Easter meet­ings the high­light


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The an­nual high­light of the South East sea­son – the two-day Easter dou­ble header – takes place this week­end.

The Ash­ford Val­ley Tick­ham Hunt stage their meet­ing at Char­ing on Satur­day, while East Kent and West Street hold their an­nual fix­ture at Ald­ing­ton on Mon­day.

Of­fi­cials con­firmed wa­ter­ing will take place at both cour­ses in the build-up, due to the lack of rain re­cently. That is in stark con­trast to last year when the Ald­ing­ton meet­ing was called off due to storms and high winds.

Both six-race meet­ings start at 2pm.

Most train­ers have horses en­tered at both venues, with Kent/East Sus­sex-based Nick Pearce and Phil York both well rep­re­sented, while Brasted han­dler Paul Blagg sends out pre­vi­ous Char­ing course win­ner Iheardu in the Mixed Open, a horse who prefers the firm ground ex­pected this week­end but has failed to com­plete this sea­son.

The open­ing maiden at Ald­ing­ton is an al­ter­na­tive op­tion for Pearce-trained Clon­daw Nell and Florabell but Peter Bull’s mount The Real Scor­pion could be a dan­ger.

David Phelan who trains at Brook near Ash­ford, makes the short trip with In­dian Chance, Lit­tle Her­bie and Run­ning In Socks.

The Ladies Open at Ald­ing­ton has only at­tracted five en­tries and is an op­tion for both Conkies Lad and Crack Of Thun­der over Char­ing with Wor Rom also en­tered.

The Men’s Open could be the fea­ture with Philip Hall-trained Adept Ap­proach en­tered.

Un­beaten in three starts at the course, Char­lie Mar­shall takes the ride, fol­low­ing Hall’s re­tire­ment from the sad­dle.

Phelan has this as an al­ter­na­tive for The Job Is Right.

Ad­mis­sion at Char­ing is £20 per car and £10 per per­son at Ald­ing­ton with un­der-16s free.

Shane Roche closed in on the area jock­eys’ ti­tle, rid­ing two win­ners and two sec­onds in his four rides in the South­down and Eridge meet­ing at God­stone on Sun­day.

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