Thursday, January 2, 2014
ANOTHER dual between course specialist Byerley Bear, ridden by Jo Buck, and Gwanako for young jockey Megan Nicholls, looks set to repeat in the Cornish Mutual sponsored Ladies Open, at the North Cornwall Point to Point horse racing fixture, Wadebridge this Sunday (January 5), writes Donna Harris.
The two met here in December, and Byerley Bear was ridden home four lengths ahead of Gwanako who’s jockey Megan Nicholls had her legendary father Paul there to cheer her home.
Seven races are on the card with the Moores of St Wenn Ltd sponsored Hunt Members kicking off the action at 11.30am. The recent rain should suit mud lovers, and the stamina sapping uphill finish could result in some long-odds surprises. Joaaci trained by Pat Shaw, may be 14 now but won a four mile Mixed Open last May, and has won on similar ground before.
In the Kivells sponsored Mens Open, the Sue Trump owned Kirkleigh is entered.Trained by the inform trainer Robert Chanin. Kirkleigh relishes testing ground, and has won five of his seven completed Points,he goes well for Tom Chanin, the combination finished last season with a win a neck ahead of Belsinni Ron in the Mens Open at Little Windsor, he looks hard to oppose.
Hugo Where Igo could take the Restricted here. The Chloe Roddick-trained gelding won his maiden at this course fifteen lengths ahead of Jennys Layla. Another entry, Glenwood Present, ran a good third here in the December meeting for the Chanin team and should go close.
Hops Oils Ltd sponsor the PPORA Novice Riders race, in which Sobre Tresor from the Chloe Newman yard, ran well in the Intermediate here in December with an eight lengths second behind Champagne Rosie.
The Nicola Martin-trained King Killer is entered in the Stephen Scown Solicitor sponsored Open Maiden, and has to be considered after his second here under jockey Darren Edwards behind Romassor in December.
The Confined race sponsored by three Cornish Farriers wraps up the days events. Iron Chancellor is an interesting entry, out of the Alan King yard, having won two Points in Ireland, is now trained by Sue Popham. Also entered is the Rueben Chapman-trained Buzz Me In, who would be a fitting winner for Farrier jockey Ryan Chapman who has jointly sponsored the race.
The venue at The Royal Cornwall Showground is popular, offering rail side viewing, tarmac parking, a huge covered barn containing hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands.
Entrance is £10 car and driver, £5 each additional passenger, with under sixteens free. Dogs welcome on leads. The course is located off the A39, west of Wadebridge, postcode PL27 7JE