Preview: North Cornwall Point-To-Point at Wadebridge on Sunday 7th January 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Pointing gets back on track in the area next weekend when The North Cornwall host their meeting at the popular venue of The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Sunday 7th January. There can be few better ways to blow away the Christmas and New Year festivities, with a fabulous day at the races. There will be eight races on offer, with a start time of 11.30am. A total of 72 entries have ben received.

It promises to be another action packed day, with the Moores of St Wenn Ltd-sponsored Members race opening the days event. This race could see area champion jockey Darren Edwards coming back to ride after his injury sustained in November. He is set to ride Robin de Souza for the Dean Summersby team. Robin de Souza has already scored a hat-trick of wins at this course and also added a Men’s Open race to his CV when wining at Black Forest Lodge last March. He looks hard to oppose among the seven entries which include two race debutants the five-year old Doumba for trainer Carly Mather and a nine-year old Starweld for the Patricia Shaw team.

Hops Oils Ltd sponsor the PPORA Novice Riders race, and entries include the Jennifer Davenport owned and trained Mic’s Delight. A 20-length winner here back in December, Mic is a game little horse who always tries hard for his jockey’s and is rarely out of the frame. He will relish the soft going and will be the likely pace setter. Another team Summersby’s charge Chosen Lucky is set to line up against him, but will need to improve on his 20-length second he scored at the last meeting, under novice jockey Bryan Carver. The Ed Walker-trained La Madonnia is another who could  improve on her second here at the previous meeting and stalk the leaders up the tough hill home to try and snatch this.

Prolific winning course specialist Sobre Tresor, from the Chloe Newman team, is on seven wins to date at this track and is entered in the Skinners Pet Foods-sponsored Ladies Open race. With the booking again of Chloe Emsley to ride, the combination look hard to beat. Also entered is the Anna Hyland trained and ridden Ray Diamond who has scored a previous double at this track. He has shown some good form under rules when with Jackie Du Plessis. Now a veteran, Ray Diamond could run well and was unlucky to unseat his rider early on in the race in December.

Three Cornish Farriers-sponsor the Restricted race in which the five-year-old Broadclyst could go well if improving for his maiden win here in December. Trained by Robert Chain, Broadclyst had stayed on well to score a twelve-length win under Tom Chanin. The maiden race had been divided that day with Acadian for  trainer Heidi Lewis winning the other division and is entered again here. With only 0.2 seconds between the two winning times it could prove an exciting battling finish.

Kivells Auctioneers and Valuers-sponsor the Men’s Open race which could see the Levinson team’s  Premier Portrait defy top weight and win again under jockey Gus levinson. Gus  is currently riding out for the Paul Nicholls team in Ditcheat, and Gus was unsure Premier Portrait would be fit enough last month. He could well come on for the run,  and with the highly rated  Alan Hill-trained Supreme Danehill also among the entries, they may need to step up to the likely challenge. Premier Portrait also holds an entry at Larkhill, then this could be an opportunity for the veteran mare Withy Mills, who has previous National Hunt wins to her credit  together with the mares weight allowance, could give her trainer/jockey Keagan Kirby a welcome pointing win here.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow. The first is sponsored by Stephen Scown Solicitor, and those having gone close previously are Tamarstone for the Kayley Woollacott team with a second at Vauterhill, Ruby Fool out of the Richard Mitford-Slade team a runner up here at the last meeting, Ballybruff for the Les Jefford team with a second at Upcott Cross,  also Flete Park second Druid Spitfire and Trebudanon second Daylami Days.

Whilst in the second division, Earthy Reason, Fouroclock Fox and  have clocked up notable form.

The final race of the day is The Nare Hotel-sponsored Confined race which could be a tricky race for the bookies to predict with four entered. The Two Amigo’s won here in December for the Nicola Martin team and could see jockey Darren Edwards add to his score sheet. Whilst Beuvron, a French import for owner Charlie Stanley could run well for team Holdsworth, he has won six of his Points to date, including a two runner race at this track, and is the highest rated.

The course offers great viewing and a huge covered barn containing Hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands, and large screen Location is off A39 West of Wadebridge PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. For up to date information visit the website Pointing DC and Facebook.


Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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