Thanks to heavy watering by the organisers, there were
good-sized fields for the Cleveland fixture at Stainton on Saturday.
The meeting was kicked off with the eight runner Members
which fell to Clive Mulhall on Royal Reprimand, getting the better of the
favourite, Borleagh Pilot (Paul Collins) with Chief Engineer (Ben
Woodhouse) back in third.
The seventeen runner Restricted fell to Phyllis, ridden by
Fiona Needham, coming with a late challenge to deny Nigel Tutty on
Albarden. When everything goes right, the winner is a useful sort on her
The first two in the market contested the finish in the Mens
Open with the favourite, Golden Chimes (Grant Tuer), landing the spoils
from Brighter Shade (Philip Kinsella) with the front running Darak (Nigel
Tutty) not far away in third.
There was early drama in the Ladies Open with Hadeqa
unseating Charlotte Brown at the first and Supercharmer running through
the wing with Jo Foster at the third.
The 8-year-old and above Maiden fell to Mr McDuck (Lee
Bates), showing a clean pair of heels to his rivals to score readily and
on this form, he won’t be disgraced in restricted company.
The 5, 6 & 7-year-old Maiden went to Bohemian Spirit,
quickening up nicely under a well-timed ride from Ben Woodhouse to deny
Red September (Philip Kinsella) and Can Cortana (Clive Mulhall).
Well done to the Cleveland for getting near perfect ground during this dry spell.