Men's Open should be the highlight

Point-to-Point by James CrispeWaveney Harriers at HighamA highly competitive Men's Open Race promises to be the highlight of the Waveney Harriers point-to-point at Higham tomorrow.

By James Crispe

Waveney Harriers at Higham

A highly competitive Men's Open Race promises to be the highlight of the Waveney Harriers point-to-point at Higham tomorrow.

A total of 91 entries have been received for what will now be an eight-race card, as the Open Maiden Race has been divided. The action will get under way at noon with the Members' Race and runs through until 3.40pm, when the Restricted Race comes under orders.

Three of the 10 Men's Open entries could be described as course specialists. But whereas Mai Point and Gatchou Mans have both experienced disasters as well as triumphs at this venue, Shanavogh has never been beaten here in three starts.

Pick of the other contenders is Westerton, a dual Hunter Chase winner last year who will be suited by conditions if the forecast rain arrives to leave the going on the easy side.

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The Ladies' Open has 15 engaged and could witness the reappearance of the 2003 Intrum Justicia Cup winner, Bitofamixup. Though blessed with tons of ability, Bitofamixup is a far from straightforward ride and it could pay to oppose him with Paradisio, who should appreciate this sharp track.

Star Glow, a dual winner here last term but a faller on his other visit, will prove difficult to peg back in the Intermediate Race where Bold Tactics is the most interesting of his 11 potential rivals.

Endeavour, who has won on four of his five appearances here, may struggle to give 3lb to last Sunday's Cottenham winner, The Red Boy, in the Confined Race. And Philip York, Star Glow's rider, could spark a double by landing a division of the Maiden aboard Morph.

Higham is on the Essex-Suffolk border, just west of the A12 using the B1068. Admission will be charged at £5 per car and £5 per adult occupant with children free.

Two changes have been made to the course since last season. The entry system has been amended in an effort to avoid congestion in Higham village.

The eastern entrance road, which was restricted to four-wheel-drive traffic last term, has been improved and re-opened to all traffic. And there is now a designated parking area for disabled spectators between the last two fences.

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