Point-to-Point Preview: Spooners & West Dartmoor – Cherrybrook on Sunday 9th April 2017

Written by: Donna Harris 

The weather looks fair this weekend and Point-to-Point racehorse enthusiasts will be pleased to see their sport getting back on track, with the Spooners & West Dartmoor hosting their fixture at Cherrybrook this coming Sunday April 9th.

There are six scheduled races with the first due off at 1pm with the Condy Mathias-sponsored Members race, in which local trainer Verity Nicholls looks to hold the trump card with Dicky Bob. Already on a double so far this season, Dicky Bob won this race last season and followed that up with a hunter chase win at Exeter.

The Langdon Transport-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day, in which Jepeck from the Kayley Woollacott team is another course specialist who loves this track. If connections by pass the Hunter Chase entry he holds at Taunton this week. Under jockey Jamie Thomas, Jepeck won the winners only Mixed Open race at Buckfastleigh in February, following that win up with a second in a Hunter Chase at Towcester. His main rival could be entry Polisky, for the Chloe Roddick team, he won a Hunter Chase at Ascot last season beating Penmore Mill that day under top female jockey Bryony Frost, when in training with Paul Nicholls. Miss Gotaway and Kirkleigh have also shown some good form and could be in the mix.

The Subaru-sponsored Restricted race could go the way of Air Glider for the Dean Summersby team if coming out well from last weekends race at Cotley, when he was held into second by Culverwell. Ballyristeen could be the main danger, owned locally by Tony & Eileen Worth, he won his maiden well at Buckfastleigh and has had plenty of time to recover from that race. 

The Rock Inn-sponsored Confined race could go the way of another Dean Summersby inmate in Rockinrolldixie who could add to his two Wadebridge wins this season for leading area jockey Darren Edwards. Beuvron ran well when winning at Buckfastleigh and could go well here for jockey Hannah Welch. Dan Breen is an interesting entry from the Lizzie Luxton yard, but may need the run having been off the track for two years.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which has attracted an entry from Essex based Excitable Island who must be feared if turning up after his win at Godstone. Either of the two Ed Walker previous winning entries Fly West unbeaten in two runs to date, and Great Trethew winner Inch Rock could be the ones to fly the flag for the area in this race.

The Tyre Marks-sponsored Open Maiden race has attracted 24 entries, in which both recent winners Wallabrook and Wind Tor also from the Ed Walker team catch the eye. Entry Ruby Fool who has had to settle for runner up on a few occasions, deserves a win soon for the Richard Mitford-Slade team.

This is an ideal picnic venue with many parties overflowing from the Grand National staged the day before.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per car and driver, £10 per passenger upto a maximum of 30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Cherrybrook is located and signed from A386, N of Tavistock-PL19 0lA.