Horseheath to stage Thurlow Hunt Point To Point meeting this Saturday
The picturesque Horseheath racecourse will host the Thurlow Hunt meeting this Saturday with more than 100 entries included.
The next East Anglian fixture on the Point To Point calendar takes place this weekend at the Horseheath racecourse, situated five miles west of Haverhill, adjacent to the A604.
A total of 111 entries have been received for the seven scheduled steeplechase races, the first of which takes place at 12pm.
These races will be preceded by children’s pony flat races, which are always exciting to watch purely for the enthusiasm of the competitors.
There are numerous local entries for Saturday’s meeting, with West Wratting trainer Sarah Humphrey having the following representatives in Legend To Be, Legendoftheknight and recent Ampton winner Local Show.
James Owen, the Newmarket trainer, has chances with Lord Topper and Just Cause, while another Newmarket handler, Lauren Braithwaite, has Amigo entered in the Novice Riders race and multiple race entries for Royalraise.
Andrew Pennock, from Timworth, will be looking to add to his recent impressive total of winners with another ex-Irish newcomer Un Huit Huit in the young horse Maiden.
The successful trainer also has Mahlers Spirit in the Novice Riders event with Shimpling’s Charlie Clover in the saddle, while Pennock’s Ampton winner Chapelier could follow up in the restricted race.
l Meanwhile, it proved to be a very successful day for representatives from the local area at the North Norfolk Harriers meeting, held at Higham racecourse on the Suffolk and Essex border.
Pennock has his horses in fine fettle and the stable landed a double with Bullsempire in the opening Maiden race and Somme Boy in the Restricted race.
Both horses were ridden by stable jockey Richard Collinson and, although Somme Boy may have had only one rival, the partnership saw off the odds-on favourite much to the delight of the trainer’s wife, Ruth, who owns the eight-year-old gelding.
Bullsempire was having his first run for the stable, having only had one other outing in an Irish Point To Point last May, and would have been schooled to perfection and will hopefully improve further.
The smoothest success of the afternoon came in the Novice Riders race as One Fine Morning benefited from a fine ride from 23-year-old Clover.
Broken Eagle followed up his recent Ampton success, in the Men’s Open, when ridden by Archie Wright, from Badlingham.
Wright completed a riding double when guiding Butredgipandgump to a triumph in the Countryside Alliance Conditions race.