22nd April - Penshurst
Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent

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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 Mens Opens, and having won one of each at the course he should be well fancied in whatever he lines up in. His opponents in the Ladies could include Probably George and Wor Rom, while his opponents in the Mens 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 win 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.  
A total of 15 runners contested the six races at Penshurst, with the meeting being so close to Easter as a possible reason for the poor turn out.
The first two races saw the biggest fields, as the Open Maiden and the Club Members races both had four runners each. The Open Maiden was won by the joint favourite Kicker King for Leading National Owner Tim Underwood and jockey Phil York, but they came off second best in the Club race, as the Turner Family’s Franks A Million got the better of favourite Cheltenham Mati. The Ladies Open saw Rose Grissell send out her second winner of the season as Wor Rom had too much toe for Bavard Court, while The Ferbane Man was gifted a walkover in the Mens Open. Legend To Be won his maiden at Higham on Easter Saturday, and he didn’t have too much trouble following up in his Restricted as he held off the favourite Wonderful Present under Charlie Marshall. The concluding Novice Riders race was another match race, and Beth Mellish was able to jump round for her first point-to-point win on See You Jack, as her rival Carry On Asian unseated his owner-rider Carrie Tucker at the sixth.