Preview: The Dulverton West POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down MonDAY 17 May 2021

Point-to-Pointing takes a step forward to opening its doors to the public at the Dulverton West meeting, to be held at the stunning Bratton Down track in North Devon next Monday 17th May. This is the first of three meetings to be held at this popular course this season, and promises to be a fabulous event.

This will be a late afternoon/evening meeting,with pony racing heading up the action in the afternoon at 3pm. Two pony races are on offer which have been kindly sponsored by David Pipe and Willie Mullins.

The main six-race card starts at 5pm, over 90 entries have been received. The feature race looks to be the Brends Hotel-sponsored Mixed Open race which offers over £700 in prize money, entries include Board Of Trade for in form Devon trainer Ed Walker who impressively beat Southfield Theatre at Flete Park earlier this month under jockey Chloe Emsley. Eric The Third could go well again for trainer John Heard having won at Trebudannon, and outside raider Barney Dwan (Sally Randall) having won a Ladies Open at Cocklebarrow last season and had a good spin at Cheltenham a Hunter Chase finishing fourth last month and could prove dangerous.

The opening Andrew Maddox-sponsored Restricted race could be a battle between recent winners Edabean and Florrie Webb if not competing at Cothelstone during the week and with Will Biddick on the sidelines having sustained an injury last weekend. Don’t Ask Us for the Keith Cumings team is one who could follow up on a recent  maiden win at Upcott Cross for Jockey Josh Newman. And Mustmeetforapint has been unlucky since winning his maiden at Wadebridge and could bounce back here to challenge.

In the 3-mile Mardons-sponsored Maiden race Benny’s Miracle for the Teresa Clark team ran third at Trebudannon and could be ready to improve, along with Not At All (Jason Warner) placed last season, Jimmy Tew’s third at Holnicote for the Janet Ackner team for Darren Edwards to ride, and Nouva Vita’s third at Flete Park for the Ed Walker team is another who could come on for the run.

The PJ Hobbs( Sandhill Racing)-sponsored Conditions race could be a battle between another Ed Walker-trained inmate Journey Juice who could follow up on his impressive victory at Flete Park when produced by Chloe Emsley for a two length victory. Rolling Dylan is proving to be a great schoolmaster for young jockey Tom Dixon and talented trainer Laura Parker when winning Members race at Holnicote. Phillip Hobbs still has an interest in Rolling Dylan who was impressive when running under rules winning over 56k in prize money.

They also hold entries in the Members Conditions race which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd, where either could prove worthy winners, but could come up against another outside raider catching the eye, in the Francesca Nimmo-trained Dr Time who is looking for a hat-trick of wins this season under leading gentleman jockey James King.

Finally up is the Intermediate race with many previously mentioned holding claims if waiting to challenge in this race, along with For Rita who could follow-up on her ten-length win at Flete Park earlier this month. Also Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team and is another in winning form seeking a hat trick of wins this season. This race has been sponsored by James Pryce Tractors.

  • Dulverton West spectator tickets will be available via the pointing.co.uk/tickets website, there is a fee of £15 which includes a racecard.
  • Children under 16 go free but must apply for an e-ticket.
  • Social distancing still must be adhered to at all times.
  • With on site bar, bookies and trade stands, it will be great to get this outdoor event back on track in the beautiful picnic location, which has a back drop view of Exmoor to enjoy.
  • Dulverton West live streaming viewing will be available via registering with eventbrite via the pointingdc.co.uk/Live website.
  • Postcode for the course is EX31 45G.
Donna Harris
Donna Harris

Best selling Children’s Author Interested in journalism, novel writing. Currently PRO Devon & Cornwall Point to Point.