All set for Eggesford

Joseph Bulmer

The point to point action in the Devon and Cornwall area heads to Upcott Cross near Halwill Junction on Saturday where the Eggesford point to point takes place.

More than 150 entries have been received for the popular meeting including several from inform Richard Barber who could run several horses.

The Dorset-based trainer recently saddled nine winners over the course of a weekend including six at Cotley and a couple of those could run on Saturday.

They include restricted winner Bold Chief who could go in the intermediate and Barneys Mate who is an entry in the novice riders race.

The intermediate is one of ten races sponsored by Exeter Racecourse with the final ladies’ night when Tony Hadley will be providing the entertainment after racing.

Camilla Scott, who trains on Exmoor, is enjoying a fine season and can add to her successes in the confined when she saddles Special Account. The six-year-old was last seen winning an intermediate race at Great Trethew. He’ll face tough competition from duel winner Monkerty Tonkerty and Quaddick Lake who ran well to finish second in a hunter chase at Newton Abbot in March.

The mixed open is run over four miles and among the entries are the Michael Miller-trained Vintage Class, a winner of three point-to-points this season. Paddy The Piper is an out and out stayer and could represent the Heard family, on whose land the point-to-point takes place.

The 29 in the restricted race include the Richard Barber-trained Tregaro who won a maiden at Kingston St Mary in March. Barber has also entered Cotley winner Caught Off Guard who is owned by successful racing syndicate the Axe Valley Racing Club. Divine Cloud, trained by Simon Burrough, is another entry. He just got up to win a maiden at Ottery St Mary last month.

The maiden, which is sponsored by TT Building Ltd, has been split into two divisions with 27 entries in each.

A bar, bookies, catering and tradestands will all add to the raceday experience. The track is located off the A3079 at Halwill Junction. The meeting is preceded by two pony races which begin at noon.