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Holderness at Sheriff Hutton
Sunday 18th April 2021

by Peter Burgon

It was a case of doubles all round for jockeys, Christy Furness and Toby Wynne on last Sunday's Holderness card at Sheriff Hutton, which had 68 runners in six races on near perfect well-watered jumping ground.

Pillowman set the ball rolling for Furness when ending a long losing run stretching back to March 2018 in the Gold Label Restricted Race. After heading Ballymac Boy two out, the nine-year-old gradually extended his advantage to score, with a bit in hand, by five lengths from recent Hurworth Maiden scorer, Fire Rock (John Dawson).

Furness said of his sister, Virginia's charge: "He's had a few niggling injuries since that Overton Maiden victory and we've been very patient with him. We almost retired him as a hunter earlier in the year but after showing so much enthusiasm in his work at Jack Teal's Malton yard we decided to give him one more chance and it's paid off."

After being caught on the line here a fortnight ago, Monbeg Chit Chat deservedly went one better in the ROR & Jockey Club Veteran Horse Conditions Race to complete a first career double for Furness.

Always in the leading pair, the ten-year-old was sent to the front with more than a circuit to go and repelled a late challenge from Six A Side (Will Milburn) by five lengths in the best time of the day.

Toby Wynne, 18, initiated his first double on Global Anchor in the 2m4f Ice Co Maiden Race. His mount kept Miss Charlton and Le Pinchy at bay from four out to secure a five lengths verdict. Previously placed several times under Rules for Jonjo O'Neill, the winner is now owned and trained at Malpas by former jump jockey Steve Wynne, Toby's father.

Toby, who works for Oliver Greenall, said: "He has come on a lot since his seasonal debut at Maisemore Park three weeks ago and was ideally suited by the shorter trip."

A well planned raid from Cheshire for the Wynne family was completed by No Cruise Yet in the concluding Trophy & Frontier Maiden Race which completed Toby's double. Stepping up on a promising third behind Willewonga at Sandon a fortnight ago, the six-year-old led three out and stayed on well to beat Kimberley Boy (Philip Lawrence) by five lengths.

Northumbrian raider, Global Racing provided Sedbergh A-level student Natasha Cookson, 17, with a memorable first winner on only her fourth ride between the flags in the Beal Homes Mixed Open Race.
Dictating matters up front from the fifth and jumping well apart from a mistake at the eleventh where Natasha temporarily lost her irons, her mount quickened five lengths clear three out and never looked like being caught down the home straight. Maintaining a relentless gallop all the way to the line, the eight-year-old had nine lengths to spare over recent Bedale scorer, Seefood (Charlotte Crane).

Formerly trained in Ireland by Gavin Cromwell, the winner was bought for only £1600 by Meldon-based owner/trainer, James Cookson, Natasha's father, at Goffs UK Sales last year.

Cookson said: "He had good form under Rules in Ireland but was probably ready for a change of scenery and getting more attention in a smaller yard. Natasha is in her final year at Sedbergh and we're dropping her off there on the way home."

Coincidentally, James Cookson and Christy Furness had both drawn a blank since landing their respective Maiden Race divisions at Overton in March 2018.

Another ex-Irish chaser, Show And Go (Charlotte Crane) proved that he still retains plenty of ability at the age of 12 with a cosy three lengths success over Fivecardstud (Harry Carlisle) in the 2m4f Smailes Goldie Conditions Race.

 

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