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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point to Point at Umberleigh on Saturday 11th June 2022

The venue at Umberleigh for the Torrington Farmers Pointing fixture this Saturday hosts the finale of the Point-to-Point season where the area Champions will be crowned along with any remaining National Championship contest are decided. Not only will the picnics be flowing, but all the hard work, dedication and loyalty of all the owners, trainers, staff, jockeys and racecourse teams will be appreciated as keeping this fabulous sport going after the previous Covid lockdown restrictions. Most of the jockey’s titles have been decided, however there is one still to be decided among young gentlemen novice jockeys Charlie Sprake and Freddie Gordon.

The opening Torrington Arms sponsored-Condition race looks competitive with equally rated Say About It, a Hunter Chase winner at Stratford, Eric The Third for Devon trainer John Heard, Mahler Style for trainer Alan Walter, and Golden Poet for the Keiran Burke team are all favoured on this seasons consistent form.

The following Kivells-sponsored Restricted race looks one for Benny’s Miracle for novice gentleman jockey Charlie Sprake to seal the championship. He is among many of the young jockeys who have successfully progressed through the Will Biddick training yard. Polly Sans is another to note having run well under leading trainer Luke Price’s guidance, and maybe a ride for leading gentleman jockey James King to ride.

There are 15 entries in the Azets-sponsored Men’s Open with the Neil Mclean-trained Sixteen Letters setting the standard with five wins this season but would need to defy top weight, he could give Josh Newman another success here. Jockey Freddie Gordon looks to have the option of three rides here, any of which could help him in his bid for the Novice Gentleman’s title on Captain Bucks, Highway One O One and Commanche Red, with Captain Bucks looking his likely ride here against his closest rival Charlie Sprake .

The Pilton Auction House-sponsored Ladies Open holds entries with Monsieur Gibraltar and Virak which could be options for Olive Nicholls to ride, with Monsieur Gibraltar running and winning last weekend, it is likely we could see Virak, a four time Hunter Chase winner and six Point-to-Points out at this meeting to give the leading female Novice Jockey Olive Nicholls a winning end to her first pointing season. Jack Dillinger is an entry who was an eye catching ten length winner at the Bratton Down meeting last weekend, that day under James King, but could see Natalie Parker ride him here.

The following Intermediate race which is sponsored by Claire Howarth Barum Stud, could see Ninth Wave, who finished a close second at Bratton Down last weekend, progress here for Will Biddick under his training title, for jockey Charlie Sprake to end the season on another winner and lead the Novice Men’s jockey’s title race. They could come up against Hitheroadjack who is already on a treble for the season, the latest of which includes an Intermediate race at Trecoed last weekend.

Finally up is the Small Ridge-sponsored Maiden race which holds twelve entries, these include Huriel for outside raider Steve Wynne having run four-lengths second last weekend at Garthorpe, Stopbeatingyourgums for the Luke Price/James King combination and Kates Lane for the Elizabeth Scott team looking to improve on their third at Holnicote last month.

The course is located on the A377, 5m South East of Barnstaple. Postcode EX37 9EB. On course facilities are bar, hot and cold food and refreshments, bookies trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person including a racecard. Children under 16 free. 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.

Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 5th June 2022

Its hot at the top! With our third trip to the stunning course at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 5th June, for the season’s penultimate point-to-point meeting, and both gentleman jockey’s James King and Will Biddick are neck and neck in the race for the championship. This looks again to be an excellent day out for all the family. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm, attracting 50 quality entries.

The Winston Pincombe-sponsored Members race heads up the action, in which Broughtons Rhythm for trainer Laura Hurley is the highest rated and could follow up on his second at this meeting last season under Fionn Summers. He could be taken on by the younger Grove Ash for the Mary Sanderson team, who ran a creditable one-length second to Rowley Park at Holnicote and third last weekend at Upcott Cross for leading male Novice jockey Charlie Sprake.

In the following Riverside Caravan Camping & Country Club-sponsored Maiden race Stopbeatingyourgums (Luke Price) who ran third at the Dingley meeting last weekend, could provide jockey James King with another winner, the jockey having scored a treble at last weekends meeting for trainer Luke Price. His opposition could be entry Alkademan (Mike Vanstone) who ran third to Donny’s Fortune at this track two weeks ago, and Holdmetight for the Ed Walker team who finished fourth that day under Chloe Emsley.

The Exmoor Hay & Straw-sponsored Intermediate race looks a hot race with Knockmoylan standing out for the Chris Barber team for Will Biddick to maintain his challenge for the title, after their treble of wins earlier in the season. Will Biddick has also entered his own-trained Ninth Wave, which could also be the one he could score on here or for jockey Charlie Sprake to ride and follow up on their win at this track last month.

Outside raider Luke Price has three horses entered in the Ucanstore-sponsored Men’s Open race as options for jockey James King to try and snatch the title, with course winner Spencer Moon unbeaten in all four races this season, Ramble On who ran one length second to Imogens Thunder at this track two weeks ago, and Jack Dillinger a winner two weeks ago at Bredwardine. At this stage it is difficult to predict which will be aimed at the Chaddlesley Corbett meeting mid week. Highway One O One is another entry catching the eye who has won four races this season, the latest being a Mixed Open at Kingston Blount for novice jockey Freddie Gordon last weekend.

In the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open we could see another thriller with multiple winner Southfield Theatre entered for the Sara Bradstock team with daughter Lily to  continue their impressive season. Also Monsieur Gibraltar entered for top novice jockey Olive Nicholls to ride, the combination having set a course record here at the last meeting.

Finally up is the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Restricted race which could go the way of Champions Hill for trainer George Beilby and jockey Conor Houlihan, along with Bennys Miracle who ran second at this meeting in May under Will Biddick. Jetmeoutofhere is another entry which could go well here for the Dean Summersby/Darren Edwards combination. Also the Dylan Thomas-sired mare Villanesque, is another out of the Luke Price yard which had shown a good turn of foot when winning her maiden at Bredwardine by a solid 23 lengths that day,  and could be another winning ride for James King.

This course has a stunning backdrop of Exmoor making it a fantastic picnic spot for all the family. On course facilities are hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of country trade stands. The course is located at Bratton Fleming 9m North East of Barnstaple on A389 Postcode EX31 4SG. Entrance to the course is £15 per person including free racecard. Children under 16 free. 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

Preview: The South Tetcott Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, on Saturday 28th May 2022

Pointing in the West Country heads back to the fast flat track at Upcott Cross this coming Saturday 28th May with The South Tetcott hosting their event. Two Pony races head up the action at 12.30, with the main six race card commencing at 2pm. 77  entries have been received.

There are two competitive Mixed Open races, the first which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, has Famous Clermont being the highest rated at 125 for the Chris Barber team, Sixteen Letters a winner of six Points for Neil McLean and rated 117, then Virak (Sam Loxton) 115 a winner of eight points and 6 Hunter Chase wins along with Sykes another at 115. Captain Bucks for jockey Freddie Gordon, is also entered and rates at 115 but also holds an entry in the Mixed Open for Novice riders which follows. With the Stratford Hunter Chase meeting on the Friday evening before, it is difficult to predict which will go where, but this is will definitely be a race to enjoy which holds eighteen interesting entries.

There is also a Mixed Open for Novice riders which is sponsored by Dunbia, and has attracted young jockey stars of the future in Olive Nicholls on Rhythm Is A Dancer, a horse which rated 142 under rules, and one of the horses to have given the opportunity to follow in the family tradition, with both Olive’s parents Paul and Georgie having won and progressed in the Pointing field, which Olive has excelled well in her first six months of competing. Another promising young jockey born into the saddle is Freddie Gordon, who has the ride here on Captain Bucks, rated 132 under rules, and the young jockey also has the option of Highway One O One already on a treble for the season for Jenny Gordon and is another for the short list. among the eleven entries.

The opening Conditions race, which is sponsored by Race Hill Garage,  previous course winner Minimalistic under Josh Newman will be looking to score again for the Darke family team and follow up on wins at Flete Park and Buckfastleigh. Ask The Lady was an impressive 22-length winner at South Hill for Dean Summersby/Darren Edwards combination and should go well again.

In the Giffords Chartered Accountants- sponsored Restricted could see the Mary Sanderson-trained Grove Ash improve on his recent one-length second to Rowley Park at Holnicote and could be another winner for leading Novice Gentleman jockey Charlie Sprake. Liberty Rock could repeat his win here two weeks ago for team Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards, and outside raider Villanesque looks to have the benefit of a mares weight allowance, and with the Luke Price/James King combination should provide a competitive finish.

In the Maiden Conditions race which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, Kates Lane ran three lengths third at Holnicote for the Elizabeth Scott team and has the benefit of mares weight allowance. Lucky Lara is another running a close third and also has a mares weight allowance and should go well for jockey Josh Newman.

Finally up is the  FC Cleaning Systems-sponsored Maiden race in which Talkingtothemoon would be likely favourite for the Chris Barber team and be another winner for jockey Will Biddick having run a close second at the Stafford Cross meeting. Both Kates Lane and Lucky Lara mentioned before should run well if switched to this race and both of the Nikki Frost entries Flash Gorcombe and Firefly Lane could improve on their place form..

The course offers a fabulous day out for all the family with hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes a race card. Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – Postcode EX21 5AE. Check out the http://www.pointingdc website and Weatherbys Point-to-Point for further details. There is live streaming at this event with Cornelius Lysaght presenting the event which can also be accessed through eventbrite and purchased at pointingdc/live.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 22nd May 2022

Its the turn of The Exmoor Foxhounds to host their event at the stunning Bratton Down course this Sunday 22nd May. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. With both a Ladies and Men’s Open race this event has attracted some hot entries from around the country, with the championships becoming very competitive. A total of 77 entries have been received.

In the opening Brian Thorne & Son & RSM Beares- sponsored Members race, recent Holnicote winner Rowley Park for trainer Lisa Smale could be among the favourites, along with Badbury Rings maiden winner Cuzzicombe for the Ed Walker team.

Next up is the Rosette Direct-sponsored Restricted race which looks very competitive, with another of the Walker team entries Nova Vita, having won a maiden at Larkhill, looks one for the short list. They could come up against Walkin Out for trainer Les Jefford and jockey Martin McIntyre, already on three wins for the season with a dual win at Trebudannon, and a Fillies and Mares Novice race at Woodford. The Luke Price entries could be feared here if making the trip down, with Fubar a recent winner at Lydstep, and last weekends winner here Luckello being possible rides for Champion Gentleman jockey James King. Jetmeoutofhere for team Summersby could be another to join in the finish if following up on his impressive Maiden win at the Dunsmore meeting under Darren Edwards.

The Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies race also holds some good entries which include Monsieur Gibraltar for young Novice jockey Olive Nicholls, the combination have won three points this season including a 20-length win at Barbury, and a win here could help seal the Novice Ladies National Title for Olive. They could be taken on by leading lady jockey Gina Andrews aboard Misstree Song, who catches the eye, also have a trio of wins being at the Barbury, Lockinge and Cothelstone meetings, and have the benefit of a mares weight allowance. Board Of Trade for the Ed Walker team always runs a brave race and could again put up a good performance based on his win at Flete Park last month under Chloe Emsley.

The Riverside Caravan & Camping Park-sponsored Men’s Open race looks equally competitive with jockey’s James King and Will Biddick tussling for the Gentleman’s National title. James King could have the ride on Spencer Moon a winner at this track last weekend for the Luke Price team, with Will Biddick looking to have the option of either Danseur Du Large or Monsieur Gibraltar who is also entered in the Men’s race. Sixteen Letters looks the one they will need to beat, having won six this season including a Hunter Chase at Wincanton under Josh Newman.

The following Kingdon Family sponsored – Conditions race, which is run in the memory of Donna Kingdon, could see Dr Rhythm bounce back after the unlucky unseat at Upcott Cross, when ridden by Josh Newman. Bistouri D’Honore could be back to follow up on his win last weekend for the Michael Felton team, and Misstree Song could be switched to this race for Gina Andrews to ride if missing the earlier Ladies race. Ninth Wave is an entry for tWill Biddick in his training capacity, who could turn up to quickly progress on his win at this track last weekend when ridden by progressive young Novice jockey Charlie Sprake.

Finally up is the ALX Commercials-sponsored Maiden race, and with those showing form are the consistently placed Hold Me Tight for the Ed Walker team, Acaras for trainer Luke Price ran second at Lly Ddu, and Shilful Lord who ran second at Cothelstone are a few to mention out of the 18 entries.

The course offers a fabulous day pout for all the family with on course facilities hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG.

Preview: The Dulverton West Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 15th May 2022

Pointing action heads to the scenic Bratton Down venue this coming weekend, when its the turn of the Dulverton West to host the first of three meetings to be held at this stunning track. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, followed by the main race card which has six races on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 50 entries have been received, many of which have already been in the winners enclosure this season, ensuring some competitive racing. 

The Eastleigh Care Homes-sponsored Restricted race opens the day event. Jockey Will Biddick will be looking to increase his lead in the champion jockey title and he could have the  option of three rides in this, one of which he also trains which is Ninth Wave a recent Cotley winner having run promisingly in second before progressing. He could also have the option of Young William for the Chris Barber team a recent three quarter length winner at Chilfrome meeting. There could be a few snapping at his heels having run well this season which includes Golly It’s Molly (Sarah Prouse) have run second at the Vauterhill meeting for jockey Jake Bament.

The Mardons Recycling-sponsored Maiden race follows, with plenty in this looking to progress. Hold Me Tight for the Ed Walker/Chole Emsley combination ran a close second at the Flete Park meeting although holds an entry at Cothelstone this week. Flash Gorcome for the Nikki Frost team looks as if things are coming right for him having finished second at Southhill. Henry’s Regime could go well having also gone close when finishing second at Vauterhill for owner/trainer and jockey Merv Woodward.

Sykes stands out among the three entered in the following  P J Hobbs-sponsored Conditions race having won four this season, including a win by three and a half lengths at Southhill under Darren Edwards for trainer Nicky Martin. 

In the P J Brend and Saunton Sands-sponsored 4m Mixed Open race there are several outside raiders looking to snatch this, they include the prolific winning gelding Southfield Theatre for the Sara Bradstock team. This veteran gelding, Southfield Theatre is just one of the ex- National Hunt horses proving their worth in the Pointing field for the progression of young jockey’s, having given Lily Bradstock a total of 14 Point-to-Point wins, and has been a legend for his owner and breeder Mrs Angela Yeoman.  Mrs Yeoman must be proud of his form having won eight races under rules whilst with Champion trainer Paul Nicholls, including the rising Stars Novice Chase Grade 2 at Wincanton, and also finished second in the RSA at the festival. He is now at 14 years of age he could well be retiring soon. Spencer Moon another 14-year old is an unbeaten winner of three this season for the Luke Price and James King combination and could be one to tackle the favourite.  Hawkhurst for the Alan Hill team can’t be left out of the equation having having an impressive sixteen wins to his credit, and could bounce back after his second to Captain Bucks at Mollington for Izzy Marshall. The 9 year-old Flemensfirth-sired gelding Don’t Ask Us could be defending the area for the Keith Cumings team having won recently at the Vauterhill meeting.

Nobodydoesitbetter looks to be one of the likely favourites in the following Coxleigh Barton and The Wright Property-sponsored Members Conditions race for trainer Andrew Jackson after his wins at Cothelstone and Buckfastleigh under champ  Will Biddick, they could be taken on by recent Cotley winner Mr Dick who looks to enjoy the faster ground for the Jason Warner team, but would need to defy top weight.

Finally up is the James Price Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race, with Dr Rythm’s connections hoping he will be luckier here after his unfortunate unseat at last weekends meeting at Upcott Cross. Clever Des Assence could go close here for the Laura Jones team with jockey Natalie Parker looking to follow-up on their win at the Vauterhill course. 

This venue offers a stunning backdrop of Exmoor making it one of the most popular picnic spots for all the family to enjoy. On course facilities are hot and cold food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a host of trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 free. The course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming Postcode EX31 4SG.

Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross on Sunday, 8th May 2022

The Eggesford host this weekends fixture in the area at Upcott Cross this coming weekend on Sunday 8th May. This relative flat track offers some fast action, and with the championships hotting up it will be a competitive days racing. Over 70 entries have been received for this six race card.

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open looks to be the feature race of the day. With Champion jockey Will Biddick having six winners over last weekend, one of which clocked him up a total of 500 career wins, he has taken over the lead again in the National Gentleman’s jockey’s title. Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase winner Envoye Special for trainer Chris Barber, could be Will Biddick’s ride in this race and will be hot in the betting. Sixteen Letters for trainer Neil McLean and jockey Josh Newman could be the ones to take him on, having won a Hunter Chase at Wincanton and latest point win at Stafford Cross will prove him competitive if staying fit.

The Chris Hodgson Engineering Co-sponsored Conditions Race opens the days event at 2pm. Port O’Clock could continue the flying form for trainer Dean Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards, Big Sting (Chris Barber) is entered and if turning up after his win last Monday at the Stevenstone meeting, could provide Will Biddick with another winner to help seal the Men’s title. River Myth for trainer Stuart Sampson, is a lovely mare who could run well here being a course specialist having won three times at this track, and is bound to figure high in the betting.

In the following Intermediate race, which is sponsored by Ashgrove & Rangemoor Stoves & Kitchens, Transition Period could provide team Summersby with a follow up for his winning performance at the Axe Vale meeting. He could be taken on by Knockmylan being another out of the formidable Chris Barber/Will Biddick combination.

Aunt Lily will be high in the betting for the Ed Walker team after her two length second at Cothelstone, in the Ford Fuels and Waie Inn-sponsored Maiden race, the yard are having a really good spell with jockey Chloe Emsley. This race has attracted  33 entries and could well be divided on the day. Finest Hour could take them on for outside raider William Twiston-Davies team and Ben Bromley to ride. With One Tree Hill (Lee Glanville) second at Flete Park, Kesa Great (Les Jefford) having run second at Trebudannon and Cockspur Bella (Rebecca Vanstone) third at Trebudannon, Liberty Rock (Dean Summersby) third at Charlton Hawthorne, they are just a few to mention which look to be progressive.

Another out of the Ed Walker team Nouva Vita looks the highest rated in the following C & R Construction-sponsored Restricted race, after their second at the Woodford meeting, the team also has entry Cuzzicombe looking to follow-up on his maiden win at Badbury Rings. Jetmeoutofhere looks their likely challenger having won the members easily at Stafford Cross having progressed from his Dunsmore win for the Dean Summersby yard another for jockey Darren Edwards.

Finally up is the conditions race for Novice Riders sponsored by Dave Phillips Bookmakers, Imogens Thunder will be one of the likely favourites after his win at the Dunsmore and Cothelstone meetings for trainer Mary Tory and promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. Outside raider Galop Du Bosc for the Tim Vaughan team looks to be the danger here after his eight length win at the Lydstep meeting, but will need to defy top weight.

The course offers good viewing with all facilities hot and cold refreshments, bar bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15pp which includes a racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Live streaming will be available hosted by Robert Cooper and available via eventbrite at  www.pointingdc.co.uk/live.  The course is located 2m south of Halwill junction off A3079 EX21 5AE.

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

Preview: Stevenstone Point-to-Point at Vauterhill on Monday 2nd May 2022

The Stevenstone meeting is a great way to round up the Bank Holiday weekend  at Vauterhill on Monday May 2nd. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm.

The feature race of the day which is the Kivells Auctioneers-sponsored Mixed Open race, and with the championships hotting up, this race is bound to be competitive. Will Biddick takes the ride here on entry The Big Sting for trainer Chris Barber, and they will be hoping the win could help take back the National Gentleman’s jockey’s title, which was won last year by James King. The Big Sting has rewarded the team with four wins this season having progressed fast through Maiden to Intermediate races. His opposition could be Eric The Third for trainer John Heard to follow up on his win at Trebudannon under jockey Jake Bament.

The day starts with the Lomas Helicopters-sponsored Conditions race which could go the way of Little Billy Boy for trainer Annabel Bacon having run four-lengths second at Cothelstone behind Imogens Thunder at Cothelstone. Doctors Differ for the George Hiscock team is another to have finish close this season when coming home one-length third at the Cotley meeting under jockey Ella Orrtewell.

Penbode Vets sponsor the Restricted race which could see a battle between Clever Des Assence for the Laura Jones team and jockey Natalie Parker to ride and improve on their dual runner up places at Ston Eston and Dunsmore. Also entry Golly It’s Molly won the Members at Dunsmore under Jake Bament, and Ask The Lady for trainer Dean Summersby is another suggestion with the team back in form and should improve on their second at Trebudannon.

Brewer Harding & Rowe sponsor the Intermediate race, which could see entry Don’t Ask Us follow up on his two length second at the Dunsmore meeting for the Keith Cumings team. Reflex Action is another suggestion after his Cherrybrook win under jockey Darren Edwards.

The Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Maiden race holds twelve entries which include Kate’s Lane (Elizabeth Scott) second at Dunsmore, She’s A Legend (Stuart Sampson) third at Barbury, Queen Kalamba (Amber Jackson-Fennell) second at Lydstep and Wise Garden (Danielle Kenealy) one length second at Ston Eston for jockey Charlie Sprake.

Whilst the final race of the day is the Open Maiden sponsored by Wades, with entries Roc The Boat (Jennifer Boucher), Roc Motion (Dean Summersby) and Gingerbred (Laura Jones) could be among those fighting out the finish having shown promising form to date.

The organisers would also like to mention sponsors Hembury Castle Estate and LAS Aerospace for their generous sponsorship.

The on course facilities are bar, bookies, trade stands, hot and cold food and refreshments.  Entrance to the course is £10 per person Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome The course is located at High Bickington, signposted off A377, A3124 and B3317. Postcode EX37 981. This fixture won’t be livestreamed.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: Flete Park Races – Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd at Flete Park Ermington, Saturday 30th April 2022

We head back to the glorious parkland setting of Flete Park for another action packed day at the races this Saturday April 30th,,. The Flete Park races (Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd) meeting offer six races with a start time of 2pm. This must be one of the most popular tracks in the Point-to-Point horse racing schedule. Not only being one of the best picnic spots in South Devon, the course offers a great family day out, with plenty of rural trade stands to amble around, be it gin and oyster tasting provided by the local Oyster Shack restaurant, to country clothing offered by Farmers Friend and other local jewellery, clothing and gift shops. There is also locally produced Ice Cream offered by The Surfing Cow Devon Ice Cream company, which look to be a generous mouth watering sized tasty treat.

Races are headed up by the Francis Clark-sponsored Maiden race with entries Call Me Simon for the Robert Chanin team looking to improve on his third at Dunsmore earlier this month, Gunner Vic had to settle for runner up place at the Kilworthy meeting but looks to be progressive and deserves a win soon for the Hugh Thomas team. Also Hold Me Tight, for trainer Ed Walker has consistent place form and deserves a win soon.

The Hassal Law-sponsored Restricted race could see the George Beilby entry Champions Hills give jockey Conor Houlihan a quick fire double at the track having won his maiden at the previous meeting. Say About It for the Roy Smith team, looks to be the main danger after his six-length win at Buckfastleigh last month.

In the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd-sponsored four-mile Ladies open Virak would be a popular winner for jockey Olive Nicholls and trainer – Sam Loxton to follow up on their win in this race two weeks ago. Olive also has a ride booked on Rhythm Is A Dancer for trainer Georgie Nicholls in this, but they also hold an entry at the Cattistock meeting where the combination may head to. Here there opposition could be either of the two Ed Walker entries, Board Of Trade who has already won a four-mile race here last season, and Danseur Du Large who holds an entry this Friday at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase evening event for jockey Chloe Emsley. The latter ran six lengths second to Chameron at the Buckfastleigh meeting.

In the first of the three Condition races, which is sponsored by Marchand Petit Minimalistic is looking to score a likely treble of wins for the local Darke family and jockey Josh Newman. Minimalistic is another to hold a provisional entry at this stage at Cheltenham on Friday. Llancillo Lord a previous Hunter Chase winner, could go well here if recovering from his fall at Stratford for young trainer/jockey Megan Bevan. Field Exhibition for the Ed Walker team looks the main danger having some good place form but needs to have recovered from his fall at the Cothelstone meeting.

In the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Novice Riders conditions race Alternatif holds the highest rating for jockey Otis Morgan and is another to have won at this track when taking the Conditions race at the last meeting. The jockey has the option of riding Skylander for the family team, who was also a winner at this track two weeks ago when finishing alone in the Members race. Miltown Bridge ran third at this track at the previous meeting and could go close if improving here for trainer Gordon Chambers.

Whilst in the Veteran Horses Conditions race which is sponsored by Olympus Plant & Hire Tools, previous course winner Board Of Trade looks to have good form and should go close for the Ed Walker team with Chloe Emsley aboard if not competing in the earlier Ladies race. It is always good to see some of the winning ex- National Hunt horses compete with young riders on board, giving the riders a good experience and leg up the ladder, and the horses being given a life still in racing which they enjoy. Alternatif also holds an entry in this race along with Field Exhibition both should be considered if not competing earlier.

The track has on course bookies, licenced bar, hot and cold food and refreshments. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes racecard. There is a maximum fee of £60 per car load. Children under 16 are free, and dogs on leads welcome. There will be live streaming at the track, this can be sourced via eventbrite at www.pointingdc/live. The course is located at Flete Park Ermington, just North of Ivybridge. Postcode PL21 9NN.

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Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: The Axe Vale Point-to-Point at Stafford Cross on Sunday 24th April 2022

It’s the turn of the Axe Vale to host their meeting at Stafford Cross near Seaton this Sunday April 24th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 1.30pm 51 entries have been received. Along with the racing there will be a parade of Santini by trainer Polly Gundry after this horses brave performance finishing fourth in this years Grand National.

There looks to be a competitive Mixed Open race which is sponsored by Lee Clifford Engineering, entries include Highway One O One for trainer Jenny Gordon and son Fred setting the standard having won four Points this season. Captain Bucks, another out of the Gordon yard and an option for Fred to add to their two point wins. Another ex-National Hunt entry Chameron for trainer Sam Loxton, a winner of two for Ben Sutton this season, but needs to defy top weight. Sixteen Letters for Neil McClean has arrived in the winners enclosure four times this season under Josh Newman and Lucy Turner, either who could get the leg up here to compete. Along with the Matt Hampton-trained Twig who will be fresh from winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter, looks to appreciate the faster going, along with recent Dunsmore Mixed Open winner Country Legend for the Francis Bishop team, this promises to be a closely run race. 

The WBW Solicitors incorporating Beviss & Buckingsale-sponsored Members race heads up the action which could see the Ed Walker-trained Board of Trade figure here if recovering from his fall at Flete Park last weekend when going well under Chloe Emsley. Cockspur Bella is another who could run well having finished second at the Cothelstone meeting under Darren Andrews for the Rebecca Vanstone team. Jetmeoutofhere could run in this race and go well for the inform Dean Summersby yard, who may decide to switch him to the later Restricted race, which he also holds an entry in, for Darren Edwards to ride.

The Hammet Association-sponsored Restricted also has team Summersbys Transition Period, entered who ran last Monday finishing second in the Members race at Trebudannon, should be one for the short list if not finding this race comes too soon. Say About It for trainer Roy Smith, won his maiden impressively at Wadebridge this season, and is sure to be another to go close at the finish. 

In the Martin Diplock-sponsored Intermediate race which has has only attracted three entries, West Hill looks the likely favourite for trainer Sam Loxton after his impressive 24 Length win at the Dunsmore meeting under promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. He could be fighting out the finish with Jabbea under Robert Hawker, out of the Mary Sanderson yard, with Jabbea finishing runner up at the Kilworthy meeting only a neck second behind Footloose that day, this race could well offer a thrilling tactical finish.

There are two Condition races, in the first, which has been kindly sponsored by J & FJ Baker, Party Tunes is another out of the Dean Summersby yard who could run well, having progressed well last season winning two and the yard being bang back in form. His opposition is the veteran Druid Spitfire, who for owner and breeder Elisabeth Kessler has given many years of fun Pointing and is in training with Robert Chanin.

In the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice Conditions race, Rocheston is one to note having won the members race at Cothelstone for young jockey Purdy Pester. This ex NH hurdle winner had been in training with Paul Nicholls and is now trained by Tom Doggrell. Bistouri d’Honore is another out of the Paul Nicholls yard who has given some young jockeys a spin around the pointing tracks, and he is now based with Michael Felton, one that has the ability to improve on his eleven lengths third at the Dunsmore track and on previous form. Nikki Steel ran a promising second in the members race at the Dunsmore meeting for trainer Robert Chanin and could go well again for jockey Anna Highlands.

The Scott Rowe Solicitors-sponsored open maiden closes the days event which could be a fast run race on this flat track, those catching the eye are Arv Way There( Hugh Thomas), Kates Lane ( Elizabeth Scott) and the Rebecca Branton-trained Buck’s Billionare which are all progressing well. On course facilities offer great viewing close to the action, together with rural trade stands, bar, bookies, hot and cold refreshments. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes a race card. Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads are welcome. Course is located off A3052 20m from M5 junction 30. EX24 6HZ. There will be NO live streaming at this event.

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

Preview; The Four Burrow Point-to-Point at Trebudannon on Easter Monday 18th April 2022

The Four Burrow host their Point-to-Point event on Easter Monday, April 18, which will round of the sporting weekend nicely. With seven races on the card commencing at 2pm. 70 entries have been received

The Sportsman’s Arms and Wild Duck shop sponsor the opening Members race, in which Wadebridge winner Transition Period for team Summersby and Darren Edwards has also shown some consistent runner-up form with the latest a one-length second to the Dartmoor Rose at Kilworthy, should be sent off the likely favourite. Walking Out for the Les Jefford team is another looking progressive, having won his maiden race at this track last month could benefit from a low weight under jockey Jake Bament.

Truro Tractors sponsor the next race which is for four and five-year-old maiden horses, and of the twelve entries those catching the eye are Gingerbred for the Laura Jones team with sister Natalie Parker to ride and improve on their third place at Great Trethew. Between You and Me for team McClean and Josh Newman ran a promising second at Milborne St Andrew, and Looking for Larry is another off a low weight and could improve on his second place at Great Trethew for trainer Jill Dennis. 

Chris & Teresa Perkins sponsor the veteran conditions race, which contains entries from Stuart Payne with Hadmeathello who should go well after his second place at the previous meeting here under Chloe Emsley, Reflex Action for the Paul Nicholas team has won two this season at the Cherrybrook and the Milborne St Andrew meetings. Roc D’Apsis is another in form coming home the 20 length winner here at the March meeting for outside raider trainer William Worthington.

Whilst in the David & Gail Ellis sponsored Ladies Open, Party Tunes had won his maiden race at this track last season and should go well for Charlotte Summersby, along with Mahler Style for Ella Orttewell being another to consider after their pipe opener winning at Cherrybrook. Bingo D’Olivate for trainer Gordon Chambers is another to have come out of the Cherrybrook meeting with a nice round of jumping.

The Cornish Men’s Open race is sponsored by Trebuanannon Manor in which Sykes looks to set the standard here for Nicola Martin team and Darren Edwards to ride haaving already scored a treble of wins this season the latest at the Kilworthy meeting. Blackwater Bramble for the Alexandra Dunn team could follow up on his second at the February Larkhill meeting, and Footloose for Arron Butterfield is already on a four timer this season and could readily make it back in the winners enclosure if staying fit, and connections not choosing the Flete Park meeting to run him on the Saturday. Sykes (Nicky Martin) also holds an entry in this which is sure to be the feature of the day.

There follows the Mitchell & Webber-sponsored Restricted race with those catching the eye at a glance are Transition Period (Dean Summersby) mentioned earlier, Honest Opinion another out of the team Summersby yard, and outside raider Lanzealot for Bradley Gibbs who could make the trip down to add to his recent Didmarton win..

The final race of the day is the Kivells-sponsored Maiden race,  attracting 18 entries with those on form being Wise Garden having finished second at Ston Eston meeting for the Danielle Kenealy team under Will Biddick, and Cockspur Balla (Rebecca Vanstone) a second here under Darren Andrews at the previous meeting, as did Summerleaze (Jill Dennis) ridden by Jake Bament all  looking ready to progress further.

Location to the course is St Columb Major TR8 4LP. Entrance to the course is £15pp to include racecard. Children under 16 free. 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