Preview: East Devon Point-to-Point at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary Sat 28th February 2015

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Point to Point racing resumes in the Devon & Cornwall Area next weekend where the East Devon host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday 28th February. With over 130 entries received, this day promises to be full of action.

The Members race, which is sponsored by East Devon Associates, heads up the day at 12 noon. Local trainer Ed Walker holds four of the twelve entries, with Blazing Whale looking to be the market leader, having won the West Country Champion Chase at Buckfastleigh. He is a previous course winner here. Another from the Walker team is Level Spirit who won two races last year, but may be in need of the run on his first outing this season.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, the first is sponsored by County Leisure Fibreglass Ltd. The Chief Villian looks an interesting entry, with some good form under Rules last summer. Also entered is Bertie’s Way from the Dean Summersby team, who ran a creditable third at Wadebridge under leading area jockey Darren Edwards. In the Mole Valley-sponsored second division of the Open Maiden, Miss Weld under novice jockey Pippa Glanville was running well at Wadebridge until three out and finished fifth. Stow Hill ran second in a Point in Ireland last May and is now in training with Ed Walker. Earth Power and Beetle Jack are others to catch the eye.

In the Michael Pidsley (The Devonshire Straw Man) sponsored Mixed Open, the eight -year-old Bellsinni Ron could be hard to catch if jockey Will Biddick gets the leg-up. The gelding is a winner of eight Points including four Opens and is with the in-form Jack Barber team. Kirkleigh has found his old form and could go well again for the Robert Chanin camp, having taken a competitive Confined race at Buckfastleigh this month. Whenharrymetsally is another who would relish the going if staying soft, and follow up on her short head win over Swansbrook earlier this month.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race could go the way of the Laura Thomas-trained Full Throttle, having won his Restricted in January, he followed that up with a length second to winner Will Fight at Godstone. Also entered is the Karyn Heard-trained Carheney River, is another who could go close having run two lengths second at Buckfastleigh and looks ready to step up into Intermediate company. Gale Force Lucey has already found the winners enclosure this season, and would relish the ground if it stays on the soft side.

Ford Simey Solicitors sponsor the PPORA members Novice Riders race. Silver Token ran and won last weekend at Badbury Rings, so may not turn out so soon, which leaves the door open for Mic’s Delight to snatch this. Owned/trained and ridden by Jennifer Davenport, the combination have been knocking at the door of a win all season. Working Title could be the one to deny Mic’s Delight a win, having won two Novice races, and ran second in a Mixed Open since coming home behind Mic’s Delight at Black Forest Lodge in November.

In the James Pinfold & Harris Timber-sponsored Restricted race, the Pauling Geering-trained Racey Lacey was backed into odds-on favourite and won her Maiden race at Wadebridge under Will Biddick, she looks progressive and could be the one to catch here. Another entry, Sparkling Miss from the Michael Millar team, has already shown promise in Restricted company, when second to Impact Area at Milborne St Andrew, and Mangans Turn from the Jack Barber team ran an eye catching three quarters of a length second at Chipley Park.

Finally to close the days events, is the Otter Brewery-sponsored Open Maiden race for horses eight years and over, suggestions could be Berry Smart after his second at Milborne St Andrew earlier this month, and Its My Island after her third at Chaddesley Corbett in December.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance Car & driver £10, Car and passenger £20, Car plus occupants £30, Pedestrians £5.

Course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Post code EX11 1RJ

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