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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – MODBURY HARRIERS 16 JAN 2022

After almost two years since the last fixture at Buckfastleigh, it was good to be back there, with a strong line of 11 bookies and a keen crowd of point-to-point enthusiasts. Some familiar big hitting punters have sadly departed in the interim, but there was still a vibrant atmosphere about the ring.

One of the faces still about was up and down the line backing Will Biddick’s mount Next One Please (forced from 6-4 into 4-5) in the opener. This rangy debutant made a bold bid, but was done with after the penultimate. He will atone on better ground. The winner His Own Star (5’s into 7-2) relished the heavy ground. This five -year-old had good placed form on soft ground in France, including cross country races, and improved for his British pointing debut last month at Barbury Castle. He looks a good prospect for the Stuart Sampson yard and gave Darren Andrews his 50th pointing winner. Others to note out of this Maiden are the Soldier of Fortune mare Summerleaze (8-1) who was prominent all the way, and Get on Ron (7’s to 6’s), who fluffed the second last when poised to challenge.

The Restricted favourite Fountains Chief (4-5 to evens) had taken a very early fall at Wadebridge last week, but got as far as the last fence here before exiting to a tired looking fall. His form behind Truckers Pass at the Cornwall Club was gilt edged though, and I would not give up on the six-year-old yet despite the fact that he is fast becoming the bookies best friend. The winner Stevan Steel (5-2 to 2’s) is game and gallops all day. The mount of Darren Edwards, he was left solo at the last.

Chameron (4-6 to 6-4 ) and Hazzaar (2’s to 6-4) started joint favourites for the four runner Mixed Open . Chameron has taken a while to get his act together this season (beat Cousin Pascal in a Leicester hunter chase last year) and was none too fluent here. Ben Sutton survived losing an iron at the last before drawing away in the home straight. Runner up Hazzaar (Tommie O’Brien) , a former Ascot bumper winner, was trying three miles for the first time. He ran well until his stamina gave out and can be noted for a short hunter chase. Danseur du Large (5’s into 7-4) stays well and kept on late under Chloe Emsley.

Molineaux (6-4 to 5-4 fav) jumped really well to give 16-year-old Freddie Gingell his first pointing winner in the Veteran Horses Conditions race. He looks a grand schoolmaster and can set up a sequence in this type of race. Although well beaten behind Molineaux here, Blakerigg (100-7) stayed on well. He was winning races for Nicky Richards three years ago and has joined a shrewd yard.

The punters were in full swing by now and got stuck in again as Jeremy Central (2’s to 6-4), under a confident Biddick waiting ride, strode clear to win the older horses maiden. Bought only recently by Tom Malone at an online auction, the winner had been unlucky when ridden by a claimer in Irish points. Honest Opinion (9-2) ran her usual solid race to finish second (placed on eight occasions), and Pyleigh Court (33’s to 20’s) recovered from a serious blunder at half way to finish a staying on third.
The pay out queues were even longer after the last race as Famous Clermont (4-5 from 4-6) won hard held to defy a 5lbs penalty. Trained by the in-form Christopher Barber, the seven-year-old completed a double for Will Biddick and capped a difficult afternoon for the layers. Hotel du Nord (10-1) stuck to his task well to finish runner up under Charlie Sprake.

I am pleased to say that I joined the pay out queues four times during the afternoon. Last week’s Wadebridge Point-To-Point losses recovered with interest.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

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REPORT: MODBURY HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 16th JANUARY 2022

“Ghosts of men that here have ridden
Gather at the post unbidden,
Waiting till the old flag falls;
Hear the rattled guard-rails quiver
As they rush them, game as ever!”

From the poem Aintree Calls by William Henry Ogilvie, 1869 – 1963

The old decaying grandstand still looks out forlornly over Buckfastleigh racecourse, now unused and camouflaged by vegetation, but a proud sentinel of days gone by.

A double for Will Biddick and a first winner over jumps for Freddie Gingell were two of the highlights of the card at the first of three meetings scheduled for Buckfastleigh this season.

15mm of overnight rain meant the going had become heavy, soft in places, but a dry afternoon brought out a massive crowd at this historic Devon venue.

Biddick’s double was initiated when the well fancied Jeremy Central stayed on strongly to beat 15 rivals in the Maiden for seven-year-olds and over sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages. “Jumping out of the ground was hard,” remarked the leading rider of this well made gelding, who had recent good placed efforts in Ireland to his name. Taunton bloodstock agent owner/trainer Tom Malone described his seven-year-old as, “ A lovely honest staying chaser in the making,” confiding that he had this race in mind when buying the gelding by Jeremy at an online auction recently. Bloodstock agents don’t buy horses to look at so Jeremy Central is sure to progress and is likely to find a new home soon.

After fracturing his ankle in a fall last May, Will Biddick is already making a strong bid to secure his eighth National jockeys title, and rounded of a good day by riding his 13th winner of the season on Famous Clermont in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Despite carrying a 5lbs penalty this progressive seven-year-old won on the bit under a typically stylish Biddick ride. Christopher Barber trains the winner at Seaborough  for a small syndicate and remarked, “We bought him as a four-year-old at Goffs for only £5,000 and the plan is to go for an Intermediate final at either Exeter or Cheltenham.” The young trainer has plenty of ammunition waiting in the wings with a number of youngsters amongst the 20 strong inmates in his Dorset yard.

There were tears and smiles in a packed winner’s enclosure after Freddie Gingell had steered Molineaux home in the Jockey Club & Retraining of Racehorses Veteran Horse Conditions event. Freddie tragically lost his mother Kim, daughter of Colin Tizzard, to cancer in May 2020.  It was apt that Colin and Freddie’s father Dave were on hand to enjoy a rapturous reception as the young rider returned in the family colours after a stylish performance on his first point-to-point winner.  A prolific winning pony race rider with 56 wins, including at this track,  Freddie said, “I finish school in May. Molineaux is a really nice horse and I was proud to be sat on him”.  Colin, who had legged up his grandson, had trained the 11-year-old to his four wins under rules for John and Heather Snook and remarked, “This is a lovely horse. He is fast and accurate and the ideal schoolmaster. He could run every two weeks until he gets tired.”

Last season’s champion novice rider Ben Sutton, based with the Alan Hill yard,   partnered his second winner this season as Chameron strode clear on the run in to win the Totnes & Bridgetown Mixed Open. The Sam Loxton trained nine-year-old faced only three opponents with Hazzaar and Danseur Du Large chasing him home. The 22-yearold rider confessed that he had lost an iron at the last fence, which was fully three furlongs from the finish at the top of the hill, as the normal final fence in the straight was omitted.  Chameron runs in the colours of the jockey’s father, Nick, who was travelling abroad. Bruton trainer Sam Loxton has six horses in training and rides out Chameron, who could go hunter chasing in due course.

Darren Andrews rode his 50th point-to-point winner on five-year-old His Own Star, backed from 5’s into 7-2 ,in the two and a half miles Tony Glynn Scaffolding Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds. Andrews was content to follow the pace set by the favourite Next One Please and Summerleaze until hitting the front approaching the last. The winner had seven runs as a four-year-old in France in 2021 and was placed five times for David Cottin. His dam won a listed hurdle at Auteuil. He is one of eight pointers now in the care of Stuart Sampson, and runs in the colours of Uffculme owner Ron Alford who was enjoying his first winner. The trainer described his charge as, “ A kind, honest individual but is no great work horse at home.”

The successful jockey was denied a double as his mount Fountains Chief fell at the last when holding a narrow lead in the Stanley Carpets Restricted.  Stevan Steel was the only other horse of the six starters standing and was issuing a strong challenge at the time. Course winner Stevan Steel is trained at Bampton by Janet Ackner, who also owns the striking grey in conjunction with John Spall. “If only every horse was as genuine as he is. He has five gears but thinks he has six.” said the trainer. Successful jockey Darren Edwards reflected on, “ A strong stayer, honest and jumped well on today’s ground.”

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS – MODBURY HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH- 16th JANUARY 2022

GOING HEAVY, SOFT IN PLACES; 5th, 12th & 19th fence omitted race 3 onwards

OPEN MAIDEN FOUR TO SIX-YEAR-OLDS, 2 M 4F (SPONSOR TONY GLYNN SCAFFOLDING)

1 His Own Star (Darren Andrews) 7-2 prog 11th,strong run after two out, led last, ran on well, comf
2 Summerleaze (Jake Bament) 8-1 alwys leaders, mstk 11th, close 3rd two out, kept on
3 Get On Ron (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 tracked leaders, close up when mstk two out, no extra
9 ran; 7l;2l;;6m 5s


RESTRICTED (STANLEY CARPETS)

1 Stevan Steel (Darren Edwards) 2-1 made virtually all til headed apprg last, rallied and just 2nd when left alone last
6 ran; winner finished alone


MIXED OPEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY LTD)

1 Chameron (Ben Sutton) 6-4 jt fav led to 4th, close up, led when mstk 16th, mstk last, rallied to lead again by passing last, soon clear
2 Hazzaar (Tommie O’Brien) 6-4 jt fav well in touch, led after two out til headed by passing last, no extra
3 Danseur Du Large (Chloe Emsley) 7-4 narrow lead from 4th til 13th, disp three out, outpaced next
4 ran; 5l; 4l; 7m 12s

VETERAN HORSE CONDITIONS (JOCKEY CLUB & RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES)

1 Molineaux (Freddie Gingell) 5-4 fav keen hold, led 10th, forged clear three out, unchallenged
2 Blakerigg (Chloe Emsley) 14-1 midfield, stayed on well closing stages, took 2nd nr finish
3 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-4 alwys leaders, chased winner 15th, rdn & no impression from two out, lost 2nd flat
9 ran; distance; 10l; 7m 7s


OPEN MAIDEN – SEVEN- YEAR-OLDS PLUS (TOAD HALL COTTAGES)

1 Jeremy Central (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav steady hdwy three out, led by passing last, stayed on well
2 Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 9-2 tracked leaders, disp lead after two out, challenged last, no extra by passing last
3 Pyleigh Court (Conor Houlihan) 20-1 last when bad mistake 13th, good prog four out, stayed on well, promising
16 ran; 2 1/2l; 2 1/2l; 7m 14s


INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Famous Clermont (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav held up, smooth hdwy 16th, led apprg last bend, clear by passing last, won hard held, eased nr finish
2 Hotel Du Nord (Charlie Sprake) 10-1 led from third til headed apprg last bend, good effort
3 Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 4-1 chased leaders, every chance two out, wknd
9 ran 2 1/2l; 12l; 7m 17s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

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Preview: The Modbury Harriers Point-to-Point at Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16th January 2022

The Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day, and the area has to give a huge thanks to the sponsors, as they have supported the area throughout the Covid crises over the past two years. There are some highly rated ex-National Hunt legendary horses among the entries. Silsol a Grade 2 winning hurdle winner, now in training with Will Biddick, for owners the Orttewell family for talented young jockey Ella Orttewel to ride. Also two of the Sam Loxton-trained entries,  Samategal, a Grade 3 winner of the Greatwood Handicap chase at Newbury   who could give young jockey Olive Nicholls a winning ride here, along with Chameron, who had shown some decent form in France before heading over with wins at Garthorpe and Leicester. Trio For Rio could be the one to steal this if travelling down for the Clive Boultbee-Brooks team, having won a Hunter Chase a Cheltenham last season, his jockey Tommie O’Brien will be  keen to score here. Along with Envoy Special having won at Larkhill in December, for young trainer Christopher Barber, another showing his talent training in the pointing field.

The action kicks off at 12 noon, with the Tony Glynn-Scaffolding sponsored Open Maiden race for 4,5 and 6 year-olds, in which His Own Star (Stuart Sampson) could follow up on his second at Barbury, and had some previous decent place form. Between You And Me (Neil Mclean)  ran third at Chaddelsey Corbett last season. Next One Please could provide a pleasing winner for the Chris Barber team, and could go well on his debut run.

Stanley Carpets-sponsor the Restricted race, which could go the way of Fountains Chief for the Teresa Clark team, if recovering from his early fall at last weekends Wadebridge meeting. Catching the eye is Kings Quay for trainer Matt Hampton, having won his maiden last season by a creditable six-lengths at Cherrybrook, and Lagonda could be one of the outside raiders to figure, if following up on his five- lengths second at Larkhill in December for the James Ridley/Tommie O’Brien partnership.

The 10 year old and over Jockey Club – Retraining of Racehorses and Veteran Condition race follows, which looks equally thrilling. Blackwater Bramble for the Alexandra Dunn team won at this course in December 2018, following that up with two Larkhill wins. However the eye is drawn to Molineaux for young jockey Freddie Gingell and team Tizzard, who could improve on their close second they achieved at Larkhill. That day behind Monsieur Gibraltar ridden by Oliver Nicholls. Here she could have the ride on Samategal, who is the highest rated, and if a clear round of jumping,  could give  jockey Olive Nicholls a win here, if connection chose this over the previous race and do not favour next weekends Larkhill meeting as an option. However entry  Silsol is another who could be switched to this race,  proving equally competitive, and give Ella Orttewell, a deserved win at this track.

Toad Hall Cottages sponsor the Open Maiden race for 7 year-olds and upwards in which Riding Shotgun is the highest rated, and will be high in the betting for the Laura Jones team. Bloodstock agent Tom Malone looks to have a hot entry with recent Irish purchase Jeremy Central. Honest Opinion is another catching the eye for the in form Dean Summersby team and could progress here.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, which holds a Hunter Chase entry at their finals in April. This looks equally competitive with Famous Clermont ( Chris Barber), Hotel Du Nord (Will Biddick) and Party Tunes (Dean Summersby) among those who the bookies will be juggling with.

This course offers fabulous viewing, easy access alongside the A38 at Dean Prior, hot food and refreshments along with a Real Ale bar and plenty of trade stands. Entry to the course is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course postcode is TQ11 OLT. Live streaming is available pointingdc.co.uk via eventbrite live streaming. Betting available by phoning Dave Phillips on 07810775119.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

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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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Previous Race List of Races Next Race

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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