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Sunday 14th May 2006

by Arthur Shone

photos by Graham Fisher

The final meeting of the season in the North Western Area, the North West Club, took place at Tabley in glorious sunshine. Clerk of the course Rob Hankey did a great job with watering the course and this ensured plenty of runners at the Cheshire track. There were plenty of close finishes at the course and it was certainly one of the best days racing of the season.

The Ladies Open was one of the best races of the season in terms of quality. Tessa Clark set out to make all on the Heidi Brookshaw trained Home Made and very nearly succeeded, but was caught on the run-in by Claire Allen on the Dick Bainbridge trained Watchyourback, who was all out at the line to win by a length with Tregastel a further length and a half back in third. The time of this race was 6m 20s which was the fastest of the day. Bainbridge who trains near to Berkeley Castle was sending out his 17 th winner of the season. Winning owner David Allen leased the horse for the season from Mark Trott. The runner up, from the Shrewsbury yard of Heidi Brookshaw, is a credit to her trainer and her charge will be a major contender for the Bangor Final next Saturday if he lines up.

Ladies Open winner Watchyourback and Claire Allen (right) follow runner up Home Made at halfway

The first division of the Maiden cemented Carly Goodall’s lead in the national novice riders championship following her success on Blazing Saddles who pulled clear on the run in to beat the favourite Land Lord by 12 lengths with Ridware Boy a further 20 lengths back in third. Carly trains the horse herself at Sutton on The Hill in Derbyshire. Her father Brian explained afterwards that the winner was bought at the Doncaster Sales by Carly 18 months ago and that he did not run last season because he was too weak.

Blazing Saddles and Carly Goodall return after their victory in the Open Maiden Div 1

Thirty five minutes later Goodall’s boyfriend, Jonathan Jarrett, was in the winners enclosure after Big Star won the second division of the Maiden by 15 lengths from Nick Oliver on Deux Bons Amis. Lord Louis, who is owned by Bridget Everall, the wife of our area chairman Roger Everall, ran on very well in third, and will definitely be in my 10 to follow for next season. The unluckiest horse in the race was the Kelda Wood trained and ridden Astormydayiscoming, who was taken out at the last by two loose horses. She was only half a length down at the last and if she had jumped the last there remains little doubt in my mind that she would have won. The winner is trained by Jane Froggatt at Ridware in Staffordshire and Jane is the niece of the Sandon clerk of the course, Richard Frogatt. The winning owner, Roy Prince from Burton on Trent, used to own the decent pointer Itasfellow and he has only had the winner a few months as he was bought privately in Ireland by the trainer.

Big Star and Jonathan Jarrett go to post before landing the Open Maiden Div 2

Clerk of the course Rob Hankey rarely goes a season with having a winner at his local course and yesterday was no exception flowing the very easy success of Noble Persian in the Members. The Persian Bold gelding won easing down by 8 lengths from Fresh Love with his trainer and rider Gary Hanmer in the plate and Braeburn finished an eye catching third half a length away. This was very much a local success as Hankey lives four miles from the course at Alostock and Hanmer trains not far away at Nantwich.

A determined Gary Hanmer drives out Noble Persian to take the Club Members Race

Gary Hanmer went on to complete a double aboard Bythehokey in the two and a half mile Maiden with the Barathea gelding proving too strong for Unforgettable Fire winning by a length and a half with Kings Reason was a further half a length back in third.

Gary Hanmer scores a double on Bythehokey in the Younger Horses Maiden

The Mens’ Open was a thriller. The finish concerned Themanfromcarlisle with Charlie Shirley-Beavan in the plate and Richard Burton the national champion rider elect on the Pam Sykes trained Pot Shot and in a desperate finish Burtie just failed by a head to get up. The runner up was in front past the post but they pay out at the jam stick. The winner is trained by the riders mother Phillipa Shirley-Beavan in the Scottish Borders at Hawick. They had planed to run the following day in the Volkswagen Touraeg Hunter Chase Final at Towcester but came here because of the good fast ground as the ground at Towcester was good to soft.

The Restricted was another thrilling finish with Denby under Steve Magee just holding the sustained challenge of Sue Sharratt on the Steve Wynne trained On The Forty by half a length with Boolabawn under Julian Pritchard a further neck back in third. The winner is trained in Yorkshire by Stephen Wiles for owner Peter Sadler.

Restricted winner Denby (Steve McGee - green/yellow) disputes the lead with a circuit to go

Northampton trainer Caroline Bailey won the Novice Riders race last year with Persian Hero and she repeated the feat this year with Nokimover under Alex Vaughan-Jones. They needed the post as Curly Spencer under Sally Ford finished like an express train, going down by a fast diminishing half a length. The ultra consistent The Eens was third. The winner was bought by Bailey as a schoolmaster for the rider in his first season and he now won six races on him.

Nokimover (Alex Vaughan-Jones) returns with trainer Caroline Bailey following his win in the Novice Riders race


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