Preview: East Cornwall Point-to-Point at Great Trethew, nr Liskeard on Sunday 27th February 2022

Hopefully the storms are over, and the weather looks to be drying up in time for the East Cornwall Hunt to host their meeting at Menheniot, Great Trethew, on Sunday 27th February. This promises to be a fabulous day out for all the family, with the first of the two area Pony Races heading up the action at 11am. The Pony races have been generously sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages.

After which six races are on offer, attracting over 100 entries, with the Feature race of the day being the INEOS GRENADIER Mixed Open, which is a Cheltenham Mixed Open Hunter Chase final to be held in May. This could be a great area battle between highest rated River Myth, for trainer Stuart Sampson, taking on Sykes for the Nicola Martin team, Field Exhibition for the in form Ed Walker yard, and the two Dean Summersby entries Port O’clock and Cloudy Music.

The first race of the day is a two-mile flat race sponsored by Philip Warren, and will be fast until the uphill finish which will be a stamina test. Those catching the eye are, Honeymoon Period for jockey Charlie Sprake carrying a light weight, Gingerbread for jockey Natalie Parker , Talimar Pearl (Will Biddick) and Pour the Gin for jockey Robert Hawker. Gingerbread is bred out of a winning chaser out of the Philip Hobbs yard, and Pour The Gin’s Dam was placed twice at this track in previous years. It could be worth checking the movement in the bookies arena, as only one of the 15 entries have run before.

The Dave Hawken & Dodd/Prydis – sponsored Maiden race follows which holds thirty six entries, and looks sure to be divided on the day. Get On Ron holds hopes for team Jefford having run third at Buckfastleigh. Trainer Chloe Roddick holds two interesting entries with Bollin Twinkle, and more interestingly Cobre Noire who’s dam Sericina won multiple points plus a Hunter Chase. Polly Sans catches the eye, for the Keiran Price team is another who could make te trip down to run here.

Among the entries for the Open Maiden for 7 -years and over include Pyleigh Court for the inform Chris Barber team, who could follow up on the yard winner at Horseheath last Saturday. Ninth Wave will hold the hopes for the Will Biddick team, and Honest Opinion has been consistently placed, and must progress soon for team Summersby.

In the Group Travel-sponsored PPORA Club Members Race for Novice riders, entry Party Tunes is the highest rated, and could be a winning ride for jockey Charlotte Summersby, they could be taken on by Fionn Summers on Thewinnertakeitall, also from the Summersby yard. In the mix could be Broadclyst for team Jefford and jockey Anna Johnston, the combination winning at the January Wadebridge meeting.

The Jefferies-sponsored Restricted race closes the days events, In which Jeremy Central for owner/trainer Tom Malone looks to head the field and be a winner for Cornish born jockey Will Biddick. Jockey Will Biddick could have the option to ride Reflex Action (Paul Nicholas) a horse which he won on at Milborne St Andrew in January. Transition Period (Dean Summersby) for jockey Darren Edwards to ride has also been in the winners enclosure this season, when winning at the North Cornwall meeting in January .

This is a must event for anyone wanting a fun action packed day out at this popular track. On course facilities are hot and cold food, bar, bookies, and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 pp which includes a racecard and is by CASH ONLY on gate with children under 16 free. Live streaming is available via eventbrite on pointingdc.co.uk/live. The course is located at Menheniot off A38 between Menheniot and Liskeard, Postcode PL14 3PZ. A note to owners for passes, they need to contact Sandie Newton with an SAE for car passes, contact details sandie@david-newton.co.uk.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: South Pool Harriers Point-to-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 13th February 2022

The Westcountry Champion Chase for Winners only Mixed Open, is the feature race of the day at next weekends fixture, to be held at Buckfastleigh, on Sunday 13th February. This race has once again been generously sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Race Company Ltd, who have come up with a £1000 prize fund. In which, last years Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase winner Porlock Bay, for trainer/rider Will Biddick, stands out in their quest for this seasons campaign, and a timely prep for the festival again here, if conditions suit. Famous Clermont for trainer Chris Barber, could be another option for the champion jockey Will Biddick to ride, having won at this track in January the young gelding looks progressive. Among those entries looking to join in at the finish could be ex National Hunt winning entries, Chameron for jockey Ben Sutton, Molineaux (Freddie Gingell) who won at Larkhill last weekend, so may skip this meeting, and the prolific winning gelding Southfield Theatre for the Sara Bradstock team.

A total of six races are on offer, attracting over 100 entries, with a start time of 12 noon. Racing commences with the Tattersalls Cheltenham-sponsored Maiden race in which suggestions looking progressive are Between You and Me for team Neil McLean, Rock D’Ete an interesting debut entry for team Biddick, Santos Blue for the formidable Alan Hill/James King combination, and Whatwillmothersay for trainer Stuart Sampson who could win here if coming on for her Ffos Las flat race second.

The Luscombe Maye-sponsored Intermediate race follows which looks equally competitive, with Hotel du Nord coming as the highest rated and could improve on his two length second here at the January meeting for jockey Charlie Sprake, and be another winning training success for Will Biddick. They may come up against either of the entries for the Dean Summersby team, being Party Tunes and Port O’Clock. Also turning up could be The Big Sting for the inform yard of Chris Barber, and Jeremy Central for team Malone, either of which will rate high in the betting arena and provide another competitive race.

In the Hassall Law-sponsored Maiden race for six-year-olds and over looks equally as interesting. This could see Arv Way There(Hugh Thomas), Ninth Wave (Will Biddick) and Get On Ron ( Les Jefford) be highly fancied in the betting arena.

The Jockey Club Mares Maiden race holds twenty entries, with suggestions being Honest Opinion for team Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards to improve on their second at the last meeting here in January. Polly Sans for team Keiran Price team, ran four lengths third behind Southfield Megan at Chipley Park last month. Summerleaze for the Jill Dennis team ran 8-lengths second here also in the January meeting, and Artic Milly for team Jefford who could improve for her outing here also in January, when finishing fourth under jockey Martin McIntyre.

Finally up is the Moorland Timber-sponsored Restricted race, which looks equally competitive, with recent 40-length Larkhill winner Hugueneau under jockey Ben Sutton for the Alan Hill team, Transition Period (Dean Summersby), Jeremy Central (Tom Malone) Steel Express (Mike Vanstone) Feu des Malberaux (Paul Nicolas), and Felicie du Maquis (Clive Boultbee-Brooks), who are just some of the hot progressive entries to mention who may turn up to compete on the day.

The course is located at Lower Dean, alongside the A38. Postcode TQ11 OLT. There will be hot food and refreshments, licensed bar, trade stands and bookies. Entrance to the course is £15 per person cash on the gate. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN