Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Staintondale Point-to-Point

Saturday 6th April

By Will Milburn

The Staintondale point-to-point host their meeting at Charm Park, near Scarborough on Saturday 6th April 2019. 68 entries have been received for the meeting, the first race is at 1.30pm. Discounted admission tickets at 10 per person can be purchased online at until 5th April. On the gate, public admission is 12.50 per adult, under 16s are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. A children's story tent, face painter and bouncy castle will once again be popular with the younger racegoers. Hospitality tickets are still available - 45 per person which includes admission, racecard, reserved seat in a marquee with TV screens, two course lunch with drinks, please contact Sue Coates -  Spectators can also watch the Grand National at the meeting and there will be a happy hour after the last race.The postcode for Sat Nav is YO13 9QU.

The opening race is a Club Members Conditions race in which novice riders receive a penalty. Will Easterby looks mob handed with course winner Kings Lodge and Monsieur Jourdain, but it will be the in form Black River who has been strongly campaigned that is likely to have the strongest claims after a close second to Dark Mahler last time. Tom Horn has been in good form on his last couple of starts and is giving Cara Richardson some good experience, whilst No Secondchance put up one of his best efforts to date when finishing third behind the useful looking Meldrum Lad. The Mobile Man is hugely consistent and will no doubt hit the frame again, but it will likely go the way of the Neville Woods who receives a valuable weight allowance due to his novice rider, he was an effortless winner of his Members race last time and had some useful form back in 2017. Selection - Neville Woods

The Restricted race is second on the card and looks an easy target for someone, the one with the most potential could be the lightly race Armaans Wish who is from the family of Denman, was a bumper winner first time out and has been runner up since, however departed in style at the second on his point debut and will need to jump better here. McMurphy is highly consistent and will get his head in front before long but has poor form at this track, Princess Scorpion won at Dalton Park last time and will no doubt improve further, Shepherds Cave stays well and any rain will no doubt play in his favour, whilst Super Lunar ran a creditable second at Sheriff Hutton, this track should suit him and can again go close. Tunder Strike showed up well behind the useful looking Absainte on his British debut and a repeat of that would give him every chance. Selection - Tunder Strike

The Mixed Open looks like Will Easterby could have the advantage, he again has three opportunities here but it will likely go the way of Black River who was narrowly denied by Dark Mahler at Askham Bryan but this time he is 8lb better and can surely turn that form around. Snow Castle has never been out the first two since going pointing and takes his first step in to Open company, Martha's Benefit was in great form last summer with wins at Uttoxeter and Cartmel but may need her first run back after a break. Oscar O'scar ran a creditable race last time and could sneak a place with his novice rider taking some weight off his back. Selection - Black River

The Confined race comes next and it looks a split between the young improvers and the old professionals, one that is as experienced as any is Monsieur Jourdain, a multiple Grimthorpe Gold Cup winner he is taking a step down in grade here after finishing second to the impressive Petrou. Mickey Miller hinted at a return to his old form when staying on into second at Askham Bryan, The Mobile Man is another consistent runner and tends to give it a good go from the front, whilst Over And Above has shown up much better with the application of blinkers. The improver in the race is likely to be Eden Collonges who over came a disappointing run last time and confirm his impressive maiden win, he looks best on faster conditions and could be an interesting contender. Selection - Monsieur Jourdain

In the Open Maiden there are few horses with better form than Emory who is rarely out of the places but at the age of 9 has still failed to get his head in front and may again finish runner up. Almagiyr was third last time at Hutton Rudby, Clashganny was a close fourth at Askham Bryan in what was probably a warmer contest than the former, whilst Magic Bullet was disappointing last time and is held on form with Clashganny. Newcomers include Does He Know, Sir Apollo and Steel Yard, all are 4 year olds's and of them Sir Apollo could have the best pedigree and Pete Fahey has not had a winner this season but has had some perform well on debut. Selection - Clashganny

The final race is a Maiden for horses who have not been placed in the first three so although popular can tend to produce an open field. Always Cloudy although failing to complete has shown promise in her two runs to date, Epson Roque was well held at Sheriff Hutton on his debut, whilst Peep O'Day Dell was fourth at Overton and possibly comes here with the most experience. Teescomponents Boy is full brother to useful hurdler Teescomponents Lad who is rated 130 over hurdles and if realising anything like his ability would have a chance. As for the debutants Wasastylequeen looks the more likely type on paper been brother to 142 rated chaser and multiple point winner The Two Amigos.Selection - Peep O'Day Dell