FIRM ground ensured that only 24 runners contested the seven races as Wetherby staged its final point to point last Saturday.

Grant Tuer took the day's honours in the Badsworth and Bramham Moor event with a riding and training double.

His first success came in the men's open with Fornaught Alliance (P Lancaster/Hurworth). The ten-year-old gelding moved into second two from home and stayed on well under pressure for a two-length win.

Second place went to Stoney River (P England/Badsworth), ridden by Nick Kent, with the Lynne Ward-trained For Cathal (A Clare/Hurworth) third.

Tuer completed his double when Trooper Collins (Hurworth) took the second division of the open maiden with some ease. The five-year-old pulled two lengths clear at the last and never had to get out of a canter to win by five lengths.

Abinger (D Wilkinson/York & Ainsty) kept on well to take second under Michael Morley. A remote third was the debutante Roman Rodney (W Laws/Cleveland), ridden by Phillip Kinsella.

The biggest field of the day were the six who went to post for the restricted. First back was the Christopher Barker-trained Shankly (Sinnington), following up his Hutton Rudby maiden win of the previous week. Mark Walford returned from injury to take the ride on the favourite.

Border Glory (Derwent), ridden by owner John Swiers, made the early running, but David Atkinson's Broad Edge (Bedale) took it up with a circuit to run. Shankly hit the front at the third last before pulling clear for an eight-length win. The Peter Atkinson-ridden Broad Edge was second, 12 lengths clear of Border Glory.

In the first division of the maiden, Michael Humphrey's Nathan's Hero (Middleton) set a strong pace under Richard Wakeham. The Kirtleys' Jupiter's Fancy (Braes) was held up in the early stages by Victor Coughlan, but drew level at the last before quickening on the flat to score by eight lengths. Nathan's Hero was second, 20 lengths clear of the Andrew Pennock-owned and ridden Scalby Croft.

There was a bloodless victory for the Phillip Cornforth-trained and ridden Buddy Girie (York & Ainsty) in the intermediate. He finished 25 lengths clear of the only other finisher, Gunna B King (S Robinson/York & Ainsty).

In a match for the members race, James Tate took the honours when Valigan (T Tate) was left on his own after Bennetts Venture fell at the 12th.

Claire Brown gained her first winner when Colonel Blazer (S Fenwick/Sinnington) walked over in the ladies open.

l On Sunday, the Middleton point to point takes place at Whitwell on the Hill, first race 1.30. The meeting features the 4m 1f Grimethorpe Gold Cup, which has attracted a massive 41 entries.