Nineteen-year-old Heriot jockey Charlotte Dun posted an emotional first success in the saddle at Saturday’s Berwickshire point-to-point, and half an hour later, completed a double, writes Hilary Mactaggart.
Rolecarr, who landed the Watson Seeds Ladies’ Open at Friars Haugh, Kelso, was owned by Charlotte’s father, Michael, whose sudden death aged 54 less than 24 hours after commentating at the West Percy point-to-point in February shocked the Borders farming and racing community.
The gelding is trained by Charlotte’s mother, Jane, and previously ran under Rules for Ann Hamilton, winning seven times at Kelso and twice at Hexham.
Charlotte’s second success was also a family affair – riding Farm Pixie to land the Meadowhead-Parks.co.uk eight-year-old & over maiden race, for her aunt, Kathy Weir.
Blainslie-based Kathy – wife of rugby internationalist and former British Lion, Doddie – had completed a cross-country event on the nine-year-old a week earlier. “That was just amazing,” said Kathy. “I can’t believe it.”
Mindrum’s Nick Orpwood also celebrated two wins, and collected the inaugural Rainy Brown Memorial Trophy for the course’s top jockey.
He rode The Toft to win the Morton Fraser maiden for five, six, and seven-year-olds, retaining last year’s title for Peter Russell from Milnathort.
In a thrilling finish, The Toft got the better of Whats-thestoryman by a short head, leaving Emma Dunkley the bridesmaid for the fourth time on the trot.
Orpwood added the Bonhams Men’s Open on Splendid Blue, who has an unbeaten record at the track for Morpeth owner Joanna Boswell.
Sixteen-year-old Selkirk jockey Sam Coltherd made all on Damiens Dilemma to win the opening Crabtree and Crabtree Border Hunts Club members race, for Midlem owner Robert Miller-Bakewell. The winner is trained by the jockey’s mother, Lesley.
Northumberland jockey Catherine Walton extended her challenge for the ladies’ championship when landing the Musselburgh Racecourse and Dick Vet Equine Hospital restricted race. Tom Oates’ Dun Faw Good, her sole ride of the afternoon, clinched victory by a short head.
Jamie Alexander celebrating his 50th birthday a day early in the Bill Hardie Memorial NPPA Club members race for veteran and novice riders, partnering Back On The Road to a one-length success.
Members – DAMIENS DILEMMA (S. Coltherd) 5-2; 2, Banoge (N. Orpwood) 3-1; 3, Whiteabbey (Miss A. Waugh) 6-4 fav.Eight ran. Mr R. Miller-Bakewell (Lesley Coltherd) Duke of Buccleuch’s.
Open maiden, 5, 6, 7-y-o – THE TOFT (N. Orpwood) 7-4 fav; 2, Whatsthestoryman (Miss E. Dunkley) 9-4. Seven ran, two finished. Peter Russell (Lucinda Russell) Fife.
Ladies’ open – ROLECARR (Miss C. Dun) 3-1; 2, Tasheba (Miss J. Walton) 7-4 fav; 3, Accordingtotheboss (Miss A. Waugh) 7-1. Six ran. Exors of Mr J. M. Dun (Jane Dun) Lauderdale.
Open maiden, 8-y-o & over – FARM PIXIE (Miss C. Dun) 11-2; 2, Pampanito (A. Barlett) 5-1; 3, Nelly La Rue (T. Hamilton) 4-5 fav. Six ran. Mrs K. Weir, Lauderdale.
Men’s open – SPLENDID BLUE (N. Orpwood) 1-2 fav; 2, The Gotfor Man (T. Hamilton) 11-4; 3, Royal Chatelier (J. Alexander) 8-1. Six ran. Mrs A. Boswell, Morpeth.
NPPA Club members – BACK ON THE ROAD (J. Alexander) 5-2; 2, Soul Angel (Miss P. Shepherd) 5-1; 3, Annie Aces (S. Coltherd) evs fav. Eight ran. J. Alexander (Nick Alexander) Fife.
Restricted – DUN FAW GOOD (Miss C. Walton) 2-1; 2, Fight Away Boys (G. Crow) 5-1; 3, Mister D (C. Dawson) 4-5 fav. Eight ran. T. Oates (Claire Walton) West Percy.