Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Sinnington at Duncombe Park - 11th February 2018
Soleil d'Avril and Will Easterby win the Hunt Race.Credit Tom Milburn Photography

The Sinnington hunt held their meeting this weekend at Duncombe Park Helmsley, a good crowd turned out for some competitive race and despite the cool conditions, it was a dry sunny day enjoyed by all. John Dawson can do no wrong at the moment as he secured a treble on the card, whilst Will Easterby was also on the score sheet with a double.

John started his sequence of victories aboard the Helena Reveley trained Dance Of Time in the Confined Hunts race, the pair were waited with in rear and made stealthy headway throughout and stuck on well to bet the long time leader Wizadora under Jack Andrews, she continues to go from strength to strength and should be getting her head in front again soon, Two B's was putting up another good effort in third for Will Easterby.

Dawson continued his good form by taking both divisions of the Open Maiden, in division one he partnered Ancient Empire trained by himself, formerly trained in Ireland by Joseph O'Brien, the winner was purchased privately and was making his British debut. The pair made good headway and had to battle it out with Bite The Biscuit and Will Easterby on the run in to get up narrowly and win, with Bite The Biscuit second, there was a long gap back to Scarlett Peak and Alex Fielding for the Steph Easterby team in third. "we sourced him privately from Ireland, he jumps well and stays well and should progress" said Dawson who's yard is also in good form after also having a winner at Friars Haugh the day previously.

Division two went to the Guy Brewer trained Snow Castle, again in Dawson's cool and calm style he waited in rear and made steady progress to lead after three out and had only the Robin Tate debutant Mr Pepperpot under Will Easterby to fend off and stayed on well to win by a length, despite the runner up making his debut at the age of nine he certainly looks like a maiden will be within his grasp. Bought from Doncaster sales out of Evan Williams yard for 8,500 "Snow Castle just wanted a nice experience after looking a bit quirky under rules and it worked out perfect, Guy and Freya have done a great job settling him and hopefully he can progress too" said John of this son of Oscar.

Will Easterby was also in hot form, he started in the Hunt Members race aboard Soleil d'Avril, the pair made all to hold off last year's Stratford Champion hunter chase winner Young Hurricane who failed to quicken on the run in and surely he will be better in time, whilst Alta Rock was third. Will completed his double in the Mixed Open with Greensalt who bounced back to his best after finishing third on his reappearance at Sheriff Hutton, the pair were always to the fore and stayed on strongly for an easy victory over Victor Hewgo and John Dawson, with Young Dillon third. Both of Easterby's winners had been off for a year and had made pleasing returns at Sheriff Hutton and both got their heads in front here "I'm really happy that both horses have come back from their injury enforced sabbaticals" said Will who also trains his horses for his mother Sarah.

Justin Landy is a point to point trainer that seemingly turns everything he trains to gold, he took the Restricted with Ballinahow Bill who was an impressive maiden winner at Sheriff Hutton but this time had Dale Peters deputising for the injured Lottie Crane, the pair eased clear on the run in to beat Irish maiden winner Streets Of Milan by 15 lengths, Lord Usher the northern raider was further back in third. The winner had some placed form in hurdles when trained in Ireland and has been transformed since joining current connections. The Novice rider's race gave Dale Peters another winner, however this time as a trainer with You Too Pet and gave his pilot his first winner. The pair were restrained well in rear until making smooth headway three out and eased clear of Saint Briez and Marcus Haigh who were recording their best effort to date, Iron Chancellor and Jess Bedi were back in third.

The next point-to-point is The West of Yore at Askham Bryan on 25th February 2018. First race 12.30pm