Sharp Suit and Alskamatic are set to clash at Mollington

There will be a bumper crowd at Mollington on Saturday
There will be a bumper crowd at Mollington on Saturday

Another bumper crowd is expected at Mollington on Saturday to watch a six-race card at the North Warwickshire Hunt point-to-point meeting as well as the Crabbie’s Grand National.

The world’s most famous race will again be shown on a big screen, together with all the supporting contests.

There will be a gap of an hour between the fourth and fifth races to show the build-up to the big event and most bookmakers present will be betting on the Aintree race.

Racing highlight of the day at Mollington should be the AGA Ladies Open, another national sponsorship with a race at the Stratford evening meeting.

Sharp Suit and Alskamatic are set to renew the rivalry that resulted in them finishing first and second in the Intermediate Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham last May.

Sharp Suit’s trainer Alan Hill said: “We may put cheek-ieces on him. He needed sharpening up after his last run at Horseheath so Lawney and I have been riding him!”

Alskamatic’s rider, Claire Hart, hopes to take revenge on her Cheltenham conqueror.

She said: “I’d like to think that on our Cheltenham form, where we finished tenth in the Foxhunters, we’d win.

“We’ve been aiming for Mollington since Cheltenham and the track and the fences will suit him.”

However the race will be far from a match if Jane Williams brings Grandturgeon, who will be bidding to put a disappointing run at Whitfield last time behind him.

William Powell Country Clothing sponsor the Men’s Open, which looks at the mercy of the Hill and Fred Hutsby stables, with their respective entries standing out.

Hutsby is likely to run Penmore Mill, who was entered in the Aintree Foxhunters but taken out at the declarations stage.

The final race of the day, following the Aintree showpiece, is the Lodders Solicitors Maiden Race.

Chris Loggin plans to run Steel Away J while Jimmy Tarry’s Liam The Leopard, who comes from an alliterative winner-producing family, is also entered.

Pointing aficionados will remember Lily The Lark, Lottie The Lotus and Coronation Cup winner Lizzy The Lizard.

First race at Mollington is at 2pm and entry is £10 per person, up to a maximum of £30 per car. For more information, visit www.pointingsm.co.uk