Western, Wadebridge Preview

Pointing heads back to The Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge for the Western Hunt meeting this Saturday March 16. Hameldown Tor may be aimed at the Men’s Open after his win at Badbury Rings in a notably quick time when the gelding beat recent Treborough Hill winner John Daniell, that day by 15 lengths for trainer Ed Walker.

The six race card kicks off at 12 noon with the Green Waste Company-sponsored Confined race. Hameldown Tor may opt for this race and could come up against the Jill Dennis-trained Print The Money who could make amends for his second fence fall at Great Trethew when sent off an odds-on favourite.

Savills sponsor the Ladies Open which is a qualifier for the AGA finals at Stratford in June. Mobaasher ran at Taunton on Monday so may be doubtful to run here. Of the other entries Double Mead, for Alexandra Dunn, could be fancied following their second at Horseheath behind Mid Div and Creep, and course specialist Wee Fly may provide Bryony Frost with a season hat-trick.

In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race Waldo Pepper for the Chloe Roddick team took the ten runner Restricted race in fine style at Bishops Court with Will Biddick pleasing the favourite backers in a comfortable win leaving Ned White six lengths behind. Fountains Cloud is another to consider having taken a 13 runner Restricted at Chipley Park for trainer David Stephens.

The Open Maiden is sponsored by Atlantic Motors, and has attracted 21 entries.

Mr and Mrs Peter George sponsor the Men’s Open and Ed Walker has three of the seven entries. Hameldown Tor may have run in the confined race earlier, so another to consider from the same yard is the Richard Kelvin-Hughes owned Osric after his second to Special Occasion in a Mixed Open at Kingston St Mary earlier this month.

The Restricted race closes the day’s events and of the nine entered Cherry Vine may follow up on her recent Maiden win at Great Trethew when getting home to beat Honours Insight by a neck for jockey Darren Edwards.

Access onto the course is easy on tarmac roads and all course facilities bar, bookies, hot refreshments and numerous trade stands are under cover in a large barn. The course is located off A39 west of Wadebridge PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per car and driver and £5 for each passenger. Children under 16 race free