GODSTONE race by race 14-2-10 - Pointing South East
GODSTONE race by race 14th February 2010
Race by Race reports by Nicola & Martyn Dean
The Wellingham Southdown & Eridge Hunt Members, Subscribers and Farmers Race.
The hunt members, subscribers and farmers race was contested by 3 runners. Super Kay (Nick Pearce) was sent off the 1/2 favourite with Winters Beau (Philip Hall) at 9/4 and Magnus Veritas (Stuart Robinson) at 6/1. The three runners set off at a reasonable pace with Winters Beau leading the group with Magnus Veritas just behind and Super Kay a length further back. The three runners all jumped well over the first two fences but good jumps at the third (first open ditch) and the fourth moved Super Kay up into second behind Winters Beau. As the three runners set out towards fence seven and their second circuit Winters Beau led Super Kay with Magnus Veritas five lengths further back. At the second open ditch (fence nine) Super Kay had joined Winters Beau but made a slight mistake and nodded on landing and Magus Vertias was slow allowing the two leaders to extend their lead. Magnus Veritas started to close the gap as the three runners’ negotiated fence twelve and set out on their third and final circuit. At the third open ditch (fence fifteen) Super Kay again nodded on landing but lost little momentum but was three lengths down on Winters Beau. Magnus Veritas remained six to eight lengths back in third. Winters Beau and Super Kay increased the pace approaching the sixteenth, but Super Kay again hit the fence and Winters Beau started to pull away from the favourite as they turned into the finishing straight. Winters Beau got in close to the seventeenth and brushed through the fence but put in an immaculate jump at the final fence before pulling away again from Super Kay. Magnus Veritas completed for third.
1st Winters Beau Philip Hall 9/4 2nd Super Kay Nick Pearce 1/2 (Favourite) 3rd Magnus Veritas Stuart Robinson 6/1 Distances 6 lengths and 10 lengths Time: 6 mins 30 secs
The NFU Mutual Centenary Open Maiden Race
The maiden saw 9 runners with Peadar (Nick Pearce) sent off the 6/4 favourite. Spartan Place (Phil York) was next in the bookies market at 3/1 with Durante (Peter Bull) at 7/2. Katepast was also popular at 4/1 whilst Caged Tiger (Heather Kemp), Cavanquarter (Andrew Pennock) and The Hardy Bishop (Will Hickman) were priced at 12/1 and Flytomoscow (Gina Andrews) and San Jose (Tom Cannon) were both at 16/1. Cavanquarter led the field over the first fence followed by Durante, Spartan Place and The Hardy Bishop whilst Peadar was towards the back of the field. By the first open ditch (fence three) Cavanquarter had dropped back to the middle of the field whilst The Hardy Bishop had moved to lead Durante and Spartan Place. All nine runners jumped well throughout the first circuit and remained grouped together. Katepast was slow over fence seven as the field set out on their second circuit with a good pace being set to the race. Peadar got in close to fence nine (second open ditch) having moved to sit in the middle of the field but maintained his position. Katepast was pulled up at fence ten having started to lose touch with the other eight runners. As the remaining runners turned into the home straight for the second time, The Hardy Bishop led Spartan Place, Peadar, Durante, Flytomoscow, and Caged Tiger with San Jose and Cavanquarter a couple of lengths further back. At fence fourteen Spartan Place had taken the lead ahead of Peadar, The Hardy Bishop and Durante and these four had opened up an advantage over Caged Tiger and Flytomoscow with San Jose and Cavanquarter even further back. Peadar jumped well at fence fourteen and took the lead on the run to fence fifteen (third open ditch). The Hardy Bishop fell at the fifteenth. Spartan Place regained the lead on the run to the sixteenth with Durante chasing, Peadar made a mistake and lost a lot of ground on Spartan Place and Durante. At the back of the field Cavanquarter was pulled up along with San Jose and Flytomoscow. Spartan Place had a two length advantage on the run to the penultimate fence, Durante continued to challenge but was unable to close the gap on the leader. Peadar pulled up before the seventeenth leaving Caged Tiger the only other finisher a distance behind. 1st Spartan Place Phil York 3/1 2nd Durante Peter Bull 7/2 3rd Caged Tiger Heather Kemp 12/1 Distances 3 lengths and a Distance Time: 6 min 23 secs
The Mitchell & Cooper South East Hunts Club Members Conditions Race
11 runners made their way to the start for the Members conditions race. Kommetjie (Josh Moore) was sent of the 5/2 favourite in a tight betting market with Captains Legacy (Peter Bull) at 3/1, Little Bit Of Hush (Jason Merry) at 4/1, Bucket Awl (Jenny Carr) at 9/2 and High Toby (Phil York) and One To Note (Tom Cannon) both at 5/1. Jazz Attack (Harry Fowler) was next at 10/1 with Brigadier Du Bois (Ben Bentley) and Ever So Slightly (R Bandey) at 14/1 and Indoux (Clare Douglas) and Future To Future (Emily Harbour) the outsiders at 20/1.
After an initial false start Future to Future and High Toby led the field over the first fence with Bucket Awl also close behind. Ever So Slightly, Little Bit of Hush and Brigadier Du Bois were the back-markers as the eleven runners negotiated the first open ditch (fence three) whilst Future to Future and Bucket Awl shared the lead. High Toby made a mistake at the fourth fence whilst in the middle of the field. The field all jumped well and remained tightly grouped together throughout the remained of the first circuit and also all jumped well throughout the second circuit. As the field set out on their final circuit Bucket Awl led from High Toby and One to Note whilst Future To Future started to drop away from the leading group. Six lengths further back was Kommetjie, Captains Legacy, Jazz Attack and Brigadier Du Bois whilst Ever So Slightly, Indoux and Little Bit of Hush were even further back. At fence fourteen both Kommetjie and Jazz Attack had started to close the gap on Bucket Awl, High Toby and One To Note whilst Future To Future lost ground on the leading group. Kommetjie hit fence fifteen (third open ditch) unseating Josh Moore and sadly suffered a fatal injury. Indoux and Little Bit of Hush were both pulled up at the fifteenth. High Toby took the inside line on the run to the sixteenth and took the lead from Bucket Awl with Jazz Attack two lengths further back. Turning in to the finishing straight Jazz Attack had gained second place from Bucket Awl and was closing the gap on the leader High Toby. High Toby landed a length ahead at the last but Jazz Attack would not give up and the pair raced to the line side by side, but High Toby just managed to keep his head in front at the line. Bucket Awl finished third ahead of One To Note.
1st High Toby Phil York 5/1 2nd Jazz Attack Harry Fowler 10/1 3rd Bucket Awl Jenny Carr 9/2 4th One To Note Tom Cannon 5/1 Distances Head and 3 lengths Time: 6 mins 29 secs
The Highfield Farm Ladies Open Race
4 runners were declared for the Ladies Open. Honest Endeavour (Angela Rucker) was sent off the 4/7 favourite with Carryonharry (Cynthia Haydon) at 11/4, Full Irish (Louise Allan) at 3/1 and Millenium Way (Caroline Taylor) at 8/1.
The four runners set off at a very sedate pace with Carryonharry leading Millenium Way, Full Irish and Honest Endeavour. The four ladies continued at a sedate pace and all jumped well for two circuits with Carryonharry leading Millenium Way by 3 lengths and Full Irish and Honest Endeavour a couple of lengths further back. As the field set out on their third and final circuit Honest Endeavour moved up into second place a couple of lengths behind Carryonharry but after fence fourteen Carryonharry started to inject some pace into the race whilst Full Irish out jumped Millenium Way to move into third place. Millenium Way got in close to fence fifteen (third open ditch) but lost little ground in fourth. Honest Endeavour moved up on the outside of Carryonharry at fence sixteen with Full Irish four lengths further back. Carryonharry continued to jump well and had the inside line turning into the finishing straight. Carryonharry jumped the last with a half length advantage and managed to hold off the challenge of Honest Endeavour on the run to the winning post.
1st Carryonharry Cynthia Haydon 11/4 2nd Honest Endeavour Angela Rucker 4/7 (Favourite) 3rd Full Irish Louise Allan 3/1 4th Millenium Way Caroline Taylor 8/1 Distances ¾ lengths Time: 6 min 45 secs
The Southdown & Eridge Foxhunters Men’s Open Race
4 horses lined up for the men’s open race. Letterman (Nick Pearce) was sent off the 1/3 favourite with New Street Express (Paul Blagg) at 4/1 and Thoutmosis (Ed Turner) and Garundi (James Owen) both at 8/1.
Thoutmosis led Letterman, Garundi and New Street Express over the first with the four runners again setting a very steady pace. Thoutmosis was very slow and deliberate over the first open ditch (fence three). Thoutmosis and Letterman bumped in the air over fence five where New Street Express made a mistake. Letterman moved up to lead the four runners at the sixth fence and the four runners continued at a steady pace throughout the second circuit. New Street Express moved up to second a length behind Letterman as the four runners set out on their final circuit whilst Thoutmosis dropped back to the rear of the field. Thoutmosis made a mistake at fence fourteen but remained only 2 lengths behind New Street Express and Garundi who battled for second behind Letterman. Letterman brushed through fence fifteen (third open ditch) but then started to open up a lead over Garundi. Garundi made a mistake at the penultimate fence that allowed Letterman to pull away again and a good jump at the last secured his victory. Thoutmosis took third ahead of New Street Express
1st Letterman Nick Pearce 1/3 (Favourite) 2nd Garundi James Owen 8/1 3rd Thoutmosis Ed Turner 8/1 4th New Street Express Paul Blagg 4/1 Distances 6 lengths and a distance Time 7 mins 7 secs
The Gordon Racing Open Maiden Race for Mares & Fillies Only Florence Mary (Nick Pearce) was sent off the 4/6 favourite in the seven runner mare’s maiden race with Winnie Wood (Phil York) and Karingabay Queen (Gordon Gallagher) at 4/1. Slinky Malinky (James Owen) was at 5/1, and Aldridge Hill (D Turner), Commanche Finale (B Pollock) and Royal Gesture (Andrew Pennock) were all priced 14/1.
Florence Mary, Winnie Wood and Karingabay Queen were the early leaders as the seven runners again set a steady pace. Karingabay Queen was untidy over fence two whilst Royal Gesture jumped well to take the lead. Florence Mary made a mistake at fence three (first open ditch) but didn’t lose any ground in third place behind Royal Gesture and Winnie Wood. Karingabay Queen made another mistake at fence four and Winnie Wood made a mistake at the fifth. Winnie Wood took the inside line as the seven runners set out on their second circuit with Royal Gesture and Florence Mary just behind her followed by Karingabay Queen, Slinky Malinky, Aldridge Hill and Commanche Finale. Winnie Wood was low over fence nine (second open ditch) but remained upright whilst Aldridge Hill made a mistake and fell. Royal Gesture and Winnie Wood led Florence Mary by two lengths as the remaining six runners turned into the home straight for the second time (fence eleven) with Slinky Malinky, and Karingabay Queen just behind and Commanche Finale further back starting to get tailed off. Slinky Malinky made a mistake at fence thirteen and lost a lot of ground on the four in front of her. Florence Mary moved into the lead after the fourteenth but on the run to the fifteenth (third open ditch) Karingabay Queen moved up on the inside of Florence Mary and the pair started to open a lead over Winnie Wood. Karingabay Queen just took the lead at the fifteenth but Florence Mary was urged on again over the sixteenth and started to pull away from Karingabay Queen. Winnie Wood and Slinky Malinky were both pulled up at the sixteen. Turning into the home straight for the final time Florence Mary had opened up an advantage over Karingabay Queen and she jumped the last two fences well to win the race, whilst Karingabay Queen finished ahead of Royal Gesture.
1st Florence Mary Nick Pearce 4/6 (Favourite) 2nd Karingabay Queen Gordon Gallagher 4/1 3rd Royal Gesture Andrew Pennock 14/1 4th Commanche Finale B Pollock 14/1 Distances 6 lengths and 4 lengths Time 6 mins 51 secs
The CBRE/LIM Bexleyheath Restricted Race
A field of 10 contested the final race of the day. Premier Buck (O Murphy) was sent off the 6/4 favourite with Sebber Bridge (Nick Pearce) at 9/4, Laguna Beach (Peter Bull) and Master Brew (Will Hickman) at 3/1 and The Humbel Monk (Phil York) and Star Gift (Philip Hall) at 4/1. Delgany Gunner (B Pollock) was a 6/1 chance whilst Ballybreagan Ben (Andrew Pennock), Cotton Bay (Marcus Gorman) and Toe To Hand (Gina Andrews) were all 10/1 or bigger.
Premier Buck, The Humbel Monk and Star Gift led the field over the first fence whilst Sebber Bridge and Laguna Beach were the back markers. The ten runners remained grouped together throughout the first circuit despite Ballybreagan Ben making mistakes at the third and fourth fences. The ten runners continued to remain tightly grouped as they made their way out onto their second circuit with The Humbel Monk leading Toe To Hand and Premier Buck. Laguna Beach made a mistake at fence nine (second open ditch) and Premier Buck made a mistake at fence ten and was lucky to stay standing. Premier Buck made another mistake at fence eleven and was given a reminder on landing. As the ten runners set out on their final circuit The Humbel Monk led Toe To Hand, Cotton Bay, Premier Buck and Delgany Gunner who had opened up a gap over the over five runners Ballybreagan Ben, Sebber Bridge, Star Gift, Laguna Beach and Master Brew. At fence fifteen (third open ditch) Premier Buck made another mistake whilst Sebber Bridge started to close the gap on the leading group and had moved into fourth by fence sixteen behind The Humbel Monk, Toe To Hand and Premier Buck. Delgany Gunner made a mistake at fence sixteen and lost a lot of momentum. Turning into the home straight Sebber Bridge was closing on The Humbel Monk and the leading pair had opened up a lead over Premier Buck with Cotton Bay and Toe To Hand also close behind. The pair landed together over the penultimate fence but The Humble Monk was urged on again and found a little bit extra to gain a lengths advantage at the last fence which he maintained on the run to the winning post.
1st The Humbel Monk Phil York 4/1 2nd Sebber Bridge Nick Pearce 9/4 3rd Premier Buck O Murphy 6/4 (Favourite) 4th Toe To Hand Gina Andrews 12/1 Distances 1 length and 8 lengths Time: 6 mins 38 secs