The East Kent Hunt
Race 1: The Sammy Fuller Open Maiden Race.
Three runners were declared for the first race of the day. Tobougg Welcome (Philip Hall) was sent off the 1/2 favourite with Tostig (Phil York) at 2/1 and Particular Man (Kelly Keefe) at 3/1.
The three runners set off at a very sedate pace and all three took the first fence side by side. The three runners remained together jumping well until fence seven where Tobougg Welcome and Tostig opened up a three length advantage over Particular Man. Tostig got in close to fence number ten but didn’t lose a lot of ground. At fence eleven Tobougg Welcome was encouraged to increase the pace and opened up a two length advantage over Tostig with Particular Man two lengths further back in third. After fence fifteen (second open ditch) Tobougg Welcome was urged on again and extended his lead to four lengths. Tostig and Particular Man both tried to close the gap to Tobougg Welcome on the run to the seventeenth fence but neither was able to close the gap and having safely negotiated the final two fences Tobougg Welcome pulled even further clear on the run to the winning post. Particular Man closed the gap between himself and Tostig to move into second before the final fence. Both Particular Man and Tostig completed.
1st Tobougg Welcome Philip Hall 1/2 (Favourite)
2nd Particular Man Kelly Keefe 3/1
3rd Tostig Phil York 2/1
Time 7 mins 46 secs Distances 9 lengths and 10 lengths
Race 2: The Hallett & Co Restricted Race
A field of just two went to post in the second race of the day. Supa Tramp (Peter Bull) was sent off 1/3 favourite with Corybride (Phil York) priced at 5/2.
Supa Tramp led the pair over the first fence and had a two length advantage over Corybride by the second fence. By fence six (first open ditch) Supa Tramp had extended his lead to six lengths. Supa Tramp got in close to fence seven and was slow over it allowing Corybride to close the gap to three lengths. The pair negotiated the next four fences well with no problems with Supa Tramp continuing to lead by three lengths. Supa Tramp started to increase the pace again after the eleventh and started to open up his advantage over Corybride again. Supa Tramp made a mistake at the thirteenth allowing Corybride to close again but Supa Tramp put in a good jump at fence fifteen (second open ditch) and had a six length advantage again at fence sixteen. Supa Tramp continued to increase his lead over Corybride on the run to the seventeenth and was fifteen lengths clear by the fence. Corybride brushed through the seventeenth whilst Supa Tramp continued to extend his lead on the run to the penultimate fence. Supa Tramp negotiated the final two fences with no difficulties and Corybride continued to take second place.
1st Supa Tramp Peter Bull 1/3 (Favourite)
2nd Corybride Phil York 5/2
Time 7 mins 43 secs Distances a distance
Race 3: The McCabe Ford Williams Non-Rules Runners Open Maiden Race.
A field of three were declared for the second maiden race of the day. General Willie (Jody Sole) was the bookies' favourite starting out at 1/2 but drifted out to 11/10 as Nada Mas (Phil York) was backed from 2/1 to 6/4. Coralkov (Tom Cannon) was the outsider at 4/1.
General Willie led Nada Mas and Coralkov over the first fence. Coralkov made a mistake at the second fence as the trio travelled at no real pace. All three took the third, fourth and fifth fences well but Coralkov made another mistake at fence six (first open ditch) as General Willie continued to lead Nada Mas and Coralkov. General Willie got in close to fence ten which allowed Nada Mas to move up on his outside with Coralkov a couple of lengths further back. General Willie and Nada Mas started to increase the pace of the race on the run to the eleventh fence. Nada Mas got in close to the twelfth where Coralkov made another mistake and started to get tailed off from the other two runners. General Willie put in a good jump at the fourteenth whilst Nada Mas made a mistake which allowed General Willie to open up a three length advantage. Coralkov was pulled up before the fifteenth (second open ditch) whilst General Willie started to increase the pace again after the fifteenth and had a seven length advantage by fence sixteen. Nada Mas struggled over the sixteen and came to a stop on landing and was pulled up leaving General Willie to continue alone. General Willie nodded on landing over the seventeenth and then scrambled over the eighteenth. General Willie continued slowly towards the final fence where he was again untidy but managed to negotiate it to lose his maiden status.
1st General Willie Jody Sole 11/10 (Favourite)
Time 7 mins 57 secs
Race 4: The Paddy Hughes Memorial PPORA Club Members Race for Veteran & Novice Riders.
Four runners were declared for the veteran’s and novice’s race. Master Alf (Peter Bull) was sent off the 4/7 favourite with Myson (Rose Grissell) also popular at 6/4. He’s On His Way (Tom Cannon) was a 5/1 chance whilst Daretobedifferent (David Evatt) was the outsider at 8/1.
Master Alf and Daretobedifferent led over the first with Myson and He’s On His Way a length behind. The quartet continued steadily over the first circuit with all four jumping well. As the four set out on their final circuit Master Alf made a mistake at the tenth and Daretobedifferent started to drop back. At fence eleven Myson had a half length advantage over Master Alf with He’s On His Way in third and Daretobedifferent slow over the eleventh in fourth. At fence thirteen Myson and Master Alf were together with He’s On His Way three lengths further back and Daretobedifferent starting to get tailed off. Daretobedifferent was pulled up after the fourteenth whilst He’s On His Way closed the gap on the leading pair and the three remaining runners were in the air together at the fifteenth (second open ditch). Turning towards the sixteenth He’s On His Way moved into the lead with Myson two lengths back and Master Alf another length behind. Myson started to try to close the gap on the run to the seventeenth whilst Master Alf wasn’t able to find anything else. Myson looked to be closing the gap after the seventeenth but after the eighteenth He’s On His Way started to pull away again. He’s On His Way safely negotiated the nineteenth to take the race ahead of Myson with Master Alf continuing for third.
1st He’s On His Way Tom Cannon 5/1
2nd Myson Rose Grissell 6/4
3rd Master Alf Peter Bull 4/7 (Favourite)
Time 7 mins 29 secs Distances 7 lengths and 15 lengths
Race 5: The Hythe Bay Fish and Seafood Restaurant & Bar Mixed Open Race
A field of just two runners were declared for the mixed open race with Honourable Spider (Peter Bull) sent off the 1/4 favourite whilst his rival Ben Alder (Hannah Grissell) was priced at 5/2.
The pair set off at a very steady pace with Honourable Spider leading Ben Alder. Honourable Spider had a five length advantage by fence two where Ben Alder stood off the fence by quite a distance. By fence six (first open ditch) Ben Alder had narrowed the gap to two lengths as the pair continued at a steady pace with both jumping well. At fence thirteen Ben Alder moved up to join Honourable Spider and the pair remained together over the fourteenth and fifteenth (second open ditch) but on the run to the sixteenth Honourable Spider opened up a two length advantage again. Honourable Spider continued to hold the advantage at the seventeenth but on the run to the eighteenth Ben Alder was urged on again and moved up again on the inside of Honourable Spider. The pair were in the air together at the eighteenth and Ben Alder moved into a slight lead on landing but on the run to the last Honourable Spider moved back up on the outside of Ben Alder and had a two length advantage at the final fence where Ben Alder made a mistake. Honourable Spider was pushed out on the run to the winning post, Ben Alder tried to close the gap again but was unable to do so.
1st Honourable Spider Peter Bull 1/4 (Favourite)
2nd Ben Alder Hannah Grissell 5/2
Time 7 mins 44 secs Distance 2 lengths
Race 6: The East Kent Hunt Members, Subscribers and Farmers Race
A field of four from the six entries were declared for the final race of the day.
One To Note (Tom Cannon) was sent off the 2/5 favourite with Major Blue (Jody Sole) at 5/2 and Fleetwood Forest (Fiona Morgan) and No Stranger (Bryony Gifford) both 8/1.
No Stranger led the field over the first as he set off at reasonable pace whilst the other three set off at a steadier pace. No Stranger had opened up a fifteen length advantage by fence four from Major Blue, Fleetwood Forest and One To Note. By fence eight No Stranger’s lead had started to decrease as Major Blue started to try to close the gap with One To Note a length behind Major Blue whilst Fleetwood Forest was a couple of lengths further back. No Stranger slowed into the eleventh fence allowing Major Blue to move up beside him. Major Blue jumped into the lead at fence twelve but at fence fourteen Major Blue, No Stranger and One To Note were grouped together again whilst Fleetwood Forest was starting to get detached. The leading trio were side by side at fence fifteen (second open ditch) but on turning up the hill to the sixteenth Major Blue was pushed on again and opened up a two length advantage over One To Note with No Stranger a couple of lengths further behind and Fleetwood Forest a distance further back in fourth. One To Note moved up beside Major Blue after the sixteenth but made a mistake at the seventeenth and had his nose on the ground allowing Major Blue to take a lengths advantage again whilst Fleetwood Forest was pulled up before the seventeenth. One To Note rechallenged and was back beside Major Blue approaching the eighteenth where Major Blue was untidy. No Stranger was pulled by before the eighteenth leaving the leading pair to battle it out side by side on the run to the nineteenth. Major Blue found an extra burst of speed to regain the advantage by a length at the nineteenth and on landing managed to extend his lead even more before the winning post whilst One To Note negotiated the nineteenth safely to take second.
1st Major Blue Jody Sole 5/2
2nd One To Note Tom Cannon 2/5 (Favourite)
Time 7 mins 41 secs Distances 4 lengths