RESULTS: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK 29 JAN 2017

Going: Good to Soft becoming Soft with Heavy patches

Hunt Race (Sponsor Stags – John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial)

1 Cotillion (James King) 4-5 fav held up, led last, readily

2 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas) 5-2 led 15th til headed last

3 Blinding Lights (Sean Houlihan) 6-1 with leaders til wknd two out

6 ran; 5l; 10l; 6m 47s

Owner; Mr A Nash; Trainer; Michael Hawker

Restricted (Agrii & Hartnoll Hotel, Tiverton)

1 Sammy Blade (Sean Houlihan) 6-1 led from 4th, stayed on strongly

2 Creatice Inerta (Martin MacIntyre) 2-1 fav challenged from three out, no extra close home

3 High Priority (Josh Newman) 9-4 chased ldrs three out, grad wknd

14 ran; 1 1/4l; 15l; 6m 44s

Owner; The Mad Moose Partnership; Trainer; Claire Cook

Mixed Open (Timico)

1 Frelia (Bradley Gibbs) 7-4 jt fav led three out, ran on strongly

2 Winter Soldier (Sean Houlihan) 6-1 stayed on well closing stages

3 Miss Gotaway (Will Biddick) 10-1 challenged three out, every chance til no extra flat

15 ran; 2l; 1/2l; 6m 51s

Owner; D Gibbs & G Fortt; Trainer; David Gibbs

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Chosen Lucky (Darren Edwards) 7-2 ridden to close three out, stayed on to lead flat

2 Northgeorge (Byron Moorcroft) 3-1 led three out, headed next

3 More Hazard (Bradley Gibbs) 4-1 went 2nd three out, every chance last, no extra close home

13 ran; 3l; 4 1/2l; 6m 51s

Owner; Dean Summersby; Trainer; Dean Summersby

PPORA Club Members’Novice Riders’ (Dodson & Horrell)

1 Join Together (Lorcan Williams) 6-4 fav led from 4th, hard pressed three out, just held on

2 Blazing Whale (Abbie Hughes) 9-4 progress 15th, looked winner til mistake last

3 Ballybough Gorta (Ed Henderson) 25-1 with leaders til grad outpaced from 15th

16 ran; short head; 10l; 6m 48s;

Owner; Ian & Wendy Fogg; Trainer; Rose Loxton

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies Only (Jockey Club)

1 Palmaria (Will Biddick) 2-1 fav made all , clear from three out

2 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 20-1 went 2nd two out, not reach wnr

3 Princess Annabelle (Jake Bament) 12-1 chased leaders throughout til wknd three out

16 ran; 20l; 8l; 6m 59s

Owner; Lady Flamma Sutton; Trainer; Caroline Keevil

Open Maiden

Division 1 (System Six Kitchens, Exeter)

1 Restless Rebel (Will Biddick) 3-1 alwys leaders, led two out, ridden out

2 Manhatten Mead (Ben Jones) 5-2 good hdwy three out, kept on til hung left clsg stages

3 Troubleshot (Tom Chanin) 16-1 not reach ldrs from three out

12 ran; 10l; 20l; 7m 13s

Owner; J Dorse & M Roe; Trainer; Ed Walker

Division 2 Mountpleasant Inn, Nomansland & Robin Barwell Memorial)

1 dead heat Blazing Bouncer (Jamie Thomas) 14-1 joined ldrs 14th, looked held til stayed on to join leader near finish

1 dead heat Morpet (Jake Bament) 12-1 led from 2nd clear two out til caught on post

3 Micky Stark (Zoe Hawkins) 8-1 kept on steadily closing stages

dead heat; 6l; 7m 15s

Owner; Blazing Bouncer; Rita Heard; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Owner; Morpet Sally Hutchings; Trainer; Christine Gray

Entries: Tiverton Point-To-Point at Chipley Park on Sunday 29th January 2017

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 Restricted Race
3rd 12:40 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:15 Intermediate Race
5th 13:50 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:25 Mares Maiden Race
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
8th 15:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Course Updates:

Friday 27th January 2017: “Keith left the course at 3p.m. the ground was good/good to soft in a place a little rain forecast tonight and some showers for Sunday so he would imagine the going would be good to soft by the time racing takes place at 11.30a.m, come early it looks like a fantastic days racing” – Jean Granger

Tuesday 24th January 2017: The ground at Chipley Park remains Good to Soft

Monday 23rd January 2017: Important News due to a large entry of horses (182) we have had to bring the first race forward to 11.30a.m. All good fun and the ground is now Good to Soft with a little rain forecast Friday/Saturday. Look forward to seeing you all there. Keith and Jean Granger, Hon. Sec.

Preview extract:

Chipley Park is the picturesque venue for next weekends Point-to-Point horse racing meeting, where 182 entries have been received for the Tiverton meeting this coming Sunday 29th January. Eight races are on offer with an earlier start time of 11.30am

Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands.

Location is at Chipley Park off B3187, Wellington 1m, Milverton 1m, TA21 0QY.

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
© = 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.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SILVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, BLACK FOREST LODGE, 22ND JANUARY 2017

A very competitive eight-race card at Black Forest Lodge, when a total of 91 runners asked some searching questions for winner finding.

Punters were soon on the back foot as odds-on Welstonedruid (evens – 4-5) could only finish fourth in the opening Hunt race. The Dapper Fox (7-4 – 6-4) proved too wily for his rivals, pouncing late under Jack Veysey to beat front running Weston Lodge (50-1)..

Worse was to come for favourite backers though, as the next five favourites all went down the pan. The confidence behind recent Wadebridge winner Air Glider in the 14-runner Restricted saw him backed from 3-1 into 5-4 fav. Despite tavelling well enough for Darren Edwards, he could only manage third spot behind all the way winner Master Tim (16-1). In a lively betting race there was money for runner-up Very Intense (8’s to 6’s), Kalasaya (3’s to 9-4), Dark Gesture (20’s to 10’s) and Truegazer (25’s to 14’s). Neither of these could cope with the Glamorgan qualified winner.

Karinga Dancer was supported from 5-2 to 2-1 fav in the following Ladies’ Open with the 14 runners including old campaigners Carruthers (12-1) and Khyber Kim (3’s to 4’s). The favourite was going strongly when going inside a marker after the 15th – distracted by a loose horse according to the jockey. At that stage 25-1 outsider Imperial Circus was presented with a clear advantage and her opponents would have needed binoculars to find him as the 11-year-old galloped right away from them to give jockey Jodie Perry her first winner. Doctor Henty (10’s to 6’s) was also forced off the track by a loose horse at half way, the offender probably being Boardwalk Empire (14’s to 10’s) who fell at the first.

Full Trottle (5-2 to 3’s) was looking for his third successful foray to the Westcountry this season and shared favouritism in the Men’s Open with the useful Penmore Mill (op 2’s). It was however Porlock Bay (5’s) who took the prize. He is a race readers delight with his unmistakeable scarlet blinkers and vivid red cap standing out. Doyen Dynamo (10’s to 4’s) was pulled up approaching the last having got tired in the closing stages but should atone before long.

Sabroclair (4’s to 5-2 fav) put more money into the layers satchels in the first of three Open Maidens when he could only finish 5th. He had fair form under rules, but the Woollacott yard has yet to hit top form. The winner Bogoss Du Perret (5-2 to 7-2) had run well in the first race of the season here and won readily under Bryony Frost. The Shop Brien (5’s to 7-2) looks a good sort. He gave James King a nasty fall at the cross fence but had shaped with promise.

They went 3-1 the field in the second Maiden. Four-year-old filly Kintamini had the dubious task of being lumbered with favouritism, having been snapped up at 5’s early on. The French bred youngster ran really well but was short headed by Evan David’s mount Agentleman (5-2 out to 4’s).

Desert Roe (2-1 fav) provided some respite for punters by becoming the third Welsh trained winner of the day and the first successful favourite. The Vinnie Roe gelding spread eagled his field to win by 25 lengths from fellow Welsh challenger Captain Kennit (14’s to 7’s).

Despite a near two years lay off The Mexican Bandit (12’s touched 16’s) came back to just deny Warwickshire gelding Superior Fire (2’s to 3’s) by a neck in the Intermediate. A good ride by the talented Sean Houlihan, and a fine training performance from Keith Cumings to round off the day as the bookies rode off into the sunset to count their winnings

At least the Devon weather couldn’t have been kinder to us all.

Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point, Chipley Park Sunday 29th January 2017

Written by: Donna Harris

Chipley Park is the picturesque venue for next weekends Point-to-Point horse racing meeting, where 182 entries have been received for the Tiverton meeting this coming Sunday 29th January. Eight races are on offer with an earlier start time of 11.30am

The Mixed Open race is the feature race of the day being a qualifier for the Timico-sponsored Mixed Open final to be held at Cheltenham in May. Entries include the Rose Loxton-trained Caesar Milan a recent runner up at Larkhill, the highly rated Chepstow Hunter Chase and dual Men’s Open winner Desert More View out of Welsh trainer Alan Rhead’s yard, and the Gus Levinson-trained Premier Portrait who won the novice race here last year before being disqualified for a weighing in issue.

First race up is the Stag-sponsored Members race run in memory of John Pearcey and Brian Summers. Whenharrymetsally stands out having won this race last season for the Keith Cumings team under jockey Matt Hampton. The Kayley Woollacott entry Jepeck won four Points last season and got the better of Whenharrymetsally at Trebudannon under jockey Jamie Thomas, so should be feared.

Exeter racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which is a qualifier for the Exeter racecourse Intermediate final Hunter Chase and also a qualifier for the finals at Cheltenham in May. Jack Barber has entered Athreeothree having chosen to by pass Black Forest Lodge last weekend and looks to be the one to beat. He was travelling well until falling at the recent Larkhill meeting under champion jockey Will Biddick, the combination ran second in his maiden here last season, then followed up with wins at Lower Machen and Charlton Hawthorn. Trainer Dean Summersby is in great form and could be the main challenger with recent dual Wadebridge winner Chosen Lucky under jockey Darren Edwards.

The Agrii & Hartnoll Hotel Restricted race could go the way of the Ben Clarke-trained Creative Inerta, second at this meeting last season and unlucky to fall at Larkhill two weeks ago. Fishy Story is another to note having the benefit of a mares weight allowance and has the booking of jockey Matt Hampton, along with previous course winner Pauls Conn for trainer Bethan Childs.

31 entries for the PPORA Novice Riders race sponsored by Dodson & Horrell, include the Rose Loxton-trained Join Together, a winner of a Hunter Chase at Wincanton and seven Points to date for owners Ian and Wendy Fogg, has the booking of jockey Lorcan Williams. The Laura Thomas- trained and ridden Karinga Dancer who was unlucky to be carried out when travelling well at Black Forest Lodge last weekend, together with the highly rated Desertmore View after his previous Chepstow Hunter Chase win followed by Men’s Open wins at Trecoed and Howick, holds an entry for the Alan Rhead team, to name a few which could prove popular in the betting ring.

There follows three Maiden races, the first is the PPORA Jockey Club Mares and Fillies maiden race sponsored by Tiverton Hotel, in which Aunty Joan looks promising for the Richard Pringuer team, having finished runner up at last season at the Chaddesley Corbett and Dingley meetings. Flights is another to catch the eye, trained by Sally Alner for the Portman Flyers Partnership, could follow up on her second at Barbury two weeks ago then ridden by jockey Lorcan Williams.

Suggestions in the next two Open Maiden races are Village Whispers in the first Division having shown some good place form last season for the Whisky Friday Partnership, and Troubleshot who could improve on his recent fourth at Wadebridge for trainer Robert Chanin.

In the second division of the Open Maiden, trainer Christine Gray will be hoping for a good run out of entry Morpet, to follow up on his second at Cothelstone last March. The Open Maiden races have been kindly sponsored by System Six Kitchens, The Mount Pleasant Inn and Robin Marlow Memorial.

Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands.

Location is at Chipley Park off B3187, Wellington 1m, Milverton 1m, TA21 0QY.

REPORT ON THE SILVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT BLACK FOREST LODGE, SUNDAY 22ND JANUARY

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

The sun sprang forth, rejoicing in his splendour and the mask of darkness fell from the awakened earth…. PB Shelley – “the triumph of life”

Quite correct Mr Shelley. An afternoon to savour both the weather and the racing as the milder South Devon climate helped Black Forest Lodge to beat the recent sharp frosts which claimed most of the weekend’s racing action at other venues.

The Silverton meeting attracted a total of 91 runners for eight races on good going, with plenty of challengers from Wales and the Midlands.

The Ladies’ Open was full of incidents. Two of the 14 runners departed at the first fence as Imperial Circus took the field along. His nearest pursuer Doctor Henry was forced out by a loose horse at the 10th fence, and the favourite Karinga Dancer appeared to be in control when distracted by a loose horse and ran inside a marker on the bend after the 15th. This left Imperial Circus well clear of his rivals to give his 26-year- old jockey Jodie Perry her first winner. Richard Mitford-Slade trains the winner at Pontispool near Taunton on behalf of the four members of the Clown Club syndicate. The rider works in the yard and, “does all the work” according to the trainer. It was good to see 14-year-old former Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers chasing the winner home under his young rider Lily Bradstock.

Karinga Dancer was ridden by his trainer Laura Thomas. The Barbury Castle handler went on to saddle runner-up Full Trottle (Johnny Bailey), who went down fighting in a driving finish with Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards) in a good quality Men’s Open. Course winner Porlock Bay was achieving his seasonal hat trick for owner/trainer Luke Harvey. “He is the most incredible horse and wants to win,” exclaimed a delighted Luke, adding, “Our objective is the Lockinge Members’ (Old Berkshire Easter Monday) and I don’t care after that,” laughed the Attheraces TV pundit.

Black Forest Lodge is normally a happy hunting ground for Welsh horses, and a trio of winners travelled across the Severn Bridge on Sunday.

16-1 outsider Master Tim set the Welsh ball rolling in the 14-runner Restricted under Bradley Gibbs. The nine-year-old made virtually all the running to score convincingly. 26-year-old Robbie Llewellyn trains the gelding at Cowbridge for the Llewellyn family. “He has had a tendon injury and lost his form last season. We have hunted him a lot but it has taken a long time to get him fit.” reported the young trainer.

The same yard struck again when Agentleman gained a short head verdict over newcomer Kintamini in a section of the Open maiden under Evan David. This seven-year-old was bought privately from Roy Brotherton. “This is my first double,” remarked the trainer, adding that, “Evan’s brother Tom has missed riding our two winners. He has gone skiing at Val D’Isere.”

The Llangeinor qualified Desert Roe, with Richard Patrick in the saddle, justified favouritism with a 25 lengths success in the quickest of the three Maiden divisions. This Vinnie Roe gelding hails from the Bridgend yard of Jonathan Tudor, and the cheers of his enthusiastic owners – The Our Boy Partnership – must have been heard across the estuary

Nikki Frost supplied the other Maiden winner in Bogoss Du Perret, who drew clear round the final bend to relegate Wales into second and third places. The six-year-old Frost winner carries the colours of Joan Berry, having been sourced unraced by Hadden Frost in France. “He has taken time and it is all about growing up,” said Jimmy Frost

The Mexican Bandit capped a fine training performance by the Bishops Nympton yard of Keith Cumings in winning the Intermediate. The nine-year-old had been off the course for nearly two years with a tendon injury He was a 70th birthday present for owner Diana Scott and spent most of his break on his owner’s farm. “He was a bit keen but gave me a brilliant feel,” explained successful jockey Sean Houlihan.

The Hunt race proved to be the sole contest to attract single figures on the day, and The Dapper Fox was not hard pressed to account for his five rivals. His 27-year-old owner/trainer Jack Veysey, a Cullompton based farrier, was gaining his fourth career success in the saddle.

RESULTS: SILVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT BLACK FOREST LODGE 22 JAN 2017

Going Good
Hunt race (Sponsor; Best Western Hotel)

1 The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) 6-4 led two out, easily

2 Weston Lodge (Alex Muirhead) 50-1 made most til two out, no extra

3 Gary (Rex Dingle) 33-1 prog 11, every chance til wknd two out

6 ran; 8l; 2 1/2l; 6m 12s

Owner; Jack Veysey; Trainer; Jack Veysey

 

Restricted (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Master Tim (Bradley Gibbs) 16-1 made virtually all, stayed on well

2 Very Intense (Johnny Bailey) 6-1 handy, effort three out, kept on

3 Air Glider (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav hdwy 12th, every chance three out, no extra next

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

Owner; The Llewellyn Family: Trainer; Robbie Llewellyn

 

Ladies’ Open (The Farriers)

1 Imperial Circus (Jodie Perry) 25-1 led til 13th & again after 15th, well clear from four out

2 Carruthers (Lily Bradstock) 12-1 good late hdwy, not reach winner

3 Third Chance (Sarah Gould) 5-1 hdwy from rearthree out, not reach ldrs

14 ran; 15l; 8l; 5m 59s

Owner; The Clown Club; Trainer; Richard Mitford-Slade

 

Men’s Open (Gingerland Livery Ltd)

1 Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, led 15th, stayed on gamely when pressed from two out

2 Full Trottle (Johnny bailey) 3-1 jt fav went 2nd 15th, sustained challenge from next, just held

3 Penmore Mill (Sam Lee) 3-1 jt fav with ldrs from 11th, every chance four out, no extra clsg stages

13 ran; 3/4l; 4l; 5m 59s

Owner; Luke Harvey; Trainer; Luke Harvey

 

Open Maiden

Division 1 (Wilkinson Grant & Co)

1 Bogos Du Perret (Bryony Frost) 7-2 held up, led two out, soon clear, easily

2 Moreece (Evan David) 7-1 with leaders, led 14th til two out, no chance winner

3 Ollies Boy (Bradley Gibbs) 7-1 late hdwy, held in 3rd from two out

11 ran; 6l; 25l; 6m 10s

Owner; Mrs Joan Berry; Trainer; Nikki Frost

 

Division 2 (Pollitt’s)

1 Agentleman (Evan David) 4-1 hdwy to 2nd 14th, led three out, mstk last, just held on

2 Kintamini (Sean Houlihan) 3-1 fav tracked ldr from three out, strong chall flat, just held

3 An Tarbh Og (Gemma Sharpe) 6-1 stayed on from three out, mstk last

12 ran; short head; 5l; 6m 13s

Owner; Mrs Daphne Fear; Trainer; Robbie Llewellyn

 

Division 3 (Ladies’ of the Silverton Hunt)

1 Desert Roe (Richard Patrick) 2-1 fav led after four out, drew clr three out unchallenged

2 Captain Kennit (Bradley Gibbs) 7-1 chased winner in vain from three out

3 Culverwell (Martin McIntyre) 4-1 prog to modest 3rd two out, just held for 2nd place

11 ran; 25l; 1l; 6m 7s

Owner; The Our Boy Partnership: Trainer; Jonathan Tudor

 

Intermediate (Devon Fuels)

1 The Mexican Bandit (Sean Houlihan) 12-1 tracked ldr 15th led flat, held on in driving finish

2 Superior Fire (Sam Lee) 3-1 led 13th til hard pressed & headed flat

3 Mister Serious (George Hiscock ) 5-2 fav ridden to track ldrs two out, no extra

10 ran; neck; 3l; 6m 11s

Owner; Mrs Diana Scott; Trainer; Keith Cumings

Entries: Silverton Point-To-Point at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday 22nd January 2017

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 Restricted Race
3rd 12:40 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:15 Mens Open Race
5th 13:50 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
6th 14:25 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 3
8th 15:35 Intermediate Race

Course Updates:

Saturday 21st January 2017: ‪Linda Courtney reports all is okay at the course and no frosts are forecast for tonight #gopointing First race of eight at 11:30 tomorrow‬

Wednesday 18th January 2017: After a course inspection today the going remains – GOOD ,GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES.

Monday 16th January 2017: Going – Good ,good to soft in places. Linda Courtney will provide an update during the week, after the course inspection.

Preview extract:

Point-to-Point horse racing enthusiast will be heading to Black Forest Lodge this coming weekend, where it’s the turn of the Silverton to host their meeting on Sunday 22nd January. With an earlier start time of 11.30am and the now eight race card with 157 horses entered it promises to be another super family day out. The meeting will be celebrating 20 years of racing at this course, with quality entries attracted from around the country, the atmosphere will surely be electric.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and several trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to max £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Kenton, nr Exeter, (off A380-EX6 8HR)

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
© = 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.

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Preview: Silverton Point-to-Point, Black Forest Lodge Sunday 22nd January

Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Point horse racing enthusiast will be heading to Black Forest Lodge this coming weekend, where it’s the turn of the Silverton to host their meeting on Sunday 22nd January. With an earlier start time of 11.30am and the now eight race card with 157 horses entered it promises to be another super family day out. The meeting will be celebrating 20 years of racing at this course, with quality entries attracted from around the country, the atmosphere will surely be electric. 

The Farriers-sponsored Ladies race has attracted 30 entries, which include Hunter Chase winner and Cheltenham runner up Current Exchange out of Warwickshire trainer Francesca Nimmo’s yard. Entries also include the familiar name of Carruthers for trainer Sara Bradstock, a winner at Newbury and Ascot under rules Carruthers has won over £300k in prize money, and it would be a delight to see the horse run at this track. This race is a qualifier for the Skinner’s-sponsored Ladies Final race which will be held at Stratford-on-Avon in June. Karinger Dancer is another to note having won at both the Barbury and Wadbridge meetings so far this season for trainer/jockey Laura Thomas. 

The Ginger Lands Farm Livery-sponsored Mens Open race is another to have attracted good entries being a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open Final to be held at Cheltenham in May. Penmore Mill a winner of three Hunter Chases last season, Steeltown an unbeaten winner of four Points and a Hunter Chase at Newton Abbot last season, together with Full Trottle a recent Wadebridge and a course winner here previously, as was the Luke Harvey owned and trained Porlock Bay, which are just a few that stand out among the 23 entered. 

Local trainer Robert Chanin will be hoping that course specialist Welstonedruid can come home in front in the Tiverton Hotel sponsored Members race, but could have The Dapper Fox snapping at his heels under trainer/jockey Jack Veysey. 

Those catching the eye in the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Restricted race are the Fiona Read trained Bruton who was a course winner here last season under champion jockey Will Biddick, also Air Glider from the in form Dean Summersby yard after his recent easy win at Wadebridge under jockey Darren Edwards.

Three divisions of the Open Maiden race follow with suggestions in the first Wilkinson Grant-sponsored division being Bogus du Perret and Village Whispers. The second division could go the way of the Robert Whaley Cohen entry Lucarno for jockey Sam Whaley Cohen, with Shes Dapper another to note having the benefit of a mares weight allowance. In the third division any market support for Desert Roe and Overly Cautious could be worth following.

Finally up is the Devon Fuels-sponsored Intermediate race with entry Athreeothree looking to make amends for his fall at the sixth fence at recent Larkhill for jockey Will Biddick, and the Ed Walker Sucker Punch, if coming home on top will be a popular win for the Otter Club owners.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and several trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to max £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Kenton, nr Exeter, (off A380-EX6 8HR)

Update: Silverton Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge – earlier start announced

Monday 16th January 2017
Sunday races now start at 11.30am with eight races now scheduled after having 157 entries. Races will still be 35 minutes apart.

Please allow for the earlier start time and let other people know, particulary those not online.

Sunday 15th January 2017

Going: Good ,good to soft in places. Will update in week after course inspection, but not sure yet which day that will be – Linda Courtney

MONEY TALKS: GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 8 JAN 2017

A trend in this area this season seems to be that the majority of entries actually take part. The 82 total entries at the North Cornwall produced 64 runners- ie about 80% run ratio to entries,

Yet another very good day’s racing on the Royal Cornwall showground. Eight races saw only three winning favourites on pretty soft ground, sending the bookies home with a nice profit.

The big hitters struck first though, as the in-form Dean Summersby yard produced Air Glider (Darren Edwards) to win a modest Hunt race (4-5 to 2-5). This ex-Dan Skelton hurdler had also won an Irish maiden, and was placed in hurdles over here before joining Summersby’s Launceston yard. He will win again.

Odds-on backers caught a cold though in the Ladies’ Open. Start Royal (4-6 to 8-11) has been a class act over the years, but hit a flat spot under Gina Andrews down the hill, and looked well held on the bottom bend. Course specialist Sobre Tresor (5-2 to 11-4) took full advantage. He mastered Doctor Henry (7-4 to 2’s) in the home straight before staying on strongly under an excellent ride from Taylor Pook to hold the favourite’s renewed effort. I was tempted to back the winner, but a paddock inspection persuaded me that he had eaten a bit too much Christmas pudding.

Already a pointing winner this season, Karinga Dancer has a BHA rating of 140, but was easy to back (6-4 out to 9-4) in the 12-runner Novice Riders’ event. As McCririck used to say, the favourites flip flopped as the Alan Hill trained Supreme Danehill came in from 5-2 to 2-1 to pinch favouritism. He ran well for his young rider, but the experienced Karinga Dancer (Laura Thomas) proved street wise enough to hold a bold effort from Rusty Nail (Ben Godfrey) (9-2 to 5’s).

Barbury Castle trainer Laura Thomas (I hate the modern use of “keeper” instead of trainer – I associate keeper with zoo animals), switched roles from jockey to trainer to saddle Full Trottle (9-2 in a place to 7-2) to win the Men’s Open under a good ride from Johnny Bailey. Little Cornham (8’s to 9’s) ran really well to chase home the winner, but the prolific Premier Portrait (1-2 to 2-5) had an off day. He reared and unseated his rider in the preliminaries and “never gave me any sort of feel from the off” according to young Gus Levinson. I know how the horse felt because I also had an off day also with a bad back.

Before The War ((5’s to 7’s) had been off the course all last season, but galloped on relentlessly to beat a fitter looking Robin De Souza (6-4) and give Josh Newman a double. That left me a tenner down to add to the back pain.

Josh had earlier steered Minim Mouse (not wanted from 5’s out to 9’s) to an emphatic victory in the second Maiden division. The feature before this event was sustained support for the mare Ruby Fool (4’s into 6-4 fav), who looked a picture in the parade ring, but was easily second fiddle in the race. She is a certainty for a Maiden.

Genermouse (6’s to 8’s) is a half brother to Minim Mouse (same breeder), but he is an enormous specimen. He jumped really well in the Restricted and made most until stumbling and unseating Josh Newman on the tight bottom bend. This left recent Wadebridge winner Chosen Lucky (2’s to 6-4 fav) ahead, and his task was made easier when the challenging High Priority (4’ to 5’s) unseated at the third last.

Come On Joey (7-4 to 6-4 fav) came from well off the pace to win the first Maiden under Vicky Wade . “Very green” was the rider’s verdict which was not surprising as the six-year-old crashed into the running rail 50 yards from home but re-bounded enough to hold the promising Boomtown Knat ( 6’s to 5’s).