Point-to-Point and Pony racing at Barbury Racecourse
PUBLISHED: 16:18 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:18 01 April 2014
Calusa Comet holds entry for Zara Phillips
Tedworth Point-to-Point and Pony Racing - Barbury Racecourse, Sunday 6 April
“Only four more sleeps to go”; these are the words of nine year old Zoe Webber who is counting down the days to her first pony race at the Tedworth Point-to-Point and Pony Racing at Barbury Racecourse on Sunday 6 April.
Pony racing is for children aged between nine and 16 years of age and ponies measuring under 148cm. Zoe, from Reading, Berkshire, will be making her racecourse debut on board Southerton Magic Spot at the Wiltshire racecourse, located just outside Marlborough.
It is also timely that the Barbury racing spectacle falls the day after the most famous steeple chase in the world - The Crabbies Grand National, where leading jockeys such as AP McCoy, Richard Johnson and Sam Twiston-Davis will take centre stage.
However, visitors to Barbury on Sunday could witness future stars of the saddle in action in both the pony racing and subsequent thoroughbred races, as both codes are regarded as the grass roots of horseracing and have nurtured the careers of an army of successful jump and flat Jockey’s.
Ahead of her racecourse debut, Zoe said; “I can’t wait for Sunday’s pony race at Barbury, I’m really excited and so is Southerton Magic Spot. My big sister rode my pony last season and I am determined to do better than her!”
A total of 10 young jockeys will ride across two pony races that proceed six jump races for thoroughbreds, they are:
Zoe Webber (9 years) riding Sotherton Magic Spot (Reading Berkshire)
Molly Burton (9 years) riding Fofsway Kingfisher (Calne, Wiltshire)
Stephen Webber (11 years) riding Celton Gem (Reading, Berkshire)
Charlie Sprake (13 years) riding Mayday Black Mink (Dorset)
Rebecca Wilkins (13 years) riding Mayfly Blue Charm (Stonehouse, Glos)
Jordon Naylor (15 years) riding Jessies Girl (Moreton in the Marsh, Glos)
Amelia Glass (15 years) riding Igo Zumain Ov
Liam Harrison (15 years) riding Just Shane (Bitton, Bristol)
Sam Burton (14 years) riding Just Cruizin, (Calne, Wiltshire)
Tom Marquand (16 years) riding Petit Pois (Cheltenham, Glos)
At the entries stage on Monday 31 March, 60 runners featured across the six point-to-point races.
It could be a busy weekend of jump racing for Zara Phillips, as Calusa Comet who she trains, holds an entry in the maiden race at Barbury. However, just twenty four hours earlier, Zara will be supporting Crabbies Grand National runner Monbeg Dude as he takes his place in the Aintree spectacle. Phillips, who is a leading event rider and represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics has been helping Monbeg Dude with his jumping. Monbeg Dude, who currently is fourth in the betting
for the Liverpool race, is trained by Michael Scudamore and co-owned between Scudamore and rugby internationals and Zara’s husband Mike Tindall, James Simpson Daniel and Nicky Robinson.
Marlborough based trainer Marcus Foley currently has three entered at Barbury, including former Greatwood Hurdle winner Khyber Kim, comments; “It’s likely that Tigeralley will be my only runner at Barbury on Sunday. She has been a bit frustrating this season and tipped up at the second from home last time out when leading. However, she has bags of ability and hopefully if we can keep everything together she should take all the beating”.
Off the track there are plenty of food stands serving delicious locally sourced produce as well as children’s entertainment to keep the younger visitors happy in between races.