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Review of the 2004 Yorkshire Season
by Arthur Thompson

The Yorkshire season ended at Heslaker Farm on 22 May 2004 with some great racing and close calls that kept the judges busy. The whole season has been great to watch with both horses and jockeys giving their all.

Of the many highlights, the few that I’ve picked out are…

Texas Ranger
We were told that this could be a good horse and after the his first few outings, we knew he was, going on to win a total of four times in Yorkshire.

Mr Pendleberry
After shown good form, winning twice in the first three meetings, he went of form but I’m sure the Tinkler’s will have him ready for 2005.

Emperor‘s Son
He never gives up and showed that he will always be in the frame.

Imps Way
Was consistent and will be again next season.

The most improved horse was Hadeqa, who struck up a winning partnership with Serena Brotherton. On their first outing together at Hornby Castle, they finished a close second to Texas Ranger at odds of 50/1. The 8-year-old son of Hadeer never looked back and will be a force to be reckoned with again next year.

Of the others, I liked the look of…

  • Civil Gent

  • Karinga Leap

  • Don Rio

  • Queenies Girl (on her last two runs)

  • Glendamah (hardly out of the frame)

  • Bankersdraft

In Yorkshire, we saw the “wonder horse”, Balisteros, twice in his farewell season and I believe that we may have also seen the last of Yorkshire‘s own star, Silver Groom. The grey 14-year-old looked only half his normal self, after making a winning start at Witton Castle.

Another 14-year-old, Erzadjan, ran his final race at Heslaker and went into retirement with a fourth place, putting in his best work at the end like he always did when others were giving in. 

At this point I would like to say a big thank you to the secretaries of all the meetings who have helped me in putting together the web site and keeping the racing fans updated, and also to the many people who give their time up to help build our fine courses that we have in Yorkshire. 

I’m no Richard Hall, but I hope that I’ve put across what a great season we have had... see you all in 2005!

 

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