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Duncombe Park
Saturday 17th February 2007
by Arthur Thompson

The Sinnington Hunt Meeting went ahead after an 8.00am inspection.

The Going was Good to Soft with a few heavy parts around the bends.

The Sinnington is always well organized; the course is set in parkland with Duncombe House as the back drop.

The Hunt Members Race got the meeting underway with seven runners with Iron Express, a winner last week at Brocklesby, starting a warm favourite.

New to the Yorkshire area, Now And Again (Guy Brewer) went off at a great rate of knots and soon had the field in indian file with Silver State the first to feel the pace. The main three, San Francisco (Freya Hartley), Iron Express (Jacqueline Coward) and Master Jackson (Serena Brotherton) were happy to stay in the pack until after the last ditch when Iron Express was asked to go about his work. Master Jackson went with him on the downhill run to the home turn and San Francisco made headway and soon it was between the thirteen year old and Iron Express who battled up the hill to the post with Iron Express just getting home the better.

Next up was the seventeen runner Confined Race. Last week, Just A Man walked the last few yards, stopping dead with the line in sight and this week he fell at the third. Not many got into the race and by the time the ditch was jumped (6th) there was a gap of 30-40 lengths between first and last, which was Oaklands Ted under newcomer Clare Blakiston. Narcisso (Jacqueline Coward) is a nice type and showed up well until losing Jacqueline at the last, he should win soon. Ask Bobby (Guy Brewer), the good old jolly, stayed at the back for most of the race coming through on the downhill run along with Forty Shakes (Chris Dawson ) and the pair had a right battle up the 350 yard run in with Ask Bobby getting the nod. Creative Time (Miles Seston) came through late to claim third spot.

One of the best settings in racing

In the Restricted, the money was on Lord Daresbury`s Banchory Two and son Ollie (Greenall), but in the early part of the race, he looked like he didn’t like the ground. Zebs Lad took them along and it no surprise that after a mile he threw the towel in on ground that he does not like. Banchory Two picked up going out into the country for the last time and teamed up with Oaklands Luis, having his first run for two years under Lee Bates. It looked that the winner was coming from these two, but the senior jockey in the race, Nigel Tutty, was flying on Colonial Gunner and took the race with a great last fence jump and went away under a strong drive from Tutty. Banchory Two got the better of Oaklands Luis, who should pick up a race this term if he stays fit. Twin Bay Cruiser should be noted, he’s getting better with each run and another win should not be far away. 

I’ve said before that Robber (Michael Morley) should be watched and today he showed what a good horse he is. Although beaten into second place by April Spirit (Steve Magee), he never put a foot wrong and gave a battling display. The Grimthorpe Gold Cup at Whitwell must be his target this year and it will take a good horse to beat him as he stays and the 4 miles won’t be a problem. Third place went to Glenelly Gale (Oliver Greenall) who just made it over the line from Scenic Storm (Nigel Tutty).

All eyes were on Wilfie Wild (Lynne Ward) in the Ladies Open Race but “Wilfie” never looked like getting into the race. He did finish, but did not look like the horse he was last year, but he should be given the benefit of the doubt as the ground may have been unsuitable or he was in need of the outing. I am sure we’ll see him a lot better next time. The Northern raider Interdit  (Jill Wormall) went to the front from flag fall and looked the winner a mile from home, as he was well clear (30 lengths), however, the Yorkshire Lady Champion Jacqueline Coward had other ideas and got One Five Eight going turning for home and made a race of it going head to head in a ding dong battle to the line, to the delight of Miss Coward who waved her stick in the air. Duchess Account made up ground in the later stages, finishing third and will come on for the run. October Mist, owned by Mary Reveley, took fourth place.

The Division One of the Maiden went to French Envoy (Oliver Greenall) fromYoung Claude with Harwood Dale in third. One to watch is Simon Robinson’s Bonnie Blue, who should take a maiden on this run.

Division Two of the Maiden saw Elusive Swallow take this race from Miss Tosca (Tina Jackson) with the well backed Imps Pride (Philip Cornforth) in third, who felt some strong words from punters. I feel that if this was not the last race of the day, then the stewards would have had Mr Cornforth before them.

Jacqueline Coward was fined £75 for taking ground after the last in the Ladies race. It may be worth a look at to see if she did as I could not see anything wrong, but I was head on too.

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