Kelly and Joe hit winning jackpot again

KELLY Smith and Joe Turner, two trainers who broke their ducks for 2008 while sharing four triumphs at Ampton six days earlier, provided the only East Anglian successes at the Fitwilliam (Milton) Point-To-Point at Cottenham.

KELLY Smith and Joe Turner, two trainers who broke their ducks for 2008 while sharing four triumphs at Ampton six days earlier, provided the only East Anglian successes at the Fitwilliam (Milton) Point-To-Point at Cottenham.

Smith and Turner live within barely a mile of each other on either side of the Ampton course near Bury St Edmunds.

It was a particularly sweet Saturday for Smith as she rode her own winner, Rockley Beach, while her boyfriend and training partner, James Owen, was aboard the Turner scorer, The Right People.

Rockley Beach's victory in the Restricted Race was hardly expected, as the horse was freely available at 16-1 in the betting ring beforehand. But he won in some style, taking up the running early on the final circuit and charging home a comfortable five lengths in front of Stroom Bank.


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His overjoyed pilot could hardly believe it, saying afterwards: “He jumped brilliantly. There were lots of front-runners and he can be very keen so I was worried that I wouldn't be able to hold him, but I managed it for over a circuit!”

Owner Margaret Brightwell, from Cosford Stud in Hadleigh, added: “I am so thrilled for Kelly as she puts so much into it.”

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The Right People got a copybook ride from Owen in the elders Maiden. Hitting the front approaching the second last, he proved eight lengths too good for the front-running Golders Green.

This completed a good day for the Turner team as their other runner, Leatherback, ridden by Joe's granddaughter, Zoe, made the hot favourite Bell Rock pull out all the stops before taking second place in the Ladies Open.

Now unbeaten in four Cottenham starts, Bell Rock is trained at Aston Rowant in Oxfordshire by Alan Hill, who had saddled the recent Ampton winner, Bon Accord, to finish second in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

Burwell-based jockey Matt Smith partnered his first winner of the season on Reel Cracker in the Connolly's Red Mills Intermediate Race.

It was not a good afternoon for Newmarket rider Harry Fowler, who finished second on odds-on favourite Henry's Luck Penny in the Intermediate as in the following event, the Men's Open, he finished a never dangerous fourth on Viciana, as Polar Scout landed the spoils.

Brown Teddy, trained at Bradfield St Clare by Alex Embiricos, stormed up the run-in to get within a head of Polar Scout at the winning post.

Tom Ellis guided home a third Northants-trained winner as Bobbies Ryde got the better of the gallant veteran, Round The Bend, in the Hunt Race.

Finally, there was a second Oxfordshire success as O'Connell's Forge, in the closing youngsters Maiden.

Cottenham results round-up

Race One (Members Race): 1 T Marks, N Dean and S Edwards' Bobbies Ryde (Fitzwilliam Milton) (T Ellis) 2 Miss L Allan and F Allan's Round the Bend (Fitzwilliam Milton) (Miss L Allan), 3 Mr and Mrs R Green's Kilfenora Ceili (Fitzwilliam Milton) (M Smith). Eight lengths, distance. 6.04. SP 4-6 fav.

Race Two (Intermediate Race): 1 The Teeton Racing Club's Real Cracker (Cottesmore) (M Smith), 2 P Riddle, Mrs E Young and P Clayton's Henry's Luck Penny (Grafton) (H Fowler), 3 Mr and Mrs S Stearn's Rocja (Suffolk) (R Stearn). Two lengths, three lengths. 6.01. SP 12-1 (Henry's Luck Penny 4-5 fav).

Race Three (Men's Open Race): 1 P Riddle, Mrs E Young, P Clayton and R Clarke's Polar Scout (Grafton) (T Ellis), 2 P Johnson's Brown Teddy (North Norfolk Harriers) (Owner), 3 Mrs F Hawes' Snob Wells (Dunston Harriers) (M Smith). Head, two lengths. 6.04. SP 3-1 (Snob Wells 5-2 fav).

Race Four (Ladies' Open Race): 1 A Hill's Bell Rock (Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and S Berks) (Miss E Jarvis), 2 J M Turner's Leatherback (Suffolk) (Miss Z Turner), 3 Miss L McGarity and G Watts' Levallois (Woodland Pytchley) (Miss N McKim). Two lengths, five lengths. 5.57. SP 4-5 fav.

Race Five (Restricted Race): 1 Mrs M Brightwell's Rockley Beach (Essex and Suffolk) (Miss K Smith) 2 S Stilgoe's Stroom Bank (Sinnington) (M Bennison), 3 H Waterer's Northsider (Devon and Somerset Staghounds) (Owner). Five lengths, eight lengths. 6.01. SP 16-1 (Laharna 11-4 fav).

Race Six (Open Maiden Race, 8yo and over): 1 J M Turner's The Right People (Suffolk) (J Owen), 2 Mr and Mrs A Martin's Golders Green (Heythrop) (A Martin), 3 J Ratcliffe's Twist The Facts (Fernie) (A Williams). Eight lengths, two lengths. No time taken. SP 2-1 fav.

Race Seven (Open Maiden Race, 4, 5 6 and 7yo): 1 Miss R Howe's O'Connell's Forge (Heythrop) (Miss C Hart), 2 H Hobson's Steak 'n' Kidney (Puckeridge) (Miss C Hobson), 3 P W Chapple-Hyam's Basiliko (Granta Harriers) (J Owen). Two lengths, one length. 4.42. SP 10-1 (Basiliko 4-5 fav).

Race Eight (Children's Pony Flat Race): 1 A Dixon's Knaphton Windrush (East Essex) (Edward Twinn), 2 Jo O'Hara's Bureside Snickers Williams (Puckeridge) (Kia O'Hara), 3 Mrs S Cranston's Dykebeck Wild Bramble (North Norfolk) (India Taylor). Twenty-five lengths, half-a-length. 1.21.

Race Nine (Children's Pony Flat Race): 1 Mrs E Andrew's Clonross Polly (Cambs with Enfield Chase) (Bridget Andrews), 2 Ms A Morris' Red Pepper (Heythrop) (Jessica Benfield), 3 Mrs K Taylor's Cwrt-y-Bettys Vocalist (North Norfolk) (Daisy Taylor). One and a-half lengths, head. 1.17.

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