Brockenhurst trainer James Young achieved his first-ever double at Larkhill with Men's Open winner Hincheslea Moor and Restricted heroine Marlpit Oak. The former already looked the winner under Daniel Sansom when nearest pursuer King's Legacy fell at the second last when eight lengths in arrears. "I can't believe how much he's improved this season," smiled James. "His second wind operation has obviously worked, but they must have put in a new engine at the same time." The win secured the 2014/15 Larkhill Best Horse Award for Hincheslea Moor, who has now won five races at the Wiltshire venue.
Marlpit Oak made all and drew right away to provide a second career success for Ben Hicks, who is off for a three-month spell working for perennial French champion National Hunt trainer Guillaume Macaire. "I bought this one at the same Ascot Sales as Hincheslea Moor in June 2010," revealed James. "I had always wanted a [horse sired by] Midnight Legend and ended the day with two!"
Henstridge trainer Stuart Penny was also in double form with Quedillac (Hunt race) and Trueflyingcolours (Ladies' Open). Quedillac led from the 10th to delight former owner Hazel Goody, who celebrated her 90th birthday by travelling over from the Isle of Wight especially to see him. Trueflyingcolours pinged off the fast ground to record a very fast time (5m 47sec) under Katy Lyons. "It took a year for him to settle after being bought out of Richard Barber's yard, but he loves doing different things – last weekend it was a six-mile fun ride," revealed Stuart.
Maiden Bradley trainer Camilla Baylis, who is expecting a baby in September, ended her season on a high when Daisy Picker put in the better last fence jump to seal victory over Xpectations in the Maiden. Daisy Picker had fallen at the last when disputing at the Combined Services in February, so was not winning out of turn.
Jon Pike's marvellous season – seven wins provided by just two horses – continued with Intermediate winner Wak A Turtle, who made all under Jamie Thomas. A summer jumping campaign under Rules is on the agenda.
Katrina Todd made a winning debut aboard the Jonathan Geake-trained Glens Wobbly in the 12f Willowbrook Challenge Charity Flat race, which has already raised over £4,500 in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Hunt Members (2 ran)
1. Quedillac (FR) (Robert Hawker, 1-3F); 2. Blue Spartan (IRE) (L Muspratt, 6-4F). 5min 59s. 22l. (Stuart Penny)
Open Maiden (6 ran)
1. Daisy Picker (L Muspratt, 5-2); 2. Xpectations (IRE) (M Wall, evensF); 3. Deal Of The Day (D Sansom, 2-1). 6min 10s. 1l, 5l. (James Young)
Ladies Open (4 ran)
1. Trueflyingcolours (IRE) (Miss K Lyons, 4-7F); 2. No No Bingo (IRE) (Miss E Harbour, 5-1); 3. Warwickshire (IRE) (Miss G Andrews, 11-10). 5min 47s. 18l, 6l. (Stuart Penny)
Mens Open (7 ran)
1. Hincheslea Moor (D Sansom, 2-1); 2. Bedrock Fred (S Davies-Thomas, 11-10F); 3. Falcon Island (E Doggrell, 14-1). 5min 50. 15l, 15l. (James Young)
Intermediate (2 ran)
1. Wak A Turtle (IRE) (Jamie Thomas, 1-3F); 2. Beau De Tabel (FR) (K Hanmer, 6-4). 6min 03s. 25l. (Kayley Woollacott)
Restricted (2 ran)
1. Marlpit Oak (B Hicks, 4-5JF); 2. The Sweetener (IRE) (Jamie Thomas, 4-5JF). 6min 08s. Dist. (James Young)