Parham hosted their second point-to-point of the season on Saturday 22nd April where the weather was good and the racing was exciting.
The fixture started with the intermediate race which saw six declarations. Shanoule Wood was in contention until the final circuit and pulled up at the fourteenth fence but the remaining five runners were all in with a chance over the final circuit. Josh The Plod who was the bookmaker’s favourite led until approaching the final fence when Bonamargy pressed on to take the lead and pulled clear of his rivals to take the win. The battle for second was fought out between Buffalo Sabre and Sake of Secrecy who took second by a short head. Bolamore Bridge also managed to pass Josh The Plod on the run to the winning post for fourth place.
The maiden race followed and had four runners declared. The bookmaker’s favourite Millbrook Lad unseated at the ninth fence leaving Tim Underwood’s Windgap Hill in the lead, but a patient ride by Charlie Marshall on Hannah Clarke trained Right Hand of God saw him wait until the fifteenth fence to move up to join Windgap Hill. By the penultimate fence Right Hand of God had gained a three length advantage. Despite Phil York’s urgings Windgap Hill was unable to close on Right Hand of God who took the victory by four lengths with Windgap Hill second, three lengths ahead of Gold Bandit.
The ladies race provided local trainer Rob Varnham with the first part of a double on the day as Count Simon was guided home by Molly Landau to win comfortably by six lengths. Sarah Ashby’s Monkey Puzzle took second spot whilst Ballotin and Ballintara battled for third with Ballotin holding on by half a length.
The owner/trainer conditions level three race saw Andrew Coveney’s Wireless Operator repeat his course success from four weeks previously with Harvey Carrington once again in the saddle. He beat his four rivals by three lengths with Anthony Ward-Thomas’s Too Many Diamonds in second. Tangoed finished third with Whoshotwho in fourth whilst Padjoes Legacy pulled up over the final half circuit.
The men’s open attracted the largest field of the day with seven runners and gave Rob Varnham his second win of the day as Trappist Monk led from the second circuit to justify his favouritism for the race. Max Comley trained Oscar Montel took second whilst Simon Cross’s Dogon ran a big race to take third four lengths behind Oscar Montel. All seven starters finished with Graasten in fourth, Imperial acolyte in fifth, Skipthecuddles sixth and Havana River in seventh.
The fixture finished with the restricted race which saw Tim Underwood’s Must Have Hope lead for the majority of the race and take the victory by six lengths from Aldington maiden winner Westtara. Why Didn’t Ya who has failed to complete in his last two starts in restricted company took third place ahead of Jaunty Warrior. Schiap Hill and Fayre Enough both pulled up on the final circuit.