Preview: Dartmoor Point-to-Point at Flete Park Saturday 22 April 2017

Written by: Donna Harris

Flete Park near Ermington is the venue for next weekends Point-to-Point fixture where the Dartmoor Hunt will host their meeting on Saturday 22nd April. This is a fabulous popular picnic spot with the course having a natural amphitheater style setting in beautiful parkland. Pony racing will head up the day with two pony races scheduled at 1pm. Then the main seven race card commencing at 2pm. 84 entries have been received.The feature race of the day will be the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored four mile Mixed Open race. This could be a thrilling battle between two closely matched horses with Before The War and Robin de Souza entered with the bookings of leading male jockeys Will Biddick and Darren Edwards. Before The War is a dual previous course winner here and dead heated with Robin de Souza at Wadebridge earlier this year. 

The opening A Salon Called Fish-sponsored Members race could go the way of the family Frost team entry Bogoss Du Perret to follow up on his two wins at Black Forest Lodge this season. His main opposition could be Brandy and Red, owned locally by David Rogers and now in training with Gordon Chambers. Brandy and Red prefers top of the ground on which he won at Bratton Down last season under area leading jockey Darren Edwards. Mic’s Delight is also entered here and dead heated two seasons ago on good going, although he prefers soft which he is unlikely to find here with a dry forecast.

Subaru sponsor the Restricted race in which team Summersby’s Honest Deed could be hard to catch with the yard in stunning form. Outside raiders, Just Imagine It for National leading trainer Jack Barber, and Marguarita St Just out of Teresa Clark’s yard, look to be the ones who could deny Honest Deed a win here.

The Francis Clark-sponsored Open Maiden race for four-five and six year old’s looks interesting with debutantes Burning Desire sired by Galileo and now in training with Nikki Frost , Earth Storm and Worthy Farm out of the Jack Barber yard, all making their first pointing appearance.

Local interest in the Members conditions race are track specialist Ambitious Pursuit for the Lee Glanville team with daughter Pippa in the saddle, and veteran entry Coombe Hill, a winner of six Hunter Chases and eleven Point’s to date, he could run well again for the Claire Wonnacott team and daughter Millie to ride. This race has been sponsored by Rogers of Plymouth.

Full Circle Motors sponsor the Confined race in which the Jack Veysey owned/trained and ridden The Dapper Fox won at both meetings here last season and could go off being the bookies favorite. Locally trained Beuvron could run well for trainer Sam Holdsworth, he had a nice win at Buckfastleigh in March under regular jockey Hannah Welch.

Suggestions in the Kitsons-sponsored Open Maiden race which has attracted 19 entries are If It Be Your Will after his second at Badbury Rings, Amber River looking to be an honest type with plenty of place form, Wallabrook after his second at Buckfastleigh for team Walker, and the Dr Massini-sired Doctor Wong after his third at the same Buckfastleigh meeting.

The event closes with the charity Clydesdale race, which is always a fun way to end the day, with the sight of the gentle heavy horses thundering down the home straight. This race has been kindly sponsored by West Kington stud.

The course offers track side viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many quality trade stands offering a great family day out. Entrance to the course is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.

Flete Park is located at Ermington near Ivybridge. PL21 9NX