Preview: Modbury Harriers Point-to-Point at Flete Park ‪Saturday 5th May 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

A double treat is in store this Bank Holiday weekend for Point-to-Point racing enthusiasts in the Devon & Cornwall Area when The Modbury Harriers stage their meeting at Flete Park this coming Saturday 5th May, followed by the Stevenstone meeting at Vauterhill on Monday May 7th.

First up is the Flete Park event with Pony Racing heading up the action at 1pm followed by their seven race card starting at 2pm. 80 entries have been received. The Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored 4 mile Ladies Open race looks to be the feature of the day, in which trainer Ed Walker holds an entry with Miss Gotaway. She is the highest rated and has clocked up wins this season so far at Buckfastleigh and Bishops Court, another to consider is Blazing Buck for trainer Gareth Moore, a winner of this race two seasons ago could make the trip for another steal of this race.

Trainer Ed Walker also has a good chance of taking the Wurzel Weddings-sponsored Restricted race with Danseur du Large who could bounce back from an unlucky unseat when racing at Larkhill recently. Ann Maries Reject won her maiden race at Bishops Court for the Christine Gray team, and could well be a main contender.

In the Tony Glynn scaffolding-sponsored Open Maiden race entry Just Another Vodka, for trainer Nicola Martin, could improve on his four and-a-half length third here at the last meeting.  Gerties Garter is yet another entry from the Ed Walker yard and has a lively chance after her two lengths second at the meeting here two weeks ago under jockey Josh Newman.

The Members Conditions race has four time Hunter Chase winner Full Trottle entered, although connections could run him at Cheltenham Friday evening. Trainer Laura Thomas has another option of entry Karinga Dancer who dead heated for second place at Chaddesley Corbett three weeks ago. Jockey Ben Robarts will be hoping that Beat The Tide can follow up on his half-length Mixed Open win at Lockinge last month.

The Novice Riders race has attracted good entries with William Money for Connor Brace, who also hold an entry at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase evening on Friday. The Dapper Fox for Jack Veasey is a previous dual course winner, Miss Gotaway for Abbie Hughes if not competing in an earlier race, along with Heaney who would be a popular winner for local jockey Millie Wonnacott.

Meteorite for the Ian Chanin team, stands out in the Stanley Carpets-sponsored Open Maiden for four to six year-olds, having run well in fourth Barbury. Also Tour de Pub could make good headline reading if coming home in front for the Joseph Drinkwater team, and has the benefit of a low age weight allowance.

Finally the Waycotts-sponsored Confined race could go the way of Ambitious Pursuit for Pippa Glanville having run well here two weeks ago and holds a record of four previous wins at this track.  Although they could have The Dapper Fox under trainer/jockey Jack Veasey also a previous course winner and Honest Deed for Dean Summersby yard snapping at his heels.

This is a popular track for families to enjoy a picnic day at the races in this stunning parkland setting. The course has a country show feel about it with many trade stands, along with bar, bookies and hot and cold refreshments. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.  Postcode PL21 9NX.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Ugborough Beacon (2.1 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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