GALLERY: Delight for Fryer family as jockey Bridget Andrews delivers a treble at Higham races
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Jockey Bridget Andrews and the mother and daughter training partnership of Sandra and Caroline Fryer stole the show at the Waveney Harriers Point-To-Point at Higham yesterday (Sunday) by notching their first ever trebles.
Two of the three victories came courtesy of favourites – it was a bad day for the bookies as six of the seven races were won by the market leaders – but the one big surprise was the triumph of Saveiro in the AGA-sponsored Ladies’ Open.
This witnessed a titantic late duel between Bridget Andrews and her older sister, Gina, aboard Start Royal. The younger sibling came out on top by a neck, much to the astonishment of Saveiro’s owners, David and Lucy Gibbon, who hail from Great Bentley near Colchester.
“We bought another horse off Yorkshire trainer Alan Swinbank and he put this one on the box too as a freebie.” Lucy admitted. “It was a case of buy one, get one free!”
Caroline Fryer, from Wymondham, said afterwards that she was ‘amazed’.
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“Saveiro works very well with my other horses at home, but we thought that he would need the run and I was really worried about him staying the three miles – that’s why I have entered him in a two mile race at Leicester next week.”
The other two Fryer/Andrews successes were more straightforward, although both featured major dramas at the second last fence.
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In the PPORA Club Members Race, Bridget made light of her mount, Festival Bound, jumping the penultimate obstacle in a most ungainly, sideways fashion. But it did not seem to affect their momentum, and, sporting the light blue and black silks of Great Yarmouth’s Cliff Underwood, Festival Bound immediately quickened away to score by 15 lengths.
Sandra Fryer’s Volcan Surprise took his 2014 tally to three wins in the closing Intermediate Race and was already well on top when his closest pursuer, Boston Article, took a sadly fatal fall at the second last.
Bridget Andrews now heads the East Anglian Lady Riders Championship after her trio lifted her seasonal total to seven. This is the same mark achieved by the male pacesetter, Ben Rivett, following his double, aboard Galbally King, in the Hunts Club Members Race, and Uber Alles, in the Maiden.
Both this pair are trained at Timworth Green, near Bury St Edmunds, by Andrew and Ruth Pennock, who are enjoying a spectacularly successful campaign. Owned by Alan and Jill Smith, from Frinton, Galbally King scored with the minimum of fuss but there was a heart-stopping moment at the last fence before Uber Alles could be crowned victorious.
Already holding a clear lead, he hit the fence very hard. Rivett, from Sharrington in Norfolk, was thrown right forward in the saddle before he eventually regained his balance.
Macklin, who represents three generations of the Cowlinge (near Newmarket)-based Ferguson family (one as owner, one as trainer and one as jockey) made light of an 11-month absence to land the Men’s Open Race.
And the Restricted Race provided a special moment for Henry Morshead, the 16-year-old son of top former professional jockeys Sam Morshead and Anthea Farrell. He partnered the Northants-trained Red Danaher to a narrow defeat of Dandan to notch his first ever victory.