Highlights of the last three decades of the Cambridgeshire
by Mike Ashby
Date: 14th February 2015 Going: GOOD to SOFT
Races: 7 Runners: 47 Winning Favourites 2 out of 7
David Kemp was unable to fulfil his riding duties, due to injury, but wearing his trainer’s headgear saddled two winners, on the day. CURRAIGFLEMENS had the assistance of Dicky Collinson in the younger horse Maiden and they were never headed, winning by two lengths from Teeton Kato.
The ride on MOROMAN, in the Men’s Open was entrusted to Sam Davies-Thomas and this new pairing won by the proverbial distance, drawing clear from three out. BERTIES DREAM and Gina Andrews continued their successful partnership with victory in the Ladies’ Open and had no problems putting their three opponents, in their place. Gina then went on to complete a double, in the concluding older horse Maiden, with REMARKABLE MAN. Although already well clear of their rivals, they were left virtually alone when there were three fallers/unseats at the final fence, leaving the only other finisher Celtic Intrigue a massive distance in arrears.
MOROMAN: Bay gelding by Morozov out of Emma’s Love
This proved to be a terrific season for Barry Belchem’s class act and the gelding did the East Anglia Point-to-Point scene proud when winning the Champion Hunter ‘Chase at Stratford in May, having already won the Eastern Counties Cup Hunter ‘Chase at Fakenham on Easter Monday. Although David Kemp wasn’t available to ride, through injury, both here at Horseheath and at Stratford, where Gina Andrews had the winning ride, there was the utmost pride felt within the Kemp yard, to have trained the winner of this prestigious prize.
Date: 5th February 2005 Going: GOOD
Races: 7 Runners: 74 Winning Favourites: 4 out of7
NORTHALL LAD won the older horse Maiden but not without some sketchy jumping on the way. Paul Cowley deserves great credit for nursing the 5/4 favourite home in the final race of the day, where only three finished. George Cooper also showed all his experience in the saddle to win the Restricted on MONARCH RULER. The pairing gradually made up ground, on the leaders and took command of the race from three out to go on and win by 10 lengths from Teeton Fizz.
The opening Members’ race produced the closest finish of the day when GENERAL CONFUSION made virtually all the running and was easily clear of his rivals when totally mis-judging the second last obstacle. More riding plaudits issued here, this time to Tim Lane who composed the partnership and although looked likely to be caught, rallied enough to hold on for a neck victory over Master Club Royal with Ruperts Choice, a further neck away in third place.
MONARCH RULER : Chestnut gelding by Be My Chief out ofBusters Sister
Not the most robust of racechorses but had shown good potential in the limited appearances on the racecourse. Won his Maiden here at Horseheath during the 2004 season and was clear of his rivals when unseating his owner George Cooper at Amptonearlier in the 2005 season, in his first attempt at a Restricted. Won in good style here but was not seen again during this campaign.
Date: 18th March 1995 Going: GOOD to SOFT with SOFT patches.
Races: 7 Runners: 71 Winning Favourites: 2 and one Joint favourite out of 7
Two odds-on favourites, Craftsman (Confined) and Counterbid (Ladies’ Open), failed to win their respective races. Counterbid had every chance, having always been ridden in a prominent position by Nicola Bothway, but never reached BALLYANDREW and Sam Gritton who jumped impeccably from the front and were still 10 lengths clear, at the finish. Craftsman finished very tired and distant second behind LOYAL NOTE and Simon Andrews. Simon went on to complete a double when WHO’S FOOLING WHO justified joint favouritism, in the Men’s Open. The gelding was completing a hat-trick of wins.
WHO’S FOOLING WHO: Chestnut gelding by Bishop of Orange out Brinny Rose
This gelding had some moderate form in Ireland before being brought over to join Mike Johnson’s stable and became a very useful recruit. In the 1995 seasonhe won four races, was second twice and pulled up in his first race of the season. The other wins, apart from here at Horseheath, came at Higham and two successes were recorded at Cottenham.
Date: 21st March 1985 Going: GOOD
Races: 9 Runners : 106 No betting returns available A re-arranged meeting, held on a Thursday, produced a nine race marathon meeting. Leading owner, Joe Turner, enjoyed another successful afternoon with three winners. Two were ridden by his son David, namely BARSTICK ( Men’s Open Division Two ) and MIDDLERIVER ( Adjacent Hunts Maiden Division One ) whilst Jackie Hodge partnered SWARM to victory in the Ladies’ Open. Jackie nearly landed a double but was beaten by two lengths on Mussel Bed by HENFOLD COTTAGE and Don Cantillon, who survived an objection for crossing.
Alan Jessop rode a winner in unusual circumstances on NEAR RUM, who goes down as the winner after Chalk Pit’s rider, C. Gee, mistook the winning post and pulled his mount up to be passed on the run-in by Near Rum.
BARSTICK: Bay gelding by Bargello out Leuze
A half-brother to the 1979 Grand National winner, Rubstic. Apart from falling in his opening race of the 1985 season at Cottenham, this gelding rattled up some excellent victories including a Hunter ‘Chase win at the United Hunts Club meeting at Folkestone in May and was officially named as the PPOA Young Horse of the Year for 1985.