Tattersalls Ireland in association with the Louth Hunt will host the second running of its International Point-to-Point on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd May. The two day fixture has a change of venue for 2014 with racing taking place at the home of the Irish Grand National, Fairyhouse Racecourse.

An action packed racecard is on offer for the two days with highlights including the €5,000 Mares Bonus Race, four Claiming Races including two new additional races for four and five-year-olds and the ultra-competitive Team Ireland v Team Great Britain Challenge Races.

An evening of entertainment takes place at Tattersalls Ireland’s Country House on Thursday 22nd May which will include a prize-giving ceremony to the winners of the Ireland/Great Britain Challenge Races, music and dancing.

Tattersalls Ireland’s Director of Bloodstock Sales, Neil Walsh commented; “We are delighted to be hosting the International Point-to-Point for the second year running. Due to the close proximity in timing to the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair, the Point-to-Point will take place at Fairyhouse Racecourse located directly across the road from Tattersalls Ireland. Last year’s meeting was supported by an enthusiastic representation from a victorious Team Great Britain and we look forward to welcoming them back to Ireland for 2014 to defend their title.”

Lucy Tucker, Executive of the PPA said; “We are delighted the initiative was so successful last year and that it’s being repeated again this season. Our riders will be chomping at the bit to ride for their country and we will endeavour to create a competition within the riders’ championship so that the best of the best come across the water to take up the challenge with the aim of retaining the crown.”

You can get a direct flight from Exeter to Dublin at 18:05 on the Wednesday, and return to Exeter at 21:55 on the Friday with Flybe



Commiserations to Jo Buck, who was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured ankle after a fall from Ross Oliver’s House of Fun in one of the Maiden races.

Jo took the Devon & Cornwall area champion lady rider title in 2011 and 2012. “It’s the same ankle that she broke in that fall at Cheltenham (May 2012),” reported Ross Oliver, who had travelled his six-year-old House of Fun on a 360 miles round trip from his base in Cornwall.

It was a long afternoon at Badbury Rings where a total of 121 runners turned out on remarkably good going. The planned seven-race card was extended to 11 thanks to four events having to be divided on the day which began with a shock 100-1 winner in the opening Conditions race. This was recent Chipley Park failure Dona (Sam Painting), from the Barbury Castle yard of Laura Thomas. The second part of the Conditions race also saw punters in a pickle with Bringinthebranston (Tom David) scoring at 20-1 for Pyle, Bridgend owner/trainer David Brace.

The Silverton qualified Byerley Bear was seeking his fifth successive win of the season in the AGA Ladies’ Open. Despite seeing off the hot favourite Master Medic, Leanda Tickles’s mount was caught by Aikideau in the last stride Last season’s Devon & Cornwall champion lady Bryony Frost rode a fine, patient waiting race on the winner who was following up his recent Larkhill win. Byerley Bear lost little in defeat, “He will go to Wadebridge next,” said owner Roger Knowles.

Another rider in the wars was Camilla Henderson who was injured when Khyber Kim came down in the home straight in the Novice Riders’ contest. “She has a broken nose and was put into a neck brace as a precaution”, said her father, champion National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson. This event went to 16-year-old Sean Bowen on David Brace’s Cock of the Rock, with Devon horses King of the Road and Clew Bay Cove filling the places.

Chester Williams was another 16 –year-old jockey to reach the winner’s enclosure when Un Ami, owned and trained by his mother Jane near Barnstaple, gave the schoolboy rider his third career winner in a Restricted division.

Devon based horses dominated the first divided Maiden. The Tiverton qualified Tackler, trained by Marie McGuinness and ridden by Conor Smith looked a bright prospect scoring in his division by 25 lengths, and the sturdy six-year-old Go On Henry (Josh Guerriero) opened his account for Keith and Janet Cumings in the other section.

Minella Web had run well at Black Forest last month and stepped up on that effort to land another maiden division for the Kayley Woollacott yard at Rose Ash, partnered by Jamie Thomas.

The Ed Walker trained Hameldown Tor stayed on steadily to finish runner-up under Robbie Henderson in the Men’s Open, but could not quite cope with Ravethebrave, (Joe Hill)  who bounced back from a moderate effort at Higham last time out to take the prize to Oxfordshire.

Michael Legg was the only rider to complete a double on the marathon card. He took the first section of the Restricted under Driftwood Pride, and as the light began to fade in the final race he gained a neck verdict on Driving Onwards, just denying the Leslie Jefford representative Last Edition.

AGA Owners and Lady Riders’ Championships points update

The Devon & Cornwall area are well represented in the AGA championships so far this year:

AGA Owners Championship

AGA Lady Riders’ Championship

Call for help with the working party at Treborough this weekend

The Dulverton Farmers area having a working party at the Treborough Hill course this weekend, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd, if you feel you can lend a hand it won’t be turned away. The secretary for the meeting has spoken with the clerk of the course, and he would be delighted to see as many as possible.

Pam added, “the Dulverton Farmers Pt to Pt committee are doing there utmost to get Treborough right, it is becoming more popular with owners, trainers and jockey’s unfortunately the extremes of weather will always dictate our fate” and that “on a nice day you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, truly beautiful”

Treborough Hill is located on the B3224, 2½m W of Raleigh’s Cross and 5m E of Wheddon Cross. The postcode is TA23 0QW

Buckfastleigh Pony Racing Report and Results

The 148 finish was the highlight of the pony racing at Buckfastleigh at the South Pool point to point on Sunday. Three of the five runners were split by a head and a length on the line with Theo Gillard getting the judge’s verdict on Hawksfield Flyer. The pair are veterans of the Charles Owen series but this was a good win for the son of NH trainer Mark Gillard who is based in Dorset.

The Gillards horses are in form as they also enjoyed a front running NH winner at Taunton on Tuesday but, interestingly, the ponies are trained from the field.

Hawksfield Flyer maintained a lead from the start pursued by eventual second Springs (Thomasina Eyston), who so very nearly got up to win. It was another great performance from the pair and Tarka (Barnaby Treneer) was held in third, after losing 10 lengths at the start.

Abi Lewis had a good ride on Derwent Dream Dancer who made progress all the way, as did Michael Treneer on Plym Steps. He will be happily waving off Barnaby back to school soon so he can take over the reins on Tarka!

In the 138s there was a first win for newcomer five year old The Jobs Not Straight, ridden by Tyler Heard who was pushed all the way by Tamby Welch on Angelic. Fergus Gillard was third on Veno Star who was closing the pair down all the way to the line. Good ponies in behind were Talponciau Perfect Print (Hamish Clarke) who won the race last year, and My Golden Dream ( James Armstrong).

138cm Race Results:

1, The Jobs Not Straight, Tyler Heard
2,  Angelic, Tamby Welch
3, Veno Star, Fergus Gillard
4, Talponciau Perfect Print, Hamish Clarke
5, My Golden Dream, James Armstrong

Five ran, Distances: 2 lengths & 3.5 lengths, Time: 1.38.

148cm Race Results:

1, Hawksfield Flyer, Theo Gillard
2, Springs, Thomasina Eyston
3, Tarka, Barnaby Treneer
4, Derwent Dream Dancer, Abi Lewis
5, Plym Steps, Michael Treneer

Five Ran, Distances: head, & 1 length Time: 1.50.

PPA: East Devon at Bishops Court, Saturday 1st March 2014 – ABANDONED

 The Point to Point Authority

The East Devon Point-To-Point at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary due to be held on Saturday 1st March has been ABANDONED due to waterlogging.


THE organisers of the South Pool Harriers deserve enormous credit for enabling this meeting to go ahead.

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the land owners, surplus water had been pumped off the course throughout the week to defeat the recent deluge. There were no problems in getting on and off the course car park.

The going was officially soft with heavy patches, but the jockeys I spoke with reported that the track rode extremely well.


This is the Devon & Cornwall Area classic race for previous winners only with a purse of £1,000. Punters backed last year’s winner Lucette Annie into warm favouritism , but the local mare faced stiff opposition from 11 opponents, which included three times hunter chase winner Kirkleigh, and the in form Iron Chancellor.

Lucette Annie and Googoobarabajagal disputed the lead until Kirkleigh took over after the final ditch. Lucette Annie was a spent force two out, but Minella Stars emerged as the challenger and held a fractional lead when Kirkleigh blundered at the last. Despite his regular habit of idling on the run in, Minella Stars (Robbie Henderson) held off the rallying Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin)  with Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards)  finishing a tired third.

Owned by Robbie’s parents Guy and Sophie Henderson, nine-year-old Minella Stars was having his fifth race of the season having already won at Chaddesley Corbett and Larkhill. “He has won almost as much money as a hunter chase here,” smiled Guy, who trains the ex-Paul Nicholls gelding at Shaftesbury, Dorset. “He enjoys passing horses and will have an entry for the Cheltenham Foxhunter. He has hunted 15 times this season,” added the trainer who has four pointers in his yard this season.


Robbie Henderson, who will surely be to the fore in the Devon & Cornwall area championship this year, had initiated his double on Blazing Whale in the Confined. This Classic Cliché gelding, trained by Ed Walker on behalf of himself and Francis Read, had struck winning form at ChipleyPark and relished the testing ground to score convincingly here. “He may go for a maiden hunter chase at Leicester and is qualified for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate,” said the trainer. Runner up Jive Master had some good bumper form on his CV and was given a fine ride by 20-year-old Callum Curtis, well tutored by his boss Nigel Hawke.


BabenyBridge had finished a close runner up to Blazing Whale at Chipley, and that clue was sufficient to see him backed into 11-10 favourite for this Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. The five-year-old made no mistake and readily held off the challenge of Shanann Star to score by six lengths. Named after a clapper bridge near Dartmeet, Devon, the winner is owned jointly by his trainer Jane Williams and Roger Stark, BabenyBridge was giving his 16-year-old rider Chester Williams his second winning ride out of only four attempts. “We got the horse at Doncaster sales for £5,000. He is a horse for the future and is better on soft going,” enthused the trainer who is also the young rider’s mother. Course winner Shanann Star missed the whole of last season and made an encouraging come back.


Another young jockey to shine was 18-year-old Bryony Frost, who followed up her Larkhill winner last Saturday (February 8th) by winning the final two races, saddled by her mother Nikki. Red Penny initiated the double, staying on well to take the Mares and Fillies Maiden at the expense of the Welsh challenger Nurse Brace. Red Penny’s owner Margaret Sherrington had travelled from Staffordshire and said,” I bought her privately as a brood mare because the family goes back to Dawn Run.”


The Zara Phillips trained Devils Boys proved an expensive failure in the Restricted, the 11-8 favourite fading out of contention after looking the likely winner coming off the top bend. This gave Bryony the opportunity to complete her double on the home bred family gelding Brackenwood . “He is a real stayer and would go four miles but we nearly missed this race because he had an over reach on Thursday,” explained Nikki Frost.


The Confined Maiden for horses and geldings went to Diamond Eclipse in the capable hands of Lucy Gardner. Newcomer Dicky Bob caught the eye in finishing second, but the winner’s experience won the day. The winner is stabled with Emma Loosemore near Crediton. “I have Nick Williams’ resting horses and we bought this one for only £500. He likes soft ground,” reported Emma.


Results of the South Pool Harriers meeting


Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at


The following photographers were at the meeting: Turfpix (Tracy Roberts), Brian Armstrong and David Strange



CONFINED  (Sponsor: Co-op Funeral Care)

1 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 4-7 fav;

2 Jive Master (Callum Curtis) 12-1;

3 Diamond Brook (Lucy Gardner) 12-1;

10 ran; 4l; 8l;  7mins 4 secs

Trainer: Edward Walker


INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 BabenyBridge (Chester Williams) 11-10 fav

2 Shanann Star (Darren Edwards) 12-1

3 Direct Line (Bradley Gibbs) 8-1

12 ran; 6l; 4l;  7m 7s

Trainer: Jane Williams


MIXED OPEN – WEST COUNTRY CHAMPION CHASE (Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company)

1 Minella Stars (Robbie Henderson) 7-1

2 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin)7-2

3 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) evens fav

12 ran; 1 3/4l; 12l;  7m 4s

Trainer: Guy Henderson


CONFINED MAIDEN – HORSES & GELDINGS  (Farriers of South Devon)

1 Diamond Eclipse (Lucy Gardner) 13-8 fav

2 Dicky Bob (Jo Buck) 8-1

3 Tallanstown Boy (Jamie Bargary) 3-1

1 1/4l; 3l;  7m 19s

Trainer: Emma Loosemore


MAIDEN – MARES & FILLIES (The Jockey Club)

1 Red Penny (Bryony Frost) 4-1

2 Nurse Brace (Bradley Gibbs) 7-2 fav

3 Miss Gotaway (Tom David) 13-2

10 ran; 8l; 5l;  7m 23s

Trainer: Nikki Frost


RESTRICTED (Wray & Co  Jewellers)

1 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 6-1

2 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 4-1

3 Lord Samson (Jamie Bargary) 15-2

10 ran;  5l; 7l;  7m 12s

Trainer: Nikki Frost


Will Biddick, 27, recorded his 200th career success when winning the Mixed Open at Barbury Racecourse on Following Dreams, who was completing an across-the-card double for trainer Alastair Ralph.

Will opened his account in 2004 on Let’s Fly at Stafford Cross, and has since taken his tally between the flags to 160. His 40 victories on licensed tracks include three when riding as a Conditional, and one on the flat at Wolverhampton in 2009.

Many of his successes have been for Venetia Williams, including Mon Mome in an Amateur Riders’ Chase at the 2006 Grand National meeting at Aintree, and Something Wells in the 2009 Freddie Williams Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Will has won the Men’s Point-to-Point championship for the last two campaigns, and he is currently sharing the lead in this season’s title race with Paddy Gerety and Robbie Henderson.


25 March 2014
East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, 30th March. Start times are pony racing 12 noon and first p2p race at 12.55pm #gopointing

23rd March 2014 – Pony Racing Entries deadline for the 148cm race extended

Entries will stay open until 6pm on Sunday for the East Cornwall 148 cm race March 30. Please support us if you can as we really want to hold this race. Contact entry sec Miss C Heard – address and tel number further down this timeline – or hand in your entry at Lamerton ptp tomorrow.

It is a great course as 148s complete a whole circuit.

Devon and Cornwall Pony Racing originally posted on their Facebook page.

21st March 2014

Sandie Newton have provided an update on the the current going, which is good to soft, soft in places but should be spot on by the 30th if the weather listens to the forecast!

17th February 2014

In light of the loss of their first fixture (23rd February), the East Cornwall have set about making up for it at their second one on Sunday, 30th March at Great Trethew by adding two races from the fixture to the card for the 30th.

Please click here for details of the revised race programme which replaces that which is currently in the Planner (page 197).
Both the Hunt Race and the Confined Race have been added to the card which now appear as the 1st and 8th races respectively. The British Horseracing Authority has kindly given dispensation allowing the organising committee to frame more than the permitted 7 races (8 in this case). As summertime officially begins on this day daylight will not be an issue so please put the date in your diary and go along and support the hunt.

Entries close as initially advertised on SUNDAY, 23RD MARCH at 9pm with Karina Armes, Burell Farm, Longlands, Saltash, Cornwall. PL12 4QH/ tel / Fax: 01752 842362 email:

All other details remain the same. For more information about the day, please contact Sandie Newton, the Fixture Secretary on: 01579 384889