REPORT: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AT UMBERLEIGH, SATURDAY 16th JUNE 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

The season drew to a close on Saturday, when the Torrington Farmers hosted their meeting at the popular course on the edge of Umberleigh. This meeting always draws a huge crowd, and this year was no different, with not only pointing followers, but many trainers and jockeys had travelled from afar to contest the six final races with championships still to be settled.

The Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored club Members race gave a thrilling start to the day with the Matt Hampton-trained Bohemian Rhapsody under young jockey Charlie Todd scoring one for the area. Seven had set off at the start with Le Clo De La Londe sent off the 5/4 favourite under jockey Emma Watson. This was one for the lads with Charlie Todd on the 3/1 Bohemian Rhapsody taking up the running on the final circuit, and fending off a strong challenge from Bathwick Scanno (Will Biddick) over the last to hold on and win by one and a quarter lengths.  It was Charlie’s first Point-to-Point  win having graduated from pony racing where he had clocked up an impressive 86 winners. He is now based at Ian Williams’s yard having spent some time at Paul Nicholls. “ It’s a great win for Charlie, his father bought Bohemian Rhapsody for him at the start of the National Hunt season, he was unlucky to be unseated last time out at Bratton” stated trainer Matt Hampton. Bathwick Scanno having finished a creditable second has now been retired by trainer Teresa Clark, he deserves credit for running in 50 Point-to-Point races also four races under rules.

The seven runners contesting the Kivells-sponsored Restricted race were all based out of the area. Gowell for trainer/jockey Byron Moorcroft had been sent off even money favourite and had set a good pace from the start until being joined over the final ditch by Midnight Queen under jockey Charlie Price, who had made eye catching progress. Midnight Queen soon stretched to a five length lead over two out and went onto win by a handy six lengths with Euro Bond (Kieran Buckley) in second. Trainer Tim Vaughan had not travelled down from Wales to see his mare win. Jockey Charlie Price, who rides out full time for Vaughan as an amateur jockey commented “ She is a tough little mare, jumped perfectly, Tim bought her off Bradley Gibbs.”

Davisons sponsored the Men’s Open which had only attracted four runners, these again were all based out of the area.  Big Man Doe for trainer Martin Wanless, had been backed into odds on favourite, and did not disappoint his followers.  Under jockey Zak Baker, Big Man Doe had been sent off in front to set the pace and demonstrated some spectacular jumping, this could have cost him the race when Mr Sawyer ( Bradley Gibbs) took up the running over the final ditch having stalked the leader at the start of the second circuit. Then Mr Sawyers challenge came to an end when stalling over the second last giving Big Man Doe’s jockey time to kick on staying on well to score a 15 length win.  Stratford based trainer Martin Wanless was delighted “ We bought Big Man Doe out of Ireland, he will now be turned away for the summer and back pointing again next season if we can get the ground as he won’t go on soft. It’s a good win for Zak who we nickname Ruby after Ruby Walsh.”

Seven lined up for the Nancekivell & Co-sponsored Ladies Open with There’s No Panic from the Biddick team claiming odds on favouritism. There’s No Panic under jockey Vicky Wade had given his backers a good run for their money but this race went the way of Rendezvous Peak who’s jockey Alice Stevens was here to challenge for the National Ladies Novice Jockey title in which she was equal first with Isabel William who is on holiday in Bali. 19 year-old Alice set the pace from the start, was never headed and justified her impressive six length win and gaining her title. There’s No Panic finished in second. The ditch had been bypassed on the second circuit, with jockey Jo Supple sustaining a heavy fall. We wish her well in her recovery.  Stratford-on-Avon based Trainer Francesca Nimmo was delighted for Alice “ We had entered Rendezvous Peak just for Alice to challenge for the title, he has run several times recently but has stayed fit, Alice rides out for us six days a week.”

The bookies took a hit on the well backed Joey Kangaroo in the Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race. Having opened at 2-1 Joey Kangaroo (David Mansell) was sent off at 4/6 with Culverwell (Will Biddick) a 7/4 chance of the four runners. Biddick had set the pace with David Mansell keeping Joey Kangaroo settled at the back of the quartet. Culverwell soon struggled to stay with the pace on the second circuit leaving the Fred Hutsby-trained Kinlochspelve, under jockey Sam Lee taking up the running, this was short lived with the huge Joey Kangaroo, who stands an enormous 17hh, eating up the ground with his long strides to assert over two fences from home, clocking up 54 year old Mansell’s  202 winner. “ Joey is trained at home by my wife Julie, we bought him out of Ascot sales, we have had a few issues with him as he is not only tall but long too and needed time to mature, he will stay in yard and we will look forward to running him again next season.”

The final race of the day, the Smallridge Bros Ltd-sponsored Open Maiden Race, went the way of Tiverton based owner/ trainer/ jockey Kieran Buckley with The Boola Bee. Having settled in mid division of the eight runners, Buckley soon asserted over the second last going on to score by an impressive 15 lengths, with Buochas Le Dia (Kieran Price) under Byron Moorcroft in second. Owned jointly by Kieran and his brother Tom who are based near Tiverton, their proud father  Eddie commented “ We bought The Boola Bee out of Doncaster Sales in May this year, Tom is conditional and both Kieran and Tom work for Nigel Hawke, Kieran also rides for Jo Tickle.” It was Kieran Buckley’s first runner and winner as a trainer, and he won the trophy for best riding performance of the day.

There ended another thrilling packed day of Pointing marking the end of the current season. The secretaries of the area wish to thank all of the sponsors and helpers for all the meetings who have made racing possible.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Alun Sedgmore, John Beasley, Athwenna Irons and Megan Cobley

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

  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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LEADING JOCKEYS – DEVON & CORNWALL AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

UP TO & INCLUDING TIVERTON STAG MEETING

MEN

Will Biddick 108 points

Darren Edwards 88 points

Rex Dingle 58 points

Josh Newman 57 points

Bryan Carver 51 points

Matt Hampton 50 points

David Prichard 44 points

LADIES’

Jo Supple 32 points

Millie Wonnacott 17points

Chloe Emsley 15 points

Naomi Sims 14 points

Hannah Welch 12 points

Thomasina Eyston 11 points

Vicky Wade 11 points

MEN NOVICE

Bryan Carver 51 points

Kieren Buckley 41 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 9 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

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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 16th June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

This Saturday will see the final Point-to-Point of the season take place at Umberleigh where the Torrington Farmers will host their meeting on 16th June. There is always a great party atmosphere, where crowds will gather to watch the final six races of the season, after which there will be three pony races to close the event. The area champions will then be crowned and trophies presented.  Over 90 entries have been received for the main card which starts at 2pm.

The Davisons-sponsored  Men’s Open race could see reigning champion jockey Will Biddick score here on his fathers There’s No Panic who won at this track last season. They could have some strong competition to deal with in five times winner this season Spencer Moon ,for jockey Byron Moorcroft if they can defy top weight, also Alex Edwards on Rockinrolldixie who used to be with the Dean Summersby team. Rockinrolldixie now with Cotswold trainer Diana Ralph, was on a roll when winning at both the Bredwardine and Maismore tracks this season, but then refused to race at Chaddesley Corbett on his next outing. He would need to be on his best form here, but he does go well for jockey Alex Edwards, who is leading the National Mens Championship.

The Ladies Open which is sponsored by Nancekivell & Co, could see jockey Gina Andrews take the ride on There’s No Panic if not going in the Mens race earlier. Gina Andrews is soon to be crowned National Ladies Champion, currently holding joint second place is Isabel Marshall who could have either of the two Alan Hill-trained entries as an option, in Man Of Steel a winner of six this season including a Hunter Chase at Cartmel, and recent runner up at Peper Harow and Edgcot According To Trev . The Francesca Nimmo-trained Darksen and Rendevous Peak  are also to be respected if turning up here for current joint leading  National Lady Novice jockey Alice Stevens to ride.

Tattersalls, Ireland sponsor the opening Members race  which could go the way of Culverwell, a recent one length runner up at Upcott, for the Teresa Clark team under jockey Will Biddick, who although looks to have lost his National Mens title will take the Devon & Cornwall Area title.  Le Clo De La Londe must be respected, a winner here last season for the in form trainer Stuart Sampson, here with the booking of Emma Watson to ride.

Kivells  sponsor the Restricted race in which several outside raiders could turn up including Gowell a Llwyn Ddu winner and runner-up at Brampton Maden and Upcott,  trained and ridden by Byron Moorcroft. Charm Park winner Euro Bond for trainer Joe Tickle, Garthorpe Maiden winner Desert Retreat for the Alan Hill team and Upcott maiden winner Sweet Lady Jane for trainer Kieran Price.

Claire Howarth of the Barum Stud sponsors the Intermediate race in which a suggestions are Peper Harow winner Stage One  (Alan Hill), and Bredwardine winner on good to firm Free Scorpion, another out of the Byron Moorcroft yard. Joey The Kangaroo out of Ledbury trainer Julie Mansell’s yard, could be another to make a journey down to the course and follow up on his nine-length win at the Edcote earlier this month, where he left Free Scorpion back 23 lengths in fourth and would deserve favouritism here.

The Open Maiden being sponsored by Smallridge Brother Ltd has recent Upcott Cross runner up Buckboru entered for trainer Laura Young. Buckboru battled on gamely at Upcott to finish a head second. Here Comes Molly has clocked up two seconds for trainer Tracey Barfoot-Saint. Rockabay is another which could run well for Joe Tickle, and any market support for debutant The Boola Bee for trainer owner/trainer/jockey Kieran Buckley would be worth following.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a large number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Under 16’s go free and dogs welcome but must be on a lead at all times. The course is located at Chapleton, Umberleigh. On A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Hiscott (2.2 miles)

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Entries: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Umberleigh, Saturday 16th June 2018

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

Going

Thursday 14th June 16:46

The going at Umberleigh is currently firm the aggrivator is being used on the course from today

Monday 11th June 17.00am

Course preparations for the final Point-To-Point of the season at Umberleigh are underway

Saturday 9th June 10.00am

Umberleigh current going is Good, Good to Firm and they will be agrivating

Preview Extract

This Saturday will see the final Point-to-Point of the season take place at Umberleigh where the Torrington Farmers will host their meeting on 16th June. There is always a great party atmosphere, where crowds will gather to watch the final six races of the season, after which there will be three pony races to close the event. The area champions will then be crowned and trophies presented. Over 90 entries have been received for the main card which starts at 2pm.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a large number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Under 16’s go free and dogs welcome but must be on a lead at all times. The course is located at Chapleton, Umberleigh. On A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

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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Useful Information

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REPORT: TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 10th JUNE 2018

Written By: Donna Harris

Tiverton Staghounds hosted the penultimate Point-to-Point meeting of the season last Sunday where a huge crowd gathered to enjoy some competitive racing at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming.

As expected the outside raiders, trainers and jockey’s turned up to contest the races, most notably the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open race which went the way of the prolific winning gelding Start Royal for the Alan Hill team. Ni Sin E Mo Ainm for jockey Alexandra Bell, had been backed into odds on favourite, but young jockey Izzie Marshal had set off at a strong pace on Start Royal. The following pack, lead by Ni Sin E Mo Ainm (which stands for That’s Not My Name) tried to challenge but quickly faded. Green Royal under current Joint Leading Lady Novice rider Alice Stevens, briefly took up the running over the last, but hung badly towards the paddock, allowing Start Royal to be driven up again to win the race by six lengths. Delighted Hill commented “He was a 4000 purchase from Ferdy Murphy, he is a lunatic at home, I ride him out every day, he wont go upsides anything else. I just have to pop him up through the woods and over some logs. He has won every year for the past ten years. Although he is 14, we don’t plan to retire him yet.”

The opening Members race had been sponsored by Winston Pincombe Landrovers. The race had only attracted two on the day, with the bookies having made Top Chief (Stuart Sampson) under talented young jockey Bryan Carver the 4/6 fav, with the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally under Matt Hampton at even money. It was a tactical race on the first circuit, with Top Chief soon asserting on the second, and had a healthy lead of about ten lengths over the last. Owned jointly by John Gardener and Terry Hamlin, the delighted owners stated “ If he comes out of this fine, then there is a possibility that he may go summer jumping with Colin Tizzard.”

Six lined up for the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Open Maiden race, with the blinkered Sapphire Noire under Keiran Buckley for the Katherine Hawke team sent off 2-1 favourite. He didn’t disappoint his followers when bouncing back to form, having pulled up previously on their latest outing at Upcott Cross, but taking this race decisively by eight lengths. Katherine Hawke trains the Pointers, whilst her husband Nigel is a familiar face on the National Hunt circuit. She stated “ We are delighted, she has finally found the fast ground that she loves.”

Only two contested the Intermediate race which was sponsored by Exmoor Hay & Straw, with Desert Roe under jockey Jack Tudor, and Give Us Peace ridden by Will Biddick. Desert Roe had been sent off the odds on favourite, and although his form stated he prefers some give in the ground he handled the going perfectly here. It started off as a tightly matched race with little to choose between the two even over the final fence, until Tudor kicked on his mount Desert Roe up the steep hill home, going onto win by nine lengths. Jack Tudor was the youngest jockey to win on the day at only 16 years of age, he works for his father Jonathan and it was his fifth win Pointing. He looks to be a jockey to follow in the future.

Mont Choisy for trainer Mickey Bowen, had been heavily backed into favourite in the Fire Defence Services Mens Open race, but fell at the second last, leaving a clear path for the following pack. This was headed by the Harriet Brown-trained Theatre Evening. Jockey Rex Dingle had no hesitation in squeezing on his mount to battle on up the hill hanging on for a three quarter-length win on Theatre Evening, with Dandan (Tommie O’Brien) in second. Rex Dingle is turning conditional for trainer Antony Honeyball. Theatre Evening is trained by Harriet Brown and owned by her twin sister Charlotte who helps out in the yard, they had five pointers in for the season. “ We bought him out of the yard last month, he can be a bit quirky, he is an ex J J O’Neil horse, we are delighted with the win.”

The Best Western Tiverton Hotel-sponsored Restricted race had attracted three runners, with the other joint current leading Novice Lady rider Isabel Williams on the well fancied Thatchers Brook. Bolling Spark (Hayden Webb) and The Overflow ( Jake Bament) set the pace. Having made an effort to take the lead on the final circuit, it looked as if Thatchers Brook then lost pace, as did the The Overflow who came off the bridle, but it turned into a thrilling finish up the home hill, in which The Overflow for trainer Pippa Moorhouse and jockey Jake Bament rode out a good finish, to win by two lengths, and one back for the area.

Isabel Williams and Alice Stevens remain joint leaders in the National Ladies Novice title and will surely be attending the final meeting this coming weekend. The final Point-to-Point of the season will be this coming Saturday 16th June at Umberleigh North Devon. Postcode EX37 9EB. First race is due off at 2pm.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, and Marcus Bath

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

  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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REPORT: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“The very spirit of summer breathes to-day,
Here where I sun me in a dreamy mood,
And laps the sultry leas, and seems to brood
Tenderly o’er those hazed hills far away.
The air is fragrant with the new-mown hay,
No scrap of cloud is in the still blue sky,”

From a poem When June Is Here – by James Whitcomb Riley – American poet 1849 – 1916

Yes not a scrap of cloud on a lovely warm afternoon which attracted a large crowd to the Exmoor meeting at Bratton Down, which featuring a riding double for the up and coming County Cork born jockey Bryan Carver.

The young Irishman certainly got the best out of the gambled on Reillys Minor to win the Men’s Open. A smooth ride from Carver saw the seven-year-old repel the favourite Before The War (Will Biddick) on the uphill climb to the judge. “He jumps and travels and I really got there too soon,” reported the rider. Mike Vanstone trains the winner locally for owner Alex Muirhead, who gave up the ride after two unsuccessful and non finishing attempts earlier in the season. “I bought the horse from Warren Greatrex last summer. He had won at Kempton last year so we knew he had ability. I thought he needed a stronger jockey,” said the owner. He certainly did. Bryan Carver is now favourite to secure the Devon & Cornwall Novice Riders’ championship.

Bryan Carver completed his double on Port Navas in the Open Maiden.. It is ironical that Bryan’s day job is assisting Will Biddick at the champion point-to-point rider’s pre-training and breaking yard, and presumably he still has that job after beating his mentor again in a tight finish to the Open Maiden. Biddick looked to be in the box seat as Redmond Hall cleared the last, but Port Navas gradually got the upper hand as the pair battled all the way up the run in. The winner, a Court Cave seven-year-old, was placed over hurdles when in David Pipe’s yard, but has taken some time to repay the 41,000 euros he cost as a three-year-old. He is now trained by Teresa Clark for owners John White and his sister Anne Underhill. It looks odds-on at present that Biddick will have to have to hand over his National jockeys title to Alex Edwards, but he has now adopted pole position for the Devon & Cornwall equivalent.

Angles Hill is one of the best looking pointers in training, and made up for his recent narrow Bratton Down defeat with a convincing six lengths success in the Ladies’ Open. Bouggietopieces did best of the three Welsh challengers to finish runner up, but the South Pembrokeshire gelding Hold Court never looked like justifying hot favouritism. Heidi Lewis was content to sit off the early pace on Angles Hill, but the 11-year-old was produced three out and drew right away up the final climb. “He has to be switched off and loves passing horses,” explained the 21-year-old winning jockey about this family horse, jointly owned by Heidi, her father David and partner Lee Drowne, and is trained by her mother Maria. .

Tree Sparrow had been a staying on third at the previous meeting here and came good this time under his regular jockey Vicky Wade. In a three way finish, the winner finished strongly alongside the outside running rail to deny Lawsons Thorns and Raloo Rocket. Owner John Pengelly was enjoying his first winner, who was saddled by Camilla Scott. “He just gallops and gallops and bounces off quick ground,” remarked the trainer, adding that this relatively cheap purchase is related to County Derry who won 17 races for the Scott yard.

It was the turn of another lady jockey as Ella Pickard made all the running on Cinevator, blinkered for the first time, in the Conditions race. On Your Max was looking dangerous when falling with Tom Chanin at the penultimate fence, leaving Winter Garden (Nick Lawton) as the main challenger up the home straight. Cinevator was not for catching however and powered up the finishing hill to give his jockey her third winner of the season. The 11-year-old is trained by his rider on behalf of her grandfather Michael Tucker.

The Hunt race produced a family success as the easy winner Kapricorne runs in the colours of Dennis Branton and is trained by his daughter Rebecca. 21-year-old jockey Stefan Kirwan, in his fourth year working for Philip Hobbs, sent his mount well clear after half way to record his second career victory. “I have been trying to win this race for 20 years,” said the Exford based winning owner, who bought Kapricorne unseen out of Dan Skelton’s yard. “Rebecca does a good job looking after our horses at our stables which are at the White Horse Inn at Exford, added the owner.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, John Beasley, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, and William Devlin

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 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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Entries: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 10th June 2018

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

Going

Friday 8th June 9.00pm

The going at Bratton Down is now firm. The fences have been moved. Plus the aggrivator will be used on the course prior to racing.

Tuesday 5th June 8.30am

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, firm in places. The aggrivator is booked to use if we don’t have rain.

Saturday 2nd June at 16:00

The going at Bratton Down remains good to firm. The aggrivator has NOT been needed.

Friday 1st June at 9.00am

Having had an inch of rain over the last couple of days the going is now good to firm at Bratton Down.

Wednesday 30th May at 10.00 am

Bratton Down is firm, although it is raining at present.  Fences have been moved. The aggrivator is booked for Saturday afternoon to ensure safe racing.

Friday 25th May 2018 8.30pm

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, good in places. The course had 6mm of rain by 8am Friday and it has continued to be damp throughout the day. The fences will all be moved as necessary. Hugh Thomas, Clerk Of Course

Saturday 19th May at 09:19

The going at Bratton Down is now Good to Firm with a really good covering of grass. – Hugh Thomas.

Thursday 17th May 9.30am

The going at Bratton Down is Good – Hugh Thomas

Friday 11th May 2018 at 19:00

The going for Bratton Down on evening of Friday 11th May was the soft side of good with a lovely covering of grass – Hugh Thomas


Early bird tickets are available for all three Bratton Down fixtures from: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

Preview Extract:

The penultimate Point-to-Point of the season takes place at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming this coming Sunday 10th June where the Tiverton Staghounds host their meeting. There are six races on offer with a start time of 2pm. 77 entries have been received.

There is still much at stake with both area and national championships to be decided as the season draws to a close, many outside raiders have entered here and could well turn up to battle out the finishes.

This course offers a fantastic view of Exmoor, together with some thrilling race action. There is hot and cold food and refreshments, a lively bar, bookies and plenty of room for picnicking and shopping among the various trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person capped to £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. Location of the course is Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG. For further information contact the Secretary Jenny Hayes on 01769540894 or 07979307549 email sheepwashfarm@gmail.com or look on the website http://www.pointingdc.co.uk together with Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point FB page for up to date information.

Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown.

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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018

It was hot on the top of Exmoor on Sunday The first two favourites went in with Kapricorne (2-5 to 4-7) literally scorching round to take the Hunt race. I went for I’ll Tell You When (5-2 to 7-4), but he got further and further behind after a mistake and finished a tired last.

After that things were looking up. Tree Sparrow (evens/10-11fav) flew home in the Restricted. Lawsons Thorns (10’s to 8’s) ran a solid race to chase the winner home, but a minor gamble on Carumba (5’s to 3’s) went astray. Punters were probably lured into this support due to the Biddick booking (the owner was injured).

Angles Hill (6-4 to 7-4) looked a picture in the Ladies’ race and gained consolation for his narrow defeat on this course two weeks ago for the keen Lewis family. Welsh challenger Bouggietopieces (SP 40-1) outran his long odds to finish second, but his fellow Welshman, the favourite Hold Court (evens – 6-5) never looked like winning.

Reilly’s Minor was the class horse in the Men’s Open, but his CV showed pulled up and refused this season when owner ridden. The ex-Warren Greatrex gelding had won at Kempton last year earning a BHA rating of 120 so didn’t even have to reproduce that form in a fairly modest race. The talented Bryan Carver took over from his veteran owner this time. Early 16’s soon dissolved and his odds tumbled to 4’s by the off. The jockey booking proved the decisive factor (sorry Alex), and he held on gamely to beat Before The War (7-4 fav)

The Conditions winner Cinevator (2’s out to 11-4) was surprisingly easy to back. A course winner on ground he likes, the 11-year-old, blinkered for the first time, ran on well to beat the luckless Winter Garden (4-5 to 7-4fav).

The ex-David Pipe trained Port Navas (7-2 to 9-2) has struggled to justify his original 41,000 euros purchase price as a three-year-old, but picked up the £150 first prize in the Open Maiden. The Court Cave gelding has obviously had his problems, but now with Teresa Clark he ran on determinedly to overhaul the favourite Redmond Hall (4-6 to 4-5)

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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 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: EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do. But there ain’t no cure for the summer time blues….”

From a song by rock and roll singer Eddie Cochran 1938-1960

We will have to find something to do until November. Royal Ascot perhaps? It’s getting towards that time when the point-to-pointers and their entourage are put out to grass so we will miss our regular pointing fix. June can be hot and it was a lovely summer evening which drew a good crowd to the Eggesford fixture at Upcott Cross, postponed from its original April date due to waterlogging. Ironically the course had been watered this time to provide good going. Well done to the Heard family.

After six successive National jockeys championships, Will Biddick will be handing over his title to Alex Edwards this year, but showed all his skills and determination in the saddle at Upcott Cross with a hat trick.

Sixteen Letters initiated the Biddick treble with an easy Hunt race victory in the colours of John Symes. This tall, rangy gelding looks a nice prospect. He is in the care of rookie trainer Claire Harris, who holds the pointing licence for the Kayley Woollacott yard.

Biddick’s other winners were each saddled by Teresa Clark. Mistress Massini, bought from Teresa’s brother Anthony Honeyball, and scoring for the third time this season, made all the running to take the Mixed Open for the Culverwells Racing Club. The seven-year-old mare ran on gamely to hold strong finishing Beat The Tide, who was giving the winner a virtually impossible 17lbs, by a fast diminishing neck.

Similar front running tactics paid off on Pancrace in the Open Maiden. This time the winning margin was 20 lengths on the hitherto disappointing seven-year-old, who put his jumping problems behind him in no uncertain terms. “He hardly jumped a fence and I had to pull him up at Trebudannon last time, but they have done a good job with him and he was foot perfect tonight,” said Biddick. A good looking son of Laveron, Pancrace changed hands for £35,000 as a three-year-old but could only finish third in a Wexford bumper for Gordon Elliott. He has obviously had his problems but certainly looked the part with more positive tactics employed here.

Will Biddick missed out on a four-timer since Stuart Penny’s chestnut mare Justu had finished runner up in the two and a half miles maiden. Sweet Lady Jane travelled from South Wales to take this event under Byron Moorcroft. This consistent six-year-old mare, owned by the rider’s partner Georgia Kerneys and trained by Kieran Price, drew clear in the home straight to win comfortably.

Gowell was backed down to 5-4 favourite to give the Cowbridge based rider a double in the Restricted, but had to give best to front running Moonlight Flyer. This Camilla Scott trained six-year-old was quickly following up his recent Bratton Down success under a positive ride from Christopher Barber. The young rider, a grandson of legendary pointing trainer Richard Barber, was giving himself an early birthday present as he turns 21 in a few days time.

Josh Newman rode his 15th winner of the season in the Intermediate as Steel Brush found the better finishing pace to head Culverwell at the last after the latter had led from the 15th fence. “He has to be produced late,” remarked trainer Keith Cumings of the winner, a good looking nine-year-old owned by Diana and Maurice Scott.

River Myth was saddled by Stuart Sampson to win the concluding Confined. The Midnight Legend mare is not the easiest of rides, but has now scored three times in the last six weeks for jockey Darren Andrews. “We came here instead of a hunter chase at Stratford on Friday,” said Terry Hamlin, who owns the seven-year-old in conjunction with John Gardener.

Funniest sight of the hot evening: Will Biddick cooling himself off after his third winner by completely submerging himself in the water trough in the paddock used to cool off the horses……….

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Tim Holt, Marilyn Sweet, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons and Alun Sedgmore

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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 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
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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RESULTS – EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE 2018

Going; Good

Hunt race (Sponsor –  Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchens)

1 Sixteen Letters (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav led four out, easily

2 Bob Along Mahler (Christopher Barber) 7-2 led til headed 14th

3 Prince of Poets (Rex Dingle) 7-2 tracked ldr til wknd 13th

3 ran; 12l; 25l;  6m 40s

Owner; John Symes; Trainer; Claire Harris

 

Intermediate (Derrick Hawkins)

1 Steel Brush (Josh Newman) 13-8 fav prog four out, led last, ran on well

2 Culverwell (Matt Hampton) 7-1 cl up til led 15th. headed & no extra last

3 Tamarstone (David Prichard) 3-1 in touch, every chance three out, not quicken

5 ran; 1 1/2l;  8l;  6m 38s

Owner; Diana & Michael Scott; Trainer; Keith Cumings

 

Open Maiden 4-6year olds (David Pipe, racehorse trainer) 2 m 4f

1 Sweet Lady Jane (Byron Moorcroft) 6-4 fav made most, went clear two out

2 Justu (Will Biddick) 7-2 chased winner, no extra from three out

3 Cottage Rose (Rex Dingle) 3-1 late hdwy, not near ldrs, fin well

7 ran; 12l; neck;  5m 39s

Owner; Georgia Kerneys; Trainer; Kieran Price

 

Mixed Open (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Mistress Massini (Will Biddick) 9-2 made all, just held on

2 Beat The Tide (Josh Newman) 5-1 held up chased wnr three out, finished strongly, just failed

3 Subtle Sovereign (Lucy Mager) 14-1 tracked wnr til 12th, behind from four out

5 ran; neck; distance;  6m 29s

Owner; Culverwells Racing Club; Trainer; Teresa Clark

 

Restricted (TT Buildings Ltd)

1 Moonlight Flyer (Christopher Barber) 9-2 made virtually all, drew clear two out, comf

2 Gowell (Byron Moorcroft ) 5-4 fav pressed wnr three out, wknd & held after next

3 Gask Ridge (Bryan Carver) 9-4 midfield, good hdwy 13th, mstk 15th, took third nr finish

7 ran; 12l; 10l;  6m 34s

Owner; Philip Cartwright; Trainer; Camilla Scott

 

Open Maiden (David Phillips Bookmaker)

1 Pancrace (Will Biddick) 9-2 made all, went well clear three out, unchallenged

2 Ohbaby (Jo Supple) 12-1 went second 14th, outpaced by wnr three out

3 Porters Lane (Matt Hampton) 7-4 fav with ldrs, hit 14th, grad wknd

7 ran; 20l; 6l;  6m 31s

Owner; White & Finn Partnership; Trainer; Teresa Clark

 

Confined (Chris Hodgson Engineering)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 6-4 jt fav prog to lead 14th, forged clear two out, readily

2 Its all or Nothing (Matt Hampton) 6-4 jt fav sn prom, chased wnr from four out, every chance til no extra two out

3 Tolkeins Tango (David Prichard) 20-1 led 7th til 14th, grad wknd

9 ran; 8l; 12l;  6m 35s

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Marilyn Sweet, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons and Alun Sedgmore

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 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
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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