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BRITISH POINT-TO-POINTING SHUT DOWN FOR 2019/20 SEASON

Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

info@p2pa.co.uk

01793 781990

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – 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
© Megan Cobley Photography

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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Entries: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Easter Saturday 20th April 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:55 Open Maiden 4, 5 & 6 year olds Race
5th 16:30 Conditions Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race
7th 17:35 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Preview extract:

The first of two fixtures to be held at the popular picturesque track known as Flete Park, near Ermington, takes place this coming Saturday 20th April. 70 entries have been received for the seven race card which commences at 2pm. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, which has been kindly sponsored by course and land owner Anthony Mildmay-White and Anne Kane.

To compliment the action, there is a large trade stand area for shopping, together with a tented bar, a number of food stands and bookies, ensuring a super fun day out over the Easter weekend. Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at Flete Park, Ermington near Ivybridge Postcode PL21 9NX.


FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y p2p5pp-7p AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE) 30 Alice Mills S. Turner
2 N fpppf-pp1 AULD SPORT (IRE) 32+ Richard Morgan
3 Y p5/f4513- BAY TO GO (IRE) 38 Patricia Armstrong J. Armstrong
4 Y 22u8-5853 IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 35? Lee Glanville P. Glanville
5 Y 11332p-22 MIC’S DELIGHT (IRE) 40 Jennifer Davenport M. Wonnacott
6 Y 2p3-p337f SKYLANDER (IRE) 38? Sam Holdsworth M. Treneer
7 Y *5-447235 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 35? Deborah Treneer B. Treneer
8 Y pppp-pp TEDS CHOICE 0 Richard Morgan J. Cameron
9 N 44p/4p4-p UPTON FUNK (IRE) 15 Gordon Chambers

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 4 3L 6m 46
2nd 5 12L
3rd 7
4th 3

Preview extract

Local Veterinary Surgeon and owner, Jennifer Davenport, has entered her veteran gelding Mic’s Delight in the opening A Salon Called Fish-sponsored Members race. It could see him finish his career on a win, as he is due to retire soon. He will have the benefit of talented young jockey Millie Wonnacott aboard. Millie, who rides out at Neil Mulholland’s, has just ridden two winners at Exeter in the past ten days, Heany for her mother Claire, and Merchant House for trainer Les Jefford. They could come up against It’s A Steal for local trainer Lee Glanville with daughter Pippa on board. It’s A Steal has previously won two Chase’s under rules in Ireland and ran second in a Handicap Chase at Ludlow in January last season. He could go close at this his local track.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y fpppf-pp1 AULD SPORT (IRE) 32+ Richard Morgan J. Cameron 9/1
2 Y /3p3-fp21 CORNFLOWER BLUE 35+ Patrick Picton-Warlow M. Woodward 6/4
3 Y r1p-pppp MASSINI’S BLADE (IRE) 25? Michael M. Watson D. Pritchard 12/1
4 Y *f60-24p5 NATIVE GAMUT (IRE) 35 Heidi Lewis H. Lewis 3/1
5 Y *5/656-21 NEETSIDE (IRE) 36+ Jill Dennis J. Bament 1/2
6 Y 2/122-3pp PREDESTINED (IRE) 34 Gordan Chambers D. Andrews 9/1
7 Y ppppp-6p ROKAZO (IRE) 5 Deborah Treneer M. Treneer Hd; Bl; 16/1

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 6 1.25L 5m 34
2nd 2 5L
3rd 4
4th

Preview extract

Neetside stands out in the Lycetts-sponsored Restricted Race, having taken her maiden at Cherrybrook with an eight-length win for trainer Jill Dennis. Cornflower Blue, for Exmoor trainer Patrick Picton-Warlow, is another to note with a mare’s weight allowance, and could progress from her seven-length win at Cothelstone in March.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 21*9-523p ALICE’S STAR 35? Robert Chanin A. Hylands 5lb over; 3/1
2 p11/*ppp- CINEVATOR (IRE) 41 Ella Pickard
3 1p2-133pp DRUID SPITFIRE 36 Robert Chanin
4 *5/1/23/-41 HELLO GEORGE (IRE) 41 Nathan Vergne
5 5-3462311 HOW ABOUT IT (IRE) 42 Alexandra Dunn
6 22u8-5853 IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 35? Lee Glanville
7 Y 4r153-674 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 37 Emma Watson E. Watson 2/1
8 2-1122111 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45+ John Heard
9 11up2-p52 PREMIER PORTRAIT (IRE) 41 Charles Levinson
10 Y 132-51552 THE DAPPER FOX 42 Jack Veysey J. Veysey 4/5
11 Y 61121/2-45 THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 38? Michael Biddick G. Orttewell 2/1
12 53p2-6u6u UNCLE JIMMY (IRE) 33? Bethen Childs
13 21222-211 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 44 Keith Cumings

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 11 12L 8m 15
2nd 10 6L
3rd 7
4th 1

Preview extract

The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co sponsored four-mile Mixed Open race will be the feature races of the day. It has attracted some good entries to note such as five-time winner this season Navanman from the John Heard team, also the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally out of trainer Keith Cumings yard, who is on an impressive 15 career wins to date and could have the booking of regular jockey Matt Hampton. The two met here last season when Navanman won by a length, but will now have to defy top weight under regular jockey Bryan Carver.

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Race 4 – Open Maiden for Four, Five and Six year olds Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 63-pp463 COTTAGE ROSE 28 John Heard M. Hampton 5/2
2 Y 0f243-fpp EOLE D’UN REGARD (FR) 00? Deborah Treneer B. Treneer 9/1
3 -5 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 29+ Ed Walker
4 Y -p MISSYOUATGORCOMBE 0 Nikki Frost J. Newman 3/1
5 Y QUAYTOSTORYBROOK Elizabeth Little M. Woodward 6/1
6 Y -3 SYLVIES DANCE 33+ Will Biddick W. Biddick C/C Green, white hoops; 5/4
7 Y /732-pf3 THE DARTMOOR ROSE 32 Charlotte Rowe D. Andrews 6/4
8 6fpup-85u TOMB STORME (IRE) 34+ Annabelle Bacon

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 6 Dist 5m 18
2nd 1 Dist
3rd 7
4th

Preview extract

In the Francis Clark-sponsored Open Maiden race for four, five and six year olds, Sylvies Dance for trainer/jockey Will Biddick could get him closer to reaching the all time record for rides, being just five off his target. The mare could improve on her six-length third to Ramillies at Bishops Court. The Dartmoor Rose is another looking progressive, having run second at this course last season for trainer Charlotte Rowe.

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Race 5 – Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 *55474p-2 ACCORDING TO HARRY(IRE) 39 Nicola Martin
2 15f4p-pu3 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 38 Ed Walker
3 Y 54053-u84 BALLYCULLA (IRE) 33 Mike Vanstone A. Muirhead C/P; 7/4
4 1f134//-u4 BETTY’S BOY 35? Ed Walker
5 Y /pp5-ppp4 DANVINNIE 26? Deborah Treneer B. Treneer 5/2
6 44p/-p4p3 HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
7 22u8-5853 IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 35? Lee Glanville
8 Y ppp6-53pp JABOLTISKI (SPA) 34 Stuart Sampson B. Robarts 5/4
9 /21/ff-24p2 JOURNEY JUICE 36 Ed Walker
10 Y 53p2-6u6u UNCLE JIMMY (IRE) 33? Bethen Childs N. Lawton 2/1

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 10 2.5L 6m 48
2nd 5 3L
3rd 3
4th

Preview extract

The Conditions race sponsored by Rodgers of Plymouth follows, in which AccordingTo Harry catches the eye, having run two-lengths second to Mountain Cliche at Cotley in March, under Darren Edwards for the Nicola Martin team. Art Of Synergy is another to note having run two-lengths back in third in the same race and could improve for that run for trainer Ed Walker for jockey Will Biddick.

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Race 6 – Confined Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 21*9-523p ALICE’S STAR 35? Robert Chanin
2 54053-u84 BALLYCULLA (IRE) 33 Mike Vanstone
3 p5/f4513- BAY TO GO (IRE) 38 Patricia Armstrong
4 Y 61322-pp2 BEAT THE TIDE 41 Stuart Sampson B. Robarts 7/2
5 Y p2p-45p52 BEUVRON (FR) 40? Sam Holdsworth P. Glanville 5/2
6 Y 1p2-133pp DRUID SPITFIRE 36 Robert Chanin D. Andrews C/P; 4/1
7 /2233-3331 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
8 2/122-3pp PREDESTINED (IRE) 34 Gordan Chambers
9 Y 4p113-542 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford M. Wonnacott 3/1
10 Y 1p211-611 WIND TOR 43+ Ed Walker J. Newman 11.7; 4/5

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 4 1L 6m 36
2nd 10 Dist
3rd 9
4th 5

Preview extract

Full Circle Motors sponsor the Confined race which has attracted ten entries. Wind Tor (Ed Walker) won at this track last season, she looks to like a cut in the ground, which she found when winning at Buckfastleigh and Bishops Court this season. Another of the Walker team recruits Kernal Victor is entered, and could be a likely favourite having taken the Conditions race at Cherrybrook by ten lengths last month. Beat The Tide is highest rated, and could re-kindle his old form having run a head second at Ston Eston in March under Ben Robarts.

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Race 7 – Open Maiden Race

 

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y -6u23 ARCTIC MILLEY 32 Leslie Jefford M. Wonnacott 5/2
2 Y 63u4-732 DANCING DAVE (IRE) 30+ Ed Walker W. Biddick 2/1
3 Y 33-u223p DEISE GOLD (IRE) 32 Jill Dennis J. Bament 3/1
4 Y 4*6p-p2p3 DOCTOR WONG 32 Keagan Kirkby K. Kirkby 4/1
5 3254-pppp FOUROCLOCK FOX 28? Jack Veysey J. Veysey 8/1
6 Y Rp/-u55p LACEY LIGHTFOOT 0 Leslie Jefford A. Harvey 6/1
7 -5 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 29+ Ed Walker
8 Y -p MINELLA DEVIL (IRE) Sam Holdsworth P. Glanville 6/1
9 226-43p43 MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 25 Pauline Geering
10 -3 SYLVIES DANCE 33+ Will Biddick
11 4pp05-333 TAKEN BY FORCE (IRE) 27 Charlotte Budd
12 pppp-pp TEDS CHOICE 0 Richard Morgan
13 Y 6fpup-85u TOMB STORME (IRE) 34+ Annabelle Bacon J. Cameron 3/1

Results

Place Number Distances Time
Dead Heat 3 6m 50
Dead Heat 2 3L
3rd 1
4th 4

Preview extract

Finally up is the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race, in which Sylvies Dance could run well if not entered in the earlier race for Will Biddick. The Dr Massini-sired Doctor Wong has shown some form when finishing second at Charlton Horethorne, and third at Monmouth both in March. Also Dancing Dave (Ed Walker) should be high in the betting having finished five-lengths second to Deshan last month, and could seal another winning ride for Will Biddick.

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Preview: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Easter Saturday 20th April 2019

 Written by: Donna Harris

The first of two fixtures to be held at the popular picturesque track known as Flete Park, near Ermington, takes place this coming Saturday 20th April. 70 entries have been received for the seven race card which commences at 2pm. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, which has been kindly sponsored by course and land owner Anthony Mildmay-White and Anne Kane.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co sponsored four-mile Mixed Open race will be the feature races of the day. It has attracted some good entries to note such as five-time winner this season Navanman from the John Heard team, also the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally out of trainer Keith Cumings yard, who is on an impressive 15 career wins to date and could have the booking of regular jockey Matt Hampton. The two met here last season when Navanman won by a length, but will now have to defy top weight under regular jockey Bryan Carver.

Local Veterinary Surgeon and owner, Jennifer Davenport, has entered her veteran gelding Mic’s Delight in the opening A Salon Called Fish-sponsored Members race. It could see him finish his career on a win, as he is due to retire soon. He will have the benefit of talented young jockey Millie Wonnacott aboard. Millie, who rides out at Neil Mulholland’s, has just ridden two winners at Exeter in the past ten days, Heany for her mother Claire, and Merchant House for trainer Les Jefford. They could come up against It’s A Steal for local trainer Lee Glanville with daughter Pippa on board. It’s A Steal has previously won two Chase’s under rules in Ireland and ran second in a Handicap Chase at Ludlow in January last season. He could go close at this his local track.

Neetside stands out in the Lycetts-sponsored Restricted Race, having taken her maiden at Cherrybrook with an eight-length win for trainer Jill Dennis. Cornflower Blue, for Exmoor trainer Patrick Picton-Warlow, is another to note with a mare’s weight allowance, and could progress from her seven-length win at Cothelstone in March.

In the Francis Clark-sponsored Open Maiden race for four, five and six year olds, Sylvies Dance for trainer/jockey Will Biddick could get him closer to reaching the all time record for rides, being just five off his target. The mare could improve on her six-length third to Ramillies at Bishops Court. The Dartmoor Rose is another looking progressive, having run second at this course last season for trainer Charlotte Rowe.

The Conditions race sponsored by Rodgers of Plymouth follows, in which AccordingTo Harry catches the eye, having run two-lengths second to Mountain Cliche at Cotley in March, under Darren Edwards for the Nicola Martin team. Art Of Synergy is another to note having run two-lengths back in third in the same race and could improve for that run for trainer Ed Walker for jockey Will Biddick.

Full Circle Motors sponsor the Confined race which has attracted ten entries. Wind Tor (Ed Walker) won at this track last season, she looks to like a cut in the ground, which she found when winning at Buckfastleigh and Bishops Court this season. Another of the Walker team recruits Kernal Victor is entered, and could be a likely favourite having taken the Conditions race at Cherrybrook by ten lengths last month. Beat The Tide is highest rated, and could re-kindle his old form having run a head second at Ston Eston in March under Ben Robarts.

Finally up is the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race, in which Sylvies Dance could run well if not entered in the earlier race for Will Biddick. The Dr Massini-sired Doctor Wong has shown some form when finishing second at Charlton Horethorne, and third at Monmouth both in March. Also Dancing Dave (Ed Walker) should be high in the betting having finished five-lengths second to Deshan last month, and could seal another winning ride for Will Biddick.

To compliment the action, there is a large trade stand area for shopping, together with a tented bar, a number of food stands and bookies, ensuring a super fun day out over the Easter weekend. Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at Flete Park, Ermington near Ivybridge Postcode PL21 9NX.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK 21 APRIL 2018

A nice cut in the ground brought out lots of runners (83 in 8 races). Warm weather brought out lots of people, and the presence of lots of the two quid punters brought out a maximum field of bookies. It was a real squeeze in front of the 16 boards. It seemed more like a bank holiday meeting than a bank holiday.

Wind Tor (2’s to 6-4 fav) has developed into a tough, genuine mare and she duly landed the opening Hunt race at the expense of second market choice Skylander (6-4 out to 9-4). Third placed Silver Commander (4’s to 5’s) had been off the track for a long time. This ex-Philip Hobbs grey, rated 125 at his best, made the running until two out for his novice rider and is no back number.

Steel Brush (6’s out to 8’s) was easy to back in the Restricted but won cosily in the end as the 2-1 fav Missyladie got no further than the fifth. I had to get to my vantage point at the top of the hill four minutes before the off, but at that time none of the nine runners showed at above 8-1. This race didn’t appeal as a betting medium.

The 4-1 offered about Navanman in the 14-runner Four miles Mixed Open certainly did appeal. The ex-Pipe gelding thrives on his pointing, and was 6lbs better off with Whenharrymetsally (2’s to 9-4 fav) compared to when that mare beat him a neck at Buckfastleigh recently. This time Navanman stayed on doggedly under Rex Dingle  to hold his equally game opponent by a diminishing length. Last week’s Ottery betting losses duly recovered.

Robin Why Not (op 4’s), and Noah and the Ark started 3-1 jt favs in the first section of the divided maiden. The former fell at the first, but Noah did the job despite treading water in the last 75 yards. The Vinnie Roe four-year-old is a nice type who was making his debut for the shrewd Dennis yard and will improve further. Last week’s betting losses now forgotten. Runner up The Coffee Hunter (5’s to 4’s) made nearly all the running and came back for more after crossing the last. A maiden is there for the taking.

Georges Legacy was sent off 5-2 fav for the other division (it was divided on the day). He had been miles behind Tamarstone at Cherrybrook though and this race looked made for an upset. That came in the shape of the nicely bred Legendara (10’s to 12’s). She had showed little in two points after a modest spell under rules for Charlie Longsdon. Her half brother went on to win at Wincanton on Sunday. Although this division was much slower than the first, the placed horses caught the eye a bit. Six-year-old debutant Gerties Garter (5-1) stormed up the run in to snatch second and four-year-old Gypsy Charm (5-1) still held a winning chance at the last.

The rest of the card belonged to leading area jockey Darren Edwards. The rider’s treble was initiated by Crackacan, who was backed from 5-2 to 4-7 in the Conditions race. He was strongly pressed by Angles Hill (6’s to 10’s) over the road crossing, but outjumped his rival at the last.

The Nicky Martin trained The Two Amigos was quite a generous 4-6 to defy his 6lbs penalty in the Confined. Yet another fine produce of the now deceased stallion Midnight Legend, the six-year-old went on his merry way to clock up his fifth successive win of the season. He ran his opposition into the ground in a good time.

The Edwards treble was completed in the concluding Open Maiden thanks to Leslie Jefford’s Ryves Rocky (easy to back at 10-1). He couldn’t be found with a telescope behind Toby Maguire at Charlton Horethorne, but that race was a top quality Maiden that has produced a few nice winners. The well backed Dragon de la Tour (3-1) fell early and the Nicky Frost trained jolly, Golan Dancer (5-2) faded from the top of the hill.

RESULTS

Results from the Dartmoor fixture

Report from the Dartmoor fixture

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REPORT ON THE DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK, SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018

 

GRANVILLE TAYLOR AND DONNA HARRIS

“Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers”

Byron Caldwell Smith 1849-1877

THE car parks were packed to capacity at picturesque Flete Park where the pleasant April sun was interspersed with a typical thunder shower which sent the picnic people scurrying for cover.

DARREN EDWARDS took a crashing fall when Raloo Rocket came down at the head of the nine-strong Restricted field with a circuit to go. Despite this mishap, the rider bounced back to land a treble in the last three races.

Crackacan, The Two Amigos and Ryves Rocky were all successful in the hands of the Devon & Cornwall champion jockey.

The Julie Pocock trained Crackacan fought off Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) to take the Club Conditions race in the colours of The Granny Smith Club, before The Two Amigos strolled home to win the Confined under a six pounds penalty. Nicky Martin’s smart six-year-old retained his unbeaten record for the season as all eight rivals pulled up after finding the pace too hot.

Ryves Rocky was sent off a 10-1 outsider, but duly completed the Edwards hat trick in the Open Maiden. The Leslie Jefford trained gelding seemed to benefit from first time cheek pieces after two disappointing runs, and stayed on dourly to beat Mountain Las.

Navanman gave a brave performance to hold the sustained challenge of Whenharrymetsally to win the four miles Totnes and Bridgetown Mixed Open which was the final qualifier for Cheltenham’s Timico Gold Cup next month. Nine-year-old Navanman has become a consistent pointer this year for the John Heard yard “He is such a game horse and could run again next week,” said the trainer. Jockey Rex Dingle, still associated with David Pipe’s stable, remarked, “I was supposed to be handy but he was a bit keen and always travelling strongly. He is a genuine horse who jumps well.”

Matt Hampton, who had been narrowly denied on Whenharrymetsally, went one better in a division of the young horses Maiden on Legendara. Marie McGuinness handles this well bred mare on behalf of the Rowe family. “We bought her privately out of Charlie Longsdon’s yard where she had lacked consistency.” said Martin Rowe.

Four-year-old newcomer Noah And The Ark ran on strongly to peg back front running The Coffee Hunter (Lee Drowne) in the other division. Jill Dennis, absent on family baby sitting duties, owns this promising Vinnie Roe youngster who was bought in Ireland last August. The winner and runner up came very close together in the closing stages and winning jockey Jake Bament explained, “We ran out of room a bit. He is fairly green and will come on.”

David Prichard has enjoyed a good spell since Easter and partnered another winner as Steel Brush scored by 10 lengths in the Restricted. Keith Cumings trains this nine-year-old for Maurice and Diana Scott and said, “He is not the fastest but stays and stays.”

Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker saddled a remarkable total of 11 runners for the eight races at this meeting. His improving mare Wind Tor landed the Hunt race for the Ed Walker Racing Club. “She is a tough mare who goes through a little flat spot each race,” reported jockey Josh Newman, as the pair followed up their Cherrybrook success in good style.

RESULTS

Results from the Dartmoor fixture

VIDEO

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Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 28th April 2018 [Rescheduled] Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 29th April 2018 Axe Vale Hunt, Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ, 1st Race 1.30pm

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RESULTS: DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK – 21st APRIL 2018

GOING: Good to soft

 

Hunt race (Sponsor – A Salon Called Fish)

1 Wind Tor (Josh Newman) 6-4 fav prom, led two out, comf

2 Skylander (Thomasina Eyston) 9-4 handy, went 2nd two out, not reach wnr

3 Silver Commander (Bronwyn Buttery) 5-1 led til two out

6 ran; 4l; 10l;  6m 55s

Owner; Ed Walker Racing Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

 

Restricted (Lycetts) 2m 4f

1 Steel Brush (David Prichard) 8-1 led two out, soon clear

2 Predestined (Ben Jones) 6-1 every chance two out, no extra

3 Minella Mojo (Tom Chanin) 8-1 led / disputd til wknd three out

7 ran; 10l; neck

Owner; Maurice & Diana Scott; Trainer; Keith Cumings

 

Mixed Open (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company & Timico) 4 miles

1 Navanman (Rex Dingle) 4-1 led three out, stayed on well

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 9-4 led when mstk three out, sustained chall, not quite get up

3 Say My Name (Steve Turner) 12-1 behind til went 3rd at last

14 ran; 1l; distance; 8m 9s

Owner; Heard, Trevarthen, Care, Hooper; Trainer; John Heard

 

 

Open Maiden 4 to 6 year olds 2m 4f

Division 1 (Francis Clark)

1 Noah and the Ark (Jake Bament) 3-1 jt fav led two out, hard pressed but ran on well

2 The Coffee Hunter (Lee Drowne) 4-1 led til two out, rallied flat

3 Just Another Vodka (Darren Edwards) 5-1 3rd from two out. kept on

11 ran; 1/2l; 4l;  5m 31s

Owner; Jill Dennis; Trainer; Owner

 

Division 2 (Dial A Shed)

1 Legendara (Matt Hampton) 12-1 prog three out, led last

2 Gerties Garter (Josh Newman) 5-1 midfield til strong run close home

3 Gypsy Charm (David Prichard) 5-1 led three out til last

10 ran; 2l; 1/2l;  5m 45s

 

Club Members’ Conditions (Rodgers of Plymouth)

1 Crackacan (Darren Edwards) 4-7 fav led three out, stayed on

2 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 10-1 went 2nd three out, kept on

3 Molland gayle (Tom Chanin) 8-1 rear til some late progress

10 ran; 4l; 5l;  6m 51s

Owner; The Granny Smith Club; Trainer; Julie Pocock

 

Confined – Elizabeth May Memorial – (Full Circle Motors)

 1 The Two Amigos (Darren Edwards) 4-6 fav made virtually all. Left alone apprg last

9 ran ; Finished alone 6m 40s

Owner; The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Nicky Martin

 

Open Maiden (Kitsons)

1 Ryves Rocky (Darren Edwards) 10-1 led two out, soon clear

2 Mountain Las (Rex Dingle) 4-1 every chance three out, not qckn

3 Baby Sherlock (Vicky Wade) 10-1 not trbl ldrs, good late progress

14 ran; 8l; 1/2l;  7m 2s

Owner; Bradley, Locke, Martin, Jefford, Greed; Trainer; Leslie Jefford

VIDEO

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

Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 28th April 2018 [Rescheduled] Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP, 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 29th April 2018 Axe Vale Hunt, Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ, 1st Race 1.30pm

 

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Entries and form guide: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Saturday 21st April 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:55 Open Maiden 4. 5. & 6 year olds Race
5th 16:30 Conditions Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race
7th 17:40 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 16:30

Good to soft, soft in places at Flete Park , 1pm, Sat April 21st.

15 April at 14:24

Last fence ready for final trim at Flete Park. As of Sunday 1.30pm soft, heavy in places following overnight rain.

Drying wind now and should be perfect by Saturday, given warm weather forecast as its old parkland turf. Hard work by the Dartmoor and Modbury helpers has ensured we are almost ready to go now.

Will update going later in the week.

15 April at 10:29

Walking Flete Park this afternoon (Sunday) will post going and photos later… last week we had four glorious sunny days followed by rain overnight last night. – Lee Glanville

14 April at 12:30

Fantastic drying day at Flete Park, third in a row. Looking forward to races on Saturday, April 21.

Preview extract:

The beautiful parkland setting of Flete Park, near Ermington is the setting for this weekend’s meeting in the Devon & Cornwall area on Saturday 21st April. Seven races will be on offer with pony racing, which has been kindly sponsored by landowner Antony Mildmay-White, heading up the action at 1pm, followed by the main race card at 2pm. A total of 118 entries have been received.

After racing follows a charity Clydesdale race run in aid of Devon Air Ambulance which features local Farriers taking on a team of Veterinary Surgeons from South Moor Vets. It is always a joy to watch these huge horse specimens thundering down the home straight with the novice jockey’s on board raising funds for a worthy cause.

On course facilities include beer tent, plenty of hot food and refreshment stands, bookies and 17 trade stands varying from Fine Arts by Insitju, Farmers Friend for country wear to Sam Bradley & Wolfrock Boat stands, giving the course a real country show atmosphere. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car. Pedestrians £10 and Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. The course is located at Flete Park, Ermington PL21 9NX.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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