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Friday, 19 December 2014

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It’s doubles all round on the Border fixture

AMIE Waugh and Tristan Davidson shared the riding honours with doubles in the Border Hunt fixture at Hexham Racecourse on Sunday, while in-form trainer Victor Thompson also sent out two winners for the third weekend in a row.

Newyearsresolution initiated Waugh’s double in the Hadrian Electrical Engineering Ltd NPPA Club Members’ Race. Always in the leading trio, he finally got the better of Red Myst going to the last before holding off a late challenge from Beverley Beck by two lengths.

Whiteabbey upset more fancied rivals when completing Waugh’s double in the AGA Ladies Open Race, and at the same time extended his unbeaten run between the flags to three. Produced with a well timed challenge, he took it up two out before forging clear on the flat to score by six lengths from Keeverfield.

It is worth noting that Whiteabbey actually beat subsequent Cheltenham Foxhunters winner, Tammys Hill when he got off the mark on his second start in Ireland in 2009.

Have One For Me set the ball rolling for Davidson and Thompson in the Par Petroleum Restricted Race. Sent on approaching five out, the seven-year-old left his rivals toiling when he went 20 lengths up at the second last and easily maintained that advantage over Kilmacallogue Bay to the line.

The winner is a credit to Newton-by-the-Sea owner/trainer Victor Thompson, as this was his 13th start since mid-January.

Chosen Keys completed a double for Davidson and Thompson in the Ward Hadaway Open Maiden Race. After taking it up a mile from home, the mare never looked like surrendering the initiative and actually extended her advantage over the favourite, Four Oceans, to four lengths on the run-in.

In-form Thompson, who has saddled 13 winners this year, including six in May, bought the eight-year-old for £5,200 at Doncaster Sales in May 2011.

The biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Hexham jockey Andrew Richardson, who announced his retirement from the saddle after partnering his own seven-year year old gelding Winces Well to victory in the Carrs Billington (Wooler) Open Maiden Race over two and a half miles.

His mount was still two lengths behind Awman at the last but gradually reeled in the leader before quickening away inside the last hundred yards to secure a two lengths verdict, with the promising Duke Nelson a further length away in third.

For the record, Richardson (47) opened his account on Geordies Express at Corbridge in March 1999. After an injury hit campaign, this latest success leaves his career tally on 101, comprising 95 between the flags and six under Rules.'

Cave Hunter made it five wins from six starts this term with another pillar to post success in the Northumberland Sporting Clays Men’s Open Race.

He got in a bit close to the last and lost momentum but picked up again as soon as Ocarina ranged upsides, pulling away to score by two lengths.

The win took Tom Hamilton's seasonal tally to 20, a figure not surpassed by any Northern Area jockey in the last 13 years.

Winning owner Niel Manning was full of praise for the seven-year-old’’s trainer Wendy Hamilton, who has a remarkable strike rate between the flags in 2014 with seven winners and a second from eight runners.

Thirty seven years after riding her first winner at Alnwick on Lothian Brig, Val Jackson took her career tally to 94, including 70 between the flags, on Wave Power in the Bill Aitchison Border Hunt Members Race.

Job For Eric led from three out until collared and headed inside the last 50 yards as Jackson’s power-packed finish on Wave Power snatched a neck verdict.

The Northern Area season concludes with the Haydon fixture at Hexham Racecourse on Sunday, June 1.

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