GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SILVERTON & MID DEVON HUNTS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH 18th NOVEMBER 2018

The opening point-to-point of the season attracted a good crowd from far and wide down to Devon with plenty of “faces” ready to splash the cash against the 12 bookies. The betting ring can be described as “lively” for all six races.

Cheshire raiders landed a tidy coup with Road To Rome in the Open Maiden. It seemed quiet when the betting opened and I noted Road To Rome at 5-2 and 2’s generally. The last few minutes before the off however saw a frenzy of activity with foot soldiers up and down the line snatching the best odds. Just before the off. 7-4 became 6-4, then quickly odds-on (I noted 4-5 and 4-6, the latter price sufficing as the SP. One leading layer told me he laid a decent bet at 1-2 as the flag fell when the jolly had been wiped off nearly every board. The race is easily described, Road To Rome justifying his BHB rating of 109 to comfortably land the odds. The runner up Banco De Logos (easy to back at 3-1) chased the winner hard and is a winner in waiting.

In the four to six-year-old Maiden, Bridge Of Cally (Darren Edwards) settled as 2-1 fav, but there was money for quite a few of the 14 runners. I saw £600 to £50 each way for eventual runner up Skinflint who looked well. Robin Why Not (Will Biddick) was cut from 5’s to 3’s, Shometheway drifted from 3’s to 8’s but will certainly have his day, as will Welsh challenger Guiding Stars (10’s to 6’s) who ran better than his finishing position suggests. The eventual winner Tide Times (10’s to 7’s) is a nice Vinnie Roe four-year-old from a good yard. He was given a fine waiting ride by Jake Bament and will improve further.

Navanman was a solid 7-4 fav for the Mixed Open. He has developed into a useful pointer and won easily in the end for his new rider Bryan Carver. I thought that the runner up Prince Mahler (33’s to 12’s) ran a brave race for rider Chloe Emsley, since he was on the premises throughout the race and came back for more. There were little nibbles for Northgeorge (8’s to 13-2), O’Maonlai (4’s to 3’s) and TB Broke Her ((3’s to 5-2). Bankhall (8’s) is one for another day.

They went 5-2 the field in the eight runner Conditions Race with Horwood Lad (touched 3’s) the marginal market choice. Heaney (6’s to 11-2) and a fit looking Blackwater Bramble (solid 3’s) fought out the finish with the verdict going to the latter under John Smith-Maxwell. Heaney finished well and is sure to atone.

My first stupidity bout of the season came in the Restricted. Paddock inspection suggested that Druid Spitfire ( 9-2 / 5’s) looked ready and was a value bet. I was too timid thinking that a further 25 meetings awaited. so no bet hence a 5-1 winner squandered. There was money for the placed horses Missyladie (6-4 fav from 2’s) and Predestined (5-2 from 4’s).

The Chanin stable, successful with Druid Spitfire, followed up in the concluding Imtermediate. Broadclyst (2’s to 6-4 fav) is a promising youngster and just got home by a head from Pointview Gale (4’s to 7-2) after a ding dong battle up the home straight. Ballycahane (2’s to 9-4) had an impossible task at the weights and finished a commendable third.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News), Roger Peaple, David Strange, William Devlin 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

A handy fixture list leaflet covering the Devon & Cornwall and Wessex area point-to-points for this season is available by sending a SAE to: Claire Hitch, Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD

  • Sunday 18th November 2018 Silverton & Mid Devon Joint Buckfastleigh Racecourse TQ11 0LT 1st Race 12 noon. 
  • Sunday 2nd December 2018 Hursley Hambledon Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 11.30am
  • Sunday 9th December 2018 Cornwall Club Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE  1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 6th January 2019 Larkhill Racing Club Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 13th January 2019 North Cornwall Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE 1st Race 11.30am
  • Saturday 26th January 2019 Royal Artillery Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 27th January 2019 Tiverton Chipley Park, Milverton,  Wellington TA21 0QY 1st Race 12 noon

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REPORT AND RESULTS: SILVERTON & MID DEVON POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH – 18TH NOVEMBER 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough”

Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955

You are very perceptive Mr Einstein. It doesn’t seem long since last season. Dancing (shuffling in my case) at the area awards dinner dance in July, the hot summer, harvest time, and here we are under starters orders again. Back to the future.

THE Devon & Cornwall area hosted the earliest ever start to the British point-to-point season at Buckfastleigh on Sunday (18 November) with the joint fixture of the Silverton & Mid Devon Hunts.

Six competitive races featured a double for jockey Tom Chanin, each trained by his father Robert at Thorverton.

Tom Chanin wins the restricted on Druid Spitfire

The Chanin double was initiated by Druid Spitfire who stayed on well to take the Restricted. This sturdy nine-year-old had joined the Chanin yard in March and promptly won a Maiden at Kilworthy. He was bred by his Ashburton based owner and former trainer Elisabeth Kessler. “I wasn’t sure how fit he was today and was a bit worried when he was left in the lead a long way out. We had not been able to work on grass until last weekend,” remarked the trainer.

The Sue Trump owned six-year-old Broadclyst had to pull out all the stops to complete the stable double, holding off Pointview Gale by a head in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Tom Chanin’s mount had to survive a stewards’ enquiry after edging closely towards his rival up the run-in after the pair had drawn well clear. Broadclyst had created a favourable impression when winning the first two races of his career at Wadebridge last season, but was sidelined with a foot infection after his next outing.

Byran Carver returns to the winners enclosure on Navanman

Navanman produced an accomplished display of jumping to win the Mixed Open. The John Heard trained nine-year-old shook off a gallant challenge from the runner up Prince Mahler in the closing stages to score by six lengths under 20-year-old Bryan Carver. “He picked up well when I asked him down the hill,” remarked the rider, who is the reigning Devon & Cornwall Area champion novice jockey and now works for Paul Nicholls.

The Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds attracted a field of 14 with the finish dominated by the eventual winner Tide Times and neck runner up Skinflint (Jo Supple). Four-year-old Tide Times was making his racecourse debut for Jill Dennis and reaped the benefit of a patient ride from Jake Bament, coming from behind with a strong run to challenge at the last. The 22-year-old Barnstaple based rider has now left full time racing to join the bricklaying trade, but gained plaudits from winning connections as he schools and rides their horses. “They went quick enough and he got into a nice rhythm,” reported Bament. An attractive grey by Vinnie Roe, Tide Times was bought as an unbroken three-year-old at the Tattersalls Ireland sales in August 2017. “He could have run towards the end of last season but it was a bit too firm. He is a bit stronger and goes nicely now at home. He may be turned away now,” said the owner.

Road to Rome landed some hefty bets in the three miles Open Maiden. Backed down to odds-on favourite, the winner was always travelling strongly under Tommie O’Brien and drew clear of Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) round the final bend to score by seven lengths. Joe O’Shea trains the former chaser at Nantwich, Cheshire for owner Graham Briscoe, and was on the road in the middle of the night for the 230 miles journey to Devon. Road To Rome is by the top class sprinter Choisir and has been placed in a bumper and over hurdles and fences. He seems to stay well and could be worth bearing in mind for hunter chases in the spring.

Blackwater Bramble (John Smith-Maxwell) and Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) flashed past the winning post together in the Conditions race, with the verdict going to the fit looking seven-year-old Blackwater Bramble by a diminishing neck. “We bought him at Ascot sales in June as a family pointer. We all have great fun point-to-pointing,” explained licensed trainer Alex Dunn, based at West Buckland near Taunton. Jockey John Smith-Maxwell is the trainer’s brother, and is currently studying rural land management at Cirencester.

A good sized crowd enjoying the watery November sunshine welcomed the new season with almost seven months of point-to-pointing to look forward to.

RESULTS

Going: Good, good to soft in places

Open Maiden 4 to 6 year olds 2m 4f (Sponsor The Tiverton Hotel)

1 Tide Times (Jake Bament) 7-1 held up in rear, good prog three out, challenged on outer apprg last, just prevailed
2 Skinflint (Jo Supple) 6-1 handy, disputed lead briefly11th, effort two out, every chance til hard rdn & just held near finish
3 Shometheway (Sam Jukes) 8-1 chased clear leader til led 9th, joined 11th, soon led agn, every chance til wknd apprg last
14 ran; neck; 10l; 5mins 18secs
Owner; Jill Dennis; Trainer; Owner;;

Conditions Race (Heltor)

1 Blackwater Bramble (John Smith-Maxwell) 3-1 with ldrs, went 2nd 9th, led three out, joined next, kept on well on flat
2 Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) 11-2 tracked ldrs, good hdwy to dispute lead two out, sustained challenge flat
3 Horwood Lad (Kieren Buckley) 5-2 fav held up in touch, outpaced 15th, gradually wknd
8 ran; neck – 10l ; 6m 22s
Owner; KR & RJ Smith- Maxwell; Trainer; Alex Dunn

Restricted (Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes)

1 Druid Spitfire (Tom Chanin) 5-1 handy, left 2nd at 8th, left 2 lengths clear 15th, stayed on well
2 Missyladie (Thomasina Eyston) 6-4 fav held up, left 3rd 15th, prog & every chance apprg last, no extra flat
3 Predestined (Ben Jones) 5-2 held up, left 2nd 15th, no extra apprg last
5 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 37s
Owner; Elisabeth Kessler; Trainer; Robert Chanin

Mixed Open (Mr J Lightfoot MFH, Allington Stud, Spreyton)

1 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 7-4 fav in touch, chased ldrs from 14th, led apprg last, soon clear
2 Prince Mahler (Chloe Emsley) 12-1 jumped well, led 8th, headed apprg last, kept on well
3 TB Broke Her (Hannah Lewis) 5-2 good hdwy four out, stayed on steadily from two out
9 ran; 6l; 1 1/2l; 6m 24s
Owner; Mr & Mrs J Heard, M Heard; Mr & Mrs P Cars; Mrs J Trevarthen; Mr & Mrs D Hooper; Trainer; John Heard

Open Maiden (Stringer Equine Veterinary Practice & Richard Mizen)

1 Road To Rome (Tommie O’ Brian) 4-6 fav raced keenly, close 2nd til left in lead 8th, clear three out, ran on strongly
2 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 3-1 chased ldr from 10th, every chance til no extra under pressure from two out
3 Moonaro (Paul John) 10-1 rear, took distant 3rd flat, nearest at finish
11 ran; 7l; distance; 6m 28s
Owner; Graham Briscoe; Trainer; Joe O’Shea

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Broadclyst (Tom Chanin) 6-4 fav tracked ldrs, led after two out, strongly pressed & edged left flat. just held on
2 Pointview Gale (Josh Newman) 7-2 made most, headed after two out, rallied flat, just held
3 Ballycahane (Milo Herbert) 9-4 alwys with ldrs, effort three out, wknd after next
6 ran; head; 15l; 6m 31s
Owner; Sue Trump; Trainer; Robert Chanin

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News), Roger Peaple, David Strange 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

A handy fixture list leaflet covering the Devon & Cornwall and Wessex area point-to-points for this season is available by sending a SAE to: Claire Hitch, Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD

  • Sunday 18th November 2018 Silverton & Mid Devon Joint Buckfastleigh Racecourse TQ11 0LT 1st Race 12 noon. 
  • Sunday 2nd December 2018 Hursley Hambledon Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 11.30am
  • Sunday 9th December 2018 Cornwall Club Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE  1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 6th January 2019 Larkhill Racing Club Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 13th January 2019 North Cornwall Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE 1st Race 11.30am
  • Saturday 26th January 2019 Royal Artillery Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 27th January 2019 Tiverton Chipley Park, Milverton,  Wellington TA21 0QY 1st Race 12 noon

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Entries: Silverton & Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 18th November 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 noon 4, 5 & 6 yr old Open Maiden Race
2nd 12:35 Club Members Race
3rd 13:10 Restricted Race
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Open Maiden Race
6th 14:55 Intermediate Race

Going Update

Friday 16th November 2018, 16:29

Going is still GOOD , GOOD to SOFT in places. 
Spectators £10 per person , children under 16 free. £2.50 per race card. Forecast is looking good for the weekend .
Hope you can all come !

Wednesday 14th November 2018, 14:32

Buckfastleigh has passed course inspection today and going is now Good, Good to Soft in places.

Wednesday 13th November 2018

Buckfastleigh Racecourse is nearly ready for this Sundays racing. After the latest rain going Good to Soft. Another going update will be issued later in the week when the course inspector has been

Preview extract:

Having enjoyed one of the longest Summers for decades, It’s now time to dig out the winter woollies, welly boots and picnics as the Pointing season is about to begin.

The old historic course at Buckfastleigh is the venue for the first meeting on Sunday 18th November, which will be hosted by the Silverton & Mid Devon. There are six races on offer which have attracted 70 entries, with a start time of 12 noon.

On course facilities are hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Also offers a good disabled parking area Located at Lower Dean off the A38 and offers fabulous viewing. Postcode TQ11 OLT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free.

A full fixture list for both Devon & Cornwall and Wessex area, can be obtained by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2018/19 form from 2017/18 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2016/17 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: Silverton & Mid Devon Point to Point at Buckfastleigh 18 Nov 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

Having enjoyed one of the longest Summers for decades, It’s now time to dig out the winter woollies, welly boots and picnics as the Pointing season is about to begin.

The old historic course at Buckfastleigh is the venue for the first meeting on Sunday 18th November, which will be hosted by the Silverton & Mid Devon. There are six races on offer which have attracted 70 entries, with a start time of 12 noon.

There should be some give in the ground after the recent deluge of rain, however trainers will be hoping to have achieved enough fast work in their horses to be competitive here. One such local trainer is Claire Wonnacott who has entered previous Wadebridge and Flete winner Heaney for daughter Millie to ride. Millie is now based working at Neil Mulholland’s yard  and recently rode her first winner under rules, Ladies Dancing for Chris Down. Heaney is among the 13 entries in the Heltor-sponsored Conditions race. Honest Deed from the Dean Summersby team, could be among the entries to challenge, having held Heaney to a head second at the Upcott Cross meeting. Portrait King catches the eye, having won over 100k under rules, including a third in the Topham at Aintree. Portrait King now runs for the Woollacott team under the care of long term stable hand Neil McLean, who is now in charge of the Pointers.

The opening Maiden race for 4,5 & 6 year-olds is sponsored by The Tiverton Hotel. Robin Why Not stands out for the Joe Tickle team, who have an excellent strike rate with maiden horses. Having run second here last season, he could have the booking of area champion jockey Will Biddick, who is looking to break the all time Point-to-Point wins, the title which is currently held by Richard Burton. Bridge of Cally could be an exiting new recruit for the Dean Summersby yard, having had previous National Hunt form when finishing third in a Hurdle race under rules at Southwell last February, and will have the booking here of Darren Edwards to ride.

Seven are entered for the Royal Seven Stars Hotel-sponsored Restricted race, in which Predestined, for local trainer Gordon Chambers could go well. Predestined won his maiden here on heavy going in March and soon followed that run up with a decent second on good to soft at Flete Park, Druid Spitfire has yet to run at this course, but is bred locally by Elizabeth Kessler. He won his maiden at Kilworthy under jockey Tom Chanin, followed by a second at the Vauterhill meeting for the Robert Chanin team.

Navanman stands out in the JL Lightfoot Allingeston Stud, Spreyton-sponsored Mixed Open race, which has attracted eleven entries. A previous course winner here last season, along with a win at the Flete park meeting Navanman has been placed in all of his starts in 2018 to  date, under jockey Rex Dingle for the John Heard yard. Entry O Maonlai for the local Welch family and Hannah Welch to ride looks a promising horse to follow. He has two seconds in Hunter Chase runs earlier this season at Exeter and Newton Abbot courses, whilst in training with Alexandra Dunn.

Sixteen are entered for the Richard Stringer Equine Vet Practice & Mr Richard Mizen-sponsored Open Maiden race. Banco de Logoa is another new recruit for the Dean Summersby team for Darren Edwards to ride, he could be a likely favourite after his second in a hurdle race under rules at Towcester in March, when trained by Seamus Mullins. Outside raider Road to Rome is another to note with National Hunt form when in training with Oliver Sherwood gaining seconds earlier this year in Chase races at Bangor and Ludlow. Road to Rome is now in training with Jospeh O’Shea who is  based in Staffordshire. Moonaro is another to note. Based locally at Kingsbridge for the Edward Darke team,  Moonaro ran second at Bishops Court and Kilworthy tracks earlier this year, and would be a popular local winner. Nikki Frost wouldn’t have to travel far to this track either, and her debutant maiden Cuddle Up under jockey Josh Newman, could be a worthy each way bet.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which has attracted six entries. Ballycahane from the Nicky Sheppard (Monmouth) yard will have to defy top weight and a long journey to keep his head in front here. Although has proven to be a good stayer and has some solid form with wins at Chaddesley Corbett and Cockleburrow. Point View Gale for the Woollacott team, won his maiden at Bishops Court twelve months ago and ended last season with a win at Cothelstone in  a strong contest having made all that day. The first two past the post qualify for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate series finals to be held at Cheltenham in May.

On course facilities are hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Also offers a good disabled parking area Located at Lower Dean off the A38 and offers fabulous viewing. Postcode TQ11 OLT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free.

A full fixture list for both Devon & Cornwall and Wessex area, can be obtained by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Buckfastleigh, 1 mile from TQ11 OLT

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Buckfastleigh going update

Friday 16th November 2018, 16:29

Going is still GOOD , GOOD to SOFT in places. 
Spectators £10 per person , children under 16 free. £2.50 per race card. Forecast is looking good for the weekend .
Hope you can all come !

Wednesday 14th November 2018, 14:32

Buckfastleigh has passed course inspection today and going is now Good, Good to Soft in places. 

Tuesday 13th November 2018, 12:32

Buckfastleigh Racecourse is nearly ready for this Sundays racing. After the latest rain going Good to Soft.

Another going update will be issued later in the week when the course inspector has been . 

Buckfastleigh entries cut off extended to 5pm Monday 12th November 2018

Entries for Buckfastleigh fixture on this Sunday 18 November.

The Weatherbys On-line entries system is not operating – it was supposed to have been up and running by Friday at 5.00pm but was out of action over the week-end including today. However, the system accepts entries but when the owner pays the entry is rejected.

We suspect that several people may have entered on-line and thought their entry was accepted.

Could all owners and trainers check with the Buckfastleigh entries secretary – as entries can only be made by telephone/email to her and they may/will need to re-enter this afternoon.

Contact details: Angela Bowden – Tel: 01647 433264 Mobile: 07905 206220 Email: mdhentries@gmail.com

The PPA and the BHA have allowed entries to be kept open until 5.00pm today.

Entries for Buckfastleigh

Sunday 11th November

“Hopefully Weatherbys online entries will be up and running tomorrow but if not my phone will be red hot so please email me. Unlike Weatherbys some of us have to work on Sunday so I will not be available to answer phone till 6pm but emails are good, but please please please use an entry form and attach to email to save me having to ring back to get details that are missed.” – Angela Boyden

Saturday 10th November

If you are encountering technical difficulties with the online Weatherbys entry system please contact ASAP to enter for Buckfastleigh:
ENTRIES SECRETARY:
Miss A. Boyden
Denshams Cottage
Chagford
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ13 8HH