REPORT: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK – SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

Chipley Park is located near the town of Wellington. Motorists using the adjacent M5 motorway will notice a 53 metres high monument at the foot of the Blackdown Hills. This was erected about 170 years ago as a tribute to the 1st Duke of Wellington, who scored such a notable away win at Waterloo. The old Duke has never actually been to Wellington, and has certainly not visited the Chipley Park racecourse because it only opened in year 2000

Spectators certainly had their money’s worth at Chipley Park on Sunday when a total of 106 runners contested the eight races. Intermittent snowflake flurries failed to deter the huge crowd. 

Six times National leading point-to-point jockey, and current Devon & Cornwall title holder Will Biddick, took the riding honours at Chipley with a treble. Despite riding a winner at Larkhill on the previous day, he also suffered a nasty fall there. He described himself as, “feeling a bit sore,” illustrating how tough these jockeys need to be.

The Biddick treble was initiated with a supremely confident ride on 14-1 outsider Imogen’s Thunder in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate event. Wendy Jarrett’s gelding, trained by Mary Tory in Dorset, was winning for the third successive time and is a likely candidate for the racecourse final of the Intermediate series.

Promising six-year-olds Raging Fire and Crown of Thorns completed a good day for the rider when successful in their divisions of the Open Maiden.

Bought at Doncaster last May, Raging Fire is a well made half brother to Welsh National winner Elegant Escape. The ex-Irish gelding is owned by Phyllis Felton (mother of trainer Mike Felton) and Teresa Dufosee. “He is a nice prospect and we will go steady with him,” remarked Lucy Felton.

Crown of Thorns was also a Goffs Doncaster purchase, and is from the family of Champion Hurdle winner Gaye Brief. Once again a patient Biddick ride paid off to the delight of his trainer Sarah Pidsley, who handles the rangy gelding for her parents Michael and Judith.  “He is such a nice horse and wants to do everything to please. I ride him out every day,” exclaimed the Payhembury based trainer.

In Arrears (Darren Edwards) battled on gamely to catch Pancrace 50 yards from the finish  in a maximum 16-runner field for the Restricted. “She didn’t handle the bottom bend and I was outjumped over the fences in the straight, but she stayed on really well,” reported the winning rider.

The classy Virak landed odds of 4-5 under Natalie Parker in a competitive Timico £1,000 Mixed Open, just outstaying Navanman. Virak is likely to try to repeat last year’s success in a valuable hunter chase at Haydock Park in February. It was good to see his trainer Rose Loxton in attendance after the nasty injuries she suffered late last year. “He is a happy little horse and Natalie gave him a great ride,” said Rose.

Millie Wonnacott steered home her mother Claire’s consistent 12-year-old Heaney in the 15-runner Novice Riders’ race. Millie, who works for the Neil Mulholland yard, was partnering her sixth career winner. Double Captain, unbeaten in his last four starts, chased the winner unavailingly up the home straight to finish second.

Another large field lined up for the Mares Maiden, where the winner Georges Legacy, given a bold ride by Kieran Buckley, was always holding his rivals up the final climb. The Joe Tickle trained mare runs in the colours of the George Searle Partnership, in tribute to her popular breeder George Searle, who died two years ago.

Another front running performance saw the Rob Hawker trained Jack Snipe making all under Shane Quinlan to beat his eight rivals in the Hunt race for the Pengelly family. This useful ex-chaser shook off the favourite Whenharrymetsally in the closing stages.  The successful Cork born rider was enjoying his 25th career victory. 

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  • Sunday 10th March 2019 Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Charlton Horethorne, Sherborne, DT9 4LJ 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01963 370260
  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Quantock Staghounds Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01278 732944
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RESULTS: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, CHIPLEY PARK, 27 JANUARY 2019

Going:  Good, good to soft in places

 

Hunt Race (Sponsor –Everys Solicitors –  John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial)

1 Jack Snipe (Shane Quinlan) 5-2  made all, ran on gamely

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 5-4 fav chased winner, no extra from two out

3 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 7-1 2nd from 15th, wknd two out

9 ran; 1 3/4l; 15l;  6m 38s

Restricted (Agrii , Hartnoll Hotel, Tiverton & Taunton Cider Company)

1 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-1 prog three out, strong challene to lead near finish

2 Pancrace (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav prom, led three out, headed close home

3 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 20-1 ran on well closing stages

16 ran; neck; 6l;  6m 43s

Mixed Open (Timico)

1 Virak (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav going well til led two out, ran on well

2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 7-2 prog to 2nd two out, kept on well

3 Don Bersy (Brian Gibbs) 7-1 led 8th til headed two out, faded

12 ran; 8l; 15l;  6m 35s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 14-1patiently ridden, prog to lead last, ran on

2 Captain McGinley (Brian Gibbs) 100-30  led 14th til headed last

3 Little Billy Boy (Josh Cameron) 20-1 prog 15th, kept on but no extra closing stages

11 ran; 4l; 4l;  6m 34s

PPORA Club Members’Novice Riders’ (Tozers Solicitors)

1 Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) 5-1 led from 14th, stayed on strongly

2 Double Captain (Naomi Sims) 2-1 fav good late hdwy, no extra from two out

3 Athreeothree (Kiana James-Thomas) 25-1 alwys handy, no extra from two out

15 ran; 3 1/2l; 4l;  6m 50s

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies Only (The Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors)

1 Georges Legacy (Kieran Buckley) 20-1 made most, stayed on well

2 Where’s Wilma (David Prichard) 7-2 chased wnr from three out

3 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav went 3rd 14th, one pace

13 ran; 5l; 7l;  6m 49s

Open Maiden

Division 1 (The Mountpleasant Inn & Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

1 Raging Fire (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav led three out, stayed on well

2 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 5-1 prom, stayed on well closing stages

3 Thestopperdunne (Kieran Buckley) 7-1 led 11th til three out, lost 2nd flat

14 ran; 4l; 5l;  6m 49s

Division 2 ( The Tiverton Hotel  & Friends of the late Robin Barwell)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav left in lead apprg three out, kept on well

2 Out the Glen (Ben Jones) 10-1 effort three out, kept on

3 Kaiden Michael (Darren Andrews) 25-1 left 3rd three out, ran on well near finish

16 ran; 6l; 3/4l;  6m 45s

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 3rd February 2019 South Dorset Milborne St Andrew,Blandford Forum DT11 0JX 1st Race 12.15pm Sec Tel No: 01258 817151
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  • Sunday 17th February 2019 Combined Services Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07437 437522
  • Sunday 17th February 2019 South Pool Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse TQ11 0LT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01548 531490
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 Countryside Alliance Club (Wessex) Badbury Rings, Nr Wimborne, Dorset DT11 9JL  1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01258 455412
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 East Cornwall Great Trethew, Menheniot, Liskeard PL14 3PZ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01579 384889
  • Sunday 3rd March 2019 East Devon Bishops Court, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1RJ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07870 737209
  • Sunday 10th March 2019 Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Charlton Horethorne, Sherborne, DT9 4LJ 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01963 370260
  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Quantock Staghounds Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01278 732944
  • Sunday 17th March 2019 Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse. TQ11 0LT 1st Race 1.00pm Sec Tel No: 01548 531490

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RESULTS: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, CHIPLEY PARK, 27 JANUARY 2019

Going:  Good, good to soft in places

 

Hunt Race (Sponsor –Everys Solicitors –  John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial)

1 Jack Snipe (Shane Quinlan) 5-2  made all, ran on gamely

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 5-4 fav chased winner, no extra from two out

3 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 7-1 2nd from 15th, wknd two out

9 ran; 1 3/4l; 15l;  6m 38s

 

Restricted (Agrii , Hartnoll Hotel, Tiverton & Taunton Cider Company)

1 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-1 prog three out, strong challene to lead near finish

2 Pancrace (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav prom, led three out, headed close home

3 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 20-1 ran on well closing stages

16 ran; neck; 6l;  6m 43s

 

Mixed Open (Timico)

1 Virak (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav going well til led two out, ran on well

2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 7-2 prog to 2nd two out, kept on well

3 Don Bersy (Brian Gibbs) 7-1 led 8th til headed two out, faded

12 ran; 8l; 15l;  6m 35s

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 14-1patiently ridden, prog to lead last, ran on

2 Captain McGinley (Brian Gibbs) 100-30  led 14th til headed last

3 Little Billy Boy (Josh Cameron) 20-1 prog 15th, kept on but no extra closing stages

11 ran; 4l; 4l;  6m 34s

 

PPORA Club Members’Novice Riders’ (Tozers Solicitors)

1 Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) 5-1 led from 14th, stayed on strongly

2 Double Captain (Naomi Sims) 2-1 fav good late hdwy, no extra from two out

3 Athreeothree (Kiana James-Thomas) 25-1 alwys handy, no extra from two out

15 ran; 3 1/2l; 4l;  6m 50s

 

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies Only (The Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors)

1 Georges Legacy (Kieran Buckley) 20-1 made most, stayed on well

2 Where’s Wilma (David Prichard) 7-2 chased wnr from three out

3 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav went 3rd 14th, one pace

13 ran; 5l; 7l;  6m 49s

 

Open Maiden

Division 1 (The Mountpleasant Inn & Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

1 Raging Fire (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav led three out, stayed on well

2 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 5-1 prom, stayed on well closing stages

3 Thestopperdunne (Kieran Buckley) 7-1 led 11th til three out, lost 2nd flat

14 ran; 4l; 5l;  6m 49s

Division 2 ( The Tiverton Hotel  & Friends of the late Robin Barwell)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav left in lead apprg three out, kept on well

2 Out the Glen (Ben Jones) 10-1 effort three out, kept on

3 Kaiden Michael (Darren Andrews) 25-1 left 3rd three out, ran on well near finish

16 ran; 6l; 3/4l;  6m 45s

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Entries: Tiverton Point-To-Point at Chipley Park on Sunday 27th January 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 Restricted Race
3rd 12:40 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:15 Intermediate Race
5th 13:50 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:25 Mares Maiden Race
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
8th 15:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Course Updates:

Sunday 27th January 2019 at 08:35

The going at Chipley today is unchanged good, good to soft. The wind blew the rain away over night and is due to drop during the morning. There is a power line down in Wellington please follow the diversion signs, you need to head for Milverton on the B3187. Postcode is TA21 OQU.

Saturday 26th January 2019 at 16:56

The Ground remains the same at Chipley. Will update fb in the morning, rain is forecast over night.

– Jess Dorse

Friday 25th January 2019 at 19:36

Russell Wescott reports the course is good , good to soft in places.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 18:55

Going update: The clerk of the course recorded the ground as good, good to soft in place today at Chipley. A lot of good horses entered should make for exciting racing, first race at 11:30.

Monday 21st January 2019 at 19:07

Near-record entries at Chipley for this Sunday 27th January, with 177 entries

8 races scheduled on “good” ground
1st race bought forward to 11.30 am

Many Trade stalls, hot and cold food and bar
Great day out for all the family

See you on Sunday

Saturday 19th January 2019 at 19:50

The going was officially given as ‘Good’ on Thursday 17th after inspection. Will keep you posted this week.

Preview extract:

This weekends Point-to-Point fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area takes place at Chipley Park near Wellington on Sunday 27th January. Eight races will be on offer with a start time of 11.30. Over 170 entries have been received.

On course facilities include bar, hot and cold refreshments, bookies, and a number of good trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £40 per car. Children under 16 go free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located off B3187, Wellington 3m, Milverton 1m, TA21 0QY.

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 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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Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point, Chipley Park, Sunday 27th January 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

This weekends Point-to-Point fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area takes place at Chipley Park near Wellington on Sunday 27th January. Eight races will be on offer with a start time of 11.30. Over 170 entries have been received. 

The races include the £1000 Timico Mixed Open race which is a qualifier for both the Timico Mixed Open final race at Cheltenham in May, and also a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Final to be held at Stratford, also in May. Notable entries include Blackwater Bramble for owner/trainer Alexandra Dunn, having already won at both the Buckfastleigh meeting, and a 20-length winner in a fast time at Larkhill this season.  This could be a bigger ask with 30 entries here, which also include the Rose Loxton-trained Virak who was a winner at Chaddesley Corbett in December under in form jockey Natalie Parker, and has nearly 200k to his credit in prize money, when running under rules. Also entered in the Mixed Open to note is the Tom Malone owned and trained recent Wadebridge winner The Last But One, a likely ride for Jo Supple. Trainer Ryan Potter is double entered with the highly rated Don Bersy who can be quirky, along with previous Cheltenham Hunter Chase winner  Foxcub. 

The opening Members race could be a thrilling finish between the two mares Whenharrymetsally who won this race last season under Matt Hampton for Keith Cumings team, and River Myth who found form when winning at Stafford Cross/Bratton Down and Upcott tracks last season for trainer Stuart Sampson. Ex National Hunt entry Jack Snipe could be the one to take the mares on, having won a Chase at Newton Abbot last June when in training with Jeremy Scott, the ten-year old gelding is now with Somerset trainer Robert Hawker.

Drumlynn is an entry catching the eye in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, having won at Larkhill being a 30 length winner that day in a Restricted race under jockey Darren Edwards, Drumlynn is owned and trained by ITV4  presenter Luke Harvey. Myoldman from the Caroline Robinson yard could be the one to challenge Drumlynn, having recently won his Restricted race at Chaddesley Corbett. Earthly Reason holds the hopes for the Big Brook team, he stays well, will enjoy the ground, and should be ready to progress from his two wins at the Trebudannon track last season.  

29 are entered for the Restricted race in which outside raiders that stand out are Highway Jewel for Welsh trainer David Gibbs, the mare duly obliged when being sent off favourite at the Ffos Las Point-to-Point track coming home the only finisher. This could be a tougher task with the Fred Hutsby-trained Kalinote entered. Kalinote won his maiden at Hackwood Park, then followed up with a 4L second at Garthope. Manhatten Mead (Paul Hamer) is the highest rated and had previously run second at this track two seasons ago, and should be respected. In Arrears ran second at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards, and Pancrace fresh from a second place at Howick in November under Will Biddick and could be the ones to fly the flag for the area. 

The Conditions Novice Riders race has attracted 23 entries and those include Dicky Bob who ran second at this track last season. Dicky Bob also holds an entry for the Larkhill meeting this Saturday, but his Dartmoor trainer Verity Nicholls, will wait on going before deciding where to run for his season’s opener. Chosen Lucky has won nine of his twelve starts to date, with an impressive recent win at Wadebridge when ridden by promising young jockey Liam Harrison. Entry One Big Love is another option for the jockey to ride and should be well respected on her second here last season when ridden by Lorcan Williams. Both Heaney from the Wonnacott team, and Double Captain (Joe Tickle) are just two others which will figure high in the betting arena, and any market support for ex Irish NH/Pointer Mr Murphy should be respected.

Cloudy Music for team Summersby stands out among the 21 entries for the Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Open Maiden race, having clocked up some decent place form in Ireland and ran a good second behind Goldbury at Wadebridge last month. Where’s Wilma for the Not So Innocent partnership is another to have run well in second at Milborn St Andrew last season, and looks to go well fresh.

In the divided Open Maiden races which follow, Banco de Logos (Dean Summersby),Raging Fire (Michael Felton), Round Robin (Christine Banks) and Freetime (Sophie Lacey) look to be the ones to follow in the first division. Whilst Snakelake Hill (Rose Loxton) Airlander (Sophie Lacey) and Skinflint (Gerry Supple) are those to catch the eye in the second division.

On course facilities include bar, hot and cold refreshments, bookies, and a number of good trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £40 per car. Children under 16 go free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located off B3187, Wellington 3m, Milverton 1m, TA21 0QY. Check out Pointingdc website for upto date info

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP : NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019

Plenty of short priced winners made it look easy for punters for most of the very long day at the showground. All good things come to an end however and the ten boards hit back in extra time when a 25-1 shot popped up in the eighth race.

The first three winners started odds-on. Course winner My King 4-5 to 1-2)
started the ball rolling in the opener, which took place just after breakfast time

It was good to see Chosen Lucky in the winner’s enclosure in the following event (PPORA Novice riders’). This useful eight-year-old was the leading area horse and leading novice pointer in 2017, but had been off the track for almost a year until last Sunday. Backed from 5-4 to 8-11, his promising 16-year-old rider Liam Harrison had to pull out all the stops to fend off Victory Mill (8’s to 4’s) on the gruelling climb to the post.

The three-runner Skinner’s Ladies Open proved easy pickings for 1-3 fav The Last But One. Jo Supple always had matters under control on this winning chaser and hurdler and he will surely mop up a few more prizes in this sphere.

I am not a great backer of odds-on shots so the first “plunge” of the day was reserved for Acadian in the Restricted. I was not alone taking 3-1 because this course winner was supported into 2-1 to share favouritism with Bridge of Spies who had also touched 3’s. In a close finish to this 11-runner contest it was more like Bridge of Sighs for me as my hopes for a slap up meal evaporated in the last few strides.

Navanman (evens / 4-5 fav) and Portrait King (11-2) set a suicidal early pace in a select field for the Men’s Open and it was to his credit that the favourite battled on gamely under his 8lbs penalty. Winning rider Darren Edwards on Honest Deed (3’s to 7-4) timed his challenge well and summed it up with a succinct “they went too fast in front”. Third placed Kernel Victor (solid 6-1) will be sharper next time.

Raddon Top is one of the best young pointers in the area and justified support (5-4 to 10-11 fav) to win his third successive race in the Intermediate under Bryan Carver. His trainer Leslie Jefford described the Getaway six-year-old as “gangly and weak last year” so further progress is likely. Don’t forget the runner up Native Gamut (12-1) who chased the winner hard over the final circuit. Awesome Tunes (3’s to 7-4) was prominent for some way and will be better for the race.

Readers of this column (both of you) will have noted my cryptic comment that Muzadel is a “winner in waiting” following his effort on this course in December. Hopefully you both dipped your bread in to the tasty 3-1 (SP 9-4) as Matt Hampton steered Muzadil home in the first Maiden.. Runner up Deise Gold (2-1 fav from 3’s) rallied gamely to get to within a neck of the certainty and deserves imminent success. I also thought that Cottage Rose, although failing to finish, (14’s to 8’s) seems to be getting the hang of things.

By now it was nearly tea time and I had waited patiently for my nap of the day. This was Cloudy Music, in the getting out stakes, and 5-2 seemed a very fair price with trainer Dean Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards in good form. 7-4 ruled at the off but the ex-Irish mare could not quite peg back the unconsidered Goldbury (drifted out to 25-1), who was given a very good ride by Natalie Parker.

The end of a frustrating day in Cornwall. Ah well, a weekend off then on to Chipley Park

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REPORT: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

 

From today’s calm, the lane’s enclosing green leads inland to a usual Cornish scene – slate cottages with sycamore between

Small fields and tellymasts and wires and poles with, as the everlasting ocean rolls

Two chapels built for half a hundred souls

 

From the poem Cornish Cliffs – Sir John Betjeman 1906-1984

 

The second Wadebridge fixture of the season attracted a large crowd to the Royal Cornwall Showground. Luckily, threatening dark clouds rolled past all afternoon, and the going remained good for the entertaining eight-race card

 

Dean Summersby was the trainer in form. Chosen Lucky set up a double for the Summersby yard with a hard fought win in the PPORA Novice Riders’ event, before Honest Deed upset the odds-on favourite Navanman in the Kivell’s sponsored Men’s Open.

 

The Little Acres Racing Club have a nice pointer in Chosen Lucky, already a multiple winner, who was returning after almost one year off. He prevailed by a diminishing neck after a lengthy battle with runner up Victory Mill (Luca Morgan). 16-year-old Liam Harrison, having his first ride for the Summersby stable, was seen to good effect on the winner. “I am based with Neil Mulholland and have ridden a winner under rules and one previous point-to-point winner(for Sally Alner),” said the promising young riderwho comes from a pony racing background. “Liam did very well and Chosen Lucky will come on a lot for this. We can probably find other Novice Riders racesfor them both,” remarked the successful trainer.

 

Honest Deed completed the double for the yard under Darren Edwards, jumping past Navanman at the third last in the Open before holding on gamely to score by a length. In fairness, Navanman was carrying a stiff 8lbs penalty and was coming back at his rival on the uphill climb to the judge. “The leaders went too fast. My horse jumped well but pecked two out,” reported the winning rider. “Honest Deed will probably come back to Wadebridge next month,” said the trainer.

 

Course form is important on this undulating track,and the progressive Raddon Top followed up his Restricted win on the showground last month in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Sue Trump’s Getaway six-year-old, bought by the owner as a foal in Ireland, and stabled with Leslie Jefford, mastered runner up Native Gamut around the bottom bend and had eight lengths to spare at the post. “He was a lot more proficient and jumped brilliantly,” said winning rider Bryan Carver.

 

The imposing chestnut Bridge Of Spies had finished second to Raddon Top here last month, and went one better in the Restricted, beating the well backed Acadian by a neck. This was a well deserved success for the small Higher Vexford yard run by George and Debbie Beilby. “He is a galloper and jumped really well,” remarked winning rider Nick Lawton. George Beilby’s day job is a Sergeant-Major in the Royal Marines at RAF Chivenor. He said, “My wife is also a nurse, so have to fit the horses in. Our daughter Kelsie has won pony racing awards and we also have the Philip Hobbs ex-chasers Monkerhostin and Captain Chris in retirement with us.”

 

My King was another advert for the horses for courses theory. A winner on this card here last year, the seven-year-old just saw off Mr Michanda to win the Hunt race under 22-year-old Kieren Buckley. My King is one of 16 pointers in training with Joe Tickle at South Molton. He related that his mother Sarah, who owns and trains the runner up, had broken her elbow riding one of his three-year-olds before Christmas.

 

The Last But One (Jo Supple) was not hard pressed to take the Ladies’ Open, starting long odds-on. Taunton based owner/ trainer Tom Malone has certainly been well involved with this seven-year-old. He said, I bought him as a store. He was placed in a bumper at Listowel, then I bought him back again. Having sold him on to win races for Paul Nicholls, I have now bought him back again. He could go to Chipley next, and then hunter chasing later in the season.” 

 

The divided Open Maiden attracted 10 runners in each section.  Deise Gold made most in the first division, but was collared by Muzadel (Matt Hampton) in the home straight. This ex-Noel Meade six-year-old joined Teresa Clark’s stable for £4,000 at Doncaster sales for owner Raymond Barrow and looks a shrewd buy.

 

The other Maiden provided a 25-1 shock as six-year-old mare Goldbury, very well ridden by Natalie Parker for her mother Tracy, stayed on gallantly to hold the Dean Summersby six-year-old Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards). “I tried to drop her in but she was so keen,” said the rider who is a pupil assistant to Paul Nicholls. 

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  • Sunday 27th January 2019 Tiverton Chipley Park, Milverton,  Wellington TA21 0QY 1st Race 12 noon

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RESULTS: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 13th JAN 2019

Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Hunt Race (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 My King (Kieren Buckley) 1-2 fav alwys prom, led flat, kept on well
2 Mr Michanda (Kiana James-Thomas) 9-4 prom, led 14th til headed flat
3 Starweld (Paul John) 9-1 just in touch til 14th, no extra
4 ran; 1l; 20l; 6m 18s

PPORA Novice Riders (Ray Davis Foods)

1 Chosen Lucky (Liam Harrison) 8-11 fav prom, led four out, ran on well
2 Victory Mill (Luca Morgan) 4-1 led til 15th, rallied under strong press flat
3 Earthmoves (Myles Osborne) 5-2 3rd from 15th, not reach ldrs
6 ran; Neck- 10l; 6m 4s

Ladies’ Open (Skinner’s Pet Foods)

1 The Last But One (Jo Supple) 1-3 fav made most, went clear three out, comf
2 Captain Sharpe (Charlotte Hawker) 10-1 tracked ldrs, took 2nd flat
3 Prince Mahler (Chloe Emsley) 9-4 every chance til wknd 15th
3 ran; 12l; 3l; 6m 7s

Restricted (Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd)

1 Bridge Of Spies (Nick Lawton) 2-1 jt fav handy, led four out, stayed on well
2 Acadian (Lee Drowne) 2-1 jt fav chased ldr from 14th, finished well
3 Dragon De La Tour (David Prichard) 3-1 prog 12th, stayed on one pace
11 ran; Neck; 2l; 6m 6s

Men’s Open (Kivells)

1 Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 7-4 prog 12th, led three out, held on well
2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 4-5 fav led 8th til three out, rallied flat
3 Kernel Victor (Will Biddick) 6-1 hdwy to 3rd 13th, outpaced three out
6 ran; 1l; 8l; 6m 8s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Raddon Top (Bryan Carver) 10-11 fav handy til led four out, easily
2 Native Gamut (Heidi Lewis) 12-1 alwys prom, chased wnr from four out
3 Druid Spitfire (Tom Chanin) 8-1 in touch til outpaced four out
6 ran; 8l; 2l; 6m 14s

Open Maiden Div 1 (Mark Upton Property Developments)

1 Muzadel (Matt Hampton) 9-4 in touch, led after two out, driven out
2 Deise Gold (Jake Bament) 2-1 fav made most til two out, kept on well flat
3 Mountain Las (Ben Jones) 5-1 chased ldrs, kept on steadily
10 ran; Neck- 7l; 6m 15s

Open Maiden Div 2 (The Nare Hotel)

1 Goldbury (Natalie Parker) 25-1 with ldrs, led three out, stayed on well
2 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 7-4 led four out, hdd next, mstk last, no extra nr finish
3 Rare Oul Times (Josh Newman) 25-1 behind til good late hdwy
10 ran; 4l; 12l; 6m 19s

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  • 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: North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, Sunday 13th January 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 Novice Riders Race
3rd 12:40 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:15 Restricted Race
5th 13:50 Mens Open Race
6th 14:25 Intermediate Race
7th 15:30 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
8th 15:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Going Updates

‪Saturday 12th January 2019 at 16:23

Saturday’s going update for the North Cornwall meeting at Wadebridge: the course had a fairly heavy shower of rain this morning which improved the surface considerably. The going remains as GOOD, but the surface is considerably more forgiving than yesterday. – Nicholas Phillips ‬

Friday 11th January 2019 at 20:24

Today’s update on the going at the North Cornwall Point to Point at Wadebridge. There’s been no change in the weather or conditions all week, so the going remains GOOD. – Nicholas Phillips

Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 16:24

Today’s update on the going at the North Cornwall Point to Point at Wadebridge is GOOD. – Nicholas Phillips

Sunday 6th January 2019 at 16:44

The North Cornwall course at Wadebridge has just been inspected by the Course Inspector, and the going has been given as GOOD.

Please remember to check your entry has been received by the entries secretary

There still are problems with the online entry system please please check with DI Kendall ( ptp sec ) your entry has registered for NCH ptp on 13th Jan. Just got back from the course and it is looking a picture – lets make sure your horse can run – Stephanie Chapman

Saturday 5th January 2019

Message from Point-to-Point Racing Company
Please be aware that we are having technical difficulties with the Online Entries system. We are working to fix this & close of entries have been extended until 2pm on Monday for all three meetings. For more info:

t.co/NNsIKBvO2C

Saturday 3rd January 2019

Work over the Xmas period has resulted in the Wadebridge course looking great ready for racing on Sunday 13th Jan. The Ladies Race has enhanced prize money plus the Big Screen relaying the racing to the shed whilst you enjoy some refreshment. Looking forward to good racing with good company

Preview extract:

The second scheduled Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge, takes place this coming Sunday 13th January. Eight races are now on offer, with the Open Maiden race divided.  A total of 87 entries have been received. The first race is off at 11.30am

The course at Wadebridge offers a huge covered barn containing hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, a huge tv screen, and a number of country trade stands. The parking is easily accessed along tarmac avenues, and there is good track-side viewing.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, max £30 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off the A39 west of Wadebridge. PL27 7JE.

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.

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Preview: North Cornwall Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 13th January 2019

Written by : Donna Harris

The second scheduled Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge, takes place this coming Sunday 13th January. Eight races are now on offer, with the Open Maiden race divided. A total of 87 entries have been received. The first race is off at 11.30am

Kivells sponsor the Men’s Open race, in which Navanman’s connections will be hoping for an early season hat-trick of wins. The gelding came home a two-length winner here at the last meeting, having won impressively at Buckfastleigh in November for trainer John Heard and in-form jockey Bryan Carver. This time he could face two new challengers, ex NH recruits The Last But One from the Tom Malone yard, and Johnathan Farrelly’s Portrait King who has won over a hundred thousand in prize money under rules. Portrait King will need to have recovered from his second place at Larkhill last weekend, and may find this race comes too soon.

The Last But One also holds an entry in the Skinners-sponsored Ladies Open race, and could be the likely favourite. Having won a hurdle race at Worcester last July, the gelding has three Chase wins to his credit when in training with Paul Nicholls. Chosen Lucky for the Dean Summersby team could also figure high in the betting, having won eight of his eleven starts to date, which include two wins at the course.

Robin de Souza, another out of the team Summersby yard, is the highest rated in the opening Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Members race. He has won five times at this track under jockey Darren Edwards, and looks to go well fresh. Trainer Joe Tickle has entered My King, who could put up a brave bid, having won his Maiden race here last season.

The Claire Wonnacott team will be hoping that Heaney will go close in the Ray Davies Foods-sponsored race for Novice Riders, having won here last February. Under jockey Millie Wonnacott, Heaney was denied a win by a short head at Buckfastleigh in November. The winner that day, Blackwater Bramble, then scored at the December Larkhill meeting, coming home by 20 lengths ahead of the field. Ex NH entry Earthmoves could be interesting for the Laura Thomas team, having won six races under rules, the ten-year-old gelding could re-kindle some form in Pointing. Entry Rockinrolldixie could well be in the mix, having won at this meeting in December for trainer Carly Mather.

Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor the Restricted race in which Dragon de la Tour could well follow up on his maiden win at this track in December for the Big Brook team. Outside raider Rien du Tout could be a danger, and was impressive when winning his maiden race at Cothelstone for the Charlotte Budd team, coming home the six length winner on good to firm going.

Whilst in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race Wind Tor could be a punters favourite, with the gelding scoring three wins for the Ed Walker team last season. Awesome Tunes is another entry for the Ed Walker team, he would be a popular winner for Cornish owner Ross Oliver, and could add to his wins at Trebudannon and Ottery. Although Mister Robbo could be the one to snatch this for outside Welsh trainer Thomas Faulkner and in form jockey Byron Moorcroft, with a season win at Howick followed up by a three-quarter length second at the December Atherstone meeting.

Finally up is the MRMU Property-sponsored Open Maiden race which has been pre divided with thirteen entered in each. In the first division those catching the eye are Deise Gold, Mujadel and Mountain Las looking to improve on their place form here at the last meeting. With Ex Irish pointer Cloudy Music, Captain Cuckoo, and Inner Loop among connections looking for progression in the second division.

The course at Wadebridge offers a huge covered barn containing hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, a huge tv screen, and a number of country trade stands. The parking is easily accessed along tarmac avenues, and there is good track-side viewing.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, max £30 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off the A39 west of Wadebridge. PL27 7JE.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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