6th March 2005
by Arthur Thompson
After a month with no racing in the Yorkshire area it was good to see a large turn out of runners for the Derwent meeting held at the popular Charm Park course .The sun shone and the crowds came to enjoy an eight race card.
The smallest field of the day was the opening event with just four going to post in the Derwent Members Race with Hill Charm and Lord Scoop were made joint favourites. It was close run race over the first 9 fences with all four going well. Turning into the back, Lord Scoop took up the running with Mighty Rising looking the main danger. Going to the last, it was anyone’s race but Lord Scoop just got the better of Mighty Rising, who should pick up a race soon. Hill Charm got her second wind and ran on for third place.
Sixteen runners went to face the starter with the unbeaten mare Auntie Kathleen, a good winner at Witton Castle, made the odds-on favourite. Another Witton winner, Mister Bromley, took off and made all and looked like gaining his second win of the year, but the “jockey in form”, Ben Woodhouse, rallied the grey mare to join Serena Brotherton at the last. Crossing the line, Auntie Kathleen got the judges vote by a short neck. Glendamah, so consistent in 2004, put his best in with a late run and on this race, he should be in the winners’ enclosure very soon. Duchess Account finished strongly under a positive ride from Miss Brader.
Auntie Kathleen (Ben Woodhouse)
The Restricted, led by Auntie Kathleen (Ben Woodhouse)
Clever Nora took the field around the first lap at a good pace but fell away once the big guns started to take closer order. The front running Vics Fane took it up with five to go, but was joined by Wilfie Wild, who put in a solid display of jumping to push Vics Fane all the way to the post. Ellie Bee ran in patches as did Carew, a winner at Witton and the possible winner when falling at the final fence at last weeks Dumfriesshire meeting.
Carew (Lee Bates)
The bookies were looking to the Mr Mahdlo/Ben Woodhouse team to take this race. With a lap to go, any one of the field had a chance, but Clive Mulhall brought Mister Friday through to take the race by four lengths from Mr Mahdlo. Last years early form horse, Mr Pendlebury, met two horses just a little better in his first race of the season. Emperors Son found the pace a little hot and may have been in need of the race. Hadeqa, who improved last year, was a little disappointing.
The confined maiden was split into three divisions.
Fourteen went to post in the division one with the David Easterby trained Malton looking the one to beat. However, it was the Mrs Frank owned Ginger Biscuit that came though with ease to take the race under Paul Frank, who had time to look around at his rivals. Knight Crossing took second place with Malton in third, giving the impression that he will not stay maiden for long.
This race looked like going the Walford stable from a long way out as Mark Walford pushed Wee William to the front. However, going into a big lead with three to jump, he was joined by Forty Shakes, who was given a peach of a ride from Chris Dawson and two out, the race changed with Forty Shakes twisting on landing and slipping to the ground, leaving Wee William, who looked out on his feet going to the last, clear. Zesta Fiesta ran on for second place from Been Here Before. Nigel Tutty went to hospital for a check up after a nasty looking fall from The Viking. This half brother to Dumadic, a winning pointer last year, was born with one eye but it did not seem to be a problem and was jumping well until getting in a little close at the fence down the side of the course. Given time, he will make a nice pointer.
With Nigel Tutty on his way to hospital, Nicky Tinkler took the ride on Bobby Buttons but all eyes were on the queen of National Hunt now training a few pointer for herself. Yes, she’s back… Mrs Mary Reveley! Her first runner was the eight-year old Northern Rambler, a full brother to Seven Towers . The first fence was missed out (3 times in total) because of the low sun. Dannymolone took up the running at the ditch but was joined on the roadside fences by Honor and Glory under Mark Walford, going for his second win of the day. With a long run in, it was nip and tuck who would get up to the line first and in the end it went to Honor and Glory just from Dannymolone with the fast finishing Bobby Buttons coming through for third place.
An enjoyable day racing was spoiled by a very poor P.A set that broke down though out the afternoon, giving commentator Iain MacKenzie a nightmare!