On Easter Monday a Donkey Derby gets under starter's orders at 12pm at the Hurworth Point-to-Point, held at Skutterskelfe, Hutton Rudby, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Colin Tunnicliffe. The Alwood Donkeys are back again, represented by Shrek, Woody, Buzz, Fiona, Paddy and Jack and their riders have been raising funds for the Injured Jockeys Fund and have been kindly sponsored by Rosedene Nurseries. Public admission is £10 per adult, under 14s are free (when accompanied by an adult). Spectators can also enjoy a shopping experience at the course, with 10 different stalls including "Vale Amore Jewels, The Little Red Berry Company and Foxy Lady. The postcode for Sat Nav is TS15 0JL.
The Hunt Members race starts the day at 1pm and it looks between Iron Chancellor and De Blacksmith, the latter got off to a winning start in this sphere at Brocklesby Park where he beat two reliable sorts and suffers a 5lb penalty for that, whereas Iron Chancellor chased home Knocklong at Dalton Park and looks to be coming back to something like the best of his form for Jess Bedi although will have to over come a 10lb penalty. Fairy Mix can go well after a satisfactory reappearance and should have come on for that, whilst Midnight Milly is likely to improve after a long break, the remainder are likely to fill minor roles at best. Selection - De Blacksmith
The Restricted has only eight entries and the one with the leading chance is Starlight Court who won on point debut in his Hunt Members race at Brocklesby, Monsun Storm has been running well whilst Spruce Up was only narrowly behind him at Sinnington and could have an outside chance despite not running well at this track previously. Taylormade Boy is consistent and can run well again, whilst Crazy Penguin looks an unreliable sort despite his consistent form figures. Selection - Starlight Court
The Ladies Open could go the way of a number of contenders, Shimla Dawn and Rumble Of Thunder look the leading contenders, both have had their seasons halted by the wet conditions, the latter made a pleasing seasonal debut at Sheriff Hutton and looks likely to go well again here. To Begin kept improving last year and a sharp track and dry conditions would see him at his best, whilst Iron Chancellor and Dee Be Keeper can go well, along with A Country Mile who looked a decent recruit in Ladies races but will likely be seen to better effect when on better ground. Selection - Rumble Of Thunder
The Men's Open looks between two old rivals, Dance Of Time and Greensalt, where last time the former came out on top, however Greensalt has put up a good effort in a Catterick hunter chase since and can maybe go better this time round. The Mobile Man put up a game effort at Dalton Park to finish second and can improve on that, Fever Pitch beat him that day and could return again of level weights with that rival, whilst Black River had some decent form when with Paul Nichols and could give a good account of himself if fully wound up. Selection - Greensalt
The Confined race looks rather weak, one who was progressive last season was Mickey Miller, he looked very versatile and can be forgiven for his disappointing reappearance effort at Sheriff Hutton, one who could challenge him if on song is Six A Side, he has not been the same force since a running on third at Cheltenham and if returning to that would be hard to pass, whilst Sposalizio did not fire on his return and typically likes fast ground. Wizadora has won at this track when winning her Restricted and looks in good form so should give a good account of herself. A chance could be given to Black River though in what looks a weak contest. Selection - Black River
The final race is the Open Maiden and Bite The Biscuit failed to build on his effort at the Sinnington when finishing third at Dalton Park, there is then a handful of horses with chances including Royal Chant and Seeuwhenugetthere, the former was fifth behind Bite The Biscuit at Sinnington but is open to improvement, however the one that catches the eye is Ourgetaway, he was a very good third in the Hunt race here last year and then ran out when running well the time after, if repeating that form should go very well here. Selection - Ourgetaway