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Friday, 31 October 2014

Otterburn yards celebrate an evening double at Hexham

THERE was well earned success for two Otterburn trainers on Tuesday when both Susan Corbett and Jane Walton gained popular victories at Hexham’s second evening National Hunt race meeting of the year.

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Wolf Shield jumps clear of the field to be first past the post in the feature race on Tuesday evening’s card at Hexham.

The meeting got off to a promising start for favourite backers when Line D’aois, ridden by Tom Scudamore, justified the long journey from Michael Scudamore’s Bromash yard to record a second course win in 17 days in the Agrical Maiden Hurdle run over two and a half miles. Despite the prohibitive odds of 1/4, the winner was kept up to his task by second placed Laird of Monksford (8/1),trained by Donald McCain and ridden by Adrian Lane.

The second race on the card was run in support of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The IJF 50th Anniversary Mares’ Handicap Hurdle run over two and a half miles was won by just a neck by The Flaming Matron (9/2), ridden by Lucy Alexander.

The richest race of the evening, with a prize fund of £10,000, disappointingly attracted just four runners.

Sponsored by Hexham stalwart, owner trainer John Wade, the three mile one furlong Novices Limited Handicap Chase followed the betting book and was won by Wolf Shield (2/1 joint favourite) trained at Middleham by George Moore and ridden by Barry Keniry.

The winner made all, leading from start to finish, to pass the post an impressive six lengths ahead of Big Sound.

Leading trainer David Pipe’s rare Hexham runner Leader Of The Gang (3/1), ridden by Tom Scudamore, which had made the long journey from Wellington, Somerset, tailed off to finish a distant last.

The Hexham Caravan Site Handicap Hurdle run over three miles was a triumph for the Corbett family from Otterburn.

The winner Dun To Perfection (15/2) is trained by Susan Corbett and was an impressive first career winner for son James Corbett.

A delighted trainer Sue said afterwards that the win was particularly pleasing because both horse and jockey were “homebred at Otterburn.”

A second Otterburn victory followed in another exciting finish in The Ramside Event Catering Handicap Chase over an extended two miles.

Just a head separated the two 15/8 joint favourites. In a photo finish, winner Have You Had Yours, trained by Jane Walton and ridden by Alistair Findlay beat Sambelucky.

The winning owners, the quaintly named Highly Recommended Partnership, enjoyed an enthusiastic celebration to mark the victory.

The final race on the card, the St. John Lee Amateur Riders' Novices Handicap

Hurdle, over an extended two miles, was another victory for favourite followers when 15/8 favourite Playhara, trained by Martin Todhunter at Penrith and ridden by Kit Alexander, justified favouritism by beating bottom weight Raifteiri by five lengths.

There are three more meetings scheduled before the summer recess. On consecutive Saturdays June 7, which is Nova International Day, and June 14, Marie Curie Charity Day, which is followed by one of the highlights of the Tynedale social calendar, Ladies' Day on Sunday June 22.

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