Thursday, May 22, 2014
Point-to-Point horse racing action returns to the course at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, where the South Tetcott hold their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday (May 26), writes Donna Harris.
With over 120 entries for the seven race card, including some of the top horses and jockeys, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.
Pony racing kicks off the action at noon, with two pony races on offer before the main card starts with the Penbode Veterinary Group-sponsored confined race at 1pm. Included in the entries, the two Karyn Heard-trained horses Carheney River and Cottage Oak would be popular winners at their local family owned track. Print The Money is another to consider after his recent seconds at Vauterhill and Trebudannon, and any rain to soften the ground could see Ambitous Pursuit out again to follow up on his wins at Flete Park for the Glanville family. Also entered, Clew Bay Cove won this race last year.
The Simpkins Edwards sponsored men’s open could see Certain Flight add to his tally of 10 Point wins and a Hunter Chase, he is also entered this week at Newton Abbot, but could give current leading jockey Will Biddick another win here. Round Tom from the Richard Barber team may be another option for Biddick to ride, and has strong claims after his win at Little Windsor when coming home six lengths ahead of recent Hunter Chase winner Iron Chancellor, also entered. Robbie Henderson who is currently second in the jockey championship, may be the challenger on either Blazing Whale or Level Spirit from the Ed Walker team.
The ladies open looks another exciting race with the two Rose Loxton entries, Gwanako and Current Event as possibilities for Megan Nicholls to ride. Byerley Bear from the Robert Chanin team will be looking to make it eight wins for the season, and is the only horse to have beaten Gwanako so far this season. Double Mead could also be in the mix for Alexandra Dunn after her win at Trebudannon and Hunter Chase win at Fontwell Park this month.
Suggestions in the Coodes Solicitors-sponsored restricted race would be Fresh Fever, Four Star River, and Cothelstone winner Golden Squirell. Recent Holnicote winner and a new addition to the Keith Cumings yard is Mexican Bandit , who could well follow up on his recent Holnicote win.
In the members race for novice riders Megan Nicholls may take some catching on either Current Event or Join Together, challengers could be Mr Gardner for Harriet Skinner who rode her first winner here last year, or Vertige Dore who gave Hannah Welch her first ever Point-to-Point winner at Flete Park.
Two divisions of the open maiden wrap up the days events. In the first division options could be Blue Abby, Walker Ridge and Wivannie. In the second division Miss Weld, and Aah Bless hold strong claims.
On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands.
Entrance is £10 car and driver. £20 car, driver and one passenger. £25 car, driver and more than one passenger. Walk in cost is £7. The course is located two miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079 with the postcode being EX21 5AE.