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 popular Brocklesby Point-to-Point races take place on Saturday at Brocklesby Park by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Yarborough. This will be a special meeting as it marks the 200th anniversary of racing at Brocklesby. A souvenir race card and exhibition will chart the history of Brocklesby races since the first recorded race in 1821.
Strong entries have been taken for the 7-race card, the first race is at 12 noon, with the final race due off at 3.40 p.m. The weather forecast is favourable for the weekend and the course is in excellent condition having had a COVID-enforced break last year. The going is currently good to soft and going updates will be issued mid-week and again before the races.
The opening Brocklesby Members race sponsored by Grimsby Roofing Services will have the most interest for local racegoers with five horses entered. There will be keen competition for the Lady Yarborough Cup. Former Midlands area leading rider, Tom Strawson returns to the saddle on Hurricane Vic, whilst local owners Mike Dawson and Laurence Kirkby maintain their long-standing family connections with the race with their entries Hi Murphy, Braavos and Royal Chant. Tom Broughton is back race riding after a lay off due to a broken leg and rides Tom Creen for Sam Klug.
Mike Dawson may run Braavos in the Clark Weightman Yorkshire and Midlands Area Conditions race where he may line up alongside previous course winner Absainte. Chris Dawson may run Sinnington Conditions race winner Steely Addition but the one they all have to beat is the Kelly Morgan trained Vinnie Lewis, he has also won this season and will have George Chatterton in the saddle.
The feature race, the Baillie Haylage Mixed Open race has attracted eleven entries and some quality horses, including Gina Andrews who brings top rated Kalabaloo from her and husband Tom Ellis’ Warwickshire base, Gina is currently on 398 career wins and is aiming to make it four hundred at the meeting. Gina was leading rider at the meeting in 2020 and it would be no surprise to see her reach this landmark on Saturday. Vinnie Lewis could opt for this race; Alan Hill has Diplomate Sivola entered, and Philip Rowley may run Vivaldi Collonges. In addition to the prize money the winning owner will receive a print of the Brocklesby point-to-point generously donated sporting artist Daniel Crane.
The INRG Solar sponsored Owner Trainer Conditions race is for the traditional backbone of point-to-point racing, the small private yard who own and train their own horses. Mike Dawson may run either Hi Murphy or His Excellency with Jack Teal expected to be in the saddle. Luke and Caroline Humphrey’s Cave Queen won on her latest run at Revesby races back in November and Rosie Howarth’s Rossderrin ran well at the Sinnington in February when finishing fourth.
Longstanding sponsors DDM this year sponsor the Restricted race with eleven entries including the consistent Go-Go Geronimo trained for John and Tom Chatfeild-Roberts by Gerald Bailey. After a number of placed efforts this 7-year-old got his head in front at the Sinnington and may be able to improve further. Ballymac Boy and Outlaw Dream are two with some restricted form to their names and should be on the short list.
There will be strong interest in the maiden races. The 6thRace is the Mares and Fillies Maiden sponsored by Brigg Office Supplies and the Jockey Club and features the debutante four-year-old Kap D’Attente for Gina Andrews and Tom Ellis. She is likely to take her place at a sale soon if she shapes well here. Alan Hill’s Highland Glory is possibly the one with the best form to date.
The biggest entry of the day is for the final race of the day the Open Maiden sponsored by Nunns Isuzu will provide another opportunity for Gina to make her 400th winner she has two unraced four-year-olds to choose from in Hoe Joly Smoke and Man of My Dreams in this race. Socialiser and Mithmaar both have placed form and will therefore benefit from greater racecourse experience.
Brocklesby races are a wonderful opportunity for a family day out. There will be bookmakers, trade stands, food outlets and a licenced bar. The Brocklesby Hounds will parade before the open race which will provide a great spectacle and reminder of the origins of point-to-point racing.
On the gate admission is £15 (cash and card) and further information www.midlandspointing.com
The course post code for Sat Nav is DN37 8LH. The access road into the course is from B1210.
Gates open to the public at 10 am and the first race is at 12.00 noon.