HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAST THREE DECADES OF CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY UNITED HUNTS CLUB MEETINGS - by Mike Ashby
29th NOVEMBER2015 Going: Good Races: 6 56 ran
Angela Rucker wins the Ladies’ Open for the third consecutive year on the same horse, SAGALRIQUE and remarkably the pairing never once started as favourite.
LITIBITLUSO and Gillon Crow land a massive gamble to win the three mile Maiden before going on to achieve other notable successes, during the season.
12th DECEMBER 2010 Going: Good to Firm/ Good Races: 6 48ran
Two East Anglian winners were recorded on the last two races of the day. Nick Wright achieved his first training success with his first ever runner when STRESS, partnered by Mikey Ennis, won the three mile Maiden.
The John Ferguson trained BENDECIDO, ridden by his elder son James, took the concluding shorter Maiden event.
7TH APRIL 2007 Going: Good to Firm Races: 6 33 ran
James Owen rode a double winning both the Maiden races on the card.
MISS TROOPER from the Bicester area won the mares only contest whilst
ROCKLEY BEACH came home five lengths to the good in the Open Maiden event. Sarah Humphrey owned and trained the winner of the Restricted race,
LANE MARSHALL and ridden by Nick Pearce. Martin Ward was another
owner /trainer who tasted success in the Men’s Open with QUALITY FIRST
ridden by Matt Mackley.
15TH APRIL 2000 Going: Good to Soft/Soft Races: 7 59 ran
PANGERAN and Neil King won the Men’s Open unchallenged whilst DAWN ALERT and Lisa Rowe also ran out easy winners of the Ladies’ equivalent. There were 12 runners in each division of the Open Maiden but the softening ground conditions took their toll and SPECTRE and Nigel Bloom beat only two others that finished, in Division One. HEATHBURN and Christian Ward-Thomas won by the length of the run-in from their only other rival who completed, in Division Two.
1st MAY 1998 Going: Good to Soft Races: 7 65 ran
Female jockeys enjoyed success in three of the four races they were qualified for, in addition to the Ladies’ Open victor. Winners for Lisa Rowe (HORACE), Zoe Turner (SOUND OF JURA), Lucy Gibbon (SMOKEY TRACK) and Tanya Bracegirdle (OVAC STAR).
15th MAY 1991 Going: Firm Races: 6 40 ran
SO ISLE and Matthew Gingell won the opening Club Members’ race to record their third win of the season. FORT HALL and Tanya Bracegirdle were again impressive in the Ladies’ Open to register the gelding’s 10th consecutive victory of the season.
20th MAY 1987 Going: Good to Firm Races: 5 49 ran
A double for Simon Andrews on NEWNHAM in the Adjacent Hunt’s race and
KELLY’S BRIDGE in the concluding Farmer’s race. The Ladies’ Open produced a tight finish and the judge declared MARTINEAU and Paula Claydon the winners by a short head over Kula whose plight was not helped when Lucy Gibbon lost an iron at the last fence.Alan Hill partnered the seven year old mare BATEASE to a comfortable win in the Men’s Open for owner Judy Wilson.
23rd FEBRUARY 1980 Going: Good to Soft Races: 9 152 ran
Lucy King rode a double on FLORIDA KING (Adjacent Hunts) and
MR. MELLORS ( Ladies’ Open Division One ) but had to settle for 3rd place, on the favourite, CLONMELLON in Division Two of the same race, behind the winner ROUNDTOWN and Josie Sheppard.
John Sharp went close on two occasions, just beaten on Water Sport and Warrior King whilst the final race of a marathon day went to ICY AFFAIRE, ridden by Simon Sherwood for his father Nat.