The Cottesmore Point-to-point is making a few changes for this season’s event, which takes place at Garthorpe Racecourse in Leicestershire on Sunday 25th February. The Mixed Open race, fourth on the card, will have a £1000 first prize on offer, kindly sponsored by chartered accountants Saffery. There will be no penalties for previous wins, a […]
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The Brocklesby Point to Point races take place at Brocklesby Park on Saturday by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Yarborough. 86 entries have been taken for the 7-race card starting at 12 noon. Entrance is £15 per person with under 16’s free, payment by cash or card. At the beginning of the week the going was described as “good to soft, good in the home straight”. There will be a range of trade stands, hot and cold food outlets and a licenced bar. In addition, there is a prize for the best picnic on the day. There will be a party in the bar after racing, with music, dancing, a cash bar and live screening of the England versus Wales Rugby match from 4.30pm.
The meeting will be run in the aftermath of the sad death of West Country Point to Point rider
Keagan Kirkby, at Charing in Kent last Sunday. There will be a mark of respect after the first race and jockeys will be invited to ride with black armbands.
4 entries have been taken for the Brocklesby & Lincolnshire Hunts Members, Subscribers &
Farmers race that opens the card, and hopes will be high that the local horse El Presente can land the spoils for trainer Sam Klug in the hands of Brocklesby rider Tom Broughton. The 11-year-old, owned by the Earl of Yarborough, was formerly rated 148 under rules when trained by Kim Bailey and on one occasion finished fourth to the recently retired Frodon. Just Your Type, won two open Point to Points last season before finishing fourth in a hunter chase at Cheltenham, and last year’s winner Star Present will also be in the line-up.
The second race on the card is the PPORA Club members Conditions race (Level 2) for which
there are 15 entries. Tom Ellis may run the progressive 7-year-old, Latenightrumble with Jack
Andrews set to take the mount. Latenightrumble is a half brother to the classy Cheltenham Cross Country race winner Latenightpass. Lagan Valley was a decisive Conditions race winner at Sheriff Hutton last month and could line up for Julie Wadland and James King while John Chatfeild-Roberts and Kelly Morgan have Blazing Tom and Go Go Geronimo entered. Go Go Geronimo shaped well to be second at Ampton in January and could choose the later option of the third race, the feature Baillie Haylage Mixed Open race; here there is a £1000 total prize fund with £500 to the winner and the race has attracted 14 runners. The earlier mentioned Just Your Type could opt for this contest and he along with Mike Robinson’s Game Of War, are eligible for the Fighting Star cup for the first Brocklesby horse past the post. Game Of War was third in a Hunter Chase at Kelso on his most recent start. Sam Coward may bring Ballydonagh Boy down from Yorkshire, he is a dual Open race winner this season and due to be ridden by Rosie Howarth. Deise Aba will carry the colours of the late Trevor Hemmings for Francesca Poste and Zac Baker. However, the one they all have to beat is the classy Premier Magic; Bradley Gibb’s charge has won his last 6 starts and looks the pick.
The fourth race is a Conditions race (Level 3) specifically for horses 8 years old and over and 12
entries are listed. Go Go Geronimo has another option to run here where he would take on Tom
Murray’s Farrant’s Way and in-form rider Toby McCain-Mitchell. Tom Ellis and Gina Andrews’
Koyote is another for the short list.
There are 15 entries for the Restricted race which looks likely to be competitive. Amber Jackson
Fennell who rode a double at this meeting last year has Grenadine Save entered. The winner of a Restricted race at Charm park last season, he will have to carry a penalty as will Stuart Morris’
Dingley winner Champagne Glory. Bestfriend Barnaby is in form having been a short head second at Alnwick in January. Dale Peters rides and trains The New Kid for Liz Inman and Tim Tarratt, this is another entry with a good chance.
The meeting concludes with two maiden races; the Jockey Club mares and fillies’ maiden and an open maiden. The mares and fillies’ race has 15 entries, many without much experience on the racecourse. It may pay to look at the lightly raced 10-year-old Designer Destiny, trained by Tim Vaughan and due to be ridden by Edward Vaughan; this mare had a highest rating of 114 under rules and has finished second on 4 occasions making her much more streetwise. Kelly Morgan’s Just Our Milly has been second in a Point to Point bumper but is yet to run over fences. Perhaps the most interesting runner with plenty of potential is That’ll Do Moss who had a promising introduction when finishing nine lengths fifth at Chaddesley Corbett in December. John Dawson, her rider and trainer, is fresh from a riding double last weekend at the Sinnington Point to Point as well as a Hunter Chase win at Wetherby on Sine Nomine. The Dawsons could wait and run That’ll Do Moss in the concluding open maiden due off at 3.30pm; here she would take on Gina Andrews mount Gabrielle de Balon who was a good second at Sheriff Hutton, Dale Peters’ Largy Pearl and the 5-year-old Deep Purple from the Poste stable.
The course at Brocklesby is accessed from the B1210 of the A18 near Humberside Airport and
approximately 5 miles from junction 5 of the M180. Post Code for Sat Nav is DN37 8LH and