Tiverton, Chipley Park Preview

The popular course of Chipley Park near Wellington, Somerset is the location for this weekend’s rearranged Devon & Cornwall Area Point-to-Point racing on Saturday February 2nd. With a bumper total of over 150 entries, many horses have been ready for a run however with the recent wet spell resulting in several meetings being cancelled we could be in for some exciting action, seeing the Devon & Cornwall area horses fending off the outside raiders.

The Stags Hunt Members race heads up the action at 12 noon and of the entries the Mary Sanderson trained Blinding Lights won this race last season when sent off the 5-2 favorite for jockey Keiren Edgar. Turthen is a previous treble Ladies Open winner when ridden by Charlotte Tizzard and could find old form to challenge.

Next up is the Maiden Conditions race for sponsored horses only, and of the 12 entered the Sarah McQueen trained Abo Dreamer had a run in December at Chaddesley Corbett, running a promising second.

The Mixed Open carries a total prize fund of five hundred and fifty pounds and no surprises that it contains a classy field of 21 entries, The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Final winner Doctor Kingsley, ridden by Pete Mann, has eight Points to his credit and finished the season getting up to beat Books Review by one and a half lengths at Cheltenham. Books Review, a previous course winner here, seemed to lose his way after that defeat and may have needed the break. Carrickmines, trained by George Belby, is another interesting entry on his pointing debut having won six chases and two hurdle races.

The Intermediate is sponsored by Exeter Racecourse. All runners qualify for the 3m Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Point-to-Point Series Final Hunter Chase on Tuesday May 7. This race could see Indiana Bay take the spoils for trainer Jill Dennis; he is on a hat-trick having destroyed an eight runner field at Upcott Cross giving Josh Guerriero a 25 length win and would relish the drying ground.

Following on is the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members race for novice riders; the Richard Barber trained course specialist Barneys Mate won this race last year for Conor Smith and may have needed the run when beaten evens favourite at Barbury Castle recently when coming in fifth, Oakfield Legend had to settle for second behind Timeshift at Black Forest Lodge in December while Just Amazing will need to find decent brakes on the downhill back straight having run out at Wadebridge.

Next up is the Restricted and of the 26 entries the Andrew Pollard trained Little Cornham only just missed out on a win at Larkhill for Darren Edwards when the Will Biddick ridden Mendip Express outpaced him in the final 100 yards.

The Open Maiden wraps up the day’s racing and the entries have already been divided with 26 in each division, the bookies will have their skills tested choosing the favorites of these.

The course is situated 3 miles NE of Wellington on the B3187. Postcode TA21 OQU. Entry to the course is £20 per car load or £10 per car and single driver. On course bar, bookies, hot refreshments and trade stands are on offer.

Mid Devon, Black Forest Lodge Preview

A cracking day’s racing is on the cards at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday February 3rd, with two pony races kicking off the card at 11am.

The main race card follows on at 12 noon with the Confined and entered is the Ed Walker-trained Hameldown Tor, an Intermediate winner in a particularly fast time at Cherrybrook. Also entered is Googoobarabajagal and his trainer John Heard will be looking for an early hat trick after his brace of wins at Wadebridge this season.

In the Men’s Open entries include Carrickmines, a decent performer under Rules for Dr Richard Newland. He’s now with George Beilby yard near Taunton. Bobs Law and Silver Story have solid claims having run well in heavy and the John Heard-trained Faasel could again take on Robert Chanin’s impressive gelding Kirkleigh, the two having met recently at Wadebridge where Faasel got up to win by three quarters of a length.

In the AGA Ladies’ Open the Steve Flook-trained Island Life came second here last year to Special Occasion and then went on to take Hunter Chases at Warwick and Hereford before unseating his rider when going well at Aintree; Mobaasher has won six including three 3m chases and has had the benefit of a couple of early runs at Wadebridge.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race follows on and the Jelly O’Brien-trained Hall Kelly looks to have a chance having run well at Ampton in January finishing five lengths behind French Canadian. Molland Gayle won a Restricted here in December for jockey Ian Chanin and Leslie Jefford’s Delta Borget is another course winner here and should not be dismissed.

The Restricted could see the David Brace outside raider Bringinthebranston take the spoils having relished the heavy going at Chaddesley Corbett destroying his field by 30 lengths.

The Open Maiden has already been divided with 23 in each division. These races have been sponsored by Gidleigh Park Hotel, Hi-Line Services Ltd and Kennford Tramacadam Ltd.

Black Forest Lodge is located at Kenton, near Exeter off the A380; postcode EX6 8HR. On course facilities include bar, bookies and hot refreshments. Entry is £20 per car and £10 for single occupancy.

North Cornwall, Wadebridge, Sunday 6th January 2013 Report

Michael Heard started the new year in great style by riding a treble at Wadebridge, hot on the heels of his first win under rules at Exeter during the week.

The going on the showground was soft and sticky following the recent wet spell, and the huge barn which houses the bookies, bars and changing rooms provided welcome relief from a steady drizzle during the afternoon.

12-year-old Faasel added £170 to his career earnings of over £400,000 with his first point-to-point success in the men’s open. A Grade 1 Aintree hurdle winner as a four-year- old, Heard’s mount just denied Kirkleigh on the slog up the hill to the judge. “We had him from David Pipe in the summer. He is laid back on the gallops and has come to himself in the last two weeks,” explained Okehampton owner/ trainer John Heard.

Heard junior, 19-years-old, also added to the family silver with a hard fought win on Googoobarabajagal in the confined. This followed a less straightforward victory on board The Wealerdealer from the Keith Cumings yard in the restricted. Batu Ferringhi held every chance when pitching on to his nose at the penultimate, and the winner just prevailed despite
hanging badly on the run-in.

Byerley Bear confirmed the favourable impression he had made on his English debut on the same course four weeks ago with a smooth ladies’ open success. Jo Buck’s mount was left in front when Just Amazing missed a marker after the seventh jump, and shook off the challenge of Mobaasher from the bottom bend. “He was quite keen and I was worried when he nearly followed the other horse out. I got a couple of breathers into him coming down the hill last time and he did it well,” said the winning jockey.

Wee Fly and Bryony Frost also repeated their December course win with an authoritative success in the novice riders’ event. Ross Oliver’s ultra consistent mare drawing right away from her rivals on the final climb.

The open maiden was divided on the day with 11 facing the starter in each section. Both divisions went to lightly raced five-year-olds, with the Leighton McGuiness-trained mare Lady Boru overcoming the favourite Degenerate in the slightly quicker time under Robbie Henderson. “She was very keen and I had to go on earlier than I wanted,” said the winning rider in the colours of Sara Biggins.

Laura Scott partnered the second winner of her career with a well judged ride on her mother’s Tinker Time in the other division. “Tinker Time does everything asked of her but is green as grass. We bought him in Ireland as a three-year-old and he is on the market,” reported the owner.

Buzz Me In opened his account after several placings in the two-runner hunt race. Ed Glassonbury’s mount powered clear of sole rival Shanafarahan in the home straight for owner/trainer Reuben Chapman.


Going; Soft, sticky
Fences 8 and 15 omitted all races – poached ground

Hunt race
1 Buzz Me In (Ed Glassonbury 4-11fav; 2 Shanafarahan (Leanda Tickle) 2-1;
2 ran; 7 lengths; 6mins 38 secs

Men’s Open
1 Faasel (Michael Heard) 7-2; 2 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) 7-4 fav; 3 Lucette
Annie (Josh Guerriero) 100-30;
7 ran; 1/2l; 10l; 6m 19s

Ladies’ Open
1 Byerley Bear (Jo Buck) 8-11 fav; 2 Mobaasher (Lucy Gardner) 7-2 3 Fiulin
(Bryony Frost) 12-1;
7 ran; 5l; 10l; 6m 10s

1 The Wealerdealer (Michael Heard) 5-4 fav; 2 Batu Ferringhi (Josh
Guerriero) 13-8; 3 Tamatown (Jo Buck); 12-1;
7 ran; short head; 7l; 6m 13s

PPORA Club Members’ Novice Riders’
1 Wee Fly (Bryony Frost) 1-2 fav; 2 dead heat Clew Bay Cove (Harriet
Skinner) 4-1; 2 dead heat Moment of Magic (Laura Parker) 20-1;
6 ran; 5l; dead heat; 6m 23s

Open Maiden Div 1
1 Tinker Time (Laura Scott) 3-1; 2 Hugo Where I Go (Josh Guerriero) 3-1; 3
Getaway Driver (Michael Heard) 11-4 fav;
11 ran; 4l; 2l; 6m 32s

Open Maiden Div 2
1 Lady Boru (Robbie Henderson) 7-2; 2 Degenerate (Josh Guerriero) 7-4 fav;
3 Lugo (Conor Smith) 20-1;
11 ran; 2l; 15l; 6m 25s

1 Googoobarabajagal (Michael Heard) 4-1; 2 Swansbrook (David Prichard) 3-1;
3 Ballabrook (Mervyn Woodward) 9-2;
6 ran; 1/2l; 3l; 6m 34s

Silverton update

The latest official information is available on Talkingpoint

6th January 2014

Linda Courtney, has someone going to Wadebridge today to pick up entries but not Larkhill! If you could email as much as possible a completed entry form that would be best, I will always reply asap.

Going as of 11am is GOOD To SOFT,SOFT IN PLACES.

Will try and up date on Wednesday.