Latest point-to-point fixture at Higham could benefit from atrocious UK weather
This Sunday’s Waveney Harriers fixture at Higham, on the Suffolk/Essex border, could be the beneficiary of the atrocious weather that has affected point-to-point course conditions in other parts of the country.
This is reflected in the entry of 108 horses which is a substantial uplift on last year’s corresponding fixture.
The advance condition of the Higham course is ‘good’ with the running rails on all the bends having been moved since the last meeting a month ago, to provide fresh ground.
James Owen, the Newmarket trainer, has multiple entries across the card and will be looking to add to his total of winners for the season.
His best winning opportunity looks to be Just Cause who will be seeking for his fourth consecutive victory of the season, in the Men’s Open race.
Silvergrove and Midnight Cowboy could both contest the Conditions event whilst Net D’Ecosse and Frankie Flinton might team up for the first time in the Ladies Open.
Fiddler of Dooney has strong claims in the concluding Restricted race having won at Cottenham in December and was narrowly beaten into third place at Horseheath recently.
And Steeles Terrace from the Owen yard holds two entries, one in the opening Hunt race and the other in the Ladies Open.
Meanwhile Timworth trainer Andrew Pennock has an enviable winning record at Higham over the past few seasons and his stable will be targeting three events; Laser Beam in the Hunt race, Morning Smiles or Straight Eight in the Open Maiden and Bold Gesture in the Restricted.
Trainer Nick Wright from Badlingham has his horses running into form and they could be represented in: Bengo in the Conditions race, Burtredgipandgump in the Ladies Open, Tekap in the Open Maiden and Almost There in the Restricted.
The Turner family from Ampton have made a quiet start to the season regarding runners but they have entered Take To Heart in the Conditions or Men’s Open, Quietly in the Open Maiden and their Sa Kaldoun, a previous Higham course winner, in the Ladies Open.
Charlie Clover from Shimpling and his One Fine Morning have three course wins to their name and will have strong support in the opening Hunt race after running second at the last Higham meeting.
There are two pony races from 12 noon and the first point-to-point steeplechase is at 1pm. There will be various trade stands, catering outlets, beer tent and local bookmakers.