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Review
College Valley and North Northumberland review By Peter Burgon, Sunday 9th March 2014
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After failing to complete on his last four starts, Sir Tamburlane (right, yellow cap) brought some welcome relief to the bookmakers in the Collingwood Arms-sponsored Elisabeth Joicey Memorial Open Maiden Race. The 9 year old was always handily placed and after heading stable companion, Have One For Me two out, kept his rival at bay on the flat to score by half a length. He was bought privately eighteen months ago out of Sue Smith's Bingley yard by Thompson's son, Mark. This was a first winner for 21 year old Callum Miller, who is in his second season with Greystoke trainer, Nicky Richards, having previously spent three seasons with James Ewart at Langholm.












































































































































































































After a quiet start to the season, Victor Thompson's Newton-by-the-Sea yard is firing on all cylinders and made it five winners from the last three Northern Area fixtures with a first and last race double on Sunday's College Valley & North Northumberland card at Alnwick.
Indian Print (right) followed up last week's Corbridge win in the Bedmax-sponsored Rosalie Chartres Memorial NPPA Club Members Race to take his career tally between the flags to fifteen. Brushing aside top weight of 12st 10lb, Toby Speke's mount took it up after three out and stayed on well to beat the favourite, Present Potential by a length, with Gin Cobbler a further length away in third. Speke, who is an Edinburgh-based chartered surveyor with Knight Frank, said of the winner: ''He jumped and travelled well, and kept finding extra when asked to quicken.''
Management (right, white sleeves) came from last to first to land the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders under Kate Leckenby. Still twenty lengths off the pace at half way, he picked off his rivals one by one on the final circuit before heading the veteran See You There two out and won quite cosily in the end by a length. Leckenby, 25, said of her charge: ''I bought him for only 800 out of Alan King's yard at Doncaster sales in April 2012. He is very keen but I managed to get him switched off out the back and hold up tactics are just what he wants.''
Central Flame (right) galloped his eight rivals into submission in the Bond Dickinson Restricted Race to end a seven week winnerless spell for Rothbury trainer, Jimmy Walton. His home-bred 6 year old gelding was still full of running as he crossed the line a dozen lengths in front of Mr Shahady. Walton recalled that he had partnered the winner's dam, More Flair to three pointing victories in 2004. Central Flame's long term target is the coveted Heart Of All England Maiden Hunters' Chase at Hexham on May 3, a race that has always eluded the Walton family over the years despite having had plenth of fancied runners.
Tipsy Dara (right) supplemented last month's Crossford success in the UBS Wealth Management Ladies Open Race. Well ridden by Gemma Cochrane, 22,
the mare made virtually every yard of the running but had to dig deep to repel a late challenge from ex-hurdler, Scarlet Fire by half a length. Cochrane said of the 10 year old: ''After walking the track I was in two minds whether to run her as she prefers soft or heavy ground. She enjoys being out in front and jumped superbly as she did at Crossford.''
Ocarina (right) provided in-form Kinneston trainer, Nick Alexander with his eighth winner in the last four weeks, including six under Rules, in the Saffery Champness Men's Open Race. Always up with the pace in the capable hands of son, Kit, the 12 year old never looked like being overhauled in the home straight as he stayed on strongly to beat Monogram by a couple of lengths. Tommysteel finished a further two lengths away in third, and was probably not suited by the slow pace. Kit said of the winner: ''He jumped much more fluently than he did last time at Crossford and seemed to find another gear when he hit the rising ground after four out.''
This season's 3 meetings at Alnwick have seen a total of 192 runners from 291 entries. Catherine Walton (17pts) was the leading jockey with Tristan Davidson (16pts) finishing runner-up.