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Ampton, 13/1/19

Dunston Harriers

When the ground took a late drift in the good to firm direction the fear was that the fields, not all of whom were that big at the entry stage, would cut up to fairly bleak levels. In fact we had four races with six runners and one each with three and four, which does not compare all that badly with recent years.

Going: Good to Firm, Good places

Race 1: Loveday & Partners Conditions, 10 year olds and up

1: Local Show     2: Dandan     3: Poyle Thomas

Winner owned & trained: Sarah Humphrey, ridden: William Humphrey

Obvious problem with races like this for older horses - some really do look as if they are over the hill, so even any decent showing in the recent past is not certain to be replicated. The realistic winners in the field were Local Show, long odds-on, and Dandan, who made up the 100% overround for the dominant pair. The race seemed to be run quite sensibly as Paddy The Stout is not over blessed with stamina and yet only faded from contention at the third last fence. At that point it looked as if Dandan was going to pull off an upset but from the next fence Local Show stayed on quite impressively and eventually made it home a couple of lengths clear. His young, inexperienced rider (one previous win) showed plenty of composure when Dandan turned up the heat. Early on Local Show's jumping was a bit slow and a hindrance but he got his act together. There was one newcomer to pointing in the race, the under sized Poyle Thomas. He won up to 1m 7f on the flat and initially set up as if he might pleasantly surprise. However from the open ditch to the bottom of the hill for the second time his jumping went to pieces and consequently he gradually dropped away.

Race 2: BWSC East Anglia Ltd Open Maiden

1: Chapelier     2: Racing Eagle     3: Brown Tip

Winner owned: John Whyte, trained: Andrew Pennock, ridden: Richie Collinson

The notes made for Chapelier were "pulled hard, led 13, jumped left last two." He won by a good five lengths despite making things difficult for himself - for some horses this is entertaining yourself. He was a bit inclined to do the same in Ireland so the verdict is that he has raw ability but the step into Restricted level may prove a difficult transition for him. Racing Eagle was in and out of the lead for much of the race and then looked like he had had enough by the third last. Instead he rallied between the last couple of fences to get second. In the paddock Pandinus Imperator caught the eye for his pointing debut, but he tied up in the home straight - just as was his way in hurdles. There was one newcomer involved. Midnight Medic was ill at ease going down the hill but made up the ground climbing back up it. He eventually pulled up but there were glimpses of potential on show.

Race 3: Timico Mixed Open

1: Broken Eagle     2: Lord Topper     3: Mahlers Spirit

Winner owned: Jake Exelby & Alan Hill, trained: Alan Hill, ridden: Jack Andrews

Well this quickly got interesting, and then it did not. Broken Eagle had a wobbly moment at the start and it seemed he may throw the race away before it had begun, but once convinced to jump off, he was leading by fence two. During the first lap the sweaty Mahlers Spirit took a turn or two in front but after that Broken Eagle burst away from him and was never under pressure. The effort did take a toll and he was tying up on the run-in but Lord Topper stoutly staying on was only ever going to be enough for second. Rather than fluff the tactics, Lord Topper was not quick enough to stay in contention mid-race. Bear in mind that his recent hurdling success came at three and a quarter miles in blinkers but here he had the speed of the race to cope with plus use of cheekpieces instead. What did this reuslt prove? Perhaps that amongst eagles a racing one is not quite as useful as a broken one, which seems to be a strange concept.k to type your text here.
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Fence six and Broken Eagle (4) is still teasing Mahlers Spirit by allowing him the tiniest of leads

Race 4: Syngenta Restricted

1: Tullys Touch     2: Anglesea Lace     3: Dontdillydally

Winner owned: Miss Christina Blockley, trained: John Ibbott, ridden: Jack Andrews

For the first fourteen fences this was anyone's game to win but the pace was raised going into the final lap. Tullys Touch, Anglesea Lace and Stingthebookie were going away from the other three at this point. The latter needed the run and was first to feel the pinch, although it could be argued that Dontdillydally felt it much earlier only to fight back into third. Semantics can be fun, or is it just vocabulary pedantry? Ahead of them the fight was Tullys Touch versus Anglesea Lace, who suddenly improved to win a maiden by a mile last season. The instinctive reaction is to quibble the form and Tullys Touch had the confidence to a) know he had Anglesea Lace's measure and b) not make the sort of jumping errors that had become his habit in Ireland. The runner-up at least confirmed that she has progressed from the middle of last season, although that is not asking for much.
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Anglesea Lace leads Tullys Touch over the sixteenth. Given the chance Stingthebookie would probably like another go at this and pick his feet up a bit more.

Race 5: Pearn Wyatt Transport Intermediate

1: Chosen Rose     2: Dream Doc      3: Allie Beag

Winner owned: David Everard & Miss Adele Hardy, trained: Andrew Pennock, ridden: Richie Collinson

Although she only had two to beat, Chosen Rose made all, jumped well and burned the oppo away, so the standard set is not to be underestimated. Allie Beag has never finished out of the first three but only won twice from her dozen runs and the pace forced by Chosen Rose scared the will to scrap out of her, so much so that she could not summon the vim to get by Dream Doc, whose credentials for competitiveness were not nearly as strong. It has been difficult to keep Dream Doc running regularly, so maybe she is poised for a busier and more productive season. Chosen Rose should have nothing to worry about.
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The horses in finishing order - with still a lap to go. The gaps got wider.

Race 6: Novice Riders, six year olds and up

1: Minella Friend     2: Trojan Star     3: Pantxoa

Winner owned: MG Chatterton, trained: Chris Bealby, ridden: George Chatterton

Obviously the age based race condition applied to the horses not jockeys. Just in case one or two were wondering. As a spectacle it was quite good fun, with all of the runners having a stint in or near the lead. The least impatient of the runners was Minella Friend, who made his move from the rear at the top of the course and went down the hill very sweetly. Coming back up the otherside he was hitting the front travelling best of all, but Trojan Star was a very persistent loser. Well it looked that way, but one Rules win and multiple places does make you wonder if his schtick is a nicely convincing impersonation of a hard trier. Pantxoa pulled hard early so did well to battle on for a place, helped by favourite Vivaldi Collonges suddenly going off of the boil after thumping the fourteenth. Namako was in the same sort of subdued boat and pulled up. As everyone else has a mention, Susquehanna River made up the numbers but was always struggling after a bad error at fence twelve.
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