by Chris Simpson

Going. Good, Soft in places 

Mosshouses Farm in the hills near Galashiels provided a spectacular setting for this week’s Northern point-to-point meeting. 

Phyllis Claxton provided the highlight of the meeting with a double from Dun Victory and Dun Rose. She owns, trains and bred both horses. They are out of the brilliant mare Dun Gray Lass who was most unlucky not to win the Cheltenham Foxhunters chase some years ago.  A fantastic achievement, which exemplifies what Point to Point racing is all about. 

The meeting opened with an easy victory for the favourite Laganside in the Members Race who was ridden by his owner James Muir. They made all and came home a distance clear from the only other finisher Planet Ireland.

The Intermediate race produced an exciting finish, which saw Dun Victory win by a short head from Princess Derry.  Princess Derry kicked clear along the back straight but Tom Oates brought Dun Victory with a perfectly timed challenge to join issue at the last and then gain the upper hand in a driving finish.

Passing Danger appeared to have the Ladies Race in safe keeping when he pulled several lengths clear of Running Mute approaching the third last. However Jane Hollands and Running Mute were not to be denied and they rallied to take up the running after the last and eventually win by 2 lengths.

It was a similar story in the next as the favourite Polyphon was in the lead and seemingly going best coming down the hill towards 3 out. However he was eventually outstayed by the Luke Morgan ridden Sharpaman who had 3 lengths to spare at the line.

The Men’s open saw a return to form for Dun Rose who has been off colour recently. Ridden by Kevin Anderson the mare took up the running from Tursal approaching the third last and then ran on well to score by 5 lengths.

Both Maidens were won by a distance.

In the first Alittlebitopower jumped well from the front for Clive Storey and won impressively from Beyond Hope and the strong finishing Highland Island.  Both the second and third ran promising races and could be worth keeping an eye on as the season draws to a close.

In the second Marteeny stayed on strongly for Jimmy Walton to win going away from Rainha. Rainha is progressing with experience and could pick up a maiden before the end of the season.

Next weeks meeting is at Aspatria in Cumbria.  First race 2.00pm. 




1st Laganside

J. Muir

2/5 Fav.

2nd Planet Ireland

J. Hollands


Only 2 Finished



Dist. Dist.

3 Ran





1st Dun Victory

T. Oates

5/4 Fav.

2nd Princess Derry

C. Cundall


3rd Active Venture

P. Robson


Dist. Sh Hd & 10 lengths

5 Ran



Ladies’ Open



1st Running Mute

J. Hollands


2nd Passing Danger

M. Neill


3rd Balisteros

P. Robson

6/4 Fav.

Dist. 2 lengths & 12 lengths

4 Ran






1st Sharpaman

L. Morgan


2nd Polyphon

P. Robson

Evens Fav.

3rd Roscoe Burn

J. Hollands


Dist. 3 lengths & Dist.

11 Ran



Men’ Open



1st Dun Rose

K. Anderson


2nd Tursal

R. Morgan


3rd Supreme Day

C. Storey


Dist. 5 lengths & 2 lengths

7 Ran



Maiden Div. 1



1st Alittlebitofpower

C. Storey

Evens Fav.

2nd Beyond Hope

P. Robson


3rd Highland Island

M. Neill


Dist. Dist. & 5 lengths

13 Ran



Maiden Div. 2



1st Marteeny

J. Walton


2nd Rainha

P. Robson


3rd Should Be Fun

C. Storey


Dist. Dist & 1 length

10 Ran