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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON SATURDAY 28TH MAY 2022

HOT FAVOURITES 5  OUTSIDERS 1

The bookies took a bit of a pounding at UpcottCross where five of the six favourites went in – all of the odds-on variety. Minimalistic ( 4-7 to 2-5) has had a good season and was the form horse in the opening Conditions race. He could be excused for a recent below par run at Cheltenham and was not hard pressed to win this. Runner up Five Gold Bars (5’s out to 8’s) had been off the course for some time and ran well in the circumstances

Liberty Rock (4-6 to 4-7) has signified that he is one of the smartest novices in the area and duly landed the Restricted. He looks a future Open horse . Whotheman (2’s to 7-4) was prominent until pulling up sharply on the top bend so it was left to King’s Quay (6’s to 8’s) to chase home the winner.

Famous Clermont (4-6 to 1-2) rounded off his successful season beating Sixteen Letters (2’s touched 9-4) and Sykes (drifted to 4’s) in the Mixed Open. A bet of £1.200 to win £800 was struck on the winner (not me) .

Rhythm is a Dancer (4-5 to 4-7) was expected to continue the punters bonanza in the novice riders’ event but was a bit out of tune on this occasion and young Olive Nicholls  just failed to get him to last home. It was Beau du Brizais (friendless at 100-8) who hit the front where it mattered to win by a neck under Molly Landau. 

The Maiden Conditions looked a tricky affair with 11 runners lining up. The favourite prevailed however as the mare Lucky Lara (5 -2 to 9-4), given a patient ride by Josh Newman, held a spirited effort from Full Spes (8-1) and Heidi Lewis.

There was no respite for the layers in the last as trainer Christopher Barber and jockey Will Biddick completed their double with the promising four-year-old Talkingtothemoon (10-11 to 4-6). Jimmy Cole did his best to get No Escape (3’sto 5-2) home on his retirement ride but the mare couldn’t quite see out the trip.

REPORT – SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON SATURDAY 28TH MAY 2022


“The rose and black draws clear of the ruck,
And the murmur swells to a roar,
As the brave old colours that never were struck,
Are seen with the lead once more.
Six lengths in front she scours along,
She’s bringing the field to trouble;
She’s tailing them off, she’s running strong,
She shakes her head and pulls double.”

From a poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon 1833 – 1870

Will Biddick reached his half century for the season with a short priced double at the South Tetcott on Saturday. This put him level momentarily with James King on the 51 winner mark in the race for the National jockeys’ championship. King however edged ahead again with a single success at Kingston Blount on the following day.

Somerset based Josh Newman was also in double form thanks to Minimalistic and Lucky Lara, whilst the Novice Riders’ race featured a first point to point success for Molly Landau on Beau du Brizais.

The progressive seven-year-old Famous Clermont added to his Exeter hunter chase win with a smooth performance in the Simpkins Edwards Mixed Open. Will Biddick settled his mount in the slip stream of Sixteen Letters and Sykes and showed those rivals a clean pair of hooves when quickening clear in the finishing straight. Famous Clermont was winning for the fourth time this season. “ Not bad for a £5,000 purchase and the owners have been brilliant. They turned down a good offer after Exeter. We chose this race instead of Stratford and it was a good confidence booster for him,” explained trainer Christopher Barber.

The seven-times champion jockey completed his double on Talkingtothemoon in the two and a half miles Maiden sponsored by FC Cleaning Systems. Making only his second racecourse appearance, the four-year-old caught front running No Escape (Jimmy Cole) at the penultimate and had seven lengths in hand on reaching the judge. “His jumping was good and he will improve a lot,” said the jockey. The winner became the 25th winner of the season saddled by Christopher Barber. “We ran him here because they do such a good job with the ground. He was weak and raw first time out. I bought a half share to train him along with Yorton Stud because my grandfather (Richard Barber) won with his dam Blue Buttons. He is by the Yorton stallion Pether’s Moon. He will be on the market now.

Edward and Sue Darke’s Minimalistic gave Josh Newman his 17th winner of the season with an authoritative display in the Race Hill Garage Area Conditions race. The useful 10-year-old made virtually all the running to beat Five Gold Bars. “He jumps for fun and stays well. We do all the work on the farm. He has now won three times this year and he wasn’t at his best when he ran at Cheltenham. It was a nightmare journey there and he had got cast in his box the day before,” reported 80 years old Edward Darke, who shares ownership with his wife Sue and regularly rides out his prize possession.

A field of 11 faced the starter in the PRJ Engineering Maiden Conditions event won by Lucky Lara. This time Newman rode a waiting race, asking his mount for maximum effort to fend off Full Spes and Jimmy Tew on the home run. “She is still green and had a good look round. She will learn a lot from that,” said the jockey. The Mahler mare now runs in the colours of Terry Hamlin who often fills the role of senior steward in the area. She was bought privately after a couple of optimistic runs in hunter chases for her previous connections.

It was a memorable day for 17-year-old Molly Landau who rode her first point to point winner in the Dunbia West Devon sponsored Mixed Open for novice riders. Partnering the gallant grey Beau du Brizais, Molly galvanised her mount on the run in and just got up to catch odds-on favourite Rhythm Is a Dancer (Olive Nicholls) in the last few strides to win by a neck. Molly, a pony racing graduate, has ridden a flat winner and has had one success over hurdles. After a spell at Will Biddick’s yard she now works for Andrew Balding. “I have been at Kingsclere for five weeks and love it. My ambition is to be a professional jump jockey,” she told me, which would mean her following in the footsteps of her father Guy Landau who rode a Whitbread Gold Cup winner and was placed in the Grand National. Beau du Brizais is trained on the Quantocks by Teresa Honeyball for the six strong Notre Cheval Partnership headed by vet Phil Browne who said, “He is a bit quirky. I was a long serving vet for Philip Hobbs for 40 years and looked after this horse there for five years. Teresa works her heart out including taking the horses to Brean Sands beach.”

Darren Edwards and Will Biddick are having their usual close contest for the Devon & Cornwall Area title. Despite riding his 21st winner of the season on Liberty Rock in the Giffords Chartered Accountants Restricted, Edwards still has a few points to make up on his close rival in the final two area fixtures. Six-year-old Liberty Rock followed up his recent course win in good style at the expense of King’s Quay and Grove Ash. Owned by Nick Banks, John Gardener and Torbyn Hughes, the Dean Summersby trained gelding looks a fine prospect.

The popular Tavistock rider and trainer, 40-year-old Jimmy Cole, announced his retirement after racing. Jimmy has 18 winners to his credit in over 20 years race riding, invariably on cheaply bought horses. A highlight of his career was winning a hunter chase at Aintree in 2009 on his own mare Holly Walk who was bred by HM The Queen. Two years before that Holly Walk had given Jimmy his first success in a Wadebridge Maiden after nine years of trying. He was treated to a ducking in the water trough by fellow jockeys as a goodbye gesture.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS: SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON SATURDAY 28TH MAY 2022

GOING; GOOD, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES

AREA CONDITIONS – SPONSOR RACE HILL GARAGE

1 MINIMALISTIC (JOSH NEWMAN) 2-5 led from 2nd, hard pressed two out, ran on strongly, comf

2 FIVE GOLD BARS (ROB HAWKER) 8-1 held up, hdwy four out, every chance two out, no extra

3 AMORE ALATO (HOLLY PENNELLS) 5-1 well in touch four out, outpaced next

4 ran; 10l; 1 1/2l;  6m 44s

RESTRICTED – GIFFORDS CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS

1 LIBERTY ROCK (DARREN EDWARDS) 4-7 FAV alwys prom, led 15th, dvn out

2 KING’S QUAY (MATT HAMPTON) 8-1 left 2nd apprg three out, effort next, no extra nr finish

3 GROVE ASH (CHARLIE SPRAKE) 8-1 chased ldrs, 3rd from three out, no impression

7 ran; 1 1/2l; 2l;  6m 40s

MIXED OPEN – SIMPKINS EDWARDS

1 FAMOUS CLERMONT (WILL BIDDICK) 1-2 FAV well in touch, drew clr three out, easily

2 SIXTEEN LETTERS (JOSH NEWMAN) 2-1 alwys prom, no extra from three out

3 SYKES (DARREN EDWARDS) 4-1 withldrs til 15th, grad wknd

4 ran;  10l;  20l;  6m 43s

MIXED OPEN – NOVICE RIDERS –DUNBIA WEST DEVON

1 BEAU DU BRIZAIS (MOLLY LANDAU) 12-1 tracked ldrs, strong run two out, led last few strides

2 RHYTHM IS A DANCER (OLIVE NICHOLLS) 4-7 FAV made most, lkd wnr tilheaded last few strides

3 RIVER MYTH (VINNY WEBSTER) 17-2 held up, every chance three out, no extra

6 Ran;  neck;;3l;  6m 37s

MAIDEN CONDITIONS – PRJ ENGINEERING

1 LUCKY LARA (JOSH NEWMAN) 9-4 FAV held up, hdwy 13th, led three out, dvn out

2 FULL SPES (HEIDI LEWIS) 8-1 alwyshandy, led 13th til three out, kept on

3 JIMMY TEW (DARREN EDWARDS0 8-1 prom, led 10th til 14th, outpaced next

11 ran;  3 1/2l;  3 1/2l ;   6m 41S

MAIDEN 2M 4F –FC CLEANING SYSTEMS

1 TALKINGTOTHEMOON (WILL BIDDICK) 4-6 FAV chased lder til led two out, comf

2 NO ESCAPE (JIMMY COLE) 5-2 led & soon clear, headed two out, kept on

3 FIREFLY LANE (JOSH NEWMAN) 4-1 hdwy 11th, rdn next, one pace

7 ran; 7l; 6l; 5m 27s

Preview: The South Tetcott Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, on Saturday 28th May 2022

Pointing in the West Country heads back to the fast flat track at Upcott Cross this coming Saturday 28th May with The South Tetcott hosting their event. Two Pony races head up the action at 12.30, with the main six race card commencing at 2pm. 77  entries have been received.

There are two competitive Mixed Open races, the first which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, has Famous Clermont being the highest rated at 125 for the Chris Barber team, Sixteen Letters a winner of six Points for Neil McLean and rated 117, then Virak (Sam Loxton) 115 a winner of eight points and 6 Hunter Chase wins along with Sykes another at 115. Captain Bucks for jockey Freddie Gordon, is also entered and rates at 115 but also holds an entry in the Mixed Open for Novice riders which follows. With the Stratford Hunter Chase meeting on the Friday evening before, it is difficult to predict which will go where, but this is will definitely be a race to enjoy which holds eighteen interesting entries.

There is also a Mixed Open for Novice riders which is sponsored by Dunbia, and has attracted young jockey stars of the future in Olive Nicholls on Rhythm Is A Dancer, a horse which rated 142 under rules, and one of the horses to have given the opportunity to follow in the family tradition, with both Olive’s parents Paul and Georgie having won and progressed in the Pointing field, which Olive has excelled well in her first six months of competing. Another promising young jockey born into the saddle is Freddie Gordon, who has the ride here on Captain Bucks, rated 132 under rules, and the young jockey also has the option of Highway One O One already on a treble for the season for Jenny Gordon and is another for the short list. among the eleven entries.

The opening Conditions race, which is sponsored by Race Hill Garage,  previous course winner Minimalistic under Josh Newman will be looking to score again for the Darke family team and follow up on wins at Flete Park and Buckfastleigh. Ask The Lady was an impressive 22-length winner at South Hill for Dean Summersby/Darren Edwards combination and should go well again.

In the Giffords Chartered Accountants- sponsored Restricted could see the Mary Sanderson-trained Grove Ash improve on his recent one-length second to Rowley Park at Holnicote and could be another winner for leading Novice Gentleman jockey Charlie Sprake. Liberty Rock could repeat his win here two weeks ago for team Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards, and outside raider Villanesque looks to have the benefit of a mares weight allowance, and with the Luke Price/James King combination should provide a competitive finish.

In the Maiden Conditions race which is sponsored by PRJ Engineering, Kates Lane ran three lengths third at Holnicote for the Elizabeth Scott team and has the benefit of mares weight allowance. Lucky Lara is another running a close third and also has a mares weight allowance and should go well for jockey Josh Newman.

Finally up is the  FC Cleaning Systems-sponsored Maiden race in which Talkingtothemoon would be likely favourite for the Chris Barber team and be another winner for jockey Will Biddick having run a close second at the Stafford Cross meeting. Both Kates Lane and Lucky Lara mentioned before should run well if switched to this race and both of the Nikki Frost entries Flash Gorcombe and Firefly Lane could improve on their place form..

The course offers a fabulous day out for all the family with hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person which includes a race card. Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located 2m South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – Postcode EX21 5AE. Check out the http://www.pointingdc website and Weatherbys Point-to-Point for further details. There is live streaming at this event with Cornelius Lysaght presenting the event which can also be accessed through eventbrite and purchased at pointingdc/live.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

RESULTS- SOUTH TETCOTT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON 31ST MAY 2021

GOING: GOOD, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES

CONDITIONS (SPONSOR RACE HILL GARAGE)

  1. Definite Dilemma (Conor Houlihan) evens fav prom, led two out, stayed on well
  2. Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 9-4 disputed lead til two out, no extra flat
  3. Anolysee Moriniere (Isaac Buncle) 50-1 prog 14th, went 3rd two out, kept on

12 ran; 8l; 1 1/2l; 6m 31s

RESTRICTED (COODES SOLICITORS)

  1. Twig (Beau Morgan) 3-1 well in touch, led apprg last, ran on well
  2. Russian Invasion (Darren Edwards) 2-1 fav led til apprg last, no extra flat
  3. Aclassagold (Conor Houlihan) 3-1 every chance three out, gradually wknd

9 ran; 4 1/2l;;10l; 6m 35s

MIXED OPEN (SIMPKINS EDWARDS)

  1. Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 11-8 fav made most, stayed on gamely
  2. Eric The Third (Darren Andrews) 6-1 effort three out, kept on
  3. Master Dancer (Chloe Emsley) 11-4 3rd from three out, alwys held

5 ran; 1 3/4l; 10l; 6m 37s

MIXED OPEN NOVICE RIDERS (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

  1. Gentleman Farmer (Conor Houlihan) 7-2 made all, unchallenged
  2. Always on the Run (Conor Baker) 25-1 well held from three out, snatched 2nd on line
  3. Static Jack (Michael Treneer) evens fav hdwy 14th, short lived effort three out, no extra

5 ran; distance; short head; 6m 30s

MAIDEN CONDITIONS (PRJ ENGINEERING)

  1. Elusive Intentions (Darren Andrews) 10-1 led from 7th, held on well
  2. Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 2-1 fav sustained chall from three out, no extra nr finish
  3. Riding Shotgun (Natalie Parker) 4-1 good hdwy 15th, effort three out, grad wknd

11 ran; 2 3/4l; 5l; 6m 34s

OPEN MAIDEN 2M 4F (FC CLEANING SYSTEMS)

  1. Bon Calvados (Darren Edwards) 11-8 fav led from 6th, keen hold, mistakes, ran on
  2. Roc the Boat (Vinny Webster) 11-4 chased wnr bad mstk two out, no extra
  3. Midnight Jitterbug (Finn Lambert) 8-1 hdwy 15th, wknd two out

7 ran; 10l; 6l; 5m 28s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

REPORT: SOUTH TETCOTT AT UPCOTT CROSS on 31st May 2021

Conor Houlihan added a double to his Bratton Down treble at the South Tetcott Bank Holiday fixture at Upcott Cross to elevate himself to the nine winner mark and into the lead for the National Novice Riders’ Championship.

The Irishman, who stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, began with a hard fought success in the opening Race Hill Garage sponsored Conditions event. His mount Definite Dilemma, trained by his boss Will Biddick, runs in the colours of his father Martin, who was able to watch the action in County Waterford via the popular live streaming. He would have seen Conor shake off Darren Edwards on Party Tunes after a sustained battle in the home straight.

Conditions winner Definite Dilemma, ridden by Conor Houlihan
Conditions winner Definite Dilemma, ridden by Conor Houlihan. South Tetcott Point-To-Point at Upcott Cross on 31st May 2021. photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

A further success for the Irish jockey followed as Gentleman Farmer made all the running to win the Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company Novice Riders’ Mixed Open. Home bred by Richard Hawker, the lightly raced nine-year-old strolled home to win unchallenged.

Mixed Open for Novice Riders winner Gentleman Farmer, ridden by Conor Houlihan
Mixed Open for Novice Riders winner Gentleman Farmer, ridden by Conor Houlihan. South Tetcott Point-To-Point at Upcott Cross on 31st May 2021. photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

It is not all plain sailing at this game and a fall on Safe Harbour in the FC Cleaning Systems Maiden literally brought Houlihan back down to earth. The winner Bon Calvados proved anything but an armchair ride for Darren Edwards, racing keenly, and hanging and jumping erratically, but reaching the judge with eight lengths to spare over Roc the Boat. A half brother to Saint Calvados, who was narrowly beaten by Min in last year’s Ryanair Chase, Bon Calvados had been placed in a Market Rasen bumper for Olly Murphy, and is now in the care of Alan Hill for the Cross Channel Racing Club.

Edwards himself had been in the wars two days previously at Bratton Down when two heavy falls put his participation for this meeting in doubt. The Devon & Cornwall champion jockey bounced back however in typically determined fashion, and two winners and three seconds from five rides was his reward.

His win on the game veteran Honest Deed in the Simpkins Edwards Mixed Open was particularly apt, since it was announced afterwards that the Dean Summersby trained gelding had gone into honourable retirement after taking his career wins into double figures for his quartet of local owners.

Mixed Open winner Honest Deed, ridden by Darren Edwards.
Mixed Open winner Honest Deed, ridden by Darren Edwards. South Tetcott Point-To-Point at Upcott Cross on 31st May 2021. photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

16-year-old Beau Morgan gave a polished performance to score on the Matt Hampton trained Twig in the Coodes Solicitors Restricted, beating Darren Edwards on 2-1 favourite Russian Invasion into second place. “This is my second point-to-point winner. I have just left school and plan to ride in Jersey in the summer to gain experience,” said the young rider, who lives near Bath and judging by the cheering had brought his fan club with him to Devon.

Restricted winner Twig (far side), ridden by Beau Morgan
Restricted winner Twig (far side), ridden by Beau Morgan. South Tetcott Point-To-Point at Upcott Cross on 31st May 2021. photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

It was the turn of Darren Andrews as Elusive Intentions just outstayed the Darren Edwards ridden Honest Opinion in the PRJ Engineering Maiden Conditions race. The winner is trained at Mappowder, near Sturminster Newton, by Harriet Brown for owner Shirley Prideaux who bought the well bred seven -year-old at Tattersalls Ascot sales two years ago.. “He is a big horse and has had a lot of niggles,” explained the trainer who was enjoying her first winner of this truncated season.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

ENTRIES: SOUTH TETCOTT POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS ON BANK MONDAY 31ST MAY 2021

These are the entries for the South Tetcott Point-To-Point. This fixture will welcome the return of the paying public, being granted a spectator capacity of 1000. The fixture will also be live streamed see below for details.

RaceStart timeLink to South Tetcott entries and form for race
PR 12:30 Pony Races
1st14:00Race Hill Garage Conditions (Lvl2) Race
2nd14:35Coodes Restricted Race
3rd15:10Simpkins-Edwards Mixed Open Race
4th15:45Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd Mixed Open for Novice Riders Race
5th16:20PRJ Engineering Conditions Race
6th16:55FC Cleaning systems Race
South Tetcott Pony and Point-To-Point Races

South Tetcott Preview extract:

Pony racing heads up the action at The South Tetcott meeting at Upcott Cross this coming Monday at 12 noon, followed by the main six race card at 2pm which has attracted over 100 entries and will be a great way to round off the bank holiday weekend.

South Tetcott Course Updates:

Wednesday 26th May at 9:55

Going as at 9.55, 26 May, after rain over the last few days the ground is still soft, dryer weather is now forecast until Monday.

Saturday 22th 2pm

Upcott Cross going update: Soft. Drying weather during the week ahead, will maintain for Good ground on race day.

South Tetcott Spectator tickets

Tickets will be available via the www.pointtopoint.co.uk website, there is a fee of £15 which includes a racecard. .

  • Children under 16 go free but must apply for an e-ticket.
  • Social distancing still must be adhered to at all times.
  • Spectator ticket sales close at 6PM on Sunday 30th May
https://embed.futureticketing.ie/c/point-to-point-uk/

On course facilities available are bar, refreshments, bookies and trade stands.

Course is located at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE.

South Tetcott Live Stream

Live streaming of the Point-To-Point races with race commentary and presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is on offer for the six Point-To-Point races, with a start time of 12.45 before the first of the pony races at 12:30.

The live stream will start at 12:00, for the first of the pony races at 12:30, commentary will be available for the pony racing.

There is a fee of £10 plus a small Eventbrite admin fee to view the race meeting.

South Tetcott Restricted access zone entry tickets

Participants and owners will need to apply for tickets and complete a health declaration to be allowed to enter the course.

The tickets and the latest information required for accessing the course on the day can be obtained from https://www.pointtopoint.co.uk

South Tetcott ENTRIES FORM GUIDE

Key:

f=fellu=unseated rider
p=pulled upk=knocked over
b=brought downc=carried out
d=disqualified?=unreliable form
s=slipped up+=improving rating
r=refusedblkd=baulked
ro=ran outt=took no part
©=course winner   

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entries at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Pony Races

138cm Pony Race

138cm (m 8f ) OPENPonyEntered
1Antsar PeeptoeJacob Robinson
2ChurchillMyrtle Scudamore
3Little ReplacementKatherine Sprake
4Maesteg RuthMargot Scudamore
5Menedh Jumping Jack FlashArchie Pearse
6NomoranunJack Dace
7Oh My DaysLevi Williams
8Tealson TopicDewi John Haddock
9Tullibards Little LegendRuby Price
10Willow The Wisp 111Rian Corcoran
RDowhills Master AlfieEvie Coe
RFelicity (2)Lily French
RDeehaven ChipmunkSophie Flynn

148cm Pony Race

148cm (m 12f ) OPENPonyEntered
1Acamis Ibn MontrozeSantino Graziano
2Annie R U OkTaylor Fisher
3Beside The SeaFrank Davis
4Broadgrove Royal GiftElla Stephens
5CalypsoTamara King
6Class Act AnnieFreddie Gingell
7Flo TinawayMegan Ridsdale
8Gulliver IvMiley Jenkins
9Heavenly RoseHenry Pugh
10Indian RiverHolly Flynn
RSeal The DealElijah Lynch
RMallow RoyaleEdward Vaughan
RTommyHarrison Day
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Race 1 – Race Hill Garage Conditions (Lvl 2) Race

#FormNameRatingRace_Comments
1p/fp-p3puANOLYSSE MORINIERE (FR)32French NHFlat & hurdle winner(2m2f) 2015/16;8L 3rd to Eric The Third in Trebudannon Condi(late headway)
2351-3332CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE)41Won Maiden/Rest;6L 3rd Cherybrook Interm & sh hd 2nd (headed line) Eggesford Intem ; best soft;stays well
341432/-p4COME ON JOEY (IRE)36Won N.Corn maiden & Lamerton Rest (20/1) 22L 4th to Port O’Clock in Trebudannon Cond; acts gd/soft
42-pp6144COTTAGE ROSE38Dam won 7Ptps; Won  maiden 2020 & Flete Rest;14L 4th to Largy Mountain Bratton Rest (stayed on well) gd/soft
5/232422DEFINITE DILEMMA (IRE)42Dual Irish Ptp winner 2018;placed Chases in March;1L 2nd to Sir Mangan & 21L 2nd in Hunterchase;chances
6-3464156ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40Won 7NH Races(4 Chases) Beat Awesome Tunes 2L in Trebudannon Conds;last in DulWest 4m Open (ran wide)
7112/4-1pHADMEATHELLO (IRE)41Won 3 Ptps;Beat Bingo Star7L in Dingle Conds(stays on well) pu Cheltenham Hunterchase latest;acts good
83/4fp-u6pHOW ABOUT IT (IRE)36Won 2 NH & 3 Ptps(Inc Open) acts any; 31L 6th to Robin des People Maisemore Conds 30th Mar(weak 3 out)
961/28-146JOURNEY JUICE37Won Maiden/Rest 2019;Won  Members & 13L 4th Flete Park Conds;15L 6th to Minim Mouse in Bratton Conds
105/7-585p7KILCREA BRIDGE35Won Maiden & Exeter 3m chase 2018; acts gd/heavy; 8L 7th to Master Sunrise in Edgcote Club ; one paced
114ppp-p65LOMACHENKO (IRE)27Won 2m4f Maiden hurdle Dec 2018; 28L 5th to Famous Clermont in Cothelstone Conds; acts on any
1268463-2f7OSCAR LANTERN (IRE)38Ex Irish;Won 2NH; 5L 2nd to More Bucks Maisemore Conds & 24L 7th to Wotzizname Bratton Conds;one paced
13p361p/-p2PANCRACE (FR)37Won 3 Ptps 2018/19(maiden-Conds); acts good/firm;fair 12L 2nd to Where’s Wilma in Upcott Interm
14pu/22-311PARTY TUNES (IRE)39+24L 4th Irish maiden 2019;20L winner Trebudannon  Maiden & beat Man of Means in 5L Upcott Rest;improving
153/fp-8861fSYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR)39Won 4 Ptps(Dual Flete winner) best stiff tracks; beat Board of Trade 2 1/2L in Flete Conditions ; act on any
16pp/42-203TALK OF THE SOUTH (IRE)40Won 3 NH(3m5f Chase 2018)1L 2nd to Skylander in Members & 4L 3rd to Minim Mouse Bratton Conds; acts any
1724/32-22pTHE DAPPER FOX40?Won 8 Ptps;won 3m6f Conds;1L 2nd to Crown of Thorns in Cherrybrook Conds 3rd; pu 4m Flete Open
18u14/12-13THE ROESTONE (IRE)40Won 4 Ptps;beat Bridge of Spies Cherrybrook InterM (head) & 12L 3rd to Raddon Top Upcott Conds;acts any

South Tetcott Preview extract

This fast relatively flat track will provide some exciting competitive racing and the opening Conditions Race Hill Garage-sponsored race has hot entries, such as Party Tunes another for the Dean Summersby team under jockey Darren Edwards. Definate Dilema is one out of the Will Biddick yard who looks to be a runner at Stratford for jockey Conor Houlihan, but if running here would be definitely dangerous. Hadmeathehello ia another to mention who could battle it out if the latter doesn’t run at the Bratton meeting on Saturday

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Race 2 – Coodes Restricted Race

#FormNameRatingRace_Comments
1p2-5223ACLASSAGOLD (IRE)38Irish Maiden winner 2018;Runner up in 4 Resticteds 2020/21; 1/2L 3rd Grafton Rest(kiept on) chances here
25/3/4-p1DON’T ASK US (IRE)3522L 3rd in Barbury Maiden won by Nobodydoesitbetter 2019; Left clear at last in Upcott maiden; acts gd/soft
3p/p-p4214EDABEAN (IRE)36Modest Hurdler 2018/19;beat Walk In Clover 2L Edgcote Maiden; 1 1/2L 4th Dul West Rest (kept on) chances
4p1/-p6pu2EOLE D’UN REGARD (FR)37Ex French;Won 2m4f maiden 2019;1/2L 2nd in Bratton Rest (headed runin) won by Dancing Dave; acts any
5*6531//-ppHONOURBOUND (IRE)12Won Ffos Las 1m4f Flat race 2018 (gd/Soft) Pulled up 3 out in Trebudannon Rest & 2out in Eggesford Rest
6/1p3-4366MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE)34Won Maiden 2019;17L 3rd in Trebudannon Rest & 13L 6th to Dancing Dave in Bratton Rest; more required here
7/1p-*0033MINELLA BEAG (IRE)37+Dam won hurdle;Won Mares maiden; 1L 3rd Dulverton West Rest(Stayed on well) ;acts soft/heavy; Chances
846/*9703PRINCESS ROANIA (IRE)33NHFlat & Flat winner 2015/16;3L 2nd hurdle 2017; acts soft/heavy;21L 3rd to Gats And Co in Holnicote Rest
9/uppp/-p1RISK AND CO (FR)34+1L 2nd NHFlat & 11L 3rd of 3 in hurdle 2018; beat Coastal Capers 6L in Cothelstone 2m4f Maiden; acts gd/soft
102*7/p0-12RUSSIAN INVASION (IRE)35Left clear 3 out Trebudannon Maiden & 6L 2nd to Gats And Co in Holnicote Rest (2m 4f) acts on any;EW chances
1131p/2p-pTAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)34Won Banwell maiden(20L gd/firm 2019) 2L 2nd to No Limitations Badbury Rest 2020; Pu 3 out Spooners Rest
126p41/-ppTARA SNIPE29Dam won 17 Ptps;won 2m4 Trebudannon 2m4f maiden 2019; acts gd/soft ;pu 3 out Trebudannon Rest
1337/32-7p1THE KITCHENMECANIC35Placed 3 Irish maidens 2019; beat Jasmin des Bordes 3/4L in Cothelstone Maiden ; acts on good/soft
144/0623-p4TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Irish maiden winner 2018; Neck 2nd Rest 2020; 46L 4th to Gats And Co in Holnicote Rest latest;more require
15*50-314TWIG35Beat Largy Mountain 3L(Triple winner since)Maisemore Maiden; l7L 4th to Party Tunes in Upcott Rest; acts gd

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In the Coodes Insurance-sponsored Restricted race Edabean(Jason Warner), Aclassageld (Martin Wanless) is another outside raider who could go close after his neck third at the Edgecote meeting, where as Don’t Ask Us (Keith Cumings) and Russian Invasion (Dean Summersby) both look good on recent form and could fly the flag for the area.


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Race 3 – Simpkins Edwards Mixed Open Race

#FormNameRatingRace_Comments
15/11-1p22CHAMERON (FR)44Won French;Won Coronation Cup 2020 & Hunterchase;1L 2nd to Thumb Stone Blues Banwell Open; chances
23121-22p3CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE)40Won 14 Ptps;1L 2nd Cherrybrook Ladies & 39L 3rd to Diplomate Sivola Holnicote Conds;acts on any
343412/-33CHU CHU PERCY41Won Perth 3m Chase & Dual hurdle winner 2017/18;7L 3rd in Mollington Ladies; acts on gd/heavy
414465/-p3COPAIN DE CLASSE (FR)40Won 5NH(2m2f Chase 2018) pu Ludlow Hunterchase(fav) & 9L 3rd to Famous Clermont Cothelstone Conds
5-3464156ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40Won 7NH Races(4 Chases) Beat Awesome Tunes 2L in Trebudannon Conds;last in DulWest 4m Open (ran wide)
67p/31/p-6GENTLEMAN FARMER33Dam won 4 Ptps;Won 2m4f maiden 2017;lightly raced; 71L 6th to Barney Dwan in Edgcote Mixed Open
732/u-1352HONEST DEED (IRE)41Won 9 Ptps (2017/20) Won Wadebridge Open;4L 2nd to River Myth in Upcott Cross Open; acts any
8/1p5p-171KNOW THE SCORE (IRE)43Won 3NH/Irish Ptp; Won Flete 4mOpen (Beat Ramble On 1L) & Bratton 4m1f Open ; acts gd/soft; chances
9421-4534MASTER DANCER40Won 4 Flat & 2 Hurdles 2013/17;3L 3rd in Chepstow Hunterchase; well beaten latest ; acts on any; one paced
10uup/p-p7pMORE THAN LUCK (IRE)22?Won 2 Hurdles & Chase 2017/18; stays 3m2f+;56L 7th to Robin des People Maisemore Conds ;only recent form
1111/-pR2p1RIVER MYTH42Won 10Ptps;Won Rest/Interm 2018 & Mixed Open 2019; beat Honest Deed 4L in Eggesford Open; may go close
12219-22112SOUTHFIELD THEATRE(IRE)43Won 9NH(Chases) & 7 Ptps;Won Ladies & 2L 2nd to Board of Trade Flete Park Ladies (4m) acts nay.jumps well
13/55puc1uSTAPLE HEAD (IRE)39Won Maiden 2018 & Cothelstone Rest by 15L (jumped right) acts on any;leading when ur 3 out latest
14/p1-51111THUMB STONE BLUES (IRE)45Won 3 NH & 5 Ptps;Won 4 in 2021(Beat Green Winter 8L in Mollington Conds ) stays well; must go close
1511/41-425TUFF NANO (IRE)41Won 5 Ptps(inc Irish maiden);11L 2nd to Marcle Ridge Barbury Open; well behind in Chelteham Hunterchase

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The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open holds good entries with Chameron for trainer Sam Loxton, looking to follow up on his Hunter Chase win at Leicester, and Thumb stone blues who won at this track at the previous meeting under leading gentleman jockey James King if not running at Kingston Blount on Sunday. Southfield Theatre also holds an entry for the Sara Bradstock team and would be highly followed, but holds an entries at Stratford this Friday and Kingston Blount on Sunday, so connections will decide where he is to run.

Race 4 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co. Ltd Mixed Open for Novice Riders Race

#FormNameRatingRace_Comments
14p//-86u2ALTERNATIF (FR)38Won 4 NH/Flat (inc France) Won Larkhill Conditions 2018;5L 2nd to Knight Bachelor Cothelstone Conds
2pp/pp68uALWAYS ON THE RUN (IRE)18Won 4NH (3 Chases) 2015/16;2nd in Hunterchase 2019; well beaten since (in rear whenur 4 out latest)
34u6-37581ANGE DES MALBERAUX (FR)39Won 7NH(4 Chases) 5L 4th Conds Dec 2020;beat Aunty Joan 20L in Edgcote Members (stay on well) acts gd/soft
43p1p-u8u4BALLYHOWNE (IRE)36?Dual Irish Ptp Winner;Won Inter/Conds & Open;42L 4th to Skylanderin Flete Park Cond latest; best watched ?
5351-3332CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE)41Won Maiden/Rest;6L 3rd Cherybrook Interm & sh hd 2nd (headed line) Eggesford Intem ; best soft;stays well
614465/-p3COPAIN DE CLASSE (FR)40Won 5NH(2m2f Chase 2018) pu Ludlow Hunterchase(fav) & 9L 3rd to Famous Clermont Cothelstone Conds
77p/31/p-6GENTLEMAN FARMER33Dam won 4 Ptps;Won 2m4f maiden 2017;lightly raced; 71L 6th to Barney Dwan in Edgcote Mixed Open
832/u-1352HONEST DEED (IRE)41Won 9 Ptps (2017/20) Won Wadebridge Open;4L 2nd to River Myth in Upcott Cross Open; acts any
9/d21-341KNIGHT BACHELOR39Won 4NH; Won Open 2019/Conds 2020;beat Alternatif 5L in Cothelstone Conditions Novice Riders; acts gd/soft
10321/-R2ppMIXBOY (FR)35?Won 7NH & 4 Flat (2015/19 ;acts gd/soft;8L 2nd to Florrie Webb in Quantock Members; no show since
113/154/3-pOUR HENRIETTA (IRE)38Won 3 Irish Ptps 2017/18; 2L 3rd S.Dorset Members 2020; front runs; pu last Flete 2m4f Conds(prom to 11th)
12121/p-124RAMBLE ON (IRE)41?Won 10Ptps(inc Opens) 1L 2nd in 4m Flete Open (headed close home) acts on any; moody;may win again
13735-2414ROLLING DYLAN (IRE)40Won 4 NH (2015/18) Beat Bridge of Spies 4L in Holnicote members; 12L 4th in Bratton Conds latest
14/2-121111SIR MANGAN (IRE)44Won 5NH & 4 Ptps;won 4 Conds races this season (bt Amigo 40L in Edgcote Club; easy) acts any ;game
1532p-Ru47SOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE)39Won 2m3f Chase 2018(heavy)2L 2nd Nov riders 2020; 30L 7th to For Rita in Flete Park Conditons
16/55puc1uSTAPLE HEAD (IRE)39Won Maiden 2018 & Cothelstone Rest by 15L (jumped right) acts on any;leading when ur 3 out latest
17*/0076-1pSTATIC JACK (IRE)42Won 4NH & Irish Ptp(3m Hurdle 2019) acts gd/heavy; Beat River Myth 2L Cherrybrook Open(stayed on)
1812/-pp66pTOP CHIEF39Won 4 NH & 7 Ptps;won N.Abbot Chase (3m2f) acts on any; 37L 6th to More Buck’s in Maisemore Conds
19*3428p-3pVIF ARGENT (FR)17Won 9NH (last won 2015) 2nd in hurdle 2018; distant 3rd & pulled up in both starts this season

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The Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd Mixed Open for Novice Riders looks to be another thriller, with Honest Deed who won at Wadebridge, and runner-up here at the last meeting for young jockey Charlotte Summersby. Outside raider Sir Mangan for jockey Ben Sutton, who is already on a seasons hat-trick of wins this season should run well again for the Alan Hill team.

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Race 5 – PRJ Engineering Maiden Conditions Race

#FormNameRatingRace_Comments
1p52pp-32ARACARAS (IRE)32Head 2nd Irish maiden 2019;14L 3rd & 4L 2nd to Hermes du Gouet Eggesford maiden;front runs;EW chances
23/u32-533ARCTIC MILLY32Dam won 3NH;Placed Maidens ; 6L 3rd & 5L 3rd to Jimmy Snipe Bratton Maidens;one paced; consistent
332fp/76-pATTACOTTI (IRE)28?1L 2nd Lamerton Mares Maiden 2018; acts gd/soft;27L 7th & 18L 6th in 2 Maidens 2021; pu 3 out return
4-35BENNYS MIRACLE (IRE)1833L 3rd Trebudannon Maiden (2m 4f) & 29L 5th to Lassue in Cothelstone Maiden(2m4f)may improve;acts any
5/p-p33pBORROWED AND BLUE(IRE)2435L 3rd in Dingley maiden & 7L 3rd to The Kitchenmecanic in Cothelstone maiden when completing; acts any
64/42/3-5p2BUSINESSMAN (IRE)34placed maidens;29L 5th in Ottery Maiden & Sh hd 2nd Bratton maiden (headed post) ; acts gd/soft;chances
738up-34pDA VINCI ROCK26Ex Irish Hurdler/Chaser;acts gd/heavy; 5L 3rd Spooners Maiden & 17L 4th to Dr Time in Flete Park maiden
85u46-p3fELUSIVE INTENTIONS (IRE)27Moderate form in Irish Ptps 2018/19;8L 3rd in Edgecote maiden; Fell heavily 6th latest; front runner
9f/-96p824FESTIVAL DAWN32+Dam won 3 Ptps/NH Chase;Neck 2nd Mollington 2m4f maiden & 4L 4th to Hilnamix in Edgcote Maiden;chances
10*3755-73fFOOTLOOSE24Placed Hurdles 2018; 16L 3rd to Gats And Co Maisemore Park Maiden(weak 2 out); fell 11th latest; gd/firm
114/*7p-pFUSIONICE (FR)08L 4th in Irish maiden 2019;well held in 2 NH races2020;well behnd when pu aft 3 out Eggesford maiden
12p/-ppGOLLY ITS MOLLY0Related to winning pointers; Pulled up on all 3 starts (pu 3 out in Minehead maiden lastest) best watched
132*3/fp-f3fHENRY’S REGIME27Dam won a Ptp;3L 2nd Ptp Flat; 5L 3rd to The Mighty Ash  in Cothelstone maiden & fell 11th lastest
1464/32-422HONEST OPINION (IRE)33Runner up in 3 maidens; 8L 2nd & 4L 2nd to Don’t Ask Us in Upcott Maiden ;knocking on the door;may go close
1503p5-22JASMIN DES BORDES (FR)3412L 2ndin  Larkhilll 2m4f maiden & 3/4L 2nd to the The Kitchenmecanic Cothelstone maiden; acts any; chances
16#NAME?LAST OF THE DRUIDS0Dam won a Maiden;Pulled up on all 3 starts to date  (saddle slipped latest) watching brief here
17/p-p236MYTHICAL PRINCE (IRE)1712L 2nd in Higham maiden & 35L 6th to The Kitchenmecanic Cothelstone (weak 3 out) acts on any;
180-44RIDING SHOTGUN (IRE)1920L 4th in Barbury Ptp Bumper & 13L 4th in Maisemore maiden won by Twig; could improve further
193/p-4cROC THE BOAT20Dam won maiden;29L 4th to Don’t Ask Us in Upcott maiden;carried out 11th Bratton maiden latest
206/53-pp54TARRYTOWN (FR)29?2L 3rd in 2m4f maiden 2019 ; 18L 4th to The Kitchenmecanic in Cothelstone Maiden; acts on gd/soft
21p/6-274pVAMANOS (IRE)15?Placed in Hurdles 2018/19;25L 2nd in Barbury maiden Dec 2020;well held since ; acts on any

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Aracas for the Luke price team finished runner up here at the previous meeting and holds an entries in both the maiden races that follow and should go close if returning here, along with Honest Opinion for team Summersby and Safe Harbour for the Chris Barber team, who have an excellent strike rate with maiden horses. These races have been sponsored by PRJ Engineering and The FC Cleaning systems.


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Race 6 – The FC Cleaning Systems Maiden Race

#FormNameRatingRace_Comments
1p52pp-32ARACARAS (IRE)32Head 2nd Irish maiden 2019;14L 3rd & 4L 2nd to Hermes du Gouet Eggesford maiden;front runs;EW chances
2-5pARV WAY THERE339L 5th to The Rosary Flyer in Flete maiden;pulled up in Dul West maiden latest; may do better in time
3-50BEAG ORAISTE0Well beaten in 2Ptp Flat races to date; unraced over fences
43503-p3fBON CALVADOS (FR)34Placed NHflat/Hurdles; 25L 3rd in Aldinngton maiden & leading when fell last Mollington maiden; chances
554p//-pppBURNING SANDS (IRE)015L 4th in Irish maiden in 2018; beaten 33L+ in NHFlat/Nov hurdles in 2018 ;pulled up in all starts 2021
6f/-96p824FESTIVAL DAWN32+Dam won 3 Ptps/NH Chase;Neck 2nd Mollington 2m4f maiden & 4L 4th to Hilnamix in Edgcote Maiden;chances
7*00/-p95FLAMING RED7Unplaced on the Flat & pu up after 3 out in  2m Hurdle Feb 2021; 38L 5th in Quantock maiden 2m4f maiden
84/*7p-pFUSIONICE (FR)08L 4th in Irish maiden 2019;well held in 2 NH races2020;well behnd when pu aft 3 out Eggesford maiden
9#NAME?GONE SURFING (IRE)16Pulled up 2out in Maisemore 2m5f maiden & 31L 4th to The Rosary Flyer in Flete Park Maiden (2m 4f)
10-4pHANDS FACE SPACE (IRE)1527L 4th to Rafferty in Sheriff Hutton Maiden (2m 4f) 3rd Apr(no hdwy 3 out) pu 2out Trebudannon maiden
11*0f543/9-4MIDNIGHT JITTERBUG19Maiden; placed IN 5 hurdles; 18L 4th to Risk And Co in Cothelstone Maiden (2m 4f) may do better
123/p-4cROC THE BOAT20Dam won maiden;29L 4th to Don’t Ask Us in Upcott maiden;carried out 11th Bratton maiden latest
135662/99-pROWLEY PARK (IRE)03L 3rd in 1m7f  Wincanton hurdle May 2019; beaten 40L+ in 2 starts in 2020;pu 4 out Minehead maiden
14*0fp//-2SAFE HARBOUR (IRE)33+Moderate hurdler when in 2018;1L 2nd to Lassue in Cothelstone 2m4f maiden on promising return; acts gd/soft
15ffR/fp/-TALLY HO DOCTOR017L 4th in Welsh maiden in 2918;has failed to  complete in all runs in 2018/19; watching brief here
16#NAME?THISTLE DO20?prom until weak & Fell 2out in Mollington Maiden on 1st run;
17*696708-cWISE GARDEN (FR)0Moderate form in 5 Hurdles & NHflat race in 2020/21; acts on gd/heavy ; carried out 11th Bratton maiden

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Aracas for the Luke price team finished runner up here at the previous meeting and holds an entries in both the maiden races that follow and should go close if returning here, along with Honest Opinion for team Summersby and Safe Harbour for the Chris Barber team, who have an excellent strike rate with maiden horses. These races have been sponsored by PRJ Engineering and The FC Cleaning systems.

Photo Credits: Megan Cobley Photography; Athwenna Irons/WMN


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PREVIEW: South Tetcott POINT-TO-POINT AT Upcott Cross ON BANK Monday, 31st May 2021

Pony racing heads up the action at The South Tetcott meeting at Upcott Cross this coming Monday at 12 noon, followed by the main six race card at 2pm which has attracted over 100 entries and will be a great way to round off the bank holiday weekend.

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open holds good entries with Chameron for trainer Sam Loxton, looking to follow up on his Hunter Chase win at Leicester, and Thumbstoneblues who won at Cothelstone under leading gentleman jockey James King if not running at Kingston Blount on Sunday. Southfield Theatre also holds an entry for the Sara Bradstock team and would be highly followed, but holds an entries at Stratford this Friday and Kingston Blount on Sunday, so connections will decide where he is to run.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd Mixed Open for Novice Riders looks to be another thriller, with Honest Deed who won at Wadebridge, and runner-up here at the last meeting for young jockey Charlotte Summersby. Outside raider Sir Mangan for jockey Ben Sutton, who is already on a seasons hat-trick of wins this season should run well again for the Alan Hill team.

This fast relatively flat track will provide some exciting competitive racing and the opening Conditions  Race Hill Garage-sponsored race has hot entries, such as Party Tunes another for the Dean Summersby team under jockey Darren Edwards. Definate Dilema is one out of the Will Biddick yard who looks to be a runner at Stratford for jockey Conor Houlihan, but if running here would be definitely dangerous. Hadmeathehello ia another to mention who could battle it out if the latter doesn’t run at the Bratton meeting on Saturday.

In the Coodes Insurance-sponsored Restricted race Edabean(Jason Warner), Aclassageld (Martin Wanless) is another outside raider who could go close after his neck third at the Edgecote meeting, where as Don’t Ask Us (Keith Cumings) and Russian Invasion (Dean Summersby) both look good on recent form and could fly the flag for the area.

Aracas for the Luke price team finished runner up here at the previous meeting and holds an entries in both the maiden races that follow and should go close if returning here, along with Honest Opinion for team Summersby and Safe Harbour for the Chris Barber team, who have an excellent strike rate with maiden horses. These races have been sponsored by PRJ Engineering and The FC Cleaning systems.

Racegoers can book tickets online via https://pointingdc.co.uk/tickets for £15 per person or via the Weatherbys Point-to-Point website. Children under 16 go free but must register for e-tickets online, ticket office closes at 6pm Sunday evening.

On course facilities available are bar, refreshments, bookies and trade stands.

The South Tetcott fixture will be live streamed with tickets available through eventbrite or pointingdc.co.uk/live.

Telephone betting is available and you can register with a bookie by ringing either Richard Pittard on 07711298746 or Dave Phillips 07810775119.

Course is located at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – SOUTH TETCOTT

“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.

Bryant McGill, American author, “Voice of Reason

I was looking forward to the South Tetcott Spring Bank Holiday Monday fixture at Upcott Cross, but it was not to be this year. The point-to-point has settled there alongside the Eggesford since 2006, but it had been a moveable feast since the war. Here is a short description of its history.

The early South Tetcott meetings were held jointly with the Tetcott. From March 1924 the venue was Affaland Moor near Holsworthy, and this arrangement continued until the 1939 season. The star West Country horse in the early 1930’s was Mr Snip, an outstanding banking horse, bred by his owner Mr C T Nixon in North Devon. He won 0ver 20 races, including at this fixture each year from 1933 to 1936. Main Doctor was another good horse in the area and won at this fixture in 1937, 1938 and 1939 and remarkably went on to win three open nomination races in 1946.The leading West Country rider at that time was Mr F W B Smyth.

Joint meetings continued after the war, but from the fixture on 28th March 1946 until 1954 the fixture was held at Marhamchurch near Bude. The two point-to-points went their separate ways in 1955 when the Tetcott raced at Bradworthy on 17th March, and the South Tetcott went to Ashbury two weeks later.

This arrangement continued until foot and mouth led to cancelled fixtures in 1961, but the South Tetcott reverted to Ashbury, near Hatherleigh, in 1962 when that popular gelding Grand Morn II (R Bloomfield) won the Open. He went on to win the Cheltenham Foxhunter the following year. In those days it was run over the proper distance of four miles.

The 1963 meeting was lost due to the heavy snowfall that winter, and from then on several disruptions affected the fixture. In 1964 the venue was Kilworthy, but no fixtures were held after that until a new course at Beara Court, Highampton, hosted their first evening meeting on May 22nd 1968. The hunt race was a walk over, but jockeys such as Walter Dennis, Sue Aston, Colonel C R Spencer and Fred Rawle were amongst the winners.

The official times at the evening fixture at Highampton on May 21st 1969 reflected the shortness of the course. The Ladies’ Open went to Honey Ruff and Mrs K Huntley-Jones in 4mins 30 secs. The going was heavy ! Either the horses were Gold Cup standard or the track was very much shorter than the traditional three miles. I think it was the latter.

One of the leading point-to-pointers in the country won the Open Novice race there in 1970 which was sponsored by the Sale and Mackenzie annual. This was the Ledbury six-year-old Priceless Clown who won six times that year. Mrs Gaze’s gelding was ridden by Henry Oliver, and beat title seeking David Turner on Master Vesuvius that night in 4 mins 58 secs.

No fixtures were held between 1972 and 1984, but on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1985 a new course was unveiled at Ashwater. This re-instituted fixture was originally scheduled for Grand National day but was washed out. The re-arrangement almost suffered the same fate but just survived the heavy rain. Ashwater was a narrow, rectangular course. I was there that day and remember backing Chris Down’s mount Pembridge in the last to give him a treble. The mare was pipped on the post and I got wet through. It was a funny little track and not the easiest for spectators. It was often beset with late season hard going, and only lasted until 1992.

More bad luck awaited in 1993 when a move to Jay’s Farm, Lifton was thwarted by waterlogging. This was quite a nice location on land owned by the Cornish comedian Jethro (who is still going strong because I went to his show at the Electric Palace, Bridport, six months ago, but that is not really relevant here). Jethro owned one or two pointers in those days. The hunt raced at Lifton until the move to the Upcott Cross course in 2006. This venue, shared with the Eggesford, is more of a stayers track and has permanent facilities. It is superbly maintained by the owners Ken and John Heard, who are great supporters of point-to-pointing.

The South Tetcott meeting for this week’s reminiscence is their first to take place at Lifton in 1994.

SOUTH TETCOTT AT LIFTON 30TH MAY 1994

Going: Good

HUNT

1 Royal Effigy (Richard Cole)

2 Catundra (David Jones)

3 Handsome Deb (Mrs C Isaac)

4 ran; dist; dist; 6m 25s SP 4-6 fav

OPEN

1 The Blue Boy (Damien Duggan)

2 Bluechipenterprise (Richard Darke)

3 Olveston (George Turner)

4 ran; dist; dist; 6m 4s SP evens fav

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Curraheen Lad (Tracey Brown)

2 Timber Tool (Alison Dare)

3 Sweet on Willie (Mandy Turner)

11 ran; 2l; 2l; 6m 6s SP 4-1

CONFINED

1 Buckingham Band (George Turner)

2 Bayford Energy (Ian Widdicombe)

3 Pharoah Blue (Claire Wonnacott)

15 ran; 5l; 6l; 6m 10s SP 2-1

INTERMEDIATE

1 Columcille (Richard White)

2 Beinn Mohr (Mandy Turner)

3 Anjubi (Stephen Slade)

9 ran; 3l; 4l; 6m 10s SP 4-1

OPEN MAIDEN

1 Sunwind (David Heath)

2 Aristocratic Gold (Mandy Turner)

3 Double Light (S Trotman)

14 ran; 3l; dist; 6m 23s SP 8-1

The Hunt race winner Royal Effigy was basically a non-stayer and found a weak opportunity here.

Damien Duggan was chasing the title that year. He formed a consistent partnership with the Peter Bowen trained The Blue Boy who had been a speedy hurdler for Martin Pipe and was now making hay as a pointer. Duggan failed by one to overtake Nick Bloom for the title. Bluechipenterprise had won his last three races for Richard Darke, but was readily outpaced here.

The Pembrokeshire gelding Timber Tool was a prolific pointing winner and was all the rage for a good Ladies’ Open with five times champion jockey Alison Dare in the saddle. This time however the favourite had to give best to the Edward Retter trained Curraheen Lad. The winner had shown good form with recent wins at both Flete Park meetings with Tracey Brown in the saddle. This time Tracey pounced entering the home straight to win going away.

George Turner, then 58 years old, was on his way to lifting the area title with 14 successes. Six-year-old Buckingham Band, stabled with his daughter Pauline Geering provided four of his winners although he was not the most fluent of jumpers. On this occasion Buckingham Band stayed on strongly to hold the sustained challenge of Bayford Energy and Ian Widdicombe.

Columcille was completing her seasonal hat trick in the Intermediate. I am old enough to remember her dam winning for Robert Alner (called Damside). By this time Harry Wellstead held the pointing licence for the yard and Columcille was the mount of Richard (Johnson) White, now a long standing part of the Philip Hobbs yard.

Owner-rider David Heath enjoyed his first winner on the well backed Sunwind (14’s to 8’s) in the Maiden where only four of the 14 runners finished.

ACKNOWLEGMENTS

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, Mackenzie & Selby, various years
  • The Continuing Story of Point-to-Point Racing, Michael Williams
  • Point-to-point Calendar, Arthur W Coaten, various years
  • The Pointer
  • Michael Kutapan – Point-to-point History & Research, Jumping For Fun website

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