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ENTRIES: TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 6TH JUNE 2021

Please note these are the entries for the Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point. The fixture is open to all zones and will have a crowd limit of 1500 people, it will be live streamed and telephone betting is available, see below for details.

RaceStart timeLink to Exmoor entries and form for race
1st 14:00Winston Pincombe Land Rovers Members Race
2nd14:35Riverside Caravan Park Open Maiden Race
3rd15:10Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd Intermediate Race
4th15:45Men’s Open Race
5th16:20Greenslade Taylor Hunt Ladies Open Race
6th16:55Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company Ltd Restricted Race
Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point Races

Bratton Down Going Updates

Thursday 3rd June 9.00am

Thursday Morning – The going at Bratton Down is good, good to firm. The course has been moved to fresh ground where necessary.

Monday 31st May 9.00am

Monday Morning – The going at Bratton Down is good.  The course will be moved to fresh ground where necessary. The forecast looks promising for this to be maintained.

Friday 28th 8.00am

Friday Morning, after a lovely day the going at Bratton Down is now predominately good, with good to soft in places.

Tiverton Staghounds 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 Saturday 5th June
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With on site bar, bookies and trade stands, it will be great to get this outdoor event back on track in the beautiful picnic location, which has a back drop view of Exmoor to enjoy.

Postcode for the course is EX31 45G

Tiverton Staghounds Preview extract:

The final meeting of the Devon & Cornwall 2020-2021 Point-to-Point season takes place this coming Sunday when the Tiverton Staghounds stage their meeting at the Bratton Down track, which boasts a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor.

Over 110 entries have been received for the six races on offer, and with 27 entered in the open maiden, this race could well be divided on the day.

Hat’s off to all the trainers together with their teams who have produced these horses in tip top condition, also owners who have stood by these stunning animals during strict Covid lockdown conditions to compete at the course. The action starts at 2pm.

There will be on course facilities bar, food stands, bookies and many trade stands, providing a great day out in the country for all the family. e-tickets can be obtained via visiting https://pointingdc.co.uk. Under 16’s go free but must also apply for a ticket.

Course is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG

Tiverton Staghounds 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 is on offer for the eight Point-To-Point races, with a start time of 2.00pm with the first of the races.

There is a fee of £10 plus a small Eventbrite admin fee 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.

Tiverton Staghounds 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 Point-to-Point Telephone Betting

Tiverton Staghounds Green and Amber zone entry tickets

Participants, officials and Owners (Green Zone), and spectators (Amber 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

TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS 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 – Winston Pincombe Land Rovers Members Race

#FormNameRatingTRAINERS
14p//-86u2ALTERNATIF (FR)38Annabelle Bacon
2*3532-pu3BROUGHTONS RHYTHM36Bronwen Hurley
3321/2-83ffDR RHYTHM (IRE)38Keith Cumings
44/32-4222HONEST OPINION (IRE)34Dean Summersby
51/p-pppppLAWSONS THORNS (IRE)30Mike Vanstone
6u3p/p/-46ON YOUR MAX33Louise Kittow
78463-2f7pOSCAR LANTERN (IRE)38Rebecca Branton
8361p/-p26PANCRACE (FR)37Teresa Clark
912/-pp66pTOP CHIEF36?Stuart Sampson

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The Winston Pincombe Land Rovers-sponsored opening Members race could go the way of  Alternative for young Otis Morgan to ride and follow up on their second at Cothelstone.  Broughton’s Rythm looks to be another who could run well here and improve on his third at the meeting last weekend for trainer Bronwen Hurley.


Race 2 – Riverside Caravan Park Open Maiden Race

RACE 2FormNameRatingTRAINERS
144/6-ALPINE ROCK (IRE)NRGary Barber
2-35BENNYS MIRACLE (IRE)18Teresa Clark
3/p-p33p4BORROWED AND BLUE(IRE)29Martin Wanless
442/3-5p25BUSINESSMAN (IRE)33Leslie Jefford
5-R318CRAVEN BAY (IRE)35Alan Hill
6-bDAISY YEATS00?Sarah Prouse
7p//p-3343EASTERN PROMISES29Ed Hitch
83/-pELUSIVE PACKAGE (IRE)00?Stephen Wiles
9p2ff3-336EVRON (FR)30Neil McLean
1094p/p-FUN DE NUIT (FR)0Gareth Moore
114/*7p-pFUSIONICE (FR)0Matthew Hampton
1204-0GET ON RON12Victoria Sleep
13-4p4HANDS FACE SPACE (IRE)26+Francesca Nimmo
144/32-4222HONEST OPINION (IRE)34Dean Summersby
15/5/p-9pISLAND TYPHOON (IRE)12Zoe Hawkins
16#NAME?LAST OF THE DRUIDS0Robert Chanin
172p/44-2pLOODEEN (IRE)32?Brooke Gardener-Wollen
18/pp-p2up5MAD FOR ACTION (IRE)26?Abigail Lewis
1953/7-454MILLSTONE17Tom Ellis
20-34NUOVA VITA28Edward Walker
21*990-RIVER LLYNFI (IRE)NRDavid Brace
223/p-4c2ROC THE BOAT27Jennifer Boucher
235ppu2ppuSPIVEY COVE31?Arron Butterfield
24p-4ppTOP CLICHE25Jill Dennis
2546-up444VIC THE VANDEL17Fred Hutsby
26p/f2p9/-2pWHAT A BUG20?Sarah Prouse
27*96708-cpWISE GARDEN (FR)0Danielle Kenealy

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The maiden race holds 27 entries and could well be divided on the day. Just some of those having shown promise are Businessman, Craven Bay, Eastern Promise, Honest Opinion and What A Bug.


Race 3 – Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd Intermediate Race

RACE 3FormNameRatingTRAINERS
134-f8113AHEAD OF THE GAME (IRE)37Jason Warner
22/fp2-623AWESOME TUNES (IRE)38Ryan Chapman
3/p-p33p4BORROWED AND BLUE(IRE)29Martin Wanless
424/pr-pppBRANDY AND RED (IRE)30?Robert Harraway
541432/-p4COME ON JOEY (IRE)35Roy Smith
6-PP61444COTTAGE ROSE37John Heard
74/p43-631DANCING DAVE (IRE)39Ed Walker
8321/2-83ffDR RHYTHM (IRE)38Keith Cumings
9p5pp7//-5DRIFTWOOD PRIDE (IRE)33Jane Western
10u1p-u5u5FARAWAY STAR35Tracey Williams
11*7ppp-4prFLEUR DU POMMIER33Harriet Waight
1200/11-123FRENCH PIECE40Luke Price
136-ppp612IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)40Mary Tory
14pp3-2111LARGY MOUNTAIN41+Francesca Nimmo
151/p-u30ppMASTER HIDE (IRE)25?Jane Allfrey
16441-p455PRINCE OF POETS36?Lucy Mager
1765u/1-pp1RIEN DU TOUT (IRE)37Charlotte Budd
1845//23/-56SQUIRRELL ESQUIRE33?Celia Plunkett
197/32-7p15THE KITCHENMECANIC34Teresa Clark

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Whilst the Exmoor Hay and Straw-sponsored Intermediate race could see Imogen’s Thunder reproduce his form from the previous meeting here when running a close second under promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. Another catching the eye is Largy Mountain, having won three on the bounce for the Fran Nimmo team and is an option for leading gentleman jockey James King.


Race 4 – Men’s Open Race

RACE 4FormNameRatingTRAINERS
14p//-86u2ALTERNATIF (FR)38Annabelle Bacon
228/7-32p1BLAIRS COVE41Luke Price
313-p2121BRIDGE OF SPIES (IRE)41George Beilby
45/11-1p22CHAMERON (FR)44Sam Loxton
534641562ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40John Heard
612212/p-7GINGILI38?Daniel Adams
76-ppp612IMOGENS THUNDER (IRE)40Mary Tory
864/pp-4p0KILRONAN CASTLE24Martin Sweetland
90/7p9-1p1LOS ALAMOS (IRE)42Luke Price
1021/-R2pp6MIXBOY (FR)35?Melanie Dixon
111/33-5p0pNAMAKO (FR)38?Alan Hill
1222/5p534PHOENIX ROCK (IRE)34Gary Barber
13/-pR2p12RIVER MYTH41Stuart Sampson
1412/4p-52pSILVERGROVE37Alexandra Dunn
15/p1-51111THUMB STONE BLUES (IRE)45James King
1614/6-p54uTREE SPARROW37?Camilla Scott
171/41-425pTUFF NANO (IRE)40?Teresa Clark

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Both the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open and the Men’s Open races have received top entries from around the country. These include Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager), Board Of Trade (Ed Walker), Fox Valley (Tom Ellis) and Summer Sounds for the Fran Nimmo team,  all holding claims in the Ladies race. Whilst in the Men’s Open recent winner Thumb Stone Blues another from the Fran Nimmo team could provide another thrilling battle between him under jockey James King and Chameron for either Jack Andrews or Ben Sutton to ride, With the previous two mentioned also holding entries at the Garthorpe meeting on Saturday, this could leave the race open for Bridge of Spies  to follow up on his impressive win at last Saturday’s meeting under top Novice jockey Conor Houlihan.


Race 5 – Greenslade Taylor Hunt Ladies Open Race

RACE 5FormNameRatingTRAINERS
1/53-6ppppBANKHALL (IRE)30?Emma Jones
26-504214BOARD OF TRADE42Edward Walker
39/-uu505pDESERT ROE (IRE)29Jonathan Tudor
434641562ERIC THE THIRD (IRE)40John Heard
51262-11sFOX VALLEY (IRE)41Tom Ellis
6p4-f6112GENERAL ARROW (IRE)42Tom Ellis
7/73p-875GOODTOKNOW35Jordan Devlin
8-1133231HAWKHURST (IRE)42Alan Hill
9/p/-p86p8JUNGLE LEGEND24Gary Barber
10/p-5p3244KILLINEY COURT (IRE)36Philip Rowley
110/7p9-1p1LOS ALAMOS (IRE)42Luke Price
123/11/-p353MAHLER STYLE (IRE)37Alan Walter
13/24-51441MOSCOW PRICES (IRE)41Lucy Mager
14/p316p/-fpMOUNTAIN CLICHE37Nick Dawe
151111/-745PURPLE ‘N GOLD40?Leslie Jefford
165/p34-2p3QUINTO38Holly-Anne Drowne
172p/343-ppSTAGE ONE (IRE)36?Alan Hill
183-0p2115SUMMER SOUNDS (IRE)43Francesca Nimmo
19p4p-p238THEATRE EVENING (IRE)35Meisha Micklewright
20/0623-p47TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Elizabeth Scott
21/82p/-p21WOTZIZNAME (IRE)42+Sarah Gould

Tiverton Staghounds Preview extract

Both the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open and the Men’s Open races have received top entries from around the country. These include Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager), Board Of Trade (Ed Walker), Fox Valley (Tom Ellis) and Summer Sounds for the Fran Nimmo team,  all holding claims in the Ladies race. Whilst in the Men’s Open recent winner Thumb Stone Blues another from the Fran Nimmo team could provide another thrilling battle between him under jockey James King and Chameron for either Jack Andrews or Ben Sutton to ride, With the previous two mentioned also holding entries at the Garthorpe meeting on Saturday, this could leave the race open for Bridge of Spies  to follow up on his impressive win at last Saturday’s meeting under top Novice jockey Conor Houlihan.


Race 6 – Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company Ltd Restricted Race

RACE 6FormNameRatingTRAINERS
151u4/u-ppACCORDINI31Philip Rowley
242/3-5p25BUSINESSMAN (IRE)33Leslie Jefford
3/655-6pp6CHARLIE PAPA LIMA (IRE)31Tracy Williams
4-bDAISY YEATS00?Sarah Prouse
51-p2pDIRECT FLIGHT (IRE)32Nigel Padfield
6/p-p42144EDABEAN (IRE)36Jason Warner
7*/58-216FAN CLUB AULMES (FR)34Francesca Nimmo
8203/-p1pFINLEY’S EYES(IRE)27Luke Price
9-PPP1JIMMY SNIPE34+Danielle Kenealy
10p4-pp132LUCKY LUCARNO35Martin Wanless
11p/u31-f25O’FAOLAINS LAD (IRE)33Stuart Penny
1231p/2p-ppTAKEN BY FORCE (IRE)32Charlotte Budd
1322/4-p155THE DARTMOOR ROSE34Charlotte Rowe
147/32-7p15THE KITCHENMECANIC34Teresa Clark
15*777p-p1pTHE ROSARY FLYER (IRE)33Tom Ellis
16/0623-p47TINNEHINCH (IRE)33Elizabeth Scott
172/pp-ppppWILD GINGER28?John Crew

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Those catching the eye in the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Restricted race are Fan Club Aulmer after his win at Mollington, The Kitchen Mechanic (Teresa Clark) and Lucky Lucarno for the Martin Wanless team.



Photo Credits: Megan Cobley Photography; Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: Tiverton Staghounds POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down ON Sunday, 6TH June 2021

The final meeting of the Devon & Cornwall 2020-2021 Point-to-Point season takes place this coming Sunday when the Tiverton Staghounds stage their meeting at the Bratton Down track, which boasts a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor.

Over 110 entries have been received for the six races on offer, and with 27 entered in the open maiden, this race could well be divided on the day.

Both the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open and the Men’s Open races have received top entries from around the country. These include Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager), Board Of Trade (Ed Walker), Fox Valley (Tom Ellis) and Summer Sounds for the Fran Nimmo team,  all holding claims in the Ladies race. Whilst in the Men’s Open recent winner Thumb Stone Blues another from the Fran Nimmo team could provide another thrilling battle between him under jockey James King and Chameron for either Jack Andrews or Ben Sutton to ride, With the previous two mentioned also holding entries at the Garthorpe meeting on Saturday, this could leave the race open for Bridge of Spies  to follow up on his impressive win at last Saturday’s meeting under top Novice jockey Conor Houlihan.

The Covid Race tgether with DSSH-sponsored opening Members race could go the way of  Alternative for young Otis Morgan to ride and follow up on their second at Cothelstone.  Broughton’s Rythm looks to be another who could run well here and improve on his third at the meeting last weekend for trainer Bronwen Hurley.

Those catching the eye in the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Restricted race are Fan Club Aulmer after his win at Mollington, The Kitchen Mechanic (Teresa Clark) and Lucky Lucarno for the Martin Wanless team.

Whilst the Exmoor Hay and Straw-sponsored Intermediate race could see Imogen’s Thunder reproduce his form from the previous meeting here when running a close second under promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. Another catching the eye is Largy Mountain, having won three on the bounce for the Fran Nimmo team and is an option for leading gentleman jockey James King.

The maiden race holds 27 entries and could well be divided on the day. Just some of those having shown promise are Businessman, Craven Bay, Eastern Promise, Honest Opinion and What A Bug. Hat’s off to all the trainers together with their teams who have produced these horses in tip top condition, also owners who have stood by these stunning animals during strict Covid lockdown conditions to compete at the course.

The action starts at 2pm. Tickets can only be obtained prior to the event, via SPECTATOR TICKETS or the Point-to-Point Racing Co website. Children under 16 go free but must apply for ticket online. On course facilities are Bar, bookies hot food and refreshments and trade stands.

There will also be a Tiverton Staghounds live-stream, tickets for which can be bought through eventbrite.

Betting can be accessed by phoning either Richard Pittard 07711298746 or Dave Phillips on 07810775119.

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

Tiverton STAGHOUNDS Members QUALIFICATION

The Tiverton staghounds members race has been opened up to members farmers subscribers who hold a this Years Hunters certificate with the Devon and Somerset Staghounds as well as the Tiverton staghounds 

The Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point takes place on Sunday 6th June Bratton Down and the first race at 2 pm.

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS

“Over 1000 feet above sea level with grand view of Exmoor,but grazed by sheep with resulting hazards for unsuspecting racegoers and falling riders”

MacKenzie and Harris – Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers

Despite the sheep droppings this is a grand point-to-point course, well suited on moorland turf for late season fixtures. The Tiverton Staghounds point-to-point would have been the penultimate fixture this season in the Devon & Cornwall area. For well known reasons this has not happened, so I am delving into the history books again to unearth some action from the past.

My first personal recollection of this hunt’s point-to-points was in 1980 when they raced at Bishopsleigh (40 years ago – seems like yesterday). The move to Bratton Down took place in 1988, but the point-to-point had taken place at many different locations going back well over a century
So in place of my usual race report for this week we go back to April 1991:-

TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS AT BRATTON DOWN 27th April 1991

Going; Good to firm

HUNT

1 Sell Up (Richard White)
2 Cricklewood Chris (Stuart Kittow)
6 ran; only two finished; won by a distance; 7m 1s; SP 5-1

OPEN

1 Ballyeden (Philip Scolfield)
2 Connate (Justin Farthing)
3 Another Lucas (Ian Widdicombe)
12 ran; 2l; 6l; 6m 9s; SP 5-1

LADIES OPEN

1 Thrales (Polly Curling)
2 Fandango Boy (Linda Blackford)
3 Tijuca (Mandy Turner)
6 ran; short head; 2l; 6m 9s; SP 4-7 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS

1 The Doormaker (Polly Curling)
2 Life Peerage (Steven Slade)
3 Archie’s Nephew (Justin Farthing)
12 ran; 2l; 1l; 6m 9s; SP 11-4

RESTRICED OPEN

1 Just Joshua (Alison Handel)
2 Master Tuesday (Chris Down)
3 Seal Prince (Justin Farthing)
18 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 6m 10s; SP 25-1

ADJACENT HUNTS MAIDEN

1 Happy Padre (Vivienne Nicholas)
2 Sailor’s Shanty (Rupert Nuttall)
3 Lady Ling C Burnett-Wells)
14 ran; 5l; 6l; 6m 10s; SP 11-4

The opening hunt race proved eventful as the two leaders missed a marker on the final circuit and gifted the race to Richard White on Sell Up, trained by his mother Tessa. Cricklewood Chris would probably have won but for running out and having to re-trace..

Justin Farthing (total of 26 winners) and Philip Scholfield (23 winners) fought out the jockeys title in 1991, but it was Philip who came out the best in the Open on the useful East Cornwall mare Ballyeden, from the yard of Ben Messer-Bennetts. It is great to see Philip’s son Nick Scholfield doing so well in the professional sphere. Connate was attempting a four-timer and was caught on the run in. This grey was saddled by Richard Barber for Commander Peter Longhurst, who trained as a British astronaut back in the day.

Polly Curling needs little introduction to pointing followers and was in the early stages of her career in 1991. Her double here was initiated by course specialist Thrales, who caught Fandango Boy in the last stride. The latter’s rider Linda Blackford went on to claim the lady jockey’s area award with 13 winners. The Doormaker also came with a typical late flourish up the stiff finishing climb to beat Life Peerage and Archie’s Nephew. Life Peerage was owned by Arnie Sendell who later owned Kingscliff. Archie’ s Nephew had given David Pipe his first race ride at Great Trethew. Polly’s two winners came from the local yard of the late Mike Trickey (himself a successful amateur jockey in his day). The Doormaker ran in the colours of Captain Tim Forster who loved his pointing in the Westcountry.

Subsequently three times champion jockey, Polly Curling rode 220 point-to-point winners in her career, plus prestigious hunter chases such as the Cheltenham Foxhunters ( Fantus).

I have plenty of personal anecdotes of Polly and venture to share just one or two here. I first encountered her when she was leading up a horse for Oliver Carter at Ottery St Mary as a youngster long before she had ridden in a race. I was taking paddock notes when Oliver Carter came up to me and said, “That girl leading that horse up will be champion jockey one day.” I thought what a stupid statement, have you been on the whiskey Oliver? However he had obviously spotted Polly’s early talent. How right he was.

A few years later I remember trying to interview one of the lady jockeys at the old Holnicote course. I was sneaking into the lady riders’ changing tent not noting their state of undress when Polly announced to her fellow jockeys, “Don’t worry girls it’s only Granville”.

Also, I won’t dwell on the time that Polly got a group of us thrown out of a pub near Exeter on the way back from the races. I think she was practising some rustic Anglo-Saxon language which upset the locals. Needless to say our group did not dare to use that pub again.

Back to reality, Polly’s double at Bratton was followed by lady jockeys cleaning up the other two races. Alison Handel on 25-1 chance Just Joshua held off the challenges of Chris Down and Justin Farthing to take the 18-runner Restricted Open. The Adjacent Maiden provided a first winner for Vivienne Nicholas on the family bred gelding Happy Padre, a half brother to that brilliant mare Mantinolas.

The history of the Tiverton Staghounds point-to-points goes back for well over a century. Under the title of Sir John Amory’s Staghounds, their early fixtures were shared with the Tiverton Hunt and Sir John Amory’s Harriers. In 1899 the joint meeting was held at Chevithorne Barton, and the following year at Gornhay, which included a water jump of the River Loman. A former Liberal MP, Sir John Amory was master of the Staghounds from 1896 to 1914. He changed his surname to Heathcote-Amory and, together with his family, will be well known in politics.

Joint fixtures continued up to the first world war at such locations listed in the books as Peadhill , Tiverton and Holmead. The 1912 to 1914 meetings saw a slight change of title to Captain H H Amory’s Staghounds with Sir John Amory’s Harriers and the Tiverton Hunt. No further fixtures were held until 1921.
The meeting on 9th April 1921 was the first time the name of The Tiverton Staghounds appeared on the card, combined with the Tiverton Hunt at Peadhill. This combination transferred their point-to-point to Pileywell, near Tiverton in 1924 and continued at that venue until 1939.
It was under the Tiverton Staghounds title only when the first fixture after the war took place at Thelbridge on 3rd May 1947. They raced at this venue until the course closed in 1958. It was on to Loosebeare Manor near Crediton until 1963, when they moved to Venford.

A further move took place in 1965, to Three Hammers, Worlington. The 1968 meeting there saw some top pointers competing in the Open. The winner Hope Again went on to win the Cheltenham Foxhunter in 1971; runner up Lizzy The Lizard (Tony Hartnoll) won the National Hunt Chase at the festival in 1969 ridden by Grant Cann, and third placed Far East II won a stack of races for Ivy Frank. Sadly Tony Hartnoll, the owner of Lizzy The Lizard passed away a few days ago.

The move to Bishopsleigh came on 16th May 1970, featuring a double for Grant Cann, with leading event rider Mary Gordon-Watson winning the Ladies’ on Barty. I remember my first visit to this rural course in 1980. Firstly I couldn’t find the place (only paper maps in those days), It was the middle of a dry spell and the ground was officially hard with very few runners. The favourite got beat a short head in the first. I backed the “winner” of the Restricted but it was disqualified and the two runners in the last both fell. On the bright side the Britton family had a double. The final Tiverton Staghounds fixture at Bishopsleigh was in 1987. They have been at Bratton Down from 1988 up to this day.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers – various years
  • Horse & Hound Year Book – various years
  • The Pointer
  • Sporting Life
    Sporting Chronicle
    History of the National Hunt Chase – Peter Stevens
  • Point-to-Point Calendar 1935 – 1938– Arthur W Coaten
  • 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

GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT, SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 2019

The Devon & Cornwall bookies normally provide a strong betting market and the Tiverton Staghounds fixture was well up to standard. There was some entertaining jousting between the layers and the faces on this six-race card with a total of 42 runners.

Lawsons Thorns (Leading horse)
Lawsons Thorns (Leading horse)
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Lawsons Thorns (8-11 fav touched 4-5) struck the first blow for the followers of the horses for courses theory. Mike Vanstone’s 10-year-old relishes this track and was scoring his third course win in three weeks (with three different jockeys). The useful young mare Cloudy Music (evens from 5-4) was well held after looking dangerous at the penultimate.

Will Biddick’s mount A Mill From Milan was backed from 4-1 to 6-4 fav in the Open Maiden, having run well on her English debut at Cothelstone. She stayed on late to finish third behind Basher Brian (5-2 out to 4’s) and Spring Break (6’s touched 13-2). The basher had shown a bit of form when runner up at the Dulverton West meeting here.

I met a man from Llanfairpwllgwyngyll just before the third race and he told me to plunge on the Welsh nag Holy Water (2-1) ridden by the capable Byron Moorcroft. I couldn’t get any more than 2’s but my Welsh colleague seemed confident and Holy Water looked the part in the parade ring. I had a feeling however that Soul Kaliber (4-5 to 4-7 fav) was the goods, and this ever improving gelding won easily from Holy Water. Dean Summersby has done what Gordon Elliott failed to do with Soul Kaliber (win a race) and I needed more than holy water after that.

Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Desert Roe (5-4 fav from 7-4) carried Welsh hopes in the Men’s Open and held every chance when falling at the last giving young Jack Tudor a nasty fall. This left Namako (8’s touched 9’s) with a clear lead as my selection Saffron Wells (7-4 out to 9-4) pulled up lame after jumping the last

The next jolly to hit the buffers was Ramble On (6-4 to 11-10 fav), who went on to finish runner up under Jodie Hughes in a decent eight-runner Ladies’ Open. The veteran Beggar’s Velvet (solid 5’s) has struck form with a vengeance lately with wins at Dingley and Garthorpe. His trip down the M5 paid dividends with Amy Cox again in the saddle. There was little in it all the way up the finishing climb with the pair virtually dancing cheek to cheek close to the rails. In the end Beggar’s Velvet just had the call before surviving a stewards inquiry.

I had the misfortune to bump into my friend from that Llanfair thingy place again just before the last. He offered a tip for Seniergues (is that Welsh?). I knew that this horse had beaten Basher Brian previously and was by Midnight Legend so went along with it. We backed him from 5’s to 7-2. You can guess what happened: Seniergues finished a close second to another Welsh horse with a French name, Airpur Desbois, as the shrewder Welsh guys piled in from 6’s to 7-2. Well done James King who completed his first treble.

Fish and chips again for me instead of steak. A lesson learnt: be wary of a Welshman’s tips, especially if you cannot pronounce where he comes from. Nos da nohs da as they say in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.

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REPORT – TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 2019

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“You never tire of the moor. You cannot think of the wonderful secrets which it contains. It is so vast, and so barren, and so mysterious.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930

Wet weather had arrived on Exmoor in time to ease the going for the third and final point-to-point of the season at Bratton Down.

A total of 42 runners for the six races at this picturesque venue included the usual quota of late season long distance travellers on a day which featured a first ever riding treble for 23-year-old James King.

The young jockey started the day with a pillar to post success on Lawsons Thorns in the Hunt race sponsored by Winston Pincombe Land Rovers. This gelding, based at the local Rackenford yard of Mike Vanstone, was completing his own personal treble, having won at the previous two Bratton Down fixtures recently. This time, starting odds-on favourite, he had to cope with the useful mare Cloudy Music, recently crowned as the Jockey Club champion mare. Liam Harrison brought the mare to challenge at the penultimate fence, but King’s mount galloped on relentlessly to score by five lengths.

The rider had to work harder on Namako in the Sid Tarr Memorial Men’s Open. The nine-year-old had been running consistently without winning all season. This time Namako made steady progress and was left clear when the favourite Desert Roe fell at the last. “I think I had the beating of him,” reported the winning rider who was wearing the colours of Hugh Jarvis and trainer Alan Hill. Namako was paying a quick return visit to Bratton Down from his trainer’s Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire yard, having finished second in the Exmoor Men’s Open just a week ago.

Desert Roe’s jockey Jack Tudor has had an up and down season. The highly promising 17-year-old suffered a broken leg early in the season, then rode 22 winners to secure two major National novice riders titles (Harley Racing PPORA and Fuller’s), and looks to have ended his season with a broken collar bone sustained in Desert Roe’s fall.

Nothing was stopping James King however as he went on to complete his treble and his 14th pointing winner of the season, as Welsh invaders Airpur Desbois and Seniergues (with Ben Jones stepping in for Jack Tudor) fought out the finish of the nine runner Best Western Tiverton Hotel Restricted. King produced Airpur Desbois to challenge course winner Seniergues at the penultimate and would not be denied on the stiff climb to the judge. “He needs a patient ride, has improved through the season and will be better next year,” was how the delighted rider summed up his Gareth Moore trained winner .

The Riverside Caravan Park Open Maiden winner, Basher Brian, was another return visitor to the track, having finished runner up to Seniergues at the Dulverton West last month. This time Byron Moorcroft had Basher Brian prominent throughout, and just fended off the challenge of Spring Break up the final hill. Ironically James King’s only losing ride of the day came on the Getaway gelding Spring Break, who is from the yard of his employer Will Biddick.

Byron Moorcroft, who also trains Basher Brian at his Cowbridge yard for owner Jason Warner, is enjoying his best season in the saddle and clocked up his 28th winner on this lightly raced eight-year-old.

Holy Water was well fancied to give Moorcroft another winner in the Intermediate, sponsored by ex-pointing jockey Saul Kidston’s Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd. He had to give best however to the progressive Soul Kaliber in the hands of Darren Edwards. Despite carrying a 5lbs penalty, the winner drew away effortlessly up the finishing hill to beat Holy Water by 10 lengths . The ex-Gigginstown nine-year-old Soul Kaliber started the season as a maiden and was achieving his fourth success for the Little Acres Racing Club. He is in pole position now for the leading horse award for the Devon & Cornwall area. “ He has had lots of physio and Masterson method equine massage from Catherine Davis and Claire Morshead, and has improved through the season,” remarked trainer Dean Summersby, who also mentioned that Soul Kaliber had spent two and a half hours in a traffic hold up following an accident on the M5 in an abortive attempt to get to the Stratford hunter chase meeting recently.

Northamptonshire rider Amy Cox rode her third career winner when Beggar’s Velvet took the good quality Greenslade Taylor Hunt sponsored Ladies’Open at the expense of the favourite Ramble On (Jodie Hughes), who was conceding 4lbs . The pair dominated the closing stages, coming very close together on the brow of the finishing hill before Beggar’s Velvet, despite hanging towards his opponent as they squeezed up the rails, stayed on dourly to win by a length, subsequently surviving a stewards enquiry. Trained by Fran Nimmo, the veteran Dr Massini gelding is proving a good schoolmaster for his rider having carried her to victory three times in the last 16 days.

The meeting included a short tribute to Richard Barber who had passed away two days before. A legendary trainer, Richard’s final winner as an owner came at Upcott Cross as recently as 27th May. That was home bred So When, saddled by his grandson Christopher Barber, and given a vintage ride by Will Biddick.

The champion jockey also rode the last winner Richard saddled as a trainer when Whataknight won an Open Maiden at Bratton Down in June 2014

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RESULTS: TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 2019

Going: GOOD, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES

HUNT RACE (WINSTON PINCOMBE LAND ROVERS)

1 Lawsons Thorns (James King) 8-11 fav made all, drew clear flat
2 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) evens in touch, hdwy & every chance two out, no extra flat
3 Tiger Sam (Heidi Stevens) 9-1 lost touch four out
3 ran; 5l; distance; 6m 5s

OPEN MAIDEN (RIVERSIDE CARAVAN PARK)

1 Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft) 4-1 prom, cl 3rd two out, disp last, asserted last 100 yards
2 Spring Break (James King) 6-1 with ldrs, disp two out til no extra last 100 yards
3 A Mill From Milan (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav hdwy three out, outpaced next, ran on well flat
10 ran; 1l; 4l; 6m 9s

INTERMEDIATE (SAUL KIDSTON, EXMOOR HAY & STRAW LTD)

1 Soul Kaliber (Darren Edwards) 4-7 fav with ldrs, led two out, stayed on well, drew clr flat
2 Holy Water (Byron Moorcroft) 2-1 prom, effort two out, no extra apprg last, just held 2nd
3 On Your Max (Tom Chanin) 5-1 with ldrs til outpaced two out, rallied & kept on nr finish
6 ran; 10l; 3/4l; 6m 9s

MEN’S OPEN (SID TARR MEMORIAL CUP)

1 Namako (James King) 8-1 prog to 3rd two out, challd & left in lead last, dvn out
2 Kernel Victor (Will Biddick) 7-1 in touch, outpaced two out, stayed on, not reach wnr
3 Matts Legacy (Byron Moorcroft) 3-1 went clear three out, mstk & headed next, wknd
6 ran; 6l; 15l; 6m 8s

LADIES’ OPEN (GREENSLADE TAYLOR HUNT)

1 Beggar’s Velvet (Amy Cox) 5-1 chall’d two out close 2nd last, led & hung right flat, just held on
2 Ramble On (Jodi Hughes) 11-10 fav made most til joined three out, slight ld last, headed & not much room last 100 yards
3 Peterbrown (Holly Ann Drowne) 14-1 behind til good hdwy to 3rd nr finish
8 ran; 1l; 8l; 5m 54s

RESTRICTED (BEST WESTERN TIVERTON HOTEL)

1 Airpur Desbois (James King) 7-2 hdwy 16th, disp two out, led & kept on well flat
2 Seniergues (Ben Jones) 7-2 led 16th. joined two out, disp til no extra last 75 yards
3 Ann Maries Reject (Jake Bament) 10-1 in touch, outpaced two out, stayed on well flat
9 ran; 1 1/2l; 15l; 6m 3s

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Entries: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 9th June 2019

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

Going Update

Heavy rain Friday morning, showers on and off since and with more forecast overnight. The going on Friday evening is good, good to firm in places. All fences have been moved to fresh ground. ( updated Fri 7th June 8.00pm)

Bratton Down remains Good to Firm. Good in places. All fences have been moved to fresh ground. Substantial rain is forecast for Friday.( updated Wed 5th June 8.00pm)

The Official going for racing yesterday ( Sun 2nd June ) at Bratton Down was Good to Firm. Safe, fast ground. More rain is forecast for the coming week. ( updated Mon 3rd June 7.00am)

Preview extract:

This weekend will see the third and final meeting of the season to be held at the panoramic Bratton Down course at Bratton Fleming, where it’s the turn of the Tiverton Staghounds to host their meeting on Sunday June 9th. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 75 entries have been received.

The course offers a fantastic backdrop view of Exmoor making this an ideal picnic location. On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments and food, beer tent, bookies and a number of trade stands offering items such as country wear, gallery pictures to antique trinkets. Entrance is £10 per person to a cap of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming,9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG.


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.

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 33ur-pp2 A MILL FROM MILAN (IRE) 31 Joe Tickle
2 23113222 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 40
Dean Summersby
3 42-332p11 LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) 40+ Mike Vanstone
4 2u-55121 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 37+ Mike Vanstone
5 *0-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

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

Preview extract

The opening Winston Pincombe-sponsored members race could see the Dean Summersby top novice mare Cloudy Music take on either of the Mike Vanstone entries Lawsons Thorns or Lure Des Pres who both won at this course last weekend under Josh Newman. All three are also entered in the Intermediate race here and it will be interesting to see which race the trainers select.

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Race 2 – Open Maiden Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 33ur-pp2 A MILL FROM MILAN (IRE) 31 Joe Tickle
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 45/-43u63 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
4 *706-42p CALVIN’S GAL (IRE) 24 Max Comley
5 p5p65754 INNER LOOP 22 Byron Moorcroft
6 346-fpu23 LITLE BRIAN (IRE) 28 Callum Griffiths
7 42p2p4p2 LONG MILE ROAD (IRE) 31 Jason Warner
8 up-4422 ON PAROLE (IRE) 26
Francesca Nimmo
9 -2p2 QUICK REMARKABLE 22 Jonathan Tudor
10 *7-3p2p3 SPRING BREAK (IRE) 27+ Will Biddick
11 -0233p63 THE KITCHENMECANIC 20 Emma Moseley
12 -upp3p TREBORS TWINKLE 17 Joe Tickle
13 pp/-f2p WHAT A BUG 25 Sarah Prouse
14 u355p333 WHICH SKY 24 Mark Robinson
15 pp/76-p WIDLAKE SCORPIOUS(IRE) 9 Ella Pickard

Results

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

Preview extract

The Open Maiden race has been sponsored by Riverside Caravan Park and has attracted many horses which have recently gone close in progressing from Maiden races, these include Welsh raiders Basher Brian(Byron Moorcroft), Little Brian (Callum Griffiths),  along with Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) the horse having consistently finished second and is sure to win soon, and the Getaway-sired Spring Break for Will Biddick could improve on his placed run at Cothelstone and seal the gentleman’s area title for the jockey.

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Race 3 – Intermediate Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /p4-pup44 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 31
Michael Sweetland
2 23113222 CLOUDY MUSIC (IRE) 40
Dean Summersby
3 3R/-f4143 COME ON JOEY (IRE) 37 Roy Smith
4 pp6pp343 FARAWAY STAR 36 Tracey Williams
5 -p3f11f2 HOLY WATER (IRE) 36 Luke Price
6 42-332p11 LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) 40+ Mike Vanstone
7 2u-55121 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 37+ Mike Vanstone
8 4f-54532u ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
9 p9-22113u PLATINUM BEN (IRE) 37 Nigel Padfield
10 122-3pp15 PREDESTINED (IRE) 37
Gordan Chambers
11 p222122 RUPERRA TOM 37 Michael Bowen
12 -51221121 SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 40
Dean Summersby
13 47235316 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 37 Deborah Treneer

Results

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

Preview extract

Dean Summersby’s Soul Kaliber is entered in the Exmoor Hay & Straw -sponsored Intermediate race, and connections will be hoping that the rain forecast for this week is correct, and they can make up for their disappointment of their missed run at Stratford last week. The Little Acers Racing Club have had tremendous fun with their horses with the Summersby team this season, with Soul Kaliber under Darren Edwards winning three races to date, including the most recent at Trebudannon when he came home a three-quarter length winner ahead of Awesome Tunes.

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Race 4 – Mens Open Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5/f4513-43 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37
Patricia Armstrong
2 722513131 DANDAN (IRE) 40
Francesca Moller
3 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
4 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
5 -24p3323p GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
6 4p/-p4p3fp HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
7 3pp5-ppp KALASTAR (IRE) 21? Elizabeth Scott
8 1-403p131 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40
Rebecca Branton
9 33-333115 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
10 R0-f1f211 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 40 Luke Price
11 2ppp2-23p MR SAWYER 40? Kristen Jacks
12 -p5p32522 NAMAKO (FR) 39 Alan Hill
13 14-31233 QUICK OATS 38 Nigel Padfield
14 1-2p12221 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 43 Luke Price
15 6/-23u221 SAFFRON WELLS 43 Mark Hoskins
16 121-42142 SIXTEEN LETTERS (IRE) 42 Neil McLean
17 -u9042313 VAILLANT CREEK (FR) 39 Abbie Myers

Results

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

Preview extract

The feature race of the day looks to be the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Men’s Open race which has attracted 17 entries. These include the top rated Fly West from the Ed Walker team, with the recent showery weather he could get the give in the going he prefers and clock up another win for Will Biddick. They could come up against some hot opposition in recent course winner Matts Legacy for trainer Luke Price and jockey Byron Moorcroft. The combination won the Intermediate race here at the Dulverton meeting, having been left a dozen lengths behind at the start. Ramble On another from the Luke Price yard could be a danger having won well at Kingston Blount. Recent Huntingdon Hunter Chase winner Saffron Wells, for trainer Mark Hoskins, could be a ride for Darren Edwards who is still in touch for regaining the gentleman’s area title.

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Race 5 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -u2d3411 BEGGAR’S VELVET (IRE) 42
Francesca Nimmo
2 1/*ppp-2p CINEVATOR (IRE) 40? Ella Pickard
3 6p1-p134 COURT DISMISSED (IRE) 37? Alan Hill
4 -24p3323p GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
5 1213-u4u3 LA MADONNINA (IRE) 40? Abigail Lewis
6 3-6743214 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
7 -6565423u PETERBROWN (IRE) 40?
Holly-Anne Drowne
8 14-31233 QUICK OATS 38 Nigel Padfield
9 1-2p12221 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 43 Luke Price
10 3-p337f63 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Sam Holdsworth
11 175/-7u32 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Will Biddick
12 /2-45113u THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 42 Will Biddick
13 *0-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

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

Preview extract

There’s No Panic could appear in the Greenslade Taylor & Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open under Ella Orrtewell, and should run well if recovering from his unfortunate slip up when leading at the last bend at the Exmoor meeting here. There are 13 entries which also include Ramble On (Luke Price) mentioned previously, and the Dr Massini-sired Beggers Velvet for trainer Francesca Nimmo. Beggers Velvet ran well at Garthorpe earlier this month, coming home the 12 length winner of the Conditions race there, to add to the veteran geldings 9 Point wins and two Hunter Chase victories, he could prove the main danger if reproducing that form.

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Race 6 – Restricted Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -p5312 AIRPUR DESBOIS (FR) 35 Gareth Moore
2 13-6p4243 ANN MARIES REJECT (IRE) 35 Christine Gray
3 p/34p-4p1 BABY SHERLOCK 35+ Roy Smith
4 21/p6f3-p5 BALTAZAR DU SEUIL (FR) 33? Stuart Sampson
5 p-343s34 CARDNINAL TOM 34 Simon Jones
6 *968/8p-1 CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) 35+ Kieran Price
7 -61 GOGETTHAT (IRE) 00? Mr Max Young
8 *00/f14-p3 MISTER BUDDY (IRE) 33 Luke Price
9 p-2upp31 SENIERGUES 35 Jonathan Tudor
10 175/-7u32 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Will Biddick
11 /pp-sp21 VINCS VINNIE (IRE) 35+ Ed Walker
12 pfpp-4221 WILLALDOO 36+ Leslie Jefford

Results

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

Preview extract

Finally the Best Western Hotel-sponsored Restricted race could be another competitive affair with Vinc’s Vinne (Ed Walker) a six-length winner at Trebudannon, Willaldoo (Les Jefford) a 10-length  Upcott Cross winner, and Lydstep winner Airpur Desbois (Gary Moore) all among the progressive horses entered.

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Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-to-Point, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Sunday 9th June 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

This weekend will see the third and final meeting of the season to be held at the panoramic Bratton Down course at Bratton Fleming, where it’s the turn of the Tiverton Staghounds to host their meeting on Sunday June 9th. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 75 entries have been received.

The feature race of the day looks to be the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Men’s Open race which has attracted 17 entries. These include the top rated Fly West from the Ed Walker team, with the recent showery weather he could get the give in the going he prefers and clock up another win for Will Biddick. They could come up against some hot opposition in recent course winner Matts Legacy for trainer Luke Price and jockey Byron Moorcroft. The combination won the Intermediate race here at the Dulverton meeting, having been left a dozen lengths behind at the start. Ramble On another from the Luke Price yard could be a danger having won well at Kingston Blount. Recent Huntingdon Hunter Chase winner Saffron Wells, for trainer Mark Hoskins, could be a ride for Darren Edwards who is still in touch for regaining the gentleman’s area title.

There’s No Panic could appear in the Greenslade Taylor & Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open under Ella Orrtewell, and should run well if recovering from his unfortunate slip up when leading at the last bend at the Exmoor meeting here. There are 13 entries which also include Ramble On (Luke Price) mentioned previously, and the Dr Massini-sired Beggers Velvet for trainer Francesca Nimmo. Beggers Velvet ran well at Garthorpe earlier this month, coming home the 12 length winner of the Conditions race there, to add to the veteran geldings 9 Point wins and two Hunter Chase victories, he could prove the main danger if reproducing that form.

The opening Winston Pincombe-sponsored members race could see the Dean Summersby top novice mare Cloudy Music take on either of the Mike Vanstone entries Lawsons Thorns or Lure Des Pres who both won at this course last weekend under Josh Newman. All three are also entered in the Intermediate race here and it will be interesting to see which race the trainers select.

Dean Summersby’s Soul Kaliber is entered in the Exmoor Hay & Straw -sponsored Intermediate race, and connections will be hoping that the rain forecast for this week is correct, and they can make up for their disappointment of their missed run at Stratford last week. The Little Acers Racing Club have had tremendous fun with their horses with the Summersby team this season, with Soul Kaliber under Darren Edwards winning three races to date, including the most recent at Trebudannon when he came home a three-quarter length winner ahead of Awesome Tunes.

The Open Maiden race has been sponsored by Riverside Caravan Park and has attracted many horses which have recently gone close in progressing from Maiden races, these include Welsh raiders Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft), Little Brian (Callum Griffiths), along with Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) the horse having consistently finished second and is sure to win soon, and the Getaway-sired Spring Break for Will Biddick could improve on his placed run at Cothelstone and seal the gentleman’s area title for the jockey .

Finally the Best Western Hotel-sponsored Restricted race could be another competitive affair with Vinc’s Vinne (Ed Walker) a six-length winner at Trebudannon, Willaldoo (Les Jefford) a 10-length Upcott Cross winner, and Lydstep winner Airpur Desbois (Gary Moore) all among the progressive horses entered.

The course offers a fantastic backdrop view of Exmoor making this an ideal picnic location. On course facilities include hot and cold refreshments and food, beer tent, bookies and a number of trade stands offering items such as country wear, gallery pictures to antique trinkets. Entrance is £10 per person to a cap of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming,9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG.

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