Rocky bounces back in the Eskdale Plate

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THE tables were turned in the big race of the day at the Langholm Common Riding flapping meeting.

Rocky Hollow, ridden by Eireann Cagney, wins the Eskdale Plate at Langholm Common RidingCredit: Brenda Brough
Brenda Brough
Rocky Hollow, ridden by Eireann Cagney, wins the Eskdale Plate at Langholm Common RidingCredit: Brenda Brough

Rocky Hollow, ridden by Eireann Cagney, came second behind Dundrod Warrior, ridden by Callum Pittendreigh, in the Tradesmen's handicap at Hawick.

But last Friday in the Eskdale Plate, run over seven furlongs, Rocky Hollow passed the post first.

Rocky Hollow took an early lead over Dundrod Warrior, The Redskin and Tap Tap Boom. They stayed in that order round the track but as Rocky Hollow hit the slightly firmer ground up the home straight, he pulled away to win by a few lengths.

A horse rug, donated by Colin and Joyce Hendrie of Horse Rugs UK, Hawick, was given to the winner.

The weather stayed dry for the racing but the heavy rain leading up to the day had made the track very soft and fewer than half the horses entered took part in the four open races.

In the Mercury stakes, run over six furlongs, four horses lined up. Another Dream, who likes the soft ground, took the lead, with The Dandy Man close behind.

As they went down the back straight, The Dandy Man and Another Dream were neck and neck but after the top bend Cagney pushed Another Dream on to win. The Dandy Man, ridden by Gary Berridge, was second and Peaky Blinder, ridden by Titch Boyd, third.

The Tradesmen’s Plate, run over one and a quarter miles, had two runners. Rewritten took the lead and set the pace with Catch the Pigeon close behind. They raced neck and neck round the top bend Catch the Pigeon, ridden by Boyd, pulled away through the puddles to win.

The last race was the Innkeepers’ Plate run over one mile. Three horses went to the start. Gladiator took the lead closely followed by Dundrod Hillbilly and Teetotal.

Gladiator dictated the pace and, although Dundrod Hillbilly gave a last push, Berridge and Gladiator won. Dundrod Hillbilly, ridden by Pittendreigh, was second and Boyd on Teetotal was third.

Langholm Horse Racing committee held a quick meeting after the last race and decided that, because of the condition of the track, the weather forecast and horse entries, they would not hold Saturday's meeting.

Results

Westerkirk Plate: 1 Amy Moscrop, Elsie; 2 Evie Tottham, Phoebe.

Pony race: 1 Archie Young, Harry Potter; 2 Alfie Dodd, Spider.

Castle Craigs race: 1 Jock Corrie; 2 Andrew Johnstone; 3 Scott Morrison.

Mercury Stakes: 1 Another Dream; 2 The Dandy Man; 3 Peaky Blinder.

Eskdale Plate: 1 Rocky Hollow; 2 Dundrod Warrior; 3 The Redskin.

Tradesmen's Plate: 1 Catch the Pigeon; 2 Rewritten.

Innkeepers' Plate: 1 Gladiator; 2 Dundrod Warrior; 3 Teetotal.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:25AM
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