IT was a case of doubles all round for jockeys Tristan Davison and Kit Alexander as well as trainers Victor Thompson and Nick Alexander on a marathon nine-race card in the West Percy fixture at Alnwick.
Monogram set the ball rolling for Davidson in the Members’ Race. Sent on five out, he stayed on well to beat Rakerin Lad by three lengths.
The eight-year-old winner, one of a quartet bought privately last year by Newton-by-the-Sea’s Thompson from Howard Johnson, next runs on February 5 in a Musselburgh Hunters’ Chase.
Stable companion Senor Alco opened his account in the first division of the three mile Open Maiden Race but was made to pull out all the stops by ex-hurdler Accordingtotheboss before snatching a short head verdict.
Native Coll ended a four-year losing run initiating a double for last season’s novice riders champion Kit Alexander in the NPPA Club Members Race. The twelve-year-old was never headed on the final circuit and still had two lengths over Anns Benefit.
Amulree made it a great day for the Alexanders with a three-length win over Dust Packer in the three-mile Open Maiden Race.
Sea Scout followed up last month’s course win in the Ladies Open Race.
Sent into an early lead by Claire Metcalfe, the nine-year-old jumped his rivals into the ground and coasted home five lengths in front of Canada Street.
Iveston trainer Russell Ross is considering running his stable star at Kelso on Sunday.
Top Dressing scored on his first outing for Mordon-based owner/trainer Maria Myco in the Men’s Open Race.
Ridden by John Dawson, he was delivered with a perfectly-timed challenge on the run-in to secure a head verdict.
East Witton farmer Ian Smith celebrated his 25th birthday by steering his mother Gillian’s recent acquisition Know The Rules to a runaway 20-length victory over Gin Cobbler in the first division of the two-and-a-half-mile Open Maiden Race.