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POINT-TO-POINT: Tom and Ron in Cattistock hunt
5:00pm Friday 2nd May 2014 in Sport
STABLE companions Round Tom and Bellsinni Ron can fight out the finish of the Cattistock Men’s Open at Littlewindsor on Bank Holiday Monday.
The former came right back to his best with an emphatic win at Kingston St Mary on Easter Monday, while Bellsinni Ron, winner of three of his six outings this season, was not disgraced when runner-up to Lucette Annie in the Eggesford’s four-mile Devon National.
The pair could face a challenge from John Meaden’s Champagne Rosie, who waltzed home at Cothel-stone, course specialist Sobre Tresor, and the progressive Posh Totty, already the winner of her Maiden, Restricted and Intermediate this season.
Hameldown Tor, who finished strongly when third in an Exeter hunter chase, will be suited by the uphill finish and looks the one to give the principals most to do.
Champagne Rosie is among the 10 entries for a quality Ladies’ Open contest.
Contenders include Byerley Bear, already the winner of six points this season, Dashing John, a comfortable winner here in April and former top chaser Gone To Lunch, who ground down Hameldown Tor to win Treborough Hill’s four-mile Mixed Open in March.
Megan Nicholls can choose bet-ween Paxford faller Current Event and five-time 2014 winner Gwanako and her chosen runner should contest the finish with Byerley Bear.
The Parkers’ Aiteen Thirtythree can complete his pointing hat-trick in the Novice Riders’ race.
The 10-year-old won a Kilworthy confined before hacking up at Badbury Rings.
Dashing John holds an entry, along with consistent 14-year-old Barneys Mate, who chased up three-time winner Join Together at Stafford Cross last Sunday.
Megan Nicholls can choose bet-ween Current Event and Join Together, but Aiteen Thirtythree gets the vote.
The Jack Barber-trained pair Man-gans Turn and Posh Totty look the ones to complete the placings.
Seavington winners Dancing Solo and The Cat’s Away are two to consider in the Restricted.
In the likely absence of facile Axe Vale winner The Eaglehasland- ed, Milborne St Andrew winner Sparkling Miss, a subsequent good third to Posh Totty at Badbury Rings, is the selection.
Two Maiden races complete the card.
Kilda’s Rock and Rock On Oscar are two suggestions for the 2m4f contest. The Copper Jug and Walker Ridge can fight out the three-mile event.
Two pony races, the 2014 Wessex Area Open Finals, open proceedings at 1pm, prior to the first of seven races between the flags from 2pm.
* The course lies off the A3066 between Beaminster and Crewkerne (DT8 3QU).
Admission is £20 per car for up to four adults (extra adults £5 each), single occupants £10; under-16s free.
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