Secretary: Mrs Nickty Atkinson
Address: Holway Farm, Cattistock, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0HH
T: 01300 320246
Entries: Mrs Helen Rees
Address: Distant Hills, Chalmington, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0HB
T: 01300 320683
Entry Fee: £30 per horse per race, £15 per additional entry same horse (Hunt Members £15)
Entries Close: Monday 25th April 2015, 12.30 pm
Races: Members - 4,5,6 year old Maiden (2m4f) - Restricted (2m4f) - Ladies Open - Mens Open - CA Club Members Novice Riders - Open Maiden
Scenic Littlewindsor is the setting for the Cattistock point-to-point which is being held on Bank Holiday Monday. This is the second and final meeting held at the course on the Dorset/Somerset border with fresh ground down the hill and around the bends. On a lovely spring day it is a great spot to bring a picnic and enjoy the friendly atmosphere which always exists at Littlewindsor.
The meeting starts with the Young Maiden race over 2 and a half miles and Jack Barber has entered two 4 year olds namely Clo Sacre who had every chance when unseating his rider at the third last at Badbury Rings and the newcomer Coastal Tiep. Culverwell would have been second but for his rider unseating at the last at the Seavington meeting and both Flow with Eve, fourth at the previous meeting and Murifield , second at the Cotley meeting all come into consideration. Of the others Petite Rock was third at Ston Easton and his stablemate Poppy Tree who will be making her debut. The last named is out of a mare called Little Kimmie who was placed in eight of her point-to-point races. If Clo Sacre takes up this engagement he should be good enough.
The Restricted follows also over the shorter trip of 2 and a half miles and Jack Barber has entered 3 of his recent winners namely Dunn’s River, San Satiro and Vards. His chosen representative will probably start favourite and may be difficult to beat. Our Chief, a winner at Great Trethew and third at the Seavington meeting may be the one to give the Barber selected runner the most to do. Sammy Blade ran very well at the Seavington meeting and a repeat would give him a chance despite the fact that he is still a maiden.
The Ladies Open is another race in which the powerful Barber stable has a strong hand with both Aikideau and Benedictus entered for Bryony Frost to ride. Both have been in good form this season and the chosen representative is the selection. Masterleaderman and Ohio Gold are the two who might give the likely favourite the most to do.
Benedictus also holds an entry for the Mens Open along with stablemates Chapoturgeon and Kostaquarta and it is difficult to see beyond Will Biddick’s choice of rides. Sobre Tresor gave Ben Godfrey a dream start when winning on his first ride at the Seavington meeting and should give another good account of himself. Archie Rice has also been giving his novice rider Hugo Hunt some good experience and was a winner on a disqualification at Badbury Rings.
The Conditions race may turn into a battle between Rebel du Maquis who has been disappointing this season but who might appreciate this drop in class and Otis Tarda who should improve on his seasonal debut in the Ladies race at the Seavington meeting. Suzy Berry who has just returned from a stay in Africa will continue her partnership with the Soviet Star gelding and could be good enough to get his head in front. Ballydub who won two hurdle races in his youth may return to racing after a lengthy break as might Flanshan who is yet to make his seasonal debut.
The Open Maiden has attracted the largest entry of 18 including the Jack Barber pair of Bistou d’Honore and Coastal Tiep who are both inexperienced 4 year olds. Of those with form Faraway Star finished second at the Seavington meeting with Sir Des Pres third, Flow With Eve fourth and The Editor sixth and all of those should be involved again. Teresa Clark has Culverwell, Castleboy Warrior and Fountains Cider entered and if the last is none the worse for his early exit at Stafford Cross he might be good enough to win what looks to be a competitive race.
The meeting ends with the Hunt race where Dunn’s River, if bypassing the Restricted race, might be good enough to defeat Archie Rice and Dunn’s River’s stablemate Kostaquarta. Battle Bridge ran his best race for some while when runner up at Cotley and he could give Chloe Swaffield a sporting chance of landing her Hunt race.