Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Sinnington Point to Point

Sunday 17th February

By Will Milburn

Point to Pointing will go ahead this weekend according to present BHA requirements.  Horsemen should ensure they are fully aware of the new BHA requirements which can be found beneath by visiting the following link

The following is also strongly advised:
All lorries should be washed between trips
Everyone involved with horses should dress in clean clothing to come pointing

The rearranged Sinnington point-to-point takes place on Sunday 17th February at Duncombe Park, by kind permission of The Duncombe Family. Alongside the 7 races in the picturesque setting of Duncombe Park, hot food will be served throughout the day including a hog roast, homemade soup and a licensed bar in a heated marquee, which will no doubt prove popular with racegoers. The action begins at 12.30pm and a total of 96 entries have been received. Admission tickets can still be purchased online BUY TICKETS or on the gate at 12 per person and children under 16 can come for free. Postcode for Sat Nav is YO62 5EB.

The opening race is the Hunt Members race and as every year Will Easterby holds a strong hand, Greensalt won the open here last season and has since gone on to be third in the Aintree Foxhunters. Rattle The Cage is a multiple winner in Ireland but has shown very little thus far in England, however Black River avoids any penalties and this could be an easy opportunity to get off the mark after several creditable efforts this season. Ravished put up a good performance on his point debut at Sheriff Hutton and should improve for that run, whilst a newcomer to pointing in Some Invitation, he is a lightly raced former Dan Skelton inmate who reached a mark of 138 at his best and could be a useful recruit. Selection - Black River

The Confined holds 17 entries and again Black River and Rattle The Cage hold entries, along with Ravished, Big Sound's effort was short lived at Sheriff Hutton but was a consistent sort under rules but is yet to be seen if he is still as effective after such a long absence. Carlos Gardel has never looked straight forward but has continued to prove himself in this sphere, however at the age of 14 with a 5lb penalty he may be vulnerable, the same could be said for Six A Side who has a good record here and is mostly consistent through his career but an 8lb penalty will make things hard, despite winning this race with such penalty back in 2016. Sposalizio is at his best on firm ground along with The Mobile Man who was highly consistent last year, the pace is likey to come from Game As A Pheasant and Fairy Mix, whilst Red Spinner was the class act of these under rules but has failed to produce that in points so far although he hasn't disgraced himself so far by any means. Selection - Ravished

The Restricted has some very promising sorts in, one of which is the The Unmentionable who broke his maiden at Dingley last year and chased home the useful looking Rob The Getaway and can surely take a race of this type at some point for the inform yard of Dale Peters. The Cowards are double handed with both the Sheriff Hutton winner Eden Collonges and Irish maiden winner Alright Marlene, the former was very impressive and should still be as effective over this three miles, whilst the latter was purchased in May for 13,000 after winning a mares maiden at Bellurgan Park where she beat a subsequent winner. McMurphy progressed steadily last year but made a very promising return at Thorpe Lodge to be second, Monsun Storm is consistent but continues to struggle to get his head in front at this level, whilst Mr Pepperpot may have benefited from his run this season and ran well at this meeting last year.Selection - The Unmentionable

The Mixed Open looks as if it could be a hot race. Greensalt could make it two years running here and could be a stepping stone to another tilt at the Aintree Foxhunters. Iron Chancellor has been running very well this season and is best suited by a stiff test of stamina and soft ground, whilst Slim Pickens was sent off favourite at Friars Haugh where he finished fourth. He was a useful recruit when with Richard Newland and will receive a handy allowance from his novice rider. Six A Side may have to settle for a place in this company, however Path To Freedom made a winning return to action after ending last season with a disappointing run in the Heart Of All England, he beat a useful southern raider that day and should hold every chance. The most interesting contender is the Just Landy trained Meldrum Lad who was last seen in action in November 2017 where he was seen competing in a grade 3 chase at Ascot, he is a five time winner who has won off a mark of 118 and looks best suited to a sub 3 mile trip.Selection - Greensalt

In the Novice and Veteran riders it's usually worth keeping an eye on the pilots as well as the horses as an experienced rider in these races can count for a lot. Iron Chancellor is the likely winner of this race with the ground likely to be in his favour, he was a multiple winner last year under his rider Jess Bedi so she will know him well. Nautical Twilight showed up well on his point debut at Alnwick but his subsequent effort at Sheriff Hutton suggests he will be more effective over shorter trips, whilst Neville Woods was a runaway winner of this race two years ago but after a lengthy absence made a low key return at Alnwick in December. Scots Gaelic's pilot will be having her first ride, whilst Wizadora tends to go well here and in testing conditions and should be a fairly straightforward ride for Kate Lowcock who will be searching for her first winner and Marcus Haigh also looks to break his maiden tag with Big Sound, a Uttoxetter specialist who departed early at Sheriff Hutton but at the peak of his national hunt form should go well. The southern raiders include Toby Leron and Summer Sounds, the latter hails from the leading yard of Francesca Nimmo, he was progressive in points last year and ran a creditable fifth in the Cheltenham Intermediate final, a recent second in a hot Novice riders race would put him there with every chance. Selection - Iron Chancellor

The Open Maiden has been divided and the first division could be slightly less competetive than the second. The most exciting horse for the future looks to be the Maxine Stirk trained Enry Iggins, he ran green but stayed on well to finish second at Hexham in December where the winner has since gone on to be beaten only a few lengths in two novice hurdles, out of a multiple point winner and with a trainer who knows the time of day he should be hard to beat. Glailaun looked as if he would shape better for a stiff test of stamina, One For Martha and Scorpion Princess will have both improved for the run, whilst former Irish point to point recruit Omar Maretti ran a couple of respectable races last season and has since joined the highly capable team of Dale Peters. Shepherd's Cave caught the eye last time when running on from the back at Alnwick, whilst Solitary Shore could improve on his previous efforts from last season. Selection - Enry Iggins

In Division Two one that caught the eye last year was Bellringer who finished strongly to be third at Easingwold but has failed to build on that. Caviar D'Allen settled better at Sheriff Hutton to finish fourth and could improve further, whilst East Wing also ran at the opening meeting and hinted at ability to finish fourth albeit been well beat. Frangeliko was knocking on the door a lot last year and didn't disgrace herself to finish fifth on her return, Emory could be the best of these but he has been knocking on the door for a long time now and could have to settle for second again, whilst the debutant Hafajay is brother to point winner Bramble Vodka and the Tinkler team will no doubt have him primed for his debut. The likely winner is Sommervieu who has been runner up on both his runs this season, most recently at Thorpe, he contested a Grade Two hurdle at Doncaster on his British debut and reached a mark of 120 so should be by far capable of taking a race like this. Selection - Sommervieu