Badsworth & Bramham Moor
Sunday 27th March 2011
by Will Milburn
The Badsworth and Bramham held their point to point this weekend at there new course at Whitcliffe Grange. A seven race card drew in a huge crowd from local town of Ripon along with many regular race goers. The day couldn't have started any better as it was blessed with glorious sunshine which continued all day. With such warm weather, the ground was riding on the fast side; however this did not deter any of the horses. Jockey in form was Mark Walford who after struggling to record his first winner of the season several weeks ago racked up a double here.
The first of his two successes came in the Confined Hunts race aboard Go Moss Go. Walfords mount relished these fast conditions, settled in midfield, the pair made good progress throughout and challenged long time leader Quinta De Lobo at the last and stay on well to win. New Time returned to something like his best back in third. Steven Jones, husband of the winning trainer, reported he knew it was time to run the horse as it had dropped him twice on the gallops the previous Wednesday.
The second of Mark Walfords double came in the Open Maiden race and saw an emphatic success from Saddlers Mot, who looked to simply outclass her rivals here. The pair made most of the running and sauntered clear from two out to win hard held. Play To Win stayed on well from a long way back under Jo Foster to take second, whilst Pleasure Pursuit who chased the winner for a long way had to settle for third.
The class act on the day came in the Ladies Open and saw prolific winning pointer Keeverfield make it four on the bounce this season. Sam Drake made most of the running aboard her mount and stayed on well after the last to justify there very short odds and solidify Sam Drakes position as leading owner in the country. Lutin Du Moulin bounced back to form here in second as he attempted to chase the winner down the back straight but could never quite reach them. Blanding's Castle and Maddison De Vonnas fought out the minor honours, with Blandings Castle taking a distant third.
The Restricted race went to the well supported Plenty Of Chat owned trained and ridden by the Winks family. Plenty Of Chat and early leader Brother Mark were disputing the lead two out, however the winners class began to show as he drew clear approaching the last and won a shade comfortably. Brother Mark who made most of the running stuck on for second, whilst Next Girl never looked happy back in third and may not have been suited by these fast conditions.
The Mens Open went to The Stickler who thrives on this ground, always prominent Richard Smith led approaching the last and the pair stayed on well under a determined ride to fend off the fast finishing He' s The Gaffer who never travelled a yard for jockey Oscar Churton and can surely atone himself soon. Over To Joe was bang there at the finish but just missed out to come third.
The Novice Riders race went to Bafana Boy ridden by Drew Holmes who was having a change of scenery as his day job is working in fashion, where Drew regularly travels abroad to the top fashion shows. The pair led a long way from home, however looked a sitting duck as Wantage Road, who had never travelled a yard for Rebecca Mason came to tackle the leader approaching the last, however the winners determination showed as he dug deep to pull clear up the run in and win. Wantage Road was back in second where he showed another lack luster effort. Thistle made a good display back in third after making a lot of the early running for Max Johnson.
The final race was Division two of the Open Maiden and went to the ten year old Gunner Snow and Jo Foster, the pair were left clear two out but still had to fend off Joe The Plumber who was staying on strongly near the finish, however Gunner Snow just prevailed. Gunner Snow was not broken in till he was eight and is now Jo's father's regular hunter as she herself spent six hours hunting on it the previous week with the Middleton.
Confined Go Moss Go M Walford 4-1
Restricted Plenty Of Chat P Winks 5-4FAV
Mens Open The Stickler Richard Smith 5-1
Open Maiden Div1 Saddler's Mot M Walford 5-4FAV
Ladies Open Keevefield Miss S Drake 2-7FAV
Novice Riders Bafana Boy D Holmes 11-2
Open Maiden Div2 Gunner Snow Miss J Foster 7-4FAV