Preview: Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, Saturday, 23rd April 2016


Written by: Donna Harris

The re-arranged meeting of the Four Burrow Point-to-Point at Trebudannon near Newquay takes place this Saturday April 23rd. With a start time of 1:30pm seven races are on offer which have attracted over 80 entries.

Local trainer Reuben Chapman is double handed in the opening Mitchell & Webber-sponsored Members race with both Reliable Richie and Winter Garden. Reliable Richie has won twice at this track, having won this race last season and the Mixed Open the year before and will be popular in the betting ring. Winter Garden is another course winner, having taken the maiden here last season, but will need to improve on his only run this year when pulling up at Cherrybrook. Betty’s Boy could go well for the Ed Walker team, having won his Maiden at Buckfastleigh under Josh Newman, then unlucky to fall two out at Cherrybrook that day ridden by Abbie Hughes who is seeking her first win between the flags.

This course always attracts good quality maiden horses starting their racing careers and one catching the eye is the Jack Barber-trained Bistouri d’Honore, the Barber team have a good strike rate with their maiden horses at this track and Bistouri d’Honore is sure to be one of the favorites if making the trip down from Crewkerne in the Sportmans Arms-sponsored Open Maiden race for four, five and six year old’s. County Road from the Jill Dennis team is another suggestion having run a respectable third behind winner Whatastormnorm at Buckfastleigh in February. Robin Longstride for the Nikki Frost team with Bryony Frost on board could be another to go close with some decent place form including at this track last season.

The Truro Tractors-sponsored Confined race has attracted nine entries of which Fourstar River will be well fancied after his recent three quarter length second to Credit Crunched at Badbury Rings, with entry Le Clo De La Londe from the inform Kayley Woollacott team being another to note after his Restricted win at this course last season.

Ray Diamond from the Jackie du Plessis team will be among the favorites to take the Kivells-sponsored Ladies Open, with the booking of jockey Pippa Glanville who won on him at Andoversford two weeks ago. Pippa will want to keep her 100% strike rate for the yard but may have to fend off the challenge of Master Baker who under Jo Buck has won four of his Points so far this season, and was unlucky to fall at the last at Great Trethew in March denying the combination a five out of five straight wins.

The R&J Trevarthen-sponsored Cornish National Men’s Open race follows in which Jepeck could be another to strike for the Kayley Woollacott/ Jamie Thomas combination to follow up on their recent Cherrybrook Mixed Open win. Whenharrymetsally is likely to be the main challenger of the remaining six entered, the Keith Cumings-trained mare won at Chipley Park, but will need to improve on her disappointing Buckfastleigh run when held fifteen lengths second behind Double Bank at Black Forest Lodge.

Rouge Devils could be another entry to score for the Jack Barber/Wil Biddick combination, the team having won five out of seven races last weekend at Little Windsor, with Rouge Devils deserving to be on the short list here for the Lamanver-sponsored Restricted race having taken his maiden by 25 lengths at Ston Eston. Arcs Abound could figure if completing a clear round, having run well at Cherrybrook before unseating jockey Rob Stoneman at the last fence.

Finally suggestions out of the 25 entered in the Ray Davis foods-sponsored Open Maiden race would be recent runner up at Buckfastleigh Back In June from the Karyn Heard’s, and the Emma Oliver-trained Druid Spitfire who has some decent place form and his full brother Welstonedruid won at Flete last weekend.

The course offers fabulous hillside viewing and is a popular picnic track for all the family to enjoy. Hot food and refreshments are available in a large covered barn which also contains an on course bar and bookies. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at St Columb Major, signed off A30 & A39 Post code TR9 4LP

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