Preview: Silverton Point-to-Point, Black Forest Lodge Sunday 22nd January

Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Point horse racing enthusiast will be heading to Black Forest Lodge this coming weekend, where it’s the turn of the Silverton to host their meeting on Sunday 22nd January. With an earlier start time of 11.30am and the now eight race card with 157 horses entered it promises to be another super family day out. The meeting will be celebrating 20 years of racing at this course, with quality entries attracted from around the country, the atmosphere will surely be electric. 

The Farriers-sponsored Ladies race has attracted 30 entries, which include Hunter Chase winner and Cheltenham runner up Current Exchange out of Warwickshire trainer Francesca Nimmo’s yard. Entries also include the familiar name of Carruthers for trainer Sara Bradstock, a winner at Newbury and Ascot under rules Carruthers has won over £300k in prize money, and it would be a delight to see the horse run at this track. This race is a qualifier for the Skinner’s-sponsored Ladies Final race which will be held at Stratford-on-Avon in June. Karinger Dancer is another to note having won at both the Barbury and Wadbridge meetings so far this season for trainer/jockey Laura Thomas. 

The Ginger Lands Farm Livery-sponsored Mens Open race is another to have attracted good entries being a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open Final to be held at Cheltenham in May. Penmore Mill a winner of three Hunter Chases last season, Steeltown an unbeaten winner of four Points and a Hunter Chase at Newton Abbot last season, together with Full Trottle a recent Wadebridge and a course winner here previously, as was the Luke Harvey owned and trained Porlock Bay, which are just a few that stand out among the 23 entered. 

Local trainer Robert Chanin will be hoping that course specialist Welstonedruid can come home in front in the Tiverton Hotel sponsored Members race, but could have The Dapper Fox snapping at his heels under trainer/jockey Jack Veysey. 

Those catching the eye in the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Restricted race are the Fiona Read trained Bruton who was a course winner here last season under champion jockey Will Biddick, also Air Glider from the in form Dean Summersby yard after his recent easy win at Wadebridge under jockey Darren Edwards.

Three divisions of the Open Maiden race follow with suggestions in the first Wilkinson Grant-sponsored division being Bogus du Perret and Village Whispers. The second division could go the way of the Robert Whaley Cohen entry Lucarno for jockey Sam Whaley Cohen, with Shes Dapper another to note having the benefit of a mares weight allowance. In the third division any market support for Desert Roe and Overly Cautious could be worth following.

Finally up is the Devon Fuels-sponsored Intermediate race with entry Athreeothree looking to make amends for his fall at the sixth fence at recent Larkhill for jockey Will Biddick, and the Ed Walker Sucker Punch, if coming home on top will be a popular win for the Otter Club owners.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and several trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to max £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Kenton, nr Exeter, (off A380-EX6 8HR)