NOW that the storms have subsided, we can once again enjoy some fantastic Point to Point horse-racing without having to dodge the wind and rain. The second of three meetings takes place at Black Forest Lodge this weekend, where the Silverton Foxhounds host the event at Kenton near Exeter. With seven races on offer and a start time of 12 noon, over one hundred entries have been received.
The day includes a feature race, the Bonhams Mens Open, a qualifier for the series final at Cheltenham in April, there are no surprises in the class field of horses entering here. The Fred Hutsby-trained Penmore Mill has only been beaten once in seven races when Doctor Kingsley got the better by four lengths at Guilsborough, and an easy win here in December when jockey Tom Ellis came home 15 lengths ahead of his pursuers. Another entry, What A Laugh out of the Gary Hanmer yard has also only been beaten once in Points when three lengths behind Sybarite, and has an Aintree Chase to add to his form.
Phil Saunders Building Contractors sponsor the Members race, in which Robert Chanin trains five of the six entered, and may well run Welstonedruid for owners Andrew and Sue Knox. Having won the Restricted here in December, jockey Ian Chanin will be hoping to fend off the challenge of his brother Tom, who could get the leg up on Ashclyst for trainer Les Jefford. The partnership won a Mens Open at Cothelstone last season.
The Restricted race is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards Chartered Accountants, and has attracted twenty-four entries. The lightly raced Mister Teddy from the Fred Hutsby yard is highly rated having run fourth behind Cottage Oak at Haydock last year and second in a 17-runner Hunter Chase at Towcester previously. He had won his Maiden here in 2009. Ladfromhighworth from the Camilla Scott yard is another having won his maiden here when making virtually all for jockey Vicky Wade, the partnership was unlucky to be disqualified at Cothelstone when coming home a neck ahead of Kostaquarta.
Charles Stanley sponsors the Ladies Open, Hey Porter under jockey Jane Williams won a Ladies Open at Garthorpe last March for trainer Diane Williams, Byerley Bear will probably have a week off after his win at Wadebridge last weekend, and King Of Alcatraz won here last season and is sure to come on for his third at Wadebridge in December.
Division One of the Open Maiden is sponsored by Tinknell Devon Fuels, suggestions would be the Rosemary Partridge-trained Tallanstown Boy, and Silver Man from the Steve Flook yard after his third at Cottenham in December. Also entered is the Zara Phillips-trained Youhavetoo, having transferred from the Zoe Hammond yard.
The second division of the Open Maiden sponsored by Jewsons could see the Camilla Scott-trained Honours Insite take this after his previous second at this course.
J Edwards Sellars, sponsor the Intermediate in which Ladfromhighworth could atone if not entering the earlier race, challenging could be the ten year old Luso sired gelding Quantum Theory.
Entrance £20 per car or £10 per car and driver. Hot food,bookmakers,bar and trade stands are on course. With ringside viewing for the disabled.
Location is Kenton, near Exeter off A380. Postcode EX6 8HR.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude