The Bilsdale point-to-point takes place at Rising Sun Farm, Easingwold on Sunday 13th May. A total of 94 entries have been received. New for 2018- The Bilsdale Air Ambulance Donkey Derby takes place at 1pm and will entertain spectators before the main action begins at 2pm with the Hunt Race. Public admission is £10 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. The postcode for Sat Nav is YO61 3PS.
The opening race is the Hunt Members and it looks fairly straightforward on form for Stagecoach Jasper, he ran much better last time where he chased home Matt's Commission at Witton Castle, however he has a quirky attitude and can't always be trusted but his form far surpasses any of his other rivals, which include the David Wood trained pair in Little Big Town and Double U Dot Ede's the latter finished fourth in a maiden at Witton Castle last time, whilst Little Big Town has shown form he looks like he is struggling to trouble the judge and Black Pepper Lady would need to take a dramatic step forward to factor.
Selection - Stagecoach Jasper
The second race is a Conditions race for horses who have not won under rules or won any Open races since 2015, Prince Of Pirates was in good form until running a below par fourth at Pendle last time over a 3m 5f and this sharper test may see him in better light, Zandino ran his best race to date when chasing home Six A Side in a Men's Open here last time, whilst The Mobile Man was leading when falling three out at Witton Castle, he has been progressing well and can put in another bold show. Mickey Miller is well out of sorts this season, Refusal has won both his races this season including here last time where he made all the running and can make another bold show here from the front, however it could go to Rockmount Rocker who won his restricted here last time where he beat a decent prospect in Callison d'Alene and is well thought of by connections.
Selection - Rockmount Rocker
The Mens Open looks a competitive race with leading contender Ardea, he was third last time behind One Conemara at the Bedale, he is a decent hunter chase performer in his prime, however carries a penalty here and this sharp track may not suit him. Young Hurricane has beaten Ardea before but is in nowhere near that form this season, he also took the John Corbett last season at Stratford and his trainer feels he could be returning to form, others with strong claims include Six A Side who has a good record here winning four times from six attempts and can go well yet again. Martha's Benefit looks to be coming to form after a respectable effort at Cheltenham and can do well along with Zandino and Clone Power.
Selection - Ardea
The Ladies Open looks as if it could go one of three ways, Knocklong has been a prolific winner in points and has scored his last three races, this shorter track shouldn't be a problem however all his runs have come with cut in the ground, one that has won on quick ground is Lough Inch, he hasn't been seen this season but a multiple winner between the flags and has scored 19 times from 24 runs. The other one with a claim could be Six A Side if he opts for this race and could give the leading pair a run for his money. Danny Mags and Viacometti are others that can fill the places.
Selection - Knocklong
The Restricted looks open to several of the runners of this race from the previous meeting, Inishturk Lad, Aldergale and Wild Murphy could reappose, the latter ran like something was amiss last time but his previous form behind Snow Castle and Matt's Commision would give him leading claims, whilst pace setter Aldergale may be vulnerable once more it could go the way of Inishturk Lad and Lottie Crane. McMurphy took a big step forward to win last time and this will need another step forward, whilst The Sweetener is running well and this sharp track will suit, Spruce Up is another will leading claims after a staying on third behind Royal Chant at Witton Castle on Monday.
Selection - Inishturk Lad
The final race is the Open Maiden and has been divided, in division one there is numerous horses with chances, Barfly was a good second to a useful winner at Alnwick last time in a bumper on his debut, if taking to fences can progress further, Frangeliko improved massively last time to be narrowly denied where the first three pulled well clear of the rest and one that was the runner up in the corresponding maiden that day was Goody Hallett who seems to have really shaped up on his jumping when second last time to McMurphy. Rock Me Zippo held every chance until running out at the last at the Pendle and doesn't look a straight forward ride, but In Her Own Time could be the one to side with, she stayed on well in her Members race last time behind two Open horses and a repeat of that should see him go well.
Selection - In Her Own Time
Division two of the maiden ends the day and Pete Fahey could have strong claims with Do It For Thy Sen, he ran well for a long way at Sinnington until fading late on to finish third, he can do better now. Emory's form is patchy and looks better suited by quicker ground, Joy At Midnight held every chance until running out three from home at Witton Castle, One For Martha looked to have the race sealed until been collared close home at the last Easingwold meeting, whilst Raleagh Mountain put his poor effort behind him to finish third here last time but may need a touch more, whilst Sulamani The Late ran on well near the finish to be second to a useful debutant only on Monday, however Mr Baresi hasn't been seen since Alnwick in December where he came sixth, more was expected of him that day and his trainer produced a nice maiden winner earlier in the week and may be worth siding with.