23rd January 2005
by Arthur Thompson
photos by Grace Beresford
The meeting went ahead after a
7.30am inspection, but after a look at the course, some trainers
turned the horsebox around and left for home. The going was
good/firm in places.
The meeting got
underway with the two runner Members race, which saw Decent
Bond go off as favourite with the ex-French hurdler, Floritchel
being the only other starter. It was Indian file for most of the
race until the climb to the last three fences where
Floritchel took the up the running to make a winning start to his
Floritchel (Tom Oates) jump the last ahead of the only other runner
Decent Bond (Mark Thompson)
Decent Bond and Mark Thompson chase home
The Restricted featured
Cottenham winners Cmewin (looked a picture in the ring)
and Lord Saar, with the money going down on the latter. Lord
Lambrini took them along with Cmewin close
behind and Lord Saar in midfield. Going down the back for the
final time, Cmewin appeared to drop away and with Lord Saar
making headway to the front, he looked the winner from three out.
However, Mark Walford somehow got Cmewin running again and quickly
made ground on Lord Saar, who had enough to hold on. Third placed
Knock Davron ran well and should be better next time.
Seventeen were entered for the
Ladies Open, but it was made into a farce with Royal Castle walking
The Mens Open had five runners.
Emperor Ross was a short priced favourite and won like one.
The runner up, Just Barney Boy, should pick up a race this season,
as should third placed Gaultier Gale.
Who Dare Wins was pulled up after crossing the line and Lee Bates
jumped off, but I can report that everything is ok with the
Jockey Chris Callow winner of the mens open
on Emperor Ross, about to be legged up by Tony Dobbin
Just Barney Boy (Adam Waugh) from Who Dares
Wins (Lee Bates) ahead of eventual winner Emperor Ross in the men's
Winner of the men's open Emperor Ross and
Chris Callow jump the last ahead of Just Barney Boy
The Confined Race went
to Swiftway, beating Supreme Day.
One to look out for is Just Whiskey who ran in snatches, but put in
some good late work.
L to R Supreme Day (Clive Storey), Roman
Lord (Ronan Brown) centre and evetual winner Swiftway (Luke Morgan)
in the confined race
Division One of the 2m4f Maiden
(5, 6 & 7yos) saw Birkwood come through to take the
race after Tsuki fell at the last. Knysna Belle took
second, with Red Rose Dixie not far behind in third. The
faller, Tsuki, was unlucky as she looked the winner when
L to R Knysna Belle (Chris Gillon), Tsuki (H
Fowler) and winner Birkwood (Ronan Brown) at the last in the 1st
division of the maiden
Dark Diva took Division Two,
with Zesta Fiesta back in second.