Written by: Donna Harris
Racing enthusiasts will be heading back to the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Flemming next weekend where it’s the turn of The Exmooor Foxhounds to host their event on Sunday June 4th.
This has to be one of the most attractive picnic venues in the Point-to-Point racing calendar, and with the summer weather looking fair, another great family day out is on offer with the Teapes Tyres-sponsored pony racing heading up the action at 12.45pm, followed by the main six race card which has attracted 88 entries, commencing at 2pm.
The feature race of the day looks to be the Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s open race, having attracted many of the top horses and jockeys from around the country such as the Michael Bowen entries Universal Soldier, Flying Eagle and Deadly Move, There’s No Panic from the Jack Barber team, who was a winner here at the last meeting under National Champion jockey Will Biddick, and Broken Eagle from the Alan Hill team are all among those hoping to gain extra points to seal the championships before the end of the season. Billy Merriott also holds an entry and could give our area reporter Granville Taylor another victory between the flags to follow up on his Cotley win for the Ciara Fry team.
The local trainers and jockeys will also be out in force and Every Breakin Wave for trainer Claire Hitch looks the form horse to take the opening RSM Beares and B Thorne & Son Agric- sponsored Members race to follow up on their win here at the last meeting. They could come up against the Keith Cumings-trained Little Cornham who could go close after his three-quarter length second at Flete Park.
In the Rossettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, The Lizard King who has been knocking on the door of Restricted races and runner up here at the last meeting could go well again for the Nicola Martin team, along with Clenagh Castle another from the Jack Barber team, after his neck second at Little Windsor, look to be the two that stand out.
Prolific winning Start Royal from the Alan Hill team has 25 wins to his credit plus two Hunter Chase wins and would be hard to catch if turning up for the Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies Open race. Miss Gotaway is already on a season’s hat-trick and could be another winning ride for Abbie Hughes and trainer Ed Walker , along with Cinevator for trainer Ella Pickard, who won here impressively at the last meeting under area leading lady Bryony Frost.
Loch Inch, a winner of five races this season, is another outside raider entered at this meeting and could run in the Members Conditions race, which is sponsored by Ashley Farrant and the Kingdon family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Fly West is another to note and is on a hat-trick for the Ed Walker team, with previous winner here Deadly Move, on a four timer for young jockey James Bowen who has already broken the record for wins by a novice rider in a season and would be a likely favorite.
With the final race of the day, the Open Maiden race sponsored by The Old Station House at Blackmore Gate, also attracting some good entries such as Pistol Shoot, Heaven’s Choice and Tucks Bergin among those showing notable form this season.
Alongside the stunning backdrop view of Exmoor, on course facilities include a number of trade stands, hot food and refreshments, bar and bookies all contributing to the atmosphere of the day. Entrance to the course is £10 per car and driver, £10 per passenger up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and only dogs on leads welcome. Early bird discount e-tickets can be obtained via http://www.pointingdc.co.uk
Course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton EX31 4SG.