Southfield Theatre, ridden by Lily Bradstock, gets away from the last to win the INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open Race (Race 4)

Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 5th June 2022

Its hot at the top! With our third trip to the stunning course at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 5th June, for the season’s penultimate point-to-point meeting, and both gentleman jockey’s James King and Will Biddick are neck and neck in the race for the championship. This looks again to be an excellent day out for all the family. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm, attracting 50 quality entries.

The Winston Pincombe-sponsored Members race heads up the action, in which Broughtons Rhythm for trainer Laura Hurley is the highest rated and could follow up on his second at this meeting last season under Fionn Summers. He could be taken on by the younger Grove Ash for the Mary Sanderson team, who ran a creditable one-length second to Rowley Park at Holnicote and third last weekend at Upcott Cross for leading male Novice jockey Charlie Sprake.

In the following Riverside Caravan Camping & Country Club-sponsored Maiden race Stopbeatingyourgums (Luke Price) who ran third at the Dingley meeting last weekend, could provide jockey James King with another winner, the jockey having scored a treble at last weekends meeting for trainer Luke Price. His opposition could be entry Alkademan (Mike Vanstone) who ran third to Donny’s Fortune at this track two weeks ago, and Holdmetight for the Ed Walker team who finished fourth that day under Chloe Emsley.

The Exmoor Hay & Straw-sponsored Intermediate race looks a hot race with Knockmoylan standing out for the Chris Barber team for Will Biddick to maintain his challenge for the title, after their treble of wins earlier in the season. Will Biddick has also entered his own-trained Ninth Wave, which could also be the one he could score on here or for jockey Charlie Sprake to ride and follow up on their win at this track last month.

Outside raider Luke Price has three horses entered in the Ucanstore-sponsored Men’s Open race as options for jockey James King to try and snatch the title, with course winner Spencer Moon unbeaten in all four races this season, Ramble On who ran one length second to Imogens Thunder at this track two weeks ago, and Jack Dillinger a winner two weeks ago at Bredwardine. At this stage it is difficult to predict which will be aimed at the Chaddlesley Corbett meeting mid week. Highway One O One is another entry catching the eye who has won four races this season, the latest being a Mixed Open at Kingston Blount for novice jockey Freddie Gordon last weekend.

In the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open we could see another thriller with multiple winner Southfield Theatre entered for the Sara Bradstock team with daughter Lily to  continue their impressive season. Also Monsieur Gibraltar entered for top novice jockey Olive Nicholls to ride, the combination having set a course record here at the last meeting.

Finally up is the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Restricted race which could go the way of Champions Hill for trainer George Beilby and jockey Conor Houlihan, along with Bennys Miracle who ran second at this meeting in May under Will Biddick. Jetmeoutofhere is another entry which could go well here for the Dean Summersby/Darren Edwards combination. Also the Dylan Thomas-sired mare Villanesque, is another out of the Luke Price yard which had shown a good turn of foot when winning her maiden at Bredwardine by a solid 23 lengths that day,  and could be another winning ride for James King.

This course has a stunning backdrop of Exmoor making it a fantastic picnic spot for all the family. On course facilities are hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of country trade stands. The course is located at Bratton Fleming 9m North East of Barnstaple on A389 Postcode EX31 4SG. Entrance to the course is £15 per person including free racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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