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Sinnington at Duncombe Park
Sunday 14th February 2016

by Charlotte Russell

Double Wills

A huge crowd was in attendance at the Sinnington point-to-point to witness some competitive
racing as well as some classy performances.

Racing started with the Campbell and Penty Ltd Members' race and three horses went to post. Largely racing together, Things Change and Nobuttaboy pulled clear from John Dillon on the final turn to finish in that order. This was the first leg of a double for William Easterby who followed up in the Subaru restricted race on Greensalt. Both horses are trained by his mother Sarah and Greensalt was particularly impressive. He won by six lengths from Mickey Miller and Jack Teal with According To Dan and Richard Smith a further seven lengths back in third. "He's a very nice horse and in great form at the moment," said the winning rider. "The plan is to go for an intermediate next with a view to running in the Cheltenham final or the Subaru restricted final at Stratford," he continued.

Another William to ride a double was William Milburn who took the Savills Confined race on Six A Side. Trained by his partner Emma Todd, Six A Side seemed more relaxed in his race, was held up and once asked for an effort nothing could go with him. They won by eight lengths from Code Blue and Richard Smith. "I was delighted with that," commented his trainer. "It's reassuring to see that he continues to be as good as last year and I'd like to go for the novice hunterchase at Catterick next," she added.

William Milburn's double came aboard Bedford Forrest in the second division of the maiden, sponsored by Spillers. A new recruit for his trainer Andy Nicholls and owner Neil Readman, Bedford Forrest had racecourse experience in Ireland and in similar fashion to Six A Side was produced late on and won easily by 11 lengths from Zandino and Max Johnson in second, with Ballybough Best and Jack Teal 13 lengths further back in third. "He was purchased from the McGill brothers in Ireland who came over to watch the race and were very impressed with the huge Yorkshire crowd," said the winning trainer. "The race hasn't taken too much out of him and we'll go for the restricted at Askham Bryan with him next although they look like very competitive races," he continued.

Fairy Mix won division one of the Maiden which was sponsored by Malton Marquees. The race looked to be at the mercy of The Highlander who had gone a good four lengths into the lead approaching the last but he took a crashing fall. Fairy Mix and Cloghouge Boy had both been handy but it was Fairy Mix that came out on top in the hands of Elliot Brookbanks by four lengths.

Shantou Prince continued his winning form to take the PPORA Novice and Veterans race for his rider Christy Furness. Shantou Prince is progressive and has won all of his starts in point-to-points. He was held up and urged to race with the leaders with a circuit to go before asserting to win by four lengths from Tasheba and Amy Collier. Amy was having her second ride in a point-to-point and it will surely not long before the pair get their head in front.

The AGA mixed open race was another very competitive race with Robbie landing the spoils in the hands of John Dawson and trained by Mary Reveley. "He gave me some ride and won how I expected him to after his Sheriff Hutton run," said the winning jockey. He's very classy in this grade and we're hoping to go to a hunterchase at Leicester next, provided the ground is right for him." Camden did everything to keep on terms but when asked the question Robbie kept drawing clear and won by six lengths. Lucky Cody was two lengths further back in third.

The next Yorkshire point-to-point is the West of Yore hunt, which takes place at Askham Bryan College on Sunday 28th February.

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