Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Badsworth & Bramham Moor at Askham Bryan 25th March 2017

By Will Milburn & Caroline Smith

Street Entertainer, ridden by Jess Gillam Credit Tom Milburn Photography

Askham Bryan College plays host to the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt point-to-point. This is the second time the course has hosted a meeting this season. A total of 77 entries have been received, the first race is at 2pm, with the Confined Race and with only 8 entries it could be easy pick-ings for Close House and Jack Teal.  The pair were upsides Monsieur Jourdain last time at Charm Park when crashing out at the last, a repeat of that would make him hard to beat. Harris would be his main threat but with an 11lb penalty he will find it hard to reel Close House in, whilst Kings Lodge should give his running but may not be quite good enough. Young Hurricane has been a useful per-former in past seasons, he is most effective on a sound surface, however is prone to making errors as he did at the Sinnington when crashing out early on. On Vacation and Newspage who are both best on a quick surface and would have chances if it stays dry. Selection - Close House

The next race is a Restricted race and is sponsored by Subaru and this is a qualifier for the final at Stratford. Bentons Lad is in fine form at the moment, he was a winner here and was only just touched off last time at Dalton Park "He's very tough and consistent, and he's proving to be quite versatile...the drying ground will hopefully bring about further improvement." said rider Will Milburn. Joe O'Shea could venture to Yorkshire as he has Againn Dul Aghaidh entered, a maiden winner last year and was since held in a Restricted, this is his seasonal and stable debut and could be vulnerable to other hardened performers. Crazy Penguin broke his maiden narrowly last time, he looked to find this course on the sharp side when finishing second here but is a horse on the up and can progress further "It depends if Carlton Ryan runs at Kelso...if not we'll probably run Kings Lodge and Crazy Penguin" said Will Easterby. Martha's Benefit strengthens Andy Nicholls' hand in this race further after a close second at the Hurworth, whilst Zandino could be the one to beat; he was staying on in second here, until putting up a lacklustre performance at Charm Park, if repeating his course form he should go well. Selection - Zandino

The Men's Open holds only 8 entries but has a couple of very strong contenders, the one with leading claims is Fruit Fayre for Sheila Crow, he was a winner last time in a match race, but the previous season he looked useful in three victories. My Old Piano disappointed with a lofty weight on his seasonal return last time, but at the age of 15 he may not be the force of old and could have to play a supporting role. Young Hurricane could also contest this and at the peak of his form would have a strong chance on a sound surface, but he has questions to answer. Things Change was second at the Hurworth last weekend and is looking one paced in the closing stages but is consistent nonetheless. Selection - Fruit Fayre

The Open Maiden race is the fourth race on the card and it is an open contest, recent runner up Not Far Wrong is progressing well and looks as though three miles suits him best, Monarchs Glory was only narrowly beaten at the Holderness where he took a massive step forward, he is brother to win-ning chaser Lexicon Lad and should improve further. Emma Todd has a pair of entries in Rock N' Stones and New Dirreen, the latter showed good potential last time at Charm Park "We were really pleased with New Dirreen and he's come on for that run...Rock N' Stones is in good form and hope he can show us what he shows us at home." said trainer and rider Emma Todd. Sackett is a former Dianne Sayer inmate where he showed only minor promise, he will be partnered by Harry Kinder "He's well and has schooled well we've just been waiting for better ground." said Harry. Sam's Treasure came on for her debut run and can again improve on her fourth last time where she had New Dirreen behind her and Frosty Dawn ahead in third, the latter may prefer a stiffer test but is in good form and should give her showing again. Cheat Fairly is showing promise and with only three runs to date can improve further.Selection - Sam's Treasure

The Ladies Open is the penultimate race, the Tommy Morgan trained Lough Inch is in great form and has racked up a hat trick this season with his last victory coming at Cottenham where he made all to win by an easy ten lengths. Trop Fort was a narrow winner here last time but now must carry a 4lb penalty for that effort, whilst Abbey Storm was a decent performer when with Micky Hammond and should be noted. Harpsy Chord could be another to force the pace, Muirhead was highly talented on his day, he still looks capable but can find a few too strong "He's fit and working well at home." said his trainer/rider Fionn McSharry. Qoubilai is another who will likely make the running and was second here last time, better ground will suit and he could go well "He's in great form." said his rider Charlotte Crane. Street Entertainer was a winner last time where he beat subsequent Holderness winner A Country Mile, the pair could face off again however the former will have a 7lb penalty this time.Selection - Qoubilai

The final race is the Novice Riders race and here it is always an advantage to have an experienced novice rider, Jack Jordan is a rider to note and he gets a good tune out of his charge Mickey Miller, the pair were an easy winner of the Restricted at this track last time and can improve further. Harris has made it two on the bounce for the inform Emma Smith-Chaston but he is another who is penal-ised for his efforts. Irish Anthem has been in good form this season and a repeat of his recent second behind Blazing Whale would give him obvious chances under Henry Crow who is in excellent form. Lough Inch could contest this too and again would have clear chances, My Old Piano was disappointing on his return, he is now 15 and should be better for the run, however a supporting role may be his best chance, whilst Tallow Fair returned from a long absence to win at Revesby Park last time, Irish Anthem was favourite that day but unseated early on. Selection - Irish Anthem

Public admission is 10 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. The postcode for Sat Nav is YO23 3FR.