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GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – STEVENSTONE

“I wasted time and now doth time waste me. For now hath time made me his numbering clock…”

William Shakespeare – Richard II

It would have been the 25th anniversary of point-to-point racing at Vauterhill, Devon, this season. The Stevenstone had chosen the VE day Bank Holiday Friday for this occasion, but unfortunately there will be no activity this season at this North Devon track.

The Stevenstone have raced at many locations over the years. The earliest meeting I can find was on 1st April 1908 at Melbury near Bideford. Most fixtures before 1939, with the odd exception, were held at Cranford St Giles near Torrington and this arrangement continued after the war. A joint meeting with the Torrington Farmers took place from 1947 until 1949 at Cranford until those hunts’ went their separate ways in 1950. The Stevenstone’s meeting in 1951 is recorded as being at Monkleigh, but it was at Cranford again from 1952 until the closure of that course in 1961 when foot and mouth disease saw that year’s meeting cancelled.

It was during the 1950’s that a remarkable pointing record was set up that may never be broken. Lonesome Boy won the same race, the Adjacent Hunts’ Ladies at the Stevenstone, for eight successive years from 1952 until 1959. When that superb East Cornwall horse retired he had won 65 races, 53 of them in succession over a variety of steeplechase fences and banks. Jumping technique on to and off the banks was an important attribute and I could not believe how steep the banks were until looking at the recently released vintage West Country Videos DVD which features some of the bank races at Cranford. Another prolific winner of that era was the mare Delilah who won 48 pony races, some of them at Stevenstone meetings. The 1962 meeting at Horwood included such riders as Grant Cann, Sue Aston (16 years old then), Bertie Hill and Frank Ryall. Horwood continued to host the fixture until a single meeting at Worlington in 1969. There was a meeting at Bishopsleigh in 1970 until a move to Bratton Down which lasted until 1976. It was on to Crimp Morwenstowe in 1977 until 1989 when they moved to Stibb Cross, and then to Vauterhill 25 years ago.

I have two recollections of Crimp. My first trip there was in 1984 on very firm ground when John Weldhen’s Moon Step won the Ladies’ under Janine Mills and his stable companion Moonbribe slipped up on a bend with Mike Biddick in the Open. Blue Beans and Grant Cann went on to win. The other was when racing was abandoned due to thick fog after waiting all afternoon for the fog to clear. I cannot remember which year that was.

One recollection of the quaint undulating little course at Stibb Cross is still quite clear and makes me smile when I think about it. I was asked by a top jockey if I would overlook when publishing the results the overweight she weighed out at (about 4 lbs I think). I suggested to her something like a visit to weight watchers, but I am afraid her response was unprintable.

The compact layout at Vauterhill is aptly illustrated in MacKenzie and Selby’s Annual covering the first meeting there in 1995, “so compact that a sweet stall stuck right in front of bookies enables purchases of sweets and a bet by just turning round”. The layout is better nowadays at this friendly venue.

STEVENSTONE AT VAUTERHILL – MONDAY 8TH MAY 1995

Going: Firm

HUNT

1 Tranquil Waters (Gerald Penfold
2 Romany Anne (Susan Young)
4 ran; only two finished; won by a distance: 7m 27s SP 2-9 fav

OPEN

1 Olveston (George Turner)
2 Pere Bazille (Ian Widdicombe)
2 ran; 12l; 6m 28s SP 2-5 fav

LADIES’ OPEN

1 Khattaf (Joanne Cumings)
2 Searcy (Linda Blackford)
3 Gan Awry (Mandy Hand)
7 ran; 2l; 20l; 6m 27s SP 10-11 fav

CONFINED

1 Horwood Ghost (Ron Treloggen)
2 Walkers Point (George Turner)
3 Oneovertheight (Neil Harris)
5 ran; 6l; dist; SP 5-2

RESTRICTED

1 Magnolia Man (Neil Harris)
2 Querrin Lodge (Tom Greed)
3 Rasta Man (George Turner)
9 ran; 20l; 20l; 6m 30s SP 6-4 fav

OPEN MAIDEN DIV 1

1 Northern Sensation (Leslie Jefford)
2 But Not Quite (Philip Scholfield)
3 Wadebridge Fair (Charles Crosthwaite)
10 ran; 1l; 3l; 6m 42s SP 4-1

OPEN MAIDEN DIV 2

1 Gypsy Luck (Joanne Cumings)
2 Good Appeal (Linda Blackford)
3 St Morwenna (Joe Creighton)
10 ran; 6l; 4l; 6m 43s SP 9-2

The Vauterhill course is adjacent to Graham Heal’s Vauterhill Stud, with scenic views across the North Devon countryside. It is worth the winding journey round country lanes. The course is right handed with a short run in, slightly undulating, and on the turn for much of the way. Viewing is best on the inside of the course.

It was a low key start to the first meeting there, with four runners in the opening Hunt race and a match in the Open. The Hunt race winner Tranquil Waters (Gerald Penfold) had been a decent horse in his younger days and enjoyed a brief revival for owner Carol Lawrence in 1995. This race was pretty dire, but earlier in the season he had landed a gamble in a 17-runner Confined at Kilworthy with Gerald Penfold in the saddle.

Olveston beat his sole opponent easily to win the Open ridden by veteran George Turner from his daughter Pauline Geering’s yard. Olveston had been in one of the regular batches sourced from New Zealand by David Barons and had started life in England with an unbeaten hat trick in bumpers before several successes over jumps. He won three Opens for Pauline Geering in 1995. George rode winners until he was nearly 60 and continued to be seen at the races until, sadly, he passed away last year

Khattaf was undoubtedly the star of the day. Trained by Keith Cumings, he was in the veteran stage now and had to be ridden out by Jo Cumings to beat the useful Searcy (Linda Blackford) . I vividly remember Khattaf as a five-year-old striding clear down the hill at Nedge to win his first point-to-point impressively when ridden by Rosemary Vickery. He was a top class Ladies’ pointer and won a total of 26 point-to-points, mostly under Jo Cumings, who also won a clutch of races in the early 1990’s with the mare Flame O’ Frensi from her father’s Bishops Nympton yard.

Khataaf
Khataaf

So that was three odds-on certainties in the bag and it seemed a very nice course…..Walkers Point and George Turner looked the ticket in the Confined, but my betting note book still shows a red mark for this race as Horwood Ghost zoomed round to score unchallenged. The almost white gelding was partnered by Ron Treloggen in the familiar colours of Andrew Congdon.

Magnolia Man was in his second season and won the Restricted well under that fine rider Neil Harris. Trained by Debbie Cole, he kept his form well and won the Land Rover Champion hunter chase two years later.

Despite the fast ground the Open Maiden was divided. My memory of the first division is jockey Claire Wright being injured in a fall at the fence in front of the enclosures. The race was won by Northern Sensation, well ridden by Leslie Jefford, destined to become National champion jockey five years later.

Jo Cumings completed a double when Grant Cann’s lightly raced mare Gypsy Luck won the other division, mastering Linda Blackford’s mount Good Appeal in the closing stages.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, various years
  • Horse & Hound Year Book, various years
  • The Pointer
  • The Continuing Story of Point-to-Point Racing, Michael Williams
  • Mr Michael Kutapan, Point-to-Point History & Research, Jumping For Fun
  • West Country Videos – Jeff Guyett

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact the PPA office:

info@p2pa.co.uk

01793 781990

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP MODBURY & STEVENSTONE

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP

MODBURY HARRIERS & STEVENSTONE

It was another busy pointing weekend with trips from near the South Devon coast to North Devon to cover the Devon & Cornwall area meetings with a Sunday dash to Holnicote in between.

Plenty of bookies (16) and plenty of punters at Flete Park for the Modbury, but again not too many runners despite near perfect ground. (too many point to points crammed into a short time)

Winners still take some finding and it took me until the last race on Saturday before I relieved our intrepid layers of any cash. My first act of stupidity that day was to take a very short price on Thewinnertakeitall (4-5/10-11) in the opener. I had reckoned that second favourite Where’s Wilma (5-2 to 7-4) had under performed lately, but this did not stop her from taking this Maiden with nothing else in sight in the home straight. My good thing trailed in third.

So I had to draw breath a bit and missed joining the nice little gamble on Goldbury (7’s to 5’s) in the Restricted. She only just scrambled home by a head under the talented Natalie Parker, as Bryan Carver threw everything at Lure Des Pres (10-1) before going down by a head

There’s No Panic (solid 4-6 fav) cantered home in the four miler to give Ella Ortterwell her second winner on this 14-year-old. Start Royal (13-8)is a year older than There’s No Panic with 29 wins to his credit, but the old boy, who had travelled from Oxfordshire, faded from the top of the hill and was pulled up.

The layers were well aware of The Last But One’s form, and with Will Biddick flying back from his winner in Ireland on the previous night, he was virtually unbackable (1-4 , 2-7) when favoured by the weights in the Conditions race. He had 25 lengths in hand passing the judge. I must remember that an odds on winner is better than a 50-1 loser.

The Hunt Novice Riders’ was an extraordinary contest. The eventual winner Syracuse’s Dream (7-4 to 6-4 fav) was out with the washing with less than half a mile to go (would have traded at 500 on the exchanges) , but somehow young Michael Treneer got him going for his first winning ride, and he flew past O’Maonlai (9-4 to 2-1}, ridden by his cousin Tamby Welch, inside the last 75 yards.

Tango Charlie (7-4) made a successful jumping debut to beat Cottage Rose (5-4/11-8 fav) in the four-runner young horses Maiden. The winner looks a nice sort and had run well in the Wilton bumper.

So we came to the getting out stakes – the Confined. Some of the faces jumped in at short odds on Wind Tor, but Predestined was cut from 7-1 to half that price and The Dapper Fox (2-1) attracted his usual support. Wind Tor went from 4-5 to 5-4 so on this occasion patience was a virtue. The 5-4 got my losses back so it was fish and chips on the long journey home.

I always enjoy the Stevenstone meeting on the early bank holiday in May – whatever that bank holiday is called. It has a relaxed atmosphere and the viewing is good.

It was a pleasant day at Vauterhill, but the afternoon began with a walk over – the third hunt race walk over I have seen in the past five weeks. The 12 bookies offered very fair prices for the real races which saw a promising mare by Mahler open the action in the Restricted. She was called Mahler Style and after I had noted early 8-1 her odds dropped like a stone to 7-4. I think I know who the most successful punter was, but it wasn’t me. Stefan Kirwan gave the winner a good ride to score quite impressively, as Bob Along Mahler (12’s to 10’s) fought on well. Cornflower Blue (7-2 to 3’s) was a bit disappointing in third.

The useful mare River Myth had walked over and turned out again for the Mixed Open where she faced only one opponent Peterbrown (2-1). River Myth (1-5) was always in command and clocked up her fifth win of the season.
My only bet of the day was in the Intermediate. Skinflint looked the goods at evens and was eventually forced into 8-11. Bryan Carver was content to stalk Ryves Rocky (5-4 to 2’s) until pouncing at the last. The winner can progress again.

It was good to see Upton Funk (Mervyn Woodward) win the Mares race. Owner/trainer David Rogers still rides her out at age 83 and has been a fixture in the area for ages. The mare had run well on her seasonal debut at Kilworthy and got the better of Willaldo (5-4 fav).

Jockey Merv Woodward is another area stalwart and completed a double when Ichifoot (11-10 was the best price I saw) stormed home by 30 lengths in the concluding Open maiden). This gelding had an unusual point-to-point background as he started life on the flat in California. He relished the quick ground.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 11th May 2019 Minehead Harriers and West Somerset Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May 2019 Four Burrow Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 Weston and Banwell Harriers Cothelstone Taunton TA4 3DT 1st Race 4.30pm
  • Sunday 19th May 2019 Dulverton West Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL 6TH MAY 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

The Bank Holiday Monday fixture at Vauterhill, North Devon, featured doubles for jockeys Mervyn Woodward and Darren Andrews.

Woodward steered home Upton Funk to win the Jockey Club and Penbode Equine Mares Open Maiden and followed up with a comfortable 30 lengths success on Ichifoot in the Open Maiden.

A big, rangy nine-year-old, the well bred Upton Funk drew clear of the favourite Willaldo before the last in the colours of owner/trainer David Rogers. “She is a lovely late developing mare and I ride her out every day at the age of 83,” smiled the winning owner, a stalwart of many years in the Devon & Cornwall area.

Mervyn Woodward enjoyed a blemish free round of jumping on Upton Funk before going on to complete his double with a very easy success on Ichifoot in the Wades of Bradworthy Open Maiden.

Ichifoot & Merv Woodward
Ichifoot & Merv Woodward (c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Patrick Picton-Warlow trains Ichifoot for the Stepaside Farm Partnership with quite an American connection. The seven-year-old is by the Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and began life for his Californian based owners by running a few times on the flat in America. Mervyn Woodward had no doubts about his stamina, pulling right away from his five opponents from the last ditch

River Myth & Darren Andrews
River Myth & Darren Andrews
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Darren Andrews is having his best season in the saddle and started the afternoon with a walk over in the Lomas Helicopters sponsored Hunt Conditions race on River Myth. The mare turned out again an hour later to win the Kivells Mixed Open at the expense of sole rival Peterbrown. The Midnight Legend mare, trained by Stuart Sampson, now has five successes to her credit this season for owners Terry Hamlin and John Gardener and is in line for the Devon & Cornwall mares title.

The progressive seven-year-old Skinflint was backed down to odds-on for the Brewer Harding & Rowe Intermediate and duly obliged in the hands of Bryan Carver. Ryves Rocky made the running but Carver always seemed to be sitting confidently on the winner and eased him to the front jumping the last. The winner could be seen next in a Fontwell hunter chase.

The lightly raced seven-year-old Mahler Style had won a modest Maiden at Larkhill last month and was also well backed prior to winning the seven runner Scott Powell Restricted. This was a third career winner for 22-year-old Wexford born jockey Stefan Kirwan who works for the Philip Hobbs yard. Owners Alan and Jane Walter bought the mare out of the Jill Dennis yard and have their eye on a hunter chase at Stratford at the end of the month.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Saturday 11th May 2019 Minehead Harriers and West Somerset Holnicote, Minehead, TA24 8TE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May 2019 Four Burrow Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 Weston and Banwell Harriers Cothelstone Taunton TA4 3DT 1st Race 4.30pm
  • Sunday 19th May 2019 Dulverton West Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL 6TH MAY 2019

Going: Good to firm

HUNT CONDITIONS RACE (SPONSOR LOMAS HELICOPTERS)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews)
Walked over

RESTRICTED (SCOTT POWELL)

1 Mahler Style (Stefan Kirwan) 7-4 fav held up in touch, led two out, comf
2 Bob Along Mahler (Fergus Gillard)10-1 led til three out, kept on well
3 Cornflower Blue (Mervyn Woodward) 7-2 handy, led briefly three out, no extra apprg last
7 ran; 3l; 4l; 6m 18s

MIXED OPEN (KIVELLS)

1 River Myth (Darren Andrews) 1-5 fav made all, easily
2 Peterbrown (Holly Ann Drowne) 6-5 chased wnr, some hdwy two out
2 ran; 2 1/2l 6m 15s

INTERMEDIATE (BREWER HARDING & ROWE)

1 Skinflint (Bryan Carver) 8-11 fav in touch, led last, clear flat
2 Ryves Rocky (Millie Wonnacott) 2-1 led til headed last, no extra flat
3 Kaiden Michael (Darren Andrews) 3-1 prog to chall three out, wknd next
4 ran; 1l; 8l; 6m 15s

OPEN MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES (THE JOCKEY CLUB & PENBODE EQUINE)

1 Upton Funk (Mervyn Woodward) 5-1 hdwy 14th, led two out, pushed clear
2 Willaldo (Bryan Carver) 5-4 fav disp lead til two out, no extra
3 Trebors Twinkle (Darren Andrews) 12-1 behind, late progress to 3rd two out
8 ran; 5l; 18l; 6m 23s

OPEN MAIDEN (WADES OF BRADWORTHY)

1 Ichifoot (Mervyn Woodward) 11-10 fav made virtually all, well clear from three out
2 What A Bug (Darren Edwards) 6-1 held up, went 2nd three out, no chance with wnr
3 Chips For Free (Bryan Carver) 7-2 handy, wknd three out
6 ran; 30l; 15l; 6m 24s

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ENTRIES: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, 6th MAY 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Conditions Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:45 Intermediate Race
5th 16:20 Mares Open Maiden Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

The going at Vauterhill is good, and the ground will be aggravated if need.

(Updated Saturday 4th May 2019 at 20:56)

The going at Vauterhill is still good / good to soft in places.

(Updated Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 14:54)

Course Inspector and clerk of the course have walked the course this evening. The Going is Good, Good to Soft in Places.

(Updated Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 09:30)

All the fences are out at Vauterhill. It is raining on the course today, with the agravator ready if needed. Going currently Good. Stevenstone entries close tomorrow

Updated Sunday 28th April at 16:33)

Preview extract:

The Stevenstone meeting can be a great way to round off the Bank Holiday by attending their fixture at Vauterhill near High Bickington, on Monday 6th May. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm, 60 entries have been received.

This is a relatively flat track and will promise some fast thrilling finishes. Good track-side viewing with a dry weekend on offer, will be sure to get the families out to enjoy the countryside sport. For those not choosing to pack their picnic baskets full, there will be hot and cold food and refreshments on offer, together with a bar and bookies to compliment the day. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is at High Bickington signed from A377, A3124 and B3217. Postode EX37 9BT.


FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

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

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Race 1 – Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 2p5pp-7p5 AMBITIOUS PURSUIT (IRE) 35 Alice Mills
2 231-11131 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42 Dean Summersby
3 3-u223p15 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 35 Jill Dennis
4 33-133351 DRAGON DE LA TOUR (FR) 37 Neil McLean
5 111-32111 RIVER MYTH 43+ Stuart Sampson
6 p3-p337f6 SKYLANDER (IRE) 35 Sam Holdsworth

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The opening Conditions race has six entries in which Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) could add to his tally of four wins this season. Dragon de La Tour is another to note having destroyed the field by 16 lengths when taking the Restricted race at Kingston St Mary under Will Biddick.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 /213-6p42 ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) 36 Christine Gray
2 4p12-p683 BOB ALONG MAHLER (IRE) 33 Stuart Sampson
3 /3p3-fp212 CORNFLOWER BLUE 36 Patrick Picton-Warlow
4 34252-p41 COULD BE BETTER (IRE) 35+ Stuart Sampson
5 3-u223p15 DEISE GOLD (IRE) 35 Jill Dennis
6 2/541pp5p GEORGES LEGACY 35? Joe Tickle
7 *253p/p3-1 MAHLERS STAR (IRE) 32 Dean Coleman
8 r1p-ppppb MASSINI’S BLADE (IRE) 25? Michael M. Watson
9 p/3p-2pup MR MICHANDA (IRE) 33? Sarah Tickle
10 *9/3/41p-2 RUMOUR HAS IT 36 Victoria Sleep

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

In the Restricted race the eye is drawn to Cornflower Blue for trainer Patrick Picton-Warlow after her maiden win at Cothelstone followed by her length second at Flete Park. Mahler Style (Alan Walter) won her maiden in March at Larkhill and looks one to follow, along with Could Be Better (Stuart Sampson after his four length win at Little Windsor, and Victoria Sleeps mare Rumor Has It who could improve on her second at Trebudannon.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 1434-1452 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
2 *7/211-pp1 EARTHLY REASON (IRE) 38 Neil McLean
3 11/f/12-p2 MINELLA FIFTY (IRE) 42 Claire Hitch
4 pRp-65654 PETERBROWN (IRE) 39? Holly-Anne Drowne
5 111-32111 RIVER MYTH 43+ Stuart Sampson
6 21222-211 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 44 Keith Cumings

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The races include a Mixed Open race which is a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Race to be held at Stratford-on-Avon on Friday 31st May, entries include the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally for the Keith Cumings team who’s latest win came when storming home the 20-length winner at Cherrybrok. Minella Fifty(Claire Hitch) was only just denied a win last weekend when having to settle for a head second under Josh Newman at the Axe Vale meeting. Also River Myth (Stuart Sampson) who may go for the opening Conditions race, but should be in the mix if  here having won three this season, the latest a six-length win at Upcott Cross, and her low weight could prove crucial.

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 p33p34p1 BALLYBRUFF (IRE) 36 Leslie Jefford
2 p624-pp3 BALLYCASH (IRE) 35 Ben Clarke
3 22-231132 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 39 Dean Summersby
4 p2-133ppp DRUID SPITFIRE 36 Robert Chanin
5 52-31p321 KAIDEN MICHEAL (IRE) 37 Stuart Sampson
6 *7pppp5-p LADY JAMESON (IRE) 34 Zoe Hawkins
7 4u54f-545 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
8 42d-4p311 ROBIN WHY NOT (IRE) 37+ Joe Tickle
9 p113-5423 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 38 Leslie Jefford
10 7pp-2141 SKINFLINT (IRE) 38+ Gerard Supple
11 313-55515 TAMARSTONE (IRE) 37 Neil McLean

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

Skinflint (Gerry Supple) is an entry in the Intermediate race, connections may choose to run at the Flete meeting on Saturday, however this race could give him an extra few days to recover from his eight length win at Stafford Cross, when ridden by Bryan Carver. He could come up against Trebudannon winner Robin Why Not for the Jo Tickle team. Robin Why Not won his maiden nicely at Buckfastleigh before scoring his eight length victory in his Restricted race in a small field at Trebudannon. Cloudy Music(Dean Summersby) looks another having a good season, and is consistently in the frame and should be considered after her second at Upcott Cross to Kernel Victor.

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Race 5 – Mares Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 3-pp4632 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
2 p//-p4pu2 FIREWELD 18 Patricia Shaw
3 624/p47-p FLORABELL (IRE) 26? Ian Hambley
4 *573036- GETADOLLAR (IRE) Mary Sanderson
5 p/pp344p- GOLD RELIEF 24? Michael Sweetland
6 /pp6-5ub JAZZ UP THE BEAT 16? Victoria Sleep
7 /p87-3p6p KEMICALLIE 12 Christine Gray
8 f-p6p LAUREL LASS (IRE) Ryan Chapman
9 -5 MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 30+ Ed Walker
10 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
11 26-43p435 MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 24 Pauline Geering
12 *9/0-464 SUZIE STAPLES 24 Stuart Sampson
13 -p5 TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson
14 -upp TREBORS TWINKLE 0 Joe Tickle
15 44p/4p4-p UPTON FUNK (IRE) 15 Gordon Chambers
16 2p4-22434 WHERE’S WILMA 32 Michael M. Watson
17 6/pfpp-42 WILLALDOO 31+ Leslie Jefford

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

Preview extract

The Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Open Maiden race is also on the agenda with 17 entered. Many with chances here including recent Upcott runner up Willadoo (Les Jefford), Fireweld( Patricia Shaw) a six length second at Trebudannon and Where’s Wilma (Michael Watson) if she can repeat her promising form at the beginning of the season and progress.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Owner Rider Notes
1 *030/-p ALL DOWNHILL (IRE) 0 Roy Smith
2 -p CHIPS FOR FREE (IRE) 0 Joe Tickle
3 /u3-p GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
4 -p2 ICHIFOOT (USA) 33+ Patrick Picton-Warlow
5 p-pp SPOILER ALERT (IRE) 0 Claire Hitch
6 44p/4p4-p UPTON FUNK (IRE) 15 Gordon Chambers
7 -3ur0 WESTERN WHISKEY (IRE) 23? Dean Summersby
8 WESTWOOD PISTOL Stuart Sampson
9 pp/-f WHAT A BUG 0 Sarah Prouse
10 2p4-22434 WHERE’S WILMA 32 Michael M. Watson

Results

Place Number Distances Time
1st
2nd
3rd
4th

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Where’s Wilma is also entered in the Open Maiden race which closes the days event. Itchifoot looks an interesting entry, another out of the Patrick Picton-Warlow team ran  four-lengths second to Cold Be Better at Little Windsor.

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PREVIEW: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, 6th MAY 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The Stevenstone meeting can be a great way to round off the Bank Holiday by attending their fixture at Vauterhill near High Bickington, on Monday 6th May. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm, 60 entries have been received.

The races include a Mixed Open race which is a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Race to be held at Stratford-on-Avon on Friday 31st May, entries include the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally for the Keith Cumings team who’s latest win came when storming home the 20-length winner at Cherrybrook. Minella Fifty (Claire Hitch) was only just denied a win last weekend when having to settle for a head second under Josh Newman at the Axe Vale meeting. Also River Myth (Stuart Sampson) who may go for the opening Conditions race, but should be in the mix if  here having won three this season, the latest a six-length win at Upcott Cross, and her low weight could prove crucial.

The opening Conditions race has six entries in which Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) could add to his tally of four wins this season. Dragon de La Tour is another to note having destroyed the field by 16 lengths when taking the Restricted race at Kingston St Mary under Will Biddick.

In the Restricted race the eye is drawn to Cornflower Blue for trainer Patrick Picton-Warlow after her maiden win at Cothelstone followed by her length second at Flete Park. Mahler Style (Alan Walter) won her maiden in March at Larkhill and looks one to follow, along with Could Be Better (Stuart Sampson after his four length win at Little Windsor, and Victoria Sleeps mare Rumor Has It who could improve on her second at Trebudannon.

Skinflint (Gerry Supple) is an entry in the Intermediate race, connections may choose to run at the Flete meeting on Saturday, however this race could give him an extra few days to recover from his eight length win at Stafford Cross, when ridden by Bryan Carver. He could come up against Trebudannon winner Robin Why Not for the Jo Tickle team. Robin Why Not won his maiden nicely at Buckfastleigh before scoring his eight length victory in his Restricted race in a small field at Trebudannon. Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) looks another having a good season, and is consistently in the frame and should be considered after her second at Upcott Cross to Kernel Victor.

The Jockey Club Mares & Fillies Open Maiden race is also on the agenda with 17 entered. Many with chances here including recent Upcott runner up Willadoo (Les Jefford), Fireweld (Patricia Shaw) a six length second at Trebudannon and Where’s Wilma (Michael Watson) if she can repeat her promising form at the beginning of the season and progress.

Where’s Wilma is also entered in the Open Maiden race which closes the days event. Itchifoot looks an interesting entry, another out of the Patrick Picton-Warlow team ran  four-lengths second to Cold Be Better at Little Windsor.

This is a relatively flat track and will promise some fast thrilling finishes. Good track-side viewing with a dry weekend on offer, will be sure to get the families out to enjoy the countryside sport. For those not choosing to pack their picnic baskets full, there will be hot and cold food and refreshments on offer, together with a bar and bookies to compliment the day. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is at High Bickington signed from A377, A3124 and B3217. Postode EX37 9BT.

Useful Information

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL 7TH MAY 2018

The Stevenstone is always a pleasant meeting, tucked away in North Devon far from the madding crowd. You need a good map to find it – turn right at Graham Heal’s stud farm (shows how old fashioned I am – don’t know how to use a Satnav).

This year was quite competitive and the 13 bookies probably went home smiling as the last four favourites all went down the pan.

Cinevator (4-6 fav after a little evens) loves the Vauterhill track , and landed the Hunt race for the third year in succession under trainer / rider Ella Pickard.  Katkolys (10’s to 8’s) kept on well without getting to the winner.

Missyladie (6-4 to evens fav ) blotted her copybook again by demolishing the wing of the third last giving Thomasina Eyston no chance when still in with a chance. Missyladie is well qualified for the naughty stool. Anyway, she got further than Ballybruff (7-4 to 2’s) who lost his rider at the third. Meldon Express (8’s to 10’s) is one for another day – Upcott Cross ? So at the business end it was Tamarstone (5’s and 9-2) who just held off Druid Spitfire (7’s – 13-2) by a neck.

I went to back Fishy Story but missed the evens and wouldn’t invest at 4-6 . I was afraid of the ultra consistent mare Whenharrymetsally (6-4) so didn’t have a bet. The race was between this pair and Fishy Story quickened up impressively to score in receipt of 3lbs.

Luckily my day wasn’t completely wasted thanks to Wolftrap (9-2 to 100-30) in the Confined. When the Point-to Point loose leaf  form book says “looks capable of better” against an unplaced horse (Lamerton Confined) , it is a real wink and a nod so best to take note. Lee Drowne on Wolftrap stalked the leaders and went past Its All Or Nothing (4-5 fav) with a double handful.

It was another tale of woe for the jolly in the last two races. Bricks and Beams (5-4 fav from 5-2) looked a picture in the Intermediate, but failed to deliver again behind the impressive winner Hinxworth (5’s to 2’s), a half brother to the useful Le Rev, His trainer Ben Clarke went on to take the Exeter Intermediate Final on the next night, so probably knew the time of day with this Milan gelding, nicely ridden by Darren Andrews.

Cottage Rose (4’s to 13-8 fav) was all the rage for the getting out stakes, but fell at the first ditch. Jo Sleep’s Rumour Has It (7-4) is a big mare by Beat All and galloped on well under Darren Edwards to land the contest.

RESULTS

Results of the Stevenstone meeting

Report of the Stevenstone meeting

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons and Megan Cobley

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 13th May 2018 Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 20th May 2018 Dulverton West, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott X, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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REPORT: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL 7th MAY 2018

 

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in midsummer”…..

William Shakespeare

Plenty of warm sunshine on offer at Vauterhill for the large Bank Holiday crowd who found their way up the narrow, twisty lanes for the Stevenstone meeting.

Culmstock trainer Stuart Sampson and jockey Bryan Carver teamed up to produce a double on this hot Bank Holiday afternoon.

The eight-year-old Midnight Legend mare Fishy Story, owned by Martyn Tucker, initiated their double after a good battle with Whenharrymetsally in the Mixed Open. The progressive mare had won her last race at Woodford by 40 lengths, and will probably be looking to add to her successes at the two forthcoming Upcott Cross fixtures.

Six-year-old Bob Along Mahler gave Bryan Carver his eighth winner of the season to complete a good day for the stable in the Open Maiden.

South Molton based rider David Prichard took his seasonal tally to eight as Tamarstone just got the better of Druid Spitfire to win the Restricted. Prichard had recovered from a nasty incident at Holnicote on the previous day and explained, “My horse was spooked going to the start yesterday  and I was thrown on to my back. I had three x-rays at Musgrove Park hospital, Taunton, last night and I am okay, apart from feeling a bit sore.”

Prichard certainly showed no ill effects and went close in the Intermediate, having to settle for second spot as High Priority chased home front running Hinxworth (Darren Andrews). This useful looking Milan gelding is owned by Rebecca McMullan and Melissa Clarke, and is stabled with Ben Clarke at Woolminstone, Somerset. ”He must have good ground or quicker. He has a high cruising speed and could run next in a hunter chase at Fontwell”, remarked the trainer.

Darren Edwards followed up his Flete Park treble on Saturday (May 5) to partner his 16th winner of the season when Rumour Has It stayed on dourly to beat Georges Legacy in the Mares Maiden. “A galloper and a lovely mare,” was how the leading area rider described his winner, owned by Jo Sleep and trained by Victoria Sleep.

Its All Or Nothing was a short priced favourite to take the Confined, but Jo Supple’s mount was stalked by Wolftrap throughout the final circuit. Lee Drowne pounced on Wolftrap at the second last before scoring by four lengths on this former hurdles winner, now in the care of Karyn Heard.

Cinevator won the Hunt race for the third year in succession for his 21-year-old rider Ella Pickard, who also trains the gelding at Umberleigh for her grandfather Michael Tucker. “He had to work hard but jumped nicely”, reported the young rider/trainer, who also rides out for the Jeremy Scott yard.

RESULTS

Results of the Stevenstone meeting

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons and Megan Cobley

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 13th May 2018 Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 20th May 2018 Dulverton West, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott X, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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RESULTS: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL 7th MAY 2018

Hunt Race (In memory of Major Jack & Mrs Margaret Lomas- sponsored by Lomas Helicopters)

1 Cinevator (Ella Pickard) 4-6 fav made all, held on well

2 Katkolys (Paul John) 8-1 pressed wnr from 15th, kept on well under pressure

4 ran; only two finished; 1/2l;  6m 35s

Owner; Michael Tucker; Trainer; Ella Pickard

 

Restricted (Wades of Bradworthy)

1 Tamarstone (David Prichard) 9-2  led to 7, prom til led agn from 16th, held on well

2 Druid Spitfire (Tom Chanin) 13-2 led 7 to 9 & agn briefly 15, rallied last, not quite get up

3 Meldon Express (rex Dingle) 10-1 in touch til 14, wknd

7 ran; Neck; 25l;  6m 42s

Owner; W Britton, J Gardener,  PWade  ; Trainer; Claire Harris

 

Mixed Open; (Kivells)

1 Fishy Story (Bryan Carver) 8-11 fav  led 16, forged clear, stayed on well

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 6-4 led to 6 & agn 13 to 15, kept on under pressure

3 Minellahalfcentury (Peter Summers) 8-1 led 7 to 12, wknd 15

5 ran; 2 1/2l; 25l;  6m 28s

Owner; Martyn Tucker; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

 

Confined (EC Haste & Sons)

1 Wolftrap (Lee Drowne) 100-30 held up in touch, led after two out, soon clear

2 Its All or Nothing (Jo Supple) 2-5 fav  led til 7 & agn 16 til two out, no extra

3 Tolkeins Tango (David Prichard) 4-1 led 8 til 15, outpaced two out

4 ran; 4l; 30l;  6m 38s

Owner; S White, K Heard, M Evans; Trainer; Karyn Heard

 

Intermediate (Penbode Equine)

1 Hinxworth (Darren Andrews) 2-1 made virtually all, ran on strongly

2 High Priority (David Prichard) 9-2 effort 16, rdn & wknd two out

3 Hallo Dolly (Darren Edwards) 11-2 chased ldrs, kept on steadily

6 ran; 8l; 3l;  6m 35s

Owner; Rebecca McMullan & Melissa Clarke; Trainer; Ben Clarke

 

Maiden – Mares & Fillies only (The Jockey Club) Trophy in memory of Jane Wickett & William Luxton

1 Rumour Has It  (Darren Edwards0 7-4 led 15, dvn clear two out

2 Georges Legacy (Kieran Buckley) 4-1 alwys prom, every chance three out, kept on

3 Swansong Sally (Bryan carver0 12-1 hdwy 15, not reach ldrs

6 ran; 6l; 20l;  6m 37s

Owner; Jo Sleep; Trainer; Victoria Sleep

 

Open Maiden (Brewer Harding & Rowe)

1 Bob Along Mahler (Bryan Carver) 4-1 led to 2 & agn from 9, stayed on well

2 Mountain Las (Rex Dingle) 4-6 fav handy, chall when mstk two out, no extra

3 Jawahal du Mathan (Paul John) 12-1 lost touch 10, completely tailed off

5 ran; 2 1/2l; distance; 6m 38s

Owner; M Tucker; G Harris, G Gillard; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Marcus Bath, Athwenna Irons and Megan Cobley

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Sunday 13th May 2018 Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 20th May 2018 Dulverton West, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 28th May 2018 South Tetcott, Upcott X, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE. 1st Race 1.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 Exmoor, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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