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Seavington at Littlewindsor
Sunday 14th April 2019

by Bob Bracher

The popular scenic course at Littlewindsor holds the first of its two meetings when the Seavington hold their point to point on Sunday. Sadly this will be the last year when the course will be used so the opportunity should be taken to enjoy the setting on the Dorset/Somerset border. First opened in 1993 on land overlooking Richard Barber's famous point to point stables at Seaborough it is now the home of the highly talented Harry Fry's National Hunt yard. The going has been helped by the recent rainfall and is currently good to soft and softer going down the hill. A highly respectable entry of 76 horses have been received for the seven scheduled races so there should be some good racing for racegoers to enjoy. There will be a number of tradestands to view as well as the bookmakers and the catering provided by the Hunt's Supporters Club.

The principal races, the two Opens, have attracted good quality horses and the first of these the Equine Health Centre Mens Open may see a repeat of the Conditions race at Cothelstone last month when Hello George ridden by his owner Nathan Vergne beat Fly West who was ridden by Josh Newman on that occasion by three lengths. Ramble On is a possible challenger from the Luke Price stable in Wales whereas Imogens Thunder on his best form would come into consideration. Hello George is selected to continue his winning ways.

The Harry Fry sponsored Ladies Open may see the return to pointing of Southfield Theatre who was last seen finishing down the field in the Cheltenham Foxhunters. Trained by Sarah Bradstock and to be ridden by her daughter Lily he may be too good for his rivals on the basis of his earlier form. One Big Love formerly trained by Harry Fry may appreciate the change to a Ladies race and on her best form may be the greatest threat to Southfield Theatre. The Flying Doc and Kazuri Kate may fight it out for the minor honours.

The A J Wakely Restricted race over the shortened trip of two and a half miles has attracted the biggest entry of 21 horses. Deshan made all to win at Cotley two weeks ago and if travelling from Wales should be on the short list. Earth Leader was a very impressive winner of a Maiden at Ston Easton over this trip whereas Gerties Garter was runner up in a similar Restricted race at Ston Easton for owner Audrey Goodwin. Mujadel was narrowly beaten in his Members race at Cothelstone where Oscar Mor was third. Robin Why Not won a Maiden over this trip at Buckfastleigh whereas Bob Along Mahler the winner of a Maiden last season ran prominently at Milborne St Andrew and might appreciate the drop in trip. Earth Leader looks a progressive sort and may be able to secure another victory.

The Novice Riders race may be won by Chosen Lucky who has a good record in these races. Now being partnered by the promising Liam Harrison the partnership have already secured two wins together this season. Chill Factor trained by Rachael Honeyball close by to the course would be a popular winner for novice rider Lauren Reed and would have been placed at Larkhill but for unseating at the second last. The veteran All Great N Theory would come into the reckoning on his best form but Chosen Lucky ought to win this.

The Hunt race ought to go the way of the Gayle Dare owned Minim Mouse who should be able to beat Niteinshininarmour who is still learning his way.

The remaining two races, the young horse Maiden and the Open Maiden race, have both attracted some promising horses. In the young horse race sponsored by Mac Building Francesca Nimmo has entered Breaking the Ice a highly encouraging second to Get Prepared at Charlton Horethorne and a repeat of that form may be good enough. Dr Kanaga was second at Great Trethew having won a Bumper at Ffos Las and is progressive. Snakelake Hill ran well in the mud at Ottery St Mary whereas Christopher Barber has the choice of So When for his grandfather Richard who seemed to be travelling well when running out at Cotley and the unraced The Greater Good.

The Open Maiden sponsored by Symonds and Sampson which has attracted 20 entries also has entries for Dr Kanaga, Snakelake Hill and So When and if any of these to take in this race their chances should be noted. Francesca Nimmo has entered the unraced Switch Hitter and the four year old should be noted if running. Where's Wilma has been placed in numerous Maidens and Taken by Force has been third in both his outings this season. Tagine ran well at Ottery St Mary but was rather disappointing at Cothelstone. If Snaklelake Hill decides to opt for this he is a tentative selection.

First Race 2.00pm. Course is at Littlewindsor near Beaminster DT8 3QU. Signposted from A3066 Crewkerne- Bridport road and B3165 Crewkerne to Lyme Regis road. Entry costs £10 per person and under 16s free.

 

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