A large bank holiday crowd enjoyed the sunshine and some good racing action at a packed Thorpe Lodge on Monday. Watering had taken place which produced good ground for a slightly disappointing 33 runners from 87 entries.
3 runners went to post for the opening Jackson’s Butcher’s South Notts Hunt Member’s race. Tony Woodward made the early running on Panama Mermaid who is owned by The Perfect Picnic Partnership. However, this lead was surrendered with a circuit to run when Miles Seston and Captain Lyford cruised into the lead, going on to win by a distance. The winner went off the 6-4 favourite and is owned by Roger Jackson whose wife Sally had taken the entries for the meeting.
Miles Seston went on to complete a double in the Frank Key Builder’s Merchant’s Restricted race on board Accordion Roilelet. This gelding is trained in Malton by ex – jockey Tony Ross was following on from his win in an older horse maiden at Brocklesby Park in March. Stuart Morris’s mount Duke Of Kentford was made the 11-8 favourite and finished second.
The horse that Accordion Roilelet beat by a length at Brocklesby Park was Croftburn who was fancied to win the 8 year olds and over maiden race sponsored by Brydon Property Developments. However, the mare unshipped owner / rider Rob Gault leaving the way clear for another mare; Elia Beach and Richard Armson to win decisively by 10 lengths. Jago’s Girl and Adam Wedge were second and the third horse Posh Dude gained a few more points in the D & M Barthorpe “Leading Family Concern” Championships.
This win on Elia Beach was the third leg of a treble for Armson who had taken the feature race the Mercedes Benz Men’s Open race on Menchikov. Just 3 horses went to post in this contest and Menchikov, who started the 1-4 favourite, had arrived at the course just in time following a breakdown on the journey to Thorpe Lodge. The second horse Kjetil and Joe Docker could never get on terms with the winner.
Armson had also taken the Anne Jepson Memorial Confined race run in memory of the long time Secretary of this meeting. This time he teamed up with Sovereign Quest who got his head in front once again at Thorpe having won his maiden here at this meeting 2 years ago. Just Jove and Adam Wedge quickened the pace in the back straight making a run for home but Sovereign Quest and Armson challenged strongly. The second horse Van Ness looked like the winner 2 fences from home and consistent veteran ran well to be third.
The Bournston Group Ladies Open race also attracted just 4 runners. Free was sent off 4-6 favourite and jumped the last clear to win for the Hutchinson family.
There was drama at the start of the Fernwood Group 5, 6, and 7 year old Maiden race when Shaftsbury Avenue and Springfield Sniper both refused to race. The fancied Kingman Reef then ran out at the first to leave a depleted field of 5. The eventual winner, Torksey Lock had been second on two occasions this season and won nicely for Sarah Phizacklea from Lazzari and Nick Docker.
After the last race there was a South Notts Hunt Challenge sponsored by Buster Marquees. Riders had to complete a circuit and a half of the course excluding the open ditch. Many racegoers stayed for this marvellous spectacle which was won by Alice and Nick Bacon who received a Decanter and a bottle of Port.
Next meeting in the Midlands Area is the Quorn Point to Point at Garthorpe on Sunday 19th April, first race 1.30pm.