Memorable meet sees Dawson reach century

Jockey Chris Dawson.
Jockey Chris Dawson.
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EASTER Sunday proved a landmark day for jockey Chris Dawson who toasted a brilliant century at the Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Cleveland meeting.

In riding a magnificent treble, Dawson reached the 100 winner mark in point-to-points and hunterchases.

Riding at his local track, Dawson was victorious on his only rides of the day, starting with Yes I Can in the John Hellens Contractors Men’s Open Race.

The single win was quickly turned into a double on Spozalizio in the Beaumont Accountancy Restricted Race.

Dawson brought up the treble when Racing Ace landed the Collins (Seafoods) Ltd PPORA Club Members Race run over the extended distance of three miles five furlongs.

“I’ve ridden about 40 winners here,” said the triumphant jockey.

“This is my home track and (owner) Mr (John) Wade has been a big supporter so it’s very fitting that the 100 came here.”

Another jockey who rode a consecutive double was Richard Smith, who first won the Jackie Sawney and Friends Cleveland Hunt Race on Colorado Kid.

Danny Cool and Paul Collins began to assert and looked the winners until crashing out at the last fence.

Smith quickly followed up on Oaklands Elise in the Past & Present Four, Five Six and Seven Year Olds Open Maiden Race, run over the shorter distance of two miles four furlongs. Five runners turned out for the SM Thompson Ltd Ladies Open Race won by Chernik under Harriet Bethell.

Racing finished with the Oaklands Veterinary Centre Open Maiden Race won by Two Stroke, partnered by Toby Speke.

On the eventing front, Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson was left thrilled by the performances of all four of her horses in the CIC three-star event at Burnham Market last weekend.

Beltane Queen, home-bred by her Thirsk owners Valery Robson and Ann Robson, finished second after giving Wilson her first 30-plus dressage mark in an International competition at three-star level with 74.03 per cent and a mark of 38.9. Beltane Queen also went double clear.

Back in fourth was Wilson’s One Two Many, who was another of her horses to hit 30-plus at International level with a fantastic dressage test to get 75.19 per cent and a mark of 37.2 to lie second after dressage. He too went double clear, along with Watermill Vision, who finished 11th. After an encouraging dressage and showjumping test, Wilson’s Annie Clover was rested from cross country with a view to joining Beltane Queen at Badminton for their first four-star competition in May. Wilson said: “They all had good, confident but steady runs and managed to be in the placings which was great for all involved in my team and connections.”

Wilson heads to her local event at Northallerton this weekend where she will be represented by Spott On Harry, Treneague and Ballinagore Coal at BE100 level.