Brocklesby at Brocklesby Park - Preview

Tom Strawson and Somethingwonderful

Final preparations are being made for the Brocklesby Point-to-Point which takes place on Saturday 17th February, with the first race at 12 noon.  110 entries are sure to provide a great days racing for this traditional and popular meeting.

Aylesby-based Point-to-Point jockey Tom Strawson has made a winning start to the season with two wins so far on Maguires Bridge in the Restricted at Sheriff Hutton and on Duhallow Tornado at the Midlands Area Club meeting at Thorpe Lodge, both of these horses hold entries for the Brocklesby meeting.

The DDM-sponsored Brocklesby members race opens the card with keen interest in Arthur Marshall from Brigg entered for his first ride over fences on Golans Choice. Their competition will likely come from Somethingwonderful, who won here last year but didn't build on that result. Starlight Court has form under rules but will be competing on a Point-to-Point course for the first time.

Clark Weightman again sponsor the PPORA Club Members Conditions race, which will attract horses from Lincolnshire and surrounding counties. There are 17 horses entered for this one, though several have entries in other races on this card too. His Excellency will start this race top-rated, despite pulling up last time out. Lucky Cody is back after a season off but could choose the Mixed Open instead. Dynamo Frankie is one to watch as well, along with Maguires Bridge and Johnny Weatherby's Chipmunk.

The Mixed Open generously sponsored by Baillie Haylage will be contested by leading horses from around the country, many aimed at Hunter Chases later in the season. Among the 29 entries for this race is Yorkshire rider William Easterby, fresh from a winner at the Sinnington last Sunday, with course winner Monsieur Jourdain. They will face strong competition, however, from some very strong combinations, including top-rated Volnay De Thaix, who impressed on his pointing debut at Thorpe Lodge last month. Arthur's Secret was second when starting as favourite last time out and will hope to go one better here. There is a slew of horses rated over 100 in this race, including Irish Anthem, Master Workman, Mr Madeit and Palypso De Creek.

Volnay De Thaix (Jack Andrews)

Volnay De Thaix (Jack Andrews)

The Connolly's Red Mills Intermediate race follows, with Chipmunk and Maguires Bridge also entered here. Bingo Star and Dynamic Island are the best rated horses here, while Zandino could be another to watch. Tom Strawson has Duhallow Tornado in this which won last time out at Thorpe Lodge.

The Singleton Birch race for 9-year-olds and upwards has ten entries but the winner will be difficult to pick on recent form. Impact Zone and Peter From Paris could be contenders here. De Blacksmith and Oscar Vespasian are unraced.

The Jockey Club and St Hughs Hospital Open Mares Maiden race has proved popular, with 20 entries, as has the last race of the day, the Nunns Mitsubishi Open Maiden race, which has 16 horses entered. Both will be a challenge to predict but you might look at Act Like You Know in the Mares and Mr Pepperpot in the Open Maiden.

Paul Wiseman Electrical and Brigg Office Supplies are generously sponsoring special prizes for leading owners and riders.

The course is undergoing the final stages of preparation this week, and the forecast for the latter part of the week is looking favourable and the going promises to provide good racing ground .

There will be a selection of trade stands, with home accessories, country clothing, animal feed, prints and pictures and everything for country lovers. Lots to eat and drink, on couse book makers  and the ever popular beer tent .  It looks like being an excellent days racing for “pointing” regulars and newcomers alike. Gates open at 10 a.m and first Race 12.00 noon

£10 E-Tickets are available from https://www.midlandspointing.com/tickets/ Entry on the gate £15 (under 16’s free) and this includes a free race card.  The racecourse is within Brocklesby Park, just off the A18 near Humberside Airport.

For more information about Point-to-Points in our region visit https://www.midlandspointing.com

www.pointtopoint.co.uk  and in the event of doubtful weather contact Talking Point: 09068 446061.

For More information contact

Brocklesby Fixture Secretary

Rosie James rosemary@ivyhouse.org.uk  01427 667 326 or mobile  07968 219 152

Regional Press Officer

Nico Morgan nico.morgan@gmail.com

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