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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – FOUR BURROW AT TREBUDANNON 24TH APRIL 2021

Granville’s Betting Gossip: There was plenty of betting money flying about at Trebudannon for the eight races at the Four Burrow meeting. Unfortunately my cash flew in the wrong direction – straight into the bookies satchels.

David Phillips and Rich Pittard again did duty for the layers, and continued the innovation of taking telephone bets from punters at home watching the live streaming. 

All eight favourites were beaten, starting with Honest Opinion who drifted from 4-5 to 5-4 in the face of good money for The Dartmoor Rose (6’s to 5-2). The mare made up for a moderate display at Maisemore Park last month, but in fairness that race has thrown up three subsequent winners apart from the blooming rose. Newcomer Benny’s Miracle was cut from 3’s to 6-4 in a weak market and showed promise to finish third.

Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. RoR & The Jockey Club conditions race winner Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Eric The Third (6-1) had won his share of races over jumps in his time, but was in the winner’s circle for the first time for two and a half years in the 12 –runner veterans event. Now with John Heard, and competently ridden by Charlotte Summersby, the gelding kept on strongly to hold a gallant effort from Awesome Tunes (7-1).  2-1 joint favourites Purple N’ Gold (from 7-2) and Soul Kaliber (from3’s) failed to sparkle.

It was unusual to see digital odds of 7-5 displayed against Port O’Clock’s name in the Conditions. That didn’t stop him from making all the running after a protracted duel with Crown of Thorns (1-2 to 2-5 fav), who went down fighting in trying to give the winner 6 lbs.

Race winner Port O'Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Conditions race winner Port O’Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

River Myth (evens to 4-6) was the next jolly to keep the bookies smiling in the Men’s Open. She led until four out, but weakened quickly at the next. Despite looking in need of the race, 4-1 chance Los Alamos ran down Talk of the South (8-1) in the home straight.  The winner is by Galileo and had been in the doldrums since winning for Joseph O’Brien in the colours of J P McManus in his younger days.

Master Baker (evens to 4-5 fav) and Chosen Lucky (11-10) jousted at the head of the market for the Ladies’ Open, but a bet of £500 to £50 was enough to see The Last But One cut from 10’s to 6’s. He duly obliged thanks to a fine display of jumping under Chloe Emsley. Master Baker ran his usual genuine race to finish runner up, but age has caught up with him nowadays and his owner announced  his honourable retirement afterwards.

The defeat of well fancied horses was getting a bit monotonous now, but worse was to come for one punter. A gamble on four-year-old Snow Stoppin Him went badly astray.  He was forced down from 8-1 to even money (bets of £ 800 to £100 and £400 to £100 were noted) in the first Maiden won by front running Party Tunes (2’s to 6-4). This easy winner was the middle leg of a fine treble for jockey Darren Edwards and trainer Dean Summersby.

Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards

The same combination came good in the second Maiden when Russian Invasion (5-2) sauntered home impressively from the only other finisher of the nine starters What a Bug (20-1). This time there was an amazing plunge on Bourbon Prince, seen at 8’s early before going off a shade of odds on (4-6). A former flat racer, he had shown a modicum of ability in points but had been off the track for over two years.  

Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

The two market leaders fought out the finish of the getting out stakes with the Fran Nimmo trained Kinondo Kwetu (3-1) completing a double for Will Biddick. The useful looking five-year-old overhauled Funky Sensation (2’s to 4-5 fav) in the home straight.

Race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Maiden (NWFAA) race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

I suppose my regular readers of Granville’s betting gossip (both of you?) will want to know how I contributed to the bookies profits.  Well, it was easy. Four bets, four losers – but I will be back at Flete. There’s never a last race for Granville’s Betting Gossip.

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FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON REPORT – 24 TH APRIL 2021

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“We’ll cross the Tamar, land to land, the Severn is no stay, then one and all and hand to hand, and who shall bid us nay?”

From The Song of the Western Men by Robert Stephen Hawker 1803-1875; celebrated poet and vicar of Morwenstow. Under the name of Trelawny, it is a verse from the unofficial National Anthem of Cornwall.

Quite a number of runners from Devon and further inland crossed the Tamar where the well watered ground at Trebudannon attracted a total of 67 runners for the Four Burrow’s eight race card.

The action had to take place without crowds as COVID restrictions continued. Cornelius Lysaght and his team again provided top quality live streaming and bookmakers David Phillips and Rich Pittard were in attendance.

Trainer Dean Summersby saddled three winners, all partnered by Darren Edwards, whilst Will Biddick added a double from his five rides in his quest for his eighth National jockeys title.

Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point Maiden (Division 1)Race winner Party Tunes, ridden by Darren Edwards

The Summersby yard landed both divisions of the Open Maiden thanks to Party Tunes and Russian Invasion. Party Tunes, owned by Rita Underhill and Ruth Burrow, made all in his division to win unchallenged. “He is a big horse and has taken time to come to himself, and has strengthened up this year”, remarked the trainer.

Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Open Maiden Division two race winner Russian Invasion (nearside), ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Six-year-old Russian Invasion, in the colours of the Little Acres Racing Club, received an equally positive ride and was left clear when Melvyn fell three out.” We bought him at the Trevor Hemmings dispersal sale and always thought he was a useful horse at home, where we do a lot of work on the moors. He is a very nice sort and could be a hunter chase prospect,” enthused the delighted handler.

Race winner Port O'Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Conditions race winner Port O’Clock, ridden by Darren Edwards. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Port o’Clock had started the ball rolling for the Summersby / Edwards combination when getting the better of odds-on favourite Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) after a sustained battle in the Conditions race. “We were trapping down the back straight. You can’t touch him in the mouth approaching a fence as his head comes up and there was no stride at the last.” reported a rather relieved rider, whose Trebudannon treble earned him a presentation for lifting his career total to 300, including his wins under rules.

It could have been a four-timer for the rider, now commuting regularly to Devon & Cornwall meetings from his Leicestershire base, but for him offering his booked  ride on Men’s Open winner Los Alamos to Will Biddick. “I called Darren in the week to see if I could ride Los Alamos as it is will be hammer and tongs until the end of the season for the championship,” said Biddick, striving to add to his seven national jockeys titles with James King hot on his heels. His call certainly paid dividends as the Luke Price owned and trained gelding was given a copybook Biddick ride to overcome Talk of the South.“Los Alamos won a hurdle and bumper for Joseph O’Brien and needed a change of scenery after a few runs for Tim Vaughan,” said the trainer, who had travelled the four hours journey to Cornwall from his Pontypridd base.

Race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. Maiden (NWFAA) race winner Kinondo Kwetu, ridden by Will Biddick. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

Will Biddick’s double was sealed when Kinondu Kweto, named after a Kenyan beach resort, followed up his Chaddesley Corbett success last February. The five-year-old was awarded that Maiden race on the disqualification of the original winner. He needed no official help this time, outjumping Funky Sensation at the last to score by two lengths. “He is a nice big horse and this is my first winner for Fran Nimmo and Charlie Poste,” remarked the rider.  

Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby
Four Burrow Point-To-Point. RoR & The Jockey Club conditions race winner Eric The Third, ridden by Charlotte Summersby. From Trebudannon on 24th April 2021.

It was difficult to keep the Summersby family out of the headlines as Dean and Emma’s 17-year-old daughter Charlotte landed the second winner of her career when Eric the Third caught the tiring Awesome Tunes at the last fence in the 12-runner Conditions race for veteran horses. “The more I asked him the more he gave,” remarked the young rider about the John Heard trained 12-year-old, a seven times winner under rules earlier in his career.

First time cheek pieces seemed to galvanise Tom Malone’s nine-year-old The Last But One, who jumped soundly and fought off the gallant Master Baker to take the Ladies’ Open in the hands of in-form jockey Chloe Emsley who said, “The race went to plan. I kept him on the inner. I was trying to hear if Master Baker was coming, but it was difficult with the strong headwind up the home straight.”

Front running tactics paid off for The Dartmoor Rose under Darren Andrews in the Mares and Fillies Maiden over two and a half miles. “The plan was to make all and she was very nimble round the bends,” reported the rider. Okehampton trainer Charlotte Rowe remarked, “She lacked a fitness edge in her previous race at Maisemore (which has thrown up three subsequent winners). They have done a fantastic job with the ground here.”

Photo credits: Athwenns Irons/WMN

RESULTS – FOUR BURROW AT TREBUDANNON 24TH APRIL

Going: Good, Good to firm in places – watered

MARES & FILLIES MAIDEN 2M 4F (Sponsor The Jockey Club & Mitchell & Webber)

  1. The Dartmoor Rose (Darren Andrews) 5-2 made all, ran on strongly
  2. Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav chased winner til no extra apprg last
  3. Benny’s Miracle (Will Biddick) 6-4 in touch til three out

 9 ran; 6l; 25l;  4m 54s

VETERAN HORSE (ROR & JOCKEY CLUB)

  1. Eric The Third (Charlotte Summersby) 6-1 led til 11th and again at last, kept on well
  2. Awesome Tunes (Fionn Summers) 7-1 led 12th til last, hung left flat
  3. Anolysse Moriniere (Issac Buncle) 50-1 rear, stayed on to 3rd nr finish

12 ran; 2l; 3l;  6m 17s

CONDITIONS (Chris & Sarita Perkins)

  1. Port O’Clock (Darren Edwards) 7-5 made all, mistake last, kept on, comf
  2. Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 4- 9 fav tracked wnr from 9th, outpaced two out
  3. Shanoule Wood (Charlie Marshall) 8-1 went 3rd 16th, no chance leaders

9 ran; 3l; 10l ; 6m 15s

MEN’S OPEN (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company)

  1. Los Alamos (Will Biddick) 4-1 tracked ldrs, led two out, pushed out
  2. Talk of the South (Issac Buncle) 8-1 led 14th til two out, kept on

5 ran, only two finished; 2 ½ l 6m 13s

LADIES’ OPEN (RJ Trevarthen Ltd)

  1. The Last But One (Chloe Emsley) 6-1 close up til led 15th, quickened three out, easily
  2. Master Baker (Jo Supple) 4-5 fav chased winner & every chance til no extra three out

4 ran; only two finished; 15l; 6m 13s

OPEN MAIDEN

DIVISION 1 (Paul Tylor)

  1. Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 6-4 made all, clear two out, unchallenged
  2. Thursdayateight (Josh Cameron) 12-1 stdy hdwy 16th, 2nd from three out, outpaced
  3. Evron (Josh Newman) 6-1 prom til three out

9 ran; 25l; 10l; 6m 15s

DIVISION 2 (Ray Davies Foods)

  1. Russian Invasion (Darren Edwards) 5-2 prom til led three out, clear next, easily
  2. What A Bug (Conor Houlihan) 20-1 rear, left moderate 2nd three out, no chance with winner

9 ran; only two finished; won by a distance; 6m 16s

RESTRICTED 2m 4f (Truro Tractors)

  1. Kinondo Kwetu (Will Biddick) 3-1in touch, effort two out, led last, comf
  2. Funky Sensation (Jake Bament) 4-5 fav made most, headed last, no extra flat
  3. Macca’s Stowaway (Jimmy Cole) 6-1behind til fin strongly to take 3rd flat

10 ran; 2l; 10l;  4m 59s

Cover Photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

ENTRIES: FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON ON SAT 24TH APRIL 2021

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

Printable version of the Four Burrow Racecard

[A link will be posted here when the Four Burrow Racecard is published]

RaceStart timeLink to Four Burrow entries and form for race
1st 13:00Jockey Club, and Mitchell & Webber Maiden for Mares and Fillies Only Race
2nd13:35RoR & Jockey Club Conditions (Level 2) 9 years olds and up Race
3rd14:10Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Conditions (Level 3) Race
4th14:45Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Mens Open Race
5th15:20R. J. Trevarthen Ladies Open Race
6th15:55The Feste 50 Years Ago Maiden Race, Division 1
7th16:30Ray Davies Foods Maiden Race, Division 2
7th17:05Truro Tractors Restricted Race
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Four Burrow Course Updates:

Four Burrow Preview extract:

We head to the furthest point west this coming Saturday, when it is the turn of the Four Burrow to host their meeting at  the Trebudannon track.

This event will take place behind closed doors with the option of live streaming for viewing the action. Eight races are now on offer with a start of 1pm. With over 100 entries received, the later Open Maiden race has been divided. This relatively level track has a slightly uphill finish and is popular for maiden horses, many of which we will see as stars for  the future.

Four Burrow 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 1.00pm 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.

Four Burrow 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

Four Burrow Green zone entry tickets

Participants (Green Zone) only 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

Four Burrow 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 – Jockey Club, and Mitchell & Webber Maiden for Mares and Fillies Only Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
 BENNYS MIRACLE (IRE)NRTeresa ClarkUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
7u9604pfBERBORU (IRE)23Myles OsborneRunner up in 3 Irish maiden 2017/18 ; lead until headed 3 out held when fell last in Cherrybrook maiden
4-64p90fBET ON BETTY24Christine GrayDam won French Chase;12L 5th in Tiverton Mares 2020 maiden & Unplaced in 3 runs NH; fell 11th latest
-6DOTTIE’S JOY0Kieran Price45L 6th in Sandon 2m Ptp Flat race (prom 5f) April 3rd
7/p5p/-pFLORABELL (IRE)20?Ian HambleyRunner up in 3 maidens 2016/17;acts any;Pulled up in 15th in Cherrybrook maiden won by Our Grey Boy
p/-GOLLY ITS MOLLY0Sarah ProuseRelated to winning pointers; Pulled up 3 out in Upcott maiden in 2019; unraced since
3464/32-4HONEST OPINION (IRE)30+Dean SummersbyEx Irish Pointer;1/2L 2nd Mares maiden 2020;acts gd/soft;fair 12L 4th Wadebridge maiden ;chances
 ROSIES REDEMPTION(IRE)NRByron MoorcroftDam won 4 Hurdles; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
 SO THEY SAY0Edward WalkerDam won Irish Ptp/hurdle; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
f3322/4-pTHE DARTMOOR ROSE30Charlotte RoweDam won Flat/NH; 10L 3rd & 2L 2nd in FourBurrow maidens 2019;36L 4th Rest;pu 15th Maisemore maiden
8p-pfpTHIS’LL DO12Leslie JeffordDam won maiden; 30L 8th in Barbury Ptp Flat won by Raffle Ticket; pu 9th Cherrybrook maiden

Four Burrow Preview extract

The day starts with the Mares and Fillies Open Maiden race run over 2 miles and four furlongs, which has been sponsored by both the Jockey Club and Mitchell & Webber. Entries include debutant Benny’s Miracle for trainer Teresa Clark, who will have Will Biddick aboard. Ex Irish import Honest Opinion, for the Dean Summersby team, had some good place form in Ireland and this mare should have a promising future.


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Race 2 – RoR & Jockey Club Conditions (Level 2) 9 years olds and up Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
pppp/fp-pANOLYSSE MORINIERE (FR)00?Janet AcknerFrench NHFlat & hurdle winner(2m2f) 2015/16;acts gd/soft; has failed to complete in last 7 runs
132/fp2-6AWESOME TUNES (IRE)37?Ryan ChapmanWon 4 Ptps(3 wins at Trebudannon) 8L 2nd in Conds;23L 6th to Apple’s Queen in Cherrybrook Ladies
44/123p/p-BALLYVODOCK (IRE)39Gordon ChambersWon  Irish maiden 2017;Beat Clondaw Buuny 1L in Lamerton Conf & 6L 2nd Spooners Intem;goes well fresh
12/1116/-fBLACKWATER BRAMBLE(IRE)42Alexandra DunnWon 6Ptps;Triple Conds winner 2018; acts on any;held when fell 2 out Maisemore members return
4160/p-07BOHER CALL (IRE)37Peter BamentWon 4 Chases & 2 Ptps;Dual Members winner 2017/18; 37L 7th in Quantock Conds  latest; acts on any
*223532-BROUGHTONS RHYTHMNRBronwen HurleyWon NHFlat & Hurdle 2017; placed often since (10L 2nd in Uttox 2m4f Chas 2020) acts on gd/soft
747/-3464ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)38John HeardWon 7NH Races (4 Chases) up tp 2m5f)14L 4th in Cherrybrook Open; acts on any; seems one paced
1/f43p-84INCH ROCK (IRE)40?Ed WalkerWon Rest/Club 2017; 5L 2nd Ladies & won Members 2018;9L 4th to Apples Queen Cherrybrook Ladies
31321/-R2MIXBOY (FR)35?Melanie DixonWon 7NH & 4 Flat races (2015/19) up to 2m4f ;acts gd/soft;8L 2nd to Florrie Webb in Quantock Members
611111/-7PURPLE ‘N GOLD42Leslie JeffordWon 11 Flat/NH;Won 5 Ladies 2019;best gd/firm;26L7th to Apple’s Queen Cherrybrook Ladies(better for run)
111/6p-63SOUL KALIBER (IRE)41Dean SummersbyWon 5 Ptps 2019; 2L 3rd to Skylander in Cherrybrook Members(kept on); acts on any ;may win again
07/04/5841SPOOKYDOOKY (IRE)34Laura ParkerWon 4NH & Irish Ptp (2013/18) lightly raced recently ;34L 7th in Barbury Nov riders in Dec 2020
2212/-pp6TOP CHIEF40Stuart SampsonWon 4 NH & 7 Ptps;won N.Abbot Chase (3m2f) acts on any; 37L 6th to More Buck’s in Maisemore Conds
/p114/6-pTREE SPARROW40Camilla ScottDual Bratton winner(Maiden/Rest 2017/18) beat Northgeorge 5L Minehead Open; Pu Quantock Conds

Four Burrow Preview extract

Purple ‘N Gold stands out for the in form Les Jefford team in the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Condition race, he looked to need the outing at Cherrybrook and could well come on for the run and rekindle his previous form of five straight wins last season. Soul Kaliber for team Summersby is another previous course winner here, looks to act any going and could improve on his third at Cherrybrook and score again for owners The Little Acres Racing Club, who have had some great winning days with the yard.


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

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
23p3/53-6BANKHALL (IRE)36Emma JonesDual NH winner 2016/17; Won Nov Riders/Ladies 2018; 25L 6th to Fifty Shades Cothelstone Open
/*8770/-pBEARS RAILS0Rachael BoardWon 4 Chases(2015/18; stays 3m1f+;acts on gd/soft; last seen Jan 2019; pu 12th Flete Conds race last week
4/p3/-p4RBISTOURI D’HONORE (FR)39Lucy FeltonDual hurdle winner;won Badbury Ladies & Nov Riders; 17L 4th to Dubai Quest in Maisemore Ladies
41432/-ppCOME ON JOEY (IRE)36Roy SmithWon N.Corn maiden & Lamerton Rest (20/1) &  28L 3rd Eggesford Interm; acts gd/soft;unraced last season
114/5pp-1CROWN OF THORNS41Sarah Pidsley2nd Irish hurdles 2018;Won 5 Ptps(Conds/Interm) 2019; beat The Dapper Fox 1L in Cherrybrook Conds
p5pp7//-DRIFTWOOD PRIDE (IRE)35Jane WesternWon 2 Ptps;Placed Interms(2L 2nd 2017 & 26L 5th 2018;acts on gd/firm; last seen in 2018
31/-4fp3FUNKY SENSATION36Jill DennisWon Irish Maiden 2019;18L 4th Hurdle 2020; 6L 3rd in Cherrybrook Rest won by Where’s Wilma; chances
up/6p-794GETAWAY DRIVER(IRE)33?Tanisha LittleWon Maiden/Rest 2013;18L 4th Corn Club Interm 2016;19L 4th to Moscow Prices Quantock Conds; acts any?
212/9p-pHIGH PRIORITY37?Keith CumingsWon 3 Ptps (Won 2m4f Rest & Conf 2018) best gd/firm;32L 9th Corn Interm & better for run
u/64/pp-4KILRONAN CASTLE24Martin SweetlandWon 3NH (2m4f Chase Dec 2017) & Irish Ptp;26L 4th Open 2019;40L 4th in Quantock Members latest
p3/11/-pMAHLER STYLE (IRE)36Alan WalterWon Larkhill Maiden(6L-match) & Rest 2019;best gd/firm;prom to 15th in Maisemore Interm on return
fp/11-066PORT O’CLOCK (IRE)NRDean SummersbyDam won Irish Ptp;Won Maiden & Rest(left alone) 2020; moderate form NH in 2021; acts on any
1p/746-6pSHANOULE WOOD (IRE)34Hannah ClarkeDual Parham winner 2019 (Maiden/Rest) acts on any ; 5L 6th In Wadebridge Interm (weak flat) back in Dec
21/5ppO/-SMART BOY (IRE)30+Annabelle Bacon18L 3rd in 2m4f nov hurdle & 38L 3rd in 2m6f nov hurdle for Tim Easterby 2016; acts good/heavy
35/f06-12SPARKLEANDSHINE (IRE)41Alan HillWon Huntingdon 2m Hurdle 2018;25L winner Ottery Conds & 4L 2nd in Charing Conds ;acts on any
07/04/5841SPOOKYDOOKY (IRE)34Laura ParkerWon 4NH & Irish Ptp (2013/18) lightly raced recently ;34L 7th in Barbury Nov riders in Dec 2020
432-53500THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE)NRThomas MaloneWon 4NH & 6Ptps;Won 4 2019;Head 2nd Nov Riders 2020;well beaten in 3 runs NH 2021
6u14/12-1THE ROESTONE (IRE)40Robert ChaninWon Ptp Flat/Maiden/Rest;beat Bridge of Spies headCherrybrook Inter(lead close home); may go close

Four Burrow Preview extract

In the following Conditions race we could see outside raider Sparkleandshine turn up to snatch a win for the Alan Hill team. He looks dangerous having clocked up a 25L  win at Bishops Court in October under Tommie O’Brien, and ran a creditable second at Charing in March. Crown Of Thorns won under Will Biddick at the recent Cherrybrook meeting and  could score again for the Sarah Pidsley team, although he also holds an entry in the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Men’s open race which follows.


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Race 4 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Mens Open Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
1/3121-22CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE)42Dean SummersbyWon 14 Ptps(5 wins at Wadebridge) Won Members/Open 2020;1L 2nd to Apple’s Queen Cherrybrook Ladies
114/5pp-1CROWN OF THORNS41Sarah Pidsley2nd Irish hurdles 2018;Won 5 Ptps(Conds/Interm) 2019; beat The Dapper Fox 1L in Cherrybrook Conds
143/4fp-u6HOW ABOUT IT (IRE)38Rebecca WelchWon 2 NH & 3 Ptps(Inc Open) acts any; 31L 6th to Robin des People Maisemore Conds 30th Mar(weak 3 out)
345/7-585KILCREA BRIDGE33Robert HawkerWon Maiden & Exeter 3m chase 2018;25L 5th Ottery Members; acts gd/heavy; Modest form recently
*530/7p9-LOS ALAMOS (IRE)NRLuke PriceWon NHFlat & 2m6f Hurdle 2017/18;well behind in 3 runs NH 2019/20 ; acts on gd/firm
1131-2424NAVANMAN (IRE)44John HeardWon 3 Hurdles & 11Ptps (inc 4m Flete Open 2018);10L 2nd  Ottery Open; 4L 4th Flete 4m Mixed Open
1111/-pR2RIVER MYTH42Stuart SampsonWon 9 Ptps;Won Rest/Interm 2018 & Mixed Open 2019; acts oany; stays well; 2L 2nd in Cherrybrook Open
11/1212/p-SPENCER MOON (IRE)42Luke PriceWon 11Ptps & 2m5f Hunterchase;20L winner Monmouth Open & Match 2019;useful at best; acts on any
*0/0076-1STATIC JACK (IRE)42Deborah TreneerWon 4NH & Irish Ptp(3m Hurdle 2019) acts gd/heavy; Beat River Myth 2L  Cherrybrook Open(stayed on)
*11pp/42-2TALK OF THE SOUTH (IRE)41Gordon ChambersWon 3 NH (3m5f Chase 2018) gd/heavy;1L 2nd to Skylander in Cherrybrook Members 3rd Apr; EW chances
432-53500THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE)NRThomas MaloneWon 4NH & 6Ptps;Won 4 2019;Head 2nd Nov Riders 2020;well beaten in 3 runs NH 2021

Four Burrow Preview extract

Here Crown Of Thorns could come up against recent Cherrybrook winner The Roestone from team Chanin, or multiple winner Chosen Lucky under Darren Edwards, who could go close if improving on his runner up result at Cherrybrook. 


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Race 5 – R. J. Trevarthen Ladies Open Race

FormNameRatingTrainerRace_Comments
f4u6-37ANGE DES MALBERAUX (FR)39 Won 7 NH(4 Chases up to 3m3f) 5L 4th in Barbury Conds Dec 2020; well behind in Mollington Open latest
/3p1p-u8uBALLYHOWNE (IRE)40? Dual Irish Ptp Winner;Won Inter/Conds &  Open;ur 9th return; weak 2 out Cherrybrook Ladies
23p3/53-6BANKHALL (IRE)36 Dual NH winner 2016/17; Won Nov Riders/Ladies 2018; 25L 6th to Fifty Shades Cothelstone Open
4/p3/-p4RBISTOURI D’HONORE (FR)39 Dual hurdle winner;won Badbury Ladies & Nov Riders; 17L 4th to Dubai Quest in Maisemore Ladies
1/3121-22CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE)42 Won 14 Ptps(5 wins at Wadebridge) Won Members/Open 2020;1L 2nd to Apple’s Queen Cherrybrook Ladies
3144/53-3DRY OL’PARTY41 Won 2 NH(2014/15);WoLadies & Members; 3L 3rd to Apple’s Queen in Cherrybrook Ladies; acts any
747/-3464ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)38 Won 7NH Races (4 Chases) up tp 2m5f)14L 4th in Cherrybrook Open; acts on any; seems one paced
1/f43p-84INCH ROCK (IRE)40? Won Rest/Club 2017; 5L 2nd Ladies & won Members 2018;9L 4th to Apples Queen Cherrybrook Ladies
p/811-243MASTER BAKER44 Won 12Ptps & 3 Hunterchases;8L 3rd to Dubai Quest in Maisemore Park Ladies 9stayed on well) chances
*45/p34-2QUINTO39 Won 2NH & Irish Ptp(inc 3m2f Chase 2019) acts good/heavy; 15L 2nd in Wadebridge Ladies in Dec
2121/p-12RAMBLE ON (IRE)43 Won 10Ptps(Opens 2018/1) 1/2L 2nd 4m Mixed Open ;1L 2nd in 4M Flete Open (headed close home)
11/1212/p-SPENCER MOON (IRE)42 Won 11Ptps & 2m5f Hunterchase;20L winner Monmouth Open & Match 2019;useful at best; acts on any
62p/343-pSTAGE ONE (IRE)38 Won  Irish maiden & 3 UK Ptps 2018/19; 5L & 12L 3rd’s in Larkhill/Cottenham Opens 2020
432-53500THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE)NR Won 4NH & 6Ptps;Won 4 2019;Head 2nd Nov Riders 2020;well beaten in 3 runs NH in 2021

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In the R J Trevarthen-sponsored Ladies Open race, Master Baker could add to his 15 race wins to date which include Hunter Chase wins at Taunton and Newbury under regular jockey Jo Supple. If connections choose this race over the previous for Chosen Lucky, he could be a winner for Charlotte Summersby. Ramble On is another notable entry catching the eye if making the trip down from the Luke Price yard and follow up on his second at Flete Park last weekend.


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Race 6 – The Feste 50 Years Ago Maiden Race, Division 1

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
 BENNYS MIRACLE (IRE)NRTeresa ClarkUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
*2/u42/-CHAPEL ROCK19?Bethen Childs2L 4th in Newton Abbot NHFlat Race 2018; Beaten 6L in a Larkhill maiden Match in 2019; unraced since
#NAME?CUZZICOMBE (IRE)0Keith CumingsIn rear when pulled up 15th in Maisemore maiden won by Gats And Co on 1st run
*0p//p-33EASTERN PROMISES31+Ed Hitch3L 3rd Barbury Maiden Dec 2020 & 5L 3rd in Quantock maiden won by Kindofabigdeal; acts any;Chances
p2ff3-EVRON (FR)NRNeil McLeanEx French; placed in Chases – 8L 3rd to Forisk in Angouleme Chase (2m 5f) Nov 2020; intresting
pp2/42-7GUNNER VIC24Hugh ThomasDam won Maiden;placed Members(3L 2nd 2019)15L 2nd Buckfastleigh & 31L 7th Wadebridge Maiden
 HERMES DU GOUET (FR)NRChristopher BarberUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
#NAME?JIMMY SNIPE0Joe TickleDam won 17 Ptps;Pulled up 6th in Maisemore Maiden won by Twig
4pu/22-3PARTY TUNES (IRE)32Dean Summersby24L 4th Irish maiden 2019; 11/2L 2nd in  Trethew maiden 2020; remote 3rd Maisemore maiden return
#NAME?RHETORIC (IRE)00?Francesca NimmoWell held when ur last in Charing Maiden  on 1st run ,should do better
0-44RIDING SHOTGUN (IRE)16Laura Parker20L 4th in Barbury Ptp Bumper & 13L 4th in Maisemore maiden won by Twig; could improve
*0fp//-SAFE HARBOUR (IRE)NRChristopher BarberModerate hurdler when last seen in 2018; unraced over fences
 SNOW STOPPING HIM (IRE)NRMark QuinlanUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
 STELLAR STREAM (IRE)NRNeil McLeanUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
 THURSDAYATEIGTH (IRE)NRAnnabelle BaconUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
p-4TOP CLICHE27Jill DennisPulled up 12th in E.Corn maiden 2020;Fair 13L 4th to Kindofabigdeal in Cothelstone Maiden (2m 4f)

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Two divisions of the three-mile Open Maiden follow, with those to note in the first are Eastern Promise (Ed Hitch), Benny’s Miracle(Teresa Clark), Party Tunes( Dean Summersby) and Riding Shotgun a debutant for Laura Parker.


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Race 7 – Ray Davies Foods Maiden Race, Division 2

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
/pd4u/-BOURBON PRINCE23Dean JonesShowed some ability; 14L 4th to Oscar Bravo in Didmarton Maiden Mar 2019; unraced since
5/3/4-pDON’T ASK US (IRE)29Keith Cumings22L 3rd in Barbury Maiden won by Nobodydoesitbetter 2019; pu last in Maisemore maiden won by Twig
647-33p0EROS (FR)33Neil McLean8L 4th in  2m hurdle (heavy) 2020;6L 3rd to Starsky Ottery Maiden(lead to last) unplaced NH since ; chances
30-ppFORTY ACRES (IRE)0Jo Hepburn20l 3rd in Irish Maiden in 2019; pulled up after around 2m iles in 2 Uk Ptps
-4HANDS FACE SPACE (IRE)15Francesca Nimmo27L 4th to Rafferty in Sheriff Hutton Maiden (2m 4f) 3rd Apr ( 5th & no hdwy 3 out) may Improve
#NAME?ISLAND DANCER0Robert ChaninUnseated rider 4th in Quantock maiden on 1st run
322p/44-2LOODEEN (IRE)34Brooke Gardener-WollenTriple Runner up in Maidens 2018/2019; 3/4L 2nd in Quantock maiden won by The Mighty Ash ; stays; chances
 MEETMELATER (IRE)NRChristopher BarberUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
p/-fMELVYN (IRE)0Thomas MalonePulled 2 out in Irish maiden in May 2019; Prom when fell 9th in Flete maiden last week
 PARK THIS ONE (IRE)NRNeil McLeanUnraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
2*7/p0-RUSSIAN INVASION (IRE)NRDean SummersbyRunner in Irish maiden (1 1/2L) May 2019; well beaten in both hurdle races in 2021
*3546/3-5fSAY ABOUT IT27Roy SmithEx Flat; 5L 3rd E.Corn Maiden & 7L 5th Wadebridge maiden;tracking leaders when fell 14th Quantock maiden
 SO THEY SAY0Edward WalkerDam won Irish Ptp/hurdle; Unraced in Point to Points and under NH rules
-RSTONEAGE ICON0Stephen LongRan out 5th in Cherrybrook maiden won by Our Grey Boy on 1st start
p36/53-ppTARRYTOWN (FR)29Melanie Dixon2L 3rd in 2m4f maiden 2019 ; 23L 5th  Buckfastleigh Maiden & 1L 3rd Members;pu 2out latest; acts on soft
pp/f2p9/-WHAT A BUG24Sarah ProuseDam won Hunterchase & 3 Ptps; Pu in two maiden in 2017; 30L 2nd to Ichifoot in Stevenstone maiden only form

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In the second division Hard Face Space for the inform Francesca Nimmo team, who scored an impressive  five wins last weekend and must be feared if travelling to this track, Cothelstone runner-up Loodeen for the Brooke-Gardener-Wallen team, and debutant Meetmelater  for young trainer Christopher Barber, all look interesting prospects.


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Race 8 – Truro Tractors Restricted Race (2m 4f)

FormNameRatingTRAINERSRace_Comments
ppp1/-p6EOLE D’UN REGARD (FR)30Deborah TreneerEx French;Won Banwell 2m4f maiden 2019;23L 6th to Daly An Sceil Maisemore Park Intermediate 30th Mar
647-33p0EROS (FR)33Neil McLean8L 4th in  2m hurdle (heavy) 2020;6L 3rd to Starsky Ottery Maiden(lead to last) unplaced NH since; chances
203/-p1FINLEY’S EYES(IRE)26Luke PriceRunner up in 2 hurdle races 2018; Won Shelfield 2m4f maiden 1L (3 ran) acts on gd/firm
31/-4fp3FUNKY SENSATION36Jill DennisWon Irish Maiden 2019;18L 4th Hurdle 2020; 6L 3rd in Cherrybrook Rest won by Where’s Wilma; chances
*6531//-HONOURBOUND (IRE)NRJane WesternWon Ffos Las 1m4f Flat race 2018 (gd/Soft) unraced over jumps
-1KINONDO KWETU34Francesca Nimm15L 2nd to Honour and Glory in Chaddesley maiden (Awarded race) 2020 ; acts on gd/soft
/99/1p3-4MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE)35Jimmy ColeModest from NH; Left clear Dunsmore Maiden & 4L 4th Cherrybrook Members (stayed on well) acts good/soft
46/*970PRINCESS ROANIA (IRE)NRTeresa ClarkNHFlat winner 2015 & 2m1f Flat winner 2016;3L 2nd hurdle 2017; acts soft/heavy;beaten 20L + in 3 NH races
31p/2p-pTAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)34Charlotte BuddWon Banwell maiden(20L gd/firm 2019) 2L 2nd to No Limitations Badbury Rest 2020; Pu 3 out Sponners Rest
6p41/-pTARA SNIPE29Pippa MoorhouseDam won 17 Ptps;won 2m4 Trebudannon 2m4f maiden 2019; acts gd/soft ;pu 12th Cherrybrook Rest
32f31/5-4THEWINNERTAKEITALL(IRE)34Dean SummersbyWon Fourburrow maiden(beat Poniel 5L; stayed on) acts any; 14L 4th in Cherrybrook Rest on return
54/0623-TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Elizabeth ScottIrish maiden winner 2018; Neck 2nd in Cockleburrow Rest 2020; 38L 3rd after ; acts on any
u631/u-5TOMB STORME (IRE)34Annabelle BaconEx Irish;10L winner Cothelstone maiden 2019;20L 5th Cherrybrook Rest return(weak 3 out); acts gd/firm
0/1/*p-WILLIES DREAM24Robert HawkerFinnished alone in Kingston St Mary 2m4f maiden (left alone 2 out) 2019; pulled up in hurdle Oct 2020

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Finally up is the Truro Tractors-sponsored Restricted race, which could go the way of Kinondo Kwetu who won his maiden by 20 lengths for the Francessca Nimmo team, Funky Sensation (Jill Dennis) ran third at Cherrybrook, and Willies Dream (Robert Hawker) another to have an impressive maiden win in 2019, and came home alone that day at Kingston St Mary and highly rated Tinnehinch for trainer Elizabeth Scott, who has some good place form to note.

Photo Credit: (Cover) Megan Coble Photography


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GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES NORTH CORNWALL & FOUR BURROW 1983

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES

EASTER 1983: NORTH CORNWALL & FOUR BURROW

“Oh to be in England now that April’s there”

Robert Browning 1812 – 1889, English poet, died in Venice.

I would normally agree with you about the month of April Mr Browning, but things have changed a bit in 2020. No point-to-points, no racing, no cricket, no soccer, no golf, no tennis, no sport at all. We are all locked up and I haven’t even got an Easter egg.

So I have delved into my scrapbook again to look back to the Easter holiday of 1983. I was lucky to attend two Cornish meetings on the Saturday and Monday – what marketing people would now promote as a “Cornish Easter Festival”. Each of the courses involved have long since been closed.

The Saturday North Cornwall fixture was held at Trewornan Farm, Wadebridge. I seem to remember that it was located on the opposite side of the A39 (and the Camel Estuary) from the Royal Cornwall Showground, where the Wadebridge fixtures take place nowadays. Racing at Trewornan Farm had been held on this right handed, undulating track since 1965. It closed twenty years later in 1985.

NORTH CORNWALL AT TREWORNAN FARM, WADEBRIDGE, APRIL 2ND 1983

Going; Soft

HUNT

1 Swedish Beau (Stephen Long)

2 Harmony Way (Pat Cole)

3 Freeway (Mike Biddick)

4 ran; 3l; distance; 8m 50s SP 4-5 fav

MENS OPEN

1 Frevolity (David Wonnacott)

2 Four Tens (Richard Long)

6 ran; only two finished; won by a distance; 7m 39s SP 1-2 fav

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Hargan (Miss Pip Fisher)

2 Moonbribe (Miss Katie Halswell)

3 Bubbling Spirit (Mrs Jane Wickett)

4 ran; 4l; distance; 7m 58s; SP 1-3 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS’

1 Northern Star (David Wonnacott)

2 Hillie Billie (Grant Cann)

3 Monk’s Flyer (Pat Cole)

8 ran; 1/2l; 6l; 8m 6s SP evens fav

ADJACENT HUNTS’ MAIDEN

1 Golden Singer (Miss Mandy Turner)

2 Phil Grey (J Wright)

3 Sorcerer (Chris Crosthwaite)

11 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 8m 6s; SP 11-10 fav

My journey to the racecourse that day was via the Cornish pasty shop in the centre of Wadebridge, a culinary habit that has continued to this day. A few winning jolly old favourites soon covered the cost of the pasty.

The Hunt race was a bit of a farce taking nearly nine minutes. The winner Swedish Beau had previously shown some form at the Lamerton, and won this event easily enough. His rider Stephen Long was sometimes associated with the excellent Dicky Blob in that era. Swedish Beau’s main rival Harmony Way had refused early on before continuing tailed off.

Frevolity was the only one to jump round this tough track in the six-runner Men’s Open, beating the remounted Four Tens very easily under David Wonnacott. He was probably the best of Rame Fell’s decent string of pointers at the time, winning over 20 races. It was a very dark day which still sticks sadly in my memory when he met his end at Kilworthy the following season.

The Ladies’ winner Hargan was another ultra consistent pointer who was a star of the Westcountry Ladies’ scene in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Well bred, by Harwell out of a Vulgan mare, this strong chestnut mare was owned and trained by Paul Tylor, who travelled his horses’ miles from his base on The Lizard, the most southerly point on the British mainland. Hargan, who loved heavy ground, was the Grand Marnier champion when winning seven times in 1979, contributing significantly to Pip Fisher’s National Ladies’ championship that year. Eventually the winner of 36 races, and with her regular rider up, she kept her form well and had little difficulty in beating John Weldhen’s Moonbribe on this occasion at Wadebridge. Bubbling Spirit was a headstrong mare who had no chance of staying this trip after leading early.

Northern Star was completing a double for trainer Rame Fell and jockey David Wonnacott when setting up his seasonal hat trick in the Adjacents Hunts’. Northern Star just got the better of Grant Cann’s mount Hillie Billie after jumping the last. The winner was evidently hard to train, though he did win twice in the same day (including a walk over) under Gordon Edwards at Kilworthy in 1985. It is good to see Millie Wonnacott upholding the family tradition in the saddle today (her mother Claire was also an accomplished rider). John Squire’s Hillie Billie never seemed to fulfil his potential. He did manage to win the Bolventor Members’ under Kelvin Heard two years later. Monk’s Flyer was hard to win with, but his gallant veteran rider Pat Cole eventually won a couple of modest races on this non stayer after years of trying.

Golden Singer led all the way to win the Maiden, well ridden by Mandy Turner (now Mandy Hand). He didn’t progress much afterwards, but the runner up Phil Grey certainly did. The five-year-old failed to complete on his first two runs but his promise here was soon fulfilled and he went on to win over 20 races, including four hunter chases. Sorcerer was quite a modest pointer and went on to win the Hunt race at this meeting the following year.

A profitable day if my memory serves me correctly, with enough left over for a couple of nights stay in Newquay.

FOUR BURROW AT OLD MERROSE FARM, TEHIDY, EASTER MONDAY APRIL 4TH 1983

Going Good

HUNT

1 Fyghame (Mike Biddick)

2 Silvers’s Pet (D Harris)

3 Tombstone (Miss T Congdon)

4 ran; 2l; 10l; 7m 37s

MENS OPEN

1 Happy Klondyke (S Williams)

2 Viewfinder (Pat Cole)

2 ran; distance; 7m 39s

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Moon Step (Miss Katie Halswell)

2 Hargan (Miss Pip Fisher)

3 House Breaker (Miss Tracy Turner)

5 ran; 1l; 2l; 7m 29s

ADJACENT HUNTS’ RESTRICTED
1 Presceena Wood (Miss Pip Fisher)

2 Monk’s Flyer (Pat Cole)

3 Sandy Leys (B Webber)

7 ran; short head; 1l; 7m 26s

ADJACENT HUNTS’ MAIDEN

1 Fisher Folk (S Williams)

2 What A Chance (David Wonnacott)

3 Moonbribe (Miss Katie Halswell )

8 ran; 15l; 1/2l; 7m 24s

After writing up Saturday’s notes in Newquay, it was only about 20 miles down the road to Tehidy, near Camborne, for the Easter Monday fixture. The course was a bit rustic from what I can remember. Right handed, undulating, with some plough over a distance of about three and a half miles which suited strong stayers.

It was only the jockeyship of Mike Biddick that got the favourite Fyghame home to win the Members’ after a sloppy display of jumping. The runner up Silver’s Pet, fresh from finishing fourth in the Maiden at Wadebridge, led until the last in what was a moderate race.

Happy Klondyke had the race won when he blundered two out in a disappointing match for the Men’s Open. This was his best season though and he notched up four wins, culminating in a commendable third behind Cheekio Ora at Cheltenham’s hunter chase evening meeting. Viewfinder was a veteran by now and was well behind from half way.

Hargan turned out again for the Ladies’ Open after her success two days previously. She looked the winner until giving best to Moonstep approaching the last. These were two of the best Ladies’ horses in the area and John Weldhen’s Moonstep was completing a five-timer at the Four Burrow.

Hargan’s rider Pip Fisher took the next race when the grey mare Presceena Wood just held on to beat Monk’s Flyer by a short head. Presceena Wood went on to win a couple of races under rules in Paul Tylor’s colours. Monk’s Flyer was also turning out quickly after Saturday’s effort and ran probably his best race of the season. He had led until two out and rallied well close home. Sandy Leys was a fine jumper who eventually won races under Frank Edwards from the yard of Keith Cumings.

Fisher Folk won the Maiden very easily but did not really progress afterwards. Moonbribe was made favourite on the strength of his fine effort at Wadebridge, but lay well off the pace and was never a threat. It was fully a year before he broke his duck at the 19th attempt. What A Chance went on to win his share of minor races and became something of a Flete Park specialist.

The Old Merrose Farm track at Tehidy closed after the 1985 meeting. The Four Burrow fixture moved to the new Wadebridge course on the showground until 2000 when the meeting became established at Trebudannon.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

MacKenzie & Selby’s Point-to-Pointers and Hunter Chasers

Horse and Hound Year Book

The Pointer

Sporting Life

Sporting Chronicle

Mr Michael Kutapan (Jumping for Fun forum)

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.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2019

BOOKIES 6 PUNTERS 1

The bookies came out well on top at the final Cornish fixture of the season where the well watered ground produced competitive racing. Six out of seven favourites went down the pan

Will Biddick rode in every race in his quest to regain the National title. Vincs Vinnie (evens out to 2-1) was his only winner of the day in the opener. This was a masterful ride because The Galloping Bear (7-4 to 4-5 fav) had jumped superbly and looked sure to win round the final bend, but could not quite withstand Biddick’s well timed challenge.

The next favourite to get beaten was Awesome Tunes (7-4 touched 9-4) who tried to make all under the champion in the PPORA Conditions race. He had to give best to his old adversary Soul Kaliber (7-2 to 3’s), the first of four winners on the day for Darren Edwards.

I made Minella Beag (11-10/5-4) the best bet of the day in the Mares maiden. She had caught the eye on her debut in a similar race at Kilworthy which has thrown up four subsequent winners. This time she held every chance until weakening two out. The Dartmoor Rose (4’s to 9-2) looked an assured winner until Tara Snipe (100-8) came with a wet sail up the home straight to win going away. Her breeding merits future attention as she is by Kayf Tara out of the prolific winning mare Sea Snipe, who won 17 races.

Another long shot struck in a classy Mixed Open. Whenharrymetsally and Kernel Victor were inseparable at 6-4 joint favourites, but failed to sparkle behind course specialist Earthly Reason (14-1 after 20’s in a place). He won on merit from the consistent Beat The Tide (6’s to 3’s).

Despite a serious mistake at half way, According To Harry (6-4 jt fav) beat Athreeothree (6-4 jt fav) comfortably in the Conditions event.

From then on it was the Darren Edwards show as he went on to complete a 180-1 four-timer thanks to Banco De Logos (11-4 touched 3’s) and Thewinnertakeitall (7-2). These succeses also meant that Dean Summersby had saddled three out of three during the afternoon.

Banco De Logos had a real battle with Golander (20’s to 10’s) before thrusting his head in front near the post in the Restricted. I backed the rangy gelding Foxworthy who was forced into 4-6 fav from evens (not all my money).He ran quite well, but not well enough to finish third.

I got fed up collecting losing tickets so decided that an ice cream was better value than jumping in on Chemin De Fer (6-4 to evens) in the lucky last. This half brother to the useful Santini looks a good sort and was given a kind introduction by Biddick. Thewinnertakeitall came clear from two out to beat Welsh challenger Poniel (5-2/11-4) to round off an excellent afternoon for his connections.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Sunday 19th May 2019 Dulverton West Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • 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: FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON 12TH MAY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk– honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.”

Samuel Scoville Jr.,1872 – 1950 From the poem Wild Folk

Darren Edwards rode four winners at the Four Burrow meeting to extend his lead in the Devon & Cornwall championship over Will Biddick, with five meetings to come in the area.

Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

A trio of his winners were saddled by Dean Summersby, who won with all three of his runners at this popular Cornish track.

The consistent Soul Kaliber reversed previous course form with front running Awesome Tunes in the PPORA Club race in the colours of the Little Acres Racing Club. Soul kaliber has proved to be a shrewd £5,000 buy from the Gigginstown consignment at Doncaster sales last September, and was winning for the third time this season. Starting the season as a maiden, the Lifton trainer has transformed the Gordon Elliott discard. “He liked the slightly easier ground today and that was pleasing as he was up against Open class horses”, said the successful trainer.

Edwards went on to take the final three races on the card, starting with According to Harry, who made all to win the Conditions race. This was not without a scare however as Nicky Martin’s gelding clouted the 13th fence hard. “My fault, said the rider, I asked him for a big one.” His blemish drew a gasp from the crowd on the hill side, but did not seem to worry him as he had plenty in hand of Athreeothree at the business end of the race.

It was the Edwards / Summersby combination again as Banco De Logos and Thewinnertakeitall completed their successful afternoon’s work. Banco De Logos was all out to beat Golander (Jake Bament) in the Restricted. The winner and runner up jumped the last together and after a neck and neck battle only half a length separated them on reaching the judge.

Thewinnertakeitall sailed past Mountain Las at the cross fence to win the Open Maiden in the colours of Mike Bickell. The stoutly bred seven-year-old, “Tries so hard. He was too keen at Flete but settled better today,” reported the trainer.

Will Biddick’s main concern is his quest to regain the Fuller’s National jockeys title, which he held for six consecutive years until last season. His full book of seven rides at Trebudannon yielded one winner, three places, one unplaced and a fall. Chemin De Fer, his other ride. and a Yeats half brother to the useful Santini, was in the shake up on his debut until fading and being pulled up on the final bend.

Biddick’s winning ride, Vincs Vinnie, put him on the 36 winner mark for the season, five ahead of last year’s winner Alex Edwards as I write. One of seven runners on the day for trainer Ed Walker, the ex-Irish gelding Vincs Vinnie was given an exemplary ride, stalking bold jumping The Galloping Bear until pinching a vital two lengths lead which diminished rapidly near the line. “This horse had been sick due to the top up flu jab he had earlier in the year,” commented the Ottery St Mary trainer.

Course specialist Earthly Reason gave 27-year-old jockey David Prichard his sixth winner of the season in the Mixed Open. The seven-year-old, starting at 14-1, jumped to the front at the final ditch and galloped on strongly to hold Beat The Tide and Peterbrown for his fourth course victory. Joint favourites Whenharrymetsally and Kernel Victor failed to reach the placings.

Tara Snipe & Shane Quinlan
Tara Snipe & Shane Quinlan
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Tara Snipe was another long priced winner, breaking her duck in the Mares and Fillies maiden at 12-1. The mare looked held until finding a good turn of foot in the home straight under Shane Quinlan, swooping on front running The Dartmoor Rose on the run in. Trained by Rob Hawker for owner Lucinda Tylor, the winner is out of the prolific winning mare Sea Snipe. “She has been very green and too weak so far. The drop back in trip helped,” remarked the young trainer.

The fact that 50% of the entries actually ran pays tribute to the copious watering of the team headed by course owner Rundle Weldhen. Watering took place until 10.30 on the morning of the meeting.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 Weston and Banwell Harriers Cothelstone Taunton TA4 3DT 1st Race 4.30pm
  • Sunday 19th May 2019 Dulverton West Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • 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: FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT AT TREBUDANNON 12TH MAY 2019

Going: GOOD (WATERED)

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS COLTS & GELDINGS 2M 4F (Sponsor – Kivells)

1 Vincs Vinnie (Will Biddick) 2-1 handy, led two out, ran on well
2 The Galloping Bear (Darren Andrews) 4-5 Fav led 11thj til two out, rallied flat
3 Flutiste (Bryan Carver) 2-1 led, disp til 10th, wknd
3 ran; 1,2l; 20l; 5m 5s

PPORA CLUB MEMBERS CONDITIONS 9 YEAR OLDS PLUS

1 Soul Kaliber (Darren Edwards) 3-1 in touch, led after last, dvn out
2 Awesome Tunes (Will Biddick) 7-4 Fav led til headed after last, ran on
3 How About it (John Smith-Maxwell) 9-4 in touch til 15th
4 ran; Its All or Nothing finished 2nd but was disqualified not weigh in properly
Original dist neck; 1,2l; 5m 56s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR OLDS FILLIES & MARES 2M 4F (THE JOCKEY CLUB)

1 Tara Snipe (Shane Quinlan) 12-1 hdwy three out, strong run to lead flat
2 The Dartmoor Rose (Darren Andrews) 9-2 led, mstk two out, kept on
3 Minella Beag (Will Biddick) 5-4 Fav prom, every chance til wknd two out
6 ran; 2l; 15l; 4m 59s

MIXED OPEN (DUNBIA MEATS)

1 Earthly Reason (David Prichard) 14-1 led 14th, stayed on strongly
2 Beat The Tide (Ben Robarts) 3-1 effort four out, ran on well
3 Peterbrown (Holly Anne Drowne) 20-1 good late hdwy, went 3rd flat
6 ran; 2l; 3l; 5m 55s

CONDITIONS RACE (CONWAY BAILEY TRANSPORT)

1 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 6-4 Jt Fav led, bad mstk 13th, clear three out
2 Athreeothree (Darren Andrews) 6-4 Jt Fav chased wnr from three out, no impr
3 Jaboltiski (Ben Robarts) 12-1 prom til mstk 14th
5 ran; 10l; 12l; 6m 4s

RESTRICTED (TREMAINE PLANT HIRE)

1 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 11-4 alwys prom, led last 75 yds
2 Golander (Jake Bament) 10-1 led 14th til headed nr finish
3 Foxworthy (Will Biddick) 4-6 Fav every chance til wknd two out
6 ran; 1/2l; 5l; 5m 58s

OPEN MAIDEN (MR C & MRS S PERKINS)

1 Thewinnertakeitall (Darren Edwards) 7-2 in touch, led two out, soon clear
2 Poniel (Shane Quinlan) 11-4 chased ldrs, effort two out, not pace of wnr
3 Tomb Storme (Josh Cameron) 8-1 prom til wknd three out
7 ran; 4l; 3l; 6m 3s

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Preview: Four Burrow Point-to-Point at Trebudannon, Sunday 12th May 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The Four Burrow host their second fixture of the season at Trebudannon near Newquay, this coming Sunday May 12th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm, 75 entries have been received.

Cornish born jockey Will Biddick has just broken the all time record for Point-to-Point rides and is sure to want to add to his tally of wins here to regain the Fullers National title this season.

In the opening Kivells-sponsored Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds ,Vincs Vinne stands out for the Ed Walker team after finishing eight lengths second to Dino Boy at Woodford last month under Matt Hampton. Flutiste is another to note, runs here off a low weight and could folllow up on his one and-a-half length second to Auld Sport at Cotley in March for the Ella Pickard team.

Winner of nine Points to date Kernel Victor, another from the Ed Walker team, stands out in the Hine Downing Solicitors-sponsored Members Conditions race for horses aged nine and over. With the Ex David Pipe recruit Purple’N Gold, who has scored two recent wins for the Les Jefford team, under jockey Millie Wonnacott the latest at this course in the Ladies race in April could take on Kernel Victor. The Alexandra Dunn entry How About It could also be in the mix, previous winner of two chases under rules when with Rebecca Curtis, took the Mens Open at Andersford , but a poor run at Knightwick latest could see him find this race comes too soon.

In the Jockey Club-sponsored Mares Maiden race I Prefer Diamonds (Robert Chanin) has hinted at ability when third at Andoversford. Minella Beag( Ed Walker) eight lengths fifth at Kilworthy, could have Will Biddick in the saddle helping erge her home in front and get closer to the title.

The prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally (Keith Cumings) could be the likely favourite in the  Dunbia-sponsored Mixed Open race if turning up here, having won 15 points to date latest when 20 length winner at Cherrybrook, could see jockey Matt Hampton celebrating with connections again. Beat The Tide (Stuart Sampson) won the Confined race at Flete and could figure, with Imogens Thunder and Flywest both having had to settle for second places recently but could figure in the finish if ground conditions suit.

According To Harry and Athreeothree could battle out the finish in the Conway Bailey Transport-sponsored  Conditions race. Both are equally rated on form, According to Harry for the Bradley Partnership has been lightly raced this season, but a previous winner under rules, he could improve on his recent two and a half lengths second to Mountain Cliche at Cotley under Darren Edwards. Athreeothree previously with Jack Barber, now with Stuart Sampson, also clocked up a second at Milborne St Andrew and could find his old form under jockey Bryan Carver.

Banco De Logos (Dean Summersby) looks to be a likely bookies favorite in the Tremaine Plant Hire-sponsored Restricted race, he has shown steady improvement having previously beaten Willaldoo who won at Vauterhill last Monday. Willies Dream (Robert Hawker) won impressively at Kingston St Mary having set the pace and made all that day, could score here if repeating that run and will be another to head the market.

Finally up is the Chris and Serita Perkins-sponsored Open Maiden race which has attracted 16 entries, this could go the way of Poniel, The Galloping Bear or Minella Beag, being just a few to note who have have had the benefit of a run this season.

The course offers great track-side and hill viewing, with on course facilities including bar, hot and cold refreshments and a number of trade stands offering a good family day out. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. The track is located at Trebudannon, St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39 Postcode TR9 4LP.

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