Monday 5th May 2008
by Robin Gray
The Sandhurst Area point-to-point series was brought to a close for the season at Hackwood Park on Monday (5 May). The Hursley Hambledon fixture, returning to Hampshire after a long period in Dorset, attracted 36 runners including the prolific winner Carryonharry.
A raider from the South East Area, the 14 year old easily won the Ladies Open race bringing his seasonal tally to four. ‘Carryonharry has been beaten only three times in his career, and he has always been ridden by Cynthia Hayden,’ said owner Heather Silk. ‘His 17 successes include two hunter chases and now he will finish off the season at Stratford at the end of the month’.
Alresford trainer, Victoria Collins, saddled Dr Flight to win the Hunt Members & Farmers race under Rilly Goschen, while Godfrey Maundrell scored a bloodless victory in the Veteran & Novice Riders race on Rhythm King following his win at Hackwood three weeks earlier.
The Pain Smith Solicitors Members & Farmers
1 Dr Flight (Rilly Goschen) 2 Gielgud 3 Balsox
Distances: 7 lengths and a distance 6 min 58 secs 4 ran
Suzuki Ladies Open
1 Carryonharry (Cynthia Hayden) 2 Saddlers Cloth 3 Move Over
5 lengths / 8 lengths 6 min 54 secs 5 ran
The Christie & Co Mens Open
1 Who Else Knew (Ryan Bliss) 2 Chaucers Miller 3 Whereareyounow
14 lengths / 2 lengths 6 min 48 secs 4 ran
Cadogan & Company Veteran & Novice Riders
1 Rhythm King (Godfrey Maundrell) 2 Jewel Song 3 Dear Deal
20 lengths / 3.1/2 lengths 6 min 53 secs 9 ran
Pain Smith Solicitors Restricted
1 New Street Express (Paul Blagg) 2 Travellers Lad 3 Balableu
8 lengths / 6 lengths 7 min 5 secs 6 ran
Oakley Coachbuilders Maiden
1 Whataclue (Ian Chanin) 2 Owen’s Boy 3 Mr Slipper
a neck and half a length 7 min 6 secs 8 ran