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DULVERTON WEST AT BRATTON DOWN 15TH MAY 2022

“Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by.”

From a poem by Christina Rossetti 1830 – 1894

The wind was certainly “passing by” at Bratton Down. In fact it was whistling straight across the moor drying up the ground even further.

It was firm ground that kept down field sizes for the Dulverton West meeting with three of the six races reduced to a match.

Warwickshire based James King is working hard to retain his National Men’s Championship and was successful on all three of his rides, each saddled by Welshman Luke Price. 

Six-year-old  Luckello started the ball rolling for the King / Price treble with a comfortable 10 lengths success in the seven-runner  Maidensponsored by Mardon Recycling Machinery .  The mare jumped to the front at the 12th fence and drew right away from her field after the penultimate. “We got her through James King’s connection with Olly Murphy,” said the trainer whose 140 miles trip from Pontypridd to North Devon was to prove so successful. Backed from 9-4 into 7-4 favourite, the good looking mare failed to trouble the judge in eight starts under rules but looks an ideal pointing type.

That grand stalwart Spencer Moon won for the fourth time in the last four weeks when beating Potters Approach in a match for the BrendsHotels Mixed Open over an extended four miles. James King sent the 14-year-old into the lead entering the final circuit and drew clear of his sole rival after the final ditch. “This is his 14th point-to-point win. We tried to retire him but he wouldn’t have it and we use him as a lead horse at home now,” remarked the trainer.

The Mahler seven-year-old Captain MC rounded off the Welsh raiders treble when drawing right away from Don’t Ask Us to win the James PryceTractors Intermediate to take James King to the 47 winner mark for the season, now just two behind Will Biddick. Luke Price reported, “This horse wants a sound surface. He was bought privately out of Noel Meade’s yard and will keep going until the end of the season. ”

The most competitive race of the day was theEastleigh Care Home Restricted won by Ninth Wave. This gelding’s trainer Will Biddick took an away day to ride a winner at Edgcote, leaving his protégé Charlie Sprake to take the winning ride. Six of the nine runners were in contention at the third last, but it was left to Ninth Wave and Golly Its Molly (Jake Bament) to battle it out up the punishing final climb. Charlie Sprake is also seeking title honours and his 11th winner of the season put him in pole position for the HighflyerNational novice riders title. The winner runs in the colours of Peter Musgrave who said, “He has not been the easiest horse to train. He had a bruised  foot after Dunsmore  and we were keen to get a run into him. Will was confident to let Charlie take the ride.”

19 year old James Shaw rode his first winner on his own Lapford Lad on only his fourth ride in the Sandhill Racing (Philip Hobbs) sponsored Conditions race. His sole rival Steel Brush was pulled up after the 15th fence leaving the Lucy Gardner trained 10-year-old to complete the course solo. “My home is near Exeter and I have been riding out for Lucy six days a week  for 18 months. I have done a lot of eventing but now just want to race ride.” said the young rider. Sue Gardner was on duty on behalf of her daughter who was away in Jersey for the weekend.  Sue was immediately on the phone to the Channel Islands to report on how well James had ridden.

The eventual winner Bistouri D’Honore, saddled by Mike Felton, and Mister Dick (Geoff Barfoot- Saunt) raced stride for stride until the home straight in their match for the PPORA Conditions race sponsored by Coxleigh Barton and the Wright Property for 9-year-olds and over. Despite hanging right up the hill, Hollie Greene’s mount, in the colours of her grandmother Jill Miller, was well on top reaching the judge. The 21-year-old rider, who once broke her back in a car accident, has recently completed her studies in history at Oxford Brookes University and said, “ I ride out regularly for Alan and Lawney Hill. “I have had 29 rides including a dead heat at Larkhill four years ago.”

Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 22nd May 2022

Its the turn of The Exmoor Foxhounds to host their event at the stunning Bratton Down course this Sunday 22nd May. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. With both a Ladies and Men’s Open race this event has attracted some hot entries from around the country, with the championships becoming very competitive. A total of 77 entries have been received.

In the opening Brian Thorne & Son & RSM Beares- sponsored Members race, recent Holnicote winner Rowley Park for trainer Lisa Smale could be among the favourites, along with Badbury Rings maiden winner Cuzzicombe for the Ed Walker team.

Next up is the Rosette Direct-sponsored Restricted race which looks very competitive, with another of the Walker team entries Nova Vita, having won a maiden at Larkhill, looks one for the short list. They could come up against Walkin Out for trainer Les Jefford and jockey Martin McIntyre, already on three wins for the season with a dual win at Trebudannon, and a Fillies and Mares Novice race at Woodford. The Luke Price entries could be feared here if making the trip down, with Fubar a recent winner at Lydstep, and last weekends winner here Luckello being possible rides for Champion Gentleman jockey James King. Jetmeoutofhere for team Summersby could be another to join in the finish if following up on his impressive Maiden win at the Dunsmore meeting under Darren Edwards.

The Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies race also holds some good entries which include Monsieur Gibraltar for young Novice jockey Olive Nicholls, the combination have won three points this season including a 20-length win at Barbury, and a win here could help seal the Novice Ladies National Title for Olive. They could be taken on by leading lady jockey Gina Andrews aboard Misstree Song, who catches the eye, also have a trio of wins being at the Barbury, Lockinge and Cothelstone meetings, and have the benefit of a mares weight allowance. Board Of Trade for the Ed Walker team always runs a brave race and could again put up a good performance based on his win at Flete Park last month under Chloe Emsley.

The Riverside Caravan & Camping Park-sponsored Men’s Open race looks equally competitive with jockey’s James King and Will Biddick tussling for the Gentleman’s National title. James King could have the ride on Spencer Moon a winner at this track last weekend for the Luke Price team, with Will Biddick looking to have the option of either Danseur Du Large or Monsieur Gibraltar who is also entered in the Men’s race. Sixteen Letters looks the one they will need to beat, having won six this season including a Hunter Chase at Wincanton under Josh Newman.

The following Kingdon Family sponsored – Conditions race, which is run in the memory of Donna Kingdon, could see Dr Rhythm bounce back after the unlucky unseat at Upcott Cross, when ridden by Josh Newman. Bistouri D’Honore could be back to follow up on his win last weekend for the Michael Felton team, and Misstree Song could be switched to this race for Gina Andrews to ride if missing the earlier Ladies race. Ninth Wave is an entry for tWill Biddick in his training capacity, who could turn up to quickly progress on his win at this track last weekend when ridden by progressive young Novice jockey Charlie Sprake.

Finally up is the ALX Commercials-sponsored Maiden race, and with those showing form are the consistently placed Hold Me Tight for the Ed Walker team, Acaras for trainer Luke Price ran second at Lly Ddu, and Shilful Lord who ran second at Cothelstone are a few to mention out of the 18 entries.

The course offers a fabulous day pout for all the family with on course facilities hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG.

RESULTS: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 15th MAY 2022

GOING; FIRM, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES

RESTRICTED – SPONSOR EASTLEIGH CARE HOMES

1 NINTH WAVE (CHARLIE SPRAKE) 2-1 FAV handy, imprvd two out, led nr finish

2 GOLLY ITS MOLLY (JAKE BAMENT) 3-1 led 16th til no extra last 75 yds

3 ROC THE BOAT (VINNY WEBSTER) 11-4 hdwy16th, challd last, no extra flat

9 ran; 1l; 8;  5m 46s

MAIDEN – MARDON RECYCLING MACHINERY

1 LUCKELLO (JAMES KING) 7-4 FAV led 12th, clear two out, easily

2 ALKADEMON (HENRY MOORE) 14-1 prog to 2nd two out, kept on

3 FLASH GORCOMBE (JOSH NEWMAN) 2-1 held up, went 3rd two out, kept on

7 ran; 10l;  1l;  5m 58s

CONDITIONS – SANDHILL RACING, PJ HOBBS

1 LAPFORD LAD (JAMES SHAW) 6-4 prom, led 12th, left solo 15th

2 ran; finished alone 6m 29s

MIXED OPEN 4M 1F; BRENDS HOTELS

1 SPENCER MOON (JAMES KING) 1-8 FAV led 21st, clear four out, comf

2 POTTERS APPROACH (CHLOE EMSLEY) 9-4 led til 21st, held from three out

2 ran; 8l;  8m 56s

PPORA CONDITIONS 9 YO PLUS – COXLEIGH BARTON

1 BISTOURI D’HONORE (HOLLIE GREENE) 5-4 disputed lead til asserted flat

2 MISTER DICK (GEOFF BARFOOT-SAUNT) 1-2 FAV disputed lead til no extra flat

2 ran; 2 1/2l;  5m 51s

INTERMEDIATE – JAMES PRYCE TRACTORS

1 CAPTAIN MC (JAMES KING) EVENS FAV made all, clear 14th, unchallenged

2 DON’T ASK US (JOSH NEWMAN) 13-8 mstk9th, chased wnr, bad mstk two out

3 ran; only two finished; won by a distance 5m 42s

Preview: The Dulverton West Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 15th May 2022

Pointing action heads to the scenic Bratton Down venue this coming weekend, when its the turn of the Dulverton West to host the first of three meetings to be held at this stunning track. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, followed by the main race card which has six races on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 50 entries have been received, many of which have already been in the winners enclosure this season, ensuring some competitive racing. 

The Eastleigh Care Homes-sponsored Restricted race opens the day event. Jockey Will Biddick will be looking to increase his lead in the champion jockey title and he could have the  option of three rides in this, one of which he also trains which is Ninth Wave a recent Cotley winner having run promisingly in second before progressing. He could also have the option of Young William for the Chris Barber team a recent three quarter length winner at Chilfrome meeting. There could be a few snapping at his heels having run well this season which includes Golly It’s Molly (Sarah Prouse) have run second at the Vauterhill meeting for jockey Jake Bament.

The Mardons Recycling-sponsored Maiden race follows, with plenty in this looking to progress. Hold Me Tight for the Ed Walker/Chole Emsley combination ran a close second at the Flete Park meeting although holds an entry at Cothelstone this week. Flash Gorcome for the Nikki Frost team looks as if things are coming right for him having finished second at Southhill. Henry’s Regime could go well having also gone close when finishing second at Vauterhill for owner/trainer and jockey Merv Woodward.

Sykes stands out among the three entered in the following  P J Hobbs-sponsored Conditions race having won four this season, including a win by three and a half lengths at Southhill under Darren Edwards for trainer Nicky Martin. 

In the P J Brend and Saunton Sands-sponsored 4m Mixed Open race there are several outside raiders looking to snatch this, they include the prolific winning gelding Southfield Theatre for the Sara Bradstock team. This veteran gelding, Southfield Theatre is just one of the ex- National Hunt horses proving their worth in the Pointing field for the progression of young jockey’s, having given Lily Bradstock a total of 14 Point-to-Point wins, and has been a legend for his owner and breeder Mrs Angela Yeoman.  Mrs Yeoman must be proud of his form having won eight races under rules whilst with Champion trainer Paul Nicholls, including the rising Stars Novice Chase Grade 2 at Wincanton, and also finished second in the RSA at the festival. He is now at 14 years of age he could well be retiring soon. Spencer Moon another 14-year old is an unbeaten winner of three this season for the Luke Price and James King combination and could be one to tackle the favourite.  Hawkhurst for the Alan Hill team can’t be left out of the equation having having an impressive sixteen wins to his credit, and could bounce back after his second to Captain Bucks at Mollington for Izzy Marshall. The 9 year-old Flemensfirth-sired gelding Don’t Ask Us could be defending the area for the Keith Cumings team having won recently at the Vauterhill meeting.

Nobodydoesitbetter looks to be one of the likely favourites in the following Coxleigh Barton and The Wright Property-sponsored Members Conditions race for trainer Andrew Jackson after his wins at Cothelstone and Buckfastleigh under champ  Will Biddick, they could be taken on by recent Cotley winner Mr Dick who looks to enjoy the faster ground for the Jason Warner team, but would need to defy top weight.

Finally up is the James Price Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race, with Dr Rythm’s connections hoping he will be luckier here after his unfortunate unseat at last weekends meeting at Upcott Cross. Clever Des Assence could go close here for the Laura Jones team with jockey Natalie Parker looking to follow-up on their win at the Vauterhill course. 

This venue offers a stunning backdrop of Exmoor making it one of the most popular picnic spots for all the family to enjoy. On course facilities are hot and cold food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a host of trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 free. The course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming Postcode EX31 4SG.

RESULTS – TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS 6TH JUNE

GOING GOOD TO FIRM

HUNT RACE (SPONSOR WINSTON PINCOMBE LAND ROVERS)

  1. Dr Rhythm (Martin McIntyre) evens fav in touch, jumped well, led 16th, stayed on, comf
  2. Broughtons Rhythm (Fionn Summers) 7-1 went 2nd 16th, chased winner, kept on
  3. Oscar Lantern (Ella Herbison) 14-1 well in touch, 4th two out, stayed on to take 3rd flat

8 ran; 4l; 18l; 5m 48s

OPEN MAIDEN (RIVERSIDE CARAVAN PARK)

  1. Bennys Miracle (Rob Hawker) 7-1 alwys prom, hdwy 15th, effort two out, led flat, kept on well
  2. Mad for Action (Abigail Lewis) 14-1 led 2nd, hampered bend apprg 11th, led again 14th til headed flat
  3. Top Cliche (Jake Bament) 20-1 midfield, stayed on without troubling leaders

12 ran; 4l; 8l; 5m 52s

INTERMEDIATE (SAUL KIDSTON, EXMOOR HAY & STRAW LTD)

  1. Awesome Tunes (Darren Edwards) 9-2 jumped left, led to 15th & again three out, driven clear flat, gamely
  2. Largy Mountain (James King) 1-2 fav held up midfield, hdwy 14th, challenged & every chance two out, no extra flat
  3. Rien du Tout (Darren Andrews) 8-1 in touch, went 3rd three out, stayed on flat without troubling leaders

10 ran; 3 1/2l; 2l; 5m45s

MEN’S OPEN (SID TARR MEMORIAL CUP)

  1. Los Alamos (James King) evens fav chased ldrs,5th three out, strong run to lead flat, driven out
  2. River Myth (Darren Andrews) 4-1 tracked ldrs, hdwy 16th, every chance last, no extra nr finish
  3. Eric the Third (Jake Bament) 6-1 prom, led three out til after last, kept on one pace

10 ran; 2 1/2l; 1 ½ l ; 5m 43s

LADIES’ OPEN (GREENSLADE TAYLOR HUNT)

  1. Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager) 7-4 held up in touch, hdwy 13th, led 16th, ridden out
  2. Mahler Style (Ella Orttewell) 7-1 in touch, every chance three out, outpaced, fin well
  3. Wotzizname (Megan Bevan) 5-4 fav behind, hdwy 13th, effort to challenge three out, every chance next, no extra flat

10 ran; 7l; 1l; 5m 42s

RESTRICTED (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY LTD)

  1. Fan Club Aulmes (James King) 2-1 fav held up in touch, went 3rd 14th, smooth hdwy to lead apprg last, edged left flat, stayed on
  2. O’Faolains Lad (Charlie Sprake) 11-2 led, mistake 13th, headed apprg last, kept on flat
  3. The Dartmoor Rose (Darren Andrews) 6-1 in touch, went 2nd, 15th, outpaced apprg last, kept on one pace flat

10 ran; 2 1/2l; 2 1/2l ; 5m 49s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

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There was a good line of nine bookies at Bratton Down on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend, and it was also nice to see spectators allowed to return, although limited in number. It was also a relief to get a proper race card at Bratton Down instead of the sheets of paper which are virtually impossible to work with- well done to the organisers.

The Hunt race at Bratton looked a simple puzzle so I piled in on Hadmeathello (try saying it) to justify 1-2/ 4-7. He had impressed me when winning at Dingley but Chloe Emsley never seemed really happy on the beast on this occasion , neither was I. He was well held on the run in by The Mulcair (7-4 to 13-8) giving Blumndell’s schoolboy Finn Muirhead his first winner.

They went 4-1 joint favourites Florrie Webb and Thewinnertakeitall in the 11-runner Maiden. Darren Edwards took a crashing fall from the latter, but Florrie did the job well, setting Conor Houlihan off on his weekend five winner spree. I did some each way thieving on Minella Beag (5-1) who had caught the eye at the previous fixture here. She finished third. The Dartmoor Rose (12’s to 8’s) was nearly brought down at the 10th and this run can be ignored.

Weston-Super-Mare rider/ trainer Lucy Mager is a much under rated jockey and gave Moscow Prices (6-4 to 11-8) a perfect waiting ride to win the Ladies’. If you think I am talking through my pocket, no, I did not have a bet.

The Men’s Open featured a re-match of the Trebudannon Open between the useful mare River Myth and the big imposing gelding Los Alamos (who won that day). It was a bit like Little and Large. River Myth proved an uneasy favourite here (1-2 to 8-13) with Los Alamos clipped in from 3’s to 11-4 to atone for his poor Holnicote run last time. I don’t suppose that Coolmore had Bratton Down in mind when they bred this son of Galileo, but he is a classy pointer, now with leading owner Jason Warner, and readily drew clear up the hill.

The first division of the Conditions race produced the finish of the season. Conor Houlihan on Bridge of Spies (6-1) and Matt Hampton on Where’s Wilma (drifted to 9-4) charged up the hill locked together and were still inseparable at the post. Neither deserved to lose and a dead heat was a fitting result. Crown of Thorns (3-1) ran his usual solid race to finish third and fourth placed Beau Sancy (10’s to 8’s) was well there until the final fence.

Blairs Cove (2-1) made all and won the second division easily under James King, who is about to be crowned National champion jockey for the first time. Runner up Rolling Dylan (2’s to 7-4 fav) had a BHA rating of 143 in his prime, but is not the force he was. He is a fine schoolmaster though.

Darren Edwards took another heavy fall in the getting out stakes as Jimmy Tew (2-1) over jumped at the ninth and brought down Spivey Cove (9-1). Best to Come (3’s to 4’s) came from well off the pace under Conor Houlihan to claim the prize. Runner up Golly its Molly (20-1) showed her first worthwhile form and can only improve further, but Evron (7-2 to 3’s) folded quickly after leading from half way.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

ENTRIES: TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 6TH JUNE 2021

Please note these are the entries for the Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point. The fixture is open to all zones and will have a crowd limit of 1500 people, it will be live streamed and telephone betting is available, see below for details.

RaceStart timeLink to Exmoor entries and form for race
1st 14:00Winston Pincombe Land Rovers Members Race
2nd14:35Riverside Caravan Park Open Maiden Race
3rd15:10Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd Intermediate Race
4th15:45Men’s Open Race
5th16:20Greenslade Taylor Hunt Ladies Open Race
6th16:55Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company Ltd Restricted Race
Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point Races

Bratton Down Going Updates

Thursday 3rd June 9.00am

Thursday Morning – The going at Bratton Down is good, good to firm. The course has been moved to fresh ground where necessary.

Monday 31st May 9.00am

Monday Morning – The going at Bratton Down is good.  The course will be moved to fresh ground where necessary. The forecast looks promising for this to be maintained.

Friday 28th 8.00am

Friday Morning, after a lovely day the going at Bratton Down is now predominately good, with good to soft in places.

Tiverton Staghounds Spectator tickets

Tickets will be available via the www.pointtopoint.co.uk website, there is a fee of £15 which includes a racecard.

  • Children under 16 go free but must apply for an e-ticket.
  • Social distancing still must be adhered to at all times.
  • Spectator ticket sales close at 6PM on Saturday 5th June
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With on site bar, bookies and trade stands, it will be great to get this outdoor event back on track in the beautiful picnic location, which has a back drop view of Exmoor to enjoy.

Postcode for the course is EX31 45G

Tiverton Staghounds Preview extract:

The final meeting of the Devon & Cornwall 2020-2021 Point-to-Point season takes place this coming Sunday when the Tiverton Staghounds stage their meeting at the Bratton Down track, which boasts a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor.

Over 110 entries have been received for the six races on offer, and with 27 entered in the open maiden, this race could well be divided on the day.

Hat’s off to all the trainers together with their teams who have produced these horses in tip top condition, also owners who have stood by these stunning animals during strict Covid lockdown conditions to compete at the course. The action starts at 2pm.

There will be on course facilities bar, food stands, bookies and many trade stands, providing a great day out in the country for all the family. e-tickets can be obtained via visiting https://pointingdc.co.uk. Under 16’s go free but must also apply for a ticket.

Course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG

Tiverton Staghounds Live Stream

Live streaming of the races with race commentary and all day presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is on offer for the eight Point-To-Point races, with a start time of 2.00pm with the first of the races.

There is a fee of £10 plus a small Eventbrite admin fee to view the race meeting, which is the same cost as if you attended as a spectator, and the sport needs the income from live streaming to ensure its future.

Tiverton Staghounds Telephone Betting

Some bookmakers will be offering a betting service by phoning them and opening up an account.

For those spectators wanting to place a bet, the contact numbers to register are 07711 298746 for Richard Pittard and 07810 775119 for Dave Phillips. The deadline to register for bets at this event is one hour before racing commences.

Full details will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website at Point-to-Point Telephone Betting

Tiverton Staghounds Green and Amber zone entry tickets

Participants, officials and Owners (Green Zone), and spectators (Amber Zone) will need to apply for tickets and complete a health declaration to be allowed to enter the course.

The tickets and the latest information required for accessing the course on the day can be obtained from https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk

TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS ENTRIES FORM GUIDE

Key:

f=fellu=unseated rider
p=pulled upk=knocked over
b=brought downc=carried out
d=disqualified?=unreliable form
s=slipped up+=improving rating
r=refusedblkd=baulked
ro=ran outt=took no part
©=course winner   

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entries at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

Race 1 – Winston Pincombe Land Rovers Members Race

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
14p//-86u2ALTERNATIF (FR)38Annabelle Bacon
2*3532-pu3BROUGHTONS RHYTHM36Bronwen Hurley
3321/2-83ffDR RHYTHM (IRE)38Keith Cumings
44/32-4222HONEST OPINION (IRE)34Dean Summersby
51/p-pppppLAWSONS THORNS (IRE)30Mike Vanstone
6u3p/p/-46ON YOUR MAX33Louise Kittow
78463-2f7pOSCAR LANTERN (IRE)38Rebecca Branton
8361p/-p26PANCRACE (FR)37Teresa Clark
912/-pp66pTOP CHIEF36?Stuart Sampson

Tiverton Staghounds Preview extract

The Winston Pincombe Land Rovers-sponsored opening Members race could go the way of  Alternative for young Otis Morgan to ride and follow up on their second at Cothelstone.  Broughton’s Rythm looks to be another who could run well here and improve on his third at the meeting last weekend for trainer Bronwen Hurley.


Race 2 – Riverside Caravan Park Open Maiden Race

RACE 2FormNameRatingTRAINERS
144/6-ALPINE ROCK (IRE)NRGary Barber
2-35BENNYS MIRACLE (IRE)18Teresa Clark
3/p-p33p4BORROWED AND BLUE(IRE)29Martin Wanless
442/3-5p25BUSINESSMAN (IRE)33Leslie Jefford
5-R318CRAVEN BAY (IRE)35Alan Hill
6-bDAISY YEATS00?Sarah Prouse
7p//p-3343EASTERN PROMISES29Ed Hitch
83/-pELUSIVE PACKAGE (IRE)00?Stephen Wiles
9p2ff3-336EVRON (FR)30Neil McLean
1094p/p-FUN DE NUIT (FR)0Gareth Moore
114/*7p-pFUSIONICE (FR)0Matthew Hampton
1204-0GET ON RON12Victoria Sleep
13-4p4HANDS FACE SPACE (IRE)26+Francesca Nimmo
144/32-4222HONEST OPINION (IRE)34Dean Summersby
15/5/p-9pISLAND TYPHOON (IRE)12Zoe Hawkins
16#NAME?LAST OF THE DRUIDS0Robert Chanin
172p/44-2pLOODEEN (IRE)32?Brooke Gardener-Wollen
18/pp-p2up5MAD FOR ACTION (IRE)26?Abigail Lewis
1953/7-454MILLSTONE17Tom Ellis
20-34NUOVA VITA28Edward Walker
21*990-RIVER LLYNFI (IRE)NRDavid Brace
223/p-4c2ROC THE BOAT27Jennifer Boucher
235ppu2ppuSPIVEY COVE31?Arron Butterfield
24p-4ppTOP CLICHE25Jill Dennis
2546-up444VIC THE VANDEL17Fred Hutsby
26p/f2p9/-2pWHAT A BUG20?Sarah Prouse
27*96708-cpWISE GARDEN (FR)0Danielle Kenealy

Tiverton Staghounds Preview extract

The maiden race holds 27 entries and could well be divided on the day. Just some of those having shown promise are Businessman, Craven Bay, Eastern Promise, Honest Opinion and What A Bug.


Race 3 – Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd Intermediate Race

RACE 3FormNameRatingTRAINERS
134-f8113AHEAD OF THE GAME (IRE)37Jason Warner
22/fp2-623AWESOME TUNES (IRE)38Ryan Chapman
3/p-p33p4BORROWED AND BLUE(IRE)29Martin Wanless
424/pr-pppBRANDY AND RED (IRE)30?Robert Harraway
541432/-p4COME ON JOEY (IRE)35Roy Smith
6-PP61444COTTAGE ROSE37John Heard
74/p43-631DANCING DAVE (IRE)39Ed Walker
8321/2-83ffDR RHYTHM (IRE)38Keith Cumings
9p5pp7//-5DRIFTWOOD PRIDE (IRE)33Jane Western
10u1p-u5u5FARAWAY STAR35Tracey Williams
11*7ppp-4prFLEUR DU POMMIER33Harriet Waight
1200/11-123FRENCH PIECE40Luke Price
136-ppp612IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)40Mary Tory
14pp3-2111LARGY MOUNTAIN41+Francesca Nimmo
151/p-u30ppMASTER HIDE (IRE)25?Jane Allfrey
16441-p455PRINCE OF POETS36?Lucy Mager
1765u/1-pp1RIEN DU TOUT (IRE)37Charlotte Budd
1845//23/-56SQUIRRELL ESQUIRE33?Celia Plunkett
197/32-7p15THE KITCHENMECANIC34Teresa Clark

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Whilst the Exmoor Hay and Straw-sponsored Intermediate race could see Imogen’s Thunder reproduce his form from the previous meeting here when running a close second under promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. Another catching the eye is Largy Mountain, having won three on the bounce for the Fran Nimmo team and is an option for leading gentleman jockey James King.


Race 4 – Men’s Open Race

RACE 4FormNameRatingTRAINERS
14p//-86u2ALTERNATIF (FR)38Annabelle Bacon
228/7-32p1BLAIRS COVE41Luke Price
313-p2121BRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE)41George Beilby
45/11-1p22CHAMERON (FR)44Sam Loxton
534641562ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40John Heard
612212/p-7GINGILI38?Daniel Adams
76-ppp612IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)40Mary Tory
864/pp-4p0KILRONAN CASTLE24Martin Sweetland
90/7p9-1p1LOS ALAMOS (IRE)42Luke Price
1021/-R2pp6MIXBOY (FR)35?Melanie Dixon
111/33-5p0pNAMAKO (FR)38?Alan Hill
1222/5p534PHOENIX ROCK (IRE)34Gary Barber
13/-pR2p12RIVER MYTH41Stuart Sampson
1412/4p-52pSILVERGROVE37Alexandra Dunn
15/p1-51111THUMB STONE BLUES (IRE)45James King
1614/6-p54uTREE SPARROW37?Camilla Scott
171/41-425pTUFF NANO (IRE)40?Teresa Clark

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Both the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open and the Men’s Open races have received top entries from around the country. These include Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager), Board Of Trade (Ed Walker), Fox Valley (Tom Ellis) and Summer Sounds for the Fran Nimmo team,  all holding claims in the Ladies race. Whilst in the Men’s Open recent winner Thumb Stone Blues another from the Fran Nimmo team could provide another thrilling battle between him under jockey James King and Chameron for either Jack Andrews or Ben Sutton to ride, With the previous two mentioned also holding entries at the Garthorpe meeting on Saturday, this could leave the race open for Bridge of Spies  to follow up on his impressive win at last Saturday’s meeting under top Novice jockey Conor Houlihan.


Race 5 – Greenslade Taylor Hunt Ladies Open Race

RACE 5FormNameRatingTRAINERS
1/53-6ppppBANKHALL (IRE)30?Emma Jones
26-504214BOARD OF TRADE42Edward Walker
39/-uu505pDESERT ROE (IRE)29Jonathan Tudor
434641562ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40John Heard
51262-11sFOX VALLEY (IRE)41Tom Ellis
6p4-f6112GENERAL ARROW (IRE)42Tom Ellis
7/73p-875GOODTOKNOW35Jordan Devlin
8-1133231HAWKHURST (IRE)42Alan Hill
9/p/-p86p8JUNGLE LEGEND24Gary Barber
10/p-5p3244KILLINEY COURT (IRE)36Philip Rowley
110/7p9-1p1LOS ALAMOS (IRE)42Luke Price
123/11/-p353MAHLER STYLE (IRE)37Alan Walter
13/24-51441MOSCOW PRICES (IRE)41Lucy Mager
14/p316p/-fpMOUNTAIN CLICHE37Nick Dawe
151111/-745PURPLE ‘N GOLD40?Leslie Jefford
165/p34-2p3QUINTO38Holly-Anne Drowne
172p/343-ppSTAGE ONE (IRE)36?Alan Hill
183-0p2115SUMMER SOUNDS (IRE)43Francesca Nimmo
19p4p-p238THEATRE EVENING (IRE)35Meisha Micklewright
20/0623-p47TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Elizabeth Scott
21/82p/-p21WOTZIZNAME (IRE)42+Sarah Gould

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Both the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open and the Men’s Open races have received top entries from around the country. These include Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager), Board Of Trade (Ed Walker), Fox Valley (Tom Ellis) and Summer Sounds for the Fran Nimmo team,  all holding claims in the Ladies race. Whilst in the Men’s Open recent winner Thumb Stone Blues another from the Fran Nimmo team could provide another thrilling battle between him under jockey James King and Chameron for either Jack Andrews or Ben Sutton to ride, With the previous two mentioned also holding entries at the Garthorpe meeting on Saturday, this could leave the race open for Bridge of Spies  to follow up on his impressive win at last Saturday’s meeting under top Novice jockey Conor Houlihan.


Race 6 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company Ltd Restricted Race

RACE 6FormNameRatingTRAINERS
151u4/u-ppACCORDINI31Philip Rowley
242/3-5p25BUSINESSMAN (IRE)33Leslie Jefford
3/655-6pp6CHARLIE PAPA LIMA (IRE)31Tracy Williams
4-bDAISY YEATS00?Sarah Prouse
51-p2pDIRECT FLIGHT (IRE)32Nigel Padfield
6/p-p42144EDABEAN (IRE)36Jason Warner
7*/58-216FAN CLUB AULMES (FR)34Francesca Nimmo
8203/-p1pFINLEY’S EYES(IRE)27Luke Price
9-PPP1JIMMY SNIPE34+Danielle Kenealy
10p4-pp132LUCKY LUCARNO35Martin Wanless
11p/u31-f25O’FAOLAINS LAD (IRE)33Stuart Penny
1231p/2p-ppTAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)32Charlotte Budd
1322/4-p155THE DARTMOOR ROSE34Charlotte Rowe
147/32-7p15THE KITCHENMECANIC34Teresa Clark
15*777p-p1pTHE ROSARY FLYER (IRE)33Tom Ellis
16/0623-p47TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Elizabeth Scott
172/pp-ppppWILD GINGER28?John Crew

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Those catching the eye in the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Restricted race are Fan Club Aulmer after his win at Mollington, The Kitchen Mechanic (Teresa Clark) and Lucky Lucarno for the Martin Wanless team.



Photo Credits: Megan Cobley Photography; Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: Tiverton Staghounds POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down ON Sunday, 6TH June 2021

The final meeting of the Devon & Cornwall 2020-2021 Point-to-Point season takes place this coming Sunday when the Tiverton Staghounds stage their meeting at the Bratton Down track, which boasts a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor.

Over 110 entries have been received for the six races on offer, and with 27 entered in the open maiden, this race could well be divided on the day.

Both the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open and the Men’s Open races have received top entries from around the country. These include Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager), Board Of Trade (Ed Walker), Fox Valley (Tom Ellis) and Summer Sounds for the Fran Nimmo team,  all holding claims in the Ladies race. Whilst in the Men’s Open recent winner Thumb Stone Blues another from the Fran Nimmo team could provide another thrilling battle between him under jockey James King and Chameron for either Jack Andrews or Ben Sutton to ride, With the previous two mentioned also holding entries at the Garthorpe meeting on Saturday, this could leave the race open for Bridge of Spies  to follow up on his impressive win at last Saturday’s meeting under top Novice jockey Conor Houlihan.

The Covid Race tgether with DSSH-sponsored opening Members race could go the way of  Alternative for young Otis Morgan to ride and follow up on their second at Cothelstone.  Broughton’s Rythm looks to be another who could run well here and improve on his third at the meeting last weekend for trainer Bronwen Hurley.

Those catching the eye in the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Restricted race are Fan Club Aulmer after his win at Mollington, The Kitchen Mechanic (Teresa Clark) and Lucky Lucarno for the Martin Wanless team.

Whilst the Exmoor Hay and Straw-sponsored Intermediate race could see Imogen’s Thunder reproduce his form from the previous meeting here when running a close second under promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. Another catching the eye is Largy Mountain, having won three on the bounce for the Fran Nimmo team and is an option for leading gentleman jockey James King.

The maiden race holds 27 entries and could well be divided on the day. Just some of those having shown promise are Businessman, Craven Bay, Eastern Promise, Honest Opinion and What A Bug. Hat’s off to all the trainers together with their teams who have produced these horses in tip top condition, also owners who have stood by these stunning animals during strict Covid lockdown conditions to compete at the course.

The action starts at 2pm. Tickets can only be obtained prior to the event, via SPECTATOR TICKETS or the Point-to-Point Racing Co website. Children under 16 go free but must apply for ticket online. On course facilities are Bar, bookies hot food and refreshments and trade stands.

There will also be a Tiverton Staghounds live-stream, tickets for which can be bought through eventbrite.

Betting can be accessed by phoning either Richard Pittard 07711298746 or Dave Phillips on 07810775119.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

Best selling Children’s Author Interested in journalism, novel writing. Currently PRO Devon & Cornwall Point to Point.

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT: EXMOOR AT BRATTON DOWN on 29th May 2021

“MAY is a pious fraud of the almanac. A ghastly parody of the real Spring”

From Under the Willows by
James Russell Lovell , 1819-1891, American poet

I couldn’t agree more Mr Lovell. The month of May is not supposed to be cold and wet in England. Even the Exmoor point-to-point had to be postponed for six days, but at least we finally got some action in front of a crowd enjoying ice cream weather for the second of the traditional three late season fixtures at Bratton Down.

A first time treble for jockey Conor Houlihan, and a double for the champion elect James King were the highlights of the Exmoor fixture on a day when motorway hold -ups caused delays, late arrivals, and in the case of some horse boxes no shows.

Restricted winner Florrie Webb (centre), ridden by Conor Houlihan
Restricted winner Florrie Webb (centre), ridden by Conor Houlihan. Exmoor Point-To-Point at Bratton Down on 29th May 2021

Conor Houlihan is set to land his first Devon & Cornwall Novice riders’ title, and the 23-year-old from Dungarvan, County Waterford, who works in Will Biddick’s Somerset yard, kicked off with a five lengths success on the Biddick trained Florrie Webb in the Rosettes Direct Restricted. With his boss and mentor on crutches after breaking an ankle, the tall Irishman proved an able substitute in the saddle, sending seven-year-old Florrie Webb clear after jumping the last.

A dead heat on Bridge of Spies in the Bielby colours in the first division of the Kingdon family sponsored Conditions race saw Houlihan force his mount up to share the spoils with the favourite Where’s Wilma (Matt Hampton). This pair swooped on Crown of Thorns and Beau Sancy at the foot of the hill and battled it out all the way up the climb to the line. “We were both flat out and happy to share a dead heat,” remarked Matt Hampton.

Conditions (Division 1) winners Bridge Of Spies (centre, blue and purple silks) and Where's Wilma (far side, blue and maroon silks) who couldn't be split at the line, with the judge declaring a dead-heat verdict
Conditions (Division 1) winners Bridge Of Spies (centre, blue and purple silks) and Where’s Wilma (far side, blue and maroon silks) who couldn’t be split at the line, with the judge declaring a dead-heat verdict

A chance ride on Tattersalls Leading Owner Jason Warner’s eight-year-old Best to Come rounded off Houlihan’s successful day in the Totnes & Bridgetown Open Maiden. James King handed over this ride due to a sore ankle, but had earlier lifted his season’s tally to 28 thanks to Los Alamos and Blairs Cove.

Los Alamos mastered odds-on favourite River Myth jumping the last in the Moore Scarrott Men’s Open to add to his Trebudannon win. “He got stuck in the mud at Holnicote last time and the drier ground helped here,” reported the jockey.

Men's Open winner Los Alamos (James King) pulls away from River Myth (Darren Andrews)
Men’s Open winner Los Alamos (James King) pulls away from River Myth (Darren Andrews). Exmoor Point-To-Point at Bratton Down on 29th May 2021 photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Forcing tactics paid off for King as Jason Warner’s Blairs Cove led all the way to take the Wedgewood Buildings Ltd Conditions Race Division Two at the expense of the favourite Rolling Dylan (Isaac Buncle).

It was a memorable day for 17-year-old Finn Muirhead, who partnered his first point-to-point winner on the Camilla Scott trained The Mulcair in the colours of his father Alex in the RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son sponsored Hunt Race. The Mulcair pulled clear of Hadmeathello up the finishing climb under his promising teenage rider, who is a pony racing graduate and nephew of Jamie Osborne, who is currently studying for A levels at Blundell’s School, Tiverton.

Hunt Members winner The Mulcair, ridden by Finn Muirhead
Hunt Members winner The Mulcair, ridden by Finn Muirhead. Exmoor Point-To-Point at Bratton Down on 29th May 2021

After her successful ride at Stratford upon Avon on the previous evening, Chloe Emsley, who is looking sure to lift her first Devon & Cornwall ladies’ title this year, had to settle for the runner up spot behind The Mulcair on Hadmeathello in the Hunt Race.

She occupied the same spot on Inch Rock in the Bray Leino Ladies’ Open, where Moscow Prices was a stylish seven lengths winner. Lucy Mager, who shares ownership of 11-year-old Moscow Prices with Kim Tripp, trains the gelding at Weston-Super-Mare. “He was my second winner of the season and we might come back to Bratton next week,” remarked Lucy.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

RESULTS – EXMOOR AT BRATTON DOWN on 29th MAY 2021

Going: Good

HUNT (SPONSORS RSM BEARES & BRIAN THORNE & SON), MRS H M WALEY-COHEN CUP

  1. The Mulcair (Finn Muirhead) 13-8 alwys prom, effort three out, led last, stayed on well
  2. Hadmeathello (Chloe Emsley) 1-2 fav witrh ldrs, led four out til headed last, no extra flat
  3. Darsi’s Pass (Mervyn Woodward) 25-1 hdwy 15th, outpaced two out

5 ran; 4l; 18l; 6m 5s

RESTRICTED (MR D WALLACE, ROSETTES DIRECT), GUY JACKSON MEMORIAL TROPHY

  1. Florrie Webb (Conor Houlihan) 4-1 jt fav led / disp 12th til left clear two out, stayed on well
  2. Forty Acres (George Hiscock) 5-1 held up, good late hdwy, kept on flat
  3. Minella Beag (Chloe Emsley) 5-1 held up, some hdwy two out, kept on one pace

11 ran; 5l; neck; 5m 53s

LADIES’ OPEN (BRAY LEINO), C B B SMITH-BINGHAM CUP

  1. Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager) 11-8 well in touch, effort two out, led & soon clear after last
  2. Inch Rock (Chloe Emsley) 6-1 prom, slt lead 13th til headed after last
  3. Mahler Style (Ella Orttewell) 11-2 led / disp til 13th, wknd two out

5 ran; 7l; 2l; 5m 52s

MEN’S OPEN (MOORE SCARROTT) CAPT TIM FORSTER MEMORIAL CUP

  1. Los Alamos (James King) 11-4 in touch, went 2nd tenth, led apprg last, soon clear
  2. River Myth (Darren Andrews) 8-13 fav led 6th til apprg last, eased when beaten flat
  3. Mister Dick (Conor Houlihan) 6-1 led til 5th, lost touch three out

4 ran; 15l; 15l; 6m 2s

CONDITIONS 8 year olds & over, DONNA KINGDON MEMORIAL CUP

DIV 1 (THE KINGDON FAMILY)

1 dh. Bridge of Spies (Conor Houlihan) 6-1 good hdwy 14th, effort last, strong run flat, battled on gamely to dead heat

1 dh. Where’s Wilma (Matt Hampton) 9-4 fav midfield, hdwy 13th, went 4th three out, effort last, slight lead 100 yards out, stayed on gamely to dead heat

3. Crown of Thorns (Martin McIntyre) 3-1 prom, led 12th, disp two out til headed after last, no extra flat

9 ran; dead heat; 5l;

DIV 2 (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)
  1. Blairs Cove (James King) 2-1 made all, clear two out, ridden out
  2. Rolling Dylan (Isaac Buncle) 7-4 mstk 12th, chased ldrs three out, went 2nd flat
  3. Broughton’s Rhythm (Fionn Summers) 12-1 well in touch, every chance three out, kept on one pace flat

7 ran; 4l; 10l; 5m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY), C C J SIMMONDS CUP

  1. Best to Come (Conor Houlihan) 4-1 held up, hdwy 15th, went 2nd next, led after last, dvn clear flat
  2. Golly It’s Molly (Jake Bament) 20-1 alwys prom, led two out til after last, kept on
  3. Cuzzicombe (Vinny Webster) 7-1 held up, hdwy two out, nearest at finish

9 ran; 5l; short head; 6m 3s

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN