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West Street Tickham
Sunday 18th January 2009
by Mark Siggers
photos by Adam Goodburn


The South East's point-to-point season got off to a cracking start on Sunday 18th January with seven races at Detling. Riders Pete Bull and Philip York shared the honours with a double apiece, Philip Hall rode his first-ever winner at the course, Cynthia Haydon caused an upset on her father's horse, and Joshua Moore, from a family of top jockeys, rode his first winner in the novice race.

On a bright, dry but cold day, the going was officially good - although race times got slower as the day progressed. Shock of the day came in the Ladies' Open, where Big Moment was a hot favourite - as short as 1-4 with some bookies. Cynthia Haydon and Roaringwater, owned by her father Michael, dominated on the final circuit to land a local victory by two lengths

Roaringwater takes the last in front of odds-on Big Moment and scores a notable success for Cynthia Haydon (Photo by Mark Siggers)

Pete Bull, who won the first race of the South East season last year, rode Ann Blaker's Sidney Charles to an impressive six lengths win in Division 1 of the maiden. He went on to complete a double on his own Master Alf in the Restricted and now leads the men's championship.

To the surprise of many, 2007 SE champion Philip Hall had never ridden a winner at Detling - until Highland Chief stormed to a 15 length victory in the second race. Philip, who also trains the very useful winner, set the fastest time of the day when beating Magnus Veritas.

Joshua Moore, 17, son of trainer Gary and brother of jump jockey Jamie and the 2006 and 2008 champion flat jockey Ryan, rode his first point-to-point winner on Simon Tindall's Jack's Present, trained by Nick Pearce.

Philip York took division two of the maiden with the promising 6-year-old Nessa, going on to complete his double on Dante's Storm in the men's open. Unbeaten in seven point-to-points since his debut in May two years ago, Dante's Storm has clocked up seven wins, three of them at Detling.

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