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Saturday 23rd April 2005
by Geoff Handley

Going; Good, Good to Firm in places


1.Hunt Members
Local trainer Lawney Hill had five of the nine original entries with James Tudor down in the programme to ride all of them, (they had seven out of fourteen entries at the first meeting at Kimble) in the end they chose Bolide Du Aunay who started odds on favourite for this opening event. Always up with the leaders, Bolide DuAunay took a decisive lead at the 13th to go clear over the Knoll, slightly tired towards the end, he put in a short one at the penultimate fence but held on well from Mister Pepper and Hornbill. A course and distance winner when beating Murphy's Magic he has finished a good second twice, beaten on the line by one of Fred Hutsby's newcomers at Kimble and a promising second behind Martin Ossie at Didmarton

1. Bolide Du Aunay: James Tudor (Lawney Hill) ap, took decisive lead at 13th to go 10 lengths clear over knoll, shortened into 17th & final fence, pushed out, (4/5 fav op 4/'6)
2. Mister Pepper: Tim Underwood: held up, good headway 2nd circuit, no chance with winner (3/1 op 2/1)
3. Hornbill: Ben King: 2 handlers, with ldr till mstke 13th,ro one pace (11/4 op7/2)
4. French Bay: Emily Harbour: a behind, mod hdwy 14th, (20/1)
5l, 3L, 6/21 4 Ran

2. Confined
A quick fire double for Hill/Tudor as Bering Gifts wins easily. Uneasy in the ring, he was always in touch with the leaders and gradually pulled clear. Winner of a match over course and distance last season, he does not always go through with his challenge and this appeared the case last time when second at Higham, prior to that he was a distance second behind Tanager at Kimble. Runner up was Teeton Glaive and third was the favourite My Best Buddy

1. Bering Gifts; James Tudor (Lawney Hill) alwys in touch, clear from 14th,easily (5/2 op 6/4)
2. Teeton Glaive: Stuart Morris: hdwy 10th to go fourth, ro one pace (4/1)
3. My Best Buddy: Rowan Cope: lw, ap, good jump 8th,ro one pace, (5/4 fav, touched 11/8)
4. Bullfinch: Tim Lane: always mid div (16/4,op 8/1)
5. Filscot: Ben King: c/p, 3rd first circuit, grad wknd, (8/1 op3/1)
6. Glen Mist: George Walters (good jumps 1st, 2nd & 3rd, well there till grad wknd 2nd circuit (40/1)
P. Regency Rake: Justin Spink: 9ow,pulled hard, mstke 1st, 6th,slow 13th & 14th,pu soon after (40/1)
U. Momentus Jones: Simon Cobden: blnd & ur 5th)
15L, shd, 6/12 8 Ran

3.Ladies Open
Only two runners from an original entry of sixteen. The hot favourite was the Caroline Bailey trained Find Me Another ridden by Amy Stennett against sole rival, the fifteen-year-old Linlathen with Gemma Hutchinson on board. Find Me Another duly obliged but the two runners were neck and neck until a mistake at the 11th by Linlathen cost him dear as he never really recovered from it. However the fifteen year old battled on and put up a brave show

Find Me Another has been most consistent this season despite being on the go from day one of the season. This was the nine year olds third win of the season following victories at Marks Tey and Higham

1. Find Me Another: Amy Stennett: (Caroline Bailey) outjumped 3rd,good jump 13th,grad pulled clear (2/7 fav)
2. Linlathan: Gemma Hutchinson: with rival when mstke 11th,never recovered and tapped for toe, bravely battled, bold show for 15 year old (5/2)
8L 6/14 2 Ran

4. Combined Hunts Club Members (Novice Riders)
Tubber Roads won this novice riders event with an impressive round of jumping for the promising Jonathan Jarrett, in lead from the seventh, Tubber Roads gradually pulled well clear jumping with great zest, he appears to be coming back to his old form which saw him win three times in 2002 before injuring a foot when well fancied for the Foxhunters at Aintree. A winner last time at Hackwood Park, this fair pointer can make it a hat-trick for Wantage trainer Matt Hazell if staying in this sort of form.

The disappointing favourite was Good Vintage who was outpaced throughout, maybe the ground was too quick for this one.

1. Tubber Roads Jonathan Jarrett (Matt Hazell) jw, ap, in lead at 7th, 8l clear over knoll 2nd circuit, 20l clear by 14th,impressive (2/1 op 5/4)
2. Roll With It: Clare Matheson: led to 6th, ro one pace (7/2 op 4/1,touched 5/2)
3. Good Vintage: Christie Rogers: held up, reminder 11th,outpaced and 15l behind first circuit, never dangerous, disappointing (5/4 fav op 4/6)
U Border Farmer: Neil Wain: tde, 20l second when mstke & ur 15th)
Ref, Fair Kiowa: Chris Smyth: ponderous 2nd,deliberate 3rd,ref 5th,o/d (12/1 op4/1)
10L, Dist, 6/19, 5 Ran

5. Club Members (The Southern Grand National) over 4m 2f 110 yards
The longest race on the calendar and what must be one of the closest finishes as only inches separated the two market rivals at the end of this marathon. Victory went to Murphy's Magic and providing a treble for jockey James Tudor and the in form yard of Lawney Hill. Always travelling strongly in mid division, he made eye-catching headway and stayed on strongly to beat the favourite Charango Star.

Both horses flashed past the post together in a cracking finish with both getting the trip in fine style; Murphy's Magic was noted as a likely future winner at Mollington last week. Charango Star must surely find a race before the end of the season if this race hasn't exerted him too much, placed this season at Higham, Larkhill and here at Kingston.

1. Murphy's Magic: James Tudor (Lawney Hill): lw, travelled strongly, closed on ldrs 2nd circuit, stayed on well to lead on line (7/4)
2. Charango Star: Phil York: lw, ap, good jump 6th,battled all way to the line, cracking finish, (11/10 fav)
3. Mazamet: David Baxter: vsr, swntg, cl up till grad wknd (33/1)
4. Tom Putt: Ed Walker: bl, reminder 8th,mstke 12th,wkndt (20/1)
P. Lord Ken: Paul Cowley: c/p, mstke 21st,pu 3 out (6/1)
shd, 18L, 8/46, 5 Ran

6. Open Maiden
Lawman was given a fine ride to win this maiden, patiently ridden by Ben King; he was still fourth at the penultimate fence but stayed on strongly and sealed issues with a fine jump at the last. Ran on the opening day of the season at Cottenham he has been placed on his last two runs at Andoversford and Lockinge.

Fred Hutsby had two in the race including the favourite Scuttlebrook who ran on well to be second, he should find a small maiden for this one, the same applies to the third Beltyne Goldberry if it settles better.

1. Lawman: Ben King: (Karen Lawther) jw, held up, rapid hdwy to join ldrs at last, ro strongly (5/1)
2. Scuttlebrook: Fred Hutsby: 5th first circuit, moved through field, ev chance klast, ro, should find small maiden (9/4 fav)
3. Beltyne Goldberry: Fred Hopkinson: 2 handlers, raced freely, jmped right on wide outside, stiill in lead 2 out, ev ch at last, ro, will win if settles better (3/1)
4. Two A Penny: Phil York: mid div, some late hdwy (5/1 op 3/1)
5. Jovian Pond: Rodert Sealey: always mid div (16/1 op 7/1)
6. Rose Of The Manor: Richard Collinson: 2 handlers, fourth 1 st circuit, grad wknd (40/1)
7. Courseman: Justin Morgan: mid div (40/1)
8.Vulcan's Ash: Paul Cowley: in lead first circuit, wknd (5/1 op 3/1)
P Hunter Gatherer: James Tudor: bl, not jw, slow 7th,pu after 12th (25/1 op 7/1)

7. Restricted
Victory went to the outsider Teeton Prince, the Joan Tice homebred ridden by Nick Pearce. Hadn’t really fulfilled the promise of last season when he won his maiden at Dingley, pulled up on his first three runs this season, he looks like he is coming back to the form of last season. He went past Rommel at the second last to win convincingly

1. Teeton Prince: Nick Pearce (Joan Tice) in lead numerous times with swapping & changing, stayed on past weakening rival at final fence (10/1)
2. Bell Rock: James Tudor: slightly hmprd 7th,ev ch last, ro one pace (11/10 fav op 8/11)
3. Rommel: Tom Ellis: ap, kicked for home 15th,not jw 2 out, finished tired (5/1)
P. King Freddy: Rowan Cope: good jump 10th,ev chance when hit 15th hard, pu soon after, rdr dismounted (3/1)
P Whites Touch: Tim Underwood: alw behind, pu 13th (5/1 op7/2)
6L, 3L, 6/19 5 Ran

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