Family affair as Waltons land Mosshouses one-two

AMOUR DARIA and Joanne Walton win the Members - Lauderdale Hunt PtPt at Mosshouses 5/5/13'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723
AMOUR DARIA and Joanne Walton win the Members - Lauderdale Hunt PtPt at Mosshouses 5/5/13'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723
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Hawick’s Di Walton saw her two runners finish first and second in the opening race at Lauderdale point-to-point, writes Hilary Mactaggart.

Amour Daria’s success in the first race at Mosshouses on Sunday proved a real family affair – the gelding partnered to victory by the trainer’s 19-year-old daughter Joanna, riding in her parents’ colours.

“This is the first time he’s won for us,” explained Di. “He’s hard to ride as he’s strong, so we’ve tried to hold him up and tried making it, which seemed to work today,” she said, after their pillar-to-post success.

Stablemate Beverley Beck finished four lengths behind, in the hands of Galashiels jockey Kelly Bryson.

Morpeth trainer Aimee Waugh also had a one-two in the following open maiden.

The towering Big George posted his first victory, when getting the better of Aimee’s own ride, Paddy the Plumber, by a head in a thrilling finish.

Lauder’s Jock Threadgall was greeted by a rousing cheer after True Thomas cruised home 15 lengths clear in the concluding maiden race.

Catherine Walton further extended her lead in the Northern Area ladies’ championship when riding Coquet Head to a three-length success in the NPPA Club Members race.

Holly Harper, 19, from Edinburgh, having only her third ride, scored her second win of the season after riding Radharc Na Mara to a comfortable victory in the ladies’ race.

Jimmy the Jetplane posted a four-length win under Nick Orpwood in the restricted race for National Hunt jockey Peter Buchanan, whose father Alan bred the five-year-old.

Victor Thompson’s Tommysteel posted his fifth pointing success this term when accounting for the men’s open race in the hands of Northern Area champion Tristan Davidson.

Racing was preceded by two well-supported pony races, won by 13-year-old Harry Charleton on Hepplewood Berkeley Square and 14-year-old George Crawford on Lynne.