Preview: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-to-Point at Buckfastleigh Sunday 18 March 2018 OFF

Friday 16 March, posted 14.36pm

The Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers fixture on this Sunday 18th March is postponed due to access to the lorry park and for services on the course. They are seeking to run on an alternative date.

Written by: Donna Harris

The historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh is where racing enthusiasts can round off their week after the buzz of Cheltenham. this coming Sunday 18th March, when the Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers host their meeting. Seven races will be on offer starting at 1pm, proceeded by pony racing which kicks of the action at 12 noon.

Totnes and Bridgtown racing company sponsor the Men’s Open race in which the winner will qualify for the Timico Mixed Open final at Cheltenham in May. This could see the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally follow up on her recent neck second at Great Trethew last month. The mare has wins in double figures and is sure to be one of the favourites. Palmaria is an entry for trainer Caroline Keevil, she has been impressive so far this season winning her Restricted race at Chipley, followed by the Intermediate at the previous meeting here under talented young jockey Bryan Carver.

The Ladies race looks equally competitive, and is a qualifying race for the Skinners Pet Foods HC finals to be held at Stratford-upon-Avon in June, and also the Timico Mixed Open Finals to be held at Cheltenham in May. Master Baker could run well for jockey Jo Supple and has a previous win at this track. Silver Commander is an interesting entry, previously with Phillip Hobbs, he was last seen in December 2016 when second in a Chase under rules at Taunton. He also holds an entry at Cothelstone, but could run well here for local owner/trainer/jockey Bronwyn Buttery.

Connolly’s Red Mills sponsor the Intermediate race which is another race to have drawn some good entries, with Larkhill Restricted winner It Has To Be entered for the Guy Henderson team, and V Neck another likely to be high among the betting after his second in an Intermediate race at Larkhill in January for the Stuart Sampson team and young jockey Christopher Barber to ride.

In the Kath Bond memorial Members race, Syracuse’s Dream could go well for local trainer Deborah Treneer and son Barnaby to ride and follow up on their recent Great Trethew win. Another to consider in the Members race is Beuvron for the Sam Holdsworth team, who could follow up on his second here at the previous meeting for young jockey Hannah Welsh.

Ashburton Motor Works sponsor the Restricted Race in which Blazing Bouncer is another to have finished runner up at this course and could oblige for breeder/owner Rita Heard. Eastern Calm is another to catch the eye having finished one and a half length third that day in the same race under jockey Matt Hampton.

The Open Maiden Race is sponsored by Winston Pincombe of Chumleigh and has already been divided with 12 in each division, those with place form in the first division are St Erney and Gask Ridge, whilst the second division could go the way of Dragon de La Tour or Gorcombe Rascal. The second division of the Maiden race has been kindly sponsored by WBW Solicitors of Exeter. The committee would also like to thank Medland Sanders and Twose who have also provided sponsorship for the day.

The location of the course offers a view of Dartmoor and is an ideal location for all the family to spend a spring day in the fresh air.

On course facilities are large catering tent offering hot food and refreshments, real ale bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located off A38 at Lower Dean (TQ11 OLT). Check out the website or Facebook page for up to date information.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Buckfastleigh, 1 mile from TQ11 OLT

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