NORTH WARWICKSHIRE– MOLLINGTON – FULL PREVIEW – SATURDAY 5TH APRIL 2014

 

By Andrew Norman

 

Mollington hosts the inaugural North Warwickshire Point-to-Point this Saturday, April 5th. Six high class races, featuring exciting prospects having their final runs before Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase evening, have been scheduled to fit around the Crabbie’s Grand National. Racegoers have the opportunity to watch all the action from Aintree in an atmospheric setting via the big screen.

Alan Hill, leader of the Connolly’s Red Mills Trainers Championship, will bid for his 17th winner of the campaign when unbeaten pointer Sharp Suit lines up in the opening Club Members Conditions race (14:00).

Hill is keen to discover how the seven-year-old son of Milan will cope with a stiff uphill finish ahead of a possible trip to Cheltenham for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Final on April 30th. Opposition includes Forget Bob, who defeated course winner Seven Days (4th) by 3½ lengths at Siddington a fortnight ago. However, an 8lb swing, coupled with race-fitness, could enable Sue Britten’s charge to reverse the form. Mister Teddy, owned by clerk of the course Ken Hutsby, appreciated a return to Points when making all at Marks Tey and is another for the shortlist.

Another horse likely to be seen at Cheltenham later this month is Coronation Gold Cup winner Theatre Queen, who will take her chance in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Countryside Alliance Club Members Race for Mares and Fillies (14:35). The race is one of eight new mares-only contests programmed nationwide for 2014, with each winner doubling any prize money collected in the TBA Mares’ Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on April 30th. The Mark Wall-trained seven-year-old put in two dazzling displays at Larkhill earlier this season but fell on her most recent start at Godstone. A clear round here would see her back in the winners enclosure.

Course winner Ravethebrave, last seen running in the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase, could try a new discipline having been given an entry in the AGA Ladies Open (15:10). Recent Chepstow Hunter Chase winner Vincitore represents in-form trainer/rider Claire Hart while mud-lover Horsham Lad may attempt to build last season’s course success. However, front-runner Moscow Blaze has won three from five this term and may take some catching in these conditions.

A mouth-watering clash in the Mens Open (15:45) sees course winners Gunmoney and Penmore Mill lock horns, both having recently landed Hunter Chases at Leicester and Towcester respectively. The latter has an impressive strike rate with 11 wins from 16 career starts but looked out-of-sorts when third at Ludlow last time and needs to bounce back. Gunmoney arrives after chasing home Golan Way at Warwick  dual Point scorer King’s Legacy is capable for springing a surprise if the two principles fail to run to their mark.

The aforementioned Golan Way will line up in the Crabbie’s Grand National (16:15) and this, as well as the other races from Aintree throughout the afternoon, will be shown live on the big screen. Racing then resumes with the Restricted (16:45) and Open Maiden (17:20) completing the card.

The going (Tuesday) is “Good, Good to Soft in Places.”

Lots of tradestands, children's entertainment and food outlets will be on site with selected bookmakers offering a full betting service on the Grand National as well as the Point-to-Point action.

Admission: Cars £10 for single occupants / £20 for two persons / £30 for three or more persons.

Mollington Racecourse can be found on the A423, five miles south of Banbury. Post Code for Sat Nav: OX17 1JP.

For more information visit http://www.mollingtonraces.co.uk/ or contact Ilona Barnett on 07774 692242.