Up and running at last

The Northern Area Point to Point season finally got off to a belated start at Ratcheugh Farm, Alnwick, on Sunday.

The seven-race card for the West Percy Meeting took place on a beautiful, warm viewing day and spectators were thrilled by some excellent racing.

Racing commenced at noon when five went to post for the Thornton Hickey Club Members Race. This saw a repeat win for the Fife-trained Native Coll, coming home six lengths clear of Viking Rebel.

The winner, hailing from the Alexander yard, was showing a great deal of form both between the flags and under rules, while Viking Rebel in second place was ridden by Harry Reed son of Hexham-based former jockey Tim Reed.

The second race, the NFU Mutual 2½ mile Maiden Race caused a great deal of discussion with a very close head-bobbing finish between Jedburgh-trained Buywise and Fife-trained Who’slaughingnow. Who’slaughingnow had the last laugh as the judge came down in his favour by the shortest of heads.

The Northern Structures Men’s Open Race again went to a previous course winner when See You There stayed on well to take the scalp of former Betfred Gold Cup winner, Hennessy.

The Hazelrigg Racing Ladies Open Race proved a facile victory for Hennessy’s stable mate, Galant Nuit. Ridden by Catherine Walton from Rothbury, this one was unextended in its success over Morpeth-based Newyearsresolution.

The Northumbrian Leisure Restricted Race provided a quickfire double for Catherine Walton when her stepfather Jimmy’s Coquet Head ran out a ready victor.

The Stockdale and Reid Open Maiden Race nearly provided Catherine with a treble, having landed in front over the last on Job For Eric, she was collared on the run in by Raid Stane. Patiently ridden, this winner came with a charging late run to grab the spoils near the post.

Racing concluded with the Carrs Billington West Percy Subscribers Race which provided a win at the first time of asking for Hazelrigg Racing’s employee Holly Harper. Riding Mirage Dore, owned by Duncan Davidson and trained by his daughter Rose Dobbin, she ran out a convincing winner from Victor Thompson’s Senor Alco.

The next meeting will take place at Ratcheugh Farm on Sunday, February 17.