Event previews

Preview: Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent at Penshurst

  • Posted: Thursday, 20th April 2017
  • Author: Will Hickman

The Club Members’ race could be the highlight of day at Penshurst on Saturday, with 15 competitive-looking entries. The first three from the Intermediate at the previous Penshurst meeting, Carry On Asian, Cheltenham Mati and Quick Oats, could all re-oppose.

Cheltenham Mati and Quick Oats have both won since and would have a good chance of reversing the form with Carry On Asian. Also entered is Little Legend, who has won twice this season, plus South East Grand National runner-up Wor Rom. Franks A Million could run for the Turner yard, while Pete Bull's exciting young mare, Margot Fontane, could return to Point-to-Pointing having been running over hurdles.

Conkies Lad is entered in both the Ladies' and Men's Opens, and having won one of each at the course, should be well fancied in whatever he lines up in. His opponents in the Ladies' could include Probably George and Wor Rom, while his rivals in the Men's could be the teenagers Consigliere and The Ferbane Man.

Cynthia Woods appears to hold the aces in the Restricted, with both Stars Royale and Skiptothegoodbit entered. Their biggest competition could come from the Alan Hill-trained Allie Beag and the Nick Pearce-trained Florella.

The Novice Riders' could see Conkies Lad and Carry On Asian clash, but For 'n' Against has already won for Alan Hill and would be well fancied to do so again.

The Open Maiden has seven entries, with only one hailing from the South East. That horse, Florabell, is the highest-rated for Nick Pearce, and her biggest threats appear to be the five-year-old Big Man Doe and Tim Underwood's Kicker King.