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BIG DAY FOR THE ANDREWS CLAN AT HIGHAM ON EASTER SATURDAY
Saveiro and Start Royal and their respective pilots, sisters Bridget and Gina Andrews, could renew their rivalry at an Essex & Suffolk Point-To-Point meeting at Higham on Easter Saturday April 19 which has attracted 64 entries.
The first of six steeplechases is a nine-entry Club Members Race and will start at 2.10pm while the finale, the Hunt Race, has eight horses engaged and will come under orders at 5.10pm. The feature race is the 17-entry Men’s Open, due off at 2.45pm, which is one of the final qualifiers for the Bonhams Championship Final Hunter Chase which takes place at Cheltenham on April 30.
The jumping action will be preceded at 1pm by three children’s pony races, using the regular course but bypassing the fences. There will also be a parade of hounds before the steeplechasing starts not to mention a shopping village with various trade stands, refreshment stalls and fair rides.
Saveiro and Start Royal fought out a thrilling finish at the last Higham fixture seven weeks ago with Bridget, aboard Saveiro, coming out on top by just a neck. Both horses have won since and are part of a 14-strong Ladies Open race entry which also includes the useful performers Ravethebrave and Volcan Surprise.
It could be a big day for the Andrews family as, while the sisters continue to battle it out at the head of the National Lady Riders’ Championship standings, their younger brother, Jack, is due to make his steeplechase debut just a few days after he reached the minimum age allowed – 16.
Already a regular visitor to the winner’s enclosure following pony races, Jack is set to get the leg-up aboard Pheidias in either the Men’s Open or the Novice Riders Race.
A three-time winner under professional rules, Pheidias should relish the underfoot conditions here as, even after a concerted programme of watering, the ground is likely to be ‘good to firm’.
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 6LE. Admission will be charged at £12 per head with children under 17 allowed in for free.
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