Ottery trainer enjoys success at Great Trethew point-to-point
PUBLISHED: 09:12 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:12 11 March 2020
The East Cornwall managed to hold their point-to-point at Great Trethew after a two weeks postponement due to waterlogging, but it was touch and go as overnight rain again threatened proceedings, writes Granville Taylor.
Racing was put back for one hour as organisers worked hard to enable medical and veterinary vehicles to get safely round the very soggy track.
Dean Summersby's yard has been in great form this season, and the Lifton-based trainer added three more winners to his tally on the very testing ground at Great Trethew.
The winner giving the stable most pleasure came in the PPORA Novice Riders' race as Dean and Emma Summersby's 16-year-old daughter Charlotte rode her first point-to-point winner on Cloudy Music.
This mare runs in the colours of John and Sonia Gardener, and was given an exemplary waiting ride as the young jockey, in her fourth point-to-point, swooped on runner up Awesome Tunes approaching the final fence. 'She made a few little mistakes jumping. I waited until the bottom of the hill, gave her a slap and she took off,' reported the delighted jockey, who rode her first pony race winner here three years ago on her first pony ride. Charlotte is a pupil at Launceston College and rides out as much as possible at home.
Chosen Lucky has been a real flag bearer for the Summersby yard and their Little Acres Racing Club in recent seasons.
He won his 14th point-to-point in the club's colours in the Mixed Open, shrugging off the persistent challenge of his nearest rival Spencer Moon before coasting to an eight lengths success over Talk of the South. 'He is genuine. I wanted some cover from Spencer Moon and then poached a bit of ground on the top bend which gave me the advantage from the top of the hill,' remarked winning rider Darren Edwards. A double for Devon & Cornwall Men's title holder Edwards, and a treble for the Dean Summersby stable was completed when Port O'Clock slogged through the mud to take the Restricted.
Little could be seen of the first part of the race as one of the frequent squally rain and hail showers swept across the track.
In the end the relentless gallop set by Port O'Clock had forced his three rivals into submission and the gelding, owned by John Gardener and Torben Hughes passed the post alone.
Bought as a store in Ireland, the sturdy five-year-old was following up his South Dorset Open Maiden success, but an injury last year almost ended his career. 'He split his chest at Cotley last March, but recovered well,' said the trainer who is in a good position to defend his Area leading trainer championship.
Party Tunes almost made it four on the day for the yard in the Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds, but was headed up the finishing climb by newcomer Don't Rightly Know.
Home bred by owner Julian Selby and trained by Ed Walker, this well-made mare stormed up the hill under Chloe Emsley. 'She has scope and jumped for fun. She will be even better over three miles,' reported the rider who was taking her career total into double figures. The Open Maiden for older horses went to The Meters Running for owner -trainer Gordon Chambers. The Milan gelding's stamina came into play as he drew right away from his rivals from the top of the hill. Jockey Jake Bament reported that, 'He got a bit lonely out in front but just kept galloping.' Jake Bament was narrowly denied a double in a close finish for the two miles flat race for four and five-yearolds. His mount Grumpy Freya made much of the running, but she was collared close home and was beaten a short head by the well backed Bravo Buddy under Tom Chanin. 'He is a bit green but is a super little horse,' remarked the winning jockey who had bought the four-year-old at Tattersalls Fairyhouse sales last year. 'He was only broken last August and is a likely hurdler,' said trainer Robert Chanin.