The Bedale point-to-point lived up to its reputation as the most sociable point-to-point in the North, as an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed seven competitive races in the sunshine.
Following weeks of inclement weather and plenty of hard work from the committee to ensure the meeting could go ahead, the sun made a welcome appearance on Saturday afternoon for a feel-good atmosphere at the stunning Hornby Castle venue.
The Hornby Castle track drains well and was officially posted as Soft, Good to Soft in places for the meeting. The decent racing conditions and generous prize money, notably in the George F. White Mens’ Open and Silk Family Law Ladies’ Open, which both boast purses of total £1000, ensured good field sizes, with as many as 17 going to post for the MazarsOpen Maiden.
A new addition this year was the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders’ Qualifier, which the Bedale was pleased to host following abandonments earlier in the season. This race preceded the Hornby Challenge Cup Ride which saw seven intrepid horses and riders tackle a lap and a half of the Hornby Castle course at eventing speed, and the afternoon’s entertainment concluded with the broadcast of the Aintree Grand National on the McClarrons Insurance Giant Screen.
For a full review of the racing action by the Pointing in Yorkshire team, please click here.
Barkers Home Confined
1st Shannon Silver (Billy Garritty), 2nd Royal Benefit, 3rd Yoohoof, 4th Fairy Mix Time: 7.09
1st Shantou Prince (Christy Furness), 2nd Taylormade Boy, 3rd Cheat Fairly. Time: 7.43
1st Matts Commission (Jack Teal), 2nd Snow Castle, 3rd Crazy Penquin, 4th Wild Murphy. Time: 7.13
Silk Family Law Ladies Open
1st Knocklong (Lottie Crane), 2nd Corrin Wood, 3rd Tasheba, 4th Simmply Sam. Time: 6.02
George F White Mens Open
1st One Conemara (John Dawson), 2nd Prince of Pirates, 3rd Ardea. Time: 7.13
Mazars Open Maiden
1st Whatsinaname (Tom Greenwood), 2nd One for Martha, 3rd Rock Me Zippo, 4th Tiger Mountain. Time: 7.34
Dodson&Horrell PPORA Club Members Conditions race for Novice Riders
1st Iron Chancellor (Jess Bedi), 2nd Alta Rock, 3rd Abbeyview, 4th De Blacksmith
Hornby Challenge Cup Ride
Stephen Clark and Emma Horner finished closest to the optimum time, and Virginia Furness was the best Bedale rider.
Many thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers who helped to make the point-to-point such a success.
Photo Gallery : Many thanks to Nina Edminson