North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 10th January 2015 update

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Saturday 9th January

Phil Kennen has visited the course today and the going is currently SOFT. He has spoken to the course inspector and chief steward and they feel we should be able to race with the better weather forecast tomorrow, there is a final inspection 9.30 tomorrow.

The course inspection at 9.30 is to see if there needs to be any changes to the course.

Phil Kennen’s interview with Donna Birrell on BBC Radio Cornwall, on Saturday 09th Jan 2016 is available for replay at  fast forward to 2:40:50 for the interview.

Friday 8th January

Tune into BBC Radio Cornwall tomorrow 8.35am for a live interview with the chairman of North Cornwall Point-to-Point Phil Kennen about the racing at Wadebridge on Sunday

Thursday 7th January

Written by Donna Harris
The organisers of the North Cornwall Point-to-Point meeting which is to be held at Wadebridge this Sunday January 10th have decided to pre divided the Open Maiden race, giving a total number of eight races for the day. The decision was taken in view of the possible wet ground. The entries in each division are as follows:

Divison 1

  • Anguilla
  • Bertie’s Way
  • Crackon Pop
  • Dotties Power
  • Eddies Pearl
  • Evaweld
  • Geraldo The Sparky
  • Meldon Express
  • Miss Weld
  • Sutton Storm
My suggestions for recent form would be Sutton storm in Division one if connections decide not to run in the earlier Restricted race which he also holds an entry for, having run second here at the December meeting, and Miss Weld who has also had the benefit of a run when coming home fourth at the last meeting and showed some promise on when in the frame last season on soft and heavy conditions.

Division 2

  • Buz Barton
  • Crosbie Garston
  • Driving Well
  • Dunraven Doc
  • Follow The Paint
  • Goulane Ruby
  • Looking Glass
  • Onwegoagain
  • Ruby Fool
  • Troubleshot
In Division 2 my suggestions would be Driving well having been another to have run second at the earlier December meeting at this track, and Follow The Paint having clocked up two seconds here last season and is a consistent sort who looks to act on any going.

Wednesday 6th January

Wadebridge passed course inspection this afternoon, with Tim Dennis, Richard Linley, Nick Phillips & Phil Kennen.

Going, Soft, Good to Soft in places!

Saturday 2nd January

Phil Kennen has been to the course this morning and it’s standing up to the conditions very well after all yesterday’s rain, it would be mostly Soft with Good to Soft at fence 8 and up the hill through Finish.

Wednesday 30th December

From Nicholas Phillips via Facebook

Just to bring the NCH P2P helpers up to date, I rolled the course on Monday but didn’t dare to reverse right up to each fence as I usually do for fear of making a mess, so we need to have another treading-in session just around each fence. If anyone can spare an hour at 11am on Sunday that would be great. If anyone can spare longer, we will also be repairing the fences and moving the bends. If you can bring a short garden fork with you to help lift the divots, that would be great – it seemed to work quite well on Monday.

Please share – the more that come, the easier it is.

Thanks, Nick.

Monday 28th December

Treading in was done on Monday after racing, the forking definitely needed a bigger team!!, so with a strong drying wind and a smidgen of sunshine a dash was made for the tractor and rollers which did a marvellous job!!!

Going would be soft, good to soft in places.

Rails and hurdles will be moved to give fresh ground round the bends and down the hill.

Two stooges gardening at Wadebridge Race course, experimenting on suggestion by Mrs Harriet Graham, Clerk of Course at Mussleborough, funnily enough it works!!

 

14 December at 18:20 Nicholas Phillips – e-Ticket sales for the North Cornwall Point to Point on the 10th January 2016.

This year, for the first time, we are offering the facility whereby you can purchase your entrance ticket / car pass online. As an incentive, your ticket will be £2 cheaper if purchased online, so instead of £10 per person on the gate it will be £8 online, and instead of £30 on the gate for up to 5 adults in a car the online price will be £28.

If you wish to save some money and purchase your tickets online, please follow the link on http://www.wadebridgeracing.co.uk . Payment can be made by PayPal, or by Debit / Credit card, via a secure authorised service. Neither the show organisers nor ticketsrv receive your card details during the transaction.

Once you have completed your purchase, your tickets will be sent to you via e-mail. You must print your ticket, which will contain a unique QR-code. Bring the ticket with you to the Point to Point, where the QR-code will be scanned at the gate.

The facility to purchase e-tickets will close on Friday the 8th January.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – CORNWALL HUNT CLUB 13 DEC 2015

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With only seven bookmakers in attendance the market was naturally weak, but fair play to the seven stalwarts who laid pretty fair odds throughout the card.

Premier Portrait (9-4 into 7-4 fav) followed up his Black Forest victory in the Novice Riders’ contest under his first season jockey Gus Levinson. The young rider looked to have a lot to do entering the home straight but his experienced mount wore down Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) who seemed to be tiring when blundering at the last. Kirkleigh, looking in need of this race, drifted out to 3’s without much support and is worth keeping in mind for an early success on soft ground.. I also made a note of Beuvron, who made a favourable impression after coming over from France earlier this year. Easy to back at 5-2, he looked in need of the race and finished third without being pushed too much. He will improve for this.

The former Cheltenham festival winner Crack Away Jack looked the ticket in the Men’s Open (6-4 into evens fav). He had every chance entering the final circuit but found nothing when push came to shove and could only finish a moderate fourth behind course specialist Working Title (7-4 out to 9-4). This grand campaigner set off in front and stayed there, and is a great credit to the Cotswold based Drinkwater family. The feature of the betting was a plunge on Supreme Danehill who was noted at 14-1 early before closing in to 5-1 at the off.  He was given every chance by Darren Edwards but got tired from the bottom bend and was well held by the winner.  The other eye catcher was third placed Welstonedruid  (7-2 out to 5’s) who stormed up the final climb and is sure to atone on a staying track.

Robert Chanin trains Welstonedruid, and the stable went on to occupy third spot in the Ladies’ Open with Sweet My Lord, who had shown a liking for the showground in the past. Despite being backed from 9-4 into a shade of odds-on (I returned 4-5 fav for the official SP), this ex-Irish gelding never looked like getting to grips with the winner Ray Diamond (2’s out to 5-2) and runner up Rebel Du Maquis (5=2 out to 4’s). Ray Diamond’s jockey Olivia Hutchings took a brave route to squeeze up the inner on the final bend, but her mount put plenty of daylight between himself and the runner up after jumping the last.

I must commend the placing of the four-year-old filly Applesolutely to win the Restricted. This Flete Park winner received weight from all her rivals and was always travelling like a winner under Sean Houlihan. The Apple Tree filly touched 9- 4 before settling at 2’s and upset the odds laid on Welsh Challenger Northgeorge  (5-4 to 10-11).

Doctor Braveheart is a likeable youngster in the care of Welsh wizard David Brace. The Dr Massini six-year-old (5-4 jt fav) stayed on resolutely to beat the other joint favourite Sonoftheking (op evens) to win the Intermediate. Takamaru was backed from 9’s to 4’s here but seemed to go wrong entering the bottom bend and was promptly pulled up.

The closing Open Maiden produced a maximum field of 14, but there was little activity in the ring (I should say in the barn). The bookies are spoilt by operating in the cosy barn, but everyone seemed to have spent their money on the superb Christmas stalls operating in the same barn. The useful looking winner Robin De Souza boasted decent Irish Maiden form and duly obliged under Darren Edwards (5-2 into 5-4). He should be able to follow up in a Restricted.

REPORT & RESULTS

Report from the Cornwall Club meeting

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

Cornwall Club entries

VIDEO

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The following photographers were at the meeting: Wild Westcountry, Tim Holt, Marcus BathRoger Peaple, Shayoleigh Dabbs and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

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REPORT OF THE CORNWALL HUNT CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 13TH 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

REGULAR visitors to the Wadebridge showground point-to-point track would have been pleasantly amazed. There was no rain, the wind turbines on the overlooking hill top were in lazy mode, very mild weather for December,plus the benefit of a big screen in the cosy barn. In addition the course was in great shape

Some of us had to work outside – it was a pleasure

The theory of “horses for courses” once again proved its worth when the ultra consistent veteran Working Title landed his fourth course success at Wadebridge on Sunday (Dec 13) in the Men’s Open clocking the fastest time of the day.

Soon showing a clean pair of hooves to his seven rivals, the Cotswold gelding strode well clear from the second last under his regular partner Joe Drinkwater. The 13-year-old started life by winning a bumper for Nicky Henderson, and has now won nine times between the flags.

“He gave me my first winner at Wadebridge in 2013 and loves it round here. He just pricks his ears and likes to set his own pace,” reported the 19-year-old rider of the family horse trained by Joe’s brother Sam for their father Paul.

The useful former chaser Ray Diamond shrugged off Rebel Du Maquis and Sweet My Lord in the closing stages to take the Ladies’ Open. Owned and trained by Jackie Du Plessis at Saltash, the ten-year-old carries plenty of condition and was nicely handled by Olivia Hutchings, who works in the yard and was riding the fourth winner of her career. “He is such a pet and a great hunter but he may revert to National Hunt as I have Ziggerson Hill for Ladies’ races,” commented the owner/trainer.

Yet another young rider to shine was 16-year-old Gus Levinson who followed up his initial success at Black Forest last month by getting Premier Portrait home in a good finish to the Novice Riders’ contest. The winner drew away from runner-up Kirkleigh half way up the run. “He hung a bit today and may be better going right handed,” reported the winning jockey who has honed his jumping skills with lessons with Yogi Breisner.

Black Forest Lodge form was also upheld by Doctor Braveheart, who followed up his Restricted win on the Devon track by taking the Intermediate at the expense of Sonoftheking. The latter was left in front when Le Clo De La Londe fell at the 13th fence, but Doctor Braveheart made relentless progress to wear down his rival in a slogging match up the final climb. “He is a strong finisher and jumps well,” said jockey Byron Moorcroft who was partnering his third winner of the season. Doctor Braveheart is by the leading British sire Dr Massini who stands at the Dunraven Stud operated by the winner’s owner/trainer David Brace. “It took us about four hours to get here,” said the enthusiastic owner who added, “He will have a little break now and it would be nice to aim for the Dunraven Bowl hunter chase which is a race I sponsor at Chepstow,”

Darren Edwards rode runner-up Sonoftheking in the Intermediate and went one better by winning the Open Maiden on five-year-old Robin De Souza in a maximum field of 14. This promising youngster is trained at Lifton by Dean Summersby for owners Tony and Eileen Worth. “He had good placed form in Irish points and we bought him privately during the summer. He works well and is an out and out stayer.” commented the trainer.

Four-year-old filly Applesolutely took good advantage of her allowances to win the Restricted under a patient ride from Sean Houlihan. Odds-on favourite Northgeorge led from the seventh fence, but Applesolutely was always travelling sweetly and stayed on strongly up the final hill to score convincingly. The home bred winner, by Apple Tree, out of an un-raced Oscar mare, is trained by “Ces” Mitford-Slade on behalf of himself and joint owner Lucy Fielding-Johnson at Pontispool near Taunton. “She has grown a lot during the summer. She won over a shorter distance at Flete Park in April and this was her first run at three miles. There are no big plans for her, although she could be aimed at one of the Intermediate finals next year,” reported the trainer.

RESULTS

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Wild Westcountry, Tim Holt, Marcus BathRoger Peaple, Shayoleigh Dabbs and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

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CORNWALL HUNT CLUB 13 DECEMBER 2015 – RESULTS

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Going: Good to soft, soft in places

 

Club Members’ Novice Riders (Sponsor Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 7-4 fav  soon ldrs, lkd held til strong run to ld last 50yds

2 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 3-1 prom, led 14th til headed last 50 yds

3 Beuvron (Hannah Welch) 5-2 cl 2nd 4 out, no extra from 2 out

8 ran; 1 1/2l; 4l;  6mins 16secs

Trainer: Dr Charles Levinson

 

Men’s Open (Moore’s St Wenn Ltd)

1 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater) 9-4 made virtually all, drew clr 4 out, easily

2 Supreme Danehill (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, challd & mstk four out, soon held

3 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 5-1 lost touch ldrs 4 out, stayed on well flat

8 ran; 15l; 4l;  6m 12s

Trainer: Sam Drinkwater

 

Ladies’Open (RJ Trevarthen, Wholesale Butcher & Livestock Hauliers)

1 Ray Diamond (Olivia Hutchings) 5-2 with ldrs, cl 3rd 3 out, led flat, stayed on well

2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 4-1 took lead after 3 out, hdd flat, no extra

3 Sweet My Lord (Leanda Tickle) 4-5 fav  disputed or slt ld til 3 out, wknd next

6 ran; 8l; 8l;  6m 16s

Trainer: Jackie du Plessis

 

Restricted (Subaru)

1 Applesolutely (Sean Houlihan) 2-1 tracked ldr half way, took lead last, ran on well

2 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 12-1 chased ldrs, mstk 3 out, kept on flat

3 Northgeorge (Byron Moorcroft) 10-11 fav led 6th til hdd last, wknd

7 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 25s

Trainer; Richard Mitford-Slade

 

Intermediate (Millerson, Estate Agents)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 5-4 jt fav  hdwy 12th, challd 2 out, led cl home

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 5-4 jt fav made most til headed cl home

4 ran; 2l;  only two finished; 6m 19s

Trainer; David Brace

 

Open Maiden (Mather & Co, Independent Estate Agents)

1 Robin De Souza (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav tracked ldrs, slt lead 2 out, stayed on well

2 Driving Well (James Cole) 12-1 led 14th, joined 3 out, ev ch til no extra cl home

3 Looking Glass (Joshua Newman) 10-1 chased ldrs, kept on well from 2 out

14 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Trainer; Dean Summersby

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Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Sunday 13th December 2015 – entries and form guide,

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon Club Members race for Novice Riders
2nd 12:35 Men’s Open Race
3rd 13:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:45 Restricted
5th 14:20 Intermediate Race
6th 14:55 Open Maiden Race

Preview extract:

The first of three Point-to-Point fixtures to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge takes place this coming Sunday 13th December. with six races on the card.

The course at Wadebridge offers a great day out for all the family with a large covered barn which contains bookies, bar, hot refreshments, and a host of trade stands from clothing to gifts and accessories ideal for Christmas shopping. This year will have the addition of a large screen for optimum race viewing. One of the race sponsors, Subaru will also have a display of their vehicles on offer.

The course is located off the A39 W of Wadebridge – PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. For racegoers intending to travel via A30 to Bodmin, it might be prudent to allow an extra 5 – 10 minuets of journey time, as there is a speed restriction of 40mph along a stretch of road due to road works over Bodmin Moor. Alternatively, turn off at Kennards House after Launceston and go through Camelford.

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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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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Point-to-Point Preview: Cornwall Club – Wadebridge, Sunday December 13

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Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three Point-to-Point fixtures to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge takes place this coming Sunday 13th December. with six races on the card which include the Moores of St Wenn Ltd Mens Open race. Entries in this race include the previous Cheltenham Festival hurdle winner Crack Away Jack. The 11 year old gelding, now trained by Chloe Roddick in Somerset, was once highly rated and looks an exciting prospect for the pointing season. Having run second in a hunter chase at Southwell last June, he will be well fancied to take this race. His opposition could come in the way of Working Title, trained by Samuel Drinkwater, the gelding has clocked up a total of eight point-to-point wins, including a win at this course last season for jockey Joe Drinkwater.

Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor The Cornwall Club race for Novice riders which heads up the action at 12 noon. With horses such as prolific winning Kirkleigh entered, a winner of nine of his pointing starts and three Hunter Chases, the Robert Chanin-trained gelding finished last season with a Mens Open win at Trebudannon under jockey Tom Chanin, it will be a ride in this race for novice jockey Alistair Harvey. Recent Black Forest Lodge winner Premier Portrait, under jockey Gus Levinson will be looking to repeat that success. Also entered are last seasons winners Beuvron for Hannah Welsh, Ambitious Pursuit for Pippa Glanville and course specialist Sobre Tresor.

The Ladies race is sponsored by Robert Trevarthen, and could go the way of the Jackie Du Plessis-trained Ray Diamond, which would be a popular win for the Cornwall supporters. The horse is another to have been switched from racing under rules, and looks one to follow this season. His main rival could be the Robert Chanin-trained Sweet My Lord, having won at this track last season and looks to be one who could handle conditions if going is on the soft side. Rebel Du Maquis was disappointing last season for owner/trainer and rider Chloe Roddick, but could go well if finding his old form.

Subaru have sponsored the Restricted race, with a series prize at the end of the season being a years loan of a Subaru Forrester vehicle. Entries include recent winner Northgeorge for Welsh trainer Johnathan Tudor and jockey Byron Moorcroft who rode a double at the Black Forest Lodge meeting. Stainless Steel is another outside raider who could figure having graduated when winning his maiden last season for trainer Simon Jones. Another to consider is The Mystro trained by Keith Cumings for the Duckers & Divers club, having also graduated from maiden company last season when winning at Bratton Down and previously run well when third at this track.

Doctor Braveheart is another possible ride for jockey Byron Moorcroft in the Millerson sponsored Intermediate race. They could be the ones to catch having battled to win by a neck at Black Forest Lodge ahead of Champion jockey Will Biddick who was on board Templestatforesco. Sonoftheking could go well if improving after his recent second under jockey Darren Edwards, who looks to have the ride again for the Nicola Martin team.

The Open Maiden race sponsored by The Mather Partnership closes the days events, and of the 20 entries Gold Relief, Miss Weld and Thirtyfirst Dansar are a few to note with place form last season. This race could be divided on the day with sponsors The Old Inn, St Breward stepping up to cover the extra division.

The course at Wadebridge offers a great day out for all the family with a large covered barn which contains bookies, bar, hot refreshments, and a host of trade stands from clothing to gifts and accessories ideal for Christmas shopping. This year will have the addition of a large screen for optimum race viewing. One of the race sponsors, Subaru will also have a display of their vehicles on offer.

The course is located off the A39 W of Wadebridge – PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. For racegoers intending to travel via A30 to Bodmin, it might be prudent to allow an extra 5 – 10 minuets of journey time, as there is a speed restriction of 40mph along a stretch of road due to road works over Bodmin Moor. Alternatively, turn off at Kennards House after Launceston and go through Camelford.

Useful Information:

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Course update from Wadebridge ahead of the Cornwall Club Point-To-Point on Dec 13th

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14th December

Linda Matthews Many thanks to everyone who helped at Wadebridge yesterday. What a star team! Thanks to all our generous sponsors, and thanks to all the jockeys, owners and trainers for supporting us again. It was a great day with top class horses and excellent racing, and we even had sunshine, a rare sight.

12th December

Linda Matthews reports the going at Wadebridge today (Saturday) is good, good to soft and soft in places. There has been a drying wind and no rain, and the weather forecast is looking good for tomorrow.

11th December

Well that's one fence finished at Wadebridge, only another 7 to go ! ??...... Nah only joking ! All looking lovely. And the ground is ....... Absolutely spiffing!! ( soft & good to soft )
Well that’s one fence finished at Wadebridge, only another 7 to go ! ??…… Nah only joking ! All looking lovely. And the ground is ……. Absolutely spiffing!!
( soft & good to soft )

The going today (Friday) is good to soft, soft in places. The weather forecast for Sunday afternoon is dry, sunny spells, 12 degrees with only light winds.

10th December 13:00

Phil Kennen has just reported that the going today is as follows:- Good on the higher ground, good to soft elsewhere apart from down the hill and the top bend which are soft. Only light rain today and Sunday looks good.

6th December 2015 – 21:50

Linda Matthews has just provided the following going update: “The Clerk of the Course has just informed me that the going at Wadebridge is good to soft today.” Entries close tomorrow, Monday 7th December, at 12:30pm

6th December 2015 – 11:00

Linda Matthews reports that Some owners have called her to say that they haven’t received their planners yet. The races are as last year but the prize money has been increased in the Ladies and Men’s Open Races to £225, £100, £50, and in the Subaru Restricted Race to £300, £200, £100. Entries close at 12.30pm tomorrow. Give Linda Matthews a call if you need any more information on how to enter.

This is the Cornwall Club page that was published in the pre-christmas planner pages on www.pointtopoint.co.uk on the 18th November 2015.

3rd December 2015

Update from Philip Kennen -the Wadebridge course is looking great with really good grass cover. Fences 7, 8 &1 have new birch, the running rail goes up tomorrow with luck. Going would be good on the rises & soft round the top bend & down the hill to Fence 8.

For those who don’t know Wadebridge, we have old turf that has not been ploughed for decades! We will be putting 120 tonnes of sand on the run through on top of the 240 tonnes we put down last year.

HC deadline registration Friday 4th December (Tomorrow!) 12:00

Entries close: Monday 7th December, 12:30pm

Note: The Devon & Cornwall area secretaries prefer to receive entries through the entries secretary where they can provide a personalised service. So get those entries in early and if entering by post please do ring and confirm the entry has been received.

~ New this year ~ Big screen in the barn next to the bookies ~ cozy heated seating area being the bar and catering ~

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – BLACK FOREST CLUB 29 NOVEMBER 2015

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The opening two and a half miles Maiden set a real puzzle with 15 of the 16 entries standing their ground (maximum field) with little form to assist in this four and five-year-olds event. There was a successful plunge however on the Neil Harris trained Mystery Edition, noted at 8’s and 10’s in the odd place, before being forced in from 5’s into 9-4 favourite. The four-year-old was given a good ride by Rob Hawker to land the bets at the expense of the promising Creative Inerta. Third placed Whatastormnorm (2’s to 5-2) will come on a lot for this race and is ready to open his account over a longer trip.

It was inevitable that the first appearance over jumps for Victoria Pendleton in the Club Members race would attract lots of media attention. This entourage evidently had little confidence in Victoria’s chance on Minella Theatre since the schoolmaster 12-year-old took a walk in the market from 4’s out to 8’s. The consistent Jepeck was quickly cut from evens to settle at 8-11 but faded in the closing stages behind the ex-Kim Bailey chaser Premier Portrait (10’s touched 12’s). The winner provided a first win for 16-year-old Gus Levinson.

It was surprising to see Stony Road sent off a strong 6-4 favourite for the Restricted. His rider Charlotte Prichard performed a remarkable recovery after his 12th fence blunder which virtually put him out of the race. Will Biddick’s mount Tempestatefloresco drifted from 5-2 to 7-2 and was just touched off by the strong finishing Doctor Braveheart, nicely backed from 4’s to 3’s

A quality field turned out for the Mixed Open. Last season’s Fontwell hunter chase winner Full Trottle started favourite (3’s to 11-4) but this was one for the locals who filled the first three places. The Wealerdealer (4-1) has developed into a useful performer. He won the Exeter Intermediate Final in May and ran on strongly here to hold the gallant Bradley Brook (5-2 to 7-2) and the popular veteran Coombe Hill (10’s to 9’s) who gave young Millie Wonnacott a lovely debut ride.

Punters were scratching their heads over the nine-runner Open Maiden which saw Wotzizname sent off an uneasy 3-1 favourite. Maybe that support was attributable to the Biddick factor, but Will’s mount was well held behind the Welsh challenger Northgeorge. Byron Moorcroft was completing his double, but on this occasion there was little Welsh money in the ring for the winner (3’s out to 5’s)

The Welsh boys may have saved their money for the David Brace trained Dunraven Royal in the last. Despite starting a warm 6-4 favourite the promising five-year-old was soon struggling behind the front running Argentato. This good looking grey looked fit and attracted late money from 8’s into 4’s and was well handled by 17-year-old Jordan Nailor.

RESULTS

Results of the Black Forest Club meeting

VIDEO

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Cat Down (Official Photographer) Tim Holt, 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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