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GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES NORTH CORNWALL & FOUR BURROW 1983

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES

EASTER 1983: NORTH CORNWALL & FOUR BURROW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Going; Soft

HUNT

1 Swedish Beau (Stephen Long)

2 Harmony Way (Pat Cole)

3 Freeway (Mike Biddick)

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

MENS OPEN

1 Frevolity (David Wonnacott)

2 Four Tens (Richard Long)

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

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Hargan (Miss Pip Fisher)

2 Moonbribe (Miss Katie Halswell)

3 Bubbling Spirit (Mrs Jane Wickett)

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

ADJACENT HUNTS’

1 Northern Star (David Wonnacott)

2 Hillie Billie (Grant Cann)

3 Monk’s Flyer (Pat Cole)

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

ADJACENT HUNTS’ MAIDEN

1 Golden Singer (Miss Mandy Turner)

2 Phil Grey (J Wright)

3 Sorcerer (Chris Crosthwaite)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Going Good

HUNT

1 Fyghame (Mike Biddick)

2 Silvers’s Pet (D Harris)

3 Tombstone (Miss T Congdon)

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

MENS OPEN

1 Happy Klondyke (S Williams)

2 Viewfinder (Pat Cole)

2 ran; distance; 7m 39s

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Moon Step (Miss Katie Halswell)

2 Hargan (Miss Pip Fisher)

3 House Breaker (Miss Tracy Turner)

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

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

2 Monk’s Flyer (Pat Cole)

3 Sandy Leys (B Webber)

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

ADJACENT HUNTS’ MAIDEN

1 Fisher Folk (S Williams)

2 What A Chance (David Wonnacott)

3 Moonbribe (Miss Katie Halswell )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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

Horse and Hound Year Book

The Pointer

Sporting Life

Sporting Chronicle

Mr Michael Kutapan (Jumping for Fun forum)

BRITISH POINT-TO-POINTING SHUT DOWN FOR 2019/20 SEASON

Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP- NORTH CORNWALL POINT-To-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON 12TH JANUARY 2020

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – NORTH CORNWALL

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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REPORT: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-To-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON 12TH JANUARY 2020

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“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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RESULTS: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-To-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON 12TH JANUARY 2020

Going: Soft, becoming tacky

HUNT RACE (Sponsor – Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Chosen Lucky (Darren Edwards)2-7 fav disp til led 14th, comf

2 Acadian (Lee Drowne) 2-1 disp til outpaced 14th

2 ran; 8 lengths; 6m 45s

PPORA CLUB NOVICE RIDERS (Ray Davis Foods)

1 Ardview Boy (Dylan Kitts) 5-1 made all, stayed on well

2 Mister Dick (Scott Malson) 13-2 chased wnr 15th, soon no extra

3 Kernel Victor (Conor Houlihan) 11-10 fav struggled in rear throughout

5 ran; 4l; 12l; 6m 29s

MIXED OPEN (Kivells)

1 Navanman (Darren Andrews) 4-5 fav well in touch, led flat, gamely

2 Hello George (Nathan Vergne) 5-1 made most, mstk last, headed 150 yds out

3 The Last But One (Will Biddick) 7-4 close up til wknd after 14th

6 ran; 2l; 12l; 6m 16s

OPEN MAIDEN 4 TO 6-YEAR-OLDS (Heltor)

1 Nickelsonthedime (Josh Newman) 4-6 fav held up, prog to lead two out, stayed on well

2 Cottage Rose (Fergus Gillard) 10-1 led 14th til headed two out, kept on

3 Tristan De Gane (Martin McIntyre) 9-1 tracked ldrs, held from three out

12 ran; 8l; 2l; 6m 31s

RESTRICTED (Mrs N Phillips)

1 The Galloping Bear (Darren Andrews) 5-4 jt fav led 14th til joined last,ran on well to lead nr finish

2 Voie Dans Voie (Martin McIntyre) 5-4 jt fav tracked wnr closely from 14th, every chance til no extra close home

3 Alice’s Star (Anna Hylands) 33-1 remote 3rd from four out

6 ran; 2l; distance; 6m 30s

OPEN MAIDEN – 7 YRS & UPWARDS (7 Bays Scaffolding SW Ltd)

1 Mustmeetforapint (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav held up, prog to lead three out, stayed on strongly

2 Exhibit A (Tom Doggrell) 16-1 close 3rd four out, outpaced next, kept on clsg stages

3 Stevan Steel (Kiana James-Thomas) 25-1 led til headed three out, lost 2nd near finish

8 ran; 7l; short head; 6m 32s

Entries: North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Sunday 12th January 2020

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 Novice Riders Race
3rd 12:40 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:15 4, 5, & 6 Year Olds Open Maiden Race
5th 13:50 Restricted Race
6th 14:25 7 & Years and Up Open Maiden Race

Going Update

8 January at 16:02

The going is Good to Soft.

Preview extract:

The North Cornwall Hunt host their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday 12th January. There are six races on offer with a start time of 11.30am. 60 entries have been received.

This venue offers a huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot and cold food and refreshments, seating area, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Access to the course is via tarmac roads with good parking and great track-side viewing. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off A39 West of Wadebridge PL27 7UE.

Also a full list of fixtures in both the Devon & Cornwall & Wessex Area is available by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch, Higher Sminhayes Farm, Brendon Hill, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0LG

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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 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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List of Races Next Race

Race 1 – Members race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
12p/212p- ACADIAN (FR) 37+ Heidi Lewis
1/11131-3 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42
Dean Summersby
pp/3ppp1- STARWELD 26 Patricia Shaw
*7098- SUPREME SOVIET (IRE) NR Ryan Chapman

Preview extract

Chosen Lucky for team Summersby, looks the pick of the opening Moores of St Wenn Landrovers-sponsored Members race. Only four are entered with Chosen Lucky standing out having won 12 of his 17 starts to date, and second or third in his remaining five. He ran a creditable third here behind Thomas Campbell at the December meeting under young novice jockey Charlotte Summersby.

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Race 2 – Novice Riders Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
111*6p8-p ARDVIEW BOY (IRE) 39? Wyn Morris
p223132- AWESOME TUNES (IRE) 40 Carly Mather
1/12/624-8 EMPEROR RENARD (IRE) 38 Will Biddick
/4f3212/-9 HIGH PRIORITY 38 Keith Cumings
111p/312- HONEST DEED (IRE) 43 Dean Summersby
3331152- KERNEL VICTOR 40 Ed Walker
522332-pp MISTER DICK (FR) 38? Jason Warner
p1222121- RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
/p337f63-5 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Robert Chanin
222111-24 THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) 43 Thomas Malone

Preview extract

The PPORA Novice Riders race, which is sponsored by Ray Davis Foods, looks really competitive with The Last But One entered which is an option for trainer Tom Malone to consider. Honest Deed also holds an entry, and won at this track last season for team Summersby, Also Kernel Victor(Ed Walker) who was held in third that day, Conor Houlihan has the ride here on Kernel Victor, and will be keen try and reverse those placings. Ramble On also holds an entry in this race for the Luke Price team, although is yet to tackle this track, however a winner of nine of his starts to date could have regular jockey Byron Moorcroft aboard and prove a danger.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/145231-3 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
/3p/4pp-p GOLDEN DOYEN (GER) 38 Janet Ackner
53112-up HAWKHURST (IRE) 42? Alan Hill
1/23/41-22 HELLO GEORGE (IRE) 42 Will Biddick
*575076-p HOLEINTHEWALL BAR(IRE) 22
Tracey Barfoot-Saunt
111p/312- HONEST DEED (IRE) 43
Dean Summersby
/222431/-f INCH ROCK (IRE) 39? Ed Walker
1221112-1 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45 John Heard
p1222121- RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
222111-24 THE LAST BUT ONE (IRE) 43 Thomas Malone
/412483-1 THOMAS CAMPBELL 45+ Ed Walker

Preview extract

The Kivells-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day and has attracted some class entries which include the ex Nicky Henderson trained Cheltenham hurdle winner under rules Thomas Campbell. Now with Ottery based trainer Ed Walker, Thomas Campbell won at this track in December two and a quarter lengths ahead of The Tom Malone trained The Last But One who also holds an entry in this race. Multiple point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, along with the Luke Price-trained Ramble On also stand out among the eleven entries, ensuring this is a race not to miss.

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Race 4 – 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*37-p AHEAD OF THE GAME (IRE) 12 Byron Moorcroft
*688p- BITOFBLINDING (IRE) NR Max Comley
p46322-5 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
p- EZILANA (FR) 0 Sam Holdsworth
2- FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 32+ Joe Tickle
/43-6 I PREFERE DIAMONDS (IRE) 26 Robert Chanin
-5 MOUNT CORBETT (IRE) 25+
Gearoid Costelloe
*28/68/- MYBOYSAM NR Victoria Sleep
*22/-3 NICKELSONTHEDIME (IRE) 33+ Neil McLean
OUTONPAROLE (IRE) NR John Heard
PATSY’S ISLAND NR
Michael M. Watson
01p- PETIT PETARD 27 Hannah Clarke
PIRATE DANCER NR Annabelle Bacon
2456-6 PRINCESS CAVE (IRE) 7 Gordon Edwards
2p3f- SONG OF THE HUNTER (FR) NR Thomas Malone
TRISTAN DE GANE (FR) NR
Christopher Barber

Preview extract

Heltor Oils sponsor the Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds with sixteen entries. Nickelsonthedime stands out for the Neil McLean team having run third here having stayed on well up the hill at the December meeting under jockey Josh Newman. Song Of The Hunter must be respected out of Tom Malone’s yard with the booking of Champion jockey Will Biddick. Also Cottage Rose for the John Heard team showed some decent place form last season and could improve on her fifth place here at the December meeting, having raced prominently until fading four out under talent young jockey Fergus Gillard who retains the ride again.

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Race 5 – Restricted Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
23p45p5-7 ALICE’S STAR 32? Robert Chanin
3p/4133p- DIPLOMATICO (USA) 29 Jason Warner
1/-2 GIO’S GIRL 34+ Ed Walker
f2-1 HARD GROUND NR
Gearoid Costelloe
*/366p-13 IUSETALUVHERONCE (IRE) 33 Luke Price
216pp33- MRS MCRO (IRE) NR Hannah Clarke
252-1 THE GALLOPING BEAR 36+ Ben Clarke
*4u238-21 VOIE DAN VOIE (FR) 34+ Laura Thomas

Preview extract

The Restricted race which has been kindly sponsored by Mrs N Phillips holds interesting entries with recent Ffos Las Maiden winner The Galloping Bear for trainer Ben Clarke, who won that race unchallenged by 50 lengths when many failed to finish. Gio’s Girl for trainer Ed Walker, ran second here in the Restricted at the December meeting and looks to have the booking of Will Biddick to ride, and Voie Dans Voie an Ex Alan King inmate, also looking progressive having won his Maiden at the December meeting here for trainer Laura Thomas.

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Race 6 – 7 Years & Up Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/333333- ARTIC FEVER (IRE) NR
Dean Summersby
540224-f BEST TO COME (IRE) 27? Byron Moorcroft
/25p- EXHIBIT A (IRE) 24 Laura Parker
364434-7 HERE COMES MOLLY (IRE) 26?
Tracey Barfoot-Saunt
*56/7p/3- LOUGH DERG MYSTERY(IRE) 33 Tony Geering
p4354-47 MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 24 Sue Brown
5/2522-2 MUSTMEETFORAPINT (IRE) 31+
Dean Summersby
*23/43/5/- STAUNTON NR Luke Price
u5/55p-p STEVAN STEEL (IRE) 26? Janet Ackner
/48- THE DEVON DUMPLING 23 Sam Holdsworth
f-2Rpf TICKLEBERRYLANE 25 Kathy While

Preview extract

Closing the day is a race for Maidens 7 years and over which is sponsored by Bays Scaffolding, entry Mustmeetforapint could improve on his one length second here in December behind Pheonix Park and clock up another winner for team Summersby who have a good strike rate with maiden horses. Staunton is also an entry to catch the eye, out of Luke Price’s yard has some modest place form under rules and may go well switching to Points.

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Preview: North Cornwall Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 12th January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

The North Cornwall Hunt host their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday 12th January. There are six races on offer with a start time of 11.30am. 60 entries have been received.

The Kivells-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day and has attracted some class entries which include the ex Nicky Henderson trained Cheltenham hurdle winner under rules Thomas Campbell. Now with Ottery based trainer Ed Walker, Thomas Campbell won at this track in December two and a quarter lengths ahead of The Tom Malone trained The Last But One who also holds an entry in this race. Multiple point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, along with the Luke Price-trained Ramble On also stand out among the eleven entries, ensuring this is a race not to miss.

Chosen Lucky for team Summersby, looks the pick of the opening Moores of St Wenn Landrovers-sponsored Members race. Only four are entered with Chosen Lucky standing out having won 12 of his 17 starts to date, and second or third in his remaining five. He ran a creditable third here behind Thomas Campbell at the December meeting under young novice jockey Charlotte Summersby.

The PPORA Novice Riders race, which is sponsored by Ray Davis Foods, looks really competitive with The Last But One entered which is an option for trainer Tom Malone to consider. Honest Deed also holds an entry, and won at this track last season for team Summersby, Also Kernel Victor(Ed Walker) who was held in third that day, Conor Houlihan has the ride here on Kernel Victor, and will be keen try and reverse those placings. Ramble On also holds an entry in this race for the Luke Price team, although is yet to tackle this track, however a winner of nine of his starts to date could have regular jockey Byron Moorcroft aboard and prove a danger.

The Restricted race which has been kindly sponsored by Mrs N Phillips holds interesting entries with recent Ffos Las Maiden winner The Galloping Bear for trainer Ben Clarke, who won that race unchallenged by 50 lengths when many failed to finish. Gio’s Girl for trainer Ed Walker, ran second here in the Restricted at the December meeting and looks to have the booking of Will Biddick to ride, and Voie Dans Voie an Ex Alan King inmate, also looking progressive having won his Maiden at the December meeting here for trainer Laura Thomas.

Heltor Oils sponsor the Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds with sixteen entries. Nickelsonthedime stands out for the Neil McLean team having run third here having stayed on well up the hill at the December meeting under jockey Josh Newman. Song Of The Hunter must be respected out of Tom Malone’s yard with the booking of Champion jockey Will Biddick. Also Cottage Rose for the John Heard team showed some decent place form last season and could improve on her fifth place here at the December meeting, having raced prominently until fading four out under talent young jockey Fergus Gillard who retains the ride again.

Closing the day is a race for Maidens 7 years and over which is sponsored by Bays Scaffolding, entry Mustmeetforapint could improve on his one length second here in December behind Pheonix Park and clock up another winner for team Summersby who have a good strike rate with maiden horses. Staunton is also an entry to catch the eye, out of Luke Price’s yard has some modest place form under rules and may go well switching to Points.

This venue offers a huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot and cold food and refreshments, seating area, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Access to the course is via tarmac roads with good parking and great track-side viewing. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off A39 West of Wadebridge PL27 7UE. 

Also a full list of fixtures in both the Devon & Cornwall & Wessex Area is available by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch, Higher Sminhayes Farm, Brendon Hill, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0LG

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP : NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019

Plenty of short priced winners made it look easy for punters for most of the very long day at the showground. All good things come to an end however and the ten boards hit back in extra time when a 25-1 shot popped up in the eighth race.

The first three winners started odds-on. Course winner My King 4-5 to 1-2)
started the ball rolling in the opener, which took place just after breakfast time

It was good to see Chosen Lucky in the winner’s enclosure in the following event (PPORA Novice riders’). This useful eight-year-old was the leading area horse and leading novice pointer in 2017, but had been off the track for almost a year until last Sunday. Backed from 5-4 to 8-11, his promising 16-year-old rider Liam Harrison had to pull out all the stops to fend off Victory Mill (8’s to 4’s) on the gruelling climb to the post.

The three-runner Skinner’s Ladies Open proved easy pickings for 1-3 fav The Last But One. Jo Supple always had matters under control on this winning chaser and hurdler and he will surely mop up a few more prizes in this sphere.

I am not a great backer of odds-on shots so the first “plunge” of the day was reserved for Acadian in the Restricted. I was not alone taking 3-1 because this course winner was supported into 2-1 to share favouritism with Bridge of Spies who had also touched 3’s. In a close finish to this 11-runner contest it was more like Bridge of Sighs for me as my hopes for a slap up meal evaporated in the last few strides.

Navanman (evens / 4-5 fav) and Portrait King (11-2) set a suicidal early pace in a select field for the Men’s Open and it was to his credit that the favourite battled on gamely under his 8lbs penalty. Winning rider Darren Edwards on Honest Deed (3’s to 7-4) timed his challenge well and summed it up with a succinct “they went too fast in front”. Third placed Kernel Victor (solid 6-1) will be sharper next time.

Raddon Top is one of the best young pointers in the area and justified support (5-4 to 10-11 fav) to win his third successive race in the Intermediate under Bryan Carver. His trainer Leslie Jefford described the Getaway six-year-old as “gangly and weak last year” so further progress is likely. Don’t forget the runner up Native Gamut (12-1) who chased the winner hard over the final circuit. Awesome Tunes (3’s to 7-4) was prominent for some way and will be better for the race.

Readers of this column (both of you) will have noted my cryptic comment that Muzadel is a “winner in waiting” following his effort on this course in December. Hopefully you both dipped your bread in to the tasty 3-1 (SP 9-4) as Matt Hampton steered Muzadil home in the first Maiden.. Runner up Deise Gold (2-1 fav from 3’s) rallied gamely to get to within a neck of the certainty and deserves imminent success. I also thought that Cottage Rose, although failing to finish, (14’s to 8’s) seems to be getting the hang of things.

By now it was nearly tea time and I had waited patiently for my nap of the day. This was Cloudy Music, in the getting out stakes, and 5-2 seemed a very fair price with trainer Dean Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards in good form. 7-4 ruled at the off but the ex-Irish mare could not quite peg back the unconsidered Goldbury (drifted out to 25-1), who was given a very good ride by Natalie Parker.

The end of a frustrating day in Cornwall. Ah well, a weekend off then on to Chipley Park

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REPORT: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

 

From today’s calm, the lane’s enclosing green leads inland to a usual Cornish scene – slate cottages with sycamore between

Small fields and tellymasts and wires and poles with, as the everlasting ocean rolls

Two chapels built for half a hundred souls

 

From the poem Cornish Cliffs – Sir John Betjeman 1906-1984

 

The second Wadebridge fixture of the season attracted a large crowd to the Royal Cornwall Showground. Luckily, threatening dark clouds rolled past all afternoon, and the going remained good for the entertaining eight-race card

 

Dean Summersby was the trainer in form. Chosen Lucky set up a double for the Summersby yard with a hard fought win in the PPORA Novice Riders’ event, before Honest Deed upset the odds-on favourite Navanman in the Kivell’s sponsored Men’s Open.

 

The Little Acres Racing Club have a nice pointer in Chosen Lucky, already a multiple winner, who was returning after almost one year off. He prevailed by a diminishing neck after a lengthy battle with runner up Victory Mill (Luca Morgan). 16-year-old Liam Harrison, having his first ride for the Summersby stable, was seen to good effect on the winner. “I am based with Neil Mulholland and have ridden a winner under rules and one previous point-to-point winner(for Sally Alner),” said the promising young riderwho comes from a pony racing background. “Liam did very well and Chosen Lucky will come on a lot for this. We can probably find other Novice Riders racesfor them both,” remarked the successful trainer.

 

Honest Deed completed the double for the yard under Darren Edwards, jumping past Navanman at the third last in the Open before holding on gamely to score by a length. In fairness, Navanman was carrying a stiff 8lbs penalty and was coming back at his rival on the uphill climb to the judge. “The leaders went too fast. My horse jumped well but pecked two out,” reported the winning rider. “Honest Deed will probably come back to Wadebridge next month,” said the trainer.

 

Course form is important on this undulating track,and the progressive Raddon Top followed up his Restricted win on the showground last month in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Sue Trump’s Getaway six-year-old, bought by the owner as a foal in Ireland, and stabled with Leslie Jefford, mastered runner up Native Gamut around the bottom bend and had eight lengths to spare at the post. “He was a lot more proficient and jumped brilliantly,” said winning rider Bryan Carver.

 

The imposing chestnut Bridge Of Spies had finished second to Raddon Top here last month, and went one better in the Restricted, beating the well backed Acadian by a neck. This was a well deserved success for the small Higher Vexford yard run by George and Debbie Beilby. “He is a galloper and jumped really well,” remarked winning rider Nick Lawton. George Beilby’s day job is a Sergeant-Major in the Royal Marines at RAF Chivenor. He said, “My wife is also a nurse, so have to fit the horses in. Our daughter Kelsie has won pony racing awards and we also have the Philip Hobbs ex-chasers Monkerhostin and Captain Chris in retirement with us.”

 

My King was another advert for the horses for courses theory. A winner on this card here last year, the seven-year-old just saw off Mr Michanda to win the Hunt race under 22-year-old Kieren Buckley. My King is one of 16 pointers in training with Joe Tickle at South Molton. He related that his mother Sarah, who owns and trains the runner up, had broken her elbow riding one of his three-year-olds before Christmas.

 

The Last But One (Jo Supple) was not hard pressed to take the Ladies’ Open, starting long odds-on. Taunton based owner/ trainer Tom Malone has certainly been well involved with this seven-year-old. He said, I bought him as a store. He was placed in a bumper at Listowel, then I bought him back again. Having sold him on to win races for Paul Nicholls, I have now bought him back again. He could go to Chipley next, and then hunter chasing later in the season.” 

 

The divided Open Maiden attracted 10 runners in each section.  Deise Gold made most in the first division, but was collared by Muzadel (Matt Hampton) in the home straight. This ex-Noel Meade six-year-old joined Teresa Clark’s stable for £4,000 at Doncaster sales for owner Raymond Barrow and looks a shrewd buy.

 

The other Maiden provided a 25-1 shock as six-year-old mare Goldbury, very well ridden by Natalie Parker for her mother Tracy, stayed on gallantly to hold the Dean Summersby six-year-old Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards). “I tried to drop her in but she was so keen,” said the rider who is a pupil assistant to Paul Nicholls. 

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RESULTS: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 13th JAN 2019

Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Hunt Race (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 My King (Kieren Buckley) 1-2 fav alwys prom, led flat, kept on well
2 Mr Michanda (Kiana James-Thomas) 9-4 prom, led 14th til headed flat
3 Starweld (Paul John) 9-1 just in touch til 14th, no extra
4 ran; 1l; 20l; 6m 18s

PPORA Novice Riders (Ray Davis Foods)

1 Chosen Lucky (Liam Harrison) 8-11 fav prom, led four out, ran on well
2 Victory Mill (Luca Morgan) 4-1 led til 15th, rallied under strong press flat
3 Earthmoves (Myles Osborne) 5-2 3rd from 15th, not reach ldrs
6 ran; Neck- 10l; 6m 4s

Ladies’ Open (Skinner’s Pet Foods)

1 The Last But One (Jo Supple) 1-3 fav made most, went clear three out, comf
2 Captain Sharpe (Charlotte Hawker) 10-1 tracked ldrs, took 2nd flat
3 Prince Mahler (Chloe Emsley) 9-4 every chance til wknd 15th
3 ran; 12l; 3l; 6m 7s

Restricted (Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd)

1 Bridge Of Spies (Nick Lawton) 2-1 jt fav handy, led four out, stayed on well
2 Acadian (Lee Drowne) 2-1 jt fav chased ldr from 14th, finished well
3 Dragon De La Tour (David Prichard) 3-1 prog 12th, stayed on one pace
11 ran; Neck; 2l; 6m 6s

Men’s Open (Kivells)

1 Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 7-4 prog 12th, led three out, held on well
2 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 4-5 fav led 8th til three out, rallied flat
3 Kernel Victor (Will Biddick) 6-1 hdwy to 3rd 13th, outpaced three out
6 ran; 1l; 8l; 6m 8s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Raddon Top (Bryan Carver) 10-11 fav handy til led four out, easily
2 Native Gamut (Heidi Lewis) 12-1 alwys prom, chased wnr from four out
3 Druid Spitfire (Tom Chanin) 8-1 in touch til outpaced four out
6 ran; 8l; 2l; 6m 14s

Open Maiden Div 1 (Mark Upton Property Developments)

1 Muzadel (Matt Hampton) 9-4 in touch, led after two out, driven out
2 Deise Gold (Jake Bament) 2-1 fav made most til two out, kept on well flat
3 Mountain Las (Ben Jones) 5-1 chased ldrs, kept on steadily
10 ran; Neck- 7l; 6m 15s

Open Maiden Div 2 (The Nare Hotel)

1 Goldbury (Natalie Parker) 25-1 with ldrs, led three out, stayed on well
2 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 7-4 led four out, hdd next, mstk last, no extra nr finish
3 Rare Oul Times (Josh Newman) 25-1 behind til good late hdwy
10 ran; 4l; 12l; 6m 19s

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  • Saturday 26th January 2019 Royal Artillery Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 27th January 2019 Tiverton Chipley Park, Milverton,  Wellington TA21 0QY 1st Race 12 noon

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