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Four-timer for Barber
8:18am Thursday 23rd February 2012 in Other sport
SEABOROUGH trainer Richard Barber landed a four-timer at Milborne St Andrew to take his weekend tally to eight following doubles at Ston Easton and Buckfastleigh.
The Fish Pot (2½ Maiden), I’m The Article (Restricted), Chapoturgeon (Men’s Open) and Barneys Mate (Novice Riders) provided his four successes.
The Fish Pot, named after a rustic restaurant in Barbados, held off Strictly Rose after main market rival Robin Will had run out at the fourth.
The winner, bought at the June Irish Derby sales as an unbroken four-year-old, will now run in a bumper, according to Dan Skelton representing winning owner Paul Nicholls.
I’m The Article produced a fine turn of foot to triumph after making a mistake at the last when still in fourth place. Jack Barber completed a treble – his first – when Chapoturgeon qualified for the Cheltenham Christie’s’ Foxhunter qualification with a bloodless victory.
Chapoturgeon led on sufferance at a slow pace but still forged a distance clear of his sole rival Tallow Bridge (Matt Hampton) in the last half mile.
Conor Smith took the reins on Barneys Mate, who easily repeated his 2011 success, although Pastek may have been a distant second if not capsizing at the last.
Alex Dunn sent out her first winner from her new West Buckland yard, near Wellington, when Double Mead easily took the AGA Ladies’ Open.
Dunn will now aim Double Mead at a hunter chase campaign.
Main market rival Classic Swain fell at the ninth, leaving jockey Bridget Andrews nursing a suspected broken collarbone.
Local rider Louis Muspratt, originally from Bere Regis, rode his first-ever winner aboard Tracy Williams’ Celtic Rambler in the second three-mile Maiden.
The winner was left clear when Midnight Paradise (Jenny Carr) fell two out when upsides.
Muspratt has worked for Barber and Liam Corcoran, but is now employed full-time by licensed Piddletrenthide trainer Nick Mitchell after a spell working in Australia.
Jockeys Jenny Carr and Mike Green both opened their seasonal accounts at the meeting.
Carr took the South Dorset Hunt race aboard the Mary Tory-trained Crank Hill after Gunner Be Quick fell at the 15th to dash Rupert Tory’s hopes of a sixth win in the race.
Crank Hill won two races under Rules for the Strictly Come Racing Partnership when trained by Bob Buckler, but is now owned outright by Stuart Jarrett.
Mike Green got off the mark on Caroline Hobbs’ homebred Brahmagiri, who was left in command of the first three-mile Maiden when Ronnie Ronalde (Robbie Henderson) fell at the last.
CHARLOTTE Tizzard took her three-horse string to rain-lashed Ston Easton on Saturday and won with two of them.
The Milborne Port handler led off with Coombe Hill, ridden by Darren Edwards, who followed up his January Larkhill victory with another emphatic success in the Confined.
Tizzard and Edwards then doubled up with Little Cornham, who made his winning debut in the second 2½ mile Maiden.
Richard Barber and Will Biddick were also in double form with Toby Lerone and impressive debutant Comeonginger.
The former maintained his unbeaten record by forging clear of Restricted runner-up Waldo Pepper after the pair had jumped the last upsides.
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