Robbie Henderson scored a hat-trick of wins at Bratton Down Point-to-Point on Sunday, extending his lead at the top of the area mens jockey leaderboard. Whenharrymetsally gave Henderson his first win of the day in the opening Winston Pincombe Landrovers-sponsored Members race, pleasing the favourite backers who had backed him into odds on. Henderson was stalking Right Enough, ridden by Tom Chanin, over the last and took over on the run in, coming home two lengths ahead. Whenharrymetsally is trained by Keith Cumings who commented “She is a tough mare and lovely to do, stays well, will be a nice breeding prospect in a couple of years time.” Owner Andrew Broggio was delighted, and stated “She won the members race here last year, she does anything we ask of her, and will now get a well deserved summer off.”
Hameldown Tor trained at Ottery St Mary by Ed Walker, gave Henderson his second win of the day in the Men’s Open race,sponsored by The Poltimore Inn, North Molton. A good crowd had turned up at the Bratton meeting, but for this race many had to dive for cover during a torrential down pour. Those who stayed by the rail witnessed a class performance, with Henderson playing a waiting game, leading over the last and stretching ahead up the run in, leaving the favourite, Findlays Find back in third, behind the Jack Barber ridden Posh Totty, who snatched second. Owned by The Otter Club, Ken Edwards claimed “He has given us so much fun this summer, having been in the frame on all of his starts this season, and also won at Trebudannon.” Ken added “I had a winner at Royal Cornwall show yesterday and this is a bonus.” Hameldown Tor’s win puts Devon trainer Ed Walker, equal second in the National Trainers championship for yards with eight horses or over.
Henderson’s treble came when Kings Scout from the Marie McGuinness yard took the Seddons Farms Department-sponsored Restricted race. Robbie Henderson rode another patiently ridden race, which saw the rest of the field fade in the rain softened ground. Kings Scout won by four lengths ahead of Golden Squirell and Apassionforfashion, who had stayed on under Jacqueline Coward a neck behind in third. “Kings Scout had suffered a foot problem last season which had taken a long time to come right, then also had a back problem in his sacro-illiac joint, but thanks to the hard work of farrier Toby Wheeler and our vet Phil Browne, he came right.” stated trainer Marie McGuinness.
Megan Nicholls has broken a Pointing record, when driving home Current Event to win the Ladies’ Open, sponsored by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. She has won 17 races as a 16 year old, giving her 17 wins out of 20 runs this season. Current Events trainer Rose Loxton is the National leading trainer for seven horses or less, she herself had a tough season last year, loosing one of her best horses and nearly gave up training. When asked what her methods of training are, she stated ” I think turn out is important, keeping things as natural as possible, riding around fields, we go to gallops once a week, no special feeds, just plenty of carrots.” She added “We had one with stomach ulcers and treated that.”
Jacqueline Coward had brought four horses down from Yorkshire the night before and stabled them with Richard Barber at Seaborough. Billing gave her a win in the Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw sponsored Intermediate race, having led from flag fall with outsider Bathwick Scanno chasing her all the way to the line, finishing a length down in second. Coward is now just one race behind Bridget Andrews in the National Ladies table, and this race saw her collect the Harold Scott Memorial Cup for the best riding performance of the day.
The Open Maiden race started with a slow pace, with none of the 15 runners keen to take the lead. Will Biddick then set off on Nudge The Nugget but was soon overtaken by the favorite Grey Dream under David Noonan, however this was a race for Kylemore Lough under jockey/trainer Nick Williams who timed his move to perfection leading two out and going on to score by one and a half lengths with Grey Dream in second. Owner Mick McMahon stated “it’s his third run and everything has gone to plan so far, he is only five and the last one I have bred, he will come home now for a rest, and the plan maybe to run him under rules or carry on Pointing next season.” This race was sponsored by Stags.
The stage is set for next weekends grande finale at Umberleigh Saturday 14th June.
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The following professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Horse Events UK, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, & Tim Holt