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SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2002
by John Bulman
Going – Soft/heavy – turning tacky later
The Berwickshire hosted a 9 race card with the confined split
into 2 and 3 maiden races to finish the day off.
The members went to Across the Card and Rowena Ramsay who
held on comfortably from Doreen Calder and Flaming Sunrise. Only 3 went to
post and Across the Card was winning this race for the 5th
In Demand (Ran Morgan) won the first division of the Confined
from Supreme Day who ran a very promising race after a long lay off.
Favourite High Expectations could only manage 3rd, better
ground should see him winning again.
Andrew Richardson took the 2nd division of the
confined on Havetwotaketwo, he was always travelling better than the
runner up, Steel Rig who showed improved form and had obviously benefitted
from a tongue strap and first time blinkers.
The restricted went to Border Burn who wasn’t winning out
of turn after 2 sound runs this season. It was reward for jockey James
Ewart who had come back from France, to ride his fathers horse. Mefein Boy
stayed on to be second under Dale Jewett and he will surely win a
restricted before too long. Lucky Brush was a good third after meeting
trouble in running.
Riparius was odds on winner of the Ladies open, giving
Pauline Robson a winner on her come back ride. Riparius always had the
measure of Balisteros who had run the previous day at Mussleburgh. Miss
Portcello stayed on to take third and this one would probably do well to
try to avoid the first 2 home in the future.
Andrew Richardson made it 5 winners for the season when
steering Parade Racer to a comfortable mens open victory. Arctic Sandy ran
a gallant race but was pipped for 2nd by Bolton Forest who
never looked like winning the race.
Kimothy took the first maiden comfortably under Tom Oates. It
was a fairly weak race with main contenders Roman Way and Si Celia failing
to complete, but Kimothy won by a wide margin and should go well in
Uneven Line took the 2nd division under Clive
Storey. Clive does well with young horses that have been under rules and
this one has the scope to progress through the ranks as time goes on. Mr
Thurlstone ran a promising race in 2nd despite jumping poorly
in the main.
The final race of the day provided a contest that will live
long in the memory.
The 2 market favourites, Sharpaman and Ravens Bay were going
clear when Sharpaman fell 2 out and brought down Ravens Bay. This left
Westie (Ranald Morgan) 10 lengths clear of Musical Socks). Westie looked
very green and ran right down the final fence before clambering over. Ran
Morgan was hanging on over the neck of Westie who had completely stopped
on landing. Musical socks came and jumped the last and looked to go into
the lead. Westie wasn’t finished with however and Ran Morgan somehow got
him from a walk, into a trot and eventually a gallop as they got back up
to win just before the line.
Westie was a lucky winner of the race but don’t discount him in the future. He is nicely bred by Primitive Rising and was making his course debut. He was held up at the rear of the field and made mistakes at every fence. He made up a lot of ground coming up the hill and obviously has a bit of an engine and no small amount of guts!