Bank holiday fixtures

PUBLISHED: 15:36 25 May 2010 | UPDATED: 14:02 09 August 2010

POINT-TO-Point enthusiasts have the choice of two meetings to attend over the bank holiday.


Exmoor Foxhounds, Bratton Down Saturday, May 29, 1st race 2pm; South tetcott Foxhounds Monday, May 31 Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction

By Lucy Johnson

POINT-TO-Point enthusiasts have the choice of two meetings to attend over the bank holiday weekend. With just five more to go in the Devon and Cornwall area before the season finishes, including the Spooners and West Dartmoor's rearranged fixture on June 5, competition is hotting up for the national and area titles and all roads will lead to Devon in the quest for valuable points.

The Exmoor Foxhounds meeting is at Bratton Down on Saturday with the first race of six races off at 2pm. With plenty of other attractions such as tradestands, bookies, a bar and catering the day is sure to be popular.

Secretary Barbara Thomas said: "We've had 250 entries. The going at the moment is good to firm and all the fences have been moved onto fresh ground. We will monitor it closely this week to see if mechanical help with the going is need due to the dry spell."

Richard Woollacott heads the national championship on 31 wins but hot on his heels are John Mathias on 28 wins and Jake Greenall on 27.

Reigning national champion Polly Gundry is neck and neck with Claire Allen with 15 winners each while Lucy Pugsley trails the novices' title by two wins. Lucy's horse Fully Loaded shares the leading horse award ahead of the Woollacott-trained Come What Augustus who scored his eighth win of the season at Upper Sapey on Sunday.

The latter is entered in the men's open race where stable mate Whizaar could also run. Ashley Farrant could saddle recent Bratton Down winner Mioche D'Estruval, Kings Wood or Prince De Bersy while the unbeaten Print The Money may make an appearance.

Twenty one are entered in the restricted including Shalimar Fromentro who won maiden race at Kingston St Mary and could be among the runners for Jane Williams.

Entries in the intermediate include Cappoquin from Richard Barber's yard, Deb's Dasher and Therecessionbeater.

Entries in the ladies' race include Axe Vale winner Dr Cerullo who acts on any ground, the Mary Tory trained Miss Tory who has scored twice this season and Brown Cockle who will enjoy the stamina demands of the course.

The betting is the key to the maiden race and He Be Cornish and Densie's Dip both went into plenty of notebooks after good runs at the course two weeks ago. He Be Cornish was third and Densise's Dip finished second in their respective maiden races. Another entry is Eslin Bridge, second two weeks ago t the course and also entered in the members' race.

The course is located on the A399 just nine miles north east of Barnstaple or 11 miles north of South Molton, postcode EX31 4SG. Entrance is £20 per car and £10 for a single occupant.

Plenty of entries are doubled entered at the South Tetcott meeting which takes place on MONDAY at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction with the first race off at 2pm.

The confined race kicks off the card and among those not previously mentioned are Bafaluto who has clocked up restricted and intermediate wins this season and Henri Prends Garde who has four wins under his belt.

Beau Supreme, winner of a decent confined race at Bratton Down two weeks ago, is entered in the men's open; Joacci may resume winning ways in the ladies' open and the Richard Barber-trained Bold Chief could be a penalty kick in the restricted race.

The maiden has been split with Madgik De Beaumont, second at Bratton Down in the first division and the consistent Boluisce and There Half Crowns both in the second.

The course is situated at Upcott Cross near Halwill, postcode EX21 5AE. Entrance is £20 per car and £10 for a single occupant. All the usual on course entertainments will be there including a bar, catering, bookies and tradestands.

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