Preview: Silverton Point-to-Point, Black Forest Lodge, Sunday January 17th 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

A bumper entry of 118 have been received for Silverton Point-to-Point meeting at Black Forest Lodge which takes place this Sunday 17th January. The organisers have already divided the Open Maiden race into three divisions giving an eight race card which gets underway at 12 noon.

AGA sponsor the Ladies Open race which looks to be the feature of the day. Attracting an entry from the Alan Hill team, where Olympic Cycling Gold medalist Victoria Pendleton has been riding According To Sarah. This could be where Pendleton completes here first Point-to-Point and gains her place in the winners enclosure. According To Sarah ran competitively under Victoria when they were in the mix at Barbury until loosing touch and pulling up two from home.  There is plenty of talent lined up to take her on, including the prolific winning gelding Penmore Mill which could be the ride for jockey Hannah Lewis. Penmore Mill is on a total of nine Points and five Hunter Chase wins to date, and only recently denied another when held a neck second to Sagalyrique at Cottenham. With Repeat Business from Jonathan Tudor’s team holding claims with a previous course win, Cygnet having won two Hunter Chases last season for the Bowen family and the veteran Coombe Hill who gave Millie Wonnacott a peach of an introduction on her debut ride when coming home third here at the November meeting, are all among the 18 entries this is a race not to be missed.

The Best Western Hotel Tiverton-sponsored Confined race opens the day’s event, in which entry Supreme Danehill could be another mount for Victoria Pendleton to ride. Previously with the Edwards team, Darren Edwards steered him into second at the December meeting. The horse has recently been bought by Barry Orr of Betfair, sponsors of Victoria Pendleton. Looking to challenge could be Modbury owner/trainer and jockey Bronwyn Buttery with Doctor Henry. The combination ran eye catchingly well at the last meeting here when coming home five lengths second to Premier Portrait.

With twenty entered in the Simpkins Edwards Restricted race, Sea Current stands out among them. Having been sent off odds-on favourite at the Cottenham meeting two weeks ago and justified that by destroying the field by some 30 lengths. North George, another from the Jonathan Tudor team holds strong claims, having won his maiden at the November meeting here under talented in form jockey Bryon Moorcroft.

The Vision South West ltd-sponsored Men’s Open is another hot looking race with horses such as Hunter Chase winner Neverownup for trainer Mike Vanstone, Cheltenham Intermediate second place and previous course winner here Repeat Business, course specialist Welstonedruid for the Robert Chanin yard and the Keith Cumings-trained Little Cornham among the entries, looks sure to give another thrilling finish.

The Open Maiden race has already been split into three divisions, those to catch the eye in the first division which is sponsored by Wilkinson Grant & Co are Dark Gesture and Grey Dream. With Creative Inerta and Whatastormnorm suggestions in the Gingerlands Livery Ltd-sponsored second division. The vote in the  third division goes to Doc Lily another Doctor Massini sired home-bred from the in form Brace team, and Buz Barton, who could make amends for his first fence fall at Wadebridge last weekend to win this for the local Frost yard.

Devon Fuels sponsor the final race of the day the Intermediate, this could go the way of the Nicola Martin-trained Sonoftheking who ran consistently well last season. One of the outside raiders catches the eye, as High Hutton from the Jonathan Tudor team is the horse who was unlucky to unseat his rider at the ditch last season here before heading off into the country and was caught some four miles away. High Hatton was “none the worse for his trip” reported his owner Jeffrey Bird who jointly owns the horse with his wife Andrea, this was evident when High Hatton went on quickly to win his Maiden and Restricted races.

Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to a maximum of £30 per car with five passengers. Children under 16 free.On course facilities include hot food, bar, bookies, trade stands and course side parking for the disabled.Dogs welcome on leads.

There will be a  charity coat collection for coats going to Syria. Please take any unwanted clean spare adult/children coats to the point-to-point secretaries tent where there will be a collection point to drop them off.

Course is located at Kenton near Exeter postcode EX6 8HR

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude

BBC Travel News: Devon

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