Easterbys team up for Duncombe Park win

BE THERE IN FIVE and William Easterby win the Members race at Sinnington Hunt PtPt 10/2/13'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723
BE THERE IN FIVE and William Easterby win the Members race at Sinnington Hunt PtPt 10/2/13'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723
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The Sinnington point-to-point was held this weekend at Duncombe Park and despite the damp weather there were several large fields.

Having to re-design the course this year, organisers were praised by both jockeys and connections for the new lay out.

The Opening Hunt Members race went to William Easterby aboard his mother’s Be There In Five, who was purchased at Doncaster sales for £10,000 after becoming disappointing for Nicky Henderson.

The pair made all the running and quickened up well after the last to pull clear of John Dillon with Stitched Up back in third.

A partnership on the up is that of Shane Marriott and King Penda, who went on to win the Novice Riders race in impressive style.

Tracking the leaders on the final, Marriott cruised to the lead approaching the second last and sauntered clear after the last to win easily.

When asked how he would be celebrating his second career victory, a quick glance at his prize of a bottle of champagne said enough.

Further plans for King Penda were unsure, but his next appearance could be in a Ladies Open.

Dessert Tommy did things in his own time and stayed on strongly at the finish to take second, while long-time leader Drom kept galloping for third prize.

The Mixed Open caused a bit of an upset as odds-on favourite My Old Piano could only manage second place, as Galant Nuit sauntered to victory.

My Old Piano looked to have the race at his mercy, but Rees Morgan Murphy collared the leader turning into the straight and quickly asserted himself.

Galant Nuit was making it two wins in the space of a week and although he is now qualified for Cheltenham, a stint back under rules is not out of the question, “he may go to Cheltenham but he may go back under rules, he’s back to his best and very well handicapped,” said the jockey’s father Ferdy Murphy.

Bollin Line continued his good form after breaking his maiden at Sheriff Hutton.

Restrained in rear, Guy Brewer made headway and led three out, always going well the pair pulled out more near the line to win comfortably. Bollin Line looks a progressive horse and should be open to further improvement.

Candleford was running well having been off the track exactly a year, when he broke his maiden at this meeting, while third went the way of Joes A Boy who was running one of his best races to date at the age of 11.

The Confined looked a very competitive race on paper with 16 runners.

Jacqueline Coward took the plaudits with the Charles Clark owned Artic Pride, fourth approaching the second last, the pair took it up after the last and stayed on in good style.

Relishing the softer conditions Artic Pride looks a pointer on the upgrade. Regular rider Charles Clark is currently unable to ride due to his commitments hunting the Holderness hounds “they can’t cope without me,” joked Charles.

Sous Mix was restrained in the rear and stayed on strongly into second with the Jo Foster trained Ban Uisce third on his point to point debut under Lucy Egerton.

The final race on the card was the Sponsored Maiden race and went the way of James Wyatt, who was completing a double on the day for pilot Jacqueline Coward.

The pair went clear three out and was never troubled as pursuer and favourite Odds On Dan pulled up before the last.

The well-fancied Danebrook Lad stayed on strongly for second and it looks as though it’s only a matter of time before he wins.

Winners were as follows:

Hunt Members - Be There In Five (William Easterby)

Confined - Artic Pride (Miss J Coward)

Restricted - Bollin Line (Guy Brewer)

Mixed Open - Galant Nuit (Rees Morgan Murphy)

Novice Riders - King Penda (Shane Marriott)

Maiden - James Wyatt (Miss J Coward)