The final race meeting of the current Point-to-Point season took place last Saturday at Umberleigh, where the Torrington Farmers hosted their event.
A huge crowd turned up to enjoy a superb days racing, whilst soaking up the summer sun. Picnic parties were plenty, and the atmosphere was buzzing. Devon trainer Dean Summersby enjoyed saddling the winner of the first race with Air Glider, in the Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Members race. With area champion jockey Darren Edwards on board, Air Glider was sent off the odds on favourite with seven runners lining up. Too Scoops under jockey Josh Newman had set a good pace and tried to make all, but it was a shrewd ride by Edwards producing Air Glider to take up the running over the last fence to score a victory here. Emma Watson riding Le Clo De La Londe stayed on to snatch second place and securing her Area Ladies Novice title, with Too Scoops back in third. Team Summersby have enjoyed a very successful season, having taken the title for National leading trainer with seven or fewer horses. The jubilant trainer commented “ Air Glider is a lovely horse, always competitive, he also paraded the hounds at Royal Cornwall Show last week. He is up for sale, we would hope he could stay in the yard for next season.”
The Kivells-sponsored Restricted race also attracted seven runners, with Wild Ginger being sent off the bookies favourite. This race was equally competitive with Wild Ginger unable to fend off the strong challenge from Give Us Peace under 19 year old jockey Lucy Mager. With Give Us Peace taking up the running over the second last and battled on to win the race by a length, pleasing his followers who had backed him at a generous price of 20-1. Trained by Teresa Clark for The Culverwell Racing Club, spokesman and club member Phil Browne explained “ He is a very quirky horse and doesn’t travel well at all, he has finally come good here after winning his maiden at Larkhill.” Jockey Lucy Mager added “ I ride him out every day at home, he is a bit quirky, Teresa has been really kind to give me the ride on him.”
There were plenty more celebrations when Devon trainer Kayley Woollacott saddled the winner of the Davisons Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race with Churchfield Champ under jockey Daniel Cherriman. It had been another seven runner race with both Really Unique and Forrardon Xmoor heading the betting. The two market leaders set a strong pace, but it was Churchfield Champ who found an extra gear up the final hill to go on to score an impressive ten length win for his new owner and jockey Daniel Cherriman. The delighted trainer explained “Daniel bought Churchfield Champ over the phone last week and said he would love to ride at him at this meeting. Daniel is huntsman of the Pychley and Churchfield Champ gave him his first winner. “ Daniel added “I held him up at the back but he pulled me to the front. He will go in training next season with Jo Messenger who is based in Northampton. We all made the trip down here today and it was worth it,” he beamed
Another long journey had been made by jockey current National Champion Lady jockey Gina Andrews, who took the winning ride on There’s No Panic in the Nancekivell & Co-sponsored Ladies Open race. Regular jockey Will Biddick had ushering duties at Ollie Greenall’s wedding, and offered the ride to Gina. There’s No Panic had made most of the running, having only been headed briefly by a challenge from Bound For Glory. Based in Warwickshire the 25 year-old jockey explained “They were going too slow, he jumped brilliantly and liked this ground. I have ridden 29 winners this season which has equalled my best ever record.”
The Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race held the biggest field of the day with nine runners, and this went to another Devon based trainer Stewart Reddaway’s Fourstar River, under jockey Matt Hampton. Fourstar River had displayed an excellent round of jumping and took up the running two fences from home, staying on to win by eight lengths. Stewart’s son Robert Reddaway spoke on behalf of the team explaining “ He has wanted hard ground all season, which we were never able to find. We shall retire him now and he will just go hunting.” The Reddaway family run a sheep and crop farm at Sampford Courtney. Jockey Matt Hampton added “ He has plenty of ability, the problem is we just couldn’t find the ground he likes, also he prefers a left handed track.”
Finally up was the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race which closed the Pointing season. Sullivans John was sent off the even money favourite and he did not disappoint his followers. Under jockey Lee Drowne, who kept the horse handy in the five runner race, and dominated on the final circuit going onto win by twelve lengths. It was a popular win for the Lewis family, with trainer Maria Lewis explaining “Sullivans John is owned by The Picnic Club which is made up by the Grandparents. Mel Smith Bloodstock Agent found him for us in Ireland, we plan that Heidi will ride him next season.” Jockey Lee Drowne added “ We all thought he had it in him, he has just taken time to strengthen.”
The Pony racing finals then followed with Jack Teague winning the 138cm race on Trellech Blithe Spirit. The 138cm Open race was won by Freddie Gingel on The Jobs No Straight, and the 148cm final going to Joshua Brown riding She’s A Lady. These races were kindly sponsored by Hatchmoor Veterinary Practice.
And that closes another action packed pointing season. The Devon & Cornwall Area Annual end of Season Dinner & Dance takes place on Saturday 1st July at the New Crowne Plaza, Plymouth. Tickets can be obtained through Katie Squire via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members Race sponsored by Tattersalls Ireland
1. Air Glider (IRE) 4/6 D Edwards
2. Le Clo De La Londe (FR) 7/2 Miss E Watson
3. Too Scoops (IRE) 3/1 J Newman
Winning Trainer Dean Summersby
Winning Owner Mr D Summersby & Mr N Banks
Restricted Race sponsored by Kivells
1. Give Us Peace (IRE) 20/1 Miss L Mager
2. Wild Ginger (GB) 6/4 C.Davies
3. Cider N’ Black (GB) 33/1 D.Andrews
Winning Trainer Teresa Clark
Winning Owner The Culverwell Racing Club
Men’s Open Race sponsored by Davisons Accountants
Churchfield Champ (IRE) 7/1 D Cherriman
American Legend (IRE) 16/1 C Davies
Kyles Faith (IRE) 7/1 D Tompkins
Winning Trainer Kayley Woollacott
Winning Owner Daniel Cherriman
Ladies Open Race sponsored by Nance Kivell & Co
There’s No Panic (IRE) 4/6 Miss G Andrews
Bound For Glory (IRE) 9/4 Miss H Lewis
Carpincho (FR) 6/1 Miss J Buck
Winning Trainer Mr M Biddick
Winning Owner Mr M Biddick
Intermediate Race sponsored by The Barum Stud
Fourstar River (IRE) 4/1 Mr M Hampton
Seenigora (GB) 9/2 A.Goshen
Up To Al (IRE) 6/1 Miss E Yardley
Winning Trainer Stewart Reddaway
Winning Owner Stewart Reddaway
Open Maiden Race sponsored by Smallridge Bros
1. Sullivans John (IRE) evens Lee Drowne
2. Predestined (IRE) 7/2 Rex Dingle
3. Angie Vilorbaine (FR) 5/2 Miss G Andrews
Winning Trainer Maria Lewis
Winning Owner The Picnic Club
Pony Racing Report
The current crop of Devon and Cornwall pony racers basked in the sunshine at Umberleigh for the two area finals and an open 138 race – while two of their predecessors, Josie Gordon and Meg Nicholls, were preparing to ride at Royal Ascot.
First to go to post were the 138 area finalists and it was a battle from the off.
Joshua Brown on Talponciau Perfect Print got a flying start but Taylor Fisher on Downhills Master Alfie was in hot pursuit and the pair scorched around the corner, by which time the field had bunched up behind them.
Coming off the turn, first season jockey Jack Teague had Trellech Blithe Spirit in the driving seat but it was far from over.
Brown got Talponciau Perfect Print back up to lead and the pair were nip and tuck to the line where Teague prevailed to take the title.
Downhills Master Alfie was third with Ted Hunt on Glin Road running on well to be fourth.
The 138 Open saw Fergus Gillard lay down the law on Veno Star and it took Freddie Gingell to the corner to catch him on The Jobs Not Straight. The pair battled on uphill, Gingell winning. Archie Stamp rode a cracking race on Mayday Black Mink to be just overhauled by Jack Dace on Crofthill Montague and Kelsie Beilby on Bejowans Bouquet who were third and fourth.
It was 18-year-old Bejowans Bouquet’s last race and the pony has been partnered by Heidi Lewis, Tina Smith, Tyler Heard and Kelsie in the Devon and Cornwall Area.
The 148 was a combined Area final and open race. Once again Fergus Gillard pushed on in a bid to win from the front. Joshua Brown on his new pony She’s A Lady had other ideas and was breathing down his neck, with Igozuminov and James Armstrong close up.
The front two drew clear off the bend. Motor Edd made late progress to be second behind She’s A Lady, Hawkesfield Flyer was third and one to lose out was fourth placed Charlotte Summersby on Vadlawalkover, the dour stayer having barely got into his stride by the finish on the short course.
First D and C pony home was Motor Edd, followed by Vadlawalkover, Tamby Welch on Tarka third, Chad Bament on Dandy Heights fourth.
The Area prizes will be presented at the joint awards night with Wessex at Exeter Racecourse, late July date tbc.
Written by : Donna Harris
The early rain showers didn’t put off many race goers who attended last weekends Point-to-Point meeting at Bratton Down, where another good crowd enjoyed some competitive racing. It was a memorable day for North Devon trainer Kayley Woollacott who enjoyed saddling her 100th winner of her career.
Sabroclair, owned by the Big Brook Syndicate, ran away an eight length winner of the Old Station House-sponsored Open Maiden race. Ridden by jockey Josh Newman, who held Sabroclair up behind a strong field of seven runners led by Jack’s Ranger, making his challenge two fences from home, Josh produced Sabroclair to secure the win for the Woollacott team. There had been some late action in the betting arena, and he was backed into 6/1 at the off. “The Big Brook Syndicate was recently set up as an affordable syndicate with two horses, the other horse is ‘Iwouldn’tliketosay’ who won at Cotley for the Syndicate. We are pleased to welcome Josh Newman who will be our regular jockey next year for the yard.” quoted Kayley
Another North Devon trainer, Claire Hitch also enjoyed saddling a winner at the meeting, when Every Breakin Wave came home an impressive 14- length winner of the RSM Beares and Brian Thorne & Son-sponsored Members Race. Having been sent off odds on favorite, the horse ridden by jockey Martin McIntrye didn’t dissapoint his backers, taking up the running two fences from home. “He worked well on his last piece of work at home, and here he just kept on pulling out more. He holds an entry for Stratford next weekend, but we will see how he comes out of this race first,” stated the trainer
Clenagh Castle’s win in the Rossettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race gave trainer Jack Barber a further hold over the trainers championship. Ridden by Will Biddick, who shares the lead in the area gentlemans jockey title with Darren Edwards, was another combination which pleased his followers when sent off another odds-on favorite to win by nine lengths. “This ground suits him, we plan to send him hurdling next year and are looking for an owner for him to stay in the yard,” explained the trainer
It was a double on the day for jockey Will Biddick when he rode another odds on favorite, There’s No Panic, to take the Moore Scarrott-sponsored Men’s Open race. This time riding for his father Michael Biddick, Will rode a patient ride stalking the other two runners, until finally producing his mount over the last fence to stride on up the hill a four length winner. ” Our plan is to keep him Pointing, he wil be turned away for the summer now,” quoted the trainer
Young jockey James Bowen, who recently broke the record for the riding the most amount of winners in a season as a novice jockey, enjoyed another win to add to his C.V. on the Micheal Bowen-trained Deadly Move in the Club Members Conditions race. The young Bowen who’s father is National Hunt trainer Peter Bowen and brother Sean Bowen, is following in his family footsteps, this time judging Deadly Move’s run to perfection, taking the running up over the last fence to snatch the race from early pace setter Return Spring. ” It’s James’s 30th winner from 55 rides, he is five ahead of the previous record, he rode his first winner on his sixteenth birthday last year when he rode a double that day,” explained his proud father. James will be riding as a conditional next season for champion trainer Nicky Henderson.
The fastest time of the day was recorded in the Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies’ Open race by Lucy Proven riding Ladyvie. It was a thrilling finish with half a length between Ladyvie, second place Go Odee Go and another half length to Morbihan placed third. Lucy rides out at Phillip Hobbs yard and Ladyvie was bought mid-season by Lucy’s mother Jackie Stephens from the Eyston family. Lucy trains Ladyvie herself, and enjoyed following up on her first ever ride at Flete Park with a win here. “It was a bit scarey, but the adrenaline gets you through,” she said.
We can enjoy the third of the three meetings to be staged at the stunning location of Bratton next weekend, where it is the turn of the Tiverton to host their meeting on Sunday 11th June.
Members – Sponsored by RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son
1. Every Breakin Wave (IRE) 4/6
2. Little Cornham (IRE) 11/10
3. C’Mon Will (GB) 16/1
Winning Jockey Mr M.McIntyre
Winning Owner Mr Kieran Jones
Winning Trainer Claire Hitch Restricted – Sponsored by Rosettes Direct
1. Clenagh Castle (IRE) 8/11
2. Fountains Cider (GB) 8/1
3. Steel Brush (IRE) 12/1
Winning Jockey Will Biddick
Winning Trainer Jack Barber
Winning Owner Jack Barber Racing Club Ladies Open – Sponsored by Bray Leino
1. Ladyvie (FR) 3/1
2. Go Odee Go (IRE) Evens
3. Morbihan (FR) 5/2
Winning Jockey Miss Lucy Provan
Winning Trainer Miss Lucy Provan
Winning Owner Mrss Jackie Stephens Men’s Open – Sponsored by Moore Scarrott
1. There’s No Panic (IRE) 2/5
2. Louis Pasteur (IRE) 8/1
3. Overafrica (IRE) 2/1
Winning Jockey Mr W Biddick
Winning Trainer Mr M Biddick
Winning Owner Mr M Biddick Club Members Conditions – Sponsored by Ashley Farrant and The Kingdon Family
1. Deadly Move (IRE) 4/6
2. Return Spring (IRE) 25/1
3. Quick Oats (IRE) 2/1
Winning Jockey James Bowen
Winning Trainer Michael Bown
Winning Owner Roy & Louise Swinburne Open Maiden – Sponsored by The Old Station House Inn
1. Sabroclair (FR) 6/1
2. Karigale (GB) 9/2
3. Heaven’s Choice (GB) 7/4
Winning Jockey Josh Newwman
Winning Trainer Kayley Woollacott
Winning Owners Big Brook Racing Club
Pony Racing Report & Results
Written by : Lee Glanville
Twelve year old Jack Teague won his first pony race on Trellech Blithe Spirit at the Exmoor point to point, getting the better of an enduring battle up the long run in with Joshua Brown on Talponciau Perfect Print.
Teague also picked up the Bratton Down Novice Riders’ Challenge Cup, having been second at the Dulverton West meeting.
Menedh Jumping Jack Flash was competently ridden into third place by Artemis Morgan with Tamara King fourth on Milford Sunflower.
Edward Vaughan won Division Two on Little Replacement from Fergus Gillard on Veno Star who passed the post in first, but was demoted after a stewards’ enquiry.
Kelsie Beilby was third on Jackets Magician and Taylor Fisher fourth on Comberton Prince Consort – a grand effort as the pair had got a terrible start.
The judge had to split Charlie Sprake (Goldwell’s Gucci) and Tyler Heard (Motor Edd) on the line, but Sprake’s enterprising efforts to beat his conqueror from two weeks ago paid off. He pushed the pace from the start and this time, when Heard loomed large on the nap of the hill, Sprake’s mount dug deep and always just maintained the upper hand in a gruelling battle.
Vadlawalkover stayed on well for third (Charlotte Summersby) with Hawkesfield Flyer fourth for Fergus Gillard.
The next pony races are the area finals at Umberleigh June 17, AFTER the ptp races.
Exeter Racecourse Devon and Cornwall 148 points championship (best 8 scores to count for final result) 6 June.
1 Motor Edd T Heard 56
2 Vadlawalkover C Summersby 52
3 Dandy Heights C Bament 46
4 Little Bull H Brown 45
5 Tarka T Welch 33
6 Igo Zuminov J Armstrong 21
7 Shotgun Minnie T Heard 20
8 Buddy’s Girl, T Welch 18
9 Vadlawalkover A Summersby 15
10 No Dillydally L Harvey 7
Exeter Racecourse 138cm points championship (best 8 scores count for final result).
1 Talponciau Perfect Print J Brown 55
2 Dowhills Master Alfie T Fisher. 38
3 Trellech Blithe Spirit J Teague 28
4 Menedh Jumping Jack Flash A Morgan 27
5 Zillions frolic P Caygill 24
6 Wide Valley Superman R Fisher Barnett 15
7 Comberton Prince Consort T Fisher 15
8 Wide Valley Batman W Fisher Barnett 13
9 Wide Valley Robin W Fisher Barnett 9
10 Wide Valley Spiderman W Fisher Barnett 8
11 Amee C Wrey
A good crowd turned up to enjoy some exciting horse-race action at last weekends Point-to-Point meeting which was held at the popular Upcott Cross track near Halwill Junction on Bank Holiday Monday. Culmstock based trainer Stuart Sampson enjoyed saddling another treble on the day with his horses all in flying form. Fishy Story took the opening Penbode Vet Group-sponsored Confined race under National leading jockey Will Biddick, having been sent off odds-on favorite by the bookies. “She owes us nothing and has been consistent all season,” stated the trainer. Beat The Tide for the Stuart Sampson team gave the yard their second winner, having been sent off second favorite for the Dodson & Horrell Men’s Open race. With jockey and owner Ben Robarts riding a shrewd race, stalking the odds on favorite Chosen Lucky to snatch the lead up the home straight and going on to win by eight lengths. Ben’s mother Georgie Robarts, who works for the BHA was delighted with her son’s win “We bought Beat The Tide from bloodstock agent Tom Malone, he had previously run under rules with Tim Vaughan.” Ben added “I ride out every morning for Phillip Hobbs, and also work selling race equipment for Duralock.” Ben was delighted with his win which made for a good weekend, having ridden Grissom for the Nikki Frost team to win at the Cothelstone meeting the day before. The Sampson team were celebrating when their third winner at the Upcott meeting came when Balthazar du Seuil took the first division of the two-mile-four furlong Open Maiden race. Under jockey Will Biddick Balthazar du Seuil had been kept handy throughout the race taking up the running down the home straight, going onto win by half a length. There had been a nail biting wait for the Sampson team while the stewards held an inquiry into the race. Owner Martin Dare explained ” You could almost write the history book, as we had the same situation when he last ran here, but we are pleased with the outcome, another excellent ride by Will and his normal jockey Christopher Barber should take some credit for giving up his ride on this occasion.”
The Coodes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race was another thrilling finish ending up in a dead heat between the Paul Geering-trained Bricks and Beams and Ryan Chapman’s Winter Garden. “My late father bought Winter Garden in Ireland in 2015,” explained the emotional trainer, and it is my first winner training in my own right.” added Ryan. Paul Geering was thrilled with the result for Bricks and Beams ” I am very happy the judges called a dead heat, it seem’s fair to us all.” Midnight Appeal took the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Ladies Open race under owner/trainer and jockey Charlotte Hawker, having taken up the running in the home straight, leaving the odds on favorite Akideau six lengths back in third. Charlotte works at her parents dairy farm near Frome, and milks the cows daily as well as schooling the horses. “We have our own gallops and Midnight Appeal didn’t seem to get on in a racing yard enviroment. He has now had three wins in a row. Robert our son liked him having ridden Midnight Appeal in a few Hunter Chases, and we were able to purchase him at a reasonable price,” stated Charolotte’s mother Sarah.
The Langdon Transport-sponsored Members Novice race for Novice riders went to Seamus Mullins son James riding Adrenalin Flight. Giving the young assistant trainer his first ever winner having only ever had two rides. Adrenaline Flight was lying in third before the last fence, with the two leaders Honest Deed and Skylander having heavy falls, leaving Adrenalin Flight, who was lying in third before the final fence under jockey James Mullins, snatching a dream win for the team. ” I have trained the winner of the Scottish Champion Hurdle but this win is above them all,” exclaimed the proud father
If It Be Your Will won the second division of the two-mile four furlong Open Maiden with a 15 length win under jockey Darren Andrews for trainer Gordon Herrod. The Axminster based trained explained ” We bought him out of Doncaster sales in 2015, he had been in training with Dan Skelton, and he has taken a while to settle. Our plans are to turn him away now and continue pointing next season.
The final race of the day which was the PRJ Engineering-sponsored Open maiden race, this went to the Pippa Moorhouse-trained Zip The Lip for owner and breeder Paul Tyler under 23 year-old jockey Rob Stoneman who rides out at Sue Gardner’s yard. Rob Stoneman rode a good tactical race and produced Zip The Lip over the final fence to snatch the race by two lengths ahead of Bally Bruff.
Confined Sponsored by Penbode Vet Group
1. Fishy Story 4/6F
2. Rocknrolldixie (IRE) 7/4
3. Katkoleys (FR) 25-1
Winning Jockey Will Biddick
Winning Trainer Stuart Sampson
Winning Owner Mr M E Tucker
Dodson & Horrell Mens Open
1. Beat The Tide (GB) 9/4
2. Chosen Lucky (IRE) 1/2F
3. Little Boy Blue (GB) 8/1
Winning Jockey Ben Robarts
Winning Trainer Staurt Sampson
Winning Owner Ben Robarts
Restricted sponsored by Coodes Solicitors
1. Bricks and Beams (IRE) 5/2
1. Winter Garden (IRE) 6/1
3. Arcs Abound (GB) 12/1
Winning Jockey’s Jo Buck and Darren Edwards
Winning Trainers Mrs P & Mr T Geering and Ryan Chapman
Winning Owners Mrs T Langdon, Mr D Andrews, Mr & Mrs D Hooper. Mr Ryan Chapman
The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Ladies Open
1. Midnight Appeal (GB) 7/4
2. Florence Mary (GB) 14/1
3. Aikideau (FR) 1/2F
Winning Jockey Miss C Hawker
Winning Trainer Miss C Hawker
Winning Owner Miss C Hawker
Members Race For Novice Riders sponsored by Langdon Transport.
1. Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 8/1
2. Follow The Paint (IRE) 9/2
3. Captain Camelot (IRE) 7/2
Winning Jockey Mr J Mullins
Winning Trainer Mrs S Rawlins
Winning Owner Mr S Mullins
Open Maiden Race 2m4f Div One
1. Baltazar Du Seuil (FR) 7/4
2. Quick ‘N’ Easy (IRE) 7/1
3. Hugos Horse (FR) 10/11f
Winning Jockey Mr W Biddick
Winning Trainer Stuart Sampson
Winning Owner Mr J Dare
Open Maiden Div two
1. If It Be Your Will (GB) 5/2
2. Blackdown Babe (GB) 14/1
3. Sugar Glider (GB) 12/1
Winning Jockey Mr D Andrews
Winning Trainer Mr G Herrord
Winning Owner Mr G Herrod & Miss M Aplin
PRJ Engineering-sponsored Open Maiden
1. Zip The Lip (GB) 10/1
2. Bally Bruff (IRE) 16/1
3. Hunters Pres (IRE) 9/1
Winning Jockey Mr R Stoneman
Winning Trainer Miss P Moorhouse
Winning Owner Mr P Tyler
Written by: Lee Glanville
Calypso seems to be a standing dish at Upcott Cross and quickened off a fast pace to win the 148s for Alfie Godfrey at the South Tetcott Hunt races.
Looking very fit in the paddock, the 11 year old mare, who partnered champion conditional Harry Cobden back in the day, stayed on resolutely to draw clear of Charlotte Summersby on Vadlawalkover with Chad Bament back in third on Dandy Heights.
The 138s saw a maximum field of 10 go to post, the eventual winner Wee Anthony (Freddie Gingell) only getting in as a reserve.
Wee Anthony started to dictate around the top bend and came off it 12 lengths clear. He pushed on to win, with Comberton Prince Consort (Taylor Fisher) in second at that point and battling hard to stay there, before being demoted by the late progress of Ted Hunt on Glin Road.
Kelsie Bealby (Jackets Magician) was fourth.
The next pony racing is at Bratton Down where three races start the card at 12.45pm.
A huge crowd enjoyed a day of unbroken sunshine and competitive thrilling horse-racing action at the Dulverton West Point-to-Point, held at Bratton Down last Sunday. Leading National trainer Jack Barber enjoyed saddling another treble, extending his lead in the National championship even further. His first win came with the four-year old, strong looking debutant Stradivarius Davis under jockey Martin McIntyre in the Bob Pittard Memorial Maiden race. McIntyre tracked the leaders on the first circuit before producing his mount on the final lap. Stradivarius Davis had been bought for his owners by bloodstock agent Ryan Mahon, and did not dissapoint when he battled on well up the home straight, not giving in when briefly headed by Heaven’s Choice, but rallied under pressure and stayed on to win by a neck. ”He is quite green as he showed when running around a bit up the home straight,” explained the trainer. Ian Fogg who is one of the joint owners of Stradivarius Davis added “We are delighted with the training and the jockey.”
Barbers second winner came when There’s No Panic ridden by Will Biddick took the feature Brends Hotel-sponsored Mixed Open four-mile-one furlong race. Previously in training with Will’s father Mike who owns the horse, it was decided that he be moved to Jack Barbers yard. “The boys said I wasn’t schooling him fast enough, so I agreed to spend some of my pension on training fees” explained the delighted owner. Posh Totty gave Jack Barber his treble, with a superb front running performance under jockey Will Biddick in the Club Members’ race for Mares and Fillies, coming home 12 lengths ahead of her nearest rival. “Last time she ran at Bratton Down was years ago when I rode her and we were second that day,” said Jack who added “I am delighted with the performance of all our horses today, from young to old.” Richard Hall who is one of Posh Totty’s joint owners and also owns Oscars Wine Bar in Crewkerne, was thrilled with the win adding “The grounds perfect for her, thanks go to Jack Barber, Will and the team, we have had a lovely season.”
There was a double on the day for jockey Bryony Frost who won the opening Ucanstore.Com-sponsored Restricted race on Don’t Doittome for Dorset based trainer Mike Felton. Having led from the start, the chasing pack of twelve were unable to reel in the winner, with Frost squeezing on Don’t Doittome stylishly to win by eight lengths. “She loves top of the ground,” explained Bryony. The delighted trainer, who trains the horse for his wife Lucy added “We finally got to bed at 4am this morning after the Ball last night, we were up again at 7 am in time to make it here, but it was worth it.”
The second part of Bryony’s double came in the Sandhill Racing-sponsored Club Members Conditions race aboard Cinevator scoring a three length win for Devon based trainer Ella Pickard. Ella had been recovering from a fractured shoulder after a fall at Trebudannon recently. Her choice of a replacement jockey in Bryony Frost was a wise move, with another superb front running tactic displayed, eventually shaking off a challenge over the last from Doyen Dynamo. Trainer Ella Pickard gave all credit to Bryony, who is well clear in the Ladies Area title. “Plans for Cinevator are to bring him back here for the third meeting if he is still fresh after his run.” Bryony’s thoughts on her win were “Ella kindly put me up and we got the job done, we did get headed but he fought back and battled on.”
It was relief for another Devon based trainer Dean Summersby, when Chosen Lucky bounced back from a disappointing run at Cheltenham to take the Club Members Riders Conditions race under young jockey Bryan Carver. Chosen Lucky clocked up the fasted time of the day and is once again leading the National table clocking up seven wins this season. The 19 year-old jockey works for David Pipe and enjoyed riding his first winner. “Dean’s done an amazing job on Chosen Lucky, the horse showed no form when he ran in Ireland.”
Another young jockey to look out for in the future is James Bowen who took the Intermediate race on the Michael Bowen-trained Deadly Move. Having been sent off the 7/4 favourite this race was another tactical one, with young Bowen keeping Deadly Move at the back of the pack before kicking on over the final ditch, joining Driftwood Pride over the last fence, and kicking on to score by three lengths in another fast time. Delighted owners Roy and Louis Swinbourne commented “We bought him from Ireland; he had a few breathing issues and Peter Bowen having managed a couple of seconds with him under rules suggested we tried him pointing.”
Twenty six ponies contested three races at the Dulverton West Point to point at a sunny Bratton Down.
Finn Muirhead on Dillan’s Girl romped home in Division One of the 138 race, Talponciau Perfect Print (Joshua Brown) and Zellions Frolic (Purdey Caygill) having led at the off.
Dillan’s Girl moved clear approaching the final bend and drew away up the hill. Talponciau Perfect Print stayed on well to finish second, ahead of Trellech Blithe Spirit (Jack Teague). The fabulously marked Just Shane (Jack Osborne) was fourth.
In Division Two, Wee Anthony (Freddie Gingell) were ahead at half way, but Edward Vaughan wore them down and went ahead to win on Little Replacement. Wee Anthony was second, Archie Stamp and Mayday Black Mink was third, with Ted Hunt and Glin Road fourth.
A full field of 10 battled it out for the 148 race. Calypso and Alfie Godfrey took the closely bunched field along. Goldwells Gucci (Charlie Sprake) made a move up the hill but had Motor Edd (Tyler Heard) on his shoulder all the way and Heard cruised clear close home.Goldwells Gucci was third, Calypso third and Vadlawalkover (Charlotte Summersby) fourth.’ The next pony races are at Upcott Cross.
1. Don’t Doittome (IRE) 7/4
2. Lizard King (IRE) 9/4
3. Come On Joey (IRE) 7/1
Miss V Wade
Winning Trainer Michael Felton
Winning Owner Lucy Felton
Open Maiden Race
1. Stradivarius Davis (FR) 8/11
2. Heaven’s Choice (GB) 14/1
3. Pyleigh Brae (GB) 6/1
Winning Trainer Jack Barber
Winning Owner The Gibson,MacDonald, Nicholls & Fogg Partnership
Bratton Down Club Members Conditions Race
1. Cinevator (IRE) 5/4
2. Doyen Dynamo (GB) 7/4
3. Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 6/1
Winning Trainer Ella Pickard
Winning Owner Mr M Tucker
PPORA Club Members Riders Condtions Race
1. Chosen Lucky (IRE) 4/6
2. Skylander (IRE) 9/1
Miss T Eyston
3. Tempelpirate (GB) 7/2
Winning Trainer Dean Summersby
Winning Owner Dean Summersby
Mixed Open 4m1f
1. There’s No Panic (IRE) 7/4
2. Join Together (IRE) 2/1
3. Im All Set (IRE) 6/1
Winning Trainer Jack Barber
Winning Owner Michael Biddick
1. Deadly Move (IRE) 7/4
2. Driftwood Pride (IRE) 20/1
3. Dunn’s River (FR) 5/1
Winning Trainer Michael Bowen
Winning Owners Roy & Louise Swinbourne
Club Members Mares & Fillies Race
1. Posh Totty (GB) 1/ 2
2. Cheltenham Mati (FR) 5/1
3. Flights (GB) 9/4
Winning Trainer Jack Barber
Winning Owners J.Barber, Mr C Slocombe,Mr R Hall, Mr H James.
The new course at Flete Park, Ermington – reversed from previous years – proved a great success, with close finishes in both pony races.A full strength field of 138cm ponies went to post in the first race, which was won by Ted Hunt, younger brother of jockey Hugo, on Glin Road. He gave the pony a cracker of a ride to get home by a length from Joshua Brown on Talponciau Perfect Print.
Bejowans Bouquet – in her last year of racing at 20 years old – was a fantastic third for Kelsie Beilby, with best local Artemis Morgan,10, fourth with Menedh Jumping Jack Flash.
There was drama in the 148 race when one of the favourites, Motor Edd, slammed on the brakes approaching the woodchip run through, sending jockey Tyler Heard flying. The field were tightly bunched throughout, all jockeys riding sensibly around the long and undulating track.
The Summersby family are carrying all before them this season and Charlotte got Vadlawalkover home half a length ahead of Harry Brown on Little Bull. Fergus Gillard on Hawkesfield Flyer was just a neck back in third. The others were close up with Tamby Welch best local on Tarka.
The next pony races are on Sunday at Axe Vale point to point.
There are two packed pony races to start the Dartmoor point to point at Flete Park on Saturday (1pm).
Ten runners and a reserve are entered for the 138 race where Artemis Morgan flies the flag for the host hunt on Jumping Jack Flash.
The course runs in the same direction as the point to point for the first time. Bejowans Bouquet (Kelsie Bielby) and Talponciau Perfect Print (Joshua Brown) both have vast experience at Flete, the other way round, with previous riders who are now established point to point jockeys, and it’s great to see the ponies’ enthusiasm introducing other riders to the sport.Walter Fisher Barnett will be keen to retain the trophy he won last year but will face opposition from his sister Ruby amongst others.
In the 148s James Armstrong and Tamby Welch represent the Dartmoor, Armstrong on Igo Zuminov and Welch on Tarka, a previous course winner. Vadlawalkover (Charlotte Summersby) and Hawkesfield Flyer (Fergus Gillard) also have form on the course.
A great card of racing at Great Trethew kicked off with two really competitive pony races.
With the likes of top flat jockey Josephine Gordon and top NH conditional Harry Cobden having graduated from the local pony racing scene, it’s a great chance for the public to see these riders progress.
Edward Vaughan has announced his presence with two back to back Devon and Cornwall wins in his first season at just nine years old. He has an able partner in Humbel Mind, a full TB pony by the stallion Humbel.
Fergus Gillard was hot on his heels on the consistent Veno Star in second, and it was great to see Taylor Fisher and Downhills Master Alfie, challenging at the business end of the race as he gains experience, in third.
The 148 race saw a first ride, first win for Charlotte Summersby on course specialist Vadlawalkover. He’s no pushbutton ride but stays on well up the hill and Charlotte grabbed the chance to overhaul last week’s protagonists Tamby Welch (Buddy’s Girl) and Tyler Heard (Motor Edd). They reversed places from Buckfastleigh with Tamby second, Tyler third.
It looks like being a cracking season ahead and there’s more at the Mid Devon next Sunday, 12 noon.
Pony racing kicks off the card at The Dartmoor point to point at Flete Park near Ivybridge on April 16.
Seven of the smallest ponies and riders’ will compete for the 138cm and under race, which is off at 1pm. The Gillard family have had plenty of success at the course and Fergus, 13, will be bidding for first race success on Veno Star. Ginger Wizard (Chad Bament) also loves the course. There are two sets of siblings riding – Walter and Ruby Fisher-Barnett, and Artemis and Otis Morgan, so there are plenty of bragging rights to be fought over. Molly Landau and Joshua Brown complete the field.
Five contest the 148 race, including the prolific Conor Brace from Wales on Peateoh. James Armstrong flies the flags for the locals on Song Bird and lines up with Fergus Gillard, Hamish Clarke, and Olivia Harvey.
Pony race jockeys in Devon and Cornwall proved not just hardy riding at the East Cornwall event, but also canny.
Those who travelled south of the Tamar on Easter also boosted their chances of bagging awards at the end of the season.
Easter fixtures – Taunton Vale, Cheltenham Pony Club race day and Charles Owen fixtures at Exeter and Kempton were amongst several to keep riders fully booked so the 138 and 148 races were amalgamated at Great Trethew and, despite only having four runners, kept race goers entertained.
The three 138 ponies battled hard all the way and the result was close, Taylor Fisher recording his first win close home on Hideaway Evening Star. Chad Bament on Ginger Wizard was only just denied and Walter Fisher-Barnett on Wide Valley Superman was just back in third. The three earned 10, 9 and 8 points respectively.
They were in hot pursuit of Tamby Welch on the 148 Vadlawalkover, and were far from disgraced, keeping tabs on the bigger pony throughout.