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First place for 16-year-old rider William Humphrey from West Wratting at Ampton racecourse




A 16-year-old West Wratting rider put on a Local Show at the Ampton Point-to-Point event on Sunday as he galloped to victory in the Conditions race.

William Humphrey rode his second winner from just five rides when he steered Local Show, owned by his mother Sarah, to ride home in first place in the event.

Humphrey rode a patient race to peg back Dandan, ridden by the more experienced Zak Baker, up the stiff Ampton finishing straight.

After taking a couple of fences to get going, Local Show really found his rhythm and jumped beautifully.

Local Show and William Humphrey winners of the Conditions race at Ampton, near Bury St Eds, on January 13 (6501533)
Local Show and William Humphrey winners of the Conditions race at Ampton, near Bury St Eds, on January 13 (6501533)

His young pilot had obviously put a lot of thought into his ride after blaming himself for being beaten last time out at Cottenham, where it had been hoped he would back up a Barbury Castle December win but, instead, finished third.

Humphrey said: “Local Show was superb. The ground was plenty quick enough for him and so I was keen to look after him going down the hill each time, but making sure I kept him in touch.

“I waited until he turned for home before asking for everything and he delivered very well.

“I think the plan will to be to go to Horseheath with him next, provided that he comes out of today well.

“It was nice to get another win for my new sponsor this season – Gibson Saddlers – as well.”

The going was on the quick side on Sunday, due to a dry spell leading up to the event, the Dunston Harriers’ meeting at Ampton.

It led to competitive racing, with both trainers and jockeys full of praise for the course.

The course, which saw a total of 78 entries across the six-race card, was described as ‘in fantastic condition thanks to the exceptional job done by Clerk of the Course Simon Stearn and his team’.

The next event on the Pointing-East Anglia calendar will be the North Norfolk Harriers at Higham on Sunday, January 27 before returning the following weekend for The Thurlow at Horseheath annual event.

Humphrey will almost certainly be joined there by the regular point-to-point competitors such as trainer Andrew Pennock; whose horses can see their stables from the Ampton course and always seem to run well there.

Sunday’s meeting was no exception and provided Pennock and his stable jockey, Richard Collinson, with a double on the day.

Collinson first romped home on Chapelier, owned by local point-to-point stalwart John Whyte, in the Maiden race before riding Chosen Rose to victory in the Intermediate race.



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