Preview: Axe Vale Point-to-Point, Stafford Cross on Sunday April 30th 2017

Another bumper weekend of racing is in store in the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point area when the Axe Vale host their meeting at Stafford Cross on Sunday 30th April, who are watering throughout the week to get the ground as good as possible, followed by the Stevenstone staging their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May at their track at Vauterhill.

Brockwood Livery sponsor the Pony racing which  heads up the action with two pony races opening the days event at Axe Vale at Stafford Cross on Sunday at 12 noon. Followed by seven races on the main card commencing at 1.30pm, 96 entries have been received.

The Lee Clifford Engineering-sponsored Mixed Open race looks to be the feature race of the day, with the Sally Alner-trained Tom Barton standing out among the 13 entries. Having won here last season, he should go well again for young jockey Lorcan Williams who has already scored a hat-trick of wins on him this season. Equity Swop could be another option for Lorcan Williams to ride for trainer Paul Harmer who will be looking for an improvement on their neck second at Pyle in April. Champion jockey Will Biddick looks to have the leg up on Doyen Dynamo for the Ed Walker team, but will need to find improvement on his second to Tom Barton here last season.

The opening Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors-sponsored Members race has Master Baker standing out as an entry, he goes well under regular jockey Jo Buck having recently won a Mixed Open race at Milborne St Andrew, Stay Tuned could be his closest challenger trained and ridden by local female jockey Zoe Hawkins.

Athreeothree gets the vote in the J & FJ Baker-sponsored Confined race to follow up on his recent wins at Charlton Horethorne and Lower Machen, and was an unlucky faller at Larkhill in January. Another entry Morbihan for the Robin Pike team found some form when winning at Kingston St Mary and should go well again having previously run well in runner up place at this track.

The Martin Diplock Estate Agents-sponsored Intermediate race looks highly competitive with another Sally Alner-trained inmate Apples Queen looking progressive having won three of her four starts for the yard, hot on her tail could be recent winners Fishy Story for the Stuart Sampson team and the Dean Summersby-trainer Air Glider, both will put on a bold bid if turning up here.

In the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice Riders race Posh Totty from top trainer Jack Barber would be the likely favorite, she should go well again for young jockey Christopher Barber to follow up on their Badbury Rings win earlier this month. Apples Queen could be another option for Lorcan Williams to ride in the absence of Posh Totty, having held   Adrenalin Flight into second at Milborne St Andrew and could result in another close contest.

Cereal Killer is another inmate from the Jack Barber yard who has shown an exciting turn of foot when coming home a 26 length winner of his maiden race at Cotley, if building on that form he should take the Hammett Associates-sponsored Restricted race. Emperor Renard could be the one to take Cereal Killer on, having the booking of Sean Houlihan who won a maiden on him at Ston Easton for the Marie McGuiness team in March.

Finally up is the open maiden race in which suggestions are Treod Y Melin if connections choose not to run the mare in the Geoffs Bumper mares race at Exeter. Gentleman Farmer finished a head third in a thrilling finish at Upcott Cross,  If It Be Your Will could build on his recent second at Badbury Rings, and Worthy Farm looks an exciting debutante for the future.

The course offers track side viewing, hot food, refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 single person, £25 per car and passengers. Children under 16 free. The course is located at Seaton, off A3052, 20m from M5 junction 30- EX24 6HZ.