By Andrew Norman


Three-time course winner Tempelpirate, current leader of the PPORA Young Horse Award, can register an eighth success of the campaign at the Kimblewick Point-to-Point at Kingston Blount on Saturday.

The Tim Underwood-trained seven-year-old, who has provided novice rider Katy Lyons with all but two of her victories this term, has the option of the Conditions or Hunt Members race. Escaping a penalty, the latter contest is the more likely destination for the Black Sam Bellamy gelding, providing Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Final winner Sharp Suit defects. Trainer Alan Hill has four other horses at his disposal, including recent Kimble scorer Viel Gluck.

Mark Wall can ride a double for owner/trainer Tim Sage, with Perfectly Willing holding leading claims to take the Conditions race for the second successive season. The eight-year-old was narrowly denied by the aforementioned Sharp Suit here in March and a reproduction of that effort should prove good enough. The re-opposing Moroman, who landed the Restricted on last year’s card, should be thereabouts while consistent veteran Rash Move gained a tenth career victory at Mollington on Monday.

Wall and Sage can also team up successfully with Presentandcorrect. The thirteen-year-old was well beaten at Cheltenham last week but can get back on track in the Mens Open. The Sarah Case-trained New Alco is the danger to the selection.

Rider Hannah Watson and trainer Alan Hill are both chasing honours this season and Ravethebrave can edge them closer to their goals in the AGA Ladies Open. A victory would move Watson to the head of the South Midlands Area Lady Riders Championship while Hill, who has all but secured the Area Trainers Title, is gunning for the National Connolly’s Red Mills Trainers Championship.

Watson has another live chance on the afternoon with Minella For Party, one of several players in a competitive Intermediate. Done A Runner, second at Dingley on Sunday, easily dispatched subsequent dual winner Excitable Island at Godstone earlier this season. Restricted scorers Conkies Lad and Cooleys Flyer are progressing in this sphere while Music Of The Morn was a respectable runner-up in the Club Members here last month when Pampelonne took the Restricted.

Eleven-year-old Cristera, who lost her Maiden tag here in 2010, is an interesting contender for the Restricted race. Lynn Redman’s mare has spent the last two seasons contesting Ladies Opens but could be capable of obliging at this level. Luke Price’s What An Article has an easier engagement at Holnicote so must be respected if making the trip from Wales while the Phil York-trained Hackwood Park scorer Blue Benny is unexposed.

Fran Nimmo’s six-year-old Irish recruit Clondaw Island, beaten under a length on both starts in Britain, sets the standard for the 2m5f Open Maiden. Mr Raj held every chance before falling at the last over course and distance recently while Millie The Kid and Little Mead, a full sister to Double Mead, are interesting newcomers. Packermac Jack is another for the shortlist having shaped well on debut at Dingley. The Indian Danehill gelding should appreciate this drop in trip.

The first race is due off at 2pm.

Clerk of the Course Stewart Nash reports the going to be Good (Tuesday) with an excellent covering of grass. The bends have all been moved outwards to provide fresh ground.

Car parking (admits driver and all passengers to the racecourse) ranges from £15 to £25. Pedestrians are charged at £5.

Kingston Blount Racecourse can be found just off the B4009 Chinnor to Watlington road (two miles from Junction 6 of the M40). Postcode code for Sat Nav: OX39 4SG.