THE historic Heart of All England trophy was won at a canter at the weekend.

The trophy, raced for at Hexham Racecourse, was contested in the JS Hubbuck Ltd Agricultural Merchants Maiden Hunters' Chase at Yarridge Heights but only two of the starting horses managed to complete the course.

And it ended in a thumping victory for Dr Kananga, trained by Ben Clarke and ridden by jockey Darren Andrews, as the 2/1 backed horse finished 26 lengths ahead of the only other finisher, 9/5 favourite Matts Commission.

The afternoon started with victory for Kalharry, trained by Alistair Whillans and ridden by Callum Bewley, at 2/1 in the Visit Our Touring Caravan Site Handicap Chase at odds of 11/2.

Kalharry chased leaders soon went third and then went clear in the run-in to finish ahead of Mah Mate Bob (100/30) and Vengeur De Guye (14/1).

Gentle Jollie (11/2), trained by Thomas Dowson and ridden by LJ Morgan, took the All Weather Gallops Mares' Novices' Hurdle and Sheriff Garrett (9/2), ridden by Jamie Hamilton and trained by Tim Easterby, won the JS Hubbuck Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

In the Britain's Most Scenic Racecourse Maiden Hurdle, Grange Road (2/1F), ridden by Daryl Jacob and trained by Paul Nicholls, was successful, Prince Dundee (5/1), ridden by Stephen Mulqueen and trained by Lucinda Russell, won the JS Hubbuck Agricultural Merchants Handicap Chase and the afternoon's racing was brought to a conclusion with success for Betty Baloo (2/1) in the All Weather Gallops Mares' Open National Hunt Flat Race for jockey Tom Midgley and trainer Tim Easterby.

Racing will return to Yarridge Heights next Tuesday for an evening fixture.