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MEMORABLE HUSBAND AND WIFE DOUBLE FOR ED & ROSIE TURNER AT HIGHAM
An enormous crowd flocked to Higham in wonderful spring sunshine on Easter Saturday to enjoy the point-to-point racing which provided some exciting action despite the small fields owing to the fast ground.
The day was a clean sweep for East Anglian trainers with lead plaudits going to the Turner Family from Ampton who enjoyed a double on the day. Not only did Ed Turner train both winners, he shared a famous day with his wife Rosie as they rode one winner apiece. Rosie guided odds-on favourite Sa Kaldoun (pictured above, checked cap) to the horse’s third victory at this fixture in the Mixed Open, following his Ladies Open win last season and success in the Restricted back in 2012. Husband Ed saved himself from any teasing over the Easter Weekend with victory in the East Anglian Club Members Race on his family’s Kriss William.
Kriss William proved too strong for the improving seven year-old Royal Chieftain from the Timworth near Bury St Edmunds yard of the area’s leading trainer Andrew Pennock. However no East Anglian meeting this season would be complete without a winner for the unstoppable combination of Andrew Pennock and jockey Evan David and it came this time in the shape of We’ve Got Company in the Open Maiden who was finally breaking his duck at the 17th attempt, meaning Andrew Pennock has now reached a notable milestone of twenty winners this season.
“The best spin I’ve had in a long time” is how jockey Dicky Collinson described his ride aboard Legend To Be, winner of the Maiden for four to seven year-olds. The electric round of jumping from Sarah Humphrey’s charge was too much to handle for odds-on favourite Kev The Car whose jumping technique fell to pieces causing him to trail in a well beaten second. The West Wratting trainer said that Legend To Be was primarily used as her husband’s hunter hence why his jumping is so spectacular.
Jumping had been a problem for Beat The Index when he refused at the last fence at Ampton in March, but an aggressive ride from the improving Kate Gowing was rewarded with victory in the Restricted contest for Wretham trainer Robert Abrey. Part-owner Stephen Howlett paid tribute to the trainer’s skills when adding, “Robert has done a fantastic job with the horse as he is a difficult type mentally and Kate has given him a wonderful ride”.
Another improving young lady jockey registered a win in the Novice Rider’s race. Harriet Bryce enjoyed her seventh career success on her father Tim’s Limpopo Tom, a recent recruit from Ireland who had run so well at Fakenham on his debut for the yard. Tim Bryce is based in Newmarket but Harriet had travelled from her base in Kelso in the Scottish Borders to partner her father’s two runners on the card.
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.”
The Subaru Restricted Series 2017
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SUBARU RESTRICTED POINT-TO-POINT SERIES 2016/17
Subaru are proud to once again be a national sponsor of Point-to-Point. Subaru have committed to a third season of the Subaru Restricted Series, supporting Point-to-Pointing with 30 qualifiers around the country. This season the series once again boasts a prize fund of £10,000.
Kicking off the Point-to-Point season, the first meeting of the Subaru series will take place at Cottenham on 27th November 2016. The series will culminate with a Grand Final over 2m 7f at Stratford Hunter’s Chase meeting on 9th June 2017.
Last season Our Chief, ridden by Martin McIntyre, owned by the White, Phippen and Finn Partnership and trained by Teresa Clark, won the Subaru Restricted Series.
SUBARU RESTRICTED POINT-TO-POINT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016/17
In addition to the Restricted Series, Subaru will again support the Subaru Restricted Championship, now in its second season. The winner of the Subaru Restricted Championship will be announced at the end of season final at Stratford. The winning owner will receive the use of a Subaru Forester for one year. (www.subaru.co.uk/vehicles/forester/)
Once a horse has been placed (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in a Subaru Restricted qualifier, they begin accumulating points towards the Championship. Points will be awarded depending on the type of race run. Points will be awarded for races run prior to qualification.
Points will be awarded as follows:
Maiden Race1st – 42nd – 23rd – 1
Restricted Race1st – 52nd – 33rd – 1
Intermediate Race1st – 62nd – 43rd – 1
Any other Point-to-Point Race1st – 62nd – 43rd – 1
Open1st – 72nd – 53rd – 2
Hunter Chase1st – 102nd – 63rd – 4
Last season, the Subaru Restricted Championship was won by owner Steve Young, when his horse Northgeorge came third in the Subaru Restricted Series final, pushing him to the top of the Subaru Championship leaderboard. He received the use of a Subaru Forester for one year; he kindly donated his prize to the winning jockey Byron Moorcroft.
“He has ridden so well this season. The Jockey is getting the car. This horse means everything to me, he’s the first I’ve owned and this is my first season being involved with Point-to-Pointing. I love it.”.
Subaru Restricted Series Qualifying races 2016/17
EACambridge University United Hunts ClubCottenhamNovember 27, 2016Cambridge Subaru
EADunston HarriersAmptonJanuary 15, 2017Subaru UK
SANDVine & CravenBarbury RacecourseFebruary 12, 2017Simpsons of Swindon
EANorth Norfolk HarriersHighamFebruary 19, 2017Proveeda
WCountryside Alliance Club (Wessex)Badbury RingsFebruary 26, 2017Dorset Sports, Wimborne
EASuffolkAmptonMarch 12, 2017EMG, Bury St Edmunds
YHurworthHutton RudbyMarch 18, 2017Stokesley Motors
D&CDart Vale & Haldon HarriersBuckfastleighMarch 19, 2017Ashburton Motor Works Ltd
SEOld Surrey, Burstow & West KentPenshurstMarch 26, 2017Culverwell Cars, Robertsbridge
SMHeythropCocklebarrowApril 2, 2017John Wilkins
EAEssexHigh EasterApril 8, 2017Perkins, Bishop’s Stortford
WMAndoversford Races (The Cotswold)AndoversfordApril 9, 2017John Wilkins
NWCheshire ForestTableyApril 9, 2017Subaru UK
D&CSpooners & West DartmoorCherrybrookApril 9, 2017Specialist Vehicles Subaru, Plymouth
SEAshford Valley TickhamCharingApril 15, 2017Maidstone Subaru
SMKimblewickKimbleApril 15, 2017Bulldog, Twyford
NWNorth StaffordshireSandonApril 15, 2017Pinkstones
MIDWoodland PytchleyDingleyApril 15, 2017Unity Leicester
WTaunton ValeKingston St MaryApril 17, 2017Central Motors, Chard
D&CDartmoor FoxhoundsFlete ParkApril 22, 2017Specialist Vehicles Subaru, Plymouth
WWTivysideLydstepApril 23, 2017Greens, Haverfordwest
NFifeBalcormo MainsApril 29, 2017Fife – Walkers
D&CModbury HarriersFlete ParkMay 6, 2017Specialist Vehicles Subaru, Plymouth
MIDFernieDingleyMay 7, 2017Unity Leicester
SWMTredegar FarmersLower MachenMay 7, 2017Nathaniel Cars
NCumberlandAspatriaMay 13, 2017Stan Palmer
SESurrey UnionPeper HarowMay 13, 2017Proven Motor Co, Haslemere
YSouth Durham Hunt Farmers ClubSedgefieldMay 28, 2017Croxdale Subaru