NORTH Devon-based Josh Guerriero took the riding honours with a double on a drizzly afternoon on the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.
Josh teamed up with Somerset trainer Chloe Roddick winning on the smart Mahonia in the men's open, and the same combination took the second of the divided open maidens on five-year-old Combehay.
Mahonia cruised past Start Royal up the final hill in the Open. "He has a lot of ability and it was just a matter of seeing it out," remarked the winning rider.
It was just as easy on Combehay, who put 10 lengths between herself and runner up Old Grange on the climb to the judge to take her maiden. Roddick said her charge had had a wind operation in the summer and would be returning for the restricted next month.
The other maiden went to the previously unraced five-year-old Harry's Farewell, bred by his owner Julian Selby and trained by Ed Walker. Ed Barrett was on the winner who mastered Quotation Mark in the home straight.
Roddick was on course specialist and heavily backed favourite Sericina in the ladies' open and with second favourite Picaroon getting left at the start an easy task looked in prospect.
But former ladies' champion Jo Buck had other ideas, promptly made all the running on pointing newcomer Byerley Bear, and finished ten lengths ahead of Sericina.
Seven-year-old Byerley Bear has good winning form in Ireland and looks a useful recruit to the Saltash yard of Nigel Edmonds.
Owner Roger Knowles, who bought his gelding privately in the summer out of Henry De Bromhead's stable, said: "I got him in August unseen but purely on his form." Closest finish of the day came in the restricted. Ned White, partnered by Tom Chanin looked to have stolen the race after poaching a long lead, but firstly Batu Ferringhi (Josh Guerriero), and then Alright John (Vicky Wade) mugged the long time leader in the shadow of the post.
Tom ruefully remarked afterwards: "I saw Josh coming late up my outside, then Vicky crept up the rails to beat us both."
Alright John is owned by the Exmoor Partners of Southwestern fame, and trained by Camilla Scott who said: "He just stays and stays and Vicky gave him a peach of a ride."
Josh Guerriero had a good chance of a treble on the day, but had to settle for second spot on Party Pictures behind the consistent Googoobarabajagal in the two-runner Intermediate. The winner was ridden by Michael Heard who is now working full time at the David Pipe yard.
Ross Oliver's game mare Wee Fly successfully conceded 7lbs to Clew Bay Cove in the six-runner novice riders' race.
Harriett Skinner, having only her second ride, opened up a clear advantage on Clew Bay Cove on the bottom bend; however, Bryony Frost had kept a bit in reserve on Wee Fly to gain the upper hand on the run-in.