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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 16th June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

This Saturday will see the final Point-to-Point of the season take place at Umberleigh where the Torrington Farmers will host their meeting on 16th June. There is always a great party atmosphere, where crowds will gather to watch the final six races of the season, after which there will be three pony races to close the event. The area champions will then be crowned and trophies presented.  Over 90 entries have been received for the main card which starts at 2pm.

The Davisons-sponsored  Men’s Open race could see reigning champion jockey Will Biddick score here on his fathers There’s No Panic who won at this track last season. They could have some strong competition to deal with in five times winner this season Spencer Moon ,for jockey Byron Moorcroft if they can defy top weight, also Alex Edwards on Rockinrolldixie who used to be with the Dean Summersby team. Rockinrolldixie now with Cotswold trainer Diana Ralph, was on a roll when winning at both the Bredwardine and Maismore tracks this season, but then refused to race at Chaddesley Corbett on his next outing. He would need to be on his best form here, but he does go well for jockey Alex Edwards, who is leading the National Mens Championship.

The Ladies Open which is sponsored by Nancekivell & Co, could see jockey Gina Andrews take the ride on There’s No Panic if not going in the Mens race earlier. Gina Andrews is soon to be crowned National Ladies Champion, currently holding joint second place is Isabel Marshall who could have either of the two Alan Hill-trained entries as an option, in Man Of Steel a winner of six this season including a Hunter Chase at Cartmel, and recent runner up at Peper Harow and Edgcot According To Trev . The Francesca Nimmo-trained Darksen and Rendevous Peak  are also to be respected if turning up here for current joint leading  National Lady Novice jockey Alice Stevens to ride.

Tattersalls, Ireland sponsor the opening Members race  which could go the way of Culverwell, a recent one length runner up at Upcott, for the Teresa Clark team under jockey Will Biddick, who although looks to have lost his National Mens title will take the Devon & Cornwall Area title.  Le Clo De La Londe must be respected, a winner here last season for the in form trainer Stuart Sampson, here with the booking of Emma Watson to ride.

Kivells  sponsor the Restricted race in which several outside raiders could turn up including Gowell a Llwyn Ddu winner and runner-up at Brampton Maden and Upcott,  trained and ridden by Byron Moorcroft. Charm Park winner Euro Bond for trainer Joe Tickle, Garthorpe Maiden winner Desert Retreat for the Alan Hill team and Upcott maiden winner Sweet Lady Jane for trainer Kieran Price.

Claire Howarth of the Barum Stud sponsors the Intermediate race in which a suggestions are Peper Harow winner Stage One  (Alan Hill), and Bredwardine winner on good to firm Free Scorpion, another out of the Byron Moorcroft yard. Joey The Kangaroo out of Ledbury trainer Julie Mansell’s yard, could be another to make a journey down to the course and follow up on his nine-length win at the Edcote earlier this month, where he left Free Scorpion back 23 lengths in fourth and would deserve favouritism here.

The Open Maiden being sponsored by Smallridge Brother Ltd has recent Upcott Cross runner up Buckboru entered for trainer Laura Young. Buckboru battled on gamely at Upcott to finish a head second. Here Comes Molly has clocked up two seconds for trainer Tracey Barfoot-Saint. Rockabay is another which could run well for Joe Tickle, and any market support for debutant The Boola Bee for trainer owner/trainer/jockey Kieran Buckley would be worth following.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a large number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Under 16’s go free and dogs welcome but must be on a lead at all times. The course is located at Chapleton, Umberleigh. On A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Hiscott (2.2 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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