Look out Yorkshire, Claire Hart and Palypso De Creek are coming to get you!

This is a direct quote from my post race blog 12 months ago: ‘Not many people beat Amicelli in his own back yard and after Harty won the race on Palypso De Creek it looks like she is now going to be banned from travelling north of Derby until further notice!’. What was the reason for that statement? Because Claire Hart and Palypso De Creek had just won the AGA Ladies Open race at Sheriff Hutton, beating local (and national) legend, Amicelli into the bargain.

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Amicelli is in front here but had to settle for a gallant second place behind Palypso (orange silks)

Amicelli, who at the time was the reigning AGA series champion, did not go down without a fight, but the 12 length margin of victory was enough to prompt calls for Claire to be banned from returning to Yorkshire! Claire had obviously never heard of the law that says you’re not allowed to beat Amicelli in Yorkshire.

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Palypso jumps the last in splendid isolation
Claire Hart drives Palypso de Creek to the line to land the AGA Ladies' Open point-to-point race at Sheriff Hutton
Claire Hart drives Palypso de Creek to the line to land the AGA Ladies’ Open point-to-point race at Sheriff Hutton

The ban was only for race riding and she is still allowed across the border for social occasions, however, I have some bad news for our Yorkshire friends. At about 1.30 on Saturday afternoon Miss C.V. Hart will be loading her kit into the back of the AGA man’s car and I will be bringing her back to Yorkshire … and she doesn’t intend to leave empty handed!

Palypso de Creek and rider Claire Hart with groom Kerrie Wakefield after winning the AGA Ladies' Open point-to-point race at Sheriff Hutton
Palypso de Creek and rider Claire Hart with groom Kerrie Wakefield after winning the AGA Ladies’ Open point-to-point race at Sheriff Hutton

The national leading point-to-point horse from 2013 is among the 17 entries for the third AGA Ladies Open race of the season, and his rider is oozing confidence ahead of the long journey north.

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David Simpson, left, of AGA presents trophies to rider Claire Hart and owner Mike Dawson after Palypso de Creek won the AGA Ladies’ Open point-to-point race at Sheriff Hutton

I’m sure the welcome in Yorkshire will be a warm one – it always is – but I’m not so sure that Claire will be planning a night out in Malton on Saturday, just in case the legendary Yorkshire hospitality results in a hangover from hell!

Palypso De Creek and rider Claire Hart after winning the AGA Ladies' Open point-to-point race at Sheriff Hutton
Palypso De Creek and rider Claire Hart after winning the AGA Ladies’ Open point-to-point race at Sheriff Hutton

Jill and Mike Dawson’s stable star has his own facebook profile page, so we’ll let him have the last word with a quote which is literally straight from the horses mouth – “Hi, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone! I am very well and final preparations are going very well, so come Sunday hopefully I will be tip top and raring to run. It is very competitive so all I can do is the best I can, and may the best horse win ( hopefully its me and Claire ) but I wish a safe and clear round for all”.

**Read all about our last visit to Sheriff Hutton by clicking here.

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