The Turners were among the winners again on their home course at the Suffolk meeting at Ampton yesterday (Sunday), as the fast-improving Pampered Gale beat Kingfisher Star by ten lengths in the Restricted Race. Andrew Sansome, who rode Bruan, was board again here and he went on to complete a weekend treble when Lord Drakkar edged home by half a length in the first of two Maiden races.
Lord Drakkar is trained at Carlton by Julie Read and is owned by an enthusiastic four-man syndicate headed by Soham postman Roy Green.
The other Maiden was even closer, with Holy Moses getting up in the very last strides to beat Grey Fusilier by a head and give 26- ear-old Rachel Barrow, from Newmarket, a deserved first East Anglian victory and only the second of her riding career. Holy Moses is trained at Herringswell Stud by Eric Cantillon.
Tea Box maintained his unbeaten record since joining the Kilverstone yard of Malcolm and Celia Kemp when landing the Members’ Race and, in a day of tight finishes, Sam Hodge needed all her skill in the saddle to get Thurles Pickpocket home by half a length from the Barrow-ridden Mister Audi in the Ladies’ Open.
Thurles Pickpocket, trained at Raydon, near Hadleigh, by George Cooper and Cherie Cunningham, won despite hating the very sticky ground and the same can be said for Fair Exchange, who needed to be driven out by Paul Taiano to land the odds in the Land Rover Men’s Open.
The Confined Race went to Village Copper, trained at Glemsford by Ruth Hayter, who responded to the vigorous riding of Christian Ward-Thomas to beat Native Status by three lengths.
Race One (Members’ Race):
1 M Kemp’s Tea Box (Suffolk) (D Kemp),
2 J M Turner’s Millenium Way (Suffolk)(A Sansome),
3 N Pewter’s Dalligan (Suffolk) (W Pewter).
Also: Adamatic (4), Dockmaster (pu). Half a length, five lengths. 6m 59s. W £1.40. SP 1-2 fav.
Race Two (Confined Race):
1 Mr and Mrs A Howland-Jackson’s Village Copper (Suffolk) (C Ward-Thomas),
2 A Ayers’ Native Status (East Essex) (owner),
3 Miss A Bowles’ Society Lad (Waveney Harriers) (owner).
Also: Neelisagin (4), Royal Banker (5), Royal Artic (6), Bob’s Tornado (ur), Rathgibbon (pu), Tarthooth (f). Three lengths, a distance. 7m 01s. W £3. SP 5-2 (Native Status 7-4 fav).
Race Three (Ladies’ Open Race):
1 Miss J Stevens’ Thurles Pickpocket (East Anglian Bloodhounds) (Mrs S Hodge),
2 M Ward’s Mister Audi (Granta Harriers) (Miss R Barrow),
3 Major M Edwards’ Ballyea Boy (Royal Artillery) (Mrs H Edwards).
Also: Foodbroker Star (pu), Gatchou Mans (pu), Prince Of Saints (pu), Senso (ur), Torus Spa (ref). Half a length, a distance. 7m 13s. W £3.60. SP 6-1 (Gatchou Mans 4-6 fav).
Race Four (Men’s Open Race):
1 Mrs M G Sheppard’s Fair Exchange (Cambridgeshire) (P Taiano),
2 A Ayers’ Novatara (East Essex) (owner),
3 J M Turner’s Dynamic Lord (Suffolk) (A Sansome).
Also: Garrison Friendly (4), Glaisnock Lad (5), Quiet Moments (6), Back Bar (f), Bauble (pu), Fair Farm Boy (pu), Night Thyne (pu). Ten lengths, a distance. 7m 01s. W £2.40. SP 4-5 fav.
Race Five (Restricted Race):
1 J M Turner’s Pampered Gale (Suffolk) (A Sansome),
2 Whitestick Racing’s Kingfisher Star (Cambs with Enfield Chace) (T Lane),
3 The Its My Job Partnership’s Early Morning Call (Avon Vale) (D Turner).
Also: Rip Kirby (4), Glad All Over (5), Changing Fashion (6), Glassbreaker (ur), Nubro (pu), Rio’s Lord (pu), Spittal Beck (pu), Thunderbird (pu). Ten lengths, 12 lengths. 7m 11s. W £2.10. SP 5-4 fav.
Race Six (Open Maiden Race – Division One):
1 Lordship Group’s Lord Drakkar (Suffolk) (A Sansome),
2 Mrs J Lewin’s Tell Monty (Aldenham Harriers) (T Lane),
3 P Jarvis and P Haslam’s Brave The Waves (Cambs with Enfield Chace) (P Jarvis).
Also: Baysgarth (pu), Wise Point (pu). Half a length, a distance. 7m 23s.W £2.50. SP 3-1 (Tell Monty 4-5 fav).
Race Seven (Open Maiden Race – Division Two):
1 E Cantillon’s Holy Moses (East Anglian Bloodhounds) (Miss R Barrow),
2 Marriage Family’s Grey Fusilier (Essex) (N King),
3 Mrs P King’s Great Survivor (Suffolk) (A Sansome).
Also: Artic Summer (pu), Ernford Tommy Gun (f), Great Blaze (pu), Green Leader (f), Little Bonza (pu), Paper Prince (pu). Head, 10 lengths. 7m 26s. W £8.60. SP 7-1 (Arctic Summer 9-4 fav).