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DOUBLE CENTURY UP FOR GINA AT COTTENHAM
Gina Andrews and Ben Rivett, two of East Anglia’s top Point-To-Point jockeys of recent years, both had reason to celebrate as the 2016-17 season got under way with the Cambridge University United Hunts Club meeting at Cottenham, near Cambridge, on Sunday November 27th.
Andrews, originally from Lilley in Hertfordshire but now based at Marton, near Rugby, began the defence of her National Lady Riders Championship by registering the 200th victory of her career.
Her smooth success aboard Celtic Silver (pictured above) in the Subaru-sponsored Restricted Race was only her 147th British Pointing win, but given that she has also scored twice between the flags in Ireland and 51 times under professional rules in this country, it brought up her double century.
Rivett, from near Attleborough in Norfolk, could manage no better than a pair of second places from his four rides. Yet he could look back on the afternoon with some satisfaction, as he proved to both himself and a fair-sized crowd that he still has what it takes following a two-year break from the saddle owing to work commitments.
The day’s most successful pilot was Sam Davies-Thomas. But although he notched a first and last race double aboard Lough Inch and Extreme Appeal, he could be forgiven for concentrating on ‘the one that got away’ following a narrow reverse in the three mile maiden.
Davies-Thomas’s mount here, Skipping On, passed the post a neck adrift of All The Sevens having been squeezed up against the outside rail by his rival as the pair fought out a tremendous duel up the run-in.
A long stewards enquiry ensued but although the winning rider, Dale Peters, from Sawtry in Cambridgeshire, was found guilty of careless riding and fined £75, the result was allowed to stand.
The tables were turned 35 minutes later as Peters, riding Mister Murch, had to give best to Davies-Thomas, aboard Extreme Appeal, in the young horse maiden over two and a half miles.
The easiest victory on the card came in the curtain-raiser as Lough Inch, trained near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire by Tommy Morgan, took his Cottenham record to an incredible five wins from six career outings when making all the running in the 2m 4f Club Members Race.
“Lough Inch is lethal, especially over this shorter trip,” Morgan exclaimed afterwards. “For him to win is a relief more than anything as he is such a good work horse at home that we judge all our other horses on how close they can get to him.”
The veteran Consigliere showed few signs of slowing down just a month shy of his 14th birthday when clocking a new course record time while landing the Mens Open for the father and son trainer-jockey combination of Alan and Joe Hill, from Oxfordshire.
Hill senior was denied a double in the Skinner’s Pet Foods Ladies Open when Sharp Suit found Bound For Glory four lengths too strong.
Trained in Gloucestershire by David Fitch-Peyton, the former trailblazer Bound For Glory is being ridden with more restraint these days in the hope that he might be able to last the stiff three and a quarter miles of the Cheltenham Foxhunter in March.
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.”