The rearranged Cheshire Forest meeting at Tabley held in really cold and wet conditions saw some really competitive racing.The highlights were doubles for Rob Jarrett and Stacey Whitehead on Time Gentleman and Third of the Third; whilst Tommy Morgan trained two winners Lough Inch and Royal Benifet from his two runners, both ridden by Jack Andrews who is now a close third in the Novice Riders Championship.
Time Gentleman led throughout in the opening Members race and appeared to be well in command until Ben Furnival on Chino Valdes came with a late run to get within a length at the line.The winner owned by clerk of the course Rob Hankey was having his eleventh win at the course.In the Mens Open, Third of the Third was held up and when the pace quickened from the third last he easily held Kashline by a couple of lengths.
The first leg of the Morgan/Andrews double came in the PPORA Novice Riders Race where Lough Inch and Mattara ridden by Abbie McCain had a great duel throughout with the former just prevailing by a neck with the staying on Western Promise only half a length back in third.In the Subaru Restricted qualifier for the final at Stratford next month, Royal Benifet was possibly a fortunate winner with the odds-on favourite Late Romantic ridden by Ed Glassonbury falling at the last when a couple of lengths clear. Andrews did well to avoid the fallen horse and run out a five length winner from Our Present.The winner who won his Maiden in Ireland was bought privately before Christmas for Elaine Holmes and her Hallaton Pub Friends from Market Harborough.
It was a bad day at the office for Glassonbury who was well clear on Modulus at the third last in the Maiden before unseating.Davie's Delight was left in front but was caught by David O'Brien on Minellaforlunch before the last who kept on to win by half a length from the fast finishing Fair Player having his first outing.The winner was bought privately from Henry Oliver and is trained by Joe O'Shea for Derek Malam who was celebrating his 98th winner.
The Aga Ladies Open was won easily by Jane Williams on her mother's Hazel Hill having its fifth win in two seasons from as many races and may go for this Wednesday's Red Mills Intermediate Final at Cheltenham.