Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Hurworth Point to Point at Hutton Rudby

Saturday 14th March

By Will Milburn

This Saturday 14th March the Hurworth will be holding its meeting at Hutton Rudby, a seven race card is on show with a total of 91 entries. The first race gets under way at 12-30 with the Hunt Members race, addmission is 12.50 with unders 16's free, whilst there is also a 100m kids dash at 12pm in aid of McMillan Cancer Support. The postcode for the meeting is TS15 0JL.

The opening race is the Hunt Members race and it looks highly likely that Neville Woods and Phil Greaves can get back in to the winners enclosure after a better effort at Charm Park last time behind Panthers Creek, he has a 10lb penalty to carry but should be a class above these. Sartorial Elegance showed some form on his debut run but has not backed that up since, whilst Luca Brasi Boy has done his best running at Alnwick and although he is a maiden he can still go well receiving weight from the more fancied runners. Champagne To Go could be given a second chance after a below par start to her pointing career.
Selection - Neville Woods

The Restricted could see a renewal of several runners from the Charm Park Restricted, Classical Lady came out the best there and no doubt can go well again, however Alright Marlene and Teescomponents Boy were having there first starts of the season and could strip fitter for that run. Caviar d'Allen however was massively impressive at Charm Park, it's hard to say how strong the race was but he could not have done it any easier.
Selection - Caviar d'Allen

The Ladies Open hs attacted several decent rivals from out the area, one of which is Irish Anthem who has run several very creditable efforts in good open company this year but was well held last time in a Leicester Hunter Chase. Buck Dancing has failed to make an impact in Hunter Chases this season, he is a very talented pointer and would have major claims if not contesting the Cheltenham Foxhunters on Friday. Shimla Dawn was a respectable fourth on his return at Charm Park and looks as if a longer trip might suit him these days, whilst Seefood looks the smartest performer, he ended last season with a third in the Ladies final at Stratford and his sole point start saw an easy victory at Easingwold.
Selection - Seefood

The Mens Open looks another match up between Black River, Cup Final and One Conemara who finished in that order at Duncombe Park, One Conemara has fired as he has in previous seasons, whilst Cup Final may be suited more by this flatter track, however there looks no reason why Black River can't make it three for the season. Big Sound scored on his stable debut at Duncombe Park, this looks tougher but he beat likely favourite Black River last season at Dalton Park so would have to be a big danger, whilst Wizadora was a prolific Open winner last year and can be forgiven a below par effort at the Sinnington.
Selection - Black River

The Veteran horse race also looks very competitive, however several of the better performers must carry penalties, these include Big Sound, Cup Final, Shimla Dawn and One Conemara, whilst 13yo Seefood is penalised with a 10lb penalty. Olivers Gold could make his first appearance in points and was very consistent for Mark Walford but looked most effective over 2miles to 2 and half miles.
Selection - Big Sound

The Conditions race is for horses that have not won under rules and have not won a Mens, Ladies or Mixed Open. Duke Arcadio won several weak races last season and was well behind when pulled up this season, both Mr Pepperpot and McMuprhy are in good form but need to take another step forward, whilst Mr Snuffles looks very progressive and Jo O'shea has a good strike rate when bringing runners to this meeting. Snow Castle beat Greensalt in his Members race last time which sets a high level of form and this looks his to win.
Selection - Snow Castle

The final race is the Open Maiden with 18 entries and Sarah Dent has three of them, soft ground would give Fire Rock every chance on his Sheriff Hutton form, Miss Charlton was well held last time but should be better than that, whilst Witch Of Wellfleet is making her racecourse debut at the age of 8 and is likely best watched for now. Tonis Oscar has placed form in Ireland, Peep O'day Dell looks best at a shorter trip and better ground, whilst Kimberley Boy has the pick of form from last season but was very laclustre at Duncombe Park and needs to bounce back. Master Thyne looks the one to beat on form after a good second to Franks Fancy at Charm Park. Twist About won on debut in a point to point bumper, however the form of that race hasn't worked out well and needs to prove he jumps.
Selection - Master Thyne