Gillon’s got something to Crow about

JEDBURGH jockey Gillon Crow completed a victorious double at Saturday’s Berwickshire point-to-point at Friars Haugh, Kelso.

Gillon headed the opening members’ race on Doreen Calder’s Knocknaboul King and three hours later was back in the winner’s enclosure after Pistolet Time, owned by the jockey and his mother Caroline, won the restricted.

Knocknaboul King held hot favourite Baligha by a head to land the opening Border Precision Ltd members’ race for Doreen Calder, in her first year as point-to-point chairman.

Pistolet Time followed up his recent Buccleuch victory with a further course success in the six-strong Brogan Fuels restricted race.

Another local rider to receive a rousing reception was 16-year-old Callum Bewley from Camptown, who celebrated his first success in the saddle when bringing home Windy Hills to win the Bill Hardie Memorial NPPA Club members race for novice riders.

Callum works at Nicky Richards’ Greystoke yard, and received the horse as a gift from his boss.

Also celebrating a first success was agricultural student Jamie Lyttle. The 19-year-old rode Badger Wood – posting his fourth successive victory under four different jockeys – to a seven-length success in the John Watson Seeds mens’ open race.

The winner is owned by Peter Russell, and trained by his daughter Lucinda, whose Milnathort yard is in top form, having landed a treble at Newcastle the previous afternoon.

Jamie is studying agriculture at the Scottish Agriculture College at Oatridge, and rides out at Arlary House stables at weekends.

Stable jockey Peter Buchanan also enjoyed a landmark success, saddling his first winner as a trainer after Through the Mist headed the Decoupage & Dining open maiden race, where just five of the 15 runners completed.

The seven-year-old was only broken last year by Peter and winning jockey Danny Ockenden

Just two contested the intermediate race, where hot favourite Lewesdon Tom completed a victorious hat-trick for trainer Cherry Coward and jockey John Dawson, who received a last-minute call-up, when booked rider Guy Brewer fell ill.

The 170-mile trip from Guiseley near Leeds, proved a worthwhile journey for Sam Drake who won the Bonham ladies’ open race on Optimistic Harry, in the fastest time of the day.

The 12-year-old was having his first run since winning the Brocklesby earlier this year.


Members – KNOCKNABOUL KING (G Crow) 6-4; 2, Baligha (G Cockburn) 4-6 fav; 3, Jacksonville (D Millar) 6-1. Five ran. Hd; 10l. Miss D Calder, Berwickshire.

Open maiden – THROUGH THE MIST (D Ockenden) 6-1; 2, Watch the Wind (Miss C Walton) 5-2 jt fav; 3, Rennington Blue (N Orpwood) 8-1.15 ran.2l; 7l. P Buchanan, Fife.

Intermediate – LEWESDON TOM (J Dawson) 1-5 fav; 2, Canndar (G Cockburn) 3-1. Two ran. 1l. T Beadle & R Coward (Cherry Coward) Bedale.

Men’s Open – BADGER FOOT (J Lyttle) 5-4 jt fav; 2, Indian Print (T Davidson) 5-4 jt fav. Four ran, two finished. 7l. P Russell (Lucinda Russell) Fife.

Ladies’ Open – OPTIMISTIC HARRY (Miss S Drake) 6-4 fav; 2, Doc Row (Miss K Bryson) 5-2; 3, Tiger Billy (Miss S Doolan) 3-1. Seven ran. 5l; 5l. Miss S Drake, Pendle Forest & Craven.

NPPA Novice Riders – WINDY HILLS (C Bewley) 4-6 fav; 2, Laura’s Light (R Lindsay) 8-1; 3, King’s Envoy (Miss A McGregor) 33-1. Seven ran. 3l; 5l. Mrs K Bewley, Jedforest.

Restricted – PISTOLET TIME (G Crow) 4-6 fav; 2, Dontpassgo (A Richardson) 9-1; 3, Izathens (K Little) 25-1. Six ran. 5l; 15l. C Crow and G Crow (Caroline Crow), Jedforest.