Cornwall hunt club preview
THE Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge is the location for this Saturday s point-to-point.
POINT TO POINT PREVIEW by Lucy Johnson
Cornwall Hunt Club, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
6 races, 1st race 12pm.
THE Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge is the location for this Saturday's point-to-point where the first of six races comes under orders at 12pm.
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Kitely Hassle rattled up four wins last term and the Nikki Frost-trained eight-year-old can add to those successes in the first race of the day - the Cornwall Hunt Club race for novice riders. The gelding is a thorough stayer and the soft ground and track's undulations will hold no fears as he has won at Flete and Upcott Cross. Interestingly he's only won right handed (today's track goes the over way round) but given he's not short of ability that should not present a problem.
Nine entries in the men's open include Jimmy Cole's game mare Holly Walk who won a hunter chase at Aintree in May. Bred by no less than the Queen, she'll be lumping around a penalty on Saturday for that success but she'll be popular in the market. Also set to line up is the ex-Dvaid Pipe-trained Prince De Bersy, a winner of three hurdle races who may well be revitalised in the amateur ranks.
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Karyn Heard, who trains at Boscastle, has a fine record at the track and in the ladies' race she saddles course specialist Innocent Rebel who has won three times at the showground. He may face 12-times winner Croix De Guerre who is probably a better horse when he's fresh.
Karyn also saddles Ellies Horse, one of eight entries in the intermediate race. He scored twice at Wadebridge and he looks like a horse with more improvement to come.
The restricted looks interesting with King of The Road making his comeback after a year on he sidelines and plenty of other maiden winners hoping to go up another rung of the ladder including the consistent mare Madam Noso who should be able to follow up her Cherrybrook success this season.
There are sure to be plenty of decent prospects for the season lining up in the maiden including Kalamazoo, third last week at Black Forest Lodge and sure to loose his maiden tag at some point this season. He's from a stable which knows how to ready its horses, given trainer Jane Williams' husband Nick trains horses like Diamond Harry, L'Aventure and Cornas.