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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: Flete Races (Dartmoor) on Easter Saturday at Flete Park, Saturday 16th April 2022

We head back to the fabulous parkland setting of Flete Park, Ermington, where the Dartmoor host their meeting on Saturday 16th April. This will be an excellent Easter picnic venue meeting, with seven races on offer attracting 66 entries, and in addition Pony Racing sponsored by Anne Kane heads up the action at 1pm, with the main race card at 2pm. There will also be a parade in the paddock of Santini who was placed fourth in the Grand National for jockey Nick Scholfield and trainer Polly Gundry.

A Salon Called Fish sponsor the opening Members race which looks a hot race between the local entries. O Maonlai is the highest rated for the George Welch team for son Tamby to ride, Pippa Glanville has One Tree Hill entered who should go well for her family team, and Annabelle Bacon’s Alternatif could follow up on his win at Larkhill with Otis Morgan in the saddle.

The Wain Homes-sponsored Restricted race follows, with those catching the eye are the consistent Honest Opinion for team Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards, also Matt Hampton’s trained and ridden entry King’s Quay has been placed recently. Whilst Quintins Man out of the John Heard yard won his maiden race at Kilworthy last month. looking a progressive type for jockey Darren Andrews to score again on. 

Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company sponsor the feature race of the day which is a 4m Mixed Open. This race could see Board Of Trade repeat his win at this meeting last season, coming from a strong yard who have just saddled Santini who finished fourth in last Saturdays Grand National, they will be hoping Board of Trade runs well here for the Ed Walker racing syndicate and Otter Partnership. However there will be plenty snapping at his heels including Virak for trainer Sam Loxton and Olive Nicholls to ride, who is readily making her presence noticed in the winners enclosure. The veteran pointer Sykes for Nicola Martin team and Darren Edwards to ride, could follow up on their four-length victory at Kilworthy. Also Broadclyst, another to have won between the flags this season with a dual at the Wadebridge meetings under jockey Anna Johnson.

Charles Stanley and Wealth Managers sponsor the Intermediate race, and of the six entered Minimilistic enjoyed an easy race at Buckfastleigh which could prepare him nicely for here, and would be a popular winner for the Darke team. Cottage Rose who won his Restricted here last season under Darren Andrews, retains the partnership again for team Heard and is likely to go close.

The Oriental Club sponsor the Owner/Trainers Conditions race with prolific winning Footloose stands out for trainer Arran Butterfield, having clocked up four wins this season, the latest at the Cherrybrook meeting, but needs to defy top weight. His opponents could be The Dapper Fox, another previous consistent type for owner/trainer/jockey Jack Veysey and a dual course winner here in 2016. Together with Doctors Differ for the George Hiscock team who has Ella Orttewell aboard, she will be looking to improve on their one-length third at the Cotley meeting last month.

Full Circle Motors sponsor the following Conditions D&C race which could see Board of Trade (Ed Walker), Jeremy Central (Tom Malone) with leading gentleman jockey Will Biddick aboard, and Steel Express (Mike Vanstone) for Martin McIntyre  battle out the finish.

Luscombe Maye sponsor the final race of the day which is a Maiden race, with those to note at a glance are Oyster Perch runner up on two occasions the latest at the Kilworthy meeting, when finishing a length second to Highland Legend that day for the Louise Kittow team,  and Young William a promising looking youngster for Chris Barber with his recent ten-length second at Cotley. The course is located at Flete Park Ermington. PL21 9NX. Entrance to the course is £15pp including a racecard Children under 16 Free of charge. On course facilities include bar, hot and cold food and refreshments. Rural trade stands, and on course bookies. This is a fabulous picnic spot located in a beautiful parkland setting offering a great day out for all the family. Dogs on leads welcome. Live streaming will be available through www.eventbrite/pointingdc.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: The Silverton Point-to-Point at Dunsmore, Silverton – Sunday 10th April 2022

Organiser of the Silverton Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the Dunsmore track, will be hoping for some rain this week to ensure perfect going, however they do have the ability to water the course if necessary, giving the track ideal going, for a fabulous race meeting this Sunday April 10.

There are six races on offer with at start time of 2pm. 80 Entries have been received

The Lorraine Kelly-sponsored Members races heads up the action and is run in the memory of the late Brian Kelly. Entry Druid Spitfire is one who could follow up on his recent run at the Buckfastleigh meeting when finishing six-lengths third for owner/breeder Elizabeth Kessler. The now veteran gelding could could come up against youngsters here including the six-year old gelding Clayway, for trainer Les Jefford, with a promising jockey on board Conor Houlihan, who will be trying to improve on their fourth place at Great Trethew in February. Nikki Steel (Robert Chanin) is another who will be looking to improve on place form, when finishing six-lengths second at the Wadebridge meeting in December under Anna Hylands.

There follows a Conditions race for novice riders race sponsored by Gingerlands livery yard. Entry The Big Sting looking to set the standard for the Chris Barber team having already won three races this season the latest being at Milbourne St Andrew. Bistori D’Honore (Michael Felton) ran five-lengths second at Milbourne St Andrew, and Field Exhibition (Ed Walker) also scored a second, this came at the Wadebridge meeting when finishing a neck behind Broadclyst. Jockey Charlie Sprake looks to have the option of two potential rides being the consistently placed Hotel Du Nord for Will Biddick in his training capacity, and Imogens Thunder for trainer Mary Tory, another to have finished placed this season.

The Intermediate race is the last qualifier for the Intermediate series race final to be held at Exeter Racecourse on April 14.  This could go the way of entry Dr Rhythm for the Keith Cumings team, who will want him to reverse the placings with The Big Sting, if the latter connections choose this race over the earlier Conditions race, when there was only a length between the two with The Big Sting under Will Biddick, coming home ahead of Dr Rythm ridden by Josh Newman that day. Another to consider is Jeremy Central ( Tom Malone) another who could have the booking of Will Biddick to ride, who will be looking to increase his lead in the Gentleman’s National Jockey’s title, and the horse having been given plenty of time to recover from his close second at Buckfastleigh. 

A&S Paring Building Merchants sponsor the Mixed Open which holds 17 entries. Those if challenging here, will be hot in the betting arena are, Sixteen Letters (Neil McLean) for either jockey Josh Newman or Lucy Turner, both of whom have won on him this season. Envoye Special (Chris Barber) who under James King held Sixteen Letters into second place at Larkhill in December. Molineaux a winner last weekend at Cherrybrook for young jockey Freddie Gingell and trainer Colin Tizzard are on an impressive five wins this season. Sykes is also among the entries and is already on three wins this season under Darren Edwards. The outside raider Moratorium (Myles Osbourne) is on four wins and must be among the hot favourites if travelling to this meeting, his latest win coming home a five-length winner at Ston Eston under Nathan Green.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Jewsons @ Tiverton, with the highest rated Ninth Wave for trainer/ jockey Will Biddick could add another score to his title race, Clever des Assence is another to mention, out of trainer Laura Jones yard will have the booking of Natalie Parker, they could improve on their recent second at the Ston Eston track. Quinin’s Man (John Heard and Westhill (Sam Loxton) are both winners of their maiden races last month and should be progressive if ground to the liking.

Devon Fuels sponsor the final race on the card which is a Maiden race attracting 24 entries These include Balinesker Beach, Hold Me Tight, Misstree Song, Rock D’ete  and Rufio , who are just a few catching the eye with place form, of those entered on first glance.

Entrance to the racecourse is £15 per person with under 16s free. There is NO live streaming. The course offers hot food and cold refreshments, bar, books and rural craft stands. The committee would like to say a huge farewell and massive thanks to Linda Courtney who is retiring as entries secretary. Linda was a keen Point-to-Point rider in her day. The course is located at Dunsmore, Silverton Postcode EX5 4DU.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-to-Point at Cherrybrook on Sunday 3rd April 2022

This coming weekend it’s the turn of The Spooners & West Dartmoor to host their meeting at the picturesque course known as Cherrybrook. With seven races on offer and a start time of 1.30pm, and 55 entries received.

Condy Mathias sponsor the opening Maiden race, in which entries include Aunt Lily (Ed Walker), runner up in two of her points to date under jockey Chloe Emsley. Looking For Larry is another who could improve on his second place when at Great Trethew, when ridden by Jake Bament for the Jill Dennis team. Jetmeoutofhere could go well if the ground stays dry and follow up on his second in Ireland before joining team Summersby.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which follows, and is a qualifier for the Intermediate series final to be held this month. Hotel Du Nord (Will Biddick) for jockey Charlie Sprake is the highest rated and would be looking to finding his best form and should go close. Florrie Webb is another for trainer Will Biddick and won his maiden at Bratton last season who could appreciate the drying ground. Jeremy Central (Tom Malone) could be options for top jockey Will Biddick, he won well when winning at Great Trethew, but then caught home close to finish at Buckfastleigh. Don’t Ask Us catches the eye, who could run well here for team Cummings and Josh Newman to ride having won well at Milbourne St Andrew.

There follows an Owner/Trainers Conditions race sponsored kindly by HCL Architects and in celebration of Mr Billie Lee’s 90th birthday, with suggestions being Footloose who is progressing fast having won his Maiden/Restricted and Intermediate races for Trainer/jockey Aaron Butterfield. Mickey Stark, was impressive when enjoying the sticky ground at Buckfastleigh and could continue that form here for his owner/trainer/jockey Zoe Hawkins.

The Mixed Open race is sponsored by DRB Crs and could see champion jockey Will Biddick extend his lead in the National jockey’s championship, having won five races over last weekend whilst at the Cotley and Trebudannon meetings, he could be aboard Story of Friends for new trainer Syd Hosier. Sixteen Letters for the Neil McLean team, should go close if recovering well from his 15-length win at the Cotley meeting last weekend when ridden by Lucy Turner. Molineaux for trainer Colin Tizzard and young jockey Freddie Gingell normally races every other weekend, so may skip this race after his win at Cotley, but would be likely favourite if turning up here.

TRW Engineering sponsor the following race which is another Conditions race, in which Lillington looks to set the standard for team Tizzard if turning out soon after his three-length second also out last weekend. last weekend under Freddie Gingell. River Myth is a lovely mare who has given her owners the Hamlin and Gardener families a lot of fun in pointing, and she could challenge in the conditions race on her solid previous form, having won or been placed in twenty of her starts to date including a win at this track.

Next up is the Molly Malone Restricted race sponsored by Olivia Tatton Brown & Guy & Fiona Kirkwood, in which Reflex Action (Paul Nicholas) winner at Milbourne St Andrew under Darren Edwards, and Transition Period (Dean Summersby) a Wadebridge winner, looking likely favourites.

Finally up to close the days event is The Spooner’s-sponsored Members in which Honest Opinion another out of the team Summersby’s yard sets the standard, and could find Bingo D’Olivate (Gordon Chambers) challenge up the home finish.

This is a must day out in the spring weather enjoying the fresh air in the countryside. The course offers fabulous viewing, hot and cold food and refreshments, along with bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. There is also a novelty raffle for Booze in the barrow, where you win both. Entrance to the course is £15 on gate, per person includes racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located off A386 North of Tavistock Postcode PL19 0LA. Live streaming will be available through eventbrite at pointingdc.eventbrite.co.uk

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: Four Burrow Point-to-Point at Trebudannon on Sunday 27th March 2022

It’s the turn of the Four Burrow to host their Point-to-Point meeting in the Devon & Cornwall area, which will be held at the popular Trebudannon track this Sunday 27th March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 1pm. This is a popular track for young maiden horses and has attracted many possible stars of the future. With its amphitheatre style viewing area on the hill, this is an ideal picnic spot, and with the weather still set fair this week, it is sure to pull along a good racing crowd.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race heads up the action, with the finals being held at the Exeter racecourse next month, it looks competitive. Jeremy Central for the Tom Malone/Will Biddick combination looks to be progressing fast, having won two of his starts this season and only narrowly being beaten into second by a neck at Buckfastleigh. Minimalistic for the Sue Darke team won at the Buckfastleigh meeting, although only a small field that day, he is highly rated and the Darke family team look to be bringing out his best form again. Hadmeathello (Stuart Payne) needs to defy his top weight, but is also highly respected on previous form, along with Party Tunes (Dean Summersby) who won his maiden at this track last season and has been consistently in the frame since then.

Next follows the Dunbia-sponsored Veteran Horse Conditions race, in which Beau du Brizais (Teresa Clark) won his Veterans race at Barbury under champion jockey Will Biddick , Field Exhibition (Ed Walker) ran a neck second under Chloe Emsley behind Broadclyst at Wadebridge. Lillington could be the one to watch in the betting arena, from the Colin Tizzard yard for young Freddie Gingell to ride, could well improve on his outing at Charlton Horethorne when fourth to Famous Clermont.

The Jockey Club sponsor the Maiden race for 4, 5 and 6 year old’s for mares and fillies only, in which Summerleaze is sure to go well for trainer Jill Dennis and follow up on their second at Buckfastleigh ridden that day by Jake Bament. Look Once More could be interesting on debut for the Laura Jones team and Natalie Parker to ride.

In the D.A Pengelilly Builders-sponsored Mixed Open race we could see top rated Rose of Arcadia run well for Freddie Gingell and Colin Tizzard, who also have Molineaux entered here if not choosing the Cotley meeting on Saturday. Envoy Special (Chris Barber) should go well with the team being in great form and could follow up on his win at Larkhill. Sixteen Letters (Neil McLean) could be close at the finish, having won two and placed on his other two outings this season including third in a Hunter Chase at Leicester. Connections will be hoping he can reverse the placings with Envoye Special, who previously held him in second, if the two meet here.

There follows the Mason Kings-sponsored conditions race in which Jeremy Central could set the standard if not entering in the earlier Intermediate race. Others catching the eye at a glance would be Potters Approach (Patricia Shaw) second at Wadebridge, Blackrigg (Stuart Payne) after his third to Chameron at Buckfastleigh, and Roc D’Apsis (Will Worthington) an outside raider who could improve on some of his consistent previous place form.

In the R J Trevarthen-sponsored Restricted race which follows, Inebranlable (Chris Barber) could follow up on his second at Charleton Horethorne. The Barber team also has Mr Mahler entered who carries a low weight which could prove an advantage on his debut run. Funky Sensation ran second here last season, and could go well on his return for Jake Bament.

Finally up is the Ray Davies Foods-sponsored Maiden race, with 17 entries which include Arv Way There (Hugh Thomas) ran second at Buckfastleigh, Liberty Rock out of team Summersby’s yard looking to go one better than his second at Charlton Horethorne, Between You And Me (Neil Mclean) second at Milbourne St Andrew under Josh Newman, also Looking For Larry (Jill Dennis) having run second at Great Trethew are just a few suggestions.

The course offers hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person includes racecard. Children under 16 free.Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39, Postcode TR84LP. There will be NO live streaming at this meeting.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN