Duke of Buccleuch’s Point to Point – Friars Haugh
A Hume Bladen Open Maiden Race
The Duke of Buccleuch’s Point to Point at Friars Haugh is always a highlight in the National Hunt calendar. The course of 3 miles, 2 furlongs is set against the panoramic backdrop of the River Tweed and grand Floors Castle – simply put, you couldn’t hope for a more idyllic country setting.
The course has an excellent reputation for well-constructed fences, and owing to the well-drained ground, the going is generally good. Standing in the centre of the course it’s possible to view most of the action, which, on occasion is rather unpredictable, as loose horses have been known to take a dip in the tweed.
This year’s Duke of Buccleuch Point to Point took place on 17 March 2012 and ever the enthusiastic supporter of sporting life, A Hume Country Clothing sponsored the A Hume Bladen Open Maiden Race. The race was won by Bonnet Rouge, ridden by veteran jockey Andrew Richardson. Bonnet Rouge gained a narrow lead after Georges Street fell at the sixth, horse and rider then saw off contender, Honest and True, to finish ahead of Exciting Car by a couple of lengths.
It was a good day indeed for Andrew Richardson, 45, who demonstrated that it’s experience that counts by winning the second treble of his career on Dontpassgo, Bonnet Rouge and Step Beyond.
On the side of youth, 16 -year old Blair Campbell, also experienced a taste of Point to Point victory in his debut race, on Laura’s Light; a notable win for a young rider who rode his first race under Rules only nine days before at Carlisle.
All in all, a fantastic day’s racing – we’re already looking forward to next year.