25th April 2015 Parham
Parham hosts its second and final meeting of the season on Saturday, where seven races have attracted 75 entries between them.
The day kicks off at 1:00PM with an Intermediate, where a maximum of ten horses could potentially take part. Local horses include three for Nick Pearce, recent maiden winning mares, Miss Alice Jones and Inside Out, as well as Come On You, who is in contention for the National Young Horse Award. Phil York also has three, Gamato, Leafy Arbour, and the treble chasing Conna Cloud. Other local entries include David Phelan’s Running In Heels, Alison Hickman’s Thenford Ryde, while Tim Underwood’s Kingston Blount winner Carnglave Cat and the highly rated, Laura Thomas trained, Credit Crunched make up the field.
The Mens Open comes next, which could be wide open with no stand out horses. Broughton Green was going well on his first run for two years at Aldington before unseating Phil Hall at the last, he has been given a high rating for that run and is the highest rated in here. Just behind him is Come On You, who may find this race easier than the Intermediate, a win in this would put him straight to the top of the Young Horse Award table. Kellystown Lad was running well at Andoversford before unshipping his veteran owner rider four out, a change of jockey could a better run on ground that he will relish. Other horses to note are firm ground loving pair Captain Crackers and Peyekashe, course winner Pastek, and local horses Gagewell Flyer, Joe The Rogue and Dead Or Alive.
The Ladies Open looks a higher quality affair, with Behind The Scenes and Volcan Surprise potentially set to re-oppose. The former is in the form of his life and is on a roll, but he was well beaten on his only run at this course. Other entries include previously mentioned Dead Or Alive, Joe The Rogue and Kellystown Lad, plus Noble Commander, Oscar The Myth and previous course winners Seigneur Des Bois and Zakharyina.
The Club Members Conditions race includes horses that wouldn’t look out of place in the Mens Open, i.e. Credit Crunched and Full Throttle, both trained by Laura Thomas. Added into the mix is Definite Ridge, who came so close to winning at Charing in February but has failed to complete since, as well as Tim Underwood’s Knowhentofoldem, who was a touch disappointing at Kingston Blount at the weekend. Come On You holds a third entry in this but it probably looks the tougher race of the three.
The Restricted has eleven entries and Nick Pearce could be mob handed, potentially running Inside Out, Miss Alice Jones and Simonsruudt, all impressive maiden winners this season. A considerable threat to these three is Charing winner Here I Am, whose form was franked when Ballybrack Dancer won the maiden at Penshurst on Saturday. Marlpit Oak has run in this race for the past two years and placed each time, she has an affinity for the course and loves firm ground to bounce off.
The Open Maiden looks between several horses including Boy Of Boru, Slidecheck and There You Are, who have all been runner-up this season, while My Brother Pat has also placed twice. James Young, trainer of Marlpit Oak, has Deal Of The Day entered for this, the seven year old has run eight times this season and has placed the last three times in decent races.
The meeting is finished off by a Hunt Race that has six entries. Captain Crackers is easily the best of these on form while Merrydown Vintage should swerve the Restricted to run in this. The field is made up of maidens Confederate Grey, Music Lover, and Whispering Boy, plus veteran Noble Commander.  
Intermediate (5 runners)
1. CARNGLAVE CAT Miss K. Lyons 11/10F
2. RUNNING IN HEELS Miss G. Andrews 7/2
3. GAMATO Mr R. Defago 8/1
Time: 6mins 20
Distances: 5l, 15l
Mens Open (4 runners)
1. PEYEKASHE Mr S. Cobden EvensF
2. DANCE TEMPO Mr P. Hall 2/1
3. PASTEK Mr G. Hiscock 5/1
Time: 6mins 31
Distances: 2l, 6l
Ladies Open (5 runners)
1. SEIGNEUR DES BOIS Miss G. Andrews 13/8
2. BEHIND THE SCENES Miss E. Darwin 8/11F
3. DEAD OR ALIVE Miss R. Grissell 10/1
Time: 6mins 12
Distances: 10l, 6l 
Club Members Conditions (5 runners)
1. CLASSIC DESTINY Miss G. Andrews 8/11F
2. SHOWMAN Mr W. Hickman 5/1
3. DEFINITE RIDGE Mr R. Glennon 2/1
Time: 6mins 34
Distances: 10l, 1/2l
Restricted (4 runners)
1. TOMPATPEG Mr C. Marshall 6/4
2. DID YOU EVER Mr W. Hickman 8/1
Time: 6mins 25
Distances: 2l
Open Maiden (5 runners)
1. FORREST BLUE Miss G. Andrews 2/1
2. MY BROTHER PAT Mr C. Dennington 5/4F
3. MINMORE GREY Mr P. York 5/1
Time: 6mins 19
Distances: 1l, 20l
Hunt Members (5 runners)
2. CONFEDERATE GREY Mr W. Hickman 9/2
3. WHISPERING BOY Mr M. Clark 10/1
Time: 6mins 20
Distances: 20l, 15l
East Anglian based Gina Andrews stole the show at Parham, with the 23 year old riding a treble, propelling her even further clear in the National Ladies Championship. Her first winner of the day was Seigneur Des Bois, who won the Ladies Open at this meeting for the second year running. Gina led from the off on the nine year old and was fifteen lengths clear for most of the race. Rose Grissell and Dead Or Alive tried to catch the pair, but they were eventually picked off by Behind The Scenes, who gave his rider, Ella Darwin, the narrow edge over Rose in the South East Ladies Championship.
Gina came out and won the following Club Members Conditions race, riding the odds on favourite Classic Destiny to victory over local veteran Showman, who just caught the hugely unlucky Definite Ridge on the line. The nine year old was winning the fourth race of his career and is usually ridden by Andrew’s fiancée Tom Ellis.
Gina’s third winner was David Phelan’s Forrest Blue in the Open Maiden. It wasn’t as easy as the others, but the six year old showed great tenacity to hold off the favourite, My Brother Pat, by a head.
Andrew’s didn’t go throughout the day unbeaten, as Running In Heels came off second best in the opening Intermediate. That race was won by Tim Underwood’s Carnglave Cat, ridden by Katy Lyons who has now ridden several winners at Parham for her boss. The nine year old was following up from a recent Restricted win at Kingston Blount, where he had beaten the highly rated Celtic Intrigue.  
David Phelan himself had a double on the day, as Charlie Marshall rode Tompatpeg to victory in a dramatic Restricted. Four went to post but Hardy Morning didn’t last a circuit, slipping up after the seventh fence. That left three, until Inside Out was abruptly pulled up coming through the start the final time. That left Charlie a long way clear on Tompatpeg, who idled badly in front, but was far clear enough to hold off the fast finishing Did You Ever. The win boosted Charlie even further clear in the South East Novice Riders Championship and gave him his third winner in the last eight days.
The Mens Open had a select field of four runners, where Peyekashe was sent off the short priced favourite. Success looked in doubt two out, as Phil Hall swept to the lead on Dance Tempo and looked to have the race in the bag. But Simon Cobden, riding Peyekashe, rousted the twelve year old to join his rival over the last and stormed up the run in to victory.
The seventh and final race of the day was the Hunt Race, which went to the Phil York ridden Merrydown Vintage, who cruised home by fifteen lengths with his rider motionless in the saddle. He was chased by Confederate Grey, while the favourite Captain Crackers failed to finish in the places.