REPORTS & RESULTS : Exmoor Point-To-Point at Bratton Down Sunday 4 June 2017

Point-To-Point Report & Results

Written by : Donna Harris
The early rain showers didn’t put off many race goers who attended last weekends Point-to-Point meeting at Bratton Down, where another good crowd enjoyed some competitive racing. It was a memorable day for North Devon trainer Kayley Woollacott who enjoyed saddling her 100th winner of her career.

Sabroclair, owned by the Big Brook Syndicate, ran away an eight length winner of the Old Station House-sponsored Open Maiden race. Ridden by jockey Josh Newman, who held Sabroclair up behind a strong field of seven runners led by Jack’s Ranger, making his challenge two fences from home, Josh produced Sabroclair to secure the win for the Woollacott team. There had been some late action in the betting arena, and he was backed into 6/1 at the off. “The Big Brook Syndicate was recently set up as an affordable syndicate with two horses, the other horse is ‘Iwouldn’tliketosay’ who won at Cotley for the Syndicate. We are pleased to welcome Josh Newman who will be our regular jockey next year for the yard.” quoted Kayley

Another North Devon trainer, Claire Hitch also enjoyed saddling a winner at the meeting, when Every Breakin Wave came home an impressive 14- length winner of the RSM Beares and Brian Thorne & Son-sponsored Members Race. Having been sent off odds on favorite, the horse ridden by jockey Martin McIntrye didn’t dissapoint his backers, taking up the running two fences from home. “He worked well on his last piece of work at home, and here he just kept on pulling out more. He holds an entry for Stratford next weekend, but we will see how he comes out of this race first,” stated the trainer

Clenagh Castle’s win in the Rossettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race gave trainer Jack Barber a further hold over the trainers championship. Ridden by Will Biddick, who shares the lead in the area gentlemans jockey title with Darren Edwards, was another combination which pleased his followers when sent off another odds-on favorite to win by nine lengths. “This ground suits him, we plan to send him hurdling next year and are looking for an owner for him to stay in the yard,” explained the trainer

It was a double on the day for jockey Will Biddick when he rode another odds on favorite, There’s No Panic, to take the Moore Scarrott-sponsored Men’s Open race. This time riding for his father Michael Biddick, Will rode a patient ride stalking the other two runners, until finally producing his mount over the last fence to stride on up the hill a four length winner. ” Our plan is to keep him Pointing, he wil be turned away for the summer now,” quoted the trainer

Young jockey James Bowen, who recently broke the record for the riding the most amount of winners in a season as a novice jockey, enjoyed another win to add to his C.V. on the Micheal Bowen-trained Deadly Move in the Club Members Conditions race. The young Bowen who’s father is National Hunt trainer Peter Bowen and brother Sean Bowen, is following in his family footsteps, this time judging Deadly Move’s run to perfection, taking the running up over the last fence to snatch the race from early pace setter Return Spring. ” It’s James’s 30th winner from 55 rides, he is five ahead of the previous record, he rode his first winner on his sixteenth birthday last year when he rode a double that day,” explained his proud father. James will be riding as a conditional next season for champion trainer Nicky Henderson.

The fastest time of the day was recorded in the Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies’ Open race by Lucy Proven riding Ladyvie. It was a thrilling finish with half a length between Ladyvie, second place Go Odee Go and another half length to Morbihan placed third. Lucy rides out at Phillip Hobbs yard and Ladyvie was bought mid-season by Lucy’s mother Jackie Stephens from the Eyston family. Lucy trains Ladyvie herself, and enjoyed following up on her first ever ride at Flete Park with a win here. “It was a bit scarey, but the adrenaline gets you through,” she said.

We can enjoy the third of the three meetings to be staged at the stunning location of Bratton next weekend, where it is the turn of the Tiverton to host their meeting on Sunday 11th June.


Members – Sponsored by RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son

1. Every Breakin Wave (IRE) 4/6

2. Little Cornham (IRE) 11/10

3. C’Mon Will (GB) 16/1

Winning Jockey Mr M.McIntyre

Winning Owner Mr Kieran Jones

Winning Trainer Claire Hitch
Restricted – Sponsored by Rosettes Direct

1. Clenagh Castle (IRE) 8/11

2. Fountains Cider (GB) 8/1

3. Steel Brush (IRE) 12/1

Winning Jockey Will Biddick

Winning Trainer Jack Barber

Winning Owner Jack Barber Racing Club
Ladies Open – Sponsored by Bray Leino

1. Ladyvie (FR) 3/1

2. Go Odee Go (IRE) Evens

3. Morbihan (FR) 5/2

Winning Jockey Miss Lucy Provan

Winning Trainer Miss Lucy Provan

Winning Owner Mrss Jackie Stephens
Men’s Open – Sponsored by Moore Scarrott

1. There’s No Panic (IRE) 2/5

2. Louis Pasteur (IRE) 8/1

3. Overafrica (IRE) 2/1

Winning Jockey Mr W Biddick

Winning Trainer Mr M Biddick

Winning Owner Mr M Biddick
Club Members Conditions – Sponsored by Ashley Farrant and The Kingdon Family

1. Deadly Move (IRE) 4/6

2. Return Spring (IRE) 25/1

3. Quick Oats (IRE) 2/1

Winning Jockey James Bowen

Winning Trainer Michael Bown

Winning Owner Roy & Louise Swinburne
Open Maiden – Sponsored by The Old Station House Inn

1. Sabroclair (FR) 6/1

2. Karigale (GB) 9/2

3. Heaven’s Choice (GB) 7/4

Winning Jockey Josh Newwman

Winning Trainer Kayley Woollacott

Winning Owners Big Brook Racing Club

Pony Racing Report & Results

Written by : Lee Glanville

Twelve year old Jack Teague won his first pony race on Trellech Blithe Spirit at the Exmoor point to point, getting the better of an enduring battle up the long run in with Joshua Brown on Talponciau Perfect Print.

Teague also picked up the Bratton Down Novice Riders’ Challenge Cup, having been second at the Dulverton West meeting.

Menedh Jumping Jack Flash was competently ridden into third place by Artemis Morgan with Tamara King fourth on Milford Sunflower.

Edward Vaughan won Division Two on Little Replacement from Fergus Gillard on Veno Star who passed the post in first, but was demoted after a stewards’ enquiry.

Kelsie Beilby was third on Jackets Magician and Taylor Fisher fourth on Comberton Prince Consort – a grand effort as the pair had got a terrible start.

The judge had to split Charlie Sprake (Goldwell’s Gucci) and Tyler Heard (Motor Edd) on the line, but Sprake’s enterprising efforts to beat his conqueror from two weeks ago paid off. He pushed the pace from the start and this time, when Heard loomed large on the nap of the hill, Sprake’s mount dug deep and always just maintained the upper hand in a gruelling battle.

Vadlawalkover stayed on well for third (Charlotte Summersby) with Hawkesfield Flyer fourth for Fergus Gillard.

The next pony races are the area finals at Umberleigh June 17, AFTER the ptp races.

Exeter Racecourse Devon and Cornwall 148 points championship (best 8 scores to count for final result) 6 June.

Motor Edd T Heard           56
Vadlawalkover C Summersby 52
Dandy Heights C Bament 46
Little Bull H Brown 45
Tarka T Welch 33
6  Igo Zuminov J Armstrong  21
Shotgun Minnie T Heard 20
8  Buddy’s Girl, T Welch              18
Vadlawalkover A Summersby 15
10 No Dillydally L Harvey 7

Exeter Racecourse 138cm points championship (best 8 scores count for final result).

1  Talponciau Perfect Print J Brown  55
2  Dowhills Master Alfie T Fisher.         38
3  Trellech Blithe Spirit J Teague 28
4  Menedh Jumping Jack Flash A Morgan  27
5  Zillions frolic P Caygill 24
6 Wide Valley Superman  R Fisher Barnett 15
7  Comberton Prince Consort T Fisher 15
8 Wide Valley Batman W Fisher Barnett 13
9 Wide Valley Robin W Fisher Barnett 9
10 Wide Valley Spiderman W Fisher Barnett 8
11 Amee C Wrey