GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS, BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 25th MAY 2015

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The 14 bookmakers produced a strong betting market at Upcott Cross during an afternoon with some bizarre happenings.

The 14 runner Restricted became the race that never was. 50-1 chance Gleannacreim played up at the start, but the starter appeared to flag the field away. It was not until the race was taking shape with half a mile to run that a yellow flag was deployed to stop the race. A false start was cited. It was a pity that this unfortunate turn of events meant a void race because apart from everybody’s wasted efforts, a good finish was in prospect.

Course winner Brave Encounter had made most of the running, having been gambled on from early 20’s to 5-1 at the “off”. Will Biddick’s mount Earthpower had started favourite (5-2 to 2’s) and was making eye catching progress up the back straight. Myladtommy (25’s to 20’s) and the complete outsider Mongress Boy (200-1) also showed prominently when the order to stop the race was given.

The afternoon had started more positively in the eight-runner Confined when Devon General (3’s to 5-2) and Mausefalle (10-1 touched 12’) dead heated. Third placed King’s Bench (6’s into 4’s) kept on well and had run creditably on his three previous outings this season. He is capable of stepping up on this effort.

Posh Totty was the main fancy in the Men’s Open. One punter’s bet of £200 at 4-5 looked a steal, especially since the she hardened to 1-3 at the off. This time the Jack Barber trained mare found Robin Will (7-2 to 3’s) a bit too hot to handle.

Cock of the Rock, seeking his seventh successive win, opened at 1-2 in the Novice Riders’ (a bet of £2,000 to win £1,000 noted).  16-year-old Harry Cobden has impressed all season and once again timed his challenge to perfection to overcome the tough 6-year-old Le Clo de la Londe who had been backed from 6-1 to 9-2.

Ned White (7-4 fav from 2’s) has been a grand servant to his connections for many years. He jumped superbly for Leanda Tickle to win the Ladies’ Open without too much fuss. Despite showing as a 12-year-old on the race card he is actually a year older than that and retirement beckons for him at the end of the season.

I had begun to think that Baldhu High Tide was not much better than his dam North Coast Girl, who managed only one tailed off completion in her 14 races. Baldhu High Tide, sired by Baldhu Jack (who won two points in his day) had struggled with only one distant completion in his six efforts to date. However this was his day. Fitted with a hood for the first time and putting his eventing experience to good use, Baldhu High Tide had the last laugh and won quite easily in the end under Vicky Wade. He was of course easy to back at long odds (33’s to 25’s), but I saw one clairvoyant punter picking up the tidy sum of £2,000.

RESULTS

Results of the South Tetcott meeting

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Tim Holt, David Strange, Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News), and Roger Peaple

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Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form, Bratton Down, Sunday 31st May 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

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 v =  void

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.

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

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REPORT ON THE SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS, BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 25th MAY 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

DARREN EDWARDS has been runner up for the Devon & Cornwall jockeys’ championship twice in recent years but looks all set to lift that title for the first time this season.

Whilst regularly commuting back to his West country roots from his job in Leicestershire, Darren has accumulated 22 winners this season, the latest of which came when he forced Mausefalle up to dead heat with Devon General in the Confined race at Upcott Cross.

Eight-year-old Mausefalle is owned by Mike Bickell and trained by Dean Summersby who said, “He needs good ground and is a spring horse. We will probably keep him for the later meetings next season”.

Devon General, partnered by Matt Hampton, would probably have won outright but for less than fluent jumping over the last two fences. This seven-year-old, by Derby winner Generous, was bought as a part broken four-year-old by owners John and Ruth Burrow and is trained by Kayley Woolacott.

The Woollacott / Hampton duo struck again in the following Men’s Open thanks to Robin Will whose challenge was timed to perfection as he headed Posh Totty jumping the last. “He either switches off or gets interested. He is quite tricky to train and blew hard last time when he was short of work after a month’s break.” reported the trainer who is enjoying a tremendous season. Will Biddick’s mount Posh Totty, who was seeking her seasonal hat trick, was clearly second best this time, despite being sent off 1-3 favourite.

The Novice Riders’ contest saw as equally short priced favourite, but this time Cock Of The Rock didn’t fluff his lines and sauntered home at odds of 1-3 for his seventh win of the season. Young jockey Harry Cobden is in line for a clutch of National novice awards in his first season, including the Fuller’s Gentleman Novice Rider award. Trainer Rachael Green is favourite to collect the Connolly’s Red Mills trophy for the most successful trainer of seven horses or less. This looks like being an early wedding present for Rachael, who marries her long time partner Anthony Honeyball early in July.

Leanda Tickle holds a healthy lead for the Devon & Cornwall lady jockeys’ title this year after finishing runner-up for that award twice in recent seasons. She jumped off in front on Ned White in the Ladies’ Open and the gallant 13-year-old made all the running. “He likes top of the ground and his final race before retirement will probably be at Bratton Down in two weeks time,” said Robert Chanin, who trains this five times point-to-point winner for owners Jacqui and Norman Elliott.

High Priority gained a deserved victory for the Keith Cumings yard in the first of the two Maidens. Bought at Goffs as a four-year-old, “He was so backward and weak last season and loves this better ground,” reported connections. “He had plenty in hand,” reported 23-year-old jockey Josh Newman who hopes to gain experience riding track work in America this summer. .

The other Maiden division went to 25-1 outsider Baldhu High Tide, a first training success for Lifton based Lizzie Luxton. The gelding, wearing a hood for the first time, is owned by Lizzie’s mother Sandy Wevill, and was leaving some modest form behind him.. “We bought him as a three-year-old from Steve Long and he has evented all his life,” said Lizzie.

Memories of the false start that caused the Grand National that never was (1993) were re-kindled in the Restricted. The 14-runner race was stopped at the end of the back straight after the field had completed two circuits. It transpired that a false start had been caused by a horse playing up as the started dropped his flag and the race was declared void. “I would have won,” was a popular comment from at least three of the jockeys still going strongly as they were eventually flagged to a halt in motor racing Grand Prix style.

RESULTS

Results of the South Tetcott meeting

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Tim Holt, David Strange, Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News), and Roger Peaple

NEXT FIXTURES

Sunday, 31st May 2015, Exmoor Foxhounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down.

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Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point Bratton Down, Sunday 31st May 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

The stunning location of Bratton Down is the location for this weekends Point-to-Point, where the Exmoor Foxhounds hold their fixture this Sunday May 31st. A fabulous day is on offer for all the family, with pony racing heading up the action at 1pm includes two pony races which are sponsored by Teapes Tyres. The main six race card follows at 2pm, over 100 entries having been received.

Bray Leino sponsor the Ladies Open race, and Moore Scarrott Accountants sponsor the Men’s Open, which look to be the feature races of the day. Local trainer Claire Hitch could snatch the Ladies race with Minella Fifty, having won at Milborne St Andrew under jockey Charlotte Prichard when sent off favourite that day. Top Chief from the Stuart Sampson team, also holds strong claims having won the Members race here two weeks ago under jockey Jake Bament. In the Men’s Open Whataknight won here under champion jockey Will Biddick for the Jack Barber team. The equally rated Parkham Jack also holds an entry in the Stratford Hunter Chase evening this Friday, but could go close if the Woollacott team choose to run him here. Level Spirit from the Ed Walker team clocked up wins at both Flete meetings and a second at Holnicote, and Little Cornham with his wins at Badbury and Cothelstone from the Keith Cumings team, are two other suggestions that catch the eye.

Trainer Claire Hitch holds three strong entries in the opening Members race, sponsored by RSM Beares & B Thornes & Sons Agric, including Bernshaw, a winner here at the first meeting who gave Will Biddick his record breaking season run of winners. I’m All Set is another possible runner from the Hitch yard who could go well having already clocked up a seasons hat-trick, including the Intermediate race at Trebudannon. The Mystro from the Keith Cumings team ran well in the Maiden here at the last meeting, when a neck second behind Bugsie Malone could give another strong challenge.

The Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race could go the way of the Joe Tickle-trained Templestateforesco to follow up on his neck second at Vauterhill. The Flying Doc from the Ed Walker team could be another to note having shown some good form when winning at Didmarton.

The lightly raced Credit Crunched could figure in the Intermediate race to follow on from his four length second at Whitfield in March, What About Will was unlucky to finish a neck second in a small field at Larkhill and should go close. This race is sponsored by Ashley Farrant and the Kingdon family in memory of Donna Kingdon.

It is likely that the Open maiden race will be divided on the day with 30 entered. Suggestions could be Looking For Mick who ran a promising second here at the last meeting, and Kit Hill from the Jackie du Plessis team ran well at Flete Park when second, having led until headed by winner Nudge The Nugget in the final 50 yards. The maiden races, if divided, will be sponsored by The Old Station House Inn and Slee Blackwell Solicitors.

Along with racing, on course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger up to a max of £30 per car. Pedestrians £10 with children under 16 free.

The course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton EX31 4SG

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Pony Racing Entries: Exmoor Foxhounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday, 31st May 2015

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Sourced from the Point to Point Pony Racing Facebook page: CONFIRMED ENTRIES FOR THE EXMOOR HUNT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY, 31ST MAY 2015

138cms & Under Race at 1.00pm

1 BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE  Molly Landau
2 GINGER WIZARD  Chad Bament
3 HELSINGTON VANETTA  Lewis McDonald
4 JOBANKER MORNING MIST  Finn Muirhead
5 KISSY  Emily Handel
6 MAGIC  Honor Weatherlake
7 MOCKING BIRD  Alfie Godfrey
8 PARKHILL PLAYBOY  Joshua Brown
9 TALPONCIAU PERFECT PRINT  Hamish Clarke
10 TOBY  Josh Craddock
RESERVES ANGELIC  Olive Nicholls
CHURCHILL  Tamby Welch

148cms & under at 1.20pm

1 CALYPSO  Ben Godfrey
2 COOL RUNNER  Thomas Doggrell
3 IGO ZUMINOV  James Armstrong
4 PICKMERE BOND STREET  Hamish Clarke
5 SHOTGUN MINNIE  Tyler Heard
6 SPRINGS  Thomasina Eyston
7 TARKA  Michael Treneer
8 TOTAL ECLIPSE  William Cox
9 VADLAWALKOVER  Tamby Welch

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RESULTS: SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT, UPCOTT CROSS, BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 25th MAY 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good

Confined (Penbode Veterinary Group)

1 dead heat Devon General (Matt Hampton) 5-2 led three out, blundered last two fences, caught on line
1 dead heat Mausefalle (Darren Edwards) 10-1 prom, went 2nd three out, strong run flat, joined ldr on line
3 Kings Bench (David Noonan) 4-1 stayed on well from three out
8 ran; dead heat; 3l; 6m 26s
Owner: Devon General Mr & Mrs John Burrow ; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott
Owner Mausefalle Mike Bickell; Trainer; Dean Summersby

Men’s Open (T L Rowe, Park Homes)

1 Robin Will (Matt Hampton) 3-1 held up, effort three out, led last, soon clear
2 Posh Totty (Will Biddick) 1-3 fav took lead 14th, headed last, no extra flat
3 Rush N Roll (Michael Legg) 8-1 hdwy 13th, no extra from two out
4 ran; 3l; 8l; 6m 28s
Owner: Mr & Mrs John Symes; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Restricted (Coodes Solicitors)

Race stopped at the 15th fence – declared void – false start (14 ran)

Ladies’ Open (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Ned White (Leanda Tickle) 7-4 fav made all, drew clear two out, comf
2 Florence Mary (Lucy Mager) 9-4 went 2nd 13th, every chance til wknd two out
3 Battle Bridge (Chloe Swaffield) 11-2 some hdwy four out, took 3rd flat, no ch ldrs
5 ran; 7l; 10l; 6m 27s
Owner; Mrs J and Mr N Elliott: Trainer; Robert Chanin

Club Novice Riders’ (PRJ Engineering)

1 Cock Of The Rock (Harry Cobden) 1-3 fav held up, smooth prog to lead two out, soon clear
2 Le Clo De La Londe (Sean Houlihan) 9-2 led 10th til headed two out
3 Mumbles Pier (R Patrick) 11-2 disputed lead / close up til wknd four out
8 ran; 12l; 25l; 6m 24s;
Owner; Harry Cobden; Trainer; Rachael Green

Open Maiden Division 1 (Dawn West Devon)

1 High Priority (Josh Newman) 4-1 took lead three out, rdn clr next, easily
2 Onwegoagain (Darren Edwards) 9-1 chased winner from three out, stayed on one pace
3 Forrardon Exmoor (Vicky Wade) 15-8 fav led til four out, well held from next
10 ran; 5l; 25l; 6m 31s
Owner; Mr & Mrs P Clarke & Mrs J Cumings; Trainer; Keith Cumings

Open Maiden Division 2 (FC Cleaning Systems)

1 Baldhu High Tide (Vicky Wade) 25-1 led til 12th & agn from three out, clear when blundered last, easily
2 Cloudy Coma (Sam Ellicott) 12-1 stayed on from three out
3 Meldon Express (Jo Buck) 2-1 jt fav hit 14th, went 2nd three out til flat
7 ran; 6l; head; 6m 42s
Owner; Mrs S Wevill; Trainer; Lizzie Luxton

Pony Racing

Sourced from Point to Point Pony Racing: CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE SOUTH TETCOTT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON MONDAY, 25TH MAY 2015

138cm & Under Race

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
2. THE JOBS NOT STRAIGHT – Tyler Heard
3. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
4. MOCKING BIRD – Alfie Godfrey
5. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau
6. JOBANKER MORNING MIST – Finn Muirhead
7. MASSEREENE PORTORA – Harry Brown (10)
8. MENEDH JUMPING JACK FLASH – Otis Morgan
9. WIDE VALLEY BATMAN – Walter Fisher-Barnett
10.WIDE VALLEY MARCH – Ruby Fisher-Barnett

148cm & under at 12.20pm

1. DONT TELL DAI – Connor Brace
2. CALYPSO – Ben Godfrey
3. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
4. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
5. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard
6. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
7. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young
8. BARBOZA – Isabel Hunt

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Advanced Going: Exmoor Foxhounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down

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Saturday 30th May 2015

After rain on Friday the going is now Good.

Mr Hugh Thomas

Bratton Down Point to Point Committee

Thursday 21st May 2015

Barbara Thomas advises the updated going for Bratton Down is Good, with Good to Firm in places and that all the fences and corners have been moved out on to fresh ground since the Dulverton West meeting.

South Tetcott Point-To-Point entries and form, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Confined Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Restricted Race
4th 14:55 Ladies Race
5th 15:30 Novice Riders Race
6th 16:05 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 16:40 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Going (Mon 18th): Good – Good/Soft

Preview extract:
The popular Point-to-Point horse racing course at Upcott Cross, Halwill junction is the area venue for this weekend Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. With only a few weeks left until the season finishes in June, this track will again attract the top horses and jockey’s to battle out the finishes with much at stake with the championship tables.

Pony racing will head up the action at 12 noon, before the main six race card commences at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 – Postcode EX21 5AE.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger up to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free, pedestrians £10.

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.

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

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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 Dulverton West meeting (17th May 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE
Darren Edwards 109 points
Will Biddick 90  points
Jamie Thomas 78 points
Robbie Henderson 60 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 44 points

 

LADIES’ TITLE
Leanda Tickle 56 points
Jo Buck 44 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Bryony Frost 33 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points

 

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season) 
David Noonan 40 points
Sean Houlihan 25 points
Jake Bament 20 points
Harry Cobden 17 points
Ryan Chapman 14 points
Hedley Webb 11 points

 

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)
Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 15 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Taylor Pook  7 points

This years End of Season DO!! will be on Saturday 27th June at The New Continental Plymouth.
Tickets available now for the END of Season Awards (15th Apr). Tickets £45 each

To order tickets:
– Facebook message Katie Squire
– Phone 01805 603129
– or email katiesquire980@btinternet.com

Please ask for Bobbie at the New Continental, Plymouth when you call to book a room. Her direct number is 01752 276797.

Anyone with any trophies from last year’s awards or from previous years please let Katie Squire know, and bring them to Upcott Cross, Bratton Down or Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh She will be VERY happy !!!!!!! thanks !!!

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN 17TH MAY 2015

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The 88 runners at Bratton Down vastly overshadowed the number of runners at the other seven British point-to-point fixtures at the weekend (Clifton-On Teme could only muster a turn out of 24)

So the scene was set for plenty of betting activity and punters soon got down to action. It was surprising to see The Persuader backed from 8’s into 3-1 fav for the opener, presumably on the strength of his Stevenstone maiden win. He was soon struggling in the rear and the grey seemed ill at ease before Bryony Frost pulled him up at the 15th fence.  Nothing could stop record seeking Will Biddick, who would not be denied on course winner Bernshaw (9-2 touched 5’s), locally trained by Claire Hitch. Golden Squirrel (10-1) has been knocking at the door in this class recently and ran on really well to finish second.

There was a very tight finish to the first section of the Bob Pittard Memorial Maiden. Bob would have relished the result as Highland Thistle in first time blinkers became the longest price winner of the season in the area. His previous form figures of ppppp did not exactly inspire confidence and resulted in a 66-1 SP return. Nevertheless the sturdy chestnut won on merit and battled on gamely up the hill to hold the promising Looking For Mick (20s to 16’s) and the well fancied Barber debutant Drift Wood (6-4 to 5-4).

Bugsie Malone (5-4 to evens) retrieved £170 of his 80,000 euros purchase price in the second Maiden division after a spirited battle with The Mystro (9-2 touched 5’s). Biddick needed all of his guile to get Bugsie Malone home in front, but the Mahler youngster was very green and we can expect significant improvement.

Bellflower Boy was solid at 13-2 / 7-1 in the four miles Mixed Open. Bryony Frost timed her challenge to perfection, coming from fourth to first in a sweeping run up the hill to gain a head verdict over Cecile De Volanges (5-2 from 3’s). Both had good recent winning form over four miles. Connections have left the headgear off the winner in his recent races and this tough old campaigner can never be dismissed. Third placed Right Enough (16-1) seems to be running into form and might pick up a race before the end of the season.

Otis Tarda was given a vintage Biddick ride to win the Intermediate. Despite drifting out to 10-1 the winner cruised to the front on a tight rein approaching the final fence. He eventually held on by a neck in a driving finish with Fourstar River (4-1), after carrying his rival to the right inside the last 150 yards.

I thought that Queens Bay (Will Biddick) would be my bet of the day in the last race. Despite being absent from the track for nearly a year this classy mare opened at only 5-4 before closing in to evens. I cannot run fast enough these days so missed the cream of the odds. She won of course so well done Will Biddick – what a day.

RESULTS

Results of the Dulverton West meeting

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Sportography (Mark Johnston), Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Tim Holt, Brian Armstrong, Stephen Wensley, and Roger Peaple

NEXT FIXTURES

Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2015, South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, nr Halwill Junction, EX21 5AE.

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