Tasheba ridden by Amy Collier (Navy and pink colours) winning at Charm Park last year
Charm Park, near Scarborough hosts the Derwent point-to-point on Sunday 5th March. 91 entries have been received for the meeting, the first race is at 12.30pm, the Hunt Members Race and it could go again to last year's winner Tasheba "He loves the bigger fences and is going well enough at home...the conditions at Duncombe Park were terrible so I'm hoping for an improvement this time" said trainer/rider Amy Collier. Zandino ran an excellent race at Askham Bryan to finish second and he will no doubt be the main threat. Harpsy Chord looked plenty good enough when with previous connections but has lost his way a bit this year and will need to bounce back to land this. Refusal is another who could have a say if showing the same enthusiasm from last year.
Selection - Tasheba
The Club Members Race is next and ones that catch the eye are those that evade a penalty, these include Close House, formerly a useful recruit under rules which included a fourth in the Supreme Novice hurdle, he returned from a huge absence to give a good fourth at Sheriff Hutton and his trainer Charles Clark is in good form. Five Piers won on his only start last year, Hand Act Or Part was a good fourth behind Knocklong last time and a repeat of that would see him go well, whilst Impact Zone is advancing in years and prefers a sound surface. Shantou Prince and Thing's Change are the best of these but will have to burden hefty penalties. Stagecoach Jasper ended last year in good form and put up a good show on his seasonal return "He has certainly sharpened up for his run at Brocklesby, his body is fine, its a case of getting his brain in gear!" said Fiona Needham.
Selection - Close House
Ten entries have been received for the Men's Open and there are three that look the strongest, Klepht is best over shorter trips, whilst Pertemps Network prefers fast ground and to blaze a trail, so that looks like the race will go the way of last year's winner Monsieur Jourdain and Will Easterby who bounced back to form at Brocklesby Park in fine style. Prince Of Pirates has some good form, but he has been absent for a long time due to a few niggling problems and is hard to see him landing a blow here.
Selection - Monsieur Jourdain
The Ladies Open Race looks a very open race, Hand Act Or Part has taken well to a switch to Ladies races, Street Entertainer was a useful performer when with David Pipe but his efforts so far may not be good enough to strike here. Talkonthestreet was a decent recruit when with Philip Hobbs, he had one run in points and has been absent since so will have a lengthy break to overcome. Fionn McSharry commented "He is going well at home, but will definitely need the run and ideally good ground." Trop Fort stayed on well at Askham Bryan to beat Six A Side, he has a penalty for that effort and may need to find a little more. The main contender could be Victor Hewgo who was a decent horse under rules for Keith Reveley where he was the winner of five races consisting of three hurdles and two chases.
Selection - Victor Hewgo
The Restricted Race could be the most interesting race of the day, with two nice prospects taking part. Dance Of Time a former bumper winner has travelled extremely well through his races to date finishing runner up on both occasions, whilst Path To Freedom was very impressive at Sheriff Hutton, he can be forgiven his recent effort after hanging wide on the bend after three out at Sinnington. Duke Nelson was a well held second last time and stamina is his forte whilst Martha's Benefit is slowly improving but may shape better for this effort. Station Master is another on the upgrade and has clear potential after an impressive display at Askham Bryan "I think he could be quite decent...I might run him again next week." said Peter Fahey after his win on Sunday. A course winner and one who was fairly consistent last year was On Vacation and could be a danger to the main contenders for trainer Guy Brewer "He won his maiden here last year and seems well, he'd ideally be suited by drier ground" said Guy.
Selection - Path To Freedom
The Open Maiden is the final race on the card and has received the most entries, there are several here with form including Monsun Storm who was third behind subsequent winner Bentons Lad last time, whilst Not Far Wrong who was close behind him has also gone close since. Frosty Dawn was third at Askham Bryan albeit been well held, Monarch's Glory has shown ability but also showed he had a wayward side last time and it's hard to know what kind of an effort he will put up here, whilst Rowdy Robin was a nice second at Sheriff Hutton last season, he was only four then and should have matured so could go well on his seasonal return. New Dirreen was second on only his second start in Ireland last spring and despite some lacklustre efforts under rules could be one to note "He's well, he's schooled well and we're looking forward to him running...we'll learn more about him after Sunday." said trainer Emma Todd. The Last Letty hasn't shown a great deal so far but trainer Nicky Tinkler does well with his maidens and there may be more to come in the future. McMurphy has shown promise and went close at the Sinnington, however the one that looks the most promising is Sam's Treasure, she was a staying on second on her debut at Easingwold last season and looked held when falling last time, she should strip fitter for that run and can go well.
Selection - Sam's Treasure
Public admission is £10 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. The postcode for Sat Nav is YO13 9QU