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    Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Staintondale - Charm Park
8th April

The Staintondale point-to-point host their meeting at Charm Park, near Scarborough on Sunday 8th April, 2018. 149 entries have been received for the meeting, the first race is at 1.30pm. Discounted pre-booked admission tickets can be purchased online at www.pointinginyorkshire.co.uk On the gate, public admission is 10 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. A  children's story tent will once again be popualr with the younger racegoers. Hospitality tickets are still available - 40 per person which includes admission, racecard, reserved seat in a marquee with TV screens, two course lunch with drinks, please contact Sue Coates - coates236@btinternet.com. The postcode for Sat Nav is YO13 9QU

The Staintondale are also delighted to be supporting Anthony Rebori, a former Point-to-Point Jockey who, not only suffered from kidney problems which later resulted in a kidney transplant but a cruel eye condition began to take a grip. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP Fighting Blindness) meant that over the years Anthony's vision failed. Not wanting to sit and feel sorry for himself and with the help of neighbours he started running and this year will compete in the London marathon. Together with the guides who run with him they are raising funds for the charity which is trying to find a cure and treatment.  There will be an opportunity to donate on the day or donations can be made via  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/anthonyrebori

The opening race is a conditions race where novice riders do not receive a penalty. With the torrential weather continuing, this weekend looks set to be soft and will no doubt suit those who prefer ease in the ground. Corrin Wood has run some creditable races since a lucky victory at Thorpe Lodge and receives a handy weight allowance from his rider Louise Bannister, Dance Of Time is now on a strong role and is a multiple winner between the flags and also won his restricted here so would have a leading claim, whilst Greensalt put up a great effort when third in a Catterick hunter chase, he showed plenty of pace that day and is likely best over an easier trip. Grouse Lodge was a winner last time but may find several of these too good, the same could be said for Kings Lodge who got back to winning ways at Brocklesby Park, The Mythologist was a useful recruit in Wales and looks to be returning to something like that form when fourth last time but is held on that form with Dance Of Time. Prince Of Pirates ran well here last season but may struggle to win here, Maguires Bridge is the most progressive of these and was runner up behind Kings Lodge last time so looks held with him, whilst the Alan Hill trained Hawkhurst has been beaten only once this season and has been impressive in all his victories, he was exceptionally impressive in his Iris maiden back in 2014 and somewhat lost his way under rules, however he could look set to fulfill his potential. Kilclispeen was a three time winner under rules for Joseph O'Brien and has a mark around 112 over hurdles and makes his debut for John Dawson's yard and the Crane team. Selection - Hawkhurst

The second race is the Restricted race and has a strong entry with 16 contenders, Aldergale will no doubt set a strong pace and can put up a good effort but is likely to be vulnerable at the business end, Crazy Penguin continues to run well and is capable but does not look keen to get his head in front, whilst Jimmy High showed his first bit of promise and could progress further. Monsun Storm looks exposed at this level now and can be taken on, Mr Pepperpot although 9 years old is still lightly raced and can continue to improve after his success t the Holderness. The Pillowman won a very weak 2 mile 4 furlong race at Overton recently. Rockmount Rocker was a maiden winner in Ireland and may be best suited by better ground, whilst Stage One could be the pick on form under rules when with Dan Skelton where he earned a mark around 110, however he was well beaten last time when favourite and may have something to prove. Selection - Mr Pepperpot

The third race is a Mixed Open and is sponsored by Timico, this is a qualifier for the final on Hunter Chase evening at Cheltenham. Several of these are double entered throughout the card but it is no doubt the strongest event. Argot was a recent hunter chase winner under Rory Bevin, he is lumbered with an 8lb penalty and that victory was over 2miles, as was most of his form under rules and is likely vulnerable stepped back up in trip, Dance Of Time has proved to be talented between the flags and has earnt his place in this company, whilst Greensalt showed up well in a Catterick hunter chase and could show up better with more restraint. Alan Hill continues his strong hand on the card with For N Against, he is a dual winner who was runner up last time and will have to put up an all time best effort to score here, whilst Martha's Benefit put up a highly classy effort at Cartmel last season, but will need the ground to dry out significantly for her to be at her best. Monsieur Jourdain has a liking for this track and could be better for his debut effort at Brocklesby Park and is another who would prefer better ground. Path To Freedom is highly progressive and was second to the useful Hazel Hill on hunter chase debut before going on to win nicely at Overton. Shimla Dawn has been halted greatly by the current weather conditions but is bouncing and ready to go, he would not want too much of a test of stamina, but is a talented recruit when conditions are in his favour. As for the rest Soleil d'Avril, Black River and Again Dul Aghaidh who tends to force the pace but is held by Greensalt are all ones that can go well. Selection - Greensalt

In the Confined race, Black River looked an interesting recruit to pointing but put up an underwhelming effort on his return at Alnwick on Monday but can be expected to improve on that, Dream Flyer made a pleasing point debut when fifth in a Conditions race at Corbridge, whilst Battle Range was a useful recruit back in 2016 but his best form was on quick ground and may recapture his form later in the season. Fever Pitch hit form when winning the Men's Open at the Holderness and that was by far his best effort in this sphere despite been very consistent on the whole, whilst Grouse Lodge and Kings Lodge have both won last time out from prominent roles, they both receive penalties for those efforts but can again go well. Mickey Miller ended last season with a pair of placed efforts in hunter chases at Hexham and Cartmel, he put up a below par effort on return but could go well in this company, whereas Mr Robinson made a pleasing effort at Overton to be fourth, but was a modest performer under rules. Sam's Treasure is the daughter of useful pointer Poppy Day, she ended last season in great form, they were weak races and takes another step up in class, the same can be said for Zandino and Yoohoof, both put up good efforts last season in restricted company but now take another step up in company on their seasonal bow. On their days Shantou Prince and Six A Side could have some of the best form, both were placed in hunter chases at Cheltenham last May but their form have tailed off since and need a revival.Selection - Mickey Miller

The Open Maiden has been divided and division one holds thirteen entries, locally based Nicky Tinkler has a couple of interesting debutants in Aumit Hill and Financier, the later is a son of Dubawi and was bought out of a dispersal from Godolphin, this exceptionally well bred gelding is half brother to group one performer Desideratum amongst many other talented performers. High Hopper was a placed hurdler when with Malcolm Jefferson but failed to land a blow for Chris Dawson on his one run and has now joined the Bevin team, could be worth chancing on his rules form. McMurphy has run well but all his placed efforts he has been well beat, whilst Scarlett Peak was a well held third at Sinnington but he was staying on strongly that day and can improve further. The race could be between the two Courtcave geldings, Slanemore Hill ran on well into third at Alnwick and ran to the same level at Corbridge and can go close again, however the Francessca Nimmo raider One Touch catches the eye most, bought for 21,000 euro last June and is related to placed pointers, this team does exceptionally well with their youngsters.Selection - Scarlett Peak

Division two of the maiden looks the stronger of the two races, Nicky Tinkler's Jamar's Star put in another good effort to be second at the Holderness where he was beaten by a potentially decent recruit, Leopards Leap has some decent rules form and can do better than his debut performance last time, whilst Robin Of Sherwood has run well the last twice without threatening and may have to provide a supporting role again. Raleagh Mountain could be the most likely winner after his last two close seconds most recently at Dalton Park where he was beaten by the progressive Mr Pepperpot. Emory has regressed this season, however Unseen has hit form at the age of 10, but was well held last time and he may have to settle for a place again. The Cherry Coward trained 4 year old Eden Collonge is of interest on pedigree, the dam won a chase in France and is brother to Delphi Collonges who has won a bumper and hurdle in France, however the yard is not known for their debutants. Selection - Jamar's Star
The final race is a Conditions Maiden, and is for horses who have never been placed in the first three. Some that are double entered here are the Tinkler pair Aumit Hill and Financier, along with the Francesca Nimmo trained One Touch, Eden Collonges is another who has multiple choices. Miss Carney improved greatly on her debut effort and could take another step forward here, whilst Celtic Symphony has put up some okay efforts in Ireland and wouldn't take much to be the best of the raced contenders. Calison d'Alene showed up well for a long way at Brocklesby until weakening three out in what looks a very good maiden and could improve further here, Light And Easy was narrowly back in fifth that day but has pulled up since. Sweetsingingriver is related to a couple of winners in France, she makes her debut but the yard is not known for their debutant winners. John Dawson has a 4 year old debutant who has an attractive pedigree, the dam failed to land a blow under rules, but her grand dam was sister to the highly talented pointer Thisthatandtother, the strong national hunt pedigree continues with the great grand dam producing The Totherone and Galway Plate winner Carlingford Lough, so a chance could be taken if he is ready to fire. Selection - Calison d'Alene