Saturday 18th March @ High Easter -

High Easter Racing Club

1.00 PPORA Club Members (Novice Riders) – 7 entries

To start the days racing with only seven entries is very disappointing; let’s hope that they all turn out on the day. Interesting to note that on Sunday at Brawell- on –the- Green there are 27 entries for the Novice Riders race, what does that say?-comments appreciated. Done a Runner has had much success over the years winning eleven races and been 2nd on nine occasions. Only outing this season was at the Cambridgeshire meeting at Horseheath in early February when finishing 4th by just over two lengths to Robert Pegasus that was a particully good race with a great finish. Festival Bound has won seven out of twenty nine starts in points   with seven 2nds. Its last win was at Dingley last year in a similar race to this but form so far this year has been moderate. As a matter of interest all the Andrews have won on this horse. Hunters Lodge, from the Alan Hill yard last won at Godstone in March 2016 in a Vet & Nov Rdrs race but previous to this did win a Men’s Open at Charing, seemed to peak at that time as was 4th at Ampton at the January meeting. King Willie, owned and trained by Nigel Padfield, won at Godstone on its pointing debut and no doubt Nigel would like to win on the home course. However King Willie is entered at several other meetings this weekend. Of the others Lady Kay, Pinerolo and Silvergrove we have little information. The Gredley’s are involved with Silvergrove so maybe worth keeping an eye on the market. Hope it’s a decent race to start the day and we expect Done a Runner to add to its number of wins.

Selection: Done a Runner                  Alternative: King Willie.

 

1.35 Restricted – 12 entries

Another average 12 entries and good ground should make for a competitive race.  Beat the Index was 3rd 12L. behind Scorpion Star and 6l. behind Condorman at Higham in Feb. but refused at the last when well behind at Ampton last week – not sure he’ll run so soon. Billy Biscuit ran 5th staying on in the Restricted at Chipley Park in Jan but had not run since 2013 so best watched this time. The mare Demood ran on well to win a Mares Maiden at Brocklesby last month and could do well in this company. Emeralds Choice has been tailed off on his 2 runs this season and is unlikely to trouble the judge. Haut Bages from the Turner yard has been 2m hurdling under rules in 2016 with a 2nd at Aintree on his last hurdle run – how will he handle 3m over fences, so one to watch this time?   Hi Lucy Lou from the in form Pennock yard with a 7lb allowance won her Maiden at Godstone in March 2016 and was 8L 2nd to Sava Bridge at Dingley in May but was pu in the Restricted at Kingston Blount later in the monthand again pu at Horseheath in Feb this season. In the same race that Mazurati was 12l 3rd and the Master Remover was t.o. 30l behind in 4th, these 2 placing are unlikely to change.  Master Ally was an impressive 8L maiden winner in April 2015 at Lydstep and then went hurdling with mixed fortunes his last 2 runs in Sept. & Nov. were 2/12 in a 3ml. Class 5 at Bangor followed by 10/14 in a 2.5ml Class 4 at Ffos Las - maybe he can find his 2015 Maiden chasing form but was a weakening 16L 4th at Higham in Feb (but the time was fast). Mr Maclennane from the Wright yard won the Open Maiden at Cottenham in Dec and should have come on from that run but has not run since. Petistree from the Braithwaite yard with Jack Andrews up has progressed through 2 Maiden places this season to win the recent Horseheath Maiden by a neck from Age of Heroes and should go close here. The Tailor Quigley ran last in 2015 and progressed to win as fav in a 13 runner Stradbally Maiden- watch the market.

Selection: Pettistree                             Alternative: Mazurati

 

2.10 Mens Open– 13 entries

Burtredgipandgump was progressing nicely last season and steps up in grade on his reappearance.  He has not been seen since beating Brave Encounter in an intermediate race around this course last season, when Curraigflemens was pulled up following a slight setback.  Curraigflemens made a pleasing return to action at the first Horseheath meeting with a second place, behind Empire Builder in the men’s open, but disappointed connections on his return to the course three weeks later, when he finished 3rd to Thetalkinghorse and Legal Legend, and was a little quiet for a few days afterwards.   

Mr Raj won at Higham by 2 lengths from Mr Bricolage having been held-up he had just taken the lead before the 2nd last fence, at which fence Black Glen Boy fell.  Mr Raj then ran in a club members race at Horseheath, but found Neumond and Counting Stars too good and could only finish 3rd, 8 lengths adrift of the winner.  Amigo is entered in this and the club member’s race.  He finished 4th on his first run of the season at Ampton, and then travelled up to Brocklesby Park where he beat Lovcen by 2 ¼ lengths, but in a time considerably slower than that achieved by the winner of All Great N Theory’s race (All Great N Theory finishing 4 lengths behind the winner Monsieur Jourdain).  Silvergrove is the interesting entry, although he also holds an entry for the novice rider’s race.  Having recently been purchased at the Cheltenham sales in February, Silvergrove is the winner of 3 races under rules, the most recent of which was at Kempton in February last year when he beat A Good Skin by 2 ¾ lengths in a 3 mile handicap chase.  This season Silvergrove has run in the Becher chase at Aintree, finishing 13th, and most recently finished 6th to Our Kaempfer at Kempton in January. 

Selection: Burtredgipandgump                         Alternative: Silvergrove

 

2.45 Ladies Open – 9 entries

Well, here’s an oddity - a 2m 4f Ladies’ Open. No doubt this will have some traditionalists gnashing their teeth!  Decade Player prefers a short trip and is the highest rated of these after several excellent performances last season including hunter chase wins over 2m and 2m 3f. He also has course form having won a 2m 4f Members race here last season. His form this season has been less-convincing - a distant 4th in a Men’s at Cottenham plus PU when well behind in a HC at Musselburgh but he’s probably still the one to beat. If Decade Player runs below par then Hill of Gold is the most likely to benefit. He showed improved form when winning a 2m 7f hunter chase at Huntingdon at the of last season but has only had a single outing since finishing 15l 4th behind Vesperal Dream at Cottenham and presumably had problems.  Although most of his form has been over 3m he way well benefit from this shorter trip. It will be good to see Banksandditches back on track. His last two runs back in May 2015 were wins over Broken Eagle in an Intermediate at Kingston Blount and a hunter chase win over Hill of Gold at Huntingdon. If he could repeat that form he certainly has a chance but 2 years is a long time on the sidelines. Can Mestret was hugely impressive as a youngster especially around Cottenham but he’s struggled a bit over 3m for the last two seasons and goes better on flat, fast tracks and is another who should prefer the shorter trip. Santa’s Secret was a decent 2m handicap chaser for Oliver Sherwood but could only finish a distant 4th at Cottenham in November on his first pointing start. He should definitely appreciate the shorter distance but has presumably had problems and is perhaps best watched. Bavard Court has occasionally sprung surprises including beating Berties Dream here last season but often disappoints. He PU on his first two starts this season but put in a decent run when 4th in a strong Ladies at Ampton and shouldn’t be too far away. Its difficult to fancy the others: new recruit Limpopo Tom has 51 NH races under his belt and has gradually slipped down the handicap whilst House Party and Weather Warning both have plenty to find.

Selection: Decade Player                  Alternative: Hill of Gold

 

3.20 Club Members (9yo & up) – 16 entries

A reasonable entry for this club members race restricted to horses aged 9 years and over. Excitable Island won at Godstone earlier this month when defeating Ballalough by 3 lengths. That race was run on very soft going and he’s unlikely to encounter those ground conditions today. The Andrew Pennock trained Abbey Lane has won his last three starts and with the yard in such good form merits serious consideration here. On his final outing he beat Carry On Asian by 30 lengths at Higham last month in a novice riders race. Merrydown Vintage landed the CA members race at Higham on the same day that Abbey Lane won but in a time 3 seconds slower when he beat Black Glen Boy by 5 lengths with Coral Point a further 25 ½ lengths adrift in 4th place. Both Merrydown Vintage and Excitable Island also hold engagements at Parham on the same day. Done A Runner won 5 times last term and finished the season with a 5th place in a Cartmel hunter chase in May, beaten just over 14 ½ lengths by Abbeyview. He finished 4th at Horseheath last month on his seasonal debut when going down by 1 ¼ lengths behind Roberto Pegasus. Amigo won at Brocklesby Park by 2 ¼ lengths from Lovcen last month and as he’s part owned by course owner Simon Marriage a big run is expected. Shakalakaboomboom is now in the twilight of his career but is a four time winner under rules when in Nicky Henderson’s care. He has won one point when successful in a Whitfield club members in May 2016 when beating The Admiral Benbow by 2 lengths. He was 3rd on his last start at Kingston Blount earlier this month when going down by 14 lengths to Tempelpirate. Carlanstown finished 2nd last week at Ampton when beaten 6 lengths by Scorpion Star and may not turn out here so soon. Banksandditches is one of the few horses to have beaten Broken Eagle in his pointing career. He won a Huntingdon hunter chase in May 2015 by 9 lengths from Hill Of Gold.  He subsequently pulled up in a chase at Huntingdon on Boxing Day 2015 and hasn’t run since. With the Pennock yard in such good form we will take Abbey Lane as our selection and go for Amigo as our alternative although if Excitable Island and Merrydown Vintage take up their engagement’s in this contest then they should both be considered.

Selection: Abbey Lane                       Alternative: Amigo

 

3.55 Open Maiden – 12 entries

This is an interesting race with a number of Maidens who have been knocking at the door and some who are relatively new to the game. As a classic example Alittlebitless is now facing his 13th maiden. He looked all over the winner two out in a 2m 4f maiden at Larkhill last time out but to quote the commentator “dossed in front” and there are others with more scope.  Lively Article was running well in second place at Kingston Blount 2 weeks ago when tipping up at the 15th and if there is no lasting damage could feature in the finish. Likewise Poetry Emotion fell last time out but in his previous race came a very close 4th in a hot maiden at Horesheath and if back to his best could give them all a run for their money. Trainer Dale Peters also has MaxO entered for the race – he has tried eight times and may not have the potential of Peter’s other entrant.  The team of Pennock and David are walking on water at the moment and have entered We’ve Got Company. This 9-year-old maiden is clearly not the stable star and may on this occasion struggle to trouble the judge.  Finally the Kemp yard has entered two, Toosey, a well beaten runner up to Royal Beekeper at Higham and the interesting Caryto Des Brosses a lightly raced Irish pointer with little solid form but connections know what they are doing and this one would be worth a look in the paddock.  On balance we will select the scopey Poetry Emotion but fear the biggest threat will come from Lively Article.

Selection: Poetry Emotion                 Alternative: Lively Article