Sunday 21st March 2010
by Robin Gray
Cirencester Agricultural College student, Claire Douglas, rode the first double of her career on a successful day’s racing at Hackwood Park on Sunday.
Douglas, 20, who rides mainly for Morestead trainer Jenny Gordon made all the running on race sponsor Anthony Ward-Thomas’s Wain Mountain in the HH Members race and quickly followed up on Present Oriented in the Ladies Open.
‘That is five winners so far this year,’ said Claire. ‘My mother’s horse Big Moment won two of those and I hope he will be in action again soon to win a couple more.’
Wain Mountain, like Big Moment, is trained by Jenny Gordon who saddled Presenting Express to finish a close second to Baodai in the Novice and Veteran Riders race. ‘That is the best race he has run for me,’ said owner/rider Fenton Ramsahoye, who qualified to ride in the race on both novice and veteran grounds.
Diminutive 19 year old Rachel King put her flat racing experience to good use on Charm of Gold in the Robins Row Restricted to beat Keel Road by two lengths.
‘Because I am so light, about seven and a half stone, I became a flat race apprentice with trainer Mark Usher last year,’ said Rachel, ‘but as I had ridden only one winner I decided to revert to amateur status. My amateur permit came through just in time to ride Charm of Gold – I think she will win again so I have no regrets!’
Ward-Thomas Removals Ltd Members
1 Wain Mountain (Claire Douglas) 2 Owenabue Valley
won by a distance. 3 ran only 2 finished. 6min 38secs
Night Nannies ladies Open
1 Present Oriented (Claire Douglas) 2 Public Esteem 3 Millenium Way
20 lengths / 25 lengths 5 ran 6min 14secs
Judes Beecher Memorial – Two and a half mile Maiden
1 Good Return (David Maxwell) 2 Doubletoilntrouble 3 Santarctique
16 lengths / 3 lengths 10 ran 5min 17secs
Countryside Alliance Veteran Novice Riders
1 Baodai (Nico DeBoinville) 2 Presenting Express 3 Royal Tir
2.1/2 lengths / 6 lengths 10 ran 6min 24 secs
Robins Row Restricted
1 Charm of Gold (Rachel King) 2 Keel Road 3 Righteous Glory
2 lengths and a distance 5 ran 6min 21 secs
Gore Browne Investment Maiden
1 Jolly Dance (James Horton) 2 Caged Tiger 3 Just Standeese
3 lengths and 6 lengths 9 ran 6min 27 secs