Monday 5th April 2010
by Will Milburn
The Bank holiday provided an excellent days racing and although the weather was a bit on the chilly side, there was plenty to get excited about.
The most fitting winner of the day was in the first race, which saw Alison Pocklington win on the Maxine Stirk trained Moment Of Madness. The pair set a strong pace through out and it looked as though Andre Chenier had come to win his race two out, however the leader found more and stayed on well to win. Keeverfield who had won the previous Saturday ran an excellent race to finnish third. Alison Pocklington almost didn’t ride as sadly her father past away at the Bedale point to point on Saturday, he would surely agree she rode a great race here and was the most popular winner on the day. The winner was previously with Tim Fitzgerald, however appears much happier now with Maxine Stirk.
The Restricted had only four runners, but was won by a very classy horse. Natureofthebeast was settled at the back, but progressed steadily to lead four out where long time leader Forge Valley fell, allowing the winner too saunter clear and win by a fence and a half, with Ballela Road in second. Still unbeaten in two runs, Natureofthebeast may now go to Doncaster Sales.
The Mixed Open produced a huge upset when 50-1 shot First Fought just held on to beat the fast finishing Willywont He. Leading a long way from home, Jo Foster kicked on along way out, whilst Willywont He who never jumped with much fluency and was well in rear ran very creditabley in second. Nippy Des Mottes weakened quickly near the finish and may appreciate an easier trip. The winner was bought from Doncaster sales and was previously in training with Donald McCain.
The Confined race went the way of the Easterby team and Gunner Jack. Always travelling well, Gunner Jack took it up at the last to pass long time leader Madison De Vonnas and win on the bridle. Madison De Vonas finished second, Nae Bother At all was prominent for a long way, looked one paced from 2 out and finished third.
The Open Maiden race looked a very open event, however it went the way of Oaklands Robbie who got compensation after been disqualified at the Sinnington meeting. Always travelling well John Dawson was clear entering the straight and went on to win well, Cashmere Jack ran very well back in second, however the one to note is Rosedale Abbey in third, who returned after a long lay off and should find a race for the in form Mason yard.
The final race was the Conditions Maiden race and saw a furious pace throughout which meant the field were well strung out. The pace setter Spinney Well was still in the lead when falling 4 out which left Kirby Wiske; who had always been prominent, in the lead. Oakland’s Somthin made smooth headway 3 out but couldn’t quite get to the leader and finished second and deny Graham Russ a double. Ramborob ran a much-improved race back in third under Anna Dawson. Kirby Wiske was jockey Max Johnson’s first winner, previously working in a bookmakers in London, he got bored and decided to turn his hand to riding and now works for Mick Easterby.
Novice and Veteran Riders Moment Of Madness Miss A Pocklington 3-1
Restricted Natureofthebeast M Seston 8-13FAV
Mixed Open First Fought Miss J Foster 50-1
Confined Gunner Jack Jake Greenall 11-10FAV
Open Maiden Oakland’s Robbie J Dawson 3-1FAV
Conditions Maiden Kirby Wiske M Johnson 16-1