Written by: Donna Harris
Horse racing enthusiasts will still be buzzing after the Grand National, and flock to Upcott Cross, where the Eggesford will be staging their Point-to-Point, which features their own four mile Devon National Mixed Open race, this weekend Sunday April 12. With a start time of 1pm, there are eight races on offer and a bumper entry of over 130 horses.
The Nigel Cant Planning-sponsored Members races heads up the days events, in which the Stuart Reddaway-trained Fourstar River could improve on his recent third at Kilworthy. Also entered is Hallo Dolly, having not been seen on the track for two years, her previous form of two Point wins and a third at this track could make her a leading contender.
There follows the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, in which Roseyroo from the Louise Caddle team, could follow up on her second at Ston Easton last month, under Harry Cobden the combination were only denied by a neck. With the Jack Barber team sending out winners each weekend, his entry Ask The Weatherman has to be respected following his wins at Badbury Rings, Charlton Hawthorne and Cotley. Dancing Olga is a previous course winner here, and ran second in an Intermediate at Bratton Down on good to firm.
The Confined race is sponsored by Chris Hodgeson Engineering, this could go the way of According To Harry, he ran three lengths second to Minella Web at Kilworthy, having previously clocked up wins at Black Forest Lodge and Wadebridge. Jepeck for the Kayley Woollacott team won his Restricted at Larkhill and an Intermediate at Chipley Park, he pulled up on good to firm on his latest outing at Larkhill, but may run well here if any rain softens the ground.
The Devon National Mixed Open looks very competitive, Bellsinni Ron was second here last season, and could score under Will Biddick for the Barber team, Dashing John could improve on his third in a Ladies Open last month under Natalie Parker. Bradley Brook is another to consider, having won here last season and follow up on his recent win at Great Trethew. This race is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards.
In the Restricted race sponsored by TT Buildings, Boa Island catches the eye after his 20 length win of a maiden race at Charlton Hawthorne under National leading jockey Will Biddick last month. Peterbrown could go well for Karyn Heard, having taken the maiden race at Kilworthy, when making virtually all of the running to win by five lengths.
David Pipe sponsors the Open Maiden race for mares and fillies, in which Southfield Fairy ran promisingly at Ston Easton when third under jockey Alice Mills, and should be in the mix. Queens Law had hinted at ability last season when finishing second on both of her starts and may go well fresh.
The Open Maiden race for horses and geldings has already been divided. In the first division San Satiro could be a horse for the future, making his debut run here, out of the Jack Barber yard for owner Paul Nicholls. Both Turnstone and Master Max have had the benefit of a run this season, with any market support worth noting. The second division of the open maiden could see the Jill Dennis-trained Mount Prospex go one better than his head second at the recent Kilworthy meeting. Derniere Dance could be worth an each way bet. These races have been sponsored by David Phillips Bookmakers and Sarah Prouse Birthday Celebrations.
On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands.
The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079. Postcode EX21 5AE
Entrance to course is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)
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