EXCITING racing and close finishes blasted the chills away as a large crowd battled frosty conditions to enjoy events at The Dunston Harriers Point-to-Point, held at Ampton on Sunday, on ground that was good to firm.
The day started well for East Anglian connections. The yard of trainer John Ibbott, based at Chediston, produced the first winner of the day in the 10 year-olds and over Club Members’ race. Kells Castle, owned by Jeffrey Bowles, clerk of the course at Higham, was ridden by JD Moore, son of Irish trainer, Arthur Moore.
The other local win came in the Intermediate race, a newcomer from Ireland, to the Kilverstone yard of David Kemp.
Under his guidance, Cheyanwe, only got his head in front after a prolonged battle with Hampshire raider Medic approaching the final hill, where he went on to a five-length victory.
This horse is owned by the three-strong Oak Partnership, who were unfortunate to lose their prolific winner Rydal Park last year.
Riders from far and wide took five races, most notably Mark Wall riding a double, firstly in the Men’s Open on Divine Intavention, beating Cold Mountain by just a length after old favourite Caveman had made most of the running.
Wall went on to win on the favourite, Gloucester raider Nobby Kivambo, in the Restricted, making it back to back victories.
In the Ladies’ Open, the favourite Ski Dazzle tried to make all, but was found out on the last circuit. The outsider, Harry Cool and National Champion Gina Andrews on Bearneen Boy, fought it out from the bottom of the hill going on to record the closest finish of the day, Harry Cool just getting up by a head.
Favourites were thin on the ground. Roi De Garde was the impressive 15 length winner of the Open Maiden.
The final race of the day in the gathering gloom saw a Kent win for Flowersoftherarest.
The next meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29, at Higham, first race noon.
Results. Race One. Veteran Horses EA Club Members Race: 1 Kells Castle Johnny (JD) Moore 5/1; 2 Star Double Ben Rivett; 3 Ya I Know Mikey Ennis; 6-19 2L, Nk 9 ran (Where’s My Baby 9/4f 4th).
Race Two. Open Maiden: 1 Roi de Garde Matt Stanley 4/5f; 2 Teeton Grand Slam Liz Harris; 3 John’s Delight Harriet Bryc; 6-20 15L, 4L 8 ran. Race Three. Intermediate: 1 Chedyanwe David Kemp Ev’s f; 2 Medic Tom Elli; 6-23 5L 3 ran.
Race Four. Ladies’ Open: 1 Sir Harry Cool Tammy Webster 6/1; 2 Bearneen Boy Gina Andrews ; 6-26 Hd 4 ran.
Race Four. Men’s Open: 1 Divine Intavention Mark Wall 5/4; 2 Ballyeightra Cross Miles Seston; 4/6f 6-28 1L 4 ran.
Race Five. Restricted: 1 Nobby Kivambo Mark Wall 11/10f; 2 Oscar The Myth Patrick Smith; 6-19 1L 5 ran.
Race Six. Novice Riders: 1 Flowersoftherarest Patrick Smith 4/5f; 2 Mnason Benjamin Brackenbury; 6-27 1L 6 ran.