Saturday 14th February
I have spent a fair part of the day on the course with a lot of other helpers,adding the finishing touches for Sunday’s meeting, myself mainly in the “Admin Shed”, the others round the course. After a little more overnight rain, the course is now looking great and the outlook for Sunday remains good, the “Declarations team” are geared up and will be ready & waiting, the hunt’s “Catering team are geared up to offer great refreshments, the bar’s got the beer in, the trophies and race cards are loaded ready for the morning and the Secretary’s going to try and get a good night’s sleep tonight! Ponies at 11am, Pointers at 12 noon.
We’re easy to find, alongside the A38 at Lower Dean, and the card promises exciting racing, particularly the £1000 Westcountry Champion Chase.
Come and join us for a great day out!
DVSPH PtP Secretary.
Friday 13th February
“The Clerk of the Course reported that at 3pm this afternoon, after heavy rainfall, the Going at Buckfastleigh has eased. It is now Good to Soft, Good in Places. More rain showers are forecast overnight, dying out to give a mainly dry day Saturday with the outlook for Sunday, cloudy but dry, with some sunshine”.
DVSPH PtP Secretary
Thursday 12 Feb 2015
This afternoon the Clerk of the Course reports that the Going at Buckfastleigh stands unchanged – Good, Good to Soft in places. Work proceeds apace with the finishing touches to the course and all is looking in good order. Rain forecast for Friday will serve to freshen it and no problems are anticipated.
DVSPH PtP Secretary
Tuesday 10 February
Clerk of the Course, George Welch, walked the course today with Clare Wonnacott, the local BHA Course Inspector and Terry Hamlin, Chairman of the Panel of Stewards for Buckfastleigh. They stated they found the Going to be Good, Good to soft in places, confirming our earlier Preliminary Report, and are satisfied the course is shaping up nicely for our forthcoming meeting on Sunday. Further updates will follow as the week progresses
Going Report and Preliminary Information posted with Talking Point, D&C Area Website and Jumping4Fun on “Entries Weekend”, Saturday 7 February 2015
The George Welch, Clerk of the Course reported that, as of the afternoon Sat. 7 Feb, the preliminary Going at Buckfastleigh is “Good, Good to Soft in places”. There is a good even covering of grass and a smooth level racing surface. Course preparation work has been steadily going on all week for racing left-handed again, all the jumps are in place and the track itself in excellent order.
Regular Going updates will be posted throughout next week on Talking Point and the official D&C Point-to-Point website: www.pointingdc.co.uk.
The Point-to-Point is preceded by Pony Racing at 11am and the 1st Point-to-Point race is at 12 noon. Six races are scheduled, including the prestigious Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race, the £1000 “Westcountry Champion Chase” Mixed Open, sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co., and worth £700 to the Winner, 2nd £200 and 3rd £100.
Others of note: an Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Series qualifying race for their Hunter Chase final at Exeter Racecourse on 5 May and the winner (except for a four-year old), is also eligible for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Championship Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on 29 April.
Also, in the Restricted Race, sponsored by Messrs Wray & Co, Jewellers, the winner will qualify for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point Series Final HC at Stratford-on-Avon on 29 May. Local Subaru Dealership, Ashburton Motors, will be attending in support of the Series.
Easily located via slip roads off the A38 at Lower Dean (Postcode TQ11 0LT), the course offers excellent viewing and amenities – bookies, quality hot food, licensed bar (real ale), trade stalls and displays, plus Westcountry Videos will be attending to record events, together with Tracy Roberts (Turfpix.com) the official Course Photographer.
There is hard standing for lorries and a good, hard track to exit from for all cars. Entry costs are £10 per person (£25 per car maximum) Under 16’s free. Race Cards cost £2.50 each.
General Enquiries: PtP Secretary Mrs E Ashby Tel: 01548 531490
PtP Entries: SPH Entry Secretary Mrs A Foale Tel: 01548 511514