Secretary: Jonathan Brooking
Address: Cambrai House Bovington Wareham BH20 6LL
Contact Details Tel: 07775 017340
Entries Secretary: Gemma Brooking
Address: Cambrai House Bovington Wareham BH20 6LL
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries to: The Entries Secretary or The Point to Point Racing Co Ltd (www.pointtopointentries.co.uk )
Entries close: Monday 10th February 2020 12.30pm
Races: CS Members Conditions (Novice Riders), Mixed Open (Coronation Gold Cup), Restricted, Combined Services Members Conditions (Ladies), Open Maiden Conditions (2m4f), Open Maiden
First Race: 12.00 am
The King's Troop RHA Members Race will run at 12 noon
This Sunday’s Point to Point meeting at Larkhill is hosted by the Combined Services and is run in aid of the Services Charity SSAFA. There is a good entry of 92 for this year’s event and this unique meeting includes the prestigious Coronation Gold Cup, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery Club Member’s Race and the inaugural running of the Ladies Conditions Race which has been kindly sponsored by Lockheed Martin.
The Novice Rider Conditions Race has attracted ten entries including Captain Buck’s from the bang in-form Rose Loxton yard. A three time winner under rules for Paul Nicholls, he made his pointing debut at this course in early January putting up a strong performance only to be headed on the line. Leading Novice Rider, Angus Cheleda has struck up a good partnership with Rose this season and looks likely to take the mount. Multiple course winner, Storm Lantern could be one to threaten Captain Buck’s and easily took a similar event at the last meeting here. Roc d’Apsis is a six time winner under Rules and looks an interesting recruit for his owner/jockey while Ballykan achieved a 141 rating and has posted two solid seconds this season at Cottenham and Barbury. Theatre Evening won a match here last season but may prefer quicker ground as might According to Harry, an easy winner at Trebudannon last season. Larkhill regular, Thereyarsee still hasn’t regained his earlier form and is best watched.
The Restricted Race has fifteen entries including Byzantium Lad who was gifted his maiden here last time when the likely winner unseated at the last. Ed Walker’s horses often improve for their first run and Dancing Dave is better judged on his maiden win at Flete Park last season when he dead-heated. Gottagottagetaway unseated early on here last month but made amends at Buckfastleigh last time under Sam Jukes. He should improve again. Hard Ground was in the process of running a good race when unseating on seasonal debut and then finished a fair second here last month. Rookie trainer Willy Twiston-Davies certainly hit the ground running when Panic And Run trotted up at Cocklebarrow and he should prove very hard to beat if reproducing that run. Second Time Around won a NH Flat race for Alan King and should be noted.
The ten entries in the Ladies Conditions Race include former Paul Nicholls trained Ptit Zig now in the care of Lucy Felton. A high-class horse at his peak, he won the French Champion Hurdle in his prime and although off the course since February 2018, would be a serious prospect if connections have managed to get him back to full health. Champagne Lily too, had a spell on the sidelines having racked up a treble in her first season. She looked likely to add to that on her return to action at Cottenham in December and could go close. Captiva Island may have needed the run here last time while Inch Rock is consistent and would be of interest for a place.
The day’s feature race, the Coronation Cup has attracted a quality entry of nineteen. Southfield Theatre’s jumping is a joy to watch round here under regular pilot Lily Bradstock and he was unlucky to just be denied last time by Virak. Prior to that he took the scalp of Ravished here but he was in receipt of 3lbs. Ravished looked so impressive at Cottenham either side of that run and could be forgiven his defeat at Bangor on heavy ground. He could well turn the tables on Southfield Theatre this time. Chameron was an impressive winner here of a conditions race last month for Rose Loxton. This former Paul Nicholls inmate also won twice in France over hurdles and he looks to be enjoying his new career. Marcle Ridge bumped into Caid du Berlais on seasonal debut but last year took a Hunter Chase at Cheltenham as well as a Conditions race here. Monbeg Gold has won four under Rules for Jonjo O’Neill and is now in the care of his wife. He made his debut in this sphere in a Hunter Chase when he was a good second to The Dellercheckout. Wick Green ran an excellent race to just deny Captain Buck’s here last time while Green Winter stays well and was a running on 2nd to Shantou Flyer here and boasts two wins here including an Open.
The Maiden Conditions could go to Famous Clermont who was desperately unlucky not to win here three weeks ago when stumbling at the last. He should make amends. Shells And Shingle makes his British Pointing debut for the powerful Nimmo yard having had four runs in Ireland. My Bobby Dazzler was a good second here to Fedelta while Smoking Pigeon unseated when running well in early January. Smoking Pigeon was then was a close second at Cocklebarrow with Bespoke Cave in 4th. Cranbrook Causeway was a distant second at the same venue behind the useful Panic And Run.
The finale is an Open Maiden and Francesca Nimmo has three entered including Falloway Dubreau who was second on his only start last season at Buckfastleigh and Glen Mooar a beautifully bred son of Presenting out of a full-sister to Supreme Prince. He had one run in an NH Flat race for Tim Easterby prior to joining Francesca. Easy Bucks is trained by Mickey Bowen and he too has had just one start under Rules before trying Pointing. Of those with form pointing, Captain Cuckoo was running a good race when falling at Milborne St Andrew and could run well.
The first race is the Kings Troop Race at 12 noon with the Coronation Gold Cup at 2.30pm. In addition to the racing there are over 20 trade stands. The course is 5m NW of Amesbury nr A303, A345 and A 360 – SP4 8QT – and follow signs). Admission is £10 per person (under 16s free) and £3 for race cards.