Pony Racing: South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 14th February 2016

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Old favourites and rising stars line up for an exciting start to the racing season in Devon and Cornwall area at the South Pool Point-To-Point – 10 ponies in the 138 race at 11am and nine in the 148 race at 11.20am, preceding the point to point which starts at noon.

With pony racing graduates proving their worth on the flat, over jumps and point to point (just two of them are Tom Marquand and Sean Bowen who were honoured at the Lesters, the jockeys’ annual awards night last season), it’s a great chance to see these youngsters make their way through the ranks.

Tyler Heard, Michael Treneer and Ben Godfrey are now 15 and old stagers at the sport, while Taylor Fisher started out last year, liked it, and now has two ponies on the go this season. Freddie Gingell, 10, takes the reins on Richard Prince’s Wee Antony, a pony who has got numerous jockeys on the winners’ podium, and Roisin Leech is in action on area favourite Bronze Lawrance.

In the 148s Conor Brace will be bidding for victory on Don’t Tell Dai, the Braces being regular visitors from Wales, but Ben Godfrey will be challenging on Calypso, and George Daly rides Tallyho Tina. Hamish Clarke moves up to 148s on Regimental Bay and Becky Wilkins partners Heavenly Rose, a regular on the national circuit.

Local riders will earn points towards the area championships supported by Exeter Racecourse.

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