Call for trophies to be returned

Secretaries of forthcoming Devon and Cornwall area meetings have issued a plea to previous winners to return trophies to them ASAP.

If your horse has won in the last few seasons, please check on your mantelpiece to see if you still have the trophy. Both the East Cornwall (Great Trethew) and the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers (Buckfastleigh) have opened a trophy ‘amnesty’ ahead of their race meetings.

Any trophies can be left with the secretary at Sunday’s Black Forest Lodge meeting or next week’s Western Hunt meeting at Wadebridge, and will be gratefully received. Please mark the bag clearly with the name of the hunt and they will be picked up.

If you are from out of the area and are having problems getting the trophy back please call Lee Glanville on 01752 830439 and we will sort out a ‘supply chain’ to get it back!

Mid Devon entries and form


Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 13:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Restricted Race
6th 14:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 15:30 Open Maiden Race, Division 2



f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner


NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Preview : Mid Devon, Black Forest Lodge Sunday February 2

A great family day out is on offer at the Mid Devon Point-to-Point meeting at Black Forest Lodge, Kenton this Sunday February 2nd.

Pony racing heads up the action at 11 am, where young jockey’s get their first chance this season to experience racing on a proper track. Sponsored again by Mole Avon, there are two pony races before the main seven race card which starts at 12 noon. 128 entries have been received.

With the addition of AGA sponsoring the Ladies’ race, with the first three past the post qualifying for the £10,000, 3m4f, AGA Final Hunter Chase, at Stratford in May, there are no surprises that this race has attracted a quality field. Byerley Bear from the Robert Chanin team will be looking for his fourth consecutive win, having come home seven lengths ahead of Mobaasher here, and goes well for either lady jockey’s Jo Buck or Leanda Tickle. Another entry, Rowdy Rampage, from the David Brace Welsh raiders could be the one to deny Byerley Bear, with seven Point wins and two Chase wins to his credit, unless connections choose to run him in the Men’s Open.

Another feature race is the Men’s Open, sponsored by J Edwards Sellars, which is a qualifying race for the Bonham Mens Open race at Cheltenham in April. This race could go to Bobs Law , a previous 12 length winner of a Hunter Chase at Ffos Lass, ahead of second place Tricky Trickster, and also ran a good second at Barbury Castle last season, when two and a half lengths behind Cottage Oak. The Shelia Crow-trained mare Fruit Fayre has won six out of eight, including a win here last February when six lengths ahead of Molland Gayle.

The Confined race is sponsored by The Farriers. Blazing Whale has to be respected after his win at Chipley Park when he won the Intermediate for the Edward Walker team. Ned White won here in January and has been consistently placed for owner Jaquie Elliott and from the current area leading trainers yard Robert Chanin’s. Iron Chancellor from the Sue Popham yard is another that cannot be left out of the equation, after his distance win in the Confined at Wadebridge

With the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate being another Cheltenham qualifying race, the first four past the post will be
eligible to run in the Hunter Chase final in April, Paddycards under jockey Claire Hart ran well in third behind Blazing Whale at Chipley Park, having weakened approaching the last fence. The Lee Power-trained Waddington Hero is another showing decent form when second here behind Tachbury in December. Welstonedruid and Ladfromhighworth are two other suggestions that have run well at this course.

Tozers Solicitors have sponsored the Restricted race in which Un Ami was only just denied a win at Chipley Park when a short head behind Romassor two weeks ago and has to be a leading factor here. The Camilla Scott-trained Honours Insight had a comfortable win here early in January under 22 year old Steve Croft and the partnership look set to build on that performance.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden wrap up the days events. In the first division Village Whispers kept on well in second here at the early January meeting, when coming home one and a half lengths behind Best Bide Quiet, and Bamboleo came an eye catching second at Chipley Park three lengths behind Big George. This division is sponsored by The Old Thatch, Cheriton Bishop.

In the second division which is jointly sponsored by B.J. Barkwell & Sons and Lyndridge Care Residential, the Matthew Barber-trained Canshetrain was unfortunate when falling having lead on the final circuit at Cockleburrow, and The Gunner Brady ran well at Larkhill finishing two lengths behind Un Ami.

Course is located five miles south of Exeter, near the B3381 and is signposted from A380. Postcode EX6 8HR.

Trade stands, hot refreshments, bar and bookies are all on course.

Entrance £20 per car, £10 car and driver.

Pony Racing at Black Forest Lodge, 2 Feb

The Devon and Cornwall pony racing season gets off to a flying start at the Mid Devon point to point on Feb 2 with entries received from all over the south west and it will be a great chance to see some new ponies and new riders.

There are some top ponies entered in both races (138 and 148cm) but many have new jockeys. Tyler Heard partners a new pony having his first outing, The Jobs Not Straight, while Tamby Welch takes the ride on top pony Angelic, both owned by pony racing’s most enthusiastic supporter Richard Prince who also runs Wee Anthony. NH trainer Mark Gillard brings both sons down to Black Forest Lodge with Veno Star in the 138 race for Fergus while Hamish Clarke, from the Wessex Area, will be bidding for victory on Talponciau Perfect Print.

In the 148s William Cox keeps the saddle warm on Total Eclipse while Tamby Welch perfects his craft on the 138s, Total Eclipse previously having been partnered by Tamby’s elder sister Hannah who has now graduated to point to pointing. Theo Gillard rides Hawksfield Flyer and there are plenty of ponies here who have seen Charles Owen national series action so the racing will be enthralling, especially as they complete just over a circuit of the point to point course.



  • Angelic
  • Milly
  • My Golden Dream
  • Oscar
  • Talponciau Perfect Print
  • The Jobs Not Straight
  • Veno Star
  • Wee Anthony


  • Derwent Dream Dancer
  • Hawksfield Flyer
  • Heavenly Rose
  • Igo Zuminov
  • Mytoplot
  • Plym Steps
  • Springs
  • Total Eclipse

First race is off at 11am with the second race at 11.20am.

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Mid Devon Update (Black Forest Lodge)

26 January 2014

Black Forest Lodge has been walked to tread in on the Monday and rolled Tuesday after last meeting. All fences have been rebirched. The Black Forest Lodge team went down to course today and going from the Clerk Of Course today (Sunday) is SOFT. The posting on Jumping For Fun will updated mid week when Course Inspector has been.

Please note all Mid Devon Point-To-Point entries to Angela Boyden (01647) 433264 by 12noon Monday !

Note: The official going (which is published on Tuesday through to Saturday prior to the meeting) is reported on Talkingpoint. Unofficial reports on this website should be treated as a general guide only

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Feature: Dave Phillips Bookmaker

We all have to work for a living, and in an ideal world, our vocation, would be to turn up for work knowing that we have a passion for the job in hand. To be able to combine work and pleasure is something that a familiar face in the Pointing world, Dave Phillips can be seen at the racecourses throughout the Southwest doing just that. 

Devonshire born Dave Phillips has been a bookmaker for over 40 years, his first appearance working on a Point to Point course was in April 1971, the day his daughter was born, at a course called Forches Cross Newton Abbot.
“In those days, the course at Forches Cross attracted three to four thousand people, I can remember a horse called Otterway trained by Oliver Carter” Dave explained with a glint in his eye, ” The horse was sent off at 6/4 in a Maiden Race, and I watched him slice smoothly through the field, he went onto win the Whitbread Gold Cup, and Horse & Hound cup  at Stratford.”
Dave Phillips can also be seen working as a bookmaker at the National Hunt courses, he used to attend over 15 different venues, averaging four per week, however, since the introduction of AGT ( Adminstration of Gambling on Track) was introduced he has cut down on his race days considerably, and with the addition of the internet, on course gambles have reduced dramatically. He had a pitch at Cheltenham for 25 years, but sold that some three years ago, and has thought about moving towards gentle retirement.
Dave’s passion for racing moved him into taking up riding for the first time when he was in his forties. He along with partner Sue Pitman, trained pointers at their home in South Brent. ” I hunted with the Dartmoor”, Dave said, “We had two really good horses, Shamarphil  won four races and Holy Foley won three Opens, two Hunter Chases including the Ludlow Gold Cup, ridden by Neil Harris. They were happy days.”  he went on to say ” We also ran him in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham, but the ground was too firm that day, it was still a great thrill to have a runner at Cheltenham.”
Dave remembers some of the gambles that have been made, and notably  one at Black Forest Lodge about three or four seasons ago. ” It was the last race of the day, a Maiden race.” Dave remembers, he continued saying ” It was one of the Welsh raiders, I had noticed it opened at 10-1 and quickly went to odds on favorite!”  “It was getting dark, and a few people were starting to leave the course, I had my suspicions as the bets were being piled on, and it won by 20 lengths, in my experience it was most odd as it hasn’t won a race since.”
Ably assisted by Lloyd, who himself is an ex work rider from Newmarket, Dave can be seen off his stand during the individual races enjoying the sport at trackside.
As a racegoer and occasional punter,  I can say that Dave Phillips is a true gentleman with a passion for the sport.
David Phillips

Jockeys championship latest standings



Points are awarded for all races in the Devon & Cornwall area only – 4 points win; 2 points second and 1 point third


Will Biddick​ 17 points
Tom Ellis​ ​ 13
Jamie Thomas​ 13​
Ian Chanin​ ​ 12


Jo Buck​​12 points
Vicky Wade​ 6


Joe Drinkwater​​6 points
David Noonan​5


Taylor Pook​4 points
Megan Nicholls​​2
Hannah Welch​2


PPA: JOB VACANCY – EXECUTIVE, Point-to-Point Authority Ltd (PPA)

The Point to Point Authority via Facebook

JOB VACANCY – EXECUTIVE, Point-to-Point Authority Ltd (PPA)
An exciting opportunity has arisen to be involved at the heart of one of amateur sport’s most precious assets.

The PPA is the governing body for the sport of Point-to-Point Horseracing, responsible for the sports’ development and success, as well as its administration and the provision of support and advice to all the participants.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual driven by success who has the ability to lead and represent the sport at all levels. Applicants must demonstrate strong administrative, marketing and communication skills, be forward thinking and capable of developing a strategy to ensure the continuing sustainability of the sport using their skills to increase participant numbers, nurture sponsorship income and broaden the sport’s reach across all media platforms.

Knowledge of all aspects of the sport would be advantageous but in social media it will be essential. The position is supported by the PPA’s office and staff of two based near Tetbury. The Executive will work closely with the Chairman of the Board which comprises four stakeholders, The Point-to-Point Secretaries Association (PPSA), The Point-to-Point Owners & Riders Association (PPORA), The Master of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) and the Jockey Club, with a further three Independent Directors.

Throughout the season an adaptable approach to working hours will be required along with a degree of travel so a flexible working time contract will be offered to the successful applicant.

If you would like to apply, please send a covering letter and C.V together with salary expectation to:
The Chairman, The PPA, 11 Trull Farm Buildings, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. GL8 8SQ

Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 11th February 2014.


AT last this season we were able to enjoy sunshine from a clear blue sky at ChipleyPark. However it was not all plain sailing with lashings of mud around the bookies and paddock which made wellington boots the essential fashion accessory.  

A total of 108 runners contested the 10 races with soft going putting a premium on stamina. All credit to the organisers in defeating the endless wet spell to provide quality racing on soft going which attracted several long distance travellers.“We even had to drain the bottom bend with six inch pipes after it rained again on Saturday night,” said secretary Keith Granger.

The Mixed Open attracted 17 runners which saw champion jockey Will Biddick displaying his artistry with a smooth success on Certain Flight. Backed from 7’s to 4’s, Biddick saved every inch of ground on the rails until edging his mount ahead of the game front running All Great N Theory in the home straight. Keith Cumings trains Certain Flight for owners Richard and Tina Dunsford, and was quick to pay tribute to the rider. “He was given a lovely ride. I was not sure how he would cope with the ground. He has got to go hunter chasing now.” said the trainer, whose daughter Nicky is credited with doing all the work at home and, “won’t let anybody else ride him,” according to the Bishops Nympton trainer.

The Devon mare Lucette Annie revelled in the conditions to score on her seasonal debut in the Mares race. Despite drifting in the betting, the consistent 10-year-old made virtually all and drew away from Popaway and Champagne Rosie over the last two fences to win decisively.” I didn’t really want to make the running,” said winning jockey Darren Edwards. The mare looked really on song and now heads to the valuable Buckfastleigh Mixed Open she won last year. “Our gallops on the farm at Poundsgate have been waterlogged and we missed Wadebridge this year. She is a lot stronger and has done a lot of hill work” remarked Simon Partridge who trains the tough chestnut on behalf of owners Chris and Janet Humphrey.

Ottery St Mary based Ed Walker sent out his first runner of the season, Blazing Whale, to beat the heavily backed favourite Babeny Bridge in the 16-runner Intermediate in the hands of Robbie Henderson. “We have only just started because they all came in fat. Blazing Whale was a bit unlucky last year. He is a proper old fashioned chaser,” commented the trainer, who shares ownership in the Classic Cliché gelding with Francis Read.

Classic Cliché was also responsible for siring the Novice Riders’ winner Justabout, who is out of Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Dubacilla. The winner was ridden by Ciaran Gethings who forced his mount up to beat Tamatown and Barneys Mate in a blanket finish. Justabout won five times under rules but had been in the wilderness a bit since his last victory for Colin Tizzard over two years ago. “Colin told me he had no chance on soft ground,” laughed owner /trainer Gerald Greenway. “Ciaran works for Philip Hobbs and schooled him there the other day, but I ride him out at home,” proclaimed the 74-year-old trainer.

Thorverton trainer Robert Chanin saddled a remarkable seventh consecutive winner in the space of five weeks when For The Staff , owned by Roger Knowles and Annie Argyrides, stayed on well under Ian Chanin to win the Hunt Race. “We wanted to give him an easy race to start him off because he had a few hard races last year,” said the trainer, who has hunter chases in mind with a possible run at Buckfastleigh before t

The first division of the Restricted produced the closest finish of the day as Romassor and Un Ami fought out a neck and neck battle all the way up the final climb. It was the recent Wadebridge winner Romassor who was awarded the verdict by a short head under Tom David. “He is a big horse with an enormous stride who will keep on improving. He is the nearest horse I have had to Sericina,” said trainer Chloe Roddick, who went on to reveal that the progressive six-year-old is likely to return to France where he will run over fences for owners Steven Kemble and Patrick Atkinson.

Illicit Illusion initiated a double for jockey Sam Drinkwater and trainer Tom Lacey in the other Restricted division. The HeronIsland six-year-old, owned by the jockey’s father Paul, just held the sustained challenge of Whenharrymetsally to follow up his Barbury Castle Maiden victory. “This is a lovely course, it’s the first time I have ridden here,” said Sam who went on to complete the double on five-year-old Thedrinkymeister in the first Open Maiden which had to be divided on the day. “This horse is still a bit novicey,” remarked Alice Campbell, representing Tom Lacey who was away on a skiing holiday. Thedrinkymeister is another produce of HeronIsland out of a mare called Keel Row who won a couple of hurdle races for the Queen Mother.

Only two finished in the other division which went to the previously unraced Master Hooper, ridden by Matt Hampton. Julie Purdie owns and trains this sturdy home bred Kayf Tara six-year-old at Butterleigh, Devon. “He is still a bit burly and is the fourth winner out of Rempstone who won a point-to-point for us,” said Julie’s husband Sax.

The 15 runners for the concluding Maiden were despatched at 4.40 in gathering gloom. Big Georgie saw out the trip best under James Ridley to step up on his promising effort at Chaddesley Corbett. This strong gelding is trained by the jockey’s mother Heather for owner Alastair McLeish at Newent, Gloucestershire. “We do plenty of work and jumping over an old cross country course at home,” said the rider.


APPLAUSE FOR AMY was the subject of a minor gamble in the Hunt race (8-1 to 5-1). She hails from Mary Sanderson’s yard which sent out Jabiru to win this race five times, but there was little applause from her supporters as she made a bad mistake on the far side and trailed in a moderate fourth

UN AMI was backed from 9-4 into 7-4 in the first Restricted to follow up his Larkhill success. The French bred grey was touched off by a short head but looks sure to atone soon. His young rider Chester Williams shows considerable promise.

There was money for the winner CERTAIN FLIGHT ( 7’s into 4’s) and third placed HAMELDOWN TOR (10’s to 6’s) in the Mixed Open. Will Biddick gave Certain Flight the perfect ride and the gelding looks ready to follow up. Hameldown Tor stays extremely well and can pick up an Open this season.

BABENY BRIDGE was backed from 7-2 to 5-2 to maintain his unbeaten record in the Intermediate. I thought that the winner Blazing Whale got first run on him but he kept on and was far from disgraced in finishing runner up


Results of the Tiverton meeting


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The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley),John BeasleyPhil BrittSimon BurgessSporting Prints (Alun Sedgemore), Tim Holt and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)


Sunday 2nd February, Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge. Entries for the Mid Devon close at 12 noon, Monday 27th January for the Point-To-Point and this Saturday for the pony racing.

Come Pony Racing this season

If you are enjoying hunting this season on your pony, why not have a go at point to point pony racing? The first of the Devon and Cornwall area races take place at Black Forest Lodge near Kenton on  February 2nd.

Many of the  top young national hunt and point to point jockeys started out pony racing but you don’t have to have a passion to be a jockey to take part, or have a thoroughbred racing pony. A normal hunting/pony club pony will be fit enough to have a go.

To find out about how to qualify and register yourself and your pony go to – but if you have hunted your pony four times you are qualified! There are races for ponies under 138cm and under 148 cm.

Racing at the Mid Devon meeting is at 11am and 11.20am prior to the first point to point race at noon.

Entries, which cost £20 (cheque made out to the Mid Devon Hunt) close on Saturday, January 25 with Miss C Heard, 12 Hone Terrace, Station Road, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6BF. Entries will only be accepted by post.

You can also follow the sport on Facebook via Devon and Cornwall pony racing and The Pony Racing Authority.