Written by: Donna Harris
The majestic course of Chipley Park is the location where the Tiverton will host next weekends Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday 24th January. This popular track attracts many of the top horses and jockey’s in the country, and boasts increased prize money for many of the races on offer.
Over 80 entries have been received for the seven race card. These include a now £1200 Mixed Open race sponsored by Matford Landrover, Woofenden Construction & John Pearcey Memorial, in which entry Ask The Weatherman from the Jack Barber team looks hard to oppose, having won four races in succession under champion jockey Will Biddick, including a win at Larkhill earlier this month. Hunter Chase winners Double Bank and Parkham Jack also hold entries with both having strong claims, as does the Verity Nicholls trained Dickey Bob, having run up an impressive five wins last season.
Racing kicks off at 12 noon with the Stags-sponsored Members Race. Entries include the Mary Sanderson-trained Blinding Lights who stands out having won this race last season under jockey Matt Hampton. Blinding Lights looks to be able to handle any going, and won a Hunter Chase at Exeter last May. Jepeck could be the main challenger, from the Kayley Woollacott-team, having won the intermediate race here last season under jockey Jamie Thomas. Lord Samson from the Rosemary Partridge yard has shown some good previous form, although has not been seen on a Point course for a while and may be in the need of a run.
The Agrii and Hartnoll Hotel, Bolham £550 Restricted race follows in which Wotzizname from the Sarah Gould team stands out having won at Larkhill earlier this month 30 lengths ahead of his nearest rival under jockey Martin McIntyre. Another to consider is Templestateforesco having finished a neck second at Black Forest Lodge under Will Biddick in November. Miss Weld has shown some good place form under jockey Pippa Glanville, and would look to handle soft going. Mangans Turn ran second at this course last season under Josh Newman, but will need to improve on his two runs to date this season.
The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate race follows in which suggestion would be either My Coranna for Welsh raider David Gibbs,having progressed quickly last season, with wins at Garnons and Ystradowen, already clocking up a second this season at Barbury in December under jockey Bradley Gibbs, or lightly raced Winter Soldier for trainer Richard Mitford-Slade ran well on all three starts last season winning at Kilworthy and second to Boa Island at Upcott Cross, he also won a Flat race under rules at Uttoxeter in June when in training with Richard Woollacott.
The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members race for Novice riders could again see a dual between Gus Levinson on Premier Portrait who has twice caught the front running Kirkleigh ridden by Alistair Harvey. This time if Premier Portrait’s connections head to Cockleburrow where he also holds an entry, the race could go the way of Kirkleigh for the Robert Chanin team. Interestingly Supreme Danehill from the Alan Hill team is entered here, and may improve on his fourth for Victoria Pendleton if his connections choose this meeting over the Higham meeting in Suffolk where she has entries with According To Sarah and Minella Theatre.
The Throughbred Breeders Association club Members race for mares and fillies follows, in which Posh Totty another Barber/Biddick combination could take the spoils. Having been placed in 17 out of her 22 starts to date, Posh Totty was unlucky not to score another win at Larkhill in December when disqualified for a weight discrepancy. Whenharrymetsally may fly the flag for the Keith Cumings team, a winner of seven Points to date, looks to act on any going and could improve on her previous second at this track.
Finally the open maiden race closes the days event. Suggestions out of the 13 entries are Athreeothree for the Barber/Biddick combination after their second at Larkhill in December, Armchair Hero for Claire Hitch who scored a second at Trebudannon and Pauls Conn having been placed several times under National Hunt Rules and ran a good third for trainer Bethan Childs at Larkhill.
Entrance to the course is £10 per person, up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free Course facilities include bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands. Dogs on leads welcome.
Location is Chipley Park, off B3187, Wellington 3m , Milverton 1m – TA21 0QA.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Wellington, 3.4 miles from TA21 OQU
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