Entries: Exmoor Point-To-Point and Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
12:00 Exmoor Conditions pony races

Pony Championship finals

1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 8 year olds and Up Conditions Race
6th 16:55 5 year olds and Up Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Following the rain earlier this week, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 8.00pm Saturday 01/06/19)

Looking forward to National Pony Racing Championship Finals 12.00 noon and Point to Point 2pm at Bratton Down on Sunday.

We have had over an inch of rain on the course this week. The ground has absorbed the moisture well, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 4.00pm Friday 31/05/19)

The Course Inspector has just walked the course in the rain and given the current going as Good to Firm. ( Updated 6.00pm Wednesday 29/05/19)

The going at Bratton Down is Good to firm. We had 8mm of rain on Sunday which has eased the going. More rain forecast for this week. As always agri-vator on standby. (Updated 7.00am Monday 27th May)

Update on Bratton Down – It is currently raining at Bratton Down, with more forecast. ( Sunday 26th May 9.00am)

The course is looking well. The agri-vator was used 3 times before racing on 19th and again after. Although the going was given as firm it rode as good to firm, on the consistent good old Bratton turf. Light rain is forecast for the weekend and more early next week. All bends will be moved out onto fresh ground. The agri-vating and grass cover will allow maximum advantage of the heavy dews and rain to come. The agri-vator will be used again should the forecast be wrong. ( Wednesday 22nd May 9.00pm)

Preview extract:

A total of 82 entries have been received for this meeting where it’s the turn of the Exmoor Hunt to host. Pony racing heads up the action with the Exmoor Conditions race sponsored by Teapes Tyres at 12 noon. Followed by The Fergal O’Brien & Treehouse Sporting Colours-sponsored Pony Championship finals. The main six race card follows at 2pm.

The course offers a lovely picturesque backdrop view of Exmoor, together with many trade stands which offer items such as antique trinkets to country clothing and art décor. A large beer tent, together with hot and cold food and refreshments. Plenty of bookies offering value bets on the day, and an Ice cream van to enjoy an afternoon treat in the summer sunshine. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Check out the pony racing website ponyracingauthority.co.uk for further information.

Pony Racing Entries

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
2 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
3 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The opening B Thorne & Son Agric Eng-sponsored Members race has only a few entries, Kapricorne (Rebecca Branton) a 15 length winner at Trebudannon in April, and won at this course last June when coming home the 70 length winner. Debutant entry Miss Tiggy Winkle may be in need of the run, whilst Gunner Vic has failed to complete this season and was a distance behind Kapricorne last season when the two met.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
2 *968/8p-1 CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) 35+ Kieran Price
3 21-6226p GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
4 u2u-5512 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
5 323231-f3 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 33 Byron Moorcroft
6 1p2dpu-p TUCKS BERGIN (IRE) 34? Alan Rhead
7 /pp-sp21 VINCS VINNIE (IRE) 35+ Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Vincs Vinnie (Ed Walker) for leading National gentleman jockey Will Biddick, looks to be the likely favourite in the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, having battled on well to win at Trebudannon. Gerties Garter is another entry from the Ed Walker team and could go well if following up on his seconds at Ston Eston and Bishops Court. Lure de Pres looks an interesting entry, having won his maiden by a neck at Badbury under jockey Nick Lawton, following up that win with a head second to Goldbury at Flete Park under Bryan Carver for the Mike Vanstone team.

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Race 3 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 2-32p332 ALLIE BEAG 37? Alan Hill
2 4524623p BANKHALL (IRE) 38 Emma Jones
3 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
4 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
5 11/*ppp-2p CINEVATOR (IRE) 40? Ella Pickard
6 6p1-p134 COURT DISMISSED (IRE) 37? Alan Hill
7 *3330-1314 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne
8 32-1u632d ITS ALL OR NOTHING 41 Charlotte Rowe
9 3-6743214 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
10 044-36111 PURPLE ‘N GOLD 42 Leslie Jefford
11 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown
12 1/2-45113 THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 42 Will Biddick
13 *0-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

13 are entered for the Bray Lino-sponsored Ladies race which could be another thriller on the day with dual Flete winner There’s No Panic for Ella Orrtewell, and a winner of three straight wins this season is Purple’N Gold under Millie Wonnacott heading the field. The two young jockeys have had an excellent season so far, both enjoying the winners enclosure and not afraid to set the pace.

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Race 4 – Mens Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
3 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
4 72251313 DANDAN (IRE) 40? Francesca Moller
5 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
6 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
7 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
8 21u12212 GINGILI 40 Jonathan Farrelly
9 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
10 p6115-211 HIGH HATTON 41 Jonathan Tudor
11 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
12 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
13 R0-f1f211 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 38 Luke Price
14 -83u35223 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
15 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
16 p-p5p3252 NAMAKO (FR) 39 Alan Hill
17 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
18 1-2p12221 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 43 Luke Price
19 p1111-121 SPENCER MOON (IRE) 44 Luke Price
20 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race looks to be the feature of the day at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 2nd June, having attracted 20 quality entries. These include the two Luke Price-trained stable stars, Spencer Moon a previous Hunter Chase winner at Fontwell and subsequent 20 length winner at Monmouth in February. Also Ramble On, who under Byron Moorcroft won the Mixed Open last weekend at Kingston Blount. Jonathan Tudor is another outside raider who holds two entries in the Men’s Open with Desert Roe who defied top weight to beat Jack Snipe at Cothelstone last weekend, also entry High Hatton who under Jack Tudor took the Members Conditions race here at the last meeting. Fly West (Ed Walker) could fly the flag for the area, with a cut in the ground and could improve on his nose second to Hawkhurst at Bitterly.

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Race 5 – 8 Years old and up Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 u20-22121 BLAZING TOM 41 Jonathan Tudor
3 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
5 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
6 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
7 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
8 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
9 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
10 3/-u6321 GERSJOEYCASEY (IRE) 39 Karen York
11 f-645343 GET RHYTHM (IRE) 35 Tim Sleath
12 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
13 -p3f11f2 HOLY WATER (IRE) 36 Luke Price
14 4p/-p4p3f HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
15 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
16 3pp5-ppp KALASTAR (IRE) 21? Elizabeth Scott
17 33-333115 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
18 p42-332p1 LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
19 pp-43113p MILBERRY (IRE) 35 Norman Mitchell
20 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
21 54f-54532 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
22 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
23 *pp-0p2p1 REDKALANI (IRE) 41 Vivian Lloyd
24 3-p337f63 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Sam Holdsworth
25 -u904231 VAILLANT CREEK (FR) 40 Abbie Myers
26 0/-upRf45 WHITE CHIEF (IRE) 24 Antony Burks

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Kernal Victor and Lawsons Thorns catch the eye among the 26 entered for the Conditions race which is sponsored by the Kingdon Family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Kernal Victor won impressively at Cherrybrook coming home the eight length winner that day and then a 10 length victor at Upcott Cross. A cut in the ground could help him bounce back from his defeat at Trebudannon. Lawsons Thorns came home the ten length winner at the last meeting here and could be another winning combination for trainer Mike Vanstone and jockey Bryan Carver. Outside previous winning raiders Blazing Tom and Desert Roe for team Tudor, should both figure high in the betting if turning up here, also the Luke Price entry Holy Water after his wins at Pyle and Lydstep under Byron Moorcroft.

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Race 6 – 5 year olds and up Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 9/p/34p-4p BABY SHERLOCK 30? Roy Smith
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
4 -p3 CHIPS FOR FREE (IRE) 12 Joe Tickle
5 *37/87/- DIAMOND REGGIE (IRE) Michael Bowen
6 pfp-4 GEE PEE 16 Phillip York
7 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
8 //-pp2234 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 23 Jason Warner
9 6346-fpu2 LITLE BRIAN (IRE) 28 Callum Griffiths
10 42p2p4p2 LONG MILE ROAD (IRE) 28 Jason Warner
11 *505-832 MARKMYWORD 25+ Joe Tickle
12 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
13 -2p2 QUICK REMARKABLE 22 Jonathan Tudor

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Finally in the Open Maiden race which is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate, the Getaway-sired gelding Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) could battle out the finish with the Joe Tickle-trained Markmyword who have both finished runner up in recent meetings. Any market support for Quite Remarkable and Little Brian should also be respected.

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Stratford Hunter Chase night preview

Darran Pearce’s preview of the Stratford Hunter Chase night. 

We finally get to the end of the Hunter Chase season with the big evening at Stratford. 6 Hunter Chases including the John Corbet Cup, the Stratford Foxhunter and the only handicap Hunter Chase of the season. There is also a point-to-point bumper to end the card. Now the ground they are giving as good with it set to be 22 and breezy tomorrow, but they have been well known to over water for this meeting and last year was a new low in that regards. Horses were finishing as if it was heavy winter ground which was crazy and I don’t think the trainers were happy about the fact it had been so well watered for the pro card on the Saturday. Hopefully they have got it right this year and it is good ground likely to go on the quick side.

Bullsempire – Has two squiggle’s next to his name in the pointing formbook and an unlikely winner.

Classic Ruler – Won his bumper by 15L but the time was 12 seconds slower than the other division. Didn’t look the strongest heat either, but the fact he is proven in a bumper counts for something in this race.

Daranova – Has been really well backed the last twice and does seem like 2m might suit him. I suspect he won’t be good enough, but he has a shrewd trainer so a bold showing wouldn’t be a massive surprise.

Neil The Legend – Well beaten in 2 bumpers before winning over 2m4f. Jumped poorly next time and probably didn’t stay over 3m.

Rivercourt Guy – Clearly wasn’t staying the trip and then suddenly bolted up over 3m at Garthorpe earlier in the month. Could also be the case that the penny has finally dropped and could well go close for Caryto Des Brosses connections.

The Garrison – Was stuffed by Earth Leader 2 starts back which was his first completion and then was beaten 5L last time. Would be a surprise if he was good enough.

Eqqus Gold – Well backed at Barbury but winning time was 8 seconds slower than race Mount Nelly was a close 3rd in. Form doesn’t look at special, but again has at least proven himself in a bumper.

Courtly Love – I wonder if connections tried asking to see if they could use her real name. Anyway she looks to have plenty to find on her form so far although maybe she has a hole in her given she has the first time tongue-tie.

Love Around – Is quirky and her maiden win came when she was left alone. Had 12 starts and looks exposed.

Morning Smiles – Finished upsides Courtly Love last time and looks to have plenty to find.

Mount Nelly – Run in both Exeter and Aintree’s version of these bumpers finishing 4th and 6th. Ran well enough and connections go for the hood. My initial thinking was to oppose her, but having gone through the form this looks pretty weak and she wouldn’t be out of this.

Feodora – The official pointing website doesn’t put the whole video up of races so I haven’t seen the whole event, but from what I did see you would do well to see a worst round of jumping. She was really bad jumping out to her right and being really slow over her fences. Even then she still nearly won although it was a 3 runner race. She clearly has an engine though and did go off 1/3. Connections know the time of day with their youngsters and with no fences in the way she should be capable of showing much better.

Petit Petard – Was 13th of 14 when miles behind Equus Gold on debut at Barbury and then got herself miles behind a month later before flying home to win cosily in the end. She would have been a huge price in running she was that far behind. The concern is she does that again here and she might not get away with it round this tight track, but a good jockey has been booked and the penny clearly finally dropped last time.

Summary – This looks a pretty weak heat and the first up bumper winners have to be respected even though they didn’t do great times and Mount Nelly has to have a chance as well. I am though going to take a chance on 3. Feodora is going to be the main pick as she clearly has an engine, comes from a good yard and will do better with no fences in the way. I know Petit Petard has a lot of ground to make up with Equus Gold on Barbury running, but I was taken with the win the next time and she should continue to improve. I know backing a horse who pulled up on his first 4 starts and then finished a well beaten 2nd means he could be exposed, but based on his win on the 6th start Rivercourt Guy looks like he could just be a slow learner. He also looked like 2m might suit and his trainer wouldn’t run him for the sake of it. At a big price I will have a small play.

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON BANK HOLIDAY HOLIDAY 27TH MAY 2019

The well watered ground meant a very good racing surface which attracted a total of 48 runners for the six races at Upcott Cross. 15 bookies produced a strong betting market with a few faces ready to pounce in the ring.

33-1 outsider Ballyhowne upset his nine better fancied rivals in the well framed opening Conditions race, just mugging Sixteen Letters (7-4 from 2’s) in the final strides. Banco De Logos was a springer (12’s to 6’s) and ran a sound race to finish third, with the favourite Crown of Thorns (evens to 4-5), a winner of four of his five races this season just behind the places in fourth. I managed to back two losers in this race. Needless to say, one of them was the head runner up, and the other was Skinflint(5’s to 9-2) who held every chance when falling two out.

The money was only loaned to the bookies as Minimalistic (5-2 jt fav), who looked really well in the paddock, trotted up in the next. Runner up Golander (5-1) is worth keeping an eye on.

Ballyknock Cloud opened at a generous 7-4 in the Mixed Open and was sent off evens fav before a good round of jumping saw the ex-rules performer win easily under Will Biddick in the Mixed Open. Imogens Thunder (4-1), who looked a difficult ride for Matt Hampton, was not disgraced in chasing the winner home.

Ryves Rocky is improving all the time and was given a confident ride by Millie Wonnacott in the Novice Riders’, having been backed from 7-2 to 6-4 (nearly pinched 4’s but too slow in my old age). This was quite a decent race with the excellent Cloudy Music (5-2 to 7-4) a creditable runner up, with her stable companion Clondaw Bunny (4-1) less than a length behind in third.

Leslie Jefford’s horses are in good form and having saddled Ryves Rocky he mopped up the three miles Open Maiden with first and second. The jolly Willaldo (6-4 to evens) kept finding more to fend off his stable mate Businessman (7-2). It was good to see Oliver Carter’s old colours carried by the winner, owned by his grand daughter Anne Carter. When I said old I meant old because jockey Bryan Carver seemed to have put another split under the arms of the silks on return to the winner’s enclosure! Good luck to Bryan in his future professional career.

The two and a half miles Open Maiden went to the 2-1 jolly So When, trained by Christopher Barber and in his grandfather Richard Barber’s colours. This five-year-old grey by Geordieland has been on the naughty stool most of the season thanks to his running out antics, but Will Biddick proved why he is a multiple champion jockey with a masterful ride here. Having covered the grey up for the first two miles, Biddick eased his mount to the front at the second last and won under hands and heels before So When realised he was having a race.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT – SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS – BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27TH MAY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE course at Upcott Cross had been well watered to counteract the long dry spell. The organisers were duly rewarded for their efforts when a total of 48 runners contested six competitive races.

Will Biddick’s double took him to the 42 winner mark for the season, giving him a seemingly unassailable lead in his quest for a seventh National jockeys title with just a handful of fixtures left during June.

Ballyknock Cloud defied a 6 lbs penalty with a good exhibition of jumping in the Simpkins Edwards Mixed Open. The Truro born rider soon had the grey in pole position, and he shook off his only serious rival Imogens Thunder after the third last. Jade Barber trains the winner for the Ballyknock Cloud partnership. The eight-year-old was setting up his seasonal hat trick in points after a spell under rules. Representing his wife, Jack Barber said, “ They have done a fantastic job here watering. This horse was dossing a bit in front. He may come back to me for summer jumping.”

Will Biddick’s other winner came in the two and a half miles FC Cleaning Systems Open Maiden. His mount So When had failed to finish on five occasions from his six runs with a special party trick of running out when in contention. This time Biddick needed to produce one of his best rides of the season, nursing his blinkered partner in the slip stream of the leaders until asking for an effort down the hill. So When forgot all his wayward tendencies to score going away without breaking sweat. The home bred Geordieland gelding is trained by 21-year-old Christopher Barber for his grandfather, legendary point-to-point trainer Richard Barber, who was unable to be present due to ill health.

The two tone green Barber colours have been well known in point-to-points and hunter chases for many years, and another familiar set of colours graced the winner’s enclosure when Willaldo justified favouritism in the three miles PRJ Engineering Open Maiden. This eight-year-old Black Sam Bellamy mare is owned by Anne Carter, and trained by Leslie Jefford, who also saddled runner up Businessman in this race. Willaldo’s jockey Bryan Carver wore the silks associated with the owner’s grandfather Oliver Carter. Oldies will recall such as his Whitbread Gold Cup winner Ottery News, Otter Way and Lucky Rock). “Willaldo has improved all along and loves it,” said Carver who is looking forward to turning conditional jockey under Paul Nicholls this summer.

Payhembury trainer Leslie Jefford had earlier saddled Ryves Rocky to win the Dodson & Horrell Novice Riders Condition race under Millie Wonnacott. A quartet of the six runners came to the second last with a chance, but long time leader Ryves Rocky would not be denied and this well backed favourite stayed on strongly to hold the game mare Cloudy Music and her stable companion Clondaw Bunny .

Ballyhowne looked held in fourth place rounding the top bend in the quality 10 runner Conditions race sponsored by Penbode Veterinary Group, but Tom Chanin’s mount was left in a challenging position when Skinflint fell two out, and eventually wore down the tiring leader Sixteen Letters in the shadow of the post to win by a head. ”I was content to hold him up and the pace sorted them out. He jumped so well and is so game,” reflected the rider, whose father Robert trains the ex-Irish gelding for the Stone Valley Racing Club.

Josh Newman narrowly missed out on Sixteen Letters, but enjoyed a smooth success as Minimalistic drew clear of Golander from the third last to score by 12 lengths in the Coodes Solicitors Restricted. Nikki Frost saddled this improving seven-year-old for Susan and Edward Darke, who commented, ”He stays well and jumps but would be better left handed. He will be put away now for next season.”

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point and Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race looks to be the feature of the day at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 2nd June, having attracted 20 quality entries. These include the two Luke Price-trained stable stars, Spencer Moon a previous Hunter Chase winner at Fontwell and subsequent 20 length winner at Monmouth in February. Also Ramble On, who under Byron Moorcroft won the Mixed Open last weekend at Kingston Blount. Jonathan Tudor is another outside raider who holds two entries in the Men’s Open with Desert Roe who defied top weight to beat Jack Snipe at Cothelstone last weekend, also entry High Hatton who under Jack Tudor took the Members Conditions race here at the last meeting. Fly West (Ed Walker) could fly the flag for the area, with a cut in the ground and could improve on his nose second to Hawkhurst at Bitterly.

A total of 82 entries have been received for this meeting where it’s the turn of the Exmoor Hunt to host. Pony racing heads up the action with the Exmoor Conditions race sponsored by Teapes Tyres at 12 noon. Followed by The Fergal O’Brien & Treehouse Sporting Colours-sponsored Pony Championship finals. The main six race card follows at 2pm.

The opening B Thorne & Son Agric Eng-sponsored Members race has only a few entries, Kapricorne (Rebecca Branton) a 15 length winner at Trebudannon in April, and won at this course last June when coming home the 70 length winner. Debutant entry Miss Tiggy Winkle may be in need of the run, whilst Gunner Vic has failed to complete this season and was a distance behind Kapricorne last season when the two met.

13 are entered for the Bray Lino-sponsored Ladies race which could be another thriller on the day with dual Flete winner There’s No Panic for Ella Orrtewell, and a winner of three straight wins this season is Purple’N Gold under Millie Wonnacott heading the field. The two young jockeys have had an excellent season so far, both enjoying the winners enclosure and not afraid to set the pace.

Vincs Vinnie (Ed Walker) for leading National gentleman jockey Will Biddick, looks to be the likely favourite in the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, having battled on well to win at Trebudannon. Gerties Garter is another entry from the Ed Walker team and could go well if following up on his seconds at Ston Eston and Bishops Court. Lure de Pres looks an interesting entry, having won his maiden by a neck at Badbury under jockey Nick Lawton, following up that win with a head second to Goldbury at Flete Park under Bryan Carver for the Mike Vanstone team.

Kernal Victor and Lawsons Thorns catch the eye among the 26 entered for the Conditions race which is sponsored by the Kingdon Family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Kernal Victor won impressively at Cherrybrook coming home the eight length winner that day and then a 10 length victor at Upcott Cross. A cut in the ground could help him bounce back from his defeat at Trebudannon. Lawsons Thorns came home the ten length winner at the last meeting here and could be another winning combination for trainer Mike Vanstone and jockey Bryan Carver. Outside previous winning raiders Blazing Tom and Desert Roe for team Tudor, should both figure high in the betting if turning up here, also the Luke Price entry Holy Water after his wins at Pyle and Lydstep under Byron Moorcroft.

Finally in the Open Maiden race which is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate, the Getaway-sired gelding Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) could battle out the finish with the Joe Tickle-trained Markmyword who have both finished runner up in recent meetings. Any market support for Quite Remarkable and Little Brian should also be respected.

The course offers a lovely picturesque backdrop view of Exmoor, together with many trade stands which offer items such as antique trinkets to country clothing and art décor. A large beer tent, together with hot and cold food and refreshments. Plenty of bookies offering value bets on the day, and an Ice cream van to enjoy an afternoon treat in the summer sunshine. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Check out the pony racing website ponyracingauthority.co.uk for further information.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court (3.5 miles)

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RESULTS -SOUTH TETCOTT AT UPCOTT CROSS 27TH MAY 2019

Going: Good, good to soft in places – watered

CONDITIONS RACE (SPONSOR; PENBODE VETERINARY GROUP)

1 Ballyhowne (Tom Chanin) 33-1 Good hdwy three out, stayed on to lead nr finish
2 Sixteen Letters (Josh Newman) 7-4 prom, left clr two out, headed nr finish
3 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 6-1 well in touch til wknd three out
10 ran; head; 8l; 6m 39s

RESTRICTED (COODES SOLICITORS)

1 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 5-2 jt fav jumped well, made all, drew clear two out
2 Golander (Bryan Carver) 5-1 chased wnr from 13th. no extra two out
3 Ann Maries Reject (Natalie Parker) 5-1 tracked ldrs til wknd three out ran on agn nr finish
9 ran; 12l; neck; 6m 36s

MIXED OPEN (SIMPKINS EDWARDS)

1 Ballyknock Cloud (Will Biddick) evens fav made all, clear three out, pushed out
2 Imogens Thunder (Matt Hampton) 4-1 alwys prom, every chance 15th, grad wknd
3 La Madonnina (Abi Lewis) 66-1 lost touch 15th, left 3rd two out
6 ran; 6l; 20l; 6m 46s

CONDITIONS NOVICE RIDERS (DODSON & HORRELL)

1 Ryves Rocky (Millie Wonnacott) 6-4 fav slight lead from 6th, dvn out, held on well
2 Cloudy Music (Liam Harrison) 7-4 handy, close 2nd from three out, kept on, just held
3 Clondaw Bunny (Fergus Gillard) 4-1 chased ldrs, stayed on well from two out
6 ran; 1l; 3/4l; 6m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN (PRG ENGINEERING)

1 Willaldo (Bryan Carver) evens fav made all, drew clr two out, comf
2 Businessman (Millie Wonnacott) 7-2 in touch, effort three out, not qckn
3 Flemenstrix (Michael Legg) 2-1 tracked ldrs, outpaced 15th, no extra clsg stgs
8 ran; 10l; 10l; 6m 48s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS 2M 4F (FC CLEANING SYSTEMS)

1 So When (Will Biddick) 2-1 fav tracked ldrs, led three out, drew clr last
2 Sansgini (Josh Cameron) 12-1 led 10th til 12th, close 2nd next til outpaced apprg last
3 The Meters Running (Jake Bament) 8-1 steady hdwy three out, no extra from next
9 ran; 4l; 2 1’2l; 5m 48s

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Entries: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Monday 27th May 2019

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

Going Update

Watering of the course continues and will continue over the weekend. It was clear and cloudy last night with a bit of dampness. Predicting the Going to be GOOD for Monday.

(Updated 9:30 am on Friday 24th May 2019).

Good; All bends and fences moved to fresh ground. Watering starting on Monday and continuing through the week as necessary.

(Updated: Sunday 19th May at 14:00)

Preview extract:

The South Tetcott Hunt meeting at Upcott Cross is due to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, it’s a well supported event receiving over 100 entries. Pony racing heads up at the action at 12 noon, followed by the main six race card at 2pm. With some rain forecast later in the week, the going should be ideal and the course will be watered if necessary.

Entrance to the course is £10 per car & driver and £10 per passenger. Children under 16 free. All on course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.


FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Race 1 – Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5f4p-pu33 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 434-14523 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 39 Robert Chanin
3 -2543211 BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 37 Dean Summersby
4 5/f4513-43 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37 Patricia Armstrong
5 p-45p5242 BEUVRON (FR) 38? Sam Holdsworth
6 2-2311322 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 40 Dean Summersby
7 *53-11211 CROWN OF THORNS 42+ Sarah Pidsley
8 3-1333511 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 38 Neil McLean
9 4p/-p4p3f HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
10 431-u2pu2 JABBEA (IRE) 40 Mary Sanderson
11 p6-53ppp3 JABOLTISKI (SPA) 34 Stuart Sampson
12 33-333115 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
13 122-3pp15 PREDESTINED (IRE) 37 Gordan Chambers
14 113-54232 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford
15 1121-4214 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 41+ Neil McLean
16 7pp-21411 SKINFLINT (IRE) 42+ Gerard Supple
17 3-p337f63 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Sam Holdsworth
18 44723531 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 37 Deborah Treneer
19 *534/-p4p4 TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 34 Heidi Lewis
20 211-61121 WIND TOR 43 Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Crown of Thorns also holds an entry in the opening Penbode Vet Group Conditions race and will need to defy top weight. Challengers could come in the way of the Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey with the booking of jockey Millie Wonnacott who will be hoping to improve on their two lengths second to Skinflint at the Vauterhill meeting. Skinflint also holds an entry here as does seasons treble winning Wind Tor, also Skinflint (Gerry Supple) another on a season treble, and this could be a very competitive race if any of these turn up to compete among the 21 entered.

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Race 2 – Restricted race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 13-6p424 ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) 36 Christine Gray
2 21/p6f3-p BALTAZAR DU SEUIL (FR) 35? Stuart Sampson
3 p12-p6832 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson
4 /1434-463 DAMBY’S STAR (IRE) 34 Sara Bradstock
5 3-u223p15 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 34 Jill Dennis
6 443p-4133 DIPLOMATICO (USA) 29 Jason Warner
7 1/05-5p32 DR RHYTHM (IRE) 33 Keith Cumings
8 21-6226 GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
9 3225-47p2 GOLANDER (IRE) 35 Gordon Chambers
10 357*43-34 MINELLA MOJO (IRE) 35 Robert Chanin
11 /f2-2113d MINIMALISTIC (IRE) 37 Nikki Frost
12 *900/f14-p MISTER BUDDY (IRE) 35 Luke Price
13 323231-f3 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 34 Byron Moorcroft
14 -32f31 THEWINNERTAKEITALL(IRE) 34+ Dean Summersby
15 /1p464-p9 WALLABROOK 33 Ed Walker
16 p4-224341 WHERE’S WILMA 36+ Michael M. Watson

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Jockey Darren Edwards has a ride booked in the Coodes Solicitor-sponsored Restricted race on Thewinnertakeitall for team Summersby, and could follow up on their previous win at Trebudannon, the combination have been in the frame on four of his five starts this season, with an unlucky fall at Cherrybrook ended his race when travelling well falling at the 12th fence. Golander could go well for the Gordon Chambers team, having run a close second to Banco des Logos at Trebudannon two weeks ago. Dr Rhythm (Keith Cumings) has previous National Hunt form when in training with Paul Nicholls, and had run well in second to Bubble O’Clock at Holnicote two weeks ago.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5f4p-pu33 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 p7/799f-11 BALLYKNOCK CLOUD (IRE) 41 Jade Barber
3 5p0334r2 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 *53-11211 CROWN OF THORNS 42+ Sarah Pidsley
5 /211-pp11 EARTHLY REASON (IRE) 42+ Neil McLean
6 4/115-221 HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford
7 R11-12322 IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE) 40 Mary Tory
8 41213-u4u LA MADONNINA (IRE) 40? Abigail Lewis
9 53-674321 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
10 p-6565423 PETERBROWN (IRE) 40? Holly-Anne Drowne
11 11-2p1222 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
12 111-32111 RIVER MYTH 43+ Stuart Sampson
13 p1111-121 SPENCER MOON (IRE) 44 Luke Price
14 211-61121 WIND TOR 43 Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day, and with the championships hotting up, we could see Will Biddick partner Crown Of Thorns to follow up on their win here at the meeting in April. They could come up against entry Spencer Moon, the Welsh raider for trainer Luke Price and jockey Byron Moorcroft, who could follow up on the horses impressive eleven wins to date from 14 starts in Point-to-Points, and connections targeting him here should be respected. River Myth is another who could figure having won the Members race here at the last meeting for the Stuart Sampson team under jockey Darren Andrews and have clocked up an impressive five straight wins this season.

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Race 4 – Novice Riders Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 9-523p45p ALICE’S STAR 35? Robert Chanin
2 434-14523 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 39 Robert Chanin
3 5p0334r2 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 82p-12132 CLONDAW BUNNY (IRE) 38 Dean Summersby
5 2-2311322 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 40 Dean Summersby
6 /3/31/12-62 EMPEROR RENARD (IRE) 38 Marie McGuiness
7 4/115-221 HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford
8 *1p-111p1 JACK SNIPE 43 Robert Hawker
9 p-6565423 PETERBROWN (IRE) 40? Holly-Anne Drowne
10 113-54232 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford
11 pp11-3p5u SHANNON SILVER 36 Claire Hardwick
12 *50-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Dodson & Horrel-sponsored Novice Riders race also has two Summersby entries with Clondaw Bunny and Cloudy Music an option for young jockey Liam Harrison. Jack Snipe ( Robert Hawker) has to be feared if turning up here, with four wins this season, the latest coming at Cothelstone, where he also holds an entry at the weekend. Blue Benny (Lucy Felton) could be a worthy each way bet to follow, having previously finished a close second to Tiger Sam at Larkhill last month.

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Race 5 – Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 33ur-pp A MILL FROM MILAN (IRE) Joe Tickle
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 3/34-4 BUSINESSMAN (IRE) 27+ Leslie Jefford
4 *0968/8p- CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) Kieran Price
5 -pp46322 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
6 -2 FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 31+ Joe Tickle
7 *44-fp2 FLEMENSTRIX (IRE) 33+ Christopher Barber
8 -f HOT CROSS BUN 0 Mary Tory
9 //-pp223 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 26 Jason Warner
10 -p JOHNOFGORCOMBE 0 Nikki Frost
11 87-3p6p4 KEMICALLIE 12 Christine Gray
12 f-p6ppp LAUREL LASS (IRE) 0 Ryan Chapman
13 -3 LONGSHANKS (IRE) 27+ Leighton McGuinness
14 -53 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 30+ Ed Walker
15 9//-p5622 PONIEL 33+ Zoe Moore-Williams
16 -5f PORT O’CLOCK (IRE) 20? Dean Summersby
17 -pp SANSGINI (IRE) Annabelle Bacon
18 SCHEMLI PFLUMLI Joe Tickle
19 /p/-6p THE METERS RUNNING (IRE) 24 Gordon Chambers
20 -upp3 TREBORS TWINKLE 17 Joe Tickle
21 pp/-f2 WHAT A BUG 25 Sarah Prouse
22 pp/76- WIDLAKE SCORPIOUS (IRE) 0 David Stephens
23 /pfpp-422 WILLALDOO 34+ Leslie Jefford

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

There follows two Open Maiden races, with those catching the eye in the first,  which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, are Minella Beag, Cottage Rose and Poniel.

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Race 6 – 2m 4f Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 p4p9-p42 BALLINLA LADY (IRE) 26? Seanin McPherson
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 /34p2/-Rp BLACKDOWN BABE 21? Michael Coate
4 *0968/8p- CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) Kieran Price
5 8-4upff5 COUSIN RITA 0 Helen Llewellyn-Griffiths
6 24/p47-p5 FLORABELL (IRE) 23? Ian Hambley
7 //-pp223 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 26 Jason Warner
8 -ppu JOHN’S B’S (FR) 14 Jack Wallace
9 -R KING’S QUAY (IRE) 25? Leighton McGuinness
10 f-p6ppp LAUREL LASS (IRE) 0 Ryan Chapman
11 -p MISS JET LAG 0 Matthew Griffiths
12 -ppp MISSYOUATGORCOMBE 0 Nikki Frost
13 9//-p5622 PONIEL 33+ Zoe Moore-Williams
14 -5f PORT O’CLOCK (IRE) 20? Dean Summersby
15 -pp SANSGINI (IRE) Annabelle Bacon
16 SCHEMLI PFLUMLI Joe Tickle
17 -RpR4uR SO WHEN 30? Christopher Barber
18 /p/-6p THE METERS RUNNING (IRE) 24 Gordon Chambers
19 -upp3 TREBORS TWINKLE 17 Joe Tickle
20 pp/-f2 WHAT A BUG 25 Sarah Prouse

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Whilst in the second which is run over 2m4f Open Maiden race and is kindly sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems, King’s Quay, Italian Symphony and What A Bug have  previously hinted at ability and caught the eye in their races and should be high in the betting arena.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN 19th MAY 2019

Bratton Down has a special atmosphere towards the end of the season, but something was missing at the first of the three regular fixtures this year – horses.

It is a shame that the very dry spell has lingered on. It certainly penalised the Dulverton West fixture which took place on what was described as safe, level ground, having been aggravated to ease the surface. Inevitably the going was on the quick side with race times indicating thus.

15 bookies lay in wait to accommodate us desperate punters

The best race was the four-runner Mixed Open, three and a half timers round with 27 jumps. That grand campaigner There’s No Panic was sent off evens fav (touched 4-6) with Will Biddick taking over from a claimer on this top weight. I backed Tree Sparrow (2’s to 6-4) on the basis that he had beaten Northgeorge (7’s into 4’s) convincingly at Holnicote a couple of weeks ago and was still improving. Ramble On was easy to back (7’s touched 8’s) in what was a fascinating England v Wales contest.

Tree Sparrow jumped appallingly and I tore my ticket up with a circuit to go. 14-year-old There’s No Panic jumped superbly in the lead and his old legs carried him out in front until Northgeorge collared him at the final ditch. All this time Byron Moorcroft had been biding his time on Ramble On, and came with a rattle up the hill before going down by half a length. To be fair to the runner up, he was not helped when the winner drifted across him close home, but Jack Tudor was on a roll with the winner, who suddenly regained his best form at Garthorpe last week and obviously relishes fast ground.

I must have lost plenty of cash to the much missed bookmaker Bob Pittard over the last 40 years (still doing so to Rich), but I ducked out In Bob’s memorial Open Maiden race won by Welsh challenger Seniergues (evens to- 4-5 fav). The Welsh boys filled their boots as the first of young Jack Tudor’s three winners sailed in.

High Hatton (2-5 fav) and Matts Legacy (4-5 fav) scored in their respective contests as easily as Gareth Bale finds the net to send their Welsh supporters back over the bridge with pockets bulging.

Lawsons Thorns (3’s to 11-4) only had to travel 15 miles back to Rackenford after coming out on top of a protracted dual with Ichifoot (8-11 fav after 6-4 had been snapped up). If this pair met again I am not sure this result would be confirmed.

Does anybody know the steps to a rain dance?

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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Preview: South Tetcott Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The South Tetcott Hunt meeting at Upcott Cross is due to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, it’s a well supported event receiving over 100 entries. Pony racing heads up at the action at 12 noon, followed by the main six race card at 2pm. With some rain forecast later in the week, the going should be ideal and the course will be watered if necessary.

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day, and with the championships hotting up, we could see Will Biddick partner Crown Of Thorns to follow up on their win here at the meeting in April. They could come up against entry Spencer Moon, the Welsh raider for trainer Luke Price and jockey Byron Moorcroft, who could follow up on the horses impressive eleven wins to date from 14 starts in Point-to-Points, and connections targeting him here should be respected. River Myth is another who could figure having won the Members race here at the last meeting for the Stuart Sampson team under jockey Darren Andrews and have clocked up an impressive five straight wins this season.

Crown of Thorns also holds an entry in the opening Penbode Vet Group Conditions race and will need to defy top weight. Challengers could come in the way of the Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey with the booking of jockey Millie Wonnacott who will be hoping to improve on their two lengths second to Skinflint at the Vauterhill meeting. Skinflint also holds an entry here as does seasons treble winning Wind Tor, also Skinflint (Gerry Supple) another on a season treble, and this could be a very competitive race if any of these turn up to compete among the 21 entered.

Jockey Darren Edwards has a ride booked in the Coodes Solicitor-sponsored Restricted race on Thewinnertakeitall for team Summersby, and could follow up on their previous win at Trebudannon, the combination have been in the frame on four of his five starts this season, with an unlucky fall at Cherrybrook ended his race when travelling well falling at the 12th fence. Golander could go well for the Gordon Chambers team, having run a close second to Banco des Logos at Trebudannon two weeks ago. Dr Rhythm (Keith Cumings) has previous National Hunt form when in training with Paul Nicholls, and had run well in second to Bubble O’Clock at Holnicote two weeks ago.

The Dodson & Horrel-sponsored Novice Riders race also has two Summersby entries with Clondaw Bunny and Cloudy Music an option for young jockey Liam Harrison. Jack Snipe ( Robert Hawker) has to be feared if turning up here, with four wins this season, the latest coming at Cothelstone, where he also holds an entry at the weekend. Blue Benny (Lucy Felton) could be a worthy each way bet to follow, having previously finished a close second to Tiger Sam at Larkhill last month.

There follows two  Open Maiden races, with those catching the eye in the first,  which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, are Minella Beag, Cottage Rose and Poniel.

Whilst in the second which is run over 2m4f Open Maiden race and is kindly sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems, King’s Quay, Italian Symphony and What A Bug have  previously hinted at ability and caught the eye in their races and should be high in the betting arena.

Entrance to the course is £10 per car & driver and £10 per passenger. Children under 16 free. All on course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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