Barbury Racecourse: Tedworth Hunt point-to-point attracts leading horses - & two pony races
Trainer Tim Underwood will decide later this week whether to let Timmie Roe bid for a six-timer at the Tedworth Hunt meeting at Barbury Racecourse on Sunday (April 7).
Underwood, who is set to receive the Dubarry Award as the Wiltshire course's top trainer for the third year running, has entered the gelding in the Prestat & The British Racing Club PPORA Club Members' Race for Veteran & Novice Riders.
The eight-year-old posted the least impressive of his five wins at Kingston Blount last Sunday - scrambling home by a length and a half from Loveyoutothemoon after blundering at the last.
Underwood is based near Newbury: "He won the other day, but didn't win comfortably. If he comes out of the race okay he runs."
"He fluffed the last and came to a standstill and gave the second horse the chance to get to us. Had he not done that he would have won in a canter."
Timmie Roe heads 11 entries, which include Summer Sounds, who completed a hat-trick for Francesca Nimmo's Ettington stables with a sparkling success at Brafield-on-the-Green. However, Barbury is just one option for the 10-year-old as he holds four other engagements this weekend.
Streets Of London is set to represent Underwood in the Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors & Friends of the Tedworth Hunt Conditions Race. The five-year-old has won three of his last four starts with the only blip coming when he clipped heels and unseated Phil York on the flat at Kingston Blount last month.
Mister Robbo, who romped home by 15 lengths at Didmarton for owner-trainer Thomas Faulkner, is a live contender together with the pick of either Byron Moorcroft's rides, Benemeade or Ramble On.
Man Of Steel is top-rated in the JM Finn & Co Mixed Open for the Tedworth Gold Cup over 3m 6f, but may head to Godstone. He is trained by Alan Hill: "He won that race last year and also Gina (Andrews) is going there, and she rode him last year and gets on well with him."
The nine-year-old Earthmoves put up a fine effort when chasing home Mankala at Siddington.But his Barbury Castle trainer Laura Thomas says more rain is needed for him to run: "The owners would like to try him over a bit further, so we would look to go for the open. I am not entirely sure whether he stays or not, but we won't know until we try, so it would be a bit of an experiment."
Vincitore, now 13 but a winner at Barbury two years ago and second here earlier this season, is another who comes into the reckoning for trainer-rider Sarah Rippon.
Matts Legacy, who was upsides subsequent winner Knockan Run when he came to grief at the second-last at Ston Easton two weeks ago, could bid to make amends in the Simpsons Subaru Restricted, which opens the main card at 1.15pm. The Luke Price-trained seven-year-old, a winner of his previous start at Buckfastleigh, does though have two alternative entries this weekend.
Dragon De La Tour, third on his last three starts for Neil McLean's South Molton stables in Devon, rates a danger, while Charlie Dando is looking forward to riding the Stephen Bush-trained Double Cool: "She could go quite well. She jumps, travels and tries and is a nice mare."
Francesca Nimmo has the choice of running Breaking The Ice or Third Time Lucki in the Ramsbury Brewing & Distilling Four, Five And Six-Year-Olds Open Maiden over 2m 4f. The former was runner-up to Get Prepared at Charlton Horethorne on his debut, while the latter found Thomas Shelby just too strong at Thorpe Lodge.
The Samuel Evans-trained Hott Lips, who was second to Maid O'Malley at Cothelstone three weeks ago, holds leading claims in the Jockey Club & the Butterworth Family Open Maiden for Mares and Fillies over 2m 4f.
Ballina Lady, trained by Seanin McPherson, should appreciate a drop down in grade after finishing fourth to Wick Green in a restricted at Siddington, while Just Henny, who was fourth in two Barbury bumpers for Jamie Goss's Edgcote stables, is an interesting chasing debutante.
The six races have attracted 57 entries, with clerk of the course John White describing the going on Monday (April 1) as Good to Firm, Good in places.
The main card is preceded by two pony races, sponsored by Keyflow Feeds, starting at 12.15pm, while the William Bartholomew Charity Race (Tedworth Derby) in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance closes the meeting.
Admission is £15 per person - with under 16s free. Tickets can be bought in advance at www.tedworthpointtopoint.co.uk where there is more information or visit their Facebook page @tedworthpointtopoint.