Regulars will know that Bratton Down hosts three late season meetings and it is long odds on that it will rain for at least one of them. Well this season it didn’t rain at all.
So fast going prevails and a fairly typical end of season offering for the six races. The scenery is beautiful.
Uber Alles (6-4 touched 7-4) won the opening Hunt race by 18 lengths from the favourite Whenharrymetsally (4-5 touched evens). The winner had beaten subsequent Upcott scorer Back in June at the first meeting here so his form was solid. I think Uber Alles is something to do with the German national anthem. It is a fact that he was bred in Germany and I would guess that he will be seen under rules later this summer. Incidentally Liberty One, ridden by 56-year-old James McNeile was seen at 50’s before plunging to 33’s. He finished a very remote fourth and last under his veteran rider, who received a great cheer but was nearly lapped.
Stay Tuned (9-2 to 4’s) kept on gamely up the hill to beat nine rivals in the Open Maiden. Martin McIntyre did his best to steal the race on Brannoc (12’s to 10’s), but despite taking a clear lead three out he couldn’t last out. Chambray Dancer (16’s to 12’s), finished best of all to get within a neck of the winner. Miss Weld (7-2 to 11-4) could not peg back the leaders, and the gamble on Sullivan’s Choice (16’s early into 13-2) proved well wide of the mark. He had shown smidgens of ability and was probably ill at ease on the firm ground.
Tempestateflorseco (3’s into 2’s) had also won on the course this season and stepped up to win the Intermediate to deny Fourstar River ( normally well backed but eased from 4-5 to 11-8 on this occasion).
Presentandcorrect (6-4 touched 2’s) jumped superbly to win the Men’s Open after the favourite Ubaldo Des Mennies (5-4 from 7-4) had blundered badly at the 12th & unseated Rob Hawker. Gershwinner (7’s to 9’s) was always chasing shadows but was a clear second best.
The Ladies’ Open winner Bay Central (2-1 touched 9-4 in a place) looked really well and skated home, relishing the fast ground. The competent Jodie Hughes was always in control miles in front . Florence Mary (6’s to 11-4) never got in a blow.
Brandy and Red was great value at 5-2 for the concluding Restricted – which is why the Four Burrow maiden winner closed into 5-4. Darren Edwards was always travelling well on the winner who beat The Mystro (5-4 out to 2’s) fair and square. I backed Askers Lad each way – finished fifth so nil points as they say in the song contest.