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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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Entries: Eggesford Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Saturday 27th April 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds Race
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 16:30 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
8th 17:05 Confined Race

Going Update

Official going by the Chief Steward: Good, Good to Soft in Places

Saturday, 27th April at 12:30

Eggesford point to point ground update – we had showers Wednesday & the course was also watered all day. We had rain overnight & will water again if necessary. The ground this morning is good

(updated Thursday 25 Apr 2019, at 08:30)

Good going, with rain forecast and will water if necessary to maintain good ground

(updated Saturday 20 Apr 2019, at 16:26)

Preview extract:

115 entries have been received for the Eggesford meeting at Upcott Cross this Saturday with eight races on offer, and a start time of 1pm.

The course offers hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. It’s located 2m south of Halwill junction,off A3079 postcode EX21 5AE.


FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 74p12-p68 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson F. Gillard T/S; C/P; 12/1 to 16/1
2 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 33 John Heard
3 Y 2-1122111 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45+ John Heard B. Carver 1/2 to 2/5
4 Y p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson D. Andrews T/S; 5/4 to 13/8
5 u1121-421 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 41 Neil McLean

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 4 5L 6m 43
2nd 3 Dist
3rd 1
4th

Preview extract

Navanman also holds an entry in the Opening Members race which has been sponsored by The Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchen co. It could be a popular family win for the Heard family, and could see him follow up on his recent win at Milborne St Andrew last month under jockey Bryan Carver. River Myth could be a likely challenger, but would need to find a couple of lengths improvement, as had to settle for second when the two met at Charlton Horthorne last month.

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Race 2 – Intermediate race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 24/12p-212 ACADIAN (FR) 37+ Heidi Lewis L. Drowne 5/2 to 5/1
2 /p1-p3p22 ARCAL FIFTY 37 Bea Coward
3 5p624-pp BALLYCASH (IRE) 35 Ben Clarke
4 /p3p/p3-p CANSHETRAIN (IRE) 33 Scarlett Major
5 55p-1221 CAPTIVA ISLAND (IRE) 37 Alan Hill
6 222-23113 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby
7 Y 73R/-f414 COME ON JOEY (IRE) 37 Roy Smith P. John 6/1 to 12/1
8 f2u1fp/-pp CROOKESMOOR 18 Sue Young
9 Y *053-1121 CROWN OF THORNS 41+ Sarah Pidsley W. Biddick C/P; 2/5 to 4/9
10 31-0* FOXWORTHY Ed Walker
11 6/3225-47 GOLANDER (IRE) 35 Gordon Chambers
12 Y p431-u2pu JABBEA (IRE) 39+ Mary Sanderson N. Lawton 3/1 to 7/4
13 /pu2-11 MANOFMANYWORDS 40+ Camilla Scott
14 5p2p2-471 MINIM MOUSE 40 Chloe Newman
15 5/656-21c NEETSIDE (IRE) 36+ Jill Dennis
16 p411p/-24p NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin
17 1p9-2211 PLATINUM BEN (IRE) 38 Nigel Padfield
18 2224p3-p2 PRINCE OF POETS 37 Teresa Clark
19 u-5122112 SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby
20 Y //p5175/-7 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Michael Biddick K. Kirby 25/1
21 313-55515 TAMARSTONE (IRE) 37 Neil McLean

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 9 10L 6m 39
2nd 12 15L
3rd 7
4th

Preview extract

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which Crown Of Thorns (Sarah Pidsley) is one to note, and could give jockey Will Biddick the crown for riding the most ever wins ridden in a Point-to-Points by a jockey. Manofmanywords out of the Camilla Scott yard could be the one to deny the crown for now, having recently won a 15 runner Restricted at Cothelsone by six lengths, under jockey Bryan Carver, with both horse and jockey showing good progression.

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Race 3 – Open Maiden for 4, 5 & 6 year olds Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y p*67/p2- ARCTIC SWORD 26+ Stuart Sampson D. Andrews T/S; 14/1 to 4/1
2 -54432f ATTACOTTI (IRE) 34 Pauline Geering
3 Y -uf CHETOMIAN (IRE) 0 Ian Chanin J. Newman Hd; 12/1
4 -12 DR KANANGA 31+ Ben Clarke
5 /332- ENORMOUSE 34+ Chloe Newman
6 Y -ppp ESPRESSINO 0 Robert Chanin T. Chanin Hd; 25/1 to 33/1
7 *00-26p2 FIELD MASTER (IRE) 32 Robert Hawker
8 Y -2 GETAROUND (IRE) 32+ Ella Pickard B. Carver 7/4 to 5/4
9 Y /3f-4 GLIMPSE OF GLADYS 27 Robert Pudd S. Kirwan 4/1 to 10/1
10 Y GOLLY ITS MOLLY 0 Caroline Prouse D. Edwards 10/1 to 12/1; 4lb over
11 Y KING’S QUAY (IRE) Leighton McGuinness B. R. Jones 10/1 to 14/1
12 Y /ppp3-2 LARGY MOUNTAIN 29+ Hannah Mahon W. Biddick 5/4
13 LONGSHANKS (IRE) Leighton McGuinness
14 6-22 MONMOUTH HILL 25 Hannah Clarke
15 PASS RUSHER (IRE) Francesca Nimmo
16 Y ROC THE BOAT Jennifer Boucher P. John 8/1 to 10/1
17 pp-p2 THE GARRISON (IRE) 26 Jazmin Hosgood

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 8 9L 5m 34
2nd 12 3L
3rd 16
4th 1

Preview extract

The Open Maiden race for four, five and six-year old is sponsored by David Pipe, with entries including Largy Mountain (Hannah Mahon) and Field Master (Robert Hawker) both have hinted at ability with seconds at Bampton Byron and Mollington respectively.

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Race 4 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 15f4p-pu3 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 38 Ed Walker W. Biddick T/S; 4/1 to 7/2
2 231-11131 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42 Dean Summersby
3 312-21321 HEANEY (IRE) 43 Claire Wonnacott
4 Y 44/115-22 HERBERT PARK (IRE) 43 Ray Alford F. Gillard 11.2 Novice Riders; 1/3 to 1/2
5 5-3462311 HOW ABOUT IT (IRE) 42 Alexandra Dunn
6 Y 2341213-u LA MADONNINA (IRE) 42 Abigail Lewis D. Andrews 6/1 to 10/1
7 Y u2//-p4p83 MERRION SQUARE (IRE) 33 Harriet Brown Miss J. E. Sargent 8/1 to 16/1
8 2-1122111 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45+ John Heard
9 p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson
10 Y *4436/-23u SAFFRON WELLS 42 Mark Hoskins T. Doggerell C/P; 3/1 to 4/1
11 12-111222 THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) 43 Thomas Malone
12 *78534/-p4 TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 34 Heidi Lewis
13 21222-211 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 44 Keith Cumings

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 4 3L 6m 35
2nd 10 Dist
3rd 1
4th 6

Preview extract

The feature race of the day will be the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race in which multiple winning horses including winner of four this season Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby), winner of two plus a Hunter Chase win at Exeter Heaney (Claire Wonnacott), Navanman(John Heard) winner of five including three open races under jockey Bryan Carver, and Whenharrymetsally (Keith Cumings) on an impressive mark of 15 wins to date, are among the 13 entries.

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Race 5 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y 6/213-6p4 ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) 36 Christine Gray N. Parker 14/1
2 /p1-p3p22 ARCAL FIFTY 37 Bea Coward
3 Y -pp33p34p BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 35 Leslie Jefford A. L. Harvey 8/1
4 Y 221/p6f3- BALTAZAR DU SEUIL (FR) 35? Stuart Sampson 8/1 D. Andrews
5 74p12-p68 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson
6 Y f2u1fp/-pp CROOKESMOOR 18 Sue Young S. Whittle 25/1
7 Y 33-u223p1 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 36 Jill Dennis J. Bament 4/1
8 1/*05-5p3 DR RHYTHM (IRE) 17? Keith Cumings
9 Y f5p-21 FIVE GOLD BARS (IRE) 36+ Robert Hawker W. Biddick 6/4
10 Y 2/541pp5 GEORGES LEGACY 35? Joe Tickle D. Edwards C/P; 14/1
11 21-6226 GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
12 Y 6/3225-47 GOLANDER (IRE) 35 Gordon Chambers B. R. Jones 10/1
13 6/pp1-353 GRACIOUS PRINCE (IRE) 35 Harriet Brown
14 21/ff-24p2 JOURNEY JUICE 36 Ed Walker
15 14p-fpp3p MINELLA RISING (IRE) 34 Ed Walker
16 Y /f2-2113 MINIMALISTIC (IRE) 38 Nikki Frost J. Newman Evens
17 5/656-21c NEETSIDE (IRE) 36+ Jill Dennis
18 /3432-212 SHANOULE WOOD (IRE) 35 Hannah Clarke
19 /1p464-p9 WALLABROOK 33 Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 3 1L 6m 40
2nd 1 Head
3rd 9
4th 16

Preview extract

Minimalistic out of Nikki Frost’s yard, stands out as an entry in the Hammett Financial-sponsored Restricted race having progressed quickly this season with two wins at the Buckfastleigh track, and may have needed a break when finishing third at Cherrybrook. Neetside (Jill Dennis) was unlucky to be carried out when travelling well at Flete Park last weekend and could run well here. Five Gold Bars (Robert Hawker) could progress after his two length win at Kilworthy in March and is another for the short list.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden Race, Division 1

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y -54432f ATTACOTTI (IRE) 34 Pauline Geering B. Jones
2 Y 42-25432 BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 32? Dean Summersby D. Edwards C/P
3 *05450/- CHEYONA (IRE) Chloe Roddick
4 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 33 John Heard
5 /332- ENORMOUSE 34+ Chloe Newman
6 -2 FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 30+ Joe Tickle
7 /u3-p GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
8 Y LONGSHANKS (IRE) Leighton McGuinness T. Doggerell
9 *pp9f6p-p RUBY ACACIA (IRE) 0 Carly Mather
10 Y -6p TARA SNIPE 15 Pippa Moorhouse W. Biddick
11 Y u3-p35pp THESTOPPERDUNNE (IRE) 27? Thomas Malone J. Newman
12 pp/-f WHAT A BUG 0 Sarah Prouse
13 Y *6/pfpp-4 WILLALDOO 25? Leslie Jefford B. Carver

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Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 2 4L 6m 46
2nd 13 4L
3rd 8
4th 10

Preview extract

Whilst in the divided Open Maiden, Feu Des Malberaux (Jo Tickle) after his six length second to Matts Legacy at Buckfastleigh and four-year-old weight allowance should show improvement, coming from a yard with a good strike rate with young horses. Also Banco De Logos (Dean Summersby) another to catch the eye in the first division with his seconds at Buckfastleigh and Cherrybrook.

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Race 7 – Open Maiden Race, Division 2

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 Y *087-Rv ARCHIRONDEL (IRE) 32+ Tiffany O’Dwyer N. Vergne T/S; Purple colours; 3/1 to 2/1
2 u32f32-22 BALLYJIM (IRE) 33 Jade Barber
3 44-uppp6 BUBSY BURBIDGE 0 Sally Eccles
4 Y -p BUSTERMOVE 0 Stuart Sampson F. Gillard 14/1 to 28/1
5 Y -12 DR KANANGA 31+ Ben Clarke D. Andrews Hd; Yellow, blue slash colours; 2/1 to 6/4
6 *00-26p2 FIELD MASTER (IRE) 32 Robert Hawker
7 Y p/p87-3p6 KEMICALLIE 12 Christine Gray T. Doggerell 7/1 to 16/1
8 *856/7p-3 LOUGH DERG MYSTERY(IRE) 35 Tony Geering
9 *0600-ppp MAD FOR ACTION (IRE) 0 Abigail Lewis
10 Y 226-43p43 MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 25 Pauline Geering B. Carver C/P; 7/1 to 14/1
11 Y *709//-p56 PONIEL 12 Zoe Moore-Williams S. Quinlin 14/1 to 25/1
12 Y *80-p642 SECOND CAPTAIN (IRE) 28 Richard Mitford-Slade D. Edwards 2/1 to 9/2
13 Y /p/- THE METERS RUNNING (IRE) Gordon Chambers J. Bament 10/1 to 14/1
14 Y /2p4-2243 WHERE’S WILMA 34 Michael M. Watson D. Pritchard C/P; 2/1 to 9/4

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 5 1L 6m 49
2nd 11 2L
3rd 12
4th 14

Preview extract

In the second division Where’s Wilma (Michael Watson) has finished in the frame on three of her four starts this season and has to be considered if running here, also Ballyjim (Jade Barber) for latest two and a-half lengths second at Milborne St Andrew and could land another win for Will Biddick.

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Race 8 – Confined Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 *55474p-2 ACCORDING TO HARRY(IRE) 40 Nicola Martin
2 15f4p-pu3 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 38 Ed Walker
3 Y pppu57p-7 CARRIGKERRY (IRE) 20? Andrew Congdon P. John 14/1
4 Y 222-23113 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby D. Edwards 5/2
5 *053-1121 CROWN OF THORNS 41+ Sarah Pidsley
6 44p/-p4p3 HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
7 Y /2233-3331 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker W. Biddick Bl; 2/5
8 Y p411p/-24p NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin J. Newman 6/1
9 p111-3211 RIVER MYTH 42+ Stuart Sampson
10 u1121-421 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 41 Neil McLean
11 3/441151- STEEL BRUSH (IRE) 40 Keith Cumings
12 Y *78534/-p4 TOKYO JAVILEX (FR) 34 Heidi Lewis L. Drowne 5/1

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Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st 7 10L 6m 42
2nd 4 4L
3rd 8
4th 3

Preview extract

Finally up is the Confined race in which Kernal Victor could defy top weight and steal this, and bag another for the Ed Walker team to follow up on his eight length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month. River Myth (Stuart Sampson) holds an entry here too, and connections may prefer this race as an option to follow up on her Confined win at Cherrybrook, rather than the earlier Members race.

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Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Saturday 27th April 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

115 entries have been received for the Eggesford meeting at Upcott Cross this Saturday with eight races on offer, and a start time of 1pm. The feature race of the day will be the Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race in which multiple winning horses including winner of four this season Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby), winner of two plus a Hunter Chase win at Exeter Heaney (Claire Wonnacott), Navanman(John Heard) winner of five including three open races under jockey Bryan Carver, and Whenharrymetsally (Keith Cumings) on an impressive mark of 15 wins to date, are among the 13 entries.

Navanman also holds an entry in the Opening Members race which has been sponsored by The Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchen co. It could be a popular family win for the Heard family, and could see him follow up on his recent win at Milborne St Andrew last month under jockey Bryan Carver. River Myth could be a likely challenger, but would need to find a couple of lengths improvement, as had to settle for second when the two met at Charlton Horthorne last month.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which Crown Of Thorns (Sarah Pidsley) is one to note, and could give jockey Will Biddick the crown for riding the most ever wins ridden in a Point-to-Points by a jockey. Manofmanywords out of the Camilla Scott yard could be the one to deny the crown for now, having recently won a 15 runner Restricted at Cothelsone by six lengths, under jockey Bryan Carver, with both horse and jockey showing good progression.

The Open Maiden race for four, five and six-year old is sponsored by David Pipe, with entries including Largy Mountain(Hannah Mahon) and Field Master( Robert Hawker) both have hinted at ability with seconds at Bampton Byron and Mollington respectively.

Whilst in the divided Open Maiden, Feu Des Malberaux( (Jo Tickle) after his six length second to Matts Legacy at Buckfastleigh and four-year-old weight allowance should show improvement, coming from a yard with a good strike rate with young horses. Also Banco De Logos (Dean Summersby) another to catch the eye in the first division with his seconds at Buckfastleigh and Cherrybrook. In the second division Where’s Wilma( Michael Watson) has finished in the frame on three of her four starts this season and has to be considered if running here, also Ballyjim (Jade Barber) for latest two and a-half lengths second at Milborne St Andrew and could land another win for Will Biddick.

Minimalistic out of Nikki Frost’s yard, stands out as an entry in the Hammett Financial-sponsored Restricted race having progressed quickly this season with two wins at the Buckfastleigh track, and may have needed a break when finishing third at Cherrybrook. Neetside (Jill Dennis) was unlucky to be carried out when travelling well at Flete Park last weekend and could run well here. Five Gold Bars (Robert Hawker) could progress after his two length win at Kilworthy in March and is another for the short list.

Finally up is the Confined race in which Kernal Victor could defy top weight and steal this, and bag another for the Ed Walker team to follow up on his eight length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month. River Myth (Stuart Sampson) holds an entry here too, and connections may prefer this race as an option to follow up on her Confined win at Cherrybrook, rather than the earlier Members race.

The course offers hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. It’s located 2m south of Halwill junction,off A3079 postcode EX21 5AE.

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REPORT: EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do. But there ain’t no cure for the summer time blues….”

From a song by rock and roll singer Eddie Cochran 1938-1960

We will have to find something to do until November. Royal Ascot perhaps? It’s getting towards that time when the point-to-pointers and their entourage are put out to grass so we will miss our regular pointing fix. June can be hot and it was a lovely summer evening which drew a good crowd to the Eggesford fixture at Upcott Cross, postponed from its original April date due to waterlogging. Ironically the course had been watered this time to provide good going. Well done to the Heard family.

After six successive National jockeys championships, Will Biddick will be handing over his title to Alex Edwards this year, but showed all his skills and determination in the saddle at Upcott Cross with a hat trick.

Sixteen Letters initiated the Biddick treble with an easy Hunt race victory in the colours of John Symes. This tall, rangy gelding looks a nice prospect. He is in the care of rookie trainer Claire Harris, who holds the pointing licence for the Kayley Woollacott yard.

Biddick’s other winners were each saddled by Teresa Clark. Mistress Massini, bought from Teresa’s brother Anthony Honeyball, and scoring for the third time this season, made all the running to take the Mixed Open for the Culverwells Racing Club. The seven-year-old mare ran on gamely to hold strong finishing Beat The Tide, who was giving the winner a virtually impossible 17lbs, by a fast diminishing neck.

Similar front running tactics paid off on Pancrace in the Open Maiden. This time the winning margin was 20 lengths on the hitherto disappointing seven-year-old, who put his jumping problems behind him in no uncertain terms. “He hardly jumped a fence and I had to pull him up at Trebudannon last time, but they have done a good job with him and he was foot perfect tonight,” said Biddick. A good looking son of Laveron, Pancrace changed hands for £35,000 as a three-year-old but could only finish third in a Wexford bumper for Gordon Elliott. He has obviously had his problems but certainly looked the part with more positive tactics employed here.

Will Biddick missed out on a four-timer since Stuart Penny’s chestnut mare Justu had finished runner up in the two and a half miles maiden. Sweet Lady Jane travelled from South Wales to take this event under Byron Moorcroft. This consistent six-year-old mare, owned by the rider’s partner Georgia Kerneys and trained by Kieran Price, drew clear in the home straight to win comfortably.

Gowell was backed down to 5-4 favourite to give the Cowbridge based rider a double in the Restricted, but had to give best to front running Moonlight Flyer. This Camilla Scott trained six-year-old was quickly following up his recent Bratton Down success under a positive ride from Christopher Barber. The young rider, a grandson of legendary pointing trainer Richard Barber, was giving himself an early birthday present as he turns 21 in a few days time.

Josh Newman rode his 15th winner of the season in the Intermediate as Steel Brush found the better finishing pace to head Culverwell at the last after the latter had led from the 15th fence. “He has to be produced late,” remarked trainer Keith Cumings of the winner, a good looking nine-year-old owned by Diana and Maurice Scott.

River Myth was saddled by Stuart Sampson to win the concluding Confined. The Midnight Legend mare is not the easiest of rides, but has now scored three times in the last six weeks for jockey Darren Andrews. “We came here instead of a hunter chase at Stratford on Friday,” said Terry Hamlin, who owns the seven-year-old in conjunction with John Gardener.

Funniest sight of the hot evening: Will Biddick cooling himself off after his third winner by completely submerging himself in the water trough in the paddock used to cool off the horses……….

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  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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RESULTS – EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE 2018

Going; Good

Hunt race (Sponsor –  Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchens)

1 Sixteen Letters (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav led four out, easily

2 Bob Along Mahler (Christopher Barber) 7-2 led til headed 14th

3 Prince of Poets (Rex Dingle) 7-2 tracked ldr til wknd 13th

3 ran; 12l; 25l;  6m 40s

Owner; John Symes; Trainer; Claire Harris

 

Intermediate (Derrick Hawkins)

1 Steel Brush (Josh Newman) 13-8 fav prog four out, led last, ran on well

2 Culverwell (Matt Hampton) 7-1 cl up til led 15th. headed & no extra last

3 Tamarstone (David Prichard) 3-1 in touch, every chance three out, not quicken

5 ran; 1 1/2l;  8l;  6m 38s

Owner; Diana & Michael Scott; Trainer; Keith Cumings

 

Open Maiden 4-6year olds (David Pipe, racehorse trainer) 2 m 4f

1 Sweet Lady Jane (Byron Moorcroft) 6-4 fav made most, went clear two out

2 Justu (Will Biddick) 7-2 chased winner, no extra from three out

3 Cottage Rose (Rex Dingle) 3-1 late hdwy, not near ldrs, fin well

7 ran; 12l; neck;  5m 39s

Owner; Georgia Kerneys; Trainer; Kieran Price

 

Mixed Open (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Mistress Massini (Will Biddick) 9-2 made all, just held on

2 Beat The Tide (Josh Newman) 5-1 held up chased wnr three out, finished strongly, just failed

3 Subtle Sovereign (Lucy Mager) 14-1 tracked wnr til 12th, behind from four out

5 ran; neck; distance;  6m 29s

Owner; Culverwells Racing Club; Trainer; Teresa Clark

 

Restricted (TT Buildings Ltd)

1 Moonlight Flyer (Christopher Barber) 9-2 made virtually all, drew clear two out, comf

2 Gowell (Byron Moorcroft ) 5-4 fav pressed wnr three out, wknd & held after next

3 Gask Ridge (Bryan Carver) 9-4 midfield, good hdwy 13th, mstk 15th, took third nr finish

7 ran; 12l; 10l;  6m 34s

Owner; Philip Cartwright; Trainer; Camilla Scott

 

Open Maiden (David Phillips Bookmaker)

1 Pancrace (Will Biddick) 9-2 made all, went well clear three out, unchallenged

2 Ohbaby (Jo Supple) 12-1 went second 14th, outpaced by wnr three out

3 Porters Lane (Matt Hampton) 7-4 fav with ldrs, hit 14th, grad wknd

7 ran; 20l; 6l;  6m 31s

Owner; White & Finn Partnership; Trainer; Teresa Clark

 

Confined (Chris Hodgson Engineering)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 6-4 jt fav prog to lead 14th, forged clear two out, readily

2 Its all or Nothing (Matt Hampton) 6-4 jt fav sn prom, chased wnr from four out, every chance til no extra two out

3 Tolkeins Tango (David Prichard) 20-1 led 7th til 14th, grad wknd

9 ran; 8l; 12l;  6m 35s

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

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Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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Entries and form guide: Eggesford Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Wednesday Evening 6th June 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 17:00 Members Race
2nd 17:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 18:10 Open Maiden 4, 5, & 6 Year Old Race
4th 18:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 19:20 Restricted Race
6th 19:55 Open Maiden Race
7th 20:30 Confined Race

Going

Sunday 3rd June at 15:00

Fences have been moved to fresh ground. Going is Good, Good to Soft in places.  Will be maintained as good ground.

Friday 1st June at 16:00

All the fences have been moved to completely fresh ground as will the bends, light rain today so still good ground – John Heard

Thursday 31st May at 16.30

After steady overnight rain, the going is good, good to soft in places. All fences have been moved onto fresh ground, so the whole course is on fresh ground. We will water to maintain good ground if necessary

Preview extract:

The re-arranged Eggesford meeting, which was postponed from April due to the wet weather, will take place next Wednesday evening June 6th at the course situated at Upcott Cross. Seven races are on offer with the first off at 5pm. 98 entries have been received.

On course facilities are hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies together with trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car and driver, £10 per passenger. Pedestrians £10. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off the A3079 – EX21 5AE

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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