Cham­pion jock­eys poised for first point-to-point at his­toric race­course

Western Morning News - - Horses -

The Devon and Corn­wall Point-to­Point As­so­ci­a­tion has the hon­our of stag­ing the first meet­ing of the new 2018-19 sea­son.

This will take place at the his­toric Buck­fastleigh race­course on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18.

It is a joint fix­ture be­tween the Sil­ver­ton and the Mid Devon Hunts and is sure to at­tract run­ners from far and wide.

A warm wel­come is as­sured at this friendly Devon course, which is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from the A38 (Devon Ex- press­way), mid­way be­tween Ex­eter and Ply­mouth.

The track is steeped in his­tory, hav­ing hosted Na­tional Hunt rac­ing from 1883 un­til 1960. The point-to­point line is now left handed over two and a half cir­cuits, with the first three fences on the perime­ter along­side the main road. The win­ning post is just past the derelict old grand­stand.

Each of the reign­ing area cham­pion jock­eys are ex­pected to be in ac­tion at the first meet­ing. Will Bid­dick, also busy train­ing six point­ers this year, starts the new cam­paign with the ob­jec­tive of re­gain­ing the na­tional jock­eys’ ti­tle. He se­cured this award six times in suc­ces­sion un­til fin­ish­ing run­ner up to Alex Ed­wards last sea­son.

Will also has Richard Bur­ton’s record num­ber of 414 ca­reer win­ners in sight, but a more press­ing com­mit­ment prior to the new sea­son was his mar­riage at the end of Oc­to­ber to in­ter­na­tional show jumper, Har­riet Nut­tall.

Jo Sup­ple (nee Buck) won her third Devon and Corn­wall ti­tle last sea­son, but suf­fered a nasty in­jury at Um­ber­leigh in June which left her on crutches for some time. With her usual cheer­ful­ness and vis­its to Oak­sey House, Jo plans to be back in ac­tion at the open­ing fix­ture where she could ride Mas­ter Baker, who scored three times for her last sea­son.

A to­tal of 23 meet­ings are sched­uled in the Devon and Corn­wall area, with the ac­tion stretch­ing over a sev­en­month pe­riod un­til the end of sea­son fi­nale at Um­ber­leigh in June.

A to­tal of 23 ac­tion-packed point-to-point meet­ings are sched­uled to take place across Devon and Corn­wall from Novem­ber through un­til JuneIM­AGES: ATHWENNA IRONS

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