Highlights of the last three decades of the Cambridge University Draghounds
by Mike Ashby

2010-2015

Date:     18th  February 2012        Going:   GOOD

Races:        7       Runners:    49       Winning Favourites          5 out of 7

A treble for the John Ferguson stable was the highlight of the meeting, although not

everything went to plan with their runners. The Men’s Open saw the Ferguson

representative Earth Dream suffer a slipping saddle problem at halfway and pulling

up whilst in the Ladies’ Open, Mister Socks ridden by Carey Williamson, came up

against the hot favourite QOZAK and had to settle for second place. The stable’s

treble came courtesy of MACKLIN ( Restricted), ELVIS THE KING ( older horse

Maiden ) and DR. HARRY WHO ( younger horse Maiden ), all ridden by the

Ferguson stable’s assistant trainer, James Owen. SHANNINA won the Members’

race for the second successive year, this time partnered by Ben Rivett, after staying

on strongly on the run-in to overhaul Mister Tibus, in the last fifty yards.

Favourite backers were mainly in their element and the only two winners to escape

their clutches were SHE IS A CRACKER partnered by young George Gorman, who

took the Men’s Open and Shannina’s repeat effort in the Member’s race was

returned at odds of 33/1.

FEATURED HORSE:

MACKLIN:   Bay gelding by Millenary out of Finisklin

Formerly ran in Ireland but this gelding has proved successful since running in

points in East Anglia. His record stands at 6 wins to-date with five other placings

from seventeen outings. Also successful in the Queen’s Cup, an Easter Monday

hunter ‘chase at Fakenham in 2013 and was pulled up in the same race, two years

later, in his only other start under rules.

 

2000-2009

Date:     28th January 2007             Going:    GOOD

Races:       8      Runners:    113     Winning Favourites:        0 out of 8

The only East Anglian winner of the afternoon came in the opening Members’ race

 when the sixteen year-old DEMASTA, ridden by his owner Peter Johnson, hung

on to win in a tight finish, by a neck.  BELL ROCK won the Ladies’ Open, giving

Emily Jarvis her first riding success. The judge had to work overtime, here, to

decide the minor places as only two lengths separated the first five horses home.

Top jockeys took the riding honours. Richard Burton took the Intermediate race

on SPREAD THE DREAM and followed this in the next, the Men’s Open

with a win on the impressive, GO FOR BUST. Gary Hanmer won on

TOU CHARMING in the older horse Maiden and KEENANS RESERVE

in a division of the younger horse Maiden.

FEATURED HORSE:

BELL ROCK :   Chestnut gelding by Charmer out ofSule Skerry

This nine year-old was the star turn at the Cottenham course during 2007 season,

winning three Ladies’ Opens, each success with Emily Jarvis in the saddle.

In the final Cottenham fixture in April, Bell Rock broke the course record, that

had stood for sixteen years, by a second.

 

 

1990-1999

Date:    9th February 1997                Going:  GOOD TOFIRM

Races:      7         Runners:     74       Winning Favourites:     4 out of 7  

A double for Simon Sporborg with CARDINAL RICHLIEU making all to

win the Men’s Open from River Melody and Tim Moore by one and half lengths.

The stewards looked into possible interference on the run-in but the result stood.

Earlier Simon had taken the opening Hunt race on the odds-on AUCHENDOLLY

in a slowly run race.RICHARD HUNT and Lisa Rowe won the Ladies’Open,

running on well down the Cottenham straight to take the lead on the flat and

prevailing by a neck from Mountshannon.

The Open Maiden was run in two divisions with William Wales and REGAL BAY

successful in the first division although the gelding finished lame and was

immediately dismounted.

Helen Pewter and ZOES PET won Division Two by a seven length margin to deny

William Wales a quick double as he had to settle for second place on Regency Cottage.

FEATURED HORSE:

RICHARD HUNT:    Bay gelding by Celtic Cone out of Member’s Mistress

This was the thirteen year-old’s last win but his 25th in total, in all races. A wonderful

servant to the Rowe family who had a great understanding with Lisa, providing her with many successes in Ladies’ Opens. The gelding was retired after pulling up in a hunter ‘chase at Huntingdon, in late February 1997.

 

1980-1989

Date:   7thMarch 1987             Going:                 

Races:             9           Runners :   133     Winning Favourites:     6 out of 9   

George Cooper was seen at his best when CARL’S CHOICE stayed on well on

the run-in to defeat the favourite Stanwick Lad and John Sharp, in the Men’s Open,

by a neck. An even tighter finish came in the opening Members’ race which resulted

 in a dead-heat. PROMINENT ARTIST ( Ollie Vaughan-Jones ) and LIGHT DEMON

( Brod Munro-Wilson ) couldn’t be separated by the judge and Brod’s 5lb overweight

might have been a deciding factor.

Owner Mrs Gaynor, trainer Lucy Wadham and jockey Don Cantillon celebrated a

double success with CODGER ( Restricted Division One ) and FORT HALL

( Adjacent Division One ). Division Two of the Adjacent went to RHUSTED and

James Fanshawe. This initiated a double for James and trainer Jill Duffield who were

back in the winner’s enclosure again after ELUSIVESPIRIT won Division One of

the Maiden.

FEATURED HORSE:

CARL’S CHOICE:   Bay gelding by The Brianstan out of Spartan’s Girl

As a six year-old, in 1987, won two races at Cottenham in impressive style. Fell earlyon, at the 6th fence, when attempting a third course win in late March. George Cooper, owned and ridden, trained by Ruth Hayter and qualified with the Essex & Suffolk.