HAWICK’S Hamilton family had just cause for celebration after a memorable afternoon’s racing on Saturday.
Brothers Jamie and Tom Hamilton accounted for three of the afternoon’s seven races at the Duke of Buccleuch’s point-to-point at Friars Haugh – Tom sacrificing his final ride for a quick dash to Newcastle races, where he landed the concluding handicap hurdle race.
The 18-year-old’s Newcastle win came aboard Some Lad, owned by his uncle Gavin, whose wife Alison trains the gelding outside Denholm.
Jamie completed the second leg of his double on Cave Hunter – trained at Birnieknowe by the jockeys’ mother Wendy, who maintained a remarkable unbeaten training record on the point-to-point circuit this term.
Based in Herefordshire with trainer Venetia Williams – for whom he recently rode his first winner – Jamie began his victory trail in the opening CKD Galbraith Hunt members race with a comfortable success aboard Just Awake.
The home-bred seven-year-old, whose dam Katinka was also successful at Friars Haugh, carries the colours of Greenlaw owners Sandy and Quona Thomson.
Cave Hunter had enjoyed pillar to post victories at Alnwick and Corbridge under Tom Hamilton, but his hasty exit for Newcastle races, left elder brother Jamie to complete the hattrick – in the fastest time of the afternoon – in the Turcan Connnell NPPA Club members race.
“That was a progressive performance as it was quite a competitive race,” said Moffat farmer Niel Manning, who owns the seven-year-old.
The first leg of Tom’s racing double came in the the Lycetts men’s open race where he clinched a half-length success on Buckstruther.
A prolific winner for Hawick farmer Alastair Bell and his wife Rachel, the gelding was making a victorious seasonal pointing debut.
Yon Dora was another popular winner after the home-bred six-year-old landed the Scotty Brand Jockey Club mares maiden race for Gattonside breeder Ann Rutherford.
Ann co-owns the mare – whose dam won at the track 16 years earlier – with her trainer Maxine Bremner, an accountant from Galashiels.
Northumberland jockey Nick Orpwood celebrated his first-ever double, beginning with a five-length win in the Connolly’s Red Mills intermediate race, where Splendid Blue followed up her Jedforest maiden win for Morpeth owner Joanna Boswell.
The Orpwood double was completed by The Brig At Ayr – a four-length winner of the concluding A Hume Bladen open maiden race. The grey is trained at Ladykirk by Grand National winning trainer John Leadbetter for the Sheriffs Partnership – the Rev Fiona Sample and Hon Katie Crosbie Dawson being High Sheriffs of Northumberland. Heart Of All England 2011 victor Bitter Blue took the spoils in an exciting end to the Brewin Dolphin ladies’ open race to post a victorious seasonal debut under National ladies champion Jacqueline Coward.