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Great opportunity to sponsor national series

An opportunity to join some of Britain’s leading brands by sponsoring a series of point-to-point races has become available for the 2017/18 season.

The series, which has been successfully backed in recent years by iconic car manufacturer Subaru, has become available following a review of their marketing programme as a result of adverse exchange rate conditions.

Paul Tunnicliffe, managing director of importers IML UK & Ireland says: “Everyone at Subaru including our many dealers, have enjoyed the time they have spent at Point-to-Points across the UK. The PPA team could not have been more helpful and supportive, and we have encountered some truly wonderful individuals at grass roots level who have been gracious and deeply appreciative of our involvement. I am very happy to endorse a sponsorship partnership to companies wishing to get involved with Point-to-Point.”

Subaru’s sponsorship involved support for races across the season and around the British Isles, climaxing with a hunters’ chase final at Stratford racecourse in May/June, but a series to suit the needs of a new sponsor can be tailored to individual plans. Brand leaders Connolly’s RED MILLS, Skinners Pet Foods, Dodson & Horrell, The Jockey Club, Timico and Goffs UK remain as national sponsors within a sport which has nationwide appeal and reach. Clare Hazell, chief executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, says: “We are hugely disappointed to lose Subaru UK’s sponsorship and will be forever grateful to Paul Tunnicliffe and the team at Subaru UK for their support of the sport. We wish them well in the future. “The chance to engage with this fantastic sport and the tens of thousands of people who follow it is a great opportunity for a new sponsor.”

Becci Thompson, Commercial and Communications Executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, says: “The creative team at the PPA enjoy working closely with our partners to ensure they achieve their ambitions. Working across our official and promotional (GoPointing) social media channels provides extensive opportunity for companies to create innovative activities and narrative around sponsorship, and the excitement of point-to-point racing. In addition, colourful photo opportunities, makes it a natural fit for businesses who want to engage with the quality countryside demographic. There are further brand awareness opportunities through the weekly digital magazine ‘Go Pointing’ and via the national website (www.pointtopoint.co.uk).”

For further information about sponsorship of the restricted race championship, contact

Becci Thompson
The Point-to-Point Authority Ltd: 01793 781990

Preview: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-to-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 13 March 2016


Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Point horse racing action takes place at the popular historic course of Buckfastleigh next weekend on Sunday March 13th. The history of the course dates back to 1883 when the track was first used for National Hunt Racing. Two pony races head up the action at 12 noon starting off what promises to be another fabulous day out for all the family. The main seven race card commences at 1pm with the Kath Bond Memorial Members race in which it looks to be a local battle between graduate pony racing jockey’s Hannah Welch on either Polo The Mumm having run well in second at Chipley Park in January, or Beuvron, having clocked up three wins for Hannah including one at this course and was unlucky to unseat at the previous meeting here. Barnaby Treneer could take up the ride on North London, trained locally by Nikki Frost, the gelding has a Hurdle win under rules and could be one to follow in the pointing field.

The Winston Pincombe-sponsored Open Maiden race has already been divided with a suggestion in the first division being Looking Glass for trainer Ben Clarke, the mares previous seconds came at Barbury and Wadebridge, she looked a certain winner at Black Forest Lodge last month before running out two fences from home under jockey Mitch Bastyan. Onwegoagain could run well for the Reuben Chapman team, having clocked up three seconds last season, could make the most of her 7lb mares allowance under jockey Darren Edwards to challenge here.

Those catching the eye in the second division of the Open Maiden is locally home bred and trained for the Frost family Robin Longstride, he ran well last weekend at Charlton Horetorne when fourth under Bryony Frost, coming home within two lengths of winner Athreeothree, he may turn out quickly again. Debutante Get On The Yager for the Barber/Biddick team looks interesting and would be fancied in the betting ring for the current leading yard. WBW Solicitors of Newton Abbot have stepped up to sponsor this division.

Totnes & Bridgetown have been supporting the course since the early 1960’s and are again sponsoring the Mixed Open race here. Of the nine entered, Ziggerson Hill from the Jackie du Plessis team won her maiden at this course last season, going on to win a Ladies open at Trebudannon on good to soft. Locally owned/trained and ridden Doctor Henry for Bronwyn Buttery could figure, they have been waiting for drier ground to follow up on their five lengths second behind Premier Portrait at Black Forest Lodge. Welstonedruid is a winner of seven of his starts to date and another to consider, he was running well at Black Forest Lodge in February until unseating jockey Tom Chanin, the combination had clocked up a one and a half lengths second behind Blazing Whale at Wadebridge earlier last month.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which Its All Or Nothing should be well fancied after running a good third under jockey Jo Buck at the February meeting here. Applesolutely could make the most of her 7lb weight allowance and go well for trainer Richard Mitford-Slade.

The Countryside Alliance Club Members race for Novice riders has attracted seven entries with the outside raider Premier Portrait from the Levinson team looks to be sent off certain short priced favorite having won four of his starts this season and will be the one they all have to catch.  The veteren King’s Wood may figure here, he has 13 Point wins to his credit and scored a treble two seasons ago under jockey Robbie Henderson, he was fourth on his only outing last season  and it will be interesting to see who gets the leg up if  appearing here.

Finally to end the day is the Subaru-sponsored Restricted race with one for the short list being In The Tub for bloodstock owner/trainer Tom Malone, having won a 17-runner maiden at Larkhill. Brandevin looked a promising prospect when winning his Maiden at Bratton Down last season and could go well for the Jack Barber team. Creative Inerta for trainer Harriet Brown looks progressive, of his four starts so far he won his Maiden at Black Forest Lodge 30 lengths ahead of the field and ran second in a Restricted also at Black Forest Lodge two weeks ago six lengths behind Itchymei’mscratch under jockey Ben Clarke.

With fabulous trackside viewing the course offers hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of traditional trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located 1m SW of Buckfastleigh at Lower Dean, adj  to A38 – Postcode TQ11 OLT

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Preview: Mid Devon Point-to-Point at Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 28th February 2016


Written by: Donna Harris

A trip back to the popular Point-to-Point horse racing course at Black Forest Lodge is a must for all country loving family folk next weekend where the Mid Devon host their meeting on Sunday Feb 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon and 12.30pm with two pony races on offer.

The main seven race card follows at 1pm and has attracted over 100 entries with the Open Maiden race already having been divided. The feature race of the day looks to be the Tozers Solicitors-sponsored Men’s Open race with ten quality entries headed by the Devon based trainer Emma Oliver’s Double Bank. This 13 year old dual Taunton Hunter Chase winner has won previously at this course and ran well when four lengths third at Wadebridge carrying top weight earlier this month. Those entered to take him on are outside raiders Premier Portrait already on a seasons hat-trick, and would have been four from four had young jockey Gus Levinson not been disqualified for not weighing in. Doctor Braveheart another on a hat-trick of wins is trained by David Brace who has a good strike rate at this course. Tony Star looks an interesting entry having previously been trained by Phillip Hobbs who has a Chase win under rules when ridden by Richard Johnson at Ludlow to his credit.

The Molyneaux Financial Planning-sponsored Ladies Open race also has quality entries with Devon based Hunter Chase veteren Coombe Hill entered. Trained and ridden by Millie Wonnacott. Coombe Hill has a total of six Hunter Chase wins and eleven Point-to-Point wins to his credit, and was narrowly denied a further win when a head second here at the January meeting.The Keith Cumings -trained What About Will should be considered having won his Restricted race at this course last season under jockey Vicky Wade. Outside raiders looking to challenge could be recent Wadebridge winner Sobre Tresor having won by twelve lengths ahead of Ray Diamond and Get It On from the Angela Rucker team who also catches the eye having run a good second in a Ladies Open at Barbury in December.

The Confined race sponsored by supporters of the Mid Devon could go the way of the Dean Summersby-trained Robin De Souza, a winner of all three of his Point starts to date including a win at this track when winning his restricted having stayed on well under Darren Edwards. Also entered is the Sue Popham-trained Iron Chancellor, a Hunter Chase winner who loves the soft going and ran a neck second at Wadebridge earlier this month when sent off odds-on favorite under Sean Houlihan. Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings team is another catching the eye, having won well at Chipley Park in January when beating odds on favorite Posh Totty that day.

Sedgemoor Top Bid could fly the flag for the area if snatching the Intermediate race to follow up on his neck win at Wadebridge under jockey Lee Drowne.  Those looking to challenge could be Chipley Park winner Stony Road, Thorpe Lodge winner Minella Friend and Paddycards who ran second here in the intermediate race at the last meeting. Commanche Conflict looks to be a new recruit for the Alice Plume team and has shown some good place form in Intermediate company last season. The Intermediate race is sponsored by B.J. Barkwell & Sons and the Lyndridge Residential Home.

In the Subaru Restricted race the Harriet Brown-trained Creative Inerta could go well having won his maiden race here in January under jockey Ben Clarke, the combination were travelling well at Barbury two weeks ago before falling three out. Itchymei’mscratch from the Gareth Moore team is another suggestion having finished second in a 17- runner race at Cocklebarrow in January.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden end the days events, those entries having shown promise in the first division are Kilcoman Wizard having clocked up four seconds last season and deserves a win soon, Goodnight Sweetheart after his four lengths second at Larkhill earlier this month and the Ben Clarke-trained Looking Glass for his seconds at Wadebridge and Barbury. With Dark Gesture catching the eye in the second division of the Maiden, having run second here at the last meeting and looks sure to improve for the run, Nothing Personal and Troubleshot are two others showing improvement and could go close. Sponsors for the Open Maiden races are Devon Marquees.

The course offers excellent viewing, bookies, bar, hot refreshments and food, rail side parking for the disabled and many trade stands.

Entrance is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car with five passengers. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located at Kenton near Exeter off A380 Postcode EX6 AHR

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Going: Good to soft, soft in places


Club Members’ Novice Riders (Sponsor Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 7-4 fav  soon ldrs, lkd held til strong run to ld last 50yds

2 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 3-1 prom, led 14th til headed last 50 yds

3 Beuvron (Hannah Welch) 5-2 cl 2nd 4 out, no extra from 2 out

8 ran; 1 1/2l; 4l;  6mins 16secs

Trainer: Dr Charles Levinson


Men’s Open (Moore’s St Wenn Ltd)

1 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater) 9-4 made virtually all, drew clr 4 out, easily

2 Supreme Danehill (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, challd & mstk four out, soon held

3 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 5-1 lost touch ldrs 4 out, stayed on well flat

8 ran; 15l; 4l;  6m 12s

Trainer: Sam Drinkwater


Ladies’Open (RJ Trevarthen, Wholesale Butcher & Livestock Hauliers)

1 Ray Diamond (Olivia Hutchings) 5-2 with ldrs, cl 3rd 3 out, led flat, stayed on well

2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 4-1 took lead after 3 out, hdd flat, no extra

3 Sweet My Lord (Leanda Tickle) 4-5 fav  disputed or slt ld til 3 out, wknd next

6 ran; 8l; 8l;  6m 16s

Trainer: Jackie du Plessis


Restricted (Subaru)

1 Applesolutely (Sean Houlihan) 2-1 tracked ldr half way, took lead last, ran on well

2 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 12-1 chased ldrs, mstk 3 out, kept on flat

3 Northgeorge (Byron Moorcroft) 10-11 fav led 6th til hdd last, wknd

7 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 25s

Trainer; Richard Mitford-Slade


Intermediate (Millerson, Estate Agents)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 5-4 jt fav  hdwy 12th, challd 2 out, led cl home

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 5-4 jt fav made most til headed cl home

4 ran; 2l;  only two finished; 6m 19s

Trainer; David Brace


Open Maiden (Mather & Co, Independent Estate Agents)

1 Robin De Souza (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav tracked ldrs, slt lead 2 out, stayed on well

2 Driving Well (James Cole) 12-1 led 14th, joined 3 out, ev ch til no extra cl home

3 Looking Glass (Joshua Newman) 10-1 chased ldrs, kept on well from 2 out

14 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Trainer; Dean Summersby

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Point-to-Point Preview: Cornwall Club – Wadebridge, Sunday December 13


Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three Point-to-Point fixtures to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge takes place this coming Sunday 13th December. with six races on the card which include the Moores of St Wenn Ltd Mens Open race. Entries in this race include the previous Cheltenham Festival hurdle winner Crack Away Jack. The 11 year old gelding, now trained by Chloe Roddick in Somerset, was once highly rated and looks an exciting prospect for the pointing season. Having run second in a hunter chase at Southwell last June, he will be well fancied to take this race. His opposition could come in the way of Working Title, trained by Samuel Drinkwater, the gelding has clocked up a total of eight point-to-point wins, including a win at this course last season for jockey Joe Drinkwater.

Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor The Cornwall Club race for Novice riders which heads up the action at 12 noon. With horses such as prolific winning Kirkleigh entered, a winner of nine of his pointing starts and three Hunter Chases, the Robert Chanin-trained gelding finished last season with a Mens Open win at Trebudannon under jockey Tom Chanin, it will be a ride in this race for novice jockey Alistair Harvey. Recent Black Forest Lodge winner Premier Portrait, under jockey Gus Levinson will be looking to repeat that success. Also entered are last seasons winners Beuvron for Hannah Welsh, Ambitious Pursuit for Pippa Glanville and course specialist Sobre Tresor.

The Ladies race is sponsored by Robert Trevarthen, and could go the way of the Jackie Du Plessis-trained Ray Diamond, which would be a popular win for the Cornwall supporters. The horse is another to have been switched from racing under rules, and looks one to follow this season. His main rival could be the Robert Chanin-trained Sweet My Lord, having won at this track last season and looks to be one who could handle conditions if going is on the soft side. Rebel Du Maquis was disappointing last season for owner/trainer and rider Chloe Roddick, but could go well if finding his old form.

Subaru have sponsored the Restricted race, with a series prize at the end of the season being a years loan of a Subaru Forrester vehicle. Entries include recent winner Northgeorge for Welsh trainer Johnathan Tudor and jockey Byron Moorcroft who rode a double at the Black Forest Lodge meeting. Stainless Steel is another outside raider who could figure having graduated when winning his maiden last season for trainer Simon Jones. Another to consider is The Mystro trained by Keith Cumings for the Duckers & Divers club, having also graduated from maiden company last season when winning at Bratton Down and previously run well when third at this track.

Doctor Braveheart is another possible ride for jockey Byron Moorcroft in the Millerson sponsored Intermediate race. They could be the ones to catch having battled to win by a neck at Black Forest Lodge ahead of Champion jockey Will Biddick who was on board Templestatforesco. Sonoftheking could go well if improving after his recent second under jockey Darren Edwards, who looks to have the ride again for the Nicola Martin team.

The Open Maiden race sponsored by The Mather Partnership closes the days events, and of the 20 entries Gold Relief, Miss Weld and Thirtyfirst Dansar are a few to note with place form last season. This race could be divided on the day with sponsors The Old Inn, St Breward stepping up to cover the extra division.

The course at Wadebridge offers a great day out for all the family with a large covered barn which contains bookies, bar, hot refreshments, and a host of trade stands from clothing to gifts and accessories ideal for Christmas shopping. This year will have the addition of a large screen for optimum race viewing. One of the race sponsors, Subaru will also have a display of their vehicles on offer.

The course is located off the A39 W of Wadebridge – PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. For racegoers intending to travel via A30 to Bodmin, it might be prudent to allow an extra 5 – 10 minuets of journey time, as there is a speed restriction of 40mph along a stretch of road due to road works over Bodmin Moor. Alternatively, turn off at Kennards House after Launceston and go through Camelford.

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

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Going: Good, Good to soft in home straight (watered)

Hunt race (Sponsor; Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors)

1 Moyne Nineoseven (Vicky Wade) 5-1 2nd from 13th til took lead last, kept on well

2 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 14-1 left 3rd 13th, finished well

3 Well Travelled (David Turner) 10-1 left in lead 13th, headed last, no extra flat

5 ran; 2l; 1 1/2l;  6m 19s

Owner; The Nineoseven Partnership; Trainer; Sarah Pidsley

Confined (J & FJ Baker & Co Ltd) – Harry Parr Memorial Cup)

1 Fiulin (Robbie Henderson) 7-4 led/ disp 9th til drew clear flat

2 Kostaquarta (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav disp lead 9th til last, wknd flat

3 Gunner Be Quick (Josh Newman) 16-1 chased leaders throughout, outpaced three out

10 ran; 5l; 25l;  6m 0s

Owner; The Carstairs Clan; Trainer: Ed Walker

Mixed Open (Lee Clifford Engineering) – Graham Hollingworth Memorial Cup)

1 Subtle Sovereign (Will Biddick) 2-7 fav prom til led two out, soon clear

2 Rush ‘N’ Roll (Michael Legg) 5-2 led 13th til three out, no extra

3 Ruperts Vision (Sean Houlihan) 11-1 in touch til wknd three out

3 ran; 15l; 15l;  6m 2s

Owner; Jack Barber; David Bennett; Leonard Vickery; Trainer; Jack Barber

Intermediate (Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors) – PF Penny Memorial Cup)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav prom til drew clear two out, comf

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 2-1 close 4th three out, one pace under pressure two out

3 Devon General (Matt Hampton) 7-2  hdwy 13th, stayed on closing stages

5 ran; 15l; 3/4l;  6m 8s

Owner; T Hamlin; J M Dare; J W Snook; Trainer; Jack Barber

Novice Riders’ (Lentells Chartered Accountants) – Graham Stuart Memorial Trophy)

1 Maxi Chop (James King) 6-1 hdwy three out, led flat, ran on well

2 Loose Preformer (Hedley Webb) 6-4 led 13th til headed flat, kept on

3 Brackenwood (Liam Trott) 14-1hdwy three out kept on well

9 ran; neck; 3l;  6m 6s

Owner; Mr & Mrs S Loxton; Trainer: Rose Loxton

Restricted  (Subaru)  – Ruth Wilmington Memorial Cup)

1 Royalzaro (Will Biddick) 5-2 took lead two out, soon clear

2 Morbihan (Sean Houlihan) 12-1 led 14th til two out, no extra

3 Myladtommy (Matt Hampton) 9-1 effort three out, no extra under pressure next

13 ran; 15l; 6l;  6m 4s

Owner; J Barber; Trainer; Jack Barber

Open Maiden (Scott Rowe Solicitors) – Stan Sweetland Memorial Cup)

1 Boymann (Leanda Tickle) 9-1 led 12th, stayed on well

2 Forrardon Xmoor (Vicky Wade) 6-1 led 4th to 11th, every chance til no extra two out

3 Tell Tony (David Noonan) 4-1 chased leaders, wknd two out

10 ran; 6l; 3l;  6m 11s

Owner; P Mann; Trainer; Joe Tickle


148cms & under
1. GOLDWELLS’S GUCCI – Harriet Godfrey
2. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard
3. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
4. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
5. BARBOZA – Isabel Hunt
6. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young
7. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
8. SONGBIRD – Finley Marsh
9. TWO THE MANOR BARN – William Cox

138cms & under
2. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
4. MINKY – Zoe Stanbury
5. PARK HILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
7. CLONAMULLY DANNY BOY – Archie Woollacott
SU CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch

NR ANGELIC – Olive Nicholls


Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk


The following photographers were at the meeting: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)


Saturday,2nd May 2015, Modbury Point-To-Point, Flete Park, nr Ermington, Ivybridge, Plymouth.

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May 2015, Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, nr High Bickington, Barnstaple.

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Preview : Axe Vale Point-to-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday 26 April 2015

Written by: Donna Harris

Hameldown Tor could be out looking for his fourth win of the season, for owners the Otter Club, in the Lee Clifford Engineering-sponsored Mixed Open at Stafford Cross this weekend. It is the turn of the Axe Vale to host their Point-to-Point meeting, near Seaton, Exeter, on Sunday 26th April. Local trainer Ed Walker scored a double last weekend, with Hameldown Tor taking the Mixed Open at Flete Park, and Level Spirit, another for the Otter Club, took the Confined race. Both are entered again here, and either are options for Robbie Henderson to ride. The challengers could be from the in-form Jack Barber team, with both Posh Totty and Subtle Sovereign having won recently under Will Biddick.

With pony racing heading up the action at 12 noon, this promises to be a great day out for all the family. Nearly 100 entries have been received for the main seven race card, which kicks off with the Beviss & Beckingsale-sponsored Members race at 1.30pm. Hameldown Tor also holds an entry in the members race, without him in the equation, Tandori is one to consider, from the Paul Phillips team, a previous course winner here, and ran a good second at Hackwood Park last month.

J & FJ Baker sponsor the Confined race in which Kostaquarta, another from the Barber team, could run well and follow up on his win at Milborne St Andrew. Louis Pasteur would need to improve on his recent second at Charlton Horethorne, Steeltown and Fiulin both ran well in a Hunter Chase at Exeter on Monday and could figure here if turning out again.

The Intermediate race has been sponsored by Martin Diplock Estate Agents, entry Cold Knight catches the eye, he is progressive and could go one better than his recent second at Andoversford, when sent off favourite that day. Sonoftheking is another to consider, also having run second in an Intermediate race, is also progressing well for the Nicola Martin team.

Harry Cobden won a Handicap Chase at Wincanton, whilst riding Ulck Du Lin for Paul Nicholls last weekend, he then made it to Littlewindsor the same afternoon to win on Cock Of The Rock. Harry’s possible mount in the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice Riders race is Silver Token, having clocked up four wins so far this season they are the likely favourites. Loose Preformer has been impressive, owned/trained and ridden by farrier Hedley Webb, they have won all three of their starts so should go close. Mic’s Delight for owner/trainer jockey Jennifer Davenport is likely to set the pace, and will put up a bold show.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Subaru, this could go the way of another Ed Walker trained entry On Your Max, having run close seconds in two restricted races this season. Both Royalzaro and Angleforcharlie could improve on their recent maiden wins and be in the mix. Gleannacreim from the Charlotte Hawker team, and Sparkling Miss from the Michael Miller team are other entries to note if the going stays on the good side.

The Scott Rowe Solicitors-sponsored Open Maiden race could go the way of the Milan sired San Satiro from the Barber team, the four-year old is yet to make his debut run. He is a half brother to The Eaglehaslanded, who took this race last season, and is owned by champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls, he could be another horse for the future. Whatastormnorm ran well at both Great Trethew meetings, clocking up a second and third. Queens Law looked to find the going to testing when third at Upcott Cross, and is another who could appreciate the drier ground.

On course facilities include bar, hot refreshments, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 car & driver, £25 car load, pedestrians £10.

Location is Stafford Cross, nr Seaton (off A3052, 20m from M5 Junction 30 – EX24 6HZ)

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Beer Youth Hostel (1.3 miles)

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Preview: Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr St. Columb Major, Easter Monday, 6th April 2015

Written by Donna Harris
The second of the Point-to-Point meetings over the Easter weekend takes place at Trebudannon, where it is the turn of the Fourburrow to host their event on Bank Holiday Monday April 6, start time 1pm. This course is popular with its natural amphitheatre style providing fantastic viewing. They have eight races on offer including the Bonhams Cornish National Men’s Open race, attracting entries such as Chapoturgeon from the Jack Barber team who was a National Hunt Festival winner. Posh Totty from the same yard is another entry bang in form, having been in the frame on all 12 of her last starts. The prolific winning mare Lucette Annie is also entered, as is Bradley Brook, both hold strong claims if not running at Cherrybrook on Saturday.
The Members race, sponsored by A.G.Prowse heads up the action. Previous course winner Reliable Richie is the pick of the three Reuben Chapman entries, who could improve on his third behind Silver Token and Mic’s Delight at Buckfastleigh.
The Open Maiden has already been divided, Miss Weld ran second here last season, she loves the soft and goes well for young jockey Pippa Glanville. Boyman is another entry with a previous second at this course under jockey Conor Smith.
In the second division of the Open Maiden, Ryalzaro trained by Jack Barber, ran close at Larkhill in January finishing second under Will Biddick. Mount Prospex for the Jill Dennis team would be the one to fear if connections choose this race over Cherrybrook entry, after his head second at Kilworthy.
Mic’s Delight could put claims on the Truro Tractors-sponsored Confined race, having been in the frame on all of his starts this season for owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport. He loves the soft, likes to keep his head in front as he showed when winning at Ottery. Knight Pass for the Nikki Frost yard and Devon General for Kayley Woollacott could be the ones to chase him home.
The Ladies Open race is sponsored by Carrs Landrover Truro, in which Minella Fifty could score again here after his recent win at Milborne St Andrew, when sent off odds on favourite, for the Claire Hitch team. Sweet My Lord connections will be looking for a hat-trick after his two wins at Wadebridge, and was running well at Kilworthy until falling. 
The Restricted race is a qualifier for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point series final to be held at Stratford racecourse on Friday 29th May,  in which entries include On Your Max, who has been knocking at the door for a Restricted win. Templeton was only just denied a win under Jamie Thomas when caught in the final 150 yards by winner Sonoftheking. Im All Set, from the Claire Hitch yard, who won his Maiden at Ston Easton at the second time of asking under Will Biddick. This race is sponsored by Tremaine Plant Hire.
Lamanva Brood Mares sponsor the three mile Open Maiden race, Judge John Deed could make his debut Point run here for the Barber family, who have a good strike rate with maiden horses at this course. Arny and Up To Ollie both ran well at the Kilworthy meeting and should improve for the run.
The course at Trebudannon is located at St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39. Postcode TR9 4LP. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. On course facilities include bar, bookies, trade stands and hot refreshments. 

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: St Mawgan (2.2 miles)

BBC Travel News: Cornwall; Devon;  Somerset;

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Buckfastleigh - 150215 Buckfastleigh Racecourse announced today a new investment in the sport from Ashburton Motor Works, local dealers for Subaru & Isuzu vehicles.

Ashburton Motor Works will become the “Official Vehicle to Buckfastleigh Races” for the 2015 Point-to-Point season, comprising the popular meetings for the South Pool Harriers on Sunday February 15th and Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers on Sunday March 15th.

The agreement covers display areas for vehicles, and loan vehicles for course officials during the two events. Ashburton Motor Works is a leading Subaru dealership in Devon, with a 40 year heritage of sales and service of the eponymous brand. Aftersales Service Manager, Mervyn Wills, commented, “We’re delighted to get behind Buckfastleigh. It’s an enormously popular local racing event, and a lot of our customers attend.The Point-to-Point market brings together a great many of our customers, current and prospective, and we look forward to meeting plenty of them at the races.”

Eileen Ashby, Secretary to both race meetings, added, “Subaru’s investment in the sport is already reaping dividends for many of the participants and spectators. Ashburton Motor Works is a well-respected local business, and it makes eminent sense to partner with them to make the races go smoothly. We look forward to creating some competitive racing, with their support and help.”



Saturday 14th February

I have spent a fair part of the day on the course with a lot of other helpers,adding the finishing touches for Sunday’s meeting, myself mainly in the “Admin Shed”, the others round the course. After a little more overnight rain, the course is now looking great and the outlook for Sunday remains good, the “Declarations team” are geared up and will be ready & waiting, the hunt’s “Catering team are geared up to offer great refreshments, the bar’s got the beer in, the trophies and race cards are loaded ready for the morning and the Secretary’s going to try and get a good night’s sleep tonight! Ponies at 11am, Pointers at 12 noon.
We’re easy to find, alongside the A38 at Lower Dean, and the card promises exciting racing, particularly the £1000 Westcountry Champion Chase.
Come and join us for a great day out!
Eileen Ashby
DVSPH PtP Secretary.

Friday 13th February

“The Clerk of the Course reported that at 3pm this afternoon, after heavy rainfall, the Going at Buckfastleigh has eased. It is now Good to Soft, Good in Places. More rain showers are forecast overnight, dying out to give a mainly dry day Saturday with the outlook for Sunday, cloudy but dry, with some sunshine”.

Many thanks

Eileen Ashby

DVSPH PtP Secretary

Thursday 12 Feb 2015

This afternoon the Clerk of the Course reports that the Going at Buckfastleigh stands unchanged – Good, Good to Soft in places. Work proceeds apace with the finishing touches to the course and all is looking in good order. Rain forecast for Friday will serve to freshen it and no problems are anticipated.

Eileen Ashby
DVSPH PtP Secretary

Tuesday 10 February

Clerk of the Course, George Welch,  walked the course today with Clare Wonnacott, the local BHA Course Inspector and Terry Hamlin, Chairman of the Panel of Stewards for Buckfastleigh.  They stated they found the Going to be Good, Good to soft in places, confirming our earlier Preliminary Report, and are satisfied the course is shaping up nicely for our forthcoming meeting on Sunday.  Further updates will follow as the week progresses

Going Report and Preliminary Information posted with Talking Point, D&C Area Website and Jumping4Fun on “Entries Weekend”, Saturday 7 February 2015

The George Welch, Clerk of the Course reported that, as of the afternoon Sat. 7 Feb, the preliminary Going at Buckfastleigh  is “Good, Good to Soft in places”.  There is a good even covering of grass and a smooth level racing surface. Course preparation work has been steadily going on all week for racing left-handed again,  all the jumps are in place and the track itself in excellent order.

Regular Going updates will be posted throughout next week on Talking Point and the official D&C Point-to-Point website:  www.pointingdc.co.uk.

General Information:

The Point-to-Point is preceded by Pony Racing at 11am and the 1st Point-to-Point race is at 12 noon. Six races are scheduled, including the prestigious Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race, the £1000 “Westcountry Champion Chase” Mixed Open, sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co., and worth £700 to the Winner, 2nd £200 and 3rd £100.

Others of note: an Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Series qualifying race for their Hunter Chase final at Exeter Racecourse on 5 May and the winner (except for a four-year old), is also eligible for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Championship Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on 29 April.

Also, in the Restricted Race, sponsored by Messrs Wray & Co, Jewellers, the winner will qualify for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point Series Final HC at Stratford-on-Avon on 29 May. Local Subaru Dealership, Ashburton Motors, will be attending in support of the Series.

Easily located via slip roads off the A38 at Lower Dean (Postcode TQ11 0LT), the course offers excellent viewing and amenities – bookies, quality hot food, licensed bar (real ale), trade stalls and displays,  plus Westcountry Videos will be attending to record events, together with Tracy Roberts (Turfpix.com) the official Course Photographer.

There is hard standing for lorries and a good, hard track to exit from for all cars.  Entry costs are £10 per person (£25 per car maximum) Under 16’s free.  Race Cards cost £2.50 each.

General Enquiries:    PtP Secretary  Mrs E Ashby   Tel: 01548 531490

PtP Entries:                SPH Entry Secretary   Mrs A Foale     Tel: 01548 511514