Full season ahead - point to point fixtures
PUBLISHED: 09:15 24 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:02 09 August 2010
DEVON kicks off the national point-to-point season at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday, November 29 .
They're under starters' orders as Devon kicks off the new point-to-point season DEVON kicks off the national point-to-point season at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday, November 29 and as the flag comes down on the first race of the season, so another seven months of scintillating action begins.
The 30 meetings in the Devon and Cornwall area make it the busiest of all the 14 regions in Britain and the sport is thriving.
This weekend is no exception and the meeting has received over 140 entries. Area secretary Gordon Chambers, who trains point-to-pointers near Buckfastleigh, said: "Sunday's meeting has received a huge entry which is testament to the popularity of the pre Christmas meetings.
Black Forest Lodge is an extremely popular track and it's great that the new season is going to begin on such a high.
" He added: "We are extremely lucky in the area that there are so many meetings which are always well supported and extremely well organised."
The first of the eight races gets under way at 11.30am with a two and a half mile open maiden. This race has three divisions and each is sure to throw up some indicators for horses to follow for the rest of the season.
Then there's a novice rider's race followed by a restricted. The mixed open at 2pm has attracted some high class entries including Burntoakboy, Little Ed and Maranach. Two divisions of the open maiden conclude the card.
A spokesman from the course said: "We've had a lot of rain which we've welcomed as the track is on sandy soil and it's a well drained site. We don't anticipate any problems at all with the parking again because the course drains so well. All the fences have been refurbished but there aren't any major changes to the course. There's also a licensed bar, hot food and a hog roast."
The course is situated at Black Forest Lodge near Kenton off the A380 and will be signposted. Entrance is £20 per car and £10 pr car single occupancy. The first race is off at 11.30am.
The Devon and Cornwall Area has a new Facebook page - Point to Point - which will keep racegoers up to date with all the latest news.
DEVON & CORNWALL 2010 POINT TO POINTS
North Cornwall Saturday 23rd January 1st Race 12 noon Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE Sec. Mrs. Tickle 01208 814833
5. Silverton Saturday March 27 1st Race 12 noon Black Forest Lodge, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8NW Sec: Mrs.Courtney 01404 822925
6. Tiverton Sunday 24th January 1st Race 12 noon Chipley Park, Milverton, Wellington Sec: Mr Granger 01404 841223
7. Mid Devon Sunday 31st January 1st Race 12 noon Black Forest Lodge, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8NW Sec; Miss E Dixon 01647 441164
8. South Pool Harriers Sunday 7th February 1st Race 12 noon Buckfastleigh Racecourse TQ11 0LT Sec; Mrs. Ashby 01548 531490
9. East Cornwall Sunday 21st February 1st Race 11.30am Great Trethew, Menheniot, Liskeard PL14 3PZ Sec; Miss. Young 01579 326046
10. East Devon Saturday 27th February 1st Race 11.30am Bishops Court, Ottery St. Mary Sec; Mrs S Wills 01404 831744
11. South Devon Saturday 7th March 1st Race 11.30am Ideford Arch, Olchard, Newton Abbott Sec: Miss, Harris 01626 355372
12. Western Saturday 13th March 1st Race 12.30pm Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. PL27 7JE Sec; Mrs. Matthews 01736 761937
13. Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Sunday 14th March 1st Race 1 pm Buckfastleigh Racecourse. TQ11 0LT Sec; Mrs. Ashby 01548 531490
14. Lamerton Hunt Sunday 21st March 1st Race 1pm Kilworthy, Tavistock Sec; Mrs. Fuller 01822 860253
15. East Cornwall Foxhounds Sunday 28th March 1st Race 12noon Great Trethew, Liskeard Sec; Miss. Young 01579 326046
16. Spooner & West Dartmoor Foxhounds Easter Saturday 3rd April 1st Race 1pm Cherrybrook, Tavistock Sec; Miss. Ross 01822 616439
17. Four Burrow Foxhounds Easter Monday 5th April 1st Race 1 pm Trebudannon, St Columb Major TR9 4LP Sec; Mr. Congdon 01326 340368
18. Eggesford Foxhounds Saturday 11th April 1st Race 1 pm Upcott X, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE Sec; Mrs. Quick 01363 83216
19. Dartmoor Foxhounds Saturday 17th April 1st Race 2 pm Flete Park, Ermington, Ivybridge Sec; Mrs C Wonnacott 01548 550355
20. Four Burrow Foxhounds Saturday 24th April 1st Race 2 pm Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP Sec: Mr. Congdon 01326 340368
21. Axe Vale Hunt Sunday 25th April 1st Race 1.30 pm Stafford X, Seaton EX24 6HZ Sec; Mrs. Cork 01884 821752
22. Modbury Harriers Saturday 1st May 1st Race 2 pm Flete Park, Ermington, Ivybridge Sec; Mrs C Wonnacott 01548 550355
23. Stevenstone Foxhounds Monday 3rd May 1st Race 2pm Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT Sec; Mrs. Wickett 01409 281370
24. Dulverton West Foxhound Saturday 15th May 1st Race 1pm Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, ExmoorEX31 4SG Sec; Miss. Wright 01598 710495
25. Dulverton Farmers Saturday 22nd May 1st Race 2 pm Treborough, Nr.Raleighs X, Exmoor Sec; Mrs. Roffe-Silvester 01884 820994
26. Exmoor Foxhounds Saturday 29th May 1st Race 2 pm Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG Sec; Mrs. Thomas 01598 763502
27. South Tetcott Foxhounds Monday 31st May 1st Race 2 pm Upcott X, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE Sec; Mr. Clark 01409 231106
28. Tiverton Staghounds Sunday 6th June 1st Race 2 pm Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, ExmoorEX31 4SG Sec; Mrs. Hayes 01769 550276
29. Torrington Farmers Saturday 12th June 1st Race 2pm Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB Sec; Mrs C Norman 01769 560172
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