The Surrey Union Hunt Point-to-Point
Race 1: The Harwoods & Friends of the CLC Hunt Surrey Union & Chiddingfold, Leconfield & Cowdray Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race.
The opening race of the day saw four runners declared. Lillie Lou (Tom Cannon) was sent off the 1/2 favourite with Karingabay Queen (Gordon Gallagher) at 5/2, Corybride (Phil York) at 4/1 and Narval D’Avelot (Ray Glennon) at 8/1.
Corybride led the four runners over the first fence ahead of Narval D’Avelot, Karingabay Queen and Lillie Lou but Narval D’Avelot moved up to lead the runners at the second as they continued at a reasonable pace. Lillie Lou was untidy at the third fence but was better at the fourth where she jumped up beside Karingabay Queen. Corybride opened up a two length advantage over the other three runners on the run to the sixth fence. Corybride had to be kept straight and aimed at the middle of fence eight (first open ditch) where Lillie Lou had joined Corybride and this pair had opened up a four length advantage over Karingabay Queen and Narval D’Avelot. Lillie Lou and Corybride continued together over the next three fences and had an eight length advantage over Karingabay Queen with Narval D’Avelot even further behind. Lillie Lou led Corybride as they approached fence twelve and at fence fourteen (second open ditch) Lillie Lou had a lengths advantage. Narval D’Avelot made a mistake at the fourteenth and was pulled up before the fifteenth. Lillie Lou was urged on after the fourteenth and continued to lead Corybride by three lengths over the fifteenth and sixteenth fences with Karingabay Queen a distance behind in third. Lillie Lou safely negotiated the final two fences to take the members race ahead of Corybride and Karingabay Queen who both completed.
1st Lillie Lou Tom Cannon 1/2 (Favourite)
2nd Corybride Phil York 4/1
3rd Karingabay Queen Gordon Gallagher 5/2
Time 6 mins 26 secs Distances 12 lengths and a distance
Race 2: The Rookery Barns Ltd Restricted Race.
A field of eight went to post in the restricted race. Royal Russet (Phil York) and Sebber Bridge (Josh Moore) were sent off joint favourites at 3/1 with Achieved (Gordon Gallagher) also popular at 4/1. Mandalay Bay (Neil Henderson) and Riverdeepmountanhi (James Owen) were both 7/1. Star Gift (Philip Hall) drifted from 7/1 to 12/1 and Mr Moneymatters (Steve Spice) and Exiles Return (N de Boinville) were both priced at 16/1.
Riverdeepmountanhi led the field over the first ahead of Achieved, Mr Moneymatters, Sebber Bridge, Star Gift, Exiles Return, Royal Russet and Mandalay Bay. Achieved made a mistake at the second and then jumped out to the right at the third where Riverdeepmountanhi continued to lead. Mr Moneymatters moved up to lead the eight runners at the fourth and opened up a four length advantage before the fifth ahead of Riverdeepmountanhi who was a similar distance clear of the other six runners who were lead by Sebber Bridge. Mr Moneymatters continued to lead as the eight runners approached fence eight (first open ditch) where Royal Russet made up places and Achieved jumped out to the right again and unseated Gordon Gallagher. Mr Moneymatters continued to lead Riverdeepmountanhi, Royal Russet, Sebber Bridge, Mandalay Bay, Exiles Return and Star Gift at fence nine. Star Gift started to get detached at the eleventh and at the twelfth Mr Moneymatters still held a three length advantage over Sebber Bridge and Riverdeepmountanhi with Mandalay Bay who made a mistake a couple of lengths behind in fourth ahead of Exiles Return, Royal Russet and Star Gift.
At fence fourteen (second open ditch) Sebber Bridge jumped well and started to close the gap on Mr Moneymatters. Royal Russet and Star Gift were both pulled up before the fifteenth and Riverdeepmountanhi was pulled up before the sixteenth where Mr Moneymatters continued to lead Sebber Bridge, Mandalay Bay and Exiles Return. Turning into the finishing straight Mr Moneymatters slipped slightly and then hit the seventeenth hard allowing Sebber Bridge to close the gap on the leader but he continued to lead approaching the last where he was more fluent and held on to take the race ahead of Mandalay Bay who finished quickly snatching second place from Sebber Bridge. Exiles Return also completed in fourth.
1st Mr Moneymatters Steve Spice 16/1
2nd Mandalay Bay Neil Henderson 7/1
3rd Sebber Bridge Josh Moore 3/1 (Joint Favourite)
4th Exiles Return N de Boinville 16/1
Time 6 mins 28 secs Distances 3 lengths and ½ length
Race 3: The Savills Men’s Open Race.
Six runners went to post for the men’s open race which saw Cape Stormer (Marcus Gorman) and Victree (Tom Cannon) vying for favouritism with Cape Stormer eventually sent off as the 6/4 favourite with Victree at 2/1. Parrain (James Owen) was also popular in the bookies market at 3/1 with the other three runners Hercules Morse (Philip Hall), Reflex Blue (Tom Cannon) and Montevideo (Andrew Braithwaite) all priced at 12/1.
Reflex Blue led the six runners over the first with Victree and Parrain also prominent ahead of Hercules Morse, Montevideo and Cape Stormer. The six runners continued at a reasonable pace grouped together over the next two fences. Cape Stormer gained places at the fourth fence with a good jump, and the six runners continued grouped together over the next four fences. Cape Stormer jumped up to join Reflex Blue in the lead at fence nine and by fence eleven had opened up a two length advantage over Reflex Blue, who had a two length lead over Parrain and Victree with Hercules Morse and Montevideo even further behind as Cape Stormer increased the pace of the race. Fence thirteen was bypassed due to damage and at the fourteenth (second open ditch) Parrain started to try to challenge Cape Stormer with Reflex Blue in third, Victree made a mistake in fourth with Hercules Morse and Montevideo continuing further behind in fifth and sixth. Parrain continued to close the gap on Cape Stormer at the fifteenth but Parrain made a mistake at the sixteenth and almost came to a standstill allowing Cape Stormer to pull twelve lengths clear. Cape Stormer turned into the home straight and safely negotiated the final two fences clear of Victree who moved into second ahead of Parrain who held onto third ahead of Reflex Blue, Montevideo and Hercules Morse who all completed
1st Cape Stormer Marcus Gorman 6/4 (Favourite)
2nd Victree Tom Cannon 2/1
3rd Parrain James Owen 3/1
4th Reflex Blue Josh Moore 12/1
Time 6 mins 19 secs Distances 20 lengths and 5 lengths
Race 4: The Charles Stanley Stockbrokers Ladies Open Race
The ladies open saw just three runners declared with Carryonharry (Cynthia Haydon) sent off the 1/3 favourite with Leatherback (Louise Allan) at 6/4 and Soldershire (Rose Grissell) at 6/1.
After an initial false start the three runners set off at a steady pace and all took the first two fences side by side before Soldershire moved into the lead before the third fence ahead of Leatherback and Carryonharry. The three runners continued over the remainder of the first circuit with Soldershire leading Leatherback and Carryonharry. All three got in close to fence eight (first open ditch) but Carryonharry was much better at the ninth and jumped up into second behind Soldershire but was slow again over the tenth which allowed Leatherback to move back in to second. Soldershire continued to lead at the eleventh but on the run to the twelfth Carryonharry and Leatherback moved up on either side of Soldershire and the three were together over the twelfth fence. At fence fourteen (second open ditch) Leatherback and Soldershire had a lengths advantage over Carryonharry and a mistake by Soldershire allowed Leatherback to gain the lead for the first time. Soldershire made a mistake at the fifteenth and unseated Rose Grissell whilst Leatherback was urged on by Louise Allan on landing and had opened up an eight length lead over Carryonharry on the run to the sixteenth. Leatherback took a wide turn into the finishing straight which allowed Carryonharry to close the gap minimally but Leatherback couldn’t be caught over the final two fences and took the ladies open with Carryonharry completing in second.
1st Leatherback Louise Allan 6/4
2nd Carryonharry Cynthia Haydon 1/3 (Favourite)
Time 6 mins 32 secs Distances 6 lengths
Race 5: The Clarke Gammon Wellers Open Maiden Race
Rio Novo (Philip Hall) was sent off the 5/4 favourite in the nine runner maiden race with Thyne Hall (James Owen) also popular at 2/1. Lord Brownlow (Phil York) was a 4/1 chance with the bookies. Westcoat Lad (Gordon Gallagher) was sent off at 7/1 whilst Trooper Kit (J Barnes) was 8/1, Search Me (Cynthia Haydon) was 10/1 and Bonny Zara (Giuseppe Gigantesco), Sealed Orders (Josh Moore) and Flora Ana (Tom Cannon) were all priced at 16/1
Bonny Zara planted herself at the start and gave the other eight runners a two fence advantage before deciding to run, whilst Thyne Hall and Westcoat Lad led the other eight runners. The leading group of eight continued at a reasonable pace tightly group together over the remainder of the first circuit with Thyne Hall leading Westcoat Lad, Lord Brownlow, Rio Novo Trooper Kit, Flora Ana, Sealed Orders and Search Me. All eight took the eighth fence (first open ditch) well. Lord Brownlow got in close to the ninth and lost a place as Rio Novo was pushed up to join the leaders. Search Me also started to make up places at the tenth fence were a good jump moved him up into sixth. At fence twelve Westcoat Lad led from Thyne Hall and Rio Novo, Lord Brownlow, Trooper Kit, Search Me, Flora Ana and Sealed Orders with Bonny Zara still continuing a distance behind. Rio Novo made a mistake at the thirteenth but was then pushed on to jointly lead the field at the fourteenth with Westcoat Lad whilst Sealed Orders was pulled up. Lord Brownlow and Trooper Kit chased after the lading pair approaching the fifteenth where Thyne Hall was quickly pulled up. At the sixteenth Rio Novo led from Lord Brownlow with Westcoat Lad, Trooper Kit and Search Me a couple of lengths further back. Turning into the home straight Rio Novo led with Trooper Kit making up places on the outside quickly and Search Me also closing on the leading group with Lord Brownlow and Westcoat Lad also in with a chance. Rio Novo continued to lead at the seventeenth where Westcoat Lad and Flora Ana were both pulled up. Trooper Kit continued to challenge but remained a length down on Rio Novo at the final fence but Trooper Kit landed and was galvanised to challenge Rio Novo again and passed Rio Novo just before the line to lose his maiden status. Lord Brownlow came home third ahead of Search Me whilst Bonny Zara continued in her own time for fifth.
1st Trooper Kit J Barnes 8/1
2nd Rio Novo Philip Hall 5/4 (Favourite)
3rd Lord Brownlow Phil York 4/1
4th Search Me Cynthia Haydon 10/1
Time 6 mins 33 secs Distance 2 lengths and 3 lengths
POST RACE NOTE: Philip Hall failed to weigh in on Rio Novo and was subsequently disqualified promoting Lord Brownlow to 2nd and Search Me to 3rd
Race 6: The Wildwood Golf Club South East Hunts Club Members Conditions Race
A field of three were declared for the final race of the day and of the season. Delgany Gale (Philip Hall) was sent off the 1/2 favourite with Reymysterio (James Owen) at 3/1 and New Lodge Express (Robert Martin) the outsider at 6/1.
The three runners set off at a moderate pace and were together over the first fence, before Delgany Gale moved into the lead before the second fence ahead of New Lodge Express and Reymysterio, but New Lodge Express ran extremely wide on the turn to the third which relegated him to third. The three runners continued steadily over the third and fourth fences but New Lodge Express moved up to join Delgany Gale in the lead a couple of lengths ahead of Reymysterio at the fifth fence and started to increase the pace of the race slightly. The three runners continued with Delgany Gale and New Lodge Express leading Reymysterio by three lengths over the remainder of the first circuit with all three taking the open ditch (fence eight) well. They continued to race unchanged over the next complete circuit to fence thirteen where Delgany Gale continued to lead from New Lodge Express and Reymysterio. Reymysterio was pushed to close on the other two on the run to the fourteenth (second open ditch) and jumped up into second and the pace of the race increased again as the three runners headed out to the fifteenth. Reymysterio hit the fifteenth when challenging Delgany Gale for the lead and couldn’t find his legs on landing and knuckled over sending James Owen onto the floor. Delgany Gale had a four length advantage over New Lodge Express at the sixteenth and turning into the finishing straight continued to hold an advantage over New Lodge Express but Delgany Gale started to tire after the seventeenth and New Lodge Express started to close on the leader as the pair approached the final fence. Delgany Gale hit the eighteenth and final fence which allowed New Lodge Express to join Delgany Gale and the pair raced side by side towards the winning post with New Lodge Express having the momentum to move into the lead to take the race from the favourite.
1st New Lodge Express Robert Martin 6/1
2nd Delgany Gale Philip Hall 1/2 (Favourite)
Time 6 mins 41 secs Distances 5 lengths