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Enigmatic Escape

Escapeandevade likes to do things his own way both at home and on the racecourse.   Sedgefield did not look an obvious choice for him but with the help of Brian Hughes, he recorded his fourth win for the yard there on the 26th January and so we are very happy to endure his quirks!

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Luckily Ask Cory is a much more straightforward character and he won his second Point-to-Point for Chloe McHattie Sunday 11th February at Friar’s Haugh.  He has been a really fun horse for her and has been well prepared by his trainer Briony Ewart!


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Proud Trainer

Trainer and assistant trainer celebrate the win!

Leah Barnfather is now very excited to have her own Point-to-Pointer.   Ingleby Mackenzie is owned by the George Crawford Legacy Trust, JSC Estates and James and Briony Ewart.  He is a 10-year-old gelding by Sixties Icon and like Ask Cory, he was originally with Henry de Bromhead before switching to Ewan Whillans.  Leah did so well in pony racing with Wilsarben1 who was not easy and so we wish her the very best of luck in this new chapter. Both girls are kindly sponsored by the George Crawford Legacy Trust.


 Ingleby Mackenzie

 Leah on Ingleby Mackenzie

We are having our yard supper at the Italian restaurant Santa Marina in Hawick next weekend, and everyone is looking forward to this and we can celebrate both these wins.

Racing Round Up

Leitrim Chief ran another solid race with Brian Hughes in the 2m Maiden Hurdle at Wetherby on Saturday 13th January.    Finishing 5th of 14, this group were 15 lengths clear of the rest and we now have a handicap mark for him which will help.  The ground was pretty testing and he jumped very well.

Brian Hughes was on board again with Escapeandevade at Sedgefield in the 2m 1f Handicap Chase on soft ground.   He likes to bowl along in front and this is exactly what happened.  Brian is a master around Sedgefield and also understands Escape well and so jumping round with his ears pricked, they won by 4 ½ lengths to the delight of connections.

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 Escapeandevade pleased with himself after his win at Sedgefield

Unfortunately, rain had changed the going to heavy at Newcastle on Tuesday 20th January where Brayhill with Brian Hughes was running in the  2m 7f Handicap Chase.  He ran brilliantly until 4 out but the conditions over this distance took their toll and he finished fourth.

Chloe McHattie acquired Ask Cory just before the Point-to-Point season last year and had a win and a second which was very encouraging.   After some disappointments recently with abandoned meetings, she made her first run a winning one at Friar’s Haugh near Kelso last Sunday in the  Veteran and Novice Rider Conditions race over 3 miles.  Sitting in second behind the keen going Nick Lost, she took up the running two out and went on to win by 2 lengths.  The winning time was 11 seconds faster than the Men's Open and 4 seconds faster than the Ladies Race!

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 Chloe and Ask Cory after their win at Friar's Haugh

 Chloe 1

Chloe receiving her trophy at Friar's Haugh


We have entries coming up at Newcastle, Kelso and Musselburgh.


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