PUBLISHED: 15:56 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:59 09 August 2010
WITH just four point-to-point meetings to go before the grand finale at Umberleigh on June 12, the 2009-2010 season is drawing to a close and the Devon and Cornwall area could be set to crown three national champions Richard Woollacott, Polly Gundry and Joe Tickle.
WITH just four point-to-point meetings to go before the grand finale at Umberleigh on June 12, the 2009-2010 season is drawing to a close and the Devon and Cornwall area looks set to crown two national champions with both Richard Woollacott, from South Molton, and Polly Gundry, from Ottery St Mary, on the brink of bringing the spoils to the Westcountry.
While Gundry is assured of her eighth title with her main rival Claire Allen out of action with a broken wrist, Woollacott will be vying to gain as many rides as he can this weekend to ensure he secures his first ever national championship.
Two point-to-points take place in Devon with the Spooners and West Dartmoor's rearranged fixture at Cherrybrook near Tavistock on Saturday and the Tiverton Staghounds at Bratton Down on Sunday.
On Saturday at Cherrybrook, racing kicks off at 2pm with the members' race before a competitive looking restricted takes place. Nineteen entries have been received for the race including Magic Marmalade, Therecessionbeater, Lucette Annie, Redworth Boy , Sun Shah and My Nicole who have all scored this season but a win for Mayfair Lastchance would prove the most popular with the local crowd as he is trained near to the course by Jimmy Cole.
Woollacott could saddle the consistent Come What Augustus, who has scored eight times this seaso, in the mixed open. His opponents may include the Ashley Farrant-trained Prince De Bersy and the consistent Sheknowsyouknow.
Deimne has won three times this season and he's entered in the intermediate along with Bratton Down restricted winner Johnny's Way who is progressing nicely.
Concluding race of the day is the maiden and entries include He Be Cornish who ran promisingly at Bratton Down last month and MInireturn who has been in the frame twice this season.
With the weather set fair for the weekend and plenty of tradestands, bookies, catering and a licensed bar all roads are sure to lead to the meeting which will be signposted from the A386 north of Tavistock. Entrance is £10 per car and £5 for each additional person.
At Bratton Down on Sunday more than 130 entries have been received for the six race card which begins at 2pm with the members. Arctic Sky, a winner at Vauterhill last month, is among the entries and is sure to be popular in the betting.
Harry Findlay's Cappoquin is in the intermediate along with Johnnys Way and Princesse De Rome who has rattled up a couple of wins this season.
Amicelli has won a couple of decent open races this season and he could add to his haul in the men's. Beau Supreme, the winner of a competitive confined race at the course is also entered.
The ladies' race looks a cracking contest on paper with Rocklandslad, a winner of a decent ladies' race at Woodford in April and Shernally, an impressive winner of three starts this season among those who could line up.
The Richard Barber-trained Bold Chief looks the one to beat in the restricted while in the maiden race Flying Phento and Eslin Bridge could run well.
Entrance is £20 per car and £10 per car and single occupant and the course is situated nine miles north east of Barnstaple on the A399 22 miles north of South Molton.