Dabinett Moon looks to get off mark

Dabinett Moon jumps a fence at Cocklebarrow. Photo: Jackei Oliver Graftonwood.co.uk
Dabinett Moon jumps a fence at Cocklebarrow. Photo: Jackei Oliver Graftonwood.co.uk

Popular mare Dabinett Moon will attempt to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s Savills Heythrop Hunt Point-to-Point meeting at Cocklebarrow.

A five-time winner last season, Chris and Fran Marriott’s nine-year-old is yet to score this term but should be spot on after chasing home the useful Popaway at Brafield earlier this month.

She is entered in Sunday’s Hunt Members, which she won two years ago.

Opposition includes Alice Fox-Pitt’s Squirrel Esquire, Cheltenham veteran Creepy and En Passe, who made all to win over course and distance in January.

Howard Pauling’s charge also has the option of contesting the Confined race but in-form Martin Weston saddles Cut The Corner while Robert Waley-Cohen’s homebred Storm Lantern may make his seasonal reappearance.

The first of seven races, the Subaru Restricted, is a qualifier for the series final at Stratford in June.

Stephen Rea’s Cab On Times, successful on this card last year, is in good form after twice finishing second in March.

Larkhill scorer Chester Copperpot should be thereabouts with a clear round but Teeton Power has shown the highest level of form in this grade.

Handler Tommy Morgan also has a leading contender for the Timico Mixed Open in Lough Inch. The ten-year-old has been campaigned smartly to win 14 of his 18 races between the flags.

Lord Vestey’s Silver Roque won here in January, so looks the one to beat. Brody Bleu and Flying Eagle may reward each-way support.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s Kimblewick meeting at Kingston Blount has attracted exactly 100 entries for its seven race-card.

In the first of two Maidens on the card, Pauline Harkin has ex-Irish mare Burrows Spring entered.

The Edgcote handler said: “She didn’t like the soft ground in Ireland but is a very nice French bred who’s been going well at home.”

Adlestrop handler Claire Hart relies on Earcomestom, fourth in the Barbury bumper on his racecourse debut.