Big crowd watches treble at Fakenham

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The biggest crowd for some years flocked to Fakenham racecourse for the West Norfolk Hunt Point-To-Point meeting on Sunday, writes Jim Harding.

They were rewarded with a terrific treble from the season’s leading lady rider, Gina Andrews. Her great afternoon kicked off with a dominant win on Smiths Hill in the PPORA Club Members Conditions race, which she led from first to last.

Nothing challenged her from the following pack despite a determined finish from Heads and Tails under the energetic Jack Andrews who got to within four lengths.

Her second win in the Ladies Open race was also comfortably achieved on the odds-on favourite See You Jack. Again she took the lead from the start and piled on the pressure all the way, at one point leading by some 20 lengths. This was reduced to six by Stage Acclaim ridden by Charlotte Ingleton as the winner eased down on the run in.

The best finish by far came in the final race of the day, the Open Maiden.

Keenly contested all the way, it looked to be in the hands of Dickie Collinson as he made a determined strike for home up the finishing straight on his mount Mister Serious.

Andrews had other ideas on Condorman and got her mount in front after the last flight to dash ahead by half a length.

Only two runners contested the opening West Norfolk & North Norfolk Harriers Hunts Members, Subscribers and Farmers race.

The heavily odds-on favourite Caulkin, ridden by David Kemp, controlled proceedings throughout although Andrews at least gave him a run for his money with a determined ride on Mauricetheathlete. Caulkin was never headed, despite easing down after the last.

Carey Williamson produced a great finish on her mount Baltic Blue to take the Restricted race in style.

Odds-on favourite Baroque Style never got competitive and it was Hill of Gold who looked as if he might give Kemp a double on the day.

But he weakened up the final straight as Haughtons Bridge under Collinson took up the running, only to be overhauled by Baltic Blue.

The Mens Open race was reduced to just four runners, only two of whom finished.

Kemp’s Master Workman had won at the track on Easter Monday and was fancied to score again but was denied on the day by the talented veteran Patsy Finnegan under a bold ride from Archie Wright.

They pounced from two out and held on well up the straight to win going away.