Preview: South Tetcott Point-to-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th 2015

Written by: Donna Harris

The popular Point-to-Point horse racing course at Upcott Cross, Halwill junction is the area venue for this weekend Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. With only a few weeks left until the season finishes in June, this track will again attract the top horses and jockey’s to battle out the finishes with much at stake with the championship tables.

Pony racing will head up the action at 12 noon, before the main six race card commences at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received. Penbode Vet Group sponsor the opening Confined race, in which area leading trainer Kayley Woollacott holds three of the entries including Cinevator who could follow up on his 15 length win at Holnicote. Stable mate Devon General ran well at Trebudannon, when three lengths second behind I’m All Set.

The Woollacott team also hold strong entries in the Mr T L Rowe, Park Homes sponsored Men’s Open, including Parkham Jack and Jepeck as possibles for Jamie Thomas to ride. Outside raider Boyfromnowhere looks an interesting entry after a 15 length easy win at Llwyn DDU earlier this month, and is a previous winner under Rules when in training with Rebecca Curtis. Posh Totty from the Jack Barber team could be a likely favourite if connections choose to run here.

In the Codes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race, recent maiden winners HMS Intrepid having stayed on well to win at Holnicote, and Roy’s Gallery after his win in a hotly contested maiden at Didmartin catch the eye, and could be progressive.

Watch The Birdie could go well in the Simpkin Edwards-sponsored Ladies Open race, having won impressively under Hannah Lewis at Lower Machen for trainer Gareth Moore. Way Before Dawn could go well under Leanda Tickle for the Sarah Tickle team, having previous wins at Great Trethew and Black Forest Lodge.

Cock Of The Rock is unbeaten in his last six outings for novice jockey Harry Cobden, they could take the Club Members race for Novice riders here, which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering. Maxi Chop is another to have been in the winners enclosure with rides shared by James King and Stan Sheppard for Burford-based trainer Rose Loxton. Top Chief was on top form last weekend when winning at Bratton Down under Jake Bament, the combination could well be back for more, as could The Mangherally Man if coming out fresh from his win under Lara Mahon at Dingley.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden race follow, with suggestion is the first being Captain Camelot and Follow The Paint. Overland Flyer looks to stand out among the entries in the second division after his three and a half length second at Holnicote. The two Maiden races have been sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems and The Dawn West Devon.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 – Postcode EX21 5AE.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger up to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free, pedestrians £10.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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