The Desmond Donegan Memorial Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds Hunt Members, Subscribers and Farmers Race
The hunt members, subscribers and farmers race was contested by 8 runners. Master Alf (Peter Bull) was sent off the 4/5 favourite with Theatre Knight (Nick Pearce) and Turnstile (Stuart Robinson) next in the bookies market at 5/2. It’s Showtime (Juliet Hermansky) was priced at 10/1, Dad Says Heazle (Clare Douglas) was at 12/1 and Little Legend (Cynthia Haydon), Master Brew (Will Hickman) and Wain Mountain (Anthony Ward-Thomas) were all priced at 16/1.
The eight runners set off at a steady pace with Dad Says Heazle, Master Brew and Theatre Knight taking the early lead. By the fourth fence Little Legend had moved up to join Dad Says Heazle for the lead followed by Theatre Knight, Master Alf, Master Brew, It’s Showtime, Turnstile and Wain Mountain. Master Alf was low over fence seven but didn’t loose any ground whilst Wain Mountain was starting to get detached. Little Legend hit fence nine (second open ditch) sending Cynthia Haydon up his neck but the pair managed to remain together and continued to lead the field towards fence ten where a group of five runners, Little Legend, Dad Says Heazle, Master Alf, Theatre Knight and Master Brew had started to open up a lead over the other three. Dad Says Heazle got in close to fence eleven allowing Master Alf to move into second. Wain Mountain was pulled up at fence twelve. As the seven remaining runners set out on their final circuit Little Legend led Master Alf and Dad Says Heazle with Theatre Knight and Master Brew a couple of lengths further back and It’s Showtime and Turnstile further back. Approaching fence twelve Little Legend and Master Alf pulled eight lengths clear of the rest of the field with Little Legend holding a two length advantage over Master Alf. Master Alf started to close the gap at the fifteenth fence but then made a mistake at the sixteenth allowing Little Legend to pull away again. Turnstile was pulled up at the sixteenth. Turning into the finishing straight Little Legend still held a two length advantage but then hit the seventeenth fence allowing Master Alf to close the gap. The pair approached the eighteenth and final fence together but Little Legend landed first and started to pull away again from Master Alf who was unable to close the gap again. Dad Says Heazle was pulled up before the last fence. Theatre Knight came home for third a distance behind the leading pair followed by It’s Showtime and Master Brew.
It’s Showtime’s jockey failed to weigh in and was therefore disqualified from fourth.
1st Little Legend, Cynthia Haydon 16/1
2nd Master Alf, Peter Bull 4/5 (Favourite)
3rd Theatre Knight, Nick Pearce 5/2
Distances 3 lengths and a Distance Time: 6 mins 29 secs
The Hazel Ann Florist Countryside Alliance Club Members Conditions Race
Eleven runners were declared for the race and The Humbel Monk (Phil York) was sent off the 2/1 favourite. Pass Me By (Nigel Benstead) and Super Kay (Nick Pearce) were both at 9/2 with Captains Legacy (Peter Bull) and Lillie Lou (Tom Cannon) at 6/1. Prince Rodney (Will Hickman) and The Tailor Carey (Marcus Gorman) were both available at 8/1. New Street Express (Paul Blagg) was 12/1 and Citizen Shan (Chris Thomson), Mnason (B Brakenbury) and Indoux (Clare Douglas) were all at 22/1.
The eleven runners set off steadily over the first fence with Prince Rodney landing first with The Humbel Monk and Super Kay close behind. The eleven runners remained tightly grouped together throughout the first circuit and all eleven runners negotiated the first six fences well with no errors. Pass Me By made a mistake at the seventh and unseated Nigel Benstead. New Street Express blundered at fence nine (second open ditch) and lost a couple of places and Indoux was starting to get detached from the others. Citizen Shan was a faller at fence ten when in mid-division whilst The Humbel Monk continued to lead from Captains Legacy, New Street Express and Mnason with Lillie Lou, The Tailor Carey, Super Kay and Prince Rodney also close behind. The remaining eight runners remained tightly grouped together as they set out on their final circuit. At fence fourteen, Captains Legacy had moved into the lead and Lillie Lou had also gained places to move into second as The Humbel Monk started to weaken and drop back through the field. New Street Express was pulled up at fence fifteen (third open ditch). Lillie Lou and Captains Legacy started to open up a lead over The Humbel Monk and Mnason as the remaining runners headed towards fence sixteen and the race looked to be between the two, but The Tailor Carey started to make his move from fifth in the field and started to close the gap on the leading pair passing The Humbel Monk and Mnason on the run to the seventeenth fence. Approaching the eighteenth and final fence The Tailor Carey had taken up the lead and landed full of running over the last. Captains Legacy held off the challenge of Lillie Lou who blundered at the eighteenth to take second whilst Mnason passed The Humbel Monk on the run to the finishing post for fourth.
1st The Tailor Carey, Marcus Gorman 8/1
2nd Captains Legacy, Peter Bull 6/1
3rd Lillie Lou, Tom Cannon 6/1
4th Mnason, B Brackenbury 22/1
Distances 6 lengths and 10 lengths Time: 6 min 34 secs
The Global Food Technologies Men’s Open Race
A field of 5 were declared for the Men’s Open race which saw the reappearance of Bee An Bee (Stuart Robinson) who was sent off the 2/5 favourite. Honourable Spider (Peter Bull) was a 6/4 chance with Keltic Moon (Ray Glennon) at 6/1 and Daretobedifferent (David Evatt) and Lucky Leader (Keith Dilworth) the outsiders at 10/1.
Bee An Bee unsurprisingly led over the first fence setting a reasonable pace and had a five length advantage over Honourable Spider and Daretobedifferent by fence two with Lucky Leader a couple of lengths further back and Keltic Moon a further five lengths behind. All five runners all jumped well throughout the first circuit. Daretobedifferent blundered badly at fence nine (second open ditch) and unseated David Evatt reducing the field to four. Bee An Bee continued to lead by four lengths from Honourable Spider with Lucky Leader a couple of lengths further behind and Keltic Moon further back. As the four runners set out on the final circuit Bee An Bee had a seven length advantage over Honourable Spider with Lucky Leader and Keltic Moon a distance further back. Bee An Bee nodded on landing at the sixteenth fence where Honourable Spider was urged on to chase after Bee An Bee. Honourable Spider started to close the gap but a blunder at the eighteenth (and final fence) by Honourable Spider allowed Bee An Bee to take the race. Lucky Leader finished third whilst Ray Glennon completed his first point to point on Keltic Moon to take fourth.
1st Bee An Bee, Stuart Robinson 2/5 (Favourite)
2nd Honourable Spider, Peter Bull 6/4
3rd Lucky Leader, Keith Dilworth 10/1
4th Keltic Moon, Ray Glennon 6/1
Distances 4 lengths and a distance Time: 6 mins 34 secs
The Highfield Farm Ladies Open Race
A field of just 3 were declared for the Ladies open race. Carryonharry (Cynthia Haydon) was sent off the 1/5 favourite with his two rivals Levallois (Lucie McGarity) and Spring Lover (Heather Kemp) both at 6/1
The three runners set off at a steady pace with Spring Lover just holding a slight advantage over Carryonharry and Levallois over the first two fences but was slowest pf the three runners over fence three (first open ditch) which allowed Carryonharry to get his head in front. The three runners remained grouped together throughout the remained of the first and the second circuit. Spring Lover was untidy at the twelfth and lost several lengths on his two rivals who injected some additional pace to the race as they set out for their final circuit. Levallois hit the thirteenth fence hard and although Lucie McGarity tried to defy gravity she was unable to get herself back into the saddle and was unseated, leaving Carryonharry a distance clear of Spring Lover. Spring Lover was slow over the fourteenth fence and scrabbled over the fifteenth (the third open ditch) so was pulled up before the sixteenth leaving Carryonharry to complete on his own.
1st Carryonharry, Cynthia Haydon 1/5F
Finished alone Time: 6 min 45 secs
The Premiere UK Restricted Race
A field of 12 contested the restricted race. Spartan Place (Phil York) who took the open maiden at the previous Godstone meeting was sent off the 4/5 favourite with Florence Mary (Nick Pearce) who won the Mares & Fillies maiden race at the same meeting also well fancied at 5/2. Supa Tramp (Peter Bull) was next in the betting market at 5/1 followed by Club Captain (C Dennington) and Star Gift (Philip Hall) both at 12/1. The remaining runners, Balableu (Clare Douglas), Clande Boye (B Brakenbury), Corybride (A Panman), Cotton Bay (Marcus Gorman), Exiles Return (N de Boinville), Mr Moneymatters (Steve Spice) and Some Story (Paul Blagg) were all priced at 25/1.
Spartan Place led the field in a tightly bunched group at a reasonable pace over the first fence and all twelve runners cleared the second well. Corybride had taken the lead at fence three (first open ditch) ahead of Spartan Place, Club Captain, Star Gift and Balableu who put in an exceptionally good jump, whilst Florence Mary and Some Story were both held at the rear. As the runners set out on their second circuit they continued at a steady pace with Corybride and Spartan place leading whilst Clande Boye was just the backmarker. Supa Tramp moved through the field to fourth as the field made their way to fence eight. Club Captain was slow over the ninth (second open ditch) and was starting to get detached along with Clande Boye. Club Captain made a mistake at the twelfth fence and was pulled up before setting out on the final circuit. As the remaining runners set out on their final circuit Spartan Place and Supa Tramp had a six length advantage over Cotton Bay in third who was followed by Corybride, Exile Return, Star Gift, Mr Moneymatters, and Florence Mary with the others even further behind. Spartan Place jumped the thirteenth well and opened up a four length lead over Supa Tramp. Florence Mary was pulled up at the fourteenth and Spartan Place got in close at the fifteenth allowing Supa Tramp to close the gap on his lead. Approaching the seventeenth Supa Tramp had moved to within a length of Spartan Place, the pair continued to battle as they approached the final fence and Supa Tramp continued to close the gap on the run to the winning post but it came just in time for Spartan Place to record the win. Further back Star Gift picked up places to take third ahead of Corybride in fourth.
1st Spartan Place, Phil York 4/5 (Favourite)
2nd Supa Tramp, Peter Bull 5/1
3rd Star Gift, Philip Hall 12/1
4th Corybride, A Panman 25/1
Distances ½ length and a distance Time: 6 mins 36 secs
The Ward Thomas Removals Ltd Open Maiden Race
Durante (Peter Bull) who finished second to Spartan Place at the previous Godstone meeting was sent off the 1/2 favourite in the eleven runner maiden race with Fealeside Lord (Tom Cannon) who finished second in the maiden at Detling at 4/1. Sandhills (Phil York) and Our Poppy Day (Nick Pearce) were also popular at 8/1. Toubogg Welcome (Philip Hall) was backed in from 10/1 to 7/1 and Dawn Display (A Panman) was another 10/1 chance. The remaining runners Against The Ropes (Keith Dilworth), Caged Tiger (Heather Kemp), Kanga Gold (C Dennington), Marine Gunner ( Fiona Hemphill) and Rue De Facile (Miss S Hayward) were all 20/1 chances.
Kanga Gold was untidy over the first fence but all eleven runners negotiated the fence with Durante and Fealeside Lord disputing the lead. Dawn Display nodded on landing at fence three (first open ditch) as the field continued at a steady pace with Against The Ropes leading. Rue De Facile was untidy at the fifth and Toubogg Welcome dived at the sixth fence and was low and untidy as a result. As the eleven runners set out on their second circuit Against The Ropes had a two length advantage over Fealeside Lord and Durante, and Caged Tiger in fourth followed a couple of lengths further behind by Toubogg Welcome, Rue De Facile, Sandhills, Our Poppy Day, Kanga Gold, whilst Marine Gunner and Dawn Display were starting to get tailed off. Kanga Gold unseated at fence eight and Marine Gunner was also pulled up. Against The Ropes started to drop back through the field after the ninth (second open ditch) leaving Fealeside Lord, Durante and Caged Tiger in the leading group. Dawn Display was pulled up before setting out on the third circuit. Durante had opened up a six length advantage over Fealeside Lord at fence fourteen with Caged Tiger two lengths further back followed a similar distance back by Toubogg Welcome whilst Our Poppy Day, Sandhills and Rue De Facile all started to weaken. Our Poppy Day and Sandhills were both pulled up at the fifteenth (third open ditch) where Caged Tiger moved into second ahead of Fealeside Lord and Toubogg Welcome also started to make up ground. Durante put in good jumps at the sixteenth and seventeenth and had opened up a large advantage approaching the final fence. Another fluent jump allowed Durante to loose his maiden status ahead of Toubogg Welcome who made up ground to take second ahead of Caged Tiger and Fealeside Lord with Rue De Facile the only other finisher.
1st Durante, Peter Bull 1/2 (Favourite)
2nd Toubogg Welcome, Philip Hall 7/1
3rd Caged Tiger, Heather Kemp 20/1
4th Fealeside Lord, Tom Cannon 4/1
Distances 10 lengths and 2 lengths Time 6 mins 37 secs