GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT 24 JANUARY 2016

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WHAT A MESS! – controversy reigned in the Chipley Park mud. Bookmakers had already paid out by the time a stewards’ enquiry had been announced for the Novice Riders’contest. Subsequently the odds-on favourite PREMIER PORTRAIT, who had been announced as the winner after passing the post three quarters of a length ahead of KIRKLEIGH, was disqualified.

The disqualification had become inevitable when the clerk of the scales reported that the favourite’s young rider had not passed the scales.

We have seen this saga on a few rare occasions in point-to-points up and down the country in the past. A horse is disqualified – bookmakers may have paid out on the original winner – oops, backers of the original runner-up, now the winner, claim their winnings – if they haven’t thrown away their tickets. The integrity of punters who collected on the original result – now the loser- is tested- will they return their ill gotten gains?.

Here are a few comments I heard after the Chipley Park episode:-

“Thanks to the people who gave their money back,” was one of the bookies comments.

However several layers were not so enthused: three bookmakers related similar stories; “A few regular punters paid us back and thanks to those who did. Some were not so honest.”

It became apparent that at least a four figure sum had been pocketed on the original result, as bookies then started to pay out on the promoted horse.

The original “winner” PREMIER PORTRAIT (1-2 to
4-6), disqualified for not weighing in, therefore gave way to runner-up KIRKLEIGH (6-4 to 7-4). LUNDY SKY was a lively outsider from 20’s to 10’s but failed to finish. BOOKS REVIEW (9’S TO 8’s) showed something of his old ability, making steady progress from the rear to reach a place.

The two best backed horses of the quartet fought out the finish of the opening Hunt race: BLINDING LIGHTS (6-4 to 5-4) was winning this particular race for the third time for Mary Sanderson. (shades of her good old horse Jabiru who won it five times). It was not all plain sailing though for Blinding Lights and he was fully tested all the way up the home straight by the runner up JEPECK (drifted from 4-6 TO 4-5).

The favourite STONY ROAD (2’s to 7-4) came right away from his rivals approaching the last in the 13-runner Restricted. POLO THE MUMM (easy to back at 16-1) has been in the doldrums since a sparkling debut in this country at Great Trethew last March. He ran very well here under Hannah Welch to finish second in his first time tongue tie. Third placed TEMPLESTATEFLORESCO (2’s to 5-2) is sure to win a Restricted, but an eye catcher here was WOTZIZNAME (5-2 to 2’s) who travelled like a dream trying to repeat his Larkhill victory when crashing out at the 13th fence.

The £1000 Mixed Open attracted some classy pointers. ASK THE WEATHERMAN (1-2 – 4-7 fav, touched 8-13) and DICKY BOB (4’s to 3’s) raced stride for stride from the bottom bend before Ask The Weatherman produced the better jump at the penultimate and asserted as his rival tired. It will be interesting to see whether the winner’s connection try to gain a Cheltenham Foxhunter qualification. Dicky Bob’s next outing is likely to be at Buckfastleigh in February. There was money for I’M ALL SET (16’s to 5’s) who was pulled up after showing prominently for a long way. ONE MORE TUNE was also backed (20’s
to 14’s), but was also pulled up in the closing stages. Hunter chase winner DOUBLE BANK (6’s out to 8’s) was presented with a stiff task with his 10lbs penalty and will strip fitter for the race.

The Welsh mare MY CORANNA varied between 1-2 and 4-7 before just fending off SEA BEAR (4’s to 2’s) in the five-runner Intermediate. This pair looked at home on the soft ground.

Only four turned out for the Mares’ race in which POSH TOTTY was a hot number for Will Biddick at 2-5 (touched 1-2 and 1-3). Jack Barber’s consistent chestnut looked certain to win jumping the last, but emptied out quickly on the incline to the post allowing WHENHARRYMETSALLY (steady at 2’s) to mug her near the finish.

Punters could not choose between ARMCHAIR HERO (touched 5-2) and ATHREEOTHREE (opened 5-4), who shared favouritism at 7-4 at the off in the Open Maiden. In the event the drifter PAULS CONN (2’s to 4’s) proved the strongest. There is never a dull moment in the Chipley mud and ATHREEOTHREE and PAULS CONN fought out the finish – literally. With the pair rolling about into each other, this little bit of argy bargey on the run in brought the stewards’ into action but no sanctions were applied. BEACON BAY, a nice type by Karinga Bay, was backed from 16’s to 8’s and showed fair promise.

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REPORT ON THE TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK, SUNDAY 24TH JANUARY

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

The climate changed again at Chipley Park near Wellington when the short lived mid week ice age gave way to mild and cloudy weather in time for the Tiverton Foxhounds to race on Sunday.

The ever improving Ask The Weatherman, quite an aptly named horse in the circumstances, (actually his dam was called Whatagale), won his sixth consecutive race when upped to Open company in the very testing Chipley going.

This was the best Open race in the Devon & Cornwall area this season. Starting odds-on, the promising seven-year-old Ask The Weatherman was given a tough race by the useful grey Dicky Bob, also seeking his first success at this level after five successive wins last season.

The pair raced locked together on the stiff incline from the bottom bend until Ask The Weatherman began to pull away from his rival approaching the last fence. Ex-chaser Pentiffic finished a creditable third with In Great Form the only other finisher. Hunter chase winner Double Bank was pulled up, but will come on for this race, Dicky Bob lost little in defeat. “He has been eating too many Christmas puddings,” smiled trainer Verity Nicholls, alluding that the race fit winner probably held the edge in fitness. “Dicky Bob will probably be seen next at Buckfastleigh next month.” Said Verity.

Paul Barber, who owns the winner in partnership with David Martin, described the winner as, “really tough and keeps on going. I wouldn’t rule out a bid for the Cheltenham Foxhunter.” Last year’s leading trainer Jack Barber, who saddled Ask The Weatherman from his Henley, Crewkerne base, showed obvious pride in his charge and commented, “he keeps on improving.”

Will Biddick had the mount on Ask The Weatherman. The four times champion jockey came out second best however on another hot favourite from the Barber yard when a tiring Posh Totty was caught close home by the game Whenharrymetsally in the Mares race. The winner, trained by Keith Cumings, was the leading mare in the Devon and Cornwall area last season, and was completing a double for her 24-year-old jockey Matt Hampson, despite the rider losing an iron at the last jump. “She loves the soft,” reported the rider who works for the Richard Woollacott yard.

Blinding Lights had initiated Hampson’s double when just getting the better of Jepeck in the Hunt race. The winner’s owner/trainer Mary Sanderson must have put lots of polish on this trophy since Blinding Lights was capturing it for the third time after her well remembered Jabiru had won it on five occasions.

Welsh jockey Bradley Gibbs was another double scorer. Stony Road drew clear of his rivals in the home straight to set up the rider’s double in the Restricted. The winner is trained for owner Jeanne Thomas by Ian Prichard and could be aimed at a maiden hunter chase. “This is the first time I have ridden this horse and got the mount because Charlotte Prichard hurt her shoulder in the week,” said the rider.

The consistent mare My Coranna completed the double for Bradley Gibbs when just outstaying Sea Bear in the Intermediate. Bought by owner Claire Sherriff at Ascot sales just over a year ago, this seven-year-old is trained at Ynysybwl, Mid Glamorgan by the jockey’s father David Gibbs.
The Open Maiden might have been run in the slowest time of the day, but provided the closest finish with Pauls Conn, well ridden by Nick Lawton, just denying Will Biddick on Athreeothree by a head. The two tired horses were rolling into each other like weary boxers in the closing stages, but the subsequent enquiry into possible interference allowed the result to stand. Seven-year-old Pauls Conn is the first horse owned by Linda Bacon and is trained by Bethen Childs at Carhampton near Minehead. It was a nice touch that this race, sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Inn, Nomansland, was also a memorial race for my late press colleague Brian Armstrong.

There was more controversy following a thrilling finish to the Novice Riders’ event. Premier Portrait came to the race with a hat trick of wins to his name this season, with Kirkleigh chasing him home on two occasions. This time 4-6 favourite Premier Portrait just held off his old rival, but Radley schoolboy Gus Levinson failed to weigh in. The race was awarded to the Robert Chanin trained Kirkleigh, owned by Sue Trump and partnered by her grandson Alistair Harvey.

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton meeting

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RESULTS – TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, CHIPLEY PARK, 24 JAN 2016

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Going; Soft with heavy patches

Hunt race (Sponsor – Stags)

1 Blinding Lights (Matt Hampson) 5-4 led three out, stayed on well

2 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas0 4-5 fav left in lead 7th, headed three out, battled on well

3 Corredor Sun (Natalie Stone0 15-2 lost touch 15th

4 ran; 1 1/2l, dist; 7m 3s

Owner; Mary Sanderson; Trainer; Mary Sanderson

Restricted (Agrii & Hartnoll Hotel)

1 Stony Road (Bradley Gibbs) 7-4 fav took lead three out, soon clr, comf

2 Polo The Mumm (Hannah Welch) 16-1 led 15th, every chance three out, no extra

3 Tempestate Floresco (Will Biddick) 5-2 disp lead 8th – 14th, ev chance til wknd two out

13 ran; 10l; 8l; 7m 1s

Owner; Jeannie Thomas; Trainer; Ian Prichard

Mixed Open (Matford Land Rover, Woofenenden Comstruction & John Pearcey Memorial)

1 Ask The Weatherman (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav made most, stayed on strongly when pressed

2 Dicky Bob (Jo Buck) 3-1 hdwy 15th disp & every chance three out, no extra next

3 Pentific (Lucy Turner) 20-1 hdwy 15th, held in third from three out

8 ran; 8l; 12l; 6m 45s

Owner; D Martin & P Barber; Trainer Jack Barber

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 My Coranna (Bradley Gibbs) 8-15 fav held up, prog to lead three out, soon clr

2 Sea Bear (Joshua Newman) 2-1 made most til three out, kept on well

3 Canada Coombe (Rob Hawker) 6-1 led briefly 12th, third & kept on under pressure from three out

5 ran; 5l; 2 1/2l; 7m 5s

Owner; Miss Claire Sherrif; Trainer; David Gibbs

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Dodson & Horrell)

1 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 7-4 led til three out, rallied flat. Just held, awarded race

2 Books Review (Mark Robinson) 8-1 held up, some late hdwy

3 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 33-1 hdwy 11th. wknd 15th

(Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson 4-6 fav finished first but was disqualified when rider failed to weigh in)

8 ran; original dist; 3/4l; 10l; 6m 58s

Owner; Sue Trump; Trainer; Robert Chanin

Club Members Mares & Fillies (TBA)

1 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampson) 2-1 alwys prom, 2nd three out, rallied to lead cl home

2 Posh Totty (Will Biddick) 2-5 fav led 3rd til wknd & headed last 50 yds

3 Knight Blaze (Nick Lawton) 9-1 well in touch til no extra three out

4 ran; 2l; 8l; 7m 6s

Owner; Andrew & Hannah Broggio; Trainer; Keith Cumings

Open Maiden (Mount Pleasant Inn & Brian Armstrong Memorial)

1. Pauls Conn (Nick Lawton) 4-1 hdwy 12th, led last 50 yds

2. Athreeothree (Will Biddick) 7-4 jt fav led 15th til headed last 50 yds

3. Castleboy Warrior (Sean Houlihan) 25-1 chased ldrs, stayed on clsg stgs

9 ran; head; 6l; 7m 15s

Owner; Miss Linda Bacon; Trainer; Bethen Childs

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The National Website of British Point-to-Pointing has got a new-look

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Point-to-Pointing has got a new-look, revamped national website run by the Point-to-Point Racing Company this season. The address – www.pointtopoint.co.uk – remains the same, but the site has been completely rebuilt from the ground up to make the sport more accessible to both committed fans and once-a-year racegoers.

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Interactive features ensure that finding fixtures and courses is easier for newcomers, while The Register, arguably the best new feature of the re-launched site, allows Premium and Premium VIP subscribers to search any horse, keeper or jockey and access their form, including Hunter Chase form, dating back to 2005; the only online database of its kind. For social media devotees, there is also the facility to post photos on the site via Instagram using the hashtag #gopointing.

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The new pointtopoint.co.uk Event Page now takes on a racecard style design, providing Subscribers with not only the horse’s name, rating and owner/keeper details, but also the breeding, form (including Hunter Chases) and the jockey stated at entry. The new click-through facility enables you to dig much deeper into races, bringing up the keeper and jockey statistics as well as viewing the horse’s other entries with one simple click.

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As before, there are three tiers – basic subscribers (free sign up) gain access to the news service, general information about the sport, features and weekly digital magazine Go Pointing; Premium Subscription (£40) enables viewers to gain exclusive early access to entries, results and form for trainers, riders and horses; Premium VIP (£80) opens all the features of Premium, but also enables viewers to watch race recordings from approximately half the season’s Point-to-Point fixtures, plus an archive of footage from previous years. New for this season is a monthly option of £15 for Premium, and £30 for Premium VIP.

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To take a look at the site for yourself please click here and for more information on the benefits of the various subscriptions please click here.

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Changes to the intermediate race at the Buckfastleigh meetings

Due to the fact that there is an unforeseen clash between the South Pool Harriers’ point to point at Buckfastleigh on February 14 and Exeter Races, the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Chase qualifier, scheduled for that date, will now be held at the Dart Vale meeting, on March 13.

Secretary Eileen Ashby said: “When the BHA fixtures were published it was found that there was a clash between our meetings. At such a late stage we had genuine, valid reasons for electing to stick with our date. However, in deference to our sponsor, Exeter Racecourse, we asked Connolly’s Red Mills, who sponsor the Intermediate at our Dart Vale meeting if they would swap, which they kindly agreed to do.”

So, the Intermediate at Buckfastleigh on February 14, will be a Connolly’s Red Mills qualifier, with the first four horses home qualifying for the Connolly’s Intermediate hunter chase final at Cheltenham on April 27. (Details on page 173 of the planner).

The Intermediate at the course on March 13, will be an Exeter Racecourse Intermediate hunter chase qualifier, with all runners (except four year old horses) qualifying for the final. (Details on page 141 of the planner.)

Eileen Ashby added: ” We are very grateful to both sponsors for accommodating the arrangement.”

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British point-to-pointing returns to the Racing Post

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British point-to-pointing is getting a new weekly column in the Racing Post, bringing the sport to a daily readership of over 40,000 racing fans.

Starting tomorrow and on every Friday throughout the season, the paper and iPad editions will preview the best of the weekend’s sport, list the fixtures, and focus on emerging talent and those making the headlines. The paper will also highlight winning British point-to-point graduates under Rules with success boxes in its results section.

Bruce Millington editor at the Racing Post said: “British point-to-pointing is a thriving and important sport and we are pleased to be covering it every Friday.

“As well as giving readers information on the weekend’s fixtures we will be covering the stories of the people and horses that make point-to-pointing such a source of fascination.”

Clare Hazell, Chief Executive of the Point-to-Point Authority, said: “We are delighted point-to-pointing returns this week to the Racing Post. It is a great boost for the sport to have a presence once again in Britain’s daily racing paper. The new column will follow the themes of the season, keep tabs on championship chasers, and give readers information on the weekend’s fixtures and directions to the courses.

“Our new partnership with the Racing Post extends to success boxes that highlight victories in Rules races by British point-to-point graduates in the paper’s results section. This will offer another indicator of the value British point-to-pointing brings to racing under Rules.”

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Entries and form guide: Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, 24th January 2016

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:55 Club Members Race for Mares & Fillies
7th 15:30 Open Maiden Race

Going Update from Keith Granger

Keith Granger has provided the following going update on Wednesday 20th January, the ground is Good with Good to Soft Patches this morning, a band of some sort of rain due to come across us tomorrow evening/Friday morning.

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The majestic course of Chipley Park is the location where the Tiverton Foxhounds will host next weekends Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday 24th January. This popular track attracts many of the top horses and jockey’s in the country, and boasts increased prize money for many of the races on offer. Over 80 entries have been received for the seven race card.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free Course facilities include bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands. Dogs on leads welcome.

Location is Chipley Park, off B3187, Wellington 3m , Milverton 1m – TA21 0QA.

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 2015/16 form from 2014/15 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2013/14 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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Visitors to the North Cornwall enjoyed the advantages of eticketing

People already happily download plane tickets, rugby tickets, football tickets, concert tickets and now point to point tickets and North Cornwall Hunt were the first in the Devon and Cornwall area to bite the bullet and sign up for eticketing, having seen a presentation at the area secretaries’ summer meeting.

Sonia Warren was the secretary in the hot seat and reported back positively on the experience. She said: “ We didn’t have total support from the committee, but as I am the one filling envelopes and posting them, and our meeting had the Christmas and New Year break, which is terrible for post, in the build up, we went for it! I found it much easier and quicker and we saved a lot on printing and postage.”

The hunt sent etickets to all owners and trainers, stewards, helpers and sponsors who would normally get a complimentary ticket. Sonia explained: ”What that means is that we sent an email with a link on it. The recipient clicks on the link and prints off their own ticket. A bit of a hiccup was that the price of the ticket was displayed on it, so we had a couple of calls asking why they had to pay, but I just explained that it was a complimentary ticket and that they should go ahead and print out.

“The tickets are then presented at the gate – our gate people said it was much easier than normal. Just scan a barcode and that’s it, no arguing! It is impossible to forward on the link to other people or to print out more than one valid copy so even if we had six gates, only one ticket would be accepted. Sally-Ann from TICKETsrv came along as it was our first go which gave us a bit of confidence. We have very poor phone signal at the showground so if it worked for us, I guess it would work anywhere. They come out and check it works before you sign up.”

Advance, discounted tickets were on sale to the general public – you can get entry plus racecard, entry plus premier parking, any sort of variation – NCH went for just entry and, interestingly, several were bought from far afield. They didn’t sell a massive amount but started the ball rolling. Bookmaker Hunton supported the initiative by offering a free £2 bet on the Novice Riders race for friends and family of eticket holders, as the ticket holder themselves placed a bet.

Phil Kennen said: “I think the idea will catch on, we just need to be persistent. We had a bit of a rush late on, and once people get used to getting a discount if they buy early, I think it will work well. This is Cornwall and it was just after Christmas as well! I think if people have bought a ticket in advance, they are more likely to come. If they don’t, we have the money up front.” Sonia added: “People don’t really go out with as much cash now. I have bought tickets to events online and if I can do it anyone can! I am not very computer-minded.

“I had one SAE turn up on the Friday before our meeting, so I wouldn’t have been able to send a pass out to them in time, but I could email it. If the hunt set it up, as opposed to the point to point, you could buy tickets to all events, fun rides, hunt ball, barbecues etc online, for one set up cost. Or the Devon and Cornwall area could set it up for everyone, with the point to points designing their own pass. There are lots of options.”

“ I did print off and send some tickets out to those who didn’t have a computer, you still have that option, so they are still catered for. ”I believe Royal Cornwall Show have signed up for etickets now they have seen how ours worked.”

The Midlands point to point area is also offering etickets, and, by next season, it is likely to be much more widespread.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SILVERTON AT BLACK FOREST LODGE 17 JAN 2016

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EIGHT races and 84 runners at Black Forest Lodge without a single odds-on shot on the boards – amazing.

Yes it was a strong betting market with a few “faces” from up country mingling with the local punters ranged against the 11 layers.

Favourite backers caught a cold in both the Ladies’ and Men’s Opens. Penmore Mill (5-4 fav touched evens) made a brave effort out in front on the second circuit in the 11 runner Ladies’, but just failed to hold the late thrust of both Horsham Lad (6‘s out to 9’s) and the wonderful veteran Coombe Hill (9-2 from 7’s) in a terrific blanket finish with less than a length between the trio.

Repeat Business (evens to 11-8 fav) put a smile on the bookies’ faces in the Men’s feature (tailed off when pulled up). This race went to the young trainer/jockey combination of Michael Bowen and Richard Patrick, thanks to a game front running performance by the useful Sir Du Bearn (6‘s out to 7’s). Imperial Circus (12’s out to 16’s) stuck to his task well and looks a sure fire future winner. Ohio Gold (7’s out to 10’s) will come on for this after keeping on to fill third spot. Irish Anthem (4’s to 3’s) proved disappointing when pulling up on the final circuit.

Locally trained horses took the Confined and Restricted: Delphi Mountain (steady at 3’s) was given a good ride by his novice pilot Emma Watson to win the Confined easily after Doctor Henry had unseated Bronwyn Buttery at the final ditch. The Dapper Fox was laid at 16’s before tumbling through all rates into 6-1 but never got a sight of the leaders. He will need more positive handling.

The Restricted looked quite strong and produced a worthy winner in staying type Robin De Souza (5-2 jt fav touched 11-4). He will certainly progress further. Northleach (5-2 to 3’s) kept tabs on the winner until the second last, and third placed Captain Camelot (3’s out to 5’s) was not disgraced. The other joint favourite Doyen Dynamo (op 3’s) ruined his chance with a blunder three out. A lively outsider here worth keeping an eye on is the Hutsby trained Nashville Tommy (20’s to 14’s) who was not discredited in fifth.

The Intermediate winner Big Georgie (10’s to 6’s before settling at 8’s)
evidently acts in heavy going and in the dark (last race run in twilight). James Ridley timed his challenge well to see off Paddycards (4’s out to 7’s). The Flying Doc finished third without really threatening. He made a mess of the last but was nicely supported from 12’s to 6’s. The doc is capable of better. Incidentally Hunton tempted punters here with a 100- 1 shot Just Hattie – in touch til 13th.

All three Maiden favourites went down the pan. Zephyr once changed hands for 100,000gns as a yearling but he wasn’t fast enough for the flat so he came to Black Forest as a five-year-old maiden. Nobody was convinced, so he drifted from 2’s out to 5’s for this lowly maiden. He evidently loves his new career as a pointer, and easily outstayed Dark Gesture (5-2 from 3’s).

Favourite backers looked like collecting in the second Maiden, but Whatasrormnorm (7-4 from 5-2) could not cope with Creative Inerta (11-4 to 3’s) who benefited from his first time tongue tie.

Bruton (20’s to 10’s) also wore the fashionable tongue tie . His previous two runs had been disappointing, but somebody kept faith in the seven-year-old out of popular mare Hops and Pops, and he took the final Maiden in the hands of Will Biddick. Berwick Bassett was sent off 3-1 fav having opened at 12’s but could only finish third.

Battle re-commences at Chipley Park on Sunday.

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Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point – Chipley Park, Sunday, 24 January 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

The majestic course of Chipley Park is the location where the Tiverton will host next weekends Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday 24th January. This popular track attracts many of the top horses and jockey’s in the country, and boasts increased prize money for many of the races on offer.

Over 80 entries have been received for the seven race card. These include a now £1200 Mixed Open race sponsored by Matford Landrover, Woofenden Construction & John Pearcey Memorial, in which entry Ask The Weatherman from the Jack Barber team looks hard to oppose, having won four races in succession under champion jockey Will Biddick, including a win at Larkhill earlier this month. Hunter Chase winners Double Bank and Parkham Jack also hold entries with both having strong claims, as does the Verity Nicholls trained Dickey Bob, having run up an impressive five wins last season.

Racing kicks off at 12 noon with the Stags-sponsored Members Race. Entries include the Mary Sanderson-trained Blinding Lights who stands out having won this race last season under jockey Matt Hampton. Blinding Lights looks to be able to handle any going, and won a Hunter Chase at Exeter last May. Jepeck could be the main challenger, from the Kayley Woollacott-team, having won the intermediate race here last season under jockey Jamie Thomas. Lord Samson from the Rosemary Partridge yard has shown some good previous form, although has not been seen on a Point course for a while and may be in the need of a run.

The Agrii and Hartnoll Hotel, Bolham £550 Restricted race follows in which Wotzizname from the Sarah Gould team stands out having won at Larkhill earlier this month 30 lengths ahead of his nearest rival under jockey Martin McIntyre. Another to consider is Templestateforesco having finished a neck second at Black Forest Lodge under Will Biddick in November. Miss Weld has shown some good place form under jockey Pippa Glanville, and would look to handle soft going. Mangans Turn ran second at this course last season under Josh Newman, but will need to improve on his two runs to date this season.

The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate race follows in which suggestion would be either My Coranna for Welsh raider David Gibbs,having progressed quickly last season, with wins at Garnons and Ystradowen, already clocking up a second this season at Barbury in December under jockey Bradley Gibbs, or lightly raced Winter Soldier for trainer Richard Mitford-Slade ran well on all three starts last season winning at Kilworthy and second to Boa Island at Upcott Cross, he also won a Flat race under rules at Uttoxeter in June when in training with Richard Woollacott.

The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members race for Novice riders could again see a dual between Gus Levinson on Premier Portrait who has twice caught the front running Kirkleigh ridden by Alistair Harvey. This time if Premier Portrait’s connections head to Cockleburrow where he also holds an entry, the race could go the way of Kirkleigh for the Robert Chanin team. Interestingly Supreme Danehill from the Alan Hill team is entered here, and may improve on his fourth for Victoria Pendleton if his connections choose this meeting over the Higham meeting in Suffolk where she has entries with According To Sarah and Minella Theatre.

The Throughbred Breeders Association club Members race for mares and fillies follows, in which Posh Totty another Barber/Biddick combination could take the spoils. Having been placed in 17 out of her 22 starts to date, Posh Totty was unlucky not to score another win at Larkhill in December when disqualified for a weight discrepancy. Whenharrymetsally may fly the flag for the Keith Cumings team, a winner of seven Points to date, looks to act on any going and could improve on her previous second at this track.

Finally the open maiden race closes the days event. Suggestions out of the 13 entries are Athreeothree for the Barber/Biddick combination after their second at Larkhill in December, Armchair Hero for Claire Hitch who scored a second at Trebudannon and Pauls Conn having been placed several times under National Hunt Rules and ran a good third for trainer Bethan Childs at Larkhill.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free Course facilities include bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands. Dogs on leads welcome.

Location is Chipley Park, off B3187, Wellington 3m , Milverton 1m – TA21 0QA.

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