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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY ON SUNDAY 20TH MARCH 2022

It was good to be back at Kilworthy for the Lamerton fixture after this picturesque track had endured two barren seasons due to the virus.
The benevolent March weather played its part, but punters were soon on the back foot as two long shots mopped up the early Maiden races;
16-1 outsider Highland Legend took the Mares event in a blanket finish. This attractive half sister to eight times winner Highland Retreat had shown little in her two earlier runs, but came good here to beat the improving Oyster Perch (9-2), and well bred debutant Teesdale (7-1). No Escape (8’s to 9-2) was ridden with more restraint this time to finish fourth and could win a small race. I backed Lady Valkyerie (11-4 to 2’s) but she failed to last home. She is better than this.

Quintin’s Man (10-1 touched 12’s) is a giant of a horse and came from last to first to win the Maiden for horses and geldings. He is sure to improve further. The luckless Gunner Vic (7-2) will surely find a Maiden and third placed Rock D’Ete (9-2) also caught the eye. Jetmeoutofhere (9-2) showed promise, but the favourite Grove Ash (4’s to 5-2) again disappointed.

It was left to the old stalwart Sykes to steady the punters ship in the Mixed Open. After drifting from an unbackable 2-5 to a more realistic 4-6, the 13-year-old defied his 5lbs penalty to catch front running Eric The Third (6-1) jumping the last.

His Own Star (7-4 to 11-8) did me another favour with his third successive win of the season in the Conditions race. Runner up Bingo D’Olivate (6-1) is coming into form, but Port O’Clock (5-2) was on the retreat before the home straight.

After this brief flurry of well backed favourites winning, it couldn’t possibly last and Transition Period (4-7 to 4-5) did our nine bookie friends a favour when just succumbing to the determined effort of The Dartmoor Rose (3-1) in the Restricted. Trainer Charlotte Rowe completed a double here with in form jockey Darren Andrews setting up his hat trick.

I thought that Footloose (3’s to 9-4) looked in top condition in the paddock before the getting out stakes. Young Arron Butterfield brought his mount with a smooth run to head Jabbea (5’s to 4’s) at the last to set up his seasonal hat trick. Party Tunes (5-2 to 2-1 fav) held every chance until fading two out.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT: LAMERTON  POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY ON SUNDAY 20TH MARCH 2022

 “Just under a mile away from the old ruined farm of Teignhead is Quintin’s or Quinter’s Man which today consists of a ruined cairn. Sometime in the late 1800s an old tramp used to visit the area on his annual rounds and became well known in the area.. He would spend a few nights camping out in the old ruined cairn. The old tramp would spend the days doing odd jobs in the area, either for coin or food. Having toiled just enough to earn his dinner he would then shamble back up to Quintin’s where he would eat his supper and spend the night under the moorland stars.…. “   .Was he the original Quintin’s Man?

AFTER a COVID enforced gap of three years, racing returned to Kilworthy on the edge of Dartmoor, a course where point-to-point racing first took place in 1925. It was a nice touch to see a large Ukrainian flag fluttering in the strong breeze on the top of the winning post.

The Lamerton fixture featured a riding treble for Darren Andrews, a training double for Charlotte Rowe and another success for the veteran pointer Sykes.

Darren Andrews brought 10-1 chance Quintin’s Man from well off the pace to beat his eight rivals in the Equafleece sponsored Open Maiden for colts and geldings. After two non completions at Wadebridge and Great Trethew, the five-year-old was content to lob along in last place at half way, but came with a storming run to beat the luckless Gunner Vic with Rock D’Ete finishing a promising third.

The winner is home bred by the German Derby winner Schiaparelli out of seven times winner Roll On Rose, who was trained by John Heard to win the Restricted on this track in 2011. “The dam was quite compact but he is a massive 18 hands and quite buzzy. He was ready to run last year but the ground went”, said  Okehampton trainer John Heard, who shares ownership of Quintin’s Man with David Willis. It was good to see Ken Heard, part of the Roll on Rose syndicate and others, back on the racecourse.  Quintin’s Man could be the ideal replacement for the yard’s recently retired stalwart Navanman.

Darren Andrews teamed up with the promising His Own Star to win the A C Worth Area Conditions race. Trained by Stuart Sampson for owner Ron Alford, this progressive five-year-old headed Bingo D’Olivate at the third last and stayed on readily to win for the third time this season. “He travelled strongly and jumped well,” reported the jockey who went on to secure his treble on The Dartmoor Rose in the Restricted sponsored by Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd.

Okehampton based trainer Charlotte Rowe shares ownership of this good looking mare with Lizzie Luxton, Brendon Vaughan, Beverley Beaver and Mike Baker.  “She was too keen at Cocklebarrow where she fell when leading and I have waited for this better ground,” remarked the trainer. The mare showed plenty of determination here to hold the strong challenge of Transition Period to give her jockey his eighth winner of the season during which he has reached his half century of pointing winners. “This is my second treble.  I had the first at Trebudannon three years ago,” said the successful jockey.

It was a first training double for Charlotte Rowe who had earlier sent out Highland Legend to defeat eight opponents in the Jockey Club and White Hart Bridestowe sponsored Mares Maiden in the colours of her owner/breeder Margaret Granger. Vinnie Webster was enjoying his third career success on the six-year-old who stayed on strongly to beat Oyster Perch and Teesdale in a blanket finish. “She jumped impeccably and quickened well from two out,” reported the rider. “ She has taken a long time to mature. I have had her for four or five months. I knew she would jump well and we have waited for better ground,” said the trainer, confirming  that The Dartmoor Rose and Highland Legend had worked well together at home.

Sykes and Darren Edwards denied Darren Andrews a four-timer as the Nicky Martin trained 13-year-old collared front running Eric The Third at the final fence in the Condy Mathias Mixed Open. “I thought the ground was a bit quick for him today,” said the trainer adding, “He is a schoolmaster for my three-year-olds. I would like to run him at the new Devon & Somerset Staghounds course in May which is near my home”.

Footloose is one of the most consistent pointers in training and won for the third time this season under Arron Butterfield in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. He had to fight hard to see off Jabbea (Rob Hawker), who was upsides at the last, but responded well to his young rider to score by a neck. Frome based 18-year-old Arron Butterfield works in the Colin Tizzard yard, and has teamed up with Footloose for each of his victories this season. The winner is likely to be aimed at the Exeter Intermediate final. He is certainly a tough sort because connections reported a nine days box rest with an abscess in his foot prior to running third in the Quantock Members’ last weekend.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS:  LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY ON SUNDAY 20th MARCH 2020

GOING Good to Soft

HUNT RACE (SPONSOR PANNELL COMMERCIALS)

1 Ask The Lady (Charlotte Summersby)

Walked over

OPEN MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES (JOCKEY CLUB & WHITE HART, BRIDESTOWE)

1 Highland Legend (Vinnie Webster) 16-1 handy, hdwy 15th, led last, ran on well, improve further

2 Oyster Perch (Charlie Sprake) 9-2 held up, good hdwy three out, strong run flat, just failed

3 Teesdale (Josh Newman) 7-1 led 3rd to 7th, disp 13, kept on from two out

9 ran; 1l; 1l;   6m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN HORSES & GELDINGS (EQUAFLEECE)

1 Quintin’s Man (Darren Andrews) 10-1 held up in rear, hdwy 15th, strong run to lead last, stayed on well, improve further

2 Gunner Vic (Vinnie Webster) 7-2 good hdwy 15th, led three out, not quicken apprg last

3 Rock D’Ete (Charlie Sprake) 9-2 with leaders led 16th, every chance til no extra apprg last

9 ran; 2l; 4l ;  6m 21s

MIXED OPEN (CONDY MATHIAS)

1 Sykes (Darren Edwards) 4-6 fav tracked leader til led apprg last, soon clear

2 Eric The Third (Darren Andrews) 6-1 led at brisk pace til headed apprg last, no extra

3 Skylander (Otis Morgan) 6-1 alwys chasing leaders, held from 16th

5 ran;  4l; 25l;  6m 12s

AREA CONDITIONS RACE (A C WORTH)

1 His Own Star (Darren Andrews) 11-8  waited with,  led three out, clear last, easily

2 Bingo D’Olivate (Jake Bament) 6-1 made most til no extra three out

3 Port O’Clock (Darren Edwards) 5-2 prom til dropped to third 17th

4 ran; 6l; head;  6m 20s

RESTRICTED (TINHAY BUILDING SUPPLIES LTD)

1 The Dartmoor Rose (Darren Andrews) 3-1 led til 9th & again 12th, hard pressed three out, asserted after last

2 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav prom, led 9th to 12th. pressed winner three out til no extra flat

3 Sake of Secrecy (Josh Newnan) 3-1 chased leaders til wknd three out

4 ran;  1 1/2l;  dist;   6m 24s

INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Footloose (Aaron Butterfield) 9-4 prog 8th, joined leaders 17th, disp lead last, ran on strongly

2 Jabbea (Rob Hawker) 4-1 in touch, effort 16th led three out til joined and  headed last

3 Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 2-1 fav led or disp 6th to 16th, wknd two out

7 ran; neck; 20l;  6m 26s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: The Lamerton Point-to-Point At Kilworthy On Sunday 20th March 2022

The picturesque course known as Kilworthy, near Tavistock, is where the Lamerton Hunt will be hosting their meeting this coming Sunday 20th March. It is good to see racing going ahead again after a two year lapse, with the course reported to be in pristine condition.

With seven races on the card and a start time of 1pm, picnics will be brimming to the full and loaded for the day to take in the atmosphere. Pannell Commercials-sponsor the opening  Members race in which trainer Dean Summersby holds three out of the four entered. This could offer an exciting finish with  ex NH entry Aheadfullofdreams who won at Plumpton last season when with Dan Skelton, Ask The Lady for Charlotte Summersby, who could improve on her third at Milborne St Andrew, also Liberty Rock another for the Summersby team who could improve on his promising third at Charlton Horethorne earlier this month when ridden by Darren Edwards. They could be taken on at the finish by the local Lewis family team entry Full Spes under Heidi Lewis, who will be looking to take on the team Summersby’s trio.

Following on is the Jockey Club Mares and Fillies Maiden race which has also been kindly sponsored by The White Hart Inn, Bridestowe. Those catching the eye are the Jill Dennis-trained Summerleaze and Oyster Patch for the Laura Kittow team, having ran second recently at Buckfastleigh and the Great Trethew meetings.

The Equafleece-sponsored Maiden race for horses and geldings race follows, this could go the way of the Ed Walker-trained G A Henry for inform jockey Josh Newman to score here, having shown promise when finishing fourth at Charlton Horethorne. Gunner Vic looks the  main danger from the Hugh Thomas yard, having run well when finishing two-lengths second in the maiden conditions at Charlton Horethorne. Jetmeoutofhere looks to be another promising recruit for team Summersby out of Ireland, having run second at Grennon in May last season, should be exciting for the future.

Condy Mathias sponsor the Mixed Open race which is sure to be highly competitive with leaders in the jockeys, trainers and owners titles, hotting up nicely. Those to note are the highly rated Skyes for trainer Nicky Martin under Darren Edwards, having won two this season,  Sixteen Letters for the Neil Mclean/Josh Newman Combination another having won at two meetings, and Board Of Trade for Ed Walker and Chloe Emsley combination, with his promising third in the Mixed Open at Great Trethew.

In the following Conditions race, which has been kindly sponsored by A.C.Worth , entries Port O’Clock (Team Summersby) will need to defy top weight but has the credit of a win at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards this season, The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) second at the Milborne St Andrew meeting, and His Own Star (Stuart Sampson) looking likely favourite  with his wins at Badbury Rings and Buckfastleigh under Darren Andrews, look to make this an exciting race,

The Restricted race is sponsored by The Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd, with Transition Period another out of the Summersby yard to have scored at Wadebridge this season following up with a creditable second under Darren Edwards at Chipley Park.  Reflex Action also catches the eye, with his seven-length win at Milborne St Andrew under Will Biddick. Sake of Secrecy could come on for his win at Great Trethew and be in the mix for the Neil Mclean team.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, which is a qualifier for their finals at Exeter in April. Twig for trainer Matt Hampton looks to set the standard having beaten Molineaux when winning at Badbury Rings, along with Jabbea who was unlucky when unseating early at Buckfastleigh last weekend. Footloose for Arran Butterfield with his dual wins at Larkhill looks to be equally dangerous. Entry Minimalistic won his race by a distance at Buckfastleigh last weekend, and although only a small field that day, could go close here if recovering from that race well for the family Darke team and jockey in form Josh Newman.

This is a must event for all people and families to enjoy. On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. The committee will be hosting a fundraiser on the day to help Ukraine in its hour of need. There will be NO live streaming on the day. Entrance to the course is £10 per person Children under 16 free. Racecard £3 or two for £5. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located near Brentor, just north of Tavistock, PL19 0NW.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES: SPOONER’S & WEST DARTMOOR

For those of you looking for my normal on the spot report from the Cherrybrook meeting scheduled for this weekend, I am sorry but for reasons beyond my control there isn’t one……

However, all is not lost. Instead of the meeting scheduled for April 5th 2020, this week’s trip down memory lane takes us back to the Spooner’s & West Dartmoor fixture held at Kilworthy 41 years ago.

For Westcountry aficionados, I have added a few notes at the end about the past history of this particular point-to-point.

RESULTS

SPOONER’S & WEST DARTMOOR AT KILWORTHY APRIL 14TH 1979

Going; Good to soft

HUNT

1 Bararden (Nick Fell)

2 Snake Dance (Michael Williams)

3 Cornish Butterfly (P Lane)

6 ran; 12l; 4l; 7m 1s SP 4-1

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Wiener Chic (Mrs Sue Reynard)

2 Tam Rating (Miss Pip Fisher)

3 Lady Christine (Miss Doreen Hutchings)

8 ran; dist; neck; 6m 57s SP 2-7 fav

MEN’S OPEN

1 French Garcon (John Symons)

2 Hidden Treasure (Martin Keenor)

3 Uncle Arthur II (Jimmy Frost)

8 ran; head; dist 6m 59s SP 1-2 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS’

1 Trentishoe (Jimmy Frost)

2 Moon Step (Mike Biddick)

3 Moorland Lassie (Mark Reeves)

15 ran; 5l; 8l; 6m 57s SP 3-1

ADJACENT HUNTS’ MAIDEN

1 Raucous (RJ Reddaway)

2 Goodness Me (Jimmy Frost)

3 Used Notes (MF Hill)

14 ran; 1l; 5l; 7m 9s SP evens fav

Rame Fell’s bonny grey Bararden made all the running to win the Members’ ridden by the owner’s son Nick. This regular front runner was a Kilworthy specialist and improved further to win a Taunton hunter chase the following season. Snake Dance was a game and consistent staying mare who was one of the few pointers to win two Maiden races before the rules were changed. She won a total of 10 point-to-points in her career. Cornish Butterfly had not won since 1974, but finished well to take third just ahead of Kasim Baba and Amatol. Age had caught up with Kasim Baba, who was running his last race aged 14. He was unbeaten in six races and the third top rated pointer in the land in 1973, but very lightly raced afterwards.

Baraden winning at Wadebridge

The Ladies’ winner Wiener Chic was a high class German bred point-to-pointer and hunter chaser. He had won hurdle races for Fred Rimell in his younger days, but was not straight forward and was purchased for 750 gns. He soon notched up a string of pointing wins for Sue Reynard, and sailed home a distance clear of a decent field on this occasion. Tam Rating was a hard ride and the talented Pip Fisher drove him into second, ahead of such good pointers as Lady Christine (Doreen Hutchings) and Galloway Fabulous (Katie Halswell). Kilworthy specialist The Vee was in touch when unseating Belinda Fuller (now the Lamerton Point-to-Point secretary) after half way. It is worth noting that Wiener Chic, ridden by Sue Reynard, went on to finish third in the Cheltenham Foxhunters in 1980.

French Garcon was a highly rated pointer from the family of Arkle. He was winning for the fourth consecutive time, and had just beaten Panmure in a hunter chase at Devon and Exeter, albeit receiving weight and with Jimmy Frost up. His owner/rider on this occasion, John Symons, is no Jimmy Frost, and he made heavy weather of beating Paul Tylor’s mare Hidden Treasure (Martin Keenor). Michael Ogle’s Uncle Arthur II was fresh from beating Bararden at Wadebridge (the old course at Trewornan farm), but finished a tired third.

I remember the Adjacent Hunts’ winner Trentishoe as one of my favourite horses in those days – probably because she did me a few favours in the betting ring. A small mare by Romany Air, with the heart of a lion, she was owned and trained by Gail Harrison. She had the assistance of Jimmy Frost in the saddle, and ended a successful season by winning the John Corbet Cup at Stratford. John Weldhen’s Moonstep was a very useful pointer, bought cheaply off the flat. A consistent staying type, he had won this race the previous season with Mike Biddick up, but was no match for Trentishoe this time. He went on to win multiple points however and sprang a 25-1 surprise in the 1981 Jeep Christie Ladies’ hunter chase at Chepstow, ridden by the talented Katie Halswell. Third placed Moorland Lassie was fresh from winning the South Devon members’ and kept on well close home. The recent course winner Langton Way ran his usual sound race in fourth, just ahead of Joe’s Farewell, who went on to win the Tedworth Gold Cup at Larkhill over four miles later in the season.

I cannot remember much about the Maiden winner Raucous. He didn’t run much and was obviously out of his depth in his two previous races (trying to mix it with such as Spartan Missile, Wisbech Lad and Ten Up in military races at Sandown). A drop to this modest Maiden must have been just the ticket. The runner up Goodness Me was a half sister to the aforementioned Joe’s Farewell and won next time out at the Mid Devon. Used Notes improved four places on the run in, and duly obliged next time at Crimp Morwenstow. She subsequently won under rules at Haldon.

SOME HISTORY OF SPOONER’S POINT-TO-POINTS

The first details I have about the link between point-to-pointing and Mr Spooner’s Harriers is that they held a joint meeting with the Lamerton Hunt at Whitchurch Down on 9th March 1924. A joint meeting with Plymouth Garrison Hunt Club was held at Dunnabridge near Princetown the following year, and the Harriers continued at that venue until April 1929.

One of the leading lady point-to-point riders of that era, Miss Sylvia Spooner, had taken over the mastership of the pack from her father, Clarence Spooner, in 1926. A fixture at Kilworthy is recorded on 9th April 1930, but it was back to Dunnabridge the next year. I had to smile at a Western Morning News report of the 1938 meeting: “Conditions were not conducive to the comfort of spectators.” I wonder how many times I could have said that when struggling to make notes in a muddy field with soggy race cards over the years. The Harriers raced at Dunnabridge until 1951.

April 30th 1952 saw the start of a long run of fixtures at Kilworthy. Frank Ryall rode a treble on that occasion, including the Adjacent Hunts’ Pony race on Lonesome Boy. That famous East Cornwall pony was described as “invincible” in Geoffrey Sale’s 1960 annual. When he retired after the 1959 season he had won 65 times, including 53 consecutive races, all in the Westcountry and many over banks.

In the 1959 hunting season the pack became known as Spooner’s Foxhounds, and after acquiring some country on Dartmoor for 1961/62 the Spooner’s and West Dartmoor Hunt came into being. Their point-to-points were held at Kilworthy until the move to Cherrybrook, adjacent to the Kilworthy track, in 1986.

Other Photo galleries

spoonerswd.co.uk

facebook.com/Cherrybrook Racing

Acknowledgments:

  • Hunter Chasers and Point to Pointers (various years)– Sale & MacKenzie
  • The Point to Point Calendar (various years 1933 – 1938)
  • The Pointer
  • Horse & Hound Year Book
  • Baily’s Hunting Directory
  • Mr Michael Kutapan – Point to Point History & Research ( Jumping For Fun web site)
  • Western Morning News

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – LAMERTON

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES

“Memories are like antiques, the older they are the more valuable they became.”

Marinela Reka

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During this difficult time with all point-to-pointing cancelled for the season, I am putting together a few articles about past Devon & Cornwall race meetings on to our website to keep us going. I hope to bring to life some past memories and perhaps provide a flavour of how things were in days gone by.

Since the first area fixture to be scuppered by the coronavirus was the Lamerton last Sunday, we start with a Lamerton meeting at Kilworthy 49 years ago (27th March 1971).

I hope that readers of a certain age (if indeed there are any readers) will remember some of the horses and jockeys involved. I was actually at the Pytchley meeting at Guilsborough, Northants that day watching such jockeys as Dick Saunders, John Docker, Peter Hobbs and Bill Tellwright in action.

Lamerton at Kilworthy 27 March 1971;

Hunt race:

1 Devon Rock (Frank Ryall)
2 Jocrow (D Moore)
3 Ireland’s Joy (R Edwards)
4 ran; 2l; dist; SP 2-5fav

Ladies’ Open:

1 Trewithett (Mrs Rame Fell)
2 Clyderound (Miss E Pinsent)
3 Warrior Prince (Miss J Blight)
11 ran; 1l 1/2l; SP 3-1 jt fav

Adjacent Hunts’

1 Golden Batman (Tony Hartnoll)
2 Delia’s Diadem (C Micklem)
3 Barn Dance (M Williams)
5l; 12l; SP 6-4 jt fav

Open

1 Sea Spirit (Hendrik Wiegersma)
2 Victory Spirit (Col CR Spencer)
3 Barter’s Peice (W Dennis)
11ran; SP 6-4 jt fav

Adjacent Hunts’ Maiden

1 Rummy Hand (Tim Le C Grice)
2 Merry Lord (TJ Harris)
3 Miss Cosmo (N Lethbridge)
9 ran; 2l; dist; SP 6-1

Only five races for us lucky race readers in those days! Just illustrates the good value of today’s point-to-points. When I first went to Kilworthy in the late 1970’s I remember immediately after jumping the last fence there was a very sharp right hand turn before a stiff run in below the car park along the bottom of the field of about 150 yards.

The 1971 Men’s Open winner Sea Spirit (by Spiritus) was a useful performer qualified with the Taunton Vale owned by Peter Blackburn. He also scored at the Tetcott at Crimp Morwenstow that season. Victory Spirit, qualified with Spooners & West Dartmoor, was also by Spiritus and enjoyed a remarkably consistent career from 1964 until retirement in 1973, winning 26 point-to-points and two hunter chases from 53 starts. Barbers Peice (funny spelling and his sire Cinecolor had changed hands for only 65 gns as a three-year-old) also won the Stevenstone Members’, the Torrington Farmers Members and the South Tetcott Moderate in 1971.

The Ladies’ Open winner Trewithett went on to win the Spooners Ladies’ easily and went well for Rame Fell. He was a strong stayer and a far better horse on long tracks like Kilworthy, where he won three times. The runner up Clyderound stayed on to get within one length of the winner. She was a soft ground specialist at tracks like Buckfastleigh and Tehidy. The Tetcott gelding Warrior Prince was useful on his best form and went well for his rider Jill Blight (now Jill Dennis).

Golden Batman won eight of his 13 races in 1971 , including an unbeaten hat trick at Buckfastleigh. His regular rider Anthony Hartnoll finished seventh in the 1971 National jockeys table. Delia’s Diadem was a genuine mare winning three of her four points in 1971, with Charles Micklem taking over from the late Joan Depree. She led at the last in this race at Kilworthy before being outpaced by the winner. Barn Dance had won a few times on the flat in his early days but was probably past his best by 1971.

Frank Ryall needs little introduction to local followers. He was in the twilight of his career by 1971. His career total of 218 point-to-point winners has only been surpassed today by a handful of riders. He owned his Hunt race winner Devon Rock who was a bit one paced, but followed up in his Members’ the following year.

The Maiden race looked fairly moderate but the winner Rummy Hand went on to win the Dartmoor & Modbury Harriers Members’ at Buckfastleigh later in 1971 where the going was published as firm to hard. He later developed into a useful point-to-pointer winning races under Janine Evans ( later Janine Mills) and subsequently took a hunter chase at Haldon ridden by Anthony Mildmay-White. He even ran in a Cheltenham Foxhunters but was past his best by then.

Acknowledgments;

“Hunter Chasers and Point-to-Pointers”

“Horse and Hound Year book”

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 – Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy, Sunday 24th March 2019

Only eight bookies turned up at Kilworthy – presumably because of the fixture clash with Haldon races on the same day.

The eight seemed to have the edge over the punters with 10-1 and 14-1 returned over a couple of the winners.

Odda on favourite Acadian (2-5) was beaten by Tamarstone (4’s to 5’s) in the opener, where the ex-David Pipe inmate Lough Derg Mystery (5’s out to 9’s) couldn’t spell his name in the race card, but ran a decent race to finish third.

The favourite was also beaten in the next, a 14-runner Mares Maiden, when my bet of the day Attacotti (backed down to evens fav after a sniff of 3’sin a place) couldn’t cope with Worcestershire traveller Grey Frontieres (10’s to 6’s), who seems to be doing a round trip of UK, having run at Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire last time after her debut at Barbury Castle.

Five Gold Bars Justified favouritism (10-11) In the PPORA Maiden. It was another Biddick versus Edwards duel, but Biddick’s mount Five Gold Bars had revealed his hand when second behind Presence of Mind (who was subsequently sold for £70,000) at Blackmore Vale and always looked in command here.

Dicky Bob (1-2 to 8-13 fav) started at a very short price in the Mixed Open and duly won in a canter. Chosen Lucky (7-4 to 6-4) made a fight of it for a long way, but paid the penalty late on, allowing Heaney (7-1) to grab second place.

The Confined was a tricky little puzzle. I went for Awesome Tunes (2-1), but his jumping was not very polished and he had to settle for third. The favourite Clondaw Bunny (9-4 to evens) had every chance, but 10-1 outsider Ballyvodock won on merit, well ridden by young Ben Jones. Gordon Chambers seems to have unearthed a decent pointer after a shopping trip to Ireland. This big, strong nine-year-old by Mahler should win again in better company.

The Restricted put a smile on the bookies faces when unconsidered 14-1 chance Come On Joey gave his jockey Paul John his first winner for over four years. Owner / trainer Roy Smith does well with his small team and Joey certainly came on with a storming run up the home straight Soul Kaliber (2-1), ridden by Darren Edwards, did little wrong in defeat and looks a banker for a Restricted before long. The favourite Accordini (6-4 to 4-5) departed at the seventh fence.

Darren Edwards must have got fed up with riding into the runner up spot on Sunday. Sixteen Letters (3-1) took him there again in the last for the fourth time in the afternoon after coming up against the progressive mare Tuff Nano (4-7 fav). The winner, partnered by Will Biddick, had joined the Teresa Clark yard in December after winning a fair Irish Maiden, and had impressed when winning at Charlton Horethorne recently.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 30th March 2019 Avon Vale Larkhill, Amesbury, SP4 8QT 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 31st March 2019 Cotley Cotley, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3EP 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 7th April 2019 Portman Badbury Rings, Wimborne, DT11 9JL 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 7th April 2019 Spooner’s & West Dartmoor Cherrybrook, Tavistock PL19 0LA 1st Race 1:30pm

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Report: Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy, Sunday 24th March 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR
“The sun has come out – and the air is vivid with spring light”…….

Byron Caldwell Smith 1849-1877

A perpetual blue sky helped to brighten up the afternoon at Kilworthy, where an unfortunate accident blocking the nearby main road caused congestion and a subsequent 30 minutes delay to the racing.

Will Biddick’s double at the Lamerton put him on the 16 winners mark for the season, and left him just ten short of the British record of 414 career wins set up by Richard Burton in the 2011 season.

The six times National champion jockey steered home Five Gold Bars to win the Open Maiden, and went on to complete his double when Tuff Nano took the Intermediate.
Six-year-old Five Gold Bars, trained by Rob Hawker at Frome, stayed on well to get the better of Noble Promise (Darren Edwards) after jumping to the front at the last fence. “ We bought him at Doncaster sales last May and he ran really well last time at Charlton Horethorne. We came here for cut in the ground,” said the trainer, whose father Richard owns the gelding and sister Charlotte rides him out every day.

Will Biddick completed his double when the progressive mare Tuff Nano won for the third successive time in the Intermediate. The race developed into a duel in the home straight between the winner and runner up Sixteen Letters, with Biddick’s mount just getting home by a neck. Trainer Teresa Clark described Tuff Nano as, “still a bit weak behind and a bit green,” confirming that another outing this season is on the cards for the mare.

Darren Edwards had ridden Sixteen Letters into second place in the Intermediate and also had to endure the runner up spot on both Clondaw Bunny in the Confined and Soul Kaliber in the Restricted. Clondaw Bunny was just overhauled close home by Ballyvodock, who was making his English pointing debut, having won an Irish Maiden in 2017. Jenny Luscombe owns the winner who is trained by Gordon Chambers. “We bought him in Ireland last summer. He is a big, strong horse and has not been easy to get fit” explained the trainer. Winning jockey Ben Jones, 19, is based with Philip Hobbs and is another promising young rider to emerge from the Hobbs yard.

Soul Kaliber looked the winner at the second last in the Restricted, but 14-1 outsider Come On joey found a good turn of foot in the home straight to claim the prize. Chittlehampton based owner/trainer Roy Smith,who bought his eight-year-old in Ireland four years ago said, “I do everything myself including the schooling.” This was a welcome winner for jockey Paul John who reported that his last win in the saddle came when he rode a double at Newton Abbot a few years ago. “I have had a few ups and downs since then when I rode as a conditional and have since reverted to amateur.”

Dicky Bob ran away with the Mixed Open, beating Heaney and Chosen Lucky in the fastest time of the day. Bryan Carver was partnering the popular 12-year-old for the first time and the pair sailed home with 25 lengths to spare. Owner / trainer Verity Nicholls trains within sight of the course and was obviously pleased to get her charge back into winning form after he had unseated his rider at Buckfastleigh. “He is really my old hunter. I do his schooling and popped him over a jump yesterday. I expect his next outing will be the Members’ at Cherrybrook and I would like to consider a hunter chase before the end of the season.”

The Open Maiden race for mares attracted 14 runners with five-year-old Grey Frontieres prevailing in a blanket finish. The winner had made the journey from the Droitwich yard of owner / trainer Max Young who was saddling his other runners at Brampton Bryan. “We came here for the ground and the track. She is a big, strong mare who needs cut in the ground,” explained Heather Oliver who had travelled the mare on her three hours journey from Worcestershire. Winning jockey James King said of his mount, “She was a bit green in front and her jump at the last won it.”

Tamarstone put up a brave performance to win the Hunt race under David Prichard. After making the running he was headed at the final jump by Acadian, but rallied gamely to gain the verdict by a neck. The winner is from a good family which includes Dawson City and the prolific winning pointer Lucette Annie. Neil Mclean, who holds the pointing licence for Kayley Woollacott’s yard remarked, “ He is from a big and backward family and hung left a bit. He would prefer top of the ground.”

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 30th March 2019 Avon Vale Larkhill, Amesbury, SP4 8QT 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 31st March 2019 Cotley Cotley, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3EP 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 7th April 2019 Portman Badbury Rings, Wimborne, DT11 9JL 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 7th April 2019 Spooner’s & West Dartmoor Cherrybrook, Tavistock PL19 0LA 1st Race 1:30pm

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Results: Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy, Sunday 24th March 2019

Going: Good to Soft

Hunt (Sponsor Pannell Commercials)

1 Tamarstone (David Prichard) 5-1 made virtually all, kept on strongly
2 Acadian (Lee Drowne) 2-5 fav strong chall from last, just held
3 Lough Derg Mystery (Jo Supple) 9-1 outpaced from three out
4 ran. neck, 3l 6m 24s

Mares & Fillies Open Maiden (Steve Langdon & The Jockey Club)

1 Grey Frontieres (James King) led two out, stayed on well
2 Attacotti (Jo Supple) evens fav with ldrs, challd last, no extra nr finish
3 Arctic Milly (Danny Burton) 8-1 good late hdwy
14 ran. 1l, 1/2l; 6m 23s

PPORA Club Members Maiden (Friends & family of Yvonne Watson & Steve Luxton & the PPORA)

1 Five Gold Bars (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav smooth chall to lead last, all out
2 Noble Promise (Darren Edwards) 3-1 led 16th, headed last, kept on
3 Luck’s Boy (Tom Doggrell) 10-1 3rd from four out, stayed on
8 ran. 2l. 4l; 6m 27s

Mixed Open (Condy Mathias)

1 Dicky Bob (Bryan Carver) 8-13 fav made all, well clear from three out
2 Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) 7-1 in touch til outpaced 16th
3 Chosen Lucky (Darren Edwards) 6-4 close up til outpaced three out
5 ran. 25l. 3l, 6m 12s

Confined (AC Worth)

1 Ballyvodock (Ben Jones) 10-1 led 16th til three out, rallied to ld again nr finish
2 Clondaw Bunny (Darren Edwards) evens fav led three out til no extra nr finish
3 Awesome Tunes (Danny Burton) 2-1 made most til 14th, not quicken clsg stages
6 ran. 1l; 2l; 6m 22s

Restricted (Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd)

1 Come On Joey (Paul John) 14-1 late hdwy to lead two out, soon clear
2 Soul Kaliber (Darren Edwards) 2-1 led four out, headed two out, no extra
3 Gask Ridge (Nick Lawton) 6-1 prom til; wknd four out
9 ran. 5l. 3l; 6m 26s

Intermediate (Equafleece)

1 Tuff Nano (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav made all held on well
2 Sixteen Letters (Darren Edwards) 3-1 effort two out, strong chall, just held
5 ran. only two finished. neck..6m 23s

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 30th March 2019 Avon Vale Larkhill, Amesbury, SP4 8QT 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 31st March 2019 Cotley Cotley, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3EP 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 7th April 2019 Portman Badbury Rings, Wimborne, DT11 9JL 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 7th April 2019 Spooner’s & West Dartmoor Cherrybrook, Tavistock PL19 0LA 1st Race 1:30pm

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