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Dalton Park
Sunday 15th March 2015
by Charlotte Russell

It was a good day for William Easterby at the Holderness point-to-point, where he managed to score a quick fire double, the first leg came when deputising for the injured Jacqueline Coward on Billing in the Frontier Agriculture PPORA Members race. "We thought Roycano would be the big danger but he ran a blinder and we were absolutely delighted with him," reported Sam Coward. Much of the running was made by Max Johnson and TC Spitfire, but Billing was produced on the final bend to assert and beat Roycano, partnered by Harry Bannister by three quarters of a lengths. TC Spitfire was back in third and Viking Ridge who looked like he would be in the mix came down at the last, but this was a much improved run on his pointing debut. Fortunately both Viking Ridge and Samantha Klug were able to walk away.

William's double came in the following Bonhams Mens Open aboard his mother Sarah's Camden, who won by a very cosy 15 lengths from Carlicue and Max Johnson in second and Max My Boy, ridden by Russell Lindsay back in third. "I was quietly confident going into the race," said the winning rider, "it didn't look as strong on paper as the race he won at Sinnington and I thought he was in better form. We put a tongue tie on him but I think going right handed really helped too."

Racing started with the Smailes Goldie Turner Hunt race which, although it was a match between Larkhall and Total Rebellion, was a very competitive race, however it was Total Rebellion that took this, ridden by Jack Teal by half a length. "He's won here before and likes good to firm so we knew conditions were in his favour," said winning owner Charles Clark. "Winning your hunt race is like winning the gold cup! He'll probably go to Sheriff Hutton next as he likes it there too," added Charles.

The Nidera UK Ladies Open was the closest finish of the day but Chip N Pin prevailed by a head for Joanna Mason over Callhimwhatyouwant and Samantha Klug. "She's such a consistent mare," enthused Joanna. "She jumps so well and travelled well too. She has to be produced at the last minute and I perhaps did leave it a little late but she stuck her nose out! Better ground is the key for her," Joanna added. Just Talking finished in third for Emma Todd.

The Trophy Pet Foods Restricted Race saw the homebred Shannon Silver continue his winning ways for jockey Henry Morsehead. The horse is trained by his mother Anthea and owned by his grandfather Peter Beaumont. Oh So Serious finished in second for Max Johnson and looks like he can take a race at this level when he gets conditions in his favour again. The Manager was 10 lengths further back in third with Jack Jordan.

Racing concluded with the Ice Co Open Maiden race which saw a change in fortune for Gortenbuie. He was due to take his place in a maiden the week before at the Derwent meeting, however with Emma Todd stood down due to an earlier fall and no suitable jockey to ride he went without a run so it was quite fitting that the pair should reunite to take this. They won by eight lengths from Hi Ho Julio, ridden by Jack Teal and Trentside William was a further two lengths back in third.

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