The Cornwall Hunt Club hosts the first of two meetings which are scheduled to be held at the Royal Cornwall Show Ground this season, attracting 65 good qualities from around the country, for this Sunday’s event on 5th December. An early start time of 11.30 to make the most of daylight hours, for the six races on offer.
The Tinks Catering-sponsored Conditions race for Veteran and Novice riders opens the days event, with Eric The Third for the John Heard team catching the eye having won at Trebudannon in April, followed up by a spin around Cheltenham in a Hunter Chase in April finishing reasonably well in mid division, he could be a competitive ride for young jockey Lauren Reed. Their main rival looks to be Moratorium, a recent winner at Dunsmore for jockey Nathan Green and trainer Myles Osbourne. Ex Wincanton Chase winner Hit The Highway will be flying the flag for trainer Will Biddick, who is now making his name among winning trainers, and The Roestone is another entry who cannot be left out of the equation having run a creditable second at this track in 2019 for team Chanin.
Dean Summersby has an excellent strike rate with his young horses, and his team have two entries in the Ice Cream Parlour – Port Issac Maiden race which follows. Honest Opinion had gone close on three occasions in second place last season, and should be progressive now. Another of the Summersby team entries is Transition period who stayed on well to run second at Cothelstone under area champion jockey Darren Edwards. The Summersby team offer much fun for their syndicate members for the young horses normally purchased out of Ireland. Bloodstock agent Tom Malone is another with a fantastic strike rate with his purchases, and his entry Escapeandevade could well follow up on his second place at Castletown in Ireland this October, and be a winning ride for jockey Will Biddick.
Moores of St Wenn sponsor the Ladies open race in which the Alan Hill-trained Back Bar looks to be one of the bookies favourites if making the trip down to the track for the Alan Hill team, hoping his entry can follow-up on Back Bars three career wins between the flags to date. The eye is drawn to Goldbury for the Parker family team, this game mare having previously won at this track and has a mares weight allowance, she should be well fit to figure here with both trainer Laura Jones and rider Natalie Parker working for top National Hunt trainers themselves, being the Hobbs and Nicholls teams. Robin Gundry has Inch Rock entered for jockey Pippa Glanville, and they should be competitive having had a recent run finishing second at the Dunsmore meeting last month.
Sir Mangan for trainer Alan Hill is the highest rated entry in the R & J Trevarthen Men’s Open race, and could prove difficult to beat having won five out of his six outings to date. Although Sir Mangan could have a few young horses snapping at his heels here up the gruelling uphill finish, with entry Bridge Of Spies for the George Beilby team, and jockey Conor Houlihan looking to improve on their recent second at Dunsmore, when carrying top weight, and is a previous track winner here.
The Exeter Racecourse–sponsored Intermediate race is the first of the seasons qualifiers for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate final Hunter Chase Final in April next year. Post No Bills is the highest rated and could steal this for outside raider Bradley Gibbs to follow-up on their Restricted win in October at Pyle, although this race could be more competitive with his opposition looking to be entry Minim Mouse for the Chloe Newman team to follow up on her Bratton win and carrying her mares weight allowance, which could prove the key up the finishing hill. Cloudy Music for team Summersby is another with a mares weight allowance and could be a winning ride for Charlotte Summersby. Broadclyst would need to defy top weight, but with a canny ride from jockey Conor Houlihan should be close at the finish.
Finally up is the Lodge & Thomas-sponsored Restricted race, in which Truckers Pass for Team Malone and jockey Will Biddick combination will be likely favourites after their impressive Dunsmore win. Trainer Teresa Clark has two entered, Bennys Miracle & Fountain Chief both who will be well respected on their winning form at Bratton Down and Stratford. Dock of The Bay for the Les Jefford team cannot be left out of the equation if turning up here, after his head win at Badbury last month under Martin McIntyre.
The Large covered barn holding all warming facilities for a winters day out in the country. Facilities include hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands which ideal for Christmas shopping. Entrance to the Wadebridge course is a bargain at £12 per person, cash payments only on the gate. Children under 16 go free and dogs on leads welcome. For those spectators wishing to view on the television at home, this can be accessed via the eventbrite link on pointingdc.co.uk/Live there is a deal on offer for angels ticket for all of the remaining fixtures in the Devon & Cornwall area, these can be accessed via pointingdc.co.uk/live or Weatherbys Point-to-Point website. The course is located at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge Postcode PL27 7JE
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