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POSTPONED Preview: South Pool Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16th February 2020

The South Pool Point to Point is POSTPONED. The course is in very good condition but with the worry of high winds and also the car parking we have regretfully made this decision, hopefully will fix a new date A.S.A.P

Written by: Donna Harris

The South Pool Hunt stage their meeting at the historic Buckfastleigh course this coming Sunday February 16th. The Toad Hall Cottages-sponsored Pony races head up the action at 11am, followed by the main race card at 12 noon. Six races on offer which have attracted over 100 entries.

The popular £1000 winners only Mixed Open race, sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Co, is the feature of the day. Last years winner Master Baker, for trainer Les Jefford, could be out again to defend his title under jockey Jo Supple, but there are many challengers entered. These include multiple point winner Navanman for the John Heard team who will be fresh from his win at Chipley Park, along with recent Cocklebarrow winner Sausalito Sunrise, who is an ex Philip Hobbs recruit who briefly went to Olly Murphys yard and now in training with Alexandra Dunn. Silsol is another Chipley Park winner and is an ex Paul Nicholls inmate who holds strong claims for young jockey Ella Orttewell. Don Bersy, Three Faces West and Dicky Bob are also among the entries which is a potential thriller not to be missed

The Tattersalls Cheltenham Open Maiden race for 4&5 year olds starts the main race card off, and entry Revels Hill, for trainer Chris Barber, catches the eye having had the benefit of a run at Milborne St Andrew earlier this month, he could improve for his outing where he travelled well until unseating his rider. Debutants Don’t Rightly Know (Ed Walker), Opening Bid (Stuart Sampson) and the Sophie Lacey-trained Piano Stairs will be worth following if the market suggests.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which has attracted the biggest entry of 26. Five Gold Bars for trainer/jockey Rob Hawker won well here at the last meeting and looks to set the standard if progressing. Journey Juice for the Ed Walker and Will Biddick combination should also be there about having run a decent race here last time, when six-lengths second to Showmetheway in January. Banco de Logos should be among the finishers if following up on his three-length second at Chipley Park for trainer Dean Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards.

In the Hassall Law-sponsored Open Maiden race for geldings aged 6 years and over Party Tunes could be another to score for team Summersby following on from their second here last month, also Young O’Leary for trainer Ian Prichard, is another for the short list also having clocked up a second here at the last meeting in the divided maiden which was run at a faster pace.

The Jockey Club sponsor the mares Open Maiden in which Cottage Rose (John Heard) ran third at Chipley under Fergus Gillard and must be respected. Don’t Rightly Know could figure here if trainer Ed Walker chooses this race over the earlier maiden, and Oyster Pearl is another to catch the eye for the Joe Tickle team who has a good strike rate with maiden horses.

Finally up is the Moorland Timber-sponsored Restricted race in which Gio’s Girl has run two promising seconds including at this track when finishing a length behind Five Gold Bars. Le Tueur’s recent win at Chipley Park under Martyn McIntyre for trainer Chris Barber must be respected, also Wadebridge winner Nicklesonthedime under Josh Newman, and Nobodydoesitbetter’s under Darren Edwards third here in January are two others for the short list.

The course offers a fabulous day out in the country with great viewing, beer tent, hot food, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with under 16’s free. Location is at Dean Prior alongside A38 Postcode TQ11 0LT.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Buckfastleigh, 1 mile from TQ11 OLT

BBC Travel News: Devon; CornwallSomerset;

Upcoming Fixtures:

  • FEB 15 Rescheduled Western Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, nr Wadebridge
  • FEB 16 South Pool Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh Racecourse
  • FEB 23 East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard
  • MAR 1 East Devon Point-To-Point, Bishops Court, nr Ottery St Mary
  • MAR 15 Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh Racecourse
  • MAR 22 Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy, nr Tavistock

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Preview: North Cornwall Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 12th January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

The North Cornwall Hunt host their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday 12th January. There are six races on offer with a start time of 11.30am. 60 entries have been received.

The Kivells-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day and has attracted some class entries which include the ex Nicky Henderson trained Cheltenham hurdle winner under rules Thomas Campbell. Now with Ottery based trainer Ed Walker, Thomas Campbell won at this track in December two and a quarter lengths ahead of The Tom Malone trained The Last But One who also holds an entry in this race. Multiple point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, along with the Luke Price-trained Ramble On also stand out among the eleven entries, ensuring this is a race not to miss.

Chosen Lucky for team Summersby, looks the pick of the opening Moores of St Wenn Landrovers-sponsored Members race. Only four are entered with Chosen Lucky standing out having won 12 of his 17 starts to date, and second or third in his remaining five. He ran a creditable third here behind Thomas Campbell at the December meeting under young novice jockey Charlotte Summersby.

The PPORA Novice Riders race, which is sponsored by Ray Davis Foods, looks really competitive with The Last But One entered which is an option for trainer Tom Malone to consider. Honest Deed also holds an entry, and won at this track last season for team Summersby, Also Kernel Victor(Ed Walker) who was held in third that day, Conor Houlihan has the ride here on Kernel Victor, and will be keen try and reverse those placings. Ramble On also holds an entry in this race for the Luke Price team, although is yet to tackle this track, however a winner of nine of his starts to date could have regular jockey Byron Moorcroft aboard and prove a danger.

The Restricted race which has been kindly sponsored by Mrs N Phillips holds interesting entries with recent Ffos Las Maiden winner The Galloping Bear for trainer Ben Clarke, who won that race unchallenged by 50 lengths when many failed to finish. Gio’s Girl for trainer Ed Walker, ran second here in the Restricted at the December meeting and looks to have the booking of Will Biddick to ride, and Voie Dans Voie an Ex Alan King inmate, also looking progressive having won his Maiden at the December meeting here for trainer Laura Thomas.

Heltor Oils sponsor the Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds with sixteen entries. Nickelsonthedime stands out for the Neil McLean team having run third here having stayed on well up the hill at the December meeting under jockey Josh Newman. Song Of The Hunter must be respected out of Tom Malone’s yard with the booking of Champion jockey Will Biddick. Also Cottage Rose for the John Heard team showed some decent place form last season and could improve on her fifth place here at the December meeting, having raced prominently until fading four out under talent young jockey Fergus Gillard who retains the ride again.

Closing the day is a race for Maidens 7 years and over which is sponsored by Bays Scaffolding, entry Mustmeetforapint could improve on his one length second here in December behind Pheonix Park and clock up another winner for team Summersby who have a good strike rate with maiden horses. Staunton is also an entry to catch the eye, out of Luke Price’s yard has some modest place form under rules and may go well switching to Points.

This venue offers a huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot and cold food and refreshments, seating area, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Access to the course is via tarmac roads with good parking and great track-side viewing. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off A39 West of Wadebridge PL27 7UE. 

Also a full list of fixtures in both the Devon & Cornwall & Wessex Area is available by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch, Higher Sminhayes Farm, Brendon Hill, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0LG


Useful Information:

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

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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Preview: Cornwall Club Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 8th December 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

A superb 83 entries have been received for the Cornwall Club meeting to be held at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday December 8th. There are now seven races with the Open Maiden pre-divided and an earlier start time of 11.30am.

Both the Trevarthens-sponsored Ladies Open and the Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Men’s Open hold some class entries with Thomas Campbell, The Last But One, Don Poli, Chosen Lucky and Ramble On entered in both races. The Ladies race also has an interesting recruit to the Tracey Parker yard for daughter Natalie to ride Village Vic. He is a previous dual Cheltenham winner when in training with Phillip Hobbs when ridden by Richard Johnson, winning over £180,000 and rated 164. Thomas Campbell is now with Devon trainer Ed Walker, he too boasts Cheltenham wins being a treble hurdle winner there with earnings over £70,000 when in training with Nicky Henderson. Thomas Campbell is only seven and holds a hurdle rating of 157. Tom Malone’s entry The Last But One won the National Young Horse award last season, and could well follow up on his six Point wins and second in a Hunter Chase at Leicester. Don Poli boasts National Hunt winnings of over £400,000 and a rating of  168 under rules when in training with Gordon Elliot, now trained by Nick Pearce, he will be an interesting entry here. El Bandit is entered in the Men’s Open and now with Will Biddick’s yard, boasts a rating of 143 under Rules with Cheltenham and Aintree wins along with the Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstow when in training with Paul Nicholls, this move to Pointing could well be to the liking for the eight year old gelding.

The opening Humfrey Small Traders-sponsored  Conditions race for Novice and Veteran jockey’s starts the day and could be the preferred option for Tom Malone’s The Last But One and give young jockey Fergus Gillard a win here. Hello George is another entry with a promising young jockey Connor Houlihan hoping he can score here for owner Nathan Vergne. Hello George was only just held in second at the recent Dunmore meeting in November and could well come on for the run. Clondaw Bunny was impressive with his two wins last season at Great Trethew and is an entry for team Summersby, also another option for Fergus Gillard to ride.

There are two divisions of the Open Maiden race which are sponsored by Waterside Meadery and The Nare Hotel. In the first division Queens Legacy, for Champion jockey Will Biddick, could go off favourite having travelled well at Dunsmore before slipping up on the final bend. Mountain Las (Sue Brown) could improve on her recent fourth at the Dunsmore meeting and had decent place form last season.

The second division looks just as hot with I Prefer Diamonds (Robert Chanin), and Mustmeetforapint ( Dean Summersby) are among those looking progressive on previous form. I Prefer Diamonds ran 16L third to Grumpy Charlie at the Milborne St Andrew track in a flat race, and Mustmeetforabeer ran second in a Point in Ireland and looks a promising addition to the Summersby team.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race is just as tricky to predict with recent Dunsmore winner The Roestone(Robert Chanin), dual winner Cloudy Music(Dean Summersby) has never been out of the first three in all her seven starts to date,  Goldbury a winner here last season for the Tracey Parker team and dual winner last season Bubble O’Clock(Janet Ackner) are among the 13 strong entries.

Finally up is the Tinks Catering-sponsored Restricted race where Jill Dennis’s Neetside was an unlucky runner last season when carried out by a loose horse at Flete Park when travelling well, Trebudannon winner Thewinnertakeitall is another entry here today for team Summersby, and recent Dunsmore winner Iusetoluvheronce was impressive when winning at Dunsmore for Welsh trainer Luke Price. Les Jefford’s Merchant House’s form includes a bumper flat race win at Barbury last season, along with a second in a Maiden at Buckfastleigh under Jo Supple who looks to have the ride here again.

This event always has a festive feel to it, with the large covered barn containing hot and cold food and refreshments, along with bar, bookies and a host of trade stands offering an ideal place for Christmas shopping. The course offers excellent parking accessed through tarmac roads. Postcode PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person with Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.


Useful Information:

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

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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Can Ballyvodock deny Dicky Bob at Cherrybrook?

  • Popular local grey Dicky Bob has been entered in the opening Condy Mathias-sponsored Members race
  • The eye catching recent Kilworthy winner Ballyvodock could be the one to tackle Dicky Bob here
  • Neetside for trainer Jill Dennis stands out in the first division of the Open Maiden race
  • Every Breakin Wave is the highest rated in the Cherrybrook Chance Conditions race having won three races in 2017, but needs to re-kindle that form
  • River Myth from the Stuart Sampson team and It’s All or Nothing are ones to note in the Rock Inn-sponsored Confined race, both having won this season
  • Soul Kaliber could be another winner on the board for jockey Darren Edwards, if improving on their seconds at Kilworthy and Cothelstone

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Biddick closes in on Burton’s record and Dicky Bob scores a Kilworthy hat trick

  • Will Biddick’s winning rides on Five Gold Bars and Tuff Nano leave him just ten short of the British record of 414 career wins.
  • Dicky Bob ran away with the Mixed Open, winning at the Kilworthy course for the third successive year.
  • Odds on favourite Acadian was beaten by a neck, having duelled with Tamarstone from the last in the opener
  • Larkhill’s Mixed Open feature race, has attracted a strong entry of ten horses, with Green Winter a winner at the last meeting
  • The last but one is amoung fourteen entries in the James McNeile Celebration Chase at Larkhill
  • The Last but one is also entered at Cotley, where the opposition could be former chaser Purple’n’Gold


Darren Edwards notches up 250th win at Buckfastleigh and can Dicky Bob return to form at Kilworthy

  • Plenty of wind, some showers and a rainbow at Buckfastleigh
  • Going was very soft / heavy with a definite premium on stamina.
  • Defeats for odds-on favourites in both the Ladies’ and Men’s Opens
  • Landmark double for jockey Darren Edwards who scored his 250th win
  • 1-5 favourite, Dicky Bob, unseated Thomasina Eyston
  • Skinflint backed out of it at the top of the hill; in the guise of a non stayer.
  • Cloudy Music certainly does stay well and toughed it out
  • Kilworthy, near Brentor, Tavistock is the location for next weekend’s meeting
  • Condy Mathias Mixed Open is the feature race of the day
  • Dean Summersby has entered Chosen Lucky, winner of 11 of his 14 starts
  • Entry Navanman is has clocked up four wins this season
  • Popular grey Dicky Bob is already a dual course winner


Podcast: A return to Buckfastleigh, the amateurs gold cup and Navanman scores in Wessex

Westcountry pointing podcast – 15th March 2019

  • Strong performance from Virak in the Mixed Open Race at Charlton Hawthorne
  • Navanman and Bryan Carver continue their successful partnership for John Heard
  • Darran’s Pearce’s preview of the biggest Hunter Chase of the season, the Cheltenham Foxhunter
  • Ottery winner Caid Du Berlais ran a massive race in the last yearto finish 5th less than 4 lengths behind Pacha Du Polder.
  • Pacha Du Polder, is bidding to win the race for the third time
  • Buckfastleigh has seven races are on offerwhich have attracted over 80 entries.
  • Pony racing, precedes the main race card with two pony races commencing at 12 noon.
  • Recent winners Dicky Bob and Double Captain both carry entries.
  • Four times Buckfastleigh members winner Beuvron seeks to make it five
  • local entry snapping at Beuvron’s heels is O’Maonlai for keen young jockey Tamby Welch


Riders on the storm: Biddick 400 up and Caid du Berlais warms up nicely for Cheltenham

This week we bring you the reports and results from the East Devon Point-To-Point, and preview this weekend’s Wessex are Blackford and Sparkford Vale Point-To-Point:

  • Will Biddick reached a career landmark of riding 400 pointing winners at the East Devon Point-To-Point
  • Wind Tor (Josh Newman) and Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) battled out the Hunt race from a long way out. Caid du Berlais strolled home in his Cheltenham warm up
  • Darren Edwards secures a treble on In Arrears, Pistol Shoot and Soul Kaliber
  • The Pengellys’ run of form continued with Manofmanywords
  • Tom Lacey latest four year old, Ramillies drew away from the A Tipple Or Two in the finishing straight
  • The popular Dicky Bob scores by 12 lengths for Tommy Eyston
  • The bookies were on the retreat from Storm Freya and Bishops Court by the end of the afternoon
  • Virak, Navanman and Coco Live head to Charlton Horethorne this weekend


It turned out to be a long afternoon at Great Trethew thanks to two divided races and a lengthy delay for an injured jockey.

The weather was more akin to Umberleigh in June. The bookies were rubbing their hands at the prospects of lots of one pound each way ice cream punters. At least the prices were chalked up in good time – something the Barbury Castle books could learn from.

We are getting used to point to point flat races now. Tight betting in each of the two divisions as lots of un-raced horses made their debuts. The favourite Tango Charlie (6-4/13-8) actually fell in the first flat race (slipped up just after half way), leaving the mare Misstree Song (7-2) to fend off Exhibit A (6-1) and Mini Long Stocking (6-1.)

In the second division the Presenting mare Rosie Present (5-2fav) looked a nice type and quickened down the hill to beat Reflex Action (4’s to 3’s) and Western Whiskey (drifted to 13-2.)

The first jump race (Open Maiden four to six-year-olds) revealed a nice prospect in Famous Response (a little 5’s into 4’s) Despite signs of greenness the five-year-old stormed home as the gambled on runner-up Dr Kananga (3’s into 9-4 fav) kept jumping and hanging to the left. Jo Supple’s mount Attacotti (5’s to 7-2) was a creditable third. This trio can all be followed.

The older horses Maiden produced yet another division. The jolly old favourites obliged in each section. It didn’t take a genius to plump for Skinflint (evens into 4-6 fav) in the first section. His neck defeat by Tide Times (now in training with Ian Williams) in the opening race of the season at Buckfastleigh, drew very favourable comments in the Weatherbys loose leaf form book and we have had to be patient to cash in.

Kaiden Michael (4-6 fav) needed a bit more detective work since his form last season did not stand out. He was given a very patient ride by Darren Andrews and held Cornflower Blue (7-1) despite hanging and jumping left. A change of stables (to Stuart Sampson) and a good third to the smart Crown of Thorns at Chipley provided a much better script.

Navanman (8lbs penalty) drifted from 4-6 to 11-8 before just getting the better of Honest Deed (4 lbs penalty) (6-4 to evens fav) in a good class Mixed Open. This was their third clash of the season with the score now standing 2-1 in Navanman’s favour. They are two genuine performers, but will need careful placing for the remainder of the season to avoid the penalty structure. There are races to be won by third placed O’Maonlai (8-1) together with Minim Mouse (14-1) who showed seasonal promise.

Chosen Lucky (4-7 to 4-6 fav) is becoming a punters money box and notched his seasonal hat trick when ridden for the first time by Nathan Vergne in the Novice Riders’. Course winner Syracuse’s Dream (14-1) ran his best race for some time to finish a gallant second.

The Dean Summersby yard struck again with Clondaw Bunny (6-4 to a juicy 5-2) in the Restricted. My King (6-1) finished strongly, but Predestined (3’s to 2-1 fav) proved disappointing.

A good afternoon’s punting with enough funds to pay for the Tamar Bridge on the way home (the cost of crossing it, not buying it)

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday 3rd March 2019 East Devon Bishops Court, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1RJ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07870 737209
  • Sunday 10th March 2019 Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Charlton Horethorne, Sherborne, DT9 4LJ 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01963 370260
  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Quantock Staghounds Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01278 732944
  • Sunday 17th March 2019 Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse. TQ11 0LT 1st Race 1.00pm Sec Tel No: 01548 531490


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Preview: East Devon Point-to-Point, Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary, ‪Sunday 3rd March 2019

Written by Donna Harris

It’s the turn of the East Devon Hunt to host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Sunday 3rd March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of Noon. Over 140 entries have been received and it’s set to be another competitive days racing.

The Michael Pidsley & Son-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day and is a qualifier for the Timico final in May at Cheltenham, also a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies open at Stratford at the end of May. Bruton based trainer Rose Loxton’s entry Caid Du Berlais stands out, being a previous Hunter Chase winner at Punchestown last season, has previously clocked up some decent form under rules, and this could be a warm up for the 10 year-old gelding who holds an entry in the Foxhunter Open Hunter Chase at the Cheltenham festival. Rose Loxton holds an impressive 51% strike rate with her Pointers and is assisted by her husband Sam at their farm base. Blackwater Bramble is also among the 23 entries here, and trainer Alexandra Dunn would be looking for another bold run to add to his wins at Larkhill and Buckfastleigh. Five time Point winner Fly West is an entry for local trainer Ed Walker, he ran three lengths second at Barbury last weekend under jockey Will Biddick, who will look to take the ride again if Caid Du Berlais bypasses this meeting.

The Walker team have a good strike rate at this course and will have many chances here including recent Buckfastleigh winner Wind Tor, in the opening East Devon Associates-sponsored Members race, who would be a popular winner for owners The Otter Club. They could come up against dual Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) under the skilful hands of jockey Bryan Carver. Crown Of Thorns (Sarah Pidsley) came home an impressive 12 length winner at Buckfastleigh, having taken his maiden impressively at Chipley Park and is another option for Will Biddick to ride if not riding Wind Tor.

Crown Of Thorns also holds an entry in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race which could be a preferred option for connections, they could come up against Awesome Tunes another out of the Ed Walker yard. Awesome Tunes ran a neck second to Ballyhowe at Wadebridge under Josh Newman, who looks to be taking the ride again. Barbury November meeting winner Lily’s Got Wings(Julie Wadland) and Tree Sparrow (Camila Scott) a dual Bratton winner, are two others catching the eye in what looks to be another competitive race.

WBW Solicitors sponsor the Novice riders race, with previous course winner Dicky Bob holding an entry. He could improve on his second to Monsieur Gibraltar at Larkhill under young Tomasina Eyston. Connections of Heaney will be hoping for rain to soften the ground, he has won or been placed in all seven starts for the Wonnacott team under Millie Wonnacott, and their recent win at Chipley Park is sure to put them among the favourites here. Hello George owned trained and ridden by Nathan Vergne, had some decent NH form with a hurdle win at Newbury in 2017 when trained by Phillip Hobbs, and they could be ones to follow if he takes to Pointing.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Harris Timber Products, this has attracted entries from Raging Fire (Michael Felton) along with George’s Legacy (Joe Tickle), both won their maiden races in similar times at Chipley Park. Raging Fire under Will Biddick scored that day six lengths ahead of Minimalistic, the latter has since won in style scoring by 15 lengths at Buckfastleigh. George’s Legacy has the benefit of a weight allowance which could prove crucial up the home straight. Skinflint holds an entry for the Supple team, and could follow up on their two length win at Great Trethew last weekend if staying fresh. Journey Juice holds the hopes for the Walker team and could go close if following up on their second at Buckfastleigh, and would appreciate a sound surface.

There are two Open Maiden races, the first for four,five and six-year old sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. A Tipple Or Two has hinted at ability for trainer Caroline Keevil with a recent third at Barbury. Trainer Stuart Sampson holds two entries in this race with Susie Staples and Takeabid. Peace Plan and Sylvies Dance are two un-raced fillies from Will Biddick’s yard, with any market support should be worth noting. Will also has the option to ride Thestopperdunne for Tom Malone, and they could improve on their third to Raging Fire at Chipley Park.

Finally up is the Otter Brewery-sponsored Open Maiden race for seven year-olds and over in which among the 32 entries are Wadebridge runner-up Rare Oul Times (Ed Walker), Buckfastleigh runner-up Neetside (Jill Dennis) and Ex Irish import having clocked up two runner up places there Could Be Better ( Stuart Sampson).

This meeting usually sees the first of the spring weather drawing out picnic racegoers in their hundreds. For those wishing to sample the delights on course there will be plenty of stands offering hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of country trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Postcode EX11 1RJ.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Ottery St Mary, 1.2 miles from EX11 1RJ

BBC Travel News: Devon

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