THE Cornwall Club hosts Point to Point horse racing this Sunday December 15, at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. It promises to be an action packed day with seven races(including a split Open Maiden) on offer, with the first race off at 12 noon.
Spectators could have an extra attraction of sixteen year old Megan Nicholls riding in her first Point to Point. The daughter of National Hunt Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls, may get the leg up on Gwanako in the Ladies Open. Gwanako is owned by the Stewart family and has won over £240,000 in his racing career. Megan has come up through the pony racing ranks, and has ridden in flat races through the summer. Trevarthens sponsor this race which is also a qualifier for the Aga Ladies’ Open Point to Point Championship final at Stratford in May. Fiulin could also go well for champion lady novice rider Bryony Frost. Byerley Bear won this race last season for Jo Buck and another entry King of Alcatraz trained by Roy Smith won the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final Hunter Chase last season, could also challenge.
Home Furnishings, Wadebridge sponsor the Cornwall Hunt Members (Nov Riders) race. The David Brace trained Cock Of The Rock won the Members race by 12 lengths at Black Forest Lodge two weeks ago, and will be a prime contender if travelling down from Wales. Rebel Du Maquis jointly owned by Kathy Stuart and Paul Nicholls also has strong claims in this race, having beaten off Palypso De Creek in a Hunter Chase in May. Now trained by Chloe Roddick, the gelding could make his Point debut here.
The Men’s Open is sponsored by Moores of St.Wenn. David Brace has two entered and could choose to run Hoopy, who battled on gamely to win the Mens Open at Lower Machen in May. The Sarah Pidsley trained Turtle Tim has three Point wins to his credit, and Song Sung Blue out of the Charlotte Davis yard could see champion jockey Will Biddick get the leg up to defend his title. Previously trained by the Tizzard’s, Song Sung Blue gained three Chase wins and looks sure to be the main threat here.
In the Nare Hotel sponsored Restricted, Welstonedruid ran well under Ian Chanin at Black Forest Lodge and could come on well for the run. Hugo Where Igo is a previous course winner here under Josh Guerriero, but may look to prefer softer ground, and the Becky Kennen trained My Rebel was consistently in the frame last season so could figure here.
Of the eight entered in the Hutchinson’s sponsored Intermediate race, Champagne Rosie, who took the Mares Maiden title last season for trainer Charlotte Davis should be one of the favourites if champion Will Biddick is on board. The combination will need to fend off the Mark Wall trained Theatre Queen, who having completed a hat-trick in April could be difficult to beat.
In the first Division of the Open Maiden, sponsored by Paul,Craig and Tim Osbourne, Romassor, under jockey Tom David, set a good pace at Chaddesley Corbet in his only run to date, before being headed, and had to settle for second behind Lumpys Gold.
In the second Division, What About Will showed promise when second at Trebudannon for jockey Vicky Wade, and Sutton Storm could be another for the Davis/Biddick team worth following.
The venue offers great viewing for spectators, with the opportunity to see some top class racehorses from all over the South West and beyond. There is a large covered barn containing hot food, bookies, bar and a host of trade stands, giving an ideal opportunity to combine Christmas shopping with the fun and thrills of racing.
Course is located off the A39 West of Wadebridge. Post Code PL27 7JE
Entrance is £10 car and driver, £5 per passenger, children under sixteen free, dogs welcome on leads.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE
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