22nd February 2015 Charing
 
Preview
While Charing was never going to match the entries of Godstone it has still attracted a healthy number, just falling short of a ton.
The opening 2.5 mile Maiden has fourteen entries, with David Phelan and Nick Pearce both providing three each. Other South East trainers with entries include Andrew Coveny, Richard Gurney and Rose Grissell, while Tommy Morgan and Lynn Redman could provide runners from out of the area. There aren't any stand out entries, with most of the runners either unraced or showing little form under rules.
The following Restricted race is a standard South East affair, with the majority of them regular runners in the area. The field is headed by Cottenham winner Come On You, unfortunately carried out at Godstone, and Running In Heels, who threw the same race away when ten lengths clear at the last. The field is made up of familiar names such as Did You Ever, De Waiting Game, Country Foolery, Tompatpeg and Tuscany Star to name a few.
The feature race, the Kent Grand National, has attracted the lowest entries on the card, with just 11 entered. The stand out duo are Minella For Steak and Stress, who are both from out of the area and aren't far apart on ratings. The former is the ride of Jonjo O'Neill's amateur jockey, Tommie O'Brien, and the pair came second to Cottage Oak at Sheriff Hutton in January. The latter won at Higham last time out, but the form could be questioned with Earl Grez only a length behind in second. Eight of the other nine entries all hail from the South East and include Rather Curious for David Phelan, Showman for Mark Dilworth, Cold Mountain for Paul Blagg, Lord Multifix for Charlotte Marshall, Witch's Hat for Rick Gurney and Thenford Ryde for Alison Hickman.
The Ladies Open is greater in both quantity and quality. South East entries include Charing specialist Rear Gunner, Peper Harow winner Behind The Scenes, regular runner-up Crazy Eyes, last years Aldington Ladies winner Masked Man and Ampton winner Rey Nacarado. Out of area entries include the highly rated Magic Sky and Quinsman, as well as No No Bingo for Emily Harbour. Also included in the entries are Julie Wickens pair Major Decision and Ukranian Star.
As ever the Club Members Conditions race is the most popular race of the card, with 23 horses entered to run. Stress, Masked Man and Crazy Eyes are double entered for this, while Chasers Chance is the highest entered asides from these. The other entries include Time Is Tickin, who is bidding to follow up his Godstone win, and Owenacurra who won the Mens Open on this card a couple of seasons ago.
The concluding three mile Maiden has nineteen entries with David Phelan and Nick Pearce providing seven of them between them. Slidecheck appears to be Pearce's best runner, withsome decent placed from in Irish point-to-points. Ballybrack Dancer and Conna Cloud both have placed form from this season, while Tommy Morgan's Shutthebackdoor has some good form from his few starts under rules.
Results
 
4,5,6 & 7 year old 2m 4f Maiden (10 runners)
1. SPIRITOFCHARTWELL Mr P. York 5/1
2. MISS ALICE JONES Mr P. Hall 7/2
=3. TRIPLE BRANDY Mr M. Kendrick 20/1
=3. JENNA PRIDE Mr S. Davies-Thomas 5/1
Time: 5m 14s
Distances: 20l, 10l
 
 
Restricted (9 runners)
1. COME ON YOU Mr S. Davies-Thomas 4/6F
2. COUNTRY FOOLERY Mr W. Clarke 20/1
3. RUNNING IN HEELS Mr P. York 9/4
Time: 6m 42s
Distances: 6l, 20l
 
 
3m 4f Kent Grand National Mens Open (9 runners)
1. MINELLA FOR STEAK Mr S. Davies-Thomas 11/10F
2. LORD MULTIFIX Mr C. Marshall 14/1
3. DAWN DISPLAY Mr O. Mills 20/1
Time: 8m 22s
Distances: 2l, distance
 
 
Ladies Open (9 runners)
1. MASKED MAN Mrs S. Ashby 5/2
2. BIT OF A CLOWN Miss H. Moore 20/1
3. BEHIND THE SCENES Miss E. Darwin 8/1
Time: 6m 42s
Distances: 4l, 2l
 
 
 
Club Members Conditions (11 runners)
1. OWENACURRA Mr S. Robinson 5/4F
2. DEFINITE RIDGE Mr R. Glennon 8/1
3. KORNATI KID Mr J. Rawdon-Mogg 14/1
Time: 6m 48s
Distances: hd, hd
 
 
Open Maiden (10 runners)
1. SHUTTHEBACKDOOR Mr S. Davies-Thomas 6/4F
2. SLIDECHECK Mr P. Hall 2/1
3. BAGGING TURF Mr O. Wedmore 8/1
Time: 6m 59s
Distances: 6l, 3l
 
 
 
Race Reports by Nicola, Stephanie & Martyn Dean
 
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)
Ten runners made their way to the start for the short maiden race. Part And Parcel (Dale Peters) was sent off the 6/4 favourite with Miss Alice Jones (Philip Hall) at 2/1, Fair Lucky (Oz Wedmore) and Jenna Pride (Sam Davies-Thomas) at 4/1, Spiritofchartwell (Phil York) at 5/1, Realta Na Maidine (Rex Dingle), Thepenniesdropped (Hayley Moore) and The Milliphant (Pete Bull) at 10/1 and Triple Brandy (Max Kendrick) and Inside Out (Will Clarke) at 16/1.
The ten runners set off steadily with Spiritofchartwell and Thepenniesdropped leading the runners over the first fence whilst Miss Alice Jones and Jenna Pride were both slowly over the first at the rear of the field. At fence three Fair Lucky and Spiritofchartwell led the field from Part And Parcel, Thepenniesdropped and Realta Na Maidine followed by Triple Brandy, The Milliphant, Inside Out, Miss Alice Jones and Jenna Pride. Realta Na Maidine made a mistake at the fourth fence and unseated Rex Dingle whilst Spiritofchartwell continued to lead from Part And Parcel, Fair Lucky, Thepenniesdropped and Triple Brandy with Inside Out and The Milliphant a couple of lengths further back and Miss Alice Jones and Jenna Pride a couple of lengths further behind at the back of the field. The nine remaining runners all took fence eight (their only open ditch) well and Miss Alice Jones was asked to move closer to the leaders after this fence and quickly moved to fourth. Spiritofchartwell and Part And Parcel continued to lead at fence eleven followed by Miss Alice Jones, Triple Brandy, Inside Out and Jenna Pride who also started to move into the race as they turned at the top of the hill for the final time. The Milliphant, Thepenniesdropped and Fair Lucky also continued but were becoming detached from the others as the pace increased.
Miss Alice Jones made a mistake at the twelfth fence allowing Spiritofchartwell and Part And Parcel to open up a six length advantage running to the thirteenth fence. Part And Parcel and Spiritofchartwell battled side by side over the penultimate fence and turning towards the final fence were still locked together fifteen lengths clear of Miss Alice Jones with Triple Brandy and Jenna Pride also continuing for the minor placings. Part And Parcel had the inside line to the final fence but made a mistake and fell handing the race to Spiritofchartwell. Miss Alice Jones completed for second with Jenna Pride finishing strongly to dead heat for third with Triple Brandy. Thepenniesdropped, Inside Out, The Milliphant and Fair Lucky all pulled up.
 
1st Spiritofchartwell Phil York 5/1
2nd Miss Alice Jones Philip Hall 2/1
3rd = Jenna Pride Sam Davies-Thomas 4/1
3rd = Triple Brandy Max Kendrick 16/1
Distances 20 lengths and 10 lengths
Time 5 mins 14 secs
Nine finished
 
Race 2: The S.E.P.T.P.S.C. South East Hunts Club Members Restricted Race
Nine runners were declared for the restricted race. Come On You (Sam Davies-Thomas) was sent off the odds on favourite at 4/6 with Running In Heels (Phil York) also popular at 2/1. Cool Steel (Frankie Pullar) was 10/1 and Country Foolery (Will Clarke), De Waiting Game (Philip Hall), Leafy Arbour (Louise Ellis), Zelkova Island (Caroline Dennis), Did You Ever (Will Hickman) and Tuscany Star (Tabitha Worsley) were all priced at 20/1.
Come On You took an early lead from Tuscany Star, Country Foolery, Running In Heels, Zelkova Island, Leafy Arbour, De Waiting Game, Did You Ever and Cool Steel. De Waiting Game was slow over the second fence and remained towards the rear of the field with Did You Ever and Cool Steel. The nine runners all took their first open ditch (fence four) well and all nine runners completed their first circuit with Come On You leading from Country Foolery, Running In Heels, Zelkova Island, Leafy Arbour, De Waiting Game, Tuscany Star, Cool Steel and Did You Ever. Zelkova Island moved up to join the leading pair of Come On You and Country Foolery at fence eleven where Leafy Arbour made a mistake and unseated Louise Ellis. De Waiting Game unseated at fence twelve (second open ditch) and Did You Ever pulled up whilst Come On You and Country Foolery continued to lead from Zelkova Island, Running In Heels and Tuscany Star as Cool Steel also pulled up at the thirteenth fence. Turning at the top of the hill after fence fifteen Country Foolery and Running In Heels had the lead by two lengths from Zelkova Island and Come On You Tuscany Star further detached but continuing. At fence seventeen Come On You had made up ground again to join Country Foolery in front whilst Running In Heels was starting to struggle to stay with the leading pair. Come On You and Country Foolery took the penultimate fence together but on the run to the final fence Come On You started to pull away from Country Foolery to open up a four length advantage. Come On You took the final fence well to secure the victory whilst Country Foolery blundered but Will Clarke was able to maintain the partnership to finish second. Running In Heels completed in third ahead of Zelkova Island whilst Tuscany Star and Cool Steel also completed.
 
1st Come On You Sam Davies-Thomas 4/6 (Favourite)
2nd Country Foolery Will Clarke 20/1
3rd Running In Heels Phil York 2/1
4th Zelkova Island Caroline Dennis 20/1
Distances: 6 lengths and 20 lengths
Time: 6mins 42 secs
Six finished
 
Race 3: The Shepherd Neame Kent Grand National Men's Open Race - 3 miles 4 Furlongs
Nine runners contested the feature race of the day, the Kent Grand National Men's Open with Minella For Steak (Sam Davies-Thomas) sent off the 4/5 favourite. Stress (Archie Wright) was priced at 2/1 and Lord Multifix (Charlie Marshall) and Rather Curious (Rex Dingle) were both 8/1 with the other five runners Bob Emmet (Will Clarke), Dawn Display (Ollie Mills), Kaybeew (Stewart Wright), Showman (Oz Wedmore) and Thenford Ryde (Will Hickman) all priced at 20/1.
Minella For Steak, Rather Curious and Thenford Ryde led the nine runners to the first of their fences ahead of Dawn Display, Bob Emmet, Showman, Kaybeew, Lord Multifix and Stress. The nine runners all completed their first circuit without incident with Minella For Steak leading from Rather Curious, Thenford Ryde, Dawn Display, Bob Emmet, Lord Multifix, Stress and Kaybeew. Turning at the top of the hill for the second time Minella For Steak continued to lead from Rather Curious with Dawn Display moving into third three lengths ahead of Lord Multifix who made up places ahead of Bob Emmet and Thenford Ryde who dropped back with Stress, Showman and Kaybeew also close behind. With another completed circuit to go Minella For Steak had a two length advantage over Rather Curious and Lord Multifix with Dawn Display and Bob Emmet a length further back and Kaybeew and Stress two lengths further back with Showman and Thenford Ryde further back. Bob Emmet pulled up at the sixteenth fence, Thenford Ryde pulled up at the seventeenth where Rather Curious made a mistake and fell reducing the field to six. Minella For Steak continued to lead at fence eighteen from Lord Multifix with Stress moving into third as he mounted a challenge ahead of Dawn Display, Kaybeew and Showman. Turning down the hill for the final time Minella For Steak, Stress and Lord Multifix had opened up a significant advantage over their rivals but at the fence twenty one Stress fell leaving Minella For Steak and Lord Multifix to battle it out with Dawn Display, Kaybeew and Showman batting for the minor placings a distance behind the leading pair. Minella For Steak opened up a six length advantage over Lord Multifix running to the penultimate fence, Lord Multifix was asked to close on the leader. Both took the final fence well but Minella For Steak looked tired on the run to the winning post allowing Lord Multifix to eat into his advantage but the winning post came in time for Minella For Steak. Dawn Display took third ahead of Kaybeew and Showman who also completed.
 
1st Minella For Steak Sam Davies-Thomas 4/5 ( Favourite)
2nd Lord Multifix Charlie Marshall 8/1
3rd Dawn Display Oli Mills 20/1
4th Kaybeew Stewart Wright 20/1
Distances: 2 lengths and a distance
Time: 8mins 22 sec
Five finished
 
Race 4: The Tate Fencing Ladies Open Race
Nine runners made their way to the starter for the ladies race. Rear Gunner (Hannah Rawdon-Mogg) was the even money favourite with Masked Man (Sarah Ashby) at 2/1, No No Bingo (Emily Harbour) at 4/1, Counting House (Anna Sansom) and Absolute Shambles (Sarah Kelk) at 12/1, Behind The Scenes (Ella Darwin) at 14/1 and Bit Of A Clown (Hayley Moore), Lord Snow (Kath Port) and Zakharyina (Tabitha Worsley) at 20/1.
Masked Man was the early leader ahead of Rear Gunner, Bit Of A Clown, Counting House, Behind The Scenes, Lord Snow, Zakharyina, Absolute Shambles and No No Bingo. At fence four (first open ditch) Bit Of A Clown moved up to join Masked Man at the front of the field ahead of Behind The Scenes, Rear Gunner, and Counting House with Lord Snow, Zakharyina, No No Bingo and Absolute Shambles three lengths further behind. Bit Of A Clown opened up an advantage over his rivals on the run to fence eight and at fence eleven Bit Of A Clown led by two lengths from Masked Man and Behind The Scenes with Counting House a length further back in fourth ahead of No No Bingo,
Zakharyina, Lord Snow, Absolute Shambles and Rear Gunner who had dropped to the back of the field and was struggling to stay with his rivals.
All nine runners took fence twelve (second open ditch) well but Rear Gunner was pulled up before the thirteenth having lost more ground on his rivals. As the eight runners turned at the top of the hill for the final time Bit Of A Clown continued to lead by two lengths from Masked Man, Behind The Scenes and Counting House with Zakharyina, No No Bingo and Absolute Shambles a further four lengths back and Lord Snow a further two lengths back. Masked Man closed in on the leader at the penultimate fence and turning towards the final fence started to pull clear. Masked Man took the final fence well to secure the victory ahead of Bit Of A Clown. Behind The Scenes held onto third ahead of Counting House with Absolute Shambles in fifth ahead of No No Bingo, Zakharyina and Lord Snow.
 
1st Masked Man Sarah Ashby 2/1
2nd Bit Of A Clown Hayley Moore 20/1
3rd Behind The Scenes Ella Darwin 14/1
4th Counting House Anna Sansom 12/1
Distances: 4 lengths and 2 lengths
Time: 6mins 42 secs
Eight finished
 
Race 5: The Adrian Henry Vivier Memorial South East Hunts Club Members Conditions Race
Eleven runners made their way to the start for the conditions race. Kellystown Lad (Phil York) and Owenacurra (Stuart Robinson) vied for favouritism and both started the race at 2/1. Normadic Dreamer (Dale Peters) and Chasers Chance (Caroline Dennis) were both priced at 5/1 whilst Definite Ridge (Ray Glennon) was 6/1. Kornati Kid (James Rawdon-Mogg) and Quarrymount (Joe Carden) were priced at 12/1 whilst Kasban (Philip Hall), Duke Of Kentford (Stewart Wright) and Do You Follow Me (Izzie Mills) all drifted from 8/1 to start the race 20/1 whilst Rio Novo (Pete Bull) was the 25/1 outsider.
Rio Novo, Duke Of Kentford and Quarrymount took the early lead ahead of Definite Ridge, Kornati Kid, Do You Follow Me, Normadic Dreamer, Owenacurra, Kasban, Chasers Chance and Kellystown Lad. The eleven runners all took their first ten fences well with the field tightly grouped together with Definite Ridge leading from Rio Novo, Quarrymount and Duke Of Kentford followed by Kellystown Lad who made up places, Do You Follow Me, Normadic Dreamer, Owenacurra, Kornati Kid, Chasers Chance and Kasban. Do You Follow Me made a mistake at fence eleven and them made another at fence twelve (second open ditch) and fell. Kellystown Lad moved up to lead the field at fence thirteen with Definite Ridge and Quarrymount close behind followed by Owenacurra who made up places ahead of Duke Of Kentford, Kornati Kid, Rio Novo, Normadic Dreamer, Chasers Chance and Kasban. Kasban pulled up at fence fourteen having lost ground on his rivals and Quarrymount and also pulled up having dropped back through the field. Turning at the top of the hill Definite Ridge had regained the advantage over Kellystown Lad with Normadic Dreamer moving up into third ahead Rio Novo, Duke Of Kentford, Owenacurra, Kornati Kid and Chasers Chance. At fence sixteen Definite Ridge, Normadic Dreamer and Kellystown Lad were in the air together a length clear of Rio Novo who made a mistake with Duke Of Kentford, Owenacurra and Kornati Kid a further five lengths back and Chasers Chance continuing a length further behind. Definite Ridge made a mistake at fence seventeen allowing Normadic Dreamer to gain a lengths advantage whilst Kellystown Lad was starting to struggle. Running to the penultimate fence Owenacurra, Kornati Kid, Duke Of Kentford and Chasers Chance all started to close in on the leaders but looked to have left it far too late. Turning to the final fence Normadic Dreamer had a half length advantage over Definite Ridge with Kornati Kid and Owenacurra closing in with every stride but still six lengths behind the leading pair. The leading pair took the final fence three lengths clear of Kornati Kid and Owenacurra but the chasing duo closed with every stride on the run to the winning post and all four horses crossed in a line. The judge’s verdict went to Owenacurra by a head from Definite Ridge a head in front of Kornati Kid with Normadic Dreamer in fourth. Chasers Chance finished strongly to take fifth ahead of Kellystown Lad and Duke Of Kentford. Whilst Rio Novo failed to finish.
 
1st Owenacurra Stuart Robinson 2/1
2nd Definite Ridge Ray Glennon 6/1
3rd Kornati Kid James Rawdon-Mogg 12/1
4th Normadic Dreamer Dale Peters 5/1
Distances: a head and a head
Time 6mins 48 secs
Six finished
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Race 6: The Shepherd Neame Master Brew South East Hunts Club Members Maiden Race.
Ten runners made their way to the start for the final race of the day, the three mile maiden race. Shutthebackdoor (Sam Davies-Thomas) was the 6/4 favourite with Slidecheck (Philip Hall) and Midnight Sizzler (Emily Harbour) at 4/1. Conna Cloud (Phil York) and Here I Am (Rose Grissell) were both priced at 9/2 and Ballybrack Dancer (Hannah Jones) was 8/1. Bagging Turf (Oz Wedmore), Big Kev (Will Hickman) and Minmore Grey (Tabitha Worsley) were all priced at 10/1 and Justonemore (Max Kendrick) was the 16/1 outsider.
Here I Am was a first fence casualty unseating Rose Grissell as Shutthebackdoor led from Conna Cloud, Bagging Turf, Ballybrack Dancer, Big Kev, Slidecheck, Minmore Grey, Justonemore and Midnight Sizzler. Minmore Grey was an another early casualty as the remaining eight runners all completed their first circuit well although Midnight Sizzler had allowed her rivals to get a significant advantage and pulled up at the eighth fence reducing the field to eight. Conna Cloud and Shutthebackdoor continued to lead at fence nine from Ballybrack Dancer, Bagging Turf and Slidecheck followed by Big Kev and Justonemore. Big Kev fell at fence twelve (second open ditch). At fence fourteen Shutthebackdoor moved into the lead from Slidecheck and Ballybrack Dancer as Conna Cloud dropped back through the field as the pace increased with Bagging Turf continuing and Justonemore also pulled up depleting the field to five. Turning down the hill Slidecheck moved up to lead from Shutthebackdoor with Bagging Turf five lengths further back and Conna Cloud and Ballybrack Dancer a further ten lengths behind. Shutthebackdoor regained the advantage three fences from home and opened up a two length advantage over Slidecheck who was untidy. Shutthebackdoor was slow over the penultimate fence but Slidecheck and Bagging Turf were unable to get close to the leader and seemed content on battling it out for second. Shutthebackdoor cleared the final fence to secure the victory with Slidecheck holding onto second ahead of Bagging Turf. Conna Cloud also completed whilst Ballybrack Dancer pulled up at the penultimate fence.
 
1st Shutthebackdoor Sam Davies-Thomas 6/4 (Favourite)
2nd Slidecheck Philip Hall 4/1
3rd Bagging Turf Oz Wedmore 10/1
4th Conna Cloud Phil York 9/2
Distances: 6 lengths and 3 lengths
Time: 6mins 59 secs
Four finished
Review
Picking straight up where he left off last year, Masked Man won the Ladies Open on his first run of the season for owner, trainer and rider Sarah Ashby. Masked Man was delivered late with a well timed ride by Ashby, sweeping past long time leader Bit Of A Clown with ease on the run to the last fence. With last years Open winning regular Rear Gunner not running up to scratch, there could be plenty more opportunities for Masked Man this season.
 
The following Conditions race was the most dramatic of the day, as three horses appeared to have joined each other on the line. Ray Glennon had kept Definite Ridge up the front all the way, but a rallying effort from Owenacurra saw him seemingly overhauled on the line. On the other side of the course Kornati Kid came just too late and was awarded third for owner-rider James 'Moggy' Rawdon-Mogg who was having only his second ride. The result proved to be somewhat controversial, with the majority spectators convinced that Definite Ridge and Kornati Kid couldn't be separated on the line, while Owenacurra was actually half a length down in third.
 
The opening 2m 4f maiden was won by Spiritofchartwell, having his first run in a point-to-point for Philip York and Richard Gurney. Success was assured at the final fence, where favourite Part And Parcel fell when upsides, leaving Spiritofchartwell clear to canter home to victory.
 
The other three races were won by Midlands jockey Sam Davies-Thomas, who could be a regular sight in the South East with local trainer Nick Pearce regularly calling on his services. It was Nick Pearce who provided Sam with his winner in the Restricted, as Come On You made up for getting carried out at Godstone a fortnight ago.
 
Sam's other two winners came courtesy of Tommy and Kelly Morgan, who have proven to be a talented trainers and have benefitted from getting a couple of Jonjo O'Neill cast-offs. The first of these was Minella For Steak in the 3m 4f Kent Grand National, who was sent off odds on favourite and led from pillar to post to just hold off Charlie Marshall on his family's Lord Multifix. The second winner the Morgan's provided was Shutthebackdoor, a half-brother to Grand National fancy Shutthefrontdoor, and it was perhaps that illustrious pedigree that saw him go off favourite. Like his brother Shutthebackdoor is gifted with stamina and saw out the 3m Open Maiden readily from Nick Pearce's Slidecheck to provide Davies-Thomas with his first treble.