An Easter treat is in store for racegoers this weekend with the first of two meetings to be held in the Devon & Cornwall area is the East Cornwall Hunt at Great Trethew on Saturday March 30, with pony racing starting at 12.30pm preceding the main six race card which starts at 1.30pm.
This course is popular for Maiden runners and the first race up is the Open Maiden for 4 & 5-year-olds in which Its A Long Road, trained by Jill Dennis ran well in a Confined Maiden ridden by Josh Guerriero at Buckfastleighin February, when leading until headed in the final 50 yards by Gontdevon. He followed up with a creditable third at the same venue a month later on heavy going behind Reliable Richie and Ratline Rose. Another entry Final Nudge was unlucky at Barbury when leading until being brought down at the last and it will be interesting to see if the David Dennis-trained gelding can score here.
Next up is the Open Maiden for four, five, six and seven-year-olds sponsored by the Jamacia Inn. 30 are entered and this may well be divided on the day. The Robert Chanin-trained Posh Totty ran second here at the previous meeting after a mistake at the last and lost her race by a length to Typical Oscar. Tiger Wild for trainer Leighton McGuiness is another to consider after his third at Wadebridge and is sure to come on for that run.
St Austell Brewery & Green Air Southwest Ltd sponsor the Mixed Open and of the 11 entered. Double Bank will be looking to defend his unbeaten run of three wins this season for trainer Emma Oliver, having taking the Mixed Open at Bishops Court in fine style for jockey Merv Woodward by five lengths over My Fella. Uncle Keef is progressive for trainer Deborah Treneer and could follow up on his second here behind Sericina having gone on to win the Hunt Members at Buckfastleigh on heavy going two weeks ago for jockey Tom Chanin.
The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members race for Novice Riders could see Turthen for jockey Eleri Apps looking to follow up on her win at Kingston St Mary earlier this month when she beat Barneys Mate with current leading novice jockey Martin McIntyre by four lengths.
Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate and in this Blazing Whale could go well having run a good second to Ruapehu at Buckfastleigh when a mistake at the last may have cost him the race for jockey Ed Barrett. Waldo Pepper is another to come close in an Intermediate when third at Wadebridge for jockey Josh Guerriero and trainer Roy Smith.
Concluding the day’s events is the Restricted sponsored by Blackburn Metals, in which Takamaru for the executors of the Late Donna Kingdon won his Maiden here for trainer Ashley Farrant and jockey Darren Edwards last season by an authoritative 12 lengths. He was also unlucky at Treborough Hill when he was only just denied a win by Deb’s Dasher by three quarters of a length.
Course is located near Menheniot, Off A38 between Saltash and Liskeard – PL14 3PZ. All on course facilities bar, bookmakers and hot refreshments available. Entrance £20 per car load and £15 car & driver.