BLACK FOREST CLUB POINT-TO-POINT REPORT – 29 NOV 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE Devon & Cornwall area got the new British point-to-point season under way at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday (29 Nov) in blustery, but dry conditions.

The Devon track attracted much media interest surrounding the debut over jumps of Victoria Pendleton. As a prelude to her quest to ride in the Cheltenham Foxhunter chase next March, the former Olympic cycling champion took the mount on 12-year-old Minella Theatre, saddled by her mentor Alan Hill, in the Club Members’ race.

Her experienced mount had been ridden to victory by Tony McCoy back in 2009, but with cameras thrust at her in every direction, the champion cyclist’s safe schoolmaster conveyance was back-pedalling in the rear soon after half way and she eventually pulled her mount up half a mile from home.

The nine-runner contest went to another ex-chaser in the shape of Premier Portrait, who gave Gus Levinson his first winner. This was a most accomplished ride by the 16-year-old who is taking “A” levels at Radley College. “I just wanted to keep him in a rhythm knowing he would stay well,” explained the rider, whose mount defied a 7lbs penalty after being fractious in the parade ring. The former Kim Bailey trained chaser is now owned and trained by the young rider’s father Dr Charles Levinson near Cheltenham.

It was the turn of another young jockey to shine when the imposing grey Argentato jumped well and made virtually all the running to win the Intermediate. 17-year-old Jordan Nailor hails from Moreton In The Marsh, Gloucestershire and works for jumps trainer Charlie Longsdon. “I rode my only other winner at Andoversford last season,” reported the rider. Argentato runs in the colours of the Cotswold Chancers Partnership and is stabled with Claire Hart, who missed the win due to her riding commitments at Cottenham.

Welsh challengers rarely go home empty handed from Black Forest Lodge and two of Sunday’s winners travelled across the Severn Bridge. Doctor Braveheart lived up to his name with a hard fought head victory in the Restricted. The six-year-old is owned and trained by David Brace who stands the gelding’s sire Dr Massini at his Dunraven Stud. “I bought Doctor Braveheart privately in Ireland last summer after he had run well in a Cork hunter chase but he really needs better ground,” remarked the owner/trainer. Byron Moorcroft, who works for David Brace, rode the winner, who just got up close home to deny Will Biddick’s mount Tempestatefloresco.

It was a similar story in the Open Maiden which saw 26-year-old Byron Moorcroft in the winner’s enclosure again at the expense of champion jockey Biddick. This time the Welsh trained Northgeorge had 12 lengths to spare over Wotzizname on reaching the judge to secure Byron Moorcroft’s double. “We bought Northgeorge at Ascot as a three-year-old reported Jonathon Tudor who trains the winner at Bridgend for owner Steve Young. “This is my first winner with my first horse,” exclaimed the delighted owner. “I drove rally cars for 26 years and now run a medical equipment company,” he added.

The Mixed Open produced a close finish won by The Wealerdealer, who asserted on the final bend and just held off Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards), and the evergreen Coombe Hill who was giving a first ride to Millie Wonnacott. The ever improving winner was ridden by Ian Chanin who also trains the eight-year-old and said, “He is owned by my fiancée Becks Barnett who is a farrier. We train just two horses at Rackenford and this one works with a nice un-named youngster by Winged Love.”

The two and a half miles Open Maiden for four and five-year-olds saw 15 of the 16 entries facing the starter. Iwanabebobbiesgirl and Red Red Rover set a scorching gallop, but at the business end it was left to the well backed Mystery Edition to fend off the challenge of Creative Inerta. “He idled a bit when he hit the front,” reported winning rider Rob Hawker. Mystery Editions owner David Luff is well known as the jockeys’ valet in the West Country but could not be present on this occasion. The winner was bought by his trainer Neil Harris as a three-year-old at Tattersalls, Ireland. “He is a lovely type and has strengthened up really well,” reported the Brompton Regis based trainer.

RESULTS

Results of the Black Forest Club 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: Cat Down (Official Photographer) Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Hamish Mitchell (Horse & Hound), Alun Sedgemore (Sporting Prints), Roger Peaple and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

Press from At The Races, Pinnacle Sports, The Telegraph and The Guardian were also in attendance, with Sky Sports, The BBC, Racing Post, Sporting Life, Daily Mail, Oxford Times, Racing UK, Mid Devon Gazette, Express & Echo and Western Morning News featuring Victoria Pendleton’s Jumps debut.

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RESULTS: BLACK FOREST CLUB AT BLACK FOREST LODGE – 29 NOVEMBER 2015

Going: Good to soft becoming sticky

Open Maiden 4 & 5-year-olds only 2m 4f (Sponsor: Prydis)

1 Mystery Edition (Rob Hawker) 9-4 fav handy, led two out, kept on well

2 Creative Inerta (Ben Clarke) 14-1 hdwy 15th, cl 2nd two out, ran on

3 Whatastormnorm (Tom Chanin) 5-2 chased ldrs from 15th, stayed on strongly flat

15 ran; 2 1/4l; 1 1/2l; 5m 47s

Trainer: Neil Harris

Club Members’ (Ladies of the Silverton & Mid Devon Hunts)

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 12-1 alwys prom, led apprg last, stayed on strongly

2 Doctor Henry (Bronwyn Buttery) 16-1 tracked ldrs from 14th, stayed on to take 2nd flat

3 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas) 8-11 fav hdwy 13th, led three out til apprg last, grad wknd

9 ran; 5l; 7l; 6m 19s

Trainer:Dr Charles Levinson

Restricted (Heltor)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 3-1 hdwy 16th, effort two out, led close home

2 Templestatefloresco (Will Biddick) 3-1 led 14th, 2l lead apprg last, hdd cl home

3 Itchymei’mscratch (Tom David) 7-2 prom til wknd three out

8 ran; head; 15l; 6m 30s

Trainer: David Brace

Mixed Open (Strutt & Parker)

1 The Wealerdealer (Ian Chanin ) 4-1 in touch, strong run three out. led last, ran on well

2 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 11-4 jt fav took lead 16th, hdd apprg last , no extra cl home

3 Coombe Hill (Millie Wonnacott) 8-1 tracked ldrs, kept on well from three out

11 ran; 2 1/2l; 1 1/2l; 6m 26s

Trainer: Ian Chanin

Open Maiden (All Timber Frames Ltd)

1 Northgeorge (Byron Moorcroft) 4-1 handy, effort 16th, led next, clr when mstk last

2 Wotzizname (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav in touch, led15-17, no extra from next

3 King Killer (Darren Edwards) 6-1 held up, kept on steadily clsg stages

9 ran; 12l; 10l; 6m 35s

Trainer: Jonathon Tudor

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Argentato (Jordan Nailor) 4-1 made virtually all, clear two out, stayed on

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 5-2 chased ldrs, cl 2nd 14th, outpaced two out

3 Le Clo De La Londe (Jamie Thomas) 5-1 handy, not reach ldrs three out, stayed on clsg stages

6 ran; 3l; 2l; 6m 30s

Trainer:Claire Hart

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Biddick seeking another British record

Britain’s record-breaking point-to-point champion Will Biddick will be chasing another landmark when the 2015/16 season opens on Sunday.

The Cornishman heads to Black Forest Lodge in Devon, having ridden 68 winners last season, smashing the previous highest score by 12, and landing the British title for the fourth year in a row. That equalled the achievement of East Anglian David Turner from 1974 to 1977, so a fifth straight championship would put Biddick out on his own among male riders, and equal with Polly Gundry, who took the title in successive years from 2000 to 2005 (it was not awarded in 2001 due to foot and mouth). Biddick’s next goal would be to match Turner and Gundry’s eight titles.

He admits last season’s score will be hard to follow, saying: “No one’s set the record in one season and improved on it the following year, so I just plan to go out and ride as many winners as possible. My main aim is to win the title.

“I’m not expecting to retire any time soon, so I’ll just keep riding, doing my best, and hopefully keep owners and trainers happy.”

Biddick rides primarily for Somerset-based trainer Jack Barber, but his string will not be unleashed for another week, so the champion’s four rides on Sunday will involve three for Joe Tickle and one for Sarah Gould.

Gina Andrews, Britain’s reigning women’s champion, is set to kick off the season at Cottenhamin Cambridgeshire. Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton is expected to make her debut in a jumps race at one of the two meetings following three rides on the Flat.

Warwickshire-based Andrews could have three rides, although her brother Jack will partner Midnight Rebel, who is trained by her husband, Tom Ellis – the couple married in July, but Andrews is retaining her maiden name for race riding. She said of the new training yard in which she and Tom are partners: “Tom is the trainer, but I don’t know why, because I’m the one who has to phone owners with bad news!”

Sunday’s meetings involve six-race cards starting at noon – details of how to reach the venues can be found at the sport’s revamped national website www.pointtopoint.co.uk.

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HARKAWAY CLUB correction to planner dates

ANYONE WHO INTENDS MAKING AN ENTRY FOR THE
HARKAWAY CLUB FIXTURE AT CHADDESLEY CORBETT
ON MONDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2015
SHOULD NOTE
ENTRIES CLOSE ON 17TH DECEMBER
HUNTER CERTIFICATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS
11TH DECEMBER
AND NOT AS PRINTED IN THE PLANNER
THE AMENDED TIME FOR THE FIFTH RACE
“NON-RULES MAIDEN”
IS 1 P.M.
AND NOT AS PRINTED
Pete Mansell
West Midland Area PRO

Black Forest Club Black Forest Lodge 29 November 2015 entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon 2 mile 4 furlong Open Maiden Race for 4 & 5 year olds
2nd 12:35 Black Forest Club Members Race
3rd 13:10 Restricted
4th 13:45 Mixed Open
5th 14:20 3 mile Open Maiden
6th 14:55 Intermediate

Preview extract

Black Forest Lodge hosts the first meeting of the new Point-to-Point horse racing season in the Devon & Cornwall area this Sunday 29th November.

The course offers a great countryside day out for all the family with good views across the track. Facilities include hot food, refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Trackside parking for the disabled.

Entrance is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Location is Black Forest Lodge, Kenton, near Exeter (off A380 – EX6 8HR)

FORM GUIDE

Key:

Form = Definition Form = Definition
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 2015/16 form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/14 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Preview: Black Forest Club Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday 29th November 2015

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Written By: Donna Harris

The Black Forest Club hosts the first meeting of the new Point-to-Point horse racing season in the Devon & Cornwall area this Sunday 29th November.

This popular track at Black Forest Lodge, Kenton near Exeter has attracted over 80 entries, and includes three horses from the Alan Hill yard where Olympic Cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has been schooling in preparation for her switching saddles bid. If conditions suit, then it could be Victoria’s first ever ride on a Point-to-Point course. The Strutt & Parker sponsored Mixed Open looks to be the feature race of the day, in which the Hill team have entered Sedgemoor Express, the horse which Victoria Pendleton is anticipated to have her first Point-to-Point race ride on. Another of the Hill team entries is the eight times chase winner Consigliere. A winner of all of his three starts between the flags last season, this race could see him in the winners enclosure again for jockey Joe Hill.

Racing could not go ahead without the generosity of many sponsors, both local and national. Prydis have stepped up to sponsor the first race, the Open Maiden for four and five year olds, which heads up the action at 12 noon. Among the sixteen entered is the Robert Chanin-trained Whatastormnorm, having run second and third in the Great Trethew meetings, he was unlucky to fall at the last when sent off favorite at Flete Park in May. Future of Milan from the Laura Thomas team is another to consider, having run well in Ireland when third of thirteen in May, having stayed on well.

The Ladies of Silverton Hunt sponsor the Members, in which Jepeck looks to be hard to oppose. From the leading area trainers yard, Kayley Woollacott who sent Jepeck out here last season to win his maiden race. He quickly progressed with restricted and intermediate wins, having won four of his seven outings last season and runner up twice under jockey Jamie Thomas. Alan Hill’s team have entered Minella Theatre. Having won two of his starts last season under jockey Joe Hill, the combination could be the main challengers here, if connections choose this meeting over the Cottenham fixture. Delphi Mountain, ridden and trained by Emma Watson won the Members race at Bishops Court, destroying the field by 25 lengths, following up with a length second to Blazing Whale at Trebudannon, they could run well here.

Of the nine entered in the Heltor-sponsored Restricted race, the Ian Pritchard-trained Stony Road ran second at this track twice last season, before winning a Members race for jockey Charlotte Prichard, they look to be the ones to catch. Doctor Braveheart could go well for Welsh trainer David Brace, who has a good strike rate here.

In the All Frames Ltd Open Maiden race the Sarah Gould-trained Wotzizname could be well fancied in the bookies ring, especially if champion jockey Will Biddick gets the leg-up again after the combinations close second at the Little Windsor meeting. Also catching the eye is the Ben Clarke-trained Road To Success, having been placed in two of his starts last season.

To close the day’s events is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race in which the progressive Dunraven Royal from the Brace team could be well fancied. As could the Kayley Woollacott-trained Le Clo De La Londe, connections will be looking for him to follow up on his win last season at Trebudannon, and close seconds at both Upcott and Bratton tracks.. With another to note being Argentato for the newly formed syndicate The Cotswold Chancers Partnership, he ran third at this course last season and is a worthy each way bet.

The course offers a great countryside day out for all the family with good views across the track. Facilities include hot food, refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Trackside parking for the disabled.

Entrance is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Location is Black Forest Lodge, Kenton, near Exeter (off A380 – EX6 8HR)

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Black Forest Club going update

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28th November 2015

Going update after rain has fallen this afternoon. Good ,Good to Soft in places.

Weather report:
Between Midnight and 6 am, partly cloudy, 10 degrees Celsius, 0.3 mm rain, fresh breeze, 11 m/s from west-southwest
Between 6 am and noon, partly cloudy, 10 degrees Celsius, 0.2 mm rain, strong breeze, 12 m/s from west-southwest
Between noon and 6 pm, partly cloudy, 12 degrees Celsius, 0.5 mm rain, strong breeze, 13 m/s from west-southwest

Hopefully the rain will keep away tomorrow!

Linda Courtney
Hon. Secretary

27th November 2015

After a lovely morning down on the course everything is now ready for Sundays meeting. The official going is still GOOD. Yes the weather has turned a bit nasty wind and some rain but seems to have quieten down now!

Entrance fees are £10 a head, max £30 per car and children (under 16) free. Race cards £2.50

Traffic problems are minor M5 down to 2 lanes going pass Exeter , all roadwork’s gone from Kennford area.

Lets hope the sun makes an appearance on Sunday along with all of you!

Linda Courtney
Hon. Secretary

27th November 2015

Going is GOOD.
New scales in place and everything is ready for Sunday!

22nd November 2015

Today the Course Inspector has been and the official going is GOOD.
We are forecast some rain in the week. I’m not sure if there will be an update on the going earlier then Friday afternoon if I can I will.
1st race 12noon Sunday 29th Nov .

Get entering!
Linda Courtney

Black Forest Club secretary

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Jockey Feature: Hannah Welch

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With the Point-to-Point season only just a couple of weeks away, we take a closer look at some of the younger jockeys who will be competing in the Devon & Cornwall area this season, and a look at the horses they are hoping to ride.

Hannah Welch from Buckfastleigh in Devon, is currently studying for her A levels at King’s College in Taunton. Hannah’s parents George and Rebecca Welch are keen race goers themselves and Hannah relies on mum Rebecca to train some of their homebred horses for Pointing, whilst Hannah is busy studying.

18 year-old Hannah admits she rode before she could walk, and her progression from ponies to horses was inevitable.

“My first pony was an ancient Dartmoor called Camilla. I used to show her, and I subsequently did a lot of hunting and pony clubbing on various ponies, but my first race win was on a 138cm pony called Bronze Lawrance. I progressed onto 148cm ponies with Vadlawalkover and Total Eclipse.”

Having ridden no less than 48 winners in pony racing, Hannah admits to be given some amazing ponies to ride.

Graduating onto horses, Hannah explained “My first Point-to-Point ride was on a horse called Jopero, I couldn’t have asked for a better schoolmaster.” Hannahs first win came at Flete Park where she rode the Sam Holdsworth-trained Vertige Dore in the hunt race.

Hannah followed up with four winners last season. “I am still able to ride in Novice Riders, but I will compete in Ladies Opens and as many of the other races as I can.” she explained.

Among the horses that Hannah will be riding this season is one of her mum Rebecca’s homebred geldings Great Camanoe. Hannah sustained an injury from a fall on Great Camanoe at Buckfastleigh last February, having travelled well until four fences from home. She was unable to ride for a few weeks, so jockey Jake Bament was invited to ride Great Camanoe at the East Cornwall meeting at Great Trethew, in case Hannah was still injured. The combination was sent off at 20-1 and came home three lengths ahead of the favourite Whatastormnorm. Jake was again invited to ride Great Camanoe at the second meeting at Great Trethew, pleasing their connections by winning by a neck ahead of Theatre Goer in a thrilling finish. Great Camanoe looks to be progressive and was unlucky to be brought down at the second fence in his only Intermediate run to date when ridden by Robbie Henderson at Upcott Cross.

Hannah didn’t miss out on a ride at Great Trethew, as she steered home the ex French hurdler Polo The Mumm to win his Maiden race. She has since enjoyed some fun over the summer months National Hunt racing him at Newton Abbot for trainer Jimmy Frost.

The Irish bred Goldwell sired five– year-old gelding Carumba is a new horse for Hannah to ride, having clocked up some promising thirds in Ireland before coming to the UK it looks to be a promising youngster. With Hannah’s most wins to date coming on the Charles Stanley owned French bred Beuvron, she again hopes to maintain the ride. Beuvron won a hurdle race in Aix Les-Bains in France before joining trainer Sam Holdsworth.

“I have ridden Beuvron in all three of his Point-to-Point wins, with the first coming in the way of the Ladies Open at Black Forest Lodge last February. We then won another Ladies race at Wadebridge, followed by the Members at Buckfastleigh. I am really looking forward to riding him again this season if Mr Stanley will let me.” Hannah explained.

Hannah’s aim this season is to ride more winners, and graduate from school after which she is planning to join trainer Clive Cox as pupil assistant.

Donna Harris’s 2015-16 season preview

With only a few weeks to go before the start of the point to point season at Black Forest Lodge, Kenton on  Sunday, November 29 , Donna Harris caught up with a few of the area’s up and coming jockeys to whet racegoers’ appetites.

Hot news this season is the ‘switching saddles’ project which has seen Olympic Gold Medal cyclist Victoria Pendleton swap a bike for a horse, with the aim of riding in the Foxhunters’ Chase at Cheltenham next March. She has ridden in three races already on the flat but her first foray over fences could well be at Black Forest.

Sponsored by Betfair she has three potential mounts According To Sarah, Sedgemoor Express and Join Together and is based at Alan Hill’s yard.

Of the local novice jockeys, Jennifer Davenport received the area award  last season for the rider gaining the most points as an owner/trainer/jockey. She juggles training her horse with busy work life as a mixed-practice veterinary surgeon.  She can spend a night on duty calving cows or treating horses with colic and still be up early to muck out and ride Mic’s Delight. The combination won two of their eight starts last season, finishing in the frame on all bar one, when the ground became too firm.  It will be interesting to see how they fare again with their front-running style, against the youngsters snapping at their heels.

One such jockey hoping to get off to a flying start is Hannah Welch, 18, a pony racing graduate who enjoyed an impressive 48 pony race wins before she started point to pointing. She said: “I was lucky enough to ride some amazing ponies, including Bronze Lawrance (CORRECT spelling) in 138cm, Vadlawalkover and Total Eclipse in the 148cm races.”

Hannah was ‘born in the saddle’ and gained much of her riding confidence hunting her first pony, a Dartmoor called Camilla.

Now studying for her A Levels, Hannah relies on her mum Rebecca to train her horses at home. She added: “My first pointing win was on Vertige Dore, trained by Sam Holdsworth, at Flete Park. I also scored three out of three on a promising youngster called Beuvron, another horse trained by Sam.” Hannah is hoping for the ride again on Beuvron, along with Great Camanoe, Carumba and Polo The Mumm.

Pippa Glanville, 19, is another is relying on mum to help train the horses, as she is studying at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

A  pony racing graduate who has settled well into Pointing, she is now into her fourth season and has clocked up four wins on her horse Ambitious Pursuit. Pippa also has Miss Weld, a homebred who was second three times last season.  She said: “I had some good outside rides last year and hope to have some more this time, including a couple of nice horses for trainer Alex Ede. I would love to be leading lady novice this season.”

Pippa has spent much of the summer riding out for champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls, where she admits she was lucky enough to ride top class horses such as Dormello Mo, Copain De Classe and Boa Island. She is currently riding out for Sam Thomas.

Nineteen- year-old Ella Pickard has a small yard in Torrington where she takes on youngsters for breaking and pre-training. Ella took up riding from the age of 11.

She said: “Lisa Smale taught me to ride and took me hunting, she has been a great support and still helps me.”

Ella, who also pony raced in the area, took on Vertige Dore last season and enjoyed two seconds on him. She hopes to compete with him again, along with a horse which she has from Martin Hill’s yard called What Will We Do Next, which she hopes to compete in Restricted races.

Heidi Lewis, 19,  is just one of three novice jockeys based at Kayley Woollacott’s yard at Rose Ash, near South Molton.

Her first win was on a 37-year-old pony called Poppy “We won a lead rein class and were Reserve Champion, ” she joked.  Pony racing then set Heidi up with an appetite for racing proper, having won three pony races.

When graduating onto horses, Heidi enjoyed her first win on the Kayley Woollacott-trained Pasternak Jack at Flete Park, doubled up the same day on Nudge The Nugget, and had a third win at Vauterhill.  Heidi added:  “My mum, Maria Lewis,  trains our own horse Kawana Cove and we won at Umberleigh, and I hope to compete on him again this season along with our new maiden horse Sullivans John.”

Another recruit from Kayley Woollacott’s yard is 21-year-old Sam Ellicott. Sam works full time for the team, and is looking forward to earning some rides this season. He previously owned and trained his own Pointer called Come On Pops and although they never won, he believes he learnt a lot from the experience.

Having ridden for Liz Scott on horses Cloudy Coma, Firmount Beach and the horse that gave him his first winner Took My Eye, Sam looks to be one that could catch the spectator’s eye this season. As could Lewis Ormston, another talented young lad working for the Woollacott team.

A couple of dark horses to note from the Devon & Cornwall area are Bronwyn Buttery, who had her first rides last season and starts the new term  with a new horse Doctor Henry, and

top show rider Millie Wonnacott, daughter of former jockeys Claire and David, who tries her hand between the flags on the veteran Coombe Hill, which she trains herself.

Along with Victoria Pendleton, there is no doubt that a few ‘outside raiders’ will want to join the party. Mitchell Bastyan is a young man with great ambitions. Based at Seaborough working for Jack Barber, 17 year old Mitch has an impressive CV of competing on the flat as well as Point-to-Point rides on horses such as Kostaquarta. With Jack Barber having 45 horses in training, there should be plenty of opportunity for Mitch to gain some good rides. With his ambition being to ride at Cheltenham, he looks to have the determination to get there.

Fergus Gregory is based at the Alan Hill yard, and he too will be hoping to pick up some good rides. Fergus came through the pony racing route, rode on the flat and then enjoyed his first Point-to-Point win at Easingwold on a 33-1 outsider called James Wyatt.

Roll on the season

BARRETT SAYS THANKS AHEAD OF FUND-RAISER

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  • Play golf with AP
  • Go schooling with John Francome
  • Get tickets to Badminton Horse Trials

Ed Barrett, severely injured in a point-to-point fall in April, has spoken of his gratitude to fund raisers ahead of an Injured Jockeys Fund auction at Saturday’s National Point-to-Point Awards Dinner (November 14), compered by Luke Harvey.

Barrett, 27, who was working as assistant trainer to Henry Daly when breaking his neck at a meeting in Devon, is now receiving specialist treatment at Oaksey House in Lambourn. Saturday night’s auction involves ten items that can be bought by members of the public via telephone bids.

Reflecting on the past six months, Barrett said: “When I woke up in Plymouth Hospital I couldn’t move anything – four weeks later my big toe twitched, then my little finger. Now I can manage up to 20 metres with a Zimmer frame, but my left side is worse than my right. I can’t move my left hand, but I can close my right hand and grip a fork to eat, which is good.”

Of his emotions he said: “It’s still a shock to me now. I wake up and want to move, but can’t – but I have come a long way. I’ve had help from good physios, and they say I can improve further, but I doubt it. Maybe that’s my pessimistic side, but I’ll keep working on it.

“Fund-raising for the Injured Jockeys Fund since my accident has been brilliant, especially from the West Country – it’s like a big family among point-to-point people down there.”

Saturday’s national dinner, which will see record-breaking Cornishman Will Biddick gain his fourth men’s championship crown, takes place at the Four Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire. Anyone wishing to support Barrett by bidding on auction lots can phone 01793 781990 (answerphone with mobile number).

The items, which include a round of golf with AP McCoy and John Francome, a schooling session with Francome, Badminton tickets, gallops mornings with Philip Hobbs and Jack Barber, Cheltenham evening meeting tickets with dinner, and numerous holiday options, are listed in full on the national website – www.pointtopoint.co.uk.
Bidders can secure:

  • Season admission, car pass and two tickets to Badminton Horse Trials 2016
  • Four members tickets and dinner for four in the Gold Cup Restaurant (including all food but not drink) at Cheltenham’s hunters’ chase evening – April 27, 2016. Donated by Robert Waley-Cohen
  • A morning on the gallops with Jack Barber followed by lunch with Jeremy Barber. Donated by Jeremy Barber
  • A round of golf with John Francome and AP McCoy
  • A morning on the gallops with Phillip Hobbs
  • A schooling session on Mandown (Lambourn) with John Francome
  • Westcott Barton – short break (3/4 nights) in a cottage near Barnstaple, sleeps 4
  • The Cottage-on-the-Green – 1 week in a cottage on the village green at Blisland, Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, sleeps 2
  • Bejowan Cottage – 1 week in to be taken before May 29 at a house at Holywell Bay on the North Cornwall coast, sleeps 6
  • A short break at The Sea Room at Ropehawn, sleeps 2. Donated by Chris Casey
  •  2 nights B&B at the Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton, Devon, plus a day of fishing. Donated by The Otter Club

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