Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Wednesday Evening 6th June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

The re-arranged Eggesford meeting, which was postponed from April due to the wet weather, will take place next Wednesday evening June 6th at the course situated at Upcott Cross. Seven races are on offer with the first off at 5pm. 98 entries have been received.

The Eggesford Champion Mixed Open ,which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, holds a total prize fund of £650 and has attracted some top quality entries. These include the Alan Hill-trained Sharp Suit, a horse which has just helped clock up the trainer’s 300th winner between the flags when taking the Timico Mixed Open at Larkhill. This Milan-sired gelding destroyed the field that day, coming home 40 lengths ahead of his nearest rival last Saturday when ridden by jockey James King.

With the area and national titles soon coming to a close there is much still to settle with championships points, many of the outside raiders will descend on the area at the last few meetings. With Darren Edwards currently (as at Friday 1st June) one point ahead of Will Biddick for our gentleman’s jockey title, the Mixed Open could hold the key. Edwards is booked to ride five time season winner Honest Deed for trainer Dean Summersby, whilst Biddick looks booked to ride Barbury and Trebudannon winner Mistress Massini for trainer  Teresa Clark. Both jockey’s may be hoping that the outside raiders, such as Sharp Suit (Alan Hill) and Aerlite Supreme (Evan Williams)  choose other meetings to attend. For ‘N’ Against, Ramble On and Hold Court are also among the 22 strong enteries.

The opening Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchens-sponsored Hunt Members race holds only five entries, with Sixteen Letters from the Big Brook team standing out as another possibility for an opportunity for Will Biddick  to level the score with Darren Edwards. Sixteen Letter has won two of his starts this season, latterly at Holnicote when scoring by 2 ¼ lengths that day on good to firm.  Entry Le Clo De La Londe would have to defy top weight to snatch this, and entry Bob Along Mahler for the Stuart Sampson team could be one to follow up on his Vauterhill win, that day under jockey Bryan Carver.

In the Farmco sponsored Intermediate race Sixteen Letters if not running in previous race, should go well for jockey Will Biddick. Also the two Keith Cumings entries could be considered, Colthelstone winner High Priority, and Steel Brush having scored at both the Flete Park and Holnicote meetings.  Give us peace from the Teresa Clark yard came into form when winning at Umberleigh last season and could improve on his recent third at Holnicote.

Diese Gold for trainer Jill Dennis catches the eye in the David Pipe-sponsored Open Maiden race for 4,5 and 6 year-olds, having come a very close third when battling out the finish here at the previous meeting. Entry Robin Why Not gets an mention for his second at the May Bratton fixture, and Sweet Lady Jane for her consistency in gaining place form.

Vauterhill Maiden winner Bob Along Mahler (Stuart Sampson) gets a vote in the TT Buildings-sponsored Restricted race if connections by pass the earlier Members race. Byron Moorcroft has Gowell and Free Scorpion entered, and another trainer double entered in this is the Camilla Scott team with Tree Sparrow and recent Bratton winner Moonlight Flyer as her ammunition.

In the David Phillips Bookmaker-sponsored Open Maiden race Port Navas looked to be an unlucky unseat of his rider at Larkhill due to tack slipping, but could be another winner for Will Biddick who takes the ride this time. Robin Why Not and Sweet Lady Jane also hold an entry in this Maiden race and should be fancied on previous form.

Finally up is the Chris Hodgson Engineering-sponsored Confined race in which River Myth would be well fancied after his Restricted win at the Axe Vale meeting and dead heating at Bratton Down for the Stuart Sampson yard under jockey Darren Andrews.

On course facilities are hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies together with trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car and driver, £10 per passenger. Pedestrians £10. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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