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North Carlton
Sunday 1st February 2009
by Emma Forman

75 runners contested 8 races at the Burton point to point on Sunday. The ground was good and the new track was in excellent condition. Owners and riders were full of praise for the facilities and organisation at North Carlton.

Nick Kent and Simon Walker teamed up for a double, the first leg being Distant Memory for Victoria Branson in the LUHC Members race. This Overbury gelding who had shown some form last season went clear of the favourite Caramia at the last and won unchallenged from Essenbee. The runner up was carrying the colours of The Earl Of Yarborough and may yet be able to take a maiden race.

Kent and Walker teamed up again to take the Restricted race with the highly regarded Farmer Frank who is owned by Roger Jackson from the South Notts. The six year old who had been going well when being brought down at Thorpe last week won by four lengths from Pass The Parsel and should still be open to improvement.

Nick Kent and Victoria Branson’s other runner Lord Adonis finished a respectable third in Division 1 of the Maiden race and should be able to lose his maiden tag before too long. This race was won by The Snurglar who had come down from David Easterby’s yard in Yorkshire and was ridden by Tom Greenall.

Tom Greenall’s younger brother Toby took the ride on the highly regarded Le Passing in the Confined Hunts race but had no answer when challenged by Harriet Bethell on Creative Time. This rejuvenated thirteen year old had gone off at 66-1.

In the Men’s Open race Tom Greenall rode Eric Brook’s Network Oscar who went off the even money favourite. He was beaten by six lengths by 2-1 shot Menchikov in the colours of Milson Robinson. Menchikov was purchased from Doncaster late last year and was the only Burton qualified horse to score at the meeting.

Angela Rucker’s trip from Worcestershire was made worthwhile when Blue Business won the Ladies Open race in a close finish with The Reverend. Parsifal and Claire Allen were back in third.

The five year old mare Latenightdip won the fastest division of the maiden race for the Ellis family by a length from Guy Brewer and another five year old Forge Valley. Brewer went won better in the final division of the maiden race with Father Owen who was like Forge Valley trained by Mary Sowersby in Yorkshire.

The next meeting in the Midlands Area is the Brocklesby Point to Point at Brocklesby Park on Saturday 21st February first race at 12 noon.

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