WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR
The Modbury Harriers point-to-point, which takes place at Flete Park, near Ermington, South Devon this Saturday( May 6th) has attracted a total of 80 entries and competitive racing looks assured.
The first of seven point-point races is at 2 o’clock, preceded by pony racing which starts at 1 o’clock. This lovely parkland course features trackside viewing with the hill side offering a natural vantage point.
Glynn Scaffolding sponsor the opening Maiden in which leading trainer Jack Barber has entered Ballyjim and Roxy Belle. Wind Tor could represent in-form Ed Walker’s yard, whilst Eddie’s Pearl and Robin Longstride have shown promise.
Ed Walker has a strong hand in the Subaru Restricted thanks to impressive Didmarton winner Santini and previous course winner Cloudy Lady. Carumba was unlucky to be disqualified after winning at the last Flete meeting, and Carrignagapple can improve again after his Upcott win.
The Totnes and Bridgetown Ladies’ Open is a four miles test which will suit proven stayer Good Egg if he misses his Cheltenham engagement this week.. Before The War has good winning form, as does Doctor Braveheart, and this trip could suit Le Clo De La Londe.
The Conditions race is kindly sponsored by Marchand Petit with Deadly Move trying to provide another winner for young James Bowen. Cornish Beau and Skylander look the pick of the locals.
Deadly Move is also entered for the Brewin Dolphin Novice Riders’ contest along with the useful Flying Eagle from the Mickey Bowen yard. The latter is also amongst the Cheltenham hunter chase entries on the previous evening but would take all the beating here. The Dapper Fox loves this track, and could figure along with Beuvron, Cornish Beau and Mic’s Delight.
The two and a half miles Maiden, sponsored by Stanley Carpets could see the mare Wind Tor to the fore. Jack Barber also has Ballyjim entered here and he will appreciate the shorter trip. .Burning Desire and Budsers Best showed promise on this course two weeks ago and are sure to improve.
Meadowside and St Francis sponsor the concluding Confined and Beuvron, Mic’s Delight and The Dapper Fox are also entered here. Gershwinner and Hurricane Ridge look the pick of the opposition.
Car parking costs £10 for single occupancy up to £30 a car. Children under 16 are free for this enjoyable family day out which includes activities for the youngsters, lots of good stalls selling food, clothing, cars, boats and other items. Dogs on leads are welcome and plenty of bookmakers will be in attendance.
The course is situated off the A379 about 10 miles East of Plymouth, easily accessible from the A38 at Ivybridge. Post code is PL21 9NX