ASHLEY Farrant achieved his ambition for the season at Bratton Down on Saturday when he went into double figures and trained his tenth winner.
Dulverton West Foxhounds, Bratton Down, Saturday, May 12Report Lucy JohnsonASHLEY Farrant achieved his ambition for the season at Bratton Down on Saturday when he went into double figures and trained his tenth winner.Heavy hail storms meant the going was officially changed to soft during the meeting but Farrant had run Tonic Du Charmil in the mixed open, the second of the eight races rather than the later confined race. "He needs genuine good ground so we had to go for the mixed open before the rain got into the ground too much," he said.Farrant was denied a double when the well fancied Master Overseer, who started at oods-on, just failed by a short head to win the novice riders race with Tom Chanin getting up to score his third win of the season on Stone Valley.Master Overseer's jockey Matt Griffiths had earlier walked over the members' race on Swift Wood.A return to point-to-points restored Thirtytwo Red's confidence after an unlucky couple of runs in hunter chases. The eight-year-old was always travelling well under Josh Guerriero who sent him to the front after the last and pushed him out for an eight length win. Winning trainer Ray Alford said: "We wanted to give him his confidence back and its worked. I lease him off Mike Gallagher and he's a nice horse."Sixteen went to post in the restricted and it was Velvet Victory, ridden by Ryan Bliss, who landed a gamble to win by eight lengths.Trained near the course by Roy Smith who uses Victor Dartnall's gallops, the mare had had a virus for much of the season, but back on form she showed her determination to score an eight length win from Slipawayon. "I only train two horses and we've had a virus all year, but they seem to be right now," said Smith.Front Page, who had shown plenty of early season promise, finally came good in the first division of the maiden, staying on well up the run in despite a slipping saddle to hold off the favourite Bless My Soul and record a three length win under Charlotte Tizzard.Bred by Stewart and Monique Pike out of their good mare Front Cover, she is owned by pub landlords Roger and Linda Newton whose colours were worn by Bally Blue. "We do think a lot of this mare but she's been a bit unlucky and her confidence had gone. This is her type of track," said Mrs Pike.Karley was the easy winner of the second division coming right away from the field after the final fence and scoring a decisive ten length win under Will Biddick who was riding for his trainer father Mike. Owner Sally Alford bought the eight-year-old at Doncaster Sales as a yearling and had needed plenty of patience to score a win. "It's taken him a long time as he has had a lot of problems. He broke a bone in his foot his first year and then we just couldn't get him right.The Richard Barber-trained Niver Bai was favourite to win the intermediate and he took it up at the last to win well under Alistair Ralph who broke his make on the gallops in October but was back in the saddle by March.ENDS Preview The Dulverton Farmers Hunt, Treborough Hill, Saturday, May 23By Lucy JohnsonASHLEY Farrant looks likely to continue his good form at Treborugh Hill on Saturday where he has a choice of runners in the members' race. They include triple winner King's Wood and Master Overseer who was beaten in the members' race when an odds on chance to win. But better ground may see this out and out stayer back to this best.The 15 entries in the ladies' open include Ross Oliver's consistent Wee Fly whose five outings this season have yielded two wins two seconds and a third. Also entered is the John Dufosee-trained Beadnell Bay who has added three open successes to his haul this season and will be popular in the market.He's also entered in the men's open and opposition includes Henry and Sarah Prouse's Bannow Strand who was an easy winner in the members' race at Upcott Cross and the Sue Popham-trained Thunder Child who was a decent winner at Cothelstone last week.of horses with decent bits of form are set to line up in the intermediate race including Bratton Down winner Velvet Victory, Eternal Midnight and Ross Go Lad but the Andy Jackson-trained Major Matt, who won well at the Axe Vale meeting in April, could be the one to win again if gets the top of the ground which he needs.Magical Flight won well at Cothelstone lat week and he could follow up in the intermediate. He's a consistent horse who has won once and been placed second twice on his three starts this season and is sure to give a good account of himself.Maiden entries include Deloughtagne, second at Ideford Arch earlier this month, Mayfair Tambourine and The Snipper who could all run well.The course is situated on the B3224 on the Wheddon Cross to Raleighs Cross road. The first of the six races is off at 2pm.