Ottery trainer heads for Buckfastleigh in search of more glory
PUBLISHED: 15:37 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 February 2016
The historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh, situated alongside the A38 is the venue for this weekends re-arranged Point-to-Point horse racing fixture which takes place on Sunday (February 21), writes Donna Harris.
The course plans to stage the first of the Pony Race series , with two races. One for 138cm and under ponies followed by the 148cm and under ponies, kindly sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages. With a start time of 11am, there are nine ponies entered in each race and could well produce some jockey stars for the future. Over 100 entries have been received for the main six race card starts at 12 noon and includes the Totnes and Bridgetown - sponsored £1000 West Country Champion Chase mixed open which has attracted twenty quality entries from all over the country. Last years winner Blazing Whale is entered again, and if turning out is sure to put up a good performance after his spectacular win at Wadebridge for the Ed Walker team. Other entries include Hunter Chase and Larkhill Coronation Gold Cup winner Benedictus from the Jack Barber team, Dicky Bob for the Verity Nicholls team who won five Points in a row including at this track last season. The Fortress Hassall Law Ltd-sponsored confined race has attracted 14 entries in which Jepeck for the Kayley Woollacott team will be looking to reverse the placings with Blinding Lights when held in close second at Chipley Park, and Black Forest Lodge winner Delphi Mountain also catching the eye. Connolly’s Red Mills are sponsoring the intermediate race at this meeting those to note are Kernel Victor from the Ed Walker team having clocked up two wins and two seconds from four outings, the eight year old won his Restricted at Milborne St Andrews in January in testing ground having stayed on well under jockey Josh Newman. The Charlotte Rowe-trained It’s All Or Nothing looks to be another mud lover who should relish the going. In the confined maiden race for horses and geldings, local trainer Deborah Treneer’s entry Syracuse’s Dream stands out, with the trainer enjoying a good track record at this course, and Syracuse’s Dream first run finishing sixth at Milborne St Andrew last month having traveled well until fading three out. Whatastormnorm for the Chanin team is another who should go close after his second at Black Forest Lodge in January. Next up is the confined maiden race for mares and fillies which is sponsored by The Jockey Club. Suggestions in this race would be one of the outside raiders Bells On Sunday for trainer Sophie Lacey having run well when leading until four out at the recent Milborne St Andrew meeting finishing third. Shes Dapper is another suggestion, having run well at this meeting last season when one and a half lengths second for trainer Matt Griffiths. The final race up is the Stags of Totnes- sponsored restricted race in which a good run could be expected from Master Baker, the lightly raced gelding from the Les Jefford yard won his Maiden at Milborne St Andrew under jockey Jo Buck, twenty lengths ahead of their nearest rival and should find no problem with the softer conditions. A fabulous day out for all the family to enjoy, the course offers fabulous viewing, together with a host of trade stands, hot food and refreshments, bar, and bookies. Entrance £10 per person maximum £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Course is located 1 mile South of Buckfastleigh at Lower Dean adjacent to A38 Postcode TQ11 0LT.
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