Event reports


  • Posted: Wednesday, 10th April 2019
  • Author: Nicola Dean

Gina Andrews was denied the opportunity to make history with across-the-card victories at the Southdown & Eridge meeting at Godstone by a fall three fences from home when in contention in the Restricted. Nigel Padfield’s Orchard Hill had made all of the running and was looking to give Gina her fifth success of the day when making a mistake and falling. This left the Hannah Jones-trained Stingthebookies (Will Hickman), who at the time of Orchard Hill’s fall was starting to lay down a challenge, comfortably clear of his only other remaining rival to provide the only area victory of the day.

Gina had won the first four races on the card, riding the favourite on every occasion.

The first victory came on Bunny Boru, who won easily by six lengths from Rumsden Rah Rah, her only rival in the 2m4f Maiden.

The following Conditions Race, again over 2m4f, saw Gina sitting behind the leaders on Pass The Glass before taking up the running after the final open ditch and open up an unassailable advantage.

The third race of the day was the Area's Feature, the South East Area Grand National over 3m6f. Unfortunately, only three runners took their chance and it was last year's winner, Alan Hill's Man of Steel, who, patiently ridden by Gina, who pounced at the last fence to deny Strollawaynow victory by three lengths.

The Open Maiden was another three-runner affair and provided the closest finish of the day. Forgiving, from Tom Ellis's yard, and Jappeloup, trained by the Grissell team at Brightling, battled to the line, with then first-named gaining a three-quarter-length advantage at the vital point in time.

Gina and Latenightpass only had one rival for the concluding Conditions Race. Once again, the champion rider was happy to sit and wait until heading out on the final circuit when she urged Latenightpass to move past Max My Boy (Hannah Jones). Max My Boy managed to make a final challenge at the penultimate fence but was working a lot harder than Latenightpass, who cruised home comfortably to win by a length.