Jack Frost did his best to write off the weekend’s pointing
action for most of the country, but despite all of his efforts, he failed to
“get” the West Of Yore fixture at Hornby Castle, which went ahead after
a late inspection.
Billie Thomson’s Balisteros notched win number thirty-two
in the Ladies Open, following up his win at Duncombe Park a week earlier.
On this occasion, he was made to work hard and got home under a power-packed
ride by Pauline Robson, denying Silver Groom (Jacqueline Coward) by
half-a-length with Dun Distinctly (Lucy Horner) a further half-length back
What is there to say about Balisteros that hasn’t already been said? The
15-year-old might not be as quick as he once was, but he’s lost none of
battling qualities and win number thirty-three shouldn’t be far away.
Silver Groom lost little in defeat and will be winning soon.
Dun Distinctly ran the race of his life and if he’s able to repeat this,
he should be able to find a small race.
Robert Ogden’s Yorkshire Edition (Wendy Gibson) put in some spectacular
leaps, but raced a little too freely and was a spent force in fifth. If he
can be restrained a little, he should be able to score.
Open (L to R) - Yorkshire
Edition (Wendy Gibson), Balisteros (Pauline Robson) and Lord Dorcet (Claire
Ladies Open - The runner up, Silver Groom (Jacqueline Coward)
Victoria’s Boy (Guy Brewer) ran out a convincing winner of
the Mens Open, beating Spring Double (Toby Mounsey-Heysham) by eight-lengths
and Extra Jack (Charlie Shirley-Beavan) by a further six-lengths.
The winner looked a cut above his rivals here on his seasonal debut and
should continue to score throughout the season, including over regulation
Spring Double stayed on to fill the runner’s up spot and will be better
suited by a test of stamina.
Extra Jack raced a little keen and looks as though he’ll need to be held
up if he’s to stay the trip in points, but does look the type who could go
well in a sub three-mile hunter chase.
High Peak and Tom Greenall followed up their Market Rasen
maiden victory, taking the Restricted at the first time of asking.
The seven-year-old son of Alflora is highly regarding by trainer David
Easterby and can continue on the upgrade.
The runner up, Just Fluster (Richard Wakeham), ran a fair race in defeat and
victory in this company shouldn’t be far away.
Third placed Dolphin Square (Tom Oates) put in his best performance since
his maiden victory in 2002 and can land a restricted.
Son Of Sam, off the course since three falls on the bounce in 2001, was
handled with care by Clive Mulhall and should come on bundle for this run.
Restricted (L to R) - Agent Provocateur (Richard Clark), Dolphin Square (Tom
Oates) & Sledmere (John Botham)
Erzadjan (Lee Bates) swooped off the pace set by Darak (Nigel
Tutty) and Ballad Minstrel (Jo Foster) to land the Confined by
This was Erzadjan’s first success between the flags. He relishes a test of
stamina and should continue to go well on the staying tracks.
Second placed Darak will strip a lot fitter for this and could be hard to
peg back on the easier courses.
Ballad Minstrel was a little disappointing after the promise he’d shown
behind Balisteros the week before, but should by no means be written off.
Sweeping Storm (Chris Dawson) and Eighty Days (Ran Morgan)
fought out the finish in Division One of the 2m4f maiden with the latter
landing the spoils by a head.
Eighty Days showed plenty of speed here and it wouldn’t be a surprise to
see the five-year-old son of Air Quest switched to a campaign under rules.
Sweeping Storm displayed more zest here than he did during the whole of 2003
and can land a short maiden.
The Nicky Tinkler ridden Clever Fella, a five-year-old by Elmaamul, was
ten-lengths back in third, and will benefit for this experience. He should
be able to land a maiden.
One Maiden (L to R) - Billymax (Richard Wakeham) & Eighty Days (Ran
In Division Two of the 2m4f maiden, Super Dolphin (Richard
Tate) came with a late rattle to deny Shirostran (Philip Kinsella) by
The time here was six seconds slower than the previous division and both
horses will need an equally weak race if they’re to score.
The hot favourite Comfortably Numb (Nicky Tinkler) was found wanting once
the pace quickened and gives the impression that he’ll be better suited by
a test of stamina.
Two Maiden (L to R) - Perky's Wish (Simon Robinson), Shirostran (Philip
Kinsella) & Comfortably Numb (Nicky Tinkler)
Tom Greenall completed a double, bringing High Fields home in
front in the final maiden (Division Three - 2m4f), with Jethro Tull (Guy
Brewer) and Anniejo (Ran Morgan) filling the minor places.
High Fields looks an improving type and should be able to take a restricted
The runner up, Jethro Tull, looks a ready-made maiden winner, as does
Anniejo, though she gives the impression that she’ll prefer today’s sub
Parsifal (Rupert Abrahams) pulled too much for his own good and will need
plenty of restraint if he’s to score.