Double for Lyall at Ratcheugh point-to-point meet
Ratcheugh at Alnwick staged their fourth and final point to point meeting of the season on Sunday, the College Valley and North Northumberland meet.
And for Lyall Hodgins there was a double reason to celebrate when he won the Novice Riders Conditions and the Open Maiden race.
Hodgins saddled Mahler Lad in the opening Conditions race, beating Worcester Pearmain into second place, with Arizona Bound in third, and he followed it up by partnering Onestepatatime in the Maiden, with Into Overdrive second and Luca Brasi’s Boy in third.
Son of Suzie, owned by Morpeth-based S Waugh, and trained and ridden by Amie Waugh, provided a local winner in the Ladies Open, which only had three runners.
But here there was delay to proceedings after Fortunes Hiding, under Miss A McClung took a heavy fall at the last. Thankfully, following treatment, both horse and jockey were able to walk away uninjured.
Roderick Random, under Miss C Dun, followed Son of Suzie home for second place.
The owner-trainer conditions race also only produced two finishers, and it was Mr Pepperpot, with John Dawson in the saddle, who took the win ahead of Alone No More under W Ramsay. The only other runner was Rio Des Echanault, a winner last time out at the track, who also tumbled.
The Men’s Open saw Tyme For Gold romp home for trainer Ray Owen and jockey F Timmis. Second was De Bee Keeper with R Wilson holding the reins. Afterclass was third with Cameron Wadle in the saddle.
Final race in the card was a flat race for four and five year-olds, and here it was Indigo Breeze, who as his name implied, breezed home in an 11-strong field under Jack Andrews with Symplistic and Miss E Todd in second place. Third was No Filter under Amie Waugh.
The next meet on the Northern P-2-P circuit is the Buccleugh at Friar’s Haugh, Kelso on Saturday (March 14).
Friar’s Haugh will also stage the Berwickshire meet on Saturday, April 28.
For Northumbrian racegoers, the Morpeth meet will be held at Tranwell on Sunday, April 5 with Hexham staging the Haydon meet on Saturday, May 16.