WILL Biddick rode a Littlewindsor treble to reach the 20-winner mark and establish a three-winner advantage over Robbie Henderson in the national table.
The reigning champion led off with the Richard Barber-trained 2m-4f Maiden winner Dancing Solo, who opened her account after two previous non-completions.
“It was too competitive for her (when pulled up by Bryony Frost) at Didmarton and a lack of experience made her fall with me at Cotley,” explained Biddick.
“She’s quite small – I probably make her look even smaller – but her half-sister, Dancingtilmidnight, went from pointing to win two hurdle races and she’s going the right way.”
The Cat’s Away made all for a hard-fought victory in the three-mile Maiden.
“We bought him at Brightwells Cheltenham Sale for £10,000 in December, but never discovered the basis of his name,” revealed Okeford Fitzpaine’s Richenda Ford, who trains the six-year-old for her parents, Kevin and Marina Snook.
“My agent, Gerry Hogan, recommended five or six, but I fell in love with this one straight away due to his marvellous temperament. I see him as a three-mile-plus horse under Rules in the future.”
Biddick completed his treble, and a double for Barber and the Axe Valley Racing Club, when Bellsinni Ron stayed on dourly in the Men’s Open, which was run in deteriorating visibility.
“We made all in a hack canter, going as fast as his nearest pursuer – I want him available to run this weekend,” confirmed Biddick, who regards the seven-year-old as a stalwart of his bid for a third consecutive national title.
Natalie Parker rode her sixth career winner, but her first in novice riders’ races, aboard Dashing John.
The combination was never in danger after taking the lead entering the final straight.
Former flat racer and hurdler Tugboat is for sale after opening his pointing account in the Ladies’ Open.
Nick Pike’s six-year-old em-erged from the fog with a clear lead before easing home under Leanda Tickle.
The choicely-bred six-year-old, bought for 300,000gns as a yearling, had previously won an 18-runner Navan flat race with Johnny Murtagh on board, and two hurdle races, including one at the 2012 Galway Festival, under Barry Geraghty.
The remainder of the Littlewindsor meeting was abandoned due to poor visibility.