Celebrations were in full swing at a North-East pub tonight after a race at Redcar to honour one of the north’s most respected trainers.

The tenth running of the Sam Hall Memorial Handicap Stakes was watched by the late former Middleham trainer’s daughters Liz Hall and Kate Walton.

And the race, the third of the day, went to the David O'Meara Racing-trained Ingleby Hollow, ridden by Danny Tudhope, who was recording another double at Redcar.

The chestnut gelding is owned by Teesside haulage boss Dave Scott and “The Fallen Angels” – a group of friends from the The Beckfields pub at Ingleby Barwick.

One of the Fallen Angels, Glen Morgan, of Thornaby, received the memorial trophy and said: “I think there might be a few celebratory drinks in the Beckfields later.”

Kate Walton described is as a “fantastic gesture” that Redcar remembers her father, who trained more than 1,000 winners in a glittering career.

Danny Tudhope’s first win came on the William Haggas-trained Newmarket raider Nicklaus who teed off the eight-race card with a battling victory.

Haggas, who has a fine strike rate at Redcar, scored a quick-fire double himself when Joe Fanning drove home One For June in an exciting three-way photo in the second race.

Stephensons Rocket finished like a train and looked a decent prospect after easily justifying favouritism in race four, The Market Cross Jewellers British EBF Novice Stakes.

Gary Plasted, travelling head lad for winning Lambourn trainer Ed Walker, described the grey Teofilo cold as “a nice horse”.

Veteran jockey John Egan was in the winner’s enclosure after Hitman, trained at Wetherby by Rebecca Bastiman, outgunned Michael Dods’ Grinty in the fifth race.

There was a dramatic finish to the sixth race when Tim Easterby’s Give It Some Teddy came from nowhere under Jason Hart to deny 100-1 shot Henrietta’s Dream.

The final two races of an action-packed day were confined to lady amateur riders, with Irish Grand National heroine Katie Walsh making a flying visit to Redcar.

However, it was York lawyer Serena Brotherton, who rode a typically powerful race to win division one of the Watch Race Replays At racinguk.com Handicap Stakes on Iain Jardine’s Restive.

Then it was left to Ella McCain, grand-daughter of Red Rum’s legendary trainer Ginger McCain, to light up Redcar in the gathering gloom with a short-head victory in division two on Richard Fahey’s Ingleby Spring.