01 February 2012 Preview: Mid Devon - Black Forest Lodge
by Donna Harris
A total of 140 entries have been received for the Mid Devon Point-to-Point at Black Forest Lodge this Sunday (February 5th).
It promises to be an action packed day with the first pony racing in the Devon and Cornwall Area kicking off at 11am. It's a great chance to see the young jockeys in action before they graduate to Point-to-Point racing. The second pony race is at 11.30 and both have been sponsored by Mole Avon.
The Confined Race has been sponsored by a syndicate of farriers and starts the main card at 12noon. Seventeen are entered, including the Camilla Scott-trained Special Account who was a 15 length winner of the Cattistock Mens Open and Hereweareagain, trained by Mandy Hand, who was a third here last year before going on to score a hat trick. Teri D Trixter is a triple Irish Point winner and acts on soft and stays well.
The Mens Open has 13 entries and is sponsored by West Devon Meat Ltd. It would be difficult to oppose the prolific winner Southwestern. He won at the course last year and has already opened this season's account with a double at the Wadebridge meetings ridden by Neil Harris.
Queuing up to challenge could be Findlay's Find, who has ten Pointing wins to his credit. Start Royal, another with ten wins, could see him set the pace with his front-running tactics. Sheriff Hutton may come on for his second by a head in the Mens Open at Alnwick this January.
Fifteen are entered in the Ladies Open. This has been sponsored by Earp Engineering. Lady Myfanwy is a Ladies Open specialist, this tough mare has clocked up a total of 29 wins and is a previous course winner. Double Mead is effective on right handed tracks and a previous winner of Ladies Open by 20 lengths.
The Intermediate has attracted 17 entries. This race is sponsored by Connolly's Red Mills. Kalulushi won a Restricted in December at Chaddesley Corbett. Delta Borget won a hotly contested Restricted (novice riders) here is January. Nobby Kivambo also won a Restricted in January in a quick time at Ampton.
A massive 30 entries have been received for the Restricted which may well be divided. The race is kindly sponsored by B J Barkwell and Sons & Lynbridge Residential. Beyond Dreams is headstrong and likes to set a good gallop and will probably lead the way.
Kirkleigh won here in style at the last meeting when beating Benefit Time by 25 lengths. Googoobarabajagal also pleased his connections when winning here when ridden by the talented Michael Heard.
There are two divisions of the Open Maiden with 24 entered in each. It's kindly sponsored by Gidleigh Park and Hi-Line Services Ltd & Kennford Tarmacadam and the bookies will be a good indicator for these.
Black Forest Lodge is located five miles south of Exeter, near the B3381 which is between the A380 and Starcross. The course is signposted from the A380. EX6 8HR. A bar is operating and there is ample good food available for the family.
Entry cost £20 per car with £10 for a single occupant.
For going updates and meeting information, call Talking Point on 09068 44 60 61. For a list of entries via fax, call 09068 44 99 88. All calls cost 61p/min plus network extras.