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Duncombe Park
Sunday 13h February 2011
by Will Milburn

The Sinnington Hunt held their meeting this Sunday at Duncombe Park Helmsley, despite the dreary weather a respectable crowd turned out to enjoy some action packed racing. 111 horses ran on the day which resulted in the Confined race having to be split and the majority of the days spoils went the way of the Easterby, Coward and Greenall teams.

One of the highlights of the day came in the Restricted race which saw a fantastic effort from Katie Sutcliffe to ride her first ever winner aboard her mothers Forsomeonelikeyou and cause a 16-1 upset. Latching on to the back of the main group turning down the back, the pair galloped on strongly up the hill to deny the Bethell duo of Principal Lad and Boxbury back in second and third. Not only was it Kate's first winner, it was her first ride of the season and only several weeks prior had considered giving up on her pointing career. Some would also say this is horse was handicapped out of it as she was also doing 10lb overweight, so was an impressive performance from both horse and rider. Bought for a mere 1000gns at Ascot sales, Forsomeonelikeyou looks a talented recruit to pointing.

The Mixed Open was a race full of class and the odds on favourite Jaunty Flight justified his price with an emphatic win over Elizadoalott who had bounced back after a disappointing effort previously. Always patient, Tom Greenall creped through the race and disputing the lead at the last he stayed on strongly up the hill to win by five lengths. Jaunty Flight will now have hopefully booked his ticket for Cheltenham where he will contest the Cheltenham Fox Hunters. Areyacoddinmee did all his work at the end of the race and stayed on very well to take third.

The Confined race was hotly contested, so much so that it had to be divided. Division one saw an impressive performance from the Nichola Naughton trained Lem Put, who after travelling well throughout quickened well up the hill to win and looks one who can progress further. National Petition chased him home in second with Andre Chenier going close for Chris Cundall back in third.

Division two was an even closer finish with only a neck separating the first two. Sherwood's Folly; who will be no doubt aimed towards Whitwell's feature race, took the spoils after a long battle with Impact Zone all the way up the run in, however Toby Greenall managed to clinch the race near the line. Impact Zone was gallant in defeat and should soon be following up, whilst Father Murtagh was a respectable third on his seasonal debut for Freya Brewer.

Oedipe was the winner of the Novice Riders and Veterans race but had to work hard under Jack Greenall who brought his mount late to get up on the line and beat The Gloves are off and Chris Cundall who continues in his attempt for a century of winners. Another fast finisher was Canada Street who staying on strongly at the finish and got third.

The First Division of the Open Maiden went the way of the David Easterby trained Chip N Pin who has gone close many times under rules, however finally got off the mark here. Piloted by Tom Greenall, the 5-2 Fav stayed on well to beat Cricket Bat and Mark Walford who were staying on powerfully up the hill but could not quite reach the winner. Chapel House ran another good race in defeat back in third and it shouldn't be too long before he wins.

Division two of the Maiden race became hard work for most of the field with only two of the eleven runners completing. Next Girl along with her pilot Sam Drake led from the start and never saw another rival, the pair stayed on well up the hill to win easy, with The Fabricator ten lengths back in second. Sam Drake has her horses in excellent form at the moment, with winners including recent hunter chase winner Keeverfield. Sam also looks a trainer to note as she trains all her own pointers and bought Next Girl as an un broken 4yo.

Division three of the maiden was won by Transporter and Tom Greenall who backed up there recent second at Sheriff Hutton by going one better here. The pair stayed on strongly to fend of Triggers Sun and John Dawson with a further six length gap back to Paint Me Silver.

The Hunt Members race went the way of Cherry Coward and her Daughter Jacqueline with Admiral Savannah. The pair travelled well in rear and after taking it up after two out, they sauntered clear to win easily. John Dillon stayed on very strongly from the rear for second, whilst early pacemaker Supreme Huntress stayed on well in third.

Hunt Members Admiral Savannah J Coward 3-1

Confined Div 1 Lem Put Ian Smith 9-2

Confined Div 2 Sherwood's Folly Toby Greenall 7-4FAV

Restricted Forsomeonelikeyou Katie Sutcliffe 16-1

Mixed Open Jaunty Flight Tom Greenall 4-7FAV

Novice Riders and Veterans Oedipe Jack Greenall 4-5FAV

Open Maiden Div 1 Chip N Pin Tom Greenall 5-2FAV

Open Maiden Div 2 Next Girl Sam Drake 5-2

Open Maiden Div 3 Transporter Tom Greenall EvensFAV

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