Duke enjoys Sunday success at Garthorpe

It was a day for favourites at Garthorpe on Sunday where five of the eight races were won by the market leader.

A high turnout of horses saw 81 runners from 160 entries face the starter, and it was a good day for Rasenite Brian Duke.

Legendary Hop, Duke’s homebred five-year-old mare made an eye catching debut at Thorpe in February and won on the bridle in the the Stonelodge Industries Ltd. Maiden race, ridden by Olly Murphy.

Oakham trainer Holly Campbell and jockey Joe Docker are in fine form. They followed up their winner last week at Brocklesby by scoring with Silver Tenor in the Restricted race.

Teacher Gemma Hutchinson is on course to retain her Midlands Area Leading Lady Rider title.

Zilcash, who seems to like Garthorpe, gave her a second winner of the season in the Strugess Volvo Ladies Race. Zilcash the 2-5 favourite beat The Hookie Bookie and Vingis Park.

Border Fusion, again a favourite, faced just four rivals in the Men’s Open. Border Fusion, who was ridden by Will Tellfer, beat Oedipe and Jack Greenall.

The Cavells of Oakham Confined race allowed Enigma Variations to put up another eye catching display for Tom Ellis and Jimmy Tarry who teamed up for a double last weekend at Brocklesby.

Toby Hunt’s gelding has quickly risen up through the ranks and a hunter chase must soon be on the cards.

The enigmatic Sovereign Quest gave leading Midlands rider Richard Armson his third winner of the season in the Mallard Pawnbrokers and Jewellers Member’s race.

Armson is the key to getting the best out of this gelding, who has to go down to the post early.

Armson was fancied to ride a double when he was legged up on Milson Robinson’s Menchikov in the Hellyer Family Midlands Area Club race. This horse started at 6-4 favourite and only failed by half a length to the classy Christy Beamish.

The next meeting in the Midlands Area is the South Wold Point-to-Point at Brocklesby Park next Saturday, March 19, with the first race at 12.30pm.