Preview: Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross – Sunday 24th April 2016

Website_Preview_AH16 Written by: Donna Harris


The Axe Vale host their Point-to-Point meeting at Stafford Cross near Seaton on Sunday April 24th with pony racing heading up the action at 12 noon. Bruckland Livery sponsor two pony races start the day with an extra charity race of ‘Stewards on foot’ in aid of the Injured Jockys Fund to be held before the main eight race card which has attracted over 120 entries and commences at 1.30pm.

The Lee Clifford Agric Engineering-sponsored Mixed Open looks the feature race of the day with the highly rated Chapoturgeon entered for the Jack Barber team, winner of five Chase races including a Novice Chase at Cheltenham when in training with Paul Nicholls, he was unlucky to fall in the Hunter Chase at Cheltenham this March and should bounce back here. Posh Totty is another entry option for the Jack Barber/ Will Biddick combination who could run well, already being on a hat-trick of wins this season. Jepeck could figure if the Woollacotts decide to run him here instead of Trebudannon, and Dancing Olga is another who could go close having a Newton Abbot Hunter Chase win included in her form last season.

In the Beviss & Beckingdale Sollicitors-sponsored Members race the Lisa Jefford-trained Master Baker should go well if putting his last fence fall at Great Trethew behind him and add to his four wins so far this season. Vila Cova for the Ed Walker team would be a popular win for his owners the Otter Club after his neck win at Cherrybrook under jockey Matt Hampton.

J & FJ Baker sponsor the Confined race which could go the way of the Stuart Penny-trained Champagne Rosie, she has won nine point races so far including recent wins at Milborne St Andrew and Badbury Rings. Trainer Keith Cumings could turn out Little Cornham who would appreciate the drying ground and could follow up on his Badbury Rings win in February.

Spillers Dream could fly the flag for the area in the Martin Diplock Solicitors-sponsored Intermediate race after his 20 length win at Cherrybrook under jockey Darren Edwards. Tom Barton has been in the frame on all six starts to date including a win at Badbury earlier this month under jockey Stan Sheppard. Earth Power is another entry from the in form Barber/Biddick team.

The Club Members Novice riders race sponsored by Lentells Accountants looks equally competitive, with Maxi Chop’s connections hoping he can repeat his form when winning at Badbury Rings but that day disqualified after his jockey Lewis Ferguson failed to weigh in, Be Definate for the Levinson family hoping  to repeat his form when winning at Maisemore Park and Badbury, and Larkhill winner Swallowshide among the 23 entered.

Guerrilla Tactics won for the Camilla Scott team at Badbury in February and would be one of the hot favorites in the Hammett Associates-sponsored Restricted race., along with the Jack Barber teams recent Ston Eston maiden winners Rouge Devils and Samphire Boy.

Finally the Open Maiden race has already been divided with suggestions in the first division being Back In June and Broadway Blue Shirt. The second division could go the way of Amis de Champs or Fountains Cider. These races have been sponsored by Scott Rowe Solicitors and Symonds & Sampson.

Facilities provided are hot food and refreshments, large bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car & driver £25 car and passengers. Children under 16 free. Course is located off A3052, 20 mins from M5 Junction 30 – EX24 6HZ.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Beer Youth Hostel (1.3 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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