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Financial Support packaged Launched for Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Points

Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd. is delighted to announce the launch of a special £10,000 financial support package to kick-start the 2020/2021 Point to Point season in the Devon and Cornwall area. 

The Company has long been associated with support for Westcountry Point to Pointing, and for next season the funding will be provided in addition to their existing sponsorship of four Hunter Chases and four Open races; including the prestigious Area Classic at Buckfastleigh, ‘The Westcountry Champion Chase’, with a purse of £1000.

The aim of the new support is to underpin Devon and Cornwall Point to Pointing at this difficult time, following the disappointment of the early abandonment of racing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A real consequence of this loss was the individual financial hardship with so many rural jobs reliant upon a successful horseracing industry. In addition the Hunts’ and Point to Point Committees faced unprecedented losses of their income derived from Point to Point meetings.

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association has worked extremely hard in conjunction with Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co Ltd director George Welch to produce a plan utilising the extra £10,000 to best effect. Race sponsorship has always been the Company’s core area of support, and again this will form the bulk of the new assistance with additional sponsorship of 12 x £500 races, spread right across the Devon and Cornwall area. Furthermore every Point to Point fixture will receive a grant to help offset the cost of providing contactless card readers for entrance gates, an additional requirement for racing in the ‘post covid’ environment.

 Finally, the support will extend to purchasing technical equipment to enable the provision of live streaming of racing through social media. This is an initiative which the area organisation is keen to explore with great potential to broaden the sports accessibility, marketing and even revenue earning for the future.

 The Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Secretaries Association Chairman Frank Yeo said, “On behalf of our 25 horse racing fixtures in Devon & Cornwall, we are fortunate to have this invaluable sponsorship from the Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company at this very challenging time during and post Covid 19. Our own Association and the Races Company has helped to create the opportunity to maintain the sponsorship of Open races for 12 fixtures and provide the option of using contactless card readers instead of cash. The Races Company foresight and financial support has also allowed the Area to develop live streaming of all the race meetings to be accessed by older and Covid-vulnerable racegoers direct to their mobile phone or TV, plus our sport access to many potentially new racing enthusiasts through social media and present our exciting sport to a much wider audience.”

Looking ahead to next season, plans are in place to run the inaugural Totnes and Bridgetown Point to Point at popular Flete Park, after last season’s plans were thwarted by the health crisis; this will be made possible by the generous support of the Flete Estate and the hard work of the Dartmoor Hunt Point to Point Committee. The Company’s share of the profits from the meeting will be donated in their entirety to the Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Area providing sustainable ongoing financial support year upon year.

Totnes and Bridgetown races can trace its history back to the 1780’s. The original Race Committee was superseded by the formation of a Limited Company in 1928, and although the last Totnes and Bridgetown race meeting took place at Totnes in 1938, the company continues to offer its generous support to this day.



Going: Good to Firm (watered)

Hunt race (Sponsor; Mrs Sally Goodman)

1 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 7-2 Tracked leader, effort two out, led near finish
2 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 2-5 fav prom, led two out til headed near finish
3 Vertige Dore (Hannah Welch) 7-1 led til approaching two out
5 ran; short head; 4l; 6m 43s
Owner; Mrs Lee Glanville; Trainer: Mrs Lee Glanville

Restricted (Kitsons Solicitors)

1 Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 10-1 made all, clear from 15th, comfortably
2 Johny No Cash (Hannah Welch) 11-2 chased winner from half way, no impression
3 Carry On Nando (Sean Houlihan) 7-2 3rd from 14th, kept on one pace
7 ran; 8l; 1 1/2l; 6m 32s
Owner; Mr Dick Westacott; Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

Mixed Open Four Miles (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co)

1 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 4-7 fav progress 16th, led three out, drew clear last
2 Bellflower Boy (Bryony Frost) 10-1 chased leaders, stayed on well closing stages
3 Kings Bench (Ciaran Gethings) 6-1 went 2nd after three out, no extra after next
8 ran; 5l; 5l; 8m 7s
Owner: The Otter Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

Open Maiden 2m 4f (Francis Clark)

1 Applesolutely (Sean Houlihan) 3-1 steady hdwy 11th, effort two out, soon led, clear flat
2 High Priority (Josh Newman) 4-1 Headway to challenge two out, outpaced apprg last
3 Milan Of Crystal (Bryony Frost) lost place 11th, stayed on closing stages
13 ran; 6l; 4l; 5m 17s
Owner; Lucy Fielding- Johnson & Ces Mitford-Slade; Trainer: Ces Mitford-Slade

Club Members’ Conditions (Rodgers of Plymouth)

1 Knight Pass (Bryony Frost) 2-1 fav made all, ridden out
2 Delta Borget (Jo Buck) 4-1 pressed leader from three out, no extra apprg last
3 Weston Lodge (Alex Moorhead) 12-1 chased leaders, held in 3rd from three out
8 ran; 5l; 2l; 6m 29s
Owner; Malcolm Denmark; Trainer: Nikki Frost

Confined (Full Circle Motors – Elizabeth May Memorial)

1 Level Spirit (Robbie Henderson) 5-2 progress three out, led next, easily
2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 10-1 prom, slight lead three out, kept on well
3 dh The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) 12-1 hdwy from rear two out, finished well
3 dh Tamatown (Alastair Harvey) 20-1 tracked leaders, one pace from three out
8 ran; 2l; 15l; 6m 28s
Owner; The Otter Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

Open Maiden

Division 1 (Tony Glynn Scaffolding)

1 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 12-1 disputed lead 15th, close 2nd last, led near finish
2 Follow The Paint (David Noonan) 4-1 led 8th, joined 15th, slight lead last til headed near finish
3 Bollin Spark (Hedley Webb) 25-1 chased leaders from 14th, took 3rd apprg last, fin strongly
9 ran; 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 40s
Owner; Miss Danny Kenealy; Trainer; Joe Tickle

Division 2 (Tessa Clarke, West Kington Stud)

1 Nudge The Nugget (Heidi Lewis) 10-1 with leaders, stayed on to lead last 50 yards
2 Kit Hill (Jo Buck) 2-1 fav prom. led four out, wide bend after next, slight lead last, headed last 50 yards
3 Rainbow Stripes (Robbie Henderson) 9-4 hdwy three out, outpaced next, fin strongly
9 ran; 1l; 3/4l; 6m 55s
Owner: Mr & Mrs David Lewis; Trainer: Maria Lewis

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Preview: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 15th March 2015


Blazing Whale can follow up on his Point-to-Point win last month, when he took the West Country Champion Chase at the popular course at Buckfastleigh, where the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers host their meeting this Sunday March 15. The feature race looks to be the Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Mixed Open. Devon based trainer Ed Walker has two entered, Blazing Whale, who relished the soft going under jockey Robbie Henderson to win by a neck at the last meeting in a thrilling finish. Hameldown Tor also from the Walker yard, could be their preferred runner, having recently run second when well fancied at the Badbury Rings meeting. The Mythologist also entered, came back to form two weeks ago when winning at Cothelstone another under Robbie Henderson, the horse is now trained by current national leading trainer Jack Barber, It will be interesting to see which horse Henderson gets the leg up on.

Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with the main race card commencing at 1 pm. There are seven races on offer, with over 100 entries received. Spending Mother’s day at the races can provide a lovely day out for all the family, with the first fifty through the gate paying to park, being offered a free box of chocolates as they arrive.

The Kath Bond Memorial Members race, kindly sponsored by John Bond heads up the action, in which French import Beuvron for local owner Charlie Stanley, looks hard to appose having taken two Ladies Opens under novice jockey Hannah Welch. Beuvron’s trainer Sam Holdsworth clocked up a double last weekend at the Great Trethew meeting. Also entered is Grand Award, he won this race last season for young trainer Imogen Darke under jockey Alice Mills, they look the likely challengers.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, the first is sponsored by Winston Pincombe of Chulmleigh. Suggestions could be Road To Success who under trainer/jockey Ben Clarke ran a good second to Bishops Court at Cothelstone two weeks ago. Flood Tide is another entry to consider after his third here at the last meeting for the Dean Summersby team. The second division of the Open Maiden is sponsored by Barton Sawmills, this race could go the way of the Jack Barber-trained Just Imagine It, having scored a half length second at the Chipley Park meeting in January under Will Biddick. Miss Weld also entered, could put up a challenge for local jockey Pippa Glanville, after her creditable second at the Bishops Court meeting.

In the Connolly’s Red Mills sponsored Intermediate race, Dicky Bob has won his last two starts for trainer Verity Nicholls, including a win here at the February meeting under Tom Chanin, that day holding Peterbrook to an eight-length second. Nicola Martin is frequently turning out winners and her entry in this, Infamous Grouse, won here also at the February meeting and should be in the mix.

Luscombe Maye sponsor the Countryside Alliance club members race for novice riders. This looks very competitive between local jockey’s Hannah Welch with either Beuvron if not running in the earlier race, Ladyvie or Jopero, and Jennifer Davenport with Mic’s Delight, both jockeys looking to follow up on their recent wins. The main danger could be Silver Token, who under Harry Cobden took the novice riders race at Badbury Rings, having stayed on well for trainer Rachael Green.

The Restricted race which is sponsored by WBW Solicitors, Newton Abbot, could see the impressive Montecito from the Jack Barber team turn up to steel this. The horse made virtually all under current leading national champion jockey Will Biddick, to take his Maiden at the recent Badbury Rings meeting. Ziggerson Hill from the Jackie du Plessis team had stayed on well when taking the Mares Maiden race here last month, under Olivia Hutchings. Polo The Mumm ran last weekend and literally hacked up when well fancied to take his maiden at Great Trethew, giving jockey Hannah Welch a pleasing ride,they could well be out for another pipe opener at this meeting.

The course offers excellent viewing and amenities, including great hot and cold food, bar with real ale, bookies, and a host of trade stands.

The course is located 1m south of Buckfastleigh alongside the A38. Postcode TQ11 0LT.

Entrance £10 per person to £25 per car maximum. Under 16’s free.

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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


Hunt race (Sponsor; Mrs Sally Goodman)

1 Vertige Dore (Hannah Welch) 4-1
2 Great Gusto (Bryony Frost) 7-2
3 Sir Watty (Darren Edwards) 3-1
6 ran; 1/2l; 3l; 6m 37s
Trainer: Sam Holdsworth

Restricted (Chrysanthemum Anniversary)
1 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 12-1
2 Glacial Oscar (Robbie Henderson) evens fav
3 Ratline Rosie (Jamie Thomas) 2-1
7 ran; 1 3/4l; 3l; 6m 27s
Trainer: Robert Chanin

Mixed Open Four Miles (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co)
1 King’s Wood (Robbie Henderson) 6-4 fav
2 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 9-4
3 Talab (Darren Edwards) 4-1
4 ran; 9l; 15l; 8m 0s
Trainer: Guy Henderson

Open Maiden 2m 4f (Francis Clark)
1 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 6-1
2 Madam Be (Robbie Henderson) 13-8 fav
3 Beetle Jack (Darren Edwards) 4-1
6 ran; 6l; 15l; 5m 22s
Trainer: Lee Glanville

Intermediate (Rodgers of Plymouth)
1 Annie Aces (Michael Heard) 2-7 fav
2 Ailanthus (Jamie Thomas) 6-4
2 ran; 6l 6m 52s
Trainer: Gordon Chambers

Confined (Full Circle Motors- Elizabeth May Memorial)
1 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 6-4 fav
2 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 7-4
3 Jopero (Hannah Welch) 3-1
4 ran; 20l; 10l; 6m 23s
Trainer: Ed Walker

Open Maiden (Tony Glynn Scaffolding)
1 Whispering Wild (Matt Hampton) 3-1
2 Way Before dawn (Leanda Tickle) 7-4 fav
3 Stirling Bernie (Michael Heard) 5-2
7 ran; neck; 1/2l; 6m 46s
Trainer: Michael Watson

Preview : Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16 March

The historic course at Buckfastleigh is the venue for Sundays Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers fixture March 16. Over 100 entries for the now seven race card, promises to offer an exciting day out for all the family. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with two pony races followed by the Kath Bond Memorial Members race at 1 pm. Team Chanin have entered Gontdevon, having strong claims after his second behind Reliable Richie at Cothelstone. Local jockeys, Hannah Welch on Jopero and Jennifer Davenport on Chase Gate could battle out for placings.

There are two divisions of the Open Maiden race, in the first division sponsored by Winston Pincombe, The Cat’s Away was just denied a win at Cothelstone under Will Biddick earlier this month, and Raffa ran a good second behind Minella Web at Badbury Rings. Local jockey Bryony Frost will be on board Wivannie and is another to consider after their third at Cothelstone. In the second division, sponsored by Bartons Solicitors, Dicky Bob trained by Verity Nicholls, could go one better than his second here in February, and Tigeralley stayed on well when finishing two lengths second when staying on at Higham in January.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co-sponsored Mixed Open race could see jockey Robbie Henderson on Minella Stars follow up on his treble last Sunday, but may be denied a win by Following Dreams, who under Will Biddick gave the champion jockey his 200th win when coming home in front at Barbury.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race may see Shanann Star, for trainer Gordon Edwards, go one better than his second here in February behind Babeny Bridge. Both Un Ami and Reliable Richie are stepping up into Intermediate company and should be respected on their recent wins at Badbury Rings and Cothelstone.

Countryside Alliance Club Members Race for Novice Riders sponsored by Luscombe Maye is next up, Jive Master from Patricia Pollington yard ran well in second here at the February meeting, and Keel Road has been consistently placed this season and may go one better.

Wrapping up the days events is the Restricted race sponsored by WBW Solicitors. Five journeys under Tom Chanin made all to win his maiden at Cothelstone, and the Camilla Scott-trained Honors Insight was unlucky when denied a win at the same meeting when caught in the final 100 yards finishing a length behind Master Hooper.

The course offers excellent viewing and is located off the A38 at Lower Dean. Post code TQ11 0LT. All on course facilities, bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands. Entrance £20 car up to five occupants, £10 car & driver.

Update: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-to-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16 March 2014


Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-to-Point Sunday 16 March 2014

Pony Racing 12 noon, 1st Race Main Meeting 1pm

The meeting hosts the third D&C Area Pony Racing Fixture this season starting at 12 noon, followed by the main Point-to-Point meeting at 1pm with six races scheduled and featuring:

  • A Connolly’s Redmills Intermediate Series qualifier for their Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham on Weds. 30th April
  • A Countryside Alliance Club Members Race for Novice Riders with points awarded to the first three riders past the post towards Harley Racing’s National Novice Riders Championship,  and the first two horses & riders past the post are  eligible for the £1000 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders final at Tabley on 18th  May.

Easily located via slip roads off the A38 at Lower Dean (Postcode TQ11 0LT), this wellknown, popular course offers excellent viewing, exciting racing and all the usual amenities; quality hot food, licensed bar with real ale, a variety of trade stands and, of course, the bookies.  Westcountry Videos will be filming the races with DVD’s available for purchase on the day and photographs can be ordered from Turfpix.com (Tracy Roberts), attending as Official Photographer for Buckfastleigh.

Entry to the course costs £20 per carload (up to five occupants), £10 car/driver only, £7 pedestrians and  Race cards are £2.50 each.

Race Sponsors for this meeting are:

The Members Race Mr John Bond (Kath Bond Memorial Race)
The Open Maiden Race Winston Pincombe (Land Rovers & Ifor Williams trailers & canopies)

(Stand-by for a Division II – Bartons Solicitors)

The Mixed Open Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co.
Intermediate Race Connolly’s Red Mills (national sponsor)
CA Club Members Race for Novice Riders Luscombe Maye (Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents & Auctioneers)
The Restricted Race WBW Solicitors

General:  We are pleased to welcome new sponsors, MST Group, at both our Buckfastleigh fixtures this season with their trade display and are most grateful for their support in sponsoring the Catering Marque at our events.

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.

Useful Information

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

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South Pool Harriers Point-to-Point, Sunday 16 February 2013

General Information for first Buckfastleigh meeting, 2013/2014 season

South Pool Harriers Point-to-Point, Sunday 16 February 2013

1st Race 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 & 3rd £100, plus an Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Series qualifying race for their Hunter Chase final at Exeter later in the season. The fixture also hosts two D&C Area Pony Races starting at 11am, followed by the main Point-to-Point Races at noon.

Easily located, this historical course offers excellent viewing and great racing , together with all amenities – quality hot food, licensed bar (real ale), trade stands and bookies plus Westcountry Videos will be attending to record events together with Tracy Roberts (Turfpix.com) as official Course photographer. In a field of its own, this is racing at its best and an exciting experience all the family can enjoy!

Easily accessed via slip roads off the A38 at Lower Dean (Postcode TQ11 0LT), entry to the course costs

  • £20 per carload (up to five occupants)
  • £10 car/driver only
  • £7 pedestrians
  • Racecards cost £2.50 each

Contact: Mrs E Ashby – Tel: 01548 531490

Race Sponsors for this meeting are:

The Confined Race Co-Op Funeral Care
Intermediate Race Exeter Racecourse (Intermediate Series)
Westcountry Champaion Chase Mixed Open Race Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co
Confined Maiden Race for Horses & Geldings The Farriers of South Devon (T Vowden, D. Langman, J Lyon, P Douglas & S Partridge)
Open Maiden Race for Mares & Fillies The Jockey Club (national sponsor)
Restricted Race Wrays the Jewellers, Kingsbridge & Plymouth
Sponsor on standby in the event of a race division Barton Sawmills

South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh Preview

The old racecourse at Buckfastleigh is the location for this Sunday’s point-to-point, and with the recent hard frosts claiming several race meetings, all roads will lead to the meeting where a bumper day of action is on the cards.

A total of 150 entries have been received in all with a high class mixed open the feature race. Prior to the main card which kicks of at 12 noon, two pony races will take place at 11am and 11.20am. Many top jockeys, including Sam Twiston-Davies and Hadden Frost, have graduated from pony racing and it’s a chance to see future stars in action.

The Farriers of South Devon sponsor the opening Confined Maiden race for horses and geldings only and has attracted 15 entries.

Next up is the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race which is a qualifier for a Hunter Chase final at Exeter on Devon Life Ladies’ Night which takes place on Tuesday, May 8. Twenty three are entered and these include Benedictus who ran well last season when a surprise 20-1 winner in an 18 runner Restricted race in a quick time. Another interesting entry is Buck’s Bond, trained by Richard Barber, looked a likely winner before unseating his rider at the second last on his only run last year.

Then there is The Westcountry Champion Chase Winners Only Mixed Open Race. Sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co this is the Devon and Cornwall Area Classic race, and has a total prize fun of £1000. It has attracted 23 high class runners and looks to be a thrilling battle.

The prolific winner Southwestern could be looking to add to his two wins at Wadebridge already this season. He won this race here last year and is on track for another cracking season for his trainer Camilla Scott and jockey Neil Harris.

Lining up to challenge could be Chapoturgeon. He won the Jewson chase at the Cheltenham festival in 2009 when trained by Paul Nicholls who jointly owns him. He impressed again on his Hunter Chase debut when winning at Newbury last month.

For The Staff won at Chipley Park when pleasing his jockey Jo Buck making virtually all of the running. Trained by Nigel Edmonds the horse is reported to have benefited from a wind operation.

Gwanako, trained by Richard Barber, was second in the Ladies Open at Larkhill in January. He has previously won chases at Ascot and Aintree when ridden by Ruby Walsh. He is likely to be aimed at the Aintree Foxhunters this season.

Mustangsallyrally could improve on his second at Larkhill in January and Bishy Barnaby a previous course winner, needs to find his old form having disappointed his connections on his first run this season in a hunter chase at Warwick.

Wrays & Co Jewellers, Kingsbridge& Plymouth sponsor the Open Maiden Race for Mares and Fillies only. With 29 entered this race could well be split.

Co-Op Funeral Care sponsor the Confined race and 22 are entered. Alpha Native won at Ideford Arch when sent off favourite. Ballybrown had some creditable form in 2009.

PSP Insurance & Financial Solutions Limited sponsor the Restricted. This race has already been divided with 19 entered in each.

In the first division Buck’s Bond was unlucky at Larkhill when sent off the odds on favourite and was hampered and unseated his jockey Will Biddick. Battle Bridge started the season with a win at Tweseldown and followed up with a second at Black Forest Lodge to Delta Borget.

In the second division of the Restricted Blinding Lights impressed at Chipley Park with an easy win. Googoobarabajagal is progressive and worth noting.

The old racecourse at Buckfastleigh provides excellent viewing for all and has easy access off A38. Postcode TQ11 OLT

There are several trade stand, bookies, a licensed bar (with real Ale) and catering marquee serving great hot food/drinks and homemade cakes at affordable prices.

Entry fee £20 per car load £10 car/driver only £7 pedestrians.