The Southdown & Eridge Hunt
The Bewl Water Open Maiden Race
The maiden race saw eight runners declared. Red In Bed (Matt Smith) was sent off the 6/4 favourite with Behind The Scenes (Philip Hall) and Silver Don (Tom Garner) next in the betting at 5/2. Rio Novo (Phil York) was also popular at 4/1. Tartan Flyer (Peter Bull) was priced at 10/1 and Carmel Flyer (Gordon Gallagher), Kanzan (Rose Williams) and Tabloid (Alex Vaughan-Jones) were all 16/1.
Red In Bed, Behind The Scenes and Silver Don led the field over the first fence whilst Tabloid was slow and Tartan Flyer was also near the back of the field. Kanzan unseated at fence three (first open ditch) where Behind The Scenes led Silver Don and Red In Bed with Rio Novo in fourth followed by Tabloid, Tartan Flyer and Carmel Flyer. The remaining seven runners continued over the remainder of the first circuit at a reasonable pace jumping well. At fence eight Silver Don jumped well whilst Tabloid also made progress moving into third and Red In Bed had dropped back to fifth behind Rio Novo. Carmel Flyer started to get tailed off at the ninth and made a mistake at the eleventh and was pulled up before the twelfth. Tartan Flyer was slow at the twelfth and pulled up at the thirteenth where Behind The Scenes continued to lead with Rio Novo also prominent. Silver Don was third but made a mistake sending Tom Garner up his neck, Red In Bed was fourth and Tabloid was fifth. Rio Novo moved into the lead at the fifteenth (third open ditch) and opened up a two length lead. Behind The Scenes started to battle back at the sixteenth and the leading pair opened up an advantage over Red In Bed and Tabloid as Silver Don was pulled up. Turning into the finishing straight Rio Novo and Behind The Scenes were racing side by side again, both hit the seventeenth but Rio Novo couldn’t compensate for his mistake and fell. As a result, Behind The Scenes was left clear and safely negotiated the final fence to lose his maiden status. Tabloid ran on strongly over the final two fences to take second from Red In Bed who also completed for third.
1st Behind The Scenes Philip Hall 5/2
2nd Tabloid Alex Vaughan-Jones 16/1
3rd Red In Bed Matt Smith 6/4 (Favourite)
Distances a distance and 10 lengths Time: 6 mins 28 secs Three finished
The Batcheller Thacker Restricted Race
The second race of the day saw Orient Legend (Phil York) sent off the 4/6 favourite of the seven runners. Tommy Thunder (Philip Hall) was next in the betting at 5/2 with Florence Mary (Nick Pearce) at 4/1. Young Emma (Peter Bull) was priced at 10/1 and the remainder, Just Jane (Harry Fowler), Mr Moneymatters (Steve Spice) and Our Samson (Will Hickman) were all priced at 14/1.
Just Jane and Florence Mary led the field over the first but Mr Moneymatters pulled his way to the front of the field on the run to the second ahead of Just Jane, Tommy Thunder, Florence Mary, Orient Legend, Young Emma and Our Samson. Mr Moneymatters opened up a four length advantage on the run to the fourth where Tommy Thunder fell on landing badly hampering Young Emma. Our Samson was slow over the seventh as the remaining six runners set out on their second circuit. Young Emma made a mistake at the ninth (second open ditch) where Mr Moneymatters led Orient Legend, Just Jane, Florence Mary, Young Emma and Our Samson. Young Emma and Our Samson started to get tailed off at the eleventh where the leading quartet started to increase the pace of the race. Young Emma and Our Samson were both pulled up before the thirteenth where Orient Legend moved into the lead ahead of Florence Mary and the leading pair opened up an advantage over Mr Moneymatters and Just Jane approaching the fourteenth. Orient Legend made a mistake at the fifteenth (third open ditch) allowing Florence Mary to move up on his outside but Florence Mary was slow over the sixteenth allowing Orient Legend to open up a two length advantage on the run to the finishing straight. Florence Mary brushed through the seventeenth as Orient Legend continued to pull clear. Orient Legend safely negotiated the last with Florence Mary finishing second a long way ahead of Mr Moneymatters and Just Jane.
1st Orient Legend Phil York 4/6 (Favourite)
2nd Florence Mary Nick Pearce 4/1
3rd Mr Moneymatters Steve Spice 14/1
4th Just Jane Harry Fowler 14/1
Distances 6 lengths and a distance Time: 6 min 27 secs Four finished
The Highfield Farm Ladies Open Race
Carryonharry (Cynthia Haydon) was sent off the 1/4 favourite in the two runner ladies race with his only rival Leatherback (Rose Thorogood) priced at 3/1
The two runners set off at a reasonable pace with Carryonharry leading Leatherback over the first two fences. Leatherback moved up to join Carryonharry at fence three (first open ditch) and Leatherback put in a better jump at the fourth to momentarily lead but Carryonharry moved back up on the inside quickly and the pair continued side by side over the next seven fences. Carryonharry had half a lengths advantage over Leatherback at the eleventh fence as the pair completed their second circuit. As the pair set out on their third circuit Carryonharry opened up a two length advantage but both continued to jump well. At the sixteenth Carryonharry continued to have a two length advantage however on the run to the seventeenth Leatherback started to close the gap and took the inside line turning into the finishing straight a length down on Carryonharry. The pair were in the air together at the last, Carryonharry got away quicker but Leatherback responded and the pair charged to the line together. Carryonharry managed to get his head back in front at just the right moment to take the race by a neck from Leatherback
1st Carryonharry Cynthia Haydon 1/4 (Favourite)
2nd Leatherback Rose Thorogood 3/1
Distances a neck Time: 6 min 24 secs Two finished
The Southdown & Eridge Foxhunters Men’s Open Race
Four horses lined up for the men’s open race. Bee An Bee was sent off the 4/5 favourite with Master T (Peter Bull) at 11/8 and Reflex Blue (Nick Pearce) and Nokimover (Alex Vaughan-Jones) both at 8/1.
Bee An Bee led the four runners over the first followed by Reflex Blue, Master T and Nokimover setting a reasonable pace. All four runners took the first open ditch (fence three) well and on the run to the fourth Master T moved into the lead. Master T continued to lead the field over the remainder of the first circuit and as the four runners set out on their second circuit Master T had opened up a five length advantage over Bee An Bee with Reflex Blue and Nokimover further back. Nokimover started to get detached at the tenth fence as the race continued at a reasonable pace. Nonetheless, at the end of the second circuit Bee An Bee had closed the gap on Master T to about a length with Reflex Blue six lengths further back and Nokimover continuing even further back. Bee An Bee jumped up beside Master T again at the thirteenth and opened up a two length advantage on the run to the fourteenth. Bee An Bee continued to pull away from Master T on the run to the fifteenth (third open ditch) and by the fence had gained a five length advantage. Bee An Bee jumped the sixteenth clear of his three rivals and then on the run to the finishing straight started to open up an even larger advantage over Master T who in turn was a distance clear of Reflex Blue. Bee An Bee safely negotiated the final two fences to take the race ahead of Master T. Reflex Blue made a bad mistake at the last fence nearly putting Nick Pearce on the floor but came home third with Nokimover also completing in fourth.
1st Bee An Bee Stuart Robinson 1/3 (Favourite)
2nd Master T Peter Bull 11/8
3rd Reflex Blue Nick Pearce 8/1
4th Nokimover Alex Vaughan-Jones 8/1
Distances 15 lengths and a distance Time 6 mins 22 secs Four finished
The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders
Five novice riders made their way to the start with Victree (Tom Cannon) sent off the 1/2 favourite. Basic Fact (Ed Turner) was a 9/2 chance with Latalanta (Ben Bentley) at 6/1, Theatre Knight (Tom Garner) at 7/1 and Dad Says Heazle (Claire Douglas) the outsider at 10/1.
Theatre Knight was the early leader ahead of Latalanta, Victree, Basic Fact and Dad Says Heazle as the five runners set off at a sensible pace. Latalanta moved up to lead the field at the third fence (first open ditch) where Victree was slow and lost places. The five runners continued at a reasonable pace over the remainder of the first circuit but as the five runners set out on their second circuit Dad Says Heazle started to lose touch with the other four and was receiving reminders. Victree stood off a long way from fence seven and had to reach for it and Latalanta was also untidy as Theatre Knight and Basic Fact led the field over the fence. At fence nine (second open ditch) Victree was slow again allowing Basic Fact, Theatre Knight and Latalanta to relegate him to fourth. Latalanta brushed through the eleventh and Basic Fact moved up to lead the five runners as they set out on their final circuit. Dad Says Heazle was starting to get tailed off from the other four and Victree started to move back up towards the front of the field as they approached the fourteenth and was much better at the third open ditch (fence fifteen) where he jumped up to lead the field whilst Basic Fact was slow in second and Dad Says Heazle was pulled up at the back of the field. Victree started to open up a lead over the other three on the run to the sixteenth with Basic Fact and Theatre Knight chasing and Latalanta further back in fourth. Turning into the finishing straight Victree had opened up a large advantage over his rivals and despite getting in close to the last fence took the race comfortably. Basic Fact hit the seventeenth allowing Theatre Knight to move into second, Basic Fact was unable to overhaul Theatre Knight over the last and on the run to the winning post whilst Latalanta competed in fourth.
1st Victree Tom Cannon 1/2 (Favourite)
2nd Theatre Knight Tom Garner 7/1
3rd Basic Fact Ed Turner 9/2
4th Latalanta Ben Bentley 6/1
Distances 12 lengths and ¾ length Time 6 mins 25 secs Four finished
The Robert Wilkins Countryside Alliance Club Members Conditions Race
Six runners were declared for the final race of the day. Little Legend (Cynthia Haydon) was sent off the 2/5 favourite with High Toby (Phil York) a 4/1 chance, Brigadier Du Bois (Ben Bentley), Lillie Lou (Tom Cannon), The Fairhill Boy (Alex Vaughan-Jones) and Toe To Hand (Bridget Andrews) were all priced at 12/1.
The Fairhill Boy and Brigadier Du Bois led the six runners over the first followed by Little Legend, High Toby, Toe To Hand and Lillie Lou. Brigadier Du Bois moved into the lead at the second where High Toby was slow and was relegated to last. Little Legend pulled his way to the lead at fence three (first open ditch) which all six took well. Little Legend continued to lead over the remainder of the first circuit and out onto the second circuit ahead of Brigadier Du Bois, Lillie Lou, The Fairhill Boy, High Toby and Toe To Hand. High Toby was again slow at fence eight. Little Legend continued to lead at fence nine (second open ditch) but The Fairhill Boy moved into second ahead of Brigadier Du Bois, Lillie Lou, High Toby and Toe To Hand. Toe To Hand made a mistake at the eleventh and started to get reminders at the twelfth as the runners set out on their final circuit. Several of the runners hung left passing the horseboxes as they set out on their final circuit. Little Legend was pulled up before the thirteenth having run wide by the horsebox park and The Fairhill Boy unseated having been left in front in turn leaving Brigadier Du Bois in front ahead of High Toby and Lillie Lou with Toe To Hand continuing several lengths further behind. Brigadier Du Bois continued to lead at fence fifteen (third open ditch) by two lengths over High Toby with Lillie Lou four lengths further back and Toe To Hand a distance behind in fourth. High Toby was urged to challenge again on the run to the seventeenth and turning into the finishing straight started to close the gap but Brigadier Du Bois was urged on again and High Toby was unable to close the gap as the pair safely negotiated the final two fences. Lillie Lou completed for third and Toe To Hand also completed in fourth.
1st Brigadier Du Bois Ben Bentley 12/1
2nd High Toby Phil York 4/1
3rd Lillie Lou Tom Cannon 12/1
4th Toe To Hand Bridget Andrews 12/1
Distances 3 lengths and 10 lengths Time: 6 mins 27 secs Four finished