Chipping Warden trainer Pauline Harkin, who recently trained a double at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase evening, will give the prolific Doctor Kingsley the chance to record a seventh course success at Whitfield’s Grafton Point-to-Point, this Sunday May 18.
“He’ll have his final run of the season in front of his fan club at Whitfield on Sunday,” said Harkin. “My heart says it’s the place to go as he loves it there.”
Reigning National champion lady rider Jacqueline Coward, one victory behind current leader Bridget Andrews in this season’s title race, has four possible mounts as the season reaches its climax. These include former Cheltenham Foxhunters victor Amicelli and previous course scorer Bitter Blue, who has strong claims in the Ladies Open.
Recent Mollington scorers Darby’s Turn, trained by Towcester-based Emily Brooks, and Grand Exit, handled by Weston’s Sylvia Edmunds, look set to fight out the Hunt Members race.
Lambourn trainer Sally Randell has a strong hand across the card with Barbury Castle winner Candide a leading contender for the Restricted. Stablemates Driftashore, an impressive Irish recruit, and dual course winner Euro Farmer can also make their presence felt.
Pony Racing commences at 12.30pm with the first of seven Point-to-Point races due off at 2pm. Admission is £20 per car (£10 for single occupants). Postcode for racecourse entrance: NN13 5TQ.