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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP- EASTER POINT TO POINTS

The crowds were massive at both Flete Park and Trebudannon. There were queues to drive into the races, queues to get out, queues for ice creams, queues to get a bet on and queues to collect.

The sun shone and the Easter fixtures were a “joy to behold”, as the vicar said on Easter Sunday. He also said that the sun shines on the righteous so I must have done something right as luckily the form worked out well.

 I joined the pay out queue as early as the opener at Flete Park. I was going to swerve this five runner hunt race, but 4-5 Skylander was too good to miss. Runner up One Tree Hill (4’s to 2’s) ran well and deserves to win a small race.

I had been impressed by Quintin’s Man at Kilworthy, but he was a bit short (2’s to 5-4 fav) in a good Restricted. He will definitely win more races with experience but couldn’t cope here with Honest Opinion (11-4). King’s Quay (5-2) will be better for the race.

I was afraid of Steel Express (11-8) in the Intermediate, but couldn’t pass over Minimalistic, backed from 5-4 to 4-7 whose Open form at Great Trethew was rock solid.

You can’t win them all and Jeremy Central (4-5) was surprisingly beaten by Alternatif (3-1) in the Conditions. Well done to young Otis Morgan who completed his first riding double.

The nine runner getting out stakes looked a punters minefield, but the ex-Irish Champions Hill (13-2 to 5’s) made all and just held on under Conor Houlihan. Hopefully he will be a nice replacement for the Beilby’s Bridge of Spies. Two others well backed in this race were For Luck (10’s to 6’s) and Hold Me Tight (6’s to 5’s). There were three 7-2 co favourites: Jimmy Tew, who seems to be off the naughty stool nowadays (finished 5th), Oyster Perch (keeps knocking at the door) and Young William (messed about at the start and got a red card). I backed the latter and luckily got a refund.

I really like Easter Mondays at Trebudannon. The atmosphere is second to none and the racing is always worth the trip. Well done to the watering efforts at both Flete and Trebudannon for producing safe ground.

There were 10 bookies to joust with at the Cornish track, and plenty of value to be had thanks to a holiday crowd with fun bets in mind. Anybody who had seen Walkin Out (4-7 to 1-2) demolish her rivals (including two subsequent winners) here last month would have fallen over themselves to get on. She scorched round in the fastest time of the day to beat her two opponents.  

No Escape was a surprising 6-4 fav in the two and a half miles Maiden. He had finished fourth in a slowly run Mares Maiden at Kilworthy and occupied the same position here. The winner was Between You and Me (11-4) who gave Josh Newman his 100th pointing winner. He had to be forgiven for a below par run last time, but his second to Spanish Jump at Milborne was the best form on view.

Eric The Third (7-4 to 11-8) in the Conditions event and Footloose (10-11)  each justified favouritism in their respective contests, but the plunge on Party Tunes (2’s to 6-5) in the Ladies’ Open was denied by Oistrakh Le Noir who drifted so much (evens out to 11-4) that he merited the best value bet of the day.  He won on the bit.

Looking For Larry (6-4 to 11-10 fav) had run with promise in a good Great Trethew Maiden and collared Ask The Lady (2-1) close home in the Restricted to give Jake Bament a treble

 Summerleaze (5-4 fav) had also shown considerable promise and was the obvious choice in the concluding 11 runner Maiden. However she finished runner up behind 100-7 outsider Little Peachey after the equally long priced Mykonos Ammos had thrown the race away when making for the exit gate and losing his rider after leading at the last.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

FOUR BURROW AT TREBUDANNON – EASTER MONDAY

A very large and enthusiastic Easter Monday crowd enjoyed the seven races on good going at this popular Cornish track.

The highlights were a first treble for jockey Jake Bament, a first winner for Amy Bennalick, plus Josh Newman reaching his century of winners.
Five-year-old mare Walkin Out followed up her recent course win with another exhilarating performance to set up a treble for Jake Bament in the Sportsmans Arms sponsored Members’ race. Leading from start to finish and jumping quickly and accurately to win in the fastest time of the day, the result was never in doubt. “She will keep running for the rest of the season and may go for a prestigious mares race at the Berkeley next weekend”, said Lisa Jefford, wife of trainer Leslie.

The 24-year-old jockey went on to steer Eric The Third to a six lengths success in the Chris and Sarita Perkins Conditions event. John Heard handles this useful veteran pointer near Okehampton for a small syndicate and described him as “A real trier but a bit one paced and likes firm ground.”

Looking For Larry gave Bament his treble when just overhauling Ask The Lady to win the Mitchell and Webber Restricted. “He was very green and will come on for the run,” reported the jockey. Owner Jill Dennis described her four-year-old as a “big baby we bred from our pointer Tavira. The vet said she was not in foal and she went to be covered in Ireland, but over there she produced the foal by Telescope we called Looking For Larry. She is now in foal to Sixties Icon. Looking For Larry will go to the sales.”

It was almost a four-timer for Bament in the Kivells Maiden as his mount Summerleaze was left in the lead after the last. At this juncture Mykonos Ammos, who had just taken the lead, swerved and lost his rider Fionn Summers as he appeared to dart for the exit gate. The tiring Summerleaze was then headed close home by 14-1 outsider Little Peachey who went on to give 23-year-old Amy Bennalick her first winner. Amy, from Callington, rides out for the winner’s owner/trainer Jackie du Plessis.

Josh Newman reached his century of pointing winners on Between You and Me in the Truro Tractors Maiden for four and five-year-olds. Neil Mclean trains the sturdy Presenting gelding, bought at Goffs Doncaster sales last May, on behalf of John and Floss Symes. The gelding swept past Kesa Great approaching the last and looks sure to improve further. “He had lost his action when disappointing at the undulating Cotley course last time and was much happier on this flatter track,” explained connections.

Oistrakh Le Noir was an impressive winner of the David & Gail Ellis sponsored Ladies’ Open, drawing well clear of front running Bingo D’Olivate in the home straight. A former hurdles winner who had scored on his pointing debut at Ffos Las last November, the eight-year-old is trained by Ed Partridge, and was led up by his wife better known as Lizzie Kelly. “He might be the type for next year’s Aintree Foxhunters,” remarked the trainer. On this performance he would not be out of place in that company. Jockey Kate Gowing, 24, gave her mount a very confident ride to gain her 16th career victory and said. “He had the hood back on and we changed tactics. He made the running at Milborne last time (fell at the last) and settled better in behind today.”

Footloose has been a most progressive pointer this season and won for the fifth time, leading from three out to win to beat River Myth in the Trebudannon Manor Cornish National Men’s Open. Arron Butterfield, based with Colin Tizzard, has been in the saddle each time. Arron’s father Alex confirmed that Footloose will be turned out now for the summer.

RESULTS

GOING; GOOD

MEMBERS’ – SPONSOR SPORTSMANS ARMS

1 Walkin Out Jake Bament 1-2 fav made all, jumped well, impressive
2 Transition Period Darren Edwards 5-4 chased winner, mistakes, wknd four out
3 Chapel Rock Amy Bennalick 9-1 always behind
3 ran; 25l;;dist; 5m 57s

MAIDEN TRURO TRACTORS 2M 4F

1 Between You and Me Josh Newman 11-4 in touch, led apprg last, comf
2 Kesa Great Anna Johnston 6-1 led after four out til headed last
3 Cockspur Balla Darren Andrews 3-1 led til four out, kept on
6 ran; 1l; 1l; 4m 49s

CONDITIONS CHRIS & SERENA PERKINS

1 Eric the Third Jake Bament 11-8 fav led til 14th & again last, dvn out
2 The Dartmoor Rose Darren Andrews 15-8 led & clear three out til headed last
3 Amore Alato Vinny Webster 10-1 close up til wknd three out
4 ran; 6l; 6l; 6m 2s

LADIES OPEN DAVID & GAIL ELLIS

1 Oistrakh Le Noir Kate Gowing; 11-4 held up in touch, led two out, easily
2 Bingo D’Olivate Heidi Lewis 11-4 led til headed after three out
3 Quinto Holly Anne Drowne 5-1 chased leaders, kept on steadily
5 ran; 7l;; 6l; 6m 0s

MENS OPEN CORNISH NATIONAL TREBUDANNON MANOR

1 Footloose Arron Butterfield 10-11 fav led three out, v easily
2 River Myth Darren Andrews 9-4 chased leaders, no chance with winner
3 Aheadfullofdreams Jack Instance 15-8 led til headed three out, kept on
3 ran; 4l; 1l; 7m 32s

RESTRICTED – MITCHELL & WEBBER

1 Looking For Larry Jake Bament 11-10 fav prog three out, qknd to lead flat
2 Ask The Lady Darren Edwards 2-1 led til headed flat
3 Clouncerna Fionn Summers 4-1 alwys handy, held in third from last
4 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 12s

MAIDEN – KIVELLS

1 Little Peachey Amy Bennalick 14-1 rear, strong run from three out, led nr finish
2 Summerleaze Jake Bament 5-4 fav alwys prom, led three out til headed last, left in lead agn after last, headed nr finish
3 Roc The Boat Vinny Webster 4-1 well in touch til four out, outpaced next
11 ran; 1l; 4l; 6m 14s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview; The Four Burrow Point-to-Point at Trebudannon on Easter Monday 18th April 2022

The Four Burrow host their Point-to-Point event on Easter Monday, April 18, which will round of the sporting weekend nicely. With seven races on the card commencing at 2pm. 70 entries have been received

The Sportsman’s Arms and Wild Duck shop sponsor the opening Members race, in which Wadebridge winner Transition Period for team Summersby and Darren Edwards has also shown some consistent runner-up form with the latest a one-length second to the Dartmoor Rose at Kilworthy, should be sent off the likely favourite. Walking Out for the Les Jefford team is another looking progressive, having won his maiden race at this track last month could benefit from a low weight under jockey Jake Bament.

Truro Tractors sponsor the next race which is for four and five-year-old maiden horses, and of the twelve entries those catching the eye are Gingerbred for the Laura Jones team with sister Natalie Parker to ride and improve on their third place at Great Trethew. Between You and Me for team McClean and Josh Newman ran a promising second at Milborne St Andrew, and Looking for Larry is another off a low weight and could improve on his second place at Great Trethew for trainer Jill Dennis. 

Chris & Teresa Perkins sponsor the veteran conditions race, which contains entries from Stuart Payne with Hadmeathello who should go well after his second place at the previous meeting here under Chloe Emsley, Reflex Action for the Paul Nicholas team has won two this season at the Cherrybrook and the Milborne St Andrew meetings. Roc D’Apsis is another in form coming home the 20 length winner here at the March meeting for outside raider trainer William Worthington.

Whilst in the David & Gail Ellis sponsored Ladies Open, Party Tunes had won his maiden race at this track last season and should go well for Charlotte Summersby, along with Mahler Style for Ella Orttewell being another to consider after their pipe opener winning at Cherrybrook. Bingo D’Olivate for trainer Gordon Chambers is another to have come out of the Cherrybrook meeting with a nice round of jumping.

The Cornish Men’s Open race is sponsored by Trebuanannon Manor in which Sykes looks to set the standard here for Nicola Martin team and Darren Edwards to ride haaving already scored a treble of wins this season the latest at the Kilworthy meeting. Blackwater Bramble for the Alexandra Dunn team could follow up on his second at the February Larkhill meeting, and Footloose for Arron Butterfield is already on a four timer this season and could readily make it back in the winners enclosure if staying fit, and connections not choosing the Flete Park meeting to run him on the Saturday. Sykes (Nicky Martin) also holds an entry in this which is sure to be the feature of the day.

There follows the Mitchell & Webber-sponsored Restricted race with those catching the eye at a glance are Transition Period (Dean Summersby) mentioned earlier, Honest Opinion another out of the team Summersby yard, and outside raider Lanzealot for Bradley Gibbs who could make the trip down to add to his recent Didmarton win..

The final race of the day is the Kivells-sponsored Maiden race,  attracting 18 entries with those on form being Wise Garden having finished second at Ston Eston meeting for the Danielle Kenealy team under Will Biddick, and Cockspur Balla (Rebecca Vanstone) a second here under Darren Andrews at the previous meeting, as did Summerleaze (Jill Dennis) ridden by Jake Bament all  looking ready to progress further.

Location to the course is St Columb Major TR8 4LP. Entrance to the course is £15pp to include racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON ON SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 2022

Winner finding at Trebudannon was fairly easy, but shuffling from the paddock and the bookies to my vantage point was fraught with danger.

The lovely sunny weather brought out the picnic blankets for the first time this season. That meant a giant slalom journey down the hill to avoid treading on loose dogs, loose children , or various humans sprawled out seeking the sun’s rays.

The first of Will Biddick’s four winners was Knockmoylan, saddled by Christopher Barber, who started at a prohibitive 4-11 having opened at 4-9. The Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final beckons for this gelding, unbeaten in his three English points. Hadmeathello (9-4) ran well but was brushed aside by the winner. Cottage Rose (8’s to 5’s) made most until three out and may have to return to the scene of her last win almost a year ago (Flete) to score again.

Money for Freddie Gingell’s mount Lillington (7-4 to evens fav) made the all the way winner Beau Du Brizais a tasty bet at 6-4 in the Veteran Horse Conditions. This ex-Philip Hobbs Desert Orchid lookalike , now with Teresa Clark,  stays well and seemed to benefit from first time blinkers.  

Trtebudannon always produces a well balanced card and the Mares race over a shorter distance proved ideal for the Leslie Jefford trained five-year-old Walkin Out’s English debut. The beautifully bred mare scorched round to win unchallenged under in form Fly McIntyre, justifying market support from 7-2 into her SP of 13-8. Runner up  Summerleaze (6-4 fav) had shown promise behind the prolific His Own Star at Buckfastleigh, but hadn’t run for 10 weeks and could have looked better in her coat. Third placed Getaway Gwen (4-1) stepped up on her Great Trethew debut and should win a Maiden.  

It was the Biddick/Christopher Barber combination  again as Envoye Special justified 4-6 favouritism in the Mixed Open. Dropped in class after a couple of hunter chases, he found conditions to his favour here and had too much pace for Eric The Third (5-4).

Roc D’Apsis (5-2 to 6-4 fav) was rated in the 130’s for Tom George in his heyday, but hadn’t won a race for nearly five years and is now in the hands of  his military rider Vicki Sollitt. He had been a distant third in the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown three weeks ago, and found an easier assignment in the level 3 Conditions race here, winning as he liked from Blue N Yellow (7-1). Jimmy Tew (4’s to 7-2) was on his best behaviour today and was still in touch four out.

The Barber newcomer Mr Mahler (evens to 4-5) was unable to keep pace with the freely sweating Funky Sensation (7-4 to 5-4) in the Restricted. I seem to remember backing him at Cherrybrook when he was beaten last year but he went novice chasing without distinction in the summer.

Izayte was made favourite (7-4 to 5-4) in the last. He went a purler four out when issuing his challenge, allowing Zumbi (2’s to 7-4) to coast home to give Will Biddick his four timer. The winner, who is by the French Derby winner Reliable Man, had shown promise in recent Irish maidens and looks a real chasing type. Cockspur Balla (5-1) is steadily improving, and Roc The Motion (100-9) is still a work in progress.

A profitable day in warm sunshine, long may it continue.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT:  FOUR BURROW  POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON ON SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 2022

“Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth;”

William Shakespeare;  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It certainly felt like spring had arrived in Trebudannon.  A clear blue sky, picnic parties on the hill, the ground firming up so not so many runners, and a few fancied horses to beat the bookies with.

 Will Biddick is setting a hot pace this season in his bid to collect his eighth National jockeys’ title.  His four winners from five rides at Trebudannon took the Cornish born rider to 31 for the season, currently eight ahead of nearest pursuer and current title holder James King.

Christopher Barber is making his mark in the point-to-point training ranks following in the footsteps of his legendary trainer grandfather Richard Barber. The young Dorset trainer saddled two of Biddick’s successful quartet.

Envoye Special, ridden by Will Biddick, jumps the last to win the Mixed Open Race
Envoye Special, ridden by Will Biddick, jumps the last to win the Mixed Open Race

Envoye Special found the D A Pengilly Builders Mixed Open an easier assignment than his two previous runs in hunter chases. Biddick was content to track last week’s Kilworthy runner up Eric The Third until easing ahead at the cross fence three out to score comfortably. “He was disappointing at Stratford and is back pointing to get his confidence back. The plan is to go for the two miler at the Cheltenham hunter chase meeting where he was second last year,” reported the trainer.

Knockmoylan, ridden by Will Biddick, was the winner of the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Race
Knockmoylan, ridden by Will Biddick, was the winner of the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Race

Knockmoylan had started the ball rolling for the Biddick/Barber combination in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. The Stowaway gelding was achieving his third success in the past three weeks. “He ran a bit flat today so will have a break now. I hope he will go for the Intermediate final at Haldon,” said the trainer.

Ten-year-old grey Beau Du Brizais ridden by Will Biddick (red silks), won the Veteran Horse Conditions Race
Ten-year-old grey Beau Du Brizais ridden by Will Biddick (red silks), won the Veteran Horse Conditions Race

 Biddick had given Knockmoylan a patient ride, but adopted forcing tactics on 6-4 chance Beau Du Brizais, sporting first time blinkers, to beat Lillington (Freddie Gingell) in the Veteran Horse Conditions race sponsored by Dunbia. Teresa Clark sent out the winner who runs in the colours of the Notre Cheval Partnership. “He might go for the four miler at Cheltenham – or his hunt race,” smiled syndicate spokesman Phil Browne.

Zumbi, ridden by Will Biddick, provided the jockey with his fourth winner of the day in the Maiden Race
Zumbi, ridden by Will Biddick, provided the jockey with his fourth winner of the day in the Maiden Race

There was no stopping the seven times champion jockey, and a change to Bloodstock agent Tom Malone’s colours on ex-Irish pointer Zumbi brought up his four timer in the Maiden race.  This big, strong grey made all the running and was left well clear when the favourite Izayte fell four fences from home. Bloodstock agents don’t buy horses to look at, and this striking five-year-old , who had shown promise in three educational runs in Ireland, will undoubtedly be on the market.

Funky Sensation, ridden by Jake Bament, claimed the Restricted Race
Funky Sensation, ridden by Jake Bament, claimed the Restricted Race

You can’t win them all though and riding Christopher Barber’s four-year-old debutant Mr Mahler, he had to give best to the more experienced  Funky Sensation in the Restricted.  Jake Bament had the mount on the winner for his Barnstaple based  mother Helen. “This is my first winner of the season, I have had six seconds related the rider. He is best fresh. Mother does all the work with him at home. I just school him,” said the rider.

One of Jake Bament’s seconds had come in the earlier Jockey Club Mares and Fillies Maiden on the promising Summerleaze behind impressive all the way winner Walkin Out.  Martin McIntyre is in fine form and was partnering his eighth winner in the last two weeks on John Dorse’s well backed Walkin Out.  Making her English debut after being placed in France, this five-year-old mare was saddled by Leslie Jefford who said, “ She ran for her breeder Robert Waley-Cohen in France. Her dam never ran but she is from the family of Liberthine (who won at the Cheltenham festival and the Topham Chase at Aintree). TJ Bloodstock got her at the Arquana sales at Deauville recently”.   After what had seemed a breathtaking performance I enquired if Walkin Out had shown much at home, Leslie replied rather laconically, “She goes alright.”  

13-year-old Roc D’Apsis has six wins on his career CV and had given his owner/rider Vicki Sollitt a great thrill when third in the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown in early March. The 200 miles plus journey from Hanley Swan in Worcestershire to Cornwall paid off in the easier company of the six runner Masons Kings Conditions race.  After drawing right away in the home straight, the rider reported, “I was in the Royal Navy for 20 years and bought Roc D’Apsis two years ago to run in military races. He has been phenomenal for me, never out of the first four and William Worthington (trainer) has done a good job with him.”

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS: FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON ON SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 2022

Going Good becoming Good to Firm

INTERMEDIATE – EXETER RACECOURSE

1 Knockmoylan (Will Biddick) 4-11 fav held up in touch, hdwy two out, led last, easily

2 Hadmeathello (Chloe Emsley) 9-4 led three out, headed last, kept on

3 Cottage Rose (Darren Andrews) 5-1made most til three out

3 ran; 1l; 10l;  6m 14s

VETERAN HORSE CONDITIONS – DUNBIA

1 Beau Du BrizaIS (Will Biddick) 6-4 made all, ran on well when challenged

2 Lillington (Freddie Gingell) evens fav in touch, effort four out, soon outpaced, kept on

3 Little Billy Boy (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 in touch, rdn & wknd three out

5 rasn; 3l; 4l;  5m 55s

MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES – 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS – 2M 4F JOCKEY CLUB

1 Walkin Out (Martin McIntyre) 13-8 made all, soon clear, unchallenged, impressive

2 Summerleaze (Jake Bament) 6-4 fav chased wnr, mstk three out, held from next

3 Getaway Gwen (Darren Andrews) 4-1chased leaders , stayed on

6 ran; 6l; 8l;  4m 43s

MIXED OPEN – D A PENGILLY, BUILDERS

1 Envoye Special (Will Biddick) 4-6 favhandy, led three out, v easily

2 Eric The Third (Darren Andrews) 5-4 led tilthree out, no extra

3 Quinto (Holly Anne Drowne) 11-1 rear, took third two out

4 ran, dist; dist;  5m 44s

CONDITIONS RACE – MASONS KINGS

1 Rock D’ Apsis (Vicki Sollett) 6=4 fav made most, clear three out, easily

2 Blue N’ Yellow (Peter Matthews) 7-1 alwysprom, not pace of winner

3 Jimmy Tew (Darren Edwards) 7-2 hdwy16th, wknd next

6 ran; 13l; 2l;  5m 51s

RESTRICTED – 2M 4F- R J TREVARTHEN LTD

1 Funky Sensation (Jake Bament) 5-4  led to 6th & again four out, comf

2 Mr Mahler (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav chased leaders, no extra from three out

3 Clouncerna (Fionn Summers) 14-1 led 7th tilfour out, wknd

5 ran; 7l; 6l;  4m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN – RAY DAVIES FOODS

1 Zumbi (Will Biddick) 7-4  made all, left clear 16th, unchallenged

2 Cockspur Balla (Darren Andrews) 5-1 alwyshandy, left 2nd 16th, no chance with winner

3 Roc The Motion (Darren Edwards) 11-1 not alwys fluent, kept on steadily

8 ran; 20l; 2l; 5m 55s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: Four Burrow Point-to-Point at Trebudannon on Sunday 27th March 2022

It’s the turn of the Four Burrow to host their Point-to-Point meeting in the Devon & Cornwall area, which will be held at the popular Trebudannon track this Sunday 27th March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 1pm. This is a popular track for young maiden horses and has attracted many possible stars of the future. With its amphitheatre style viewing area on the hill, this is an ideal picnic spot, and with the weather still set fair this week, it is sure to pull along a good racing crowd.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race heads up the action, with the finals being held at the Exeter racecourse next month, it looks competitive. Jeremy Central for the Tom Malone/Will Biddick combination looks to be progressing fast, having won two of his starts this season and only narrowly being beaten into second by a neck at Buckfastleigh. Minimalistic for the Sue Darke team won at the Buckfastleigh meeting, although only a small field that day, he is highly rated and the Darke family team look to be bringing out his best form again. Hadmeathello (Stuart Payne) needs to defy his top weight, but is also highly respected on previous form, along with Party Tunes (Dean Summersby) who won his maiden at this track last season and has been consistently in the frame since then.

Next follows the Dunbia-sponsored Veteran Horse Conditions race, in which Beau du Brizais (Teresa Clark) won his Veterans race at Barbury under champion jockey Will Biddick , Field Exhibition (Ed Walker) ran a neck second under Chloe Emsley behind Broadclyst at Wadebridge. Lillington could be the one to watch in the betting arena, from the Colin Tizzard yard for young Freddie Gingell to ride, could well improve on his outing at Charlton Horethorne when fourth to Famous Clermont.

The Jockey Club sponsor the Maiden race for 4, 5 and 6 year old’s for mares and fillies only, in which Summerleaze is sure to go well for trainer Jill Dennis and follow up on their second at Buckfastleigh ridden that day by Jake Bament. Look Once More could be interesting on debut for the Laura Jones team and Natalie Parker to ride.

In the D.A Pengelilly Builders-sponsored Mixed Open race we could see top rated Rose of Arcadia run well for Freddie Gingell and Colin Tizzard, who also have Molineaux entered here if not choosing the Cotley meeting on Saturday. Envoy Special (Chris Barber) should go well with the team being in great form and could follow up on his win at Larkhill. Sixteen Letters (Neil McLean) could be close at the finish, having won two and placed on his other two outings this season including third in a Hunter Chase at Leicester. Connections will be hoping he can reverse the placings with Envoye Special, who previously held him in second, if the two meet here.

There follows the Mason Kings-sponsored conditions race in which Jeremy Central could set the standard if not entering in the earlier Intermediate race. Others catching the eye at a glance would be Potters Approach (Patricia Shaw) second at Wadebridge, Blackrigg (Stuart Payne) after his third to Chameron at Buckfastleigh, and Roc D’Apsis (Will Worthington) an outside raider who could improve on some of his consistent previous place form.

In the R J Trevarthen-sponsored Restricted race which follows, Inebranlable (Chris Barber) could follow up on his second at Charleton Horethorne. The Barber team also has Mr Mahler entered who carries a low weight which could prove an advantage on his debut run. Funky Sensation ran second here last season, and could go well on his return for Jake Bament.

Finally up is the Ray Davies Foods-sponsored Maiden race, with 17 entries which include Arv Way There (Hugh Thomas) ran second at Buckfastleigh, Liberty Rock out of team Summersby’s yard looking to go one better than his second at Charlton Horethorne, Between You And Me (Neil Mclean) second at Milbourne St Andrew under Josh Newman, also Looking For Larry (Jill Dennis) having run second at Great Trethew are just a few suggestions.

The course offers hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person includes racecard. Children under 16 free.Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39, Postcode TR84LP. There will be NO live streaming at this meeting.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – FOUR BURROW AT TREBUDANNON 24TH APRIL 2021

Granville’s Betting Gossip: There was plenty of betting money flying about at Trebudannon for the eight races at the Four Burrow meeting. Unfortunately my cash flew in the wrong direction – straight into the bookies satchels.

David Phillips and Rich Pittard again did duty for the layers, and continued the innovation of taking telephone bets from punters at home watching the live streaming. 

All eight favourites were beaten, starting with Honest Opinion who drifted from 4-5 to 5-4 in the face of good money for The Dartmoor Rose (6’s to 5-2). The mare made up for a moderate display at Maisemore Park last month, but in fairness that race has thrown up three subsequent winners apart from the blooming rose. Newcomer Benny’s Miracle was cut from 3’s to 6-4 in a weak market and showed promise to finish third.

Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. RoR & The Jockey Club conditions race winner Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Eric The Third (6-1) had won his share of races over jumps in his time, but was in the winner’s circle for the first time for two and a half years in the 12 –runner veterans event. Now with John Heard, and competently ridden by Charlotte Summersby, the gelding kept on strongly to hold a gallant effort from Awesome Tunes (7-1).  2-1 joint favourites Purple N’ Gold (from 7-2) and Soul Kaliber (from3’s) failed to sparkle.

It was unusual to see digital odds of 7-5 displayed against Port O’Clock’s name in the Conditions. That didn’t stop him from making all the running after a protracted duel with Crown of Thorns (1-2 to 2-5 fav), who went down fighting in trying to give the winner 6 lbs.

Race winner Port O'Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Conditions race winner Port O’Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

River Myth (evens to 4-6) was the next jolly to keep the bookies smiling in the Men’s Open. She led until four out, but weakened quickly at the next. Despite looking in need of the race, 4-1 chance Los Alamos ran down Talk of the South (8-1) in the home straight.  The winner is by Galileo and had been in the doldrums since winning for Joseph O’Brien in the colours of J P McManus in his younger days.

Master Baker (evens to 4-5 fav) and Chosen Lucky (11-10) jousted at the head of the market for the Ladies’ Open, but a bet of £500 to £50 was enough to see The Last But One cut from 10’s to 6’s. He duly obliged thanks to a fine display of jumping under Chloe Emsley. Master Baker ran his usual genuine race to finish runner up, but age has caught up with him nowadays and his owner announced  his honourable retirement afterwards.

The defeat of well fancied horses was getting a bit monotonous now, but worse was to come for one punter. A gamble on four-year-old Snow Stoppin Him went badly astray.  He was forced down from 8-1 to even money (bets of £ 800 to £100 and £400 to £100 were noted) in the first Maiden won by front running Party Tunes (2’s to 6-4). This easy winner was the middle leg of a fine treble for jockey Darren Edwards and trainer Dean Summersby.

Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards

The same combination came good in the second Maiden when Russian Invasion (5-2) sauntered home impressively from the only other finisher of the nine starters What a Bug (20-1). This time there was an amazing plunge on Bourbon Prince, seen at 8’s early before going off a shade of odds on (4-6). A former flat racer, he had shown a modicum of ability in points but had been off the track for over two years.  

Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

The two market leaders fought out the finish of the getting out stakes with the Fran Nimmo trained Kinondo Kwetu (3-1) completing a double for Will Biddick. The useful looking five-year-old overhauled Funky Sensation (2’s to 4-5 fav) in the home straight.

Race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Maiden (NWFAA) race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

I suppose my regular readers of Granville’s betting gossip (both of you?) will want to know how I contributed to the bookies profits.  Well, it was easy. Four bets, four losers – but I will be back at Flete. There’s never a last race for Granville’s Betting Gossip.

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FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON REPORT – 24 TH APRIL 2021

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“We’ll cross the Tamar, land to land, the Severn is no stay, then one and all and hand to hand, and who shall bid us nay?”

From The Song of the Western Men by Robert Stephen Hawker 1803-1875; celebrated poet and vicar of Morwenstow. Under the name of Trelawny, it is a verse from the unofficial National Anthem of Cornwall.

Quite a number of runners from Devon and further inland crossed the Tamar where the well watered ground at Trebudannon attracted a total of 67 runners for the Four Burrow’s eight race card.

The action had to take place without crowds as COVID restrictions continued. Cornelius Lysaght and his team again provided top quality live streaming and bookmakers David Phillips and Rich Pittard were in attendance.

Trainer Dean Summersby saddled three winners, all partnered by Darren Edwards, whilst Will Biddick added a double from his five rides in his quest for his eighth National jockeys title.

Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards

The Summersby yard landed both divisions of the Open Maiden thanks to Party Tunes and Russian Invasion. Party Tunes, owned by Rita Underhill and Ruth Burrow, made all in his division to win unchallenged. “He is a big horse and has taken time to come to himself, and has strengthened up this year”, remarked the trainer.

Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Six-year-old Russian Invasion, in the colours of the Little Acres Racing Club, received an equally positive ride and was left clear when Melvyn fell three out.” We bought him at the Trevor Hemmings dispersal sale and always thought he was a useful horse at home, where we do a lot of work on the moors. He is a very nice sort and could be a hunter chase prospect,” enthused the delighted handler.

Race winner Port O'Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Conditions race winner Port O’Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Port o’Clock had started the ball rolling for the Summersby / Edwards combination when getting the better of odds-on favourite Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) after a sustained battle in the Conditions race. “We were trapping down the back straight. You can’t touch him in the mouth approaching a fence as his head comes up and there was no stride at the last.” reported a rather relieved rider, whose Trebudannon treble earned him a presentation for lifting his career total to 300, including his wins under rules.

It could have been a four-timer for the rider, now commuting regularly to Devon & Cornwall meetings from his Leicestershire base, but for him offering his booked  ride on Men’s Open winner Los Alamos to Will Biddick. “I called Darren in the week to see if I could ride Los Alamos as it is will be hammer and tongs until the end of the season for the championship,” said Biddick, striving to add to his seven national jockeys titles with James King hot on his heels. His call certainly paid dividends as the Luke Price owned and trained gelding was given a copybook Biddick ride to overcome Talk of the South.“Los Alamos won a hurdle and bumper for Joseph O’Brien and needed a change of scenery after a few runs for Tim Vaughan,” said the trainer, who had travelled the four hours journey to Cornwall from his Pontypridd base.

Race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Maiden (NWFAA) race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Will Biddick’s double was sealed when Kinondu Kweto, named after a Kenyan beach resort, followed up his Chaddesley Corbett success last February. The five-year-old was awarded that Maiden race on the disqualification of the original winner. He needed no official help this time, outjumping Funky Sensation at the last to score by two lengths. “He is a nice big horse and this is my first winner for Fran Nimmo and Charlie Poste,” remarked the rider.  

Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. RoR & The Jockey Club conditions race winner Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

It was difficult to keep the Summersby family out of the headlines as Dean and Emma’s 17-year-old daughter Charlotte landed the second winner of her career when Eric the Third caught the tiring Awesome Tunes at the last fence in the 12-runner Conditions race for veteran horses. “The more I asked him the more he gave,” remarked the young rider about the John Heard trained 12-year-old, a seven times winner under rules earlier in his career.

First time cheek pieces seemed to galvanise Tom Malone’s nine-year-old The Last But One, who jumped soundly and fought off the gallant Master Baker to take the Ladies’ Open in the hands of in-form jockey Chloe Emsley who said, “The race went to plan. I kept him on the inner. I was trying to hear if Master Baker was coming, but it was difficult with the strong headwind up the home straight.”

Front running tactics paid off for The Dartmoor Rose under Darren Andrews in the Mares and Fillies Maiden over two and a half miles. “The plan was to make all and she was very nimble round the bends,” reported the rider. Okehampton trainer Charlotte Rowe remarked, “She lacked a fitness edge in her previous race at Maisemore (which has thrown up three subsequent winners). They have done a fantastic job with the ground here.”

Photo credits: Athwenns Irons/WMN

RESULTS – FOUR BURROW AT TREBUDANNON 24TH APRIL

Going: Good, Good to firm in places – watered

MARES & FILLIES MAIDEN 2M 4F (Sponsor The Jockey Club & Mitchell & Webber)

  1. The Dartmoor Rose (Darren Andrews) 5-2 made all, ran on strongly
  2. Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav chased winner til no extra apprg last
  3. Benny’s Miracle (Will Biddick) 6-4 in touch til three out

 9 ran; 6l; 25l;  4m 54s

VETERAN HORSE (ROR & JOCKEY CLUB)

  1. Eric The Third (Charlotte Summersby) 6-1 led til 11th and again at last, kept on well
  2. Awesome Tunes (Fionn Summers) 7-1 led 12th til last, hung left flat
  3. Anolysse Moriniere (Issac Buncle) 50-1 rear, stayed on to 3rd nr finish

12 ran; 2l; 3l;  6m 17s

CONDITIONS (Chris & Sarita Perkins)

  1. Port O’Clock (Darren Edwards) 7-5 made all, mistake last, kept on, comf
  2. Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 4- 9 fav tracked wnr from 9th, outpaced two out
  3. Shanoule Wood (Charlie Marshall) 8-1 went 3rd 16th, no chance leaders

9 ran; 3l; 10l ; 6m 15s

MEN’S OPEN (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company)

  1. Los Alamos (Will Biddick) 4-1 tracked ldrs, led two out, pushed out
  2. Talk of the South (Issac Buncle) 8-1 led 14th til two out, kept on

5 ran, only two finished; 2 ½ l 6m 13s

LADIES’ OPEN (RJ Trevarthen Ltd)

  1. The Last But One (Chloe Emsley) 6-1 close up til led 15th, quickened three out, easily
  2. Master Baker (Jo Supple) 4-5 fav chased winner & every chance til no extra three out

4 ran; only two finished; 15l; 6m 13s

OPEN MAIDEN

DIVISION 1 (Paul Tylor)

  1. Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 6-4 made all, clear two out, unchallenged
  2. Thursdayateight (Josh Cameron) 12-1 stdy hdwy 16th, 2nd from three out, outpaced
  3. Evron (Josh Newman) 6-1 prom til three out

9 ran; 25l; 10l; 6m 15s

DIVISION 2 (Ray Davies Foods)

  1. Russian Invasion (Darren Edwards) 5-2 prom til led three out, clear next, easily
  2. What A Bug (Conor Houlihan) 20-1 rear, left moderate 2nd three out, no chance with winner

9 ran; only two finished; won by a distance; 6m 16s

RESTRICTED 2m 4f (Truro Tractors)

  1. Kinondo Kwetu (Will Biddick) 3-1in touch, effort two out, led last, comf
  2. Funky Sensation (Jake Bament) 4-5 fav made most, headed last, no extra flat
  3. Macca’s Stowaway (Jimmy Cole) 6-1behind til fin strongly to take 3rd flat

10 ran; 2l; 10l;  4m 59s

Cover Photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN