Preview: Modbury Point-To-Point at Flete Park, Saturday 30th April 2016


Written by: Donna Harris

Another bumper weekend of Point-to-Point horse racing is on offer in the Devon & Cornwall Area this weekend with the Modbury Harriers meeting at Flete Park on Saturday April 30th followed by the Stevenstone meeting at Vauterhill High Bickington on Monday May 2nd.

The stage is set for another cracking days racing at the popular track of Flete Park near Ermington next Saturday April 30th. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm with the main seven race card starting at 2pm.

First up is the Savills sponsored Open Maiden race in which the Michael Sweetland-trained Crackon Pop could follow up on his second at the Dartmoor meeting here two weeks ago, along with the Ed Walker-trained L’ane Fou being another suggestion having run well recently clocking up two seconds and runner up in this race last season.

Syracuses Dream will hold the hopes for the Treneer family in the Subaru Restricted race, to follow up on his win at Great Trethew under jockey Barnaby Treneer, the horse tries hard and the shorter distance should suit. Tempestatefloresco is another to consider having shown some decent place form this season for the Tickle team.

The Tropic Breeze-sponsored Ladies Open race could go to one of the outside raider Blazing Buck, a winner six times under rules he could follow up on his win at Howick under jockey Hannah Lewis. The local young ladies will put up a good challenge with Pippa Glanville aboard the Dartmoor meeting winner Trehan Cross, Tomi Eyston on Great Trethew winner Ladyvie and Bryony Frost who could get the leg up on Bellflower Boy a previous Ladies Open winner here.

The Men’s Open looks a competitive affair with prolific winning Blazing Whale entered from the Ed Walker team, Emma Olivers’s Hunter Chase winner Double Bank who also holds a ticket to Cheltenham this week and recent course winner Welstonedruid for the Robert Chanin team among the entries. This race has been sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Company.

Mic’s Delight is a suggestion for the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Countryside Alliance Club Members race for Novice riders race where local Vet Jenny Davenport could score again if the ground stays soft, with The Dapper Fox looking to be in the mix after his win here at the previous meeting when ridden by his owner/trainer jockey Jack Veysey.

The Open Maiden 2 mile 4f race for four, five and six-year old’s then follows in which there are several promising youngsters seeking their first win, suggestions would be the Ed Walker-trained L’ane Fou if not competing in the earlier maiden, and Silver Bear for the Frost team who has a four year old weight allowance. This race has been sponsored by Stanley Carpets.

Finally in the Meadowside & St Francis Care Centre-sponsored Confined race the Scorpion sired Sucker Punch for the Ed Walker team catches the eye having won here impressively at the Dartmoor meeting, when jockey Josh Newman rode a good finish to take the race by a neck ahead of second place Athreeothree. Minella Ranger ran well here at the last meeting before pulling up close home and could go well for the Gordon Chambers team.

To close the day’s event there is a charity Clydesdale race, sponsored by Marchand Pettit, which is in aid of Devon Air Ambulance. The course offers a fabulous day out for all the family set in stunning parkland providing an ideal picnic venue. On course facilities include track side parking, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands.

Entrance is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Ermington nr Ivybridge Postcode PL21 9LX

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