Ten went to post for this novice riders event with victory going to the favourite, The Major for Ben Tuckey. Bought at the Doncaster sales by Mike Tuckey, this twelve year old chestnut gelding ran in the Topham last year and has recorded victories at Barbury (to give Ben Tuckey his first win) and Mollington this season. Market rival Carbonado was a close up second and is worth following next time.
Katie Branson and Maltby Son in the Members race for novice riders
The Major with Ben Tuckey holds off the challenge from Carbonado R Shute in the Members race for Novice riders
The Major with Ben Tuckey in the Members race for Novice riders
Confined Maiden (Div 1)
The maiden was split on the day and the first division produced an amazing victory for Silken Thomas ridden by Sarah West. Set off in front Silken Thomas pulled miles clear with a splendid display of jumping galloping the rest of the field into ground. A fence clear for most of the way, he was home and hosed whilst the others were still running and was one of the easiest maiden winners I have seen for years. The programme stated that Silken Thomas lacks stamina and maybe the other jockeys thought he would come back to the field. The two market rivals were both greys, Rohan the favourite came down on the second circuit when still with the chasing pack and Spring Dawn finished runner up.
Adrian Wintle and Che Guevara with Ben Shaw and Party Pops in Division 1 of the Confined Maiden race
Sarah West and Silken Thomas impressive runaway winners of Division 1 of the Confined Maiden race
Sarah West and Silken Thomas winners of Division 1 of the Confined Maiden race