Monday 1st May @ Northaw -
Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace
2.15 Club Members Conditions – 16 entries
Most places in the country have seen entries down considerably in recent weeks, suddenly this week there has been a big increase. One thing to note is that horses have been entered at many meetings as owners, presumably are waiting to see the most suitable going for their horses. No rain of any significance is forecast so the going is likely to be on the firm side. Burtredgipandgump (who ever thought of this name) has had two outings this season, 2nd at Dingley two weeks ago to Curraigflemens in a five horse race. Previously was 2nd at High Easter to Nightscape, did however win at High Easter last season. Could have possibly won at Dingley if he had jumped better. Forget Bob last won in 2014, has had nine races since and been placed four times, comes from Glamorgan so likely to find an outing nearer to home. Helpston was 3rd in a Hunter Chase on Tuesday so is unlikely to race here. Has had a decent season considering was off the track for four seasons, when with Pam Sly. Kriss William won a four runner race at Higham two weeks ago, previously placed three times in small fields but as usual the Turner horses always perform better at this stage of the season and normally they have a winner at this meeting. Oliver James has won seven races from twenty outings, won a three runner race at Lockinge two weeks ago, previous win was in March 2016 at Siddington, best seasons 2014 &15. Quick Oats has won four from eight races, won a two horse race at Aldington two weeks ago but showed good form in 2016 when won three races on the bounce. Virgo the First was last of four two weeks ago at High Easter. Prior to this was 2nd at Fakenham to Mahler’s Spirit with Helpston in 3rd. Poyntzpass has some moderate Irish form in points and is now in the Andrew Pennock yard so best to watch the market as sure to be in with a good chance. Just hoping we see a good number of runners for some exciting racing.
Selection: Quick Oats Alternative: KrissWilliam.
2.50 Intermediate – 13 entries
The prolific partnership of Andrew Pennock and Evan David could team-up in this race with either Mahlers Spirit or Poyntzpass. Mahlers Spirit won three consecutive races, the form of which has been given a significant boost by the subsequent victories of several opponents. His third win in the club member’s race at Fakenham was emphatic, but then he was turned over when odds-on at Thorpe Lodge on Easter Monday by Love Manhattan, in which race, Dido fell. Poyntzpass easily won at Penshurst in March on his seasonal debut, and then won a two runner restricted race at Thorpe Lodge on Easter Monday. Nick Pearce also holds two entries with Florella and Clondaw Nell, both of whom are entered in other races. Of the two it will be interesting to see whether Florella takes up either engagement as she has been off the course since she was the impressive winner of a maiden race at Dingley in the hands of Bridget Andrews back in 2014. Easter is always a busy time for pointing. Beat The Index took the spoils in a three runner restricted race at Higham on Easter Saturday, Master Tim won a two runner novice riders race at Hackwood Park on Easter Monday, and Quick Oats beat West Lake in a match at Aldington on the same day. Four-year-old Royal Beekeeper has a chequered profile, either unseating his rider or winning. His most recent appearance at Kingston Blount at the beginning of April saw him benefit from another’s mishap to take the restricted race. The lack of competition in recent races leaves us questioning the form. Mahlers Spirit would have been the choice if he had not been beaten last time, but it is his stable companion who gets the selection following two easy wins although the form of which is nothing to boast about, whilst Quick Oats is seen as the main danger now that he’s back to winning ways, albeit in a match.
Selection: Poyntzpass Alternative: Quick Oats
3.25 PPORA Club Members (Novice Riders) – 15 entries
A decent entry of 15 for a late season contest in this area but how many will actually face the starter is another matter. Silvergrove has completed a hat-trick in novice riders races for his owner/rider Tim Gredley and will be a warm order here. On his previous run he beat Arkose a head on Easter Saturday at Dingley. Prior to this he won at Fakenham by 4 lengths from Limpopo Tom. Limpopo Tom beat Abbey Lane on his next start by 1½ lengths at Higham on Easter Saturday with Weather Warning a further 20 lengths behind in 3rd ridden by a jockey having her first ride. Abbey Lane is probably held by Silvergrove on that form but he has been admirably consistent this season and isn’t one to be written off yet hailing from the prodigious Andrew Pennock yard. Done A Runner was 2nd on his last start beaten 4 lengths at Thorpe Lodge on Easter Monday in a mixed open by Warden Hill and has a decent record in novice rider’s races. He was beaten 5 lengths by Silvergrove when 2nd to that rival at High Easter in March with another of today’s possible rivals Pinerolo, 3 lengths back in 3rd place. Pinerolo fell on his pointing debut at Charing in March but is a 5-time winner under rules. His last win coming at Southwell in June 2016 when he beat Riddlestown by 8 lengths in a 3 mile chase. Prior to his 3rd placing at Higham last month Weather Warning won the ladies at Fakenham beating Lough Inch by a length. Kashmir Peak was 2nd on his previous run when beaten 4 lengths by Wither Or Not at Thorpe Lodge on Easter Monday. He’s a four-time winner under rules but his last victory came in December 2014 when he scored at Doncaster by 5 lengths from Laudatory in a 2 mile hurdle. Remarkable Man beat Houseparty by ½ a length on his final start at High Easter last month in the ladies open. Banksandditches was ridden by Gina Andrews to win a club race at Horseheath in March by 6 lengths from subsequent 2-time winner Legend To Be. Letskeepit Simple landed a Charing club members by 2 lengths from Next Surprise with Gersjoecasey a further 20 lengths back in 3rd on Easter Saturday. Master Tim won a match by 6 lengths from Take The Crown at Hackwood Park on Easter Monday. Nightscape won the men’s open at High Easter in March. He was 3rd on his last start at Higham when beaten 17 lengths by Sa Kaldoun. Silvergrove has a strong chance to land a four timer here and he is our selection. Done A Runner is our alternative just ahead of Abbey Lane.
Selection: Silvergrove Alternative: Done A Runner
4.00 Ladies Open – 16 entries
Banksandditches won a Members at Horseheath in March beating subsequent 2 times winner Legend To Be by 6l. He needs to find more to take this but has shown good form in the past. Can Mestret prefers an easy 3 miles or less and although he should find the fast ground to his liking will probably be out-stayed. Done A Runner has flourished in Novice Riders races over the last few seasons but hasn’t managed to win in Open class. This might be his best chance yet. He finished 3l ahead of the lightly raced Pinerolo at High Easter back in March but was receiving 5lbs so there’s not much between them. Kashmir Peak ran well behind the classy Wither Or Not at Thorpe Lodge two weeks ago though the 4l gap flattered him. Weather Warning surprised many by staying on well to beat the strongly fancied (but below par) Lough Inch at Fakenham last month and has a chance if he can repeat that form. However, he was very disappointing at Higham last time out where the ground may have been too fast for him. The consistent Sa Kaldoun was only a neck further back in 3rd in the Fakenham race and is another with chances as has another Ed Turner runner Kriss William who has performed well in Conditions and Members races. Merrydown Vintage has won two Conditions races this year and also has a chance. Remarkable Man won a poor Ladies’ at High Easter last month and will need to find more to feature in this. Too Late To Sell has won his last two starts which were both matches but he won them well and the results shouldn’t be ignored. Hill of Gold has been disappointing this season failing to build on his Hunter Chase success last year and has to carry a 7lb penalty which will probably rule him out of contention. This is a tricky one to call as so many of the horses are rated within a few lbs of each other. The Turner’s runner always improve through the season and we would fancy one of them to take this with Done A Runner or Merrydown Vintage next best.
Selection: Kriss William/Sa Kaldoun Alternative: Done A Runner
4.35 Restricted –16 entries
End of the season and an amazing but encouraging 16 entries with ground difficult to predict. Boola River has been running in Irish PtPs this season on soft ground with a Maiden win in Jan. but a distant 3rd on her last run in April – will the ground suit? An easy Maiden win at Aldington recently for Clondaw Nell from the Pearce yard but only 3 runners so not much form to go on but she may well make the frame. Another from the same yard is Florella with an impressive Maiden win at Dingley in 2014 so may need the run after a long lay off. Kicker King has already run 3 times in April the last 9 days ago and won easily in the Penshurst Maiden. Knockoutloaded with Gina Andrews up should make the frame as the yard is in form and he was progressing well at the end of last season but was a weakening 2nd in the recent Aldington Restricted. Marble Moll from the Kemp yard and originally from Monbeg in Ireland has a Maiden win following 2 pu. last season and has again pu on his 2 runs this season – unlikely to trouble the judge here. Muchadoboutnothing won the Feb Cottenham short Maiden but has struggled since over the longer distance, which may be the case here. Royal Chieftain from the in-form Pennock yard has a lot going for him with an all out Maiden win from Kev The Car at Ampton in March following a fall with every chance in the Maiden at Higham in Feb, won by Royal Beekeeper and was 5L 2nd to Teeton Power in the April Fakenham Restricted followed by a 8L 2nd to Kriss William in the Members Conditions at Higham. The Ward’s yard Shamat took the short Maiden at Garthorpe in March with only 3 finishers out of 8 runners and then ran 4L 2nd to Haut Brages at High Easter in April beating The Master Remover who will have his 9th run of the season -but only placed once in Restricted company. Toosey took the 4 runner Maiden at High Easter in March but the time was slow and then ran 25L 4th to Teeton Power in the April Fakenham Restricted with Royal Chieftain 20L ahead and may well struggle in this company.
Selection: Knockoutloaded Alternative: Royal Chieftain
5.10 Open Maiden – 18 entries
Clearly many owners and trainers are looking for good ground as the season draws to a close. It is probable that of the 18 entered for the race the number of runners will be less than 10 hence choosing a potential winner is complicated by likely runners. Highest rated is Max O – this one is no world beater as he has had 10 goes at getting off the mark although did run one of his best races last time out at Thorpe when going under by a neck in the Older Horse Maiden. Harodale likewise has had a few goes at getting his head in front but currently seems destined for the runner’s up spot having claimed that position in three of his last four outings. Florabell has probably slightly disappointed connections after an encouraging opening run last season when 5 lengths second to Letskeepitsimple in a Maiden at Charing in February 2016. She has had three runs this season and has yet to get her head in front so questions remain unanswered. Lucky To Be Alive was second last time out but is a 10-year-old maiden with 29 races under his belt. Gold Decree on the other hand ran very encouragingly first time out at Chaddesley Corbett back in February when 4th in a hot Maiden. Not seen on the track since so clearly has had some form of setback but if tuned up for this race could feature in the finish. Perhaps the most likely winner is the former Irish pointer Jonjoela who was last seen running in a Maiden point at Durrow in February when 10 lengths second to the easy winner, Queen Barack. She has steadily improved throughout the Irish season and handler Andrew Pennock may well have found another stable star. This is a hard race to call but the Pennock newcomer Jonjoela seems ripe to claim her first win and we would hope that if Gold Decree is on track he will be there or thereabouts.
Selection: Jonjoela Alternative: Gold Decree