The maiden was divided, the first leg going to the only winning favourite of the day - SCHOLAR GEORGE. Owned by Simon Tindall, trained and ridden by Nick Pearce, the eight-year-old former hurdler won by a comfortable nine lengths.
RACE 1 - Open Maiden Division 2
Hopes that the well-backed favourite Silver Don would provide a quick double for the Tindall connections were dashed when Nick Pearce pulled up the dashing grey on the second circuit, fearing the horse was injured. The race went to COMMANDER KEV and James Banks in a fast time (16 seconds quicker than the first leg).
RACE 3 - SEHC Members Conditions
MASTER ALF pleased his growing band of supporters with a brave win, leading most of the way and beating Unleash and Pass Me By by two half-lengths. Master Alf is trained by Suzy Bull and was ridden by her husband Peter, the reigning area champion rider.
MASTER ALF (right)
ONE COOL KNIGHT IS CLEAR ON THE RUN TO THE LAST
RACE 4 - Restricted
ONE COOL KNIGHT was the second leg of a double for Vine & Craven rider James Banks, and also for trainer Mrs K.Hobbs and owners "The KP & Nuts Racing Club".
RACE 5 - Ladies' Open
Roaringwater, last year's winner, went off favourite but failed to sparkle on the final circuit.WHICH POCKET won a sustained tussle with TOP RAM to give Seran Sherwood her first opoint-to-point win.
REACH FOR THE TOP
RACE 6 - Mens' Open
Highland Chief in the Men's Open was another disappointment for favourite backers, while Honorable Spider marked his comeback with a promising third behind REACH FOR THE TOP, a raider from the Midlands riddeen by B.Tuckey.
IT'S SHOWTIME (grey) led the novice riders race for a long way
RACE 7 - Novice Riders
Run in deteriorating conditions with fading light and freezingrain, the novice race went to Rose Grissell and MYSON who got the better of a good fight on the run-in with New Team. Favourite Theatre Knight vwas third with Tom Cheesman.