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Badsworth & Bramham Moor
Howe Hills, Mordon
Saturday 24th March 2007
by Arthur Thompson

A good size crowd were met with a strong cold wind at Howe Hills Farm for the Badsworth and Bramham Moor fixture. The course looked a picture with new running rail all around the course.

View up the course

This is the first meeting of three at Howe Hills and John Wade as promised fresh ground for all meetings. For this meeting, the fences were moved to outside in the home and back straight and to the inside for the bends. The Going was GOOD/SOFT IN PLACES, which were hard to find.

The meeting got underway at 1.00pm with the Confined.
Fourteen went to post with Narciso, a winner at Hutton Rudby last week, the favourite. Glenelly Gale (Toby Greenall) went to the front from flag fall and looked to have the race in his pocket turning for home, but the Yorkshire Ladies champion, Jacqueline Coward, brought Narciso through with a late run to catch Toby within the sight of the post. Trooper Collins departed at the 11th when going well; Londolozi Lad and Kepi De Kerfellec both went at the second last when in with a chance. Sajomi Rona (Ian Smith) took third place and on this showing should come on for the run.

Jo Foster had Sandy Gold up with the pace from the word go, taking the race from Imps Pride (Philip Cornforth), who came to challenge two out but lost out on the run in, going down by seven lengths. Cop Howe (Rachael Clark) took third place. Junior Des Ormeaux (Oliver Greenall) was pulled up as was Primitive Rhythm under Steve Charlton, who took them along in the early stages. 

Primitive Rhythm (Steve Charlton)

Mens Open
Seven went to post and the money was for Hermes III and Oliver Greenall, a recent winner at Dalton Park. Mordon specialist, Sir Alf (Chris Dawson), was held up at the back as Ben From Ketton forced the pace with Chaos Theory (David Thomas) just behind. Going out into the country for the last time, Chris Dawson started to move forward with Oliver Greenall upsides with the pacesetters fading just after the ditch and pulling with four to jump. Sir Alf loves it around Howe Hills and showed the way home to the smart Hermes III with Queenies Girl running on for third place. Chris Grant’s Washington Pink was going well when falling and should be watched in the fixtures to come as should third place Tiger Talk.

Queenies Girl (Paul Franks - Red) in the Mens Open

The first Div of the OPEN Maiden went to Keen Whip (Richard Wakeham), who has improved with every run. One to watch out for is John Wade's Fleet Admiral (Chris Dawson) who should take a maiden soon. Dix Huit Cyborg (Sean Magee) took third spot. Sliver State (David Thomas) along with Zebs Lad (Richard Walker) took them along at a steady pace over the first two miles. Mags And Bob (Rachel Clark) was too keen. Areyacoddingmee put in a good show in the early stages and should come on for the race.

The field in Division 1 of the Maiden

Ladies Race  
The race of the day. Texas Ranger (Jo Foster) shot into the lead from flag fall and didn’t look like getting caught when turning for home, but you never can rule out Duchess Account (Emma Brader) who came with a rattle at the end catching Texas Ranger on the line. October Mist, trained by the "Queen of National Hunt", Mary Reveley, took third place under Kate Bannon, who was still travelling well at Charm Park when unseating at the ditch. The 13 year old jumped well and a small race may be in the bag for him before the end of the season.

Texas Ranger (Jo Foster), 2nd in Ladies Open

Duchess Account and Emma Brader, winners of the Ladies Open

Mr Hawkeye (Chris Dawson) took this by three lengths from Soprano Lass (Alice Pattinson) with Colonial Gunner in third place (with Nigel Tutty on the sidelines, Ian Smith took the ride). Simon Robinson on Was I Right ran on for fourth place. The unlucky story of the race was Carew, who was travelling well but was cut up at the 13th and never got back into the race.

In the last race, Div Two of the Maiden, Abandon Ship under Richard Smith landed the spoils from Pertinax (Chris Dawson) with Southside Sid (John Dawson) in third.

Howe Hills is fast becoming one of the top pointing courses in Yorkshire and the going will always be the best that John and his team can get. The fences are on the small side but are being rebuilt. For all the hard work put in at Howe Hills, I can’t understand why the fields are so small; 158 entries but only around 57 went to post over 7 races. I enjoy my visits to the course and find it friendly whichever hunt are the hosts. The viewing has improved with a new stand that has been added, which overlooks the ring and the course.

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