Silverton, Black Forest Lodge Preview

Point-to-Pointing is finally back on track with the Silverton Foxhounds hosting their re-arranged meeting this Saturday February 9th.

Seven races are on offer and Molland Gayle could follow up on her win here in December for jockey Ian Chanin in the Hunt Members race which heads the action at 12 noon; another Robert Chanin entry Ned White ran on gamely in a Restricted at Wadebridge before being headed in the final 50 yards.

Ned White’s connections may prefer to run him in the Restricted race which follows, but he may need to tackle the Don Constable owned Joe The Trucker, an ex-Irish half-brother to British Pointing regular Optimistic Harry; the gelding won his Maiden here for jockey Tom David in December seeing Billy Congo off by half a length.

The Ladies Open entries include the Sarah Gould trained Special Occasion, having won this race last year and then going on to win at Larkhill he could well be in the mix if recovering well from his second at Chipley Park last weekend when beaten 3/4 length by Bleuvito, Oca De Thaix has wins in double figures and goes well for owner/jockey Charlotte Evans.

Knight Frank sponsor the Mens Open and the David Gibbs trained Books Review goes well fresh, he ran a creditable second in the Connolly’s Red Mills final at Cheltenham behind Doctor Kingsley. Silver Story’s nine wins include two Hunter Chases at Cheltenham/Aintree; he acts on any, stays well and could give trainer William Vaughan another success.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow and of particular interest is the Royal runner First Watch, trained by Zara Phillips; the gelding was travelling well until he unseated his rider Tom David at the 13th fence at Chaddesley Corbett earlier in the season.

An additional race to the programme is the Intermediate, the winning horse being eligible for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday May 1st ;of the nine entries the vote goes to the Sheila Crow trained Fruit Fayre having scored a double at Eyton. He could take this race unless course winner Molland Gayle opts for this over the Members race.

The course offers hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. It is located at Kenton nr Exeter off A380 postcode EX6 8HR. Entrance is £20 per car and passangers; £10 car and single driver.