There was a great reaction from the crowd to the pony racing at Great Trethew which preceded the East Cornwallâ€™s second point to point meeting.
It was the first time that pony racing had taken place in Cornwall under the PRA banner and there were exciting finishes to both races. The undulating nature of the course, softish ground, and the extended distances, meant some different challenges for the riders.
There was a second success in a row for East Cornwall qualified Tina Smith who got a big cheer on home territory as she got Bejowanâ€™s Bouquet home in the 138 race. She was hotly pursued by the Treneer brothers, Barnaby and Michael who had a real battle for second and third.
And there was a shock result in the 148 race when Tarka (Bryony Frost) was beaten by Vadlawalkover (Hannah Welch) in a driving finish. Vadlawalkover had finished a close second in the Wessex area the previous week to Calypso (Harry Cobden) and stayed on dourly up the finishing hill. He looks like being an exciting prospect for the rest of the season. Missoopsadaisy (Donald Comer Calder) ran another good race in third.
East Cornwall pony races
138s: 1, Bejowans Bouquet, Tina Smith; 2, Talponciau Perfect Print, Barnaby Treneer; 3, My Golden Dream, Michael Treneer; 4, Ginger Wizard, Jake Bament; 5, Diptford Malika, Elizabeth Langton. Five ran 3l, 8l, 1.32.
148s: 1, Vadlawalkover, Hannah Welch; 2, Tarka, Bryony Frost; 3, Missoopsadaisy, Donald Comer Calder; 4, Lesaigles Delbosco, Barnaby Treneer; 5, Flareon, Heidi Lewis; 6, Dinky Dude, Laura Horsley. Six ran, 4l, 2l, 2.20.
The next Devon and Cornwall pony races are at the Eggesford meeting on April 16, at Upcott Cross.
Cotley held their pony races on Sunday too, and their course walk took place in the worst of the rain. The sun came out for the prizegiving but there were some very muddy jockeys.
138: 1, Ninfield Millionaires Delight , Harry Cobden;2, Angelic, Megan Nicholls; 3,Merryment Topcat, Hattie Heal;4, Diptford Moonwalker, William Cox; 5, Baylew St Ella, Christohper Gregory; 6, West Leake Playboy, Sadie Jones.
148: 1, Jack Sparrow, Hugo Hunt; 2, Second Chance IV , Lucy Gould; 3, Frantic Fox, Ben Price.
Results from Avon Vale at Larkhill on Saturday, April 2,
138 Race 1, Wee Anthony, Sophie Hodges;2, Coveham Generation, George Crate; 3, Milly, Hattie Heal; 4,Annie VII, Hollie Bedford;5, Cornesh Rebel, Sam Burton.
148 Race: 1, Tarka II, James Hughes; 2, Mick The Miller, Lucy Gould; 3, Albert, Alice Elgar.
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