5th March - Godstone
Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds

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PREVIEW

Racing resumes at Godstone on Sunday where a healthy 88 entries are down to contest six races.
The meeting kicks off with a competitive Club Members race that features several in form horses. Rose Grissell has three entered including the consistent De Clare Man, Wor Rom and Crack Of Thunder who finished a close third in the Mens Open at Charing. Horizontal Speed dead heated in the Club Members race there and he is entered again here, while Excitable Island and Minerfortyniner are two quality horses who both have impressive course form.
Horizontal Speed is also entered in the Novice Riders and he could come up against Tim Underwood’s Tempelpirate. The ten-year-old has won 14 of his 17 point-to-point starts, but he was beaten into second at Badbury Rings last weekend. Probably George was second to the useful Vedettariat at Charing and this could be an easier race, while Letskeepit Simple is entered after his easy win in the Restricted at Charing.
The Mixed Open includes both of the Charing Open winners, Murrayana and Vedettariatt, these two look well ahead on ratings but Loch Ba was second last time out and is an interesting entry.  Minerfortyniner is also entered here and doesn’t have to carry a penalty.
The 2m4f Restricted looks more competitive than the Charing one and has a few horses that won last time out. One of those horses is Surging Seas who provided Phil Hall with his final winner at Charing, this time Charlie Marshall is jocked up to ride. Phil York’s Intercooler Turbo won at Cottenham last time, while the five-year-old Welsh’s Castle won for David Kemp. Ballybrack Dancer is another who won last time out, but that was almost two years ago.
The Maiden has two horses who are aiming to go one better than their last runs, Brogeen Boy and Florabell, while Rainbow Stripes and Hidden Drifter were both third at Charing. Stars Royale was clear when falling at Charing and he is entered again here.
The concluding Members Conditions has just five entries, but one of those is the useful Little Legend who ran well without winning last season. This should be a good chance for him with Charlie Marshall riding for the first time. His biggest threat could be Iheardu, who won at Charing last season but pulled up in three subsequent runs.
REVIEW

In contrast to the balmy Charing it was a day for the dedicated(/insane) at Godstone on Sunday, as heavy rain and hailstorm showers battered the crowd and participants throughout the day. The meeting began with the club members conditions race, which last year saw Minerfortyniner pulverise Excitable Island. This year the former was not present, and the latter was able to go one better for regular South East raider Nigel Padfield and jockey Jack Andrews. The novice and veteran riders was competitive on paper and became even more so when the favourite, Charing winner Horizontal Speed, unshipped Gareth Henderson at the open ditch the first time. Last years winner, Mazuri Cowboy, led them home over the final three fences, hitting at least two of them to send his rider Jennifer Harbison clinging onto his neck. The partnership remained intact, however, and Mazuri Cowboy was still able to finish strongly while those who gave chase wilted. The mixed open had just four runners and four time course winner Minerfortyniner was sent off the odds on favourite. He made hard work of it when sent to win by his owner-rider David Maxwell, and Rose Grissell's Crack Of Thunder was closing late on under Oz Wedmore. The Restricted race gave owner-trainer Nigel Padfield and Jack Andrews a second winner of the day, as new recruit King Willie stayed on strongly to beat the favourite Welsh's Castle. The Open Maiden changed complexion over the final circuit, with Brogeen Boy, Stars Royale and Canyouhearmenow all falling at the open ditch when in contention. This left Fizzlestix the task of just having to jump the fences to win, which he did without too much hassle to win by a fence for the in-form Shane Roche and trainer Petra New. The final race of the day saw the local legend Little Legend sent off as the odds on favourite to beat his two rivals, but he had to give way to the younger legs of Always A Chance, who had been produced to perfection for Tabitha Worsley. 
RESULTS

13.00 SEHC Members Conditions
1. EXCITABLE ISLAND Jack Andrews (Nigel Padfield)
2. BALLALOUGH Sam Davies-Thomas (David Kemp)
3. STROLLAWAYNOW Benedict Shaw (Andrew Wates)
4. TOO LATE TO SELL Phil York (Tim Underwood)
5. GOLDEN MILAN Dale Peters (Dale Peters)
6. WOR ROM Tabitha Worsley (Rose Grissell)
7. BRINGINTHEBRANSTON Will Hickman (Nigel Benstead)
P. LETSKEEPIT SIMPLE Charlie Marshall (Ian Cobb)
P. UNWANTED GIFT Elizabeth Smee (Catriona Kerruish)
P. DE CLARE MAN Oz Wedmore (Rose Grissell) 
Distances: 3l, 4l, 8l, 3l, 4l, 10l
Time: 6mins 57s
Winning Owner: Nigel Padfield

13.35 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice & Veteran Riders
1. MAZURI COWBOY Jennifer Harbison (Joan Johnston)
2. DRUMSHAMBO H. Barr (Stephen Barr)
3. PROBABLY GEORGE Hannah Jones (Hannah Jones)
4. BINCOMBE T. Gredley (James Owen)
5. GLENQUEST Harry Chapman (Camilla Poulton)
6. HEADSPIN James Rawdon-Mogg (Jessica Bramwell)
7. SEE YOU JACK B. Mellish (Margaret Howie)
U. HORIZONTAL SPEED Gareth Henderson (Alan Hill)
U. TIME IS TICKIN O. Binks (Rose Grissell)
P. CITIZENS ARREST A. Stevens (Fenella Stevens)
P. THE ADMIRAL BENBOW Steve Spice (Brenda Ansell)
P. PINEROLO Ruby Knights (Ruby Knights)
Distances: 7l, 1/2l, 1l, 1/2l, 1l, 3l
Time: 7mins 12s
Winning Owner: Jennifer Harbison

14.10 Mixed Open
1. MINERFORTYNINER David Maxwell (Kim Smyly)
2. CRACK OF THUNDER Oz Wedmore (Rose Grissell)
3. DONT DO MONDAYS Sam Davies-Thomas (Nick Pearce)
4. TAKE THE MICK Charlie Marshall (Ian Cobb)
Distances: 6l, 3l, 8l
Time: 7mins 07s
Winning Owner: David Maxwell

14.45 2m4f Restricted
1. KING WILLIE Jack Andrews (Nigel Padfield)
2. WELSH'S CASTLE Sam Davies-Thomas (David Kemp)
3. INTERCOOLER TURBO Phil York (Karen York)
P. BALLYBRACK DANCER Hannah Jones (Hannah Jones)
P. FRESH'S FEVER Chris Pendry (Catriona Kerruish)
F. WHY LIE Dale Peters (Dale Peters)
Distances: 6l, runin
Time: 5mins 57s
Winning Owner: Nigel Padfield

15.20 Open Maiden
1. FIZZLESTIX Shane Roche (Petra New)
2. WEVE GOT COMPANY Evan David (Andrew Pennock)
F. BROGEEN BOY Will Hickman (Hannah Jones)
F. STARS ROYALE Phil York (Cynthia Woods)
F. CANYOUHEARMENOW Oz Wedmore (Rose Grissell)
P. EARL THE PEARL Charlie Marshall (Catriona Kerruish)
P. MAXXIMUS Sarah Rippon (Henrietta Stevens)
P. TARA MORE Jack Andrews (Tom Ellis)
P. SIR REECER Chris Pendry (Catriona Kerruish)
Distances: 30l
Time: 7mins 25s
Winning Owners: Mrs C. New

15.55 SEHC Members Conditions
1. ALWAYS A CHANCE Tabitha Worsley (Georgina Howell)
2. LITTLE LEGEND Charlie Marshall (Cynthia Woods)
P. SEVENT HUSSAR Ella Gillings (Andrew Coveney)
Distances: 20l
Time: 7mins 15s
Winning Owner: Georgina Howell