Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
York & Ainsty Point to Point

Sunday 28th April

Will Milburn

The first of two meetings takes place at Rising Sun Farm, Easingwold, with The York & Ainsty Point-to-Point on Sunday 28th April. A total of 71 entries have been received. The first race is at 2pm with the Hunt Members Race. Public admission is 12.50 per adult, under 16s go free and there will be a licensed bar and refreshments. The postcode for Sat Nav is YO61 3PS.

The opening race is the Hunt Members race and it looks like it will be a parade for Badbad Leroy Brown after his victory in a competitive open at Thorpe on Monday, he has penalties to carry but looks far superior to his rivals, which includes Rock Of Leon who looks far from trust worthy and Secret Pattern who hasn't shown enough both in points and under rules to get competitive. Selection - Badbad Leroy Brown

The second race is a 4,5 and 6yo open maiden and there isn't a great deal of form to go on but one that has done well this season is Dressedforsuccess who was second to Eden Collonges at Sheriff Hutton, that form has worked out very well but has been absent since January, so too has Coniston Spa who made an encouraging debut in the same race to finish third and will no doubt improve. Peep O'Day Dell is progressing nicely and will likely have a hand in the finish but it may be worth noting the debutants which include Atomic Clock, a 4yo daughter of Al Kazeem that was picked up for a mere 800 at last year's  August sale at Doncaster, a well bred daughter of Al Kazeem who comes from a respected yard and is worth noting. Pete Fahey also has a 4yo entered, a son of Sulamani who is brother to winning hurdler Jack By The Hedge and was picked up for 14,000 last May. Selection - Dressedforsuccess

The Ladies Open could see another rematch between Ballinahow Bill and Wizadora, the pair faced off at Witton Castle recently where the mare came off on top, however Ballinahow Bill would have a slight weight advantage this time with Wizadora having to carry a small penalty, the Lottie Crane trained runner looked a force to be reckoned with last season but since employing more patient tactics hasn't been seen in the same form. As for the rest of the field they look to be playing for minor roles, Bedford Forrest finished well behind two useful contenders at the Bedale and can continue to progress, Tom Horn doesn't look to be threatening the judge but has been running with respect, whilst Oscar O'scar has put up some good efforts including a third behind Black River most recently. French Seventyfive is a dual course winner back in his hay day and made a respectable return to pointing at Sheriff Hutton, he has since changed yards which me spark a bit more life back into him and could be worth chancing for a place. Selection - Ballinahow Bill

The Mens Open looks as if it will go the way of one of the Guy Brewer pair in either Dark Mahler or Young Hurricane, the latter was a course winner here last season and showed that he still had plenty of fire in his belly when runner up to Path To Freedom at the Bedale, Dark Maler looks best suited to an easy track and could be versatile ground wise, his only issue would be the 8lb penalty he has to carry however there may not be anything good enough to beat him even with extra weight. Wizadora is a gutsy mare he should give running from the front, whilst the progressive Hafajay found things happening all a bit too quick for him last weekend when he was a running on second, he looks best suited to a stiff track and may find things all too sharp round here. Selection - Dark Mahler

The Restricted looks a modest event and looks to be between three, Caviar D'allen was a recent winner at Witton Castle and his form under rules suggests he can still do better, Super Lunar got off the mark at Askham Bryan and has since been runner up behind two very progressive types and is likely to give his running once again, however it could go the way of the more progressive performer Scarlett Peak who got off the mark in good style at the Bedale and is still fairly lightly raced for an 8yo. Alright Marlene could be the springer in the race if returning to her earlier form at Corbridge but looks held on form by a couple of these including Super Lunar. Selection - Scarlett Peak

The Confined is an open race and could see a match up between top stayers, one who is on the up is Sheperds Cave who took his form to a new level when beating Rattle The Cage at the Bedale, he looks at his best on a sound surface but this track may be on the sharp side for him to be seen at his best, the one with the best form is Young Hurricane, however he has to shoulder a 10lb penalty, Hafajay takes his next logical step up in grade but like the previous two looks best with a test of stamina. One that could have a small chance is Gameasapheasant, he looks a strong traveller and had some decent form earlier in the season and this sharp track may play to his strengths. Selection - Young Hurricane

The final race is the Open Maiden and the one that looks to have the stand out form is the Lottie Crane trained Game Risk, he was a good second to Super Lunar at Askham Bryan and has had some respectable form under rules, Dressedforsuccess also holds an entry along with the juvenile runners previously mentioned from the Tinkler and Fahey yard. Magic Buet has been well fancied on several occasions and run some big races so would be no surprise if he was to do so again in what looks an open event. Selection - Game Risk