by Chris Simpson

The final meeting of the Northern Area Point to Point season took place on Saturday at Hexham Racecourse.

Highlight of the meeting was a double for evergreen jockey Jimmy Walton on Marteeny and Finest of Men.

The opening 2 Ĺ mile maiden was won in good style by the promising Banana Ridge.
Always going well the mare took up the running going onto the final circuit and never looked like being headed.  Capybara once again stayed on strongly to finish second.

Spizzichino was a fortunate winner of the 3 mile maiden as Highland Island was in a clear lead and going well when slipping up on the final bend.  This left Spizzichino to come home 30 lengths clear of the favourite Chase The Moon.

Jimmy Walton gave Marteeny a patient ride in the restricted race.  They sat in just behind the leaders for most of the race then quickened well to take up the running 2 out and eventually win by 4 lengths from Timberley.

Finest of Men completed a quick double for his rider when winning his second race on the course at the last two meetings.  The doubles didnít look likely going down the back straight as Supreme Day opened up a lead and appeared to be going best.  However Finest of Men responded to strong driving from his pilot to snatch the initiative close home and win by Ĺ length.

The Ladies open was won by Pharmistice who was given a confident ride by Nicola Stirling.  They took up the running approaching 2 out and then stayed on well to win by 2 lengths from the gallant Harden Glen.

Starbuck was another to win his second race on the course at the last two meetings Always going well he took up the running going to the third last and then ran on resolutely to hold off the challenge of Batoutoftheblue by 4 Ĺ lengths.

The members race which brought the season to a close was a match and saw the favourite Dinoís Minstral come home a distance clear of Little Hawk.

Maiden 2.5 Miles



1st Banana Ridge

C. Mulhall

2/1 Jt. Fav.

2nd Capybara

F. Arthur


3rd More Flair

J. Walton

2/1 Jt. Fav.

Dist. 2.5 lengths & 4 lengths

9 Ran



Maiden 3 Miles



1st Spizzichino

K. Pearson


2nd Chase The Moon

L. Morgan

11/10 Fav.

3rd Rye Rum

J. Thompson


Dist. 30 lengths & Dist.

8 ran






1st Marteeny

J. Walton


2nd Timberley

T. Oates

6/4 Fav.

3rd Normins Hussar

M. Walford


Dist. 4 lengths & 1 length

5 Ran



Menís Open



1st Finest Of Men

J. Walton

6/4 Jt. Fav.

2nd Supreme Day

C. Storey

6/4 Jt. Fav.

3rd Tursal

F. Arthur


Dist. 0.5 length & Dist.

4 ran



Ladies Open



1st Pharmistice

N. Stirling

2/1 Fav.

2nd Harden Glen

J. Riding


3rd Piperís Rock

V. Russell


Dist. 2 lengths & 10 lengths

7 Ran






1st Starbuck

L. Morgan


2nd Batoutoftheblue

C. Storey


3rd Exact

V. Russell


Dist. 4.5 lengths & 3 lengths

6 ran






1st Dinoís Mistral

C. Gillon

1/4 Fav.

2nd Little Hawk

L. Morgan


Only 2 Ran



Dist. Dist.

2 Ran