Badsworth And Bramham Point to Point Preview

                This Sunday the 26th March the Badsworth and Bramham hold their meeting at Askham Bryan, the second of two meetings to be held at the track. The six race card gets underway at 2pm and 46 entries have been received across the day, the largest field neen the Open Maiden with 14 entries. The post code for Sat Nav is YO23 3FR.

            The opening race is a Conditions race and the recent Restricted winner Fairly Famous from the Tom Ellis yard could be the one to beat, he is two from two this season and this looks a good chance to continue his run of good form. Pillowman will appreciate some better ground and will no doubt make the pace, whilst Rocket Lad and Creadan Rogue will have to bounce back from disappointing efforts last time. Poncherello was a well beaten second last time, but is a two time winner this season and could be one for the minor honours.

Selection – Fairly Famous

            The Restricted could be between the impressive Askham maiden winner Hollington, who came to grief last week at the Hurworth, and Camdonian who stayed on well to beat a strong field of Maidens at Charm Park last time and looks as though he could progress further. Gwash was a fortunate winner of his Maiden, however he was running well at the time and could re-appear if not selling at this weeks Ascot sale. Diaboleo is a course winner so is worth noting, but may have to settle for minor honours, whilst the remainder of the field would be a surprise winner.

Selection – Camdonian

            The Mens Open looks a straight forward assignment for Steely Addition, he was a disappointing third at Musselburgh recently, however this looks much calmer waters. Game As A Pheasant is no where near his best this season, Pillowman could force the pace, whilst main danger looks to be Fresh New Dawn he was well clear when unseating recently at Dalton Park and has run well at this course previously.

Selection – Steely Addition

            The Maiden has a more competitive field and the one with the strongest recent form is Crobally Boy, he has been knocking on the door in some competitive races lately and his recent third at Charm Park looks the best form on offer. First One d’Ana is improving nicely for Nick Orpwood and his recent second at Alnwick looked respectable form and could improve further, whilst Conscription will have to prove his jumping is in order after finishing second in a point to point bumper at Alnwick behind the useful Cannock Park, the same could be said for the Jack Teal trained Nowmelad who fell on his only start over fences after finishing third in a Duncombe Park flat race. More could be expected from Moonlight Flit and Loughrask Poet, whilst Horizon Dove makes her point debut after finishing second in a bumper at Stratford. Iskander Pecos made a pleasing debut for Joe O’shea last time when finishing second at Bangor and is another who can go close.

Selection – Crobally Boy

            The Ladies Open looks a good opportunity for Royal Chant to go one better on this seasons efforts, he was a narrow second to Aintree Foxhunters winner Latenightpass last time and providing the ground isn’t too soft, could take this. General Arrow looks the main danger after a very easy victory over Southfield Theatre last time, whilst Knight Batchelor has run well on his last two starts but is in the veteran stage now and may be vulnerable. Between The Waters was an easy winner last time, but the form of the race wasn’t very strong and may find a few too good here.

Selection – Royal Chant

            The final race is a Novice Riders race and could be another chance for The Dubai Way to get another win for his young rider Felix Barlow, a winner last time at Bangor, he will likely appreciate plenty of rain. Champagne Noir was an easy winner previously as well and could be in the shake up for an in form stable, however his form under rules would not be a strong as some of the others. Fresh New Dawn could also run well with a clear round.

Selection – The Dubai Way