Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A fantastic day out for all the family is in store this weekend, where the Dulverton West host their Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday (May 18), writes Donna Harris.
The first of three meetings to be held at the course this season. Over 100 entries have been received for the six race card.
With a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor, the picnics will be brimming full of goodies as Pony racing heads up the action at 11.45am. That is followed by the six race card which starts with the restricted race at 1pm. Of the 25 entered, Carheney River from the Karyn Heard team is fresh from an easy win at Vauterhill, when coming home 30 lengths ahead of his nearest rival O’flo. Also entered is the Richard Barber-trained Its A Close Call, another to have won easily when winning his maiden at Woodford by 20 lengths.
An open maiden follows, in which Golden Squirell has shown ability in his runs at Larkhill and Stafford Cross. My Rosie B ran a good second at Flete behind The Doom Bar.
The Brends Hotel sponsored mixed open has attracted 14 entries, of which Aiteen Thirtythree, Bellsinni Ron, Lucette Annie and Gone To Lunch are just some to mention with outstanding form this season. This is sure to be the feature race of the day, set over a distance of four miles and one furlong, it will be a true test of stamina and could stage a thrilling battle.
Midnight Breeze, Shanann Star and previous course winner My Rebel are suggestions for the intermediate race.My Rebel was only four and a half lengths third at the recent Vauterhill meeting, having won his restricted at Upcott Cross,he won his maiden here last season and goes well for jockey Leanda Tickle.
In the PPORA club members race both Aiteen Thirtythree and Gone To Lunch hold entries if connections decide to bypass the mixed open, but it may be worth taking a look at the newcomer Ambitous Pursuit This six year old gelding looks to be full of ability under jockey Pippa Glanville, having won both of their starts at the Flete meetings for the Glanville family, and may score their hat-trick here.
Concluding the days events is the confined race. Robbie Henderson who is currently leading the area jockey’s title, could take the ride on either of the Ed Walker-trained entries Before The War or Blazing Whale. Will Biddick who is currently leading the national jockey’s title may get the leg-up on Minella Fifty, who would be a popular local winner here for the Claire Hitch team.
On course facilities include bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a number of trade stands.
Entrance to the course is £10 per car and driver, £20 car and occupants. The course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NEof Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton EX31 4SG.