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Percy Hunt 19th January 2012 - By Peter Burgon
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The Northern Area point-to-point season continues on Sunday with the Percy fixture at the Ratcheugh Farm course near Alnwick, where all bends have been moved to fresh ground since the January meeting. It has attracted 115 entries on a seven race card, which starts at 12 noon.
Monogram (right, red and yellow) is the one to beat in the opening Members Race. Tristan Davidson's mount was just touched off by Harmony Brig at Crossford last week (right), having previously beaten Rakerin Lad in a good time over course and distance in January. He can regain the winning thread at the expense of Highland Cathedral and Rennington Blue.
Master Sebastian (right) kept on well when three lengths 2nd to Sacred Mountain at Alnwick in December and a repeat of that effort can see him land the NPPA Club Members Race. His main rivals are likely to be Northern Revoque, Best Profile and Wind Power. The former made virtually all when scoring on her reappearance at Witton Castle last February, Best Profile had winning form under Rules a few years ago for Nigel Twiston-Davies, while Wave Power should come on a lot for his run behind Native Coll at Alnwick in January.
There are only 11 entries for the Ladies Open Race but the list is full of quality with dual course winner, Sea Scout likely to come up against ex-chaser, New Alco and one of the Cherry Coward-trained duo, Amicelli or Narciso (left). The 2008 Cheltenham Foxhunters hero. Amicelli made sure that Sea Scout had to play second fiddle to him when taking his career tally to 20 at Sheriff Hutton three weeks ago, while Narciso may have 16 career victories to his name but has never won first time out.
The two and a half mile Open Maiden Race has 26 entries and will be divided on the day if more than 16 horses are declared. Coquet Head is expected to make his seasonal debut and must go close if reproducing the form which saw him finish runner-up to Miss Vivian in a fast time at Tranwell last April. Gin Cobbler has found only one too good on all three starts this season at Alnwick (twice) and Crossford, and is sure to be knocking on the door again, while Some Lad and Terracos Do Pinhal (left) are better than their form figures might suggest.
The Men's Open is this season's Northern Area Feature Race with a first prize of 350. Ex-chaser, See You There had plenty in hand when scoring here in December and was going well just behind the leaders when unseating six out in his follow up bid in January, Granted a trouble-free round of jumping this time, the 13 year old is taken to strike gold again from Winterwood and Buckstruther (right).
Will Kinsey's horses have been in good form this year and Mac Steamy is worth an interest in a competitive-looking Restricted Race. After being placed twice in Ireland last year, the gelding got off the mark at the first time of asking for Kinsey with a gutsy front-running display at Sheriff Hutton. Others for the short list are course winners, Know The Rules (left), Senor Alco, Pear Charles and Rakavilee, as well as Irish pointing winner, Silent Cliche, who ran well for a long way before finishing 5th to The Rustlin Rhino at Alnwick last month.
The concluding Open Maiden Race has 29 entries and will be divided on the day if more than 18 horses are declared. Olmetta (right) deserves a change of fortune after coming close on two previous visits to Alnwick even though she failed to finish. At the corresponding fixture last year, she was 5 lengths clear when unseating at the last, and four weeks ago, held every chance when falling two out in Amulree's race. Of the others, Goodbuy Or Goodbye finished seven lengths 3rd of 17 in an Irish Maiden last June when owned by J P McManus, while Chosen Keys was placed in three of her four starts between the flags in Ireland last year.

Admission is 10 per person, including a racecard, with U12's free.