The Old and the new shine at Barbury's final meeting of the season

10-April-2017
10-April-2017 22:02
in General
by Admin

With 54 entered and only 15 declared, the Tedworth's meeting at Barbury looked like a disappointment for the racecourse that is as close to professional as you can get, writes Mark Pugh. The firm going made it ideal for those seeking fast but safe ground, and thought the competition may have been light on the ground, the entertainment was certainly not lacking for a good crowd that basked in warm sunshine and beautiful surroundings.

One of those entertaining characters within the sport, Tim Underwood, sent several of his string to Barbury in fine fettle in an effort to secure his position as the Dubarry Leading Trainer Award for the Barbury season.

A second in the opening Simpsons Subaru Restricted Race, beaten 1/2l by Kim Tripp's Moscow Prices with Ourson, ridden by Phil York, took Tim a point ahead of local trainer Laura Thomas at the head of the Championship. With no runners declared for the meeting, that effort secured Tim his £1,000 award from the sponsor.

To reinforce that position, the Underwood string took to the Winner's Enclosure in the Pheasant Inn at Lambourn PPORA Club Members' race, with Golden Crisp. The winner was given the race almost on a plate after Carry on Asian, ridden by Carrie Tucker, spooked just before the line in the lead, decanting the ex-winter Olympian, and leaving the path clear for Ray Glennon to ride Golden Crisp to an unchallenged victory.

Jockey Ray Glennon is a physiologist by trade who rides out each morning for Phil York. "We had a good run all the way through. I haven't a clue what the lead horse has seen, but my concern was that my fellow wouldn't follow suit. To be fair, he took no notice and carried on running," he said.

Ray's first ride for the trainer gave him a winner, his first for a couple of seasons. "I sometimes have a horse at Phil York's. I haven't at present so I just ride out and pick up nice winners like this. Leafy Arbour is a nice horse to get on at Charing next weekend, so hopefully I can double up in quick time."

Trainer Tim Underwood cemented his standing as Dubarry Leading Trainer by sending out 11 year old Too Late To Sell in the two runner Confined Race sponsored by Richard James Estate Agents and Prestat Chocolates. Ridden by Katy Lyons, the horse, with 2 wins from 8 starts, looked well balanced and full of running the whole way round. Katy reported, "We've gone a good pace and have both jumped well. Ed Bailey has done really well to sit his horse . On the back straight a mistake lost him an iron but he regained his seat and got the horse going again. I wasn't really planning on taking the lead for most of the race but my horse is so balanced and jumps so well, he took me there. He loves galloping at his fences and here at Barbury you can do that."

The winner looks the type to pick up a mixed or ladies open on a galloping track. His trainer added,"This horse ticks all the boxes; he's a nice type, jumps well and gallops. Phil York has ridden him in his last 3 runs, but Yorky just hasn't got on with him as well as Katy."

With these two winners, this certainly puts Tim Underwood in contention for the Leading Trainer Award for 7 horses or fewer. "I'm keeping up with that Alan Hill," quipped Tim. 

It wasn't all about the old guard, however. Young rider, 19 year old Lucy Mager prevented Tim from initiating a treble on Kim Tripp's Moscow Prices in the opening Simpsons Subaru Restricted Race. "The horse has been waiting for this ground, so it's been a bit slow for him up till now. We've been doing a lot of jumping at home and the trainer is great at allowing me to open him up at home when we work and school him over the logs around the farm,"she said. 

The jockey with five wins from 50 rides, still had time to remember the week's hideous news,"My thoughts are with the McNeile family at this time after the sad loss of James last Saturday," she said.

Young Lucy notched up her first double when Marguerite St Just took the 2m4f Jockey Club & Epicurean Mares & Fillies Race as the only finisher, giving a seasoned ride to Teresa Clark's seven year old with the sole challenger Beauchamp Ruby reluctant to jump off as the tapes went up. "I ride this a lot at home and it's a pleasure to ride out for Teresa. They are well prepared and schooled and we joked during the week that I might ride a double! I can't believe it's really happened."

Twelve runners were entered for the feature J M Finn & Co Mixed Open, but only one declared for this 3m 4f contest, so Gerald Burton's The Rodeo Clown walked over for 17 year old Sam Burton. 

"I bought this horse a few weeks ago to give Sam some experience in Hunter Chases,"said Gerald. "He now qualifies for the Timico Mixed Open Final at Cheltenham. The horse is still fresh, so he'll probably go again over the weekend."

Sam added, "This one was bought in for me to get experience and gain my Category B licence. I've been riding now for a few seasons and I'm still working to gain more experience. Tom (Lacey) gives me a lot of good advice and in the afternoons I get over as much as possible to ride and school for Dad who has a nice maiden at present. I also get a lot of help from Tommy O'Brien who is a good friend and helps out when needed, and brother Danny also advises."

Another up and coming youngster, 17 year old Bradley Roberts took the Ramsbury Vodka Young Horse Maiden on Rest Easy, trained by Welshman Andrew Quick. The five year old looked to have plenty of maturing to do despite winning the race by 15l from Katy Lyons on the Lad's Man. 

"The horse knows this place very well and has not been too far away each time she's run," remarked her trainer. I got her off Seamus Mullins. I was looking at the time for a horse from Ireland, but we got her in and going, and you could see she has the pace on this ground, and keeps going." Andrew uses Ogmore Sands on the Swansea-Cardiff coastline as gallops and spoke warmly of the benefits of sea air and water. "We walk back over a mile after work ankle deep in the sea and it does them a world of good." Though Seamus was not over-enamoured by this lightly-framed five year old, her current trainer couldn't speak more well of her, "She's a nice horse and has proved herself today."

Bradley Roberts works for trainer Tim Vaughan. This was a first win from just 11 rides in his second season Pointing. "Mr Vaughan mentioned me to Mr Quick. But it's back on the yard tomorrow at 6.30!"

 

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When?

Sunday November 26 

Where?

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

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The Old and the new shine at Barbury's final meeting of the season

10-April-2017
10-April-2017 22:02
in General
by Admin

With 54 entered and only 15 declared, the Tedworth's meeting at Barbury looked like a disappointment for the racecourse that is as close to professional as you can get, writes Mark Pugh. The firm going made it ideal for those seeking fast but safe ground, and thought the competition may have been light on the ground, the entertainment was certainly not lacking for a good crowd that basked in warm sunshine and beautiful surroundings.

One of those entertaining characters within the sport, Tim Underwood, sent several of his string to Barbury in fine fettle in an effort to secure his position as the Dubarry Leading Trainer Award for the Barbury season.

A second in the opening Simpsons Subaru Restricted Race, beaten 1/2l by Kim Tripp's Moscow Prices with Ourson, ridden by Phil York, took Tim a point ahead of local trainer Laura Thomas at the head of the Championship. With no runners declared for the meeting, that effort secured Tim his £1,000 award from the sponsor.

To reinforce that position, the Underwood string took to the Winner's Enclosure in the Pheasant Inn at Lambourn PPORA Club Members' race, with Golden Crisp. The winner was given the race almost on a plate after Carry on Asian, ridden by Carrie Tucker, spooked just before the line in the lead, decanting the ex-winter Olympian, and leaving the path clear for Ray Glennon to ride Golden Crisp to an unchallenged victory.

Jockey Ray Glennon is a physiologist by trade who rides out each morning for Phil York. "We had a good run all the way through. I haven't a clue what the lead horse has seen, but my concern was that my fellow wouldn't follow suit. To be fair, he took no notice and carried on running," he said.

Ray's first ride for the trainer gave him a winner, his first for a couple of seasons. "I sometimes have a horse at Phil York's. I haven't at present so I just ride out and pick up nice winners like this. Leafy Arbour is a nice horse to get on at Charing next weekend, so hopefully I can double up in quick time."

Trainer Tim Underwood cemented his standing as Dubarry Leading Trainer by sending out 11 year old Too Late To Sell in the two runner Confined Race sponsored by Richard James Estate Agents and Prestat Chocolates. Ridden by Katy Lyons, the horse, with 2 wins from 8 starts, looked well balanced and full of running the whole way round. Katy reported, "We've gone a good pace and have both jumped well. Ed Bailey has done really well to sit his horse . On the back straight a mistake lost him an iron but he regained his seat and got the horse going again. I wasn't really planning on taking the lead for most of the race but my horse is so balanced and jumps so well, he took me there. He loves galloping at his fences and here at Barbury you can do that."

The winner looks the type to pick up a mixed or ladies open on a galloping track. His trainer added,"This horse ticks all the boxes; he's a nice type, jumps well and gallops. Phil York has ridden him in his last 3 runs, but Yorky just hasn't got on with him as well as Katy."

With these two winners, this certainly puts Tim Underwood in contention for the Leading Trainer Award for 7 horses or fewer. "I'm keeping up with that Alan Hill," quipped Tim. 

It wasn't all about the old guard, however. Young rider, 19 year old Lucy Mager prevented Tim from initiating a treble on Kim Tripp's Moscow Prices in the opening Simpsons Subaru Restricted Race. "The horse has been waiting for this ground, so it's been a bit slow for him up till now. We've been doing a lot of jumping at home and the trainer is great at allowing me to open him up at home when we work and school him over the logs around the farm,"she said. 

The jockey with five wins from 50 rides, still had time to remember the week's hideous news,"My thoughts are with the McNeile family at this time after the sad loss of James last Saturday," she said.

Young Lucy notched up her first double when Marguerite St Just took the 2m4f Jockey Club & Epicurean Mares & Fillies Race as the only finisher, giving a seasoned ride to Teresa Clark's seven year old with the sole challenger Beauchamp Ruby reluctant to jump off as the tapes went up. "I ride this a lot at home and it's a pleasure to ride out for Teresa. They are well prepared and schooled and we joked during the week that I might ride a double! I can't believe it's really happened."

Twelve runners were entered for the feature J M Finn & Co Mixed Open, but only one declared for this 3m 4f contest, so Gerald Burton's The Rodeo Clown walked over for 17 year old Sam Burton. 

"I bought this horse a few weeks ago to give Sam some experience in Hunter Chases,"said Gerald. "He now qualifies for the Timico Mixed Open Final at Cheltenham. The horse is still fresh, so he'll probably go again over the weekend."

Sam added, "This one was bought in for me to get experience and gain my Category B licence. I've been riding now for a few seasons and I'm still working to gain more experience. Tom (Lacey) gives me a lot of good advice and in the afternoons I get over as much as possible to ride and school for Dad who has a nice maiden at present. I also get a lot of help from Tommy O'Brien who is a good friend and helps out when needed, and brother Danny also advises."

Another up and coming youngster, 17 year old Bradley Roberts took the Ramsbury Vodka Young Horse Maiden on Rest Easy, trained by Welshman Andrew Quick. The five year old looked to have plenty of maturing to do despite winning the race by 15l from Katy Lyons on the Lad's Man. 

"The horse knows this place very well and has not been too far away each time she's run," remarked her trainer. I got her off Seamus Mullins. I was looking at the time for a horse from Ireland, but we got her in and going, and you could see she has the pace on this ground, and keeps going." Andrew uses Ogmore Sands on the Swansea-Cardiff coastline as gallops and spoke warmly of the benefits of sea air and water. "We walk back over a mile after work ankle deep in the sea and it does them a world of good." Though Seamus was not over-enamoured by this lightly-framed five year old, her current trainer couldn't speak more well of her, "She's a nice horse and has proved herself today."

Bradley Roberts works for trainer Tim Vaughan. This was a first win from just 11 rides in his second season Pointing. "Mr Vaughan mentioned me to Mr Quick. But it's back on the yard tomorrow at 6.30!"

 

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