14th March 2015 Parham
At 69 the number of entries at Parham on Saturday may be lower than what we've seen recently, but they include a single horse who is worth paying the £12.50 entry fee to see. Glint Of Steel is that one and he finally receives his first entry of the year in the Mixed Open, with a setback in early December keeping him off until now. The nine year old is unbeaten in point-to-points since joining Philip Hall's yard and connections will be hoping he can score here before going onto to better things. His toughest possible rival could be Schindler's Prince, an eight time point-to-point winner who recently won a Mens Open at Cocklebarrow.
One reason for the lower entries is the Hunt Race that kicks of the card, which has only attracted four entries. Ian Cobb is double handed with Bit Of A Clown and Tiermore, while their main threat is Jody Sole's Theophrastus, who won this race last year when beating Cobb's runner, Crazy Eyes.
The Restricted has nine entries and looks a typical South East affair with most of the usual suspects. Running In Heels is entered to attempt to win her Restricted at the eighth time of asking, but she could be up against Spiritofchartwell who won impressively at Charing and should follow up if the three mile trip provides no problems.
Unusually the Novice Riders has only attracted ten entries, which is disappointing for an event that is usually so popular. There isn't a huge deal of quality in the race either, but Dead Or Alive was only just behind Owenacurra at Higham and may appreciate this easy race, while Lord Multifix may be able to get more involved than he was able to at Godstone on Sunday. The likely favourite if he runs is Nightcap Jack, who won twice last season and was second on his only start this season.
The Conditions race is fractionally better with fourteen entries and most of them are double entered in the Novice Riders. The most interesting entry is Session Or Ression, who was entered to run at Godstone but decided to swerve it to avoid taking on Quinz. He may need a few drops of rain to run, which would also help Showman who won this race last season. Definite Ridge could be a player if his rider recovers from Godstone, while Mr Bennett could be expected to repeat or improve upon his performance at Ampton in January, where he was second to Mister Teddy.
The Maiden has a healthier seventeen entries, but is also lacking in the quality that we have seen so far this season. The best horses on ratings are Nick Pearce's Simonsruudt, who finished second to De Clare Man at the first Godstone meeting, and David Phelan's Bagging Turf who was a promising third behind Shutthebackdoor at Charing on his first ever run. The biggest threat to these two could be a stablemate of Simonsruudt, Wah Wah Taysee, an eight year old handicap chaser who has a highest rating of 100.
Hunt Members Race (4 runners)
1. BIT OF A CLOWN Miss H. Moore 5/4
3. TIERMORE Mr C. Marshall 4/1
Time: 6mins 15s
Distances: 15l, 10l
Restricted (4 runners)
1. RUNNING IN HEELS Mr G. Andrews 2/5F
2. TUSCANY STAR Miss T. Worsley 5/2
3. DID YOU EVER Mr W. Hickman 8/1
Time: 6mins 30s
Distances: 10l, 1/2l
Mixed Open (4 runners)
1. HAROUET Miss K. Lyons 4/1
2. WITCH'S HAT Mr P. Bull 3/1
3. THENFORD RYDE Mr W. Hickman 8/1
Time: 6mins 08s
Distances: a distance, a distance
Novice Riders (7 runners)
1. ZAKHARYINA Miss T. Worsley 14/1
2. DUKE OF KENTFORD Mr S. Wright 3/1
3. SHANTOU BREEZE Mr L. Madgwick 7/4F
Time: 6mins 12s
Distances: neck, 2l
Club Members Conditions (5 runners)
2. THETALKINSOVER Miss G. Andrews 2/1
3. MR BENNETT Mr P. Bull EvensF
Time: 6mins 18s
Distances: 6l, 2l
Open Maiden (13 runners)
1. SIMONSRUUDT Mr P. Hall 3/1
2. THERE YOU ARE Mr J. Sole 6/1
3. MINMORE GREY Miss T. Worsley 20/1
Time: 6mins 16s
Distances: 20l, 1l
Race Reports by Nicola, Stephanie & Martyn Dean
Race 1: The Haynes Builders Ltd Crawley & Horsham and Kent & Surrey Bloodhounds Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race
All four entered runners were declared for the race and Bit Of A Clown (Hayley Moore) and Theophrastus (Jody Sole) vied for favouritism with Bit Of A Clown opening at 4/6 but drifted to 5/4, whilst Theoprastus opened at Evens and was sent off the favourite at the start of the race. Tiermore (Charlie Marshall) was a 4/1 chance and Thepenniesdropped (Tabitha Worsley) was the 8/1 outsider.
Bit Of A Clown led the field over the first ahead of Tiermore, Theophrastus and Thepenniesdropped. Bit Of A Clown continued to lead as the four runners completed their first circuit with Theophrastus and Tiermore close behind and Thepenniesdropped five lengths further behind. Thepenniesdropped jumped out to the right at fence ten and eleven and lost another couple of lengths on his rivals. At fence twelve (second open ditch) Theophrastus jumped up to join Bit Of A Clown at the front but after fence thirteen Bit Of A Clown regained the advantage by two lengths. Theophrastus moved back up to join Bit Of A Clown at fence fourteen but turning towards fence fifteen Bit Of A Clown injected another burst of speed and quickly opened up a three length advantage. Racing towards the penultimate fence Bit Of A Clown opened up an eight length advantage over Theophrastus with Tiermore a further six lengths behind Theophrastus whilst Thepenniesdropped pulled up. Bit Of A Clown was untidy over the penultimate fence but continued to lead running to the final fence which was taken well to secure the victory. Theophrastus completed to take second ahead of Tiermore who also completed.
1st Bit Of A Clown Hayley Moore 5/4
2nd Theophrastus Jody Sole Evens (Favourite)
3rd Tiermore Charlie Marshall 4/1
Distances: 15 lengths and 10 lengths
Time: 6mins 15 sec
Three finished
Race 2: The Subaru Point-To-Point Series Restricted Race
Four runners were declared for the restricted race. Running In Heels (Gina Andrews) was sent off the 1/5 favourite with Tuscany Star (Tabitha Worsley) backed from 5/1 to 3/1, Did You Ever (Will Hickman) at 6/1 and Bob Emmett (Will Clarke) the 8/1 outsider. Tuscany Star led Running In Heels over the first fence with Bob Emmett in third and Did You Ever in fourth. Did You Ever made a mistake at fence four (first open ditch) and lost a length on the others whilst Tuscany Star continued to lead from Bob Emmett and Running In Heels. As the four runners completed their first circuit Tuscany Star and Running In Heels led by half a length from Bob Emmett with Did You Ever a length further back. Running In Heels opened up a two length advantage after the second open ditch (fence twelve) over Tuscany Star and Bob Emmett with Did You Ever two lengths further behind in fourth. Running In Heels injected a further burst of speed after the sixteenth fence and opened up a six length advantage racing to the penultimate fence. Running In Heels took the final fence well and raced to the winning post clear of her rivals who were battling for the minor placings. Bob Emmett hit the final fence and lost momentum which allowed Tuscany Star to regain second with Did You Ever just taking third at the line ahead of Bob Emmett.
1st Running In Heels Gina Andrews 1/5 (Favourite)
2nd Tuscany Star Tabitha Worsley 3/1
3rd Did You Ever Will Hickman 6/1
4th Bob Emmett Will Clarke 8/1
Distances: 10 lengths and 1/2 length
Time: 6 mins 30 secs
Four finished
Race 3: The Harwoods Mixed Open Race
Four runners were declared for the mixed open and Masked Man (Sarah Ashby) was the 1/3 favourite. Witch's Hat (Peter Bull) was priced at 3/1, Harouet (Katy Lyons) was 5/1 and Thenford Ryde was the 8/1 outsider. The four runners set off at a reasonable pace with Masked Man leading from Witch's Hat, Harouet and Thenford Ryde. At fence five Masked Man was joined by Harouet with Witch's Hat two length further behind whilst Thenford Ryde was five lengths further behind and as the four runners set out on their second circuit Harouet and Masked Man continued to race side by side at the front of the field ahead of Witch's Hat who made a slight mistake at fence ten with Thenford Ryde becoming further detached in fourth. At the second open ditch (fence twelve) Harouet put in a fantastic jump which handed him a length advantage over Masked Man with Witch's Hat a further two lengths back whilst Thenford Ryde was untidy and was becoming further detached from his rivals. Harouet and Masked Man increased the pace of the race running towards fence thirteen opening up an advantage over Witch's Hat and the race looked to be between the two as they raced down the back straight for the final time. Harouet had a length advantage at fence fourteen and racing towards fence fifteen opened up a four length advantage however Masked Man was pulled up before the fifteenth leaving Harouet twenty lengths clear of Witch's Hat. Harouet continued to jump well and pulled further and further clear of Witch's Hat over the final four fences and stormed home a distance clear of his nearest rival, Witch's Hat who in turn was a distance clear of Thenford Ryde.
1st Harouet Katy Lyons 5/1
2nd Witch's Hat Peter Bull 3/1
3rd Thenford Ryde Will Hickman 8/1
Distance: a distance and a distance
Time: 6mins 08 sec
Three finished
Race 4: The Spofforths South East Club Members Race for Veteran & Novice Riders
Duke Of Kentford (Stewart Wright) was the 2/1 favourite in the seven runner race with Lord Multifix (Charlie Marshall) at 9/4 and Shantou Breeze (L Madgwick) at 5/2. Noble Commander (Alyce Fisher) was next in the betting at 6/1, Dawn Display (Ollie Mills) was 8/1 and Cork Twenty Ten (Gareth Henderson) and Zakharyina (Tabitha Worsley) were both priced at 10/1.
Cork Twenty Ten and Lord Multifix were the first two away from the starter followed by Zakharyina, Duke Of Kentford, Dawn Display, Noble Commander and Shantou Breeze. Cork Twenty Ten was slow over the first but maintained a share of the lead on the run to the second fence and by fence four was disputing the lead with Zakharyina and Duke Of Kentford. As the seven runners completed their first circuit Duke Of Kentford had a two length advantage over Zakharyina and Cork Twenty Ten with Dawn Display a further length behind in fourth with Lord Multifix, Noble Commander and Shantou Breeze a further length behind. At fence twelve (second open ditch) the leading trio of Duke Of Kentford, Zakharyina and Cork Twenty Ten started to open up an advantage over their four rivals and turning into the back straight had a three length lead. Dawn Display slipped up on the bend turning into the back straight. Duke Of Kentford led at fence thirteen from Cork Twenty Ten and Zakharyina with Shantou Breeze chasing after the leading trio whilst Lord Multifix and Noble Commander continued a couple of lengths further behind. The leading trio continued to battle over the fifteenth and sixteenth fences but turning towards the penultimate fence Duke Of Kentford started to pull away and held a slight advantage. Cork Twenty Ten was asked to chase after the leader and was regaining ground but fell at the penultimate fence leaving Duke Of Kentford clear of Zakharyina. However racing towards the final fence Zakharyina started to close on Duke Of Kentford and Shantou Breeze also made up a considerable amount of ground to also be in with a chance to challenge. Duke Of Kentford just had the advantage over the final fence but racing to the winning post Zakharyina was able to get her head in front to deny the favourite victory. Shantou Breeze took third whilst Lord Multifix completed in fourth ahead of Noble Commander who also completed.
1st Zakharyina Tabitha Worsley 10/1
2nd Duke Of Kentford Stewart Wright 2/1 (Favourite)
3rd Shantou Breeze L Madgwick 5/2
4th Lord Multifix Charlie Marshall 9/4
Distances: a neck and 2 lengths
Time: 6 mins 12 sec
Five finished
Race 5: The St James's Palace Wealth Management South East Hunts Club Members Conditions Race
Five runners made their way to the starter. Commanche Conflict (Katy Lyons) and Mr Bennett (Peter Bull) were the 4/6 joint favourites whilst Thetalkinsover (Gina Andrews) was 4/1, Kasban (Philip Hall) was 6/1 and Quarrymount (Joe Carden) was 8/1.
Quarrymount led the runners over the first fence at a steady pace from Kasban, Mr Bennett, Thetalkinsover and Commanche Conflict. Mr Bennett jumped out to the right at fence three and momentarily lost third place. Quarrymount continued to lead over the first circuit and had a four length advantage over Kasban and Mr Bennett with Thetalkinsover and Commanche Conflict a couple of lengths further behind. Quarrymount made a bad mistake at fence ten which allowed his rivals to close up with Thetalkinsover moving into second ahead of Mr Bennett, Commanche Conflict and Kasban. At fence twelve (second open ditch) Quarrymount started to pull away from his rivals again with Thetalkinsover in second ahead of Mr Bennett and Commanche Conflict whilst Kasban was dropping back and was four lengths off of his rivals. Mr Bennett moved up into second at fence thirteen but then jumped out to the right again at fence fourteen allowing Thetalkinsover to regain second. At fence fifteen Thetalkinsover was asked to increase the pace and quickly moved past Quarrymount whilst Commanche Conflict also moved up to join the leader. After the sixteenth fence turning to the penultimate fence Comanche Conflict was asked for a burst of speed and quickly opened up a four length advantage over Thetalkinsover with Mr Bennett continuing in third ahead of Quarrymount who dropped back whilst Kasban was pulled up. Commanche Conflict raced up the finishing straight taking the final two fences with ease to gain the victory. Thetalkinsover and Mr Bennett battled for second with Thetalkinsover holding on by two lengths. Quarrymount also completed in fourth.
1st Commanche Conflict Katy Lyons 4/6 (Joint Favourite)
2nd Thetalkinsover Gina Andrews 4/1
3rd Mr Bennett Peter Bull 4/6 (Joint Favourite)
4th Quarrymount Joe Carden 8/1
Distances: 6 length and 2 lengths
Time: 6mins 18 sec
Four finished
Race 6: The Limpio Office Solutions Ltd Open Maiden Race
Fence 9 & 17 omitted
Thirteen runners completed in the concluding open maiden race. Simonsruudt (Philip Hall) was sent off the 6/4 favourite with Bagging Turf (Oz Wedmore) at 2/1, Wah Wah Taysee (Stuart Robinson) at 3/1 and The Milliphant (Peter Bull) and There You Are (Jody Sole) at 5/1. Confederate Grey (Will Hickman), Here I Am (Rose Grissell) and Indubitably (Harry Teal) were all priced at 6/1, Whispering Boy (Mark Clark), Minmore Grey (Tabitha Worsley) and Bollin Ali (Charlie Marshall) were all priced at 8/1 and Bachman (Ollie Mills) and Dccovi (Will Clarke) were 10/1.
Confederate Grey was the first away and led the field to the first followed by Simonsruudt, Bagging Turf, Whispering Boy, Bachman, Here I Am, Wah Wah Taysee, Minmore Grey, Bollin Ali, The Milliphant, Indubitably, There You Are and Dccovi. Bachman made a mistake at the first fence and unseated but several lengths after the fence reducing the field to twelve. By fence four Whispering Boy had moved into the lead ahead of Bagging Turf and Simonsruudt with Minmore Grey in fourth ahead of Wah Wah Taysee, Here I Am, Bollin Ali, Dccovi, The Milliphant, Indubitably, There You Are and Confederate Grey who had dropped from the front to the back of the field. Bagging Turf was a faller at fence five and brought down Wah Wah Taysee. As the remaining runners took their seventh fence Whispering Boy continued to lead by a length from Simonsruudt with Here I Am moving up into third ahead of Bollin Ali, Minmore Grey and Dccovi. There You Are was a couple of lengths further behind in seventh ahead of Indubitably, The Milliphant with Confederate Grey becoming detached in tenth. Fence nine was omitted and on the run to fence ten Here I Am moved up to lead with Simonsruudt in second ahead of Whispering Boy, Bollin Ali and Minmore Grey. There You Are was next a couple of lengths behind the leading group followed by The Milliphant, Dccovi, Indubitably and Confederate Grey. Here I Am and Simonsruudt disputed the lead at fence twelve (second open ditch) but Here I Am made a mistake and unseated. Simonsruudt having been left in front was then carried wide by a loose horse which allowed There You Are to move into the lead with Minmore Grey in third also close behind followed by Bollin Ali with Indubitably, Dccovi, The Milliphant and Confederate Grey also continuing as the others pulled up. Simonsruudt moved back up to join There You Are at fence fourteen and racing to the fifteenth fence Simonsruudt opened up a four length advantage and continued to pull away from the chasing group on the run to fence sixteen. As the leader bypassed fence seventeen he has a fifteen length advantage over There You Are with Minmore Grey, Bollin Ali, The Milliphant and Confederate Grey who had also made up a lot of ground to battle for the minor placings whilst Dccovi and Indubitably pulled up. Simonsruudt took the final fence well to lose his maiden status whilst There You Are held onto second ahead of Minmore Grey and Bollin Ali with The Milliphant and Confederate Grey also completing.
1st Simonsruudt Philip Hall 6/4 (Favourite)
2nd There You Are Jody Sole 5/1
3rd Minmore Grey Tabitha Worsley 8/1
4th Bollin Ali Charlie Marshall 8/1
Distances: 20 lengths and 1 length
Time: 6mins 16 sec