Highlights of the last three decades at Northaw
by Mike Ashby
Date: 5th May 2014 Going: GOOD TO FIRM
Races: 6 Runners: 36
Winning Favourites: 3 + 1 jt-fav out of 6
A timely treble for Bridget Andrews in her quest for the National Lady Rider’s Championship,which she ultimately won on the last day of the season. Bridget’s winners came courtesy of VOLCAN SURPRISE ( Ladies’ Open), EXCITABLE ISLAND ( East Anglian Club Members’) and HUNTS VIEW ( Open Maiden).
Volcan Surprise was winning for the fifth time in the 2014 season, Excitable Island was landing a third win whilst Hunts View won the Maiden for her trainer/father Simon, by a head.
This has also been a good season for Rosie Thorogood who enjoyed another novice rider race Victory on FRANKIE ANSON in the PPORA Club Members’ race.
VOLCAN SURPRISE: Brown gelding by Dom Alco out of Invitee Surprise
This six year-old was a revelation in the 2014 season, winning at will and give all the assistance need in the saddle by Bridget Andrews . The Fryer stable kept the gelding on the go from early season and found no reason not to keep saddling him, while he kept winning.
Date: 3rd May 2004 Going: HEAVY
Races: 6 Runners: 34
Winning Favourites: 1 out of 6
Uncharacteristic Northaw, heavy course conditions resulted in several fences having to be dolled off for most of the races. It was however a notable afternoon for trainer Henry Hill and jockey Tony Williams who landed a double with BALLAD ( Men’s Open) and A FINE STORY finally winning her Maiden at the tenth attempt.
Owner Patrick Millington won the Restricted race with BUCKLAND BOBBY although Patrick himself partnered the third placed horse Society Scandal with Andrew Sansome aboard the winner. Zoe Turner and SPRING GALE produced their challenge to perfection to take the Ladies’Open race in which General Confusion ran out. Earlier in the afternoon General Confusion had unseated it’s rider in the opening Hunt race which was won by ICAL, partnered at the last minute and for the first time by Alex Merriam.
SPRING GALE : Bay gelding by Strong Gale out of Orospring
A prolific winner for the Turner stable who once the race commences will always give his all but can be reluctant on the way to the start. Zoe Turner is the gelding’s regular partner and knows all his traits but also knows how to handle him when the starter’s flag is dropped.
Date: 2nd May 1994 Going: FIRM
Races: 6 Runners: 33
Winning Favourites: 3 out of 6
RIVER MELODY had no problems in comfortably seeing off her rivals in the Confined. Tim Moore, initially held up the odds-on favourite but when asked, the chestnut effortlessly took command to go on and win by six lengths. AS YOU WERE (Zoe Turner) and NORTH BANNISTER ( Perry Harding-Jones) ensured the Ampton stable of Joe Turner returned home with two winners. They were easy winners of the Ladies’ Open and Restricted races respectively, both doing just enough to land the prizes for the Turner family.
RIVER MELODY: Chestnut mare by Over The River out of Deep Solare
An ultra busy season in 1994 for this energetic mare who was on the go from January at Cottenham to the end of May at |Dingley, winning four of her ten starts. This was her first season with Tim Moore and her consistency, especially in the early part of the campaign, would have pleased her new ownership.
Date: 7th May 1984 Going: FIRM
Races: 6 Runners : 32
Winning Favourites: 2 out of 6
It looked like being a frustrating day for Simon Andrews, at this Enfield Chace meeting, having finished runner-up, in the first three races. His mounts had to settle for second best to LOCH SLOY (Hunt race), MENWENICK (Adjacent) and ROBSON (Men’s Open).
MINI BRUNETTE rescued Simon’s day in the concluding Maiden, although there was a very tight finish to this race. Seven runners, faced the starter, but a mere five lengths covered the first five home.
Lucy Gibbon and LOANAN were victorious in the Ladies’ Open whilst ROBSON and Championship-chasing Peter Greenall were the easiest winners of the day
LOANAN: Brown gelding by Boreen out of Santa Luna
Nine outings for this gelding, during the 1984 season, who normally prefers a firmer surface to produce his best performances. The records show that the three wins were registered from those outings all came in Ladies’ Opens and with each victory he was partnered by Lucy Giobbon.