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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – NORTH CORNWALL AT WADEBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 9TH JANUARY 2022

The cosy indoor betting ring at Wadebridge is a real bonus and favourite backers were soon in the lap of luxury with Port O’Clock (4-9 fav from 1-2) and Darren Edwards taking the opener. Broadclyst (evens fav) gave Anna Johnston her first winning ride in the next, making it look easy for us punters after just two races.

 Recent course winner Sykes (15-8 fav) topped the ratings in a good  Mixed Open, but the concession of 10lbs to the younger legs of Singapore Saga (6’s to 3’s) proved just too much for Nicky Martin’s grand veteran.  The winner jumped  quickly and accurately and was in command from four out. Wind Tor (6-1) did her best work in the closing stages to finish third and looks ready to add to her seven pointing wins. Frelia (5-1) lost third spot on the run in and although the Oscar mare gives Bradley Gibbs a hard time nowadays, she can add to her splendid record in the right class.

Darren Edwards is the top rider on the showground and landed the second leg of his treble on Sunday as Transition Period (evens fav) stepped up on his previous run to hold the sustained challenge of promising five-year-old Lighthouse Mill (3’s to 9-4) in what looked a good young horses Maiden. Red Cap (8-1) ran creditably after a long absence, and Sake of Secrecy (10-1) was going as well as any when nearly falling five out.

The eight bookies certainly got the result they needed in the four runner Restricted when hot favourite Fountains Chief (4-6 touched 1-2) blundered at the first then overjumped and fell at the next fence. This left Thewinnertakeitall (7-4 to 6-4) to hold a brave effort from Mustmeetforapint (5-1) to seal a treble for Darren Edwards.

The Dean Summersby yard was in top form and Ask The Lady (2-1 fav) looked the goods in the getting out stakes to give Darren Edward a four-timer. She weakened in the closing stages though, leaving the Bradley Gibbs ridden Ask Dai (9-2) to hold Arv Way There (25’s to 20’s) and Say About It (8-1.)

I had the opportunity to see the live streaming of the Wadebridge meeting a few days later and thought the camera coverage and the highly professional work of presenter Cornelius Lysaght was excellent. Stay at home enthusiasts were also treated to snippets of the betting ring with Simon Nott getting on screen insight from some of the bookies.    

 I expect that both of my readers are anxious to know how my Wadebridge wagers fared. Well let me explain in the typical words of a punter. I should have made a profit, but I didn’t. It was a great start with the first certainty Port O’Clock obliging, closely followed by a lovely even money jolly Broadclyst. I had selected Singapore Saga (6-1 into 3’s), but changed my mind on the day.  From then on it was a kamikaze mission as desperation set in. Too painful to relate. Never mind, there’s never a last race so on we go to Buckfastleigh this weekend with renewed zest.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT – NORTH CORNWALL  AT WADEBRIDGE  9TH JANUARY 2022

“Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday’s dusting of snow.

From the poem January Morn by Nelda Hartmann

Top honours at the North Cornwall meeting on softish ground at Wadebridge on Sunday (9th January) were shared  between Darren Edwards, who rode a treble, Dean Summersby, who saddled three winners, and  John and Sonia Gardener who were involved  in various shapes and forms in the ownership of the successful trio.

Port O’Clock, in the joint ownership of John Gardener and Torben Hughes  started the ball rolling by making all the running to defeat his two opponents in the opening Moores St Wenn Ltd  Hunt race. “He has been a handful all his life but likes this ground and can go for an Intermediate next,” reported trainer Dean Summersby, who was  saddling his first winner of the season but has only had a few runners so far.   

It was the turn of six-year-old Transition Period to provide the second leg of the treble, carrying the well known colours of John and Sonia Gardener in the Heltor sponsored Maiden for young horses. Starting favourite, the gelding jumped better than at the pre-Christmas fixture on the showground to beat the promising Lighthouse Mill. Bought as a store in Ireland, Dean Summersby described his charge as, “a grand horse who has ability and some engine and has schooled perfectly at home.”

Reigning Devon & Cornwall area title holder Darren Edwards (has won that award four times) had to work hard on Transition Period to repel Lighthouse Mill, but in contrast was always travelling comfortably in notching his afternoon treble on Thewinnertakeitall in the Ferguson Nash Restricted. This time he sported Mike Bickell’s colours, and shook off young Chad Bament’s challenge on Mustmeetforapint in the home straight after odds-on favourite Fountains Cloud had crashed out at the second fence.  “We needed a bit of luck there. I was worried about the ground but he went through it well and keeps trying,” said the trainer who is based near Lifton, Devon.

 It is particularly pleasing for Westcountry pointing followers that 37-year-old Darren Edwards has recently taken up a directorship on the board of the Point to Point authority (PPA) . Hopefully he will not be lost to his busy race riding schedule and described his new appointment as, “very challenging in the current climate.”

It was the turn of another Darren in a quality field of eight in the Kivells sponsored Mixed Open. This was Darren Andrews, on the verge of a half century of point-to-point winners, who enjoyed a smooth success on the mare Singapore Saga. Sykes was well backed to repeat his December course win, but Darren Edwards was hard at work on Sykes at the cross fence three out and couldn’t peg back the game winner. The winning rider remarked , “She is a typical Midnight Legend, hangs left and right and not easy to steer round the bends. She is quick over her jumps though and is a possibility for hunter chases.”  Okehampton based John Heard, who trains the mare for a syndicate of six that includes John and Sonia Gardener, was reaching a training landmark of half a century of point-to-point winners with Singapore Saga. He bought the ex-Philip Hobbs mare at Goffs Doncaster sales last August and said, “She is a nice little horse but can be a bit quirky.” 

Sue Trump’s 10-year-old Broadclyst has been round the block a few times since winning his Maiden at Wadebridge just over four years ago. He just lasted home ahead of Field Exhibition to win the PPORA Conditions race under Ray Davies Foods sponsorship after idling badly with the race in the bag inside the last 100 yards. Now with Payhembury trainer Leslie Jefford,  Broadclyst was a first winning ride for 25-year-old Anna Johnston who said, “ He got a bit lonely out in front up the hill. I work full time now for Jane Williams and this was my third point-to-point ride.” Anna went on to finish fourth in a handicap hurdle for Jane Williams at Doncaster two days later.

Bradley Gibbs has made a good start to the season since moving from Wales to  his new training venture near Hatfield with fiancée Claire Sherriff. He partnered his ninth winner of the season when landing the concluding Tregawne Holiday Cottages Maiden on his father’s seven-year-old Ask Dai. The winner took over from the favourite Ask The Lady four out and stayed on to hold a promising effort from Arv Way There and Heidi Stevens. Welsh owners have a good record at this Cornish track and Ynysybwl based owner David Gibbs said of his Carmarthenshire qualified seven-year-old , “Ask Dai jumps like a buck.  He has recovered from a fractured  cannon bone and was off the course for a while.”

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

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RESULTS : NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 9TH JANUARY 2022

Going; Good to soft, soft in places

HUNT RACE -SPONSOR MOORES ST WENN LTD

1 Port O’clock (Darren Edwards) 4-9 fav made all, ridden out

2 Potters Approach (Amy Bennallick) 13-2 effort three out, kept on well, closing near finish

3 Cloudy Music (Charlotte Summersby) 11-4  in touch til one pace closing stages

3 ran; 1l; 3l;  6m 30s

PPORA CONDITIONS NOVICE RIDERS – RAY DAVIES FOODS

1 Broadclyst (Anna Johnston) evens fav prom, led three out, idled flat, just held on

2 Field Exhibition (Gabrielle Herbert) 4-1 led from fifth til three out, kept on flat, just failed

3 Eric The Third (Lauren Reed) 7-4 in touch til outpaced three out

4 ran; head; 5l;  6m 15s

MIXED OPEN – KIVELLS

1 Singapore Saga (Darren Andrews) 4-1 jumped well, made all, gamely

2 Sykes (Darren Edwards) 15-8 fav prom, every chance three out, no extra

3 Wind Tor (Chloer Emsley) 6-1 midfield, best work closing stages, took third flat

8 ran; 7l; 1l;  6m 8s

MAIDEN  – FOUR TO SIX-YEAR-OLDS ONLY – HELTOR

1 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) evens fav  led eighth, stayed on well

2 Lighthouse Mill (Jake Bament) 9 – 4 alwys prom, chased winner from three out, promising

3 Red Cap (Martin McIntyre) 4-1 tracked leaders, every chance til no extra from three out, do better

8 ran; 2l; 6l;  6m 19s

RESTRICTED – FERGUSON NASH

1 Thewinnertakeitall (Darren Edwards) 6-4 made virtually all, ridden out

2 Mustmeetforapint (Chad Bament) 5-1 close up throughout, held when mistake last

4 ran, only two finished; 5l; 6m 25s

MAIDEN- SEVEN- YEAR-OLDS PLUS – TREGAWNE HOLIDAY COTTAGES

1 Ask Dai (Bradley Gibbs) 9-2 led four out, pushed out

2 Arv Way There (Heidi Stevens) 20-1 chased winner three out, mistake last, promising

3 Say About It (Vinny Webster) 8-1 hdwy five out, effort when bad mistake two out

10 ran; 3l; 5l;  6m 16s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: North Cornwall point-to-point at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Sunday 9th January 2022

Kivells sponsor the Mixed Open race which is the feature of the day at the North Cornwall meeting, to be held at the Royal Cornwall show ground, this coming Sunday 9th January. Entries include Sykes for the Nicola Martin team, being the highest rated, could follow-up on their win here at the December meeting under jockey Darren Edwards. Sir Mangan’s connections, the Alan Hill team, will be looking to reverse the form and get home ahead if ttavelling here, having had to settle for one-and a half-length second to Sykes that day under jockey Ben Sutton. On Sir Mangans previous form of five wins last season, this should be an exciting battle. Quite By Chance (Stuart Sampson) is also a strong contender having won the Ladies race here at the December meeting under Lauren Reed. Another lady jockey who could figure here is Natalie Parker on FuFu for the Sally Alner team, should go well on previous decent hurdle form.

The day opens at 11.30am with the Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Members race. Here we could see either of the Dean Summersby entries Port 0’Clock score for Darren Edwards, or Cloudy Music for stable star Charlotte Summersby, who could repeat the success of winning her maiden at this track if coming out fresh.

Roy Davies Food sponsor the Novice Riders race in which jockey Lauren Reed could get a nice tune out of the John Heard-trained Eric The Third, having won at Trebudannon last season and enjoyed a trip around Cheltenham finishing fifth. Broadclyst for the Les Jefford team won both his Maiden and Restricted race here and is another who should go well.

In the Maiden race for four, five and six-year-olds which is sponsored by Heltor, Ribo A Rep and Hillbilly Filly will be flying the flag for the Ed Walker team, who enjoyed saddling a maiden winner at last weeks Larkhill meeting, under stable jockey Chloe Emsley. They will need to fight off the challenge from the promising young horse from the Summersby’s yard Transition Period. Having only been beaten by a head at this track in December under jockey Darren Edwards, connections will be looking for this six-year old gelding to progress soon.

Fountains Chief looks an interesting contender in the Nash and Ferguson-sponsored Restricted race, who could fight out the finish up the steep hill with recent Pyle maiden winner Bucaneros for team Hill, if the yard make the journey down to this track.

Finally up is the Tregawne Holiday Cottages-sponsored Maiden race for seven year-old and upwards, in which Ask The Lady could be another winner for team Summersby if taking to fences after her promising hurdle form. Cuzzicombe (Ed Walker) could follow up on the third place achieved at Bratton Down last season, and Wise Garden (Danielle Kenealy) is another promising young mare who could make the most of her weight allowance, and improve on her fourth place at the December meeting here, with young jockey Charlie Sprake aboard.

This track offers fabulous track-side viewing, a large covered barn containing all on course facilities such as hot food, drinks, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £12 per person cash only. Children under 16 free. Location is off A39 at the Royal Cornwall Showground,  Wadebridge . Live streaming is available PL27 7JE at pointingdc.eventbrite.com

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT –  5TH DECEMBER 2021 

IT was almost back to a normal point-to-point on a blustery day on the showground on Sunday: Big crowd, 54 runners, strong line of nine bookies, divided race, good pre-Christmas atmosphere. The only unusual thing was that it kept fine and I backed a few winners.

Moratorium (5-4 into 4-7) was given a very confident ride off the pace by his novice jockey Nathan Green in the opening Conditions event to repeat his Dunsmore success. He got a good run up the rails round the final bend to win easily in the end. The ex-Gigginstown horse couldn’t spell his name on the race card or reveal his age, sex or colour – but that missing information amazingly applied to every horse on the race card. The Roestone (11-2) gave Charlie O’Shea a good spin to finish second, but caught a tartar in the winner.

Safe Harbour (7-2) looked a bit unsafe and soon got rid of Will Biddick in the first divided Maiden. Evron (2’s to 6-4 fav) had run really well behind a certainty at Dunsmore and was given a sympathetic ride by Josh Newman to pop his head in front near the finish. He can win again when upgraded. Runner up Transition Period (solid 3’s) spoilt his chance with some novicey jumping. His shrewd yard will soon have him winning. Hillbilly Filly (14-1) will do better in time and Ballynaglogh (8-1) showed ability until getting tired.

Escapeandevade (evens to 4-5) became the third successive winning jolly in the second Maiden section. Tom Malone’s Westerner gelding galloped on relentlessly to win as he liked and looks the type to progress under rules. School For Scandal (20-1) defied his odds to finish runner up on only his second run. By a good sire, he will improve. The mare Honest Opinion (5-2 to 9-4) keeps getting placed, and four-year-old Lighthouse Mill (10’s to 9’s) made a pleasing debut.

So three winners and plenty of spending money for the Christmas market across the barn. Easy game isn’t it? The answer is no because Goldbury (5-2 to 13-8 fav) got no further than the 13th fence before pulling up in the Ladies’. The winner Quite By Chance (9-1) got a good ride from Lauren Reed and has evidently retained his zest after a grand rules career. Nikki Steel showed a willing attitude to finish best of the chasing pack. He did well in his class for Dr Newland under rules and Robert Chanin can get another race out of him.

Sykes (9-4 after a snippet of 4’s) battled on well under Darren Edwards to win the Men’s Open, just fending off Sir Mangan (1-2 to 11-10), whose rider dropped his whip half way up the run in. Singapore Saga (7-1) was a close third and the Midnight Legend mare could prove a shrewd buy out of the Hobbs yard for pointing by John Heard.

There was a lot of money flying about the ring for Pyle Restricted winner Post No Bills (evens to 1-2) in the Intermediate. Some lumpy bets looked sure to be landed as he jumped clear three out, but Biddick had other ideas and got a good run on the rails up the hill on Voie Dans Voie (100-9) to take the prize. Getaway Honey (8’s to 6’s) was travelling well just behind the leaders when pulled up sharply when looking amiss four out.

The Restricted was a formality for Truckers Pass (1-2 to 4-7) who became the fourth winning favourite of the day, giving Will Biddick a treble and his seventh winner of the season. The horses to take out of the race however could be Teresa Clark’s pair of Fountains Chief (10-1) and Bennys Miracle (8-1) who filled the minor places.

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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


RESULTS – CORNWALL CLUB AT WADEBRIDGE 5 DECEMBER 2021

GOING GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES

(TINKERS CATERING)

1 Moratorium (Nathan Green) 4-7 fav held up, strong run two out, drew clear flat

2 The Roestone (Charlie O’Shea) 11-2 led 12th til headed after last, kept on

3 Trainwreck (Harry Arkright) 8-1 handy, third  after four out, one pace

7 ran, 1l;2l;  6m 3s

OPEN MAIDEN (THE ICE CREAM PARLOUR, PORT  ISAAC)

Division 1

1 Evron (Josh Newman) 6-4 fav  held up in touch, effort two out, led near finish

2 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) 3-1 mistakes, close up 15th ,slight lead last, headed near finish

3 Same Opinion (Darren Andrews )10-1 with ldrs, led 15th, joined last, every chance til wknd flat

8 ran; short head, 2l;  6m 7s

Division 2

1 Escapeandevade (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav made most, jumped well, clear three out, stayed on strongly

2 School For Scandle (Martin McIntyre) 20-1 in touch, chased wnr from four out, kept on

3 Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 9-4 well in touch til outpaced three out

9 ran; 3l; 4l;  6m 5s

LADIES’ OPEN (MOORES ST WENN LTD)

1 Quite By Chance (Lauren Reed) 9-1 jumped well, led from 14th, stayed on strongly

2 Nikki Steel (Anna Hylands) 7-1 alwys prom, led 11th to 14th, chased wnr from three out

3 Quinto (Holly-Anne Drowne) 10-1 chased ldrs from 15th, kept on flat

8 ran; 6l; head;  6m 8s

MEN’S OPEN (R & J TREVARTHEN LTD)

1 Sykes (Darren Edwards) 9-4 led 15th, stayed on well, gamely

2 Sir Mangan (Ben Sutton) 9-4 fav effort three out, not reach wnr flat

3 Singapore Saga (Darren Andrews) 7-1 led 4th til 15th, kept on well

5 ran; 1/2l; 1/2l;;6m 5s

INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Voie Dans Voie (Will Biddick) 11-1 disputed lead til 15th, close up til driven clear flat

2 Post No Bills (Bradley Gibbs) 1-2 fav disputed lead, led 15th til no extra flat

3 Broadclyst (Conor Houlihan) 11-2 chased leaders, outpaced 15th

8 ran; 1l; 4l;  6m 2s

RESTRICTED (LODGE AND THOMAS)

1 Truckers Pass (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav led from 8th, clear four out v easily, impressive

2 Fountains Chief (Darren Andrews)  10-1 keen hold, chased wnr from 15th, promising

3 Bennys Miracle (Josh Newman) 8-1 midfield, late hdwy, kept on

9 ran; 3l; 4l;;6m 8s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT – CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE  5TH DECEMBER 2021

“Rain and blizzard, sea and spray and one against the other hurled, we struggled round the Greenaway, blessed be St Enodoc…..”

From the poem Trebetherick by Sir John Betjeman, CBE, (1906 – 1984), former Poet Laureate, who lived locally, and is buried in St Enodoc churchyard.   

A healthy total of 54 runners contested the seven races on a blustery day with the wind turbines on the surrounding hills waving furiously at the Cornwall Club fixture at the Royal Cornwall Showground.

On going described as near perfect by jockeys, and before one of the biggest crowds I have seen at Wadebridge, seven times National champion Will Biddick took the riding honours with a treble. The Truro born rider however had an early chance to test the ground when dumped by his mount Safe Harbour at the second fence in the Ice Cream Parlour Port Issac Maiden race which had to be divided on the day.

Seven-year-old Evron  earned some ice cream money in the first Maiden section as Josh Newman eased his mount into the lead close home to deny Transition Period (Darren Edwards). Starting 6-4 favourite, the ex-French gelding is jointly owned by his jockey and Kayley Woollacott, who said, “We will keep him pointing now as he really enjoys it. My sister Steph hunts him and does fun rides with him.”

Will Biddick bounced back to win the second Maiden section in good style as the well backed Escapeandevade strode clear of his eight rivals up the finishing climb. A strong Westerner gelding, the winner is owned and trained by Taunton bloodstock agent Tom Malone, who does what his day job requires by showing his five-year-old off to the best effect on the track. “ I bought him at Goffs after he had run second in an Irish point He is for sale and will make a good staying chaser. There are more and more good English pointers going on to win under rules nowadays,” remarked the successful trainer.

Truckers Pass completed a double for the Malone / Biddick combination with a very easy success in the Lodge and Thomas sponsored Restricted. This time the owner/trainer didn’t need to add any superlatives as his seven-year-old was impressive in holding the challenge of Stratford bumper winner Fountains Chief. He said, “He is a lovely horse, gaining confidence, and can go back under rules on a good mark.”  

Will Biddick had to work harder to take the Exeter Racecouse Intermediate as eight-year-old Voie Dans Voie just got the better of a sustained battle up front with heavily backed LlangeinorPentyrch qualified Post No Bills. The winner had won his Maiden at this corresponding fixture two years ago and is now in the care of Alan Hill, who was busy saddling winners at Charing. Joe Hill was on duty after his four hour journey to Wadebridge and reported, “I am delighted for the owners who have supported dad for years. He had cheek pieces for the first time and his jumping won him the game. He could go for another point-to-point before hunter chasing.”

A double for the Hill stable was narrowly denied in the R & J Trevarthen Ltd Men’s Open, as the useful veteran pointer Sir Mangan, ridden by last season’s Novice Rider champion Ben Sutton, was just held by fellow veteran Sykes in the hands of Darren Edwards. Once rated 147, and a six times winner under rules, Sykes had begun his career with a Maiden point to point victory under today’s rider, and in the same colours on the showground as a five-year-old.  He was described by his jockey as, “very honest”.  Sykes is obviously the apple of owner / trainer Nikki Martin’s eyes. Now based at Withypool on Exmoor, she said, “I am delighted as he has come full circle. He loves his job and leads the babies at home.”

Another formerly useful NH performer Quite By Chance gave Lauren Reed her second career winner with a good round of jumping at the expense of Nikki Steel (Anna Hylands) and Quinto (Holly-Anne Drowne) in the Moores and Wenn Ltd  Ladies’ Open.  Working for the winner’s trainer Stuart Sampson at Culmstock, the successful rider explained, “I rode a winner in 2019 but missed a season with a shoulder injury. It was nice today because my partner Darren (Andrews) is here and missed seeing my first winner”. 12-year-old Quite By Chance, described by his trainer as, “One of the nicest horses I have ever had,”  had gained five chase wins in his time and went close to beating Frodon at Cheltenham in his younger days.

Moratorium followed up his recent Dunsmore success under a very confident ride under 23-year-old Nathan Green. The young rider, looking for his second winner on only his third ride, was content to sit behind his six rivals in the Tinkers Catering Conditions race until unleashing his willing mount up the finishing hill to collar The Roestone. 

I am told that the live streaming coverage of Wadebridge, conducted most professionally by Cornelius Lysaght, was a great bonus for enthusiasts who couldn’t make it to the Cornish track.

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

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Preview: Cornwall Club Point-to-Point at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Sunday 5th December 2021

The Cornwall Hunt Club hosts the first of two meetings which are scheduled to be held at the Royal Cornwall Show Ground this season, attracting 65 good qualities from around the country, for this Sunday’s event on 5th December. An early start time of 11.30 to make the most of daylight hours, for the six races on offer.

The Tinks Catering-sponsored Conditions race for Veteran and Novice riders opens the days event, with Eric The Third for the John Heard team catching the eye having won at Trebudannon in April, followed up by a spin around Cheltenham in a Hunter Chase in April finishing reasonably well in mid division, he could be a competitive ride for young jockey Lauren Reed. Their main rival looks to be Moratorium, a recent winner at Dunsmore for jockey Nathan Green and trainer Myles Osbourne. Ex Wincanton Chase winner Hit The Highway will be flying the flag for trainer Will Biddick, who is now making his name among winning trainers, and The Roestone is another entry who cannot be left out of the equation having run a creditable second at this track in 2019 for team Chanin.

Dean Summersby has an excellent strike rate with his young horses, and his team have two entries in the Ice Cream Parlour – Port Issac Maiden race which follows. Honest Opinion had gone close on three occasions in second place last season, and should be progressive now. Another of the Summersby team entries is Transition period who stayed on well to run second at Cothelstone under  area champion jockey Darren Edwards. The Summersby team offer much fun for their syndicate members for the young horses normally purchased out of Ireland. Bloodstock agent Tom Malone is another with a fantastic strike rate with his purchases, and his entry Escapeandevade could well follow up on his second place at Castletown in Ireland this October, and be a winning ride for jockey Will Biddick.

Moores of St Wenn sponsor the Ladies open race in which the Alan Hill-trained Back Bar looks to be one of the bookies favourites if making the trip down to the track for the Alan Hill team, hoping his entry can follow-up on Back Bars three career wins between the flags to date. The eye is drawn to Goldbury for the Parker family team, this game mare having previously won at this track and has a mares weight allowance, she should be well fit to figure here with both trainer Laura Jones and rider Natalie Parker working for top National Hunt trainers themselves, being the Hobbs and Nicholls teams. Robin Gundry has Inch Rock entered for jockey Pippa Glanville, and they should be competitive having had a recent run finishing second at the Dunsmore meeting last month.

Sir Mangan for trainer Alan Hill is the highest rated entry in the R & J Trevarthen Men’s Open race, and could prove difficult to beat having won five out of his six outings to date. Although Sir Mangan could have a few young horses snapping at his heels here up the gruelling uphill finish, with entry Bridge Of Spies for the George Beilby team, and jockey Conor Houlihan looking to improve on their recent second at Dunsmore, when carrying top weight, and is a previous track winner here.

The Exeter Racecourse–sponsored Intermediate race is the first of the seasons qualifiers for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate final Hunter Chase Final in April next year. Post No Bills is the highest rated and could steal this for outside raider Bradley Gibbs to follow-up on their Restricted win in October at Pyle, although this race could be more competitive with his opposition looking to be entry Minim Mouse for the Chloe Newman team to follow up on her Bratton win and carrying her mares weight allowance, which could prove the key up the finishing hill. Cloudy Music for team Summersby is another with a mares weight allowance and could be a winning ride for Charlotte Summersby. Broadclyst would need to defy top weight, but with a canny ride from jockey Conor Houlihan should be close at the finish.

Finally up is the Lodge & Thomas-sponsored Restricted race, in which Truckers Pass for Team Malone and jockey Will Biddick combination will be likely favourites after their impressive Dunsmore win. Trainer Teresa Clark has two entered, Bennys Miracle & Fountain Chief both who will be well respected on their winning form at Bratton Down and Stratford. Dock of The Bay for the Les Jefford team cannot be left out of the equation if turning up here, after his head win at Badbury last month under Martin McIntyre.

The Large covered barn holding all warming facilities for a winters day out in the country. Facilities include hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands which ideal for Christmas shopping. Entrance to the Wadebridge course is a bargain at £12 per person, cash payments only on the gate. Children under 16 go free and dogs on leads welcome. For those spectators wishing to view on the television at home, this can be accessed via the eventbrite link on pointingdc.co.uk/Live there is a deal on offer for angels ticket for all of the remaining fixtures in the Devon & Cornwall area, these can be accessed via pointingdc.co.uk/live or Weatherbys Point-to-Point website. The course is located at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge Postcode PL27 7JE

Donna Harris
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Wadebridge OFF

The North Cornwall at Wadebridge, scheduled for Sunday, January 10, has been cancelled.

Unfortunately the fixture has not been able to secure adequate medical support.

The postponed Larkhill Racing Club fixture (January 10) will now reopen entries on Monday morning, but only for those who were already in Tier 4 when entries were taken. These entries will only be taken by e-mail to: info@pointtopointracingcompany.co.uk as they will have to be added manually. Do not try to use normal entries system.

We are well aware that it is difficult to keep up with the numerous changes that are taking place. However, we do ask for your patience as both ourselves and the fixtures, which are run by volunteers, work to ensure that the sport can continue in a way that is both safe and acceptable for us all. This is not easy with a huge number of equities involved, many of which are not obviously apparent. Late changes are almost certain so please keep checking.

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IMPORTANT UPDATES CONCERNING NORTH CORNWALL AT WADEBRIDGE

Due to various factors, North Cornwall at Wadebridge will run without Tier 4 horses or jockeys. There are 34 eligible jockeys in south west, and we do ask them to go to Wadebridge and take extra rides if offered.

Once entries are in we will help with marrying up horses and riders.

In the light of North Cornwall running without Tier 4, entries will reopen on Monday morning for LRC at Larkhill but only for those who were already in Tier 4 when entries were taken.

These entries will only be taken by e-mail to: info@pointtopointracingcompany.co.uk as they will have to be added manually. Do not try to use normal entries system.

We are well aware that it is difficult to keep up with the numerous changes that are taking place. However, we do ask for your patience as both ourselves and the fixtures, which are run by volunteers, work to ensure that the sport can continue in a way that is both safe and acceptable for us all.

This is not easy with a huge number of equities involved, many of which are not obviously apparent. Late changes are almost certain so please keep checking.

Peter Wright

Point-To-Point Authority Chief Executive