Treble for James, double for Kelly
JAMES Owen and Kelly Smith can see Ampton point-to-point course from their Dalmer Lodge Stables at Timworth and they had a day to remember there at the Suffolk Hunt meeting yesterday.
JAMES Owen and Kelly Smith can see Ampton point-to-point course from their Dalmer Lodge Stables at Timworth and they had a day to remember there at the Suffolk Hunt meeting yesterday. James rode a treble and Kelly had a double to get off the mark for the season.
Smith was in tears after the Membersrace when Tregastel, who she owns in partnership with her mother, recorded her first win of the season. Owen gave him an enterprising ride to make all, which probably discouraged the odds-on favourite Cosmic Sky, who was beaten 15 lengths, in the fastest time of the day.
Smith had bought him at Ascot Sales with money left to her in the will of her grandmother, Peggy Maskell, and he raced in colours that Peggy had chosen but never used herself.
Owen's other two winners were both for Joe Turner, on whose land the meeting was held. Winapenny, who had run so well at Horseheath previously, got the Turners off the mark for the season in the Confined with Owen taking it up two out from the front running Baron Bernard.
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The Turners had bought their other winner, Thoutmosis, from Lenny Lungo after a successful career over hurdles, and he only made the one mistake when clocking Owen's treble in the Men's Open.
First time cheek pieces may have helped but with McBarker taking a nasty fall at the third he only had to beat Quality First, which he did by a distance.
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Amy Stennett was beaming after her win in the Ladies Open on Find Me Another. This was her first winner as a trainer and the horse was prepared at John Sharpe's yard in Dullingham. Stennett, who trains him for her mother Carolyn, grandmother Evelyn King and old family friend Cindy Aldridge, said that he appreciated the genuinely good ground and the first-time cheek pieces were also an assistance. Amy's own positive ride, where she got the better of Zoe Turner riding the odds-on Full Irish, probably was the main reason.
There was a disappointing turn-out for the Restricted. Only two went to post but it was close for a long way before Perfect Prefect, trained by Martin Ward, near Ely, pulled away after jumping quickly three out under Harry Fowler to win by 15 lengths.
Fowler had been thrown off Perfect Prefect in the paddock beforehand and Ward commented afterwards that he always appears ready to do this when feeling really well. His daughter, Becky, could get the mount on him next time in a novice riders race.
Eight went to post for the Open Maiden and this was the most competitive race of the day. The well backed Onyx D'Ace gave Kelly Smith her double in the hands of Tim Lane, who was mightly relieved to win and was given a celebratory sip of beer by the winning syndicate - The Can't Take It With You Partnership - before dismounting.
Smith said afterwards that Onyx d'Ace had been bought at the same Ascot sale as Tregastel and he'll now run in a restricted race over Easter.
Two pony races had preceeded the point-to-point with the under-128cm race going to Bureside Snickers William, ridden by 11-year-old Kia O'Hara from near Ware and the under-138cm race going to Buster, ridden by 13-year-old Rohan Plumb from Wacton in Norfolk.
Suffolk Hunt point-to-point results at Ampton
Good to Firm
Race One (Members Race): 1 Miss K Smith and Mrs S Everitt's Tregastel (Suffolk) (J Owen), 2 Major R G Wilson and R Abrey's Cosmic Sky (Suffolk) (R Stearn), 3 J M Turner's Rakatia (Suffolk) (E Turner). Three ran. Fifteen lengths, distance. 6.30. SP 5-1 (Cosmic Sky 1-3 fav).
Race Two (Confined Hunts Race): 1 J M Turner's Winapenny (Suffolk) (J Owen), 2 A Chinery's Baron Bernard (East Essex) (Miss R Chinery), 3 Mrs P King's Dunmanus Bay (Suffolk) (J Bailey). Also: Marine Gunner (4), Abrakadalpha (5), Never AWOL (6). Three lengths, 10 lengths. 6.40. SP 6-4 (Dunmanus Bay evens fav).
Race Three (Ladies' Open Race): 1 Mrs C Stennett, Mrs C Aldridge and Mrs E King's Find Me Another (Thurlow) (Miss A Stennett), 2 J M Turner's Full Irish (Suffolk) (Miss Z Turner), 3 M Burman's Frosty Run (Cambridge with Enfield Chace) (Miss E Bell). Also: Lord Euro (4), The Wiley Kalmuck (5), Celtic Star (6), Briar (pu). One and a half lengths, 3 lengths. 6.32. SP 3-1 (Full Irish 4-6 fav).
Race Four (Men's Open Race): 1 J M Turner's Thoutmosis (Suffolk) (J Owen), 2 M Ward and J Glenister's Quality First (Granta Harriers) (M Mackley). Only two finished. Also: McBarker (f). A distance. 6.39. SP 4-6 fav.
Race Five (Restricted Race): 1 M Ward's Perfect Prefect (Granta Harriers) (H Flowler), 2 Mr and Mrs R D Green's Kilfenora Ceili (Fitzwilliam Milton) (M Smith) Only two ran. Fifteen lengths. 6.53. SP 1-2 fav.
Race Six (Open Maiden Race): 1 The Can't Take It With You Partnership's Onyx D'Ace (Essex and Suffolk) (T Lane), 2 J M Turner's The Right People (Suffolk) (J Owen), 3 H Hill's Inchadoney Boy (Cambridge University) (A Williams). Also: Electric Times (4), Cadtauri (5), Artic Sun (pu), Running Attraction (pu), The Toad (f). Two lengths, 3 lengths. 6.46. SP 4-5 fav.
Pony Race One (Children's Pony Flat Race): 1 J O'Hara's Bureside Snickers William (Puckeridge) (Kia O'Hara), 2 A Dixon's Knapaton Windrush (East Essex) (Edward Twinn), 3 Mrs S Cranston's Dykebeck Wild Bramble (North Norfolk) (India Taylor). Also: Grouse (4). Half a length, 10 lengths. 1.12.
Pony Race Two (Children's Pony Flat Race): 1, R Plumb's Buster (Dunston Harriers) (Rohan Plumb), 2 Mrs K Taylor's Cwrt-y-Bettys Vocalist (North Norfolk) (Daisy Taylor), 3 Mrs E Andrews' Clonross Polly (Cambridge with Enfield Chace) (Bridget Andrews). Also: Sebastian (4), Croswell Robbie (5), Rory (6), Skylark (7), Poppy Carew (8). Eight lengths, two lengths. 1.05.