Southwestern to get back on track

PUBLISHED: 19:06 22 February 2010 | UPDATED: 13:59 09 August 2010

McSolo wins the Members' last year at Ottery.

McSolo wins the Members' last year at Ottery.

AN exciting day s point-to-point racing is in prospect this Saturday (Feb 27) when the East Devon hold their meeting at the excellent viewing course at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary.

Southwestern to get back on track at popular east Devon course

Granville Taylor

AN exciting day's point-to-point racing is in prospect this Saturday (Feb 27) when the East Devon hold their meeting at the excellent viewing course at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. There are 149 entries for the eight races. McSolo can get punters off to a successful start when racing gets under way with the Hunt race at 11.30am.

Course winner Southwestern is likely to make up for his first fence fall at Great Trethew last Sunday in the 14 strong Mixed Open. Apollo Blaze and Holly Walk look the main dangers. There are 22 entries for the Intermediate where the impressive Larkhill winner Civil Disobedience bids to extend his unbeaten record.

El Hombre Del Rio ran well on his seasonal debut when runner up to Spuddler's Dream at Chipley Park, and Gerald Greenway's charge can go one better in the Novice Riders' contest. Come What Augustus and Mulligan's Pet also figure amongst the 16 entries.

The Restricted has a wide open look with 30 entries. Richard Barber can choose between Irish Vixen, Garton King and Remember Bampi, but the opposition includes good recent winners such as Bowntobebad, Different Trades, and She's Alright.

The Maiden for four to seven-year-olds has been split into two with 19 in each division. Allerford Jack is sure to improve on his Larkhill runner-up spot in the first section, and Mr Hudson could reward punters in the other division. The meeting closes with the Maiden for eight-year-olds and over where Polly Gundry's Blejan Eyhre can go close.

Entrance costs £20 per car with a concession of £10 for single occupants. The course is located just half a mile SW of Ottery St Mary off the B3174, S of the A30. The nearest M5 exit is junction 29. Trade stands will be there to satisfy shoppers and food and drink will be available in what is always a good family day out.

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