Easter Saturday 23rd April 2011
by Claire Hart
An enormous Easter crowd turned out at Kimble on Saturday to enjoy glorious sunshine and competitive racing.
Alan Hill's efforts of watering the ground to maintain good ground were rewarded when he trained the first three winners.
The first of these was Ocean Du Moulin in the Confined Hunts race. Partnered by his daughter Gaby who reported 'Dad told me to never be more than 5 lengths from the leader' won by 4 lengths. The instructions clearly worked as they landed in front after the first fence and were never headed! Ringa Bay (Phil York) was second.
Only 3 went to post in the Ladies Open. Balladeer jumped and travelled well throughout and won impressively by 20 lengths. This was Emily Harbour's first winner at Kimble and her first for trainer Alan Hill.
Start Royal completed Hill's Hatrick in the Mens Open where, again only 3 ran. Jockey James Tudor was easing him down after the last and he still won by a distance. He is the leading young horse in the South Midland Area and connections are keen to maintain his lead. He is likely to re-appear at the next Kingston Blount meeting on 7th May.
The Restricted was won by The Karen Lawther trained Caught in Time (Phil York) who made all, jumped well and was always in command from 3 other rivals. He will also now head to Kingston Blount for an Intermediate Race.
Paul Cowley who had not ridden for 2 seasons and who had lost 13lbs since Monday returned to the winner's enclosure aboard his Father in law, Stan West's Grand Article in the Open Maiden. The horse had an unsuccessful hurdling career when trained by Paul himself under rules but now wife Alana has taken over the training and was well rewarded here.
The closing Intermediate was a walkover, Pharanto and Jockey Mick Wills who had previously one success in the Grafton Hunt race last May will be hoping to win another 'proper' race soon!
Although fields were on the whole small some good racing was enjoyed.
Next meeting in the Area is at Ashorne next Monday 2nd May, first race 2.30 pm.