10th April - Godstone
Southdown & Eridge

Next meeting

6th April Going: Soft
1st Race - 2.15pm. The OPEN MAIDEN Race - 2m4f - 12st
Art Libre Very keen and has failed to get round on last two starts.
Big Bang De Loire Placed last time out and should improve for the experience.
Blue Blooded Well rated under rules but disappointing in points and hasn’t run since 2014.
Brice Canyon Placed twice this season but didn’t look likely to win either time.
Clondaw Nell Second to Margot Fontane here last month. Should have acclimatised by now.
Dccovi Managed to complete his last two races but a long way behind the winner each time.
Fizzlestix Second on last two starts including being beaten just a short head, should win soon.
Iwouldntliketosay Yet to complete in two starts.
Kabanga Bay Unraced five-year-old from Phil York’s yard.
Kereen Catcher Pulled up on only start this season back in December.
Lord Aldervale A tailed off last at Penshurst but now running at the appropriate level.
Maizonique Pulled up on both starts.
Minmore Present Placed in Ireland as a four-year-old, last ran in January.
Pep Talk Pulled too hard at Penshurst and unseated at the first at Charing.
Quick Oats Good form in Ireland but pulled up on both starts this season.
Ruby Yeats Given a quiet ride at Penshurst and should be better for the experience.
Sir Reecer Managed to complete last time but a long way behind the winner.
Skiptothegoodbit Has showed promise but jumping when under pressure seems a real issue.
Somme Boy A good third at Cottenham but pulled up last time.

This race has some horses that will be hard to split, but Fizzlestix would already be a maiden winner but for a matter of inches and he should be capable of winning now. Nick Pearce has Clondaw Nell and Minmore present to choose between, either of which will have a good chance given his record with maidens. Skiptothegoodbit looks to have enough ability to win a maiden but she has blundered badly on her last two runs, while Kabanga Bay is an unknown quantity. David Maxwell’s pair, Big Bang De Loire and Brice Canyon have form in the book and they will be sure to pick up a place.
1. Fizzlestix          2. Clondaw Nell/Minmore Present       3. Big Bang De Loire/Brice Canyon

2nd Race - 2.50pm. The SEHC MEMBERS CONDITIONS Race - 2m4f - 12st
Black Glen Boy Won maiden and restricted last season but failed to make much of an impression this season.
Broughton Green 15-years-old now and having first run of the season, perhaps best watched.
Coeur Brule Decent form last season but has been disappointing this year.
Come On You Won well over this distance in February but gets an 8lb penalty in this.
Crazy Eyes Ran well twice but has pulled up on last two starts despite the better ground.
De Clare Man Knocking on the door to win one of these but the shorter distance is perhaps not ideal.
Dead Or Alive Hasn’t shown good form for a while and probably best discounted.
Definite Ridge Reliable jumper and thorough stayer who always manages to feature in the placings.
Galient Usually runs no more than once a season and missed 2015.
Gamato Ran well for a long way on first start of the season at Charing. Will appreciate fast ground.
I Am Sam Unseated on debut when challenging for the lead, will perhaps only run in this for experience.
Irish Legionnaire Maiden who ran well last time at Larkhill beating a subsequent winner.
Letskeepit Simple Won his maiden well at Charing but doesn’t look suited to the better ground.
Lucky Prince Failed to get round on both starts this season.
Okafranca Pulled up here last time and hasn’t run since.
Pinsandneedles Will enjoy the trip and better ground, could surprise but probably best watched.
Rob Conti Won well at Charing and the step back in trip shouldn’t be a worry.
Time Is Tickin Has looked reluctant this season but the shorter trip may trick him into sticking at it.
Whatwillwedonext Failed to get round in six starts now this season.

A bizarre mixture of entries from all levels, with only a couple looking to have any sort of a chance. Come On You looked well suited to this trip at Charing but now has to carry a big penalty. Two starts ago Crazy Eyes would hold a great chance, but he’s run the last two weekends and has disappointing. De Clare Man keeps staying on at the end so this drop in trip may not be ideal, but he retains the ability to go close. Rob Conti has always looked to struggle over three miles, so this drop in trip should see him follow up his impressive Charing win. Gamato looked suited to the new trip at Charing and lost nothing in defeat, he should come on for the run but soft ground is a concern.
1. Rob Conti        2. De Clare Man        3. Come On You
 
3rd Race - 3.25pm. The South East Grand National MIXED OPEN Race - 3m6f - 11st7lb
Counting House Beat Lord Multifix here but unseated last time when already beaten in a better race.
Eagle Harbor 13-year-old maiden who will spring a major surprise to go close in this.
Hunters Lodge Kent Grand National winner and the ground is coming soft again for him now.
Kimora Showed good stamina winning at Fontwell last season, plus placed last time out.
Lord Multifix Just held by Hunters Lodge at Charing and similarly needs soft ground.
Rey Nacarado Won this last year and needs the extra distance.
The Crafty Butcher Was staying on at Penshurst and should be able to put that to good use here.
The Vicar Chased home Witch’s Hat at Penshurst and better ground should help him out.
Thenford Ryde Pulled up last time but should come on for the run.
Time Is Tickin Stays well and will be interesting to see if he enjoys the extra distance.
Witch’s Hat Won well at Penshurst but tipped up early at Charing last time.
Wor Rom Always placed until unseating last two runs, could be an issue again.
Yukon Delta Managed to complete last time but a long way behind.
 
A lot of horses closely matched on ratings but The Crafty Butcher looks the ace in the pack and it was a surprise to see him beaten at Penshurst. But, Rey Nacarado and Hunters Lodge fought this out last season and of the two Hunters Lodge will be the most suited to soft going. Kimora stays well and she should be able to feature in the placings.
1. Hunters Lodge      2. Kimora        3. Rey Nacarado

4th Race - 4.00pm. The OPEN MAIDEN Race - 3m - 12st
Allforthelove Well beaten last time out and will need to improve.
Amour Collonges Pulled up last time out and under rules form was uninspiring.
Clondaw Nell Second to Margot Fontane here last month, but should have acclimatised by now.
Eagle Harbor 13-years-old but has place claims.
Hi Lucy Lou Placed twice in Ireland last season but the form perhaps isn’t the strongest.
I Am Sam Unseated when mounting a strong challenge at Charing on debut, should go well.
Indian Hill Unraced
Irish Legionnaire Finished third when given a quiet ride last time, beating a subsequent winner.
 Iwouldntliketosay Yet to complete in two starts.
Kabanga Bay Unraced five-year-old from Phil York’s yard.
Minmore Present Placed in Ireland as a four-year-old, last ran in January.
Old Devereux Missed 2015 and form wasn’t brilliant previously.
Pep Talk Pulled too hard at Penshurst and unseated at the first at Charing.
Wolram Pulled up on all three starts so far.

This could be between the Nick Pearce and Richard Bandey stables, who both have a couple of entries. Bandey’s two both have less experience but both look like they have plenty of ability. Nick’s have both placed frequently and that experience should be enough to see one of them win here.
1. Clondaw Nell/Minmore Present        2. I Am Sam/Irish Legionnaire    3. Hi Lucy Lou
 
5th Race - 4.35pm. The Subaru RESTRICTED Race - 3m - 12st
Beneficiarius Only finisher at Charing so yet to see any real form from him.
Did You Ever Chased home Daidaidai at Penshurst but unseated at Charing.
Emperor Arcadius Won his maiden impressively and this course should suit him.
Jacks Lastchance Missed 2015. Hasn’t run since a good fourth at Fontwell 2014.
Justforthebuzz Has had a go at every level without having an impact.
Letskeepit Simple Second here over shorter and should go well again.
Lickety Split Dead heated on debut, although the form doesn’t hold up he should go well again.
Margot Fontane Won her maiden here impressively and should go well again if okay from her fall last time.
Mirs Choice Won her maiden easily but run out and unseated since.
Noble Legacy Struggles to stay with them for more than two miles.
Rua Nua Ran well last time before tiring. May enjoy better ground.
Scorpion Star Won his maiden impressively at Charing but the ground is going against him again.
Tinakellyflyer Decent form from 2012 but hasn’t run for three years.
 
This is an interesting race with Emperor Arcadius, Letskeepit Simple, Lickety Split, Margot Fontane and Scorpion Star closely matched. Emperor Arcadius is consistent but usually finds one or two to finish behind so the poor strike rate is a turn off. Lickety Split shares the same owner as Scorpion Star so it may be that only one of them runs. Margot Fontane was good winning here on debut last month, but the fall last time is a concern. Letskeepit Simple may be a similar level to these but he’s yet to prove himself at the trip.
1. Margot Fontane      2. Letskeepit Simple       3. Lickety Split/Scorpion Star
 
6th Race - 5.10pm. The PPORA CLUB MEMBERS Race for Veteran & Novice Riders - 3m - 12st
Be Definite Won by a head last time but gets a penalty for that.
Bringinthebranston Pulled up at Charing and will need to improve from that.
Broughtons Bandit Ran well here behind Hunters Lodge and should go better on better ground.
Dallas Cloud A close third at Parham after a long time off, should come on again for that.
Excitable Island Beaten twice this season but possible that better ground may help.
Hunters Lodge Won here last time out but faster ground is a concern.
Iheardu Won well at Charing and the faster the ground the better.
Jakros Won a novice riders back in January but hasn’t shown much since, should find this easier.
Kaybeew Struggles in races of this level.
Orfeo Conti Not disgraced to finish fourth last time and will be better back over three miles.
Playhara Seemed to go sour under rules and was tailed off when third last time.
Silver Token Not showing anywhere near last season’s form and probably best discounted.
The Crafty Butcher Should be the best of these based on all form.
The Vicar Not without a chance now the ground has dried up.
Witch’s Hat Won well beating The Vicar at Penshurst but his jumping isn’t the best.
 
An competitive race on paper with a lot closely matched on ratings. The Crafty Butcher heads the field but he isn’t without challengers and Dallas Cloud, Iheardu, Excitable Island and Jakros are among them. Broughtons Bandit looked capable of progressing to take a few races like these, but he found little off the bridle at Penshurst, while Hunters Lodge is not without a chance if he goes for this.
1. Hunters Lodge             2. The Crafty Butcher      3. Dallas Cloud 
Godstone: Preview
The South East point-to-point scene returns to Godstone after a fortnight break, where the South East Grand National is the feature race of the day. Last year's inaugural running saw Rey Nacarado narrlowly hold off Hunters Lodge and the two are entered to do battle again, with Hunters Lodge having already bagged the Kent Grand National earlier this season. It's not just a two horse race however, with potential opponents including The Crafty Butcher and Kimora. 
The are two Maidens in which Nick Pearce seems to hold the best chances with Clondaw Nell and Minmore Present, but has potential opponents from Richard Bandey's stable to contend with; I Am Sam and Irish Legionnaire. The Restricted could be a race to savour if Margot Fontane, Lickety Split and Scorpion Star all go head to head, although the latter two represent the same owner so might not both run. The 2m4f Club Members Race should see Rob Conti follow up his Charing victory and confirm the form over De Clare Man, while the concluding Novice and Veteran Riders Race is a wide open affair and could go to almost any of the fifteen entries including Be Definite, Broughtons Bandit, Dallas Cloud, Iheardu, Hunters Lodge, The Vicar, Witch's Hat, Excitable Island, or The Crafty Butcher. 
1st Race - 2.15pm. The OPEN MAIDEN Race - 2m4f - 12st
1st Brice Canyon Mr D. Maxwell 3/1
2nd Fizzlestix Mrs G. Ellis 5/4F
3rd Somme Boy Mr R. Collinson 14/1
Time: 5mins 33s
Distances: 25l, 4l

2nd Race - 2.50pm. The SEHC MEMBERS CONDITIONS Race - 2m4f - 12st
1st Time Is Tickin Mr O. Wedmore 20/1
2nd Rob Conti Mr D. Maxwell 4/6F
3rd Black Glen Boy Mr R. Collinson 8/1
Time: 5mins 31s
Distances: 6l, 2l
 
3rd Race - 3.25pm. The South East Grand National MIXED OPEN Race - 3m6f - 11st7lb
1st Kimora Miss L. Allan 3/1
2nd Hunters Lodge Mr G. Henderson 2/1F
3rd Wor Rom Miss R. Grissell 8/1
Time: 8mins 16s
Distances: 10l, 6l

4th Race - 4.00pm. The OPEN MAIDEN Race - 3m - 12st
1st Hi Lucy Lou Mr R. Collinson 3/1
2nd Eagle Harbor Mr J. Jenkinson 8/1
3rd Clondaw Nell Mr S. Davies-Thomas 4/6F
Time: 6mins 43s
Distances: neck, 2l
 
5th Race - 4.35pm. The Subaru RESTRICTED Race - 3m - 12st
1st Margot Fontane Mr P. Bull 1/2F
2nd Tinakelly Flyer Mr O. Wedmore 8/1
3rd Justforthebuzz Mr L. Madgwick
Time: 6mins 45s
Distances: 10l, 15l
 
6th Race - 5.10pm. The PPORA CLUB MEMBERS Race for Veteran & Novice Riders - 3m - 12st
1st The Crafty Butcher Mr M. Gorman Evens
2nd Witch's Hat Mrs E. Gillings 4/1
3rd Bringinthebranston Mr N. Benstead 14/1
Time: 6mins 47s
Distances: 1l, 25l

Godstone: Review
It was a day for the ladies at Godstone, as mares took three of the six races. Kimora was the first of the fairer sex to score, showing too much speed for the favourite Hunters Lodge. Kimora's trainer Louise Allan and owner Robert Clifton-Brown had sadly lost Clonbanan Lad at Aintree on Thursday and Kimora's win gave their spirits a much needed boost. The second mare to score was East Anglian invader Hi Lucy Lou in the three-mile maiden for Andrew Pennock, the eight-year-old just held on by a neck from the rallying 13-year-old Eagle Harbor. The third mare was the impressive Margot Fontane for owner-rider-trainer-breeder Pete Bull. The six-year-old confirmed the impression she made when winning her maiden on debut and is now unbeaten in two completed starts.
The opening 2m4f maiden went to the five-year-old Brice Canyon for regular South East visitor David Maxwell, before Time Is Tickin bounced back from recent lacklustre form to win the 2m4f Club Members race under Oz Wedmore. The concluding Veteran & Novice Riders went to the Gorman family with The Crafty Butcher. Marcus confirmed he was riding for the final time in his career and will now concentrate on showjumping, while The Crafty Butcher will be ridden by son George under National Hunt rules.