This weekend the Yorkshire point to point season came to a close at Sedgefield racecourse where the South Durham staged their meeting, Jack Andrews was in top form, along with John Dawson who both continued their successful seasons, it was also a sad day as Chris Dawson hung up his boots after many years riding and it was fitting that he went out with a winner aboard his own trained Sposalizio in the Hunt Members race, despite it being a walk over.
The opening race was the 2m 4f open maiden and it saw an impressive display from the Chris Dawson trained and John Dawson ridden Steel The China, a son of Craigsteel who Chris purchased from Ascot sales last year for £1700 and now looks a bargain at that, always prominent the pair stayed on strongly after the last to pull nicely clear of pacemaker Celtic Symphony and Jack Teal, whilst third saw an improved performance from Crazy Croft under Will Easterby. The winner is one of three of the days winners to head to the sales next week at Ascot, always highly thought of by his connections the winner benefited from his run at the Pendle meeting "he's been a proper horse all season but just got held up by the weather...he's got plenty of speed and will definitely be a 120 horse under rules going on what we've had over the last few years...he'll go to Ascot next week" said Chris who rates the 6yo son of Craigsteel highly.
At the other end of the card saw a gutsy display from debutante Moorsholme for Nicky Tinkler and Sam Burton, a 6yo son of Westerner who Nicky purchased from the Goff store sales for £7,500, the pair always travelled well and battled on strongly to fend off Emory and deny John Dawson a treble. Nicky was continuing a good run with his maiden performers as his other debutante winner Financier was sold to Kerry Lee for £115,000 erlier in the week at Doncaster sales, "he did it well although a bit green, he had real bad ring worm last season so we had to chuck him out...he'll go to Tattersalls Ascot sales next week now" said Tinkler of his Moorsholme.
John Dawson completed his double in the Men's Open race which saw three decent performers fight out the finish, Young Hurricane made good headway to lead four out and stayed on very well and hold off Kelso hunter chase winner Shantou Prince under Christy Furness and Roll The Dice and Jack Andrews who continues to go from strength to strength this season. The winner was returning to form last time and now makes it two wins for the season "he had mucus earlier in the season and was never right...he'll go back to Stratford now after that" said trainer Guy Brewer of his winner who gained his greatest victory last season in the Horse and Hound Cup last year and looks like a return to Stratford is now on the cards for a second victory.
In the Restricted Aine's Choice showed her capability after an inconsistent season, she sprung a surprise at Witton Castle earlier in the season and after a poor run last time again bounced back to form to win under Jack Andrews, the pair were always prominent and stayed on strongly to fend off Monsun Storm and John Dawson who never seemed to travel very well and ran on with out threatening the winner, third was Spruce Up who continued a good run of efforts. The winner is another who will head down to Ascot sales next week and could be one to keep an eye on "she just seems to love been in front and likes this quicker ground" said Jack Andrews who was sealing his position in second for the jockey championship behind run away winner John Dawson.
The Hunt Members race was a walk over for Chris Dawson and Sposalizio and also saw the last winner for Chris Dawson as a jockey, Chris has ridden for many years on the Yorkshire circuit and is well known by many, Chris put his decision to call it a day down to weight issues and deciding to concentrate on the family business, who apart from having a significant number of sheep, run Nunstainton Stud which is based just down the road from Sedgefield Racecourse where they currently stand Millenary and Dragon Dancer "I've had a great career, I've ridden 130 winners with my highlight possibly been riding in the Foxhunters aboard Always Right...he was a very good horse...there are some very good young jockeys out there and I think it's time to let them have a go!" said Chris.
The Ladies Open saw the southern raider Oh Toodles gallop on strongly and run out a ready winner under Immy Robinson, it was a bunch for the placings with Frontier Spirit and Caitlin Hepburn in second and Kate Lowcock under her own Nosecond Chance third. The winner has been in fine form all season and was recording his first win of the season since taking this same race last year.
The Confined race saw The Mobile Man complete a double for Jack Andrews and Cherry Coward as they battled up the run in to hold off the Guy Brewer trained Snow Castle. The winner was bouncing back after a well held third last time and clearly appreciated these drier conditions "It was too soft for him at Easingwold, he likes this quicker ground" said Sam Coward, third place went to Lauberhorn who was running his best race this season.