EASTER Saturday brought the crowds flocking to Littlewindsor where the Seavington held their meeting.
The highlights were a training treble for Ed Walker, riding doubles for Will Biddick and Josh Newman and a breeding double for local owner Audrey Goodwin.
The Opening Hunt race where all three entries took part became a tactical contest as the two leaders Driftwood Pride, ridden by George Hiscock and Minim Mouse, with Josh Newman on board, disputed the lead for much of the race.
That was until Rusty Nail, ridden by Ben Godfrey, 17, who had been sitting behind them produced his mount at the last and won quite cosily by a length and a half.
Biddick’s first winner of the afternoon came courtesy of My Dance, trained by Walker and owned by Richard Kelvin-Hughes in the young Maiden race over two miles and four furlongs.
Ridden prominently with the other newcomer in the field, Darcy Ward, with Martin McIntyre on board, she had too much in hand for her younger rival and had four lengths to spare at the winning post. Newman’s first winner and Walker’s second winner of the day was Journey Juice in the Open Maiden race.
The Men’s Open race run in honour of that grand campaigner Southwestern who was put to sleep earlier this year was won in good style by Dan McGrue, ridden by Biddick and trained by Jack Barber.
Setting off in front and determined to ensure his mount saw all his fences, Biddick shook off the attention of nearest pursuer Kernel Victor and despite a bit of a mistake at the last, was a comfortable winner.
The Ladies’ Open race was won easily by Aikideau, ridden by Bryony Frost and trained by Barber.
Recording his third victory at Littlewindsor to the delight of his four lady owners he had had a break after his run in the Coronation Gold Cup and this had freshened him up.
Ridden with supreme confidence by Frost who waited until the third last to produce her mount and quickly put distance between her and the other course specialist Sobre Tresor, ridden by Natalie Parker who finished an honourable second.
The Restricted race had a dramatic finish with Newman riding Genermouse and Biddick aboard Clenagh Castle.
Newman looked to have mastered his rival but after making a terrible mistake at the last he handed the advantage to Biddick’s mount.
However, his game partner rallied bravely on the short run-in and Newman was able to record a half-length victory.
Audrey Goodwin’s improving mare Miss Gotaway was a very easy winner of the concluding Novice Riders’ Race when ridden by Abbie Hughes.