Point-to-point: Caught In Dawn can make amends in open
Saturday 18 February 2006
The recent rain has ensured that the going should be good to firm at only one meeting, today's North Hereford, so there is likely to be competive racing at all the weekend's nine fixtures.
The North Hereford regularly attracts the most runners - there were 135 last season - and there are again 10 races with 252 entries.
Caught At Dawn, only seventh on his reappearance in the men's open there last year, has had the benefit of an outing last month. That should give him the edge on his rivals, including Well Ted, who usually needs a run, in this year's renewal (1.00). Well Ted's stablemate Watchyourback, successful on his first start for Dick Baimbridge a fortnight ago, looks the answer to the ladies' open (1.30).
* Last week's postponed Harkaway Club meeting at Chaddesley Corbett, takes place next Saturday.
FIXTURES: TODAY: Essex Farmers and Union at Marks Tey. (First race 12.0). 5m W of Colchester at junction of A12 and A120. North Hereford at Whitwick Manor. (12.0). At Newtown, 8m NE of Hereford, near junction of A417 and A4103, exit 2, M50). Sinnington at Duncombe Park. (12.30). 1/ 2m SW of Helmsley off A170, 12m E of Thirsk. Vine and Craven at Barbury Racecourse. (12.0). 3m NW of Marlborough. Main entrance off Marlborough to Broad Hinton road; 10m from exits 15 & 16, M4. Vale of Clettwr at Erw Lon. (12.0). 13m N of Carmarthen on B4336.
TOMORROW: College Valley & North Northumberland at Alnwick. (12.30). 3m NE of Alnwick (signposted from A1). Oxford University Hunt Club at Kingston Blount. (12.0). 8m NW of High Wycombe. Exits 5 or 6 M40. South Dorset at Milborne St Andrew. (12.0) Near A354, 1/ 2m SE of village, midway between Blandford and Dorchester. South Pool Harriers at Buckfastleigh. (12.0). At Dean Court Farm, 1m W of town, alongside A38. Owing to roadworks, use junction for Lower Dean. Returning eastbound traffic must travel through outskirts and use A384 junction east of town.
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