THERE were doubles and trebles all round on Sunday as the Percy Point to Point at Ratcheugh Farm, Alnwick, saw some local people hit the target in a big fashion, writes Pointer.
Riding honours for the day, with a treble of winners, went to Catherine Walton.
Her first treble started off in the first race when the Jimmy Walton, Rothbury-trained Highland Cathedral just got up in front of Victor Thompson’s Monogram, who had the lead snatched from him with a poor jump at the last.
Providing a quickfire double for both jockey and owner/trainer was Coquet Head who sauntered home in the 2m4f Open Maiden Race. This home-bred youngster was highly impressive and looks sure to progress. The winner, always jumping and travelling well, cruised through to take the lead two out, coming home an easy winner from Some Lad, whose recent form stamps this form.
Catherine’s third winner of the day came in the Owen Pugh-sponsored Ladies Open. Riding Ferdy Murphy-owned New Alco, she made most of the running from a briefly headed three out and came home in front of the Val Jackson-owned, trained and ridden Cast Iron Casey. This horse, a new recruit to point-to-pointing, started off a very good day for Val, riding some 35 years after her first winner at Ratcheugh.
Val’s day certainly got better in the following Farmway-sponsored Area Club Race when her own Wave Power got up ahead of Victor Thompson’s Anns Benefit under a fine ride by Toby Speke.
A double for Val as a trainer was provided in the following race when Drew Holmes’ Silent Cliché came home in front of So It Will Be.
The feature race of the day, the TSG-sponsored Men’s Open Race proved to be a relatively easy stroll for Alistair Bell’s Buckstruther.
This horse, a multiple point-to-point winner in the past, was returning after a spell under rules and was given a fine ride by Jamie Hamilton.
The concluding race of the day, the Warcup Skene Open Maiden Race provided great consolation for Newton-by-the-Sea trainer Victor Thompson, who finally came out in front on a day of near-misses. His Sharivarry was given an unusual waiting ride by jockey Tristan Davidson, who came with an excellent late run to collar the consistent Rosses Leader.
Racing took place on excellent ground with primary thanks due to Alan Wilson and his team. Racing returns to Ratcheugh Farm on Sunday, March 11, for the College Valley meeting.