Eggesford, Upcott Cross Preview

A bumper entry of over 150 entries have been received for this weekend’s point-to-point meeting at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction which is staged by the Eggesford Foxhounds. Two pony races get the action started at 12 noon, then an eight race card gets underway.

The feature race of the day is the four-mile Simpkins Edwards sponsored-Devon National Mixed Open in which Lucette Annie bids to follow up on her win here last season. The hunt members’ race gets the card underway at 1pm in which Faasel would be a popular winner for the Heard family. The gelding has won two men’s opens for jockey Michael Heard. Another entry is Hallo Dolly for the Prouse family. He ran on gamely under Darren Edwards to win a restricted at Trebudannon recently. Another entry trained by Sarah Prouse is Cracking Habit who put up a bold bid when second to Port Melon in a maiden at the same meeting.

Exeter Racecourse sponsors the intermediate and of the Ed Walker-trained entries Blazing Whale has been knocking at the door to win an intermediate having finished second to Ruapehu at Buckfastleigh, third at both Kilworthy and Blackforest Lodge, and looking unlucky whne he was brought down at Bishops Court when travelling well. Think About That, from the same yard, has quickly progressed from winning his maiden at Charlton Horethorn to taking the restricted at Ston Easton by 20 lengths over odds on favorite Mrs Fir for jockey Ed Barrett.

The confined race for novice riders could see Come What Augustus find his old form having previously won 15 Points. He recently finished  third behind Fiulin and Doof at Buckfastleigh for jockey Jake Bament. Just Amazing missed a marker at Wadebridge but came back to take second at Kingston St Mary finishing only a neck behind Mister Moonax. This ten-year-old Presenting-sired gelding has 15 chase wins to his credit is sure to go close.

The game mare Lucette Annie, who always goes well on soft ground, could repeat her victory here in the mixed open if she finds the ground to her liking. The Simon Partridge-trained mare took this race last season beating For The Staff by four lengths and has also won the mixed open’s at both Buckfastleigh meetings this season for jockey Darren Edwards. This race may be a stiffer task than last year with 25 quality entries.

In the restricted, of the 28 entered Port Melon for the Richard Barber team won impressively at Trebudannon six lengths ahead of Cracking Habit for current leading jockey Will Biddick, and another Richard Barber entry Kostaquarter won his maiden at Larkhill for Jack Barber.

The open maiden has already been divided into three divisions and each is sure to provide a thrilling end to the days events. Dave Phillips Bookmakers and The Dawn Meat Co are two of the sponsors.

The course is located off the A3079 at Halwill junction postcode EX21 5AE. Entry is £10 per car and driver and £20 per car and three passengers. On site will be all on course facilities bar, bookies, catering and trade stands.