EYTON ON SEVERN
SUNDAY 2 MARCH 2003
by Arthur Shone
The heavy rain the previous evening made it testing conditions underfoot for both horses and racegoers alike, however, the Shropshire course rode well at Eyton on Severn. Yesterday, I walked the track beforehand and it was in the best condition that I have seen it for years which was a credit to their clerk of the course John Beddoes. The marathon 9 race card had all the usual thrills and spills with a hint of controversey thrown in for good measure
rider Richard Burton took centre stage with a treble which puts him on the
10 winner mark for the season. The first leg came aboard Cool Venture in
the Morgan Homes Intermediate race, who was not extended to beat Star Of
Raven by 10 lengths with Atoski was a further 4 lengths back in third.
This winner was a noteable landmark for young Burton as it was his 100th
career success in the saddle. The winner is trained at Hadnall by Shieila
Crow and came as no surprise to Sheila Speaking afterwards she said, ”I
ride him everyday in his work at home and he has been really sparkling.
He’s a bit special because he has such a turn of foot. His class won him
the race today, don’t forget he was up against decent opposition.” The
second leg came on another inmate of Sheila Crow’s in the shape of
Involved in the Restricted. The Macmillion gelding never came off the
bridle to thrash Lenmar Boy under Chris Stockton by 20 lengths hard held.
This is a very progressive horse who has now won both his races with
authority. The winner is owned by Richard French who has another good
horse with Crows called Templebreedy. Sheila was delighted with this win,
she said, ”Richard (Burton) came back and said that he never moved on
him and that he won so easy and said that I could have won on him! I liked
this horse when we first saw him in Ireland last September before we
bought him. I said to Edward (Crow) at the time that I thought he could be
a very serious horse and he is looking like one now.”
Crow is the trainer to follow for the season for readers and her strike
rate of 7 winners from 10 runners is remarkable.
Burton had to work a bit harder to complete the treble on Rooneyran in the
Getting Out Stakes (Div 2 Confined Maiden). The combination had a length
and a three quarters in hand over the runner up John Foley. The winner is
trained by Pam Sykes at Bishops Castle, a regular provider of winners for
Burton, for a syndicate aptly called the Hunting Farmers.
first division of the Confined Maiden went to Tom Brown, who was given a
very confident ride by David Barlow, repelling the renewed challenge of
Richard Burton on Pot Shot by a length and half. Hill Of Kilfeacle
finished an eyecatching third, a further 4 lengths away. The winner is
trained by the Tanatside hunt secretary Phil Jones at Welshpool. He seems
to lay his horses out to win at his local meeting each season, Teal Bay
last year in the Members as an example. Phil was in fine spirits when I
spoke to him after the race, he said, ”I bought him in Ireland and I
have always thought he had ability. He’s a half brother to Mounthenry
Star, who holds the course record here. I like him a lot and yes, you
would have to say he will progress further.”
old enemy must have had a virtual skinner in the Ladies Open after
Hoodwinker sprang a 16-1 shock under Jane Williams to beat Grizzly Bear
with Karen Cookson in the plate by 15 lengths on merit with Pride Of
Kashmir a further half a length back in third. The winner is trained by
the riders mother Mrs Diane Williams at Enville Hall at Starbridge, Nr
Bridgenorth. This was Jane’s third winner of the season and her mother
only has three horses in training, not a bad strike rate!
Grafton Hunt completed a double at the Shropshire track. The first of
which was with Ebullient Equiname in the Mens Open under Stuart Morris who
had too much in hand on the run in beating Alistair Crow on Gareth
Samuel’s Whatafellow by two and a half lengths. Watch out for the third
horse Do It Again next time out. He looked a stuffy type and will come on
from this race. I have to be honest the runner up at 13 was the pick of
the paddock, not just by me, but by a
lot of the hacks and people in know… how he never got the best turned
out is a mystery. The winning trainer Samantha Loggin made the long trip
from Towcester a winning one on her first ever visit to the track.
Pidgeon,also from the Grafton Hunt regards the Shropshire course as a
happy hunting ground after a successful raid here at this meeting last
season. She won the first division of the Open Maiden by a hard fought
three parts of a length with Only Me under Mathew Baldock who got up in
the shadow of the post to beat Who’s Eddie by three parts of a length.
Jenny said afterwards that she bought the horse from her daughter’s vet
and that it provided winning owner Keith Smith with his first winner with
his first ever horse.
a surprise to find that the opening Members race had some runners in it,
as this contest in the past has been a walkover or a match. Five runners
went to post and it turned out to be a cracking contest. At the second
last it was a case of all five runners in a line but at the last fence
Miss Foley under Tony Williams had the race in the bag and he drove the
mare out for a smooth 3 length success over the jolly, Lord Of The West.
The winner is trained at Ludlow by Geoff Evans for his former guvnor Jack
Peacock, who has a half share in the horse along with the Herbert Folley
Group. Jack only retired from training at Ludlow five years ago and he
used to train the winner under rules for his wife Janet
There was plenty of interest in the second division of the Open Maiden with T,nightsthenight in the line up. The Scallywag gelding is co owned by Charlie Barlow and John Malam, the former head groundsman at Bangor on Dee, who lives at Overton, not far from the track. In a dramatic finish Red Spice under Raymond Owen held on by a fast diminishing half a length from T,nightsthe night with Charlie Barlow in the plate. Barlow came back in fuming and launched an objection to the winner for taking his ground on the run to the last. The Stewards took their time deliberating, but in the end they let the placings stand. The winner is trained at Blaen-Y-Cym, Nr Mold by Raymond Owen and he co-owns the winner with his girlfriend Bethan Jones. His uncle Edward Hollister Owen used to train the useful chaser Rupertino, a winner of 10 chases under rules for the late Lord Kenyon.