A large crowd was in attendance at the Bedale point-to-point to witness some excellent racing on a beautiful day. The going was officially good to soft and six races took place interspersed with racing from Aintree on the McClarrons big screen.
Racing started with the Barkers of Northallerton Confined Conditions race which was a fairly incident packed race. Hand Act Or Part made most of the running until crashing out four fences from home and bringing down the favourite Greensalt. This left the way clear for Battle Range who was admittedly running well at the time to go on and win by 15 lengths for Jacqueline Coward, with Richard Smith and Mistissio in second. Lord of the Course was the only other of the seven starters to finish under Andrew Glass.
Three went to post for the Strutt & Parker Bedale and West of Yore hunt race. The maiden, See Mores Finale made most of the running but it was the point-to-point secretary, Grania Furness' Shantou Prince, ridden by her son Christy that asserted after the second last and won, with Nosecond Chance and Harry Carlisle finishing second and See Mores Finale completed in third.
The Subaru Restricted Race had the biggest field of the day and it could have gone one of three ways over the last fence but it was Fairy Mix under Elliot Brooksbank that took the honours. The mare has looked progressive since winning her maiden earlier this season and was runner up to the useful Bedford Forrest last time out so this was not a surprise. According To Dan ran an excellent race and pushed Fairy Mix all the way to the line to finish second by a neck for Tom Strawson with Moscanisi and Henry Morsehead two lengths further back in third. The placed horses are more than capable of winning at this level in the near future.
Topaze Collognes and Drill Sergeant set a furious pace in the Silk Family Law Ladies open race but it was the held up horses that landed the spoils, eventually going the way of Knocklong, reunited with Cath Walton, racking up his fifth win in a row. Young Hurricane and Freya Brewer were never far away but couldn't quite get on terms on the run to the line and Trop Fort finished third for Jacqueline Coward.
The George F. White Mens Open race was the Yorkshire area feature race and had a total prize fund of £1,000 which attracted but entries and runners. Similar to the Ladies open, a fast early pace was set by Tom Hamilton on Billing but this didn't pay off and William Easterby was able to gain recompense from his first race departure to creep into the race and win this on his mother Sarah's Things Change. Cara Court was a close second on his first run in the pointing sphere and a win at this level doesn't look far away, while Rosie Du Berlais and Elliot Brooksbank finished in third.
Racing finished with the Armstrong Watson Open Maiden Race and provided William Easterby with a double on the day as he took this on Stagecoach Jasper who has been runner up on his last two starts. The good three miles played to his strength and he was able to stay on from the lightly raced Market Road who looks full of potential and is a likely winner this season. Market Road was ridden by Will Milburn and Quest of Valour was third under Christy Furness.
The Cleveland Hunt hosts the next Yorkshire point-to-point at Mordon on Sunday 17th April.