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Cumberland Farmers at Dalston
Easter Monday 28th March 2016
by Peter Burgon

Unlike many parts of the country, there were no weather problems at Dalston on Easter Monday as another well supported Cumberland Farmers fixture saw 51 runners face the starter on a six race card.

Newton-by-the-Sea owner/trainer, Victor Thompson followed up last week's four-timer at Overton, with a double to keep the bandwagon rolling.

Sharivarry initiated the double in the AGA Ladies Open Race under a well-judged ride from Amie Waugh, taking it up at the last to beat Clonea Power by two lengths. Waugh said: "He loves passing horses coming from off the pace and the plan to keep him on the bridle as long as possible worked perfectly."

Anzinger completed Thompson's double in the Pioneer Open Maiden Race in the hands of Cumbrian amateur Tristan Davidson. The 10 year old headed stable companion, My Lady West after they had jumped the last together and comfortably held off a late challenge from Blue Lodge by three lengths. The winner was bought for £5500 at Doncaster Sales in August 2012.

Former Irish pointer, Double Dan was the most impressive winner of the day in the D A Harrison Cumberland Farmers Members Race. After tracking the odds-on favourite, Mister Marker from the sixth, Harry Reed's mount was sent on two out and quickly forged clear to score by twelve lengths. The 7 year old was bought at Ascot Sales in December by Ferryhill-based handler, Susan Ward, who said: "I had planned to ride him myself but booked Harry on Sunday when I got tonsilitis and a chest infection. He's done plenty of work on Howard Johnson's gallops at Crook and could be quite useful," while Reed added: "He jumped and travelled well off a slow pace and the response was immediate when I pressed the button approaching two out."

Denholm farmer, Gavin Hamilton was on hand to see his 8 year old gelding, Danehills Well secure a second win of the season in the N B Lancaster Restricted Race. He kept the favourite, Christmas In USA at bay from two out and still had a couple of lengths to spare at the finish. Hamilton said: "I've left my wife, Alison at home to ride out the horses, deal with the lambing and look after the kids. He did that well and will improve again on better ground."

Longhorsley-based owner/trainer, Drew Holmes steered Ballyvesey to a pillar to post success in the Hopes Auction Men's Open Race, holding off a late thrust from Wicklow Lad by half a length. Holmes said: "Things are going great and I've already surpassed last season's tally of winners. He's so much better going right handed and jumped brilliantly on ground much softer than he prefers. He picked up every time I gave him a squeeze and runs next at Corbridge on April 16."

After chasing home Flash Garden and Damiens Dilemma on his previous two starts, Viacometti deservedly went one better in the Beech House Holidays NPPA Club Members Race. After hitting the front four out under Kelly Bryson, he survived a bad mistake two out to beat the favourite, Royal Chatelier by three lengths. The 7 year old, owned by Kenny Lynn and trained by wife, Karen was bought out of Tom George's yard in 2014. Bryson said: "He settled much better today but hated the holding ground. He was on his nose two out but recovered well and quickened again when challenged by Royal Chatelier on the run-in."

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