Written by: Donna Harris
After the recent winter chill, Pointing should be back on track in the area next weekend where the meeting is due to be held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday March 10th. Seven races will be on offer with over 80 entries received, and the first race off at 12 noon.
These include the Micheal Pidsley, The Devonshire Straw Man-sponsored Mixed Open race which has attracted thirteen entries.. Local trainer Ed Walker has two entered in this race which include Inch Rock who ran second at Buckfastleigh last month, along with winner of seven Point so far Kernal Victor, they should run well if remaining fit, and would not have to travel far to arrive at the track. They could come up against Colorado Doc, an entry for Welsh trainer David Brace who will be looking for the gelding to follow up on his recent win at Howick and win at this course at the November meeting. Colorado Doc is a home bred by the yards stallion Dr Massini, and is sure to run another honest race for the team.
Kernal Victor is also entered in the opening Members race which kicks off the action here today. This race also has the Ray Alford-trained Herbert Park entered, a winner at Great Trethew, he has some decent previous National Hunt Hurdle form when with the David Pipe yard.
Sixteen Letters stands out in the Mole Valley Farmers-sponsored Open Maiden race for four-five and six-year olds, with sound runner-up performances for the Nethercott team. Miss Click is another entry to note, a Getaway sired mare who could the make the most of a mares weight allowance for the in form David Gibbs team.
Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which It Has To Be from the Henderson yard is one to note, after his six length win at Larkhill last month, also Every Break Wave for trainer Claire Hitch could be another in the mix having his debut run this season after three wins last year, two of those at Trebudannon and one at Bratton down. Bleu et Or from the Carlie Packwood yard could be an outsider raider to consider after his recent win on soft going at Chaddesley Corbett, having stayed on well despite being headed four out.
Ford Simey Solicitors sponsor the PPORA Novice Riders race in which current national leading novice jockey Bryan Carver will be looking to add to his score on Chosen Lucky, Millie Wonnacott could make it two out of two on Wadebridge winner Heaney, and Jack Veasey on recent Milborne St Andrew winner The Dapper Fox could be trying to fend off outside raiders such as William Money from the David Brace team, along with Robin de Boss from Jo Hepbourn’ yard among the strong 17 entries.
The Restricted race is sponsored by Harris Timber of Exeter, and could go the way of another Ed Walker inmate with Wind Tor who should be well fancied after his win at Chipley Park and who should figure among the favourites . The Stuart Sampson-trained mare Eastern Calm is another to note with the booking of jockey Christopher Barber, having won her maiden race here. Kilcrea Bridge could be the main danger having recently won their maiden at Milborne St Andrew for the Nicky Williams team.
Finally up is the Open Maiden race for seven year olds and upwards, those catching the eye are Badbury Rings runner up Varene De Vauzelle, and Barbury runner up Snow Puma, this race is kindly sponsored by Cottam Horse Shoes.
This track offers a fantastic family picnic spot for country loving folk. Offering a great view of the course which attracts plenty of runners, together with bar, hot and cold refreshments, bookies and many trade stands. The course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1RJ. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car, Pedestrians £10 and Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome.
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Met Office 5 day forecast: Ottery St Mary, 1.2 miles from EX11 1RJ
BBC Travel News: Devon