THE Easter weekend saw the Cleveland point-to-point held at Witton Castle for the first time this season after previously taking place at Howe Hills, Mordon.

The jockey who had “a day to remember” was Lauren Belt, who partnered her own To Begin to victory in the Ladies Open and recorded a first career success. The pair were patient towards the back of the field and made good progress in the home straight. Several foot perfect jumps over the final couple of fences sealed their victory.

The Dawson team were also in fine form on the day with Chris riding a double and brother John taking the opening members’ race.

Chris began his double aboard Sposalizio trained by himself for owner John Armstrong in the Mens’ Open. Chris committed the winner for home approaching four out and victory was assured. “He ran better than his finishing position suggests last time...he’s better right handed and never missed a beat today,” he said.

Chris completed his double in the Restricted race aboard the Lady Susan Watson-owned and trained Mr Bingley, who likely benefited from the drier ground. As on his previous winner, Chris was always to the fore and the winner never looked in doubt.

The opening race was the Hunt members’ race. This went to trainer/rider John Dawson with Midnight Oscar. The pair had to battle hard to hold on from favourite Twentypoundluck and Paul Collins, with Oaklands Elise and Amy Waugh back in third.

Wizadora and Jack Andrews gave an impressive performance to win comfortably in the PPORA club members race, while the final Open maiden race and went to Rory Bevin aboard Pegasus Walk for trainer Kirstie Hargreave. The winner was improving on his previous effort when finishing fourth at the Hurworth meeting and quickened clear to win well.