Bradley Gibbs and Julian Sherriff were busy at Higham over the weekend, scoring a double as Gibbs applied pressure to his rivals in the race for the Riders Championship.
Higham's second fixture enjoyed a better patronage than the opener, with 51 runners over the 7 races. And Gibbs is earning himself the same reputation as the punters' choice as one L Piggott 30 years ago. Just about everything he rides is likely to start favourite.
He set the scene for the day when 8/11 favourite Fier Jaguen proved an 8l winner in the Intermediate, a prompt follow up to his Chaddesley win at the Harkaway. Meanwhile Whotheman ran out an evens favourite in division one of the Maiden, 1 1/2l in front of Immy Marshall on Some Boy McCoy.
Just two winners separate the three leading riders at the head of the championship, led by Will Biddick on 11, with Gibbs and Tommie O'Brien on 9 each.
Meanwhile under Rules, another East Anglian is heading for her best ever season. Lucy Wadham's 24 winners in the 2020-21 season netted the stable £248,209, a personal best. After a double at Fakenham today, the 16 winners have netted £177,564.
Somekindofstar held off Sean Curran's Doukarov in the 2m handicap chase, whilst 5 year old Mistral Nell made a winning debut in the bumper. That makes 10 individual winners from the yard that is Newmarket's leading Jumps stable.
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