Dulverton West, Bratton Down Preview

A grand view of Exmoor is the backdrop where the Dulverton Foxhounds host this weekend’s Point-to-Point action at Bratton Down on Sunday May 19, and the organisers are delighted to welcome back the feature race a four mile one furlong Bratton Mixed Open sponsored by Brend’s Hotels.

With two pony races, incorporating the Racetech novice rider’s race commencing the action at 11:45am, this meeting promises to be full of thrills with the main six racecard commencing at 1pm in which the Restricted sponsored by James Pryce Tractors is first up attracting 27 entries.

The Richard Barber-trained Kostaquarta and Redlynch Rock both have strong claims with the latter scoring an easy Maiden win at Little Windsor for Jack Barber. Punter Friendly under jockey Ed Barrett won at Flete when sent off 6-4 favourite on good to soft two and a half lengths ahead of Talland Bay.

Next up is the Open Maiden which has already been divided, in division one Dizzy Delights for trainer Camilla Baylis was unlucky when leading and falling at the last in a Maiden at Larkhill in April. William Percival under in-form jockey Michael Heard for the Gordon Chamber’s team ran a good second at Axe Vale where a mistake at the last may have cost him the race when finishing two and a half lengths behind Devon General. In the second division of the Open Maiden, Raffa could make amends for unseating jockey Josh Guerriero at Trebudannon last weekend, whilst Tallanstown Boy has been in the frame on all three of his starts this season and looks sure to win soon.

Lucette Annie scored an easy win at Buckfastleigh when twenty lengths ahead of Indiana Bay for trainer Simon Partridge and should find the four mile one furlong Mixed Open race to her liking if some rain arrives to soften the going, she also won a Hunter Chase at Exeter seven lengths ahead of Blazing Whale. Her challengers could be Bellsinni Ron for the Barber team who has only been beaten once from four runs this season when having to settle for second only a neck behind the impressive Kirkleigh at Little Windsor. Threapwood is another to note from the Ollie Greenall yard after his impressive Intermediate win at Brampton Bryan.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate could see the lightly raced Blazing Whale from Ed Walker’s yard follow up on his second to Ruapehu at Buckfastleigh and his second at Exeter in a Hunter Chase when coming home seven lengths behind Lucette Annie.

Martin McIntyre has been sharing the lead in the Novice Riders title and could see him score here in the PPORA Novice Riders race on Barneys Mate the combination having enjoyed four wins so far this season. Joint leader Bryony Frost will be keen to add to her points and may see Wee Fly turn out after her win at Flete Park when coming home half a length ahead of John Daniel, Southwestern for Laura Scott ran well to lead Barneys Mate up the final hill at Little Windsor before having to settle for second and will be looking to reverse the placings.

The final race of the day is the Confined sponsored by BMW Westerly in which Thinkaboutthat under Robbie Henderson has strong claims having quickly progressed to win an Intermediate at Larkhill in April. Supreme Duke for the Philip Hobbs team won last weekend at Holnicote when sent off odds on favourite.

Course is located nine miles east of Barnstaple on the A399 & 11 miles north of South Molton Postcode EX31 4SG.

On course bookmakers, trade stands, bar and catering. Entrance £20 per car load £10 car and driver.