Intermediate Champion’s trophy awarded at Exeter’s ladies’ night

April 30, 2018 – The prestigious Exeter Racecourse intermediate final takes centre stage on a six race card at Exeter on May 8, when the glitz and glamour descend on Haldon Hill with the fixture coinciding with the course’s annual ladies’ night.

An Intermediate Race is open to any horse, which has not won any flat race (other than a National Hunt Flat Race) under the rules of the Jockey Club or other racing authority or any “Mens”, “Ladies”, “Mixed” Open or Intermediate Race at a point-to-point meeting. Exeter has sponsored the series in the Devon and Cornwall area for more than ten years to support racing at an amateur level.

General manager Jack Parkinson said: “We really enjoy attending our local point-to-points which is invariably an interesting, sociable day out and it’s a great way of extending our support by sponsoring the races.”

Seven qualifiers were staged this season with all runners eligible to run in the final, kicking off at Ottery St Mary in November when Will Biddick guided Moreece to success. The diminutive 15.2hh, who hails from Jonathan Lean’s yard in Pyle, Wales, was a ready winner, scoring by an impressive 20 lengths.

Then it was on to Chipley Park where Glamorgan qualified Jonathan Tudor-trained Blazing Tom landed a nice touch, having been backed from 10-1 into 3’s. The seven-year-old made steady progress under his confident rider to tackle Inch Rock at the penultimate before staying on doggedly for Bradley Gibbs up the final incline.

At Wadebridge The Two Amigos, ridden by Darren Edwards and owned by the Bradley Partnership, scored a very easy victory over the only other finisher Ambitious Pursuit. The Midnight Legend gelding was left well clear when nearest pursuer High Priority departed at the 15th fence.

Palmaria, a winner of a hunter chase at Exeter last month, stepped up to intermediate in emphatic style at the South Pool harriers meeting at Buckfastleigh readily winning in the hands of Bryan Carver for Caroline Keevil.

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

Dean Summersby saddled Honest Deed to win at Cherrybrook under Darren Edwards at the expense of front running Prince of Poets.

It was back to Ottery St Mary for the penultimate qualifier where the Pidsley family’s Eastern Calm and Christopher Barber were victorious.

Trebundannon in Cornwall provided the location for the last of the qualifiers with the Culverwell Racing Club’s Mistress Massini, trained by Teresa Clarke winning in good style under Will Biddick for the

Jack Parkinson said: “It’s been super series and we’re proud to support point-to-pointing in the Devon and Cornwall area. We very much hope a large contingent of pointing fans head on up to Haldon Hill on ladies’ night and join what’s set to be a cracking conclusion to our season here at Exeter when we have some terrific prizes on offer including a two nights stay at Bayards Cove Inn Dartmouth and more than a £1000 worth of prizes from Hoopers at Torquay.”

For more information on Heavitree Brewery Ladies’ Night visit www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk

Entries and form guide: Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday 29th April 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:30 Members Race
2nd 14:10 Confined Race
3rd 14:45 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:20 Intermediate Race
5th 15:55 Conditions Race
6th 16:30 Restricted Race
7th 17:05 Open Maiden 4, 5, 6 & 7 year olds Race, Division 1
8th 17:40 Open Maiden 4, 5, 6 & 7 year olds Race, Division 2

Going Update

Thursday 26th April 2018 at 20:00

The Stafford Cross course is looking very good and the going is Good tonight.

Thursday 19th April 2018 at 06:30

The Stafford Cross going is soft heavy in places. With just over a week to go its looking good for the Axe Vale. The course has been slightly altered and now has only 1 down hill jump and now With 19 jumps.

Preview extract:

The Axe Vale meeting on Sunday 29th April will be held at Stafford Cross, Seaton and has attracted 120 entries for their now eight race card with the Open Maiden race already divided. Pony racing which is sponsored by Bruckland Livery heads up the action at 12 noon. Followed by the main card at 1.30pm.

The flat track at Stafford Cross offers good trackside viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car with children under 16 free. Location is off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30 – EX24 6HZ.

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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Entries and form guide: Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, Saturday 28th April 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Open Maiden 4. 5. & 6 year olds Race
3rd 15:10 Intermediate Race
4th 15:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 16:20 Mens Open Race
6th 16:55 Restricted Race
7th 17:30 Open Maiden Race

Going

Preview extract:

Trebudannon situated near St Columb Major in Cornwall, is where the re-arranged Point-to-Point meeting is to be hosted by The Four Burrow takes place this Saturday 28th April. There are seven races on offer with 82 entries received. The first race is due off at 2pm.

This venue offers a lovely amphitheatre type setting, offering good viewing of the course, attracting a good picnic crowd, with on course facilities offering fabulous food, hot and cold refreshments, along with bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is at St Columb Major, (signed off A30 and A39 – TR9 4LP).

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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK 21 APRIL 2018

A nice cut in the ground brought out lots of runners (83 in 8 races). Warm weather brought out lots of people, and the presence of lots of the two quid punters brought out a maximum field of bookies. It was a real squeeze in front of the 16 boards. It seemed more like a bank holiday meeting than a bank holiday.

Wind Tor (2’s to 6-4 fav) has developed into a tough, genuine mare and she duly landed the opening Hunt race at the expense of second market choice Skylander (6-4 out to 9-4). Third placed Silver Commander (4’s to 5’s) had been off the track for a long time. This ex-Philip Hobbs grey, rated 125 at his best, made the running until two out for his novice rider and is no back number.

Steel Brush (6’s out to 8’s) was easy to back in the Restricted but won cosily in the end as the 2-1 fav Missyladie got no further than the fifth. I had to get to my vantage point at the top of the hill four minutes before the off, but at that time none of the nine runners showed at above 8-1. This race didn’t appeal as a betting medium.

The 4-1 offered about Navanman in the 14-runner Four miles Mixed Open certainly did appeal. The ex-Pipe gelding thrives on his pointing, and was 6lbs better off with Whenharrymetsally (2’s to 9-4 fav) compared to when that mare beat him a neck at Buckfastleigh recently. This time Navanman stayed on doggedly under Rex Dingle  to hold his equally game opponent by a diminishing length. Last week’s Ottery betting losses duly recovered.

Robin Why Not (op 4’s), and Noah and the Ark started 3-1 jt favs in the first section of the divided maiden. The former fell at the first, but Noah did the job despite treading water in the last 75 yards. The Vinnie Roe four-year-old is a nice type who was making his debut for the shrewd Dennis yard and will improve further. Last week’s betting losses now forgotten. Runner up The Coffee Hunter (5’s to 4’s) made nearly all the running and came back for more after crossing the last. A maiden is there for the taking.

Georges Legacy was sent off 5-2 fav for the other division (it was divided on the day). He had been miles behind Tamarstone at Cherrybrook though and this race looked made for an upset. That came in the shape of the nicely bred Legendara (10’s to 12’s). She had showed little in two points after a modest spell under rules for Charlie Longsdon. Her half brother went on to win at Wincanton on Sunday. Although this division was much slower than the first, the placed horses caught the eye a bit. Six-year-old debutant Gerties Garter (5-1) stormed up the run in to snatch second and four-year-old Gypsy Charm (5-1) still held a winning chance at the last.

The rest of the card belonged to leading area jockey Darren Edwards. The rider’s treble was initiated by Crackacan, who was backed from 5-2 to 4-7 in the Conditions race. He was strongly pressed by Angles Hill (6’s to 10’s) over the road crossing, but outjumped his rival at the last.

The Nicky Martin trained The Two Amigos was quite a generous 4-6 to defy his 6lbs penalty in the Confined. Yet another fine produce of the now deceased stallion Midnight Legend, the six-year-old went on his merry way to clock up his fifth successive win of the season. He ran his opposition into the ground in a good time.

The Edwards treble was completed in the concluding Open Maiden thanks to Leslie Jefford’s Ryves Rocky (easy to back at 10-1). He couldn’t be found with a telescope behind Toby Maguire at Charlton Horethorne, but that race was a top quality Maiden that has produced a few nice winners. The well backed Dragon de la Tour (3-1) fell early and the Nicky Frost trained jolly, Golan Dancer (5-2) faded from the top of the hill.

RESULTS

Results from the Dartmoor fixture

Report from the Dartmoor fixture

VIDEO

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Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 28th April 2018 [Rescheduled] Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 29th April 2018 Axe Vale Hunt, Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ, 1st Race 1.30pm

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Preview: Axe Vale Point-To-Point at Stafford Cross, Seaton, ‪Sunday 29th‬ ‪April‬ 2018

Written by Donna Harris

The Axe Vale meeting on Sunday 29th April will be held at Stafford Cross, Seaton and has attracted 120 entries for their now eight race card with the Open Maiden race already divided. Pony racing which is sponsored by Bruckland Livery heads up the action at 12 noon. Followed by the main card at 1.30pm. The Lee Clifford Eng-sponsored Mixed Open race looks competitive with previous Larkhill winner Alternatif entered for Jade Barber, along with dual Badbury winner Bistouri d’Honore out of the Michael Felton yard, Charlton Horethorne winner Carraig Mor, and previous winner of ten Points to date Minella Fifty, promising a good battle in store.

Master Baker is entered in the opening Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors-sponsored Members race for the Lisa Jefford team, however he could be an unlikely runner as he ran second in a Hunter Chase at Exeter earlier this week, if this is the case then Fly West could be sent off the likely favourite, who’s CV includes a third in a Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham last season for local trainer Ed Walker. Fly West was an unlucky faller when competing in a Hunter Chase at Taunton and could bounce back to form here.

Fly West also holds an entry in the J & FJ Baker Co Ltd-sponsored Confined race, along with Blackwater Bramble (Jade Barber) who looks progressive having clocked up wins at Badbury and a 20 length winner at Milbourne St Andrew. Emperor Reynard is another who looks to be progressing well with wins at Ston Eston and Badbury for the Marie McGuinness team.

Both Alternatif and Bistouri d’Honore hold entries in the Novice riders race which is sponsored by Lentells chartered accounts, with The Wealerdealer a previous Hunter Chase winner last season when second at Cheltenham for trainer Ian Chanin, looking to be the one to fly the flag and snatch this for the area.

Any market support in the betting ring could give a hint to the 18 entries in the Hammett Associates Accountant-sponsored Restricted race which include  Belharbour Two having clocked up a six length second at Wadebridge behind The Two Amigos,  and Bishops Court third Point View Gale.

Bishops Court and Great Trethew winner Horwood Lad for trainer Jo Tickle, Buckfastleigh winner One Big Love for trainer Sally Alner who was an unlucky faller when sent off favourite at Badbury,  and Larkhill runner up on three occasions V Neck under talented young jockey Christopher Barber, are just three to mention with good form entered in the Intermediate race which is sponsored by Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors.

Those catching the eye in the divided Maiden races are BallyJim and Glimpse of Gladys in the first division, whilst Dragon de La Tour, Hugo’s Horse and Country Legend stand out in the second. These races have been kindly sponsored by Scott Rowe Solicitors and Stile Farm Seeds.

The flat track at Stafford Cross offers good trackside viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car with children under 16 free. Location is off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30 – EX24 6HZ.

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Preview: Rescheduled Four Burrow Point-to-Point, Trebudannon, St Columb Major, ‪Saturday 28th April 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

Trebudannon situated near St Columb Major in Cornwall, is where the re-arranged Point-to-Point meeting is to be hosted by The Four Burrow takes place this Saturday 28th April. There are seven races on offer with 82 entries received. The first race is due off at 2pm. The R & J Trevarthen-sponsored Cornish National Men’s Open race is the feature of the day which has attracted prolific winning horses Dicky Bob, a winner of 12 Points so far including recent wins at Kilworthy and Cherrybrook for trainer Verity Nicholls, Sobre Tresor already on a hat-trick of wins this season at the Wadebridge meetings for the Chloe Newman team, Navanman a winner of the 4-mile  Mixed Open at Flete for trainer John Heard under jockey Rex Dingle, and Robin de Souza a winner of nine Points to date for team Summersby. Jockey Rex Dingle has won on both Dicky Bob and Navanman recently and could be an indicator in the outcome of this race.

Sobre Tresor also holds an entry in the PR Weldhen Plant Hire-sponsored Ladies Open race which connections may prefer as a better option, although of the five entries Double Captain out of trainer Katherine Hawkes yard, could be the main danger having scored in two out of his four runs with wins at Buckfastleigh and Wadebridge.

Local owner Ross Oliver has Awesome Tunes entered in the opening Care & Company-sponsored Members race, a winner of this race last season under jockey Will Biddick could be among the favourites. With Go Dee Go (Keith Cumings) runner up here last season and Winter Garden (Ryan Chapman) a previous course winner here also likely to figure high in the betting arena.

This is a popular meeting for young maiden horses and the two Open Maiden races have attracted good entries with those catching the eye in the first Maiden race for four to six year-olds, sponsored by Ray Davies Foods, are Earthly Reason for team Big Brook looking to follow up on his second at Wadebridge, and Flete Park runner-up The Coffee Hunter for trainer Colin Heard. Whilst  Florabell who is now trained in North Cornwall by Ian Hambley and has two previous runner-up places to her credit is the eye catcher in the second Open Maiden race, along with Daylami Days for Heidi Lewis and Lee Drowne after a previous runner up at this track. This race is sponsored by Truro Tractors.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race holds entries from the Ed Walker-trained Inch Rock seeking a season win which could prove testing under top weight, Prince of Poets (John Heard/Rex Dingle combination) a runner-up at Cherrybrook and Kilworthy,  and dual Larkhill runner-up V-Neck for the Stuart Sampson team will ensure a competitive race.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Conway Baily and holds entries from  Larkhill maiden winner Who Told You for the Ed Walker team who has the benefit of a mares weight allowance, and Larkhill winner Sixteen Letters holding the hopes of the Big Brook team.

This venue offers a lovely amphitheatre type setting, offering good viewing of the course, attracting a good picnic crowd, with on course facilities offering fabulous food, hot and cold refreshments, along with bar, bookies and trade stands.  Entrance to the course is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is at St Columb Major, (signed off A30 and A39 – TR9 4LP).

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REPORT ON THE DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK, SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018

 

GRANVILLE TAYLOR AND DONNA HARRIS

“Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers”

Byron Caldwell Smith 1849-1877

THE car parks were packed to capacity at picturesque Flete Park where the pleasant April sun was interspersed with a typical thunder shower which sent the picnic people scurrying for cover.

DARREN EDWARDS took a crashing fall when Raloo Rocket came down at the head of the nine-strong Restricted field with a circuit to go. Despite this mishap, the rider bounced back to land a treble in the last three races.

Crackacan, The Two Amigos and Ryves Rocky were all successful in the hands of the Devon & Cornwall champion jockey.

The Julie Pocock trained Crackacan fought off Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) to take the Club Conditions race in the colours of The Granny Smith Club, before The Two Amigos strolled home to win the Confined under a six pounds penalty. Nicky Martin’s smart six-year-old retained his unbeaten record for the season as all eight rivals pulled up after finding the pace too hot.

Ryves Rocky was sent off a 10-1 outsider, but duly completed the Edwards hat trick in the Open Maiden. The Leslie Jefford trained gelding seemed to benefit from first time cheek pieces after two disappointing runs, and stayed on dourly to beat Mountain Las.

Navanman gave a brave performance to hold the sustained challenge of Whenharrymetsally to win the four miles Totnes and Bridgetown Mixed Open which was the final qualifier for Cheltenham’s Timico Gold Cup next month. Nine-year-old Navanman has become a consistent pointer this year for the John Heard yard “He is such a game horse and could run again next week,” said the trainer. Jockey Rex Dingle, still associated with David Pipe’s stable, remarked, “I was supposed to be handy but he was a bit keen and always travelling strongly. He is a genuine horse who jumps well.”

Matt Hampton, who had been narrowly denied on Whenharrymetsally, went one better in a division of the young horses Maiden on Legendara. Marie McGuinness handles this well bred mare on behalf of the Rowe family. “We bought her privately out of Charlie Longsdon’s yard where she had lacked consistency.” said Martin Rowe.

Four-year-old newcomer Noah And The Ark ran on strongly to peg back front running The Coffee Hunter (Lee Drowne) in the other division. Jill Dennis, absent on family baby sitting duties, owns this promising Vinnie Roe youngster who was bought in Ireland last August. The winner and runner up came very close together in the closing stages and winning jockey Jake Bament explained, “We ran out of room a bit. He is fairly green and will come on.”

David Prichard has enjoyed a good spell since Easter and partnered another winner as Steel Brush scored by 10 lengths in the Restricted. Keith Cumings trains this nine-year-old for Maurice and Diana Scott and said, “He is not the fastest but stays and stays.”

Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker saddled a remarkable total of 11 runners for the eight races at this meeting. His improving mare Wind Tor landed the Hunt race for the Ed Walker Racing Club. “She is a tough mare who goes through a little flat spot each race,” reported jockey Josh Newman, as the pair followed up their Cherrybrook success in good style.

RESULTS

Results from the Dartmoor fixture

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Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 28th April 2018 [Rescheduled] Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 29th April 2018 Axe Vale Hunt, Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ, 1st Race 1.30pm

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RESULTS: DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK – 21st APRIL 2018

GOING: Good to soft

 

Hunt race (Sponsor – A Salon Called Fish)

1 Wind Tor (Josh Newman) 6-4 fav prom, led two out, comf

2 Skylander (Thomasina Eyston) 9-4 handy, went 2nd two out, not reach wnr

3 Silver Commander (Bronwyn Buttery) 5-1 led til two out

6 ran; 4l; 10l;  6m 55s

Owner; Ed Walker Racing Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

 

Restricted (Lycetts) 2m 4f

1 Steel Brush (David Prichard) 8-1 led two out, soon clear

2 Predestined (Ben Jones) 6-1 every chance two out, no extra

3 Minella Mojo (Tom Chanin) 8-1 led / disputd til wknd three out

7 ran; 10l; neck

Owner; Maurice & Diana Scott; Trainer; Keith Cumings

 

Mixed Open (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company & Timico) 4 miles

1 Navanman (Rex Dingle) 4-1 led three out, stayed on well

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 9-4 led when mstk three out, sustained chall, not quite get up

3 Say My Name (Steve Turner) 12-1 behind til went 3rd at last

14 ran; 1l; distance; 8m 9s

Owner; Heard, Trevarthen, Care, Hooper; Trainer; John Heard

 

 

Open Maiden 4 to 6 year olds 2m 4f

Division 1 (Francis Clark)

1 Noah and the Ark (Jake Bament) 3-1 jt fav led two out, hard pressed but ran on well

2 The Coffee Hunter (Lee Drowne) 4-1 led til two out, rallied flat

3 Just Another Vodka (Darren Edwards) 5-1 3rd from two out. kept on

11 ran; 1/2l; 4l;  5m 31s

Owner; Jill Dennis; Trainer; Owner

 

Division 2 (Dial A Shed)

1 Legendara (Matt Hampton) 12-1 prog three out, led last

2 Gerties Garter (Josh Newman) 5-1 midfield til strong run close home

3 Gypsy Charm (David Prichard) 5-1 led three out til last

10 ran; 2l; 1/2l;  5m 45s

 

Club Members’ Conditions (Rodgers of Plymouth)

1 Crackacan (Darren Edwards) 4-7 fav led three out, stayed on

2 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 10-1 went 2nd three out, kept on

3 Molland gayle (Tom Chanin) 8-1 rear til some late progress

10 ran; 4l; 5l;  6m 51s

Owner; The Granny Smith Club; Trainer; Julie Pocock

 

Confined – Elizabeth May Memorial – (Full Circle Motors)

 1 The Two Amigos (Darren Edwards) 4-6 fav made virtually all. Left alone apprg last

9 ran ; Finished alone 6m 40s

Owner; The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Nicky Martin

 

Open Maiden (Kitsons)

1 Ryves Rocky (Darren Edwards) 10-1 led two out, soon clear

2 Mountain Las (Rex Dingle) 4-1 every chance three out, not qckn

3 Baby Sherlock (Vicky Wade) 10-1 not trbl ldrs, good late progress

14 ran; 8l; 1/2l;  7m 2s

Owner; Bradley, Locke, Martin, Jefford, Greed; Trainer; Leslie Jefford

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  • Saturday 28th April 2018 [Rescheduled] Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 29th April 2018 Axe Vale Hunt, Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ, 1st Race 1.30pm

 

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP FROM THE SILVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY, SATURDAY 14TH APRIL 2018

 

Ottery St Mary was not the place for favourite backers. The first five short priced nags were all beaten, including three odds on shots.

The Dapper Fox (1-2 to 4-7) started the rot in a decent little Hunt race. The 10-year-old failed to reproduce his Milborne form and he never looked like getting to grips with the leaders. Ballybruff (solid 3’s) relishes soft ground, and may have been a shade unlucky to go down by a neck to Blazing Bouncer (4-1). The winner and the runner-up raced wide apart up the home straight, with 13-year Blazing Bouncer responding gamely to Matt Hampton’s every call. The winner’s form at the South Pool, which ties in with Ballybane, Eastern Calm and Micky Stark (all won since) now looks gilt edged.

Moonaro (7-4 fav) looked a picture in the Maiden preliminaries, but he paid the penalty again for some shoddy jumping. He did well in the end to finish second to Ann Maries Reject ( 9-4) who is a real bundle of energy. It was good to see Natalie Parker back with a winner and she had the race won a long way out. It was also a nice change of luck for Christine and Carroll Gray, now operating from a base at Spaxton after being seriously marooned by the floods on the Somerset levels a few years ago.

The Restricted looked a fair betting race, I thought the market leader Pointview Gale was a bit short (4-6, 5-4, evens). He started sluggishly and never threatened. Will Biddick’s mount Wallabrook had been found wanting at Charlton Horethorne trying to follow up his Buckfatleigh Maiden win. This time, after a few skirmishers had 5’s ,Wallabrook was forced into 11-4, but failed to last home after flattering briefly two out. Horwood Lad certainly meant business this time, and a positive ride from Kieren Buckley, plus first time cheek pieces saw this sturdy chestnut leave his Kilworthy form well behind. He trotted up by 20 lengths.

Even dear Dicky Bob failed to rescue the form book. He was a fairly generous 4-9 after opening at 1-4 and ran his usual genuine race. This time however he couldn’t cope with Fakenham hunter chase winner Foxcub (solid 3’s) . The Gloucestershire gelding’s last run was in a Catterick hunter chase so he had been flying high and found Ottery more to his liking. He was useful under rules and should score again. Dicky was not disgraced and will bounce back.

By now, after backing a few losers, I thought about a bank loan, but decided to plunge on Saddlers Encore (4-6 fav) in the five runner Men’s Open. Things went from bad to worse though and this nine-year-old was floundering about like me in the mud. Miss Gotaway revels in soft ground and won as she liked under Biddick. My investment struggled home in fourth.

It was hardly fair that the getting out stakes only had two runners so no getting out on a long odds-on shot. This was the likeable mare Eastern Calm who trotted up at 1-4. Perhaps I should have taken the early 2-5 but we have all got degrees in hindsight.

Never mind , we’ve still got the Grand National with its evening start…….

RESULTS

Results from the Silverton fixture

Report from the Silverton Fixture

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Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 21st April 2018 Dartmoor, Flete Park, Ermington, Ivybridge PL21 9NX, 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 28th April 2018 [Rescheduled] Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 29th April 2018 Axe Vale Hunt, Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ, 1st Race 1.30pm

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Entries and form guide: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Saturday 21st April 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:55 Open Maiden 4. 5. & 6 year olds Race
5th 16:30 Conditions Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race
7th 17:40 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 16:30

Good to soft, soft in places at Flete Park , 1pm, Sat April 21st.

15 April at 14:24

Last fence ready for final trim at Flete Park. As of Sunday 1.30pm soft, heavy in places following overnight rain.

Drying wind now and should be perfect by Saturday, given warm weather forecast as its old parkland turf. Hard work by the Dartmoor and Modbury helpers has ensured we are almost ready to go now.

Will update going later in the week.

15 April at 10:29

Walking Flete Park this afternoon (Sunday) will post going and photos later… last week we had four glorious sunny days followed by rain overnight last night. – Lee Glanville

14 April at 12:30

Fantastic drying day at Flete Park, third in a row. Looking forward to races on Saturday, April 21.

Preview extract:

The beautiful parkland setting of Flete Park, near Ermington is the setting for this weekend’s meeting in the Devon & Cornwall area on Saturday 21st April. Seven races will be on offer with pony racing, which has been kindly sponsored by landowner Antony Mildmay-White, heading up the action at 1pm, followed by the main race card at 2pm. A total of 118 entries have been received.

After racing follows a charity Clydesdale race run in aid of Devon Air Ambulance which features local Farriers taking on a team of Veterinary Surgeons from South Moor Vets. It is always a joy to watch these huge horse specimens thundering down the home straight with the novice jockey’s on board raising funds for a worthy cause.

On course facilities include beer tent, plenty of hot food and refreshment stands, bookies and 17 trade stands varying from Fine Arts by Insitju, Farmers Friend for country wear to Sam Bradley & Wolfrock Boat stands, giving the course a real country show atmosphere. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car. Pedestrians £10 and Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. The course is located at Flete Park, Ermington PL21 9NX.

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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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