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REVIEW
FIFE FAKENHAM
SATURDAY 26 APRIL 2003

by Chris Simpson

Going.  Good.

The picturesque course at Balcormo Mains in Fife hosted this week’s Northern Circuit Point to Point meeting.

Those who attended the most northerly meeting of the year were rewarded with a splendid afternoons racing highlighted by a double for rider Pauline Robson on Active Venture and Riparius.

The meeting began with an easy success for Solsgirth ridden by Jamie Alexander in the Members race.  The gelding came home a distance clear of Carlinare who was the only other runner to complete.

The Restricted provided an exciting finish with 4 horses still in with a chance going to the last.  On the run in Active Venture ran on well for Pauline Robson’s strong driving to win by a length from Itineris with  Roscoe Burn a further 3 lengths further back in 3rd.

The Ladies open only attracted 3 runners but they were Balisteros, Riparius and Running Mute who have dominated the Ladies Open races this season.  Once again they provided a thrilling finish. Riparius was under pressure from some way out but kept responding and took up the running 2 out.  He then stayed on really well to hold off the sustained challenge of his 2 opponents to beat Running Mute by a length with Balisteros only a short head further back in 3rd.

These two races saw Pauline Robson riding at her very best.

Tursal gave an excellent display of jumping from the front for jockey Ran Morgan in the Mens Open; some exuberant leaps from the 14-year-old helped him gain a 15-length victory over Howayman.  Charlie Foxtrot, trained by Lucinda Russell, was another 18 lengths back in 3rd.

A gamble was landed in the confined hunt race.  Hoh Tel ridden by Chris Gillon was backed down from 3/1 to 6/4 fav.  In the race they had to work hard for a 1 ˝ length success over Exact after the two had vied for the lead over the final 3 fences.

The First Maiden threw up a bit of a surprise result with Royalecko winning by a distance from the 2 joint favorites Highland Island and Sambuka Black. In his previous 5 attempts in points Royalecko had failed to complete the course.  On this occasion however he jumped really well and won going away much to the delight of his rider Jane Hollands.

The final race provided a well-deserved success for Starbuck who has been placed on a number of occasions this season.  Patiently ridden by Luke Morgan he took up the running from Chase the Moon after jumping the 3rd last and then ran on well to win by 8 lengths.

Next weeks meeting is on Sunday 4th May at Mosshouses.  First race 2.00 p.m.

Members

 

 

1st Solsgirth

J. Alexander

6/4

2nd Calinare

E. Petrie

4/6 Fav.

Only 2 Finished

 

 

Dist. Dist

3 Ran

 

 

Restricted

 

 

1st Active Venture

P. Robson

2/1 Fav.

2nd Itineris

C. Shirley-Bevan

4/1

3rd Roscoe Burn

J. Hollands

8/1

Dist. 1 length & 3 lengths

8 Ran

 

 

Ladies Open

 

 

1st Riparius

P. Robson

6/4 Jt. Fav.

2nd Running Mute

J. Hollands

6/4 Jt. Fav.

3rd Balisteros

A. Hamilton

5/2

Dist 1 length & Sh Hd.

3 Ran

 

 

Mens Open

 

 

1st Tursal

R. Morgan

7/1

2nd Howayman

K. Anderson

2/1 Fav.

3rd Charlie Foxtrot

L. Morgan

5/2

Dist. 15 lengths & 18 lengths

5 ran

 

 

Confined

 

 

1st Hoh Tel

C. Gillon

6/4 Fav.

2nd Exact

V. Russell

6/1

3rd Mozielaw

M. Neill

10/1

Dist. 1.5 lengths & 25 lengths

6 Ran

 

 

5,6 &7-y-o  Maiden

 

 

1st Royalecko

J. Hollands

4/1

2nd Highland Island

M. Neill

6/4 Jt Fav.

3rd Sambuka Black

C. Gillon

6/4 Jt Fav.

Dist. Dist. & 20 lengths

4 Ran

 

 

8 y-o & over Maiden

 

 

1st Starbuck

L. Morgan

6/4 Fav.

2nd Chase The Moon

L. Hislop

5/1

3rd Jekyll And Hyde

J. Cookson

7/1

Dist. 8 lengths & 10 lengths

10 Ran

 

 

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