Joe in treble form at Alnwick
Our amateur jockey Joe Wright has made a flying start to the point to point season and last Sunday (February 4th) he rode the first treble of his career with three winners at the Percy meeting at Ratcheugh Farm, Alnwick.
All three were trained by Leyburn based Justin Landy, who works as a farrier for our Middleham neighbour Mark Johnston and recorded his first ever four timer on the card.
Joe’s first winner was on six year old Flat bred mare Levelling, who won the Men’s Open on her first outing since last April. Patiently ridden, the mare responded well when she was asked to pick up four from the finish and hit the front three out, but she still had to fight all the way to the line to beat Fever Pitch, ridden by John Dawson, by a head.
Levelling, who is jointly owned by Joe, could appear next in a novice hunter chase at Catterick on 7th March, a race which is also under consideration for conditions race winner Weston Flame.
The eight year old mare hadn’t run since fracturing her pelvis in the corresponding race twelve months ago, but she went on two out and scored comfortably by four lengths from Dynamic Island to give Joe his second winner of the day.
19 year old Joe completed his treble on recent Sheriff Hutton maiden winner Sir Lonica, who clocked the fastest time of the day as he won the restricted race in impressive fashion. The seven-year-old gradually reeled in the leaders on the final circuit before settling the issue in a matter of strides having hit the front soon after four out, cruising down the home straight in splendid isolation and crossing the line 20 lengths ahead of the only other finisher, Lord Usher.
Joe’s career total already stands at 30 winners, nine of which have been under Rules, he’s taking the northern point to point circuit by storm this year and the experience will hopefully be standing him in good stead for a long and successful career in the saddle.