Bank Holiday point-to-point at Upcott Cross
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The popular course of Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction is the venue for this Monday Bank Holiday’s point-to-point meeting where over 120 entries have been received for the seven race card, in addition to the two pony races which start the day’s action at 1pm, writes Donna Harris.
Penbode Vet Group sponsor the confined in which Bon Viveur coud go one better than second at the course last time. Ned White won his maiden here last season and had been runner up in many restricted races before finally winning at Trebudannon earlier this month on good to firm. Print The Money won at Bratton Down last weekend and is a previous course winner here for the Jill Dennis team.
A host of talent could line up in the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored men’s open including thr Kayley Jones-trained Checkerboard who could follow up on his win at Trebudannon; Richard Barber’s Mustangsallyrally who scored an open win this season at Little Windsor and the Sue Popham-trained Swansbrook who has four point wins this season and has strong claims.
In the Aga ladies open Alexandra Dunn’s Double Mead is a ladies’ open specialist and also has three Hunter Chase wins to add to her seasons tally. His main challenger could be in the form of King Of Alcatraz who won the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate final when beating Blinding Lights into second for jockey Vicky Wade. Rio Gael is an interesting addition to Sam Holdsworth’s yard and gave owner Charles Stanley a win first time out at Holnicote when beating Quedillac into second.
The restricted has attracted a massive 32 entries, local jockey Michael Heard would be a popular winner here. He rode both All But Grey and Suesacomin to win their maidens at Trebudannon and if this race is divided he may well retain both rides, Roxy Doodles, trained by his father John, could be another option so should not be dismissed. Gospel Preacher from the Kayley Jones team won his maiden in fine style here at the Upcott meeting when sent off 2-1 favourite.
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My Minds Maid, trained by Harry Fry, has been running well with wins at Little Windsor and Badbury Rings and could see Dean McNamara get the leg-up this time in the club member’s race for novice riders, Caspian Piper has been progressing well and led throughout to win at Holnicote in a strong race under Mathew Barber and the prolific winner Southwestern came out of retirement this season and gave 19-year-old Laura Scott a win at Cothelstone two weeks ago.
The open maiden has been divided with 19 entered in each division, these have been sponsored by Kivells and TC Cleaning Services inc Cleanmart.
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On course facilities include bookies, bar, catering, trade stands and loos and entrance is £20 per car 10 car and for car and driver only.