Muchadoaboutnothing’s bizarre victory one of the highlights at latest Point-to-point meeting at Cottenham

Richard Collinson, on Muchadoaboutnothing, triumphed in bizarre style in the Young Horse Maiden race

Richard Collinson, on Muchadoaboutnothing, triumphed in bizarre style in the Young Horse Maiden race at Cottenham last weekend. PHOTO: Graham Bishop - Credit: Archant

Point-to-point fans were treated to one of the most bizarre victories of the season at Cottenham last weekend.

Sutton-based trainer Martin Ward’s horse, Muchadoaboutnothing, trailed the pack in the final race of the day, but cantered to victory after all other horses toppled over at the fences.

The opening race went to the Andrew Pennock-Euen David combination with Higham winner Torran Na Dtonn comfortably repelling the challenge of Gina Andrews. riding the much fancied Can Mestret.

The next race provided Cottenham legend, Lough Inch, with his seventh win on the Cambridgeshire course in the Intermediate Race.

Ridden by his normal jockey, Sam Davies-Thomas, it was his only ride of the day as he then had to shoot off to Uttoxeter to ride one under rules for top trainer Dan Skelton.

The prestigious Men’s Open went to a raider from Shropshire, with Now Ben comfortably beating the hot favourite Consigliere.

Alan Hill, who trained the runner, didn’t have to wait long before entering the winner’s enclosure - although not quite in the way he had probably anticipated.

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The Ladies Open was won by Vespereal Dream - owned and normally ridden by Victoria Pendleton.

Unfortunately Pendleton is currently on crutches and the ride went to young Issy Marshal who regularly schools horses at the Hill’s yard.

She took the opportunity and rode a most enterprising race, getting up on the line to beat Gina Andrews, who was riding odds-on favourite Sharp Suit for Hill.

Favourite-backers must have been very surprised with the result but they got back on track in the next race when another Hill hot-shot, Pride of Parish, comfortably took the Restricted Race in the hands of Joe Hill – Alan and Lawney Hill’s son.

The Point-to-point campaign continues at Higham next Sunday.