Written by: Donna Harris
Black Forest Lodge near Kenton, Exeter, is the venue for next weekends Point-to-Point meeting to be held in the Devon & Cornwall Area this Sunday March 5th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon with two pony races followed by the main six race card which start at 1pm, over one hundred entries have been received. The Mid Devon Hunt-sponsored Members race is first up with Carrigkerry looking promising after his Larkhill win last season for the ‘Have Another Whisky Partnership, and previous Wincanton Hunter Chase winner Mr Satco out of Emma Oliver’s yard among the entries.
The Devon Marquee Company sponsor the Mens Open race in which the Laura Thomas-trained Full Trottle will be well fancied, having only just been held half a length second here at the last meeting to winner Porlock Bay. Steeltown from the Kayley Woollacott team was unbeaten last season and connections will be hoping he can put up another bold show here and improve on his sixth place first time out and should improve for the run. This race is a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open final to be held at Cheltenham in May.
The Skinner’s-Sponsored lLdies Open race follows in which jockey Josephine Banks could take the ride on top rated Arthur’s Secret, however also holds a Hunter Chase entry at Ludlow this week. Horsham Lad is another possible mount for the young jockey and with a creditable CV of fifteen Point-to-Point wins including winning at this track last season could go close here. Karinger Dancer for trainer/jockey Laura Thomas is another to catch the eye having run well here at the last meeting before ducking the wrong side of a marker.
J.E. Stacey & Co sponsor the Intermediate race in which any market support would be worth following for The Dapper Fox who won the Members race here previously for owner/trainer/jockey Jack Veysey, Chipley Park runner up and Chaddesley Corbet third place in strong fields North George for the Johnathan Tudor team and Pink Eyed Pedro out of the David Brace yard. Sucker Punch ran well for the Ed Walker Otter Club Syndicate last season, and connections will be hoping for an improvement on his last outing at this track when he was well held in January.
Bogus du Perret from the Nikki Frost team won his Maiden race here in January having run second at this course in November, he is sure to be one of the bookies favorites to take the Earp Engineering-sponsored Restricted race, along with Brocklesby Maiden winner Demood and Chipley Park Maiden winner Palmaria.
The P J Williams Buildings-sponsored Open Maiden race closes the day in which suggestions could be Fourolock Fox, Gold Relief and Middleton’s Minx.
The course offers excellent viewing both track-side and on the hill. Good food with bar, bookies and plenty of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Kenton near Exeter (off A380 – EX6 8HR) Please note that those travelling via A379 there is a possibility of a Bridge closure so do check for diversions and allow extra time to arrive at the course if the intended work goes ahead. The website for Bridge closure info is https://new.devon.gov.ukbridgeroad/subscribe.