Written by: Donna Harris
115 entries have been received for the Eggesford meeting at Upcott Cross this Saturday with eight races on offer, and a start time of 1pm. The feature race of the day will be the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race in which multiple winning horses including winner of four this season Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby), winner of two plus a Hunter Chase win at Exeter Heaney (Claire Wonnacott), Navanman(John Heard) winner of five including three open races under jockey Bryan Carver, and Whenharrymetsally (Keith Cumings) on an impressive mark of 15 wins to date, are among the 13 entries.
Navanman also holds an entry in the Opening Members race which has been sponsored by The Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchen co. It could be a popular family win for the Heard family, and could see him follow up on his recent win at Milborne St Andrew last month under jockey Bryan Carver. River Myth could be a likely challenger, but would need to find a couple of lengths improvement, as had to settle for second when the two met at Charlton Horthorne last month.
Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which Crown Of Thorns (Sarah Pidsley) is one to note, and could give jockey Will Biddick the crown for riding the most ever wins ridden in a Point-to-Points by a jockey. Manofmanywords out of the Camilla Scott yard could be the one to deny the crown for now, having recently won a 15 runner Restricted at Cothelsone by six lengths, under jockey Bryan Carver, with both horse and jockey showing good progression.
The Open Maiden race for four, five and six-year old is sponsored by David Pipe, with entries including Largy Mountain(Hannah Mahon) and Field Master( Robert Hawker) both have hinted at ability with seconds at Bampton Byron and Mollington respectively.
Whilst in the divided Open Maiden, Feu Des Malberaux( (Jo Tickle) after his six length second to Matts Legacy at Buckfastleigh and four-year-old weight allowance should show improvement, coming from a yard with a good strike rate with young horses. Also Banco De Logos (Dean Summersby) another to catch the eye in the first division with his seconds at Buckfastleigh and Cherrybrook. In the second division Where’s Wilma( Michael Watson) has finished in the frame on three of her four starts this season and has to be considered if running here, also Ballyjim (Jade Barber) for latest two and a-half lengths second at Milborne St Andrew and could land another win for Will Biddick.
Minimalistic out of Nikki Frost’s yard, stands out as an entry in the Hammett Financial-sponsored Restricted race having progressed quickly this season with two wins at the Buckfastleigh track, and may have needed a break when finishing third at Cherrybrook. Neetside (Jill Dennis) was unlucky to be carried out when travelling well at Flete Park last weekend and could run well here. Five Gold Bars (Robert Hawker) could progress after his two length win at Kilworthy in March and is another for the short list.
Finally up is the Confined race in which Kernal Victor could defy top weight and steal this, and bag another for the Ed Walker team to follow up on his eight length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month. River Myth (Stuart Sampson) holds an entry here too, and connections may prefer this race as an option to follow up on her Confined win at Cherrybrook, rather than the earlier Members race.
The course offers hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. It’s located 2m south of Halwill junction,off A3079 postcode EX21 5AE.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)
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