The Derwent Point to Point Preview

                The Yorkshire point to point season concludes this Sunday 7th May with the Derwent meeting at Charm Park, six races have received 72 entries and will get under way at 2pm. There will be plenty to do on the day with a family dog show and live music in the bar to round off a fantastic season. Post code for sat nav is  YO13 9QU.

                The first race is a Conditions race run over the shorter distance of 2miles and 4 furlongs, Caballo Diablo and Courtly Love have run well this season but take a step up in grade, Pillowman bounced back to his best last time and a 3lb penalty might not be enough to stop him, however Steely Addition is the classiest horse in the race but has struggled slightly of late with some heft weights. Manicman is lightly raced but has a good record and can take a step forward from his recent third at the Bedale behind the improving Cullin Hills, however Fortunes Hill broke his maiden in good style on his British debut in a Thorpe Lodge Restricted and although that was a weak race he did it in good style and could progress further.

Selection – Pillowman

                The second race is a 4 and 5yo maiden also run over 2m 4f, the Jack Teal pair consist of Fly Awhile Johnny who after looking to be on the upgrade has disappointed of late, and Jumble Jury who was third on his debut at Corbridge recently and could progress further. The Francesca Poste team have the option of two promising 4yo’s, Diamond Dice came to grief on Monday, whilst stablemate Kneel Diamond could make his debut. A son of Diamond Boy, Kneel Diamond is brother to recent bumper winner Chance The Robin.Red Delta put a pleasing performance at Witton Castle, whilst Whats The Solution was fourth on his most recent start in Ireland and now joins the Andrew Pennock team.

Selection – Kneel Diamond

                The third race is a Novice Championship race for horses who began the season as a Maiden. Camdonian has made a great start to his pointing career with three straight wins, including a victory over subsequent Ladies winner Red Opium last time. Carigclux was an impressive maiden winner last time at Sheriff Hutton and although he hasn’t achieved as much as some of these he is certainly open to improvement, whilst Moonlight Flit made hard work of his Restricted win last time but looks to have plenty of ability left up his sleeve. Grenadine Save has proven very consistent this season, whilst Flashy Kate has struggled since stepped up in grade on her last two starts.

Selection – Camdonian

                The Mixed Open could see recent Witton Castle runner up Mount Mews reappear after chasing home the rapidly improving Cullin Hills on Monday, Steely Addition is slowly coming back to his form from last season and could be the one to beat here off level weights, whilst Darius Des Sources battled hard at Mosshouses to beat Design Plan and could again figure here. Manicman and Lifeisahighway will both appreciate the drying conditions, whilst easy Witton Castle winner Wishful Dreaming will benefit from Isla Johns handy 5lb claim and the pair can continue to progress. Point The Way has looked to struggle for pace at the business end on his last couple of starts this season, however recent Aintree Foxhunters ninth Matts Commission could get back to winning ways if he is over those exertions.

Selection – Steely Addition

                The fifth race is a Veteran and Novice Riders race and the two leading contenders look to be Darius Des Sources who narrowly got up close home at Mosshouses and recent Witton Castle winner Wishful Dreaming. Tom Flynn has been running consistently, whilst Lifeisahighway will benefit from these better ground conditions after winning his restricted at Sinnington.

Selection – Wishful Dreaming

                The final race is an Open Maiden for horses that have had atleast two starts in point to points. Tobshiba has progressed well with each start this season and could be the one to beat, along with Elusive Blue who has looked to weaken in the closing stages in his most recent races, whilst Direct Drilling made a pleasing return to action at Corbridge to be fourth and can do better here. Loughrask Poet and Oldnewborrowedblue have both shown ability but have been disappointing and need to put their best foot forward here.

Selection – Tobshiba