Preview: Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 14 December 2014

Point to Point horse racing enthusiasts will be heading to the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge this weekend, where the Cornwall Club will be hosting their fixture on Sunday December 14.

It promises to be an exciting day out for all the family, with some super racing, together with a real festive feel to the occasion. The huge covered barn will contain a host of trade stands making it an ideal way to include some Christmas shopping. Seven races are on offer attracting 78 quality entries. The first race, the Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd Cornwall Club Members race for novice riders,heads up the action at 12 Noon. Entered is the Samuel Drinkwater- trained Working Title who won this race last season, but was well held in seventh place two weeks ago at Black Forest Lodge. Cock Of The Rock from the David Brace team looked to have needed the run, when fifth in the same race. Valentine Vic from the Chloe Roddick team finished second here at the January meeting behind another entry Googoobarabajagal, who is now trained by Lucy Gardner for owner and jockey Rob Stoneman.

Next up is the Mens Open race sponsored by Moores of St Wenn Ltd, being a qualifier for the £7,500 Bonhams Mens Open Point-to-Point Championship Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham in April, this race will attract many of the top male jockeys from around the country. The Anglea Davies-trained Champagne Rosie won her Intermediate race here last season, and could well see current National Champion male jockey Will Biddick aboard. Whenharrymetsally is also entered for the Keith Cumings team, she is unbeaten in her last four outings including first time out this season, when winning two weeks ago at Black Forest Lodge. Kirkleigh from the Robert Chanin team has been reported to be schooling well after a summer break, and connections will be hoping he improves on his previous course second here.

The Ladies Open race is an AGA ITotal Control Championiship race, with the first three ladies past the post gaining points towards the championship. This race is sponsored by R J Trevarthen. The Robert Chanin-trained entry Byerley Bear is a course specialist here, having won five times in Ladies Opens, and will be looking to serve it up to his challengers and is the likely ride for Leanda Tickle. Rebel Du Marquis from the Chloe Roddick yard looks an interesting challenger, and could play a major part if fit. Having previously won five Chases and two Hurdle races, his wins include a Ladies Hunter Chase race at Cheltenham under National Leading Lady rider Bridget Andrews.

Hutchinsons Ltd sponsor the Restricted race, in which the Welsh raider Railway Benefit from the Gareth Moore team could take home the spoils. Having won under jockey Nick Williams at Black Forest Lodge two weeks ago, connections could be looking for a quick fire double if the horse stays fit and progresses .

The Intermediate race is a qualifier for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Championship to be held at Cheltenham, this race is sponsored by The Nare Hotel.Entries include the Becky Kennen-trained My Rebel who under Leanda Tickle got the better of Raffa at Upcott Cross in April. Raffa now has the benefit of a recent outing at Black Forest Lodge, where he ran impressively under jockey John Mathias coming home to win, four lengths ahead of Bob The Butcher. Another to catch the eye is the Lee Glanville-trained Milled, who has some good form behind him.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, the first is sponsored by Miller & Son, entries include the John Heard-trained Follow The Paint who ran second under jockey Bridget Andrews at Chaddesley Corbett, and Russian Poet from the Dennis Branton yard, when under jockey Ciarian Gethings ran a promising fourth at the recent Black Forest Lodge meeting.

The second division is sponsored by Harris Begley, in which Sutton Storm previously scored a second at the course for trainer Angela Davis, and The Sweetener for the Kayley Woollacott team, ran well well in a hurdle race in the summer before falling at the last.

On course facilities include bookies, bar, hot food and drinks, trade stands all under large covered barn. Excellent track side viewing and easy parking. Course is located off A39 West of Wadebridge postcode PL27 7JE Entrance is £10 car and driver £5 per passenger, children under 16 free.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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