BOTH Turner and Pennock families had doubles at the Granta Harriers Point-to-Point, held at Cottenham on Sunday, where a small crowd watched some excellent racing.
The two wins for the Turner family, from Ampton, were achieved by women jockeys, both of whom survived serious blunders by their mounts.
The first success came in the Novice Riders’ race. Rosie Thorogood, an insurance underwriter for the blood stock industry and girlfriend of Ed Turner, on Basic Fact, rode her second ever winner.
In the Maiden for older horses, Louise Allan was aboard Sa Kaldoun, an ex-French hurdler, purchased in the autumn. He made a serious mistake at the first fence and Louise did well to stay in the saddle and go on to win by a distance.
Pennock, who leases one of Joe Turner’s properties at Timworth, arrived at the course sporting two black eyes and a bruised nose, to say that the winner of the first race, The Open Maiden (for four, five, six and seven-year-olds), Milled, had thrown him, his wife and the groom earlier in the week.
Nonetheless, this rank outsider galloped on from the last under Ben Rivett, to beat the favourite, On The Arthur ridden by Richard Collinson, by a length.
Rivett was also successful on Pennock’s other mount, Galbally King, who beat the Ferguson trained favourite, Elvis The King, by six lengths in the Restricted.
James Ferguson, riding his father’s Earth Dream, passed the post first in the Men’s Open, and will now go for the Queen’s Cup at Fakenham.
Caroline Fryer’s (Wymondham), good season continued with a win in the Intermediate.
Her and Clive Underwood’s’ gutsy Festival Bound, ridden by Bridget Andrews, notching up their second success of the season.
Sea Senor’s long journey from Yorkshire was rewarded when taking the Ladies’ Open for Middleton trainer, David Easterby, beating Joe Turner’s Assasino by an impressive 16 lengths.
This week’s meeting is the East Essex, at Marks Tey, on Sunday (March 25), first race 2pm.
Results. Race One. Open Maiden (4,5,6 & 7-year-olds) 2m4f: 1 Milled Ben Rivett; 2 On The Arthur Dicky Collinson 11/10f; 4-41 1L 6 ran. Race Two. Intermediate: 1 Festival Bound Bridget Andrews 4/5f: 2 Desertmore Valley Rupert Stearn; 3 Chancery Lad Jacqui Cowar; 5-59 20L, 5L 8 ran. Race Three. Men’s Open: Earth Dream James Ferguson 1/8f bt L’Oudon Rupert Stearn; 6-09 25L 2 ran. Race Four. Novice Riders: 1 Basic Fact Rosie Thorogood 4/5f; 2 Lepido Patrick Smith; 3 Duke Of Stradone Toby Lawes; 6-06 2l, 3L 7 ran. Race Five. Ladies’ Open: 1 Sea Senor Jacqui Coward 7/4; 2 Bearneen Boy Bridget Andrews Ev’sf; 6-00 15L 5 ran. Race Six. Restricted: 1 Galbally King Ben Rivett 9/4; 2 Elvis The King James Owen 1/2f; 5-58 6L 3 ran. Race Seven. Open Maiden 3 miles: 1 Sa Kaldoun Louise Allan 1/3f; 2 Waluigi Ben Rivett; 6-09 Dist 6 ran.