Pointing in Yorkshire 2017
Bedale at Hornby Castle
14th April
The Bedale point-to-point takes place at Hornby Castle on Saturday 14th April 2018. The first race takes place at 1.30pm. The Grand National will again be televised on a big screen at 5.15pm and is once again sponsored by McClarrons Insurance. Public admission is 12.50 per adult. Children aged 16 and under are free. There will be a licensed bar and refreshments. The Bedale Point to Point will once again offer generous prize money of 1000 for both Open Races on 14th April. The George F. White Mens' Open Race will be run as usual over an extended three miles at Hornby Castle's slightly undulating, galloping track, while following the success of last year's initiative, the Silk Family Law Ladies' Open Race will be disputed over the shorter distance of two miles and six furlongs. Both contests carry a total prize fund of 1000, with 700 to the winner.

The first race is a Confined Conditions race and there could be plenty of pace on here, usual front runners include Hand Act Or Part who failed to land a blow at Charm Park recently, he wasn't given a hard time and looks to enjoy himself with an easy lead, other pace angles include Wizadora who was a gallant second to Dance Of Time at Helmsley, Stagecoach Jasper, Shannon Silver and Royal Benefit who took advantage of an eventful race at the Holderness, the form of that race does not look to strong but could still play a hand here. Shantou Prince could be the best of these after a return to form on his recent third, however could find an easier event in the Hunt Members race. Selection - Wizadora

The second race is the Hunt Members race and as mentioned previously Shantou Prince looks a likely winner of this, a previous winner of this race and returned to form on Monday when third behind Kings Lodge and Six A Side, the only danger could be soft ground and if conditions don't dry up Taylormade Boy and Ancient Empire could take advantage, the latter was a good third at the Holderness, whilst the former was well held at Overton despite been third. The Pillowman was an easy winner of a weak 2 mile 4 furlong race at Overton but will need a big step up here in these conditions. Selection - Shantou Prince

The Restricted looks a strong field and holds 17 entries, a few of these look set to play minor roles, however the recent winners look to hold the strongest claims, Matts Commission got off the mark at the Holderness where he beat Jamars Star, although that form may look to have not worked out he can still progress further. Snow Castle is one of two mounts John Dawson could have the choice of, he beat subsequent winner Mr Pepperpot at the Sinnington and with his form over hurdles with Evan Williams where he recorded a mark over the 100's, he is likely to improve further. John's other chance could be Ancient Empire, he's another decent hurdles performer when trained by Joseph O'Brien in Ireland and is likely to do better. Whilst Ourgetway broke his maiden at Alnwick, the previous season he ran a very close third to some decent Open rivals in his Members race, a reproduction of that form would see him go close, however the one with the best chance on ratings is Starlight Court who won his Members at the Brocklesby, it's questionable how strong that form was but must be considered. The Northern contender is Sam Says who won his maiden at Overton after two pulled up efforts this season, whilst Eurobond had shown very modest form until demolishing a competitive field at Charm Park, there was no fluke about that effort and it will be interesting to see how she gets on stepped up in grade. Selection - Snow Castle

The Ladies Open is a feature race on the card. Knocklong has turned into a top class recruit to this sphere and is now partnered by Lottie Crane who got off the mark aboard him at the Holderness where the pair ground the opposition into the ground, another display like that should see him hard to beat. Rumble Of Thunder can give the likely favourite something to worry about, but he acts best on quick ground so the recent rain would be a concern, whilst Pass The Hat has now joined Drew Holmes, he was a former Grand National contender and at his best finished fourth off 143 in a grade 3 at Ascot back in 2014 and could benefit from his second at Alnwick after having a year off. His Excellency has good form but his recent return would be of concern, as for the rest To Begin quickened nicely to win a couple of Ladies races last year and could go well if ready on his return, Harris and Corrin Wood could also have claims, the former can go well depending in what mood he is in. Selection - Knocklong

In the Men's Open John Dawson could have a tough decision as three talented pointers hold entries, Dance Of Time, One Conemara and Young Hurricane could all take their chances, however the former Dance Of Time was an easy winner on Monday and may not take place here. One Conemara is a stout stayer and if conditions are soft could finish strongly over Young Hurricane who may prefer better ground and although competing the Cheltenham Foxhunters his form this season isn't as strong as others. Monsieur Jourdain could turn out again after a gallant second on Monday behind Dance Of Time, if those two re oppose the latter will likely come out on top again. Whilst Rumble Of Thunder is a class act when the emphasis is on speed, quick ground and an easy track would see him at his best. Ardea finished second to Warden Hill last time in a hunter chase, he also beat Young Hurricane at Hexham last season however was bested by One Conemara at Sheriff Hutton earlier in the season and he looks to have the best chance here on form. Others with place claims include Young Dillon, however he does not look very willing and De Blacksmith who won on his point debut at Brocklesby Park, he is entitled to improve although the form of that race wasn't overly strong. Selection - One Conemara

The Open Maiden holds 24 entries and there is no one clear pick, Clashganny clearly benefited from his run at the Holderness to be a well held second to Eurobond at Charm Park and Will Easterby could also have the option of Leopards Leap, he showed some good form in Ireland over hurdles and improved for his debut effort after an absence to stay on into third on Monday. Another contender that took place at Charm Park was Miss Carney, she disputed the lead for a long way a stuck on the one pace to finish a good second, she has improved greatly with each run and can improve further still. Mutdula is an interesting one, he was fifth in a Conditions race last time where he was beaten 30 lengths although he still had winners behind him and this is a big drop in class back in a maiden, however he had shown very little in maidens previously. Royal Chant hasn't been seen since finishing a creditable fifth at Duncombe Park, whilst Thomas Todd looked set to play a major part in the finish when coming to grief two out. Celtic Symphony has his first run for Jack Teal, his best form was when 15 lengths sixth in a Irish bumper. Selection - Clashganny

The Bedale Point to Point will also host a Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders Series Qualifi-er which has been rescheduled due to recent abandonments and is the last race on the card. The first four finishers in this Qualifier will be eligible to line up in the 1000 Final at Garthorpe on 29th April, there are three horses with clear chances, Abbeyview won up at Alnwick and these will be similar conditions so should go well, he will have to carry a 3lb penalty for that win, whilst To Begin won a couple of Opens last season and is another with a penalty, however De Blacksmith won his race at Brocklesby Park and would be right in the mix here. Lauberhorn and Double Dan would have a chance, however this could be a chance for Iron Chancellor to get involved, all his wins have been on either soft or heavy ground so the more rain the better for him after a good second to Knocklong last time. Selection - Iron Chancellor

The Bon Coeur Hornby Challenge Ride ends the day and offers an unique opportunity for non qualified riders to experience the thrill of tackling the Hornby Castle fences and has quickly become a popular attraction at the Bedale Hunt Point to Point. The postcode for Satellite Navigation is DL8 1NQ.