Sunday 29th March 2009
by Robin Gray
Frensham property developer Fenton Ramsahoye, 46, who began point-to-point racing only this season after a lifetime of motor racing as a hobby, rode his first winner at Hackwood Park on Sunday.
On the 14 year old Heaven Is Above, Fenton beat Brendan’s Surprise by four lengths. Seven set out for the three mile Countryside Alliance Club race for novice riders, but as first one and then another partnership came to grief, it was left to these two contenders to fight out the finish.
‘The strong gallop suited my horse – it turned out to be the fastest time of the day,’ said the jubilant jockey. ‘I was in no hurry to tackly Brendan’s Surprise until the home straight and the last fence. Heaven Is Above is brilliant – his jumping was superb and I am thrilled to have won. It was only my fifth ride and I can’t wait to come back to Hackwood with him on Easter Monday, 13 April!’
Heaven Is Above is trained at Morestead by Jenny Gordon and Fenton was supported by his wife Sally and excited daughters, Willow, 11, and Georgina, 8, both pupils at Frensham Heights School.
There was chaos when the 10 runners for the Maiden Race anticipated the start, and the advance flag lady at the first fence dropped her white flag in her hurry to escape the cavalry charge!
While several riders soon became aware it was a false start and pulled up, half the field completed a full circuit of the course. The stewards ordered a re-run – allowing trainers to withdraw their horses, and four took part half and hour later when Blue Rebel beat The Beast by one and a quarter lengths.
Ward Thomas Removals Ltd Members Race
1. Gielgud (John Maxse) finished alone 6 min 45 sec. 2 ran.
Knight Nannies Ladies Open
1 Walcot Lad (Chloe Boxall) 2 Touch Closer 3 Future to Future
a neck and 12 lengths 6min 24 sec 4 ran
Judes Becher Memorial Mens Open
1 Beadnell Bay ( William White) 2 Lord Trix 3 Liscooney
2 lengths / 15 lengths 6min 19 sec 5 ran
Julian Berry Memorial Countryside Alliance Club – Novice Riders
1 Heaven Is Above 2 Brendan’s Surprise – only two finished
4 lengths 6min 18sec 7 ran
Robins Row Restricted
1 Spicketts Girl (William White) 2 Travellers Lad 3 Campden Society
Donerailes Choice finished 3rd - disqualified - rider failed to 'weigh in')
¾ length / 3 lengths 6min 23 sec 6 ran
Steven Astaire Maiden
1 Blue Rebel (Jason Newbold) 2 The Beast 3 Good Gordon
1.1/4 lengths / 5 lengths 6min 24sec 4 ran after a false start from an original field of 10