LAST Sunday saw the culmination of point to point fixtures at Ratcheugh Farm, Alnwick when the College Valley Hunt held their meeting. A good crowd enjoyed excellent weather and some even better racing.
Racing commenced at 12.30pm with the Bedmax sponsored Northern Area Members Race. With 11 going to post there was an impressive victory for Hold On Julio notching up his second course win in two weeks coming home some 15 lengths clear of another recent course winner Sacred Mountain. A hunter chase looks well on the cards for this progressive eight-year-old.
Horses with a confirmed like for this Ratcheugh course were ones to follow with the Fife trained Badger Foot coming clear in the Novice Riders Race. This horse was one that again had been recently successful over course and distance as highlighted in the preview last week.
A further horse highlighted came up trumps in the Dickinson Dees Restricted Race in Commonburn. This horse, trained within the College Valley country by Caroline Orpwood was ably ridden by son Nick, coming home some eight lengths clear of recent winner Classical Music.
Val Jackson and Robbers Glen came home well in front in the UBS Ladies Open Race. This gelding proved far too strong for the rest of the field in notching up his 14th career success.
Victor Thompson’s Indian Print ran out a facile victory in the Bonhams Mens Open Race, notching up his third win of the season.
Never really looking out of second gear, he came home well clear of Almost Blue and Benwell.
Indian Print was the first leg of a riding double for jockey Tristan Davidson, the second leg coming when David Thompson’s 12-year-old mare Perellie came home clear in the last. This horse has been plagued with injury problems however raised a strong gallop from three out to come home with the bit in hand.
There was a surprise in the RK Harrison Insurance Brokers Maiden Race when Baligha proved a strong winner. Clearly benefitting from a recent run at Overstone this horse stayed on strongly in the hands of Grant Cockburn.
With racing now concluded at Ratcheugh for the season, preparations have already started for meeting in December this year.
The committee are extremely grateful to Alan Wilson for his tireless efforts prior, during and after races.