Preview: East Cornwall Foxhounds Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, Liskeard, Sunday March 30

The seasons current leading horse Byerley Bear could take on Gwanako in the Roger Young sponsored Mixed Open, at this weekend’s East Cornwall Point-to-Point, Great Trethew, Sunday March 30th. The two horses met at Wadebridge in December, when the Robert Chanin-trained Byerley Bear won by four lengths.

Gwanako trained by Rosemary Loxton for jockey Megan Nicholls will be looking to reverse the placings, and follow-up on last weekend’s win at Ston Easton. The combination have also scored this season at Larkhill, Milbourne St Andrew (where they destroyed the field by 60 lengths) and won at Charleton Horethorne. Byerley Bear has taken his tally to five wins for the season, and was only just denied six straight wins when awarded a second by judges at Badbury Rings, to the Jack Barber-trained Aikideau. This could turn into a thrilling battle between the two class horses.

This event coincides with Mother’s Day , starting with pony racing at 12 noon, followed by an eight race card commencing at 12.55. Over 100 entries have been received.The picnics are sure to be packed full of treats to compliment the party atmosphere.

The Cornish Times sponsor the opening Members race, which kicks off the main card. Gingers Reflection would be a popular winner here for trainer Christine Gray, having won at Upcott Cross last season in a very respectable time. Another entry, Fountains Cloud won this race last year, and was running well at Wadebridge, before being headed three out.

St Austell Brewery have sponsored the Open Maiden for four and five year olds. Suggestions here would be What About Will trained by Neil Harris, having shown previous form last season when a good second behind All But Grey at Trebudannon, and may be forgiven for pulling up three out at Wadebridge when sent off favourite. Dusky, from the Joe Tickle yard, ran second behind Sangram at Wadebridge and looks to be worth an each-way bet.

The Open Maiden for four,five,six and seven year olds, may well be divided on the day having attracted 34 entries, sponsors are The Jamaica Inn and Dawe,Hawken & Dodd. Those having shown recent form are the Les Jefford-trained Desert Queen, when fourth at Buckfastleigh under jockey Ed Barrett, having made a mistake two out. Way Before Dawn is another to consider having stayed on well when finishing eight lengths second at Buckfastleigh in February. Droim Rua for trainer David Rogers should also be considered, having run well at Buckfastleigh until fading two out, and looks sure to come on for that run.

In the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders, Join Together won at Charleton Horethorne under Megan Nicholls for trainer Rosemary Loxton, and Ladyvie for jockey Hannah Welch, has been progressing well, having scored a recent second at Buckfastleigh.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race, in which the Gordon Edwards-trained Shanann Star could improve on her six lengths second behind Babeny Bridge, and King’s Bench won at Buckfastleigh and looks ready to step up into Intermediate company.

The Restricted race could see the Keith Cumings-trained Go On Henry follow up on his win at Badbury Rings. Sangram for trainer Nikki Frost was impressive when winning at the first time of asking when making virtually all at Wadebridge under Bryony Frost, coming home twelve lengths ahead of Dusky.

Jeffery’s sponsor the Confined race, Cottage Acre for trainer Karyn Heard, won last weekend at Kilworthy for Bryony Frost, so may not be out so soon, in which case, Great Gusto could give the Frost family another win here.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Course is located at Menheniot, (off A38), between Saltash and Liskeard – PL14 3PZ

Entrance £15 car & driver, £20 car and passengers, £5 pedestrians.

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