SUNDAY 25 JANUARY 2004
by Dave Scott
The new Point to Point season got off to a sunny start
at Ratcheugh on Sunday when a good crowd enjoyed some excellent racing.
The opening Hunt race saw Rose
Davidson aboard Dere Street just repel the late thrust of the evergreen
Jimmy Walton and Be A Better Boy. The race had developed into a two
horse affair from the top of the hill. Dere Street had kicked some 4 or 5
lengths clear on the run to two out but galvanized by Jimmy Walton, Be A
Better Boy gradually cut into the lead failing by only ĺ of a length to
bridge the gap. Timberley was a remote third.
Half an hour later the Restricted saw a tremendous
three way finish. Favourite at the off was Alittebitofpower and this one
attempted to make all under Clive Storey. At the second last Wilfie Wild
appeared the only danger but between the last two Andrew Richardson got the
seemingly held Cremavoy running. A fine leap at the last compared to the
favourites slow jump saw Cremavoy get his head in front and gradually forge
on for a Ĺ length victory. Wilfie Wild stayed on stoutly to seemingly grab
second place although officially was awarded a dead heat for second with
Alittlebitofpower. The last named ran keenly and if settling a little better
will surely win soon.
The Ladies race saw Light The River and Caroline
Metcalf gallop on far too strongly for Harden Glen and Balisteros. The last
named ran on well after being outpaced on the run to the cross fence but sad
to say he looks like a horse on the decline. The winner should score again
on this evidence.
The Mens Open race attracted as good a field as Iíve
seen in a while and although it looked competitive Geordies Express and
Kevin Anderson turned it into a procession. Taking it
up after three out they sauntered home by 10 lengths from Just Barney Boy
with Parade Racer another 12 lengths back in third. This
was an improved performance from the winner and it could be that the jockey
was the key. Parade Racer would prefer better ground and will be better for
Ran Morgan aboard Dream Of My Life
easily accounted for the non staying Superior Weapon in the Confined. At
the top of the hill Superior Weapon looked to be
travelling really well but this one emptied very quickly and was
legless by the line only just holding on to second from the one paced Raging
Torrent. This form looks moderate.
In a divided Maiden the first division fell to Hallrule and Pauline Robson who won well enough from the only
other finisher Miss Mattie Ross. The winner was a first runner for former
jockey David Parker and provided another winner for Raymond and Anita
Anderson-Green. Iím not convinced about this one
going on beyond Restricted company.
The concluding event fell to Native Alibi and Charlie
Shirley-Beavan. The combination ran out convincing winners from Little John
and Miss Royella. This winner could well be one to follow until beaten.