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GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – DULVERTON WEST

In recent years the Dulverton West fixture has been one of three late season meetings held at Bratton Down, with its moorland turf, unpredictable climate and panoramic views across high Exmoor.

I always think that when the first Bratton Down meeting takes place it signals that we are reaching the final chapter of the season. Unfortunately this season the last rites were administered as early as March 15th at Buckfastleigh.

My first visit to Bratton Down was on June 4th 1977 when the ground was officially hard and runners were scarce. There have been warm, sunnier days since then, although heavy rain once forced abandonment after four races and a few years ago wind and driving rain forced the bookmakers to conduct business in a tiny tent. It was like getting the SP’s in a rugby scrum.

From a historical point of view, the original Dulverton Hunt was formed in 1875 when Lord Portsmouth handed over the country to Mr J Froude Bellew, squire of Anstey. The first record I have of a Dulverton Hunt point-to-point meeting is on 17th April 1925 at Anstey Common. Subsequent Dulverton meetings took place mainly at Anstey Common until the 1939-45 world war.

After the war the hunt was divided into the Dulverton East and the Dulverton West. Their first joint point-to-point fixture was held on 16th April 1947 at Venford, West Anstey. This arrangement continued until their last joint meeting there on April 18th 1959.

The Dulverton East continued to race at Venford until 1983, but on April 23rd 1960 (60 years ago) the Dulverton West started their long association with Bratton Down.

I cannot resist a few lines about the course at Venford. I started to go there in the late 1970’s. It had a character all its own. My memory recalls it as like racing round the shape of a frying pan until the later years, when a slightly different layout was tried. A real jockeys course, tight bends, sharp, left-handed, undulating, adverse camber in places. Quite a few incidents took place on the bends at the bottom part of the track. The going tended to be on the quick side. I suppose it had a resemblance to the defunct Alexandra Park, except the London track was the opposite way round.

In 1984 the Dulverton East moved to Mounsey Hill Gate. This place was the forerunner of racing behind closed doors. It was hopeless for spectators as much of the action could not be seen – Mackenzie & Selby’s 1988 annual is rather dismissive: ”seemed to have been originally designed specifically to make racing invisible…” About the only personal positive memory I can relate is that it was a nice journey via Wheddon Cross which sometimes took in nearby Tarr Steps from my home in Somerset.

Racing ceased there in 2007 when the point-to-point moved to Treborough Hill, which was a little more user friendly for the paying public on the Brendon Hills with views of the Bristol Channel. In 2002 the hunt’s name was changed to the Dulverton Farmers, and they raced at Treborough until it closed in 2014. One of my memories of that course was when racing was snowed off after four races in 2013.

This year’s aborted Dulverton West fixture had been scheduled for 17th May at Bratton Down. My reminiscence covers the 1989 fixture:-

DULVERTON WEST AT BRATTON DOWN 20TH MAY 1989

Going: Firm

HUNT

1 Raid Hope (Ian Widdicombe)
2 Mr Bigwig (Linda Blackford)
3 ran; only two finished; won by a distance; SP 11-10

LADIES’ OPEN

1 For A Lark (Mandy Turner)
2 Gerry Doyle (Julie Barrow)
3 My Mellow Man (Jenny Litston)
9 ran; 12l; 8l; 5m 58s; SP 4-5 fav

OPEN

1 And Theres More (Justin Farthing)
2 Bishopric (George Turner)
3 Rashleigh Boy (Ian Widdicombe)
10 ran; 5l; 2l; 6m 3s SP 10-11 fav

PPOA MEMBERS

1 Otabari (Justin Farthing)
2 Oak Lodge (Robert Alner)
3 Rate of Exchange (Ron Treloggen)
10 ran; 1/2l; dist; 5m 59s SP 5-4 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS

1 Admiral Benbow (Gordon Edwards)
2 River Culm (Chris Down)
3 Eagle Tavern (Philip Rawle)
8 ran; short head; 1/2l; 6m 9s SP 10-11 fav

ADJACENT RESTRICTED

1 Flodabay (Paul Hosgood)
2 Master Tuesday (Chris Down)
3 Isle Ornay (Linda Blackford)
20 ran; 1l; 2l; 6m 5s SP 25-1

Hunt race winner Raid Hope was quite useful in his day for owner Jenny Hayes, but was now at the veteran stage. His jockey Ian Widdicombe was enjoying his best season with nine winners. The favourite Golden Cargo lost his rider Tony Hill at the first.

The Ladies’ open was a cracker. The winner For A Lark was a legend in the Devon & Cornwall area and was in the form of his life. His owner / trainer, the late John Weldhen, bought him off the flat for 1300 guineas and he was about to be crowned Grand Marnier champion with 10 wins in 1989. Mandy Turner picked up the ride when Janine Mills was injured in March and went on to secure her fourth area Ladies’ title that year. The runner up Gerry Doyle was also a top class pointer in the colours of his Dorset based trainer Richard Barber who sadly died last June. Richard saddled his final winner, Whataknight, at Bratton Down in 2015. Out of the hundreds of the pointing winners he handled, he rated Gerry Doyle as one of his best. The talented Julie Barrow was in the saddle on this occasion. Jenny Litston, who rode third placed My Mellow Man for her father was another top class lady jockey who had won the national title in 1988. Her career was tragically cut short in a Larkhill fall in 1993

Justin Farthing was one of the strongest riders of the day. He rode 124 winners during his career, and became national champion in 1991. His double at the Dulverton West was initiated when Open winner And Theres More won his fifth successive race of the season from Keith Cumings’ yard. Most of Justin’s winners came for Richard Barber though, and the PPOA members’ winner Otabari was one of these. This sturdy chestnut had won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier in his career.

Admiral Benbow was a Bratton Down specialist and showed plenty of guts up the finishing hill to deny River Culm and Eagle Tavern after the latter pair had jumped the last in front together in the Adjacents’. Gordon Edwards, father of current Devon & Cornwall area champion Darren Edwards, was Admiral Benbow’s regular jockey.

The Adjacent Restricted winner Flodabay was a big, strong type, owned and trained by Gordon Chambers, and was one of jockey Paul Hosgood’s ten winners that season. After four successive jollys had gone in it was time for an outsider and the lightly raced Flodabay popped up at 25-1. To be fair, he was probably a lucky winner because runner up Master Tuesday had lost a lot of ground when nearly falling at the last ditch and was closing again at the finish.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers – MacKenzie & Selby – various years
  • Horse & Hound Year Book – various years
  • The Pointer
  • Baily’s Hunting Directory 1934
  • Michael Kutapan – Point-to-point History & Research, Jumping For Fun website
  • Point-to-Point Calendar 1933 – 1938– Arthur W Coaten

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 – DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN 19th MAY 2019

Bratton Down has a special atmosphere towards the end of the season, but something was missing at the first of the three regular fixtures this year – horses.

It is a shame that the very dry spell has lingered on. It certainly penalised the Dulverton West fixture which took place on what was described as safe, level ground, having been aggravated to ease the surface. Inevitably the going was on the quick side with race times indicating thus.

15 bookies lay in wait to accommodate us desperate punters

The best race was the four-runner Mixed Open, three and a half timers round with 27 jumps. That grand campaigner There’s No Panic was sent off evens fav (touched 4-6) with Will Biddick taking over from a claimer on this top weight. I backed Tree Sparrow (2’s to 6-4) on the basis that he had beaten Northgeorge (7’s into 4’s) convincingly at Holnicote a couple of weeks ago and was still improving. Ramble On was easy to back (7’s touched 8’s) in what was a fascinating England v Wales contest.

Tree Sparrow jumped appallingly and I tore my ticket up with a circuit to go. 14-year-old There’s No Panic jumped superbly in the lead and his old legs carried him out in front until Northgeorge collared him at the final ditch. All this time Byron Moorcroft had been biding his time on Ramble On, and came with a rattle up the hill before going down by half a length. To be fair to the runner up, he was not helped when the winner drifted across him close home, but Jack Tudor was on a roll with the winner, who suddenly regained his best form at Garthorpe last week and obviously relishes fast ground.

I must have lost plenty of cash to the much missed bookmaker Bob Pittard over the last 40 years (still doing so to Rich), but I ducked out In Bob’s memorial Open Maiden race won by Welsh challenger Seniergues (evens to- 4-5 fav). The Welsh boys filled their boots as the first of young Jack Tudor’s three winners sailed in.

High Hatton (2-5 fav) and Matts Legacy (4-5 fav) scored in their respective contests as easily as Gareth Bale finds the net to send their Welsh supporters back over the bridge with pockets bulging.

Lawsons Thorns (3’s to 11-4) only had to travel 15 miles back to Rackenford after coming out on top of a protracted dual with Ichifoot (8-11 fav after 6-4 had been snapped up). If this pair met again I am not sure this result would be confirmed.

Does anybody know the steps to a rain dance?

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT – DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN 19TH MAY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the earth beneath”

The Merchant Of Venice. William Shakespeare

Mr Shakespeare you are totally wrong. It hasn’t rained here for weeks. Your team West Bromwich Albion failed to reach the premier division, you were wrong about Richard III, and your weather forecasting is absolutely hopeless

To be fair to the organisers at Bratton Down, every effort was made to offset the dry spell. Jockeys reported a safe and consistent racing surface after the course had been spiked, but the runners were down to a minimum.

The highlight was a treble for young jockey James Tudor amongst a quartet of Welsh trained winners on a card restricted to six races (five plus a walk over).

Seniergues and Jack Tudor
Seniergues and Jack Tudor
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Tudor, recently turned 17, missed three months of this season after breaking a leg in a freak accident last December. The youngster, who hails from the coastal haven of Ogmore-by-Sea, not that far from Bratton Down as the crow flies across the Bristol Channel, has made up for lost time, and took his seasonal tally to 22 on Sunday. He is now assured of the Fuller’s National Men’s Novice riders championship this year, and looks to turn conditional under the guidance of his employer, NH trainer Christian Williams.

Seniergues, the horse that Tudor was riding when he broke his leg, set the ball rolling on Sunday. The gelding stayed on well up the hill to hold Basher Brian in the Open Maiden run in memory of bookmaker Bob Pittard. Jack’s father Jonathan trains the seven-year-old, who is owned in partnership between Mrs Jeffrey Bird and John Edwards, who said, “I was persuaded to buy my share after a good time at the Glamorgan show last summer”

Tudor had to be at his strongest on Northgeorge, who was well backed to win the four miles plus Mixed Open. Will Biddick’s mount There’s No Panic made much of the running, but dropped away up the hill as fellow Welsh challenger Ramble On (Byron Moorcroft) tackled the winner inside the final furlong. Despite hanging into the path of the runner up, Northgeorge just held on to win by half a length. A £75 fine for careless riding handed out by the stewards came Tudor’s way.

High Hatton enjoyed an easier passage in the PPORA Novice Riders race to complete the Welshman’s treble. “This horse loves fast ground and can come back here for the Exmoor meeting” remarked his trainer Jonathan Tudor.

Byron Moorcroft’s frustrating afternoon (two seconds, a third and a £100 fine for a whip offence) ended in better style when Matts Legacy took the Intermediate despite a tardy start. “He might go back under rules where hurdling would suit him better” remarked his Pontypridd based trainer Luke Price.

Lawsons Thorns and Bryan Carver
Lawsons Thorns and Bryan Carver
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Lawsons Thorns was one for the locals in the Restricted. After a protracted duel with runner up Ichifoot, Bryan Carver’s mount got the upper hand approaching the last, and held on well on the stiff climb to the judge.” He loves it here and the fast ground suits him. He can come back here for the next meeting,” said Rackenford based trainer Mike Vanstone who handles the seven-year-old gelding for owner Nigel MacKenzie.

The Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds unfortunately attracted no runners from the 10 entries, and Le Clo De La Londe (Emma Watson) walked over for the Conditions race

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 19TH MAY 2019

Going: FIRM

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS COLTS & GELDINGS 2M 4F (Sponsor – My racing manager)

RACE VOID – NO RUNNERS

RESTRICTED (BREWER HARDING & ROWE SOLICITORS)

1 Lawsons Thorns (Bryan Carver) 11-4 disp ld til led two out, ran on well
2 Ichifoot (Mervyn Woodward) 8-11 fav disp & every chance til outpaced two out
3 Sweet Lady Jane (Byron Moorcroft) 11-4 lost touch 15th
4 ran; 4l; 15l; 5m 46s

OPEN MAIDEN (BOB PITTARD MEMORIAL SPONSOR BOB PITTARD BOOKMAKERS)

1 Seniergues (Jack Tudor) 4-5 fav disp til led three out, comf
2 Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft) 6-1 disp til outpaced three out, kept on from last
3 Heartening (Chloe Emsley) 2-1 chased ldrs til no extra three out
5 ran; 4l; 8l; 5m 55s

CONDITIONS (PJ HOBBS, SANDHILL RACING STABLES)

1 Le Clo De La Londe (Emma Watson)
Walked over

MIXED OPEN (BRENDS HOTELS) 4 MILES 1F)

1 Northgeorge (Jack Tudor) 4-1 prom til led four out, rdn out flat, just held on
2 Ramble On (Byron Moorcroft) 7-1 held up, effort flat, stayed on well clsg stgs
3 There’s No Panic (Will Biddick) evens fav led 6th til four out, no extra from last
4 ran; ½ l ; 7l; 8m 3s

PPORA CLUB NOVICE RIDERS (LANGDON TRANSPORT)

1 High Hatton (Jack Tudor) 2-5 fav made most, dvn out
2 Mighty Leader (Simon Morgan) 7-2 pressed ldr throughout, kept on well
3 Golden Crisp (Keagan Kirkby) 7-2 alwys last, outpaced four out
3 ran; 2 1/2l; 12l; 5m 42s

INTERMEDIATE (JAMES PRYCE TRACTORS)

1 Matts Legacy (Byron Moorcroft) 4-5 fav started slowly, gd hdwy 7th, clear from 15th
2 On Your Max (Tom Chanin) 2-1 led til 14th, held but stayed on clsg stgs
3 Faraway Star (Harriet Tucker) 9-1 with lder til 14th
5 ran; 7l; 10l; 5m 43s

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Entries: Dulverton West Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 19th May 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Open Maiden for 4, 5 & 6 Years Old Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Open Maiden Race
4th 15:45 Conditions Race
5th 16:20 Mixed Open Race
6th 16:55 Club Members Conditions Race
7th 17:30 Intermediate Race

Going Update

The clerk of the course reports the going at Bratton Down to be good to firm. Consistent safe racing ground. It has been agri-vated twice today and will be again on Sunday (tomorrow) morning prior to racing. (updated 10pm Saturday 18th May 2019)

The going at Bratton Down is now firm – good to firm in places. The agri-vator will be used Saturday and Sunday prior to racing. (updated 1pm Thursday 16th May 2019)

Bratton Down Racing is now good to firm. The course has an even covering of grass and the aggrivator will be used later this week as necessary. (updated 1pm Sunday 12th May 2019)

The going at Bratton Down is good, good to soft in places. The course has an even covering of grass and has had an inch of rain over the last 48hrs. The aggrivator is on standby. ( updated 5pm Thursday 9th May.)

Preview extract:

The first of three scheduled meetings to take place at the stunning course known as Bratton Down, will be on next Sunday May 19th, where the Dulverton West host their event. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 90 entries have been received.

The course offers a fabulous picnic location with stunning views of Exmoor. Hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands compliment the racing action on offer. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car load, with children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399. EX31 4SG.


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 – Open Maiden for 4, 5 & 6 Years Old Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /2-3222 A TIPPLE OR TWO 33+ Caroline Keevil
2 3/34-4 BUSINESSMAN (IRE) 27+ Leslie Jefford
3 -p FELTON BELLEVUE (FR) 0 Sarah Case
4 -2 HEREDIRTARY RULE (IRE) 32+ Francesca Nimmo
5 -43 I PREFERE DIAMONDS (IRE) 26 Robert Chanin
6 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
7 -pp QUAYTOSTORYBROOK 0 Elizabeth Little
8 p3p/-pp7 SNEAKY PINT (IRE) 0 Kimberly Thomas
9 p-pp SPOILER ALERT (IRE) 0 Claire Hitch
10 *96/970-p TAKE THIS WALTZ 0 Peter Doggrell

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

In the opening Open Maiden race for 4,5 &6-yr olds A Tipple Or Two looks interesting after her four length second at Stafford Cross for trainer Caroline Keevil, and should be in the winners enclosure soon. Hereditary Rule (Francesca Nimmo) also catches the eye after his two length second at the Kimble meeting last month, and could figure if turning up here.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 *9-523p45 ALICE’S STAR 35? Robert Chanin
2 2f32-2221 BALLYJIM (IRE) 35 Jade Barber
3 7443p-413 DIPLOMATICO (USA) 29 Jason Warner
4 /f21/-u123 FATEH (IRE) 34 Michael Bowe
5 21-6226 GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
6 -p21 ICHIFOOT (USA) 37+ Patrick Picton-Warlow
7 1/ff-24p26 JOURNEY JUICE 35 Ed Walker
8 pp42-332p LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) 34 Mike Vanstone
9 5u2u-5512 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 35+ Mike Vanstone
10 4p-fpp3pp MINELLA RISING (IRE) 33 Ed Walker
11 *4p/p21p- MOLE TRAP 34 Nicola Martin
12 p/3p-2pup MR MICHANDA (IRE) 33? Sarah Tickle
13 /f323231- SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 34 Kieran Price
14 -31 SYLVIES DANCE 37+ Will Biddick
15 32p-3u31p TWIST ON GINGE (IRE) 34 Kate Bandey
16 /1p464-p9 WALLABROOK 33 Ed Walker
17 p4-224341 WHERE’S WILMA 36+ Michael M. Watson

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 8 4L 5m 46
2nd 6 15L
3rd 13
4th

Preview extract

Sylvies Dance is trained and ridden by Will Biddick and they looked impressive when winning on debut at the Flete Park meeting, she is entered in the Brewer, Harding & Rowe-sponsored Restricted Race. Ichifoot (Patrick-Picton-Warlow) could follow up on his impressive 30 length win at Vauterhill earlier this month under Merv Woodward. Ballyjim (Jade Barber) is starting to impress and could improve on his win at Little Windsor when battling on to win by a neck. Also Fetah for the Michael Bown team is among the entries and should go well if following up on his third place to Pink Eyed Pedro at Chepstow last month.

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Race 3 – Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /2-3222 A TIPPLE OR TWO 33+ Caroline Keevil
2 *030/-p4 ALL DOWNHILL (IRE) 2 Roy Smith
3 *359p-0pp AMADOUE (FR) 0 Emma Alvis
4 3p/ppp-6 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 15 Byron Moorcroft
5 -p FELTON BELLEVUE (FR) 0 Sarah Case
6 p/pp344p- GOLD RELIEF 24? Michael Sweetland
7 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
8 *9779//-52 HEARTENING 29 Paul Phillips
9 -2 HEREDIRTARY RULE (IRE) 32+ Francesca Nimmo
10 6346-fpu2 LITLE BRIAN (IRE) 28 Callum Griffiths
11 -u MAHLER HILL (IRE) 0 Jack Wallace
12 2pp-2upp3 SENIERGUES 26? Jonathan Tudor
13 pp/-f2 WHAT A BUG 25 Sarah Prouse
14 /pfpp-422 WILLALDOO 34+ Leslie Jefford

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

A Tipple Or Two and Hereditary Rule both mentioned earlier are entered in the Bob Pittard-sponsored Open Maiden race. Willaldo(Les Jefford) could make the most of her mares weight allowance and improve on her six lengths second at Vauterhill.

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Race 4 – Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5f4p-pu33 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 434-14523 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 39 Robert Chanin
3 82p-12132 CLONDAW BUNNY (IRE) 38 Dean Summersby
4 R11-12322 IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE) 40 Mary Tory
5 41213-u4u LA MADONNINA (IRE) 40? Abigail Lewis
6 153-67432 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
7 1121-4214 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 41+ Neil McLean
8 7pp-21411 SKINFLINT (IRE) 41+ Gerard Supple
9 /441151-4 STEEL BRUSH (IRE) 39 Keith Cumings
10 22-1u2223 TOM BARTON 41 Sally Alner
11 -1111 TUFF NANO (IRE) 42+ Teresa Clark

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Two gentleman jockeys who are heading up the area title at the moment are Darren Edwards and Will Biddick. Both have had excellent results so far this season, and with only a few points between the two with Darren Edwards leading after his treble last weekend. Will Biddick has his sight firmly fixed on regaining the Fullers National Gentleman’s title and has a few point lead over his nearest rival Alex Edwards. It will be a competitive end to the season which is only five weeks away. Darren has rides booked here including one on the Dean Summersby trained entry Clondaw Bunny who should run well for the team, they are in good form at the moment and celebrating a yard treble last weekend, the combination are entered in both the Phillip & Sarah Hobbs-sponsored Conditions race and the James Pryce-sponsored Intermediate.

Whilst Will Biddick’s booking to ride Tuff Nano in the Conditions race should be respected, the mare being unbeaten in her three starts to date with wins at Charlton Horethorne, Kilworthy and Stafford Cross for the Teresa Clark team. Sixteen Letters for the Big Brook team ran a neck second to Tuff Nano at Kilworthy and could go close again here. Skinflint (Gerry Supple) won on good to firm at Vauterhill under Bryan Carver and is another for the short list.

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Race 5 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 *p6/34-13 BIG CASINO 41 Emma Alvis
2 2-133ppp4 DRUID SPITFIRE 35 Robert Chanin
3 33/-p6114 IM ALL SET (IRE) 41 Claire Hitch
4 3pp5-ppp KALASTAR (IRE) 21? Elizabeth Scott
5 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 41? Rebecca Branton
6 153-67432 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
7 4p63442s2 NORTHGEORGE 39? Jonathan Tudor
8 111-2p122 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
9 *f/f-3434 SON OF SUZIE 37 Anne Rimell
10 331-2133p START ROYAL (FR) 40 Alan Hill
11 2-5155224 THE DAPPER FOX 39 Jack Veysey
12 121/2-4511 THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 43 Michael Biddick
13 1/p231-p11 TREE SPARROW 41 Camilla Scott
14 32-32421p VASCO DU MEE (FR) 39 Martin Weston
15 22125-3u2 VELVET COGNAC 40 Alan Hill

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The feature race of the day is the Brend’s Hotel-sponsored 4m Mixed Oen race with a prize fund of £400 to the winner. We could see recent dual Flete course winner There’s No Panic for the Mike Biddick team and young jockey Ella Orrtewell out to set the pace, looking to add to the veteran geldings impressive career between the flags, having spent a number of years previously competing in National Hunt races when in training with Paul Nicholls. Local trainer Claire Hitch has Im All Set entered, although the gelding is also entered at Newton Abbot mid week and could be a likely non-runner, but if turning up here, could well follow up on his impressive Hunter Chase win at Taunton in April. Ramble On for trainer Luke Price could make the trip down, and is one to note having taken the Men’s Open at Little Windsor when sent off odds on favourite under regular jockey Byron Moorcroft.

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Race 6 – Club Members Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 1p/-2u5311 APPLE’S QUEEN (FR) 41 Sally Alner
2 p43p423 BENEFICIAL JOE (IRE) 36 Byron Moorcroft
3 -7225131 DANDAN (IRE) 40? Francesca Moller
4 */pu1-47p DUKE OF LUCCA (IRE) 34 Francesca Nimmo
5 -24p332 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Tim Underwood
6 /p6115-21 HIGH HATTON 41 Jonathan Tudor
7 *41p-111p JACK SNIPE 43 Robert Hawker
8 3pp5-ppp KALASTAR (IRE) 21? Elizabeth Scott
9 14p-fu4p MIGHTY LEADER (IRE) 36 Sally Randel
10 4p63442s2 NORTHGEORGE 39? Jonathan Tudor
11 *f/f-3434 SON OF SUZIE 37 Anne Rimell
12 -11122211 THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) 43 Thomas Malone
13 21-544312 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

In the PPORA Members race for Novice riders, The Last But One (Tom Malone) holds an entry here, but could run at Cothelstone earlier in the week. He is currently lying second in the PPORA Young Horse Award and has put up some impressive performances this season with wins at Wadebridge, Stafford Cross and Flete Park. Young jockey Nathan Vergne looks to be booked to ride here and the combination won the Mixed Open at Stafford Cross in April. Entry High Hatton (Jonathan Tudor) for son Jack to ride, has won eight Points to date and looks to act on any going, along with Apples Queen (Sally Alner) with six wins to date has the booking of talented novice rider Liam Harrison, both should figure high in the betting arena.

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Race 7 – Intermediate Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 p3/p4-pup CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
2 82p-12132 CLONDAW BUNNY (IRE) 38 Dean Summersby
3 *95/p-p1p1 DESHAN (GER) 38 Luke Price
4 u1-pp6pp3 FARAWAY STAR 37 Tracey Williams
5 RR0-f1f21 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 36 Luke Price
6 /153/-534 NOTHING PERSONAL 37 Stephen Allen
7 4u54f-5453 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
8 122-3pp15 PREDESTINED (IRE) 37 Gordan Chambers
9 44723531 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 37 Deborah Treneer
10 p1/*5055-3 THE OVERFLOW 35? Pippa Moorhouse

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Also in the Intermediate race is Syracuse’s Dream for the Deborah Treener family. Having taken time to mature, Syracuse’s Dream could be ready to step up into this company and be one of the ten entered to challenge Clondaw Bunny.

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Preview: Dulverton West Point-to-Point, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Sunday 19 May 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three scheduled meetings to take place at the stunning course known as Bratton Down, will be on next Sunday May 19th, where the Dulverton West host their event. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 90 entries have been received.

The feature race of the day is the Brend’s Hotel-sponsored 4m Mixed Oen race with a prize fund of £400 to the winner. We could see recent dual Flete course winner There’s No Panic for the Mike Biddick team and young jockey Ella Orrtewell out to set the pace, looking to add to the veteran geldings impressive career between the flags, having spent a number of years previously competing in National Hunt races when in training with Paul Nicholls. Local trainer Claire Hitch has Im All Set entered, although the gelding is also entered at Newton Abbot mid week and could be a likely non-runner, but if turning up here, could well follow up on his impressive Hunter Chase win at Taunton in April. Ramble On for trainer Luke Price could make the trip down, and is one to note having taken the Men’s Open at Little Windsor when sent off odds on favourite under regular jockey Byron Moorcroft.

Two gentleman jockeys who are heading up the area title at the moment are Darren Edwards and Will Biddick. Both have had excellent results so far this season, and with only a few points between the two with Darren Edwards leading after his treble last weekend. Will Biddick has his sight firmly fixed on regaining the Fullers National Gentleman’s title and has a few point lead over his nearest rival Alex Edwards. It will be a competitive end to the season which is only five weeks away. Darren has rides booked here including one on the Dean Summersby trained entry Clondaw Bunny who should run well for the team, they are in good form at the moment and celebrating a yard treble last weekend, the combination are entered in both the Phillip & Sarah Hobbs-sponsored Conditions race and the James Pryce-sponsored Intermediate. Also in the Intermediate race is Syracuse’s Dream for the Deborah Treener family. Having taken time to mature, Syracuse’s Dream could be ready to step up into this company and be one of the ten entered to challenge Clondaw Bunny.

Whilst Will Biddick’s booking to ride Tuff Nano in the Conditions race should be respected, the mare being unbeaten in her three starts to date with wins at Charlton Horethorne, Kilworthy and Stafford Cross  for the Teresa Clark team. Sixteen Letters for the Big Brook team ran a neck second to Tuff Nano at Kilworthy and could go close again here. Skinflint (Gerry Supple) won on good to firm at Vauterhill under Bryan Carver and is another for the short list.

In the opening Open Maiden race for 4,5 &6-yr olds A Tipple Or Two looks interesting after her four length second at Stafford Cross for trainer Caroline Keevil, and should be in the winners enclosure soon. Hereditary Rule (Francesca Nimmo) also catches the eye after his two length second at the Kimble meeting last month, and could figure if turning up here.

Sylvies Dance is trained and ridden by Will Biddick and they looked impressive when winning on debut at the Flete Park meeting, she is entered in the Brewer, Harding & Rowe-sponsored Restricted Race. Ichifoot (Patrick-Picton-Warlow) could follow up on his impressive 30 length win at Vauterhill earlier this month under Merv Woodward.  Ballyjim (Jade Barber) is starting to impress and could improve on his win at Little Windsor when battling on to win by a neck. Also Fetah for the Michael Bown team is among the entries and should go well if following up on his third place to Pink Eyed Pedro at Chepstow last month.

A Tipple Or Two and Hereditary Rule both mentioned earlier are entered in the Bob Pittard-sponsored Open Maiden race. Willaldo(Les Jefford) could make the most of her mares weight allowance and improve on her six lengths second at Vauterhill.

In the PPORA Members race for Novice riders, The Last But One (Tom Malone) holds an entry here, but could run at Cothelstone earlier in the week. He is currently lying second in the PPORA Young Horse Award and has put up some impressive performances this season with wins at Wadebridge, Stafford Cross and Flete Park. Young jockey Nathan Vergne looks to be booked to ride here and the combination won the Mixed Open at Stafford Cross in April. Entry High Hatton (Jonathan Tudor) for son Jack to ride, has won eight Points to date and looks to act on any going, along with Apples Queen (Sally Alner) with six wins to date has the booking of talented novice rider Liam Harrison, both should figure high in the betting arena.

The course offers a fabulous picnic location with stunning views of Exmoor. Hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands compliment the racing action on offer. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car load, with children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399. EX31 4SG.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 20th MAY 2018

IF there are any regular readers of this exclusive website column (which I doubt) they will be aware that my own betting battles with the excellent Devon & Cornwall bookies are entering extra time for the season. I was miles ahead on points, but the shrewd layers have caught up with me as this pesky sunshine and subsequent quick ground has upset the form book.

All seven favourites bit the dust, starting with Robin Why Not (4-6) in the opener. This went to promising five-year-old The Jitterbug, seen at 16’s early but backed into 5-1 before waltzing home. This big gelding is by the French Derby winner Sulamani (now deceased) whose best jumps progeny was Grand National winner Rule The World.

The Restricted produced a close finish with Imogens Thunder (3’s to 2’s) just holding on for champion jockey Will Biddick to beat River Wye (9-2 to 3’s) with the favourite Tree Sparrow (11-8) running on to take third after losing his place after the third last.

There was consolation for Tree Sparrow’s trainer Camilla Scott in the Open Maiden, sponsored in memory of bookmaker Bob Pittard. Moonlight Flyer (4’s to 7-2) showed little under rules but made virtually all here in first time cheek pieces under Christopher Barber. Ballyjim (4’s to 3’s) ran on late to be second with Biddick’s mount Dragon de la Tour (7-2) unable to quicken in third. There will be another day for 5-2 fav Baby Sherlock.

The Mexican Bandit was all the rage for the 12-runner Conditions race. 11-4 was my recorded SP but at least 10’s was available early about this lightly raced course winner. The bandit kept out of the firing line on this occasion as fast ground loving La Madonnina (4’s to 7-2) just held off the strong finishing Angles Hill (3-1).

The game 15-year-old Consigliere (2-1) turned the four miles Mixed Open into a procession. His promising young rider Izzie Marshall sent the old boy clear with a mile to run, and Miss Gotaway (evens to 11-8 fav) never looked like pegging the winner back on ground she would not have enjoyed.

Top Chief (7-4 out to 5-2) certainly acts on fast ground and continually outjumped his close rival Tom Barton (evens to 4-6 fav) in the PPORA Novice Riders’. The winner’s trainer Stuart Sampson is in peak form at present and followed up Top Chief’s win by saddling the Midnight Legend mare River Myth (easy to back at 4’s) to dead heat for the Intermediate with outsider Winter Garden (100-8). All credit to the dead heaters who went past me on Jeff’s video tower locked together before reaching the judge in unison.

We should have expected some odd results on Sunday. The course was much shorter than any normal three miles point-to-point. The tight bends had been brought in to their extremity to such an extent that apart from the four mile race all the times were under six minutes, including a speedy 5 mins 33 secs for the novice riders event (but not quite in the same league as the long since closed Highampton track where the 1968 form book shows Fearless Knight’s Open time as 4 mins 17 secs – “a course that was little more than two miles,” to quote Geoffrey Sale’s annual)

REPORT

Results from the Dulverton West meeting

Report from the Dulverton West meeting

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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VIDEO

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Upcoming Event

  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 20th MAY 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

 “And here were forests ancient as the hills, enfolding sunny spots of greenness…”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge  1772-1834

THE glorious green backcloth of Exmoor was seen at its best in the warm spring sunshine on Sunday before a packed crowd for the Dulverton West meeting. Sometimes it is difficult to concentrate on the horses at Bratton Down as the eye is continually drawn to the distant slopes and hill tops.

The drying conditions and a shorter racing line round the bends led to particularly quick times at this meeting.

Will Biddick is not surrendering his national title without a fight, and landed a double thanks to Imogens Thunder and La Madonnina.

The progressive Imogens Thunder followed up his Axe Vale win in good style, answering all of Biddick’s urgings to see off the sustained challenges of River Wye and Tree Sparrow in the Restricted.

Mary Tory trains the Stowaway gelding Imogens Thunder near Blandford for owner Wendy Jarrett and said, “We bought him from Aidan Kennedy in Ireland and he was unlucky earlier in the year. He will be roughed off now and is something to look forward to next season.”

Biddick’s other winner La Madonnina just held off Angles Hill by a neck in the 12-runner Conditions race. “She is so tough,” commented the rider of this mare who seemed to relish the faster ground. She is trained by Ed Walker for his ten strong racing club syndicate. Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) came from a long way back but was staying on strongly towards the finish. Its All Or Nothing ran his usual sound race to finish third, whilst 13-year-old Delta Borget, although unplaced, earned himself honourable retirement.

The reigning champion jockey had to settle for the runner up spot in the young horses maiden when odds-on favourite Robin Why Not chased home The Jitterbug.

Josh Newman pushed the rangy five-year-old The Jitterbug clear on the uphill climb to the judge Owner/trainer Keith Cumings bought the winner on the advice of bloodstock agent Tom Malone as a three-year-old. ”He is still very green and still learning. A big baby who will be a lot stronger next year, but he might be on the market before then,” reported the Bishops Nympton based handler. The Cumings family gave a special mention to Haley Northcott who looks after the rangy gelding and rides work on him.

The veteran chestnut Consigliere travelled from Oxfordshire and put up a memorable staying performance to win the four miles plus Mixed Open. Izzie Marshall sent the game 15-year-old to the front at half way to deny the Biddick ridden mare Miss Gotaway by four lengths. “Awesome” said the breathless 18-year-old rider, who was enjoying her ninth winner of the season, and has a place at Reading University in September.

The well related Moonlight Flyer cut little ice under rules for Jeremy Scott, but first time cheek pieces seemed to do the trick in the Open Maiden run in memory of much missed local bookmaker Bob Pittard. Christopher Barber had the six-year-old in front virtually throughout, and the positive ride proved successful as he fought off Dragon De La Tour before holding the late thrust of Ballyjim. “He was bought at the Land Rover sales as a three-year-old and runs for a syndicate of ten. His year point-to-pointing has done him good and he will probably go back under rules,” explained Camilla Scott who has the yard’s pointers.

Top Chief loves quick ground and put up the fastest time of the day (5 mins 33 secs) to win the Novice Riders’ race under Bryan Carver. The 10-year-old was always fencing better than his main rival Tom Barton, and drew right away in the closing stages. Stuart Sampson has his string in great form at present and was saddling Top Chief for joint owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener.

The same owners and trainer combination re-appeared in the winner’s enclosure again in the concluding Intermediate, but this time had to share the spoils with the Chapman family from Cornwall as their Winter Garden battled tenaciously to gain a dead heat with River Myth. Darren Andrews sent the mare River Myth ahead entering the final circuit, but was joined in a neck and neck battle in the final 100 yards by Nick Lawton on Winter Garden before the duo passed the judge locked together.

Going: Good to Firm

 Open Maiden four to six-year-olds only (Sponsor Nancekivell & Co, South Molton)

1 The Jitterbug (Josh Newman) 5-1 hdwy 13th, led after last, stayed on well

2 Robin Why Not (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav alwys prom, kept on flat

3 Crimson Gold (Bryan Carver) 16-1 led til joined two out, no extra flat

7 ran; 6l; 8l;  5 mins 50 secs

Owner; Keith Cumings; Trainer; Owner

 

Restricted (Brewer Harding & Rowe, Solicitors)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 3-1 led two out, stayed on well

2 River Wye (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 effort two out, kept on well nr finish

3 Tree Sparrow (Vicky Wade) 11-8 fav outpaced three out, kept on flat

7 ran; 1 1/2l; 3/4l;;5m 44s

Owner; Wendy Jarrett; Trainer; Mary Tory

Open Maiden (Bob Pittard Bookmakers – Bob Pittard Memorial)

1 Moonlight Flyer (Christopher Barber) 7-2 made all pushed out

2 Ballyjim (Josh Newman) 3-1 went 3rd four out, strong run flat

3 Dragon de la Toutr (Will Biddick) 7-2 prom, close 2nd last, no extra nr finish

8 ran; 3l; 1l;  5m 47s

Owner; Philip Cartwright & syndicate; Trainer; Camilla Scott

 

Conditions Race (PJ Hobbs, Sandhill Racing Stables)

1 La Madonnina (Will Biddick) 7-2 led two out, stayed on under press flat

2 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 3-1 behind til hdwy four out, strong run flat, just failed

3 Its all or Nothing(Matt Hampton) 5-2 fav led three out, every chance last, no extra

12 ran; neck; 10l;  5m 37s

Owner; Edward Walker Racing Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

 

Mixed Open 4 miles 1 furlong (Brends Hotel)

1 Consigniere (Izzie Marshall) 2-1 led 12th, stayed on gamely

2 Miss Gotaway (Will Biddick) 11-8 fav chased wnr from 18th, kept on

3 Wolftrap (Lee Drowne) 3-1 lost touch three out

7 ran; 4l; distance; 7m 59s

 

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Langdon Transport)

1 Top Chief (Bryan Carver) 5-2 led 13th, comf

2 Tom Barton (Ed Doggrell) 4-6 fav disputed lead til 13th no extra two out

3 Kapricorne (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 chased ldrs til 15th

5 ran; 12l; 6l;  5m 33s

Owner; Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

 

Intermediate (James Pryce Tractors)

1 dead heat River Myth (Darren Andrews) 4-1 led 14th til joined last 150 yds

1 dead heat Winter Garden (Nick Lawton) 12-1 effort two out, joined ldr last 150 yds

3 Every Breakin Wave (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav 2nd from three out til last, no extra

8 ran; dead heat; 1 1/2l;  5m 40s

Owner River Myth Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer Stuart Sampson

Owner Winter Garden Chapman family; Trainer; Ryan Chapman

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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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

  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 20th MAY 2018

Going: Good to Firm

 Open Maiden four to six-year-olds only (Sponsor Nancekivell & Co, South Molton)

1 The Jitterbug (Josh Newman) 5-1 hdwy 13th, led after last, stayed on well

2 Robin Why Not (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav alwys prom, kept on flat

3 Crimson Gold (Bryan Carver) 16-1 led til joined two out, no extra flat

7 ran; 6l; 8l;  5 mins 50 secs

Owner; Keith Cumings; Trainer; Owner

 

Restricted (Brewer Harding & Rowe, Solicitors)

1 Imogens Thunder (Will Biddick) 3-1 led two out, stayed on well

2 River Wye (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 effort two out, kept on well nr finish

3 Tree Sparrow (Vicky Wade) 11-8 fav outpaced three out, kept on flat

7 ran; 1 1/2l; 3/4l;;5m 44s

Owner; Wendy Jarrett; Trainer; Mary Tory

Open Maiden (Bob Pittard Bookmakers – Bob Pittard Memorial)

1 Moonlight Flyer (Christopher Barber) 7-2 made all pushed out

2 Ballyjim (Josh Newman) 3-1 went 3rd four out, strong run flat

3 Dragon de la Toutr (Will Biddick) 7-2 prom, close 2nd last, no extra nr finish

8 ran; 3l; 1l;  5m 47s

Owner; Philip Cartwright & syndicate; Trainer; Camilla Scott

 

Conditions Race (PJ Hobbs, Sandhill Racing Stables)

1 La Madonnina (Will Biddick) 7-2 led two out, stayed on under press flat

2 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 3-1 behind til hdwy four out, strong run flat, just failed

3 Its all or Nothing(Matt Hampton) 5-2 fav led three out, every chance last, no extra

12 ran; neck; 10l;  5m 37s

Owner; Edward Walker Racing Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

 

Mixed Open 4 miles 1 furlong (Brends Hotel)

1 Consigniere (Izzie Marshall) 2-1 led 12th, stayed on gamely

2 Miss Gotaway (Will Biddick) 11-8 fav chased wnr from 18th, kept on

3 Wolftrap (Lee Drowne) 3-1 lost touch three out

7 ran; 4l; distance; 7m 59s

 

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Langdon Transport)

1 Top Chief (Bryan Carver) 5-2 led 13th, comf

2 Tom Barton (Ed Doggrell) 4-6 fav disputed lead til 13th no extra two out

3 Kapricorne (Stefan Kirwan) 3-1 chased ldrs til 15th

5 ran; 12l; 6l;  5m 33s

Owner; Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

 

Intermediate (James Pryce Tractors)

1 dead heat River Myth (Darren Andrews) 4-1 led 14th til joined last 150 yds

1 dead heat Winter Garden (Nick Lawton) 12-1 effort two out, joined ldr last 150 yds

3 Every Breakin Wave (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav 2nd from three out til last, no extra

8 ran; dead heat; 1 1/2l;  5m 40s

Owner River Myth Terry Hamlin & John Gardener; Trainer Stuart Sampson

Owner Winter Garden Chapman family; Trainer; Ryan Chapman

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons, JW Photography, Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies

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

  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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