HEAVY RAIN ONLY CHANGES COTTENHAM GOING TO 'GOOD'
The 2014-15 Point-To-Point season gets under way at Cottenham, near Cambridge, on Sunday (November 30th) with the Cambridge University United Hunts Club fixture.
A total of 66 entries have been been received for this six-race meeting, which begins at noon and runs through until 2.55pm.
The highlight is likely to be the AGA-sponsored Ladies Open, due off at 1.10pm, where an 11-strong entry features some very useful types, not least Sagalyrique, winner of this race for the past two years.
His potential opponents include two course specialists in Qrackers and Moscow Blaze (pictured above), plus Nowurhurlin, who ran very well in defeat in two Cottenham Ladies races this time last year.
The Baileys Horse Feeds Mens Open does not look quite so competitive with Hazy Tom, a seven-time winner under professional rules, standing out among its ten entries.
This fixture is traditionally dominated by horses from outside East Anglia and the best chance of a local winner this time around could come in the opening 15-entry Club Members Race.
Trained near Bury St Edmunds by Andrew Pennock, the ultra-consistent Galbally King won four times last season and looks to have the former top class National Hunt horse, Gauvain, to beat here.
Another East Anglian with solid claims is the Nick Wright-trained In A Blue Dust. Stabled at Badlingham, near Newmarket, this five-year-old should improve from some fair efforts last season and is one of 11 possible runners in the Restricted Race.
Cottenham is four miles north of Cambridge near the B1049, post code CB24 8RG. It is best approached using junction 33 of the A14.
Take the A10 signed for Ely. Then take the third left (after the Park and Ride and the Recycling Centre) to Landbeach. Go straight through the village of Landbeach, past the playing field, and take the first left out the other side. The course is half a mile further down this road.
Admission will be charged at £13 per head to include a free racecard with OAPs and students priced at £11 and children under 17 allowed in for free. Following a welcome inch of rain over the weekend, the going at this free-draining course was ‘good’ on Monday November 24th.
HORSEHEATH BACK IN BUSINESS FOR 2015
Horseheath Point-To-Point course was given a clean bill of health at a highly successful if rain-soaked public schooling day at the Haverhill venue on Sunday November 23rd.
Over 50 horses braved the deluge to either school over fences or exercise around the course and the reaction of trainers and jockeys was universally positive.
Horseheath has long been regarded as one of the nation’s top venues for racing between the flags and should be again in the coming months as there was absolutely no evidence of the course maintenance error which caused it to close its doors for the 2013-14 season.
Horseheath will be back to its usual schedule for the coming campaign, hosting three meetings. They are the Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace on Sunday February 1st 2015 (first race at noon), the Thurlow on Saturday February 28th (1.00pm) and the Puckeridge on Saturday March 28th (1.30pm).
The National Website can be found at: www.pointtopoint.co.uk