Buckfastleigh is on tomorrow

Saturday 31st March 2018, 08:36

official confirmation: I’ve spoken to the Buckfastleigh secretary and the inspection was passed and racing is definitely ON.

Saturday 31st March 2018, 07:35

Following persistent overnight rain, a Buckfastleigh Course Inspection has been called for

8.00am – a further update on this will be posted as soon as possible

Friday 30th March 2018, 13:28

There has been an inspection of the course today by local BHA Inspector, Claire Wonnacott,  Chief Steward, Terry Hamlin & Clerk of the Course John Bond, who have confirmed they are happy for racing to go ahead and that the Going is Heavy.

Note: The way-out from lorry park has been re-organised for ease of exit.  Buckfastleigh is on!

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY 25 March 2018

 

BOOKIES 1 PUNTERS 5

It was a day for favourite backers on the re-vamped Kilworthy track on Sunday.

I went there licking my wounds from Milborne St Andrew on the previous day, but clawed it back thanks to the form book holding up and a few Sunday morning prayers.

Honest Deed (4-7 from 4-9) set the tone for the day with a fairly easy three-runner Hunt race success over Bricks and Beams (5-2 into 2’s) and Angles Hill (solid 4’s). The trio all looked very fit and the placed horses should atone before the end of the season. Honest Deed will probably step up to Intermediate company next and is a useful sort.

The 13-runner Maiden looked a real puzzle which I failed to solve. Mountain Las (2-1 fav from 3’s) looked fit but never got into the race. There was good money for Coco Shambhala from the Mahon yard (10’s to 6’s) who ran well to be third. Limoncello (7’s to 6’s) was disappointing, After a good battle up the straight the exposed Druid Spitfire (easy at 10’s) just nodded Moonaro (drifted to 8’s) by a head. The winner has had a few chances but was running from Robert Chanin’s yard for the first time and this full brother to Welstonedruid (same trainer) is evidently a thorough stayer.

Good old Dicky Bob (5-4 into evens fav) opened his seasonal tally with a gutsy performance in the Mixed Open. Despite being held up in the recent snow, the likeable grey looked pretty fit and galloped away from Kernel Victor (9-4) in the mud which seemed made to measure for him.

Darren Edwards followed up his win on Honest Deed when The Two Amigos (5-4 to evens) took the Confined. Nicky Martin’s six-year-old was keeping his unbeaten record for the season (four timer), but I thought that his jumping was less than fluent in the closing stages (probably tiring in the testing ground). Heaney (6’s) was a good runner-up having looked a threat half a mile out, and third placed Navanman  (2’s) will soon get back to winning form.

The Restricted turned into a match over the last four fences between the winner Eastern Calm (3’s to 5-2 fav) and Wind Tor (solid 6’s). The jolly jinked left going into the last, but stayed on gamely on the flat. This well bred mare is a consistent type. Wind Tor fluffed the obstacle and quickly emptied out, but she will win a similar event on better ground.

Eastern Calm had finished third behind Ballybane in the South Pool Restricted, and the latter was nicely backed from 7-4 to 4-5 to win the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier. Having won at Buckfastleigh on heavy, the rangy grey Ballybane was fully entitled to justify support here and duly did so in the hands of David Prichard. This is a real chasing type who can progress further. Prince of Poets (10-1) had shown the darker side of his character at Buckfastleigh, but this Byron gelding didn’t put a hoof wrong here and was running on in the gamest fashion up the home straight.

Well done to the Lamerton organisers for getting this meeting on in difficult circumstances (not just due to the recent heavy snow).  They had been turfed off the hill and the whole of the top end of the course, but thanks to a lot of hard work from Hon Secretary Belinda Fuller and her team, racing went ahead successfully.

RESULTS

Results of the Lamerton Point-To-Point

Report from the Lamerton Point-To-Point

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Megan Cobley

Upcoming Event

  •  [Rescheduled] Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Saturday 31st March 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Spooner & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook, Sunday 8th April 2018, 1st race 1.30pm
  • Silverton, Bishops Court, Saturday 14th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Eggesford, Upcott Cross, Sunday 15th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Dartmoor, Flete Park, Saturday 21st April 2018, 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY 25 March 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“I that never did weep, now melt with woe

that winter should cut off our spring- time so”

King Henry V1 part 3- William Shakespeare

DICKY BOB produced another ultra game performance in winning the Mixed Open at the Lamerton fixture at Kilworthy

Dartmoor looked at its best in welcome spring sunshine, but inevitably the going was soft and testing after all the rain and snow. The popular 11-year-old grey Dicky Bob was given a positive ride by Rex Dingle to score by 25 lengths as Kernel Victor and Mic’s Delight chased him home at a respectable distance.

Dicky Bob’s owner/trainer Verity Nicholls reported that her gelding’s preparation had been held up by the recent snow and said, “You can just see Peak Hill Farm in the distance on the sky line where I train. We were snowed in and he had four days off. He stood in his box for two days.”  Rex Dingle had him in the leading pair throughout and he galloped on resolutely to pull clear of his rivals in the home straight.

Darren Edwards consolidated his lead in the area jockeys championship with a double thanks to Honest Deed in the Hunt race and The Two Amigos in the Confined. Trained by Dean Summersby, Honest Deed is jointly owned by Emma Summersby, Torben Hughs, Nick Banks and Lamerton Hon Secretary Belinda Fuller, who worked so hard in difficult circumstances for this meeting to go ahead. “He would be better on better ground and we will look for an Intermediate now,” reported the trainer, who was saddling his fifth winner of the season and recalled riding the winner of this race (Bathwick Breeze) in 2012

The Two Amigos was scoring for the fourth successive time this season after shrugging off the sustained challenge of Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) in the Confined event. The well backed winner made all the running but got a bit low over his jumps in the closing stages before giving Darren Edwards his eighth winner of the season. Nicky Martin has done well with her Midnight Legend six-year-old, who is currently one of the season’s leading point-to-pointers in the country.

The Open Maiden saw a field of 13 facing the starter and produced the closest finish of the day. Tom Chanin sent Druid Spitfire to the front at the third last and held the late thrust of Moonaro (Paul John) by a diminishing head with the Croome mare Coco Shambhala (Zac Baker) a creditable third. The winner, a full brother to the useful Welstonedruid, was formerly trained by his owner Elisabeth Kessler, but has recently joined the yard of Robert Chanin, who said. “I have only had him a month and just tightened him up and got it right.”  Tom Chanin was partnering his third winner of the campaign and reported, “He jumped really well and travelled well in the mud.”

Ballybane followed up his Buckfastleigh success when staying on gamely to beat Prince of Poets and Creative Inerta in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. Melanie Dixon’s progressive gelding was giving 26-year-old David Prichard his second winner of the season.

Eastern Calm had finished a good third behind Ballybane in the South Pool Restricted last month and took the Restricted here in the colours of the Pidsley family. The mount of Christopher Barber, Eastern Calm headed Wind Tor (Josh Newman) just before the last which both mares jumped less than fluently. The winner is a good bodied Kayf Tara mare who was trained by Sarah Pidsley to win an Ottery Maiden a year ago. A shoulder injury to Sarah saw Eastern Calm join Stuart Sampson’s string just before Christmas. “A really nice mare who likes soft ground,” remarked  20-year-old jockey Christopher Barber, who was partnering his second winner of the season.

Long standing West Country regulars (yes, I was there) may recall that the lay out of the Kilworthy track in use in 2018 was last used at the 1989 Lamerton fixture, held on Saturday March 25, Going Soft, (the full Kilworthy track with the finishing hill which opened in 1925 has become unavailable again this year, just like 29 years ago). The Ladies’ Open in 1989 was won by 14-year-old Dicky Blob, a prolific pointing and hunter chase scorer in those days for his owner John Nicholls, who also rode his black gelding on occasions.

So Dicky Bob was following in the hoof prints of old Dicky Blob and Verity Nicholls said. “I actually named my Dicky Bob as a tribute to my father John Nicholls,”

RESULTS

Results of the Lamerton Point-To-Point

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Megan Cobley

Upcoming Event

  •  [Rescheduled] Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Saturday 31st March 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Spooner & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook, Sunday 8th April 2018, 1st race 1.30pm
  • Silverton, Bishops Court, Saturday 14th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Eggesford, Upcott Cross, Sunday 15th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Dartmoor, Flete Park, Saturday 21st April 2018, 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: LAMERTON AT KILWORTHY 25 March 2018

Going; Soft

 

Hunt Race (Pannell Commercials, Launcseton

1 Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 4-7 fav made all, stayed on well

2 Bricks and Beams (Jo Supple) 2-1 handy, took 2nd flat

3 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 4-1 tracked winner, no extra three out

3 ran; 8l; 4l;  6m 56s

Owner; Emma Summersby, Torben Hughs, Nick Banks, Belinda Fuller; Trainer; Dean Summersby

 

Open Maiden – Yvonne Watson & Steve Luxton Memorial (Sponsored by their friends & family)

 1 Druid Spitfire (Tom Chanin) 10-1 alwys prom, led three out, held on well

2 Moonaro (Paul John) 8-1 tracked leaders, fin strongly, not quite get up

3 Coco Shambhala (Zac Baker) 6-1 led 7th til three out. kept on

13 ran; head; 3l;  6m 44s

Owner; Elisabeth Kessler; Trainer; Robert Chanin

 

Mixed Open (Condy Mathias)

1 Dicky Bob (Rex Dingle) evens fav led 11th, clear 15th, stayed on well

2 Kernel Victor (Josh Newman) 9-4 went 2nd at 15th, stayed on one pace

3 Mics Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 4-1 with leaders til 15th

7 ran; 25l; 25l; 6m 31s

Owner; Verity Nicholls; Trainer; Verity Nicholls

 

Confined (A C Worth, Builders)

1 The Two Amigos (Darren Edwards) evens fav made all, clear 16th

2 Heaney (Mille Wonnacott) 6-1 2nd from 7th, kept on well

3 Navanman (Rex Dingle) 2-1 3rd from 13th, no extra three out

10 ran; 5l; 1/2l; 6m 38s

Owner; Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Nicky Martin

 

Restricted (Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd)

1 Easternn Calm (Christopher Barber) 2-1 fav held up, led 15th, 2nd 16th til led apprg last

2 Wind Tor (Josh Newman) 6-1 held up, led 16th til apprg last

3 Arcs Abound (Jake Bament) 10-1 led / disputed, headed 15th, one pace

9 ran; 5l; 10l;  6m 41s

Owner; M & Mrs J Pidsley; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Ballybane (David Prichard) 4-5 fav handy til led three out, pushed out

2 Prince Of Poets (Rex Dingle) 10-1 led 7th til three out, rallied flat

3 Creative Inerta (Darren Andrews) 3-1 3rd from 13th, not reach ldrs

8 ran; 2l; 4l;  6m 54s

Owner; Melanie Dixon; Trainer; Claire Harris

 

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Megan Cobley

Upcoming Event

  •  [Rescheduled] Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Saturday 31st March 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Spooner & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook, Sunday 8th April 2018, 1st race 1.30pm
  • Silverton, Bishops Court, Saturday 14th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Eggesford, Upcott Cross, Sunday 15th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Dartmoor, Flete Park, Saturday 21st April 2018, 1st Race 2.00pm

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Entries: Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy, 25th March 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race
3rd 14:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 14:45 Confined Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 Intermediate Race

Going Update

Saturday 24th March

Following persistent rain today the going at Kilworthy is now heavy as of 18:54.

The secretary reports that the Kilworthy going is now Soft and everything looking good for the Lamerton Point-To-Point tomorrow

Thursday 22nd March

Latest going at Kilworthy- soft , good to soft in places.

Tuesday 20th March

Latest Kilworthy going report- Soft and drying nicely.

Monday 19th March

We have been working on the course today and the snow has all gone. The ground has been drying all day and wings will be going up tomorrow. We will keep you updated.

Sunday 18 March at 16:40

Latest update on Kilworthy. A drying day yesterday, a light covering of snow today if that goes away tomorrow Tuesday is dry so looking good.

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Preview extract:

After several weeks of wet and snowy conditions, Point-to-Point racing looks to be back on track in the Devon & Cornwall Area, when this weekend it’s the turn of the Lamerton to host their event at Kilworthy, near Brentor, Tavistock on Sunday March 25th . Six races are on offer with the first off at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received.

The course offers a great location for a family day out. On course facilities include bar, bookies, hot and cold refreshments and plenty of trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person maximum £30 per car with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at Kilworthy near Brentor, Tavistock. PL19 0JX

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
(c) = 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: Lamerton Point-to-Point, Kilworthy, Tavistock Sunday 25 March 2018‬

Written by: Donna Harris

After several weeks of wet and snowy conditions, Point-to-Point racing looks to be back on track in the Devon & Cornwall Area, when this weekend it’s the turn of the Lamerton to host their event at Kilworthy, near Brentor, Tavistock on Sunday March 25th . Six races are on offer with the first off at 1pm.  Over 100 entries have been received.

The opening Members race is sponsored by Pannell Commercials and looks to be a good battle in store between the local trainers. This could go the way of the Dean Summersby-trained Honest Deed, a winner of two of his starts last season, will need to improve on his fifth place at Chipley Park. He will need to fend off Wadebridge winner Acadian out of the Heidi Lewis team, along with the Pauline Geering-trained Bricks and Beams, who is a winner of two of his three starts for the yard last season under jockey Jo Supple, and holds strong claims among the entries.

26 are entered for the Open Maiden race which could be divided on the day.  St Erney was impressive when  three and-a-half lengths second at Buckfastleigh at the first time of asking for the Jackie du Plessis yard. Another entry to have run notably well at the Buckfastleigh meeting was Buy Me Out having finished third in the heavy conditions under jockey James King. Pancrace ran a close third in a maiden at Larkhill and could show some improvement for the Teresa Clark team, and Mountain Las is another to have run well clocking up some place form for trainer Pauline Geering. This race is the Yvonne Watson and Steve Luxton Memorial race which will also be sponsored by Langdon Transport if divided on the day.

The Condy Mathias-sponsored Mixed Open race has Exeter and Wincanton Hunter Chase winner Mr Satco entered for Emma Oliver’s team and must be respected if turning out here although his wins have come on good to firm ground. Winner of six Points so far Mic’s Delight would love the going if soft or heavy, and the now veteran who has won or been placed in 18 of his 22 starts to date, would be a likely pace setter. Whilst Whenharrymetsally has won 12 of her 33 starts to date for trainer Keith Cumings, and has the benefit of a mares weight allowance which could figure up the home straight. Victors Serenade relished the soft going when coming home a ten length winner at Charlton Horethorne for jockey Chloe Emsley and trainer Rachael Honeyball.  Dicky Bob, Kernal Victor and Inch Rock have all gone close as runner up’s in good company this season, and are also among the 20 strong entries. This race is a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open Final to be held at Cheltenham in May and the Skinners Ladies Open Final to be held at Stratford in June.

The Two Amigos stands out in the AC Worth-sponsored Confined race with three straight wins at the Wadebridge meetings, including a 40 length win on soft to heavy going so far for the Nicola Martin team, and has the booking of Darren Edwards to ride. Another catching the eye is Heaney for team Wonnacott having won on his first outing at Wadebridge when Millie Wonnacott rode a patient tactical race on heavy going when winning by two lengths.

Tinhay Building Supplies sponsor the Restricted race in which the veteran Blazing Bouncer could follow up on his second at Chipley Park if staying fit, Eastern Calm is another to note having run well this season under young jockey Christopher Barber and a worthy each way bet. Trainer Jo Tickle has a knack of getting his horses well fit for racing, and his entry Horwood Lad in this Restricted race could go well after his win at the Great Trethew meeting and is sure to attract market support.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race in which 15 are entered including Ballybane for the Big Brooke team, a winner at Buckfastleigh on heavy going, having stayed on well, could improve for that run. Creative Inerta also catches the eye having some solid form behind him for the Ben Clarke team.

The course offers a great location for a family day out. On course facilities include bar, bookies, hot and cold refreshments and plenty of trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person maximum £30 per car with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at Kilworthy near Brentor, Tavistock. PL19 0JX

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Entries: Rescheduled Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Saturday 31st March 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 12:00 Pony Racing
1st 13:00 Restricted Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Intermediate Race
4th 14:55 Ladies Open Race
5th 15:30 Open Maiden Race, Division One
6th 16:05 Open Maiden Race, Division Two
7th 16:40 Members Race

Course Updates:

Saturday 31st March 2018, 08:36

official confirmation: I’ve spoken to the Buckfastleigh secretary and the inspection was passed and racing is definitely ON.

Saturday 31st Match 2018, 07:35

Following persistent overnight rain, a Buckfastleigh Course Inspection has been called for

8.00am – a further update on this will be posted as soon as possible

Friday 30th March 2018, 13:28

There has been an inspection of the course today by local BHA Inspector, Claire Wonnacott,  Chief Steward, Terry Hamlin & Clerk of the Course John Bond, who have confirmed they are happy for racing to go ahead and that the Going is Heavy.  Note: The way-out from lorry park has been re-organised for ease of exit.  Buckfastleigh is on!

Wednesday, 28 March: posted at 4.15pm

“The Clerk of the Course at Buckfastleigh reports that the Going today remains unchanged at Soft, Heavy in Places.”

Tuesday, 27 March: Posted 3.30pm

The Clerk of the Course reports from Buckfastleigh that the Going there is Soft, Heavy in Places. The Course is looking good and our work-parties are ready for racing to go ahead this Saturday. A further update will follow tomorrow.

Friday 24 March, received 23.37pm

The PtP Secretary for Buckfastleigh reports that arrangements for their re-scheduled meeting on Easter Saturday, 31 March, are now well in hand and it’s all systems go for racing to go ahead there next weekend.  Regular Going reports will be posted during the coming week

Monday 19 March, posted 20.13pm

The Dart Vale postponed fixture will be run on next Saturday 31st March (Easter Saturday) with entries standing.

Friday 16 March, posted 14.36pm

The Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers fixture on this Sunday 18th March is postponed due to access to the lorry park and for services on the course. They are seeking to run on an alternative date.

Thursday 15 March, posted 5.30pm

Following persistent rain on Wednesday which continued overnight, the Clerk of the Course reports the Going today as Heavy, Soft in Places . It has been dry all day today with a drying breeze and preparations continue apace in readiness to race on Sunday.

Tuesday, 13 March, posted 5.25pm

After weekend rain, work parties deferred working on the course yesterday until today.  The Clerk of the Course, John Bond, reports this afternoon that it has been dry and sunny all day and the Going is now Soft, Heavy in Places and conditions drier than he had expected.   They have progressed well with the work in hand,  all  fences and bends have been moved successfully and racing at this meeting will be on all fresh ground with a good covering of grass to the track.   Further bulletins will now follow throughout the week.

Preliminary Going

Preliminary Going is Soft for the DV&HH PtP on Sunday, 18 March 2018.

Following the February meeting, the course was reinstated, all the fences moved and racing will be on all fresh ground with a good covering of grass. Work parties will be on the Course on Monday and a report from the Clerk of the Course will be posted later that day.

Preview extract:

The historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh is where racing enthusiasts can round off their week after the buzz of Cheltenham. this coming Sunday 18th March, when the Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers host their meeting. Seven races will be on offer starting at 1pm, proceeded by pony racing which kicks of the action at 12 noon.

The location of the course offers a view of Dartmoor and is an ideal location for all the family to spend a spring day in the fresh air.

On course facilities are large catering tent offering hot food and refreshments, real ale bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located off A38 at Lower Dean (TQ11 OLT).

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 2016/17 form from 2015/16 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2014/15 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: Rescheduled Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-to-Point at Buckfastleigh Saturday 31 March 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

The re-arranged Dart Vale & South Pool Hunt Point-to-Point meeting at Buckfastleigh will take place this Easter Saturday at the popular old Historic course on March 31st. Seven races will be on offer starting at 1pm, proceeded by pony racing which kicks of the action at 12 noon. The entries still stand, and with only a few horses having run at last weekends meetings there should be a good percentage of the 79 entered declare on the day.

The Totnes and Bridgetown Racing company sponsor the Men’s Open race in which the winner will qualify for the Timico Mixed Open final at Cheltenham in May. This could see the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally and jockey Matt Hampton follow up on their recent neck second at Great Trethew last month. The mare has wins in double figures and is sure to be high in the betting. Robin de Souza could be another to run well here, a winner of nine Points to date, he could bounce back from a disappointing run at Great Trethew for team Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards.

The Ladies race looks equally competitive, and is also a qualifying race for the Timico Mixed Open Final at Cheltenham and also the Skinner’s Ladies Open Hunter Chase Final to be held at Stratford-upon-Avon in June. Master Baker could run well for jockey Jo Supple and is a previous winner at this track for trainer Lisa Jefford. Silver Commander is an interesting entry for local owner/trainer/jockey Bronwyn Buttery, the horse had won a Chase under Rules when in training with Phillip Hobbs and was last seen when coming home second in a Chase under rules at Taunton in December 2016.

Connolly’s Red Mills sponsor the Intermediate race which has also drawn some good entries with Larkhill Restricted winner It Has To Be entered for the Guy Henderson team, and V Neck after his second at Larkhill for the Stuart Sampson team also likely to be high among the betting if turning up here. Ballybane ran and won for the Big Brooke team at Kilworthy last weekend, in which case Awesome Tunes for owner Ross Oliver could go close, having won two of his starts last season and looks to act on any going.

In the Kath Bond memorial-sponsored  Members race Beuvron, for the Sam Holdsworth team, could follow up on his second here at the previous meeting for young jockey Hannah Welsh. Moonaro is also entered in the Members race and was only just denied a win at the Kilworthy meeting last weekend, if fresh from that race may get his head in front here for local owner Edward Darke.

Ashburton Motor Works sponsor the Restricted Race in which Blazing Bouncer is another to have finished runner up at this course and could oblige for breeder/owner Rita Heard. Entry Eastern Calm ran and won at Kilworthy last weekend, with Wind Tor in second that day and are likely non-runners. Raloo Rocket could be a main challenger here for team Summersby, having had a month to recover from his third at Great Trethew and had previously won his maiden impressively early in February at Wadebridge in a 13-runner race.

The Open Maiden Race is sponsored by Winston Pincombe of Chumleigh and has already been divided with 12 in each division, those with place form in the first division are St Erney and Gask Ridge, whilst the second division could go the way of Dragon de La Tour or maybe Gorcombe Rascal. The second division of the Open Maiden has been sponsored by WBW Solicitors of Exeter. The committee would also like to thank Medland Sanders and Twose who have also provided sponsorship for the day.

The location of the course offers a backdrop view of Dartmoor and is an ideal location for all the family to spend a spring day in the fresh air.On course facilities are large catering tent offering hot food and refreshments, real ale bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located off  A38 at Lower Dean (TQ11 OLT).

Going & course updates

Saturday 31st March 2018, 08:36

official confirmation: I’ve spoken to the Buckfastleigh secretary and the inspection was passed and racing is definitely ON.

Friday 30th March 2018, 13:28

There has been an inspection of the course today by local BHA Inspector, Claire Wonnacott,  Chief Steward, Terry Hamlin & Clerk of the Course John Bond, who have confirmed they are happy for racing to go ahead and that the Going is Heavy.  Note: The way-out from lorry park has been re-organised for ease of exit.  Buckfastleigh is on!

Wednesday, 28 March: posted at 4.15pm

“The Clerk of the Course at Buckfastleigh reports that the Going today remains unchanged at Soft, Heavy in Places.”

Tuesday, 27 March: Posted 3.30pm

The Clerk of the Course reports from Buckfastleigh that the Going there is Soft, Heavy in Places. The Course is looking good and our work-parties are ready for racing to go ahead this Saturday. A further update will follow tomorrow.

Friday 24 March, received 23.37pm

The PtP Secretary for Buckfastleigh reports that arrangements for their re-scheduled meeting on Easter Saturday, 31 March, are now well in hand and it’s all systems go for racing to go ahead there next weekend.  Regular Going reports will be posted during the coming week

Monday 19 March, posted 20.13pm

The Dart Vale postponed fixture will be run on next Saturday 31st March (Easter Saturday) with entries standing.

Friday 16 March, posted 14.36pm

The Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers fixture on this Sunday 18th March is postponed due to access to the lorry park and for services on the course. They are seeking to run on an alternative date.

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Update: Rescheduled Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh, Saturday 31st March 2018

Saturday 31st March 2018, 08:36

official confirmation: I’ve spoken to the Buckfastleigh secretary and the inspection was passed and racing is definitely ON.

Saturday 31st Match 2018, 07:35

Following persistent overnight rain, a Buckfastleigh Course Inspection has been called for

8.00am – a further update on this will be posted as soon as possible

Friday 30th March 2018, 13:28

There has been an inspection of the course today by local BHA Inspector, Claire Wonnacott,  Chief Steward, Terry Hamlin & Clerk of the Course John Bond, who have confirmed they are happy for racing to go ahead and that the Going is Heavy.  Note: The way-out from lorry park has been re-organised for ease of exit.  Buckfastleigh is on!

Friday 24 March, received 23.37pm

The PtP Secretary for Buckfastleigh reports that arrangements for their re-scheduled meeting on Easter Saturday, 31 March, are now well in hand and it’s all systems go for racing to go ahead there next weekend.  Regular Going reports will be posted during the coming week

Monday 19 March, posted 20.13pm

The Dart Vale postponed fixture will be run on next Saturday 31st March (Easter Saturday) with entries standing.

Friday 16 March, posted 14.36pm

The Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers fixture on this Sunday 18th March is postponed due to access to the lorry park and for services on the course. They are seeking to run on an alternative date.

Thursday 15 March, posted 5.30pm

Following persistent rain on Wednesday which continued overnight, the Clerk of the Course reports the Going today as Heavy, Soft in Places . It has been dry all day today with a drying breeze and preparations continue apace in readiness to race on Sunday.

Going Update: Tuesday, 13 March, posted 5.25pm

After weekend rain, work parties deferred working on the course yesterday until today.  The Clerk of the Course, John Bond, reports this afternoon that it has been dry and sunny all day and the Going is now Soft, Heavy in Places and conditions drier than he had expected.   They have progressed well with the work in hand,  all  fences and bends have been moved successfully and racing at this meeting will be on all fresh ground with a good covering of grass to the track.   Further bulletins will now follow throughout the week.

Preliminary Going is Soft for the DV&HH PtP on Sunday, 18 March 2018.

Following the February meeting, the course was reinstated, all the fences moved and racing will be on all fresh ground with a good covering of grass. Work parties will be on the Course on Monday and a report from the Clerk of the Course will be posted later that day.