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Askham Bryan College near York is to host the first of two fixtures at the college in the Yorkshire point-to-point calendar on Sunday (24 February).
The West of Yore point-to-point has attracted 65 entries to race across the college's course.
Sunday's action begins at 12.30pm and there will be six races. The event will include a licensed bar, betting ring and a variety of catering outlets, with everything from fish and chips to coffee available.
Askham Bryan College Curriculum Director Animal Management and Equine Jo Richards said: "Thanks to the great weather in recent days we are able to provide some really excellent going, which should make for some exciting racing." Admission is £12.50 per adult, with under 16s free.
The opening race is the Confined and has received 12 entries, it looks as if it will be between three main contenders, last week's winner Black River was an effortless winner of his Members race and hardly came out of a canter, Ravished was an encouraging third at Sheriff Hutton behind the well thought of Benefit Of Luck, whilst Six A Side has been runner up on his only start here but has to concede 8lb due to his two wins last season. As for the rest Sposalizio may be seen to better effect later in the season, whilst Hollow Tree boasts some useful form if you go back to his juvenile days, however he failed to sparkle on his pointing debut at Sheriff Hutton. Nautical Twilight was a capable two miler when with Ruth Jefferson but her current efforts suggests that three miles of pointing is stretching her.
Selection -Black River
There are only three in the Restricted and two of these are making returns from a long break, Fiasco was a maiden winner over 2m 4f but hasn't been seen on the track since 2016, whilst Not Far Wrong could be the best of these but made a low key return after a year off at Brocklesby on Saturday despite this been a very weak race. Cheat Fairly looks the risk free option, he was a maiden winner at Charm Park and finished down the field n a red hot Restricted at Sheriff Hutton, although that's not strong form it should be good enough to take this. Selection - Cheat Fairly
The Mixed Open has attracted some useful competitors as it normally does from near and far, one that makes the trip North is Oh Toodles for Immy Robinson, the pair were second last weekend and have made two succesful raids on Sedgefield point to point and looks as if a sharp track will play to this 12 year old's advantage. Mydor finished second to the well thought of Benefit Of Luck at Sheriff Hutton and the fourth from that race has been narrowly beaten since, whilst Black River, Six A Side and Sposalizio all have the choice of this race aswell. Shantou Prince tends to show his better efforts on a faster surface and with a run under his belt could have claims, with his finest hour coming last year at Kelso where he lowered the colours of Dance Of Time. Knocklong is a prolific winner but has been off the boil this season and could be vulnerable, however the most interesting one is the Justin Landy trained Meldrum Lad. Formerly trained by Seamus Durack where he recorded a hat trick of wins of 2m 4f and ended his term there in November 2017 when he contested a grade 3 at Ascot, he has an absence to overcome but will no doubt be primed for his return. Selection - Meldrum Lad
The first maiden is an Open Maiden run over 3 miles, Alamgiyr was a good second at the weekend in his Hunt race at Brocklesby and that form would be strong enough to go close, Coniston Spa is a 4 year old gelding who was third on debut at Sheriff Hutton, he was well beat but it was an encouraging performance, whilst Frangeliko and Game Risk both have plenty of experience under their belt and may have to settle for a place once more. Hooligan Jack ran up an official BHA mark of 100 over hurdles and made an encouraging debut at Alnwick when staying on into fourth behind useful prospect Monte Alban. Sweetsingingriver and Robins Legend both have shown potential so far and could go close, the former is less exposed and could have more to offer. The two more interesting prospects are the Pete Fahey trained 4 year olds One For Dunstan and Tom O'Roughley, One For Dunstan is a son of Sholokhov bought from Ireland for 22,000 euro and is brother two multiple winners including Another Palm and Misfits, his stable mate Tom O'Roughley is by the multiple Gold Cup winner Yeats and is another Irish purchase, he is another that boasts winning form in the pedigree with his brother Beyond The Law been the best and has contested several top class races. Sheperds Cave could be the winner though after an eye catching fourth at Alnwick when running on from the rear. Selection - Sheperds Cave
The Intermediate has attracted 7 entries and recent winner Absainte could turn out again after her victory at Brocklesby on Saturday, she made all the running that day and this track could suit similar tactics. Beggars Bush and Monte Alban are closely matched on form after both securing narrow successes over Templpoint, however the latter looks the more progressive. Snow Castle did nothing wrong last season and ended last term with a close second to The Mobile Man, he's expected to improve with those efforts on his back and could have more to come this year. Zandino looks to retain ability but isn't straight forward and may have to settle for a place. Selection - Monte Alban
The final race is a Maiden run over 2m 4f, Almagiyr, Frangeliko and Robins Legend also hold an entry in this race, Princess Scorpion was an encouraging fourth at Friars Haugh, this shorter trip should play to Flamingo Lanes style of running but that was not the case at Sheriff Hutton, whilst Hall Garth is by Bahamian Bounty and is likely to appreciate a sharper trip. The likely winner is Caviar d'Allen who was narrowly ahead of Frangeliko at Sheriff Hutton and should appreciate this shorter distance. Selection - Caviar d'Allen
The Badsworth and Bramham Moor stage their point-to-point at the college a month later on Saturday 23rd March.