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GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – TORRINGTON FARMERS

“The roar of the race-course died behind them, in front were their fates, they rode to find them….”

John Masefield, 1878 – 1967, poet laureate from 1930 – 1967

So that’s it then. A point-to-point season of two halves. It all started well in Devon & Cornwall with the opening of the new Dunsmore course on November 17th 2019. However after some exciting racing the final whistle was blown at Buckfastleigh in mid March, culminating in the loss of 15 area fixtures and of course the remainder of the British season.

This is the last of my personal reminiscences of days gone by, albeit presented as a rather tepid substitute for some of the lost meetings in the Devon & Cornwall area. The Torrington Farmers Hunt has traditionally brought down the curtain at their course at Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh for many years. My first visit to the course was in 1977 when the country was celebrating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Here are my comments on one of the early Umberleigh meetings:-

10th June 1978 – Going Hard

HUNT

1 Black Ace (Andrew Congdon)
2 Courageous Kate (Penny Ogden)
3 High Brooks (A Milton)
3 ran; 2l; dist; 5m 18s SP 7-4

OPEN

1 Zingarella (Eddie Whettam)
2 Cefn Solomon (Paul Hamer)
3 Last Gesture (Richard Mann)
10 ran; 1/2l; 4l; 5m 4s SP 14-1

LADIES OPEN

1 Oakey Coakey (Jenny Hembrow)
2 Torrid (Miss A Allard)
3 Money Penny (Katie Halswell)
9 ran; neck; 2l; 5m 2s SP 5-4 fav

RESTRICTED OPEN

1 Lady Maxine (Ron Treloggen)
2 Petit Homme (Robert Alner)
3 Running Rose (R Hicks)
10 ran; 10l; dist; 5m 2s SP 6-4

ADJACENT HUNTS

1 Moorland Venture (Sue Reynard)
2 Mistic Code (Penny Ogden)
3 Zauditu (Martin Keenor)
3 ran; 8l; 1l; 5m 11s SP 4-5 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS MAIDEN

1 Kensal (Mike Williams)
2 Royal Bella (Stuart Kittow)
3 Golden Flyer (Jimmy Frost)
4 ran; 4l; 7l; 5m 14s SP 4-1

The Hunt race winner Black Ace improved steadily throughout the season. He ran on well here and survived a mistake at the last A tiny gelding by the Schweppes Gold Trophy winner Rosyth, Black Ace gave his owner / rider Andrew Congdon a lot of fun over the years. His daughter Jenny was to follow in his footsteps in this race in later years

Cefn Soloman, in the colours of popular Welsh owner Dilwyn Thomas, was all the rage for the Open after his recent solid effort in a Stratford hunter chase. He was out jumped at the last by the winner Zingarella and had to settle for the runner up spot despite rallying near the post. Eddie Whettam was a very good rider and his family owned mount Zingarella was a useful pointer who found the ground and short trip ideal.

Oakey Cokey owed his solitary win of the season in the Ladies’ to Jenny Hembrow’s jockeyship. Taunton based Jenny was one of the most stylish riders in those days and won this with a sharp race winning move on the blinkered gelding on the final circuit.

The grey mare Lady Maxine enjoyed a profitable season and was scoring for the third time in the Restricted under Ron Treloggen. As a brood mare in due course Lady Maxine produced another pointing winner called Maxine’s Lass. Runner up Petit Homme was a fair pointer in the same Newman colours which can still be seen today, but he was ill at ease on the hard ground.

The consistent mare Moorland Venture was odds on and made all for Sue Reynard in the Adjacents’ before Kensal (Mike Williams) upset the favourite Royal Bella in the Maiden after Misty Express had fallen three out. Kensal was owned by Maurice Maude, one of my press colleagues in those days, and of course the father of Chris Maude. I seem to recall that Maurice told me that Kensal was from the family of 1950 Grand National winner Freebooter, but the memory is less sharp than it was and Maurice passed on many years ago.

From a historical point of view, the Torrington Farmers raced at Cranford St Giles from 1950 until the final meeting there on 27th April 1960. Their 1961 fixture was lost due to foot and mouth disease, and the fixture moved to Horwood, near Bideford the next year, where a succession of late April evening meetings took place throughout the 1960’s. I would think that Horwood was the shortest point-to-point track in the country with times regularly under five minutes.

The 1970 meeting was held at Crimp, Morwenstone, but on 28th April 1971 the long association with Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh began with an evening meeting. Mike Trickey rode the first winner on Barber’s Piece and other successful riders on that night were Chris Popham, Carol Handel, Tony Hartnoll and Charles Micklem.

A significant event happened in 1975 when after a postponement from April 15th the meeting was re-arranged to become the final meeting of the season (on 7th June). At that meeting four times lady champion jockey Sue Aston rode a double on Perfidia and Golden Scot, beating seven pounds overweight Robert Waley-Cohen into second place in the Adjacent Restricted. Sue Aston was an exceptional talent, light years ahead of her time.

From that time in 1975 the Torrington Farmers has retained the June date, with end of season festivities becoming the norm. If I remember correctly, when I first went to Umberleigh the start was near the top of the steep hill on the far side and there was usually some arable ground. The race times in those days suggest that the course length was about two and a half miles. The midsummer date naturally brings variations in ground conditions, mainly very dry, but occasionally very soft. In later years the course has been aggravated when necessary to ease the going. To be honest, it is not the best viewing course and to get a fair view you have to move around the top of the hill, rather like at the old Tweseldown course. The atmosphere is however second to none and it makes you wish the season could go on.

It would take a book to describe the happenings in the past 49 years. Some of the random highlights include a ten-race card in 1983, the year when the course was lengthened to three miles, featuring wins for Cheekio Ora (ridden by four times champion Peter Greenall) and Frevolity (Janine Mills); a Gordon Edwards treble in 1984; a Polly Curling treble in 1993. The little gelding Tijuca gained five Hunt race wins up to 1993. You might be sure that I backed him on another occasion when he unseated with the race at his mercy.

A lot of horses came from far afield over the years to run at the finale and quite a few Umberleigh fixtures decided the National and Area jockeys’ awards. In 2002 Evan Williams took champion jockey status when his Open win on Bonny Boy was enough to take the title from Julian Pritchard by 38 to 37. I remember that year well because when we arrived at the local pub that night, the Rising Sun, the Welsh boys were still singing and had eaten all the food. We ended up with bags of crisps to accompany champagne. It rained all the way home.

I remember chatting in the changing tent with Peter Greenall on the day he retired, not knowing that his sons Oliver and Tom would pick up champion jockey titles in future years. They were all quite regular visitors to Umberleigh, followed in due course by Jake. Quite a family dynasty.
Polly Gundry, who won the Ladies’ title eight times, and the late Richard Woollacott, who won the Men’s title in 2010 were also successful at the course, but young Michael Heard stole the headlines with a treble in the first three races in 2011.

Recent champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews farmed the titles in very recent years and it was good to see them in action at Umberleigh. Local riders Darren Edwards, Jo Supple and Millie Wonnacott all won area titles in the past few years and celebrated in style at the track.

We look forward to a fantastic double celebration at Umberleigh in June 2021 – 50 years since the beginning of racing there and hopefully the end of the dreadful virus. It should be quite a party.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, various years
  • The Pointer
  • Sporting Life
  • Sporting Chronicle
  • Michael Kutapan – Point-to-point History & Research, Jumping For Fun website

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

REPORT AND RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 15th JUNE 2019

Written by Donna Harris

The final Point-to-Point of the current season was held last Saturday where the stage was set for a dual between National Gentleman Champion jockey Will Biddick and reigning Area Gentleman Champion Darren Edwards at the Torrington Farmers meeting at Umberleigh. Will Biddick had three rides booked and at the start of the day and was only one point behind Darren, who only had one ride booked.

The going had been changed after heavy rainfall to Good but Holding in the maize field up the hill. This proved challenging for many of the entries, but a dry day was welcomed by the large crowd who gathered to support the finale.

Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Darren Edwards surged further ahead and sealed his Area Gentleman’s title with a win when his mount Soul Kaliber won the opening Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Members race for owners The Little Acres Racing Syndicate. Trainer Dean Summersby gave all credit to the jockey “He travels down from Leicester every weekend to ride for us. I’m pleased his wife alows it. We have also had a lot of help from our physio’s Catherine Davis and Claire Morshead.” Soul Kaliber was a bargain buy for team Summersby out of Gigginstown. Dean added “ Eddie O’Leary, who works for Gigginstown said he thought the horse had an engine, but they had lost they keys.”

Will Biddick was unable to bridge the gap. With his mount Tucks Bergin finding conditions too testing, was pulled up before the last in the following Kivells-sponsored Restricted Race. This went the way of locally based trainer Roy Smith’s Baby Sherlock. Having only travelled a few miles could have been a factor for Baby Sherlock, along with a patient ride from young jockey Paul John, who managed to come home the three-length winner. Based at Chilhampton, Roy Smith quoted “He came out of David Pipe’s yard on a recommendation by Vicky Wade, great ride by the jockey Paul who runs his own livery and breaking yard at Winkleigh.”

Ruppera Tom & Will Biddick
Ruppera Tom & Will Biddick
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Ruperra Tom did give Will Biddick a great run in the Barum Stud sponsored Intermediate race, to end his season with a win to compliment his regaining the National title, which he has now won for the seventh time. Trained by Mickey Bowen from Fishguard, the horse had survived a five and a half hour journey to compete on ground which wasn’t ideal for him. Owner of Ruperra Tom, Tim Jones explained “ We love this course, both Mickey and I have won here as jockey’s, mine was back in 1988. The horse is my home bred which makes the win even nicer.” Will added “He is a lovely straight forward horse, travelled and jumped well, he picked up after a good jump at the last.”

The Pilton Auctions-sponsored Ladies Open race went to Devon based trainer Les Jefford with his ten-year-old gelding Purple N’ Gold. An ex NH recruit out of David Pipe’s yard, Purple N’Gold clocked up his impressive fifth straight win of the season under 22 year-old jockey Millie Wonnacott, who has now won the area Ladies and Novice Ladies title. She explained “I have many people to thank and these include Tom Scudamore who used to ride him and Jo Supple, who due to injury had to give up her rides on him.” Purple N’ Gold is leased to Lisa Jefford for the Here Comes The Girls Partnership who have had a tremendous season with him.

The Welsh raiders were out in force, with jockey Byron Moorcroft riding two winners on the day, his first in the Baldwins-sponsored Men’s Open. Byron took up the running over the final ditch, on the long odds on favourite Ramble On for trainer Luke Price, to score by ten lengths ahead of Bay To Go. “They went too slow on the first circuit, I had to go on.” explained Byron to owner Kevin Salter. Trainer Luke Price added “ We may keep him Pointing, or go Hunter Chasing, it’s difficult to keep him right and we have pre race bloods done on him regularly.”

The second part of the Moorcroft double came in the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race, when Bryon partnered the Jason Warner trainer favourite Long Mile Road who came home the winner one and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Devon Redway with only two finishers, pleasing punters who had stolen the day from the bookies. Byron is another young jockey who runs his own yard, where he is based in Cowbridge. “ I have to thank both Luke Price and Jason Warner, both whom have got me where I am.” quoted Byron

Going: Good, Holding in maize field up hill

Club Members (Tattersalls Ireland )

1. Soul Kaliber (D. Edwards) 1/2F
2. Ryves Rockey (Miss M Wonnacott) 9/4
3. Le Clo de La Londe (Miss E Watson) 10/1

Time: 6 mins.43.8s
Distances: 7, 8
Winning Trainer: Dean Summersby
Winning Owner: The Little Acres Racing Club

Restricted (Kivells)

1. Baby Sherlock (P. John) 2/1
2. Sweet Lady Jane (B. Moorcroft) 3/1
3. Beau de Table (Miss T Eyston) 28/1

Time: 6mins 52.4s
Distances: 3, 30
Winning Trainer: Roy Smith
Winning Owner: Roy Smith

Men’s Open (Baldwins)

1. Ramble On (B. Moorcroft) 4/9F
2. Bay To Go (J. Armstrong) 20/1
3. Get Rhythm (G. Barfoot-Saunt) 9/2

Time: 6 mins. 50.3s
Distances: 9, 25
Winning Trainer: Luke Price
Winning Owner: Mr Kevin Salter

Ladies Open (Pilton Auctions)

1. Purple N’ Gold (Miss M Wonnacott) 4/11F
2. Mister Dick (Miss L. Mager) 7/2
3 Tiger Sam (Miss H.M. Stevens) 5/1

Time: 7mins 00.3s
Distances: 1, ½
Winning Trainer: Leslie Jefford
Winning Owner: The Here Come The Girls Partnership

Intermediate (The Barum Stud)

  1. Ruppera Tom (Will Biddick) 5/4F
  2. Come On Joey (P.John) 2/1
  3. Syracuse’s Dream (M. Treneer) 9/1

Time: 6mins 39.9s
Distances: 5,8
Winning Trainer: Michael Bowen
Winning Owner: Mr John Rees & Mr Tim Jones

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

  1. Long Mile Road (B. Moorcroft) 4/5F
  2. Devon Redway (D.Andrews) 5/2

Time: 6mins 48.8s
Distances: 1 ¾
Winning Trainer: Jason Warner
Winning Owner: Mr J.S.Warner

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RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 15th JUNE 2019

Going: Good, Holding in maize field up hill

Club Members (Tattersalls Ireland )

1. Soul Kaliber (D. Edwards) 1/2F
2. Ryves Rockey (Miss M Wonnacott) 9/4
3. Le Clo de La Londe (Miss E Watson) 10/1

Time: 6 mins.43.8s
Distances: 7, 8
Winning Trainer: Dean Summersby
Winning Owner: The Little Acres Racing Club

Restricted (Kivells)

1. Baby Sherlock (P. John) 2/1
2. Sweet Lady Jane (B. Moorcroft) 3/1
3. Beau de Table (Miss T Eyston) 28/1

Time: 6mins 52.4s
Distances: 3, 30
Winning Trainer: Roy Smith
Winning Owner: Roy Smith

Men’s Open (Baldwins)

1. Ramble On (B. Moorcroft) 4/9F
2. Bay To Go (J. Armstrong) 20/1
3. Get Rhythm (G. Barfoot-Saunt) 9/2

Time: 6 mins. 50.3s
Distances: 9, 25
Winning Trainer: Luke Price
Winning Owner: Mr Kevin Salter

Ladies Open (Pilton Auctions)

1. Purple N’ Gold (Miss M Wonnacott) 4/11F
2. Mister Dick (Miss L. Mager) 7/2
3 Tiger Sam (Miss H.M. Stevens) 5/1

Time: 7mins 00.3s
Distances: 1, ½
Winning Trainer: Leslie Jefford
Winning Owner: The Here Come The Girls Partnership

Intermediate (The Barum Stud)

  1. Ruppera Tom (Will Biddick) 5/4F
  2. Come On Joey (P.John) 2/1
  3. Syracuse’s Dream (M. Treneer) 9/1

Time: 6mins 39.9s
Distances: 5,8
Winning Trainer: Michael Bowen
Winning Owner: Mr John Rees & Mr Tim Jones

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

  1. Long Mile Road (B. Moorcroft) 4/5F
  2. Devon Redway (D.Andrews) 5/2

Time: 6mins 48.8s
Distances: 1 ¾
Winning Trainer: Jason Warner
Winning Owner: Mr J.S.Warner

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Entries: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Umberleigh, Saturday 15th June 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Conditions Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mens Open Race
4th 15:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race
Pony Racing After

Point-To-Point

Racing

The Area pony racing finals

Going

Update from the clerk of the course after last nights rain and showers this morning the going is now good good to soft in places (updated 12:46 Friday 14th June)

Grass has been cut baled and and they’ve all been removed from the course on Wednesday (updated 18:15 Thursday 13th June)

Good going anticipated following significant rainfall over the weekend, and heavy rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday; course will be aggravated if needed (updated 10.30am Monday 10th June)

Good to Firm, some rain this week currently raining heavily. Forecast for rain all week – heavy on Wednesday. Course will be aggravated (updated 12 midday Friday 7th June)

Preview Extract

The grand finale of the current season takes place this coming Saturday 15th June, where the Torrington Farmers stage their meeting at Umberleigh. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Followed by pony racing action, then the presentation of the national champion jockey’s.

This course has a fabulous atmosphere, with good track side viewing to get close to the action. Many trade stands will be in attendance offering a country show environment. Together with hot and cold locally sourced food and refreshments and a lively beer tent. Bookies will be in attendance offering value bets on the races. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. The course is located on A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

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 2018/19 form from 2017/18 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2016/17 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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Pony Racing Finals Sponsored by Hatchmoor Vet Practice, R & S Ware and Mrs Tia Gillard.

# 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN
1 Freddie Fletcher Temmas Diamonds Forever
2 Jack Dace Nomoranun
3 Harry Robinson Antsar Peeptoe
4 Jacob Robinson Courtdown Woodlark
5 Ruby Fisher-barnett Wide Valley Spiderman
6 Walter Fisher-barnett Wide Valley Batman
7 Taylor Fisher Clear The Track
8 Edward Vaughan Little Replacement

Race 1 – Conditions Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5/f4513-43 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37 Patricia Armstrong
2 213-u4u3u LA MADONNINA (IRE) 37? Abigail Lewis
3 -67432146 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
4 f-54532u3 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
5 p3-p2p33 PRINCE OF POETS 36? Teresa Clark
6 3-542321 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 39 Leslie Jefford
7 12211211 SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 41 Dean Summersby

Results

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

Preview extract

Will Biddick has already won the gentleman’s title, and is neck and neck with Darren Edwards for the area championship. Darren Edwards is currently one point ahead and is booked to ride here on the Dean Summersby-trained Soul Kaliber in the opening Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Conditions race. They could well follow up on their impressive 12-length win last weekend at Bratton Down when Soul Kaliber delighted his syndicate owners ‘The Little Acres Racing Club’ with their fourth win with him this season. The Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey holds an entry and is sure to go well for regular jockey Millie Wonnacott, who has already secured the Ladies area title along with the Lady novice title this season. The combination ran well when taking the Conditions race at Upcott Cross by a length ahead of Cloudy Music last month.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 p/34p-4p1 BABY SHERLOCK 35+ Roy Smith
2 /ppp-621 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 35 Byron Moorcroft
3 -0447uup BEAU DE TABEL (FR) 26? Andrew Quick
4 p4-pup44 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 31 Michael Sweetland
5 968/8p-18 CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) 33 Kieran Price
6 -619 GOGETTHAT (IRE) 25 Max Young
7 75/-7u324 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Will Biddick
8 23231-f33 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 34 Byron Moorcroft
9 p2dpu-p2 TUCKS BERGIN (IRE) 35 Christopher Williams

Results

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

Preview extract

Local trainer Roy Smith has an interesting entry in the Kivells-sponsored Restricted race which follows with Baby Sherlock. He should be well fancied having run well when winning at the Exmoor meeting at Bratton Down under jockey Paul John. This may be a stiffer ask with recent Bratton winner Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft) and the Getaway-sired gelding Tucks Bergin (Chris Williams) who ran second at the Exmoor Bratton meeting behind Lure des Pres, under the jockey on fire James King, who scored a treble at the Tiverton Staghounds meeting at Bratton last weekend, among the nine entries.

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Race 3 – Mens Open Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5/f4513-43 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37 Patricia Armstrong
2 f-6453432 GET RHYTHM (IRE) 38 Tim Sleath
3 -24p3323p GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
4 5b-272124 LAKE BALATON (IRE) 37 Martin Wanless
5 0-f1f2113 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 40 Luke Price
6 3u352233 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
7 -2p122212 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 41 Luke Price
8 *p-0p2p14 REDKALANI (IRE) 38 Vivian Lloyd

Results

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

Preview extract

Neither Will Biddick nor Darren Edwards look yet to have a ride in the Men’s Open race which is sponsored by Baldwins Group. Entries in this include Bay To Go for area trainer Pat Armstrong, this veteran gelding is a previous dual Hunter Chase winner, but has yet to get his head in front this season. It looks a competitive race with two of the outside raiders standing out in Little Windsor and Kingston Blount Open winner Ramble On (Luke Price) ran a length second last weekend at Bratton, and another Luke Price entry Matt’s Legacy, who has progressed quickly this season winning three for Byron Moorcroft, although has be quirky.

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Race 4 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -0447uup BEAU DE TABEL (FR) 26? Andrew Quick
2 *330-13144 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne
3 -24p3323p GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
4 3u352233 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
5 44-361111 PURPLE ‘N GOLD 42 Leslie Jefford
6 -2p122212 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 41 Luke Price
7 75/-7u324 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Will Biddick
8 *0-6736143 TIGER SAM (IRE) 34 Laura Hurley

Results

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

Preview extract

Ramble On also holds an entry in the Pilton Auctions-sponsored Ladies race with Jodie Hughes booked to ride, they could improve on their length second at last weekends Bratton meeting. However there could be another party for owners ‘The Here Come The Girls Partnership’ if the Les Jefford-trained Purple N’ Gold makes it five straight wins under jockey Millie Wonnacott. Millie has already won the area Ladies title along with the Novice Ladies title, and is sure to be keen to follow up with another good run.

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Race 5 – Intermediate Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -p53121 AIRPUR DESBOIS (FR) 37 Gareth Moore
2 /ppp-621 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 35 Byron Moorcroft
3 3R/-f4143 COME ON JOEY (IRE) 37 Roy Smith
4 -p3f11f22 HOLY WATER (IRE) 38 Luke Price
5 2-3pp155 PREDESTINED (IRE) 36 Gordan Chambers
6 p3-p2p33 PRINCE OF POETS 36? Teresa Clark
7 p222122 RUPERRA TOM 37 Michael Bowen
8 3-542321 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 39 Leslie Jefford
9 72353164 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 37 Deborah Treneer

Results

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

Preview extract

Ryves Rockey holds an entry in the Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race if not running in the earlier Conditions race. Either way it could give the soon to be crowned area Ladies Champion, Millie Wonnacott, a double on the day for the Jefford team. Although it looks to be a potentially hot race, with last weekends Bratton Restricted winner Airpur Debois(Gareth Moore) for James King, Holy Water (Luke Price) a dual season winner, Basher Brian(Byron Moorcroft) another Bratton winner, along with Lower Machen winner Ruperra Tom (Michael Bowen) who is another option ride for James King. James could give up either of his booked mounts to his boss Will Biddick as a possible spare ride which could clinch Will the area tittle if it’s a winner.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden Race


# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -4upff5pf COUSIN RITA 12 Helen Llewellyn-Griffiths
2 /fp-7f4 DEVON REDWAY (IRE) 19 Stewart Reddaway
3 ppp-p2p5 DOESN’TBOTHERME(IRE) 19 Martin Wanless
4 5p65754f INNER LOOP 22? Byron Moorcroft
5 42p2p4p2 LONG MILE ROAD (IRE) 31 Jason Warner
6 /-upRf45p WHITE CHIEF (IRE) 24 Antony Burks

Results

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

Preview extract

Finally up to close the season, is the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race. Entry Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) would be a worthy favourite having finished a close short head second at Lower Machen in May. Local entry Devon Redway for Stewart Reddaway wouldn’t have to travel far and could be in the frame if turning up here for jockey Darren Andrews.

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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 15th June 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The grand finale of the current season takes place this coming Saturday 15th June, where the Torrington Farmers stage their meeting at Umberleigh. Six races are on offer with a start time of  2pm. Followed by pony racing action, then the presentation of the national champion jockey’s.

Will Biddick has already won the gentleman’s title, and is neck and neck with Darren Edwards for the area championship. Darren Edwards is currently one point ahead and is booked to ride here on the Dean Summersby-trained Soul Kaliber in the opening Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Conditions race. They could well follow up on their impressive 12-length win last weekend at Bratton Down when Soul Kaliber delighted his syndicate owners ‘The Little Acres Racing Club’ with their fourth win with him this season. The Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey holds an entry and is sure to go well for regular jockey Millie Wonnacott, who has already secured the Ladies area title along with the Lady novice title this season. The combination ran well when taking the Conditions race at Upcott Cross by a length ahead of Cloudy Music last month.

Local trainer Roy Smith has an interesting entry in the Kivells-sponsored Restricted race which follows with Baby Sherlock. He should be well fancied having run well when winning at the Exmoor meeting at Bratton Down under jockey Paul John. This may be a stiffer ask with recent Bratton winner Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft) and the Getaway-sired gelding Tucks Bergin (Chris Williams) who ran second at the Exmoor Bratton meeting behind Lure des Pres, under the jockey on fire James King, who scored a treble at the Tiverton Staghounds meeting at Bratton last weekend, among the nine entries.

Neither Will Biddick nor Darren Edwards look yet to have a ride in the Men’s Open race which is sponsored by Baldwins Group. Entries in this include  Bay To Go for area trainer Pat Armstrong, this veteran gelding is a previous dual Hunter Chase winner, but has yet to get his head in front this season. It looks a competitive race with two of the outside raiders standing out in Little Windsor and Kingston Blount  Open winner Ramble On (Luke Price) ran a length second last weekend at Bratton, and another Luke Price entry Matt’s Legacy, who has progressed quickly this season winning three for Byron Moorcroft, although has be quirky.

Ramble On also holds an entry in the Pilton Auctions-sponsored Ladies race with Jodie Hughes booked to ride, they could improve on their length second at last weekends Bratton meeting. However there could be another party for owners ‘The Here Come The Girls Partnership’ if the Les Jefford-trained Purple N’ Gold makes it five straight wins under jockey Millie Wonnacott. Millie has already won the area Ladies title along with the Novice Ladies title, and is sure to be keen to follow up with another good run.

Ryves Rockey holds an entry in the Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race if not running in the earlier Conditions race. Either way it could give the soon to be crowned area Ladies Champion, Millie Wonnacott, a double on the day for the Jefford team. Although it looks to be a potentially hot race, with last weekends Bratton Restricted winner Airpur Debois(Gareth Moore) for James King, Holy Water (Luke Price) a dual season winner, Basher Brian(Byron Moorcroft) another Bratton winner, along with Lower Machen winner Ruperra Tom (Michael Bowen) who is another option ride for James King. James could give up either of his booked mounts to his boss Will Biddick as a possible spare ride which could clinch Will the area tittle if it’s a winner.

Finally up to close the season, is the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race. Entry Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) would be a worthy favourite having finished a close short head second at Lower Machen in May. Local entry Devon Redway for Stewart Reddaway wouldn’t have to travel far and could be in the frame if turning up here for jockey Darren Andrews.

There follows the Area pony racing finals which have been sponsored by Hatchmoor Vet Practice, R & S Ware and Mrs Tia Gillard.

This course has a fabulous atmosphere, with good track side viewing to get close to the action. Many trade stands will be in attendance offering a country show environment. Together with hot and cold locally sourced food and refreshments and a lively beer tent. Bookies will be in attendance offering value bets on the races. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. The course is located on A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

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Met Office 5 day forecast: Hiscott (2.2 miles)

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New venues and early meetings in latest point-to-point fixtures list

British point-to-pointing’s latest fixtures list reveals there will be 173 meetings at 100 locations around the United Kingdom in the coming season – and an increased emphasis on early-season meetings.

The release of the 2018/19 list, which was ratified by the British Horseracing Authority yesterday, confirms the earliest commencement to a British season will take place at the former Jump racing venue of Buckfastleigh in Devon on Sunday, November 18. A total of 14 meetings have been scheduled before the end of the year, a 75 per cent increase on the eight pre-New Year fixtures held last season.

Meetings were encouraged to bulk up early fixtures – in part to relieve congestion later in the season – and the response has been welcomed by the Point-to-Point Authority.

Three venues will stage point-to-pointing for the first time, at Eaton Hall in Herefordshire, the licenced racecourse of Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire, and at Monmouthshire Showground in Monmouthshire. Eaton Hall – not to be confused with the former Cheshire venue – is on land owned by the Price family, well known to followers of Jump racing. It stages a meeting on November 24, while Ffos Las will host a fixture on December 9. Monmouthshire Showground, which made several attempts to launch last season, but was thwarted by severe winter weather, will try again, with fixtures on February 24 and March 30.

Hackwood Park in Hampshire, Garnons in Herefordshire and Ystradowen in Glamorgan have all closed, but another former Welsh venue, Bonvilston, will reopen for the first time since 2011 when staging fixtures on April 20 and May 5.

Among other changes is an increase in the number of point-to-point Flat races. Introduced as a single race in the 2016/17 season, and converted into six events 12 months later, the JRL Group-sponsored Flat races have now been increased to 10. Run over two miles, they are restricted to four-, five- and six-year-olds who have not run under the rules of any recognised Racing Authority, including point-to-point steeplechases.

The season concludes at Umberleigh in North Devon on June 15, and National sponsors Connolly’s RED MILLS, The Jockey Club, Skinner’s Pet Food, The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, and Timico are all providing continued support for the sport.

The full 2018/19 fixtures list can be viewed by clicking here

REPORT: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AT UMBERLEIGH, SATURDAY 16th JUNE 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

The season drew to a close on Saturday, when the Torrington Farmers hosted their meeting at the popular course on the edge of Umberleigh. This meeting always draws a huge crowd, and this year was no different, with not only pointing followers, but many trainers and jockeys had travelled from afar to contest the six final races with championships still to be settled.

The Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored club Members race gave a thrilling start to the day with the Matt Hampton-trained Bohemian Rhapsody under young jockey Charlie Todd scoring one for the area. Seven had set off at the start with Le Clo De La Londe sent off the 5/4 favourite under jockey Emma Watson. This was one for the lads with Charlie Todd on the 3/1 Bohemian Rhapsody taking up the running on the final circuit, and fending off a strong challenge from Bathwick Scanno (Will Biddick) over the last to hold on and win by one and a quarter lengths.  It was Charlie’s first Point-to-Point  win having graduated from pony racing where he had clocked up an impressive 86 winners. He is now based at Ian Williams’s yard having spent some time at Paul Nicholls. “ It’s a great win for Charlie, his father bought Bohemian Rhapsody for him at the start of the National Hunt season, he was unlucky to be unseated last time out at Bratton” stated trainer Matt Hampton. Bathwick Scanno having finished a creditable second has now been retired by trainer Teresa Clark, he deserves credit for running in 50 Point-to-Point races also four races under rules.

The seven runners contesting the Kivells-sponsored Restricted race were all based out of the area. Gowell for trainer/jockey Byron Moorcroft had been sent off even money favourite and had set a good pace from the start until being joined over the final ditch by Midnight Queen under jockey Charlie Price, who had made eye catching progress. Midnight Queen soon stretched to a five length lead over two out and went onto win by a handy six lengths with Euro Bond (Kieran Buckley) in second. Trainer Tim Vaughan had not travelled down from Wales to see his mare win. Jockey Charlie Price, who rides out full time for Vaughan as an amateur jockey commented “ She is a tough little mare, jumped perfectly, Tim bought her off Bradley Gibbs.”

Davisons sponsored the Men’s Open which had only attracted four runners, these again were all based out of the area.  Big Man Doe for trainer Martin Wanless, had been backed into odds on favourite, and did not disappoint his followers.  Under jockey Zak Baker, Big Man Doe had been sent off in front to set the pace and demonstrated some spectacular jumping, this could have cost him the race when Mr Sawyer ( Bradley Gibbs) took up the running over the final ditch having stalked the leader at the start of the second circuit. Then Mr Sawyers challenge came to an end when stalling over the second last giving Big Man Doe’s jockey time to kick on staying on well to score a 15 length win.  Stratford based trainer Martin Wanless was delighted “ We bought Big Man Doe out of Ireland, he will now be turned away for the summer and back pointing again next season if we can get the ground as he won’t go on soft. It’s a good win for Zak who we nickname Ruby after Ruby Walsh.”

Seven lined up for the Nancekivell & Co-sponsored Ladies Open with There’s No Panic from the Biddick team claiming odds on favouritism. There’s No Panic under jockey Vicky Wade had given his backers a good run for their money but this race went the way of Rendezvous Peak who’s jockey Alice Stevens was here to challenge for the National Ladies Novice Jockey title in which she was equal first with Isabel William who is on holiday in Bali. 19 year-old Alice set the pace from the start, was never headed and justified her impressive six length win and gaining her title. There’s No Panic finished in second. The ditch had been bypassed on the second circuit, with jockey Jo Supple sustaining a heavy fall. We wish her well in her recovery.  Stratford-on-Avon based Trainer Francesca Nimmo was delighted for Alice “ We had entered Rendezvous Peak just for Alice to challenge for the title, he has run several times recently but has stayed fit, Alice rides out for us six days a week.”

The bookies took a hit on the well backed Joey Kangaroo in the Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race. Having opened at 2-1 Joey Kangaroo (David Mansell) was sent off at 4/6 with Culverwell (Will Biddick) a 7/4 chance of the four runners. Biddick had set the pace with David Mansell keeping Joey Kangaroo settled at the back of the quartet. Culverwell soon struggled to stay with the pace on the second circuit leaving the Fred Hutsby-trained Kinlochspelve, under jockey Sam Lee taking up the running, this was short lived with the huge Joey Kangaroo, who stands an enormous 17hh, eating up the ground with his long strides to assert over two fences from home, clocking up 54 year old Mansell’s  202 winner. “ Joey is trained at home by my wife Julie, we bought him out of Ascot sales, we have had a few issues with him as he is not only tall but long too and needed time to mature, he will stay in yard and we will look forward to running him again next season.”

The final race of the day, the Smallridge Bros Ltd-sponsored Open Maiden Race, went the way of Tiverton based owner/ trainer/ jockey Kieran Buckley with The Boola Bee. Having settled in mid division of the eight runners, Buckley soon asserted over the second last going on to score by an impressive 15 lengths, with Buochas Le Dia (Kieran Price) under Byron Moorcroft in second. Owned jointly by Kieran and his brother Tom who are based near Tiverton, their proud father  Eddie commented “ We bought The Boola Bee out of Doncaster Sales in May this year, Tom is conditional and both Kieran and Tom work for Nigel Hawke, Kieran also rides for Jo Tickle.” It was Kieran Buckley’s first runner and winner as a trainer, and he won the trophy for best riding performance of the day.

There ended another thrilling packed day of Pointing marking the end of the current season. The secretaries of the area wish to thank all of the sponsors and helpers for all the meetings who have made racing possible.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Alun Sedgmore, John Beasley, Athwenna Irons and Megan Cobley

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

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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 16th June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

This Saturday will see the final Point-to-Point of the season take place at Umberleigh where the Torrington Farmers will host their meeting on 16th June. There is always a great party atmosphere, where crowds will gather to watch the final six races of the season, after which there will be three pony races to close the event. The area champions will then be crowned and trophies presented.  Over 90 entries have been received for the main card which starts at 2pm.

The Davisons-sponsored  Men’s Open race could see reigning champion jockey Will Biddick score here on his fathers There’s No Panic who won at this track last season. They could have some strong competition to deal with in five times winner this season Spencer Moon ,for jockey Byron Moorcroft if they can defy top weight, also Alex Edwards on Rockinrolldixie who used to be with the Dean Summersby team. Rockinrolldixie now with Cotswold trainer Diana Ralph, was on a roll when winning at both the Bredwardine and Maismore tracks this season, but then refused to race at Chaddesley Corbett on his next outing. He would need to be on his best form here, but he does go well for jockey Alex Edwards, who is leading the National Mens Championship.

The Ladies Open which is sponsored by Nancekivell & Co, could see jockey Gina Andrews take the ride on There’s No Panic if not going in the Mens race earlier. Gina Andrews is soon to be crowned National Ladies Champion, currently holding joint second place is Isabel Marshall who could have either of the two Alan Hill-trained entries as an option, in Man Of Steel a winner of six this season including a Hunter Chase at Cartmel, and recent runner up at Peper Harow and Edgcot According To Trev . The Francesca Nimmo-trained Darksen and Rendevous Peak  are also to be respected if turning up here for current joint leading  National Lady Novice jockey Alice Stevens to ride.

Tattersalls, Ireland sponsor the opening Members race  which could go the way of Culverwell, a recent one length runner up at Upcott, for the Teresa Clark team under jockey Will Biddick, who although looks to have lost his National Mens title will take the Devon & Cornwall Area title.  Le Clo De La Londe must be respected, a winner here last season for the in form trainer Stuart Sampson, here with the booking of Emma Watson to ride.

Kivells  sponsor the Restricted race in which several outside raiders could turn up including Gowell a Llwyn Ddu winner and runner-up at Brampton Maden and Upcott,  trained and ridden by Byron Moorcroft. Charm Park winner Euro Bond for trainer Joe Tickle, Garthorpe Maiden winner Desert Retreat for the Alan Hill team and Upcott maiden winner Sweet Lady Jane for trainer Kieran Price.

Claire Howarth of the Barum Stud sponsors the Intermediate race in which a suggestions are Peper Harow winner Stage One  (Alan Hill), and Bredwardine winner on good to firm Free Scorpion, another out of the Byron Moorcroft yard. Joey The Kangaroo out of Ledbury trainer Julie Mansell’s yard, could be another to make a journey down to the course and follow up on his nine-length win at the Edcote earlier this month, where he left Free Scorpion back 23 lengths in fourth and would deserve favouritism here.

The Open Maiden being sponsored by Smallridge Brother Ltd has recent Upcott Cross runner up Buckboru entered for trainer Laura Young. Buckboru battled on gamely at Upcott to finish a head second. Here Comes Molly has clocked up two seconds for trainer Tracey Barfoot-Saint. Rockabay is another which could run well for Joe Tickle, and any market support for debutant The Boola Bee for trainer owner/trainer/jockey Kieran Buckley would be worth following.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a large number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Under 16’s go free and dogs welcome but must be on a lead at all times. The course is located at Chapleton, Umberleigh. On A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Hiscott (2.2 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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