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The cosy indoor betting ring at Wadebridge is a real bonus and favourite backers were soon in the lap of luxury with Port O’Clock (4-9 fav from 1-2) and Darren Edwards taking the opener. Broadclyst (evens fav) gave Anna Johnston her first winning ride in the next, making it look easy for us punters after just two races.

 Recent course winner Sykes (15-8 fav) topped the ratings in a good  Mixed Open, but the concession of 10lbs to the younger legs of Singapore Saga (6’s to 3’s) proved just too much for Nicky Martin’s grand veteran.  The winner jumped  quickly and accurately and was in command from four out. Wind Tor (6-1) did her best work in the closing stages to finish third and looks ready to add to her seven pointing wins. Frelia (5-1) lost third spot on the run in and although the Oscar mare gives Bradley Gibbs a hard time nowadays, she can add to her splendid record in the right class.

Darren Edwards is the top rider on the showground and landed the second leg of his treble on Sunday as Transition Period (evens fav) stepped up on his previous run to hold the sustained challenge of promising five-year-old Lighthouse Mill (3’s to 9-4) in what looked a good young horses Maiden. Red Cap (8-1) ran creditably after a long absence, and Sake of Secrecy (10-1) was going as well as any when nearly falling five out.

The eight bookies certainly got the result they needed in the four runner Restricted when hot favourite Fountains Chief (4-6 touched 1-2) blundered at the first then overjumped and fell at the next fence. This left Thewinnertakeitall (7-4 to 6-4) to hold a brave effort from Mustmeetforapint (5-1) to seal a treble for Darren Edwards.

The Dean Summersby yard was in top form and Ask The Lady (2-1 fav) looked the goods in the getting out stakes to give Darren Edward a four-timer. She weakened in the closing stages though, leaving the Bradley Gibbs ridden Ask Dai (9-2) to hold Arv Way There (25’s to 20’s) and Say About It (8-1.)

I had the opportunity to see the live streaming of the Wadebridge meeting a few days later and thought the camera coverage and the highly professional work of presenter Cornelius Lysaght was excellent. Stay at home enthusiasts were also treated to snippets of the betting ring with Simon Nott getting on screen insight from some of the bookies.    

 I expect that both of my readers are anxious to know how my Wadebridge wagers fared. Well let me explain in the typical words of a punter. I should have made a profit, but I didn’t. It was a great start with the first certainty Port O’Clock obliging, closely followed by a lovely even money jolly Broadclyst. I had selected Singapore Saga (6-1 into 3’s), but changed my mind on the day.  From then on it was a kamikaze mission as desperation set in. Too painful to relate. Never mind, there’s never a last race so on we go to Buckfastleigh this weekend with renewed zest.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN


“Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday’s dusting of snow.

From the poem January Morn by Nelda Hartmann

Top honours at the North Cornwall meeting on softish ground at Wadebridge on Sunday (9th January) were shared  between Darren Edwards, who rode a treble, Dean Summersby, who saddled three winners, and  John and Sonia Gardener who were involved  in various shapes and forms in the ownership of the successful trio.

Port O’Clock, in the joint ownership of John Gardener and Torben Hughes  started the ball rolling by making all the running to defeat his two opponents in the opening Moores St Wenn Ltd  Hunt race. “He has been a handful all his life but likes this ground and can go for an Intermediate next,” reported trainer Dean Summersby, who was  saddling his first winner of the season but has only had a few runners so far.   

It was the turn of six-year-old Transition Period to provide the second leg of the treble, carrying the well known colours of John and Sonia Gardener in the Heltor sponsored Maiden for young horses. Starting favourite, the gelding jumped better than at the pre-Christmas fixture on the showground to beat the promising Lighthouse Mill. Bought as a store in Ireland, Dean Summersby described his charge as, “a grand horse who has ability and some engine and has schooled perfectly at home.”

Reigning Devon & Cornwall area title holder Darren Edwards (has won that award four times) had to work hard on Transition Period to repel Lighthouse Mill, but in contrast was always travelling comfortably in notching his afternoon treble on Thewinnertakeitall in the Ferguson Nash Restricted. This time he sported Mike Bickell’s colours, and shook off young Chad Bament’s challenge on Mustmeetforapint in the home straight after odds-on favourite Fountains Cloud had crashed out at the second fence.  “We needed a bit of luck there. I was worried about the ground but he went through it well and keeps trying,” said the trainer who is based near Lifton, Devon.

 It is particularly pleasing for Westcountry pointing followers that 37-year-old Darren Edwards has recently taken up a directorship on the board of the Point to Point authority (PPA) . Hopefully he will not be lost to his busy race riding schedule and described his new appointment as, “very challenging in the current climate.”

It was the turn of another Darren in a quality field of eight in the Kivells sponsored Mixed Open. This was Darren Andrews, on the verge of a half century of point-to-point winners, who enjoyed a smooth success on the mare Singapore Saga. Sykes was well backed to repeat his December course win, but Darren Edwards was hard at work on Sykes at the cross fence three out and couldn’t peg back the game winner. The winning rider remarked , “She is a typical Midnight Legend, hangs left and right and not easy to steer round the bends. She is quick over her jumps though and is a possibility for hunter chases.”  Okehampton based John Heard, who trains the mare for a syndicate of six that includes John and Sonia Gardener, was reaching a training landmark of half a century of point-to-point winners with Singapore Saga. He bought the ex-Philip Hobbs mare at Goffs Doncaster sales last August and said, “She is a nice little horse but can be a bit quirky.” 

Sue Trump’s 10-year-old Broadclyst has been round the block a few times since winning his Maiden at Wadebridge just over four years ago. He just lasted home ahead of Field Exhibition to win the PPORA Conditions race under Ray Davies Foods sponsorship after idling badly with the race in the bag inside the last 100 yards. Now with Payhembury trainer Leslie Jefford,  Broadclyst was a first winning ride for 25-year-old Anna Johnston who said, “ He got a bit lonely out in front up the hill. I work full time now for Jane Williams and this was my third point-to-point ride.” Anna went on to finish fourth in a handicap hurdle for Jane Williams at Doncaster two days later.

Bradley Gibbs has made a good start to the season since moving from Wales to  his new training venture near Hatfield with fiancée Claire Sherriff. He partnered his ninth winner of the season when landing the concluding Tregawne Holiday Cottages Maiden on his father’s seven-year-old Ask Dai. The winner took over from the favourite Ask The Lady four out and stayed on to hold a promising effort from Arv Way There and Heidi Stevens. Welsh owners have a good record at this Cornish track and Ynysybwl based owner David Gibbs said of his Carmarthenshire qualified seven-year-old , “Ask Dai jumps like a buck.  He has recovered from a fractured  cannon bone and was off the course for a while.”

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN



Going; Good to soft, soft in places


1 Port O’clock (Darren Edwards) 4-9 fav made all, ridden out

2 Potters Approach (Amy Bennallick) 13-2 effort three out, kept on well, closing near finish

3 Cloudy Music (Charlotte Summersby) 11-4  in touch til one pace closing stages

3 ran; 1l; 3l;  6m 30s


1 Broadclyst (Anna Johnston) evens fav prom, led three out, idled flat, just held on

2 Field Exhibition (Gabrielle Herbert) 4-1 led from fifth til three out, kept on flat, just failed

3 Eric The Third (Lauren Reed) 7-4 in touch til outpaced three out

4 ran; head; 5l;  6m 15s


1 Singapore Saga (Darren Andrews) 4-1 jumped well, made all, gamely

2 Sykes (Darren Edwards) 15-8 fav prom, every chance three out, no extra

3 Wind Tor (Chloer Emsley) 6-1 midfield, best work closing stages, took third flat

8 ran; 7l; 1l;  6m 8s


1 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) evens fav  led eighth, stayed on well

2 Lighthouse Mill (Jake Bament) 9 – 4 alwys prom, chased winner from three out, promising

3 Red Cap (Martin McIntyre) 4-1 tracked leaders, every chance til no extra from three out, do better

8 ran; 2l; 6l;  6m 19s


1 Thewinnertakeitall (Darren Edwards) 6-4 made virtually all, ridden out

2 Mustmeetforapint (Chad Bament) 5-1 close up throughout, held when mistake last

4 ran, only two finished; 5l; 6m 25s


1 Ask Dai (Bradley Gibbs) 9-2 led four out, pushed out

2 Arv Way There (Heidi Stevens) 20-1 chased winner three out, mistake last, promising

3 Say About It (Vinny Webster) 8-1 hdwy five out, effort when bad mistake two out

10 ran; 3l; 5l;  6m 16s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: North Cornwall point-to-point at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Sunday 9th January 2022

Kivells sponsor the Mixed Open race which is the feature of the day at the North Cornwall meeting, to be held at the Royal Cornwall show ground, this coming Sunday 9th January. Entries include Sykes for the Nicola Martin team, being the highest rated, could follow-up on their win here at the December meeting under jockey Darren Edwards. Sir Mangan’s connections, the Alan Hill team, will be looking to reverse the form and get home ahead if ttavelling here, having had to settle for one-and a half-length second to Sykes that day under jockey Ben Sutton. On Sir Mangans previous form of five wins last season, this should be an exciting battle. Quite By Chance (Stuart Sampson) is also a strong contender having won the Ladies race here at the December meeting under Lauren Reed. Another lady jockey who could figure here is Natalie Parker on FuFu for the Sally Alner team, should go well on previous decent hurdle form.

The day opens at 11.30am with the Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Members race. Here we could see either of the Dean Summersby entries Port 0’Clock score for Darren Edwards, or Cloudy Music for stable star Charlotte Summersby, who could repeat the success of winning her maiden at this track if coming out fresh.

Roy Davies Food sponsor the Novice Riders race in which jockey Lauren Reed could get a nice tune out of the John Heard-trained Eric The Third, having won at Trebudannon last season and enjoyed a trip around Cheltenham finishing fifth. Broadclyst for the Les Jefford team won both his Maiden and Restricted race here and is another who should go well.

In the Maiden race for four, five and six-year-olds which is sponsored by Heltor, Ribo A Rep and Hillbilly Filly will be flying the flag for the Ed Walker team, who enjoyed saddling a maiden winner at last weeks Larkhill meeting, under stable jockey Chloe Emsley. They will need to fight off the challenge from the promising young horse from the Summersby’s yard Transition Period. Having only been beaten by a head at this track in December under jockey Darren Edwards, connections will be looking for this six-year old gelding to progress soon.

Fountains Chief looks an interesting contender in the Nash and Ferguson-sponsored Restricted race, who could fight out the finish up the steep hill with recent Pyle maiden winner Bucaneros for team Hill, if the yard make the journey down to this track.

Finally up is the Tregawne Holiday Cottages-sponsored Maiden race for seven year-old and upwards, in which Ask The Lady could be another winner for team Summersby if taking to fences after her promising hurdle form. Cuzzicombe (Ed Walker) could follow up on the third place achieved at Bratton Down last season, and Wise Garden (Danielle Kenealy) is another promising young mare who could make the most of her weight allowance, and improve on her fourth place at the December meeting here, with young jockey Charlie Sprake aboard.

This track offers fabulous track-side viewing, a large covered barn containing all on course facilities such as hot food, drinks, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £12 per person cash only. Children under 16 free. Location is off A39 at the Royal Cornwall Showground,  Wadebridge . Live streaming is available PL27 7JE at

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Wadebridge OFF

The North Cornwall at Wadebridge, scheduled for Sunday, January 10, has been cancelled.

Unfortunately the fixture has not been able to secure adequate medical support.

The postponed Larkhill Racing Club fixture (January 10) will now reopen entries on Monday morning, but only for those who were already in Tier 4 when entries were taken. These entries will only be taken by e-mail to: as they will have to be added manually. Do not try to use normal entries system.

We are well aware that it is difficult to keep up with the numerous changes that are taking place. However, we do ask for your patience as both ourselves and the fixtures, which are run by volunteers, work to ensure that the sport can continue in a way that is both safe and acceptable for us all. This is not easy with a huge number of equities involved, many of which are not obviously apparent. Late changes are almost certain so please keep checking.

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Due to various factors, North Cornwall at Wadebridge will run without Tier 4 horses or jockeys. There are 34 eligible jockeys in south west, and we do ask them to go to Wadebridge and take extra rides if offered.

Once entries are in we will help with marrying up horses and riders.

In the light of North Cornwall running without Tier 4, entries will reopen on Monday morning for LRC at Larkhill but only for those who were already in Tier 4 when entries were taken.

These entries will only be taken by e-mail to: as they will have to be added manually. Do not try to use normal entries system.

We are well aware that it is difficult to keep up with the numerous changes that are taking place. However, we do ask for your patience as both ourselves and the fixtures, which are run by volunteers, work to ensure that the sport can continue in a way that is both safe and acceptable for us all.

This is not easy with a huge number of equities involved, many of which are not obviously apparent. Late changes are almost certain so please keep checking.

Peter Wright

Point-To-Point Authority Chief Executive




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

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

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

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

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


Going; Soft


1 Swedish Beau (Stephen Long)

2 Harmony Way (Pat Cole)

3 Freeway (Mike Biddick)

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


1 Frevolity (David Wonnacott)

2 Four Tens (Richard Long)

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


1 Hargan (Miss Pip Fisher)

2 Moonbribe (Miss Katie Halswell)

3 Bubbling Spirit (Mrs Jane Wickett)

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


1 Northern Star (David Wonnacott)

2 Hillie Billie (Grant Cann)

3 Monk’s Flyer (Pat Cole)

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


1 Golden Singer (Miss Mandy Turner)

2 Phil Grey (J Wright)

3 Sorcerer (Chris Crosthwaite)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Going Good


1 Fyghame (Mike Biddick)

2 Silvers’s Pet (D Harris)

3 Tombstone (Miss T Congdon)

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


1 Happy Klondyke (S Williams)

2 Viewfinder (Pat Cole)

2 ran; distance; 7m 39s


1 Moon Step (Miss Katie Halswell)

2 Hargan (Miss Pip Fisher)

3 House Breaker (Miss Tracy Turner)

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

1 Presceena Wood (Miss Pip Fisher)

2 Monk’s Flyer (Pat Cole)

3 Sandy Leys (B Webber)

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


1 Fisher Folk (S Williams)

2 What A Chance (David Wonnacott)

3 Moonbribe (Miss Katie Halswell )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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:

01793 781990



Chosen Lucky ( 2-7 touched 1-4) set the trend for a succession of odds-on favourites when beating sole rival Acadian (2-1) in a disappointing turn out for the opening North Cornwall Hunt Race at Wadebridge

This was just an overture for the day as three more odds-on chances went on to grace the winner’s enclosure.

Mixed Open winner Navanman (like Chosen Lucky a son of Well Chosen) is an admirably consistent pointer (returned at 4-5 having touched 4-7). He had to pull out all the stops to shrug off the useful Hello George (5‘s from 6’s) on the gruelling climb to the post. Navanman, ridden for the first time by Darren Andrews, was on the back foot after a slowish jump three out and left himself a bit to do in the straight. Both horses gave their all after jumping the last with the favourite only getting on top in the last 75 yards. Will Biddick’s only mount of the day, The Last But One, backed from 9-4 to 7-4, ran below his best and was done with after crossing the sand on the far side.

Despite a field of 12, punters would not hear of defeat for Nickelsonthedime (6-4 to 4-6) in the Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds. The official point-to-point form book intimated that this useful looking Shantou gelding was sure to improve after his Wadebridge outing before Christmas and this was certainly the case. He looked rules material with a convincing eight lengths saunter. Runner up Cottage Rose (12’s to 10’s) is beginning to show the talent associated with her dam Roll On Rose, and is sure to start winning races soon. Newcomer Tristan De Gane was put in at 2-1 before remarkably drifting out to 9’s (touched 10’s). The Chris Barber trained five-year-old looks a good sort and was not disgraced in finishing third.

Mustmeetforapint (evens to 4-5) had been yet another eye-catcher at the pre-Christmas meeting on the showground and duly obliged here under Darren Edwards in the Open Maiden for seven-year-olds plus. He never looked like being caught from four out and his shrewd connections can get a few more races out of him. Exhibit A (16-1) just pipped front running Stevan Steel (25-1) for second place.

The Galloping Bear and Voie Dans Voie started 5-4 joint favourites (both from 7-4) in the Restricted and battled it out together from a long way out. In the end The Galloping Bear just prevailed. He is a likeable sort by the St Leger winner Shantou (same sire as Nickelsonthedime). I don’t suppose Shantou had Wadebridge point-to-pointer winners in mind when performing in the breeding shed.

Ardview Boy (5-1) justified a 600 miles round trip when leading all the way in the PPORA Novice Riders event. His 18-year-old rider Dylan Kitts was partnering his first winner. Mister Dick (13-2 ) was clearly second best as the well supported Kernel Victor (11-10 fav from 5-4) could never get on terms.

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“Bare branches of each tree on this chilly January morn look so cold so forlorn. Grey skies dip ever so low”

From the poem January morn by Nelda L Hartmann 1920 – 1999

In truth we were lucky on Sunday weather wise, dodging the prevalent January storms. We have all known some typical Cornish winter days at Wadebridge races when the refuge of the famous huge Wadebridge barn was such a blessing between races. This time it was a pleasure to be outside watching the clouds roll past.

THE North Cornwall fixture featured riding doubles for both Darren Andrews and Darren Edwards on testing going at the Royal Cornwall Showground.

The classy Navanman has been one of the most consistent point-to-pointers in the Devon & Cornwall Area in recent years and his liking for Wadebridge resulted in his fifth course victory in the Mixed Open. The 11-year-old was partnered for the first time by Darren Andrews, who had to work hard to see off the challenge of Hello George (Nathan Vergne). “I was confident I would pick up Nathan’s horse and his made a mistake at the last,” said the winning rider, whose mount stayed on in his usual game fashion on the uphill run to the judge and was going away from his rival near the finish.

Navanman is trained by John Heard near Okehampton for a small syndicate of family and friends. “He will probably be entered for Chipley Park but I might give him a short break. He had a hard race today.” said the trainer.

Successful jockey Darren Andrews went on to complete his double in the Restricted on progressive seven-year-old The Galloping Bear. The 26-year-old rider had to work hard to see off the sustained challenge of fellow joint favourite Voie Dans Voie (Martin McIntyre) on the climb to the finish. Owned by Adrian Paterson, The Galloping Bear is one of nine pointers trained by Ben Clarke at Littlewindsor, adjacent to the now defunct point-to-point course of the same name. “He is a tough and genuine lovely young horse,” remarked the trainer.

Champion Devon & Cornwall Area rider Darren Edwards rode the first and last race winners. Chosen Lucky was not hard pressed to beat sole rival Acadian in the Little Acres Racing Club colours in the opening Hunt race. “This was Chosen Lucky’s fifth win here and 13th in all”, said trainer Dean Summersby, adding, “We really wanted my daughter Charlotte to ride him in Novice Riders races since Bryan Carver, Liam Harrison and Rex Dingle all got going on him, but he gets a 10lbs penalty in Novice Riders now and that makes it difficult.”

Mustmeetforapint had run well when second at the pre-Christmas fixture at the showground and started a shade of odds-on when completing the double for Darren Edwards and trainer Dean Summersby in the Open Maiden for older horses. The winner took over from front running Stevan Steel on the bottom bend and drew right away in the home straight. “I bought him privately in Ireland last October and he is now owned by Mr and Mrs Worth. He is a lovely balanced horse and might prefer more galloping tracks,” reported the trainer.

Welsh challenger Ardview Boy led his four rivals a merry gallop in the PPORA Novice Riders race, making all the running to give his 18-year-old jockey Dylan Kitts his first winner. “His jumping was awesome,” said the young rider who started by riding show horses. “Dylan has been with me for three years and deserves his chance,” said the winner’s trainer Wyn Morris who has three pointers in training at Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and faced a six hours journey home. “We came overnight and lodged the horse with Ryan Chapman a few miles from here,” said the trainer, who might run Ardview Boy next in a Hereford hunter chase.

The largest field of the day saw 12 line up for the Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds. Nickelsonthedime proved a convincing winner under Josh Newman, storming up the finishing hill to beat the improving mare Cottage Rose (Fergus Gillard) by eight lengths. Neil Mclean trains the winner for owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener adjacent to recently occupied Kayley Woollacott’s yard at Woolminstone near Crewkerne. “He has taken some settling and bolted to the start last time,” explained the jockey, who had his charge anchored in rear for the first circuit. “He jumped four out too well and got to the front but I really wanted a lead until two out,” added the rider, whose CV includes a Cheltenham festival winner.

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