East Devon Point-To-Point entries and form, Bishops Court, 28th February 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race, Division 1
3rd 13:10 Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race, Division 2
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Intermediate Race
6th 14:55 Novice Riders Race
7th 15:30 Restricted Race
8th 16:05 Open Maiden Race

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Point to Point racing resumes in the Devon & Cornwall Area next weekend where the East Devon host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday 28th February. With over 130 entries received, this day promises to be full of action.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance Car & driver £10, Car and passenger £20, Car plus occupants £30, Pedestrians £5.

Course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Post code EX11 1RJ

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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Preview: East Devon Point-to-Point at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary Sat 28th February 2015

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Point to Point racing resumes in the Devon & Cornwall Area next weekend where the East Devon host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday 28th February. With over 130 entries received, this day promises to be full of action.

The Members race, which is sponsored by East Devon Associates, heads up the day at 12 noon. Local trainer Ed Walker holds four of the twelve entries, with Blazing Whale looking to be the market leader, having won the West Country Champion Chase at Buckfastleigh. He is a previous course winner here. Another from the Walker team is Level Spirit who won two races last year, but may be in need of the run on his first outing this season.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, the first is sponsored by County Leisure Fibreglass Ltd. The Chief Villian looks an interesting entry, with some good form under Rules last summer. Also entered is Bertie’s Way from the Dean Summersby team, who ran a creditable third at Wadebridge under leading area jockey Darren Edwards. In the Mole Valley-sponsored second division of the Open Maiden, Miss Weld under novice jockey Pippa Glanville was running well at Wadebridge until three out and finished fifth. Stow Hill ran second in a Point in Ireland last May and is now in training with Ed Walker. Earth Power and Beetle Jack are others to catch the eye.

In the Michael Pidsley (The Devonshire Straw Man) sponsored Mixed Open, the eight -year-old Bellsinni Ron could be hard to catch if jockey Will Biddick gets the leg-up. The gelding is a winner of eight Points including four Opens and is with the in-form Jack Barber team. Kirkleigh has found his old form and could go well again for the Robert Chanin camp, having taken a competitive Confined race at Buckfastleigh this month. Whenharrymetsally is another who would relish the going if staying soft, and follow up on her short head win over Swansbrook earlier this month.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race could go the way of the Laura Thomas-trained Full Throttle, having won his Restricted in January, he followed that up with a length second to winner Will Fight at Godstone. Also entered is the Karyn Heard-trained Carheney River, is another who could go close having run two lengths second at Buckfastleigh and looks ready to step up into Intermediate company. Gale Force Lucey has already found the winners enclosure this season, and would relish the ground if it stays on the soft side.

Ford Simey Solicitors sponsor the PPORA members Novice Riders race. Silver Token ran and won last weekend at Badbury Rings, so may not turn out so soon, which leaves the door open for Mic’s Delight to snatch this. Owned/trained and ridden by Jennifer Davenport, the combination have been knocking at the door of a win all season. Working Title could be the one to deny Mic’s Delight a win, having won two Novice races, and ran second in a Mixed Open since coming home behind Mic’s Delight at Black Forest Lodge in November.

In the James Pinfold & Harris Timber-sponsored Restricted race, the Pauling Geering-trained Racey Lacey was backed into odds-on favourite and won her Maiden race at Wadebridge under Will Biddick, she looks progressive and could be the one to catch here. Another entry, Sparkling Miss from the Michael Millar team, has already shown promise in Restricted company, when second to Impact Area at Milborne St Andrew, and Mangans Turn from the Jack Barber team ran an eye catching three quarters of a length second at Chipley Park.

Finally to close the days events, is the Otter Brewery-sponsored Open Maiden race for horses eight years and over, suggestions could be Berry Smart after his second at Milborne St Andrew earlier this month, and Its My Island after her third at Chaddesley Corbett in December.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance Car & driver £10, Car and passenger £20, Car plus occupants £30, Pedestrians £5.

Course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Post code EX11 1RJ

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East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, rescheduled for 8th March 2015

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4 March 2015

Karina Armes reports the Clerk of the Course has confirmed to her at 17:30 that “the going is good to soft” now.

3 March 2015

Karina Armes reports the forecast for the end of the week is looking good and knowing how well the course dries, we would hope for decent ground.

The official update I had from the Clerk of the Course on Monday [2nd March] was “Good, soft in places”.

I will do another update Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning – hopefully there will be no big changes or problems.

24 February 2015

The Point-To-Point Authority have confirmed the East Cornwall Point-To-Point at Great Trethew postponed from 22 Feb will now be held on Sunday 8 March.

The meeting secretary Sandie Newton confirms that entries from the original date will stand for the rescheduled meeting and race times will remain the same. Complimentary passes which have already been sent out will also be accepted.

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DCCOVI – 7yo grey gelding by Clodovil – SOLD

4th Match, Kayley has confirmed that DCCOVI has been sold.

DCCOVI – 7yo grey gelding by Clodovil

Correct and well mannered gelding who has had two educational runs this season on ground that was softer than he would like. He has shown promise in his runs, jumps well and behaves impeccably at the races. Has hunted, is fit and ready to run and is open to any vet / inspection.

A complete gentleman to do in all ways, bombproof in traffic, is ridden by everybody and is happy to work in a string or alone.

No vices, injuries or problems with this horse. Genuine reason for sale. Can be viewed in training nr South Molton,North Devon.

For more information and price please call Kayley Woollacott

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – JOCKEYS’ TITLES 2014/15 LATEST STANDINGS

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The latest standings for the area jockeys’ awards up to & including the South Pool meeting (15 February 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE

Darren Edwards​ 44 points
John Mathias​​ 29 points
Robbie Henderson​ 28 points
Will Biddick​​ 23 points
Jamie Thomas​​ 16 points

LADIES’TITLE

Leanda Tickle​ 22 points
Hannah Welch​ 20 points
Olivia Hutchings​ 9 points
Taylor Pook​ 7 points

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

Joe Drinkwater ​8 points
Harry Cobden​ 7 points
David Noonan​ 7 points
Philip Thomas ​6 points

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

Hannah Welch​ 20 points
Olivia Hutchings​ 9 points
Taylor Pook​ 7 points
Jennifer Davenport​ 4 points
Charlotte Prichard​ 4 points

Buckfastleigh Jockey Club Mares’ Maiden Race draws the runners

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There was a superb turn out of runners for The Jockey Club Maiden Mares’ race at Buckfastleigh in Devon on Sunday.

From an entry of 21, 19 mares were declared so the race had to be split and run in two divisions. This was the second time that a division had been required since The Jockey Club began sponsoring contests for maiden mares – the first occasion had been the very first race to come under the sponsorship, held at Barbury Castle in 2011.

Rose Ash’s Kayley Woollacott trained division one winner Miss Gotaway (ridden by Jamie Thomas) – the runner-up was a hitherto unraced four-year-old called Frelia, trained in Wales by David Gibbs – while Ziggerson Hill (Olivia Hutchings) landed division two for owner/trainer Jackie Du Plessis from Plymouth..

The Jockey Club is sponsoring 19 such races this season, part of a drive to encourage owners to race mares in order to improve the breeding stock of racehorses in Britain. Points are awarded for finishing in the first three in any of the 19 races, and for any subsequent placings, leading to an overall champion whose owner is presented with a trophy at the National Point-to-Point Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

As part of their prize the owner of the champion can benefit from The Jockey Club Bonus – any prize money their mare gains in her first start at a Jockey Club Racecourse will be doubled. Last year’s champion was Splendid Blue, trained in Northumberland by owner Jo Boswell.

The next Jockey Club Maiden Mares’ race takes place at Brocklesby Park in Lincolnshire on March 1, and continues at various point-to-point venues around Britain until the conclusion at Hereford racecourse on May 31.

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Landsker Alfred

Landsker Alfred by Ken Edwards

Landsker Alfred: Outstanding in his Field
Landsker Alfred: Outstanding in his Field

 

This is about one of my best mates. He’s called Landsker Alfred. Fred, to me, and Alfred to some of his previous friends. He’s 29 and no, this is not an obituary, although at the speed I write, it could be before I finish.

I’d given up riding and was trying to concentrate on being sensible. Difficult, when horses are around. Daf, my wife, still had her old Arab, Cricket and we had arranged the holiday of a lifetime: to go to Canada. I thought, if I’m going there, I want to ride in the Rockies. So for a few weeks before we flew, I rode Cricket about so that the muscles wouldn’t ache too much and the bum wouldn’t get too sore.

We returned from our hols and planned to sell up and move to Devon. In the meantime, one of our friends had heard that I had taken up riding again. Not that I had, really. They rang to say that they knew of a retired point-to-pointer that they thought would suit me. And there was no money involved.

John Smith from near Badminton had been given the horse to hunt, but it wasn’t working out. John, at the time, was nearer 90 than 80. Anyone who knows the Smiths will be aware that they can ride anything, and so, despite John’s age, I envisaged a lunatic horse. Didn’t really want one, anyway. I rang John and Peggy to thank them for the offer, and added that, if I took on another horse it would have to be one that could spend all week eating good grass, be dragged in, ridden away and wouldn’t buck me off or do anything stupid. “Just the horse!” they said. I was still apprehensive; the Smiths are proper horsemen. “Anyway,” they added, “take him home, try him and if it doesn’t work out, he’ll probably end up at the kennels.” We all know what that means.

That was over twelve years ago. He was what they said. And we’re still together. Both a bit spronky, he goes up hills better than down and takes about a mile to loosen up. I go on steady and sometimes loosen up. Since we’ve been here on Dartmoor, Fred and I have ridden the moors together, shepherded sheep on the commons, even tried helping with the annual drift, when the commoners bring in the ponies. He did turn into a pillock that day and I haven’t done it since.

I think the only time he has let me down was when I let him down. We were shepherding on the moor, several miles from home. The sheep that I was moving were the wrong side of a wet patch, and it was a long way around. I thought I knew best and so tried to find my way through. Fred went down to his belly and deposited me beside him. I swear he looked at me in disgust. He rolled on his side, extracted his legs and I did my best to keep out of his way. He scrabbled out, I reached out for the reins and he shot off. If he could speak he would have used a few expletives and added, “you can walk home, now.” He proceeded at racing pace. I feared for his safety. I walked. When I got back he was standing by our field gate from the moor, twiddling his hooves, saying “You took your time.”

A few years ago, I decided to try and fulfill one of my lifetime dreams: to win a point-to-point. I had already attempted with eight different horses over 35 years, riding three of them (badly), but failed. I  purchased a lovely horse called Dare Too Dream. I did the prep work before he went into training. What a thrill – jumping a racing fence I’d built – must have been at least five feet high and travelling at 35 miles per hour. Or  maybe it was three foot(ish) and we were going at an old man’s pace.

Fred & Archie riding work: Five feet high and 35mph?
Fred & Archie riding work: Five feet high and 35mph?

Now Fred had to be brought out of retirement, so to speak, so that we had something to gallop and school with. Lizzie, who helps me break a few horses rode Fred on these occasions and although aged, he put his best hoof forward and flew. We looked like cheshire cats and the grin stayed through rain or shine.

Grinning like Cheshire cats...
Grinning like Cheshire cats…

As I mentioned, we break a few horse and ponies and Fred has nursemaided them all; protecting them from all things dangerous, introducing them to water and giving them a lead over small jumps. I can’t tell you how many miles I must have ridden, leading them from him. We used him again this year as company to get the current point-to-pointer, Hameldown Tor, ready. I’ll own up. Lizzie rode Hameldown Tor most of the time, and I rode Fred.

That’s Fred up to date. But I should point out that in his time he was trained by that legend of point-to-point, Dick Baimbridge and ridden by the then leading lady jockey, Alison Dare, to win eleven races and be placed more than twenty times. What a horse.

Coincidentally, when attending a funeral in Wales I got talking about horses to someone I didn’t know and mentioned Landsker Alfred. My new acquaintance smiled and said that he had been involved with the breeding of him, the breaking of him and the showing of him as a youngster. It’s a small world.

His old teeth are a bit spronky now. Keith the Teeth (our horse dentist) tidies them up the best he can on a regular basis. The horse always was parrot-mouthed and you certainly wouldn’t use him for a toothpaste advert now.

I know he can’t go on much longer and I’d sooner write about him while he’s still alive and I’m enjoying him. Will I give up when he’s gone? I don’t know. He will be hard to replace.

Point-to-points? Yes, I got my winner: Hameldown Tor. Polly Gundry trained and rode him for me, and yes, I cried, soft twit. My parents brought me up to be a good loser, which I got very used to being. But, my goodness, there’s nothing like being a winner!

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Tomorrow, if it stops raining, I shall ride Fred. He’s eating enough food to be in full training at the moment and I don’t begrudge him a grain of it.

Have you got a veteran former Westcountry point to pointer in your life? Let us know what you are up to!

Point-to-Point race programming under scrutiny

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A race programming committee has been formed to look at several key areas of point-to-point racing.

Drawn from the sport’s stakeholders and chaired by independent member David Minton, it will look at race programming and conditions and consider the horse population and make-up of those taking part as owners, trainers and riders. Those with an interest in the sport will be canvassed or be given a chance to make their opinions known.

The committee was formed following an internal paper that was put together by the Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) during the summer of 2014. It highlighted race planning and penalty structure, retention of participants, economic impact, communications, sponsorship, costs and relationships, regulation and qualifications, as issues that needed to be looked into in order to encourage people to take part in the sport and attract as many runners as possible.

Minton’s committee consists of the BHA’s Richard Russell, Alan Hill for the MFHA, press officer Matt Coleman, Nick Bostock for the PPSA, Tik Saunders of the PPORA and Philip Hall for The Jockey Club.

Following their initial meeting recently, Minton said: “The committee is made up of a good group of people from various areas of the country, and we had an array of views at our first meeting – our aim is to encourage people to get more point-to-pointers. We’ll be putting ourselves around to hear what people think.”

No time frame has been set for the committee to complete its work, although its first recommendations and report to the PPA Board will have been sent by the end of April.

Proposed Aims          

  • Provide a well-structured model for fixtures that will increase the numbers of participants and race-goers and thereby underpin the future of the sport.
  • Improve the average number of runners per race
  • Create a race programme that reflects the quality and quantity of the available horse population
  • Analyse data to highlight the imbalance in the race program in order to create a revised programme that offers appropriate balance of opportunities for horses of different ability.
  • Improve competitive nature of races. (Address small fields/short-priced favourites)
  • Horse Welfare – Prevent large weights being carried by multiple winners
  • Attract horses that are capable of sustaining a career in the sport by increasing opportunities
  • Identify horses yet to run under rules that could develop from Point-to-Points and vice versa
  • Encourage natural progression of the horses mental and physical abilities (it is beneficial for horses of similar experience to compete against each other)
  • Encourage Flat horses to transfer to Pointing
  • Guidance on cross referencing between areas in order to produce an evenly spread race program.

Further information the Point-to-Point Authority: 01285 841920 info@p2pa.co.uk

East Cornwall Point-To-Point entries and form, Great Trethew, 8th March 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 2m4f Open Maiden (4&5 yr old) Race
3rd 13:10 2m4f Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Restricted Race
6th 14:55 Confined Race

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Next weekend will see Point-to-Point horse racing enthusiasts flock to the popular track at Great Trethew, Menheniot on Sunday 8th March 2015. Six races are on offer, and with entries of nearly one hundred horses, this promises to be a great day out. The course is popular for maiden horses experiencing the race course for the first time, with many going on to be future stars.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, and numerous trade stands.

Entrance is £25 car driver and two or more passengers, £20 Car, driver and one passenger, £15 car and driver, £6 pedestrians, children under 16 free.

Course is located at Menheniot, off A38 between Liskeard and Saltash. Postcode PL14 3PZ

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP SOUTH POOL HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH 15 FEB 2015

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It was just like the old days at Buckfastleigh racecourse, but nowadays the background is the old rundown stand looking like a deserted ghost ship gazing on us forlornly on the hill.

I doubt whether any of the massive modern day crowd on Sunday noticed this. They certainly couldn’t have missed the long row of bookmakers on a day blessed with perfect February weather. The going was very testing.

14 runners in the first race sent us straight into battle. Leading fancies KIRKLEIGH (11-4 from 3’) and INDIANA BAY (5-2 fav from 3’s) fought out the finish with Kirkleigh coming out on top. Both will win more races. COCKNEY TRUCKER was rated 142 at his best for the McManus / Hobbs team but is in the veteran stage now and came off a long break to run at Larkhill last month. He had his backers here (16’s to 12’s) and was not disgraced in finishing fourth

The Intermediate featured the biggest field (19) in a British point-to-point this season. I was very taken with the winner IMPACT AREA (a solid 3-1 fav). The sturdy grey was always going well and ran on well to hold the strong finishing ROSEYROO ( 5-1 from 7-2).

STEELTOWN‘S narrow defeat by subsequent hunter chase winner Coombe Hill at the Silverton made him a popular choice in the featured West Country Champion Chase. Kayley Woollacott’s charge was backed from 5-2 to 13-8 fav, but he was back pedalling from three out behind BLAZING WHALE (2-1 out to 7-2)

DICKY BOB’S Maiden success owed much to his rider Tom Chanin’s acrobatic recovery at the penultimate fence. Backed from 4-1 to 5-2, the combination finished with reins and stirrups dangling after that blunder and just had enough in reserve to hold the favourite PETERBROWN (5-2 to 9-4).

Favourites obliged in each division of the Mares and Fillies Maiden (divided on the day). MISS GOTAWAY (evens – 4-5) looked a promising stayer in winning  her section in 7 minutes 32 seconds. ZIGGERSON HILL (3’s into 2’s) was following in the hoof prints of her half sister Miss Ziggerson, who had won this same event in 2005.

IT’S ALL OR NOTHING had the layers wiping off his 10’s. 8’s and 6’s in quick succession in the concluding Restricted. Having settled at 5-1, the grey ran well for a long way until getting tired, leaving INFAMOUS GROUSE (6’s to 5’s) to fight off CARHENEY RIVER (7-4 to 2-1 fav) and survive an objection in a spirited battle to the line.