Point-to-point: Amicelli on track for Festival fine tuning

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The Foxhunters winner at Cheltenham, Amicelli (1.30), can repeat last year’s success in the men’s open at Brocklesby Park today en route to defending his title at the Festival.

He extended his winning run to five on his return at the Albrighton in a respectable time considering the heavy going.

There could be no more appropriate winner at Badbury Rings tomorrow than the veteran Golden Jack who has won seven of his eight starts around the Dorset circuit, though one was a walkover. A sprightly 15-year-old, who started his career nearly 11 years ago at Fontainbleu, he looks up against it in a hot ladies’ race in which front-running Fleur De Nikos (1.45) will be hard to catch.

* Tomorrow’s Bicester with Whaddon Chase meeting at Dunthrop has been postponed until 1 March.


Today: Brocklesby at Brocklesby Park. (First race 12.00). Nr A18; 10m W of Grimsby; 5m E of exit 5 M180. Carmarthenshire at Erw Lon. (12.00). 13m N of Carmarthen on B4336. North Hereford at Whitwick Manor. (12.00), At Newtown; 8m NE of Hereford nr junc of A417 and A4103. South Devon at Ideford Arch. (12.30). 2m SE of Chudleigh, just off A380 between Exeter and Newton Abbot. Thurlow at Horseheath. (1.0). 4m W of Haverhill on A1307.

Tomorrow: Countryside Alliance Club (Wessex) at Badbury Rings. (12.00). 4m NW of Wimborne on B3082. Dumfriesshire & Stewartry at Overton. (12.30). Off A72; 3m SW of Carluke, accessible from Junc 8 M74. East Cornwall at Great Trethew. (11.30). 1m S of A38; 3m SE of Liskeard. Old Raby Hunt Club at Witton Castle. (12.00). 5m W of Bishop Auckland nr A68; 12m from A1 (M). South East Hunts Club at Charing. (12.30). 12m E of Maidstone; nr A20 and M20, Junc 8 and join A20. Tanatside at Eyton-on-Severn. (12.00). 7m SE of Shrewsbury; nr B4380 via A5.