Preview: Black Forest Club Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday 29th November 2015

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Written By: Donna Harris

The Black Forest Club hosts the first meeting of the new Point-to-Point horse racing season in the Devon & Cornwall area this Sunday 29th November.

This popular track at Black Forest Lodge, Kenton near Exeter has attracted over 80 entries, and includes three horses from the Alan Hill yard where Olympic Cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has been schooling in preparation for her switching saddles bid. If conditions suit, then it could be Victoria’s first ever ride on a Point-to-Point course. The Strutt & Parker sponsored Mixed Open looks to be the feature race of the day, in which the Hill team have entered Sedgemoor Express, the horse which Victoria Pendleton is anticipated to have her first Point-to-Point race ride on. Another of the Hill team entries is the eight times chase winner Consigliere. A winner of all of his three starts between the flags last season, this race could see him in the winners enclosure again for jockey Joe Hill.

Racing could not go ahead without the generosity of many sponsors, both local and national. Prydis have stepped up to sponsor the first race, the Open Maiden for four and five year olds, which heads up the action at 12 noon. Among the sixteen entered is the Robert Chanin-trained Whatastormnorm, having run second and third in the Great Trethew meetings, he was unlucky to fall at the last when sent off favorite at Flete Park in May. Future of Milan from the Laura Thomas team is another to consider, having run well in Ireland when third of thirteen in May, having stayed on well.

The Ladies of Silverton Hunt sponsor the Members, in which Jepeck looks to be hard to oppose. From the leading area trainers yard, Kayley Woollacott who sent Jepeck out here last season to win his maiden race. He quickly progressed with restricted and intermediate wins, having won four of his seven outings last season and runner up twice under jockey Jamie Thomas. Alan Hill’s team have entered Minella Theatre. Having won two of his starts last season under jockey Joe Hill, the combination could be the main challengers here, if connections choose this meeting over the Cottenham fixture. Delphi Mountain, ridden and trained by Emma Watson won the Members race at Bishops Court, destroying the field by 25 lengths, following up with a length second to Blazing Whale at Trebudannon, they could run well here.

Of the nine entered in the Heltor-sponsored Restricted race, the Ian Pritchard-trained Stony Road ran second at this track twice last season, before winning a Members race for jockey Charlotte Prichard, they look to be the ones to catch. Doctor Braveheart could go well for Welsh trainer David Brace, who has a good strike rate here.

In the All Frames Ltd Open Maiden race the Sarah Gould-trained Wotzizname could be well fancied in the bookies ring, especially if champion jockey Will Biddick gets the leg-up again after the combinations close second at the Little Windsor meeting. Also catching the eye is the Ben Clarke-trained Road To Success, having been placed in two of his starts last season.

To close the day’s events is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race in which the progressive Dunraven Royal from the Brace team could be well fancied. As could the Kayley Woollacott-trained Le Clo De La Londe, connections will be looking for him to follow up on his win last season at Trebudannon, and close seconds at both Upcott and Bratton tracks.. With another to note being Argentato for the newly formed syndicate The Cotswold Chancers Partnership, he ran third at this course last season and is a worthy each way bet.

The course offers a great countryside day out for all the family with good views across the track. Facilities include hot food, refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Trackside parking for the disabled.

Entrance is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Location is Black Forest Lodge, Kenton, near Exeter (off A380 – EX6 8HR)