Preview: The Western Point-to-Point Wadebridge Sunday 4th February 2018


Written By: Donna Harris

The Western Hunt will host the third meeting to be held this season at The Royal Cornwall Showground this coming Sunday February 4th.  52 Entries have been received for the six races on offer with a start time of 12 noon.

The Green Waste Company sponsor the opening Confined race, in which the Ed Walker-trained Before The War stands out after his recent two lengths second here in a Men’s Open to Supreme Danehill. Before The War knows his way well around this track and has already scored a treble here. There are two course debutants entered which catch the eye, Diligent a French import for the Sam Holdsworth team and young Hannah Welsh to ride, along with Heaney an Irish import for young Millie Wonnacott to get the leg up on. Diligent showed some good place form in Auteuil, whilst Heaney’s Irish form includes five wins under rules and a second in an Open Point-to-Point. It could be a good day for lady jockeys.

Another young lady who gets a good tune out of her mount is Chloe Emsley, who is booked to ride course specialist Sobre Tresor in the Savills-sponsored Ladies Open. Chloe has won on Sobre Tresor here at both meetings this season, and last month came home the 15 length winner that day. They are likely to go off odds on favourite again. King Of Alcatraz is an interesting entry. Not having been seen since winning a Ladies Open at this course in December 2016. His previous form includes a Hunter Chase win at Exeter under Vicky Wade, who is booked to take the ride here and could be the ones to take Sobre Tresor on.

Only four are entered in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race in which The Two Amigos could defy top weight and follow up on his two previous wins here this season for trainer Nicola Martin. He looks to relish the soft going and should log another win for Darren Edwards. Both Hannah Welch on Holnicote and Flete winner Kapoupakap, and Pippa Glanville on four time Flete winner Ambitious Pursuit, will be trying to reel The Two Amigos in, whilst High Priority from the Keith Cumings team’s previous wins were at Cothelstone and Upcott and could be a ride again for Will Biddick who will be hungry for the challenge.

The biggest field entry of the day is the Stimson & Tieken-sponsored Open Maiden race with 16 entries. Debutant Broadwood Robin for team Summersby could be an exciting addition for the Little Acres Syndicate to own. Rockabay is another which should put on a bold show if staying fit after his half-length second at the previous meeting here for Jo Tickles yard.

Peter & Anita George sponsor the Men’s Open in which Before The War connections could chose this race over the previous Confined. The Ed Walker team also has Kernal Victor entered, a winner of his seven of his 12 starts to date, will act of the softer going, but is yet to tackle this track. Universal Soldier is an entry for trainer Matt Hampton, he is a previous Hunter Chase winner at Cheltenham and Stratford when with the Micky Bowen team. Now owned by the Todd family for young Charlie Todd to ride, he could be a good schoolmaster for the keen young jockey who now works for the Paul Nicholls team.

Finally up is the Hutchinsons-sponsored Restricted race, with Ruby Fool standing out for the Richard Mitford-Slade team. The yard is in good form and Ruby Fool finally won a maiden race at the last meeting here having been ready to progress for a while.  Arcs’s Abound for trainer Lucy Gardner and Double Captain for the Katherine Hake team have both clocked up previous thirds in Points, and may battle out the finish if Ruby Fool is not declared to run.

The course offers great winter facilities with a covered barn containing hot food, bar, bookies, trade stands and large TV screen. As well as close trackside view. Entrance is £10 per person Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. Parking facilities are easy access along concrete avenues.

The course is located off A39 west of Wadebridge PL27 7JE

Useful Information:

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

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