Preview: Cornwall Club Point to Point, Wadebridge, Sunday 11th December 2016


Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three Point-to-Point horse racing fixtures to be held at the popular track on the Royal Cornwall Showground venue takes place this coming Sunday 11th December. Nearly 60 good quality entries have been received for the six race card which starts at 12 noon.

The opening Home Furnishings of Wadebridge-sponsored Members race for novice riders has attracted star quality ex national hunt horses such as Polisky previously from champion trainer Paul Nicholls team. Polisky won a Hunter Chase at Ascot earlier this year when ridden by Bryony Frost coming home ahead of Penmore Mill that day, he could give young jockey Joshua Cameron his first winner. Another entry De Boitron has previous wins at Cheltenham, Wetherby and Kelso, had been in training most recently with Sue Smith and now an addition to the Janet Ackner team. Supreme Danehill won at this track previously when ridden by Darren Edwards and could see Joe Hill aboard if not heading to Larkhill.

Consigliere could be another ride for Joe Hill, the combination clocked up a win at Cottenham two weeks ago, but  may need to overcome top weight to figure in the Mick Moore Landrovers-sponsored Mens Open race. Premier Portrait also won on his first outing this season at Black Forest Lodge and is another prolific winning horse which could figure, both hold entries at Larkhill. This could leave the way open for recent Black Forest Lodge winner Boygojumping for veterinary surgeon owner/trainer jockey Martin Peaty, along with previous course winner Welstondruid  for jockey Tom Chanin, and last years course winner here Robin De Souza to battle out the up hill finish.

Robert Trevarthen butchers- sponsor the Ladies Open race, with a small field of five entered, this race could be equally exciting with recent Black Forest Lodge runner up Ambitous Pursuit under jockey Pippa Glanville looking to go one better. Connections of Polisky may choose this race over the earlier members race which could see trainer/jockey Chloe Roddick take the ride.

Rockinrolldixie out of the Dean Summersby’s yard is a suggestion in the Foot Anstey-sponsored Restricted race, with the booking of Darren Edwards on board who has just clocked up his 200th career win and has a good track record here. Pauls Conn is another to consider after his impressive maiden win at Chipley Park last season under jockey Nick Lawton.

Follow The Paint is a game mare out of the John Heard yard and previously won at this course, along with Key People for champion jockey Will Biddick are two to consider in the Intermediate race which is a qualifier for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Hunter Chase final to be held at Cheltenham.

Finally up is the Open Maiden race in which consideration could be given to Classical Milano out of the Jack Barber yard if turning up here, along with Troubleshot having gone close here last season for the Robert Chanin team. This race has attracted two sponsors Kernow Farm Plastics and Pengelly Farms Ltd.

This fixture always has a Christmas festive feel to it, with a host of trade stands set inside the huge covered barn. Hot food and refreshments together with bar, bookies and a giant TV screen ensure a fun day out is on offer for all the family to enjoy.

The course is located at The Royal Cornwall Showground Wadebridge off A39 West of Wadebridge. PL27 7JE. Entrance to course is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car load. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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