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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

Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course closure

Update: 6th September 2016

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association is making positive progress to relocate the three fixtures lost due to the unfortunate closure of the Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course last week.

The three PTP committees affected all have options to run on other courses and we and they are in discussions with the respective land owners, the host hunts and the resident PTP fixture committees already racing on those courses to agree terms to run the additional fixtures. As you can appreciate, these discussions are very sensitive and will not be concluded until early next week at the latest but we realise the urgency required and we will keep everyone informed as soon as decisions have been approved by everyone concerned.

4th September 2016

The Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Secretaries Association regret to announce the immediate closure of the Black Forest Lodge Point to Point course.

The land has just recently been sold and unfortunately the new owners are unable to allow racing to continue at this popular course.All efforts are being made to re arrange the 3 fixtures previously scheduled at Black Forest for this coming season and it is hoped that we will be able to announce a positive statement later this week.

Gordon Chambers

Secretary

Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Association

Money Talks: Black Forest Club Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge – 27th November 2016

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It was good to get back pointing on a decent day at Black Forest Lodge, but the superstitious amongst us would have seen 13 hungry looking bookmakers lined up and eager to make it Black Sunday for the punters.

The five-year-old Very Intense was justifiably all the rage for the opener based on his form under rules. He looked ready to do his job and early skirmishers snapped up 5-4 before he traded at 4-6 at flagfall.

Johnny Bailey duly set up a double as the first jolly of the season went in, but had to fight off a spirited challenge from the fit looking Frost five-year-old Bogoss Du Perret (solid 5’s). Although a distance away in third, The Keadeen (6-4 to 9-4) was not disgraced and can improve.

Premier Portrait (4-7 to 2-5) could not be opposed in the Club race where he started his eight- winning sequence last year. The only risky moment came when his fractious behaviour saw Gus Levinson ejected leaving the parade ring. Ambitious Pursuit (25-1) chased Premier Portrait home and can score in similar company. Bathwick Scanno was seen early at 16’s before contracting through all rates to 5-1. His shrewd yard will find races for him.

The third consecutive odds-on shot came unstuck. The hooded Pink Eyed Pedro (9-4 to 4-5) was expected to put Wales on the score sheet, but the Dr Massini gelding weakened quickly where it mattered. Despite racing wider than the his rivals, Boygojumping (7-4 out to 9-4) jumped soundly and won convincingly under his veteran owner/trainer/rider.

The Mixed Open produced a blanket finish with Full Trottle (6’s to 4’s) beating Grove Pride (20-1) by a neck with odds-on Benvolio (evens – 4-6) a further neck away third. The winner completed a double for the Laura Thomas/Johnny Bailey team and has evidently reaped the benefit of a wind operation. The ex-Paul Nicholls chaser Benvolio will do better when his rider gets the hang of him.

The exchanges would have had fun in the Open maiden. The Wexfordian (7-4 to 2’s) pulled hard to set up a long lead under Claire Hardwick (nee Hart) and looked home and dry four out. He looked a spent force when Desert Roe (2’s to 7-4fav) swept past him two out. The Welsh cheers for the favourite proved short lived however as The Wexfordian rallied gamely round the last bend to score going away.There was a gamble on Ryves Rocky (12’s to 3’s) here, but this six-year-old was doing his best work towards the finish.

Will Biddick’s only mount of the day, Key People was an uneasy favourite for the last (evens-6-4-11-8) and finished well beaten for the Intermediate. Luke Harvey’s Porlock Bay (9-2 to 5-2) saw Darren Edwards ride his 200th point-to-point winner. This consistent gelding’s bright red blinkers shone like a beacon as he pulled clear in the home straight. This was the fourth sub-six minute time of the day on the drying ground.

Finally well done to the layers who chalked up some fancy prices for the rags. 66-1 and 150-1 appeared on one board in the nine strong Club Members’.

RESULTS & REPORT

Results of the Black Forest Club meeting

Report from the Black Forest Club meeting

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REPORT: BLACK FOREST CLUB POINT TO POINT, BLACK FOREST LODGE – 27TH NOVEMBER 2016

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

DARREN EDWARDS rode his 200th point-to-point winner as the Devon & Cornwall area got the new British season under way at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday (27 November)

His success on Porlock Bay in the Intermediate enabled the rider to join the select band of only 20 British jockeys to achieve a double century of pointing winners. Nicely backed from 9-2 to 5-2, the nine-year-old Porlock bay shook off runner-up Mister Serious on the downhill run to the last to score by seven lengths.

A Doncaster sales purchase, the winner is owned and trained by At The Races TV pundit Luke Harvey, leading up his charge on this occasion.

Edwards had earlier steered Ryves Rocky into third place in the three miles Open maiden. Despite being heavily supported in the market, this six-year-old could not get near the winner, The Wexfordian, who made nearly all the running under Claire Hardwick. The winner set up a long lead only to be headed two out by eventual runner-up Desert Roe before rallying to regain the advantage before the final fence.

Better known in her maiden name as Claire Hart, the accomplished rider finished runner-up for the National Ladies’ title last season, and owns and trains this winner from her Stow-On-The Wold base. “I got married in the summer and it is good to get off the mark for the new season”, said the rider, who bought The Wexfordian privately. “He is a lovely horse and has shown plenty at home but he pulled my arms out today, she laughed.

Very Intense took the opening race of the season to set up a double for jockey Johnny Bailey and trainer Laura Thomas. The five-year-old runs in the colours of the ten strong Banbury Bunch Partnership and his useful form under rules meant that he started odds-on. “He travelled well and quickened nicely,” reported the 27-year-old jockey, who is assistant trainer to Richard Spencer at Newmarket.

The yard’s double was completed after a tight finish to the Mixed Open when Full Trottle got the better of Grove Pride by a neck, with ex-chaser Benvolio a further neck away third. “He pulled and wouldn’t settle but jumped brilliantly,” reported jockey Johnny Bailey of the sturdy seven-year-old who is owned by the trainer’s father Norman. “He had a wind operation last December and took time to regain his form. “I knew he was coming back when he was naughty and tried to climb out of his box,” smiled the Barbary castle based trainer.

Gus Levinson partnered the beaten favourite Benvolio in the Mixed Open, and had earlier opened his account for the season on the prolific Premier Portrait in the Club Members’. This nine-year-old had given the 17-year-old Ridley schoolboy his first winner in the corresponding race last season. “We use Kim Bailey’s hill gallop next door and I thought he was fit. He got a bit wound up though today and bucked Gus off leaving the paddock, said the rider’s father, joint owner Charles Levinson.

Boygojumping took the Restricted in good style to narrowly deny the Bailey/Thomas combination a treble with runner-up Urban Storm. Owned by Martin and Kathryn Peaty, the Midnight Legend four-year-old Boygojumping had lost his maiden status at Bradbury Rings in April, and gave a sound display of jumping here under veteran rider Martin Peaty. “He is home bred and we do it all ourselves’, said Peaty, a Wimborne based vet, adding,”I will be 50 in January. I even shod him myself yesterday when he pulled a shoe off.”

RESULTS

Results of the Black Forest Club meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News), Roger Peaple, Megan Cobley, William Devlin, and Alun Sedgemore (Sporting Prints)

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RESULTS: BLACK FOREST CLUB POINT-TO-POINT, BLACK FOREST LODGE – 27 NOV 2016

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Open maiden (Sponsor – Prydis) 2m 4f

1 Very Intense (Johnny Bailey) 4-6 fav
2 Bogoss Du Perrier (Bryon Frost) 5-1
3 The Keadenn (James King) 9-4
7 ran 1l; distance; 5m 18s

Club Members (Ladies of the Silverton & Mid Devon Hunts)

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 2-5 fav
2 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 25-1
3 Bathwick Scanno (Martin McIntyre) 5-1
9 ran; 5l; 1 1/2l; 5m 58s

Restricted (Heltor)

1 Boygojumping (Martin Peaty) 9-4
2 Urban Storm (Johnny Bailey) 6-1
3 Up To Al (Josh Newman) 7-1
5 ran; 2l; 25l;  5m 56s

Mixed Open (Strutt & Parker)

1 Full Throttle (Johnny Bailey) 4-1
2 Grove Pride (James Jeavons) 20-1
3 Benvolio (Gus Levinson) 4-6 fav
9 ran; neck; neck;  5m 54s

Open Maiden (A & S Paving)

1 The Wexfordian (Claire Hardwick) 2-1
2 Desert Roe (Richard Patrick) 7-4 fav
3 Ryves Rocky (Darren Edwards (3-1
8 ran; 2l; 25l;;6m 1s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards) 5-2
2 Mister Serious (George Hiscock) 5-2
3 Emgee (C Taylor) 8-1
6 ran; 7l; 12l;  5m 53s

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Entries: Black Forest Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge, 27th November 2016

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 noon 4&5 yr old, 2m4f Open Maiden Race
2nd 12:35 Club Members Race
3rd 13:10 Restricted Race
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Open Maiden Race
6th 14:55 Intermediate Race

Going Update

Friday 24th November 2016

Going update: Good , good to firm in places.

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Course Inspector/Clerk Of Course/Chief Steward have all been and walked BFL this morning. The official going is now: GOOD ,GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES.

Preview extract:

 

The wait is over!  Next weekend will see the start of the new Point-to-Point horse racing season which begins at the picturesque course of Black Forest Lodge near Kenton, Exeter on Sunday 27th November, commencing at 12 noon. Over eighty entries have been received for the six race card which have attracted many of the top horses and jockeys’ from around the country.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, trade stands and ringside parking for the disabled. Excellent viewing for all to enjoy offering a great family day out. Entrance fee £10 per head max £30 per car. Children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

Course location is at Kenton, nr Exeter (off A380) 8HR

For a free fixture list send and SAE to Claire Hitch, Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

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
© = 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 2016/17 form from 2015/16 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2014/15 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Preview: Black Forest Club Point-to-Point, Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 27th November 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

The wait is over!  Next weekend will see the start of the new Point-to-Point horse racing season which begins at the picturesque course of Black Forest Lodge near Kenton, Exeter on Sunday 27th November, commencing at 12 noon. Over eighty entries have been received for the six race card which have attracted many of the top horses and jockeys’ from around the country.

The Black Forest Club hosts this meeting with its feature race looking to be the Strutt & Parker Mixed Open race. This is a qualifying race for the Timico Mixed Open Finals to be held at Cheltenham in May and has attracted good quality entries. Course specialist Welstonedruid will hold the hopes of starting the season with a win for local trainer Robert Chanin. This could be a stiff ask with entries such as Cheltenham Intermediate Hunter Chase runner up Doctor Braveheart for the David Brace team, who has a good strike rate at this track. Benvolio is another catching the eye, out of the Paul Nicholls yard, the gelding has three Chase wins and two Hurdle wins under rules, and looks to be a notable addition to the Charles Levinson team for his son Gus, who was crowned leading novice rider last season.

The Prydis-sponsored Open Maiden two miles-four furlong race is the first race up, with the Teresa Clark‘s Culverwell looking to improve on his third at Great Trethew. Doc Cody from the David Brace team could improve for his two runs last season, and Bogoss du Perret has been working well at home reports trainer Nikki Frost, and will have jockey Bryony Frost on board.

The Black Forest Club Members race has attracted eighteen entries, notably last years leading horse Premier Portrait which is another from the Levinson team, who won eight of his starts last season. Jepeck holds an entry in both the Members and the Mixed open for the Kayley Woollacott team, a winner of four of his six starts last season, he will be expected to put on another bold show. Mic’s Delight now trained by Claire Wonnacott for the newly formed ‘Bottoms Up’ club syndicate, ran second here last season and will now be ridden by Millie Wonnacott. Doctor Henry, another Dr Massini sired entry of which there are several entered here, ran well last season for owner/trainer/jockey Bronwyn Buttery winning two and runner up in this race last season to Premier Portrait.

Three to note for the Heltor-sponsored Restricted Race are Boygojumping from the Martin Peaty team having put up a good performance when winning his maiden last April on good to firm going. Pink Eyed Pedro could be a danger being another out of the David Brace team, as could Dark Gesture who won his maiden at this track last season under Josh Newman, and could well be in the mix for the Keith Cumings yard.

In the A&S sponsored Open Maiden race, much will depend on the day with the ground conditions, but those that had shown promise in their maiden races last season are Desert Roe, Come On Joey and Miss Weld.

To end the days event Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race, which is a qualifying race for the Exeter Intermediate Point-to-Point Hunter Chase Final to be held in May. This race could see champion jockey Will Biddick score here on Key People which he won a Restricted race on last season. Porlock Bay for owner/trainer Luke Harvey is another entry and a possible ride for Darren Edwards, which could provide a good battle between the two top jockeys.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, trade stands and ringside parking for the disabled. Excellent viewing for all to enjoy offering a great family day out. Entrance fee £10 per head max £30 per car. Children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

Course location is at Kenton, nr Exeter (off A380) 8HR

For a free fixture list send and SAE to Claire Hitch, Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude

BBC Travel News: Devon

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Updates from Black Forest Lodge

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Friday 24th November 2016

Going update: Good , good to firm in places.

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Course Inspector/Clerk Of Course/Chief Steward have all been and walked BFL this morning. The official going is now: GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES.

Monday 21st November 2016

Wow we have had a lot of rain in the exeter area in the last couple of days! All looking very good for BFL . Can’t give you an official going report until tomorrow but please if you haven’t done so entries to Angela Boyden 01647 433264 ASAP.

Saturday  19th November 2016


The course was spiked and Verti Drained on Tuesday this week . Photo shows them doing this and that the course has a nice covering of grass.

The going is good , good to firm in places. There is more rain forecasted for weekend and mid week but how much we will get.

Course inspection next Tuesday, the clerk of course will give another updated going report afterwards.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – BLACK FOREST CLUB 29 NOVEMBER 2015

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The opening two and a half miles Maiden set a real puzzle with 15 of the 16 entries standing their ground (maximum field) with little form to assist in this four and five-year-olds event. There was a successful plunge however on the Neil Harris trained Mystery Edition, noted at 8’s and 10’s in the odd place, before being forced in from 5’s into 9-4 favourite. The four-year-old was given a good ride by Rob Hawker to land the bets at the expense of the promising Creative Inerta. Third placed Whatastormnorm (2’s to 5-2) will come on a lot for this race and is ready to open his account over a longer trip.

It was inevitable that the first appearance over jumps for Victoria Pendleton in the Club Members race would attract lots of media attention. This entourage evidently had little confidence in Victoria’s chance on Minella Theatre since the schoolmaster 12-year-old took a walk in the market from 4’s out to 8’s. The consistent Jepeck was quickly cut from evens to settle at 8-11 but faded in the closing stages behind the ex-Kim Bailey chaser Premier Portrait (10’s touched 12’s). The winner provided a first win for 16-year-old Gus Levinson.

It was surprising to see Stony Road sent off a strong 6-4 favourite for the Restricted. His rider Charlotte Prichard performed a remarkable recovery after his 12th fence blunder which virtually put him out of the race. Will Biddick’s mount Tempestatefloresco drifted from 5-2 to 7-2 and was just touched off by the strong finishing Doctor Braveheart, nicely backed from 4’s to 3’s

A quality field turned out for the Mixed Open. Last season’s Fontwell hunter chase winner Full Trottle started favourite (3’s to 11-4) but this was one for the locals who filled the first three places. The Wealerdealer (4-1) has developed into a useful performer. He won the Exeter Intermediate Final in May and ran on strongly here to hold the gallant Bradley Brook (5-2 to 7-2) and the popular veteran Coombe Hill (10’s to 9’s) who gave young Millie Wonnacott a lovely debut ride.

Punters were scratching their heads over the nine-runner Open Maiden which saw Wotzizname sent off an uneasy 3-1 favourite. Maybe that support was attributable to the Biddick factor, but Will’s mount was well held behind the Welsh challenger Northgeorge. Byron Moorcroft was completing his double, but on this occasion there was little Welsh money in the ring for the winner (3’s out to 5’s)

The Welsh boys may have saved their money for the David Brace trained Dunraven Royal in the last. Despite starting a warm 6-4 favourite the promising five-year-old was soon struggling behind the front running Argentato. This good looking grey looked fit and attracted late money from 8’s into 4’s and was well handled by 17-year-old Jordan Nailor.

RESULTS

Results of the Black Forest Club meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Cat Down (Official Photographer) Tim Holt, Hamish Mitchell (Horse & Hound), Alun Sedgemore (Sporting Prints), Roger Peaple and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

Press from At The Races, Pinnacle Sports, The Telegraph and The Guardian were also in attendance, with Sky Sports, The BBC, Racing Post, Sporting Life, Daily Mail, Oxford Times, Racing UK, Mid Devon Gazette, Express & Echo and Western Morning News featuring Victoria Pendleton’s Jumps debut.

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BLACK FOREST CLUB POINT-TO-POINT REPORT – 29 NOV 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE Devon & Cornwall area got the new British point-to-point season under way at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday (29 Nov) in blustery, but dry conditions.

The Devon track attracted much media interest surrounding the debut over jumps of Victoria Pendleton. As a prelude to her quest to ride in the Cheltenham Foxhunter chase next March, the former Olympic cycling champion took the mount on 12-year-old Minella Theatre, saddled by her mentor Alan Hill, in the Club Members’ race.

Her experienced mount had been ridden to victory by Tony McCoy back in 2009, but with cameras thrust at her in every direction, the champion cyclist’s safe schoolmaster conveyance was back-pedalling in the rear soon after half way and she eventually pulled her mount up half a mile from home.

The nine-runner contest went to another ex-chaser in the shape of Premier Portrait, who gave Gus Levinson his first winner. This was a most accomplished ride by the 16-year-old who is taking “A” levels at Radley College. “I just wanted to keep him in a rhythm knowing he would stay well,” explained the rider, whose mount defied a 7lbs penalty after being fractious in the parade ring. The former Kim Bailey trained chaser is now owned and trained by the young rider’s father Dr Charles Levinson near Cheltenham.

It was the turn of another young jockey to shine when the imposing grey Argentato jumped well and made virtually all the running to win the Intermediate. 17-year-old Jordan Nailor hails from Moreton In The Marsh, Gloucestershire and works for jumps trainer Charlie Longsdon. “I rode my only other winner at Andoversford last season,” reported the rider. Argentato runs in the colours of the Cotswold Chancers Partnership and is stabled with Claire Hart, who missed the win due to her riding commitments at Cottenham.

Welsh challengers rarely go home empty handed from Black Forest Lodge and two of Sunday’s winners travelled across the Severn Bridge. Doctor Braveheart lived up to his name with a hard fought head victory in the Restricted. The six-year-old is owned and trained by David Brace who stands the gelding’s sire Dr Massini at his Dunraven Stud. “I bought Doctor Braveheart privately in Ireland last summer after he had run well in a Cork hunter chase but he really needs better ground,” remarked the owner/trainer. Byron Moorcroft, who works for David Brace, rode the winner, who just got up close home to deny Will Biddick’s mount Tempestatefloresco.

It was a similar story in the Open Maiden which saw 26-year-old Byron Moorcroft in the winner’s enclosure again at the expense of champion jockey Biddick. This time the Welsh trained Northgeorge had 12 lengths to spare over Wotzizname on reaching the judge to secure Byron Moorcroft’s double. “We bought Northgeorge at Ascot as a three-year-old reported Jonathon Tudor who trains the winner at Bridgend for owner Steve Young. “This is my first winner with my first horse,” exclaimed the delighted owner. “I drove rally cars for 26 years and now run a medical equipment company,” he added.

The Mixed Open produced a close finish won by The Wealerdealer, who asserted on the final bend and just held off Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards), and the evergreen Coombe Hill who was giving a first ride to Millie Wonnacott. The ever improving winner was ridden by Ian Chanin who also trains the eight-year-old and said, “He is owned by my fiancée Becks Barnett who is a farrier. We train just two horses at Rackenford and this one works with a nice un-named youngster by Winged Love.”

The two and a half miles Open Maiden for four and five-year-olds saw 15 of the 16 entries facing the starter. Iwanabebobbiesgirl and Red Red Rover set a scorching gallop, but at the business end it was left to the well backed Mystery Edition to fend off the challenge of Creative Inerta. “He idled a bit when he hit the front,” reported winning rider Rob Hawker. Mystery Editions owner David Luff is well known as the jockeys’ valet in the West Country but could not be present on this occasion. The winner was bought by his trainer Neil Harris as a three-year-old at Tattersalls, Ireland. “He is a lovely type and has strengthened up really well,” reported the Brompton Regis based trainer.

RESULTS

Results of the Black Forest Club meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Cat Down (Official Photographer) Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Hamish Mitchell (Horse & Hound), Alun Sedgemore (Sporting Prints), Roger Peaple and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

Press from At The Races, Pinnacle Sports, The Telegraph and The Guardian were also in attendance, with Sky Sports, The BBC, Racing Post, Sporting Life, Daily Mail, Oxford Times, Racing UK, Mid Devon Gazette, Express & Echo and Western Morning News featuring Victoria Pendleton’s Jumps debut.

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