Preview: Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Cherrybrook, nr Tavistock – CANCELLED

Saturday 3rd March 2018

The Mid Devon Hunt Point to Point, Cherrybrook has regrettably been cancelled. The meeting will not be resheduled. Thank you to everyone for there help. We look forward to seeing you all in 2019. Thank you Sonia Geering MDH pt2pt Sec.

Written by: Donna Harris

This weekends Point-to-Point meeting in the area takes place at Cherrybrook, nr Tavistock where the Mid Devon host their event on Sunday March 4th. The committee are delighted and grateful that this meeting can take place at the course with thanks to the Lamerton and Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunts, and land owners Messers N P & C Abel. This Point-to-Point was previously held at the Black Forest Lodge course before the site had been sold. Six races will be on offer which have attracted 96 entries. The action starts at 1pm.

Local entries will include the popular grey gelding Dicky Bob owned and trained by Verity Nicholls. A winner of nine of his Point-to-Points so far, which include three at this course. Dicky Bob holds an entry in the Men’s Open race which is sponsored by Stringer Equine Vet Practice and Richard Mizen. He will need to fend off the challenges from previous Hunter Chase winner Mr Satco for the Emma Oliver team, and the two possible entries for trainer Ed Walker Before The War and Different Gravey, the latter being a hurdle winner under rules when in training with Nicky Henderson.

Dicky Bob’s connections may choose the Ladies race as a better option and for Jo Supple to take the ride again. Sponsored by John Lightfoot of The Allington Stud, the Ladies race has also attracted good quality entries such as outside raiders Bound For Glory a recent Cottenham Ladies Open winner and Consigliere from the Alan Hill team, who has won or been placed in all his 17 runs to date, which Dicky Bob may have  to contend with if making the trip down.

The opening Members Conditions race has the John Heard-trained Navanman entered, and would be expected to be the likely favourite if there is any give in the ground. Mic’s Delight for owner/trainer/rider Jennifer Davenport is also entered, but is another who would prefer softer conditions as they found here two seasons ago when winning at the Spooners and West Dartmoor meeting. Heany looks a promising prospect for the Claire Wonnacott yard and daughter Millie to ride, whilst Ryan Chapmans Winter Garden could have his first appearance this season, having ended up with a restricted win at Upcott, and runner up in an Intermediate at one of the Bratton Down meetings.

Honest Deed is entered for the Dean Summersby team in the Matford Landrover-sponsored Intermediate race, he should run an Honest race and could come on for his recent fifth place at Chipley Park last month.  Bricks and Beams could run well for trainer Pauline Geering if following up on his previous wins at Vauterhill and Upcott Cross. Outside raider Massini’s Dream has won two of her three starts for Nicky Williams when scoring a 30 length win at Chaddesley Corbett and 25 lengths at Lower Machen last season under jockey Byron Moorcroft, and should be in the mix if tackling this track. As would December Chaddesley Corbett winner Bleu Et Or for trainer Carlie Packwood, if following up on that form.

The Church House Investment-sponsored Restricted race could go the way of another team Summersby inmate being Keephimbachwilliam. A purchase out of Ireland for the yard, Keephimbachwilliam won a Point-to-Point in Ireland and could be another thrilling recruit for team Summersby who are in great form again already this season. Nicky Williams holds an entry here with Milbourne St Andrew winner Kilcrea Bridge who could still be fit and ready to progress and snatch this.

Finally up is the Johnstone & Ridgers family-sponsored Open Maiden race which has attracted 23 entries. Those to note at a glance are Missyladie for the Sam Holdsworth team after her half length second at the Wadebridge track under young jockey Tomasina Eyston on their first outing, also Snow Puma, Porters Lane,  and Erica’s Lad, all having previous place form.

This course which offers a stunning location and view of Brentor on Dartmoor. A great family day is on offer with plenty of trade stands, a bar, hot and cold refreshments together with on course bookies.  The racing will be fast and furious with trackside viewing.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person upto a maximum of £30 a car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.  Located off A386 North of Tavistock. Postcode PL19 0LA .

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