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Pendle Forest & Craven– Saturday 29th April

By Will Milburn & Caroline Smith

The Pendle Forest & Craven Point-to-Point takes place at Heslaker Farm, near Skipton on Saturday 29th April. 67 entries have been received. A Charity flat race over 1 mile, 4 furlongs run in aid of local children's cancer charity, The Candlelighters begins at 1.15pm. All 16 riders participating in the two races must have raised £250 minimum in sponsorship.

The first point-to-point race is the Club Members Race at 2pm over the shorter distance of 2m 4f, there doesn't look much strength in the form of these but Anthea Morshead looks to hold the best chances here with The Banastoir and Lockedinthepocket, the latter ran an excellent race to be second in a Mens Open at Easingwold, whilst The Banastoir ran his best race this season when chasing home Six A Side and The Highlander at Sheriff Hutton and with both been more effective over this shorter trip can go very well. Ross Na Righ is another who has come to form recently with a couple of thirds in respectable company, whilst Frontier Spirit is another who is more effective over a shorter trip with a good second behind Rumble Of Thunder at Easingwold recently, however he is burdened with a 10lb penalty and will make things hard for him on such a demanding course.
Selection - The Banastoir

The second race is the Restricted race and is a Subaru qualifier for the final at Stratford, however it has only attracted five entries and it is hard to see Monsun Storm getting beat, he would of probably won at the Bedale and also proved his stamina that day, the only one that looks to be able to trouble him is Yoohoof who was a respectable fourth at Easingwold, she appreciates better ground and looks as though she is more effective over a stiffer track so could be seen to better effect here. Escapefromthedark would have claims but looks outclassed by the leading pair.Selection - Monsun Storm

The Mixed Open has received the most entries on the day and will be run over the extended distance of 3m 5f, some useful stayers could take part including One Conemara who made it a second Grimthorpe Gold Cup at Sheriff Hutton last time and will relish the test of stamina, however he now has a a 12lb penalty to contend with which will make things difficult. Royal Deal was not far back in third in the Grimthorpe and is 9lb better of this time with One Conemara for a five length defeat and could turn the tables here, whilst Wizadora was an easy winner last time and with only 11 stone and Jack Andrews' claim could have a huge advantage. Oh Toodles is in good form after winning a Ladies Open last time, Forge Valley is a proven stayer and was an easy winner last time but looks vulnerable in this company, whilst Garde Ville was a winner of an Intermediate last time, however his previous venture in to Open company saw a heavy defeat behind Numbercruncher. Harris had an uncharacteristic fall last time but his previous form would give him claims.
Selection - Royal Deal

The Hunt Members has resulted in only four entries and there would be no more popular winner than My Old Piano, a 15yo who doesn't look the force of old but has amassed a huge tally of victories in his career and looks to be searching for his final victory, Forge Valley looks the main danger, however My Old Piano would have the upper hand if he were in his prime, whilst the other two look to be holding supporting roles, According To Dan's form doesn't look strong enough, whilst Royal Benefit has been running ok and could chase the leaders home under David Coates.Selection - My Old Piano

The Open Maiden could prove an interesting race, despite only 13 entries there are several that come here with strong form, one of these includes The Dapper Prince who has made a likeable impression  on his few starts to date, he looked green and finished well to be third at the Bedale and will no doubt have improved further. Clashganny may be the one to beat, he was third over an inadequate trip at Sheriff Hutton and then again at Witton Castle, however that was a slowly run affair and over this stiff track could play a major role. Another who will relish this course is Monarchs Glory, the penny is starting to drop with him after trying to make all at Charm Park, he does nothing but stay and is another with major claims. As for the rest there is a trio of Alistair Crow owned horses, the one that has run is Fair Exchange but has shown little in three runs, Joe O'Shea is not renowned for his debutantes but his yard has hit full form and he could saddle the four year old Love Around, her full brother made €17,000 as a 3yo who has gone on to be second in a point on only his second start, whilst the trio is completed by the Sheila Crow trained Pick Of The Fayre, a 6yo by Lucarno who is brother to My Dads Horse and Fruit Fayre who the yard has done very well with. Selection - Clashganny

The final race is a Club Members race for Veteran and Novice riders and the likely winner is the progressive Againn Dul Aghaidh, he was an easy winner at Askham Bryan and his since won again, he is a progressive horse who is highly thought of by his trainer, however the only concern is that he is a free going sort and he will need to settle better if he is to stay round here, therefore he may be worth taking on, one of which could include Trop Fort, a winner at Askham Bryan but disappointed there last time, he stays well as he won at the Holderness last season. Lovcen has been in good form along with Impact Zone who would be a major player if the ground was firm, whilst Bravo Riquet was second to the useful Hazel Hill last time, however prior to that he had shown little and could have been a flash in the pan.Selection - Trop Fort

Public admission is £10 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. The meeting is 1 mile south west of Skipton, signposted from the A59. Postcode is BD23 3AB. The second day of the TOURDEYORKSHIRE will cause slow moving traffic (delays possible) between 9:30am and 11am around Harrogate and Ripon.