Double delight for Braithwaite and Ferguson

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A chilly but sunny afternoon greeted a good crowd to the East Essex Point-to-Point, at Marks Tey, on Saturday.

Trainer Lauren Braithwaite and jockey husband Andrew had a good afternoon, notching up a double and a second from their yard at Newmarket.

The first success was in the Open Maiden on Saluting, after Baroque Style departed at the penultimate fence. The second came in the Confined, 13-year-old Evening Echo coming from a long way back to beat the favourite Irish Rebel by eight lengths.

John Ferguson, who trains at Cowlinge, has had many winners this season and continued with another two. His son, James, riding Ronnie Lawson, was the most impressive, landing the Subaru Restricted.

Having his first ever success was 18-year-old Tom Marett, on Ferguson’s Rodeo Clown, who benefited from the re-application of blinkers to take the Veteran and Novice riders’ race.

In the Men’s Open, Nick and Archie Wright, another father-son combination from Badlingham, made up for their earlier misfortune with Baroque Style. Odds on favourite Patsy Finnigan, under Archie proving too strong for Braithwaite on Fourth In Line.

Andrew Pennock from Timworth, maintained his winning streak after his treble at Ampton last weekend, Galbally King getting the better of Assassino in the Club Members’ race.

In probably her last day riding at a point-to-point, was reigning National Lady Champion, Bridget Andrews, who has decided to turn professional, making her ineligible to ride in points, which are restricted to amateur riders.

Andrews finished off her pointing career with a win in the Ladies’ Open on See You Jack, trained near Wymondham by Sandra Fryer.

Bridget, who has been a good ambassador for point-to-points, has already had 10 winners from 35 rides under professional rules since the start of November.

This weekend there are no local point-to-points. The next will be the Puckeridge Hunt, held at Horseheath, on Saturday, March 28, first race 1.30pm.