Ottery champ Polly seeks 250th win in the saddle

POINT-TO-POINT racing continues as ladies' champion Polly Gundry, from Ottery St Mary, will be seeking her 250th pointing winner in the saddle.

POINT-TO-POINT racing continues this Saturday with the Cornwall Hunt Club fixture at Wadebridge, where racing gets under way at noon, writes Granville Taylor. This well drained, undulating track has a unique atmosphere and always provides exciting racing.

The classy Burntoakboy heads the entries for the Men's Open as he bids to secure qualification for the Cheltenham Foxhunters. A seven pound penalty is unlikely to stop Dr Richard Newlands' gelding after the way he won the Open at Cottenham hard held on the opening day of the season. Burntoakboy's fitness edge should see him home at the main expense of the front running Whereareyounow, who goes best fresh. The Welsh challenger Seaforde also scored on his seasonal debut last year, but he may be playing for places alongside the two best rated local representatives Holly Walk and Dad Says Heazle.

Ladies' champion Polly Gundry, from Ottery St Mary, will be seeking her 250th pointing winner in the saddle in the Ladies' Open, where she has the choice of Nobody Tells Me, Dr Cerullo and Lile Na Casca. All will be tested by the consistent Croix de Guerre, who won four times for the Hobbs family last season.

Sykee Savage will be fancied to follow up his recent Black Forest success in the Red Mills Intermediate, where Richard Woollacott can choose between Come What Augustus and Lords Bridge. King of the Jungle should have benefited from his recent Open spin at Black Forest however, and this former bumper winner can get trainer Camilla Scott and jockey Neil Harris off the mark for the season.

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The same combination will be looking for Premier Flight to step up on his recent effort behind The Chisholm in the Open Maiden. The Heard family rarely leave Wadebridge without a winner, and Karyn has Ellies Horse and Flying Schuttle amongst the 16 entries in this event. Ivorsagoodun has placed form over hurdles, and now hails from the successful yard of Polly Gundry and Ed Walker. The Pat Bryant trained Matako shaped promisingly on the opening day of the season and may be worth each way support.

Give It Holly, Jafaro des Bois and Ryeman chased home Sykee Savage on the opening day of the season, and this trio can meet again in the Restricted. Man of Leisure may prove a big danger however. He was staying on well when dead heating for his Maiden section at Black Forest and can make his four-year-old allowance pay on this longer trip here.

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Alice Pearn will be seeking to partner her first winner on King Georges in the Novice Riders' contest. She is likely to face stiff opposition from the experienced former chasers Lord of Illusion and Just Muckin Around.

l The Royal Cornwall Showground facilities make this an ideal venue. Access and car parking is first class, and the bookmakers, trade stands and refreshments are based inside a large barn. Entrance fee is £10 for car and driver, plus £5 for passengers, and the track is located one mile west of Wadebridge on the A39.

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