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Preview: South Pool Harriers – Buckfastleigh Sunday February 16

THE historical racecourse at Buckfastleigh is the location for this weekends Point to Point fixture, where the South Pool Harriers host their meeting on Sunday 16th February.

This popular course offers a super day out for all the family, with two pony races heading up the action starting at 11am. The main six race card has attracted nearly 120 entries and starts at 12 noon. The prestigious Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race, the £1000 ” Westcountry Champion Chase” Mixed Open, sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co is the feature of the day. Being a winners only race entries include the Simon Partridge-trained Lucette Annie, she is unbeaten in her last three visits to Buckfastleigh, and won this race last year under jockey Darren Edwards, coming home twenty lengths ahead of Indiana Bay. Also in the line up could be the Sue Trump-owned Hunter Chase winner Kirkleigh from the bang in-form current leading trainer Robert Chanin. Minella Stars under Robbie Henderson cannot be left out of the equation if following up on his win at Larkhill in January.

Co-Op Funeral Care sponsor the opening Confined race, in which the Edward Walker-trained Blazing Whale could improve on his second here last season and , having recently won at Chipley Park. Also entered is the Sue Popham trained Iron Chancellor, he has strong claims having romped home a thirty length winner at Wadebridge, and then an impressive ten length win at Black Forest Lodge two weeks ago.

The Intermediate race is sponsored by Exeter Racecourse and is a qualifying race for their Hunter Chase final at Exeter Racecourse in May. The Kayley Woollacott-trained Ailanthus ran well under jockey Robbie Henderson at Little Windsor last year, but may have a stiffer task here stepping up into Intermediate company. Babeny Bridge under jockey Lizzie Kelly recently clocked up a good second one and a half lengths behind Blazing Whale at Chipley Park. Romassor from the Chloe Roddick team won his Restricted at Chipley Park by a short head and will be looking for his hat-trick of wins this season.

A group of Farriers from South Devon have sponsored the Confined Maiden race for horses and geldings, in which Diamond Eclipse trained by Emma Loosemore, ran well first time out this season when third at Black Forest Lodge. The six year-old Templeton had clocked up a third in a Chase in Ireland last September, now with the Kayley Woollacott team, looks a worthy each way bet.

The Jockey Club sponsor the Open Maiden race for Mares and Fillies, in which, Anadama has shown some form when clocking up two seconds last season, but this could be a race for a newcomer like the Richard Barber-trained Dancing Solo, who looks an interesting entry being a half sister to winning hurdler Dancingtilmidnight.

Concluding the days events is the Restricted race in which Zara Phillips holds two entries with Calusa Comet and more interestingly Devils Boys, who won a 17-runner Point to Point in Ireland. Ratline Rose having recently won at Wadebridge and the front running Lord Samson are two other suggestions. This has been sponsored by Wrays the Jewellers of Kingsbridge & Plymouth

The course offers great viewing, hot food, bar (real ale), bookies and numerous trade stands. Accessed from A38 at Lower Dean. Post Code TQ11 OLT

Entrance £20 carload (up to five occupants)  £10 car and driver.

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Preview : Mid Devon, Black Forest Lodge Sunday February 2

A great family day out is on offer at the Mid Devon Point-to-Point meeting at Black Forest Lodge, Kenton this Sunday February 2nd.

Pony racing heads up the action at 11 am, where young jockey’s get their first chance this season to experience racing on a proper track. Sponsored again by Mole Avon, there are two pony races before the main seven race card which starts at 12 noon. 128 entries have been received.

With the addition of AGA sponsoring the Ladies’ race, with the first three past the post qualifying for the £10,000, 3m4f, AGA Final Hunter Chase, at Stratford in May, there are no surprises that this race has attracted a quality field. Byerley Bear from the Robert Chanin team will be looking for his fourth consecutive win, having come home seven lengths ahead of Mobaasher here, and goes well for either lady jockey’s Jo Buck or Leanda Tickle. Another entry, Rowdy Rampage, from the David Brace Welsh raiders could be the one to deny Byerley Bear, with seven Point wins and two Chase wins to his credit, unless connections choose to run him in the Men’s Open.

Another feature race is the Men’s Open, sponsored by J Edwards Sellars, which is a qualifying race for the Bonham Mens Open race at Cheltenham in April. This race could go to Bobs Law , a previous 12 length winner of a Hunter Chase at Ffos Lass, ahead of second place Tricky Trickster, and also ran a good second at Barbury Castle last season, when two and a half lengths behind Cottage Oak. The Shelia Crow-trained mare Fruit Fayre has won six out of eight, including a win here last February when six lengths ahead of Molland Gayle.

The Confined race is sponsored by The Farriers. Blazing Whale has to be respected after his win at Chipley Park when he won the Intermediate for the Edward Walker team. Ned White won here in January and has been consistently placed for owner Jaquie Elliott and from the current area leading trainers yard Robert Chanin’s. Iron Chancellor from the Sue Popham yard is another that cannot be left out of the equation, after his distance win in the Confined at Wadebridge

With the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate being another Cheltenham qualifying race, the first four past the post will be
eligible to run in the Hunter Chase final in April, Paddycards under jockey Claire Hart ran well in third behind Blazing Whale at Chipley Park, having weakened approaching the last fence. The Lee Power-trained Waddington Hero is another showing decent form when second here behind Tachbury in December. Welstonedruid and Ladfromhighworth are two other suggestions that have run well at this course.

Tozers Solicitors have sponsored the Restricted race in which Un Ami was only just denied a win at Chipley Park when a short head behind Romassor two weeks ago and has to be a leading factor here. The Camilla Scott-trained Honours Insight had a comfortable win here early in January under 22 year old Steve Croft and the partnership look set to build on that performance.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden wrap up the days events. In the first division Village Whispers kept on well in second here at the early January meeting, when coming home one and a half lengths behind Best Bide Quiet, and Bamboleo came an eye catching second at Chipley Park three lengths behind Big George. This division is sponsored by The Old Thatch, Cheriton Bishop.

In the second division which is jointly sponsored by B.J. Barkwell & Sons and Lyndridge Care Residential, the Matthew Barber-trained Canshetrain was unfortunate when falling having lead on the final circuit at Cockleburrow, and The Gunner Brady ran well at Larkhill finishing two lengths behind Un Ami.

Course is located five miles south of Exeter, near the B3381 and is signposted from A380. Postcode EX6 8HR.

Trade stands, hot refreshments, bar and bookies are all on course.

Entrance £20 per car, £10 car and driver.