Axe Vale, Stafford Cross Preview

Axe Vale host this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting at Stafford Cross near Seaton on Sunday April 28th. An action packed day is in store with seven races on the card preceded by two pony races commencing at 12 noon.

First up is the Hunt Members race at 1:30pm in which Miss Cupcake could follow up on her four lengths second to Coin River last weekend for jockey Jo Buck. Before The War for trainer Ed Walker is another to consider having run second at Ston Eston in March behind Little George and has wins at Larkhill and Lower Machen to his credit.

In the J & F J Baker of Colyton Confined, I’m In Charge relished the drying ground at Badbury Rings scoring in the Intermediate three quarters of a length ahead of Hinceslea Moor. The Neil Harris-trained Bowntobebad came in only four lengths behind Double Bank in tiring conditions at Cothelstone and could prove the main danger.

The Lee Clifford Agricultural Engineers sponsored Mixed Open could see Richard Barber-trained Flanshan give leading jockey Will Biddick another win here. He acts any is a previous course winner and could follow up on his third at Kingston St Mary less than a length behind Special Occasion and Certain Flight. Another to consider Classic Swain won at Milborne St Andrew five lengths ahead of Crank Hill.

Roseyroo could take the Matford Land Rover Intermediate race for trainer Louise Cabble having taken the Restricted at Cothelstone five lengths ahead of Carlos Gardel and looks ready to step up to Intermediate company. Sunken Secret under Pippa Glanville ran third at Cherrybrook behind Searree and Delta Borget, and followed that up with a second last weekend at Flete Park.

Chesnut Annie, the prolific winning mare with thirty four wins to her credit is entered in the CA Club Members Novice Riders race. She was only just denied increasing her tally at Lydstep when Fairpoint got up to win by a nose. Barneys Mate could see Martin McIntyre add to his points currently heading the Novice Riders table. Fiulin for leading lady novice Bryony Frost and My Minds Maid for trainer Harry Fry are others to consider.

29 are entered in the Restricted and of these Pamplona Run for the Barber team won impressively first time out at Trebudannon. Marlpit Oak for trainer James Young ran well at Buckfastleigh and was only just headed by Fairytale Theatre following up with a ten length win at Hackwood Park, and Sir Watty is another to have won well when winning his Maiden at Cherrybrook.

The Open Maiden race wraps up the day’s events sponsored by Everys Solicitors and with 23 entered head to the bookies for form guide.

Location Stafford Cross, near Seaton on A3052 Postcode EX24 6HZ

The course offers a Tote, bookmakers, catering, bar and trade stands. Entrance car & occupants’ £20 car & driver £10