Garthorpe point-to-point: Belvoir Hunt preview

Winner of the Restricted Race at Garthorpe Races, Sam Davis -Thomas, riding  'Agent for Chaos', clears the last fence well ahead of the field
Winner of the Restricted Race at Garthorpe Races, Sam Davis -Thomas, riding 'Agent for Chaos', clears the last fence well ahead of the field
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Racing returns to Garthorpe this weekend as the course hosts the second meeting of its point-to-point season – the Belvoir Hunt.

Saturday’s first race is the PPORA Club Members’ Race for Novice Riders, with 24 horses entered in a strong field.

Top-rated horse in this race is Numbercruncher which won its last two runs at Tabley last season, while Dale Peters saddles Done A Runner (Jack Andrews) which won as recently as last weekend.

They line up against Garthorpe specialist Lough Inch and Rory Bevin who will be looking to make amends after a mistake last time here at the Cottesmore meeting.

Shantou Prince, from Gill Walford’s yard is another talented horse, with four wins from five starts, while Arkose won last time out at Dingley last season, and six-year-old Arthur’s Secret won at Thorpe Lodge in February.

* Tommy Morgan’s Waltham-on-the-Wolds yard has two excellent horses entered into the second race, the Garthorpe Hunts Club Members’ race.

Tulsa and Agent For Chaos have been impressive so far this season and are entered for this and the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race, the third on this card.

Whichever of these runs looks to be the likely favourite, with The King of Angels another who could be in the frame.

* The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate attracts 16 entries with the first four finishers all qualifying for the intermediate final at Cheltenham on April 17.

Other good prospects include Zuccotti Park which won a fortnight ago at Godstone, as did Minerfortyniner. Master Sunrise has not run for more than a year but could feature, as could Exclusive Rights, the mount of in-form Claire Hart.

* Entries for the Mixed Open make for familiar reading with many regular visitors in the field.

Mr Madeit returns after his impressive victory here at the Cottesmore meeting, but Panama Canal, Palypso de Creek and Qoubilai all won last time out, too. Vincitore and Popaway are also entered and could compete.

* The Restricted race also features some familiar faces who ran at the last Garthorpe meeting three weeks ago.

Samarnni won her Maiden impressively under Gina Andrews on that occasion and now moves up a level. Our Milly Acres would be a popular local winner for Belvoir subscribers John and Doone Chatfeild-Roberts, who also have Curnalee Coleen entered in the same race.

Alex Vaughan-Jones rides Ignite A Light from Gerald Bailey’s yard and Rory Bevin has For A Change. A hard one to pick.

* The sixth race is the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Club Members’ Race for Mares and Fillies and could feature two horses also entered in previous races, Popaway and Our Milly Acres.

The Connors/Chatfeild-Roberts team also have She’s Real in this one so Our Milly Acres may run in the Restricted. Kimora and Watney’s Way could also feature.

* The card finishes with the Open Maiden which has 25 entries, so could, theoretically, be split.

Minellaforlunch, Fizzlestix and True Gold are all looking to go one better than last time out. Teeton Kato is one to watch here.

* The Belvoir meeting has attracted an impressive range of trade stands and there will be a fully tented and licensed bar on site, bookmakers and the Tote.

Entry is £10 per person, which includes a racecard.