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REPORT: MODBURY HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 16th JANUARY 2022

“Ghosts of men that here have ridden
Gather at the post unbidden,
Waiting till the old flag falls;
Hear the rattled guard-rails quiver
As they rush them, game as ever!”

From the poem Aintree Calls by William Henry Ogilvie, 1869 – 1963

The old decaying grandstand still looks out forlornly over Buckfastleigh racecourse, now unused and camouflaged by vegetation, but a proud sentinel of days gone by.

A double for Will Biddick and a first winner over jumps for Freddie Gingell were two of the highlights of the card at the first of three meetings scheduled for Buckfastleigh this season.

15mm of overnight rain meant the going had become heavy, soft in places, but a dry afternoon brought out a massive crowd at this historic Devon venue.

Biddick’s double was initiated when the well fancied Jeremy Central stayed on strongly to beat 15 rivals in the Maiden for seven-year-olds and over sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages. “Jumping out of the ground was hard,” remarked the leading rider of this well made gelding, who had recent good placed efforts in Ireland to his name. Taunton bloodstock agent owner/trainer Tom Malone described his seven-year-old as, “ A lovely honest staying chaser in the making,” confiding that he had this race in mind when buying the gelding by Jeremy at an online auction recently. Bloodstock agents don’t buy horses to look at so Jeremy Central is sure to progress and is likely to find a new home soon.

After fracturing his ankle in a fall last May, Will Biddick is already making a strong bid to secure his eighth National jockeys title, and rounded of a good day by riding his 13th winner of the season on Famous Clermont in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Despite carrying a 5lbs penalty this progressive seven-year-old won on the bit under a typically stylish Biddick ride. Christopher Barber trains the winner at Seaborough  for a small syndicate and remarked, “We bought him as a four-year-old at Goffs for only £5,000 and the plan is to go for an Intermediate final at either Exeter or Cheltenham.” The young trainer has plenty of ammunition waiting in the wings with a number of youngsters amongst the 20 strong inmates in his Dorset yard.

There were tears and smiles in a packed winner’s enclosure after Freddie Gingell had steered Molineaux home in the Jockey Club & Retraining of Racehorses Veteran Horse Conditions event. Freddie tragically lost his mother Kim, daughter of Colin Tizzard, to cancer in May 2020.  It was apt that Colin and Freddie’s father Dave were on hand to enjoy a rapturous reception as the young rider returned in the family colours after a stylish performance on his first point-to-point winner.  A prolific winning pony race rider with 56 wins, including at this track,  Freddie said, “I finish school in May. Molineaux is a really nice horse and I was proud to be sat on him”.  Colin, who had legged up his grandson, had trained the 11-year-old to his four wins under rules for John and Heather Snook and remarked, “This is a lovely horse. He is fast and accurate and the ideal schoolmaster. He could run every two weeks until he gets tired.”

Last season’s champion novice rider Ben Sutton, based with the Alan Hill yard,   partnered his second winner this season as Chameron strode clear on the run in to win the Totnes & Bridgetown Mixed Open. The Sam Loxton trained nine-year-old faced only three opponents with Hazzaar and Danseur Du Large chasing him home. The 22-yearold rider confessed that he had lost an iron at the last fence, which was fully three furlongs from the finish at the top of the hill, as the normal final fence in the straight was omitted.  Chameron runs in the colours of the jockey’s father, Nick, who was travelling abroad. Bruton trainer Sam Loxton has six horses in training and rides out Chameron, who could go hunter chasing in due course.

Darren Andrews rode his 50th point-to-point winner on five-year-old His Own Star, backed from 5’s into 7-2 ,in the two and a half miles Tony Glynn Scaffolding Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds. Andrews was content to follow the pace set by the favourite Next One Please and Summerleaze until hitting the front approaching the last. The winner had seven runs as a four-year-old in France in 2021 and was placed five times for David Cottin. His dam won a listed hurdle at Auteuil. He is one of eight pointers now in the care of Stuart Sampson, and runs in the colours of Uffculme owner Ron Alford who was enjoying his first winner. The trainer described his charge as, “ A kind, honest individual but is no great work horse at home.”

The successful jockey was denied a double as his mount Fountains Chief fell at the last when holding a narrow lead in the Stanley Carpets Restricted.  Stevan Steel was the only other horse of the six starters standing and was issuing a strong challenge at the time. Course winner Stevan Steel is trained at Bampton by Janet Ackner, who also owns the striking grey in conjunction with John Spall. “If only every horse was as genuine as he is. He has five gears but thinks he has six.” said the trainer. Successful jockey Darren Edwards reflected on, “ A strong stayer, honest and jumped well on today’s ground.”

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS – MODBURY HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH- 16th JANUARY 2022

GOING HEAVY, SOFT IN PLACES; 5th, 12th & 19th fence omitted race 3 onwards

OPEN MAIDEN FOUR TO SIX-YEAR-OLDS, 2 M 4F (SPONSOR TONY GLYNN SCAFFOLDING)

1 His Own Star (Darren Andrews) 7-2 prog 11th,strong run after two out, led last, ran on well, comf
2 Summerleaze (Jake Bament) 8-1 alwys leaders, mstk 11th, close 3rd two out, kept on
3 Get On Ron (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 tracked leaders, close up when mstk two out, no extra
9 ran; 7l;2l;;6m 5s


RESTRICTED (STANLEY CARPETS)

1 Stevan Steel (Darren Edwards) 2-1 made virtually all til headed apprg last, rallied and just 2nd when left alone last
6 ran; winner finished alone


MIXED OPEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY LTD)

1 Chameron (Ben Sutton) 6-4 jt fav led to 4th, close up, led when mstk 16th, mstk last, rallied to lead again by passing last, soon clear
2 Hazzaar (Tommie O’Brien) 6-4 jt fav well in touch, led after two out til headed by passing last, no extra
3 Danseur Du Large (Chloe Emsley) 7-4 narrow lead from 4th til 13th, disp three out, outpaced next
4 ran; 5l; 4l; 7m 12s

VETERAN HORSE CONDITIONS (JOCKEY CLUB & RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES)

1 Molineaux (Freddie Gingell) 5-4 fav keen hold, led 10th, forged clear three out, unchallenged
2 Blakerigg (Chloe Emsley) 14-1 midfield, stayed on well closing stages, took 2nd nr finish
3 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-4 alwys leaders, chased winner 15th, rdn & no impression from two out, lost 2nd flat
9 ran; distance; 10l; 7m 7s


OPEN MAIDEN – SEVEN- YEAR-OLDS PLUS (TOAD HALL COTTAGES)

1 Jeremy Central (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav steady hdwy three out, led by passing last, stayed on well
2 Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 9-2 tracked leaders, disp lead after two out, challenged last, no extra by passing last
3 Pyleigh Court (Conor Houlihan) 20-1 last when bad mistake 13th, good prog four out, stayed on well, promising
16 ran; 2 1/2l; 2 1/2l; 7m 14s


INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Famous Clermont (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav held up, smooth hdwy 16th, led apprg last bend, clear by passing last, won hard held, eased nr finish
2 Hotel Du Nord (Charlie Sprake) 10-1 led from third til headed apprg last bend, good effort
3 Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 4-1 chased leaders, every chance two out, wknd
9 ran 2 1/2l; 12l; 7m 17s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

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The Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day, and the area has to give a huge thanks to the sponsors, as they have supported the area throughout the Covid crises over the past two years. There are some highly rated ex-National Hunt legendary horses among the entries. Silsol a Grade 2 winning hurdle winner, now in training with Will Biddick, for owners the Orttewell family for talented young jockey Ella Orttewel to ride. Also two of the Sam Loxton-trained entries,  Samategal, a Grade 3 winner of the Greatwood Handicap chase at Newbury   who could give young jockey Olive Nicholls a winning ride here, along with Chameron, who had shown some decent form in France before heading over with wins at Garthorpe and Leicester. Trio For Rio could be the one to steal this if travelling down for the Clive Boultbee-Brooks team, having won a Hunter Chase a Cheltenham last season, his jockey Tommie O’Brien will be  keen to score here. Along with Envoy Special having won at Larkhill in December, for young trainer Christopher Barber, another showing his talent training in the pointing field.

The action kicks off at 12 noon, with the Tony Glynn-Scaffolding sponsored Open Maiden race for 4,5 and 6 year-olds, in which His Own Star (Stuart Sampson) could follow up on his second at Barbury, and had some previous decent place form. Between You And Me (Neil Mclean)  ran third at Chaddelsey Corbett last season. Next One Please could provide a pleasing winner for the Chris Barber team, and could go well on his debut run.

Stanley Carpets-sponsor the Restricted race, which could go the way of Fountains Chief for the Teresa Clark team, if recovering from his early fall at last weekends Wadebridge meeting. Catching the eye is Kings Quay for trainer Matt Hampton, having won his maiden last season by a creditable six-lengths at Cherrybrook, and Lagonda could be one of the outside raiders to figure, if following up on his five- lengths second at Larkhill in December for the James Ridley/Tommie O’Brien partnership.

The 10 year old and over Jockey Club – Retraining of Racehorses and Veteran Condition race follows, which looks equally thrilling. Blackwater Bramble for the Alexandra Dunn team won at this course in December 2018, following that up with two Larkhill wins. However the eye is drawn to Molineaux for young jockey Freddie Gingell and team Tizzard, who could improve on their close second they achieved at Larkhill. That day behind Monsieur Gibraltar ridden by Oliver Nicholls. Here she could have the ride on Samategal, who is the highest rated, and if a clear round of jumping,  could give  jockey Olive Nicholls a win here, if connection chose this over the previous race and do not favour next weekends Larkhill meeting as an option. However entry  Silsol is another who could be switched to this race,  proving equally competitive, and give Ella Orttewell, a deserved win at this track.

Toad Hall Cottages sponsor the Open Maiden race for 7 year-olds and upwards in which Riding Shotgun is the highest rated, and will be high in the betting for the Laura Jones team. Bloodstock agent Tom Malone looks to have a hot entry with recent Irish purchase Jeremy Central. Honest Opinion is another catching the eye for the in form Dean Summersby team and could progress here.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, which holds a Hunter Chase entry at their finals in April. This looks equally competitive with Famous Clermont ( Chris Barber), Hotel Du Nord (Will Biddick) and Party Tunes (Dean Summersby) among those who the bookies will be juggling with.

This course offers fabulous viewing, easy access alongside the A38 at Dean Prior, hot food and refreshments along with a Real Ale bar and plenty of trade stands. Entry to the course is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course postcode is TQ11 OLT. Live streaming is available pointingdc.co.uk via eventbrite live streaming. Betting available by phoning 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.

Photo credit: Megan Cobley Photography

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2020

Oh dear, so that’s it for the season with three months of pointing in our area still to go. No more point-to-points, no more betting gossip, racing suspended, the industry jeopardised, bookies redundant and they are trying to handcuff me to the chair.

Whether it was the dodgy weather (it rained all morning on Sunday) or coronavirus worries, it was a shame that the normal bustling atmosphere of Buckfastleigh was lacking. The track conformation was a bit different because the normal last fence was not jumped, meaning a very long run-in from the jump coming off the top bend. There was plenty of quality racing though for the faithful to enjoy.

The opening five runner Hunt race was a bit of a puzzle. I couldn’t work it out so no bet. 10-year-old Moonaro is still a maiden but was sent off 2-1 fav having been chalked up at 3’s. Beuvron settled at 5-2 from 3’s but he is not very reliable nowadays. Tarrytown (9-2) had shown a glimmer of form, and the experienced Skylander (11-4) is capable on his day. It was another maiden however, Ragged Dream (7-1), who prevailed in a close finish to give 17-year-old Tamby Welch a deserved first point-to-point winner.

Stevan Steel (5-2 to 9-4 fav) is no rock star but came good under a typically positive Darren Edwards ride to win the Open Maiden easily from 11 opponents. The rider had the luxury of a peep round with his toiling rivals stone cold off the last bend. West Somerset trainer Janet Ackner does well with this type of horse who was placed in an Irish Maiden as long as four years ago, but had been knocking at the door recently. He must get his grey coat from his dam Silver Proverb who was moderate but had to lump a young claimer called Tom Malone round over hurdles a few years ago.

Gunner Vic (10-1) came from well off the pace to claim the runner up spot (he would have been put into the note book for a Bratton Down meeting). Natalie Parker’s mount Clever des Assence (drifted from 2’s to 3’s) was a head away in third after pressing the leaders for a long way.

The Men’s Open was the Devon & Cornwall Area Classic race limited to previous winners. Navanman (6-4 fav having touched 11-4) needs little introduction and duly took his pointing wins to 11, this time with Darren Edwards in the saddle. John Heard’s charge relished the heavy ground and went 20 lengths clear round the top bend before cantering home ahead of Big Georgie (7-1). Below form Fishy Story, who had touched evens before settling at 2’s, finished a well beaten third. Navanman had a good reason for his defeat at the showground last month when sustaining an injury, and connections have done well to squeeze another win out of this top pointer.

Nickelsonthedime (5-4 to 4-5) had created a very favourable impression with a couple of Wadebridge wins, but had to give best in a good Intermediate to The Galloping Bear (5-2) who had won his Restricted on the showground after opening his account in the mud at Ffos Las in December. The Galloping Bear (Darren Andrews) led from the top of the hill and stayed on well in conditions much to his liking. Both these promising types are by the St Leger winner Shantou who has developed into a leading NH stallion. It is unfortunate that the Exeter final to this event is lost.

The two market leaders also dominated the Skinner’s Ladies’ Open. The game veteran Dicky Bob (solid 3’s) jumped well and tried to make all the running under Millie Wonnacott, but was overhauled off the last bend by a confidently ridden Master Baker partnered by Jo Supple (evens fav). Jo is nearing her century of winners and has been on board Master Baker for all of his 15 wins, including three hunter chases. Wind Tor (3’s) was a distant third. Goldbury (8’s to 7’s) looked fit but had an off day and was pulled up before half way.

The form worked out in the Novice Riders race when Millanisi Boy (4-5 to 4-6) just made his experience pay with a two lengths success over the penalised Raddon Top (3-1). The winner always seemed to be holding the upper hand but was hard pressed by his main rival from the top of the hill and was driven right out by Fergus Gillard.

The Point-to-Point flat race was scheduled as the last race but had to be divided after attracting 15 declarations, exceeding the safety limit by one. Six of the eight runners in the first section were unraced which made for a cagey betting market. The faces went for Alan Hill’s once raced five-year-old Vain Girl (2-1 fav), but there was support for Any Alibis (7’s to 3’s) and the subsequent Fran Nimmo trained winner Sun Rising Hill (3-1). The Warwickshire trainer specialises in this type of event and this Mahler four-year-old certainly knew her job, coming clear under Alice Stevens to beat Nicky Martin’s Fevertre (4-1).

The other division, shall we call it the last waltz, went to Gerry Supple’s Sandaroc (3’s to 5-2), a strong bodied four-year-old filly by Shirocco who looked fit and ready to go in the preliminaries. Sandaroc landed a double for promising young jockey Fergus Gillard, fending off the jolly, Charlottes Way (2’s from 4’s) inside the last couple of furlongs. In another tight betting heat there were bits and pieces for third placed Red Cap (4’s to 3’s), Midnight Billy (7-2) and The Ramp Sleeper (5’s).

Before you ask, yes, I backed Sandaroc ( on the basis of paddock inspection). I would like to think that I was just coming into form on the betting front when the curtain came down dramatically, but that is what all of us punters would say……

REPORT: DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2020

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“And whether we shall meet again I know not. If we do meet again, why, we shall smile”

From Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Nobody knew as they enjoyed eight competitive races at Buckfastleigh on Sunday (15th March) that the Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers would be staging the final point-to-point meeting of the 2020 season.

Executive decisions taken just the day after sounded the death knell for the sport, joining the many other events similarly affected by coronavirus.

This time the meeting managed to beat the wet weather, but heavy going put a premium on stamina at this most picturesque, historic track. The final fence had to be omitted leaving a very long run in from the top of the hill. The reigning Devon & Cornwall champion jockey Darren Edwards, together with up and coming Fergus Gillard each rode doubles.

Darren Edwards teamed up with prolific pointer Navanman to win the featured Westcountry Men’s Open Champion Chase for which the Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd had put up £1,000 in prize money. A quality field of six faced the starter, but Navanman had sauntered 20 lengths clear by the end of the back straight, and coasted home by a distance ahead of Gloucestershire raider Big Georgie, with the well fancied mare Fishy Story well held in third. “That was very straight forward,” was the succinct remark of the jockey who was partnering his ninth winner of the season. Navanman’s preparation had not been easy though after he had lost his unbeaten record for the season at the Western meeting last month. . “He cut himself and opened up an old wound at Wadebridge. He was lame and had to have it poulticed,” explained his relieved trainer John Heard, who has done so well with this ex-hurdler for his eight strong syndicate of owners.

Stevan Steel had initiated the double for Darren Edwards, justifying favouritism when making all the running to beat his 11 opponents in the Luscombe Mayo Open Maiden. “He ran well at the Beaufort recently and likes the mud,” said trainer Janet Ackner who shares ownership with John Spall, having acquired the nine-year-old by King’s Theatre at Ascot sales after he had been placed in an Irish point-to-point

35 years old Darren Edwards, with 270 pointing career winners in the bag, is one of the senior riders on the circuit, but his Sunday double was matched by the promising Fergus Gillard, who is based with David Pipe, for whom he had ridden a winner at Uttoxeter on the previous day. The young jockey had to work quite hard to score on Millanisi Boy in the Winston Pincombe Novice Riders’ Race, driving the his mount home to fend off Raddon Top. Trainer Neil McLean, who handles the winner for a 15 strong syndicate put together by Kayley Woollacott, described the 11-year-old as, “a lovely old chaser who was fed up with National Hunt and needed to be sweetened up.”

The Point-to Point Flat race, sponsored by M I Plant Engineering, had to be divided on the day. Fergus Gillard completed his double on Gerry Supple’s four-year-old filly Sandaroc, who strode on down the hill to score convincingly from the favourite Charlottes Way. The winner’s dam won a bumper on her debut from David Pipe’s yard and Sandaroc looks a genuine prospect for further success. “A great ride,” was the reaction from the owner/trainer.

The other section of the flat race went to another newcomer, Sun Rising Hill, who had travelled from Francesca Nimmo’s Ettington, Warwickshire yard. Sun Rising Hill took the lead round the top bend under Alice Stevens and ran on strongly in the final half mile to deny Darren Edwards a treble on runner up Fevertre. The winner, a four-year-old, by Mahler, is owned by the Walnut Hill Partnership headed by Henley-In Arden vet Bridget Gatehouse, who said “I am so proud of him. I bought him privately as a two-year-old and he was broken in by Fran and Charlie (Poste).

Master Baker followed up his recent Badbury Rings win as he overhauled front running Dicky Bob in the home straight to take the Skinner’s Ladies’ Open. Regular jockey Jo Supple, nearing her century of career wins over jumps, gets on well with the Lisa Jefford trained gelding and made good use of his turn of foot. Owner Jackie McCullough’s plan for the 11-year-old to follow up last year’s Newbury hunter chase victory at the end of the month has obviously been scuppered. Bred by Stewart Pike, she described Master Baker as, “the horse of a lifetime.”

The Galloping Bear stamped himself as one of the most promising pointers in the area in recording his seasonal hat trick at the main expense of Nickelsonthedime in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. It is unfortunate that his bid for the Exeter final (hunter chase) in April is likely to be denied by the suspension of racing. Ben Clarke trains the winner for owner Adrian Paterson and reported, “He was bought as a store at Doncaster. He hadn’t run for eight weeks after carrying a few niggles.” Jockey Darren Andrews, enjoying his best season, said, “It was a good training performance. He jumped well but does need better ground.”

The Welch family had good reason to celebrate Ragged Dream’s win in the Members’ race sponsored by Ashburton Motor Works. The seven-year-old family gelding is trained by Hannah Welch and was a first pointing winner for her brother Tamby, another graduate from pony racing. In a good finish, Ragged Dream just outstayed Skylander (Anna Hylands) with Tarrytown (Tom Dixon) close up in third. The successful 17-year-old jockey is an A level student in Taunton and hopes to pursue a career in the RAF.

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

RESULTS: DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2020

Going Heavy (Fences 5, 12 & 19 omitted)

Hunt Race (Sponsor Ashburton Motor Works)

1 Ragged Dream (Tamby Welch) 7-1 handy, pressed leaders last, fin well to lead last 100 yards

2 Skylander (Anna Hylands) 11-4 led by passing 11th til near finish

3 Tarrytown (Tom Dixon) 9-2 chased leaders, every chance last, kept on well nr finish

5 ran; 3/4l 1/2l 7m 23s

Open Maiden (Luscombe Mayo)

1 Stevan Steel (Darren Edwards) 9-4 fav made all, drew well clear three out, unchallenged

2 Gunner Vic (Jake Bament) 10-1 held up, hdwy three out, stayed on well without troubling winner

3 Clever Des Assence (Natalie Parker) 3-1 with leaders, outpaced two out, 2nd til near finish

12 ran; 10l; head; 7m 11s

Men’s Open – Champion Chase (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd)

1 Navanman (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav led three out, soon well clear, unchallenged

2 Big Georgie (James Ridley) 7-1 led til 10th, bhd from 14th, took moderate 2nd after last

3 Fishy Story (Darren Andrews) 2-1 held up, some hdwy 14th, wknd last, tailed off

6 ran; Distance; 25l; 7m 3s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 The Galloping Bear (Darren Andrews) 5-2 smooth hdwy 14th, led after two out, drew clear after last, comf

2 Nickelsonthedime (Josh Newman) 4-5 fav held up, hdwy to 2nd two out, every chance til wknd after last

3 Norman Conquest (Tom Chanin) 20-1 led til 7th, lost place 13th, kept on again closing stages

10 ran; 10l; 3/4l; 7m 6s

Ladies’ Open (Skinner’s Pet Foods)

1 Master Baker ( Jo Supple) evens fav held up going well, prog 13th, went 2nd two out, led last 200 yards

2 Dicky Bob (Millie Wonnacott) 3-1 led & jumped well til headed last 200 yards

3 Wind Tor (Chloe Emsley) 3-1 3rd from 13th, rdn & wknd after two out

6 ran 3 1/2l; distance; 7m 14s

Novice Riders Conditions (Winston Pincombe, Chulmleigh)

1 Millanisi Boy (Fergus Gillard) 4-6 fav led or disputed throughout, rdn & stayed on well after last

2 Raddon Top (Conor Houlihan) 2-1 held up in touch, effort two out, no extra under pressure nr finish

3 Athreeothree (Thomasina Eyston) 8-1 chased leaders, took 3rd after last, well held

5 ran; 2l; 10l; 7m 21s

Point to Point Flat race – 4 & 5 year olds – about 2 miles (M I Plant Engineering Ltd)

Division 1:

1 Sun Rising Hill (Alice Stevens) 3-1 hdwy 6 furlongs out, led 4 furlongs out, ran on strongly

2 Fevertre (Darren Edwards) 4-1 in touch, stayed on well last 2 furlongs without reaching winner

3 Salvino (Darren Andrews) 10-1 with leaders, effort 3 furlongs out, no extra last furlong

8 ran; 10l; 4l; 4m 27s

Division 2:

1 Sandaroc (Fergus Gillard) 5-2 tracked leaders, effort 2 furlongs out, led 1 furlong out, comf

2 Charlottes Way (David Mansell) 2-1 fav imprvd 6 furlongs out, led 4 furlongs out til headed 1 furlong out

3 Red Cap (Tom Chanin) 3-1 chased leaders, good hdwy 4 furlongs out, kept on steadily

7 ran; 4l; 4l; 4m 43s

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Entries: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 15th March 2020

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 11:00 Pony Racing
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Westcountry Champion Chase Mens Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Ladies Open Race
6th 14:55 Novice Riders Race
7th 15:30 4&5 Year Olds Flat Race Race

Course Updates:

Thursday, 12 Mar, 17:25

The course is soft and drying nicely

Wednesday, 11 Mar, 11:15

Buckfastleigh, the going is still soft with a few heavy places, it is improving daily and hopefully with the weather forecast should improve further.

Friday, 6 Mar, 14:19

Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Sunday March 15th, The course is drying nicely, the going is now officially soft heavy in places we hope for further improvement.

Tues, 3 Mar, 18:37

The Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday March 15, the going is currently heavy, soft in places.

The fences have been moved after our January meeting and we have good grass cover.

The Feature race is £1000 mens Champion Chase and Exeter Racecourse are sponsoring the Intermediate which is a qualifier for their final.

Preview extract:

A great way to end Cheltenham Festival week is to go along to the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, where they host their meeting on Sunday 15th March.

Pony racing sponsored by Barton Sawmills heads up the action at 11am. With the main seven race card commencing at 12 noon.

This track is steeped in history, it offers fantastic viewing, beer tent, hot and cold food and refreshments, on course bookies and a host of interesting trade stands. Easy access along the A38 Post code TQ11 0LT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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

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Pony Racing

Race 1 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN, DIVISION 1

138cm (m 6f ) MAIDEN
1 Artemis Morgan Menedh Jumping Jack Flash
2 Katie Vernon Southcroft Pimms
3 Archie Pearse Zellions Frolic
4 Hannah Smith Mayphillic Sea Pearl
5 Lauren Callister Newoak Dream Catcher
6 William White Strasburg Boy
7 Lowan Cruise Mills Chico
8 Harrison Day Jessie Jazz It Up
9 Harry Robinson Antsar Peeptoe

Race 2 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN, DIVISION 2

138cm (m 6f ) OPEN
1 Freddie Fletcher
Temmas Diamonds Forever
2 Billy Broomfield
Anton Bubble Of Spring
3 Margot Scudamore Churchill
4 Rian Corcoran Willow The Wisp
5 James Dawkins
Luanshya Ambassador
6 Billy Loughnane Clear The Track
7 Megan Ridsdale Veno Star
8 Bruce Vaughan
The Gentle Touch
9 Taylor Fisher Oh My Days

Race 3 148cm (m 8f ) OPEN

148cm (m 8f ) OPEN
1 Otis Morgan Tarka
2 Daniel Ellis O’flynn’s Daughter
3 Molly Landau Roy Boy Green
4 Alfie Godfrey Calypso
5 Daisy White Aries
6 Henry Pugh Heavenly Rose
7 Walter Fisher-barnett Miss Dolly
8 Ruby Fisher-barnett She’sagoodun
9 Taylor Fisher Annie R U Ok

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Race 1 – Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
242p-p5p BEUVRON (FR) 37? Sam Holdsworth
/42f2/36- MOONARO (IRE) 32? Susan Darke
3/p344-p RAGGED DREAM (FR) 24 Hannah Welch
37f63-54 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Robert Chanin
2pfp-32p SOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE) 38 Rebecca Welch
*0/pp36-5 TARRYTOWN (FR) 29 Melanie Dixon
/p/6p3-1 THE METERS RUNNING(IRE) 34+ Gordon Chambers

Preview extract

The opening Members race is sponsored by Ashburton Motors. This looks to be a battle among the locals, with The Meters Running for the Gordon Chambers yard looking to follow up on his Great Trethew win last weekend. They could come up against Rebecca Welch’s Somewhere To Be who ran second at Wadebridge, but found the conditions tough when pulling up at Great Trethew last weekend, and Moonaro another local entry who has clocked up some decent previous place form for the Kingsbridge based Darke family.

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Race 2 – Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
ppuf3p/- ASKRUMOR (IRE) 27? Chris Cox
*84/57p-p BLACKFYRE (IRE) NR Dean Jones
26//- BOOMTOWN KNAT (IRE) 30? Zoe Lewis
*2246-u5 BRANDY JAMES (GER) 5
Timothy Vaughan
6/f5/5-23 CLEVER DES ASSENCE (FR) 30 Laura Parker
-p CLOSE FRIEND (IRE) 0
Gearoid Costelloe
*80/-4f FAT SAM 31+ Alan Walter
2-up FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 32 Joe Tickle
FLICK THE SWITCH NR Victoria Collins
u3/pp2-4 GUNNER VIC 24 Hugh Thomas
62*3-f HENRY’S REGIME 18?
Mervyn Woodward
pp3-ppp MILITARY MISCHIEF (IRE) 27? Jane Western
/42f2/36- MOONARO (IRE) 32? Susan Darke
RESTLESS BRIAN NR Robert Hawker
/5-u ROLL ON ROSCO 19 John Heard
55p-p342 STEVAN STEEL (IRE) 30 Janet Ackner
/p5p-7 TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson
/48-up THE DEVON DUMPLING 23 Sam Holdsworth
p3p4p/- THE RIGHT PROIFILE (IRE) NR Carly Mather
TIP TOP MOUNTAIN (IRE) NR Ian Chanin
-p TOP CLICHE NR Jill Dennis
*80-p4 TOWER VIEW (IRE) 0 Victoria Collins
WONDER FLOW NR Helen Bament

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Clever Des Assence (Laura Parker) ran third here at the January meeting, and Steven Steel ( Janet Ackner) with a second at the Didmarton meeting, are just two catching the eye in the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race.

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Race 3 – Westcountry Champion Chase, Mens Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
5231-3p1 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 42 Robert Chanin
/2134-1 BIG GEORGIE (IRE) 41 James Ridley
/21u13-4 DICKY BOB 44 Verity Nicholls
1/up11/-1 FISHY STORY 44+ Stuart Sampson
115/2212- HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford
p5/1111- HIGHWAY JEWEL (IRE) 40 David Gibbs
222-p616 IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE) 40 Mary Tory
457p-733 KERISPER (FR) 26
Alexander Gibbons
p5/pp-22 MILLANSIE BOY 42 Neil McLean
112-1113 NAVANMAN (IRE) 46 John Heard
*5/61p/p- POTTERS APPROACH (IRE) NR Patricia Shaw
30/214-1 SAUSALITO SUNRISE (IRE) 47 Alexandra Dunn
*14/8p7-4 TANIT RIVER (IRE) 39 Abbi Vaughan
*ffp/p-312 THREE FACES WEST (IRE) 44 Bethen Childs
/61121-p1 WIND TOR 43 Edward Walker

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The feature race of the day is the £1000 West Country Men’s Open Champion Chase which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd. Entries include previous National Hunt winner Sausalito Sunrise for the Alexandra Dunn team, he won a Hunter Chase at Hexham last season, and started this season with an impressive ten length win at Cocklebarrow in January. Fishy Story for trainer Stuart Sampson, could figure and was impressive when she bounced back from a year’s break when she battled on for a short head win ahead of Sixteen Letters at Milborne St Andrew last month. Three Faces West (Bethan Childs) has strong claims after his win at this track in January under jockey Nathan Vergne, although holds an entry at the Cothelstone meeting on Saturday. Local entry Dicky Bob (Verity Nicholls), now a veteran, knows this track well and could figure here.

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4p1-4050 BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 34? Leslie Jefford
/44/123p- BALLYVODOCK (IRE) 39
Gordon Chambers
432113-2 BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 38
Dean Summersby
4524-252 DAN’S WEE MAN 35 Peter Mason
f2-u21 HARD GROUND 37+
Gearoid Costelloe
/u2pu2-2 JABBEA (IRE) 40 Mary Sanderson
4p261-28 JOURNEY JUICE 38 Ed Walker
1p/52-0s MICKY STARK 34? Zoe Hawkins
r/2421-up MISSYLADIE (FR) 37 Sam Holdsworth
p3p/12p- MY KING (FR) 35 Anna Johnston
*22/-311 NICKELSONTHEDIME (IRE) 39+ Neil McLean
p/24p3-p NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin
p2p334-f PRINCE OF POETS 36? Lucy Mager
252-11 THE GALLOPING BEAR 38+ Ben Clarke

Preview extract

In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, team Summersby’s Banco de Logos ran a decent three length second at Chipley Park and should be among the favourites with jockey Darren Edwards on a winning roll. Outside raider Hard Ground (Gearoid Costello) won his restricted at Higham last month and is the highest rated, but looks to prefer a sound surface which he may not find here unless the ground dries. The Galloping Bear for the Ben Clarke team looks progressive with wins at Ffoss Las and Wadebridge, with the ground not seeming an issue for him could score again for jockey Darren Andrews.

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Race 5 – Ladies Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/21u13-4 DICKY BOB 44 Verity Nicholls
44/12p1-1 GOLDBURY (IRE) 41+ Laura Parker
12/21321- HEANEY (IRE) 44
Claire Wonnacott
2431/-f43 INCH ROCK (IRE) 40 Ed Walker
u8/58531- IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 40 Lee Glanville
u632d2-3 ITS ALL OR NOTHING 41 Charlotte Rowe
1112p-81 MASTER BAKER 45 Lisa Jefford
*1/5617p- MENDIP EXPRESS (IRE) 44 Bethen Childs
*5/61p/p- POTTERS APPROACH (IRE) NR Patricia Shaw
*05u40/-1 SILSOL (GER) 43+ Will Biddick
/61121-p1 WIND TOR 43 Edward Walker

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The popular grey Dicky Bob also holds an entry in the Skinners Ladies Open race, which may be a preferred option for the gelding, with the booking of local jockey Millie Wonnacott to ride. Millie also looks to have the option of riding her mother’s owned and trained Heaney who was impressive when winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter last April. This race looks very competitive with recent Chipley Park winner Silsol for jockey Ella Orttewell, Badbury Rings winner Master Baker for Jo Supple, and promising young mare Goldbury having the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance and won nicely at the Wadebridge December meeting under Natalie Parker, also among the entries.

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Race 6 – Novice Riders Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
p/73422- ATHREEOTHREE(IRE) 42 Louise Hendy
*/05p65- BALKINSTOWN (IRE) NR Michael Bowen
1/606-p53 CHICORIA (IRE) 30? Chloe Boxall
*26/925/- FIRE IN HIS EYES (IRE) NR Bobby Thomas
*1/5617p- MENDIP EXPRESS (IRE) 44 Bethen Childs
p5/pp-22 MILLANSIE BOY 42 Neil McLean
/114-3p41 RADDON TOP (IRE) 40 Leslie Jefford
1331p/13- SUPREME DANEHILL (IRE) 43 Alan Hill
*/50pp-u4 THE IBBSTER (IRE) 32
Alexandra Goodman

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TheWinston Pincombe-sponsored Novice Riders race could go the way of recent Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) for promising young jockey Conor Houlihan, who will try and fend off multiple Point winner Supreme Danehill (Alan Hill) who is also among the nine entered.

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Race 7 – 4 & 5 Year Olds Flat Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
ALLABOUTTHEMEMORIES NR Lee Glanville
ANY ALIBIS NR Gearoid Costelloe
BEAUTIFUL PROSPECT NR Alan Hill
CHARLOTTES WAY (IRE) NR Julie Mansell
CILLABROOKE NR Zoe Hawkins
-3 DROMORE MOUNTAIN 26 Gareth Moore
-4 FAIRLEY EQUAL 12 Zoe Hawkins
FEVERTRE (IRE) NR Nicola Martin
0 GET ON RON 0 Victoria Sleep
MIDNIGHT BILLY NR Jill Dennis
QUEEN KALAMBA (IRE) NR Jazmin Hosgood
RED CAP (IRE) NR Robert Chanin
SALVINO (IRE) NR Ben Clarke
SANDAROC NR Gerard Supple
SATURDAY SONG NR Gearoid Costelloe
SUN RISING HILL (IRE) NR Francesca Nimmo
THE RAMP SLEEPER NR Teresa Clark
TIP TOP MOUNTAIN (IRE) NR Ian Chanin
-3 VAIN GIRL 32 Alan Hill

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To end the day is a four & five year old Flat race which is sponsored by M1 Plant Engineering, with debutants to note as suggestions being Fevertre (Nicky Martin) The Ramp Sleeper(Teresa Clark) and local entry Allaboutthememories (Lee Glanville).

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Preview: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 15 March 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

A great way to end Cheltenham Festival week is to go along to the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, where they host their meeting on Sunday 15th March.

Pony racing sponsored by Barton Sawmills heads up the action at 11am. With the main seven race card commencing at 12 noon. The feature race of the day is the £1000 West Country Men’s Open Champion Chase which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd. Entries include previous National Hunt winner Sausalito Sunrise for the Alexandra Dunn team, he won a Hunter Chase at Hexham last season, and started this season with an impressive ten length win at Cocklebarrow in January. Fishy Story for trainer Stuart Sampson, could figure and was impressive when she bounced back from a year’s break when she battled on for a short head win ahead of Sixteen Letters at Milborne St Andrew last month. Three Faces West (Bethan Childs) has strong claims after his win at this track in January under jockey Nathan Vergne, although holds an entry at the Cothelstone meeting on Saturday. Local entry Dicky Bob (Verity Nicholls), now a veteran, knows this track well and could figure here.

The popular grey Dicky Bob also holds an entry in the Skinners Ladies Open race, which may be a preferred option for the gelding, with the booking of local jockey Millie Wonnacott to ride. Millie also looks to have the option of riding her mother’s owned and trained Heaney who was impressive when winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter last April. This race looks very competitive with recent Chipley Park winner Silsol for jockey Ella Orttewell, Badbury Rings winner Master Baker for Jo Supple, and promising young mare Goldbury having the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance and won nicely at the Wadebridge December meeting under Natalie Parker, also among the entries.

The opening Members race is sponsored by Ashburton Motors. This looks to be a battle among the locals, with The Meters Running for the Gordon Chambers yard looking to follow up on his Great Trethew win last weekend. They could come up against Rebecca Welch’s Somewhere To Be who ran second at Wadebridge, but found the conditions tough when pulling up at Great Trethew last weekend, and Moonaro another local entry who has clocked up some decent previous place form for the Kingsbridge based Darke family.

Clever Des Assence (Laura Parker) ran third here at the January meeting, and Steven Steel ( Janet Ackner) with a second at the Didmarton meeting, are just two catching the eye in the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race.

In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, team Summersby’s Banco de Logos ran a decent three length second at Chipley Park and should be among the favourites with jockey Darren Edwards on a winning roll. Outside raider Hard Ground (Gearoid Costello) won his restricted at Higham last month and is the highest rated, but looks to prefer a sound surface which he may not find here unless the ground dries. The Galloping Bear for the Ben Clarke team looks progressive with wins at Ffoss Las and Wadebridge, with the ground not seeming an issue for him could score again for jockey Darren Andrews.

TheWinston Pincombe-sponsored Novice Riders race could go the way of recent Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) for promising young jockey Conor Houlihan, who will try and fend off multiple Point winner Supreme Danehill (Alan Hill) who is also among the nine entered.

To end the day is a four & five year old Flat race which is sponsored by M1 Plant Engineering, with debutants to note as suggestions being Fevertre (Nicky Martin) The Ramp Sleeper(Teresa Clark) and local entry Allaboutthememories (Lee Glanville).

This track is steeped in history, it offers fantastic viewing, beer tent, hot and cold food and refreshments, on course bookies and a host of interesting trade stands. Easy access along the A38 Post code TQ11 0LT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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Buckfastleigh Postponed

The South Pool Point to Point is postponed. The course is in very good condition but with the worry of high winds and also the car parking we have regretfully made this decision, hopefully will fix a new date A.S.A.P – Jacqui Elliott, Hon. Secretary.