Countryside Alliance South East Point-to-Point
Parham: Saturday 28th April 2012
Race Reports by Nicola, Stephanie & Martyn Dean
Race 1: The Equestrian Vision Open Maiden Race
Six runners were declared for the opening race of the day. Chosen Few (Nick Pearce) was sent off the 11/10 favourite with Woeful Dancer (Phil York) also popular at 9/4. Nehemiah (Freddie Mitchell) was next in the betting market at 4/1, Uncle Eli (M Clark) was priced at 7/1 and Buffalo Stampede (Jody Sole) and Johncan (William Hickman) were both 8/1.
Buffalo Stampede and Chosen Few led the field over the first followed by Nehemiah, Uncle Eli, Woeful Dancer and Johncan. All six runners took the first three fences well but by fence four (first open ditch) Johncan was four lengths behind the other five runners who were setting a steady pace. Uncle Eli moved up to join Chosen Few and Buffalo Stampede on the run to the fifth fence which all three took side by side with Uncle Eli moving into the lead on the run to the sixth opening up a lengths advantage. Nehemiah chased after Uncle Eli and joined Uncle Eli at the seventh before jumping into the lead at the eighth. As the six runners set out on their second circuit Nehemiah led from Uncle Eli with Buffalo Stampede two lengths further back in third four lengths ahead of Chosen Few. Woeful Dancer was three lengths further back in fifth and Johncan was six lengths further back. Buffalo Stampede was pushed to chase after the leaders again and moved into second behind Nehemiah at the eleventh fence where Johncan was pulled up and Uncle Eli started to drop back as the pace of the race increased. Buffalo Stampede moved up to join Nehemiah on the run to the thirteenth with Chosen Few and Woeful Dancer a length further back and Uncle Eli becoming detached in fifth. Woeful Dancer made a mistake at the thirteenth but quickly recovered and challenged Chosen Few for third position at the fourteenth where Nehemiah and Buffalo Stampede had a three length advantage. On the run to the fifteenth Chosen Few was pushed to join the leading pair but made a mistake allowing Nehemiah and Buffalo Stampede to open up a two length advantage again. Woeful Dancer started to close on the leading pair on the run to the penultimate fence and where Buffalo Stampede just had the lead from Nehemiah who was untidy. Woeful Dancer quickly moved up beside Buffalo Stampede on the run to the final fence where he jumped into the lead and quickly pulled clear of Buffalo Stampede on the run to the winning post. Buffalo Stampede was unable to offer anything else but chased Woeful Dancer to the winning post. Nehemiah was pulled up before the final fence handing third to Chosen Few who was untidy over the final fence and Uncle Eli also completed in fourth.
1st Woeful Dancer Phil York 9/4
2nd Buffalo Stampede Jody Sole 8/1
3rd Chosen Few Nick Pearce 11/10 (Favourite)
4th Uncle Eli M Clark 7/1
Distances 3 lengths and 5 lengths Time 6mins 55 sec
Race 2: The Kevin Griffin Cars Restricted Race
Eight runners were declared for the restricted race. Moyode Wood (George Gorman) was sent off the 6/4 favourite with Tenawa (A Goschen) priced at 5/2 and Louisthenineteenth (Nick Pearce) at 4/1. Bigasabishop (Bridget Andrews) and Star Gift (Philip Hall) were both priced at 5/1 and Arvakur (Steve Spice), Particular Man (Kelly Keefe) and Sharmon (Chris Thomson) were the outsiders all priced at 16/1.
Louisthenineteenth led the runners to the first followed by Particular Man, Bigasabishop, Arvakur, Star Gift, Tenawa, Sharmon and Moyode Wood but Sharmon pulled his way to the front on the run to the second fence and quickly opened up a six length advantage on the run to the third fence. At fence four (first open ditch) the order had changed completely with Sharmon pulling hard and leading by ten lengths from Arvakur, Star Gift and Tenawa with Particular Man in fifth ahead of Bigasabishop, Louisthenineteenth and Moyode Wood. By fence five Sharmon had a twenty length advantage over the other seven runners as Moyode Wood started to make up places and move through the field. At fence six Sharmon led from Arvakur who was followed by Tenawa. Star Gift, Moyode Wood and Bigasabishop with Louisthenineteenth a length further back and Particular Man the backmarker by two lengths. Chris Thomson broke a stirrup on Sharmon at the seventh fence and as a result pulled out of the race at the eighth leaving Arvakur to lead from Moyode Wood, Tenawa, Star Gift, Louisthenineteenth, Particular Man and Bigasabishop. Star Gift moved up to join Arvakur at the ninth fence with Tenawa, Moyode Wood and Louisthenineteenth disputing third followed by Particular Man and Bigasabishop three lengths further back. At fence twelve (second open ditch) Moyode Wood was untidy as Star Gift led from Arvakur and Moyode Wood followed by Louisthenineteenth and Tenawa, with Particular Man and Bigasabishop six lengths further back. Arvakur unseated at the fourteenth as Star Gift continued to lead but on the run to the fifteenth Tenawa and Louisthenineteenth moved up to join Star Gift at the front of the field. Moyode Wood was also pushed after the leading trio and started to close on the run to the seventeenth fence with Bigasabishop also getting closer to the action at the front. Tenawa landed first at the seventeenth with Moyode Wood jumping into second ahead of Star Gift, Louisthenineteenth and Bigasabishop with Particular Man several lengths further back. Tenawa and Moyode Wood raced to the final fence side by side and landed together but Moyode Wood was just able to assert on the run to the winning post to take the race ahead of Tenawa. Louisthenineteenth took third ahead of Star Gift. Bigasabishop pulled up before the final fence whilst Particular Man completed.
1st Moyode Wood George Gorman 6/4 (Favourite)
2nd Tenawa A Goschen 5/2
3rd Louisthenineteenth Nick Pearce 4/1
4th Star Gift Philip Hall 5/1
Distances 1/2 length and 3 lengths Time 6 mins 50 secs
Race 3: The International Mortgage Plans Mixed Open Race
Six runners were declared for the mixed open and Mount Sandel (William Hickman) and Swordsman (Phil York) vied for favouritism with the bookmakers. Swordsman opened at evens but drifted to 2/1 as Mount Sandel was sent off favourite at 6/4 having opened at 5/4. Whatever Next (Nick Pearce) was priced at 9/2 whilst Master T (Peter Bull) drifted from 4/1 to 13/2 and Elsie's Pride (Philip Hall) and Mistified (Jody Sole) were both priced at 12/1.
Mount Sandel and Whatever Next jumped away from the starter first ahead of Swordsman, Elsie's Pride, Mistified and Master T. All six runners took the first open ditch (fence four) well and the six runners completed there first circuit without incident with Mount Sandel and Whatever Next leading from Swordsman and Elsie's Pride a length further back and Master T and Mistified a length further back. Whatever Next moved into the lead by half a length at the eleventh fence and all six took the second open ditch (fence twelve) well. The six runners remained grouped together at the thirteenth fence where the pace of the race increased with Mount Sandel regaining the lead by a length from Whatever Next and Swordsman with Elsie's Pride and Master T a length further back and Mistified three lengths further back. Mistified was untidy at the fourteenth and on the run to the fifteenth Swordsman moved up to join Mount Sandel as Whatever Next started to drop back. Mount Sandel out jumped Swordsman at the sixteenth to regain the lead but Swordsman started to reassert on the run to the penultimate fence. Mount Sandel tried to chase after Swordsman on the run to the final fence but Swordsman continued to hold the advantage and took the final fence well before pulling away from Mount Sandel on the run to the winning post. Elsie's Pride moved into third ahead of Whatever Next at the final fence and Mistified and Master T also completed in fifth and sixth.
1st Swordsman Phil York 2/1
2nd Mount Sandel William Hickman 6/4 (Favourite)
3rd Elsie's Pride Philip Hall 12/1
4th Whatever Next Nick Pearce 9/2
Distance 5 lengths and 10 lengths Time 6mins 40 sec
Race 4: The Bremond Watch Co. Intermediate Race
Adept Approach (Philip Hall) was the 2/7 favourite in the four runner intermediate race with Forgotten Symphony (George Gorman) at 4/1, Tobougg Welcome (Hannah Grissell) at 5/1 and Saddler's Blaze (Tabitha Worsley) the 8/1 outsider.
Saddlers Blaze led the field to the first at a reasonable pace followed by Forgotten Symphony, Adept Approach and Tobougg Welcome. Forgotten Symphony moved up to join Saddlers Blaze at the fourth (first open ditch) two lengths ahead of Adept Approach with Tobougg Welcome two lengths further back. Forgotten Symphony jumped into the lead at the fifth and had a lengths advantage at the sixth fence. Forgotten Symphony continued to lead by two lengths as the field took the ninth fence with Saddlers Blaze in second a length ahead of Adept Approach with Tobougg Welcome a length further back in fourth. All four runners took the second open ditch (fence twelve) well and at the thirteenth Forgotten Symphony continued to lead but Adept Approach was urged to chase after the leader and was within half a length at the fourteenth. Forgotten Symphony and Adept Approach took the fifteenth together with Tobougg Welcome moving into third ahead of Saddlers Blaze three lengths further back. Forgotten Symphony and Adept Approach took the sixteenth together but on the run to the penultimate fence Adept Approach gained a lengths advantage as Tobougg Welcome started to close on the leading pair. Adept Approach landed first and raced towards the final fence with Forgotten Symphony and Tobougg Welcome chasing. Adept Approach continued to lead and on landing over the final fence pulled away from Forgotten Symphony and Tobougg Welcome who battled for second with Forgotten Symphony just holding on. Saddlers Blaze also completed in fourth.
1st Adept Approach Philip Hall 2/7 (Favourite)
2nd Forgotten Symphony George Gorman 4/1
3rd Tobougg Welcome Hannah Grissell 5/1
4th Saddlers Blaze Tabitha Worsley 8/1
Distances 4 lengths and a neck Time 6 mins 52 sec
Race 5: The Countryside Alliance Club Members Race for Veteran & Novice Riders
Seven runners made their way to the starter with all of the jockey's competing from the novice section. She Is A Cracker (George Gorman) was the 4/5 favourite with Catsfield winner Orfeo Conti (Oz Wedmore) also popular at 7/4. Penshurst winner The Duke's Speech (Libby Lawson) was next in the betting market at 4/1 with Quiditch D'Ouxy (Gemma Cobb) at 10/1, whilst Wee Bertie (Chris Thomson), Aughlea Bridge (Kelly Keefe) and Glenbower Woods (Oliver Beswick) were the 14/1 outsiders.
Quiditch D'Ouxy and Aughlea Bridge shared the lead on the run to the first fence ahead of Glenbower Woods, Orfeo Conti, Wee Bertie, She Is A Cracker and The Duke's Speech. Wee Bertie was untidy over the second fence but all seven runners negotiated the next two fences without incident. At the fifth fence Quiditch D'Ouxy continued to lead from She Is A Cracker who moved into second with The Duke's Speech also making up places into third. Aughlea Bridge remained in fourth ahead of Glenbower Woods, Orfeo Conti and Wee Bertie. Glenbower Woods was slow over the sixth and dropped to the back of the field. She Is A Cracker moved into the lead at the eighth fence half a length ahead of Quiditch D'Ouxy with The Duke's Speech and Aughlea Bridge two lengths further back followed by Orfeo Conti, Wee Bertie and Glenbower Woods. Glenbower Woods was slow again over the tenth and on the run to the eleventh Aughlea Bridge moved up to lead the seven runners with Quiditch D'Ouxy and She Is A Cracker a length further back. At fence twelve (second open ditch) Aughlea Bridge extended his lead to two lengths ahead of She Is A Cracker and Quiditch D'Ouxy, with The Duke's Speech a length further back in fourth two lengths ahead of Wee Bertie with Orfeo Conti three lengths further back in sixth as Glenbower Woods was pulled up. Aughlea Bridge continued to lead on the run to the thirteenth but on the run to the fourteenth She Is A Cracker moved into the lead with The Duke's Speech chasing and moving into second ahead of Aughlea Bridge. The Duke's Speech moved up to join She Is A Cracker at the fifteenth with Aughlea Bridge in third ahead of Wee Bertie, Orfeo Conti and Quiditch D'Ouxy who was dropping back as the pace increased. The Duke's Speech and She Is A Cracker continued side by side over the sixteenth fence and raced to the penultimate fence side by side. They took the seventeenth together two lengths ahead of Aughlea Bridge with Orfeo Conti moving into fourth as Wee Bertie blundered badly and coming to a standstill whilst Quiditch D'Ouxy continued. The Duke's Speech gained the advantage by getting away quicker on landing but She Is A Cracker battled back and they took the final fence together. The Duke's Speech again got away from the fence quicker and pulled away from She Is A Cracker on the run to the winning post. Aughlea Bridge held onto third ahead of Orfeo Conti whilst Wee Bertie was pulled up before the last but Quiditch D'Ouxy completed for fifth.
1st The Duke's Speech Libby Lawson 4/1
2nd She Is A Cracker George Gorman 4/5 (Favourite)
3rd Aughlea Bridge Kelly Keefe 14/1
4th Orfeo Conti Oz Wedmore 7/4
Distances 3 lengths and 7 lengths Time 6mins 54 sec