Friday, April 25, 2014
The Axe Vale host this weekend’s Point-to-Point horse racing at Stafford Cross, near Seaton, East Devon on Sunday (April 27), writes Donna Harris.
Pony racing, sponsored by Rob Perry Marine, head’s up the action at noon, followed by the main seven race card starting at 1.30pm. Over 100 entries have been received.
In the members race, sponsored by Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors, the Les Jefford-trained entry Miss Cupcake won this race last year, coming home ten lengths ahead of Our Georgie Girl.
Join Together could take the confined, for trainer Rose Loxton and jockey Megan Nicholls, having recently won at Cothelstone. Notus De La Tour stayed on well when second at Upcott Cross, his impressive form includes second in a Grade One Novice Chase.
The Lee Clifford sponsored mixed open, could see Will Biddick get the leg up on Minella Fifty from the Claire Hitch team. The combination having wins this season at Cothelstone and Charlton Horethorne. Will Biddick rode his first ever winner at this track in 2004, when coming home in front on the Ross Oliver-trained Let’s Fly. This weekend may well see him return, looking to add to his total of well over 200 winners.
The Mythologist trained by Guy and Sophie Henderson and ridden by son Robbie, hasn’t been seen since his win at Ston Eston, but is highly regarded by his connections and could go off favourite in the Matford Land Rover sponsored intermediate race. Master Hooper from the Robert Chanin team is another to consider, as is Soul Native having taken the 16 runner restricted at Cothelstone earlier this month under jockey Vicky Wade.
In the CA Club novice riders race, Join Together under Megan Nicholls, if not in the earlier confined race, and Barneys Mate for Christopher Barber could have a re match. The two met at Charlton Horethorne when Barneys Mate was caught on the run in by the determined Nicholls getting Join Together up to win by a length. Ladyvie is another likely to be in the mix for jockey Hannah Welch.
The Alice Pearn-trained Johnny No Cash looks a strong challenger for the restricted race, having run second behind Pure Oxygen at Cotley.
Concluding the day’s event is the open maiden race in which Richard Barber holds three entries, General Ginger, Whataknight, and Willow Bird. Mount Prospex trained by Jill Dennis could follow up on his third at Upcott Cross. Paul Nicholls has entered The Eaglehaslanded and market support could be worth following.
The course offers a good party atmosphere, where you can choose to either bring your own picnic, or use the excellent catering facilities on site. There is also a Tote, Bookmakers, bar and trade stands.
Entrance is £20 car and occupant’s, or £10 car and driver.
Course is located at Stafford Cross, nr Seaton, off A3052 Post Code EX24 6HZ