The Bedale Point to Point Preview
This weekend Saturday the 9th April the Bedale hold their point to point at Hornby Castle, 60 entres have been received for the six race card with some strong entries in the Mens and Ladies Open, both of which will be run over the shorter trip of 2m 6f. The first race is at 1.30pm and the post code for Sat Nav users is DL8 1NQ.
The opening race is a Conditions race and recent winner Teescomponents Boy narrowly got on top at Askham Bryan and that form as been boosted with the runner up Willie Wonga winning since. Pillowman and Fivecardstud both put up some impressive efforts last season, however this year they have failed to trouble the judge on all their starts. Clarks Castle is still a maiden and its hard to see him figuring, where as the unknown factor in the race is Black Scorpion, trained by Phil Greaves this 11yo was a useful performer when in Ireland where he was third in the 2018 Munster National.
Selection – Teescomponents Boy
The Intermediate looks quite a competitive race and the prolific winner Ballydonagh Boy has won three races this season and can be hard to peg back if getting his own way in front, Ballymac Boy just won his Restricted at Larkhill, whilst Fairy Mix but up one of her best efforts for a long time when chasing home Ask To Dance at Sheriff Hutton. Monsun Storm has some good form earlier in the year but pulled up last time and may not be one to rely on, whilst Slievgar could come under the same banner as he put up a much improved run when finishing a close second to Sine Nomine and is a previous course winner. Snow Castle has shown some good form over the last couple of seasons but this seasons runs have been underwhelming, whilst The Great Poenix bounced back to form when a staying on fourth behind Ask To Dance t Hutton Rudby. The Whistle Blower is a two time winner this season and escapes a 5lb penalty unlike some of these and can make it three on the bounce for the in form Jon Barlow.
Selection – The Whistle Blower
The Restricted looks a straight forward assignment for Caballo Diablo who after winning his maiden in good style went on to finish third in a Restricted at Shelfield. Bravantina was a close second at Overton and was a flat winner on the all weather at Newcastle but may lack the stamina for this track, Desjay made all to win at Sheriff Hutton recently, whilst Imperial Imp was held in third at Askham Bryan but that track was too sharp and should be much more suited here. Tom Flynn broke his maiden at Overton, that was over 2m 4f and looks better suited by easier trips.
Selection – Caballo Diablo
The Ladies Open is run over 2m 6f, Braavos showed plenty of pace at Dalton Park and this shorter trip may see him in good light, Game As A Pheasant has been placed on all his starts this season and was second to Gold Time at Overton last time, however Kildaven Spider was a well held second behind Game As A Pheasant last time and looks unlikely to reverse the form. Matts Commission was a narrow winner at Duncombe Park under Jack Teal and sister Lois could take the ride here and will claim 5lb due to her been a novice rider. Royal Chant has been in good form but has won two average races but on passed form could be capable of figuring, whilst Bocasien Desbois gave Alex Garven her first winner as a trainer at Tranwell and has been in good form all season.
Selection – Matts Commission
The Men’s Open is also run over 2m 6f and recent wnner Mutmeetalady got off the mark at Dalton Park where the runner up has won easily since, River Frost looks set to take a race of this nature at some point however is held by Steely Addition on form. It looks between Steely Addition and Stellar Notion with the former entered in a hunter chase at Hexham later in the week and last years winner of this race Stellar Notion and recent Hunt Members winner looks the one to beat.
Selection – Stellar Notion
The Open Maiden is the final race on the card and recent Askham Bryan third El Tornado showed a marked improvement in form after some poor efforts and drier ground could have brought about some better form, whilst Elusive Secret has failed to back up the promise he showed in Ireland. Fascinating Rhythm was a narrow second to Benny Baloo at Hutton Rudby and the form of his run at Charm Park has worked out very well. Mind The Windows took a step forward to finish third at Sheriff Hutton and could progress further, whilst Moor John has not built on the promise he showed at Charm Park. Red Opium is another who was dissapointing last time after a brace of close seconds. Ridethewaves was a tailed off third at Friars Haugh and looks ulikely to land a blow here.
Selection – Fascinating Rhythm