Whizzaar tops Cotley entry

Joseph Bulmer

Taunton Hunter Chase winner Whizzaar can make a winning reappearance between the flags for John and Floss Symes at Cotley on Sunday.

Whizzaar heads the 14 Mixed Open race entries which include the Symes’ Sheriff Roscoe, who was unplaced at Ystradowen on Saturday, Coombe Hill, Wadebridge specialist Glacial Call and the Pearn pair Absolut Power and Deloughtane. Marianne Barber’s impressive Dualla Lord and former top chaser Gungadu are the obvious challengers, but Whizzaar is the selection.

Whizzaar – the 2010 winner – and Sheriff Roscoe also hold engagements in the 11-entry Hunt race where Len and Rose Vickery have entered previous winners Kiama and Emile Zola. The “Symes selected” and the “Vickery selected” will fight out the finish.

Gungadu is among the 18 high quality entries for the Novice Riders race, along with fellow former top Rules performer Hoo La Baloo, who has yet to win in two outings between the flags, and Barneys Mate, who was caught close home at Larkhill after winning three similar contests. Recent winners include Distant Thunder, Duxy Hill Lady, Kilrogan and Paddy The Piper, but the ultra consistent El Hombre Del Rio ran a fine race when second at Cothelstone and can outpoint his more fancied rivals.

Cothelstone winner Not A Doctor has chances in the Restricted, along with unbeaten pair Russian Rain and Trueflyingcolours. Roisini Bay was unlucky at Ottery St Mary before finishing third at Cothelstone and Richenda Ford’s seven-year-old can gain deserved compensation here.

Three Maiden contests complete the seven-race card. Mendip Express, Opening Batsman and Strong Saddler are three suggestions for the 2m 4f contest. The consistent Battle Bridge and Arosio may take the two Divisions of the 3-mile race.

The course is signposted 1 mile off the A30, 1� miles SW of Chard (TA20 3EP). First race:1.00pm. Admission: �20 per car; �10 single occupancy.