York and Ainsty North and West of Yore Point to Point Preview

The York and Ainsty North and West of Yore hold their meeting this weekend on Sunday the 19th, at their new venue of Askham Bryan College. A six race card will be on display with 73 entries received, with the biggest field of the day been in the Ladies Open and could see horses sch as Cousin Pascal the 2021 Aintree Foxhunters winner turn up and make it a very competitive event. The first race gets under way at 1pm and the post code for the meeting is YO23 3FR.

The opening race is a Conditions race and has 13 entries, the class act in the race is Steely Addition who rattled up a sequence of wins last season, including at this track and was an easy winner of a Kelso Hunter chase, however a 10lb penalty will make life difficult. Roycano is another who is burdened by a 6lb penalty after his victory at Duncombe Park, but looks to have a new lease of life this season at the age of 13, whilst another who is well into his teens is Minella Fair who will need to put a disappointing run at Alnwick behind him if he’s to land a blow here. Will Easterbys team look to hold a good chance, Rocket Lad took a step in the right direction when third to Point The Way, Crossgalesfamegame could be dangerous on her form under rules, but her form this season has failed to inspire, however Ask To Dance should have benefited from his outing at Duncombe Park, but will need to reverse form with stablemate Rocket Lad.

Selection – Rocket Lad

                The second race is a Maiden run over 2m 4f, the one who looks to take all the beating is the Will Easterby trained Hollington, who travelled well in a Duncombe Park Restricted until weakening close home, this drop in trip should be no bother and looks the pick on form. As for the rest Blackjacktennessee has place form and was over faced on his last run, whilst Gallant Geronimo was a well held third last time but could be given another chance on his previous form. Fly Awhile Johnny and Prince Of Newton are two that can be expected to do better than their bare form, whilst the Dale Peters debutant Saynothingtonoone comes from a respected yard and is worth noting.

Selection – Hollington

                The Ladies Open is the most competitive race of the day with former Aintree Foxhunters winner Cousin Pascal possibly lining up. Fixe La Kap was consistent last season, Matts Commission tired late on at Alnwick most recently to finish a well held third and will need to bounce back from that effort, whilst Royal Chant loves fast ground so the less rain the better. The Joe O’Shea pair of Time Leader and Willie Wonga have both had their heads in front this season and have shown they can be competitive here. Ryans Fancy has run well on his two starts this season, finding Latenightpass far too good last time and is in easier company here.

Selection – Ryans Fancy

                The Men’s Open could be an easy opportunity for Steely Addition who avoids any penalties in this race, he was an easy course winner last year and should be hard to beat if on song. Roycano was a winner last time and just held on at Duncombe Park and his young pilot will take off a handy 5lb in this race, whilst Willie Wonga and Time Leader can both have a say if contesting this race. Peacock’s Secret was mainly campaigned in Hunter Chases last season and is suited by an easier trip, so this sharp track should play to his strengths.

Selection – Steely Addition

                The Intermediate is the penultimate race of the day and this could go the way of Joe O’Shea who has the progressive looking Rabble Rouser, an easy winner of both his races this season since joining current connections, he looks to only have the attentions of the front running Fascinating Rhythm to fend off after a close second to the useful Mount Mews. Barrack Hill could contest a Leicester Hunter Chase, whilst Cullin Hills may have to provide a supporting role again on a track likely to be too sharp for her.

Selection – Rabble Rouser

                The final race is another Maiden but run over 3 miles this time and it looks as though this too could go the way of the Will Easterby yard with Trap For Fools, second last time to stablemate Roan in a competitive Duncombe Park Maiden and is the likely one to beat. The Russiansaddler was back in third behind Trap For Fools last time and may have to do the same here. Worth Presenting has placed form in Ireland but was well held when falling on his British debut last time, Saynothingtonoone and Prince Newton are again worth noting here.

Selection – Trap For Fools