Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
York & Ainsty at Easingwold
29th April

By Will Milburn
The first of two meetings takes place at Rising Sun Farm, Easingwold, with the The York & Ainsty Point-to-Point on Sunday 29th April. A total of 104 entries have been received. The first race is at 2pm with the Hunt Members Race. Public admission is 10 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 Hunt Members race looks to be between three contenders, Carlos Gardel racked up a couple of victories last season including this race albeit in weak contests and carries a 5lb penalty but has made a below par return this season. Strongpoint used to be a top class hurdler but is not the force he was, he won at Tranwell last season and showed up well for a long way in a hot Mens Open at the Bedale until pulling up, whilst Thinger Litch may be the more likely type on form after his recent second to Wizadora, however he looks an unreliable type, has a 10lb penalty and was a well tailed off third in this, last year behind Carlos Gardel. Bobs Call made the placings in a couple of maidens but may be a class below these, but On Vacation may be the one to take a chance on, he has unseated on both starts this season and anything faster than good would be ideal for him, he also has the beating of Strongpoint when winning a 2 mile 4 furlong race at the Pendle last season. Selection - On Vacation

The second race is a maiden for 4, 5 and 6 year old's, there are several with forming including One For Martha, she was a good second in a big field at the Bisdale meeting a race which has resulted in a winner since. Dressedforsuccess was fourth on his debut in a bumper at Alnwick, if jumping could go well, Goody Hallett showed its first bit of form when fifth in the same race as One For Martha, his jumping had been very suspect prior to that, whilst Impulsive Act showed plenty of potential at 4 year old and has taken till now till return to that form when second at Witton Castle, he is well thought of by his jockey. Joy At Midnight and Seeyouwhenugetthere are others with place claims, but the one that catches the eye is the 4 year old Talktomenow by Shirocco, owned and trained by Roger Marley who is well known for been able to ready one, he is brother to a bumper placed performer and was bought for 14,000 last May. Selection - Impulsive Act

In the Ladies Open it looks like Lottie Crane has all the aces here as the highly progressive Ballinahow Bill could take his chance and would be well suited to this track if his quirks from the Holderness have been ironed out, she could also have the option of the point to point debutant Kilclispeen who was a former inmate of Joseph O'Brien's, he is a three time winner, most recent was a Downpatrick chase last May. The main danger could come from Rumble Of Thunder, he was a good second to Knocklong at Witton Castle and will no doubt go well on a course he has performed well at in the past, another course winner is Lucky Cody who returned from a long break at Hexham to finish third, he could progress from that but may struggle to trouble the main contenders. The remainder of the entrants all look to hold place claims at best. Selection -Rumble Of Thunder

The Mens Open looks to be between three horses, all of which ran at Witton Castle on Sunday, Sposalizio is the likely winner after bouncing back to form and take the Men's Open where he had Martha's Benefit back in third, she is slowly coming to form but needs another step forward to bridge the seven length gap that day, whilst Six A Side won the Confined race, he was not overly convincing but his previous form would give him leading claims and is the only one of the three to escape a penalty. Mickey Miller was a course winner last season but has been a no show in two runs this year and has major questions to ask, he was also behind Martha's Benefit when the two met in a Cartmel hunter chase last season. The rest of the contenders will likely fight out the placings. Selection - Sposalizio

The Restricted may see the Coward/Andrews band wagon continue as maiden winner Aine's Choice who was very impressive at Witton Castle could return again here, Calisson d'Alene is a candidate for forcing the pace after making all round Charm Park; the second has run well again since only narrowly been beaten, whilst Thomas Todd is another who made the running last time and narrowly held on to win a three runner maiden at Revsby Park on Saturday. Wild Murphy and Snow Castle are both closely linked on their point to point form and National Hunt form, Snow Castle was narrowly ahead of Wild Murphy at the Bedale meeting, however this sharper track should suit Wild Murphy and it would be no surprise if the positions were reversed. Selection - Calisson d'Alene

The penultimate race is the Riders Conditions Club race and most of the entries are double entered in both the Open races. Kilclispeen and Mickey Miller both from the John Dawson yard could take their chances, whilst Roll The Dice took a big step up to finish second to Six A Side on Sunday and Charlotte Kemp could take off a handy 5lb. Six A Side and Sposalizio both hold entries but may more likely to attend the Open, Tasheba can run well now the ground is drying up and gets on well with Amy Collier and his last effort was third to two decent rivals, whilst although he is a 10 year old Refusal did nothing wrong when looking an impressive winner of his Restricted at Charm Park and despite his age could progress further. Selection - Tasheba

The final race is an Open Maiden and a number of these are double entered in the earlier maiden, the ones that aren't include Raleagh Mountain who after a few very strong efforts bombed out at Charm Park and needs to get back on track, whilst Solitary Shore was a very good third at Witton Castle and should progress. Talktomenow is of interest along with One For Martha and Hows Jonny who fell twice early on at the Cottenham meetings, he was booked for a place there and will need to shape up on his jumping. Selection - Solitary Shore