Local runners repelled the competition from Yorkshire and the Borders at the West Percy point-to-point meeting on Sunday.
Despite the atrocious weather conditions for the Ratcheugh fixture, an excellent attendance was recorded for the seven-race card with free entry for spectators.
National Hunt trainers Tony and Rose Dobbin from South Hazlerigg, Chatton, sponsored the first race, the Club Members’ Race, with Barachois Silver gaining a tight victory over the Victor Thompson-trained Sharivarry.
Ladies Champion Catherine Walton completed a double over her stepfather Jimmy Walton, with well-timed finishes in the two-and-a-half mile Maiden race aboard Central Flame and in the prestigious Ladies’ Open Race aboard the veteran Sacred Mountain.
The latter race was sponsored by Aga and she now qualifies for the championship final at Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Men’s Open Race resulted in another tight finish with victory going to The Falklander, trained in the College Valley by Mrs McKie and ridden by the local jockey Nick Orpwood.
Accountants JH Greenwood of Berwick were first-time sponsors at Ratcheugh and presented the silverware to Neil Manning, owner of the impressive Cave Hunter, who recorded the biggest winning distance of the day, while the Nick Alexander-trained Present Potential was victorious in the 15-runner Open Maiden Race sponsored by solicitors Sintons.
The final race of the day went to Bafana Choice, ridden by Kate Rowntree from Craster, and the connections will be celebrating at the Northumberland Arms, Felton, who kindly sponsored the second race.
The third meeting at Ratcheugh is scheduled for Sunday, February 16, with the first race at noon and the organisers look forward to another fine day’s racing.