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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT, HELD AT UPCOTT CROSS ON SUNDAY 9th MAY 2021

Dave Phillips and Rich Pittard have been regular layers on the Devon & Cornwall pointing circuit in this COVID hit season, and were joined by Mike Bolitho at Upcott Cross, as racing continued with a strong seven-race Eggesford card behind closed doors.

I really fancied The Roestone (2’s to 11-10 fav) in the opener on his Cherrybrook form, and so did quite a few others. He flattered briefly on the top bend but soon came under pressure and had no chance as Raddon Top (9-4) just nudged past Cloudy Music (11-2) in the dying strides.

It didn’t take long to get back into profit though as Where’s Wilma (5-2 to 2-1) justified the bet of the day in the Intermediate. She was guaranteed to stay this testing track with her Flete Park Open effort in mind (4 miles and running on), and saw out this three miles plus trip well. Pancrace (8’s to 7’s) had come on for his Cothelstone race and ran well. He should win an Intermediate. Dr Rhythm (5-2 to 9-4) was the only danger to the winner in the closing stages, but looked held when falling at the penultimate. Port O’Clock was sent off a strong 5-4 fav but was struggling a long way out. He may need a shorter tri

Race 2: Intermediate winner Where's Wilma, ridden by Matt Hampton, jumping the last
Race 2: Intermediate winner Where’s Wilma, ridden by Matt Hampton, jumping the last

Punters were on the mark in the first Maiden with the 6-4 joint favourites filling the first two places. The four-year-old newcomer Hermes Du Gouet looked a nice type and his yard has done well in this lopsided season. He showed plenty of pace and determination to quicken away from Welsh challenger Aracaras. A few outsiders were nibbled at. Gone Surfing (12-1) is still immature but is improving steadily. Fusionice (10’s to 8’s) was pulled up, but this half brother to Bacardys looks the part and once changed hands for 92,000 euros. Even Richard Johnson couldn’t get him to win under rules but I wouldn’t write him off yet. What a Bug (8’s to 5’s) never showed.

Honest Opinion (5-2 to 6-4 fav) keeps knocking at the door and this mare had every chance in the second Maiden, but it was the lightly raced Don’t Ask Us (8-1) who stayed on the better for the Keith Cumings yard. Whispering Soul (5-2) took a crashing fall at the last when in front, putting Will Biddick out for the season. Master Sam Bellamy (12’s to 5’s) just got past Roc The Boat (16’s to 3’s) for minor honours.

River Myth (6-4 to 11-8 fav) returned to her best form to win the Mixed Open at the expense of Honest Deed (2-1). Ramble On (2-1) struggled and forfeited third place when the jockey dropped his hands after the last, allowing Quinto (7-1) past him.

Race 5: Mixed Open winner River Myth, ridden by Darren Andrews
Race 5: Mixed Open winner River Myth, ridden by Darren Andrews

Party Tunes (9-4 to 2’s) put an end to a frustrating weekend for the Summersby yard (five seconds) when jumping soundly and making all in the Restricted. Essex trained Man of Means is a nice type and Jack Andrews’s only mount of the day was a creditable runner up. He is sure to win a Restricted. Corbett Court (12’s to 3’s) was dropped in class after his Cheltenham hunter chase effort but was done with after the final bend.

Race 6: Restricted winner Party Tunes (far side), ridden by Darren Edwards
Race 6: Restricted winner Party Tunes (far side), ridden by Darren Edwards

There was a sad outcome to the last race as Thereyarsee (9-2) fell heavily at the last with the race won. The Mulcair (5-4 fav) had departed two out leaving Imogen’s Thunder (5’s to 3’s) to stroll home after being tailed off.

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS on 9th MAY 2021

EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT REPORT WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“When will I see you again?
When will we share precious moments?
Will I have to wait forever? “

The chorus from a song by a pop group called The Three Degrees which oldies may remember from the late 1970’s

The answer is we will see you again next Monday evening at Bratton Down , when hopefully we can say goodbye to behind closed doors point-to-pointing in the Devon & Cornwall area and welcome back spectators to enjoy their sport.

It was still behind closed doors at Upcott Cross, with just a smattering of owners in attendance to witness the Eggesford’s seven races which attracted a total of 65 runners.

Will Biddick and Darren Edwards are neck and neck in their quest for the Devon & Cornwall jockeys’ title, and each landed a winner on the softish ground at the Eggesford meeting. It was Conor Houlihan who stole the headlines however with a first and last race double as he chases the Area Novice Riders’ championship.

The tall Irish born jockey, who works for Will Biddick, opened his account for the day when Raddon Top, conceding 10lbs, got home by a head after a sustained battle with Charlotte Summersby’s mount Cloudy Music in the Chris Hodgson Engineering Area Conditions race. By coincidence these two jockeys are currently in pole position for their respective Area Novice riders’ championship.

Race 1: Conditions winner Raddon Top, ridden by Conor Houlihan, going down to the start
Race 1: Conditions winner Raddon Top, ridden by Conor Houlihan, going down to the start

Raddon Top is trained at Payhembury by Leslie Jefford for owner Sue Trump and said, “He appreciates some cut in the ground but will go out in the field now.” The eight-year-old had won at Wadebridge before Christmas, but blotted his copybook when running out at the last fence in a good Open at Cherrybrook last month. “He was brilliant today, really gutsy and stuck his head out to get there,” reported the jockey, who has set his sights on the local Area Novice Riders’ title.

Conor Houlihan’s double was completed when Imogen’s Thunder was virtually presented with the Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company Conditions race for riders with no more than 15 wins. The South Dorset gelding, trained by Mary Tory for owner Wendy Jarrett had more letters than numbers to his name in the form book this season, but came from well back to win as his rivals fell by the wayside.

River Myth had let her supporters down when last seen at Trebudannon, but put matters right with a sparkling performance in the Simpkins Edwards Mixed Open to get her trainer Stuart Sampson off the mark for the season. Owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener have now seen their mare win 10 races, with jockey Darren Andrews explaining ,” She is a genuine, tough mare who had colic in the evening after that Trebudannon race.” The jockey was fresh from a six hours trip from Hexham on the previous day where he had ridden Dr Kananga to win a hunter chase.

Race 5: Mixed Open winner River Myth, ridden by Darren Andrews
Race 5: Mixed Open winner River Myth, ridden by Darren Andrews

Darren Edwards chased home River Myth on Honest Deed, but enjoyed a pillar to post success on Party Tunes in the Waie Inn & Ford Fuels Restricted. Rita Underhill and Ruth Burrow share ownership of the Dean Summersby trained seven-year-old who gave a fine display of jumping to beat Man of Means (Jack Andrews). “He will probably run again this season. He is my fifth winner of the season but I have had four seconds this weekend,” said the trainer, whose yard is at Broadwoodwidger, near Launceston.

Where’s Wilma was impressive in winning the Bridgetown & Totnes Races Company Intermediate by 15 lengths under Matt Hampton.”She gives her all and Matt gets on well with her,” said Michael Watson of one of the two pointers he trains near Tiverton for the Not So Innocent Partnership. “She was flat out all the way and really tries,” commented the jockey, partnering his fourth winner of the season.

Race 2: Intermediate winner Where's Wilma, ridden by Matt Hampton, jumping the last
Race 2: Intermediate winner Where’s Wilma, ridden by Matt Hampton, jumping the last

Will Biddick kept his championship hopes alive by scoring on four-year-old debutant Hermes Du Gouet in the first section of the C & R Construction Maiden. Littlewindsor, Dorset based trainer Christopher Barber described his four-year-old as, “Very green. I bought him at Goffs Land Rover sale. It is the first time he has been away from home as I have not been able to give him the usual build up. He will go back to the sales”.

Race 3: Open Maiden (Division 1) winner Hermes du Gouet, ridden by Will Biddick
Race 3: Open Maiden (Division 1) winner Hermes du Gouet, ridden by Will Biddick

The Barber/Biddick team came close to a Maiden race double, but five-year-old Wandering Soul failed to read the script and gave Will Biddick a crunching fall at the last when looking the winner. The race went to the lightly raced eight-year-old Don’t Ask Us in the hands of Josh Newman, still celebrating the birth of his daughter a few days ago. The winner is owned jointly by Peter Clarke and Bishops Nympton trainer Keith Cumings. “It is our first winner of the season,” remarked Keith’s daughter Nicky Boundy. “He has had all sorts of issues since we bought him as a three-year-old at the (Goffs) Land Rover sale. He is a heavy topped horse who overheated on that hot day at Maisemore (30th March)”.

There was unanimous approval for the state of the track (officially good to soft, soft in places) produced by the Heard family on this popular North Devon stayers course.

RESULTS – EGGESFORD POINT-To-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS on SUNDAY 9th MAY 2021

Going: Good to soft, soft in places

HUNT AREA CONDITIONS (SPONSOR CHRIS HODGSON ENGINEERING)

  1. Raddon Top (Conor Houlihan) -9-4 led 15th, disp two out til led on line
  2. Cloudy Music (Charlotte Summersby) 11-2 left 2nd 15th, disp two out til headed on line
  3. The Roestone (Martin McIntyre) 11-10 fav 3rd & one pace from three out

7 ran; head; 12l; 6m 59s

INTERMEDIATE (BRIDGETOWN & TOTNES RACES COMPANY)

  • Where’s Wilma (Matt Hampton) 2-1 stdy hdwy three out, left clear two out, stayed on well
  • Pancrace (Will Biddick) 7-1 led 13th, hard pressed three out, headed next
  • Port o’Clock (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav disp lead til 13th, wknd

8 ran; 15l; distance; 6m 42s

OPEN MAIDEN (C & R CONSTRUCTION & BOWEN EQUUS)

DIV 1

  1. Hermes Du Gouet (Will Biddick) 6-4 jt fav good hdwy 15th, disp lead last, clr flat
  2. Aracaras (Byron Moorcroft) 6-4 jt fav led 12th til joined last, no extra flat

10 ran; only two finished 3l; 6m 47s

DIV 2

  1. Don’t Ask Us (Josh Newman) 8-1 hdwy 14th, left in lead last, clear flat
  2. Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav made most til headed two out, no extra flat
  3. Master Sam Bellamy (Darren Andrews) 5-1 not trouble ldrs, took 3rd flat

13 ran; 3 1/2l; 15l; 6m 54s

MIXED OPEN (SIMPKINS EDWARDS)

  1. River Myth (Darren Andrews) 11-8 fav led from 8th, drew clr flat, comf
  2. Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 2-1 chased ldr 13th, effort but outpaced apprg last
  3. Quinto (Holly-Anne Drowne) 7-1 behind three out, snatched 3rd nr finish

5 ran; 4 1/2l; 25l;; 6m 51s

RESTRICTED (WAIE INN & FORD FUELS)

  1. Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 2-1 made all, stayed on strongly
  2. Man of Means (Jack Andrews) 7-4 fav effort from three out, no extra apprg last
  3. Corbett Court (Byron Moorcroft) 3-1 in touch, one pace from three out

13 ran; 2 1/2l; 10l; 6m 50s

CONDITIONS (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

  1. Imogen’s Thunder (Conor Houlihan) 3-1 rear, prog 14th, no chance til left in lead last
  2. Bistouri D’Honore (Hollie Greene) 8-1 led til 12th, wknd, well behind 15th

9 ran; only two finished; won by a distance 7m 3s

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

ENTRIES: EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON SUNDAY 9TH MAY 2021

Please note these are the entries for the Eggesford Point-To-Point and this fixture is being run BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and as such there will be no blue zone for the paying public at the fixture. The fixture will be live streamed and telephone betting is available, see below for details.

Printable version of the Eggesford Racecard

You can download a printable PDF of the racecard from the eventbrite ticket add-on page. The race card will be loaded there after it is published on Friday evening.

RaceStart timeLink to Eggesford entries and form for race
1st 14:00Chris Hodgson Conditions (Level 3) Race
2nd14:35Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Intermediate Race
3rd15:10C & R Construction & Bowen Equus Maiden Race, Division 1
4th15:45C & R Construction & Bowen Equus Maiden Race, Division 2
5th16:20Mixed Open Race
6th16:55Waie Inn & Ford Fuels Restricted Race
7th17:30Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Conditions (Level 3) Race
Eggesford Point-To-Point Races

Eggesford Races Course Updates:

5th May 2021 at 19:50

Update from clerk of the course John Heard:

‘Ground is now good. Watered all day yesterday and today, will be watering tomorrow. Will keep an eye on forecast and monitor ground through to Sunday and will work to maintain good ground.’

3rd May at 09:57

Update on going from clerk of the course John Heard:

‘Eggesford point to point update on going. Good, good to firm in places. Started watering yesterday. Rain forecast today. Will continue to water to produce good ground.’

Eggesford Preview extract:

It’s the turn of the Eggesford to host their Point-to-Point meeting at Upcott Cross situated in the deepest heart of Devon, this coming Sunday May 9th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 110 entries have been received, with the Open Maiden race now divided. Once again this is a meeting which will be held behind closed doors,with live viewing available via Eventbrite live streaming.

Eggesford Live Stream

Live streaming of the races with race commentary and all day 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 2.00pm with the first of the races.

There is a fee of £10 plus a small Eventbrite admin fee to view the race meeting, which is the same cost as if you attended as a spectator, and the sport needs the income from live streaming to ensure its future.

Eggesford Telephone Betting

Some bookmakers will be offering a betting service by phoning them and opening up an account.

For those spectators wanting to place a bet, the contact numbers to register are 07711 298746 for Richard Pittard and 07810 775119 for Dave Phillips. The deadline to register for bets at this event is one hour before racing commences.

Full details will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website at Point-to-Point Telephone Betting

Eggesford 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

EGGESFORD 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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Race 1 – Chris Hodgson Conditions (Level 3) Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
*8770/-puBEARS RAILS0Rachael BoardWon 4 Chases(2015/18; stays 3m1f+;acts on gd/soft; last seen Jan 2019; pu 12th Flete Conds race last week
2/1116/-fBLACKWATER BRAMBLE(IRE)42Alexandra DunnWon 6Ptps;Triple Conds winner 2018; acts on any;held when fell 2 out Maisemore members return
*23532-pBROUGHTONS RHYTHMNRBronwen HurleyWon NHFlat & Hurdle 2017; placed often since (10L 2nd in Uttox 2m4f Chas 2020) acts on gd/soft
/3121-22pCHOSEN LUCKY (IRE)41Dean SummersbyWon 14 Ptps(5 wins Wadebridge) Won Members/Open 2020;1L 2nd Cherrybrook Ladies;pu Fourburrow Ladies
/4351-333CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE)39Dean SummersbyWon Maiden/Rest;6L 3rd Cherybrook Interm & 14L 3rd to Syracuse’s Dream in Flete Conds; stays well
312-pp61COTTAGE ROSE38John HeardDam won 7Ptps;Won Wadebridge maiden 2020; beat Boygochasing 2L in Flete Park Restricted ;acts any;
p412-21rRADDON TOP (IRE)41Leslie JeffordDam Won 2NH;Won 4 Ptps;Beat Sir Mangan  1 1/4L in Wadebridge Conds; ran out last latest; acts gd/soft
p1/pp-p54STARWELD26Patricia ShawPlaced in 2 members 2018/19; Won Larkhill maiden match(10L) gd/firm in 2019; Dist 4th Exeter Hunterchase
*1p/2362-THE MULCAIR (IRE)NRCamilla ScottWon Irish maiden & 3m hurdle 2019 runner up in 2 Chases in 2020/21;acts on sft/heavy
6u14/12-1THE ROESTONE (IRE)41+Robert ChaninWon Ptp Flat/Maiden/Rest;beat Bridge of Spies head Cherrybrook Inter(lead close home); may go close here
422/5-u52UNIONISTE (FR)36Michael BiddickWon 11NH(10 Chases) 2nd 3 Hunterchases 2018/19; l0L 2nd to Bridge of Spies  Flete Cond;dist 3rd 4m Ladies

Eggesford Preview extract

In the opening Chris Hodgson-sponsored Conditions race, Raddon Top could go well for trainer Les Jefford if re-producing his impressive win at Wadebridge and goes well for jockey Conor Houlihan,  The Roestone for the Robert Chanin team also catches the eye on his Cherrybrook Intermediate win last month and goes well for Martin McIntyre. Trainer Camilla Scott holds an entry with The Mulcair who ran second in a Hunter Chase in Leicester in March, and is another who could go well if defying top weight under young Finn Muirhead. Unioniste will run an honest race and should be there in the frame at the finish for the Biddick family team.

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Race 2 – The Bridgetown & Totnes Races Co. Ltd Intermediate Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
u34-f811AHEAD OF THE GAME (IRE)38+Jason Warner10L 3rd NHflat 2019;Won Higham maidn & Edgecote Rest (beat Cave Queen 8L (made all) improveing
/123p/p-pBALLYVODOCK (IRE)38Gordon ChambersWon  Irish maiden 2017;Beat Clondaw Buuny 1L in Lamerton Conf & 6L 2nd Spooners Intem;pu 7th return
312-pp61COTTAGE ROSE38John HeardDam won 7Ptps;Won Wadebridge maiden 2020; beat Boygochasing 2L in Flete Park Restricted ;acts any;
/05/u-p11DANNY ARCHER (IRE)39+Ellie JeffersonUnplaced Irish NHFlat ; won Maiden & 2m5f Edgecote Rest 2021; acts on any; keeps on improving
p321/2-83DR RHYTHM (IRE)36Keith CumingsWon Holnicote maiden 2017 & Cothelstone Rest (25L) 2019;15L 3rd to Daly An Sceil Maisemore Park Inter
ppp4/34-DRUID SPITFIRE35Robert ChaninMaiden/Rest winner 2018; 20L 4th to Bridge of Spies Wadebridge Interm 2020; acts gd/soft
p/u1p-u5FARAWAY STAR36Tracey WilliamsWon Maiden/Rest 2017/18;won Larkhill Ladies Conds (match) 19L 5th to For Rita in Flete Park Condition
000/11-1FRENCH PIECE40Luke PriceWon Welsh 2m4f maiden & Restricted (2L) 2019;bt Donjon 10L in Sandon Intermediate 3rd Apr; front runs
1p361p/-pPANCRACE (FR)37Teresa ClarkWon 3 Ptps 2018/19(maiden-Conds); acts on good/firm ; pulled up 2out in Cothelstone Conds on return
p/11-0661PORT O’CLOCK (IRE)42Dean SummersbyDam won Irish Ptp;Won Maiden/Rest 2020; beat Crown of Thorns 21/2L in Trebudannon Conditions; chances
565u/1-ppRIEN DU TOUT (IRE)35Charlotte BuddWon Cothelstone maiden 2018;won 5L Larkhill Rest (gd/soft) 2020 ;front runs; pulled up both runs this season
414/42-13WHERE’S WILMA41Michael M. WatsonWon 3m Flete maiden 2019 & beat Arcal Fifty 4L Cherrybrook Rest; close 3rd Flete 4m;acts any

Eggesford Preview extract

The Bridgetown & Totnes Race Co Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race holds a strong entry for the Heard family with Cottage Rose, who was a worthy winner at Flete Park last month. They could come up against outside raider and winner a Higham and Edgcote Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team. Also Danny Archer for team Jefferson, another with recent previous winning form who is progressing fast into Intermediate company. Where’s Wilma is another highly rated and could improve on her recent second in an Open at Flete Park, and goes well for jockey Matt Hampton.

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Race 3 – C & R Construction & Bowen Equus Maiden Race, Division 1

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
pp52pp-3ARACARAS (IRE)26Luke PriceHead 2nd In Irish maiden Nov 2019;pu in 2 hurdles 2020; 14L 3rd to Doctor time Flete maiden (headed 2out)
Mar-67AUNT LLLY14Harriet Brown10L 4th Larkhill Ptp Flat Jan 2020 &  Dist 6th Barbury Ptp Flat 2020; 52L 7th to Edabean in Edgcote Maiden
fp/p063BALINESKER BEACH (IRE)18Stuart PennyPu Larkhill maiden Dec 2020;well beaten 2 Hurdles 2021; 21L 3rd to Clever des Assence in Cothelstone maideN
4/42/3-5pBUSINESSMAN (IRE)31Leslie Jefford16L 4th & 10L 2nd in maidens;29L 5th to Grey Getawayin Ottery Maiden back in October
#NAME?CUZZICOMBE (IRE)0Keith CumingsIn rear when pulled up 15th in Maisemore maiden won by Gats And Co on 1st run
p2ff3-3EVRON (FR)27+Neil McLeanEx French; 8L 3rd in Chase (2m 5f) Nov 2020; 27L 3rd in Trebudannon maiden won by Party Tunes; EW chances
4/*7p-FUSIONICE (FR)NRMatthew Hampton8L 4th in Irish maiden 2019;well held in 2 NH races in 2020; unraced since
#REF!GONE SURFING (IRE)16Jill DennisPulled up 2out in Maisemore 2m5f maiden & 31L 4th to The Rosary Flyer in Flete Park Maiden (2m 4F)
 HERMES DU GOUET (FR)NRChristopher BarberUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
#NAME?ISLAND DANCER0Robert ChaninUnseated rider 4th in Quantock maiden and pu 13th Trebudannon maiden
/5/p-8ISLAND TYPHOON (IRE)12Zoe Hawkins44L 5th & pulled up at last in 2 Irish maidens 2019; 45L 9th to Kindofabigdeal in Cothelstone Maiden
#NAME?JIMMY SNIPE0Danielle KenealyDam won 17 Ptps; Pulled up 6th in Maisemore Maiden won by Twig; pu 4 out latest; best watched?
22p/44-2LOODEEN (IRE)34Brooke Gardener-WollenTriple Runner up in Maidens 2018/2019; 3/4L 2nd in Quantock maiden won by The Mighty Ash ; stays; chances
/36/p-4ppMOONARO (IRE)28?Susan DarkeHead 2nd in Lamerton maiden (just failed) 2018; 19L 4th Ottery Maiden(kept on) acts soft; No Show since
ffR/fp/-TALLY HO DOCTOR0Dylan Kitts17L 4th in Welsh maiden in 2918;has failed to  complete in all runs in 2018/19; watching brief here
 THE LAST FLOWNRKieran PriceUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
#NAME?THE TARDY LEMONNRNaomi CarterPulled up  15th in Edgcote maiden won by Guttural on 1st run
p/f2p9/-2WHAT A BUG20?Sarah ProuseDam won Hunterchase & 3 Ptps; Left Distant 2nd in Trebudannon maiden won by Russian Invasion

Eggesford Preview extract

The C & R Construction & Bowen Equus-sponsored Open Maiden race is pre-divided. Those catching the eye in the first division are Everon(Neil mcLean), Loodeen(Charlie Dando) and Whatabug( Sarah Prouse) all having had the benefit of a run and gained place form.


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Race 4 – C & R Construction & Bowen Equus Maiden Race, Division 2

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
432fp/76-ATTACOTTI (IRE)30?Pauline Geering1L 2nd Lamerton Mares Maiden (kept on) 2018; acts gd/soft;27L 7th & 18L 6th in 2 Maidens lat season
 BOONBAWN (IRE)NRThomas WestonUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
5/53d-6ppCHICAGO LADY (IRE)27?Leslie Jefford24L 6th to Old Town Garde in Wadebridge Open Maiden 6th Dec; pulled up on both starts since
*p38up-34DA VINCI ROCK28+Robert ChaninEx Irish Hurdler/Chaser; acts gd/heavy; 5L 3rd Spooners Maiden & 17l 4th to Dr Time in Flete Park maiden
5/3/4-pDON’T ASK US (IRE)29Keith Cumings22L 3rd in Barbury Maiden won by Nobodydoesitbetter 2019; pu last in Maisemore maiden won by Twig
*3755-73FOOTLOOSE24Harriet BrownPlaced Hurdles 2018; 16L 3rd to Gats And Co in Maisemore Park Maiden 30th Mar(weak 2 out); gd/firm
p/-pGOLLY ITS MOLLY0Sarah ProuseRelated to winning pointers; Pulled up 3 out in Upcott maiden in 2019;pu 11th Trebudannon mares maiden
464/32-42HONEST OPINION (IRE)34Dean Summersby1/2L 2nd Mares maiden 2020 & 8L 2nd to The Dartmoor Rose in Trebudannon maiden latest;acts gd/soft
03p5-2JASMIN DES BORDES (FR)33Teresa Clark12L 2nd to  Maitree Express in Larkhilll 2m4f maiden in Dec (headed last) acts gd/soft;chances here
3p-26pp2JIMMY TEW30?Janet Ackner3L 3rd in Mollington Maiden 2019; 10L 2nd to Dr Time in Flete Park Maiden 17th Apr; EW Chances
*/5846-4MASTER SAM BELLAMY18Chloe BoxallModeate form NH , 71L 4th and last in Leicester Hunterchase back in Feb; acts on soft
#NAME?PARK THIS ONE (IRE)0Neil McLeanPulled up 14th in Trebudannon maiden won by Russian Invasion on 1st run
3/p-ROC THE BOAT20Jennifer BoucherDam won Spooners maiden;33L 3rd inEggesford maiden won by Getaround(NH winner since) pu latest
/p-f5pTERMINAFOND (FR)19Bronwyn ButteryDam won 1m4f in France(Flat); pu 2out Buckfast 2m4f maiden &  27L 5th to King’s Quay Cherrybrook maiden
-2THURSDAYATEIGTH (IRE)26Annabelle Bacon20L 2nd to Party Tunes  in Trebudannon Maiden ( wknd app 2 out) on promising 1st run
p-4pTOP CLICHE27Jill DennisPulled up 12th in E.Corn maiden 2020;Fair 13L 4th to Kindofabigdeal in Cothelstone Maiden (2m 4f)
-4WANDERING SOUL (IRE)25+Christopher Barber12L 4th to King’s Quay in Cherrybrook Maiden 3rd Apr (nvr nr to chall) ;sure to improve further
/f/-pWESTWOOD PISTOL0Stuart SampsonDam failed to complete all 15 starts Ptp/NH;in rear when fell last Stevenstone maiden 2019; pu 15th return

Eggesford Preview extract

The second division could go the way of Jasmin des Bordes (Teresa Clark), Jimmy Tew (Janet Akner) or Thursdayateight( Annabelle Bacon) are suggestions on promising previous recent form.


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Race 5 – Simpkins Edwards Eggesford Champion Mixed Open Race

FormNameRating Race_Comments
p8/p1u-p3ARDVIEW BOY (IRE)40? Won 3 Ptps 2019  ;5L winner N.Corn Nov Riders;acts soft; 16L 3rd to Argot in Shelfield Park Conds
05/11-1p2CHAMERON (FR)42 Dual French Hurdle winner;Won Coronation Cup 2020(12L) Won Hunterchase;beaten fav latest;acts any
p-p0612uCOCO LIVE (FR)43 Won Irish maiden 2016;Quad winner 2019;15L Winner of Charing Open & 2L 2nd Quantock Open;;best gd/firm
u0p/2p2CONINGSBY39 Won Maiden & 3m Hurdle 2019;12L 2nd to Vivaldi Collonges in Maisemore Open (3 ran) acts on gd/firm
312/u-135HONEST DEED (IRE)42 Won 9 Ptps (2017/20) beat the Dapper Fox 10L Wadebridge Open;4L 3rd to Static Jack in Cherrybrook Open
2/212-p4KNOCKEDOUTLOADED(IRE)36 Won 7Ptps (2016/2020) Won Ladies Open 2020;17L 4th to Law of Gold in Garthorpe Mixed Open; acts nay
*30/7p9-1LOS ALAMOS (IRE)41 Won NHFlat & 2m6f Hurdle 2017/18;acts gd/firm; beat Talk of The South 3Lin Trebudannon Open ;acts gd/firm
143-00p2MISTER DICK (FR)40 Won 2m6f Chase 2016;Won S.Dorset Conds (left clear last) 3L 2nd in Mollington Conds May 3rd; acts any
131-24243NAVANMAN (IRE)44 Won 3 Hurdles & 11Ptps (4m Flete Open 2018);10L 2nd Ottery Open; 1 1/2L 3rd 4m Hunterchase;gane
*5/p34-2pQUINTO39 Won 2NH & Irish Ptp(inc 3m2f Chase 2019) acts good/heavy; 15L 2nd in Wadebridge Ladies in Dec
2121/p-12RAMBLE ON (IRE)43 Won 10Ptps(Opens 2018/1) 1/2L 2nd 4m Mixed Open ;1L 2nd in 4M Flete Open (headed close home) acts any
111/-pR2pRIVER MYTH42 Won 9 Ptps;Won Rest/Interm 2018 & Mixed Open 2019; acts oany; stays well; 2L 2nd in Cherrybrook Open
/53500-1THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE)44 Won 4NH & 7Ptps;Won 4 2019;beat Master Baker 15L in Trebudannon Ladies(easy) acts any, may go close
1132/111-VIRAK (FR)46 Won 12 NH(6 Chases inc Hunterchases) Won 3 Opens/6 Hunterchases 2019/20; acts any; useful

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The Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race, which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, looks to be the feature of the day with over £600 in prize money. Entries include ex National Hunt and multiple Point-to-Point winners Chameron and Virak for trainer Sam Loxton. Virak also holds an entry at Holnicote this weekend, and connections may choose to run him there. Navanman  would be a popular family win at this track for trainer John Heard, and could follow up on his Hunter Chase spin around Cheltenham last month when he came home a creditable one-and-a half  length third. The well bred Galileo-sired gelding Los Alamos for the Luke Price team could go close if turning up here and follow up on his Open win at Trebudannon two weeks ago.


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Race 6 – Waie Inn & Ford Fuels Restricted Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
9/51u4/u-pACCORDINI33Philip RowleyUnplaced NHFlat 2018;Beat Field Master 2L in Howick maiden 2019; gd/soft;held when ur 2out Ffos Las Rest
4p133/-5pCORBETT COURT (IRE)35Kieran PriceWon Ross Harriers maiden 2019(soft) & placed in Restricteds after ; acts gd/soft ; pu Cheltenham Hunterchase
p41f/f-ppCOULD BE BETTER (IRE)35Stuart SampsonBeat Ichifoot 4L in Little Windsor maiden(lead last) 2019;  acts on gd/heavy; has failed to complete since
pp/p-p421EDABEAN (IRE)35+Jason WarnerModest Hurdler 2018/19;beat Walk In Clover 2L in Edgcote Maiden 18th Apr, acts gd/firm;improving
*/p2u0-1FLORRIE WEBB (IRE)38Will Biddick5L 2nd 2m5f Beginners Irish chase 2020;Easy winner Quantock members(8L) sure to improve; gd/firm
*6531//-pHONOURBOUND (IRE)0Jane WesternWon Ffos Las 1m4f Flat race 2018 (gd/Soft) Pulled up 3 out in Trebudannon Rest on 1st run
04-DecMAN OF MEANS (IRE)37Nigel PadfieldWon Ampton Maiden (Soft) 1 /3/4L 2nd to For Rita(winner since) in Aldington Rest ; acts on any
24/p-p3p5MONTARLOT (IRE)27Harriet Brown8L 4th in Irish maidens 2018; 4L 2nd in Larkhill maiden 2019 & 6L 3rd in Larkhill Rest Dec; pu Hunterchaes
2/215-337MUSTMEETFORAPINT (IRE)35Dean SummersbyWon N.Corn maiden 2020;  acts gd/heavy; 20L 7th to Cottage Rose in Flete Park Restricted latest
0MY LITTLE CECIL (IRE)31Tim SleathBeat Spring Break  30L in Larkhill Open Maiden 25th Apr (3 ran drew clear 15th) acts on firm
p7-r454pNORUKI (IRE)27Andrew GardnerIrish maiden winner March 2017;Well beaten last 5 starts 2019/20;33L 4th to Grageelagh Girl in Edgcote Cond
4pu/22-31PARTY TUNES (IRE)37+Dean Summersby24L 4th Irish maiden 2019;beat Thursdayateight  20L in Trebudannon Open Maiden 24th Apr;improving
46/*970PRINCESS ROANIA (IRE)NRTeresa ClarkNHFlat winner 2015 & 2m1f Flat winner 2016;3L 2nd hurdle 2017; acts soft/heavy;beaten 20L + in 3 NH races
/3/1p/-pRAGING FIRE (IRE)34Michael FeltonBeat Minimalisti  3L Tiverton maiden Jan 2019;Pu Blackmore Rest after;acts gd/soft;pu 13th Masemore Interm
1/42-22ppSCHIAP HILL36Hannah ClarkeWon Mollington maiden 2019;4L 2nd to Hotel du Nord in Wadebridge Rest;pulled up in 2 Hunterchases since
1-46ppp4STEVAN STEEL (IRE)33Janet AcknerBeat Gunner Vic 15L Buckfastleigh maiden(heavy);pu in Hunterchases; 12L 4th to Cottage Rose in Flete Rest
31p/2p-pTAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)34Charlotte BuddWon Banwell maiden(20L gd/firm 2019) 2L 2nd to No Limitations Badbury Rest 2020; Pu 3 out Sponners Rest
3322/4-p1THE DARTMOOR ROSE36+Charlotte RoweDam won Flat/NH;Beat  Honest Opinion 8L in Trebudannon Open Maiden (2m 4f) acts gd/firm
/p/6p3/1-THE METERS RUNNING(IRE)35Gordon ChambersPu Irish maiden in 2016; Easy winner of E.Corn 2m4f maiden 2020 acts soft/heavy;May go close here
*50-31TWIG36+Matthew HamptonUnplaced NHFlat races; Won Maisemore Maiden beating Largy Mountain 3L; Acts on gd/firm
u54/-1u34WINTER HOLIDAY37Charlotte FullerWon Maisemore Maiden Oct 2020; close 4th in Mollington Rest won by Bawnmore; acts on gd/firm

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In the Waie Inn & Ford Fuels-sponsored Restricted race, Will Biddick could have a winning training and riding performance on Florrie Webb to follow up on their win at Cothelstone, if not choosing the Holnicote meeting on Saturday where they also hold an entry. Along with Party Tunes for team Summersby, who could follow up on their impressive 20-length win at Trebudannon two weeks ago under Darren Edwards.


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Race 7 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Conditions (Level 3) Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
/14/p4-u6AQUA DUDE (IRE)40?Catherine WilliamsWon 3 NH/Ptp;Won Beginners Chase 2017; 19L 4th Hunterchase 2020; acts soft;39L 6th Mollington Conds
*8770/-puBEARS RAILS0Rachael BoardWon 4 Chases(2015/18; stays 3m1f+;acts on gd/soft; last seen Jan 2019; pu 12th Flete Conds race last week
4/p3/-p4RBISTOURI D’HONORE (FR)39?Lucy FeltonDual hurdle winner;won Badbury Ladies & Nov Riders; 17L 4th to Dubai Quest in Maisemore Ladies
1128/7-32BLAIRS COVE40Luke PriceWon 4 NH (3 hurdles up to 2m5f) 8L 2nd to Maitree Express Molington Conds Monday; acts on good
323142/-7CARRIG DUBH (IRE)38Brooke Gardener-WollenDual Irish Ptp winner;Won Members/Confined (15L) 2018;42l 7th to Grageelagh Girl in Edgcote Conds
/4351-333CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE)39Dean SummersbyWon Maiden/Rest;6L 3rd Cherybrook Interm & 14L 3rd to Syracuse’s Dream in Flete Conds; stays well
616-ppp6IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)39Mary ToryWon 4Ptps ;Won Interm &  S.Dorset Members;10L 6th to Know The Score in Flete 4miler latest start
43p-84uRINCH ROCK (IRE)36?Ed WalkerWon Rest/Club 2017; won Members 2018;9L 4th to Apples Queen Cherrybrook Ladies; ur both starts since
/64/pp-4pKILRONAN CASTLE24Martin SweetlandWon 3NH (2m4f Chase Dec 2017) & Irish Ptp;26L 4th Open 2019;40L 4th in Quantock Members latest
2/212-p4KNOCKEDOUTLOADED(IRE)36Alexandra KnightWon 7Ptps (2016/2020) Won Ladies Open 2020;17L 4th to Law of Gold in Garthorpe Mixed Open; acts nay
p7-r454pNORUKI (IRE)27Andrew GardnerIrish maiden winner March 2017;Well beaten last 5 starts 2019/20;33L 4th to Grageelagh Girl in Edgcote Cond
2p0p/p-pRUARAIDH HUGH (IRE)16?Tracy WilliamsWon 8 Hurdles up to 2018 (up to 2m7f) pulled up 2 out in Cothelstone Club race in 2020; pu 13th return
45//23/-5SQUIRRELL ESQUIRE36?Celia PlunkettWon 3 Ptps (Deadheated Interm 2016) 3L 2nd Larkhill Conds; 22L 5th to Ballyboker Breeze in Maise Members
/53500-1THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE)44Thomas MaloneWon 4NH & 7Ptps;Won 4 2019;beat Master Baker 15L in Trebudannon Ladies(easy) acts any, may go close
*1p/2362-THE MULCAIR (IRE)NRCamilla ScottWon Irish maiden & 3m hurdle 2019 runner up in 2 Chases in 2020/21;acts on sft/heavy
p/p34f-7THEREYARSEE39Sally AlnerWon 6Ptps (last win 2018);acts on any;18L 7th to No Limitations in Larkhill Conditions Back in Dec

Eggesford Preview extract

Finally up is the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd-sponsored Conditions race, which also holds plenty of talent with The Last But One (Tom Malone) looking to reproduce the form of his Trebudannon victory. He does hold entries in the earlier races here in which he could run well, along with his Holnicote option entry. Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) will run a sound race under Charlotte Summersby, and The Mulcair for trainer Camilla Scott could opt for this race over his earlier entry.

Photo Credits: Megan Cobley Photography; Athwenna Irons/WMN


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Preview: The Eggesford POINT-TO-POINT AT Upcott Cross On Sunday 9TH MAY 2021

It’s the turn of the Eggesford to host their Point-to-Point meeting at Upcott Cross situated in the deepest heart of Devon, this coming Sunday May 9th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 110 entries have been received, with the Open Maiden race now divided. Once again this is a meeting which will be held behind closed doors,with live viewing available via Eventbrite live streaming.

The Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race, which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, looks to be the feature of the day with over £600 in prize money. Entries include ex National Hunt and multiple Point-to-Point winners Chameron and Virak for trainer Sam Loxton. Virak also holds an entry at Holnicote this weekend, and connections may choose to run him there. Navanman  would be a popular family win at this track for trainer John Heard, and could follow up on his Hunter Chase spin around Cheltenham last month when he came home a creditable one-and-a half  length third. The well bred Galileo-sired gelding Los Alamos for the Luke Price team could go close if turning up here and follow up on his Open win at Trebudannon two weeks ago.

In the opening Chris Hodgson-sponsored Conditions race, Raddon Top could go well for trainer Les Jefford if re-producing his impressive win at Wadebridge and goes well for jockey Conor Houlihan,  The Roestone for the Robert Chanin team also catches the eye on his Cherrybrook Intermediate win last month and goes well for Martin McIntyre. Trainer Camilla Scott holds an entry with The Mulcair who ran second in a Hunter Chase in Leicester in March, and is another who could go well if defying top weight under young Finn Muirhead. Unioniste will run an honest race and should be there in the frame at the finish for the Biddick family team.

The Bridgetown & Totnes Race Co Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race holds a strong entry for the Heard family with Cottage Rose, who was a worthy winner at Flete Park last month. They could come up against outside raider and winner a Higham and Edgcote Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team. Also Danny Archer for team Jefferson, another with recent previous winning form who is progressing fast into Intermediate company. Where’s Wilma is another highly rated and could improve on her recent second in an Open at Flete Park, and goes well for jockey Matt Hampton.

The C & R Construction & Bowen Equus-sponsored Open Maiden race is pre-divided. Those catching the eye in the first division are Everon(Neil mcLean), Loodeen(Charlie Dando) and Whatabug( Sarah Prouse) all having had the benefit of a run and gained place form. The second division could go the way of Jasmin des Bordes (Teresa Clark), Jimmy Tew (Janet Akner) or Thursdayateight( Annabelle Bacon) are suggestions on promising previous recent form.

In the Waie Inn & Ford Fuels-sponsored Restricted race, Will Biddick could have a winning training and riding performance on Florrie Webb to follow up on their win at Cothelstone, if not choosing the Holnicote meeting on Saturday where they also hold an entry. Along with Party Tunes for team Summersby, who could follow up on their impressive 20-length win at Trebudannon two weeks ago under Darren Edwards.

Finally up at the Eggesford Point-To-Point is the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd-sponsored Conditions race, which also holds plenty of talent with The Last But One (Tom Malone) looking to reproduce the form of his Trebudannon victory. He does hold entries in the earlier races here in which he could run well, along with his Holnicote option entry. Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) will run a sound race under Charlotte Summersby, and The Mulcair for trainer Camilla Scott could opt for this race over his earlier entry.

Cover Photo: Megan Cobley Photography

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – EGGESFORD

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.….”

A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1812-1870

The first record I have of an Eggesford point-to-point shows a fixture at Loosenden Cross on 10th April 1923. After three years at that location the meeting moved to Bishopsleigh for five seasons. This was not the same as the Bishopsleigh course used from the 1960’s.

From 1931 until 1935 the fixture was held at Pudson near Okehampton, before moving to a more settled venue at Sticklepath, also near Okehampton, until that course was closed after the 1955 meeting. The next few years saw the point-to-point at Loosebeare near Crediton, but cancellations in 1961 due to foot and mouth disease, and again in 1963 when it was waterlogged spelt the end of that track.

It was on to Bishopsleigh, near Crediton in 1964 until the last fixture there in April 2000. A brief sojourn at Lifton followed until the move to today’s venue at Upcott Cross in 2006. Keen pointing followers Ken and John Heard ensure their course is maintained to the highest standards.

The star rider in Devon in the 1930’s was Mr E Hocking. His six winners in 1937 put him joint second in the country that year. He rode several winners at the Eggesford meetings in the 1930’s, including a treble on the five-race card in 1938. Two of those three wins came on the same mare, Gipsy Queen II. Not content with a five lengths win in the four runner opening Hunt race, two races later the pair won the Farmers’ race from five opponents. Mr Hocking’s hat trick was achieved in the Adjacents’ Maiden on Ever Ready. Gipsy Queen II also won a race at the 1939 meeting.

Various joint meetings were held between 1946 and 1951 at Sticklepath. These included joining up on occasions with the Tiverton Staghounds, Hatherleigh Harriers and Mid Devon.

From a personal point of view I enjoyed the rural atmosphere of Bishopsleigh, although it took a bit of finding in the countryside, a few miles from Crediton. It was never the easiest for viewing. I remember a field of plough at the top part of the left handed course which was furthest from the eye. In the late 1980’s the track was re-designed minus the plough, the layout was changed with trees in the way which virtually ruined any chance of proper race reading.

I hope that my friend Jimmy Frost will forgive me for revealing the following , but my over-riding memory of Bishopsleigh concerns a race he won there in 1982. The results will show that Tudor Era won the Restricted Open, but here is the true story behind that result. A horse called Boston Lights finished first with Jimmy’s mount Tudor Era, carrying my bet, chasing her home, but Boston Lights and her rider Mrs Cathy Hamilton had gone the wrong side of a marker on the top bend. In the winner’s enclosure I remember telling Jimmy that I had seen the “winner” miss a marker and he said he was aware of it. “Are you going to object,” I said to him with monetary greed obviously in mind. “Yes, but I need 15 quid to lodge it and I haven’t got any money on me,” was the gist of his reply. So I rustled together the requisite 15 pound notes and stuffed them in his hands. Objection duly lodged – one of the stewards then confirmed that Boston Lights had indeed dodged inside a marker and the result was changed. So in the end Jimmy and Tudor Era got the race, I collected from the bookies and our “deposit” was returned.

The spotlight this week is on the 1987 meeting at Bishopsleigh, run just before a lengthy dry spell saw firm and hard ground setting in.

EGGESFORD AT BISHOPSLEIGH EASTER MONDAY 20 APRIL 1987

Going: Good

HUNT

1 Cal Mal (Philip Scholfield)
2 Jackotino (Biddy Peck)
3 Tharus O’Riley (Hugh Trerise)
5 ran; 4l; 4l; 7m 10s SP 3-1

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Stoneyard (Linda Delve)
2 Les Dancer (Tracy Westcott)
3 Easy Steed (Melanie Ranger)
8 ran; 6l; 4l; 6m 44s

ADJACENT HUNTS’

1 Akarakil (Kelvin Heard)
2 Champagne Bar (Philip Scholfield)
3 Plain Henry (Chris Boumphrey)
7 ran; 5l; dist; 7m 2s; SP 6-1

RESTRICTED OPEN

1 River Culm (Chris Down)
2 Tudor Mark (Sara Luxton)
3 Dusky Heart (Gerald Penfold)
4 ran; 4l; dist; 7m 0s SP 1-3 fav

MEN’S OPEN

1 Golden Link (Philip Scholfield)
2 Lavernia (Chris Down)
3 Ankus (Oliver Harvey)
6 ran; 1l; 2l; 7m 0s; SP 4-6 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS’ MAIDEN

1 Barton Boy (Philip Scholfield)
2 Samantha Whiskers (P J Austin)
3 Meadow Lad (M R Williams)
14 ran; 20l; 2l; 6m, 59s; SP 3-1

The winner and runner up in the Hunt race were both owned by Ken Dunn who was then one of the leading owners in the area. He provided Philip with many of his 18 winners in 1987 enabling him to finish runner up behind Mike Felton for the National title that year, and to claim the title with 37 winners the following year. Cal Mal was very useful on good ground and went on to land the £4,500 Land Rover Champion hunter chase at Chepstow later that season.

The Ladies’ winner Stoneyard was by a very good sire in those days called The Parson. Her original owner, the late Gerald Probert, was an estate agent in Somerset and Devon, and used to source his pointers from Ireland. One of his purchases was Queen Beyan who had landed something of a coup at Garthorpe in Leicestershire 1986 after a below par run at the South Tetcott a few days before – but that is a story for another day. Stoneyard was not the most reliable mare but was following up her win in the Tiverton Stag Ladies’ Open at Bishopsleigh three weeks previously with Linda Delve in the saddle. She was left clear here when Reuben Dewy ran out at the third last.

Two refusers and a faller altered the shape of the seven-runner Adjacents’ at the sixth fence. Champagne Bar looked the winner at the third last, but was readily outstayed by Akarakil and Kelvin Heard in the closing stages. The favourite Plain Henry was a good stayer but failed to sparkle here.

The Restricted was a modest affair won by River Culm. This home bred mare gave Chris Down his 100th winner as she shook off the challenge of Tudor Mark in the closing stages. Third placed Dusky Heart lost touch after a bad mistake at the 13th fence. I noticed when researching the 1930’s that Chris’s father Norman rode a few winners, including at the Eggesford in 1934

There are two things in particular I recall about the Men’s Open winner Golden Link, who was owned by regular pointing follower John Symes. The first was when he opened his account in a good Adjacent on only his second start as a five-year-old at the old Taunton Vale course of Jordans, Ilminster, (drop fences, poor viewing) ridden by Bob Buckler at 20-1. (why bother with Maiden races….). The second was seeing him win a Leicester hunter chase a few years later – only 3-1 that day. To be honest, I don’t remember much about this Eggesford race. A bright chestnut, he was a really strong stayer and the form book shows he was all out to beat Chris Down’s mount Lavernia. Third placed Ankus was a veteran ex-chaser acting as a schoolmaster for Oliver Harvey, brother of Luke.

Philip Scholfield rode Golden Link to add to his win on Cal Mal, and his good run of form continued when he won the concluding 14-runner Maiden on Barton Boy for Ken Dunn. This time he was lucky because the favourite Tudor Mile had the race sewn up with a five lengths advantage when losing his rider at the last. That was Bishopsleigh for you.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • MacKenzie & Phillips  / Mackenzie & Selby – various years
  • Point to point calendars 1933 -1939= Arthur W Coaten
  • Horse & Hound Year Book – various years
  • The Continuing Story of Point-to-Point racing- Michael Williams
  • The Pointer
  • Michael Kutapan – History & research Jumping for Fun website

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 EGGESFORD & AXE VALE

It was inevitable that four local fixtures in nine days would lead to a scarcity of runners. Fortunately our area did not suffer the fate of the meeting at Charing, Kent on Easter Saturday, where four of the six scheduled races produced a walk over.

The course organisers at both Upcott Cross (Eggesford) and Stafford Cross (Axe Vale) can be congratulated for providing safe, watered ground, but no meeting can expect decent fields if there are not enough pointers to go round. There was a stiff wind against the runners in the home straight, not very nice for watching too

Betting is naturally sluggish in three or four runner races and this was the case at both fixtures last weekend. The only certainty was that Will Biddick would be ducked in the paddock water trough by his riding colleagues if he broke the record for number of career winners, and this he did courtesy of a double with Crown of Thorns (4-7 fav) and Kernel Victor (1-2 fav).

Will Biddick and Kernel Victor
Will Biddick and Kernel Victor
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

Herbert Park (2-5 to 1-2) was another odds-on winner in the Mixed Open . He was out with the washing at the top of the home straight as Saffron Wells (4’s to 7-2) raced 20 lengths clear down the hill, but a cool ride from young Fergus Gillard saw Herbert Park swoop into the lead at the last.

Fergus Gillard and Herbert Park
Fergus Gillard and Herbert Park
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

The layers tale of woe continued as both sections of the Open Maiden went to the short priced jollys. Bookmaker David Phillips sponsored the first division and had to fork out more as Banco de Logos (evens) beat Willaldo (9-1). The winner has taken a while to get his head in front after his good run behind the smart Road to Rome at Buckfastleigh, but did little wrong here.

Dr Kananga started 6-4 favourite in the other division and shook off the challenge of 25-1 outsider Poniel. Five-year-old Dr Kananga is a likeable sort who ran very well behind Famous Response at Great Trethew after winning his bumper at Ffos Las in desperate ground. Second Captain (9-2 to 4’s) came out of the clouds to finish third.
The young horses Maiden went to the rangy four-year-old Getaround (6-4 joint fav) who came clear of the other joint fav Largy Mountain from the penultimate. They are each capable of stepping up in class.

Navanman (1-2 to 4-9 fav) suffered a rare reversal in his own Hunt race which attracted just three runners. River Myth (5-4 to 6-4) is in good form however and took command a long way out. She was completing a hat trick.

The only long priced winner on the day was Ballybruff (100 to 8) in the Restricted. Not the most consistent of animals, he had more letters than numbers to his name this season, mostly P’s. He is in a good yard however and won on merit. Owner Alistair Harvey had him with the leaders throughout. Minimalistic (evens fav) can perhaps be forgiven for his below par Cherrybrook run, but this was another lack lustre effort.

The first two winners started 1-3 as we moved on to a less windy Axe Vale on the following day. Dry ol’ Party followed up her Mendip win in the opening Hunt race where only Heartening (9-4 to 2’s) opposed her.

Tuff Nano (opened 2-5) continued in top form in the Confined and romped home by 20 lengths to give Will Biddick another winner.

The Last But One (solid 2’s) was my bet of the day in the Mixed Open. His maximum penalty (12lbs) was offset by Nathan Vergne’s claim, but he only just held off the strong finishing Minella Fifty (3’s to 5-2).

The floodgates had opened as the punters piled in on the next three favourites. Earth Leader (evens) outclassed his three opponents in the Intermediate before Apples Queen (4-7 to 2-5) held on gamely to beat Theatre Evening (5-2) in the Novice Riders’ under Liam Harrison. The layers took another blow when Skinflint (4-5 fav) found ground and track conditions to his liking in the Restricted.

Earth Leader & Bryan Carver
Earth Leader & Bryan Carver
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

The last race (Open Maiden) featured the biggest field of the day, 8, and the springer of the day in the shape of ex-Irish Businessman. I saw £500 to £100 laid early before the five-year-old dropped through all rates to 5-4 fav. Newcomer Raise Your Hand was opposed from an opening show of 2-1 out to 3’s, but won impressively from the promising A Tipple or Two (6-4 to 7-4).

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 4th May 2019 Modbury Harriers & Totnes Bridgetown Co. Ltd Flete Park, Ermington,  Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 Devon and Somerset Staghounds Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Cattistock Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Stevenstone Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS, SATURDAY 27TH APRIL 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

It’s a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds’ cries;
I never hear the west wind but tears are in my eyes.
For it comes from the west lands, the old brown hills,
And April’s in the west wind, and daffodils.

John Masefield, Salt-Water Ballads, (1902), “The West Wind”.

On a very windy day at Upcott Cross , the Eggesford turned out to be a memorable meeting . Presumably the weather forecast, yellow warnings or silly threatening names they now tag on to low pressure systems put a lot of people off. They missed point-to-point history in the making as the record for the highest career total by a jockey in Britain was broken.

Cornishman Will Biddick rode a double to set a new record of 415 pointing winners in the saddle. The record of 414 had stood since Richard Burton retired in 2011. Biddick, 32, who rode his first winner at Stafford Cross in 2004, immediately superseded Burton as champion jockey in 2012, and claimed that title on six consecutive occasions, setting a personal record himself with a seasonal total of 68 winners in 2015. He was runner up to Alex Edwards for the National title last season, and the pair are vying for the Fuller’s sponsored Men’s championship again this year

The progressive Crown of Thorns initiated Biddick’s double, making all the running in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. The Pidsley family gelding has proved a shrewd buy at Goffs Doncaster sales last September out of Noel Meade’s yard. , The Sarah Pidsley trained six-year-old was scoring for the fourth time this season. A feat his previous Giggingstown owners would have enjoyed.

Will Biddick and Kernel Victor
Will Biddick and Kernel Victor
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

Biddick’s record breaking ride was Kernel Victor who shook off Cloudy Music in the home straight to win the Confined. Trainer Ed Walker shares ownership of this useful pointer with popular West country stalwart John Pearn , and the gelding has fared even better with blinkers applied. “It is nice to get the record, but my main aim is to get the title back this year,” said the Truro born rider who now operates a pointing yard at Ditcheat, Somerset. Amidst rousing cheers, his fellow jockeys joined in the celebrations by promptly ducking him in the paddock water trough.

Darren Andrews is enjoying his best season in the saddle and followed up a Hunt race victory on River Myth, by completing a double thanks to the promising Dr Kananga.

River Myth upset odds-on favourite Navanman, already a five-times winner this season in the Hunt race. The result was quite emphatic though as Andrews sent the mare about her business at the final ditch.

The 26-year-old jockey went on to steer Dr Kananga home in the second Maiden division. “He was only broken last September. We have been trying to find safe ground. He really wants it soft and may go for the Aintree bumper next month,” reported trainer Ben Clarke.

The other section of the Maiden saw Banco De Logos finally get his head in front under Darren Edwards. Bookmaker David Phillips sponsored this race and was calling the winner at evens at the off. Consistently placed, the eight –year-old rallied to beat Willaldo after looking vulnerable at the penultimate. “We thought he could win two or three on the bounce after his second to Road To Rome at Buckfastleigh, but he hasn’t been quite right and has been frustrating,” commented trainer Dean Summersby.

Willaldo carried Bryan Carver wearing the colours made famous by Oliver Carter ’s top horses. The rider had earlier entered the winner’s enclosure as four-year-old Getaround fulfilled the promise of his Monmouthshire second last month by running away with the young horses Maiden. Ella Pickard trains Getaround for her sister Ruby. “We bought him at Goffs Land Rover sales last June and he is a very exciting prospect,” exclaimed the young trainer. It was good to see Martin Pipe forsaking the glitter of Sandown’s jumping finale to present the prizes for this David Pipe sponsored race.

Fergus Gillard and Herbert Park
Fergus Gillard and Herbert Park
(c) Megan Cobley Photography

Fergus Gillard, who works for the David Pipe yard, had his 17th birthday two days before, and celebrated in the best possible way with a cool winning ride on Margaret Alford’s Herbert Park in the Mixed Open. Saffron Wells set up a 20 lengths lead and was still well clear at the third last, but Gillard was confident enough to delay his challenge on the quirky Ray Alford trained gelding as long as possible, sweeping into the lead jumping the last. “I had a lot underneath me and didn’t want to get there too soon,” seemed a bit of an understatement from the rider, yet another promising jockey to emerge from the pony racing circuit.

Results

RESULTS: EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS SATURDAY 27TH APRIL 2019

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 4th May 2019 Modbury Harriers & Totnes Bridgetown Co. Ltd Flete Park, Ermington,  Ivybridge PL21 9NX 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 Devon and Somerset Staghounds Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Cattistock Littlewindsor, Beaminster, DT8 3QU 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 6th May 2019 Stevenstone Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: EGGESFORD AT UPCOTT CROSS SATURDAY 27TH APRIL 2019

GOING: Good to soft, good in places

HUNT RACE (SPONSOR RANGEMOOR & ASHGROVE KITCHENS)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 6-4 clr three out, easily
2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 4-9 fav every chance til no extra three out
3 Bob Along Mahler (Fergus Gillard) 20-1 led til 13th, wknd
3 ran; 5l; dist; 6m 43s

INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav made all, clear four out, easily
2 Jabbea (Nick Lawton) 2-1 chased wnr three out, no impr
3 Come on Joey (Paul John) 12-1 in touch til 14th
5 ran; 10l;15l; 6m 39s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6-YEAR-OLDS 2M 4F (DAVID PIPE)

1 Getaround (Bryan Carver) 6-4 jt fav led 6th, drew clr two out
2 Largy Mountain (Will Biddick) 6-4 jt fav every chance three out, no extra
3 Roc The Boat (Paul John) 16-1 in touch til 12th
9 Ran; 9l; 3l; 5m 34s

MIXED’ OPEN (SIMPKINS EDWARDS)

1 Herbert Park (Fergus Gillard) 1-2 fav lot to do three out, fin strongly to lead last
2 Saffron Wells (Tom Doggrell) 7-2 led & well clr til wknd & hdd last
3 Art of Synergy (Will Biddick) 5-1 prog 12th, wknd three out
5 ran; 3l; dist; 6m 35s

RESTRICTED (TT BUILDINGS LTD)

1 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 12-1 prom til led two out, ran on well
2 Ann Maries Reject (Natalie Parker) 14-1 prom, effort three out, kept on
3 Five Gold Bars (Will Biddick) 2-1 hdwy three out
9 ran; 1l; head; 6m 40s no extra apprg last

OPEN MAIDEN (DAVID PHILLIPS)

DIVISION 1

1 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) evens fav alwys prom, ran on well
2 Willaldo (Bryan Carver) 9-1 prom, held when mstk last
3 Longshanks (Tom Doggrell) 13-2 hdwy three out, led briefl next, wknd
6 ran; 4l;4l; 6m 46s

DIVISION 2

1 Dr Kananga (Darren Andrews) 6-4 fav handy, led three out, comf
2 Poniel (Shane Quinlan) 25-1 prom, every chance til no extra last
3 Second Captain ( Darren Edwards) 4-1 rear, fin strongly
9 ran; 1l; 2l; 6m 49s

CONFINED (CHRIS HODGSON)

1 Kernel Victor (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav led three out, easily
2 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 13-8 chased wnr three out, no impr
3 Norman Conquest (Josh Newman) 10-1 ldrs til 15th, grad wknd
5 ran; 10l; 4l; 6m 42s

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