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RESULTS: EAST DEVON POINT-TO-POINT AT BISHOP’S COURT 24TH OCTOBER 2020


GOING: SOFT WITH HEAVY PATCHES

HUNT RACE

1 Art Mauresque (Will Biddick) 1/3 held up, hdwy 15, led last, comf
2 Raddon Top (Conor Houlihan) went 3rd two out, ran on to 2nd nr finish
3 Ryves Rocky (Kirsty O’Dell) first ride, led 3rd til joined two out, no extra flat
6 ran; 2l; 1l;  6m 37s

OPEN MAIDEN  – FOUR & FIVE YEAR OLDS ONLY (Sponsor Tattersalls Cheltenham)

1 Kyntara (Alex Edwards) 3/1 prog 16th, led after next, soon clear, easily
2 Great Colewood (Peter Mason) hdwy 12th, went 2nd apprg last, kept on
3 Feu Des Malberaux  (Fionn Summers) with leaders til 14th, stayed on agn clsg stages
13 ran 4l; 4l;  6m 22s

MEN’S OPEN

1 Jatiluwih (Will Biddick) 4/6 held up, hdwy 14th, led two out, drew clear last, impressive
2 Navanman (Darren Edwards) disp lead from 7th, led four out til two out, kept on steadily
3 Ballykan (Ben Bromley) led / disp til 16th, no extra from next
7 ran  3l; 5l;  6m 20s

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Red Indian (Alice Stevens) 5/2 drew right away 14th, unchallenged, impressive
2 Master Baker (Jo Supple) bhd til good late hdwy to 2nd flat, better for race
3 Eric The Third (Natalie Parker) prom, chased winner til outpaced from 14th
10 ran; distance; 15l;  6m 14s

PPORA CLUB CONDITIONS

1 Sparkleandshine (Tommie O’Brien) 8/1 made most, clear three out, comf
2 Rolling Dylan (Isaac Buncle) mstk & lost place 13th, rallied three out, no chance with winner
3 Guerrilla Tactics (Finn Muirhead) first ride, mid div, late progress, almost snatched 2nd nr post
10 ran; 20l; 10l;  6m 25s

RESTRICTED (Print Concern)

1 Ryan’s Fancy (Immy Robinson) 12/1 with leaders led 16th, left clear last
2 Schiap Hill (Charlie Marshall) mid div, stayed on to take 2nd at last
3 Gerties Garter (Chloe Emslay) chased leaders 14th, nearest at finish
12 ran; 7l; distance; 6m 32s


OPEN MAIDEN SIX-YEAR OLDS AND OVER

DIV 1

1 Grey Getaway (Matt Hampton) 4/1 prom, led 15th, hard pressed last, dvn out
2 Some Boy McCoy (Tommie O’Brien) went 2nd 15th, every chance last, no extra flat
3 Briery Bunny (James King) good hdwy two out, closing when hampered last
11 ran; 1l; 2l;  6m 52s

DIV 2

1 Starsky (Will Biddick) 4/6 held up chasing ldrs, went 2nd three out, disp last, ran on well
2 Jimmy Tew (Darren Edwards) alwys handy, 3rd two out, fin well
3 Eros (Josh Newman) led 8th, soon well clear, wkng when joined last, tired flat
10 ran; 4l; 3l; 6m 41s

photo credit: Athwenna Irons / WMN

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Entries: EAST DEVON Point-To-Point at BISHOPS COURT on saturday 24th OCTOBER 2020

Please note these are the entries for the East Devon Point-To-Point and this fixture is being run BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and as such there will be no blue zone for the paying public at the fixture. The fixture will be live streamed and telephone betting is available, see below for details.

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Tattersalls Cheltenham Maiden Race for 4 & 5 year olds
3rd 13:10 Mens Open Race
4th 13:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 14:20 PPORA Club Members Conditions (Level 3) Race
6th 14:55 The Print Concern Supports the NHS Restricted Race
7th 15:30 6 years and up Maiden Race (Division 1)
8th 16:05 6 years and up Maiden Race (Division 2)

Course Updates:

Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 19:15 

After heavy rain overnight the going at Bishops Court has changed, Following a course inspection the BHA Chief Course Inspector put the going as good to soft soft in places
– John Bradley, Clerk of Course 

Preview extract:

With a herculean effort from Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Chairman Frank Yeo, along with Secretary Gordon Chambers, in combination with the Point-to-Point Authority, and the fantastic efforts of the East Devon team, the first fixture of the season is to be held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary, to take place this coming Saturday 24th October. Racing will be behind closed doors for this meeting with no public access.

Following the disappointment of the early abandonment of racing in March due to Covid-19 pandemic, a huge thanks must go to the Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd for their generous sponsorship to help fund the three fixtures scheduled to take place in the area up until Christmas. Tattersalls are also on board for sponsorship of the maiden races.

Eight races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. It will be the first fixture to offer live television streaming, headed by Cornelius Lysaght and a team of presenters offering the action as it happens. The card looks really exciting with 142 entries received.

Organisers at the course would like to thank all who have helped and supported getting the event together, along with support staff on the day which include the essential Doctor team of Suzannah Hoult and Lee Humphreys, also the vet team led by James Bosley, Graham Potts, Nigel Woodford and Philip Brown. Sponsorship has come in the way of Banner funds, and the team would like to thank all those involved who have contributed, these include WBW Solicitors, Stephens & Scown Solicitors, Symonds & Sampson Estate/Land Agent, Cornish Mutual, Independent Agri-parts Co, Malcolm Pring and Sidmouth Scaffolding. Also huge thanks go to landowners Andrew and Della Carter.

Live Stream

Live streaming will be available via the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PointingDC/Live (you don’t need a Facebook account to view via that link) and website.

This guide will help those of you who want to watch on a larger screen, be that a socially distanced party for six at home or perhaps on the local’s big screen: https://t.co/B6MmsXtIJc

Telephone Betting

Some bookmakers will be offering a betting service by phoning them and opening up an account. Full details will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website or visiting https://pointingdc.co.uk/2020/east-devon-point-to-point-telephone-betting/

Green and Amber zone entry tickets

Participants (Green Zone) and Owners (Amber Zone) will need to apply for tickets and complete a health declaration to be allowed to enter the course. The tickets can be obtained from https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk

Facebook Event for the fixture

https://www.facebook.com/events/897724824037828

ENTRIES FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = 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 entries at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Race 1 – Members Race entries

Number Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1 *285f/133- ART MAURESQUE (FR) Thomas Malone 44 Won 9NH (6 Chases) Beat Bletchley Castle 6L(easy) in Cottenham Open 2020; acts gd/heavy; Chances here
2 p1/40504- BALLYBRUFF (IRE) Leslie Jefford 36? Won 2m4f maiden & Eggesford Rest(4L);acts on any; 47L 10th & 45L 5th Modbury Interm; stays, but one paced
3 4/pup44/- CIDER ‘N’ BLACK Michael Sweetland 29? Veteran; Won Maiden 2013 & 28L 4th only form 2018; acts gd/firm; moderate 4ths last 2 starts 2019; best watched
4 533345/7- KILCREA BRIDGE Robert Hawker NR Beat Wheres Wilma 1/2L in S.Dorset maiden & Exeter 3m chase 2018;plsced Chase 2020;acts gd/heavy
5 p/52/0s8- MICKY STARK Zoe Hawkins 34? Dam won Ptp; Won maiden 2017 & Buckfast Rest 2018 ;acts soft; Well behind when completing in 3 starts 2020
6 14/3p412- RADDON TOP (IRE) Leslie Jefford 40 Dam won 2NH;Won 4 Ptps;(Beat Somewhere To Be 2 1/2L in Wadebridge Conds) acts soft; capable of winning again
7 423212/9- RYVES ROCKY (IRE) Leslie Jefford 39 Dual Flete winner(Maiden/Rest) Beat Cloudy Music 1L in S.Tetcott Conds 2019; acts any; consistent sort

Preview extract

Art Mauresque for bloodstock agent/trainer Tom Malone, is also entered in the Men’s Open race, but the trainer could run him in the opening Hunt members race. Here he could be the likely favourite and follow up on his win at Cottenham last season under jockey Will Biddick.

Raddon Top holds an entry for trainer Les Jefford, with the booking of talented young jockey Conor Houlihan to ride, they could be the ones to take Art Mauresque on at the finish.


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Race 2 – Tattersalls Cheltenham Maiden Race for 4 & 5 year olds entries

Number Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1   ALLABOUTTHEMEMORIES Lee Glanville NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
2   BRUELAY Jill Dennis NR Dam won on the Flat (6f) Unraced in Point to Points and NH
3   EXCLAMATION MARK Francesco Nimmo NR Dam won NHFlast/Hurdle; Unraced in Point to Points and NH
4 2/up5- FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) Joe Tickle 24? 5L 2nd to Matt’s Legacy Buckfastleigh 2m4f maiden 2019;failed to shine in 2020 (51L 5th)
5   GETAWAY CORY (IRE) Neil Mclean NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
6   GONE SURFING (IRE) Jill Dennis NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
7   GREAT COLEWOOD Neil Mclean NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
8   HUNG JURY (IRE) Francesco Nimmo NR Half Bro to winning hurdler Call my Lyreen; Unraced in Point to Points and NH rules
9   IGGLE PIGGLE Edward Walker NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
10   JUPITER RISING (FR) Christopher Barber NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
11   KYNTARA Melanie Rowley NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
12   LADY ELLIE Christopher Barber NR Dam won 5 Ptps; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH
13 6p63- MACS FRONTIER (IRE) Ben Clarke NR Well held in 4 Irish Points in the Spring (23L 3rd on final start) acts on soft
14   MILTIADES (IRE) Christopher Barber NR Unraced in Point to Points and under NH
15 p/- OSCARA (IRE) Anabelle Bacon NR Pulled up 2 out in Irish maiden on only start to date 2019
16   PEEPING JIMMY (IRE) Joshua Guerriero NR Dam won Irish 2m2f hurdle; Unraced in Point to Points and  NH
17   POLLARDS FEN (IRE) David Phelan NR Unraced in Point to Points and under NH
18   SAMBLUCKY Joshua Guerriero NR Unraced in Point to Points and under NH
19   SHANNON ROCCCO (IRE) Neil Mclean NR Unraced in Point to Points and under NH
20   SKATING AWAY (IRE) Amanda Sloyen NR Unraced in Point to Points and under NH
21   SONIC GOLD Emma Yardley NR Unraced in Point to Points and under NH
22   TERMINAFOND (FR) Sam Holdsworth NR Dam won in France ((Flat -1m4f) Unraced in Point to Points and  NH
23   THE PLAYER QUEEN(IRE) Melanie Rowley NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
24 p- TIP TOP MOUNTAIN (IRE) Ian Chanin 0 Dam won 2 Irish Ptps; Pulled up 3 out in Quantock maiden won by Kings Cave March 2020
25   WHY ANNIE (IRE) Tom Ellis NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH

Preview extract

Tattersalls have sponsored the Maiden series, and in the race for four and five year olds there have been plenty of entries.

Those catching the eye are the Getaway-sired gelding Gone Surfing for trainer Jill Dennis, who has a good strike rate with her maiden horses. Mac’s Frontier (Ben Clarke) is the highest rated, and Getaway Cory is an entry for the Neil McClean team who think highly off him and Jockey Josh Newman who is in form with a win at Exeter this week.


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Race 3 – Mens Open Race entries

Number Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1 *285f/133- ART MAURESQUE (FR) Thomas Malone 44 Won 9NH (6 Chases) Beat Bletchley Castle 6L(easy) in Cottenham Open 2020; acts gd/heavy; Chances here
2 254/221- BALLYKAN Melanie Rowley 40 Won 6 NH (4 Chases) Easy winner of Larkhill Conds (25L) runner in 2 Nov Riders races in 2020
3 33/3p11- FULL IRISH (IRE) David Phelan 43 Won 4NH(2 Chases) won Charing Open & Fakenham Hunter chase 2020; acts on gd/heavy; Chance here
4 611433/p- IM ALL SET (IRE) Claire Hitch 39? Won 6 Ptps 2015/17;Won Open & Hunter chase 2019; 25L 4th Hunter chase ;acts any; pu 13th only start 2020
5 *1/11128- JATILUWIH (FR) Bethen Childs NR Won 6 NH 2019 (5 hurdles & French Chase- up to 2m5f ) 21L 8th in Pertemps Hurdle at Cheltenham, useful
6 32p111/p- LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) Mike Vanstone 40 Won maiden 2017 & Bratton Rest & 4L winner Bratton Conds, best on acts gd/firm; pu 3out only start 2020
7 12/11131- NAVANMAN (IRE) John Heard 47 Won 3 Hurdles & 11Ptps;Won 4 2020(inc Opens) stays well; best soft/heavy; very consistent; chances here
8 342p0/p4- O MAONLAI (IRE) Rebecca Welch 35? Won 4 NH(2 Chases 2m6f) 6L 3rd  E.Corn Open 2019;Well held since ;one paced; acts on any
9 *0/4211u- ORGANISED SOLUTION (FR) Nicky Sheppard 39 Won Chaddesley maiden & beat the Chaseison 2L Badbury Rest; acts gd/soft ;steps up in class here; acts soft
10 *153/u34- PAULS HILL (IRE) Max Comley 42 Won Hurdle/Chase 2017/18;stays 3m2f+; 16L 3rd Coronation Cup (lead until 2out) acts gd/soft; EW chances
11 *14u00/56- RED INDIAN Mimi Eggleston NR Won 3NH (2m5f Nov Chase 2018) 14L 5th in Peter Marsh grade 2 chase 2020; but well behind after
12 3211111/- RIVER MYTH Stuart Sampson 43 Won 9 Ptps; Won Rest/Interm 2018 &  Club & Mixed Open 2019; acts on any; stays well; unraced in 2010
13 55224/32- THE DAPPER FOX Jack Veysey 40 Won 8 Ptps; won 3m6f Conds; often placed ; stays 4m ; acts on any; 10L 2nd in Heythrop 3m6f Open
14 252/111- THE GALLOPING BEAR Ben Clarke 41 Won Maiden/Rest & 15L winner of Buckfastleigh Interm 2020; acts soft/heavy; looks sure to improve further
15 111/2432- THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) Thomas Malone 42 Won 3 Chases/Hurdle; Won 4 2019; acts on any; Head 2nd Didmarton Nov Riders 2020; may win again
16 *202p/p1- THUMB STONE BLUES (IRE) James King 41 Won NHFlat & 2 Hurdles 2015/1;placed in 3m+ chases after; Beat Frelia 3L Quantock Club. acts soft; Stays
17 4142212/- TOP CHIEF Stuart Sampson 41 Won 4 NH & 7 Ptps; won N.Abbot Chase (3m2f) acts on  any; 15L 2nd Four Burrow 3m4f Open April 2019
18 /1111/41- TUFF NANO (IRE) Teresa Clark 42 Won 5 Ptps;  Irish maiden & Rest/Interm/Conf 2019;Beat Silent Man 4L in Quantock Open; acts gd/heavy
19 p1/p2pp- UCELLO CONTI (FR) Melanie Rowley NR Won 11NH;(6 Chases ) Irish Hunter chase winner 2019 & 4L 2nd Irish Nov Riders 2020;stays well
20 25112/11- VIVALDI COLLONGES (FR) Melanie Rowley 45 Won 5NH & 4Ptps;Beat Now Ben 3/4L Cottenham Open & 15L winner Larkhill Nov Riders; acts gd/heavy
21 54121/11- WICK GREEN Peter Mason 42 Won 5 Ptps 2018/20;Won Larkhill Conds & Horseheath Open (1 1/2L) act on gd/soft; sure to win again

Preview extract

The Men’s Open looks to be the feature race of the day which include multiple winning pointer Navanman, last seen when winning by 70 lengths at Buckfastleigh in March under jockey Darren Edwards for trainer John Heard.

There are plenty entered who will try to reel him in, these include the Bethan Childs-trained ex National Hunt entry Jatiluwih, who could be a ride for Will Biddick. The horse has to be respected on his previous National Hunt form, which includes a hurdle win at Cheltenham last November when in training with Phillip Hobbs.

Other’s among the entries are the highly rated Wick Green for trainer Peter Mason, Vivaldi Collonges, and Ucello Conti a half brother to Silviniaco Conti. Ucello Conti had good form in Ireland when in training with Gordon Elliot and is now with Melanie Rowley for Ben Bromley to ride.

Art Mauresque for bloodstock agent/trainer Tom Malone, is also entered in the Men’s Open race, but the trainer could run him in the opening Hunt members race. Here he could be the likely favourite and follow up on his win at Cottenham last season under jockey Will Biddick. Raddon Top holds an entry for trainer Les Jefford, with the booking of talented young jockey Conor Houlihan to ride, they could be the ones to take Art Mauresque on at the finish.


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Race 4 – Ladies Open Race entries

Numbers Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1 20/14/p4- AQUA DUDE (IRE) Catherine Williams 40? Won 3 NH & Ptp; Won Beginners chase 2017;Pulled up Open & 19L 4th Hunter chase 2020; acts on soft
2 *285f/133- ART MAURESQUE (FR) Thomas Malone 44 Won 9NH (6 Chases) Beat Bletchley Castle 6L(easy) in Cottenham Open 2020; acts gd/heavy; Chances here
3 *00079//- COURT MINSTREL (IRE) Catherine Williams NR Won 11 NH(up to 2m5f|) ;Once Useful Hurdler & Chaser ; acts gd/heavy ; last won 2017 ;last seen 2018
4 *05747/- ERIC THE THIRD (IRE) John Heard NR Won 7NH (4 Chases – up to 2m5f) moderate recent form ; last raced in Nov 2019 ;best on good/firm
5 /58531/4- IT’S A STEAL (IRE) Lee Glanville 40 Won 2 Chases/Irish Ptp; won Members 2019;32L 4th Buckfastleigh Ladies won by Master Baker; gd/soft
6 112p/811- MASTER BAKER Lisa Jefford 45 Won 12Ptps(Opens) & 3 Hunter chases; Dual Ladies Open winner 2020; stays well; acts soft; chances here
7 /5617p/u- MENDIP EXPRESS (IRE) Bethen Childs 40? Won 8 NH & 7 Ptps; Veteran; Won Sandown Hand chase 2018;lightly raced since; acts on gd/soft
8 5/pp/221- MILLANSIE BOY George Beilby 42 Hurdle/Chase winner 2017;4L 2nd Buckfast Conds & beat Raddon top 3L Buckfast Nov Riders; acts any
9 *5890/44/- OWEN NA VIEW (IRE) Paige Topley 36? Won 6 NH (5 chases & Irish Ptp) 4L 4th in Cottenham Nov Riders 2019;best sub 3m races; best good/firm
10 *153/u34- PAULS HILL (IRE) Max Comley 42 Won Hurdle/Chase 2017/18;stays 3m2f+;16L 3rd Coronation Cup(lead until 2out) acts gd/soft; EW chances
11 *14u00/56- RED INDIAN Mimi Eggleston NR Won 3NH (2m5f Nov Chase 2018) 14L 5th in Peter Marsh grade 2 chase 2020; but well behind after
12 762p/343- STAGE ONE (IRE) Alan Hill 38+ Won  Irish maiden & 3 UK Ptps 2018/19; 5L & 12L 3rd’s in Larkhill/Cottenham Opens 2020
13 111/2432- THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) Thomas Malone 42 Won 3 Chases/Hurdle; Won 4 2019; acts on any; Head 2nd Didmarton Nov Riders 2020; may win again
14 *632465/3- UEUETEOTL (FR) Heidi Stevens 34? Won 4 NH (NHflat/Hurdles & Chase 2011/16) stays 3m; 32L+ 3rd Barbury Nov Riders Dec; acts on gd/soft

Preview extract

In the Ladies Open race The Last But One is another out of Tom Malone’s yard with decent form, latest clocking up a second at Didmarten in March.

Entry Master Baker (Les Jefford) for Jo Supple to ride holds strong claims having won at Buckfastleigh by 2.5 lengths in March bringing his tally of wins to twelve to date.

Millanisi Boy won the Novice Riders race at the Buckfastleigh meeting under Fergus Gillard who has progressed well, and now has the booking of Emma Jones to ride.

Mendip Express could give young Molly White a competitive ride around, the now veteran had some good National Hunt form when in training for Phillip Hobbs, and the young jockey will be keen to progress her future here.

 


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Race 5 – PPORA Club Members Conditions (Level 3) Race entries

Number Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1 20/14/p4- AQUA DUDE (IRE) Catherine Williams 40? Won 3 NH & Ptp; Won Beginners Chase 2017;Pulled up Open & 19L 4th Hunter chase 2020; acts on soft
2 513/432/- BAY TO GO (IRE) Patricia Armstrong 38 Won 2 Hunter chases/6Ptps; Won Members 2018; best on gd/firm;6L 2nd Torrington open in 2019
3 41/5/36p- BERNARDELLI (IRE) Max Comley NR Won 7NH (5 Chases up to 2m5f) 2013-18; placed over 3m ; acts on soft/heavy; pu 8th last start(never going)
4 2p/p5p4- BEUVRON (FR) Sam Holdsworth 37? Won 3 French/7 Ptps(4 at Buckfastleigh) 29L 5th Nov Riders & 12L 2nd Conf 2019 .moderate form after
5 *640fpp/- BUYWISE (IRE) Catherine Williams NR Won 7NH & Irish ptp; Won 3m Chase 2018; lost form last few starts in 2019; acts on soft/heavy
6 *00079//- COURT MINSTREL (IRE) Catherine Williams NR Won 11 NH(up to 2m5f|) ;Once Useful Hurdler & Chaser ; acts gd/heavy ; last won 2017 ;last seen 2018
7 11/3/3f2/- EVERY BREAKIN WAVE (IRE) Claire Hitch 38? Won maiden/Rest & Members 2017; acts any; 8L 2nd in Cherrybrook Conditions 2019; lightly raced
8 */52360- GUERRILLA TACTICS (IRE) Camilla Scott NR Won 3NH & Badbury Rings Ptp (2016/18) stays 3m ; acts on good/firm; last seen in Dec 2019
9 2/r4p4//- MARYAM JAAN William Harman 32? Won Chaddesley Mares maiden 2016;acts gd/firm; moderate form Rests 2017;last seen in May 2018
10 42p0/p4- O MAONLAI (IRE) Rebecca Welch 35? Won 4 NH(2 Chases 2m6f) 6L 3rd  E.Corn Open 2019;Well held since ;one paced; acts on any
11 *57697/3- OUR THREE SONS (IRE) Charlotte Fuller 38 Won 4 NH(3 Hurdles) 2017/18; 10L 3rd in Didmarton Novice Riders won by Doc Carver; acts good/firm
12 *84p4/4p- QUITE BY CHANCE Stuart Sampson NR Won 5 Chases (2014-16) stays 3m2f; acts on good/soft; placed in Chases 2019/20; may win again
13 *5/p4735- ROLLING DYLAN (IRE) Laura Parker NR Won 4 NH (2 Chases 2015-2018) stays 3m ; acts on soft/heavy; 21L 5th Taunton Hand chase Mar 2020
14 2pfp/32p- SOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE) Rebecca Welch 38 Won 2m3f Chase 2018(heavy) 3L 3rd Corn Nov Riders & 2L 2nd to Raddon Top Wadebridge Nov riders 2020
15 */343p8- SONOFTHEKING (IRE) Nicola Martin NR Won 3 Chases & 2 Ptps(2015-17) Stays 3m1f+, acts on any; 46L 8th in Uttoxeter Hand Chase in July
16 4035/f06- SPARKLEANDSHINE (IRE) Alan Hill NR Won Huntingdon 2m Hurdle 2018;well beaten in completing only chase; acts on good/soft
17 0pp/u4p- THE IBBSTER (IRE) Alexandra Goodman 30? Maiden/Rest winner 2017; well beaten 4 starts NH 2019; acts gd/soft; stays 3m;50L 4th Tiverton Nov Riders
18 *32465/3- UEUETEOTL (FR) Heidi Stevens 34? Won 4 NH (NHflat/Hurdles & Chase 2011/16) stays 3m; 32L+ 3rd Barbury Nov Riders Dec; acts on gd/soft
19 6332/2pf- WESTERN DIVA (IRE) Claire Hardwick 40 Won 2m+ hurdle & 6 Ptps; Won Conds & Mendip Ladies(4L)2018;acts gd/soft;10L 2nd in Ladies; consistent

Preview extract

The PPORA Club Members race entry Ueueteotl could follow up on his form when third at Barbury under Heidi Stevens, Rolling Dylan looks an exciting prospect for trainer Laura Parker, and Every Breaking Wave for Somerset based trainer Claire Hitch, could run well having been placed on eight of his ten starts to date, having won three, and jockey Martin McIntyre will been keen to get a good start to the season.


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Race 6 – The Print Concern Supports the NHS Restricted Race entries

Number Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1 p/*3378/- ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) Christine Gray NR Won Ottery maiden 2018;placed Rests (4L 2nd & 12L 3rd after) act on any; placed (2L 3rd) NH  2019
2 22/52312- COTTAGE ROSE John Heard 35 Dam won 7Ptps;beat Arctic Milly 1L in Wadebridge maiden(kept on well; acts on any. consistent sort
3 133p/fpp- DIPLOMATICO (USA) Jason Warner 29 Easy winner of Tedworth maiden (4 ran) well beaten(40L+) in Rest since; pu last S.Dorset Rest; front runs
4 p/413/p3- FAB VINNIE (IRE) Martin Wanless 30 Won Peper Harow maiden(beat On Parole 1L;gd/firm) pu 3out Horseheath & 26L 3rd Larkhill Rests 2020
5 242/13f2- FRANK AND HONEST (IRE) Peter Mason 35+ Beat Pheonix Park 3/4L in Cottenham Maiden & 5L 2nd to Getaway Flyer Chaddesley Rest; acts on any;
6 /6226p/p- GERTIES GARTER Ed Walker 34 Won Little Windsor maiden 2018; 2L & 4L 2nd in 2 Restricteds in 2019; acts on any; may win again
7 5/47p2/2- GOLANDER (IRE) Gordon Chambers 35 Irish maiden winner 2016;Runner up in 2 Restricteds (3/4L & 12L)  2019/20 ;acts on any; may win a small race
8 66up/pp- HALLOWEEN HARRY (IRE) James Ridley NR Won Dingle maiden 2018;7L 3rd in maiden hurdle after; no form after (bbv) on last start Jan 2020
9 p212/- ICHIFOOT (USA) Patrick Picton-Warlow 35 Ex USA Flat 2016; Beat What a Bug 30L Stevenstone maiden & 10L 2nd in Bratton Rest 2019; acts gd/firm
10 2/r4p4//- MARYAM JAAN William Harman 32? Won Chaddesley Mares maiden 2016;acts gd/firm; moderate form Rests 2017;last seen in May 2018
11 *f6/6pp7- NORUKI (IRE) Andrew Gardner NR Irish maiden winner March 2017;Well beaten under rules last 5 starts in 2019/20
12 */5007p- OBORNE LADY (IRE) Sally Rawlins NR Salisbury Flat winner (1m6f) May 2019;1/2L 2nd in 3m hurdle after; well behind in 2 Chases July 2020
13 *09800- PAPAL PRESENT (IRE) Tim Underwood NR Won Irish Maiden April 2018;Beaten 20L+ 5 Irish hurdles races when last seen in 2019; acts on soft/heavy
14 77u53/- PROVE ME WRONG (IRE) Max Comley NR 12L Irish maiden winner Dec 2017;9L 3rd after; acts soft; pulled up in last 3 starts in 2018
15 1/p/p3/p- REALITY BITES (IRE) Claire Hardwick NR Won Irish maiden Feb 2016;Distant (30L+) 3rd Mollington Rest 2019 (Weak 2 out) lightly raced; acts any?
16 p/p/134/- RYANS FANCY (IRE) Caroline Robinson NR 12L winner of Irish Maiden October 2019;10L 3rd in winner of one after; acts on gd/heavy
17 /3431/42- SCHIAP HILL Hannah Clarke 35 2nd in Ptp Flat; Won Mollington maiden 2019;8L 2nd to The Golden Rebel Charing Rest; acts on gd/soft;
18 p/p3421- STEVAN STEEL (IRE) Janet Ackner 33 Beat Gunner Vic 15L in Buckfastleigh maiden (heavy) stays well; seems capable of winning again
19 p55/122- THECHASEISON Christopher Barber 37 Beat the Whiskey Man 8Lin 2m4f Larkhill maiden; 4L & 2L 2nd in Restricteds after; acts any; May go close

Preview extract

In the Print Concerns Restricted race, this could be between Buckfastleigh maiden winner Steven Steel for Janet Ackner and jockey Darren Edwards, Thechaseison after his second at Badbury Rings trained by Christopher Barber, and Schiap Hill having scored second at Charing in February for jockey Charlie Marshall.


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Race 7 – 6 Year Old and up Maiden Race (Division 1) entries

Number Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1 2/3222/- A TIPPLE OR TWO Caroline Keevil 33 Dam won maiden; Runner up in 3 maidens (4L 2nd in Axe Vale maiden) front runs; acts on gd/firm
2 */r4f/f54- BET ON BETTY Christine Gray 26 Dam won French Chase; 20L 4th 2m4f maiden 2019 & 12L 5th to Minella Beag in Tiverton Mares maiden
3 *7/0p64- BRIERY BUNNY Maurice Linehan NR Unplaced in 6 Hurdles & NHflat race;13L 4th in Huntingdon 3m Hurdle; unraced over fences
4 /34/42/3- BUSINESSMAN (IRE) Leslie Jefford 31 16L 4th & 10L 2nd in maidens;31L 3rd to Smoking Pigeon in Didmarton Maiden  2020
5 07fpp//- CAPTAINS HORSE (FR) David Mitchell NR Unplaced in 4 Chases & 3 hurdles when last seen in 2016/17
6 *590- GETAWAY LUCY (IRE) Neil McLean NR 15L 5th in Irish maiden Nov 2019;well held in 2 hurdles after
7 /3f/455/f- GLIMPSE OF GLADYS Robert Pudd 24 Dam won 3mhurdle;4L 3rd Ptp Flat 2018;19L 4th  maiden 2019; fell 2 out (in rear)Larkhill maiden 2020
8 -687935 GREY GETAWAY (IRE) Matthew Hampton NR 2L 2nd in Irish Maiden Nov 2018;17L 3rd in 2m3f hurdle Jan 2020; acts on soft/heavy
9 /pfuu/5p- MAYBE FEESCARI Ross Farr 0 Unplaced Bumpers 2016;failed to complete in maidens 2019;70L+ 5th in Ffos Las Mares Maiden on return
10 up324/p- MONTARLOT (IRE) Harriet Brown 25 10L 2nd & 8L 4th in Irish maidens 2018; 4L 2nd in Larkhill maiden Mar 2019;
11 2f2/36/p- MOONARO (IRE) Susan Darke 32? Head 2nd in Lamerton maiden (just failed) & 30L 2nd Ottery maiden 2018; modest form in 2019; acts on soft
12 /3fp33/3/- OUR GREY BOY (IRE) Annabelle Bacon 26 Beaten 15L+ Irish Ptps;20L 3rd 2m4f maiden & 2 1/2L 3rd to Gerties Garter Cattistock maiden; missed 2020
13 2/72/63u- PASCHALS DREAM (IRE) Daniel Bourne 22? Ex Irish Pointer(Runner up in 3 maidens- beaten 2L+) 2018;  45L 3rd Chaddesley maiden & ur last in 5th 2020
14 f64/373- SOME BOY MCCOY Alan Hill NR 8L 2nd NHflat 2018; 1L 3rd  in 2m4f hurdle & 13L 3rd in Sedgefield 2m chase ; acts on any
15 pp/p/p- SPOILER ALERT (IRE) Claire Hitch 0 Pu in Irish maiden 2017 & in rear when pu 14th Axe Vale maiden 2019;yet to complete & lightly raced
16 /p5p/7p- TAKEABID (IRE) Stuart Sampson 16 Half Sis to Fishy Story & River Myth;26L 5th in 2m4f maiden 2019 & 22L 7th Tiverton Mares maiden in 2020
17 p- TIME TO DEPLOY (IRE) Jill Dennis 9 Pulled up last in Buckfastleigh 2m4f maiden on 1st run in 2020; may do better in time
18 273u54/- WINTER HOLIDAY Charlotte Fuller NR 17L 5th in Ptp Flat Race 2018;runner up in 2 NHflat Races after; beaten 23L+in hurdles 2019
19 p- YIPEE KAI AYE Sam Holdsworth 0 Pulled up 3 out in E.Corn 2m4f maiden(heavy) on only run to date in 2020

Preview extract

Finally up there are two divisions of the Maiden race for horses six years and over, which looks to hold plenty of talent of the future. Suggestions in the first could be A Tipple Or Two (Caroline Keevil), Businessman for trainer Les Jefford, Grey Getaway owned and trained by Matt Hampton, and Some Boy McCoy for the formidable Alan Hill team. 


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Race 8 – 6 Year Old and up Maiden Race (Division 2) entries

Number Form Name TRAINERS Rating Race Comments
1 00/4p/p- AWESOMEDESTINATION (IRE) William Harman 00? Runner up twice in 2 Welsh maidens in 2018;well held NH after; pu up 9th in Ffos Las maiden only start 2019
2   BRISE VOLE Hannah Clarke NR Unraced in Point to Points and NH
3 0485/u- DIVA DU MAQUIS (FR) Julie Mansell 22 Runner up NHFlat 2017;placed hurdles after; every chance when ur 11th in Barbury 2m4f maiden Dec 2019
4 *0p//p- EASTERN PROMISES Claire Hitch 0 Well behind in NHfalt race & pulled up in Novice hurdle in Dec 2018; pu 2out 2m4f Quantock maiden 2020
5 *6/0647- EROS (FR) Neil McLean NR Only form NH when 8L 4th in Huntingdon 2m hurdle (heavy) Feb 2020; unraced over fences
6 */p00/pp- EXIT PLAN Sue Brown NR Placed in 2 Irish maidens (2L 2nd of 4) 2019; well beaten in 3 hurdles & pulled up in 2 Chases
7 *233222- I’M WISER NOW (IRE) Sally Randell NR Placed in 9 of 10 runs NHflat/Hurdles (2018/20) up to 2m5f ; acts on good/heavy; chances clear round
8 /5/p- ISLAND TYPHOON (IRE) Zoe Hawkins NR 44L 5th & pulled up  last in 2 Irish maidens in 2019
9 6c3u/3p- JIMMY TEW Janet Ackner 23 3L 3rd in Mollington Maiden 2019; 25L 3rd in S.Dorst maiden won by Lagonda; acts on any;
10 /6p8p- JOHNNY B (IRE) Pam Roffe-Silvester NR Ex Irish(beaten 18L when completing in 4 maidens 2018/19) acts on good/soft; pu 2 out E.Corn 2m4f maiden
11 */6607/- LUMA’S GIFT Megan Bevan NR Unplaced in 2NHFlat & 2 Novice hurdles when last seen in 2017/18
12 /ppp/pp- MAD FOR ACTION (IRE) Abigail Lewis 0 Beaten 20L+  in 4 hurdle races in 2017/18; pulled up in all three Maidens in 2019 ;hard to fancy
13 *4pppp/- MONTY MASSINI Shan Farr NR Ex NH (unplaced in 8 Chases) 16L 4th in 2m4f hurdle & pulled up last 4 runs in Summer 2019
14 p/f254u- ON RAGLAN ROAD (FR) Harriet Brown 23? 4L 2nd in Irish Ptp & 2 Hurdles(neck 2nd 2018) 15L 2nd in Modbury Maiden & 43L 4th ;error prone
15 u/p43ff- SPIVEY COVE Arron Butterfield NR Ex Irish Pointer (4L 2nd June 2018 & 5L 3rd Dec 2019) acts on gd/heavy; fell last 2 starts
16 *637333- STARSKY (IRE) Thomas Malone NR Runner up in NHflat 2018;Placed in 4  2-2m4f hurdles (beaten 4-8L) acts gd/soft; unraced over fences
17 8p- THIS’LL DO Leslie Jefford 12 Dam won a maiden; 30L 8th in Barbury Ptp Flat race won by Raffle Ticket on 1st run; should improve
18 *0/- UMBERLEIGH Steve McCracken NR Beaten 46L in a Wincanton NHFlast race in Dec 2018; on only start to date

Preview extract

Whilst in the second division, I’m Wiser Now (Sally Randell) and Starsky (Tom Malone) should go well judged on previous place form.

Preview: East Devon Point-to-Point at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday Oct 24th

Written by: Donna Harris

With a herculean effort from Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Chairman Frank Yeo, along with Secretary Gordon Chambers, in combination with the Point-to-Point Authority, and the fantastic efforts of the East Devon team, the first fixture of the season is to be held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary, to take place this coming Saturday 24th October. Racing will be behind closed doors for this meeting with no public access.

Following the disappointment of the early abandonment of racing in March due to Covid-19 pandemic, a huge thanks must go to the Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd for their generous sponsorship to help fund the three fixtures scheduled to take place in the area up until Christmas. Tattersalls are also on board for sponsorship of the maiden races.

Eight races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. It will be the first fixture to offer live television streaming, headed by Cornelius Lysaght and a team of presenters offering the action as it happens. The card looks really exciting with 142 entries received. The Men’s Open looks to be the feature race of the day which include multiple winning pointer Navanman, last seen when winning by 70 lengths at Buckfastleigh in March under jockey Darren Edwards for trainer John Heard. There are plenty entered who will try to reel him in, these include the Bethan Childs-trained  ex National Hunt entry Jatiluwih, who could be a ride for Will Biddick. The horse has to be respected on his previous National Hunt form, which includes a hurdle win at Cheltenham last November when in training with Phillip Hobbs. Other’s among the entries are the highly rated Wick Green for trainer Peter Mason, Vivaldi Collonges, and Ucello Conti a half brother to Silviniaco Conti. Ucello Conti had good form in Ireland when in training with Gordon Elliot and is now with Melanie Rowley for Ben Bromley to ride. Art Mauresque for bloodstock agent/trainer Tom Malone, is also entered in the Men’s Open race, but the trainer could run him in the opening Hunt members race. Here he could be the likely favourite and follow up on his win at Cottenham last season under jockey Will Biddick.  Raddon Top holds an entry for trainer Les Jefford, with the booking of talented young jockey Conor Houlihan to ride, they could be the ones to take Art Mauresque on at the finish.

Tattersalls have sponsored the Maiden series, and in the race for four and five year olds there have been plenty of entries. Those catching the eye are the Getaway-sired gelding Gone Surfing for trainer Jill Dennis, who has a good strike rate with her maiden horses. Mac’s Frontier (Ben Clarke) is the highest rated, and Getaway Cory is an entry for the Neil McClean team who think highly off him and Jockey Josh Newman who is in form with a win at Exeter this week.

In the Ladies Open race The Last But One is another out of Tom Malone’s yard with decent form, latest clocking up a second at Didmarten in March. Entry Master Baker (Les Jefford) for Jo Supple to ride holds strong claims having won at Buckfastleigh by 2.5 lengths in March bringing his tally of wins to twelve to date. Millanisi Boy won the Novice Riders race at the Buckfastleigh meeting under Fergus Gillard who has progressed well, and now has the booking of Emma Jones to ride. Mendip Express could give young Molly White a competitive ride around, the now veteran had some good National Hunt form when in training for Phillip Hobbs, and the young jockey will be keen to progress her future here.

The PPORA Club Members race entry Ueueteotl could follow up on his form when third at Barbury under Heidi Stevens, Rolling Dylan looks an exciting prospect for trainer Laura Parker, and Every Breaking Wave for Somerset based trainer Claire Hitch, could run well having been placed on eight of his ten starts to date, having won three, and jockey Martin McIntyre will been keen to get a good start to the season.

In the Print Concerns Restricted race, this could be between Buckfastleigh maiden winner Steven Steel for Janet Ackner andjockey Darren Edwards, Thechaseison after his second at Badbury Rings trained by Christopher Barber, and Schiap Hill having scored second at Charing in February for jockey Charlie Marshall.

Finally up there are two divisions of the Maiden race for horses six years and over, which looks to hold plenty of talent of the future. Suggestions in the first could be A Tipple Or Two (Caroline Keevil), Businessman for trainer Les Jefford, Grey Getaway owned and trained by Matt Hampton, and Some Boy McCoy for the formidable Alan Hill team. Whilst in the second division, I’m Wiser Now (Sally Randell) and Starsky (Tom Malone) should go well judged on previous place form.

Organisers at the course would like to thank all who have helped and supported getting the event together, along with support staff on the day which include the essential Doctor team of Suzannah Hoult and Lee Humphreys, also the vet team led by James Bosley, Graham Potts, Nigel Woodford and Philip Brown. Sponsorship has come in the way of Banner funds, and the team would like to thank all those involved who have contributed, these include WBW Solicitors, Stephens & Scown Solicitors, Symonds & Sampson Estate/Land Agent, Cornish Mutual, Independent Agri-parts Co, Malcolm Pring and Sidmouth Scaffolding. Also huge thanks go to landowners Andrew and Della Carter.

Live streaming will be available via the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Facebook page at facebook.com/PointingDC/Live and website.

Some bookmakers will be offering a betting service by phoning them and opening up an account. Full details will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website or visiting https://pointingdc.co.uk/2020/east-devon-point-to-point-telephone-betting/

Participants (Green Zone) and Owners (Amber Zone) will need to apply for tickets and complete a health declaration to be allowed to enter the course. The tickets can be obtained from http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk

Cornelius Lysaght TO LEAD DEVON & CORNWALL LIVE STREAM PRESENTATION TEAM

Cornelius Lysaght
Cornelius Lysaght

Internationally known horse racing broadcaster Cornelius Lysaght will head up the Devon & Cornwall live streaming presenting team when the 2020/2021 point-to-point season gets under way with the East Devon races at Ottery St Mary on Saturday 24th October, writes Granville Taylor.

With the meeting set to take place behind closed doors (BCD), the Devon & Cornwall area organisers work during the extended close season looks to have paid off. Anticipating the likelihood of racing BCD, the committee have used part of a £10.000 grant from Totnes and Bridgetown Racing Company Ltd to purchase live streaming equipment, and the area, with the approval of the British Horseracing Authority and the Point-to-Point Authority, is set to be the first in the UK to broadcast all their 25 meetings in the area for the coming season.

Announcing the initiative, Frank Yeo, Area Chairman said, “It is hoped this new venture will be able to bring the atmosphere and excitement of point-to-point racing to everyone at home. We are delighted that Cornelius Lysaght, with nearly 30 years experience as BBC Racing Correspondent, will be the lead presenter.”

The live streaming programme will include coverage of all the races, plus pre-race and post-race information, interviews and analysis. The long established West Country Videos team will be operating two cameras at each meeting.

Frank Yeo added, “We are very grateful to all those who have helped us get this off the ground, especially Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Ltd, whose generous £10.000 will also boost race sponsorship in these difficult times.”

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Financial Support packaged Launched for Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Points

Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd. is delighted to announce the launch of a special £10,000 financial support package to kick-start the 2020/2021 Point to Point season in the Devon and Cornwall area. 

The Company has long been associated with support for Westcountry Point to Pointing, and for next season the funding will be provided in addition to their existing sponsorship of four Hunter Chases and four Open races; including the prestigious Area Classic at Buckfastleigh, ‘The Westcountry Champion Chase’, with a purse of £1000.

The aim of the new support is to underpin Devon and Cornwall Point to Pointing at this difficult time, following the disappointment of the early abandonment of racing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A real consequence of this loss was the individual financial hardship with so many rural jobs reliant upon a successful horseracing industry. In addition the Hunts’ and Point to Point Committees faced unprecedented losses of their income derived from Point to Point meetings.

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association has worked extremely hard in conjunction with Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co Ltd director George Welch to produce a plan utilising the extra £10,000 to best effect. Race sponsorship has always been the Company’s core area of support, and again this will form the bulk of the new assistance with additional sponsorship of 12 x £500 races, spread right across the Devon and Cornwall area. Furthermore every Point to Point fixture will receive a grant to help offset the cost of providing contactless card readers for entrance gates, an additional requirement for racing in the ‘post covid’ environment.

 Finally, the support will extend to purchasing technical equipment to enable the provision of live streaming of racing through social media. This is an initiative which the area organisation is keen to explore with great potential to broaden the sports accessibility, marketing and even revenue earning for the future.

 The Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Secretaries Association Chairman Frank Yeo said, “On behalf of our 25 horse racing fixtures in Devon & Cornwall, we are fortunate to have this invaluable sponsorship from the Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company at this very challenging time during and post Covid 19. Our own Association and the Races Company has helped to create the opportunity to maintain the sponsorship of Open races for 12 fixtures and provide the option of using contactless card readers instead of cash. The Races Company foresight and financial support has also allowed the Area to develop live streaming of all the race meetings to be accessed by older and Covid-vulnerable racegoers direct to their mobile phone or TV, plus our sport access to many potentially new racing enthusiasts through social media and present our exciting sport to a much wider audience.”

Looking ahead to next season, plans are in place to run the inaugural Totnes and Bridgetown Point to Point at popular Flete Park, after last season’s plans were thwarted by the health crisis; this will be made possible by the generous support of the Flete Estate and the hard work of the Dartmoor Hunt Point to Point Committee. The Company’s share of the profits from the meeting will be donated in their entirety to the Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Area providing sustainable ongoing financial support year upon year.

Totnes and Bridgetown races can trace its history back to the 1780’s. The original Race Committee was superseded by the formation of a Limited Company in 1928, and although the last Totnes and Bridgetown race meeting took place at Totnes in 1938, the company continues to offer its generous support to this day.

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.

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

Preview extract

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

Preview extract

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

Preview extract

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

Preview extract

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

Preview extract

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

Preview extract

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

Preview extract

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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