Quantock Staghounds point to point preview
PUBLISHED: 14:44 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010
The 2008 Wessex Point-to-Point scene makes the first of scheduled three visits to Cothelstone on Saturday for the Quantock Staghounds meeting (first race noon). Two pony races, qualifiers for the Wessex Series Final, conclude racing.
The 2008 Wessex Point-to-Point scene makes the first of scheduled three visits to Cothelstone on Saturday for the Quantock Staghounds meeting (first race 12.00 noon). Two pony races, qualifiers for the Wessex Series Final, conclude racing.The two Open races hold centre stage and both have attracted a strong entry. The 13 entries for the Ladies' Open include Miller's Monarch and former high-class hurdler Quick, who could both set a fast gallop, and recent winners Brown Cockle and Dr Cerullo, who would be suited by testing conditions. The two suggestions are Honest Endeavour, a close second when making his point-to-point debut for Angela Rucker at Brocklesby Park in February, and Royal Katidoki, the winner of a Wincanton handicap hurdle in March 2007.Askers Jack and Gone Missing hold entries for the Men's Open, along with Vigzol and Maxou Des Brosses, both winners at Milborne St Andrew this season. Croix De Guerre is unlucky not to be unbeaten this season - he was knocked over by a loose horse with the race at his mercy at Black Forest Lodge - and will be an automatic selection if taking this option. Croix De Guerre is entered for the Confined and will be the selection if taking this route. Meneur De Jeu has chances, along with dual 2008 winner Knightsbridge Hill and El Hombre Del Rio, who has turned in two good placed efforts this season. Fool On The Hill came right back to form at Kingston St Mary and, in the likely absence of Croix De Guerre, is fancied to follow up.The opening Hunt Members race for the Sir Gerald Boles Memorial Trophy has attracted a good entry of 11 including last year's winner, Westover Lad. Thirtytwo Red may put the strongest challenge.The two divisions of the 21/2 mile Maiden look challenging. Master Mark was unlucky at Ottery St Mary and may gain compensation in Division I. Midnight Queen has been third in both outings to date and looks the one for Division II.The Restricted has received 31 entries, including Great Trethew winner Arthur Parker and Ottery St Mary scorer Coombe Hill. Camilla Scott has chances with Yufo and So Long, while Foolish Myth set a fast time at Milborne before being caught close home by Goblet Of Fire at Charlton Horethorne on Sunday. Arthur Parker and Foolish Myth may fight out the finish.The closing Open Maiden race has attracted 38 entries. Bringontheboys was unlucky in last year's contest - the weight cloth fell off in sight of the winning post - and would be a deserving winner.The picturesque Cothelstone course lies north of Taunton off the A358 (junction 25 off the M5), 3 miles NE of Bishops Lydeard. First race: 12.00 noon. Admission £20 per car and all occupants; £10 per car with driver only.