Preview: Dulverton West – Bratton Down, Sunday May 18th

A fantastic day out for all the family is in store this weekend, where the Dulverton West host their Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 18th May. The first of three meetings to be held at the course this season. Over 110 entries have been received for the six race card.

With a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor, the picnics will be brimming full of goodies as Pony racing heads up the action at 11.45am. Then follows the main six race card, which starts with the UK Garden Powers James Hayes sponsored Restricted race at 1pm. Of the 25 entered, Carheney River from the Karyn Heard team is fresh from an easy win at Vauterhill, when coming home 30 lengths ahead of his nearest rival O’flo. Also entered is the Richard Barber-trained Its A Close Call, another to have won easily when winning his maiden at Woodford by 20 lengths. Ladfromhighworth is another suggestion, having clocked up a second here last season, and his recent four lengths third at Ston Eston behind the winner Mythologist could see him go close for the Camilla Scott team.

Brewer, Harding & Rowe Solicitors sponsor the Open Maiden, in which Golden Squirell has shown ability in his runs at Larkhill, when third behind Midnight Jade, and Stafford Cross having led until weakening approaching the last fence, in a race won by The Eaglehaslanded. My Rosie B ran a good second at Flete Park behind The Will Biddick-trained and ridden The Doom Bar.

The Brends Hotel sponsored Mixed Open has attracted 14 entries, of which Aiteen Thirtythree, Bellsinni Ron, Lucette Annie and Gone To Lunch are just some to mention with outstanding form this season. This is sure to be the feature race of the day, set over a distance of four miles and one furlong, it will be a true test of stamina and could stage a thrilling battle.

Midnight Breeze, Shanann Star and previous course winner My Rebel are suggestions for the Intermediate race. My Rebel trained by Becky Kennen, was only four and a half lengths third at the recent Vauterhill meeting, having won his restricted at Upcott Cross,he won his maiden here last season and goes well for jockey Leanda Tickle. This race is sponsored by Red Mills.

The PPORA Club Members race is run in memorial of Bob Pittard and sponsored by his family. Both Aiteen Thirtythree and Gone To Lunch hold entries if connections decide to bypass the Mixed Open, but it is worth taking a look at the newcomer Ambitous Pursuit This six year old gelding looks to be full of ability under jockey Pippa Glanville, having won both of their starts at the Flete meetings for the Glanville family, and may score their hat-trick here.

Concluding the days events is the James Pryce Tractors-sponsored Confined race. Robbie Henderson who is currently leading the area jockey’s title, could take the ride on either of the Ed Walker-trained entries Before The War with wins at both Flete meetings, or Blazing Whale having already scored his hat-trick of wins, including the Intermediate at Chipley Park and Mixed Open at Great Trethew. Will Biddick who is currently leading the national jockey’s title may get the leg-up on Minella Fifty,the combination is another already with a hat-trick when winning at Charlton Horethorne, Cothelstone and Stafford Cross, and would be a popular local winner here for the Claire Hitch team

On course facilities include bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a number of trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £10 per car & driver, £20 car and occupants. The course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NEof Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton EX31 4SG.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court (3.5 miles)

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