Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Badsworth & Bramham Moor Point-to-Point

Saturday 23rd March

By Will Milburn

Askham Bryan College plays host to the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt point-to-point on Satur-day 23rd March. This is the second time the course has hosted a meeting this season. A total of 83 entries have been received, the first race is at 2pm. Public admission is 12.50 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments including a Hog Roast. Parking arrangements will be the same as they were for the West of Yore meeting. Children will be kept entertained with games and a bouncy castle. Dogs kept on leads are welcome. The postcode for Sat Nav is YO23 3FR.

The opening race is a Conditions race where that the contenders cannot have won any race under rules and can only have won point to point races, this has resulted in 7 entries and the recent course winner and progressive Absainte could be very hard to peg back. A dual winner this year Absainte won an Irish maiden but showed very little in the interim under rules but a switch to English points and trail blazing tactics has seen her hard to catch in both starts this year, her latest win at this track saw her beat Snow Castle who has since turned out to win at the Hurworth. Her main rival could be The Mobile Man who recently won the Holderness Members race, however a neck second to McMurphy is not strong enough form to suggest he could win this, as for the rest there is little to go on, Mickey Miller may have benefited from his return effort, whilst Not Far Wrong showed he retains some ability when finishing alone in a match race here. Rockmount Rocker has been disappointing and finished a narrow second to Frangeliko in a match race last time at the Derwent, but previously was well below par at this track.
Selection - Absainte

There doesn't look any stand out peformers in the Restricted but the two most progressive horses are Alburn and Sheperds Cave, the latter stayed on for second at the Hurworth and broke his maiden at this track so there is no reason he can't go close. Although Alburn got is head in front last time at Charm Park he was doing so at the age of 9 and has a long string of non completions prior to that so it's hard to know how much further he will progress, however the runner up Hafajay has won since. Princess Scorpion won at the Holderness but is another who disappointed at this track the time before, whilst McMurphy was a close second to The Mobile Man last time and that bare form would give him every chance. Eden Collenges has looked regressive since his win at Sheriff Hutton, Robins Legend was a decisive winner but may need things to fall right for him after not getting his own way at Dalton Park, however when he broke his maiden he had Frangeliko back in second who could re appose here so should have the beating of her.
Selection - Sheperds Cave

The Mens Open has some potentially decent up and coming pointers, Dark Mahler was an impressive winner here last time where he beat Shantou Prince, he quickened clear nicely that day and improved from his previous run and could do so again, whilst Guy Brewer's other inmate the very talented veteran Young Hurricane could make his seasonal appearance, however he is best on quick ground and his record on his first run back suggests he will likely be better for this effort. Black River and Big Sound finished first and second in the Club race at Dalton Park on their last starts, Black River is a course winner but Big Sound will be 2lb better off here including Marcus Haigh's 5lb claim after beating Black River two lengths last time. Things Change is another contender for Will Easterby and may well come on for his third last time behind Streets Of Milan after having over a year off the track. Sealous Scout is another interesting recruit who made a very pleasing return to the track last time after a 4 year absence when third at Alnwick where he was partnered by Joe Williamson, if he returns to the saddle he too could claim 5lb. Selection - Big Sound

There are 23 entries in the Maiden and with Robin Tate's team in such good form it would be foolish to ignore Clashganny who was knocking on the door all last year and even looked like winning at Witton Castle when coming to grief two out. Ellary has had only one run when second in a Uttoxeter bumper back in 2017 and has to prove he is ready after his return, Flamingo Lane is starting to string some good efforts together but still doesn't look straight forward and will need to settle better if he is to win. Game Risk can be forgiven his recent blip at Dalton Park after making a bad mistake, whilst Scarlett Peak will likely go close after going down by only a neck last time to Scorpion Princess. The two 4 year old's to note are Coniston Spa trained by Steph Easterby and Elusive Package trained by Joshua Guirriero, Coniston Spa was a very encouraging third at Sheriff Hutton in January and looks one to keep on the right side of, whilst newcomer Elusive Package is out of a dual bumper winner and cost 45,000 euro last year as a 3 year old.
Selection - Coniston Spa

The Ladies Open could be a two horse race between Ballinahow Bill and Meldrum Lad, however the latter has not emerged yet this season and has a lengthy break to overcome after a successful career with Seamus Durack which ended in a grade 3 at Ascot. Ballinahow Bill hasn't hit top form yet and although he was a well beat second at Brocklesby the winner and the fourth have won well since. Sea Beat and The Mobile Man can fill the places, whilst New Kid In Town was a useful performer in Ireland but has seemed very regressive since coming to England.
Selection - Ballinahow Bill

The final race is a Conditions race for Novice Riders and Marcus Haigh could have the choice of two of the leading players, Big Sound who was a winner last time and Six A Side who was a good fourth here last time when shouldering an 8lb penalty. Harris stayed on nicely behind Kings Lodge at Charm Park, No Secondchance was consistent without threatening last season, whilst Scots Gaelic gave his first season rider a great start when third behind the useful Neville Woods and Big Sound at Duncombe Park. Sealous Scout would have strong claims after his third at Alnwick where he was returning from a four year absence.
Selection - Six A Side