Sunday 27th March 2011
by Robin Gray
A crowd in excess of 1700 flocked to Hackwood Park on Sunday encouraged by perfect weather and the prospect of exciting racing.
They were rewarded with some close finishes but with one exception - local owners and trainers were out of luck on the seven race programme.
The only success for the home team was that of Mandingo Chief, owned, trained and ridden by Clare Wills, one of Hackwood most successful riders. Mandingo Chief was qualified with the Hursley Hambledon Hunt and he won the Ward-Thomas Removals Limited Club Members race by one length from the Philip York ridden Sesame Rambler.
Wills was denied a double when high Five failed by five lengths to concede 7lb to Dumadic in the Aga sponsored Ladies Open. Third in this was Honour's Dream, giving 16 year old Catherine Ward-Thomas, whose fathher sponsored the first race, her first ride in public.
Another 16 year old, Zac Baker, rode his first winner from only seven rides when scoring on Penric in the Mens Open. Zac is the younger brother of top flat race jockey George Baker, whose father Peter is a leading farrier on many southern racecourses.
Ward-Thomas Removals Club Members
1 Mandingo Chief (Claire Wills) 2 Sesame Rambler 3 Ceasen Desist
1 length/16 lengths no time taken 4 ran
The Night Nannies & Aga Ladies Open
1 Dumadic (Hannah Watson) 2 High Five 3 Honour's Dream
5 lengths/4 lengths 6m11s 3 ran
The Brightwells Maiden (two and a half miles)
1 Pippin Fort (Kevin Jones) 2 Nehemiah 3 Tang Royal
1 length/1/2 length 5m18s 6 ran
Countryside Alliance Club Members - Veteran and Novice Riders
1 Strong Weld (Rhys Jenkins) 2 Vote for Doodle 3 Chaucers Miller
3 lengths/5 lengths 6m11s 8 ran
1 Penric (Zac Baker) 2 Quarl Ego 3 Citizens Arrest
4 lengths/2 lengths 6m9s 5 ran
Robins Row Restricted
1 Medic (Tom Ellis) 2 Baraka de Baune 3 Backhomeinderry
28 lengths/5 lengths 6m17s 4 ran
Gore Browne Investment Management Maiden
1 Shannon Bob (Robbie McCarthy) 2 Owston Ferry 3 Gentle Jim
1/2 length/25 lengths 6m17s 6 ran