GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH MAY 2018

The Upcott Cross betting market exceeded the “normal” point-to-point Bank Holiday rip off prices I have seen up and down the country over many years. Well done the Devon & Cornwall layers. Plenty of faces in the ring made for a lively market.

Honest Deed (4-7 to 1-2) looked a certainty in the opener, but only just fended off the gallant Heaney (9-4 out to 7-2) by a hard fought head. Ryves Rocky was backed from early 6’s to 7-2 and ran creditably to finish third.

The 13 runner Restricted was a real puzzle. Punters made Will Biddick’s Stevenstone winner Rumour Has It favourite (2’s from 3’s) but she never looked like winning. I had a sneaking fancy for the winner Jabbea (6-1), but didn’t have a bet. He won easily. Clondaw Bunny (5-1) ran well, and the Scorpion gelding will do better next year. Raloo Rocket was friendless from 6-4 out to 4’s, but was going well when he departed two out.

The Open was more like a handicap chase. All seven runners were burdened with various penalties. I did invest in Golden Hoof to win the Open with his 6lbs extra, but my days of fighting through the crowds are over so I missed a tasty 3’s. This useful ex- Nicky Henderson beast was backed into 2-1 jt fav and easily followed up his impressive jumping display at Trebudannon. Maybe the Biddick factor helped Bistouri D’Honore (11 lbs penalty) to joint favouritism, but he was not a threat from three out. Minella Fifty (5-2) became the only serious challenger to the winner and should win before the end of the season.

Robin de Souza (10-1) was unlucky in the Novice Riders. He uncharacteristically crashed through the wing at the second last allowing front running High Hatton  (5-2 to 6-4) to regain the initiative after he had led for most of the way. His 16-year-old schoolboy rider looks very tidy. Bankhall (7-2 to 11-8 fav) was held when he had to side step the faller Thereyarsee (8-1) at the last  Alternatif (4’s out to 7’s) ran poorly again and is now off the Christmas card list. Well done the layers who went 100-1 on three outsiders in this race.

The two concluding Maiden races each went to the Barber yard. Five-year-old Serralunga (10-1) , quite a strong type, needed vintage Biddick treatment to fend off the strong finishing 25- 1 shot Buckboru, who kept on really well for 16-year-old Bruce Young to be beaten a head. In a three way finish Deise Gold (16-1) was a very close third. There was money for Robert Alner’s Truly Spoken (5’s to 4’s) and Mountain Las (also 5’s to 4’s) who each possessed good placed form.

There was a good thing in the getting out stakes run over two and a half miles. This was four-year-old Eggardon Hill (evens to 4-5 ), a good topped Doyen gelding from a successful family who fetched 38,000 euros as a three-year-old. He won by 12 lengths and Lorcan Williams had a job to pull him up. He looks destined for better things. Runner up Gypsy Charm (7-1), a nice four-year-old filly, will win races, but third placed Our Grey Boy (7-1) ran too freely.

RESULTS

Report and results from the South Tetcott meeting

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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