Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Holderness Point to Point at Dalton Park

Sunday 8th March

By Will Milburn

This Sunday 8th March its the turn of the Holderness point to point at Dalton Park, 77 entries have been received for the seven race card which gets under way with the Hunt Members race at 1-30pm. Always a great day out admission is 12pp with ample track side parking tickets still available and can be reserved by contacting, there will also be plenty of fantastic homemade refreshments. The postcode for the meeting is HU17 7PW.

The first race holds 4 entries and looks to go to either Tom Horn or McMurphy, the latter was a good second behind the decent Buck Dancing at Easingwold last season when last seen and although Tom Horn scored at Hexham it was a weak event and this looks McMurphy's for the taking. Reckless Behavior is a dual hurdle winner, including at Southwell last May, however he was reluctant to start last time and temperament could be an issue.
Selection - McMurphy

The second race is a PPROA Club Members race run over 2m 6f, Asylo has failed to land a blow in a couple of hunter chases but now switched to points could have more of an impact, reaching ratings in the mid 120's. Braavos was a well held third behind Absainte at Brocklesby but it is thought he can do better, the same can be said for Hi Murphy who won an Irish hunter chase before joining his current yard so his dissapointing reappearance can be forgiven. Smoke Man looks to like soft conditions, whilst the Furness pair in Monbeg Chit Chat and Shantou Prince both have form over shorter trips and can build on this seasons efforts, although the latter put up a very lackluster effort at Charm Park. Dubai Quest looks the one to beat, he is progressive and beat Omar Maretti easily at the Brocklesby.Selection - Dubai Quest

The 2m 6f Maiden looks as if it will turn up a decent juvenile for the future, Francessca Nimmo has five entries, four of which are unraced and were mostly purchased for five figure sums. Tom Ellis has the once raced Man Of Means who was fourth on his only start in Ireland at Boulta in November, Desjay is from the Nicky Tinkler stable and is from the family of winning pointers Our Jj, Bramble Vodka and Heart Of All Englnd winner Hafajay, Falloway Dubreau was going well when coming down late on and could be the one to beat, however Will Easterby's Trap For Fools served it up to an impressive winner at Duncombe Park before weakening late on and should of come on a lot for that effort.
Selection - Trap For Fools

The Mens Open could be a penalty kick for the Jack Teal trained and ridden Matts Commission, he has proven his stamina by winning at Alnwick and his form this year looks more than good enough to take this, Smoke Man looks the likely contender after an easy win here last season. Things Change is always knocking on the door and Game As A Pheasant was a good fourth at the Sinnington meeting when carrying a 9lb penalty.
Selection - Matts Commission

The Ladies Open has two top class performers in the shape of Haymount and Seafood, the latter ran a good third at Stratford behind Meldrum Lad in the Ladies final, whilst Haymount will appreciate this stiff track and has been runner up twice this season, both times been beaten by very useful rivals. Houndscourt was a multiple winner under rules, he may not have the same class as a few of these but connections do well with these types and he could make the frame. Niki's Nipper has not given much to go on this season for his new connections after walking over on debut.
Selection - Haymount

Although only eight entered in the Restricted, there are two very easy maiden winners in Caviar d'Allen and Daly An Sceil. The Jack Teal trained Daly An Sceil galloped her rivals into submission at the Sinnington meeting and looked a progressive sort and a race of this nature should be easily within grasp, however Caviar d'Allen was the 60 length winner of his maiden, although it is to be seen how competitve that race was. Tom Ellis's Black Jasper just got up to beat the progressive Onestepatatime last time at Alnwick and is a yard that should be taken seriously.
Selection - Daly An Sceil

The final race is the Open Maiden and has the largest entries of the day with 18, Anthony Ross's Onestepatatime has finished to very good effect on both runs this season and looks primed to get off the mark. Francessca Nimmo and Tom Ellis's runner should always be kept on side but its hard to know which ones will take their chances, whilst Fire Rock didn't look to appreciate the better ground at Charm Park and can be given another chance on his Sheriff Hutton form. Howitsdone made a good start to his pointing career when finishing second, that was over 2m 4f and this track will demand more on stamina.
Selection - Onestepatatime