The Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Annual Dinner & Dance, and Awards Ceremony

An invitation to order your tickets for the Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Annual Dinner & Dance, and Awards Ceremony. Friday 12th July 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth.

– Welcoming guest speak, Anthony Knott, former owner of Hunt Ball

– Dancing to Decibelle, the ultimate party band!!

– Presentation of area annual awards

– A 3 course dinner with coffee and mints

– A video screening of the season

– Raffle in aid of the IJF

Tickets £45 7pm to 2am

Tickets now available, please phone Katie Squire on 01805 603129 or email

Pony racing area champions

Area points champs – best eight results of the season count.
Overall Tina Smith on Tarka 76 points wins the Synderborough Farm Rising Stars points trophy. Tamby Welch on Bronze Lawrance takes the Allerton Organics trophy for the highest 138 score 70.
Second in the 148s was Hannah Welch on Total Eclipse 48, third Michael Treneer on Plym Steps, fourth Millie Wonnacott on Mick The Miller 35.
Second in the 138s was Tyler Heard on Bejowans Bouquet 47 points and he was third on Angelic 40. James Armstrong was fourth with 29.

Torrington Farmers, Umberleigh, Saturday 15 June 2013 Report

The curtain closed on another thrilling Point-to-Point season last Saturday when the Torrington Farmers hosted its meeting at Umberleigh in North Devon. Despite the recent rain the going was officially described as good to firm, firm in places.

Deb’s Dasher under Robbie Henderson set the pace in the Confined with Roll On Rose and Bon Viveur tracking behind. Roll On Rose looked set to challenge but Deb’s Dasher asserted his authority with Robbie Henderson soon getting the gelding back on the bridle and with a good jump at the last ditch saw the combination having an eight length lead over the last with Roll On Rose having to settle for second and Bon Viveur back in third having made a few jumping errors. Deb’s Dasher is trained by area leading trainer Kayley Jones, who commented:

“I was worried when Deb’s Dasher came off the bridle, and relieved when he came back on. Richard Woollacott had bred him and rode his dam Jenta Equilibra to win whilst in foal.”

Jockey Robbie Henderson added that “He didn’t travel well on the first circuit and needed a horse upsides to wake him up.”

The Relief Pitcher sired gelding is jointly owned by Sonia Gardener & Deborah Bean. Deborah was unable to join in the celebrations as she had to attend a wedding.

Four runners lined up for the Kivells sponsored Restricted race which was run in memory of Captain Tim Forster. Milburn won this under Lizzy Kelly for trainer Gail Haywood, having taken over the running from Lemonade Jack on the second circuit, with a close battle, over the second last, Milburn stayed on finishing two lengths ahead of Lemonade Jack. Trainer Gail Haywood is based at Moretonhampstead and is joint owner with Roly Stuart-Jarvis. She commented:

“Milburn is tough and improving, has run four times, the first was awful looking like he had never galloped before. I thought I had got it all wrong, I must thank the local farmer John Reddaway who rents me his gallops, without his help I wouldn’t be able to train.”

Gail bought Milburn as a two-year-old and Roly joined in to help financially; with regard to next season, Gail said: “The plan is to run him under Rules.”

In the Mens Open Vertigo Dore under Kieran Buckley was sent off 6-4 joint favourite with Threapwood, but they failed to get close to Cinaman, who under Bradley Gibbs made virtually all setting a strong pace. His nearest challenger Threapwood under National Champion jockey Will Biddick, tried to challenge on the final circuit, but the move was soon covered by Bradley Gibbs getting Cinaman home to win by three lengths. Owner Mark Roberts stated:
“The horse went wrong last year and had a leg infection, he is fine now, he jumps for fun and enjoys front running, we would have run him at Stratford but he was balloted out. Cinaman stands only 15hh and had a previous Hurdle win when at Tim Vaughan’s yard.

Nine lined up for the Ladies Open and Watch The Birdie is definitely a horse to watch for the future. Having been running on the flat back in February the mare has quickly progressed notching up four point wins in seven weeks. She won the race impressively beating Nipper John by ten lengths. Owner Keith Pritchard claimed:

“I had watched the mare running in a seller so I rang up Ron Harris to see if she was for sale. She had been placed second in a Hurdle only being beaten by a length at Southwell, I knew she had potential but thought it could take her two years.”

Jockey Hannah Lewis commented: “She is the easiest winner I think I have ever ridden.”

In the Barum Stud sponsored Intermediate, winner Gallaflynn made all under leading Wales & West jockey Matthew Barber. Bathwick Scanno whose jockey Jamie Bargary has snatched the local area male novice jockey award, mounted a challenge but had to settle for second when jumping errors may have cost him the race, with Railway Vic under leading area lady jockey Bryony Frost all out in third. Gallaflynn’s owner John Miles from Gelligaer South Wales bought the horse out of Ireland on the advice of trainer Mark Barber who claimed; “The horse is improving all the time and plans for next season maybe to aim at Hunter Chases.”

With the Open Maiden divided on the day, ten runners set off in the first division. This was a race for the Merv Woodward owned/trained and ridden Double Fun to score, having had to settle for second last week behind My Runaway at Bratton Brown. Tracking the pace setter Broadway Cord, Double Fun reeled in the leader before the final ditch going on to score by seven lengths ahead of the Tom Chanin ridden Posh Totty and Back In Vogue third. The jubilant rider quoted:

“I bought Double Fun from Ascot as she is a half sister to Man Of Leisure who I won on for the Dutfield family. I broke her myself and ran her in two Bumpers out of Martin Hills yard. I am very pleased as Double Trigger’s offspring usually mature at eight years plus, we tried her in blinkers which made her concentrate and a tongue tie after she choked a bit a Cothelstone – the tongue tie today seems to have done the trick.”

The final race of the season was the second division of the Open Maiden. Eight went to post with the Luke Price-trained Coolbach setting the pace, until Billy Congo took over at the second last with Coolbach struggling up the final hill. Billy Congo then nodded badly on landing at the last, unseating jockey Alan John and leaving punters thinking Coolbach would hold on, but Winning Note under leading area Lady jockey Bryony Frost pushed on up the home straight snatching the win.

It was a great family triumph, trainer Nikki Frost said: “She got jumped into at Trebudannon and had six weeks off after being stitched up by one of our vets Paul Kane, so it was down to Bryony to get her fit again.” Owner Jimmy Frost added: “She was sent over from France by Peter Jones and is up for sale.”

All that’s left this season is the popular Dinner & Dance and Award Ceremony which is open to all, to be held at the Holiday Inn Plymouth on Friday 12th July, featuring guest speaker Anthony Knott (former owner of Hunt Ball), a live band, videos of the season and a bucking bronco. For tickets please contact Kate on 01805 603129.


Torrington Farmers, Umberleigh Preview

Point-to-Point enthusiasts will head to Umberleigh in North Devon for this weekends grande finale where the Torrington Farmers host Saturdays meeting June 15 being the last in the seasons series, and with showers forecast earlier in the week organisers will be hoping for near perfect conditions and a great party atmosphere.

The main six race card heads the action at 2pm, followed by two pony races after which the area champions are crowned.

First up is the Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple Confined where trainer Kayley Jones has two entries, she is currently lying fourth in the trainer championship, Richard Barber has already secured the top spot. Checkerboard could get her closer and has wins at Wadebridge and Trebudannon, Deb’s Dasher is another possibility from the same yard having beaten Checkerboard once this season.

In the Captain Forster Memorial Restricted Milburn could reproduce his form for trainer Gail Haywood when winning the Open Maiden at Upcott Cross on good to firm a short head in front of the favourite Go On Henry which was a slightly controversial result on the day. Mr Bachster ran well under Leanda Tickle when winning by a head at Bratton Down last weekend and another to consider with strong claims is the Marc Barber-trained Numbercruncher who held on to win at Trecoed under Jack Barber a head in front of Danny Mags on good to soft.

Davisons sponsor the Mens Open in which Nobby Kivambo for trainer Jason Warner has some solid form with wins at Barbury and Andoversford under Mark Wall and only just failed to win at Cold Harbour in May when a short head behind Maletton. The Ollie Greenall-trained Threapwood is on a seasons hat-trick and was not disgraced at Bratton Down when six lengths fourth behind Bellsinni Ron for jockey Sam Allwood. Vertigo Dore is another to consider after his men’s open win on good to firm at Bratton Down earlier this month under 16 year old Kieren Buckley.

The Ladies Open is sponsored by E.J.Snell & Son Ltd in which Nipper John could repeat his win last weekend and turn out for Brodie Hampson to improve her place in the Lady Novice jockey’s title. Knight Blaze for the David Brace team is a Ladies Open winner at Trecoed in May when trouncing the field by 25 lengths under Charlotte Prichard, and Watch The Birdie has quickly progressed to win an Intermediate at Trecoed for trainer Stephen Bevan when beating Respectueux by 12 lengths.

Barum Stud sponsor the Intermediate in which Railway Vic would secure the Ladies Novice title for Bryony Frost the combination having strong claims being on a hat-trick already this season, the Matthew Barber trained and ridden Gallaflynn could take this having made all to win at Howick and Lower Machen. Bathwick Scanno and My Runaway both won last weekend and would be fit.

The final race of the season is the Smallridge sponsored Open Maiden and could be really competitive with 22 entered, a tentative vote goes to the Ollie Greenall-trained Journey Man who has shown ability on good to firm and Just Seven for trainer Roy Smith who has been in the frame on all three of his last outings under jockey Vicki Wade.

Pony racing follows at 5.20pm and these have been sponsored by Hatchmoor Veterinary Practice.

The course is located at Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh on A377, 5m South East of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

On course catering, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance £20 per car load £10 car and driver.

Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Sunday 9th June 2013 Report

A COOL Summer breeze with plenty of sunshine resulted in another bumper crowd turn out for Sunday’s meeting at Bratton Down where the ground was described officially as firm resulting in top of the ground horses clocking up some fast times.

My Runaway under jockey Robbie Henderson ran away with the opener winning the Hunt Members, sponsored by Winston Pincombe Land Rovers, coming home four lengths ahead of Double Fun for local trainer Kayley Jones. Owners Andrew and Hannah Broggie gave credit to trainer Kayley who has found a suitable way to travel the horse.

“It is the first time all season we have had suitable ground, he has been unlucky, had undergone a colic operation early in his career and then suffered injuries sustained in the trailer whilst at the Chipley Park meeting”

The David Brace – trained Son Of Swallow under jockey Bradley Gibbs took the Intermediate by a neck, leading over the last, then battling the finish out up the steep hill having got the better in a three way dual between Stalbridgeswansong and the late challenge from For Sahkey Money who flew up the hill snatching second, Robbie Lllewellyn who was standing in for David Brace claimed

“Son Of Swallow had some foot issues after winning his Restricted at Didmarton, but a big team effort including that of 11 year old Conor Brace riding him out after school they decided to run the horse again on his preferred ground”.

Nine went to post in the Stags sponsored Open Maiden, Thank Evans under Ben Robarts set the pace until fading after the final ditch leaving Dads Birthday and Dernier Dance tussling two out, Mr Bachster soon joined the battle and resulted in the judges having to sort out the finish with Leanda Tickle timing the race to perfection winning on Mr Bachster by a head from Dernier Dance leaving Dads Birthday another head behind in third. Trainer David Stephens had bought the horse from Ascot sales.

“He was a no hoper but I liked the horse, we soon got over his quirky ways and had to mount him in the box before schooling out, I may target him for a two mile hunter chase next season”.

The Men’s Open was run in memory of the late Sid Tarr, and of the six runners Tom Chanin resumed front running tactics on Ashclyst setting a strong pace ahead of Pastek and a patiently ridden Round Tom. Champion jockey Will Biddick pushed the overdrive button on Round Tom two out and eased clear over the last justifying odds on favourite winning stylishly by 15 lengths in a time of five minutes fifty four. Pastek came home second one and a half lengths ahead of Ashclyst. Round Tom was originally in training with Paul Nicholls and now with Richard Barber who hopes the the horse can be aimed at the Foxhunters at Cheltenham.

“He has now qualified with two open wins, but the horse will only run on firm ground”.

It was a battle of the Welsh trainers in the Ladies Open, seven went to post with Shernally under Jane Williams sent off odds on favourite but struggled after the first circuit with the David Brace OBE-trained Respectueux under Charlotte Prichard setting a strong pace, Shake The Bottle’s took up the running after the last ditch and went on to win for 19 year old jockey Rachel Leyshon leaving Respectueux three lengths down in second and Fiulin in third. It was an emotional win for Shake The Bottles trainer Andrew Leyshon having just lost his half brother Peter Evans to cancer.

“Peter would have still wanted us to run the horse, he was regularly checking up on the horses progress”.

Rachel is working for Tim Vaughan and is leading the West Wales and Southern Wales Ladies title.

Eastleigh Care Homes sponsored the Restricted in which FourStar River was sent off even money favourite of the ten runners under Ian Chanin, punters were given a good run for their money but had to settle for second when Bathwick Scanno under talented young jockey Jamie Bargary got up to snatch a win by a neck on the 2 -1 second favourite. It was Jamies third win, two of them being on this horse and he is hoping for another chance at Umberleigh next weekend. Bathwick Scanno is owned by the Rising Sun Partnership, and trainer Teresa Clark puts his success down to the veterinary team lead by Phil Browne having sorted out his respiratory issues. Teresa is based near Bridgwater and this is her second season training, her first ever win came from Bathwick Scanno last year.


R.Henderson, 1-2F
M.Woodward, 8-1
D.Edwards, 5-1

Miss L Tickle, 9-1
S.Allwood, 9-2
J.Newman, 2-1F

B.Gibbs, 2-1
Miss E Hamilton, 25-1
R.Henderson, 4-5F

W.Biddick, 4-7F
Miss E. Hamilton, 25-1
R.Henderson, 4-5F

Miss R. Leyson, 20-1
Miss C Prichard, 14-1
Miss B Frost, 5-1

J. Bargary, 2-1
I. Chanin, 6-4F
A. Johns, 10-1

Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down Preview

The penultimate Point-to-Point of the season takes place at the scenic Bratton Down course this weekend where over one hundred entries have been received for the six race card which starts at 2pm and will offer a great way to spend a summers afternoon.

The competition will be stronger than ever with additional prizes for the leading horses, trainers and jockeys scoring the most points over the three meetings held at the course. The action kicks off with the Winston Pincombe Hunt Members race in which Come What Augustus is among the entries, having won this race last year and although his form has been disappointing this season the drying ground may suit. Another entry from the Kayley Jones yard is My Runaway who ran seven lengths second in an Intermediate at Stafford Cross behind Rush”N”Roll and is another who could relish the drying conditions.

The Stags sponsored Open Maiden follows in which the Keith Cumings-trained Go On Henry could well be favourite after his two seconds one last month at Upcott Cross when Milburn got up by a short head to deny current leading Devon & Cornwall area jockey Josh Guerriero another win and second at Holincote behind Noble Legacy. Another looking to win a Maiden before the seasons out is the Camilla Bayliss-trained Dads Birthday after his second at Cothelstone three lengths behind Soul Native.

In the Intermediate the Lady Oaksey owned Chouromanesco is an interesting entry, having won his Maiden last season at Lockinge destroying his field by thirty lengths. Stalbridgeswansong ran second at Holnicote behind Roisini Bay and could score here for Will Biddick and the David Brace OBE -trained Son Of Swallow won his Restricted at Didmarton on good to firm.

Belsinni Ron from the Richard Barber team has strong claims in the Mens Open, which is sponsored by friends and family of the late Sid Tarr. Having only been beaten once in his six outings when the impressive Kirkleigh got up to beat him by a neck at Little Windsor, his latest win was at this course in May when he stayed on under jockey Jack Barber to beat Lucette Annie by three lengths. Round Tom from the same yard ran well under Will Biddick winning at Larkhill on good to firm beating Parstara by eight lengths.

The Greenslade Taylor & Hunt sponsored Ladies Open could see the Dick Bainbridge- trained Shernally take the spoils for jockey Jane Williams if connections do not run the mare at the Hunter Chase finals at Stratford on Friday. Also entered is Watch The Birdie for trainer Steven Bevan, he is progressive, unbeaten so far this season and had an easy Intermediate win at Trecoed when sent off odds-on favourite. Fiulin under Bryony Frost will be looking to settle a score having been disqualified after a win at Upcott Cross when weighed out incorrectly.

In the restricted Lord Samson had been running well in maidens all season before winning at  Upcott Cross under Josh Guerriero beating Storm Shadow by one and a half lengths. Second Alliance won his maiden at Pyle for trainer Luke Price twenty lengths ahead of Donttellmethat under Nick Williams.

On site are all on course facilities including a bar, bookies, refreshments and trade stands. Entrance is £20 per car load and £10 car and driver.

The course is located at Bratton Fleming nine miles north east of Barnstaple, 11 miles north of South Molton. Postcode EX31 4SG.

Exmoor, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2013 Report

BRATTON DOWN was seen at its best on Sunday with a massive crowd enjoying the picturesque backcloth of Exmoor on a crystal clear, sunny day.

It was a day to remember for 16-year-old Kieran Buckley who rode his first winner as Vertige Dore just snatched the Men’s Open with a head victory over the favourite Flanshan, with Pastek breathing down their necks in third.

Eight-year-old Vertige Dore is owned and trained by the young jockey’s father Eddie Buckley, the long standing head lad to the Pipe yard at Nicholashayne. A winner four times under rules when in the care of Paul Nicholls and latterly David Pipe, Vertige Dore was a gift horse from the Pipe’s after losing his form last autumn. The winner was never the easiest of rides under rules, but certainly ran kindly for his young rider. “He jumped like a stag but I didn’t want to hit the front too soon and took a pull two out,” explained Kieran, adding, “I am still at Uffculme school but have been riding out at the Pipe’s since I was 11. I have done show jumping and cross country and this was my sixth ride in point-to-points.

The 2011 ladies’ champion Gina Andrews was paying her first visit to Bratton Down. There is a saying when a horse wins easily that he could have gone round again – well Gina’s comfortable Ladies’ Open winner Start Royal did just that. “I had so much trouble pulling him up and couldn’t stop him until we got to the starting area at the other end of the course”, smiled Gina as her mount regally completed a lap of honour. Start Royal had a wind operation before this season and was winning his third Open of the campaign which started when runner-up at Wadebridge last December . He is trained by Alan Hill who jointly owns the gelding in partnership with Mike Avery and Stewart and Hilda Nash.

Josh Guerriero, who has a new role lined up as assistant trainer to Dan Skelton this summer, is enjoying his best season in the saddle, and is assured of his first Devon & Cornwall Area jockeys’ title with 23 winners already under his belt. Josh rode his second double of the week thanks to Bernshaw and Tresor De La Vie.

Bernshaw jumped well to make all in the opening Hunt race. The well backed eight-year-old is trained locally by Claire Hitch for her father Mike Wright. “We bought him at Ascot sales but he got a leg and missed last year. The clerk of the course Phil Rawle has done a good job for me riding him out recently,” said Claire.

Josh Guerriero’s double was completed in the concluding Maiden with an impressive performance from Tresor De La Vie. This six-year-old has a lot to live up to since he was sourced in France by former jockey and now successful bloodstock agent Richard Hobson, whose purchases include Hurricane Fly and Sir Des Champs. Owned by Jean Browning, Tresor De La Vie was also completing a double for his trainer Izzy Dartnall.

Izzy had earlier saddled only the second winner of her career when Letmespeak and Robbie Henderson just got the better of Josh Guerriero’s mount Tallanstown Boy in the first leg of the maiden. Letmespeak is owned by Izzy’s father Victor Dartnall who had bought the eight-year-old locally from Debbie Cole. “We thought he had a chance because he had worked well with Ambion Wood who won for us at Worcester yesterday,” said Victor, who is likely to send his winner summer jumping.

Lilac Wine was a worthy winner of a decent Intermediate, staying on gamely to pip the luckless Ladfromhighworth and Point West in a tight finish. Lilac Wine was ridden by Danny Burton for his father Gerald who is based at Calne, Wiltshire. The 10-year-old mare had been runner up twice this season and was allowed to start at 33-1. “She had a virus last year but seems to have come to herself now,” reported the trainer.

There was almost a 33-1 surprise in the 13-runner Restricted as the unconsidered Bathwick Scanno and Jamie Bargary went into a three lengths lead round the final bend. Darren Edwards was steadily closing on Bradley Brook however and the Nicky Martin trained gelding took command on the brow of the hill to score going away. “We bought him in Ireland as a three-year-old and he has taken time to mature,” said the trainer.


Hunt race (Burges Salmon)
1 Bernshaw (J Guerriero) 2-1; 2 Mister Moonax (Hannah Hawkins) 11-10fav; 3 Johny No Cash (Suzy Berry) 12-1; 6 ran; 4 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 6s

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)
1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 5-2; 2 Bathwick Scanno (Jamie Bargary) 33-1; 3 Young Jim (Jamie Thomas 25-1; 13 ran; 3l; 15l; 5m 55s

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)
1 Start Royal (Gina Andrews); 7-4 fav; 2 Yufo (Vicky Wade) 13-2; 3 How’s My Friend (Amanda Bush)) 4-1; 9 ran; 4l; 2 1/2l; 5m 51s

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)
1 Vertige Dore (Kieran Buckley) 5-1; 2 Flanshan (Martin McIntyre) 2-1 fav; 3 Pastek (Martin Peaty) 14-1; 9 ran; head; 1/2l; 6m 1s

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)
1 Lilac Wine (Danny Burton) 33-1; 2 Ladfromhighworth (Vicky Wade) 3-1; 3 Point West (Martin Cooney) 5-2; 9 ran; 1/2l; 1l; 5m 57s

Open Maiden
Division 1 (The Old Station House Inn)
1 Letmespeak (Robbie Henderson) 4-1; 2 Tallanstown Boy (Josh Guerriero) 4-1; 3 Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) 9-2; 12 ran; neck; 1/2l; 6m 9s

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)
1 Tresor De La Vie (Josh Guerriero) 3-1 fav; 2 William Percival (Mike Heard) 7-2; 3 Grey Dream (Jamie Bargary) 12-1; 12 ran; 3/4l; 2 1/2l; 6m 1s