The Yorkshire Jockeys Club Point to Point Preview
This weekend the 5th March is the Yorkshire Jockeys Club meeting held at Charm Park, 81 entries have been received for the six race card which gets underway at 1-30pm. This meeting is run by former point to point jockeys and aim to raise money for two charities, the Injured Jockeys Fund and Racing Welfare, both of which are strong supporters of the racing industry. Entry is £12.50 and the post code for the meeting is YO13 9QU.
The Opening race is the Veterans Horse race for 10yo and up. Pillowman was in good form last season but is seen to best effect on a sound surface and may be better suited later in the season, whilst Supremely Lucky has run some nice races in the North. Roycano has been in great form this season but now has a hefty 8lb penalty to shoulder, Debece could be another with a large penalty to carry but was an impressive winner last time and could be the class act. However Kalabaloo has plenty of ability and could be seen to good effect in the contest getting weight from her other rivals. Cobra De Mai was a very useful graded performer when with Dan Skelton and could find this drop to pointing a much easier task.
Selection – Kalabaloo
The second race is a maiden run over 2m 4f for 4 and 5yo’s. Admiral Fitz was running a respectable race when coming to grief at the last on debut and should of benefited from that, Nothinelsematter is brother to top class pointer Meldrun Lad, whilst Touch Me Not and James Baie all hail from highly respected yards and should be noted. The one to beat is likely to be Gabrielle de Balon who was a narrow second on debut at Alnwick, with the winner going on to run a close second next time out.
Selection – Gabrielle de Balon
The Ladies Open could see the exciting return of Latenightpass to Charm Park, this former Foxhunter winner could take in this same race as last year en-route to a return to Aintree. Threats look minimal with Debeece been the main contender, Royal Chant, Game As A Pheasant and Fresh New Dawn can all battle it out for the places. Cullin Hills was an impressive maiden winner here last year and has progressed well, however will need a massive step forward to score here.
Selection – Latenightpass
The Men’s Open looks a very competitive race with recent winners including Grimthorpe Gold Cup winner Point The Way, impressive recent Askham Bryan winner Crossgalesfamegame who will be aided by his jockeys 5lb claim and improving youngster Fascinating Rhythm. Fascinating Rhythm was a very easy winner last time of a very weak Intermediate but looks a horse full of potential, whilst The Unmentionable will likely force the early pace. Jet Away Joey was the winner of a Men’s Open last time, whilst Monbeg Chit Chat has failed to recapture any of his previous form this season in two below par runs. Ask To Dance ran well in defeat last time, where he had Roycano narrowly ahead of him.
Selection – Crossgalesfamegame
The Restricted looks as though it could go the way of several runners, recent winners include the smooth travelling Diaboleo who boasts an impressive flat pedigree, Roan who rallied strongly to win at Duncombe Park, Sir Shelby and Star Present who was the winner of match Members race at the Brocklesby. The likely winner could be that from the Will Easterby yard of Hollington, a veery impressive winner at Askham Bryan he looks one who could quickly progress further. Others who should have improved for their efforts this season is Il Padrino who was a distant second at the Brocklesby.
Selection – Hollington
The Open Maiden ends the day with 21 entries, Baron Nelson was a placed hurdler when with Nicky Henderson but has well over a year off the track to overcome, whilst newcomer Duke Account is brother to winning pointers such as Duke Nelson and is out of the prolific winning pointer Duchess Account. Loughrask Poet can be given another chance after disappointing on British debut, whilst Trap For Fools can run well but looks to want a stiff test of stamina. Camdonian could be a decent recruit for the Jack Teal stable, with an official mark of 111 when with Dan Skelton he looks as though a maiden should be within his grasps. Moonlight Flit was an encouraging fourth last time at Brocklesby and could also be worth noting.
Selection – Camdonian