Askham Bryan Point to Point
This weekends meeting is at Askham Bryan by the kind permission and hard work of Askham Bryan
College. The Yorkshire Area Club meeting is held very conveniently on the side of the A64 so access
should not be an issue, there are six races with the opening race starting at 1pm, entry is £12.50 per
person and this meeting is always a very popular day out. The postcode for the meeting for any sat nav
users is YO23 3FR.
The first race is a Yorkshire Area Conditions race for horses qualified in the Yorkshire Area. bsainte has
shown a liking for this track and put up some good efforts last season in what was a light campaign,
Ballinahow Bill and Burrenbridge Hotel are both more than capable on their days but have failed to return
to form on their efforts so far this season. Rossderrin is running well without threatening and another
good effort is expected but may struggle to get his head in front, whilst River Frost made a good debut
between the flags but was well and truely put in his place by Steely Addition at Duncombe Park and with
the latter getting off the mark for the first time in three years he can no doubt build on that. Roycano
looks the main threat, he has travelled strongly through his races and this easy track should suit.
Selection – Steely Addition
The second race is a maiden run over 2m 4f and the two southern riders could have the edge, Doctor
Tom was a close second on his reappearance at Cocklebarrow and with the yard hitting form is likely to
be the one to beat, Felino de Bersy is another who ran well on his only run this year but will need to step
up again to score. Imperial Imp has shown signs of form in Ireland but has yet to shine on theses shores
and better ground may see him in a better light, whilst Master Mattie caught the eye when staying on late
on at Sheriff Hutton to finish fifth. Threeo’clock Fox is lightly raced finished fourth behind subsequent
rules winner No Cruise Yet in a maiden at Sheriff Hutton.
Selection – Doctor Tom
The Ladies Conditions Race has the largest number of entries on the day and several that stand out
include Seefood who returns at the age of 15, he was a winner last season and looked to have the race
at his mercy when crashing at late on at Witton Castle. Minella Fair went very close on his return at
Alnwick but failed to back that up next time, another good show should be expected, whilst Steely
Addition is a classy recruit to the pointing field and has already shown that last time at Duncombe Park.
A chance could be taken with the newcomer Supremely Lucky, formerly trained by Charlie Longsdon
where he was a four time winner under rules and reached a mark of 137 at his best. Merrion Avenue
could also have a chance if on a going day.
Selection – Supremely Lucky
In the Mixed Open the Coward tem could be double handed with Game As A Pheasant and Path To
Freedom, the latter has been campaigned under rules of late but was formerly very competitive between
the flags and could go well if not contesting a Leicester Hunter Chase on Thursday. Monsun Storm
continues to run well and may soon find a race, whilst Hi Murphy, His Excellency and Hurricane Vic have
all been capable on their day and a bold run from any of them would be no surprise. Roycano looked to
have the race in the bag at Duncombe Park until weakening close home and looks as if a victory is soon
to come. Matts Commission battled hard at the Sinnington to beat the useful Kilkishen and a 3lb penalty
may not be enough to stop him.
Selection – Roycano
The Intermediate has several progressive types in, one of which is Vent d’Automne who was an
impressive winner of the Restricted at Sheriff Hutton and had steering problems since. The
Unmentionable has failed to progress as originally thought, The Great Phoenix has won twice this
season and nearly made it a hat trick until coming to grief late on and another good run can be expected,
whilst Pillowman was an easy winner of his Restricted and an Intermediate last season and then went on
to be a creditable fifth at Stratford, however good ground could be key to his success. Sine Nomine looks
the one to beat, a very progressive mare who failed to come off the bridle at Duncombe Park and could
be hard to beat.
Selection – Sine Nomine
The final race is an Open Maiden run over 3 miles, Black Aphrodisiac is a lightly raced 8yo but his efforts
to date read well and should be in the mix, whilst Fists Of Fury took a step forward to be fourth at
Duncombe Park, he will need to shape up on his jumping but a place claim could be on the cards.
Kimberley Boy will has failed to shine on soft ground, whilst Moor John is half brother to the prolific
winning Wizadora. The winner could come from the recent Alnwick runner up Courting Flow, he was
outpaced after the last and a win looks on the cards.
Selection – Courting Flow