for horses, riders and spectators were testing at Sundayís Holderness
fixture at Dalton Park.
was undoubtedly the star of the show, gaining his fourth victory of the
season. At one stage it looked as though he was in trouble on the sticky
going, but Carrie Ford re-galvanised Billie Thomsonís 13-year-old on the
final circuit to come home well clear of the remainder, headed by
Cadrillon (Jo Foster) and Temple Garth (Freya Hartley). He is still head
and shoulders above the majority of Ladies horses in the north and will no
doubt continue his winning ways.
there was a shock result in the four-runner members race where The
Graduate (Simon Walker), previously a maiden under all codes, got the
better of the heavily odds-on favourite Silver Groom (Gino Carenza). The
winner, a 33/1 shot, was always kept handy and was given an enterprising
ride by Simon Walker.
Cheque lowered the sights of the previously unbeaten Just Jake (Nicky
Tinkler) in the Mens Open. The winner has a tendency drop out and does
most of his running at the finish, but on this occasion David Coates had
him up with the leaders from flag fall. This tactic seemed to suit, as he
was able to readily pull away from Just Jake. Itíll be interesting to
see what connections do with him now, as on this form, he looks capable of
taking plenty more races this season.
Drum (Gino Carenza) followed up his maiden win at Hornby Castle to take
the restricted, but had to pull out all the stops to deny Paddington Jones
(Nick Kent). Iíd be surprised if the winner, a progressive 7-year-old by
Be My Native, doesnít have a future under rules. The runner up ran his
best race yet and seemed to enjoy making the running. He is capable of
taking a race of this kind.
Marsh Mares maiden looked a modest affair on paper and proved to be with
only three of the eleven starters finishing. The spoils went to Ailsae
(Guy Brewer), but there was a distinct slice of luck here as Sylcanny
(Stuart Gibbon) looked to be going best of all and was in the lead when
capsizing two out. This left Ailsae and Hopping Mad (Ed Gretton) to fight
out the finish, with Guy Brewerís mount just getting the upper hand.
Rising Talisker (Rachel Clark) was two fences back in third.
final race, the maiden, went to Nicodemus (Stephen Swiers), who handled
the conditions better than his rivals to win comfortably. Imperial Line
(Tina Jackson) and Riveaux (Nick Kent) were back in second and third. The
winner is a half brother to high-class chaser Simply Dashing, but would
appear to have inherited only a little of his brotherís ability! This
aside, he does appear to have a preference for testing conditions and
should be watched when encountering similar.
Iíd like to pass on my thanks to the gentlemen who were kind enough to give my car a push out of the car park. I had tried to move the car earlier in the day, but became stuck somewhere between a rock and a hard place. Without the help from the three gentlemen, Iíd probably still be stuck there now!