Following postponement last week due to the frost, the Burton Point to Point was successfully re-scheduled and took place this Sunday at North Carlton. Thirty runners contested six races and although this was disappointing in terms of numbers, the races were competitive with some exciting finishes. There was a large screen in the middle of the course to aid viewing and a good number of trade stands. The going was officially described as “good”. This was the first Point to Point to be held in the Midlands Area in 2010.
Three horses went to post in the Lincolnshire United Hunts Club Member’s race kindly sponsored by “a good friend to the Burton Point to Point”. The seven year old grey Roby De Cimbre was sent off the 4-7F and justified these odds by winning easily and defying a ten pounds penalty for winning three steeplechases under National Hunt rules. Roby De Cimbre is owned by the Robinson family from Linwood near Market Rasen. He is expected to improve from this run and go on to better things. The second horse, Jackson, although beaten a long way, gave Rowley Barclay a good ride and the veteran Yann’s finished third.
The Mumby Heppenstall Confined Hunts race was the first leg of a double for the Mason family from Yorkshire. Mrs Margaret Moody’s horse Pleasure Shared went off the 2-1 favourite and looked the likely winner when taking the lead six fences from home. However, he could not hold off the strong challenge from the mare Poppy Day ridden by Joanna Mason. The seven year old Poppy Day looks a game and progressive sort and was fairly well backed.
The Mason family were delighted to follow up with a quick double in the very next race; the F.P. Watson Ladies race. This time Well Presented had to work a bit harder to get the better of Great Grimsby by a neck. Well Presented gave eighteen year old Laura Mason her first winner in her third season of riding. The second horse, Great Grimsby is a winning chaser and having finished third at Cottenham in December previously, looks sure to win a similar race before too long.
Lincolnshire Audi sponsored the fourth race on the card, the Men’s Open race for which Richard Hunnisett’s Present Glory went off the 2-1 favourite. However, it was dual Hunter Chase winner Rydal Park who took the race for the Oak Partnership, headed by Giles Sim. The horse is trained and ridden by David Kemp and connections said that they plan to run him in more Open Point to Points in the near future. The second horse Moscow Gold ran a good race and was well ridden by last season’s leading novice jockey Adam Wedge. Present Glory finished third, beaten a total of three lengths, in what would appear to be a slightly disappointing effort.
Three horses went to post for the White Heather Restaurant Restricted race in which Mrs Margaret Moody’s Pass The Parsel went off a short priced favourite and won readily. This was a fairly easy Restricted but allowed Pass The Parsel to progress out of this grade and he looks like an ideal Ladies horse now. Richard Armson was second on Sounds Good who was running his best race for a long time.
The final race of the day, the Hodgson Elkington Open Maiden race, over the shorter distance of two miles and four furlongs attracted six runners. This race appeared to be run at a fast pace and was won by Harlaxton who had pulled up in his previous start in Point to Points. Monkerty Tunkerty finished second for the third time and both he and the third horse Kandelin ought to be able to win a race sometime soon.
The next meeting in the Midlands Area is the Midlands Area Club meeting at Thorpe Lodge near Newark on Sunday 14th February, first race 12 noon.