Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Bedale at Hornby Castle Saturday 8th April

By Will Milburn & Caroline Smith

See Mores Finale, piloted by Ross Wilson on their way to winning the
Confined Conditions Race, sponsored by Barkers Home.
Credit Tom Milburn Photography

Ross Wilson was the jockey in form at the Bedale point-to-point, scoring a double. This year was to mark the 70th anniversary of racing at Hornby Castle.

Ross' first win of the day was aboard See Mores Finale in the Confined Conditions Race, sponsored by Barkers Home. The closing stages of the race unfolded in dramatic fashion, long-time leader Stagecoach Jasper's saddle slipped before the final bend, unseating Will Easterby. This caused interference with the favourite Shantou Prince and Wizadora, who had raced prominent throughout. With the main dangers out the contest the race was handed to Sees More Finale. "I was beginning to panic, that the gaps weren't coming but then I was able to go round the outside out of trouble, I got lucky!" Reflected Ross.Winning owner and trainer, Stuart Clark based near Scorton was rather surprised at the win "I wasn't expecting that, we were lucky there but a win is a win." Commented Stuart. Jess Gillam finished second on Blackthirteen but was disqualified for not weighing back in with the correct weight. On Vacation and John Dawson were thus promoted to second place, with Fureys Bar and Jack Teal in third place.

Ross scored his second winner on Bishop Wulstan in the Hunt Race, sponsored by Strutt & Parker. There were only three runners but Ivan Boru and Christy Furness parted company three fences out, leaving the eventual winner to jump the last clear ahead of According to Dan and Tom Strawson. Ross and winning trainer,Callum Miller work at Karl Burke's, where Callum is pupil assistant. "The horse is not a natural chaser, I schooled him over three fences this morning. The owners live near London but aren't here today. I text them telling he would win this morning!" said Callum. Ross added "The horse loved been out in front and was able to dictate, we weren't getting caught today!" This was a first career double for Ross.

Station Master, trained by Peter Fahey followed up on his Maiden win at Askham Bryan in the Restricted Race, sponsored by Handelsbanken. Sent off favourite under Jack Teal, the pair raced in mid division for much of the race and looked to have to settle for a place jumping the last however Bentons Lad made a mistake and Monsun Storm's jockey John Dawson confused the winning post with a crossing and eased down to finish second. The win was Station Master's for the taking, after the race Jack said "I had absolutely no luck in running, every horse interfered with me but we got there just in time."Bentons Lad and Will Milburn finished in third place. John Dawson subsequently received a fine from the stewards.

It wasn't long for John Dawson's luck to change, steering Young Hurricane to win the Mens Open Race sponsored by George F White. The prize fund was 1000.Racing towards the rear with only the favourite Neville Woods behind for much of the race the winning pair tracked the favourite jumping the last in second but stayed on well beating Neville Woods and Chris Dawson, John's older brother into second place. Third place went to Things Change and Will Easterby. Winning trainer, Guy Brewer said "He had to fight today and did it well. My wife, Freya must take the credit she does everything with this horse." Freya, a successful rider had won the Ladies' Race aboard Young Hurricane at the track two years ago. This was John Dawson's 80th point-to-point win.

John's wife Alice Dawson rode a great race on the useful Rumble of Thunder, for trainer Charles Clark in the Ladies' Open Race, sponsored by Silk Family Law. Like the Men's Open the prize fund was 1000. Racing prominently throughout Alice had her mount perfectly positioned on the inside turning for home gaining several lengths on her nearest pursuers. "Jack Teal told me he was a brilliant jumper, the faster we went the better he was. Turning in for home I was swinging off him, I couldn't pull up!" enthused Alice. Charles Clark explained "After finishing second at the Holderness over the same trip of 2 miles, 6 furlongs behind the impressive His Excellency, I knew we had to go for this."EJ Hills did well to stay aboard A Country Mile who made a bad mistake at the last. The pair lost nothing in defeat and will no doubt be in the Winner's Enclosure again this season. Fionn McSharry and Ross Na Righ finished in third place. The first four riders were presented with jewelry from exclusive designer Ginny D.

The final race was the Basset Gold Open Maiden Race and went the way of the progressive Yoohoof, owned by Lee Westwood and Chubby Chandler. Piloted by Will Easterby the pair were settled near the rear and made constant progress throughout to get up and win going away, Be A Dreamer traveled strongly till the latter end of the race under Joe Wright, whilst The Dapper Prince was third under Chris Dawson, he still looked green on the run towards two out and thundered home late on and is certainly one to note for the future. The daughter of Black Sam Bellamy was winning on her fifth start "She's a nice mare, she's still a bit green but progressing well...the Heart Of All England was mentioned but we'll see how she gets on in her Restricted."said rider Will Easterby who currently still lies in second behind John Dawson in the jockeys' championship.
The next fixtures are:
The Cleveland at Witton Castle on Saturday 16th April
The Staintondale at Charm Park on Monday17th April