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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – EXMOOR AT BRATTON DOWN on 29th June 2021

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – EXMOOR

There was a good line of nine bookies at Bratton Down on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend, and it was also nice to see spectators allowed to return, although limited in number. It was also a relief to get a proper race card at Bratton Down instead of the sheets of paper which are virtually impossible to work with- well done to the organisers.

The Hunt race at Bratton looked a simple puzzle so I piled in on Hadmeathello (try saying it) to justify 1-2/ 4-7. He had impressed me when winning at Dingley but Chloe Emsley never seemed really happy on the beast on this occasion , neither was I. He was well held on the run in by The Mulcair (7-4 to 13-8) giving Blumndell’s schoolboy Finn Muirhead his first winner.

They went 4-1 joint favourites Florrie Webb and Thewinnertakeitall in the 11-runner Maiden. Darren Edwards took a crashing fall from the latter, but Florrie did the job well, setting Conor Houlihan off on his weekend five winner spree. I did some each way thieving on Minella Beag (5-1) who had caught the eye at the previous fixture here. She finished third. The Dartmoor Rose (12’s to 8’s) was nearly brought down at the 10th and this run can be ignored.

Weston-Super-Mare rider/ trainer Lucy Mager is a much under rated jockey and gave Moscow Prices (6-4 to 11-8) a perfect waiting ride to win the Ladies’. If you think I am talking through my pocket, no, I did not have a bet.

The Men’s Open featured a re-match of the Trebudannon Open between the useful mare River Myth and the big imposing gelding Los Alamos (who won that day). It was a bit like Little and Large. River Myth proved an uneasy favourite here (1-2 to 8-13) with Los Alamos clipped in from 3’s to 11-4 to atone for his poor Holnicote run last time. I don’t suppose that Coolmore had Bratton Down in mind when they bred this son of Galileo, but he is a classy pointer, now with leading owner Jason Warner, and readily drew clear up the hill.

The first division of the Conditions race produced the finish of the season. Conor Houlihan on Bridge of Spies (6-1) and Matt Hampton on Where’s Wilma (drifted to 9-4) charged up the hill locked together and were still inseparable at the post. Neither deserved to lose and a dead heat was a fitting result. Crown of Thorns (3-1) ran his usual solid race to finish third and fourth placed Beau Sancy (10’s to 8’s) was well there until the final fence.

Blairs Cove (2-1) made all and won the second division easily under James King, who is about to be crowned National champion jockey for the first time. Runner up Rolling Dylan (2’s to 7-4 fav) had a BHA rating of 143 in his prime, but is not the force he was. He is a fine schoolmaster though.

Darren Edwards took another heavy fall in the getting out stakes as Jimmy Tew (2-1) over jumped at the ninth and brought down Spivey Cove (9-1). Best to Come (3’s to 4’s) came from well off the pace under Conor Houlihan to claim the prize. Runner up Golly its Molly (20-1) showed her first worthwhile form and can only improve further, but Evron (7-2 to 3’s) folded quickly after leading from half way.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT: EXMOOR AT BRATTON DOWN on 29th May 2021

“MAY is a pious fraud of the almanac. A ghastly parody of the real Spring”

From Under the Willows by
James Russell Lovell , 1819-1891, American poet

I couldn’t agree more Mr Lovell. The month of May is not supposed to be cold and wet in England. Even the Exmoor point-to-point had to be postponed for six days, but at least we finally got some action in front of a crowd enjoying ice cream weather for the second of the traditional three late season fixtures at Bratton Down.

A first time treble for jockey Conor Houlihan, and a double for the champion elect James King were the highlights of the Exmoor fixture on a day when motorway hold -ups caused delays, late arrivals, and in the case of some horse boxes no shows.

Restricted winner Florrie Webb (centre), ridden by Conor Houlihan
Restricted winner Florrie Webb (centre), ridden by Conor Houlihan. Exmoor Point-To-Point at Bratton Down on 29th May 2021

Conor Houlihan is set to land his first Devon & Cornwall Novice riders’ title, and the 23-year-old from Dungarvan, County Waterford, who works in Will Biddick’s Somerset yard, kicked off with a five lengths success on the Biddick trained Florrie Webb in the Rosettes Direct Restricted. With his boss and mentor on crutches after breaking an ankle, the tall Irishman proved an able substitute in the saddle, sending seven-year-old Florrie Webb clear after jumping the last.

A dead heat on Bridge of Spies in the Bielby colours in the first division of the Kingdon family sponsored Conditions race saw Houlihan force his mount up to share the spoils with the favourite Where’s Wilma (Matt Hampton). This pair swooped on Crown of Thorns and Beau Sancy at the foot of the hill and battled it out all the way up the climb to the line. “We were both flat out and happy to share a dead heat,” remarked Matt Hampton.

Conditions (Division 1) winners Bridge Of Spies (centre, blue and purple silks) and Where's Wilma (far side, blue and maroon silks) who couldn't be split at the line, with the judge declaring a dead-heat verdict
Conditions (Division 1) winners Bridge Of Spies (centre, blue and purple silks) and Where’s Wilma (far side, blue and maroon silks) who couldn’t be split at the line, with the judge declaring a dead-heat verdict

A chance ride on Tattersalls Leading Owner Jason Warner’s eight-year-old Best to Come rounded off Houlihan’s successful day in the Totnes & Bridgetown Open Maiden. James King handed over this ride due to a sore ankle, but had earlier lifted his season’s tally to 28 thanks to Los Alamos and Blairs Cove.

Los Alamos mastered odds-on favourite River Myth jumping the last in the Moore Scarrott Men’s Open to add to his Trebudannon win. “He got stuck in the mud at Holnicote last time and the drier ground helped here,” reported the jockey.

Men's Open winner Los Alamos (James King) pulls away from River Myth (Darren Andrews)
Men’s Open winner Los Alamos (James King) pulls away from River Myth (Darren Andrews). Exmoor Point-To-Point at Bratton Down on 29th May 2021 photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Forcing tactics paid off for King as Jason Warner’s Blairs Cove led all the way to take the Wedgewood Buildings Ltd Conditions Race Division Two at the expense of the favourite Rolling Dylan (Isaac Buncle).

It was a memorable day for 17-year-old Finn Muirhead, who partnered his first point-to-point winner on the Camilla Scott trained The Mulcair in the colours of his father Alex in the RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son sponsored Hunt Race. The Mulcair pulled clear of Hadmeathello up the finishing climb under his promising teenage rider, who is a pony racing graduate and nephew of Jamie Osborne, who is currently studying for A levels at Blundell’s School, Tiverton.

Hunt Members winner The Mulcair, ridden by Finn Muirhead
Hunt Members winner The Mulcair, ridden by Finn Muirhead. Exmoor Point-To-Point at Bratton Down on 29th May 2021

After her successful ride at Stratford upon Avon on the previous evening, Chloe Emsley, who is looking sure to lift her first Devon & Cornwall ladies’ title this year, had to settle for the runner up spot behind The Mulcair on Hadmeathello in the Hunt Race.

She occupied the same spot on Inch Rock in the Bray Leino Ladies’ Open, where Moscow Prices was a stylish seven lengths winner. Lucy Mager, who shares ownership of 11-year-old Moscow Prices with Kim Tripp, trains the gelding at Weston-Super-Mare. “He was my second winner of the season and we might come back to Bratton next week,” remarked Lucy.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

RESULTS – EXMOOR AT BRATTON DOWN on 29th MAY 2021

Going: Good

HUNT (SPONSORS RSM BEARES & BRIAN THORNE & SON), MRS H M WALEY-COHEN CUP

  1. The Mulcair (Finn Muirhead) 13-8 alwys prom, effort three out, led last, stayed on well
  2. Hadmeathello (Chloe Emsley) 1-2 fav witrh ldrs, led four out til headed last, no extra flat
  3. Darsi’s Pass (Mervyn Woodward) 25-1 hdwy 15th, outpaced two out

5 ran; 4l; 18l; 6m 5s

RESTRICTED (MR D WALLACE, ROSETTES DIRECT), GUY JACKSON MEMORIAL TROPHY

  1. Florrie Webb (Conor Houlihan) 4-1 jt fav led / disp 12th til left clear two out, stayed on well
  2. Forty Acres (George Hiscock) 5-1 held up, good late hdwy, kept on flat
  3. Minella Beag (Chloe Emsley) 5-1 held up, some hdwy two out, kept on one pace

11 ran; 5l; neck; 5m 53s

LADIES’ OPEN (BRAY LEINO), C B B SMITH-BINGHAM CUP

  1. Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager) 11-8 well in touch, effort two out, led & soon clear after last
  2. Inch Rock (Chloe Emsley) 6-1 prom, slt lead 13th til headed after last
  3. Mahler Style (Ella Orttewell) 11-2 led / disp til 13th, wknd two out

5 ran; 7l; 2l; 5m 52s

MEN’S OPEN (MOORE SCARROTT) CAPT TIM FORSTER MEMORIAL CUP

  1. Los Alamos (James King) 11-4 in touch, went 2nd tenth, led apprg last, soon clear
  2. River Myth (Darren Andrews) 8-13 fav led 6th til apprg last, eased when beaten flat
  3. Mister Dick (Conor Houlihan) 6-1 led til 5th, lost touch three out

4 ran; 15l; 15l; 6m 2s

CONDITIONS 8 year olds & over, DONNA KINGDON MEMORIAL CUP

DIV 1 (THE KINGDON FAMILY)

1 dh. Bridge of Spies (Conor Houlihan) 6-1 good hdwy 14th, effort last, strong run flat, battled on gamely to dead heat

1 dh. Where’s Wilma (Matt Hampton) 9-4 fav midfield, hdwy 13th, went 4th three out, effort last, slight lead 100 yards out, stayed on gamely to dead heat

3. Crown of Thorns (Martin McIntyre) 3-1 prom, led 12th, disp two out til headed after last, no extra flat

9 ran; dead heat; 5l;

DIV 2 (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)
  1. Blairs Cove (James King) 2-1 made all, clear two out, ridden out
  2. Rolling Dylan (Isaac Buncle) 7-4 mstk 12th, chased ldrs three out, went 2nd flat
  3. Broughton’s Rhythm (Fionn Summers) 12-1 well in touch, every chance three out, kept on one pace flat

7 ran; 4l; 10l; 5m 49s

OPEN MAIDEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY), C C J SIMMONDS CUP

  1. Best to Come (Conor Houlihan) 4-1 held up, hdwy 15th, went 2nd next, led after last, dvn clear flat
  2. Golly It’s Molly (Jake Bament) 20-1 alwys prom, led two out til after last, kept on
  3. Cuzzicombe (Vinny Webster) 7-1 held up, hdwy two out, nearest at finish

9 ran; 5l; short head; 6m 3s

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESCHEDULED: ENTRIES: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SATURDAY 29TH MAY 2021

Please note these are the entries for the Exmoor Point-To-Point. The fixture is open to all zones and will have a crowd limit of 1500 people, it will be live streamed and telephone betting is available, see below for details.

RaceStart timeLink to Exmoor entries and form for race
1st 14:00RSM Beares & B Thorne Members Race
2nd14:35Rosettes Direct Restricted Race
3rd15:10Bray Leino Ladies Open Race
4th15:45Moore Scarrott Accountants Men’s Open Race
5th16:20Donna Kingdon Conditions (Level 2) 8 Years Old and up Race, Division 1
6th16:55Donna Kingdon Conditions (Level 2) 8 Years Old and up Race, Division 2
7th17:30Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Maiden Race
Exmoor Point-To-Point Races

Bratton Down Going Updates

Thursday 27th May 9.00am

Thursday Morning, the going at Bratton Down is now good to soft, good in places.

Wednesday 19th May 1.00pm

The going today for Bratton Down is good to soft, soft in places. All fences and bends have been moved out onto fresh ground.

Monday 17th May 17.00pm

The official going for the Dulverton West fixture was Good to Soft, Soft in Places.

Thursday 13th May 7.00am

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

Sunday  9th 10.30am

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

Thursday 6th May 9.00am

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

Exmoor Spectator tickets

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

  • Children under 16 go free but must apply for an e-ticket.
  • Social distancing still must be adhered to at all times.
  • Spectator ticket sales close at 6PM on Saturday 22nd May
https://embed.futureticketing.ie/c/point-to-point-uk/

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

Postcode for the course is EX31 45G

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The re-arranged meeting for The Exmoor Foxhounds to stage their day at the popular Bratton Down course takes place this coming Saturday 29th May. This is the second meeting to take place here this season, and again will be opening it’s gates to the public for viewing. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 100 entries have been received for this event which promises to be another super day of racing. 

There will be on course facilities bar, food stands, bookies and many trade stands, providing a great day out in the country for all the family. e-tickets can be obtained via visiting https://pointingdc.co.uk. Under 16’s go free but must also apply for a ticket.

Course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG

Exmoor 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.

Exmoor 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

Exmoor Green and Amber zone entry tickets

Participants (Green Zone), owners (Amber Zone) and spectators (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

EXMOOR 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 – RSM Beares & B Thorne Members Race

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
1-5pARV WAY THERE3Hugh Thomas
2p60/p//-ppDARSI’S PASS0Patrick Picton-Warlow
3/6p-794ppGETAWAY DRIVER(IRE)33?Tanisha Little
42/42-7p2pGUNNER VIC33Hugh Thomas
5112/4-1pHADMEATHELLO (IRE)39Stuart Payne
6*074359-5HORATIO HORNBLOWER(IRE)36Anna Johnston
75662/99-pROWLEY PARK (IRE)0Lisa Smale
81p/2362-fTHE MULCAIR (IRE)40Camilla Scott

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The Muclair is also entered in the opening RSM Beares & B Thorne-sponsored Members race where he could come up against Hadmeathello(Stuart Payne) a Dingley winner, and recent Flete Park second Gunner Vic for the Hugh Thomas team.

Race 2 – Rosettes Direct Restricted Race

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
14/p43-631DANCING DAVE (IRE)38Ed Walker
26p3/p1-5pEARTH STORM (IRE)33?Tracy Williams
3p/p-p4214EDABEAN (IRE)36Jason Warner
4*/p2u0-1pFLORRIE WEBB (IRE)37Will Biddick
530-pp51FORTY ACRES (IRE)36+Will Biddick
6/1p-*0033MINELLA BEAG (IRE)37Ed Walker
746/*9703PRINCESS ROANIA (IRE)32Teresa Clark
8312/-ppfSENIERGUES36?Jonathan Tudor
9-46ppp42STEVAN STEEL (IRE)35Janet Ackner
1031p/2p-pTAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)34Charlotte Budd
11322/4-p15THE DARTMOOR ROSE34Charlotte Rowe
122/065p-1pTHE MIGHTY ASH (IRE)35Malvina Macgregor
13f31/5-442THEWINNERTAKEITALL(IRE)35Dean Summersby
144/0623-p4TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Elizabeth Scott

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In the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race Edabean ran a close fourth here last weekend and could come back for another try for trainer Jason Warner and leading gentleman jockey James King. Florrie Webb (Will Biddick) won the members race at Cothelstone in April and has the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance, together with The Dartmoor Rose (Charlotte Rowe) won her maiden at Trebudannon and is another with a mare’s weight allowance. 

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Race 3 – Bray Leino Ladies Open Race

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
13/53-6pppBANKHALL (IRE)34Emma Jones
23121-22p3CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE)40Dean Summersby
314465/-p3COPAIN DE CLASSE (FR)40Sam Loxton
49/-uu505pDESERT ROE (IRE)30Jonathan Tudor
5-3464156ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40John Heard
6/411/-30EXCITABLE ISLAND (IRE)40Nigel Padfield
73p-84uR4INCH ROCK (IRE)36?Ed Walker
830/7p9-1pLOS ALAMOS (IRE)41Luke Price
93/11/-p35MAHLER STYLE (IRE)37Alan Walter
102/24-5144MOSCOW PRICES (IRE)41Lucy Mager
115/p34-2p3QUINTO38Holly-Anne Drowne
122p/343-ppSTAGE ONE (IRE)36?Alan Hill
13u14/12-13THE ROESTONE (IRE)39Robert Chanin
144/0623-p4TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Elizabeth Scott
15132/111-1VIRAK (FR)46Sam Loxton

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Both the Ladies and Men’s Open races have attracted top class entries. In the Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies race Virak stands out for the Sam Loxton team, having won his last four races which include Hunter Chase wins at both Wincanton and Musselburgh under regular jockey Natalie Parker, however he will probably run at Stratford on Friday evening, this could leave the race for Copain de Classe to snatch, he is another ex National Hunt entry for the Loxton team, and could improve on his third to Famous Clermont at Cothelstone, The Roestone for the Robert Chanin team should be there among the finishers if reproducing his win at Cherrybrook under Martin McIntyre.


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Race 4 – Moore Scarrott Accountants Men’s Open Race

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
13pp-814BEAU SANCY (FR)40Francesca Nimmo
25/11-1p22CHAMERON (FR)43Sam Loxton
33121-22p3CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE)40Dean Summersby
414/5pp-12CROWN OF THORNS41Sarah Pidsley
530/7p9-1pLOS ALAMOS (IRE)41Luke Price
6143-00p2MISTER DICK (FR)40Jason Warner
7321/-R2ppMIXBOY (FR)35?Melanie Dixon
8121/p-124RAMBLE ON (IRE)41?Luke Price
911/-pR2p1RIVER MYTH42Stuart Sampson
101p/2362-fTHE MULCAIR (IRE)40Camilla Scott
11u14/12-13THE ROESTONE (IRE)39Robert Chanin
12114/6-p54TREE SPARROW38?Camilla Scott

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The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open has attracted another Loxton team entry in Chameron who won a Hunter Chase at Leicester in February. Chameron’s recent run at Cothelstone saw him finishing second having had a few jumping errors which could have cost him the race that day, although he also holds an entry at Upcott Cross on Monday and connection smay choose there for him to run. Upcott Cross winner River Myth entered for trainer Stuart Sampson, will be looking to follow up on her run at Upcott Cross when coming home the four-length winner that day and has the benefit of a mares weight allowance although she too holds an entry for the Upcott meeting. Recent runner up in a Hunter Chase at Leicester The Muclair for the Camilla Scott team can’t be left out of the equation, they had an unlucky fall last time out at Upcott Cross when ridden by Finn Muirhead.


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Race 5 – Donna Kingdon Conditions (Level 2) 8 years old and up Race, Division 1

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
13pp-814BEAU SANCY (FR)40Francesca Nimmo
2/fpu5-0f4BENVOLIO (IRE)30?Alice Procter
3413-p212BRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE)41George Beilby
42/655-6ppCHARLIE PAPA LIMA (IRE)33Tracy Williams
54351-3332CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE)41Dean Summersby
614/5pp-12CROWN OF THORNS41Sarah Pidsley
7321/2-83fDR RHYTHM (IRE)39Keith Cumings
8/411/-30EXCITABLE ISLAND (IRE)40Nigel Padfield
9211/0p-65HIGH HATTON34?Jonathan Tudor
103p-84uR4INCH ROCK (IRE)36?Ed Walker
117p363/-puLARRY CAPRI (IRE)22Craig Pilgrim
12u3p/p/-46ON YOUR MAX33Louise Kittow
1322/5p534PHOENIX ROCK (IRE)34Gary Barber
1465u/1-pp1RIEN DU TOUT (IRE)37Charlotte Budd
15746-6p32SHANOULE WOOD (IRE)36Hannah Clarke
1645//23/-5SQUIRRELL ESQUIRE36?Celia Plunkett
1714/42-131WHERE’S WILMA42Michael M. Watson

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There are two divisions of the conditions race which are run in the memory of Donna Kingdon. In the first division Where’s Wilma could follow up on her Upcott Cross win under jockey Matt Hampton. Cloudy Music for team Summersby just missed out on a win by a short head at Upcott Cross, Rein du Tout won an Intermediate at Holnicote earlier this month and could repeat that form for jockey Darren Andrews.


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Race 6 – Donna Kingdon Conditions (Level 2) 8 years old and up Race, Division 2

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
1128/7-32pBLAIRS COVE38Luke Price
2*23532-puBROUGHTONS RHYTHM34Bronwen Hurley
314465/-p3COPAIN DE CLASSE (FR)40Sam Loxton
4p5pp7//-5DRIFTWOOD PRIDE (IRE)33Jane Western
5-3464156ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40John Heard
6360-3u662GUERRILLA TACTICS (IRE)36Alexander Muirhead
743/4fp-u6pHOW ABOUT IT (IRE)36Rebecca Welch
8213/p-pp6KIT BARRY (IRE)34?David Dando
91/p-pppppLAWSONS THORNS (IRE)32Mike Vanstone
10321/-R2ppMIXBOY (FR)35?Melanie Dixon
11p361p/-p2PANCRACE (FR)37Teresa Clark
12334/f7-p45PRINCE OF POETS36?Lucy Mager
13735-2414ROLLING DYLAN (IRE)40Laura Parker
14/5ppu2ppSPIVEY COVE31?Arron Butterfield
15/f/55puc1STAPLE HEAD (IRE)38+Michael Bowen
162pp-4uu2UCELLO CONTI (FR)33Philip Rowley

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In the second divison Copain de Classe (Sam Loxton) could come on for his run at Cothelstone where he finished third that day. Pancrace could improve on his second place at Upcott Cross and win this under jockey Robert Hawker.


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Race 7 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Maiden Race

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
1p52pp-32ARACARAS (IRE)32Luke Price
20224/fr2-0BEST TO COME (IRE)25?Byron Moorcroft
3-ppCUZZICOMBE (IRE)11Keith Cumings
4p38up-34pDA VINCI ROCK26Robert Chanin
5p2ff3-33EVRON (FR)31Neil McLean
6*3755-73fFOOTLOOSE24Harriet Brown
7p/-ppGOLLY ITS MOLLY0Sarah Prouse
8-p4pGONE SURFING (IRE)16Jill Dennis
9-4pHANDS FACE SPACE (IRE)15Francesca Nimmo
1064/32-422HONEST OPINION (IRE)33Dean Summersby
11-ppHURRICANE SIVOLA (FR)0Nicolas Williams
12/5/p-9pISLAND TYPHOON (IRE)12Zoe Hawkins
13-PPP1JIMMY SNIPE34Danielle Kenealy
14p-26pp23JIMMY TEW31Janet Ackner
15*35035-KAPROYALENRNicolas Williams
16p-fPIRATE DANCER9Annabelle Bacon
17/5ppu2ppSPIVEY COVE31?Arron Butterfield
182p32/p-2pSPRING BREAK (IRE)29Will Biddick
19p-4ppTOP CLICHE25Jill Dennis

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Finally there is Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd-sponsored Open Maiden race which could go the way of Honest Opinion for the Dean Summersby team to follow up on her four-length second at Upcott Cross earlier this month and will be handy here if not another heading to Upcott Cross on Monday, along with Acaras an outside raider looking dangerous after their second at the Upcott Cross meeting. Jimmy Tew has been a worthy place winner in his points so far for the Janet Ackner team andis another catching the eye.

Photo Credits: Megan Cobley Photography; Athwenna Irons/WMN


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RESCHEDULED: PREVIEW: Exmoor POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down ON Saturday 29th May 2021

The re-arranged meeting for The Exmoor Foxhounds to stage their day at the popular Bratton Down course takes place this coming Saturday 29th May. This is the second meeting to take place here this season, and again will be opening it’s gates to the public for viewing. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 100 entries have been received for this event which promises to be another super day of racing.

Both the Ladies and Men’s Open races have attracted top class entries. In the Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies race Virak stands out for the Sam Loxton team, having won his last four races which include Hunter Chase wins at both Wincanton and Musselburgh under regular jockey Natalie Parker, however he will probably run at Stratford on Friday evening, this could leave the race for Copain de Classe to snatch, he is another ex National Hunt entry for the Loxton team, and could improve on his third to Famous Clermont at Cothelstone, The Roestone for the Robert Chanin team should be there among the finishers if reproducing his win at Cherrybrook under Martin McIntyre.

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open has attracted another Loxton team entry in Chameron who won a Hunter Chase at Leicester in February. Chameron’s recent run at Cothelstone saw him finishing second having had a few jumping errors which could have cost him the race that day, although he also holds an entry at Upcott Cross on Monday and connection smay choose there for him to run. Upcott Cross winner River Myth entered for trainer Stuart Sampson, will be looking to follow up on her run at Upcott Cross when coming home the four-length winner that day and has the benefit of a mares weight allowance although she too holds an entry for the Upcott meeting. Recent runner up in a Hunter Chase at Leicester The Muclair for the Camilla Scott team can’t be left out of the equation, they had an unlucky fall last time out at Upcott Cross when ridden by Finn Muirhead.

The Muclair is also entered in the opening RSM Beares & B Thorne-sponsored Members race where he could come up against Hadmeathello(Stuart Payne) a Dingley winner, and recent Flete Park second Gunner Vic for the Hugh Thomas team.

In the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race Edabean ran a close fourth here last weekend and could come back for another try for trainer Jason Warner and leading gentleman jockey James King. Florrie Webb (Will Biddick) won the members race at Cothelstone in April and has the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance, together with The Dartmoor Rose (Charlotte Rowe) won her maiden at Trebudannon and is another with a mare’s weight allowance. 

There are two divisions of the conditions race which are run in the memory of Donna Kingdon. In the first division Where’s Wilma could follow up on her Upcott Cross win under jockey Matt Hampton. Cloudy Music for team Summersby just missed out on a win by a short head at Upcott Cross, Rein du Tout won an Intermediate at Holnicote earlier this month and could repeat that form for jockey Darren Andrews.

In the second division Copain de Classe (Sam Loxton) could come on for his run at Cothelstone where he finished third that day. Pancrace could improve on his second place at Upcott Cross and win this under jockey Robert Hawker. Finally there is Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd-sponsored Open Maiden race which could go the way of Honest Opinion for the Dean Summersby team to follow up on her four-length second at Upcott Cross earlier this month and will be handy here if not another heading to Upcott Cross on Monday, along with Acaras an outside raider looking dangerous after their second at the Upcott Cross meeting. Jimmy Tew has been a worthy place winner in his points so far for the Janet Ackner team andis another catching the eye.

There will be on course facilities bar, food stands, bookies and many trade stands, providing a great day out in the country for all the family. e-tickets can be obtained via visiting https://pointingdc.co.uk/tickets. Under 16’s go free but must also apply for a ticket.

The Exmoor Point-To-Point racecourse is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG

Live streaming of the Exmoor Point-To-Point is available via the website for those wishing to watch from the comfort of their homes, tickets for which can be purchased from https://www.pointingdc.co.uk/Live.

Betting can also take place for races at the Exmoor Point-To-Point via registering with either Richard Pittard on 07711298746 or Dave Phillips 07810775119.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Photo credit: Megan Cobley Photography

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – EXMOOR

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 – 1882

The Exmoor Hunt was started by Mr Nicholas Snow of Oare in 1869, but I have no trace of any Exmoor point-to-point races until 5th May 1934. Kildare, ridden by Mr T Tozer of the Silverton won the Nomination race that year (basically the Open) from 15 opponents. He also won at the South Devon and Mr Spooner’s that season. The 1934 Exmoor fixture, and those of 1938 and 1939, took place at Bratton Down according to the form books. I am not sure whether it was the same course as today.

No further Exmoor hunt fixtures were held until 1953 when they raced at Thelbridge, which is between Crediton and South Molton. Another meeting was held at Thelbridge in 1954, but it was held at Bratton Down again from 1955 onwards, I think on the same track still used today. That makes Bratton Down one of the longest serving point-to-point courses in the country.
An exposed hill top course with lovely scenic views of the moor, this popular track with the public is triangular shaped with a stiff uphill climb to the judge. Three late season meetings are held there nowadays, and the times on quick ground are often under six minutes, but should not be compared with each other because the racing line varies for each meeting.
This week’s reminiscence about past Exmoor point-to-points took place on Saturday June 1st 1974:

Going Firm

HUNT

1 Credit That (Fred Rawle)
2 Heather Loch (Mrs P Johnson)
3 White Man (Gordon Edwards)
5 ran; 10l; 3l; 6m 8s

ADJACENT HUNTS’

1 Jim Hardy (Jenny Hembrow)
2 Epaulonia (Capt Brian Fanshawe)
3 Culmleigh Heath (Martin Sweetland)
6 ran; 4l; 1/2l; 6m 13s

OPEN

1 Cass (Kevin Bishop)
2 Moorland Venture (N Lethbridge)
3 Doctor Fred (Aubrey Fuller)
14 ran; 15l; 1l; 5m 53s

LADIES OPEN

1 Marshalsland (Fay Geddes)
2 Knockabitoff (Pip Fisher)
3 Orient War (Terri Pattemore)
12ran; 12l; 3l; 5m 48s

ADJACENT HUNTS’

1 Evens Bar (Capt Brian Fanshawe)
2 Liffey Breeze (Mark Reeves)
3 Perfidia (Michael Trickey)
7 ran; 10l; 10l; 6m 1s

Credit That was a good thing for the Hunt race, coming off his recent Holnicote win. Fred Rawle rode plenty of winners at Bratton and sailed clear on this promising youngster round the final bend.

Taunton based Jenny Hembrow was one of the top lady jockeys of the day, and evidently one of the most patient owners since she persuaded her Jim Hardy to get his head in front in the Adjacents’ after 49 consecutive defeats.

The Open winner Cass was a remarkable little gelding. The form books relate that he was bought for only 200 gns at Bridgwater Fair. I once asked his owner/rider Kevin Bishop to confirm that fact and he said it was absolutely true. The combination won eight of their 14 races in 1974. I remember Cass as a gritty type and superb jumper. I think he also appeared in the film The Belstone Fox. The grey mare Moorland Venture ran a promising race and became a decent pointer but was no match for Cass. Aubrey Fuller’s Doctor Fred will be remembered for giving 13-year-old Jimmy Frost his first ever winner at Lemalla in 1972.

Marshalsland was a prolific winning pointer, well handled by Fay Geddes. When he retired he had won 43 races including 16 at Larkhill. I think I am correct in saying that Marshalsland held the course record at Larkhill for many years. Knockabitoff was a decent pointer in Paul Tyler’s familiar maroon and grey colours, and went on to win plenty of races. Orient War was passed by Knockabitoff for second place on the uphill run in. This useful ex-chaser had won his first four races in 1974.

I cannot recall the exact qualifications for the Adjacent Hunts’ Moderate races in those days, but I had seen the winner here Evens Bar, owned by Ivy Frank, beat Capelena and Sparkling Lad in a Maiden earlier in the month on my first visit to the old Holnicote course (much of the home straight at Holnicote on light plough in those days). This second win when rules were different from today was achieved carrying a small penalty for winning her first Maiden just three days before at Bratton Down ( Stevenstone meeting). Her jockey Capt Brian Fanshawe was of course associated with The Dikler in his early races.

I must mention that the Horse and Hound Cup on the same day at Stratford was of equal interest to West Country fans. In one of the best fields ever assembled for that prestigious race, the star Cattistock hunter chaser Stanhope Street, ridden by Barry Venn and starting favourite, beat other top performers in Weathervane and Shraden Sparkle. Horses of the quality of Lucky Rock, Indamelia, Mighty Red and Credit Call were unplaced. I remember seeing Stanhope Street, ridden by Gillian Fortescue-Thomas, beat Zanetta in the Heythrop Ladies’ when it was run at the much missed Fox Farm.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers – Geoffrey Sale & Iain MacKenzie – various years
  • Horse & Hound Year Book – various years
  • The Pointer
  • Sporting Life (Michael Williams)
  • Baily’s Hunting Directory
  • Michael Kutapan – Point-to-point History & Research, Jumping For Fun website
  • Point-to-Point Calendar 1933 – 1938– Arthur W Coaten

BRITISH POINT-TO-POINTING SHUT DOWN FOR 2019/20 SEASON

Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

info@p2pa.co.uk

01793 781990

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 2ND JUNE 2019

Five out of six winning favourites put the bookies on the back foot at Bratton Down, however one or two gambles went astray. “About level on the day,” I was told by a leading layer.

Purple N Gold & Millie Wonnacott
Purple N Gold & Millie Wonnacott
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

The Ladies’ Open changed shape on the last bend when the leader There’s No Panic (easy to back out to 7-2) hit the straw bale marker and lost his rider. This left the eventual winner Purple’N’Gold (evensand to 4-6 fav) in front. This useful pointer ran on well up the hill to hold the closing pack of It’s All or Nothing (5’s touched 6’s) and the well backed Allie Beag (6’s to 7-2). The winner benefited from a good patient ride from Millie Wonnacott

The conditions race for older horses went to Lawsons Thorns (5’s to 7-4 fav) who followed up his recent course win in good style under Josh Newman. At one stage Get Rhythm (20-1) looked a threat, but this nine-year-old hung badly left up the hill. Third placed Vaillant Creek (8’s to 5’s) was well held at the finish. Once again I was too slow to hit the books, missing the value of the 5’s and 3’s and thinking 7-4 was too short.

Lure Des Pres & Josh Newman
Lure Des Pres & Josh Newman
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Lure Des Pres (evens fav) , stable companion of Lawsons Thorns, was another one to slip through my net. I had him in my note book for a Restricted after he had run really well at Flete Park when runner up to Goldbury, but the short price put me off. The Pembrokeshire gelding Tucks Bergin was the one for money here (8’s to 7-2), but caught a tartar in the winner who looks capable of further improvement.

Baby Sherlock (7-4 to 6-4) landed the Open Maiden under Paul John in competent style.His owner/trainer Roy Smith does well with his small string and he drew right away to score by six lengths as Chips For Free (6-4 to 7-4) and the gallant veteran Brannoc (6-1) duelled for second in a disappointing four horse field. Baby Sherlock’s dam Lady Cricket won seven times over fences for David Pipe. The race card had the incorrect pedigree of the winner.

The Men’s Open looked a weak affair. Theatre Evening (7-4 to 6-4 fav) unseated two out when well beaten as the Heythrop gelding Dandan (2’s touched 9-4 in a place) held Namako (2’s touched 3’s). The winner’s jockey, 17-year-old Tristan Durrell looked tidy.

The heavies backing two-horse Hunt race winner Kapricorne (solid 1-8 fav) must have been candidates for a heart attack as his sole rival Gunner Vic (5-1) ranged up alongside at the penultimate and snapped at his heels after crossing the last. Kapricorne settled matters in the last 200 yards though to give 25-year-old Vinny Webster his first winning tide.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 2ND JUNE 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer……”

William Shakespeare – Richard III

Hang on a minute Mr Shakespeare. It was nowhere near glorious summer on Bratton Down. Instead it was a classic Exmoor mixed bag with mist, low cloud, rain. Anything but summer until sporadic blue sky peeped over the hills late in the afternoon.

THE Exmoor meeting featured a training double for the local Rackenford yard of Mike Vanstone, and a riding double for Josh Newman on the Vanstone horses.

Lure Des Pres & Josh Newman
Lure Des Pres & Josh Newman
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Lure Des Pres set the ball rolling in the Rosettes Direct sponsored Restricted, finishing with five lengths to spare over the well fancied Welsh challenger Tucks Bergin. Josh Newman was content to sit just off the pace as Tucks Bergin and Sweet Lady Jane vied for the lead. Newman made his effort on the winner going to the second last, and seven-year-old Lure Des Pres, running in the colours of the trainer, took command on the climb to the judge. “He is still green and a bit raw,” reported the successful rider.

The Vanstone/Newman double was completed when Lawsons Thorns followed up his course win two weeks ago in the ten-runner Conditions race for eight-year-olds and over. This event was run in memory of Donna Kingdon and sponsored by her family. Josh Newman’s mount was prominent throughout and held on well as Geoff Barfoot-Saunt brought Get Rhythm to challenge up the finishing hill. The hooded Lawsons Thorns stayed on strongly to score by five lengths as runner up Get Rhythm hung towards the inside ropes up the hill.

Newman was deputising for the injured Bryan Carver, and Lawsons Thorns took him to the 14-winner mark for the season. The winner is owned by Nigel Mackenzie and Richard Dening, and had run a few times for Dan Skelton in his younger days. “It has taken time but he is more chilled out now and easier to work at home,” commented the successful trainer, who is contemplating bringing his charge back for the third Bratton Down fixture at the weekend.

Purple N Gold & Millie Wonnacott
Purple N Gold & Millie Wonnacott
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Purple ‘N’ Gold has struck a winning patch lately and his Bray Leino sponsored Ladies’ Open win was his fourth in succession since the end of March. Millie Wonnacott was in no hurry on this odds-on favourite until edging closer to the leaders at the final ditch. The veteran There’s No Panic jumped to the front at this stage and was still leading when colliding with the straw bale marker rounding the final bend, losing his rider Ella Orttewell. This left Purple’N ‘Gold in front and the 10-year-old was driven out to hold Its All Or Nothing and Bankhall in a blanket finish. “I ended up in front too soon and wanted a lead from the other horse (There’s No Panic),” said the winning rider who was partnering her sixth pointing winner of the season and has now overtaken the injured Jo Supple for this year’s Devon & Cornwall Area Ladies’ title. Leslie Jefford trains the winner at Payhembury for the Here Comes The Girls partnership. There must be a lot of girls judging by the cheering.

The Moore Scarrott sponsored Men’s Open went to the Heythrop gelding Dandan, ridden by 17-year-old Tristan Durrell, who is in his second year with the Dan Skelton yard. Warwickshire based Fran Moller saddled the winner for owner Hugh Wilson. Dandan relishes fast ground and was adding to his brace of firm ground Larkhill victories in the spring as he drew away from Namako after the last.

The Old Station House Inn Open Maiden attracted only four runners. Baby Sherlock’s owner/trainer Roy Smith was absent watching the Champion’s League Final in Madrid, but this did not stop his eight-year-old Baby Sherlock from breaking his maiden tag under Paul John. Brannoc and Baby Sherlock matched strides until Baby Sherlock got the upper hand on the final climb with Will Biddick’s mount Chips For Free snatching second spot from Brannoc on the line. The winner, out of the excellent race mare Lady Cricket, started his career in David Pipe’s hands and had shown snippets of form in his five point-to-points.

Kapricorne won the Hunt race sponsored by RSM Beares and Brian Thorne & Son. The gelding was following up last year’s success in this race at the expense of his sole rival Gunner Vic. Owned by Denis Branton and trained by his daughter Rebecca, Kapricorne provided 25-year-old Vinny Webster with his first winner. “I spent three years in the Irish Army and started working with horses with point-to-point trainer Andrew Slattery. I have now been three years working for Nicky Martin over here and have had just a few race rides,” said the County Kilkenny born rider.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS – EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN – 2 JUNE 2019

Going: GOOD TO FIRM

HUNT RACE (RSM BEARES & BRIAN THORNE & SON)

1 Kapricorne (Vinnie Webster) 1-8 fav led til joined two out, asserted flat
2 Gunner Vic (Jake Bament) 5-1 tracked ldr, effort to disp two out, wknd flat
2 ran; 3 ½ l 6m 3s

RESTRICTED (ROSETTES DIRECT)

1 Lure Des Pres (Josh Newman) evens fav held up, hdwy three out, led after last, drew clr last 100 yds
2 Tucks Bergin (James King) 7-2 made most til headed after last, no extra nr finish
3 Sweet Lady Jane (Byron Moorcroft) 6-4 led 14th til three out, wknd next
4 ran; 5l; 6l; 5m 55s

LADIES OPEN (BRAY LEINO)

1 Purple ‘N’ Gold (Millie Wonnacott) 4-6 fav held up, hdwy 12th, going well when left in ld apprg last
2 Its All Or Nothing (Harriet Tucker) 5-1 hdwy 16th, stayed on well flat
3 Bankhall (Emma Jones) 25-1 with ldrs, outpaced two out, kept on flat
7 ran; 3/4l; 1l; 5m 45s

MENS OPEN (MOORE SCARROTT)

1 Dandan (Tristan Durrell) 2-1 prom, disp three out, led last, pushed out
2 Namako (James King) 2-1 led 15th, joined three out, every chance til no extra nr finish
3 In The Dock (James Jeavons) 16-1 wknd two out, tailed off
5 ran; 2 1,2l; distance; 5m 46s

CONDITIONS 8 YO & OVER (DONNA KINGDON MEMORIAL – THE KINGDON FAMILY)

1 Lawsons Thorns (Josh Newman) 7-4 fav alwys ldrs, led 14th, went clr flat
2 Get Rhythm (Geoff Barfoot-S aunt) 20-1 went 2nd three out, every chance when hung left flat
3 Vaillant Creek (Paddy Berkins) 5-1 led 12th, grad wknd from three out
10 ran; 5l; 8l; 5m 46s

OPEN MAIDEN 5YO & OVER (OLD STATION HOUSE INN, BLACKMOOR GATE)

1 Baby Sherlock ( Paul John) 6-4 fav imprvd 12th, disp 2 out, led last drew clr flat
2 Chips For Free (Will Biddick) 7-4 in touch til wknd three out, no ch but kept on nr finish
3 Brannoc (Sioned Whittle) 6-1 alwys prom, close 2nd last, no extra nr finish
4 ran; 6l; head 6m 9s

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