One of Yorkshires most premier meetings was held this weekend at Whitwell On The Hill, much effort was put into obtaining good racing conditions which drew in many runners and the beautiful weather drew in many spectators who took full advantage of the beer tent.
The highlight of the day was in the Grimthorpe Gold Cup which saw out and out stayer Rimsky along with jockey Tina Jackson hold on narrowly to win in an action packed finish. The pair were never headed and were ten lengths clear at one stage, but after giving her mount a breather down the back straight, Tina Jackson kicked on three out to hold off the fast finishing Mr Gossip in second and Willywonthe back in third, with only a length covering the first three home. Rimsky was a game winner as his jockey stated he continued to pull out more as the chasing pack came to him and could be a fairy tale ending to an illustrious career for Tina Jackson who may retire from riding at the end of this season.
Another jockey on form was Tom Greenall who notched up a four timer on the day. He started his sequence in the Members race with Sea Senor, the pair led after the first and were never headed and galloped on well to win by twelve lengths. Favourite Impact Zone and Joanna Mason came from a long way back to take second with Adin Abroad who chased the winner till three out, stuck on for third under Will Milburn. Sea Senor had failed to start on his last two runs however seemed to have a change of heart today and consented to race.
Tom secured his double in the Restricted race aboard Chip N Pin. Settled in rear the pair travelled strongly towards the lead down the road side and swept aside long time leader Yes I Can between the final two fences to win comfortably. Yes I Can who made most of the running stuck on for second, whilst Chapel House who looks on an upward progression secured third.
The Intermediate was a qualifier for the final at Cheltenham and went the way of Bitter Blue, Tom Greenall looked under pressure two out, however once he got stuck into his mount, the pair scooted away after the last to win well, Lem Put ran a good race and stuck on in second, whilst Joseph who made the running wasn't far away back in third for brother Toby Greenall.
Division One of the Open Maiden was won by Brompton Brow and completed Tom Greenalls four timer. Restrained in mid field the pair made stealthy headway through out and sauntered away from three out to win hard held and is one who can progress further. Arty Farmer took a remote second, whilst Goinfordacominhome was third for the Gary Hamner team. Brompton Brow was a 22,000 pound purchase from Ireland as a foal by Mick Easterby who knew the gelding would win after working exceptionally well during the week.
The two and a half mile maiden went to Guy Brewer and Sharese who established a big lead early on, with Lord Luso joining him with a circuit to go. The pair were twenty lengths clear four out and never looked like been caught, however Sharese stayed on the best to just deny Lord Luso and win for trainer Maxine Stirk who rated Sharese highly and would have been massively disappointed if he had lost. Sharese has now earned himself a ticket to one of Brightwells premier racehorse sale at Cheltenham in the next few weeks.
The final race was Division two of the Open Maiden race and went to Joanna Mason and Oriel Bank trained by her father Ian Mason. Always travelling well in midfield the pair came to the lead two out and got the better of Counttoten on the run in to win nicely. Counttoten was always prominent for Andrew Richardson and stayed on well on his pointing debut, whilst Sprout ran a similar race for third. The winning six year old had been in the yard since a foal and several disappointing efforts was put down to soft ground, but relished these quicker conditions.
The Club Members race went the way of the Greenalls again, however this time it went to younger brother Toby Greenall and Pristine Condition. The pair stayed on well in the straight to beat Moment Of Madness and Guy Brewer who made most of the running. Think Lucky showed a much improved effort back in third.Members Race Sea Senor Tom Greenall 11-4
Club Race Pristine Condition Toby Greenall 4-5FAV
Restricted Chip N Pin Tom Greenall 7-4FAV
Mixed Open (Grimthorpe Gold Cup) Rimsky Miss Tina Jackson 7-1
Open Maiden 4,5,6,7yo Sharese Guy Brewer 9-4
Intermediate Bitter Blue Tom Greenall 4-5FAV
Open Maiden Div 1 Brompton Brow Tom Greenall 7-4FAV
Open Maiden Div 2 Oriel Bank Miss Joanna Mason 4-1