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Entries Close: Monday 20th April 2015, 12.30 pm
Races: Charity Race - Members - Open Maiden - Ladies Open - Mens Open - Intermediate - Restricted
Bedrock Fred is fancied to record his fifth Larkhill success in Sunday’s South & West Wilts Men’s Open. El Tanner and Dave Weston’s 9-year-old gelding has contested seven of his last 10 races at the Wiltshire venue, winning at the Avon Vale fixture in March, and was not disgraced when fifth of 14 in Blinding Lights’ Exeter Hunter Chase a week ago. James Young’s course specialist Hincheslea Moor, New Forest winner Perfectly Willing, who was second in a high-class 18 runner Men’s Open here in January, Paxford winner Anseanachai Cliste and stable companions Quedillac and Trueflyingcolours are five more to consider. King’s Legacy proved his wellbeing with a comfortable win in Kingston Blount’s Confined on Saturday, but Bedrock Fred gets the vote.
Trurflyingcolours, a good winner here at the Avon Vale, will be the selection if connections opt for the Ladies Open. The 15 entries include Hincheslea Moor and Quedillac and Seigneur Des Bois, who couldn’t cope with Trueflyingcolours at the Avon Vale. Major Decision, No No Bingo and Wak A Turtle will be supported but the consistent Ruapehu, who chased up the prolific Sagalyrique at Badbury Rings and Warwickshire, a good runner-up to Volcan Surprise at Higham, are fancied to contest the placings behind Trueflyingcolours.
David Fisher’s recent Andoversford runner-up Cold Knight is fancied to resume winning ways for the Tom Weston stable in the Intermediate. Native Pride, the only horse to beat the progressive Ask The Weatherman this season, Oliver James, who is on a hat-trick after Garthorpe and Lockinge successes, and Wak a Turtle look the dangers.
Chinatown Boy can follow up his Avon Vale maiden race success in the Restricted. Anglingforcharlie, who easily overturned subsequent winner Bingo Tiep here in March, is fancied for the forecast.
Trueflyingcolours and Quedillac are the automatic selections if turning out for the Hunt race.
The consistent Deal Of the Day and Andoversford runner-up Xpectations are two suggestions for the Maiden.
The meeting kicks off with the Willowbrook (formerly Ablington) Challenge Charity Race, a 12f flat race which over several years has raised thousands of pounds in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The course is found just NW of Amesbury on Salisbury Plain, easily reached off the A303, A360 or A345 (SP4 8QT). First race 1.15pm (charity flat race); 2.00pm (point-to-point). Admission: £10 per person, under 16s free.
Hunt Members (2 ran)
Open Maiden (6 ran)
Ladies Open (4 ran)
Mens Open (7 ran)
Intermediate (2 ran)
Restricted (2 ran)
Brockenhurst trainer James Young achieved his first-ever double at Larkhill with Men’s Open winner Hincheslea Moor and Restricted heroine Marlpit Oak. The former already looked the winner under Daniel Sansom when nearest pursuer King’s Legacy fell at the second last when eight lengths in arrears. “I can’t believe how much he’s improved this season,” smiled James. “His second wind operation has obviously worked, but they must have put in a new engine at the same time.” The win secured the 2014/15 Larkhill Best Horse Award for Hincheslea Moor, who has now won five races at the Wiltshire venue.
Marlpit Oak made all and drew right away to provide a second career success for Ben Hicks, who is off for a three-month spell working for perennial French champion National Hunt trainer Guillaume Macaire. “I bought this one at the same Ascot Sales as Hincheslea Moor in June 2010,” revealed James. “I had always wanted a [horse sired by] Midnight Legend and ended the day with two!”
Henstridge trainer Stuart Penny was also in double form with Quedillac (Hunt race) and Trueflyingcolours (Ladies’ Open). Quedillac led from the 10th to delight former owner Hazel Goody, who celebrated her 90th birthday by travelling over from the Isle of Wight especially to see him. Trueflyingcolours pinged off the fast ground to record a very fast time (5m 47sec) under Katy Lyons. “It took a year for him to settle after being bought out of Richard Barber’s yard, but he loves doing different things – last weekend it was a six-mile fun ride,” revealed Stuart.
Maiden Bradley trainer Camilla Baylis, who is expecting a baby in September, ended her season on a high when Daisy Picker put in the better last fence jump to seal victory over Xpectations in the Maiden. Daisy Picker had fallen at the last when disputing at the Combined Services in February, so was not winning out of turn.
Jon Pike’s marvellous season – seven wins provided by just two horses – continued with Intermediate winner Wak A Turtle, who made all under Jamie Thomas. A summer jumping campaign under Rules is on the agenda.
Katrina Todd made a winning debut aboard the Jonathan Geake-trained Glens Wobbly in the 12f Willowbrook Challenge Charity Flat race, which has already raised over £4,500 in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.