Written by: Donna Harris
This weekend’s fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area will be held at the Upcott Cross course where the South Tetcott will host their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon with the main race card commencing at 1pm. 145 entries have been received for the six races on offer.
The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open looks red hot with many in form horses entered. Bistouri D’Honore is already on a hat-trick of wins this season when scoring at Axe Vale and dual Barbury meetings for trainer Michael Felton. Golden Hoof is another entry having clocked up an impressive win when coming home 30 lengths ahead of the field at Trebudannon for the Jade Barber team. Fly West, another impressive contender with two wins and third in a Hunter Chase at Cheltenham. Navanman from the John Heard team is on the two winner mark when scoring at Trebudannon and Flete Park. Pink Eyed Pedro has won five this season so far for trainer David Brace but is also entered in the Novice riders race and Cothelstone meeting. Minella Fifty for trainer Claire Hitch should not be discounted on previous form having won 11 of his 22 starts, including taking the Mixed Open at Axe Vale last month.
Penbode Vet Group-sponsor the Conditions race which is the curtain opener. Ed Walker’s entry Fly West could follow up his wins at Axe Vale and Little Windsor. Dean Summersby’s team has Honest Deed entered, having already clocked up four wins in quick succession, he could be the market leader. Heaney is one to note too, with his wins at Wadebridge and Flete with young Millie Wonnacott aboard, trained by her parents at home in South Devon, and jointly owned by vet Jennifer Davenport, who will be celebrating her wedding this weekend.
Another Summersby entry could appear in the Coodes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race, in which Clondaw Bunny could follow up on his maiden win at Great Trethew. Just Another Vodka for the Nicola Martin team should progress soon after his 15 length win at Flete Park, and The Coffee Hunter is another with a strong claim after his Holnicote win for trainer Colin Heard, but will need to bounce back from pulling up at Bratton Down where he may have found the going too lively.
Outside raider David Brace has three entered in the Dodson & Horrell-sponsored Novice riders race Pink Eyed Pedro, Robin des People and William Money any of these should be respected if turning up here with young jockey Conor Brace aboard who is leading the gentleman novice jockeys title championship. He could come up against Bistouri D’Honore if connections chose this race over the Mixed Open. Bistouri D’Honore has won four this season, and three times this term under jockey Ed Doggrell who is booked to ride him again here. Bankhall from the David Jones team for Emma Jones to ride, has won two of their starts when coming home the winner of the Ladies Open at Cothelstone and Mixed Open at Maismore, they could well be in the frame again here on what looks to be similar going.
In the three mile Open Maiden race which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, Jill Dennis’s Deise Gold ran well on debut with a promising third at Trebudannon, but this could go the way of the Pauling Geering-trained Mountain Las who deserves a win having finished runner-up on four occasions this season. The final race of the day is the two-mile four furlong FC Cleaning Systems-sponsored Open Maiden race in which Eggardon Hill stands out having just been denied a short head at Little Windsor recently and is the highest rate. Sapphire Noire is another to have ran well when finishing second at Trebudannon for the Katherine Hawke yard.
On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and several trade stands. Entrance is £10 car and driver and £10 per passenger. Pedestrians are £10 with children under 16 free. The event is located at Upcott Cross, 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 Postcode EX21 5AE.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)
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