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South Durham
Saturday 14th May 2011
by Will Milburn

The South Durham Point to Point was held on Saturday at Howe Hills, Mordon and was the final meeting of the Yorkshire season. With the season at an end Guy Brewer can breath a sigh of relief as he secures the much deserved title of Champion jockey. Another who was fighting for her title was Jacqueline Coward who was level with Sam Drake however drew clear on the final day to win.

Although having a good book of rides, Guy's only victory on the day came aboard the Cherry Coward trained Alfoisin. The pair led from flag fall and never looking in danger, as they drew clear after the last to win easily. Lost Reference was second for Max Johnson, who was always niggling at his mount and should improve. Alfoisin was completing owner John Nellis ambition, which was to breed a winner after owning his mother who won for him at Uttoxeter.

The best ride of the day came in the Confined race and saw Pip Tutty deliver a masterfully timed ride aboard Brize Norton to narrowly beat Mr Gossip. In behind throughout, Pip made good headway into the race, however always looked anxious not to hit the front too early; two lengths down jumping the last the pair flew home to deny Mr Gossip and Toby Greenall for a second time. Harwood Dale made most of the running and rallied again in the closing stages for third.

Former jockey Fergus King was training his first runner in the Open Maiden and also turned out to be his first winner. Jack Boland was partnered by Mark Walford and travelled well through out the race and after jumping the last clear, the pair stayed on well to hold off the fast finishing Sprout in second. Stabled at Osmotherley with the Sutcliffe's, who themselves have had much success this season, Fergus described it as a yard in form.

The Restricted saw Luci Sutcliffe continue her fantastic season aboard George Sunter's Minstalad. Always prominent, the pair led a long way out and stayed on strongly to hold off favourite Arctic Rock, whilst Saddlers Mot who travelled well in rear stayed on best near the finish for third.

Jacqueline Coward recorded a double on the day, however the second of her successes required little effort as it was a walk over aboard Cottam Phantom in the Ladies Open.

Jacqueline's first win came in the Hunt Members race aboard the Nichola Naughton trained Think Lucky. The pair went to the lead a long way from home and always seemed to be travelling the best. Taras Joy was always been scrubbed along back in second under Colm McCormack and never really looked a threat.

Only two horses turned up for the Mens Open, Knoxhill Archie and The Viking fought it out, with the latter coming out on top. Knoxhill Archie set a good pace with Guy Brewer, however The Viking challenged the pair three out and stayed on well between the final two fences to win easily.

Members Think Lucky Miss J Coward EVEN FAV

Confined Brize Norton Miss P Tutty 2-1

Open Maiden Alfoisin Guy Brewer 5-4 FAV

Mens Open The Viking C McCormack 10-11

Ladies Open Cottam Phantom Miss J Coward (Walk Over)

Restricted Minstalad Miss L Sutcliffe 12-1

Open Madien Jack Boland Mark Walford 7-2

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