FITZWILLIAM (MILTON), COTTENHAM, SATURDAY MARCH 19
GOING: GOOD TO FIRM.
Pictures courtesy of Richard Weller-Poley
From Cheltenham to Cottenham in one easy step - that was the move made by Newmarket's Alex Embiricos, who so gallantly flew the flag for East Anglia when third on Placid Man in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.
Embiricos could only manage a second and a third from her two rides at the Fitzwilliam (Milton) Point-To-Point at Cottenham on Saturday.
But she was still on cloud nine following her ride-of-a-lifetime in front of 67,000 spectators 24 hours earlier and her smile broadened when Ballykilthy, trained by her partner, Tim Bryce, landed the first division of the Maiden.
Ballykilthy is owned by Jane May, from Newman's Green, near Sudbury, who was almost as ecstatic as Embiricos afterwards.
"Its fantastic because I found an old racecard at home the other day and this very race was won by the grandfather of my husband, Fred, way back in 1928," she explained.
"I've left Fred manning the tills at our department store, Lady Jane, in Long Melford. We were short staffed, so only one of us could come racing. We tossed for it and I used my two-headed coin!"
One Cheltenham hero who was on the mark was Shropshire-based Richard Burton, who increased his lead in the National Point-To-Point Riders' Championship when guiding the 14-year-old Jemaro to a facile success in the Men's Open Race.
Burton, who was one place in front of Embiricos in the Foxhunter and also broke his Festival duck on Juveigneur last Wednesday, said: "I haven't been home yet but I would go anywhere to ride this old boy - he's a legend."
Little Brown Bear notched a Shropshire double in the Open races when defeating Find Me Another and Highland Rose in a high quality Ladies' race. Representing the mother and daughter trainer-jockey combination of Diana and Jane Williams he scored by two lengths.
The course authorities had done an excellent job of watering to produce good to firm ground. It was appreciated by connections of the 67 runners that contested the seven races, none more so than owner-trainer Joe Turner, from Ampton, near Bury St Edmunds, as the surface proved ideal for his Leatherback, who took the Confined Race under James Owen.
Owen, from Newmarket, completed a double when Jupiter George prevailed in a stonking finish to the Restricted Race. Jupiter George is trained near Stevenage by Mick Clark and was ending a 15-year wait for an initial success for Northants owners Peter and Jennifer Smith
This was a case of jumping winning the day as Jupiter George got home by just a head from Tartar Sabre, who made three bad mistakes including, most expensively, at the second last. And the favourite, Bell Rock, was less than four lengths adrift in fourth having made a calamitous error at the third last which left jockey Stuart Morris to perform rodeo tricks to maintain the partnership.
The three-runner Members' Race produced an amazing spectacle. The sprint-bred Brave Emir went miles clear, was overhauled by I've No Say only for that one to unseated his novice rider, Christina Arling, when in an unassailable lead at the last.
Brave Emir inherited a 12-length lead but was treading water on the run-in and was nailed right on the line by Stick Or Bust, who is trained near Peterborough by Katie Thory and was winning this race for the second consecutive year.
Northants raider The Small Farmer sent favourite backers home happy with a smooth triumph in the second Maiden while the two children's pony races were won by Tommy Keenan, from Barton-Le Clay, near Luton, and Emma Clutterbuck, from Exning, near Newmarket.
Race One (Members Race):
1 Mr R and Mrs S Green's Stick Or Bust (Fitzwilliam) (M Smith),
2 M Grange's Brave Emir (Fitzwilliam) (A Williams).
Also: I've No Say (ur). Head. No time taken. W £1.60. DF £3.70. SP 11-10 (I've No Say 8-11 fav).
Race Two (Confined Race):
1 J M Turner's Leatherback (Suffolk) (J Owen),
2 Mr and Mrs S N Embiricos' Chicago City (Cambs University) (Ms A Embiricos),
3 Mrs P King's Attack (Suffolk) (M Mackley).
Also: Pharbeitfrome (4), 2 Helmsley Flier (5), Zabadi (6), Breezy Betsy (pu). Ten lengths, five lengths. 6.06. W £2.80. DF £2.10. SP 4-1 (Chicago City 6-4 fav).
Race Three (Men's Open Race):
1 J Beasley and R Mapp's Jemaro (Albrighton) ( R Burton),
2 Countess Cathcart's Homme De Fer (West Norfolk) (G Greenock),
3 Ms M Begley, E Nicholson and Ms A Embiricos' Montpelier (Camb University) (N Moore).
Also: Sweet Reward (4), Bengal Boy (pu), Demasta (f), Fine Times (pu), Minster York (pu), Poitiers (pu), Saxon Victory (pu), Valman (pu). A distance, 20 lengths. 5.57. W £3.20. DF £4.30. SP 7-4 fav.
Race Four (Ladies' Open Race):
1 G Barlow and Mrs D Williams' Little Brown Bear (Albrighton Woodland) (Miss J Williams),
2 Mrs C Stennett, Mrs C Aldridge and Mrs E King's Find Me Another (Pytchley) (Miss A Stennett),
3 Mr and Mrs S N Embiricos' Highland Rose (Cambs University) (Ms A Embiricos).
Also: Gray Knight (4), Aircon (5), Society Scandal (6), Free (pu), Teach Altra (pu), Thalys (pu), The Wiley Kalmuck (pu), Wise Advice (pu). Two lengths, head. 5.58. W £2.80. DF £8.70. SP 7-4 fav.
Race Five (Restricted Race):
1 Mr P Smith's Jupiter George (Puckeridge) (J Owen),
2 The Sporting Endeavour Partnership's Tartar Sabre (Waveney Harriers) (Miss L Barrett-Nobbs),
3 T Brook's Esendi (Farmers Bloodhounds - Drag) (J Diment).
Also: Bell Rock (4), Asabache (5), Just Jove (6), Waterliner (7), Holywell Girl (pu), Rocja (f). Head, 1½ lengths. 6.07. W £6.70. DF £59.20. SP 8-1 (Bell Rock 6-4 fav).
Race Six (Open Maiden Race - Division One):
1 Ms J May and Ms A Embiricos' Ballykilthy (Cambs University) (N Moore),
2 S A Blyth's The Stickler (South Notts) (T Messenger),
3 P Rackham's Shot Of Jollop (Dunston Harriers) (N Bloom).
Also: Berewolf (4 dead heat), Lismore Legend (4 dead heat), Pernickety King (6), Ballyhand (pu), Divine Mist (pu), Herolindo (pu), Nocando (pu), Past Forte (pu), Tis She (pu), Warrier Dan (pu). Eight lengths, half a length. 6.12. W £4.30. DF £2.90. SP 2-1 fav.
Race Seven (Open Maiden Race - Division Two):
1 T and H Brooks' The Small Farmer (Grafton) (J Diment),
2 R Abrey's Epop (Suffolk) (R Stearn),
3 Mrs J Gurney and L Owen's Sam Sister (Grafton) (M Mackley).
Also: Fair Promise (4), Sonofa Sorcerer (5), Wot About Me (6), Never Idle (7), Alittlemoreaction (pu), Catch A Tartar (pu), Groove Jet (pu), Hurricane Storm (ur), Sassparilla (f), Sealed Orders (pu). Three lengths, 20 lengths. 6.09. W £1.60. DF £12.70. 4-6 fav.
Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt Pony Race - Race one (Ponies 13.2hh and under):
1 Mr and Mrs Keenan's Tillybird (Fitzwilliam) (T Keenan),
2 Mrs K Castle's Ashdown Dougal (Fitzwilliam) (Miss I Castle),
3 The Hayward Family's J J (Suffolk) (C Hayward).
Also: Corin (4), Banadl Sarah, Briar June, Houdini Bambam, Murphy. Head, four lengths. No time taken.
Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt Pony Race - Race two (Ponies 13.3hh to 14.2hh):
1 Miss E Clutterbuck's Stambrook Marquesa (Thurlow) (owner),
2 Mrs M McCaffrey's Lady Kay (Aldenham Harriers) (Miss N McCaffrey),
3 Miss R Chinnery's Hetty (East Essex) (owner).
Also: Mr Ed (4), Eyebrook Beatrice, Grand Finale, Matley Mystery, Midnight Star, Rosie. Four lengths, half a length. No time taken.