Easter double for south west point-to-point fans
PUBLISHED: 14:26 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 11 April 2017
Point-to-Point racehorse enthusiasts are in for a real treat this weekend when there are two scheduled events to take place in the area, writes Donna Harris.
The Eggesford will host their meeting this coming Saturday (April 15) at Halwill Junction, with the first race off at 1pm.
There have been 110 entries received with eight races on offer.
The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Eggesford Champion mixed open race is the feature race of the day which has attracted recent Cotley ladies open winner Parkham Jack and Buckfastleigh men’s open winner Miss Gotaway. The opening members race could go the way of Fishy Story for the Stuart Sampson team having won this race last season.
The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored intermediate race looks a hot race with Bogus du Perret, Culverwell and Dan McGrue all having won this season. Those to note in the open maiden race for four,five and six year olds, could be Canada Kid and Jeu de Mots both having good place form. Eastern Calm and Blazing Bouncer stand out in the restricted race both look to be progressive types. Two divisions of the open maiden race follow with suggestions being Tree Sparrow and Honest Deed in the first division, Journey Juice and Gary are options for the second division. Finally up is the Chris Hodgson Engineering Ltd-sponsored confined race in which Chosen Lucky for team Summersby has won all five of his starts so far this season and could clock up his sixth win under regular jockey Darren Edwards.
Easter Monday’s venue is the course at Trebudannon near Newquay, where the Four Burrow will stage their meeting with a start time of 1pm. They have seven races on offer which include the Volvo-sponsored Cornish National men’s open race, entries include the highly rated Ask The Weatherman, Jepeck and Chosen Lucky. The Kivells-sponsored members race has local entry Driving Well for trainer Francis Daniels who will be looking to improve on their second here last season, they may have Bishops Court winner Awesome Tunes who could be a main challenger. This is a popular track for maiden horses with trainer Jack Barber having a good strike rate here, his entries Captain Cattistock and Darcy Ward will be the likely bookies favorites in the open maiden race for four, five and six year olds.
Back In June showed some good form last season and could go well for the Karyn Heard team in the confined race. Aikideau stands out in the ladies race for regular jockey Bryony Frost, the partnership having clocked up six straight wins until struggling when finishing fifth at Larkhill in February. Archie Rice is also entered in the ladies race for family Frost, and could go well here in the absence of Aikideau for Bryony Frost to ride. Air Glider and River Myth both catch the eye in the R&J Trevarthen restricted race with recent good form. Finally up is the open maiden race and of the 22 entered suggestions could be Amis des Champs, Tavira, Wallabrook and Zip The Lip.
Course location for the Eggesford meeting is 2m south of Halwill Junction off A3079 - EX21 5AE. Entrance is £10 per person maximum £30 per car. Children under 16 free.
The Four Burrow track is at St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39 - TL9 4LP. Entrance £10 per person, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome at both venues. On course facilities at both meetings include track-side viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands.
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