This weekend saw a fantastic turnout for the Bedale point to point at Hornby Castle, beautiful ground was provided and six competitive races took place, which saw trainer Jack Teal record his first treble. The feature race on the card was the £1000 Ladies Open run over 2m 6f, where the first four Ladies home received mementoes kindly sponsored by Ginny D Jewellery. Race goers were also not disappointed as a large screen was on hand to watch the Grand National.
Jack Teal’s treble began in the opening ‘adjacent hunts’ Conditions race with the Cristy Furness ridden Pillowman. The application of first time blinkers saw a lively performance from the 10yo as the pair led from flag fall and were never headed, allowing Furness to merely push his mount out towards the line and beat Fivecardstud and Harry Carlisle, these two were the only finishers with favourite Teescomponents Boy never looking like winning. The application of first time blinkers has put this son of Gamut right back on track “he sulks in behind and he seemed to love it today, they never got near him” said Christy who didn’t hang around as he dashed off to London for a wedding.
The Restricted was the next part of Jack’s hat trick as the progressive Desjay stormed to victory under Jack Power only 6 days after breaking his maiden at Sheriff Hutton. The pair were always to the fore and still had plenty left in hand jumping two out and readily pulled clear after the last “I thought he would nearly win last week and getting his head in front has done him the world of good” enthused Teal who also rode the winners brother to success in the Heart Of All England hunter chase. Caballo Diablo was a distant second under Alice Stevens, whilst Imperial Imp and Joe Wright came home in third.
The Ladies Open completed the training sequence for Jack with Matts Commission, however this time it would be sister Lois taking the mount who was also celebrating her 25th birthday. The pair were settled towards the rear and patiently crept through the field to lead over the final two fences and stay on well from pace setter Game As A Pheasant and Rosie Howarth, whilst His Excellency and Lottie Crane was third after an absence of four years. Lois splits her time between riding out and doing her eventers, whilst her mother described her as an “entrepreneur”, this was Lois’s second career win and was a very capable replacement for Jack who is still side lined with a neck injury.
The Men’s Open saw another easy success for the Chris Dawson trained Steely Addition under brother John Dawson, the pair had the race firmly in control over the final two fences and had only to be pushed out on the run in to win nicely, former adversary River Frost was second again under Joe Wright, whilst Roycano could never land a blow under Jack Power in third. Steely Addition will likely begin to target Hunter Chases towards the back end of the season, however opted out of a Hexham Hunter Chase due to the soft ground “I think he’s better on better ground, he seem’s to enjoy it more” said Chris Dawson.
An impressive victory came in the final Open Maiden under John Dawson for trainer Cherry Coward with the smart looking Fascinating Rhythm. The pair led in the straight and easily came clear after the last to win easily, the winner was clear of Therussiansaddler in second who has stepped up markedly on previous form under Ross Wilson, whilst Elusive Secret and Joe Wright clung on for third. This 4yo son of Bobby’s Kitten has put up some excellent efforts this season and deserved to get his head in front and could no doubt improve further and be a useful recruit to the professional ranks.
The Intermediate saw another impressive display from the Whistle Blower and add to trainer Jon Barlow’s fine season, partnered by Paddy Barlow the pair set a good pace from early on and found more up the home straight and win by an easy 18 lengths, Monsun Storm and John Dawson fought out the places with Snow Castle and Joe Wright with Dawson taking second. An improving son of Flemensfirth this 7yo has now made it three on the bounce for this season and looks to be a thorough stayer “I think he’ll go to Cheltenham now as he’s qualified for the Intermediate final, he’s improving all the time and stays very well!” enthused jockey Paddy Barlow who is having a fruitful season.