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Tynedale Hunt Point to Point 2010 - Preview By Peter Burgon


The 2010 point-to-point season has been badly disrupted by the wintry weather with numerous cancellations across the North since mid-January and the weather caused yet another postponement for the North, with the Tynedale's scheduled meeting on Sunday 28th February. They have rescheduled for Sunday 14th March and all entries stand.

It has attracted 193 entries, the best total for the meeting since 1999 and the second highest on record, for an eight race card starting at 12.30pm. Early arrivals can also enjoy this season's first contests in the ever popular pony racing series from 11.30am, with sponsorship provided by PR Racing of Kidlaw near Capheaton.

12.30pm The Barrasford Arms Racing Club, Hunt Members Race (6 entries)
Winning Irish pointer, Sam Gawn would be a popular first winner for Flora Blackett (Right). The gelding has a fitness advantage over his rivals, finishing in the first four on all three starts since mid-December. Emerald Destiny won a 3 mile Newcastle Handicap Chase in March 2008, while Astyanax's only win since October 2006 came in a 3.25 mile Carlisle Handicap Chase last April. George Reed's home-bred Ringa Bee produced his best form to date when three lengths 2nd to Cheapside at Hexham last May.

1.00pm The Maggot and Waggit Open Maiden Race for 4,5,6 & 7 year olds (31 entries)
Both divisions will have to be divided on the day if declarations exceed the safety factor of 18. Grande Monsieur finished strongly when runner-up at Alnwick in December and should be suited by the testing uphill finish. Bromley Bay was still in front when falling two out in the Kelso Mares Maiden in which Diamond Alice found only Piece Of Magic too good. The lightly raced Paint Me Silver (left) should also be thereabouts.
1.30pm The Maggot and Waggit Open Maiden Race for 4,5,6 & 7 year olds (30 entries)
Oaklands Robbie is really a winner without a penalty having landed a similar contest at Duncombe Park (Right) a fortnight ago only to be disqualified after losing a weight cloth. Reef Dancer, One More Gypsy and Hunt Ball all finished a close 2nd on their latest starts, while Minellity caught the eye when 5th at Kelso.
2.00pm The Dickinson Dees NPPA Club Members Race (28 entries)
Risky Rhythm scored at this meeting last year after a long absence from the track and is sure to be cherry ripe for her seasonal debut. My Final Bid (left) is on a four-timer, Pontius was never headed when winning at Corbridge and Crossford in 2007, and Major Catch, successful three times under Rules on soft going, should also go well.
2.30pm  The Strutt and Parker 3mile 5furlong Ladies Open Race (16 entries)
The ultra consistent Narciso is the one they all have to beat in this stamina test. Narrowly outpointed by Floreana at Kelso earlier in the month, Cherry Coward's charge has not been out of the first two in his last 16 completed points, winning 10 of these. Proven stayers, Tynedale (right), High Five, Lady Brig and Hasper add further spice to the contest.
3.00pm Brewin Dolphin 3mile 5furlong Men's Open Race (30 entries)
Laertes made virtually all when beating Eliza Doalott at Duncombe Park a fortnight ago (the grey, left) and a repeat of that form will be good enough for a follow up. The gelding previously landed the 3m 7f Perth Highland National in 2008 and 2009 when trained by Chris Grant. Other proven stayers entered include Lord Who, Super Road Train and Pristine Condition. The latter won a Market Rasen Maiden Hunters Chase on February 9th in good style and loves soft going.

3.30pm The Mc Daniel & Co Restricted Race (29 entries)
This looks a competitive affair on paper. Areyacoddinmee and Racing Ace both ran well when placed behind Miss Tosca at Duncombe Park, while Dark Moon and Boxbury landed their respective Maidens at Witton Castle. The improving Oh So Perky (right) ran a blinder on her reappearance at Kelso three weeks ago when only beaten one length by Silk Parasol and might have won that day with a better jump two out.

4.00pm The Gilesgate Ltd Open Maiden Race for 8 year olds and over (23 entries)
Moor Red was unlucky not to win in 2008 but may need the run after missing last term. Devils And Dust boasts the best recent form having finished runner-up twice on his latest starts. Dee Cee Bolter finished 4th behind Buckstruther at Kelso, while Rosa Fina (left) was a modest 4th at Duncombe Park.

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