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DULVERTON WEST AT BRATTON DOWN 15TH MAY 2022

“Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by.”

From a poem by Christina Rossetti 1830 – 1894

The wind was certainly “passing by” at Bratton Down. In fact it was whistling straight across the moor drying up the ground even further.

It was firm ground that kept down field sizes for the Dulverton West meeting with three of the six races reduced to a match.

Warwickshire based James King is working hard to retain his National Men’s Championship and was successful on all three of his rides, each saddled by Welshman Luke Price. 

Six-year-old  Luckello started the ball rolling for the King / Price treble with a comfortable 10 lengths success in the seven-runner  Maidensponsored by Mardon Recycling Machinery .  The mare jumped to the front at the 12th fence and drew right away from her field after the penultimate. “We got her through James King’s connection with Olly Murphy,” said the trainer whose 140 miles trip from Pontypridd to North Devon was to prove so successful. Backed from 9-4 into 7-4 favourite, the good looking mare failed to trouble the judge in eight starts under rules but looks an ideal pointing type.

That grand stalwart Spencer Moon won for the fourth time in the last four weeks when beating Potters Approach in a match for the BrendsHotels Mixed Open over an extended four miles. James King sent the 14-year-old into the lead entering the final circuit and drew clear of his sole rival after the final ditch. “This is his 14th point-to-point win. We tried to retire him but he wouldn’t have it and we use him as a lead horse at home now,” remarked the trainer.

The Mahler seven-year-old Captain MC rounded off the Welsh raiders treble when drawing right away from Don’t Ask Us to win the James PryceTractors Intermediate to take James King to the 47 winner mark for the season, now just two behind Will Biddick. Luke Price reported, “This horse wants a sound surface. He was bought privately out of Noel Meade’s yard and will keep going until the end of the season. ”

The most competitive race of the day was theEastleigh Care Home Restricted won by Ninth Wave. This gelding’s trainer Will Biddick took an away day to ride a winner at Edgcote, leaving his protégé Charlie Sprake to take the winning ride. Six of the nine runners were in contention at the third last, but it was left to Ninth Wave and Golly Its Molly (Jake Bament) to battle it out up the punishing final climb. Charlie Sprake is also seeking title honours and his 11th winner of the season put him in pole position for the HighflyerNational novice riders title. The winner runs in the colours of Peter Musgrave who said, “He has not been the easiest horse to train. He had a bruised  foot after Dunsmore  and we were keen to get a run into him. Will was confident to let Charlie take the ride.”

19 year old James Shaw rode his first winner on his own Lapford Lad on only his fourth ride in the Sandhill Racing (Philip Hobbs) sponsored Conditions race. His sole rival Steel Brush was pulled up after the 15th fence leaving the Lucy Gardner trained 10-year-old to complete the course solo. “My home is near Exeter and I have been riding out for Lucy six days a week  for 18 months. I have done a lot of eventing but now just want to race ride.” said the young rider. Sue Gardner was on duty on behalf of her daughter who was away in Jersey for the weekend.  Sue was immediately on the phone to the Channel Islands to report on how well James had ridden.

The eventual winner Bistouri D’Honore, saddled by Mike Felton, and Mister Dick (Geoff Barfoot- Saunt) raced stride for stride until the home straight in their match for the PPORA Conditions race sponsored by Coxleigh Barton and the Wright Property for 9-year-olds and over. Despite hanging right up the hill, Hollie Greene’s mount, in the colours of her grandmother Jill Miller, was well on top reaching the judge. The 21-year-old rider, who once broke her back in a car accident, has recently completed her studies in history at Oxford Brookes University and said, “ I ride out regularly for Alan and Lawney Hill. “I have had 29 rides including a dead heat at Larkhill four years ago.”

RESULTS: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 15th MAY 2022

GOING; FIRM, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES

RESTRICTED – SPONSOR EASTLEIGH CARE HOMES

1 NINTH WAVE (CHARLIE SPRAKE) 2-1 FAV handy, imprvd two out, led nr finish

2 GOLLY ITS MOLLY (JAKE BAMENT) 3-1 led 16th til no extra last 75 yds

3 ROC THE BOAT (VINNY WEBSTER) 11-4 hdwy16th, challd last, no extra flat

9 ran; 1l; 8;  5m 46s

MAIDEN – MARDON RECYCLING MACHINERY

1 LUCKELLO (JAMES KING) 7-4 FAV led 12th, clear two out, easily

2 ALKADEMON (HENRY MOORE) 14-1 prog to 2nd two out, kept on

3 FLASH GORCOMBE (JOSH NEWMAN) 2-1 held up, went 3rd two out, kept on

7 ran; 10l;  1l;  5m 58s

CONDITIONS – SANDHILL RACING, PJ HOBBS

1 LAPFORD LAD (JAMES SHAW) 6-4 prom, led 12th, left solo 15th

2 ran; finished alone 6m 29s

MIXED OPEN 4M 1F; BRENDS HOTELS

1 SPENCER MOON (JAMES KING) 1-8 FAV led 21st, clear four out, comf

2 POTTERS APPROACH (CHLOE EMSLEY) 9-4 led til 21st, held from three out

2 ran; 8l;  8m 56s

PPORA CONDITIONS 9 YO PLUS – COXLEIGH BARTON

1 BISTOURI D’HONORE (HOLLIE GREENE) 5-4 disputed lead til asserted flat

2 MISTER DICK (GEOFF BARFOOT-SAUNT) 1-2 FAV disputed lead til no extra flat

2 ran; 2 1/2l;  5m 51s

INTERMEDIATE – JAMES PRYCE TRACTORS

1 CAPTAIN MC (JAMES KING) EVENS FAV made all, clear 14th, unchallenged

2 DON’T ASK US (JOSH NEWMAN) 13-8 mstk9th, chased wnr, bad mstk two out

3 ran; only two finished; won by a distance 5m 42s

Preview: The Dulverton West Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 15th May 2022

Pointing action heads to the scenic Bratton Down venue this coming weekend, when its the turn of the Dulverton West to host the first of three meetings to be held at this stunning track. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, followed by the main race card which has six races on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 50 entries have been received, many of which have already been in the winners enclosure this season, ensuring some competitive racing. 

The Eastleigh Care Homes-sponsored Restricted race opens the day event. Jockey Will Biddick will be looking to increase his lead in the champion jockey title and he could have the  option of three rides in this, one of which he also trains which is Ninth Wave a recent Cotley winner having run promisingly in second before progressing. He could also have the option of Young William for the Chris Barber team a recent three quarter length winner at Chilfrome meeting. There could be a few snapping at his heels having run well this season which includes Golly It’s Molly (Sarah Prouse) have run second at the Vauterhill meeting for jockey Jake Bament.

The Mardons Recycling-sponsored Maiden race follows, with plenty in this looking to progress. Hold Me Tight for the Ed Walker/Chole Emsley combination ran a close second at the Flete Park meeting although holds an entry at Cothelstone this week. Flash Gorcome for the Nikki Frost team looks as if things are coming right for him having finished second at Southhill. Henry’s Regime could go well having also gone close when finishing second at Vauterhill for owner/trainer and jockey Merv Woodward.

Sykes stands out among the three entered in the following  P J Hobbs-sponsored Conditions race having won four this season, including a win by three and a half lengths at Southhill under Darren Edwards for trainer Nicky Martin. 

In the P J Brend and Saunton Sands-sponsored 4m Mixed Open race there are several outside raiders looking to snatch this, they include the prolific winning gelding Southfield Theatre for the Sara Bradstock team. This veteran gelding, Southfield Theatre is just one of the ex- National Hunt horses proving their worth in the Pointing field for the progression of young jockey’s, having given Lily Bradstock a total of 14 Point-to-Point wins, and has been a legend for his owner and breeder Mrs Angela Yeoman.  Mrs Yeoman must be proud of his form having won eight races under rules whilst with Champion trainer Paul Nicholls, including the rising Stars Novice Chase Grade 2 at Wincanton, and also finished second in the RSA at the festival. He is now at 14 years of age he could well be retiring soon. Spencer Moon another 14-year old is an unbeaten winner of three this season for the Luke Price and James King combination and could be one to tackle the favourite.  Hawkhurst for the Alan Hill team can’t be left out of the equation having having an impressive sixteen wins to his credit, and could bounce back after his second to Captain Bucks at Mollington for Izzy Marshall. The 9 year-old Flemensfirth-sired gelding Don’t Ask Us could be defending the area for the Keith Cumings team having won recently at the Vauterhill meeting.

Nobodydoesitbetter looks to be one of the likely favourites in the following Coxleigh Barton and The Wright Property-sponsored Members Conditions race for trainer Andrew Jackson after his wins at Cothelstone and Buckfastleigh under champ  Will Biddick, they could be taken on by recent Cotley winner Mr Dick who looks to enjoy the faster ground for the Jason Warner team, but would need to defy top weight.

Finally up is the James Price Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race, with Dr Rythm’s connections hoping he will be luckier here after his unfortunate unseat at last weekends meeting at Upcott Cross. Clever Des Assence could go close here for the Laura Jones team with jockey Natalie Parker looking to follow-up on their win at the Vauterhill course. 

This venue offers a stunning backdrop of Exmoor making it one of the most popular picnic spots for all the family to enjoy. On course facilities are hot and cold food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a host of trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 free. The course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming Postcode EX31 4SG.

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – DULVERTON WEST MONDAY 17th MAY 2021

There was more of a real point-to-pointing atmosphere at Bratton Down for the Dulverton West meeting on Monday with the crowds returning on a very pleasant evening.

Eight familiar looking Devon & Cornwall bookmakers signalled a hint of normality, but sadly Mike Bolitho was not amongst them. Mike, whose board always showed fair odds, traded under the banner of his late father Roy, but had sadly died a few days ago. He had stood last weekend at the Eggesford’s Upcott Cross meeting with two of his colleagues. Sincere condolences go to Mike’s partner, family and friends from all pointing colleagues.

Edabean (5-4 to evens fav) was a surprisingly short price in the opening Restricted, considering that she had only won a Mares race. Maybe it was due to the in-form connections. To be fair, she didn’t get the best of runs in some scrimmaging up the hill before finishing fourth. The eventual winner Dancing Dave (solid 3’s) was only fifth jumping the last, but stayed on really well on the inside under a good Chloe Emsley ride. The runner up was 20-1 outsider Eole D’un Regard who last won two years ago. He had shown little since, but ran really well here under young Barnaby Treneer. Minella Beag (6’s to 7’s), from the Ed Walker yard, like the winner, came from the back to finish third. He had been running under rules and warrants a look next time.

It was time to get my wallet out in the 12-runner Maiden. Leslie Jefford’s Businessman (13-2) has been on my watch list for some time and looked real each way value. He led everywhere except where it matters as Jimmy Snipe (33-1) stuck his head in front on the line to win by a “nose” (not an official point-to-point distance- should be a short head). The winner, completing for the first time after three runs, is out of the prolific Sea Snipe (won 17 points) and was the first training success for Joe Tickle’s partner Danielle Kenealy. Arctic Milly (9-4 fav) always gets placed and did so again. Nuova Vita was backed from 4’s to 5-2 on the strength of his promising Flete debut, but was never really travelling after an early blunder.

Rolling Dylan (5-2 to 5-4 fav) once had a BHA rating of 143 and now trained by Laura Parker, ran in the colours of the Conditions race sponsor Philip Hobbs, his former trainer. Another useful ex-NH horse Horatio Hornblower (9’s out to 12’s) was making his pointing debut under a stiff penalty and ran well under his novice rider. I missed the 7-2 (returned 5-2) about Minim Mouse and you can guess what happened. Yes, Mini won by a squeak – yet another dreaded “nose” verdict. The runner up Coningsby had no friends in the ring (3’s out to 6’s) but ran up the hill to nearly catch the mouse.

Proven stayer Know the Score (11-10 to 4-5), trained by Leslie Jefford, found the four miles Mixed Open easier than his recent Cheltenham consignment, but was all out under the talented Fly McIntyre to hold Imogen’s Thunder (5’s to 7’s), given a grand ride by Charlie Sprake.

Dr Time (5-4 to 4-6) was all the rage for the 10-runner PPORA race to set up his hat trick under James King, but an early mistake did not help his cause. He was struggling after the ditch allowing the smooth travelling Wotzizname (10’s to 7’s) to hold the running on Skylander (7-2 out to 5’s). The young jockeys on both first and second, Megan Bevan and Otis Morgan, each came out with much credit.

The getting out stakes was a bit more predictable. The Yeats gelding Largy Mountain (5-4 / 6-5 fav), ridden by champion jockey elect James King, completed his English hat trick in good style (he was hopeless in Irish points and has taken time to get his act together), pulling away from French Piece (3’s to 5-2) after the latter had bungled the last. Third place Awesome Tunes (5’s to 4’s) kept jumping to the left but was not disgraced.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

REPORT – DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN on MONDAY 17th MAY 2021

“I love your hills and I love your dales, and I love your flocks a-bleating…..”

John Keats, English poet, 1795 – 1821

.AFTER the suspension of point-to-point racing due to COVID, and the need to hold meetings behind closed doors, the Dulverton West fixture welcomed back a crowd of paying enthusiasts, together with a strong line of bookmakers, for their Monday evening fixture at Bratton Down, where the hills and dales are an essential part of the scenery

On an evening when the sun seemed to rise to the occasion by illuminating the Exmoor backcloth, and with a racecourse atmosphere that had been lacking for so long, spectators were treated to some very exciting finishes.

A winner over four miles at Flete Park last month, Know the Score had been dropped in class after his recent Cheltenham hunter chase effort, and started a shade of odds-on when landing the Brends Hotel Mixed Open over an extended four miles.

After racing stride for stride for most of the journey with Imogen’s Thunder, Martin (“Fly”) McIntyre poached a handy lead on Know the Score at the last, but was all out up the stamina sapping final climb to hold the rallying Imogen’s Thunder (Charlie Sprake) by half a length.

“He battled well. We got into a lovely rhythm and I was happy all the way,” reported the jockey, who had walked away from a crunching fall at Edgcote on the previous day.

Leslie Jefford trains the eight-year-old ex-David Pipe inmate for the Angove family and said, “We took him to Cheltenham and it didn’t work out. He is very genuine but not experienced with his fencing yet.”

There was an even closer finish to the 12-runner Mardon Recycling Machinery Maiden which went to Jimmy Snipe by a “nose”. One third of the field were eliminated when a loose horse barged into them on the bottom bend at half way. By this time Businessman was out in front under Darren Edwards, but the seven-year-old could not sustain the gallop and was running on empty at the end only to be caught by 33-1 outsider Jimmy Snipe (Darren Andrews) on the line.

Owned by Lucinda Tylor, the lightly raced winner is from the family of 1988 Grand National hero Rhyme ‘N’ Reason, but came into the race with three non completions from his early season exploits. “We tried a change of tactics today to more front running. He always jumps well but found it challenging and it’s taken a long time with him,” explained Danielle Kenealy, who was saddling her first winner since her partner Joe Tickle took out a full licence.

The judge’s winning verdict of a nose cropped up again in the following Sandhill Racing, PJ Hobbs Conditions race as Minim Mouse (Josh Newman) was adjudged to have held on by that amount as Coningsby charged at her in the dying strides.

Minim Mouse was bred by her owner Gail Dare and is trained by Chloe Newman at Woolminstone near Crewkerne. “We had to treat her for gastric ulcers and it has made a massive difference. She will go on holiday now,” said the trainer. Josh Newman reported, “She really enjoyed it and jumped well but I got there miles too soon.”

Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker saddled first and third in the Andrew Maddox Restricted race. The winner Dancing Dave was only fifth jumping the last, but stormed up the hill to give jockey Chloe Emsley her sixth winner of the season in a bunched finish. “I knew he would stay and the hill suited him,” reported the jockey, enjoying her best season. The winner runs in the colours of Stuart Jarrett, whose wife owns third placed Minella Beag.

The gallant Wotzizname stayed on strongly to hold Skylander (Otis Morgan) in the Totnes & Bridgetown PPORA Conditions race for nine-year-olds and over. This was a first winning ride for 17-year-old Megan Bevan who works for the Colin Tizzard yard. The elated young recruit from the pony racing circuit said, “This was my sixth ride and I thought I had a chance when we jumped the open ditch. The pace was very quick and I saved enough energy to get home. He picked up well for me.”

Cranmore based Sarah Gould trains the winner for her family. The 11-year-old gelding was successful under rules in his younger days for Harry Fry’s yard. Wotzizname was nicely backed from 10’s to 7’s but the unplaced odds-on favourite Dr Time, ridden by championship chasing James King, was in trouble after an early mistake.

The King and Francesca Nimmo combination fared better in the concluding James Pryce Tractors Intermediate thanks to the progressive Largy Mountain. Valerie Cockburn’s promising Yeats seven-year-old put six lengths between himself and French Piece (Tommie O’Brien) after the latter had blundered at the last.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo credit: Megan Cobley Photography

RESULTS- DULVERTON WEST POINT-To-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, ON MONDAY 17th MAY 2021

Going; Good to Soft becoming Good

RESTRICTED (SPONSOR ANDREW MADDOX)

  1. Dancing Dave (Chloe Emsley) 3-1 hdwy three out, 5th at last, led last 150 yards
  2. Eole D’un Regard (Barnaby Treneer) 20-1 prog to lead 15th, headed last 150 yards
  3. Minella Beag (Josh Newman) 7-1 held up, not reach ldrs, stayed on flat

9 ran; 1/2l; 1l; 5m 54s

OPEN MAIDEN (MARDON RECYCLING MACHINERY)

  1. Jimmy Snipe (Darren Andrews) 33-1 handy, effort & outpaced two out, stayed on strongly to lead on line
  2. Businessman (Darren Edwards) 13-2 led, four lengths lead last, wknd nr finish & headed on line
  3. Arctic Milly (Martin McIntyre) 9-4 fav tracked ldrs, third from 2 out, kept on one pace

12 ran; nose; 6l 5m 57s

CONDITIONS (P J HOBBS)

  1. Minim Mouse (Josh Newman) 5-2 hdwy 14th, led three out, hard pressed flat, just held on
  2. Coningsby (James King) 6=1 led til three out, third at last, strong run flat, just failed
  3. Talk of the South (Jake Bament) 13-2 prom, lost place 12th, rallied four out, not pace of ldrs

9 ran; nose; 5l; 5m 53s

MIXED OPEN (BRENDS HOTELS) 4M 1F

  1. Know the Score (Martin McIntyre) 4-5 fav disp lead throughout, led after two out, held on well
  2. Imogen’s Thunder (Charlie Sprake) 7-1 disp lead til apprg last, rallied flat, just failed
  3. Pithivier (Lucy Brown) 25-1 handy, outpaced in third two out, just held on to third

6 ran; 1/2l; 4l; 8m 13s

PPORA CLUB MEMBERS 9-YEAR-OLDS PLUS (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

  1. Wotzizname (Megan Bevan) 7-1 held up in rear, good hdwy four out, led two out, rdn out
  2. Skylander (Otis Morgan) 5-1 in touch, third at last, strong run flat, kept on
  3. Lisheen Prince (Izzie Marshall) 5-2 chased ldrs, 6th two out, stayed on well flat

10 ran; 3 ½ l 4l; 5m 46s

INTERMEDIATE (JAMES PRYCE TRACTORS)

  1. Largy Mountain (James King) 6-5 fav held up, hdwy 14th, led last, very easily
  2. French Piece (Tommie O’Brien) 5-2 with ldrs, effort to lead two out, disp lead when bad mstk last
  3. Awesome Tunes (Darren Edwards) 4-1 jumped left, led third til three out, wknd next

8 ran; 6l; 5l; 5m 48s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo credit: Megan Cobley Photography

ENTRIES: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON MONDAY 17TH MAY 2021

These are the entries for the Dulverton West Point-To-Point. This fixture will welcome the return of the paying public, being granted a spectator capacity of 1500. The fixture will also be live streamed see below for details.

RaceStart timeLink to Dulverton West entries and form for race
PR 15:00 David Pipe & Willie Mullins 138cm and 148cm Pony Races
1st17:00Andrew Maddox Restricted Race
2nd17:35Mardons Maiden Race
3rd18:10PJ Hobbs (Sandhill Racing) Conditions (Level 3) Race
4th18:45Brends Hotels Mixed Open Race
5th19:20PPORA Club Members Conditions (level 3) 9 years & up Race
6th19:55James Pryce Tractors Intermediate Race
Dulverton West Pony and Point-To-Point Races

Dulverton West Preview extract:

Point-to-Pointing takes a step forward to opening its doors to the public at the Dulverton West meeting, to be held at the stunning Bratton Down track in North Devon next Monday 17th May. This is the first of three meetings to be held at this popular course this season, and promises to be a fabulous event.

This will be a late afternoon/evening meeting,with pony racing heading up the action in the afternoon at 3pm. Two pony races are on offer which have been kindly sponsored by David Pipe and Willie Mullins. The main six-race card starts at 5pm, over 90 entries have been received.

Dulverton West Races Course Updates:

Thursday 13th May 7.00am

“Bratton Down – Further inch and half of rain over last couple of days. Going now generally good to soft.” – Hugh Thomas, Clerk of the Course

Sunday  9th 10.30am

On Sunday 9th May the going at Bratton Down is now Good. Genuine good ground with inch and a half of rain in last 36hrs. Showers expected until mid week – hope to maintain. GB

Thursday 6th May 9.00am

The going at Bratton Down is currently Good to Firm. We have had 35mm of steady rain over the course. There is an even covering of grass, with more rain forecast for the weekend. The agrivator will be used if necessary.

Dulverton West Spectator tickets

Tickets will be available via the www.pointtopoint.co.uk website, there is a fee of £15 which includes a racecard. Spectators will be in the Dulverton West Amber Zone.

  • Children under 16 go free but must apply for an e-ticket.
  • Social distancing still must be adhered to at all times.
  • Spectator ticket sales close at 6PM on Sunday 16th May
https://embed.futureticketing.ie/c/point-to-point-uk/

With on site bar, bookies and trade stands, it will be great to get this outdoor event back on track in the beautiful picnic location, which has a back drop view of Exmoor to enjoy.

Postcode for the course is EX31 45G

Dulverton West Live Stream

Live streaming of the Point-To-Point races with race commentary and presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is on offer for the eight Point-To-Point races, with a start time of 16.45 before the first of the races at 17:00.

The live stream will start at 14:30, for the first of the pony races at 15:00, commentary will be available for the pony racing. During the intermission between the pony racing and the point-to-point we will show Simon Nott’s interview series with Will Biddick.

There is a fee of £10 plus a small Eventbrite admin fee to view the race meeting.

Dulverton West Green and Amber zone entry tickets

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

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

Dulverton West ENTRIES FORM GUIDE

Key:

f=fellu=unseated rider
p=pulled upk=knocked over
b=brought downc=carried out
d=disqualified?=unreliable form
s=slipped up+=improving rating
r=refusedblkd=baulked
ro=ran outt=took no part
©=course winner   

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entries at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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David Pipe & Willie Mullins Pony Races

138cm Pony Race

#EnteredPony
1Dewi John HaddockTealson Topic
2Myrtle ScudamoreChurchill
3Margot ScudamoreMaesteg Ruth
4Myla CoppinsWarmwell Lizzie
5Jude BraceMolly Viii
6Harrison DayJessie Jazz It Up
7Evie CoeDowhills Master Alfie
8Jacob RobinsonAntsar Peeptoe
9Sophie FlynnDeehaven Chipmunk
10Lily FrenchFelicity (2)

148cm Pony Race

#EnteredPony
1Billy BroomfieldShotgun Minnie
2Elijah LynchSeal The Deal
3Archie StampOur Jeremy
4Taylor FisherAnnie R U Ok
5Finley SheppardThe Cookie Monster
6Holly FlynnIndian River
7Ruby Fisher-barnettMiss Dolly
8Rian CorcoranTarka
9Ella StephensBroadgrove Royal Gift
10Edward VaughanWhite Water

Dulverton West Preview extract

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Race 1 – Andrew Maddox Restricted Race

#FormHorse NameRatingTRAINERSWeight/GearJockeyOwner Colours
114/p43-63DANCING DAVE (IRE)36Ed Walker 12st 00lb Miss C. EmsleyDark blue and pale blue hoops, striped sleeves, hooped cap
2p/p-p421EDABEAN (IRE)35+Jason Warner(7a) 11st 07lb James KingRed, light blue diamonds, halved sleeves, red cap
3pp1/-p6puEOLE D’UN REGARD (FR)30Deborah Treneer 12st 00lb Hood, Tongue StrapB. TreneerGreen, green and gold striped cap
4*/p2u0-1FLORRIE WEBB (IRE)38Will Biddick 12st 00lb  Red, black spots on sleeves, black cap
59/1p3-436MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE)35Jimmy Cole(7a) 11st 07lb Jimmy ColeRed and black diabolo, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap
63/1p-*003MINELLA BEAG (IRE)NREd Walker(7a) 11st 07lb J. NewmanDark blue, light blue hoops, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap
7215-337uMUSTMEETFORAPINT (IRE)35Dean Summersby 12st 00lb BlinkersD. EdwardsPurple, yellow triple diamond, hooped sleeves, purple cap, yellow diamond
8*060p8-pSWIFT NATIVE (IRE)16Marilyn Bracher(7a) 11st 07lb M. McIntyreDark blue, light blue hoop, light blue sleeves, dark blue armlets, red cap
9p13/-p5pWHERE NOW (IRE)31Gary Barber 12st 00lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapM. RobinsonRoyal blue, white seams, halved sleeves, royal blue cap, white star
10pr2/pp-ppWILD GINGER30?John Crew 12st 00lb Luke ScottBlue, yellow disc, striped sleeves, yellow cap
11 RALEAGH FLORA   12st 00lb Z. BakerRoyal blue, orange hoop, hooped sleeves and cap

Dulverton West Preview extract

The opening Andrew Maddox-sponsored Restricted race could be a battle between recent winners Edabean and Florrie Webb if not competing at Cothelstone during the week and with Will Biddick on the sidelines having sustained an injury last weekend. Don’t Ask Us for the Keith Cumings team is one who could follow up on a recent  maiden win at Upcott Cross for Jockey Josh Newman. And Mustmeetforapint has been unlucky since winning his maiden at Wadebridge and could bounce back here to challenge.

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Race 2 – Mardons Maiden Race

#FormHorse NameRatingTRAINERSWeight/GearJockeyOwner Colours
133/u32-53ARCTIC MILLY32Leslie Jefford(7a) 11st 07lb M. McIntyreRed, black stars, blue sleeves, white hoops, blue cap
2 ARV WAY THERENRHugh Thomas 12st 00lb V. WebsterDark blue, yellow diamond, red sleeves and cap
30224/fr2-0BEST TO COME (IRE)25?Byron Moorcroft 12st 00lb Tongue StrapJames KingRed, light blue diamonds, halved sleeves, red cap
44/42/3-5pBUSINESSMAN (IRE)31Leslie Jefford 12st 00lb CheekpiecesD. EdwardsBlue, white chevron, red sleeves and cap
5-ppCUZZICOMBE (IRE)0Keith Cumings 12st 00lb J. NewmanNavy and cerise (halved), sleeves reversed, blue cap
6 DAISY YEATSNRSarah Prouse(7a) 11st 07lb J. BamentYellow, black sleeves, yellow epaulets, black cap, yellow spots
7/5/p-9ISLAND TYPHOON12Zoe Hawkins(7a) 11st 07lb Miss Z. HawkinsBlue, white hoops, red sleeves and cap
8-pppJIMMY SNIPE0Danielle Kenealy 12st 00lb Robert HawkerEmerald green, pink star and sleeves, emerald green cap, pink star
9-ppLAST OF THE DRUIDS0Robert Chanin 12st 00lb CheekpiecesF. SummersRoyal blue,  yellow halved sleeves
10p/pp-p2upMAD FOR ACTION (IRE)29Abigail Lewis 12st 00lb CheekpiecesMiss Abigail LewisBlack, purple cross of lorraine, purple sleeves, white cap
113u3us/-4NOT AT ALL (FR)31+Jason Warner 12st 00lb Tongue StrapJames KingRed, light blue diamonds, halved sleeves, red cap
12-3NUOVA VITA30+Edward Walker 12st 00lb Miss C. EmsleyLight blue, red stars, royal blue sleeves. red stars, light blue cap
13p-fPIRATE DANCER9Annabelle Bacon(7a) 11st 07lb J. CameronDark green, pink disc and sleeves, pink cap, dark green spots
143/p-4ROC THE BOAT20Jennifer Boucher 12st 00lb Tongue StrapV. WebsterWhite, red armlets, white cap
15*696708-WISE GARDEN (FR)NRDanielle Kenealy(7a) 11st 07lb D. EdwardsRed, dark green stars, red sleeves, green chevrons, red cap

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In the 3-mile Mardons-sponsored Maiden race Benny’s Miracle for the Teresa Clark team ran third at Trebudannon and could be ready to improve, along with Not At All (Jason Warner) placed last season, Jimmy Tew’s third at Holnicote for the Janet Ackner team for Darren Edwards to ride, and Nouva Vita’s third at Flete Park for the Ed Walker team is another who could come on for the run.


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Race 3 – PJ Hobbs( Sandhill Racing) Conditions (Level 3) Race

#FormHorse NameRatingTRAINERSWeight/GearJockeyOwner Colours
1pp/fp-p3pANOLYSSE MORINIERE (FR)32Janet Ackner 12st 00lb BlinkersB. MorganNavy, yellow hoop, halved sleeves, yellow cap
221*6/-437CHILL FACTOR (IRE)39Will Biddick(5x) 12st 05lb Blinkers, Tongue Strap Emerald green, white hoop, white sleeves and cap
3u0p/2p2pCONINGSBY37?Stuart Penny(7x) 12st 07lb CheekpiecesJames KingBlack and turquoise checked, black sleeves, turquoise cap
4u12212/p-GINGILI40?Daniel Adams(9x) 12st 09lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapD. AdamsRoyal blue and white stripes, white sleeves, quartered cap
5*074359-HORATIO HORNBLOWER (IRE)NRAnna Johnston(10x) 12st 10lb Miss A. JohnstonGrey, black sash and cap
6261/28-14JOURNEY JUICE39Ed Walker 12st 00lb Miss C. EmsleyRed and gold (striped), red sleeves, quartered cap
7/4p-2*438MINIM MOUSE40Gail Dare(7a) 11st 07lb J. NewmanDark blue, dark blue and purple quartered cap
8p4735-241ROLLING DYLAN (IRE)40Laura Parker 12st 00lb CheekpiecesI. BuncleYellow & white stripes, yellow sleeves and cap
9p0p/p-ppRUARAIDH HUGH (IRE)16?Tracy Williams 12st 00lb CheekpiecesArron ButterfieldRoyal blue, yellow hoops, maroon sleeves, royal blue cap
10*/0076-1pSTATIC JACK (IRE)42Deborah Treneer(10x) 12st 10lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapMichael TreneerGreen, green and gold striped cap
111pp/42-20TALK OF THE SOUTH (IRE)40?Gordon Chambers 12st 00lb J. BamentBlue, pink hoops, blue cap

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The PJ Hobbs( Sandhill Racing)-sponsored Conditions race could be a battle between another Ed Walker-trained inmate Journey Juice who could follow up on his impressive victory at Flete Park when produced by Chloe Emsley for a two length victory. Rolling Dylan is proving to be a great schoolmaster for young jockey Tom Dixon and talented trainer Laura Parker when winning Members race at Holnicote. Phillip Hobbs still has an interest in Rolling Dylan who was impressive when running under rules winning over 56k in prize money.


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Race 4 – Brends Hotels Mixed Open Race

#HorseNoFormHorse NameRatingTRAINERSWeight/GearJockeyOwner Colours
126-50421BOARD OF TRADE43Edward Walker(3x) 11st 10lb Miss C. EmsleyWhite, red sleeves, red cap, white seams
27/-346415ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40John Heard 11st 07lb Miss Charlotte SummersbyMaroon, yellow hoops and armlets, maroon cap
316-ppp61IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)39Mary Tory 11st 07lb Tongue Strap, VisorCharlie SprakeDark blue, light blue hoops, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap
4233-4f03KASHMIR PEAK (IRE)38?Alan Hill 11st 07lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapD. CherrimanMaroon, beige stripe, navy cap
5*3/1p5p-17KNOW THE SCORE (IRE)43Leslie Jefford(3x) 11st 10lb M. McIntyreBlack and mauve hoops, white sleeves, mauve cap
61/1p1/-pp6PITHIVIER (FR)39Peter Mason 11st 07lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapMiss L. BrownLime green, yellow cross of lorraine, lime green sleeves, lime green cap, yellow diamonds
73/fp-8861fSYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR)39Deborah Treneer 11st 07lb B. TreneerGreen, green and gold striped cap

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The feature race looks to be the Brends Hotels-sponsored Mixed Open race which offers over £700 in prize money, entries include Board Of Trade for in form Devon trainer Ed Walker who impressively beat Southfield Theatre at Flete Park earlier this month under jockey Chloe Emsley. Eric The Third could go well again for trainer John Heard having won at Trebudannon, and outside raider Barney Dwan (Sally Randall) having won a Ladies Open at Cocklebarrow last season and had a good spin at Cheltenham a Hunter Chase finishing fourth last month and could prove dangerous.


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Race 5 – PPORA Club Members Conditions (Level 3) 9 years old and up Race

#FormHorse NameRatingTRAINERSWeight/GearJockeyOwner Colours
1/p3/-p4R2BISTOURI D’HONORE (FR)39?Lucy Felton 12st 00lb CheekpiecesMiss H. GreeneRoyal blue, yellow spots on sleeves, yellow cap
237p-pu11DR TIME (IRE)40+Francesca Nimmo 12st 00lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapJames KingWhite and dark blue hoops, white sleeves, dark blue stars, white cap
3/u1p-u5uFARAWAY STAR (FR)35Tracey Williams(7a) (3x) 11st 10lb CheekpiecesArron ButterfieldMaroon, blue disc and sleeves, quartered cap
42/p/-p86pJUNGLE LEGEND24Gary Barber 12st 00lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapJosh BarberRoyal blue, white star, hooped sleeves, star and cap
5/64/pp-4pKILRONAN CASTLE24Martin Sweetland 12st 00lb J. VeyseyYellow, dark blue hoop, dark blue sleeves, yellow stars, dark blue cap, yellow star
6/p-p242LISHEEN PRINCE (IRE)37Alan Hill 12st 00lb Cheekpieces, Tongue StrapMiss I. MarshallPurple, yellow sleeves, star and cap
7pf023-p3pMODEL CLOUD (IRE)36?Reg Hopkins(7a) 11st 07lb CheekpiecesMiss C. EmsleyWhite, blue chevron, check sleeves and gold cap
8668463-2fOSCAR LANTERN (IRE)39Rebecca Branton 12st 00lb Miss E. HerbisonGreen, black epaulettes, black stars on sleeves, black cap
9113u-p94pPLATINUM BEN (IRE)33Reg Hopkins(3x) 12st 03lb CheekpiecesJ. NewmanWhite, blue chevron, check sleeves and gold cap
10/542-71u1SKYLANDER (IRE)40Richard Morgan(3x) 12st 03lb Otis MorganDark blue, beige cross of lorraine, dark blue sleeves and cap
11*3/82p/-p2WOTZIZNAME (IRE)40Sarah Gould 12st 00lb Tongue StrapMiss Megan BevanRoyal blue, pink stars, pink sleeves, royal blue stars, royal blue cap, pink stars

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They also hold entries in the Members Conditions race which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd, where either could prove worthy winners, but could come up against another outside raider catching the eye, in the Francesca Nimmo-trained Dr Time who is looking for a hat-trick of wins this season under leading gentleman jockey James King.


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Race 6 – James Pryce Tractors Intermediate Race

#HorseNoFormHorse NameRatingTRAINERSWeight/GearJockeyOwner Colours
132/fp2-62AWESOME TUNES (IRE)37Ryan Chapman 12st 00lb CheekpiecesD. EdwardsRed, emerald green sleeves (halved), black cap, red spots
241432/-p4COME ON JOEY (IRE)36Roy Smith 12st 00lb P. JohnLight blue, red striped sleeves and cap
312-pp614COTTAGE ROSE38John Heard(7a) 11st 07lb CheekpiecesMiss Charlotte SummersbyRed, yellow star, yellow sleeves, red armlets, yellow cap
4321/2-83fDR RHYTHM (IRE)36Keith Cumings 12st 00lb J. NewmanDark blue and mauve (quartered), dark blue sleeves, mauve armlets
5p5pp7//-5DRIFTWOOD PRIDE (IRE)33Jane Western 12st 00lb CheekpiecesM. McIntyreRed, green diamond, green armlets, green cap
6pp4/34-pDRUID SPITFIRE35Robert Chanin 12st 00lb BlinkersF. SummersRoyal blue,  yellow halved sleeves
7000/11-1FRENCH PIECE40Luke Price(5x) 12st 05lb B. MoorcroftRed, light blue diamonds, halved sleeves, red cap
8ppp3-211LARGY MOUNTAIN (IRE)38Francesca Nimmo 12st 00lb James KingCambridge blue, gold stars, maroon collar and sleeves, gold cap
911/p-ppppLAWSONS THORNS (IRE)32Mike Vanstone(5x) 12st 05lb J. NewmanWhite, blue hoops, white sleeves, black diabolo, yellow cap, black diamonds
10p3/11/-p3MAHLER STYLE (IRE)37Alan Walter(7a) 11st 07lb Eye shieldJ. BamentYellow, brown hoop, sleeves reversed, white cap
112u3p/p/-4ON YOUR MAX33Louise Kittow 12st 00lb I. BuncleDark green, white cross of lorraine, dark green sleeves, white cap
12746-6p32SHANOULE WOOD (IRE)36Hannah Clarke 12st 00lb CheekpiecesCharlie MarshallRoyal blue, white diamond, royal blue cap, white diamond

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Finally up is the Intermediate race with many previously mentioned holding claims if waiting to challenge in this race, along with For Rita who could follow-up on her ten-length win at Flete Park earlier this month. Also Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team and is another in winning form seeking a hat trick of wins this season. This race has been sponsored by James Pryce Tractors.

Photo Credits: Megan Cobley Photography; Athwenna Irons/WMN


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Preview: The Dulverton West POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down MonDAY 17 May 2021

Point-to-Pointing takes a step forward to opening its doors to the public at the Dulverton West meeting, to be held at the stunning Bratton Down track in North Devon next Monday 17th May. This is the first of three meetings to be held at this popular course this season, and promises to be a fabulous event.

This will be a late afternoon/evening meeting,with pony racing heading up the action in the afternoon at 3pm. Two pony races are on offer which have been kindly sponsored by David Pipe and Willie Mullins.

The main six-race card starts at 5pm, over 90 entries have been received. The feature race looks to be the Brends Hotel-sponsored Mixed Open race which offers over £700 in prize money, entries include Board Of Trade for in form Devon trainer Ed Walker who impressively beat Southfield Theatre at Flete Park earlier this month under jockey Chloe Emsley. Eric The Third could go well again for trainer John Heard having won at Trebudannon, and outside raider Barney Dwan (Sally Randall) having won a Ladies Open at Cocklebarrow last season and had a good spin at Cheltenham a Hunter Chase finishing fourth last month and could prove dangerous.

The opening Andrew Maddox-sponsored Restricted race could be a battle between recent winners Edabean and Florrie Webb if not competing at Cothelstone during the week and with Will Biddick on the sidelines having sustained an injury last weekend. Don’t Ask Us for the Keith Cumings team is one who could follow up on a recent  maiden win at Upcott Cross for Jockey Josh Newman. And Mustmeetforapint has been unlucky since winning his maiden at Wadebridge and could bounce back here to challenge.

In the 3-mile Mardons-sponsored Maiden race Benny’s Miracle for the Teresa Clark team ran third at Trebudannon and could be ready to improve, along with Not At All (Jason Warner) placed last season, Jimmy Tew’s third at Holnicote for the Janet Ackner team for Darren Edwards to ride, and Nouva Vita’s third at Flete Park for the Ed Walker team is another who could come on for the run.

The PJ Hobbs( Sandhill Racing)-sponsored Conditions race could be a battle between another Ed Walker-trained inmate Journey Juice who could follow up on his impressive victory at Flete Park when produced by Chloe Emsley for a two length victory. Rolling Dylan is proving to be a great schoolmaster for young jockey Tom Dixon and talented trainer Laura Parker when winning Members race at Holnicote. Phillip Hobbs still has an interest in Rolling Dylan who was impressive when running under rules winning over 56k in prize money.

They also hold entries in the Members Conditions race which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd, where either could prove worthy winners, but could come up against another outside raider catching the eye, in the Francesca Nimmo-trained Dr Time who is looking for a hat-trick of wins this season under leading gentleman jockey James King.

Finally up is the Intermediate race with many previously mentioned holding claims if waiting to challenge in this race, along with For Rita who could follow-up on her ten-length win at Flete Park earlier this month. Also Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team and is another in winning form seeking a hat trick of wins this season. This race has been sponsored by James Pryce Tractors.

  • Dulverton West spectator tickets will be available via the pointing.co.uk/tickets website, there is a fee of £15 which includes a racecard.
  • Children under 16 go free but must apply for an e-ticket.
  • Social distancing still must be adhered to at all times.
  • With on site bar, bookies and trade stands, it will be great to get this outdoor event back on track in the beautiful picnic location, which has a back drop view of Exmoor to enjoy.
  • Dulverton West live streaming viewing will be available via registering with eventbrite via the pointingdc.co.uk/Live website.
  • Postcode for the course is EX31 45G.
Donna Harris
Donna Harris

Best selling Children’s Author Interested in journalism, novel writing. Currently PRO Devon & Cornwall Point to Point.

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