New AGA championship for owners is off to a flying start at sunny Cottenham where Mrs Rucker is ‘Still In Total Control’

It’s good to be back! New season, new ideas, new hats, new mementoes for owners and riders, oh, and some new stickers for owners! Gold for winning (10 points), silver for 2nd (6 points) and bronze for third (4 points). Championship points are earned in any race at an AGA All Comers Championship meeting – there are 24 fixtures – so I think these stickers are going to be popular.

Win a race at an AGA All Comers Championship meeting and you get one of these!
Win a race at an AGA All Comers Championship meeting and you get one of these!

On three of my last four visits to Cottenham I’ve been ‘off the pace’, but not today, I was going to hit the ground running! I was excited – no change there – and Mrs S took great delight in telling anyone who would listen that I had been up since 6am pacing the room ready to leave. That’s partly true, although I wasn’t pacing the room, I was tweeting about being excited!

Jubilant scenes after an impressive win for  Gauvain
Jubilant scenes after an impressive win for Gauvain
Something in your eye Victoria?
Something in your eye Victoria?
Sarah Dawson knows how to celebrate a winner, and it's infectious!
Sarah Dawson (right) knows how to celebrate a winner, and it’s infectious!
I think Hannah Watson has her eye on the sticker!
I think Hannah Watson has her eye on the sticker!
Lutie Akinci won our AGA hat competition, 1st prize, a photo with the AGA man...
Lutie Akinci won our AGA hat competition, 1st prize, a photo with the AGA man…
'The silver fox'... well, that's what the commentator called him
‘The silver fox’… well, that’s what the commentator called him
Ride of the day goes to Gina Andrews, I can't believe she stayed on Warwickshire in the ladies, good sit!
Ride of the day goes to Gina Andrews, I can’t believe she stayed on Warwickshire in the ladies, good sit!
5 wins in AGA sponsored races for Mrs Rucker, and 3 in a row at Cottenham for Sagalyrique (2012/13 & 14)
5 wins in AGA sponsored races for Mrs Rucker, and 3 in a row at Cottenham for Sagalyrique (2012/13 & 14)
The inaugural Subaru Restricted is priced up
The inaugural Subaru Restricted is priced up
The grandstand is filling up ahead of the Restricted
The grandstand is filling up ahead of the Restricted
A double on the day for Nick Wright and his son, Archie, and Subaru must be chuffed with their first qualifier!
A double on the day for Nick Wright and his son, Archie, and Subaru must be chuffed with their first qualifier!
PPA executive, Clare Hazel, joins the Subaru boys to make the presentation to winning connections
PPA executive, Clare Hazel, joins the Subaru boys to make the presentation to winning connections
I'm not sure whether Mrs S reads the blog so she may not see this... but I think everyone knows that I couldn't do what I do without her!
I’m not sure whether Mrs S reads the blog so she may not see this… but I think everyone knows that I couldn’t do what I do without her!
Mr Fuller on the burger run
Mr Fuller on the burger run
A win for Sam Davies-Thomas was celebrated with some Roses, a bottle of Prosecco and a new AGA hat
A win for Sam Davies-Thomas was celebrated with some Roses, a bottle of Prosecco and a new AGA hat
I quite like this new pink AGA hat, it’s the same colour as the rose pink AGA City60

So, it was time to take the AGA banners down, and on the way home we reflected on a good first day with lots of positives to take from a very well run point-to-point fixture, although there’s still plenty for me to work on this week. Don’t forget to look out for the latest issue of Go Pointing, which is out on Tuesday, and if you don’t already sign up for it you can do so here. See you at Barbury.

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