GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON ON SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 2022

Winner finding at Trebudannon was fairly easy, but shuffling from the paddock and the bookies to my vantage point was fraught with danger.

The lovely sunny weather brought out the picnic blankets for the first time this season. That meant a giant slalom journey down the hill to avoid treading on loose dogs, loose children , or various humans sprawled out seeking the sun’s rays.

The first of Will Biddick’s four winners was Knockmoylan, saddled by Christopher Barber, who started at a prohibitive 4-11 having opened at 4-9. The Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final beckons for this gelding, unbeaten in his three English points. Hadmeathello (9-4) ran well but was brushed aside by the winner. Cottage Rose (8’s to 5’s) made most until three out and may have to return to the scene of her last win almost a year ago (Flete) to score again.

Money for Freddie Gingell’s mount Lillington (7-4 to evens fav) made the all the way winner Beau Du Brizais a tasty bet at 6-4 in the Veteran Horse Conditions. This ex-Philip Hobbs Desert Orchid lookalike , now with Teresa Clark,  stays well and seemed to benefit from first time blinkers.  

Trtebudannon always produces a well balanced card and the Mares race over a shorter distance proved ideal for the Leslie Jefford trained five-year-old Walkin Out’s English debut. The beautifully bred mare scorched round to win unchallenged under in form Fly McIntyre, justifying market support from 7-2 into her SP of 13-8. Runner up  Summerleaze (6-4 fav) had shown promise behind the prolific His Own Star at Buckfastleigh, but hadn’t run for 10 weeks and could have looked better in her coat. Third placed Getaway Gwen (4-1) stepped up on her Great Trethew debut and should win a Maiden.  

It was the Biddick/Christopher Barber combination  again as Envoye Special justified 4-6 favouritism in the Mixed Open. Dropped in class after a couple of hunter chases, he found conditions to his favour here and had too much pace for Eric The Third (5-4).

Roc D’Apsis (5-2 to 6-4 fav) was rated in the 130’s for Tom George in his heyday, but hadn’t won a race for nearly five years and is now in the hands of  his military rider Vicki Sollitt. He had been a distant third in the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown three weeks ago, and found an easier assignment in the level 3 Conditions race here, winning as he liked from Blue N Yellow (7-1). Jimmy Tew (4’s to 7-2) was on his best behaviour today and was still in touch four out.

The Barber newcomer Mr Mahler (evens to 4-5) was unable to keep pace with the freely sweating Funky Sensation (7-4 to 5-4) in the Restricted. I seem to remember backing him at Cherrybrook when he was beaten last year but he went novice chasing without distinction in the summer.

Izayte was made favourite (7-4 to 5-4) in the last. He went a purler four out when issuing his challenge, allowing Zumbi (2’s to 7-4) to coast home to give Will Biddick his four timer. The winner, who is by the French Derby winner Reliable Man, had shown promise in recent Irish maidens and looks a real chasing type. Cockspur Balla (5-1) is steadily improving, and Roc The Motion (100-9) is still a work in progress.

A profitable day in warm sunshine, long may it continue.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT:  FOUR BURROW  POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON ON SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 2022

“Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth;”

William Shakespeare;  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It certainly felt like spring had arrived in Trebudannon.  A clear blue sky, picnic parties on the hill, the ground firming up so not so many runners, and a few fancied horses to beat the bookies with.

 Will Biddick is setting a hot pace this season in his bid to collect his eighth National jockeys’ title.  His four winners from five rides at Trebudannon took the Cornish born rider to 31 for the season, currently eight ahead of nearest pursuer and current title holder James King.

Christopher Barber is making his mark in the point-to-point training ranks following in the footsteps of his legendary trainer grandfather Richard Barber. The young Dorset trainer saddled two of Biddick’s successful quartet.

Envoye Special, ridden by Will Biddick, jumps the last to win the Mixed Open Race
Envoye Special, ridden by Will Biddick, jumps the last to win the Mixed Open Race

Envoye Special found the D A Pengilly Builders Mixed Open an easier assignment than his two previous runs in hunter chases. Biddick was content to track last week’s Kilworthy runner up Eric The Third until easing ahead at the cross fence three out to score comfortably. “He was disappointing at Stratford and is back pointing to get his confidence back. The plan is to go for the two miler at the Cheltenham hunter chase meeting where he was second last year,” reported the trainer.

Knockmoylan, ridden by Will Biddick, was the winner of the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Race
Knockmoylan, ridden by Will Biddick, was the winner of the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Race

Knockmoylan had started the ball rolling for the Biddick/Barber combination in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. The Stowaway gelding was achieving his third success in the past three weeks. “He ran a bit flat today so will have a break now. I hope he will go for the Intermediate final at Haldon,” said the trainer.

Ten-year-old grey Beau Du Brizais ridden by Will Biddick (red silks), won the Veteran Horse Conditions Race
Ten-year-old grey Beau Du Brizais ridden by Will Biddick (red silks), won the Veteran Horse Conditions Race

 Biddick had given Knockmoylan a patient ride, but adopted forcing tactics on 6-4 chance Beau Du Brizais, sporting first time blinkers, to beat Lillington (Freddie Gingell) in the Veteran Horse Conditions race sponsored by Dunbia. Teresa Clark sent out the winner who runs in the colours of the Notre Cheval Partnership. “He might go for the four miler at Cheltenham – or his hunt race,” smiled syndicate spokesman Phil Browne.

Zumbi, ridden by Will Biddick, provided the jockey with his fourth winner of the day in the Maiden Race
Zumbi, ridden by Will Biddick, provided the jockey with his fourth winner of the day in the Maiden Race

There was no stopping the seven times champion jockey, and a change to Bloodstock agent Tom Malone’s colours on ex-Irish pointer Zumbi brought up his four timer in the Maiden race.  This big, strong grey made all the running and was left well clear when the favourite Izayte fell four fences from home. Bloodstock agents don’t buy horses to look at, and this striking five-year-old , who had shown promise in three educational runs in Ireland, will undoubtedly be on the market.

Funky Sensation, ridden by Jake Bament, claimed the Restricted Race
Funky Sensation, ridden by Jake Bament, claimed the Restricted Race

You can’t win them all though and riding Christopher Barber’s four-year-old debutant Mr Mahler, he had to give best to the more experienced  Funky Sensation in the Restricted.  Jake Bament had the mount on the winner for his Barnstaple based  mother Helen. “This is my first winner of the season, I have had six seconds related the rider. He is best fresh. Mother does all the work with him at home. I just school him,” said the rider.

One of Jake Bament’s seconds had come in the earlier Jockey Club Mares and Fillies Maiden on the promising Summerleaze behind impressive all the way winner Walkin Out.  Martin McIntyre is in fine form and was partnering his eighth winner in the last two weeks on John Dorse’s well backed Walkin Out.  Making her English debut after being placed in France, this five-year-old mare was saddled by Leslie Jefford who said, “ She ran for her breeder Robert Waley-Cohen in France. Her dam never ran but she is from the family of Liberthine (who won at the Cheltenham festival and the Topham Chase at Aintree). TJ Bloodstock got her at the Arquana sales at Deauville recently”.   After what had seemed a breathtaking performance I enquired if Walkin Out had shown much at home, Leslie replied rather laconically, “She goes alright.”  

13-year-old Roc D’Apsis has six wins on his career CV and had given his owner/rider Vicki Sollitt a great thrill when third in the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown in early March. The 200 miles plus journey from Hanley Swan in Worcestershire to Cornwall paid off in the easier company of the six runner Masons Kings Conditions race.  After drawing right away in the home straight, the rider reported, “I was in the Royal Navy for 20 years and bought Roc D’Apsis two years ago to run in military races. He has been phenomenal for me, never out of the first four and William Worthington (trainer) has done a good job with him.”

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-to-Point at Cherrybrook on Sunday 3rd April 2022

This coming weekend it’s the turn of The Spooners & West Dartmoor to host their meeting at the picturesque course known as Cherrybrook. With seven races on offer and a start time of 1.30pm, and 55 entries received.

Condy Mathias sponsor the opening Maiden race, in which entries include Aunt Lily (Ed Walker), runner up in two of her points to date under jockey Chloe Emsley. Looking For Larry is another who could improve on his second place when at Great Trethew, when ridden by Jake Bament for the Jill Dennis team. Jetmeoutofhere could go well if the ground stays dry and follow up on his second in Ireland before joining team Summersby.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which follows, and is a qualifier for the Intermediate series final to be held this month. Hotel Du Nord (Will Biddick) for jockey Charlie Sprake is the highest rated and would be looking to finding his best form and should go close. Florrie Webb is another for trainer Will Biddick and won his maiden at Bratton last season who could appreciate the drying ground. Jeremy Central (Tom Malone) could be options for top jockey Will Biddick, he won well when winning at Great Trethew, but then caught home close to finish at Buckfastleigh. Don’t Ask Us catches the eye, who could run well here for team Cummings and Josh Newman to ride having won well at Milbourne St Andrew.

There follows an Owner/Trainers Conditions race sponsored kindly by HCL Architects and in celebration of Mr Billie Lee’s 90th birthday, with suggestions being Footloose who is progressing fast having won his Maiden/Restricted and Intermediate races for Trainer/jockey Aaron Butterfield. Mickey Stark, was impressive when enjoying the sticky ground at Buckfastleigh and could continue that form here for his owner/trainer/jockey Zoe Hawkins.

The Mixed Open race is sponsored by DRB Crs and could see champion jockey Will Biddick extend his lead in the National jockey’s championship, having won five races over last weekend whilst at the Cotley and Trebudannon meetings, he could be aboard Story of Friends for new trainer Syd Hosier. Sixteen Letters for the Neil McLean team, should go close if recovering well from his 15-length win at the Cotley meeting last weekend when ridden by Lucy Turner. Molineaux for trainer Colin Tizzard and young jockey Freddie Gingell normally races every other weekend, so may skip this race after his win at Cotley, but would be likely favourite if turning up here.

TRW Engineering sponsor the following race which is another Conditions race, in which Lillington looks to set the standard for team Tizzard if turning out soon after his three-length second also out last weekend. last weekend under Freddie Gingell. River Myth is a lovely mare who has given her owners the Hamlin and Gardener families a lot of fun in pointing, and she could challenge in the conditions race on her solid previous form, having won or been placed in twenty of her starts to date including a win at this track.

Next up is the Molly Malone Restricted race sponsored by Olivia Tatton Brown & Guy & Fiona Kirkwood, in which Reflex Action (Paul Nicholas) winner at Milbourne St Andrew under Darren Edwards, and Transition Period (Dean Summersby) a Wadebridge winner, looking likely favourites.

Finally up to close the days event is The Spooner’s-sponsored Members in which Honest Opinion another out of the team Summersby’s yard sets the standard, and could find Bingo D’Olivate (Gordon Chambers) challenge up the home finish.

This is a must day out in the spring weather enjoying the fresh air in the countryside. The course offers fabulous viewing, hot and cold food and refreshments, along with bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. There is also a novelty raffle for Booze in the barrow, where you win both. Entrance to the course is £15 on gate, per person includes racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located off A386 North of Tavistock Postcode PL19 0LA. Live streaming will be available through eventbrite at pointingdc.eventbrite.co.uk

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

Best selling Children’s Author Interested in journalism, novel writing. Currently PRO Devon & Cornwall Point to Point.

RESULTS: FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON ON SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 2022

Going Good becoming Good to Firm

INTERMEDIATE – EXETER RACECOURSE

1 Knockmoylan (Will Biddick) 4-11 fav held up in touch, hdwy two out, led last, easily

2 Hadmeathello (Chloe Emsley) 9-4 led three out, headed last, kept on

3 Cottage Rose (Darren Andrews) 5-1made most til three out

3 ran; 1l; 10l;  6m 14s

VETERAN HORSE CONDITIONS – DUNBIA

1 Beau Du BrizaIS (Will Biddick) 6-4 made all, ran on well when challenged

2 Lillington (Freddie Gingell) evens fav in touch, effort four out, soon outpaced, kept on

3 Little Billy Boy (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 in touch, rdn & wknd three out

5 rasn; 3l; 4l;  5m 55s

MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES – 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS – 2M 4F JOCKEY CLUB

1 Walkin Out (Martin McIntyre) 13-8 made all, soon clear, unchallenged, impressive

2 Summerleaze (Jake Bament) 6-4 fav chased wnr, mstk three out, held from next

3 Getaway Gwen (Darren Andrews) 4-1chased leaders , stayed on

6 ran; 6l; 8l;  4m 43s

MIXED OPEN – D A PENGILLY, BUILDERS

1 Envoye Special (Will Biddick) 4-6 favhandy, led three out, v easily

2 Eric The Third (Darren Andrews) 5-4 led tilthree out, no extra

3 Quinto (Holly Anne Drowne) 11-1 rear, took third two out

4 ran, dist; dist;  5m 44s

CONDITIONS RACE – MASONS KINGS

1 Rock D’ Apsis (Vicki Sollett) 6=4 fav made most, clear three out, easily

2 Blue N’ Yellow (Peter Matthews) 7-1 alwysprom, not pace of winner

3 Jimmy Tew (Darren Edwards) 7-2 hdwy16th, wknd next

6 ran; 13l; 2l;  5m 51s

RESTRICTED – 2M 4F- R J TREVARTHEN LTD

1 Funky Sensation (Jake Bament) 5-4  led to 6th & again four out, comf

2 Mr Mahler (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav chased leaders, no extra from three out

3 Clouncerna (Fionn Summers) 14-1 led 7th tilfour out, wknd

5 ran; 7l; 6l;  4m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN – RAY DAVIES FOODS

1 Zumbi (Will Biddick) 7-4  made all, left clear 16th, unchallenged

2 Cockspur Balla (Darren Andrews) 5-1 alwyshandy, left 2nd 16th, no chance with winner

3 Roc The Motion (Darren Edwards) 11-1 not alwys fluent, kept on steadily

8 ran; 20l; 2l; 5m 55s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY ON SUNDAY 20TH MARCH 2022

It was good to be back at Kilworthy for the Lamerton fixture after this picturesque track had endured two barren seasons due to the virus.
The benevolent March weather played its part, but punters were soon on the back foot as two long shots mopped up the early Maiden races;
16-1 outsider Highland Legend took the Mares event in a blanket finish. This attractive half sister to eight times winner Highland Retreat had shown little in her two earlier runs, but came good here to beat the improving Oyster Perch (9-2), and well bred debutant Teesdale (7-1). No Escape (8’s to 9-2) was ridden with more restraint this time to finish fourth and could win a small race. I backed Lady Valkyerie (11-4 to 2’s) but she failed to last home. She is better than this.

Quintin’s Man (10-1 touched 12’s) is a giant of a horse and came from last to first to win the Maiden for horses and geldings. He is sure to improve further. The luckless Gunner Vic (7-2) will surely find a Maiden and third placed Rock D’Ete (9-2) also caught the eye. Jetmeoutofhere (9-2) showed promise, but the favourite Grove Ash (4’s to 5-2) again disappointed.

It was left to the old stalwart Sykes to steady the punters ship in the Mixed Open. After drifting from an unbackable 2-5 to a more realistic 4-6, the 13-year-old defied his 5lbs penalty to catch front running Eric The Third (6-1) jumping the last.

His Own Star (7-4 to 11-8) did me another favour with his third successive win of the season in the Conditions race. Runner up Bingo D’Olivate (6-1) is coming into form, but Port O’Clock (5-2) was on the retreat before the home straight.

After this brief flurry of well backed favourites winning, it couldn’t possibly last and Transition Period (4-7 to 4-5) did our nine bookie friends a favour when just succumbing to the determined effort of The Dartmoor Rose (3-1) in the Restricted. Trainer Charlotte Rowe completed a double here with in form jockey Darren Andrews setting up his hat trick.

I thought that Footloose (3’s to 9-4) looked in top condition in the paddock before the getting out stakes. Young Arron Butterfield brought his mount with a smooth run to head Jabbea (5’s to 4’s) at the last to set up his seasonal hat trick. Party Tunes (5-2 to 2-1 fav) held every chance until fading two out.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: Four Burrow Point-to-Point at Trebudannon on Sunday 27th March 2022

It’s the turn of the Four Burrow to host their Point-to-Point meeting in the Devon & Cornwall area, which will be held at the popular Trebudannon track this Sunday 27th March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 1pm. This is a popular track for young maiden horses and has attracted many possible stars of the future. With its amphitheatre style viewing area on the hill, this is an ideal picnic spot, and with the weather still set fair this week, it is sure to pull along a good racing crowd.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race heads up the action, with the finals being held at the Exeter racecourse next month, it looks competitive. Jeremy Central for the Tom Malone/Will Biddick combination looks to be progressing fast, having won two of his starts this season and only narrowly being beaten into second by a neck at Buckfastleigh. Minimalistic for the Sue Darke team won at the Buckfastleigh meeting, although only a small field that day, he is highly rated and the Darke family team look to be bringing out his best form again. Hadmeathello (Stuart Payne) needs to defy his top weight, but is also highly respected on previous form, along with Party Tunes (Dean Summersby) who won his maiden at this track last season and has been consistently in the frame since then.

Next follows the Dunbia-sponsored Veteran Horse Conditions race, in which Beau du Brizais (Teresa Clark) won his Veterans race at Barbury under champion jockey Will Biddick , Field Exhibition (Ed Walker) ran a neck second under Chloe Emsley behind Broadclyst at Wadebridge. Lillington could be the one to watch in the betting arena, from the Colin Tizzard yard for young Freddie Gingell to ride, could well improve on his outing at Charlton Horethorne when fourth to Famous Clermont.

The Jockey Club sponsor the Maiden race for 4, 5 and 6 year old’s for mares and fillies only, in which Summerleaze is sure to go well for trainer Jill Dennis and follow up on their second at Buckfastleigh ridden that day by Jake Bament. Look Once More could be interesting on debut for the Laura Jones team and Natalie Parker to ride.

In the D.A Pengelilly Builders-sponsored Mixed Open race we could see top rated Rose of Arcadia run well for Freddie Gingell and Colin Tizzard, who also have Molineaux entered here if not choosing the Cotley meeting on Saturday. Envoy Special (Chris Barber) should go well with the team being in great form and could follow up on his win at Larkhill. Sixteen Letters (Neil McLean) could be close at the finish, having won two and placed on his other two outings this season including third in a Hunter Chase at Leicester. Connections will be hoping he can reverse the placings with Envoye Special, who previously held him in second, if the two meet here.

There follows the Mason Kings-sponsored conditions race in which Jeremy Central could set the standard if not entering in the earlier Intermediate race. Others catching the eye at a glance would be Potters Approach (Patricia Shaw) second at Wadebridge, Blackrigg (Stuart Payne) after his third to Chameron at Buckfastleigh, and Roc D’Apsis (Will Worthington) an outside raider who could improve on some of his consistent previous place form.

In the R J Trevarthen-sponsored Restricted race which follows, Inebranlable (Chris Barber) could follow up on his second at Charleton Horethorne. The Barber team also has Mr Mahler entered who carries a low weight which could prove an advantage on his debut run. Funky Sensation ran second here last season, and could go well on his return for Jake Bament.

Finally up is the Ray Davies Foods-sponsored Maiden race, with 17 entries which include Arv Way There (Hugh Thomas) ran second at Buckfastleigh, Liberty Rock out of team Summersby’s yard looking to go one better than his second at Charlton Horethorne, Between You And Me (Neil Mclean) second at Milbourne St Andrew under Josh Newman, also Looking For Larry (Jill Dennis) having run second at Great Trethew are just a few suggestions.

The course offers hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person includes racecard. Children under 16 free.Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39, Postcode TR84LP. There will be NO live streaming at this meeting.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

Best selling Children’s Author Interested in journalism, novel writing. Currently PRO Devon & Cornwall Point to Point.

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT: LAMERTON  POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY ON SUNDAY 20TH MARCH 2022

 “Just under a mile away from the old ruined farm of Teignhead is Quintin’s or Quinter’s Man which today consists of a ruined cairn. Sometime in the late 1800s an old tramp used to visit the area on his annual rounds and became well known in the area.. He would spend a few nights camping out in the old ruined cairn. The old tramp would spend the days doing odd jobs in the area, either for coin or food. Having toiled just enough to earn his dinner he would then shamble back up to Quintin’s where he would eat his supper and spend the night under the moorland stars.…. “   .Was he the original Quintin’s Man?

AFTER a COVID enforced gap of three years, racing returned to Kilworthy on the edge of Dartmoor, a course where point-to-point racing first took place in 1925. It was a nice touch to see a large Ukrainian flag fluttering in the strong breeze on the top of the winning post.

The Lamerton fixture featured a riding treble for Darren Andrews, a training double for Charlotte Rowe and another success for the veteran pointer Sykes.

Darren Andrews brought 10-1 chance Quintin’s Man from well off the pace to beat his eight rivals in the Equafleece sponsored Open Maiden for colts and geldings. After two non completions at Wadebridge and Great Trethew, the five-year-old was content to lob along in last place at half way, but came with a storming run to beat the luckless Gunner Vic with Rock D’Ete finishing a promising third.

The winner is home bred by the German Derby winner Schiaparelli out of seven times winner Roll On Rose, who was trained by John Heard to win the Restricted on this track in 2011. “The dam was quite compact but he is a massive 18 hands and quite buzzy. He was ready to run last year but the ground went”, said  Okehampton trainer John Heard, who shares ownership of Quintin’s Man with David Willis. It was good to see Ken Heard, part of the Roll on Rose syndicate and others, back on the racecourse.  Quintin’s Man could be the ideal replacement for the yard’s recently retired stalwart Navanman.

Darren Andrews teamed up with the promising His Own Star to win the A C Worth Area Conditions race. Trained by Stuart Sampson for owner Ron Alford, this progressive five-year-old headed Bingo D’Olivate at the third last and stayed on readily to win for the third time this season. “He travelled strongly and jumped well,” reported the jockey who went on to secure his treble on The Dartmoor Rose in the Restricted sponsored by Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd.

Okehampton based trainer Charlotte Rowe shares ownership of this good looking mare with Lizzie Luxton, Brendon Vaughan, Beverley Beaver and Mike Baker.  “She was too keen at Cocklebarrow where she fell when leading and I have waited for this better ground,” remarked the trainer. The mare showed plenty of determination here to hold the strong challenge of Transition Period to give her jockey his eighth winner of the season during which he has reached his half century of pointing winners. “This is my second treble.  I had the first at Trebudannon three years ago,” said the successful jockey.

It was a first training double for Charlotte Rowe who had earlier sent out Highland Legend to defeat eight opponents in the Jockey Club and White Hart Bridestowe sponsored Mares Maiden in the colours of her owner/breeder Margaret Granger. Vinnie Webster was enjoying his third career success on the six-year-old who stayed on strongly to beat Oyster Perch and Teesdale in a blanket finish. “She jumped impeccably and quickened well from two out,” reported the rider. “ She has taken a long time to mature. I have had her for four or five months. I knew she would jump well and we have waited for better ground,” said the trainer, confirming  that The Dartmoor Rose and Highland Legend had worked well together at home.

Sykes and Darren Edwards denied Darren Andrews a four-timer as the Nicky Martin trained 13-year-old collared front running Eric The Third at the final fence in the Condy Mathias Mixed Open. “I thought the ground was a bit quick for him today,” said the trainer adding, “He is a schoolmaster for my three-year-olds. I would like to run him at the new Devon & Somerset Staghounds course in May which is near my home”.

Footloose is one of the most consistent pointers in training and won for the third time this season under Arron Butterfield in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. He had to fight hard to see off Jabbea (Rob Hawker), who was upsides at the last, but responded well to his young rider to score by a neck. Frome based 18-year-old Arron Butterfield works in the Colin Tizzard yard, and has teamed up with Footloose for each of his victories this season. The winner is likely to be aimed at the Exeter Intermediate final. He is certainly a tough sort because connections reported a nine days box rest with an abscess in his foot prior to running third in the Quantock Members’ last weekend.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS:  LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY ON SUNDAY 20th MARCH 2020

GOING Good to Soft

HUNT RACE (SPONSOR PANNELL COMMERCIALS)

1 Ask The Lady (Charlotte Summersby)

Walked over

OPEN MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES (JOCKEY CLUB & WHITE HART, BRIDESTOWE)

1 Highland Legend (Vinnie Webster) 16-1 handy, hdwy 15th, led last, ran on well, improve further

2 Oyster Perch (Charlie Sprake) 9-2 held up, good hdwy three out, strong run flat, just failed

3 Teesdale (Josh Newman) 7-1 led 3rd to 7th, disp 13, kept on from two out

9 ran; 1l; 1l;   6m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN HORSES & GELDINGS (EQUAFLEECE)

1 Quintin’s Man (Darren Andrews) 10-1 held up in rear, hdwy 15th, strong run to lead last, stayed on well, improve further

2 Gunner Vic (Vinnie Webster) 7-2 good hdwy 15th, led three out, not quicken apprg last

3 Rock D’Ete (Charlie Sprake) 9-2 with leaders led 16th, every chance til no extra apprg last

9 ran; 2l; 4l ;  6m 21s

MIXED OPEN (CONDY MATHIAS)

1 Sykes (Darren Edwards) 4-6 fav tracked leader til led apprg last, soon clear

2 Eric The Third (Darren Andrews) 6-1 led at brisk pace til headed apprg last, no extra

3 Skylander (Otis Morgan) 6-1 alwys chasing leaders, held from 16th

5 ran;  4l; 25l;  6m 12s

AREA CONDITIONS RACE (A C WORTH)

1 His Own Star (Darren Andrews) 11-8  waited with,  led three out, clear last, easily

2 Bingo D’Olivate (Jake Bament) 6-1 made most til no extra three out

3 Port O’Clock (Darren Edwards) 5-2 prom til dropped to third 17th

4 ran; 6l; head;  6m 20s

RESTRICTED (TINHAY BUILDING SUPPLIES LTD)

1 The Dartmoor Rose (Darren Andrews) 3-1 led til 9th & again 12th, hard pressed three out, asserted after last

2 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav prom, led 9th to 12th. pressed winner three out til no extra flat

3 Sake of Secrecy (Josh Newnan) 3-1 chased leaders til wknd three out

4 ran;  1 1/2l;  dist;   6m 24s

INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Footloose (Aaron Butterfield) 9-4 prog 8th, joined leaders 17th, disp lead last, ran on strongly

2 Jabbea (Rob Hawker) 4-1 in touch, effort 16th led three out til joined and  headed last

3 Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 2-1 fav led or disp 6th to 16th, wknd two out

7 ran; neck; 20l;  6m 26s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2022

It was a very light betting day at the last Buckfastleigh fixture of the season. Punters are normally a hardy lot, but It may have been a combination of the dodgy weather, small number of entries or the threat of the morning inspection that kept them away.

In any case the ten bookies had the aura of a lonely lot, ready to send out a search party for anybody who looked remotely like placing a bet.

The opener was a non betting event with Minimalistic (1-6 to 1-7) cantering round to beat his sole opponent Tarrytown (4-1) and set up a double for Josh Newman.

They went 2-1 the field in the nine runner Maiden with ex-hurdler Grove Ash heading the market. In lashing mud he started off grey and finished a delicate shade of chocolate brown in fourth place. Stellar Stream (5’s to 4’s) took the prize under Josh Newman, holding on gamely to beat Arv Way There (8-1 ), who is surely nailed on for a Maiden. I backed Ask Alfie (4-1) who had shown promise at Chipley and Badbury Rings but was found wanting in these conditions. 

When I found that Martin (Fly) McIntyre was jocked up for the classy Chameron in the Open I nearly fell over myself getting on. The classy nag had got rid of his jockey Ben Sutton at the second fence at Cothelstone on the previous day and his connections decided that he was well enough to run again. Ben was committed to riding at the Pytchley (had a winner) ,  so the experienced “Fly” took over. Despite amazingly drifting from 4-6 to 5-2 Chameron won easily. Danseur du Large (3’s to 11-10) chased him home.

My winnings vanished into thin air as quickly as they came as Lagonda (6-4) was barged off the track by the loose first fence faller Jabbea (4-1) when leading with half a mile to go in the Intermediate. This left Champion Chase (evens fav) in command.

My next tale of woe was further enhanced in the Ladies Conditions. Jeremy Central (8-11 to 1-2) was the culprit. He had missed a Hunter Chase at Catterick just a few days before and looked the ticket here in a five horse race.  Well done though to Zoe Hawkins on Micky Stark (100-6), who came storming through in the home straight to snatch the race. It had been a long time between drinks for Micky – four years since he won here.

The four runner Restricted was too tricky for my little brain so I let Nobodydoesitbetter (3’s to 2-1 fav) get on with it and beat Say About It (5-2 to 9-4).

The desperation stakes ended the card. I like these point to point flat races  for four and five-year-olds, but they are not really betting mediums. Black of the Glade (2’s to 7-4 fav) skated up. He hails from a shrewd, in form yard and had run well in a similar contest at Barbury Castle before Christmas. Tom’s Terrace (2-1) couldn’t get his breeding right on the race card but ran well under Alice Stevens on his debut for a top yard in the colours of the late Trevor Hemmings.

So I went home with the betting tail between my legs but still well up on the season. Sorry my bookie friends, I did my best to make your Buckfastleigh visit worthwhile.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: The Lamerton Point-to-Point At Kilworthy On Sunday 20th March 2022

The picturesque course known as Kilworthy, near Tavistock, is where the Lamerton Hunt will be hosting their meeting this coming Sunday 20th March. It is good to see racing going ahead again after a two year lapse, with the course reported to be in pristine condition.

With seven races on the card and a start time of 1pm, picnics will be brimming to the full and loaded for the day to take in the atmosphere. Pannell Commercials-sponsor the opening  Members race in which trainer Dean Summersby holds three out of the four entered. This could offer an exciting finish with  ex NH entry Aheadfullofdreams who won at Plumpton last season when with Dan Skelton, Ask The Lady for Charlotte Summersby, who could improve on her third at Milborne St Andrew, also Liberty Rock another for the Summersby team who could improve on his promising third at Charlton Horethorne earlier this month when ridden by Darren Edwards. They could be taken on at the finish by the local Lewis family team entry Full Spes under Heidi Lewis, who will be looking to take on the team Summersby’s trio.

Following on is the Jockey Club Mares and Fillies Maiden race which has also been kindly sponsored by The White Hart Inn, Bridestowe. Those catching the eye are the Jill Dennis-trained Summerleaze and Oyster Patch for the Laura Kittow team, having ran second recently at Buckfastleigh and the Great Trethew meetings.

The Equafleece-sponsored Maiden race for horses and geldings race follows, this could go the way of the Ed Walker-trained G A Henry for inform jockey Josh Newman to score here, having shown promise when finishing fourth at Charlton Horethorne. Gunner Vic looks the  main danger from the Hugh Thomas yard, having run well when finishing two-lengths second in the maiden conditions at Charlton Horethorne. Jetmeoutofhere looks to be another promising recruit for team Summersby out of Ireland, having run second at Grennon in May last season, should be exciting for the future.

Condy Mathias sponsor the Mixed Open race which is sure to be highly competitive with leaders in the jockeys, trainers and owners titles, hotting up nicely. Those to note are the highly rated Skyes for trainer Nicky Martin under Darren Edwards, having won two this season,  Sixteen Letters for the Neil Mclean/Josh Newman Combination another having won at two meetings, and Board Of Trade for Ed Walker and Chloe Emsley combination, with his promising third in the Mixed Open at Great Trethew.

In the following Conditions race, which has been kindly sponsored by A.C.Worth , entries Port O’Clock (Team Summersby) will need to defy top weight but has the credit of a win at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards this season, The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) second at the Milborne St Andrew meeting, and His Own Star (Stuart Sampson) looking likely favourite  with his wins at Badbury Rings and Buckfastleigh under Darren Andrews, look to make this an exciting race,

The Restricted race is sponsored by The Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd, with Transition Period another out of the Summersby yard to have scored at Wadebridge this season following up with a creditable second under Darren Edwards at Chipley Park.  Reflex Action also catches the eye, with his seven-length win at Milborne St Andrew under Will Biddick. Sake of Secrecy could come on for his win at Great Trethew and be in the mix for the Neil Mclean team.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, which is a qualifier for their finals at Exeter in April. Twig for trainer Matt Hampton looks to set the standard having beaten Molineaux when winning at Badbury Rings, along with Jabbea who was unlucky when unseating early at Buckfastleigh last weekend. Footloose for Arran Butterfield with his dual wins at Larkhill looks to be equally dangerous. Entry Minimalistic won his race by a distance at Buckfastleigh last weekend, and although only a small field that day, could go close here if recovering from that race well for the family Darke team and jockey in form Josh Newman.

This is a must event for all people and families to enjoy. On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. The committee will be hosting a fundraiser on the day to help Ukraine in its hour of need. There will be NO live streaming on the day. Entrance to the course is £10 per person Children under 16 free. Racecard £3 or two for £5. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located near Brentor, just north of Tavistock, PL19 0NW.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

Best selling Children’s Author Interested in journalism, novel writing. Currently PRO Devon & Cornwall Point to Point.