Preview: Dartmoor Point to Point – Flete Park, Saturday, 18 April 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

The first of two Point-to-Point horse racing fixtures takes place next Saturday 18th April at the glorious course of Flete Park Ermington. The Dartmoor will be hosting the days event, which is one of the most popular venues for enjoying the thrills and spills of racing for all the family. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm with the 138cm and 148cm races, followed by the main seven race card at 2pm.The popular charity Clydesdale race will run at the end of the afternoon.

With the weather forecast looking good, picnics will be brimming, and the atmosphere electric. With over 100 entries received, the feature race looks to be the Mixed Open race, run over four miles, for the Lord Mildmay Memorial Challenge Cup. Sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown, entries in this include Kingswood, a winner here last year for the Henderson family. His main challenger looks to be Hameldown Tor, the prolific winning gelding from the Ed Walker yard, he stays four miles, prefers the drier ground, and is seeking his hat-trick of wins this season.

Sally Goodman sponsors the opening Members race, in which Before The War should run well, having won twice on this track. Locally trained Brandy And Red could go well for trainer David Roger, having recently run second at Great Trethew under Pippa Glanville.

In the Kitson Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race, Steel Brush from the Keith Cumings team, has to be fancied having made all to win his maiden at Kingston St Mary, he had previously come home second to Doyen Dynamo at Kilworthy. Leo Clo De La Londe could follow up on his second at Cherrybrook, and Molly Oscar is another to note having run well until slipping up at Cherrybrook.

High Priority, another from the Keith Cumings yard, ran third at this course last season, and could run well again here in the Francis Clarke-sponsored Open Maiden two mile four furlong race, he was unlucky to be disqualified when finishing second to Judge John Deed at Kingston St Mary. Applesolutely is another to have been knocking at the door of a win, when finishing two lengths second at Great Trethew, under talented young jockey Sean Houlihan.

Rogers of Plymouth sponsor the Members Condition race, in which locally trained Sunken Secret is a previous course winner here, he would relish the drying ground for young jockey Pippa Glanville. The veteran Duxy Hill Lady could put up a good run, as could previous hurdle winner Knight Pass for the Frost team.

In the Elizabeth Maye Memorial Confined race, Right Enough won at both last years Flete meetings, he is lightly raced this season and was running well when finishing third at Cherrybrook. Swansbrook has also scored twice at this track and has finished in the frame on three of his four outings so far this season, and could figure here again.

The Open Maiden race is sponsored by Tony Glynn Scaffolding, this has attracted 28 entries and may well be divided on the day. Suggestions would be Follow The Paint, Miss Weld, My Rosie B and Spendajennie.

On course facilities include many trade stands, bar, bookies, hot and cold refreshments, hillside parking providng excellent viewing of the racetrack.

Entrance to course is £10 car & driver, £20 car and passengers. Course is located at Ermington, nr Ivybridge, PL21 9NX

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Ugborough Beacon (2.1 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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