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Address: Mallyn, Portman Road, Pimperne, Dorset, DT11 8UL
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Entries: Mrs Sophie Henderson
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Entry Fee: £30 per horse per race, Chqs payable to 'CA Dorset'
Entries Close: Monday 17th February @ 12 noon
Races: Club Members Conditions - Mens Open - Club Members Novice Riders - Ladies Open - Restricted - 5 year old & over Maiden (sponsored horses).
Brassick and Round Tom can fight out the finish of the Bonhams Men’s Open at Badbury Rings on Sunday. The former, a £35,000 Doncaster purchase after winning a bumper, a hurdle race and two steeplechases, made a promising debut for William and Angela Rucker when third in a competitive Kelso Hunter Chase three weeks ago. Round Tom made an impressive return to hunt racing last season, winning three of his four races. Five-time hurdle race winner Akbabend, Chipley Park third Hameldown Tor, Oedipe – winner of 10 races between the flags – Velka Pardubice contestant Zest For Life and Thinkaboutthat, the winner of his last four 2013 races for Raymond and Evelyn Targett are five more to consider. Brassick and Round Tom will both be suited by the Badbury Rings course and its free-draining surface, but Round Tom is fancied to hold off his rivals’ late challenge.
The season’s current leading horse Byerley Bear and Master Medic, who is bidding for a ninth consecutive success, are hard to separate in the AGA Ladies Open, which has attracted 24 entries. The Ruckers have a strong hand with Beneficial Reform and the consistent Sagalyrique, while Aikideau won comfortably at Larkhill. Moscow Blaze and Silver Token would be suited by testing conditions. The main dangers are the prolific Double Mead, the winner of 18 races including 10 point-to-points and five Hunter Chases, and 15-race winner Start Royal, who returned to his brilliant best at Higham in January. Master Medic is selected to forge clear of his rivals approaching the last.
Thinkaboutthat is among the 36 entries for the opening Conditions race. Different Trades, Larkhill winner Garstin and Frances Bishop’s newcomer Theatre Evening are three others to consider. Martin Peaty’s 2012 winner Pastek can give his supporters a run for their money at longer odds, but Champagne Rosie can resume winning ways after probably finding conditions too testing when third at Chipley Park.
The 29 entries for the Novice Riders’ contest include former top class hurdler Khyber Kim, who is an automatic selection if facing the starter. Piment D’Estruval, the front-running Clew Bay Cove, stable companions State Benefit and Stonemaster – a Thorpe Lodge winner last weekend – and Flanshan are five more to consider. Barneys Mate has been the UK’s leading schoolmaster for several seasons and looks the one to give Khyber Kim the most to do.
Un Ami, who found conditions too testing at Black Forest Lodge, and Ladfromhighworth can contest the finish of the Restricted.
The Maiden has been divided at entry. Go On Henry, Overtown Express and Volatility are three to consider in Division 1. Earthpower and Tigeralley are two suggestions for Division 2.
The course lies between Wimborne and Blandford, 4 miles NW of Wimborne on the B3082 (DT11 9JL). Gates open at 9.00am for a variety of entertainment including terrier racing, hound parade, ongoing children’s activities, silent auction, a large shopping village with varied food outlets and much more. First race: 12.00noon.
CA Club Members Conditions (Div 1) (12 ran)
CA Club Members Conditions (Div 2) (12 ran)
Bonhams Mens Open (10 ran)
CA Club Members (Nov Rdrs) (13 ran)
AGA Ladies Open (10 ran)
Restricted (Div 1) (11 ran)
Restricted (Div 2) (11 ran)
Open Maiden (Div 1, Part 1) 5yo&up (12 ran)
Open Maiden (Div 1, Part 2) 5yo&up (11 ran)
Open Maiden (Div 2, Part 1) 5yo&up (9 ran)
Open Maiden (Div 2, Part 2) 5yo&up (10 ran)
Aikideau followed up his recent Larkhill success with a thrilling victory in Sunday’s AGA Ladies Open at Badbury Rings, where a record 121 horses contested the 11 races. Beautifully ridden by Bryony Frost, Aikideau caught Byerley Bear, seeking a fifth win of the campaign, in the dying strides to win by a head. “He had plenty to do, but had the stamina and speed to do it,” felt first-season trainer Jack Barber, now on the five-winner mark for the season.
Ravethebrave will be aimed at the Cheltenham Foxhunter after his decisive win in the Bonhams Men’s Open. The bay gelding, jumping boldly under Oxfordshire owner-trainer Alan Hill’s 18-year-old son, Joe, led from halfway before readily accounting for Hameldown Tor and 4/5F Round Tom, who never threatened in third. “It’s Joe’s first visit to Badbury Rings and probably our first family win here since my grandfather, Major Freddie Taylor, and grandmother Antoinette rode winners in the 1960s,” confided Joe’s mother, licensed trainer Lawney Hill.
Bridgend owner-trainer David Brace celebrated his first Badbury Rings visit by landing a double with Bringinthebranston (Conditions Div 2) and Cock Of The Rock (Novice Riders). The homebred former shrugged off a last fence blunder for an easy success under Tom David. “He’s straightforward, decent and thankfully we’ve got some nice brothers and sisters,” summed up David. Sean Bowen moved to the top of the National Novice Rider table aboard Cock Of The Rock, who looked to have the measure of Khyber Kim when the long odds-on favourite departed at the third last.
Jockey Michael Legg was also in double form with Restricted winner Driftwood Pride and fourth Maiden winner Driving Onwards. The Jane Western-trained Driftwood Pride led after the last to provide a first-ever success for delighted owner George Rendell, the Seavington Point-to-Point secretary. “I bought him myself at Ascot in July and wasn’t sure he would stay three miles,” beamed George, switching back to his bowler hat and resuming his post as a meeting steward. Michael adopted similar tactics aboard Driving Onwards, whose Dorchester owner-trainers, Charlotte and Harriet Brown, had enjoyed their first-ever successes at the meeting 12 months ago.
Bookmakers were smiling after Sam Painting had driven 100/1 shot Dona home in the opener. “He came from Alan King after pulling ligaments and needed six months box rest and six months in his field,” said Barbury Castle trainer Laura Thomas. “Hopefully he’ll be sound in the morning.”
Tackler’s Maiden race success under Conor Smith proved emotional for Spaxton trainer Marie McGuinness. She said: “David [Churches], Mike [Roe] and Liz [Dorse] bought him after losing Prince Of Pop at Larkhill and we hunted around for a long time to make sure we found the right one for them.”
Devon & Cornwall stables took the remaining three races. Chester Williams joined Sean Bowen at the top on the Novices’ Table with a fine “waiting in front” ride aboard his mother Jane’s Restricted winner Un Ami. Keith and Janet Cumings’ Go On Henry benefited from a typical Josh Guerriero holdup ride to take the second maiden. The Kayley Woollcott-trained Minella Web and Jamie Thomas took the third Maiden to provide a first win in his own colours for owner Roddy Harvey-Bailey.