Tough open races

PUBLISHED: 09:30 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:07 15 June 2010

Racegoers can look forward to an attractive eight-race card at the Taunton Vale Foxhounds meeting at Kingston St Mary this Sunday, March 1, first race noon.

The Taunton Vale Foxhounds at Kingston St MarySunday 1 March 2009Racegoers can look forward to an attractive eight-race card at the Taunton Vale Foxhounds meeting at Kingston St Mary this Sunday, 1st March, first race noon.Barney Blue, who ended last season with a hat-trick of wins, heads the Men's Open along with last year's winner General Blackthorn, a course specialist who invariably sets a fast pace. Others to consider include Running Hot, who put up a good effort when third to dead-heaters Mioche D'Estruval and Holly Walk at Wadebridge, and Mel In Blue, who regularly made winning seasonal reappearances for the Waley-Cohens before being purchased by Nick Sutton at Doncaster in May. Imperial Sun was third to Whizzar and Southwestern at Buckfastleigh and gets the vote.A case can be made for virtually all of 12 entries for an excellent Ladies' Open. Polly Gundry has entered Dr Cerullo and Kiama, who annihilated an 18-strong field here last season. Wadebridge winner Ballybrown, good Black Forest Lodge runner-up Cookies Bank and Ask Henry also catch the eye. Last year's winner Saint Romble, Badbury winner Zabenz and the consistent Croix De Guerre could represent the Hobbs team, and their runner may fight out the finish with Kiama.The seven entries for the Hunt race include last year's winner Ha Ho Magregor, Buckfastleigh winner Jean's Joy and Nobody Tells Me, who chased up Turthen at Milborne. Cannington Brook impressed on debut at Barbury Castle and is selected to follow up.There are 22 entries for the Confined race, including Saint Romble and course winner Fool On The Hill, last seen when finishing third at Black Forest Lodge in November. Master Overseer, who made a winning debut on his first appearance for the Ashley Farrant stable at Wadebridge, consistent Sericina, and Duxy Hill Lady are other candidates. King Of The Jungle opened his pointing account at Black Forest Lodge and may follow up.The young horse Maiden has been divided at entry. Quite A Splash and Remember Bampi are two suggestions for Division 1. Dee Valley Boy, Exuberance and Rush On Sonner may be three to consider in Division 2. Perfect Gem looks the one to side with in the closing older horse Maiden.There are 25 entries for a strong Restricted, including Woodbridge Quest, who ran well when second at Milborne. Pimbury won at Barbury before putting up a good performance behind Royal Auclair in a Sandown Hunter Chase and can win again for the Jane Western stable.To round off the day, Hunt subscribers will race in the 12f Taunton Vale Charity Flat Race, run this year in aid of Help for Heroes.The course is 3 miles N of Taunton off the A358 (TA2 8AS). Admission: £20 per car including all occupants, £10 car and driver only. First race: 12.00 noon.

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