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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Hamilton stays out in front

TOM Hamilton extended his lead over Nick Orpwood in the Northern Area Men's Jockeys Championship to 10 points with a double in the well supported Braes of Derwent point-to-point meeting.

Ballyvesey, ridden by Drew Holmes, holds off the challenge of Colnea Power.

He again enjoyed victory when the action headed to Downhills on Easter Monday, triumphant on the Andrew Hamilton-trained geldings Bayfirth and Toreador.

In the Swiftstamp Restricted Race, Bayfirth finally overhauled long time leader Beau D'Argent two out before forging clear up the home straight to score by 10 lengths.

Under another well-judged ride, Toreador gradually reeled in Coole Murphy on the second circuit of the Tow Law Open Maiden Race before taking it up approaching the last and sprinting eight lengths clear on the run-in.

Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd has enjoyed his best season to date under rules with 16 winners, and his only pointer, Darsi Dancer, got him off the mark between the flags in the USL Group Open Maiden Race for four, five, six and seven year olds.

Ockey de Neulliac landed his fifth win of the season in near course record time in the Dr Syntax Inn Ladies Open Race. The 12-year-old gave Catherine Walton an armchair ride as he galloped the opposition into submission.

Diana Walton's horses have hit a rich vein of form and Amour Daria made it three winners for her Bonchester Bridge yard in the last 15 days in the Northumberland Tea Company Intermediate Race.

Left in front when the favourite, Splendid Blue fell six out in the Jerry Ryan Consultancy Men's Open Race, Ballyvesey held off a late challenge from Clonea Power to score by half a length, with Paddy Curry a further 10 lengths away in third.

After getting off the mark at last month’s Tynedale meeting, Hardy Oscar showed his liking for Corbridge with a second course win in the Douglas Chapman Memorial Braes of Derwent Members Race.