The cold and dreary conditions that greeted racegoers to Ratcheugh on Sunday could not overshadow the action-packed afternoon of racing.
The Percy Hunt’s fixture provided a day filled with both excitement and drama.
Victor Thompson had another successful afternoon. The Newton-by-the-Sea owner and trainer had four wins here a fortnight ago and added to this, scoring another two.
George F White Percy and West Percy Hunts Members Race
This was fittingly won by Bafana Choice who is owned and bred by the Percy point-to-point secretary and sponsor, George White.
Although having unseated jockey Kate Rowntree here two weeks ago, the horse never showed any signs of faltering and landed a convincing victory.
Ryecroft Glenton Open Maiden Race
Filled with thrills and spills, half the field fell by fence six. Lady’s Favourite then proceeded to run out with the loose horses, leaving only two contenders.
The drama continued when Havana Jack took a tumble at the final fence, leaving only Damiens Dilemma to cross the line to the cheers from the watching crowd.
The seven-year-old, owned by Robert Miller-Bakewell, was ridden by 20-year-old Harriet Bryce who works for Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd.
Askham Bryan College Men’s Open Race
Mister Splodge took the Askham Bryan College Men’s Open, crossing the line two lengths ahead of Tommysteel.
The 10-year-old gelding, ridden by Tom Hamilton, looked promising in earlier fixtures at Friars Haugh and Sheriff Hutton, and having led out in front for the majority of the race, deserved a win here.
TSG Ladies Open Race
The afternoon then saw an impressive win for Beggar’s Velvet, finishing an admirable five lengths clear of second placed Radharc Na Marain in the TSG Ladies Open Race.
Competing under Rachael McDonald for the first time, the horse is owned and trained by Drew Holmes, based locally at Angerton near Morpeth.
Ancroft Tractors Ltd Club Members Race
Another local win then came for the McKie family based at Lanton, north of Wooler. Nick Orpwood steered Crazy Diamond to his fifth victory out of five runs in the Club Members Race.
The ex-eventer, who eased home four lengths clear of the other runners, is owned by Tocky McKie and trained by daughter Jessica McKie.
This is not only the horse’s first season point-to-pointing but also Jessica’s first season training, making this unbeatable record all the more impressive.
Jill Kelly and John Blades Restricted Race
Stoney initiated the Thompson double when he cruised home two lengths clear of favourite Milano Magic under jockey Kit Alexander.
This wa the second consecutive win at Ratcheugh for the horse, who also stormed to victory in last month’s West Percy Maiden.
Warcup Law Firm Open Maiden Race
The final race of the day completed the double when Catherine Walton’s mount King Of The Dark took the Open Maiden. Triumphing over second placed Senate Law, the eight-year-old made only his sixth career outing a winning one and rounded off another great day of racing at Ratcheugh.