The Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent Hunt Point-to-Point
Race 1: The Countryside Alliance Club Members Conditions Race.
The opening race of the day saw six runners declared. Mr Tee Pee (Matt Braxton) was sent off the 5/4 favourite with Captain’s Legacy (Peter Bull) at 9/4. Garundi (James Owen) and Man From Moscow (Philip Hall) were both priced at 5/1 and Hawaiian Son (Andrew Braithwaite) and Mr Moneymatters (Steve Spice) were both 12/1.
The six runners set off at a reasonable pace with Mr Moneymatters leading the six runners over the first fence ahead of Garundi, Captain’s Legacy, Man From Moscow, Hawaiian Son and Mr Tee Pee. Garundi made a mistake at the third fence losing a couple of places. Hawaiian Son jumped well at fence four to move up to lead, but on the run to the fifth fence Mr Tee Pee was taken into the lead. Garundi was untidy at the fifth where Mr Tee Pee led Captain’s Legacy, Hawaiian Son, Mr Moneymatters, Man From Moscow and Garundi. Captain’s Legacy was untidy at the sixth (first open ditch) losing momentum. The six runners continued in a tightly bunched group over the next three fences with Mr Tee Pee leading. Both Mr Moneymatters and Mr Tee Pee were untidy at the tenth and at the twelfth Mr Moneymatters started to get tailed off from the other five runners as the pace of the race increased and Mr Moneymatters was pulled up before the thirteenth. Mr Tee Pee continued to lead at fence thirteen (second open ditch) ahead of Garundi, Captain’s Legacy, Man From Moscow and Hawaiian Son. At the fifteenth Mr Tee Pee was pushed on again and started to open up an advantage over Garundi with Captain’s Legacy and Man From Moscow a couple of lengths further back. Hawaiian Son was pulled up before the fifteenth. Garundi tried to go with Mr Tee Pee but Mr Tee Pee started to pull away from Garundi after the sixteenth and a mistake at the seventeenth by Garundi meant that all Mr Tee Pee had to do was safely negotiate the eighteenth and final fence to take the race which he did with ease. Captain’s Legacy and Man From Moscow both continued to finish third and fourth.
1st Mr Tee Pee Matt Braxton 5/4 (Favourite)
2nd Garundi James Owen 5/1
3rd Captain’s Legacy Peter Bull 9/4
4th Man From Moscow Philip Hall 5/1
Time 6 mins 39 secs Distances 12 lengths and 5 lengths
Race 2: The South East Hunts Club Members Race for Veteran & Novice Riders.
A field of three went to post in the Veterans & Novices race which saw Durante (Peter Bull) sent off the 1/4 favourite. Parkinson (Ed Turner) was at 5/2 whilst Long Courrier (Tim Underwood) was the outsider at 6/1.
Long Courrier was slow away from the start giving Parkinson and Durante a six length advantage at the first fence as they set off at a steady pace. Parkinson out jumped Durante at fence two to just lead but Durante moved back up beside Parkinson on the run to fence three with Long Courrier continuing six lengths further back. By fence six (first open ditch) Long Courrier was twelve lengths behind Parkinson and Durante who continued to race side by side. The three runners all continued at a steady pace jumping well over the next six fences but heading towards the twelfth fence Durante and Parkinson started to increase the pace of the race. At fence thirteen (second open ditch) Parkinson had just gained the advantage by about half a length but by fence fourteen the leading pair were back together side by side. Parkinson was urged on again on the run to the fifteenth and moved back into the lead by a length, Parkinson got in close to the sixteenth but had opened up a three length advantage. At the seventeenth both Parkinson and Durante made mistakes and Long Courrier started to close in on Durante. Turning into the home straight Parkinson started to pull even further away from Durante who was very slow over the eighteenth fence allowing Long Courrier to catch him and pass him on the run to the finishing post.
1st Parkinson Ed Turner 5/2
2nd Long Courrier Tim Underwood 6/1
3rd Durante Peter Bull 1/4 (Favourite)
Time 6 mins 50 secs Distances 12 lengths and 2 lengths
Race 3: The Connelly’s Red Mills Intermediate Race.
Seven runners went to post for the Intermediate race and the favourite was One To Note (Tom Cannon) at 5/4 with Ilikehimmac (Paul Blagg) at 5/2, Lillie Lou (Phil York) at 4/1, Karingabay Queen (Gordon Gallagher) and Sorbiediditmyway (Miss R Tutton) at 5/1 and General Willie (Jody Sole) and Master Brew (Will Hickman) the outsiders at 14/1.
Sorbiediditmyway led over the first fence from Ilikehimmac, General Willie, Karingabay Queen, Master Brew, Lillie Lou and One To Note. Ilikehimmac jumped up into the lead at the second fence although Sorbiediditmyway quickly moved back into the lead before the third fence. General Willie made a mistake at the fifth and lost a place and Ilikehimmac jumped to the right at the sixth (first open ditch). General Willie hit the seventh almost coming to a stop and relegating himself to last place. One To Note started to make up places on the run to the eighth with Sorbiediditmyway leading Ilikehimmac, Karingabay Queen, One To Note, Lillie Lou, Master Brew and General Willie. After the ninth Lillie Lou also started to make up places but all seven runners remained tightly grouped together. At the eleventh Sorbiediditmyway made a mistake and lost momentum and was relegated to the back of the field as Ilikehimmac led but Karingabay Queen had started to make up places and General Willie had also made up places again to lie third beside Lillie Lou with One To Note just behind. Master Brew and Sorbiediditmyway were a couple of lengths further back. By the thirteenth Master Brew and Sorbiediditmyway were starting to get detached as Ilikehimmac led General Willie, Karingabay Queen, One To Note and Lillie Lou. Ilikehimmac fell at the fourteenth and on the run to the fifteenth Lillie Lou was pushed to move into the lead from Karingabay Queen and this pair opened up a three length advantage over General Willie and One To Note with Master Brew and Sorbiediditmyway even further back. Lillie Lou opened up a two length advantage at the sixteenth and continued to pull away on the run to the seventeenth and had a four length advantage over Karingabay Queen, One To Note and General Willie who were all trying to close in on the leader. Turning into the finishing straight Lillie Lou continued to maintain her advantage over her rivals and put in a good jump at the eighteenth to secure the victory. Karingabay Queen held onto second ahead of One To Note and General Willie whilst Master Brew and Sorbiediditmyway also completed.
1st Lillie Lou Phil York 4/1
2nd Karingabay Queen Gordon Gallagher 5/1
3rd One To Note Tom Cannon 5/4 (Favourite)
4th General Willie Jody Sole 14/1
Time 6 mins 42 secs Distances 4 lengths and 2 lengths
Race 4: The Knight Frank Elizabeth Champion Memorial Ladies Open Race
Seven runners were declared for the ladies open race which saw King Du Berlais (Louise Allan) and Carryonharry (Cynthia Haydon) vying for favouritism. Carryonharry was eventually sent off the even money favourite with King Du Berlais at 6/4. Badger (Caroline Taylor) was a 3/1 chance whilst Soldershire (Rose Grissell) was at 6/1, The Model Rebel was 10/1 and Fantastic Champion (Julie Wickens) and Reymysterio (Bridget Andrews) were both 14/1.
Carryonharry set off at a good pace alongside The Model Rebel and Soldershire but Carryonharry failed to take off properly at the first fence and as a result hit the fence hard and unseated Cynthia Haydon, leaving Soldershire to lead the remaining six runners towards fence two. The six runners continued at a reasonable pace over the remainder of the first circuit with Soldershire leading The Model Rebel, King Du Berlais, Badger, Fantastic Champion and Reymysterio and all six jumped well although Reymysterio was slow away from both fence six and seven. Soldershire continued to lead as the six set out on their second circuit but at fence ten Badger made up places to move into third alongside King Du Berlais whilst The Model Rebel lost places into fourth ahead of Fantastic Champion and Reymysterio. By fence eleven The Model Rebel was the back marker as Reymysterio was urged to join the leading group of Soldershire, King Du Berlais, Badger, and Fantastic Champion. Soldershire hit the twelfth fence and allowed Badger to move into the lead as a result, with Reymysterio moving into third as King Du Berlais lost a couple of places. At fence thirteen (second open ditch) The Model Rebel jumped out to the right but was starting to get detached from the others at the back of the field as the pace of the race increased. At fence fourteen Badger had a two length advantage over Reymysterio and King Du Berlais with Soldershire and Fantastic Champion a further three lengths behind and The Model Rebel was pulled up. At fence fifteen Badger started to open up his advantage over King Du Berlais who was two lengths clear of Fantastic Champion and Reymysterio with Soldershire several lengths further behind. Soldershire fell at the sixteenth when starting to get detached and Reymysterio was pulled up before the seventeenth. Badger continued to lead at the seventeenth with King Du Berlais trying to close the gap but Badger turned into the finishing straight with a four length advantage that King Du Berlais was unable to do anything about and having safely negotiated the final fence took the ladies open ahead of King Du Berlais with Fantastic Champion the only other finisher in third.
1st Badger Caroline Taylor 3/1
2nd King Du Berlais Louise Allan 6/4
3rd Fantastic Champion Julie Wickens 14/1
Time 6 mins 33 secs Distances 4 lengths and 7 lengths
Race 5: The Polebrook Brian Perring Memorial Men’s Open Race
A field of five were declared for the men’s open race. Cape Stormer (Marcus Gorman) was the bookies favourite at 4/7 with Master T (Peter Bull) at 7/4, Art Trend (James Owen) at 7/1 and the other two runners Reflex Blue (Tom Cannon) and Sharlom (Jody Sole) both at 10/1.
The men set off at a reasonable pace with Reflex Blue leading the five runners at the first ahead of Sharlom, Art Trend, Cape Stormer and Master T. Master T was slow over the second fence but the five runners continued steadily over the third, fourth and fifth fence. On the run to fence six (first open ditch) Cape Stormer was pushed on to increase the pace and lead the five runners ahead of Reflex Blue, Sharlom, Art Trend and Master T. Master T jumped well at the ninth to move into third behind Cape Stormer and Reflex Blue as the five runners started to bunch up. Sharlom made a mistake at the tenth and was relegated to last as a result and then made a mistake again at the eleventh and was pulled up afterwards. Heading towards fence twelve the remaining four runners were all in a line together across the course. Cape Stormer and Reflex Blue were in the air together at fence thirteen (second open ditch) a length ahead of Master T and Art Trend who hit the fence and fell. Master T was urged to chase Cape Stormer and moved into second at fence fourteen but Reflex Blue was also pushed along and moved back into second before the fifteenth and was within a length of Cape Stormer. Master T jumped well at the sixteenth and was asked to challenge Cape Stormer again as Reflex Blue started to lose ground on the other two, but Cape Stormer continued to hold a two length advantage at the seventeenth and turning into the finishing straight Master T wasn’t able to close in on Cape Stormer. Cape Stormer and Master T both safely took the final fence and Reflex Blue also continued for third.
1st Cape Stormer Marcus Gorman 4/7 (Favourite)
2nd Master T Peter Bull 7/4
3rd Reflex Blue Tom Cannon 10/1
Time 6 mins 38 secs Distance 3 lengths and 10 lengths
Race 6: The Grants Cherry Brandy Open Maiden Race
A field of four were declared for the final race of the day. Royal Russet (Phil York) was sent off the 4/6 favourite with Flora Ana (Peter Bull) at 3/1 and Humbel Tricks (Emily Harbour) and Top Society Girl (Lee Oswin) both at 4/1.
The four runners set off at a sedate pace with Flora Ana just leading at the first but was out jumped by Humbel Tricks with Top Society Girl and Royal Russet in third and fourth. The four runners continued slowly over the second and third where Royal Russet made mistakes. Top Society Girl was untidy at the fifth and Flora Ana made a mistake at the sixth (first open ditch). The four runners continued steadily, Humbel Tricks stumbled on landing at fence seven but continued to lead from Royal Russet who moved up on the inside and Flora Ana and Top Society Girl. Top Society Girl moved into the lead on the run to the ninth but by fence twelve the four runners were all racing side by side. After fence thirteen (second open ditch) Royal Russet started to increase the pace and opened up a length’s advantage over Top Society Girl with Humbel Tricks a length further back and Flora Ana started to lose ground. Running towards the sixteenth Royal Russet and Top Society Girl started to open up an advantage over Humbel Tricks and Flora Ana was pulled up having started to get detached. Royal Russet and Top Society Girl continued side by side at the sixteenth where Humbel Tricks made a mistake. Top Society Girl continued to challenge Royal Russet on the run to the seventeenth, but after the seventeenth Royal Russet was pushed on again and opened up a large advantage on the run to the last which was safely negotiated to lose her maiden status. Humbel Tricks battled back to take second ahead of Top Society Girl who completed for third.
1st Royal Russet Phil York 4/6 (Favourite)
2nd Humbel Tricks Emily Harbour 4/1
3rd Top Society Girl Lee Oswin 4/1
Time 7 mins 03 secs Distances 6 lengths and 2 lengths