Trainer Caroline Fryer, jockey Gina Andrews and horse Mid Div And Creep were the standout performers at a highly enjoyable Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace Point-To-Point at Horseheath on Saturday.
Fryer has made an excellent start since setting up her yard at Wymondham last autumn and she took her record to three wins, a second and a fourth from her first seven runners with a double courtesy of Ballygalley Bob and Ide No Idea.
Ballygalley Bob has twice been out hunting with the Dunston Harriers ridden by his owner, David Taylor, from Carleton Rode, since winning at Ampton last month. And he remains in top form, surviving one serious jumping error at the tricky downhill fourth last fence en route to an eight length triumph in the Novice Riders’ Race.
Ide No Idea, partnered by fellow Wymondhamite, Rupert Stearn, fought a race-long duel with Galway Jack out in front of a 14-runner field in the Restricted Race. And, having looked beaten at the bottom of the final hill, he rallied in the gamest possible fashion to score by three lengths. Andrews, from Lilley, in Hertfordshire, has long been acknowledged as one of the country’s top young riding talents. She confirmed that impression with her first ever treble just two days after her 19th birthday.
She begun and ended the card winning on horses trained by her father, Simon. First she took the Club Members Race aboard Bluegun, prevailing in a tight three-way finish with Where’s My Baby and Evening Echo.
And the finale provided a tonic for owner Anthony Howland Jackson, from Wakes Colne, who is currently undergoing chemotheraphy, as he witnessed his recent purchase, Batalov, overcome numerous jumping errors in the older horse Maiden.
But the most popular of the Andrews trio was provided by Mid Div And Creep, who took her Horseheath record to an incredible seven wins from seven runs with a dominant display in the Ladies’ Open. James Owen missed out on the winning ride aboard Bavard Court in the youngsters Maiden having suffered a suspected broken foot in a fall in the previous race. However, his loss was fellow Newmarket resident Louise Allan’s gain, as she donned her silks in record time in order to partner the five-year-old.
Bavard Court is owned and trained by Joe Turner, from Ampton, near Bury St Edmunds.
Finally, the 13-year-old Northants raider, Denvale, came from miles back under his veteran owner-rider, Richard Hunnisett, to land the Men’s Open for the second year running.
1 Bluegun – Gina Andrews 4/5f
2 Where’s My Baby – Ben Rivett
3 Evening Echo – Andrew Braithwaite
Time: 6 mins 20 secs Dists: 1/2L, Nk 6 ran
4,5,6 & 7 Year Old Maiden
1 Bavard Court – Louise Allan 7/1
2 Chief Of The Park – Ben Rivett
3 Lord Francois – Jack Quinlan
Time: 6-20 Dists: 1/2L, 8L 12 ran Karintino 5/2f (PU)
PPORA Novice Riders
1 Ballygalley Bob – Richard Collinson 4/5f
2 Carapuce – Dale Peters
3 Early Wings – Lucy Saunders
Time: 6-12 Dists: 8L, 5L 14 ran
1 Denvale – Richard Hunnisett 3/1
2 Aughlea Bridge – Tom Cannon
3 James Pine – Mark Wall 5/2f
Time: 6-15 Dists: 8L, 2L 8 ran
1 Mid Div And Creep – Gina Andrews Evens f
2 Kilcasan – Hannah Watson
3 Ungaro – Heather Kemp
Time: 6-11 Dists:10L,3L 7 ran
1 Ide No Idea – Rupert Stearn 6/1
2 Galway Jack – Johnny Bailey 3/1 co fav
3 Kings Chase – Gina Andrews
Elite Beneficial 3/1 co fav (PU) Particular Man 3/1 co fav (PU) Time: 6-14 Dists: 3L, 8L 14 ran
8 Year Old + Maiden
1 Batalov – Gina Andrews Evens f
2 Royal Gesture – Jody Sole
3 Hoola – Tom Cannon
Time: 6-28 Dists: 2L, 1L, 8 ran