Saturday 23rd of March 2019
Racing

The Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point & Country Day

Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point and Country Day at Lockinge. © oliviapile.co.uk

Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point and Country Day at Lockinge. © oliviapile.co.uk

Harvey hits big five-o with birthday win and the Henderson family enjoy Lockinge success.

Easter Bank Holiday Monday, 28 March – Thousand’s defied the wake of Storm Katie and enjoyed and excellent days racing at the Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point and Country Day at Lockinge. Hours after the fierce storm swept through Oxfordshire, the Lockinge racecourse was bathed in sunshine and approximately 4000 visitors enjoyed six point-to-point and two pony races.

Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point and Country Day at Lockinge. © oliviapile.co.uk

Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point and Country Day at Lockinge. © oliviapile.co.uk

The first race, the Old Berks Hunt members ended in a family tussle between second-cousins and locally based jockeys Camilla and Freddie Henderson. In the final stages it came down to a two horse race between Medieval Chapel ridden by Camilla and Oliver James with Freddie on board. At the final bend Camilla had the advantage of the inside line and held on for a five length win for the jockey/trainer.

Camilla’s breathlessly responded moments after the race:

“I am thrilled. This is the horse’s first win pointing and I am delighted for him (the horse) and Dad (Nicky Henderson) who owns him.  Riding a winner at Lockinge is right up there for me along with Sprinter Sacre’s emotional win at the Cheltenham Festival just ten days ago”.

 

 

Freddie Henderson responded quickly to his defeat in the opener by winning both the secondand third races riding for his father and trainer James Henderson.   Say No was the easy winner of confined and Thanks For Coming staying on strongly to take the mixed open.

Commenting on his double Freddie said:

“I have never been so nervous than before Say No’s race.   He did a leg last season and it was touch and go if he would race again. But this fellow loves to race, he has a huge heart and it’s great to have him back this season running and winning. That should be a nice confidence boosting run for Thanks for Coming.  Nicky Henderson trained him under rules then he came to dad, but he’s only just come right for us now on the pointing circuit and we hope there is more to come from him”.

Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point and Country Day at Lockinge. © oliviapile.co.uk

Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point and Country Day at Lockinge. © oliviapile.co.uk

Following the fourth where the two starters failed to finish, it was a double celebration for Luke Harvey when Porlock Bay was the convincing winner of the restricted (5th race) ridden by Gina Andrews.   Harvey, the owner/trainer was warmly ‘serenaded’ by racegoers into the Lockinge winners enclosure to ‘Happy Birthday to you’ – as the former jump jockey was also celebrating his 50th birthday.

Luke smiled, with the win at Lockinge clearly meaning a lot to him; 

“The drinks are on me!”

Emgee was improving on his third on his last outing with jockey James Martin riding the seven year old to a comfortable win in the last race, the open maiden.  

Richard Manners, chairman of the Point-to-Point said; 

“We are very grateful to all the trainers, owners jockeys and visitors who supported us at the fixture at Lockinge today, it has been a really successful day”. 

www.oldberkshunt.co.uk/point- to-point

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