Mid Devon, Black Forest Lodge Preview

A cracking day’s racing is on the cards at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday February 3rd, with two pony races kicking off the card at 11am.

The main race card follows on at 12 noon with the Confined and entered is the Ed Walker-trained Hameldown Tor, an Intermediate winner in a particularly fast time at Cherrybrook. Also entered is Googoobarabajagal and his trainer John Heard will be looking for an early hat trick after his brace of wins at Wadebridge this season.

In the Men’s Open entries include Carrickmines, a decent performer under Rules for Dr Richard Newland. He’s now with George Beilby yard near Taunton. Bobs Law and Silver Story have solid claims having run well in heavy and the John Heard-trained Faasel could again take on Robert Chanin’s impressive gelding Kirkleigh, the two having met recently at Wadebridge where Faasel got up to win by three quarters of a length.

In the AGA Ladies’ Open the Steve Flook-trained Island Life came second here last year to Special Occasion and then went on to take Hunter Chases at Warwick and Hereford before unseating his rider when going well at Aintree; Mobaasher has won six including three 3m chases and has had the benefit of a couple of early runs at Wadebridge.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race follows on and the Jelly O’Brien-trained Hall Kelly looks to have a chance having run well at Ampton in January finishing five lengths behind French Canadian. Molland Gayle won a Restricted here in December for jockey Ian Chanin and Leslie Jefford’s Delta Borget is another course winner here and should not be dismissed.

The Restricted could see the David Brace outside raider Bringinthebranston take the spoils having relished the heavy going at Chaddesley Corbett destroying his field by 30 lengths.

The Open Maiden has already been divided with 23 in each division. These races have been sponsored by Gidleigh Park Hotel, Hi-Line Services Ltd and Kennford Tramacadam Ltd.

Black Forest Lodge is located at Kenton, near Exeter off the A380; postcode EX6 8HR. On course facilities include bar, bookies and hot refreshments. Entry is £20 per car and £10 for single occupancy.