Written by: Donna Harris
The historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh, situated alongside the A38 is the venue for this weekends re-arranged Point-to-Point horse racing fixture which takes place on Sunday 21st February. The course plans to stage the first of the Pony Race series , with two races one for 138cm and under ponies followed by the 148cm and under ponies, kindly sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages. With a start time of 11am, there are nine ponies entered in each race and could well produce some jockey stars for the future.
Over 100 entries have been received for the main six race card starts at 12 noon and includes the Totnes and Bridgetown – sponsored £1000 West Country Champion Chase Mixed Open which has attracted twenty quality entries from all over the country. Last years winner Blazing Whale is entered again, and if turning out is sure to put up a good performance after his spectacular win at Wadebridge for the Ed Walker team. Other entries include Hunter Chase and Larkhill Coronation Gold Cup winner Benedictus from the Jack Barber team, Dicky Bob for the Verity Nicholls team who won five Points in a row including at this track last season, Kirkleigh a winner of ten Points and three Hunter Chases, Indiana Bay is another having won at this track.
The Fortress Hassall Law Ltd-sponsored Confined race has attracted 14 entries which include recent Chipley Park winner Blinding Lights for the Mary Sanderson team, Jepeck for the Kayley Woollacott team who will be looking to reverse the placings with Blinding Lights when held in close second at Chipley Park, and Black Forest Lodge winner Delphi Mountain for trainer/ jockey Emma Watson fresh from their January Black Forest Lodge win.
Connolly’s Red Mills are sponsoring the Intermediate race at this meeting, with the first four horses past the post eligible for the Point-to-Point Intermediate Series HC Final at Cheltenham in April. Kernel Victor catches the eye from the Ed Walker team having clocked up two wins and two seconds from four outings, the eight year old won his Restricted at Milborne St Andrews in January in testing ground having stayed on well under jockey Josh Newman. The Charlotte Rowe-trained It’s All Or Nothing looks to be another mud lover who should relish the going.
In the Confined Maiden race for horses and geldings, local trainer Deborah Treneer’s entry Syracuse’s Dream stands out, with the trainer enjoying a good track record at this course, and Syracuse’s Dream first run finishing sixth at Milborne St Andrew last month having traveled well until fading three out. Whatastormnorm for the Chanin team is another who should go close after his second behind Creative Inerta at Black Forest Lodge in January. This race has been sponsored by the farriers of South Devon Duncan Langman, Jonathan Lyle, Peter Douglas, Mark Partridge and Naomi March.
Next up is the Confined Maiden race for mares and fillies which is sponsored by The Jockey Club. Suggestions in this race would be one of the outside raiders Bells On Sunday for trainer Sophie Lacey having run well when leading until four out at the recent Milborne St Andrew meeting finishing third. Shes Dapper is another suggestion, having run well at this meeting last season when one and a half lengths second for trainer Matt Griffiths. Locally trained Miss Weld for the Glanville team came close to progressing from Maiden company last season, and put up a good effort when a close fifth at the recent Chipley Park meeting.
The final race up is the Stags of Totnes- sponsored Restricted race in which a good run could be expected from Master Baker, the lightly raced gelding from the Les Jefford yard won his Maiden at Milborne St Andrew under jockey Jo Buck, twenty lengths ahead of their nearest rival and should find no problem with the softer conditions. Lord Samson ran well in Restricted’s last season for the Rosemary Partridge team. With outside raiders Bruton, and Captain Camelot also holding strong claims.
The organisers would also like to give a mention to sponsors MST, Co-Op Funeral Care and Ashburton Motors for their support in funding the event.
A fabulous day out for all the family to enjoy, the course offers fabulous viewing, together with a host of trade stands, hot food and refreshments, bar, and bookies. Entrance £10 per person maximum £30 per car. Children under 16 free.
Course is located 1 mile South of Buckfastleigh at Lower Dean adjacent to A38 Postcode TQ11 0LT
For further info contact the secretary on 01548 531490
Met Office 5 day forecast: Buckfastleigh, 1 mile from TQ11 OLT
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