New Forest point to point at Larkhill
PUBLISHED: 14:45 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010
The New Forest Point-to-Point meeting at Larkhill Racecourse on Salisbury Plain this Sunday, 16th March features a six-race card, commencing at 12:30 pm. Two pony races qualifiers for the Wessex Series Final take place before racing, the first at 11.
The New Forest Point-to-Point meeting at Larkhill Racecourse on Salisbury Plain this Sunday, 16th March features a six-race card, commencing at 12:30 pm. Two pony races - qualifiers for the Wessex Series Final - take place before racing, the first at 11.30am.There is an 18-strong entry for the opening Confined race including former Mandarin Chase winner Desailly, a good runner-up in his pointing outings to date. Spud One, who was not disgraced in the Coronation Cup, South Dorset winner Vigzol and Tory Blue, who chased up runaway winner Kiama at Kingston St Mary, should be considered. Louise Alner has a strong hand with Willy The Slip, Shillingstone and Ottery winner Braeroy, and her chosen runner will get the vote.The older horse Maiden has attracted 16 entries. Ottery runner-up See Me There and Heathfield Flyer - placed in five outings to date - may contest the finish.Course specialists Machrihanish and Trade Off are included in the entry for the Mixed Open. Spuddler's Dream ran well when reappearing at Charlton Horethorne on Sunday, while Quizzling was third at Kingston St Mary, but Big Brendan has won twice at Larkhill this season and is fancied for the hat-trick.The 21/2 mile Open Maiden race has 34 entries and could be difficult. Even Homer Nods, Master Mark, Midnight Queen and Sahara Legend have shown form, but Dr Flight could be suited by the trip and could be another winner for Victoria Collins and Rilly Goschen, who rode her 100th point-to-point winner at Garthorpe on Sunday.Trade Off, Spuddler's Dream and Desailly hold entries for the Novice Riders' race, along with Fleur De Nikos, who would be a threat at her best. Diamond Monroe, who won for Paul John, 16, at Badbury Rings, and Winsley are contenders. The choice is Scare Lotte, winner of two points this season and unlucky when beaten by the prolific Carryonharry at Godstone last time.Course winner El Troubadour is an interesting entry for the closing Restricted race. Deer Valley won his maiden in effortless style at Badbury Rings and may continue his progress through the grades.The course is found just NW of Amesbury on Salisbury Plain, easily reached off the A303 or A345. First race 12.30 pm. Admission is £20 per car including all occupants; £15 car and driver only; £5 pedestrians.