East Essex, MarksTey, Sunday 17th March.

A thrilling Essex Grand National, in which just a short head and a neck separated the first three home after they had slogged through the mud for four miles, was the highlight of Sunday's East Essex Point-To-Point at Marks Tey.

Six of the seven runners were still in close contention jumping the fourth last fence. But Ide No Idea, trained at Wymondham by Caroline Fryer and ridden by her near-neighbour, Rupert Stearn, quickened five lengths clear soon after and looked to have the winner’s trophy in safe keeping.

RESULTS

GOING: SOFT (HEAVY IN PLACES)

Open Maiden

1 Red Burn – Alex Embiricos 6/1

2 Clonshire – Tom Ellis 3/1

3 Italian Dream – Claire Twemlow 10/1

Time 7-15 Dists: 1/2L, 3L 12 ran (Cooleys Flyer 6/4 Fav)

Confined

1 Cheyanwe – David Kemp 4/6 Fav

2 Bavard Court – James Owen 5/1

3 Don’t Tell Nina – Bridget Andrews 6/1

Time 7-15 Dists: 10L, 8L  6 ran

Mens Open (4m Essex Grand National)

1 Ide No Idea – Rupert Stearn 6/4

2 Owenacurre – Stuart Robinson 8/11 Fav

3 King Of Castile – Steve Spice 20/1

Time 8-58 Dists: shd, nk  7 ran

Ladies Open

1 It Was Me – Carey Williamson 1/3 Fav

2 Argentato – Bridget Andrews 5/1

3 Emergency Cover – Gina Andrews 3/1

Time 7-17 Dists: dis, 2L  6 ran

Restricted

1 Kayandson – Tom Ellis Evens Fav

2 Alexsandra Zofia – Joe Carden 3/1

3 Up And Away – Georgie Thorogood 5/1

Time 7-27 Dists: 2L, 8L  8 ran

Novice Riders

1 Court Red Handed - Max Kendrick 6/4

2 Sheriff Hutton – Archie Wright 1/2 Fav

3 Casson – John Morrey 4/1

Time 7-43 Dists: 1 1/2l, 20l  4 ran

 

Red Burn jumps the last in third place, just behind Italian Dream

Red Burn jumps the last in third place, just behind Italian Dream

Finnish Melody holds a narrow advantage over eventual winner Cheyanwe (cheekpieces)

Finnish Melody holds a narrow advantage over eventual winner Cheyanwe (cheekpieces)

The Essex Grand National comes to the boil - Ide No Idea (left) is challenged by King of Castille (centre) and Owenacurra at the last

The Essex Grand National comes to the boil - Ide No Idea (left) is challenged by King of Castille (centre) and Owenacurra at the last

It Was Me makes it six wins from his last eight starts

It Was Me makes it six wins from his last eight starts

Kayandsun - a star of the future?

Kayandsun - a star of the future?

Court Red Handed flies the last and the chasing Sheriff Hutton will find him impossible to pass

Court Red Handed flies the last and the chasing Sheriff Hutton will find him impossible to pass