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BRITISH POINT-TO-POINTING SHUT DOWN FOR 2019/20 SEASON

Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

info@p2pa.co.uk

01793 781990

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP -WESTERN POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2020

Mixed bag as pointing resumes: Six races, six bookmakers, one complete outsider wins and two odds-on shots beaten

The relentless rain stopped just in time for the first race as the final Wadebridge meeting of the season got under way on testing ground at the showground. This was about the only crumb of comfort for the small army of punters, as most of the fancied horses were about to be sunk without trace, leaving the six just men with the boards counting their winnings.

Honest Deed (4-6 to 4-5 fav) started the rot for favourites in the four-runner opener, stalking the leaders until unseating his rider at the third last. Raddon Top (11-4 to 5-2) stayed on gamely to take the prize, just holding the spirited effort of Somewhere To Be (solid 4’s).

They went 2-1 the field in the 11-runner Open Maiden with Arctic Milly heading the market. Once again this mare was not entirely foot perfect, leaving the more fluent Cottage Rose (7-2 to 3’s) to get on top up the final climb. The Kitchenmecanic (6’s to 5’s) was well back in third, but her stable is not firing yet and this mare can win a Maiden. The gamble of the race was Oscar World, forced in from 10’s to 4’s for the Stuart Payne yard. She dropped away on the final circuit but is probably capable of better.

Nickelsonthedime had already created a good impression when beating the aforementioned Cottage Rose at the last Wadebridge meeting. The layer who chalked up an opening show of 5-4 for the Restricted was quickly swamped, and 1-2 ruled at the off. It could easily have been 1-10 as the useful looking Shantou six-year-old came right away from the third last to win by an official 17 lengths. Georges Legacy (8-1) put a string of moderate efforts behind him to finish second and it was good to see Jimmy Cole back in the saddle to partner his Macca’s Stowaway (12-1) into third place.

Cloudy Music (2’s to 5-4) was the clear form choice in the Intermediate. I made her the best bet on the card but she faded quickly after leading until the final ditch. She had Bridge of Spies (6-1) and Dragon de la Tour (8-1) behind her at the Christmas meeting at Wadebridge, but this pair filled the first two places here. Bridge of Spies always looks like a ball of muscle and gave his young novice rider Conor Houlihan a double on the day.

The Ladies’ Open looked a trappy affair and three of the four runners jumped the last with a chance. At the business end, Chloe Emsley forced Wind Tor (2’s to 6-4 jt fav) up to beat the rallying Chosen Lucky (4-6 to 6-4 jt fav). Inch Rock (7-2) finished a close third after leading most of the way.

Once again punters got a smack in the face in the concluding four-runner Men’s Open. Navanman (4-6 fav) lost his unbeaten record for the season behind the unconsidered Ballyhowne (14-1). The winner ended last season when winning a good Conditions race at Upcott Cross at 33-1 but had shown nothing in his two outings this season. Millanisi Boy (6-4) finished second and will surely win points this year. Navanman , carrying a 7lbs penalty, was only third and was never really travelling.

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REPORT: WESTERN POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2020

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“How like a winter hath my absence been from thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year…”

Sonnet by William Shakespeare 1564 – 1615

Yes I know Will: the weather has spoilt our racing for a few weeks, but we are back now and point-to-point people are hardy folk so cheer up.

We resumed in the Devon & Cornwall area as the Western meeting finally defeated the bad weather on Sunday (23rd Feb) at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. Much credit goes to the organisers, whose determination to race following their two weeks postponement paid off.

Morning rain gave way to a dry, overcast afternoon. A turn out of 37 runners from the 59 entries on very soft ground (with a temporary paddock) provided plenty of action for the select band of die hard spectators.

It was a day to remember for jockey Conor Houlihan, who partnered his first winner in England on Raddon Top in the opening race before following up on Bridge of Spies in the Intermediate.
Sue Trump’s promising seven-year-old Raddon Top had to fend off the sustained challenge of Somewhere To Be (Tamby Welch) on the finishing climb. Trainer Leslie Jefford explained, “Raddon Top had a stress fracture after Ottery last year. He is a bit more street wise now but really wants better ground.” It was a good day for the Jeffords as Master Baker also obliged for the yard at Badbury Rings.

21-year-old jockey Conor Houlihan, whose brother Sean won the Devon & Cornwall Novice Riders’ title before turning professional, is from Dungarvan near Waterford, and had ridden three winners in Ireland. “I work for Will Biddick and he has given me lots of good advice,” related Conor, easily the tallest rider in the weighing room.

Tall or not, the young jockey rides stylishly enough, and went on to complete a double thanks to the sturdy West Somerset gelding Bridge of Spies, who took the Intermediate by 10 lengths in the colours of George and James Beilby. Cloudy Music proved a disappointing favourite here for Darren Edwards, dropping back after five out, leaving Dragon de la Tour to chase home the winner in a slow motion slog up the hill.

Darren Andrews partnered the runner up in the Intermediate, but he had earlier secured his sixth winner of the season when the gallant mare Cottage Rose, a daughter of the useful pointing mare Roll On Rose, outstayed her 10 opponents to win the Open Maiden. John Heard trains this home bred six-year-old and shares ownership with David Willis. “I think the break did her good. I had her so well at home,” reported the Okehampton trainer. The favourite Arctic Milly almost made it another for the Jeffords but rider Millie Wonnacott reported that the mare “missed the last two jumps,” and had to settle for the runner up spot.

Navanman, seeking his fourth win of the season, was expected to give the Heard / Andrews combination further success in the Men’s Open, but was never really travelling under his penalty and could only finish third behind 14-1 winner Ballyhowne and Millanisi Boy. The winner had shown little in his two previous efforts this season, but got the benefit of a positive ride from Tom Chanin, whose father Robert trains the 10-year-old for the Stone Valley Racing Club. “We decided to ride him differently. We had tried to settle him but it didn’t suit him, so I let him settle in front today. He had won his races in Ireland like this and it paid off,” said the rider.

Josh Newman was narrowly denied on Millanisi Boy, but took the Restricted as the promising six-year-old Nickelsonthedime strode clear of George’s Legacy from the bottom bend to follow up his North Cornwall Maiden victory. The Shantou gelding looks a smart prospect for owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener. “He hated the ground but still quickened at the cross fence (three out)”, reported the rider. It was good to see Jimmy Cole back in the saddle after a lengthy absence as he rode Macca’s Stowaway into third place here.

The Ladies’ Open produced a desperate three horse finish with joint favourites Wind Tor (Chloe Emsley) and Chosen Lucky (Charlotte Summersby) just shading the front running Inch Rock (Pippa Glanville) in the last few strides. The winner carried the familiar silks of The Otter Club and, like Inch Rock, was saddled by Ed Walker. Chloe Emsley has now ridden six of her nine career winners on the showground and said, “We winged the last two and it made the difference. She was very game in the tiring old ground,” adding with a smile, “I like this track and can sneak down the inner.”

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RESULTS: WESTERN POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 23RD FEB 2020

Going soft, heavy patches

Conditions – veteran & novice riders (sponsor Hog House Animal Feeds Helston)

1 Raddon Top (Conor Houlihan) 5-2 held up, led 14th, driven clear flat

2 Somewhere To Be (Tamby Welch) 4-1 in touch, hdwy to chase wnr 15th, every chance til no extra flat

4 ran; only two finished; 6m 34s

 

Open Maiden (The Old Coastguard)

1 Cottage Rose (Darren Andrews) 3-1 alwys prom, led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Arctic Milly (Millie Wonnacott) 2-1 fav handy, disp lead 15th, close 2nd two out, no extra nr finish

3 The Kitchenmecanic (Rob Hawker) 5-1 well in touch til wknd 15th

11 ran; 1l; 12l; 6m 45s

 

Restricted (Stimson & Tieken)

1 Nickelsonthedime (Josh Newman) 1-2 fav held up, led three out, soon quickened clear, easily

2 Georges Legacy (Darren Edwards) 8-1 alwys leaders, every chance four out, outpaced next

3 Macca’s Stowaway (Jimmy Cole) 12-1 made most til headed three out, tired flat

6 ran; 17l; 8l; 6m 34s

 

Intermediate (Hutchinsons, Truro)

1 Bridge of Spies (Conor Houlihan) 6-1 handy, led 15th, soon clear, kept on flat

2 Dragon de la Tour (Darren Andrews) 8-1 chased ldrs, went 2nd two out, not reach winner

3 Acadian (Lee Drowne) 7-2 prom, led 14th, 2nd three out, one pace

7 ran; 10l; 4l; 6m 33s

 

Ladies Open (The Tinners Arms, Zennor)

1 Wind Tor (Chloe Emsley) 6-4 jt fav tracked ldrs, effort inner two out, ran on strongly

2 Chosen Lucky (Charlotte Summersby) 6-4 jt fav close 2nd mostly, every chance two out, finished well

3 Inch Rock (Pippa Glanville) 7-2 led 2nd til joined last, no extra nr finish

5 ran; ll; neck; 6m 40s

 

Men’s Open (Peter George Memorial, Mrs Anita George & family)

1 Ballyhowne (Tom Chanin) 14-1 made virtually all, hard pressed two out, stayed on well

2 Millanisi Boy (Josh Newman) 6-4 chased wnr from 15th, stayed on well flat, just failed

3 Navanman (Darren Andrews) 4-6 fav chased ldrs, nudged along 12th, held in 3rd from two out

4 ran; 1/2l; 4l; 6m 37s

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EAST CORNWALL AT GREAT TRETHEW CANCELLED, WESTERN HUNT AT WADEBRIDGE INTENDING TO FILL ITS PLACE

Unfortunately, due to the ground conditions, the East Cornwall Foxhounds have been forced to cancel its point to point at Great Trethew this coming Sunday 23rd February, and is now looking for another date. The Western point to point at Wadebridge, which had been abandoned, is now intending to run in its place on Sunday due to a gap in the calendar, if it can find the necessary officials. This meeting is will be a great day so please support it!

Entries will stand in both cases.

The PPA and PPSA are doing all that they can in these very difficult conditions to support the fixtures and innovative ideas that are being proposed. However, it is very difficult to put on fixtures, or change dates, at short notice due to the requirements these days. If you can help in any way, please do not hesitate to offer your assistance to your local fixture. In particular, we have a shortage of available doctors for some rearranged meetings.

https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/news_articles/east-cornwall-at-great-trethew-cancelled-western-hunt-at-wadebridge-intending-to-fill-its-place

⭐️ News on postponed fixtures ⭐️

Following the postponement of all three fixtures on Sunday due to Storm Ciara, the following rearranged dates have been agreed, dependent on the fixtures managing to find all the necessary officials required:

➡️ Western (Wadebridge) Sat 15 Feb

All timings and entries remain the same. We thank all fixtures involved for their pragmatic support in finding a solution best for everyone.

⭐️ WADEBRIDGE POSTPONED ⭐️

Unfortunately due to the forecast of potentially dangerous high-winds the Western meeting at Wadebridge (Sunday Feb 9) has been postponed.

News on any plans to rearrange to follow in due course.

– The Point-To-Point Authority

Entries: Rescheduled Western Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Sunday 23rd February 2020

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Novice & Veteran Riders Race
2nd 12:35 Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Restricted Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Ladies Open Race
6th 14:55 Mens Open Race

Going Update

21st February 2020 at 15:29

We’ve been to the course at Wadebridge today with the Clerk of the Course. The going is GOOD TO SOFT, SOFT IN PLACES” with a good covering of grass. The sand will be levelled on Sunday morning. It’s looking very inviting!

Thursday, 20th February 2020 at 09:31

The Western fixture at Wadebridge has sourced doctors, vets, officials and all other personnel needed for their third try at holding a point-to-point this Sunday (23 Feb).

Tuesday, 18th February 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ground conditions, the East Cornwall Foxhounds have been forced to cancel its point to point at Great Trethew this coming Sunday 23rd February, and is now looking for another date. The Western point to point at Wadebridge, which had been abandoned, is now intending to run in its place on Sunday due to a gap in the calendar, if it can find the necessary officials. This meeting is will be a great day so please support it!

Entries will stand in both cases.

The PPA and PPSA are doing all that they can in these very difficult conditions to support the fixtures and innovative ideas that are being proposed. However, it is very difficult to put on fixtures, or change dates, at short notice due to the requirements these days. If you can help in any way, please do not hesitate to offer your assistance to your local fixture. In particular, we have a shortage of available doctors for some rearranged meetings.

13 February at 13:11

THE RESCHEDULED WESTERN POINT TO POINT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. We will consider rearranging at a later date.

12 February at 16:35

The going at Wadebridge is good to soft, soft in places. But we are still short of a vet and the weather forecast is a real concern.

10 February at 14:25

 

 

⭐️ News on postponed fixtures from the PPA ⭐️

Following the postponement of all three fixtures on Sunday due to Storm Ciara, the following rearranged dates have been agreed, dependent on the fixtures managing to find all the necessary officials required:

➡️ Western (Wadebridge) Sat 15 Feb

All timings and entries remain the same. We thank all fixtures involved for their pragmatic support in finding a solution best for everyone.

8 February at 10:45

⭐️ WADEBRIDGE POSTPONED ⭐️

Unfortunately due to the forecast of potentially dangerous high-winds the Western meeting at Wadebridge (Sunday Feb 9) has been postponed.

News on any plans to rearrange to follow in due course.

– The Point-To-Point Authority

7 February at 15:26

Friday 3pm. The going at Wadebridge is good to soft.

7 February at 11:24

Western Point to Point. The Course Inspector was happy with the course yesterday and a going update will be posted later today. The weather forecast is obviously a concern at this stage and the Chairman of Stewards will make a decision tomorrow.

4 February at 23:54

The going at Wadebridge today was good, good to soft in places.

1 February at 16:45

The Clerk of the Course has been to Wadebridge today and has reported that the going this morning was soft. We’ve had sunshine and a drying wind today and more dry weather is forecast from Wednesday onwards. There is a good grass covering and the course has been chain harrowed and rolled. So it’s looking good for the Western Point to Point next Sunday, Feb 9th. Entries close on Monday at 12.30pm.

30 January at 16:10

The course at Wadebridge is well draining and the weather forecast next week is mainly dry with just light rain on a couple of days. So please get your entries in for another great day’s racing. Entries close on Monday at 12.30pm.

Preview extract:

With the recent deluge of rain and the postponement of the East Cornwall fixture at Great Trethew, the Western Hunt have been able to stage their meeting this coming Sunday 23rd February at The Royal Cornwall Showground. The team organising the event have worked hard to ensure enough Doctor, Veterinary and Official cover for the event to go ahead.  Another action packed quality race day will be on offer, with a start time of 12 noon attracting 59 entries, which stand as originally received.

The large covered barn offers all facilities such as catering, bar, food and bookies along with usual trade stands for country shopping. Parking is accessed through tarmac roads. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with under 16’s free. The course is located at The Royal Cornwall Showground off A39 West of Wadebridge. Postcode PL27 7JE.

Check out www.pointingdc.com website or Facebook page for up to date info on going and weather conditions.

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FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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List of Races Next Race

Race 1 – Novice & Veteran Riders race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
11*6p8-p1 ARDVIEW BOY (IRE) 42 Wyn Morris
111p/312- HONEST DEED (IRE) 43
Dean Summersby
323433-p PLAY THE ACE (IRE) 38 Michael Bowen
1/114-3p4 RADDON TOP (IRE) 39 Leslie Jefford
1p/2pfp-3 SOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE) 38 Rebecca Welch

Preview extract

The opening Hog House Feeds Helston-sponsored  Novice riders and Veterans Conditions race holds an entry from the Dean Summersby team’s Honest Deed, who must be respected on his two-length second to Navanman at Great Trethew last season. He could be taken on by the Les Jefford trained Raddon Top who ran fourth behind Caid du Berlais at Buckfastleigh last month.

Previous Race List of Races Next Race

Race 2 – Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
6u233-u3 ARCTIC MILLY 32 Leslie Jefford
/333333- ARTIC FEVER (IRE) NR
Dean Summersby
*u/97p9p- BALLYCANEW (IRE) NR Emma Watson
6322-523 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
/u3/pp2- GUNNER VIC 24 Hugh Thomas
/43-6u I PREFERE DIAMONDS (IRE) 26 Robert Chanin
/5355-34 MRS DAVIES (IRE) 30 Thomas Malone
*7235-4p OSCAR WORLD (IRE) 28? Stuart Payne
-p OUTONPAROLE (IRE) 0 John Heard
/5-u ROLL ON ROSCO 19 John Heard
*0003-86 SPRINGCOMBE JOE 0 Kathy While
*7098- SUPREME SOVIET (IRE) NR Ryan Chapman
/48-u THE DEVON DUMPLING 23 Sam Holdsworth
33p637- THE KITCHENMECANIC 20 Teresa Clark

Preview extract

In the Open maiden race  which is sponsored by The Old Coastguard Inn Mousehole, Cottage Rose ran second here in January for trainer John Heard and could run well again under jockey Fergus Gillard, also entry Thekitchenmechanic (Teresa Clark) had some good place form in Ireland and has the booking of champion jockey Will Biddick and must be respected. Both Artic Milly (Les Jefford)  and Artic Fever (Dean Summersby) cannot be left out of the equation with their consistency, and deserve a win soon.

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Race 3 – Restricted Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
p45p5-73 ALICE’S STAR 32? Robert Chanin
4/73214-p DANCING DAVE (IRE) 34 Ed Walker
1pp5fp-8p GEORGES LEGACY 33? Joe Tickle
p5p/99-1p MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE) 27 Jimmy Cole
12u15-44 MERCHANT HOUSE (IRE) 35+ Leslie Jefford
4313231- MUJADEL (FR) 36 Teresa Clark
*22/-31 NICKELSONTHEDIME (IRE) 34+ Neil McLean
p71p/pp- ROCK ON CARLOS (IRE) NR Wyn Morris
/3ppp1-p STARWELD 26 Patricia Shaw

Preview extract

Nickleonthedime stands out in the Stimson Tiekens Building Surveyors-sponsored  Restricted race with his recent Maiden win at this track in January and could go well for the Neil Mclean team.  Mujadal impressed last season when winning his maiden here last season for trainer Teresa Clark and has the booking of Will Biddick aboard, they should go close.

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
2p/212p-2 ACADIAN (FR) 37 Heidi Lewis
143R3-54 BRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE) 38 George Beilby
132222-43 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39
Dean Summersby
1333511-6 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 37 Neil McLean
133ppp4-3 DRUID SPITFIRE 35 Robert Chanin
4f3212/-9p HIGH PRIORITY 37? Keith Cumings
2p2/471-4 MINIM MOUSE 39 Chloe Newman
ur/2421-u MISSYLADIE (FR) 38+ Sam Holdsworth
3/p2p334- PRINCE OF POETS 36? Lucy Mager

Preview extract

Cloudy Music is another from the Summersby team looking to progress,  having run third at Buckfastleigh in January. and should go well for jockey Dean Summersby in the H.L.Hutchinson-sponsored Intermediate race,  Acadian for trainer Heidi Lewis and jockey Lee Drowne should benefit from the run when second here behind Chosen Lucky also at the January meeting.

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Race 5 – Ladies Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4p44/165- BELHARBOUR TWO (IRE) 38 Heidi Lewis
/11131-31 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42
Dean Summersby
*43173-9f DANSEUR DU LARGE (FR) 40 Ed Walker
*57522-fp DILIGENT (FR) 38? Mary Sanderson
44/12p1-1 GOLDBURY (IRE) 41+ Laura Parker
22431/-f4 INCH ROCK (IRE) 39? Ed Walker
*2p5/pp-2 MILLANSIE BOY 41 Neil McLean
2p2/471-4 MINIM MOUSE 39 Chloe Newman
323433-p PLAY THE ACE (IRE) 38 Michael Bowen
1/114-3p4 RADDON TOP (IRE) 39 Leslie Jefford
7361433-p TIGER SAM (IRE) 36 Laura Hurley
1/61121-p WIND TOR 43 Edward Walker

Preview extract

The Ladies Open sponsored by The Tinners Arms follows, this may may have multiple course winner Chosen Lucky contest this race, this time to be ridden by young jockey Charlotte Summersby looking for her first win between the flags. They could come up against Goldbury for trainer Laura Parker, again to be ridden by her sister Natalie Parker. Laura trains Goldbury from her parents farm near Minehead, Goldbury won her maiden race here last January, then went onto win her Restricted at Flete Park, and opened this season  with an Intermediate win in December, she could well make use of her mares weight allowance and looks to be up for a thrilling battle with Chosen Lucky up the home hill finish.

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Race 6 – Mens Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
145231-3p BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
*43173-9f DANSEUR DU LARGE (FR) 40 Ed Walker
*57522-fp DILIGENT (FR) 38? Mary Sanderson
*u0355fp- FLORESCO (GER) NR Neil McLean
*2p5/pp-2 MILLANSIE BOY 41 Neil McLean
*652337- MUCKLE ROE (IRE) NR Natasha Dickenson
21112-111 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45 John Heard
323433-p PLAY THE ACE (IRE) 38 Michael Bowen
1p/2pfp-3 SOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE) 38 Rebecca Welch
1/61121-p WIND TOR 43 Edward Walker

Preview extract

Finally up is the Logan Rock Inn-sponsored Men’s Open race in which recent Chipley Park winner Navanman could  follow up on his impressive form which includes ten wins to date, three in Opens at this course. Navanman is owned by a local consortium and trained by Devon based John Heard.  Ex National Hunt recruit Millanisi Boy for the Neil McClean team, along with the Ed Walker-trained Wind Tor are also among the ten entries and must be respected on previous form.

Previous Race List of Races

Preview: The Rescheduled Western Point-to-Point at Wadebridge on Sunday 23rd February 2020

Written By: Donna Harris

With the recent deluge of rain and the postponement of the East Cornwall fixture at Great Trethew, the Western Hunt have been able to stage their meeting this coming Sunday 23rd February at The Royal Cornwall Showground. The team organising the event have worked hard to ensure enough Doctor, Veterinary and Official cover for the event to go ahead. Another action packed quality race day will be on offer, with a start time of 12 noon attracting 59 entries, which stand as originally received.

The opening Hog House Animal Feeds Helston-sponsored Novice riders and Veterans Conditions race holds an entry from the Dean Summersby team’s Honest Deed, who must be respected on his two-length second to Navanman at Great Trethew last season. He could be taken on by the Leslie Jefford trained Raddon Top who ran fourth behind Caid du Berlais at Buckfastleigh last month.
In the Open maiden race which is sponsored by The The Old Coastguard Inn Mousehole, Cottage Rose ran second here in January for trainer John Heard and could run well again under jockey Fergus Gillard, also entry Thekitchenmechanic (Teresa Clark) had some good place form in Ireland and has the booking of champion jockey Will Biddick and must be respected. Both Artic Milly (Les Jefford) and Artic Fever (Dean Summersby) cannot be left out of the equation with their consistency, and deserve a win soon.

Nickleonthedime stands out in the Stimson Tiekens Building Surveyors-sponsored Restricted race with his recent Maiden win at this track in January and could go well for the Neil Mclean team. Mujadal impressed last season when winning his maiden here last season for trainer Teresa Clark and has the booking of Will Biddick aboard, they should go close.

Cloudy Music is another from the Summersby team looking to progress, having run third at Buckfastleigh in January. and should go well for jockey Dean Summersby in the H.L. Hutchinson-sponsored Intermediate race, Acadian for trainer Heidi Lewis and jockey Lee Drowne should benefit from the run when second here behind Chosen Lucky also at the January meeting.

The Ladies Open sponsored by The Tinners Arms follows, this may may have multiple course winner Chosen Lucky contest this race, this time to be ridden by young jockey Charlotte Summersby looking for her first win between the flags. They could come up against Goldbury for trainer Laura Parker, again to be ridden by her sister Natalie Parker. Laura trains Goldbury from her parents farm near Minehead, Goldbury won her maiden race here last January, then went onto win her Restricted at Flete Park, and opened this season with an Intermediate win in December, she could well make use of her mares weight allowance and looks to be up for a thrilling battle with Chosen Lucky up the home hill finish.

Finally up is the Logan Rock Inn-sponsored Men’s Open race in which recent Chipley Park winner Navanman could follow up on his impressive form which includes ten wins to date, three in Opens at this course. Navanman is owned by a local consortium and trained by Devon based John Heard. Ex National Hunt recruit Millanisi Boy for the Neil Mclean team, along with the Ed Walker-trained Wind Tor are also among the ten entries and must be respected on previous form.

The large covered barn offers all facilities such as catering, food and bookies along with usual trade stands for country shopping. There was insufficient time to apply for a license to run for the rearranged fixture, so racegoers are invited to bring your own drinks. There are lots of tables in the big barn where you can sit with friends and share a drink. Parking is accessed through tarmac roads. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with under 16’s free. The course is located at The Royal Cornwall Showground off A39 West of Wadebridge. Postcode PL27 7JE.

Check out http://www.pointingdc.co.uk website or Facebook page for up to date info on going and weather conditions.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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