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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: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 19th January 2020

Buckfastleigh normally provides a strong betting market and the first of three points scheduled there this season saw plenty of jousting between the 18 bookies and several regular, hungry looking faces.

Punters had the edge in the opening Maiden which was divided on the day. The rangy grey Song of the Hunter was backed from 2’s to evens and put in a sound display of jumping to beat Young O’Leary (6-4) in the first section. The winner’s Irish point-to-point form included a good second behind Dolphin Square this time last year (four times winner since under David Maxwell and rated 138), so his ability was no secret. A nice early goal.

Fran Nimmo’s four-year-old Freezing Point (2’s to 7-4 fav) was ridden out on his debut to repel a bold bid by Party Tunes (10-1) in the other division run in a much slower time. The concession of 21lbs proved just too much for the runner up, but he jumped soundly and is a winner in waiting. Arctic Milly (5-2) ruined her chance with a blunder at the last, but a Mares race is there for the taking. Freezing Point has an appointment at the sales later this week.

Five Gold Bars (Rob Hawker) was backed from 6’s to 3’s before keeping on well to hold the sustained challenge of Gio’s Girl (6-4 to evens) in the Restricted. Nobodydoesitbetter (solid 4’s), who looked well after a lay off had every chance three out before finishing third, should find a similar contest.

It was hard to oppose the top hunter chaser Caid du Berlais in the feature Mixed Open. Will Biddick’s mount eased slightly from 2-5 to 1-2 and won like a 10’s-on chance. I have always liked Marcle Ridge ( 3’s at the off), although he had a few pounds to find with the winner. I joined the each way thieves at 4’s so got a few quid back when he finished a creditable second. I expect a few subsequent winners to come out of this race. Third placed Doc Carver (16’s to 14’s) will no doubt pop up in Wales. Raddon Top (20’s) put a poor Larkhill run behind him and was best of the also rans here. Crown of Thorns (10’s) will be better for the race and Soul Kaliber (8’s) was not disgraced up in grade.

It all seemed a bit easy at this stage, but the plunge on Unioniste (13-8) came unstuck in the Veteran Horses Conditions Race (excellent opportunities for 10-year olds and over). He was rated 159 in his hey day but like most of us he is not the force of old. Three Faces West (5-1) made all under Nathan Vergne and pulled out more from the top of the hill when pressed by teenager Dicky Bob (5-2 to 2’s). In the end Three Faces West drew right away with Millanisi Boy (16-1) leaving his recent form behind in second. Bradley Brook (14’s to 12’s) had been off the track for over 1500 days and was taken carefully from well off the pace before finishing third, passing Dicky Bob close home. The well backed Rye Cross (8’s to 3’s) was pulled up early after breaking a blood vessel.

The seven years plus Open Maiden attracted a large field and a very easy winner with a large name in Gottagottagetaway. Despite three non completions in his three outings, the winner was nibbled at from 16’s to 100-7 with the competent Sam Jukes replacing a claimer (who owns the gelding) in the saddle. The more experienced On Raglan Road (16-1) outran his odds to finish runner up. Clever Des Assence (3-1 jt fav) is in a good yard and took third as Chicago Lady (7-1) was disqualified.

Clive Bennett’s Shometheway (7-4 to 11-10) had a hard race winning the Carmarthenshire Restricted before Christmas, but turned out here as fresh as a daisy here to win the getting out stakes stylishly. Journey Juice (8-1) finished his race well and Cloudy Music (3’s) ran her usual game race to fill the placings. Shometheway’s dam Labarynth won a few Westcountry points a few years ago when ridden by her trainer Polly Gundry (now Polly Walker). Apart from this useful mare she has bred Marcle Ridge and promising young hurdler Shishkin, who may be Festival bound for Nicky Henderson.

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Report: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 19th January 2020

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“The decaying grandstand is no longer used. It remains as a derelict monument to past glories, looking down across the acres where, twice a year, thousand still urge their fancies home….” Extracted from the excellent book A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt

This year three meetings are scheduled to take place at the old racecourse alongside the A38. The Modbury Harriers, having moved from Flete Park was the first of these.

Racing was delayed for 35 minutes on Sunday for the last remnants of overnight frost to disappear from the course. Luckily the sun did its job and in fact stayed around to make for a pleasant afternoon for the large crowd at this popular Devon track.

The combination of the frost and the recent wet spell saw very soft ground putting a premium on stamina.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Mixed Open marked the seasonal re-appearance of top hunter chaser Caid du Berlais. Will Biddick exuded confidence on the 11-year-old, and was content to track Marcle Ridge, himself a Cheltenham hunter chase winner last May, until the second last. Once asked for his effort Biddick’s mount soon bounded clear to score by five lengths.

“He was too fresh at home and I was glad to get a run. That was plenty soft enough for him but it was a good prep for Cheltenham,” said trainer Rose Loxton, who confirmed that the Foxhunter in March followed by the valuable Punchestown champion hunter chase he has won for the last two years is the plan. “He will be my Foxhunter ride,” confirmed Will Biddick immediately after the race.

Sam Jukes had steered Marcle Ridge into the runner-up spot behind the odds-on Caid du Berlais. He went on to partner the quaintly named Gottagottagetaway to win the Favis of Salcombe sponsored Open Maiden before completing his double thanks to Shometheway, who took the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. The successful 30 year old rider also trains his two winning mounts (and Marcle Ridge) at Dimmick near Ledbury.

Although he had failed to complete the course in his previous three runs, 14-1 chance Gottagottagetaway drew right away from his pursuers down the hill to win by 12 lengths. He had decanted his owner Daniel Garlick on his last appearance at Larkhill. “He jumped well today and has a good engine,” reported Sam Jukes who expects the owner, a farrier, absent in Ireland for this victory, to be back in the saddle for a novice riders contest next.

Jukes rode his fifth winner of the season when the seven-year-old Presenting mare Shometheway followed up her easy Ffos Las success with another convincing performance in the Intermediate. A full sister to Marcle Ridge, runs in the familiar pink colours of her owner and breeder Clive Bennett, who also owns the property where Jukes trains in Gloucestershire. The owner is a fairly regular visitor to Buckfastleigh despite the three hours trip, and when asked about the plans for the useful looking Shometheway, the owner said with a wry smile, “ We will go home, have a drink and think about it.” It probably won’t take too much thinking about because this mare, out of winning pointer Labarynth, is a half sister to the exciting Nicky Henderson trained Shiskin, and goes back to a top jumping family.

The two and a half miles Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds, sponsored by Tony Glynn Scaffolding, had to be divided on the day, resulting in nine runners in each section. Taunton bloodstock agent Tom Malone supplied the first winner as Will Biddick steered home the well backed Song of the Hunter. No doubt this rangy six-year-old, by Network, will appear in the sales ring, as will the winner of the other division, the aptly named Freezing Point, whose dam is a half sister to 1998 Grand National winner Earth Summit. Freezing Point provided jockey James King with his fifth winner of the season. “That was a very professional performance,” remarked the rider of the Fran Nimmo trained four-year-old.

It was good to see jockey Rob Hawker back in the winner’s enclosure as Five Gold Bars found the better finishing pace to take the Stanley Carpets Restricted. Frome based Hawker, who also trains the winner on behalf of former Euro Millions winner Wayne Rowles and Dick Grant, suffered a perforated bowel and liver damage in an accident a year ago. “We could aim him for the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow,” he commented.

The Jockey Club & Retraining of Racehorses Veteran Conditions race saw a game front running performance from 12-year-old Three Faces West, owned by the Notre Cheval Partnership and trained at Carhampton by Beth Childs. The winner had lost his form after a fruitful career under rules from the Philip Hobbs yard. He was certainly not for passing here under the talented Frenchman Nathan Vergne, and battled on well as such useful horses as Dicky Bob and Unioniste were seen off.

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Results: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 19th January 2020

Going: Soft, heavy in places

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6 YEAR-OLDS ABOUT 2M 4F (SPONSOR TONY GLYNN SCAFFOLDING)

Division 1

1 Song of the Hunter (Will Biddick) evens fav tracked ldrs, led apprg last, easily

2 Young O’Leary (David Prichard) 6-4 made most, headed apprg last, no extra

3 Ahead of the Game (Byron Morcroft) 10-1 with ldrs til wknd two out

9 ran; 6l; 25l; 6m 3s

Division 2

1 Freezing Point (James King) 7-4 fav prom, disp 12th til led after two out, ran on well

2 Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 10-1 led, mstk 10th, disp from 12th every chance last, no extra flat

3 Arctic Milly (Millie Wonnacott) 5-2 chased ldrs from three out, close 3rd blundered last

9 ran; 1l; 3l; 6m 24s

 

RESTRICTED (STANLEY CARPETS)

1 Five Gold Bars (Rob Hawker) 3-1 held up, hdwy three out, led last, pushed out

2 Gio’s Girl (Will Biddick) evens fav bad mistake 2nd, hdwy 14th, effort two out, every chance last, not qckn flat

3 Nobodydoesitbetter (Darren Edwards) 4-1 alwys ldrs, slight lead three out, outpaced apprg last

9 ran 1l; 3l; 7m 11s

 

MIXED OPEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

1 Caid Du Berlais (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav held up, prog 14th, led two out, easily

2 Marcle Ridge (Sam Jukes) 3-1 led til two out, no extra apprg last, kept on but no ch wnr

3 Doc Carver (Rebecca Pugh) 14-1 imprvd to chase ldrs three out, outpaced next

11 ran 5l; 12l; 7m 2s

 

VETERAN CONDITIONS (JOCKEY CLUB & RE-TRAINING OF RACEHORSES)

1 Three Faces West (Nathan Vergne) 5-1 made all, strongly pressed two out, ran on gamely

2 Millanisi Boy (Josh Newman) 16-1 stdy hdwy 15th, went 2nd two out, kept on well

3 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 12 -1 bhd til hdwy three out, stayed on, nearest at finish

10 ran; 4l; 5l; 7m 6s

 

OPEN MAIDEN 7 YEAR-OLDS AND OVER (FAVIS OF SALCOMBE)

1 Gottagottagetaway (Sam Jukes) 14-1 went 2nd 14th, led two out, soon clear

2 On Raglan Road (Fergus Gillard) 16-1 5th at 13th, stayed on clsg stgs but no chance wnr

3 Clever Des Assence (Natalie Parker) 3-1 with ldrs til wknd two out

13 ran; original distances 12l; 3l; 1/2l ; 7m 18s; Chicago Lady finished 3rd but was disqualified following an objection by the clerk of the scales

 

INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Shometheway (Sam Jukes) 11-10 fav handy, led two out, soon clear , comfortably

2 Journey Juice (Will Biddick) 8-1 hdwy 14th, 3rd two out, went 2nd apprg last

3 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 3-1 well in touch, slight lead three out, kept on under pressure

10 ran; 5l; 1 1/2l; 7m 13s

 

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Entries: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 19th January 2020

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 4, 5 & 6 Year Old Maiden Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Veterans Conditions Race
5th 14:20 7 years + Open Maiden Race
6th 14:55 Intermediate Race

Course Updates:

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at 18:52

The course is looking really good, jumps are out and ready and the going is so much better than we expected. At present it is soft with a few heavy places, The forecast is for showers and dry for the end of the week so we should have some really good racing.

Monday, 13 January 2020 at 21:09

We have had a fantastic entries weekend and the going is currently good to soft. There is further rain forecast over the week

 Preview extract:

The first of three meetings scheduled to take place at the popular Buckfastleigh course this coming weekend is where the Modbury Harriers will host their meeting on Sunday 19th January. It is by kind permission of landowners Richard & Robert Cooper and the Dart Vale & South Pool Hunt, that the Modbury Harriers have been able to relocate at this popular track.

There are six races on offer with a start time of 12 noon, they have attracted over 120 quality entries.

The course has two other major sponsors , MST and Ashburton Motor Works who also make the meeting possible along with many smaller local companies. The track is easily located alongside the A38 at Dean Prior TQ11 OLT. Fabulous track-side viewing is on offer along with a catering marquee, licensed bar with real ale,locally sourced food, trade stands and on course bookies to enjoy a flutter whilst spending a day in the country. Entry fee is £10 per person under 16’s free, Dogs on leads welcome.

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
© = 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.

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List of Races Next Race

Race 1 – 4, 5 & 6 year old Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*37-pu AHEAD OF THE GAME (IRE) 12 Byron Moorcroft
-6u233-u ARCTIC MILLY 32 Leslie Jefford
b-p ASK DAI (IRE) 28? David Gibb
f33-3 BAIGNARD (FR) 26+ Harriet Brown
COURT INFORMANT (IRE) NR Thomas Weston
46p8- FAMOUS CLERMONT (FR) NR Christopher Barber
*80/- FAT SAM NR Alan Walter
4f60- FIER JAGUEN (FR) NR David Gibbs
FREEZING POINT (IRE) NR Francesca Nimmo
*0/5b4- GIOVANNI ACUTO (FR) 15 Annabelle Bacon
HOOKY STREET (IRE) NR Francesca Nimmo
/pp- MINELLA DEVIL (IRE) 0 Lee Glanville
*28/68/-p MYBOYSAM 0 Victoria Sleep
OUTONPAROLE (IRE) NR John Heard
p4pu- PARTY TUNES (IRE) NR Dean Summersby
01p-u PETIT PETARD 27 Hannah Clarke
/5- ROLL ON ROSCO 19 John Heard
2p3f- SONG OF THE HUNTER(FR) NR Thomas Malone
9/0/4642- SUZIE STAPLES 20? Stuart Sampson
/p5p- TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson
TERMINAFOND (FR) NR Sam Holdsworth
-p THE BIG NIPPER 0 Peter Shaw
-8 THIS’LL DO 12 Leslie Jefford
TIME TO DEPLOY (IRE) NR Jill Dennis
*80-p TOWER VIEW (IRE) 0 Victoria Collins
fp- WESTDANTE (IRE) NR Mr Max Young
455p-2 YOUNG O’LEARY (IRE) 31+ Ian Prichard

Preview extract

The Opening Maiden race is sponsored by Tony Glynn Scaffolding and could well be divided on the day with 27 entered. Entry Artic Millie looks to be another ride for jockey Millie Wonnacott here and could be competitive with previous place form, they may be taken on by entry Song Of The Hunter under Will Biddick for Trainer and Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone, the horse had place form before heading over from Ireland. Young O’Leary ran second at the Barbury course in December for the Ian Prichard team and holds the highest rating, whilst Baigngard for Fergus Gilllard, Outonparole(John Heard) also look interesting debutants, and Suzie Suzie Staples is a worthy each way bet on previous place form when second at the Flete Park meeting for trainer Stuart Sampson.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/pp1ppp- AULD SPORT (IRE) 32 Richard Morgan
4/pup44- CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 29?
Michael Sweetland
f5p/2132- FIVE GOLD BARS (IRE) 37 Robert Hawker
21/6226p- GERTIES GARTER 35 Ed Walker
1/-2 GIO’S GIRL 34+ Ed Walker
12u15-4 MERCHANT HOUSE (IRE) 35 Leslie Jefford
p68pp3-p MILITARY MISCHIEF (IRE) 27? Jane Western
u3p3/5/1- NOBODYDOESITBETTER 34 Andrew Jackson
*548//p32- OSCAR MOR (IRE) 36 Jade Barber
p55f123- RIVERS END (IRE) NR Kieren Buckley
*0007/-3 THE MINKLE (IRE) 29+ Anthony Fear
/p4234/1- TRULY SPOKEN 34 Sally Alner

Preview extract

In the Stanley Carpets-sponsored Restricted race Gio’s Girl stands out for Ottery based-trainer Ed Walker having won her maiden at Flete Park under Will Biddick and has already clocked up a creditable second at Wadebridge behind Neetside first time out this season in December. Oscar Mor(Jade Barber) clocked up a two length second to Earth Leader at Little Windsor also in December. The ex Irish import Nobodydoesitbetter won his maiden last season by a healthy 12 lengths for the Andrew Jackson team.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/145231-3 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
3p423up- BENEFICIAL JOE (IRE) 36 Jason Warner
1151/1p1- CAID DU BERLAIS (FR) 48 Rose Loxton
*3/112114- CROWN OF THORNS 42+ Sarah Pidsley
12/21u13- DICKY BOB 45 Verity Nicholls
*657522-f DILIGENT (FR) 38? Mary Sanderson
*/831243- DOC CARVER (IRE) NR Dennis Pugh
23/p4p4-1 FRELIA (IRE) 42 David Gibbs
12/21321- HEANEY (IRE) 43
Claire Wonnacott
/23/41-222 HELLO GEORGE (IRE) 43 Will Biddick
p5/1111- HIGHWAY JEWEL (IRE) 39 David Gibbs
/123222-p IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE) 40 Mary Tory
3ppp3p-6 JABOLTISKI (SPA) 32 Melanie Dixon
11/11212- MARCLE RIDGE (IRE) 44 Sam Jukes
80/fpf023- MODEL CLOUD (IRE) 37? Reg Hopkins
21/114-3p RADDON TOP (IRE) 39 Leslie Jefford
*/05u40/- SILSOL (GER) NR Will Biddick
22112111- SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 41
Dean Summersby
67361433- TIGER SAM (IRE) 34 Laura Hurley
*7p/11-1p WATERLOO WARRIOR (IRE) 38 Jake Slatter
11/61121- WIND TOR 43 Edward Walker
*12/3p89- WISHICOULD (IRE) NR
Gordon Chambers

Preview extract

The feature race of the day will be the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Mixed Open race which has an entry from in-form trainer Rose Loxton with Caid Du Berlais, a winner of all of his six Points to date and a Hunter Chase winner at Punchestown for the past two seasons, he sets the standard here if by passing the Larkhill meeting the day before. Local trainer Claire Wonnacott will be hoping her entry Heaney will go well for daughter Millie to ride. Millie Wonnacott will still be on a high from her win on Fingerontheswitch at Kempton Park last weekend. She has previously won a Hunter Chase at Exeter on Heaney, the combination have won four of his nine starts in Points and placed second or third in the remaining five. Crown of Thorns out of the Sarah Pidsley yard won his Restricted race at this course last season, he looks again to have the booking of reigning champion Will Biddick aboard and could be considered. Silsol has decent form under rules having won over 128k and is a ride here for Ella Orttewell, who was a winning combination with There’s No Panic last season. Silsol looks to have potential to get her back in the winners enclosure again. Marcle Ridge is another to catch the eye having won a Hunter Chase at Cheltenham in May although is another to hold an entry at Larkhill on Saturday, and the entry of multiple point winner Soul Kaliber for Darren Edwards and team Summersby who are also in form should make this race one not to be missed.

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Race 4 – Veteran Conditions Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/145231-3 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
45p5242p- BEUVRON (FR) 38? Sam Holdsworth
3171/2///- BRADLEY BROOK (IRE) 40? Nicola Martin
*11/606-p CHICORIA (IRE) 30? Chloe Boxall
*56/35-pf DICK DARSIE (IRE) 00? Rachel Bartlett
12/21u13- DICKY BOB 45 Verity Nicholls
*7/4/pp6- HAVE A GO HERO (IRE) NR Kirstin Mellor
*75076-pp HOLEINTHEWALL BAR(IRE) 22
Tracey Barfoot-Saunt
22431/-f4 INCH ROCK (IRE) 39? Ed Walker
//p4p835- MERRION SQUARE (IRE) 33
Christopher Barber
*12p5/pp- MILLANSIE BOY NR Neil McLean
11p/24p3- NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin
5f3342p0- O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Hannah Welch
3-5p321-p RYE CROSS (IRE) 43 Sam Jukes
22112111- SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 41
Dean Summersby
1/48237-4 SPANISH ARCH (IRE) 40 Victoria Sollitt
*p211pp/- TALK OF THE SOUTH (IRE) NR
Gordon Chambers
*7/50pp- THE IBBSTER (IRE) NR
Alexandra Goodman
*3ffp/p-3 THREE FACES WEST (IRE) 39 Bethen Childs
*32202p-p THUMB STONE BLUES (IRE) 34 Byron Moorcroft
534432-2 TRAVERTINE (IRE) 34 Bobby Thomas
5/93pp*7- TULSA JACK (IRE) NR
John Smith-Maxwell
17/2422- UNIONEAST (FR) 40 Will Biddick

Preview extract

There is a race here sponsored by The Jockey Club and Retraining of Racehorses Veteran Horse Conditions race for older horses. This could be a battle between two popular greys, Dicky Bob, well known in the area and has won 14 of his starts to date, including a treble at this course for Dartmoor trainer Verity Nicholls. They could be taken on by another stylish winning grey Unioniste, now trained by Will Biddick to be ridden by Connor Houlihan. Unioniste is owned by David Maxwell and could again be targeted at Hunter Chases in which he has won three and finished runner up on four occasions. He has won over 176k under Rules when in training with champion trainer Paul Nicholls, which include a win at Cheltenham in 2012 when ridden by Paul’s nephew Harry Derham, who is now his assistant trainer.

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Race 5 – 7 years + Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4224/3pp- ALWAYS ON THE BALL (FR) NR Chloe Boxall
54432fp-7 ATTACOTTI (IRE) 33 Pauline Geering
540224-f BEST TO COME (IRE) 27? Byron Moorcroft
*0-/r4f- BET ON BETTY 25 Christine Gray
*2/44ppp- BOBONYX NR Emily Shepherd
*46/305-5 CHICAGO LADY (IRE) 14 Leslie Jefford
822/f37- CLASSICAL DAYTIME (IRE) 26? Mr Max Young
6/f5/5-2 CLEVER DES ASSENCE (FR) 30 Laura Parker
*345/4/- CYDERCOURT (IRE) NR Andrew Leyshon
*5-ff33/- DERRYHALE (IRE) NR Stuart Penny
p/-pf FOXY CHARLIE 0 Andrew Carter
Rp/-u GOTTAGOTTAGETAWAY(IRE) 0 Sam Jukes
64434-75 HERE COMES MOLLY (IRE) 24?
Tracey Barfoot-Saunt
*600/ppp- MAD FOR ACTION (IRE) 0 Abigail Lewis
7p2pp-f ON RAGLAN ROAD (FR) 00? Harriet Brown
5322/72/- PASCHALS DREAM (IRE) NR Daniel Bourne
*06600/p- PLAY WITH THE WIND NR Bobby Thomas
/u-p SCHEMLI PFLUMLI 0 Joe Tickle
*0/pp36- TARRYTOWN (FR) 29 Melanie Dixon
*0007/-3 THE MINKLE (IRE) 29+ Anthony Fear

Preview extract

The Open Maiden race for 7yrs and over is sponsored by The Favis of Salcombe, and has Barbury runner-up Clever des Assence for Minehead trainer Laura Parker entered, also third at Barbury The Minkle for trainer Antony Fear, and Chicago Lady who was eye catching until fading into fifth at Wadebridge in Dec for the Les Jefford team among the 20 entered.

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Race 6 – Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
3p34p1-40 BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 36? Leslie Jefford
25432113- BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 37
Dean Summersby
1/2p44/43- BRICKS AND BEAMS (IRE) 35
Linda Syckelmoore
2143R3-5 BRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE) 38 George Beilby
1132222-4 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39
Dean Summersby
31/4524-2 DAN’S WEE MAN 36 Peter Mason
1333511-5 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 37 Neil McLean
133ppp4-3 DRUID SPITFIRE 35 Robert Chanin
ff-24p261- JOURNEY JUICE 37 Ed Walker
2u-55121- LURE DES PRES (IRE) 37+ Mike Vanstone
25p/5/14- MAGHERAL EXPRESS (IRE) 37 Julie Mansell
5p/p3/11- MAHLER STYLE (IRE) 36 Alan Walter
41p/52-0 MICKY STARK 35? Zoe Hawkins
p2p2/471- MINIM MOUSE 39 Chloe Newman
12ur/2421- MISSYLADIE (FR) 37 Sam Holdsworth
11p/24p3- NORMAN CONQUEST 36? Robert Chanin
/4p3114-2 ROBIN WHY NOT (IRE) 37 Joe Tickle
55/321p-1 SHOMETHEWAY (IRE) 39+ Sam Jukes
/2p511/-p SWINCOMBE TOBY 36 Sally Alner

Preview extract

Finally up is the Exeter Racecoursesponsored Intermediate race, where Banco de Logo’s a winner of two last season at Trebudannon
and Upcott Cross for team Summersby hold a strong claim here. Along with Dan’s Wee Man (Peter
Mason) after his second at Ffos Las, and Magheral Express for trainer Julie Mansell an easy winner at
Monmouth last February, all hold decent form among the 19 entries.

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Preview: Modbury Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh on 19 January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three meetings scheduled to take place at the popular Buckfastleigh course this coming weekend is where the Modbury Harriers will host their meeting on Sunday 19th January. It is by kind permission of landowners Richard & Robert Cooper and the Dart Vale & South Pool Hunt, that the Modbury Harriers have been able to relocate at this popular track.

There are six races on offer with a start time of 12 noon, they have attracted over 120 quality entries.

The feature race of the day will be the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Mixed Open race which has an entry from in-form trainer Rose Loxton with Caid Du Berlais, a winner of all of his six Points to date and a Hunter Chase winner at Punchestown for the past two seasons, he sets the standard here if by passing the Larkhill meeting the day before. Local trainer Claire Wonnacott will be hoping her entry Heaney will go well for daughter Millie to ride. Millie Wonnacott will still be on a high from her win on Fingerontheswitch at Kempton Park last weekend. She has previously won a Hunter Chase at Exeter on Heaney, the combination have won four of his nine starts in Points and placed second or third in the remaining five. Crown of Thorns out of the Sarah Pidsley yard won his Restricted race at this course last season, he looks again to have the booking of reigning champion Will Biddick aboard and could be considered. Silsol has decent form under rules having won over 128k and is a ride here for Ella Orttewell, who was a winning combination with There’s No Panic last season. Silsol looks to have potential to get her back in the winners enclosure again. Marcle Ridge is another to catch the eye having won a Hunter Chase at Cheltenham in May although is another to hold an entry at Larkhill on Saturday, and the entry of multiple point winner Soul Kaliber for Darren Edwards and team Summersby who are also in form should make this race one not to be missed.

The Opening Maiden race is sponsored by Tony Glynn Scaffolding and could well be divided on the day with 27 entered. Entry Artic Millie looks to be another ride for jockey Millie Wonnacott here and could be competitive with previous place form, they may be taken on by entry Song Of The Hunter under Will Biddick for Trainer and Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone, the horse had place form before heading over from Ireland. Young O’Leary ran second at the Barbury course in December for the Ian Prichard team and holds the highest rating, whilst Baigngard for Fergus Gilllard, Outonparole(John Heard) also look interesting debutants, and Suzie Suzie Staples is a worthy each way bet on previous place form when second at the Flete Park meeting for trainer Stuart Sampson.

In the Stanley Carpets-sponsored Restricted race Gio’s Girl stands out for Ottery based-trainer Ed Walker having won her maiden at Flete Park under Will Biddick and has already clocked up a creditable second at Wadebridge behind Neetside first time out this season in December. Oscar Mor((Jade Barber) clocked up a two length second to Earth Leader at Little Windsor also in December. The ex Irish import Nobodydoesitbetter won his maiden last season by a healthy 12 lengths for the Andrew Jackson team.

There is a race here sponsored by The Jockey Club and Retraining of Racehorses Veteran Horse Conditions race for older horses. This could be a battle between two popular greys, Dicky Bob, well known in the area and has won 14 of his starts to date, including a treble at this course for Dartmoor trainer Verity Nicholls. They could be taken on by another stylish winning grey Unioniste, now trained by Will Biddick to be ridden by Connor Houlihan. Unioniste is owned by David Maxwell and could again be targeted at Hunter Chases in which he has won three and finished runner up on four occasions. He has won over 176k under Rules when in training with champion trainer Paul Nicholls, which include a win at Cheltenham in 2012 when ridden by Paul’s nephew Harry Derham, who is now his assistant trainer.

The Open Maiden race for 7yrs and over is sponsored by The Favis of Salcombe, and has Barbury runner-up Clever des Assence for Minehead trainer Laura Parker entered, also third at Barbury The Minkle for trainer Antony Fear, and Chicago Lady who was eye catching until fading into fifth at Wadebridge in Dec for the Les Jefford team among the 20 entered.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, where Banco de Logo’s a winner of two last season at Trebudannon and Upcott Cross for team Summersby hold a strong claim here. Along with Dan’s Wee Man (Peter Mason) after his second at Ffos Las, and Magheral Express for trainer Julie Mansell an easy winner at Monmouth last February, all hold decent form among the 19 entries.

The course has two other major sponsors , MST and Ashburton Motor Works who also make the meeting possible along with many smaller local companies. The track is easily located alongside the A38 at Dean Prior TQ11 OLT. Fabulous track-side viewing is on offer along with a catering marquee, licensed bar with real ale,locally sourced food, trade stands and on course bookies to enjoy a flutter whilst spending a day in the country. Entry fee is £10 per person under 16’s free, Dogs on leads welcome.

A full fixture list for both Devon & Cornwall and Wessex area, can be obtained by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP MODBURY & STEVENSTONE

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP

MODBURY HARRIERS & STEVENSTONE

It was another busy pointing weekend with trips from near the South Devon coast to North Devon to cover the Devon & Cornwall area meetings with a Sunday dash to Holnicote in between.

Plenty of bookies (16) and plenty of punters at Flete Park for the Modbury, but again not too many runners despite near perfect ground. (too many point to points crammed into a short time)

Winners still take some finding and it took me until the last race on Saturday before I relieved our intrepid layers of any cash. My first act of stupidity that day was to take a very short price on Thewinnertakeitall (4-5/10-11) in the opener. I had reckoned that second favourite Where’s Wilma (5-2 to 7-4) had under performed lately, but this did not stop her from taking this Maiden with nothing else in sight in the home straight. My good thing trailed in third.

So I had to draw breath a bit and missed joining the nice little gamble on Goldbury (7’s to 5’s) in the Restricted. She only just scrambled home by a head under the talented Natalie Parker, as Bryan Carver threw everything at Lure Des Pres (10-1) before going down by a head

There’s No Panic (solid 4-6 fav) cantered home in the four miler to give Ella Ortterwell her second winner on this 14-year-old. Start Royal (13-8)is a year older than There’s No Panic with 29 wins to his credit, but the old boy, who had travelled from Oxfordshire, faded from the top of the hill and was pulled up.

The layers were well aware of The Last But One’s form, and with Will Biddick flying back from his winner in Ireland on the previous night, he was virtually unbackable (1-4 , 2-7) when favoured by the weights in the Conditions race. He had 25 lengths in hand passing the judge. I must remember that an odds on winner is better than a 50-1 loser.

The Hunt Novice Riders’ was an extraordinary contest. The eventual winner Syracuse’s Dream (7-4 to 6-4 fav) was out with the washing with less than half a mile to go (would have traded at 500 on the exchanges) , but somehow young Michael Treneer got him going for his first winning ride, and he flew past O’Maonlai (9-4 to 2-1}, ridden by his cousin Tamby Welch, inside the last 75 yards.

Tango Charlie (7-4) made a successful jumping debut to beat Cottage Rose (5-4/11-8 fav) in the four-runner young horses Maiden. The winner looks a nice sort and had run well in the Wilton bumper.

So we came to the getting out stakes – the Confined. Some of the faces jumped in at short odds on Wind Tor, but Predestined was cut from 7-1 to half that price and The Dapper Fox (2-1) attracted his usual support. Wind Tor went from 4-5 to 5-4 so on this occasion patience was a virtue. The 5-4 got my losses back so it was fish and chips on the long journey home.

I always enjoy the Stevenstone meeting on the early bank holiday in May – whatever that bank holiday is called. It has a relaxed atmosphere and the viewing is good.

It was a pleasant day at Vauterhill, but the afternoon began with a walk over – the third hunt race walk over I have seen in the past five weeks. The 12 bookies offered very fair prices for the real races which saw a promising mare by Mahler open the action in the Restricted. She was called Mahler Style and after I had noted early 8-1 her odds dropped like a stone to 7-4. I think I know who the most successful punter was, but it wasn’t me. Stefan Kirwan gave the winner a good ride to score quite impressively, as Bob Along Mahler (12’s to 10’s) fought on well. Cornflower Blue (7-2 to 3’s) was a bit disappointing in third.

The useful mare River Myth had walked over and turned out again for the Mixed Open where she faced only one opponent Peterbrown (2-1). River Myth (1-5) was always in command and clocked up her fifth win of the season.
My only bet of the day was in the Intermediate. Skinflint looked the goods at evens and was eventually forced into 8-11. Bryan Carver was content to stalk Ryves Rocky (5-4 to 2’s) until pouncing at the last. The winner can progress again.

It was good to see Upton Funk (Mervyn Woodward) win the Mares race. Owner/trainer David Rogers still rides her out at age 83 and has been a fixture in the area for ages. The mare had run well on her seasonal debut at Kilworthy and got the better of Willaldo (5-4 fav).

Jockey Merv Woodward is another area stalwart and completed a double when Ichifoot (11-10 was the best price I saw) stormed home by 30 lengths in the concluding Open maiden). This gelding had an unusual point-to-point background as he started life on the flat in California. He relished the quick ground.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 11th May 2019 Minehead Harriers and West Somerset Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May 2019 Four Burrow Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP 1st Race 2.00pm
  • 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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Report: Modbury Harriers and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co. Ltd Point-To-Point, Saturday 4th May 2019

Written by Donna Harris

Will Biddick flew back from his Hunter Chase victory celebrations at Punchestown, in time to score a double at the Modbury Harriers and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd meeting held at Flete Park on Saturday. Having reached his milestone of clocking up the most ever wins by a jockey in Point-to-Points, Will is now eyeing up the National Championship title again. The first part of his double came when steering home the Tom Malone owned and trained The Last But One in the Marchand Petit-sponsored Conditions race. Having kicked on from three fences from home, the combination had no challengers in the four runner race and went on to win by 25 lengths. “The race distance suited him and with no penalties.” quoted the well known bloodstock agent, who added “We may possibly look at Ladies races at Hereford or Stratford next.”

Will Biddick & Tango Charlie
Will Biddick & Tango Charlie
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

The second part of the Biddick double came when he got the leg-up on the four-year old promising gelding Tango Charlie, for Robert Chanin in the Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds. Tom Chanin unable to make the weight and Will was offered the ride by joint owner Hugh Ellis who was delighted with the win. “My wife Juliet is currently in hospital and I hope this gives her a great boost.” Tango Charlie is owned by the Stone Valley Racing Club and they look to have an exciting youngster here having taken this race by an impressive twelve lengths.

Local jockey Michael Treneer clocked up a win on his mothers owned and trained Syracuse’s Dream in the Members race for Novice riders, which had been sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. It was a battle between two cousins at the finish with Tamby Welch leading for much of the race on O’Maonlai, but his cousin Micheal Treneer managed to keep Syracuse’s Dream up to his work to score by two lengths in a thrilling finish. “ He has matured a lot, and we hope he can now progress to Intermediate level.” commented his delighted owner/trainer Deborah Treneer.

The Not So Innocent partnership’s Where’s Wilma took the opening Tony Glynn Scaffolding-sponsored Open Maiden race under jockey Matt Hampton for trainer Michael Watson. Where’s Wilma had shown promise early on in the season and had no problem tackling the course here with a distant win. The Loxbeare (Tiverton) based trainer was pleased with the mare’s improvement quoting “She had pulled a hamstring and we had to give her time to recover.”

Wurzell Weddings sponsored the Restricted race in which the young mare Goldbury came back to form when winning under jockey Natalie Parker, for her mother Tracey. The six-year old mare was another looking progressive at the start of the season until pulling up in a race at Milbourne St Andrew in March. “We were concerned about her so had our vets scope her and take some bloods, which revealed an infection. We are happy she is back to herself.” explained Tracey Parker.

In the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co-sponsored 4m Ladies Open race There’s No Panic repeated his win here two weeks ago for young jockey Ella Orttewell, putting up another stunning front running performance and pleasing his backers. Owner/trainer Mike Biddick teased the young jockey about following instructions, but Ella new she had to take on the prolific winning gelding Start Royal from the Alan Hill team. “ We just kicked on after the ditch and I knew he was travelling well, I thought they were closer as I hadn’t looked back.” she explained. Ella will soon be leaving college and is looking forward to working full time at Will Biddick’s pre-training yard in Alhampton. Ella was also awarded the trophy for the Leading Novice rider at the two Flete Park meetings, which was a great achievement after only her fourth ever ride in Point-to-Points.

There's No Panic & Ella Orttewell
There’s No Panic & Ella Orttewell
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Finally the Dial-A-Shed confined race went the way of the Otter Clubs Wind Tor for Devon based trainer Ed Walker, under jockey Josh Newman. Seven had set off at the start, with jockey Josh Newman keeping the mare handy in mid division, until finding plenty three out and exerting over the last for a twelve length victory. Pleasing the crowd having been sent off the 5/4 favourite. Speaking on behalf of the Otter Club Ken Edwards quoted “ We can’t believe how lucky we have been with her, we were entered at Exeter but thought the going may not be to her liking, we could run again this season if some rain arrives.”

It is the last time the Modbury Harriers will run their meeting at Flete Park, as they are joining the Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers next season. The course will just be the Dartmoor from then on.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 11th May 2019 Minehead Harriers and West Somerset Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May 2019 Four Burrow Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP 1st Race 2.00pm
  • 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: Modbury Harriers and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co. Ltd Point-To-Point, Saturday 4th May 2019

GOING: Good

OPEN MAIDEN (TONY GLYNN SCAFFOLDING)

1 Wheres Wilma (Matt Hampton) 7-4 led three out, soon well clear
2 Suzie Staples (Darren Andrews) 4-1 handy, regained 2nd flat
3 Thewinnertakeitall (Darren Edwards)10-11 fav prom til outpaced three out
6 ran; dist; short head; 6m 46s

RESTRICTED (WURZELL WEDDINGS)

1 Goldbury (Natalie Parker) 5-1 prom, led after two out, held on well
2 Lure Des Pres (Bryan Carver) 10-1 challd two out, ran on well, just held
3 St Denys (Keagan Kirkby) 20-1 ran on to take 3rd apprg last
7 ran; head; 3l; 6m 48s

OPEN 4 MILES (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES CO) LADIES

1 Theres No Panic (Ella Orttewell) 4-6 fav led 5th, inchallenged
2 Le Clo de la Londe (Emma Watson) 9-2 went 2nd three out, no chance with wnr
3 ran; dist; 8m 6s

CONDITIONS (MARCHAND PETIT) 2m 4f

1 The Last But One (Will Biddick) 2-7 fav led four out, soon clear, easily
2 Carrigkerry (Paul John) 7-1 went 2nd after three out
3 Kapoukapap (Jake Bament) 6-1 not reach ldrs
4 ran; 25l; 12l; 5m 21s

HUNT NOVICE RIDERS (BREWIN DOLPHIN)

1 Syracuses Dream (Michael Treneer) 6-4 fav behind four out, strong run to lead flat
2 O’Maonlai (Tamby Welch) 2-1 led 8th til; headed flat
3 Bay to Go (James Armstrong) 5-2 in touch, every chance til apprg last
4 ran; 2l; 1 1,2l; 6m 48s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6YO 2M 4F (WAYCOTTS)

1 Tango Charlie (Will Biddick) 7-4 led three out, easily
2 Cottage Rose (Bryan Carver) 2-1 fav led til no extra three out
4 ran only two finished; 12l; 5m 30s

CONFINED (DIAL A SHED)

1 Wind Tor (Josh Newman) 5-4 fav led after two out, stayed on well
2 Beuvron (Bryan Carver) 16-1 handy, took 2nd near finish
3 Ballyhowne (Tom Chanin) 7-1 led 13th
6 ran; 12,; 2l; 6m 46s

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Entries: Modbury Harriers and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co. Ltd Point-To-Point, Saturday 4th May 2019

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

Going Update

The going is currently good and being watered to maintain.

(Updated Friday 3rd May 2019 at 14:32)

Ground currently Good, Forecast Overcast & Drizzle until Wednesday. Will water Thursday and Friday if necessary to maintain. Pavillion & Far bends will be moved to fresh ground, although in great condition from the last meeting

(Updated Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 09:00)

Ready to enter for Flete on May 4? The ground was rolled after racing by PJ Rogers and looks fantastic this morning!

Updated Sunday 21tst April at 13:21)

Preview extract:

The Modbury Harriers together with the Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company host their meeting on Saturday 4th May, at the popular party course known as Flete Park, near Ermington. Land owner Anthony Mildmay-White has kindly sponsored the Pony racing which heads up the action at 1pm with the main seven race card off at 2pm. 67 entries have been received.

The course has a natural amphitheatre style, with bank-side viewing ideal for car picnics. There will be a host of trade-stands together with hot and cold refreshments including the popular local Surfing Cow Ice cream stand.  Also a tented bar together with on course bookies for those wanting a bet to add to the fun of their day. The course is located at Ermington near Ivybridge, PL21 9NX. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.


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 – Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 -p CHIPS FOR FREE (IRE) 0 Joe Tickle
2 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
3 /u3-p GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
4 -5 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 29+ Ed Walker
5 -p QUAYTOSTORYBROOK 0 Elizabeth Little
6 ppppp-6ps ROKAZO (IRE) 5 Deborah Treneer
7 4/450-505 SHADOW BLUE (IRE) 24 Amanda Maller
8 *9/0-464 SUZIE STAPLES 24 Stuart Sampson
9 -p5 TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson
10 -32f THEWINNERTAKEITALL(IRE) 33 Dean Summersby
11 2p4-22434 WHERE’S WILMA 32 Michael M. Watson

Results

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

Preview extract

Glynn Scaffolding sponsor the Open maiden race which heads up the main action. Minella Beag (Ed Walker) has the benefit of a mares weight allowance and also possible booking of Will Biddick to ride, who having broken the all time Pointing record, will now be looking to win the National gentlemen title. Thewinnertakeitall (Dean Summersby) has shown promise with place form and was an unlucky faller when close up at Cherrybrook.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 1*9-523p4 ALICE’S STAR 35? Robert Chanin
2 34252-p41 COULD BE BETTER (IRE) 35+ Stuart Sampson
3 3u4-7321 DANCING DAVE (IRE) 35+ Ed Walker
4 pf344-12p GOLDBURY (IRE) 35 Tracy Parker
5 21/ff-24p2 JOURNEY JUICE 36 Ed Walker
6 5u2u-551 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 32 Mike Vanstone
7 *60-24p53 NATIVE GAMUT (IRE) 34 Heidi Lewis
8 p5175/-7u ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Michael Biddick
9 /15-p6u1 THE ROESTONE (IRE) 35+ Robert Chanin

Results

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

Preview extract

Worswell Weddings sponsor the Restricted race in which recent Little Windsor winner Could Be Better (Stuart Sampson) looks progressive, along with Dancing Dave (Ed Walker) dead heated at the last meeting here. Lure de Pres (Mike Vanstone) stayedon well to win by a neck at Badbury, whilst Goldbury (Tracey Parker) looked impressive when winning at Wadebridge and could bounce back from a poor run at Milborne St Andrew.

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Race 3 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 1*9-523p4 ALICE’S STAR 35? Robert Chanin
2 231-11131 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42 Dean Summersby
3 2u8-58531 IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 40 Lee Glanville
4 *u41p-111 JACK SNIPE 44+ Robert Hawker
5 r153-6743 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
6 13-66pu24 SNUKER 35 Bronwen Hurley
7 p5175/-7u ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Michael Biddick
8 5331-2133 START ROYAL (FR) 41 Alan Hill
9 1121/2-451 THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 41 Michael Biddick
10 122125-3u VELVET COGNAC 39? Alan Hill
11 *9p805/- WOODFORD COUNTY Molly White

Results

Place Number Distances Time
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2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co-sponsored 4m Ladies Open looks to be the feature of the day being a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Final at Stratford-on-Avon at the end of May. The eleven entries include Jack Snipe (Robert Hawker) a winner of four races under rules and already on a season treble with his latest win coming at Milborne St Andrew. Jack Snipe also holds an entry at Holnicote on Sunday, which could leave the door open for two veterans to note, Start Royal (Alan Hill) an impressive winner of 27 Points to date plus two Hunter Chase races. Another  veteran to note is the Ladies winner here at the last meeting There’s No Panic for trainer Mike Biddick. Ella Orttewell took the Ladies Open race here at the Dartmoor meeting on There’s No Panic with a bold front running tactic, and could well repeat that form again here and give Ella her second win. It’s A Steal is another entry who could run well for local family the Glanville’s, with mother Lee training for daughter Pippa to ride and hopefully improve on their Members race win at this track two weeks ago. Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) could also turn up to join in the party and would be a worthy challenger having clocked up four wins this season.

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Race 4 – Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 5340/f-ppp ANOLYSSE MORINIERE (FR) 24? Janet Ackner
2 fpppf-pp1p AULD SPORT (IRE) 32 Richard Morgan
3 ppu57p-74 CARRIGKERRY (IRE) 20? Andrew Congdon
4 pp5-ppp42 DANVINNIE 26? Deborah Treneer
5 p236-pp43 KAPOUPAKAP (FR) 34? Gordon Chambers
6 5662-5f334 O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Hannah Welch
7 5044-3611 PURPLE ‘N GOLD 42 Leslie Jefford
8 2-1112221 THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) 43 Thomas Malone

Results

Place Number Distances Time
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2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Marchand Petit-sponsored Conditions race is for horses having won a race under rules, and this could see the Tom Malone owned and trained The Last But One turn up after his neck win at Stafford Cross last weekend. This race is only two miles and four furlongs which should suit the gelding, along with equal weights. Purple’N Gold is also entered for the Les Jefford team and should put up another game effort having won Opens at both Cotley and Trebudannon this season under jockey Millie Wonnacott.

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Race 5 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 2p5pp-7p5 AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE) 35 Alice Mills
2 5/f4513-4 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37 Patricia Armstrong
3 312-21321 HEANEY (IRE) 43 Claire Wonnacott
4 5662-5f334 O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Hannah Welch
5 p3-p337f6 SKYLANDER (IRE) 35 Sam Holdsworth
6 5-4472353 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 37 Deborah Treneer

Results

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

Preview extract

Millie Wonnacott has another chance here today with her family owned Heaney in the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Members race. The combination stayed on well at Exeter last month winning the Hunter Chase.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden for Four, Five and Six year olds Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
2 f243-fppp EOLE D’UN REGARD (FR) 00? Deborah Treneer
3 EZILANA (FR) Sam Holdsworth
4 -43 I PREFERE DIAMONDS (IRE) 26 Robert Chanin
5 /pp6-5ub JAZZ UP THE BEAT 16? Victoria Sleep
6 -5 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 29+ Ed Walker
7 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
8 -p5 TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson
9 -s2 TANGO CHARLIE (IRE) 25 Robert Chanin

Results

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

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In the Waycotts-sponsored Open Maiden race for four, five and six-year-olds, Cottage Rose (John Heard) could improve on her second here at the Dartmoor meeting. Also the two Robert Chanin entries Tango Charlie with his second at Milborne St Andrew, and I Prefer Diamonds having run into third also at the Milborne St Andrew track, could both be capable of improvement.

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Race 7 – Confined Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 4053-u843 BALLYCULLA (IRE) 35 Mike Vanstone
2 1434-1452 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 39 Robert Chanin
3 2p-45p524 BEUVRON (FR) 36? Sam Holdsworth
4 33-133351 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 37 Neil McLean
5 2u8-58531 IT’S A STEAL (IRE) 40 Lee Glanville
6 233-33311 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
7 r153-6743 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
8 5662-5f334 O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Hannah Welch
9 2/122-3pp1 PREDESTINED (IRE) 37 Gordan Chambers
10 p113-5423 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford
11 7pp-2141 SKINFLINT (IRE) 38+ Gerard Supple
12 32-515522 THE DAPPER FOX 40 Jack Veysey
13 p211-6112 WIND TOR 43 Ed Walker

Results

Place Number Distances Time
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Finally up is  the Dial A Shed-sponsored Confined race in which Kernel Victor holds an entry, having won at Upcott last weekend Kernel Victor (Ed Walker) gave Will Biddick his record breaking ride, and could again add to his season total. Skin Flint(Gerry Supple) also won last weekend, his win came at Stafford Cross when he came home the eight length winner of the Restricted race under Bryan Carver. Wind Tor is another entry out  of the Ed Walker yard who could challenge and improve on her second here two weeks ago under Josh Newman.

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