Red letter day for local trainer Victor

Barney Hoskins from UBS, Ferdy Murphy, owner of New Alco, and jockey Catherine Walton, winners of the Ladies Open Race at Ratcheugh Point-to-Point on Sunday, March 11. Photo by John Steven - http://www.johnsteven.com
Barney Hoskins from UBS, Ferdy Murphy, owner of New Alco, and jockey Catherine Walton, winners of the Ladies Open Race at Ratcheugh Point-to-Point on Sunday, March 11. Photo by John Steven - http://www.johnsteven.com

NEWTON-BY-THE-SEA trainer Victor Thompson had a day to remember at the College Valley Point-to-Point at a glorious Ratcheugh, near Alnwick, on Sunday.

Continuing the momentum of a great season, he secured three winners and a placed horse on the day.

Henry Baggett from Bonhams Sporting, jockey Jamie Hamilton, Leigh Chalmers and her grandparents Alastair and Rachel Bell, owners of Buckstruther, winners of the Mens Open Race at Ratcheugh Point-to-Point on Sunday, March 11. Photo by John Steven - http://www.johnsteven.com

Henry Baggett from Bonhams Sporting, jockey Jamie Hamilton, Leigh Chalmers and her grandparents Alastair and Rachel Bell, owners of Buckstruther, winners of the Mens Open Race at Ratcheugh Point-to-Point on Sunday, March 11. Photo by John Steven - http://www.johnsteven.com

Starting off the treble in the first race was Senor Alco who came home a fairly easy winner from previous course victor Silent Cliché.

Sharivarry continued the role in the Dickinson Dees Restricted Race under an excellent ride from stable jockey, Tristan Davidson, who also partnered Victor’s other two winners. Sahrivarry came through with a late run to easily cover the Hurworth-trained Beau D’Argent with another course winner, Know The Rules back in third.

The treble was completed in Division One of the Maiden Race when Gin Cobbler scored, providing compensation for the heavy fall this horse took at the last meeting at Alnwick.

These three wins ensured that the Percy continues at the lead of the annual hunt awards, primarily down to the efforts of this one stable.

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Another sailing on the crest of a wave is Hawick trainer Alastair Bell.

He sent out Buckstruther to run out an easy winner of the Bonhams Men’s Open Race. Ably partnered by Jamie Hamilton, this was Alastair’s fourth win from four runners this season.

Another local enjoying time in the limelight is Rothbury-based Catherine Walton. Riding the Ferdy Murphy-owned New Alco, Catherine took the UBS Ladies’ Open Race by the scruff of the neck and ran out an easy winner from Kisha King. The winner looks like being aimed at a trip back to the race course with a possible Aintree Fox Hunter entry being mentioned.

The Dobson and Horrell Novice Riders Race saw a large field of 14 go to post. The Fife-trained Master Sebastian stayed on strongly, easily accounting for locally-trained Marfleet. The winner is owned by Peter Russell, an avid enthusiastic supporter of point-to-pointing.

The concluding race of the day was won by another with recent point-to-point form having finished seco,nd at this course earlier in the year. Accordingtotheboss, ridden and trained by Jodie Richards, came home well in front of Dust Packer.

This meeting, the fourth meeting held at Ratcheugh Farm within three months, now concludes the sport for this venue for this year.

The committee is extremely grateful for the tireless efforts of Alan Wilson in producing such fantastic ground throughout the year.

College Valley and North Northumberland Point-to-Point Results

First Race: NPPA Club Members Race (4 runners)

1st Senor Alco (Percy) T Davidson

2nd Silent Cliche (Morpeth) D Holmes

3rd Best Profile (Dumfries) Miss A Mounsey-Heysham

Best Turned Out: Silent Cliche

Second Race: Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members (12 runners)

1st Master Sebastian (Fife) Miss R McDonald

2nd Marfleet (Jedforest) Miss J Walton

3rd Farriers Flight (Braes) Miss K Leckenby

Best Turned Out: Astyanax (Tynedale)

Third Race: Restricted (6 runners)

1st Sharivarry (Percy) T Davidson

2nd Beau D’Argent (Hurworth) Miss L Bell

3rd Know The Rules (W of Yore) Ian Smith

Best Turned Out: Tyrrhenian (CVNNH)

Fourth Race: Ladies’ Open (4 runners)

1st New Alco (W of Yore) Miss C Walton

2nd Kisha King (Cumberland Farmers) Miss A Taylor

3rd Catch The Perk (Fife) Miss R McDonald

Best Turned Out: Kisha King

Fifth Race: Men’s Open (3 runners)

1st Buckstruther (Jedforest) J Hamilton

2nd See You There (Fife)

3rd Risk Assessment (Duke of Buccleuch’s)

Best Turned Out: Risk Assessment

Sixth Race: Open Maiden (11 runners)

1st Gin Cobbler (Percy) T Davidson

2nd Who’slaughingnow (Fife)

3rd Murphy’s Beau (Hurworth) Ian Smith

Best Turned Out: Goodbuy or Goodbye (Duke of Buccleuch’s)

Seventh Race: Open Maiden (8 runners)

1st Accordingtotheboss (Cumberland Farmers) Miss J Richards

2nd Dust Packer (Lauderdale)

3rd Tommysteel (Percy) T Davidson

Best Turned Out: Dust Packer