Go racing at Stafford Cross

Joseph Bulmer

The Axe Vale Hunt kicks off the first day of the new month with its point-to-point at Stafford Cross, near Seaton on Sunday, May 1.

The seven race card gets underway at 1.30pm with two pony races taking place before that - noon and 12.20pm.

First on the point to point card is a members’ race with the seven entries including Dr Cerullo, a winner at Flete Park on Saturday, and Tandori who won the race in 2008.

Confined entries include the consistent Kilrogan and the Richard Barber-trained Cappoquin who is sure to start a warm favourite following an impressive win at Larkhill at the beginning of April.

The seven-year-old is also entered in the mixed open where possible opponents include the game mare Sericina who will be making her first appearance since pulling up in the Christie’s Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival. Prior to that she notched three good successes including in a hunter chase at Ffos Las in February.

Ball Hopper is an interesting entry in the Intermediate. The seven-year-old, who is trained by Richenda Ford, won a restricted at the Seavington meeting at Little Windsor beating Commanche Chief by two lengths.

Also entered is the Keith Cummings-trained Certain Flight who has run three times this season, winning once and finishing second once.

The novice riders’ race has a competitive look about it with Barney’s Mate, a winner five times this season, Hoo La Baloo and Pelannor among those who could line up.

The penny dropped for Bury The Hatchet at the Seavington meeting in April and the five year old is likely to continue improving in the restricted with the Richard Barber-trained Flanshan given the chance to rekindle his winning form at Larkhill back in January.

Concluding the card is a maiden race and with The Little Minx improving with every run, the five-year-old is likely to continue her progress while Blazing Bouncer and Bradley Brook have also both run well this season and come into it, if appreciating top of the ground.

The course is situated near Seaton off the A3052 and is 20 miles from the M5 junction 30.

As well as the racing trade stands, bookies, catering and a licensed bar will all add to the occasion.

For more information contact the secretary, Shirley Cork, on (01884) 821752.