Doubles and trebles at the Derwent Point to Point

WILL Easterby rode a treble with Jack Teal celebrating a double as Scarborough races held its first of two meetings at Charm Park through the Derwent Point To Point.

Racing to the line, Black River pictured far side

Despite recent downpours, the well-draining track on sandy land led to good ground.

Easterby took the opener aboard Panthers Creek in the Hunt Conditions race, a contest for horses that have been hunting at least four times this season.

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Panthers Creek has turned a corner since the application of blinkers and was making it two wins in eight days after scoring in the Restricted at Sinnington.

The pair made all the running and stayed on stoutly from two out.

“We took him hunting the day before to qualify for this race!” said Easterby, whose Irish import will now head to the Hurworth meeting.

“He’s owned by Nigel Jones, we auctioned a lease in him for the season at our hunt ball.”

Second place went to Phil Greaves and Neville Woods whilst Super Lunar ran on well at the end to finish third.

Easterby’s second winner came in the Mixed Open and after a fantastic battle between Black River, Dark Mahler and the very short priced Carter McKay.

However, Easterby and the game Black River fought back over the last to collar the leading pair near the line. Dark Mahler and Joe Wright were second, with the highly touted Carter McKay and Tommie O’Brien third.

Black River could take in another race before his big tilt in the Grimthorpe Gold Cup.

Easterby then continued his good run in the last race – division two of the Open Maiden.

However, this time it would be Lottie Crane doing the training as Caviar d’Allen ran away with the final event to win by 60 lengths after making all the running and powering on from three out. Usually partnered by his trainer, Crane is currently on the sidelines with a broken ankle but is eager to get back riding.

“We always thought a lot of him by his work and he ran well last season,” said Crane. “Last year was a big learning curve with the new gallop and training from somewhere new, so we’ve done a lot more with him this year.”

Miss Charlton and Will Milburn just got the better of Cool Desire and Jack Andrews in the placings.

Easterby was denied another winner when finishing second in the first division of the Open Maiden won by Franks Fancy, piloted by Jack Andrews and trained by Susan Grant. The five-year-old son of Stowaway stayed on strongly to beat Easterby on Master Thyne.

“He’s progressive and still building on his jumping, but he’ll improve ten times over!” enthused Teal. “When he furnishes out he could be something special.” Elsewhere, Teal savoured a riding and training double, firstly in a hotly-contested Restricted.

Dynamite Kentucky was sent off favourite and edged out runner-up Lucky Hit and Huw Edwards after challenging approaching the second last before getting on top by a neck close to home.

The win proved Teal’s fifth training success this season and a second victory for the winner who scored on British debut at Alnwick and was only narrowly beaten last time.

Classic Lady was outpaced at the finish and came home in third under Tommie O’Brien.

Teal’s second winner came in the two miles, four furlongs Conditions race with Burrenbridge Hotel in which there were three in line jumping the last.

Burrenbridge Hotel stayed on strongly down the outside to get up close to home and win by a length and half.

Burrenbridge Hotel was a three-time winner under rules for Henry Oliver where he was mainly campaigned over two miles but he stayed on well over this slightly longer trip.

The horse was bought by his owner Paul Clifton after being sourced by successful bloodstock agent Mark Gichero.

Former Gigginstown inmate Monbeg Chit Chat put up an improved performance to finish second for Christy Furness, whilst West Torr and Ross Wilson filled third. Six A Side, meanwhile, proved another horse making it two wins in eight days as he doubled up on his victory at Duncombe Park.

It was far from straightforward though with five of the eight runners departing on the way round which meant Will Milburn’s charge was left clear six out. “It didn’t really go to plan,” said Milburn.

“The idea was to lead after the last! He used to need time between his races but he’s started to relax more the last couple seasons. He’ll have a little break and go to Askham now.”

Young Hurricane and Joe Wright finished second whilst Mickey Miller and John Dawson were well back in third.