THE Point-to-Point season continues at Larkhill this weekend when the Salisbury Plain venue stages the South & West Wilts meeting.
Among the highlights on Saturday is the Men's Open in which Whizzaar, Jayne’s Crusader, Parstara and Who Else Knew look set to fight out the finish.
Whizzaar, who has been wonderfully consistent, winning ten of his 18 point-to-points as well as landing four hunter chases, proved his well-being with a facile win in the Cotley Hunt race.
Jayne’s Crusader won at Larkhill at the Avon Vale and had the form of his recent Portman win franked when runner-up Classic Swain won at the Wilton on Saturday.
Parstara is a three-time Larkhill winner and may have needed the race when second to Starburst Diamond at the Avon Vale, while Who Else Knew had Jayne’s Crusader back in third when winning at the New Forest.
Portman winner Fort View, Round Tom, who returns to pointing after winning two races under Rules, and Avon Vale winner Starburst Diamond are three for the shortlist, but Whizzaar gets the vote.
Parstara and Starburst Diamond are among the 24 entries for the Ladies Open. Other candidates include Andoversford first and third Lion On The Prowl and Badger, Charing winner West Cork Flash and former Coronation Gold Cup winner Man From Highworth, who would be suited by a fast surface.
The three to choose from are Heather Kemp’s Bay To Go, who impressed at the Avon Vale, Hazel Goody’s course specialist Quedillac and three-time 2012/13 winner Rear Gunner, who beat top-notcher Description at Higham.
Stalbridgeswansong won well at the Portman fixture and can follow up in the Intermediate. Charlton Horethorne and Ston Easton winner Thinkaboutthat and Badbury Rings runner-up Hinchelsea Moor look the dangers.
The Richard Barber-trained Avon Vale winner Urban Hymn is a confident selection to follow up in the Restricted. Cothelstone winner Cadeau George and Lad From Highworth are the two for the minor honours.
Gentleman Jimmy, who won four races under Rules for the Hughie Morrison stable before finishing fourth in the Coronation Cup, could be the one for the ten-entry Hunt race. Barney Boy was collared close home at the Portman and may be a longer priced alternative.
Romassor, V Neck and Seenitall may be three newcomers to consider for the Maiden.
Saturday's meeting kicks off at 1.30pm with the Willowbrook (formerly Ablington) Challenge Charity Race - a 12 furlong flat race which over several years has raised thousands of pounds in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The course is located just north-west of Amesbury on Salisbury Plain, easily reached off the A303, A360 or A345 (SP4 8QT).
First race 1.30pm (charity flat race); 2.00pm (point-to-point).
£10 per person, under 16s free.
Photo: DENIS MURPHY/Sport4Salisbury