West Street Tickham Hunt Point-to-Point
The Kevin Ferrett Memorial West Street Tickham Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race.
A field of two contested the first race of the day. Reflex Blue (Tom Cannon) was sent off the 1/3 favourite whilst his only other rival Supreme Vintage (Tom Cheesman) was priced at 6/4.
Reflex Blue and Supreme Vintage both set off at a steady pace with both horses jumping well and Reflex Blue leading by approximately a length throughout the first circuit and a half. As the pair approached fence 13 Reflex Blue increased the pace of the race and stretched his lead to three lengths but Supreme Vintage tried to stay with Reflex Blue. Supreme Vintage stumbled on landing after fence fifteen (second open ditch) and was then untidy over fence sixteen which allowed Reflex Blue to extend his lead to five lengths, but Supreme Vintage was pushed to close the gap on the run to fence seventeen and decreased the advantage to 3 lengths again. However Supreme Vintage hit the seventeenth and allowed Reflex Blue to lengthen his lead again and by the penultimate fence the advantage Reflex Blue had over Supreme Vintage was approximately ten lengths. Reflex Blue cleared both the penultimate and last fences with fluent jumps to take the race whilst Supreme Vintage was untidy over both and almost came to a stop on landing over the last and trotted to the line to take the runners up spot.
1st Reflex Blue Tom Cannon 1/3 (Favourite)
2nd Supreme Vintage Tom Cheesman 6/4
Distances a distance Time: 6 mins 29 secs
The South East Hunts Club Members Race for Gentleman Riders
Eight runners made there way to the start for the gentleman riders contest which saw Honourable Spider (Peter Bull) sent off the 2/5 favourite. Lillie Lou (Phil York) was also popular at 3/1. One To Note (Tom Cannon) was 6/1, Turnstile (Stuart Robinson) was 7/1 and Man From Moscow (Philip Hall) was 8/1. Citizen Shan (Chris Thomson), Mister Swallow (Jody Sole) and Daretobedifferent (David Evatt) were all priced at 16/1.
Turnstile, Honourable Spider and One To Note led the field over the first fence which was safely negotiated by the eight runners. Mister Swallow made a mistake at the second when at the back of the group but didn’t lose a lot of ground on his rivals. Turnstile and Honourable Spider led the eight runners at a steady pace over the next four fences with a lengths advantage over One To Note, Daretobedifferent, Man From Moscow, Citizen Shan, Lillie Lou and Mister Swallow. Lillie Lou was slow over fence seven whilst Daretobedifferent jumped well and moved closer to the leading pair. Man From Moscow lost places and was the back marker after the seventh fence. Man From Moscow was pushed on to move back to the middle of the field at fence eleven whilst Daretobedifferent started to drop back through the field. Citizen Shan was pulled up before the twelfth and both Mister Swallow and Daretobedifferent were pulled up before the thirteenth reducing the field to five. Honourable Spider moved into the lead at the thirteenth with One To Note in second, Turnstile third, Lillie Lou fourth and Man From Moscow fifth. Lillie Lou was low over the fourteenth after which both Honourable Spider and One To Note both started to increase the pace. Honourable Spider hit the sixteenth allowing One To Note to race beside Honourable Spider. One To Note took the inside line and gained a lengths advantage over Honourable Spider on the run to the seventeenth but by the seventeenth fence Honourable Spider was back beside One To Note with Turnstile and Lillie Lou several lengths further back and Man From Moscow even further behind. Running to the penultimate fence Honourable Spider opened up a two length advantage over One To Note who was unable to respond. Honourable Spider cleared the last with a clear advantage over One To Note who took second whilst Turnstile won the battle with Lillie Lou for third. Man From Moscow also completed.
1st Honourable Spider Peter Bull 2/5 (Favourite)
2nd One To Note Tom Cannon 6/1
3rd Turnstile Stuart Robinson 7/1
4th Lillie Lou Phil York 3/1
Distances 5 lengths and 11 lengths Time: 6 mins 21 secs
The South East Hunts Club Race For Lady Riders
Five runners were declared for the ladies race. Fantastic Champion (J Lodge) was sent off the 2/1 favourite with Badger (Caroline Taylor) and Bucket Awl (Jenny Carr) who also vied for favouritism at times sent off at 9/4. Roaringwater (Cynthia Haydon) was a 7/2 chance whilst Rajam (Camilla Cotton) was the 10/1 outsider.
Bucket Awl led the field over the first but was quickly headed by Roaringwater who had moved to lead the five runners by fence two whilst Fantastic Champion was just the back marker. At fence eight Roaringwater had a four length advantage over Bucket Awl, who was ahead of Badger, Rajam and Fantastic Champion. At fence thirteen Roaringwater led Bucket Awl and Badger by three lengths with Fantastic Champion two lengths further back and Rajam the back marker a further two lengths behind. Roaringwater continued to lead by four lengths at fence sixteen with Bucket Awl, Badger and Fantastic Champion chasing whilst Rajam was unable to respond to the increase in pace but continued several lengths behind his four rivals. Badger started to close down the gap on Roaringwater on the run to the seventeenth and decreased the deficit to 2 lengths by the seventeenth whilst Bucket Awl was twelve lengths further back. But on the run to the penultimate fence Roaringwater started to pull away from Badger again. Roaringwater was perfect over the last fence and continued to pull clear of Badger who took second. Bucket Awl blundered over the last and almost came to a stop on landing which allowed Rajam to pass him on the run to the winning post to take third. Fantastic Champion also completed in fifth.
1st Roaringwater Cynthia Haydon 7/2
2nd Badger Caroline Taylor 9/4
3rd Rajam Camilla Cotton 10/1
4th Bucket Awl Jenny Carr 9/4
Distances 4 lengths and 15 lengths Time: 6 min 15 secs
The Shepherd Neame Kent Grand National Mixed Open Race,
Six horses lined up for the feature race of the day, the 4 mile Kent Grand National. Bee An Bee (Stuart Robinson) and Teeton Bollinger (Stuart Morris) vied for favouritism with Teeton Bollinger eventually going off the 5/4 favourite with Bee An Bee a 6/4 chance. He’s On His Way (Tom Cannon) was also popular at 4/1 whilst Ever So Slightly (Caroline Taylor), Master Alf (Peter Bull) and Hercules Morse (Philip Hall) were all 12/1 chances.
Bee An Bee took up his usual position at the front of the field at the drop of the starters flag with Master Alf also prominent followed by Teeton Bollinger, Hercules Morse, He’s On His Way and Ever So Slightly. Teeton Bollinger was low over the second fence but continued in third behind Bee An Bee and Master Alf. At fence five Ever So Slightly was a couple of lengths behind the other five runners but all six runners continued to jump well at a steady pace. As the field of six set out on their second circuit they continued at a constant stable pace with Bee An Bee leading Master Alf, Teeton Bollinger, He’s On His Way, and Hercules Morse with Ever So Slightly five or six lengths further back. Master Alf hit the sixteenth fence which allowed Teeton Bollinger to move into second behind Bee An Bee and Hercules Morse into third but by the eighteenth Master Alf had moved back up into third whilst He’s On His Way had also moved into fourth ahead of Hercules Morse who started to drop back quickly. Master Alf again made a mistake at the nineteenth but was better at the twentieth and moved back into second behind Bee An Bee. Teeton Bollinger was untidy at the twenty first and got reminders from Stuart Morris as Bee An Bee and Master Alf started to inject more pace into the race, and Hercules Morse was pulled up when starting to get detached. Master Alf jumped well at the twenty third fence to head Bee An Bee whilst Ever So Slightly was pulled up when detached. Turning across the centre of the course Master Alf opened up a lengths advantage over Bee An Bee with Teeton Bollinger a length further back and He’s On His Way continuing even further behind. Master Alf continued to hold the advantage over the penultimate fence with Bee An Bee unable to respond and still had a lengths lead at the last but Teeton Bollinger found an extra burst of speed after landing over the last to pass Bee An Bee and challenge Master Alf on the run to the winning post. Master Alf and Teeton Bollinger raced side by side to the winning post to give the judge the challenge of splitting them, but the judge declared a dead-heat with Bee An Bee finishing in third ahead of He’s On His Way.
1st = Master Alf Peter Bull 12/1
1st = Teeton Bollinger Stuart Morris 5/4 (Favourite)
3rd Bee An Bee Stuart Robinson 6/4
4th He’s On His Way Tom Cannon 4/1
Distances Dead-heat and 3 lengths Time 8 mins 36 secs
The Raymond Briggs Esq. Restricted Race
Supa Tramp was sent off the 5/4 favourite in the eight runner restricted race with recent Godstone winner Little Legend (Cynthia Haydon) also popular at 6/4. Sebber Bridge (Nick Pearce) was a 7/2 chance whilst Ilikehimmac (Paul Blagg) and Star Gift (Philip Hall) were both available at 8/1. Balableu (Claire Douglas), Mr Moneymatters (Steve Spice) and Master Shuil (Will Hickman) were all priced at 16/1.
All eight jumped the first well with Little Legend leading from Star Gift, Supa Tramp, Sebber Bridge, Ilikehimmac, Master Shuil, Mr Moneymatters and Balableu. Ilikehimmac hit the third where Mr Moneymatters was also untidy. Little Legend continued to set a reasonable pace and had a two length advantage over the other seven by fence four and Ilikehimmac jumped well at the fifth to move up into third behind Little Legend and Star Gift but ahead of Master Shuil, Supa Tramp, Sebber Bridge, Balableu and Mr Moneymatters. The eight runners continued at a reasonable pace over the remained of the first circuit. Balableu made a mistake at fence nine, but the pace steadied slightly and the eight runners bunched up again. At fence twelve Mr Moneymatters started to get detached from his seven rivals and Balableu hit the thirteenth hard. Little Legend continued to lead from Ilikehimmac and Supa Tramp at fence fifteen (second open ditch) with Balableu, Master Shuil, Star Gift, and Sebber Bridge chasing and Mr Moneymatters five lengths further behind. Little Legend hit the sixteen and had his nose on the ground on landing but was picked back up and continued to lead by two and a half lengths on the long run to the seventeenth ahead of Ilikehimmac and Supa Tramp. Sebber Bridge held fourth but was fifteen lengths behind the leading trio with Balableu in fifth and Star Gift in sixth with Mr Moneymatters further back in seventh as Master Shuil was pulled up. Balableu was pulled up before the seventeenth where Little Legend continued to lead with Supa Tramp trying to close the gap. Supa Tramp closed the gap to a length at the penultimate fence but Little Legend started to pull away again and had lengthened his advantage to four lengths again at the last fence where a perfect jump secured the win. Supa Tramp came home second ahead of Ilikehimmac who was challenged by Mr Moneymatters who finished quickly on the run to the winning post. Sebber Bridge pulled up before the last whilst Star Gift was the last to complete.
1st Little Legend Cynthia Haydon 6/4
2nd Supa Tramp Peter Bull 5/4 (Favourite)
3rd Ilikehimmac Paul Blagg 8/1
4th Mr Moneymatters Steve Spice 16/1
Distances 6 lengths and 20 lengths Time 6 mins 17 secs
The Open Maiden Race
The largest field of the day contested the open maiden race with eleven runners facing the judge. San Jose (Tom Cannon) was sent off the 5/4 favourite with Anothercarryon (Peter Bull), Dr Sparrow (Marcus Gorman) and Knowsall (J Bailey) all 3/1 with the bookies. George Stephenson (Will Hickman) and Georgie’s Grey (Jody Sole) were both priced at 6/1 whilst Grumpy Bee (Philip Hall) Saddlers Blaze (Tom Cheesman) and Top Society Girl ( L Oswin) were 8/1, Flora Ana (Nick Pearce) was 14/1 and Admiral Arry (Emily Harbour) was the outsider at 20/1.
Grumpy Bee was slow away from the start allowing his ten rivals a head start whilst Georgie’s Grey, George Stephenson, Saddlers Blaze and San Jose led the field as all eleven safely negotiated the first fence. Grumpy Bee quickly made up ground on the run to the second fence to sit in the middle of the field. George Stephenson hit the second and fell and Dr Sparrow then made a mistake at the third. Grumpy Bee had made his way to lead the field at fence four ahead of Saddlers Blaze, San Jose, Admiral Arry and Georgie’s Grey. Dr Sparrow, Flora Ana and Knowsall were next in the middle of the field ahead of Anothercarryon and Top Society Girl. Admiral Arry made mistakes at the sixth and seventh fences whilst Anothercarryon blundered over the eighth. The ten remaining runners continued to jump well over the ninth, tenth and eleventh fences as Grumpy Bee set a reasonable pace. Anothercarryon was pulled up at the twelfth when starting to get detached and Flora Ana pulled up at the thirteenth having started to lose touch with the other eight runners. Georgie’s Grey hit the thirteenth and lost places as Grumpy Bee continued to lead ahead of Knowsall, San Jose, Saddlers Blaze, Dr Sparrow, Georgie’s Grey, Admiral Arry and Top Society Girl. San Jose made a mistake at the fourteenth and Admiral Arry was untidy over the fifteenth. Grumpy Bee jumped the sixteenth well whilst one of his challengers San Jose made a mistake and lost some ground. As the eight continued on the run to the seventeenth Dr Sparrow moved to challenge the leaders and started to open up an advantage with San Jose going with him as both Knowsall and Grumpy Bee started to weaken. San Jose and Dr Sparrow jumped the seventeenth and eighteenth side by side having pulled clear of the others by a huge distance and Saddlers Blaze, Grumpy Bee, Knowsall, Top Society Girl and Georgie’s Grey were all pulled up in the home straight. Dr Sparrow was urged on on the run to the last fence and started to gain an advantage over San Jose but San Jose wasn’t going to give up and rallied again after the last and started to close the gap on Dr Sparrow but the winning post came just in time for Dr Sparrow to lose his maiden status with San Jose in second. Admiral Arry was the only other to complete taking third.
1st Dr Sparrow Marcus Gorman 3/1
2nd San Jose Tom Cannon 5/4 (Favourite)
3rd Admiral Arry Emily Harbour 20/1
Distances ½ length and a distance Time: 6 mins 31 secs