The field for the Elizabeth May Memorial Conditions race, led by eventual winner Syracuse's Dream (green silks)

PREVIEW: Flete Park Races (Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd) Saturday 1st May 2021

The second meeting to be held on the beautiful Flete Park Estate in South Devon, takes place this coming Saturday 1st May. The meeting will again be held behind closed doors due to current Covid restriction, but can be watched online via eventbrite live streaming.

Pony races head up the action at 1pm which have been kindly sponsored by the landowner, Mr Anthony Mildmay-White. The pony races are a great way for our young jockey’s of the future to gain their experience. Many have come through the ranks this way, including Harry Cobden, Harry Skelton, Tyler Heard, Bryony Frost, Megan Nicholls, Tamby Welch and many others. The current races are becoming even more competitive for those wishing to follow their dreams.

The main six race card commences at 2pm and has attracted 77 entries. Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd have added extra sponsorship for four of the races on the card which include the Skinners four- mile Ladies Open race and looks to be the feature of the day. Southfield Theatre is an entry who won over 170k under rules, and has been on the point-to-point scene for the Bradstock family for a number of years since retiring from National Hunt. This 13 year-old gelding is still part owned by his breeder Mrs Angela Yeoman, and is a credit to her stud farm. He also holds an entry in the Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Friday this week, and connections may wish to target him there. Unioniste is another ex National Hunt horse who clocked up some more impressive form under rules gaining 250k in prize money, and now looks to be taking to pointing. He could improve on his second here two weeks ago for the Biddick team who may have young Ella Orttewell aboard, who has already tasted success at this track. Know The Score won here two weeks ago and could provide another winner for the inform Les Jefford team, this time with Jo Supple aboard.

Marchand Petit jointly sponsor the opening Maiden race with Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd. This race could go the way of entry Not At All with previous place form for outside raider Jason Warner, and for jockey James King to continue his challenge for the men’s title. Chips For Free (Mary Sanderson) is another with decent previous place form and looks a decent ride for Rob Hawker .

The well bred Dr Time was impressive on winning his maiden race under Josh Newman in style here two weeks ago, and could take the Restricted race which is sponsored by Print Concerns supporting the NHS. Florrie Web also catches the eye being trained by Will Biddick, he won the members race at Cothelstone by eight lengths and could well re-produce that form here. O’Faolains Lad (Stuart Penny) could be another option for Will Biddick to ride, and could go close after his second at Cothelstone,where he could come on for that run.

Next up is the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Conditions race in which local entry It’s A Steal would be a popular winner for the Lee Glanville team and follow up on their third here at the previous meeting, although they could be up against Journey Juice (Ed Walker) who got the better of them that day and could be the main threat, For Rita (Fran Nimmo) and Our Henrietta (Alice Procter) have both clocked up some decent form and any market support should be noted. If Chill Factor (Will Biddick)  runs here he is likely to put up a brave performance and deny a high weight penalty.

Polo The Mumm was travelling well until unseating his rider close home at the last meeting, and should go well here in the Artemis Morgan and Totnes & Bridgetown- sponsored  Conditions Novice Riders race for jockey Tamby Welch. Charlotte Summersby is booked to have the option of three rides in this, with Cloudy Music for her family team Summersby, and could follow up on their third here at the previous meeting. Another from the team as a possible ride is Chosen Lucky if bouncing back from his run last weekend at Trebudannon, and Eric The Third a winner under Charlotte last weekend at Trebudannon. Syracuse’s Dream got his head in front when winning here at the last meeting at this track, with a good training performance by his patient owner/trainer Deborah Treener, and he could be close at the finish again under young Barnaby Treneer.

Finally up is the two-mile four furlong Maiden race sponsored by The White House Farm and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co, in which entries Lassue (Will Biddick) finished four-lengths second at Cothelstone, and Aracara ( Luke Price) ran third here at the last meeting, both will be likely favourites if turning up here again.

Flete Park Racing Betting is available by registering at least one hour before the event by ringing either Richard Pittard on  07711298746 or Dave Phillips on 07810775119. Flete Park Racing’s Live stream can be registered through pointingDC.co.uk/live for a fee of £10 plus a  small admin fee.