This weekend's meeting at Easingwold was staged by the Bilsdale and saw some exciting young horses turn out courtesy of Pete Fahey who recorded a double on the day as a trainer, the theme continued as Billy Garritty went on to score twice, along with Lottie Crane and so did trainer Guy Brewer who saw his talented Young Hurricane bounce back to form.
Pete Fahey took both divisions of the Open Maiden and in division one it would be the turn of Barfly, piloted by Jack Teal the son of Fair Mix was never faraway and Teal drove his mount out after the last and ran on well to run out an impressive winner. Barfly was having his second start at the age of 4 with his first run coming in a point to point bumper at Alnwick, he made an impressive transition to fences and will no doubt be a decent prospect for the future. Pete, whose sole win as a jockey came last year, when he steered Station Master to victory, he has since turned his hand to training with a great success, as he went on to win the Aintree Point to Point bumper with the now talented Station Master. Aumit Hill chased the winner home under Sam Burton and a win should be a formality for him, whilst Bellringer flew home from the rear under Phil Greaves.
The second division again went to another 4 year old, but this time it was the turn of Billy Garritty who steered Do It For Thy Sen to victory, again for Pete Fahey. The pair made good progress through the race and despite looking green turning in tothe home straight, his ability shone through as he battled on towards the line and win with a bit in hand. A well bred son of Mountain High, who like his stablemate was having only his second run after showing much promise at the Sinnington meeting, the pair will now likely head to Doncaster's May sale next week, and been from the family of useful pointer and national hunt performer Always Right, is likely to sell well "they look two nice horses, they both ran fairly green and will come on a ton for the run and both appreciated the better ground...both are in at Doncaster next week" said Pete Fahey. Emory and John Dawson chased the winner all the way to the line and Peaky the 4 year old brother to the Cowards formerly useful On Holiday showed his first signs of form in third.
Billy Garritty began his double in the second race, which was a Conditions race, he steered Refusal to victory for trainer Guy Brewer, the pair as previously made all the running and galloped on well to again beat Tasheba and Amy Collier in second. Despite his age of 10 he is in the form of his life making it three wins on the bounce this season and Guy put it down to his wind "he had a wind operation and it's really helped him this season...I wish we'd done it sooner now" laughed Guy. Third place went to the Mobile Man who was possibly unsuited by the softened ground.
Brewer went on to complete his training double in the Men's Open with last year's Horse and Hound Cup winner Young Hurricane, this time partnered by John Dawson. The pair waited in rear and made a move three out towards the lead and stayed on strongly to hold off the staying on pair of Roll The Dice under Jack Andrews and Six A Side partnered by Will Milburn. Young Hurricane has failed to show anywhere near last year's form this time round however Guy was hopeful of a good run "he seemed to be coming back to himself this week so we were hopeful!" said Guy who has no firm plans at the minute for his charge but could progress further now.
Lottie Crane was another to go and double up on the day, her first win came in the Ladies Open with her useful Knocklong, trained by Justin Landy. Knocklong was waited with until making good headway half way round, the pair then ran on well to win with plenty in hand after the last and beat a running on Nosecondchance and Kate Lowcock, Becky Smith who was making a rare appearance between the flags and currently contests the lead in the national hunt amateur title was back in third under Notnowsam.
The Restricted completed Lottie's double this time with Inishturk Lad, who bouncing back to form an going on from his third here last time, the pair made good progress through the race and were two lengths down at the last, however a last fence blunder from Wild Murphy gifted the lead to the winner and Wild Murphy battled hard to go down narrowly,a victory should surely be within his grasp, whilst McMurphy was well back in third under Jack Teal, "he's had three years off the track so needed a few runs to get back...we think he's talented and next year will be his year" said Lottie of her mount and is confident he can improve further.
The opening race was the Hunt Members race and saw a relatively easy success from Stagecoach Jasper and Chris Dawson, the pair made most of the running and stayed on well to fend off his only challenger in Little Big Town under Phil Greaves.