THE LAST FOUR DECADES OF THE CAMBRIDGE HARRIERS HUNT MEETINGS AT COTTENHAM
By Mike Ashby
3rd JANUARY2016 Going: Good to Soft Races: 8 84 ran
Two East Anglian successes on the day with GALROS LADY winning the 2 ½ mile, younger horse Maiden, under Richard Collinson, to get trainer Andrew Pennock off the mark for the season.
TOMMY O’DWYER, ridden by James Ferguson, became the first winner trained by Nick Wright for his great friend John Ferguson, when winning the opening division of the three mile Maiden. Nick has taken over the training of the Ferguson pointers after John relinquished his training interests to concentrate on his duties as Chief Executive of the Godolphin Racing organisation.
30th DECEMBER 2012 Going: Good to Soft Races: 10 126 ran
The 126 declarations from 215 entries resulted in ten races. James Tudor and HARBOUR COURT opened proceedings when winning the Club Members’ race to give trainer Alan Hill yet another Cottenham winner.
The younger horse, 2 ½ mile Maiden, not surprisingly, was split with Division One going to DRIFTWOOD PRIDE and Nico De Boinville. DREAMY GEORGE and James Owen completed the enthralling and busy day, for enthusiasts, when landing the odds in the concluding division.
5TH JANUARY 2003 Going: Good to Soft/Soft in places Races: 8 83 ran
Memorable day for Alex Merriam who rode his first winner on the grey, ALWAYS ON THE LINE, beating one of his mentors, Nibby Bloom, by a neck, in the Restricted race.
Patrick Millington delighted the crowd with his unique whirlwind action, riding style to win Division One of the younger horse, 2 ½ mile Open Maiden on BALLYCOTTON, at the exceptionally rewarding, Tote winning dividend of £63.60. !!
7th JANUARY 2001 Going: Good to Soft Races: 9 99 ran
A large crowd were given full value with some excellent racing and it proved to be a very successful afternoon for Gloucestershire based owner/trainer Milton Harris. His 20-1 chance STORMY SESSION landed the East Anglia region’s prestige race of the season, the Men’s Open, ridden by Scott Joynes. Scott was also the successful jockey on Milton’s other winner QUICK RESPONSE, backed into 6-1 from 20’s, in Division Two of the Open Maiden.
THE RURAL DEAN, owned by Stephen Howlett and his wife Julia, ridden by Nigel Bloom were three lengths winners of the Intermediate. The partnership survived a monumental blunder four out but Nibby coaxed the recent Ascot Sales, purchase home, for a popular win.
11th JANUARY 1998 Going: Good/Good to Soft in places Races: 9 136 ran
What a start to the season for Simon Sporborg, on the opening day of the 1998 campaign.Simon rode a treble courtesy ofBALLYDESMOND (Club Members’ ) whilst
SCARLETT O’HARA and ROB MINE won their respective divisions of the 2 ½ mile Maiden.All three winners were owned jointly by Sir Chips Keswick and Christopher Sporborg and trained by the latter, Simon’s father.
10th FEBRUARY 1990 Going: Good Races: 8 119 ran
A successful afternoon for Nigel Bloom who entered the winner’s enclosure, on two occasions.Nibby’s first victory came on QUICK APPROACH who stayed on strongly, after going clear three fences out, in the Adjacent Hunts race. SHAKE THE KING was left clear at the last when Cawkwell Tom fell, allowing Nibby to ease the winner on the flat, to take Division One of the Restricted Open.
14th FEBRUARY 1987 Going: Good Races: 8 124 ran
CARL’S CHOICE ( Restricted Open ) and NOAN WOOD (Men’s Open Division Two)
both put in impressive performances to register a double for George Cooper. Noan Wood was always in the leading group and kept finding extra, up the Cottenham staright, to defeat Rhusted , with James Fanshawe in the saddle, by five lengths.
Simon Andrews took the opening division of the Men’s Open on CAWKWELL PRINCE
but had to settle for a second and third place in later races.
19th FEBRUARY 1981 Going: Good Races: 8 116 ran
This meeting had to be re-scheduled and was run on a Thursday and produced winning doubles for both Don Cantillon and Lucy King. Don’s winners came on HUNTER’S GUIDE in the Restricted Open (Div. 1 ) and KAYLAD in the concluding Adjacent Hunts’ Maiden.
Lucy’s busy day, apart from her two successes on FLORIDA KING ( Ajacent Hunts’ ) and THE LATHKILL ( Restricted Open Div. 2 ) included a second and a third place in other races.