Pony racing kicks off Eggesford card

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:19 15 June 2010

THE first of this weekend's two point to point meetings in the Devon and Cornwall area takes place at Upcott Cross near Halwill Junction.

EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS, APRIL 11By Lucy JohnsonTHE first of this weekend's two point to point meetings in the Devon and Cornwall area takes place at Upcott Cross near Halwill Junction where the Eggesford hold their meeting at the popular course.Plenty of horses are double entered for the Four Burrow's meeting at Trebudannon on Easter Monday but with 175 horses on the card, racing is sure to be straight out of the top drawer.Feature race on the card is the Devon National run over the marathon trip of four miles. Entries include Kingsliff who ran a credible race to finish tenth in the Christie Foxhunter at this year's Cheltenham Festival, and the in-form Rockwithacaveman who will be making it four in a row if he comes home in front.The hunt race kicks off the card at 1pm and the 19 entries include Krac D'argos who ran a fine race at Kilworthy to finish second and the once highly rated Bannow Strand who is having his first outing in a point-to-point for the Prouse family.The course stages the last of Exeter Racecourse's ten intermediate races and those set to go to post could include Gemgaballou who is bidding for a hat trick, easy Great Trethew winner Gunpark and the improving mare Mistree Dancer who has won two of her three starts this season.With Robert Chanin in such good form it could pay to stick with his two entries - Stone Valley who could add to his Buckfastleigh success in the novice riders' race or McSolo, a winner twice this season in the novice riders' race.The first of seven point-to-point races is off at 1pm with pony racing beginning the day at 12pm. The course is situated two miles south of Halwill junction off the A3079.

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