Saturday 9th May 2009
by Will Milburn
The Bilsdale Point to Point at Easingwold had mixed weather through out the day, however despite this, some very exciting racing took place, which saw several very big priced winners, whilst Tom Greenall, Guy Brewer, Jo Foster and Chris Dawson all fought it out for their respective championships.
The first upset of the day came in the Novice Riders race, Gemma Tutty and Astral Prince disputed most of the running, however De Ja Vu went on 4out and could not be caught as he stayed on strongly up the straight to give Sarah Russell her first winner. Favourite Le Passing and Toby Greenall travelled strongly through out, but found very little from 2out and weakened up the hill to finish third. After weakening 4out, Gemma Tutty drove her mount back up to get second and looks a jockey for the future.
The Confined saw a huge 33-1 winner. John Dawson and Tirol Livit made almost all the running, clear from 3out, the pair were challenged by Lane Marshall and Del Trotter at the last, however Lane Marshall found very little, which left Del Trotter to stay on strongly for Laura Eddery, but could not quite reach the winner. Tirol Livit was driven out to win with Del Trotter second and Lane Marshall third.
The Mixed Open saw a thrilling finish as hot favourite Unjust Law travelled strongly into the race, however Queenies Girl, Browns Beck and Gabor were all in his slip stream. Unjust Law was clear after the last, however Gabor who never travelled at all, was driven to join Unjust Law on the line to result in a dead heat. The ever so game Queenies Girl stayed on strongly for third.
The 5, 6 and 7yo Open Maiden saw Lewesdon Duchess finally get off the mark for John Dawson and Mr Terry Beadle. Always prominent, Lewesdon Duchess led from 4out and easily went clear to win comfortably. Wolf Warning made most of the running and attempted to mount a challenge but had very little left in second, whilst Dark Knight filled a very remote and tired third.
Intense Suspense looked the most impressive winner of the day in the Restricted race. Clear from 4out, Tom Greenall didn’t have to move a muscle in the run in to win by an easy 20lengths. Napalm ran very well to be second, whilst favourite Once Before never looked like landing a blow and under preformed in third.
The Open Maiden race ended the day and saw Pam Wrights home bred Knoxhill Archie finally get off the mark at the 16th time of asking. Always prominent Chris Dawson and his mount sprinted up the hill to win well. Devils and Dust disputed the lead, but weakened after the last despite running a career best in second, whilst Meertrix gave Richard Walker another thrill back in third.
The Hunt Members race was a close finish as hot favourite Fairy Skin Maker travelled strongly throughout, after taking up the running in the straight Jo Foster had to work hard up the hill, as Katie Sutcliffe and Allborn Lad made a late surge, however could not quite get there, but sees another promising young rider to keep an eye on. Ping Pong was outpaced in the latter stages and took third.
Members Fairy Skin Maker Miss J Foster 4-7Fav
Open Maiden Lewesdon Duchess J Dawson 6-4
Novice Riders De Ja Vu Miss S Russell 40-1
Mixed Open Gabor S Magee 6-1
Unjust Law Tom Greenall 4-7 Fav
Confined Tirol Livit J Dawson 33-1
Restricted Intense Suspense Tom Greenall 6-4
Open Maiden Knoxhille Archie C Dawson 3-1