THE Blackmore and Sparkford Hunt will head to Charlton Horethorne on Sunday for the traditional pre Cheltenham point-to-point held on the Somerset/Dorset border.

An entry of 91 horses have been received for the six races which will be followed by two pony races.

Clerk of the course Joe Tizzard is anticipating that the going will be good to soft on the day of the popular meeting with owners and racegoers.

The racing begins with the Longman Cheese sponsored Hunt Race and Monsieur Gibraltar is the standout entry but there are alternatives and would have to carry 12stone 7lbs and the same applies to the recent Badbury Rings winner Bistouri d’Honore.

In their absence it looks an open contest with the Milborne St Andrew Blackwater Bramble likely to be one of the principals along with Little Billy Boy trained by Annabelle Bacon.

A huge 27 are entered into the Manor Farm Partnership sponsored Open Maiden race and a number of promising horses hold an entry with the Buckfastleigh runner up Sixteen Letters looking one of the leading fancies. Others with form are the second and third at the last Larkhill meeting namely Loodeen, Country Legend and Hugo’s Horse and each of them are likely to have come on for their seasonal debuts.

The Westleaze Agrisales Restricted race follows with another open looking contest amongst the 18 entries.

Marie McGuinness holds a strong hand with the runner up from Milborne St Andrew Tackler and the very promising Emperor Renard who won at Ston Easton last season.

The Skinner’s Ladies Open may see Monsieur Gibraltar record another success with Harriet Tucker on board but in his absence she may still ride the winner with Bistouri d’Honore a good winner at Badbury Rings two weeks ago.

Possible opponents are the consistent Moscow Prices who will be partnered by Lucy Mager, one of the two Ed Walker pair of Inch Rock or The Flying Doc or the Cottenham winner from December Bound For Glory who will be partnered by Hannah Lewis.

The Mens Open Race sponsored by Hopkins Concrete also contains an entry for Bistouri d’Honore but if he opts for the Ladies race then owner Clive Bennett would appear to hold a strong hand with both Rye Cross and Stone entered for him.

The former was a good winner at Buckfastleigh beating Dicky Bob and a repeat of that form may be good enough.

The meeting concludes with Wessex Area Novice Riders National sponsored by the Bishop family with the veteran Carruthers holding an entry.

Robin de Boss may opt for this race rather than the Hunt race and he may be too good for his rivals.

Victors Serenade who has won five races for Anthony Honeyball is now trained by his wife Rachael and will be ridden by the promising Chloe Emsley but has not been seen since 2016.

The first race will get underway at 12.30pm and entry costs £25 per car and £15 for a single occupant while racecards are £3.