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Easter Saturday 26th March 2005
by Arthur Thompson

The Badsworth and Bramham Moor held their meeting at the Howe Hills course set in the grounds of Mr John Wade. The going was soft.

The open event, the Confined, saw seven going to post. The Lord Daresbury owned and David Easterby trained Shackleton was a warm favourite, closely followed by Scotmail Lad. Lee`s Rosie was left at the start and was three fences behind all the race. At the front, Marton Mere (Jo Foster) was cutting out a good pace. Turning to face the last two fences downhill, Shackleton, Scotmail Lad and the Ferdy Murphy trained Urban Hymn had the race between them and going to the last Tom Greenall got the favourite ahead from Urban Hymn with Scotmail Lad held in third .

Five of the fourteen runners had won a race this year. One who had not  was the smart Sams Way , who went off at a short price and was given a good ride by Philip Kinsella, who had the 8-year-old covered up for most of the race .Witton winner Carew was dropped out at the back and came with a late Lee Bates drive for fourth place. The Border raider, Highland Brig (Ran Morgan) took third place with Queenies Girl  holding on for second place with the race going to Sams Way.

Mens Open
Mademist Sam went off from flag fall going on by some sixteen lengths in front of the rest for two laps but  came back to the field with some bad jumping  and a bad mistake at the open ditch. This left  Buddy Girie and the fourteen year old grey  Birkdale to battle it out for the Yorkshire Post Cup with the “old timer” getting to the line first. Diamond Monroe claimed third  spot . Maxs Micro, who looked good at the Hurworth meeting, ran on in fourth and can’t be far away from winning.

Open Maiden Div One
Keep an eye on Shirostran, the Paul Williamson trained seven year old, as he was travelling well though out the race under Nigel Smith as was Black Rainbow but both found that Zesta Fiesta just too good on the day. Kappillan  ran in snatches and should improve on better ground .

Ladies Open
Miorbhail, the tough 14 year old, soon had a lead of ten lengths by the time the race had reached the fourth fence. Ikdam Melody held second with Meander in third. Serena Brotherton held Ledgendry Line in midfield. Miorbhail made a mistake at the open ditch and came back to the rest leaving  Meander in the lead.  All the time, Ledgendry Line was making a good forward move  to join Meander at the open ditch, going on behind the hill for the last time. Coming back into view, the lead had growing to ten lengths with Jo Foster asking Ikdam Melody to go about his work, but he ran on at one pace. The Northern horse, Meander, stayed on for third place.

All For Jake led into the first fence with Durham Dandy taking the shortest way around the inside along with Hadaway Lad. John Rich and Wilfie Wild were at the back .Passing the post with eight to jump Orleans took up the running. Step Lively showed in second place turning for home, but at this point Lynne Ward pushed Wilfie Wild to the front  going on to win , in the words of the commentator Andy Orkney, “…like a walk in the park”. The game Orleans held on for second with the one time leader All For Jake rallying back to take third prize money.

Open Maiden Div 2
Four Shakes, unlucky last time out at Charm Park when slipping up at the last fence, made no mistake taking this race, but he was forced to fight all the way by  Kings Bloom who should be winning soon. Noggler, who at half way had a lead of 40 lengths, took third.

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