THE stunning venue of Kilworthy, overlooking Brentor near Tavistock, is the location for next weekends Point-to-Point meeting to be held in the Devon & Cornwall area, on Sunday 22nd March. It is the turn of the Lamerton to host the day, where there will be seven races on offer, with the first members race starting the days action at 1pm. Over 120 entries have been received.
Pannell Commercials sponsor the opening Members race, with the Robert Chanin-trained Sweet My Lord looking to head the betting, having clocked up two wins at the Wadebridge meetings. Racey Lacey from the Pauling Geering team, also won her race at Wadebridge, having made all under jockey Will Biddick, and could be forgiven for her subsequent run when pulling up at Bishops Court on heavy ground.
There are two divisions of the Open Maiden race, with the first being the Yvonne Watson Memorial race. Trainer Ed Walker has entered Doyen Dynamo, who catches the eye after clocking up a second at the Didmartin meeting earlier this month, three and a half lengths behind the Flying Doc on good ground. The Walker teams other entry, Annwyl, clocked up a second at the Cothelstone venue and is another to consider. Upto Ollie and Last Pick are each-way suggestions.
The second division of the Open Maiden is sponsored by Langdon Transport Ltd, in which the Keith Cumings-trained Dark Gesture had traveled well until weakening two out at Cothelstone, to hold on for second of a thirteen runner field. Another for the short list could be Peterbrown from the Karyn Heard yard, having run well under John Mathias at the February Buckfastleigh meeting, when second to Dicky Bob.
Condy Mathias sponsor the Mixed Open in which Double Bank would be a likely favourite, having scored in two Points this season, including a 30 length win at Black Forest Lodge in February. He followed that up with a Hunter Chase win at Taunton for the Emma Oliver team. Kirkleigh for the Robert Chanin team is also on two Point wins for the season, having taken the Mixed Open at Bishops Court, he is a previous course winner here and is sure to go close, although he holds an entry to a Hunter Chase this week. Bradley Brook for the Nicola Martin yard holds strong claims, and is another also entered in a Hunter Chase at Chepstow, which his connections may prefer. Both Hameldown Tor and Raffa have had their own battles this season so far, and it could be interesting to see who comes home ahead.
West Devon sponsor the Confined race in which the Polly Curling-trained Satou stands out, having three Hunter Chase wins to his credit including one at Uttoxeter last summer, when ridden by Richard Johnson. Satou ran well in second in a Mens Open at Charleton Horethorne behind Cockney Trucker earlier this month and looks the one to catch. Cottage Acre won this race under Bryony Frost last season for the Karyn Heard team. Dicky Bob is entered but ran last weekend when winning at Buckfastleigh clocking up his season treble, so may skip this. Trainer Gordon Chambers could send out Minella Ranger to steel the spoils, the horse stayed on well to take the Confined race at Great Trethew under young jockey Sean Houlihan.
In the Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd-sponsored Restricted race, the French import Polo The Mumm, was unchallenged when taking his maiden at Great Trethew under novice jockey Hannah Welch, giving Hannah a 25 length winning dream ride. Lucius Fabeo also won his race that day, taking the Members race for novice owner/trainer/jockey Olivia Hutchings, they could be the ones to challenge. Also entered is Sonoftheking for the in form Nicola Martin team, he looked promising when taking his Maiden race at Wadebridge in January, and only just got pipped at the post when held in second at Great Trethew, when sent off favourite under
Entrance is £10 per car and driver, passengers £5 each. Children under 16 free.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Tavistock
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