March 18 2019 Latest news:

Special Occasion and Lucy Gould (right) lead Azulada Bay (Emily MacMahon, centre) and Jayo (Charlotte Hawker, left) at the last fence to win the AGA Ladies' Open Point-to-Point Championship qualifier at Ston Easton, Somerset, on 24th March.

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The 13-year-old, who earned over £220,000 under Rules and finished second in two Scottish Nationals during his illustrious career, stayed on strongly to catch Barneys Mate in the dying strides, despite jumping the last five lengths in arrears. The 17 entries include Cothelstone winner Blinding Lights, Justabout, who was with the leaders when falling four out at Treborough Hill, Mister Moonax, who always finishes strongly, and recent winners Tamatown and Nobody Tells Me. Turthen won at Chipley Park and was not disgraced when third to the formidable Lucette Annie at Buckfastleigh before readily overcoming Barneys Mate here in March and is the main danger to Gone To Lunch.

Justabout and Nobody Tells Me are among the 13 entries for the Mixed Open. Opponents include New Forest runner-up Flanshan, the wonderfully consistent Whizzaar, Clew Bay Cove, a 200/1 winner at Stafford Cross last season, and Special Occasion, who stayed on strongly to win at Ston Easton on Sunday. Certain Flight, a winner at last year’s corresponding meeting, was well-beaten at Badbury Rings in February but gets the vote to resume winning ways.

The Restricted has attracted 23 entries including Richard Hawkins’ course winner Silver Warren and Piroulet, who ran twice at the last meeting here before winning at the Dulverton Farmers. Camilla Scott has a strong hand with Flying Phento and Ladfromhighworth, who opened his account at Black Forest Lodge before giving subsequent impressive dual Hunter Chase winner Robin Will something to think about at Buckfastleigh. The “Scott selected” runner will get the vote.

The Hunt race entry includes the ex-David Pipe-trained Vertige Dore, Flete winner Maisie Day, and course winner Tres Bien, but the Smith-Maxwells’ prolific Rainbow Tree is the selection.

The card also features two Maiden races. All But Grey was a good second at Ston Easton on Sunday and can go one better in the 2m 4f contest. Lord Samson and Tatonka are two to consider in the 3-mile event.

Two Pony Races, qualifiers for the Wessex Area Finals in May, complete the day.

The course is at Fennington Farm, three miles N of Taunton off the A38 or A358 (TA2 8AS). First race: 1.30pm. Admission: £20 per car including all occupants, £10 car and driver only, £5 pedestrians.

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