Andrew Richardson and Tristan Davidson shared the riding honours with doubles in Sunday's Haydon point-to-point at Hexham Racecourse.
The seven race card attracted a total of 68 runners, a figure bettered only once at the previous 7 Northern Area meetings, on good to firm ground which had been extensively watered.

Tristan Davidson has already retained the Area Men's Jockeys Championship,
and his record breaking season continued as a double on Spadestep and Link House Appeal lifted his career tally between the flags to 70.


Desperate Bob (right) provided Richardson with his first winner in the Northern Area for 12 months in the Lycetts Haydon & North Tyne Members Race.
After being sent on approaching two out, his mount stayed on well down the home straight to beat Up The Boreen by 4 lengths.
The 9 year old is trained by Richardson on the outskirts of Hexham for Throckley livery yard proprietor, Michael Kavanagh who reported that his charge
missed the 2010 campaign with a suspensory problem.

Temple Green (right) landed a gamble and recorded the best time of the day when securing her third course success in the Graham Reader Motor Engineer Intermediate Race
to complete Richardson's double. After taking it up three out,
Bill Aitchison's Double Trigger mare was always going better than Joseph and had a cosy 3 lengths to spare at the line.
The Kevin Robson-trained gelding, Spadestep (left) was still a close 3rd approaching the final fence in the
two and a half mile Tyne Vale Financial Services Ltd Open Maiden Race but found another gear on the flat,
forging clear in the last hundred yards to score by 3 lengths from the long time leader, Shahramore, with Red Myst a further half length away in third.
The 6 year old finished 3rd on all three outings in the South West last season before being bought for 2500 at the Doncaster May Sales
by Robson's mother-in-law, Margaret Armstrong.
Robson's wife, Anne felt that the youngster had clearly benefitted from a first time tongue-strap on only his second start for the yard.

Newton-by-the-Sea owner/trainer, Victor Thompson sent out his 10th winner of the 2011 season with Link House Appeal (right)) in the C I Accountancy Open Maiden Race. Thompson doesn't believe in keeping his horses wrapped up in cotton wool and the gelding is a prime example as this was his 12th outing in the last five months. He recovered well from a mistake three out to head Trianconi at the last before repelling a late thrust from the favourite, Murphys Beau by a length. The 7 year old, a full brother to Irish Pointing winner, Serious Intent, had shown his first worthwhile form the previous week when finishing a head 2nd to Merry Eric at Aspatria.

There was a popular first winner for 17 year old Jamie Corbett on Definite Appeal (left) in the David Henderson Tractors Ltd NPPA Club Members Race. His mount quickened 3 lengths clear from Marfleet at the third from home and maintained that advantage to the last, but, after idling up the run-in, only held on by a rapidly diminishing head in a driving finish. The 8 year old, owned and trained by Corbett's mother, Susan, who has stallions, Bahri, Millkom and Ferrule standing at her Girsonfield Stud Farm in Otterburn, was bought privately out of William Murphy's yard in Ireland after finishing 4th in a Downpatrick Hunters' Chase on March 27. Previously successful three times in Irish Points, the gelding is from the family of Scottish National winner, Baronet.

Jacqueline Coward's decision to come to Hexham for one ride on Narciso (right) rather than head south to Dingley was vindicated when her charge recorded a third victory at the track in the Orange Plant Wood Chipper Specialists Mixed Open Race. DixVillez tried hard to make every yard of the running under Adam Waugh before Coward's mount gradually reeled him in from two out and edged in front inside the last fifty yards to snatch a neck verdict. This was Coward's third winner of the weekend and she said of the diminutive Narciso: "He loves it round here and that was his 15th pointing win for me".

Another Dark Rum (left) made it 2 wins from 3 starts this term in the WMH Farm Fresh Meats Restricted Race. Always jumping and travelling well under Nick Orpwood, he quickened 5 lengths clear along with Maura My Love a mile from home. There was nothing much to choose between them until Orpwood's mount asserted his superiority from two out, to score, going away, by 10 lengths. John Leadbetter's progressive 7 year old needs decent ground and might be kept on the go for the season-ending Border fixture at Hexham Racecourse on May 29. Orpwood said of the winner: "He's a racing machine and having a horse like that under you makes it so much easier."

The Shaw & Co Solicitors 138 cm and under pony race went to the Hurworth raider, Stambrook Marquesa (top left) ridden by 15 year old Emma Smith, while Cumbria-based Lorcan Murtagh, 12, steered Miss Tiny (bottom left) to victory in the 148 cm and under contest.

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