LEADING JOCKEYS – DEVON & CORNWALL AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

UP TO & INCLUDING 28th MAY (South Tetcott)

MEN

Darren Edwards 88 points

Will Biddick 87 points

Rex Dingle 52 points

Josh Newman 51 points

Matt Hampton 43 points

Bryan Carver and David Prichard 42 points

LADIES’

Jo Supple 30 points

Millie Wonnacott 17points

Chloe Emsley 15 points

Naomi Sims 14 points

Hannah Welch 12 points

Thomasina Eyston 11 points

MEN NOVICE

Bryan Carver 42 points

Kieren Buckley 39 points

Ed Doggrell 10 points

Barnaby Treneer 9 points

Jack Veysey 8 points

LADY NOVICE

Millie Wonnacott 17 points

Chloe Emsley 15 points

Naomi Sims 14 points

Thomasina Eyston 11 points

Jennifer Davenport 9 points

Abbie Hughes 8 points

Scoring system: 4 points win. 2 points second, 1 point third:- Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only

IMPORTANT

SEE PAGE 51 OF THE PLANNER.

I have received very few claims for our other area awards so far. There are a number to be decided so please address any claims or queries to me as the co-ordinator, thank you: GranvilleTaylor1@aol.com

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REPORT & RESULTS: SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH MAY 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“For now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone”

Song of Solomon 2 v10-13

Not quite over and gone though. After the recent dry spell a dose of heavy rain during the week to augment the work involved in artificial watering was most welcome. The outcome was good to soft going which attracted plenty of “away” horses, and the Barber stable from Henley, near Crewkerne, went home with three winners.

A healthy total of 63 runners contested the six races before a large Bank Holiday crowd enjoying the warm sunshine at Upcott Cross. I am getting confused now with these Bank Holidays. I think this one is really Whit Monday, but who knows nowadays?

Golden Hoof followed up his recent Trebudannon win in good style to take the Mixed Open, quickening clear of Minella Fifty after the second last under Josh Newman. “He jumped perfectly and gave me a great ride,” said the rider, who was partnering his 13th winner of the season and had only just acquainted himself with the 10-year-old by sitting on him at the Barber yard on the previous day.

Will Biddick took the mount on the Barber representative Serralunga in the Open Maiden, and needed all his strength as his novicey five-year-old repelled the strong finishing 25-1 outsider Buckboru, ridden by 16-year-old Bruce Young, by a head, with Deise Gold breathing down their necks in third.

The stable treble was completed when four-year-old Eggardon Hill, ridden by Lorcan Williams, drew away impressively on the run in to score by 12 lengths from the promising Gypsy Charm in the two and a half miles Maiden. Jack Barber, representing his trainer wife Jade, “at home looking after our new baby Flora”, explained that Eggardon Hill is, “A big baby who has grown up a lot since his debut run. He has a good pedigree and we bought him at Goff’s Land Rover sales last June. He was going so well that Lorcan had a job to pull him up today.”

High Hatton travelled from South Wales to win the Novice Rider’s contest. After making most of the running, he had just been headed but was left clear when Robin De Souza crashed through the wing of the second last. The winner’s jockey, 16-year-old schoolboy Jack Tudor, was enjoying his third pointing success, including his first race ride on this same horse just two weeks ago. “I had 15 pony race winners and currently I am taking my GCSEs at Cowbridge School,” said the young rider who showed much promise.

Robin De Souza’s trainer Dean Summersby had better luck in the Conditions race as Honest Deed just held Heaney by a head to win for the fifth time this season. The game nine-year-old drew high praise from his trainer who said, “He is probably the best we’ve had.”

Darren Edwards had ridden his 19th winner of the season on Honest Deed, but had to settle for the runner up spot in the following Restricted race as Clondaw Bunny could not match the finishing pace of Jabbea. Nick Lawton was content to bide his time on the winner, who quickened away on the flat to score readily. “He likes this course with its long straights. He just enjoys passing horses and keeps galloping,” said his Calverleigh based owner/trainer Mary Sanderson, who had purchased him as an unbroken three-year-old to replace her prolific winner Jabiru.

Going; Good to soft

Conditions race (Sponsor; Penbode Veterinary Group)

1 Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 1-2 fav prog 15th,disp next , led last, all out

2 Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) 7-2 disp ld three out, strong chall flat, just failed

3 Ryves Rocky (Jo Supple) 3-1 2nd after four out, every chance til not qckn apprg last

7 ran; head; 6l;  6m 35s

Owner; E Summersby, N Banks, T Hughs, B Fuller; Trainer; Dean Summersby

Restricted (Coodes Solicitors)

1 Jabbea (Nick Lawton) 6-1 held up, strong run to lead last, comf

2 Clondaw Bunny (Darren Edwards) 5-1 went 3rd three out, 2nd after next, no extra flat

3 The Coffee Hunter (Lee Drowne) 12-1 alwys handy, every chance three out, wknd last

13 ran; 6l; 15l;  6m 35s

Owner; Mary Sanderson; Trainer; owner

Mixed Open (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Golden Hoof (Josh Newman) 2-1 jt fav disp three out, led next, soon clear, readily

2 Minella Fifty (Bryan Carver) 5-2 led til joined three out, no extra apprg last

3 Repeat Business (Jack Tudor) 16-1 prom til wknd after three out

7 ran; 5l; 10l;  6m 39s

Owner; G Cotton, J Trevarthen; L & R Vickery; H Hall; Trainer; Jade Barber

Novice Riders Conditions (Dodson & Horrell)

1 High  Hatton (Jack Tudor) 6-4 led til apprg two out, left in lead, comf

2 Bankhall (Emma Jones) 11-8 fav 3rd after two out, hampered last, no chance wnr

3 Skylander (Thomasina Eyston) 8-1 not reach ldrs, left 3rd at last

11 ran; 25l; 5l;  6m 31s

Owner; Jeffrey Bird; Trainer; Jonathan Tudor

Open Maiden (PRJ Engineering)

1 Serralunga (Will Biddick) 10-1 prom, disp two out, hard rdn, just held on

2 Buckboru (Bruce Young) 25-1 behind til good late hdwy, ran on well, just failed

3 Deise Gold(Jake Bament) 16-1 made most til joined two out, slt ld last, not qckn flat

12 ran; head; head;  6m 34s

Owner; C Donlon; Trainer; Jade Barber

Open Maiden 2m 4f (FC Cleaning Systems)

1 Eggardon Hill (Lorcan Williams) 4-5 fav prom, led two out, soon well clear, v easy

2 Gypsy Charm (David Prichard) 7-1  prog to 2nd two out, not reach wnr

3 Our Grey Boy (Josh Cameron) 7-1 led til 13th, kept on

13 ran; 12l; 2 1/2l;  5m 23s

Owner; A Gibson, D McDonald; P Nicholls, J Barber; Trainer; Jade Barber

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons

VIDEO

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

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point at Bratton Down ‪Sunday 3rd June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris 

It’s the turn of The Exmoor Foxhounds to host the second of three fixtures to take place at the popular course known as Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming next Sunday 3rd  June.  Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with five pony races including National Championship races. Then follows the main six race card commencing at 2pm. Over 90 entries have been received.

The opening Members race is sponsored by RSM Beares in conjunction with B Thorne & Son Agricultural Engineers, with entry  Kapricorne standing out having finished in the frame on three of his runs this season for trainer Rebecca Branton. Although held into fourth at the previous meeting here, he could come up against I’ll Tell You When from the Claire Hitch yard who looked to be ready to challenge when falling late on at Holnicote earlier this month under jockey Bryan Carver.

The Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race follows, in which Hugos Horse could follow up on his maiden win at Axe Vale for the Rose Loxton team, Moonlight Flyer is another suggestion having won his maiden at the previous meeting here for trainer Camilla Scott. Burn Baby Byrne holds an entry for trainer Evan Williams and daughter Isabel to ride. Isabel is currently leading the National Novice Ladies title by one point and should be in the mix if making the trip down from Wales.

Up next is the Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies race in which Angels Hill for Heidi Lewis should put up a good performance if following up on their Holnicote win and second here at the first meeting by a neck to the Ed Walker-trained La Madonnina. La Madonnina also holds an entry again here and will be among the bookies favourites. The two could come up against another Evan Williams-trained entry  Aerlite Supreme, who is already on a hat-trick of wins this season when scoring at Ystradowen(twice) and Llwyn Ddu. His recent three and a quarter lengths second behind the useful Patricktom Boru at Lower Machen could help steal this for the Williams family.

The Men’s Open is sponsored by Moore Scarrott Accountants with those catching the eye being Stafford Cross and Little Windsor winner Fly West for Will Biddick and trainer Ed Walker, Flete Park and Trecoed winner Ramble On for Byron Moorcroft and There’s No Panic a previous course winner who’s another option for Will Biddick to ride.

Ashley Farrant and the Kingdon family sponsor the Conditions race which is run in memory of Donna Kingdon, 29 are entered and the race looks wide open with Fly West for team Walker,  Hackwood Park and Kingston Blount winner Change Of Luck from the Alan Hill team, Derksen a winner this season at Knightwick, Peper Harow and Tabley among the entries. Also Honest Deed holds an entry and clocked up another win last weekend for team Summersby when taking the Conditions race by a head at Upcott Cross.  Winter Garden for the Ryan Chapman team won here at the previous meeting and cannot be dismissed on that form.

The Open Maiden race closes the days event, with entry Redmond Hill looking to deserve a win soon having clocked up five runner-up places for Matt Griffiths. Port Navas from the Teresa Clark team has clocked up a couple of  third places at Milborne St Andrew in March and at the Great Trethew February meeting, and looks to have the booking of Will Biddick aboard. This race is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn, Blackmoor Gate.

The course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Entrance is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free.  Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown .  Dogs welcome on leads only.

A reminder that the re-arranged meeting at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction takes place on Wednesday 6th June, Seven races are on offer with the first up at 5pm. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Location is 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court (3.5 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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New riders’ training gets thumbs-up from British Champions


Safety and welfare for both horse and rider is a fundamental aim of the Point-to-Point Authority.

Multiple champion point-to-point riders Gina Andrews and Will Biddick have given their backing to plans requiring new riders to undertake a short assessment with qualified coaches before riding in the sport.

For the 2018/19 point-to-point season, new riders – and those who have not ridden in a race for five years or more – who apply for a Riders Qualification Certificate (RQC) will be required to meet with a PPA-approved, Level 3 BHA Jockey Coach.

The assessment will equip riders with more confidence and ensure that areas needing work will be supported, in turn maximising their enjoyment of the sport.

The BHA grant funded sessions will be delivered regionally by a small team of PPA-approved, qualified, self-employed BHA Jockey Coaches, working to agreed criteria to ensure consistency.  The coaches will be geographically spread throughout the country and include Grand National-winning jockeys Carl Llewellyn and Mick Fitzgerald, as well as Colin Brown, rider of Desert Orchid.

At least one month before their first ride, riders will be required to arrange to meet with an approved PPA Jockey Coach, to demonstrate their ability to ride a horse at walk, trot, canter and over fences.

Reigning British champion Gina Andrews, said: “I think it’s a great idea and will definitely benefit people who aren’t necessarily from a racing background. Hopefully it will make things safer, not only for the rider, but for those they are riding against, as well.”

Six-time champion Will Biddick added: “I wholeheartedly support this new assessment for riders, as it will surely give inexperienced riders more awareness and confidence.  I certainly wish I could have benefitted from this support when I started out.”

Vocational training manager at the BHA, Gill Greeves, said: “The PPA is to be commended for its approach to providing coaching and training opportunities for new and existing riders. Jockey Coaches are experienced in delivering a range of coaching activities and we look forward to supporting the PPA in this important initiative that will ensure riders are fully prepared for race-riding.”

Master of Foxhounds Association representative Alan Hill says: “In the modern era clearly we don’t see young riders on non-racing days as much as we used to, so to have a BHA Jockey Coach casting an expert eye can only be a good thing.  As an ex-rider myself, I think it will be a great help to have this input and feedback so early in your career, I wish I’d had the same privilege.”

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Entries: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Conditions Race
2nd 13:35 Restricted Race
3rd 14:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 14:55 Novice Riders Race
5th 15:30 Open Maiden 3m Race
6th 16:05 Open Maiden 2m 4f Race

Going Update

Sunday 27th May 2018 at 10:08

After heavy overnight rain going is now Good/Good to soft in a place.low risk of further rain & a sunny day forecast to morrow. Sunday 10:08 – Dave Willis, Clerk of Course

Saturday 26th May 2018 at 21:00

Upcott Cross Sat 9.00 pm . After applying water today ground was easier than Gd-Fm. Currently raining heavily. – Dave Willis.

Saturday 26th May 2018 at 10:00

The course inspector visited Fri afternoon & gave the ground as good to Firm, Watering continues to maintain safe ground & good chance of rain in the forecast.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 17:40

Watering started yesterday(Tues) on drier parts of course. Possibility of rain Thurs/Fri will help keep ground good. – Dave Willis.

Thursday 17th May 22.00pm

Going is currently Good, Good/Soft on top bend .Not raced on this year with excellent grass cover. With little or no rain forecast will water through next week to maintain safe ground. – Dave Willis  C-O-C South Tetcott.

Preview extract:

This weekend’s fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area will be held at the Upcott Cross course where the South Tetcott will host their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon with the main race card commencing at 1pm. 145 entries have been received for the six races on offer.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and several trade stands. Entrance is £10 car and driver and £10 per passenger. Pedestrians are £10 with children under 16 free. The event is located at Upcott Cross, 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 Postcode EX21 5AE.

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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Preview: South Tetcott Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

This weekend’s fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area will be held at the Upcott Cross course where the South Tetcott will host their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon with the main race card commencing at 1pm. 145 entries have been received for the six races on offer.

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open looks red hot with many in form horses entered. Bistouri D’Honore is already on a hat-trick of wins this season when scoring at Axe Vale and dual Barbury meetings for trainer Michael Felton. Golden Hoof is another entry having clocked up an impressive win when coming home 30 lengths ahead of the field at Trebudannon for the Jade Barber team. Fly West, another impressive contender with two wins and third in a Hunter Chase at Cheltenham. Navanman from the John Heard team is on the two winner mark when scoring at Trebudannon and Flete Park. Pink Eyed Pedro has won five this season so far for trainer David Brace but is also entered in the Novice riders race and Cothelstone meeting. Minella Fifty for trainer Claire Hitch should not be discounted on previous form having won 11 of his 22 starts, including taking the Mixed Open at Axe Vale last month.

Penbode Vet Group-sponsor the Conditions race which is the curtain opener. Ed Walker’s entry Fly West could follow up his wins at Axe Vale and Little Windsor. Dean Summersby’s team has Honest Deed entered, having already clocked up four wins in quick succession, he could be the market leader. Heaney is one to note too, with his wins at Wadebridge and Flete with young Millie Wonnacott aboard, trained by her parents at home in South Devon, and jointly owned by vet Jennifer Davenport, who will be celebrating her wedding this weekend.

Another Summersby entry could appear in the Coodes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race, in which Clondaw Bunny could follow up on his maiden win at Great Trethew. Just Another Vodka for the Nicola Martin team should progress soon after his 15 length win at Flete Park, and The Coffee Hunter is another with a strong claim after his Holnicote win for trainer Colin Heard, but will need to bounce back from pulling up at Bratton Down where he may have found the going too lively.

Outside raider David Brace has three entered in the Dodson & Horrell-sponsored Novice riders race Pink Eyed Pedro, Robin des People and William Money any of these should be respected if turning up here with young jockey Conor Brace aboard who is leading the gentleman novice jockeys title championship. He could come up against Bistouri D’Honore if connections chose this race over the Mixed Open. Bistouri D’Honore has won four this season, and three times this term under jockey Ed Doggrell who is booked to ride him again here. Bankhall from the David Jones team for Emma Jones to ride, has won two of their starts when coming home the winner of the Ladies Open at Cothelstone and Mixed Open at Maismore, they could well be in the frame again here on what looks to be similar going.

In the three mile Open Maiden race which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, Jill Dennis’s Deise Gold ran well on debut with a promising third at Trebudannon, but this could go the way of the Pauling Geering-trained Mountain Las who deserves a win having finished runner-up on four occasions this season. The final race of the day is the two-mile four furlong FC Cleaning Systems-sponsored Open Maiden race in which Eggardon Hill stands out having just been denied a short head at Little Windsor recently and is the highest rate. Sapphire Noire is another to have ran well when finishing second at Trebudannon for the Katherine Hawke yard.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and several trade stands. Entrance is £10 car and driver and £10 per passenger. Pedestrians are £10 with children under 16 free. The event is located at Upcott Cross, 2 miles South of Halwill junction off A3079 Postcode EX21 5AE.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 20th MAY 2018

IF there are any regular readers of this exclusive website column (which I doubt) they will be aware that my own betting battles with the excellent Devon & Cornwall bookies are entering extra time for the season. I was miles ahead on points, but the shrewd layers have caught up with me as this pesky sunshine and subsequent quick ground has upset the form book.

All seven favourites bit the dust, starting with Robin Why Not (4-6) in the opener. This went to promising five-year-old The Jitterbug, seen at 16’s early but backed into 5-1 before waltzing home. This big gelding is by the French Derby winner Sulamani (now deceased) whose best jumps progeny was Grand National winner Rule The World.

The Restricted produced a close finish with Imogens Thunder (3’s to 2’s) just holding on for champion jockey Will Biddick to beat River Wye (9-2 to 3’s) with the favourite Tree Sparrow (11-8) running on to take third after losing his place after the third last.

There was consolation for Tree Sparrow’s trainer Camilla Scott in the Open Maiden, sponsored in memory of bookmaker Bob Pittard. Moonlight Flyer (4’s to 7-2) showed little under rules but made virtually all here in first time cheek pieces under Christopher Barber. Ballyjim (4’s to 3’s) ran on late to be second with Biddick’s mount Dragon de la Tour (7-2) unable to quicken in third. There will be another day for 5-2 fav Baby Sherlock.

The Mexican Bandit was all the rage for the 12-runner Conditions race. 11-4 was my recorded SP but at least 10’s was available early about this lightly raced course winner. The bandit kept out of the firing line on this occasion as fast ground loving La Madonnina (4’s to 7-2) just held off the strong finishing Angles Hill (3-1).

The game 15-year-old Consigliere (2-1) turned the four miles Mixed Open into a procession. His promising young rider Izzie Marshall sent the old boy clear with a mile to run, and Miss Gotaway (evens to 11-8 fav) never looked like pegging the winner back on ground she would not have enjoyed.

Top Chief (7-4 out to 5-2) certainly acts on fast ground and continually outjumped his close rival Tom Barton (evens to 4-6 fav) in the PPORA Novice Riders’. The winner’s trainer Stuart Sampson is in peak form at present and followed up Top Chief’s win by saddling the Midnight Legend mare River Myth (easy to back at 4’s) to dead heat for the Intermediate with outsider Winter Garden (100-8). All credit to the dead heaters who went past me on Jeff’s video tower locked together before reaching the judge in unison.

We should have expected some odd results on Sunday. The course was much shorter than any normal three miles point-to-point. The tight bends had been brought in to their extremity to such an extent that apart from the four mile race all the times were under six minutes, including a speedy 5 mins 33 secs for the novice riders event (but not quite in the same league as the long since closed Highampton track where the 1968 form book shows Fearless Knight’s Open time as 4 mins 17 secs – “a course that was little more than two miles,” to quote Geoffrey Sale’s annual)

REPORT

Results from the Dulverton West meeting

Report from the Dulverton West meeting

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons, JW Photography, Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies

VIDEO

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

Upcoming Event

  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 20th MAY 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

 “And here were forests ancient as the hills, enfolding sunny spots of greenness…”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge  1772-1834

THE glorious green backcloth of Exmoor was seen at its best in the warm spring sunshine on Sunday before a packed crowd for the Dulverton West meeting. Sometimes it is difficult to concentrate on the horses at Bratton Down as the eye is continually drawn to the distant slopes and hill tops.

The drying conditions and a shorter racing line round the bends led to particularly quick times at this meeting.

Will Biddick is not surrendering his national title without a fight, and landed a double thanks to Imogens Thunder and La Madonnina.

The progressive Imogens Thunder followed up his Axe Vale win in good style, answering all of Biddick’s urgings to see off the sustained challenges of River Wye and Tree Sparrow in the Restricted.

Mary Tory trains the Stowaway gelding Imogens Thunder near Blandford for owner Wendy Jarrett and said, “We bought him from Aidan Kennedy in Ireland and he was unlucky earlier in the year. He will be roughed off now and is something to look forward to next season.”

Biddick’s other winner La Madonnina just held off Angles Hill by a neck in the 12-runner Conditions race. “She is so tough,” commented the rider of this mare who seemed to relish the faster ground. She is trained by Ed Walker for his ten strong racing club syndicate. Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) came from a long way back but was staying on strongly towards the finish. Its All Or Nothing ran his usual sound race to finish third, whilst 13-year-old Delta Borget, although unplaced, earned himself honourable retirement.

The reigning champion jockey had to settle for the runner up spot in the young horses maiden when odds-on favourite Robin Why Not chased home The Jitterbug.

Josh Newman pushed the rangy five-year-old The Jitterbug clear on the uphill climb to the judge Owner/trainer Keith Cumings bought the winner on the advice of bloodstock agent Tom Malone as a three-year-old. ”He is still very green and still learning. A big baby who will be a lot stronger next year, but he might be on the market before then,” reported the Bishops Nympton based handler. The Cumings family gave a special mention to Haley Northcott who looks after the rangy gelding and rides work on him.

The veteran chestnut Consigliere travelled from Oxfordshire and put up a memorable staying performance to win the four miles plus Mixed Open. Izzie Marshall sent the game 15-year-old to the front at half way to deny the Biddick ridden mare Miss Gotaway by four lengths. “Awesome” said the breathless 18-year-old rider, who was enjoying her ninth winner of the season, and has a place at Reading University in September.

The well related Moonlight Flyer cut little ice under rules for Jeremy Scott, but first time cheek pieces seemed to do the trick in the Open Maiden run in memory of much missed local bookmaker Bob Pittard. Christopher Barber had the six-year-old in front virtually throughout, and the positive ride proved successful as he fought off Dragon De La Tour before holding the late thrust of Ballyjim. “He was bought at the Land Rover sales as a three-year-old and runs for a syndicate of ten. His year point-to-pointing has done him good and he will probably go back under rules,” explained Camilla Scott who has the yard’s pointers.

Top Chief loves quick ground and put up the fastest time of the day (5 mins 33 secs) to win the Novice Riders’ race under Bryan Carver. The 10-year-old was always fencing better than his main rival Tom Barton, and drew right away in the closing stages. Stuart Sampson has his string in great form at present and was saddling Top Chief for joint owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener.

The same owners and trainer combination re-appeared in the winner’s enclosure again in the concluding Intermediate, but this time had to share the spoils with the Chapman family from Cornwall as their Winter Garden battled tenaciously to gain a dead heat with River Myth. Darren Andrews sent the mare River Myth ahead entering the final circuit, but was joined in a neck and neck battle in the final 100 yards by Nick Lawton on Winter Garden before the duo passed the judge locked together.

Going: Good to Firm

 Open Maiden four to six-year-olds only (Sponsor Nancekivell & Co, South Molton)

1 The Jitterbug (Josh Newman) 5-1 hdwy 13th, led after last, stayed on well

2 Robin Why Not (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav alwys prom, kept on flat

3 Crimson Gold (Bryan Carver) 16-1 led til joined two out, no extra flat

7 ran; 6l; 8l;  5 mins 50 secs

Owner; Keith Cumings; Trainer; Owner

 

Restricted (Brewer Harding & Rowe, Solicitors)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 3-1 led two out, stayed on well

2 River Wye (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 effort two out, kept on well nr finish

3 Tree Sparrow (Vicky Wade) 11-8 fav outpaced three out, kept on flat

7 ran; 1 1/2l; 3/4l;;5m 44s

Owner; Wendy Jarrett; Trainer; Mary Tory

Open Maiden (Bob Pittard Bookmakers – Bob Pittard Memorial)

1 Moonlight Flyer (Christopher Barber) 7-2 made all pushed out

2 Ballyjim (Josh Newman) 3-1 went 3rd four out, strong run flat

3 Dragon de la Toutr (Will Biddick) 7-2 prom, close 2nd last, no extra nr finish

8 ran; 3l; 1l;  5m 47s

Owner; Philip Cartwright & syndicate; Trainer; Camilla Scott

 

Conditions Race (PJ Hobbs, Sandhill Racing Stables)

1 La Madonnina (Will Biddick) 7-2 led two out, stayed on under press flat

2 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 3-1 behind til hdwy four out, strong run flat, just failed

3 Its all or Nothing(Matt Hampton) 5-2 fav led three out, every chance last, no extra

12 ran; neck; 10l;  5m 37s

Owner; Edward Walker Racing Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

 

Mixed Open 4 miles 1 furlong (Brends Hotel)

1 Consigniere (Izzie Marshall) 2-1 led 12th, stayed on gamely

2 Miss Gotaway (Will Biddick) 11-8 fav chased wnr from 18th, kept on

3 Wolftrap (Lee Drowne) 3-1 lost touch three out

7 ran; 4l; distance; 7m 59s

 

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Langdon Transport)

1 Top Chief (Bryan Carver) 5-2 led 13th, comf

2 Tom Barton (Ed Doggrell) 4-6 fav disputed lead til 13th no extra two out

3 Kapricorne (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 chased ldrs til 15th

5 ran; 12l; 6l;  5m 33s

Owner; Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

 

Intermediate (James Pryce Tractors)

1 dead heat River Myth (Darren Andrews) 4-1 led 14th til joined last 150 yds

1 dead heat Winter Garden (Nick Lawton) 12-1 effort two out, joined ldr last 150 yds

3 Every Breakin Wave (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav 2nd from three out til last, no extra

8 ran; dead heat; 1 1/2l;  5m 40s

Owner River Myth Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer Stuart Sampson

Owner Winter Garden Chapman family; Trainer; Ryan Chapman

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons, JW Photography, Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies

VIDEO

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

Upcoming Event

  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 20th MAY 2018

Going: Good to Firm

 Open Maiden four to six-year-olds only (Sponsor Nancekivell & Co, South Molton)

1 The Jitterbug (Josh Newman) 5-1 hdwy 13th, led after last, stayed on well

2 Robin Why Not (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav alwys prom, kept on flat

3 Crimson Gold (Bryan Carver) 16-1 led til joined two out, no extra flat

7 ran; 6l; 8l;  5 mins 50 secs

Owner; Keith Cumings; Trainer; Owner

 

Restricted (Brewer Harding & Rowe, Solicitors)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 3-1 led two out, stayed on well

2 River Wye (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 effort two out, kept on well nr finish

3 Tree Sparrow (Vicky Wade) 11-8 fav outpaced three out, kept on flat

7 ran; 1 1/2l; 3/4l;;5m 44s

Owner; Wendy Jarrett; Trainer; Mary Tory

Open Maiden (Bob Pittard Bookmakers – Bob Pittard Memorial)

1 Moonlight Flyer (Christopher Barber) 7-2 made all pushed out

2 Ballyjim (Josh Newman) 3-1 went 3rd four out, strong run flat

3 Dragon de la Toutr (Will Biddick) 7-2 prom, close 2nd last, no extra nr finish

8 ran; 3l; 1l;  5m 47s

Owner; Philip Cartwright & syndicate; Trainer; Camilla Scott

 

Conditions Race (PJ Hobbs, Sandhill Racing Stables)

1 La Madonnina (Will Biddick) 7-2 led two out, stayed on under press flat

2 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 3-1 behind til hdwy four out, strong run flat, just failed

3 Its all or Nothing(Matt Hampton) 5-2 fav led three out, every chance last, no extra

12 ran; neck; 10l;  5m 37s

Owner; Edward Walker Racing Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

 

Mixed Open 4 miles 1 furlong (Brends Hotel)

1 Consigniere (Izzie Marshall) 2-1 led 12th, stayed on gamely

2 Miss Gotaway (Will Biddick) 11-8 fav chased wnr from 18th, kept on

3 Wolftrap (Lee Drowne) 3-1 lost touch three out

7 ran; 4l; distance; 7m 59s

 

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Langdon Transport)

1 Top Chief (Bryan Carver) 5-2 led 13th, comf

2 Tom Barton (Ed Doggrell) 4-6 fav disputed lead til 13th no extra two out

3 Kapricorne (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 chased ldrs til 15th

5 ran; 12l; 6l;  5m 33s

Owner; Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

 

Intermediate (James Pryce Tractors)

1 dead heat River Myth (Darren Andrews) 4-1 led 14th til joined last 150 yds

1 dead heat Winter Garden (Nick Lawton) 12-1 effort two out, joined ldr last 150 yds

3 Every Breakin Wave (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav 2nd from three out til last, no extra

8 ran; dead heat; 1 1/2l;  5m 40s

Owner River Myth Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer Stuart Sampson

Owner Winter Garden Chapman family; Trainer; Ryan Chapman

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons, JW Photography, Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies

VIDEO

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

Upcoming Event

  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON, SUNDAY 13th MAY 2018

The biggest shock of the day came in the Mixed Open when the warm favourite The Two Amigos (4-5 fav but on the drift ), bidding for his sixth successive win of the season, said adios to his three rivals when cocking his jaw and ducking out at an early fence. I cannot remember him doing this before.

The eventual winner Golden Hoof had been nicely backed from 3’s in a place to as short as 5-4, and jumped immaculately to take the prize to Somerset under the champion jockey’s assured guidance. He had been off the course since sustaining a nasty cut which got infected at Charlton Horethorne 14 months ago, but looked ultra fit here for the Barber team.

Nicky Martin would have got back into her sick bed at home after hearing about her Two Amigos, but would have perked up when the news about the win of Mole Trap (evens to 6-4) reached her. It was my turn to be sick now because I spent all the previous night working out that Mole Trap would win, and then chickened out from backing her. I was afraid of the eventual jolly, Pancrace, who started evens fav after early odds-on offers. Needless to say Pancrace, who looked a picture in the paddock, bombed out after several early jumping errors. You know the feeling.

Trebudannon is a lovely course to lose money. The Cornish air is invigorating, you get a perfect view of the racing, and Sunday was all blue skies. However, two warm favourites provided some loose cash to buy the pasties. Master Baker (4-5 to 4-7) outpointed The Wealerdealer (4-5 to 11-10) in the Conditions, and Earthly Reason (4-6 to 4-5) followed up his recent course win after Raloo Rocket (5’s to 4’s) crashed out at the last.

Both the geldings and the mares Maidens took around five minutes for the two and a half miles, which might not be a sound guide to future races over the standard distance. Speronimo (2-5 to 1-2) blazed a trail under Kieren Buckley in the first of these to underline his Stafford Cross run, but in a livelier colts and geldings market, the favourite An Bhean Clic (3’s to 2’s) proved disappointing. The gamble of this race was the six-year-old mare Miss Butterfly, seen at 12’s early but forced into 3-1 at the off. Christopher Barber soon had this speedy mare out in front and repelled all challengers with a game effort. Sapphire Noire (6’s to 13-2), from the same yard as Speronimo, got the closest and was running on well at the finish.

Honest Deed (4-5 fav) kept up his winning streak with a workmanlike performance in the Confined under Darren Edwards, who has the area jockeys award in safe keeping. Locally owned Awesome Tunes (5-4 / 11-10) put up a brave performance to give his owner Ross Oliver a birthday winner, but had no answer as the winner came at him in the straight.

RESULTS

Results from the Four Burrow meeting

Report from the Four Burrow meeting

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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VIDEO

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

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 20th May 2018 Dulverton West, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott X, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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