On Behalf of Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Association
Written by: Donna Harris
Next weekend will see the re-arranged East Cornwall Point-to-Point fixture take place at the popular track of Great Trethew, Menheniot on Sunday 8th March. Six races are on offer, and with entries of nearly one hundred horses, this promises to be a great day out. The course is popular for maiden horses experiencing the race course for the first time, with many going on to be future stars.
Racing starts at 12 noon with the Cornish Times sponsored Members Race, in which Fountains Cloud is a familiar name here having a good track record for Cornish trainer David Stephens. Having won four times at this course including a win last season, they could well be back for more. Lucius Fabeo ran on well when winning at Wadebridge for owner/trainer/ jockey Olivia Hutchings.Talland Bay from the Marcella Bayliss team, is another entry who ran well in second here last season, and Mon Chevalier from the Christine Gray team would be worth noting in the betting, having run well in a Hunter Chase last June at Newton Abbot.
Prydis sponsor the first of the 2m4f Open Maidens which is for four and five-year olds. This race looks wide open with only a few having already had their first runs. Last Pick from the John Heard yard ran a creditable third of 12 at Milborne St Andrew last month. Both Beetle Jack and L’ane Fou had outings last season when L’ane Fou got the better of Beetle Jack at Flete Park. Any market support for French import Polo The Mumm would be worth noting.
The Open Maiden for four,five,six and seven year-olds is sponsored by Group Travel,and has attracted 33 entries. This race could well be divided on the day. Those to note are Only Gorgeous, owned and trained by Lucy Gardner, ran a close second at Wadebridge last month. Spendajennie also entered, put up a good effort at Wadebridge, when coming home third under jockey Jamie Thomas for the Kayley Woollacott team.
In the Kings Head-sponsored Mixed Open, the progressive Raffa from the Mitford-Slade team is already on a hat-trick of wins this season,but he may be due a break after his thirds at Milborne St Andrew and then Badbury Rings. This race then could go the way of the Jane Williams-team Babeny Bridge. The latter having run a good second, under jockey Chester Williams this season, behind Aerial at Larkhill in December. Welstonedruid skipped Cothelstone last weekend in favour of connections running him here, he has had plenty of time to recover from his poor run at Black Forest Lodge, and build on what promised to be a bright future.
White Hair Engineering sponsor the Restricted race, in which Sonoftheking was eye catching when winning his maiden by three lengths, under current area leading gentlemen jockey Darren Edwards. Way Before Dawn had been consistently in the frame before finally winning his maiden at Black Forest Lodge earlier last month, and Theatre Goer is a previous course winner here who should come on for her run at Wadebridge.
The final race of the day is the Johnathan Blake-sponsored Confined, in which Kings Bench from the Marie McGuinness team is a dual course winner here and may come back to try for his hat-trick. Also entered is the Karyn Heard-trained Cottage Acre, who had shown some good form last season including a close third in a Mens Open at Bratton Down.
On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, and numerous trade stands.
Entrance is £25 car driver and two or more passengers, £20 Car, driver and one passenger, £15 car and driver, £6 pedestrians, children under 16 free.
Course is located at Menheniot, off A38 between Liskeard and Saltash. Postcode PL14 3PZ