Preview: Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday June 1 2014

THE second Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the picturesque course of Bratton Down overlooking Exmoor, takes place this weekend on Sunday June 1st. With the championships hotting up, there promises to be some great action in store. Pony racing heads up the day at 1pm with the main six race card starting at 2pm. A massive 144 entries have been received.

Bray Leino sponsor the Ladies Open, which looks to be one of the feature races. Current leading lady jockey and outside raider Bridget Andrews could increase her lead on either Latest Trend or Quedillac. Latest Trend also holds an entry to Stratford this week, as do Start Royal, and How’s My Friend. Challengers could be River Indus after his three lengths second behind Round Tom at Kingston St Mary. Another entry Ned White, will look to set the pace, and was unlucky at the previous meeting when caught in the home straight, finishing a creditable third. Current Event and Join Together won last weekend at Upcott Cross under Megan Nicholls and could be a danger if either turns out again.

In the Moore Scarrot Accountant-sponsored Mens Open, entries include the David Brace OBE- trained Cock Of The Rock currently on six wins for the season, and Dbobe already on his seasons hat-trick. But this could be a straight battle between the two leading male jockeys Will Biddick, who may get the leg-up on Round Tom from the Richard Barber team, and Robbie Henderson on Before The War or Level Spirit from the current area leading trainer, Ed Walker‘s team. Certain Flight is another holding a Stratford entry, and would be the likely favourite if by passing that event, having been unbeaten so far this season for trainer Keith Cumings. Reliable Richie for jockey Darren Edwards are another combination which could play a major part, when stamina led them to a win here two weeks ago over the longer trip.

In the Members race, Bernshaw won this race last season for local trainer Claire Hitch. Elsin Bridge, and Father Owen will be looking to improve on their thirds here at the last meeting. Lightening Jack and Johnny No Cash are entries for owner John Pearn, either could pose a threat if finding their best form and ground to suit. This race is sponsored by RSM Beares & B Thorne & Son Agricultural Engineers.

Rosettes Direct sponsor the Restricted race which has attracted 30 entries, and may well be divided on the day. Golden Squirell had a comfortable maiden win at Cothelstone, Champion Versions from the Alan Hill team ran a good second at Whitfield. Carheney River, Nurse Brace, Last Edition and The Mexican Bandit are just some of the entrants looking capable of winning a restricted before the season’s finished.

Dancing Olga looks to be one of the favourites to take the Intermediate race which is sponsored by Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Dancing Olga ran second here two weeks ago, one and a half lengths behind Gorteenwood who broke the course record that day. Ambitious Pursuit could be looking for his hat-trick here after his two Flete Park wins, and Minella Web from the Kayley Woollacott team won here two weeks ago under Robbie Henderson, could be a danger.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow. Suggestions in the first would be Beaujolais Bob, O’flo and Miss Weld. The second division could go to either My Rosie B or Whataknight. These divisions have been sponsored by Old Station Inn at Blackmore Gate and Slee Blackwell Solicitors.

On course facilities include hot food, bar, bookies and trade stands.

Course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG

Entrance £10 car & driver, £20 car and passengers.

Useful Information

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

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