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Harborough Race Club
Saturday 2nd June 2007
by Graham Taylor
photos by Graham Fisher

Quite a decent size crowd enjoyed an afternoon of glorious sunshine and some exciting racing when the Harborough Race Club held their popular Point to Point meeting at Dingley, near Market Harborough, on ground ideal for racing.

This meeting will long be remembered as the day when rider Jimmy Tarry rode his 200 th point to point winner and received a tremendous welcome in the winners enclosure.

First race of the day, The Harborough Race Club Members Race attracted a field of six and was kindly sponsored by Living in the City. Gemma Hutchinson, riding the family horse, Limerick Leader soon had the rest of the field strung out and won the race by a comfortable 20 lengths from Ungaretti, a stablemate of the winner and ridden by her brother Sam.

Limerick Leader and Gemma Hutchinson have no problems in landing the Members race

Twelve went to post for the Restricted Race, which was sponsored by Corby Motors and this produced a win for the Gregor Kerr owned Newnham Baby, whose rider Hanna Watson timed her run to perfection to hold off the favourite, Seize The Moment and third placed Glenmorren.

Newnham Baby and Hannah Watson are clear at the last in the Restricted

Cristal Glass and Glazing of Leicester sponsored the Ladies Open Race and ten went to post here. This race produced a close finish and the fastest racetime of the day. Jackie Coward, who had won the equivalent race at Garthorpe the week previous, was back in the winners enclosure here, when she brought the Yorkshire raider, Narciso, with a well timed run to beat Euro Bleu by a neck with Trooper snatching third place.

Narciso and Jacqueline Coward (right) just get the better of Euro Bleu (Tash McKim) in a great finish to the Ladies Open

The Mens Open Race was sponsored by Racesafe and a good field of thirteen went to post. Eventual winner, Emperor Roscoe, who had won well at Garthorpe recently, soon had the field spread out and when second favourite, Razer Blade was pulled up on the second circuit, Jon Day took the twelve year old clear to win with something in hand. Tanager and Petrouge took the minor placings.

Emperor Roscoe and Jon Day are comfortable winners of the Mens Open

The Jimmy Tarry trained and ridden, The Hookie Bookie won the Intermediate Race and gave Jimmy his 200 th winner in point to points in a fine career to date. He had his mount disputing the lead for most of the three miles and had a head to spare in a great battle to the line and held off Eaton Hall with Sandy Gold taking third. Budworth Brown kindly sponsored this race.

The Hookey Bookie and Jimmy Tarry (left) battle out the finish of the Intermediate with Eaton Hall (Luke Morgan)

Jimmy returns on his 200 th point to point winner

A decision was taken to split the Open Maiden Race and 14 went to post for Division 1. The Old Barn at Glooston kindly sponsored. This produced a popular win for rider Patrick Millington, a keen supporter of the sport. He took his mount, Edie Mccredie to the front three fences from home and held on to beat favourite, Mistress Kaytee with Green Collar taking third (Oreli finished third, but didn't weigh in).

Edie McCredie and Patrick Millington take the Open Maiden Div1 from Mistress Kaytee and Oreli

Division 2 of the Open Maidens produced the easiest winner of the day. The well fancied Stanley Park, who had travelled down from Yorkshire, disputed the lead on the first circuit before drawing well clear four fences from home to win his race by a distance. Sandy Lie and It Might Bounce took the minor placings.

Stanley Park and Michael Morley are well clear at the in the Open Maiden Div2

The Harborough Race Club meeting was the final Midlands meeting for 2007.

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