(4 points winner; 2 points second; 1 point third – Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only)



Robbie Henderson      76 points

Darren Edwards           52 points

Will Biddick               47 points

Jamie Thomas              34 points



Bryony Frost                44 points

Leanda Tickle              39 points

Vicky Wade                 25 points

Jo Buck                         14 points



Chester Williams         16 points

Ciaran Gethings           9 points

David Noonan              9 points

Joe Drinkwater             8 points




Hannah Welch             13 points

Natalie Parker              8 points

Taylor Pook                 8 points

Laura Scott                   5 points

Exeter Racecourse Intermediate series qualifiers

Remember entries for the Exeter Intermediate Hunters’ Steeple Chase series final on May 6th, close today at noon.

The following horses have qualified for the final of the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate  Hunter Steeple Chase series final at half way through the series, in accordance with page 364 of the Planner. The final is to be held at Exeter Racecourse on the 6th May 2014.

Round 1 Black Forest Club
1 December 2014
For Sahkey Moony
Hinchelsea Moor
Jack’s the lad
Waddingtown Hero


 Round 2: Tiverton, Chipley Park
19 January 2014
Babeny Bridge*
Beth’s Star*
Blazing Whale
Bradley Brook
Canada Coombe*
Devon Mead
Fountains Cloud
Lightening Jack*
Molland gayle
Sobre Tresor
The Wychough
Uppertown Hawk
Viel Gluck
Waddingtown Hero*
We Never Give Up


Round 3: Western
15 March 2014
(Rescheduled date)
Buzz Me In
Fountains Cloud*
Hilda Wild*
Lightening Jack*
Make or Break
Sobre Tresor*


Round 4: South Pool Harriers
16 February 2014
Ailanthus *
Babeny Bridge
Beth’s Star *
Blinding Lights *
Dancing Olga
Direct Line
Hilda Wild
Lightening Jack
Shanann Star
Turtle Boys

Round 5: East Devon, Bishops Court (Meeting cancelled)

 Round 6: Dulverton Farmers
9 March 2014
Anger Management
Bathwick Scanno
Beat the Bandits
Beth’s Star
Blinding Lights
Canada Coombe
Level Spirit
Molly Oscar
Sterling Moments
Round 7: Lamerton
23 March 2014
Bradley Brook
Sunken Secret
Mongress Boy
Gypsy Jack
Minella Fifty


Round 8: East Cornwall
30th March 2014
King’s Bench
Shanann Star
Blinding Lights
Hilda Wild


Round 9: Spooners
6th April 2014 – ABANDONED


Round 10: Eggesford
13th April 2014
Pure Oxygen
Driftwoodv Pride Shanann Star
Reliable Richie
Master Hooper

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Preview: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, Monday May 5th

Monday’s Point-to-Point, May 5th, is to be held at Vauterhill, High Bickington, where The Stevenstone will be hosting their first event for two years at the course. The first race is off at 2pm, with six races attracting nearly 100 entries. Extensive drainage work has been completed at the course, which is reported to have a good grass covering.

In the Frilly Frocks sponsored Members race the Neil Harris-trained King Of Alcatraz looks the likely favourite, he won the Intermediate final Hunter Chase at Exeter last year, and has not been out of the frame so far this season under jockey Vicky Wade, including a second in a Hunter Chase in March again at Exeter. His connections may choose to run him a Cheltenham where he holds an entry, in which case  Just Seven was impressive when winning his maiden in a twelve runner race at Trebudannon, coming home five lengths ahead of Myladtommy. Carol Lawrence holds five of the entries, and Ahh Bless should be worth following after leading in a 14-runner Maiden at Kilworthy then finishing second, after being headed by Maidstone Mercury in final 100 yards.

Also with a Cheltenham ticket is Bob Lewis, but if connections decide to bypass his run there, then he could be well fancied to take the TT Buildings Ltd sponsored Restricted race, after his second at Buckfastleigh. Minella Web from the Kayley Woollacott team showed promise when winning her Maiden at Badbury Rings in February, coming home two and a half lengths ahead of Raffa, and is another suggestion.

The Holiday Cottages-sponsored Mixed Open has attracted eleven entries, two of which, being Cottage Acre and Steeltown, look to be Cheltenham contenders this week. That could leave it to the John Pearn-owned Lightening Jack to battle out the finish with the Heard family’s Googoobarabajagal, who is yet to find his form this season, Numide from the Gordon Chambers team, having won at Great Trethew, and Great Gusto for the Frost family, who under Bryony Frost has scored three seconds in a row and must be due a win soon.

Suggestions for the Kivells sponsored Confined race would be the Nicola Martin-trained Bradley Brook, after his wins at Upcott Cross and Kilworthy, and the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally after his win at Great Trethew, when holding on well to fend off My Rebel by a length.

Whenharrymetsally  also holds an entry in the E J Wade & Son sponsored Intermediate race, and could again take on Upcott Cross winner My Rebel. Camilla Scott has entered Soul Native, who holds strong claims after his win at Cothelstone, coming home a head in front of Red Penny who has a won since.

The Open Maiden race has attracted 24 entries of which Myladtommy, Pyleigh Princess and Ahh Bless are some suggestions.

The course offers great viewing of the undulating track . All facilities including hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. and is located next door to the Vauterhill Stud.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £20 car and passengers. Location is signed from A377, A3124 and B3217. Postcode EX37 9BT

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Preview: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Saturday May 3rd

IT  is the turn of the Modbury Harriers to hold their Point-to-Point at the stunning Flete Park course, this Saturday May 3rd. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, with a six-race main card starting at 2pm.

Their feature race of the day is The George Baskerville Ladies’ Open Four Mile Race. Included in the entries will be the Ross Oliver-trained Wee Fly. She is a course specialist, having won six time at this track, and this year, under jockey Bryony Frost, could see her take the Ladies’ Open four mile race for the fifth year in a row. The Rose Loxton-trained Join Together is another entry that could go well, for jockey Megan Nicholls, having won last weekend at Stafford Cross. Also to challenge could be the Camilla Scott-trained Gone To Lunch, having a total of nine Point wins and two seconds in Scottish Nationals, he is a true stayer, and won impressively, snatching a win at Treborough Hill under jockey Laura Scott. Although Gone To Lunch does hold a ticket to Cheltenham this week, so connections may choose to run him there.

In the W Daniels Plant Hire sponsored Open Maiden race, a suggestion would be Madam Be from the Ottery based trainer Ed Walker’s yard, having run second at the Dartmoor meeting here two weeks ago, coming home five lengths behind Ambitious Pursuit. The Doom Bar is also entered and should be popular, having run second for trainer/jockey Will Biddick at Kingston St Mary, that day headed near the line by Edeiff’s Lad.

Stanley Carpets sponsor the Restricted race, in which Ambitious Pursuit could follow up on his win here two weeks ago for the Glanville family. Another to consider is Whispering Wild, who also won his previous race here over the longer trip, coming home a length ahead of  Way Before Dawn. Gontdevon from the Robert Chanin team could also go well having scored two previous seconds at this track, and may appreciate any drying ground.

Lady Annabel from the Polly Gundry team, looks to be the likely favourite in the Friary Mill Bakery sponsored  Open Maiden two- mile four furlong race, after her second at Hackwood Park. The mare was unlucky to be brought down when challenging for third on her reappearance at Cothelstone. Beetle Jack under jockey Darren Edwards, is another suggestion, who could improve on his previous third here, and is a worthy each-way bet.

The two Ed Walker-trained entries of Hameldown Tor and Before The War, hold strong claims in the competitive Kitson Solicitors-sponsored Mens Open race. Hameldown Tor is another horse holding a ticket to Cheltenham this week. Before The War won the Confined race here two weeks ago, and his previous second in a Mens Open at Little Windsor behind Bellsinni Ron, makes him a leading contender with jockey Robbie Henderson on board. Other options could be Swansbrook from the Sue Popham team, having won this race last season, and Right Enough for the Hand family won the Restricted here two weeks ago, could also go close.

In the final race of the day, the Meadowside & St Francis-sponsored Confined race, suggestions would be the front running Ned White and Before The War if not running in the previous race. Notus De La Tour, trained locally by Clerk of the Course Sam Holdsworth, may well turn out again after his two lengths second to Level Spirit, at the Stafford Cross meeting last weekend.

The course offers stunning views of Flete Park, making it an ideal picnic spot, a host of trade stands, bar, bookies and hot refreshments.

Entrance is £10 car and driver £20 car and passengers. Location is Ermington, nr Ivybridge, Postcode PL21 ONX

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Prestigious intermediate championship at Exeter on Ladies’ Night

Point-to-point enthusiasts will be heading to Exeter Racecourse next Tuesday (May 6) when the track stages the prestigious final of the Devon and Cornwall Intermediate Point-to-Point Series at its annual ladies’ night.

With hundreds of pounds worth of prizes to win for the best dressed ladies and men, including short breaks at Gara Rock on the cliffs of the South Hams coastline and the award winning Arundell Arms, treatments with Amanda Marsden Aveda Lifestyle Salon in Exeter, stunning clothing including many top brands from Leonard Coombe Master Saddlers and Country Life and delicious hampers from Devon Hampers the racecourse will be buzzing with glitz and glamour as it celebrates the conclusion of its season.

Eight qualifying races took place across the Devon and Cornwall Point-to-Point Area commencing at Black Forest Lodge on December 1 and concluding at the Eggesford’s meeting at Upcott Cross in April with jockey Robbie Henderson winning four of them.

Two meetings, the East Devon at Ottery St Mary and the Spooners and West Dartmoor at Cherrybrook, which were due to stage a qualifier were abandoned.

Nearly 90 horses contested the series with Julie Williams’ Tachbury the first to score following a comfortable win at Blackforest Lodge with Ed Barrett on board.

At Chipley Park Ed Walker, whose partner Polly Gundry is a director at Exeter, saddled Blazing Whale, ridden by Robbie Henderson, to score a one and a quarter lengths success.

Walker and Henderson also teamed up to score at Treborough Hill with Level Spirit.

Henderson secured a treble of intermediate wins when King’s Bench won by half a length at Great Trethew for owner Laura Claydon and made it a four timer at Upcott cross on the Sally Randell-trained Driftashore.

Wadebridge was the location for Roz Newman’s winner Sobre Tresor who was ridden to success by Taylor Pook. Trainer Jane Williams’ 16-year-old son Chester booted home Babeny Bridge to win at Buckfastleigh and Kilworthy winner Bradley Brook, who is trained by Nicky Martin, was ridden to success by Darren Edwards.

The final was first staged on ladies’ night at Exeter in 2009 when former national point-to-point champion Ashley Farrant saddled King’s Wood to win with Darren Edwards in the saddle. General manager Tim Darby said: “It’s an annual tradition at Exeter and fitting that such a prestigious series should reach its conclusion at the racecourse’s finale to the season. We are hopeful that plenty of horses who have qualified for the final will come under starters’ orders. There is always a really good fun atmosphere at our evening meeting and we are looking forward to seeing who will be crowned the 2014 intermediate champion is.”

Six races get underway at 5.50pm and there is a free bus from Exeter St Davids at 4.15pm and Exeter Bus and Coach Station at 4.30pm. For just £49 per person, or £450 per table of ten, the Exeter’s Ladies’ Night package will allow guests to indulge in a wonderful experience from the luxury of a private suite. Visit for a full list of prizes.

Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final Roll Call of Winners

Tuesday May 5, 2009 2009 King’s Wood (Ashley Farrant) 11/4 Darren Edwards

Tuesday May 4, 2010 Glacial Call (Mrs Nikki Frost) 7/2 Mr R Hawkins

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Arbour Hill (Mr H Wilson) 11/4 Mr Mark Wall

Tuesday May 8, 2012 Kirkleigh (R B CHanin) 6/1 Mr I Chanin

Tuesday May 2013 King of Alcatraz (RC Smith) 7/4 Miss V Wade


HEAVY April showers, which included a vicious hail storm for good measure, punctuated the afternoon at Stafford Cross which featured a second double of the weekend for Will Biddick.

After two successes at Woodford on the previous day, Minella Fifty took the champion jockey to the 30 winner mark in his quest for a third successive title when making all to win the Mixed Open at his leisure in the colours of Exmoor based owner/trainer Claire Hitch.

Biddick added to his score in the last race when newcomer The Eaglehaslanded ran away with the 10-runner Open Maiden. This Milan four-year-old is owned and trained by Paul Nicholls who said, “We bought him at the Land Rover (Goffs) sale and he is a half brother to Pepe Simo who won a lot of races for the yard. He has been very backward and is not a bumper sort, so this is the best way of bringing him on. He will be put away now.”

Fresh from receiving his jump trainers’ trophy at Sandown on the previous day, Nicholls watched his 16-year-old daughter, Megan, win the Novice Riders’ event on Join Together. Rose Loxton now handles this ex-Nicholls inmate for owner Wendy Fogg, and the nine-year-old exuded class to defeat Barneys Mate (Philip Miller) and Francis du Mesnil (Lucy Mager) in a good finish. Megan is battling with Katy Lyons for the National Lady Novice Rider title, and bounced back from a nasty fall on Easter Monday to ride her 8th winner of the season here.

Ed Walker saddled the first two winners on the card in Minutes Later and Level Spirit. Danny Burton was paying his first visit to the track and partnered Minutes Later to win the Hunt race for Ross Willmington, a joint master of the Axe Vale, and Alistair Holder. “This is my first horse and first winner. We bought him at the hunt Christmas auction at Branscombe village hall for a bit of fun,” laughed Ross. Jockey Danny Burton is based with Alan King and was riding his second winner of the campaign.

Robbie Henderson has been chasing Will Biddick hard for the National Men’s title, and Level Spirit became his 22nd winner of the season when just mastering the favourite Notus de la Tour in the Confined. A winner of three of his five races this season for the Otter Club syndicate, nine-year-old Level Spirit was described by his trainer as, “Really tough. It was too tacky for him last time at Upcott Cross.” Biddick has extended his National title lead this weekend such that his challenger confessed, “I have no chance of catching him now.” With seven weeks of the season left , maybe Robbie has been taking mind games tips from the Chelsea football team manager.

Bryony Frost rode her 9th winner of the season when getting Brackenwood, trained by her mother Nikki, home in the Intermediate. David Prichard made a bold bid to steal the race on the mare Roseyroo, but after a neck and neck battle on the long run-in, Brackenwood just got his head in front where it mattered. “Bryony got him into a nice rhythm and he is a genuine horse,” remarked Bryony’s father Jimmy Frost. “He is home bred and was difficult as a youngster and Jamie Thomas did a good job with him when he worked for us,” added Jimmy.

Nikki Frost just missed out on a training double when Donpierre (Ben Robarts) was narrowly denied by Midnight Breeze (Ceiran Gethings) in the Restricted. A lightly raced eight-year-old by Midnight Legend, the winner was bred by his owner Helen Stoneman and is trained by Ollie Bush. “He is the last produce of Fly the Wind and has not been the easiest. He has needed lots of patience and I have nursed him all along,” said the owner. The successful jockey, 19-year-old Ciaran Gethings, shows much promise and is beginning to get rides under rules for his employer Philip Hobbs.


Brackenwood (9-4 into 7-4) and Roseyroo ( 6’s to 9-2) were nicely backed before fighting out the finish of the Intermediate. They finished well clear of their rivals and the form looks solid enough.

Donpierre had caught the eye in finishing fourth on his English pointing debut at Upcott Cross (my official SP 40-1 that day). The Nikki Frost trained gelding was offered at a very tight 7-4 here before easing to a more realistic 11-4 (3-1 in places). He is a winner in waiting but had to give best to the determined Midnight Breeze in the Restricted (3-1 and 100-30).

Lively outsiders in the Restricted included:-
Asian Miner ( 20’s to 12’s) look out for at Holnicote or Bratton Down
Last Minute Notice (20’s to 14’s) – added another “p” to his previous four – bookies friend
Noble Aran (20’s to 14’s) – finished remote fourth, his sole success came on fast ground

Interest in the Open Maiden centred on the previously unraced four-year-old The Eaglehaslanded. The combination of Paul Nicholls as his owner/ trainer and Will Biddick as his jockey sent the bookies into a frenzy and 1-2 was immediately chalked up.
With none of the big hitters prepared to invest, 4-6 and 8-11 became available before the off. The Nicholls gelding readily obliged, but the five-year-old runner-up Garden Whispers (20’s to 10’s) stayed on really well to finish second and Golden Squirell (12’s to 4’s) was far from disgraced in third.


Results of the Axe Vale 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: Bath photographic (Marcus Bath), Big Green Annual (John Beasley), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, and Tim Holt


Saturday 3rd May, Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point & Pony Races, Flete Park (near Ivybridge).
Monday 5th May, Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill (near Torrington).

RESULTS: Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday, 27th April 2014

Going: Good to soft, becoming soft

Hunt race (Sponsor; Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors)
1 Minutes Later (Danny Burton) 4-1
2 Miss Cupcake (Will Biddick) 2-5 fav
3 ran; only two finished; 1 3/4l; 6m 30s
Trained by Ed Walker

Confined (J & FJ Baker & Co Ltd – Harry Parr Memorial Cup)
1Level Spirit (Robbie Henderson) 2-1
2 Notus de la Tour (Tom Chanin) 11-8 fav
3 Rush N Roll (Michael Legg) 12-1
5 ran; 2l; 15l; 6m 4s
Trained by Ed Walker

Mixed Open (Lee Clifford Engineering for the Graham Hollingworth Memorial Cup)
1 Minella Fifty (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav
2 Foynes Island (Rob Hawker) 7-2
4ran; only two finished; won by a distance; 6m 9s
Trained by Claire Hitch

Intermediate (Matford Land Rover – PF Penny Memorial Cup)
1 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 7-4 fav
2 Roseyroo (David Prichard) 9-2
3 Fresh’s Fever (Jamie Thomas) 12-1
8 ran; neck; 25l; 6m 1s
Trained by Nikki Frost

Novice Riders’ (Lentells Chartered Accountants – Graham Stuart Memorial Trophy)
1 Join Together (Megan Nicholls) 1-2 fav
2 Barneys Mate (Philip Miller) 4-1
3 Francis du Mesnil (Lucy Mager) 20-1
7 ran; 1 3/4l; 5l; 6m 8s
Trained by Rose Loxton

Restricted (Martin Diplock – Ruth Wilmington Memorial Cup)
1 Midnight Breeze (Ciaran Gethings) 100-30
2 Donpierre (Ben Robarts) 11-4 fav
3 Spot the Grey (Darren Edwards) 7-2
8 ran; neck ; 12l; 6m 14s
Trained by Ollie Bush

Open Maiden (Scott Rowe Solicitors- Stan Sweetland Memorial Cup)
1 The Eaglehaslanded (Will Biddick) 8-11 fav
2 Garden Whispers (Danny Burton) 10-1
3 Golden Squirell (Rob Hawker) 4-1
10 ran; 10l; 1 1/2l; 6m 20s
Trained by Paul Nicholls

Stevenstone point to point update

After a two year break the Stevenstone point to point is back and the committee are raring to go on Monday May 5 on the course at Vauterhill, EX37 9BT.

Entries close 9pm this coming Sunday so please support them. Secretary Jane Wickett reports all is well with the course which has a great covering of grass.

Entries to:

Mrs J Wickett,
Hill Farm,
EX21 5ST.

Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point-To-Point Dinner & Dance

The date for this Years Ball has been booked for Saturday 21st June at The New Continental, Plymouth.

– Disco
– Presentation of area annual awards
– 3 course dinner with coffee & mints
– Video screening of the season
– Raffle in aid of the IJF

Rooms are available, but need to be booked ASAP as it is a busy time so please phone and book them soon, quoting the D&C Dinner on 01752 276798

Tickets cost £42 and must be booked and paid for by June 5th.

Tables of 10 are available and these can be shared if you don’t fill a table.

Please send SAE with full payment (cheques made payable to Point To Point Dinner) to:
Katie Squire
Beaford House
EX19 8AB

contact Katie Squire
Tel. 01805 603129


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