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GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – AXE VALE HARRIERS

“The uncertain glory of an April day,
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away.”

The Two Gentlemen of Verona – William Shakespeare

There is something special about the Axe Vale Harriers point-to-point at Stafford Cross. This pleasant compact course has a garden party atmosphere, and often attracts good class horses.

The first ever fixture organised by the Axe Vale Harriers was held on
Thursday 24th April 1947 on a course across the main road (A3052) from today’s venue. From 1950 until 1993 the fixture was held on Wednesday’s. The switch to the current Stafford Cross course, much flatter and sharper than its predecessor, took place in 1966.

I must admit that I preferred the Wednesday meetings which always seemed to attract big crowds and runners from outside the area. East Anglian raiders David and Josephine Turner were regular visitors as they gathered winners towards their numerous National riders’ titles in the 1970’s on pointers trained by their father Joe Turner.

Another long distance traveller was Graham Pidgeon who sent horses from his Northamptonshire yard and would back them fearlessly. His daughter Jenny collected four national lady jockeys’ titles in the 1980’s.

I remember Robert Alner riding three winners at the final mid week meeting. Also, leading trainer Richard Barber, who regularly saddled a clutch of winners at the Axe Vale over the years, including five in 1995 which were all ridden by Polly Curling. Sadly both Robert and Richard have passed away in the last few months.

There are too many horses to mention, but a regular was locally trained Culmleigh Padre who seemed to run every year and won the Members’ as a 17-year-old, ridden by Martin Sweetland, about the same age as his mount

My short trip to Stafford Cross each year always brings a few things to mind if you will forgive a few personal anecdotes. My memory insists that racing invariably took place on sunny and warm April afternoons. In practice it was not always so. I cannot recall the exact year, but it poured with rain and deep pools of water gathered outside the paddock. In those days I used a mini tape recorder for my race reading job. When I got home and tried to replay the tape it was so soggy it wouldn’t work. For me one of the worst things that can happen is to find all your vital information literally down the drain.

Another weather related incident came in 1985 when thick fog descended on the course, which is only a few miles from the coast. Once again it was a race reading nightmare, but on this occasion I “sprinted” across the course from one side to the other four times to get a view of the action and pick up what I could see. What a relief when the meeting was called off after Tabitha Cave had won the fourth race on Ballytartar. Nowadays I use a more reliable digital recorder, but my days of athleticism are a thing of the past.

The 1989 fixture will always be remembered for a major betting coup at this little country track which would not have been out of place in a Dick Francis novel. The Welsh trained Open winner Katesville, with no recent form to his name, “landed a punt of astronomical proportions from 25’s to sixes” relates the form book. Bookmakers were said to have been stung for over £25,000. Suffice to say an air of suspicion and gossip hung in the air for the rest of the afternoon as Katesville’s horse box plus connections whisked themselves away. The winner’s registered pedigree was later amended.

RESULTS

AXE VALE HARRIERS AT STAFFORD CROSS

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29TH 1981 Going Good

HUNT

1 Sinsinawa VI (Michael Williams)

2 Roman Lily (Chris Down)

3 Culmleigh Padre (B Stevenson) SP evens fav

4 ran; 6l;12l; 6m 32s; SP 1-3 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS’

1 Piping Reed (Michael Williams)

2 Romany Heath (Eddie Whettam)

3 Smart Kid (Nigel Dunn)

8 ran; 5l; 10l; 6m 9s SP evens fav

OPEN

1 Spider Legs (Grant Cann)

2 Grey Granite (J Bishop)

3 Macturk (Tony Harris)

9 ran; 12l; 6l; 6m 10s SP 3-1

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Withen Wood (Rosemary White)

2 Kara Pops (Miss J Woodhouse)

3 Decoy (Janine Mills)

8 ran; 8l; 6l; 6m 6s; SP 11-10 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS’ RESTRICTED

1 Hewish Rocket (Robert Alner)

2 Culm Port (Chris Down)

3 Polly Bird (Eddie Whettam)

11 ran; 4l; neck; 6m 14s; SP 6-4 fav

RESTRICTED OPEN

1 Fire Port (Peter Hobbs)

2 Ali’s Chandy (Jimmy Frost)

3 Sulimnos (Robert Alner)

11 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 13s; SP 3-1

The Hunt race winner Sinsinawa VI was a genuine mare who won seven races in her career. She was owned and trained by Martin Salter who farmed the land at Stafford Cross. He quickly completed a double when Piping Reed won the Adjacents Hunts’ race, each ridden by Michael Williams. Sinsinawa was in top form in 1981 and had little difficulty here when coming clear of Roman Lilly in the home straight. Stewart Pike’s Roman Lilly subsequently foaled a very good horse called Proud Sun. Culmleigh Padre lost touch down the back straight. He fared better winning this race eight years later.

Piping Reed was a consistent gelding in his grade and won four times in 1981. He finished with his usual flourish to beat Romany Heath who was in touch until the final bend. Smart Kid was not an easy ride but gave useful experience to his rider Nigel Dunn.

Grant Cann was one of the most successful riders of his generation. He rode his first winner (Chancellor) at the Mid Devon when they raced at Moretonhampstead in 1961. When he eventually retired he had a total of 217 winners to his name. Ten of those winners came in 1981, including three on the easy Axe Vale Open winner Spider Legs. Runner up Grey Granite was a proficient jumper but lacked pace. Macturk was left a moderate third when Just Fay departed at the last. He ran in the colours of Roger Penny whose good jumpers in later years included dual Cheltenham Foxhunter winner Earthmover.

Withen Wood was one of a string of successful pointers bred by owner/trainer Raymond Winslade. This big gelding started the season as a maiden and ended it with four wins. On this occasion he was ridden by Rosemary White, who will be remembered for her association with the brilliant mare Horoscope. Kara Pops was a good horse for the Turner’s in his day, but he acted as a schoolmaster now. John Lister’s Decoy was outclassed here despite the assistance of Janine Mills.

Three of the top riders in the area filled the places in the Adjacent Restricted. Robert Alner’s mount Hewish Rocket might have been a lucky winner. Tula Lad was in front when he ran off the course into the spinney on the bend into the home straight (not the only horse I have seen taking this diversion). The eventual runner up Culm Port and Chris Down had won their Maiden at Bratton Down on the previous Saturday. She was a tail swisher, but utterly genuine and went on to win races under rules. Eddie Whettam was another fine rider and steered Polly Bird into third place. This mare was a thorough stayer, ill at ease on this sharp track.

I felt like running into the spinney myself after the last race. My nemesis was called Ali’s Chandy. Jimmy Frost was booked and I remember waiting patiently all afternoon for a decent bet in the Restricted. Although she was a bit wayward, she had run well in fair company at Ottery, and with blinkers now applied the joint editor of the Hunter Chasers and Point-to-Pointers annual and me needed little encouragement. I won’t bore readers any more, but you don’t get paid out on seconds…..the worthy winner was Fire Port ridden by Peter Hobbs.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers – MacKenzie & Phillips, MacKenzie & Selby – various years
  • The Pointer
  • Sporting Life

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 EGGESFORD & AXE VALE

It was inevitable that four local fixtures in nine days would lead to a scarcity of runners. Fortunately our area did not suffer the fate of the meeting at Charing, Kent on Easter Saturday, where four of the six scheduled races produced a walk over.

The course organisers at both Upcott Cross (Eggesford) and Stafford Cross (Axe Vale) can be congratulated for providing safe, watered ground, but no meeting can expect decent fields if there are not enough pointers to go round. There was a stiff wind against the runners in the home straight, not very nice for watching too

Betting is naturally sluggish in three or four runner races and this was the case at both fixtures last weekend. The only certainty was that Will Biddick would be ducked in the paddock water trough by his riding colleagues if he broke the record for number of career winners, and this he did courtesy of a double with Crown of Thorns (4-7 fav) and Kernel Victor (1-2 fav).

Will Biddick and Kernel Victor
Will Biddick and Kernel Victor
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

Herbert Park (2-5 to 1-2) was another odds-on winner in the Mixed Open . He was out with the washing at the top of the home straight as Saffron Wells (4’s to 7-2) raced 20 lengths clear down the hill, but a cool ride from young Fergus Gillard saw Herbert Park swoop into the lead at the last.

Fergus Gillard and Herbert Park
Fergus Gillard and Herbert Park
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

The layers tale of woe continued as both sections of the Open Maiden went to the short priced jollys. Bookmaker David Phillips sponsored the first division and had to fork out more as Banco de Logos (evens) beat Willaldo (9-1). The winner has taken a while to get his head in front after his good run behind the smart Road to Rome at Buckfastleigh, but did little wrong here.

Dr Kananga started 6-4 favourite in the other division and shook off the challenge of 25-1 outsider Poniel. Five-year-old Dr Kananga is a likeable sort who ran very well behind Famous Response at Great Trethew after winning his bumper at Ffos Las in desperate ground. Second Captain (9-2 to 4’s) came out of the clouds to finish third.
The young horses Maiden went to the rangy four-year-old Getaround (6-4 joint fav) who came clear of the other joint fav Largy Mountain from the penultimate. They are each capable of stepping up in class.

Navanman (1-2 to 4-9 fav) suffered a rare reversal in his own Hunt race which attracted just three runners. River Myth (5-4 to 6-4) is in good form however and took command a long way out. She was completing a hat trick.

The only long priced winner on the day was Ballybruff (100 to 8) in the Restricted. Not the most consistent of animals, he had more letters than numbers to his name this season, mostly P’s. He is in a good yard however and won on merit. Owner Alistair Harvey had him with the leaders throughout. Minimalistic (evens fav) can perhaps be forgiven for his below par Cherrybrook run, but this was another lack lustre effort.

The first two winners started 1-3 as we moved on to a less windy Axe Vale on the following day. Dry ol’ Party followed up her Mendip win in the opening Hunt race where only Heartening (9-4 to 2’s) opposed her.

Tuff Nano (opened 2-5) continued in top form in the Confined and romped home by 20 lengths to give Will Biddick another winner.

The Last But One (solid 2’s) was my bet of the day in the Mixed Open. His maximum penalty (12lbs) was offset by Nathan Vergne’s claim, but he only just held off the strong finishing Minella Fifty (3’s to 5-2).

The floodgates had opened as the punters piled in on the next three favourites. Earth Leader (evens) outclassed his three opponents in the Intermediate before Apples Queen (4-7 to 2-5) held on gamely to beat Theatre Evening (5-2) in the Novice Riders’ under Liam Harrison. The layers took another blow when Skinflint (4-5 fav) found ground and track conditions to his liking in the Restricted.

Earth Leader & Bryan Carver
Earth Leader & Bryan Carver
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

The last race (Open Maiden) featured the biggest field of the day, 8, and the springer of the day in the shape of ex-Irish Businessman. I saw £500 to £100 laid early before the five-year-old dropped through all rates to 5-4 fav. Newcomer Raise Your Hand was opposed from an opening show of 2-1 out to 3’s, but won impressively from the promising A Tipple or Two (6-4 to 7-4).

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 4th May 2019 Modbury Harriers & Totnes Bridgetown Co. Ltd Flete Park, Ermington,  Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 Devon and Somerset Staghounds Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Cattistock Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Stevenstone Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: AXE VALE HARRIERS AT STAFFORD CROSS, SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“The sun has come out and the air is vivid with spring light”

Byron Caldwell Smith 1849-1877

Although substantial watering had produced good ground at the popular Stafford Cross track, the proliferation of meetings around Easter meant small fields. This flat track suits the speedy types and sub-six minutes times tend to be the norm.

Bryan Carver was the jockey in form at the Axe Vale Harriers fixture, completing a double thanks to Earth Leader and Skinflint

Earth Leader & Bryan Carver
Earth Leader & Bryan Carver
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

Roger Penny’s Earth Leader made all to win the Intermediate, fending off Oxfordshire challenger Captiva Island after a display of quick jumping. “He is a strong travelling horse who has improved throughout the season,” remarked the jockey, who is also making the most of his chances in Paul Nicholls’ yard. This win would have proved a tonic for trainer Rose Loxton, who is currently in hospital.

Carver completed his double when sending the Gerry Supple trained Skinflint to the front four out in the Restricted before coasting to an eight lengths success. The Irish born jockey was deputising for Jo Supple who had good news about her recuperation from an injury sustained at the Cotley last month. Having partnered Skinflint earlier in the season she remarked, “He has strengthened up now. This quicker track suits him.”

Liam Harrison is another young jockey making the most of his opportunities. The 16-year-old rode his 9th winner of the season and has a good chance of lifting the Fuller’s Novice Riders title. Apple’s Queen looked to be making hard work of disposing of his two rivals round the final bend, but the 2-5 favourite responded well to hold Theatre Evening after the pair had jumped the last together.

The Last But One’s stiff penalty was offset by jockey Nathan Vergne’s claim in the Mixed Open and this proved decisive as Tom Malone’s useful pointer just held the late thrust of Minella Fifty. “He could run again at Flete next week and I hope we can get him to the Ladies’ hunter chase at Stratford at the end of the season,” said the owner, better known as a leading bloodstock agent.

The four-year-old Raise Your Hand might have caught the bloodstock agent’s eye in winning the Open Maiden. Making his racecourse debut, this promising type got jockey Darren Andrews off the 13-winner mark, quickening to beat the equally promising A Tipple or Two (Will Biddick). The winner was, “bought out of a Tipperary field,” by former point-to-point jockey Martin Cooney who came over from Ireland to see the race. “I broke him and got him going then sent him over to Christopher (Barber) to train. “He will be a nice horse after summer grass and could go to the sales,” reported the young trainer, another generation of the Barber pointing dynasty.

Will Biddick added to his record breaking tally with a smooth success on Tuff Nano in the Confined. This mare is unbeaten since joining Teresa Clark’s yard last December. “She will go on any ground and might run again this season as she still needs educating,” said the Spaxton based trainer.

Tuff Nano was an inspired £10,000 buy at Ascot sales, but the Hunt race winner cost connections only £600. This was Dry ol’ Party who had already rewarded owner/trainer Stuart Payne by winning the Mendip Ladies’ and followed up here under Chloe Emsley.

Results

RESULTS: AXE VALE HARRIERS AT STAFFORD CROSS, SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 4th May 2019 Modbury Harriers & Totnes Bridgetown Co. Ltd Flete Park, Ermington,  Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 Devon and Somerset Staghounds Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Cattistock Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Stevenstone Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: AXE VALE HARRIERS AT STAFFORD CROSS, SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2019

GOING: Good

HUNT RACE (SPONSOR BEVISS & BECKINGSALE)

1 Dry Ol Party (Chloe Emsley) 1-3 fav disp ld til led three out, clr last
2 Heartening (Gordon Treacy) 2-1 disp ld outpaced two out
2 ran; 1 1/2l; 6m 3s

CONFINED (J & FJ BAKER CO LTD, HONITON)

1 Tuff Nano (Will Biddick) 1-3 fav led 10th, clr three out, easily
2 According to Harry (Darren Edwards) 2-1 disp til 10th, wknd 16th
3 Railway Storm (Gordon Treacy) 10-1 in touch til 15th
3 ran; 20l; dist 5m 54s

MIXED OPEN (LEE CLIFFORD ENGINEERING)

1 The Last But One (Nathan Vergne) 2-1 fav prom, effort three out, led last
2 Minella Fifty (Josh Newman) 5-2 led 12th til three out, rallied, just failed
3 Tom Barton (Liam Harrison) 10-1 with ldrs til no extra two out
5 ran; neck; 8l; 5m 49s

INTERMEDIATE (MARTIN DIPLOCK, LYME REGIS)

1 Earth Leader (Bryan Carver) evens fav made all jumped well
2 Captiva Island (James King) 13-8 hdwy three out, wknd after next
3 Ballycash (Liam Trott) 16-1 lost touch 14th
4 ran; 6l; dist 5m 49s

NOVICE RIDERS COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE (LENTELLS)

1 Apples Queen (Liam Harrison) 2-5 fav effort three out, disp last, ran on well flat
2 Theatre Evening (Freddie Proctor) 5-2 led til joined two out, no extra nr finish
3 True Flying Colours (Tom Doggrell) 9-2 in touch til four out
3 ran; 1l; dist; 5m 58s

RESTRICTED (HAMMETT ASSOCIATES)

1 Skinflint (Bryan Carver) 4-5 fav led 16th, easily
2 Gracious Prince (Shane Quinlan) 13-2 effort four out not pace wnr
3 Minella Mojo (Josh Newman) 8-1 in touch til 14th
4 ran; 8l; 12l; 5m 54s

OPEN MAIDEN (SCOTT ROWE SOLICITORS)

1 Raise Your Hand (Darren Andrews) 3-1 prom, led three out, qcknd well
2 A Tipple or Two (Will Biddick) 7-4 made most til three out, kept on
3 Niteinshiningarmour (Shane Quinlan) 20-1 with ldrs til two out
8 ran; 3l; 2l; 5m 58s

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Entries: Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday 28th April 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:30 Members Race
2nd 14:10 Confined Race
3rd 14:45 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:20 Intermediate Race
5th 15:55 Novice Riders Race
6th 16:30 Restricted Race
7th 17:05 Open Maiden for 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds Race

Going Update

26 April 2019, at 11:10

Watering today. Raining now and more forecast overnight. The going is good today. Looking good for Sunday

19 April at 10:27

The course is looking great and the going is good. We will water next week if its not going to rain.

Preview extract:

Sunday’s meeting is to be held in the East of Devon at Stafford Cross, where the Axe Vale stage their day on April 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, followed by the seven race card, with a start time of 1.30pm. Nearly 70 entries have been received.

This flat track will see some fast times and thrilling finishes. There will be a beer tent, bookies, hot and cold refreshments, food along with trade stands offering a fun family day out. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs are welcome on leads. The course at Stafford Cross is located near Seaton off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30. EX24 6HZ.


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 3/34- BUSINESSMAN (IRE) Leslie Jefford
2 Y *93330-13 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne C. J. R. Emsley 2/9
3 Y *9779//-5 HEARTENING 25 Paul Phillips G. Treacy 11.7; 9/4
4 21/ff-24p2 JOURNEY JUICE 36 Ed Walker
5 121f-1112 MASTER BAKER 44+ Lisa Jefford
6 -12u1 MERCHANT HOUSE (IRE) 36+ Leslie Jefford

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 2 1.5L 6m 03
2nd 3
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Beviss & Beckinsale-sponsored Members race heads up the action in which Jo Supple could be back in the saddle riding the prolific winning Master Baker. Jo sustained an unseat and injury at Cotley on Merchant House. Her previous wins on Master Baker include two Hunter Chase wins this season at Newbury and Taunton. Merchant House won the Point-to-Point Bumper at Exeter two weeks ago, then ridden by Millie Wonnacott who could get the leg up again here.

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Race 2 – Confined Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y *55474p-2 ACCORDING TO HARRY(IRE) 40 Nicola Martin D. Edwards 11/8 to 2/1
2 15f4p-pu3 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 39 Ed Walker
3 1434-1452 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 39 Robert Chanin
4 /2233-3331 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
5 4u54f-545 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
6 Y 14444*6-4 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35
Christopher White
G. Treacy 6/1 to 10/1
7 Y -111 TUFF NANO (IRE) 40+ Teresa Clark W. Biddick 4/6 to 4/11

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 7 20L 5m 54
2nd 1 Distance
3rd 6
4th

Preview extract

Tuff Nano having won at Charlton Horethorn and Kilworthy, will figure high in the betting in the J & FJ Baker-sponsored Confined race with the booking of jockey Will Biddick, for trainer Teresa Clark. Kernal Victor (Ed Walker) could bypass the Eggesford meeting and challenge here to add to his eight length win at Cherrybrook last month.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 *93330-13 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne
2 3/2f11-222 FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
3 Y *pp/4/23- KAFE SUPREME 34? Stuart Penny S. Quinlan T/S; 16/1
4 Y 111/f/12-p MINELLA FIFTY (IRE) 41? Claire Hitch J. Newman T/S; 3/1
5 43/p-p316 MOUNTAIN CLICHE 38? Nick Dawe
6 088/-ppup ONE COOL SCORPION (IRE) 24 Louise Kittow
7 p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson
8 Y /2333-2153 THE FLYING DOC (IRE) 41 Ed Walker W. Biddick 2/1
9 Y 12-111222 THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) 43 Thomas Malone N. Vergne 5/4; 12st
10 421-54431 THEATRE EVENING(IRE) 39? Harriet Brown
11 122-1u222 TOM BARTON 42 Sally Alner L. Harrison 2/1

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 9 Neck 5m 53
2nd 4 8L
3rd 11
4th 8

Preview extract

The Lee Clifford Engineering-sponsored Mixed Open has attracted some good horses in dual Wadebridge winner The Last But One (Tom Malone), previous hat-trick winner here Minella Fifty (Claire Hitch), Fly West (Ed Walker) won here last season and has gone close in his recent outings, also another previous course winner here Tom Barton (Sally Alner).

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 5p624-pp BALLYCASH (IRE) 35 Ben Clarke L. Trott 20/1
2 Y 55p-1221 CAPTIVA ISLAND (IRE) 37 Alan Hill J. King 7/4
3 222-23113 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39
Dean Summersby
4 Y 6r6-u3311 EARTH LEADER (IRE) 38+ Rose Loxton B. Carver T/S; Evens
5 /pu2-11 MANOFMANYWORDS 40+ Camilla Scott
6 4u54f-545 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
7 Y 2224p3-p2 PRINCE OF POETS 37 Teresa Clark W. Biddick 5/2
8 313-55515 TAMARSTONE (IRE) 37 Neil McLean

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 4 7L 5m 49
2nd 2 Distance
3rd 1
4th

Preview extract

Oxford trainer Alan Hill could make the journey down with his entry Captiva Island who has progressed quickly this season having won at Cottenham on good to firm, and could take the Martin Diplock Estate Agents-sponsored Intermediate race. Manofmanywords for the Camilla Scott team could be the challenger here and add to his restricted win at Cothelstone.

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Race 5 – Novice Riders Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 1p/-2u531 APPLE’S QUEEN (FR) 41 Sally Alner L. Harrison T/S
2 152/-93u22 CHILL FACTOR (IRE) 40
Rachael Honeyball
3 p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson
4 Y 421-54431 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39? Harriet Brown S. Proctor
5 *414221-2 TOP CHIEF 41 Stuart Sampson
6 Y p123-4421 TRUEFLYINGCOLOURS 37 Stuart Penny T. Doggerell Bl

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 1 1L 5m 58
2nd 4 Distance
3rd 6
4th

Preview extract

Sally Alner’s Apple’s Queen won at this track previously, and could go well in the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice riders race for Liam Harrison. The combination won at Badbury Rings earlier this month coming home eight lengths ahead of De Boitron.

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Race 6 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 221/p6f3- BALTAZAR DU SEUIL (FR) 35? Stuart Sampson
2 Y 6/pp1-353 GRACIOUS PRINCE (IRE) 35 Harriet Brown S. Quinlan T/S; Hd; 6/1
3 1/5pp-51p IF IT BE YOUR WILL 32? Gordon Herrod
4 21/ff-24p2 JOURNEY JUICE 36 Ed Walker
5 Y 4357*43- MINELLA MOJO (IRE) 34 Robert Chanin J. Newman 8/1
6 Y *90/pp61- MISS BUTTERFLY (IRE) 35+ Stuart Sampson D. Andrews 7/4
7 Y 67pp-214 SKINFLINT (IRE) 36 Gerard Supple B. Carver 4/5
8 /213-pb4 WHO TOLD YOU 36 Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 7 8L 5m 54
2nd 2 12L
3rd 5
4th 6

Preview extract

Trainer Gerry Supple will be hoping that Skin Flint could repeat his form when winning at Great Trethew, if finding the going to his liking in the Hammett Financial-sponsored Restricted race. Journey Juice for the Ed Walker team could be amongst the opposition and improve on runner-up at Cotley when coming home three lengths behind Missyladie.

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Race 7 – Open Maiden for 4, 5 & 6 Years Old Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y /2-322 A TIPPLE OR TWO 30 Caroline Keevil W. Biddick 11.3; 7/4
2 Y -p APRIL PIP 0 Robert Atkinson F. Gillard 50/1
3 *087-Rv ARCHIRONDEL (IRE) 32+ Tiffany O’Dwyer
4 Y 3/34- BUSINESSMAN (IRE) Leslie Jefford B. Carver 6/4
5 Y *05450/- CHEYONA (IRE) Chloe Roddick G. Treacy 20/1
6 -12 DR KANANGA 31+ Ben Clarke
7 /3f-4 GLIMPSE OF GLADYS 27 Robert Pudd
8 /u3-p GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
9 Y /pfpf-prp HATARI (IRE) 0
Camilla Greenwood
M. Woodward 33/1
10 Y 3-ppp2 NITEINSHININARMOUR(IRE) 24 Jane Western S. Quinlan 16/1
11 Y RAISE YOUR HAND (IRE)
Christopher Barber
D. Andrews 5/2
12 Y p-p SPOILER ALERT (IRE) 0 Claire Hitch J. Newman T/S; 8/1

Was

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 11
2nd 1
3rd 10
4th 4

Preview extract

Finally up is the Scott Rowe Solicitors Open maiden race for four,five,six and seven year-olds in which A Tipple Or Two will be well backed on her previous form when second at Cothelstone for the Caroline Keevil team. Businessman also catches the eye as a new recruit to the Les Jefford team, as an ex Irish import with place form and the yard in winning form.

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Preview: Axe Vale Point-To-Point at Stafford Cross, Seaton, ‪Sunday 28th‬ ‪April‬ 2019

Written by Donna Harris

Sunday’s meeting is to be held in the East of Devon at Stafford Cross, where the Axe Vale stage their day on April 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, followed by the seven race card, with a start time of 1.30pm. Nearly 70 entries have been received. The Lee Clifford Engineering-sponsored Mixed Open has attracted some good horses in dual Wadebridge winner The Last But One (Tom Malone), previous hat-trick winner here Minella Fifty (Claire Hitch), Fly West (Ed Walker) won here last season and has gone close in his recent outings, also another previous course winner here Tom Barton (Sally Alner).

The Beviss & Beckinsale-sponsored Members race heads up the action in which Jo Supple could be back in the saddle riding the prolific winning Master Baker. Jo sustained an unseat and injury at Cotley on Merchant House. Her previous wins on Master Baker include two Hunter Chase wins this season at Newbury and Taunton. Merchant House won the Point-to-Point Bumper at Exeter two weeks ago, then ridden by Millie Wonnacott who could get the leg up again here.

Tuff Nano having won at Charlton Horethorn and Kilworthy, will figure high in the betting in the J & FJ Baker-sponsored Confined race with the booking of jockey Will Biddick, for trainer Teresa Clark. Kernal Victor (Ed Walker) could bypass the Eggesford meeting and challenge here to add to his eight length win at Cherrybrook last month.

Oxford trainer Alan Hill could make the journey down with his entry Captiva Island who has progressed quickly this season having won at Cottenham on good to firm, and could take the Martin Diplock Estate Agents-sponsored Intermediate race. Manofmanywords for the Camilla Scott team could be the challenger here and add to his restricted win at Cothelstone.

Sally Alner’s Apple’s Queen won at this track previously, and could go well in the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice riders race for Liam Harrison. The combination won at Badbury Rings earlier this month coming home eight lengths ahead of De Boitron.

Trainer Gerry Supple will be hoping that Skin Flint could repeat his form when winning at Great Trethew, if finding the going to his liking in the Hammett Financial-sponsored Restricted race. Journey Juice for the Ed Walker team could be amongst the opposition and improve on runner-up at Cotley when coming home three lengths behind Missyladie.

Finally up is the Scott Rowe Solicitors Open maiden race for four,five,six and seven year-olds in which A Tipple Or Two will be well backed on her previous form when second at Cothelstone for the Caroline Keevil team. Businessman also catches the eye as a new recruit to the Les Jefford team, as an ex Irish import with place form and the yard in winning form.

This flat track will see some fast times and thrilling finishes. There will be a beer tent, bookies, hot and cold refreshments, food along with trade stands offering a fun family day out. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs are welcome on leads. The course at Stafford Cross is located near Seaton off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30. EX24 6HZ.

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REPORT & RESULTS: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT STAFFORD CROSS, 29 APRIL 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success”….

– Napoleon Hill 1883-1970. American speaker & inspirational writer.

WILL BIDDICK’S remarkable weekend continued at the Axe Vale Harriers fixture at Stafford Cross, where he added four more winners to his win in Ireland on Friday evening, coupled with a double from his two rides at Trebudannon on Saturday (April 28)

Biddick cleaned up in the first three races on Sunday thanks to La Madonnina, Fly West and Minella Fifty which meant six successive winning rides for the reigning National champion.

His opening winners were saddled by Ed Walker before Claire Hitch supplied the classy Minella Fifty to take the Men’s Open.

A former winner under rules for Caroline Keevil, Hunt race winner La Modonnina now runs in the colours of the trainer’s racing club. The Milan mare was watched by his Taunton based breeder Heather Dunn.

Fly West shook off Blackwater Bramble to make up for his last fence fall at Taunton to win the Confined, before Minella Fifty had too much finishing pace for Carraig Mor to win a quality Mixed Open. This was a good training performance by Exmoor based Claire Hitch who said afterwards, “He got a shoulder injury when he fell at Milborne last year and spent three months in his box. The soft ground helps him. It is all about team work. I am assisted with the horses by Heidi Stevens and of course the breakfast chef is Ed (husband).”

A further success on Wendy Jarrett’s Stowaway seven-year-old Imogen’s Thunder in the first of the divided Maidens rounded off the champion jockeys day. Despite a slow start to the season, he is not without hope of retaining his title and now stands on the 20 winner mark.

Ed Doggrell is also making a habit of riding multiple winners this season, having hit the headlines with a treble at the Portman. This time the 20-year-old steered home Bistouri D’Honore in the Novice Riders’ contest before winning the second Open Maiden section on Hugo’s Horse. The former is owned by the Maverick Partnership, viz Lucy and Mike Felton. “I look after him and Mike rides out,” smiled Lucy.

Five-year-old Hugo’s Horse capped a good weekend for his trainer Rose Loxton, who had saddled Friday’s Punchestown hunter chase winner Caid du Berlais. Hugo’s Horse is owned by the Stewart family. “He is named after Andy Stewart’s grandson Hugo. He will improve further,” said the trainer.

River Myth, trained by Stuart Sampson for owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener, came with a late run to take the Restricted under Darren Andrews, Her full sister Fishy Story had won at Woodford on the previous day for the same yard.

Horwood Lad continues to improve and beat a decent field in the Intermediate, partnered by Kieren Buckley. The eight-year-old gelding, owned by a group of owners headed by his breeder Jenny Boucher, was saddled by Joe Tickle, who had tasted success with a bumper winner at the Ludlow meeting on the previous day.

Granville’s betting gossip

It was busy at Stafford Cross which I generally find a difficult course to find winners. Racing here tends to be fast, furious and competitive and Sunday was no exception.

Punters got it right in the opener as La Madonnina (10-11 fav) ushered in another Biddick bonanza. Fly West (11-10 from 4-5) quickly followed up for him, beating market choice Blackwater Bramble, who was forced from 5-4 to 4-5 to start favourite. It was 100-6 bar the pair in this six runner Confined.  

Biddick had to work harder to reach his hat trick in the Mixed Open, but in another display of why he is a six times champion, he was always in the right place on Minella Fifty (2-1) , whose fast and accurate jumping saw this useful pointer home with three lengths to spare over Carraig Mor (5-2 to 7-4 fav). Beat The Tide (4-1) ran well to finish third under his 10lbs penalty. The Claire Hitch trained winner had been off the track since picking up an injury at Milborne over fourteen months ago.

Four horses jumped the second last in line in the Intermediate before the progressive Horwood Lad (6’s to 4’s) just overcame the 6-4 fav Emperor Renard. Creative Inerta (16-1) ran really well to finish a close third, with V Neck (4-1) a creditable fourth.

Alternatif (6-4fav) just shaded the ex-Paul Nicholls trained Bistouri D’Honore (7-4) in the Novice Riders’ contest, but the latter, ridden by Ed Doggrell, and now stabled with Mike Felton was a comfortable winner from 12-1 outsider Top Chief, who is one to note when the ground dries up.

The jolly was turned over again in the 13 runner Restricted when Pointview Gale (5-2) could only finish third behind 10-1 chance River Myth, but normal service was resumed as the Biddick show was on the road again in the first of the divided Open Maidens. The champion clocked up his sixth pointing winner of the weekend as Imogen’s Thunder (5-2 to 2-1 fav) just found enough to see off the promising Minimalistic (solid 9-4).

The eight-race card concluded with 20-year-old Ed Doggrell completing his double in the second Maiden with Hugo’s Horse (4-6 fav touched 6-4). This useful looking grey came to trainer Rose Loxton via Jack Barber and Paul Nicholls and will no doubt return to Ditcheat in due course for owner Andy Stewart.

RESULTS

GOING; GOOD TO SOFT, SOFT IN PLACES

Hunt Race( (Sponsor Bevis & Beckingsale Solicitors)

1 La Madonnina (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav  led two out, pushed out

2 Overafrica (Darren Edwards)11-8 led early, 3rd three out, took 2nd cl home

3 Kapoupakap (Hannah Welch) 5-1 led 6th til two out

4 ran; 3l; 1 1/2l;  6m 21s

Owner; Edward Walker Racing Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

Confined (Harry Parr Memorial Cup – sponsor J & FJ Baker Co Ltd, Colyton)

1 Fly West (Will Biddick) evens fav led 15th , comf

2 Blackwater Bramble (Martin McIntyre ) 4-5 fav led til 15th, kept on

3 Kapricorne (Stefan Kirwan0 16-1 in touch til 15th, one pace

 5 ran; 12l; 8l;  6m 1s

Owner; S Jarrett & P Walker; Trainer; Ed Walker

 

Mixed Open (Graham Hollingworth Memorial Cup – Sponsor Lee Clifford Engineering)

1 Minella Fifty (Will Biddick) 2-1 handy, led two out, driven out

2 Carraig Mor (Martin McIntyre) 7-4 fav prom, every chance til no extra two out

3 Beat The Tide (Ben Robarts) 4-1 prom, every chance two out, wknd after last

8 ran; 3l; neck; 6m 8s

Owner; Ed & Claire Hitch; Trainer; Claire Hitch

 

Intermediate (Mr & Mrs PF Perry Memorial Cup – Martin Diplock. Lyme Regis)

1 Horwood Lad (Kieren Buckley) 4-1 prog three out, led apprg lat, driven out

2 Emperor Renard (Matt Hampton) 6-4 fav handy, close 2nd last , no extra flat

3 Creative Inerta (Darren Andrews) 16-1 led 11th every chance til no extra last

 8 ran; 1 1/2l; 1l;  6m 5s

Owner; Horwood Racing Partnership; Trainer; Joe Tickle

 

Novice Riders’ (Graham Stuart Memorial Trophy = SponsorLentells)

1 Bistouri D’Honore (Ed Doggrell) 7-4 led two out, qcknd clr

2 Top Chief (Bryan Carver) 12-1 led 5th til apprg two out

3 Victors Serenade (Chloe Emsley0 3-1 4th three out, took 3rd cl home

 6ran; 10l; 2 1/2l;  6m 2s

Owner; Maverick Partnership; Trainer; Mike Felton

 

Restricted (Ruth Wilmiongton Memorial Cup) – Sponsor Hammett Associates)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 10-1 stdy prog to lead last, stayed on well

2 Tree Sparrow (Vicky Wade) 5-1 alwys there took 2nd close home

3 Pointview Gale (Lorcan Williams) 5-2 fav led 15th , no extra close home

13 ran; 2 1/2l; 1l;  6m 10s

Owner; Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

Open Maiden

Div 1 Stan Sweetland Memorial Cup – sponsor Scott Rowe Solicitors)

1 Imogen’s Thunder (Will Biddick) 2-1 fav prog to lead two out, dvn clear

2 Minimalistic (Tom Chanin) 9-4 every chance three out, no extra flat

 3 Ballyjim (Martin McIntyre) 5-2 alwys ldrs. Kept on same pace

10 ran; 3l; 6l;  6m 13s

Owner; Wendy Jarrett; Trainer; Mary Tory;

 

Div 2 Ted Cuming Cup  – sponsor Stile Farm Feeds)

1 Hugo’s Horse (Ed Doggrell) 4-6 fav stdy prog to lead last, stayed on flat

2 Speronimo (Kieren Buckley0 12-1 led two out, kept on

3 I;ve Been Tols (S Quinlan) 50-1 led til headed two out

13 ran; 2l; 4l;  6m 17s

Owner; The Stewart family; Trainer; Rose Loxton

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Entries and form guide: Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday 29th April 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:30 Members Race
2nd 14:10 Confined Race
3rd 14:45 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:20 Intermediate Race
5th 15:55 Conditions Race
6th 16:30 Restricted Race
7th 17:05 Open Maiden 4, 5, 6 & 7 year olds Race, Division 1
8th 17:40 Open Maiden 4, 5, 6 & 7 year olds Race, Division 2

Going Update

Thursday 26th April 2018 at 20:00

The Stafford Cross course is looking very good and the going is Good tonight.

Thursday 19th April 2018 at 06:30

The Stafford Cross going is soft heavy in places. With just over a week to go its looking good for the Axe Vale. The course has been slightly altered and now has only 1 down hill jump and now With 19 jumps.

Preview extract:

The Axe Vale meeting on Sunday 29th April will be held at Stafford Cross, Seaton and has attracted 120 entries for their now eight race card with the Open Maiden race already divided. Pony racing which is sponsored by Bruckland Livery heads up the action at 12 noon. Followed by the main card at 1.30pm.

The flat track at Stafford Cross offers good trackside viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car with children under 16 free. Location is off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30 – EX24 6HZ.

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.

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Preview: Axe Vale Point-To-Point at Stafford Cross, Seaton, ‪Sunday 29th‬ ‪April‬ 2018

Written by Donna Harris

The Axe Vale meeting on Sunday 29th April will be held at Stafford Cross, Seaton and has attracted 120 entries for their now eight race card with the Open Maiden race already divided. Pony racing which is sponsored by Bruckland Livery heads up the action at 12 noon. Followed by the main card at 1.30pm. The Lee Clifford Eng-sponsored Mixed Open race looks competitive with previous Larkhill winner Alternatif entered for Jade Barber, along with dual Badbury winner Bistouri d’Honore out of the Michael Felton yard, Charlton Horethorne winner Carraig Mor, and previous winner of ten Points to date Minella Fifty, promising a good battle in store.

Master Baker is entered in the opening Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors-sponsored Members race for the Lisa Jefford team, however he could be an unlikely runner as he ran second in a Hunter Chase at Exeter earlier this week, if this is the case then Fly West could be sent off the likely favourite, who’s CV includes a third in a Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham last season for local trainer Ed Walker. Fly West was an unlucky faller when competing in a Hunter Chase at Taunton and could bounce back to form here.

Fly West also holds an entry in the J & FJ Baker Co Ltd-sponsored Confined race, along with Blackwater Bramble (Jade Barber) who looks progressive having clocked up wins at Badbury and a 20 length winner at Milbourne St Andrew. Emperor Reynard is another who looks to be progressing well with wins at Ston Eston and Badbury for the Marie McGuinness team.

Both Alternatif and Bistouri d’Honore hold entries in the Novice riders race which is sponsored by Lentells chartered accounts, with The Wealerdealer a previous Hunter Chase winner last season when second at Cheltenham for trainer Ian Chanin, looking to be the one to fly the flag and snatch this for the area.

Any market support in the betting ring could give a hint to the 18 entries in the Hammett Associates Accountant-sponsored Restricted race which include  Belharbour Two having clocked up a six length second at Wadebridge behind The Two Amigos,  and Bishops Court third Point View Gale.

Bishops Court and Great Trethew winner Horwood Lad for trainer Jo Tickle, Buckfastleigh winner One Big Love for trainer Sally Alner who was an unlucky faller when sent off favourite at Badbury,  and Larkhill runner up on three occasions V Neck under talented young jockey Christopher Barber, are just three to mention with good form entered in the Intermediate race which is sponsored by Martin Diplock Chartered Surveyors.

Those catching the eye in the divided Maiden races are BallyJim and Glimpse of Gladys in the first division, whilst Dragon de La Tour, Hugo’s Horse and Country Legend stand out in the second. These races have been kindly sponsored by Scott Rowe Solicitors and Stile Farm Seeds.

The flat track at Stafford Cross offers good trackside viewing, hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car with children under 16 free. Location is off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30 – EX24 6HZ.

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