Fog covered the course from early morning and looked like it was set in for the day. The first race took place in the fog where they were out of sight down the sides and across the top of the course. The going was giving as good/soft.
Colonel Ludlow went off a warm favourite and went straight into the lead pulling hard. He was joined by Calder Rosie, Fryup Vision third, Palmand a close fourth and Willywont He whipping them in. Fryup Vision was pulled up before going out into the country for the second time and all the time Willywont He was making a good forward move, joining the leading pair. Turning with four to jump, Calder Rosie was the first to crack and with two to go, Steve Charlton got Willywont He to the front going on at the last to take the race from the galloping vet Chris Cundall on Colonel Ludlow.
WILLYWONT HE (STEVE CHARLTON)
COLONEL LUDLOW (CHRIS CUNDALL)
Seven stared the race but it was soon down to five as Fayalie and Search Party both went at the third fence, leaving Don Rio in the lead from Ellie Bee who took up the running. Turning into the back straight, Mandate Man ran third with Scenic Storm in fourth with Snizort close behind. They stayed the same over the next six fences until Don Rio weakened. Scenic Storm gave chase turning for home, but Ben Woodhouse and Ellie Bee had the race in the bag. Snizort came though for second place ahead of Scenic Storm.
A poor turn out for this race saw only four go to post. Chaos Theory soon had a three-length lead from Hadeqa with Marrasit in third and Nordic Crest last and things stayed the same turning down to the roadside fences. It was here that Mark Walford pulled up Nordic Crest and jumped off looking at the horse’s front off side leg. Meanwhile, Marrasit moved into second spot ahead of Hadeqa who was some ten lengths adrift. Going to the last, Chaos Theory had an unassailable lead, leaving Marrasit to run on at one pace from Hadeqa, who made up ground from the last fence to get with in a length of second place.
HADEQA GOING DOWN TO THE POST
Emperor’s Son (two wins in 2004) was the punters choice as the eight runners set off in this wide-open race. First to show was Duchess Account in the hands of Emma Brader with Was A Drive a close second and Mr No Man who took off in third place and landed the other side on the ground. Call Me Jack was pulling hard going passed the judge for the first time. Emperor’s Son was happy to sit in mid division as Call Me Jack pulled himself to the front going into a three-length lead from Busted Flat and Duchess Account. Call Me Jack came back to his field two out as Serena Brotherton pushed Emperor’s Son to the front going into a couple of length lead, but Miss Brader had Duchess Account running on and joined Emperor’s Son a half length behind at the last, getting the the better of her opponent on the flat. The winning jockey was the third generation Brader to ride a winner at Charm Park.
DUCHESS ACCOUNT (EMMA BRADER) BEATS EMPEROR`S SON (SERENA BROTHERTON)
At last, after 15 runs, he has won a race! After eight placings, Bobby Buttons saw the winning post before the others. Given a dream ride by his third jockey in as many runs, this time Miss Tina Jackson, she had Bobby handy throughout the race going to the front as the field passed the winning post for the first time from Oso Tilley and Dannymolone and King Shaadi in fourth place. Turning down the roadside fences, Bobby was asked to go on, pulling clear with two to jump and never looking like being caught. Mighty Rising had a late charge forward to take second from Oso Tilley. Bobby Buttons was cheered all the way back to the winners spot, but how long will it be before he is in there again? On today’s show, he may turn out to be a good ladies ride.
BOBBY BUTTONS (TINA JACKSON)
OPEN MAIDEN CONDITIONS DIV 1
The Brader yard still on a high after Duchess Account win sent out their seven year old Skew Whip who came home with his jockey looking around to see no one in sight. Fully Loaded held on the second from Secrect Racine who should be winning soon on today’s running.
OPEN MAIDEN CONDITIONS DIV 2
Ben Woodhouse had a choice of rides and stuck with the one he trains, Black Leopard, leaving Clive Mulhall to get the leg up on Jey Jey Keen. Money came for Almacash (8/1 to 3/1) late on , but none was paid out on her as Lee Bates pulled her up for the second race running. Meanwhile, this race was turning into a two horse race as Black Leopard and Jey Jey Keen battled it out from three out with Mulhall driving home his mount to pip Woodhouse on the line. A sad note on this day of good racing was the death of Blazing Rainbow who had a heart attack out in the country.