Cotley's bank holiday racing
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 15 June 2010
THE Cotley point-to-point takes place at the attractive course at Cotley Farm, near Chard, on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May. Racing begins at 1.30 pm with six point-to-point races, followed by two Wessex Area pony races, qualifiers for the Wessex Final.
THE Cotley point-to-point takes place at the attractive course at Cotley Farm, near Chard, on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May. Racing begins at 1.30 pm with six point-to-point races, followed by two Wessex Area pony races, qualifiers for the Wessex Final at Larkhill at the end of May.Polly Gundry currently leads Rachael Green 27-24 in the National table, and both could be in action at the meeting. Polly is likely to partner Kiama in the Hunt race and this fine mare, winner of four races already this season for owners Len and Rose Vickery - including the prestigious TBA/MFHA PPORA Mares Final at Clifton-on-Dunsmore - will take all the beating. However, Whizzaar made all the running to win Newton Abbot's Hunter Chase on Friday evening and will just get the vote if turning out here rather than waiting for the Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening two days later.Rockwithacaveman, a five-time winner on soft ground for Polly already this season, is one of 11 entries for the Mixed Open. Rockwithacaveman disappointed on quicker ground in Marblehead's top-class Exeter Hunter Chase, but will find a return to pointing to his liking, although Tory Blue is in tremendous form and Bush Park cannot be discounted after his resolute win at Littlewindsor. Other contenders are Harbridge, who has stayed on well to win three races for Sam Matthews this season, and the Keith Cumings-trained pair Touch Of Flame and Maxou Des Brosses. Rockwithacaveman is the selection, but Tory Blue is sure to mount a strong challenge.The Restricted race could see a clash between the two title contenders. Richard Barber has entered South & West Wilts winner Pleasure Shared and Barneys Mate, who was in the lead when falling at the last at the same meeting. Barbury winner Il Marinaio and Larkhill winner Pendoun could represent the Gundry/Ed Walker Ottery St Mary stable, but the Barber runner will get the vote to provide Rachael Green with another winner.Bush Park holds an entry in the Countryside Alliance Club Members race for 10yo&above, and will be the selection if taking this route. Callitwatulike, Gemster and The Kings Fling may put up the strongest challenges.In the 2m4f Open Maiden race Inching West, Miss Razzmatazz and Sweet Nap may be three sporting suggestions.The meeting closes with the Open Maiden race for 8yo&above. Ataraxia and Fenny Lily have both been placed on several occasions and may fight out the finish.The course lies 2 miles SW of Chard, 11/2 miles off the A30, signposted from the western end of Chard. First race: 1.30pm.