Preview: East Devon Point-to-Point, Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary, ‪Sunday 3rd March 2019

Written by Donna Harris

It’s the turn of the East Devon Hunt to host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Sunday 3rd March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of Noon. Over 140 entries have been received and it’s set to be another competitive days racing.

The Michael Pidsley & Son-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day and is a qualifier for the Timico final in May at Cheltenham, also a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies open at Stratford at the end of May. Bruton based trainer Rose Loxton’s entry Caid Du Berlais stands out, being a previous Hunter Chase winner at Punchestown last season, has previously clocked up some decent form under rules, and this could be a warm up for the 10 year-old gelding who holds an entry in the Foxhunter Open Hunter Chase at the Cheltenham festival. Rose Loxton holds an impressive 51% strike rate with her Pointers and is assisted by her husband Sam at their farm base. Blackwater Bramble is also among the 23 entries here, and trainer Alexandra Dunn would be looking for another bold run to add to his wins at Larkhill and Buckfastleigh. Five time Point winner Fly West is an entry for local trainer Ed Walker, he ran three lengths second at Barbury last weekend under jockey Will Biddick, who will look to take the ride again if Caid Du Berlais bypasses this meeting.

The Walker team have a good strike rate at this course and will have many chances here including recent Buckfastleigh winner Wind Tor, in the opening East Devon Associates-sponsored Members race, who would be a popular winner for owners The Otter Club. They could come up against dual Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) under the skilful hands of jockey Bryan Carver. Crown Of Thorns (Sarah Pidsley) came home an impressive 12 length winner at Buckfastleigh, having taken his maiden impressively at Chipley Park and is another option for Will Biddick to ride if not riding Wind Tor.

Crown Of Thorns also holds an entry in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race which could be a preferred option for connections, they could come up against Awesome Tunes another out of the Ed Walker yard. Awesome Tunes ran a neck second to Ballyhowe at Wadebridge under Josh Newman, who looks to be taking the ride again. Barbury November meeting winner Lily’s Got Wings(Julie Wadland) and Tree Sparrow (Camila Scott) a dual Bratton winner, are two others catching the eye in what looks to be another competitive race.

WBW Solicitors sponsor the Novice riders race, with previous course winner Dicky Bob holding an entry. He could improve on his second to Monsieur Gibraltar at Larkhill under young Tomasina Eyston. Connections of Heaney will be hoping for rain to soften the ground, he has won or been placed in all seven starts for the Wonnacott team under Millie Wonnacott, and their recent win at Chipley Park is sure to put them among the favourites here. Hello George owned trained and ridden by Nathan Vergne, had some decent NH form with a hurdle win at Newbury in 2017 when trained by Phillip Hobbs, and they could be ones to follow if he takes to Pointing.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Harris Timber Products, this has attracted entries from Raging Fire (Michael Felton) along with George’s Legacy (Joe Tickle), both won their maiden races in similar times at Chipley Park. Raging Fire under Will Biddick scored that day six lengths ahead of Minimalistic, the latter has since won in style scoring by 15 lengths at Buckfastleigh. George’s Legacy has the benefit of a weight allowance which could prove crucial up the home straight. Skinflint holds an entry for the Supple team, and could follow up on their two length win at Great Trethew last weekend if staying fresh. Journey Juice holds the hopes for the Walker team and could go close if following up on their second at Buckfastleigh, and would appreciate a sound surface.

There are two Open Maiden races, the first for four,five and six-year old sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. A Tipple Or Two has hinted at ability for trainer Caroline Keevil with a recent third at Barbury. Trainer Stuart Sampson holds two entries in this race with Susie Staples and Takeabid. Peace Plan and Sylvies Dance are two un-raced fillies from Will Biddick’s yard, with any market support should be worth noting. Will also has the option to ride Thestopperdunne for Tom Malone, and they could improve on their third to Raging Fire at Chipley Park.

Finally up is the Otter Brewery-sponsored Open Maiden race for seven year-olds and over in which among the 32 entries are Wadebridge runner-up Rare Oul Times (Ed Walker), Buckfastleigh runner-up Neetside (Jill Dennis) and Ex Irish import having clocked up two runner up places there Could Be Better ( Stuart Sampson).

This meeting usually sees the first of the spring weather drawing out picnic racegoers in their hundreds. For those wishing to sample the delights on course there will be plenty of stands offering hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of country trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Postcode EX11 1RJ.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Ottery St Mary, 1.2 miles from EX11 1RJ

BBC Travel News: Devon

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REPORT ON THE EAST CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT GREAT TRETHEW, SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

GRANVILLE TAYLOR & DONNA HARRIS

“Not long ago, one midwinter day, the sky was bright blue, not dull winter grey”

Daniel Turner, English poet, 1710 – 1798

THE highlights of some  excellent racing at this popular Cornish track was another win for Navanman, doubles for trainers Jill Dennis and Dean Summersby, plus a double for jockey Jake Bament.

Two races divided on the day resulted in an eight-race card on good going, with the sizeable crowd relishing the bright blue sky and welcome warm weather.

Navanman (8 lbs penalty)  and Honest Deed ( 4 lbs penalty)  clashed for the third time this season in the Mixed Open. This time Navanman just got the better of his old adversary after a spirited battle from the top of the hill.  “I crept up steadily round the top bend and he responded well all the way down the hill,” said winning jockey Bryan Carver. These are two of the best pointers in the area,

Honest Deed’s trainer Dean Summersby went on to land a double thanks to previous course winners Chosen Lucky and Clondaw Bunny. Chosen Lucky retained his unbeaten record for this season for the Little Acres Racing Club in the PPORA Novice Riders’ contest, partnered for the first time by Nathan Vergne. The rider, born at Poitiers in France is based with Philip Hobbs, and was riding his third pointing winner. Felicitations monsieur.

The Summersby yard is in great form at present and regular jockey Darren Edwards landed the Restricted on board Clondaw Bunny. “Darren does a great job and happily commutes up and down from Leicestershire for us virtually every week. This horse was very backward last year but I love him to bits,” said the successful trainer.

Trainer Jill Dennis introduced a useful newcomer as Famous Response, with Jake Bament in the saddle, quickened down the hill to peg back front running Dr Kananga (Danny Burton) in the Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds. “It took him a circuit to get warmed up and I only needed hands and heels at the finish,” enthused the rider.  Five-year-old Famous Response is by the late lamented Coolmore stallion Fame and Glory. ”Famous Response was bought at Tattersalls as a yearling and has needed time,” said the Bude based trainer.

The same trainer and rider had initiated their double with another newcomer, Misstree Song, in one of the divisions of the JRL Group flat race. This five-year-old mare showed plenty of speed to get the better of Exhibit A inside the final furlong. Misstree Song is owned by her breeders Sarah and Nigel Faulks. “I trained her dam who won point-to-points for us, and also her grandam,” said Sarah Faulks.

The other section of the flat race also went to a previously unraced mare, this time Ed Walker’s Rosie Present, by Presenting, who was sent clear down the hill by jockey Josh Newman.  “We bought her from Robert Chugg, but she cut her leg in the field last year. She has been hunter trialled and will probably go over jumps now but she is for sale,” explained Polly Walker.

The other race split on the day was the Open Maiden for seven-year-olds and over. Skinflint made all to win the first division, trained by Gerry Supple for owner John Gent and ridden by Jo Supple. “He was looking for company and will probably be better left handed,” said the jockey who was riding her seventh winner of the season.

A patient ride from Darren Andrews saw Kaiden Michael pounce at the second last to beat Cornflower Blue in the other division. This was a good ride by the 25-year-old jockey whose mount jumped markedly left at the last two fences. The winner is owned by Garth Whisker, who bought the Westerner gelding privately out of Tim Vaughan’s yard.

Upcoming Events

  • 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: EAST CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT GREAT TRETHEW, 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

Going: Good

Point-to-Point Flat Race – about 2 miles (Sponsor; JRL Group)

Division 1

1 Mistree Song (Jake Bament) 7-2 effort two furlongs out, led final furlong, ran on well
2 Exhibit A (B Carver) 6-1 prom, led two furlongs out, headed 1 furlong out,kept on
3 Mini Long Stocking (Darren Andrews) 6-1 disp 2nd 4 furlongs out, one pace final stages
7 Ran;1l;1/2l; 4m 2s

Division 2

1 Rosie Present (Josh Newman) 5-2 fav made all dvn out
2 Reflex Action (Kieren Buckley) 3-1 challd 3 furlongs out, no extra last furlong
3 Western Whiskey (Paul John) 13-2 every chance 3 furlongs out, ran on
6 Ran; 1l; 1/2l; 4m 24s

Open Maiden four to six-year-olds two miles four furlongs (Dawe, Hawken & Dodd )

1 Famous Response (Jake Bament) 4-1 held up in rear, led two out, comf
2 Dr Kananga (Danny Burton) 9-4 fav led 12th til two out, no extra
3 Attacotti (Jo Supple) 7-2 prom, 3rd three out, kept on
14 Ran; 6l; 6l; 5m 22s

Open Maiden seven-year-olds plus two miles four furlongs (King’s Head, Five Lanes, & Prydis)

Division 1

1 Skinflint (Jo Supple) 4-6 fav made all ran on strongly
2 Thewinnertakeitall (Darren Edwards) 4-1 2nd from 11th, effort two out, kept on
3 Deise Gold (Jake Bament) 5-2 went 3rd closing stages
8 Ran; 5l; 5l; 5m 19s

Division 2

1 Kaiden Michael (Darren Andrews) 4-6 fav held up, led two out, hung left, held on well
2 Cornflower Blue (Mervyn Woodward) 7-1 led three out, stayed on well flat
3 Robin Why Not (Tom Chanin) 5-2 alwys prom, 3rd from three out
7 Ran; 2l; 20l; 5m 25s

Mixed Open (Porsche Centre, Exeter)

1 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 11-8 led after three out, ran on well
2 Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) evens fav effort three out, challd next, kept on
3 O’Maonlai (Tamby Welch) 8-1 led 12th til three out, stayed on nr finish
7 Ran; 2 1/2l ;3l; 6m 22s

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Group Travel)

1 Chosen Lucky (Naddan Vergne) 4-6 fav led 10th, clear from three out
2 Syracuse’s Dream (Barnaby Treneer) 14-1 made most til 9th, chased wnr from three out, kept on
3 Chill Factor (Lauren Reed) 5-1 led briefly 2nd and 9th, one pace from three out
7 Ran; 3 1/2l; 18l; 6m 17s

Restricted (Jefferys)

1 Clondaw Bunny (Darren Edwards) 5-2 effort three out, held on well
2 My King (Kieren Buckley) 6-1 led to 7th,lost place, rallied three out, kept on
3 Alice’s Star (Anna Hylands) 6-1 alwys prom, led 13th til 15th, outpaced from three out
8 Ran; 3/4l; 3l; 6m 28s

Upcoming Events

  • 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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Entries: East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, 24th February 2019

Please ensure you bring the latest version of the BHA Declaration of Health Form

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
11:00 Pony Racing
1st 12:00 Flat 4-6 years old Race
2nd 12:35 4-6 year olds Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 7 years and over Open Maiden Race
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Conditions Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race

Going Update

Friday 22nd February 2019 at 09:16

The going at Great Trethew is now described as good – Sandie Newton

Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 10:19

Sandie Newton advises the going at Great Trethew for the East Cornwall Point-To-Point remains good to soft. She will further update on Friday.

Monday 18th February 2019 at 15:04

Great Trethew going update as of today, good to soft. With sunshine and a drying wind I cannot see it being anything but good by Sunday.

Preview extract:

It is the turn of the East Cornwall to host the next fixture to be held in the area, which will take this coming Sunday February 24th, at the popular course located at Menheniot, Great Trethew. Pony racing heads up the action with two pony races commencing at 11am. The main event follows at midday, with six races on offer attracting over 100 entries.

The course is a great location for a family day out to enjoy the spring weather, and an opportunity to dust off the picnic baskets, whilst watching some good race action. The course offers bar, hot and cold refreshments and food, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off the off the A38 between Saltash and Liskeard. Postcode PL14 3PZ.

Pony Racing Entries

138cm (5f ) Pony Race

1 Charlie Sprake
2 Chad Bament Ginger Wizard
3 Otis Morgan Menedh Jumping Jack Fash
4 Walter Fisher-barnett Wide Valley March

148cm (7.5f ) Pony Race

1
2
3 Tyler Heard Shotgun Minnie

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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – WESTERN & SOUTH POOL HARRIERS 2019 FIXTURES

WESTERN AT WADEBRIDGE

The original postponement and the ramifications of the equine flu regulations badly affected this fixture. The organisers deserve much credit for getting the meeting on. Not many runners though, not many punters and not many bookies.

That did not spoil the entertainment – especially for the punters who kept the faith as every favourite won.

The consistent Chosen Lucky (4-6 to 4-7 fav) proved too good for game veteran Mic’s Delight (7-4 to 6-4) in the opener. The Peter Edwards Memorial Open Maiden provided the biggest field of the day with nine runners. The hard pulling Rare Oul Times (4’s to 11-4) was just outstayed by Cloudy Music (5-4 to evens fav) after a neck and neck battle up the finishing hill.

Acadian (1-2 to 4-6 fav) had run well here last month and duly obliged in the Restricted. Runner up Alice’s Star (drifted to 16’s) stuck to her task well to finish second, but Mujadel (7-4 into 11-10) ran below par. He was well held in third.

After the six-runner Restricted the fields dried up; Robert Chanin’s Irish import Ballyhowne (4-5 to 1-2 fav) beat his sole opponent Awesome Tunes (4-5 to 10-11) in the Intermediate – but only by a neck after a protracted battle all the way up the hill.

The Last But One was the only declaration out of the five entries in the Ladies’ Open. After his stroll past the judge he was quickly re-saddled to carry a 12lbs penalty successfully in the Men’s Open. Even with Will Biddick in the saddle he made little appeal at 10-1 on. Sole opponent King of Alcatraz (3’s) was eventually pulled up after a vain pursuit.

So all the jolly old favourites had obliged, and not surprisingly the layers threw the towel in. Just two bookies left for the getting out stakes, shouting to an empty auditorium except for one man and his dog Oh yes, and me.

SOUTH POOL AT BUCKFASTLEIGH

Kernel Victor (4-5 to 4-7 fav) was backed to good money in the opener, several three figure bets recorded. Will Biddick’s mount always seemed on the back foot though and could only finish third behind Its All or Nothing (3’s to 2’s) who galloped on strongly in the testing conditions.

Favourite backers got it wrong again in the following race when In Arrears (2’s to 6-4 fav) couldn’t quite follow up her Chipley Park success. Wind Tor (4’s in one place into 9-4) kept on well to hold the late challenge of Jabbea (6’s to 9-2). I felt that this was a strong Intermediate and the form looks solid. Just for the record, we can keep an eye out for the unplaced trio Sixteen Letters (7-2), Tamarstone (12’s) and Second Captain (33-1).

After that the 14 layers took a bashing with well backed favourites rolling in. Master Baker (8-11 fav touched 4-6) put a stop to the weekend frolics of The Last But One (11-10) who couldn’t quite add to his Wadebridge double 24 hours earlier.

Minimalistic (11-10 to 4-6 fav) drew right away to win the Confined Maiden. He is sure to win again. The runner up Merchant House (7-2 to 5-2) lacked experience but is a good sort who will win races. Banco De Logos (4-1) was well held in third, and has failed to build on his good run behind Road to Rome (has won six times since) on the opening day of the season. He needs to up his game.

The punting bonanza continued as jumping debutant Isla’s Dream (evens to 10-11 fav) beat the experienced Neetside (5’s to 6’s) in the Mares Maiden despite running green. A 33,000 euros purchase, Isla’s Dream no doubt has a longer term future under rules.

Crown of Thorns (evens to 4-6 fav) stayed on strongly to win the Restricted. He was not hard pressed to follow up his Chipley win, and is beginning to look a shrewd purchase out of the Gigginstown draft at Doncaster sales last Septembert. Runner up Journey Juice (8’s to 7’s) is capable of picking up a similar race.

Anyway, the form book held up well so Chipley losses were regained with interest. Champagne to drink instead of beer.

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PPA: Procedures to be carried out at point-to-points in respect to Equine Influenza Precautions (21st Feb update)

Update as of 21 February 2019

Note: The East Cornwall at Great Trethew will be expecting the new version of the forms to be completed!

The following provides an explanation of what action is being taken in relation to recent outbreak of equine influenza (EI).  All fixtures are working hard to make it as painless as possible for everyone, and you are all asked to show patience and assist in every way if asked.  At the end of the explanation is a list of Frequently asked Questions and their answers for your interest.

Requirements

The New BHA Requirements to combat EI are:

  • Vaccination.  BHA has ordered that no declarations will be accepted from horses that have not been vaccinated in the previous six months.   This requirement will be in place until further notice.  Please note that the normal stipulation that the vaccination must not have been given on the day of racing or any of the six days prior to the day of the race as according to Regulation 36 (ii), still applies.
  • Declaration of Health.  BHA has ordered that on arrival at the racecourse, the responsible person (Owner, Keeper or Authorised to Act) must provide the following for all equines on board before the ramp can be lowered:
  • The horse’s passport with proof of vaccination and date
  • Confirmation that they have taken the horse’s temperature that morning and provision of that temperature
  • A signed Health Declaration form – new version as of 21 Feb 19 (see link)

This is the Owner’s responsibility.  He does not require a vet to carry out the health checks before making the Declaration
The Fixture will have a fool proof system in place to ensure that this is enforced rigorously.  NB it is recognised that all courses are slightly different in layout and will take different approaches accordingly.
This will apply to all equines including companion horses/ponies, pony racing, Hunt horses and horse catchers, and any other activity programmed.  Fixtures running events/races which are not under BHA auspices (Charity races etc) must still comply with the above
Penalties for failure to comply are currently under discussion, although Regulation 38 already lays down the fines for failure to provide accurate Vaccination requirements

Procedures for Fixtures

Key points

  • There are numerous ways to carry out the procedures, and there is no right or wrong solution
  • System should be easily understandable by all so someone can stand in at short notice
  • Numbers required will depend on how great the number of horses and boxes which come.

Owners/Keepers

The Owner/Keeper must ensure that the following is done in line with BHA Directive (attached):

  • The Vaccination dates in passport comply with new requirements
    • It is 6 calendar months inclusive to the day.  EG if vaccination was on 23 Aug you can run on 23 Feb.
    • As before the vaccination cannot have been during the 6 days previous to racing.  In other words if you want to run on a Saturday you cannot have had an injection after the previous Saturday
  • The Health Declaration Form is properly filled in including Horse’s temperature taken that day and signature of owner/keeper/authorised to act.
  • Fully comply with the systems put in place by the fixture to comply with the BHA requirement

The Owner/Keeper should ensure that the following is done:

  • All lorries should be washed out and, ideally, disinfected between all journeys
  • Allow sufficient journey and arrival lead times to assist in facilitating the BHA Arrival checks
  • Everyone involved with the horses should change into in clean clothing to attend each meeting in order to minimise risk of contamination etc

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What extra staff needed?  Up to Fixture, and obviously dependent on number of horses, but evidence seems to indicate that you will need at least:
    • One extra vet depending on numbers of horses
    • One extra Declarations Clerk possibly two depending on number of horses
    • A runner depending on how procedures set up
    • Someone to keep close control of water usage in winning enclosure
  • Further biosecurity Requirements?  Whilst there are no further biosecurity measures to put in place by Fixtures, the BHA Chief Veterinary Officer is keen that common sense prevails and everyone puts in effort.  In particular he highlighted:
    • Boxes being washed between trips when shared.
    • Those involved with horses wear clean clothing to pointing

I think it makes sense to emphasise this in your letters to the owners and trainers.

  • Horse’s Temperature?  It should not be above 38.5 degrees.
  • Vaccination Date Definition.  It is 6 calendar months inclusive to the day.  EG if vaccination was on 16 Aug you can run on 16 Feb.
  • Who Can do the Checks?  BHA have put out new directive on vaccination checks, which directs that these are to be carried out by a designated Declarations Clerk.  A vet must be in the vicinity to answer any queries as they arise.  The responsible person must state date last vaccinated and that will be noted on the Health Declaration form by the Declarations Clerk, who is based at the designated spot, not necessarily at the Declarations Tent.
  • What to do with Health Declaration Forms?  All Health Declarations Forms must be posted in one bunch to the BHA Office after racing, stating at which point to point they were collected, as at bottom of BHA Directive.
  • How long will this go on?  These measures are being reviewed by the BHA on an ongoing basis.  However, it is probably sensible for all fixtures to plan to use them for this season.
  • Horsebox?  All horses within a box must comply.  If one does not, the box gets turned away.
  • Companion Horses/Ponies?  Companion horses must fully comply, which means, if they have not been vaccinated before, they will need two injections, the last of which must have been within six months.
  • Water and drinking buckets in paddock?  Water for cooling down and drinking buckets should be kept separate in the paddock/winning enclosure, box park etc.  This includes drinking buckets not being dipped in troughs, and of course they should be disinfected between races.
  • Horse Ambulances?  Racecourses have not been asked to carry out any different procedures than normal but regular disinfecting is important
  • Scanning horses?  There is no need to scan horses.

Preview: East Cornwall Point-to-Point, Great Trethew Sunday 24 February 2019


Written by: Donna Harris

It is the turn of the East Cornwall to host the next fixture to be held in the area, which will take this coming Sunday February 24th, at the popular course located at Menheniot, Great Trethew. Pony racing heads up the action with two pony races commencing at 11am.

The main event follows at midday, with six races on offer attracting over 100 entries. These include a competitive maiden Flat race for four, five and six-year olds which is sponsored by JRL. Attracting 25 entries this race could well be divided on the day. It looks highly competitive, with recent Barbury runner-up So Socksy (Ben Clarke), Irish imports Exhibit A for the Tracey Parker team, and I Prefer Diamonds for team Chanin, along with Peace Plan(Will Biddick) and Mini Long Stocking who could benefit from a low weight for trainer Joe Tickle.

Next up is the Dawe Hawken & Dodd-sponsored Open Maiden for four,five and six-year olds in which Spring Break from the Will Biddick yard could improve on his third at Barbury. Also entered is Dr Kanaga who could follow upon his maiden flat win at Ffos Las point-to-point course for trainer Ben Clarke. Takeabid is an interesting entry for the Stuart Sampson team, being related to Call Me Sid, Fishy Story and River Myth, and could be a horse to follow for the future.

Prydis and The Kings Head sponsor the Open Maiden race for seven year-olds and over, and one to keep an eye on in the betting arena is Deise Gold for Cornish trainer Jill Dennis, the mare has clocked up some close seconds in Maiden races this season and should get her head in front soon for owner Caroline Furze. They could come up against Skinflint from the Gerry Supple team who ran second to Tide Times at Buckfastleigh in November, also Rare Oul Times (Ed Walker) half length second at Wadebridge last weekend who may find this race comes to soon, as could Thewinnertakesitall (Dean Summersby) who finished third in the same race at Wadebridge.

The feature race of the day is the Mixed Open sponsored by Porsche of Exeter, who will have their large stand and a number of cars on show at the event. Entry Navanman for the John Heard team has already come home in front, with wins at both the Buckfastleigh meeting in November and the Wadebridge December meeting under jockey Bryan Carver. Navanman could come up against Jack Snipe (Robert Hawker) who is equally rated and has won four Chase races under rules when in training with Jeremy Scott, and started off this season’s campaign with a Hunt Members win at Chipley Park. Honest Deed (Dean Summersby) and Heaney (Claire Wonnacott) are also sure to be well fancied after their decent recent outings Wadebridge win for Honest Deed and Chipley Park for Heaney, both were seen in a dual at Upcott Cross last May with a head dividing the two.

Heaney is also entered in the Group Travel-sponsored Conditions race for Novice riders for Millie Wonnacott to ride. Here they may have Chosen Lucky to contend with among the twelve entries. Chosen Lucky has already clocked up two impressive wins this season at Wadebridge under talented young jockey Liam Harrison, and also won this race last season here when ridden by Bryan Carver. It could prove to be another competitive finish if the two are among those battling out the finish.

Finally up is the Jefferys-sponsored Restricted race in which Chipley Park maiden winner Raging Fire (Michael Felton) looks progressive having stormed home at Chipley Park under Will Biddick, coming home three lengths ahead of Minimalistic that day who has since won comfortably at Buckfastleigh. Also the two Joe Tickle-trained entries stand out, another Chipley Park winner George’s Legacy and My King after his Wadebridge win.

The course is a great location for a family day out to enjoy the spring weather, and an opportunity to dust off the picnic baskets, whilst watching some good race action. The course offers bar, hot and cold refreshments and food, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to course is £10 per person (to a max of £40 per car load) with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off the off the A38 between Saltash and Liskeard. Postcode PL14 3PZ.

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REPORT ON THE WESTERN POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success”  – Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, American speaker & inspirational writer.

The organisers of the Western Hunt meeting certainly needed all of those traits to carry out their fixture against considerable odds. A postponement from the previous week, plus getting caught up in the equine flu stipulations caused what I would describe as extra hassle. Very well done to them for getting their fixture on.

TOM MALONE’S seven-year-old gelding The Last But One achieved the unusual feat of winning two races at Wadebridge on Saturday, (16 Feb) where the card also featured a double for the Dean Summersby yard.

This Cornish fixture had suffered from a week’s postponement due to the equine flu stoppage. Other measures introduced at a late stage by the BHA designed to safeguard further flu problems meant that only horses vaccinated for equine flu in the last six months could run.

In consequence of this, there was a scarcity of runners at the showground. The Last But One walked over for the Ladies’ Open partnered by Jo Supple– ironically the last but one race- before the gelding turned out immediately afterwards to beat his sole opponent King Of Alcatraz for the Men’s Open prize.  This time champion jockey Will Biddick was in the saddle, having elected to come to Wadebridge instead of a (winning) hunter chase ride at Haydock Park.

Dean Summersby, who trains on the Devon and Cornwall border near Launceston, saddled the first two winners on the card. The progressive Chosen Lucky (Liam Harrison) was not hard pressed to take the opening Conditions race at the main expense of front running Mic’s Delight (Millie Wonnacott) . “Chosen Lucky has been working like a demon,” enthused the trainer, who went on to take the nine- runner Open Maiden with Cloudy Music. This six-year-old mare just outstayed Rare Oul Times on the climb to the judge. Owned by John and Sonia Gardener, Cloudy Music was bought at Doncaster sales last May, but life had not all been plain sailing for her. “I spent the night in her stable when she got cellulitis in September and it was touch and go for a while,” said Summersby.

The closest finish of the day came in the Intermediate with Ballyhowne just fending of Awesome Tunes by a neck under Tom Chanin. Bought at Ascot sales last December by his trainer Robert Chanin, the ex-Irish gelding runs for the newly formed Stone Valley Racing Club. “He was very keen and pulled his way to the front on the top bend,” explained the rider who was partnering his third winner of the season.

A possible Chanin family double was thwarted as Alice’s Star finished runner up to Acadian in the Restricted. The winner had run well on this track in January and was giving a winning ride to Lee Drowne, whose partner Heidi Lewis trains the nine-year-old at the yard they share near Boscastle. “Acadian never stops trying and is brilliant to deal with,” reported Heidi, who also takes the rides on some of the five pointers in the yard.

Upcoming Events

  • 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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REPORT ON THE SOUTH POOL HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH – 17TH FEBRUARY 2019

 

GRANVILLE TAYLOR and DONNA HARRIS  

“Late February days, and now, at last might you have thought that winter’s woe was past   

William Morris, poet  1834-1896

THE South Pool Harriers meeting featured three separate riding doubles on the testing Buckfastleigh track, where race times in excess of seven minutes proved the norm on the soft ground. Jockeys Jo Supple, Will Biddick and Josh Newman farmed the six-race card between them.

It is good to see Jo Supple in top form this year after sustaining injuries from a bad fall at the end of last season. She was quickly on the mark here thanks to It’s All or Nothing, who took the opening Hunt Conditions race in good style. Okehampton based owner/trainer Charlotte Rowe is now looking for a hunter chase for her popular ten-year-old grey.

The reigning Devon & Cornwall area lady champion jockey went on to ride her sixth winner of the season by taking the three-runner Westcountry Champion Chase on Janet McCullough’s useful Master Baker. Trainer Lisa Jefford rides this gelding out every day and said, “He is so good and nothing can go with him at home.” The ten-year old will go hunter chasing again, but an imminent flu jab now beckons to comply with the recently changed BHA regulations.

Will Biddick chased Master Baker all the way on The Last But One. Tom Malone’s gelding just failed to achieve a unique third win of the weekend, having easily won a two-runner race plus a walk over on the previous day at Wadebridge.

Biddick went one better on another Tom Malone charge, five-year-old Barbury Castle bumper winner Isla’s Dream, who made a winning debut over fences in the Jockey Club Mares Maiden. “She will improve so much and was very green,” remarked the rider. This left the Taunton bloodstock agent rubbing his hands in glee. He had bought his fine prospect at Fairyhouse sales as a three-year-old for 33,000 euros .She jumped well and led all the way. to hold the strong challenge of Neetside (Jake Bament).

Crown of Thorns followed up his Chipley Park success to seal Will Biddick’s double and provide him with his eighth winner of the season. The well made gelding pulled well clear of his nine rivals from the top bend to win the Restricted. The Sarah Pidsley trained six-year-old had started odds-on and was given a typically smooth Biddick ride to beat Journey Juice by 10 lengths. A shrewd purchase out of the Gigginstown (O’Leary) empire at Doncaster last September, Crown of Thorns now runs in the colours of Michael and Judith Pidsley. Daughter Sarah has her eye on the East Devon Hunt race at Ottery St Mary next month.

Josh Newman was the other jockey in top form. This Cheltenham festival winning rider (National Hunt Chase in 2014) was seen to good effect on Wind Tor who stayed on well to beat a strong field for the Intermediate. Ed Walker trains this improving mare for the six members of The Otter Club. ”She was really on song today and her jumping was excellent,” reported the rider who rides out regularly for the Harry Fry yard.

Local trainer Nikki Frost supplied Newman’s other winner, Minimalistic, owned by Edward and Susan Darke. The fast improving seven-year-old drew right away from his rivals down the hill to score impressively in the Confined Maiden. “He was a bit sharp when he came to us but has lots of potential,” remarked the trainer, who has earmarked a return to this course for the Dart Vale Members race next month.

Upcoming Events

  • 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: SOUTH POOL HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT, BUCKFASTLEIGH, 17TH FEBRUARY 2019

POINT-TO-POINT RESULTS

Going: Soft

Hunt Conditions (Hassall Law Ltd Kingsbridge)

1 Its All or Nothing (Jo Supple) 2-1 led 14th, kept on strongly

2 Norman Conquest (Tom Chanin) 8-1 led early, rallied two out, not catch wnr

3 Kernel Victor (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav moderate late hdwy, not challenge ldrs

5 ran; 5l; 1/2l;  7m 6s

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Wind Tor (josh Newman) 9-4 led to 7th & agn from 14th, stayed on well

2 Jabbea (Nick Lawton) 9-2 good hdwy 3 out, challd last, no extra

3 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav hdwy three out, 3rd when mstk last

6 ran; 2 1/2l; 6l;  7m 20s

 

Mixed Open – Westcountry Champion Chase (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd)

1 Master Baker (Jo Supple) 8-11 fav made all, stayed on strongly

2 The Last But One (Will Biddick) 11-10 chased wnr, no extra apprg last

3 Goulanes (Solomon Wood) 8-1 lost touch 10th

3 ran; 2 1/2l; dist

 

Confined Maiden Horses & Geldings only  – 2miles 5 furlongs (Luscombe Maye)

1 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 4-6 fav led 12th, soon clear, easily

2 Merchant House (Jo Supple) 5-2 went 2nd apprg last, no chance with wnr

3 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 4-1 went 2nd 13th, no extra from two out

6 ran; 15l; 12l;  5m 54s

 

Open Maiden – Mares & Fillies only (The Jockey Club)

1 Isla’s Dream (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav made all ran on well

2 Neetside (Jake Bament) 6-1 strong chall two out, kept on

3 It’s A Mugs game (Kieren Buckley) 10-1 in touch til outpaced 15th

5 ran; 2l; dist

 

Restricted (Moorland Timber, Ipplepen)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav stealthy prog 14th, led three out, soon clear

2 Journey Juice (Josh Newman) 7-1 led 5th, kept on steadily

3 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 7-1 stayed on closing stages

10 ran; 10l; 5l;  7m 11s

PONY RACING RESULTS

138cm 6 furlong open race

1 Taylor Fisher, Clear The Track.
2 Jack Dace, Dillans Girl
3 Billy Broomfield, Wee Antony
4 Kelsie Beilby, Veno Star
5 Ruby Fisher-barnett, Wide Valley Spiderman
6 Evan Hughes, Pennway Angharad
7 William Dunlop, Talponciau Perfect Print
8 Artemis Morgan, Menedh Jumping Jack Flash
9 Bruce Vaughan, Reylem Eastern Sunrise

148cm 8 furlong open race

1 Daniel Ellis, O’flynn’s Daughter
2 Megan Bevan, Motor Edd
3 Ivor Herbert, The Mumbler
4 Kelsie Beilby, Shotgun Minnie
5 Talor Hopkins, Don’t Tell Dai
6 Charlotte Summersby, Weebumbee