Written by Donna Harris
The Axe Vale meeting on Sunday 29th April will be held at Stafford Cross, Seaton and has attracted 120 entries for their now eight race card with the Open Maiden race already divided. Pony racing which is sponsored by Bruckland Livery heads up the action at 12 noon. Followed by the main card at 1.30pm. The Lee Clifford Eng-sponsored Mixed Open race looks competitive with previous Larkhill winner Alternatif entered for Jade Barber, along with dual Badbury winner Bistouri d’Honore out of the Michael Felton yard, Charlton Horethorne winner Carraig Mor, and previous winner of ten Points to date Minella Fifty, promising a good battle in store.
Master Baker is entered in the opening Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors-sponsored Members race for the Lisa Jefford team, however he could be an unlikely runner as he ran second in a Hunter Chase at Exeter earlier this week, if this is the case then Fly West could be sent off the likely favourite, who’s CV includes a third in a Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham last season for local trainer Ed Walker. Fly West was an unlucky faller when competing in a Hunter Chase at Taunton and could bounce back to form here.
Fly West also holds an entry in the J & FJ Baker Co Ltd-sponsored Confined race, along with Blackwater Bramble (Jade Barber) who looks progressive having clocked up wins at Badbury and a 20 length winner at Milbourne St Andrew. Emperor Reynard is another who looks to be progressing well with wins at Ston Eston and Badbury for the Marie McGuinness team.
Both Alternatif and Bistouri d’Honore hold entries in the Novice riders race which is sponsored by Lentells chartered accounts, with The Wealerdealer a previous Hunter Chase winner last season when second at Cheltenham for trainer Ian Chanin, looking to be the one to fly the flag and snatch this for the area.
Any market support in the betting ring could give a hint to the 18 entries in the Hammett Associates Accountant-sponsored Restricted race which include Belharbour Two having clocked up a six length second at Wadebridge behind The Two Amigos, and Bishops Court third Point View Gale.
Bishops Court and Great Trethew winner Horwood Lad for trainer Jo Tickle, Buckfastleigh winner One Big Love for trainer Sally Alner who was an unlucky faller when sent off favourite at Badbury, and Larkhill runner up on three occasions V Neck under talented young jockey Christopher Barber, are just three to mention with good form entered in the Intermediate race which is sponsored by Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors.
Those catching the eye in the divided Maiden races are BallyJim and Glimpse of Gladys in the first division, whilst Dragon de La Tour, Hugo’s Horse and Country Legend stand out in the second. These races have been kindly sponsored by Scott Rowe Solicitors and Stile Farm Seeds.
The flat track at Stafford Cross offers good trackside viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car with children under 16 free. Location is off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30 – EX24 6HZ.
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