Written by: Donna Harris
Mondays meeting will round off the weekend nicely when the Stevenstone host their day at Vauterhill, High Bickington with a start time of 2pm and seven race card. Over eighty entries have been received.The feature race of the day looks to be the County Garage-sponsored Mixed Open race where recent Newton Abbot Hunter Chase winner Steeltown could score here again for trainer Kayley Woollacott. Top Chief from the Stuart Sampson team could be his main challenger, having run well in second behind Minella Fifty at last weekends Axe Vale meeting.
In the opening Lomas Helicopters-sponsored Members race the Jill Dennis-trained Indiana Bay has won five of his ten starts to date also a Hunter Chase at Newton Abbot to add to his CV and must be respected on that form, he does hold a ticket to Cheltenham this week and connections may prefer to run him there. Cinevator for trainer/jockey Ella Pickard took the confined at Kilworthy and will hope to defy top weight to challenge here.
Last weekends Trebudannon winner Back In June from the Karyn Heard yard could progress and turn out for a quick double and take the Ro Ro Timber-sponsored Restricted race. High Priority from the Keith Cumings yard had shown some decent form last season and look to need the run at Flete when pulling up before the last fence.
The Kivells-sponsored Confined race could go the way of another Woollacott team runner with Great Trethew Intermediate winner Devon General and previous course winner here Pasternak Jack both holding entries. Commanche Conflict is another who could figure having won at Black Forest Lodge in February and was a close fifth at last weekends Axe Vale meeting for the Alice Plume team.
Jockey Jo Buck looks to have the ride on Follow The Paint who could be one of the favourites in the Wades-sponsored Intermediate race. The outside raider Get Off My Cloud has won two of his six starts this season and looked to have a sure hat-trick at Andoversford before unseating his rider Laura Scott close home.
In the Brewer, Harding and Rowe-sponsored Open Maiden race for four,five and six year old’s the Michael Sweetland entry Crackon Pop struggled to win a race last season, but battled on gamely at Flete finishing a neck second to Trehan Cross. Troubleshot out of the Robert Chanin yard could appreciate the drying ground and improve on his place form at the Wadebridge meetings. The Reuben Chapman-trained The Grey Celt is another to have shown form when three lengths second at Kilworthy and third in a Hunter Chase at Newton Abbot.
Gold Relief could give the Sweetland team a potential double on the day if winning the Jockey Club Open Maiden race for mares and fillies having shown promise when a neck second to Vila Cova at the recent Cherrybrook meeting.
On course facilities are hot food, refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, up to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free. Course is located at High Bickington signed from A377, A3124 and B3217 Postcode EX37 9BT
- Saturday 30th April, Modbury Harriers, Flete Park, nr Ivybridge
- Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May, Stevenstone, Vauternill, nr Torrington
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