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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – EXMOOR 22ND MAY 2022

It was all plain sailing for favourite backers in the first four races at Bratton Down, but nothing is forever and results went the way of the bookies in the last two.

I was tempted to back the favourite in the first. The recent Holnicote winner Rowley Park (4-7 to 2-5) looked a stand out against his three opponents. He won alright, but he was always a two miler under rules and I thought that the Bratton hill might be his undoing. I was wrong and Vinny Webster got him home after a patient ride. The runner up Peloric (11-2) ran a career best for his novice rider, but Home Maid (12’s to 17-2) was reluctant to go down and was never at the races.

It was time to jump in and last week’s course winner Luckello (1-2 fav from 4-6 )duly obliged under James King in the Restricted. She was fairly hopeless under rules, but had jumped really well at the Dulverton West and stepped up again on that form. Runner up Bennys Miracle stayed on well. She had won a Maiden on the track last year and acts well on fast ground. Catch The Monarch (4’s to 7-2) was a bit one paced, but is only young and is in a good yard.

The bet of the day came in the Ladies’. This was the classy Monsieur Gibraltar against three opponents. I don’t normally like 4-9 shots, but this was a gift with promising youngster Olive Nicholls in the saddle. Even the bookie paid out with a knowing smile. I can’t recall a faster time at Bratton than his 5 mins 36 secs. In the circumstances runner up Mahler Style (10’s to 8’s) ran well. She acts on firm and can pick up a late season race if avoiding the stars.

I considered re-investing on ImogensThunder (8-15 fav) in the Men’s Open, but his sole opponent Ramble On (11-10 / evens) was saddled by the all conquering Luke Price who could win with a donkey at the moment. As it happened Ramble On was collared by young Charlie Sprake’smount up the hill.

It was time to give the layers a chance and the next jolly, Dr Rhythm (6-4 to evens) crashed to earth at half way bringing down Halloween Harry (11-2). Guess who sent out the winner – yes that Pontypridd star man Luke Price. This was Rose Island (4’s to 7-2) who just held off Ninth Wave (9-2 to 3’s). Steel Express (9’s out to 14’s) could not find a friend in the ring, but caught the eye and seems to like fast ground.

I was pleased to swerve the lucky last. I looked at Kesa Great who was backed from 8’s to 9-2 but there were other contenders. Alkademon (9-2) is improving; Will Biddick’s mount Skilful Lord was gambled on from 2’s to 5-4 fav; and Polly Sans was strong at 2’s and 15-8. It was KayleyWoollacott’s recent sales purchase Donny’s Fortune (100-8 to 100-7) who came from last to first to scoop the prize with a sound staying performance, sending the bookies home with a profit.

REPORT: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 22ND MAY 2022

Just endure the uphill battle,
Even if it takes forever;
Aim to reach the summit,
No reason to wane or waver

From a poem by Bernard F Asuncion.

There have been numerous uphill battles on the historic Bratton Down racecourse where point to points have been held since 1925.The course is now laid out on the side of a hill more or less in triangular shape with sharp bends and the characteristic stiff uphill  finish.  Viewing of the racing is not as good as it used to be because  a bank with bushes on top has been growing higher over the past few years obscuring part of the course to spectators. The breathtaking scenic view across the moor remains unchanged, I am pleased to say.

THE race for the National jockeys’ championship took another twist at the Exmoor fixture at Bratton Down.

Not only did James King edge ahead of Will Biddick in his bid to retain the title, he also reached his half century of winners for the seasonas Luckello followed up last week’s course victory in the Rosettes Direct Restricted. The mare jumped well and strode clear of Biddick’s mount Bennys Miracle from the third last “We were a bit concerned because it was a hotter race and quicker pace than when she ran before,” remarked owner Jason Rees. “She was a bit green in front,” said the jockey as in form trainer Luke Price confirmed that an Intermediate will be an early target.

King went on to extend his championship lead to two (51 to 49) in the eight-years- old and over Conditions race which was run in memory of Donna Kingdon, when Rose Island, yet another saddled by Luke Price, just had enough in hand of Ninth Wave after another positive ride from the reigning title holder.  Biddick again had to be content with the runner up spot on last week’s course winner.  The Fame and Glory mare Rose Island has now won four times this season for Marita  Warner-King, whose mother Sue King confirmed that Rose Island was the last horse bought by her late partner Jason Warner. It was a poignant reminder that Jason had enjoyed a double in his colours at this corresponding fixture last year.  

Charlie Sprake has evidently learnt his trade well working in Will Biddick’s Alhampton, Somerset yard, and the 19-year-old is seeking a national title of his own. This is the Highflyer Bloodstockleading male novice riders’ trophy for which he strengthened his chance by winning the two runner Men’s Open sponsored by Riverside Caravan & Camping Park on Imogens Thunder. Sprake now has 12 winners this season, two ahead of Freddie Gordon. This time his sole opponent James King seemed to be trying harder than his blinkered mount Ramble On, as this battle hardened veteran had little to offer when headed on the finishing climb.

Wendy Jarrett’s 11-year-old Imogens Thunder has now won his last four races and nine point-to-points in all since he was acquired in Ireland in 2018.  “ He has had ulcers. We have used Gastroguard  on him and he has yogurt for breakfast every day. We will rough him off now,” said Blandford, Dorset  based trainer Mary Tory.

Yet another National title could find its way to the West country thanks to Monsieur Gibraltar’s Bray Leino sponsored Ladies’ Open success, strengthening the hand of 16-year-old Olive Nicholls in her quest for the ladies novice award. The odds on favourite fended off a brave effort from Mahler Style (Ella Orttewell), and showedno ill effects from his heavy fall at Parham last month. His time of 5 mins 36 secs is the fastest time I have ever known at Bratton Down in recent years.“That was awesome. He took a bit of a hold today and it was a help to have Ella alongside,”reported the young rider. Paul Nicholls, joint owner with John Bolton, remarked that, “Will Biddick (trainer) did a great job getting him back after his previous fall. I would love to see him at Umberleigh where he would enjoy the hills.”

Josh Newman had taken a nasty fall from the favourite Dr Rhythm, bringing down Halloween Harry in the Conditions race, but bounced back to win the ALX Commercials Maiden on KayleyWoollacott’s five-year-old Donnys Fortune. Newman was content to drop his mount out early but made stealthy headway at the final ditch. James King made the running on Polly Sans, but ran out of steam on the run in as the winner stormed up the hill to give his rider his 16thwinner of the season. The giant sized Soldier of Fortune gelding is a half brother to Tim Vaughan’s useful chaser Madera Mist and looks a shrewd buy for £8,000 at last month’s TattersallsAscot sales. “We are still getting to know him and his jumping is not polished yet,” remarked the jockey.

Rowley Park added to his recent Holnicote win when landing odds of 2-5 in the RSM Beares and Brian Thorne & Son Hunt race. County Kilkenny born rider Vinny Webster is one of the leading novice riders in the area this year and eased his mount to the front at the penultimate for his sixth winner of the season. Better known as a two miler under rules, the nine-year-old was passed on to Umberleigh owner/trainer Lisa Smale by 91-years old local Blackmore Gate farmer Humphrey Bray who was present to see the race.

RESULTS: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 22nd MAY 2022

GOING FIRM

HUNT –SPONSOR  RSM BEARES & BRIAN THORNE & SON

1 ROWLEY PARK (VINNY WEBSTER) 2-5 FAV  hdwy 15th, led two out, pushed out

2 PANORIC (TANISHA LITTLE) 11-2  in touch, effort last, kept on  well flat

3 DARSI’S PASS (MERVYN WOODWARD) 7-2  led til headed two out wknd

4 ran;  1 1/4l;  7l;  6m 27s

RESTRICTED – ROSETTES DIRECT

1 LUCKELLO (JAMES KING) 1-2 FAV  prom til led 16th, clear two out, pushed out

2 BENNYS MIRACLE (WILL BIDDICK) 5-2  alwys handy, led 12th, headed 16th, outpaced next

3 CATCH THE MONARCH (DARREN EDWARDS) 7-2 chased leaders, kept on same pace

5 ran; 8l; 5l;  5m 42s

LADIES’ OPEN – BRAY LEINO

1 MONSIEUR GIBRALTAR (OLIVE NICHOLLS) 4-9 FAV  led 12th, clear three out, v easily

2 MAHLER STYLE (ELLA ORTTEWELL) 8-1 slight lead til 12th, outpaced after 16th

3 BOARD OF TRADE (CHLOE EMSLEY) 5-1  behind from 10th, tailed off

4 ran; 15l; distance;  5m 36s

MEN’S OPEN – RIVERSIDE CARAVAN & CAMPING PARK

1 IMOGENS THUNDER (CHARLIE SPRAKE) 8-15 FAV   tracked leader, strong run to lead flat, gamely

2 RAMBLE ON (JAMES KING) EVENS   led, rousted along, headed flat, no extra

2 ran;  1 1/4l;   5m 44s

CONDITIONS 8YO & OVER – THE KINGDON FAMILY IN MEMORY OF DONNA KINGDON

1 ROSE ISLAND (JAMES KING) 7-2   held up in touch, led two out, edged left flat, held on well

2 NINTH WAVE (WILL BIDDICK) 3-1 made most til two out, kept on well near finish

3 STEEL EXPRESS (MARTIN McINTYRE) 14-1  well in touch, every chance three out, faded

7 ran;  1l; distance  5m 41s

OPEN MAIDEN – ALX COMMERCIALS

1 DONNY’S FORTUNE (JOSH NEWMAN) 14-1  held up in rear, steady hdwy 16th, chall’d last, stayed on strongly flat

2 ALKADEMON (HENRY MOORE) 9-2 improved three out, went 2nd flat, kept on

3 POLLY SANS (JAMES KING0  15-8 led til headed after last, soon no extra

8 ran; 10l;  neck;  5m 48s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 22nd May 2022

Its the turn of The Exmoor Foxhounds to host their event at the stunning Bratton Down course this Sunday 22nd May. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. With both a Ladies and Men’s Open race this event has attracted some hot entries from around the country, with the championships becoming very competitive. A total of 77 entries have been received.

In the opening Brian Thorne & Son & RSM Beares- sponsored Members race, recent Holnicote winner Rowley Park for trainer Lisa Smale could be among the favourites, along with Badbury Rings maiden winner Cuzzicombe for the Ed Walker team.

Next up is the Rosette Direct-sponsored Restricted race which looks very competitive, with another of the Walker team entries Nova Vita, having won a maiden at Larkhill, looks one for the short list. They could come up against Walkin Out for trainer Les Jefford and jockey Martin McIntyre, already on three wins for the season with a dual win at Trebudannon, and a Fillies and Mares Novice race at Woodford. The Luke Price entries could be feared here if making the trip down, with Fubar a recent winner at Lydstep, and last weekends winner here Luckello being possible rides for Champion Gentleman jockey James King. Jetmeoutofhere for team Summersby could be another to join in the finish if following up on his impressive Maiden win at the Dunsmore meeting under Darren Edwards.

The Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies race also holds some good entries which include Monsieur Gibraltar for young Novice jockey Olive Nicholls, the combination have won three points this season including a 20-length win at Barbury, and a win here could help seal the Novice Ladies National Title for Olive. They could be taken on by leading lady jockey Gina Andrews aboard Misstree Song, who catches the eye, also have a trio of wins being at the Barbury, Lockinge and Cothelstone meetings, and have the benefit of a mares weight allowance. Board Of Trade for the Ed Walker team always runs a brave race and could again put up a good performance based on his win at Flete Park last month under Chloe Emsley.

The Riverside Caravan & Camping Park-sponsored Men’s Open race looks equally competitive with jockey’s James King and Will Biddick tussling for the Gentleman’s National title. James King could have the ride on Spencer Moon a winner at this track last weekend for the Luke Price team, with Will Biddick looking to have the option of either Danseur Du Large or Monsieur Gibraltar who is also entered in the Men’s race. Sixteen Letters looks the one they will need to beat, having won six this season including a Hunter Chase at Wincanton under Josh Newman.

The following Kingdon Family sponsored – Conditions race, which is run in the memory of Donna Kingdon, could see Dr Rhythm bounce back after the unlucky unseat at Upcott Cross, when ridden by Josh Newman. Bistouri D’Honore could be back to follow up on his win last weekend for the Michael Felton team, and Misstree Song could be switched to this race for Gina Andrews to ride if missing the earlier Ladies race. Ninth Wave is an entry for tWill Biddick in his training capacity, who could turn up to quickly progress on his win at this track last weekend when ridden by progressive young Novice jockey Charlie Sprake.

Finally up is the ALX Commercials-sponsored Maiden race, and with those showing form are the consistently placed Hold Me Tight for the Ed Walker team, Acaras for trainer Luke Price ran second at Lly Ddu, and Shilful Lord who ran second at Cothelstone are a few to mention out of the 18 entries.

The course offers a fabulous day pout for all the family with on course facilities hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located at Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG.

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
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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

Exmoor Preview extract:

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