Great day for Frankie as Lord Topper delivers in the Ladies Open race
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Point-to-Point racing was back at Horseheath, on Saturday, after an enforced break, firstly due to adverse weather and then as a result of the outbreak of equine flu, writes Mike Ashby.
Stringent measures were in place to ensure BHA regulations were adhered to and there was a favourable turnout of runners for this re-arranged Thurlow Hunt fixture.
It was a memorable day for Frankie Flinton who rode her first winner on Lord Topper in the Ladies Open race when coming with a well-timed challenge to lead at the last to go on to win by five lengths.
Now trained in Newmarket by James Owen, the gelding had won two hurdle races at Newton Abbot during last summer before being purchased by the Flinton family. After an encouraging first outing for the new partnership at Ampton last month, Lord Topper was sent off favourite and justified the odds of even money to land the spoils.
William Humphrey from West Wratting is certainly making a name for himself in the sport when winning the Novice Riders race on Local Show by a comfortable two lengths.
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Trained by his mother Sarah, this was the pairing’s third win of the season from five outings. There is no doubt William gained massive experience from riding in pony races in East Anglia and beyond before attaining his 16th birthday.
The Andrew Pennock-trained, Chapelier followed up his Ampton success with another pleasing performance in the Restricted race. Ridden by stable jockey Richard Collinson, the seven year old stayed on strongly up the testing Horseheath run-in and had a four length advantage at the winning post. Summer Sounds regained the winning thread in the opening race, in the quickest time of the day, with an enterprising front-running display under Alice Stevens.
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Smoke Man out-jumped his rivals to win the young horse maiden race to look an exciting prospect for the Chatfeild-Roberts family. Thetalkinghorse took the Men’s Open race by a head to provide Northamptonshire trainer Gerald Bailey with the first of two winners, the second of which was Bardista in the older horse maiden who outfought Racing Eagle, before prevailing.
THURLOW HUNT RESULTS at HORSEHEATH
GOING: GOOD / GOOD TO FIRM in places
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1st SUMMER SOUNDS ( Alice Stevens ) 5/2
2nd Gunmoney ( John Russell ) 7/1
3rd Bingo Star ( Jack Andrews) 7/2
Mr Maclennane 9/4 Fav ( 4th )
Time: 6 mins 01 secs Distances: Distance, Head 8 ran
Open Maiden 4,5,6yo
1st SMOKE MAN ( Tom Chatfeild- Roberts ) 5/1
2nd Un Huit Huit ( Richard Collinson ) 7/4
3rd Icallherkaytee ( Jack Andrews) 4/1
Broadwater 6/4 Fav ( Fell )
Time: 6-11 Dists: 10L, 10L 6 ran
PPORA ( Novice Riders )
1st LOCAL SHOW (William Humphrey) 2/5 Fav
2nd Back Bar ( Henrietta Cranfield ) 5/1
3rd Amigo ( John Morrey ) 5/1
Time: 6-07 Dists: 2L, 7L 5 ran
1st LORD TOPPER ( Frankie Flinton ) Evens Fav
2nd Oh Toodles ( Immy Robinson ) 7/4
3rd For ‘N’Against ( Izzie Marshall ) 9/4
Time: 6-12 Dists: 5L, ¾ L 4 ran
1st THETALKINGHORSE ( Tom McClorey ) 4/5 Fav
2nd Ardkilly Witness ( Will Thirlby) 4/1
3rd Subtitle ( Phil York ) 10/1
Time: 6-05 Dists: Head, 1L 6 ran
1st CHAPELIER ( Richard Collinson) 11/10
2nd Thomas Shelby ( Alex Vaughan-Jones ) Evens Fav
3rd It’ll Be Grand ( Darren Thomas ) 7/1
Time: 6-12 Dists: 4L, Distance 6 ran
Open Maiden 7yo and over
1st BARDISTA ( Alex Vaughan-Jones ) 2/1
2nd Racing Eagle ( Jack Andrews ) 4/5 Fav
3rd Lynda’s Boy ( Miss S Walker ) 8/1
Time: 6-14 Dists: ¾ L, Distance 7 ran