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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP FROM FLETE RACES on 17th APRIL 2021

DARTMOOR AT FLETE PARK

The betting situation was a bit strange at sunny Flete, with one bookmaker standing in each of the two zones. Dave Phillips served the green zone, and Rich Pittard did duty in the owners roped off area. Fortunately for scribes like me their boards were adjacent so it was just possible to assess a market (and have a bet). In addition phone betting was offered for punters watching the live streaming which again drew much praise for the coverage.

Favourite backers got off to a flying start as Journey Juice landed odds of 4-5 after an opening show of 4-6 in the Hunt race. His jockey Chloe Emsley survived a scare as her mount stumbled badly at the top of the hill. Bay To Go (6’s out to 14’s) had made the best of his way home under James Armstrong, but had no answer when tackled by the winner on the run in.

I backed Corbett Court (4-1) in the next. Although he had been off the course for two years, he had beaten Rio Bravo in his Maiden ( unbeaten in both his races this season including a hunter chase at Catterick)). Corbett Court is from a shrewd yard and looked fit. Well I was wrong: Corbett Court was off the bit at half way and finished a poor fifth. The race went to gallant Cottage Rose (100-8) who ran straighter than runner up Boygochasing (8-1), who seemed intent on taking a more scenic route. The favourite Mustmeetforapint (5-2 to 6-4) was appearing for the second time in six days. He probably needs softer ground but has proved expensive to follow.

Darren Andrews riding Cottage Rose thanks his mount after winning the Restricted race
Darren Andrews riding Cottage Rose thanks his mount after winning the Restricted race

Know The Score (10-1) was certainly on the ball in the four miles Open for the Lord Mildmay Cup. Now with Leslie Jefford, and ridden by Fly McIntyre,  this once very expensive gelding had “lost his way” after a rules career which included three wins and a good run in the Cheltenham Festival bumper in his youth for David Pipe. He had been off the track for 18 months but looked fit and collared front running Welsh challenger Ramble On (7-2 to 5-2) 50 yards out. Where’s Wilma (10’s to 6’s) was a creditable third, upped in class, but staying on nicely. Navanman (evens) headed the market, but ran a shade below form in finishing fourth.

Know The Score ridden by Martin McIntyre (nearside) winning the Mixed Open four-miler from long-time leader Ramble On (far side)
Know The Score ridden by Martin McIntyre (nearside) winning the Mixed Open four-miler from long-time leader Ramble On (far side)

Oh yes, I nearly forgot:  with a BHA rating of 129 and probably a stone in hand I couldn’t resist a few quid on the winner.   

The four and five-year-old Maiden attracted only four runners, three of which were previously unraced from Ed Walker’s yard.  The one for money was Misstree Wave (evens fav), but even Will Biddick’s handling couldn’t prevent the five year-old from veering off the course nearly into the woods coming down the hill. The other two, Ribo A Irep (7-2) and Nuova Vita (5-2) raced locked together in front for two miles, but were left behind by the finishing burst of Swearer (5-2). The winner, ridden by Darren Edwards for the Joe Tickle yard had benefited from his bumper run at Maisemore Park last October. 

That grand old gelding Unioniste (7-4 ), winner of £170,000 under rules in his day, led his five rivals for a long way in the Owner/Trainer Conditions race, but his old legs couldn’t hold off Bridge of Spies (2-1). The winner had been mugged close home at Cherrybrook and merited a nice bet here. 

Syracuse’s Dream was ignored at 14-1 before making virtually all in the Conditions race. The grey galloped on merrily under his young rider Barnaby Treneer to hold the strong challenge of Will Biddick’s mount Board of Trade (7-2). Cloudy Music (2’s to 6-4 fav) had won on heavy ground at Great Trethew last year and the mare soon looked in trouble here before trailing in last. This form is best forgotten. It might however be worth keeping in mind Lomanchenko (10’s to 4’s), presumably named after the former world featherweight champion boxer. Admittedly his form under rules took a nose dive after his maiden hurdle win, but he was in touch for a long way here under his penalty  before getting tired.

13 lined up for the Open Maiden, unlucky for some, including me. I went for Melvyn (2-1) who looked the part but slid to the floor at the ninth. I am not sure how much cash went on the winner Dr Time, but he was noted at 8’s early before being returned 6-4 favourite. He is from a top yard but the nine-year-old had shown little in public. Runner up Jimmy Tew (5-1) should win a Maiden, but third placed Aracaras ((5’s) ran too freely. Da Vinci Rock (4-1) was not knocked about. He had bits of form in Ireland and has joined a good yard.

Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT OF FLETE RACES (DARTMOOR) POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK – 17TH APRIL 2021

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Oh to be in England now that April’s there….”

Robert Browning, English poet 1812-1889

Well Mr Browning, I am not sure that you would really like to be in England today, but  you are correct in that Flete Park races epitomises the very best of English point-to-pointing in April. 

Despite pleasant wall to wall April sunshine it seemed a sombre afternoon at Flete Park for the Dartmoor fixture. The winning post flags fluttered at half mast, and there was a break after the second race for a silence in recognition of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing and funeral. 

COVID restrictions added to the unreal scenario, with just one bookmaker in each sparsely populated, segregated zone. At least a limited return of owners was encouraging. The organisers had worked tirelessly to water the course in the face of the dry spell.

A quality field of 11 contested the four miles Mixed Open for the Lord Mildmay Memorial Cup. Byron Moorcroft set a searching gallop on Ramble On, and was still in front jumping the last, only to be collared by Know the Scene (Martin McIntyre) close home. Where’s Wilma stayed on well to finish third, just ahead of Navanman and Honest Deed.

Know The Score ridden by Martin McIntyre (nearside) winning the Mixed Open four-miler from long-time leader Ramble On (far side)
Know The Score ridden by Martin McIntyre (nearside) winning the Mixed Open four-miler from long-time leader Ramble On (far side)

Know The Score had won three times under rules for the David Pipe yard, having cost £380,000 as a four-year-old. Current trainer Leslie Jefford explained, “He had lost his way a bit and we are trying to rekindle his enthusiasm. I hoped he would enjoy himself. We might come back for the Ladies’ four-miler in two weeks.” Successful Jockey Martin (Fly) McIntyre reported, “We went a nice gallop and I tried to hold him together. He would be better on a galloping track.”

27-year-old rider Darren Andrews had partnered losing favourite Navanman for John Heard in the Open, but fared better for the same yard as the mare Cottage Rose scored readily in the Restricted. After paying tribute to the watering efforts, the trainer said, “Darren gave her a peach of a ride. She is good at coming from behind. We made too much use of her at Cherrybrook.”

Darren Andrews riding Cottage Rose thanks his mount after winning the Restricted race
Darren Andrews riding Cottage Rose thanks his mount after winning the Restricted race

Ed Walker saddled Journey Juice to win the Hunt race under a fine hold up ride from  Chloe Emsley. Bay to Go (James Armstrong) made a bold bid from the front, but had no answer to the finishing pace of the winner. “This was my first ride at Flete and my third winner of the season. The plan was to come late but I had a scare when he stumbled and lost some ground on the top bend,” reported the rider.

The Ed Walker yard looked likely to complete a double when sending out three of the four runners in a disappointing turn out for the four and five-year-old Maiden. It was the Darren Edwards ridden Swearer (yes that is the gelding’s name) who took the prize however, coming from behind to win going away by five lengths. Owned by Paul Emmins and trainer Joe Tickle’s partner Danielle Kenealy, the five-year-old showed the benefit of his point-to-point bumper run last year against his three unraced opponents. “He is fractious at home and our 16-year-old son Taylor rode him round the lorry park today to keep him calm,” remarked the up and coming North Devon trainer.

Bridge of Spies gained consolation for his unlucky defeat at Cherrybrook with a convincing win under Conor Houlihan in the Owners and Trainers Condition race. The winner runs in the colours of the Bielby family with trainer George Bielby reporting, “He was a gift horse. My wife and daughter do a lot of the work. This course suited him and he acts on any going.” Jockey Conor Houlihan commented, “He was amazing. Every time I asked him up he responded.”

The Oriental Club Owner-Trainers conditions Level 3 field jumping the fourth fence

The tall jockey works for Will Biddick, who chased the winner home on evergreen Unioniste. Biddick also had to settle for the runner up spot on Board of Trade in the Conditions event. On this occasion he played second fiddle to front running Syracuse’s Dream, who gave jockey Barnaby Treneer a popular local victory, and his third career success. “He loves it here and I rode him for stamina,” said the young rider whose mother Deborah trains the gelding she described as, “inconsistent and better on a hilly course.”

Syracuse's Dream ridden by Barnaby Treneer on their way to winning the Elizabeth May Memorial Conditions race
Syracuse’s Dream ridden by Barnaby Treneer on their way to winning the Elizabeth May Memorial Conditions race

Will Biddick’s frustrating afternoon continued as his mount Melvyn fell at half way in the concluding Maiden. Both horse and the seven-times National champion jockey were unhurt. This race went to Dr Time who had shown only modest form under rules, and had failed to finish in two recent points.. He sauntered home here from 12 opponents under Josh Newman. Warwickshire based trainer Francesca Nimmo had enjoyed a winner at Chaddesley Corbett earlier in the day. Her husband Charlie Poste was on duty here and said, “Dr Time has enough ability for Restricted and Intermediates. We have now had six winners from the last ten runners.”

Photo Credits: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS – FLETE RACES (DARTMOOR) AT FLETE PARK 17TH APRIL 2021

GOING; GOOD, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES (WATERED)

HUNT RACE (Sponsor; Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company)

  1. Journey Juice (Chloe Emsley) 4-5 fav hdwy three out, disp lead last, clear flat
  2. Bay To Go (James Armstrong) 14-1 made most til joined last, no extra flat
  3. It’s A Steal (Pippa Glanville) 6-4 led early, lost place three out, left 3rd two out

5 ran; 2l; 6l;  6m 3s

The Otters are back, winning with Journey Juice in the members race

RESTRICTED (Wainhomes)

  1. Cottage Rose (Darren Andrews) 12-1 led after three out, stayed on well
  2. Boygochasing (George Hiscock) 8-1 hung left, led three out til wide on bend, not recover
  3. Our Grey Boy (Josh Cameron) 5-1 led 2nd til three out, wknd

8 ran; 2l; 8l;  6m 36s

MIXED OPEN LORD MILDMAY MEMORIAL CUP 4 MILES (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company)

  1. Know The Score (Martin McIntyre) 10-1 stdy hdwy three out, effort next, led nr finish
  2. Ramble On (Byron Moorcroft) 5-2 led 4th til headed nr finish,
  3. Where’s Wilma (Matt Hampton) 6-1midfield,  good late hdwy, stayed on well

11 ran; 2l ;  1/2l   7m 48s

MAIDEN 4 AND 5-YEAR OLDS 2M 4F (Francis Clark)

  1. Swearer (Darren Edwards) 5-2 held up, prog to lead two out, soon clear
  2. Ribo A Irep (Chloe Emsley) 7-2 disp lead til after three out, rallied but no extra apprg last
  3. Nuova Vita (Josh Newman) 5-2 disputed lead til apprg two out, outpaced

4 ran; 5l; 4l;  5m 30s

OWNER / TRAINER CONDITIONS (Oriental Club)

  1. Bridge of Spies (Conor Houlihan) 2-1 held up, led four out, v easily
  2. Unioniste (Will Biddick) 7-4 jt fav led til four out, grad wknd
  3. Kelvingrove (Byron Moorcroft) 7-4 jt fav niggled along, 3rd from three out, no progress

6 ran; 10l;  1 1/2l;  6m 37s

CONDITIONS – ELIZABETH MAY MEMORIAL (Full Circle Motors)

  1. Syracuse’s Dream  (Barnaby Treneer) 14-1 made virtually all, headed briefly 14, ran on gamely
  2. Board of Trade (Will Biddick) 7-2 chased leader, sustained chall two out, no extra flat
  3. Cloudy Music (Charlotte Summersby) 6-4 fav started slowly, struggling in last mostly

5 ran;  2 1/2l; 20l;   6m 41s

MAIDEN (Luscombe May)

  1. Dr Time (Josh Newman0 5-4 fav prom, led after two out, soon clear, easily
  2. Jimmy Tew (Darren Edwards) 5-1 chased ldrs, went 2nd apprg last
  3. Aracaras (Byron Moorcroft) 5-1 led til two out, soon no extra

13 ran;  15l; 5l;  6m 31s

Photo Credits:
Cover, Athwenna Irons/WMN
Stephen Wensley/PointingDC

ENTRIES: FLETE RACES (DARTMOOR) POINT-TO-POINT ON SAT 17TH APRIL 2021

Please note these are the entries for the Flete Races (Dartmoor) Point-To-Point and this fixture is being run BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and as such there will be no blue zone for the paying public at the fixture. The fixture will be live streamed and telephone betting is available, see below for details.

Printable version of the Flete Races Racecard

[A link will be posted here when the Racecard is published]

RaceStart timeLink to entries and form for race
Pony Racing
1st13:00138cm Race
2nd13:20148cm Race
Point-To-Point Races
1st 14:00Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Members Race
2nd14:35Wainhomes Restricted Race
3rd15:20Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Mixed Open Race
4th15:55Francis Clark 4 & 5 Year Old Maiden Race
5th16:30Oriental Club Owner-Trainer Conditions (Level 3) Race
6th17:05Elizabeth May Memorial Conditions (Level 3) Race
7th17:40Luscombe Maye Maiden Race (NWFAA)

Flete Races Course Updates:

10th April 2021 at 20:00

Final touches being applied to the fences, and trimming the new fences in the home straight.The going is good ground, drying with the weather forecast. There is a good covering of grass and we will be watering from Tuesday to maintain the good ground.

Flete Races Preview extract:

The first of  two scheduled meetings to take place at the stunning parkland known as Flete Park, goes ahead this Saturday April 17th. The event will take place behind closed doors, although owners will be allowed on the course to watch their horses run. The Dartmoor host this meeting which has seven races on offer, attracting over eighty entries, are scheduled to commence at 2pm. Pony racing proceeds the main race card with two pony races which have attracted ten ponies in each race, head up the action at 1pm. These have been kindly sponsored by land owner Mr AJB Mildmay-White. As a mark of respect there will be a two minutes silence held at 3pm, together with black armbands being worn by officials and participants in respect of the passing, and funeral of  Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Flete Races Live Stream

Live streaming of the races with race commentary and all day presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and former top jockey Lizzie Kelly is on offer for the two pony and seven Point-To-Point races, with a start time of 1.00pm with the first of the pony races.

There is a fee of £10 plus a small Eventbrite admin fee to view the race meeting, which is the same cost as if you attended as a spectator, and the sport needs the income from live streaming to ensure its future.

Flete Races Telephone Betting

Some bookmakers will be offering a betting service by phoning them and opening up an account.

For those spectators wanting to place a bet, the contact numbers to register are 07711 298746 for Richard Pittard and 07810 775119 for Dave Phillips. The deadline to register for bets at this event is one hour before racing commences.

Full details will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website at Point-to-Point Telephone Betting

Flete Races Green and Amber zone entry tickets

Participants (Green Zone) and Owners will need to apply for tickets and complete a health declaration to be allowed to enter the course.

The tickets and the latest information required for accessing the course on the day can be obtained from https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk

ENTRIES FORM GUIDE

Key:

f=fellu=unseated rider
p=pulled upk=knocked over
b=brought downc=carried out
d=disqualified?=unreliable form
s=slipped up+=improving rating
r=refusedblkd=baulked
ro=ran outt=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 entries at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 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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Race 1 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Members Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
1ppp/pp-pAULD SPORT (IRE)27?Richard MorganFailed to complete in Irish Ptps;Won Cotley 2m4f maiden 2019 on only completion(from 10starts) acts gd/firm
513/432/-ppBAY TO GO (IRE)37Patricia ArmstrongWon 2 Huntchases/6Ptps; Won Members 2018; best  gd/firm;6L 2nd Torrington Open in 2019, no show in 2021
/fppp1/-p6EOLE D’UN REGARD (FR)30Deborah TreneerEx French;Won Banwell 2m4f maiden 2019;23L 6th to Daly An Sceil in Maisemore Park Intermediate 30th Mar
143/4fp-u6HOW ABOUT IT (IRE)38Alexandra DunnWon 2 NH & 3 Ptps(Inc Open) acts any; 31L 6th to Robin des People Maisemore Conds 30th Mar(weak 3 out)
531/4-p73IT’S A STEAL (IRE)40Lee GlanvilleWon 2 Chases/Irish Ptp;won Flete Members 2019; fair 8L 3rd to Crown of Thorns in Cherybrook Conds;
4p261/28-JOURNEY JUICE37Ed WalkerWon Maiden/Rest 2019; 6L 2nd Buckfast Interm won by Shometheway 2020;moderate 8th Didmarton Rest after
*68685-0uPOLO THE MUMM (FR)NRRebecca WelchWon 4NH & 2 Ptps(Course winner);best over 2m4f; acts on any ; well held in last few runs NH
/32p-Ru4SOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE)39Rebecca WelchWon 2m3f Chase 2018(heavy)2L 2nd Nov riders 2020; 10L 4th to Crown of Thorns(weak 3 out) Cherrybrook Conds
*0/0076-1STATIC JACK (IRE)42Deborah TreneerWon 4NH & Irish Ptp( 3m Hurdle 2019) acts gd/heavy; Beat River Myth 2L in Cherrybrook Open(stayed on well)

Preview extract

Totnes & Bridgetown Race Company have kindly sponsored two races here, the first  being the opening Members race. This could provide a good battle between previous course winner It’s A Steal, who could follow up on his game third last weekend for the Glanville family, and recent Cherrybrook winner, Static Jack, for the Treneer family.


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Race 2 – Wainhomes Restricted Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
3u/p-pBOYGOCHASING0Martin Peaty7L 3rd in Barbury NHflat race 2018 ; lightly races since and has yet to complete since
4p133/-CORBETT COURT (IRE)35Kieran PriceWon Ross Harriers maiden 2019(soft) & placed in Restricteds after ; acts gd/soft .missed last season
p2123/p-pCORNFLOWER BLUE35Patrick Picton-WarlowDam won 3NH;Won maiden & 2L 2nd Flete Rest 2019; best gd/firm; Pu Spooners Rest (lead until weak 3 out)
2312-pp6COTTAGE ROSE35John HeardDam won 7Ptps;beat Arctic Milly 1L Wadebridge maiden 2020; acts any; 23L 6th in Cherrybrrok Res (weak 2 out)
3214/p43-DANCING DAVE (IRE)34Ed WalkerEx Irish;Dead Heated in Flete 3m maiden(stayed on well) acts gd/soft;Dist 4th in Rest after;may need run return?
/99/1p3-4MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE)35Jimmy ColeModest from NH; Left clear Dunsmore Maiden & 4L 4th Cherrybrook Members (stayed on well) acts good/soft
22/215-33MUSTMEETFORAPINT (IRE)36Dean SummersbyBeat Exhibit A 8L N.Corn maiden (stayed on) acts gd/heavy; 18l 3rd to Famous Clermont Cothelstone Rest (2m 4f)
fp33/3/-p1OUR GREY BOY (IRE)34+Annabelle BaconBeaten 15L+ Irish Ptps; 4L Winner of Cherybrook maiden (lead 15th ;run on well) acts on good;improving
/3/1p/-pRAGING FIRE (IRE)34Michael FeltonBeat Minimalisti  3L Tiverton maiden Jan 2019;Pu Blackmore Rest after;acts gd/soft;pu 13th Masemore Interm
21-46pppSTEVAN STEEL (IRE)32Janet AcknerBeat Gunner Vic 15L Buckfastleigh maiden(heavy); 39L 4th Ottery Rest; pulled up in Hunterchases/Rests
31p/2p-pTAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)35Charlotte BuddWon Banwell maiden(20L gd/firm 2019) 2L 2nd to No Limitations Badbury Rest 2020; Pu 3 out Sponners Rest

Preview extract

The Wainhomes-sponsored  Restricted race could go the way of Dancing Dave who is the highest rated, he won his maiden at this track and ran well at Didmarton last season when finishing third for the Ed Walker team. Mustmeetforapint (Dean Summersby) ran at Cothelstone last weekend finishing third and could follow up here for Darren Edwards. Any market support for Raging Fire (Mike Felton) will be worth noting, with this ex-Irish import showing some promising place form in Ireland before winning his maiden at Chipley Park in 2018.


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Race 3 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Mixed Open Race (4 Mile)

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
4//u/fpu5-BENVOLIO (IRE)30?Alice ProcterWon 5NH (3m2f Chase) & Ptp;acts gd/heavy,lightly raced since (pulled up 2out S.Dorset Nov Riders latest)
031p6/21-3CHANGEOFLUCK (IRE)40Will BiddickWon 5 Ptps 2017/18(Conf/Conds);21L 4th Hunterchase;acts gd/soft;32L 3rd to Ravished Kimble Ladies Nov 1st
3u21*6/-43CHILL FACTOR (IRE)40Rachael HoneyballWon 6NH(2 Chases) Won Little Windsor Ladies 2019;7L 3rd to Raddon Top Wadebridge Conds;acts gd/soft
2p-p0612COCO LIVE (FR)43Harriet WaightWon Irish maiden 2016;Quad winner 2019;15L Winner of Charing Open & 2L 2nd Quantock Open;;best gd/firm
p/312/u-13HONEST DEED (IRE)42Dean SummersbyWon 9 Ptps (2017/20) beat the Dapper Fox 10L Wadebridge Open;4L 3rd to Static Jack in Cherrybrook Open
143/4fp-u6HOW ABOUT IT (IRE)38Alexandra DunnWon 2 NH & 3 Ptps(Inc Open) acts any; 31L 6th to Robin des People Maisemore Conds 30th Mar(weak 3 out)
/p616-pppIMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)39Mary ToryWon 4Ptps ;Won Interm & 3L 2nd Open 2019; won S.Dorset Members; pulled up both starst 2020; acts gd/soft
31/f43p-84INCH ROCK (IRE)40?Ed WalkerWon Rest/Club 2017; 5L 2nd Ladies & won Members 2018;9L 4th to Apples Queen Cherrybrook Ladies
3213/p5-56KAIDEN MICHEAL (IRE)37Stuart SampsonWon 2m4f maiden/ Restricted 2019; acts any; 15L 6th to The Roestone in Cherrybrook Intermediate
*33/1p5p-KNOW THE SCORE (IRE)NRLeslie JeffordWon 3NH & Irish Ptp; Won Worcester 2m7f Chase 2019; moderate form since; acts on any easy surface
p3p1p3/-pMISTER SERIOUS (IRE)37?Antony BurksWon Maiden/Rest 2016;stays 3m2f; 30L winner Catistock Conds (3 ran) pu 9th in Hunterchase only start
11131-242NAVANMAN (IRE)45John HeardWon 3 Hurdles & 11Ptps (inc 4m Flete Open 2018);10L 2nd to Jatiluwih Ottery Open; best soft/heavy;chances
22121/p-1RAMBLE ON (IRE)41?Luke PriceWon 9Ptps(Opens 2018/1) 1/2L 2nd 4m Mixed Open & won Torrington open 2019; acts any; walked over latest
p71p/pp-6ROCK ON CARLOS (IRE)24Wyn MorrisWon Irish maiden 2018;Pu in 2 Irish Restricteds 2019; 52L 6th to Black Jasper Revesby Park Rest 29th March
643/fp-886SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR)35Deborah TreneerDual Trethew winner & Won Flete Nov Riders; acts any; best stiff tracks; well held last 3 starts; best watched
*11pp/42-2TALK OF THE SOUTH (IRE)41Gordon ChambersWon 3 NH (3m5f Chase 2018) gd/heavy;1L 2nd to Skylander in Cherrybrook Members 3rd Apr; EW chances
5224/32-22THE DAPPER FOX42Jack VeyseyWon 8 Ptps;won 3m6f Conds;often placed ;stays 4m;1L 2nd to Crown of Thorns in Cherrybrook Conditions 3rd
3414/42-1WHERE’S WILMA38Michael M. WatsonWon 3m Flete maiden 2019; beat Arcal Fifty 4L in Cherrybrook Rest; acts any ; stays well

Preview extract

The 4 mile Mixed Open race is another to be kindly sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company, with those likely to be highly fancied in the betting ring are the prolific winning Navanman (John Heard), along with Honest Deed (Dean Summersby), both of which have reversed form with each other and could provide another thrilling finish. Chill Factor is a notable entry who could be in the mix here for Cheltenham Foxhunter winning trainer Will Biddick, with the combination of young Ella Orttewell booked to ride, who won her first race at this track, has been improving fast under the watchful eye of the Biddick team. Cocoa Live ran last weekend at Cothelstone and could find this race comes too soon, although going would suit and has the booking of another promising young jockey from the Biddick team in Charlie Sprake. Ramble On is another outside raider who has good solid form , going wouldn’t be a problem and could add to his win here in 2018.


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Race 4 – Francis Clark Four & Five Year Old Maiden Race (2m 4f)

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
-2CHARLES RITZ26+Edward WalkerDam won 3m Chase/hurdle;10L 2nd to Tip Top Mountain in Wadebridge on promising 1st run Dec 2020
-2GEMINI FIRE (IRE)27+Christopher BarberClose 2nd to Time Please in Charing Open Maiden 29th Mar; acts on good/Firm
HERMES DU GOUET (FR)NRChristopher BarberUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
MISSTREE WAVENREdward WalkerDam won 2 Ptps; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
NOTORIETY (IRE)NRThomas WestonDam won a Mares Maiden; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
NUOVA VITANREdward WalkerUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
RIBO A IREPNREdward WalkerUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
SO THEY SAY0Edward WalkerDam won Irish Ptp/hurdle; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
SURE LISTERN (FR)NRFrancesca NimmoUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
-6SWEARER (IRE)25Joe Tickle8L 6th to Salvino in Maisemore Park Ptp Flat race 25th Oct on only start so far

Preview extract

In the Maiden race for four and five year olds, sponsored by Francis Clark, Gemini’s Fire, who finished a half length second at Charing, could continue the winning form of young trainer Christopher Barber. Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) also catches the eye if connections choose this race over the later maiden, and having run second to Tiptop Mountain at Wadebridge in December.


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Race 5 – Oriental Club Owner-Trainer Conditions (Level 3) Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
/*8770/-BEARS RAILSNRRachael BoardWon 4 Chases(2015/18; stays 3m1f+;acts on gd/soft; last seen Jan 2019
3u/p-pBOYGOCHASING0Martin Peaty7L 3rd in Barbury NHflat race 2018 ; lightly races since and has yet to complete since
3/5413-p2BRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE)40George BeilbyWon Irish Maiden 201& Won Rest 2019; head 2nd to The Roestone Cherrybrook Interm; stays well; chances
/-f41432/-COME ON JOEY (IRE)36Roy SmithWon N.Corn maiden & Lamerton Rest (20/1) &  28L 3rd Eggesford Interm; acts on gd/soft;unraced last season
531/4-p73IT’S A STEAL (IRE)40Lee GlanvilleWon 2 Chases/Irish Ptp;won Flete Members 2019; fair 8L 3rd to Crown of Thorns in Cherybrook Conds;
342/p2-pKELVINGROVE (IRE)39?Andrew LeyshonWon 4 NH/ 2Flat;head 2nd to Generous Ransom in Charing Conds(just failed) gd/soft; pu 12th return
p3/154/3-OUR HENRIETTA (IRE)38Alice ProcterWon 3 Irish Ptps 2017/18; 2L 3rd in S.Dorset Members in 2020 ; front runs; acts on any;Lightly raced
2113u-p9PLATINUM BEN (IRE)35Reg HopkinsWon Maiden 2018 & Restricted & Conditions(lead last) acts any;35L 9th to Daly An Sceil in Maisemore Interm
63/542-71SKYLANDER (IRE)40Richard MorganWon 6 NH/Irish Ptp;Won Nov Riders 2018; beat Talk of the South 1L in Cherybrook members; acts on nay
2422/5-u5UNIONISTE (FR)37Will BiddickWon 11NH (10 Chases) Runner up in 3 Hunterchases 2018/19; 16L 5th to Static Jack in Cherrybrook Open
3414/42-1WHERE’S WILMA38Michael M. WatsonWon 3m Flete maiden 2019; beat Arcal Fifty 4L in Cherrybrook Rest; acts any ; stays well

Preview extract

Many look to have chances in the Oriental Club Owners/Trainers race including Bridge Of Spies (George Beilby) having finished second at Cherrybrook, Where’s Wilma(Michael Watson) who won her maiden at this course, followed by a four-length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month under Matt Hampton. 


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Race 6 – Elizabeth May Memorial Conditions (Level 3) Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
/326-504BOARD OF TRADENREdward WalkerDual NHflat & 2m4f hurdle winner 2016;5L 3rd in Worcester 2m7f Chase Oct 2020; acts good/soft
*223532-BROUGHTONS RHYTHMNRBronwen HurleyWon NHFlat & Hurdle 2017; placed often since (10L 2nd in Uttox 2m4f Chas 2020) acts on gd/soft
22/4351-3CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE)40Dean SummersbyWon Maiden/Rest;best gd/soft; 6L 3rd to The Roestone Cherybrook Interm(finnished well) stiff courses suit
4p261/28-JOURNEY JUICE37Ed WalkerWon Maiden/Rest 2019; 6L 2nd Buckfast Interm won by Shometheway 2020;moderate 8th Didmarton Rest after
*5p4ppp-LOMACHENKO (IRE)NRMichael M. WatsonWon Leicester 2m4f Maiden hurdle Dec 2018;beaten 17L+ in Irish Ptp Opens in 2019/20
63/542-71SKYLANDER (IRE)40Richard MorganWon 6 NH/Irish Ptp;Won Nov Riders 2018; beat Talk of the South 1L in Cherybrook members; acts on nay
643/fp-886SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR)35Deborah TreneerDual Trethew winner & Won Flete Nov Riders; acts any; best stiff tracks; well held last 3 starts; best watched

Preview extract

In the Elizabeth May memorial Conditions race, which has been sponsored by Full Circle Motors, Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) could improve on his third at Cherrybrook and be a win for the family with daughter Charlotte booked to ride. They maybe taken on by recent Cherrybrook  Members race winner Skylander, who won under Robert Hawker for owner/trainer Richard Morgan.


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Race 7 – Luscombe Maye Maiden Race (NWFAA)

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
pp52pp-ARACARAS (IRE)NRLuke PriceHead 2nd In Irish maiden Nov 2019(headed close home);pu in 2 hurdles since back in 2020
3u/p-pBOYGOCHASING0Martin Peaty7L 3rd in Barbury NHflat race 2018 ; lightly races since and has yet to complete since
-2CHARLES RITZ26+Edward WalkerDam won 3m Chase/hurdle;10L 2nd to Tip Top Mountain in Wadebridge on promising 1st run Dec 2020
/75///-pCHESHAM ROSE (IRE)0Daniel FarrEx Flat & modest maiden hurdler in April 2017; upu 15th Spooners maiden o0n return
*5/53d-6pCHICAGO LADY (IRE)27?Leslie Jefford2L 2nd 2m3f hurdle 2016/18; 2L 3rd Buckfast Maiden (disq) acts on soft; pu 6th Spooners maiden
p58-004COASTAL CAPERS (IRE)27Ian HambleyModerate form in Irish Ptps; Well beaten in 2m3f hurdle; 8L 4th Spooners Maiden won by Our Grey Boy
 CORNISH CAVALIERNRStephen LongUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
*p38up-3DA VINCI ROCK28+Robert ChaninEx Irish Hurdler/Chaser;16L 3rd in 21f Chase; acts on gd/heavy; 5L 3rd Spooners Maiden won by Our Grey Boy
4537p-puDR TIME (IRE)0Francesca Nimmo5L 3rd in Ffos Las 3m Hurdle 2019; Pulled up & in rear when ur 2out Maisemore maiden
*89pp-fpIVORSALEGEND0Edward WalkerWell beaten 2NHFlat & pu both starts over hurdles 2020;Fell in Wadebridge maiden & pu 15th Spooners maiden
#NAME?JIMMY SNIPE0Joe TickleDam won 17 Ptps;Pulled up 6th inMaisemore Maiden won by Twig
u/3p-26ppJIMMY TEW30?Janet Ackner3L 3rd in Mollington Maiden 2019; 25L 3rd in S.Dorst maiden won by Lagonda; pu in 2 Hunterchases 2021
 LAST OF THE DRUIDSNRRobert ChaninDam won a Maiden;Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
*/5846-4MASTER SAM BELLAMY18Chloe BoxallModeate form NH , 71L 4th and last in Leicester Hunterchase back in Feb; acts on soft
p/-MELVYN (IRE)NRThomas MalonePulled 2 out in Irish maiden in May 2019
2/36/p-4ppMOONARO (IRE)28?Susan DarkeHead 2nd in Lamerton maiden (just failed) 2018; 19L 4th Ottery Maiden(kept on) acts soft; No Show since
p23u3us/-NOT AT ALL32?Jason Warner26L 2nd NHFlat 2017;2L 3rd to Loco Coco in Bonvilston Open Maiden (2m4f) Apr 2019; may need the run
*3546/3-5fSAY ABOUT IT27Roy SmithEx Flat; 5L 3rd E.Corn Maiden & 7L 5th Wadebridge maiden;tracking leaders when fell 14th Quantock maiden
 SO THEY SAY0Edward WalkerDam won Irish Ptp/hurdle; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
3p2p32/p-SPRING BREAK (IRE)32Will Biddick6L 3rd Ptp Flat race; 22L 2nd & 3L 3rd in Cothestone 2m4f maiden(stayed on) acts gd/firm
/p-f5TERMINAFOND (FR)19Bronwyn ButteryDam won 1m4f in France(Flat); pu 2out Buckfast 2m4f maiden &  27L 5th to King’s Quay Cherrybrook maiden

Preview extract

Finally up is the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Maiden race which has 21 entries and looks to hold plenty of talent which include Spring Break (Will Biddick), Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) and Master Sam Bellamy (Chloe Boxhall).



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Preview: Flete Races (Dartmoor) Point-to-Point Flete Park, South Devon, Saturday 17 April 2021

Written by: Donna Harris

The first of two scheduled meetings to take place at the stunning parkland known as Flete Park, goes ahead this Saturday April 17th. The event will take place behind closed doors, although owners will be allowed on the course to watch their horses run. The Dartmoor host this meeting which has seven races on offer, attracting over eighty entries, are scheduled to commence at 2pm. Pony racing proceeds the main race card with two pony races which have attracted ten ponies in each race, head up the action at 1pm. These have been kindly sponsored by land owner Mr AJB Mildmay-White. As a mark of respect there will be a two minutes silence held at 3pm, together with black armbands being worn by officials and participants in respect of the passing, and funeral of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Totnes & Bridgetown Race Company have kindly sponsored two races here, the first  being the opening Members race. This could provide a good battle between previous course winner It’s A Steal, who could follow up on his game third last weekend for the Glanville family, and recent Cherrybrook winner, Static Jack, for the Treneer family. 

The 4 mile Mixed Open race is another to be kindly sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company, with those likely to be highly fancied in the betting ring are the prolific winning Navanman (John Heard), along with Honest Deed (Dean Summersby), both of which have reversed form with each other and could provide another thrilling finish. Chill Factor is a notable entry who could be in the mix here for Cheltenham Foxhunter winning trainer Will Biddick, with the combination of young Ella Orttewell booked to ride, who won her first race at this track, has been improving fast under the watchful eye of the Biddick team. Cocoa Live ran last weekend at Cothelstone and could find this race comes too soon, although going would suit and has the booking of another promising young jockey from the Biddick team in Charlie Sprake. Ramble On is another outside raider who has good solid form , going wouldn’t be a problem and could add to his win here in 2018. 

The Wainhomes-sponsored  Restricted race could go the way of Dancing Dave who is the highest rated, he won his maiden at this track and ran well at Didmarton last season when finishing third for the Ed Walker team. Mustmeetforapint (Dean Summersby) ran at Cothelstone last weekend finishing third and could follow up here for Darren Edwards. Any market support for Raging Fire (Mike Felton) will be worth noting, with this ex-Irish import showing some promising place form in Ireland before winning his maiden at Chipley Park in 2018, 

In the Maiden race for four and five year olds, sponsored by Francis Clark, Gemini’s Fire, who finished a half length second at Charing, could continue the winning form of young trainer Christopher Barber. Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) also catches the eye if connections choose this race over the later maiden, and having run second to Tiptop Mountain at Wadebridge in December. 

Many look to have chances in the Oriental Club Owners/Trainers race including Bridge Of Spies (George Beilby) having finished second at Cherrybrook, Where’s Wilma(Michael Watson) who won her maiden at this course, followed by a four-length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month under Matt Hampton.  

In the Elizabeth May memorial Conditions race, which has been sponsored by Full Circle Motors, Cloudy Music(Dean Summersby) could improve on his third at Cherrybrook and be a win for the family with daughter Charlotte booked to ride. They maybe taken on by recent Cherrybrook  Members race winner Skylander, who won under Robert Hawker for owner/trainer Richard Morgan.

Finally up is the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Maiden race which has 21 entries and looks to hold plenty of talent which include Spring Break (WillBiddick), Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) and Master Sam Bellamy (Chloe Boxhall) .

Live streaming is available for the meeting which can be accessed through the https://pointingdc.co.uk/Live website to register with eventbrite at a low cost of £10 plus a small admin fee. Betting is also open via registering with either Richard Pittard on 07711298746 or David Phillips on 07810775119, the deadline for registering is one hour before racing commences.

FLETE PARK – 17 April 2021 – IMPORTANT

Posted by: Edward Treneer

  1. This is our beloved sport, please comply with COVID 19 guidance voluntarily – masks at all times, social distancing, no crowding at declarations or weighing, do not leave your zone. Lorries to park 3m apart and cars 2m apart. Our COVID stewards will be ensuring compliance, not to be authoritarian but so that all point to points nationwide are not imperilled. No e-ticket, no entry, no exceptions.
  2. The Mixed Open has been moved back to. 3.20 start time – all other timings will remain the same, the Hound Parade not taking place. There will be a 2 min silence at 3pm to pay respect to the late HRH Duke Of Edinburgh – please observe this with the respect his life and service deserves.
  3. There will be no road signs to the races – as agreed with the Police and Local Authority – so that members of the general public do not attempt to attend.
  4. There will be no parking on the hill and no entry to the course otherwise than through Flete Western Lodge – the lorry and centre of the course entrance. You will be required to show your ticket before coming on to Flete at all and they will be scanned and you will all be temperature checked at the bottom of the drive before entering the course. If you fail the temperature test, you will be directed to a holding area where you will be re-tested. The single entrance will make entry significantly slower than normal so leave extra time.
  5. No cars will be permitted to park in the lorry park. No exceptions, no excuses. Pony racing vehicles are to carry on along the drive and park on the left hand side. The amber zone is on the right hand side of the drive, where the trade stands are normally sited, between the drive and the course and extending just past the last fence. There is a double rope fence against the paddock from the Amber zone. Please respect this and do not leave your zone. No exceptions, no excuses. There will be lavatories and a single catering unit in each zone.
  6. Please ensure that the absolute minimum of people enter the paddock – normally one horse handler and one other to leg up. After the race, only the winner should remain in the paddock to be washed down – all other horses should be taken straight through the paddock to the lorry park where the vast majority of water containers are located (and can easily be quickly refilled as required).

The Meeting is being Live Streamed, so we are all potentially on parade to the public at large as well as various authorities. Please remember this – thoughtlessness could jeopardise our sport. FACE – SPACE – THINK, please.

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 – DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT, FLETE PARK, EASTER SATURDAY 20th APRIL 2019

The Easter meetings traditionally attract huge crowds (and often small fields), and subsequently a different atmosphere to “normal” pointing days.

Flete Park was absolutely packed out on Saturday this year, and it was like a massive loose scrum in the narrow area between the bookies and the racecourse rails. The bookmakers could not take bets quickly enough, despite opening up (short) for the next race as soon as the runners had gone past the post in the previous race (Barbury Castle layers take note). I saw quite a few “occasional” betters putting their pound on at 4-6 when 6-4 was available by shopping around.

The Dapper Fox opened at 1-2 for the feature race over four miles before drifting to evens at the off. Proven stayer Le Clo de la Londe was sent off at 2-1 with 4’s seen on a few boards earlier. The novice rider on Alice’s Star could not use her claim, but there were nibbles for her mount at 4’s and 7-2 (probably from girls named Alice). The useful veteran chaser There’s No Panic could be backed at 7-2 and his rider did make good use of her 5lbs claim. The young jockey showed plenty of dash (as befitted being tutored by a champion ) and won quite easily in the end.

Neetside was a genuine 4-5 chance for the Restricted, but was carried out by a loose horse at half way. Predestined (8-1) returned to form to beat 2-1 second favourite Cornflower Blue.

Punters also got it wrong in the seven-runner Hunt race when Mic’s Delight, in his last race prior to honourable retirement (evens fav opened 4-6), was collared by Its A Steal (4’s to 7-2) in the home straight.

Another favourite to open very short before easing out was Sylvies Dance (1-2 to a backable 5-4), who won the young horses Maiden in a canter. Cottage Rose (3-1) and The Dartmoor Rose (5-2) both wilted before filling the places.

It was good to see the veteran rider Alex Muirhead (well into his 50’s) back in the saddle after the serious injury he sustained at Chipley Park in January. He finished third on Ballyculla (9-4 to 2’s) behind Uncle Jimmy (5-2 to 2’s). Ben Robarts pulled up here on Jaboltiski (7-4 fav), but fared better on Beat The Tide (7-2) by winning the Confined. Wind Tor (4-5 fav) was disappointing.

The well backed Dancing Dave (5-2 to 11-10 fav) just got up on the line under Biddick to force a dead heat in the concluding Maiden with Deise Gold (6-1).

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 27th April 2019 Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 28th April 2019 Axe Vale Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ 1st Race 1.30pm
  • Saturday 4th May 2019 Modbury Harriers & Totnes Bridgetown Co. Ltd Flete Park, Ermington,  Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 Devon and Somerset Staghounds Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Cattistock Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Stevenstone Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT DARTMOOR AT FLETE PARK 20 APRIL 2019

Written by: GRANVILLE TAYLOR & DONNA HARRIS

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” William Shakespeare 1564-1616

I am not sure about that Mr Shakespeare. Trying to scale the steep hill side seven times at Flete on a hot afternoon to get the best view of the action certainly tested my old legs !

It was point-to-point racing at its best though in the glorious setting of Flete Park on Saturday (20 April) . A total of 41 runners contested the seven races on going described as perfect. The car parks were packed to capacity with picnickers revelling on the hill side overlooking the course in the warm sunshine Will Biddick took centre stage. Not only did the Truro born rider complete a double (which included a dead-heater), he proved himself a successful tutor as teenager Ella Orttewell, who works in his yard, followed his instructions, when riding There’s No Panic to a comfortable victory in the featured four miles Mixed Open for the Lord Mildmay Challenge Cup.

Ella Orttewell wins the mixed open on There's No Panic
Ella Orttewell wins the mixed open on There’s No Panic
© Megan Cobley Photography

The winner, formerly a useful chaser with Paul Nicholls, runs in the colours of Will’s father Mike Biddick, and made virtually all the running under his 19-year-old rider. “He was pulling my arms out,” exclaimed the rider, who was partnering her first winner on only her third race ride. A business studies pupil at Strode College, Street, the jockey has gained valuable race riding experience working under the tutorship of the six-times champion jockey at his Ditcheat. base

Sylvies Dance toyed with her rivals to score by a distance in the young horses Open Maiden to initiate Will Biddick’s double in the saddle. He also trains this promising mare for owners Rose and Len Vickery, and reported, “It took her some time to get over her first run (at Ottery) but she was impressive here.” The mare’s next outing is likely to be at Tattersalls Cheltenham sales on Friday April 26th.

By contrast it was harder work for Biddick on Stuart Jarrett’s six-year-old Dancing Dave, trained by Ed Walker, who got up on the line to force a dead heat in the three miles Open Maiden.. Jake Bament looked to have settled the issue as Deise Gold, in the colours of Caroline Furse, jumped clear at the last, but Dancing Dave answered Biddick’s urgings in game style to share the spoils in a terrific finish.

Jake Bament might have been enjoying a double if the odds-on favourite Neetside had not been carried out by a loose horse in the Restricted. Predestined went on to take the race under Darren Andrews, resisting the late challenge of Cornflower Blue. Gordon Chambers trains the winner at Buckfastleigh for owner Jenny Luscombe, who said of her 8-1 winner, “His last two runs before this were disappointing as he reacted to his flu jabs.”
Beat The Tide, owned by Georgina Robarts and trained by Stuart Sampson, ran on gamely to win the Confined, defying a 5lbs penalty in good style under Ben Robarts. “He jumped well today and can come back here in two weeks time,” reported the jockey.

In another close finish Uncle Jimmy , owned and trained by Beth Childs and ridden by her partner Nick Lawton, recovered from a sluggitsh jump at the last to hold the late flourish of Danvinnie. Formerly a four times winning hurdler for Phiip Hobbs and looked after in that yard by Beth, the successful rider smiled, “She wouldn’t leave that yard without Uncle Jimmy. He is too spoilt really.”

The well supported Hunt race went to former chaser It’s A Steal who had too much finishing pace for game veteran Mic’s Delight. The winner is owned by Lee and Les Glanville and was the eighth career success for Pippa Glanville, who works for Ali and Sam Stronge. “We spotted him on facebook out of Katie Stephens yard and I ride him every day,” said Pippa’s proud trainer mum Lee. Runner up Mic’s Delight has now earned honourable retirement at the age of 15.

.Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 27th April 2019 Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 28th April 2019 Axe Vale Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ 1st Race 1.30pm
  • Saturday 4th May 2019 Modbury Harriers & Totnes Bridgetown Co. Ltd Flete Park, Ermington,  Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 Devon and Somerset Staghounds Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Cattistock Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Stevenstone Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: DARTMOOR AT FLETE PARK EASTER SATURDAY 20 April 2019

Mic’s Delight was placed second in the final race before retirement
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Going: Good

HUNT RACE (A SALON CALLED FISH)

1 Its A Steal (Pippa Glanville) 7-2 hdwy 3 out, led last, pushed out
2 Mic’s Delight (Millie Wonnacott) evens fav made most til headed last, kept on
3 Syracuse’s Dream (Barnaby Treneer) stayed on from two out without trblg ldrs
7 ran; 3l;12l 6m 45s

RESTRICTED 2M 4F (LYCETTS)

1 Predestined (Darren Andrews) 8-1 prom, led three out, ran on well
2 Cornflower Blue (Mervyn Woodward) 2-1 lost place 11th, rallied three out, outpaced two out
3 Native Gamut (Heidi Lewis) 6-1 some hdwy three out, not trbl ldrs
7 ran 1 1/4l; 5l; 5m 34s

MIXED OPEN 4 MILES (Lord Mildmay Memorial Cup) (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

1 Theres No Panic (Gabriella Orttewell) 7-2 made virtually all, comf
2 The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) evens fav every chance three out, no extra next
3 Le Clo de la Londe (Emma Watson) 2-1 in touch til wknd three out
4 ran; 12l;6l; 8m 15s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS 2M 4F (FRANCIS CLARK)

1 Sylvies Dance (Will Biddick) 5-4 fav went clear three out, unchallenged
2 Cottage Rose (Matt Hampton) 3-1 went 2nd three out, no chance with winner
3 The Dartmoor Rose (Darren Andrews) 5-2 never dangerous, took third aprrg last
6 ran; dist; dist; 5m 18s

CONDITIONS (RODGERS OF PLYMOUTH)

1 Uncle Jimmy (Nick Lawton) 2-1 led 14th, slow jump last, dvn out
2 Danvinnie (Barnaby Treneer) 4-1 stayed on to 2nd apprg last
3 Ballyculla (Alex Muirhead) 2-1 ran on steadily, nearest at finish
4 ran; 2 1/2l; 3l; 6m 48s

CONFINED (ELIZABETH MAY MEMORIAL) (FULL CIRCLE MOTORS)

1 Beat The Tide (Ben Robarts) 7-2 alwys prom, went clear last
2 Wind Tor (Josh Newman) 4-5 fav every chance two out, outpaced last, kept on flat
3 Ryves Rocky (Millie Wonnacott) 3-1 outpaced in 3rd three out, not trbl ldrs
5 ran; 1l; dist; 6m 36s

OPEN MAIDEN (LUSCOMBE MAYE)

1dh Dancing Dave (Will Biddick) 11-10 fav hdwy four out, strong run flat to draw level at post
1dh Deise Gold (Jake Bament) 6-1 led 15th til caught on post
3 Arctic Milly (Millie Wonnacott) 4-1 hdwy 15th, outpaced two out, kept on
8 ran; dead heat; 3l; 6m 50s

 

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