13 April 2011 Preview: Quorn - Garthorpe
by Emma Forman
The Quorn Point- to- Point races will be held at Garthorpe on Sunday featuring the Robert Whowell & Partners Accountants Quorn Gold Cup Mens Open and the AGA Ladies Open races.
Owner / rider Richard Hunnisett and Denvale will be aiming to win the Quorn Gold Cup Men's Open race, run over the extended trip of three and a half miles, for the third time. Denvale is a star performer who won four Open races last season. He started this season by scoring at Horseheath but has been sidelined due to an allergy problem and has a good chance of returning to winning ways on Sunday. The main dangers to Denvale are Aztec Warrior from the Henderson stable and the Yorkshire horse Sea Senor. Aztec Warrior beat another of Sunday's entries The Camerengo in the Belvoir Members race recently and Sea Senor also won a Members race at the Middleton on his latest start beating Impact Zone.
Impact Zone may also make the journey south from Yorkshire to contest the AGA Ladies Open race which is a qualifier for the £7500 AGA Ladies Open Point- to- Point Championship Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday 4th May. Jockey Jo Mason may choose to ride Impact Zone or the 2010 Grimthorpe Gold Cup winner Poppy Day. Another rider with a choice of mounts in the race is Louise Allan who may choose to ride King Du Berlais. This horse has won three Ladies Open races this season including when giving Louise her 51st winner at Marks Tey recently. However, Zilcash, the winner of five races at Garthorpe, is likely to take some beating for the Hutchinson family whose stable is in fine form at the moment.
Another trainer in form is Gerald Bailey; his stable sent out three winners at Guilsborough on Sunday and they may be able to take the Quenby Stilton sponsored Quorn Members race with Jonny Rye. This gelding is owned by long standing Quorn supporter Bill Foukes and was second in the Restricted race at the Belvoir meeting. Jonny Rye will be ridden by promising young rider Sam Davies -Thomas.
Johnny Bailey, who was the leading rider at Guilsborough, has a good chance of taking both the Maiden races. In the William Hercock Builders Merchants of Melton Mowbray Open Maiden race Bailey may ride Strong Survivor. This horse was third at Whitfield in March, staying on strongly near the finish, and may be able to lose his maiden status on Sunday. Kelly Morgan's African Flora has had two good places in Maiden races and should also run well.
In the Motor Point four, five, six and seven year olds Open Maiden race over two and a half miles, Bailey has a good chance of winning with Half a Litre for his father Gerald. Say No should also run well for the Henderson family. This five year old homebred was second behind Penmore Mill on his debut and the form looks good as Penmore Mill has since won a Restricted race.
The Henderson family have a good chance of winning the Six Hills Golf Course and Fairways Restaurant Confined race. They have two horses entered here; Dream Garden and More Than Hopeful. More Than Hopeful has been in good form recently with a win and two places to his name. Silver Tenor should run well for Holly Campbell and jockey Joe Docker who recently recorded his 100th winner. However, the winner could well be Wild Is the Wind for the Hutchinson family. This horse returned from an absence to win decisively at Brocklesby Park recently.
In the Prestwold Hall Restricted race there are a number of recent Maiden winners looking to move up to the next grade. Karintino won the fastest division of the Maiden race at the Oakley recently and Oriel Bank won the fastest division of the Maiden race at the Middleton. However, it may be best to go for Dusky Lory who has been placed three times in Restricted races this year and may be ridden by Bridget Andrews.
82 entries have been taken in total with the first of seven races scheduled for 1pm. After the final race, due off at 4.30pm, there will be two charity flat races sponsored by Richard Clowes Property Search. Ten entries have been taken for each of these races and the money goes to the charity of the rider's choice.
Admission is £9 per person with under 16's free. The course will be watered as necessary and fresh ground will be used. There will be a parade of the Quorn hounds before racing and a good selection of trade stands. Racegoers will have the opportunity to have a glass of Pimms at "The Grumpy Huntsman" licenced bar.
Garthorpe is situated on the B676, 6 miles east of Melton Mowbray and 7 miles west of the A1. For those with satellite navigation systems the postcode is LE14 2RS.