Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down Preview

The penultimate Point-to-Point of the season takes place at the scenic Bratton Down course this weekend where over one hundred entries have been received for the six race card which starts at 2pm and will offer a great way to spend a summers afternoon.

The competition will be stronger than ever with additional prizes for the leading horses, trainers and jockeys scoring the most points over the three meetings held at the course. The action kicks off with the Winston Pincombe Hunt Members race in which Come What Augustus is among the entries, having won this race last year and although his form has been disappointing this season the drying ground may suit. Another entry from the Kayley Jones yard is My Runaway who ran seven lengths second in an Intermediate at Stafford Cross behind Rush”N”Roll and is another who could relish the drying conditions.

The Stags sponsored Open Maiden follows in which the Keith Cumings-trained Go On Henry could well be favourite after his two seconds one last month at Upcott Cross when Milburn got up by a short head to deny current leading Devon & Cornwall area jockey Josh Guerriero another win and second at Holincote behind Noble Legacy. Another looking to win a Maiden before the seasons out is the Camilla Bayliss-trained Dads Birthday after his second at Cothelstone three lengths behind Soul Native.

In the Intermediate the Lady Oaksey owned Chouromanesco is an interesting entry, having won his Maiden last season at Lockinge destroying his field by thirty lengths. Stalbridgeswansong ran second at Holnicote behind Roisini Bay and could score here for Will Biddick and the David Brace OBE -trained Son Of Swallow won his Restricted at Didmarton on good to firm.

Belsinni Ron from the Richard Barber team has strong claims in the Mens Open, which is sponsored by friends and family of the late Sid Tarr. Having only been beaten once in his six outings when the impressive Kirkleigh got up to beat him by a neck at Little Windsor, his latest win was at this course in May when he stayed on under jockey Jack Barber to beat Lucette Annie by three lengths. Round Tom from the same yard ran well under Will Biddick winning at Larkhill on good to firm beating Parstara by eight lengths.

The Greenslade Taylor & Hunt sponsored Ladies Open could see the Dick Bainbridge- trained Shernally take the spoils for jockey Jane Williams if connections do not run the mare at the Hunter Chase finals at Stratford on Friday. Also entered is Watch The Birdie for trainer Steven Bevan, he is progressive, unbeaten so far this season and had an easy Intermediate win at Trecoed when sent off odds-on favourite. Fiulin under Bryony Frost will be looking to settle a score having been disqualified after a win at Upcott Cross when weighed out incorrectly.

In the restricted Lord Samson had been running well in maidens all season before winning at  Upcott Cross under Josh Guerriero beating Storm Shadow by one and a half lengths. Second Alliance won his maiden at Pyle for trainer Luke Price twenty lengths ahead of Donttellmethat under Nick Williams.

On site are all on course facilities including a bar, bookies, refreshments and trade stands. Entrance is £20 per car load and £10 car and driver.

The course is located at Bratton Fleming nine miles north east of Barnstaple, 11 miles north of South Molton. Postcode EX31 4SG.

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