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    Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Holderness Point to Point

Sunday 10th March

By Will Milburn

The Holderness Hunt stage their annual point-to-point at Dalton Park, by kind permission of Lord Hotham on Sunday 10th March. 97 entries have been received for the meeting, the first race is at 1.30pm, Public admission is 12 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar, including real ales and freshly made sandwiches, locally sourced beef burgers and bacon rolls along with homemade cakes, soup, tea & coffee. The postcode for Sat Nav is HU17 7PW. To reserve trackside parking, 60 per car, please email hhyorks1@gmail.com

The opening race is the Hunt Members race with only four entries, Hall Garth has shown very little so far, McMurphy has been running well but may not be up to taking on the leading pair which is Roll The Dice and The Mobile Man, the latter made an encouraging reappearance at Duncombe Park but has a penalty to carry here unlike Roll The Dice who is making his seasonal debut, he finished runner up to some decent rivals last season and could be the one to beat if on song. Selection - The Mobile Man

The second race is a club race run over 2miles and 6 furlongs, the ones that will be best suited are those preferring an easier trip, Black Valentine won over this distance over hurdles, but won a weak Open and was soundly beaten since. Kilclispeen makes his point debut bus has not been seen since finishing fourth in an Irish chase back in 2017 when with Joseph O'Brien, Pair Of Jacks was a mid 130 horse when with Malcolm Jefferson back in 2017, but his two point efforts since then have been very unimpressive, whilst Red Spinner was a very decent performer at sub three mile trips, however has failed to transfer that to points and his jumping has become an issue aswell. Shantou Prince has proven himself effective over shorter trips and could turn out for the third weekend in a row, whilst Black River has shown plenty of pace and was a winner at Askham Bryan last time and this formerly classy ex Paul Nicholls inmate is starting to find his feet after several frustrating seasons and could go from strength to strength. The likely winner could be Meldrum Lad, he was a multiple winner when with Seamus Durrack and was last seen contesting a Grade 3 at Ascot and although he has been absent for some time, his trainer Justin Landy should have him tuned up for his return. Selection - Meldrum Lad

The 2m 6f maiden is for 4, 5 and 6 year old maidens and could be a very interesting event full of potentially young and talented 4 year old's. Francesca Nimmo has won this race previously and has three un-raced 4yo's entered, a Frozen Power gelding called Breaking The Ice out of a Dubawi mare, Falloway Bubreau is a French import, whilst Presence Of Mind is full brother to No Brainer who was placed in bumpers and a novice hurdle in his brief career and Presence Of Mind was a 20,000 euro import and which ever takes part will likely go close. Pete Fahey is another with several well bred youngsters, Tom O'Roughley made an encouraging debut at Askham Bryan to be fourth where he looked very green and will have improved a ton for that effort, Dipsophobia made a disappointing return at Thorpe and is still well thought of, whilst Artoff is brother to Big Chief Benny who won twice for Alan King. Hafajay looks set to break his maiden after two placed efforts from as many runs, whilst the Irish import Master Thyne can be forgiven his last run when finishing down the field as his debut fourth has seen numerous winners come out from those ahead of him and was a 40,000 purchase as a 3 year old. Cherry Coward's debutants tend to need the run but this nicely bred 4 year old could one to note, Does He Know is out of Diavoleria who was placed and won a bumper aswell as a string of hurdle races for Mick Easterby and is by group 1 Japan Cup winner Alkaased. Selection - Presence Of Mind

The Mens Open looks as if it will go the way of one of the Will Easterby pair in Black River and Things Change, the latter has been off the track for over a year and should benefit for the run, whilst Streets Of Milan showed something like last season's form when finishing third to Gran Paradiso at Corbridge over the longer trip of 3m 5f so this stiff track should be no problem. Panama Canal has won this race in the past and comes here after a good third to Path To Freedom, whilst Crowded Room can be formidable on his day, however both of these are now well into their teens. Some Invitation is the newcomer to pointing and was twice an easy winner under rules and was thought good enough to contest a grade one chase round Kempton when with Dan Skelton. Selection - Black River

The Ladies Open looks set to be a match between two top notch Ladies horses in Knocklong and Iron Chancellor, Knocklong has been a potent force on the Yorkshire and Northern circuit over the last couple of years but has looked a shadow of that this term and the nod looks as if it will have to go to Iron Chancellor who comes here in great form and is assured stamina so this track will be perfect. Sam's Treasure and Wizadora will likely fill the places, whilst Seabeat was last seen in December when finishing a good third to Ted Veale. Trickaway could be the dark horse in the race, despite not been seen since 2017 his last victory came when defeating Shimla Dawn at Kelso, who has turned into a very talented pointer in his own right. Selection - Iron Chancellor

The Restricted is the penultimate race of the day and Robins Legend is one that comes here in form and despite winning over 2m 4f last time should stay well, the same as Miss Carney and Mr Pepperpot both who could have a say and stay extra well. Smoke Man was the impressive winner of a Horseheath maiden but it is unsure how strong the form is, whilst Thomas Shelby was a good second in a restricted last time, however the likely winner is Alright Marlene who was an Irish maiden winner last year and caught the eye when making her return in a club race at Corbridge where she made up alot of ground late on to finish a good fourth to multiple open winner Winged Crusader. Selection - Alright Marlene

The final race is the Open Maiden and with many more entries than the shorter maiden it is a very open event. Clashganny was knocking on the door last year and should make a place, Classical Daytime was runner up twice in Ireland and fell when favourite for his British debut, whilst Emory is a long standing maiden and is likely to hit the cross bar again. Game Risk had some good form in Ireland and made an encouraging debut when second at Askham Bryan, Scarlett Peak has shown ability but has unseated both starts this year and will need to shape up if he wants to figure, however the likely winner could come from recent Charm Park runner up Hafajay who looks to have stamina assured and is progressing quickly. The interesting one could be Ellary who finished second on his bumper debut back in 2017 and has not been seen since, he clearly has ability but it is yet to be seen what form he is in after his break. Selection - Hafajay