Spooners & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook Preview

Spooners & West Dartmoor hosts this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting at Cherrybrook on Sunday April 7. With seven races on the card attracting more than one hundred entries this course offers ideal viewing for racegoers with a pretty backdrop of Dartmoor giving a great location.

The Hunt Members sponsored by Condy Mathias is the first race up at 1pm and of those entered Diamond Brook for trainer Emma Loosemore ran a good second by three and a half lengths to Swansbrook at Blackforest Lodge, and was then unlucky at Buckfastleigh when falling having led the race until three fences from home.

Tyre Marks of Tavistock sponsor the Restricted which is full of progressive talent. The Camilla Scott trained Ladfromhighworth ran well when four lengths second behind Hunter Chase winner Robin Will at Buckfastleigh in February, this front runner had made virtually all when winning his Maiden at Blackforest Lodge and should prefer the drier going. Kostaquarta from the Richard Barber yard is another to consider after his Maiden win at Larkhill for jockey Jack Barber.

In the Mixed Open Checkerboard from the inform Kayley Jones yard won the Mens Open at Wadebridge in March four lengths ahead of Osric. Indiana Bay is a previous course winner here and Sericina has found her form again having beaten Uncle Keef on good ground in February for trainer Chloe Roddick. This race is sponsored by Synergy Chartered Accountants.

The Confined entries could see Hameldown Tor a previous course winner here turn out again after his second at Cotley last weekend to John Daniell, another entry to win last weekend is King of Alcatraz when taking the Confined at Trebudannon for trainer Roy Smith if they are absent then the connections of Diamond Brook may choose this race over the Members and cannot be ruled out.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate and of those entered The Wealerdealer won at Larkhill in March when sent off odds-on favourite for jockey Will Biddick beating Gort Na Lea by a head. Blazing Whale for trainer Ed Walker ran second to Raupehu at Buckfastleigh and previous wins are on good going, and Searree for Pauling Geering prefers drier ground and could be in the mix if turning out again after his second to Fiulin at Trebudannon.

The Open Maiden race has already been divided with 20 and 19 entries in each division.

Course location is 2 miles north of Tavistock signed from A386 PL19 0LA. Entrance is £10 car & driver £5 additional adults.

All on course facilities bar, bookmakers, hot refreshments and trade stands.