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PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:03 15 June 2010

There are two point to point meetings in the Devon and Cornwall area this weekend.

East Cornwall Point-to-Point at Great Trethew, SUNDAY February 22Written by Granville TaylorTHE East Cornwall has 112 entries for their eight races at Great Trethew next Sunday (February 22).The Hunt race gets proceedings under way at 11.30, with Kingsmill Lake looking likely to follow up last year's win. Her stable companion Walter de Wodeland gives trainer Jackie du Plessis a strong hand in this race.The Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds is run over two and a half miles and has been split three ways. Taralina ran well at Black Forest on her pointing debut and has placed form under rules. She may have most to fear in the first section from Will Scarlet, who was well backed at Chipley Park and will be better suited by this trip.Mr Dass has been placed in both outings this year and can step up for Lucy Gardner in the second division. Desert Wells could be a sporting choice to open his account in the third section.The other Maiden on the card is run over three miles and confined to local horses. Bishy Barnaby's second at Black Forest gives him an outstanding chance here.The 17 entries for the Mixed Open include Sunday's Buckfastleigh winner Rockwithacaveman and Southwestern who finished runner up on his seasonal debut at that venue. Last year's winner of this event, Dare Too Dream will have his followers, and other recent winners include Yes My Lord, Master Overseer and the improving Dutch Bill. Long Night, Stone Valley and Thirtytwo Red also hold winning form in what could be a fascinating contest.There are 19 nominations for the Restricted, headed by the impressive Barbury Castle winner Cannington Brook. His main rivals will be recent winners Bathwick Shannon and Stillhertoes. The Confined race looks competitive. The progressive Ellies Horse can bid for his seasonal hat trick for the Heard yard, but will have to contend with Wadebridge winner Ballybrown and Jack's Taxi who had subsequent winner Jean's Joy behind him when scoring at the Mid Devon. Lisheen Storm and Karinga Coin also figure amongst the 15 entries. The course is located one mile south of the A38, three miles south-east of Liskeard. Admission costs £20 for a car and all occupants, with a reduction to £15 for a car with single occupant. The usual bars and food will be available, and secretary Kate Young reports that ladies in pink will be collecting during the afternoon for breast cancer. Kate also makes a plea for last year's winning owners to bring back the cups since there are still a few missing.South Devon Point to Point at Ideford Arch, SATURDAY 21 Written by Lucy JohnsonTHE hunt race at 12.30pm kicks of the South Devon Point-to-Point's rescheduled seven race card at Ideford Arch on Saturday and Dare Too Dream will be a warm order to continue Camilla Scott's cracking run of form.The Dulverton-based trainer saddled a treble at Black Forest Lodge last month and Dare To Dream, a winner of two competitive open races last season, is sure to kick off his season on a winning note.Next on the card is the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders which have been well supported this season. Plenty of consistent horses will be coming under orders including Earl of Buckingham, Karinga Lane and Tribal Venture, second at the South Dorset meeting on Saturday, but topping the list must be the Sue Popham-trained Lord of Illusion who gave Matthew Griffiths a great ride at Chipley Park two weeks ago to win the equivalent race. The Christie Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival is the target, and connections will be hoping he adds this to his tally of wins if he is to stand a chance of getting among the prize winners at Cheltenham.A two miles furlongs maiden race is next on the card. Matako could improve on his pre Christmas run at Wadebridge and Max's Choice was consistent last year finishing second on each of his three outings.The 17 entries in the Marksway Horsehage and Mollichaff mixed open include impressive Higham winner Chilling Place; the once highly rated Contraband, fifth in a hunter chase at Sandown on Saturday and the Devon and Cornwall area's reigning champion mare Kingsmill Lake .Restricted races in the area have so far been cracking races, and this one, sponsored by Tate & Lyle, could prove another great contest. Uncle Dan, beaten a neck at Black Forest Lodge in January, is among those entered. Craigmor was second on the same day in a novice riders' race and could improve and All Thyne Greats is sure to run his race. Those entered in the intermediate are eligible for the final at Exeter Racecourse in May and best of the nine entries could be Supreme Royal from Mary McGuiness' successful yard. Last race of the day is the open maiden with Dakota Boy a likely favourite following his good effort at Barbury Castle in January where he was second to Mymystery Man.The course at Ideford Arch is well signposted just off the A380 between Exeter and Newton Abbot. Entrance for a car and all passengers is £20, with single occupants reduced to £10. Check Talking Point on 09068 446061 for latest going reports from the course. As well as great racing, a bar, catering and bookies are also part of the day's entertainment.

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