Preview: North Cornwall Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 12th January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

The North Cornwall Hunt host their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday 12th January. There are six races on offer with a start time of 11.30am. 60 entries have been received.

The Kivells-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day and has attracted some class entries which include the ex Nicky Henderson trained Cheltenham hurdle winner under rules Thomas Campbell. Now with Ottery based trainer Ed Walker, Thomas Campbell won at this track in December two and a quarter lengths ahead of The Tom Malone trained The Last But One who also holds an entry in this race. Multiple point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, along with the Luke Price-trained Ramble On also stand out among the eleven entries, ensuring this is a race not to miss.

Chosen Lucky for team Summersby, looks the pick of the opening Moores of St Wenn Landrovers-sponsored Members race. Only four are entered with Chosen Lucky standing out having won 12 of his 17 starts to date, and second or third in his remaining five. He ran a creditable third here behind Thomas Campbell at the December meeting under young novice jockey Charlotte Summersby.

The PPORA Novice Riders race, which is sponsored by Ray Davis Foods, looks really competitive with The Last But One entered which is an option for trainer Tom Malone to consider. Honest Deed also holds an entry, and won at this track last season for team Summersby, Also Kernel Victor(Ed Walker) who was held in third that day, Conor Houlihan has the ride here on Kernel Victor, and will be keen try and reverse those placings. Ramble On also holds an entry in this race for the Luke Price team, although is yet to tackle this track, however a winner of nine of his starts to date could have regular jockey Byron Moorcroft aboard and prove a danger.

The Restricted race which has been kindly sponsored by Mrs N Phillips holds interesting entries with recent Ffos Las Maiden winner The Galloping Bear for trainer Ben Clarke, who won that race unchallenged by 50 lengths when many failed to finish. Gio’s Girl for trainer Ed Walker, ran second here in the Restricted at the December meeting and looks to have the booking of Will Biddick to ride, and Voie Dans Voie an Ex Alan King inmate, also looking progressive having won his Maiden at the December meeting here for trainer Laura Thomas.

Heltor Oils sponsor the Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds with sixteen entries. Nickelsonthedime stands out for the Neil McLean team having run third here having stayed on well up the hill at the December meeting under jockey Josh Newman. Song Of The Hunter must be respected out of Tom Malone’s yard with the booking of Champion jockey Will Biddick. Also Cottage Rose for the John Heard team showed some decent place form last season and could improve on her fifth place here at the December meeting, having raced prominently until fading four out under talent young jockey Fergus Gillard who retains the ride again.

Closing the day is a race for Maidens 7 years and over which is sponsored by Bays Scaffolding, entry Mustmeetforapint could improve on his one length second here in December behind Pheonix Park and clock up another winner for team Summersby who have a good strike rate with maiden horses. Staunton is also an entry to catch the eye, out of Luke Price’s yard has some modest place form under rules and may go well switching to Points.

This venue offers a huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot and cold food and refreshments, seating area, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Access to the course is via tarmac roads with good parking and great track-side viewing. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off A39 West of Wadebridge PL27 7UE. 

Also a full list of fixtures in both the Devon & Cornwall & Wessex Area is available by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch, Higher Sminhayes Farm, Brendon Hill, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0LG

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Useful Information:

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

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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