GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – EAST DEVON

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES

EAST DEVON

“How like a winter hath my absence been from thee….”

William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The East Devon lost their fixture at Bishop’s Court, Ottery St Mary on 1st March this year due to the very wet spell – and any hopes of a re-arrangement went the same way. They did not even get to the coronavirus season.

Point-to-points organised by the East Devon Hunt have had various homes over the years. I have a record of the 1933 meeting being held at Ottery St Mary, I guess not at the current track? From 1934 the old form books show the meeting varying between Clyst St Mary and Clyst Honiton. Quite a few familiar names graced those cards. The meeting on 15th April 1936 saw horses running in the Members’ ridden by Norman Down and Jack Cann (fathers of Chris and Grant respectively).

On 19th May 1951 the point-to-point book for that year shows the venue as Dunnabridge near Princetown, which was where Mr Spooner’ Harriers raced. I suspect this was a one-off postponement due to the wet spring that year.

The fixtures between 1965 and 1968 were held at Stafford Cross where the Axe Vale now race. On 12th April 1969 the races moved to Hayes Barton, Clyst Honiton, with Chris Down winning the opening hunt race on Candid Secret.

A left handed track that suited stayers, Clyst Honiton remained the East Devon’s home until the final fixture there in 1978. Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary hosted the action on Oliver Carter’s farm for the first time on April 4th 1979

If you will forgive a few personal memories, my first experience of the Clyst Honiton course was on Wednesday 3rd April 1975, having travelled on from the previous day’s busy meeting of the Heythrop at their excellent old Fox Farm track, near Stow-on-the-Wold. I had seen the promising amateur jockey Nicky Henderson (turned out to be a better trainer than a jockey) ride a winner called Road Race trained by Jenny Pitman at Fox Farm on that day. The Tuesday fixtures at Fox Farm were classics at that time, with the Lord Ashton of Hyde Cup over four miles the feature.

I had worked for David Coulton’s Pointer Form Guide (as I still do today) for a few seasons by then, as well as covering some meetings for the old Sporting Chronicle and the Sporting Life (Michael Williams). I also covered a few meetings for Horse and Hound (Hugh Condry) and was a regular contributor to Ray Gould’s short lived form book Hunterguide. My long association with the Hunter Chasers and Point-to-Pointers form book was in its early days, taking me to most of the Midlands tracks. At that time the book was under the editorship of Geoffrey Sale and Iain MacKenzie. If I remember correctly Charles Lockyer and Maurice Maude provided press coverage for the local point-to-points in Devon & Cornwall

The race card for that 1975 meeting of the East Devon stated that the meeting took place at Clyst Honiton by kind permission of the Church Commisioners. I cannot remember seeing any clergy on that day 45 years ago.

RESULTS:

EAST DEVON at Clyst Honiton; 3rd April 1975; Going Good to soft

HUNT RACE

1 Fracto Nimbus (Chris Down)

2 Smart Lad (Peter Slade)

3 Phantom Boy (Ray Alford)

12 ran; 15l; 3l; 6m 50s SP 2-1 owner; KJ Reed

MEN’S OPEN

1 Rich Rose (Richard Miller)

2 Ben Dene (Charles Micklem)

3 Weather Permitting (Ron Hodges)

17 ran; neck; 10l; 6m 47s SP 2-1 owner; MR Churches

ADJACENT HUNTS MODERATE

1 Otter Way (Martyn Keenor)

2 Faberstown (Ray Alford)

3 Wentworth Treasure (Charles Micklem)

11 ran; 1l; 3l; 6m 42s SP 4-5 owner OJ Carter

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Galloway Fabulous (Miss Katie Halswell)

2 Beaumel (Mrs H Oliver)

3 Dialstone (Miss S Richards)

16 ran; 2l; 3l; 6m 44s SP3-1 owner JW Reddaway

MAIDEN

1 Clock Corner (Ron Treloggen)

2 Capelena (Chris Down)

3 In Again (Frank Ryall)

18 ran; head; 2l; 7m 00s SP 4-5 owner MC Pipe

Looking back now, this meeting attracted some of the best horses and jockeys of the era. We didn’t realise it then, but a future Whitbread Gold Cup winner was on show that day. Otter Way, in Oliver Carter’s familiar white with red hooped sleeves, was a top class point-to-pointer and hunter chaser who went on to win the Whitbread Gold Cup at Sandown in 1976 ridden by Jeff King. Otter Way also won the Horse and Hound Cup at Stratford twice. Grant Cann rode him in 1976 and he won that same race again in 1982 with A J Wilson in the saddle.

He must have been a certainty for the East Devon Moderate race in 1974! The runner up on that occasion was Faberstown (Ray Alford), who was a consistent pointer and unlucky not to beat Otter Way after making a bad mistake three out. Wentworth Treasure ran his usual game race to finish third, just ahead of the useful mare Lady Christine.

The Men’s Open winner Rich Rose was a top class pointer who won 18 times in all for his owner/ trainer Max Churches. He had expert assistance from the saddle in two-times champion point-to-point rider Richard Miller. He was all out to beat the ill fated Ben Dene. Weather Permitting was well held in third under Ron Hodges, but went on to give his owner/trainer Martin Pipe his sole success in the saddle at Bishopsleigh the following year.

Martin Pipe records his sole success aboard Weather Permitting in 1975
Martin Pipe records his sole success aboard Weather Permitting in 1975 source: http://www.davidpipe.com

Galloway Fabulous turned out to be one of the most reliable and consistent Ladies’ pointers of the decade. He was described in the annual as “ultra game, a fine jumper and almost invincible in Ladies’ class.” Mr Reddaway’s gelding eventually retired with a total of 30 wins and 24 places to his credit (including a hunter chase). He won six races at 13. Beaumel was in the twilight of his career having won 22 races from 1967 onwards. He was a fine jumper and stayer. Dialstone ran his best race of the season and had every chance until weakening at the last.

Fracto Nimbus won the Hunt race unchallenged given an enterprising ride by Chris Down, who went on to finish runner up on Capelena in the concluding Maiden. That Maiden race was won in a desperate finish by Martin Pipe’s Clock Corner ridden by a young Ron Treloggen. The winner was written up perhaps unfairly as, “Ungenuine and made heavy weather of winning at the 43rd attempt”. John Cork’s Capelena was however the future star. She was a small mare who relished soft ground and long trips. I remember seeing her win over four miles at the Cheltenham hunter chase evening meeting a couple of years later, and she subsequently bred good winners including Elver Season. Frank Ryall’s mount In Again, who was third, was owned by my dear friend, the late Peter Wakeham, who will be known to many for his commentaries in the area for many years.

I drive past Exeter Airport on the A30 on my way to Devon & Cornwall meetings nowadays. I often think back to that day nearly half a century ago, a memorable afternoon on a long since abandoned point-to-point course nestling in the fields just behind the airport.

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – LAMERTON

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES

“Memories are like antiques, the older they are the more valuable they became.”

Marinela Reka

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During this difficult time with all point-to-pointing cancelled for the season, I am putting together a few articles about past Devon & Cornwall race meetings on to our website to keep us going. I hope to bring to life some past memories and perhaps provide a flavour of how things were in days gone by.

Since the first area fixture to be scuppered by the coronavirus was the Lamerton last Sunday, we start with a Lamerton meeting at Kilworthy 49 years ago (27th March 1971).

I hope that readers of a certain age (if indeed there are any readers) will remember some of the horses and jockeys involved. I was actually at the Pytchley meeting at Guilsborough, Northants that day watching such jockeys as Dick Saunders, John Docker, Peter Hobbs and Bill Tellwright in action.

Lamerton at Kilworthy 27 March 1971;

Hunt race:

1 Devon Rock (Frank Ryall)
2 Jocrow (D Moore)
3 Ireland’s Joy (R Edwards)
4 ran; 2l; dist; SP 2-5fav

Ladies’ Open:

1 Trewithett (Mrs Rame Fell)
2 Clyderound (Miss E Pinsent)
3 Warrior Prince (Miss J Blight)
11 ran; 1l 1/2l; SP 3-1 jt fav

Adjacent Hunts’

1 Golden Batman (Tony Hartnoll)
2 Delia’s Diadem (C Micklem)
3 Barn Dance (M Williams)
5l; 12l; SP 6-4 jt fav

Open

1 Sea Spirit (Hendrik Wiegersma)
2 Victory Spirit (Col CR Spencer)
3 Barter’s Peice (W Dennis)
11ran; SP 6-4 jt fav

Adjacent Hunts’ Maiden

1 Rummy Hand (Tim Le C Grice)
2 Merry Lord (TJ Harris)
3 Miss Cosmo (N Lethbridge)
9 ran; 2l; dist; SP 6-1

Only five races for us lucky race readers in those days! Just illustrates the good value of today’s point-to-points. When I first went to Kilworthy in the late 1970’s I remember immediately after jumping the last fence there was a very sharp right hand turn before a stiff run in below the car park along the bottom of the field of about 150 yards.

The 1971 Men’s Open winner Sea Spirit (by Spiritus) was a useful performer qualified with the Taunton Vale owned by Peter Blackburn. He also scored at the Tetcott at Crimp Morwenstow that season. Victory Spirit, qualified with Spooners & West Dartmoor, was also by Spiritus and enjoyed a remarkably consistent career from 1964 until retirement in 1973, winning 26 point-to-points and two hunter chases from 53 starts. Barbers Peice (funny spelling and his sire Cinecolor had changed hands for only 65 gns as a three-year-old) also won the Stevenstone Members’, the Torrington Farmers Members and the South Tetcott Moderate in 1971.

The Ladies’ Open winner Trewithett went on to win the Spooners Ladies’ easily and went well for Rame Fell. He was a strong stayer and a far better horse on long tracks like Kilworthy, where he won three times. The runner up Clyderound stayed on to get within one length of the winner. She was a soft ground specialist at tracks like Buckfastleigh and Tehidy. The Tetcott gelding Warrior Prince was useful on his best form and went well for his rider Jill Blight (now Jill Dennis).

Golden Batman won eight of his 13 races in 1971 , including an unbeaten hat trick at Buckfastleigh. His regular rider Anthony Hartnoll finished seventh in the 1971 National jockeys table. Delia’s Diadem was a genuine mare winning three of her four points in 1971, with Charles Micklem taking over from the late Joan Depree. She led at the last in this race at Kilworthy before being outpaced by the winner. Barn Dance had won a few times on the flat in his early days but was probably past his best by 1971.

Frank Ryall needs little introduction to local followers. He was in the twilight of his career by 1971. His career total of 218 point-to-point winners has only been surpassed today by a handful of riders. He owned his Hunt race winner Devon Rock who was a bit one paced, but followed up in his Members’ the following year.

The Maiden race looked fairly moderate but the winner Rummy Hand went on to win the Dartmoor & Modbury Harriers Members’ at Buckfastleigh later in 1971 where the going was published as firm to hard. He later developed into a useful point-to-pointer winning races under Janine Evans ( later Janine Mills) and subsequently took a hunter chase at Haldon ridden by Anthony Mildmay-White. He even ran in a Cheltenham Foxhunters but was past his best by then.

Acknowledgments;

“Hunter Chasers and Point-to-Pointers”

“Horse and Hound Year book”

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2020

Oh dear, so that’s it for the season with three months of pointing in our area still to go. No more point-to-points, no more betting gossip, racing suspended, the industry jeopardised, bookies redundant and they are trying to handcuff me to the chair.

Whether it was the dodgy weather (it rained all morning on Sunday) or coronavirus worries, it was a shame that the normal bustling atmosphere of Buckfastleigh was lacking. The track conformation was a bit different because the normal last fence was not jumped, meaning a very long run-in from the jump coming off the top bend. There was plenty of quality racing though for the faithful to enjoy.

The opening five runner Hunt race was a bit of a puzzle. I couldn’t work it out so no bet. 10-year-old Moonaro is still a maiden but was sent off 2-1 fav having been chalked up at 3’s. Beuvron settled at 5-2 from 3’s but he is not very reliable nowadays. Tarrytown (9-2) had shown a glimmer of form, and the experienced Skylander (11-4) is capable on his day. It was another maiden however, Ragged Dream (7-1), who prevailed in a close finish to give 17-year-old Tamby Welch a deserved first point-to-point winner.

Stevan Steel (5-2 to 9-4 fav) is no rock star but came good under a typically positive Darren Edwards ride to win the Open Maiden easily from 11 opponents. The rider had the luxury of a peep round with his toiling rivals stone cold off the last bend. West Somerset trainer Janet Ackner does well with this type of horse who was placed in an Irish Maiden as long as four years ago, but had been knocking at the door recently. He must get his grey coat from his dam Silver Proverb who was moderate but had to lump a young claimer called Tom Malone round over hurdles a few years ago.

Gunner Vic (10-1) came from well off the pace to claim the runner up spot (he would have been put into the note book for a Bratton Down meeting). Natalie Parker’s mount Clever des Assence (drifted from 2’s to 3’s) was a head away in third after pressing the leaders for a long way.

The Men’s Open was the Devon & Cornwall Area Classic race limited to previous winners. Navanman (6-4 fav having touched 11-4) needs little introduction and duly took his pointing wins to 11, this time with Darren Edwards in the saddle. John Heard’s charge relished the heavy ground and went 20 lengths clear round the top bend before cantering home ahead of Big Georgie (7-1). Below form Fishy Story, who had touched evens before settling at 2’s, finished a well beaten third. Navanman had a good reason for his defeat at the showground last month when sustaining an injury, and connections have done well to squeeze another win out of this top pointer.

Nickelsonthedime (5-4 to 4-5) had created a very favourable impression with a couple of Wadebridge wins, but had to give best in a good Intermediate to The Galloping Bear (5-2) who had won his Restricted on the showground after opening his account in the mud at Ffos Las in December. The Galloping Bear (Darren Andrews) led from the top of the hill and stayed on well in conditions much to his liking. Both these promising types are by the St Leger winner Shantou who has developed into a leading NH stallion. It is unfortunate that the Exeter final to this event is lost.

The two market leaders also dominated the Skinner’s Ladies’ Open. The game veteran Dicky Bob (solid 3’s) jumped well and tried to make all the running under Millie Wonnacott, but was overhauled off the last bend by a confidently ridden Master Baker partnered by Jo Supple (evens fav). Jo is nearing her century of winners and has been on board Master Baker for all of his 15 wins, including three hunter chases. Wind Tor (3’s) was a distant third. Goldbury (8’s to 7’s) looked fit but had an off day and was pulled up before half way.

The form worked out in the Novice Riders race when Millanisi Boy (4-5 to 4-6) just made his experience pay with a two lengths success over the penalised Raddon Top (3-1). The winner always seemed to be holding the upper hand but was hard pressed by his main rival from the top of the hill and was driven right out by Fergus Gillard.

The Point-to-Point flat race was scheduled as the last race but had to be divided after attracting 15 declarations, exceeding the safety limit by one. Six of the eight runners in the first section were unraced which made for a cagey betting market. The faces went for Alan Hill’s once raced five-year-old Vain Girl (2-1 fav), but there was support for Any Alibis (7’s to 3’s) and the subsequent Fran Nimmo trained winner Sun Rising Hill (3-1). The Warwickshire trainer specialises in this type of event and this Mahler four-year-old certainly knew her job, coming clear under Alice Stevens to beat Nicky Martin’s Fevertre (4-1).

The other division, shall we call it the last waltz, went to Gerry Supple’s Sandaroc (3’s to 5-2), a strong bodied four-year-old filly by Shirocco who looked fit and ready to go in the preliminaries. Sandaroc landed a double for promising young jockey Fergus Gillard, fending off the jolly, Charlottes Way (2’s from 4’s) inside the last couple of furlongs. In another tight betting heat there were bits and pieces for third placed Red Cap (4’s to 3’s), Midnight Billy (7-2) and The Ramp Sleeper (5’s).

Before you ask, yes, I backed Sandaroc ( on the basis of paddock inspection). I would like to think that I was just coming into form on the betting front when the curtain came down dramatically, but that is what all of us punters would say……

REPORT: DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2020

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“And whether we shall meet again I know not. If we do meet again, why, we shall smile”

From Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Nobody knew as they enjoyed eight competitive races at Buckfastleigh on Sunday (15th March) that the Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers would be staging the final point-to-point meeting of the 2020 season.

Executive decisions taken just the day after sounded the death knell for the sport, joining the many other events similarly affected by coronavirus.

This time the meeting managed to beat the wet weather, but heavy going put a premium on stamina at this most picturesque, historic track. The final fence had to be omitted leaving a very long run in from the top of the hill. The reigning Devon & Cornwall champion jockey Darren Edwards, together with up and coming Fergus Gillard each rode doubles.

Darren Edwards teamed up with prolific pointer Navanman to win the featured Westcountry Men’s Open Champion Chase for which the Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd had put up £1,000 in prize money. A quality field of six faced the starter, but Navanman had sauntered 20 lengths clear by the end of the back straight, and coasted home by a distance ahead of Gloucestershire raider Big Georgie, with the well fancied mare Fishy Story well held in third. “That was very straight forward,” was the succinct remark of the jockey who was partnering his ninth winner of the season. Navanman’s preparation had not been easy though after he had lost his unbeaten record for the season at the Western meeting last month. . “He cut himself and opened up an old wound at Wadebridge. He was lame and had to have it poulticed,” explained his relieved trainer John Heard, who has done so well with this ex-hurdler for his eight strong syndicate of owners.

Stevan Steel had initiated the double for Darren Edwards, justifying favouritism when making all the running to beat his 11 opponents in the Luscombe Mayo Open Maiden. “He ran well at the Beaufort recently and likes the mud,” said trainer Janet Ackner who shares ownership with John Spall, having acquired the nine-year-old by King’s Theatre at Ascot sales after he had been placed in an Irish point-to-point

35 years old Darren Edwards, with 270 pointing career winners in the bag, is one of the senior riders on the circuit, but his Sunday double was matched by the promising Fergus Gillard, who is based with David Pipe, for whom he had ridden a winner at Uttoxeter on the previous day. The young jockey had to work quite hard to score on Millanisi Boy in the Winston Pincombe Novice Riders’ Race, driving the his mount home to fend off Raddon Top. Trainer Neil McLean, who handles the winner for a 15 strong syndicate put together by Kayley Woollacott, described the 11-year-old as, “a lovely old chaser who was fed up with National Hunt and needed to be sweetened up.”

The Point-to Point Flat race, sponsored by M I Plant Engineering, had to be divided on the day. Fergus Gillard completed his double on Gerry Supple’s four-year-old filly Sandaroc, who strode on down the hill to score convincingly from the favourite Charlottes Way. The winner’s dam won a bumper on her debut from David Pipe’s yard and Sandaroc looks a genuine prospect for further success. “A great ride,” was the reaction from the owner/trainer.

The other section of the flat race went to another newcomer, Sun Rising Hill, who had travelled from Francesca Nimmo’s Ettington, Warwickshire yard. Sun Rising Hill took the lead round the top bend under Alice Stevens and ran on strongly in the final half mile to deny Darren Edwards a treble on runner up Fevertre. The winner, a four-year-old, by Mahler, is owned by the Walnut Hill Partnership headed by Henley-In Arden vet Bridget Gatehouse, who said “I am so proud of him. I bought him privately as a two-year-old and he was broken in by Fran and Charlie (Poste).

Master Baker followed up his recent Badbury Rings win as he overhauled front running Dicky Bob in the home straight to take the Skinner’s Ladies’ Open. Regular jockey Jo Supple, nearing her century of career wins over jumps, gets on well with the Lisa Jefford trained gelding and made good use of his turn of foot. Owner Jackie McCullough’s plan for the 11-year-old to follow up last year’s Newbury hunter chase victory at the end of the month has obviously been scuppered. Bred by Stewart Pike, she described Master Baker as, “the horse of a lifetime.”

The Galloping Bear stamped himself as one of the most promising pointers in the area in recording his seasonal hat trick at the main expense of Nickelsonthedime in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. It is unfortunate that his bid for the Exeter final (hunter chase) in April is likely to be denied by the suspension of racing. Ben Clarke trains the winner for owner Adrian Paterson and reported, “He was bought as a store at Doncaster. He hadn’t run for eight weeks after carrying a few niggles.” Jockey Darren Andrews, enjoying his best season, said, “It was a good training performance. He jumped well but does need better ground.”

The Welch family had good reason to celebrate Ragged Dream’s win in the Members’ race sponsored by Ashburton Motor Works. The seven-year-old family gelding is trained by Hannah Welch and was a first pointing winner for her brother Tamby, another graduate from pony racing. In a good finish, Ragged Dream just outstayed Skylander (Anna Hylands) with Tarrytown (Tom Dixon) close up in third. The successful 17-year-old jockey is an A level student in Taunton and hopes to pursue a career in the RAF.

BRITISH POINT-TO-POINTING SHUT DOWN FOR 2019/20 SEASON

Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

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RESULTS: DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2020

Going Heavy (Fences 5, 12 & 19 omitted)

Hunt Race (Sponsor Ashburton Motor Works)

1 Ragged Dream (Tamby Welch) 7-1 handy, pressed leaders last, fin well to lead last 100 yards

2 Skylander (Anna Hylands) 11-4 led by passing 11th til near finish

3 Tarrytown (Tom Dixon) 9-2 chased leaders, every chance last, kept on well nr finish

5 ran; 3/4l 1/2l 7m 23s

Open Maiden (Luscombe Mayo)

1 Stevan Steel (Darren Edwards) 9-4 fav made all, drew well clear three out, unchallenged

2 Gunner Vic (Jake Bament) 10-1 held up, hdwy three out, stayed on well without troubling winner

3 Clever Des Assence (Natalie Parker) 3-1 with leaders, outpaced two out, 2nd til near finish

12 ran; 10l; head; 7m 11s

Men’s Open – Champion Chase (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd)

1 Navanman (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav led three out, soon well clear, unchallenged

2 Big Georgie (James Ridley) 7-1 led til 10th, bhd from 14th, took moderate 2nd after last

3 Fishy Story (Darren Andrews) 2-1 held up, some hdwy 14th, wknd last, tailed off

6 ran; Distance; 25l; 7m 3s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 The Galloping Bear (Darren Andrews) 5-2 smooth hdwy 14th, led after two out, drew clear after last, comf

2 Nickelsonthedime (Josh Newman) 4-5 fav held up, hdwy to 2nd two out, every chance til wknd after last

3 Norman Conquest (Tom Chanin) 20-1 led til 7th, lost place 13th, kept on again closing stages

10 ran; 10l; 3/4l; 7m 6s

Ladies’ Open (Skinner’s Pet Foods)

1 Master Baker ( Jo Supple) evens fav held up going well, prog 13th, went 2nd two out, led last 200 yards

2 Dicky Bob (Millie Wonnacott) 3-1 led & jumped well til headed last 200 yards

3 Wind Tor (Chloe Emsley) 3-1 3rd from 13th, rdn & wknd after two out

6 ran 3 1/2l; distance; 7m 14s

Novice Riders Conditions (Winston Pincombe, Chulmleigh)

1 Millanisi Boy (Fergus Gillard) 4-6 fav led or disputed throughout, rdn & stayed on well after last

2 Raddon Top (Conor Houlihan) 2-1 held up in touch, effort two out, no extra under pressure nr finish

3 Athreeothree (Thomasina Eyston) 8-1 chased leaders, took 3rd after last, well held

5 ran; 2l; 10l; 7m 21s

Point to Point Flat race – 4 & 5 year olds – about 2 miles (M I Plant Engineering Ltd)

Division 1:

1 Sun Rising Hill (Alice Stevens) 3-1 hdwy 6 furlongs out, led 4 furlongs out, ran on strongly

2 Fevertre (Darren Edwards) 4-1 in touch, stayed on well last 2 furlongs without reaching winner

3 Salvino (Darren Andrews) 10-1 with leaders, effort 3 furlongs out, no extra last furlong

8 ran; 10l; 4l; 4m 27s

Division 2:

1 Sandaroc (Fergus Gillard) 5-2 tracked leaders, effort 2 furlongs out, led 1 furlong out, comf

2 Charlottes Way (David Mansell) 2-1 fav imprvd 6 furlongs out, led 4 furlongs out til headed 1 furlong out

3 Red Cap (Tom Chanin) 3-1 chased leaders, good hdwy 4 furlongs out, kept on steadily

7 ran; 4l; 4l; 4m 43s

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Entries: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 15th March 2020

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 11:00 Pony Racing
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Westcountry Champion Chase Mens Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Ladies Open Race
6th 14:55 Novice Riders Race
7th 15:30 4&5 Year Olds Flat Race Race

Course Updates:

Thursday, 12 Mar, 17:25

The course is soft and drying nicely

Wednesday, 11 Mar, 11:15

Buckfastleigh, the going is still soft with a few heavy places, it is improving daily and hopefully with the weather forecast should improve further.

Friday, 6 Mar, 14:19

Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Sunday March 15th, The course is drying nicely, the going is now officially soft heavy in places we hope for further improvement.

Tues, 3 Mar, 18:37

The Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday March 15, the going is currently heavy, soft in places.

The fences have been moved after our January meeting and we have good grass cover.

The Feature race is £1000 mens Champion Chase and Exeter Racecourse are sponsoring the Intermediate which is a qualifier for their final.

Preview extract:

A great way to end Cheltenham Festival week is to go along to the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, where they host their meeting on Sunday 15th March.

Pony racing sponsored by Barton Sawmills heads up the action at 11am. With the main seven race card commencing at 12 noon.

This track is steeped in history, it offers fantastic viewing, beer tent, hot and cold food and refreshments, on course bookies and a host of interesting trade stands. Easy access along the A38 Post code TQ11 0LT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

Pony Racing

Race 1 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN, DIVISION 1

138cm (m 6f ) MAIDEN
1 Artemis Morgan Menedh Jumping Jack Flash
2 Katie Vernon Southcroft Pimms
3 Archie Pearse Zellions Frolic
4 Hannah Smith Mayphillic Sea Pearl
5 Lauren Callister Newoak Dream Catcher
6 William White Strasburg Boy
7 Lowan Cruise Mills Chico
8 Harrison Day Jessie Jazz It Up
9 Harry Robinson Antsar Peeptoe

Race 2 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN, DIVISION 2

138cm (m 6f ) OPEN
1 Freddie Fletcher
Temmas Diamonds Forever
2 Billy Broomfield
Anton Bubble Of Spring
3 Margot Scudamore Churchill
4 Rian Corcoran Willow The Wisp
5 James Dawkins
Luanshya Ambassador
6 Billy Loughnane Clear The Track
7 Megan Ridsdale Veno Star
8 Bruce Vaughan
The Gentle Touch
9 Taylor Fisher Oh My Days

Race 3 148cm (m 8f ) OPEN

148cm (m 8f ) OPEN
1 Otis Morgan Tarka
2 Daniel Ellis O’flynn’s Daughter
3 Molly Landau Roy Boy Green
4 Alfie Godfrey Calypso
5 Daisy White Aries
6 Henry Pugh Heavenly Rose
7 Walter Fisher-barnett Miss Dolly
8 Ruby Fisher-barnett She’sagoodun
9 Taylor Fisher Annie R U Ok

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Race 1 – Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
242p-p5p BEUVRON (FR) 37? Sam Holdsworth
/42f2/36- MOONARO (IRE) 32? Susan Darke
3/p344-p RAGGED DREAM (FR) 24 Hannah Welch
37f63-54 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Robert Chanin
2pfp-32p SOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE) 38 Rebecca Welch
*0/pp36-5 TARRYTOWN (FR) 29 Melanie Dixon
/p/6p3-1 THE METERS RUNNING(IRE) 34+ Gordon Chambers

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The opening Members race is sponsored by Ashburton Motors. This looks to be a battle among the locals, with The Meters Running for the Gordon Chambers yard looking to follow up on his Great Trethew win last weekend. They could come up against Rebecca Welch’s Somewhere To Be who ran second at Wadebridge, but found the conditions tough when pulling up at Great Trethew last weekend, and Moonaro another local entry who has clocked up some decent previous place form for the Kingsbridge based Darke family.

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Race 2 – Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
ppuf3p/- ASKRUMOR (IRE) 27? Chris Cox
*84/57p-p BLACKFYRE (IRE) NR Dean Jones
26//- BOOMTOWN KNAT (IRE) 30? Zoe Lewis
*2246-u5 BRANDY JAMES (GER) 5
Timothy Vaughan
6/f5/5-23 CLEVER DES ASSENCE (FR) 30 Laura Parker
-p CLOSE FRIEND (IRE) 0
Gearoid Costelloe
*80/-4f FAT SAM 31+ Alan Walter
2-up FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 32 Joe Tickle
FLICK THE SWITCH NR Victoria Collins
u3/pp2-4 GUNNER VIC 24 Hugh Thomas
62*3-f HENRY’S REGIME 18?
Mervyn Woodward
pp3-ppp MILITARY MISCHIEF (IRE) 27? Jane Western
/42f2/36- MOONARO (IRE) 32? Susan Darke
RESTLESS BRIAN NR Robert Hawker
/5-u ROLL ON ROSCO 19 John Heard
55p-p342 STEVAN STEEL (IRE) 30 Janet Ackner
/p5p-7 TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson
/48-up THE DEVON DUMPLING 23 Sam Holdsworth
p3p4p/- THE RIGHT PROIFILE (IRE) NR Carly Mather
TIP TOP MOUNTAIN (IRE) NR Ian Chanin
-p TOP CLICHE NR Jill Dennis
*80-p4 TOWER VIEW (IRE) 0 Victoria Collins
WONDER FLOW NR Helen Bament

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Clever Des Assence (Laura Parker) ran third here at the January meeting, and Steven Steel ( Janet Ackner) with a second at the Didmarton meeting, are just two catching the eye in the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race.

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Race 3 – Westcountry Champion Chase, Mens Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
5231-3p1 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 42 Robert Chanin
/2134-1 BIG GEORGIE (IRE) 41 James Ridley
/21u13-4 DICKY BOB 44 Verity Nicholls
1/up11/-1 FISHY STORY 44+ Stuart Sampson
115/2212- HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford
p5/1111- HIGHWAY JEWEL (IRE) 40 David Gibbs
222-p616 IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE) 40 Mary Tory
457p-733 KERISPER (FR) 26
Alexander Gibbons
p5/pp-22 MILLANSIE BOY 42 Neil McLean
112-1113 NAVANMAN (IRE) 46 John Heard
*5/61p/p- POTTERS APPROACH (IRE) NR Patricia Shaw
30/214-1 SAUSALITO SUNRISE (IRE) 47 Alexandra Dunn
*14/8p7-4 TANIT RIVER (IRE) 39 Abbi Vaughan
*ffp/p-312 THREE FACES WEST (IRE) 44 Bethen Childs
/61121-p1 WIND TOR 43 Edward Walker

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The feature race of the day is the £1000 West Country Men’s Open Champion Chase which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd. Entries include previous National Hunt winner Sausalito Sunrise for the Alexandra Dunn team, he won a Hunter Chase at Hexham last season, and started this season with an impressive ten length win at Cocklebarrow in January. Fishy Story for trainer Stuart Sampson, could figure and was impressive when she bounced back from a year’s break when she battled on for a short head win ahead of Sixteen Letters at Milborne St Andrew last month. Three Faces West (Bethan Childs) has strong claims after his win at this track in January under jockey Nathan Vergne, although holds an entry at the Cothelstone meeting on Saturday. Local entry Dicky Bob (Verity Nicholls), now a veteran, knows this track well and could figure here.

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4p1-4050 BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 34? Leslie Jefford
/44/123p- BALLYVODOCK (IRE) 39
Gordon Chambers
432113-2 BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 38
Dean Summersby
4524-252 DAN’S WEE MAN 35 Peter Mason
f2-u21 HARD GROUND 37+
Gearoid Costelloe
/u2pu2-2 JABBEA (IRE) 40 Mary Sanderson
4p261-28 JOURNEY JUICE 38 Ed Walker
1p/52-0s MICKY STARK 34? Zoe Hawkins
r/2421-up MISSYLADIE (FR) 37 Sam Holdsworth
p3p/12p- MY KING (FR) 35 Anna Johnston
*22/-311 NICKELSONTHEDIME (IRE) 39+ Neil McLean
p/24p3-p NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin
p2p334-f PRINCE OF POETS 36? Lucy Mager
252-11 THE GALLOPING BEAR 38+ Ben Clarke

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In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, team Summersby’s Banco de Logos ran a decent three length second at Chipley Park and should be among the favourites with jockey Darren Edwards on a winning roll. Outside raider Hard Ground (Gearoid Costello) won his restricted at Higham last month and is the highest rated, but looks to prefer a sound surface which he may not find here unless the ground dries. The Galloping Bear for the Ben Clarke team looks progressive with wins at Ffoss Las and Wadebridge, with the ground not seeming an issue for him could score again for jockey Darren Andrews.

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Race 5 – Ladies Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/21u13-4 DICKY BOB 44 Verity Nicholls
44/12p1-1 GOLDBURY (IRE) 41+ Laura Parker
12/21321- HEANEY (IRE) 44
Claire Wonnacott
2431/-f43 INCH ROCK (IRE) 40 Ed Walker
u8/58531- IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 40 Lee Glanville
u632d2-3 ITS ALL OR NOTHING 41 Charlotte Rowe
1112p-81 MASTER BAKER 45 Lisa Jefford
*1/5617p- MENDIP EXPRESS (IRE) 44 Bethen Childs
*5/61p/p- POTTERS APPROACH (IRE) NR Patricia Shaw
*05u40/-1 SILSOL (GER) 43+ Will Biddick
/61121-p1 WIND TOR 43 Edward Walker

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The popular grey Dicky Bob also holds an entry in the Skinners Ladies Open race, which may be a preferred option for the gelding, with the booking of local jockey Millie Wonnacott to ride. Millie also looks to have the option of riding her mother’s owned and trained Heaney who was impressive when winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter last April. This race looks very competitive with recent Chipley Park winner Silsol for jockey Ella Orttewell, Badbury Rings winner Master Baker for Jo Supple, and promising young mare Goldbury having the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance and won nicely at the Wadebridge December meeting under Natalie Parker, also among the entries.

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Race 6 – Novice Riders Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
p/73422- ATHREEOTHREE(IRE) 42 Louise Hendy
*/05p65- BALKINSTOWN (IRE) NR Michael Bowen
1/606-p53 CHICORIA (IRE) 30? Chloe Boxall
*26/925/- FIRE IN HIS EYES (IRE) NR Bobby Thomas
*1/5617p- MENDIP EXPRESS (IRE) 44 Bethen Childs
p5/pp-22 MILLANSIE BOY 42 Neil McLean
/114-3p41 RADDON TOP (IRE) 40 Leslie Jefford
1331p/13- SUPREME DANEHILL (IRE) 43 Alan Hill
*/50pp-u4 THE IBBSTER (IRE) 32
Alexandra Goodman

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TheWinston Pincombe-sponsored Novice Riders race could go the way of recent Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) for promising young jockey Conor Houlihan, who will try and fend off multiple Point winner Supreme Danehill (Alan Hill) who is also among the nine entered.

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Race 7 – 4 & 5 Year Olds Flat Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
ALLABOUTTHEMEMORIES NR Lee Glanville
ANY ALIBIS NR Gearoid Costelloe
BEAUTIFUL PROSPECT NR Alan Hill
CHARLOTTES WAY (IRE) NR Julie Mansell
CILLABROOKE NR Zoe Hawkins
-3 DROMORE MOUNTAIN 26 Gareth Moore
-4 FAIRLEY EQUAL 12 Zoe Hawkins
FEVERTRE (IRE) NR Nicola Martin
0 GET ON RON 0 Victoria Sleep
MIDNIGHT BILLY NR Jill Dennis
QUEEN KALAMBA (IRE) NR Jazmin Hosgood
RED CAP (IRE) NR Robert Chanin
SALVINO (IRE) NR Ben Clarke
SANDAROC NR Gerard Supple
SATURDAY SONG NR Gearoid Costelloe
SUN RISING HILL (IRE) NR Francesca Nimmo
THE RAMP SLEEPER NR Teresa Clark
TIP TOP MOUNTAIN (IRE) NR Ian Chanin
-3 VAIN GIRL 32 Alan Hill

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To end the day is a four & five year old Flat race which is sponsored by M1 Plant Engineering, with debutants to note as suggestions being Fevertre (Nicky Martin) The Ramp Sleeper(Teresa Clark) and local entry Allaboutthememories (Lee Glanville).

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Granville’s Betting Gossip: East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, 8th March 2020

Punters should have sensed they were going to be up against it during the afternoon when the favourite in the opener (two miles flat race) got no more than 100 yards before pulling up . This was Le Slithy Tove, eased from 4-5 to 5-4 having touched 6-4 in a light betting race. Unfortunately the mare appeared to go lame behind and was quickly dismounted. In a good finish Tom Chanin just got his fit looking four-year-old Bravo Buddy ( 15-8 touched 2’s) home. Front runner Grumpy Freya (4’s to 7-2) looked the winner until headed by the winner entering the final furlong. The Grumpy one was coming back in the final strides. Both first and second were making their racecourse debuts.

13 lined up for the young horses Maiden over two and a half miles with Party Tunes (11-10 fav touched 5-4) all the rage after his promising Buckfastleigh run. Darren Edwards soon had him in front and he looked the winner coming down the hill. Don’t Rightly Know (4-1) emerged as the only real challenger going to two out and stayed on strongly after the last to win going away as the favourite hung towards the inside rails. The winner, given a good ride by Chloe Emsley, was making her racecourse debut and this Malinas mare looks a promising chasing type. Say About It (100-8) was unfancied but finished a creditable third. Ahead of the Game (5’s to 4’s) again carried Welsh cash. He must have shown something at home but has left the money behind three times in a row now. The other eye catcher in the ring was Henry’s Regime (6’s to 3’s) who crashed out at half way.

The next jolly to boost the bookies satchels was Roc The Boat (2’s to 6-4) in the Maiden for older horses which saw the longest price winner of the day in The Meters Running (8-1). This gelding was making his seasonal debut but had shown promise last year from the yard of Gordon Chambers. Jake Bament sent the winner clear down the hill to win as he liked. The favourite was never sighted.

Only three turned out for the Mixed Open. Chosen Lucky (5-4) is one of the most consistent pointers in the area and won the battle with his main rival Spencer Moon (evens fav) who was eventually pulled up at the top of the hill when palpably tired. Talk of the South (9-4) chased home Chosen Lucky and can win a race before the ground dries up.

Somewhere To Be was a surprisingly short priced favourite (13-8) for the Novice Riders. He never looked like winning and was eventually pulled up four out. The main gamble here was course winner Syracuse’s Dream (8’s to 4’s) but he faded after showing early pace. At the business end of the race the mare Cloudy Music (4’s touched 9-2) stayed on strongly to give Charlotte Summersby her first winner, coming with a strong run to beat Awesome Tunes (drifted from 5’s to 10’s).

With the rain and hail lashing down, only the needy and the greedy remained for the last race where the four bookies left narrowly outnumbered the punters. Makeapoint (evens) was preferred to Port O’Clock (5-4) in a very weak market. Once again the Welsh lads left their money behind as Port O’Clock repeated his Milborne success as his three rivals all threw the towel in – and who can blame them.

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Preview: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 15 March 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

A great way to end Cheltenham Festival week is to go along to the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, where they host their meeting on Sunday 15th March.

Pony racing sponsored by Barton Sawmills heads up the action at 11am. With the main seven race card commencing at 12 noon. The feature race of the day is the £1000 West Country Men’s Open Champion Chase which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd. Entries include previous National Hunt winner Sausalito Sunrise for the Alexandra Dunn team, he won a Hunter Chase at Hexham last season, and started this season with an impressive ten length win at Cocklebarrow in January. Fishy Story for trainer Stuart Sampson, could figure and was impressive when she bounced back from a year’s break when she battled on for a short head win ahead of Sixteen Letters at Milborne St Andrew last month. Three Faces West (Bethan Childs) has strong claims after his win at this track in January under jockey Nathan Vergne, although holds an entry at the Cothelstone meeting on Saturday. Local entry Dicky Bob (Verity Nicholls), now a veteran, knows this track well and could figure here.

The popular grey Dicky Bob also holds an entry in the Skinners Ladies Open race, which may be a preferred option for the gelding, with the booking of local jockey Millie Wonnacott to ride. Millie also looks to have the option of riding her mother’s owned and trained Heaney who was impressive when winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter last April. This race looks very competitive with recent Chipley Park winner Silsol for jockey Ella Orttewell, Badbury Rings winner Master Baker for Jo Supple, and promising young mare Goldbury having the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance and won nicely at the Wadebridge December meeting under Natalie Parker, also among the entries.

The opening Members race is sponsored by Ashburton Motors. This looks to be a battle among the locals, with The Meters Running for the Gordon Chambers yard looking to follow up on his Great Trethew win last weekend. They could come up against Rebecca Welch’s Somewhere To Be who ran second at Wadebridge, but found the conditions tough when pulling up at Great Trethew last weekend, and Moonaro another local entry who has clocked up some decent previous place form for the Kingsbridge based Darke family.

Clever Des Assence (Laura Parker) ran third here at the January meeting, and Steven Steel ( Janet Ackner) with a second at the Didmarton meeting, are just two catching the eye in the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race.

In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, team Summersby’s Banco de Logos ran a decent three length second at Chipley Park and should be among the favourites with jockey Darren Edwards on a winning roll. Outside raider Hard Ground (Gearoid Costello) won his restricted at Higham last month and is the highest rated, but looks to prefer a sound surface which he may not find here unless the ground dries. The Galloping Bear for the Ben Clarke team looks progressive with wins at Ffoss Las and Wadebridge, with the ground not seeming an issue for him could score again for jockey Darren Andrews.

TheWinston Pincombe-sponsored Novice Riders race could go the way of recent Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) for promising young jockey Conor Houlihan, who will try and fend off multiple Point winner Supreme Danehill (Alan Hill) who is also among the nine entered.

To end the day is a four & five year old Flat race which is sponsored by M1 Plant Engineering, with debutants to note as suggestions being Fevertre (Nicky Martin) The Ramp Sleeper(Teresa Clark) and local entry Allaboutthememories (Lee Glanville).

This track is steeped in history, it offers fantastic viewing, beer tent, hot and cold food and refreshments, on course bookies and a host of interesting trade stands. Easy access along the A38 Post code TQ11 0LT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Useful Information

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

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