Only 25 runners contested the six races at Bratton Down. The lack of watering meant predominantly fast ground which kept away the majority of the original entries.
The opener was the most competitive race on the card with nine runners. Coming up the finishing hill it became a dual between the eventual winner Ninth Wave (9-4 to 2’s) and Golly Its Molly (4’s to 3’s) with Charlie Sprake driving Ninth Wave ahead near the line. They finished clear of recent Vauterhill winner Roc The Boat (4’s to 11-4). The others were well strung out.
The first of three Luke Price trained winners to make the trip from Pontypridd was Luckello (9-4 to 7-4 fav) who dominated the Maiden despite arriving at this race with a CV of eight duck eggs under rules. James King will rarely have an easier ride (apart from a two horse race later in the day). Not surprisingly all the other six runners drifted.
Runner up Alkademon (100-7) showed a modicum of promise for his young rider. Second fav Flash Gorcombe (2-1) was doing his best work at the finish. He comes from a shrewd yard and is young enough to improve.
The first of three disappointing matches saw the outside of the pair Lapford Lad (never better than 6-4) come home alone to give James Shaw his first winner.
Not many punters would have been tempted by 1-8 about Spencer Moon in a match for the four miles plus Mixed Open but this sprightly veteran pointer won untroubled.
The next match saw a slight upset as Bistouri D’Honote (evens out to 6-4) upset the jolly Mister Dick (1-2) but normal service was resumed in the closing Intermediate as Captain MC (evens fav) completed the Welsh hat trick against two opponents.