Double header weekend ahead

Joseph Bulmer

There’s a double header of point to point action this weekend when the Western hold their meeting at Wadebridge in Cornwall on Saturday, and the Dulverton Farmers hold their meeting at Treborough Hill on Sunday.

The Western Point to Point at Wadebridge on Saturday has received 90 entries with 35 in the open maiden and the going was reported to be good earlier in the week.

The first race of the six races is the confined which will kick off the card at 12.30pm. Dare To Dream will be a warm order to follow up his success at Great Trethew a couple of weeks ago where he won the confined under Ian Chanin. The Boss Roche ran consistently well last season and could have his inaugural start.

Innocent Rebel won the ladies’ race last year and Karyn Heard has entered him again while the intermediate, a qualifier for the Exeter Racecourse Series Final on May 3, has attracted plenty who have chances. They include Vicky Wade’s Light Touch, recent Great Trethew winner Mayfair Lastchance and Monkerty Tonkerty who was last seen in action when winning at Wadebridge with Jessica Westwood on board.

Men’s open entries include Prince De Bersy who was second to Bishy Barnaby at Great Trethew .

Acting Tougher and Prudent George were both winners at Buckfastleigh last month and they are entered in the restricted race.

There will be a range of tradestands, licensed bar and hot food as well as undercover bookies. Tarmac parking ensures access is always easy and there are good viewing areas of the entire course.

All horse owners can also take advantage of an on-site equine worm egg count. Those interested should bring a fresh sample of their horses’ dung which will be tested on the day for just �3.

Entrance is �10 per car and driver, �5 for each passenger and children go free.

?On Sunday the sport heads to Exmoor for the Dulverton Farmers ptp at Treborough Hill.

A big screen at the Dulverton Farmer’s meeting at Treborough Hill will ensure racegoers can see all the action on Sunday where seven races get underway at 1pm. Baroness Ann Mallalieu will also be present having agreed to do the lottery draw which is a fund raiser for medical expenses and carries a first prize of �250.

The members’ race kicks off proceedings and sure to be favourite is Prince De Bersy, second on his last outing at Great Trethew, if the owner chooses to run here rather than the previous day.

Dunster Heat Ltd is sponsors of the men’s open race which is run over three and half miles and among the entries is Come What Augustus, who also holds an entry in the Christie Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival next Friday.

Kilrogan was well beaten by Sericina at Wadebridge but he’s capable of winning the ladies’ open or the confined, depending on where connections decide to run him.

The intermediate is a qualifier for the final at Exeter Racecourse on May 3 and Arbour Hill, who has finished second three times and third once this season, will be a warm order to win.

In the restricted race, those with chances include Obamarama, who won a maiden race at Black Forest Lodge and Therecessionbeater could yet return to form.

Entries in the maiden include the Leslie Jefford-trained Tamatown who was second at Buckfastleigh last month.

The course is situated on the B3224 on the Wheddon Cross to Raleighs Cross Road (postcode TA23 0QW)

Entrance is �20.00 per car and occupants, �10 car and driver, and �7 pedestrians.