Exmoor, Bratton Down Preview

Another bumper entry of over one hundred and twenty entries have been received for this weekend’s Point-to-Point fixture at Bratton Down on Exmoor this Sunday June 2nd, where two pony races starts the action at 1pm. The main seven race card includes prolific winners Shernally and Start Royal both entered in the Ladies Open.

Burges Salmon Solicitors sponsor the Hunt Members race in which the Charlotte Tizzard-trained Little Cornham should go close after season wins at Badbury Rings and Cothelstone and recent five length second to Bay To Go at Larkhill. Mister Moonax has a good record as this course with two wins and a second for the Hawkins family and won at Kingston St Mary staying on well to beat Just Amazing by a neck.

In the David Wallace sponsored Restricted Bradley Brook was an easy winner of a 15 runner Maiden at Little Windsor beating Lord Samson by eight lengths under jockey Darren Edwards. Rokshi from the Caroline Hobbs yard won her Maiden in a strong field at Chaddesly Corbett last month beating Glamorous GG by two lengths, and Ladfromhighworth was unlucky when disqualified after his win at Cothelstone when his jockey Vicky Wade was unable to weigh in and cannot be dismissed here for trainer Camilla Scott.

Bray Leino sponsor the Ladies Open in which Shernally under current leading AGA lady jockey Jane Williams could add to the mare’s tally of 13 Point wins. She is a previous course winner here but her recent third behind It Was Me at Dingley in May could leave the door open to challengers, of which Start Royal from the Alan Hill yard is another with Point wins in double figures and he may be excused when fifth behind Broughton Green at Charing may have cost his the race. Jopero from the inform Kayley Jones yard could be another to challenge after his recent win at Trebudannon.

In the Men Open the Kayley Jones yard is well represented with Checkerboard, Deb’s Dasher, Jopero and Parkam Jack all have creditable wins this season. Parkam Jack won the Mens Open at Upcott Cross last weekend ahead of only other finisher Swansbrook. The lightly raced Flanshan for the Barber/Biddick combination won the Mixed Open at Stafford Cross beating Checkerboard by six lengths and looks the likely favourite here with Ashclyst having run at Newton Abbot this week.

The family of the late Donna Kingdon sponsor the Intermediate, Stalbridgeswangsong under Will Biddick made virtually all at Holnicote before being headed two out and had to settle for second two lengths behind Roisini Bay, Ladfromhighworth and Little Cornham have claims if not running in the earlier races.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden conclude the day’s events; these have been sponsored by The Old Station Inn, Blackmoor Gate and Slee Blackwell Solicitors.

The course offers excellent viewing and views of Exmoor, bar, bookmakers, trade stands and hot refreshments. Entrance £20 per car and passenger’s, £10 car and driver.

Location 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG.