SATURDAY 5th APRIL 2003
by Colin Cross
A DANCER won
the Ladies Open ridden by Emily Jones by a distance from YOUNG
MANNY and Bridget Lewis with DE CHELLY and
Charlotte Owen 6 lengths away in third. However, after the race it emerged
that HEE'S A DANCER had not carried the correct weight
and the Stewards of the meeting have reported the matter to the Jockey
Club. The race was marred by a fatal injury to TOSKANO owned
by Lambourn trainer Dai Williams.
James Tudor made virtually all the running to land the Men's Open in
comfortable fashion from FATE A COMPLI and TOP OF
THE CHARTS. The winner seems to have benefited from spending last
summer in the show-jumping field as his jumping was first rate.
Tudor was completing a double after winning the Confined race on MECCA
PRINCE by a distance from DANNY GALE and James
Diment who was the only other finisher. There was mayhem at the third last
when the race leader KITULAA LAD fell and brought down DETROIT
DAVY and ABSENT CITIZEN, leaving MECCA
PRINCE to record a facile victory.
Jones also recorded a double when successfully landing both divisions of
the Restricted Open. BOOK'S WAY took division one
by 7 lengths from CLIMB THE HILL with RUNAWAY
RALPH a further 6 lengths away in third. Dai was able to
set his own pace and was never pressed to land the spoils.
tactics were adopted on GOLD KRIEK and although not
jumping as fluently as BOOK'S WAY in division one the
result was never in doubt. PETE THE PAINTER kept on
well to finish second with GERRY AND TOM third.
Confined Maiden for 5,6,& 7 year olds was won by SHERBET FIZZ and
Tim Vaughan. They kept on grimly to hold off MODESTY FORBIDS and
Steve Thomas with PENNY'S LOSS third.
WILLMOSS under Steve Thomas walked over for the Hunt race