GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP CORNWALL CLUB 10TH DECEMBER 2017

The course at Wadebridge is a bit like Cheltenham. The runners come down the hill and sweep round the final left hand bend before facing a steep climb to the judge. But there the similarity ends.

For example the food at Wadebridge is home made and considerably cheaper than at the posh Cotswold track. Real ale is served with a smile; you don’t have to fight to get a cup of tea; car parking is not a route march away, and you can buy a Christmas tree or any other souvenir you fancy from Cornwall……..

The bookies had the edge this time. Not only did our intrepid 11 layers get six favourites beaten, they had the luxury on a wickedly windy day of doing business in the huge cosy barn (including West Country Videos live feed) which is a feature of this Royal Cornwall Showground.

I must say well done to connections simply to get their horses to the track with several braving snow and other rubbishy weather en route.

William Money (4-7 – 4-6 fav) travelled from Wales for his third run of the season, but lost his place at the bottom of the hill and could only finish fourth in the 12-runner Conditions race for veteran and novice riders . The winner Mic’s Delight (6’s out to 8’s) drew right away up the final climb to clock the fastest time of the day under a fine ride from Millie Wonnacott. Chosen Lucky (11-4 – 5-2) chased the winner until weakening quickly after the last. He will come on for that run. The former Philip Hobbs trained Al Alfa was backed from 14’s to 7’s and was prominent for two miles. Two of the runners were chalked up at 100-1 and two at 66-1 at one stage.

At least the Men’s and Ladies’ Opens went the way of the punters. Premier Portrait (5-2 to 2-1) obliged in good style to defy a penalty in the Men’s. Runner-up The Dapper Fox (5’s into 4’s) was staying on from well back when all the others had gone, and Robin De Souza (7’s touched 5’s) held every chance until approaching the last. Fourth placed Sonny The One (5’s to 4’s) had form under rules and will surely find a race.

In the Ladies’ Open I looked in vain for 2-1, but the books know all about Sobre Tresor (6-4 to 5-4). This admirable Somerset pointer (and hunter chase winner) knows his way round the showground blindfolded and was winning his seventh race here, this time by 20 lengths with novice rider Chloe Emsley on board for the first time. La Madonnina (25-1) and Ladyvie (25-1 toched 33’) filled the places but they were just chasing shadows. De Boitron (16’s to 8’s) ran well, but Western Diva (solid 100-30) failed to last home.

The Restricted looked a decent race. The feature of the betting was a plunge on Irish Maiden winner Belharbour Two (8-1 to 5-2 fav). The five-year-old was always prominent but had to give best to another five-year-old The Two Amigos (4’s to 3’s). Nick Lawton sent the winner to the front at the 12th and he stayed on well when chased all the way by Belharbour Two. An Irish Maiden winner, The Two Amigos was a bit disappointing under rules. He is still unfurnished but he is in a good yard and will certainly score again.

The Kings Writ (9-2 to 7-2) was surprisingly easy to back after skipping a Restricted opportunity for the Intermediate. The Woollacott yard is in good form at present and Josh Newman’s mount proved too strong for Applesolutely (7’s touched 8’s) who will surely find an Intermediate). The Kings Writ cruised into the straight, and a mistake at the penultimate failed to stop him. Robin De Boss (7-2 to 3’s) found no extra from three out but was not disgraced. Pink Eyed Pedro (3’s to 5-2fav) and stable companion Bob The Butcher (5’s to 6’s) each failed to finish

The first division of the Open Maiden had to be split on the day. The Coffee Hunter (5-4 to 4-6) was all the rage for the first section but was beaten when pulled up at the top of the hill. Ruby Fool (4’s to 7-2) went clear but was headed by Broadclyst (10’s out to 12’s) who went right away up the finishing climb. This big five-year-old gelding by Ask was running for only the second time and looks a useful recruit to the Chanin team. Erica’s Lad (6’s to 7’s) showed promise on his racecourse debut.

Part 2 of the split division produced the finish of the day. It Has To Be (Ed Henderson) (13-2 into 5’s) led from two out and looked home and dry until Josh Newman galvanised Earthly Reason (3’s to 100-30) to gradually cut down the deficit inside the last 75 yards. It Has To Be got the verdict by a short head. Danseur du Large (Will Biddick) held every chance until fading two out. He is only four and still a bit weak.

The wind was still howling and the  ground getting a bit tackier by the time of the final event. Another double figure field went to post for this division of the Open Maiden, but only three got home with the stocky ex-hurdler Acadian (10’s into 5-2) storming up the hill under Lee Drowne to land the gamble by an official 18 lengths. Dean Summersby’s Mahler four-year-old Noble Promise (5-4 fav from 6-4) finished second with Will Biddick deputising for the injured Darren Edwards on this promising sort.

Update: North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, Sunday 7th January 2018

Thursday 4th January 2018

Nicholas Phillips reports the course inspector has seen the course and has called the going “Soft, Heavy patches”. There’s a little rain forecast Thursday night, but after that the forecast seems to be much drier.

Thursday 14th December 2017

Entries for The North Cornwall Hunt, Wadebridge, Sunday 7th JanuaryFor anyone wishing to enter for the North Cornwall Hunt, Wadebridge, Sunday 7th January, please be advised that due to Roz Mather, the Entries Secretary of the meeting stepping down, entries are to be made online only.Closing is on Friday 29th December up to 12.30 pm.Hunt Certificates are to be registered by noon Friday 22nd December as normal.https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/news_articles/important-entries-notice

REPORT: CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 10TH DECEMBER 2017

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR 

“I hear the howl of the wind that brings the long drear storms on its heavy wings”…

From a poem by William Cullen Bryant 1794-1878

Luckily the storm had passed by the time of racing, but the howling wind persisted throughout the day for the first Cornish point-to-point of the season leaving soft going in its wake. The meeting drew plenty of runners and a good sized crowd to the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge. “All race cards sold out,” reported hon secretary Linda Matthews.

Premier Portrait defied a 7lbs penalty to take the Men’s Open from 11 useful opponents. This prolific pointing and hunter chase winner stayed on strongly when faced with the very stiff wind up the final climb to hold the fast finishing The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) , with Robin de Souza (Brian Carver) running his usual solid race in third. “You never know how fit he is for his first run, but he picked up for the whip as soon as I asked him,” said jockey Gus Levinson, who has been riding out for the Paul Nicholls yard before a University stint beckons in due course. The jockey’s father Dr Charles Levinson trains Premier Portrait at Andoversford.

Premier Portrait was scoring his fourth win on the showground, but Ladies’ Open winner Sobre Tresor virtually qualifies for the freedom of Wadebridge, as the gelding has now won seven races on this undulating track to underline the horses for courses theory.

Chloe Emsley was partnering Sobre Tresor for the first time for Woolminstone, Somerset trainer Chloe Newman. “He stays all day. He dived at the first but outpaced the others down the hill. I looked behind and there was nothing there,” exclaimed the 21-year-old rider, who is based with the Anthony Honeyball yard just across the hills from Woolminstone, and was achieving her second pointing winner.

Millie Wonnacott also achieved her second career success when steering the veteran Mic’s Delight to a resounding win in the Conditions event for Novice and Veteran riders. “His owner/trainer Jennifer Davenport is a vet and had to work today so she kindly let me have the ride,” said the 20-year-old jockey who works for the Neil Mulholland National Hunt stable.

Mic’s Delight had caught the eye on his seasonal debut at Bishops Court last month, and a similar remark applies to It Has To Be. This ex-Irish six-year-old also showed the benefit of his Ottery outing to win his section of the Open Maiden which had to be split on the day. Ed Henderson’s mount just held on by a diminishing short head to deny the late thrust of Earthly Reason (Josh Newman). The 20-year-old winning rider, who rides out for Paul Nicholls as much as he can, is a law student at Exeter University. The winner runs in the colours of Ed’s parents Guy and Sophie. “Father has missed this as he is at the big Hong Kong meeting this weekend in his role as Ascot racecourse chief executive,” remarked Ed, who was also doubling his winning total in the saddle.

Broadclyst  was making only his second racecourse appearance when striding clear up the stiff finishing hill to take the other split division. This promising five-year-old, who relished the soft ground, is trained by Robert Chanin for owner Sue Trump. “He jumped his way to the front,” reported jockey Tom Chanin, adding, “He is 17 hands and a big, backward type. He nearly bucked me off in the parade ring,” smiled the rider.

The second division of the maiden just avoided being split. The Dean Summersby trained Noble Promise was a well backed favourite under champion jockey Will Biddick, but the four-year-old had no answer to the strong galloping Acadian who sauntered home under Lee Drowne as only three of the 13 completed. “He loved the ground and the track and was pulling my arms out all the way,” reported the winning rider, who commented “My partner Heidi (Lewis) and myself have seven horses to run and this is a good start.”

Belharbour Two had earlier run creditably for the Lewis yard in the Restricted, but had to settle for the runner-up spot behind a very fit looking The Two Amigos who was sent ahead by Nick Lawton four out and drew right away . This winner is a Midnight Legend five-year-old owned by The Bradley Partnership of Nicky Martin and John Simpson. “John bought him at Punchestown sales after he had a lot to drink,” laughed Nicky, whose regular rider Darren Edwards is still recovering from rib injuries sustained at Barbury Castle.

Josh Newman partnered his third winner of the season when The Kings Writ followed up his Ottery win in the Intermediate. The Woollacott yard is in good form, and this six-year-old, in Kayley Woollacott’s care, drew clear up the finishing hill after taking over from eventual runner-up Applesolutely at the final fence.

 

RESULTS

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Photographers at the meeting included: Tim Holt, John Beasley and Athwenna Irons.

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RESULTS: CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 10TH DECEMBER 2017

Going Soft

 

Conditions Race Veteran & Novice Riders (Sponsor The Nare Hotel)

1 Mic’s Delight (Millie Wonnacott) 8-1 made all, stayed on strongly, clear flat, comf

2 Chosen Lucky (Brian Carver) 5-2 fav  prom, chased winner 13th  til no extra from three out

3 Samingarry (Kieron Buckley) 7-1 rear, late hdwy, nearest at finish

12 ran; 14l; 6l;  6m 30s

Owner; Miss Jennifer Davenport; Trainer; Owner

 

Men’s Open (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 2-1 fav held up midfield, effort three out, led last ran on well

2 The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) 4-1 soon behind, good late hdwy, nearest at finish

3 Robin De Souza (Brian Carver) 7-1 tracked ldrs, effort to lead four out, headed last, soon no extra

12 ran; 1/2l; 8l;  6m 31s

Owner; Dr Charles Levinson & Alexia Robinson; Trainer; Dr Charles Levinson

 

Ladies’ Open (R & J Trevarthen)

1 Sobre Tresor (Chloe Emsley) 5-4fav  tracked ldrs til led after 14th, drew clr three out, easily

2 La Madonnina (Abbie Hughes) 25-1  prom, went 2nd two out, no chance with winner

3 Ladyvie (Lucy Provan) 25-1  chased ldrs stayed on clsg stages

9 ran; 20l; 2 1/2l;  6m 35s

Owner’ Mrs Ros Newman; Trainer; Chloe Newman

 

Restricted (Foot Anstey LLC)

1 The Two Amigos (Nick Lawton) 3-1 alwys leaders, led three out clear flat

2 Belharbour Two (Lee Drowne) 5-2 fav  alwys prom, every chance three out kept on

3 Double Captain (Naomi Sims) 25-1 rear, stdy hdwy four out, finished strongly

13 ran; 8l; 10l;  6m 42s

Owner; The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Nicky Martin

 

Intermediate (Mark Upton)

1 The Kings Writ (Josh Newman) 7-2 hdwy 14th, close up & going easily til led aftet last, soon clear

2 Applesolutely (Mattb Hampton) 7-1 sn prom, led 14th til headed & no extra after last

3 Robin De Boss (James Hepburn) 3-1 chased ldrs, 2nd after 14th, no extra from three out

9 ran; 6l; 7l;  6m 32s

Owner; David Stevens & Mrs Steph Stevens) Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

 

Open Maiden (Ray Davies Foods)

Division 1 part 1

1 Broadclyst (Tom Chanin) 12-1  hdwy 9th, went 2nd 13th, led two out, stayed on well

2 Ruby Fool (Matt Hampton) 7-2  soon prom, led 9th til headed two out

3 Fouro’clock Fox (Jack Veysey) 5-1  rear never dangerous, finished 4th, promoted to 3rd

8 ran; Original distances 15l; 10l;  6m 43s

Erica’s Lad finished 3rd but was disqualified following an objection by the clerk of the scales

Owner; Mrs Sue Trump; Trainer; Robert Chanin

 

Division 1 part 2

1 It Has To Be (Ed Henderson) 5-1  led/disputed til four out, rallied to lead again last, just held on

2 Earthly Reason (Josh Newman) 100-30  held up, effort three out, strong run flat, joined wnr nr line, lost on the nod

3 Danseur Du Large (Will Biddick) 13-8 fav  tracked ldrs, hdwy to lead four out til headed last, eased flat

7 ran; short head; 10l;;6m 51s

Owner; Guy & Sophie Henderson; Trainer; Guy Henderson

 

Open Maiden Division 2 (Western)

1 Acadian (Lee Drowne) 5-2  prom, tracked ldr til led 14th, clear three out, easily

2 Noble Promise (Will Biddick) 5-4 fav  hdwy 13th, chased wnr next, soon no extra

3 Mahler Style (Jake Bament) 5-1  hdwy 12th, left moderate 3rd three out

13 ran; 18l; distance; 6m 44s

Owner; The L & H Racing Club; Trainer; Heidi Lewis

 

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Entries: Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 11th December 2016

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

Going Update from Linda Matthews

Further updates will be added here

Sunday 10th December 2017

Published by Linda Matthews at 08:06

Wadebridge is going ahead. Rain has stopped. Windy but the wings are still up. Rained in the night so now good to soft, soft in places. Wind should ease by afternoon.

Saturday 9th December 2017

The Clerk of the Course at WADEBRIDGE has just reported that the GOING is still GOOD TO SOFT & SOFT IN PLACES. It’s dry and calm today but rain is forecast tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunshine and showers but windy. The course is generally well drained.

Please note that horseboxes must park on the tarmac roads. They are wide and there is plenty of room, with easy access to the paddock.

Friday 8th December 2017

The going is still good to soft, soft in places. There is a really good covering of grass and no sign of snow or frost. Some wintry showers today but nothing has settled.

Monday 4th December 2017

We’ve had 114 entries for the Cornwall Club Point to Point. A record! There should be some excellent races. The Open Maiden has been divided and we might have to divide the Conditions Race on the day so we’re starting earlier than scheduled at 11.30am. Please spread the word.

Friday 1st December 2017

The Clerk of the Course, Nick Phillips, has reported that the going is “good to soft, soft in places”.

Wednesday 29th November 2017
The Course Inspector was happy with the course yesterday and reported that the going jowas Good to Soft, Soft in Places.

Preview extract:

Point-to-Point enthusiasts are in for a real treat this weekend with the Cornwall Hunt Club hosting their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge having attracted 114 entries for the now seven race card. An earlier start time of 11.30am has been implemented to ensure racing finishes in daylight.

The track at Wadebridge offers super viewing, allowing race-goers close to the action whilst experiencing some thrilling finishes. A huge covered barn containing hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands for Christmas shopping is on offer, giving a great festive feel to the day.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under sixteen free. Ample parking accessed via concrete roadways. The Royal Cornwall Showground is located off the A39 west of Wadebridge. Post code PL27 7JE. Check out Pointing DC website and on Facebook for all the latest going, preview, entries and weather watch.

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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: Cornwall Club Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 10 December 2017

Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Point enthusiasts are in for a real treat this weekend with the Cornwall Hunt Club hosting their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge having attracted 114 entries for the now seven race card. An earlier start time of 11.30am has been implemented to ensure racing finishes in daylight.

With the Men’s and Ladies Open races being qualifiers for the Timico Mixed Open Final to be held at Cheltenham in May, they have attracted good quality entries from around the country. Moores of St Wenn Ltd sponsor the Men’s Open which has two entries from Welsh trainer David Brace, Doctor Braveheart a previous course winner here and runner up at Cheltenham in The Connolly’s Intermediate Final, and recent Barbury Castle winner William Money. David Brace has often made the trip down from Wales and is a familiar sight in the winners enclosure. The Alan Hill team holds an entry with Supreme Danehill, another to have won at this track and a horse which Victoria Pendleton rode as her schoolmaster. Premier Portrait, For ‘N’ Against, and Robin De Souza are others which stand out among the twenty entries.

Supreme Danehill also holds an entry in the R & J Trevarthen-sponsored Ladies Open race and connections may take that option for jockey Izzie Marshall to ride who won this race on him last season. Other entries include the Chloe Newman trained Sobre Tresor, a specialist at this track having clocked up six wins over the years and looks to go well fresh.

Of the 24 entered in the Nare Hotel-sponsored Conditions race for Veteran and Novice riders, Chosen Lucky from the Dean Summersby team will start the likely favourite. A dual course winner here, Chosen Lucky won seven of his eight starts last season and will attract a good following. The David Brace team has three entered which include dual course winner Pink Eyed Pedro, William Money and Doctor Braveheart.

Another who will attract a good following is recent Bishops Court winner, The Kings Writ, from the Kayley Woollacott team who holds an entry in the Foot Anstey-sponsored Restricted race. With the Woollacott team already clocking up winners fast this season. Minella Mojo ran well in second at Bishops Court under jockey Tom Chanin and could come on for the run. Chester Copperpot is another to note after being well fancied at Larkhill last weekend, but unshipped his rider Katy Lyons at the fifth fence.

Robin de Boss is an entry which stands out in the MRMU Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race, having run well recently finishing a close third at Barbury for the Jo Hepburn team, but will need to defy top weight. Applesolutely from the Richard Mitford Slade team has the benefit of a mares weight allowance and is a previous course winner here and could be the one to catch.

The Open Maiden race has been divided. In the first division which is sponsored by Ray Davies Foods, Danseur du Large looked promising when six lengths second at the Bishops Court meeting, under champion jockey Will Biddick for the Ed Walker team. With Goldbury and Noble Promise suggestions in the second division.

The track at Wadebridge offers super viewing, allowing race-goers close to the action whilst experiencing some thrilling finishes. A huge covered barn containing hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands for Christmas shopping is on offer, giving a great festive feel to the day.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under sixteen free. Ample parking accessed via concrete roadways. The Royal Cornwall Showground is located off the A39 west of Wadebridge. Post code PL27 7JE. Check out Pointing DC website and on Facebook for all the latest going, preview, entries and weather watch.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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