BADSWORTH & BRAMHAM MOOR
SATURDAY 29 MARCH 2003
by Dom Bradshaw
The fast conditions meant that only 24 horses in total turned
up for the seven race card at todayís Badsworth & Bramham Moor
fixture at Wetherby.
Grant Tuer rode a double, the first leg coming in the Mens
Open aboard Fornaught Alliance who got up close home to deny Stoney River
(Nick Kent) by two-lengths. The double was completed on Tuerís own
Trooper Collins, who took Division Two of the maiden with relative ease
from Abinger (Michael Morley).
Shankly (Mark Walford) followed up his maiden victory at last
weekís Hutton Rudby fixture, taking the Restricted at the first time of
asking by eight-lengths from Broad Edge (Peter Atkinson).
In the Intermediate, Buddy Girie (Philip Cornforth) finished
comfortably clear of Gunna Be King (Michael Morley).
Scottish raider Jupiterís Fancy (Mr V. Coughlan) quickened
up nicely to take Division One of the Maiden by eight lengths from the
odds-on favourite Nathanís Hero (Richard Wakeham).
Valigan (James Tate) finished alone in the Members race after
sole challenger, Bennetts Venture, exited the race on the final circuit.
Disappointingly, the Ladies Open was a walkover for Colonel Blazer. Apologies to the rider of this horse, who's name I don't know
seeing as neither the programme nor the number board ("as racecard"!)
had her name down.
With the lack of runners today, it was annoying to find out
that the NH chase track had been watered, but the point-to-point track
hadnít. If this hadnít been the case, Iím sure the field sizes would
have been trebled.
It was announced during racing that this was the last Point-to-Point meeting to be held at Wetherby, apparently due to the fact that the course is to lose some ground to the A1 motorway expansion and itís a little sad to lose a course that has served the Yorkshire Area so well for the past 30 years.
- Division One