South Pool Harriers Point-To-Point, Sunday 17th February 2019

Having had time to re-coup following last Sunday’s SPH fixture, I am happy to say that despite all the extra work involved and the negative affect the “equine flu” issue had on our entries, enough equines remained eligible for us to stage both Pony Racing and our Point-to-Point successfully, thanks to the co-operation and goodwill all round.

Of 24 Ponies originally entered we only lost 7, 15 eventually declared giving us 9 in the 138’s and 6 in the 148’s. D&C Area Pony Racing team led by Kelvin Heard, with Angela Heath on Decs., did a marvellous job seeing them in and checking them out, before they could unbox to declare. In some very competitive racing,. Taylor Fisher on Clear the Track won the 138’s and Taylor Hopkins on Don’t Tell Dai won the 148’s. Congratulations to all concerned for making it all happen!

For the main meeting, of 105 entries originally received we had 35 eligible horses declared, spread over the 6 races: 5, 6, 3, 6, 5, 10. Lucy Croft, the Senior Vet and her South Moor Vets’ team did an excellent job processing them all on arrival, along with our own officials in the lorry park. The goodwill and co-operation of everyone involved made for smooth running of the whole operation and sincere thanks go to all. Whilst most races were nicely spread, the smallest field of 3 contested the D&C Area Classic , Totnes & Bridgetown Races’ £1000 “Westcountry Champion Chase” , but a grand tussle to the finish between Master Baker, Jo Supple and The Last But One ,Will Biddick made for an exciting race, with Master Baker taking the spoils. Full results of the day will be appearing in Granville Taylor’s Report, so enough said.

The PtP Committee is sincerely grateful to all those already mentioned above, Terry Hamlin, the Chief Steward, the Doctors and all the other Officials involved, plus our own Volunteer army. All helped make the day run smoothly to the enjoyment of a very supportive crowd in attendance and was very much appreciated. A big thank you to one and all!

Eileen Ashby, DVSPH PtP Secretary