Point-to-point fans will be heading back to Flete Park in South Devon for the season’s second meeting at this picturesque parkland track. Organisers of the Flete Park Races (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company) fixture will be hoping for another bumper crowd, following on from the sell-out Dartmoor Hunt meeting on Easter Saturday.
A total of 50 entries have been received for the six-race card on Saturday (April 30), due to come under starters’ orders at 2pm.
Racing will be headed up by the Francis Clark-sponsored Maiden, which has attracted a healthy 16 entries. Call Me Simon (Robert Chanin) will be looking to improve on his third at Dunsmore, while Gunner Vic (Hugh Thomas) had to settle for second at Kilworthy but is progressive and deserves to win soon. Hold Me Tight (Ed Walker) is another with consistent place form.
In the Restricted, sponsored by Hassall Law, Champions Hill (George Beilby) won his Maiden at the previous Flete Park meeting under Conor Houlihan and Say About It (Roy Smith) came home seven lengths in front to shed his Maiden tag at Great Trethew in February, before finishing six lengths behind Nobodydoesitbetter at Buckfastleigh (March 13) and four lengths behind Transition Period at Stafford Cross last Sunday (April 24).
The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company sponsor the four-mile Ladies Open in which Virak (Sam Loxton) would be a popular winner for young jockey Olive Nicholls, who is also booked to ride Rhythm Is A Dancer for Georgie Nicholls. Rhythm Is A Dancer does hold an entry at the Cattistock meeting in Chilfrome, so may head there instead. Ottery St Mary-based trainer Ed Walker has two entries in the mix, Board of Trade and Danseur Du Large. The former won the four-mile race here last season, while the latter finished second to Chameron at Buckfastleigh and holds an entry for the hunter chase evening at Cheltenham on Friday (April 29).
The first of three Conditions race, sponsored by Marchand Petit, could see Minimalistic (Susan Darke) trebling up for the season under Josh Newman. The family-owned gelding is another to hold a provisional entry for Cheltenham. Previous hunter chase winner Llancillo Lord (Megan Bevan) has the potential to go well here if recovering from his fall at Stratford. However Field Exhibition (Ed Walker) looks to be the main danger, having notched up some decent place form this season but he will need to have recovered from his fall at Cothelstone.
In the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Novice Riders, Alternati (Annabelle Bacon) holds the highest rating and won the Conditions at the last Flete Park meeting under Otis Morgan. He also has the option of riding Skylander for his mother’s Dartmoor Racing Club, who was also a winner at this track when finishing alone in the Hunt Members race. Miltown Bridge (Gordon Chambers) could go close if improving on his third here two weeks ago.
Closing the day at 4.55pm will be the Veteran Conditions, sponsored by Olympus Plant and Tool Hire. Open to horses aged nine years and over, previous course winner Board of Trade (Ed Walker) should go close for jockey Chloe Emsley if not competing in the Ladies Open. Alternati and Field Exhibition should also be considered, if connections choose to take up their entries in this race rather than those earlier in the card.
Flete Park (PL21 9NX) is located at Ermington, just north of Ivybridge. Entry is £15 per person, including a race card, with a maximum fee of £60 per car load. Under sixteens enter free and dogs on leads are welcome. On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookmakers and trade stands including Farmers Friend, The Oyster Shack and Surfing Cow Ice Cream. Live-streaming of this meeting will be available via the EventBrite link at www.pointingdc.co.uk/Live. For further information, please visit the website www.pointingdc.co.uk.
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