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Races: Members - Open Maiden - Mens Open - Ladies Open - Restricted - Intermediate - PPORA Club Members Conditions
Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Series Final winner Sharp Suit is fancied to extend his impressive pointing record in Saturday’s Avon Vale Ladies Open at Larkhill. The 8-year-old has won six of his seven races between the flags, suffering his only defeat when fifth behind That’s Rhythm in a top class contest here in January. The nine entries include Seigneur Des Bois – runner-up in That’s Rhythm’s contest – course winner Bay To Go, Ukrainian Star and Trueflyingcolours, who gave That’s Rhythm a race at Hackwood Park. Sharp Suit is fancied to reverse January placings with Seigneur Des Bois.
Trueflyingcolours is among the 11 entries for the Mens Open, along with Perfectly Willing, an all-the-way winner here a fortnight ago. The list is headed by Chapoturgeon, winner of his only point-to-point at Milborne St Andrew in 2012 and runner-up to Salsify in the 2012 Cheltenham Foxhunter, but off the course since finishing second to Mossey Joe in Stratford’s Horse & Hound Cup 22 months ago. Course specialist Bedrock Fred, who would relish a fast surface, and the Alan Hill-trained Ravethebrave, a winner of 10 races between the flags, are the two to challenge Chapoturgeon.
The Intermediate has attracted eight entries, including the impressive Ask The Weatherman, winner of three of his four races and just denied here in January. Alan Hill has a strong hand with Earl Grez and Man Of Steel, while What About Will made all the running to win at Black Forest Lodge in January. Ask The Weatherman gets the vote, with Credit Crunched, who has been placed twice at Larkhill, fancied for the forecast.
Bedrock Fred, recent Larkhill winner Cock Of The Rock and Combined Services winner Done A Runner, who was in contention when brought down at the last at Godstone, are the three to choose from in the Wessex Area Point-to-Point Club Members race, which has attracted 12 entries. Course winners Hincheslea Moor and Trueflyingcolours are two more for the shortlist, but Tim Underwood does well with his Larkhill runners and his Kellystown Lad can give supporters a sporting run for their money.
Didmarton winner Roy’s Gallery, On Your Max and Charlton Horethorne winner Siege Of Troy are three to consider in the Restricted.
The Maiden has attracted 15 entries and could be difficult to solve. Crackacan looked the winner when falling at the penultimate here a fortnight ago and is fancied to make amends. Chinatown Boy has been placed in his four outings to date and may be the strongest challenger.
Risk, the winner of the 2014 Ladies Open under a fine ride by Rilly Goschen, can follow up in the Hunt race.
A charity flat race in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance gets the afternoon underway at 12.45pm, prior to the seven point-to-point races starting at 1.30pm.
The course is found just NW of Amesbury on Salisbury Plain, reached off the A303, A345 or A360 (SP4 8QT). Admission: £10 per person, under 16s free.
Hunt Members (3 ran)
Open Maiden (6 ran)
Mens Open (3 ran)
Ladies Open (6 ran)
Restricted (4 ran)
Intermediate (3 ran)
WAPP Club Members (4 ran)
Trueflyingcolours took Larkhill’s truly run Ladies Open in a very fast time (5m 52s). The Stuart Penny-trained nine-year-old led over the last three fences under Leanda Tickle after a mile-long duel with market rival Seigneur Des Bois (Ally Stirling). Connections reported that Trueflyingcolours, now a two-time Larkhill winner since his purchase two years ago, has benefited from the application of cheekpieces this season.
Bedrock Fred and Hincheslea Moor both recorded their fourth course successes. The former led throughout the final circuit of the Men’s Open under Danny Burton. Bred, owned and trained by El Tanner and her partner, Dave Weston, Bedrock Fred was making his first appearance since falling at Cottenham on 30 November. “He damaged his neck at Cottenham, has had treatment to remove sarcoids and we’ve been waiting for fast ground,” summed up El.
Hincheslea Moor and jockey Daniel Sansom were clear throughout the last mile of the Conditions contest. The win took the eight-year-old to the head of the current season’s Larkhill Best Horse Award standings. “He can handle most surfaces here, as he loves Larkhill so much, but he’s gone very well on today’s quick surface,” felt New Forest owner-trainer James Young.
Charles Whittaker’s Chinatown Boy deservedly opened his account under Alice Mills in the Maiden after seven placed efforts in eight outings. Chinatown Boy made all the running and had enough left to hold Darren Edwards’ challenge aboard favourite, Crackacan.
Will Hickman retained his 100% - three from three - record for Chievely owner-trainer Tim Underwood aboard Intermediate winner Knowhentofoldem. The eight-year-old Irish purchase tracked rivals Baily Bridge and What About Will for much of the contest, but only grabbed the lead when the latter swerved on the flat after jumping the last in a clear lead.
Wak A Turtle turned the Restricted into a procession under Jamie Thomas. “He won his Maiden here in February and is ideally suited to short sharp tracks,” felt trainer Kayley Woollacott. Stratford’s May Subaru Restricted Final is on the cards.
James McNeile, 55, achieved his first competitive win aboard the Laura Thomas-trained Qianshan Leader in the Hunt race after two previous walkovers in the same contest. The 11-year-old disputed with the favourite, Mohawk Warrior, for much of the contest before striding clear over the last four fences.