Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Description
Charing, 17/2/19

South East Hunts Club

A better than feared turnout for the south-east's traditionally belated opener and next in a so-far underattended pointing season in these quarters. The only two races that were short of runners were not overly blessed with entries so small field were not a surprise. The Ladies Open was a minor let down to only have five runners from twenty-four entries but after the pre-flu short burst of bad weather, this weekend ended up with rather a lot of meetings.

Going: Good

Race 1: Giles Hopper Memorial Open Maiden, 4-6 year olds [2m 4f]

1: Rair Owl Timz     2: How To Get Away     3: Horsing Around

Winner owned: The Glebe House Racing Club, trained: Alan Hill, ridden: Izzy Marshall

Only three lined up for this and the race was designed to be a commentator's nightmare. Two of them sported very similar colours, especially when viewed towards the sun. Also, both How To Get Away and Horsing Around were making a race debut, thus making it very tricky to fill the lulls with factoids relating to the time horse x finished eighth in a bumper behind the third favourite for one of the Cheltenham Festival novice hurdles. With a couple of seconds already this season, Rair Owl Timz's mix of known ability, fitness and experience was too much for the other pair, although How To Get Away made a race of it until being eased when beaten at the last. Horsing Around had offered an unhelpful combination of pulling hard and slow jumping so was tailed off. Interesting note - the official distances were 13 and 6 lengths, but the rough times between the finishers were six and seven seconds, making the official margins very inaccurate. This was not an ongoing problem on the day, just an anomaly.

Race 2: South East Point To Point Supporters Club Restricted

1: Latenightpass     2: Platinum Ben     3: Desert Retreat

Winner owned: Mrs PA Ellis, trained: Tom Ellis, ridden: Gina Andrews

Before the race there was a bit of stamina question mark for favourite Latenightpass. It was not totally allayed by him winning as he was cruising along after the third last fence but just came off of the bridle between the last two. He did edge away from the pursuit under pressure, but Desert Retreat had sapped a lot of energy by clobbering the fifteenth and Platinum Ben was another who had got his best results at two and a half miles and was not quickening up in the last quarter of a lap. The pace set by Ages Of Heroes (eventually fourth) did not seem notably sluggish but the final time of the race was rather slow. With participants sporting names like The Crazy Crab, Desert Retreat and Latenightpass, why would we expect them to be moving on forcefully in the bright sunshine? Or does a deranged crab scuttle forwards?
Description
The Crazy Crab does go a bit sideways at the third but it does make room for Age Of Heroes and thoughts that it is tribute to a Ray Harryhausen film. The other ones in clear view are Desert Retreat, Mano Cornuto and Platinum Ben, although the the face of Latenightpass can just be seen behind the first of those.

Race 3: Premiere UK Gold Cup Mens Open

1: Mr Mix     2: Generous Ransom     3: Follow The Paint

Winner owned: SC Robinson & Mrs C Gilsenan, trained & ridden: Stuart Robinson

As a 143-rated staying chaser, Mr Mix is a rather strong candidate to be switching to pointing. So far he has been third and second at Cottenham, only beaten a neck in the latter, and runner-up in a hunter chase to the Hazel Hill winning machine. With fitness up to speed and on a more stayer friendly track he had no excuses here and did win. From four lengths ahead and forging on two fences from the finish he would have been expected to surge clear but he did not see the race out strongly - word on the street later was that he had burst a blood vessel although if that was correct it could have occurred quite late in the race. Generous Ransom had once been rated 140 as a handicap chaser, so the bare fact of not beating him all that far is not a flop from the winner's perspective, although Generous Ransom's pointing record of three wins from eight tries shows that just getting a highly rated handicapper and preparing to tick off the wins is easier said than done. Follow The Paint's two Open victories were four horse races and in a competitive event like this a place is par. Glint Of Steel was fourth - he is not the force of old and at his peak was most vulnerable first time up. Expect improvement, but he will be looking to shun the stronger oppo in Opens. The other finisher was Namako whose consistent record had descended into pulling up in his last two races. This was less disappointing.
Description
Past the line and Mr Mix has held on by this far from Generous Ransom - who does not look disappointed in the outcome but maybe should have done

Race 4: Spurling Cannon Ladies Open

1: Laurium     2: Woodfleet     3: Quick Oats

Winner owned & trained: Alan Hill, ridden: Izzy Marshall

All the evidence (well Rules form over the last two years that read 1PPP1PP) pointed to Laurium being due a pulled up today. Howver, a change to pointing tricked him into changing the sequence and he turned this into a complete stroll. That splat of non-finishing meant that despite also being a 143 rated handicapper, he was challanged more in the market than Mr Mix a race earlier, with Laurium hovering around Evens, Quick Oats roughly 2/1 and Woodfleet at 7/2. The other pair had the sort of contest for minor honours that the betting suggested should have been due, but they were watching their worst enemy cruise off into the distance. Quick Oats had not travelled very sweetly through the last two miles, so Woodfleet was able to get the better of him here.
Description
Laurium after the race. A bit short of tail and also short of breaking into a sweat - the act of braking probably was harder work

Race 5: Adrian Henry Vivier Memorial Conditions Race [2m 4f]

1: Indian Chance     2: Lickety Split     3: Torran Na Dtonn

Winner owned: Ian Gibson, trained: David Phelan, ridden: Jack Andrews

This was the biggest field of the day with ten taking part and Torran Na Dtonn ensured a reasonable pace, showing no after effects of a fall last time out. A fairytale bounce back did not come because he had a rather troublesome opponent in the shape of Indian Chance. That horse last finished out of the first two on his racing debut eleven races back and he put the race to bed after the second last. Despite a warm up run this season Indian Chance did waver on the run-in and Lickety Split was closing the gap rapidly. It always looked as if the winning post was too close to change the result and Jack Andrews body language on Indian Chance never oozed concern. Lickety Split, however, had being sending out all sorts of negative signals for the last mile and a half and to improve on this result will need him to make less hard work of the whole thing. Lickety Split, not Lickety Flat. Drumshambo did not do bady in fourth considering that he missed last season and had a little bit of fitness fine tuning still to do. The Gunner Brady won at this meeting in 2016 and as far back as 2014 but he had a run under his belt that day. This seasonal debut was all very anonymous but he has usually improved rapidly after a race or two has got him match fit. It is presumed that the horse has maintained his agenda and the move to Alan Hill will not have stopped history repeating itself.
Description
Torran Na Dtonn leads a briefly prominent The Gunner Brady and Lickety Split on the far side. Indian Chance is very visible n the stripes as Owen Na View tries to keep him stuck in trafffic (with two laps to go, time was not Owen Na View's his tactical side). Drumshambo and grey Killabraher Cross are in rear.

Race 6: Milbourn Equine Vets Open Maiden

1: Ballintara     2: Winola     3: Bishopstone Girl

Winner owned: Cockerell Cowing Racing Partnership, trained: Hannah Grissell, ridden: Os Wedmore

Four went to post for the final race, and Iron In The Soul enjoyed that action so much that he dumped his rider and did another half a lap loose. As he had not run since three bumpers in the middle of 2017 (the one where he was beaten ten lengths in fifth is interesting for maiden pointer in the south-east) and got very sweaty beforehand, it is no surprise that Iron In The Soul had a bit too much fizz. He did take part and two miles hard work could have run the mania out of him. One to keep a watch for. The win went to Ballintara who was making his return to British pointing after a fall at this meeting on his debut two years ago. In the meantime he had been under Rules and not achieved much but a bumper third at Plumpton and sixth of seventeen in a staying handicap hurdle could be translated into success in the south-east circuit. At the last it appeared as if the exposed Winola was going to serve him up something to think about, but it only took one shake of the reins for Ballintara to skip five lengths ahead. Bishopstone Girl was another bumper horse to wash up here, getting stuffed in two of them in summer 2015. For the 2016 pointing season she went PRPP and then had over two and a half years off before ending up second at Cottenham right at the end of 2018. This was a bit of a reversion to the old days, although it could have been the dreaded bounce at work. Or was the Cottenham race just a bit of a turkey?
$SIGNUP$
$VALIDATION$
Working... Please wait