Berwickshire Hunt Point-to-point

Nineteen-year-old Heriot jockey Charlotte Dun posted an emotional first success in the saddle at Saturday’s Berwickshire point-to-point, and half-an-hour later, completed a double.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 1st April 2015, 11:23 am
Charlotte Dun winning at Friars Haugh, Berwickshire Hunt point to point races
(second winner in black and yellow, first winner in orange)
Charlotte Dun winning at Friars Haugh, Berwickshire Hunt point to point races (second winner in black and yellow, first winner in orange)

It was an emotive initial win when Rolecarr landed the Watson Seeds ladies’ open race at Friars Haugh, Kelso. The gelding was owned by Charlotte’s father, Michael, whose sudden death aged 54 less than 24 hours after commentating at the West Percy point-to-point in February, shocked the Borders farming and racing community.

The winner is trained by Charlotte’s mother, Jane, and previously ran under Rules for Ann Hamilton, winning seven times at Kelso and twice at Hexham.

Charlotte’s second success was also a family affair – riding Farm Pixie to land the eight-year-old & over maiden race, for her aunt, Kathy Weir.

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Blainslie-based Kathy – wife of rugby internationalist and former British Lion, Doddie – had completed a cross-country event on the nine-year-old a week earlier.

“That was just amazing,” said an elated Kathy. “I can’t believe it.”

Mindrum’s Nick Orpwood also celebrated two wins, and collected the inaugural Rainy Brown memorial trophy for the course’s top jockey.

He rode The Toft to win the Morton Fraser maiden race for five, six, and seven-year-olds, retaining last year’s title for Peter Russell from Milnathort.

In a thrilling finish, The Toft got the better of Whatsthestoryman by a short head, leaving Emma Dunkley the bridesmaid for the fourth time on the trot.

Orpwood later added the Bonhams men’s open race on Splendid Blue, who has an unbeaten record at the track for Morpeth owner Joanna Boswell. “She is the Queen of Friars Haugh,” joked Joanna, who has saddled the mare to five wins from five runs.

Sixteen-year-old Selkirk jockey Sam Coltherd made all on Damiens Dilemma to win the opening Crabtree and Crabtree Border Hunts Club members race, for Midlem owner Robert Miller-Bakewell.

The winner, who showed some form in Ireland, is trained by the jockey’s mother, Lesley.

Northumberland jockey Catherine Walton extended her challenge for the ladies’ championship title when landing the concluding Musselburgh racecourse and Dick Vet Equine Hospital restricted race.

Tom Oates’ Dun Faw Good was her sole ride of the afternoon, and she made it a winning one, clinching victory by a short head. Eight went to post in the Bill Hardie memorial NPPA Club members race for veteran and novice riders, with Jamie Alexander celebrating his 50th birthday a day early with a win.

He partnered Back on the Road to a one-length success over top novice Poppi Shepherd and Soul Angel.