This weekend saw a double header of pointing in Yorkshire and started on Saturday with the Pendle Forest near Skipton, Guy Brewer was the stable in form as they recorded a double, whilst there was also success from contenders out there area including the southern Jack Andrews who took the opening Club Members race.
Guy Brewer was the trainer in form on the day and started by taking the Restricted with the John Dawson ridden Snow Castle, the pair were always travelling sweetly amongst the field of four and asserted close home to win and beat the Alex Fielding ridden The Sweetener. Formerly with Evan Williams Snow Castle has now won twice and is progressing nicely, his only defeat in this sphere so far came behind the useful looking Matt's Commission "really pleased with Snow Castle after the tack slipped at Bedale...he was in training all summer so we might finish him and give him a good break to mature" said Guy who is in no rush with this son of Oscar and can progress further.
Brewer's double came in the final race the Novice and Veteran riders race, Shannon Silver backed up his win last time at the Bedale and again made all here under Billy Garitty to fend off the opposition and beat Iron Chancellor and Alta Rock in second and third. The winner was winning for the second time this season after the application of blinkers "blinkers have definitely helped Shannon and the win at Bedale has done his confidence good...he jumps well so we might consider a hunter chase now" added Guy, it was also another victory for his rider Billy who strengthened his lead in the Novice title and looks now to have sealed victory in the division.
Another popular winner came in the maiden as the favourite Miss Carney was aloud to strole to success. Narrowly behind, approaching the last, when the two leaders Rock Me Zippo and Tonganui ran out at the final fence allowing Miss Carney to come well clear of High Hopper and Rory Bevin, the winner who had looked very progressive prior to today's success after a narrow defeat last time and will now head to Doncasters May Sale "she's a lovely mare and has improved with each run, the track didn't really suit her but there wasn't much else for her...she'll make a very nice staying chaser with a summer on her back" said Will Milburn who had nothing but praise for the winner.
The Mixed Open saw a close finish between Garde Ville and One Conemara however after a tussle from the second last Garde Ville came out narrowly on top under Stephen Davies who is owned and trained by Patricia Rigby. The winner was backing up last year's success where he won this race which is run over 3 miles and 5 furlongs and both the front two did well to carry large penalties to victory and the winner was having his third run in the space of two weeks.
The Hunt Members race saw a very easy success from Forge Valley and Gemma Walton who took this last year and was a distance clear of the second horse Royal Benefit under Joe Wright, however it was not to be a fairy tale ending for My Old Piano who was struggling from a circuit to go and was pulled up under Jack Teal at the great age of 16.
The opening race was a 2 mile 4 furlong Club Members race and saw the Midlands raider Coole Valley win under southern pilot Jack Andrews, the pair travelled sweetly to the lead and stayed on well to fend off Carlos Gardel and John Dawson who recorded another good second with Frontier Spirit and Northern Jack Andrews who later travelled up to Hexham where he finished a very creditable second in the Heart Of All England hunter chase aboard Wizadora.