South West point-to-point season begins with Super Sunday at Ottery St Mary

PUBLISHED: 09:05 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 16 November 2017

East Devon Hunt's Point to Point event. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 10 1192-10-11SH

East Devon Hunt's Point to Point event. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 10 1192-10-11SH


The wait is over for point-to-point enthusiast as the first meeting of the new season takes place at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary this coming Sunday (November 19), writes Donna Harris.

Owners of the course, Andrew and Delia Carter, came to the rescue in providing their land as an alternative venue to the Black Forest Lodge track, which was sold late this summer.

It promises to be a fabulous day out for all the family at this stunning location, which provides great trackside viewing.

There are six races scheduled to take place with a start time of noon. Eighty entries have been received. The Gingerland Livery-sponsored open maiden race for four-, five- and six-year-olds kicks off the action, and has attracted 18 entries.

These include Danseur du Large for local trainer Ed Walker, who has a good record here, added to the booking of champion jockey Will Biddick, they look the ones to catch.

Following on is the The Best Western Tiverton Hotel-sponsored Bishops Court Conditions race, and of the fourteen entries course specialist Mic’s Delight stands out for owner, trainer, jockey Jennifer Davenport.

Mic’s Delight won at this course in 2016. He then followed that up with a three-quarter-length second to Dicky Bob last season, when ridden by Millie Wonnacott.

He loves the soft going and could fly the flag for the area, although with outside raiders Colorado Doc and Always A Chance among the entries, Mic’s Delight will need to produce his best form.

David Brace often makes the trip down from Wales early season, and his entry Doc Cody in the Ladies Of Hunt-sponsored restricted race should be respected after his second here last season behind Awesome Tunes.

The Heltor-sponsored mixed open race has attracted twenty quality entries including the highly rated The Wealerdealer from the Ian Chanin team.

The Wealerdealer ran impressively in the Timico Mixed Open Gold Cup Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham in May when a short head second, connections will be hoping he can start his season’s campaign well here.

Last season’s leading area trainer Kayley Woollacott has entered Keltus, an ex inmate of Champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls; Keltus could be one to take The Wealerdealer on. Druid Spitfire and Ruby Fool catch the eye in the A & S Paving-sponsored open maiden race which follows, having both show decent place form previously.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored intermediate race with six entered. This could prove a thrilling battle between last season’s National Champion gentleman jockey Will Biddick, who looks to have the ride on the Jonathan Lean-trained Moreece, and our area Champion jockey Darren Edwards, who has the ride on the Nicola Martin-trained The Lizard King.

On-course facilities include bar, offering cask ale provided by Ex Valley Brewery, homemade food including burgers and sausages from Silverton Butchers, bookies, and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Pedestrians £10, Children under 16 free.

Location is at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary (EX11 1RJ). Check out website and Facebook page for up-to-date going and weather.

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