Preview: Cornwall Club Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 9th December 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three Point-to-Point fixtures to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, takes place this coming Sunday 9th December, where the Cornwall Hunt Club stage their meeting. Seven races are on offer, with the Open Maiden race now divided, and a start time of 12 noon. Over sixty entries have been received.

Course specialist Sobre Tresor holds an entry in the R & J Trevarthen-sponsored Ladies Open race, and could clock up an impressive tenth win at this track for the Chloe Newman team. The twelve year-old gelding won at all three meetings here last season under jockey Chloe Emsley, who looks to have the ride on him again here. Entry Purple ‘n Gold catches the eye having won under rules at Fontwell last season when in training with David Pipe, he now runs for the Les Jefford team, and could provide jockey Jo Supple with an early season win.

The Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Men’s Open race could see entries Broadclyst (R Chanin) and Navanman (J Heard) battle out the gruelling uphill finish, both having started the season off well with wins at Buckfastleigh last month. Broadclyst had won his Maiden and Restricted races at this track last season for the Chanin team, together with a head win in the Intermediate race at Buckastleigh, he looks to be able to go close. Navanman’s win in the Mixed Open at Flete last season was impressive, then coming out to win a Mixed Open at Buckfastleigh last month could give him the edge here.

The opening Conditions race is sponsored by Ray Davis Foods, and has previous course winner Mic’s Delight entered who won at this track last season when scoring by 20 lengths. Now 14 years old, Mic’s Delight goes well fresh and has been a joy for Millie Wonnacott to ride and for trainer mum Claire Wonnacott also Jennifer Davenport., who purchased him several years ago from Victor Dartnall. Here, he may find Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) and Rockinrolldixie (now trained by Carly Mather) snapping at his heels than in previous years and try to stalk Mic’s Delight’s front running tactics . Also entered in the Conditions race is Jack The Hat for owner/trainer/rider Mark Robinson, the 13 year-old gelding has some solid NH form behind him which includes two Chase wins (one at Perth in Aug 17) and three hurdle races to his credit.

The Open Maiden race has already been divided. The first division is sponsored by Foot Anstey. Area champion jockey Will Biddick is booked to ride the Ed Walker-trained Rabunda who’s previous NH form was when two-length second in a National Hunt flat race to Yanworth back in 2014. Entry Dragon De La Tour is entered for the Woollacott team and could improve on his second here last season.

In the second division of the Open Maiden race Banco de Logos for team Summersby could improve on his eight-length second at Buckfastleigh when ridden by Darren Edwards who looks to hold the ride here. Also entered is Robin Why Not for the Joe Tickle team and Will Biddick to ride, they could well follow upon their seconds last season at both Bratton at Buckfastleigh meetings. This division has kindly been sponsored by The Nare Hotel.

Recent Buckfastleigh winner Druid Spitfire could snatch the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race for trainer Robert Chanin. Outside raider Kensington Castle looks to be the likely danger, with the booking of in form jockey Byron Moorcroft to ride.

Land Promotion Group sponsor the Restricted race which closes the days event. The Sue Trump owned Raddon Top ran second at the Lower Machen meeting back in April for team Jefford, and with the booking here of talented young jockey Bryan Carver,who works for the Paul Nicholls team in Ditcheat, could well snatch this race. Natalie Parker is another talented young jockey to note also from the Nicholl’s team, and is booked to ride here on the Christine Grey-trained Ann Maries Reject. The combination could go well and follow up on their six-length third in a Restricted race at Flete Park in May.

With its easy access parking, track side viewing, on course bookies, bar, hot and cold refreshments inside a huge covered barn, along with a number of trade stands providing gifts for Christmas shopping, this is an event not to be missed. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off the A39 west of Wadebridge.Post code PL27 7JE. Check out the pointing.dc website and Facebook page for up to date entries and going changes.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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