19th February 2012
Race reports by Nicola & Martyn Dean
Race 1: The Gill Jarvis Memorial Four, Five, Six & Seven-Year-Olds South East Hunts Club Members Maiden Race (2miles 4 furlongs) kindly sponsored by Howard Jarvis
All ten entered runners were declared for the opening race of the day. Mr Maybe (Will Hickman) was sent off the Even money favourite with Chosen Few (Nick Pearce) at 2/1, Must Be The Music (Oliver Murphy) and Sorse (Phil York) at 4/1. Larvarda (Robbie McCarthy), The Ginger One (Emily Harbour), Time Is Tickin (Jody Sole) and Well Sprung (Mick Sheridan) were all priced at 12/1 and Ladyhackpen (S Painting) and Marge Ana (Chris Dennington) were both 20/1.
Marge Ana was slow to get away from the start whilst Must Be The Music led Mr Maybe to the first where Larvarda was untidy. The ten runners negotiated the next two fences well with Mr Maybe leading from Must Be The Music, Time Is Tickin, The Ginger One, Ladyhackpen, Well Sprung, Chosen Few, Larvarda, Sorse and Marge Ana. Well Sprung made a mistake at the fourth where Mr Maybe started to open up a six length advantage over the other nine. The ten runners jumped the next three fences well with no errors although Marge Ana was becoming detached from the others and was pulled up before fence eight (the open ditch). Mr Maybe held a seven length advantage over the other eight as they negotiated their ninth fence where Sorse and Larvarda were both untidy. As the runners turned down the hill for the final time Mr Maybe had extended his lead over Must Be The Music with Chosen Few also chasing after the leader in third ahead of Well Sprung who made a mistake at the twelfth, The Ginger One, Time Is Tickin and Sorse as Ladyhackpen and Larvarda pulled up. Chosen Few was urged to close on the leader but after the thirteenth Mr Maybe started to pull away again and was clear of his rivals turning into the finishing straight. Mr Maybe cleared the final fence to secure the victory with Chosen Few in second ahead of Must Be The Music. Time Is Tickin completed for fourth ahead of Well Sprung whilst Sorse and The Ginger One both pulled up before the final fence.
1st Mr Maybe Will Hickman Evens (Favourite)
2nd Chosen Few Nick Pearce 2/1
3rd Must Be The Music Oliver Murphy 4/1
4th Time Is Tickin Jody Sole 12/1
Distances 8 lengths and 6 lengths Time 5 mins 06 secs
Race 2: The South East Bookmakers South East Hunts Club Members Restricted Race sponsored by The SE Bookmakers
Ten runners were declared for the restricted race. Behind The Scenes (Phil York) and Harbour Court (James Tudor) were joint favourites at 7/4 with Charing Maiden winner No Pain No Gain (Philip Hall) at 3/1, Oscar The Myth (Robbie McCarthy) at 7/1, Scholar George (Nick Pearce) at 10/1 and Arvakur (Steve Spice), Katepast (Lisa Stock), Parakeet (Oliver Murphy), Particular Man (Kelly Keefe) and Silent Rage (Rose Grissell) all at 20/1.
Parakeet led Particular Man and Behind The Scenes over the first but Behind The Scenes pulled his way to the lead before the second where Harbour Court was untidy near the back of the field. As the runners headed to fence four (first open ditch) Behind The Scenes led at a steady pace from Particular Man, Katepast, No Pain No Gain, Arvakur, Parakeet, Silent Rage, Harbour Court, Oscar The Myth and Scholar George.
As the ten runners turned down the hill for the first time Behind The Scenes continued to lead from Particular Man, Katepast, No Pain No Gain, Harbour Court, Scholar George, Oscar The Myth, Arvakur, Silent Rage and Parakeet. Particular Man made a mistake at the ninth allowing Katepast to move up beside Behind The Scenes. Parakeet was untidy at the tenth and also at the twelfth (second open ditch) where Arvakur was also very low. Arvakur pulled up at the fourteenth where Harbour Court was pushed to chase after the leaders. Turning down the hill for the final time Behind The Scenes led from Harbour Court, No Pain No Gain, Scholar George and Silent Rage with Katepast, Particular Man, Oscar The Myth and Parakeet continuing several lengths further back. Harbour Court moved into the lead at fence sixteen with No Pain No Gain chasing after the leader as Behind The Scenes started to weaken. No Pain No Gain closed on the leader after the seventeenth and the leading pair took the eighteenth together but on the run to the final fence Harbour Court pulled clear again and No Pain No Gain was unable to close down again. Scholar George moved into third ahead of long time leader Behind The Scenes with Silent Rage finishing in fifth. Particular Man, Parakeet, Oscar The Myth and Katepast had their own battle as they all competed.
1st Harbour Court James Tudor 7/4 (Jt Favourite)
2nd No Pain No Gain Philip Hall 3/1
3rd Scholar George Nick Pearce 10/1
4th Behind The Scenes Phil York 7/4 (Jt Favourite)
Distances 3 lengths and 4 lengths Time 6mins 25 secs
Race 3: The Shepherd Neame Mens Open Race sponsored by Shepherd Neame.
Seven runners contested the men's open with Bon Accord (James Tudor) sent off the 1/2 favourite. Letterman (Nick Pearce) opened at 5/2 but drifted to 6/1. Quarrymount (J Carden), Master T (Peter Bull) and Senor Shane (Phil York) all drifted from 8/1 to 14/1 whilst Jazz Attack (Harry Fowler) and Man From Moscow (Will Hickman) were both priced at 14/1.
Jazz Attack led the field to the first ahead of Quarrymount with a bold jump and again was bold at the second where his jockey temporarily lost an iron so the duo dropped back from the lead to last behind Quarrymount, Bon Accord, Senor Shane, Man From Moscow, Master T, and Letterman. Master T made a mistake at the fourth (first open ditch). Master T was also untidy at the fifth where Jazz Attack also made a mistake. The seven runners completed their first circuit without any further incident with Quarrymount leading from Man From Moscow, Bon Accord, Senor Shane, Master T, Letterman and Jazz Attack. Letterman was pulled up after the ninth reducing the field to six. At fence twelve (second open ditch) Quarrymount, Bon Accord and Man From Moscow were all together just ahead of Senor Shane, Master T and Jazz Attack. Senor Shane moved up to join the leading trio at the thirteenth. Senor Shane made a mistake at the fifteenth where Man From Moscow moved into the lead from Bon Accord and Quarrymount with Master T making up ground ahead of Senor Shane and Jazz Attack. As the six runners turned down the hill Man From Moscow and Bon Accord were side by side with Master T and Quarrymount a couple of lengths further back chasing after the leading duo with Senor Shane and Jazz Attack a couple of lengths further back. Master T moved up to join the leaders at the seventeenth and both Master T and Man From Moscow pulled clear of Bon Accord and Quarrymount on the run to the eighteenth whilst Senor Shane pulled up. Master T jumped into the lead at the eighteenth and quickly opened up a three length advantage over Man From Moscow. Turning into the finishing straight Master T pulled even further clear of Man From Moscow and safely cleared the final obstacle to secure the race. Bon Accord finished third ahead of Jazz Attack.
1st Master T Peter Bull 14/1
2nd Man from Moscow Will Hickman 14/1
3rd Bon Accord James Tudor 1/2 (Favourite)
4th Jazz Attack Harry Fowler 14/1
Distances 8 lengths and 3 lengths Time 6mins 24 secs
Race 4: The Jeffrey & Penny Peate Ladies Open Race sponsored by The Peate Family.
Seven runners made their way to the start for the ladies race. Kent Grand National runner up Horner Woods (Hannah Grissell) was sent off the 7/4 favourite with Tom's Toybox (Claire Douglas) and Swordsman (Claire Wills) both at 5/2. Knock On The Head (Frankie Hickman) and Lord Snow (Emily Harbour) were both 5/1 whilst Master Alf (Gemma Cobb) was 6/1 and Andorran (Tabitha Worsley) was the 14/1 outsider.
Andorran led the seven runners over the first ahead of Master Alf, Tom's Toybox, Lord Snow, Swordsman, Knock On The Head and Horner Woods setting a reasonable pace. The seven runners all jumped well over their first seven fences and as they turned down the hill on their first circuit Tom's Toybox moved into the lead with Andorran just ahead of Master Alf, Lord Snow, Swordsman, Knock On The Head and Horner Woods who was three lengths behind the other six runners. Swordsman fell at the eighth fence and by the tenth fence Horner Woods had moved up to join the other five runners. At fence twelve Horner Woods moved into the lead with Tom's Toybox ahead of Master Alf, Knock On The Head, Lord Snow and Andorran who was quickly dropping back through the field as the pace increased. Andorran was pulled up at the fourteenth where Tom's Toybox led from Horner Woods and Knock On The Head with Master Alf and Lord Snow five lengths further back. The leading trio turned down the hill for the second time together but Tom's Toybox jumped into the lead at the sixteenth with Horner Woods chasing. Tom's Toybox put in another good jump at the seventeenth opening up a two length lead over Horner Woods and Knock On The Head who was also chasing after the leader. Tom's Toybox pulled further clear of his rivals after the eighteenth and had a five length lead at the final fence with Knock On The Head moving into second ahead of Horner Woods and Master Alf. Tom's Toybox cleared the last and continued to run on from his rivals. Knock On The Head held onto second place whilst Master Alf finished quickly snatching third from Horner Woods.
1st Tom's Toybox Claire Douglas 5/2
2nd Knock On The Head Frankie Hickman 5/1
3rd Master Alf Gemma Cobb 6/1
4th Horner Woods Hannah Grissell 7/4 (Favourite)
Distances 8 lengths and 4 lengths Time 6mins 24 secs
Race 5: The South East Hunts Club Members Conditions Race kindly sponsored by the South East Point-to-Point Supporters Club.
Seventeen runners made their way to the start for the conditions race. Charing restricted winner Adept Approach (Philip Hall) was sent off the 2/1 favourite with Forgotten Symphony (Marcus Gorman) and Ringa Bay (Phil York) also popular at 4/1. Durante (Peter Bull) Lead It Well (Harry Fowler) and Kiss Me Twice (Will Hickman) were 6/1 whilst John Fenton (Holly Chandler), Lepido (Claire Douglas), Saddlers Blaze (Hector Worsley) Sartori Strike (Hannah Grissell), Shazand (Nick Pearce) and The Duke's Speech (Jody Sole) were all 10/1. Flying Change (Jason Merry) was a 14/1 chance whilst Wee Bertie (Chris Thomson), Balableu (Oz Wedmore) Quiditch D'Ouxy and Glenbower Woods (Oliver Beswick) were all priced at 33/1.
Ringa Bay led Durante, Sartori Strike and Flying Change over the first where all seventeen jumped well with the exception of Glenbower Woods who was untidy. Ringa Bay continued to lead at fence four (first open ditch) from Sartori Strike, Flying Change, Forgotten Symphony, Durante, Adept Approach, Wee Bertie, Shazand, Saddlers Blaze, Kiss Me Twice, The Duke's Speech, Quiditch D'Ouxy, Balableu, Lepido, John Fenton, Lead It Well and Glenbower Woods who unseated. Ringa Bay hit the eighth fence but continued to lead from Flying Change with Forgotten Symphony, Sartori Strike, Durante and Adept Approach also close behind. Adept Approach moved up to join Ringa Bay at the twelfth (second open ditch). Lepido was pulled up before the thirteenth having lost touch on the other fifteen. Adept Approach fell at the fourteenth leaving Ringa Bay to lead from Flying Change, Durante, and Forgotten Symphony with Quiditch D'Ouxy several lengths further back in fifth ahead of Kiss Me Twice, Shazand, and Sartori Strike. Durante was sent after the leader after the sixteenth where Wee Bertie unseated and Durante started to close on Ringa Bay at the seventeenth but on landing Ringa Bay put in another burst of speed and opened up a two length lead over Durante and Flying Change with Forgotten Symphony three lengths further back ahead of Kiss Me Twice, The Duke's Speech, Quiditch D'Ouxy and Saddlers Blaze as Sartori Strike, Shazand, John Fenton and Balableu pulled up. Ringa Bay continued to lead on the turn into the finishing straight with Durante trying to close again but Ringa Bay maintained his lead to take the race with Durante in second ahead for Flying Change and Forgotten Symphony. Kiss Me Twice completed in fifth with The Duke's Speech also completing as Quiditch D'Ouxy and Saddlers Blazed pulled up.
1st Ringa Bay Phil York 4/1
2nd Durante Peter Bull 6/1
3rd Flying Change Jason Merry 14/1
4th Forgotten Symphony Marcus Gorman 4/1
Distances 3 lengths and 3 lengths Time 6mins 26 secs
Race 6: The Grants Cherry Brandy South East Hunts Club Members Maiden Race kindly sponsored by the Grants Cherry Brandy
N.B. Fences four and twelve (Open ditch) were bypassed due to damage.
Ten runners made their way to the start for the final race of the day. One Wish (Oliver Murphy) was sent off the 6/4 favourite with Moyode Wood (George Gorman) at 2/1. Fly Direct (James Tudor) and Tucumcari (S Painting) were both 4/1, Encantadora (Phil York) was 6/1, False Identity (Jody Sole) was 10/1 and Anothercarryon (Peter Bull) Aspiring Actor (Steve Spice), Woeful Dancer (Will Hickman) and Top Choice (Robbie McCarthy) were all priced at 20/1.
Tucumcari led with One Wish and Fly Direct over the first ahead of Woeful Dancer, Moyode Wood, Top Choice, Encantadora, False Identity, Aspiring Actor and Anothercarryon.
As the ten runners turned down the hill on their first circuit Top Choice had moved up to join Tucumcari at the front of the field ahead of Encantadora and One Wish, Fly Direct, Moyode Wood, False Identity, Woeful Dancer, Aspiring Actor and Anothercarryon. The ten runners negotiated the next four fences without incident but Anothercarryon was pulled up before the thirteenth. Encantadora jumped into the lead at the thirteenth ahead of Tucumcari, One Wish, Woeful Dancer, Fly Direct, Moyode Wood, False Identity, Top Choice and Aspiring Actor. Top Choice was pulled up before the fifteenth. As the eight remaining runners turned at the top of the hill Encantadora opened up a eight length lead ahead of Tucumcari, Woeful Dancer, Fly Direct, Moyode Wood, One Wish, False Identity and Aspiring Actor. Encantadora made a mistake at the seventeenth but continued to hold a six length lead over his rivals. On the run to the eighteenth Fly Direct, Tucumcari and Moyode Wood all tried to catch the leader but Encantadora continued to hold a six length advantage. Encantadora still led on the run to the final fence which she cleared easily to lose her maiden status on her racecourse debut. Fly Direct took second ahead of Moyode Wood who finished quickly with Tucumcari taking fourth. One Wish was pulled up before the last whilst the others all completed.
1st Encantadora Phil York 6/1
2nd Fly Direct James Tudor 4/1
3rd Moyode Wood George Gorman 2/1
4th Tucumcari S Painting 4/1
Distances 6 lengths and 10 lengths Time 6mins 29 secs
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