Pennock saddles four winners at the Ampton Point-to-Point
Trainer Andrew Pennock continued his love affair with his local track, Ampton, when saddling four winners at the Suffolk Point-To-Point.
Pennock trains at Timworth, within sight of the Bury St Edmunds course, and, prior to Sunday’s action, had already won eight races there at its previous four fixtures.
This time he appeared utterly unstoppable, notching victories with Scorpion Star (in the Club Members Race), Counting Stars (Intermediate Race), Mahlers Spirit (Restricted Race) and Royal Chieftain (Maiden Race).
All four were achieved in partnership with his Welsh stable jockey, Evan David.
Remarkably, he could even have notched a rare five-timer as Black Glen Boy, his representative in the closing three-runner Hunt Race, was sent off as the 6/4 favourite.
However, Black Glen Boy got no further than the tricky second fence, a downhill obstacle which had been causing problems all afternoon, leaving the event to fought out between former East Anglian champion jockey, Rupert Stearn, on Curraghbower, and young Antonia Peck, who was having her very first ride aboard Autumn Haze.
Stearn’s experience eventually won the day but it was very tight, Curraghbower having just half a length to spare at the winning line to give the Turner family, who own this course and train just down the road at Ampton Hall, its sixth successive triumph in this race.
Another young female jockey to catch the eye was 19-year-old Charlotte Wyatt, from Snetterton in Norfolk, who is yet to ride a winner but put up a very accomplished display to push the reigning National champion, Gina Andrews, aboard the red hot favourite, Top Smart, all the way in the Ladies Open Race.
Wyatt’s mount, Penelope Pips, jumped well throughout as she helped force a strong pace alongside Bavard Court.
Top Smart never really fenced with any fluency following an early error but, giving 19lbs in weight to Penelope Pips, overcame two more sloppy leaps at the last two fences to prevail by three lengths.