29th April - Parham
Chiddingfold, Leconfield & Cowdray

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Whilst Penshurst suffered by holding their meeting just five days after the Easter weekend, Parham have benefitted, with a massive 103 entries spread across the six races.
The Club Members race has the highest entry, with 32 horses entered. Three of the horses entered won at the previous Parham meeting. Take The Mick won the Hunt Members race at the previous meeting, where he finished ahead of Letskeepit Simple and Hazy Tom. Letskeepit Simple has won since while Hazy Tom has placed in two competitive hunters’ chases and all three could re-oppose here. West Lake won the Restricted at the previous Parham meeting and he is entered in this, although he also has the option of the Intermediate earlier in the card. Brunswick Gold won the Club Members race at the previous meeting and is entered to do so again, however he now has to shoulder a 10lb penalty and also has the option of the Mens Open. Other entries of note include Tim Underwood’s five-year-old mare Cheltenham Mati, who has won three times this season and was second at Penshurst last week, while Golden Tobouggan has also racked up three victories this season and finished runner-up last time out. Horizontal Speed has already won in the South East this season and he placed in a very competitive novice riders event last time out, finishing ahead of Tempelpirate. Strollawaynow won a novice riders race with ease at Godstone and he has a good chance of figuring in the placings if he runs here.
The Intermediate has 13 competitive looking entries. They include Cheltenham Mati, Letskeepit Simple and West Lake, but also include Charing Restricted winner Spiritofchartwell, Pete Bull’s mare Margot Fontane, and the highly rated Quick Oats, who beat West Lake in a match race at Aldington.
The Ladies Open should be a competitive race and has Crack Of Thunder entered to enhance his lead at the head of the Leading Horse Championship. His biggest competition appears to be Conkies Lad and The Ferbane Man, who both also hold entries in the Mens Open. Merrydown Vintage is entered to make his debut at Open level having won a Club Members race at Charing last time out.
The Mens Open could see a clash of South East heavyweights, as Adept Approach and The Ferbane Man are entered, twelve months on since The Ferbane Man beat Adept Approach in a tight finish at Parham. As previously mentioned Brunswick Gold is entered in this race and posts a huge threat to the main two, as can the very progressive Wither Or Not, who beat Brunswick Gold by half a length at Penshurst and has won his last five races. The aforementioned Conkies Lad, Crack Of Thunder, Horizontal Speed, Take The Mick ad Merrydown Vintage all hold additional entries in this race.  
Ballyfore Cross won the maiden at the previous Parham meeting and has finished runner-up twice since, he could be well fancied to win the Subaru sponsored Restricted given how strongly he finished when winning his maiden. His biggest dangers could come from Nick Pearce’s yard, which has Clondaw Nell, Minmore Present and Florella all entered.
The Open Maiden could see Miss North Light follow up her excellent second at Charing over Easter, but Lake Balaton could provide a significant threat, as could the improving mare Loveyoutothemoon.
With South East runners replenished after their Easter exertions, and a team who had spent countless hours preparing superb racing ground, Parham were able to stage six competitive races on Saturday.
The day was kicked off with Charlie Marshall regaining his lead by 1 point in the South East Mens Championship, as he forced Letskeepit Simple to keep his head in front of the fast finishing Spiritofchartwell and West Lake in the Intermediate. The seven-year-old has often looked to lack stamina, but he couldn’t have been accused of that here, as he galloped relentlessly to win for the third time this season.
Charlie’s title rival Shane Roche responded quickly, winning the Club Members race on The Job Is Right, a former Cheltenham Festival runner who had appeared to have lost his way in Ireland. The race was run at a frenetic gallop and at halfway The Job Is Right was 20l adrift and being hard ridden by Shane, but his efforts paid off and he gradually picked off his rivals to win going away for trainer David Phelan.
Tabitha Worsley put herself into an almost unassailable lead in the Women’s equivalent Championship, as she won again on Crack Of Thunder in the Ladies Open. She and trainer Rose Grissell have now teamed up to win the last three Ladies Opens in the area. The win puts Tabitha on 8 for the season and puts her into fourth for the National Ladies Championship. With the Anglo-Irish Challenge around the corner, Tabitha will be hoping to make it into third spot and cement herself a place on the Great British team.
Charlie looked set to make it a double in the Restricted, as he sent Minmore Present into the lead at the fifth last. However, the long-time leader Macdougal was not finished with, and he fought back between the last two fences to regain the advantage and win by two lengths. The 13-year-old had won his Maiden at the course five years previously, when his rival Minmore Present was barely a year old. With Wonderful Present completing the placings in third, it meant that the first three home were all by the same sire, Presenting.
Exciting seven-year-old Wither Or Not continued his unbeaten season in style for Dale Peters in the Mens Open, as he held off Brunswick Gold for the second time this season. The Saffron Walden gelding began his season with a win in the Maiden at Barbury Castle and has now won six in a row.
The Open Maiden was won by cosily by Lake Balaton, an improving eight-year-old who had placed on all previously starts this season.​