Cottenham’s Ladies’ Open is 
tailor made for Sharp Suit

FULL FLIGHT: James Ferguson and Earth Dream clear a fence on the way to finishing third in the Cheffins Paul Gooderham Men's Open at Cottenham
FULL FLIGHT: James Ferguson and Earth Dream clear a fence on the way to finishing third in the Cheffins Paul Gooderham Men's Open at Cottenham

Sharp Suit proved to be tailor-made for the job in hand after 
winning the Lettergold 
Plastics Ladies’ Open at 
Cottenham on Sunday.

As the field approached the third last, it looked as though the race was set to go the way of Carey Williamson aboard It Was Me.

Within a matter of strides, the complexion of the race had changed as the leader was joined by eventual winner Sharp Suit and Katie Lyons.

The race was far from over though as recent course scorer Gauvain and Hannah Watson joined the duelling duo at the last.

It was to be the Alan Hill-trained Sharp Suit and Lyons who were to prevail, with the pair quickening up well on the run-in to score by three lengths.

The victory for Sharp Suit, a winner over regulation fences at Cheltenham back in April, initiated a quick-fire double for leading point-to-point handler Hill after Brians Well pocketed the Hewitsons Open Maiden.

While watching both Sharp Suit and Brians Well register victories at the Cambridgeshire track, Hill saw Harbour Court suffer a shock reversal in the Cheffins Paul Gooderham Men’s Open.

In what was arguably the finish of the meeting, the eight-year-old – who was sent off favourite for this year’s CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival – was foiled by head in a pulsating battle by the former Noel Chance trained Brackloon High.

Back in third was Earth Dream, trained in Cowlinge by John Ferguson.

The adoption of front-
running tactics by Lucy Wheeler aboard Sergeant Dick proved to be winning ones with the pair charting a pillar-to-post success in the Frontier Novice Riders race.

Gina Andrews enjoyed a fruitful visit to the track when steering Can Mestret to glory in the opening Ancient Shepherds Members’ Race.

Sitting in second position, the pair inherited a lead they were not to surrender at the fourth last following the departure of leader Galbally King.

Cold Knight and Full Trottle jumped the final fence of the Robert and Joan Clinton Restricted Race together, however there was no need for the judge to split them at the line with Cold Knight pulling away to score comfortably by five 
lengths.

The concluding race on the card, the Pointtopoint.co.uk four-to-seven-year-old open maiden, was taken in convincing style by Play The Ace and Richard Collinson.