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.
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