All the seasons in one day did not deter racegoers at an extremely competitive point-to-point meeting at Tranwell on Sunday.
The Morpeth Horse Races kicked off with the jockeys of the future and three very fast and furious pony races.
Most of the young men and women who rode these mini thoroughbreds would not be disgraced on a flat day at Newcastle.
Racing proper got going at 1pm with the two-and-a-half mile race for young, maiden horses.
Braepark and Roll the Dough fought a fierce battle up the final straight, with Braepark just getting the better of the fight.
Local jockey Amie Waugh was a popular dual winner on the day.
First, she rode the Tim Leslie-owned Dannanceys Hill to beat her housemate Laura Fenwick on the problematic Ocarina in the Members’ Race.
This is the second Tim Leslie-owned horse ridden and trained by the Waugh family – previously, It’s Brown was trained by Simon Waugh and ridden to victory by his brother Adam.
Amie followed it up with a front-running first win of the season for Whiteabbey in the Ladies’ Open by half a length over Coquet Head.
The most promising win of the day went to Flash Garden, owned and trained by James Cookson of The Morpeth Hunt.
This Heron Island gelding was bought as a four-year-old.
He has taken three troublesome years to make his racing debut, which he did a couple of weeks ago at Overton where he won impressively by a good 10 lengths over two-and-a-half miles.
James nearly didn’t run the horse at Tranwell on Sunday as he wasn’t sure it would get the extra half-a-mile of the three-mile trip and the ground was against him as well because it was softening all the time in the awful conditions.
There was nothing flash about the way this horse won the race.
Tom Hamilton gave him a very patient and quiet ride and when he asked him to go, Flash Garden just simply went up a gear and he went sensibly about his business to win by seven lengths.
This is what is so promising about Flash Garden, he clearly has more to offer.
Morpeth Horse Races results (jockeys, where mentioned, are in brackets)
The North East Grains 4, 5 and 6-year-olds Open Maiden Race: 1 Braepark (A Bartlett), 2 Roll the Dough, 3 Sound Barrier; Morpeth Hunt Members’ Race: 1 Dannanceys Hill (A Waugh), 2 Ocarina (L Fenwick), 3 Wannabegood (W. Woodman); The V&S Developments Open Maiden Race: 1 Nelly la Rue, 2 Kinder Scout, 3 Master Bud; The Formosus Ladies’ Open Race: 1 Whiteabbey (A Waugh), 2 Coquet Head, 3 Stand Clear; The Metnor Men’s Open Race: 1 Indian Print (N Orpwood), 2 Back on the Road, 3 Fozy Moss; The Grainco Ltd PPORA Members’ Race for Veteran and Novice Riders: 1 De Bee Keeper (R Chapman), 2 Great Gusto, 3 Sir Watty; The Agrii Restricted Race: 1 Flash Garden (T Hamilton), 2 Arch, 3 Afterclass.