The large crowd were treated to a cracking days racing at Eyton on Severn at the South Shropshire meeting on May Bank holiday Monday. Clerk of the course Johnny Cornes had watered the course for a total of forty hours during the week prior to the meeting to ensure decent ground, it paid dividends because with the exception of the Members the fields were good
It is going to take a very good horse to beat Vicario in the Bangor Final in two weeks time judging by the ease of his victory in the Men’s Open. The son of Vettori running in the well know colours of the flamboyant owner Derek Malam won with his head in his his chest by 25 lengths from Belligerent under a very confident ride from Josh Hamer. The runner up had beaten the winner previously at the Tanatside meeting. Vicario is trained at Cholmondley by Sian McCain, who is building up a reputation as a good trainer of point to pointers. She won this race last year as well with Maurice. Speaking after the race, she said, “When he was beaten here in March we had held him up, we decided this time that we would make more use of him in the race, am I am delighted as we gave the rest of the field 7lbs as well. He came out of his win Alpraham very well, so the plan was to run here and get another race into him before the Bangor Final in two weeks time. I will also be running Ice Tea in the Bangor Final as well, he is also owned by Derek Malam.”
The two and a half mile Maiden saw Zaracha land a real touch from 7-1 to 10-11. The Zagreb gelding was ridden very confidently by Will Kinsey who took up the running four out and cruised home by 4 lengths from Sunny Legend with Red O’Donnel a length back in third. The winner is trained at Aberley by Zoe Hammond who was recording her 5th success from 7 runners for Market Drayton owner Don Constable. The win did not come as a surprise to Constable, speaking after the race, he said, “He deserved to go off as favourite, as he had very good form in Ireland when trained by Liam Burke, the form of his last race in Ireland has worked out really well.”
Will Kinsey went on to complete a double aboard Underwriter in the Confined, in what turned out to be the best finish of the day. A vintage ride from Kinsey who was recording his 10th win on the season, over the last fence he held a narrow lead on Undewriter who was being challenged on either side on the run in by Broken Reed and the fast finishing Fresh Fruit, but in a driving finish they held to win a thriller by half a length from Broken Reed with Fresh Fruit a further head back in third. The winner is trained at Tattenhall in Cheshire by Reg Crank and owned by Janet Greenway. The gelding was purchased by the owners son David Greenway at the Doncaster Sales two years ago, and the winner used to be trained under rules by Ferdy Murphy.
Only two runners went to post for the opening Members race, which saw Golden Harvey finish alone under Adam Wadlow, as the The Unamed Man under Kirsty Willis unseated the rider at the second last, but was beaten at the time. The winner is owned and trained by the South Shropshire Hunt secretary Jessica Scott.
Another horse to finish alone was the Sue Sharratt trained and ridden Scotsmail Too in the Ladies Open, Murphy’s Million trained by Caroline Robinson with her daughter Immy in the plate crumbled on landing after jumping the last throwing the rider on the ground. After what seemed like an eternity with the screens around the horse, he got up unscathed after being badly winded, which prompted plenty of applause from the crowd, thankfully Immy suffered no more that a few bruises.
Sheriffhales trainer Caroline Robinson did not leave the Shropshire course empty handed after the impressive victory of Oscar D’Angaron in the Restricted who pulled clear between the last two fences under Adam Wadlow, who was completing a double in the plate, the combination beat the useful Enter Paradise by 8 lengths, with Glenarouse third. The winner is an ex Million In Mind horse, which was bought at the Doncaster Sales by Pattingham owner Roy Swinburne, who has been a great supporter of this sport for many years, he co-owns the winner with his partner Louise Powis. Robinson thinks a lot of the winner, speaking afterwards she said, “I have always thought he had plenty of ability, it has been a case of teaching him to run three miles, he pleased me today with his jumping, I will see how he comes out of this race and he may run next in a hunter chase at Aintree this Friday.”
It was like old times seeing the former Shifnal trainer Heather Dalton back in the winners enclosure again. Her colours as an owner were carried to victory by Front Street who made every yard under Luke Morgan to win the Open Maiden easily from Gem Mill, Maddy Lewis stayed to be third. The winner who is trained at Lambourn by Derek Laverty will be going to the Doncaster Sales at the end of the month.