Bridget Andrews looks to have sealed the National Lady Riders’ Championship title
- Credit: Jacqueline Hodge
Winning the last two races of the East Anglian Point-to-Point season at Dingley yesterday, to add to her winner at Hereford on Saturday, looks to have sealed the National Lady Riders’ Championship title for East Anglian jockey Bridget Andrews.
She finished the day four victories ahead of her closest pursuer Jacqueline Coward, who failed to ride a winner on the card.
Bridget is now on a career-best 25 winners after she first had to utilise all her power and guile to cajole odds-on favourite Hardy Morning to victory in the Open Maiden.
Hardy Morning looked reluctant for most of the race but a power-packed finish from Bridget forced her mount passed her younger brother Jack Andrews aboard Italian Dream on the run-in.
Jack is still looking for his first winner but Bridget was in no mood for sentiment. Hardy Morning is trained by Nigel Padfield at Abridge near Loughton and is a full-brother to Grade 2 winning Irish chaser Snowy Morning.
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Bridget’s double was registered in facile style in the concluding 2m4f maiden as the four year-old debutant filly Florella ran out a comfortable winner for long-time successful owner/breeder Simon Tindall.
Florella looks set for a future under rules.
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Former champion Gina Andrews, elder sister of Bridget, denied her sister another winner in the Ladies Open, steering the classy Berties Dream to his third victory of the year for Newmarket trainer Lauren Braithwaite.
A poor run in the Cheltenham Foxhunters has been the only significant blemish during Berties Dream’s season and he proved too strong for the prolific Volcan Surprise and Bridget, who have already teamed up to win five times this season, with Amicelli and last year’s National Champion Jacqueline Coward back in third.
It was fitting that the first three home were ridden by the first three in this season’s National Lady Riders’ Championship, who are also the last two Champions and the new Champion elect.
Two other East Anglian horses were also victorious on the Dingley card.
Thewellmeadow won the opening Hunt Members race for Sutton near Ely trainer Martin Ward and his stable jockey Dicky Collinson who rides out daily at the yard of Newmarket flat trainer Robert Cowell.
While the wonderfully consistent The Rodeo Clown, a stable stalwart for Cowlinge near Newmarket trainer John Ferguson, provided Hugo Thompson-Brown with a memorable first career winner in the Novice Riders’ contest.
Hugo works full-time at the John Ferguson yard and was registering a much-deserved first victory as he has come close on several occasions this season. This was a third win of the season for The Rodeo Clown who has only finished outside of the first three once from nine runs this year.
East Anglian raider the Turner Family’s Kriss William was defeated by the talented Gunmoney in the Mens Open, while the Restricted was won by progressive mare Milemilia who was scoring for the second consecutive time at Dingley for Towcester trainer Richard Pringur.