Written by: Donna Harris
The first of three Point-to-Point fixtures to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge takes place this coming Sunday 13th December. with six races on the card which include the Moores of St Wenn Ltd Mens Open race. Entries in this race include the previous Cheltenham Festival hurdle winner Crack Away Jack. The 11 year old gelding, now trained by Chloe Roddick in Somerset, was once highly rated and looks an exciting prospect for the pointing season. Having run second in a hunter chase at Southwell last June, he will be well fancied to take this race. His opposition could come in the way of Working Title, trained by Samuel Drinkwater, the gelding has clocked up a total of eight point-to-point wins, including a win at this course last season for jockey Joe Drinkwater.
Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor The Cornwall Club race for Novice riders which heads up the action at 12 noon. With horses such as prolific winning Kirkleigh entered, a winner of nine of his pointing starts and three Hunter Chases, the Robert Chanin-trained gelding finished last season with a Mens Open win at Trebudannon under jockey Tom Chanin, it will be a ride in this race for novice jockey Alistair Harvey. Recent Black Forest Lodge winner Premier Portrait, under jockey Gus Levinson will be looking to repeat that success. Also entered are last seasons winners Beuvron for Hannah Welsh, Ambitious Pursuit for Pippa Glanville and course specialist Sobre Tresor.
The Ladies race is sponsored by Robert Trevarthen, and could go the way of the Jackie Du Plessis-trained Ray Diamond, which would be a popular win for the Cornwall supporters. The horse is another to have been switched from racing under rules, and looks one to follow this season. His main rival could be the Robert Chanin-trained Sweet My Lord, having won at this track last season and looks to be one who could handle conditions if going is on the soft side. Rebel Du Maquis was disappointing last season for owner/trainer and rider Chloe Roddick, but could go well if finding his old form.
Subaru have sponsored the Restricted race, with a series prize at the end of the season being a years loan of a Subaru Forrester vehicle. Entries include recent winner Northgeorge for Welsh trainer Johnathan Tudor and jockey Byron Moorcroft who rode a double at the Black Forest Lodge meeting. Stainless Steel is another outside raider who could figure having graduated when winning his maiden last season for trainer Simon Jones. Another to consider is The Mystro trained by Keith Cumings for the Duckers & Divers club, having also graduated from maiden company last season when winning at Bratton Down and previously run well when third at this track.
Doctor Braveheart is another possible ride for jockey Byron Moorcroft in the Millerson sponsored Intermediate race. They could be the ones to catch having battled to win by a neck at Black Forest Lodge ahead of Champion jockey Will Biddick who was on board Templestatforesco. Sonoftheking could go well if improving after his recent second under jockey Darren Edwards, who looks to have the ride again for the Nicola Martin team.
The Open Maiden race sponsored by The Mather Partnership closes the days events, and of the 20 entries Gold Relief, Miss Weld and Thirtyfirst Dansar are a few to note with place form last season. This race could be divided on the day with sponsors The Old Inn, St Breward stepping up to cover the extra division.
The course at Wadebridge offers a great day out for all the family with a large covered barn which contains bookies, bar, hot refreshments, and a host of trade stands from clothing to gifts and accessories ideal for Christmas shopping. This year will have the addition of a large screen for optimum race viewing. One of the race sponsors, Subaru will also have a display of their vehicles on offer.
The course is located off the A39 W of Wadebridge – PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. For racegoers intending to travel via A30 to Bodmin, it might be prudent to allow an extra 5 – 10 minuets of journey time, as there is a speed restriction of 40mph along a stretch of road due to road works over Bodmin Moor. Alternatively, turn off at Kennards House after Launceston and go through Camelford.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE
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