Preview : North Cornwall Point-to-Point Wadebridge Sunday 11th January 2015

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The Kivells sponsored Men’s Open looks to be the feature race of the day, at this weekends North Cornwall Point-to-Point to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Sunday Jan 11. Attracting many of the top horses and male jockey’s throughout the country, the winning horse will qualify for the £7,500 Bonhams Mens Open Final HC to be held at Cheltenham on Wednesday 29th April. Entered in this race Hameldown Tor trained by Ed Walker could be the ride for leading area male jockey Robbie Henderson. Minella Fifty from the Claire Hitch team is another entered and has been a winning combination with National Champion jockey Will Biddick aboard, but the gelding is yet to tackle this course. Kirkleigh from the Robert Chanin team is also entered, and could go well after running second here on his season debut last month, under jockey Tom Chanin. Course winners Raffa and Working Title both impressed on their previous runs and should feature if making the return trip.

After the Christmas and New Year break, this meeting promises to be full of action, and an early start time of 11.30am with eight scheduled races, attracting over 80 horses, offers a fabulous day out for all the family. The Moores of St Wenn North Cornwall Members Race heads up the day, and of the entries, Bennys Quest catches the eye, previously in training with Neil Mulholland, when winning three chases and a hurdle race, he could go well for local owner/ trainer Ryan Chapman.

The PPORA Club Members Race for novice riders is sponsored by Hops Oils, entries include the David Brace-trained Welsh raider Cock Of The Rock who looked to have needed the run at Black Forest Lodge in December when coming home fifth. Takamaru could be a ride here for young jockey David Noonan, the combination won here in December and look to be the likely favorites. Also entered is the Chloe Newman-trained Sobre Tresor, the horse is another to have a good record here when taking the Intermediate race at the March meeting under novice jockey Taylor Pook.

Cornish Mutual sponsor the Ladies Open race, in which the first three lady riders past the post will qualify for points towards the AGA iTotal Control Championship. This race could go to course specialist Byerley Bear for jockey Leanda Tickle and the Chanin team, however a new entry among his challengers is the Gerry Supple-trained Dan Breen, a previous Chase and Hurdle winner under rules and had run well at Plumpton last April on good to soft when a close third behind Fergell, he could be the one to put on a brave challenge here.

The Ray Davies Foods sponsored Restricted race is also a qualifier for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point series final to be held at Stratford Racecourse on Friday 29th May, of the entries, Railway Benefit was an impressive 14 length winner of his Maiden race at Black Forest Lodge in November under jockey Nick Williams, and if his connections have kept him fit , he could run well again. The Sweetener from the inform Kayley Woollacott team is another having recently won his maiden race when winning at this course.

The Stephen Scown Solicitors sponsored Open Maiden race has already been divided. In the first division Miss Weld could run well for Devon trainer Lee Glanville under daughter jockey Pippa Glanville, to follow up on their third here at the December meeting, along with According To Harry who also ran well that day under jockey Darren Edwards. Suggestions in the second division could be Sisterbrook and Briefcase.

The Confined race, which is sponsored by the Three Cornish Farriers, concludes the days event, suggestions could be Oscargo from the Sue Popham team, having previously scored in a chase and two hurdle races under rules when in training with Paul Nicholls, and Sir Watty from the Phil Rogers team, having won a restricted here last season under jockey Darren Edwards.

Track improvements have included replacing 16 tonnes of sand donated by local steward Ben Messer-Bennetts.

The course offers track side viewing, with exciting finishes up the stamina sapping hill. The large covered barn contains facilities such as hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Easy access to the course which is located off A39 West of Wadebridge Postcode PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 car and driver, £5 per passenger, children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

Useful Information:

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

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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