17th April - Aldington
East Kent with West Street

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The race of the day at Aldington could prove to be the Mens Open, as Adept Approach could make his long awaited seasonal debut. The 11-year-old is unbeaten in three starts at the course and he will be partnered by leading South East rider Charlie Marshall. He has a litany of opponents, including Parham winner Take The Mick as well as an interesting contender in The Job Is Right, who was a useful staying chaser for Micheal Hourigan in Ireland and is now trained by David Phelan.
The Ladies has a small but select field of five entries, including the Marshall family’s Conkies Lad, who would be partnered by Izzie if connections decide he should take up his entry here. His biggest danger could be Probably George, who has been kept fresh since placing at Godstone in March and will be partnered by his owner-trainer Hannah Jones.
The Club Members race could see a clash of exciting youngsters, as the six-year-olds Lickety Split and Woodfleet are entered to follow up their last time out wins. They could be joined by Nigel Padfield’s Quick Oats, who finished last season with three wins and finished a good third in the Intermediate at Penshurst on his seasonal return. West Lake is also entered for David Phelan, the seven-year-old has won his maiden and restricted this season and he will be suited by the course.
The opening maiden race has ten entries, headed by Nick Pearce’s duo Clondaw Nell and Florabell, while Pete Bull’s The Real Scorpion could be out to make amends for his last fence fall at Penshurst.
The restricted has eleven entries and Nigel Padfield’s Knockedoutloaded should be able to follow up his hunt members win. He could go up against Richard Bandey’s Magic Symphony and Cynthia Wood’s Skiptothegoodbit.
The concluding hunt members race has ten entries, most of which could run in other races over the weekend. One horse who is sure to line up is Cynthia Wood’s Little Legend. The 13-year-old won the hunt race at the Penshurst meeting and as a previous winner at this course he will be well fancied to follow it up with another win.

An enormous crowd enjoyed a fine days racing at Aldington on Monday, although organisers were unfortunate to not get quite as many runners as they deserved after their superb efforts with the ground. With Charlie Marshall still recovering from his Charing fall, there were rides going spare, and Jack Andrews made the journey down to ride a double. He took the opening Open Maiden race aboard the Nick Pearce trained Clondaw Nell, who was Nick’s third winner of the weekend. Jack then completed his double in the Club Members race, where Quick Oats outsprinted his only rival West Lake. Jack was unable to make it a treble in the Restricted, as the keen going Welsh-raider Nothing Personal won very impressively under Jody Sole in the fastest time of the day. Oz Wedmore benefitted from Charlie’s absence in the Mens Open, as he picked up the coveted ride on Adept Approach. After his main rival departed at the second fence, Adept Approach didn’t make much work of winning for the fourth time at Aldington and maintaining Phil Hall’s training 100% strike rate for this season. The Ladies Open only attracted two runners, but it was an exciting contest as the lead changed multiple times over the last mile. In the end it was the Rose Grissell trained Crack Of Thunder who found the greater reserves of stamina and won going away from Probably George. After four placings this season it was a win well deserved for the eight-year-old and he has now got his nose in front in the Leading Horse award. A horse who is closely behind in the table is the old warrior Little Legend, who won his 16th race when tanking to victory in the concluding Hunt Members. Remarkably he wasn’t sent off favourite, as his main rival was The Job Is Right, a horse who has contested at three Cheltenham Festival’s during his career. Although he went without a winner, Shane Roche crept into a one point lead over Charlie Marshall in the Leading Gentleman Rider Championship, with still three meetings to go.