For latest going bulletins for the North Norfolk meeting at Higham on Sunday February 19th please consult our forum; for Cottenham report and Richard Weller-Poley's pics click on 'Report & Results List'. Pub Team Preview for Higham posted in 'Previews' section.
BROKEN EAGLE ON FOR THE SEVEN-TIMER AT HIGHAM
Broken Eagle is set to bid for his seventh straight Point-To-Point success at the North Norfolk Harriers Point-To-Point at Higham, between Colchester and Ipswich, on Sunday (February 19th).
This six race fixture gets under way at 12.30pm with a 16-entry Open Maiden Race and runs through until 3.25pm when there are 13 potential runners for a Club Members Race. Overall, 62 entries have been received.
Trained by one of the nation’s top Pointing handlers, Alan Hill, Broken Eagle has proved himself one of Britain’s fastest horses between the flags in the last couple of seasons.
His eight potential rivals in the Mens Open include Hi Vic, a recent recruit to the Nick Wright yard with a record of going well when returning from a lay-off, and Brackloon High, who has won on both his two visits to Higham.
But Broken Eagle can trump that record, as he has triumphed in each of his four previous outings here, on every occasion walloping his opponents by a wide margin.
Hill could well be on for a double as he also has outstanding claims with Hoirzontal Speed in a closing Club Members which shapes like the most competitive race on the card. This gelding was good enough to make the frame at the Cheltenham Festival less than two years ago.
He ran really well on his debut for the Hill yard at Larkhill last month but could faces some strong opposition from the likes of Merrydown Vintage and Mr Raj - who between them have won five and finished second on the other three of their last eight Pointing starts - and the classy veteran, Shakalakaboomboom.
Black Glen Boy also has claims in the finale, but his trainer, Bury St Edmunds-based Andrew Pennock, has a more likely winner in the shape of the tough customer, Abbey Lane, set to make his fifth appearance of the campaign in the Novice Riders Race.
Abbey Lane has prevailed in two of those starts, and come up short against talented rivals in Lough Inch and Porlock Hill in the other two. In a nine-entry contest, he has most to fear from Santa’s Secret, who should enjoy this drop in class having run in Open company on his seasonal debut.
Higham is just to the west of the A12 between Colchester and Ipswich using the B1068 turn-off towards Stoke-by-Nayland, post code CO7 6NG. Admission will be charged at £12 per head with under 17s allowed in for free.
PONY RACING SPONSORSHIP
RACETECH REAFFIRMS ITS SUPORT FOR POINT-TO-POINT PONY RACING ALONG WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW SPONSORS FOR THE 2016 SEASON
- RaceTech supports pony racing for a fourth year
- Treehouse Sporting Colours to sponsor the Novice Rider Race Series, 14 qualifying races culminating with two Championship Finals
- Dunraven Stud proud sponsors of the 2016 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Planner
Broadcast media services company RaceTech will again be supporting the grass roots of pony racing by sponsoring the Championship Rider Titles and Pony Racing Graduate awards during the 2016 point-to-point pony racing season. The season kicks off at the Cambridgeshire and Enfield Chase point-to-point at Horseheath in the East Anglian Area, on Sunday 7 February and runs through until the last fixture of the season on Saturday 12 June, the Torrington Farmers at Umberleigh in the Devon & Cornwall Area. All in all, there are seventy-nine point-to-point pony racing fixtures due to be staged. Points will be awarded for all wins and placings and winners will be presented with prizes and a training bursary at Cheltenham Racecourse in October.
In addition to the Championship titles and Graduate awards, new for 2016, RaceTech will also be sponsoring gallop sessions for young riders coming through the Pony Racing Authority’s youth training scheme during 2016.
Additional sponsorship has been confirmed in the form of Treehouse Sporting Colours which, for 2016, will be the title sponsor of the Novice Riders Race Series. Fourteen qualifying races will be held throughout the country where those finishing in the first four will qualify for the finals, to be staged by kind permission of the Meynell & South Staffordshire point-to-point at Garthorpe on 4 June.
The 2016 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Planner, in its fourth edition, has generously been sponsored by Bridgend-based Dunraven Stud. The Planner is a must-have publication for everyone wishing to take part in point-to-point pony races this season and is issued to all PRA members or available from Mrs Lucy Tucker.
Pony racing is designed to encourage children aged nine to sixteen into racing competitively, with races held across two height categories (138cms & under and 148cms & under). All point-to-point pony racing fixtures are kindly hosted by the organising committees of those Hunts / Clubs who stage point-to-point racing and run in conjunction with the sport’s governing body, the Pony Racing Authority (PRA). Since the sport became regulated in 2004, more than 150 riders have graduated onto horses both between the flags and under Rules, with many more also working within the horseracing industry.
Catherine Pullan of RaceTech said: "We’re delighted to continue our close association with pony racing for a fourth year, where young children from a variety of backgrounds have the chance to experience the thrill of riding in a race. It’s great to see teenagers coming through and making their mark in the professional ranks, and going into other areas in the racing industry too. We wish all those taking part this season the very best of luck.”
Lucy Tucker, a Director of the PRA and who oversees point-to-point pony racing, said: “The generous sponsorship provided by RaceTech, Treehouse Sporting Colours and the Brace family from Dunraven Stud means we are able to put on a superb programme of point-to-point pony racing. The PRA is widening its reach to new riders – with training programmes designed for children who have little or no experience of ponies, and are therefore creating more opportunities for them to be able to get involved and ultimately have a go.”