Report and Results

Report on Fife Point-to-Point 2017  by Peter Burgon
(Results below) 
Kinneston trainer, Nick Alexander is always worth following at his home Fife meeting and recorded a double for the third season in a row in Saturday's renewal at Balcormo Mains, where a bumper crowd gave 2017 Grand National winner, One For Arthur a great reception when he was paraded before racing.
Allthekingshorses set the ball rolling when repeating last year's success in the Pentland Land Rover Men's Open Race. Ridden as usual by his owner, Jamie Alexander, the 11 year old made virtually every yard of the running and forged clear from three out to beat Another Dark Rum by twenty lengths. Jamie, younger brother of Nick, said: ''That's the first time he's worn cheekpieces for us although he had done in the past when trained by Philip Hobbs. He didn't jump as fluently as usual but still won easily.''
More than nine years after making his racecourse debut over six furlongs at Pontefract when trained by Richard Fahey, Rossini's Dancer is still a force to be reckoned with and took his winning tally to 17 on his 86th career outing under all codes in the two and a half mile Rathbones Balcormo Racing Club Members Race to complete Alexander's short-priced double.
Nick's son, Kit said of the 12 year old: ''He seems better these days when he can get a lead in his races but with only three runners and a shorter trip that wasn't going to happen here. He picked up immediately when The Ice Factor came alongside approaching two out, finished strongly to score by a couple of lengths and I had a job to pull him up after the line.'' Nick added: '' He was very lame after falling three out at Perth last April and I feared the worst but he has made a full recovery and still has a few more options this season.''
After three near misses earlier in the campaign, Charlie Snow Angel deservedly got off the mark in the Rae Grieve Memorial Open Maiden Race to give Tom Hamilton a 75th career winner, including 20 under Rules. Sent on a mile from home, the 8 year old gradually extended his advantage over Burnett's Joint from four out and went on to score by an eased-down six lengths.
He was bred by North Tyne farmer, Michael Walton out of his four-time winning Pointer, Sister Seven but was given away five years ago when he had a stroke. Coincidentally, Charlie Snow Angel's registered foaling date was on the corresponding day (29th April) in 2009. The gelding's Yetholm-based trainer, Clive Storey, who was making his first visit to Balcormo since 2010, commented: ''He had a couple of runs under Rules in 2014 but then had two seasons off as I didn't have the time to train him. He was hardly blowing at the finish and might run next in a Kelso Novices Hunters' Chase on May 10.''
It was a case of patience paying for Bill Aitchison's Fernando's Song in the Subaru Restricted Race. Bought privately in August 2013, five months after landing an Irish Maiden, the gelding was sidelined with a leg injury until making a comeback this season. Always going well in a slowly run affair, Gary Beaumont''s mount led after three out and kept finding extra to repel a renewed challenge from Hey Listen by half a length, with Kitty Fisher a further length away in third. 
There was a popular win for Cumbrian raider, Nickwillis in the Turcan Connell NPPA Club Members Race in the hands of Cameron Wadge. The 12 year old was still two lengths behind Great Gusto at the last but engaged overdrive on the run-in to snatch the spoils inside the last fifty yards.
Tim Brockbank said of his mother, Elizabeth's home-bred charge: ''That's one for my father, John, who passed away on Tuesday. I've been hunting the Cumberland Foxhounds on Nickwillis all winter and this was the perfect warm-up for his next run at the last ever Cumberland Point-to-Point at Heathfield near Aspatria on Saturday 13th May.''
Whisperdale ended a losing run stretching back twenty seven months in the Bruce Farms Ladies Open Race. The 9 year old jumped and travelled well under a positive front-running ride from Charlotte Dun but looked in trouble when headed three out by the odds-on favourite, Shantou Magic. Although the latter was still two lengths up at the last, Kelly Bryson's mount was running on empty and quickly surrendered the initiative on the run-in as Whisperdale swept by to win, going away, by four lengths. 
The winner has been well hunted with the Lauderdale by his owner/trainer, Jack Clark, who said: ''His recent poor form can be forgiven as I discovered he had been running with a poisoned near fore. He needs top of the ground and will run again at Mosshouses on Sunday.''
The main action was preceded by three pony races which attracted a total of 17 runners. Thomas Bradburne, 10, son of former National Hunt jockey, Mark Bradburne, made the long trip from Lambourn worthwhile by steering Push The Button to victory in The Ship Inn, Elie contest for ponies 138cm and under.
The Perth Racecourse-sponsored 148cm and under race went to Beverley raider, Carrowmeer in the hands of Sarah Longthorn, 13, while the Treehouse Sporting Colours Novice Riders Conditions Race was won by Georgia Laurie, 15, on Glenmorangie.
The Fife Point-to-Point committee led by secretary, Fiona Drysdale along with their hard-working course management team provided good, well-watered ground and deserved much better support from owners and trainers. In addition, Balcormo offered the best prize money across the UK over the Bank Holiday weekend , while owners, trainers and jockeys could enjoy a hot meal, snacks and drinks. Hopefully, more trainers based south of the border might think about sending their horses to Balcormo in 2018.

 

Results Balcormo 2017

1st Race

The Turcan Connell Fife Foxhounds Hunt and Northern Point-to-Point Association Club Members Race

1st  Nickwillis, Keeper Tim Brockbank, riden by C Wadge, Cumberland 7/2

2nd  Great Gusto, W B Ramsay, Berwickshire 9/4

3rd Whiteabbey, Rebecca Hewitt, A Waugh, Berwickshire 10/1

4th Royal Chatelier, Nick Alexander, J Alexander 3/1

5th Badger Foot, Lucinda Russell, Rachel Kennedy 4/5 fav

Time:  7m02s

Distances 1/2l 1length 

2nd Race

The Subaru Restricted Race

1st Fernando’s Song, Joanne Martin-Mayland, G Beaumont 2/1

2nd Hey Listen, Lucinda Russell, D Delahunt 6/4 

3rd Kitty Fisher, Clive Storey, 6/5 fav

4th Brooklin Heights Francis Threadgall, C Dunn 4/1

5th Filbert Fox Jonathan Pittendrigh, L Pittendrigh

7m27s

Distances 1/2l 1l

3rd Race

The Bruce Farms Ladies Open Race

1st Whisperdale, John Clark, C Dunn 5/4 fav

2nd Shantou Magic, W B Ramsay, Kelly Bryson 6-4

UR Hada Men, Samantha Foster 6/4

7m14s

4l

4th Race

The Pentland Landrover Mens Open Race

1st Allthekingshorses, Nick Alexander, J Alexander 2/5 fav

2nd Another Dark Rum Stephen Leadbetter, N Orpwood 2/1

PU Rafteiri, William Young, J J Dixon, 7/4

7m04s

20l

5th Race

The Rathbones Balcormo Racing Club Members Race 2.5m

1st Rossini’s Dancer Nick Alexander, Kit Alexander 1/5 fav

2nd The Ice Factor, Alison Hamilton, Tom Hamilton, 5/2

3rd Heilan Rebel Elizabeth Dun, Miss C Dun5/4

5m35s

2l, 20l

6th Race

The Rae Grieve Memorial Open Maiden Race

1st Charlie Snow Angel, Clive Storey, Tom Hamilton 8/11 fav

2nd Burnett’s Joint, William Young, J J Dixon 8/1

PU Beyond the Stars, Clive Storey, T Wilmott 4/1

PU Carrickcross Boye, Mark Russell, Miss C Dunn 2/1

PU Hands on Scarlet, Tracy Turner, G Beaumont 6/1

UR Poetic Presence, Lesley Coltherd, J B Ferguson 4/1

PU The Brandy Man, Norman Sanderson, R Wilson 3/1

7m10

6l

 

 

2016 Results

1st Race 

The Turcan Connell Fife Foxhounds Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race

1st Badger Foot, trained by Lucinda Russell, Owned by Mr Peter J Russell, ridden by C Wood, Fife 4/6 fav

2nd Milano Magic, Miss G Cochrane, Mr Alistair Cochrane, Miss G Cochrane, Fife 1/1

Distance 4l; Time 7m4sec

2nd Race

The Subaru Restricted Race

1st  Pharawaydante (Ire), Trained and owned by Norman Sanderson, Lanark & Renfrew, ridden by R Wilson, 3/1

2nd Afterclass (Ire), Trained and owned by Mr Nicholas Alexander, Fife, C Robertson 4/6 fav

3rd Flying Central, Trained and owned by Doreen Calder, Berwickshire, G Beaumont 6/4

25l, 4l; 7m11s

3rd Race

The Lundin Homes Ladies Open Race

1st Sharivarry (Fr), Trained and owned by Victor Thompson, Percy, ridden by Miss A Waugh 1/3 fav

2nd Whisperdale, John Clark, Lauderdale, Miss C Dun 5/2

3rd Rafteiri (Ire),  William Young, Lanarks & Renfrew, Miss J Walton, 5/1

4th The Shrimp (Ire), Quona Thomson, Miss R Pindar 9/2

3l, 25l, 1 1/2; 6m48s

4th Race

The Pentland Landrover Mens Open Race

1st Allthekingshorses (Ire), Trained by Nick Alexander, Owned and ridden by Jamie Alexander Fife 1/4 fav

2nd For a Finish, Trained by Robert Coupland, owned by Mr Phil Moore, ridden by P Moore, Morpeth 4/1

3rd Oldkirk (Ger), Rachel Wadge, C Wadge, Cumberland 5/1

4th Have One For Me (Ire), Victor Thompson, Percy, K Alexander, 2/1

5th Supreme Regime (Ire), Trained by Gemma Anderson, Owned by Mr Andrew G Bell, Cumberland Farmers, T Hamilton 6/1

2l, 2l; 7l, 25l; 7m5s

5th Race

The Bruce Farms Northern Point-to-Point Association Club Members Race

1st Royal Chatelier (Fr) (5x), Nick Alexander, Owned and ridden by Jamie Alexander, Fife 5/6 fav

2nd Mr Shahady (Ire), Victor Thompson, Percy, Kit Alexander 4/1

3rd Pyjama Game (Ire) 5/4 Owned, Trained and ridden by W Ramsay 5/4

4th Silent Snow (Ire), Trained by Richard Lynn, Owned by Mr W T Reed, Jedforest, H Reed 7/2

2l, 3l; 7m2s

6th Race

The Rathbones Open Maiden Race

1st Elusive Classic (Ire) Trained by Gemma Anderson, The Six This Partnership (Mr J Reay) Cumberland Farmers T Hamilton 6/4

2nd Burnett’s Joint, Mr W Young, Lanarks & Renfrew, R Wilson 6/1

U Dapper Lady, (7a) Raymond Gibson, the Dapper Five Partnership, G Beaumont 5/1

U Lockiesedge, William Scott, Owned by Mr Alex Cook, ridden by B Lynn 4/5 fav

U Time for Vino (Ire), Diana Carter, Mr K Little & Mrs D Carter, Dumfries, Miss C Dun 5/2

5l; 7m15s

2015 Results

1st Race2nd Race3rd Race4th Race5th Race6th Race Pony Race Results 1st Race Pony Race Results 2nd Race

The Turcan Connell Fife Foxhounds Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race

12st 5lb (3 runners)

1. MILANO MAGIC (Ire), ridden N Orpwood, Owned by Alistair Cochrane, keeper Gemma Cochrane, Hunt: Fife 2-5F

2. SIR WATTY (Ire) J B Ferguson, Mrs Lucy Normile, Fife 5-1

MOMKINZAIN f

Dist.20l only 2 finished.7m19

The Subaru Restricted Race

12 st (7 runners)

1. NELLY LA RUE (11-7), T. Hamilton, Mark Thompson, Percy 9-4

2. COBH NATIONAL, K Alexander, Victor Thompson, Percy 12-1

3. RUNNING BROOK, G Beaumont, Mr Jamie Mathieson, John Smith, Lanark & Renfrews 4-1

4. THE TOFT (11-7), Mr Peter Russell, Lucinda Russell, Fife 4-6F

Flying Master p, Flying Native p, Call the Doctor p

Dist.Dist.20l 7m11

The Albert Bartlett Ladies Open Race

11st (2 runners)

1. WHITEABBEY (IRE) A. Waugh, Mr & Mrs J C P Hewit, Rebecca Hewit, (Berwickshire) 5-4

2. DURBAN GOLD, J.Walton 1-2 fav

Dist. 2l 7m31

The Pentland Landrover Mens Open Race

5 runners

1. ROSSINNI’S DANCER, K.Alexander, Nick Alexander, Fife 2-1 JF

2. SOME TARGET (IRE), T Hamilton, Mr K Baker, Gemma Anderson, Cumberland Farmers 2-1JF

3. DUHALLOWCOUNTRY (IRE) T. Dowson, Victor Thompson, Percy 9-1

4. INDIAN PRINT (IRE) N. Orpwood, Victor Thompson, Percy 5-2

RAFTEIRI (IRE) pu

Dist.1,1/2l.20l 7m10

The Lundin Homes NPPA Club Members Race

7 runners

1. BACK ON THE ROAD 12-03, J.Alexander, Jamie Alexander, Nick Alexander, Fife 5-4 fav

2. GREAT GUSTO, W Ramsay, W B Ramsay, Berwickshire 5/1

3. SILK AND ROSES, T Hamilton, Mr William Hamilton, Wendy Hamilton, Jedforest, 4/1

4. HAVE ONE FOR ME, K Alexander, Victor Thompson, Percy 4/1

5. OLDKIRK, C Wadge, Rachel Wadge, Cumberland, 11/1

WEEWUMBA pu, CILLISEAL ur.

Distances sh hd, 12l. 7m10

The Bruce Farms Open Maiden Race

5 runners 12ST

1. HAVANA JACK (IRE) 11-7, N.Orpwood, Leonard Ker, Lanarks & Renfrews, 5-2

2. SOUND BARRIER, R.McDonald, Doreen Calder, Berwicks, 7-4 fav

3. LAY DE BROOK 11-7, F Campbell, Alistair Campbell, Lanark& Renfrews 7/2

Dist SH/HD,20L 7m45

St Leonards School Fife Foxhounds Pony Race

138cm, about 5 furlongs (6 runners)

1. Annie, Nick Barratt-Atkin

2. Xena, Thomas Young

3. Mountain Sirocco, Elliot Stockwell

4. Ardbrennan Beauty, Iona Billinge

5. Patch, Elizabeth Casasola

Cheval Summertime, Jesika Rennie pu

non runner Stretcholt Hermes, Charlie Todd

Distances 7l, distance.

Time 1.17m

The Knight Frank LLF Fife Foxhounds Pony Race

148cm about 6 furlongs (8 runners)

1. Pick Pocket, Connor Murtagh

2. Perfect Place, Bruce Lynn

3. Hazelcroft Good Time, Lucy Pittendrigh

4. Millie, Jack Young

5. Morgan, Abby Robertson

6. Lyall Hodgins, Jambo

7. Caveiro, Tara Stockwell

Just Dennis ur

Non-runners: Howyatalkin, Miss Tiny, Mr Marshall

Distances 8l, 15l.

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