13th May - Peper Harow
Surrey Union

Preview
The final point-to-point of the South East season takes place at Peper Harow, and a two week break since Parham means they have received multiple entries.
The area’s leading horse Crack Of Thunder could extend his unassailable lead, holding an entry in both the Men’s and Ladies Opens. His opposition in the former could include Parham third Strollawaynow, multiple winner The Ferbane Man, Charing Open winner The Gunner Brady, fellow Charing winner Merrydown Vintage, Penshurst winners Wor Rom and Franks A Million, plus Ian Cobb’s Take The Mick. Crack Of Thunder’s competition in the Ladies includes the Alan Hill trained Sharp Suit and the Ed Turner trained Sa Kaldoun, who have both won twice this season.
The Subaru Restricted is the South East’s final race by the sponsors, and eleven horses have a chance to qualify for the Subaru Restricted Final at Stratford on the 9th June. Andrew Pennock’s The Royal Chieftain heads the field, but recent Parham maiden winner Lake Balaton could follow up quickly, while the mares Clondaw Nell and Skiptothegoodbit could also run well.
The opening Novice Riders race could see Tempelpirate and Strollawaynow lock horns, however the former has lost his unbeaten run this season and would have to shoulder a 10lb penalty, while the latter receives a 5lb penalty. This is nothing compared to the weight Fergal O’Brien’s The Man Seville would have to burden, as he receives 14lbs in penalties.
The concluding Club Members has the most entries, with 24 horses aiming to win the last race of the South-East season. Ed Turner has a great record at the course and he appears to hold the aces in this race, with Franks A Million and Kriss William both entered. Opposition includes recent Northaw winner Forget Bob, the consistent Rocky Island, and both Poyntzpass and Kicker King, who have both recently won their maidens and restricteds.

   

Review
The South East season signed off in fine style at Peper Harow, with six competitive races providing some thrilling finishes.
The day kicked off with an intriguing head-to-head in the first race, as Strollawaynow and Tempelpirate were both evens favourites in the six-runner race. In receipt of 5lbs from his opponent, Benedict Shaw sent Strollawaynow into the lead and wasn’t caught, winning by four lengths.
The following race saw similar tactics, as Gina Andrews gave Knockedoutloaded an aggressive front running ride to win the Subaru Restricted from Parham maiden winner, Lake Balaton.
Gina was unable to make it a double in the Ladies Open, as the well fancied Sharp Suit was headed by Tim Underwood’s Golden Crisp and Katy Lyons. See You Jack and Beth Mellish then came with a late run, but were unable to get by the leader. But, by finishing second, Beth joined Ella Gillings at the head of the South East Lady Novice Championship.
The Mens Open saw the first leg of a double for the Turner Family, as Rupert Stearn guided Franks A Million to victory, 12 months after he won the Restricted at the same course. Trainer Ed Turner then made it a double in the concluding Club Members race, as he and Kriss William held off all challengers to score by two lengths.
The Open Maiden saw a first win for trainer Catriona Kerruish, as Earl The Pearl cruised to victory under Phil York.