SATURDAY 19 APRIL 2003
by Dom Bradshaw
The South Notts were another hunt who watered
heavily and were rewarded with good fields for their fixture at Thorpe
Lodge on Easter Monday.
backers got off to a good start with Fisherman Jack (Matthew Mackley)
landing the opening Members race from Anneka Louise (Nick Kent) and Aunty
Norma (Tony Woodward).
to demonstrate how frustrating this game can be, the favourite in the next
(Confined), Springlea Tower (Richard Hunnisett) was beaten out of sight.
The race fell to Minella Hotel (Joe Docker) who showed improved form on
his previous two starts. He doesn’t appear to have abundant stamina but
may be able to follow up on a short track.
odds-on favourite Red Rebel comfortably took the Mens Open from Mr Kermit
(Sue Sharratt). The flying grey isn’t getting any faster, but will no
doubt take more than his fair share of races.
Millington comfortably landed the Restricted aboard Rios Lord, who always
produces his best form at this time of year. Burly in the paddock, he’ll
improve again for the run.
the 5, 6 & 7-year-old maiden, a gamble (4-1 to evens) on the unraced
Crested Penguin (Simon Walker) went astray when he was pulled up, leaving
Joe Docker to record a treble for the day on Fiesty Frosty, who stayed on
better than College Superman (Lenny Hicks). The winner, a 5-year-old
daughter of Glacial Storm, can go onto better things in time.
was a close finish in the final race, the 8-year-old and above Maiden with
Office Hours (Simon Walker) repelling the late challenges of Joe Smoke (Eoin
Lineham) and Mister Rose (Matthew Mackley).