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    Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Holderness at Dalton Park

Sunday 25th March 2018

The Holderness Hunt stage their annual point-to-point at Dalton Park, by kind permission of Lord Hotham. 90 entries have been received for the meeting, the first race is at 1.30pm, Public admission is 10 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar, including real ales and freshly made sandwiches, cakes, tea & coffee.  This year they will be serving hot beef sandwiches, locally sourced from Beswick Hall Farms.  The postcode for Sat Nav is HU17 7PW. To reserve trackside parking, 60 per car, please email maryrook2@btinternet.com.

The opening race is the Hunt Members race and although there is only five entries it looks like Jack Teal could hold the aces, The Mythologist improved for his debut effort to be fourth behind Dance Of Time, Teal also partnered Charles Clark's Grouse Lodge last season where he recorded several good efforts, including a victory at Askham Bryan. Max My Boy is a previous winner of this race and has plenty of stamina, whilst McMurphy and Roll The Dice will likely have to fill the places. Selection - The Mythologist

The PPORA Club Members race is run over 2 mile and 6 furlongs and holds 22 entries, Ballinahow Bill has been nothing but impressive in his two victories, and the ease at which he travels suggests this slightly shorter trip will be no issue. Lottie Crane could also have the choice of Fever Pitch who has been consistent since joining this team, and another bold show can be expected. Whilst Lauberhorn is another that could have a chance, he makes his seasonal/stable debut and if fully tuned could go well. The Chatfield Roberts' team could take their chance with Love Manhattan, he was an Intermediate winner last season and has made the frame in a couple of Club races so another good run can be expected. Will Easterby has his horses in good form at the moment and he could run either Black River or Two B's, the former most notably defeated Douvan when winning in France, that was a long time ago and he also holds an entry at Revesby Park on Saturday, Two B's is in great form and will no doubt get his head in front before long. The likely winner could be last year's winner of this race His Excellency, however he pulled up at Sheriff Hutton and has to shoulder a 6lb penalty. Sam's Treasure progressed well last season and won twice, she is clearly progressing well but the form of those races may not have been overly strong. Selection - Ballinahow Bill

The first maiden is a 4, 5 and 6 year old Maiden run over 2 mile and 6 furlongs, Bite The Biscuit chased home Ancient Empire at the Sinnington and will surely get off the mark soon, Easterby could also have the choice of Clashganny, he continued to knock on the door last season, however looked held when coming to grief on his latest outing. Do It For Thy Sen was a well held third at Sinnington but looked to hold every chance, until two out in what was a strangely run race, Jamars Star jumped novicey at Brocklesby Park but stayed on well to finish a good third behind two useful looking maidens from the Nimmo and Lacey stables and looks one to keep on the right side of. Better can be expected from Matts Commission, Miss Carney and One For Martha, all of which may be seen to better effect later in the season. Miss Fliss is a 6 year old mare who is sister to Save My Blushes, who was a four time winner including a chase and three hurdle races but could be one for further down the road, however the un-raced 4 year old Generation Times from the Francessca Nimmo yard is of most interest, connections won this race last year, bought for 8000 euro's as a 3 year now a 4 year old, is the first produce out of a Luso mare who showed little in several bumper/point runs. Selection - Jamars Star

The Mens Open could go the way of either Path To Freedom or Monsieur Jourdain, the latter is a three time winning Grimthorpe Gold Cup winner and is certainly the senior of the two, however he made a below par return at Brocklesby Park but could land more of a blow here, whilst Path To Freedom has been runner up twice this season to the useful Hazel Hill and Grandturgeon, the most recent in a Leicester hunter chase and gets the edge. Royal Deal does well at this track but he is not an easy ride and made a below par return last time, whilst Panama Canal is another course winner but is advancing in age and looks out of sorts. Selection - Path To Freedom

The Ladies Open could be harder to find the winner, Rumble Of Thunder returned with a good fourth at Sheriff Hutton but he is best suited by quick ground, Hand Act Or Part always gives a bold show from the front, whilst A Country Mile is another who appreciates quick ground and is burdened with a 4lb penalty. Knocklong is vastly superior on ratings but was turned over last time at Corbridge, he has a 7lb penalty but if on top form should take the beating, however the main danger could come from Young Dillon, a useful recruit when with Richard Newland and made a pleasing debut to points at Sinnington when third, he is expected to benefit from that effort and could get the vote. Selection - Young Dillon

The penultimate race is a Restricted and despite only six entrants none of them can be discounted, Ancient Empire was a placed hurdler for Joseph O'Brien and made a winning debut for John Dawson at the Sinnington meeting. Crazy Penguin will be suited by this long track but he is becoming frustrating and hasn't progressed as expected, whilst Viaduct Jack has shown promise in his two efforts and could make the frame. However Streets Of Milan made a good British debut at Duncombe Park when a well held second to Ballinahow Bill, he was a good winner of his point in Ireland and should be the one to beat. Selection - Streets Of Milan

The final race is an Open Maiden run over 3 miles, several are double entered in the earlier maiden, including Bite The Biscuit, Clashganny and Jammars Star, but Will Easterby can continue his good form with Leopards Leap, placed in Ireland for Noel Meade back in 2016 over hurdles and in bumpers, another option for Easterby is Mr Pepperpot for Robin Tate, a 9 year old who was narrowly beaten at Duncombe Park and then went on to be a close fourth at Corbridge, he looks another who can go well. Oscar Winner was placed in Ireland but made a below par debut at Sheriff Hutton, she was not at her best that day and better can be expected, whilst Raleagh Mountain could give Lottie Crane a good day, he was only narrowly beaten at Alnwick so this stamina test should hold no fears for him, whilst The Dapper Prince can go well for Joseph Williamson if the ground is not too testing. Thomas Todd is a raider from the Midlands area and was second on his point debut at Garthorpe. Selection - Raleagh Mountain