Yesteryear for the Fitzwilliam
Date: 20th March 2011 ( Held at Cottenham ) Going: GOOD TO FIRM
Races: 7 Runners: 39
Winning Favourites 4 out of 7
Trainer John Ibbott enjoyed a double courtesy of MOUNTAIN EMPEROR, in the two-runner Intermediate race and FINNISH MELODY in the Restricted, both ridden by Gina Andrews.
A first ever double was achieved by owner Countess Cathcart with CAVEMAN and ROCKFIELD and both ridden by her son George Greenock who was also experiencing his first riding double. Caveman was winning for the thirteenth time whilst Rockfield opened his account in the older horse Maiden.
GREEK STAR won the Hunt race and there was a remarkable weight carrying performance by ALWAYS ROSES in the younger horse Maiden. Still under four, this filly and her jockey Hugh McKenna who carried a stone overweight, sprinted clear on the run-in to defeat MIDNIGHT RULER by two lengths.
MOUNTAIN EMPEROR: Bay/Brown gelding by Beneficial out of Rockport Rosa
A consistent performer and was often seen at his best when firmer ground conditions prevailed.
Expertly placed by trainer John Ibbott, often to win smaller field races and struck up a winning partnership with Gina Andrews.
Date: 18th March 2006 ( Held at Cottenham ) Going: GOOD TO FIRM
Races: 8 Runners: 73
Winning Favourites: 5 out of 8
FIND ME ANOTHER and Amy Stennett followed up a previous success, last time out, to win the Ladies’ open with an impressive turn of foot, to lead approaching the last and staying on resolutely. Nibby Bloom landed a double success with HOMME DE FER in the Confined and ALFIE MOON in Division Three of the Open Maiden. The former was always going well and justified favouritism with a five length victory whilst Alfie Moon also started favourite and defeated that gallant mare, Scare Lotte, who over subsequent seasons became a much-loved East Anglian participant.
FIND ME ANOTHER : Bay gelding by Shardari out of Naujwan Too
The gelding had an overall mixed 2006 season with three victories but also a string of letters Against his record, mainly the result of some sketchy jumping. However, not disgraced when finishing fifth, under 10 lengths behind the winner of the Gerrard Ladies’ Point-to-Point Championship Final Hunter’Chase at Huntingdon in May.
Date: 27th March 1999 ( Held at Cottenham ) Going: GOOD
Races: 8 Runners: 111
Winning Favourites: 2 out of 8
Neil King had a memorable day riding a treble, including two divisions of the Maiden. His Maiden winners were BATHURN and THE WAYWARD GUNNER and a total of fifty runners competed in the three divisions of this race. The other division went to PREMIER FIRST and Guy Pewter riding for his father, Norman. Neil King’s treble was initiated by PANGERAN who comfortably won the Restricted race by twenty lengths margin from Village Copper.
Simon Andrews was also in good form landing a double on BALLYALLIA CASTLE in the Confined and a Men’s Open success on JO JO BOY.
Gi d’Angibau and CRACKING IDEA got up in the last strides to deny Jill Wormall and Larry’s Lord in Ladies’ Open whilst Louise Allan and GOWLAUN landed the spoils in the opening Hunt race.
BALLYALLIA CASTLE: Chestnut gelding by Carlingford Castle out Clonsilla
A busy 1999 season for this Julie Read trained gelding starting with a Hunt Race win a In January. Won the Confined here and went on to win two Hunter ‘Chases at Huntingdon and Folkestone, all with Simon Andrews in the saddle.
Date: 27th March 1982 ( Held at Cottenham ) Going: GOOD
Races: 7 Runners : 105 Winning Favourites: 3 out of 7
John Sharp won the opening Hunt race on JIMMY LAD, for owner Trevor Marks, by a healthy ten lengths.
There were doubles for Andrew Berry and Peter Greenall, both visitors from Belvoir country. Berry’s successes on SCOBECK ( Adjacent ) and EVEN HARMONY ( Men’s Open ) were in back to back races whilst Peter Greenall’s mounts, MILE MARK and FAIRSAY, fully justified favouritism in their respective races, namely the Restricted ( Division One ) and the Maiden. Greenall’s two successes landed him the Cottenham course championship for the 1982 year.
MACKELLY secured win number four of the season in the Ladies Open in the hands of Mrs. D. Powles.
JIMMY LAD : Bay gelding by Jimmy Reppin out of Calabria
Maybe not one of the stars of Trevor Mark’s stable in 1982 but after an indifferent early start to the season, improved sufficiently to win the this Members’ Race and then finish a close third, in a twenty-one runner field, in a Restricted Open on his next start.