The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth & South Bucks
Official Ground: Good
Those who braved the unseasonal cold were rewarded with a competitive days racing at Kingston Blount’s third meeting of the season.
A small but competitive field of 5 went to post for the Restricted to open racing. The improving Teeton Coral (Lizzie Harris) followed up on her win at Thorpe to come home a head in front of the odds-on favourite Bynack Mhor (James Tudor). Arguably helped by the departure of Gleeson (Pete Mann) at the penultimate bend the winner went a length up before the last fence and stayed on well. “She’s a nice mare and we’ll put her away for the season now.” Said owner/trainer Joan Tice.
The 2.5 mile maiden went to Madam Molly (Adam Wedge) who appeared to enjoy getting her own way in running. Always in the first two the winner caught long time leader Solana 4 fences from home and stayed on strongly to come home ¾ length in front of the fast finishing Findlay’s Find (Gwyn Marsh). “She can be a bit of a madam, hence the name, but we had a great jockey in Adam,” Explained winning trainer Laura Hurley, who was enjoying her 3rd win in 2 weeks and is looking to sell the winner.
Another mare took the 3 mile maiden when the aptly named Crooked Smile made amends after her unlucky run at Clifton on Dunsmore last time out. Always handy the winner tracked long time leaders Jolt (Henry Kinchen) and A Slice of Silver (David Turner) and was produced at the 3rd last under a well-timed ride from Tom Ellis. “She’s a good little jumper,” said winner owner/trainer Jimmy Tarry “We’ve had her in for a couple of seasons but didn’t run her last year because she hadn’t quite got there, but we’ll see how she comes out of that before deciding what to do next.”
In the Ladies Open Lady Myfanwy made the long journey from Wales worthwhile when coming home ¾ length in front of Badger (Caroline Taylor) in the fastest time of the day (6 minutes 14). Confidently ridden the winner went 2nd 3 fences from home and saw off the ever-present challenge of Badger, Avesomeofthat and Dumadic in a Hunter Chase calibre Open. “She’s just a little professional,” explained winning trainer Myfanwy Miles, “She might run again next weekend, and we’d love to head to the Ladies Hunter Chase at Stratford later in the month after that.”
The Mens equivalent went to Lord Alfred in another tight finish with Northall Lad (Joe Docker) just a neck back in 2nd and Took My Eye (David Kemp) another 2 lengths back in 3rd. Left in the lead at the 11th fence the winner rallied under a strong drive from Adrian Wintle to come home in 6 minutes 25. “It was perfect for him today, he needs ground the fast side of good and loves Kingston- we’ll hopefully return for the next meeting in 3 weeks,” Said the winning owners in The Wye Friends Partnership.
The most impressive win of the day came from Peadar in the Intermediate. Ridden confidently by Nick Pearce the 4/6 Favourite took up the lead at the 14th and was never in any danger of been caught. Alan Hill’s The Boat (James Tudor) was the closest challenger when falling 3 fences from home but the winner had plenty left and finished an easy 8 lengths in front of The Nuns Legacy (Hannah Watson). “We couldn’t decide between Kingston today or Folkestone on Wednesday for him, but he’s very lightly raced and we thought we would give him a bit more experience,” explained winning trainer Nick Pearce, “He’s got bags of ability at home and we’re excited to see him next season.”
Another easy winner came when James Tudor made amends in the Hunt Members aboard the 1/6 Favourite Bon Accord. Content to follow Mr Nabarro for a circuit and a half the winner took a slight lead at the 13th and came home an easy 10 lengths in front of Long Courier (Tim Underwood).
A great day’s racing with some exciting prospects – for me one for the notebook would be Peadar who is bound to follow up on his 3 victories this season. Additionally the 4 year old Findlay’s Find who finished like a train in the 2.5 mile maiden and the yard already think a lot of him, I’m sure we will see him winning before the end of the season.