CAMBRIDGESHIRE with ENFIELD CHACE - HORSEHEATH
Saturday 14th February
David Kemp, who trains at Croxton near Thetford, had a great day at the rearranged Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace meeting at Horseheath on Saturday, saddling a double. But it could have been even better.
For one thing, Kemp was not aboard either of his two winners, Moroman and Curraigflemens, as he was still feeling the effects of a rib injury suffered in a fall at Godstone in Surrey the previous weekend.
And he should really have notched up a treble as his representative in the Restricted Race, Blue Benny, seemed to have been handed victory by the final fence departure of the favourite, Vertical Glen.
Unfortunately, Blue Benny did not look at all keen in the closing stages, and allowed Out Of Range to go past in the last 50 yards.
Moroman was the pick of the Kemp scorers, building on his fine second place to the classy Consigliere at Ampton in January to land the Mens Open under Sam Davies-Thomas.
Already a hunter chase winner, he may soon return to that sphere and would currently rank as one of the best horses in East Anglia.
Curraigflemens has plenty to do to warrant being mentioned in the same breath as his stablemate. But, well ridden by Dickie Collinson, this Irish import made an excellent start to his British career with a two length defeat of the promising debutant, Teeton Kato, in the Young Horse Maiden.
James Owen, who fought some notable battles with Kemp en route to winning numerous East Anglian jockey titles before hanging up his riding boots a couple of years ago, bagged his first training success since moving to Harraton Court Barn Stables in Exning, near Newmarket, when Remarkable Man took the other Maiden Race.
Part owned by Owen’s fiancée, Jenny Evans, Remarkable Man already had the race in safe keeping before multiple mishaps at the last obstacle saw his margin of triumph extend to over 200 yards.
Remarkable Man was piloted by Gina Andrews, who has hit a purple patch of form. She landed a Fakenham Hunter Chase on Friday astride Can Mestret and had earlier sparked a Horseheath double aboard Berties Dream in the Ladies Open.
Trained in Newmarket by Lauren Braithwaite, Berties Dream was winning for the third time this season and, given that he will be suited by faster underfoot conditions, that tally is likely to continue mounting in the coming weeks.
Conditions may have been testing but Horseheath was looking in fine nick for its first raceday in 22 months and the action got back under way in thrilling style in the opening Intermediate Race as the Oxfordshire raider, Goodnight Vienna, got the better of a prolonged battle with She’s Real to prevail by just a head.
Clerk Of The Course John Sharp was left with something of a headache following the Novice Riders Race success of the Berkshire visitor, Solstice Knight.
For this event was notable not only for the first riding success of 18-year-old Harry Marsh but also because his mount made a calamitous error at the second last fence, insodoing damaging the obstacle to such an extent that it could not be jumped for the rest of the afternoon.
GOING: GOOD TO SOFT, changed to SOFT after race 2
East Anglian Area Club Members
1st GOODNIGHT VIENNA (Joe Hill) 11/4
2nd She’s Real (Tom Chatfield-Roberts) 7/1
3rd Zagmeister (Sam Davies-Thomas) 7/2
Time: 6 mins 41 secs Distances: Head : 8L 10 ran ( Native Pride 11/10 Fav ( UR )
4,5,6 and 7 year olds Open Maiden
Ist CURRAIGFLEMENS (Richard Collinson) 11/2
2nd Teeton Kato (Sam Davies-Thomas) 10/1
3rd Sweet ‘N’ Ginger (Bridget Andrews) 6/1
Time: 6-56 Dists: 2L : Distance 7 ran (Emperor Arcadius 2/5 Fav PU)
PPORA Club Members ( Novice Riders )
1st SOLSTICE KNIGHT (Harry Marsh) 6/1
2nd Alpha Native (Susannah Gill) 3/1
3rd The Rodeo Clown (Tom Marett) 7/4 Fav
Time: 6.44 Dists: Distance : Distance 7 ran
All remaining races, two fences omitted(originally the 2nd last) as damaged in previous race.
1st MOROMAN (Sam Davies-Thomas) 1/4 Fav
2nd Priceless Art (Tom Chatfield-Roberts) 20/1
3rd Evening Echo (Andrew Braithwaite ) 12/1
Time: 6-44 Dists: Distance : Distance 5 ran
1st BERTIES DREAM (Gina Andrews) 1/6 Fav
2nd See You Jack (Bridget Andrews) 4/1
3rd King Du Berlais (Charlotte Ingleton) 5/1
Time: 6-48 Dists: 6L : Distance 4 ran
1st OUT OF RANGE (Peter Mann) 3/1
2nd Blue Benny (Sam Davies-Thomas) 6/1
3rd Baltic Blue (Carey Williamson) 25/1
Time: 6-56 Dists: 2L, 15L 7 ran (Vertical Glen 4/7 Fav Fell )
8 year olds and over Open Maiden
1st REMARKABLE MAN (Gina Andrews) 7/4
2nd Celtic Intrigue (Andrew Barlow) 7/4
Only two finished
Time: 6-49 Dists: Distance 7 ran (Saluting 6/4Fav Hampered & UR)