The Cleveland point-to-point took place at Howe Hills, Mordon on Sunday and Oaklands Bobby once again showed his love of this course. Running in the S M Thompson Ltd Ladies Open Race, Oaklands Bobby, who was ridden by Alice Petch stole an early advantage and was about 20 lengths in front by the second fence. He maintained his lead until the final circuit, when Larkhall, making his debut in Open company joined and headed him. The battle was on and as the three remaining runners turned the final bend and set off downhill, Oaklands Bobby was headed twice before gamely fighting back to land this by three lengths from Fernhurst Lad and Catherine Walton with Larkhall and Freya Brewer a neck back in third. This was Oaklands Bobby's sixth win at the track, "I remember Jo Foster winning on him here (four years ago) before I was riding and she said, "that was some spin" and I have to agree with her!" Reported the winning jockey.
Hellens Contractors sponsored the Mens Open race and this was run in the fastest time of the day – a mere five minutes and fifty four seconds! Newspage was another pillar to post winner making all the running and winning under new pilot William Easterby. The winning distance was 15 lengths from Sposalizio and Chris Dawson, with Son of Flick and Max Johnson a further 10 lengths back in third. It was a fitting win as Newspage is owned by course owner John Wade.
Racing started with the Tees components Ltd Cleveland Hunt, Members, Subscribers & Farmers race. Stormy Oscar set the trail under Emma Todd but by the final circuit he had come back to the field. It was the very patiently ridden Tough Talkin Man for owner, trainer, rider Paul Collins, who crept into the race and wasn't asked a question until the final second, that took this by eight lengths from Stormy Oscar and Colorado Kid finished in third for John Dawson. "He has to be ridden that way," commented the winning jockey, "he needs kidding along and if you start to push him too soon he doesn't want to know," added Paul.
The first Maiden Race was sponsored by Mary Reveley and John Wade and was run over the shorter distance of 2m4f. Hi Ho Julio showed that persistence pays off and took this race at the twentieth attempt. Partnered by Russell Lyndsay, the pair were always handy and won by two lengths. Baile Atha Cliath showed his first bit of form and finished second for Jack Jordan with Road To Ruin and Oli Pimlott back in third.
The Beaumonts Accountancy Restricted Race went to another former course winner when Totom Chief, ridden by Richard Tierney took this by two lengths. Very patiently ridden, Richard moved Totom Chief into the race about five fences from home and asserted on the run in to win comfortably. Barton Jubilee finished in second for Oli Pimlott and Duhallowcountry was a further 10 lengths further back under John Dixon. "He's come on really well for his run at Charm Park and we're really pleased," said winning trainer Guy Brewer.
Run over the extended distance of 3m5f, seven horses went to post for the Collins Seafoods Ltd PPORA Club Members Race. Know The Rules, had his first win of the season for Chris Dawson and won by an easy 15 lengths. Hand Act Or Part battled it out to the line for the minor honours with Have One For Me, partnered by Kit Alexander and came out on top by half a length for Max Johnson.
The final maiden race was sponsored by the Oaklands Veterinary Centre and Chantry Melody who has been improving all season finally lost his maiden tag for Andrew Bartlett who was riding his second career winner in as many weeks. "She's a lovely mare, but she's tiny and slowly learnt the game. Andrew rode a great race too as she has to be pushed from quite a long way out and he persevered. He's been and schooled and has got to know her quite well," said Neil Mechie, the winning trainer. The pair beat Game As A Pheasant and Cath Walton by a length. Game As A Pheasant has run quite green in the past and can build on this experience next time out. On Vacation was half a length further back in third for Richard Tierney.