A rare sunny day brought the crowds to Tranwell last Sunday where it was even warm enough for families to be picnicking on the banks over-looking the Morpeth racecourse.
And what better day to celebrate a special birthday; Mrs Craggs, a stalwart of the Morpeth Hunt and celebrating her 100th birthday, presented her Cragwood Challenge Cup to the winning jockey, Rachel McDonald.
Rachel had never sat on the winning horse, Sea Scout before, but at 13, like Mrs Craggs he may be losing a bit of speed but stays for ever. Kathleen Craggs won the same race back in 1948.
The Members’ race was keenly contested by three jockeys all of whom work for Simon Waugh Racing just down the road, but it was Amie Waugh on Robert Fair’s Kinder Scout who just got a nose in front of Rory Bevin on the Graeme Scantlebury trained Preacher’s Belle.
The day kicked off with the pony racing, which if you blink you will miss it because they go so fast.
Anna Bailey ably steered her mount, Spirit to win the first race by three lengths and the second race was won by Archie Frank on his thoroughbred, Judge Fox.
The prize for the leading jockey went down to the last race with Joe Wright, Richard Smith and Kit Alexander all in with a chance, but it was by winning the race that Richard Smith took the honours.
The refreshment tent was busy all day, the bookies frantic and the horses looked beautiful in the sun.
Let’s hope for a repeat performance next year because there can be no better way to spend a day.