THE wait is over, as this weekend Point-to-Point horse racing resumes after the summer break. The Black Forest Club host their meeting on Sunday November 30 at Black Forest Lodge, Kenton, nr Exeter. This is the first of 27 fixtures scheduled for the Devon & Cornwall Area, and the stunning location of this track provides excellent viewing from a natural grandstand. With now seven races on the card attracting a total of 108 entries, competition is bound to be hot, with trainers and jockeys keen to get their first points on the championship tables.
The action kicks off at 12 noon with the 2m 4f Open Maiden race for four and five-year-olds , kindly sponsored by Dyson, Quaintance & Strange. Of the 19 entered, High Priority from the Keith Cumings team could be favorite if National Champion jockey Will Biddick gets the leg up. Miss Weld ran well when second at Trebudannon last season and is now trained by Lee Glanville for daughter Pippa to ride, and Jepeck from the Kayley Woollacott yard ran a good third in a Bumper in the summer.
Next up is The Black Forest Lodge Club Members race, sponsored by Mrs Angela Webber. This has attracted plenty of outside raiders including two from the David Brace Welsh team Dbobe and Cock Of The Rock. The latter won this race last season and went on to score six wins for the season. Joe The Trucker for trainer Zoe Hammond won his maiden and restricted at this course. Another entry Welstonedruid is a course specialist and is from leading area trainer Robert Chanin’s team, with Whenharrymetsally who could also go well for the Cumings team and has won with jockey Matt Hampton on board.
Heltor Ltd have sponsored the Restricted race in which nineteen are entered, of these Bob The Butcher is another who could make the trip down from Wales. Having won his maiden here on holding ground for the Brace team. Raffa, What About Will and Glacial Oscar are other suggestions having run well last season.
The Strutt & Parker Mixed Open has attracted the entry of the Fred Hutsby-trained Penmore Mill who destroyed the field when winning this race last season by 15 lengths under jockey Tom Ellis. Other entries Double Bank, Gail Force, Golan Way and Silver Token are all rated over 100 which could make this the feature race of the day.
Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, suggestions are Itchec and Way Before Dawn, this race is sponsored by J Edwards Sellars. In the second division, Who’s Jeff used to be in training with Phillip Hobbs and may take to Pointing well, he is owned by David Brace and trained by Amber Griffiths.
Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race, which is a qualifier for the Hunter Chase final at Exeter racecourse on Tuesday 5th May. The winning horse will be eligible to compete in the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Point-to-Point Championship Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday 29th April. Entered is The Mythologist who had shown a good turn of foot when winning his maiden by six lengths at Treborough Hill, and then battled on well when winning by a head at Ston Eston on his only other outing last season under Robbie Henderson.
All on course facilities are on offer, hot food, refreshments, bar, bookies and course side disabled parking. Entrance is £10 per person, max £30 per car, children free. Dog on leads welcome. Course is located at Kenton, nr Exeter (off A380 – EX6 8HR)