Doubles continue to dominate in the Yorkshire Area and this week it was the turn of the Brewers. A large crowd was in attendance at the Derwent point-to-point and as usual there was some very competitive racing. The Brewer's double started in the Hardwick Agricultural Ladies Open Race, where Freya partnered Young Hurricane, trained by her husband Guy. There were four in the race and when Genetic Code unseated his rider early on the field was quickly reduced to a trio of runners, led by The Panama Kid. He was quite happy bowling along out in front until he started to tire with a couple of furlongs to go and Young Hurricane and Impact Zone, ridden by Jacqueline Coward battled towards the line, however it was the former that did the business by six lengths.
Team Brewer had to wait until the last race to rack up their final winner when On Vacation came out on top in the Smailes Goldie Turner Open Maiden race. On Vacation, partnered by John Dawson, had always been handy and was pushed to the fore towards the business end of the race. Stagecoach Jasper was in hot pursuit and finished three lengths behind in second for William Easterby, with Lady Nefertiti running very well in third for Harry Kinder.
Racing started with the Transcore Ltd Derwent and Staintondale Hunt members' race which will live long in the memory of Amy Collier as she rode her first winner from only her third ride. "I love it!" enthused the Kirbymoorside rider. "I do everything on my own and I'm learning all the time but he's such a brilliant, genuine horse I think he's teaching me!" Amy and Tasheba raced handily and took up the running three from home to win by three lengths from Boy In Bangkok and the long time leader Lucky Cody. Unusually this was the fastest race of the day.
The Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Club Members race was sponsored by Lycetts and the progressive Shantou Prince went off the short priced favourite. He was held up and quickly went from last to first six from home and his rider Christy Furness pushed him out from the final bend. He looked the likely winner but Royal Deal was up to his old tricks! Partnered for the first time by Jacqueline Coward on his seasonal debut, he made the running but dropped himself out with four fences to go, however with some encouragement from Jacqueline, he was in third jumping the last and powered home to pip Shantou Prince on the line by half a length. Sportingfriendship had always been handy under Will Easterby and finished a length further back in third.
Only three went to post for the Hardwick Agricultural Engineers' Men's Open race and Will Easterby continued his winning ways when partnering Monsieur Jourdain to victory. This was the horses second win from only his second start this season and his preparation for the Grimthorpe Gold Cup looks to be going to plan as the pair aim to take the race for a record fourth time. Six A Side was second under Will Milburn and Harris finished a distance third for Sean Murray.
There were ten runners in the Broadland Properties Ltd Restricted race and the winner was Paul Clifton's Arboretum, ridden by Jack Teal. Arboretum had been held up but when three horses fell at the same fence after a circuit, Arboretum saw the daylight and took himself into the lead, running on by about 15 lengths. He started to come back to the field as they ran down the roadside but asserted again round the final bend, "I felt I had plenty of horse underneath me as we went into the last," said the winning rider. The Jacqueline Coward pair of Asheanymoney, partnered by the trainer and R Theveryman, ridden by Richard Smith finished in second and third. "What a birthday present!" enthused the winning owner, "he's in great condition this year and I'm thrilled with how he has run."
The next Yorkshire Point-to-Point is the Holderness which takes place at Dalton Park on Sunday 13th March.