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    Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
South Durham at Sedgefield Racecourse

Sunday 27th May

Will Milburn

The South Durham point-to-point at Sedgefield Racecourse is the final meeting of the season in the Yorkshire Area on Bank Holiday Sunday, 27th May 2018. First race is at a later time of 3pm. Gates open at 1.30pm. Food and drink is available all day. Admission tickets 10. Under 12's go FREE! Tickets available to purchase in advance at sedgefield-racecourse.co.uk or on the gate. The postcode for Sat Nav is TS21 2HW. Please be aware that dogs are not allowed at the Racecourse.

The first race is a Maiden run over 2 mile 4 furlongs for 4, 5 and 6 year olds. The Southern raider could come from the Sean Conway stable, Aero Majestic was placed in Irish points, a bumper and novice hurdles prior to joining this yard, he has also been campaigned in hunter chases and although he failed to land a blow, he wasn't disgraced and if he has a clear round of jumping ,can go well. Celtic Symphony is another with jumping issues but his second before that would give him leading claims, Frangeliko went very close on her penultimate start, however since then finished upsides Princess Scorpion at Easingwold and that daughter of Scorpion showed plenty of potential that day and is entitled to have come on for that effort. Nightinshininarmour was a pleasing third on his debut at Hexham last Sunday and should come on for that run, however it could go the way of the 4 year old Eden Collonges who receives a large weight allowance and was a creditable fourth behind the useful debutante Financier at Witton Castle. Sweetsingingriver and Steel The China can do better also.
Selection - Eden Collonges

The second race should be fairly straight forward with only three entries it could go to Open winner Sposalizio, his form has tailed off since then, however if at his best will be hard to beat. Spruce Up looks the only danger and unlike Sposalizio has been in great form this season with his last two efforts been placed in Restricted company, Steel The China would be outclassed if taking his chance but ran with promise on debut.
Selection - Sposalizio

The Men's Open could turn out to be a very competitive event with several decent recruits entered. Argot has done nothing wrong this season and ran his opponents in to the ground last time at Witton Castle and is best suited by quick conditions and a sharp track, Againn Dul Aghaidh won last time and is another who enjoys forcing the pace, he has numerous entries elsewhere, along with the Francesca Nimmo trained Jimmy The Jetplane who beat the decent Cultram Abbey at Carlisle back in March and has run some great races since including a fourth at Newbury. King's Lodge likes to force the pace and could make this a strongly run race and he has won twice this year, along with Shannon Silver who stays very well and could find this track on the sharp side after wins at the Bedale and Pendle. Young Hurricane came right back to form with a cosy win at Easingwold where he has Six A Side and Roll The Dice in behind, it is unlikely they can turn the form round with him, however Young Hurricane also holds an entry at Kelso in the hunter chase he won last year. Shantou Prince is in the form of his life at the moment and seems to be enjoying this drying ground, he was a staying on second in the hunter chase at Sedgefield's national hunt meeting and his since bolted up in a Kelso hunter chase where he beat Dance Of Time and if in that form will have a huge chance.
Selection - Shantou Prince

The Ladies Open has several double entries from the Men's including Argot, Six A Side, Martha's Benefit and Jimmy The Jetplane. Rumble Of Thunder has not has his conditions this season and was a running on second behind Knocklong last time at Easingwold, the faster the ground the better for him, whilst Iron Chancellor is a massively consistent performer and won his third race this season at Hexham, he prefers a test of stamina and soft ground and conditions may not be to suit here. Impact Zone is coming back to form and likes quick ground, Oh Toodles is running well and Martha's Benefit could appreciate the less weight and is yet to recapture her form.Selection - Argot

The Restricted is an open contest and several could have slight chances such as Arny and Monsun Storm who are closely linked on form, Great Anticipation has not been living up to expectations and could do better, whilst Emkae ran ok to be fourth last time. Beggar's Bush broke his maiden on his penultimate start and was not disgraced since then, whilst Aine's Choice is very inconsistent and is only at her best when conditions are on the firm side, however the race is likely to go the way of Callison d'Alene who broke his maiden at Charm Park and has since been a gallant second at Easingwold, this looks a weaker race then that and could be hard to catch from the front.Selection - Callison d'Alene

The Confined race is the penultimate race on the card and Guy Brewer looks to have a strong hand here with Shannon Silver and Snow Castle, the former is in great form since the application of blinkers and is at his best also with a test of stamina which he may not find here, whilst Snow Castle has done little wrong in his three runs for this yard and can progress further. Stagecoach Jasper won a very weak Members race last time, whilst Six A Side could have the strongest form if he can overcome an 8lb penalty which he has done before in this company earlier in his career. The Mobile Man also carries a penalty of 3lb and will appreciate any quicker ground, he was well held last time where conditions were considered too soft.
Selection - Snow Castle

The final race is the Open Maiden, however this is run over 3 miles. There is more form to go on here and it is likely to go the way of Emory who is starting to get back to form after a fast finishing second last time at Easingwold in what was a hot maiden. Bellringer was a fast finishing third in the corresponding maiden on the Easingwold card and on only his second start he is open to more progress than others, whilst Rock Me Zippo looked to hold every chance until running out at the last at Pendle last time and if behaving himself can give a bold show, whilst Moorsholme for Nicky Tinkler is worth noting as he makes his debut between the flags.
Selection - Emory

The Point-to-Point Awards take place for the first time at Jack Berry House, Malton on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Tickets cost 60. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets, please contact Bertie Hayton ASAP on 07777651935