Point-to-Point Preview: Kingston St Mary - Sunday March 3
A competitive seven race card awaits racegoers at Kingston St Mary on Sunday, with the prospects of seeing some high class racing and potentially some new stars of the future.
The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate looks a competitive race. Bellsinni Ron from the Richard Barber stable won well at Larkhill and may take the beating. In his absence The Wealerdealer, who won his first two races this season, King Of Alcatraz, who won his first race at Black Forest Lodge and Gypsy Mark, a good third at Horseheath on his debut, may fight out the finish, with slight preference given to the first named.
The Mixed Open includes some experienced horses, including Offshore Account, the winner of a Newbury Hunter Chase last season and narrowly beaten on his last start at Barbury Castle, Carrickmines, the winner of eight races under NH rules and a runner-up at Black Forest Lodge, Double Mead, winner of four Ladies races last season for Alex Dunn and Turthen, who is proving to be a good schoolmaster for Eleri Apps. The form of Bob Buckler’s Different Trades, third at Milborne St Andrew, has been franked by the runner-up, Vintage Class, winning the Hunter Chase at Wincanton on Wednesday and he is given the vote.
The entries for the PPORA Novice Riders race are headed by Barneys Mate, a standing dish in these races who is establishing a good partnership with Martin McIntyre. Others to consider are Turthen, Preacher Boy, a winner at Badbury Rings last Sunday, Clew Bay Cove, who is giving owner Harriet Skinner some good rides and Templer, a class act whose confidence should have been improved by a victory in the Hunt race at Barbury. If Barneys Mate is absent, Templer is the selection.
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Entries for the Restricted include Zagova, who ran well in an Intermediate at Chipley Park, Gontdevon a winner at Buckfastleigh, One And All, who won at Chipley Park and Tachbury, runner-up at Black Forest Lodge. If Julie Williams’ Tachbury makes the trip from Wales, it may be worth siding with the gelding.
Two Maiden races feature on the card. For the 2m4f, Final Nudge was looking the winner at Barbury Castle until falling at the last, Getaway Driver has been third in both races contested this season and Lennie Da Lion was third on his debut. Final Nudge on form looks the selection, but the Barber trained Thomas Brown is one to note.
Getaway Driver also holds an entry in the concluding 3 mile Maiden, where Setters Gift must have a chance based on her second at Larkhill. Others to consider are the unraced Barber-trained duo Chinatown Boy and Urban Hymn, Anadama and Mrs Fir, second and third in a similar race at Barbury Castle, and Lord Samson who was going well at Buckfastleigh until missing a marker three from home.
The Hunt Members race is dominated by two entries from Kayley Jones’ in form stable, Nobody Tells Me and Raffa. Alysia’s Flame will give a good account of herself, but preference is given to Tony Berry’s Ha Ho Magregor, trained and ridden by his daughter, Suzy.
The course is at Fennington Farm, 3 miles N of Taunton off the A358, signposted from Kingston St Mary (TA2 8AS). First race: 12.00 noon, with two pony races afterwards. Admission is £20 per car with up to 5 people; £5 per extra adult; £10 single occupancy.