Point-to-Point: Splodge returns to make mark at old haunt
Saturday 08 March 2008
Tomorrow's Blackmore and Sparkford Vale meeting at Charlton Horethorne
in Somerset is the venue where Nevada Royale, one-time favourite for the SunAlliance Chase, put up a spectacular performance last March to win by two fences from his nearest rival.
It is unlikely that there will be anything of his calibre in this year's race but Alfie Sherrin (2.25) definitely looks to have the potential to make the grade under Rules.
Last year's champion rider James Tudor has a narrow (14-13) lead over Oliver Greenall in this year's table and could extend his advantage today at Kingston Blount – an undulating course which takes a bit of knowing and where he has ridden 22 winners. He partners course specialist Mr Splodge (1.05) who had a season under Rules last year and has the opportunity to make a winning return to pointing in what looks a substandard men's open. Tudor could complete a double on last year's winner Gillie's Nephew (3.25) in the club members.
Fixtures: Today: Carmarthenshire at Erw Lon (rearranged from last Saturday): 13m N of Carmarthen on B4336. (First race: 12.00). Cumberland Farmers at Dalston. (1.00). 4m SW of Carlisle on B5299; Exit 42, M6. Oxford University Hunt Club at
Kingston Blount. (12.00). 8m NW of High Wycombe off B4009; Exits 5 or 6 M40, West Street Tickham at Detling. (1.00).2m E of Maidstone nr A249. 1m N of village; Exit 7 M20; Exit 5 M2. Tomorrow: Blackmore and Sparkford Vale at Charlton Horethorne. (12.30). Off B3145; 3m NE of Sherborne. Brecon & Talybont at Llanfrynach. (12.00). 3m SE of Brecon off B4558; 2m off A40. Cottesmore at Garthorpe. (12.00). 6m E of Melton Mowbray on B676; 7m W of A1. Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers at Buckfastleigh. (1.00). 1m W of town alongside A38; use junction for Lower Dean (returning eastbound traffic must travel through outskirts and use the A384 junction east of town). Derwent at Charm Park. (12.30). Nr Wykeham; off A170; 6m SW of Scarborough. Sir W W Wynn's at Bangor on Dee. (12.00). On NH racecourse; near A525; 5m SE of Wrexham. Suffolk at Ampton. (1.30). 4m N of Bury St Edmunds; nr A134.
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