Category Archives: Kilworthy

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

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

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Mares Open Maiden Race
3rd 14:10 Club Members Open Maiden Race
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Confined Race
6th 15:55 Restricted Race
7th 16:30 Intermediate Race

Going Update

Friday 23rd March 2019, at 7:58 AM

Kilworthy going update: Good to Soft. All well, the course inspector lowered two fences slightly.

17th March 2019 at 7:43 PM

Latest on Kilworthy News from the Lamerton point-to-point to be run next Sunday 24th at Kilworthy near Tavistock. The going is soft but a dry week is forecast so we are expecting good going.

13th March 2019 at 8:57 PM

Lamerton Point-to-Point at Kilworthy on Sunday 24th March. All fences finished, going good to soft, soft in places.

11th March 2019 at 2:37 PM

The Kilworthy course preparation is well underway at the Lamerton with a great team of helpers yesterday in the wind. The Lamerton ladies after completing the new open ditch enjoy well-earned lunch break.

Course Layout

Preview extract:

Kilworthy near Brentor, Tavistock is the location for next weekend’s meeting in the Devon & Cornwall area, where the Lamerton Hunt stage their event on Sunday March 24th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 1pm. 86 entries have been received.

The course offers great track-side viewing for a fabulous family day out in the country. Picnics will be brimming with plenty of food options for those wanting to eat on course. Bar and bookies will be available, along with many trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free with dogs on leads welcome. The course is located near Brentor, Tavistock PL19 0JX.


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
(c) = 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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 24/12p-21 ACADIAN (FR) 37+ Heidi Lewis L&H Racing Club L. Drowne Weight: 12-00; SP 1/3
2 1/24p44-1 BELHARBOUR TWO (IRE) 38 Heidi Lewis
3 6222-2311 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 37+ Dean Summersby
4 p111p-312 HONEST DEED (IRE) 43 Dean Summersby
5 Y 84r153-67 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 38? Emma Watson The Watson Family Miss E. Watson 12-00; SP 4/1
6 Y *85856/7p- LOUGH DERG MYSTERY(IRE) Tony Geering Mr Tony Geering & Harry Geering Mrs J. Supple 12-00; SP 9/1
7 *pf60-24p NATIVE GAMUT (IRE) 35 Heidi Lewis
8 177056-up ROCK’N GOLD 0 Heidi Lewis
9 Y 51313-555 TAMARSTONE (IRE) 36 Neil McLean Mr R. Britton, Mr J. Gardener & Mr P. Wade D. Pritchard 12-00; SP 5/1
10 *78534/-p TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 21 Heidi Lewis

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 9 Neck 6m 24
2nd 1 3L
3rd 6
4th 5

Preview extract

Trainer Heidi Lewis has four entries in the opening Pannell Commercials-sponsored Members race, Belharbour Two won last weekend at Buckfastleigh, so may bypass this meeting. Acadian is another of the Lewis team entries who would be a short price here with the bookies, having won well at Wadebridge. They may have to tackle Cloudy Music from the Summersby yard, also a winner last weekend, should go close if turning up for a quick fire double under jockey Darren Edwards, who has just clocked up his 250th winner.

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Race 2 – Mares Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y -6u2 ARCTIC MILLEY 30+ Leslie Jefford D. Burton 6/1
2 5- ASK KATE LIZZIE 17 Dean Coleman
3 Y -5443 ATTACOTTI (IRE) 31+ Pauline Geering Jo Supple 6/4
4 Y fp/-34p2/- BLACKDOWN BABE 23 Michael Coate Kieren Buckley 20/1
5 Y ff63-pp4 COTTAGE ROSE 28+ John Heard B. Carver 10/1
6 Y p33-u223 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 33+ Jill Dennis J. Bament 4/1
7 Y -54 GREY FRONTIERES (IRE) 24? Maxwell Young J. King 6/1
8 Y *9p/200p- HURSLTONE POINT Mark Pendarves N. Lawton 6/1
9 Y /pp6-5 JAZZ UP THE BEAT 16? Victoria Sleep Victoria Sleep 12/1
10 Y p3p/p87-3 KEMICALLIE 12 Christine Gray Lucy Mager 10/1
11 535p-p3 MAHLER STYLE (IRE) 22 Alan Walter
12 Y MINELLA BEAG (IRE) Ed Walker Will Biddick 3/1
13 Y /3pp-3p STARWELD 21 Patricia Shaw P. John 25/1
14 -6 TARA SNIPE 15 Pippa Moorhouse
15 Y pf- TINKERS FLIGHT 0 Chloe Roddick Nathan Verne 10/1
16 Y 44p/4p4- UPTON FUNK (IRE) 15 Gordon Chambers Merv Woodward 14/1
17 Y 3/2p4-22 WHERE’S WILMA 34+ Michael M. Watson D. Pritchard 6/1
18 *86/pfpp- WILLALDOO 25? Leslie Jefford

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 7 1L 6m 23
2nd 3 0.5L
3rd 1
4th 17

Preview extract

Where’s Wilma will be well fancied in the Jockey Club and Langdon Transport-sponsored Mares Maiden race, after her recent second at Bishops Court for the outside raider Michael Watson, along with Jill Dennis’s Deise Gold having shown some consistent decent place form.

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Race 3 – Club Members Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 042-2543 BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 32? Dean Summersby
2 /34*6p-p2 DOCTOR WONG 33 Keagan Kirkby
3 Y f5p-2 FIVE GOLD BARS (IRE) 33+ Robert Hawker Will Biddick 4/5
4 Y 0-p LUCK’S BOY 0 Melanie Dixon Tom Doggerell 8/1
5 Y 2226-43p MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 27 Pauline Geering Ben Jones 4/1
6 Y 5/2- NOBLE PROMISE (IRE) 27 Dean Summersby Darren Edwards 3/1
7 -5 NORMANDY SOLDIER 17 Richard Mitford-Slade
8 *80-p64 SECOND CAPTAIN (IRE) 25 Richard Mitford-Slade
9 Y *0p4p-fu4 TANGO DU ROY (IRE) 0 Ian Prichard D. Pritchard Tongue Strap; 12/1
10 Y -6 TARA SNIPE 15 Pippa Moorhouse Jake Bament 6/1
11 Y u3-p35 THESTOPPERDUNNE (IRE) 32 Thomas Malone Jo Supple Blinkers; Tongue Strap; 3/1
12 Y p/pppp-p ZAMMIA (FR) 0 Daniel Farr Mr D. Farr Blinkers; 33/1

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 3 2L 6m 27
2nd 6 4L
3rd 4
4th 5

Preview extract

Another team Summersby entry Banco de Logos looks a promising prospect with place form at the Buckfastleigh meetings and this track may suit for him to get his head in front in the PPORA and Steve Luxton & Yvonne Watson Memorial Open Maiden race.Doctor Wong(Keegan Kirby) and Five Gold Bars (Robert Hawker) have both scored seconds recently at the Charlton Horethorne track and either could prove dangerous if making the trip here.

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Race 4 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 4p-143414 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin Will Biddick 4/1 to 6.5/1 SP
2 Y 12/231-111 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42 Dean Summersby Darren Edwards Blinkers; 6/4
3 Y 21112-21u DICKY BOB 45 Verity Nicholls Bryan Carver 1/2
4 *793330- DRY OL’PARTY Stuart Payne
5 Y 12312-213 HEANEY (IRE) 42 Claire Wonnacott Millie Wonnacott 5/1 to 7/1 SP
6 322u8-58 IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 34? Lee Glanville
7 *pu41p-11 JACK SNIPE 44+ Robert Hawker
8 11/2233-33 KERNEL VICTOR 40 Ed Walker
9 /u13112- LOCAL SHOW (IRE) 41 Sarah Humphrey
10 12-112211 NAVANMAN (iRE) 45+ John Heard
11 3/76p1-p03 SAROQUE (IRE) 41 Mrs K. R. Smith-Maxwell
12 Y 261121/2- THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 42 Michael Biddick Ella Orttewell Weight 11-02; 7/2 to 8/1 SP
13 *78534/-p TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 21 Heidi Lewis

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 3 25L 6m 12
2nd 5 3L
3rd 2
4th 12

Preview extract

The feature race of the day is the Condy Mathias Mixed Open which is a qualifier for finals at both Cheltenham and Stratford in May. Local trainer Dean Summersby has entered Chosen Lucky, a winner of 11 out of his 14 starts to date , with recent wins at Wadebridge and Great Trethew, and could see Darren Edwards back on board to set the pace here. Entry Jack Snipe is the highest rated having won an Open at Badbury Rings under jockey Shane Quinlan for trainer Robert Hawker, but also holds an entry at both Milbourne St Andrew and Ston Easton this weekend. Navanman (John Heard) is another Open winner and he has clocked up four wins this season including two Mixed Opens and an Open at Charlton Horthorne two weeks ago and will need to defy top weight under regular jockey Bryan Carver, who himself rode a Hunter Chase winner at Exeter earlier this week. The combination are also entered at Milborne St Andrew on Saturday. The popular grey Dicky Bob for trainer Verity Nicholls, is already a dual course winner, and could be a likely runner to score his hat-trick at the course. He could again be partnered by young jockey Tomasina Eyston who had an early unlucky unseat last weekend at Buckfastleigh.

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Race 5 – Confined Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y /312-pp22 AWESOME TUNES (IRE) 39+ Ed Walker D. Burton Tongue strap; 11/10 to 2/1 SP
2 2 41p/p/44- BALLYVODOCK (IRE) Gordon Chambers Ben Jones  8/1 to 10/1 SP
3 Y /46182p-1 CLONDAW BUNNY (IRE) 37+ Dean Summersby Darren Edwards 2/1 to EvFav
4 Y 1p11-3u43 HORWOOD LAD 39 Joe Tickle Kieren Buckley Cheek Pieces; Tongue Strap; 2/1 to 5/2 SP
5 Y 322u8-58 IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 34? Lee Glanville Pippa Glanville Blinkers; 8/1 to 12/1 SP
6 Y *78534/-p TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 21 Heidi Lewis Lee Drowne 10/1 to 12/1 SP

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 2 1L 6m 22
2nd 3 2L
3rd 1
4th 6

Preview extract

Awesome Tunes for Ed Walker’s team has been progressing in the right direction and could snatch the AC Worth-sponsored Confined race with seconds at Wadebridge and Bishops Court. Clondaw Bunny looks promising having won a Restricted at Great Trethew, as is new recruit Irish import to Gordon Chambers yard Ballyvodock, with any market support worth noting.

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Race 6 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 1 *659-51 ACCORDINI 34+ Gareth Moore James King Tongue Strap; Evefav
2 21*9-523p ALICE’S STAR 35 Robert Chanin
3 Y 1pf73R/-f COME ON JOEY (IRE) 34? Roy Smith Paul John 16/1
4 Y f2u1fp/-p CROOKESMOOR 18 Sue Young Sioned Whittle 25/1
5 1/*05-5 DR RHYTHM (IRE) 17? Keith Cumings
6 2f533-133 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 35 Neil McLean
7 Y 3p32123-p GASK RIDGE (IRE) 36 Mary Sanderson Nick Lawton Hood; 6/1
8 21-62 GERTIES GARTER 37+ Ed Walker
9 Y 466/3225- GOLANDER (IRE) 35 Gordon Chambers Ben Jones 9/1
10 -31 HON THE DJ (IRE) 34+ Jonathan Farrelly
11 Y pp3r1p-p MASSINI’S BLADE (IRE) 34? Michael M. Watson D. Pritchard 33/1
12 93RR0-f1 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 35+ Luke Price
13 Y /1pp3p-12 MY KING (FR) 35+ Joe Tickle Kieren Buckley 7/2
14 Y *pf60-24p NATIVE GAMUT (IRE) 35 Heidi Lewis Heidi Lewis 8/1
15 Y *485u-512 SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 36+ Dean Summersby Darren Edwards Tongue Strap; 9/4

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 3 5L 6m 26
2nd 15 3L
3rd 7
4th 14

Preview extract

Accordini won well under jockey James King at Howick in February, and is a suggestion in the Tinhay Building Supplies-sponsored Restricted race. Soul Kaliber,another out of Dean Summersby’s yard looks progressive and could follow up on his three-quarter length win at Bishops Court followed by a second to Manofmanywords at Cothelstone last weekend if not finding this race comes too soon.

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Race 7 – Intermediate Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 24/12p-21 ACADIAN (FR) 37+ Heidi Lewis
2 /312-pp22 AWESOME TUNES (IRE) 39+ Ed Walker
3 5p624-pp BALLYCASH (IRE) 35 Ben Clarke
4 Y 5-up2143 BRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE) 38 George Beilby Nick Lawton Cheek Pieces; 5/2
5 6222-2311 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 37+ Dean Summersby
6 Y 41p2-133p DRUID SPITFIRE 37 Robert Chanin Bryan Carver Cheek Pieces; 6/1
7 Withdrawn /3/31/12-6 EMPEROR RENARD (IRE) 38 Marie McGuiness
8 Y 0p/3p-2pu MR MICHANDA (IRE) 33? Sarah Tickle Nathan Verge 12/1
9 Y 24u1121-4 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 37 Neil McLean Darren Edwards Tongue Strap; 7/2
10 51313-555 TAMARSTONE (IRE) 36 Neil McLean
11 Y -11 TUFF NANO (IRE) 38+ Teresa Clark Will Biddick 4/7

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 11 Neck 6m 23
2nd 9
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Finally up is the Equafleece-sponsored Intermediate race in which Tuff Nano, under jockey Will Biddick could make the most of her mares weight allowance and get her head in front again for trainer Teresa Clark. Bridge Of Spies is another likely to be high in the betting after his head Restricted win at Wadebridge under jockey Nick Lawton, and third to recent Hunter Chase winner In Arrears when they met at the Bishops Court Meeting.

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PREVIEW: Lamerton Point-To-Point at Kilworthy on Sunday 24th March 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

Kilworthy near Brentor, Tavistock is the location for next weekend’s meeting in the Devon & Cornwall area, where the Lamerton Hunt stage their event on Sunday March 24th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 1pm. 86 entries have been received.

The feature race of the day is the Condy Mathias Mixed Open which is a qualifier for finals at both Cheltenham and Stratford in May. Local trainer Dean Summersby has entered Chosen Lucky, a winner of 11 out of his 14 starts to date , with recent wins at Wadebridge and Great Trethew, and could see Darren Edwards back on board to set the pace here. Entry Jack Snipe is the highest rated having won an Open at Badbury Rings under jockey Shane Quinlan for trainer Robert Hawker, but also holds an entry at both Milbourne St Andrew and Ston Easton this weekend. Navanman (John Heard) is another Open winner and he has clocked up four wins this season including two Mixed Opens and an Open at Charlton Horthorne two weeks ago and will need to defy top weight under regular jockey Bryan Carver, who himself rode a Hunter Chase winner at Exeter earlier this week. The combination are also entered at Milborne St Andrew on Saturday. The popular grey Dicky Bob for trainer Verity Nicholls, is already a dual course winner, and could be a likely runner to score his hat-trick at the course. He could again be partnered by young jockey Tomasina Eyston who had an early unlucky unseat last weekend at Buckfastleigh.

Trainer Heidi Lewis has four entries in the opening Pannell Commercials-sponsored Members race, Belharbour Two won last weekend at Buckfastleigh, so may bypass this meeting. Acadian is another of the Lewis team entries who would be a short price here with the bookies, having won well at Wadebridge. They may have to tackle Cloudy Music from the Summersby yard, also a winner last weekend, should go close if turning up for a quick fire double under jockey Darren Edwards, who has just clocked up his 250th winner.

Where’s Wilma will be well fancied in the Jockey Club and Langdon Transport-sponsored Mares Maiden race, after her recent second at Bishops Court for the outside raider Michael Watson, along with Jill Dennis’s Deise Gold having shown some consistent decent place form.

Another team Summersby entry Banco de Logos looks a promising prospect with place form at the Buckfastleigh meetings and this track may suit for him to get his head in front in the PPORA and Steve Luxton & Yvonne Watson Memorial Open Maiden race.Doctor Wong(Keegan Kirby) and Five Gold Bars (Robert Hawker) have both scored seconds recently at the Charlton Horethorne track and either could prove dangerous if making the trip here.

Awesome Tunes for Ed Walker’s team has been progressing in the right direction and could snatch the AC Worth-sponsored Confined race with seconds at Wadebridge and Bishops Court. Clondaw Bunny looks promising having won a Restricted at Great Trethew, as is new recruit Irish import to Gordon Chambers yard Ballyvodock, with any market support worth noting.

Accordini won well under jockey James King at Howick in February, and is a suggestion in the Tinhay Building Supplies-sponsored Restricted race. Soul Kaliber,another out of Dean Summersby’s yard looks progressive and could follow up on his three-quarter length win at Bishops Court followed by a second to Manofmanywords at Cothelstone last weekend if not finding this race comes too soon.

Finally up is the Equafleece-sponsored Intermediate race in which Tuff Nano, under jockey Will Biddick could make the most of her mares weight allowance and get her head in front again for trainer Teresa Clark. Bridge Of Spies is another likely to be high in the betting after his head Restricted win at Wadebridge under jockey Nick Lawton, and third to recent Hunter Chase winner In Arrears when they met at the Bishops Court Meeting.

The course offers great track-side viewing for a fabulous family day out in the country. Picnics will be brimming with plenty of food options for those wanting to eat on course. Bar and bookies will be available, along with many trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car & driver, £10 per passenger to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free with dogs on leads welcome. The course is located near Brentor, Tavistock PL19 0JX.

Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday 23rd March 2019 Wilton Milborne St Andrew, Blandford Forum, DT11 0JX 1st Race 12.30pm

Sunday 24th March 2019 Lamerton Kilworthy, Tavistock PL19 0JX 1st Race 1.00pm

Sunday 24th March 2019 Mendip Farmers Ston Easton, Shepton Mallet, BA3 5DH 1st Race 1.00pm

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

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Tavistock

 

BBC Travel News: Devon; Cornwall; Somerset;

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY 25 March 2018

 

BOOKIES 1 PUNTERS 5

It was a day for favourite backers on the re-vamped Kilworthy track on Sunday.

I went there licking my wounds from Milborne St Andrew on the previous day, but clawed it back thanks to the form book holding up and a few Sunday morning prayers.

Honest Deed (4-7 from 4-9) set the tone for the day with a fairly easy three-runner Hunt race success over Bricks and Beams (5-2 into 2’s) and Angles Hill (solid 4’s). The trio all looked very fit and the placed horses should atone before the end of the season. Honest Deed will probably step up to Intermediate company next and is a useful sort.

The 13-runner Maiden looked a real puzzle which I failed to solve. Mountain Las (2-1 fav from 3’s) looked fit but never got into the race. There was good money for Coco Shambhala from the Mahon yard (10’s to 6’s) who ran well to be third. Limoncello (7’s to 6’s) was disappointing, After a good battle up the straight the exposed Druid Spitfire (easy at 10’s) just nodded Moonaro (drifted to 8’s) by a head. The winner has had a few chances but was running from Robert Chanin’s yard for the first time and this full brother to Welstonedruid (same trainer) is evidently a thorough stayer.

Good old Dicky Bob (5-4 into evens fav) opened his seasonal tally with a gutsy performance in the Mixed Open. Despite being held up in the recent snow, the likeable grey looked pretty fit and galloped away from Kernel Victor (9-4) in the mud which seemed made to measure for him.

Darren Edwards followed up his win on Honest Deed when The Two Amigos (5-4 to evens) took the Confined. Nicky Martin’s six-year-old was keeping his unbeaten record for the season (four timer), but I thought that his jumping was less than fluent in the closing stages (probably tiring in the testing ground). Heaney (6’s) was a good runner-up having looked a threat half a mile out, and third placed Navanman  (2’s) will soon get back to winning form.

The Restricted turned into a match over the last four fences between the winner Eastern Calm (3’s to 5-2 fav) and Wind Tor (solid 6’s). The jolly jinked left going into the last, but stayed on gamely on the flat. This well bred mare is a consistent type. Wind Tor fluffed the obstacle and quickly emptied out, but she will win a similar event on better ground.

Eastern Calm had finished third behind Ballybane in the South Pool Restricted, and the latter was nicely backed from 7-4 to 4-5 to win the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier. Having won at Buckfastleigh on heavy, the rangy grey Ballybane was fully entitled to justify support here and duly did so in the hands of David Prichard. This is a real chasing type who can progress further. Prince of Poets (10-1) had shown the darker side of his character at Buckfastleigh, but this Byron gelding didn’t put a hoof wrong here and was running on in the gamest fashion up the home straight.

Well done to the Lamerton organisers for getting this meeting on in difficult circumstances (not just due to the recent heavy snow).  They had been turfed off the hill and the whole of the top end of the course, but thanks to a lot of hard work from Hon Secretary Belinda Fuller and her team, racing went ahead successfully.

RESULTS

Results of the Lamerton Point-To-Point

Report from the Lamerton Point-To-Point

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Megan Cobley

Upcoming Event

  •  [Rescheduled] Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Saturday 31st March 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Spooner & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook, Sunday 8th April 2018, 1st race 1.30pm
  • Silverton, Bishops Court, Saturday 14th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Eggesford, Upcott Cross, Sunday 15th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Dartmoor, Flete Park, Saturday 21st April 2018, 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY 25 March 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“I that never did weep, now melt with woe

that winter should cut off our spring- time so”

King Henry V1 part 3- William Shakespeare

DICKY BOB produced another ultra game performance in winning the Mixed Open at the Lamerton fixture at Kilworthy

Dartmoor looked at its best in welcome spring sunshine, but inevitably the going was soft and testing after all the rain and snow. The popular 11-year-old grey Dicky Bob was given a positive ride by Rex Dingle to score by 25 lengths as Kernel Victor and Mic’s Delight chased him home at a respectable distance.

Dicky Bob’s owner/trainer Verity Nicholls reported that her gelding’s preparation had been held up by the recent snow and said, “You can just see Peak Hill Farm in the distance on the sky line where I train. We were snowed in and he had four days off. He stood in his box for two days.”  Rex Dingle had him in the leading pair throughout and he galloped on resolutely to pull clear of his rivals in the home straight.

Darren Edwards consolidated his lead in the area jockeys championship with a double thanks to Honest Deed in the Hunt race and The Two Amigos in the Confined. Trained by Dean Summersby, Honest Deed is jointly owned by Emma Summersby, Torben Hughs, Nick Banks and Lamerton Hon Secretary Belinda Fuller, who worked so hard in difficult circumstances for this meeting to go ahead. “He would be better on better ground and we will look for an Intermediate now,” reported the trainer, who was saddling his fifth winner of the season and recalled riding the winner of this race (Bathwick Breeze) in 2012

The Two Amigos was scoring for the fourth successive time this season after shrugging off the sustained challenge of Heaney (Millie Wonnacott) in the Confined event. The well backed winner made all the running but got a bit low over his jumps in the closing stages before giving Darren Edwards his eighth winner of the season. Nicky Martin has done well with her Midnight Legend six-year-old, who is currently one of the season’s leading point-to-pointers in the country.

The Open Maiden saw a field of 13 facing the starter and produced the closest finish of the day. Tom Chanin sent Druid Spitfire to the front at the third last and held the late thrust of Moonaro (Paul John) by a diminishing head with the Croome mare Coco Shambhala (Zac Baker) a creditable third. The winner, a full brother to the useful Welstonedruid, was formerly trained by his owner Elisabeth Kessler, but has recently joined the yard of Robert Chanin, who said. “I have only had him a month and just tightened him up and got it right.”  Tom Chanin was partnering his third winner of the campaign and reported, “He jumped really well and travelled well in the mud.”

Ballybane followed up his Buckfastleigh success when staying on gamely to beat Prince of Poets and Creative Inerta in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. Melanie Dixon’s progressive gelding was giving 26-year-old David Prichard his second winner of the season.

Eastern Calm had finished a good third behind Ballybane in the South Pool Restricted last month and took the Restricted here in the colours of the Pidsley family. The mount of Christopher Barber, Eastern Calm headed Wind Tor (Josh Newman) just before the last which both mares jumped less than fluently. The winner is a good bodied Kayf Tara mare who was trained by Sarah Pidsley to win an Ottery Maiden a year ago. A shoulder injury to Sarah saw Eastern Calm join Stuart Sampson’s string just before Christmas. “A really nice mare who likes soft ground,” remarked  20-year-old jockey Christopher Barber, who was partnering his second winner of the season.

Long standing West Country regulars (yes, I was there) may recall that the lay out of the Kilworthy track in use in 2018 was last used at the 1989 Lamerton fixture, held on Saturday March 25, Going Soft, (the full Kilworthy track with the finishing hill which opened in 1925 has become unavailable again this year, just like 29 years ago). The Ladies’ Open in 1989 was won by 14-year-old Dicky Blob, a prolific pointing and hunter chase scorer in those days for his owner John Nicholls, who also rode his black gelding on occasions.

So Dicky Bob was following in the hoof prints of old Dicky Blob and Verity Nicholls said. “I actually named my Dicky Bob as a tribute to my father John Nicholls,”

RESULTS

Results of the Lamerton Point-To-Point

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Megan Cobley

Upcoming Event

  •  [Rescheduled] Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Saturday 31st March 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Spooner & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook, Sunday 8th April 2018, 1st race 1.30pm
  • Silverton, Bishops Court, Saturday 14th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Eggesford, Upcott Cross, Sunday 15th April 2018, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Dartmoor, Flete Park, Saturday 21st April 2018, 1st Race 2.00pm

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