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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 – SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON BANK HOLIDAY HOLIDAY 27TH MAY 2019

The well watered ground meant a very good racing surface which attracted a total of 48 runners for the six races at Upcott Cross. 15 bookies produced a strong betting market with a few faces ready to pounce in the ring.

33-1 outsider Ballyhowne upset his nine better fancied rivals in the well framed opening Conditions race, just mugging Sixteen Letters (7-4 from 2’s) in the final strides. Banco De Logos was a springer (12’s to 6’s) and ran a sound race to finish third, with the favourite Crown of Thorns (evens to 4-5), a winner of four of his five races this season just behind the places in fourth. I managed to back two losers in this race. Needless to say, one of them was the head runner up, and the other was Skinflint(5’s to 9-2) who held every chance when falling two out.

The money was only loaned to the bookies as Minimalistic (5-2 jt fav), who looked really well in the paddock, trotted up in the next. Runner up Golander (5-1) is worth keeping an eye on.

Ballyknock Cloud opened at a generous 7-4 in the Mixed Open and was sent off evens fav before a good round of jumping saw the ex-rules performer win easily under Will Biddick in the Mixed Open. Imogens Thunder (4-1), who looked a difficult ride for Matt Hampton, was not disgraced in chasing the winner home.

Ryves Rocky is improving all the time and was given a confident ride by Millie Wonnacott in the Novice Riders’, having been backed from 7-2 to 6-4 (nearly pinched 4’s but too slow in my old age). This was quite a decent race with the excellent Cloudy Music (5-2 to 7-4) a creditable runner up, with her stable companion Clondaw Bunny (4-1) less than a length behind in third.

Leslie Jefford’s horses are in good form and having saddled Ryves Rocky he mopped up the three miles Open Maiden with first and second. The jolly Willaldo (6-4 to evens) kept finding more to fend off his stable mate Businessman (7-2). It was good to see Oliver Carter’s old colours carried by the winner, owned by his grand daughter Anne Carter. When I said old I meant old because jockey Bryan Carver seemed to have put another split under the arms of the silks on return to the winner’s enclosure! Good luck to Bryan in his future professional career.

The two and a half miles Open Maiden went to the 2-1 jolly So When, trained by Christopher Barber and in his grandfather Richard Barber’s colours. This five-year-old grey by Geordieland has been on the naughty stool most of the season thanks to his running out antics, but Will Biddick proved why he is a multiple champion jockey with a masterful ride here. Having covered the grey up for the first two miles, Biddick eased his mount to the front at the second last and won under hands and heels before So When realised he was having a race.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT – SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS – BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27TH MAY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE course at Upcott Cross had been well watered to counteract the long dry spell. The organisers were duly rewarded for their efforts when a total of 48 runners contested six competitive races.

Will Biddick’s double took him to the 42 winner mark for the season, giving him a seemingly unassailable lead in his quest for a seventh National jockeys title with just a handful of fixtures left during June.

Ballyknock Cloud defied a 6 lbs penalty with a good exhibition of jumping in the Simpkins Edwards Mixed Open. The Truro born rider soon had the grey in pole position, and he shook off his only serious rival Imogens Thunder after the third last. Jade Barber trains the winner for the Ballyknock Cloud partnership. The eight-year-old was setting up his seasonal hat trick in points after a spell under rules. Representing his wife, Jack Barber said, “ They have done a fantastic job here watering. This horse was dossing a bit in front. He may come back to me for summer jumping.”

Will Biddick’s other winner came in the two and a half miles FC Cleaning Systems Open Maiden. His mount So When had failed to finish on five occasions from his six runs with a special party trick of running out when in contention. This time Biddick needed to produce one of his best rides of the season, nursing his blinkered partner in the slip stream of the leaders until asking for an effort down the hill. So When forgot all his wayward tendencies to score going away without breaking sweat. The home bred Geordieland gelding is trained by 21-year-old Christopher Barber for his grandfather, legendary point-to-point trainer Richard Barber, who was unable to be present due to ill health.

The two tone green Barber colours have been well known in point-to-points and hunter chases for many years, and another familiar set of colours graced the winner’s enclosure when Willaldo justified favouritism in the three miles PRJ Engineering Open Maiden. This eight-year-old Black Sam Bellamy mare is owned by Anne Carter, and trained by Leslie Jefford, who also saddled runner up Businessman in this race. Willaldo’s jockey Bryan Carver wore the silks associated with the owner’s grandfather Oliver Carter. Oldies will recall such as his Whitbread Gold Cup winner Ottery News, Otter Way and Lucky Rock). “Willaldo has improved all along and loves it,” said Carver who is looking forward to turning conditional jockey under Paul Nicholls this summer.

Payhembury trainer Leslie Jefford had earlier saddled Ryves Rocky to win the Dodson & Horrell Novice Riders Condition race under Millie Wonnacott. A quartet of the six runners came to the second last with a chance, but long time leader Ryves Rocky would not be denied and this well backed favourite stayed on strongly to hold the game mare Cloudy Music and her stable companion Clondaw Bunny .

Ballyhowne looked held in fourth place rounding the top bend in the quality 10 runner Conditions race sponsored by Penbode Veterinary Group, but Tom Chanin’s mount was left in a challenging position when Skinflint fell two out, and eventually wore down the tiring leader Sixteen Letters in the shadow of the post to win by a head. ”I was content to hold him up and the pace sorted them out. He jumped so well and is so game,” reflected the rider, whose father Robert trains the ex-Irish gelding for the Stone Valley Racing Club.

Josh Newman narrowly missed out on Sixteen Letters, but enjoyed a smooth success as Minimalistic drew clear of Golander from the third last to score by 12 lengths in the Coodes Solicitors Restricted. Nikki Frost saddled this improving seven-year-old for Susan and Edward Darke, who commented, ”He stays well and jumps but would be better left handed. He will be put away now for next season.”

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS -SOUTH TETCOTT AT UPCOTT CROSS 27TH MAY 2019

Going: Good, good to soft in places – watered

CONDITIONS RACE (SPONSOR; PENBODE VETERINARY GROUP)

1 Ballyhowne (Tom Chanin) 33-1 Good hdwy three out, stayed on to lead nr finish
2 Sixteen Letters (Josh Newman) 7-4 prom, left clr two out, headed nr finish
3 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 6-1 well in touch til wknd three out
10 ran; head; 8l; 6m 39s

RESTRICTED (COODES SOLICITORS)

1 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 5-2 jt fav jumped well, made all, drew clear two out
2 Golander (Bryan Carver) 5-1 chased wnr from 13th. no extra two out
3 Ann Maries Reject (Natalie Parker) 5-1 tracked ldrs til wknd three out ran on agn nr finish
9 ran; 12l; neck; 6m 36s

MIXED OPEN (SIMPKINS EDWARDS)

1 Ballyknock Cloud (Will Biddick) evens fav made all, clear three out, pushed out
2 Imogens Thunder (Matt Hampton) 4-1 alwys prom, every chance 15th, grad wknd
3 La Madonnina (Abi Lewis) 66-1 lost touch 15th, left 3rd two out
6 ran; 6l; 20l; 6m 46s

CONDITIONS NOVICE RIDERS (DODSON & HORRELL)

1 Ryves Rocky (Millie Wonnacott) 6-4 fav slight lead from 6th, dvn out, held on well
2 Cloudy Music (Liam Harrison) 7-4 handy, close 2nd from three out, kept on, just held
3 Clondaw Bunny (Fergus Gillard) 4-1 chased ldrs, stayed on well from two out
6 ran; 1l; 3/4l; 6m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN (PRG ENGINEERING)

1 Willaldo (Bryan Carver) evens fav made all, drew clr two out, comf
2 Businessman (Millie Wonnacott) 7-2 in touch, effort three out, not qckn
3 Flemenstrix (Michael Legg) 2-1 tracked ldrs, outpaced 15th, no extra clsg stgs
8 ran; 10l; 10l; 6m 48s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS 2M 4F (FC CLEANING SYSTEMS)

1 So When (Will Biddick) 2-1 fav tracked ldrs, led three out, drew clr last
2 Sansgini (Josh Cameron) 12-1 led 10th til 12th, close 2nd next til outpaced apprg last
3 The Meters Running (Jake Bament) 8-1 steady hdwy three out, no extra from next
9 ran; 4l; 2 1’2l; 5m 48s

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Entries: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Monday 27th May 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Conditions Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:45 Novice Riders Race
5th 16:20 Open Maiden Race
6th 16:55 2m 4f Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Watering of the course continues and will continue over the weekend. It was clear and cloudy last night with a bit of dampness. Predicting the Going to be GOOD for Monday.

(Updated 9:30 am on Friday 24th May 2019).

Good; All bends and fences moved to fresh ground. Watering starting on Monday and continuing through the week as necessary.

(Updated: Sunday 19th May at 14:00)

Preview extract:

The South Tetcott Hunt meeting at Upcott Cross is due to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, it’s a well supported event receiving over 100 entries. Pony racing heads up at the action at 12 noon, followed by the main six race card at 2pm. With some rain forecast later in the week, the going should be ideal and the course will be watered if necessary.

Entrance to the course is £10 per car & driver and £10 per passenger. Children under 16 free. All on course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.


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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Race 1 – Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5f4p-pu33 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 434-14523 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 39 Robert Chanin
3 -2543211 BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 37 Dean Summersby
4 5/f4513-43 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37 Patricia Armstrong
5 p-45p5242 BEUVRON (FR) 38? Sam Holdsworth
6 2-2311322 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 40 Dean Summersby
7 *53-11211 CROWN OF THORNS 42+ Sarah Pidsley
8 3-1333511 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 38 Neil McLean
9 4p/-p4p3f HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
10 431-u2pu2 JABBEA (IRE) 40 Mary Sanderson
11 p6-53ppp3 JABOLTISKI (SPA) 34 Stuart Sampson
12 33-333115 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
13 122-3pp15 PREDESTINED (IRE) 37 Gordan Chambers
14 113-54232 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford
15 1121-4214 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 41+ Neil McLean
16 7pp-21411 SKINFLINT (IRE) 42+ Gerard Supple
17 3-p337f63 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Sam Holdsworth
18 44723531 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 37 Deborah Treneer
19 *534/-p4p4 TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 34 Heidi Lewis
20 211-61121 WIND TOR 43 Ed Walker

Results

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

Preview extract

Crown of Thorns also holds an entry in the opening Penbode Vet Group Conditions race and will need to defy top weight. Challengers could come in the way of the Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey with the booking of jockey Millie Wonnacott who will be hoping to improve on their two lengths second to Skinflint at the Vauterhill meeting. Skinflint also holds an entry here as does seasons treble winning Wind Tor, also Skinflint (Gerry Supple) another on a season treble, and this could be a very competitive race if any of these turn up to compete among the 21 entered.

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Race 2 – Restricted race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 13-6p424 ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) 36 Christine Gray
2 21/p6f3-p BALTAZAR DU SEUIL (FR) 35? Stuart Sampson
3 p12-p6832 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson
4 /1434-463 DAMBY’S STAR (IRE) 34 Sara Bradstock
5 3-u223p15 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 34 Jill Dennis
6 443p-4133 DIPLOMATICO (USA) 29 Jason Warner
7 1/05-5p32 DR RHYTHM (IRE) 33 Keith Cumings
8 21-6226 GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
9 3225-47p2 GOLANDER (IRE) 35 Gordon Chambers
10 357*43-34 MINELLA MOJO (IRE) 35 Robert Chanin
11 /f2-2113d MINIMALISTIC (IRE) 37 Nikki Frost
12 *900/f14-p MISTER BUDDY (IRE) 35 Luke Price
13 323231-f3 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 34 Byron Moorcroft
14 -32f31 THEWINNERTAKEITALL(IRE) 34+ Dean Summersby
15 /1p464-p9 WALLABROOK 33 Ed Walker
16 p4-224341 WHERE’S WILMA 36+ Michael M. Watson

Results

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

Preview extract

Jockey Darren Edwards has a ride booked in the Coodes Solicitor-sponsored Restricted race on Thewinnertakeitall for team Summersby, and could follow up on their previous win at Trebudannon, the combination have been in the frame on four of his five starts this season, with an unlucky fall at Cherrybrook ended his race when travelling well falling at the 12th fence. Golander could go well for the Gordon Chambers team, having run a close second to Banco des Logos at Trebudannon two weeks ago. Dr Rhythm (Keith Cumings) has previous National Hunt form when in training with Paul Nicholls, and had run well in second to Bubble O’Clock at Holnicote two weeks ago.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5f4p-pu33 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 p7/799f-11 BALLYKNOCK CLOUD (IRE) 41 Jade Barber
3 5p0334r2 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 *53-11211 CROWN OF THORNS 42+ Sarah Pidsley
5 /211-pp11 EARTHLY REASON (IRE) 42+ Neil McLean
6 4/115-221 HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford
7 R11-12322 IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE) 40 Mary Tory
8 41213-u4u LA MADONNINA (IRE) 40? Abigail Lewis
9 53-674321 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
10 p-6565423 PETERBROWN (IRE) 40? Holly-Anne Drowne
11 11-2p1222 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
12 111-32111 RIVER MYTH 43+ Stuart Sampson
13 p1111-121 SPENCER MOON (IRE) 44 Luke Price
14 211-61121 WIND TOR 43 Ed Walker

Results

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

Preview extract

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day, and with the championships hotting up, we could see Will Biddick partner Crown Of Thorns to follow up on their win here at the meeting in April. They could come up against entry Spencer Moon, the Welsh raider for trainer Luke Price and jockey Byron Moorcroft, who could follow up on the horses impressive eleven wins to date from 14 starts in Point-to-Points, and connections targeting him here should be respected. River Myth is another who could figure having won the Members race here at the last meeting for the Stuart Sampson team under jockey Darren Andrews and have clocked up an impressive five straight wins this season.

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Race 4 – Novice Riders Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 9-523p45p ALICE’S STAR 35? Robert Chanin
2 434-14523 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 39 Robert Chanin
3 5p0334r2 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 82p-12132 CLONDAW BUNNY (IRE) 38 Dean Summersby
5 2-2311322 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 40 Dean Summersby
6 /3/31/12-62 EMPEROR RENARD (IRE) 38 Marie McGuiness
7 4/115-221 HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford
8 *1p-111p1 JACK SNIPE 43 Robert Hawker
9 p-6565423 PETERBROWN (IRE) 40? Holly-Anne Drowne
10 113-54232 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford
11 pp11-3p5u SHANNON SILVER 36 Claire Hardwick
12 *50-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

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

Preview extract

The Dodson & Horrel-sponsored Novice Riders race also has two Summersby entries with Clondaw Bunny and Cloudy Music an option for young jockey Liam Harrison. Jack Snipe ( Robert Hawker) has to be feared if turning up here, with four wins this season, the latest coming at Cothelstone, where he also holds an entry at the weekend. Blue Benny (Lucy Felton) could be a worthy each way bet to follow, having previously finished a close second to Tiger Sam at Larkhill last month.

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Race 5 – Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 33ur-pp A MILL FROM MILAN (IRE) Joe Tickle
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 3/34-4 BUSINESSMAN (IRE) 27+ Leslie Jefford
4 *0968/8p- CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) Kieran Price
5 -pp46322 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
6 -2 FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 31+ Joe Tickle
7 *44-fp2 FLEMENSTRIX (IRE) 33+ Christopher Barber
8 -f HOT CROSS BUN 0 Mary Tory
9 //-pp223 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 26 Jason Warner
10 -p JOHNOFGORCOMBE 0 Nikki Frost
11 87-3p6p4 KEMICALLIE 12 Christine Gray
12 f-p6ppp LAUREL LASS (IRE) 0 Ryan Chapman
13 -3 LONGSHANKS (IRE) 27+ Leighton McGuinness
14 -53 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 30+ Ed Walker
15 9//-p5622 PONIEL 33+ Zoe Moore-Williams
16 -5f PORT O’CLOCK (IRE) 20? Dean Summersby
17 -pp SANSGINI (IRE) Annabelle Bacon
18 SCHEMLI PFLUMLI Joe Tickle
19 /p/-6p THE METERS RUNNING (IRE) 24 Gordon Chambers
20 -upp3 TREBORS TWINKLE 17 Joe Tickle
21 pp/-f2 WHAT A BUG 25 Sarah Prouse
22 pp/76- WIDLAKE SCORPIOUS (IRE) 0 David Stephens
23 /pfpp-422 WILLALDOO 34+ Leslie Jefford

Results

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

Preview extract

There follows two Open Maiden races, with those catching the eye in the first,  which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, are Minella Beag, Cottage Rose and Poniel.

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Race 6 – 2m 4f Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 p4p9-p42 BALLINLA LADY (IRE) 26? Seanin McPherson
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 /34p2/-Rp BLACKDOWN BABE 21? Michael Coate
4 *0968/8p- CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) Kieran Price
5 8-4upff5 COUSIN RITA 0 Helen Llewellyn-Griffiths
6 24/p47-p5 FLORABELL (IRE) 23? Ian Hambley
7 //-pp223 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 26 Jason Warner
8 -ppu JOHN’S B’S (FR) 14 Jack Wallace
9 -R KING’S QUAY (IRE) 25? Leighton McGuinness
10 f-p6ppp LAUREL LASS (IRE) 0 Ryan Chapman
11 -p MISS JET LAG 0 Matthew Griffiths
12 -ppp MISSYOUATGORCOMBE 0 Nikki Frost
13 9//-p5622 PONIEL 33+ Zoe Moore-Williams
14 -5f PORT O’CLOCK (IRE) 20? Dean Summersby
15 -pp SANSGINI (IRE) Annabelle Bacon
16 SCHEMLI PFLUMLI Joe Tickle
17 -RpR4uR SO WHEN 30? Christopher Barber
18 /p/-6p THE METERS RUNNING (IRE) 24 Gordon Chambers
19 -upp3 TREBORS TWINKLE 17 Joe Tickle
20 pp/-f2 WHAT A BUG 25 Sarah Prouse

Results

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

Preview extract

Whilst in the second which is run over 2m4f Open Maiden race and is kindly sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems, King’s Quay, Italian Symphony and What A Bug have  previously hinted at ability and caught the eye in their races and should be high in the betting arena.

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Preview: South Tetcott Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The South Tetcott Hunt meeting at Upcott Cross is due to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, it’s a well supported event receiving over 100 entries. Pony racing heads up at the action at 12 noon, followed by the main six race card at 2pm. With some rain forecast later in the week, the going should be ideal and the course will be watered if necessary.

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day, and with the championships hotting up, we could see Will Biddick partner Crown Of Thorns to follow up on their win here at the meeting in April. They could come up against entry Spencer Moon, the Welsh raider for trainer Luke Price and jockey Byron Moorcroft, who could follow up on the horses impressive eleven wins to date from 14 starts in Point-to-Points, and connections targeting him here should be respected. River Myth is another who could figure having won the Members race here at the last meeting for the Stuart Sampson team under jockey Darren Andrews and have clocked up an impressive five straight wins this season.

Crown of Thorns also holds an entry in the opening Penbode Vet Group Conditions race and will need to defy top weight. Challengers could come in the way of the Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey with the booking of jockey Millie Wonnacott who will be hoping to improve on their two lengths second to Skinflint at the Vauterhill meeting. Skinflint also holds an entry here as does seasons treble winning Wind Tor, also Skinflint (Gerry Supple) another on a season treble, and this could be a very competitive race if any of these turn up to compete among the 21 entered.

Jockey Darren Edwards has a ride booked in the Coodes Solicitor-sponsored Restricted race on Thewinnertakeitall for team Summersby, and could follow up on their previous win at Trebudannon, the combination have been in the frame on four of his five starts this season, with an unlucky fall at Cherrybrook ended his race when travelling well falling at the 12th fence. Golander could go well for the Gordon Chambers team, having run a close second to Banco des Logos at Trebudannon two weeks ago. Dr Rhythm (Keith Cumings) has previous National Hunt form when in training with Paul Nicholls, and had run well in second to Bubble O’Clock at Holnicote two weeks ago.

The Dodson & Horrel-sponsored Novice Riders race also has two Summersby entries with Clondaw Bunny and Cloudy Music an option for young jockey Liam Harrison. Jack Snipe ( Robert Hawker) has to be feared if turning up here, with four wins this season, the latest coming at Cothelstone, where he also holds an entry at the weekend. Blue Benny (Lucy Felton) could be a worthy each way bet to follow, having previously finished a close second to Tiger Sam at Larkhill last month.

There follows two  Open Maiden races, with those catching the eye in the first,  which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, are Minella Beag, Cottage Rose and Poniel.

Whilst in the second which is run over 2m4f Open Maiden race and is kindly sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems, King’s Quay, Italian Symphony and What A Bug have  previously hinted at ability and caught the eye in their races and should be high in the betting arena.

Entrance to the course is £10 per car & driver and £10 per passenger. Children under 16 free. All on course facilities include hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course is located 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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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: EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS, SATURDAY 27TH APRIL 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

It’s a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds’ cries;
I never hear the west wind but tears are in my eyes.
For it comes from the west lands, the old brown hills,
And April’s in the west wind, and daffodils.

John Masefield, Salt-Water Ballads, (1902), “The West Wind”.

On a very windy day at Upcott Cross , the Eggesford turned out to be a memorable meeting . Presumably the weather forecast, yellow warnings or silly threatening names they now tag on to low pressure systems put a lot of people off. They missed point-to-point history in the making as the record for the highest career total by a jockey in Britain was broken.

Cornishman Will Biddick rode a double to set a new record of 415 pointing winners in the saddle. The record of 414 had stood since Richard Burton retired in 2011. Biddick, 32, who rode his first winner at Stafford Cross in 2004, immediately superseded Burton as champion jockey in 2012, and claimed that title on six consecutive occasions, setting a personal record himself with a seasonal total of 68 winners in 2015. He was runner up to Alex Edwards for the National title last season, and the pair are vying for the Fuller’s sponsored Men’s championship again this year

The progressive Crown of Thorns initiated Biddick’s double, making all the running in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. The Pidsley family gelding has proved a shrewd buy at Goffs Doncaster sales last September out of Noel Meade’s yard. , The Sarah Pidsley trained six-year-old was scoring for the fourth time this season. A feat his previous Giggingstown owners would have enjoyed.

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

Biddick’s record breaking ride was Kernel Victor who shook off Cloudy Music in the home straight to win the Confined. Trainer Ed Walker shares ownership of this useful pointer with popular West country stalwart John Pearn , and the gelding has fared even better with blinkers applied. “It is nice to get the record, but my main aim is to get the title back this year,” said the Truro born rider who now operates a pointing yard at Ditcheat, Somerset. Amidst rousing cheers, his fellow jockeys joined in the celebrations by promptly ducking him in the paddock water trough.

Darren Andrews is enjoying his best season in the saddle and followed up a Hunt race victory on River Myth, by completing a double thanks to the promising Dr Kananga.

River Myth upset odds-on favourite Navanman, already a five-times winner this season in the Hunt race. The result was quite emphatic though as Andrews sent the mare about her business at the final ditch.

The 26-year-old jockey went on to steer Dr Kananga home in the second Maiden division. “He was only broken last September. We have been trying to find safe ground. He really wants it soft and may go for the Aintree bumper next month,” reported trainer Ben Clarke.

The other section of the Maiden saw Banco De Logos finally get his head in front under Darren Edwards. Bookmaker David Phillips sponsored this race and was calling the winner at evens at the off. Consistently placed, the eight –year-old rallied to beat Willaldo after looking vulnerable at the penultimate. “We thought he could win two or three on the bounce after his second to Road To Rome at Buckfastleigh, but he hasn’t been quite right and has been frustrating,” commented trainer Dean Summersby.

Willaldo carried Bryan Carver wearing the colours made famous by Oliver Carter ’s top horses. The rider had earlier entered the winner’s enclosure as four-year-old Getaround fulfilled the promise of his Monmouthshire second last month by running away with the young horses Maiden. Ella Pickard trains Getaround for her sister Ruby. “We bought him at Goffs Land Rover sales last June and he is a very exciting prospect,” exclaimed the young trainer. It was good to see Martin Pipe forsaking the glitter of Sandown’s jumping finale to present the prizes for this David Pipe sponsored race.

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

Fergus Gillard, who works for the David Pipe yard, had his 17th birthday two days before, and celebrated in the best possible way with a cool winning ride on Margaret Alford’s Herbert Park in the Mixed Open. Saffron Wells set up a 20 lengths lead and was still well clear at the third last, but Gillard was confident enough to delay his challenge on the quirky Ray Alford trained gelding as long as possible, sweeping into the lead jumping the last. “I had a lot underneath me and didn’t want to get there too soon,” seemed a bit of an understatement from the rider, yet another promising jockey to emerge from the pony racing circuit.

Results

RESULTS: EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS SATURDAY 27TH 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: EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS SATURDAY 27TH APRIL 2019

GOING: Good to soft, good in places

HUNT RACE (SPONSOR RANGEMOOR & ASHGROVE KITCHENS)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 6-4 clr three out, easily
2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 4-9 fav every chance til no extra three out
3 Bob Along Mahler (Fergus Gillard) 20-1 led til 13th, wknd
3 ran; 5l; dist; 6m 43s

INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav made all, clear four out, easily
2 Jabbea (Nick Lawton) 2-1 chased wnr three out, no impr
3 Come on Joey (Paul John) 12-1 in touch til 14th
5 ran; 10l;15l; 6m 39s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6-YEAR-OLDS 2M 4F (DAVID PIPE)

1 Getaround (Bryan Carver) 6-4 jt fav led 6th, drew clr two out
2 Largy Mountain (Will Biddick) 6-4 jt fav every chance three out, no extra
3 Roc The Boat (Paul John) 16-1 in touch til 12th
9 Ran; 9l; 3l; 5m 34s

MIXED’ OPEN (SIMPKINS EDWARDS)

1 Herbert Park (Fergus Gillard) 1-2 fav lot to do three out, fin strongly to lead last
2 Saffron Wells (Tom Doggrell) 7-2 led & well clr til wknd & hdd last
3 Art of Synergy (Will Biddick) 5-1 prog 12th, wknd three out
5 ran; 3l; dist; 6m 35s

RESTRICTED (TT BUILDINGS LTD)

1 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 12-1 prom til led two out, ran on well
2 Ann Maries Reject (Natalie Parker) 14-1 prom, effort three out, kept on
3 Five Gold Bars (Will Biddick) 2-1 hdwy three out
9 ran; 1l; head; 6m 40s no extra apprg last

OPEN MAIDEN (DAVID PHILLIPS)

DIVISION 1

1 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) evens fav alwys prom, ran on well
2 Willaldo (Bryan Carver) 9-1 prom, held when mstk last
3 Longshanks (Tom Doggrell) 13-2 hdwy three out, led briefl next, wknd
6 ran; 4l;4l; 6m 46s

DIVISION 2

1 Dr Kananga (Darren Andrews) 6-4 fav handy, led three out, comf
2 Poniel (Shane Quinlan) 25-1 prom, every chance til no extra last
3 Second Captain ( Darren Edwards) 4-1 rear, fin strongly
9 ran; 1l; 2l; 6m 49s

CONFINED (CHRIS HODGSON)

1 Kernel Victor (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav led three out, easily
2 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 13-8 chased wnr three out, no impr
3 Norman Conquest (Josh Newman) 10-1 ldrs til 15th, grad wknd
5 ran; 10l; 4l; 6m 42s

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Entries: Eggesford Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Saturday 27th April 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds Race
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 16:30 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
8th 17:05 Confined Race

Going Update

Official going by the Chief Steward: Good, Good to Soft in Places

Saturday, 27th April at 12:30

Eggesford point to point ground update – we had showers Wednesday & the course was also watered all day. We had rain overnight & will water again if necessary. The ground this morning is good

(updated Thursday 25 Apr 2019, at 08:30)

Good going, with rain forecast and will water if necessary to maintain good ground

(updated Saturday 20 Apr 2019, at 16:26)

Preview extract:

115 entries have been received for the Eggesford meeting at Upcott Cross this Saturday with eight races on offer, and a start time of 1pm.

The course offers hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. It’s located 2m south of Halwill junction,off A3079 postcode EX21 5AE.


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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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 74p12-p68 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson F. Gillard T/S; C/P; 12/1 to 16/1
2 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 33 John Heard
3 Y 2-1122111 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45+ John Heard B. Carver 1/2 to 2/5
4 Y p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson D. Andrews T/S; 5/4 to 13/8
5 u1121-421 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 41 Neil McLean

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 4 5L 6m 43
2nd 3 Dist
3rd 1
4th

Preview extract

Navanman also holds an entry in the Opening Members race which has been sponsored by The Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchen co. It could be a popular family win for the Heard family, and could see him follow up on his recent win at Milborne St Andrew last month under jockey Bryan Carver. River Myth could be a likely challenger, but would need to find a couple of lengths improvement, as had to settle for second when the two met at Charlton Horthorne last month.

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Race 2 – Intermediate race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 24/12p-212 ACADIAN (FR) 37+ Heidi Lewis L. Drowne 5/2 to 5/1
2 /p1-p3p22 ARCAL FIFTY 37 Bea Coward
3 5p624-pp BALLYCASH (IRE) 35 Ben Clarke
4 /p3p/p3-p CANSHETRAIN (IRE) 33 Scarlett Major
5 55p-1221 CAPTIVA ISLAND (IRE) 37 Alan Hill
6 222-23113 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby
7 Y 73R/-f414 COME ON JOEY (IRE) 37 Roy Smith P. John 6/1 to 12/1
8 f2u1fp/-pp CROOKESMOOR 18 Sue Young
9 Y *053-1121 CROWN OF THORNS 41+ Sarah Pidsley W. Biddick C/P; 2/5 to 4/9
10 31-0* FOXWORTHY Ed Walker
11 6/3225-47 GOLANDER (IRE) 35 Gordon Chambers
12 Y p431-u2pu JABBEA (IRE) 39+ Mary Sanderson N. Lawton 3/1 to 7/4
13 /pu2-11 MANOFMANYWORDS 40+ Camilla Scott
14 5p2p2-471 MINIM MOUSE 40 Chloe Newman
15 5/656-21c NEETSIDE (IRE) 36+ Jill Dennis
16 p411p/-24p NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin
17 1p9-2211 PLATINUM BEN (IRE) 38 Nigel Padfield
18 2224p3-p2 PRINCE OF POETS 37 Teresa Clark
19 u-5122112 SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby
20 Y //p5175/-7 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Michael Biddick K. Kirby 25/1
21 313-55515 TAMARSTONE (IRE) 37 Neil McLean

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 9 10L 6m 39
2nd 12 15L
3rd 7
4th

Preview extract

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which Crown Of Thorns (Sarah Pidsley) is one to note, and could give jockey Will Biddick the crown for riding the most ever wins ridden in a Point-to-Points by a jockey. Manofmanywords out of the Camilla Scott yard could be the one to deny the crown for now, having recently won a 15 runner Restricted at Cothelsone by six lengths, under jockey Bryan Carver, with both horse and jockey showing good progression.

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Race 3 – Open Maiden for 4, 5 & 6 year olds Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y p*67/p2- ARCTIC SWORD 26+ Stuart Sampson D. Andrews T/S; 14/1 to 4/1
2 -54432f ATTACOTTI (IRE) 34 Pauline Geering
3 Y -uf CHETOMIAN (IRE) 0 Ian Chanin J. Newman Hd; 12/1
4 -12 DR KANANGA 31+ Ben Clarke
5 /332- ENORMOUSE 34+ Chloe Newman
6 Y -ppp ESPRESSINO 0 Robert Chanin T. Chanin Hd; 25/1 to 33/1
7 *00-26p2 FIELD MASTER (IRE) 32 Robert Hawker
8 Y -2 GETAROUND (IRE) 32+ Ella Pickard B. Carver 7/4 to 5/4
9 Y /3f-4 GLIMPSE OF GLADYS 27 Robert Pudd S. Kirwan 4/1 to 10/1
10 Y GOLLY ITS MOLLY 0 Caroline Prouse D. Edwards 10/1 to 12/1; 4lb over
11 Y KING’S QUAY (IRE) Leighton McGuinness B. R. Jones 10/1 to 14/1
12 Y /ppp3-2 LARGY MOUNTAIN 29+ Hannah Mahon W. Biddick 5/4
13 LONGSHANKS (IRE) Leighton McGuinness
14 6-22 MONMOUTH HILL 25 Hannah Clarke
15 PASS RUSHER (IRE) Francesca Nimmo
16 Y ROC THE BOAT Jennifer Boucher P. John 8/1 to 10/1
17 pp-p2 THE GARRISON (IRE) 26 Jazmin Hosgood

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 8 9L 5m 34
2nd 12 3L
3rd 16
4th 1

Preview extract

The Open Maiden race for four, five and six-year old is sponsored by David Pipe, with entries including Largy Mountain (Hannah Mahon) and Field Master (Robert Hawker) both have hinted at ability with seconds at Bampton Byron and Mollington respectively.

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Race 4 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 15f4p-pu3 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 38 Ed Walker W. Biddick T/S; 4/1 to 7/2
2 231-11131 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42 Dean Summersby
3 312-21321 HEANEY (IRE) 43 Claire Wonnacott
4 Y 44/115-22 HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford F. Gillard 11.2 Novice Riders; 1/3 to 1/2
5 5-3462311 HOW ABOUT IT (IRE) 42 Alexandra Dunn
6 Y 2341213-u LA MADONNINA (IRE) 42 Abigail Lewis D. Andrews 6/1 to 10/1
7 Y u2//-p4p83 MERRION SQUARE (IRE) 33 Harriet Brown Miss J. E. Sargent 8/1 to 16/1
8 2-1122111 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45+ John Heard
9 p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson
10 Y *4436/-23u SAFFRON WELLS 42 Mark Hoskins T. Doggerell C/P; 3/1 to 4/1
11 12-111222 THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) 43 Thomas Malone
12 *78534/-p4 TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 34 Heidi Lewis
13 21222-211 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 44 Keith Cumings

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 4 3L 6m 35
2nd 10 Dist
3rd 1
4th 6

Preview extract

The feature race of the day will be the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race in which multiple winning horses including winner of four this season Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby), winner of two plus a Hunter Chase win at Exeter Heaney (Claire Wonnacott), Navanman(John Heard) winner of five including three open races under jockey Bryan Carver, and Whenharrymetsally (Keith Cumings) on an impressive mark of 15 wins to date, are among the 13 entries.

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Race 5 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 6/213-6p4 ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) 36 Christine Gray N. Parker 14/1
2 /p1-p3p22 ARCAL FIFTY 37 Bea Coward
3 Y -pp33p34p BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 35 Leslie Jefford A. L. Harvey 8/1
4 Y 221/p6f3- BALTAZAR DU SEUIL (FR) 35? Stuart Sampson 8/1 D. Andrews
5 74p12-p68 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson
6 Y f2u1fp/-pp CROOKESMOOR 18 Sue Young S. Whittle 25/1
7 Y 33-u223p1 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 36 Jill Dennis J. Bament 4/1
8 1/*05-5p3 DR RHYTHM (IRE) 17? Keith Cumings
9 Y f5p-21 FIVE GOLD BARS (IRE) 36+ Robert Hawker W. Biddick 6/4
10 Y 2/541pp5 GEORGES LEGACY 35? Joe Tickle D. Edwards C/P; 14/1
11 21-6226 GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
12 Y 6/3225-47 GOLANDER (IRE) 35 Gordon Chambers B. R. Jones 10/1
13 6/pp1-353 GRACIOUS PRINCE (IRE) 35 Harriet Brown
14 21/ff-24p2 JOURNEY JUICE 36 Ed Walker
15 14p-fpp3p MINELLA RISING (IRE) 34 Ed Walker
16 Y /f2-2113 MINIMALISTIC (IRE) 38 Nikki Frost J. Newman Evens
17 5/656-21c NEETSIDE (IRE) 36+ Jill Dennis
18 /3432-212 SHANOULE WOOD (IRE) 35 Hannah Clarke
19 /1p464-p9 WALLABROOK 33 Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 3 1L 6m 40
2nd 1 Head
3rd 9
4th 16

Preview extract

Minimalistic out of Nikki Frost’s yard, stands out as an entry in the Hammett Financial-sponsored Restricted race having progressed quickly this season with two wins at the Buckfastleigh track, and may have needed a break when finishing third at Cherrybrook. Neetside (Jill Dennis) was unlucky to be carried out when travelling well at Flete Park last weekend and could run well here. Five Gold Bars (Robert Hawker) could progress after his two length win at Kilworthy in March and is another for the short list.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden Race, Division 1

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y -54432f ATTACOTTI (IRE) 34 Pauline Geering B. Jones
2 Y 42-25432 BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 32? Dean Summersby D. Edwards C/P
3 *05450/- CHEYONA (IRE) Chloe Roddick
4 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 33 John Heard
5 /332- ENORMOUSE 34+ Chloe Newman
6 -2 FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 30+ Joe Tickle
7 /u3-p GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
8 Y LONGSHANKS (IRE) Leighton McGuinness T. Doggerell
9 *pp9f6p-p RUBY ACACIA (IRE) 0 Carly Mather
10 Y -6p TARA SNIPE 15 Pippa Moorhouse W. Biddick
11 Y u3-p35pp THESTOPPERDUNNE (IRE) 27? Thomas Malone J. Newman
12 pp/-f WHAT A BUG 0 Sarah Prouse
13 Y *6/pfpp-4 WILLALDOO 25? Leslie Jefford B. Carver

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Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 2 4L 6m 46
2nd 13 4L
3rd 8
4th 10

Preview extract

Whilst in the divided Open Maiden, Feu Des Malberaux (Jo Tickle) after his six length second to Matts Legacy at Buckfastleigh and four-year-old weight allowance should show improvement, coming from a yard with a good strike rate with young horses. Also Banco De Logos (Dean Summersby) another to catch the eye in the first division with his seconds at Buckfastleigh and Cherrybrook.

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Race 7 – Open Maiden Race, Division 2

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y *087-Rv ARCHIRONDEL (IRE) 32+ Tiffany O’Dwyer N. Vergne T/S; Purple colours; 3/1 to 2/1
2 u32f32-22 BALLYJIM (IRE) 33 Jade Barber
3 44-uppp6 BUBSY BURBIDGE 0 Sally Eccles
4 Y -p BUSTERMOVE 0 Stuart Sampson F. Gillard 14/1 to 28/1
5 Y -12 DR KANANGA 31+ Ben Clarke D. Andrews Hd; Yellow, blue slash colours; 2/1 to 6/4
6 *00-26p2 FIELD MASTER (IRE) 32 Robert Hawker
7 Y p/p87-3p6 KEMICALLIE 12 Christine Gray T. Doggerell 7/1 to 16/1
8 *856/7p-3 LOUGH DERG MYSTERY(IRE) 35 Tony Geering
9 *0600-ppp MAD FOR ACTION (IRE) 0 Abigail Lewis
10 Y 226-43p43 MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 25 Pauline Geering B. Carver C/P; 7/1 to 14/1
11 Y *709//-p56 PONIEL 12 Zoe Moore-Williams S. Quinlin 14/1 to 25/1
12 Y *80-p642 SECOND CAPTAIN (IRE) 28 Richard Mitford-Slade D. Edwards 2/1 to 9/2
13 Y /p/- THE METERS RUNNING (IRE) Gordon Chambers J. Bament 10/1 to 14/1
14 Y /2p4-2243 WHERE’S WILMA 34 Michael M. Watson D. Pritchard C/P; 2/1 to 9/4

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 5 1L 6m 49
2nd 11 2L
3rd 12
4th 14

Preview extract

In the second division Where’s Wilma (Michael Watson) has finished in the frame on three of her four starts this season and has to be considered if running here, also Ballyjim (Jade Barber) for latest two and a-half lengths second at Milborne St Andrew and could land another win for Will Biddick.

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Race 8 – Confined Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 *55474p-2 ACCORDING TO HARRY(IRE) 40 Nicola Martin
2 15f4p-pu3 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 38 Ed Walker
3 Y pppu57p-7 CARRIGKERRY (IRE) 20? Andrew Congdon P. John 14/1
4 Y 222-23113 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby D. Edwards 5/2
5 *053-1121 CROWN OF THORNS 41+ Sarah Pidsley
6 44p/-p4p3 HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
7 Y /2233-3331 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker W. Biddick Bl; 2/5
8 Y p411p/-24p NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin J. Newman 6/1
9 p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson
10 u1121-421 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 41 Neil McLean
11 3/441151- STEEL BRUSH (IRE) 40 Keith Cumings
12 Y *78534/-p4 TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 34 Heidi Lewis L. Drowne 5/1

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Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 7 10L 6m 42
2nd 4 4L
3rd 8
4th 3

Preview extract

Finally up is the Confined race in which Kernal Victor could defy top weight and steal this, and bag another for the Ed Walker team to follow up on his eight length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month. River Myth (Stuart Sampson) holds an entry here too, and connections may prefer this race as an option to follow up on her Confined win at Cherrybrook, rather than the earlier Members race.

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