A great day enjoyed by all – Review and Results from 14th April

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.

Results

Barkers Home Confined

1st Shannon Silver (Billy Garritty), 2nd Royal Benefit, 3rd Yoohoof, 4th Fairy Mix   Time: 7.09

Strutt&Parker Members

1st Shantou Prince (Christy Furness), 2nd Taylormade Boy, 3rd Cheat Fairly. Time: 7.43

Handelsbanken Restricted

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

Smiles all round for the connections of One Comemara, winner of the Mens’ Open

 

A high class field set out for the final lap in the Ladies Open

17 horses set out in the Open Maiden

 

A tropical atmosphere in the popular Masters’ tent, where farmers and landowners are thanked for their cooperation during the hunting season.

 

Sponsors George F. White entertain clients and supporters