South Devon Hunts Club, Ideford Arch Preview

Point-to-Point resumes in the Devon and Cornwall Area on Sunday Dec 30th at Ideford Arch near Chudleigh for the South Devon Hunts Club meeting. More than 80 entries have been received and it promises to be an exciting day out to follow in the festive spirit for all the family to enjoy.

Racing starts at 12 noon with the South Devon Hunts Club Members race. Never So Blue won this race last year and scored again at Brampton Bryan for Ledbury trainer Claudia Wilesmith, Lucette Annie is game and made all to win at both Buckfastleigh and Wadebridge for jockey Darren Edwards, Amber Love is another entry that goes well for Darren Edwards.

Next up is the South Devon Hunt Club Members race for Novice Riders. Idle Talk provided his jockey Anna Pycroft with her first winner in a three-runner race at Kingston St Mary, while Stitchnick may have needed the run when travelling well until pulling up two out at Wadebridge for Ollie Barrett.

Following on is the 2m4f Open Maiden. Of the 23 entered Driftwood Pride ran a creditable fifth behind The Wealerdealer at Black Forest Lodge for trainer Kayley Jones, Marlpit Oak has been in contention on a few of her outings the latest when she fell at the twelfth at Barbury earlier this month.

The Mixed Open has attracted eleven entries and of these That’s Rythem collected Hunter Chase wins at Bangor and Uttoxeter last season and only just missed out on another at Stratford in June when two and a quarter lengths behind Salsify for trainer Sally Duckett. Hugh Wilson’s prolific Divine Intavention (Coronation Cup winner) may be looking to follow up on his recent impressive win at Black Forest Lodge for Mark Wall.

Exeter racecourse sponsor the Intermediate. Mister Tiger is clocking up wins fast and looks set to progress to Open company soon for Sam Allwood; the Robert Chanin trained Ned White set a strong pace at Wadebridge and only got mugged for the race in the last 50 yards by Alright John and Batu Ferringhi.

The concluding race is the three mile Open Maiden. This race looks wide open and the bookies will be a good indicator of the favorites out of the 19 entered.

Bar, bookies, catering and numerous trade stands are all on site. Entrance is £20 per car or £10 car and driver. The course is 2 miles SE of Chudleigh just off A380 between Exeter and Newton Abbot. Postcode TQ13 OAE.

Silverton Point-To-Point additional race



6TH RACE 2.30pm               THE INTERMEDIATE RACE                     Safety Factor 18


The winning horse (except a four-year-old) is eligible for the £7,000 3m1½f Connollys Red Mills Intermediate P-t-P Championship Final HC, Cheltenham, Wednesday 1st May


PRIZE MONEY                         1st £120, 2nd £60, 3rd £45

WEIGHTS                                For six-year-olds and over               Horses & Geldings: 12st                    Mares: 11st7lb

For five-year-olds                              Horses & Geldings 11st7lb                Mares: 11st

For four-year-olds                             Colts & Geldings: 10st7lb                   Fillies: 10st


PENALTIES                              A winner of a Confined Point-to-Point (Maiden races excepted) to carry 5lb extra for each such win. Penalties are cumulative.

Cornwall Hunt Club, Wadebridge, Sunday 9th December 2012 Report

NORTH Devon-based Josh Guerriero took the riding honours with a double on a drizzly afternoon on the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.

Josh teamed up with Somerset trainer Chloe Roddick winning on the smart Mahonia in the men’s open, and the same combination took the second of the divided open maidens on five-year-old Combehay.

Mahonia cruised past Start Royal up the final hill in the Open. “He has a lot of ability and it was just a matter of seeing it out,” remarked the winning rider.

It was just as easy on Combehay, who put 10 lengths between herself and runner up Old Grange on the climb to the judge to take her maiden. Roddick said her charge had had a wind operation in the summer and would be returning for the restricted next month.

The other maiden went to the previously unraced five-year-old Harry’s Farewell, bred by his owner Julian Selby and trained by Ed Walker. Ed Barrett was on the winner who mastered Quotation Mark in the home straight.

Roddick was on course specialist and heavily backed favourite Sericina in the ladies’ open and with second favourite Picaroon getting left at the start an easy task looked in prospect. But former ladies’ champion Jo Buck had other ideas, promptly made all the running on pointing newcomer Byerley Bear, and finished ten lengths ahead of Sericina.

Seven-year-old Byerley Bear has good winning form in Ireland and looks a useful recruit to the Saltash yard of Nigel Edmonds. Owner Roger Knowles, who bought his gelding privately in the summer out of Henry De Bromhead’s stable, said: “I got him in August unseen but purely on his form.”

The closest finish of the day came in the restricted. Ned White, partnered by Tom Chanin looked to have stolen the race after poaching a long lead, but firstly Batu Ferringhi (Josh Guerriero), and then Alright John (Vicky Wade) mugged the long time leader in the shadow of the post. Tom ruefully remarked afterwards, “I saw Josh coming late up my outside, then Vicky crept up the rails to beat us both.” Alright John is owned by the Exmoor Partners of Southwestern fame, and trained by Camilla Scott who said: “He just stays and stays and Vicky gave him a peach of a ride.”

Josh Guerriero had a good chance of a treble on the day, but had to settle for second spot on Party Pictures behind the consistent Googoobarabajagal in the two-runner Intermediate. The winner was ridden by Michael Heard who is now working full time at the David Pipe yard.

Ross Oliver’s game mare Wee Fly successfully conceded 7lbs to Clew Bay Cove in the six-runner novice riders’ race. Harriett Skinner, having only her second ride, took a clear advantage on Clew Bay Cove on the bottom bend, but Bryony Frost had kept a bit in reserve on Wee Fly to gain the upper hand on the run-in.

Going; Good to Soft

Club Members’ Novice Riders’
1 Wee Fly (Bryony Frost) 11-10 fav; 2 Clew Bay Cove (Harriet Skinner) 6-1; 3 Knoxhill Archie (Penny Lay) 4-1; 6 ran; 1 1/4l; 7l; 6mins 16 secs

Men’s Open
1 Mahonia (Josh Guerriero) 6-4; 2 Start Royal (James Tudor) 5-4 fav; 3 Jopero (Robbie Henderson) 6-1; 9 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 11s

Ladies’ Open
1 Byerley Bear (Jo Buck) 4-1; 2 Sericina (Chloe Roddick) 5-4 fav; 3 Mobaasher (Lucy Gardner) 10-1; 8 ran; 10l; 1/2l; 6m 16s

1 Alright John (Vicky Wade) 5-2; 2 Batu Ferringhi (Josh Guerriero) 5-1; 3 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 5-1; 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 10s

1 Googoobarabajagal (Mike Heard) 1-3 fav; 2 Party Pictures (Josh Guerriero) 2-1; 2 ran; 3l; 6m 15s

Open Maiden Div 1
1 Harry’s Farewell (Ed Barrett) 9-4 jt fav; 2 Quotation Mark (Michael Legg) 4-1; 3 Tiger Wild (Andrew Doyle) 10-1; 10 ran; 6l; 10l; 6m 21s

Open Maiden Div 2
1 Combehay (Josh Guerriero) 8-1; 2 Old Grange (Ed Barrett) 4-1; 3 Scantle (Bryony Frost) 12-1; 10 ran; 10l; 3l; 6m 44s

Black Forest Club, Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 2nd December 2012 Report

WITH the threat of floods and frost duly shrugged off, there was plenty of action as the new Devon and Cornwall point-to-point season got under way at Black Forest Lodge.

The useful Divine Intavention landed the odds in a good mixed open, holding the spirited challenge of Princeful, with Faasel well held in third.

Divine Intavention started last season by winning this same race before three subsequent hunter chase successes at Taunton, Ludlow and Folkestone. The nine-year-old was a first winner with her first runner on Sunday for trainer Fran Moller, who now holds the pointing licence at the Banbury yard on behalf of owner Hugh Wilson. “He didn’t really enjoy the softish going but coped well,” remarked regular jockey Mark Wall who added that the gelding might prefer a left-handed track.

Worcestershire trainer Zoe Hammond achieved a training double thanks to Timeshift and Joe The Trucker. Timeshift had scored on this course on the opening day two years ago and was now giving Zoe and Mike Hammond’s son Charlie a winner on his race riding debut. The 16-year-old jockey rode a cool race on Timeshift, delaying his challenge until crossing the second last. “I have spent time with David Pipe in the last couple of summers and would love to become a conditional jockey after another couple of seasons as an amateur,” said the young rider who is currently studying for his GCSE’s at Chantry High School, Martley, near Worcester.

Timeshift is owned by Don Constable, who shares ownership with the fit looking open maiden winner Joe The Trucker, along with John Crook and Peter Clifton. The second leg of the Hammond training double was ridden by Tom David who rides out for the yard twice a week.

Will Biddick came to the Devon track fresh from a winning ride at Newbury on the previous day, and promptly set about defending his point-to-point title with a smooth success on The Wealerdealer in the opening race. Will was doing a good turn for his sponsor Geoffrey Brown who owns the five-year-old gelding. “Will has done much of the pre-training including work on the moor and hunting,” commented the owner, who buys and sells tractors at Twitchen on Exmoor.

Molland Gayle started the new season the same as she ended last season with a determined win in the restricted. The Dr Massini six-year-old outstayed Santiago Sun and Big Time Ben to give Ian Chanin a winning ride on the mare trained by his father Robert. “She stays well and will probably come back here for the Silverton Members’,” commented the trainer. Two of the six “runners” in this race refused to race, including the heavily backed Welsh challenger Buried Gold.


Going; Good to Soft

Open Maiden 4 & 5 year-olds only, two and a half miles
1 The Wealerdealer (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav; 2 Ballythomas (Marc Barber) 20-1; 3 Volio Vincente (David Prichard) 5-2; 9 ran; 12 lengths; 4 lengths; 5 mins 47 secs

Club Members’ Novice Riders’
1 Timeshift (Charlie Hammond) 4-1; 2 Oakfield Legend (Conor Flint) 4-5 fav; 3 Hazeldene (Charlie Deutsch) 14-1; 6 ran; 3 1/2l; 10l; 6m 21s

1 Molland Gayle (Ian Chanin) 4-1 ; 2 Santiago Sun (Darren Edwards) evens fav; 3 Big Time Ben (Miss Gina Andrews) 12-1; 6 ran; 2 1/2l; 15l; 6m 29s

Mixed Open
1 Divine Intavention (Mark Wall) 10-11 fav; 2 Princeful (George Ball) 12-1; 3 Faasel (Michael Heard) 5-1; 9 ran; 1 1/2l; 6l; 6m 26s

Open Maiden
1 Joe The Trucker (Tom David) 5-2; 2 Billy Congo (Conor Flint) 7-1; 3 Quotation Mark (Michael Legg) 14-1; 10 ran; 1/2l; 5l; 6m 47s