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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:

01793 781990


The Dulverton Farmers’ Point-to-Point at Treborough Hill on Sunday 8th March 2015 has been abandoned owing to logistical difficulties in preparing the course for a single fixture each season.

It is hoped the meeting can be revived in the future.

— Dulverton Farmers Hunt Committee

Sponsors recognise appeal of point-to-pointing

British point-to-pointing’s popularity is underlined by fantastic backing from a wide range of national sponsors in the season ahead.

Leading brand names are among these sponsors, including iconic car manufacturer Subaru, which is involved for the first time – its range of vehicles fits perfectly with point-to-pointing’s theme of quality sport in the countryside.

The company is backing a series of races for horses at restricted level, culminating in a hunter chase final at Stratford. Paul Tunnicliffe, managing director of I M Group (UK), parent of the Subaru brand, says: “Subaru trades on its reputation as a vehicle for people who live and work in the countryside. Our ‘Subarural life’ credentials sit very appropriately with the sport, and this association will help our dealers to integrate into local communities. We look forward to generating interest in the sport and our vehicles.”

Cheltenham racecourse will again play host to the hunter chase final of Connolly’s RED MILLS’ intermediate series of point-to-points. UK business development manager Derek Fallon says: “We are delighted to be entering our eighth year as sponsors of the intermediate series, which has become an integral part of our UK marketing campaign. It sits well alongside our hurdle series and sponsorship of the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, and highlights our commitment to the UK racing industry.”

Famous oven manufacturer AGA Rangemaster Group is back for a fifth year, but with a change of format – the company is now backing a wide range of races, plus championships for owners and women riders. David Simpson, the company’s commercial business development manager, says: “It’s a perfect time to widen our net because we have a product portfolio that includes a ‘new generation’ of electric cookers, and this exciting change of direction enables us to engage with a wider audience within the sport.”

The Jockey Club is backing 19 races for maiden mares at venues around Britain. Scott Bowers, Group Director of Communications at The Jockey Club, says: “We exist for the good of British racing, and we recognise point-to-pointing is not only a fantastic sport in its own right, but also important to the grass roots of horse racing. The pyramid has to be strong.”

Mares races are also a theme for the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, whose CEO, Louise Kemble, says: “We are looking forward to this renewed sponsorship. Our goal is to ensure we provide more opportunities for mares and a boost to the grassroots level of the sport, so we are delighted to be increasing our support from eight to ten races this year.”

Megan Nicholls, the daughter of multiple champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls, won last year’s Dodson & Horrell PPORA novice riders’ series final, and later made the point that the series provides an opportunity for “young riders to aim at a final at the start of their career.” Sam Horrell, marketing director for the feed manufacturer, says: “I am looking forward to a new season and meeting some of our loyal customers who support and participate in the sport of point-to-pointing.”

World-renowned auction house Bonhams, specialists in fine arts and antiques, is backing 21 men’s open races, plus a hunter chase final at Cheltenham. Head of Marketing, David Johnson says: “We are delighted to broaden our sponsorship of the men’s open series to include an additional race in 2015. The championship continues to be an excellent platform for Bonhams’ nationwide network of offices, which offers local access to the flourishing international fine art market.”

A growing trend for proving young horses in point-to-points and then offering them for sale at public auction has led to auctioneers Doncaster Bloodstock Sales backing a bumper (National Hunt Flat race) for point-to-pointers at Aintree on May 15. Director Tim Kent says: “This is an exciting concept that can provide a goal for breeders, owners, point-to-point trainers and riders. Horses in Ireland often run in point-to-points ahead of a bumper opportunity and we are sure it is a model that will work well in Britain.”

In Devon and Cornwall, Exeter Racecourse are kindly continuing their Intermediate series with a hunter chase final at Exeter on Ladies’ night in the spring. Qualifiers are being held at the Black Forest Club, Tiverton Foxhounds, Weston, South Pool Harriers, East Cornwall, East Devon, Dulverton Farmers, Lamerton Spooners & West Dartmoor, and Eggesford point-to-points.

Further information

Clare Hazell – Point-to-Point Authority 01285 841920

2014-15 fixture list now available on

2014-15 national fixture list on


ROBBIE HENDERSON took a strong grip on the Devon & Cornwall jockeys championship with three winners at Treborough Hill, where the ground was predominantly good. This was the first treble of the 24-year-old rider’s career.

Two of his winners, The Mythologist and Glacial Oscar, wore the colours of his parents Guy and Sophie and were saddled by his father who trains the family pointers near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Six-year-old The Mythologist won the two and a half miles Maiden with consummate ease to set the ball rolling. “I thought he was still a bit heavy and he will come on for this,” said the trainer.

Bloodstock agent Tom Malone, who had sourced the gelding for the Hendersons at Cheltenham sales in January after he had finished runner up in a good Irish Maiden, was more bullish. “This horse is different class and will go on to better things,” said Malone confidently. The Mythologist has an interesting pedigree which looks more like flat breeding. He is by the Derby winner Motivator and his dam traces back to the Queen’s classic winner Highclere. Put The Mythologist into your notebooks.

It was a similar story behind the success of Glacial Oscar in the three miles Maiden. This strong topped gelding quickly strode clear when Robbie Henderson unleashed him in the home straight to score by 20 lengths. This time Malone had snapped him up for his current connections after a promising effort on his third racecourse appearance in Ireland six weeks ago. “He had a rough journey in that bad weather over the Irish Sea and has taken time to recover,” said Guy Henderson. Robbie was equally complimentary about this six-year-old. “No problems at all and he will improve a lot”, commented the jockey.

It was slightly harder work for the in-form rider in getting Level Spirit home in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. “He was keen early and is learning to settle,” said the jockey after his mount had mastered Ladfromhighworth in the closing stages. The Ed Walker trained Level Spirit, who had returned from a year off to win at Black Forest Lodge last month, sparked off a party atmosphere generated by his owners The Otter Club. This six-strong syndicate was soon making plans to celebrate their victory and combining it with a toast to baby Daisy, who was added to the Walker / Gundry  household last Friday. Congratulations to Polly and Ed.

The same connections went very close to winning the four miles Mixed Open when Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) was caught in the last few strides by Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott). A great servant for owner Gary Lever, 14-year-old Gone to Lunch is trained by Camilla Scott just a few miles from the course. He had made relentless progress all the way up the home straight to prevail by a neck. “We didn’t think he was 100% fit. He had cut himself and needed stitches for an eight inch gash at Badbury Rings last season. Laura comes home from her studies at Cirencester at weekends to ride out,” reported Jeremy Scott, who was taking pre-Cheltenham time off from farm duties to help out.

Thetalkinghorse confirmed the good impression he had created at the Mid Devon  with a smooth success in the 11-runner Restricted. The Welsh challenger Lemonade Jack made most of the running, but Thetalkinghorse said goodbye to him when sweeping to the front two out. A blunder at the last was shrugged aside as a prelude to a 12 lengths victory. This Presenting six-year-old is owned by Hannah Broggio and Janet Cumings. He is stabled with Keith Cumings at Bishops Nympton and turned out to perfection as usual. “He has also improved for the better ground,” explained winning rider Matthew Hampton who works full time for Victor Dartnall.

The majority of races attracted good sized fields, but only four went to post for the Confined which featured a third career success for 21-year-old Natalie Parker on board Dashing John. The winner, owned jointly by the rider’s mother Tracy and Audreyc Manners, drew clear of Checkerboard two out to score by 20 lengths.

Although only five, BabenyBridge was winning the fourth race of his career in the Hunt race. This progressive gelding led from the fourth fence and held off the persistent challenge of Debs Dasher. “He hung a bit and will probably have a rest now,” reported winning 20-year-old jockey Lizzie Kelly who has caught the eye on her limited opportunities under rules this winter.


Renowned stayer KING OF THE ROAD looked good each way material in the Four Miles Open and was backed from 10-1 into 7’s. He made much of the early running but was done with half a mile out. He had run a sound race at Badbury Rings recently but this was not one of his going days.

HAMELDOWN TOR’S good efforts behind Certain Flight and Ravethebrave in his previous outings this season was the best form on offer in the four-miler. Bookies took no chances with Ed Walker’s gelding and he was tight at 5-4 and 11-10. In the event he went down with all guns blazing as he was collared by GONE TO LUNCH in the shadow of the post. The Scott trained veteran was given a dream ride by Laura Scott after finding no friends in the ring (6-4 out to 7-2).

On a lesser scale there was money from Welsh faces for NIMBUS LAD in the two and a half miles Maiden. His previous Irish form was fairly modest but he was far from disgraced behind THE MYTHOLOGIST here having been supported from 10’s to 6’s

ANGER MANAGEMENT looked really fit and it was no surprise to see punters piling in to the former bumper winner. Backed from 12-1 into 4-1 he shot off like a train, but failed to see out the trip and was eventually pulled up. He would be of interest on a sharper track


Results of the Dulverton Farmers meeting


Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at


The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic (Marcus Bath), Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley), Helen StonemanRichard Hill Photography, Sara RaynorSporting Prints (Alun Sedgemore) and Tim Holt


Saturday 15th March, Western Point-To-Point, Wadebridge
Sunday 16th March, Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh


Hunt Race (Yeo Barton Bloodstock)

1 BabenyBridge ( Lizzie Kelly) 1-2 fav

2  Debs Dasher (Jamie Thomas) 2-1

3 ran; only two finished; 4l;;6 mins 43 secs


Open Maiden 4 to 7 year olds only 2m 4f (Great Bradley Estate)

1 The Mythologist (Robbie Henderson) 9-4 fav

2 Nimbus Lad (Matthew barber) 6-1

3 Beaujolais Bob (Rob Hawker) 8-1

11 ran; 6l; 12l;  5m 29s


Confined (The Ladies of the Hunt)

1 Dashing John (Natalie Parker) 6-4

2 Checkerboard (Kayley Woollacott) 4-1

3 Getaway Driver Michael Legg) 8-1

4 ran; 20l; 4l;  7m 5s


Mixed Open 4 miles (Fallen Stock Company)

1 Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) 7-2

2 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 11-10 fav

3 Iron Chancellor (Michael Legg) 5-1

8 ran; Neck; 12l;  9m 19s


Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Level Spirit (Robbie Henderson) 3-1

2 Ladfromhighworth (Vicky Wade) 4-1

3 Molly Oscar (Rob Hawker) 4-1

13 ran; 2l; 3l;  6m 44s


Restricted (Tom Malone Bloodstock Agent)

1 Thetalkinghorse (Matt Hampton) 9-4

2 Lemonade Jack (Tom David) 6-1

3 Lord Samson (Jamie Bargary) 6-1

11 ran; 12l; 10l;  6m 46s


Open Maiden (Winston Pincombe Land Rovers)

1 Glacial Oscar (Robbie Henderson) 5-2 jt fav

2 Nudge The Nugget (David Noonan) 7-1

3 Grey Dream (Ceiran Gethings) 9-1

14 ran; 20l; 3 1/2l;  6m 55s

Dulverton Farmers entries and form


Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:30 Members Race
2nd 13:05 2m4f Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:40 Confined Race
4th 14:15 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:55 Intermediate Race
6th 15:30 Restricted Race
7th 16:05 Open Maiden Race



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


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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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: Dulverton Farmers – Treborough Hill Sunday 9th March

THE Dulverton Farmers Point-to-Point takes place this coming weekend, Sunday 9th March, at the picturesque venue of Treborough Hill on Exmoor. To add to the scenic views, once again, organizers will be providing a huge screen for optimum viewing of the horses in action.

With 85 entries received for the seven race card, a great day of racing is in store. The opening Members race, sponsored by Yeo Barton Bloodstock, heads up the action at 12.30pm. This race could see the progressive five year old, Babeny Bridge, from the Jane Williams team, follow up on his recent second at Chipley Park and first at Buckfastleigh, he will have to contend with Deb’s Dasher, out of reigning area champion trainer Kayley Woollacott‘s yard, he won this race last season and goes well fresh.

In the Great Bradley Estate sponsored 2m4f Open Maiden, The Mythologist could be another winner for jockey Robbie Henderson, now trained by father Guy, the horse ran second in a Point-to-Point in Ireland in December on heavy ground.

The Ladies of the Chipstable & Dulverton Farmers Hunt sponsor the Confined, in which Checkerboard could give trainer/jockey Kayley Woollacott a season win, Dashing John could be the one to deny them, having run second here last season under jockey Natalie Parker.

Of the eleven entered in the Fallen Stock Company sponsored Mixed Open, the two Ed Walker horses look hard to oppose, Blazing Whale having recently clocked up two Point wins and a third in a Hunter Chase at Leicester, and Hameldown Tor looking to follow up on his three length second behind Ravethebrave at Badbury Rings. Another entry is the 14 year-old Gone To Lunch, having eight Point wins including a Coronation cup and eight National Hunt wins and two seconds in consecutive Scottish Nationals, he goes well fresh and could find his winning form here for trainer Camilla Scott.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate, in which the Jane Weston-trained Driftwood Pride could follow up on her recent win at Badbury Rings when coming home a length and a half ahead of joint favorite Overafrica. Ladfromhighworth was unlucky to unseat jockey Vicky Wade at Buckfastleigh, and his previous two seconds could see him take an Intermediate soon. Level Spirit is another from the Ed Walker yard having shown good form when staying on well to win at Black Forest Lodge so could atone here.

In the Restricted, sponsored by Tom Malone Bloodstock Agent, Thetalkinghorse trained by Keith Cumings, was eyecatching when winning his Maiden at Black Forest Lodge, coming home three lengths ahead of Bamboleo, and another from the Cumings team is Go On Henry who won his Maiden at Badbury Rings one and a half lengths ahead of Posh Totty. Miss Cupcake is also worth considering after her second at Badbury Rings behind Un Ami for trainer Les Jefford.

Finally the Open Maiden, sponsored by Winston Pincombe Landrover, suggestions would be Last Edition, who was unlucky under jockey Ed Barrett, to be denied a win at Badbury Rings, having been headed near finish, and Jossestown Lad who is an interesting entry, having scored a second at Black Forest Lodge two seasons ago and has been off the track since.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance £20 Car, £10 Car and Driver only,£8 Pedestrians.

Location on B3224, Wheddon Cross to Raleighs Cross Road – TA23 0QW

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Call for help with the working party at Treborough this weekend

The Dulverton Farmers area having a working party at the Treborough Hill course this weekend, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd, if you feel you can lend a hand it won’t be turned away. The secretary for the meeting has spoken with the clerk of the course, and he would be delighted to see as many as possible.

Pam added, “the Dulverton Farmers Pt to Pt committee are doing there utmost to get Treborough right, it is becoming more popular with owners, trainers and jockey’s unfortunately the extremes of weather will always dictate our fate” and that “on a nice day you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, truly beautiful”

Treborough Hill is located on the B3224, 2½m W of Raleigh’s Cross and 5m E of Wheddon Cross. The postcode is TA23 0QW

Exeter Racecourse sponsor Intermediate Series

Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Association are delighted to announce that Exeter Racecourse have continued their sponsorship for The Exeter Intermediate Hunter Steeple Chase Series again this season.

There are ten sponsored races between December and April 2014, the first race will be staged at Black Forest Lodge on the 1st December 2013, where the Black Forest Club gets the season underway. Entries close at 12 noon this Monday 25th November.

The races are open for horses four years old and upwards. Any horse aged five years old and upwards, which during the current season, has started in any of the ten Exeter Intermediate Point to Points will be eligible to enter in the three mile Exeter Intermediate Hunter Chase Final to be held at Exeter Racecourse on Tuesday 6th May (Evening Meeting) which was won last year by Vicky Wade riding KING OF ALCATRAZ. The winning horse of each of the ten races (with the exception of a four year old) will be eligible for the £7,000 three mile one and a half furlong Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Point to Point Championship HC on Wednesday 30th April 2014 at Cheltenham.

Owners and trainers are encouraged to support the generous sponsorship of Exeter Racecourse, with the other participating Hunts hosting a qualifying race being Tiverton, Western, South Pool, East Devon, Dulverton, Lamerton, East Cornwall, Spooners & West Dartmoor and Eggesford.

Exeter Intermediate Hunter Steeple Chase Series races

1st Dec 2013 Black Forest Club Black Forest Lodge
19th Jan 2014 Tiverton Chipley Park
8th Feb 2014 Western Wadebridge
16th Feb 2014 South Pool Buckfastleigh
1st Mar 2014 East Devon Bishops Court
9th Mar 2014 Dulverton Farmers Treborough Hill
23rd Mar 2014 Lamerton Kilworthy
30th Mar 2014 East Cornwall Great Trethew
6th April 2014 Spooners & West Dartmoor Cherrybrook
13th Apr 2014 Eggesford Upcott Cross