DESPITE bad weather continuing to affect this year’s point-to-point season, organisers say that going is currently good to soft, soft in places for this weekend’s Staintondale event at Charm Park.

Last weekend saw two other events - the Middleton Hunt at Sheriff Hutton and the Hurworth at Hutton Rudby - both abandoned due to heavy rain. The Hurworth will not be rescheduled.

This follows the cancellation or rescheduling of several other meetings earlier in the season due to the “Beast from the East” snowstorm and subsequent wet weather.

Last Sunday, March 25, however, saw the Holderness point-to-point at Dalton Park, where things had dried up well.

The day saw riders Jack Teal and John Dawson both secure a double. Jack Teal was the first to score in the opening race aboard Grouse Lodge in the Hunt Members’ race. Max My Boy set the early pace but was headed by the eventual winner half-way.

Jack didn’t take long to make it a double on the day when he took the two-mile six-furlong maiden aboard Matts Commission. The pair led from the flag fall and galloped on strongly to the line and won well to hold off the Nicky Tinkler trained Jamars Star.

John Dawson began by scoring in the Men’s Open race where he steered Fever Pitch to success for the Crane family. Dawson continued his good day and partnered Mr Pepperpot to victory in the final race, the three-mile Open Maiden.

In the Club Members’ race over two miles six furlongs, two contenders crashed out mid race, leaving Royal Benefit and Joe Wright to gallop to victory. The Justin Landy-trained Knocklong under Lottie Crane took the Ladies’ Open, while Streets Of Milan and Tom Strawson won the Restricted.