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West Percy By Peter Burgon, Saturday 11th January 2020
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The first division of the Lycetts Open Maiden Race has 13 entries. Bite The Biscuit was placed on both starts in this grade in the 2017/18 season but has been off the track for 21 months. Fond Of A Treat is an interesting 8 year old newcomer to hunt racing.
His dam, Feathard Lady was unbeaten on all 7 career starts under Rules between 30 May 2004 and 26 December 2005. Franks Fancy deserves a change of luck after being hampered by a loose horse and slipping up as the field bypassed three out when disputing the
lead here last month on his debut. Former Irish Pointer, Rio Des Echanault kept on well that day when only beaten a length by Dynamite Kentucky, who was receiving 7lb. In the other Maiden contest four weeks ago, Liar's Dice finished thirty lengths 2nd behind
Take Your Time in a strongly run affair, while Matthew Man (left) would have been in the first three had he not unseated four out

The Northern Area Point-to-Point season resumes after a four week break with the West Percy fixture at Alnwick on Saturday. It has received a total of 86 entries for a seven race card, which starts at 12.30pm.
The opening Hazelrigg Racing Conditions Race has 21 entries and could see Sharney Sike, Roderick Random (left) and Worcester Pearmain meet again. They were covered by just two lengths when finishing in that order in last month's Ratcheugh Racing Club equivalent.
Son of Suzie also raced prominently in that contest until weakening from four out to finish 8th. Warwickshire raider, Vedettariat is top rated. He won 3 of his 5 starts in Ladies Open company under Gina Andrews in the 2016/17 season but was then absent for
721 days before finishing eight lengths 2nd of 14 behind Captain Von Trappe on his sole appearance last term. Others to note are recent course winners, Alone No More and
Manitowoc County, along with the lightly raced Oakham raider, Wayupinthebox, who landed
a Restricted here in December 2017.

The talented Kalabaloo (right) looks the one to beat in the R Thornton & Co Ladies Open Race (13 entries). This Tom Ellis-trained Kalinisi mare landed a Conditions Race on the corresponding card last January and secured her fourth win of the campaign in the 3m1f
Mares Hunters' Chase at Cheltenham in May. Nine Altars shaped well on his reappearance here in December when seven lengths 3rd to Buck Dancing, with last season's Champion Horse, Winged Crusader a further ten lengths away in 4th, and the consistent Abbeyview
back in 6th. The trio should all improve for the run. Of the others, Landecker, a six-time hurdles winner at Kelso for the in-form Nick Alexander yard, is an interesting recruit to the Pointing ranks.
Three-time Grade 1 winner, Don Poli (left) is the class act in the Carrs Billington Men's Open Race (11 entries) and cannot be opposed. This former 167-rated chaser ended a four year losing run when cruising home twelve lengths ahead of Dark Mahler in the Ratcheugh
Racing Club equivalent under Tristan Durrell. Half of the other 10 entries are rated 109 and above. Mr Mercurial should come on a lot for his seasonal debut here in December, where he finished 6th behind Sharney Sike under top weight of 12st10lb. Winning hurdler/chaser,
Point The Way was just touched off by Manitowoc County last time. The ultra consistent Black River didn't finish out of the first three in nine outings last term, while the useful Racing Pulse has been rejuvenated since teaming up with Jamie Alexander and
is yet to taste defeat since crossing the Irish Sea last year.
There are 9 entries for The Joiners Arms Restricted Race. Buzzkillbob (Leah Cooper) finished three lengths 2nd behind Alone No More in the Ratcheugh Racing Club equivalent and a repeat of that effort could see the partnership go one better. Beyond Gold (right),
who weakened from three out, and Fashionistalady finished a well beaten 3rd and 4th respectively in that same contest. Of the others, Bayard de Marcigny, Emory and The Silver Prince all have placed form but are yet to get off the mark. The former was beaten
under ten lengths in 2 of his 3 starts in Maiden company in Ireland but has been absent for 32 months. Emory has found only one too good in 6 of his last 7 starts, while the lightly raced The Silver Prince caught the eye when eight lengths 2nd to African Belle
in an Overton Restricted last March.
The second division of the Lycetts Open Maiden Race has 14 entries. Al Le Gone (right) ran much better at Alnwick in December than his finishing position of 7th might indicate, holding every chance until weakening from three out. The well related Cheshire raider,
Dragonfruit is sure to be well tuned up for his debut but also holds entries in three races at Sheriff Hutton on Sunday. The unraced Give Us A Swig, representing the Tom Ellis/
Gina Andrews team, has two entries at Sheriff Hutton. Top Honcho has joined the
Bevin yard since finishing fifteen lengths 3rd of 11 behind Lifeisahighway in a Necarne Maiden last May. At Alnwick in December, Sleepy Hollow was travelling well just behind the leaders when unseating on the flat as the field bypassed the 11th fence. He should
be in the mix here with a clear round.

The post code for SatNav users is NE66 3AE and the course is well signposted from the A1.

Only 5 entries have been received for the concluding 2 mile Flat Race, sponsored by Imperial Racing. Gary Rutherford has trained the winner of the previous Alnwick Bumpers, Lochinver and King Erik, and holds a strong hand this time with Star of Markinch
and Talk of Charlotte. They are the only 4 year olds in the field and receive a minimum of 12lb from their rivals. Talk of Charlotte's dam, Talk of Saafend won 8 (including 7 on the Flat) and was placed 22 times from 80 starts under Rules. Still A Spark's
dam, Merry Tina was placed in 5 of her 25 starts under Rules. Her solitary Pointing success from 4 outings came in a 2m4f Tranwell Maiden in April 2002 under Jimmy Walton. Maybe Murphy is the only gelding entered. His dam, Mays Delight won 4 Points, including
3 in Ireland in 2004. Firth of Vic's dam, Easter Vic landed a Dalston Maiden in March 2007, and also scored once over hurdles.