THE inaugural race at Larkhill in James McNeile’s memory was won by Railway Storm, ridden by Ryan Withey.

Sarazen Bridge ridden by Nick Phillips made all of the running to land the opening race, the Confined race, with the winning distance of four lengths from Carrig Dubh, with Charlie Dando on board.

Owner Tom Lacey introduced a smart four-year-old by Getaway called Muse of Fire who was a narrow winner of the two and a half mile Maiden race beating the only other finisher Hugos Horse by three quarters of a length.

Punter Friendly was a very narrow winner of the Conditions race under Will Biddick who just got the better of the only other finisher Crackacan, ridden by Tom Doggrell.

Biddick secured his double in the next race, the Mixed Open race, aboard Different Gravey also trained by Ed Walker. The race was developing into a duel between Different Gravey and Thereyarsee ridden by Lorcan Williams when the last named blundered badly at the third last giving Lorcan no chance of remaining in the saddle. This allowed Biddick to coast home to secure a 12-length victory over Asockastar.

Lacey secured his second victory as an owner when his King Roland was an impressive winner in the Open Maiden race. Drawing clear from the second last he had 15 lengths in hand from runner-up Imogens Thunder and newcomer Foxworthy.

The Conditions race for Veteran and Novice Riders provided a surprise winner when the outsider of the four runners Railway Storm, ridden by Ryan Withey, proved to be too good for his rivals. Leading from the ninth fence he stayed on well to beat nearest rival Minellahalfcentury.

Kit Barry was a cosy winner of the Intermediate race when collaring leader V Neck at the last fence and drawing away on the run-in to record a five-length victory.

Owned and trained by David Dando and ridden by his son Charlie, he has been gradually improving and recorded his third win in a row. Charlie explained that he needs to be held up as long as possible. The duo have two wins from two starts this season.