March 23, 2008 at 17:15 #7211
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I’m taking the family to Aldington tomorrow for the East Kent P2P. Anyone got a view on the card?
CheersMarch 23, 2008 at 18:25 #153433
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Suggest a visit to http://www.jumpingforfun.co.uk which specialises in pointing …
my only visit to East Kent was the year of the drought – think we saw 6 "runners" all afternoon – walkovers and a match I seem to remember and were offered a refund! I’m sure the going will not be hard this year!March 23, 2008 at 19:34 #153442
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Aldington is a decent viewing track, go to the centre of the course for probably the best view of the action.
The South-East meetings haven’t been overly competitive so far this season, although the recent weather should make sure there are decent field sizes – Charing did fairly well for runners yesterday considering they only had a miserable 60-odd entered. However, if the likes of Honourable Spider, Carryonharry (unlikely given that he ran yesterday) or Scare Lotte turn up for their respective races they should be very hard to beat.
Can’t say I’m overly familiar with many of the other horses entered up (not my Area) but one of the main rules of punting in the South East is definitely to avoid at all costs anything ridden by Anthony Ward-Thomas. He owns quite a few half decent horses but severely hampers their chances by insisting he rides all of them. The comment “game little horse, hopeless old rider” was not put in the form book this season just for a cheap laugh (honest!)
South East Pointing Website[/url:3k41wfcg] – this is the Area website for the South East.
”Go Pointing”[/url:3k41wfcg] – this is the weekly PDF download from the National P2P website which should give you details of what time to get there, entry costs etc.
One question if I may Perpetual – I see you’re based in Berkshire, so what has drawn you to Aldington when the likes of Lockinge and Hackwood Park are much closer to your front door?March 23, 2008 at 19:59 #153443
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Thanks guys & I’ll be visiting Go Pointing & Jumping for Fun in a minute
Happy Jack – we’re visting family in Kent and are being taken by them. I used to visit Tweseldown as my local course but haven’t been in a whileMarch 25, 2008 at 09:24 #153658
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one of the main rules of punting in the South East is definitely to avoid at all costs anything ridden by Anthony Ward-Thomas. He owns quite a few half decent horses but severely hampers their chances by insisting he rides all of them. The comment "game little horse, hopeless old rider" was not put in the form book this season just for a cheap laugh (honest!)
Lord Alpha was duly avoided in the novice riders’ race at Hackwood Park on that basis yesterday, HJ, and lo and behold gelding and Ward-Thomas parted company at two-thirds distance after a pretty ordinary ride.
Hackwood has its knockers, and the dimensions of the site are such that there’ll never be a more sensible place to put the fairground, trade stalls, etc than in the middle of the course (to the detriment of the viewing public), but my God they’re trying to make the best of what they’ve got there. Since last season they’ve agrivated and uncompacted both bends, mown the entire course, rebuilt or at least re-packed all the fences to a very high standard, and sourced large quantities of running rail from Fontwell – that’s more work than a lot of pointing tracks see in a decade!
They’ve also got some of the friendliest officials I’ve yet encountered on a racetrack, and in chairman Robin Mackenzie a genuinely sharp, witty announcer.
I think yesterday’s meeting, for which 41 runners – far more than the course usually musters – lined up, will have gone a long way to restoring a reputation possibly tarnished a little by last Easter’s unfortunate 15-runner card and subsequent drought-induced cancellations. A very popular double on the day for Godfrey Maundrell, including a nineteenth career triumph for the soon-to-be-retired Rhythm King, wouldn’t have done any harm, either.
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