Tweseldown Racing Club
Sunday April 17th 2011
by Robin Gray
Just seven horses were saddled to race at Tweseldown on Sunday but three of those gained 'walkovers' and two 'matches' provided the only action for racegoers.
This was a bitter blow for the Tweseldoen Racing Club following the meeting on the course in March which was the most successful for years.
'When I saw we had only 34 entries I feared the worst,' said Chairman Steven Astaire. 'Unfortunately the rules do not allow us to cancel the meeting for reasons other than the very extremes of going, and we had no alternative but to go ahead.'
In fact the going, although firm, was safe and raceable and some trainers may regret their absence because there was serious prize money to be won, the £500 to the winner of the Philip Scouller Memorial Mens Open, for example.
Cape Stormer was the lucky horse here - simply having to walk past the judge to collect the prize, his 30th success for Marcus and Carolyn Gorman. The previous day Cape Stormer had finished 2nd at Penshurst to the season's leading horse Freddie's Return.
In a match for the Fontwell Park Ladies Open - Celestrial Dragon made all the running in the hands of Rachel King to beat Dumadic. Rachel, 20, a one time flat race apprentice, reverted to amateur status last year and was winning her second point-to-point following three successes on the flat.
In the Club Members race, 63 year old Tim Underwood rode his own Long Courrier to a 20 length win over Jalpreuil Malta, 'that was just a steering job,' said the rider, 'he jumps well and loves this fast ground so I was always confident.'
Members of the public who paid the reduced entrance of £10 were advised over the PA to retain their plastic wristband which will gain them free entry at the next meeting. For all the disappointment the sparse crowd was good humoured and enjoyed the sunny weather and what little action was provided.
Tweseldown Club Members Race
Sir Bathwick (Katie Squires) walked over.
Philip Scouller Memorial Mens Open
Cape Stormer (Marcus Gormnan) walked over
Fontwell Park Ladies Open
Celestial Dragon (Rachel King) beat Dumadic by 10 lengths
Ten Year Olds and Over Conditions Race
Long Courrier (Tim Underwood) beat Jalpreuil Malta by 20 lengths
W.H Ireland Ltd Restricted Race
Owston Ferry (James Banks) walked over.