Bumper entry for Alnwick point-to-point

An enormous entry of 127 horses has been put forward for this Sunday’s West Percy Point-to-Point at Ratcheugh Farm, Alnwick.

The scheduled seven race card starts at noon when the runners in the Carrs Billington Hunt Members Race go to post.

Short in quantity but nevertheless high in quality, entries include Jimmy Walton’s recent Ratcheugh winners, Highland Cathedral and Sacred Mountain taking on Victor Thompson’s Monogram and the Sue Taylor trained Rakerin Lad.

If taking his chance, Sacred Mountain looked back to his best running here in December and is taking to land the spoils.

The Ancroft Tractors Open Maiden has an entry of 28. With a safety factor of 16, there is a possibility this race will be split on the day.

Ones to watch out for include Some Lad, who will benefit from the run here in December and Mister Splodge, unlucky not to score in the past.

The Northern Structures Mens Open has attracted 19 entries in a competitive renewal. Yorkshire raiders may well be to the fore and interesting runners include the former decent chaser Viking Rebel and former Irish trained Winterwood.

Eleven entries are forward for the Hazelrigg Racing Ladies Open scheduled off at 1.30pm.

This race in December produced one of the highlights of the day with Sea Scout running out victorious. This horse has a proven ability on the course and going and is taking to land the spoils again for Iveston based trainer Russell Ross.

The Northern Area Club Members sponsored by Grainco, has attracted 14 entries.

Interesting runners here include course winner Benny Boy, the aforementioned Rakerin Lad and Winterwood however preference in this one is given to the Opwood family’s Commonburn, a horse with a lot of ability that has proven a shade unlucky in the past.

The Restricted race, sponsored by Dennis Common has attracted 21 entries. This race could prove ideal for the Jimmy Walton trained Highland Cathedral, impressive when winning here in December, if taking his chance. Others to note include the locally trained Tyrrhenian.

The concluding race, Rix Petroleum sponsored Open Maiden is for horses yet to win. A number of these will be new to the pointing scene and this is one for the paddock judges and also for those watching the market.

Racing starts at noon with gates open from 11am. Entry is £10 per head (including race card) with children under 12 free. Full bar, betting and catering facilities will be available.