Cheyanwe and Kemp provide a perfect partnership at Ampton

CLOSE BATTLE: Action from Ampton point-to-point on Sunday
CLOSE BATTLE: Action from Ampton point-to-point on Sunday
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David Kemp from Kilverstone, near Thetford, rode the first winner of the day for the Oak Partnership at Ampton 
point-to-point on Sunday.

Cheyanwe was Kemp’s first runner this season, and the only mare in the 10 years and over Club Members’ race made it look easy, scoring by 10 lengths from Gina Andrews on Pheidias.

Andrews went one better when partnering former Cheltenham winner Berties Dream in the Ladies’ Open race.

Tucked in behind her sister Bridget, she only made her move approaching the final hill and moved easily away to win by 10 lengths.

Trained near Haverhill by Lauren Braithwaite, who is expecting triplets, Berties Dream was the most impressive winner of the day for The Pursuing The Dream Partnership, consisting of Christopher Sporborg, Sue Harding-Jones, the Marriage family and A Signy.

This dream team is hoping to get one more run in East Anglia before going to the Cheltenham Festival for the Foxhunters.

Bridget Andrews, riding the ex-Alan King horse Volcan Surprise, had a hard fight on her hands in the Open Maiden against the Andrew Pennock-trained American Eagle, who had to give his all approaching the flag to lose by just a half a length.

This made up for Volcan Surprise’s unofficial third 
at Cottenham on December 29.

Volcan Surprise was bought at the Ascot sales by Wymondham-based Caroline Fryer for her mother and should be an exciting horse to follow as he is only six years old.

The Men’s Open was taken by raider Doctor Kingsley, another possible Cheltenham entrant.

Pennock, whose training yard adjoins the Ampton course, when Ben Rivett on Milled was caught up the final hill to lose by three quarters of a length after a final-fence blunder.

There were plenty of thrills and spills in the Restricted.

Gina Andrews, on Clonshire, was unseated at the start when her horse shied at the tapes, bringing down Richard Collinson on Tiermore Lass.

Next to go was Charles Buckle, having his first ride over the sticks, when Moonax Pride fell at the downhill fence.

When Kent raider Boston Article charged to the front, looking to win by a clear margin, he tied up badly near the line and crossed it just half a length ahead of Done A Runner.

The Novice Riders’ race was the finale with Alpha Native, who led from the start, just holding off the Rodeo Clown.