Ampton March 9th 'Pub Team' preview posted, please go to 'Previews' to access, while latest Ampton going news is on our Forum
Report/Results of Higham March 2nd meeting posted - go to 'Reports & Results' to access
The confirmed date for the EA Awards Dinner Dance is Saturday 13th September 2014 at Hall Farm Barn, Thurlow
81 ENTRIES RECEIVED FOR SUFFOLK MEETING AT AMPTON ON SUNDAY MARCH 9TH
Andrew Pennock, who trains overlooking Ampton racecourse, near Bury St Edmunds, should again be among the winners at his home venue when it stages the Suffolk Point-To-Point on Sunday (March 9).
A six-race programme will get under way at 1.30pm, when there are six potential starters for the Members Race, and runs through until 4.25pm when the 16-entry Open Maiden will come under starter’s orders. There will also be a pair of children’s pony races at 12.30pm and 12.45pm.
Pennock has already reached the eight-winner mark for the season despite only six East Anglian meetings having taken place. He is responsible for five of this fixture’s 81 entries and all five should be thereabouts at the finish.
Perhaps his best chance comes in the Club Members Race courtesy of Marescsou, a high class chaser in his native France who made an excellent debut for Pennock in an Open race in Lincolnshire last month and will be dropping down in class here.
Milled goes well at this course and has last week’s Higham winner, Macklin, and the talented but irresolute King’s Legacy to beat in the Bonhams Mens Open, while both the Pennock trainees, American Eagle and Mizen Mix, have the form to go close in the Restricted Race.
The Ladies Open has 16 engaged and should be a competitive affair with Citizens Arrest, who has finished runner-up on both his previous Ampton sorties, making most appeal alongside Quinsman, a fair performer under professional rules who has adapted very quickly to racing between the flags.
Ampton is four miles north of Bury St Edmunds just off the main road to Thetford, the A134, post code IP31 1NS. Approaching from Bury, follow the signs for Thetford from junction 43 of the A14 then turn right at the pub in the village of Ingham. The course entrance is barely 100 yards down this road.
Admission will be charged at £10 per head with under 17s free.
MARKS TEY'S FEBRUARY 23RD MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE OF WATERLOGGING AND REARRANGED FOR SATURDAY MARCH 29TH
The inaugural East Anglian Hunts Club fixture at Marks Tey featuring the 4-mile Essex Grand National as well as a number of new and innovative conditions races will now take place on Saturday March 29th. This fixture has been staged by Pointing East Anglia to assist Marks Tey with their fundraising in order to secure the future of the racecourse. Owners, trainers and spectators are all encouraged to show their support for this new fixture.
NO POINT-TO-POINT RACING AT HORSEHEATH IN 2014
Thurlow Estates, owners of Horseheath Racecourse near Haverhill, Cambridgeshire, issued the following statement on Wednesday January 8th 2014:
“Regrettably all meetings at Horseheath, following a course inspection today, have had to be cancelled for 2014 due to unsuccessful remedial groundworks. Whilst the BHA course inspectors had felt right up to December that, given the right weather conditions, racing in 2014 would be possible, a site inspection on January 7th confirmed otherwise and, in the interests of ensuring that the very best standards are maintained at Horseheath, it was agreed to let the course rest until its 2015 fixtures.”
This decision will have dealt a bitter blow to all East Anglian Point-To-Point enthusiasts and all the many people who came from far and wide to run their horses or enjoy the spectacle of watching racing at one of Britain’s premier Pointing venues.
The decision that the course cannot be made fit to stage racing in the coming months has not been taken lightly. But the safety of contestants, both human and equine, is of paramount importance and cannot be compromised.
To this end, on January 7th the course staged a trial canter, featuring a dozen racehorses and some highly experienced jockeys and witnessed by BHA officials. The plug was only pulled once evidence from all involved was digested.
John Sharp, the Horseheath Clerk Of The Course who partnered almost 200 winners and rode at the very first Horseheath meeting, said on Wednesday:
“Yesterday was one of the most disappointing days of my racing life but I would like to publicly thank all involved for giving up their time to take part in the trial.”
“I was not consulted about the remedial groundworks which were undertaken in June. Their effect on the racing surface has been to leave some bare slits in the turf, causing uneven and false ground which at racing pace would be dangerous. These conditions were exacerbated by recent heavy rain [three inches in the previous eight days].”
Consultations are currently taking place as the organising committees of the three meetings involved (the Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace on February 2nd, the Thurlow on March 1st and the Puckeridge on March 29th) attempt to ascertain the viability of staging one or more of their meetings at a different racecourse.
Given the large number of officials and volunteers needed to staff a fixture, and the work required to ready a racecourse at short notice, these consultations may take a little while. News of the decisions of the organising committees will be published on www.PointingEA.com just as soon as they are made.
Message from Stephen Howlett, Area Chairman Pointing East Anglia:
Much is being said, speculated and written on various websites and forums with reference to the unfortunate situation at Horseheath. It is of course extremely annoying and frustrating for everyone involved to lose all the fixtures at Horseheath for 2014, particularly for those who put so much time into staging racing at the track, for those who had planned to run horses there and for fans who planned to attend what is undoubtedly one of the very best courses in the UK.
We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and one which our Landlords are embarrassed by. But rather than fire accusations at those involved with organising Point-to-Pointing in East Anglia or at Horseheath in particular (the majority of whom work on an unpaid voluntary basis), it is now time to pool our combined resources and passion to find solutions to the problem.
Much help will be needed from people in terms of time and effort as well as financially and thus I ask everyone to lend their support where they can. A committee is being formed as we speak to establish a firm plan for the lost fixtures – we will be able to make an official statement regarding these fixtures in the coming days. Furthermore, rest assured that everything possible will be done to restore the racing surface at Horseheath in as timely a manner as possible.
I thank you all in anticipation of your support.
NEW FIXTURE - HORSEHEATH HUNTS CLUB AT HIGH EASTER, SATURDAY 22ND MARCH
The PPA is pleased to announce that a new fixture has been granted in light of the loss of Point-to-Point Racing at Horseheath this season. The three hunts (Thurlow, Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace and Puckeridge) who historically stage their fixtures at the course have joined forces and will now run a joint fixture at High Easter on Saturday, 22nd March.
The Race Programme and meeting information can be viewed by clicking here.
Please note entries close: 12noon on Monday, 17th March and should be sent to:
Mrs Mel Sharp, The Grain Store, Station Road, Dullingham, Newmarket, Suffolk. CB8 9UP
Fax: 01638 508008 / Mob: 07714 263601 / email@example.com - Cheques to be payable to: 'The Thurlow Hunt'.
All other enquiries to be directed to:
Mrs Wendy Ward, Rockery Farm, Bourn, Cambridgeshire. CB23 2TA
Tel: 01954 718111 / Fax: 01954 718924 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our thanks go to all those who have made this possible and we hope that as many people as possible will support the meeting.
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