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PICK-ME-UP FOR SPORBORG AS BERTIES DREAM SCORES AT BARBURY
Berties Dream (pictured above), one of the top horses in East Anglia last season, began his 2014-15 campaign in spectacular fashion at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire on Sunday (December 7th) by winning the AGA Ladies Open race at the prestigious Point-To-Point Owners & Riders Club fixture.
Ridden by Gina Andrews, he scored in imperious style to give a timely pick-me-up to one of his joint owners, Christopher Sporborg, who is battling serious illness.
Lauren Braithwaite, his Newmarket-based trainer, said: “We were quite surprised at how easily Berties Dream won as he is usually quite a stuffy [difficult to get fit] horse so we thought that he would need the run and were just hoping to be placed.”
“But Gina said that he felt better than ever. The Cheltenham Festival was his target throughout last season but he clearly hated it when he got there, so this year we will probably stay pointing with him and just try and win as many races as we can.”
“His next start will either be at Cottenham on December 28th or Ampton a fortnight later.”
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).
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