The two-day race meeting at Langholm Common-Riding last Friday and Saturday was blessed with glorious weather and some fantastic racing.
First up was the Mercury Stakes run over 6 furlongs, sponsored by Langholm Horse Racing Association. With only four runners, odds-on favourite Footloose continued his form by going on to win easily from Isobar and Garnock Venture.
The big race of the weekend, the Eskdale Plate, had only five runners with the late decision not to run My Way and Volare, who are both trained by Lorna and Tony Irvine. Connections decided not to run as Lorna was badly hurt when she was kicked by one of the horses on Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately she is on the mend and everyone in the flapping circuit wishes her a speedy recovery.
The betting was brisk as all five horses had their supporters, with the winner receiving £1,000. There were the usual false starts but once they got under way it was Moodla Point who made the early running, followed by Get In The Box, with Just A Dream third. But as the pace quickened Just A Dream cruised to the front and from two furlongs out there was only one winner as Tyrone Williams eased to the finishing line with four lengths to spare from Moodla Point, with newcomer Tanked Up running well back in third.
The 11/4 mile Tradesmen’s Plate saw six go to post. The early pace was set by Springtide and Blew with the two fancied horses It Takes Time and The Pacemaker third and fourth. But jockey Williams soon had his sights set on a treble as The Pacemaker asserted in the closing stages to win nicely from Blew, with It Takes Time third.
The final race of the afternoon saw only three going to post for The Innkeeper’s Plate. Run over 1 mile, this turned into a procession for very hot favourite A Canna Canoe to give jockey Williams a four-timer on the day.
Saturday’s racing got under way in the same way as it finished on Friday with Williams winning the opener on Rockstar in the 1 1/2 mile race. It Takes Time finished second, with Woodhall Tarasbay third.
Race two saw Friday’s Eskdale Plate winner Just A Dream complete a double, this time in the hands of Gary Berridge. In the six furlong race the six runners went off a fast pace but Just A Dream showed just how good a horse he is by going to the front and winning with plenty to spare from Burnie Brae and Footloose.
The conditions race was next for horses that had run and not won in the 2011 season. The five runners set off from the 1 mile 1 furlong start and Charlie Tipple set a scorching pace followed by Blew and the fancied Get In The Box with Izzy and That’s Right biding their time. This proved to their advantage as That’s Right came with a storming late run to pip Get In The Box, with Blew back in third.
The final race of the weekend, run over 7 furlongs, saw seven runners competing for the spoils. Once again A Canna Canoe was a warm favourite and he went on to justify this with a great late run from jockey Liam Berridge to collar Tri-Star who had led most of the way, with Moodla Point a close third.