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REPORT AND RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 15th JUNE 2019

Written by Donna Harris

The final Point-to-Point of the current season was held last Saturday where the stage was set for a dual between National Gentleman Champion jockey Will Biddick and reigning Area Gentleman Champion Darren Edwards at the Torrington Farmers meeting at Umberleigh. Will Biddick had three rides booked and at the start of the day and was only one point behind Darren, who only had one ride booked.

The going had been changed after heavy rainfall to Good but Holding in the maize field up the hill. This proved challenging for many of the entries, but a dry day was welcomed by the large crowd who gathered to support the finale.

Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Darren Edwards surged further ahead and sealed his Area Gentleman’s title with a win when his mount Soul Kaliber won the opening Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Members race for owners The Little Acres Racing Syndicate. Trainer Dean Summersby gave all credit to the jockey “He travels down from Leicester every weekend to ride for us. I’m pleased his wife alows it. We have also had a lot of help from our physio’s Catherine Davis and Claire Morshead.” Soul Kaliber was a bargain buy for team Summersby out of Gigginstown. Dean added “ Eddie O’Leary, who works for Gigginstown said he thought the horse had an engine, but they had lost they keys.”

Will Biddick was unable to bridge the gap. With his mount Tucks Bergin finding conditions too testing, was pulled up before the last in the following Kivells-sponsored Restricted Race. This went the way of locally based trainer Roy Smith’s Baby Sherlock. Having only travelled a few miles could have been a factor for Baby Sherlock, along with a patient ride from young jockey Paul John, who managed to come home the three-length winner. Based at Chilhampton, Roy Smith quoted “He came out of David Pipe’s yard on a recommendation by Vicky Wade, great ride by the jockey Paul who runs his own livery and breaking yard at Winkleigh.”

Ruppera Tom & Will Biddick
Ruppera Tom & Will Biddick
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Ruperra Tom did give Will Biddick a great run in the Barum Stud sponsored Intermediate race, to end his season with a win to compliment his regaining the National title, which he has now won for the seventh time. Trained by Mickey Bowen from Fishguard, the horse had survived a five and a half hour journey to compete on ground which wasn’t ideal for him. Owner of Ruperra Tom, Tim Jones explained “ We love this course, both Mickey and I have won here as jockey’s, mine was back in 1988. The horse is my home bred which makes the win even nicer.” Will added “He is a lovely straight forward horse, travelled and jumped well, he picked up after a good jump at the last.”

The Pilton Auctions-sponsored Ladies Open race went to Devon based trainer Les Jefford with his ten-year-old gelding Purple N’ Gold. An ex NH recruit out of David Pipe’s yard, Purple N’Gold clocked up his impressive fifth straight win of the season under 22 year-old jockey Millie Wonnacott, who has now won the area Ladies and Novice Ladies title. She explained “I have many people to thank and these include Tom Scudamore who used to ride him and Jo Supple, who due to injury had to give up her rides on him.” Purple N’ Gold is leased to Lisa Jefford for the Here Comes The Girls Partnership who have had a tremendous season with him.

The Welsh raiders were out in force, with jockey Byron Moorcroft riding two winners on the day, his first in the Baldwins-sponsored Men’s Open. Byron took up the running over the final ditch, on the long odds on favourite Ramble On for trainer Luke Price, to score by ten lengths ahead of Bay To Go. “They went too slow on the first circuit, I had to go on.” explained Byron to owner Kevin Salter. Trainer Luke Price added “ We may keep him Pointing, or go Hunter Chasing, it’s difficult to keep him right and we have pre race bloods done on him regularly.”

The second part of the Moorcroft double came in the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race, when Bryon partnered the Jason Warner trainer favourite Long Mile Road who came home the winner one and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Devon Redway with only two finishers, pleasing punters who had stolen the day from the bookies. Byron is another young jockey who runs his own yard, where he is based in Cowbridge. “ I have to thank both Luke Price and Jason Warner, both whom have got me where I am.” quoted Byron

Going: Good, Holding in maize field up hill

Club Members (Tattersalls Ireland )

1. Soul Kaliber (D. Edwards) 1/2F
2. Ryves Rockey (Miss M Wonnacott) 9/4
3. Le Clo de La Londe (Miss E Watson) 10/1

Time: 6 mins.43.8s
Distances: 7, 8
Winning Trainer: Dean Summersby
Winning Owner: The Little Acres Racing Club

Restricted (Kivells)

1. Baby Sherlock (P. John) 2/1
2. Sweet Lady Jane (B. Moorcroft) 3/1
3. Beau de Table (Miss T Eyston) 28/1

Time: 6mins 52.4s
Distances: 3, 30
Winning Trainer: Roy Smith
Winning Owner: Roy Smith

Men’s Open (Baldwins)

1. Ramble On (B. Moorcroft) 4/9F
2. Bay To Go (J. Armstrong) 20/1
3. Get Rhythm (G. Barfoot-Saunt) 9/2

Time: 6 mins. 50.3s
Distances: 9, 25
Winning Trainer: Luke Price
Winning Owner: Mr Kevin Salter

Ladies Open (Pilton Auctions)

1. Purple N’ Gold (Miss M Wonnacott) 4/11F
2. Mister Dick (Miss L. Mager) 7/2
3 Tiger Sam (Miss H.M. Stevens) 5/1

Time: 7mins 00.3s
Distances: 1, ½
Winning Trainer: Leslie Jefford
Winning Owner: The Here Come The Girls Partnership

Intermediate (The Barum Stud)

  1. Ruppera Tom (Will Biddick) 5/4F
  2. Come On Joey (P.John) 2/1
  3. Syracuse’s Dream (M. Treneer) 9/1

Time: 6mins 39.9s
Distances: 5,8
Winning Trainer: Michael Bowen
Winning Owner: Mr John Rees & Mr Tim Jones

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

  1. Long Mile Road (B. Moorcroft) 4/5F
  2. Devon Redway (D.Andrews) 5/2

Time: 6mins 48.8s
Distances: 1 ¾
Winning Trainer: Jason Warner
Winning Owner: Mr J.S.Warner

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RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 15th JUNE 2019

Going: Good, Holding in maize field up hill

Club Members (Tattersalls Ireland )

1. Soul Kaliber (D. Edwards) 1/2F
2. Ryves Rockey (Miss M Wonnacott) 9/4
3. Le Clo de La Londe (Miss E Watson) 10/1

Time: 6 mins.43.8s
Distances: 7, 8
Winning Trainer: Dean Summersby
Winning Owner: The Little Acres Racing Club

Restricted (Kivells)

1. Baby Sherlock (P. John) 2/1
2. Sweet Lady Jane (B. Moorcroft) 3/1
3. Beau de Table (Miss T Eyston) 28/1

Time: 6mins 52.4s
Distances: 3, 30
Winning Trainer: Roy Smith
Winning Owner: Roy Smith

Men’s Open (Baldwins)

1. Ramble On (B. Moorcroft) 4/9F
2. Bay To Go (J. Armstrong) 20/1
3. Get Rhythm (G. Barfoot-Saunt) 9/2

Time: 6 mins. 50.3s
Distances: 9, 25
Winning Trainer: Luke Price
Winning Owner: Mr Kevin Salter

Ladies Open (Pilton Auctions)

1. Purple N’ Gold (Miss M Wonnacott) 4/11F
2. Mister Dick (Miss L. Mager) 7/2
3 Tiger Sam (Miss H.M. Stevens) 5/1

Time: 7mins 00.3s
Distances: 1, ½
Winning Trainer: Leslie Jefford
Winning Owner: The Here Come The Girls Partnership

Intermediate (The Barum Stud)

  1. Ruppera Tom (Will Biddick) 5/4F
  2. Come On Joey (P.John) 2/1
  3. Syracuse’s Dream (M. Treneer) 9/1

Time: 6mins 39.9s
Distances: 5,8
Winning Trainer: Michael Bowen
Winning Owner: Mr John Rees & Mr Tim Jones

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

  1. Long Mile Road (B. Moorcroft) 4/5F
  2. Devon Redway (D.Andrews) 5/2

Time: 6mins 48.8s
Distances: 1 ¾
Winning Trainer: Jason Warner
Winning Owner: Mr J.S.Warner

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Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-to-Point, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Sunday 9th June 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

This weekend will see the third and final meeting of the season to be held at the panoramic Bratton Down course at Bratton Fleming, where it’s the turn of the Tiverton Staghounds to host their meeting on Sunday June 9th. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 75 entries have been received.

The feature race of the day looks to be the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Men’s Open race which has attracted 17 entries. These include the top rated Fly West from the Ed Walker team, with the recent showery weather he could get the give in the going he prefers and clock up another win for Will Biddick. They could come up against some hot opposition in recent course winner Matts Legacy for trainer Luke Price and jockey Byron Moorcroft. The combination won the Intermediate race here at the Dulverton meeting, having been left a dozen lengths behind at the start. Ramble On another from the Luke Price yard could be a danger having won well at Kingston Blount. Recent Huntingdon Hunter Chase winner Saffron Wells, for trainer Mark Hoskins, could be a ride for Darren Edwards who is still in touch for regaining the gentleman’s area title.

There’s No Panic could appear in the Greenslade Taylor & Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open under Ella Orrtewell, and should run well if recovering from his unfortunate slip up when leading at the last bend at the Exmoor meeting here. There are 13 entries which also include Ramble On (Luke Price) mentioned previously, and the Dr Massini-sired Beggers Velvet for trainer Francesca Nimmo. Beggers Velvet ran well at Garthorpe earlier this month, coming home the 12 length winner of the Conditions race there, to add to the veteran geldings 9 Point wins and two Hunter Chase victories, he could prove the main danger if reproducing that form.

The opening Winston Pincombe-sponsored members race could see the Dean Summersby top novice mare Cloudy Music take on either of the Mike Vanstone entries Lawsons Thorns or Lure Des Pres who both won at this course last weekend under Josh Newman. All three are also entered in the Intermediate race here and it will be interesting to see which race the trainers select.

Dean Summersby’s Soul Kaliber is entered in the Exmoor Hay & Straw -sponsored Intermediate race, and connections will be hoping that the rain forecast for this week is correct, and they can make up for their disappointment of their missed run at Stratford last week. The Little Acers Racing Club have had tremendous fun with their horses with the Summersby team this season, with Soul Kaliber under Darren Edwards winning three races to date, including the most recent at Trebudannon when he came home a three-quarter length winner ahead of Awesome Tunes.

The Open Maiden race has been sponsored by Riverside Caravan Park and has attracted many horses which have recently gone close in progressing from Maiden races, these include Welsh raiders Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft), Little Brian (Callum Griffiths), along with Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) the horse having consistently finished second and is sure to win soon, and the Getaway-sired Spring Break for Will Biddick could improve on his placed run at Cothelstone and seal the gentleman’s area title for the jockey .

Finally the Best Western Hotel-sponsored Restricted race could be another competitive affair with Vinc’s Vinne (Ed Walker) a six-length winner at Trebudannon, Willaldoo (Les Jefford) a 10-length Upcott Cross winner, and Lydstep winner Airpur Desbois (Gary Moore) all among the progressive horses entered.

The course offers a fantastic backdrop view of Exmoor making this an ideal picnic location. On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments and food, beer tent, bookies and a number of trade stands offering items such as country wear, gallery pictures to antique trinkets. Entrance is £10 per person to a cap of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming,9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG.

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Entries: Exmoor Point-To-Point and Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
12:00 Exmoor Conditions pony races

Pony Championship finals

1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 8 year olds and Up Conditions Race
6th 16:55 5 year olds and Up Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Following the rain earlier this week, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 8.00pm Saturday 01/06/19)

Looking forward to National Pony Racing Championship Finals 12.00 noon and Point to Point 2pm at Bratton Down on Sunday.

We have had over an inch of rain on the course this week. The ground has absorbed the moisture well, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 4.00pm Friday 31/05/19)

The Course Inspector has just walked the course in the rain and given the current going as Good to Firm. ( Updated 6.00pm Wednesday 29/05/19)

The going at Bratton Down is Good to firm. We had 8mm of rain on Sunday which has eased the going. More rain forecast for this week. As always agri-vator on standby. (Updated 7.00am Monday 27th May)

Update on Bratton Down – It is currently raining at Bratton Down, with more forecast. ( Sunday 26th May 9.00am)

The course is looking well. The agri-vator was used 3 times before racing on 19th and again after. Although the going was given as firm it rode as good to firm, on the consistent good old Bratton turf. Light rain is forecast for the weekend and more early next week. All bends will be moved out onto fresh ground. The agri-vating and grass cover will allow maximum advantage of the heavy dews and rain to come. The agri-vator will be used again should the forecast be wrong. ( Wednesday 22nd May 9.00pm)

Preview extract:

A total of 82 entries have been received for this meeting where it’s the turn of the Exmoor Hunt to host. Pony racing heads up the action with the Exmoor Conditions race sponsored by Teapes Tyres at 12 noon. Followed by The Fergal O’Brien & Treehouse Sporting Colours-sponsored Pony Championship finals. The main six race card follows at 2pm.

The course offers a lovely picturesque backdrop view of Exmoor, together with many trade stands which offer items such as antique trinkets to country clothing and art décor. A large beer tent, together with hot and cold food and refreshments. Plenty of bookies offering value bets on the day, and an Ice cream van to enjoy an afternoon treat in the summer sunshine. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Check out the pony racing website ponyracingauthority.co.uk for further information.

Pony Racing 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
(c) = 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.

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
2 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
3 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The opening B Thorne & Son Agric Eng-sponsored Members race has only a few entries, Kapricorne (Rebecca Branton) a 15 length winner at Trebudannon in April, and won at this course last June when coming home the 70 length winner. Debutant entry Miss Tiggy Winkle may be in need of the run, whilst Gunner Vic has failed to complete this season and was a distance behind Kapricorne last season when the two met.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
2 *968/8p-1 CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) 35+ Kieran Price
3 21-6226p GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
4 u2u-5512 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
5 323231-f3 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 33 Byron Moorcroft
6 1p2dpu-p TUCKS BERGIN (IRE) 34? Alan Rhead
7 /pp-sp21 VINCS VINNIE (IRE) 35+ Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Vincs Vinnie (Ed Walker) for leading National gentleman jockey Will Biddick, looks to be the likely favourite in the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, having battled on well to win at Trebudannon. Gerties Garter is another entry from the Ed Walker team and could go well if following up on his seconds at Ston Eston and Bishops Court. Lure de Pres looks an interesting entry, having won his maiden by a neck at Badbury under jockey Nick Lawton, following up that win with a head second to Goldbury at Flete Park under Bryan Carver for the Mike Vanstone team.

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Race 3 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 2-32p332 ALLIE BEAG 37? Alan Hill
2 4524623p BANKHALL (IRE) 38 Emma Jones
3 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
4 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
5 11/*ppp-2p CINEVATOR (IRE) 40? Ella Pickard
6 6p1-p134 COURT DISMISSED (IRE) 37? Alan Hill
7 *3330-1314 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne
8 32-1u632d ITS ALL OR NOTHING 41 Charlotte Rowe
9 3-6743214 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
10 044-36111 PURPLE ‘N GOLD 42 Leslie Jefford
11 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown
12 1/2-45113 THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 42 Will Biddick
13 *0-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

13 are entered for the Bray Lino-sponsored Ladies race which could be another thriller on the day with dual Flete winner There’s No Panic for Ella Orrtewell, and a winner of three straight wins this season is Purple’N Gold under Millie Wonnacott heading the field. The two young jockeys have had an excellent season so far, both enjoying the winners enclosure and not afraid to set the pace.

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Race 4 – Mens Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
3 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
4 72251313 DANDAN (IRE) 40? Francesca Moller
5 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
6 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
7 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
8 21u12212 GINGILI 40 Jonathan Farrelly
9 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
10 p6115-211 HIGH HATTON 41 Jonathan Tudor
11 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
12 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
13 R0-f1f211 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 38 Luke Price
14 -83u35223 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
15 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
16 p-p5p3252 NAMAKO (FR) 39 Alan Hill
17 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
18 1-2p12221 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 43 Luke Price
19 p1111-121 SPENCER MOON (IRE) 44 Luke Price
20 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race looks to be the feature of the day at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 2nd June, having attracted 20 quality entries. These include the two Luke Price-trained stable stars, Spencer Moon a previous Hunter Chase winner at Fontwell and subsequent 20 length winner at Monmouth in February. Also Ramble On, who under Byron Moorcroft won the Mixed Open last weekend at Kingston Blount. Jonathan Tudor is another outside raider who holds two entries in the Men’s Open with Desert Roe who defied top weight to beat Jack Snipe at Cothelstone last weekend, also entry High Hatton who under Jack Tudor took the Members Conditions race here at the last meeting. Fly West (Ed Walker) could fly the flag for the area, with a cut in the ground and could improve on his nose second to Hawkhurst at Bitterly.

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Race 5 – 8 Years old and up Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 u20-22121 BLAZING TOM 41 Jonathan Tudor
3 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
5 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
6 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
7 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
8 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
9 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
10 3/-u6321 GERSJOEYCASEY (IRE) 39 Karen York
11 f-645343 GET RHYTHM (IRE) 35 Tim Sleath
12 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
13 -p3f11f2 HOLY WATER (IRE) 36 Luke Price
14 4p/-p4p3f HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
15 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
16 3pp5-ppp KALASTAR (IRE) 21? Elizabeth Scott
17 33-333115 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
18 p42-332p1 LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
19 pp-43113p MILBERRY (IRE) 35 Norman Mitchell
20 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
21 54f-54532 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
22 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
23 *pp-0p2p1 REDKALANI (IRE) 41 Vivian Lloyd
24 3-p337f63 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Sam Holdsworth
25 -u904231 VAILLANT CREEK (FR) 40 Abbie Myers
26 0/-upRf45 WHITE CHIEF (IRE) 24 Antony Burks

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Kernal Victor and Lawsons Thorns catch the eye among the 26 entered for the Conditions race which is sponsored by the Kingdon Family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Kernal Victor won impressively at Cherrybrook coming home the eight length winner that day and then a 10 length victor at Upcott Cross. A cut in the ground could help him bounce back from his defeat at Trebudannon. Lawsons Thorns came home the ten length winner at the last meeting here and could be another winning combination for trainer Mike Vanstone and jockey Bryan Carver. Outside previous winning raiders Blazing Tom and Desert Roe for team Tudor, should both figure high in the betting if turning up here, also the Luke Price entry Holy Water after his wins at Pyle and Lydstep under Byron Moorcroft.

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Race 6 – 5 year olds and up Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 9/p/34p-4p BABY SHERLOCK 30? Roy Smith
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
4 -p3 CHIPS FOR FREE (IRE) 12 Joe Tickle
5 *37/87/- DIAMOND REGGIE (IRE) Michael Bowen
6 pfp-4 GEE PEE 16 Phillip York
7 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
8 //-pp2234 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 23 Jason Warner
9 6346-fpu2 LITLE BRIAN (IRE) 28 Callum Griffiths
10 42p2p4p2 LONG MILE ROAD (IRE) 28 Jason Warner
11 *505-832 MARKMYWORD 25+ Joe Tickle
12 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
13 -2p2 QUICK REMARKABLE 22 Jonathan Tudor

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Finally in the Open Maiden race which is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate, the Getaway-sired gelding Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) could battle out the finish with the Joe Tickle-trained Markmyword who have both finished runner up in recent meetings. Any market support for Quite Remarkable and Little Brian should also be respected.

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Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point and Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race looks to be the feature of the day at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 2nd June, having attracted 20 quality entries. These include the two Luke Price-trained stable stars, Spencer Moon a previous Hunter Chase winner at Fontwell and subsequent 20 length winner at Monmouth in February. Also Ramble On, who under Byron Moorcroft won the Mixed Open last weekend at Kingston Blount. Jonathan Tudor is another outside raider who holds two entries in the Men’s Open with Desert Roe who defied top weight to beat Jack Snipe at Cothelstone last weekend, also entry High Hatton who under Jack Tudor took the Members Conditions race here at the last meeting. Fly West (Ed Walker) could fly the flag for the area, with a cut in the ground and could improve on his nose second to Hawkhurst at Bitterly.

A total of 82 entries have been received for this meeting where it’s the turn of the Exmoor Hunt to host. Pony racing heads up the action with the Exmoor Conditions race sponsored by Teapes Tyres at 12 noon. Followed by The Fergal O’Brien & Treehouse Sporting Colours-sponsored Pony Championship finals. The main six race card follows at 2pm.

The opening B Thorne & Son Agric Eng-sponsored Members race has only a few entries, Kapricorne (Rebecca Branton) a 15 length winner at Trebudannon in April, and won at this course last June when coming home the 70 length winner. Debutant entry Miss Tiggy Winkle may be in need of the run, whilst Gunner Vic has failed to complete this season and was a distance behind Kapricorne last season when the two met.

13 are entered for the Bray Lino-sponsored Ladies race which could be another thriller on the day with dual Flete winner There’s No Panic for Ella Orrtewell, and a winner of three straight wins this season is Purple’N Gold under Millie Wonnacott heading the field. The two young jockeys have had an excellent season so far, both enjoying the winners enclosure and not afraid to set the pace.

Vincs Vinnie (Ed Walker) for leading National gentleman jockey Will Biddick, looks to be the likely favourite in the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, having battled on well to win at Trebudannon. Gerties Garter is another entry from the Ed Walker team and could go well if following up on his seconds at Ston Eston and Bishops Court. Lure de Pres looks an interesting entry, having won his maiden by a neck at Badbury under jockey Nick Lawton, following up that win with a head second to Goldbury at Flete Park under Bryan Carver for the Mike Vanstone team.

Kernal Victor and Lawsons Thorns catch the eye among the 26 entered for the Conditions race which is sponsored by the Kingdon Family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Kernal Victor won impressively at Cherrybrook coming home the eight length winner that day and then a 10 length victor at Upcott Cross. A cut in the ground could help him bounce back from his defeat at Trebudannon. Lawsons Thorns came home the ten length winner at the last meeting here and could be another winning combination for trainer Mike Vanstone and jockey Bryan Carver. Outside previous winning raiders Blazing Tom and Desert Roe for team Tudor, should both figure high in the betting if turning up here, also the Luke Price entry Holy Water after his wins at Pyle and Lydstep under Byron Moorcroft.

Finally in the Open Maiden race which is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate, the Getaway-sired gelding Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) could battle out the finish with the Joe Tickle-trained Markmyword who have both finished runner up in recent meetings. Any market support for Quite Remarkable and Little Brian should also be respected.

The course offers a lovely picturesque backdrop view of Exmoor, together with many trade stands which offer items such as antique trinkets to country clothing and art décor. A large beer tent, together with hot and cold food and refreshments. Plenty of bookies offering value bets on the day, and an Ice cream van to enjoy an afternoon treat in the summer sunshine. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Check out the pony racing website ponyracingauthority.co.uk for further information.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court (3.5 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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Entries: Exmoor Point-To-Point and National Pony Racing Finals, Bratton Down, Sunday 3rd June 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 12:00 Pony Racing Finals
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Conditions Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Going

Saturday 2nd June at 16:00

The going at Bratton Down remains good to firm. The aggrivator has NOT been needed.

Friday 1st June at 9.00am

Having had an inch of rain over the last couple of days the going is now good to firm at Bratton Down.

Wednesday 30th May at 10.00 am

Bratton Down is firm, although it is raining at present.  Fences have been moved. The aggrivator is booked for Saturday afternoon to ensure safe racing.

Friday 25th May 2018 8.30pm

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, good in places. The course had 6mm of rain by 8am Friday and it has continued to be damp throughout the day. The fences will all be moved as necessary. Hugh Thomas, Clerk Of Course

Saturday 19th May at 09:19

The going at Bratton Down is now Good to Firm with a really good covering of grass. – Hugh Thomas.

Thursday 17th May 9.30am

The going at Bratton Down is Good – Hugh Thomas

Friday 11th May 2018 at 19:00

The going for Bratton Down on evening of Friday 11th May was the soft side of good with a lovely covering of grass – Hugh Thomas


Early bird tickets are available for all three Bratton Down fixtures from: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

Preview Extract:

It’s the turn of The Exmoor Foxhounds to host the second of three fixtures to take place at the popular course known as Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming next Sunday 3rd June. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, with five pony races including National Championship races. Then follows the main six race card commencing at 2pm. Over 90 entries have been received.

The course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Entrance is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car, children under 16 free. Dogs welcome on leads only.

A reminder that the re-arranged meeting at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction takes place on Wednesday 6th June, Seven races are on offer with the first up at 5pm. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown. Location is 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

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
(c) = 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.

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Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court

BBC Travel News: Devon; Cornwall; Somerset;

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PONY RACING: SOUTH POOL POINT-TO-POINT, BUCKFASTLEIGH, SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2018

The races will take place prior to the official point-to-point races.

138cms & under OPEN Race

  1. Menedh Jumping Jack Flash – Artemis Morgan
  2. Wide Valley Spiderman – Walter Fisher-Barnett
  3. Amee – Ella Stephens
  4. Fofsway Kingfisher – Harry Robinson
  5. Trellech Blithe Spirit – Jack Teague
  6. Jackets Magician – Kelsie Beilby
  7. Comberton Prince Consort – Taylor Fisher
  8. Molly VIII – Molly Landau
  9. Glin Road – Ted Hunt
  10. Wee Anthony – Freddie Gingell
    (10)

R1 Willow the Wisp III – Seb Griffin
R2 Tealson Topic – Jack Dace
R3 Churchill – Megan Bevan
R4 Nomoranun – Edward Vaughan

(Please if you don’t intend to run / can’t run let Julia Teague (julia.teague@tesco.net) know as soon as possible so she can inform the reserves so they might get a chance to run)

148cms & under OPEN Race (Division I)

  1. Buddys Girl – Megan Bevan
  2. Class Act Annie – Lily Llewellyn
  3. Don’t Tell Dai – Jessica Llewellyn
  4. Goldwell’s Gucci – Charlie Sprake
  5. Motor Edd – Tyler Heard
  6. Our Jeremy – Finn Muirhead
  7. Peateaoh – Edward Vaughan
  8. She’s a Lady – Joshua Brown
    (8)

148cms & under OPEN Race (Division II)

  1. All Of My Dreams – Roisin Leech
  2. Aries – Daisy White
  3. Dandy Heights – Chad Bament
  4. Little Bull – Harry Brown
  5. Miss Dolly – Daniel Ellis
  6. Scribblin – Archie Bailey
  7. Tarka – Otis Morgan
  8. Tincho – Fergus Gillard
  9. Vadlawalkover – Charlotte Summersby
    (9)

If you haven’t had the chance of a run this time – remember the East Cornwall at Great Trethew (25th Feb) in the D&C Area closes next weekend (18th). They are staging another two OPEN races.

The details will be advertised on the website as soon as possible.

Entrance to the Buckfastleigh Racecourse is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

The course is located at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, adjacent to the A38. Postcode TQ11 0LT.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Buckfastleigh, 1 mile from TQ11 OLT

BBC Travel News: Devon; CornwallSomerset;

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Pony Racing: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Saturday 16th April 2016

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Written by: Lee Glanville

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.

ENTRIES

The races will take place BEFORE racing.

138cms & under OPEN race

  1. Ginger Wizard – Chad Bament
  2. Menedh Jumping Jack Flash – Otis Morgan
  3. Molly VIII – Molly Landau
  4. Talponciau Perfect Print – Joshua Brown
  5. Veno Star – Fergus Gillard
  6. Wide Valley March – Ruby Fisher-Barnett
  7. Wide Valley Superman – Walter Fisher-Barnett

148cms & under OPEN race

  1. Hawkesfield Flyer – Fergus Gillard
  2. Peateaoh – Connor Brace
  3. Regimental Bay – Hamish Clarke
  4. Song Bird – James Armstrong
  5. Springtime Twitter – Olivia Harvey

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Ugborough Beacon (2.1 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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Pony Racing: East Cornwall Pony Races Report, Great Trethew, 26th March 2016

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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.

The next pony races are at the spectacular Flete Park where the Dartmoor race on April 16.

More info: http://www.ponyracingauthority.co.uk

Graduate success

Two pony racing graduates registered their first successes at Great Trethew.

Thomasina Eyston, who had turned 16 just three days before, won the novice riders’ race on Lady Vie (with another D and C graduate Millie Wonnacott in second on Combe Hill).

Barnaby Treneer took the second division of the opening maiden race on Syracuse’s Dream.
All three riders trail hunt with the Dartmoor.

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Pony Racing: East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, Easter Saturday 26th March 2016

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Due to the exceptionally busy Easter weekend pony racing calendar, the East Cornwall are holding one amalgamated race, off at 12,45pm, on Saturday.

Prizes will be given for the first 138 and first 148 past the post, as well as rosettes.

It’s a great chance for riders to boost their points for the Exeter Racecourse supported point to point points series, as riders submit their best eight results at the end of the season.

Three of the younger riders will battle for the 138s, Chad Bament the most experienced, on Ginger Wizard, Walter Fisher Barnett on Wide Valley Superman and Taylor Fisher on Hideaway Evening Star.

Two of the most experienced riders, and cousins, Michael Treneer, on Tarka, and Tamby Welch, on Vadlawalkover, will race for the 148 trophy.

PROVISIONAL ENTRIES

The 138cms & 148cms OPEN races have been amalgamated into one race which will be run over 5f.

The races will take place BEFORE the point-to-point racing

148cms& under OPEN

  1. Ginger Wizard – Chad Bament
  2. Hideaway Evening Star – Taylor Fisher
  3. Tarka – Michael Treneer
  4. Vadlawalkover – Tamby Welch
  5. Wide Valley Superman – Walter Fisher-Barnett

Please note Chad Bament will be riding Ginger Wizard instead of Dandy Heights. Both ponies were entered prior to the amalgamation of the race and subsequently Dandy Heights has been declared lame.