Penshurst has become the first South East point-to-point to break the century barrier this season, as the seven-race card has attracted 102 entries.
The opening hunt members race at 1.30pm has a healthy eleven entries including Godstone runner-up Little Legend who has a healthy strike rate at the course. His opposition includes Seventh Hussar and Godstone Maiden winner, Fizzlestix, but this could represent Little Legend’s best chance of reaching the winners enclosure for some while.
The Club Members race has 23 entries with Godstone winner Excitable Island boasting the highest rating. However, he is not that far clear of Stuart Robinson’s impressive Parham winner Brunswick Gold, Gareth Henderson’s Horizontal Speed, his own stablemate Quick Oats, or Dale Peter’s star Wither Or Not, who has won all three of his starts this season.
The Ladies Open has thirteen entries but only four hailing from the South East, of which Tabitha Worsley is likely to have the pick between the Grissell pair Crack Of Thunder and Wor Rom, her mother’s Houseparty, or Brenda Ansell’s The Admiral Benbow. The biggest threats to the hosting party appear to be the Turner family’s Bavard Court and Higham winner Green Bank for Francesca Nimmo.
The Mens Open could see the long-awaited return of Phil Hall’s Adept Approach, who won this same contest under Charlie Marshall last season. Charlie is also jocked up to ride his mother, Charlotte’s, Conkies Lad, who chased home Gauvain at Parham last weekend. The biggest danger to these two is Godstone Open winner, Minerfortyniner, for owner-rider David Maxwell.
The Intermediate looks a fantastically competitive race and has five entries who won last time out. Georgina Howell’s Always A Chance has won his last two starts this season, including at Godstone, while Tim Underwood’s Cheltenham Mati has some cracking form this season and has won both her maiden and restricted. Nigel Padfield’s duo, Excitable Island and Quick Oats are also entered here, while the Ian Cobb trained Letskeepit Simple is entered to extend his lead in the South East Leading Horse Award, a prize that he also won last year, for his owner Michael Deasley.