Sea Scout wins in some style

Helen Dix of AGA distributors Walter Dix presents trophies to Elsie Aitken, right, and MeandU4 Partnership owners Brian Aitken, left, Lawrence Cross, rear, Gary Jackson, John Aitken, right, and rider Claire Metcalfe. Picture by John Beasley
Helen Dix of AGA distributors Walter Dix presents trophies to Elsie Aitken, right, and MeandU4 Partnership owners Brian Aitken, left, Lawrence Cross, rear, Gary Jackson, John Aitken, right, and rider Claire Metcalfe. Picture by John Beasley

SEA Scout, who in 2007 was the first northern-trained four-year-old to win a point-to-point, made virtually all the running to land the spoils by a wide margin in the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-point Championship qualifier at Ratcheugh, Alnwick, on Sunday.

He and Unowatimeen set a breakneck gallop, 30 lengths clear of their rivals, but the favourite was shaken off before the home turn. And, although New Alco was running on at the finish, he could never get in a blow at the winner.

Unowatimeen and Sam Drake lead eventual winner Sea Scout (ridden by Claire Metcalfe) with a circuit to run in the AGA Ladies' Open Point-to-point Championship qualifier at Alnwick on December 11. Picture by John Beasley.

Unowatimeen and Sam Drake lead eventual winner Sea Scout (ridden by Claire Metcalfe) with a circuit to run in the AGA Ladies' Open Point-to-point Championship qualifier at Alnwick on December 11. Picture by John Beasley.

It was the third time in five seasons that Sea Scout had triumphed first time out. It was originally thought that he needed quick ground, but connections have realised that he shows his best with more cut and he is unlikely to run in future unless the word ‘soft’ appears in the official going.

The horse is trained by Iveston farrier Russell Ross for a five-strong partnership headed by taxi driver Gary Jackson, while rider Claire Metcalfe has a background steeped in racing. The niece of former trainer Norman Chamberlain, Claire was the stable lass who looked after and led up Red Marauder when he won the Grand National in 2001.

Race winner Claire Metcalfe was filmed after the race being interviewed by point-to-point photographer John Beasley. The video can be viewed online at http://www.agaliving.com/aga-living/aga-point-to-point.aspx

Full results: 1 Sea Scout, owned by The Meandu4 Partnership, trained by Russell Ross, ridden by Claire Metcalfe. SP 7/2; 2 New Alco, owned by Ferdy Murphy, trained by Tory Hayter, ridden by Catherine Walton; 3 Catch The Perk, owned and trained by Jackie Stephen, ridden by Rachel McDonald; 4 I See a Star, ridden by Emily Stead; 5 Letsgoromeo, ridden by Louise Grey; PU Anns Benefit, ridden by Jenny Bond; PU Classical Music, ridden by Kelly Bryson; PU Kilbricken Rose, ridden by Joanna Walton; PU Unowatimeen, ridden by Sam Drake. SP 11/8 fav. Nine ran. Distances: 20 lengths and 25 lengths. Time: 6m 40s.