Published: 10:15, 10 April 2014
| Updated: 10:21, 10 April 2014
Moscow Blaze justified odds-on favouritism to record a comfortable victory in the Kent Grand National at Charing on Sunday.
Three wins had made Page Fuller’s eight-year-old mount, the form horse in the three-mile, six furlong race, the feature race at the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt Point-to-Point meeting.
However, the biggest race of the South East season only attracted five runners, with two-time winner Freddies Return, one of several withdrawals.
Showman, ridden by Oz Wedmore, winner of his two previous starts, led for much of the race, before 3-1-on chance Blaze went in front four fences from home, eventually pulling clear to win.
Showman (3-1) was second, with Ilikehimmac, ridden by Paul Blagg from Brasted near Westerham, third at 10-1.
Gamato (16-1), ridden by Richard Defargo, was the day’s biggest priced winner in the Restricted, beating off the challenge of odds-on favourite Running in Heels (Phil York).
Racing takes place at Penshurst on the Kent/Surrey borders this weekend, with a bumper entry of 125 horses for the seven-race Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent meet on Saturday (first race 2pm). The first of three pony races is at 12.15pm.
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