Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Holderness at Dalton Park 12th March 2017

By Will Millburn & Caroline Smith

The Holderness Hunt stages their annual point-to-point at Dalton Park, by kind permission of Lord Hotham. 91 entries have been received for the meeting. The opening contest is the Hunt Members race at 1.30pm and the one with stand out form is Rumble of Thunder, he was an impressive winner at Askham Bryan, but his previous efforts were only moderate and this stiff track may not suit, however the one who has proven stamina is Max My Boy who was placed in the Grimthorpe Gold Cup last season and could be the one to take this. Lortzing, Dibble Bridge and Harmonical all look like playing supporting roles.Selection - Max My Boy

The second race is a club race run over 2m 6f and last year's winner New Frontier could again take part, he has not won since taking this race last year but has since put up some respectable efforts "He won this race last year, he's in good form, looks fabulous and feels fresh, Jack Andrews will ride him." said Jacqueline Coward. His Excellency is in good form and could be the best here on form, he appreciated an easier trip when under rules and this could suit him. Ivan Boru is slowly improving and is another who can go well, Qoubilai went close on his seasonal/stable debut at Askham Bryan, however the stiff nature of the track may not suit despite the shorter trip, whilst Somethingwonderful was a winner last time out and rider Tom Strawson is hoping he can go well after winning his Members race. Rumble Of Thunder is more effective over a shorter trip as proved when winning at Askham Bryan but he also has the easier option of the Members race.Selection - His Excellency

Next is a maiden race which is also run over the distance of 2m 6f, the one with the best form is Not Far Wrong, he has improved steadily this season and chased home stable mate Bentons Lad last time, he looks to stay well and should go well here. Cheat Fairly stepped up on her debut effort to be fourth at Askham Bryan, she can improve further and could be one to note "She's a nice mare and I'd hope she'd win one by the end of the season." said Jack Teal who is hopeful of his charge. Rowdy Robin departed early on at Charm Park and although showing clear promise may need further time, whilst the pair of 4yo's from the Francesca Nimmo yard need noting on debut from a yard that can ready one. Selection - Not Far Wrong

The Men's Open looks a wide open race and the interesting one is Tallow Fair, he was a five time winner in points but has been absent since 2015 and this 12yo will need to be cherry ripe for his return. Billing is hard to catch on his day but will need firm ground to fire, whilst Fureys Bar is very capable but can be wayward at times and is best watched. Max My Boy and Kings Lodge are in good form and stay well; however Royal Deal is more than capable of putting his best foot forward after making a pleasing return at Duncombe Park.Selection - Max My Boy

The Ladies Open is a competitive race but the stand out horse is Palypso De Creek, a multiple and talented point winner who should easily take this if at his best, however he was easily swept aside on his decent seasonal debut and at the age of 14 he maybe beginning to look vulnerable. Hand Act Or Part was a good fourth behind Knocklong at his first attempt in Ladies Open and can give another bold show here, Corrin Wood is the most interesting recruit here, formerly with Dan Skelton he was second at Cheltenham in November and a month later was a good fourth in the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock, with a chase mark of 123 this son of Garuda can make his presence felt. Cork Citizen has been disappointing but Ballyvesey could go well on his stable debut for Alice Dawson "He's in good form and he's been enjoying hunting every week, he also went round the Melton Hunt ride." said Alice Dawson. Selection - Corrin Wood

The Restricted looks set between three horses, Bentons Lad is a recent winner over 2m 4f, he is in excellent form but has the extra distance to tackle "He's in tremendous form at home, he stays 3 miles but this is a stiff 3 miles and hopefully he can cope with it." said rider Will Milburn. The Mobile Man has been running well in restricted races with large fields and could now capitalise in a weaker event, however the race could go to Duke Nelson who relishes a test of stamina being the son of Grimthorpe Gold Cup winner Duchess Account. Selection - Duke Nelson

The final race is a maiden run over 3 miles and it should be a good opportunity for Crazy Penguin to get off the mark, runner up on his only two runs in points, he looks as though a test of stamina will suit after staying on late at Askham Bryan. Fayre Enough was in good form but put up a poor display last time and is currently moving in the wrong direction, Monarchs Glory has shown promise but is not straight forward, whilst Yoohoof's dam Piece Of Magic was an impressive winner of her Restricted at this course, he has run two good efforts this year and should have more to come. Selection - Crazy Penguin

Public admission is 10 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. The postcode for Sat Nav is HU17 7PW.

Max My Boy, ridden by Robert Hogg winning the 2016 Holderness Hunt Race. Credit Tom Milburn Photography