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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Richardson reaches century

ONE of the North’s most experienced jockeys Andrew Richardson took his career tally to 100 when he headed to Downhills, near Corbridge, at the weekend.

Always prominent on Coastley in the Matfen Hall Hotel South Northumberland Hunts Club Members Race, his mount surrendered the initiative following a bad mistake five out, but was back in control at the second last and had 10 lengths to spare over Border Flora at the line.

Richardson was in good company as the popularity of the Downhills course as a hunt racing venue was again proved, a total of 83 runners facing the starter on near perfect jumping ground.

The Strikemorebait and Northumberland Tea Company four, five, six and seven year olds Open Maiden Race had to be divided on the day after 22 of the 24 entries were declared.

The first division resulted in a debut win for Philippa Shirley-Beavan’s French-bred seven-year-old gelding Tambour Major, in the hands of Nick Orpwood.

The second division, run in a marginally slower time, provided Kate Leckenby with a third career winner on Hardy Oscar.

Cave Hunter’s triumph in the Metnor Property Group Ltd NPPA Club Members Race maintained a 100 per cent record this season for Hawick trainer, Wendy Hamilton, and formed the first leg of a double for son, Tom.

He then went on to win on the progressive Kalastar in the Backworth Metals Ltd Restricted Race.

Sea Scout landed the three mile five furlong Bedmax Ladies Open Race for the third year in a row.

The unfancied Indian Print was produced with a well-timed challenge by Toby Speke to head Forge Valley at the last before securing a two lengths verdict in the Brewin Dolphin Men’s Open Race for the coveted William Bell Memorial Gold Cup.

Northallerton farmer Philip Greaves celebrated his first winner on Blue Bertie in the concluding Knight Frank eight year olds and over Open Maiden Race.