Sunday 6th March 2011
by Will Milburn
The Derwent staged a seven race card this weekend at Charm Park Wykeham. A large crowd turned up on the day and with jockeys describing the ground as perfect there was no end of runners.
The first race was the Hunt Members race and saw Willywonthe record his fourth career success and win this race for the third time. Restrained in rear Oscar Churton and his mount never jumped with great fluency, however joined long time leader Harwood Dale after the last and stayed on strongly to win. Arlington House was back in third for Mark Walford.
The Next three races produced some very decent winners, first of all Impact Zone and Joanna Mason, always prominent the pair vied for the lead two out and after leading before the last stayed on well under a powerful ride from his rider. Unjust Law forced Impact Zone all the way to the line but could never quite get there, with Nile Moon, who made most of the running was again only narrowly beaten back in third and should be capable of winning soon.
The Mens Open was won by prolific winner My Old Piano who in typical style was restrained in last position for the majority of the race, after making smooth headway the pair stayed on well to beat Pristine Condition who had to make the favourite work hard, with Moment Of Madness who made the early running back in third.
With out a doubt the most impressive performance of the day came in the Ladies Open which saw the prolific winning mare Elizadoalott bounce right back to her best with an emphatic performance. Restrained well in rear, Freya Brewer made rapid headway before the open ditch and went to the lead on the bridle two from home and was simply pushed out to win very comfortably, Cottham Phantom was back in second and made most of the running, with Wantage Road taking a respectable third.
The Restricted race went the way of Elusive Swallow who swooped late and fast under Jacqueline Coward, to beat the Sam Drake trained Dougall who looked the winner jumping the last, however had no response to the winners late run. Chip N Pin was the short priced favourite, but could only manage third.
Division One of the Open Maiden went to the John Cranage trained Jake Spoon, prominent from a long way out, Nick Slatter pushed his mount out to fend off Cosmic who was staying on well late on, with Dontgiveamonkeys back in third, who after early motivation in the parade ring, finally consented to set off.
The final race went to the Easterby trained On Holiday and gave rider Robert Fagin his first winner from only a handful of rides, including several in Ireland. The pair came from a long way back a scooted clear in the straight to win well. Chapel House ran yet another creditable race in second with the early pacemaker and favourite Classic Cruise in third. The winner is by Dubai Destination and her pedigree suggests that she would be best suited in sprints, with Mick Easterby describing it as the biggest shock in his 50 years of training.
Hunt Members Willywonthe O Churton 7-4FAV
Confined Impact Zone Miss J Mason 4-1
Mens Open My Old Piano Tom Greenall 4-6FAV
Ladies Open Elizadoalott Miss F Brewer Evens FAV
Restricted Elusive Swallow Miss J Coward 10-1
Open Maiden Div1 Jake Spoon N Slatter 6-1
Open Maiden Div2 On Holiday R Fagan 10-1