After a 7.30am inspection,
the Hurworth got the all clear to race. The open ditch was taken
out due to the very soft ground around it.
A good size crowd saw four
runners go to post for the opening event, the Hurworth Hunt
Members with last years winner Maitre de Musique and the Charm
Park winner, Ginger Biscuit, battling it out for
favouritism in the ring. From the off, Ginger Biscuit headed the
field ahead of Profiler (still in the hands of
Philip Kinsella with Nigel Tutty still out of action). Michael
Tate had Maitre de Musique tight in third place and
the outsider Nomiret in rear.
Ginger Biscuit (Paul Frank)
Nomiret takes a crashing fall at the
With three to jump, the odds on
favourite Maitre de Musique pushed on, going clear with
one to jump where he was joined by Ginger Biscuit who could
not match the leaders speed on the flat, going down by two and
half lengths with Profiler back in third.
The winner, Maitre De Musique (Dr Michael
Ten went down to face the starter. Orleans
was the bookies favourite and Simon Robinson always had the
ten year old handy as Mr Sonshine took them along at a fast pace.
Oaklands Luis looked like he was enjoying the soft ground and
was bowling along. Search Party made one too many jumping errors
and was pulled up with circuit to go.
The Beeker leads from Hessac (far side) and
The “in form”
Ben Woodhouse had his hands full with Just A Man going
down the back straight and took the running up with three to jump,
going five lengths clear, but a bad jump at the last saw Orleans
regain the lead on the uphill run in. Snizort (Guy Brewer)
rallied to get within a length of the winner with Mr
Sonshine, who had lead from the start, staying on for third.
Just A Man tied up on the flat (like he did last week at the Dalton
meeting) and was walked over the line. No other horse caught
the eye in what turned out to be a four horse race.
Simon Robinson and Orleans
Little Santa was on her toes in the
ring and had two handlers and was walked to the start by her
Little Santa eyes up the first
Emperor's Son (Serena
San Francisco (Freya Hartley) and Ikdam
Melody (Jo Foster)
After the flag, she lost
15 lengths or so and never got into the race. At the front, Ikdam
Melody (Jo Foster) and San Francisco (Freya Hartley) were going
head to head and at a good clip. Going down to three out, the pair
were still head to head with San Francisco seemingly getting the
better on the flat, but Jo Foster loves a battle and with
whips flying got Ikdam Melody back level on the run in to just
get the better of San Francisco. Emperors Son was back in third and
Fayalie (C Brown) ran on at one paced for fourth.
Jo Foster and Ikdam Melody
Only four turned up for this race.
Ben From Ketton and Chaos Theory were both well supported
in the ring and from the start it looked between these
two and stayed like that for most of the race. Ronnie
Barr’s Stepastray was happy to whip them in some five
lengths off the pace and Scenic Storm kept hold of third place
until late into the race.
Stepastray (Simon Walker)
Chaos Theory (David
Thomas) pulled clear from Ben From Ketton at the last and
Scenic Storm came through to take second place.
Stepastray made an effort but stayed where he had been
throughout the race in last place.
Twice a winner in 2004, Journey was having
his first run of the season and looked on the large side in the
paddock and in need of the race.
Journey and Penny Peppermint
This front running 12 year
old shot off and had the field chasing him until four out.
Mister Bromley, a winner here last year that stays all day,
ran a brilliant race to come through from mid division to take
First place for Mister Bromley (Serena
Busted Flat (seen at
20/1 in the ring) should be noted, as he came with a late run
to deny another fast finisher, Maxs Micro, of second place. Ptah
was the only other finisher and was seen to be given an
easy race, but the stewards failed to see this!
I Spy! Point-to-Point photographer John
Open Maiden Div 1
Polyarnoe Bay was the first to
show with Supreme Optimist at the rear. Willywont He was
brought forward by Steve Charlton at the second. Tom Greenall,
riding for his father Lord Daresbury, had Dayenoo tucked in just
behind the leading three. Oaklands Ted was making his way to the
front as the field turned into the back straight for the first
time. Chris Dawson on Eisenhower made his move forward at the
fourth and at the sixth fence; Willywont He made a mistake and was
lucky to stay up. Meanwhile, Dayenoo was taking the race along at a
moderate pace from Polyarnoe Bay and Oaklands Ted. Alizarin
made a move forward to join the leading bunch and
Eisenhower kept his place as Dayenoo turned up the heat
up at the front. Supreme Optimist, who put in a few hair rising
jumps early on, got his act together and came forward into
fourth place three from home. Mark Walford asked his
5-year-old Polyarnoe Bay to quicken as the field came to the
last. Dayenoo got in close at the last and Oaklands
Ted came through to get within a head of the leader,
who picked up on the flat, just holding on at the line.
Polyarnoe Bay stayed third and will be winning soon. John
Wade’s Eisenhower finished fourth and wasn’t
put under any pressure by Chris Dawson and should be
Open Maiden Div 2
went to Queenies Girl from Shapani
(Chris Dawson) and Primitive Rhythm.
Open Maiden Div 3
Been Here Before came from last to
first to take this race. Coverdale, who ran third last week, went
one better taken the runners up spot from
Guy Brewer on the fast finishing