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eaton hall
6th March 2005
by Mal Davies

Another Sunday and another treble for Richard Burton as he boosted his campaign for another National Mens’ title at Eaton Hall.

Having made the long journey to Kelso on Saturday for a success on Sheila Crow’s Involved, Burton picked up both legs of the Open Maiden and the Intermediate race at the Chester venue for a very successful weekend.

The opening Members race got the day off to a cracking start, with Steve Wynne’s Double Rich, ridden by Oliver Greenall just holding off Hijacked and Will Lloyd by a neck. Mandalia’s Boy, who had disgraced himself at Eyton last week refused to race this time and looks to be a real problem horse.

Burton produced an expertly paced ride aboard Rebel Army to take the first division of the Maiden by an increasing 8 lengths from the Gary Hanmer ridden Sarah’s Party, who had led for most of the way. The winner, previously unraced, looks a fine prospect for Caroline Robinson and a Restricted success looks assured. Ballyholme and Sophie Talbot put in a much improved performance to land third.

Uncle Neil finally broke his maiden at the seventh attempt, staying on strongly to win by 10 lengths from Precious Bane who battled well in defeat under Will Hill. Kings Reason and Gary Hanmer filled third place, and ought to have little trouble wining a maiden.

There wasn’t a particularly inspiring turnout for the Mens’ Open, won by the former Steve Brookshaw twelve year old No Retreat. The winner had not won for 6 years, and was sent off at 12-1. Favourite Curly Spencer could only manage second, beaten one and a quarter lengths, with a tiring Home Made, perhaps not over his hard race last week back in third.

The Ladies’ Open was an excellent race, Mytimie, formerly with Raymond Anderson-Green, but now trained by Carrie Ford just pipping Donald McCain’s Another Club Royal by a neck. The better jump by the 5-4 favourite gave him a length advantage, with Tessa Clark’s runner up just failing to peg Tania Harrison’s mount back.

Only 5 lined up for the starter in the Intermediate Race. Burton’s Heavy Weather made a winning seasonal reappearance, having won at the venue in 2004. High Fields, trained for Lord Daresbury by Steve Wynne was a solid looking second for Oliver Greenall.

The most competitive looking race on the card was that restricted to novice riders. The Eens has been around a long time and has won his share under Rules, though looked to be on the downgrade. On his first run between the flags he travelled very well to come home 10 lengths to the good of Master Jock. There was an encouraging run from Lambrini Bianco back in third.

It is unusual for Gary Hanmer to lave Eaton Hall empty handed, but he had to wait for the concluding Restricted race before entering the winner’s enclosure. Tinarana Lord was a hot order in the betting ring, and was held up for most of the race behind long time leader Lily Brown. The response, when Hanmer asked his horse to take up the running, was too much for Sheila Crow’s Weston Park winner The Young Purty, though that one clouted the second last and without that, the result may have been reversed.

The ground was decent, and certainly much better than at last years April meeting, and the bright weather meant yet another bumper crowd.

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