Preview: Stevenstone Point-to-Point at Vauterhill on Monday 2nd May 2022

The Stevenstone meeting is a great way to round up the Bank Holiday weekend  at Vauterhill on Monday May 2nd. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm.

The feature race of the day which is the Kivells Auctioneers-sponsored Mixed Open race, and with the championships hotting up, this race is bound to be competitive. Will Biddick takes the ride here on entry The Big Sting for trainer Chris Barber, and they will be hoping the win could help take back the National Gentleman’s jockey’s title, which was won last year by James King. The Big Sting has rewarded the team with four wins this season having progressed fast through Maiden to Intermediate races. His opposition could be Eric The Third for trainer John Heard to follow up on his win at Trebudannon under jockey Jake Bament.

The day starts with the Lomas Helicopters-sponsored Conditions race which could go the way of Little Billy Boy for trainer Annabel Bacon having run four-lengths second at Cothelstone behind Imogens Thunder at Cothelstone. Doctors Differ for the George Hiscock team is another to have finish close this season when coming home one-length third at the Cotley meeting under jockey Ella Orrtewell.

Penbode Vets sponsor the Restricted race which could see a battle between Clever Des Assence for the Laura Jones team and jockey Natalie Parker to ride and improve on their dual runner up places at Ston Eston and Dunsmore. Also entry Golly It’s Molly won the Members at Dunsmore under Jake Bament, and Ask The Lady for trainer Dean Summersby is another suggestion with the team back in form and should improve on their second at Trebudannon.

Brewer Harding & Rowe sponsor the Intermediate race, which could see entry Don’t Ask Us follow up on his two length second at the Dunsmore meeting for the Keith Cumings team. Reflex Action is another suggestion after his Cherrybrook win under jockey Darren Edwards.

The Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Maiden race holds twelve entries which include Kate’s Lane (Elizabeth Scott) second at Dunsmore, She’s A Legend (Stuart Sampson) third at Barbury, Queen Kalamba (Amber Jackson-Fennell) second at Lydstep and Wise Garden (Danielle Kenealy) one length second at Ston Eston for jockey Charlie Sprake.

Whilst the final race of the day is the Open Maiden sponsored by Wades, with entries Roc The Boat (Jennifer Boucher), Roc Motion (Dean Summersby) and Gingerbred (Laura Jones) could be among those fighting out the finish having shown promising form to date.

The organisers would also like to mention sponsors Hembury Castle Estate and LAS Aerospace for their generous sponsorship.

The on course facilities are bar, bookies, trade stands, hot and cold food and refreshments.  Entrance to the course is £10 per person Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome The course is located at High Bickington, signposted off A377, A3124 and B3317. Postcode EX37 981. This fixture won’t be livestreamed.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: Flete Park Races – Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd at Flete Park Ermington, Saturday 30th April 2022

We head back to the glorious parkland setting of Flete Park for another action packed day at the races this Saturday April 30th,,. The Flete Park races (Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd) meeting offer six races with a start time of 2pm. This must be one of the most popular tracks in the Point-to-Point horse racing schedule. Not only being one of the best picnic spots in South Devon, the course offers a great family day out, with plenty of rural trade stands to amble around, be it gin and oyster tasting provided by the local Oyster Shack restaurant, to country clothing offered by Farmers Friend and other local jewellery, clothing and gift shops. There is also locally produced Ice Cream offered by The Surfing Cow Devon Ice Cream company, which look to be a generous mouth watering sized tasty treat.

Races are headed up by the Francis Clark-sponsored Maiden race with entries Call Me Simon for the Robert Chanin team looking to improve on his third at Dunsmore earlier this month, Gunner Vic had to settle for runner up place at the Kilworthy meeting but looks to be progressive and deserves a win soon for the Hugh Thomas team. Also Hold Me Tight, for trainer Ed Walker has consistent place form and deserves a win soon.

The Hassal Law-sponsored Restricted race could see the George Beilby entry Champions Hills give jockey Conor Houlihan a quick fire double at the track having won his maiden at the previous meeting. Say About It for the Roy Smith team, looks to be the main danger after his six-length win at Buckfastleigh last month.

In the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd-sponsored four-mile Ladies open Virak would be a popular winner for jockey Olive Nicholls and trainer – Sam Loxton to follow up on their win in this race two weeks ago. Olive also has a ride booked on Rhythm Is A Dancer for trainer Georgie Nicholls in this, but they also hold an entry at the Cattistock meeting where the combination may head to. Here there opposition could be either of the two Ed Walker entries, Board Of Trade who has already won a four-mile race here last season, and Danseur Du Large who holds an entry this Friday at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase evening event for jockey Chloe Emsley. The latter ran six lengths second to Chameron at the Buckfastleigh meeting.

In the first of the three Condition races, which is sponsored by Marchand Petit Minimalistic is looking to score a likely treble of wins for the local Darke family and jockey Josh Newman. Minimalistic is another to hold a provisional entry at this stage at Cheltenham on Friday. Llancillo Lord a previous Hunter Chase winner, could go well here if recovering from his fall at Stratford for young trainer/jockey Megan Bevan. Field Exhibition for the Ed Walker team looks the main danger having some good place form but needs to have recovered from his fall at the Cothelstone meeting.

In the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Novice Riders conditions race Alternatif holds the highest rating for jockey Otis Morgan and is another to have won at this track when taking the Conditions race at the last meeting. The jockey has the option of riding Skylander for the family team, who was also a winner at this track two weeks ago when finishing alone in the Members race. Miltown Bridge ran third at this track at the previous meeting and could go close if improving here for trainer Gordon Chambers.

Whilst in the Veteran Horses Conditions race which is sponsored by Olympus Plant & Hire Tools, previous course winner Board Of Trade looks to have good form and should go close for the Ed Walker team with Chloe Emsley aboard if not competing in the earlier Ladies race. It is always good to see some of the winning ex- National Hunt horses compete with young riders on board, giving the riders a good experience and leg up the ladder, and the horses being given a life still in racing which they enjoy. Alternatif also holds an entry in this race along with Field Exhibition both should be considered if not competing earlier.

The track has on course bookies, licenced bar, hot and cold food and refreshments. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes racecard. There is a maximum fee of £60 per car load. Children under 16 are free, and dogs on leads welcome. There will be live streaming at the track, this can be sourced via eventbrite at www.pointingdc/live. The course is located at Flete Park Ermington, just North of Ivybridge. Postcode PL21 9NN.

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Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

REPORT: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT STAFFORD CROSS ON SUNDAY 24TH APRIL 2022

 “There is something special about the Axe Vale Harriers point-to-point at Stafford Cross. This pleasant, compact course has a garden party atmosphere….”

Extract from the book Axe Vale point-to-point – An illustrated history by Jacquie McCullough.

I can recommend the above book which also contains a few of my reminiscences and celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Axe Vale point-to-point.  The well watered ground at Stafford Cross featured a treble for the jockey / trainer combination of Darren Edwards and Dean Summersby, plus a first winner for jockey Anna Hylands.

Jetmeoutofhere and Party Tunes faced relatively easy tasks for the Summersby stable when making all the running to win the Hunt race and Conditions respectively. Six-year-old Jetmeoutofhere had two subsequent winners behind him when winning at Dunsmore recently and was left solo here when Aldreth gave Nathan Rahman a crashing fall five out. Best wishes to Nathan, uninjured in the fall, who leaves Larkhill shortly for Army duties on the Ukraine border.

Party Tunes had been consistent without winning this season, but had too much pace for Druid Spitfire. “He liked the better ground and is another of ours that wasn’t quite right earlier,” reported the trainer”, who is based at Broadwoodwidger near Launceston.

 Forcing tactics again paid off on this sharp track as six-year-old Transition Period, in the colours of John and Sonia Gardener, shrugged off a mistake at the 13th and the challenge of Say About It in the home straight to win the Restricted, completing a treble for the Edwards / Summersby team .

Nikki Steel gave Anna Hylands her first winner in the Novice Riders’ contest.  Yet again a front running ride paid off as the Robert Chanin trained gelding stayed on bravely to deny the favourite Rocheston. The 28-year-old rider works as a primary school teacher at St Dominics School in Cornwall. “It’s near Great Trethew,” Anna aptly described the school’s location in point-to-point terms. “We bought Nikki Steel privately in Wales from Daniel Bourne. We just met up in a moorland place and I cantered him up the hill and liked him. I now ride out at the Chanin’s at weekends and school holidays,” she added.  

The in -form mare Country Legend set a scorching pace under Tom Bishop in the Mixed Open, but Josh Newman’s mount Sixteen Letters, conceding  9lbs to the mare, jumped ahead at the third last and stayed on strongly to record his fifth success of the season. Neil McLean saddled the winner for John and Floss Symes. “We got in tight to a couple but there was plenty in the tank,” reported the winning jockey.

Westhill gave Martin (Fly) McIntyre his 13th winner of the season in the Intermediate and was yet another to lead all the way. A winner at both Cotley and Dunsmore, Westhill readily fended off Will Biddick’s challenge on Jabbea. “I was never worried. He jumped really well and I had loads left,” said the jockey, now attached to the David Pipe yard. Seven-year-old Westhill, who once changed hands for £105,000 as a three-year-old, now hails from the small but select Somerset yard of Sam Loxton.

Will Biddick’s frustrating afternoon continued in the Maiden when Christopher Barber’s  four-year-old debutant Talkingtothemoon failed by a couple of strides to catch Grove Ash. The winner, trained by Mary Sanderson for Andrew Finch, seemed to relish the better ground. “ He is a kind horse and my granddaughters Mia and Shannon sometimes ride him out,” remarked the trainer. Charlie Sprake, who works for Will Biddick, came in for the ride on the winner to beat his boss, replacing the injured Rob Hawker. The 19-year-old jockey was taking his seasonal total to eight and keeps him well in contention for the Highflyer Novice Men’s title.

A cheque for £2,200 being presented to the Axe Vale from the book sales proceeds of the book written by Jacquie McCullough
A cheque for £2,200 being presented to the Axe Vale from the book sales proceeds of the book written by Jacquie McCullough

For more information on the Illustrated History of the Axe Vale (£19.99)  contact email axep2p.book@gmail.com

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Photo Credit: Tim Holt Photography

RESULTS: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT STAFFORD CROSS ON SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2022

GOING; GOOD – WATERED

HUNT RACE – SPONSOR WBW SOLICITORS

1 Jetmeoutofhere (Darren Edwards) 1/4 fav  made all, left solo 15th

2 ran; finished alone; 6m 7s

CONDITIONS – J & FJ BAKER 7 CO LTD – HARRY PARR MEMORIAL CUP

1 Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 1-5 fav  made all, easily

2 Druid Spitfire (Anna Johnston) 3-1  chased winner, outpaced 16th

2 ran; 15l;  6m 13s

MIXED OPEN – LEE CLIFFORD ENGINEERING – GRAHAM HOLLINGWORTH MEMORIAL CUP

1 Sixteen Letters (Josh Newman) 1-2 fav;   hdwy 16th, led three out, pushed clear

2 Country Legend (Tom Bishop) 7-4  keen, led til three out, kept on

3 Celtic Joy (Darren Edwards) 7-1  lost touch 12th,tailed off

3 ran; 2l; dist;  5m 46s

INTERMEDIATE – MARTIN DIPLOCK CHARTERED SURVEYORS – MR & MRS P F PERRY MEMORIAL CUP

1 Westhill (Martin McIntyre) 1-2 fav   made all, ran on strongly

2 Jabbea (Will Biddick) 6-4    in touch, effort three out, no extra apprg last

3 The Ibbster (Alexandra Goodman) 7-1 in touch til outpaced four out

3 ran; 4l; dist; 6m 0s

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE MEMBERS’ CONDITIONS NOVICE RIDERS- LENTELLS

1 Nikki Steel (Anna Hylands) 7-2  made all, jp right, pushed out

2 Rocheston (Purdy Peaster) 4-6 fav effort four out, one pace from two out

3 Sandford Castle (Arron Butterfield) 6-4  in touch til wknd 14th

3 ran; 3l; 15l;  6m 2s

RESTRICTED – HAMMETT ASSOCIATES – RUTH WILMINGTON MEMORIAL CUP

1 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) 13-8  made all, mstk 13th, stayed on well

2 Say About It (Vinny Webster) 4-1   mstk 12th, effort three out, one pace

3 Twist About (Darren Andrews) 7-1  prog 15th, not reach leaders

6 ran; 4 1/2l;  10l;  6m 4s

OPEN MAIDEN- SCOTT ROWE SOLICITORS – STAN SWEETLAND MEMORIAL CUP

1 Grove Ash (Charlie Sprake) 12-1  hdwy 14th, led four out, just held on

2 Talkingtothemoon (Will Biddick) 5-2 jt fav   chased leaders, strong run two out, not quite get up

3 Lucky Lara (Josh Newman) 5-2 jt fav  imprvd four out, stayed on well

10 ran; 1/2l;  6l;  5m 57s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP- EASTER POINT TO POINTS

The crowds were massive at both Flete Park and Trebudannon. There were queues to drive into the races, queues to get out, queues for ice creams, queues to get a bet on and queues to collect.

The sun shone and the Easter fixtures were a “joy to behold”, as the vicar said on Easter Sunday. He also said that the sun shines on the righteous so I must have done something right as luckily the form worked out well.

 I joined the pay out queue as early as the opener at Flete Park. I was going to swerve this five runner hunt race, but 4-5 Skylander was too good to miss. Runner up One Tree Hill (4’s to 2’s) ran well and deserves to win a small race.

I had been impressed by Quintin’s Man at Kilworthy, but he was a bit short (2’s to 5-4 fav) in a good Restricted. He will definitely win more races with experience but couldn’t cope here with Honest Opinion (11-4). King’s Quay (5-2) will be better for the race.

I was afraid of Steel Express (11-8) in the Intermediate, but couldn’t pass over Minimalistic, backed from 5-4 to 4-7 whose Open form at Great Trethew was rock solid.

You can’t win them all and Jeremy Central (4-5) was surprisingly beaten by Alternatif (3-1) in the Conditions. Well done to young Otis Morgan who completed his first riding double.

The nine runner getting out stakes looked a punters minefield, but the ex-Irish Champions Hill (13-2 to 5’s) made all and just held on under Conor Houlihan. Hopefully he will be a nice replacement for the Beilby’s Bridge of Spies. Two others well backed in this race were For Luck (10’s to 6’s) and Hold Me Tight (6’s to 5’s). There were three 7-2 co favourites: Jimmy Tew, who seems to be off the naughty stool nowadays (finished 5th), Oyster Perch (keeps knocking at the door) and Young William (messed about at the start and got a red card). I backed the latter and luckily got a refund.

I really like Easter Mondays at Trebudannon. The atmosphere is second to none and the racing is always worth the trip. Well done to the watering efforts at both Flete and Trebudannon for producing safe ground.

There were 10 bookies to joust with at the Cornish track, and plenty of value to be had thanks to a holiday crowd with fun bets in mind. Anybody who had seen Walkin Out (4-7 to 1-2) demolish her rivals (including two subsequent winners) here last month would have fallen over themselves to get on. She scorched round in the fastest time of the day to beat her two opponents.  

No Escape was a surprising 6-4 fav in the two and a half miles Maiden. He had finished fourth in a slowly run Mares Maiden at Kilworthy and occupied the same position here. The winner was Between You and Me (11-4) who gave Josh Newman his 100th pointing winner. He had to be forgiven for a below par run last time, but his second to Spanish Jump at Milborne was the best form on view.

Eric The Third (7-4 to 11-8) in the Conditions event and Footloose (10-11)  each justified favouritism in their respective contests, but the plunge on Party Tunes (2’s to 6-5) in the Ladies’ Open was denied by Oistrakh Le Noir who drifted so much (evens out to 11-4) that he merited the best value bet of the day.  He won on the bit.

Looking For Larry (6-4 to 11-10 fav) had run with promise in a good Great Trethew Maiden and collared Ask The Lady (2-1) close home in the Restricted to give Jake Bament a treble

 Summerleaze (5-4 fav) had also shown considerable promise and was the obvious choice in the concluding 11 runner Maiden. However she finished runner up behind 100-7 outsider Little Peachey after the equally long priced Mykonos Ammos had thrown the race away when making for the exit gate and losing his rider after leading at the last.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Review – Exeter Intermediate Series Final

Having not held the Intermediate Series since 2019, it was excellent to deliver the series once again for this, the 2022 racing season. We made sure it was back with a bang this year. Our thanks are extended to the participating Point to Points, Devon and Cornwall area and to those who declared to run

Throughout the season, The Exeter Racecourse team were in attendance at fixtures in the Devon and Cornwall area to continue to share the message, if you run in a qualifier, you’re in the final, which was worth £4,OOO this year. It was lovely to see good participation in the series, with 40 horses running in one of our nine Exeter sponsored Intermediate Qualifiers. The final, held on Haldon Hill on April 14 th 2022, had 11 entries and 9 declarations

We wanted to re-invigorate the series this year as much as we could, with a renewed effort into our Devon and Cornwall sponsorship, activation on social media and our website, as well as sharing the qualifying messages to all participating point to point fixtures within their racecards and live-streams.

The evening was as perfect as we could have wished for, Good ground after watering, and a full house of declarations meant that we had a bumper evening in store for our season finale. The Intermediate race no-doubt had the biggest cheer of the evening in the winner’s enclosure.

We hope that the added benefit, of attendance tickets to those horses that qualified during the series, as well as Directors Box invitations to those who held a race entry with us, added to the occasion – that was very much our intention

This series is incredibly important to the Point to Point community and Exeter Racecourse. It will only be possible to continue, with continued success, measured by us through the participation in the final. As our data displays, the participation in 2022 remains on-par with pre-Covid levels, therefore we are confident this series remains valid and has a place in our race programme. Please continue to support the series in 2023

Our gallery displays those in the ring, before the big final, and our winning horse.

For your information, we have published this year’s qualification record, race result, and race record below

Daniel Cooper

Clerk of the Course Exeter Racecourse

Exeter Sponsored Qualifier RaceRunnersQualifying horses followed up with Entry into Final
Sunday 5th December – Cornwall Hunt Club @ Wadebridge8 ranQualified entry received;
Voie Dans Voie
Sunday 16th January – Modbury @ Buckfastleigh9 ranQualified entry received;
Hotel du Nord
Party Tunes
Minimalistic
Sunday 23rd January – Tiverton Foxhounds @ Chipley Park8 ranQualified entry received;
Dr Rhythm
Port o’clock
Sunday 13th March – The Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers @ Buckfastleigh3 ranQualified entry received; Lagonda
Sunday 20th March – Lamerton @ Kilworthy7 ranQualified entry received; Jabbea
Party Tunes
Sunday 27th March – Four Burrow @ Trebuddon3 ranQualified entry received; Knockmoylan
Hadmeathello
Sunday 3rd April – Spooners & West Dartmoor @ Cherrybrook2 ranQualified entry received; Mahler Style
Sunday 10th April – Silverton @ Dunsmore3 ranFinal entries received at this point, no runners required a run at Dunsmore for a place in the final.

14.04.22 Race Result’ Good, watered 6 ran. Winning time 6m, 21.80s. (Slow by 37.80s)

1stPort o’clock, IOO ORD Summersby & Mr Darren EdwardsQualified at Chipley Park, 23 01.22 (Good to Soft) 8 ran. Fourth place
2ndHadmeathelloS Payne & Miss Chloe EmsleyQualified at Trebudannon, 27.03 22 (Good) 3 ran. Second place
3 rdKnockmoylan 115 ORC R Barber & Mr William BiddickQualified at Trebudannon, 27.03 22 (Good) 3 ran. First place.

Exeter Intermediate Series Final history by year (LAST 70 YEARS) First race 7998.

Highest rated horse: 775

YearEntriesDeclarations
2022 – First year held at the end of April  
2021 – Covid  
2020 – Covid  
2019 – Last year being held in May10 
2018  
2017  
20161510
20152013
201422 
201310 

FOUR BURROW AT TREBUDANNON – EASTER MONDAY

A very large and enthusiastic Easter Monday crowd enjoyed the seven races on good going at this popular Cornish track.

The highlights were a first treble for jockey Jake Bament, a first winner for Amy Bennalick, plus Josh Newman reaching his century of winners.
Five-year-old mare Walkin Out followed up her recent course win with another exhilarating performance to set up a treble for Jake Bament in the Sportsmans Arms sponsored Members’ race. Leading from start to finish and jumping quickly and accurately to win in the fastest time of the day, the result was never in doubt. “She will keep running for the rest of the season and may go for a prestigious mares race at the Berkeley next weekend”, said Lisa Jefford, wife of trainer Leslie.

The 24-year-old jockey went on to steer Eric The Third to a six lengths success in the Chris and Sarita Perkins Conditions event. John Heard handles this useful veteran pointer near Okehampton for a small syndicate and described him as “A real trier but a bit one paced and likes firm ground.”

Looking For Larry gave Bament his treble when just overhauling Ask The Lady to win the Mitchell and Webber Restricted. “He was very green and will come on for the run,” reported the jockey. Owner Jill Dennis described her four-year-old as a “big baby we bred from our pointer Tavira. The vet said she was not in foal and she went to be covered in Ireland, but over there she produced the foal by Telescope we called Looking For Larry. She is now in foal to Sixties Icon. Looking For Larry will go to the sales.”

It was almost a four-timer for Bament in the Kivells Maiden as his mount Summerleaze was left in the lead after the last. At this juncture Mykonos Ammos, who had just taken the lead, swerved and lost his rider Fionn Summers as he appeared to dart for the exit gate. The tiring Summerleaze was then headed close home by 14-1 outsider Little Peachey who went on to give 23-year-old Amy Bennalick her first winner. Amy, from Callington, rides out for the winner’s owner/trainer Jackie du Plessis.

Josh Newman reached his century of pointing winners on Between You and Me in the Truro Tractors Maiden for four and five-year-olds. Neil Mclean trains the sturdy Presenting gelding, bought at Goffs Doncaster sales last May, on behalf of John and Floss Symes. The gelding swept past Kesa Great approaching the last and looks sure to improve further. “He had lost his action when disappointing at the undulating Cotley course last time and was much happier on this flatter track,” explained connections.

Oistrakh Le Noir was an impressive winner of the David & Gail Ellis sponsored Ladies’ Open, drawing well clear of front running Bingo D’Olivate in the home straight. A former hurdles winner who had scored on his pointing debut at Ffos Las last November, the eight-year-old is trained by Ed Partridge, and was led up by his wife better known as Lizzie Kelly. “He might be the type for next year’s Aintree Foxhunters,” remarked the trainer. On this performance he would not be out of place in that company. Jockey Kate Gowing, 24, gave her mount a very confident ride to gain her 16th career victory and said. “He had the hood back on and we changed tactics. He made the running at Milborne last time (fell at the last) and settled better in behind today.”

Footloose has been a most progressive pointer this season and won for the fifth time, leading from three out to win to beat River Myth in the Trebudannon Manor Cornish National Men’s Open. Arron Butterfield, based with Colin Tizzard, has been in the saddle each time. Arron’s father Alex confirmed that Footloose will be turned out now for the summer.

RESULTS

GOING; GOOD

MEMBERS’ – SPONSOR SPORTSMANS ARMS

1 Walkin Out Jake Bament 1-2 fav made all, jumped well, impressive
2 Transition Period Darren Edwards 5-4 chased winner, mistakes, wknd four out
3 Chapel Rock Amy Bennalick 9-1 always behind
3 ran; 25l;;dist; 5m 57s

MAIDEN TRURO TRACTORS 2M 4F

1 Between You and Me Josh Newman 11-4 in touch, led apprg last, comf
2 Kesa Great Anna Johnston 6-1 led after four out til headed last
3 Cockspur Balla Darren Andrews 3-1 led til four out, kept on
6 ran; 1l; 1l; 4m 49s

CONDITIONS CHRIS & SERENA PERKINS

1 Eric the Third Jake Bament 11-8 fav led til 14th & again last, dvn out
2 The Dartmoor Rose Darren Andrews 15-8 led & clear three out til headed last
3 Amore Alato Vinny Webster 10-1 close up til wknd three out
4 ran; 6l; 6l; 6m 2s

LADIES OPEN DAVID & GAIL ELLIS

1 Oistrakh Le Noir Kate Gowing; 11-4 held up in touch, led two out, easily
2 Bingo D’Olivate Heidi Lewis 11-4 led til headed after three out
3 Quinto Holly Anne Drowne 5-1 chased leaders, kept on steadily
5 ran; 7l;; 6l; 6m 0s

MENS OPEN CORNISH NATIONAL TREBUDANNON MANOR

1 Footloose Arron Butterfield 10-11 fav led three out, v easily
2 River Myth Darren Andrews 9-4 chased leaders, no chance with winner
3 Aheadfullofdreams Jack Instance 15-8 led til headed three out, kept on
3 ran; 4l; 1l; 7m 32s

RESTRICTED – MITCHELL & WEBBER

1 Looking For Larry Jake Bament 11-10 fav prog three out, qknd to lead flat
2 Ask The Lady Darren Edwards 2-1 led til headed flat
3 Clouncerna Fionn Summers 4-1 alwys handy, held in third from last
4 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 12s

MAIDEN – KIVELLS

1 Little Peachey Amy Bennalick 14-1 rear, strong run from three out, led nr finish
2 Summerleaze Jake Bament 5-4 fav alwys prom, led three out til headed last, left in lead agn after last, headed nr finish
3 Roc The Boat Vinny Webster 4-1 well in touch til four out, outpaced next
11 ran; 1l; 4l; 6m 14s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

FLETE PARK RACES (DARTMOOR) AT FLETE PARK ON SATURDAY 16th APRIL 2022

“And from midst of the road to the roadside shifting
The crowd of the world on foot went drifting,
Standing aside on the trodden grass
To chaff as they let the traffic pass.
Then back they flooded, singing and cheering,
Plodding forward and disappearing,
Up to the course to take their places,
To lunch and gamble and see the races”

From the poem Right Royal by John Masefield 1876 – 1967

A massive holiday crowd enjoyed warm sunshine and good racing at Flete Park where two overflow car parks had to be deployed.

Two young jockeys stole the headlines. Otis Morgan recorded his first double and Chad Bament rode his first winner.

17=year-old Otis Morgan took the Members’ sponsored by A Salon Called Fish on the gutsy 13-year-old Skylander, and followed up when another veteran Alternatif made most of the running to win the Full Circle Motors Conditions event. Frome based Annie Bacon saddled each of these winners in the colours of the 18 strong Dartmoor Racing Club.

“I am studying for A levels in geography, philosophy and business at Sherborne school and get to ride out at Annie and Josh (Cameron’s) yard on weekends and school holidays” said the young rider who had ridden Skylander to success here last season.

Otis completed his double on another veteran pointer Alternatif who finished alone as the outsider of three in the Conditions race after Board of Trade had fallen at the final ditch and Jeremy Central was pulled up by Will Biddick approaching the last when well held. “I always knew that Will was chasing but I had so much in the tank down the hill,” reported the enthusiastic winning rider.

Talk of the South had not won for four years but readily overhauled Dan’s The Man jumping the last to take the Oriental Club Owner/Trainer event and give Chad Bament his first pointing winner. “I work for Anthony Honeyball and will be 19 next week,” said the rider. Chad’s mother Helen, who trains the family owned gelding at Fremington near Barnstaple said, “I am delighted for Chad who won a pony race here. We bought Talk of the South from Gordon Chambers.”

Honest Opinion was a thoroughly game winner of the Wainhomes Restricted, stretching clear of Quintin’s Man and King’s Quay approaching the last.”She is a game little mare, very honest,” remarked jockey Darren Edwards who was partnering his 13th winner of the season. Trainer Dean Summersby was saddling his third winner of the week which included his first hunter chase success at Exeter two days previously.  The yard had endured quite a lean spell and Dean said. “The horses were not right until recently. It was difficult to put a finger on it but we seem to have turned a corner now.

Josh Newman’s CV includes a Cheltenham festival winner and Minimalistic’s Charles Stanley Intermediate win gave the Somerset rider his 99th pointing success. Minimalistic belongs to 80-year-old Edward and Sue Darke and is regularly ridden out by each of them.  

Josh had to wait for Easter Monday for his century as Hold Me Tight filled the runner up spot behind all the way winner Champions Hill (Conor Houlihan) who was making his English debut in the nine runner Luscombe May Maiden. Owner/trainer George Bielby  said, “Conor told us about this horse 18 months ago. We hope to come back here in two weeks time for the Restricted.” One of the tallest riders on the circuit, Conor had sourced the gelding from his Dungarven based uncle David Kiely, and was partnering his 12th career winner. He has recently joined the Paul Nicholls yard as a pupil assistant.

Paul had dashed from Newton Abbot to see his daughter Olive partner Virak to victory in the two runner Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co  Mixed Open over four miles. “ They have done a fantastic job with the watering here,” was a nice tribute from a champion trainer.  In the smallest field of the day Virak and Broadclyst (Anna Johnston) raced stride for stride until Virak took control on the run in. “I was a bit worried two out, but he is so clever and saved his best until he saw the winning post,” said the promising 16-year-old jockey who was scoring for the seventh time in her first season.

RESULTS 

GOING GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES – WATERED

MEMBERS’ – SPONSOR A SALON CALLED FISH

1 Skylander  Otis Morgan 4-5 fav   led 14th,clear last  held on well

2 One Tree Hill  Pippa Glanville 2-1  held up, prog three out, fin well

3 Syracuses Dream  Barnaby Treneer 8-1  prom til 15th, stayed on nr finish

5 ran ; 2 1/2l , neck;   6m 57s

RESTRICTED  SPONSOR WAINHOMES

1 Honest Opinion  D Edwards 11/4  made most, drew clear two out, gamely

2 Quintins Man  D Andrews 5-4 fav   held up, effort three out, kept on flat

3 Kings Quay  M Hampton 5-2   chased wnr 12th, every chance til no extra two out

6 ran; 8l;  2l;;  6m 56s

MIXED OPEN – TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES CO 4 MILES

1 Virak  Olive Nicholls  2-5 fav    disp ld til went clear flat

2 Broadclyst  Anna Johnston  5-4    disp ld, no extra flat

2 ran;  2 1/2l   8m 20s

INTERMEDIATE  CHARLES STANLEY two & a half miles

1 Minimalistic  Josh Newman  4-7 fav   prom, led two out, comf

2 Steel Express  Martin McIntyre  11-4    led 11th til headed & wknd apprg last

3 Miltown Bridge  Arron Butterfield  12-1   never nearer, kept on closing stages

5 ran;  6l;  10l; 5m 34s

OWNER TRAINER CONDITIONS  ORIENTAL CLUB

1 Talk of the South  Chad Bament   5-1    in touch, chall’d last, dvn out

2 Dans Wee Man  Daisy White  6-4   led 8th til headed after last

3 The Dapper Fox  Jack Veysey  4-7 fav   never near to chall

5 ran;  1l;  6l;  7m 0s

CONDITIONS  FULL CIRCLE MOTORS  ELIZABETH MAY MEMORIAL

1  Alternatif  Otis Morgan  3-1   led from 4th, clear from two out

3 ran; Finished alone;   6m 55s

MAIDEN  LUSCOMBE MAY

1 Champions Hill  Conor Houlihan   5-1   made all, held on well flat

2 Hold Me Tight  Josh Newman  5-1   stdy hdwy 14th, chall two out, no extra flat

3 Oyster Perch  Darren Andrews  7-2 co fav   hdwy three out, kept on closing stages

9 ran;  1 1/2l;  5l;  7m 0s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: The Axe Vale Point-to-Point at Stafford Cross on Sunday 24th April 2022

It’s the turn of the Axe Vale to host their meeting at Stafford Cross near Seaton this Sunday April 24th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 1.30pm 51 entries have been received. Along with the racing there will be a parade of Santini by trainer Polly Gundry after this horses brave performance finishing fourth in this years Grand National.

There looks to be a competitive Mixed Open race which is sponsored by Lee Clifford Engineering, entries include Highway One O One for trainer Jenny Gordon and son Fred setting the standard having won four Points this season. Captain Bucks, another out of the Gordon yard and an option for Fred to add to their two point wins. Another ex-National Hunt entry Chameron for trainer Sam Loxton, a winner of two for Ben Sutton this season, but needs to defy top weight. Sixteen Letters for Neil McClean has arrived in the winners enclosure four times this season under Josh Newman and Lucy Turner, either who could get the leg up here to compete. Along with the Matt Hampton-trained Twig who will be fresh from winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter, looks to appreciate the faster going, along with recent Dunsmore Mixed Open winner Country Legend for the Francis Bishop team, this promises to be a closely run race. 

The WBW Solicitors incorporating Beviss & Buckingsale-sponsored Members race heads up the action which could see the Ed Walker-trained Board of Trade figure here if recovering from his fall at Flete Park last weekend when going well under Chloe Emsley. Cockspur Bella is another who could run well having finished second at the Cothelstone meeting under Darren Andrews for the Rebecca Vanstone team. Jetmeoutofhere could run in this race and go well for the inform Dean Summersby yard, who may decide to switch him to the later Restricted race, which he also holds an entry in, for Darren Edwards to ride.

The Hammet Association-sponsored Restricted also has team Summersbys Transition Period, entered who ran last Monday finishing second in the Members race at Trebudannon, should be one for the short list if not finding this race comes too soon. Say About It for trainer Roy Smith, won his maiden impressively at Wadebridge this season, and is sure to be another to go close at the finish. 

In the Martin Diplock-sponsored Intermediate race which has has only attracted three entries, West Hill looks the likely favourite for trainer Sam Loxton after his impressive 24 Length win at the Dunsmore meeting under promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. He could be fighting out the finish with Jabbea under Robert Hawker, out of the Mary Sanderson yard, with Jabbea finishing runner up at the Kilworthy meeting only a neck second behind Footloose that day, this race could well offer a thrilling tactical finish.

There are two Condition races, in the first, which has been kindly sponsored by J & FJ Baker, Party Tunes is another out of the Dean Summersby yard who could run well, having progressed well last season winning two and the yard being bang back in form. His opposition is the veteran Druid Spitfire, who for owner and breeder Elisabeth Kessler has given many years of fun Pointing and is in training with Robert Chanin.

In the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice Conditions race, Rocheston is one to note having won the members race at Cothelstone for young jockey Purdy Pester. This ex NH hurdle winner had been in training with Paul Nicholls and is now trained by Tom Doggrell. Bistouri d’Honore is another out of the Paul Nicholls yard who has given some young jockeys a spin around the pointing tracks, and he is now based with Michael Felton, one that has the ability to improve on his eleven lengths third at the Dunsmore track and on previous form. Nikki Steel ran a promising second in the members race at the Dunsmore meeting for trainer Robert Chanin and could go well again for jockey Anna Highlands.

The Scott Rowe Solicitors-sponsored open maiden closes the days event which could be a fast run race on this flat track, those catching the eye are Arv Way There( Hugh Thomas), Kates Lane ( Elizabeth Scott) and the Rebecca Branton-trained Buck’s Billionare which are all progressing well. On course facilities offer great viewing close to the action, together with rural trade stands, bar, bookies, hot and cold refreshments. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes a race card. Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads are welcome. Course is located off A3052 20m from M5 junction 30. EX24 6HZ. There will be NO live streaming at this event.

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

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SILVERTON

It was good to see all five entries stand their ground for the opening Hunt race which looked a tricky little affair. Nicely bred Golly Its Molly (5-1) is a maiden no more,having overhauled front running Nikki Steel (2’s to 7-4 fav) at the last. Third placed Clayway looked well and was backed from 5’s to 7-2 but seems a bit immature and has trouble getting the tripat the moment.

Golden Poet (5-2 to 2-1 fav) was the best backed horse in the seven runner novice riders’ Conditions race, but he is flattered by recent winning form figures which include a walk over and a two horse race at Larkhill. He struggled from half way as the eventual winner Imogens Thunder (5-2 to 9-4) under Charlie Sprake and Holly Greene on Bistouri D’Honore (out from 2’s to 9-4) slugged it out for much of the way.Blue N Yellow was friendless out from 5’s to 8’s but kept on for second and can win a small race for his novice rider.

The first winning favourite came in the Exeter Intermediate qualifier when The Big Sting landed odds of 1-3 to gain his fourth success of the season. I must admit I took 2-5 about the jolly which turned out to be my best bet of the afternoon.  The only scare was when this very tall Scorpion gelding slipped on the bottom bend. Don’t Ask Us(2’s out to 9-4) ran well and should win an Intermediate.

Country Legend (2’s to 13-8 fav) seems to improve with every race and stepped up to Open class in good style. After racing keenly in front from the fifth, the Midnight Legend mare found an extra gear in the home straight to win going away. Tuff Nano(3’s touched 7-2) and Celtic Joy (8-1) all held some sort of chance approaching the last but were chasing shadows up the run in.  

Charlie Sprake completed a double when Westhill (3’s to 5-2) followed up his Cotleywin in the Restricted. This improving seven-year-old shook off Clever Des Assence after the final ditch to win easily. Odds on favourite Ninth Wave (4-5 touched 4-6) nearly fell at the second and fluffed the next before he was wisely pulled up.

I had made a favourable comment in this column about Jetmeoutofhere on his English debut at Kilworthy- “showed promise”- but missed the odds here in the Maiden. Typically he won (2-1 jt fav) just to annoy me. The other joint favourite Grove Ash continues to disappoint. Runner up Kates Lane (7-1) has a few letters to her name, but is capable of winning a Maiden. 

Well done to the organisers for providing safe watered ground at Dunsmore.