Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Sinnington Point to Point

Sunday 9th February

By Will Milburn

The Sinnington point to point takes place this Sunday the 9th February at Duncombe Park Helmsley. Seven races have been scheduled but with 111 entries there is every chance that races could be divided further on the day, with the final race been a bumper run over 2 miles. Point to point bumpers are a relatively new concept and have start to become more and more popular over the last few seasons, the Sinnington will be staging the first race of this nature in Yorkshire. Admission is 12.50pp with the first race been brought forward to 12 noon, the postcode for sat nav is YO62 5EB.

The opening race is the Hunt Members race and most years Will Easterby has a very firm grip on this race, however it may not be such a walk in the park this year. Wizadora was a very progressive mare last season with two Open wins to her name but has a 7lb penalty for those efforts, whilst Guy Brewer will have the option of Snow Castle and Point The Way, the latter looked outpaced at Sheriff Hutton recently but stayed on for a creditable fifth and stamina looks his forte, whilst Point The Way was a narrow second at Alnwick, that form hasn't stood up and was well beaten since. Will Easterby has a selection of contenders including Black River who will no doubt of benefited from his debut run, Things Change who was a close second at Alnwick and is stable star Greensalt, all of which are double entered but would be leading contenders. Alto De Mottes would have claims on his best form with his best effort when finishing second in the Yorkshire national but has looked regressive of late.Selection - Black River

The Confined holds 16 entries and recent Sheriff Hutton winner Cup Final could take on runner up One Conemara again, Cup Final carries a 3lb penalty for that win and with only a short head seperating them last time One Conemara should be able to turn the tables. Game As A Pheasant is penalised the most with 8lb extra and his recent form doesn't look strong enough to defy that, Neville Woods is another with weight to defy but was a three time winner last season, including at this track where he beat subsequent winner Big Sound, whilst Six A Side had a light campaign last year but won two of his three starts and has won this race in the past. Duhallow Tornado was very progressive back in 2018 and ended that season with a fourth in the Intermediate Final at Cheltenham, however he has been absent since and may be vulnerable to sharper types on his return. Newcomers to the point to point scene include Supreme Steel, formerly trained by Dr Richard Newland he is a dual hurdle winner but his former slumped when last seen but this yard is more than capable of rejuvinating these types, whilst the Jack Teal trained Burrenbridge Hotel was a three time winner for Henry Oliver, all his form has been over two miles so stamina would be a concern but was a ready winner at Taunton off 111.Selection - One Conemara

The Restricted looks between three runners, recent Sheriff Hutton winner Classic Lady responded well to more patient tactics when the impressive winner of her maiden and failed to sell recently at Doncaster Sales. Buzzkillbob has been very consistent for his young pilot Leah Cooper and can give another bold show, whilst Irish import Barrack Hill won his maiden at the ninth attempt but may not be as progressive as some others. Glassilaun has shown very little so far this season, whilst Panthers Creek should be capable of better on his Irish hunter chase form but has failed to land a blow as of yet.
Selection - Classic Lady

The Mixed Open looks quite an exciting contest with several decent performers potentially lining up. Don Bersy has show a good level of form already this season, including the defeat of Bishops Road in November and a close second to The Dellercheckout at Barbury Castle, One Conemara has proven highly consistent over the last couple of seasons although in his two runs at this track he has failed to land a bllow, whilst dual open winner from last season Stellar Notion may have needed his return effort and should be capable of better. William Of Orange has joined Christine Drury after leaving Donald McCains where he won a Pertemps qualifier at Haydock as well as a novice chase at Perth. Snow Castle and Point The Way can go well for Guy Brewers stable but may find one too strong, however the winner could go the way of Rocklander who looked to hold every chance until approaching the last where he found only Cheltenham Foxhunters winner Hazel Hill too good. Duhallow Tornado is returning from a lengthy absence but was last seen finishing fourth in the Intermediate final at Cheltenham, he looks suited to soft ground and a stiff test of stamina and may be best watched on return. Greensalt was 15 lengths behind Rocklander at Sheriff Hutton, he has won this race in the past and will no doubt improve for that effort, whilst stablemate Black River made a below par return. Cup Final was a decent recruit when under rules and has transfered that to points when beating One Conemara last time and again should go well.
Selection - Rocklander

In the Novice Riders race Joshua Guerriero looks to hold the aces with his two entries Port Melon and Just A Par, the latter was a grade two winner in his prime running to officials marks in the high 140's and has contested the Grand National twice, he is 13yo now but could still have the class to take this after finishing second on his return, whilst stablemate Port Melon was a talented performer when with Paul Nicholls and has several point wins to his name for current connections. Big Sound was runner up in this race last season before going on to win at Dalton Park, whilst Numbercruncher is best suited by a short trip and at the age of 14 may not be the force of old. As for the rest Major Ridge made a below par return but could be seen to good effect from the front on an easier track.
Selection - Just A Par

The Open Maiden has 24 entries and there is every chance it could divide on the day. Ballygown Boy was a well held third behind Classic Lady at Sheriff Hutton but has form under rules to suggest he can win a maiden, whilst Bite The Biscuit showed up well for a long way in the same race as Ballygown Boy until been pulled up. Fire Rock is another who contested the Sheriff Hutton maiden and looked to hold every chance until coming to grief two out, however the one that came out second best in that race and likely winner is Dragonfruit, he was well fancied that day and found only one too good on debut. Greater Glory is a debutant with an excellent pedigree and is certainly one to note, Its Your Move is from the same stable and although is returning from a year on the sidelines he was a close second on his penultimate start for Brian Ellison at Sedgefield. Just Dont Know looked the likely winner when coming to grief at Friars Haugh and is another that can go close, whilst Luca Brasi's Boy forced the pace at Alnwick and only weakened near the line. Two Florins should be noted, he finished third to subsequent bumper winner Lubeat Foras at Tabley. Richard Smith's pair in Overnightsensation and Toni's Oscar both have plenty of form in Ireland and would be no surprise to see them go close.Selection - Dragonfruit

The final race is a 2 mile flat race for 4 and 5yo's, it is for horses who have not run over obstacles or on the flat and is designed as an introduction to racing for young horses. 18 entries have been received and with only four of them having a run, it will be the trainers most people will be taking note of, most of all Tom Ellis who's Annie Flower was third in a bumper at Revsby Park behind the impressive winner Ragamuffin, his yard is in good form this season and is noted for his juvenile success. Beautiful Prospect comes from the Alan Hill yard, this 5yo by Norce Dancer is out of winning hurdler Ellway Prospect, Vaslav is from the Ryan Potter camp, the dam was a winner over 6 furlongs and was sold in 2017 for 18,000, stamina looks a concern on debut, whilst another raider from the south could be that of Dale Peters who has Whereyouwheeliebin, he is a 5yo out of a modest mare but brother to decent chaser Topper Thornton. Will Easterby could introduce one of his 4yo's here and has the option of Walk With Kings and Trap For Fools, the former is by Ruler Of The World and is brother to Irish bumper winner Baksheesh, whilst Trap For Fools is out of dual point to point winner Shelleyjo and brother to placed hurdler Automatic, both of them have the right credentials on paper. From the Steph Easterby pair Foga Cottage looks the likelier type on paper, although picked up for a meager some as a yearling, he is brother to Listed placed performer Mutebah. Cherry Coward looks to have plenty of options, Moor John is from the family of Wizadora and will no doubt be better in time, Greater Glory cost a hefty 40,000 by Lop De Vega and is out of Forces Of Darkness who was fourth in the Group 1 Prix De Diane and has the most eye catching pedigree of them all. As for Cowards other entry Threeo'clock Fox, he is brother to Kingston Retreat who has shown ability recently in Irish points. Gary Rutherford's pair both come here with experience under their belt and that will play a big advantage coming from a yard who has won these types of races in the past. Sine Nomine is trained by Robin Tate out of a winning hurdler in France and connections have done well with debutantes before. With so little form to go on it would be wise to pay attention to which runners are acting the most professional in the paddock.
Selection - Greater Glory