Preview: Mid Devon Point-To-Point – Black Forest Lodge Sunday 1 February 2015

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Two fantastic pony races kick off the card at the Mid Devon Point to Point at Black Forest Lodge, Sunday Feb 1st at 11am. There is a full line up, 10 strong field in the 138cm and under, and nine entered in the 148cm and under.

The main card starts at 12 noon, with seven races scheduled and 100 entries received. In the Farmers-sponsored Confined race the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally is entered, is unbeaten in four runs, including a win at this track in December, until slipping up at Wadebridge on her last run. Sweet My Lord from the Robert Chanin team is another to stand out among the entries, having won at Wadebridge earlier this month under jockey Tom Chanin. Also entered is Thinkaboutthat who has shown some decent form and ran well at Larkhill before fading two out.

Bovey Castle sponsor the Men’s Open in which the highly rated, Alan Hill-trained Harbour Court also holds entries at Horseheath and Milborn St Andrew this weekend. Double Bank from the Emma Oliver team took the Men’s Open at Wadebridge in December and followed that win up with a close second in a Hunter Chase at Taunton earlier this month, he looks the likely favourite having been a previous course winner here. Welstonedruid is another who could step up to the challenge having won here at the last meeting.

Tozers sponsor the Ladies Open, in which the prolific winning gelding Byerley Bear is entered, as is his stable mate Ned White. The ground could be a deciding factor as to which one runs, with Ned White preferring the dryer ground, having made all here last January, to destroy his field by twenty lengths for owner Jacqui Elliott. Iron Chancellor from the Sue Popham yard could be a challenger here, another previous course winner, but may need the run.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race has attracted a good strong entry of 13. The progressive ICTHEC won his Maiden here in November and then took the Restricted race at Larkhill when dead heating with Jepeck. Based on that form ICTHEC could run well again for trainer/jockey Peter Mason. Full Throttle found top gear here when taking the Restricted at the last meeting, for trainer Laura Thomas. The Kayley Woollacott entry Devon General cannot be left out of the equation, with the yard sending out winners thick and fast. This race is sponsored by Denese Molyneaux Financial Planning.

In the Subaru-sponsored Restricted series race, the Nicola Martin-trained Sonoftheking won well at Wadebridge under jockey Darren Edwards. Another entry Johnny No Cash, trained by Nikki Frost, ran well last season and looked to have needed the run when held at Wadebridge under jockey Hannah Welch. This race is a qualifier for the £10,000 Subaru final to be held at Stratford racecourse on 29th May.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, in the first division suggestion could be Miss Weld, The Mystro and Stop The Press. In the second division, Love The Leader catches the eye, having run fourth in Ireland, and is owned/trained by Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone. Stony Road ran second here at the January meeting behind Genermouse, and looks promising. These races are sponsored by Mr R Stuart Jervis and Mr & Mrs M Eldridge.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Location is Kenton, nr Exeter of A380. EX6 8HR.

Entrance is £10 per person up to £30 per car. Pedestrians £10.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude

BBC Travel News: Devon

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