Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point - Sunday 13th January

Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point - Sunday 13th January

96 entries have been received for the Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Club meeting which takes place at Sheriff Hutton on Sunday 13th January and kicks off the season in Yorkshire.  With 7 races on the card, due to the division of the Maiden Race, a cracking day’s racing is bound to ensue.

The first point-to-point race takes place at 12 noon and is for members of the Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Club with horses who have not won under the rules of racing, apart from National Hunt Flat Races, Hunter Chases and Point-to-Points.  Chip and Pin can run well for the Mason family but the win is likely to go the way of Sous Mix who was second at this course last year and can start the day in fine fashion for the David Easterby team.

14 horses have been entered into the Restricted race and Emma Todd takes over the reins on Dead Ringa from the retired Mark Walford.  Trained in Sheriff Hutton by Liz Clark, Emma is keen to start the season on a high.  She said, “He has been working and schooling really well at home and I am looking forward to making my seasonal debut on him.  I have also done a lot of running to get myself fit and as prepared for the season as I can.”

The fourth race on the card is for Club Members who are novice riders – have not ridden more than three winners prior to the start of the season.  Adin Abroad will make his seasonal debut for trainer Andy Nicholls, but the final decision as to who will ride will depend on who is the more persuasive of his two jockeys – Will Milburn, or his girlfriend Emma Todd!  The point-to-point secretary, Christine Drury will no doubt be pacing the Weighing Room as she saddles Drom to run in this race.  Since being purchased at the sales he ran for his new owner at Southwell, coming second and makes his point-to-point debut on Sunday.  Another making the transition from rules to pointing is King Penda who won for the Walford team in 2011 before his form started to tail off.  The point-to-point field could be just what he needs and he could make a bold bid for his rider Shane Marriott.

The Mens Open looks a high class affair, with a choice of horses for second season jockey William Easterby to choose between, however the one to beat will be ClassinaGlass for Tom Bannister, trained by David Easterby.  This exciting horse is following closely in the footsteps of Tom’s other stalwart, My Old Piano and the pointing fraternity is looking forward to seeing how far this young horse can go.

The maiden races see a number of horses stepping back from racing under rules to pointing and one of the “racing rejects”, according to his trainer, Andy Nicholls, “that is going the right way” is Renovatio, a 7 year old French bred horse by Cadoudal, the same sire as Big Bucks.  He ran in a bumper before making his debut at Cottenham two weeks ago.  Andy commented “He took a novice fall after about 2 miles, when he was going nicely and showed a lot of promise.  We are very pleased with how he is going and hope he will learn from his first run.  He has enjoyed hunting all season and we are looking forward to going to Sheriff Hutton with him.”

Another which might be making the transition to pointing is Tippering who was bought by Mick Easterby and sent to daughter Sue Mason’s for training.  He was previously with Sue Smith but jockey Joanna said “he will be at an advantage because he has experience of running on a racecourse and I am looking forward to getting him onto the course.”  With her parents away for the best part of five weeks, Joanna has been in sole charge of the pointers preparation and is looking forward to seeing her work pay off on the track.

 The day’s racing is preceded with pony racing.  There are two races, both sponsored by Tim Easterby Racing and the first takes place at 11.15 am with the second closely behind at 11.20 am, where the jockeys of the future get the chance to experience the thrills of race riding.

Admission to the meeting is £10 per person and racecards are £3 each.  The postcode for satellite navigation is YO60 7TN and all proceeds will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  Organisers will be hoping to exceed last year’s donation of £12,000.  There will be a bar, hog roast and mulled wine as well as some great racing action and characters alike!