Granville’s betting gossip – Axe Vale Point-To-Point at Stafford Cross – 24th April 2016


The 18 bookies started off in a happy frame of mind when Overafrica ( friendless from 14’s out to 20’s) produced a shock in the opening Hunt race to set up a double for local jockey Darren Andrews. Regular readers of this column (if there are any) will know that I returned from the previous day’s racing at Trebudannon with a profit – well that didn’t last long as my investment in the first here could only finish fourth.

Darren Andrews went on to partner a longer priced winner when Mountain Cliché (25-1) won the Restricted after his nearest rival Guerrilla Tactics ( 2-1) had fallen at the last when disputing the lead.

Theatre Evening was nibbled at from 12’s to 10’s before giving jockey Tom Bishop his first winner for three years in the Confined. The money for placed horses Little Cornham (7-2 to 3’s) and Will Biddick’s mount Champagne Rosie (6-4 to 5-4) went into the layers satchels.

Favourite backers picked themselves up with Posh Totty (4-6 to evens); Tom Barton (solid 5-4 ) and Minella Fifty (4-5 to 5-4).

Posh Totty is a most consistent mare and made virtually all to hold The Wealerdealer (3’s to 6-4) in the Mixed Open.

The Sally Alner trained Tom Barton caught the eye in the parade ring before bidding for his fourth win of the season in the Intermediate. He only thrust his head in front in the last few strides though in a blanket finish with Doyen Dynamo (3’s to 5-2) and Peterbrown (9-2 to 4’s). The form looks solid.

Minella Fifty had 11 opponents in the Novice Riders’, but at the business end only Top Chief (7’s to 8’s) offered any resistance before going down by a length. Taylor Pook returned from injury to ride the winner, and 18-year-old Christopher Barber shaped well on the runner up. Minella Fifty has done well for Exmoor trainer Claire Hitch, who seems to have found the key to a horse who once changed hands for £150,000 a few years ago after winning an Irish point. The gelding failed to win a race in the famous green and gold colours of his previous owner.

I am not too familiar with Spanish flat form, but Broadway Blueshirt’s fourth in a Mijas all weather event as a three-year-old looks fairly moderate. His first three runs in English points this season were definitely moderate, but two recent placed efforts gave notice of ability. The Spanish bred gelding was backed from 8’s to 5-2 and rewarded his supporters under Liverpool born Saul Woods in the first Maiden.

The concluding Maiden also went to a well backed horse in the shape of Jonimo (5’s to 3’s). After a quiet seasonal debut at Black Forest Lodge Jonimo ran well at Ston Easton, and only had to stand on his feet to win here under Sean Houlihan, as only three of the nine runners finished.


Results of the Axe Vale meeting

Report from the Axe Vale meeting


Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at


The following photographers were at the meeting: Cat Down (Official), Marcus Bath, Athwenna Iron (Western Morning News) and Megan Cobley.

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