This weekend the Holderness held their meeting at Dalton Park and it was Gina Andrews and Jack Teal who took honours on the day, both of which rode a treble. Gina was riding all her winners for her partner and trainer Tom Ellis and it was another successful raid on the Yorkshire track after visiting last year.
Jack Teal's easiest winner on the day was in the Restricted where Daly An Sceil replicated his Duncombe Park victory with an equally easy win. Restrained in rear in the early stages Teal made good headway to lead on the final circuit and galloped on relentlessly and win with little fuss, Barrack Hill came home in second with only two finishing. By top class middle distance horse So You Think Daly An Sceil showed little on his sole hurdle start but has been transformed since joining the Teal yard and brought Jack's training tally to seven for the season and no doubt there will be further success on the cards for this 5yo as he steps up into Intermediates.
The Ladies Open saw the talented Haymount under Gina Andrews justify his odds and potentially book himself a place at Liverpool, although he had to stick his neck out in the closing stages as Lottie Crane made her return to the saddle and partnered Asylo to come home in second. Haymount was scoring for the first time this season and was one of three winners for the Andrews/Ellis team "the owners are real pointing enthusiasts and he would love to take him to Liverpool" said the winning trainer who hopes the 11yo can make the cut at Aintree.
Gina Andrews made it a quick double in the third race the 2m 6f Maiden race with her partner Tom Ellis's Storm Tiger. A son of Shirocco this 4yo went on to win by 30 lengths, however it did not look likely three out when a well held second to Ballybreeze who looked set to bolt up until coming to grief at the second last, this left Storm Tiger with an easy assignment and was allowed to come home 30 lengths clear of Right To Reason and Jack Andrews "we bought him privatley as a 3yo off a friend and will probably go to Ascot sales now" said Tom Ellis. The faller Ballybreeze looked an imposing type, he looked to have a clear engine and is one to note for the future.
Dubai Quest took the Conditions race also over the shorter trip of 2m 6f, four runners went to post and it was easy sailing for the odds on favourite who was pushed clear after the last to win easily, with Supreme Steel putting up an improved performance in second. The son of Dubai Destination was making it three from four this season after breaking his maiden in Ireland and has looked impressive in all his races since "he could be a Cheltenham horse next year, but he just needs some time to fulfill his potential" said Tom Ellis who holds his charge in high regard.
Jack Teal took the Men's Open in easy style with Matts Commission who is going from strength to strength and made it his second win for the season after winning the Open at Alnwick in February, the were always travelling well and was push clear after the last to beat Things Change and Will Easterby, whilst Point The Way was third. A son of Beneficial Matts Commission is proving to be Jacks flagship horse, he holds him in high regard and hopes he will be able to progress in to Hunter Chases in the second half of the season.
Will Easterby's mount Ask The Question learned plenty from his effort the previous week at Charm Park, he jumped with great fluency and was always travelling easily and quickened clear of the odds on favourite to win by about 10 lengths "he's a lovely horse who could do nothing but win...we've always thought a bit of him and he's won that easily" said Will Easterby, by Group 1 and Coronation Cup winner Ask, the winner will now head to Ascot sales in a few weeks and no doubt he will be one to note for the future.
The opening race was the Hunt Members race and saw a match between McMurphy and Tom Horn, Jack Teal would get his day off to a flyer aboard McMurphy as the pair made all the running and held on gamely to fend off Tom Horn and Phil Lawrence by a head.