Border Preview
By Peter Burgon

The Northern Area point-to-point season draws to a close on Sunday with the Border fixture at Hexham Racecourse. The track was reinstated immediately after the Haydon meeting and fresh ground will be used in the straight and on the bends.
It has attracted a healthy total of 116 entries on a seven race card starting at 2pm, and admission is only 8 per person with children free.

Temple Green was transformed by first-time blinkers when landing a third course win in the best time of the day on the recent Haydon card and a repeat of that effort must see her go close in the NPPA Club Members Race. The main danger is Another Dark Rum, successful on both completed starts at Crossford and Hexham this year, while last month's Corbridge scorer, Marfleet (right) merits each-way support.

The 22 Restricted Race entries include Mr Wickham, one of three possible rides on the card for Richard Burton (left). He got off the mark in the South Shropshire Maiden on Easter Monday and was lying 2nd when unseating at the tenth at Tabley next time out. Arctic Rock (right), Brompton Brow, Transporter and Winter Sunshine have all won in Yorkshire this term, while Desperate Bob and Maura My Love are the pick of the local challengers.

Hexham specialist, Narciso may prove a tough nut to crack in the Ladies Open Race. Jacqueline Coward's mount showed all his battling qualities when collaring Dix Villez on the run-in to secure a third course victory in the Haydon Mixed Open and has 19lb less to carry here. Of the others, Quechua Des Obeaux landed the latter contest in 2010 and comes here on the back of a win in this grade at Easingwold on Easter Sunday, while ex-chaser, Doc Row (right) is also of interest if reproducing his early season Friars Haugh form.
Enter Paradise made it 3 wins from 3 starts this season at Tabley earlier in the month and Richard Burton's mount makes plenty of appeal in the Men's Open Race. The other 16 entries include the Yorkshire raiders, Mr Gossip and My Old Piano. The former scored here 12 months ago and has finished runner-up four times this term, while My Old Piano has won 5 times in 2011 including 4 in Open company. Ex-chaser, Dix Villez (left) also merits consideration if reproducing his Tranwell and Hexham form.

Trianconi is one of the few proven stayers among the 17 entries for the three and a quarter mile Open Maiden Race and Willie Kerr's charge gets the vote in a competitive-looking contest. He was always prominent before finishing three lengths 3rd to Link House Appeal over course and distance last time. Cloud Buster and Rashartic (right) showed much improved form when placed in their respective Maiden contests at Aspatria; Orraloon was noted finishing well when last of six behind Spadestep and is likely to be suited by the longer trip, while I would not rule out the Shropshire raider, Foc I Fum, who was pulled up four out after being sent off favourite on his recent hunt racing debut at Tabley.

Coquet Head is the one to beat in the two and a half mile Open Maiden Race. Jimmy Walton's home-bred youngster finished runner-up to Miss Vivian in a fast time at Tranwell and that form was franked when the winner landed a Perth Novices Hunter Chase on her next outing. The battle for the minor placings may chiefly concern Hathamore, Red Myst and Shahramore. The latter was only headed at the last when three lengths 2nd to Spadestep at the Haydon fixture, with Red Myst (left) a further length away in 3rd.

Definite Appeal can live up to his name in the concluding Members Race. Susan Corbett's recent acquisition was in good form in better company in Ireland earlier this year before providing her son, Jamie with a memorable first winner in the Haydon Club Members Race. A follow up is on the cards from Aspatria Maiden scorer, Merry Eric (right) and Nimbu.

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