Nacarado Nicks The National
Godstone spectators were put through weather of biblical proportions, as strong winds and lashing rain threatened to uproot anything that wasn't tied down. But any punters who toughed it out were rewarded with some decent racing which included five winning favourites.
The first of six point-to-point races was the 2m 4f furlong Maiden race, which was won decisively by odds on favourite Miss Alice Jones. Phil Hall just had to steer her round as her rivals fell by the wayside.
The second race was a little less one sided, with the market leaders Man Of Steel and Will Fight giving each other a battle up the straight. By the finish line Man Of Steel was on top of his rival, giving Alan Hill his first winner of the afternoon.
The third race was the £1000 South East Kent Grand National, for which seven runners lined up for a shot at the £500 winners prize money. Rey Nacarado and Hunters Lodge were both useful stayers under rules and they tested each others stamina as they tussled for the final circuit. However, the Gina Andrews ridden Rey Nacarado always looked like he was on top and he just held of the Phil York trained and ridden Hunters Lodge. The winner was scoring his second win in point-to-points for David Phelan, clearly enjoying the step back down from Hunter Chase level.
David Kemp had come off second best in the Conditions race, but he went one better in the three mile Maiden, as Po Valley easily held off Boy Of Boru, who was the only horse who could get near the favourite.
Minerfortyniner had achieved a second and a win at Godstone's previous two meetings, and he followed up comfortably in the Restricted in the hands of his owner David Maxwell. He held off Charing winner Spiritofchartwell, who proved he stayed the three mile trip and looks a certainty to win a Restricted later in the season.
The concluding Novice Riders race was won by 1/5 favourite Done A Runner, who made up for unseating at the last three weeks ago. He was ridden by his regular pilot Lucy Wheeler, who has now won on him three times from four rides. He gave his trainer Alan Hill a double on the day, putting him within touching distance of Jack Barber, who is currently leading the National Leading Trainers Championship.