A TRAINING and riding double by Grant Tuer was the highlight of the West of Yore meeting held at Hornby Castle last Sunday.

Tuer completed his double when the classy hunter chaser Trade Dispute (West of Yore) easily justified odds-on favouritism in the mixed open.

Sent off at 4-6, the 11-year-old took it up after a circuit. Four from home he was ten lengths clear and, without having to extend himself out of a canter, the margin had increased to 20 lengths at the line.

The Chris Dennis-trained Knight Templar (J Orton/Hurworth) finished second.

Ridden by Lee Bates he raced prominently, but could not match the pace of the winner.

Ten lengths back in third was the Fiona Needham-trained Royal Snoopy (West of Yore).

In the hands of owner Rupert Abrahams, he raced mainly in midfield but kept on well from the third last.

The first leg of Tuer's double had come on Backsheesh (West of Yore) in an exciting confined race.

Backsheesh led from the off, while Wayward Buttons (A Scott-Harden/Zetland), ridden by Lee Bates, raced in mid-division early, but took closer order four from home.

Running on well by the third last, the Chris Dennis-trained horse had gone in front.

Wayward Buttons and Backsheesh fought out a great battle over the last three fences.

The former still led at the last, but 5-1 shot Backsheesh was battling on well. Staying on strongly, he got back in front on the flat and held a length advantage at the line.

Wayward Buttons finished second, 15 lengths clear of the favourite, Kings Boy (Lord Daresbury/Middleton). Ridden by Tom Greenall, the David Easterby-trained horse was outpaced from the third last.

The Fiona Needham-trained Calleva Star took the members race for the second successive year.

In a match with Jac Del Prince, Calleva Star, ridden by owner Rupert Abrahams, quickened clear from three out to win by a comfortable 12 lengths. Jac Del Prince was ridden by his owner, Richard Walker.

Crimson Brocade (Hurworth), owned and ridden by Nigel Tutty, put up an impressive front-running performance to take the restricted.

Making every yard of the running, the mare quickened well from the fourth last and soon pulled well clear. At the line, the 6-1 shot was a distance clear.

John Cornforth's Norman Way (York & Ainsty), ridden by Phillip Cornforth, briefly got to the winner approaching the fourth last, but was soon outpaced.

He kept on well to finish second, five lengths ahead of the favourite, Grand Ambition (R Marley/Middleton). In the hands of Clive Mulhall, he was making progress in third but a bad mistake at the second last ended his progress.

Steven Clark's Agent Provocateur (York & Ainsty) was the shock 33-1 winner of the first division of the 2-mile maiden.

A good race was on with the Richard Clark-ridden horse and Primitive Rites disputing the lead approaching the last, where the latter fell to leave Agent Provocateur in front.

But the race was not over, with Ricky B (J Hewitt), ridden by W Kinsey, and the favourite, Letham Air (T Butt), ridden by Noel Wilson, keeping on well.

In a good battle to the line, Agent Provocateur finished a length clear of Ricky B, who was a head in front of Letham Air.

Given a fine ride by Peter Atkinson, Lord Alvinru (G Flintoft/Bedale) took the second division of the maiden.

The six-year-old was patiently ridden and moved into second two from home.

He disputed the lead at the last before finishing strongly for a three-length win.

Fast Lane Harry (P Alderson), ridden by Noel Wilson, finished second. He raced prominently and was clear three out, but was stopped in his tracks by a bad blunder at the second last.

Fifteen lengths back in third was Hes In The Doe (T Beadle/Bedale), who led in the early stages under Karen Pickersgill.

l On Sunday, the Derwent meeting takes place at Charm Park, where the first race is at noon