Highlights of the last three decades of the Waveney
by Mike Ashby
Date: 25th January 2015 Going: GOOD
Races: 9 Runners: 78 Winning Favourites: 4 out of 9
A day that saw good- sized fields run on good ground and enjoyed by a good attendance. The riding of STRESS in Divison One of PPORA Members’ race showed how much fledgling jockey Archie Wright has improved and how he is destined to be near the top for riding honours, in years to come. Archie brought his father’s horse with a sustained challenge, two out, to lead near the finishing line
and deny Earl Grez and Joe Hill. Another Nick Wright owned horse, It Was Me was sent off favourite for the Ladies’ Open but they were unable to peg back BOUND FOR GLORY and Hannah Lewis who had led from the third fence and were able to hold off their challenge by 1 ½ lengths.
PLAY THE ACE and Dicky Collinson maintained trainer Andrew Pennock’s impressive record, in recent seasons, at Higham with a 2 length victory over Brians Well, in the Restricted race.
Staunch supporter of the Waveney Harriers, Jeffrey Bowles, was delighted to pick up the trophy, once again, for The Hunt race when his horse CARLANSTOWN, ridden by his daughter Annie, came home well clear of their rivals. Pete Mann was a jockey in form with a double, on the day with THE SLIOTAR (PPORA Club Members’ Division Two) and GLORY HUNTER (Open Maiden Division Two).
STRESS: Bay gelding by Witness Box out of Two Hart Road
Raced in Ireland for three seasons without success but has improved on that record in latter years with four wins and seven additional places in seventeen starts in points in the UK. A valuable member of Nick Wright’s team and is well handled by Archie Wright, as proved on this display.
Date: 30th January 2005 Going: GOOD
Races: 8 Runners: 67 Winning Favourites: 1 out of 8
East Anglian horses didn’t have it all their own way in this early season fixture. Raiders from East Sussex and Grafton country were amongst the winners. HeatherIrving won the Ladies’ Open with THE GRANBY whilst Di Grissell’s stable, from Brightling in East Sussex, recorded a double with SATCHMO ( Men’s Open) and LORD EURO ( Intermediate). Lord Euro, owned by East Anglian Jean Merriam, needed to strongly ridden by her son Alex to win by 1 ½ lengths. Gavin Wragg rode his own horse Satchmo and his riding exploits may have given concern to his backers during the race but the pairing were still 10 lengths clear of Madmidge, where it mattered, at the finish.
David Kemp, who rode the second here was therefore denied a double after DECKIE have given another competent performance, in the Confined, jumping clear two fences out and never troubled on the run-in. NO NAY NEVER and Annie Bowles repeated their success from Ampton, a fortnight earlier, when they comfortably saw off their only rival, Lambrini King, in the Hunt, Members’ race, to give Annie her second career success.
DECKIE : Bay gelding by Be My Native out of Shannon Spray
The gelding took on a new lease of life when joining David Kemp’s stable for owner Fleur Hawes. Won six races out of eight starts and placed in the other two in 2005. One of his wins came in the Queen’s Cup Hunter ‘Chase at Fakenham where his winning margin was 66 lengths !
Date: 11th March 1995 Going: GOOD
Races: 7 Runners: 79 Winning Favourites: 5 out of 8
AS YOU WERE and Dominic Parravani were narrow winners of the opening Hunt race, scraping home by a head from Mr-Paw and Lucy Hollis.
Rory Lawther and WELSH SINGER quickened clear on the flat to outpace the favourite, River Melody in the Mens Open with Melton Park a further 20 lengths in arrears.
DROMIN LEADER provided Nicola Bothway, wearing her grandfather’s Joe Turner
famous colours, with a winner in the Ladies equivalent. The pairing were always placed and won unchallenged, in the end. Division One of the Maiden saw Hugh Hodge’s FAR VIEW lose its maiden tag, in the hands of Rupert Wakely. The favourite in Division Two was Timber’s Boy who been brought though the field to go on and win the race when the gelding tried to refuse and unseated his rider, Robin Gill, at the last fence. The winners were David Featherstone and NEW YORK BOY who ran on well to steal the race on the run-in.
Simon Stearn and FLASHY BUCK justified favouritism by seeing off their rivals in the
Confined event in which half the field failed to complete the race.
FAR VIEW: Chestnut gelding by Phardante out ofWhosview
Very moderate performer under NH rules and although falling midway in his first point race, ran well enough to finish second, here at Higham in mid-February before finding his way into the winner’s enclosure, at this meeting. Subsequently went on to be placed on the two further appearances made in Restricted races in 1995.
Date: 27th March 1985 Going: GOOD
Races: 7 Runners : 48 Winning Favourites: No prices available
Apart from the opening Hunt race the following races saw plenty of runners contest each event.
The Restricted race saw seventeen start and Higham specialist HIT ME AGAIN, once again, showed his liking for the fast track with a 4 length victory over Town Hall with Jane McMath having the ride. BALLYARD SLIPPER and Samantha Andrews made all the running to win the Ladies’ Open, from Loanan and Lucy Gibbon. The gelding gallops powerfully and round Higham this proved perfect tactics, never allowing their rivals to get close. Another who enjoyed front-running was BASIL’S CHOICE, winner of the Adjacent Hunt’s race, for the Turner family.
David Turner needed to keep the gelding ‘interested’ from the start of the race as the gelding often displays a moody temperament and soon loses concentration, if headed.
In the opening Hunt race, only three faced the starter and the winner OPARAU finished alone.
HIT ME AGAIN: Chestnut gelding by Quayside out ofNell
Owned and trained by Robert Abrey, the gelding started the 1985 season in fine style winning on his first two starts, both at Higham. He won his Maiden at the opening meeting of the season, in February and followed up here taking the Restricted. Formed an excellent partnership with Jane McMath and all his five pointing successes to-date have been recorded at Higham.