Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday June 8 2014

Tiverton Staghounds host the penultimate Point-to-Point meeting of the season, this Sunday June 8th, at Bratton Down, Bratton Flemming.

Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Boasting a stunning back drop view of Exmoor, this is a great picnic venue and idyllic way to spend a summers afternoon. Over 120 entries have been received.

The Greenslade Taylor Hunt – sponsored Ladies race looks to be the feature race of the day. Current Area leading Lady rider, Bryony Frost, looks to be hard to catch after her win last weekend, extending her lead at the top of the table. She gets the leg up on Templer, trained by her mother Nikki Frost at Buckfastleigh. Templer is a winner of seven chases and two Points. Megan Nicholls is leading the Area Ladies’ Novice Riders title, and looks another to be hard to catch, also a winner here last weekend, she could be out on Current Event, trained at Bruton by Rose Loxton. Current Event is a winner of five Chases and four Points. Both jockeys have progressed up thought the pony racing ranks and have ridden their way to the top. There are just two points separating Bridget Andrews and Jaqueline Coward in the National Ladies title, Bitter Blue or Pevensey could be the option for Jaqueline Coward who is looking to catch current leader Bridget Andrews, who may have the ride on Latest Trend. Having won at Cothelstone on firmer ground, the combination will be hoping that the rain stays away. Another to consider is the Alan Hill-trained Start Royal, his win at Fontwell in May took his tally to two Hunter Chases and 16 Point wins.Having recently by passed Stratford, he may be targeted here for Gina Andrews to ride.

In the opening Members Race, which is sponsored by Winston Pincombe Landrovers, the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally could figure after his Intermediate win at Vauterhill. Jive Master from the Patricia Pollington yard, ran well at Cothelstone, before being headed two out. And Devon General ran well here last weekend, finishing a length down to Glenwood Present, and may be back to clinch this for the Kayley Woollacott team. Right Enough is the only entry here from the Robert Chanin team, but could well be a main danger.

Stags sponsor the Open Maiden, in which Danny Mags could go well after his second under James Tudor at Hereford two weeks ago, his form suggests he is a worthy each way bet. Grey Dream ran three lengths second here last weekend and could be out to challenge again. Local trainer Kayley Woollacott’s Spendajennie is another to have run well here last weekend when second to Whataknight.

Saul Kidson, Exmoor Hay & Straw sponsor the Intermediate race which could go to another of the Woollacott team’s entries King Kash. He battled on well under Jamie Thomas, to finish a head in front of Carheney River at Upcott Cross two weeks ago. Tiger Rag came close to winning at Kingston Blount, when finishing one and a half lengths third. Gamato looks an interesting entry for veteran rider Richard Defago, trained by Phillip Yorks team, the combination have wins this season at Charing and Hackwood Park.

In the Poltimore sponsored Mens Open, the prolific winning Findlay’s Find is already on a hat-trick of wins this season for Welsh raider Myfanwy Miles. He recently destroyed his field by twenty lengths at Lower Machen under jockey David Mansell. Rush ‘N’ Roll stayed on well when taking the Mixed Open at Holnicote under jockey Michael Legg. Hameldown Tor has been running well all season for the Ed Walker team and jockey Robbie Henderson, who is currently chasing Will Biddick for the National Mens title.

The final race of the day is the Seddons Estate Agents sponsored Restricted race. Of the 18 entered, Golden Squirell could go well for trainer Charlotte Bud, after his comfortable 12 length maiden win. King’s Scout ran well here last weekend, when 2 lengths second to Four Star River,under jockey Conner Smith.And Champion Versions from the Alan Hill team, looks ready to step up in class after his two length second at Whitfield under jockey James Tudor.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person, maximum £30 car.

Course is located at Bratton Flemming, 9 miles NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11 miles North of South Molton. Post Code EX31 4SG.

Useful Information

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

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