Bedale Point to Point Preview

                The Bedale Point to Point holds their meeting this Saturday 8th April at Hornby Castle, a very healthy 70 entries have been received with the first race getting under way at 1-30pm. The postcode for Sat Nav users is  DL8 1NQ.

The first race is a Conditions race for a joining local hunts to the Bedale and 7 entries have been received. Sine Nomine looks the stand out performer here, she looked like a rising star last season and although she has not won yet this year she has ran some excellent races, however the absence since January is a slight concern. Busy Street and Slanemore Hill were placed last time but were well beaten, whilst Tanora won a Restricted at Friars Haugh having been a maiden. Pillowman would be a slight danger on the best of his form, however he was very unimpressive on his most recent start a came a very weary tailed off second.

Selection – Sine Nomine

                The second race is an Intermediate and also a qualifier for the final at Cheltenham in May. Several recent winners have really progressed well this season, most notably recent Askham Bryan winner Camdonian, he was the winner of a good maiden at Charm Park and brushed aside a modest field at Askham Bryan in a Restricted. Tom Cody was a beaten second to recent Grimthorpe Gold Cup runner Ask To Dance at the Hurworth, whilst Cullin Hills could make a quick return after a relatively straight forward victory at the Middleton in the Members race. Barrick Hill looks to stay well and will no doubt be on the front end of the race, whilst the lightly raced Manicman has a good record, including winning over the course. Amma Lord was a maiden prior to his Restricted win and put all national hunt form behind him and a lengthy break to win at the Hurworth and although that was respectable form is quickly stepping into warmer waters.

Selection – Camdonian

                The Conditions race is run over the shorter distance of 2m 6f. Cullin Hills looks the stand out performer on form, this slightly shorter trip isn’t ideal and is returning very quickly, whilst Rocket Lad looks the main danger after chasing home the easy and potentially useful winner Fairly Famous at Askham Bryan and this shorter trip should suit him. Pillowman was a weary second last time and will need to really bounce back, Fivecardstud has failed to capture his form from last year, Busy Street was a modest second last time but will appreciate this shorter trip however is taking a step up in grade. Nortonthorpelegend is slowly starting to find some form and any better ground will improve his chances. Spider Web was a useful recruit under rules but his efforts so far have been modest.

Selection – Rocket Lad

                The Ladies Open is another race run over the shorter trip of 2m 6f, a couple who will be very much suited by this include recent winner Vent d’Automne who beat Ballydonagh Boy at Hutton Rudby and his trail blazing tactics should be suited over this distance. Vivas could be the main danger after an easy victory at Overton, he was a useful recruit under rules and can go close here, whilst Fresh New Dawn will be suited by this trip but was the very easy winner of a modest Open last time. Black Op is the class act in the race but may opt for the Mens, whilst Cellar Vie caught the eye last time when making up a huge amount of ground at Askham Bryan to split two useful Open horses and a repeat of that effort could see him go close.

Selection – Vent d’Automne

                The Men’s Open is run over the normal 3 miles and Steely Addition could bounce back to form here, he hasn’t been firing on all cylinders yet this season but after a small break could return to top form after a close third in a Mussleburgh Hunter Chase. Black Op is the likely danger, he was last seen in the Cheltenham Foxhunters where he struggled to get involved, whereas Sine Nomine will likely find easier options earlier in the card. Mustmeetalady stays extra well but could find one too good, whilst Fresh New Dawn may find this a touch more of a test of staminas than ideal. The Whistle Blower was an easy winner of the course last season and could go well again from the front, but may have to settle for a place at best.

Selection – Steely Addition

                The final race is a Maiden also run over the normal distance of 3 miles. Conscription could be given a second chance, he was runner up to a useful recruit at Alnwick and was soon pulled up recently after some early mistakes. Crobally Boy looks ready to win a Maiden very soon but keeps finding one too good, First One d’Aana has been in good form but may have to settle for a place at best here, Oldnewborrowedblue was running a much better race last time until unseating at the last and a repeat of that could see her in the mix and same could be said for Pop The Question who hasn’t been disgraced in bumpers but has yet to make her debut over fences. Takeitupstairs was another who was a close second in his bumper for the Easterby team on debut, he has yet to make his debut over fences but can improve further, whilst the only debutant in the field is from the yard of Brian Harding, Deep Strato is brother to grade 3 winner and grade 1 placed chaser Visionarian and is certainly one to note on debut from a yard that can ready one.

Selection – Crobally Boy