Preview: South Tetcott point-to-point, Upcott Cross Monday 29 May 2017

Written by: Donna Harris

The second of two Point-to Point meetings to take place at the popular Upcott Cross course has attracted a massive 138 entries, where the South Tetcott Foxhounds host their meeting this coming Bank Holiday Monday 29th May. With two pony races heading up the action at 12 noon, followed by the main seven race card at 1pm, this is sure to be a another fabulous family day out.


Penbode Vets sponsor the opening Confined race which could be between the two talented recent winning mares Fishy Story, already on a seasons hat-trick for the Stuart Sampson team, and Holnicote winner Follow The Paint who would be a popular family win for the John Heard camp. Rockanrolldixie should not be left out of the equation, having been in the frame on all five starts this season, and with the Dean Summersby team sending winners out every weekend.


The Dodson & Horrell-sponsored Men’s Open race has attracted good quality entries which include recent winners Beat The Tide and Sacre Toi, but both would need to defy carrying top weight, as would Universal Soldier who also holds an entry in the Anglo-Irish event this Friday. It may be worth selecting Billy Merriott, having won well recently at the Cotley meeting and seems to have taken to his switch back to Pointing and is in training with Ciera Fry. Flying Eagle is also highly rated and should go close, if connections choose this meeting over the Anglo-Irish meeting where he also holds an entry for the Michael Bowen team.


River Myth is an entry which stands out in the Coodes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race if none the worse for being brought down at the second fence at Trebudannon. The two Pauling Geering-trained entries Bricks and Beams along with Eddies Pearl are two other suggestions in the Restricted race, both having had good recent wins at Vauterhill and Flete Park respectively. The Teresa Clark-trained Give Us Peace ran well finishing second at Holnicote under National champion jockey Will Biddick and could go close along with the Dr Massini sired Massini’s Dream, a previous 25 length maiden winner at Lower Machen, could make the most of her mares weight allowance for the Nicky Williams team.


Simpkins Edwards sponsor the Ladies Open which looks a cracking race in store, with multiple winners Aikideau for the Jack Barber team and regular jockey and leading area lady Bryony Frost, Spencer Moon with recent wins include a Hunter Chase at Fontwell for the Kieran Price yard. Also this seasons leading horse Chosen Lucky for the inform Dean Summersby team and leading area gentleman jockey Darren Edwards among the 18 entries.


The Club Members for Novice rider’s race is sponsored by Langdon Transport Ltd, this has 20 entries of which Moscow Prices stands out having already scored a seasons hat-trick for jockey Lucy Mager. Sacre Toi is another outside raider with form who could runaway with the spoils, unless the John Heard team can steal this with Follow The Paint.


The Open Maiden two-mile four-furlong race has 26 entered and could well be divided on the day, those catching the eye are debutant Hugo Horse if conditions suit, with trainer Jack Barber having an excellent strike rate with young maiden horses, recent Trebudannon runner up also runner up here at the last meeting Baltazar du Seuil for the Stuart Sampson team and jockey Christopher Barber, with Tucks Bergin having run well in maidens this season being another suggestion that could also go close .


Finally up is the PRJ Engineering Open Maiden race which has attracted 28 entries, again Hugo Horse could be high in the betting, along with recent runner up Robin Longstride, Tree Sparrow, Tucks Bergin and Whisky Baron.


On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.


Course is located 2m S of Halwill Junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE