IT was a case of doubles all round for jockeys, Lucinda Sutcliffe and John Dawson in yesterday’s Cleveland fixture at Mordon.
Forsomeonelikeyou initiated the first riding and training double of Sutcliffe’s career when beating The Viking by 10 lengths in the Members’ Race. Her mount was left clear when Miss Sunshine, who was a length up at the time, fell at the final fence.
Course specialist Minsterlad completed Sutcliffe’s double in the Ladies’ Open Race. After pulling himself to the front at the sixth, the gelding didn’t see another rival and stayed on strongly to score by two-and-half lengths from Canada Street.
Romany Ryme set the ball rolling for Dawson in the first division of the two-and-half-mile Open Maiden Race. Always close up, he took it up from Baileysbenchmark on the extended run-in as they bypassed the last fence to win, going away, by a couple of lengths. The six-year-old, owned and trained at the course by landowner John Wade, was bought as a foal at Doncaster sales.
Ninety minutes later, Call Me Mulligan doubled up for the Dawson and Wade team in the Men’s Open Race. The eight-year-old made virtually every yard of the running and kept finding extra when the chips were down to hold off Monogram by three parts of a length.
Dawson’s elder brother Chris kept the family flag flying by landing the second division of the two-and-a-half mile Open Maiden Race on his father’s gelding, Stitched In Time. After being sent on three out, the youngster recovered well from a mistake at the last to beat Wacket Willie by five lengths.
The ups and downs of hunt racing were illustrated later in the afternoon when Chris Dawson was taken to hospital following a heavy fall from Gin Cobbler in the Restricted Race.
Borero made it four wins from his last five starts with a pillar to post success in the PPORA Club Members Race over three miles and five furlongs. Elusive Swallow tried to get on terms with Harry Bannister’s mount from two out but was always fighting a losing battle and had three lengths to find at the line.
Former jumps jockey Larry McGrath enjoyed a training success when Indalo Return quickened up to land the concluding Open Maiden Race in the hands of Andrew Glass.
1.30 (Members’ Race): 1 FORSOMEONELIKEYOU (Miss L Sutcliffe) 5-1; 2, The Viking (M Walford), 13-8 fav; 3, Haka Dancer (Miss H Bethell), 7-2; 6 ran, 10, 10.
2.00 (2.5-mile Open Maiden Race, Division One): 1, ROMANY RYME (J Dawson), 4-6 fav; 2, Baileysbenchmark (G Brewer), 5-2; 3, Red Myst (C Dawson), 4-1; 9 ran, 2, 8.
2.30 (2.5-mile Open Maiden Race, Division Two: 1, STITCHED IN TIME (C Dawson), 11-10 fav; 2, Wacket Willie (J Hamilton), 7-1; 3, Safari Dancer (C Bewley), 6-1; 8 ran, 5, 3.
3.00 (Ladies’ Open Race): 1, MINSTERLAD (Miss L Sutcliffe), 4-6 fav; 2, Canada Street (Miss E Stead), 7-1; 3, Kisha King (Miss A Taylor), 10-1; 6 ran, 2.5, 15.
3.30 (Men’s Open Race): 1, CALL ME MULLIGAN (J Dawson), 10-1; 2, Monogram (C Dawson), 2-1; 3, Oedipe (J Greenall), 4-5 fav; 8 ran, 0.75, 5.
4.00 (Restricted Race): 1, CHERRYLAND (C McCormack), 6-1; 2, Sirmuhta (J Dawson), evens fav; 3, Beau D’argent (Miss L Bell), 9-2; 8 ran; 5, 15.
4.30 (Club Members’ Race): 1, BORERO (H Bannister), 10-11 fav; 2, Elusive Swallow (Miss J Coward), 4-1; 3, Racing Ace (J Dawson), 14-1; 12 ran, 3, 5.
5.00 (Open Maiden Race): 1, INDALO RETURN (A Glass), 3-1; 2, Beatski Boy (P Frank), 10-1; 3, Glingermill (J Greenall), 5-1; 12 ran, 4, hd.