Tom races to winning debut

Staintondale Hunt at Charm Park Head to head in the first race of the day picture  Richard Ponter  111704b '25/04/11

Staintondale Hunt at Charm Park Head to head in the first race of the day picture Richard Ponter 111704b '25/04/11

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TOM Mason’s debut point-to-point ride proved to be a memorable one when he led his rivals a merry dance in the final race at Charm Park’s Staintondale Hunt meeting.

The 32-year-old land agent from West Heslerton stormed to victory on Sally Cranny - a mare he also owns and trains.

Staintondale Hunt at Charm Park cleanly over the fences in the second race picture  Richard Ponter  111704h '25/04/11

Staintondale Hunt at Charm Park cleanly over the fences in the second race picture Richard Ponter 111704h '25/04/11

The eight-year-old jumped fluently to leave her six opponents trailing by a good 20 lengths at the finishing post to prove a highly popular winner in the open maiden conditions race at the Wykeham track.

Sally Cranny led from start to finish and at one stage was 50 lengths and a fence clear of her stuttering rivals.

“She jumped superbly and the whole experience was a great thrill,” said Mason, who was given a rousing reception by a decent-sized crowd, with his debut win rounding off a successful meeting which was just reward for the organisers who had been kept busy watering the course until the early hours in the days leading up to the Easter Monday races.

The area’s busy Easter point-to-point programme, as well as the firm going, kept the number of runners down to just 32 in the six races but there was still plenty of decent action to keep punters happy on a sunny Bank Holiday afternoon.

There was a double for rider Guy Brewer, who led all the way to land the restricted race on Forge Valley before quickly following up on board 1-6 odds-on chance Eliza Doalott who was making it 13 wins from 21 starts - including her second at Charm Park this season - with a facile victory over her only rival, Tank Buster, in the mixed open race.

Brewer always had plenty in hand on Eliza Doalott but he had to work quite a bit harder on Forge Valley, who led throughout to deny the highly-fancied Brompton Brow.

The odds-on chance stalked the rest of the field for most of the race before closing with every chance until clouting the second fence from home. That blunder left jockey Tom Greenall with too much to do and he could never land a blow as Brewer drove out Forge Valley for a two-length win.

There was more disappointment for favourite followers in the confined hunts race when Sea Senor slipped on the bend at the end of the first circuit, completing an unhappy day for rider Greenall.

The race went to Joanna Mason on Elusive Swallow, who was following up her win at last month’s Derwent Hunt meeting.

The opener saw an impressive success for Lucy Sutcliffe on Nile Moon who led all the way in the club members race for veteran and novice riders.

Arctic Rock, ridden by Andrew Glass, gave favourite backers some compensation when landing the open maiden race, denying a treble chance for Brewer, who on this occasion had to settle for second on Alfoisin.

Results, 1st race - club members for veteran and novice riders: 1 Nile Moon (Lucy Sutcliffe), 2 New Time, 3 Impact Zone. 8 ran.

2nd race - restricted: 1 Forge Valley (Guy Brewer), 2 Brompton Brow, 3 Once Before. 5 ran.

3rd race - mixed open: 1 Eliza Doalott (Guy Brewer), 2 Tank Buster. Only 2 ran.

4th race - confined hunts: 1 Elusive Swallow (Joanna Mason), 2 Willywont He, 3 Fortune’s Fool. 6 ran.

5th race - open maiden: 1 Arctic Rock (Andrew Glass), 2 Alfoisin, 3 Lost Reference. 4 ran.

6th race - open maiden conditions race: 1 Sally Cranny (Tom Mason), 2 Cherry’s Bay, 3 Inyati. 7 ran.