A Bumper entry of over 170 horses have been received for this weekends Point to Point meeting at Chipley Park, Tiverton, Sunday 19th January. With the Restricted race having already been divided, the organizers have gone for an earlier start time of 11.30am, to pack in what promises to be an action packed day.
Stags sponsor the Hunt Members race which heads up the action, For The Staff is now with the inform Robert Chanin yard, having previously won the Mixed Open here in 2012, that day making virtually all coming home three lengths ahead of Ned The Post, he should enjoy the ground and looks the one to beat, having only been denied once in three Point outings, and the trainer is firing out plenty of winners. The Mary Sanderson-trained Blinding Lights could also feature being a previous course winner here, and was only denied a second course win when beaten a neck by Turthen in this race last year.
Un Ami is a major contender in the first division of the Restricted race. Having won his Maiden at Larkhill for young jockey Chester Williams the partnership must be respected. The Chloe Roddick-trained rangy built Romassor should find this course more to his liking than the tighter corners at Wadebridge where he won his Maiden in December. He is an improving sort and is justifying his 38.000 euro price tag out of Fairyhouse, and surely one to follow.
The second division of the Restricted could see the Welsh raider/trainer David Brace take the spoils back to Wales with Dbobe, but the horse is far from a straight forward ride, having dumped his jockey Bradley Gibbs twice. Another entry, Glenwood Present from the Tanya Taylor team looks to be a safer bet, having only been headed in the final 50 yards at Wadebridge in December, finishing a length third to winner Lightening Jack.
Family of the late John Pearcey & Matford Landrover sponsor the Mixed Open, in which Cheltenham bound Kirkleigh, could start his seasons campaign for owner Sue Trump. Kirkleigh finished last seasons Pointing with a win at Little Windsor in a Men’s Open a neck ahead of Bellsinni Ron. Special Occasion out of the Sarah Gould yard could be a challenger here after his second last season at the course, prefers a right-handed track and five Open wins to his credit including getting the better of Certain Flight (also entered) by a neck at Kingston St Mary.
Of the 26 entered in the Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate, Credit Crunched impressed at Black Forest Lodge when coming home 12 lengths ahead of the field at Black Forest Lodge in December, Theatre Queen was sent off odds- on favourite at Wadebridge and had punters counting their winnings before being headed two out, finishing third behind Champagne Rosie and Sobre Tresor. This could go to one of the Welsh raiders Waddington Hero from the Lee Power yard, a dual Irish Point winner finished second behind Tachbury at Black Forest Lodge when well fancied, and looks sure to take an Intermediate home soon.
In the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race Barneys Mate trained by Richard Barber has 21 wins to his credit, and although now 14 years of age is a true schoolmaster, this season could see Barber’s grandson Christopher get the leg up. Working Title for the Drinkwater family obliged at Wadebridge winning the Novice Riders race by 15-lengths for young Joe Drinkwater, and followed that up with a third behind Googoobarabajagal in a Mens Open.
The Fillies and Mares race is sponsored by The Hartnell Hotel, Bolham and The Thoroughbred Breeders Association.The prolific winning mare Lucette Annie could start her seasons campaign, and would look sure to go favourite with ten wins to her credit including seven Opens, including the £1000 winners only race at Buckfastleigh for owner Janet Humphrey.
In the first division of the Open Maiden, sponsored by The Mount Pleasant Inn, Normansland, a suggestion would be The Drinkmeister who ran well under Sam Drinkwater, finishing two lengths second behind Mr McGregor on heavy ground at Chaddesley Corbett in December.
Friends of the Late Robin Barwell sponsor the second division of the Open Maiden in which Go On Henry under jockey Josh Guerriero and out of the Keith Cumings yard could follow up on his second to Flan The Man at Larkhill earlier this month.
The course offers excellent viewing, bar, bookies, hot refreshments and numerous trade stands.
Entrance is £20 per car, £10 car and single occupant.
The course is situated three miles NE of Wellington on B3187. Postcode TA21 OQU
Met Office 5 day forecast: Wellington, 3.4 miles from TA21 OQU
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