Young pointing stars feature at Great Trethew

Joseph Bulmer

The first of two point-to-point meetings takes place at Great Trethew near Liskeard this Sunday (Feb 27) and a busy day of sporting action is on the cards with the first of nine races scheduled to come under orders at 12pm.

The course is popular with trainers sending out unraced horses, and this year’s meeting is no exception with the maiden race over 2m4f for four, five, six and seven year olds attracting more than 60 entries and split into four divisions.

In the first division, the five year old Diddypurptoon ran well at Ideford Arch where she beaten by Isitanywonder and Erehwon had every chance at the same meeting until falling at the 12th fence. If he’s none the worse for the ordeal he could go well.

In the second division entries include Adeus Ayrton who made a promising debut at Black Forest Lode where he was fourth, Sarika, who was beaten a neck at Chipley Park, and Sweet Willow who finished third Diddypurptoon’s race.

Sarika’s trainer Jane Williams could saddle a double if Wayward Frolic delivers in the fourth division. The five year old was beaten a neck at Chipley Park by Ball Hopper

Erehwon’s race at Ideford Arch is proving influential in the third division with three of the runners set to reoppose each other. Mt Kintyre, Glorious Gin and Strong Market finished behind Lethal Dream and with all likely to find improvement a competitive race is on the cards.

In the fourth division, Bernie The Banker showed promise when second at Wadebridge where he finished in front of subsequent winner Isitanywonder. With a clean round of jumping he’s likely to improve on his subsequent run at the same venue where he was sixth.

Some of the mixed open entries are likely to have taken up hunter chase engagements this week including Bishy Barnaby, Come What Augustus and Walter De Wodeland. Of the others Yufo could make his seasonal reappearance and is capable of adding to his successes and Quizzling ran very well in a competitive novice riders race at Ideford Arch earlier this month which he won by a length.

Other races on the card include the members’ race where Jackie Du Plessis has a strong hand with Walter De Wodeland, last year’s winner, and Diddypurptoon.

John and Bridget Burbidge’s Alysia’s Flame , a decent winner of a maiden race at Black Forest Lodge, is one of 22 entries in the restricted and confined runners include Bafaluto, a winner of a decent restricted at the course last year.

The course is located off the A38 between Liskeard and Saltash and as well as nine races there will be catering, a licensed bar and on-course bookies.