Event previews


  • Posted: Thursday, 13th February 2020
  • Author: Donna Harris

The South Pool Hunt stage their meeting at the historic Buckfastleigh course this coming Sunday. The Toad Hall Cottages-sponsored Pony races head up the action at 11am, followed by the main races starting at noon. The six races have attracted over 100 entries.

The popular £1,000 Winners-only Mixed Open, sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Co, is the feature of the day. Last year's winner Master Baker, for trainer Les Jefford, could be out again to defend his title under jockey Jo Supple, but there are many challengers entered. These include multiple point winner Navanman – for the John Heard team – who will be fresh from his win at Chipley Park, along with recent Cocklebarrow winner Sausalito Sunrise, who is an ex-Philip Hobbs recruit who briefly went to Olly Murphy's yard and is now in training with Alexandra Dunn. Silsol is another Chipley Park winner and an ex-Paul Nicholls inmate who holds strong claims for young jockey Ella Orttewell. Don Bersy, Three Faces West and Dicky Bob are also among the entries for a race which is a potential thriller, and is not to be missed.

The Tattersalls Cheltenham Open Maiden for four- and five-year-olds starts proceedings, and Revels Hill, for trainer Chris Barber, catches the eye having had the benefit of a run at Milborne St Andrew earlier this month. He could improve for that outing where he travelled well until unseating his rider. Debutants Don't Rightly Know (Ed Walker), Opening Bid (Stuart Sampson) and the Sophie Lacey-trained Piano Stairs will be worth following if the market suggests so.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate, which has attracted the biggest entry of 26. Five Gold Bars, for trainer/jockey Rob Hawker, won well here at the last meeting and looks to set the standard if progressing. Journey Juice, for the Ed Walker and Will Biddick combination, should also be there or thereabouts having run a decent race here last time when six-lengths second to Showmetheway in January. Banco de Logos, for trainer Dean Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards, should be among the finishers if following up on his three-length second at Chipley Park.

In the Hassall Law-sponsored Open Maiden for geldings aged six years and over, Party Tunes could be another to score for Team Summersby following on from their second here last month. Young O'Leary, for trainer Ian Prichard, is another for the shortlist, having clocked up a second here at the last meeting in the faster division of the Maiden.

In the Jockey Club-sponsored Mares' Open Maiden, Cottage Rose (John Heard) ran third at Chipley under Fergus Gillard and must be respected. Don't Rightly Know could figure here if trainer Ed Walker chooses this race over the earlier Maiden, and Oyster Pearl is another to catch the eye for the Joe Tickle team which has a good strike rate with maiden horses.

Finally up is the Moorland Timber-sponsored Restricted in which Gio's Girl has run two promising seconds including at this track when finishing a length behind Five Gold Bars. Le Tueur's recent win at Chipley Park under Martyn McIntyre for trainer Chris Barber must be respected. Wadebridge winner Nicklesonthedime (Josh Newman) and Nobodydoesitbetter (Darren Edwards), who was third here in January, are two others for the shortlist.

The course offers a fabulous day out in the country with great viewing, beer tent, hot food, bookies, and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, under-16s free. Location is at Dean Prior alongside the A38, postcode TQ11 0LT. Check out the www.pointingdc.co.uk website or Facebook page for up-to-date details.