This weekend saw Scarborough races hold its first of two meetings at Charm Park, finally the weather has begun to receed and great credit goes to the organisers for producing the course and ground to a high standard. Charm Park is a well draining track on sandy land, although with recent down pours it was surprising to see such good ground. Will Easterby and Jack Teal were both in flying form on the day, both trained a double, whilst Will rode three winners on the card.
Will took the opening race aboard Panthers Creek in the Hunt Conditions race, this race was for horses that have been hunting atleast four times this season. Panthers Creek has turned a corner since the application of blinkers and was making it two wins in eight days after scoring in the Restricted at Sinnington, the pair made all the running and stayed on stoutly from two out to win well "we took him hunting yesterday to qualify for this race!" said Will and it appeared to have no ill effects on him, his Irish import will now head to the Hurworth meeting in two weeks "he's owned by Nigel Jones, we auctioned a lease in him for the season at our hunt ball" said Will. Second went to Phil Greaves and Neville Woods who were returning to something like his old form, whilst Super Lunar ran on well at the end to finish third and should be one to note next time.
Wills second winner came in the Mixed Open and saw a fantastic battle between Black River, Dark Mahler and the very short priced Carter McKay, however it would be Easterby and the game Black River who fought back over the last to collar the leading pair near the line, Dark Mahler and Joe Wright were second, with the highly touted Carter McKay and Tommie O'brien third. Black River his going from strength to strength at the age of 11 and could take in another race before his big tilt in the Grimthorpe Gold Cup.
Will Easterby continued his good run of form in the last race division two of the Open Maiden, however this time it would be Lottie Crane doing the training as Caviar d'Allen ran away with the final event to win by 60 lengths, the pair made all and powered on from three out to win very easily. Usually partnered by his trainer, Lottie is currently on the sidelines with a broken ankle but is eager to get back riding "we always thought alot of him by his work and he ran well last season...last year was a big learning curve with the new gallop and training from somewhere new, so we've done alot more with him this year" said Lottie. Miss Charlton and Will Milburn just got the better of Cool Desire and Jack Andrews in the placings.
Jack Teal was on the score sheet with a riding and training double, firstly in the Restricted which was a hottly contested event. Dynamite Kentucky was sent of favourite and approaching the second last challenged runner up Lucky Hit and Huw Edwards and just got on top by a neck close home. That would be Jack's fifth training success this season and a second victory for the winner who scored on British debut at Alnwick and was only narrowly beaten last time, Classic Lady was outpaced at the finish and came home in third under Tommie O'brien.
Jack's second winner came in the 2m 4f Conditions race with Burrenbridge Hotel, there were three in line jumping the last, however the winner stayed on strongly down the outside to get up close home and win by a length and half. A three time winner under rules for Henry Oliver where he was mainly campaigned over 2miles but has stayed on well over this slightly longer trip and the test will be stepping up to three miles, he was bought by his owner Paul Clifton after been sourced by successful bloodstock agent Mark Gichero. Former Gigginstown inmate Monbeg Chit Chat was putting up an improved performance to finish second for Christy Furness, whilst West Torr and Ross Wilson filled third.
Six A Side was another making it two wins in eight days as he doubled up on his victory at Duncombe Park, it was far from straightforward though with a frantic early pace five of the eight runners would depart on the way round which meant Will Milburns charge was left clear six out "It didn't really go to plan...the idea was to lead after the last!...he used to need time between his races but he's started to relax more the last couple seasons... he'll have a little break and go to Askham now" said Will who survived a near race ending blunder at the second last but rallied to beat Young Hurricane and Joe Wright, whilst Mickey Miller and John Dawson were well back in third.
Franks Fancy took the first division of the Open Maiden, piloted by Jack Andrews and trained by Susan Grant this 5yo son of Stowaway stayed on strongly to beat Master Thyne and Will Easterby. The winning pilot wsn't short of praise for his mount "he's progressive and still building on his jumping, but he'll improve ten times over!" enthused Jack "when he furnishes out he could be something special" and is no doubt one to follow in the future.