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SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2002
by Dave Scott
The Tynedale Hunt staged a seven race card last
weekend. With the course missing the worst of the weather in the North
East last week the going was testing but not unmanageable.
Highlight of the afternoon was a treble for Pauline
Robson now happily recovered from injury. The opening leg was a hard
fought victory on Kirkharle in the Hunt Members race. This one had to
battle up the hill to deny favourite Ardmayle by a couple of lengths.
Paulineís strength in the saddle was probably the deciding factor in the
outcome. Harry Laws was a moderate third.
Balisteros provided the middle leg in the long distance Ladies
Open. Pauline again had to work hard as she was niggling at the winner
from a long way out. Balisteros responded to her urgings and came clear
from Phar Echo up the hill. Young Steven came from a long way back to
snatch third close home from the rapidly weakening Rash Reflection who
looked the winner three out but didnít quite see out the trip. The
treble was completed in the concluding Confined Maiden when she partnered
the ex Andrew Parker inmate To The Future to a comfortable success. Well
supported in the ring to make a winning debut between the flags the
partnership survived a few hairy moments on the first circuit before
striding away from The Preacher Man and front running Rainton. The runner
up showed enough to suggest a Maiden win is on the cards.
Another jockey among the winners was the evergreen
Jimmy Walton who rode a double. He brought his own Rum Rebel with a
well-timed run between the last two fences to readily account for
Needsmoretime and The Black Bishop to land the Intermediate. His double
was completed when he steered the unfancied Magical Poitin to a facile
success from the well-fancied pair of Distinct and Dr Deductible. The last
named jumped moderately and on previous form is better than this.
Elsewhere on the card Sandy Forster partnered Supreme
Day, runner up to In Demand at the Berwickshire, to a workmanlike victory
in the Confined. Winsford Hill plugged on to take second and there was a
distance back to Fairy Bell the only other finisher. John Silver was
running a race of promise when coming down at the last. Previously with
Jonjo OíNeill this one should be watched.
The Mens Open fell to Alsina under a strong ride from Tom Oates. Seemingly held by Concerto Collonges at the bottom of the hill Tom conjured a sustained effort from the gelding and they wore down the favourite on the run to the last to win by three lengths with the strong finishing Winsome Wallace only a half-length away in third.