Preview : Dart Vale & Haldon HarriersPoint-to-Point, Buckfastleigh Sunday 19 March 2017

Written by: Donna Harris

A trip back to the historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh is on offer, where the Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers will be hosting next weekends Point-to-Point fixture on Sunday 19th March.

Pony racing starts the day with two pony races commencing at 12 noon, followed by the main eight race card, with the open maiden race having already been divided before the day, commencing at 1pm. 105 entries have been received.

The Open Maiden races have been divided with 16 entries in each. Many are new to the Point-to-Point field, but suggestions of those having shown some recent form are Moonara and Wallabrook in the first division. Ballyristeen out of the Robert Chanin yard ran second here at last months meeting along with Great Trethew runner up Ticket To Ride from the Ed Walker team being suggestions in the second division. The third division could go the way of locally trained Kintamini, out of the Sam Holdsworth yard after her second at Black Forest Lodge and fourth here previously, with River Myth and River Wye both with recent thirds in their form. The maiden races have been kindly sponsored by Winston Pincombe and WBW Solicitors.

Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsor the Men’s Open race and with the Kayley Woollacott team entry Jepeck a winner of the champion Mixed Open race here last month, and Dicky Bob another who loves this track and a winner at Ottery last weekend for trainer Verity Nicholls, it should provide another thrilling race. New sponsors Skinners Pet Food Ltd sponsor the Ladies Open race which is a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Final to be held at Cheltenham on May 5th this is also full of talent, with Dicky Bob holding an entry in this also, could provide a winning ride for jockey Jo Buck. The prolific winning veteran Coombe Hill, now 16 years-old, will be the ride for jockey Millie Wonnacott and could be the one to put Dicky Bob under pressure, with Millie having had to settle for runner up spot at last weekends Ottery meeting when riding Mic’s Delight.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Subaru and will be supported on the day by Ashburton Motor Works. The first three horses past the post will qualify for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point Series Final to be held at Stratford-on Avon in June this year. Local jockey Hannah Welch will be hoping for a good run from Carumba to follow up on his win at Great Trethew, with the Jack Barber-trained entry Ballyknock Cloud being one of the main dangers after his recent impressive maiden win at Milbourne St Andrew when ridden by Will Biddick.

Connolly’s Red Mills sponsor the Intermediate race with the highest rated entry Roseyroo a consideration carrying a mares weight allowance, and previous form includes runner up in a Cheltenham mares Hunter Chase. This race is another qualifier for the Cheltenham meeting in May and could provide the Louise Cabble team with another entry if Roseyroo gets her head in front again. Fishy Story another with a mares weight allowance, could figure in the equation for the Stuart Sampson yard as could the David Brace entry Pink Eyed Pedro.

Finally up is the Kath Bond memorial Members race which is sponsored by John Bond in memory of his late wife. This race has attracted nine entries and could be another winning ride for local jockey Hannah Welch with previous course winner Beuvron.

The course offers fantastic viewing, with on course facilities hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entry to the course is £10 car and driver, £10 per passenger up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located at Lower Dean, 1m SW of Buckfastleigh adjacent to A38 Postcode TQ11 0LT