15 February 2011 Report: Vine & Craven - Barbury Castle
by Robin Gray
Sam Waley-Cohen, who rode Long Run to victory in the prestigious King George V1 Chase at Kempton Park last mont,h was seen to advantage at Barbury Castle on Monday taking the 2m4f Maiden race on the aptly named Winning Habit.
Sam, who silenced critics of his Amateur status when beating champion jockey AP McCoy at Kempton, demonstrated professional judgement at Barbury in easing his mount into contention with six fences to jump and riding a polished finish to beat Cavite Zeta and Pippin Fort comfortably.
Another promising Amateur, 16-year-old William Twiston-Davies, son of Trainer Nigel, was faultless in making all the running on Nauton Brook in the opening Novice Riders event.
More than 100 runners contested the seven races on an afternoon spoiled by constant rain. Although there were several 'unseated riders', fallers were few with jockeys nursing their horses to get home in the testing ground.