Secretary: Mr J H Young
Address: Ford Farm, Burley Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7TB
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Entry Fee: £30 for a single race, £15 per additional race same horse
Entries Close: Monday 10th March, 12 noon
Races: Conditions - Open Maiden - Mixed Open - 4,5,6 & 7 year old Maiden (2m4f) - Novice Riders - Restricted
Master Medic is fancied to resume winning ways for New York owner Jim Chromiak and Okeford Fitzpaine trainer Sally Alner in the New Forest Mixed Open at Larkhill on Saturday. The 13-year-old was denied a ninth consecutive success when third at Badbury Rings, but should find Larkhill’s right-hand track much more to his liking. The 26 entries include Following Dreams, who provided Will Biddick’s 200th career success at Barbury Castle, Tim Sage’s three-time 2013 winner Presentandcorrect, Schindler’s Prince, course winner Round Tom, who failed to threaten at the CA (Wessex) Club meeting at Badbury Rings and former top chaser What A Friend, another who couldn’t get into contention there. Five-time chase winner Gullible Gordon, who pulled up at Howick a fortnight ago, Lord Ashton of Hyde’s Cup winner Rumbavu – already a Larkhill course winner this season – and Sally Duckett’s three-time Hunter Chase winner Radetsky March may be the three to challenge Master Medic.
Gullible Gordon, Presentandcorrect, Schindler’s Prince and Radetsky March are among the 24 entries for the PPORA Novice Riders and must all be considered if facing the starter. Barbury Castle winner Latest Trend is another for the short list, along with dual Cheltenham Festival hero Idole First, who would be an appropriate winner if following up his recent Didmarton success. The two suggestions are Tim Underwood’s Tempelpirate, who stormed home here under Katy Lyons in February, and Barneys Mate, caught close home after leading former top chaser Join Together over the last at Charlton Horethorne on Sunday.
Illicit Illusion can complete his seasonal hat-trick in the opening Conditions race. Lake Legend maintained his unbeaten pointing record – four from four – at Garthorpe but the fascinating runner is Aiteen Thirtythree, making his first appearance between the flags since 2009 after winning a bumper, hurdle race and two chases under Rules.
Combined Services winners Grand Exit and Overafrica can fight out the finish of the Restricted.
Two Maiden contests complete the card. Tom Lacey’s selection from Bandeirantes, Freddy Fox and Susie Sheep can contest the 3-mile contest with Richard Barber’s Mishkaluch and Mister Trebus. Action Ball and Pure Oxygen are the two for the 2m 4f event.
Two well-supported pony races begin proceedings at 11.30am, followed by the first of six point-to-point races at 12.30pm. The course is 5 miles NW of Amesbury on Salisbury Plain, reached off the A303, A345 or A360 (SP4 8QT). Admission: £10 per person, under 16s free.
PPORA Club Members Conditions (8 ran)
Open Maiden (Div 1) (11 ran)
Open Maiden (Div 2) (12 ran)
Mixed Open (11 ran)
Open Maiden 456&7yo, 2m4f (14 ran)
5min 15. ½l, 8l. (Jack Barber)
Restricted (13 ran)
PPORA Club Members (Nov Rdrs) (10 ran)
=1. Jayo (Miss C Hawker, 5-1); =1. Tempelpirate (GER) (Miss K Lyons, 4-5F); 3. Just Amazing (IRE) (Miss N Parker, 12-1). 5min 59. Dead heat, 6l. Sarah Hawker/Tim Underwood
Race 1 - 138 cms & under
1st: William Cox - Wee Antony
2nd: Charliue Sprake - Mayday Black Mink
3rd: Ben Godfrey - Mocking Bird
4th: Hamish Clarke - Talponciau Perfect Print
5th: Luca Morgan - Milly
6th: Ger Supple - Glin Road
7th: Zoe Stanbury - Minky
8th: Rosie Curtis - Little Lord William
9th: Arron Butterfield - Becca O The Wild Side
10th: Molly Burton - Fofsway Kingfisher
Race 2 - 148 cms & under
1st: Joshua Bryan - Follow The Stars
2nd: Jamie Perrett - She's A Lady
3rd: Amelia Glass - IGO Zuminov
4th: Harry Cobden - Calypso
5th: William Rekert - Carromeer Mick
Kingsclere trainer Richard Bandey landed his first double with Conditions race winner Alskamatic and Smooth Classic (Maiden Div 2) at Larkhill. Course specialist Alskamatic showed the benefit of first-time cheekpieces to record his third Larkhill success. “He’s been very consistent, but we felt he just wasn’t quite travelling in his races,” said Richard. “Emily [MacMahon] says the cheekpieces have worked, but she’s also given him a cracker of a ride.”
Josh Guerriero, who missed the Alskamatic ride after traffic delays, took the reins on Smooth Classic, also owned by Richard’s 23-strong Plantation Picnic Club. “He’s an ex-David Pipe 115-rated hurdler who shows all that ability at home,” revealed Richard. “However, he’s quirky and apt to make a sharp left hand turn at speed. The question was whether he would show his ability on the course.”
Rumbavu may be aimed at the classic 4m-1f Grimthorpe Gold Cup after taking a high-class Mixed Open. The eight-year-old was prominent throughout under Sam Waley-Cohen and held off Master Medic after his main rival had blundered at the penultimate when upsides. “Rumbavu isn’t very big and we always look for level weight contests without penalties, so the Grimthorpe Gold Cup is one possibility,” reported Banbury owner-trainer Robert Waley-Cohen.
The Waley-Cohens’ hopes of a double were dashed when Storm Lantern was outpaced by Posh Totty, a seventh training success of the season for her jockey, Jack Barber. “We bought her at Umberleigh on the last day of last season to ensure we had a fast ground horse in the new yard, but she might turn out to be better than that,” said Jeremy Barber, father of the winning trainer-rider.
There were two first time winners at the meeting. Rode jockey Charlotte Hawker led off with her family’s Jayo, who dead-heated with Tempelpirate in the Novice Riders race. “Charlotte won two Charles Owen pony races, but she’s been pointing for four seasons and the pressure grows,” smiled Charlotte’s mother, Sarah, who trains Jayo. Shropshire-based Joanna Hunter made the perfect start to her training career with Lucy Birley’s Larkhill Maiden winner, Midnight Jade. The five-year-old mare led throughout the last half-mile under Annie Dalton and had enough in reserve to hold off favourite Freddy Fox. Midnight Jade was making her first UK appearance after being purchased for £18,000 at Cheltenham in May after three placed efforts in Irish point-to-points.
The Sheila Crow-trained Mr Mercurial went into notebooks after his impressive Larkhill Restricted win. The six-year-old quickened clear of his rivals when asked by Paddy Gerety, although favourite backers experienced some alarm when the bay slowed after the last. Mr Mercurial is now unbeaten in both outings since being bought privately in Ireland by Shrewsbury’s David Rogers in November.
The Charity Flat Race was won by Brickworth Melody, trained and ridden by “local forest filly”, Erika Lovell.
The two pony races were won by William Cox, 14, aboard Wee Antony (138cm race) and the 148cm race by Joshua Bryan, 14, and Follow The Star.