14th February - Charing
South East Hunts Club

Next meeting

Going Report 10th February: Good-to-soft ,soft in places.
1st Race - 12.00pm. The four, five & six-year-olds SEHC Members MAIDEN Race - 2m4f - 12st
Florabell Unraced half-sister to first time out winner Florella.
Grayhawk Rated 86 in Irish points but well beaten on debut for yard in Fontwell Novice Hurdle.
It Just Aint Right Unraced.
Iwouldntliketosay Unseated when well behind at Cottenham on debut.
Jump To The Beat Beaten 18l into fourth at Horseheath last weekend.
Letskeepit Simple Well beaten in three starts this season but may find this race easier.
Margot Fontane Unraced.
Ollie Milburn Unraced.
Robin's Wager Well beaten when fell at Cottenham last time out.
Skiptothegoodbit Only run twice but pulled up in both.
Why Lie Second to Tangolan on only start as a four-year-old last season, should improve further.
 
A largely inexperienced field but Why Lie should improve on his second from last season, while Florabella has to be respected given connections. Grayhawk has useful form in Ireland and is one of the more experienced runners.
1. Why Lie          2. Florabella         3. Grayhawk
 
2nd Race - 12.35pm. The South Bookmakers SEHC Members RESTRICTED - 3m - 12st
Forrest Blue Beat My Brother Pat at Parham last season but didn’t get far on only run this season.
Glory Hunter Won well at Higham last season but form tailed off a bit after that.
Jacks Lastchance Dead heated in poor race at Aldington in 2014 before finishing a good fourth at Fontwell. Missed last season.
Jenna Pride Improved throughout last season and was a good fourth at Cottenham last time out.
Leafy Arbour Rarely gets round.
Lule Kyle Fast finishing second behind Galros Lady at Ampton, sure to win soon.
Miss Alice Jones Weakened rapidly at Cottenham and will need to be ridden with restraint over three miles.
My Alfie Finished 15 lengths behind Zucotti Park at Higham and a long way behind the winner.
My Brother Pat Finally won his maiden when impressive at Kingston Blount last season. Bit old to find improvement.
On The Rob Failed to complete in three starts and is still a maiden.
Only Time'll Tell Fell at the last at Larkhill last time out. Stays well.
Rua Nua Decent Irish rating but has been off since May 2014.
Shannon Smacker Has place form in Restricteds but will struggle here.
The Gunner Brady Won maiden here in 2014. Missed 2015. Good 4th at Cocklebarrow on return.
View The Dance Has failed to place in the last three years.
Whatwillwedonext Very poor form apart from when winning his Irish point in 2013.
Zuccotti Park Third at Higham last time out and close third to Big Georgie at Chaddesley Corbett before that.
 
Some decent out of area entries could see the South East fail to land a blow here. Zucotti Park won’t need to improve much to win this but Lule Kyle is a danger if he runs. Jenna Pride probably holds the best chance for the South East.
 1. Zuccotti Park      2. Lule Kyle         3. Jenna Pride
 
3rd Race - 1.10pm. The Shepherd Neame Kent Grand National MENS OPEN - 3m4f - 12st5lb
Adept Approach Area legend who stays very well, will surely enjoy this step up in trip.
American Spin Looked surly in both starts this season and will be a hard ride.
Come On You Stays well and was a good fourth at Higham last time out, first run at this level.
Desertmore Valley Was at Intermediate level for a long time and this is his first start at Open level.
Festival Bound Useful novice riders horse but this is his first start at Open level.
Hunters Lodge Unlucky to be beaten three times last season. Thorough stayer now trained by Alan Hill. Could have a chance.
Kaybeew Finished fourth in this last season but a long way behind.
Kornati Kid Lazy but ran on strongly here last season and could repeat the same trick over this longer distance.
Lord Multifix Very idle but was second here last year when given a very strong ride.
Mr Bennett Won at a lower level last season. Proved his stamina when fourth in the long distance race at Fontwell.
Owenacurra Managed to just hold off Kornati Kid here last season and will appreciate the extra distance.
Showman Stays well as was second in this in 2014, but unseated new rider last time out.
The Vicar Won four Opens in 2014. Made a good comeback when fourth at Higham, stays well and isn’t short of speed either.
Yukon Delta Pulled up at Cottenham in November.
 
This looks Adept Approach’s race to lose but the battle for second is wide open. Of the rest Hunters Lodge relishes this sort of trip and will be glad of any rain. The Vicar was a handy stayer under rules and can defy his age to outclass a few here.
1. Adept Approach   2. Hunters Lodge      3. The Vicar
 
4th Race - 1.45pm. The LADIES OPEN - 3m - 11st
Can Mestret Very buzzy horse who was a good third to Khyber Kim last month. Failed to settle or jump in bad ground last time out.
Carloswayback Handy under rules and has won an Irish Open, isn’t without a chance.
Carruthers 2011 Hennessy winner, finished a tired 8th at Larkhill last time out but will come on for the run.
Come On You Stays well and was a good fourth at Higham last time out, first run at this level.
Conkies Lad Useful novice riders horse with a decent turn of foot. First start at this level but has the speed for it.
Crazy Eyes Only ran once last season but regularly placed in Ladies Opens before that.
De Clare Man Restricted winner who hasn’t been tested at anywhere near this level yet.
Do You Follow Me Completion rate is very low.
Done A Runner Gave Little Legend plenty of trouble before unseating at Godstone last season. Impressive at Higham last time out.
Lucky Prince Poor form over hurdles and has never jumped a chase fence in public.
Midnight King Won Mens Opens in 2013. Missed 2014. Won a Confined last season. Still needs to prove he has regained old form.
Popaway Cheltenham Hunterchase winner, leading up the straight at Higham last time when quickly pulled up.
Rey Nacarado Won over 3m6f at Godstone last season and would probably be better over that distance again.
Silver Token Useful Novice Riders horse last season. Finished seventh at Larkhill last time out ahead of Carruthers.
Top Smart Handy under rules. Had no shame in finding Start Royal too good in his last run of last season.
Volcan Surprise Winner of three Ladies Opens but finishes second much more often. Beat Done A Runner last season.
Witch’s Hat Placed in a couple of Opens last season but well beaten.
Wor Rom A good second at Godstone last season but didn’t run again after that. May need the run.
Yukon Delta Pulled up at Cottenham in November.
 
A tricky contest with some handy Ladies horses entered as well as some new recruits to pointing. Can Mestret has plenty of ability but is usually let down by poor jumping and a tendency to pull too hard. Done A Runner won very impressively at Higham and could improve past Volcan Surprise. But, Popaway was running a big race at Higham and could be back to her best if all is well.
1. Popaway      2. Done A Runner    3. Can Mestret
 
5th Race - 2.20pm. The Adrian Henry Vivier Memorial SEHC MEMBERS CONDITIONS Race - 2m4f -12st
Alf Wright Useful form under rules. Pulled up in competitive Taunton Hunterchase last month but first start with Alan Hill.
Ballinghassig Low rating under rules and hasn’t run for three years.
Bringinthebranston Intermediate winner who makes first start for new yard.
Broughton Green Fifteen-years-old now but must be showing signs of life at home. Dual course winner.
Brunswick Gold Run creditably this season in much stronger races and gets in here without a penalty.
Come On You Won twice here last season and looked in good nick at Higham last time out.
Conna Cloud Won Maiden and Restricted last season but disappointed in Intermediate.
Crazy Eyes Won a few races at this level but has only run once in two years.
De Clare Man Won Maiden and Restricted but pulled up on only start at this level.
Duke Of Kentford Won Hunt race well here last season and could run well if fit.
Fast Exit Failed to get very far in both starts this season.
Ferris Bueller Failed to get round this season.
Gamato Dual course winner but would prefer better ground.
Iheardu Won well twice here in 2014 but missed 2015. Fell on return at Higham.
Irish Rebel Very inconsistent. Hasn’t run yet this season so no idea what form he is in.
Latalanta Pulled up at Milborne St. Andrew on first run since 2012.
Midnight King Won Open’s in 2013. Missed 2014. Could have a chance at this level.
Mr Bennett Won at this level last season, not without a chance.
Nimbus Lad Pulled up twice at Larkhill this season, may need an easier race.
Reag Ag Leimt Won two Opens 2014. Stuck to sub three-mile hunter chases for most of last season.
Running In Heels Restricted winner who won’t appreciate any soft ground.
Star Of Massini Beat subsequent Hunterchase winner last season before finishing a good third to Full Trottle at Fontwell.
Tiermore Couldn’t land a blow in Novice Riders last season and this race looks better.
Time Is Tickin Showed stamina to finish a good 2nd to Impact Area at Fontwell last season. Been busy under rules over the summer.
West Of The Road Hasn’t run for over two years and now in new ownership.
 
Brunswick Gold has already run three times this season and will find this much easier than what he’s been used to. Midnight King and Reag ag Leimt have claims based on old form but Star Of Massini could prove to be very smart given an uninterrupted campaign this season.
1. Brunswick Gold        2. Star Of Massini      3. Midnight King
  
6th Race - 2.55pm. The Shepherd Neame Master Brew SEHC Members MAIDEN Race - 3m - 12st
Abijoe Poor under rules for Pam Sly, best watched for new yard.
Achemenes Poor form in Irish points and under rules.
Beneficiarius Placed seven times in Ireland, decent rating but exposed.
Connies Height. Unraced eight-year-old.
Dccovi Poor form last season.
Florabell Unraced half-sister to first time out winner Florella.
Iskrabob Finished second to Kingsfold Flare last season but didn’t run again.
Knockedoutloaded Was lightly raced in Irish points until running three times in two weeks last May. Could be fragile.
Letskeepit Simple Well beaten in better races this season, should find it easier in this area.
Lickety Split Finished last in two runs in Ireland but cost £20,000 at Doncaster.
Margot Fontane Unraced.
Milksheikh Was travelling well at Cottenham last time before falling in the back straight.
Mount Conero Only run four times in two years and has struggled in each of them.
Nothing Personal Well beaten into third by impressive winner Detank at Cocklebarrow.
On The Rob Only run three times and pulled up in each of them.
Rockatino On The Rob’s brother. Pulled up in only start.
Samarnni Fell early on at Higham and is a bit headstrong.
Scorpion Star Finished third to Daidaidai at Cottenham but pulled up at Larkhill next time.
Sir Reecer Pulls up when he does decide to start.
Ugano du Chatelet Failed to get round in four starts.
Wolram Pulled up at Higham on debut.
 
Slightly more competitive than the other maiden. Florabella could be a nice prospect but some others are more experienced. Of those, Knockedoutloaded, Lickety Split and Milksheikh stand out, while Scorpion Star has been given plenty of time to bounce back from pulling up last time out.
1. Lickety Split    2. Scorpion Star   3. Milksheikh
  
  1. Adept Approach
    Adept Approach
  2. Rey Nacarado
    Rey Nacarado
  3. Owenacurra
    Owenacurra
LOVE THE KENT GRAND NATIONAL THIS VALENTINES DAY
The first meeting of the South East season takes place on Sunday, where six races have attracted 107 entries. The big race of the day is the Shepherd Neame Kent Grand National, which is headed by one of the area’s top Open horses, Adept Approach, due to be ridden by Charlie Marshall. His toughest opposition includes last year’s South East Grand National runner up, Hunters Lodge, and the 2014 South East leading horse, The Vicar, who is back from injury. Other entries include last year’s runner up Lord Multifix as well as Owenacurra, Come On You, Showman and Kornati Kid, who all have form at the course.
The Ladies Open is rich in both quality and quantity and includes racing royalty, Carruthers, the 2011 Hennessy winner and half-brother to Gold Cup winner Coneygree. His opposition includes Cheltenham Hunterchase winner, Popaway, the continually improving Done A Runner and Conkies Lad, who will be ridden by Charlie Marshall’s sister, Izzie.
The South East Hunts Club Members Conditions race is the first of its type to be run over 2m4f in the South East and could see some form lines turned on their heads. Brunswick Gold heads the field and should find this race slightly easier those he’s been running in this season. He could face formidable opposition in the shape of Star Of Massini, who looks like he will enjoy a drop in trip, while Reag Ag Leimt and Midnight King are two that can’t be ignored.
The card also includes a 2m4f maiden, a restricted, a three-mile maiden and is preceded by pony racing.
  
  1. Carruthers
    Carruthers
  2. Brunswick Gold
    Brunswick Gold
  3. Hunters Lodge
    Hunters Lodge
RESULTS
1st Race - 12.00pm. The four, five & six-year-olds SEHC Members MAIDEN Race - 2m4f - 12st
1st Letskeepitsimple Mr C. Marshall 6/1
2nd Florabell Mr S. Davies-Thomas 7/4
3rd Why Lie Mr D. Peters 6/4F
Time: 5mins 54s
Distances: 5l, 2l.

2nd Race - 12.35pm. The South Bookmakers SEHC Members RESTRICTED - 3m - 12st
1st The Gunner Brady Mr D. Edwards 4/1
2nd Jenna Pride Mr S. Davies-Thomas 3/1
3rd Lule Kyle Mr R. Stearn 5/2
Time: 7mins 22s
Distances: 10l, 3l.

3rd Race - 1.10pm. The Shepherd Neame Kent Grand National MENS OPEN - 3m4f - 12st5lb
1st Hunters Lodge Mr G. Henderson 14/1
2nd Lord Multifix Mr W. Hickman 20/1
3rd Mr Bennett Mr P. Bull 10/1
Time: 9mins 19s
Distances 1/2l, 4l.

4th Race - 1.45pm. The LADIES OPEN - 3m - 11st
1st Conkies Lad Miss I. Marshall 3/1
2nd Crazy Eyes Miss T. Worsley 6/1
3rd Wor Rom Miss R. Grissell 2/1JF
Time: 7mins 23s
Distances: 6l, 1/2l.

5th Race - 2.20pm. The Adrian Henry Vivier Memorial SEHC MEMBERS CONDITIONS Race - 2m4f -12st
1st Come On You Mr S. Davies-Thomas 4/1
2nd Star Of Massini Mrs G. Ellis 5/2
3rd De Clare Man Miss R. Grissell 10/1
Time: 5mins 51s
Distances: Neck, 6l.

6th Race - 2.55pm. The Shepherd Neame Master Brew SEHC Members MAIDEN Race - 3m - 12st
1st Beneficiarius Miss H. Moore 4/1
Time: 8mins 19s
Distances: Finished Alone
 
REVIEW  
The Marshall family enjoyed a fantastic start to the South East season, as brother and sister, Charlie and Izzie, each rode a winner. Charlie opened his account for the season in the 2m4f maiden on Letskeepit Simple for Ian Cobb. Content to let Florabell and Why Lie get into an early battle, Charlie bided his time and produced his mount at the second last, from where they held on gamely to win by six lengths.
In the Ladies Open Izzie was riding in just her third point-to-point, but she showed tactical nous as she held onto Conkies Lad before hitting the front three out. Worries about his stamina on the soft ground proved unfounded as he strode out to beat Crazy Eyes by six lengths.
Charlotte was narrowly denied a training double as Lord Multifix ran out of time to close down Hunters Lodge in the Kent Grand National, as odds-on favourite Adept Approach crashed out with over a circuit to run.
Come On You continued his brilliant course form as he took the 2m4f Club Members Conditions race for Nick Pearce. He is now three from three at Charing and he will surely win his fair share more for connections.
Another horse to remain unbeaten at the course was The Gunner Brady, who returned from a year off to win the restricted at the course where he won his maiden two years previously. He was ridden by South West based Darren Edwards who made a long journey for the one ride.
The concluding race was labelled ‘a true point-to-point race’ by many spectators, as just one horse made it round. That was Beneficiarius, ridden by Hayley Moore and trained by Michaela Tomlinson. The nine-year-old made it 25th time lucky, having had run consistently in Ireland without winning for the past four years.
  
Race Reports
by Nicola, Stephanie & Martyn Dean

Race 1: The Giles Hopper Memorial Four, Five, Six & Seven-Year-Olds South East Hunts Club Members Maiden Race (2 miles 4 furlongs)

Seven runners headed to the starter for the short maiden race. Florabell (Sam Davies-Thomas) was sent of fthe 7/4 favourite by bookmakers with Why Lie (Dale Peters) at 5/2. Iwouldntliketosay (Gina Andrews), Ollie Milburn (Phil York) and Robins Wager (Will Clarke) were all priced at 4/1 whilst Letskeepit Simple (Charlie Marshall) was 7/1 and It Just Aint Right (Max Kendrick) was the 10/1 outsider.
Florabell and Why Lie were the early leaders at the drop of the starter’s flag followed by It Just Aint Right, Iwouldntliketosay, Letskeepit Simple, Robins Wager and Ollie Milburn. The seven maiden’s took the first two fences well but It Just Aint Right unseated at the third. Iwouldntliketosay was slow over the fourth fence and dropped to the tail of the field as the remaining runners raced to the fifth fence. Why Lie continued to lead as the runners made their way to their only open ditch (fence eight) followed by Florabell, Letskeepit Simple, Iwouldntliketosay, Ollie Milburn and Robins Wager. The six runners took the open ditch well and continued back up the hill. At fence ten Robins Wager was starting to get detached from the other five runners and was then pulled up before the eleventh. As the remaining runners turned back down the hill with four fences to jump Why Lie continued to lead from Florabell, Letskeepit Simple with Iwouldntliketosay and Ollie Milburn a further four lengths behind the leading trio. Iwouldntliketosay was pulled up at the thirteenth fence. At the penultimate fence Letskeepit Simple moved up to join Why Lie and Florabell with Ollie Milburn six lengths behind. Letskeepit Simple was asked to quicken racing to the final fence and opened up a three length advantage. Florabell and why lie both tried to close on the leader but Letskeepit Simple continued to pull away from his rivals and took the final fence well to secure victory. Florabell and Why Lie battled it out for second with Florabell just finding extra to take second place. Ollie Milburn also completed for fourth.

1st Letskeepit Simple Charlie Marshall 7/1
2nd Florabell Sam Davies-Thomas 7/4 (Favourite)
3rd Why Lie Dale Peters 5/2
4th Ollie Milburn Phil York 4/1


Distances 6 lengths and 2 lengths Time 5 mins 57 secs
Four finished

Race 2: The Frant Lakes South East Hunts Club Members Restricted Race

Ten runners contested the restricted race with Zuccotti Park (Dale Peters) sent off the 6/4 favourite. Jenna Pride (Sam Davies-Thomas) and Lule Kyle (Rupert Stearn) were also popular in the betting at 5/2. Forrest Blue (Shane Roche), Leafy Arbour (Phil York) and My Alfie (Gina Andrews) were all priced at 8/1 with The Gunner Brady (Darren Edwards) at 10/1, Rua Nua (Richard Defago) and Shannon Smacker (Joshua Pearce) at 14/1 and Whatwillwedonext (Chris Pendry) at 20/1.
Whatwillwedonext unseated at the first where Rua Nua led from Lule Kyle, Leafy Arbour, Zuccotti Park, My Alfie, The Gunner Brady, Jenna Pride, Forrest Blue and Shannon Smacker. The remaining nine runners all took the next two fences well before heading to their first open ditch (fence four) by which point Shannon Smacker was five lengths behind his rivals. The nine runners continued up the hill with all nine jumping well but with Shannon Smacker becoming even more detached. As the nine runners turned down the hill Rua Nua continued to lead from Leafy Arbour with Zuccotti Park moving up into third ahead of Lule Kyle and The Gunner Brady. My Alfie and Jenna Pride were a further two lengths behind with Forrest Blue another two lengths behind and Shannon Smacker detached from the other eight runners. At fence twelve (second open ditch) Leafy Arbour took over at the front of the field as Rua Nua started to drop back. The Gunner Brady also made up ground to dispute the lead followed by Lule Kyle, Zuccotti Park, Jenna Pride, Forrest Blue and My Alfie. Rua Nua was pulled up before the thirteenth fence where My Alfie started to become detached and was subsequently pulled up as well. As the seven remaining runners made their way to the top of the hill Leafy Arbour was passed by The Gunner Brady and Lule Kyle. Zuccotti Park was also close to the leading pair with Jenna Pride whilst Forrest Blue was starting to struggle and Shannon Smacker remained detached. Leafy Arbour, Shannon Smacker and Forrest Blue were all pulled up at the fifteenth fence leaving only four to continue. As the four runners turned down the hill for the final time The Gunner Brady had a slight advantage over Zuccotti Park, Jenna Pride and Lule Kyle. Zuccotti Park made a mistake at the sixteenth fence and fell leaving The Gunner Brady three lengths clear of Jenna Pride with Lule Kyle a further five lengths behind. Jenna Pride started to close on the leader racing to the penultimate fence but The Gunner Brady started to pull away from Jenna Pride again racing to the final fence and had an eight length advantage as he negotiated his final obstacle. Jenna Pride completed for second with Lule Kyle in third.

1st The Gunner Brady Darren Edwards 10/1
2nd Jenna Pride Sam Davies-Thomas 5/2
3rd Lule Kyle Rupert Stearn 5/2


Distances11 lengths and 5 lengths Time 7mins 18 secs
Three finished

Race 3: The Shepherd Neame Kent Grand National Men's Open Race - 3 miles 4 Furlongs
Fence nine and seventeen omitted

Ten runners made up the field for the area’s feature race with Adept Approach (Charlie Marshall) the odds on 4/5 favourite. The Vicar (Sam Davies-Thomas) was next in the betting at 5/1 with Hunters Lodge (Gareth Henderson) and Desertmore Valley (Rupert Stearn) at 7/1. Owenacurra (Stuart Robinson) was priced at 8/1 whilst Festival Bound (Jack Andrews) and Mr Bennett (Pete Bull) were priced at 10/1. Lord Multifix (Will Hickman) and Kornati Kid (James Rawdon-Mogg) were both priced at 14/1 and Showman (Chris Pendry) was the 20/1 outsider.
Showman fell at the first fence where Lord Multifix and Hunters Lodge were the early leaders for the men’s open race followed by Owenacurra, The Vicar, Desertmore Valley, Adept Approach, Festival Bound, Kornati Kid and Mr Bennett. The nine remaining runners remained tightly grouped together as they completed their first circuit with The Vicar leading from Hunters Lodge, Lord Multifix, Festival Bound, Desertmore Valley, Adept Approach, Owenacurra, Kornati Kid and Mr Bennett. At the half way point The Vicar continued to lead from Hunters Lodge and Owenacurra with Lord Multifix and Adept Approach a further length behind the leading trio with Festival Bound ahead of Mr Bennett, Kornati Kid and Desertmore Valley who was starting to get tailed off. The Vicar then made a mistake at the thirteenth and dropped back to fourth behind Hunters Lodge Owenacurra and Lord Multifix whilst Desertmore Valley was pulled up. Adept Approach started to make his way through the field heading to the fourteenth but then got in close to the fence and fell leaving Hunters Lodge to lead from Owenacurra and The Vicar with Lord Multifix and Festival Bound a further two lengths behind and Mr Bennett and Kornati Kid a further three lengths behind. As the remaining runners took their second open ditch (fence sixteen) The Vicar continued to lead from Hunters Lodge and Owenacurra whilst Mr Bennett made up ground to move into fourth with Lord Multifix with Festival Bound two lengths back and Kornati Kid further behind. Kornati Kid continued to lose ground on his rivals was pulled up at the nineteenth fence. As the six remaining runners turned down the hill for the final time Mr Bennett moved into the lead followed by Hunters Lodge with Lord Multifix a further three lengths back with Owenacurra whilst The Vicar and Festival Bound were starting to struggle and drop away from the leaders. Mr Bennett made a mistake at the twentieth fence allowing Hunters Lodge to regain the advantage. At the twenty first fence Hunters Lodge had a three length advantage over Lord Multifix with Mr Bennett another length behind and Owenacurra a further two lengths behind as both The Vicar and Festival Bound pulled up. Hunters Lodge continued to hold a three length advantage at the penultimate fence but then on the run to the final fence Lord Multifix started to close on the leader and was only a length behind taking the final fence. The pair raced to the winning post with Hunters Lodge holding on by half a length. Mr Bennett and Owenacurra also completed in third and fourth.

1st Hunters Lodge Gareth Henderson 7/1
2nd Lord Multifix Will Hickman 14/1
3rd Mr Bennett Peter Bull 10/1
4th Owenacurra Stuart Robinson 8/1

Distances ½ length and 3 lengths Time 9mins 15 sec
Four finished


Race 4: The Tate Fencing Ladies Open Race

Ten runners lined up for the ladies open race with Volcan Surprise (Carey Williamson) sent off the 6/4 favourite with Conkies Lad (Izzie Marshall) and Wor Rom (Rose Grissell) also popular in the betting at 2/1. Silver Token (Hannah Lemieux) was priced at 4/1 whilst Carloswayback (Caroline Dennis) and Crazy Eyes (Tabitha Worsley) were both priced at 6/1. Do You Follow Me (Isabel Mills) and Yukon Delta (K Gowing) were 8/1 chances with the bookmakers whilst Witch’s Hat (Ella Gillings) was priced at 10/1 and Lucky Prince (C Baker) was the 20/1 outsider.
Crazy Eyes was the early leader with Wor Rom and Conkies Lad followed by Do You Follow Me, Volcan Surprise, Carloswayback, Yukon Delta, Lucky Prince, Witch’s Hat and Silver Token. The ten runners all jumped well and remained grouped together over their first circuit. Wor Rom made a mistake at the ninth fence and dropped to the back of the field and as the runners took their tenth fence Carloswayback moved through the field to lead followed by Crazy Eyes and Volcan Surprise with Conkies Lad in fourth ahead of Yukon Delta and Witch’s Hat with Lucky Prince and Silver Token a further four lengths behind with Wor Rom and Do You Follow Me another length behind. The ten runners all took their second open ditch (fence twelve) well. Silver Token made a mistake at the thirteenth fence and lost a couple of lengths on his rivals and was subsequently pulled up before the fourteenth fence. Carloswayback and Volcan Surprise continued to lead as the nine remaining runners reached the top of the hill where both Lucky Prince and Witch’s Hat pulled up. Turning down the hill for the final time Crazy Eyes regained the advantage at the front of the field with Conkies Lad and Carloswayback trying to stay in touch whilst Wor Rom was also making up ground again. At the seventeenth fence Witch’s Hat and Yukon Delta pulled up whilst Conkies Lad jumped well and gained a lengths advantage over Crazy Eyes with Wor Rom and Volcan Surprise a further three lengths back and Carloswayback a further two lengths behind. Conkies Lad and Crazy Eyes raced to the penultimate fence together but Conkies Lad again put in a better jump and had a four length advantage racing to the final fence. Wor Rom closed up to join Crazy Eyes and the chasing pair seemed to be gaining on Conkies Lad who seemed to slow into the final fence however Conkies Lad got over the final fence and continued to maintain his advantage on the run to the winning post. Crazy Eyes and Wor Rom battled for second with Crazy Eyes holding on by two lengths. Volcan Surprise finished in fourth whilst Carloswayback also finished in fifth.

1st Conkies Lad Izzie Marshall 2/1
2nd Crazy Eyes Tabitha Worsley 6/1
3rd Wor Rom Rose Grissell 2/1
4th Volcan Surprise Carey Williamson 6/4 (Favourite)


Distances 4 lengths and 2 lengths Time 6mins 42 secs
Five finished


Race 5: The Adrian Henry Vivier Memorial South East Hunts Club Members Conditions Race (2 miles 4 furlongs)

Brunswick Gold (Stuart Robinson) was sent off the 5/4 favourite in the eleven runner conditions race over 2 miles 4 furlongs. Star Of Massini (Gina Andrews) was next in the betting at 11/4 followed by Come On You (Sam Davies-Thomas) at 7/2. Time Is Tickin (Oz Wedmore) and Conna Cloud (Phil York) were priced at 6/1 with Bringinthebranston (Nigel Benstead), Running In Heels (Will Clarke) and Tiermore (Charlie Marshall) all at 10/1. Ballinhassig (Ella Gillings) and De Clare Man (Rose Grissell) were both priced at 16/1 whilst Latalanta (Will Hickman) was 25/1.
Time Is Tickin and Conna Cloud led the field over the first where Bringinthebranston made a mistake relegating himself to last place. At fence three Time Is Tickin and Conna Cloud continued to lead from De Clare Man, Brunswick Gold, Tiermore, Ballinhassig, Star Of Massini, Come On You, Running In Heels, Latalanta and Bringinthebranston. The eleven runners completed their first circuit without any incident and with Time Is Tickin and Conna Cloud leading the field. Ballinhassig pulled up before the ninth fence and then Latalanta, Running In Heels and Time Is Tickin all pulled up at the tenth where Brunswick Gold made a mistake and fell reducing the field to six. Bringinthebranston and Tiermore then pulled up at the eleventh fence leaving just four to continue with De Clare Man and Conna Cloud leading from Star Of Massini and Come On You. Turning down the hill Star Of Massini and Come On You both moved to better ground on the outside of the track and the pair quickly moved up to join De Clare Man and Conna Cloud. De Clare Man made a mistake at the thirteenth fence as Star Of Massini took the lead. Racing to the penultimate fence Star Of Massini still had a half length advantage over Come On You and De Clare Man with Conna Cloud a further five lengths behind. Come On you them made a move to take the lead but Star Of Massini battled back and the pair took the final fence together and raced to the winning post side by side with Come On You just managing to get his neck in front at the winning post. De Clare Man also tried to battle back and closed on the leading pair racing to the line but had to settle for third whilst Conna Cloud also completed.

1st Come On You Sam Davies-Thomas 7/2
2nd Star Of Massini Gina Andrews 11/4
3rd De Clare Man Rose Grissell 14/1
4th Conna Cloud Phil York 6/1


Distances a neck and 2 lengths Time 5mins 51 secs
Four finished

Race 6: The Volvo South East Hunts Club Members Maiden Race.
Ten horses made their way to the starter for the 3 mile maiden race. Milksheikh (Phil York) was the even money favourite with Abijoe (Gina Andrews), Iskrabob (Rose Grissell) and Knockedoutloaded (Jack Andrews) all priced at 3/1. Beneficiarius (Hayley Moore) was 4/1 whilst Mount Conero (Rupert Stearn) and On The Rob (Oz Wedmore) were 10/1 and Rockatino (Charlie Marshall), Wolram (M Lineham) and Dccovi (Tabitha Worsley) were all 16/1 chances.
The ten runners set off steadily with Abijoe and Knockedoutloaded leading the field from Dccovi, Iskrabob, Rockatino, On The Rob, Mount Conero, Milksheikh, Wolram and Beneficiarius. The runners all took their first three fences well but at their first open ditch Iskrabob and Abijoe both made mistakes. At fence five Knockedoutloaded and Abijoe continued to lead from Iskrabob, Milksheikh, Mount Conero, Dccovi, Rockatino, On The Rob, Beneficiarius and Wolram. The ten runners took their sixth and seventh fences without incident but then at fence eight Milksheikh fell and hampered Rockatino causing him to fall and reducing the field to eight. Wolram then decided that he had had enough and pulled up at the ninth leaving seven runners with just over a circuit to race. Mount Conero then started to get detached from his rivals and was pulled up before the eleventh fence where Knockedoutloaded continued to lead with Dccovi moving into second ahead of Abijoe followed by On The Rob with Iskrabob another three lengths back in fifth with Beneficiarius another two lengths behind. The six remaining runners took their second open ditch (fence twelve) well with Abijoe moving into the lead ahead of Dccovi. On The Rob moved into third ahead of Iskrabob with Knockedoutloaded dropping back and Beneficiarius continuing a couple of lengths behind the others. Knockedoutloaded was pulled up before the thirteenth where both Abijoe and On The Rob fell and Iskrabob was brought down leaving just two runners to continue. Dccovi continued to lead Beneficiarius over the fourteenth and fifteenth fences but as the pair turned at the top of the hill Beneficiarius moved up to join Dccovi and the pair turned to race down the hill side by side. They took the sixteenth fence together but Dccovi got in close and despite her best efforts Tabitha Worsley was unable to stay in the saddle leaving Beneficiarius the task of negotiating the final three fences to lose his maiden status at the twenty fifth time of asking. Beneficiarius took the seventeenth and eighteenth fences well but tired approaching the last fence. He just about managed to scramble over the fence to them make his way slowly to the line and lose his maiden status.

1st Beneficiarius Hayley Moore 4/1

Finished alone Time 6mins 59 secs