Brocklesby Point-to-Point takes place this Sunday, March 1 at Brocklesby Park, with the first race at 1pm.
A total of 86 entries have been taken for the seven-race card, with the final race due off at 4pm.
Preview by Emma Forman
The feature Ladies Open race sponsored, by DDM Agriculture, includes entries for Palypso De Creek and His Excellency, horses trained by the late Jill Dawson, and following her recent death it would be nice for her husband Mike to have a winner at their local course.
Top-rated Palypso De Creek is unlikely to run having taken up an engagement in a Leicester Hunter Chase earlier in the week. However, His Excellency should be able to win this with ease. Formerly trained by David Pipe, this seven year old was rated 137 when winning a Class 3 Handicap Chase at Perth last July prior to being purchased by the Dawsons and will be ridden by Claire Hart.
Others to consider in his absence include Emma Todd’s mount Railway Dillon, who was fourth at Sheriff Hutton in January, and Francesca Nimmo’s Magic Sky, a Ladies Open winner last season, who will be making his seasonal reappearance.
The riders of the first three past the post in the Ladies Open race will score points for the AGA Lady Riders iTotal Control Championship.
Singleton Birch Ltd, who this year celebrate 200 years of business at their Melton Ross Quarries, are sponsoring the Men’s Open feature.
The winning horse will qualify for the £7,500 three miles two and a half furlongs Bonham’s Men’s Open Point to Point Championship final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday April 29.
Yorkshire horses could dominate here; Camden is fresh from a win in the Sinnington Mixed Open and could go close for Sarah Easterby and her son, rider Will Easterby.
Steph Easterby holds the ace hand with her two entries Carlton Ryan and My Old Piano, who were placed first and second respectively at the last meeting at Brocklesby.
Gerald Bailey’s Empire Builder was an easy winner of the Intermediate at this course a few weeks ago and could improve further to take a place.
The local horses, Murphy’s Promise and Gallant Nuit, could be competing for the Fighting Star Cup for the first Brocklesby horse past the post.
Harry Burt, the rider of Murphy’s Promise, may choose the earlier Clark Weightman Midlands Area Club race, as he is a novice rider and according to the conditions of the race can carry 3lbs less than his more experienced rivals.
Gallant Nuit, Panama Canal and Carlton Ryan are others who hold entries in this earlier contest.
Gerald Bailey’s The Talking Horse ran well to be second behind Carlton Ryan and is another for consideration as is another Steph Easterby horse Banny’s Lad.
The winning horse in the Nunn’s Mitsubishi Ltd Restricted race will qualify for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point Series final at Stratford on Friday May 29.
It will be difficult to oppose Roger Jackson’s Gonalston Cloud here. An easy winner of a Maiden at Thorpe recently this 8-year-old should be able to follow up here.
Stuart Morris’s Biddles Bedouin may be good enough to take the Mare’s Maiden race, sponsored by the Jockey Club and St Hugh’s hospital.
The first three past the post in this race will score points for the Jockey Club Mares Maiden series.
The Open Maiden is sponsored by Paul Wiseman Electrical Contractors Ltd and could go to either Shabach or Banderitos, who were placed third and fourth in the Maiden at the South Wold meeting.
Victoria Cottingham’s No Alterations has yet to run this season but has been placed in an Irish Point-to-Point last June and is another for the shortlist.
The opening Member’s race, sponsored by the Ashbourne Hotel, is always popular with the locals.
Seventeen-year-old Tom Broughton will ride Cian Boy, a horse who has been placed over hurdles when trained by Nick Kent.
Tom Strawson will ride Over The Thyme for his father Paul; this seven year old was placed in an Irish Point- to-Point two years ago.
However, the biggest cheer is likely to be reserved for Sophie Marsh, if she can complete the course on Gorgeous George, who is really an eventer/show jumper.
There will be a tribute to Jill Dawson and riders will wear black armbands throughout the afternoon.
After the last race the Lilian Pickering Memorial Challenge trophy will be presented to the leading rider at the two meetings at Brocklesby in 2015.
Following the South Wold meeting, two riders, Harry Bannister and Tom Weston, are in a joint lead with a winner and a second place each. This trophy was won by local jockey Tom Strawson last year and, with a number of good rides on Sunday including Gallant Nuit, Panama Canal and Gonalston Cloud, it would be no surprise if the AGHAUL sponsored jockey were to collect it again.
Brocklesby Park is situated just off the A18 near Humberside Airport, about five miles from junction 5 of the M180.
The course is set in beautiful parkland and is an ideal day out for all the family.
There will be bookmakers, licensed bar, refreshments and a good selection of trade stands.
Admission is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Racecards will be £3.00.
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