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HIGH EASTER CLUB MEETING RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY MARCH 24TH
Snow on the morning of racing forced the postponement of Saturday March 17th's High Easter Club fixture but it has now received official approval to take place one week later, on Saturday March 24th with entries standing.
This event has attracted 81 entries to its six chases and runs from 1.00pm, when there are 11 entries in a Novice Riders Race, to 3.55pm, when the Open Maiden Race has 15 potential combatants.
One of the highlights of the day is a speed test, the 19-entry Ladies Open which, unusually for a Point, is run over two and a half miles rather than the regulation three miles.
Two of the best contenders here, Broken Eagle and Karinga Dancer, really need a sound surface to perform at their peak, so a more likely winner is Teeton Power, who was strongly fancied for a recent hunter chase at Stratford only for that meeting to be lost to waterlogging.
Others of note here are Degooch, winner of his British Pointing debut down in Kent last month, and the ultra-consistent Quick Oats, from the in-form Nigel Padfield stable and never out on the first three in his last ten starts.
The ten-entry Mens Open could go to the Oxfordshire raider, Ivy Gate, who will be hard fit after three recent starts and has twice prevailed on soft ground. Testing underfoot conditions would not be so suitable for the two useful David Kemp-trained entries, Curraigflemens and Master Workman.
Willsinkwontfly, owned by Stephen Howlett, from Attleborough in Norfolk, is progressing nicely and could prove the answer to the Restricted Race, while another Padfield inmate, Excitable Island (pictured above winning at High Easter in 2016), will prove very difficult to beat in the Conditions Race for nine-year-olds and above.
The course is just south of the village of High Easter, eight miles north west of Chelmsford at post code CM1 4QP. From M11 Junction 8 take the A120 east towards Colchester for roughly eight miles until the Dunmow South exit.
Turn right at the roundabout (going under the A120 ) and then take the first legal exit off the next roundabout, signed ‘Barnston’, making sure not to pass the ‘no entry’ sign and go the wrong way up the dual carriageway.
On arrival in Barnston (less than a mile further on), turn right at a mini roundabout signposted 'The Easters'. Follow this road all the way to High Easter where you turn right at a T junction beside the cricket ground. Stay on this road through the village and the course is about half a mile out the other side.
Admission will be charged at £12 per head with under 17s allowed in for free.
THURLOW MEETING REARRANGED FOR SATURDAY APRIL 28TH
Following its postponement owing to snow on Saturday March 3rd, the Thurlow Point-To-Point aty Horseheath,. near Haverhill, has been rescheduled for Saturday April 28th. Pony racing will kick off the action at 1pm and the steeplechasing will start at 2pm.