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GRANVILLE’S BANK HOLIDAY BETTING GOSSIP

TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES CO LTD – FLETE PARK

The opening Maiden with 8 runners was the best betting race as another large crowd gathered at Flete Park.

Hold Me Tight was backed from 9-2 to 9-4 fav but never looked like getting to grips with Call Simon (3-1). Gunner Vic (4’s from 9-2) was knocking at the door again in third, but my bet Miltown Bridge (7-2) could only finish fourth.

The 11-10 favourite Champions Hill failed to follow up his course win in the Restricted, running out of steam at the bottom of the hill as Say About It (6-4) showed the benefit of his Axe Vale outing.

Finances were restored in the Ladies’ thanks to Virak (1-2 to 4-9), but the next jolly, Dry Ol’ Party (6-4) was out with the washing behind the free running front runner Field Exhibition (3-1)

Alternatif (4-6 fav) strolled home in the Novice Riders’ under the promising Otis Morgan before Board of Trade (4-6) added to the bookies woes in the lucky last.

STEVENSTONE AT VAUTERHILL

Talking of the bookies woes, there was more grief to come on Bank Holiday Monday when all six favourites obliged.

The opener looked tricky, but Little Billy Boy (4-5 to 4-6) did his job well under Josh Cameron.

I fancied Highland Legend (3’s to 5-2) in the Restricted, but she struggled behind easy winner Clever Des Assence (2’s to 13-8), amazingly led up by the rider’s sister with a broken collar bone.

It was time to get stuck in, so the first of three successive winning bets came as The Big Sting (1-2 to 1-3) saw off sole rival Eric The Third (13-8) in the Open. The only concern came just after the winning post when the gelding spooked and dislodged Will Biddick.

There was money for Reflex Action (7-4 to 13-8) in the next, but he kept jumping left, leaving Don’t Ask Us (4-7 touched 4-6) with an open goal.

Will Biddick’s treble came with Wise Garden (4-5 to 4-7) who trotted up in the Mares race.

Roc The Boat (2-1 fav from 3’s) fulfilled his promise in the last, just holding 8-1 chance Henry’s Regime as only four of the nine starters finished. A good punting day, but there’s never a last race and we will all be back for more at Upcott Cross.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

STEVENSTONE AT VAUTERHILL – BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 2nd MAY 2022

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Before we learned the story, writ down by racing feet, he taught us all the glory the long years would repeat”

William  H Ogilvie  1869 – 1963

Wii Biddick is fighting  hard for his eighth National jockeys title and reached a personal milestone of 500 career point-to-point winners at an overcast Vauterhill, North Devon,  on Bank Holiday Monday.

I have been lucky enough to see most of Will’s successes (and inevitably falls including his broken ankle at Upcott Cross last May) since his first winner on Let’s Fly at Stafford Cross in 2004. The form book for that year states that Ross Oliver’s horse , “receives useful assistance from the promising William Biddick.” I think we can say that he has fulfilled that promise.

It was Don’t Ask Us, trained by Keith Cumings at Bishops Nympton for long standing owner Peter Clarke, who brightened the day and took Will to the landmark. The trainers daughter Nicky explained, “ He is a late maturing type we bought in Ireland as a three-year-old .He doesn’t give a lot but jumps so well and will probably be kicking the lorry on the way home.”

Don’t Ask Us was the middle part of the rider’s treble, initiated when the Christopher Barber trained The Big Sting beat his sole opponent Eric The Third in the Kivells Mixed Open. The tall Scorpion gelding is not an easy ride and Biddick was niggling at his mount a long way from home. His jumping was sound however as he notched his fifth success of the season in the colours of Phil Fry. “He can be a bit idle,” said the jockey who was dumped out of the saddle as his mount spooked at a crossing just after the winning post. His young trainer said, “Plans to go summer jumping may be on hold as his owner is keen to keep him pointing to help Will.”

Wise Garden was a bit kinder to his jockey as he achieved a clear cut victory in the Jockey Club & Wades Mares & Fillies Maiden to complete the Alhampton based rider’s hat trick for the day on his third ride. The seven-year-old, who was saddled by Danni Kenealy, drew clear of the Cotswold challenger Somespring Special two out and may be seen over hurdles this summer.

The Penbode Vets & Hembury Castle Estate Restricted went to the Parker family’s nine-year-old Clever Des Assence. This steadily improving gelding runs in the colours of Tracy Parker, was ridden by her daughter Natalie, who works for Paul Nicholls, and is trained by Natalie’s sister Laura (Jones). It looked plain sailing for the winner, but he clouted the last but had enough in hand to fend off Golly Its Molly on reaching the judge.

Frome based Annie Bacon had saddled a winner at Flete Park two days previously, and followed up when Little Billy Boy won the five runner Hunt Conditions race under a positive ride by her partner Josh Cameron. “Annie rides him out at home and he likes his own way,” reported the rider.

The same yard’s Get Busy Livin (Otis Morgan) was backed from 16’s to 7’s in the concluding LAS Aerospace Ltd Maiden and was leading when running off the track entering the final circuit. This left Roc The Boat and Vinny Webster to become the sixth winning favourite of the afternoon as he mastered Henry’s Regime on the run in. In an incident packed race Businessman and Darsi’s Pass parted company with their riders on the bend at half way, taking out Roc The Motion in the process.

Jenny Boucher sent out the winner for the Horwood Racing Club and said, “He is by Graham Heal’s Vauterhill stallion Arvico out of our mare Applepie Lady, who gave me a winning ride a few years ago. I fit in riding him with my work at the local Horwood & Newton Tracey primary school.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS – STEVENSTONE AT VAUTERHILL 2ND MAY 2022

GOING GOOD TO SOFT

HUNT CONDITIONS  SPONSORED BY LOMAS HELICOPTERS IN MEMORY OF MAJOR JACK & MARGARET LOMAS

1 LITTLE BILLY BOY (JOSH CAMERON) 4-6 FAV  led 15th, held on well

2 KILRONAN CASTLE (JACK VEYSEY) 3-1  effort three out, no extra apprg last

3 DRUID SPITFIRE (ANNA JOHNSTON) 9-1  chased leaders, one pace from three out

5 RAN 2L ; 15L;  6M 33S

RESTRICTED – PENBODE VETS & HEMBURY CASTLE ESTATE

1 CLEVER DES ASSENCE (NATALIE PARKER) 13-8 FAV  prom til led three out, clear when mstk last, comf

2 GOLLY  ITS MOLLY (JAKE BAMENT) 5-2  in touch, every chance til wknd three out

3 HIGHLAND LEGEND (VINNY WEBSTER) 5-2  in touch til wknd three out

5 RAN; 5L; 6L;  6M 35S

MIXED OPEN – KIVELLS

1 THE BIG STING (WILL BIDDICK) 1-3 FAV   led 15th, soon clear, idled flat

2 ERIC THE THIRD (JAKE BAMENT) 13-8   led til 15th, outpaced, kept on

2 RAN; 6L;  6M 30S

INTERMEDIATE – BREWER HARDING & ROWE

1 DON’T ASK US (WILL BIDDICK) 4-7 FAV  handy, led three out, pushed out

2 REFLEX ACTION (DARREN EDWARDS) 13-8 jp left, took 2nd two out, no chance with wnr

3 CLONDAW BUNNY (OLIVER PUFFETT) 10-1  made most til wknd three out

3 RAN; 25L; 10L; 6M 41S

MARES & FILLIES MAIDEN – JOCKEY CLUB & WADES OF BRADWORTHY

1 WISE GARDEN (WILL BIDDICK) 4-7 FAV  well in touch, rdn clear two out

2 SOMESPRING SPECIAL (MARTIN McINTYRE) 3-1  pressed wnr from 15th, no extra apprg last

3 ISLAND TYPHOON (ZOE HAWKINS) 16-1  lost touch 15th,

4 RAN; 8L; DIST;  6M 34S

OPEN MAIDEN – LAS AEROSPACE LTD

1 ROC THE BOAT (VINNY WEBSTER) 2-1 FAV  led three out, joined next, just prevailed nr finish

2 HENRYS REGIME (MERVYN WOODWARD) 8-1 alwys prom, every chance from two out til no extra flat

3 PELORIC (TANISHA LITTLE) 20-1 hdwy 12th, not reach ldrs

9 RAN; 3/4L;  DIST;  6M 38S

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Preview: Stevenstone Point-to-Point at Vauterhill on Monday 2nd May 2022

The Stevenstone meeting is a great way to round up the Bank Holiday weekend  at Vauterhill on Monday May 2nd. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm.

The feature race of the day which is the Kivells Auctioneers-sponsored Mixed Open race, and with the championships hotting up, this race is bound to be competitive. Will Biddick takes the ride here on entry The Big Sting for trainer Chris Barber, and they will be hoping the win could help take back the National Gentleman’s jockey’s title, which was won last year by James King. The Big Sting has rewarded the team with four wins this season having progressed fast through Maiden to Intermediate races. His opposition could be Eric The Third for trainer John Heard to follow up on his win at Trebudannon under jockey Jake Bament.

The day starts with the Lomas Helicopters-sponsored Conditions race which could go the way of Little Billy Boy for trainer Annabel Bacon having run four-lengths second at Cothelstone behind Imogens Thunder at Cothelstone. Doctors Differ for the George Hiscock team is another to have finish close this season when coming home one-length third at the Cotley meeting under jockey Ella Orrtewell.

Penbode Vets sponsor the Restricted race which could see a battle between Clever Des Assence for the Laura Jones team and jockey Natalie Parker to ride and improve on their dual runner up places at Ston Eston and Dunsmore. Also entry Golly It’s Molly won the Members at Dunsmore under Jake Bament, and Ask The Lady for trainer Dean Summersby is another suggestion with the team back in form and should improve on their second at Trebudannon.

Brewer Harding & Rowe sponsor the Intermediate race, which could see entry Don’t Ask Us follow up on his two length second at the Dunsmore meeting for the Keith Cumings team. Reflex Action is another suggestion after his Cherrybrook win under jockey Darren Edwards.

The Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Maiden race holds twelve entries which include Kate’s Lane (Elizabeth Scott) second at Dunsmore, She’s A Legend (Stuart Sampson) third at Barbury, Queen Kalamba (Amber Jackson-Fennell) second at Lydstep and Wise Garden (Danielle Kenealy) one length second at Ston Eston for jockey Charlie Sprake.

Whilst the final race of the day is the Open Maiden sponsored by Wades, with entries Roc The Boat (Jennifer Boucher), Roc Motion (Dean Summersby) and Gingerbred (Laura Jones) could be among those fighting out the finish having shown promising form to date.

The organisers would also like to mention sponsors Hembury Castle Estate and LAS Aerospace for their generous sponsorship.

The on course facilities are bar, bookies, trade stands, hot and cold food and refreshments.  Entrance to the course is £10 per person Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome The course is located at High Bickington, signposted off A377, A3124 and B3317. Postcode EX37 981. This fixture won’t be livestreamed.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – STEVENSTONE

“I wasted time and now doth time waste me. For now hath time made me his numbering clock…”

William Shakespeare – Richard II

It would have been the 25th anniversary of point-to-point racing at Vauterhill, Devon, this season. The Stevenstone had chosen the VE day Bank Holiday Friday for this occasion, but unfortunately there will be no activity this season at this North Devon track.

The Stevenstone have raced at many locations over the years. The earliest meeting I can find was on 1st April 1908 at Melbury near Bideford. Most fixtures before 1939, with the odd exception, were held at Cranford St Giles near Torrington and this arrangement continued after the war. A joint meeting with the Torrington Farmers took place from 1947 until 1949 at Cranford until those hunts’ went their separate ways in 1950. The Stevenstone’s meeting in 1951 is recorded as being at Monkleigh, but it was at Cranford again from 1952 until the closure of that course in 1961 when foot and mouth disease saw that year’s meeting cancelled.

It was during the 1950’s that a remarkable pointing record was set up that may never be broken. Lonesome Boy won the same race, the Adjacent Hunts’ Ladies at the Stevenstone, for eight successive years from 1952 until 1959. When that superb East Cornwall horse retired he had won 65 races, 53 of them in succession over a variety of steeplechase fences and banks. Jumping technique on to and off the banks was an important attribute and I could not believe how steep the banks were until looking at the recently released vintage West Country Videos DVD which features some of the bank races at Cranford. Another prolific winner of that era was the mare Delilah who won 48 pony races, some of them at Stevenstone meetings. The 1962 meeting at Horwood included such riders as Grant Cann, Sue Aston (16 years old then), Bertie Hill and Frank Ryall. Horwood continued to host the fixture until a single meeting at Worlington in 1969. There was a meeting at Bishopsleigh in 1970 until a move to Bratton Down which lasted until 1976. It was on to Crimp Morwenstowe in 1977 until 1989 when they moved to Stibb Cross, and then to Vauterhill 25 years ago.

I have two recollections of Crimp. My first trip there was in 1984 on very firm ground when John Weldhen’s Moon Step won the Ladies’ under Janine Mills and his stable companion Moonbribe slipped up on a bend with Mike Biddick in the Open. Blue Beans and Grant Cann went on to win. The other was when racing was abandoned due to thick fog after waiting all afternoon for the fog to clear. I cannot remember which year that was.

One recollection of the quaint undulating little course at Stibb Cross is still quite clear and makes me smile when I think about it. I was asked by a top jockey if I would overlook when publishing the results the overweight she weighed out at (about 4 lbs I think). I suggested to her something like a visit to weight watchers, but I am afraid her response was unprintable.

The compact layout at Vauterhill is aptly illustrated in MacKenzie and Selby’s Annual covering the first meeting there in 1995, “so compact that a sweet stall stuck right in front of bookies enables purchases of sweets and a bet by just turning round”. The layout is better nowadays at this friendly venue.

STEVENSTONE AT VAUTERHILL – MONDAY 8TH MAY 1995

Going: Firm

HUNT

1 Tranquil Waters (Gerald Penfold
2 Romany Anne (Susan Young)
4 ran; only two finished; won by a distance: 7m 27s SP 2-9 fav

OPEN

1 Olveston (George Turner)
2 Pere Bazille (Ian Widdicombe)
2 ran; 12l; 6m 28s SP 2-5 fav

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Khattaf (Joanne Cumings)
2 Searcy (Linda Blackford)
3 Gan Awry (Mandy Hand)
7 ran; 2l; 20l; 6m 27s SP 10-11 fav

CONFINED

1 Horwood Ghost (Ron Treloggen)
2 Walkers Point (George Turner)
3 Oneovertheight (Neil Harris)
5 ran; 6l; dist; SP 5-2

RESTRICTED

1 Magnolia Man (Neil Harris)
2 Querrin Lodge (Tom Greed)
3 Rasta Man (George Turner)
9 ran; 20l; 20l; 6m 30s SP 6-4 fav

OPEN MAIDEN DIV 1

1 Northern Sensation (Leslie Jefford)
2 But Not Quite (Philip Scholfield)
3 Wadebridge Fair (Charles Crosthwaite)
10 ran; 1l; 3l; 6m 42s SP 4-1

OPEN MAIDEN DIV 2

1 Gypsy Luck (Joanne Cumings)
2 Good Appeal (Linda Blackford)
3 St Morwenna (Joe Creighton)
10 ran; 6l; 4l; 6m 43s SP 9-2

The Vauterhill course is adjacent to Graham Heal’s Vauterhill Stud, with scenic views across the North Devon countryside. It is worth the winding journey round country lanes. The course is right handed with a short run in, slightly undulating, and on the turn for much of the way. Viewing is best on the inside of the course.

It was a low key start to the first meeting there, with four runners in the opening Hunt race and a match in the Open. The Hunt race winner Tranquil Waters (Gerald Penfold) had been a decent horse in his younger days and enjoyed a brief revival for owner Carol Lawrence in 1995. This race was pretty dire, but earlier in the season he had landed a gamble in a 17-runner Confined at Kilworthy with Gerald Penfold in the saddle.

Olveston beat his sole opponent easily to win the Open ridden by veteran George Turner from his daughter Pauline Geering’s yard. Olveston had been in one of the regular batches sourced from New Zealand by David Barons and had started life in England with an unbeaten hat trick in bumpers before several successes over jumps. He won three Opens for Pauline Geering in 1995. George rode winners until he was nearly 60 and continued to be seen at the races until, sadly, he passed away last year

Khattaf was undoubtedly the star of the day. Trained by Keith Cumings, he was in the veteran stage now and had to be ridden out by Jo Cumings to beat the useful Searcy (Linda Blackford) . I vividly remember Khattaf as a five-year-old striding clear down the hill at Nedge to win his first point-to-point impressively when ridden by Rosemary Vickery. He was a top class Ladies’ pointer and won a total of 26 point-to-points, mostly under Jo Cumings, who also won a clutch of races in the early 1990’s with the mare Flame O’ Frensi from her father’s Bishops Nympton yard.

Khataaf
Khataaf

So that was three odds-on certainties in the bag and it seemed a very nice course…..Walkers Point and George Turner looked the ticket in the Confined, but my betting note book still shows a red mark for this race as Horwood Ghost zoomed round to score unchallenged. The almost white gelding was partnered by Ron Treloggen in the familiar colours of Andrew Congdon.

Magnolia Man was in his second season and won the Restricted well under that fine rider Neil Harris. Trained by Debbie Cole, he kept his form well and won the Land Rover Champion hunter chase two years later.

Despite the fast ground the Open Maiden was divided. My memory of the first division is jockey Claire Wright being injured in a fall at the fence in front of the enclosures. The race was won by Northern Sensation, well ridden by Leslie Jefford, destined to become National champion jockey five years later.

Jo Cumings completed a double when Grant Cann’s lightly raced mare Gypsy Luck won the other division, mastering Linda Blackford’s mount Good Appeal in the closing stages.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, various years
  • Horse & Hound Year Book, various years
  • The Pointer
  • The Continuing Story of Point-to-Point Racing, Michael Williams
  • Mr Michael Kutapan, Point-to-Point History & Research, Jumping For Fun
  • West Country Videos – Jeff Guyett

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 MODBURY & STEVENSTONE

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP

MODBURY HARRIERS & STEVENSTONE

It was another busy pointing weekend with trips from near the South Devon coast to North Devon to cover the Devon & Cornwall area meetings with a Sunday dash to Holnicote in between.

Plenty of bookies (16) and plenty of punters at Flete Park for the Modbury, but again not too many runners despite near perfect ground. (too many point to points crammed into a short time)

Winners still take some finding and it took me until the last race on Saturday before I relieved our intrepid layers of any cash. My first act of stupidity that day was to take a very short price on Thewinnertakeitall (4-5/10-11) in the opener. I had reckoned that second favourite Where’s Wilma (5-2 to 7-4) had under performed lately, but this did not stop her from taking this Maiden with nothing else in sight in the home straight. My good thing trailed in third.

So I had to draw breath a bit and missed joining the nice little gamble on Goldbury (7’s to 5’s) in the Restricted. She only just scrambled home by a head under the talented Natalie Parker, as Bryan Carver threw everything at Lure Des Pres (10-1) before going down by a head

There’s No Panic (solid 4-6 fav) cantered home in the four miler to give Ella Ortterwell her second winner on this 14-year-old. Start Royal (13-8)is a year older than There’s No Panic with 29 wins to his credit, but the old boy, who had travelled from Oxfordshire, faded from the top of the hill and was pulled up.

The layers were well aware of The Last But One’s form, and with Will Biddick flying back from his winner in Ireland on the previous night, he was virtually unbackable (1-4 , 2-7) when favoured by the weights in the Conditions race. He had 25 lengths in hand passing the judge. I must remember that an odds on winner is better than a 50-1 loser.

The Hunt Novice Riders’ was an extraordinary contest. The eventual winner Syracuse’s Dream (7-4 to 6-4 fav) was out with the washing with less than half a mile to go (would have traded at 500 on the exchanges) , but somehow young Michael Treneer got him going for his first winning ride, and he flew past O’Maonlai (9-4 to 2-1}, ridden by his cousin Tamby Welch, inside the last 75 yards.

Tango Charlie (7-4) made a successful jumping debut to beat Cottage Rose (5-4/11-8 fav) in the four-runner young horses Maiden. The winner looks a nice sort and had run well in the Wilton bumper.

So we came to the getting out stakes – the Confined. Some of the faces jumped in at short odds on Wind Tor, but Predestined was cut from 7-1 to half that price and The Dapper Fox (2-1) attracted his usual support. Wind Tor went from 4-5 to 5-4 so on this occasion patience was a virtue. The 5-4 got my losses back so it was fish and chips on the long journey home.

I always enjoy the Stevenstone meeting on the early bank holiday in May – whatever that bank holiday is called. It has a relaxed atmosphere and the viewing is good.

It was a pleasant day at Vauterhill, but the afternoon began with a walk over – the third hunt race walk over I have seen in the past five weeks. The 12 bookies offered very fair prices for the real races which saw a promising mare by Mahler open the action in the Restricted. She was called Mahler Style and after I had noted early 8-1 her odds dropped like a stone to 7-4. I think I know who the most successful punter was, but it wasn’t me. Stefan Kirwan gave the winner a good ride to score quite impressively, as Bob Along Mahler (12’s to 10’s) fought on well. Cornflower Blue (7-2 to 3’s) was a bit disappointing in third.

The useful mare River Myth had walked over and turned out again for the Mixed Open where she faced only one opponent Peterbrown (2-1). River Myth (1-5) was always in command and clocked up her fifth win of the season.
My only bet of the day was in the Intermediate. Skinflint looked the goods at evens and was eventually forced into 8-11. Bryan Carver was content to stalk Ryves Rocky (5-4 to 2’s) until pouncing at the last. The winner can progress again.

It was good to see Upton Funk (Mervyn Woodward) win the Mares race. Owner/trainer David Rogers still rides her out at age 83 and has been a fixture in the area for ages. The mare had run well on her seasonal debut at Kilworthy and got the better of Willaldo (5-4 fav).

Jockey Merv Woodward is another area stalwart and completed a double when Ichifoot (11-10 was the best price I saw) stormed home by 30 lengths in the concluding Open maiden). This gelding had an unusual point-to-point background as he started life on the flat in California. He relished the quick ground.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 11th May 2019 Minehead Harriers and West Somerset Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May 2019 Four Burrow Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 Weston and Banwell Harriers Cothelstone Taunton TA4 3DT 1st Race 4.30pm
  • Sunday 19th May 2019 Dulverton West Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • 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: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL 6TH MAY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

The Bank Holiday Monday fixture at Vauterhill, North Devon, featured doubles for jockeys Mervyn Woodward and Darren Andrews.

Woodward steered home Upton Funk to win the Jockey Club and Penbode Equine Mares Open Maiden and followed up with a comfortable 30 lengths success on Ichifoot in the Open Maiden.

A big, rangy nine-year-old, the well bred Upton Funk drew clear of the favourite Willaldo before the last in the colours of owner/trainer David Rogers. “She is a lovely late developing mare and I ride her out every day at the age of 83,” smiled the winning owner, a stalwart of many years in the Devon & Cornwall area.

Mervyn Woodward enjoyed a blemish free round of jumping on Upton Funk before going on to complete his double with a very easy success on Ichifoot in the Wades of Bradworthy Open Maiden.

Ichifoot & Merv Woodward
Ichifoot & Merv Woodward (c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Patrick Picton-Warlow trains Ichifoot for the Stepaside Farm Partnership with quite an American connection. The seven-year-old is by the Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and began life for his Californian based owners by running a few times on the flat in America. Mervyn Woodward had no doubts about his stamina, pulling right away from his five opponents from the last ditch

River Myth & Darren Andrews
River Myth & Darren Andrews
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Darren Andrews is having his best season in the saddle and started the afternoon with a walk over in the Lomas Helicopters sponsored Hunt Conditions race on River Myth. The mare turned out again an hour later to win the Kivells Mixed Open at the expense of sole rival Peterbrown. The Midnight Legend mare, trained by Stuart Sampson, now has five successes to her credit this season for owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener and is in line for the Devon & Cornwall mares title.

The progressive seven-year-old Skinflint was backed down to odds-on for the Brewer Harding & Rowe Intermediate and duly obliged in the hands of Bryan Carver. Ryves Rocky made the running but Carver always seemed to be sitting confidently on the winner and eased him to the front jumping the last. The winner could be seen next in a Fontwell hunter chase.

The lightly raced seven-year-old Mahler Style had won a modest Maiden at Larkhill last month and was also well backed prior to winning the seven runner Scott Powell Restricted. This was a third career winner for 22-year-old Wexford born jockey Stefan Kirwan who works for the Philip Hobbs yard. Owners Alan and Jane Walter bought the mare out of the Jill Dennis yard and have their eye on a hunter chase at Stratford at the end of the month.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 11th May 2019 Minehead Harriers and West Somerset Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May 2019 Four Burrow Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 Weston and Banwell Harriers Cothelstone Taunton TA4 3DT 1st Race 4.30pm
  • Sunday 19th May 2019 Dulverton West Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • 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: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL 6TH MAY 2019

Going: Good to firm

HUNT CONDITIONS RACE (SPONSOR LOMAS HELICOPTERS)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews)
Walked over

RESTRICTED (SCOTT POWELL)

1 Mahler Style (Stefan Kirwan) 7-4 fav held up in touch, led two out, comf
2 Bob Along Mahler (Fergus Gillard)10-1 led til three out, kept on well
3 Cornflower Blue (Mervyn Woodward) 7-2 handy, led briefly three out, no extra apprg last
7 ran; 3l; 4l; 6m 18s

MIXED OPEN (KIVELLS)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 1-5 fav made all, easily
2 Peterbrown (Holly Ann Drowne) 6-5 chased wnr, some hdwy two out
2 ran; 2 1/2l 6m 15s

INTERMEDIATE (BREWER HARDING & ROWE)

1 Skinflint (Bryan Carver) 8-11 fav in touch, led last, clear flat
2 Ryves Rocky (Millie Wonnacott) 2-1 led til headed last, no extra flat
3 Kaiden Michael (Darren Andrews) 3-1 prog to chall three out, wknd next
4 ran; 1l; 8l; 6m 15s

OPEN MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES (THE JOCKEY CLUB & PENBODE EQUINE)

1 Upton Funk (Mervyn Woodward) 5-1 hdwy 14th, led two out, pushed clear
2 Willaldo (Bryan Carver) 5-4 fav disp lead til two out, no extra
3 Trebors Twinkle (Darren Andrews) 12-1 behind, late progress to 3rd two out
8 ran; 5l; 18l; 6m 23s

OPEN MAIDEN (WADES OF BRADWORTHY)

1 Ichifoot (Mervyn Woodward) 11-10 fav made virtually all, well clear from three out
2 What A Bug (Darren Edwards) 6-1 held up, went 2nd three out, no chance with wnr
3 Chips For Free (Bryan Carver) 7-2 handy, wknd three out
6 ran; 30l; 15l; 6m 24s

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ENTRIES: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, 6th 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 Intermediate Race
5th 16:20 Mares Open Maiden Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

The going at Vauterhill is good, and the ground will be aggravated if need.

(Updated Saturday 4th May 2019 at 20:56)

The going at Vauterhill is still good / good to soft in places.

(Updated Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 14:54)

Course Inspector and clerk of the course have walked the course this evening. The Going is Good, Good to Soft in Places.

(Updated Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 09:30)

All the fences are out at Vauterhill. It is raining on the course today, with the agravator ready if needed. Going currently Good. Stevenstone entries close tomorrow

Updated Sunday 28th April at 16:33)

Preview extract:

The Stevenstone meeting can be a great way to round off the Bank Holiday by attending their fixture at Vauterhill near High Bickington, on Monday 6th May. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm, 60 entries have been received.

This is a relatively flat track and will promise some fast thrilling finishes. Good track-side viewing with a dry weekend on offer, will be sure to get the families out to enjoy the countryside sport. For those not choosing to pack their picnic baskets full, there will be hot and cold food and refreshments on offer, together with a bar and bookies to compliment the day. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is at High Bickington signed from A377, A3124 and B3217. Postode EX37 9BT.


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 Owner Rider Notes
1 2p5pp-7p5 AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE) 35 Alice Mills
2 231-11131 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42 Dean Summersby
3 3-u223p15 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 35 Jill Dennis
4 33-133351 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 37 Neil McLean
5 111-32111 RIVER MYTH 43+ Stuart Sampson
6 p3-p337f6 SKYLANDER (IRE) 35 Sam Holdsworth

Results

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

Preview extract

The opening Conditions race has six entries in which Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) could add to his tally of four wins this season. Dragon de La Tour is another to note having destroyed the field by 16 lengths when taking the Restricted race at Kingston St Mary under Will Biddick.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 /213-6p42 ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) 36 Christine Gray
2 4p12-p683 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson
3 /3p3-fp212 CORNFLOWER BLUE 36 Patrick Picton-Warlow
4 34252-p41 COULD BE BETTER (IRE) 35+ Stuart Sampson
5 3-u223p15 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 35 Jill Dennis
6 2/541pp5p GEORGES LEGACY 35? Joe Tickle
7 *253p/p3-1 MAHLERS STAR (IRE) 32 Dean Coleman
8 r1p-ppppb MASSINI’S BLADE (IRE) 25? Michael M. Watson
9 p/3p-2pup MR MICHANDA (IRE) 33? Sarah Tickle
10 *9/3/41p-2 RUMOUR HAS IT 36 Victoria Sleep

Results

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

Preview extract

In the Restricted race the eye is drawn to Cornflower Blue for trainer Patrick Picton-Warlow after her maiden win at Cothelstone followed by her length second at Flete Park. Mahler Style (Alan Walter) won her maiden in March at Larkhill and looks one to follow, along with Could Be Better (Stuart Sampson after his four length win at Little Windsor, and Victoria Sleeps mare Rumor Has It who could improve on her second at Trebudannon.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 1434-1452 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
2 *7/211-pp1 EARTHLY REASON (IRE) 38 Neil McLean
3 11/f/12-p2 MINELLA FIFTY (IRE) 42 Claire Hitch
4 pRp-65654 PETERBROWN (IRE) 39? Holly-Anne Drowne
5 111-32111 RIVER MYTH 43+ Stuart Sampson
6 21222-211 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 44 Keith Cumings

Results

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

Preview extract

The races include a Mixed Open race which is a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Race to be held at Stratford-on-Avon on Friday 31st May, entries include the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally for the Keith Cumings team who’s latest win came when storming home the 20-length winner at Cherrybrok. Minella Fifty(Claire Hitch) was only just denied a win last weekend when having to settle for a head second under Josh Newman at the Axe Vale meeting. Also River Myth (Stuart Sampson) who may go for the opening Conditions race, but should be in the mix if  here having won three this season, the latest a six-length win at Upcott Cross, and her low weight could prove crucial.

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 p33p34p1 BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 36 Leslie Jefford
2 p624-pp3 BALLYCASH (IRE) 35 Ben Clarke
3 22-231132 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby
4 p2-133ppp DRUID SPITFIRE 36 Robert Chanin
5 52-31p321 KAIDEN MICHEAL (IRE) 37 Stuart Sampson
6 *7pppp5-p LADY JAMESON (IRE) 34 Zoe Hawkins
7 4u54f-545 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
8 42d-4p311 ROBIN WHY NOT (IRE) 37+ Joe Tickle
9 p113-5423 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford
10 7pp-2141 SKINFLINT (IRE) 38+ Gerard Supple
11 313-55515 TAMARSTONE (IRE) 37 Neil McLean

Results

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

Preview extract

Skinflint (Gerry Supple) is an entry in the Intermediate race, connections may choose to run at the Flete meeting on Saturday, however this race could give him an extra few days to recover from his eight length win at Stafford Cross, when ridden by Bryan Carver. He could come up against Trebudannon winner Robin Why Not for the Jo Tickle team. Robin Why Not won his maiden nicely at Buckfastleigh before scoring his eight length victory in his Restricted race in a small field at Trebudannon. Cloudy Music(Dean Summersby) looks another having a good season, and is consistently in the frame and should be considered after her second at Upcott Cross to Kernel Victor.

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Race 5 – Mares Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
2 p//-p4pu2 FIREWELD 18 Patricia Shaw
3 624/p47-p FLORABELL (IRE) 26? Ian Hambley
4 *573036- GETADOLLAR (IRE) Mary Sanderson
5 p/pp344p- GOLD RELIEF 24? Michael Sweetland
6 /pp6-5ub JAZZ UP THE BEAT 16? Victoria Sleep
7 /p87-3p6p KEMICALLIE 12 Christine Gray
8 f-p6p LAUREL LASS (IRE) Ryan Chapman
9 -5 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 30+ Ed Walker
10 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
11 26-43p435 MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 24 Pauline Geering
12 *9/0-464 SUZIE STAPLES 24 Stuart Sampson
13 -p5 TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson
14 -upp TREBORS TWINKLE 0 Joe Tickle
15 44p/4p4-p UPTON FUNK (IRE) 15 Gordon Chambers
16 2p4-22434 WHERE’S WILMA 32 Michael M. Watson
17 6/pfpp-42 WILLALDOO 31+ Leslie Jefford

Results

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

Preview extract

The Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Open Maiden race is also on the agenda with 17 entered. Many with chances here including recent Upcott runner up Willadoo (Les Jefford), Fireweld( Patricia Shaw) a six length second at Trebudannon and Where’s Wilma (Michael Watson) if she can repeat her promising form at the beginning of the season and progress.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 *030/-p ALL DOWNHILL (IRE) 0 Roy Smith
2 -p CHIPS FOR FREE (IRE) 0 Joe Tickle
3 /u3-p GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
4 -p2 ICHIFOOT (USA) 33+ Patrick Picton-Warlow
5 p-pp SPOILER ALERT (IRE) 0 Claire Hitch
6 44p/4p4-p UPTON FUNK (IRE) 15 Gordon Chambers
7 -3ur0 WESTERN WHISKEY (IRE) 23? Dean Summersby
8 WESTWOOD PISTOL Stuart Sampson
9 pp/-f WHAT A BUG 0 Sarah Prouse
10 2p4-22434 WHERE’S WILMA 32 Michael M. Watson

Results

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

Preview extract

Where’s Wilma is also entered in the Open Maiden race which closes the days event. Itchifoot looks an interesting entry, another out of the Patrick Picton-Warlow team ran  four-lengths second to Cold Be Better at Little Windsor.

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