Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Sinnington at Duncombe Park

Sunday 11th February

The Sinnington point-to-point takes place on Sunday 11th February at Duncombe Park, by kind permission of The Duncombe Family. Alongside the 7 racecard, 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 85 entries have been received. Admission tickets can still be purchased online at the early bird price of 9 per person (deadline Friday at 6pm) or on the gate at 10 per person from Postcode for Sat Nav is YO62 5EB.

The opening race is the Hunt Members race and usually this is dominated by the Easterby team, who on this occasion have the choice of four contenders from the seven entrants, however they may have to play second fiddle this time if the Stratford and champion hunter chase winner Young Hurricane takes his chance and even with a 5lb penalty it may not be enough to stop this 12 year old who was a revelation last year. Greensalt looks Will Easterby's main hope and made a pleasing return at Sheriff Hutton behind Dance In Time, the same can be said for Two B's who showed only modest form under rules but shaped up very well on his point debut, Soleil d'Avril and Kings Lodge would also hold minor claims. Over and Above and Alta Rock ran in this race last year when Kings Lodge won and the former pair filled the placings and may have to do so again. Selection -Young Hurricane

The second race is the Confined hunts race and has received 16 entries at the top of the list is Dance Of Time, a recent winner at Sheriff Hutton where he won a shade cosily, looks the more likely winner despite a 6lb penalty. Six A Side put up some good efforts last season including a third in a Cheltenham hunter chase, his record here reads 311 and can go well on his seasonal debut. Will Easterby again has a choice of several, Greensalt and Two B' look to have the strongest chances. Wizadora won at Witton Castle last season and will make her seasonal debut here "Wizza is in great order and will be pleased to get her first run under her belt" said Jacqueline Coward. Fairy Mix, Zandino and Royal Benefit are all Restricted winners and will need a personal best to score here, whilst See Mores Finale won a couple of modest races last year and is another who will need to take a step forward, but could be seen to best effect later in the season. An interesting contender could be Martha's Benefit, she won a trio of races in very impressive style last term including a Cartmel hunter chase, a 7lb penalty makes life hard and didn't hit full form to the second half of last season. Selection - Dance Of Time

The Restricted is next and is one of the more competitive events of the day with most recent winner Ballinahow Bill in the line up, he was a very easy winner of his maiden at Sheriff Hutton and with John Dawson booked to deputise for the injured Lottie Crane could make it a quick treble for the rider, however John could also have the choice of his own Monsun Storm he ran a much better race when running up to the progressive Maguires Bridge last time and should take another step forward. Crazy Penguin has been running well but he doesn't look in a rush to win and is likely to have another supporting role, Midnight Milly is returning from a long layoff and can only be watched, along with Be A Dreamer and Jimmy High "he's been thrown in at the deep end a bit having won a walk over, although he showing some positive signs and may have a race somewhere down the line" said Will Milburn of Jimmy High. Viaduct Jack has had some good form under rules for Kim Bailey where he was rated as high as 114 and made a pleasing debut at Sheriff Hutton and should improve further "he should put in a solid effort" said Jacqueline. The interesting recruit could be the 7yo Streets Of Milan, he was the winner of a four runner maiden in Ireland in October and has been subsequently picked up for 21,000 at Tatteralls November sale and is brother to the talented a multiple winning pointer and national hunt performer Thats Rhythm. Selection - Ballinahow Bill

The Mixed Open holds 14 entries and several of them are double entered, including Martha's Benefit, Six A Side, the Easterby quartet and The Mythologist who was previously a useful Open horse and returned from a break with a pleasing performance at Thorpe Lodge. Thinger Licht looks put up his best effort to date at Sheriff Hutton despite a well held third and will need to better that again to figure. Battle Range looks to have a huge chance if on song, however he is best effective of quicker ground and has been absent for a long time now and it may be worth watching him on his return, Aginn Dul Aghaidh struck up a good sequence of efforts last season, including a fourth in the Intermediate final at Cheltenham, he also holds an entry at Friars Haugh on Saturday. The Pimlott team have another new recruit here in the form of Young Dillon, formerly with Dr Richard Newland where his best effort came at Haydock where he was second off a mark of 131 and if transferring that form to point to points should go very well.Selection - Young Dillon

The Novice and Veteran riders race looks an open contest, the Sheriff Hutton runner up You Too Pet looks have the race at his mercy, Iron Chancellor has some decent form last season and could have a claim if reproducing it, along with Lucky Cody who could give Alex Duncan her first ride, he previously showed some good form in points but should be fit after a bit of an absence and could make the frame, whilst Saint Briez showed up well for a long way at Sheriff Hutton and this easier track should suit "we were really pleased with his run at Sheriff and I'm hopeful he can run well" said his jockey Marcus Haigh. Selection - You Too Pet

The Open Maiden has been split with eleven runners in each division.

In Division One, Ancient Empire is a new recruit for John Dawson, previously with Joseph O'Brien the son of Oscar was third last time out in Ireland off a mark of 92. Bite The Biscuit is another who brings form to the table after some placed efforts over hurdles and in bumpers when with Philip Hobbs but signed off with that yard when pulled up. Robin Of Sherwood was a well held third on his British debut at Sheriff Hutton but he is well thought of and should be capble of more. One For Martha showed up well for a long way at Barbury Castle and can do better.  Selection - Bite The Biscuit

In the final race of the day, Division Two, Another Day Done was last seen going down narrowly in Ireland, that was a good effort but he may find one or two too strong, whilst Snow Castle was formerly with Evan Williams where he earned himself a mark of 115 after some good efforts in novice company, however it is worrying that he ended his time with that yard with a pulled up. Jaxlight looks the one to fear, formerly with Dan Skelton where he was a creditable fourth, he's joined Justin Landy who can do no wrong at the moment, he has had 29 runners in points and from that 23 winners.
Selection - Jaxlight