Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 5th June 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

The penultimate Point-to-Point of the season takes place this weekend at the scenic course of Bratton Down where it is the turn of the Tiverton Staghounds to stage their meeting, this coming Sunday June 5th. Attracting over 100 entries for the six race card there will be plenty of action on offer which starts at 2pm.

The opening Winston Pincombe sponsored Members race could see a battle between Cothelstone winner The Wealerdealer trained by Ian Chanin and ridden by brother Tom, and the Keith Cumings trained Whenharrymetsally a previous dual course winner here who ran second to Marlpit Oak at the May meeting when ridden by Matt Hampton. Uber Alles is another to consider after his win at this course last month.

Stags sponsor the Open Maiden race which has once again attracted many entries from trainers hoping to progress their young horses before the end of the season which ends on June 11th. Miss Weld was only just denied a win here at the last meeting and should go close for jockey Pippa Glanville, Jack’s Ranger is one of the outside raiders who could steal this after travelling well at Chaddesley Corbett before unseating at the 15th fence early last month. Kisha Lad would be a popular winner running under Ed Barrett’s colours, and was unlucky to unseat his rider Matt Hampton at Cothelstone last weekend.

Volvo have sponsored the Restricted race which has increased prize money on offer, attracting 23 entries of which The Mystro could follow up on his previous win here for trainer Keith Cumings, and Allforthelove could make the trip down from the East coast and is another for the short list to consider.

The four year old Kapoupakop has progressed well this season and would be hot in the betting ring in the Exmoor Hay & Straw Intermediate race. Driftwood Pride has finished runner up on three occasions including at this track last time when second to Doyen Dynamo. The Alan Hill trained Velvet Cognac and the Jack Barber/ Will Biddick combination of Well Travelled must be considered in the equation if turning up to challenge here.

Queens Bay and The Flying Doc stand out among the entries in the Poltimore Inn, North Molton sponsored Men’s Open, with the area men’s champion looking close between Will Biddick and Darren Edwards. Queens Bay could be switched to the Greenslade Taylor & Hunt Auctioneers Ladies Open race for jockey Bryony Frost to ride, Bryony has just clocked up her 50th Point-to-Point winner and will be seeking to add more wins before the season ends. The Flying Doc is another also entered in the Ladies race where they could come up against other fancied horses such as Blazing Buck and What About Will.

This course is no doubt one of the most stunning venues in the area, offering a superb picnic spot.  On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free.Only dogs on leads welcome. There is an earlybird e-ticket offer atwww.pointingdc.co.uk

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Course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming (9m NE Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton EX31 4SG

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