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Early season and 2020-21 fixture list confirmed


Following a meeting on 16 July, the PPA Board has agreed that the proposed early season programme of point-to-points should go ahead.  

The decision was not taken lightly, particularly as there are several factors which cannot as yet be fully quantified.  However, on the balance of probability, given present progress at both national and sporting levels, and more specifically racing under Rules, it is believed that point to pointing will be able to start in October, hopefully on Saturday 24 at Bishops Court in East Devon.

The full provisional fixture list for 2020-21 (subject to BHA approval) can be downloaded here, but the following fixtures are planned for the early season:

24 Oct – East Devon at Bishops Court
25 Oct – Ledbury at Maisemore Park
1 Nov – Kimblewick at Kimble
8 Nov – The Wheatland at Chaddesley Corbett
15 Nov – South East Hunts Club at Charing
15 Nov – Dunsmore Racing Club at Dunsmore


The favourable response to the owner/trainer survey that was circulated earlier this month combined with the general progress made on Covid-19, and the possible losses to pointing if we did not make an early start, helped to make the PPA Board’s decision.

Of course, there may localised Covid-19 spikes between now and October, and indeed at any stage.  To that end protocols have been written for the fixtures at varying levels at which they can be run, including racing behind closed doors. The sport emphatically does not wish to race without spectators, and we certainly hope we do not have to. However, it is important to plan for all eventualities and to provide opportunities for the sport’s participants, whilst ensuring it is financially viable for the fixture. 

Click here to download the full 2020/21 provisional fixture list.

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 DUNSMORE CLUB, SILVERTON 17th NOVEMBER 2017

BOOKIES 3 PUNTERS 3 – Score draw

Firstly, the organisers deserve much credit for getting this meeting on at this new course, having battled to defeat the recent very wet weather. The jockeys I spoke with praised the condition of the course and the fences. The track is quite sharp with almost three circuits.

A lot of familiar old faces graced both sides of the betting ring at the new venue. A lot of smiling faces in fact from the ten men with the satchels after the first two races. 

Will Biddick’s first ride of the season, four year old Queens Legacy in the young horse Maiden was always a shade of odds-on with 4-5 ruling at the off. She slipped up when holding every chance on the final bend, but this granddaughter of Panda Shandy is sure to winraces. The winner Macca’s Stowaway looked fit, but was friendless in the ring and drifted from 7-2 to 6-1. Her form under rules looked suspect, but she stormed home under 41-year-old Merv Woodward, who was deputising in the saddle for temporarily sidelined owner/trainer Jimmy Cole. The runner up Janeslittlevoice (8’s to 5’s) kept on but was no match for the winner.

Nine of the ten entries for the second race (Conditions) turned up. Hello George was originally chalked up at 4-1 in a place, but that was soon snapped up, and the useful ex-Hobbs gelding, now in Will Biddick’s yard and ridden by the talented Frenchman Nathan Vergne, started 7-4 favourite. I have rarely seen two horses going hammer and tongs well clear out in front like Hello George and Marten (12’s into 10’s) for the best part of the last mile and a half. They raced stride for stride with neither giving an inch until Evan David and Marten got the verdict on the nod right on the post. Mary Vestey trains the winner, who seemed to have lost his way under rules , for her father (Lord Vestey) at Stowell Park 

Okay, two-nil to the bookies, but the punters soon got one back thanks to The Roestone (solid evens fav) who only had a ten minutes trip to the track from just up the road at Thorverton. The Vinnie Roe gelding relished the ground under Tom Chanin and was always holding Mr Jaggers (9-2) after third home Second Chapter (5-4 from 2’s) had ruined his chance with a blunder three out.

I thought that Bishops Road was the goods in the Mixed Open, but he drifted from 4-6 to evens fav, and couldn’t get to grips with Don Bersy (3’s into 7-4) despite Bradley Gibbs putting up 5 lbs overweight on the winner. After his usual hesitancy at the start,  DonBersy was soon in front and was always holding Bishops Road. The winners trainer Ryan Potter runs a shrewd yard at Ross-on-Wye and is worth keeping an eye on this season

Punters got it right in the Intermediate with Waterloo Warrior (4-6. Evens, 4-5 fav), given a typical Biddick ride to overcome Robin Why Not (9-4 to 2’s). The Warrior took command on the bottom bend. Formerly a Colin Tizzard inmate, Waterloo Warrior had suffered from seconditis under rules and was far from straightforward. He could make into a fair pointer. 

The getting out stakes ( Open Maiden) saw the obligatory Welsh trained winner as Iusetaluvheronce (memories of the Saw Doctorssong) made all under a positive ride from Byron Moorcroft to land the odds (10-11 fav from 6-4). This seven-year-old had only modest form under rules but looks capable of scoring again.  The inexperienced JoeTidball gave the runner up Ticklebellylane (14’s to 12’s) a grand ride for a novice.

REPORT ON THE DUNSMORE CLUB, SILVERTON SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

The wheel is come full circle. I am here ~ Lear. William Shakespeare

What you mean Mr Shakespeare is that it has only been 22 weeks since we last got together in Devon and here we are again.

Yes, a new season, a new course, and a newly formed Club meeting gave a fresh feeling to the launch of the 2019/20 British point-to-point season m at Dunsmore near Silverton, Devon.

Clerk of the course Norman Chanin and his team had worked hard to combat the recent bad weather to get the course ready.  They were rewarded with a good sized crowd and commendations about the track and the fences from jockeys. Even the sun made an appearance

The Dunsmore Club meeting hosted runners from far and wide, but it was a Tavistock based mare who struck the first blow for Devon in the opening Tiverton hotel sponsored Maiden race for four to six-year olds. This was Macca’sStowaway, formerly in training with Christian Williams, and recommended to Jimmy Cole by Nick Scholfield.

Currently sidelined through injury, 37-year-old Jimmy Cole has been a popular pointing figure for some time in the Devon & Cornwall area as an owner / trainer/ rider. He entrusted the steering on this occasion to fellow veteran jockey MervWoodward. “I think that is my 50th winner including nine hunter chases. I went wide to avoid the softest ground,” reported the 41-year-old rider whose day job is lorry driving.

Will Biddick’s quest to retain his National title ended in the soft Dunsmore turf in the first race as Queen’s Legacy slipped up on the home bend when holding every chance. The seven-times champion jockey soon made amends however with a comfortable success on Waterloo Warrior in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. This seven-year-old, qualified with the Cotswold Vale Farmers, shook off front running Robin Why Not (“kept hanging right”, said jockey Darren Andrews) in the home straight to score by six lengths. Jake Slatter, who trains at Toddington near Cheltenham, saddled the ex-Colin Tizzard gelding for his mother. “Will rode him exactly as planned,” said the trainer, as the jockey remarked, “He jumped well today and is a nice sort. The further he went the better he was”.

Gloucestershire also supplied the winner of the Heltorsponsored Conditions race which saw nine of the ten entries face the starter. Lord Vestey’s seven-year-old Marten, sent off at 10-1, prevailed by a short head after a demanding neck and neck battle throughout the final circuit with runner up Hello George (Nathan Vergne). Evan David had the mount on the winner, trained by the owner’s daughter Mary at Stowell Park. “I have four in training. This horse hadn’t won for a few years and I am still in shock,” said Mary Vestey. 27-year-old Evan David reported that, “It was very close and I got the nod on the line. He is an out and out stayer and would do more on a galloping track,” The successful jockey works in Ben Pauling’s National Hunt yard.

The Valley Construction Mixed Open went to the consistent Don Bersy who stayed on well under Bradley Gibbs to hold the favourite Bishops Road. “He is a busy horse and gets himself fit but can be very quirky at the start.” said trainer Ryan Potter who operates from the yard occupied at one time by leading trainer John Edwards at Ross-on-Wye.

The Roestone needed only a ten minutes journey from Robert Chanin’s Thorverton yard to strike for the locals in the Porlock Weir Hotel & Luttrell Arms Restricted. The Vinnie Roe five-year-old proved a deserving winner for owners Andrew and Sue Knox, staying on gamely to hold Mr Jaggersafter third placed Second Chapter had ruined his chance with a mistake three out. “Andrew has done a lot of work on the course,” said the trainer, who reflected that his sons Ian and Tom had sourced the winner in Ireland as an unbroken three-year-old. Tom Chanin had the mount on The Roestone who, “has come in stronger and matured now.” according to the jockey.

The Gingerland Livery sponsored Open Maiden winner Iusetaluvheronce has an intriguing name but is probably no rock star. The seven-year-old did it the hard way out in front all the way to see off his five opponents under the urgings of the talented Byron Moorcroft. “If he wins a couple of point-to-points he may go back to Tim Vaughan,” reported owner/trainer Luke Price who houses 20 pointers at his Ynysybwl yard near Pontypridd.

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RESULTS: DUNSMORE CLUB POINT TO POINT, SILVERTON 17TH NOVEMBER 2019

Going: Good with good to soft & soft patches

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS ( SPONSOR Tiverton Hotel)

1 Maccas Stowaway (Mervyn Woodward) 6-1 led to 5th & agn13th, ran on well 

2 Janeslittlevoice (Martin McIntyre) 5-1 held up, prog three out, stayed on clsg stgs 

3 Shantolie (Kieren Buckley) 4-1 in touch, wknd three out

6 ran; 7l; distance; 6m 28s

 

CONDITIONS (Heltor)

1 Marten (Evan David)10-1 handy, disp ld 12th, led on nod last stride

2 Hello George (Nathan Vergne) 7-4 fav led, joined 12th, disp til headed on nod last stride  

3 Wood Pigeon (Paige Topley) 12-1  4th half way, outpaced in 3rd from 14th

9 ran; short head; 15l; 6m 10s

 

RESTRICTED (Porlock Weir hotel & The Luttrell Arms)

1 The Roestone (Tom Chanin) evens fav led after three out, kept on strongly

2 Mr Jaggers (Charlie O’Shea) 9-2 prom, went 2nd two out, stayed on well 

3 Second Chapter (Josh Newman) 5-4 led 10th til bad mstk three out, held from next

4 ran; 4l; 12l;  6m 7s

 

MIXED OPEN ((Valley Construction)

1 Don Bersy (Bradley Gibbs) 7-4 led 4th, made rest, stayed on gamely

2 Bishops Road (Zac Baker) evens fav led til chased wnr from 4th, ev chance til no extra two out

3 Ballyhowne (Tom Chanin) 3-1 outpaced from 12th, tailed off

5 ran; 1 1/2l; distance; 6m 6s

 

INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Waterloo Warrior (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav held up in touch, led three out, grad drew clr

2 Robin Why Not (Darren Andrews) 2-1  led til three out, kept on

3 Druid Spitfire (Tom Chanin) 6-1 in touch til no extra four out

4 ran; 6l; 20l;  6m 17s

 

OPEN MAIDEN (Gingerland Livery Ltd)

1 Iusetaluvheronce (Byron Morrcroft) 10-11 fav made all kept on well under pressure flat

2 Ticklebellylane (Joe Tidball) 12-1,  hdwy to press wnr two out, hung right flat 

3 Family Man (Bradley Gibbs) 9-4  in touch, 2nd 12th til two out, no extra

6 ran; 5l; 10l;  6m 23s

 

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Entries: Dunsmore Club Point-To-Point, Dunsmore, Sunday 17th November 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 noon 4, 5 & 6 yr old Open Maiden Race
2nd 12:35 Conditions Race
3rd 13:10 Restricted Race
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Intermediate Race
6th 14:55 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Sunday 17th Nov 08:00

Good, good to soft in places

Friday 15th Nov 16:30

Good to soft , soft in places after a drying day!

Thursday 14th Nov 12.15

Going is soft.

Mats are going down to aid vehicle movement in and out of course.

Tuesday 12th Nov 11.15

Good, Good to Soft in places

Friday 8th Nov,14:03

Course has been verti drained. Going is good, good to soft in places

Thurs 7th Nov, 19:18

Good to soft. A Verti-drainer is being used to maintain the going.

 Course Plan

Preview extract:

When autumn starts to give way to winter then we know it’s pointing time, and with the build up to the start of the season, along the new course at Dunsmore for the Club meeting near Silverton hosting the first of 25 scheduled for the Devon & Cornwall area, it is no surprise to have attracted some good quality entries on Sunday November 17. Six races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. Over 50 entries have been received.

Along with the racing will be great catering facilities such as home made Moore’s Pasty’s, hot sausages and burgers from the local Silverton butchers, along with a pop up bar from Exe Valley Brewery. The course offers a good viewing track to get close to the action, with on course bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Location is Dunsmore, Silverton EX5 4DU signed off A396. Dogs on leads welcome.

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
© = 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 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.

Directions to Dunsmore Point-To-Point

From the North on M5 there are 2 routes you can use: Route 1 (M5 J27) Turn off at Junction 27 to Tiverton. Tiverton take A396 to Exeter DO NOT TAKE the left turn to Silverton please proceed along A road for 1/2 mile until you get to The Ruffwell Inn turn left opposite (follow signs).
Route 2 (M5 28) Turn off at Jt 28 Cullompton into Cullompton. Follow B3181 southbound for about 5 miles to Budlake. Do not follow sat nav to Bradninch with horse boxes.  Turn right to Silverton (Killerton) proceed through Ellerhayes. The course will be signposted left off this road before you reach Silverton.
From South M5 come off at Jt 30 or 29 Follow the B3181 through Broadclyst Turn left at Budlake (Killerton) Proceed through Ellerhayes The course will be signposted left off this road before Silverton.

Please remember DO NOT go to Silverton Village or Bradninch Village with horse boxes.

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Race 1 – 4,  5 & 6 year old Open Maiden Race

Name Form Race_Comments Rating
FAMILY MAN (IRE) 2*5p78- 3L 2nd to Chosen Flame in Irish maiden 2018;beaten 20L+ in 4 hurdles after; acts on good/soft NR
FEVERTRE (IRE) Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules NR
FRANK AND HONEST (IRE) f242- Beaten 4L & Neck in 2 Irish maidens last season; acts on gd/soft; looks capable of going close NR
GLIMPSE OF GLADYS /3f/455- Dam won 3m Selling hurdle; 4L 3rd Ptp Flat 2018; 19L 4th & 41L 5th in maiden last season; 24
GOG ELLES (IRE) 050/0p/- Ex Flat(5L 3rd over 1m2f) unplaced in 2 x2m hurdles races in 2018; not seen since NR
I PREFERE DIAMONDS (IRE) /43- Nice intro when 3L 4th & 16L 3rd in 2 Point to Point Flat Races(2m) jumps Debut today 26
JANESLITTLEVOICE /pp- Saddle slipped and pulled up after 1 furlong in Ptp Flat race & Pu 8th in Chipley Park maiden 2019 season 00
MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE) *8p5p/99- Modest hurlder/Chaser (placed once, 18L 3rd in 3m hurdle) Beaten 22L+ in 2 summer runs; acts any NR
O’FAOLAINS LAD (IRE) pp4pp- 18L 4th in Irish Maiden (Jan 2019; never nearer) on only completion to date; acts gd/soft NR
QUEENS LEGACY Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rule NR
SHANTOLIE (IRE) /p- Pulled up 3 out in Irish maiden won by Oscar Asche on only start to date NR
SHES A LEGEND *0p/- Half sis to Country Legend (won 4 Ptps )Well beaten in a Taunton 2m hurdle Jan 2019 ;pu only other Start NR
VOIE DAN VOIE (FR) *54u238- Runner up 4 times (inc 8L 2nd in Taunton 2m7f Chase) acts on gd/heavy; may go close here NR

Preview extract

These include an Open Maiden for 4,5 & 6yr old’s sponsored by the Tiverton Hotel, which is the opener for the day, with a strong entry of 13. Entries include an interesting debutant Queens Legacy for national champion jockey Will Biddick, I Prefer Diamonds for local trainer Robert Chanin, and two from Laura Thomas’s yard Voie Dans Voie a six-year old who’s previous form includes runner-up in a novice Hunter Chase at Taunton last February, and ex- Irish pointer Frank & Honest who looks to be the likely favourite having scored two seconds in Irish Points, the latest by a neck in May.

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Race 2 – Conditions Race

Name Form Race_Comments Rating
ATLANTIC BREAKER (IRE) 14047/pp- Irish 2m3f hurdle winner 2017;unplaced in 4 Chases (pulled in both starts in March/April) acts on gd/soft NR
HAWKHURST (IRE) 1f53112- Won 9 Ptps – 2017/19 (Dual Conditions winner 2019) acts on any; very consistent; EW chances here 43
HELLO GEORGE (IRE) /1/23/41- Won 3 Hurdles/NHFlat (2m5f) for Philip Hobbs 2013/17;Beat Fly West 3L in Cothelstone Conds; stays well 41
HOW ABOUT IT (IRE) 311443- Won maiden & 2 Chases(2-3m) 2015-17;Won VWH Conds & Cotswold Open; acts any; faded in 3m,4f Open latest 39
JACK BY THE HEDGE *636/p/- Lightly raced(10 runs); won 2m hurdle 2013; pulled up 8th in Larkhill Nov Riders race in 2018 NR
MAJOR HINDRANCE (IRE) *25/p6p0- Won 2m5f hurdle & Exeter 2m3f chase Jan 2018(heavy) Well held in last 3 runs 2019 NR
MARTEN (FR) 16p/p8p- Won NHFlat & 2m5 Novice hurdle in 2016/17; moderate recent form (pulled up in only chase); acts gd/soft NR
MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 242/-f425- Won 5 Ptps(inc 3m6f Open)last won in 2014;15L 2nd in Peper Harow Nov riders;acts on any; 32
SUMMER SOUNDS (IRE) 1121p1- Won 9 Ptps (5 last season Nov Riders/members races) acts on any; stays well ; must go close here 44
WOOD PIGEON (IRE) *p24/24p- Won Irish Ptp & Fakenham 2m5f hand chase (heavy) runner up 3 times since; consistent sort NR

Preview extract

The Heltor-sponsored Conditions race has previous Cothelstone winner Hello George for 23 year-old owner/jockey Nathan Vergne entered. Hello George was previously rated 135 when in training with Phillip Hobbs. They could be taken on by nine-time winner Summer Sound (Francesca Nimmo) who under jockey Luke Scott made all when winning at Chaddesley Corbett on good going. Multiple Point-to-Point winner Hawkhurst for trainer Alan Hill is another to catch the eye having won ten of his 16 starts between the flags, although current connections may chose his entry at the Cottenham meeting this weekend as a preferred option.

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Race 3 – Restricted Race

Name Form Race_Comments Rating
CROSBIE GARSTIN cfp5//1- Lightly raced; Beat Fireweld 5L in Trebuddanon 2m4f maiden (3 ran) on only start in the 2019 season 30
MR JAGGERS (IRE) u513up/- Won Buckfast 2m4f maiden 2017 & 22L 3rd in Rest won by Fly West;acts on soft;unraced since April 2017 33?
SECOND CAPTAIN (IRE) /p642/1- Beaten 28L+ Irish maiden;Beat the Dartmoor Rose 1 /34L in Cothelstone 2m4f maiden; acts on any 33
THE ROESTONE (IRE) 15/p6u14- Beat Staar 3L E.Corn Ptp Flat 2018 & 5L winner of Sponners maiden (kept on well from 2 out) acts gd/soft; chances 35+

Preview extract

The Roestone could be one to follow for local trainer Robert Chanin in the Luttrell Arms and Dunster & Porlock Weir Hotel -sponsored Restricted race and wouldn’t need to travel far to score here, following upon their five length maiden win at Cherrybrook, and previous bumper flat race win at Great Trethew.

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Race 4 – Mixed Open Race

Name Form Race_Comments Rating
ARDVIEW BOY (IRE) s111*6p8- Won 3 Ptps last season Maiden/Rest/Interm(made all) ; failed to shine in 3NH races after; acts on any 40
BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 4/145231- Dual Irish Ptp Winner;Won Wadebridge Interm & Beat Sixteen Letters Head in S.Tetcott Conds (33/1) acts any 40
BISHOPS ROAD 2up631f- Won 6 NH & Ptp;Easy winner of Cheltenham 2m5f Hunterchase(32L), useful at best; chances if fit 44
DON BERSY (FR) /3p1142- Won 4NH (quite useful hurdler) & won 2 Welsh Opens in 2019 (made all) acts on good/soft; EW chances 42
MAJOR HINDRANCE (IRE) *25/p6p0- Won 2m5f hurdle & Exeter 2m3f chase Jan 2018(heavy) Well held in last 3 runs in 2019 NR
MELCHOIR KING (IRE) *7761p5- 2L winner of Chepstow 2m maiden hurdle (gd/soft) for Philip Hobbs; unraced over fences NR
PETERBROWN (IRE) 65423u3- Dual Ptp/ NH winner(3m) acts any; 2L 2nd Stevenstone Open ;often placed ;last won in 2015 38?
ROB THE GETAWAY (IRE) 1/12f5- Maiden winner 2018;20L winner of Sherrif Hutton Rest Jan 2019; 2nd in Interm after; acts any ; front runs 39

Preview extract

Valley Constructions have sponsored the Mixed Open race in which Bishops Road for trainer Thomas David sets the standard, having decent form with a Cheltenham Hunter Chase win under jockey Zack Baker who is currently working for Nigel Twiston-Davies and retains the ride here, of the eight entered they look to be the likely favourite. Don Bersey has previous hurdle form under rules and won an Open Point at Cothelstone by a distance under jockey Bradley Gibbs so could run well if turning up here. Rob The Getaway also looks an interesting entry on breeding and previous French form, he also holds an entry in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race which follows.

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Race 5 – Intermediate Race

Name Form Race_Comments Rating
BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 33p34p1- 3L winner2m4f maiden; 4L winner of Eggesford Restricted;acts on any; inconsistent;often placed; may win again 36
CAPTIVA ISLAND (IRE) /12212u2- Runner up 2 NH 2017;won 2m4f maiden (10L) & Higham Rest 2019; acts on any; 2nd Interm; best on gd/firm? 37
DRUID SPITFIRE /133ppp4- Won maiden & Buckfast Rest (Beat Missyladie 2L) 25L 4th to Skinflint in Stevenstone Intem; acts gd/heavy 35
FRENCH PIECE *p000/11- Won Welsh 2m4f maiden(2L) & Restricted (2L- 5m32sec!) 2019; acts on good ground ; front runner 36
ROB THE GETAWAY (IRE) 1/12f5- Maiden winner 2018;20L winner of Sherrif Hutton Rest Jan 2019; 2nd in Interm after; acts any ; front runs 39
ROBIN WHY NOT (IRE) 2d/4p3114- Won Buckfastleigh 2m4f maiden & Fourburrow Rest (8L) acts any; 17L 4th in Minehead Interm; acts on any 37
WATERLOO WARRIOR (IRE) *f47p/11- Runner up 7 times NH; Won Golden Valley maiden & Kingston Blount Rest(20L) best gd/firm; may improve 36

Preview extract

Robin Why Not for trainer Joe Tickle is another entered in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate and could be well fancied on previous form with wins at Buckfastleigh and Trebudannon when ridden by Darren Andrews. Waterloo Warrior is an entry for trainer Jack Slater, and must be respected on previous form with two wins under jockey James King which include a twenty length victory at Kingston Blount.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden Race

Name Form Race_Comments Rating
FAMILY MAN (IRE) 2*5p78- 3L 2nd to Chosen Flame in Irish maiden 2018;beaten 20L+ in 4 hurdles after; acts on good/soft NR
FOXY CHARLIE p/- Behind when Pulled up 2out in Chaddesley 2m4f maiden Dec 2017; unraced since 00
FRANK AND HONEST (IRE) f242- Beaten 4L & Neck in 2 Irish maidens last season; acts on gd/soft; looks capable of going close NR
GLIMPSE OF GLADYS /3f/455- Dam won 3m Selling hurdle; 4L 3rd Ptp Flat 2018; 19L 4th & 41L 5th in maiden last season; 24
IUSETALUVHERONCE (IRE) *450/366p- Runner up in 2 Irish 2m hurdles in 2017;13L 3rd in 2m2f hurdle & unplaced in 3 Chases June/August;acts on any NR
MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) /43p4354- 10L 4th Corn Club maiden & 12L 3rd N.Corn maiden won by Mujadel;often placed(20L 3rd) acts gd/soft 24
SCHEMLI PFLUMLI /u- Dam placed in 2 Ptps; Unseated rider 3rd in South Tetcott last season on only run to datew 00
SHANTOLIE (IRE) /p- Pulled up 3 out in Irish maiden won by Oscar Asche on only start to date NR
TICKLEBERRYLANE f- In rear when fell 12th in Barbury maiden back in Dec 2018 on only run to date 00

Preview extract

Finally up is the Open Maiden sponsored by Gingerlands Livery, Cullompton, and of the nine entered the ex Irish import Frank & Honest mentioned earlier, with his previous Irish Point form for trainer Laura Thomas should be high in the betting, also Mountain Las now with trainer Sue Brown, for up and coming young jockey Tamby Welch could get their names among the winners today.

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Dunsmore Club Point-to-Point Preview, Silverton Sunday 17 Nov 2019


Written by: Donna Harris

When autumn starts to give way to winter then we know it’s pointing time, and with the build up to the start of the season, along the new course at Dunsmore for the Club meeting near Silverton hosting the first of 25 scheduled for the Devon & Cornwall area, it is no surprise to have attracted some good quality entries on Sunday November 17. Six races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. Over 50 entries have been received.

These include an Open Maiden for 4,5 & 6yr old’s sponsored by the Tiverton Hotel, which is the opener for the day, with a strong entry of 13. Entries include an interesting debutant Queens Legacy for national champion jockey Will Biddick, I Prefer Diamonds for local trainer Robert Chanin, and two from Laura Thomas’s yard Voie Dans Voie a six-year old who’s previous form includes runner-up in a novice Hunter Chase at Taunton last February, and ex- Irish pointer Frank & Honest who looks to be the likely favourite having scored two seconds in Irish Points, the latest by a neck in May.

The Heltor-sponsored Conditions race has previous Cothelstone winner Hello George for 23 year-old  owner/jockey Nathan Vergne entered. Hello George was previously rated 135 when in training with Phillip Hobbs. They could be taken on by nine-time winner Summer Sound (Francesca Nimmo) who under jockey Luke Scott made all when winning at Chaddesley Corbett on good going. Multiple Point-to-Point winner Hawkhurst for trainer Alan Hill is another to catch the eye having won ten of his 16 starts between the flags, although current connections may chose his entry at the Cottenham meeting this weekend as a preferred option.

The Roestone could be one to follow for local trainer Robert Chanin in the Luttrell Arms, Dunster & Porlock Weir Hotel -sponsored Restricted race and wouldn’t  need to travel far to score here, following upon their five length maiden win at Cherrybrook, and previous bumper flat race win at Great Trethew.

Valley Constructions have sponsored the Mixed Open race in which Bishops Road for trainer Thomas David sets the standard, having decent form with a Cheltenham Hunter Chase win under jockey Zac Baker who is currently working for Nigel Twiston-Davies and retains the ride here, of the eight entered they look to be the likely favourite. Don Bersey has previous hurdle form under rules and won an Open Point at Cothelstone by a distance under jockey Bradley Gibbs so could run well if turning up here. Rob The Getaway also looks an interesting entry on breeding and previous French form, he also holds an entry in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race which follows.

Robin Why Not for trainer Joe Tickle is another entered in the Exeter Racecourse  Intermediate and could be well fancied on previous form with wins at Buckfastleigh and Trebudannon when ridden by Darren Andrews. Waterloo Warrior is an entry for trainer Jack Slater, and must be respected on previous form with two wins under jockey James King which include a twenty length victory at Kingston Blount.

Finally up is the Open Maiden sponsored by Gingerland Livery, Cullompton, and of the nine entered the ex Irish import Frank & Honest mentioned earlier, with his previous Irish Point form for trainer Laura Thomas should be high in the betting, also Mountain Las now with trainer Sue Brown, for up and coming young jockey Tamby Welch could get their names among the winners today.

Along with the racing will be great catering facilities such as home made Moore’s Pasties supplied by Exe Valley farm shop, hot sausages and burgers from the local Silverton butchers, along with a pop up bar from Exe Valley Brewery. The course offers a good viewing track to get close to the action, with on course bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Location is Dunsmore, Silverton EX5 4DU signed off A396.  Dogs on leads welcome.

Directions to Dunsmore Point-To-Point

From the North on M5 there are 2 routes you can use: Route 1 (M5 J27) Turn off at Junction 27 to Tiverton. Tiverton take A396 to Exeter DO NOT TAKE the left turn to Silverton please proceed along A road for 1/2 mile until you get to The Ruffwell Inn turn left opposite (follow signs).
 
Route 2 (M5 28) Turn off at Jt 28 Cullompton into Cullompton. Follow B3181 southbound for about 5 miles to Budlake. Do not follow sat nav to Bradninch with horse boxes.  Turn right to Silverton (Killerton) proceed through Ellerhayes. The course will be signposted left off this road before you reach Silverton.
 
From South M5 come off at Jt 30 or 29 Follow the B3181 through Broadclyst Turn left at Budlake (Killerton) Proceed through Ellerhayes The course will be signposted left off this road before Silverton.

Please remember DO NOT go to Silverton Village or Bradninch Village with horse boxes.