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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

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK ON SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 2020

I knew it was going to be a dodgy afternoon when the 13 bookies (lucky for some) lined up in the pouring rain virtually marooned by a sea of very sticky mud. This demanded that everybody wore footwear of the amphibious variety. This is point-to-pointing in January of course. Four races went to favourites, three of the odds-on variety.

In a disappointing Hunt race opener Jack Snipe (1-5) beat his sole opponent Jabbea (2-1) by 20 lengths. Chipley Park is a long course with an incline to climb three times, so in a mud fest times of seven minutes plus tells all

In contrast the Restricted produced a quality field of nine and a lively betting market. Sylvies Dance (2-1) looks a similar type of mare to her dam Kiama (multiple points winner). She also seems to have inherited Kiama’s tough attitude and answered Will Biddick’s every call to overcome the favourite, five-year-old Thechaseison (7-4). These two can be followed with confidence. Third placed Kilmoganny (20-1) ran really well for his novice jockey Jemma Sargent and held every chance until the third last. He finished just ahead of Where’s Wilma (12-1) who did his best work late on. There was some market support for Wadebridge winner Mustmeetforapint (3’s to 5-2) who could not get on terms from the final bend.

The early evens was quickly snapped up for Navanman in the Mixed Open. He settled at 4-6 and would have been a big price on the exchanges going into the final bend where he was in fifth place with plenty to do. Although he frightened my pocket, Jockey Darren Andrews refused to panic and brought the classy gelding with a storming run to hit the front before the last. The useful Welsh mare Frelia (5’s to 4’s), receiving 12lbs from the winner, was up and down the field a bit until making her effort three out. She will win again. Talk of the South (14-1) ran creditably here after a 20 months lay off.

Welsh hopes were sunk in the mud in the Intermediate as Rio Bravo (11-10 to 4-6) stopped to a walk in the home straight. This left a smile on the layers faces as 20-1 outside Emperor Renard stayed on well to beat Banco de Logos (4-1). Mariah McGuinness rode her first winner here on the Emperor and looked very competent on only her second ride..

Another young lady jockey triumphed in the Novice Riders contest as Ella Ortewell steered home Silsol (4-6 to 4-7). Keep it quiet, but this ex-Paul Nicholls inmate beat Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River once and had a BHA rating of 158. He should have been 10-1 on.

Having trained the last two winners, Will Biddick got back in his jockey kit to win the Mares Maiden on 7-2 chance Minella Beag. The Flemensfirth mare looked well for her seasonal debut from Ed Walker’s yard and is on the upgrade. Bradley Gibbs must have been fed up with his days work so far and suffered another reverse as the promising Boss Baby (3’s in a place to 2-1 fav) chased home the winner. I keep thinking that Cottage Rose (solid 4’s) will win her Maiden. She probably will when my back is turned.

The getting (towed) out stakes proved to justify my bet of the day as Martin (Fly) McIntyre rode ex-Irish five-year-old Le Tueur (9-4 to 2 -1 fav) to victory in the Open Maiden. I think that Le Tueur is French for the killer and he certainly killed off the opposition here. The runner up Kings Cave (12’s to 5’s) ran well after dumping his rider twice in the paddock.

So it was an up and down day The entertainment didn’t finish there though. I saw one tractor pulling another tractor pulling a horse box out of the swamp of a car park. Anyway, well done to the organisers at Chipley who got through all the adversities to keep the show on the road.

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REPORT: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK ON SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 2020

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath”

The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616

No it didn’t Mr Shakespeare, it poured down: My boots are coated with mud and my coat is still wet…..

Will Biddick took the honours at Chipley Park near Wellington on Sunday.

The 33-year-old champion point-to-point jockey not only rode two winners, but also enjoyed three training successes from his nine-horse yard saying, “This is the first time I have managed to train three winners in one day.” Although the going gradually turned heavier, senior jockeys reported that the horses were “going through it,” which was more than can be said of spectators wallowing in the deep mud around the betting ring.

Promising young pointer Sylvies Dance started the ball rolling for the Biddick yard with a four lengths win over the favourite Thechaseison in the Tiverton Hotel and Mole Valley Farmers sponsored Restricted. “It was very hard work but she clearly stays,” remarked Biddick. The mare is owned by Len and Rose Vickery together with David Churches. Her dam Kiama was only small but won nine races, including a hunter chase at Exeter for the Vickerys.

Sylvies Dance was the first of the three winners sent out during the afternoon from Biddick’s training yard at Alhampton near Shepton Mallet. Emperor Renard (Exeter Racecourse Intermediate) and Silsol (Tozers Solicitors, Woofenden Construction, Arcken Plumbing Novice Riders) followed up with lady riders on board.

Emperor Renard provided a first win in the saddle on only her second race ride for Mariah McGuinness. The 22-year-old rider works in the yard, and was overjoyed at steering her 20-1 outsider home after a gruelling battle with Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) up the finishing climb. “Following Will’s advice, I tried to get as much daylight as possible and keep as much energy in the horse as possible,” said Mariah.

Silsol, formerly a useful performer under rules for Paul Nicholls, was a gift horse for Sophie and Alex Orttewell and gave their daughter Ella the third winner of her career when staying on dourly in the heavy ground to beat Master Dancer and All Kings. Having lost his prominent early place Silsol led from half way and won a protracted battle with Master Dancer, who started the race as grey and painted himself a muddy brown during the three miles trip. “ Will advised me to get a good start and my horse ran off with me down the hill second time,” confessed the 20-year-old winning rider who works full time in the Alhampton stable.

Biddick’s fruitful afternoon in the wet was rounded off as the Ed Walker trained Minella Beag prevailed in a slow motion finish to beat Welsh challenger Boss Baby (Bradley Gibbs) and Cottage Rose (Fergus Gillard) in the Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors Mares Maiden. The winner, owned by Wendy Jarrett, was given a vintage Biddick ride, making ground steadily to hit the front approaching the last, before holding the rallying Boss Baby on the run in. “That was a solid performance. She was not herself last year but Ed and Polly have always liked her.” said the rider.

Navanman maintained his unbeaten record for the season in the £1000 Mixed Open, sponsored by Mr & Mrs Simon Brooks-Ward. “He is so game,” exclaimed rider Darren Andrews, who followed trainer John Heard’s instructions to delay his effort until two out. The 26-year-old rider has made the most of his opportunities this year and kept cooler than Navanman’s backers as he entered the final bend only fifth. The game 11-year-old then stormed up the final hill to reel in Frelia and Talk of the South to win going away. “He will probably go to Wadebridge next,” reported the Okehampton based trainer

Martin McIntyre also conjured a strong late run out of Mountpleasant Inn and Geoff White’s friends sponsored Open Maiden winner Le Tueur. This strong ex-Irish gelding looks a useful chasing prospect. “I went to buy him at Ascot sales but he was too expensive so I formed a partnership with his owner Harley Dunne who sent him for me to train. He is on the market,” remarked trainer Christopher Barber, who is rapidly following in the footsteps of his late Grandfather Richard Barber in the training ranks.

Jack Snipe followed up last year’s Hunt Race (Pennymoor Timber, John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial) success in the hands of his trainer Rob Hawker, beating sole opponent Jabbea with the minimum of fuss.

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RESULTS: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK ON SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 2020

Going: Soft becoming Heavy

HUNT (Sponsor – Pennymoor Timber, John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial)

1 Jack Snipe (Rob Hawker) 1-5 fav made all, easily

2 Jabbea (Kieren Buckley) 2-1 chased wnr, wknd three out

2 ran; 20l; 7m 0s

 

RESTRICTED (Tiverton Hotel & Mole Valley Farmers)

1 Sylvies Dance (Will Biddick) 2-1 prog 13th, led three out, stayed on well

2 Thechaseison (Martin McIntyre) 7-4 fav led til headed three out, kept on

3 Kilmoganny (Jemma Sargent) 20-1 pressed ldr 10th, close 3rd

9 ran; 4l; one and three quarter lengths; 6m 50s

 

MIXED OPEN (Mr & Mrs Simon Brooks-Ward)

1 Navanman (Darren Andrews) 4-6 fav lost place 15th, strong run three out, led next, gamely

2 Frelia (Bradley Gibbs) 4-1 disputed lead three out, no extra under pressure next

3 Kerisper (Solomon Wood) 50-1 behind 15th, went 3rd two out

7 ran; 5l; 2 1/2l; 6m 54s

 

INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Emperor Renard (Mariah McGuinness) 20-1 in touch, effort three out, led last, ran on well flat

2 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 4-1 with leaders, led three out til headed apprg last

3 Rio Bravo (Bradley Gibbs) 4-6 fav led til three out, wknd quickly, v tired

7 ran; 3l; distance;

 

PPORA CLUB NOVICE RIDERS (Tozers Solicitors, Woofenden Construction & Arcken Plumbing)

1 Silsol (Ella Ortewell) 4-7 fav led after 8th, ran on strongly when pressed two out

2 Master Dancer (Fergus Gillard) 3-1 pressed ldr from 13th, every chance til no extra two out

3 All Kings (Hannah Morgan) 6-1 well in touch til wknd 13th

6 ran; 12l; distance; 6m 55s

 

OPEN MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES (Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors)

1 Minella Beag (Will Biddick) 7-2 stdy hdwy 13th, led apprg last, held on well

2 Boss Baby (Bradley Gibbs) 2-1 fav led til headed apprg last, rallied flat

3 Cottage Rose (Fergus Gillard) 4-1 outpaced in 6th three out, stayed on nr finish

10 ran; 3/4l; 2 1/2l 7m 30s

 

OPEN MAIDEN (Mountpleasant Inn & Friends of the late Geoff White)

1 Le Tueur (Martin McIntyre) 2-1 fav alwys prom, rdn to lead three out, stayed on strongly

2 Kings Cave (Tom Doggrell) 5-1 improved 15th, every chance two out, no extra under pressure

3 Fitz Well (Zac Baker) 3-1 in touch til wknd three out

9 ran; 4l; 15l; 7m 1s

 

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Entries: Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, Sunday 26th January 2020

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:55 Mares Maiden Race
7th 15:30 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

17 January at 18:25

The going is soft, good to soft in places.

Preview extract:

Next weekend it’s the turn of the Tiverton Foxhounds meeting to take place at the popular track known as Chipley Park on Sunday 26th January. There are seven races on offer with a start time of 12 noon. 90 entries have been received.

The course offers fantastic parkland viewing with a long uphill finishing straight which always provides thrilling finishes. On course facilities are a number of hot and cold food stands, licensed beer tent, on course bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off B3187, 3m Wellington, 1m from Milverton. Postcode TA21 0QY.

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 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.

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List of Races Next Race

Race 1 – Members race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
pu335-65 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 35 Ed Walker
31/u2pu2- JABBEA (IRE) 40 Mary Sanderson
p/111p12- JACK SNIPE 43 Robert Hawker
532u3p-p ON YOUR MAX 36 Louise Kittow
*632465-3 UEUETEOTL (FR) 34? Heidi Stevens

Preview extract

The day opens with the Hunt Members race in which entry Jack Snipe could continue the form for Frome based trainer/ jockey Rob Hawker, who also scored at last weekends Buckfastleigh meeting, having bounced back from an injury he sustained at his yard last season. Jack Snipe won under rules when in training with Jeremy Scott, having won at the Newton Abbot, Worcester and Taunton tracks. Art of Synergy could be the ones to chase them home, having had the benefit of two outings this season, the latest when running well to finish fifth at Larkhill.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
252/p41f- COULD BE BETTER (IRE) 35 Stuart Sampson
u4/73214- DANCING DAVE (IRE) 34 Ed Walker
1pp5fp-8 GEORGES LEGACY 33? Joe Tickle
pp2/156-p GROVE CASTLE (IRE) 33 Ryan Potter
*/p32547- KILMOGANNY (IRE) NR Jemma Sargent
5/2522-21 MUSTMEETFORAPINT (IRE) 37+ Dean Summersby
22/3431- SCHIAP HILL 33 Hannah Clarke
31-f SYLVIES DANCE 36 Will Biddick
3p55-1 THECHASEISON 36+ Christopher Barber
/2243414- WHERE’S WILMA 35 Michael M. Watson

Preview extract

In the Restricted race Mustmeetforapint stands out for the formidable Dean Summersby team, being another shrewd buy out of Ireland having already pleased his owners with a win at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards. Will Biddick’s entry Sylvies Dance is 5lb better off in the weights, and won her maiden at Flete last season by an impressive 30 lengths. Thechaseison looks an interesting entry, out of Chris Barbers yard, should go well if following up on his eight length win at Larkhill earlier this month.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*7285f-1 ART MAURESQUE (FR) 45 Thomas Malone
/145231-3 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
23/p4p4-1 FRELIA (IRE) 42 David Gibbs
p/12121-2 GREEN WINTER 43 James Ridley
12/21321- HEANEY (IRE) 43
Claire Wonnacott
/23/41-222 HELLO GEORGE (IRE) 43 Will Biddick
bu457p-7 KERISPER (FR) 24?
Alexander Gibbons
*/52584- MASTER DANCER NR Stuart Sampson
221112-11 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45 John Heard
5f3342p0- O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Rebecca Welch
p1222121- RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
*/05u40/- SILSOL (GER) NR Will Biddick
*p211pp/- TALK OF THE SOUTH (IRE) NR
Gordon Chambers

Preview extract

The Mixed Open is the feature race of the day with a prize fund of £1000, with entry Art Mauresque a recent Cottenham winner, standing out for local bloodstock agent and trainer Tom Malone, with the yard bang in form at the moment. Art Mauresque has previous NH form which includes a win at Cheltenham in a Novice Chase in October 2015. They could be taken on by multiple Point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, he has already clocked up two Open wins this season at the Wadebridge track and will need to defy top weight here. Green Winter for trainer James Ridley is another catching the eye after his one and-a-half length second to Shantou Flyer at Larkhill earlier this month.

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
p223132-f AWESOME TUNES (IRE) 39 Carly Mather
25432113- BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 37
Dean Summersby
3/3114-3f BUBBLE O’CLOCK (IRE) 37
Matthew Hampton
1/12/624-8 EMPEROR RENARD (IRE) 38 Will Biddick
/4f3212/-9 HIGH PRIORITY 38? Keith Cumings
/31p3213- KAIDEN MICHEAL (IRE) 37 Stuart Sampson
21ff-p341- KNOCKAN RUN (IRE) 36 Claire Hitch
ur/2421-u MISSYLADIE (FR) 37 Sam Holdsworth
9/22113u- PLATINUM BEN (IRE) 36 Reg Hopkins
526/2111- RIO BRAVO (IRE) 38 Bradley Gibbs

Preview extract

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race holds interesting entries with Rio Brave( Bradley Gibbs) having won three on the bounce last season at Monmouth and the two Bovilston meetings. Awesome Tunes (Carly Mather) was consistent last season with decent place form and a win at Trebuddanon, along with Banco de Logos (Dean Summersby) also having been consistent with wins at Trebudannon and Upcott Cross.

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Race 5 – Novice Riders Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*u34u75- ALL KINGS (IRE) NR Bob Buckler
3474//u-f BENVOLIO (IRE) 32? Douglas Procter
p5242p-p BEUVRON (FR) 38? Sam Holdsworth
/11131-31 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42
Dean Summersby
/23/41-222 HELLO GEORGE (IRE) 43 Will Biddick
*/52584- MASTER DANCER NR Stuart Sampson
22332-pp2 MISTER DICK (FR) 38? Jason Warner
80/fpf023- MODEL CLOUD (IRE) 37? Reg Hopkins
5f3342p0- O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Rebecca Welch
p1222121- RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
/36p23/-u REPEAT BUSINESS (IRE) 41 Jonathen Tudor
*/05u40/- SILSOL (GER) NR Will Biddick
*7/50pp-u THE IBBSTER (IRE) NR
Alexandra Goodman
*632465-3 UEUETEOTL (FR) 34? Heidi Stevens

Preview extract

Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) is the pick of the entry in the PPORA Jockey Club Novice Riders race to follow up on his Wadebridge win, and could clock up a first win for young jockey Charlotte Summersby here. Both Ramble On’s (Luke Price) decent form last season, along with Hello George who is trained by Will Biddick for owner Nathan Vergne has runner up form on three occasion this season. The two are equally rated, and could join in the battle up the hill to the finish.

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Race 6 – Mares & Fillies Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
54432fp-7 ATTACOTTI (IRE) 32 Pauline Geering
*0-/r4f-f BET ON BETTY 25 Christine Gray
4p4- BOSS BAY (IRE) NR David Gibbs
46322-52 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
*665p4-p EDABEAN (IRE) 0 Byron Moorcroft
4p4p-5 FINAL STING (IRE) 4 Max Young
/3f/455- GLIMPSE OF GLADYS 24 Robert Pudd
-6 GRACEFUL ABBIE 12 Robert Jones
74p-p KATES LANE (IRE) 15 Tim Underwood
KEEPSCALLING (IRE) NR Mark Grant
/pfuu-5 MAYBE FEESCARI 0 Ross Farr
53- MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 30+ Ed Walker
32-5 MINI LONG STOCKING 24 Joe Tickle
MOLLY MARTALINE (FR) NR Keith Cumings
4354-47u MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 23? Sue Brown
2456-64 PRINCESS CAVE (IRE) 6 Gordon Edwards
/0/4642-p SUZIE STAPLES 20? Stuart Sampson
/p5p- TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson

Preview extract

The first Open Maiden is for mares and fillies in which Mini Longstocking (Jo Tickle) and Cottage Rose (John Heard) are just two to mention which look progressive, and Molly Martaline (Keith Cumings) could go well on racecourse debut.

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Race 7 – Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*u34u75- ALL KINGS (IRE) NR Bob Buckler
224/3pp-p ALWAYS ON THE BALL (FR) NR Chloe Boxall
*884/57p- BLACKFYRE (IRE) NR Dean Jones
/p7- BUSTERMOVE 0 Stuart Sampson
f5pf3-4 DAWNIE BOY (IRE) NR David Gibbs
2-u FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 32 Joe Tickle
4f60- FIER JAGUEN (FR) NR David Gibbs
FITZ WELL (IRE) NR Harriet Dickin
-6 GRACEFUL ABBIE 12 Robert Jones
/56- KINGS CAVE (IRE) NR Tiffany O’Dwyer
3-47 LE TUEUR (IRE) NR
Christopher Barber
/pp-p MINELLA DEVIL (IRE) 0 Lee Glanville
6/22- MONMOUTH HILL 25 Hannah Clarke
u5/55p-p3 STEVAN STEEL (IRE) 30 Janet Ackner
/0/4642-p SUZIE STAPLES 20? Stuart Sampson
*0p-pu SWEET FAB’S 0 Paul Williams
4p/fu4p4- TANGO DU ROY (IRE) 0 Ian Prichard
TO BE SURE NR Keith Cumings
WELL FIN (IRE) NR Ryan Potter

Preview extract

Suggestions in the final race of the day which is the Open Maiden and looks wide open, are ex NH All Kings, Stevan Steel ran an eight length third at Wadebridge behind Mustmeetforapint, and ex Irish Dawnie Boy for trainer David Gibbs could improve on his fourth place in Ireland in October.

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Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point, Chipley Park Sunday, Sunday 26th January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

Next weekend it’s the turn of the Tiverton Foxhounds meeting to take place at the popular track known as Chipley Park on Sunday 26th January. There are seven races on offer with a start time of 12 noon. 90 entries have been received.

The Mixed Open is the feature race of the day with a prize fund of £1000, with entry Art Mauresque a recent Cottenham winner, standing out for local bloodstock agent and trainer Tom Malone, with the yard bang in form at the moment. Art Mauresque has previous NH form which includes a win at Cheltenham in a Novice Chase in October 2015. They could be taken on by multiple Point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, he has already clocked up two Open wins this season at the Wadebridge track and will need to defy top weight here. Green Winter for trainer James Ridley is another catching the eye after his one and-a-half length second to Shantou Flyer at Larkhill earlier this month.

The day opens with the Hunt Members race in which entry Jack Snipe could continue the form for Frome based trainer/ jockey Rob Hawker, who also scored at last weekends Buckfastleigh meeting, having bounced back from an injury he sustained at his yard last season. Jack Snipe won under rules when in training with Jeremy Scott, having won at the Newton Abbot, Worcester and Taunton tracks. Art of Synergy could be the ones to chase them home, having had the benefit of two outings this season, the latest when running well to finish fifth at Larkhill.

In the Restricted race Mustmeetforapint stands out for the formidable Dean Summersby team, being another shrewd buy out of Ireland having already pleased his owners with a win at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards. Will Biddick’s entry Sylvies Dance is 5lb better off in the weights, and won her maiden at Flete last season by an impressive 30 lengths. Thechaseison looks an interesting entry, out of Chris Barbers yard, should go well if following up on his eight length win at Larkhill earlier this month.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race holds interesting entries with Rio Brave( Bradley Gibbs) having won three on the bounce last season at Monmouth and the two Bovilston meetings. Awesome Tunes (Carly Mather) was consistent last season with decent place form and a win at Trebuddanon, along with Banco de Logos (Dean Summersby) also having been consistent with wins at Trebudannon and Upcott Cross.

Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) is the pick of the entry in the PPORA Jockey Club Novice Riders race to follow up on his Wadebridge win, and could clock up a first win for young jockey Charlotte Summersby here. Both Ramble On’s (Luke Price) decent form last season, along with Hello George who is trained by Will Biddick for owner Nathan Vergne has runner up form on three occasion this season. The two are equally rated, and could join in the battle up the hill to the finish.

The first Open Maiden is for mares and fillies in which Mini Longstocking (Jo Tickle) and Cottage Rose (John Heard) are just two to mention which look progressive, and Molly Martaline (Keith Cumings) could go well on racecourse debut.

Suggestions in the final race of the day which is the Open Maiden and looks wide open, are ex NH All Kings, Stevan Steel ran an eight length third at Wadebridge behind Mustmeetforapint, and ex Irish Dawnie Boy for trainer David Gibbs could improve on his fourth place in Ireland in October.

The course offers fantastic parkland viewing with a long uphill finishing straight which always provides thrilling finishes. On course facilities are a number of hot and cold food stands, licensed beer tent, on course bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off B3187, 3m Wellington, 1m from Milverton. Postcode TA21 0QY.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP : TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK – SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR  

There is always a strong set of bookies at Chipley Park, and the 15 layers in attendance on Sunday ensured a lively betting market. A total of 106 runners in the eight races provided plenty of choice (and headaches) for the legion of punters.

Although the official going was posted as “good, good to soft in places”, the ground proved testing. The steady climb to the judge from the bottom bend called for plenty of stamina.

Jack Snipe (3’s to 5-2) had proven stamina under rules (Jeremy Scott) and would not be denied after making all in the opening Hunt race, where all nine entries turned out. The favourite Whenharrymetsally (11-10 to 5-4) chased the winner home in her usual game fashion, but the well backed Jabbea (8’s to 4’s) was only fourth when departing at the last. I remember the winner’s dam Sea Snipe as a prolific winning pointer.

They went 3-1 the field in the 16 runner Restricted where the favourite Pancrace (seen at 5’s early) was just pegged back by the Darren Edwards ridden In Arrears (7-1). I backed Pancrace (get the money back next time), but could easily have sided with the winner, who was down in class after she had caught the eye at Wadebridge before Christmas. Manhattan Mead (6’s to 4’s) ran better than his finishing position suggests and should pick up a similar race on his best behaviour.

Virak won the valuable Walrus hunter chase at Haydock last year, and limbered up for a repeat of that (6-4 to 4-5) when beating Navanman (7-2) in the Timico Mixed Open. Virak won at Haydock off a BHA rating of 139, so Navanman was facing a virtually impossible task of conceding 4lbs to the winner. Third placed Don Bersy (7-1) also had a high mark under rules, but had been on the naughty stool when refusing to race twice last year. Now with Ryan Potter, he is worth noting over a shorter tack. Horwood Lad (8-1 from 20’s) stayed on steadily and can find a winning opportunity in less exalted company.

I couldn’t resist backing Heaney (5-1) under the talented Millie Wonnacott in the PPORA Novice Riders’ race. Despite an absence of over two months, Heaney looked fit and his short head second to Blackwater Bramble at Buckfastleigh (won three times since) seemed solid form. The consistent Heaney led from the final ditch and ran on strongly to win nicely. Double Captain was an uneasy favourite (6-4 out to 2’s), and stayed on without getting in a blow at the winner.

Georges Legacy (20-1) showed improved form to win the Mares Open Maiden, given a positive ride by Kieran Buckley. Runner up Where’s Wilma looked dangerous three out but her challenge faded out going to the last. Cloudy Music (6-4 fav) finished third but never got in a blow. Although she a bit one paced her connections should find a maiden. The eye catcher here was Arctic Milly, who had run quite well on her debut in a bumper at Barbury and was backed from 14’s to 6’s here. She was not far behind when stumbling and unseating Bryan Carver on the bottom bend.

Both divisions of the concluding Open Maiden attracted big fields. Raging Fire (3-1 fav) stayed on strongly under Will Biddick in the first section. This six-year-old is a promising, well made half brother to Welsh National winner Elegant Escape out of an Orchestra mare so is bred to stay well. Minimalistic (5-1) was doing good work in the closing stages to finish second, and third placed Thestopperdunne (10’s to 7’s) was prominent throughout. Banco De logos (5-1) has failed to reproduce his good second behind subsequent dual hunter chase winner Road To Rome at Buckfastleigh, but should not be written off.

The getting out stakes went to another jolly as Biddick completed his hat trick (despite a shuddering fall the day before at Larkhill). This time his mount Crown of Thorns (solid 3-1 fav), was left clear when the unlucky Twist on Ginge (5’s to 4’s) stumbled and lost his rider on the home bend. Having said that, the winner, another six-year-old, is from a good chasing family and has further potential.

Ah well, one winner out of eight and a load of seconds for me. It was a long walk to Wellington.

News from the PPA on this weekend’s fixtures:

The Point-To-Point Authority have advised the South Dorset fixture at Milborne St Andrew is unable to run this weekend and is looking to postpone.

Due to adverse weather, both the Percy at Alnwick and The Thurlow at Horseheath have also had to call off racing for this weekend with the intention of postponing.

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 10th February 2019 Western Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. PL27 7JE 1st Race 12.00pm Sec Tel No: 07726 499430
  • Sunday 17th February 2019 Combined Services Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07437 437522
  • Sunday 17th February 2019 South Pool Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse TQ11 0LT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01548 531490
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 Countryside Alliance Club (Wessex) Badbury Rings, Nr Wimborne, Dorset DT11 9JL  1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01258 455412
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 East Cornwall Great Trethew, Menheniot, Liskeard PL14 3PZ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01579 384889
  • Sunday 3rd March 2019 East Devon Bishops Court, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1RJ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07870 737209
  • Sunday 10th March 2019 Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Charlton Horethorne, Sherborne, DT9 4LJ 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01963 370260
  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Quantock Staghounds Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01278 732944
  • Sunday 17th March 2019 Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse. TQ11 0LT 1st Race 1.00pm Sec Tel No: 01548 531490

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REPORT: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK – SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

Chipley Park is located near the town of Wellington. Motorists using the adjacent M5 motorway will notice a 53 metres high monument at the foot of the Blackdown Hills. This was erected about 170 years ago as a tribute to the 1st Duke of Wellington, who scored such a notable away win at Waterloo. The old Duke has never actually been to Wellington, and has certainly not visited the Chipley Park racecourse because it only opened in year 2000

Spectators certainly had their money’s worth at Chipley Park on Sunday when a total of 106 runners contested the eight races. Intermittent snowflake flurries failed to deter the huge crowd. 

Six times National leading point-to-point jockey, and current Devon & Cornwall title holder Will Biddick, took the riding honours at Chipley with a treble. Despite riding a winner at Larkhill on the previous day, he also suffered a nasty fall there. He described himself as, “feeling a bit sore,” illustrating how tough these jockeys need to be.

The Biddick treble was initiated with a supremely confident ride on 14-1 outsider Imogen’s Thunder in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate event. Wendy Jarrett’s gelding, trained by Mary Tory in Dorset, was winning for the third successive time and is a likely candidate for the racecourse final of the Intermediate series.

Promising six-year-olds Raging Fire and Crown of Thorns completed a good day for the rider when successful in their divisions of the Open Maiden.

Bought at Doncaster last May, Raging Fire is a well made half brother to Welsh National winner Elegant Escape. The ex-Irish gelding is owned by Phyllis Felton (mother of trainer Mike Felton) and Teresa Dufosee. “He is a nice prospect and we will go steady with him,” remarked Lucy Felton.

Crown of Thorns was also a Goffs Doncaster purchase, and is from the family of Champion Hurdle winner Gaye Brief. Once again a patient Biddick ride paid off to the delight of his trainer Sarah Pidsley, who handles the rangy gelding for her parents Michael and Judith.  “He is such a nice horse and wants to do everything to please. I ride him out every day,” exclaimed the Payhembury based trainer.

In Arrears (Darren Edwards) battled on gamely to catch Pancrace 50 yards from the finish  in a maximum 16-runner field for the Restricted. “She didn’t handle the bottom bend and I was outjumped over the fences in the straight, but she stayed on really well,” reported the winning rider.

The classy Virak landed odds of 4-5 under Natalie Parker in a competitive Timico £1,000 Mixed Open, just outstaying Navanman. Virak is likely to try to repeat last year’s success in a valuable hunter chase at Haydock Park in February. It was good to see his trainer Rose Loxton in attendance after the nasty injuries she suffered late last year. “He is a happy little horse and Natalie gave him a great ride,” said Rose.

Millie Wonnacott steered home her mother Claire’s consistent 12-year-old Heaney in the 15-runner Novice Riders’ race. Millie, who works for the Neil Mulholland yard, was partnering her sixth career winner. Double Captain, unbeaten in his last four starts, chased the winner unavailingly up the home straight to finish second.

Another large field lined up for the Mares Maiden, where the winner Georges Legacy, given a bold ride by Kieran Buckley, was always holding his rivals up the final climb. The Joe Tickle trained mare runs in the colours of the George Searle Partnership, in tribute to her popular breeder George Searle, who died two years ago.

Another front running performance saw the Rob Hawker trained Jack Snipe making all under Shane Quinlan to beat his eight rivals in the Hunt race for the Pengelly family. This useful ex-chaser shook off the favourite Whenharrymetsally in the closing stages.  The successful Cork born rider was enjoying his 25th career victory. 

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 3rd February 2019 South Dorset Milborne St Andrew,Blandford Forum DT11 0JX 1st Race 12.15pm Sec Tel No: 01258 817151
  • Sunday 10th February 2019 Western Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. PL27 7JE 1st Race 12.00pm Sec Tel No: 07726 499430
  • Sunday 17th February 2019 Combined Services Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07437 437522
  • Sunday 17th February 2019 South Pool Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse TQ11 0LT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01548 531490
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 Countryside Alliance Club (Wessex) Badbury Rings, Nr Wimborne, Dorset DT11 9JL  1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01258 455412
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 East Cornwall Great Trethew, Menheniot, Liskeard PL14 3PZ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01579 384889
  • Sunday 3rd March 2019 East Devon Bishops Court, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1RJ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07870 737209
  • Sunday 10th March 2019 Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Charlton Horethorne, Sherborne, DT9 4LJ 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01963 370260
  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Quantock Staghounds Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01278 732944
  • Sunday 17th March 2019 Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse. TQ11 0LT 1st Race 1.00pm Sec Tel No: 01548 531490

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RESULTS: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, CHIPLEY PARK, 27 JANUARY 2019

Going:  Good, good to soft in places

 

Hunt Race (Sponsor –Everys Solicitors –  John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial)

1 Jack Snipe (Shane Quinlan) 5-2  made all, ran on gamely

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 5-4 fav chased winner, no extra from two out

3 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 7-1 2nd from 15th, wknd two out

9 ran; 1 3/4l; 15l;  6m 38s

Restricted (Agrii , Hartnoll Hotel, Tiverton & Taunton Cider Company)

1 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-1 prog three out, strong challene to lead near finish

2 Pancrace (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav prom, led three out, headed close home

3 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 20-1 ran on well closing stages

16 ran; neck; 6l;  6m 43s

Mixed Open (Timico)

1 Virak (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav going well til led two out, ran on well

2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 7-2 prog to 2nd two out, kept on well

3 Don Bersy (Brian Gibbs) 7-1 led 8th til headed two out, faded

12 ran; 8l; 15l;  6m 35s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 14-1patiently ridden, prog to lead last, ran on

2 Captain McGinley (Brian Gibbs) 100-30  led 14th til headed last

3 Little Billy Boy (Josh Cameron) 20-1 prog 15th, kept on but no extra closing stages

11 ran; 4l; 4l;  6m 34s

PPORA Club Members’Novice Riders’ (Tozers Solicitors)

1 Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) 5-1 led from 14th, stayed on strongly

2 Double Captain (Naomi Sims) 2-1 fav good late hdwy, no extra from two out

3 Athreeothree (Kiana James-Thomas) 25-1 alwys handy, no extra from two out

15 ran; 3 1/2l; 4l;  6m 50s

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies Only (The Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors)

1 Georges Legacy (Kieran Buckley) 20-1 made most, stayed on well

2 Where’s Wilma (David Prichard) 7-2 chased wnr from three out

3 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav went 3rd 14th, one pace

13 ran; 5l; 7l;  6m 49s

Open Maiden

Division 1 (The Mountpleasant Inn & Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

1 Raging Fire (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav led three out, stayed on well

2 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 5-1 prom, stayed on well closing stages

3 Thestopperdunne (Kieran Buckley) 7-1 led 11th til three out, lost 2nd flat

14 ran; 4l; 5l;  6m 49s

Division 2 ( The Tiverton Hotel  & Friends of the late Robin Barwell)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav left in lead apprg three out, kept on well

2 Out the Glen (Ben Jones) 10-1 effort three out, kept on

3 Kaiden Michael (Darren Andrews) 25-1 left 3rd three out, ran on well near finish

16 ran; 6l; 3/4l;  6m 45s

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 3rd February 2019 South Dorset Milborne St Andrew,Blandford Forum DT11 0JX 1st Race 12.15pm Sec Tel No: 01258 817151
  • Sunday 10th February 2019 Western Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. PL27 7JE 1st Race 12.00pm Sec Tel No: 07726 499430
  • Sunday 17th February 2019 Combined Services Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07437 437522
  • Sunday 17th February 2019 South Pool Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse TQ11 0LT 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01548 531490
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 Countryside Alliance Club (Wessex) Badbury Rings, Nr Wimborne, Dorset DT11 9JL  1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01258 455412
  • Sunday 24th February 2019 East Cornwall Great Trethew, Menheniot, Liskeard PL14 3PZ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 01579 384889
  • Sunday 3rd March 2019 East Devon Bishops Court, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1RJ 1st Race 12 noon Sec Tel No: 07870 737209
  • Sunday 10th March 2019 Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Charlton Horethorne, Sherborne, DT9 4LJ 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01963 370260
  • Saturday 16th March 2019 Quantock Staghounds Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 12.30pm Sec Tel No: 01278 732944
  • Sunday 17th March 2019 Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Buckfastleigh Racecourse. TQ11 0LT 1st Race 1.00pm Sec Tel No: 01548 531490

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RESULTS: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT, CHIPLEY PARK, 27 JANUARY 2019

Going:  Good, good to soft in places

 

Hunt Race (Sponsor –Everys Solicitors –  John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial)

1 Jack Snipe (Shane Quinlan) 5-2  made all, ran on gamely

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 5-4 fav chased winner, no extra from two out

3 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 7-1 2nd from 15th, wknd two out

9 ran; 1 3/4l; 15l;  6m 38s

 

Restricted (Agrii , Hartnoll Hotel, Tiverton & Taunton Cider Company)

1 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-1 prog three out, strong challene to lead near finish

2 Pancrace (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav prom, led three out, headed close home

3 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 20-1 ran on well closing stages

16 ran; neck; 6l;  6m 43s

 

Mixed Open (Timico)

1 Virak (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav going well til led two out, ran on well

2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 7-2 prog to 2nd two out, kept on well

3 Don Bersy (Brian Gibbs) 7-1 led 8th til headed two out, faded

12 ran; 8l; 15l;  6m 35s

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 14-1patiently ridden, prog to lead last, ran on

2 Captain McGinley (Brian Gibbs) 100-30  led 14th til headed last

3 Little Billy Boy (Josh Cameron) 20-1 prog 15th, kept on but no extra closing stages

11 ran; 4l; 4l;  6m 34s

 

PPORA Club Members’Novice Riders’ (Tozers Solicitors)

1 Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) 5-1 led from 14th, stayed on strongly

2 Double Captain (Naomi Sims) 2-1 fav good late hdwy, no extra from two out

3 Athreeothree (Kiana James-Thomas) 25-1 alwys handy, no extra from two out

15 ran; 3 1/2l; 4l;  6m 50s

 

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies Only (The Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors)

1 Georges Legacy (Kieran Buckley) 20-1 made most, stayed on well

2 Where’s Wilma (David Prichard) 7-2 chased wnr from three out

3 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav went 3rd 14th, one pace

13 ran; 5l; 7l;  6m 49s

 

Open Maiden

Division 1 (The Mountpleasant Inn & Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

1 Raging Fire (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav led three out, stayed on well

2 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 5-1 prom, stayed on well closing stages

3 Thestopperdunne (Kieran Buckley) 7-1 led 11th til three out, lost 2nd flat

14 ran; 4l; 5l;  6m 49s

Division 2 ( The Tiverton Hotel  & Friends of the late Robin Barwell)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 3-1 fav left in lead apprg three out, kept on well

2 Out the Glen (Ben Jones) 10-1 effort three out, kept on

3 Kaiden Michael (Darren Andrews) 25-1 left 3rd three out, ran on well near finish

16 ran; 6l; 3/4l;  6m 45s

Upcoming Event

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