Preview: Lamerton Point-to-Point, Kilworthy, Tavistock Sunday 25 March 2018‬

Written by: Donna Harris

After several weeks of wet and snowy conditions, Point-to-Point racing looks to be back on track in the Devon & Cornwall Area, when this weekend it’s the turn of the Lamerton to host their event at Kilworthy, near Brentor, Tavistock on Sunday March 25th . Six races are on offer with the first off at 1pm.  Over 100 entries have been received.

The opening Members race is sponsored by Pannell Commercials and looks to be a good battle in store between the local trainers. This could go the way of the Dean Summersby-trained Honest Deed, a winner of two of his starts last season, will need to improve on his fifth place at Chipley Park. He will need to fend off Wadebridge winner Acadian out of the Heidi Lewis team, along with the Pauline Geering-trained Bricks and Beams, who is a winner of two of his three starts for the yard last season under jockey Jo Supple, and holds strong claims among the entries.

26 are entered for the Open Maiden race which could be divided on the day.  St Erney was impressive when  three and-a-half lengths second at Buckfastleigh at the first time of asking for the Jackie du Plessis yard. Another entry to have run notably well at the Buckfastleigh meeting was Buy Me Out having finished third in the heavy conditions under jockey James King. Pancrace ran a close third in a maiden at Larkhill and could show some improvement for the Teresa Clark team, and Mountain Las is another to have run well clocking up some place form for trainer Pauline Geering. This race is the Yvonne Watson and Steve Luxton Memorial race which will also be sponsored by Langdon Transport if divided on the day.

The Condy Mathias-sponsored Mixed Open race has Exeter and Wincanton Hunter Chase winner Mr Satco entered for Emma Oliver’s team and must be respected if turning out here although his wins have come on good to firm ground. Winner of six Points so far Mic’s Delight would love the going if soft or heavy, and the now veteran who has won or been placed in 18 of his 22 starts to date, would be a likely pace setter. Whilst Whenharrymetsally has won 12 of her 33 starts to date for trainer Keith Cumings, and has the benefit of a mares weight allowance which could figure up the home straight. Victors Serenade relished the soft going when coming home a ten length winner at Charlton Horethorne for jockey Chloe Emsley and trainer Rachael Honeyball.  Dicky Bob, Kernal Victor and Inch Rock have all gone close as runner up’s in good company this season, and are also among the 20 strong entries. This race is a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open Final to be held at Cheltenham in May and the Skinners Ladies Open Final to be held at Stratford in June.

The Two Amigos stands out in the AC Worth-sponsored Confined race with three straight wins at the Wadebridge meetings, including a 40 length win on soft to heavy going so far for the Nicola Martin team, and has the booking of Darren Edwards to ride. Another catching the eye is Heaney for team Wonnacott having won on his first outing at Wadebridge when Millie Wonnacott rode a patient tactical race on heavy going when winning by two lengths.

Tinhay Building Supplies sponsor the Restricted race in which the veteran Blazing Bouncer could follow up on his second at Chipley Park if staying fit, Eastern Calm is another to note having run well this season under young jockey Christopher Barber and a worthy each way bet. Trainer Jo Tickle has a knack of getting his horses well fit for racing, and his entry Horwood Lad in this Restricted race could go well after his win at the Great Trethew meeting and is sure to attract market support.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race in which 15 are entered including Ballybane for the Big Brooke team, a winner at Buckfastleigh on heavy going, having stayed on well, could improve for that run. Creative Inerta also catches the eye having some solid form behind him for the Ben Clarke team.

The course offers a great location for a family day out. On course facilities include bar, bookies, hot and cold refreshments and plenty of trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person maximum £30 per car with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at Kilworthy near Brentor, Tavistock. PL19 0JX

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