Reports & Results: Dulverton West Point-To-Point, Bratton Down Sunday 21st May 2017

A huge crowd enjoyed a day of unbroken sunshine and competitive thrilling horse-racing action at the Dulverton West Point-to-Point, held at Bratton Down last Sunday. Leading National trainer Jack Barber enjoyed saddling another treble, extending his lead in the National championship even further. His first win came with the four-year old, strong looking debutant Stradivarius Davis under jockey Martin McIntyre in the Bob Pittard Memorial Maiden race. McIntyre tracked the leaders on the first circuit before producing his mount on the final lap. Stradivarius Davis had been bought for his owners by bloodstock agent Ryan Mahon, and did not dissapoint when he battled on well up the home straight, not giving in when briefly headed by Heaven’s Choice, but rallied under pressure and stayed on to win by a neck. ”He is quite green as he showed when running around a bit up the home straight,” explained the trainer. Ian Fogg who is one of the joint owners of Stradivarius Davis added “We are delighted with the training and the jockey.” 

Barbers second winner came when There’s No Panic ridden by Will Biddick took the feature Brends Hotel-sponsored Mixed Open four-mile-one furlong race. Previously in training with Will’s father Mike who owns the horse, it was decided that he be moved to Jack Barbers yard. “The boys said I wasn’t schooling him fast enough, so I agreed to spend some of my pension on training fees” explained the delighted owner. Posh Totty gave Jack Barber his treble, with a superb front running performance under jockey Will Biddick in the Club Members’ race for Mares and Fillies, coming home 12 lengths ahead of her nearest rival. “Last time she ran at Bratton Down was years ago when I rode her and we were second that day,” said Jack who added “I am delighted with the performance of all our horses today, from young to old.” Richard Hall who is one of Posh Totty’s joint owners and also owns Oscars Wine Bar in Crewkerne, was thrilled with the win adding “The grounds perfect for her, thanks go to Jack Barber, Will and the team, we have had a lovely season.”


There was a double on the day for jockey Bryony Frost who won the opening Ucanstore.Com-sponsored Restricted race on Don’t Doittome for Dorset based trainer Mike Felton. Having led from the start, the chasing pack of twelve were unable to reel in the winner, with Frost squeezing on Don’t Doittome stylishly to win by eight lengths. “She loves top of the ground,” explained Bryony. The delighted trainer, who trains the horse for his wife Lucy added “We finally got to bed at 4am this morning after the Ball last night, we were up again at 7 am in time to make it here, but it was worth it.”


The second part of Bryony’s double came in the Sandhill Racing-sponsored Club Members Conditions race aboard Cinevator scoring a three length win for Devon based trainer Ella Pickard. Ella had been recovering from a fractured shoulder after a fall at Trebudannon recently. Her choice of a replacement jockey in Bryony Frost was a wise move, with another superb front running tactic displayed, eventually shaking off a challenge over the last from Doyen Dynamo. Trainer Ella Pickard gave all credit to Bryony, who is well clear in the Ladies Area title. “Plans for Cinevator are to bring him back here for the third meeting if he is still fresh after his run.” Bryony’s thoughts on her win were “Ella kindly put me up and we got the job done, we did get headed but he fought back and battled on.”


It was relief for another Devon based trainer Dean Summersby, when Chosen Lucky bounced back from a disappointing run at Cheltenham to take the Club Members Riders Conditions race under young jockey Bryan Carver. Chosen Lucky clocked up the fasted time of the day and is once again leading the National table clocking up seven wins this season. The 19 year-old jockey works for David Pipe and enjoyed riding his first winner. “Dean’s done an amazing job on Chosen Lucky, the horse showed no form when he ran in Ireland.”


Another young jockey to look out for in the future is James Bowen who took the Intermediate race on the Michael Bowen-trained Deadly Move. Having been sent off the 7/4 favourite this race was another tactical one, with young Bowen keeping Deadly Move at the back of the pack before kicking on over the final ditch, joining Driftwood Pride over the last fence, and kicking on to score by three lengths in another fast time. Delighted owners Roy and Louis Swinbourne commented “We bought him from Ireland; he had a few breathing issues and Peter Bowen having managed a couple of seconds with him under rules suggested we tried him pointing.”

Pony Racing

Twenty six ponies contested three races at the Dulverton West Point to point at a sunny Bratton Down.

Finn Muirhead on Dillan’s Girl romped home in Division One of the 138 race, Talponciau Perfect Print (Joshua Brown) and Zellions Frolic (Purdey Caygill) having led at the off.

Dillan’s Girl moved clear approaching the final bend and drew away up the hill. Talponciau Perfect Print stayed on well to finish second, ahead of Trellech Blithe Spirit (Jack Teague). The fabulously marked Just Shane (Jack Osborne) was fourth.

In Division Two, Wee Anthony (Freddie Gingell) were ahead at half way, but Edward Vaughan wore them down and went ahead to win on Little Replacement. Wee Anthony was second, Archie Stamp and Mayday Black Mink was third, with Ted Hunt and Glin Road fourth.

A full field of 10 battled it out for the 148 race. Calypso and Alfie Godfrey took the closely bunched field along. Goldwells Gucci (Charlie Sprake) made a move up the hill but had Motor Edd (Tyler Heard) on his shoulder all the way and Heard cruised clear close home.Goldwells Gucci was third, Calypso third and Vadlawalkover (Charlotte Summersby) fourth.’ The next pony races are at Upcott Cross. 



1. Don’t Doittome (IRE) 7/4

   Miss B.Frost

2. Lizard King (IRE) 9/4


3. Come On Joey (IRE) 7/1

    Miss V Wade

Winning Trainer Michael Felton

Winning Owner Lucy Felton


Open Maiden Race

1. Stradivarius Davis (FR) 8/11


2. Heaven’s Choice (GB) 14/1


3. Pyleigh Brae (GB) 6/1


Winning Trainer Jack Barber

Winning Owner The Gibson,MacDonald, Nicholls & Fogg Partnership


Bratton Down Club Members Conditions Race

1. Cinevator (IRE) 5/4


2. Doyen Dynamo (GB) 7/4


3. Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 6/1

Winning Trainer Ella Pickard

Winning Owner Mr M Tucker


PPORA Club Members Riders Condtions Race

1. Chosen Lucky (IRE) 4/6

   Bryan Carver

2. Skylander (IRE) 9/1

   Miss T Eyston

3. Tempelpirate (GB) 7/2


Winning Trainer Dean Summersby

Winning Owner Dean Summersby

Mixed Open 4m1f

1. There’s No Panic (IRE) 7/4

    W. Biddick

2. Join Together (IRE) 2/1


3. Im All Set (IRE) 6/1


Winning Trainer Jack Barber

Winning Owner Michael Biddick



1. Deadly Move (IRE) 7/4

    J. Bowen

2. Driftwood Pride (IRE) 20/1


3. Dunn’s River (FR) 5/1


Winning Trainer Michael Bowen

Winning Owners Roy & Louise Swinbourne


Club Members Mares & Fillies Race

1. Posh Totty (GB) 1/ 2


2. Cheltenham Mati (FR) 5/1


3. Flights (GB) 9/4


Winning Trainer Jack Barber

Winning Owners J.Barber, Mr C Slocombe,Mr R Hall, Mr H James.