Will Biddick flew back from his Hunter Chase victory celebrations at Punchestown, in time to score a double at the Modbury Harriers and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd meeting held at Flete Park on Saturday. Having reached his milestone of clocking up the most ever wins by a jockey in Point-to-Points, Will is now eyeing up the National Championship title again. The first part of his double came when steering home the Tom Malone owned and trained The Last But One in the Marchand Petit-sponsored Conditions race. Having kicked on from three fences from home, the combination had no challengers in the four runner race and went on to win by 25 lengths. "The race distance suited him and with no penalties." quoted the well known bloodstock agent, who added "We may possibly look at Ladies races at Hereford or Stratford next."
The second part of the Biddick double came when he got the leg-up on the four-year old promising gelding Tango Charlie, for Robert Chanin in the Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds. Tom Chanin unable to make the weight and Will was offered the ride by joint owner Hugh Ellis who was delighted with the win. "My wife Juliet is currently in hospital and I hope this gives her a great boost." Tango Charlie is owned by the Stone Valley Racing Club and they look to have an exciting youngster here having taken this race by an impressive twelve lengths.
Local jockey Michael Treneer clocked up a win on his mothers owned and trained Syracuse's Dream in the Members race for Novice riders, which had been sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. It was a battle between two cousins at the finish with Tamby Welch leading for much of the race on O'Maonlai, but his cousin Micheal Treneer managed to keep Syracuse's Dream up to his work to score by two lengths in a thrilling finish. " He has matured a lot, and we hope he can now progress to Intermediate level." commented his delighted owner/trainer Deborah Treneer.
The Not So Innocent partnership's Where's Wilma took the opening Tony Glynn Scaffolding-sponsored Open Maiden race under jockey Matt Hampton for trainer Michael Watson. Where's Wilma had shown promise early on in the season and had no problem tackling the course here with a distant win. The Loxbeare (Tiverton) based trainer was pleased with the mare's improvement quoting "She had pulled a hamstring and we had to give her time to recover."
Wurzell Weddings sponsored the Restricted race in which the young mare Goldbury came back to form when winning under jockey Natalie Parker, for her mother Tracey. The six-year old mare was another looking progressive at the start of the season until pulling up in a race at Milbourne St Andrew in March. "We were concerned about her so had our vets scope her and take some bloods, which revealed an infection. We are happy she is back to herself." explained Tracey Parker.
In the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co-sponsored 4m Ladies Open race There's No Panic repeated his win here two weeks ago for young jockey Ella Orttewell, putting up another stunning front running performance and pleasing his backers. Owner/trainer Mike Biddick teased the young jockey about following instructions, but Ella new she had to take on the prolific winning gelding Start Royal from the Alan Hill team. " We just kicked on after the ditch and I knew he was travelling well, I thought they were closer as I hadn't looked back." she explained. Ella will soon be leaving college and is looking forward to working full time at Will Biddick's pre-training yard in Alhampton. Ella was also awarded the trophy for the Leading Novice rider at the two Flete Park meetings, which was a great achievement after only her fourth ever ride in Point-to-Points.
Finally the Dial-A-Shed confined race went the way of the Otter Clubs Wind Tor for Devon based trainer Ed Walker, under jockey Josh Newman. Seven had set off at the start, with jockey Josh Newman keeping the mare handy in mid division, until finding plenty three out and exerting over the last for a twelve length victory. Pleasing the crowd having been sent off the 5/4 favourite. Speaking on behalf of the Otter Club Ken Edwards quoted " We can't believe how lucky we have been with her, we were entered at Exeter but thought the going may not be to her liking, we could run again this season if some rain arrives."
It is the last time the Modbury Harriers will run their meeting at Flete Park, as they are joining the Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers next season. The course will just be the Dartmoor from then on.