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York & Ainsty at Easingwold
Sunday 29th April 2018
by Will Milburn

The weekend saw an excellent turn out from spectators and runners at the York and Ainsty point to point near Easingwold; two jockeys in top form were Jack Teal and Will Milburn, both of whom rode doubles, whilst a huge milestone was reached by John Dawson riding his 150th winner aboard Rockmount Rocker.

Jack Teal won the prize for closest finish on the day when Tellmenow flashed home in eye catching fashion to snatch the 4,5 and 6yo maiden. Trained by Roger Marley, the pair were held up behind a slow pace on the first circuit and with a circuit to go, One For Martha looked to steal the race when going clear after four out under Will Milburn, however Frangeliko and Billy Garitty closed them down on the run in and led narrowly until Tellmenow came from a long way back to flash home and collar both on the line. The winner finished in tremendous style and could be a useful recruit as his likely next stop could be the sales. A 4yo by Shirocco purchased for £14,000 in May 2017, the gelding was making his racecourse debut and is likely to improve further, "He was green on the first circuit but warmed up as the race went on" said Jack Teal and feels the winner had plenty more to give despite the first three been covered by a neck and a head, with Frangeliko and One For Martha filling the places.

Jack Teal went on to secure the second maiden on the card with the Karen Clifton trained McMurphy. With plenty in with a chance jumping the last, the pair stayed on well to beat Goody Hallett who is taking some big steps forward now getting his jumping together under Ross Wilson, with Raleagh Mountain back in third for Lottie Crane and looks to have returned to form. The winner has been running well in maidens without threatening to win, however this sharper track looked to suit and hopefully can build on this.

John Dawson had a day to remember as he recorded his 150th winner aboard the Chris Pimlott trained Rockmount Rocker, the pair quickened clear on the run in and beat the prominently ridden Calisson d'Alene and Emma Todd with Inishturk Lad and Lottie Crane showing their first signs of form in this sphere, third. The winner was no surprise to connections even though being well beat last time. Purchased for £6,000 from Ascot sales last year, he was winning for the Pointless Partnership and connections were not surprised with his victory, "We thought he'd win at Charm Park but he had a virus... we were hopeful he would bounce back today and are delighted that our longstanding owners of The Pointless Partnership have a nice horse!" said Ollie Pimlott who rates the son of Albano highly.

Will Milburn was another to score a double on the day, the first of which came in the opening Hunt Members race aboard the Jess Gillam trained Strongpoint, the pair made every yard of the running then powered on under hands and heels after the last to beat favourite Carlos Gardel and John Dawson, "He was a great spin... he seemed to enjoy himself out in front" said Will Milburn of the 14yo veteran who went out on a high and is now retired. In Her Own Time made a pleasing second start under Billy Garitty back in third and will surely have a great chance dropped back in to maiden.

Will went on to complete his double aboard the Emma Todd trained Six A Side, restrained behind the leaders, the pair led on the approach towards two out and stayed on well to hold off Zandino and Eliott Brookbanks, whilst See Mores Finale took third under Ross Wilson. The winner was turning out again after winning at Witton Castle the week before and was recording his tenth career success for connections, he has now won at the track four times including three times in this race, "He's such a legend... he's a bit of a handful at home but he makes up for that on the track" said Will, whilst Emma Todd went on to say "we've never run him a week apart, but after nearly bucking Will off on Saturday we were hopeful he was in good form!"

The Ladies Open saw a hugely impressive performance from Ballinahow Bill and Lottie Crane, trained by Justin Landy, the pair pulled their way to the front early on and after running free throughout, tanked clear on the run in to win heavily eased and beat Rumble Of Thunder and Jess Gillam, whilst Danny Mags and Emma Todd filled third. The winner could turn out again quickly as he holds an entry in one of the North's most prestigious hunter chases, the Heart Of All England at Hexham.

The Club Members race saw a progressive performance from the 10yo Refusual, he put up a great front running effort at Charm Park and followed up here under Billy Garitty and hold off the fast finishing Tasheba and Amy Collier, whilst Roll The Dice filled third under Jack Andrews.

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