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RESULTS – CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 6 DEC 2020

GOING: GOOD TO SOFT

CONDITIONS RACE VETERAN & NOVICE RIDERS (SPONSOR HELEN HUMFREY & LOTUS THERAPIES)

Division 1

1 Raddon Top (Conor Houlihan) 4-1 held up, led four out, ran on strongly

2 Sir Mangan (Ben Sutton) 4-6 fav alwys leaders, kept on but not pace of winner

3 Chill Factor (Charlie Sprake) 7-1 finished well without troubling leaders

11 ran; 1/2l; 1l; 6m 5s

Division 2

1 Coquin Mans (Bobby Thomas) 6-1 led from fourth, jumped & hung right, made rest, gamely

2 Chosen Lucky (Charlotte Summersby) 5-4 went 2nd four out, stayed on well

3 The Last But One (Conor Houlihan) 5- 2  3rd from three out, no extra from next

14 ran; 4l; 6l;  6m 7s

OPEN MAIDEN (SPONSORS ANDREW & SUSAN PELLOWE & DAVE HARDIE PLUMBING& HEATING & HAYLEY MASON)

Division1

1 Old Town Garde (Angus Cheleda) 5-1 led four out, clear when mstk last, comf

2 Imperial Joe (Jake Bament) 4-1 hdwy 14th, third from four out, finished well, promising debut

3 Eros (Josh Newman) 5-4 fav  prog 14th, effort three out, no extra closing stages

12 ran; 4l; 1/2l; 6m 9s

Division 2

1 Rossderrin (Josh Newman) 6-1 close up from 14th, led two out, stayed on gamely

2 Feu Des Malberaux (Fionn Summers) 5-1  progress 15th, finished strongly

3 Takeabid (Angus Cheleda) 4-1 tracked leaders, hdwy three out, 2nd til near finish

12 ran; 1/2l; 1l;  6m 13s

Division 3

1 Tip Top Mountain (Rob Hawker) 4-1 made all, in command from 15th, easily

2 Charles Ritz (Will Biddick) evens fav  held up, hdwy 14th, not reach leaders, nearest at finish

3 Reflex Action (Fionn Summers) 5-2 chased winner 14th, no real impression, lost 2nd nr finish

10 ran; 10l; head;  6m 14s

LADIES’ OPEN (R J TREVARTHEN)

1 Back Bar (Izzy Marshall) evens fav made most, stayed on strongly, easily

2 Quinto (Holly-Anne Drowne) 14-1 good late hdwy, took 2nd nr finish

3 Different Gravey (Chloe Emsley) 5-4 held up, 5th three out,  kept on but not reach leaders

9 ran; 9l; head;  6m 9s

MEN’S OPEN (MOORES ST WENN)

1 Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 5-1 led 15th, soon clear, easily

2 The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) 14-1 with leaders, outpaced four out

3 Dr Des (Matthew Barber) 7-4 mistakes, 2nd from four out til no extra flat

5 ran; 10l; head;  6m 22s

INTERMEDIATE  (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Getting Closer (Izzy Mars hall) 6-4 fav  prom from 14th, driven to lead last few strides in blanket finish

2 Waterloo Warrior (Darren Edwards) 3-1 midfield, only 7th jumping last, fin strongly, just failed

3 Missyladie (Thomasina Eyston) 16-1 handy, led two out til last few strides

11 ran; short head; head;  6m 24s

NHS RESTRICTED (PRINT CONCERN)

1 Hotel Du Nord (Charlie Sprake) 2-1 disputed lead, led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Schiap Hill (Charlie Marshall) 7-2  disputed lead til outjumped three out, good effort

3 Mustmeetforapint (Darren Edwards) 3-1 took 3rd at 15th, ridden & kept on from two out

13 ran; 1/2l;  3/4l;  6m 17s

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Dunsmore Club Point-to-Point Preview, Silverton Sunday 17 Nov 2019


Written by: Donna Harris

When autumn starts to give way to winter then we know it’s pointing time, and with the build up to the start of the season, along the new course at Dunsmore for the Club meeting near Silverton hosting the first of 25 scheduled for the Devon & Cornwall area, it is no surprise to have attracted some good quality entries on Sunday November 17. Six races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. Over 50 entries have been received.

These include an Open Maiden for 4,5 & 6yr old’s sponsored by the Tiverton Hotel, which is the opener for the day, with a strong entry of 13. Entries include an interesting debutant Queens Legacy for national champion jockey Will Biddick, I Prefer Diamonds for local trainer Robert Chanin, and two from Laura Thomas’s yard Voie Dans Voie a six-year old who’s previous form includes runner-up in a novice Hunter Chase at Taunton last February, and ex- Irish pointer Frank & Honest who looks to be the likely favourite having scored two seconds in Irish Points, the latest by a neck in May.

The Heltor-sponsored Conditions race has previous Cothelstone winner Hello George for 23 year-old  owner/jockey Nathan Vergne entered. Hello George was previously rated 135 when in training with Phillip Hobbs. They could be taken on by nine-time winner Summer Sound (Francesca Nimmo) who under jockey Luke Scott made all when winning at Chaddesley Corbett on good going. Multiple Point-to-Point winner Hawkhurst for trainer Alan Hill is another to catch the eye having won ten of his 16 starts between the flags, although current connections may chose his entry at the Cottenham meeting this weekend as a preferred option.

The Roestone could be one to follow for local trainer Robert Chanin in the Luttrell Arms, Dunster & Porlock Weir Hotel -sponsored Restricted race and wouldn’t  need to travel far to score here, following upon their five length maiden win at Cherrybrook, and previous bumper flat race win at Great Trethew.

Valley Constructions have sponsored the Mixed Open race in which Bishops Road for trainer Thomas David sets the standard, having decent form with a Cheltenham Hunter Chase win under jockey Zac Baker who is currently working for Nigel Twiston-Davies and retains the ride here, of the eight entered they look to be the likely favourite. Don Bersey has previous hurdle form under rules and won an Open Point at Cothelstone by a distance under jockey Bradley Gibbs so could run well if turning up here. Rob The Getaway also looks an interesting entry on breeding and previous French form, he also holds an entry in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race which follows.

Robin Why Not for trainer Joe Tickle is another entered in the Exeter Racecourse  Intermediate and could be well fancied on previous form with wins at Buckfastleigh and Trebudannon when ridden by Darren Andrews. Waterloo Warrior is an entry for trainer Jack Slater, and must be respected on previous form with two wins under jockey James King which include a twenty length victory at Kingston Blount.

Finally up is the Open Maiden sponsored by Gingerland Livery, Cullompton, and of the nine entered the ex Irish import Frank & Honest mentioned earlier, with his previous Irish Point form for trainer Laura Thomas should be high in the betting, also Mountain Las now with trainer Sue Brown, for up and coming young jockey Tamby Welch could get their names among the winners today.

Along with the racing will be great catering facilities such as home made Moore’s Pasties supplied by Exe Valley farm shop, hot sausages and burgers from the local Silverton butchers, along with a pop up bar from Exe Valley Brewery. The course offers a good viewing track to get close to the action, with on course bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Location is Dunsmore, Silverton EX5 4DU signed off A396.  Dogs on leads welcome.

Directions to Dunsmore Point-To-Point

From the North on M5 there are 2 routes you can use: Route 1 (M5 J27) Turn off at Junction 27 to Tiverton. Tiverton take A396 to Exeter DO NOT TAKE the left turn to Silverton please proceed along A road for 1/2 mile until you get to The Ruffwell Inn turn left opposite (follow signs).
 
Route 2 (M5 28) Turn off at Jt 28 Cullompton into Cullompton. Follow B3181 southbound for about 5 miles to Budlake. Do not follow sat nav to Bradninch with horse boxes.  Turn right to Silverton (Killerton) proceed through Ellerhayes. The course will be signposted left off this road before you reach Silverton.
 
From South M5 come off at Jt 30 or 29 Follow the B3181 through Broadclyst Turn left at Budlake (Killerton) Proceed through Ellerhayes The course will be signposted left off this road before Silverton.

Please remember DO NOT go to Silverton Village or Bradninch Village with horse boxes.

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: Spooner’s and West Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Cherrybrook, Sunday 7th April 2019

Favourite backers found themselves on the back foot in the early races at Cherrybrook where the 13 layers offered a strong market.

After the opener, which produced a walk over for the second successive year, the first three jolly old favourites were all beaten.

Only two horses were seriously backed in the first Maiden, these were Attacotti (2’s to 11-10 fav) and Neetside (5-4 out to 6-4). They went 6-1 bar these two. Neetside possessed plenty of experience under rules and had run well behind Isla’s Dream in a mares race at Buckfastleigh. She won comfortably in the end from Banco De Logos (5’s out to 6’s). Her market rival Attacotti came down three out when looking held.

Thewinnertakeitall (4-5 fav) was never much more than evens in the other Maiden division, but landed steeply and fell at the last ditch. Tomb Storme led from the first and was still travelling well when unseating Josh Cameron at the second last. The well backed Hurlstone Point (12’s to 13-2) then inherited the lead, but The Roestone (7’s out to 9’s) was staying on well from off the pace under Tom Chanin and took control on the run in.

The open ditch was proving a stumbling block for favourites, and Saffron Wells (7-4 to 5-4 fav) lost his rider there in the next. This let in Kernel Victor (9-2 to 3’s) and Biddick’s mount went on to dominate his rivals in the Conditions race from the cross fence. Every Breakin Wave (evens to 7-4) was chasing shadows from a long way out.

Punters hit back in the next three events, In the Mixed Open, that reliable yardstick Whenharrymetsally wavered between 5-4 and 6-4 to settle at my SP of 11-8 fav). She won easily in the end with Matt Hampton peeping round, followed at a respectable distance by The Last But One (2’s touched 5-2). Only these two finished with Minella Fifty (3’s to 2’s) pulled up three out after fading quickly.

I had missed backing the Midnight Legend mare River Myth when she had opened her account for the season at Milborne, and I was even more stupid when letting her go here. Punters got stuck in at 4-5 and she contracted to 4-7 fav at the off. She never looked like being caught under in form jockey Darren Andrews.

Sixteen Letters (evens to 4-5 fav) is on the upgrade and justified market support in the Exeter Intermediate qualifier. He is the improving type to look out for if sent to run in the final at Haldon. Ballyvodock drifted to 5’s but ran well under his penalty to be runner up.

The Restricted produced a good finish which saw the rangy Soul Kaliber (3’s out to 6’s) holding off Kaiden Michael (12-1) with Minimalistic (1-2 fav) a rather disappointing third. This looked a decent race for its class and it will be interesting to see how the form stands up.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 14th April 2019 Seavington Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Easter Saturday 20th April 2019 Dartmoor Flete Park, Ermington, Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Easter Saturday 20th April 2019 South and West Wilts Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Easter Monday 22nd April 2019 Four Burrow Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Easter Monday 22nd April 2019 Taunton Vale Kingston St Mary, Taunton, TA2 8AS 1st Race 1.30pm
  • Saturday 27th April 2019 Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 28th April 2019 Axe Vale Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ 1st Race 1.30pm
  • Saturday 4th May 2019 Modbury Harriers & Totnes Bridgetown Co. Ltd Flete Park, Ermington,  Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 Devon and Somerset Staghounds Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Cattistock Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Stevenstone Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT 1st Race 2.00pm

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Richard Woollacott

On behalf of all Point to Point supporters in the Devon & Cornwall area, we are very sad to learn of Richard Wollacott’s tragic death earlier today. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and all his close friends.

Frank Yeo – Area Chairman

Preview: North Cornwall Point-To-Point at Wadebridge on Sunday 7th January 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Pointing gets back on track in the area next weekend when The North Cornwall host their meeting at the popular venue of The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Sunday 7th January. There can be few better ways to blow away the Christmas and New Year festivities, with a fabulous day at the races. There will be eight races on offer, with a start time of 11.30am. A total of 72 entries have ben received.

It promises to be another action packed day, with the Moores of St Wenn Ltd-sponsored Members race opening the days event. This race could see area champion jockey Darren Edwards coming back to ride after his injury sustained in November. He is set to ride Robin de Souza for the Dean Summersby team. Robin de Souza has already scored a hat-trick of wins at this course and also added a Men’s Open race to his CV when wining at Black Forest Lodge last March. He looks hard to oppose among the seven entries which include two race debutants the five-year old Doumba for trainer Carly Mather and a nine-year old Starweld for the Patricia Shaw team.

Hops Oils Ltd sponsor the PPORA Novice Riders race, and entries include the Jennifer Davenport owned and trained Mic’s Delight. A 20-length winner here back in December, Mic is a game little horse who always tries hard for his jockey’s and is rarely out of the frame. He will relish the soft going and will be the likely pace setter. Another team Summersby’s charge Chosen Lucky is set to line up against him, but will need to improve on his 20-length second he scored at the last meeting, under novice jockey Bryan Carver. The Ed Walker-trained La Madonnia is another who could  improve on her second here at the previous meeting and stalk the leaders up the tough hill home to try and snatch this.

Prolific winning course specialist Sobre Tresor, from the Chloe Newman team, is on seven wins to date at this track and is entered in the Skinners Pet Foods-sponsored Ladies Open race. With the booking again of Chloe Emsley to ride, the combination look hard to beat. Also entered is the Anna Hyland trained and ridden Ray Diamond who has scored a previous double at this track. He has shown some good form under rules when with Jackie Du Plessis. Now a veteran, Ray Diamond could run well and was unlucky to unseat his rider early on in the race in December.

Three Cornish Farriers-sponsor the Restricted race in which the five-year-old Broadclyst could go well if improving for his maiden win here in December. Trained by Robert Chain, Broadclyst had stayed on well to score a twelve-length win under Tom Chanin. The maiden race had been divided that day with Acadian for  trainer Heidi Lewis winning the other division and is entered again here. With only 0.2 seconds between the two winning times it could prove an exciting battling finish.

Kivells Auctioneers and Valuers-sponsor the Men’s Open race which could see the Levinson team’s  Premier Portrait defy top weight and win again under jockey Gus levinson. Gus  is currently riding out for the Paul Nicholls team in Ditcheat, and Gus was unsure Premier Portrait would be fit enough last month. He could well come on for the run,  and with the highly rated  Alan Hill-trained Supreme Danehill also among the entries, they may need to step up to the likely challenge. Premier Portrait also holds an entry at Larkhill, then this could be an opportunity for the veteran mare Withy Mills, who has previous National Hunt wins to her credit  together with the mares weight allowance, could give her trainer/jockey Keagan Kirby a welcome pointing win here.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow. The first is sponsored by Stephen Scown Solicitor, and those having gone close previously are Tamarstone for the Kayley Woollacott team with a second at Vauterhill, Ruby Fool out of the Richard Mitford-Slade team a runner up here at the last meeting, Ballybruff for the Les Jefford team with a second at Upcott Cross,  also Flete Park second Druid Spitfire and Trebudanon second Daylami Days.

Whilst in the second division, Earthy Reason, Fouroclock Fox and  have clocked up notable form.

The final race of the day is The Nare Hotel-sponsored Confined race which could be a tricky race for the bookies to predict with four entered. The Two Amigo’s won here in December for the Nicola Martin team and could see jockey Darren Edwards add to his score sheet. Whilst Beuvron, a French import for owner Charlie Stanley could run well for team Holdsworth, he has won six of his Points to date, including a two runner race at this track, and is the highest rated.

The course offers great viewing and a huge covered barn containing Hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands, and large screen Location is off A39 West of Wadebridge PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. For up to date information visit the website Pointing DC and Facebook.

 

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Report: Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, 29th January 2017

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath”

Merchant Of Venice William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616

How prophetic you are Will. It was non stop action as the angry rain clouds scurried across Chipley Park all afternoon  A total of 102 runners contested the eight races with the going becoming progressively more testing as the rain and drizzle refused to relent

The £1.000 Mixed Open was the area qualifier for the newly founded Timico Gold Cup series culminating in a valuable hunter chase final at Cheltenham in May. The six-year-old Welsh mare Frelia was a worthy winner under Bradley Gibbs, staying on gamely to hold the strong finishing Winter Soldier and Miss Gotaway.

The winner’s trainer David Gibbs is currently in hospital and the winning jockey’s partner Claire Sherrin explained, “David is awaiting an operation and I gave him a running commentary on the phone. Frelia will probably go hunter chasing with the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow, which we won last year with My Corrana, a likely objective “

Sean Houlihan had ridden the Mixed Open runner-up Winter Soldier, and had earlier given a positive ride to Sammy Blade to take the 14-runner Restricted.  “I tried to drop him in but he jumped deadly,” reported the Irish born jockey who is doing well as stable amateur to Philip Hobbs. Claire Cook trains the imposing chestnut Sammy Blade on the Brendon Hills and said, “We were told he was useless when we got him, but he is an incredible horse. He won for us at Cothelstone last year and is owned by three families including ours which we call The Mad Moose Partnership.”

Will Biddick is getting into his stride for the season and followed up a Larkhill success on the previous day with a double in the Chipley mud. The Kayf Tara mare Palmaria made virtually all the running to set up Biddick’s double with a 20 lengths success in the Mares and Fillies Maiden. Caroline Keevil saddled seven-year-old Palmaria for owner Lady Flamma Sutton and commented, “We bought her as a four-year-old at Doncaster. She had run well over hurdles but needed further. We were worried about the ground here but she jumped beautifully.”

Restless Rebel stayed on strongly to complete the champion jockey’s double in the first division of the Open maiden. This half brother to the useful Restless Harry is trained by Ed Walker on behalf of owners John Dorse and Mike Roe.

The judge could not separate Blazing Bouncer and Morpet in the other section of the Maiden. Morpet led from an early stage, and battled on grimly up the home straight until joined by Blazing Bouncer (Jamie Thomas) in the last stride. Morpet runs in the colours of Sally Hutchings and is trained by Christine Gray. Jake Bament was partnering his second winner of the season on rangy eight-year-old Morpet. Blazing Bouncer was home bred by his owner Rita Heard and proved a welcome first winner of the season for trainer Kayley Woollacott. “He has had all sorts of problems and had been off the course for 1,000 days,” commented the relieved trainer.

The Woollacott yard and jockey Jamie Thomas had earlier seen the useful Jepeck make a promising seasonal debut when runner-up to Cotillion in the Hunt race. The winner, who started odds-on after his recent eye catching run at Barbury Castle, is trained at Chippenham by Michael Hawker for owner Tony Nash. “He needs holding up and James King did a good job,” said the trainer. The 21-year-old jockey is attached to the Neil Mulholland yard and is making a good impression under rules.

Another young rider making a name for himself is Lorcan Williams, successful at Larkhill on the previous day, and now in the winner’s enclosure again thanks to the good old campaigner Join Together in the 16-runner Novice Riders’ contest. “He carried out our instructions to keep him out of trouble in front. He will stick to Novice Riders’ races ,” said trainer Rose Loxton. This was a gutsy performance by Join Together, whose winning margin was a short head over Blazing Whale.

Chosen Lucky also produced a game display to set up his seasonal hat trick in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Darren Edwards was again in the saddle and made the most of the six-year-old’s stamina. “This was a massive step up but he is a tough stayer and 100 per cent genuine,” enthused trainer Dean Summersby.

Preview: North Cornwall Point-To-Point at Wadebridge on Sunday 8th January 2017

Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Point horse racing action returns to the Devon & Cornwall Area after the Christmas and New Year break, when the North Cornwall host their meeting at the Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge this coming Sunday 8th January.

This is a meeting not to miss with eight races on offer and an early start time of 11.30am. Over eighty entries have been received. The Kivells-sponsored men’s open looks to be the feature race having attracted nine strong entries and is a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open finals to be held at Cheltenham in May. Prolific winning horse Premier Portrait won here at the December meeting for the Guy Levington team, with son Gus snatching the race in the final 75 yards. Blazing Whale is another with a good chance, with six of his twelve wins won in Open company and finished last season with a second in a Hunter Chase at Fontwell for the Ed Walker team. Full Trottle, who won the mixed-open at Black Forest Lodge in November under jockey Johnny Bailey, is sure to put up another bold show if turning up here for trainer Laura Thomas.

The Skinners-sponsored Ladies race could be equally as thrilling with four time course winner Sobre Tresor entered for trainer Clloe Newman, along with prolific winning gelding Start Royal, out of Alan Hill’s yard, who has an impressive 22 wins to date and would look to be the bookies favorite with the booking of Gina Andrews to ride.

Trainer Dean Summersby clocked up a double here at the December meeting and has Chosen Lucky entered in the Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Members race, connections will be looking for a repeat of that form shown here when winning his maiden race by six lengths under jockey Darren Edwards. Looking to take him on could be entry Way Before Dawn, having taken third place here at the December meeting in the Intermediate race that day for the Sarah Tickle ridden by daughter Leanda.

Blazing Whale also holds an entry in the Hops Oils-sponsored Novice Riders race, but may have to face another out of the top trainer Alan Hills yard who has Supreme Danehill entered. Supreme Danehill has a good track record at this course and young jockey Izzie Marshall will be looking to add to her win here when she won the Novice Riders race at the December meeting, two and a half lengths ahead of Rusty Nail that day.

Those that catch the eye in the Restricted race are Urban Storm having ran a good second at the Black Forest Lodge meeting on soft going, and High Priority for the Keith Cumings yard, after his second under jockey Josh Newman at the December meeting here. This race has been sponsored by three Cornish farriers Ryan Chapman, Andrew Prout and Andrew Daniels.

The Open Maiden race has already been divided with eleven entered in each division. Consideration in the first division could be given to Come On Joey, to follow up on his third here in December for trainer Roy Smith. In the second division Petite Rock looked to stay on well when six lengths second here previously under jockey Josh Newman.Entry Sudski could be worth following in the betting ring, having hinted at ability when placed in Points in Ireland. The maiden races have been kindly sponsored by Stephen Scown Solicitors and The Old Inn, St Breward.

Finally up is the Cornish Mutual-sponsored Confined race which could see last meetings previous course winner here and promising young mare Follow The Paint try and fend off challengers, which could include trainer Dean Summersby’s five time Point winner Robin de Souza who could clock up his treble at this track, and outside raider from the Richard Mitford-Slade team Applesolutely, also a course winner and like Follow The Paint could make the most of a mares weight allowance.

The facilities on offer for the public are track side viewing, a huge covered barn containing hot refreshments, bar bookies a large TV screen, together with many trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located at The Royal Cornwall Showground Wadebridge. (off A39 West of Wadebridge) PL27 7JE

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REPORT: BLACK FOREST CLUB POINT TO POINT, BLACK FOREST LODGE – 27TH NOVEMBER 2016

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

DARREN EDWARDS rode his 200th point-to-point winner as the Devon & Cornwall area got the new British season under way at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday (27 November)

His success on Porlock Bay in the Intermediate enabled the rider to join the select band of only 20 British jockeys to achieve a double century of pointing winners. Nicely backed from 9-2 to 5-2, the nine-year-old Porlock bay shook off runner-up Mister Serious on the downhill run to the last to score by seven lengths.

A Doncaster sales purchase, the winner is owned and trained by At The Races TV pundit Luke Harvey, leading up his charge on this occasion.

Edwards had earlier steered Ryves Rocky into third place in the three miles Open maiden. Despite being heavily supported in the market, this six-year-old could not get near the winner, The Wexfordian, who made nearly all the running under Claire Hardwick. The winner set up a long lead only to be headed two out by eventual runner-up Desert Roe before rallying to regain the advantage before the final fence.

Better known in her maiden name as Claire Hart, the accomplished rider finished runner-up for the National Ladies’ title last season, and owns and trains this winner from her Stow-On-The Wold base. “I got married in the summer and it is good to get off the mark for the new season”, said the rider, who bought The Wexfordian privately. “He is a lovely horse and has shown plenty at home but he pulled my arms out today, she laughed.

Very Intense took the opening race of the season to set up a double for jockey Johnny Bailey and trainer Laura Thomas. The five-year-old runs in the colours of the ten strong Banbury Bunch Partnership and his useful form under rules meant that he started odds-on. “He travelled well and quickened nicely,” reported the 27-year-old jockey, who is assistant trainer to Richard Spencer at Newmarket.

The yard’s double was completed after a tight finish to the Mixed Open when Full Trottle got the better of Grove Pride by a neck, with ex-chaser Benvolio a further neck away third. “He pulled and wouldn’t settle but jumped brilliantly,” reported jockey Johnny Bailey of the sturdy seven-year-old who is owned by the trainer’s father Norman. “He had a wind operation last December and took time to regain his form. “I knew he was coming back when he was naughty and tried to climb out of his box,” smiled the Barbary castle based trainer.

Gus Levinson partnered the beaten favourite Benvolio in the Mixed Open, and had earlier opened his account for the season on the prolific Premier Portrait in the Club Members’. This nine-year-old had given the 17-year-old Ridley schoolboy his first winner in the corresponding race last season. “We use Kim Bailey’s hill gallop next door and I thought he was fit. He got a bit wound up though today and bucked Gus off leaving the paddock, said the rider’s father, joint owner Charles Levinson.

Boygojumping took the Restricted in good style to narrowly deny the Bailey/Thomas combination a treble with runner-up Urban Storm. Owned by Martin and Kathryn Peaty, the Midnight Legend four-year-old Boygojumping had lost his maiden status at Bradbury Rings in April, and gave a sound display of jumping here under veteran rider Martin Peaty. “He is home bred and we do it all ourselves’, said Peaty, a Wimborne based vet, adding,”I will be 50 in January. I even shod him myself yesterday when he pulled a shoe off.”

RESULTS

Results of the Black Forest Club meeting

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The following photographers were at the meeting: Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News), Roger Peaple, Megan Cobley, William Devlin, and Alun Sedgemore (Sporting Prints)

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Call for trophies to be returned

Secretaries of forthcoming Devon and Cornwall area meetings have issued a plea to previous winners to return trophies to them ASAP.

If your horse has won in the last few seasons, please check on your mantelpiece to see if you still have the trophy. Both the East Cornwall (Great Trethew) and the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers (Buckfastleigh) have opened a trophy ‘amnesty’ ahead of their race meetings.

Any trophies can be left with the secretary at Sunday’s Black Forest Lodge meeting or next week’s Western Hunt meeting at Wadebridge, and will be gratefully received. Please mark the bag clearly with the name of the hunt and they will be picked up.

If you are from out of the area and are having problems getting the trophy back please call Lee Glanville on 01752 830439 and we will sort out a ‘supply chain’ to get it back!