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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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Entries: Exmoor Point-To-Point and Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
12:00 Exmoor Conditions pony races

Pony Championship finals

1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 8 year olds and Up Conditions Race
6th 16:55 5 year olds and Up Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Following the rain earlier this week, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 8.00pm Saturday 01/06/19)

Looking forward to National Pony Racing Championship Finals 12.00 noon and Point to Point 2pm at Bratton Down on Sunday.

We have had over an inch of rain on the course this week. The ground has absorbed the moisture well, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 4.00pm Friday 31/05/19)

The Course Inspector has just walked the course in the rain and given the current going as Good to Firm. ( Updated 6.00pm Wednesday 29/05/19)

The going at Bratton Down is Good to firm. We had 8mm of rain on Sunday which has eased the going. More rain forecast for this week. As always agri-vator on standby. (Updated 7.00am Monday 27th May)

Update on Bratton Down – It is currently raining at Bratton Down, with more forecast. ( Sunday 26th May 9.00am)

The course is looking well. The agri-vator was used 3 times before racing on 19th and again after. Although the going was given as firm it rode as good to firm, on the consistent good old Bratton turf. Light rain is forecast for the weekend and more early next week. All bends will be moved out onto fresh ground. The agri-vating and grass cover will allow maximum advantage of the heavy dews and rain to come. The agri-vator will be used again should the forecast be wrong. ( Wednesday 22nd May 9.00pm)

Preview extract:

A total of 82 entries have been received for this meeting where it’s the turn of the Exmoor Hunt to host. Pony racing heads up the action with the Exmoor Conditions race sponsored by Teapes Tyres at 12 noon. Followed by The Fergal O’Brien & Treehouse Sporting Colours-sponsored Pony Championship finals. The main six race card follows at 2pm.

The course offers a lovely picturesque backdrop view of Exmoor, together with many trade stands which offer items such as antique trinkets to country clothing and art décor. A large beer tent, together with hot and cold food and refreshments. Plenty of bookies offering value bets on the day, and an Ice cream van to enjoy an afternoon treat in the summer sunshine. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Check out the pony racing website ponyracingauthority.co.uk for further information.

Pony Racing Entries

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
2 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
3 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The opening B Thorne & Son Agric Eng-sponsored Members race has only a few entries, Kapricorne (Rebecca Branton) a 15 length winner at Trebudannon in April, and won at this course last June when coming home the 70 length winner. Debutant entry Miss Tiggy Winkle may be in need of the run, whilst Gunner Vic has failed to complete this season and was a distance behind Kapricorne last season when the two met.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
2 *968/8p-1 CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) 35+ Kieran Price
3 21-6226p GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
4 u2u-5512 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
5 323231-f3 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 33 Byron Moorcroft
6 1p2dpu-p TUCKS BERGIN (IRE) 34? Alan Rhead
7 /pp-sp21 VINCS VINNIE (IRE) 35+ Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Vincs Vinnie (Ed Walker) for leading National gentleman jockey Will Biddick, looks to be the likely favourite in the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, having battled on well to win at Trebudannon. Gerties Garter is another entry from the Ed Walker team and could go well if following up on his seconds at Ston Eston and Bishops Court. Lure de Pres looks an interesting entry, having won his maiden by a neck at Badbury under jockey Nick Lawton, following up that win with a head second to Goldbury at Flete Park under Bryan Carver for the Mike Vanstone team.

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Race 3 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 2-32p332 ALLIE BEAG 37? Alan Hill
2 4524623p BANKHALL (IRE) 38 Emma Jones
3 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
4 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
5 11/*ppp-2p CINEVATOR (IRE) 40? Ella Pickard
6 6p1-p134 COURT DISMISSED (IRE) 37? Alan Hill
7 *3330-1314 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne
8 32-1u632d ITS ALL OR NOTHING 41 Charlotte Rowe
9 3-6743214 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
10 044-36111 PURPLE ‘N GOLD 42 Leslie Jefford
11 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown
12 1/2-45113 THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 42 Will Biddick
13 *0-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

13 are entered for the Bray Lino-sponsored Ladies race which could be another thriller on the day with dual Flete winner There’s No Panic for Ella Orrtewell, and a winner of three straight wins this season is Purple’N Gold under Millie Wonnacott heading the field. The two young jockeys have had an excellent season so far, both enjoying the winners enclosure and not afraid to set the pace.

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Race 4 – Mens Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
3 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
4 72251313 DANDAN (IRE) 40? Francesca Moller
5 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
6 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
7 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
8 21u12212 GINGILI 40 Jonathan Farrelly
9 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
10 p6115-211 HIGH HATTON 41 Jonathan Tudor
11 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
12 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
13 R0-f1f211 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 38 Luke Price
14 -83u35223 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
15 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
16 p-p5p3252 NAMAKO (FR) 39 Alan Hill
17 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
18 1-2p12221 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 43 Luke Price
19 p1111-121 SPENCER MOON (IRE) 44 Luke Price
20 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race looks to be the feature of the day at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 2nd June, having attracted 20 quality entries. These include the two Luke Price-trained stable stars, Spencer Moon a previous Hunter Chase winner at Fontwell and subsequent 20 length winner at Monmouth in February. Also Ramble On, who under Byron Moorcroft won the Mixed Open last weekend at Kingston Blount. Jonathan Tudor is another outside raider who holds two entries in the Men’s Open with Desert Roe who defied top weight to beat Jack Snipe at Cothelstone last weekend, also entry High Hatton who under Jack Tudor took the Members Conditions race here at the last meeting. Fly West (Ed Walker) could fly the flag for the area, with a cut in the ground and could improve on his nose second to Hawkhurst at Bitterly.

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Race 5 – 8 Years old and up Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 u20-22121 BLAZING TOM 41 Jonathan Tudor
3 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
5 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
6 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
7 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
8 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
9 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
10 3/-u6321 GERSJOEYCASEY (IRE) 39 Karen York
11 f-645343 GET RHYTHM (IRE) 35 Tim Sleath
12 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
13 -p3f11f2 HOLY WATER (IRE) 36 Luke Price
14 4p/-p4p3f HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
15 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
16 3pp5-ppp KALASTAR (IRE) 21? Elizabeth Scott
17 33-333115 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
18 p42-332p1 LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
19 pp-43113p MILBERRY (IRE) 35 Norman Mitchell
20 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
21 54f-54532 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
22 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
23 *pp-0p2p1 REDKALANI (IRE) 41 Vivian Lloyd
24 3-p337f63 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Sam Holdsworth
25 -u904231 VAILLANT CREEK (FR) 40 Abbie Myers
26 0/-upRf45 WHITE CHIEF (IRE) 24 Antony Burks

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Kernal Victor and Lawsons Thorns catch the eye among the 26 entered for the Conditions race which is sponsored by the Kingdon Family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Kernal Victor won impressively at Cherrybrook coming home the eight length winner that day and then a 10 length victor at Upcott Cross. A cut in the ground could help him bounce back from his defeat at Trebudannon. Lawsons Thorns came home the ten length winner at the last meeting here and could be another winning combination for trainer Mike Vanstone and jockey Bryan Carver. Outside previous winning raiders Blazing Tom and Desert Roe for team Tudor, should both figure high in the betting if turning up here, also the Luke Price entry Holy Water after his wins at Pyle and Lydstep under Byron Moorcroft.

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Race 6 – 5 year olds and up Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 9/p/34p-4p BABY SHERLOCK 30? Roy Smith
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
4 -p3 CHIPS FOR FREE (IRE) 12 Joe Tickle
5 *37/87/- DIAMOND REGGIE (IRE) Michael Bowen
6 pfp-4 GEE PEE 16 Phillip York
7 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
8 //-pp2234 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 23 Jason Warner
9 6346-fpu2 LITLE BRIAN (IRE) 28 Callum Griffiths
10 42p2p4p2 LONG MILE ROAD (IRE) 28 Jason Warner
11 *505-832 MARKMYWORD 25+ Joe Tickle
12 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
13 -2p2 QUICK REMARKABLE 22 Jonathan Tudor

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
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3rd
4th

Preview extract

Finally in the Open Maiden race which is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate, the Getaway-sired gelding Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) could battle out the finish with the Joe Tickle-trained Markmyword who have both finished runner up in recent meetings. Any market support for Quite Remarkable and Little Brian should also be respected.

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Preview: Exmoor Point-to-Point and Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race looks to be the feature of the day at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 2nd June, having attracted 20 quality entries. These include the two Luke Price-trained stable stars, Spencer Moon a previous Hunter Chase winner at Fontwell and subsequent 20 length winner at Monmouth in February. Also Ramble On, who under Byron Moorcroft won the Mixed Open last weekend at Kingston Blount. Jonathan Tudor is another outside raider who holds two entries in the Men’s Open with Desert Roe who defied top weight to beat Jack Snipe at Cothelstone last weekend, also entry High Hatton who under Jack Tudor took the Members Conditions race here at the last meeting. Fly West (Ed Walker) could fly the flag for the area, with a cut in the ground and could improve on his nose second to Hawkhurst at Bitterly.

A total of 82 entries have been received for this meeting where it’s the turn of the Exmoor Hunt to host. Pony racing heads up the action with the Exmoor Conditions race sponsored by Teapes Tyres at 12 noon. Followed by The Fergal O’Brien & Treehouse Sporting Colours-sponsored Pony Championship finals. The main six race card follows at 2pm.

The opening B Thorne & Son Agric Eng-sponsored Members race has only a few entries, Kapricorne (Rebecca Branton) a 15 length winner at Trebudannon in April, and won at this course last June when coming home the 70 length winner. Debutant entry Miss Tiggy Winkle may be in need of the run, whilst Gunner Vic has failed to complete this season and was a distance behind Kapricorne last season when the two met.

13 are entered for the Bray Lino-sponsored Ladies race which could be another thriller on the day with dual Flete winner There’s No Panic for Ella Orrtewell, and a winner of three straight wins this season is Purple’N Gold under Millie Wonnacott heading the field. The two young jockeys have had an excellent season so far, both enjoying the winners enclosure and not afraid to set the pace.

Vincs Vinnie (Ed Walker) for leading National gentleman jockey Will Biddick, looks to be the likely favourite in the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, having battled on well to win at Trebudannon. Gerties Garter is another entry from the Ed Walker team and could go well if following up on his seconds at Ston Eston and Bishops Court. Lure de Pres looks an interesting entry, having won his maiden by a neck at Badbury under jockey Nick Lawton, following up that win with a head second to Goldbury at Flete Park under Bryan Carver for the Mike Vanstone team.

Kernal Victor and Lawsons Thorns catch the eye among the 26 entered for the Conditions race which is sponsored by the Kingdon Family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Kernal Victor won impressively at Cherrybrook coming home the eight length winner that day and then a 10 length victor at Upcott Cross. A cut in the ground could help him bounce back from his defeat at Trebudannon. Lawsons Thorns came home the ten length winner at the last meeting here and could be another winning combination for trainer Mike Vanstone and jockey Bryan Carver. Outside previous winning raiders Blazing Tom and Desert Roe for team Tudor, should both figure high in the betting if turning up here, also the Luke Price entry Holy Water after his wins at Pyle and Lydstep under Byron Moorcroft.

Finally in the Open Maiden race which is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate, the Getaway-sired gelding Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) could battle out the finish with the Joe Tickle-trained Markmyword who have both finished runner up in recent meetings. Any market support for Quite Remarkable and Little Brian should also be respected.

The course offers a lovely picturesque backdrop view of Exmoor, together with many trade stands which offer items such as antique trinkets to country clothing and art décor. A large beer tent, together with hot and cold food and refreshments. Plenty of bookies offering value bets on the day, and an Ice cream van to enjoy an afternoon treat in the summer sunshine. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Check out the pony racing website ponyracingauthority.co.uk for further information.

Useful Information

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REPORT: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“The very spirit of summer breathes to-day,
Here where I sun me in a dreamy mood,
And laps the sultry leas, and seems to brood
Tenderly o’er those hazed hills far away.
The air is fragrant with the new-mown hay,
No scrap of cloud is in the still blue sky,”

From a poem When June Is Here – by James Whitcomb Riley – American poet 1849 – 1916

Yes not a scrap of cloud on a lovely warm afternoon which attracted a large crowd to the Exmoor meeting at Bratton Down, which featuring a riding double for the up and coming County Cork born jockey Bryan Carver.

The young Irishman certainly got the best out of the gambled on Reillys Minor to win the Men’s Open. A smooth ride from Carver saw the seven-year-old repel the favourite Before The War (Will Biddick) on the uphill climb to the judge. “He jumps and travels and I really got there too soon,” reported the rider. Mike Vanstone trains the winner locally for owner Alex Muirhead, who gave up the ride after two unsuccessful and non finishing attempts earlier in the season. “I bought the horse from Warren Greatrex last summer. He had won at Kempton last year so we knew he had ability. I thought he needed a stronger jockey,” said the owner. He certainly did. Bryan Carver is now favourite to secure the Devon & Cornwall Novice Riders’ championship.

Bryan Carver completed his double on Port Navas in the Open Maiden.. It is ironical that Bryan’s day job is assisting Will Biddick at the champion point-to-point rider’s pre-training and breaking yard, and presumably he still has that job after beating his mentor again in a tight finish to the Open Maiden. Biddick looked to be in the box seat as Redmond Hall cleared the last, but Port Navas gradually got the upper hand as the pair battled all the way up the run in. The winner, a Court Cave seven-year-old, was placed over hurdles when in David Pipe’s yard, but has taken some time to repay the 41,000 euros he cost as a three-year-old. He is now trained by Teresa Clark for owners John White and his sister Anne Underhill. It looks odds-on at present that Biddick will have to have to hand over his National jockeys title to Alex Edwards, but he has now adopted pole position for the Devon & Cornwall equivalent.

Angles Hill is one of the best looking pointers in training, and made up for his recent narrow Bratton Down defeat with a convincing six lengths success in the Ladies’ Open. Bouggietopieces did best of the three Welsh challengers to finish runner up, but the South Pembrokeshire gelding Hold Court never looked like justifying hot favouritism. Heidi Lewis was content to sit off the early pace on Angles Hill, but the 11-year-old was produced three out and drew right away up the final climb. “He has to be switched off and loves passing horses,” explained the 21-year-old winning jockey about this family horse, jointly owned by Heidi, her father David and partner Lee Drowne, and is trained by her mother Maria. .

Tree Sparrow had been a staying on third at the previous meeting here and came good this time under his regular jockey Vicky Wade. In a three way finish, the winner finished strongly alongside the outside running rail to deny Lawsons Thorns and Raloo Rocket. Owner John Pengelly was enjoying his first winner, who was saddled by Camilla Scott. “He just gallops and gallops and bounces off quick ground,” remarked the trainer, adding that this relatively cheap purchase is related to County Derry who won 17 races for the Scott yard.

It was the turn of another lady jockey as Ella Pickard made all the running on Cinevator, blinkered for the first time, in the Conditions race. On Your Max was looking dangerous when falling with Tom Chanin at the penultimate fence, leaving Winter Garden (Nick Lawton) as the main challenger up the home straight. Cinevator was not for catching however and powered up the finishing hill to give his jockey her third winner of the season. The 11-year-old is trained by his rider on behalf of her grandfather Michael Tucker.

The Hunt race produced a family success as the easy winner Kapricorne runs in the colours of Dennis Branton and is trained by his daughter Rebecca. 21-year-old jockey Stefan Kirwan, in his fourth year working for Philip Hobbs, sent his mount well clear after half way to record his second career victory. “I have been trying to win this race for 20 years,” said the Exford based winning owner, who bought Kapricorne unseen out of Dan Skelton’s yard. “Rebecca does a good job looking after our horses at our stables which are at the White Horse Inn at Exford, added the owner.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, John Beasley, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, and William Devlin

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018

It was hot on the top of Exmoor on Sunday The first two favourites went in with Kapricorne (2-5 to 4-7) literally scorching round to take the Hunt race. I went for I’ll Tell You When (5-2 to 7-4), but he got further and further behind after a mistake and finished a tired last.

After that things were looking up. Tree Sparrow (evens/10-11fav) flew home in the Restricted. Lawsons Thorns (10’s to 8’s) ran a solid race to chase the winner home, but a minor gamble on Carumba (5’s to 3’s) went astray. Punters were probably lured into this support due to the Biddick booking (the owner was injured).

Angles Hill (6-4 to 7-4) looked a picture in the Ladies’ race and gained consolation for his narrow defeat on this course two weeks ago for the keen Lewis family. Welsh challenger Bouggietopieces (SP 40-1) outran his long odds to finish second, but his fellow Welshman, the favourite Hold Court (evens – 6-5) never looked like winning.

Reilly’s Minor was the class horse in the Men’s Open, but his CV showed pulled up and refused this season when owner ridden. The ex-Warren Greatrex gelding had won at Kempton last year earning a BHA rating of 120 so didn’t even have to reproduce that form in a fairly modest race. The talented Bryan Carver took over from his veteran owner this time. Early 16’s soon dissolved and his odds tumbled to 4’s by the off. The jockey booking proved the decisive factor (sorry Alex), and he held on gamely to beat Before The War (7-4 fav)

The Conditions winner Cinevator (2’s out to 11-4) was surprisingly easy to back. A course winner on ground he likes, the 11-year-old, blinkered for the first time, ran on well to beat the luckless Winter Garden (4-5 to 7-4fav).

The ex-David Pipe trained Port Navas (7-2 to 9-2) has struggled to justify his original 41,000 euros purchase price as a three-year-old, but picked up the £150 first prize in the Open Maiden. The Court Cave gelding has obviously had his problems, but now with Teresa Clark he ran on determinedly to overhaul the favourite Redmond Hall (4-6 to 4-5)

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, John Beasley, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, and William Devlin

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS – EXMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AND NATIONAL PONY RACING FINALS AT BRATTON DOWN SUNDAY 3RD JUNE 2018

Going: Good to Firm

POINT-TO-POINT RACES

Hunt race (Sponsor RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son)

1 Kapricorne (Stefan Kirwan) 4-7 fav well clr from half way, unchallenged

2 It’s a Mugs Game (Kieren Buckley) 9-2 to 8th, took remote 2nd flat

3 Gunner Vic (Tom Chanin) 14-1 to 8th, took remote 3rd flat

4 ran; distance; 2l; 5m 56s

Owner; Dennis Branton; Trainer; Rebecca Branton

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)

1 Tree Sparrow (Vicky Wade) 10-11 fav with ldrs throughout, cl 2nd three out, led & asserted last 250yds

2 Lawsons Thorns (Nick Lawton) 8-1 tracked ldrs, effort last, kept on

3 Raloo Rocket (Bryan Carver) 3-1 alwys ldrs, led three out til hdd flat

8 ran; 2l; 1l; 5m 36s

Owner; John Pengelly; Trainer; Camilla Scott

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)

1 Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) 7-4 held up, hdwy three out, led flat, comf

2 Bouggietopieces (Lucy Turner) 40-1 made most til joined last, no extra flat

3 La Madonnina (Abbie Hughes) 4-1 chased ldrs, not qckn from two out

7 ran; 6l; neck; 5m 35s

Owner; Heidi Lewis, David Lewis, Lee Drowne; Trainer; Maria Lewis

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)

1 Reillys Minor (Bryan Carver) 4-1 hdwy three out, led next, rdn out

2 Before The War (Will Biddick) 7-4 fav chased ldrs, led 14th til three out, challd flat, just held

3 Bohemian Rhapsody (Chris Todd) 9-4 hdwy to press ldr two out, not qckn flat

6 ran; 3/4l; 2l; 5m 49s

Owner; Alex Muirhead; Trainer; Mike Vanstone

Club Members Conditions (Ashley Farrant & The Kingdon family in memory of Donna Kingdon)

1 Cinevator (Ella Pickard) 11-4 made all stayed on gamely flat

2 Winter Garden (Nick Lawton) 5-4 fav hdwy 16th, cl 3rd last, kept on well nr finish

3 Fountains Cider (Lucy Mager) 20-1 hdwy 15th, every chance last, wknd flat

7 ran; 1 1/2l; 4l; 5m 40s

Owner; Michael Tucker; Trainer; Ella Pickard

Open Maiden (Old Station House Inn, Blackmoor Gate)

1 Port Navas (Bryan Carver) 9-2 hdwy 14th, effort two out, led nr finish

2 Redmond Hall (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav made most dvn & headed nr finish

3 Here Comes Molly (Geoff Barfoot-Saunt) 7-2 prom til wknd three out

6 ran; 1/2l; 12l; 5m 49s

Owner; John White & Anne Underhill; Trainer; Teresa Clark

PONY RACES

RESULTS FOR THE EXMOOR’S OWN PONY RACE & THE 2018 POINT-TO-POINT CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS, hosted by the Exmoor Hunt and supported by Fergal O’Brien Racing & Dunraven stud

The Exmoor Hunt’s 148cms & under Conditions Race

1. Follow The Star – Polly Muirhead
2. Aries – Daisy White
3. Humbel Mind – Grace Vaughan
4. Calypso – Alfie Godfrey
5. Little Bull – Harry Brown
6. Dunraven Roc – Harvey Barfoot-Saunt
7. The Dinky Dude – Shannon Hart
8. Goodnight – Tamara King
9. Little Rock Star – Chad Bament
10. Comberton Prince Consort – Taylor Fisher (winner of the 138 prize & Best Turned Out)

138cms & under Treehouse Sporting Colours Novice Riders Race Final

1. PJ – William Maggs
2. Menedh Jumping Jack Flash – Artemis Morgan
3. Bronze Lawrence – Harry Greasby
4. Talgoed Total Elation – Lowri Morgan (winner of the Best Turned Out)

NR Goresmead Galante – Jack Teague
NR Balfour Skipper – Sophie Howell

148cms & under Treehouse Sporting Colours Novice Riders Final

1. Over to Kerry – Alice Cooke
2. Tarka – Otis Morgan
3. Vadlawalkover – Charlotte Summersby (winner of the Best Turned Out)
4. Captain Hurricane – Kaitlin Perks
5. Our Jeremy – Polly Muirhead
6. Pick Pocket – Jess Samuel Stewart
7. Shoot the Stars (IRE) – Harvey Barfoot-Saunt
8. Harwent Miss Moneypenny – Eliza Wadd
9. Milli Butterfly – Archie Parsons
10. Altered Images – Murray Parsons

138cms & under Mangan Webb-Saddlery Championship Open Final

1. Little Replacement – Edward Vaughan
2. Veno Star – Kelsie Beilby (winner of the Best Turned Out)
3. Stretcholt Hermes – Jack Osborne
4. Helsington Vanetta – Jamie Spencer
5. Fairfield Run – Richard Cook
6. Tigga – James Caldwell
7. Jazz – Izzy Caldwell

148cms & under Mangan Webb-Saddlery Championship Open Final

1. Motor Edd – Tyler Heard
2. All Of My Dreams – Roisin Leech
3. Peateaoh – Edward Vaughan (winner of the Best Turned Out)
4. Goldwell’s Gucci – Charlie Sprake
5. Shotgun Minnie – Alexandra Geldard
6. JD Delivers – Charlie Maggs

NR Tarka – Otis Morgan

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, John Beasley, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, and William Devlin

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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