Festive racing at Ideford

11:53 21 December 2011

Point to point

Point to point

Archant

Pack up your turkey sandwiches, fill your hip flasks and head to Ideford Arch near Chudleigh for the South Devon Hunt Club Point to Point meeting on Christmas Bank holiday Tuesday, December 27. More than 100 entries have been received and there promises to be some festive fun, good hospitality and plenty of fresh air. On course bookies and a licensed bar are sure to add to the seasonal spirit, writes Donna Harris.

The first race is off at noon with United Molasses kindly sponsoring the South Devon Hunt Club Members race. Ten are entered and these include last year’s winner Deloughtane, a course specialist here. Trained by Richard Wollacott, he is a tough, consistent type and goes really well for Alice Pearn, who rides him for her father John Pearn. Also entered is the Sam Holdsworth-trained Turning Tide who won at the course last season.

The South Devon Hunt Club Members race for Novice riders is the second race on the card. Sponsored by St Andrews House Retirement Home in Ashburton this race also attracts ten entries. There are several interesting newcomers to pointing. Keyneema, a Kayf Tara gelding, has some good form under Rules with both chase and hurdle wins and goes well on soft ground, Sarahs Gift has six chase wins under his belt and The Shoe, formerly with Nicky Henderson, has won on the flat and over hurdles and jumps.

Kingswood, trained by Ashley Farrant is a great stayer, winning the Mixed open here last season and twice over four miles at Upcott Cross and Vic’ s World comes from in form Nikki Frost’s yard at Buckfastleigh. The mare has had 21 starts in National Hunt races and has been placed 10 times. Bryony Frost, having had a very successful pony racing career, took her point to point licence out at the end of last year and is looking forward to getting her first win under her belt. Vic’s World is owned by the newly formed Welly Boot Group.

The 2m4f Open maiden is sponsored by Molecare Vets and Mole Valley Farmers. There are some 30 entries and the race could reveal some promising stars of the future.

The Mixed Open is sponsored by Marksway Horsehage. Armenian Boy, trained by Jackie du Plessis, showed some good ability when third last season to Sericina and Double Mead.

Awsome George collected six wins under rules when trained by Alan King, the seven year old gelding sired by Exit to Nowhere lost his way for a year, but may find this track suits and seems to act on any.

Comprimario, a lightly raced five year old, was a previous hurdle winner when with Nigel Twiston Davies and also likes soft going. Special Occasion is another hurdle winner and had been ridden by Ruby Walsh. Start Royal is an Open specialist, he usually takes a keen hold, the Alan Hill trained gelding is reported to like speed orientated tracks so could be the one to beat.

Exeter Racecourse sponsors the Intermediate. Blue Monster is one to note, by Flemensfirth, he is a half brother to the prolific winner Bishy Barnaby, and was ridden by AP McCoy when trained by Nicky Henderson.

John Daniell, trained by Olllie Bush at Tiverton, showed some good promise last season, but requires a persuasive jockey. Josiah Bay owned by George Welsh had been knocking on the door for several races and finally won a 15-runner maiden at Flete Park so could have got the winning habit.

The final race is the Open Maiden with 29 entered is likely to be divided. The race is sponsored by Andrew Hill Salon at Newton Abbot.

The course at Ideford Arch consists of an undulating oval track with a sharp climb entering the back straight, and decent from brow of hill at end of back straight with usually a 150 yard run in after last fence. Viewing is from inside track and makes for exciting finishes.

The course is 2m SE of Chudleigh just off A380 Between Exeter and Newton Abbot TQ13 0AE . Entrance is £20 per car or £10 per car with one occupant.

Other Sport Stories

18:22
The SWAT B team before their resounding victory over Cornwall Bs

South West Angels of Terror (SWAT) B team certainly enjoyed their bank holiday weekend with a resounding victory over Cornwall Roller Derby’s Rec team, writes Steve Birley.

Read more
18:22
The winners of the Eric Lewis Trophies with Madeira vice captain Mike Ball. (Left to right); Janet Grundy, Jill Honnor, John Spearing and skip Geoff Furminger.

It’s been a busy week and both the Madeira men’s and ladies’ Sections have done well this week in County inter-club competitions, writes Mary Smith.

Read more
18:21
Point to point action

A good sized Bank Holiday crowd enjoyed warn sunshine and competitive racing at Upcott Cross for the South Tetcott meeting, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
14:21

Swaggermamas pulled off the result of the week when they defeated current winter champions Hi Q in a thrilling, but low scoring, encounter, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
13:14
Cricket

Topsham St James Under-11s were involved in a thrilling meeting with Whimple that ended in an eight run victory form the young Saints, writes Ian Mason.

Read more
10:52
Cricket

It was a bitter-sweet few days for Budleigh last week as they crashed out of the Euro Shopper Devon Senior Cup just days after making progress in the Devon T20 competition.

Read more
Sunday, May 29, 2016
N1 Tri Club member Ellie  Dominey cycling up the Llanberis Pass in the Slateman Triathlon.

N1 Tri Club member Ellie Dominey travelled to Snowdonia in Wales to take on the Slateman Savage double triathlon, writes Steve Birley.

Read more
Saturday, May 28, 2016
N1 Tri Club members Pat and Jonny Livingstone at the Geopark Triathlon, Torbay.

The weekend’s main action in terms of local triathlon events took place in Torbay at the Velo Park, where no fewer than six of N1’s talented academy squad took part in the Geopark Triathlon, writes Ellie Dominey.

Read more
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Exeter Chris Richards Falcons who rode a second half meeting at Somerset on Friday 13th May. Riders numbers 1 Henry Atkins, 2 Craig Nethercott, 3 Stevie Anderson, 4 Saul Bulley with team managers Rob Doran (wearing glasses) and Alan Spencer.
Picture by Kim Wyllie. Ref exsp falcons

The Exeter ‘Chris Richard’ Falcons took to the track, for their first 15 heat encounter of the 2016 season, at Somerset’s Oaktree Arena on Friday, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Friday, May 27, 2016
Exeter Chiefs

The appearance of Exeter Chiefs in their first-ever Aviva Premiership final is not the end of the journey, but merely the start according to head coach Rob Baxter.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications