Andrew and Lauren Braithwaite, the Newmarket-based husband and wife jockey/trainer combination, stole the show with a double at a highly competitive Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace Point-To-Point at Horseheath, near Haverhill, on Sunday.
They hit the target first with Timephase in a division of the young horse Maiden, providing owners Adam and Clare Signy, from Pettistree, near Woodbridge, with their first proper winner – their only previous success had come courtesy of a walkover.
Timephase proved three-quarters of a length too strong for Cooleys Flyer with a huge break of 20 lengths back to third-placed Jock des Mottes.
Their brace was completed by Fourth In Line in the Restricted Race, which attracted a bumper field of 15 runners. There was no doubt about which of the 15 was the best come the finish as Fourth In Line, who is owned by another Newmarket resident, George Haine, pulled ten lengths clear of his rivals, headed by the favourite, Pertemps Heights.
Archie Wright, who lives at Badlingham, near Newmarket, went close to making a dream debut in the saddle in the opening Club Members Race. But his mount, Bally Wall, was denied by three-quarters of a length by Macklin, who is trained at Cowlinge, on the opposite side of Newmarket, by John Ferguson, and was ridden by his son, James.
Trainer Andrew Pennock, who trains at Timworth, near Bury St Edmunds, continued his good form of the past couple of seasons when The Rattler O’Brien, ridden by Ben Rivett, from Sharrington, near Holt, Norfolk, landed a section of the youngsters Maiden.
The winner’s prizes for the other four races were all exported outside East Anglia. The Ladies’ Open was something of a family affair as Droitwich trainer/rider Angela Rucker guided Sagalyrique to a four length defeat of Horsham Lad, ridden by her niece, Phine Banks.
Close behind in third was the much-admired mare, Mid Div And Creep. Now 13 years of age, she has lost a little of her pace and was suffering her first reverse in eight career outings at this venue.
The Men’s Open went the way of the classy recruit from professional chasing, Sybarite, who is trained in Shropshire by Phillip Rowley. Although Sybarite in now unbeaten in two starts between the flags, Rowley said afterwards that his horse still lacks confidence and will therefore not be sent hunter chasing in the near future.
Berkshire-trained Nipper John gave his owner, the former Norwich City footballer, Lee Power, a first Pointing victory in the Novice Riders Race while Gemini June, trained in Oxfordshire by Marcus Foley, justified favouritism in the closing older horse Maiden Race.
GOING: GOOD TO SOFT
1 Macklin – James Ferguson Ev’s f
2 Bally Wall – Archie Wright
3 Robin De Sherwood – Bridget Andrews
Time 6mins 26 secs Dists: 3/4L, 1 1/2L 9 ran 1 fence omitted, injured rider
4,5,6,& 7 Year Old Maiden Div 1
1 The Rattler OBrien – Ben Rivett 5/1
2 Clonshire – Gina Andrews
3 Harry Lever – Peter Mason
Time 6-38 Dists: 8L. 6L 10 ran Tinka’s Boy 7/4f (PU)
4,5,6 & 7 Year Old Maiden Div 2
1 Timephase – Andrew Braithwaite 5/2
2 Cooleys Flyer – Gina Andrews 2/1f
3 Jock Des Mottes – Jonathan Rogers
Time 6-37 Dists: 3/4L. 20L 9 ran
1 Nipper John – Brodie Hampson 7/2
2 Court Red Handed – Max Kendrick 9/4f
3 Gypsy Mark – Lewis Gordon
Time 6-27 Dists: 15L, 1L 11 ran
1 Sybarite – Alex Edwards 2/7f
2 Pristine Condition – Dicky Barrett
3 New Alco – Max Kendrick
Time 6-29 Dists: 3/4L, 6L 7 ran
1 Sagalyrique – Angela Rucker 7/2
2 Horsham Lad – Phine Banks 11/8f
3 Mid Div And Creep – Gina Andrews
Time 6-23 Dists: 4L. 1/2L 10 ran
1 Fourth In Line – Andrew Braithwaite 7/1
2 Pertemps Heights – Sam Painting 2/1jt fav
3 Ease And Grace – Alex Edwards
Time 6-26 Dists: 10L, 12L 15 ran Hope Royal 2/1jt Fav (PU)
8 Year Olds + Maiden
1 Gemini June – Sam Painting 7/4f
2 Earl Grez – Joe Hill
3 Robobar – Sam Davies-Thomas
Time 6-35 Dists: 3L, 10L 10 ran