Going is Good for Tedworth Gold Cup card at Barbury

04-April-2017
04-April-2017 2:50
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by Admin

With drying conditions, entries for the final Tedworth fixture this Sunday at the picturesque Barbury Racecourse are down on last year, but with 54 runners potentially taking their chance, the racing should remain competitive, writes Jake Exelby. The going is currently Good and organizers are hoping a high percentage of the entries will be declared on the day. Meeting Secretary Dominic Birkmyre said earlier, "Rain is forecast tonight, with overcast weather later in the week, so we hope it'll be good racing ground. There's a good list of entries, including former Hennessy winner Carruthers."

Feature race is the J M Finn Mixed Open for the Tedworth Gold Cup over 3m6f. This is the Sandhurst Area feature race and the 12 entries will be competing for a stunning trophy. The aforementioned Carruthers has been consistent this year but the years may be taking their toll on the 14 year old and punters may be advised to look for a younger option. Top-rated Pentiffic is also 14, but was good enough to run in the Cheltenham Foxhunters last time; the useful Sybarite ended a run of seconds when winning at Garnons last time; Benvolio has been disappointing this season in better company but was classy when trained by Paul Nicholls, and Horsham Lad remains in good form.

Of the more local trainers, Faringdon-based James Henderson's plans depend on son and rider Freddie's return from injury. James made a comeback after 20 years out of the saddle at Siddington last time but assures me he has no plans for a repeat! Dibby Brown is more likely to run Moorland Sunset, unbeaten last term and running into form after a recent second. The Bibury handler told me, "I've had this race in the back of my mind all season. The distance is unknown territory but I think he'll stay; he comes on and off the bridle, looks like being outpaced then runs on again. He's come out of Siddington well," laughed Dibby, "Looking at the entries, they're all beatable. Nothing scares me!"

The opening Restricted, sponsored by Simpsons Subaru, has 10 entries and looks an interesting race on paper. You don't often see Maidens in a Restricted contest but Christy Mews is keen on the chances of Born To Succeed, the likely mount of Tommie O'Brien. "I'd like to run him, and I think the track will suit as he doesn't truly stay 3 miles,"she admitted. "He's still a maiden but there are no races for him on the card. The horses that have beaten him have both run well since and he stopped dead at Kingston Blount where he was headed on the line. He's quirky, but he's good, and if he's in the right mood, I hope he can do it for us."

Chief dangers to Christy's hopes include Keen Eye, who looked promising in 2015 but hasn't run since, and Brake Hill, who is better than his form figures suggest, if making a quick reappearance after an unseat last weekend. Another who may come out quickly again is Cocklebarrow second Ourson, whose trainer Tim Underwood was typically nonchalant, saying, "We might go again, it depends.He ran a blinder on Sunday, where I thought he'd win jumping the second last." Charlie Dando's Brass in Pocket is improving and would be a popular winner as his owner recovers from a shooting accident last autumn.

The second race, the PPORA Club Members Race for Veteran & Novice Riders, sponsored by the Pheasant Inn at Lambourn has attracted 8 entries. Spectators will not regrettably be treated to a return to the saddle from Tim Underwood. The 69 year old is keeping his powder dry till after Easter and he's hoping Izzie Marshall can ride his Golden Crisp. The pair ran well together at Parham last month. Presentandcorrect may be 16 now, but he won his last 2 starts of 2016 and ran well on his reappearance last month. He loves fast ground, so should be suited by conditions.

 

Among the other entries, Black Banjo is running better than the form shows; Francesca Nimmo looks to have found the key to Irish import Carry On Asian after his Penshurst win; Kyles Faith has been nothing if not consistent this year, and Presenting William, who found his form this time last year, won at Cothelstone last time out.

There are 10 entries for the third, the Ramsbury Vodka Maiden, over 2m4f. Two of those are from Martin Weston's powerful Worcestershire yard and son Tom confirmed he plans to run one of them."Draft Pick was only a neck behind Wild Ginger (also entered in this race and a rare Pointing runner for Jonjo O'Neill) at Siddington, but Dad's more likely to run Spooner Street. He unseated early at Larkhill last weekend and is a nice horse who happily goes on good ground."

Pyleigh Brae has been second on both her starts between the flags, including on her Buckfastleigh reappearance. Rest Easy has been running well in good Maidens, including twice here, and Francesca Nimmo is hoping for improvement from Dusty Pearl, who pulled up on his Buckfastleigh debut. "I don't know what happened there," she admitted. "He's worked well with Lake Legend recently and we may go; it depends on the shape of the race."

The second Mares only Maiden is jointly sponsored by the Jockey Club and Epicurean Inns. Nine have been entered, several have useful form and there are some interesting newcomers, including Francesca Nimmo's ex-Irish Cobajay Away and a Tom Lacey newcomer in the form of Luck of the Legion. His debutantes should never be ignored. Rediya, the potential mount of leading Novice rider Lorcan Williams and making her seasonal debut, looks interesting having finsihed quite close to Kazuri Kate and Executive Benefit on her debut here  last year, and Marguerite St Just and River Wye are also in it with a shout on the best of last season's form.

The closing Richard James Estate Agents & Prestat Chocolates Confined Race has attracted just 5 entries. However it promises to be the tightest contest of the day as Laura Thomas and Tim Underwood go head to head for the Dubarry Leading Trainer Award  and the chance to win £1,000 of vouchers to spend with the Irish country clothier. Tim is currently 1 point clear and likely to rely on Too Late To Sell. "He's out of his skin at the moment," enthused Tim. "He ran badly at Parham last time but did win at Larkhill earlier this season."

Laura, who trains so close she could walk her horses from her yard, runs Tetlami who hasn't run since 2013 but won seven times for Nicky Henderson. "He used to be very useful but had wind issues. Some neighbours of mine have him now and he's really well - he's been bucking them off! So they sent him to me to see what I could do - Jerry Bailey will probably ride."

As well as the six steeplechases, there are pony races and a hunt charity race for non-thoroughbreds at the end of the day. Locally based Keyflow Feeds have stepped in to support the pony races, and William Bartholemew Party Organizers the charity race. 

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Sunday November 26 

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Barbury, 3m N of Marlborough, off A346, Jn 15 M4

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Going is Good for Tedworth Gold Cup card at Barbury

04-April-2017
04-April-2017 2:50
in General
by Admin

With drying conditions, entries for the final Tedworth fixture this Sunday at the picturesque Barbury Racecourse are down on last year, but with 54 runners potentially taking their chance, the racing should remain competitive, writes Jake Exelby. The going is currently Good and organizers are hoping a high percentage of the entries will be declared on the day. Meeting Secretary Dominic Birkmyre said earlier, "Rain is forecast tonight, with overcast weather later in the week, so we hope it'll be good racing ground. There's a good list of entries, including former Hennessy winner Carruthers."

Feature race is the J M Finn Mixed Open for the Tedworth Gold Cup over 3m6f. This is the Sandhurst Area feature race and the 12 entries will be competing for a stunning trophy. The aforementioned Carruthers has been consistent this year but the years may be taking their toll on the 14 year old and punters may be advised to look for a younger option. Top-rated Pentiffic is also 14, but was good enough to run in the Cheltenham Foxhunters last time; the useful Sybarite ended a run of seconds when winning at Garnons last time; Benvolio has been disappointing this season in better company but was classy when trained by Paul Nicholls, and Horsham Lad remains in good form.

Of the more local trainers, Faringdon-based James Henderson's plans depend on son and rider Freddie's return from injury. James made a comeback after 20 years out of the saddle at Siddington last time but assures me he has no plans for a repeat! Dibby Brown is more likely to run Moorland Sunset, unbeaten last term and running into form after a recent second. The Bibury handler told me, "I've had this race in the back of my mind all season. The distance is unknown territory but I think he'll stay; he comes on and off the bridle, looks like being outpaced then runs on again. He's come out of Siddington well," laughed Dibby, "Looking at the entries, they're all beatable. Nothing scares me!"

The opening Restricted, sponsored by Simpsons Subaru, has 10 entries and looks an interesting race on paper. You don't often see Maidens in a Restricted contest but Christy Mews is keen on the chances of Born To Succeed, the likely mount of Tommie O'Brien. "I'd like to run him, and I think the track will suit as he doesn't truly stay 3 miles,"she admitted. "He's still a maiden but there are no races for him on the card. The horses that have beaten him have both run well since and he stopped dead at Kingston Blount where he was headed on the line. He's quirky, but he's good, and if he's in the right mood, I hope he can do it for us."

Chief dangers to Christy's hopes include Keen Eye, who looked promising in 2015 but hasn't run since, and Brake Hill, who is better than his form figures suggest, if making a quick reappearance after an unseat last weekend. Another who may come out quickly again is Cocklebarrow second Ourson, whose trainer Tim Underwood was typically nonchalant, saying, "We might go again, it depends.He ran a blinder on Sunday, where I thought he'd win jumping the second last." Charlie Dando's Brass in Pocket is improving and would be a popular winner as his owner recovers from a shooting accident last autumn.

The second race, the PPORA Club Members Race for Veteran & Novice Riders, sponsored by the Pheasant Inn at Lambourn has attracted 8 entries. Spectators will not regrettably be treated to a return to the saddle from Tim Underwood. The 69 year old is keeping his powder dry till after Easter and he's hoping Izzie Marshall can ride his Golden Crisp. The pair ran well together at Parham last month. Presentandcorrect may be 16 now, but he won his last 2 starts of 2016 and ran well on his reappearance last month. He loves fast ground, so should be suited by conditions.

 

Among the other entries, Black Banjo is running better than the form shows; Francesca Nimmo looks to have found the key to Irish import Carry On Asian after his Penshurst win; Kyles Faith has been nothing if not consistent this year, and Presenting William, who found his form this time last year, won at Cothelstone last time out.

There are 10 entries for the third, the Ramsbury Vodka Maiden, over 2m4f. Two of those are from Martin Weston's powerful Worcestershire yard and son Tom confirmed he plans to run one of them."Draft Pick was only a neck behind Wild Ginger (also entered in this race and a rare Pointing runner for Jonjo O'Neill) at Siddington, but Dad's more likely to run Spooner Street. He unseated early at Larkhill last weekend and is a nice horse who happily goes on good ground."

Pyleigh Brae has been second on both her starts between the flags, including on her Buckfastleigh reappearance. Rest Easy has been running well in good Maidens, including twice here, and Francesca Nimmo is hoping for improvement from Dusty Pearl, who pulled up on his Buckfastleigh debut. "I don't know what happened there," she admitted. "He's worked well with Lake Legend recently and we may go; it depends on the shape of the race."

The second Mares only Maiden is jointly sponsored by the Jockey Club and Epicurean Inns. Nine have been entered, several have useful form and there are some interesting newcomers, including Francesca Nimmo's ex-Irish Cobajay Away and a Tom Lacey newcomer in the form of Luck of the Legion. His debutantes should never be ignored. Rediya, the potential mount of leading Novice rider Lorcan Williams and making her seasonal debut, looks interesting having finsihed quite close to Kazuri Kate and Executive Benefit on her debut here  last year, and Marguerite St Just and River Wye are also in it with a shout on the best of last season's form.

The closing Richard James Estate Agents & Prestat Chocolates Confined Race has attracted just 5 entries. However it promises to be the tightest contest of the day as Laura Thomas and Tim Underwood go head to head for the Dubarry Leading Trainer Award  and the chance to win £1,000 of vouchers to spend with the Irish country clothier. Tim is currently 1 point clear and likely to rely on Too Late To Sell. "He's out of his skin at the moment," enthused Tim. "He ran badly at Parham last time but did win at Larkhill earlier this season."

Laura, who trains so close she could walk her horses from her yard, runs Tetlami who hasn't run since 2013 but won seven times for Nicky Henderson. "He used to be very useful but had wind issues. Some neighbours of mine have him now and he's really well - he's been bucking them off! So they sent him to me to see what I could do - Jerry Bailey will probably ride."

As well as the six steeplechases, there are pony races and a hunt charity race for non-thoroughbreds at the end of the day. Locally based Keyflow Feeds have stepped in to support the pony races, and William Bartholemew Party Organizers the charity race. 

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