Sunday 2nd April @ Fakenham -
2.00 Club Members (Veteran and Novice Riders) – 12 entries
A reasonable entry of 12 for this contest for horses to be ridden by novice riders and veteran riders, those over the age of 45. Silvergrove was a useful horse for Ben Pauling under rules and made a winning start in points when beating Done A Runner by 5 lengths at High Easter early last month to give his owner/rider Tim Gredley a first pointing win. Done A Runner was a five time winner last season. Tim Gredley also owns and rides Bincombe. He’s been placed 4 times from his 6 starts this season and on his latest outing was 4th at Godstone beaten 11 lengths behind Mazuri Cowboy last month. Penelope Pips was 2nd on her previous run at Ampton when beaten 3 lengths by Top Smart but she was also 6 lengths ahead of last weekend’s Horseheath winner Sharp Suit who finished 3rd. Penelope Pips has one pointing win to her name when winning an intermediate at Whitfield by 2 lengths from Discussion Forum in April 2013 and also scored in a three runner Stratford bumper. Abbey Lane has been a model of consistency this season and hasn’t finished outside of the first three in all six runs this term. On his last run he was 2nd at High Easter last month, beaten 6 lengths by Amigo. He’s due to be ridden by Seb Burnett-Wells who was aboard when the horse landed a Higham novice rider’s contest in February by 30 lengths from Carry On Asian who won last weekend at Penshurst in an intermediate. Valid Point finished well behind Abbey Lane at Higham when 3rd and has changed hands since. The Master Remover unseated early in this contest and on his bare form wouldn’t trouble the principals. Festival Bound was 3rd on his last outing at Brafield On The Green last month when beaten 8 ½ lengths by For N Against and is due to be the mount of the promising Kate Gowing. Boxer Beat was 3rd at Cottenham in February in a hunt members beaten 20 lengths by Torran Na Dtann and most of his form is around 2 miles. Tim Bryce responsible for Boxer Beat also has Limpopo Tom entered. He’s a four time winner under rules, that last win coming at Ludlow in April 2015 when he beat Sublime Talent in a 2 mile chase when ridden by Denis O’Regan for Dai Rees but his form since has been patchy and others are preferred. Zardsky pulled up in Abbey Lane’s race at High Easter and does have an in and out profile. He has won a point and a hunter chase in Ireland but that win was over 5 years ago at Fairyhouse when he beat Agus A Vic by 4 ½ lengths. The only other runner is Legend To Be who finished 6 lengths 2nd to Banksandditches last weekend at Horseheath which was vastly improved form to what he had shown previously. It’s quite difficult to pick a winner as many of these hold other engagements on the day. We will side with Silvergrove as our choice to follow up his High Easter win and we will just go with Penelope Pips as our alternative marginally ahead of Abbey Lane.
Selection: Silvergrove Alternative: Penelope Pips
2.30 PPORA Club Members Conditions – 17 entries
Condorman has had four outings this season having been placed three times, on two occasions was 2nd at Cottenham and at Higham. At Ampton three weeks ago finished 3rd to Maylers Spirit. In 2015 won its Maiden race here, normally has one of the Andrews on board. Helpston, rated at 100 was 2nd to Hi Vic at Garthorpe and could well start as favourite here. He was with Pam Sly where he won four races under rules but missed three seasons, first race under rules in 2008. In Fairness hasn’t been out this season but was 2nd here in a Hunter Chase to Hill of Gold last May. Maybe the Turner horses are getting into their stride as Franks a Million ran on well to finish 2nd last week at Horseheath to Neumond. Maylers Spirit from the Pennock yard is looking for a treble as won back to back races at Higham in a Maiden and the a Restricted at Ampton, winning by six lengths. Virgo the First won two races last season at Dingley and High Easter, coming from a long way back and staying on to win pretty convincingly. Connections this year I am sure are a bit disappointed as he has not manged to reproduce that form finishing 3rd to Counting Stars at Ampton and pulling up in February. Robin De Boss raced six times in points last season winning two and being 2nd twice. He won at Garthorpe last February and at Dingley in May, was very impressive when making a mistake at the last at Alnwick and only going down by a neck. The Kemp’s Zagmiester is obviously difficult to get to the racecourse but had one outing at Whitfield last season where it won it’s only outing and won a Members race here in 2014.
Selection: Maylers Spirit Alternative: Robin de Boss.
3.00 Restricted – 9 entries
Another rather miserable 9 entries but should be a competitive race. Placed on his last 3 runs in Restricted Condorman should make a frame finish here but 36l behind Mahlers Spirit at Ampton in March leaves room for doubt. Muchadoboutnothing was a further 4L back and again may struggle in this company but a 7lb allowance may help. Mr Meister has been off the pointing track since 2013 and ur when well behind on his only run this season at Ampton in March and is unlikely to trouble the judge. Royal Beekeeper with a 21lb allowance advantage has ur on 3 occasions this season but ran an unchallenged win in the Maiden at Higham in Feb beating Toosey by 8l and if the jockey can stay on then possibly a place beckons. Royal Chieftain from the inform Pennock yard has alot 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. On his only run to date this season Sisco Kid was 35L of the pace in the March Revesby Park Restricted and is one to just watch here. A win in the Dec Barbury Maiden followed by 3 place finishes in Restricted company appeals and with a 7lb allowance Teeton Power should go close here. The Master Remover won his Maiden at Ampton in 2015 but has had mixed fortunes in Restricted races since and was well outclassed in the Ladies Open at Cottenham in Dec and will possibly struggle for a place here. Toosey took the 4 runner Maiden at High Easter recently but the time was slow and really did not give an indication of true form but he will have come on and may just figure in the shake up.
Selection : Teeton Power Alternative: Royal Chieftain
3.30 Mens Open – 17 entries
A high class renewal is on the cards for this years men’s open race. Lough Inch could make his first appearance in a men’s open, having won many races over the last few seasons. He has won on all of his three starts this season, all of which were at Cottenham, commencing with a 12 length victory over Abbey Lane in a 2m 4f club member’s race at Cottenham. He led throughout to take the novice rider’s race by 15 lengths ahead of Vesperal Dream at the end of December and then won the intermediate race at Cottenham’s third fixture, and on this occasion he beat Celtic Silver by 10 lengths. Consigliere also won at Cottenham’s opening fixture, taking the men’s open race ahead of Never Complain and Bincombe. He then finished 2nd to Premier Portrait at Wadebridge, and on a return to Cottenham in February he finished 2nd to Now Ben, with It Was Me close behind in 3rd. Consigliere’s most recent run was at Kingston Blount but was well beaten in 3rd by Full Trottle, just behind Master Workman. Master Workman saves his best for the second half of the season in the warmer weather. In the last three years he has won the corresponding race twice and finished 2nd on the other occasion. Whether the earlier date in the calendar will suit remains to be seen, but he will need to show an improvement in form to be competitive. It Was Me showed a glimpse of his form of 2015 when 3rd at Cottenham, but showed that he has not overcome his jumping frailties with another unseat on his most recent run at Kingston Blount. His stable companion Hi Vic made a fine start for his new connections with victory in a club member’s race at Garthorpe in February, beating the former Pam Sly trained Helpston by 3 ¼ lengths, with L’Eldorado well behind in 5th. Helpston was appearing in a race for the first time since 2013, having been a highly rated chaser. He holds an engagement in a hunter chase at Wetherby on Friday. Silvergrove who changed hands in February made the best start possible for his new connections, winning the novice rider’s race at High Easter by 5 lengths from Done A Runner. He could be seen to good effect in this race, instead of the novice rider’s race earlier on this card, and could fight out the finish with another progeny of Old Vic.
Selection: Silvergrove Alternative: Hi Vic
4.00 Ladies Open – 15 entries
A few entered in both the Opens so very difficult to know in which they will race, Done a Runner is a very experienced horse having run in thirty three points .In those races has won on eleven occasions and been 2nd in ten others. He won five races last season, all in Novice Riders races, four times with Jack Andrews in the saddle. Has been running in the same class of races this season and was 4th to Roberto Pegasus at Horseheath in February and 2nd to Silvergrove at High Easter two weeks ago. Festival Bound is likewise very experienced, in its thirty outings has won seven and been 2nd on seven occasions. Hasn’t achieved much this year in five outings best was 3rd at Brafield two weeks ago and has never run in a Ladies Open. Hill of Gold has been a bit slow to get going this season having been 4th twice, at Horseheath and High Easter but did win a Hunter Chase at Huntingdon last May. Lough Inch is entered in the Mens but is the highest rated on the card. Has had three outings this season all at Cottenham and won all three. From eighteen starts in points has now won fourteen and one 2nd which was at Tabley last May to Western Province. Five of the wins have come at Garthorpe and seven at Cottenham all right handed but we doubt this left handed course will make much difference. Sa Kaldom and Kriss William from the Turner yard but with Kriss William also entered in the Mens one would assume that Sa Kaldom would run in this race, he finished 2nd at Higham in February and 2nd to Smart Suite at Horseheath albeit in a three runner race, Vesperal Dream’s best performance for Victoria Pendleton was 2nd at Cottenham to Lough Inch on New Year’s Eve beaten by fifteen lengths. However did win at the next Cottenham beating Sharp Suit by a neck with Izzy Marshall in the saddle in February.
Selection: Lough Inch Alternative: Vesperal Dream.
4.30 Open Maiden – 10 entries
A modest entry of 10 however there are a couple of interesting newcomers and some well known names. At the top of the charts comes Le Fou Royal who has performed admirably on each of his four outings this season without ever getting his head in front. Should be in the mix. Likewise Kev the Car has also been there or thereabouts and his last run at Ampton proved that he was not purely a Cottenham specialist. Had both Shamat and Cakeland behind on that day. Shamat has gone on to win which, to a certain extent, franks his Ampton performance. Thomas Patrick seems to be going in reverse after a promising start to the season. The short Fakenham circuit, which suits front runners, may bring out the best in the Chris Bealby trained 5 year old and he should not be dismissed. Poetry Emotion probably disappointed connections last time out but, if recovered from his latest efforts, may appreciate the less demanding Fakenham track. Of the rest the most interesting is the David Kemp trained Caryto Des Brosses possibly because the name is the most difficult to pronounce! Modest Irish pointing form as a 4 year old, connections like this one, and it will be worth a look in the paddock before “lumping on”. On the balance of probability we will select Le Fou Royal with Kev the Car as the one to give him the most to do.
Selection: Le Fou Royal Alternative: Kev the Car