SUNDAY 6 APRIL 2003
by Dom Bradshaw
The runners returned to the Middleton fixture
at Whitwell-on-the-Hill on Sunday after a barren spell the weekend before
and Grant Tuer and Son Of Anshan gained some compensation for their tumble
in last weekís Aintree Foxhunters, taking the 4m1f Grimthorpe Gold Cup.
The 10-year-old was held up early but Tuer
moved him smoothly through the field on the final circuit. Approaching
three out, his only serious rival was the outsider Erzadjan (Lee Bates),
but he was shrugged off on the final bend and came home a good winner.
Thereís little doubt than on his day Son Of Anshan is a more than useful
performer and he should take more races before the seasonís end.
The progressive Little Worsall made it
three on the bounce, taking the Confined under a positive ride from Nigel
Tutty. The 10-year-old is in a rich vein of form at present and will take
Scottish Roots (Tom Greenall) put a
disappointing run at Dalton Park behind him, running out the clear-cut
winner of the Restricted. Heís an improving type and probably hasnít
finished winning just yet.
Nordic Crest (Gino Carenza) ran out the
good winner of the Hunt race, quickening up to beat Legendary Line (Serena
Brotherton) and Double Rich (Tom Greenall).
In Division One of the 2m4f Maiden, David
Easterby introduced an interesting recruit in the shape of the 5-year-old
Only Wallis, who dug deep to deny Bohemian Spirit (Ben Woodhouse) and
Bobby Buttons (Nigel Tutty). Despite looking green, the winner, a big
good-looking son of Supreme Leader, knuckled down to his task where it
mattered and looks the type to go onto better things.
A mammoth gamble on Banana Ridge went
astray in Division Two of the 2m4f Maiden, which was taken by the front
running Schoolhouse Walk. This was an impressive performance by the
winner, who never looked like being caught once Guy Brewer kicked him
clear and he should take a mestricted if reproducing this form.
Outsiders took the both divisions of the 3m
Maidens. In Division One, Mighty Willing, completing the course for the
first time in four runs, got the better of Mr McDuck (Lee Bates) and the
favourite Farlington (Mark Walford), registering a double on the day for
Guy Brewer and trainer Mary Sowersby.
Division Two was taken by pointing debutant
Bunker Buster (Tina Jackson), who was available in the ring at odds of
50/1 at the off.