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Preview: The Eggesford POINT-TO-POINT AT Upcott Cross On Sunday 9TH MAY 2021

It’s the turn of the Eggesford to host their Point-to-Point meeting at Upcott Cross situated in the deepest heart of Devon, this coming Sunday May 9th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 110 entries have been received, with the Open Maiden race now divided. Once again this is a meeting which will be held behind closed doors,with live viewing available via Eventbrite live streaming.

The Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race, which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, looks to be the feature of the day with over £600 in prize money. Entries include ex National Hunt and multiple Point-to-Point winners Chameron and Virak for trainer Sam Loxton. Virak also holds an entry at Holnicote this weekend, and connections may choose to run him there. Navanman  would be a popular family win at this track for trainer John Heard, and could follow up on his Hunter Chase spin around Cheltenham last month when he came home a creditable one-and-a half  length third. The well bred Galileo-sired gelding Los Alamos for the Luke Price team could go close if turning up here and follow up on his Open win at Trebudannon two weeks ago.

In the opening Chris Hodgson-sponsored Conditions race, Raddon Top could go well for trainer Les Jefford if re-producing his impressive win at Wadebridge and goes well for jockey Conor Houlihan,  The Roestone for the Robert Chanin team also catches the eye on his Cherrybrook Intermediate win last month and goes well for Martin McIntyre. Trainer Camilla Scott holds an entry with The Mulcair who ran second in a Hunter Chase in Leicester in March, and is another who could go well if defying top weight under young Finn Muirhead. Unioniste will run an honest race and should be there in the frame at the finish for the Biddick family team.

The Bridgetown & Totnes Race Co Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race holds a strong entry for the Heard family with Cottage Rose, who was a worthy winner at Flete Park last month. They could come up against outside raider and winner a Higham and Edgcote Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team. Also Danny Archer for team Jefferson, another with recent previous winning form who is progressing fast into Intermediate company. Where’s Wilma is another highly rated and could improve on her recent second in an Open at Flete Park, and goes well for jockey Matt Hampton.

The C & R Construction & Bowen Equus-sponsored Open Maiden race is pre-divided. Those catching the eye in the first division are Everon(Neil mcLean), Loodeen(Charlie Dando) and Whatabug( Sarah Prouse) all having had the benefit of a run and gained place form. The second division could go the way of Jasmin des Bordes (Teresa Clark), Jimmy Tew (Janet Akner) or Thursdayateight( Annabelle Bacon) are suggestions on promising previous recent form.

In the Waie Inn & Ford Fuels-sponsored Restricted race, Will Biddick could have a winning training and riding performance on Florrie Webb to follow up on their win at Cothelstone, if not choosing the Holnicote meeting on Saturday where they also hold an entry. Along with Party Tunes for team Summersby, who could follow up on their impressive 20-length win at Trebudannon two weeks ago under Darren Edwards.

Finally up at the Eggesford Point-To-Point is the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd-sponsored Conditions race, which also holds plenty of talent with The Last But One (Tom Malone) looking to reproduce the form of his Trebudannon victory. He does hold entries in the earlier races here in which he could run well, along with his Holnicote option entry. Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) will run a sound race under Charlotte Summersby, and The Mulcair for trainer Camilla Scott could opt for this race over his earlier entry.

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PREVIEW: Flete Park Races (Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd) Saturday 1st May 2021

The second meeting to be held on the beautiful Flete Park Estate in South Devon, takes place this coming Saturday 1st May. The meeting will again be held behind closed doors due to current Covid restriction, but can be watched online via eventbrite live streaming.

Pony races head up the action at 1pm which have been kindly sponsored by the landowner, Mr Anthony Mildmay-White. The pony races are a great way for our young jockey’s of the future to gain their experience. Many have come through the ranks this way, including Harry Cobden, Harry Skelton, Tyler Heard, Bryony Frost, Megan Nicholls, Tamby Welch and many others. The current races are becoming even more competitive for those wishing to follow their dreams.

The main six race card commences at 2pm and has attracted 77 entries. Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd have added extra sponsorship for four of the races on the card which include the Skinners four- mile Ladies Open race and looks to be the feature of the day. Southfield Theatre is an entry who won over 170k under rules, and has been on the point-to-point scene for the Bradstock family for a number of years since retiring from National Hunt. This 13 year-old gelding is still part owned by his breeder Mrs Angela Yeoman, and is a credit to her stud farm. He also holds an entry in the Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Friday this week, and connections may wish to target him there. Unioniste is another ex National Hunt horse who clocked up some more impressive form under rules gaining 250k in prize money, and now looks to be taking to pointing. He could improve on his second here two weeks ago for the Biddick team who may have young Ella Orttewell aboard, who has already tasted success at this track. Know The Score won here two weeks ago and could provide another winner for the inform Les Jefford team, this time with Jo Supple aboard.

Marchand Petit jointly sponsor the opening Maiden race with Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd. This race could go the way of entry Not At All with previous place form for outside raider Jason Warner, and for jockey James King to continue his challenge for the men’s title. Chips For Free (Mary Sanderson) is another with decent previous place form and looks a decent ride for Rob Hawker .

The well bred Dr Time was impressive on winning his maiden race under Josh Newman in style here two weeks ago, and could take the Restricted race which is sponsored by Print Concerns supporting the NHS. Florrie Web also catches the eye being trained by Will Biddick, he won the members race at Cothelstone by eight lengths and could well re-produce that form here. O’Faolains Lad (Stuart Penny) could be another option for Will Biddick to ride, and could go close after his second at Cothelstone,where he could come on for that run.

Next up is the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Conditions race in which local entry It’s A Steal would be a popular winner for the Lee Glanville team and follow up on their third here at the previous meeting, although they could be up against Journey Juice (Ed Walker) who got the better of them that day and could be the main threat, For Rita (Fran Nimmo) and Our Henrietta (Alice Procter) have both clocked up some decent form and any market support should be noted. If Chill Factor (Will Biddick)  runs here he is likely to put up a brave performance and deny a high weight penalty.

Polo The Mumm was travelling well until unseating his rider close home at the last meeting, and should go well here in the Artemis Morgan and Totnes & Bridgetown- sponsored  Conditions Novice Riders race for jockey Tamby Welch. Charlotte Summersby is booked to have the option of three rides in this, with Cloudy Music for her family team Summersby, and could follow up on their third here at the previous meeting. Another from the team as a possible ride is Chosen Lucky if bouncing back from his run last weekend at Trebudannon, and Eric The Third a winner under Charlotte last weekend at Trebudannon. Syracuse’s Dream got his head in front when winning here at the last meeting at this track, with a good training performance by his patient owner/trainer Deborah Treener, and he could be close at the finish again under young Barnaby Treneer.

Finally up is the two-mile four furlong Maiden race sponsored by The White House Farm and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co, in which entries Lassue (Will Biddick) finished four-lengths second at Cothelstone, and Aracara ( Luke Price) ran third here at the last meeting, both will be likely favourites if turning up here again.

Flete Park Racing Betting is available by registering at least one hour before the event by ringing either Richard Pittard on  07711298746 or Dave Phillips on 07810775119. Flete Park Racing’s Live stream can be registered through pointingDC.co.uk/live for a fee of £10 plus a  small admin fee.

Preview: Flete Races (Dartmoor) Point-to-Point Flete Park, South Devon, Saturday 17 April 2021

Written by: Donna Harris

The first of two scheduled meetings to take place at the stunning parkland known as Flete Park, goes ahead this Saturday April 17th. The event will take place behind closed doors, although owners will be allowed on the course to watch their horses run. The Dartmoor host this meeting which has seven races on offer, attracting over eighty entries, are scheduled to commence at 2pm. Pony racing proceeds the main race card with two pony races which have attracted ten ponies in each race, head up the action at 1pm. These have been kindly sponsored by land owner Mr AJB Mildmay-White. As a mark of respect there will be a two minutes silence held at 3pm, together with black armbands being worn by officials and participants in respect of the passing, and funeral of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Totnes & Bridgetown Race Company have kindly sponsored two races here, the first  being the opening Members race. This could provide a good battle between previous course winner It’s A Steal, who could follow up on his game third last weekend for the Glanville family, and recent Cherrybrook winner, Static Jack, for the Treneer family. 

The 4 mile Mixed Open race is another to be kindly sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company, with those likely to be highly fancied in the betting ring are the prolific winning Navanman (John Heard), along with Honest Deed (Dean Summersby), both of which have reversed form with each other and could provide another thrilling finish. Chill Factor is a notable entry who could be in the mix here for Cheltenham Foxhunter winning trainer Will Biddick, with the combination of young Ella Orttewell booked to ride, who won her first race at this track, has been improving fast under the watchful eye of the Biddick team. Cocoa Live ran last weekend at Cothelstone and could find this race comes too soon, although going would suit and has the booking of another promising young jockey from the Biddick team in Charlie Sprake. Ramble On is another outside raider who has good solid form , going wouldn’t be a problem and could add to his win here in 2018. 

The Wainhomes-sponsored  Restricted race could go the way of Dancing Dave who is the highest rated, he won his maiden at this track and ran well at Didmarton last season when finishing third for the Ed Walker team. Mustmeetforapint (Dean Summersby) ran at Cothelstone last weekend finishing third and could follow up here for Darren Edwards. Any market support for Raging Fire (Mike Felton) will be worth noting, with this ex-Irish import showing some promising place form in Ireland before winning his maiden at Chipley Park in 2018, 

In the Maiden race for four and five year olds, sponsored by Francis Clark, Gemini’s Fire, who finished a half length second at Charing, could continue the winning form of young trainer Christopher Barber. Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) also catches the eye if connections choose this race over the later maiden, and having run second to Tiptop Mountain at Wadebridge in December. 

Many look to have chances in the Oriental Club Owners/Trainers race including Bridge Of Spies (George Beilby) having finished second at Cherrybrook, Where’s Wilma(Michael Watson) who won her maiden at this course, followed by a four-length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month under Matt Hampton.  

In the Elizabeth May memorial Conditions race, which has been sponsored by Full Circle Motors, Cloudy Music(Dean Summersby) could improve on his third at Cherrybrook and be a win for the family with daughter Charlotte booked to ride. They maybe taken on by recent Cherrybrook  Members race winner Skylander, who won under Robert Hawker for owner/trainer Richard Morgan.

Finally up is the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Maiden race which has 21 entries and looks to hold plenty of talent which include Spring Break (WillBiddick), Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) and Master Sam Bellamy (Chloe Boxhall) .

Live streaming is available for the meeting which can be accessed through the https://pointingdc.co.uk/Live website to register with eventbrite at a low cost of £10 plus a small admin fee. Betting is also open via registering with either Richard Pittard on 07711298746 or David Phillips on 07810775119, the deadline for registering is one hour before racing commences.

PREVIEW: Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-to-Point at Cherrybrook ON 3RD April 2021 [BEHIND CLOSED DOORS}

Written by: Donna Harris

With over 110 entries received for the Cherrybrook Point-to-Point meeting, the wait is now over for racing to return to this popular track in the Devon & Cornwall area, which will commence on Saturday 3rd April. Although this meeting will be held behind closed doors, with no public access, due to the current Covid restrictions, the Spooners & West Dartmoor team have worked hard to ensure the meeting will run smoothly.

Live streaming of the races with race commentary and all day presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and former top jockey Lizzie Kelly is on offer for the eight races, with a start time of 1.30pm with the first of the divided Open Maidens.

Those catching the eye in the first division of the Condy Mathias-sponsored Open Maiden, are Artic Milly who has some good previous place form for the Les Jefford team,  Master Sam Bellamy who achieved a distant fourth place in a Hunter Chase at Leicester in February and has had the benefit of an outing for trainer Chloe Boxhall, and Wandering Soul could run well on debut for trainer Christopher Barber.

In the second division of the Open Maiden sponsored by the Dartmoor Community, the Teresa Clark entry Jasmin Des Bordes has a second place at Larkhill in December to his credit, along with the booking of previous champion jockey and now Cheltenham winning trainer Will Biddick aboard, should go off the likely favourites. Say About It for the Roy Smith team could come on for his fourth at Wadebridge in December, along with This’ll Do for the Les Jefford team who could make amends for his fall at Wadebridge and give talented young jockey Conor Houlihan a good each way chance here.

Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company have kindly sponsored both the Men’s and Ladies Open races here, which hold top class entries. In the Ladies race entry Chosen Lucky has won an impressive 14 out of 21 starts to date, finishing second or third in the remaining seven, he could well snatch this for team Summersby and follow up on his second at Wadebridge in December under Charlotte Summersby, who has to be a lady jockey to watch for the future.  Purple ‘N Gold for the Les Jefford team is another with a good record when ridden by Millie Wonnacott who has now graduated to National Hunt winning form, he could be a main contender here under jockey Jo Supple who has ridden him before.

In the Men’s Open,  Unioniste stands out, previously in training with Paul Nicholls for David Maxwell has three Hunter Chase wins to his credit which includes a Wincanton win under jockey Lorcan Williams. Trainer Polly Gundry holds an entry with dual Larkhill winner Different Gravey which could be another option for jockey Will Biddick to ride. Dual Larkhill winner Blackwater Bramble and veteran ex National Hunt Chase winner Sausalito Sunrise are two entries from the Alexandra Dunn team who have travelled to Devon before, and could prove threatening if competing at this meeting.

The Dapper Fox holds an entry in the Conditions race which is sponsored by Devon Hampers. He looks to set the standard with good win and place form and should put up another brave performance under owner/trainer/jockey Jack Veysey. Tippinawaynow is an interesting ex Irish recruit for trainer Liam Cocoran and could be supported in the betting market, along with previous winners It’s A Steal, and Spookydooky could re kindle their form and be in the mix at the finish here.

Print Concerns sponsor the Restricted race in which all entry money is donated to the NHS. Famous Clermont is the highest rated having won at Larkhill in December under Will Biddick for trainer Christopher Barber. Earthstorm is another to note, looks to act on any going and this Getaway-sired gelding could repeat his form when winning at Cothelstone last March for the Tracey Williams team.

Penbode Vets sponsor the Intermediate race and those catching the eye are Cloudy Music for team Summersby, with solid win and place form and the benefit of a light weight under young jockey Charlotte Summersby. The Robert Chanin trained The Roestone has the booking of Robert Hawker aboard, who could re-produce the course winning form of his maiden win here in April 2019.

Finally up is the Members race which has been sponsored jointly by Tyre Marks of Tavistock and Bill Lane, this race could be a preferred option for The Dapper Fox or The Roestone mentioned earlier, however an interesting entry is the ex National Hunt winner Talk Of The South, now in training with Gordon Chambers, could well produce his previous dual Chase winning form when under rules, and ran second in a Mixed Open at Great Trethew in March 2020.

There is a fee of £10 to view the race meeting’s livestream, which is the same cost as if you attended as a spectator, and the sport needs the income from live streaming to ensure its future.

For those spectators wanting to place a bet, the contact numbers to register are 07711 298746 for Richard Pittard and 07810 775119 for Dave Phillips. The deadline to register for bets at this event is one hour before racing commences.

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Preview: Cornwall Club Point-to-Point at Wadebridge ON Sun 6 December 2020

The Cornwall Club Point-To-Point is the first of three scheduled meetings to take place this season at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday 6th December. It will be a welcome return for trainers, owners and jockeys, who have had to keep their horses ticking over during the Covid lockdown. This meeting will still be behind closed doors, but live race streaming will be available on Facebook and hopefully Youtube.

Betting will also be available remotely by telephone, contact numbers are 07974584712 and 07711298746, with the Bookmakers having worked hard to open accounts for those wishing to place a bet. This can be done by opening up an account by depositing funds into their Paypal account by 6pm on Saturday 5th December. Minimum bet deposits are £30 to open, and individual bets are taken at £10 five minutes before the scheduled race time. Full details can be found on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Website and Facebook page. Seven races are on offer with an earlier start time of 11.00am. 120 good quality entries have been received.

Helen Humphry & Lotus Therapies sponsor the opening Novice & Veteran riders race which has been pre-divided. In the first division, the Tom Malone – trained Art Mauresque stands out having won at the opening meeting at Bishops Court in October. This French bred gelding had decent form when under rules with Paul Nicholls, having won over £180,00 in prize money, before loosing his way. Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone has sweetened the horse up with a change of scenery and he sets the standard here. However he also holds an entry in both the Men’s Open and Ladies Open races, which may be a preferred option for Art Mauresque, this could leave the door open for the Les Jefford-trained Raddon Top who should go well in the first division of the opener and follow upon his second at the East Devon meeting in October, when coming home two lengths second under Conor Houlihan, who holds the ride again here. Sounds of Italy looks an interesting outside raider for owner/trainer/jockey Finbar Milrane, with his two lengths second at Ampton when last seen, but he also holds an entry at the Chaddesley Corbett fixture, so may head there if conditions suit. Kimble winner Sir Mangan could prove a danger coming out of the red hot Alan Hill’s team. 

In the second division Chosen Lucky could get another win for the Dean Summersby team, with daughter Charlotte on board. Rolling Dylan is an entry for trainer Laura Parker, who has a good strike rate at this track, and the gelding could find his old National Hunt form when in training with Philip Hobbs, who still owns him, and has the booking of promising young jockey Tom Dixon aboard.

The Treavarthen-sponsored Ladies Open race looks to be a thriller in store, with previous course winner The Last But One entered for the Tom Malone team, which could see jockey Jo Supple back in the winners enclosure. They may be challenged by entry Chosen Lucky under Charlotte Summersby if not competing in the earlier Novice race, or the Ed Walker entry Different Gravy. The latter having had decent form under rules when with Nicky Henderson when he clocked up five wins under rules. Once joining the Ed Walker team, Different Gravy’s latest win came at Larkhill in 2018 under jockey Will Biddick, they could be right there at the finish if going well fresh after a long layoff. 

The prolific winning gelding Navanman for the John Heard team could take on Art Mauresque in the Moore’s of St Wenn-sponsored Men’s Open which looks another exciting race. Navanman has already scored a hat-trick at this course and may have the booking of either top jockey’s Will Biddick, if Art Mauresque is chosen to run in an earlier race, or Darren Edwards who has won aboard Navanman. Dr Des catches the eye for Welsh raider Gary Barber after his dual hurdle win and third at Exeter in February this year. Also Different Gravy, mentioned before, if not running in the Ladies race.

The open maiden race has 40 entries and is likely to be divided on the day. Those that catch the eye are A Tipple Or Two who was unlucky when unseating at Bishops Court, and could go well on his previous runner-up form. Honest Opinion who could be another shrewd buy on previous place form, from Ireland for team Summersby.  Great Colewood for the Ed Walker team could follow up on his second at Bishops Court. Old Town Garde for the Chloe Roddick team with the booking of jockey Angus Cheleda is interesting. Moonaro could improve on his place form for trainer Susan Darke,  and The Kitchenmecanic had previous place form in Ireland and could go well for trainer Teresa Clark. The maiden races have been kindly sponsored by Andrew & Susan Pellowe, David Hardie Plumbing & Heating and Hayley Mason.

In the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, Waterloo Warrier is an outside raider to note if travelling down from the Cotswolds for the Angela Slater team, having good previous National Hunt form and ran a half length third at Maisemore in October. Getting Closer for trainer Alan Hill won his Restricted at Horseheath and followed up with a two length second to Fumet O’Oudaries in his Intermediate also at Horseheath. Voie Dans Voie is another to hold some promising form with a previous maiden win at this track and is now trained and ridden by Will Biddick.

Finally up is the Print Concerns NHS Restricted race in which Mustmeetforapint is a previous winner at this track and acts on any going. Starsky could follow up on his win at Bishops Court, and Schiap Hill after his second at Bishops Court. Also Hotel Du Nord could give Will Biddick another training performance and see a promising young jockey Charlie Sprake take a step up the ladder in his career.

Live streaming will be available on facebook.com/PointingDC/Live. Full details and updates will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website or visit https://pointingdc.co.uk/

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Preview: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 15 March 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

A great way to end Cheltenham Festival week is to go along to the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, where they host their meeting on Sunday 15th March.

Pony racing sponsored by Barton Sawmills heads up the action at 11am. With the main seven race card commencing at 12 noon. The feature race of the day is the £1000 West Country Men’s Open Champion Chase which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd. Entries include previous National Hunt winner Sausalito Sunrise for the Alexandra Dunn team, he won a Hunter Chase at Hexham last season, and started this season with an impressive ten length win at Cocklebarrow in January. Fishy Story for trainer Stuart Sampson, could figure and was impressive when she bounced back from a year’s break when she battled on for a short head win ahead of Sixteen Letters at Milborne St Andrew last month. Three Faces West (Bethan Childs) has strong claims after his win at this track in January under jockey Nathan Vergne, although holds an entry at the Cothelstone meeting on Saturday. Local entry Dicky Bob (Verity Nicholls), now a veteran, knows this track well and could figure here.

The popular grey Dicky Bob also holds an entry in the Skinners Ladies Open race, which may be a preferred option for the gelding, with the booking of local jockey Millie Wonnacott to ride. Millie also looks to have the option of riding her mother’s owned and trained Heaney who was impressive when winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter last April. This race looks very competitive with recent Chipley Park winner Silsol for jockey Ella Orttewell, Badbury Rings winner Master Baker for Jo Supple, and promising young mare Goldbury having the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance and won nicely at the Wadebridge December meeting under Natalie Parker, also among the entries.

The opening Members race is sponsored by Ashburton Motors. This looks to be a battle among the locals, with The Meters Running for the Gordon Chambers yard looking to follow up on his Great Trethew win last weekend. They could come up against Rebecca Welch’s Somewhere To Be who ran second at Wadebridge, but found the conditions tough when pulling up at Great Trethew last weekend, and Moonaro another local entry who has clocked up some decent previous place form for the Kingsbridge based Darke family.

Clever Des Assence (Laura Parker) ran third here at the January meeting, and Steven Steel ( Janet Ackner) with a second at the Didmarton meeting, are just two catching the eye in the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race.

In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, team Summersby’s Banco de Logos ran a decent three length second at Chipley Park and should be among the favourites with jockey Darren Edwards on a winning roll. Outside raider Hard Ground (Gearoid Costello) won his restricted at Higham last month and is the highest rated, but looks to prefer a sound surface which he may not find here unless the ground dries. The Galloping Bear for the Ben Clarke team looks progressive with wins at Ffoss Las and Wadebridge, with the ground not seeming an issue for him could score again for jockey Darren Andrews.

TheWinston Pincombe-sponsored Novice Riders race could go the way of recent Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) for promising young jockey Conor Houlihan, who will try and fend off multiple Point winner Supreme Danehill (Alan Hill) who is also among the nine entered.

To end the day is a four & five year old Flat race which is sponsored by M1 Plant Engineering, with debutants to note as suggestions being Fevertre (Nicky Martin) The Ramp Sleeper(Teresa Clark) and local entry Allaboutthememories (Lee Glanville).

This track is steeped in history, it offers fantastic viewing, beer tent, hot and cold food and refreshments, on course bookies and a host of interesting trade stands. Easy access along the A38 Post code TQ11 0LT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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Preview: East Cornwall Point-to-Point, Great Trethew Sunday 8 March 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

Racegoers will be hoping that the weather is kind this week and enables the re arranged East Cornwall Hunt meeting to take place at the Great Trethew course on Sunday 8th March. Pony racing heads up the action at 11am and is sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages. The main six race card commences at 12 noon. Over 100 entries have been received.

This meeting holds an exciting point-to-point Flat race for four and five year olds, and  is a good opportunity to see some potential stars of the future. This has been kindly sponsored by Philip Warren Butchers. Most of the 16 entries are experiencing their first time racing, although Le Slithy Tove has the benefit of a fair effort at Barbury Castle in December and could go well for jockey Millie Wonnacott. Trainer Nicky Martin has an interesting five year old entered named Fevertre, and should be high in the market, also Chris Honour’s Grumpy Freya catches the eye. The four year old’s entered do get a decent weight allowance and market support would be worth following for Indigo Breeze (Gearoid Costelloe), Bravo Buddy (Robert Chanin) also Tipsy Hall for trainer Chris Barber.

The Porsche Centre at Exeter sponsor the Mixed Open which has attracted 20 entries.   Navanman for trainer John Heard would looked to have set the standard having already clocked up a seasons treble, but had a hard race at Wadebridge when finishing third and may need more time before returning. Spencer Moon is the highest rated, could make the trip down from Luke Price’s yard. He won his maiden here in 2017 and followed up with another ten Point wins and a Hunter Chase win at Fontwell to add to his form. He may need the run first time out this  season. Three Faces West catches the eye having stayed on well to win recently at Buckfastleigh for trainer Bethan Childs and jockey Nathan Vergne. They then ran eight lengths second at Badbury Rings and should be there at the finish. With The Galloping Bear (Ben Clarke) on a season double, and Goldbury’s Intermediate win at Wadebridge (Laura Parker) also puts them in the mix if progressing.

The Dawe Hawken & Dodd Open Maiden race for 4,5 & 6yr olds holds 28 entries and could well be divided on the day. Les Jefford holds two entries with Upcott Cross runner up Businessman, and Artic Milly who ran one length second to Cottage Rose at Wadebridge in February, both go well for Millie Wonnacott. Team Summersby has entered Party Tunes, another who holds strong claims after his three and a quarter-length second under Darren Edwards, to Freezing Point at Buckfastleigh. Henry’s Regime looks interesting after his third in a Bumper flat race at Taunton and is now trained and ridden by Merv Woodward.

In the Open Maiden for 7yrs and over Exhibit A for the Laura Parker team could improve for their second at Wadebridge. Oyster Pearl looks to have the booking of Will Biddick to ride for trainer Joe Tickle who could find the key to this young mares potential. This race is sponsored by The Kings Head & Prydis.

In the PPORA Novice Riders race which is sponsored by Group Travel, team Summersby is again double handed with Cloudy Music and Clondaw Bunny. Cloudy Music ran well last season with some decent runner up places on four occasions, and looks a good schoolmaster for Charlotte Summersby who will be looking to improve on their place form this season and clock up her first victory. Clondaw Bunny was an unlucky unseat at Larkhill in January, and could again have the booking of promising young jockey Conor Houlihan who himself rode a double at the February Wadebridge meeting. Inch Rock for the Ed Walker team looks the main danger, having previously won his Restricted race at this course, and his recent close third behind stable mate winner Wind Tor at Wadebridge last month under jockey Pippa Glanville must be respected.

Finally up is the Jeffreys-sponsored Restricted race in which another Ed Walker-trained recruit catches the eye in Gio’s Girl. She won her maiden at Flete Park, then missed a season and came back with a 10 length second to Neetside at Wadebridge in December, followed by a length second to Five Gold Bars at Buckfastleigh in January under Will Biddick. Minella Beag is another option here for the Walker/Biddick combination, and could well follow up on their maiden win at Chipley Park in January, although the jockey may have ride commitments at the Charlton Horethorne meeting.

The course offers excellent viewing facilities. On course beer tent , hot and cold food and refreshments, a number of country trade stands.  Entrance is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car load. Children under 16 free. Location is Menheniot off A38 between Saltash and Liskeard PL14 3PZ.

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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: 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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Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point, Chipley Park Sunday, Sunday 26th January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

Next weekend it’s the turn of the Tiverton Foxhounds meeting to take place at the popular track known as Chipley Park on Sunday 26th January. There are seven races on offer with a start time of 12 noon. 90 entries have been received.

The Mixed Open is the feature race of the day with a prize fund of £1000, with entry Art Mauresque a recent Cottenham winner, standing out for local bloodstock agent and trainer Tom Malone, with the yard bang in form at the moment. Art Mauresque has previous NH form which includes a win at Cheltenham in a Novice Chase in October 2015. They could be taken on by multiple Point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, he has already clocked up two Open wins this season at the Wadebridge track and will need to defy top weight here. Green Winter for trainer James Ridley is another catching the eye after his one and-a-half length second to Shantou Flyer at Larkhill earlier this month.

The day opens with the Hunt Members race in which entry Jack Snipe could continue the form for Frome based trainer/ jockey Rob Hawker, who also scored at last weekends Buckfastleigh meeting, having bounced back from an injury he sustained at his yard last season. Jack Snipe won under rules when in training with Jeremy Scott, having won at the Newton Abbot, Worcester and Taunton tracks. Art of Synergy could be the ones to chase them home, having had the benefit of two outings this season, the latest when running well to finish fifth at Larkhill.

In the Restricted race Mustmeetforapint stands out for the formidable Dean Summersby team, being another shrewd buy out of Ireland having already pleased his owners with a win at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards. Will Biddick’s entry Sylvies Dance is 5lb better off in the weights, and won her maiden at Flete last season by an impressive 30 lengths. Thechaseison looks an interesting entry, out of Chris Barbers yard, should go well if following up on his eight length win at Larkhill earlier this month.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race holds interesting entries with Rio Brave( Bradley Gibbs) having won three on the bounce last season at Monmouth and the two Bovilston meetings. Awesome Tunes (Carly Mather) was consistent last season with decent place form and a win at Trebuddanon, along with Banco de Logos (Dean Summersby) also having been consistent with wins at Trebudannon and Upcott Cross.

Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) is the pick of the entry in the PPORA Jockey Club Novice Riders race to follow up on his Wadebridge win, and could clock up a first win for young jockey Charlotte Summersby here. Both Ramble On’s (Luke Price) decent form last season, along with Hello George who is trained by Will Biddick for owner Nathan Vergne has runner up form on three occasion this season. The two are equally rated, and could join in the battle up the hill to the finish.

The first Open Maiden is for mares and fillies in which Mini Longstocking (Jo Tickle) and Cottage Rose (John Heard) are just two to mention which look progressive, and Molly Martaline (Keith Cumings) could go well on racecourse debut.

Suggestions in the final race of the day which is the Open Maiden and looks wide open, are ex NH All Kings, Stevan Steel ran an eight length third at Wadebridge behind Mustmeetforapint, and ex Irish Dawnie Boy for trainer David Gibbs could improve on his fourth place in Ireland in October.

The course offers fantastic parkland viewing with a long uphill finishing straight which always provides thrilling finishes. On course facilities are a number of hot and cold food stands, licensed beer tent, on course bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off B3187, 3m Wellington, 1m from Milverton. Postcode TA21 0QY.

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Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wellington, 3.4 miles from TA21 OQU

BBC Travel News: Somerset; Devon;

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