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BRITISH POINT-TO-POINTING SHUT DOWN FOR 2019/20 SEASON

Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

info@p2pa.co.uk

01793 781990

Entries: Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Cherrybrook – CANCELLED

Saturday 3rd March 2018

The Mid Devon Hunt Point to Point, Cherrybrook has regrettably been cancelled. The meeting will not be resheduled. Thank you to everyone for there help. We look forward to seeing you all in 2019. Thank you Sonia Geering MDH pt2pt Sec.

Preview extract

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Club Members Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 14:45 Intermediate Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race

Going update

Saturday 24th February 2018

The clerk of the course reports that today the course has had a strong drying wind, the going is now good/good to soft in places.Next going report is on Monday.

Monday 26th February 2018

The clerk of the course has been working on the course today and reports that the going is good.There are 96 entries and the Mid Devon are looking forward to seeing you all there for a good days racing on Sunday at Cherrybrook, 1st race 1pm

Thursday 1st March 2018

Preview extract:

This weekends Point-to-Point meeting in the area takes place at Cherrybrook, nr Tavistock where the Mid Devon host their event on Sunday March 4th. The committee are delighted and grateful that this meeting can take place at the course with thanks to the Lamerton and Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunts, and land owners Messers N P & C Abel. This Point-to-Point was previously held at the Black Forest Lodge course before the site had been sold. Six races will be on offer which have attracted 96 entries. The action starts at 1pm.

This course which offers a stunning location and view of Brentor on Dartmoor. A great family day is on offer with plenty of trade stands, a bar, hot and cold refreshments together with on course bookies.  The racing will be fast and furious with trackside viewing.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person upto a maximum of £30 a car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.  Located off A386 North of Tavistock. Postcode PL19 0LA .

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2016/17 form from 2015/16 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2014/15 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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Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course closure

Update: 6th September 2016

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association is making positive progress to relocate the three fixtures lost due to the unfortunate closure of the Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course last week.

The three PTP committees affected all have options to run on other courses and we and they are in discussions with the respective land owners, the host hunts and the resident PTP fixture committees already racing on those courses to agree terms to run the additional fixtures. As you can appreciate, these discussions are very sensitive and will not be concluded until early next week at the latest but we realise the urgency required and we will keep everyone informed as soon as decisions have been approved by everyone concerned.

4th September 2016

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association regret to announce the immediate closure of the Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course.

The land has just recently been sold and unfortunately the new owners are unable to allow racing to continue at this popular course.All efforts are being made to re arrange the 3 fixtures previously scheduled at Black Forest for this coming season and it is hoped that we will be able to announce a positive statement later this week.

Gordon Chambers

Secretary

Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Association

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – MID DEVON POINT-TO-POINT, BLACK FOREST LODGE, SUNDAY 5th MARCH 2017

It was good to see Darren Edwards back in action after his nasty spill at Taunton, but his first ride back cost me a tenner. This was Rockinrolldixie (5-4 / evens / 11-10) who was outpointed in the closing stages of the opener and finished 10 lengths adrift of Parkam Jack (Jamie Thomas, 4’s to 9-2). The two and a half miles of this Conditions event suited the Kayley Woollacott trained winner well. The only other runner seriously backed here was third placed Mr Satco (5-2 into 7-4) who led until four out.

Darren didn’t take long to get into the winner’s enclosure however, thanks to the Dean Summersby trained Robin de Souza (5-2 co fav), who was contesting his first Men’s Open. This ultra consistent seven-year-old was achieving his seventh career victory and continues to impress. He was one of three the SP reporter couldn’t separate in the market. Grove Pride (third) and Steeltown (fifth) were the other co-favourites. Welstonedruid was friendless at 7’s out to 12’s, but finished like a train as the winner idled near the post. No, I didn’t back Darren’s mount this time

The Ladies’ Open favourite was also beaten. This was course winner Imperial Circus (7-2 to 5-2) who was unable to dominate his eight rivals and dropped away from three out to spoil the good run of trainer Ces Mitford-Slade. The talented Claire Hardwick (nee Hart) pushed Western Diva ((6’s to 5’s) clear before the final bend.

I added to the bookies benevolent fund when I fell for Northgeorge (7-4 to 6-4 fav) who flopped in the Intermediate. Mister Serious (2-1, touched 5-2) had every chance but it was The Dapper Fox (5’s to 9-2) who led the pack home under Jack Veysey.

The main action in the next race took place took place just after the finish. The race was won in a canter by Bogoss du Perret (3’s to 6-4 fav) who stormed home impressively under Bryony Frost. It was run in a really gusty storm (accompanied by a rainbow) which made life difficult for your race reader. The mini whirlwind immediately afterwards scattered some bookmakers stands with a clatter. One of the worst sufferers was G & T Williams. whose stand took off like a rocket from Cape Canaveral. I am sure that Tony Williams was on his hands and knees picking up his tenners and fivers.

Sanity was restored for the getting out stakes except that the favourite was stuffed again. The inevitable Welsh winner (what do they do now that Black Forest has finished for the season?) trotted up. This was the imposing looking Ramble On (7-1) ridden by Byron Moorcroft from the Pontypridd yard of Kieran Price (same stable as Great Trethew winner last week Spencer Moon). The Dapper Fox’s stable companion Fouroclock Fox (9-4 to 7-4) proved the punters nightmare, coming from nearly as far back as Exeter to finish third.

REPORT ON THE MID DEVON POINT-TO-POINT AT BLACK FOREST LODGE – SUNDAY 5TH MARCH 2017

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR
 

“The day is cold, and dark, and dreary. It rains and the wind is never weary….”

The rainy day- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882

Darren Edwards returned in good form from an injury sustained in a recent hurdle race at Taunton to capture the Men’s Open on Robin de Souza in blustery conditions with frequent rain showers at Black Forest Lodge.

 Once again the leading Devon & Cornwall area rider teamed up successfully with Launceston trainer Dean Summersby, as the consistent seven-year-old held off the strong finishing Welstonedruid after establishing a long lead round the final bend. Owned by Tony and Eileen Worth, Robin de Souza was contesting his first Open as he notched up his seventh win in this country. “I went a bit wide for the better ground and went where I wanted,” reported the jockey, who jumped his mount into the lead four out before recording his 11th winner of the season. Dean Summersby has an enviable record this season and currently heads the National table for trainers with seven horses or less. “I have had nine winners from 14 runs this season so far. This horse got a bit lonely out in front and I didn’t think it was soft enough today. He may go to Kilworthy but it is ground dependant.” said the trainer.

 The stable’s only other runner of the day, Rockinrolldixie, was seeking a seasonal hat trick in the Club Members Conditions race. Darren Edwards brought him to challenge three out, but it was Parkam Jack who proved the stronger on the home run, The winner has been a wonderful servant to owners John and Floss Symes, and gave regular rider Jamie Thomas his third winner of the season. “He travelled and jumped really well today,” remarked the jockey, as trainer Kayley Woollacott added, “It didn’t go to plan at Taunton (hunter chase over two miles), but he is coming to himself now and this trip (two and a half miles) was ideal. We have had him in the yard since he was three.”

 Skinner’s Pet Foods are new national sponsors for pointing this year. Their Ladies’ Open series culminates in a Stratford hunter chase final in June. Western Diva landed their prize here in decisive style to give jockey Claire Hardwick her fifth winner of the season. Claire said, “She is one of ten I train near Stow on the Wold. Nick Sarson, who sadly died only recently, bought her privately from the Pipe’s. She is now owned by The Mini Dreams Partnership which is Sue Horton, me, my mum and Auntie Chris. She runs in the same colours carried by Celtic Shot when he won the Champion Hurdle.”

 The Dapper Fox came from off the pace to take the Intermediate ridden by his owner/trainer Jack Veysey, who had to make a very late dash to re-saddle after nearly omitting to carry his 5lbs penalty. Cullompton farrier Jack has now won four times on his nine-year-old and said, “He is an out and out stayer but hit a flat spot in the middle of the race.”

 Joan Bury’s Bogoss du Perret followed up his course win at the Silverton with a very easy success in the Restricted. Bryony Frost soon had the six-year-old out in front and came home with 25 lengths to spare for her seventh winner of the season under one of the afternoon’s regular rainbows. “He was never out of third gear,” reported Bryony, whose brother Hadden bought the gelding unbroken in France. Now trained by Nikki Frost, the winner had gained experience in the Frost’s National hunt yard. His former trainer Jimmy said, “He was weak and is now beginning to mature beautifully.”    

 Bryony, who is looking forward to her Cheltenham Foxhunter ride next week on Pacha du Polder, went on to finish runner-up in the Open Maiden on Lavender’s Lad, who carried the same colours as her earlier winner. This time the Welsh challenger Ramble On dominated proceedings with an impressive display of jumping to give Byron Moorcroft his fifth winner of the season. This sturdy gelding was saddled by Pontypridd based Kieran Price for his wife Hazel. “I have six pointers in training and Spencer Moon won for us at Great Trethew last week. I bought Ramble On in Ireland out of Eric McNamara’s yard.” said the trainer.

RESULTS – MID DEVON POINT-TO-POINT AT BLACK FOREST LODGE 5TH MARCH 2017

Going Soft, Good to Soft in places

Club Members Conditions 2m 4f (Sponsor – Mid Devon Hunt Supporters)

1 Parkam Jack (Jamie Thomas) 9-2 led three out, soon clear, easily

2 Rockinrolldixie (Darren Edwards) 11-10 fav hdwy four out, wknd two out

3 Mr Satco (Mervyn Woodward) 7-4 led til four out, no extra

9 ran; 10l; 15l; 5m 44s

Owner; Mr & Mrs John Symes; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Men’s Open (Devon Marquee Co Ltd)

1 Robin de Souza (Darren Edwards) 5-2 co fav led four out, clear two out, wkng but held on flat

2 Welstonedruid (Tom Chanin) 12-1 strong late run, 4th at last, finished well

3 Grove Pride (James Jeavons) 5-2 co fav handy, one pace from two out

9 ran; 2l; 3/4l; 6m 33s

Owner; Tony & Eileen Worth; Trainer; Dean Summersby

Ladies’ Open (Skinner’s Pet Foods)

1 Western Diva (Claire Hardwick) 5-1 led 15th, stayed on well

2 Daffern Seal (Rachel Leyshon) 13-2 hdwy four out, took 2nd nr finish

3 King’s Bench (Felicity Weeks) 7-1 alwys prom, no ch wnr but went 2nd two out til nr finish

9 ran; 4l; 1 1/2l; 6m 34s

Owner; Mini Dreams Partnership; Trainer; Claire Hardwick

Intermediate (JE Stacey & Co Ltd)

1 The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) 9-2 led after three out, comf

2 Swingbridge (Jonny Bailey) 9-1 chased ldrs, went 2nd apprg last

3 Mister Serious (George Hiscock) 2-1 with ldrs, every chance til no extra two out

8 ran; 5l; 8l; 6m 36s

Owner; Jack Veysey; Trainer; Jack Veysey

Restricted (Earp Engineering Ltd)

1 Bogoss du Perret (Bryony Frost) 6-4 fav made all, v easy, impressive

2 Sutton Storm (Freddie Procter) 16-1 late hdwy, took 2nd nr finish

3 She’s Dapper (Matt Hampton) 4-1 hdwy to 4th two out, one pace

9 ran; 25l; neck; 6m 41s

Owner; Mrs Joan Bury; Trainer; Nikki Frost

Open Maiden (PJ Williams Building)

1 Ramble On (Byron Moorcroft) 7-1 led from 6th, clear two out, easily

2 Lavender’s Lad (Bryony Frost) 6-1 chased ldrs, went 2nd two out

3 Fouroclock Fox (Jack Veysey) 7-4 fav rear, not reach ldrs

13 ran; 25l; head; 6m 45s

Owner; Mrs Hazel Price; Trainer; Kieran Price

Entries: Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge Sunday 5th March 2017

Preview extract

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Club Members Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 14:45 Intermediate Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Friday 3rd March 2017:

Black Forest lodge is all ok for racing today. Going good to soft , soft in places.

Friday 3rd March 2017:

Going update Friday evening is Good to Soft.

Tuesday 28th February 2017:

Going after course inspection today is GOOD to SOFT , GOOD in places.

Some rain forecasted in week.

Date Time Forecast Temp. Precipitation Wind
Wednesday 01/03/2017 00:0006:00 Partly cloudy. For the period: 00:0006:00 0 mm Fresh breeze, 8 m/s from west-northwestFresh breeze, 8 m/s from west-northwest
06:0012:00 Rain. For the period: 06:0012:00 3.7 mm Light breeze, 2 m/s from south-southwestLight breeze, 2 m/s from south-southwest
12:0018:00 Partly cloudy. For the period: 12:0018:00 0 mm Gentle breeze, 4 m/s from southeastGentle breeze, 4 m/s from southeast
18:0000:00 Fair. For the period: 18:0000:00 0 mm Fresh breeze, 9 m/s from westFresh breeze, 9 m/s from west
Thursday 02/03/2017 00:0006:00 Partly cloudy. For the period: 00:0006:00 0 mm Fresh breeze, 9 m/s from westFresh breeze, 9 m/s from west
06:0012:00 Partly cloudy. For the period: 06:0012:00 0 mm Moderate breeze, 6 m/s from westModerate breeze, 6 m/s from west
12:0018:00 Cloudy. For the period: 12:0018:00 10° 0 mm Moderate breeze, 6 m/s from west-southwestModerate breeze, 6 m/s from west-southwest
18:0000:00 Cloudy. For the period: 18:0000:00 0 mm Gentle breeze, 5 m/s from south-southwestGentle breeze, 5 m/s from south-southwest
Friday 03/03/2017 00:0006:00 Rain. For the period: 00:0006:00 1.8 mm Gentle breeze, 4 m/s from southGentle breeze, 4 m/s from south
06:0012:00 Rain. For the period: 06:0012:00 1.3 mm Gentle breeze, 4 m/s from east-southeastGentle breeze, 4 m/s from east-southeast
12:0018:00 Light rain. For the period: 12:0018:00 0.6 mm Light breeze, 2 m/s from east-northeastLight breeze, 2 m/s from east-northeast
18:0000:00 Rain. For the period: 18:0000:00 2.2 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from southLight breeze, 3 m/s from south
Saturday 04/03/2017 00:0006:00 Light rain. For the period: 00:0006:00 0.6 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from south-southeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from south-southeast
06:0012:00 Light rain showers. For the period: 06:0012:00 0.8 mm Light breeze, 2 m/s from south-southeastLight breeze, 2 m/s from south-southeast
12:0018:00 Cloudy. For the period: 12:0018:00 0 mm Light breeze, 3 m/s from east-southeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from east-southeast
18:0000:00 Rain. For the period: 18:0000:00 1.7 mm Gentle breeze, 4 m/s from north-northwestGentle breeze, 4 m/s from north-northwest

Monday 27th February 2017:

Going Mid Devon at Black Forest Lodge : Good . Update after course inspection tomorrow (Tuesday).

Preview extract:

Black Forest Lodge near Kenton, Exeter, is the venue for next weekends Point-to-Point meeting to be held in the Devon & Cornwall Area this Sunday March 5th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon with two pony races followed by the main six race card which start at 1pm, over one hundred entries have been received.

The course offers excellent viewing both track-side and on the hill. Good food with bar, bookies and plenty of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Kenton near Exeter (off A380 – EX6 8HR)

Please note that those travelling via A379 there is a possibility of a Bridge closure so do check for diversions and allow extra time to arrive at the course if the intended work goes ahead.  The website for Bridge closure info is https://new.devon.gov.ukbridgeroad/subscribe.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2015/16 form from 2014/15 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2013/14 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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Point-to-Point Preview: Mid Devon Foxhounds, Black Forest Lodge Sunday March 5th 2017

Written by: Donna Harris

Black Forest Lodge near Kenton, Exeter, is the venue for next weekends Point-to-Point meeting to be held in the Devon & Cornwall Area this Sunday March 5th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon with two pony races followed by the main six race card which start at 1pm, over one hundred entries have been received. The Mid Devon Hunt-sponsored Members race is first up with Carrigkerry looking promising after his Larkhill win last season for the ‘Have Another Whisky Partnership, and previous Wincanton Hunter Chase winner Mr Satco out of Emma Oliver’s yard among the entries.
The Devon Marquee Company sponsor the Mens Open race in which the Laura Thomas-trained Full Trottle will be well fancied, having only just been held half a length second here at the last meeting to winner Porlock Bay. Steeltown from the Kayley Woollacott team was unbeaten last season and connections will be hoping he can put up another bold show here and improve on his sixth place first time out and should improve for the run. This race is a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open final to be held at Cheltenham in May.

The Skinner’s-Sponsored lLdies Open race follows in which jockey Josephine Banks could take the ride on top rated Arthur’s Secret, however also holds a Hunter Chase entry at Ludlow this week. Horsham Lad is another possible mount for the young jockey and with a creditable CV of fifteen Point-to-Point wins including winning at this track last season could go close here. Karinger Dancer for trainer/jockey Laura Thomas is another to catch the eye having run well here at the last meeting before ducking the wrong side of a marker.

J.E. Stacey & Co sponsor the Intermediate race in which any market support would be worth following for The Dapper Fox who won the Members race here previously for owner/trainer/jockey Jack Veysey, Chipley Park runner up and Chaddesley Corbet third place in strong fields North George for the Johnathan Tudor team and Pink Eyed Pedro out of the David Brace yard. Sucker Punch ran well for the Ed Walker Otter Club Syndicate last season, and connections will be hoping for an improvement on his last outing at this track when he was well held in January.

Bogus du Perret from the Nikki Frost team won his Maiden race here in January having run second at this course in November, he is sure to be one of the bookies favorites to take the Earp Engineering-sponsored Restricted race, along with Brocklesby Maiden winner Demood and Chipley Park Maiden winner Palmaria.

The P J Williams Buildings-sponsored Open Maiden race closes the day in which suggestions could be Fourolock Fox, Gold Relief and Middleton’s Minx.

The course offers excellent viewing both track-side and on the hill. Good food with bar, bookies and plenty of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Kenton near Exeter (off A380 – EX6 8HR) Please note that those travelling via A379 there is a possibility of a Bridge closure so do check for diversions and allow extra time to arrive at the course if the intended work goes ahead. The website for Bridge closure info is https://new.devon.gov.ukbridgeroad/subscribe.

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SILVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, BLACK FOREST LODGE, 22ND JANUARY 2017

A very competitive eight-race card at Black Forest Lodge, when a total of 91 runners asked some searching questions for winner finding.

Punters were soon on the back foot as odds-on Welstonedruid (evens – 4-5) could only finish fourth in the opening Hunt race. The Dapper Fox (7-4 – 6-4) proved too wily for his rivals, pouncing late under Jack Veysey to beat front running Weston Lodge (50-1)..

Worse was to come for favourite backers though, as the next five favourites all went down the pan. The confidence behind recent Wadebridge winner Air Glider in the 14-runner Restricted saw him backed from 3-1 into 5-4 fav. Despite tavelling well enough for Darren Edwards, he could only manage third spot behind all the way winner Master Tim (16-1). In a lively betting race there was money for runner-up Very Intense (8’s to 6’s), Kalasaya (3’s to 9-4), Dark Gesture (20’s to 10’s) and Truegazer (25’s to 14’s). Neither of these could cope with the Glamorgan qualified winner.

Karinga Dancer was supported from 5-2 to 2-1 fav in the following Ladies’ Open with the 14 runners including old campaigners Carruthers (12-1) and Khyber Kim (3’s to 4’s). The favourite was going strongly when going inside a marker after the 15th – distracted by a loose horse according to the jockey. At that stage 25-1 outsider Imperial Circus was presented with a clear advantage and her opponents would have needed binoculars to find him as the 11-year-old galloped right away from them to give jockey Jodie Perry her first winner. Doctor Henty (10’s to 6’s) was also forced off the track by a loose horse at half way, the offender probably being Boardwalk Empire (14’s to 10’s) who fell at the first.

Full Trottle (5-2 to 3’s) was looking for his third successful foray to the Westcountry this season and shared favouritism in the Men’s Open with the useful Penmore Mill (op 2’s). It was however Porlock Bay (5’s) who took the prize. He is a race readers delight with his unmistakeable scarlet blinkers and vivid red cap standing out. Doyen Dynamo (10’s to 4’s) was pulled up approaching the last having got tired in the closing stages but should atone before long.

Sabroclair (4’s to 5-2 fav) put more money into the layers satchels in the first of three Open Maidens when he could only finish 5th. He had fair form under rules, but the Woollacott yard has yet to hit top form. The winner Bogoss Du Perret (5-2 to 7-2) had run well in the first race of the season here and won readily under Bryony Frost. The Shop Brien (5’s to 7-2) looks a good sort. He gave James King a nasty fall at the cross fence but had shaped with promise.

They went 3-1 the field in the second Maiden. Four-year-old filly Kintamini had the dubious task of being lumbered with favouritism, having been snapped up at 5’s early on. The French bred youngster ran really well but was short headed by Evan David’s mount Agentleman (5-2 out to 4’s).

Desert Roe (2-1 fav) provided some respite for punters by becoming the third Welsh trained winner of the day and the first successful favourite. The Vinnie Roe gelding spread eagled his field to win by 25 lengths from fellow Welsh challenger Captain Kennit (14’s to 7’s).

Despite a near two years lay off The Mexican Bandit (12’s touched 16’s) came back to just deny Warwickshire gelding Superior Fire (2’s to 3’s) by a neck in the Intermediate. A good ride by the talented Sean Houlihan, and a fine training performance from Keith Cumings to round off the day as the bookies rode off into the sunset to count their winnings

At least the Devon weather couldn’t have been kinder to us all.

REPORT ON THE SILVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT BLACK FOREST LODGE, SUNDAY 22ND JANUARY

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

The sun sprang forth, rejoicing in his splendour and the mask of darkness fell from the awakened earth…. PB Shelley – “the triumph of life”

Quite correct Mr Shelley. An afternoon to savour both the weather and the racing as the milder South Devon climate helped Black Forest Lodge to beat the recent sharp frosts which claimed most of the weekend’s racing action at other venues.

The Silverton meeting attracted a total of 91 runners for eight races on good going, with plenty of challengers from Wales and the Midlands.

The Ladies’ Open was full of incidents. Two of the 14 runners departed at the first fence as Imperial Circus took the field along. His nearest pursuer Doctor Henry was forced out by a loose horse at the 10th fence, and the favourite Karinga Dancer appeared to be in control when distracted by a loose horse and ran inside a marker on the bend after the 15th. This left Imperial Circus well clear of his rivals to give his 26-year- old jockey Jodie Perry her first winner. Richard Mitford-Slade trains the winner at Pontispool near Taunton on behalf of the four members of the Clown Club syndicate. The rider works in the yard and, “does all the work” according to the trainer. It was good to see 14-year-old former Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers chasing the winner home under his young rider Lily Bradstock.

Karinga Dancer was ridden by his trainer Laura Thomas. The Barbury Castle handler went on to saddle runner-up Full Trottle (Johnny Bailey), who went down fighting in a driving finish with Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards) in a good quality Men’s Open. Course winner Porlock Bay was achieving his seasonal hat trick for owner/trainer Luke Harvey. “He is the most incredible horse and wants to win,” exclaimed a delighted Luke, adding, “Our objective is the Lockinge Members’ (Old Berkshire Easter Monday) and I don’t care after that,” laughed the Attheraces TV pundit.

Black Forest Lodge is normally a happy hunting ground for Welsh horses, and a trio of winners travelled across the Severn Bridge on Sunday.

16-1 outsider Master Tim set the Welsh ball rolling in the 14-runner Restricted under Bradley Gibbs. The nine-year-old made virtually all the running to score convincingly. 26-year-old Robbie Llewellyn trains the gelding at Cowbridge for the Llewellyn family. “He has had a tendon injury and lost his form last season. We have hunted him a lot but it has taken a long time to get him fit.” reported the young trainer.

The same yard struck again when Agentleman gained a short head verdict over newcomer Kintamini in a section of the Open maiden under Evan David. This seven-year-old was bought privately from Roy Brotherton. “This is my first double,” remarked the trainer, adding that, “Evan’s brother Tom has missed riding our two winners. He has gone skiing at Val D’Isere.”

The Llangeinor qualified Desert Roe, with Richard Patrick in the saddle, justified favouritism with a 25 lengths success in the quickest of the three Maiden divisions. This Vinnie Roe gelding hails from the Bridgend yard of Jonathan Tudor, and the cheers of his enthusiastic owners – The Our Boy Partnership – must have been heard across the estuary

Nikki Frost supplied the other Maiden winner in Bogoss Du Perret, who drew clear round the final bend to relegate Wales into second and third places. The six-year-old Frost winner carries the colours of Joan Berry, having been sourced unraced by Hadden Frost in France. “He has taken time and it is all about growing up,” said Jimmy Frost

The Mexican Bandit capped a fine training performance by the Bishops Nympton yard of Keith Cumings in winning the Intermediate. The nine-year-old had been off the course for nearly two years with a tendon injury He was a 70th birthday present for owner Diana Scott and spent most of his break on his owner’s farm. “He was a bit keen but gave me a brilliant feel,” explained successful jockey Sean Houlihan.

The Hunt race proved to be the sole contest to attract single figures on the day, and The Dapper Fox was not hard pressed to account for his five rivals. His 27-year-old owner/trainer Jack Veysey, a Cullompton based farrier, was gaining his fourth career success in the saddle.