Three times a win­ner

Jockey John Daw­son makes it a hat-trick, while one jumper falls back in love with rac­ing to score and a win­ner re­turns af­ter a year off with a leg in­jury

Horse & Hound - - Point-to-point - By PE­TER BURGON

JOHN DAW­SON en­joyed a suc­cess­ful week­end thanks to a tre­ble aboard Dance Of Time, An­cient Em­pire and Snow Cas­tle — also fin­ish­ing run­ner-up on two of his other three rides.

The pro­gres­sive Dance Of Time de­fied a 6lb penalty to make it five wins in a row in the con­fined. The 11-year-old geld­ing made smooth head­way on the fi­nal cir­cuit be­fore fi­nally over­haul­ing the pace-set­ting Wizadora (Jack An­drews) in­side the last hun­dred yards to score by six lengths.

“He made hard work of that and I had to get se­ri­ous af­ter the last, but he re­ally prefers go­ing left-handed on a flat, gal­lop­ing track,” said John.

An­cient Em­pire, both rid­den and trained by John, got off the mark on his first start for John’s yard in the first di­vi­sion of the open maiden. The six-year-old was still a cou­ple of lengths

be­hind Bite The Bis­cuit (William Easterby) at the last, but he out­stayed his ri­vals up the long run-in to se­cure a close one­length vic­tory.

“I bought him pri­vately on be­half of Mark Whit­ney out of Joseph O’Brien’s yard at the end of Oc­to­ber and then roughed him off for two months. I thought he might need the run as he’s only been back in train­ing for six weeks, but he found plenty when it mat­tered,” added John.


THE for­mer Evan Wil­liamstrained hur­dler, Snow Cas­tle, com­pleted John’s tre­ble in the se­cond di­vi­sion of the open maiden, in which the odds-on favourite, Jax­light (Joe Wright) fell five out when 10 lengths clear. Snow Cas­tle went on ap­proach­ing two out and had enough in hand to re­pel a late chal­lenge from Mr Pep­per­pot (William Easterby) by a length.

“I didn’t pick him out orig­i­nally at the Don­caster sales in Septem­ber, but when the ‘open­stan­dard horses’ proved to be too ex­pen­sive, I de­cided to buy him for my long-term own­ers, Jane Kib­ble and Jane Younger — who have al­ways liked Os­car-sired geld­ings,” said the win­ning trainer Guy Brewer, who rents a few boxes at for­mer trainer Pe­ter Beaumont’s old yard at Brandsby.

“My sta­ble star Young Hur­ri­cane re­mains on track for the Chel­tenham Fox­hunter af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in to­day’s opener and will prob­a­bly have one more run be­fore­hand at Askham Bryan on 25 Fe­bru­ary.”

Soleil D’Avril ini­ti­ated a dou­ble for jockey William Easterby in the hunt mem­bers’.

“His jump­ing was very ac­cu­rate and his ears were pricked all the way,” said William of his mother Sarah’s 12-yearold geld­ing.

“He fell out of love with rac­ing af­ter run­ning in the 2015 Ain­tree Fox Hun­ters,” then missed last sea­son af­ter pick­ing up a ten­don in­jury, so our pa­tience has been re­warded.”

His sta­ble com­pan­ion Green­salt, who is also owned by Sarah Easterby, com­pleted William’s dou­ble in the mixed open — forg­ing clear af­ter two out to score by 10 lengths from Vic­tor Hewgo (John Daw­son).

“He has also just re­turned from a year off — he sus­tained a leg in­jury when brought down at the Bedale meet­ing in April 2016,” added Sarah.

Vic­to­ri­ous: John Daw­son and Dance Of Time take a win in the con­fined Sin­ning­ton, Dun­combe Park, Yorks

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