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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – SPOONER’S & WEST DARTMOOR

Only 15 runners for seven races tells its own story as fast going wreaked havoc with the field sizes at Cherrybrook. The only consolation was nice weather and a large picnicking crowd ready to throw their shillings at the layers. 

The result was very few real betting opportunities and four odds-on favourites out of five obliged. 

The one that eluded the serious punters was Florrie Webb (1-2 to 4-9) who ejected Will Biddick at the first open ditch in the first of the three two-runner races.  This left Mahler Style (6-4) to canter round alone for jockey Ella Orttewell to collect the Intermediate prize

That dodgy start put big hitting punters on the back foot. Luckily the next jolly soon came to the rescue as the ultra consistent Footloose won easily at a remarkably generous 1-2. I made it a 1-4 shot so got the running shoes on. 13-year-old Dan’s Wee Man (7-2 to 3’s) was a brave runner up, and is still capable of winning a small race. Mad For Action (13-2) and Syracuse’s Dream (13-2) finished third and fourth in this four runner Conditions race. 

Molineaux has given his young rider Freddie Gingell an excellent introduction to race riding this season and this classy pointer had only two opponents in the Mixed Open. I am not a great believer in very short odds, but the opening show of 2-5 looked generous, particularly as one of his opponents, Eardisland (7-1 – should have been 70-1) had not run for over five years. Molineaux hardened to 2-7 at the off and had too much pace for the other candidate Dry Ol’ Party (9-4). The latter faced a stiff task but looked at home on quicker ground and is worth bearing in mind in the right class.

After another tea break for the second walk over of the day it was time to face two more match races. Reflex Action (4-9 to 2-5) and Bingo D’Olivate (1-4 to 2-9) mopped up these races to conclude a good day for backers.  

I have often seen bookies pack up and leave before the last race in bad weather, but Sunday was a first as one of the leading layers left before the first as he sensed a distinct lack of business. I am glad that I stayed.

REPORT: SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR AT CHERRYBROOK ON SUNDAY 3RD APRIL 2022

“A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew,
A cloud, and a rainbow’s warning,
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue–
An April day in the morning”.

Harriet Prescott Spofford  1835 – 1921

The only thing missing in recent days was rain to ease the going. The recent dry spell meant quick ground for this popular Cherrybrook fixture on the edge of Dartmoor.

Despite costly efforts by the Spooner’s and West Dartmoor organisers to water the track, two walk overs and three two-horse races tell the story of the depleted action, played out before a very large and enthusiastic crowd.

The best pointer on display was Molineaux (Freddie Gingell) who recorded his sixth victory of the season in the DRB Cars Mixed Open. The 11-year-old made all the running and shook off a brave challenge from runner up Dry Ol’ party (Chloe Emsley) going to the second last.

Molineaux, ridden by Freddie Gingell, is driven out to win the Mixed Open
Molineaux, ridden by Freddie Gingell, is driven out to win the Mixed Open

16-year-old fledgling jockey Freddie Gingell, wearing the colours of his grandfather Colin Tizzard reported, “The track rode better than it walked,” as he landed his seventh winner of the season, retaining his lead of two over Freddie Gordon for the Highflyer Bloodstock Novice Men’s Championship.

Gingell, who had ridden his first point-to-point winner at Buckfastleigh in January and is already looking very accomplished said, “My pony racing experience has helped. I was 16 last December and have just taken my mock exams. I take my GCSE’s in the summer,”

Grandfather Colin was on hand to saddle Molineaux and proudly recalled, “Freddie has been riding since he was not long out of nappies. We couldn’t have found a better schoolmaster than Molineaux thanks to (former owners) John and Heather Snook and he hasn’t had a hard race today. If he seems right on Friday we can run him again.”

Frome based Arron Butterfield is another young novice rider enjoying a successful campaign. His eight-year-old Footloose took the Owner Trainer Conditions race sponsored by HCL Architects to score for the fourth time this season. Footloose has proved a revelation since opening his account at Larkhill in December. “He is very consistent and game. We got him from Harriet Brown and the change of scenery has probably helped. I was happy to bide my time with him today,” reported the young rider, who sent his mount past Dan’s Wee Man ridden by 16-year-old Daisy White on the run to the second last.

Footloose, ridden by Arron Butterfield, won the Owner / Trainer Conditions race
Footloose, ridden by Arron Butterfield, won the Owner / Trainer Conditions race

Reflex Action is another consistent pointer and has not missed the placings in his last six runs. He was scoring for the second time this season in the Restricted sponsored by Olivia Tatton-Brown and the Kirkwood Family. This time he only had one opponent and Darren Edwards sent his mount clear of Eole D’Un Regard (Barnaby Treneer) after the third last to partner his 11th winner of the season. “He likes this faster ground and is holding his form fine. He has never been better and could go to Trebudannon next,” remarked Combe Martin trainer Paul Nicholas who shares ownership with wife Lesley and Keith Parkin.

Gordon Chambers sent out former hurdles winner Bingo D’Olivate to win the Hunt race under Jake Bament. The evergreen Jimmy Cole chased home the winner on his home bred Starwalker. “We got the horse from James Ewart in Scotland about eight or nine months ago and Jake has done a good job with him,” said the winning trainer.

Mahler Style won the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate to give jockey Ella Orttewell her fourth career success after this two horse race had become a one horse race at the fifth fence. Ironically the winning rider works for Will Biddick, who was ejected from long odds-on favourite Florrie Webb in spectacular style at the open ditch to leave the winner to stroll round in her own time.  Alan Walter trains the mare at Wiveliscombe for the quaintly named Ers and Mine Partnership. The duo is in fact Alan’s wife Jane and Shirley Turner, and Mahler Style is an intended runner in the Exeter final.

Mahler Style, ridden by Ella Orttewell, was the sole finisher in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race
Mahler Style, ridden by Ella Orttewell, was the sole finisher in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race

The champion jockey was on safer ground on his other two rides since they were both walk overs. Mad For Action, owned by Abigail Lewis and Harry Pike, took home the prize for the Condy Mathias Maiden, and the mare River Myth, who has served owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener well, only had to walk past the judge in the TRW Engineering Conditions race.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS – SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR FOXHOUNDS AT CHEERYBROOK – 3RD APRIL 2022

GOING; Good to Firm, Good in places, watered

MAIDEN  – SPONSOR CONDY MATHIAS

1 Mad For Action (Will Biddick)

Walked over

INTERMEDIATE – EXETER RACECOURSE

1 Mahler Style (Gabriella Orttewell) 6-4 left solo 5th

2 ran; winner finished alone 6m 33s

OWNER TRAINER CONDITIONS – HCL ARCHITECTS IN CELEBRATION OF MR BILLIE LEE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY

1 Footloose (Arron Butterfield) 1-2 fav held up in touch, led three out, easily

2 Dan’s Wee Man (Daisy White) 3-1 led or disputed til 15th rallied and chased wnr from next

3 Mad For Action (Abigail Lewis) 13-2 led or disputed to 14th, led next til three out, soon wknd

4 ran; 3 1/2l; 6l;  6m 21s

MIXED OPEN – DRB CARS TAVISTOCK

1 Molineaux (Freddie Gingell) 2-7 fav made all, not extended

2 Dry Ol Party (Chloe Emsley) 9-4 chased winner, well in touch til outpaced two out

3 Eardisland (Ella Herbison) 7-1 last but in touch til wknd 14th

CONDITIONS – TRW ENGINEERING

1 River Myth (Will Biddick)

Walked over

RESTRICTED – OLIVIA TATTON-BROWN AND THE KIRKWOOD FAMILY

1 Reflex Action (Darren Edwards) 2-5fav  led til 12th, again after three out, soon clear, eased nr finish

2 Eole D’Un Regard (Barnaby Treneer) 6-4  keen, led 12th til headed after three out, no extra

2 ran; 12l;   6m 48s

MEMBERS’ – SPOONER’S SUPPORTERS

1 Bingo D’Olivate (Jake Bament) 2-9 fav made all, eased flat

2 Starwalker (Jimmy Cole) 2-1 chased winner, no impression

2 ran; 20l;  6m 54s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Preview: Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-to-Point at Cherrybrook on Sunday 3rd April 2022

This coming weekend it’s the turn of The Spooners & West Dartmoor to host their meeting at the picturesque course known as Cherrybrook. With seven races on offer and a start time of 1.30pm, and 55 entries received.

Condy Mathias sponsor the opening Maiden race, in which entries include Aunt Lily (Ed Walker), runner up in two of her points to date under jockey Chloe Emsley. Looking For Larry is another who could improve on his second place when at Great Trethew, when ridden by Jake Bament for the Jill Dennis team. Jetmeoutofhere could go well if the ground stays dry and follow up on his second in Ireland before joining team Summersby.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which follows, and is a qualifier for the Intermediate series final to be held this month. Hotel Du Nord (Will Biddick) for jockey Charlie Sprake is the highest rated and would be looking to finding his best form and should go close. Florrie Webb is another for trainer Will Biddick and won his maiden at Bratton last season who could appreciate the drying ground. Jeremy Central (Tom Malone) could be options for top jockey Will Biddick, he won well when winning at Great Trethew, but then caught home close to finish at Buckfastleigh. Don’t Ask Us catches the eye, who could run well here for team Cummings and Josh Newman to ride having won well at Milbourne St Andrew.

There follows an Owner/Trainers Conditions race sponsored kindly by HCL Architects and in celebration of Mr Billie Lee’s 90th birthday, with suggestions being Footloose who is progressing fast having won his Maiden/Restricted and Intermediate races for Trainer/jockey Aaron Butterfield. Mickey Stark, was impressive when enjoying the sticky ground at Buckfastleigh and could continue that form here for his owner/trainer/jockey Zoe Hawkins.

The Mixed Open race is sponsored by DRB Crs and could see champion jockey Will Biddick extend his lead in the National jockey’s championship, having won five races over last weekend whilst at the Cotley and Trebudannon meetings, he could be aboard Story of Friends for new trainer Syd Hosier. Sixteen Letters for the Neil McLean team, should go close if recovering well from his 15-length win at the Cotley meeting last weekend when ridden by Lucy Turner. Molineaux for trainer Colin Tizzard and young jockey Freddie Gingell normally races every other weekend, so may skip this race after his win at Cotley, but would be likely favourite if turning up here.

TRW Engineering sponsor the following race which is another Conditions race, in which Lillington looks to set the standard for team Tizzard if turning out soon after his three-length second also out last weekend. last weekend under Freddie Gingell. River Myth is a lovely mare who has given her owners the Hamlin and Gardener families a lot of fun in pointing, and she could challenge in the conditions race on her solid previous form, having won or been placed in twenty of her starts to date including a win at this track.

Next up is the Molly Malone Restricted race sponsored by Olivia Tatton Brown & Guy & Fiona Kirkwood, in which Reflex Action (Paul Nicholas) winner at Milbourne St Andrew under Darren Edwards, and Transition Period (Dean Summersby) a Wadebridge winner, looking likely favourites.

Finally up to close the days event is The Spooner’s-sponsored Members in which Honest Opinion another out of the team Summersby’s yard sets the standard, and could find Bingo D’Olivate (Gordon Chambers) challenge up the home finish.

This is a must day out in the spring weather enjoying the fresh air in the countryside. The course offers fabulous viewing, hot and cold food and refreshments, along with bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. There is also a novelty raffle for Booze in the barrow, where you win both. Entrance to the course is £15 on gate, per person includes racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located off A386 North of Tavistock Postcode PL19 0LA. Live streaming will be available through eventbrite at pointingdc.eventbrite.co.uk

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR AT CHERRYBROOK – 3rd APRIL 2021

I don’t need a line of 15 bookmakers to lose money. I did it with only two at Cherrybrook, where point-to-pointing resumed after a four months gap with a tricky eight race card.

Anyway, well done to our bookie friends Dave Philips and Rich Pittard, two intrepid layers who stood like masked highwaymen behind the closed doors. It was a pity for my sake that the Cherrybrook doors weren’t locked.

Wandering Soul (evens – 4-5 fav) started the rot in the opener. Even Will Biddick couldn’t persuade this sturdy Irish beast to get out of third gear. Lightly raced King’s Quay (100-8) had been a bit unlucky in his previous two races, but the Matt Hampton trained and ridden six-year-old put 14 rivals into their place. Berboru (10’s to 6’s) ran fast for two miles but was a spent force when falling at the last. The other horse for money was Oscara (20’s to 14’s) who finished strongly as runner up and can go into the notebook.

The second Maiden went to the more experienced Our Grey Boy (13-2 to 7-2). He comes from the same stable as Oscara (Annie Bacon at Frome), and was nicely handled by Josh Cameron . Exeter University student Will Knight got the 6-4 fav Da Vinci Rock into third place on his first ride, but the well backed This’ll Do (6’s to 4’s) made no show and was pulled up.

I hesitated over Crown of Thorns (4-5/evens fav) in the next, thinking that he may have needed the race and he had a 6lbs penalty.  He who hesitates is lost. Trainer Sarah Pidsley had him spot on and he received a masterful Biddick ride The Dapper Fox (7-2) ran his usual genuine race and was closing at the post.

The Restricted looked a decent contest. The eventual winner Where’s Wilma was backed from 5’s to 3’s and won with her ears pricked. She can progress to Intermediate class. Runner up Arcal Fifty (8’s to 7’s) looked really dangerous going to the penultimate but was held when blundering at the last. I had a small bet on Funky Sensation (3’s to 7-4 fav) on the basis of his NH runs. He came with a promising effort three out but found nil.

Apple’s Queen (3’s to 5-2) is a useful pointer and relished this better ground to beat the ultra consistent Chosen Lucky (5-4 to 4-5 fav) in the Ladies’ Conditions race. I did a bit of each way thieving with third placed Dry Ol’ Party (8’s to 6’s), whose small yard is in such good form with winners at Charing and Dingley since the resumption.

River Myth (7-1) set the pace in a good Men’s Open,  and this game mare was unlucky to be mugged a few yards from the line. It was ex-Irish chaser Static Jack (100-8), who took the prize, literally flying up the run in under novice jockey Michael Treneer. Honest Deed (2’s to 5-4 fav) made it nil out of four for me in finishing third, but can resume winning ways next time. Raddon Top (100-30) looked held when demolishing a wing at the last, leaving Eric The Third (12’s to 8’s) in fourth. Unioniste (8-1) found this company beneath him and lobbed round after running in such races as the Grand National in the past.

It always happens: have a bad day and give up, then your bet for the next race wins. On this occasion it was The Roestone (5-2 fav) in the Intermediate who stuck his tongue out at me (he was actually wearing ear plugs). He looked to have no chance at half way but made steady progress under Fly McIntyre  to head Bridge Of Spies (5-1) on the line.

A lovely sunny day at Cherrybrook with excellent racing; almost a pleasure to lose money….

Cover photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

The meeting’s official photographer Hazel Mansell Green’s album can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/hazeblingbling/Lf5Ym0

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REPORT OF SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT CHERRYBROOK – 3RD APRIL 2021

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“Days of absence, sad and dreary, clothed in sorrow’s dark array. Days of absence, I am weary….”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-1778

Steady on J-J. I know we haven’t had any point to points since December last year but stop moaning and cheer up.  We are racing again now and the crowds will soon return.

After that unwelcome gap of 17 weeks, point-to-point racing resumed in the Devon & Cornwall area in bright sunshine at Cherrybrook on Easter Saturday. Not that the weather mattered that much because COVID regulations again dictated that the action took place behind closed doors.  The innovation of live streaming has however proved very successful and viewing of all 8 races was available to would-be spectators at home.

Static Jack found a remarkable turn of foot after jumping the last in third place to snatch the Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Men’s Open.  Game front runner River Myth (Darren Andrews) looked to be holding the favourite Honest Deed (Darren Edwards,) until Michael Treneer swooped on his mother’s 10-year-old to hit the front near the line. 

Static Jack (green colours) ... Men's Open winner
Static Jack (green colours) … Men’s Open winner

The 20-year-old Devon rider, in his final year at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester, was partnering his second career winner. “My previous winner was at Flete Park in 2019,” said the young jockey, wearing the colours of his mother Deborah. “We bought Static Jack out of the ring at Goff’s sales last October,” he explained.    Previously with Gavin Cromwell in Ireland, Static Jack had dropped down the ratings after his last success at Killarney nearly two years ago and could prove a shrewd buy.

Apple’s Queen (Natalie Parker) just got the better of Chosen Lucky and Dry Ol’ Party in a blanket finish to the Totnes and Bridgetown Ladies’ Conditions race. This popular grey had disappointed in two runs under rules this year, but had won at Larkhill earlier this season and was scoring his eighth point-to-point success here. His trainer Sally Alner related the gelding’s unusual penchant for custard cream biscuits. “I was having a cup of coffee one day and he came and snatched a biscuit out of my hands, so he now has them every day. He’s very loveable.”

Apple's Queen (Ladies Open winner)
Apple’s Queen (Ladies Open winner)

King’s Quay landed the Condy Mathias Maiden to initiate a double for jockey Matt Hampton, who also trains the six-year-old for owner Laura Claydon.  King’s Quay faced 14 opponents but was well in command from the second last, with the well backed Oscara and Arctic Milly filling the places.  The winner is a Yeats gelding, bought as a store at Goffs, and was having only his third ever race. “He has been unlucky so far (ran out and brought down) and we have been very patient with him.” said the rider.

King's Quay (blue and orange colours) ... Open Maiden Division 1 winner
King’s Quay (blue and orange colours) … Open Maiden Division 1 winner

The mare Where’s Wilma completed Matt Hampton’s riding double in the Print Concern NHS Restricted, running on strongly to see off the challenges of Arcal Fifty, who clouted the last, and Funky Sensation. The bold jumping winner is one of only two pointers trained by Michael Watson near Tiverton for a small syndicate called the Not So Innocent Partnership. Despite looking a picture in the paddock the trainer reported that, “She has only schooled twice this year but is really gutsy.”

Our Grey Boy was always to the fore in the Dartmoor Community Maiden which was supported by joint sponsors Dartmoor Ice Cream, Dartmoor Hill Pony Association, Wild Dartmoor Pony Meat and Amos Cole Fencing. Our Grey Boy took command at the second last to give jockey Josh Cameron his third career winner at the expense of Mad For Action (Abigail Lewis) and Da Vinci Rock (first ride for Will Knight). “We have 12 point-to-pointers in our yard at Frome and it’s great to see Our Grey Boy getting a deserved win. Josh is my partner and we do a lot of the work between us,” explained trainer Annabelle Bacon.

Our Grey Boy (Open Maiden Division 2 winner)
Our Grey Boy (Open Maiden Division 2 winner)

Crown of Thorns defied a 6lbs penalty to take the Devon Hampers Owner/Trainer Conditions race to give Will Biddick his 8th winner of the season. This likeable gelding won four times in the 2019 season but drew a blank three times in a higher grade in last season’s curtailed campaign. The seven times National champion jockey had his mount in pole position throughout and held on well as The Dapper Fox came with a late run. Sarah Pidsley trains the winner for her parents at Payhembury near Honiton and did well to produce the rangy gelding fit to win here. “I just kept him ticking along,” she said modestly.   

The Roestone repeated his course victory of two years ago in the Penbode Vets sponsored Intermediate. Ridden by Martin “Fly” McIntyre, the Vinnie Roe seven-year-old dropped well behind in the first mile, but came home strongly to catch Bridge of Spies. Asked if it was the plan to hold him up the rider, who works for David Pipe said, “No, he was flat out and couldn’t go the pace early but he warmed up gradually.”

The Roestone is trained by Robert Chanin for owners Andrew and Sue Knox, and Ian Chanin equalled his father’s feat by saddling Skylander to win the concluding Tyre Marks of Tavistock Members’ race under Robert Hawker.

Despite failing to visit the winner’s enclosure for three years, Skylander, a good winner in his younger days, has recently been an excellent schoolmaster ride for his owner Anna Hylands.  On this occasion Anna had the mount on her other horse Alice’s Star who finished unplaced. Rob Hawker sent Skylander to the front at the penultimate and saw off the challenge of Talk of the South (Isaac Buncle) on the short run in.

Photos: Athwenna Irons / WMN

RESULTS – SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT CHERRYBROOK 3 APRIL 2021

GOING: GOOD

MAIDEN

RACE 1: DIVISION 1 (SPONSORED BY CONDY MATHIAS)

  1. Kings Quay (Matt Hampton) 12-1 prog 12th, led after three out, ran on well
  2. Oscara (Charlie Sprake) 14-1 chased ldrs, 3rd two out, fin strongly to take 2nd nr finish
  3. Arctic Milly (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 hdwy three out, effort in 2nd  next, lost 2nd nr post

15 ran; 3l; 1/2l   6m 12s

RACE 2: DIVISION 2  (DARTMOOR COMMUNITY; DARTMOOR ICE CREAM; DARTMOOR HILL PONY ASSOCIATION; WILD DARTMOOR PONY MEAT & AMOS COLE FENCING)

  1. Our Grey Boy (Josh Cameron) 7-2 alwys there, led two out, dvn clear, comf
  2. Mad For Action (Abigail Lewis) 12-1 hdwy 14th, took 2nd flat, stayed on
  3. Da Vinci Rock (Will Knight) 6-4 fav  alwys handy, chased wnr three out, mstk last

8 ran; 4l;  1  1/,4l;    6m 15s

RACE 3: OWNER/TRAINER CONDITIONS (DEVON HAMPERS)

  1. Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) evens fav.  With ldrs, led two out, dvn out, gamely
  2. The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) 7-2 Tracked ldrs, went 2nd three out, finished strongly
  3. It’s A Steal (Pippa Glanville) 14-1 stdy hdwy  to 4th two out, took 3rd last

12 ran; 1 1/4l  6l  6m 14s

RACE 4: NHS RESTRICTED (PRINT CONCERN)

  1. Where’s Wilma  (Matt Hampton) 3-1 led til 7th, lost place, led again after two out, drew clr
  2. Arcal Fifty (Martin McIntyre 7-1 hdwy three out, led briefly next, headed & bad mstk last
  3. Funky Sensation  (Jake Bament) 7-4 fav effort three out, every chance til wknd after next

11 ran; 4 1/2l  2l;  6m 11s

RACE 5: LADIES’ CONDITIONS (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

  1. Apple’s Queen  (Natalie Parker) 5-2 hdwy three out, challd last, led & dvn out flat
  2. Chosen Lucky (Charlotte Summersby) 4-5 fav  prom, led apprg two out, no extra flat
  3. Dry Ol Party (Chloe Emsley) 6-1 held up, hdwy three out, one pace after next

8 ran;  1l;  1½ l    6m 12s

RACE 6: MEN’S OPEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

  1. Static Jack  (Michael Treneer) 12-1  hdwy three out, 3rd at last, fin very strongly to lead nr finish
  2. River Myth (Darren Andrews)7-1 led from 2nd til headed nr finish
  3. Honest Deed (Darren Edwards)  4-5 fav held up, effort three out, 2nd at last, no extra nr finish

9 ran;  1 1/2l;  2l  6m 11s

RACE 7: INTERMEDIATE (PENBODE VETS)

  1. The Roestone (Martin McIntyre) 5-2 fav  bhd early , hdwy to lead last, headed but came agn  nr finish
  2. Bridge of Spies (Conor Houlihan) 5-1 prom, led three out til last,, rallied but headed nr finish
  3. Cloudy Music (Charlotte Summersby) 4-1 6th three out, stayed on closing stages

9 ran;  neck, 5l;  6m 12s

RACE 8: JOINT MEMBERS (TYRE MARKS OF TAVISTOCK)

  1. Skylander (Rob Hawker) 3-1  led two out, dvn & just held on flat
  2. Talk of the South (Isaac Buncle) 5-2 made most til three out, kept on well nr finish
  3. Soul Kaliber (Darren Edwards) 4-6 fav  with ldrs til no extra  two out

5 ran; 3/4l;  1l;   6m 17s

Cover Photo: Athwenna Irons / WMN

ENTRIES: SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT CHERRYBROOK ON SATURDAY 3rd APRIL 2021

Please note these are the entries for the Cornwall Club Point-To-Point and this fixture is being run BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and as such there will be no amber or blue zone for the owners or paying public at the fixture. The fixture will be live streamed and telephone betting is available, see below for details.

Printable version of the Racecard

RaceStart timeLink to entries and form for race
1st

13:30

Maiden Race, Division 1
2nd14:05Maiden Race, Division 2
3rd14:40Conditions (level 3) Race
4th15:15Restricted Race
5th15:50Ladies Conditions Race
6th16:25Mens Open Race
7th17:00Intermediate Race
8th17:35Members Race

Course Updates:

Monday 29th March at 17:07

The Clerk of the course – Julian Greatrex reports that the going at Cherrybrook is GOOD TO SOFT ALL ROUND on Monday afternoon

Friday 26th March at 14:55

Official going report from the clerk of the course Julian Greatrex:

The going at Cherrybrook is SOFT, GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES, GOOD IN A PLACE .

Further showers expected towards a bit drier nearer race day.

Sunday 21st March at 21:48

The clerk of the course reports –

The going at Cherrybrook is good all round.The forecast suggests that it will remain so.Showers are forecast later in the week.There is a good covering of grass and the Clerk states that it is good racing ground.

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Preview extract:

With over 110 entries received for the Cherrybrook Point-to-Point meeting, the wait is now over for racing to return to this popular track in the Devon & Cornwall area, which will commence on Saturday 3rd April. Although this meeting will be held behind closed doors, with no public access, due to the current Covid restrictions, the Spooners & West Dartmoor team have worked hard to ensure the meeting will run smoothly.

Live Stream

Live streaming of the races with race commentary and all day presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and former top jockey Lizzie Kelly is on offer for the eight races, with a start time of 1.30pm with the first of the divided Open Maidens.

There is a fee of £10 to view the race meeting, which is the same cost as if you attended as a spectator, and the sport needs the income from live streaming to ensure its future.

Telephone Betting

Some bookmakers will be offering a betting service by phoning them and opening up an account.

For those spectators wanting to place a bet, the contact numbers to register are 07711 298746 for Richard Pittard and 07810 775119 for Dave Phillips. The deadline to register for bets at this event is one hour before racing commences.

Full details will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website at Cherrybrook, Point-to-Point Telephone Betting

Green zone entry tickets

Participants (Green Zone) 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

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.

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Race 1 – Maiden Race, Division 1

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
 ARCTIC ARTICLENRJill Dennis
233/u32-5ARCTIC MILLY32Leslie Jefford
7u9604p-BERBORU (IRE)NRMyles Osborne
/75///-CHESHAM ROSE (IRE)NRDaniel Farr
*05/53d-6CHICAGO LADY (IRE)29Leslie Jefford
pp60/p//-DARSI’S PASS15Patrick Picton-Warlow
p00/pp-pEXIT PLAN0Sue Brown
 FOXYS FIRSTNRStewart Reddaway
*89pp-fIVORSALEGEND0Edward Walker
R/b/p-KING’S QUAY (IRE)0Matthew Hampton
*/5846-4MASTER SAM BELLAMY15Chloe Boxall
p/-ppOSCARA (IRE)0Anabelle Bacon
*575p/5-OYSTER PERCH14?Louise Kittow
*40/009/-STEPHENSTOWNNRJoseph Golding
/p-fTERMINAFOND (FR)6Sam Holdsworth
 WANDERING SOUL (IRE)NRChristopher Barber

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Those catching the eye in the first division of the Condy Mathias-sponsored Open Maiden, are Artic Milly who has some good previous place form for the Les Jefford team,  Master Sam Bellamy who achieved a distant fourth place in a Hunter Chase at Leicester in February and has had the benefit of an outing for trainer Chloe Boxhall, and Wandering Soul could run well on debut for trainer Christopher Barber.


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Race 2 – Maiden Race, Division 2

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
26///-pBOOMTOWN KNAT (IRE)0George Hiscock
p58-0COASTAL CAPERS (IRE)NRIan Hambley
*p38up-DA VINCI ROCKNRRobert Chanin
40/p5p/-FLORABELL (IRE)0Ian Hambley
 GUINESS VILLAGE (IRE)NRClive Boultbee-Brooks
03p5-2JASMIN DES BORDES (FR)33Teresa Clark
/ppp/pp-pMAD FOR ACTION (IRE)0Abigail Lewis
f2/36/p-4pMOONARO (IRE)30?Susan Darke
3fp33/3/-pOUR GREY BOY (IRE)26Annabelle Bacon
 REBEL INTENTIONS (IRE)NRChristopher Barber
2*7/p0-RUSSIAN INVASION (IRE)NRDean Summersby
*03546/3-SAY ABOUT IT27Roy Smith
 STONEAGE ICONNRStephen Long
8p-pTHIS’LL DO12Leslie Jefford
/f/-WESTWOOD PISTOL0Stuart Sampson

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In the second division of the Open Maiden sponsored by the Dartmoor Community, the Teresa Clark entry Jasmin Des Bordes has a second place at Larkhill in December to his credit, along with the booking of previous champion jockey and now Cheltenham winning trainer Will Biddick aboard, should go off the likely favourites. Say About It for the Roy Smith team could come on for his fourth at Wadebridge in December, along with This’ll Do for the Les Jefford team who could make amends for his fall at Wadebridge and give talented young jockey Conor Houlihan a good each way chance here.


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Race 3 – Conditions (Level 3) Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
/pppp/fp-ANOLYSSE MORINIERE (FR)00?Janet Ackner
513/432/-pBAY TO GO (IRE)38Patricia Armstrong
/-f41432/-COME ON JOEY (IRE)36Roy Smith
2114/5pp-CROWN OF THORNS41Sarah Pidsley
p11p2/pp-DOCTOR’S  DIFFER (IRE)37George Hiscock
*pp4/4fp-INDIGO  STAMP12Tamika Leigh
8531/4-p7IT’S A STEAL (IRE)38Lee Glanville
f2/36/p-4pMOONARO (IRE)30?Susan Darke
pfp/32p-RSOMEWHERE TO BE (IRE)39Rebecca Welch
07/04/5841SPOOKYDOOKY (IRE)34Laura Parker
ppp1/pp-pSTARWELD26Patricia Shaw
643/fp-88SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR)36Deborah Treneer
5224/32-2THE DAPPER FOX40Jack Veysey
*ppu5u6-TIPPINAWAYNOW (IRE)NRLiam Corcoran

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The Dapper Fox holds an entry in the Conditions race which is sponsored by Devon Hampers. He looks to set the standard with good win and place form and should put up another brave performance under owner/trainer/jockey Jack Veysey. Tippinawaynow is an interesting ex Irish recruit for trainer Liam Cocoran and could be supported in the betting market, along with previous winners It’s A Steal, and Spookydooky could re kindle their form and be in the mix at the finish here.


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Race 4 – Restricted Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
222/p3p-bARCAL FIFTY37Bea Coward
p1ppp/pp-AULD SPORT (IRE)30?Richard Morgan
4p133/-CORBETT COURT (IRE)35Luke Price
fp2123/p-CORNFLOWER BLUE35Patrick Picton-Warlow
/52312-ppCOTTAGE ROSE35John Heard
2/p41f/f-pCOULD BE BETTER (IRE)35Stuart Sampson
u46p3/p1-EARTH STORM (IRE)34?Peter Doggrell
u2-1343FAMOUS CLERMONT (FR)38Christopher Barber
31/-4fpFUNKY SENSATIONNRJill Dennis
/99/1p3-MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE)27Jimmy Cole
ppp1/pp-pSTARWELD26Patricia Shaw
3331p/2p-TAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)37Charlotte Budd
6p41/-TARA SNIPE29Pippa Moorhouse
/32f31/5-THEWINNERTAKEITALL(IRE)34Dean Summersby
5u631/u-TOMB STORME (IRE)31Annabelle Bacon
43414/42-WHERE’S WILMA36Michael M. Watson

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Print Concerns sponsor the Restricted race in which all entry money is donated to the NHS. Famous Clermont is the highest rated having won at Larkhill in December under Will Biddick for trainer Christopher Barber. Earthstorm is another to note, looks to act on any going and this Getaway-sired gelding could repeat his form when winning at Cothelstone last March for the Tracey Williams team.


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Race 5 – Ladies Conditions Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
/R435-1p0APPLE’S QUEEN (FR)42Robert Walford
p1ppp/pp-AULD SPORT (IRE)30?Richard Morgan
3132/fp2-AWESOME TUNES (IRE)37?Ryan Chapman
31/3p1p-uBALLYHOWNE (IRE)42Robert Chanin
214/p3/-p4BISTOURI D’HONORE (FR)40Mike Felton
*223532-BROUGHTONS RHYTHMNRBronwen Hurley
31/3121-2CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE)43Dean Summersby
13144/53-DRY OL’PARTY39Stuart Payne
747/-346ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)38John Heard
431/f43p-8INCH ROCK (IRE)40?Ed Walker
8531/4-p7IT’S A STEAL (IRE)38Lee Glanville
3611111/-PURPLE ‘N GOLD42Leslie Jefford
p4/4p-p54QUITE BY CHANCE35Stuart Sampson

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Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company have kindly sponsored both the Men’s and Ladies Open races here, which hold top class entries. In the Ladies race entry Chosen Lucky has won an impressive 14 out of 21 starts to date, finishing second or third in the remaining seven, he could well snatch this for team Summersby and follow up on his second at Wadebridge in December under Charlotte Summersby, who has to be a lady jockey to watch for the future.  Purple ‘N Gold for the Les Jefford team is another with a good record when ridden by Millie Wonnacott who has now graduated to National Hunt winning form, he could be a main contender here under jockey Jo Supple who has ridden him before.


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Race 6 – Mens Open Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
4124p//-8ALTERNATIF (FR)34Annabelle Bacon
12/1116/-fBLACKWATER BRAMBLE(IRE)42Alexandra Dunn
/111//-3pDIFFERENT GRAVEY (IRE)45?Ed Walker
6p3-7534ENVOYE SPECIAL (FR)40Christopher Barber
747/-346ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)38John Heard
2/21321/-pHEANEY (IRE)44Matthew Hampton
1p/312/u-1HONEST DEED (IRE)43Dean Summersby
/31321/-MIXBOY (FR)NRMelanie Dixon
/3p412-21RADDON TOP (IRE)42Leslie Jefford
222121/p-RAMBLE ON (IRE)41?Luke Price
11111/-pRRIVER MYTH42Stuart Sampson
30/214/10-SAUSALITO SUNRISE (IRE)47Alexandra Dunn
*p0/0076-STATIC JACK (IRE)NRDeborah Treneer
7/2422/5-uUNIONEAST (FR)40Will Biddick

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In the Men’s Open,  Unioniste stands out, previously in training with Paul Nicholls for David Maxwell has three Hunter Chase wins to his credit which includes a Wincanton win under jockey Lorcan Williams. Trainer Polly Gundry holds an entry with dual Larkhill winner Different Gravey which could be another option for jockey Will Biddick to ride. Dual Larkhill winner Blackwater Bramble and veteran ex National Hunt Chase winner Sausalito Sunrise are two entries from the Alexandra Dunn team who have travelled to Devon before, and could prove threatening if competing at this meeting.


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Race 7 – Intermediate Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
/40504-69BALLYBRUFF (IRE)34?Leslie Jefford
R3/5413-pBRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE)40George Beilby
222/4351-CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE)38Dean Summersby
/-f41432/-COME ON JOEY (IRE)36Roy Smith
43p/u1p-FARAWAY STAR36Tracey Williams
f3212/9p-HIGH PRIORITY37?Keith Cumings
2/p616-ppIMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)39Mary Tory
3213/p5-5KAIDEN MICHEAL (IRE)38Stuart Sampson
p111/p-ppLAWSONS THORNS (IRE)40Mike Vanstone
21p361p/-PANCRACE (FR)37Teresa Clark
565u/1-pRIEN DU TOUT (IRE)38Charlotte Budd
21p/746-6SHANOULE WOOD (IRE)34Hannah Clarke
p6u14/12-THE ROESTONE (IRE)39Robert Chanin

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Penbode Vets sponsor the Intermediate race and those catching the eye are Cloudy Music for team Summersby, with solid win and place form and the benefit of a light weight under young jockey Charlotte Summersby. The Robert Chanin trained The Roestone has the booking of Robert Hawker aboard, who could re-produce the course winning form of his maiden win here in April 2019.


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Race 8 – Members Race

FormNameRatingTRAINERS
432fp/76-ATTACOTTI (IRE)30?Pauline Geering
f2/36/p-4pMOONARO (IRE)30?Susan Darke
f63/542-7SKYLANDER (IRE)36Ian Chanin
5224/32-2THE DAPPER FOX40Jack Veysey
p6u14/12-THE ROESTONE (IRE)39Robert Chanin
31/3p1p-uBALLYHOWNE (IRE)42Robert Chanin
/pp36/53-pTARRYTOWN (FR)29Melanie Dixon
5p5/735-5ALICE’S STAR32?Robert Chanin
2111/6p-6SOUL KALIBER (IRE)40Dean Summersby
/99/1p3-MACCA’S STOWAWAY (IRE)27Jimmy Cole
*11pp/42-TALK OF THE SOUTH (IRE)40Gordon Chambers

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Finally up is the Members race which has been sponsored jointly by Tyre Marks of Tavistock and Bill Lane, this race could be a preferred option for The Dapper Fox or The Roestone mentioned earlier, however an interesting entry is the ex National Hunt winner Talk Of The South, now in training with Gordon Chambers, could well produce his previous dual Chase winning form when under rules, and ran second in a Mixed Open at Great Trethew in March 2020.


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PREVIEW: Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-to-Point at Cherrybrook ON 3RD April 2021 [BEHIND CLOSED DOORS}

Written by: Donna Harris

With over 110 entries received for the Cherrybrook Point-to-Point meeting, the wait is now over for racing to return to this popular track in the Devon & Cornwall area, which will commence on Saturday 3rd April. Although this meeting will be held behind closed doors, with no public access, due to the current Covid restrictions, the Spooners & West Dartmoor team have worked hard to ensure the meeting will run smoothly.

Live streaming of the races with race commentary and all day presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and former top jockey Lizzie Kelly is on offer for the eight races, with a start time of 1.30pm with the first of the divided Open Maidens.

Those catching the eye in the first division of the Condy Mathias-sponsored Open Maiden, are Artic Milly who has some good previous place form for the Les Jefford team,  Master Sam Bellamy who achieved a distant fourth place in a Hunter Chase at Leicester in February and has had the benefit of an outing for trainer Chloe Boxhall, and Wandering Soul could run well on debut for trainer Christopher Barber.

In the second division of the Open Maiden sponsored by the Dartmoor Community, the Teresa Clark entry Jasmin Des Bordes has a second place at Larkhill in December to his credit, along with the booking of previous champion jockey and now Cheltenham winning trainer Will Biddick aboard, should go off the likely favourites. Say About It for the Roy Smith team could come on for his fourth at Wadebridge in December, along with This’ll Do for the Les Jefford team who could make amends for his fall at Wadebridge and give talented young jockey Conor Houlihan a good each way chance here.

Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company have kindly sponsored both the Men’s and Ladies Open races here, which hold top class entries. In the Ladies race entry Chosen Lucky has won an impressive 14 out of 21 starts to date, finishing second or third in the remaining seven, he could well snatch this for team Summersby and follow up on his second at Wadebridge in December under Charlotte Summersby, who has to be a lady jockey to watch for the future.  Purple ‘N Gold for the Les Jefford team is another with a good record when ridden by Millie Wonnacott who has now graduated to National Hunt winning form, he could be a main contender here under jockey Jo Supple who has ridden him before.

In the Men’s Open,  Unioniste stands out, previously in training with Paul Nicholls for David Maxwell has three Hunter Chase wins to his credit which includes a Wincanton win under jockey Lorcan Williams. Trainer Polly Gundry holds an entry with dual Larkhill winner Different Gravey which could be another option for jockey Will Biddick to ride. Dual Larkhill winner Blackwater Bramble and veteran ex National Hunt Chase winner Sausalito Sunrise are two entries from the Alexandra Dunn team who have travelled to Devon before, and could prove threatening if competing at this meeting.

The Dapper Fox holds an entry in the Conditions race which is sponsored by Devon Hampers. He looks to set the standard with good win and place form and should put up another brave performance under owner/trainer/jockey Jack Veysey. Tippinawaynow is an interesting ex Irish recruit for trainer Liam Cocoran and could be supported in the betting market, along with previous winners It’s A Steal, and Spookydooky could re kindle their form and be in the mix at the finish here.

Print Concerns sponsor the Restricted race in which all entry money is donated to the NHS. Famous Clermont is the highest rated having won at Larkhill in December under Will Biddick for trainer Christopher Barber. Earthstorm is another to note, looks to act on any going and this Getaway-sired gelding could repeat his form when winning at Cothelstone last March for the Tracey Williams team.

Penbode Vets sponsor the Intermediate race and those catching the eye are Cloudy Music for team Summersby, with solid win and place form and the benefit of a light weight under young jockey Charlotte Summersby. The Robert Chanin trained The Roestone has the booking of Robert Hawker aboard, who could re-produce the course winning form of his maiden win here in April 2019.

Finally up is the Members race which has been sponsored jointly by Tyre Marks of Tavistock and Bill Lane, this race could be a preferred option for The Dapper Fox or The Roestone mentioned earlier, however an interesting entry is the ex National Hunt winner Talk Of The South, now in training with Gordon Chambers, could well produce his previous dual Chase winning form when under rules, and ran second in a Mixed Open at Great Trethew in March 2020.

There is a fee of £10 to view the race meeting’s livestream, which is the same cost as if you attended as a spectator, and the sport needs the income from live streaming to ensure its future.

For those spectators wanting to place a bet, the contact numbers to register are 07711 298746 for Richard Pittard and 07810 775119 for Dave Phillips. The deadline to register for bets at this event is one hour before racing commences.

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CHERRYBROOK, SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR Point-to-Point Telephone Betting

David Phillips

There will be a telephone betting facility on offer at Cherrybrook. Anybody wishing to place a bet will need to deposit funds into a PayPal account at the latest one hour before the start of racing.

Funds added after this time will not be able to place bets. The minimum deposit will be £30 and the minimum bet per selection will be £10

All bets will need to be placed at least 5 minutes before the scheduled off time of the race. All funds in accounts at the end of racing will be refunded within 24 hours.

The Paypal account to deposit funds into is: ricpttrd@aol.com

When asked please tick business and the bookmakers will cover any costs incurred.

There will be two telephone lines available which are:

07810 775119

07711 298746

Livestream

With Covid-19 restrictions still in place the Spooners and West Dartmoor Point-To-Point is going ahead, but is required to run behind closed doors meaning the general public and owners are unable to attend the fixture. However a livestream of all the action from the day is exclusively available by purchasing a £10 ticket through the Eventbrite link below.

The racing starts at 13:30 with the maiden race, with the other races scheduled at 35 minute intervals. The programme will be presented by Cornelius Lysaght, formerly the BBC’s voice of racing together with Grade 1 winning jockey Liz Kelly, and they are joined by Donna Harris and Simon Nott.

Once a ticket has been purchased Eventbrite will send you an email with a link to watch the racing on Saturday 3rd April 2021. The streaming coverage is scheduled to start from 13:00 with the first race scheduled to start at 13:30. The livestream won’t be visible on the event page before 13:00 on 3rd April 2021

Note: If you can’t see anything on the event page approaching 13:30 on the 3rd April you need want to refresh the page by pressing the browser’s refresh button.

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Photo credit: Simon Nott