Watch the National at Great Trethew
PUBLISHED: 21:26 05 April 2010 | UPDATED: 01:05 16 June 2010
A total of 117 entries have been received for the seven races at the East Cornwall fixture at Great Trethew this Saturday, April .
PREVIEW OF EAST CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT TO BE HELD AT GREAT TRETHEW ON SATURDAY, APRIL 10
A total of 117 entries have been received for the seven races at the East Cornwall fixture at Great Trethew this Saturday, April 10 when there will be a break at 4.15pm for the running of the Grand National. The Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds has already been divided, with 18 nominations in each division. The meeting gets under way with the first section of the Maiden at 1.30pm and Cornish Ice may prove good enough on the strength of his good run behind My Nicole on this track last month. Cock of the Rock has improved with every race and can get off the mark in the other Maiden division.
A clash between useful mares Theatre Diva and Carrie On would be quite a spectacle in the Ladies' Open. Theatre Diva has impressed by winning twice at Larkhill already this season, and Carrie On took the scalp of Southwestern under champion jockey Polly Gundry at Ottery St Mary last month.
The Men's Open is another intriguing contest: King's Wood was given a good ride by Darren Edwards to win at Cothelstone, but Come What Augustus may be better suited by the conditions here. This eight-year-old has an unbeaten hat trick to his credit this term and stays really well.
There is plenty of future potential on show in the Restricted which has 25 entries. Bowntobebad looked a smart prospect when scoring on his racecourse debut at Black Forest, but that form could be suspect. The lightly raced mare My Nicole is sure to improve from her course victory in February, a remark which also applies to Fountains Cloud, who demolished his eleven opponents over the same two and a half miles trip that day, and should be just as effective over this longer distance. Lord Raspberry was behind Fountains Cloud on that occasion and went on to score at Buckfastleigh. He is getting the hang of things and could be dangerous here, whilst Stitchnick proved his ability to stay three miles when winning at Wadebridge.
The Welsh trained Victor Merlyn has made limited appearances since winning his Irish maiden but could be of interest in the Intermediate. This half brother to Grand National winner Hedgehunter was off the course for nearly two years after winning his Restricted, but shaped well enough on his recent re-appearance. High Spirits was also successful in his Irish Maiden and caught the eye on his first run in this country at Ottery recently.
The course at Great Trethew is located near Menheniot, one mile south of the A38, three miles SE of Liskeard. PL14 3PZ. Admission costs £20 per car and occupants with a concession for a single driver. Food and drinks will be available and the hillside gives a panoramic view of the course .