Trainer Pearce lands a tre­ble

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Nick Pearce com­pleted an Easter tre­ble as the sport’s two big­gest days of the South East sea­son at Char­ing and Ald­ing­ton en­joyed good weather and big crowds.

The Kent/East Sus­sex bor­ders-based trainer, fol­lowed up his dou­ble suc­cess with Roll of the Dice and Don’t Do Mon­days at the Ash­ford Val­ley Tick­ham meet­ing at Char­ing on Satur­day, by sad­dling Clon­daw Hill to vic­tory on the East Kent with West Street card at Ald­ing­ton on Mon­day.

Pearce and owner Ruth Arnold topped and tailed events at Char­ing, with five-year-old Roll of The Dice win­ning the Open Maiden, and Don’t Do Mon­days pro­duc­ing a fron­trun­ning per­for­mance to beat his two ri­vals to win the Hunt fi­nale.

He was back in the win­ner’s en­clo­sure at Ald­ing­ton on Mon­day, when Clon­daw Nell tri­umphed in the Open Maiden, un­der jockey Jack An­drews, who com­pleted a dou­ble as Quick Oats out­paced his only ri­val West Lake to win the Club Mem­bers.

An­drews re­placed in­jured Char­lie Mar­shall, while Oz Wed­more also ben­e­fited from his ab­sence, by rid­ing Adept Ap­proach to win the Men’s Open.

Phil York was the jockey in form at Char­ing, com­plet­ing his hat-trick on Spir­itofchartwell in the Re­stricted, left clear when Mar­shall and Min­more Present went through the wing at the third last. His other two win­ners came aboard The Gun­ner Brady in the Mixed Open and Mer­ry­down Vin­tage in the Club Mem­bers’ Con­di­tions, beat­ing only ri­val Iheardu.

Ella Gillings rode her first win­ner of the sea­son on Letskeepit Sim­ple in the Vet­eran & Novice Rid­ers’ race. Vic­tory looked un­likely around the home bend but Gillings timed her chal­lenge well, go­ing away on the seven-yearold, who is well on his way to be the area’s lead­ing horse for the sec­ond year run­ning.

De­spite be­ing with­out a win­ner at Ald­ing­ton on Mon­day, Shane Roche crept into a one point lead over Mar­shall in the Lead­ing Gen­tle­man Rid­ers’ Cham­pi­onship, with three meet­ings to go.

The Old Sur­rey Burstow & West Kent Hunt, hold their sec­ond meet­ing of the sea­son at Pen­shurst on Satur­day.

The first of three pony races starts at 12.30pm, with the six race card off at 2pm. Ad­mis­sion is £25 per car.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne fm4741605

Letskeepit Sim­ple, light blue, on the way to vic­tory in the Vet­eran and Novice Rid­ers’ race at Char­ing on Satur­day

Pic­tures: Gary Browne fm4741607; fm4741598; fm4741577

Yvonne Neame presents the tro­phy for win­ning the Shep­herd Neame Open Maiden Race to Ruth Arnold, jockey Char­lie Mar­shall and Gero­gia Beslee at Char­ing on Satur­day. Be­low, left, a cool­ing-off mea­sure. Be­low right, brisk busi­ness

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