SATURDAY 17 MAY 2003
by Arthur Thompson
Overnight rain left the course on the soft side of good at
the South Durham meet held in the grounds of local trainer, John Wade.
The Confined saw a battle for most of the race
but turning for home only three were in with a chance with
Quango (Jo Foster) getting the better of Wynyard Dancer (Tina Jackson)
with Nigel Tutty on Darak getting up for third place.
This was the first leg of a double for Miss Foster
who went out for the Ladies Open on the grey star Silver
Groom to have yet another battle with Miss
Jackson on Sally Scally, the grey just getting the better in a first
class race with both horses and riders giving their all.
The Mens Open race had long priced
(100/1) Erni up front for most of the race but had
to give way to Nordic Crest with Victoria’s Boy in second place
and Erni keeping third place
The restricted race put a smile on the bookies wet
faces when Hadaway Lad came home in front of Gentleman
Charles with Hessac in third place.
The open Maiden race saw the well backed Sams
Way take it up with four fences to jump, but was overtaken by Lord
Scroop on the down section with Nomadic Blaze in third spot.