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REMATCHES A POSSIBILITY AT HIGHAM EASTER SATURDAY FIXTURE
The highly popular traditional Easter serving of East Anglian Point-To-Point Racing takes place between Colchester and Ipswich on Saturday when Higham Racecourse stages a 58-entry Essex & Suffolk fixture.
This meeting usually attracts a massive crowd and is often enjoyed as much for its ‘Country Fair/Family Day Out’ element as for its racing.
This year it features an extensive shopping village in a huge marquee, numerous trade stands and refreshment opportunities, a variety of fairground attractions and an Army Gazelle Helicopter display over and above its six steeplechases and two children’s pony races.
The pony racing, around the regular course but bypassing the obstacles, gets the equine action under way at 1pm while the Point-To-Pointing commences at 2.10pm when there are six possible runners in the Restricted Race.
Both the Ladies Open and Novice Riders Races could witness rematches from the corresponding contests at the most recent Higham fixture, held on February 22nd.
For the 12 entries for the Ladies include Quinsman, Volcan Surprise and Carlanstown – the horses who filled the first three positions here six weeks ago.
It would be no great surprise if Volcan Surprise were to overturn those placings, although this Sandra Fryer-trained gelding does have to bounce back from a poor effort last time out and holds an alternative engagement in the 11-entry Mens Open.
And the Novice Riders event has the 1-2-3 from the same type of race here in February – Banksandditches, The Master Remover and Galbally King – among its 14 entries.
But these three East Anglian-trained chasers could end up playing second fiddle at best if either of a pair of classy performers from further afield – the impressive course winner, Broken Eagle, and Lotus Pond, already a three-time scorer this season – turn up to take them on.
Nick Wright, whose yard is based at Badlingham, near Newmarket, has two leading Mens Open candidates in Bach To The Wall and Patsy Finnegan, and a clear round of jumping would surely suffice for the Wright silks to be carried to victory in the 11-entry Open Maiden aboard the accident-prone Baroque Style.
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 6NG.
Admission will be charged at £12 per head with under 16s allowed in for free. Watering will take place if necessary in order to provide safe underfoot conditions.
The National Website can be found at: www.pointtopoint.co.uk