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Braes of Derwent Point to Point 2010 - Preview By Peter Burgon


The Northern Area point-to-point season resumes on Sunday after a two week break with the popular Braes of Derwent fixture at the Downhills course near Corbridge. It has attracted 179 entries on a seven race card starting at 1.30pm, although both Maidens will have to be divided on the day if declarations exceed the safety factor of 18.The main action is followed around 5pm by a couple of pony racing contests in which 13 year old Ross Chapman aims to follow up last Sunday's pillar to post win on Chiumbo at the Middleton meeting near Malton.

1.30 pm The Douglas Chapman Memorial Braes of Derwent Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race

Augustus Livius ploughed through the mud when breaking his duck at last month's Hurworth fixture and could strike again in the opening Members Race from 2009 winner, Boher Storm, right Former Irish pointer,
2.00 pm The Baileys Horse Feeds Intermediate Race
Anotherbuck, left finally fulfilled the promise shown earlier in the campaign when scoring impressively at Kelso three weeks ago. Edward Wrigley's mount has come out of that race well and is fancied to claim the scalps of course winners, Buckstruther and Athoss in the Intermediate Race. 
2.30 pm The Northern Plastic Surgery Associates Mens Open Race
Briscoe Place, right has won all four starts between the flags this year with plenty in hand and it is hard to see the likes of Bow School, Another Rum and One Sniff lowering his colours in the featured Men's Open Race.
3.00 pm The Dr Syntax Inn Ladies Open
The Ladies Open Race has 23 entries and looks a competitive affair on paper. Lady Brig beat Moment Of Madness at Corbridge last month and the pair are set to meet again, while Delfinia, Sea Scout and Yorkshire raider, Mooramana, left should also be in the shake up.
3.30 pm The Wm McIvor & Son Restricted Race
Zoren, right jumped and travelled well when making a successful hunt racing debut at Kelso and, with further improvement on the cards, the youngster is quite capable of taking the Restricted Race from Dontpassgo and Commonburn.
4.00 pm The Tow Law Open Maiden Race
Despite being off the track for twenty three months, Bill Aitchison's mare, Izons Croft, left ran a blinder on her comeback outing at Kelso when beaten only four lengths in third behind Bromley Bay. She can step up on that effort by landing the Open Maiden Race for older horses from Edkay, only collared late on by Ringa Bee in the Tynedale Members, and the consistent Master Saddler.
4.30 pm The Four, Five, Six and Seven Year Old Maiden Race
The concluding Open Maiden Race for 4, 5, 6 and 7 year olds can go to King Rascal, right who kept on well when four lengths second to Dontpassgo at Kelso last time out. He should be suited by the testing uphill finish at Corbridge. Others for the short list include Etoile Ardente, Maften and Pericam.

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