Written by: Donna Harris

The Stevenstone meeting can be a great way to round off the Bank Holiday by attending their fixture at Vauterhill near High Bickington, on Monday 6th May. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm, 60 entries have been received.

The races include a Mixed Open race which is a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Race to be held at Stratford-on-Avon on Friday 31st May, entries include the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally for the Keith Cumings team who’s latest win came when storming home the 20-length winner at Cherrybrook. Minella Fifty (Claire Hitch) was only just denied a win last weekend when having to settle for a head second under Josh Newman at the Axe Vale meeting. Also River Myth (Stuart Sampson) who may go for the opening Conditions race, but should be in the mix if  here having won three this season, the latest a six-length win at Upcott Cross, and her low weight could prove crucial.

The opening Conditions race has six entries in which Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) could add to his tally of four wins this season. Dragon de La Tour is another to note having destroyed the field by 16 lengths when taking the Restricted race at Kingston St Mary under Will Biddick.

In the Restricted race the eye is drawn to Cornflower Blue for trainer Patrick Picton-Warlow after her maiden win at Cothelstone followed by her length second at Flete Park. Mahler Style (Alan Walter) won her maiden in March at Larkhill and looks one to follow, along with Could Be Better (Stuart Sampson after his four length win at Little Windsor, and Victoria Sleeps mare Rumor Has It who could improve on her second at Trebudannon.

Skinflint (Gerry Supple) is an entry in the Intermediate race, connections may choose to run at the Flete meeting on Saturday, however this race could give him an extra few days to recover from his eight length win at Stafford Cross, when ridden by Bryan Carver. He could come up against Trebudannon winner Robin Why Not for the Jo Tickle team. Robin Why Not won his maiden nicely at Buckfastleigh before scoring his eight length victory in his Restricted race in a small field at Trebudannon. Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) looks another having a good season, and is consistently in the frame and should be considered after her second at Upcott Cross to Kernel Victor.

The Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Open Maiden race is also on the agenda with 17 entered. Many with chances here including recent Upcott runner up Willadoo (Les Jefford), Fireweld (Patricia Shaw) a six length second at Trebudannon and Where’s Wilma (Michael Watson) if she can repeat her promising form at the beginning of the season and progress.

Where’s Wilma is also entered in the Open Maiden race which closes the days event. Itchifoot looks an interesting entry, another out of the Patrick Picton-Warlow team ran  four-lengths second to Cold Be Better at Little Windsor.

This is a relatively flat track and will promise some fast thrilling finishes. Good track-side viewing with a dry weekend on offer, will be sure to get the families out to enjoy the countryside sport. For those not choosing to pack their picnic baskets full, there will be hot and cold food and refreshments on offer, together with a bar and bookies to compliment the day. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is at High Bickington signed from A377, A3124 and B3217. Postode EX37 9BT.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Warkleigh (3.7 miles)

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