Preview : Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16 March

The historic course at Buckfastleigh is the venue for Sundays Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers fixture March 16. Over 100 entries for the now seven race card, promises to offer an exciting day out for all the family. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with two pony races followed by the Kath Bond Memorial Members race at 1 pm. Team Chanin have entered Gontdevon, having strong claims after his second behind Reliable Richie at Cothelstone. Local jockeys, Hannah Welch on Jopero and Jennifer Davenport on Chase Gate could battle out for placings.

There are two divisions of the Open Maiden race, in the first division sponsored by Winston Pincombe, The Cat’s Away was just denied a win at Cothelstone under Will Biddick earlier this month, and Raffa ran a good second behind Minella Web at Badbury Rings. Local jockey Bryony Frost will be on board Wivannie and is another to consider after their third at Cothelstone. In the second division, sponsored by Bartons Solicitors, Dicky Bob trained by Verity Nicholls, could go one better than his second here in February, and Tigeralley stayed on well when finishing two lengths second when staying on at Higham in January.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co-sponsored Mixed Open race could see jockey Robbie Henderson on Minella Stars follow up on his treble last Sunday, but may be denied a win by Following Dreams, who under Will Biddick gave the champion jockey his 200th win when coming home in front at Barbury.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race may see Shanann Star, for trainer Gordon Edwards, go one better than his second here in February behind Babeny Bridge. Both Un Ami and Reliable Richie are stepping up into Intermediate company and should be respected on their recent wins at Badbury Rings and Cothelstone.

Countryside Alliance Club Members Race for Novice Riders sponsored by Luscombe Maye is next up, Jive Master from Patricia Pollington yard ran well in second here at the February meeting, and Keel Road has been consistently placed this season and may go one better.

Wrapping up the days events is the Restricted race sponsored by WBW Solicitors. Five journeys under Tom Chanin made all to win his maiden at Cothelstone, and the Camilla Scott-trained Honors Insight was unlucky when denied a win at the same meeting when caught in the final 100 yards finishing a length behind Master Hooper.

The course offers excellent viewing and is located off the A38 at Lower Dean. Post code TQ11 0LT. All on course facilities, bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands. Entrance £20 car up to five occupants, £10 car & driver.