With the Point-to-Point season back in full swing, the stunning location of Chipley Park is where the Tiverton Foxhounds will host their meeting, this coming Sunday January 28th. Set in over 90 acres of parkland this has been a popular venue since the year 2000. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. 124 entries have been received
The Mixed Open race is a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open Championship final to be held at Cheltenham in May and among those entered are Dicky Bob and Mic’s Delight. The two were seen in a thrilling battle up the finishing straight at Cothelstone last season, with Dicky Bob coming home a quarter-of-a-length winner. Mic’s Delight has won two of his starts this season, both at Wadebridge. He could well put on another bold front running performance for his owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport. Miss Gotaway is entered for the Ed Walker team and holds strong claims having won six of her eleven starts to date and in the frame on her remaining five, with the booking of Will Biddick on board she could score here. Mon Parrain is another which could run well, previously with the Paul Nicholls team when winning nine races under rules including two at Cheltenham and more recently a Hunter Chase at Fontwell last season. Now trained by Kim Smyly for the Fuller family and Paige Fuller to ride, who clocked up a creditable second at Chaddesley Corbett in a Ladies Open in December so would look to be a strong contender.
The Everys Solicitors-sponsored Members race looks competitive, with the Ben Robarts owned and ridden Beat The Tide for trainer Stuart Sampson standing out, after his eight-length win at Upcott last May. River Myth is another from the same yard who ran well in second at this meeting last season and will be high in the betting. They could come up against the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally who has clocked up eleven wins to date for trainer Keith Cumings and owner Hannah Broggio.
A massive 26 entries for the Agri Farming Technology-sponsored Restricted race with recent Chaddesley Corbett runner up Delkantra among them for the David Brace team, Palmaria a runner up here last season for champion jockey Will Biddick, and Wadebridge winner Acadian for team Lewis all looking ready for progression to the next level.
In the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, Broadclyst for the Robert Chanin team looks an exciting prospect having won at both the Wadebridge meetings. Inch Rock has the booking of champion jockey Will Biddick who will be on a high having just got engaged, and Honest Deeds from team Summersby will hold hopes of following up on his Upcott Cross and Vauterhill wins last season.
Standing out In the PPORA Dodson & Horrell-sponsored Novice Riders race Pink Eyed Pedro could relish the going for the David Brace team and for young Conor Brace to ride. Connections of Mic’s Delight may chose this race over the Mixed Open and could be high in the betting arena, whilst Robin de Boss is another to catch the eye after his decent form last season when winning at Garthopre, and places at Wadebridge and Barbury so far this season for the Jo Hepburn team.
The Mares Maiden race is sponsored by the Jockey Club and Woodfenden Construction, and has several unknown debutants among the 20 entries. Act Like You Know could come on for her eight lengths second at Barbury in November, and Wind Tor stands out having clocked up some good place form at the Buckfastleigh, Cherrybrook and Flete meetings last season for trainer Ed Walker. The lightly raced Rumour Has It for trainer Victoria Sleep clocked up a one-and-a-quarter length third at Trebudannon could be worth following in the betting arena.
Whilst in the final race of the day, Taunton Cider and the Mount Pleasant Inn at Nomansland-sponsored Open Maiden, suggestions on first glance are Dragon de La Tour, Tamarstone, Fourolclock Fox and Theboss On The Hill, this race may well be divided on the day.
There are many trade stands which include a Venison and Buffalo Burger stand, Taunton Cider and Zara’s Country Accessories which could be ideal for ladies looking for Cheltenham Festival wear. Bookies, bar and hot food are available. Entrance to the course is £10 per person up to £30 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads are welcome. The organisers would like to give a mention to many of the sponsors who have helped in funding the day, which include Matford Landrover, A.J.D.Nash, Pennymore Timber, John Dorse Hay & Straw, Simon & Annabel Brooks-Ward vet team, The Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton and The Keepers Cottage Kentisbere.
The course is located of the B3167 3 miles from Wellington and 1mile from Milverton. Postcode TA21 0QY.
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