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South Durham
Saturday 15th May 2010
by Will Milburn

The Yorkshire season came to a fantastic close this weekend with the South Durham meeting at Howe Hills Mordon. The beautiful weather and free entry attracted a very large crowd to this fantastically prepared course. The day saw Chris and John Dawson fight it out as they both endeavoured to win the jockeys title, with older brother Chris clinching it at the end of the day.

One of Chris’s wins came in the Mens Open aboard the highly talented Oakland’s Bobby, who after making all the running and displaying a high class round of jumping, stayed on well after the last to hold off the staying on Brize Norton and Guy Brewer. Nippy Des Mottes and Jake Greenall filled third place.

Two other brothers were also out to prove their talent on the day, however this time came in the form of the Masters Lesson and Skarmanche who both won their races and made it a double on the day for Sarah Dent. Skarmanche won the Hunt Members race along with John Dawson. The pair were settled in rear and made good headway throughout the race, John Dawson took his mount to the lead at the last and stayed on well to win a shade cosily.

An hour later half brother The Masters Lesson who was previously in training with Sue Smith and named after Harvey Smith for his talented handling of the horse, went on to win the two and half mile maiden. Settled in rear John Dawson challenged the leader in the straight and after a driving finish got up on the line to beat College Land Boy and Andrew Glass who is reportedly hanging up his boots.

The Confined race went the way of Chris Dawson and Forty Shakes, however only won by a short head after a long battle all the way down the straight with long time leader Allborn Lad, but Dawsons strong driving enabled him to get up on the line. Baron Romeo looked as though he would trouble the two leaders two out, however only managed the one pace back in third.

The progressive Cottam Phantom continued to improve this season by taking the Ladies Open along with Jacqueline Coward. The pair led until been headed early on by Blanding’s Castle, however always travelling well the pair came to dispute the lead three out, to then lead at the last and win a shade easy. Blanding’s Castle was a very game second whilst Major Shark sealed Charlotte Cundalls position in the Novice Title back in third. Cottam Phantoms upward progression can be paid thanks to work rider Jane Gray who’s soothing efforts have taught the horse to settle much better in his races, “has to be reprimanded every day” stated Jane.

One of the most popular and deserved winners of the day came in the final race and saw Joanna Brown win on her fathers horse Octavio. Always prominent the pair stayed on strongly after the last to get up near the line and beat Pekan One who ran a solid race in second, whilst long time leader Double Past weakened close home to finish third. Octavio was bought from Guy Reed as a 3yo and gave rider Joanna Brown a much deserved second career win.

Sendeed bounced back to form in the Restricted and was most likely suited much better by the quicker ground. Leading a long way from home, the only danger Yes I Can fell two out, allowing Sendeed to win with relative ease, Fernandina came home a modest second, whilst Pop Play Again was third.

Hunt Members Skarmanche J Dawson 5-2
Confined Forty Shakes C Dawson 7-2
Open Maiden The Masters Lesson J Dawson 6-4FAV
Mens Open Oakland’s Bobby C Dawson 5-4FAV
Ladies Open Cottam Phantom Miss J Coward 6-4FAV
Restricted Sendeed J Dawson 6-1
Open Maiden Octavio Mrs J Brown 5-1

Yorkshire Point-to-Point Championships
Mens – Chris Dawson
Ladies – Jacqueline Coward
Ladies Novice Rider – Charlotte Cundall
Mens Novice Rider – Max Johnson
Open Horse – Andre Chenier
Novice Horse – Sea Senor
Leading Owner – Mr T Bannister

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