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40 mph winds could not prevent proceedings from going ahead at Hexham on Wednesday 7th December bringing the curtain down on racing for 2016, with all credit going to the ground staff for their endeavours and hard work ensuring the meeting was staged. Thanks also go to our sponsors for the day "At The Races" who kindly transferred their sponsorship from the last meeting which had to be abandoned
With a few highlights on the day nothing was more pleasing to see than Henry Brooke return to the winner’s enclosure after being successful on "Munsaab" for trainer James Moffatt in the 2m 7f handicap chase. Just 8 weeks after suffering multiple injuries and being airlifted to hospital it was fitting that the jockeys first winner back from injury was at Hexham, it was also consolation for the jockey trainer combination who 4 days previously just lost out in a very tight photo finish in The Becher Chase run over The Grand National fences at Aintree.
The 2m Juvenile Maiden Hurdle was won by "Great Tempo" for the David Pipe Tom Scudamore combination making the long journey north worthwhile. Making his debut for David Pipe, the 82 length victory over "Ashjan" justified the winners odds of 1/25 and proved that heavy ground will hold no worries for him in the future.
Nick Alexander saddled his only winner of the day from the four runners he brought down when "Clan Legend" scored in the 2m Novice Handicap Chase. Ridden by Brian Hughes the pair finished 10L ahead of "Virnon" trained by Alan Swinbank who was saddling his first runner at the track for sometime.
In one of the closest finishes of the day "Master Rajeem" ridden by Jamie Hamilton for his aunt Alison Hamilton took the 2m7f Handicap Hurdle by ½ length from "Flemerina" trained by Sue Smith and ridden by Danny Cook.
"Halcyon Days" who has been in good form recently took the last race of the day ridden by Tony Kelly, the pair took up the running from 3 out and went on to win by 6L from "Spoils of War" trained by Lucinda Russell.
Brian Hughes who is having a tremendous year retained his crown for the leading jockey at the track in 2016 with 9 wins and the trainers Championship was shared by Malcolm Jefferson and Lucinda Russell with 6 victories each.
Racing returns in March with the Cheltenham meeting on Thursday 16th with some packages still available in both the Henderson Room and Pavillion Restaurant.
The Hexham Executive would like to wish all members and racegoers Seasons Greetings and look forward to welcoming all back in 2017.
Two Doubles and a Treble Order of The Day
At the first November meeting at Hexham Racecourse on Friday 4th November the weather was kind, whilst being cold the rain stayed away and racegoers enjoyed a fine sunny afternoon.
With arguably the country’s leading female trainer Venetia Williams sending two runners, the first time in 18 years she has saddled horses at Hexham it was regular supporters of the track who took the honours.
Malcolm Jefferson and regular stable jockey Brian Hughes took the first two races. 'Kelka' taking the first, the 4yo filly taking it up before the second last flight of hurdles and going on to score by 17 lengths from Sue Smith’s 'Quietly' and Venetia Williams 'Air De Rock' a further 6 length away in third place.
'Ryedale Racer' was even more impressive in the second race for the inform pair, Brian Hughes steering the gelding to a 36-length success over 'Kalaharry' who took second for Ian Jardine finishing ½ length in front of Venetia’s second runner of the day 'Willie Boy'.
Sue Smith and Danny Cook took the third race of the day when 'I Just Know' ran out a 10-length winner in the 3 Mile Novice Chase with a ½ a length separating the second and third 'Smuggler’s Stash' trained by Rose Dobbin and 'Achill Road Boy' for Stuart and Sam Coltherd. An extra 70 yards was added to this race as a result of rail movements and it turned into a gruelling contest as this was the first time out for many of the runners.
The treble went to Lucinda Russell taking the last 3 races on the card each ridden by apprentices. 'Catchthemoonlight' got the ball rolling in the 'Stocksfield Golf Club' sponsored handicap hurdle run over 2 miles leading very easily coming to the last he just had to be pushed clear after the last and won by 9 length from Martin Todhunter’s 'Pretty Miss Mahler' with 'Quest Magic' in third place.
The 2 miles 4 furlong Conditional Handicap Chase was won by 'Mumgos Debut' again an easy winner Grant Cockburn just having to shake the rains after the last for his horse to go on and score by 14 length from 'Trouble in Paris' trained by Barry Murtagh and 'Brother Scott' for Sue Smith.
The last race a 3-mile hurdle went to 'Bescot Springs' ridden by Alexander Thorne claiming 10lb the winner was 5 length in front of 13yo 'Solway Sam' at the line with George Bewley’s 'Forty Crown' in third place.
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"Formidableopponent" made it 3 wins in as many weeks at Hexham and recorded his fourth straight success for trainer William Young when landing the Intu Metrocentre A Great Day In Handicap Chase run over 2m 4f. Ridden by Derek Fox the pair stayed on well after the last to beat the Sue Smith trained "Brother Scott" by an easy 6 length with Maurice Barnes’s "My Idea" 13 length’s away in 3rd place.
Maurice Barnes enjoyed his 200th career success under both codes as a trainer when he saddled "Quick Brew" to land the 2m 4f Novices’ Chase, tracking the leaders Daragh Bourke sent the winner on after 2 out to score by a 1½ lengths from "Chain of Beacons" who was always held. The first two finished 15 lengths ahead of the of the free running "Reverse The Charge" ridden by Amy Waugh who had virtually led throughout until the 2nd last.
The feature race of the day was the 3 mile "Intu Eldon Square fabulous at 40" handicap hurdle, which was won by the Graeme McPherson trained "Beneficial Joe" who travelled smoothly through the race to take it up at the last and stayed on to beat "Wyefield Rose" by 2 lengths with "Bellaney Night" staying on for third spot 1¼ length further back.
"Black Ivory" took the opening race on the card, the 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle. The 2nd favourite trained by Malcolm Jefferson took it up before the 2nd last and was 3 ¼ lengths in front of "Mondlicht" at the line who took 2nd place in the last 50 yards from "Kalaharry".
The 2m Novices Hurdle went to Donald McCain’s "Same Circus" who ran out the easiest winner of the day scoring by 7 lengths from "Ethelwyn", who had tracked the winner all the way but was unable to land a blow. "Wild Hearted Woman" the long distant traveller trained by Jamie Snowden took 3rd spot.
"Civil Unrest" got back to winning ways in the 2 mile Handicap Chase when beating the favourite "John Williams", who had led for most of the race. Rebecca Menzies trained the 3rd "Halcyon Days" who was one paced after the 2nd last and was 3¼ lengths behind the winner.
The Bumper was won by "Vertigo" for Lucinda Russell who beat another of Jamie Snowden’s horses "Between The Waters" by 2 lengths with Malcolm Jefferson’s "Mr Monochrome" in third place.
Our thanks go to the "Intu Metro Centre and Eldon Square" who sponsored the whole day and presented some magnificent prizes to winning connections and to the large crowd in attendance for their patience during the break in proceedings whilst Henry Brooke was being attended to following his fall in the 2nd race of the day.
Following a wet morning which saw the going change from Good, Good to soft in Places to Good to Soft, Soft in places. The skies brightened and the sun came out for the large crowd in attendance for the second September meeting at High Yarridge.
The selling hurdle got proceedings started and this went too previous course winner "Smadynium" trained by Julia Brooke. The grey gelding made all under Ross Turner with "Cotillion" 2 lengths away in second and "Mr Mulliner" from Ireland 18 lengths farther back in third place. At the auction which followed "Smadynium" was bought in for 4000 guineas.
"Spirit of Kayf" was an impressive winner of the 2-mile Maiden Hurdle scoring by 3 ½ lengths from "Master of Finance" ridden by Brian Hughes. Thomas Dowson had the winner upsides the second at the last flight and stayed on well along the run in to give backers no worries.
There were only 4 runners for the 2 mile 4 furlongs Novices Handicap Chase. This race provided the most exciting finish of the day with only a head separating the first two at the line. "Tickenwolf" trained by Micky Hammond prevailing over the Donald McCain trained "Nefyn Bay", just getting up on the line after a battle from the last fence. "Lowanbehold" ridden by Jamie Hamilton and trained by Sandy Forster taking third spot.
"Australasia" winner at the twilight meeting two weeks ago came out and won again ridden by Paddy Brennan. The Karen McLintock trained gelding was 3 ½ lengths in front at the line from the 3/1 favourite "Double W’S" trained by Malcolm Jefferson ridden by Brian Hughes. "Celtic Monarch" ridden by Derek Fox, took third place.
"Formidableopponent" trained by Will Young, winner at the last meeting, had a ding dong battle with "Whats Up Woody" before scoring by ½ a length. The second giving nearly two stone to the winner had previously won at Hexham, the first two were 15 lengths clear of third placed horse "Seven Devils".
Nicky Richards and Brian Harding teamed up to take the last race on the card with "St Gregory" leading approaching the last the chestnut mare always had the better of "Cairnshill" ridden by Derek Fox, "More Madness" 1 ¾ lengths further back in third.
Racing returned to High Yarridge following the summer break with a twilight fixture on Friday 16th.
The early morning rain cleared and the weather improved as the day progressed and racegoers were blessed with a fine evening and horses were able to run on ground initially described as good to soft, good in places changing to good, good to soft in places.
There was exciting racing for the large crowd that gathered with the second race on the card providing the closest finish with the Will Young Trained 'Formidableopponent' ridden by Sean Quinlan just getting up on the line to beat 'Dun Faw Good' trained by Jimmy Walton by the shortest of margins (a nose), with 'Pekanheim' a further 7 lengths back in third.
Favourite backers got off to a good start on the night with the odds on shot 'Top of the Glas' scoring easily by 7 lengths from 'Cloud Monkey' with 'Like A Diamond' filling third place. Brian Ellison training the first and third, the winner ridden by Henry Brooke who went on to score a double on the night; his second coming when 'Wyefield Rose' trained by Alistair Whillans finished 19 lengths ahead of the Donald McCain trained 'Cowslip' in the 3 mile hurdle.
Local trainer Karen McLintock trained the winner of the 2m 4f novice hurdle with 'Australasia' ridden by Paddy Brennan coming home 5 lengths ahead of 'Gran Paradiso' and 'Black Ivory' a further length and a half back in third.
The J P McManus owned 'Dursey Sound' took the 3 mile chase trained by Ben Haslam and ridden by Ritchie McLernon. The gelding scored by ½ a length with 'Ueueteotl' taking second place and 'Pena Dorada' further back in third.
'Fred Le Macon' won the last race of the night, a 2 mile conditional jockey’s handicap hurdle, ridden by Finian O’Toole with the Sam Coltherd ridden 'Gunner Lindley', trained by his father, in second and 'Civil Unrest' in third.
Meeting - 19th June 2016 - Ladies Day - See Prize Winners here
The Ramside Spa sponsored Ladies Day at Hexham Racecourse turned into a great Father’s Day for trainer Stuart Coltherd who saddled a treble on the day all ridden by his son Sam.
'Darsi Dancer' started the first leg of the treble by taking the opening race, the conditionals Jockeys Selling Hurdle run over three miles holding on by a head from 'Victor Hewgo' ridden by Thomas Dowson with 'Smadynium' 13 lengths behind in third place. The winning connections bought the horse back in for 5000 guineas at the auction following the race.
The second leg of the treble was in the 'Reef Salon At Ramside Spa Handicap Hurdle' run over 2 miles 4 furlongs where 'Ash Park' kept on from the last to score by a length from the Philip Kirby trained 'Nautical Nitwit' with 'Dumbarton' a further half-length back in third.
'Damien’s Dilemma' provided the last leg of the treble when taking 'The Exclusive Membership At Ramside Spa Handicap Chase' run over three miles. The winner and the second 'Heart O Annandale' battled up the home straight with only a length separating the two at the line. 'Sharivarry' for Victor Thompson who has won on his last two appearances at the course was a 9 length third.
Feature race of the day was the 'Award Winning The Spa At Ramside Handicap Chase' a class 3 worth £10,000 this race also provided one of the closest finishes of the day with a neck separating the first two. 'Beeves' trained by Jennie Candlish just got the better of 'Pair of Jacks' ridden by Brian Hughes for Malcolm Jefferson after a protracted battle from the last fence to the line. Long Distance traveller 'Buachaill Alainn' a further 14 lengths away in third for Peter Bowen and Jamie Moore.
Donald McCain’s 'Wazowski' was an easy winner of the 2 mile Novices Hurdle scoring by 21 lengths from 'Armorous' ridden by Sean Quinlan who prevailed by a three quarter length over 'Arabian Oasis'.
The first division of the class 5 Handicap Hurdle provided another winner for local trainer Jonathan Haynes with 'Mrs Grass' getting the better of 'Scorpions Sting' for James Ewart, with 'Ardesia' 4 and a half lengths away in third.
Trainer James Ewart went one better in the second division with Sleep in First taking this by 7 lengths from Northumberland Racing Club’s 'My Escapade' in second and 'Cupids Quest' further back in third.
An overcast day and light rain did not dampen the spirits of the large crowd which gathered at High Yarridge for the second June meeting held on Saturday 11th June. Thanks go to all who helped and sponsored races in aid of Marie Curie to make the day so successful. 70 declared runners on the 7 race card provided some exciting racing and close finishes for racegoers.
First race 'The Crossfit Northumbria Marie Curie Daffodil Dash Amateurs Riders Handicap Hurdle' run over 3 miles was won by 'Ueueteotl' ridden by Kit Alexander. This was the first leg of a double for trainer James Ewart. 'Ueueteotl' was always tracking the leaders and took up the lead before two out, whilst headed before the last he stayed on to regain the lead from the runner up 'Tickenwolf' trained by Micky Hammond with 'Darsi Dancer' 14 lengths back in 3rd place. There was only a neck separating the first two at the finish, but James Ewart’s second winner 'Lord Wishes' who took the 4th race 'The Teresa Duchett Handicap Hurdle' run over 2mile 4 furlongs was a much more convincing winner having 12 lengths in hand of his nearest rival 'Celtic Monarch' with 'Chilly Miss' another 7 lengths back in 3rd place.
Second race of the day 'The Andy Calvert Celebration Novices Hurdle' run over 2 miles went to 'Desert Island Dusk' ridden by Daragh Bourke. This was the first leg of local trainer Maurice Barnes’ double. 'Desert Island Dusk' battled all the way to the line with 'Caius Marcius' and prevailed by a head, with the third 'Cupid’s Quest' only a length and half further back in 3rd place. 'Apache Pilot' completed the double for his trainer going one better than he did at last week’s meeting. Ridden by Thomas Dowson who was sporting a black eye from an earlier fall the front two battled all the way up the home straight the winner getting home by a neck from 'Odds On Dan' with 'Sharivarry' 16 lengths adrift in 3rd place.
The Mark Walford trained 'Miss Conway' won the 'Rob Groves Handicap Chase' run over two miles. Taking the lead at the last, the winner was a 1 ¾ lengths in front at the line from 'Reverse The Charge' who in turn had a 1 ½ length in hand from 'Halcyon Days'.
'The Hadrian Healthcare Novices’ Hurdle' a class 3 event went to the Irish trained 'Buckskin Boulta' providing Mark McNiff with just rewards for his journey across the Irish Sea.
The winner stayed on well after the last winning by 1 ½ lengths from 'Bellaney Knight' with 'Work Du Breteau' a half-length away in 3rd place.
The 'St Martins Care Supporting Marie Curie Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race' went to 'Black Ivory' trained by Malcolm Jefferson who ran out a very easy winner scoring by 9 lengths from 'Mafate Fortin' a French bred horse trained by Keith Reveley.
The winning trainer Malcolm Jefferson and jockey Brian Hughes were following up on last week’s success in the bumper.
A large crowd of racegoers turned out for the 4th June meeting. 7 races on the card, plenty of runners and with the sun eventually breaking through midway through the day it made for a thoroughly enjoyable day for those that attended.
Thanks go to Totepool who kindly sponsored the whole card on the day. Feature race of the day 'Totepool Like Us on Facebook Handicap Hurdle' a class 3 race run over 2 miles for horses rated 0-130 went to the Maurice Barnes trained 'Dynamic Drive' ridden by Tommy Dowson. The gelding took up the running after the last and won going away from the pace setter 'Roll Of Thunder' who set a cracking pace from the off and pushed on into a 4 length lead before the last and stayed on to keep 2nd place finishing 4 lengths in front of the Malcolm Jefferson trained 'Chilly Miss'.
Third race of the day 'The Totetrifecta Pick The 1st 2nd 3rd Juvenile Hurdle' a class 4 for 3 year olds provided one of the closest finishes of the day with 'Skylark Lady' trained by Michael Wigham in Newmarket making the long journey worthwhile by defeating 'Rajapur' trained by Phillip Kirby by a neck, the first two 16 lengths ahead of 3rd place 'Stone Quercus'. After making a bad mistake at the last the eventual winner fought bravely all the way to the line to deny the runner up.
The day’s proceedings got underway with 'The Totescoop6 £3million Pound Rollover Today Selling Hurdle' a class 5 run over 2mile 'Lady Ra' ridden by Dean Pratt scored by a length and half over 'Scorpions Sting' trained by James Ewart with 'It’s a Man’s World' filling 3rd place. These 3 runners were well ahead of the other rivals in the field. At the auction which took place after the race there was no bid for the winner.
'The Totescoop 6 Play for just £2 Novices Chase' was a rerun of a race held here in April when the Paul Nicholls trained 'Keltus' having his second run and win at the track finished ahead of local trainer Michael Smith’s 'Mister Spingsprong ', with another locally trained horse filling 3rd spot 'Gurkha Brave'. The winner, the highest rated horse in the race was sent into the lead early on and never headed to score by 5 lengths, the third horse another 4 lengths back.
'Sharivarry' for Victor Thompson and ridden by Amy Waugh took 'The Totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap Chase' run over 3 miles. Sent into the lead approaching the last fence the winner scored by a length from the Tommy Dowson ridden Maurice Barnes trained 'Apache Pilot'. 'Solway Sam' was 20 lengths behind in 3rd. The winner was repeating his performance of 11 days ago when dispatching of 'Apache Pilot' then, although this time by a narrower distance.
Lisa Harrison and Callum Bewley won 'The Totepool Follow Us On Twitter Handicap Chase' run over 2mile 4 furlong with 'Solway Legend' leading approaching the last the chestnut gelding scored by 4 lengths from 'Odds On Dan' trained by Lucinda Egerton. Third was taken by 'Everylasting' from the Rose Dobbin yard who was returning to the racetrack from a 217 day break.
The bumper concluded the day and that was won by a smart looking type trained by Malcolm Jefferson. 'Mr Monochrome' ridden by Brian Hughes ran out an easy 15 length winner from Andy Crook’s 'Disturb' with 'Three Blondes' trained by Nigel Tinkler a further 8 lengths away in 3rd.
Racegoers to High Yarridge for the second May meeting were greeted with an 8 race card and 76 runners. After a bright sunny morning the cloud appeared as gates opened but that didn't detract from some exciting racing.
Loudest cheers of the day came when the Mike Smith trained 'Sultana Belle' crossed the line 2 and ¼ lengths in front of Susan Corbett's 'Toarmandowithlove' ridden by her son James who finished a ½ length to the good of long distant traveller 'Double Accord' who had made the long journey from Dorset.
The winner took the lead at the last and was driven out by Adam Nicol. The owners who had flown in from Belfast to see their horse were not disappointed and the loud celebrations were kept up when the horse reached unsaddling enclosure and continued again after the presentation of 'The Doctor Howard Scott' trophy by his two daughters who kindly sponsored the race in memory of their late father.
First race of the day went to 'Another Bill' trained by Nicky Richards. Brian Harding took up the running just before the last and the winner kept on well to score by 2 and ¼ lengths from 'Flying Jack' trained by local trainer Maurice Barnes with 'Mr Whitmore' back in third.
The St John Lee 3-mile handicap chase went to Victor Thompson's 'Sharivarry' ridden by Amy Waugh travelling well throughout she took up the lead between the last 2 and kept on well with 'Generous Chief' in second and 'Apache Pilot' in third.
'Whatsthestoryman' was a 1 and 1/2 length winner of the John Smiths Novices Handicap Chase run over 2 miles 4 furlongs ridden by Sean Quinlan for Katie Scott. The Jane Walton trained Amy Waugh ridden 'Reverse the Charge' filled the runner up spot with 'West Ship Master' who had made the journey from Ireland in third.
Ian Jardine teamed up with Jockey Shane Shortall to take The 3 mile Hexham Caravan Site Novices Handicap Steeplechase, with 'Heart O Annandale'. The winner made virtually all to score by 11 lengths with 'Shaiyzar' in second a further 13 lengths in front of 'Under The Red Sky'.
The first division of The Come Racing On Ladies Day Sunday 19th June Handicap Hurdle was won by 'Wyfield Rose' ridden by Henry Brooke for Alistair Whillans, they were ¾ length in front of 'Latest Fashion' and 'Bourne' 17 lengths back in third.
The second division went to mother and son team from Girsonfield James and Susan Corbett with 'Stay in my Heart' finishing 4 lengths in front of joint favourite 'Darsi Dancer' with 'Just Like Dylan' in third place.
Final race of the day, the Amateur Riders Novice Hurdle run over 2 miles went to the Mark Walford trained 10/1 shot 'Magnolia Ridge' owned by Mr H J Kinder and ridden by their son who was enjoying his first winner under rules. Susan Corbett was in the frame again 'Definitely Glad' taking second and 'Henry Oliver' in third.
The Great Run Company sponsored day at Hexham Racecourse proved to be a big success with racegoers. Enjoying their 20th year of sponsorship at Hexham Racecourse the second Saturday meeting of the year attracted an attendance of over 2000. The overcast day did not deter visitors and they were rewarded with some exciting racing from the 7 race card which attracted 70 runners running on ground described as Good, Good to Soft in places but described as some as perfect racing ground.
The most valuable race of the day The Great North Swim Handicap Hurdle run over 3 miles went to the Alistair Whillans trained Bop Along ridden by Adam Nichol for The East West Partnership. Taking over the lead before the last from long time leader Beyondtemptation who had to settle for second place today the winner was eased down to score by 13 lengths with the first two being 9 lengths in front of the third placed Mr Mulliner who had made the journey from Ireland.
First race of the day The Greatrun. Org Novices hurdle ran over 2 miles was won by Move To The Grove, owned and trained by Donald McCain ridden by Will Kennedy, the bay gelding made all to win by 4 lengths from Kelka trained in Malton by Malcom Jefferson who was 10 lengths in front of the Raymond Anderson Green owned Martila.
The Junior Great North Run Maiden Hurdle run over 3 mile went to Ami Desbois trained in Gloucestershire by Graeme McPherson. Racing with the pace throughout the race the gelding took up the running before the second last flight and had the Susan Corbett trained Stay In My Heart 11 lengths away in second and Pauline Robson's Dimple in third.
6/1 Trust Thomas was a popular winner, trained locally by Ann Hamilton just hanging on by a head from Micky Hammond's Vodka Wells. The winner went to the front after the last and idled in the closing stages but managed to prevail with The Heist a further 7 length back in third.
Another locally trained horse Desert Island Dusk ridden by Daragh Bourke scored for trainer Maurice Barnes in the 2mile Great North Run City Games Handicap Hurdle, beating the Sam Coltherd ridden Ash Park by 2½ lengths and the Lucinda Russell trained Miss Joeking taking third spot.
Jonathan Haynes whose horses are in great shape at the moment took the 3 mile Great Run Company Handicap Chase. Callum Whillans went to the front over 4 out on Maz Majecc who started to idle on the run in but still managed to keep Big Sound at bay to win by ½ a length from Suzy's Music with Abbey Storm trained by Micky Hammond in third place.
Only 7 horses lined up for the Bumper The Great North Run Mares' Standard open National Hunt Flat Race run over 2 miles.
This race gave the crowd another exciting finish with only a short head separating the first two Book At Bedtime scoring for Keith Reveley and John Dawson over Ruby Wilde ridden by Kielan Woods with Donald Mccain's Katies Hen in third.
A 7 race card and bright weather greeted the crowd who turned out for the 4th race meeting of the year The Heart of All England evening.
The most valuable race of the evening was the 3rd race The Bobby Roberts Memorial Handicap Hurdle. A class 3 hurdle with a prize fund of £9000. This race was run in memory of the Late Bobby Roberts who sadly passed away a year ago, to give the opportunity to those who knew him to celebrate his life.
With over 70 of his friends and family in attendance the race did not disappoint. The Jonathon Haynes owned and trained 8yo mare Beyondtemptation once again showed just how tough she is by running out a length and quarter winner. Sent into the lead by Tommy Dowson at the off the mare was never headed and held on gamely to beat Mark Walford’s Olivers Gold ridden by Jamie Hamilton with Rockabilly Riot a further 11 lengths away in 3rd.
After the race family members gathered in the unsaddling enclosure to present the prize to Winning Connections.
Feature race of the evening the 5th the Eve Aitchison Heart of all England Maiden Hunters’ Chase kindly sponsored by Bill Aitchison and run in memory of his late wife was won by the 9/5 favourite Ardea trained By Justin Landy in Leyburn and ridden by Mr Joe Wright. The 8yo was making amends after his final flight departure in a maiden hunter chase at Kelso earlier in April. Going into second place 4 out and taking up the running after 2 out the gelding won by 5 lengths from Robert Miller Bakewell owned Damiens Dilemma ridden by Sam Coltherd with the long time leader The Highlander trained and ridden by Miss J Coward 13 lengths away in 3rd place.
The opener on the night was a 2 mile selling hurdle which went to Smadynium trained by Julia Brooke it gave conditional jockey Ross Turner his first winner under National Hunt rules. The winner held on well from the last to beat Celtic Monarch by a length and half with the Kenny Johnson trained Bygones For Coins in third place. At the auction following the race there was no bid for the winner.
Thanks must go to our sponsors of the second race Arup who were celebrating 10 years of sponsorship at Hexham. The Arup Anniversary Classic Novices Chase was won by Keltus giving Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls a winner at this track with his first runner here and providing Sam Twiston Davies victory on his only ride of the night. The Michael Smith trained Mister Spingsprong was beaten by 2 ½ lengths with the first two well clear of Make Me A Fortune.
Hexham course specialist Chicago Outfit took the 3 mile chase by 10 lengths from Veroce with Glenquest a further 5 lengths away in 3rd. Owned and trained by George Bewley ridden by his son Jonathon this was Chicago Outfit’s 5th win at Hexham.
Local company Solar Signs UK Ltd sponsored the Novice Hurdle run over two miles it was won by Caius Marcius the odds on favourite trained by Nicky Richards with Sakhee’s Secret 2 lengths away in 2nd trained by Phillip Kirby and Steve Gollings Trained With Hindsight 4 length back in 3rd.
Last race of the night The Hexham and Northern Rural Handicap chase run over 2mile 4 went to the Stuart Coltherd trained Seventeen Black ridden by Grant Cockburn finishing 2 ½ length in front of Maurice Barnes My Idea with Whatsthestoryman in 3rd place.
Racing returned to High Yarridge on Monday 18th April for the third meeting of the year. With the rain we had in the run up to the fixture, ground conditions changed to heavy with a going stick reading of 3.7. Conditions unfortunately meant there were only 45 entries for the 7 race card.
Feature race on the card was 'The Hexham Auction Mart Handicap Hurdle' run over 2 mile 4 furlongs for horses rated 0-125 with a prize fund of £11000. This was won very comfortably by the locally trained 'Beyondtemptation'.
The 8 year old mare was giving owner, breeder and trainer Jonathan Haynes his fifth win in six races and Jockey Thomas Dowson his second win on the three times he has ridden her, winning 17 length from the Lucy Normile trained 'Rinnagree Rosie' and the previous Hexham winner 'Kid Valentine' trained by Michael Smith.
First race 2 mile Novice Hurdle went the way of 17/2 shot 'Newtown Lad' trained by Lucinda Russell, a 7 length winner from 'Motion To Strike' with 'Very First Time' 2/7 favourite in third.
The Ramside Event Catering Handicap Chase run over 2 mile was won by 'Surprise Vendor' for Stewart Coltherd ridden by his son Sam which was the first leg of a double on the card for him. The winner won by 3 lengths from 'Rosquero' with the first two 29 lengths clear of third place 'Mumgos Debut'.
The Thornton Firkin Maiden Hurdle over 3 mile, 4th race on the day went to Conquer Gold, ridden by Brian Harding for Nicky Richards. Taking the lead after the sixth flight of hurdles, the 6 year old mare ran on well to score by 14 lengths from the Susan Corbett trained 'Toarmandowithlove' and the 4/9 favourite 'Ryedale Dancer'.
The 4pm 'Racing To School Handicap Chase' run over 3 mile was won by 'Flaming Thistle' following a previous win and second at the last two meetings, trained by John Hodge ridden by Grant Cockburn, 'Flaming Thistle' was 8 lengths clear at the line from Jonathan Haynes trained 'Maz Majecc' and 'Major Ridge'.
The 3 mile Hunter Chase completed the double for Sam Coltherd riding 'Ockey De Neulliac' who just managed to hand on by a neck to win the race. Leading throughout the race but tiring in the closing stages from the fast finishing 'Wicklow Lad' with 'Grouse Lodge' 18 length in the rear in third place.
The Bumper went to the Stephen Mulqueen ridden 'Knocklayde' for trainer Katie Scott, who beat 11/8 favourite 'Shy' trained by George Charlton and 'Only A Tipple' finishing in third place.
At its second meeting of 2016 Yarridge Heights was blessed with another dry day. Colder than the first meeting, the sun eventually shone on a larger than anticipated crowd who enjoyed a six race card. The dry weather of late helped ground conditions and the racing surface had improved to 'Soft (Good to Soft in Places)' from the 'Heavy (Soft in Places)' raced on at the previous meeting.
The feature race of the day was the 'Follow Hexham on Facebook Handicap Hurdle' run over 2 miles 4 furlongs with a first prize of £6500, it was won by 13 year old 'See Double You' trained in Ireland and ridden by Ronan McNally for the 'Bricky Lobe Syndicate'. Winning by 3½ lengths the winner finished strongly from the mother and son team of Susan and James Corbett's 'Manballandall' with 'Innis Shannon' running on for third.
The first race of the day the 'SIS Novices Hurdle' run over 2 miles provided local trainer Michael Smith with a welcome winner. When 'Kid Valentine' the 11/7 favourite ran out a worthy victor beating Malcolm Jefferson trained 'Storm Forecast' by a length and three quarters with a pillar to post victory.
Second race on the card a two and a half mile 'Hexham Bookmakers Handicap Chase' went to 'Whats Up Woody' who made all under Johnathon Bewley for his trainer and father George Bewley. Setting a strong pace from the off he scored by 5 lengths from 'Westend Theatre' trained by another Hexham local Jane Walton and ridden by Peter Buchanan.
The 'LWC Novices Hurdle' run over 2 miles 7½ furlongs went to the 2/1 favourite 'Gully's Edge' trained by Malcolm Jefferson in Malton for its owner breeders Mrs K Gaffney and Mrs Alix Stevenson. Winning comfortably by 17 lengths it provided Brian Hughes with the first leg of a double on the day. Second place went to the Kim Bailey trained 'Net Work Rouge' ridden by David Bass.
The 'Primary Websites Handicap Chase' run over 3 miles provided Brian Hughes with the second leg of his double which also took his tally to 100 winners for the season when the Irish trained 'Gibbstown' won by 5 lengths for Paul Stafford. 'Flaming Thistle' trained by John Hodge and a winner here at the last meeting took second place.
Following the race as an acknowledgement of riding a century of winners the Hexham Executive presented Brian Hughes with a memento to mark the achievement, this was the second presentation to him as he also picked up an award from Totepool for leading jockey at the course in 2015.
The last race of the day, a 2 mile bumper went to the Fergal O'Brien trained 'Imperial Eloquence' ridden by Conor Shoemark scoring by 1¾ lengths from 'Isle of Ewe' ridden by David Bass. The winner is owned by 'The Imperial Racing Partnership' whose members had travelled from all parts of the country to see the race and enjoyed the celebrations in the Winners Enclosure afterwards.
Clear blue sky and bright sunshine shone on the large crowd in attendance at the first meeting of 2016 last Thursday.
With a 7 race card as well as racing from Cheltenham shown live on the large screen there was plenty of action to keep the racegoers interested.
First race on the card, a conditional jockey's mares only handicap hurdle was won by odds on favourite 'Beyondtemptation'. Bred, owned and trained by local trainer Jonathan Haynes from Greenhead. The mare led for most of the race before being headed 2 out, but under a strong drive from Diarmuid O'Regan she rallied to regain the lead on the run in.
Second race, a national hunt mares novices hurdle with 'My Little Cracker' running out a convincing winner. Ridden by Brian Harding. Trained by Ian Jardine.
Nick Alexander who has been amongst the winners lately trained 'The Bishop' to land the third race a 3 mile novice handicap chase ridden by his son Kit. Joe Colliver rode 'Beer Goggles' to an 8 length victory in the fourth race for Middleham trainer Micky Hammond.
Fifth race of the day a 4 mile handicap chase provided the most exciting finish of the day with the Lucinda Russell trained 'Itstimeforapint' driven out by Derek Fox to get up and win by ¾ length.
"Flaming Thistle' was an 11 length winner of the sixth race a 2 mile 4 furlong handicap chase ridden by Grant Cockburn for owner and trainer John Hodge. Last race of the day a national hunt maiden hurdle provided trainer Sharon Watt with the winner 'Too Many Chiefs' ridden by Finian O'Toole scoring by 7 lengths.
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