27 April 2010 Preview: Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace - Northaw
by James Crispe
A record entry of 132 horses has been received for the final meeting of the East Anglian season, the Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace at Northaw on Bank Holiday Monday May 3rd, forcing the division of the Maiden Race and thus making a seven-race card.
The bumper entry comfortably eclipses the previous record, 116, which was set way back in 1968.
The steeplechasing commences at 2.15pm but early birds will be rewarded with the chance to watch two children's pony races which start at 1.15pm. The closing chase - the second section of the Maiden - does not come under orders until 5.45pm.
This is the fixture at which the County Linen-sponsored East Anglian Jockeys' Championships are decided and, although the Mens title is virtually guaranteed to be won by Rupert Stearn (James Owen needs at least a treble to overhaul him) the Ladies version is up for grabs with Gina Andrews holding a two point lead with Louise Allan just seven points back in third.
Smith's best chance of topping the tree lies in the hands of the brilliant mare Mid Div And Creep, who has already won four and been second twice this term and heads a 16-strong entry in the Ladies Open, in which Andrews may be aboard Delightful Cliché and Allan has three potential mounts in Assassino, Leatherback and King du Berlais.
With eight points awarded for every victory, a tight finish is also assured in the Mens Novice Jockey Championship as Ben Rivett holds a five point lead over Jack Quinlan.
The course is two miles north east of Potters Bar between Northaw and Cuffley on the B156, a 15 minute walk from Cuffley Railway Station. It's post code is EN6 4NU and it can be reached using either junction 24 or 25 of the M25.
Admission will be charged at £10 per head with under 17s allowed in for free. Watering of the course will begin on Wednesday April 28.