Saturday 8th April @ High Easter - Essex
Six days on from her thrilling inaugural triumph at Fakenham, 17-year-old Antonia Peck, was at it again, doubling her career tally by giving Remarkable Man a picture perfect ride to land the East Anglian Area Feature Race, the Warwick Vase Ladies Open, at the Essex Point-To-Point at High Easter on Saturday.
Remarkable Man is a tricky customer, as he proved when initially refusing to enter the paddock, twisting a shoe off in the process.
But Peck, from Denham, between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, made light of his quirks, riding a cool race before conjuring a late burst from her mount to land the £500 first prize by a neck. Remarkable Man is trained at Newmarket by his owner, James Owen.
Much of the rest of the seven-race card was dominated by Ed Turner and Andrew Pennock, two trainers based within a stone’s throw of each other just outside Bury St Edmunds, as they both registered doubles.
Turner, from Ampton, saddled Haut Bages and Franks A Million to victories in the Subaru Restricted Race and Intermediate Race respectively, both ridden by Wymondham’s Rupert Stearn.
Haut Bages was the pick of the pair, as he is just five years old and was notching his first victory since being exported from his native France two years ago.
Pennock, from Timworth, took his seasonal total to 18 thanks to Evan David-partnered wins in the 3m 6f Club Members Race (with Counting Stars) and in the Open Maiden (with Easy On Sunday).
Counting Stars will now step up to hunter chase company at Cheltenham on May 5th, while Easy On Sunday clocked a notably fast time on this, his British debut, and should be capable of following up in the coming weeks.
Lough Inch, the victim of Peck’s brilliance when caught close home at Fakenham the previous Sunday, got back to winning ways when notching a 15th success between the flags in the other Club Members Race.
His Leicestershire-based trainer, Tommy Morgan, reported afterwards that Lough Inch was much happier back at this 2m 4f trip and allowed to dominate from the front, rather than at Fakenham where he was pestered for the lead.
The meeting drew to a close in traditional style as Nigel Padfield, owner-trainer from Abridge near Epping, landed the Hunt Race for a seventh successive year thanks to Knockedoutloaded.
ESSEX HUNT RESULTSat HIGH EASTER
GOING: GOOD TO FIRM( Watered )
1st HAUT BAGES ( Rupert Stearn ) 4/6 fav
2nd Shamat ( Richard Collinson ) 9/2
3rd The Master Remover ( Charlie Buckle ) 6/1
Time: 6 mins 36 secs Distances: 4L, ¾L 4 ran
Countryside Alliance Club Members’ ( 3miles 6 furlongs )
1st COUNTING STARS ( Evan David ) 4/5 Fav
2nd Bincombe ( Tim Gredley ) 4/1
3rdCurraghbower ( Rupert Stearn ) 4/1
Time: 7-42 Dists: Distance, 18L 5 ran
PPORA Club Members’ ( 2miles4 furlongs )
1st LOUGH INCH (Sam Davies-Thomas) 1/3 Fav
2nd Kriss William( Ed Turner ) 12/1
3rdIgnite A Light( Alex Vaughan- Jones ) 4/1
Time: 5-01 Dists: Distance :6L 5 ran
1st RMARKABLE MAN ( Antonia Peck ) 6/4
2nd Houseparty (Tabitha Worsley ) 4/1
3rd Bavard Court ( Louise Allan ) 4/6 Fav
Time: 6-24 Dists: Neck, 2L 3 ran
1st FRANKS A MILLION (Rupert Stearn ) 6/4 Fav
2nd Master Ally( Richard Collinson ) 5/2
3rd Tulsa( Sam Davies-Thomas ) 2/1
Time: 6-22 Dists: Distance, 3L 4 ran
1st EASY ON SUNDAY( Evan David) 1/2 Fav
2nd Iwillifiwant( Richard Collinson ) 3/1
3rd Infinityandbeyond ( Charlie Buckle ) 7/2
Time: 6-17 Dists: Distance, Distance 4 ran
Essex, Essex Farmers & Union, East Essex Members’
1st KNOCKEDOUTLOADED ( Jack Andrews ) 1/6 Fav
2nd Assassino( Cathy Evans ) 3/1
Time: 7-13 Dists: ½L 2 ran