy ridden by Will Biddick. The latter who had looked the winner until blundering badly at the last tried to get back on terms but the winner had a neck in hand at the line. The winner bought privately from a friend in Ireland by trainer Annabelle Bacon as a three year old for a partnership consisting of Janet Montgomery and four members of Annabelle’s family. Based in Milborne Port this was only Annabelle’s third training success and she was quick to praise the hard work done by Holly Tetsil at home in preparing the gelding who she described as ‘ a machine ‘. George , despite putting up five pounds overweight on the four year old, was looking forward to a takeaway after not eating much over the last few days to get down to a low weight as possible and had had to endure his partner Charlotte enjoying a plate of chips in front of him the night before.
The first of Ed Walker’s training treble came courtesy of Mick’s Lad who was a comfortable winner of the Restricted race. Owned by John Dorse and Mike Roe he had been bought by Ed at Ascot in May 2016 for £9000 out of Dan Skelton’s yard and has taken his time to learn to settle in his races. Josh Newman, just returned from a trip riding in America, was able to coast home to win by ten lengths from his nearest rival Faraway Star. Ed expects there should be no problems in the gelding being able to get the trip over a full three miles provided he is able to run on good ground.
The Skinner’s sponsored Ladies Open race saw the mare Miss Gotaway easily beat her three rivals when given a confident ride by Abbie Hughes. Carrying only a featherweight of 10 stone 2 pounds due to the mare’s allowance and the 5 pounds allowance claimed by Abbie she had ten lengths in hand at the line from course specialist Sobre Tresor ridden by Taylor Pook. Owned and bred by Audrey Goodwin she is a very progressive mare and is held in high regard by both Ed and Polly Walker.
The Men’s Open was a close run affair with only a length separating the first three home. Kirkleigh had looked the winner having made most of the running but was passed on the run in by Kernel Victor ridden by Josh Newman. Owned by long -time supporter of Ed Walker’s stable Evelyn Targett the gelding has had a few issues in his preparation this season and has needed his races to get him fully straight. He stayed on very well over the last couple of fences having looked briefly in trouble as they came up the hill for the last time. KIrkleigh ran an honourable race in defeat and mention should be made of David Redvers finishing a highly respectable third on Fiona Read’s Sacre Toi.
The tightest finish of the day came in the Conditions race with four of the six strong field in a line jumping the last fence. Initially it looked like Dunn’s River ridden by Will Biddick might prevail but both the mare Flights and the gelding Ballybough Gorta stayed on to fight out the finish with the mare having half a length to spare at the line. Ridden by leading Novice rider Lorcan Williams the mare was stepping up into better company having previously won a Maiden at Charlton Horethorne but stayed on very well to give the Sally Alner stable another winner in what has been a tremendous season for her and the hard working Ali Trim.
The final two races provided a double for local trainer Jack Barber. He introduced a nice young four year old in the Open Maiden race called Worthy Farm ridden by Martin McIntyre who despite being quite novicey over his first few fences was soon in command and easily beat his six rivals by a distance. Bought at the Tattersalls Derby sale in June 2016 for 60,000 Euros for a partnership consisting of Paul Nicholls, Ian Fogg, Dan Macdonald and Alfie Gibson he is a half-brother to the five times winner Mister Miyagi trained by Dan Skelton. Explaining his name Paul Nicholls said that he had been having a meal with Michael Eavis the founder of the Glastonbury festival and the subject of horse names had come up. Michael had suggested to Paul that Worthy Farm where the Festival has been held would make a good name and Paul decided to reserve the name immediately. He hopes that Michael will enjoy following the success of the four year old Beneficial gelding as he progresses in his career.
Well Travelled then walked over in the Members race to give Will Biddick and the Axe Valley Racing Club another winner.
The Wessex Area Pony Race finals were held prior to racing with Freddie Gingell winning the 13.2 race aboard The Jobs Not Straight and Alfie Godfrey winning the 14.2 race riding Calypso and reversing the form when these two ponies met at the Seavington meeting just over two weeks ago.