Littlewindsor on Saturday
PUBLISHED: 12:38 13 April 2010 | UPDATED: 14:04 09 August 2010
Picturesque Littlewindsor stages the Seavington meeting this Sunday, 18th April. The seven race card begins at 2.00pm, preceded at 1.00pm by two pony races.
The Seavington Hunt at Littlewindsor - Sunday 18 April 2010
Picturesque Littlewindsor stages the Seavington meeting this Sunday, 18th April. The seven race card begins at 2.00pm, preceded at 1.00pm by two pony races, qualifiers for the Wessex Pony Racing Series Final at the end of May.
The Ladies' Open race catches the eye. Entries include course winners Carroll's O'Tully and Brown Cockle, who was second in the Eggesford 4-mile Mixed Open on Sunday, the latter's stable companion Barneys Mate, and Perouse, who may find the Littlewindsor undulations to his liking. Carrie On, winner of five of her last six races, including a defeat of Horse & Hound Cup winner Southwestern at Ottery St Mary, is the obvious selection. Katherine and Alex Smith-Maxwell have entered Winning Counsel, and this ex-Irish Hunter Chase winner may be the one for the forecast if connections travel down from Worcestershire.
Come What Augustus is unbeaten in four outings this season and should complete his nap hand in the Men's Open. South Dorset winner Gunner Be Quick looks the principal danger.
Seven are entered for a quality-looking Hunt Members race including last year's winner Carroll's O'Tully. Jane Western's Hunter Chase winner Back Nine and Spanchil Hill, who was a first-ride winner for Philip Prince at Larkhill in March, are two strong challengers. Different Trades disappointed at Badbury Rings on Saturday but can get the better of Back Nine, who will be suited by Littlewindsor's strong test of stamina.
Last year's Novice Riders' race winner King's Wood is a confident selection if turning out for this year's event. The winner of six of his last seven races, including an Exeter Hunter Chase and the Eggesford 4-miler on Monday, King's Wood stands out, although Mendip winner Gabor, and Hollow Star, a winner at Milborne St Andrew in February, will be supported. The suggested alternative is Network Oscar, winner of the 2009 Classic 4m1f Grimthorpe Gold Cup, and certain to find the testing Littlewindsor track to his liking.
Kingston St Mary winner Ataraxia and James H Young's Hackwood Park scorer Trenley Lawn are two to consider in the Restricted contest.
The two Maiden races look challenging. Flanshan and Spot The Tiger have failed to complete the course in five outings between them to date, but can reward intrepid punters in the 2m4f contest. Dee Valley Boy was a promising third at the Taunton Vale Foxhounds Easter Monday fixture and is the suggestion for the 3-mile event.
The course is situated on the Dorset/Somerset border 3 miles south of Crewkerne off the A3066. First race: 1.00pm (ponies); 2.00pm (point-to-point). Admission is £20 per car for 4 adults (plus £5 per additional adult). Single occupancy £10. Pedestrians £5. Children under 16 free.