Double for Ennis at Berwickshire Hunt point to point

BRISCOE Place recorded his third win on the trot, and his fourth of the season, at Saturday's Berwickshire point-to-point at Friars Haugh, Kelso.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:48 pm

The hot favourite won the John Watson Seeds Men's Open race by a length for Jedburgh owners Alex Dawson and his daughter Kate Campbell, and Hawick trainer Iain Jardine.

The 10-year-old was partnered by 20-year-old former North Yorkshire novice champion Nathan Moscrop.

The gelding was following up his Overton success just seven days earlier.

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"He never had a hard race last week," said Iain, "and he's only had a saddle on a couple of times this week as the secret seems to be to keep him fresh."

It was on Iain's recommendation that Jedburgh owner Raymond Shiels bought the former James Ewart-trained Zoren, winner of the second division of the Pryde Homes Ltd Open maiden race.

"Iain was working at the Ewarts at Langholm at the time and told me he was a nice horse and was going to the sales at Doncaster," said Raymond, who bought the six-year-old two years ago.

Half-an-hour earlier, Raymond had saddled King Rascal to finish runner-up in the first maiden division, to Bill Aitchison's home-bred Dontpassgo, who had the race to himself when Bear Dancing veered through the wing at the final fence.

Last season's Northern Area novice champion Mikey Ennis completed his first double, on Ashtonmore and Pas De Baratin.

Ailie Tullie's home-bred Ashtonmore got up by a length to defeat Jacksonville in the opening Border Precision Ltd Hunt members race. The seven-year-old won a two-and-a-half mile maiden race at Alnwick on his last appearance.

"I wanted to see if he would get the trip today," explained his Duns owner/trainer, who has a novice hunter chase in mind for her charge.

Ennis, who rides out at trainer George Foster's East Lothian yard, was quickly back in the winner's enclosure to take his winning tally to five, after an eventful Meadowhead.Co.UK intermediate race.

Pas de Baratin enjoyed a four-length victory in a race which saw Doreen Calder's Grove Leader (Roger Green) run out at the last, while well in contention, and Buckstruther (Kelly Bryson) take a crashing fall three from home.

The Northern Area ladies' champion was taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone, sharing an ambulance with Hawick teenager Joanna Walton, who was kicked in the face while preparing Amour Daria for the last, where he was due to be ridden by Kelly.

Jedburgh owners Karen and Kenny Lynn bought former French Flat winner Pas De Baratin at Doncaster Bloodstock's October Sales out of Tom George's yard.

His victory at Kelso was particularly poignant for Karen, as the horse carried number 11 – the favourite number of her grandfather and point-to-point stalwart Gus Minto, whose ashes are scattered in the winner's enclosure at Friars Haugh.

Only four went to post in the Bonhams Ladies' Open race where High Five enjoyed a comfortable 10-length victory for Simon Waugh and his daughter Amie.

Having made all for a course and distance win at the Kelso venue a fortnight earlier, the 10-year-old cruised away from nearest rival Silk Parasol.

Jedburgh teenager Grant Cockburn rode Quinder Spring to his fourth success this term in the Bill Hardie Memorial NPPA Club Members' race for novice riders.

The grey remains unbeaten for Milnathort owner Peter Russell, whose daughter Lucinda trains him.

Peter Russell missed the victory through illness, while a visit to Dubai prevented Nick Wrigley seeing his horse's success.

The York racecourse chairman was given a running commentary by telephone as Anotherbuck enjoyed a comfortable success in the concluding Brogan Fuels restricted race, in the hands of his son Edward.

"He's been a bit of an unlucky horse," explained Yetholm-based Clive Storey, who trains the winner "but it's all come right today."


Members – 1, ASHTONMORE (M Ennis) 6-4 fav; 2, Jacksonville (Miss V Simpson) 8-1; 3, Sessay Miller (H Trotter) 16-1. Seven ran. 1l; 8l Mrs A Tullie, Berwickshire.

Open maiden, divison one – 1, DONTPASSGO (A Richardson) 3-1; 2, King Rascal (N Orpwood) 10-1; 3, Dust Packer (G Crow) 5-1. 11 ran. 4l; 10l. W Aitchson, Border (J Martin-Mayland). Division two – ZOREN ( G Crow) 5-2 fav; 2, Jollygoodwelldone (D Jeffreys) 3-1; 3, Wee Sean (A Richardson) 6-1. 11 ran. 4l; dist. R Shiels, Jedforest.

Intermediate – 1, PAS DE BARATIN (M Ennis) 14-1; 2, Dee Cee Bolter (G Cockburn) 5-1; 3, Grand Daum (N Orpwood) 12-1. Eight ran. 4l; sht hd. Mr and Mrs K Lynn, Jedforest (Karen Lynn).

Men's Open – 1, BRISCOE PLACE (N Moscrop) 1-3 fav; 2, Anshan Spirit (R Green) 5-2; 3, Almost Blue (J Alexander) 7-1. Four ran. 1l; dist. A Dawson and Mrs K Campbell, Jedforest (Iain Jardine).

Ladies Open – 1, HIGH FIVE (Miss A Waugh) 1-2 fav; 2, Silk Parasol (Miss L Alexander) 2-1; 3, Astyanax (Miss R Robson) 10-1. Four ran. 10l; dist. S Waugh, Morpeth.

NPPA Novice Riders – 1, QUINDER SPRING (G Cockburn) 1-2 fav; 2, Commercial Express (C Alexander) 6-1; 3, Stark Raven (D Holmes) 12-1. Nine ran. 8l; 20l. P Russell, Kingdom Draghounds (Miss L Russell).

Restricted – 1, ANOTHERBUCK (E Wrigley) 6-1; 2, Glacial Rambler (J Muir) 10-1; 3, Handel With Care (A Richardson) 8-1. 11 ran. 25l; hd. N Wrigley, College Valley and North Northumberland (Clive Storey).