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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – TORRINGTON FARMERS

A full array of 11 bookies lined up on the crest of the Umberleigh hill ready for the final showdown of the 22 area fixtures held this season.

Mahler Style was backed into 4-5 in the six race opener but came to grief before half way leaving the door open for the game Eric The Third who had been well supported from 9-2 into 3-1.   Eric was not for stopping and readily held off Keiran Burke’s 6-1 chance Golden Poet (Alice Procter) in receipt of 4 lbs. John Heard announced afterwards that Eric The Third has now earned honourable retirement.

I went to back Benny’s Miracle in Captain Tim Forster’s memorial Restricted race but missed the odds and wouldn’t take the shade of odds-on (5-6). I could have bought her for the cash I have spent backing her all season. You can guess she won so I will say no more  about it.

The next three races attracted small or non-existent fields. The “outsider” I’m Wiser Now (2-1) beat Highway One O One (2-5 to 1-3) in the Mixed Open before Monsieur Gibraltar was gifted a walk over in the Ladies’.

The Welsh challenger Hitdroadjack (6-5) is a model of consistency and stayed on to head the favourite Ninth Wave (8-13) at the second last in the hands of James King.

And so to the last race of the season. Once again I was slow out of the stalls and missed the cream of the odds about the winner Businessman (11-10 fav at the off) He had run well in a decent Maiden at Bratton last week and a positive Darren Edwards ride did the rest. The placed horses Local Drama (13-2) and Kesa Great (4-1) will have to wait for a few months before trying again.

I was a bit surprised that a few layers I spoke with said they had lost on the day. I wouldn’t have too much sympathy though. I didn’t see any of them thumbing a lift on the way home.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo credit: Jill Hurst

REPORT: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AT UMBERLEIGH ON SATURDAY 11th JUNE 2022

“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616

Don’t worry Will. I know the season has ended but it is only a few months until the next one.

THE Torrington Farmers brought down the curtain on the 2021-22 British point-to-point season on Saturday (11 June). This fixture has taken place at Umberleigh for the past 51 years and has held the closing slot of the season since 1975.

Most of the National championships had been settled, but the Novice Male Riders’ title, sponsored by Highflyer Bloodstock, was still in the balance with Charlie Sprake and 16-year-old Freddy Gordon entering the day on 12 winners each.

It was 19-year-old Sprake who came out best on the day, securing a double to add the National novice title to this year’s Devon & Cornwall area award. The local title has been won in recent years by such as Liam Harrison, Bryan Carver and Rex Dingle, all now making their mark under rules, which will be the next career step for the young Somerset jockey.

“I will be going to Alan King’s stable in late July and turning conditional,” said the rider, who has had the benefit of working under the wing of seven times champion point-to-point jockey Will Biddick.

Charlie Sprake’s Umberleigh double was set up when Benny’s Miracle won the Tim Forster Memorial Restricted sponsored by Kivells, and completed with a Men’s Open success on I’m Wiser Now.

Eight-year-old mare Benny’s Miracle has had a frustrating time since winning a Bratton Down Maiden a year ago, but was left clear here when Polly Sans pulled up sharply before the open ditch. The winner is trained on the Quantocks by Teresa Honeyball for owner Michael Rowe who farms at Cannington near Bridgwater. The mare had been bought privately in Ireland as a five-year-old from Benny Walsh, hence her name.

Charlie Sprake had already edged one ahead of his novice title challenger thanks to Benny’s Miracle, and sealed the issue when the two young jockeys came head to head in a match for the  Azets Business Advisors Men’s Open. Although Freddy Gordon’s mount Highway One O One started 1-3 favourite, he gradually lost tabs on Sprake’s mount I’m Wise Now climbing the hill and was eight lengths adrift at the judge. Jake Slatter’s charge had won a couple of Stratford hunter chases last season before disappointing in that sphere at Cheltenham and Stratford recently. He found the drop in class at Umberleigh a shade easier.

Charlie Sprake’s day was not all sweetness and light. He took a nasty fall from Mahler Style when leading in the opening Conditions race before finishing on the wrong end of a match when odds-on favourite Ninth Wave just failed to cope with sole rival Hitdroadjack  in the Intermediate.

 Warwickshire based James King had already sealed the National jockeys’ title and went on to partner his 62nd winner of the season on the aptly named nine-year-old Hitdroadjack in the Barum Stud Intermediate. John Mathias trains the winner at Manorbier near Tenby .  After his 200 miles journey from Pembrokeshire,  Malcolm Price explained that his joint owner Trevor Nicholas is the trainer’s grandfather. “He is 99 years old and couldn’t make the trip today, but it would be nice if he could celebrate his 100th birthday seeing his horse win next season.”

The Torrington Arms sponsored Conditions race went to the veteran pointer  Eric The Third, giving Darren Andrews his 14th point-to- point winner of the season to add to his two hunter chase successes. Eric The Third was left in the lead when Mahler Style fell and gamely shook off the sustained challenge of runner up Golden Poet (Alice Procter).  John Heard trains the winner near Okehampton for a small local syndicate and said, “I put him away after Upcott Cross (May 28th) and he was out for three nights. Anyway he has come here and we took the blinkers off and put cheek pieces on which seems to have rejuvenated him. He will be retired now.”

Monsieur Gibraltar walked over for the Pilton Auctions Ladies’ Open under 16-year-old Olive Nicholls, who had already clinched the Highflyer Bloodstock National Lady Novice Rider’s title. Joint owners Paul Nicholls and John Bolton promptly donated the winner’s £400 prize to the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.

The Smallridge Brothers Ltd Maiden brought the British season to a close as Businessman and Darren Edwards readily saw off their five opponents. Runner up Local Drama threatened briefly at the third last, but the winner went away up the hill to score by 12 lengths. Businessman was giving Payhembury near Honiton trainer Leslie Jefford his ninth winner of the campaign.  The Milan eight-year-old is owned jointly by Amanda Hill and Axe Vale point-to-point secretary Shirley Cork who said, “ He had been placed a few times but has been frustrating. The tongue tie helped today.” Jefford also saddled third placed Kesa Great in this race on whom Anna Johnston clinched the area lady novice title.

So that was it for another season apart from presentation of some of the area awards and the traditional end of season Umberleigh parties which seemingly never end.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover photo credit: Jill Hurst

RESULTS – TORRINGTON FARMERS

GOING FIRM, GOOD TO FIRM IN PLACES

AREA CONDITIONS – SPONSOR TORRINGTON ARMS

1 ERIC THE THIRD (DARREN ANDREWS) 3-1 left in lead 8th, ran on strongly
2 GOLDEN POET (ALICE PROCTER) 6-1 left 2nd at 8th, outpaced two out
3 LAPFORD LAD (JAMES SHAW) 5-1 bhd from 11th, t o

6 RAN; 1 3/4L; DIST; 6M 19S

RESTRICTED – CAPT TIM FORSTER MEMORIAL – KIVELLS

1 BENNY’S MIRACLE (CHARLIE SPRAKE) 5-6 FAV chased ldr, left clear two out
2 BANFF (VINNY WEBSTER) 16-1 bhd from 13th, t o

4 RAN, ONLY TWO FINISHED; WON BY A DISTANCE; 6M 30S

MEN’S OPEN – AZETS BUSINESS ADVISORS

1 I’M WISER NOW (CHARLIE SPRAKE) 2-1 chased lder, led three out, pushed clear
2 HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (FREDDY GORDON) 1-3 FAV led 2nd til three out, no extra

2 RAN; 8L; 6M 11S

LADIES’ OPEN – PILTON AUCTIONS

1 MONSIEUR GIBRALTAR (OLIVE NICHOLLS)

WALKED OVER

INTERMEDIATE – BARUM STUD

1 HITDROADJACK (JAMES KING) 6-5 led two out, comf
2 NINTH WAVE (CHARLIE SPRAKE) 8-13 FAV led til two out, no extra

2 RAN; 5L; 6M 46S

MAIDEN – SMALLRIDGE BROS LTD

1 BUSINESSMAN (DARREN EDWARDS) 11-10 FAV led 12th, clear from two out

2 LOCAL DRAMA (DARREN ANDREWS) 13-2 effort three out, wknd next

3 KESA GREAT (ANNA JOHNSTON) 4-1 outpaced 13th, stayed on closing stages

6 RAN; 12L; 2 1/2L; 6M 16S

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo credit: Jill Hurst

Preview: Torrington Farmers Point to Point at Umberleigh on Saturday 11th June 2022

The venue at Umberleigh for the Torrington Farmers Pointing fixture this Saturday hosts the finale of the Point-to-Point season where the area Champions will be crowned along with any remaining National Championship contest are decided. Not only will the picnics be flowing, but all the hard work, dedication and loyalty of all the owners, trainers, staff, jockeys and racecourse teams will be appreciated as keeping this fabulous sport going after the previous Covid lockdown restrictions. Most of the jockey’s titles have been decided, however there is one still to be decided among young gentlemen novice jockeys Charlie Sprake and Freddie Gordon.

The opening Torrington Arms sponsored-Condition race looks competitive with equally rated Say About It, a Hunter Chase winner at Stratford, Eric The Third for Devon trainer John Heard, Mahler Style for trainer Alan Walter, and Golden Poet for the Keiran Burke team are all favoured on this seasons consistent form.

The following Kivells-sponsored Restricted race looks one for Benny’s Miracle for novice gentleman jockey Charlie Sprake to seal the championship. He is among many of the young jockeys who have successfully progressed through the Will Biddick training yard. Polly Sans is another to note having run well under leading trainer Luke Price’s guidance, and maybe a ride for leading gentleman jockey James King to ride.

There are 15 entries in the Azets-sponsored Men’s Open with the Neil Mclean-trained Sixteen Letters setting the standard with five wins this season but would need to defy top weight, he could give Josh Newman another success here. Jockey Freddie Gordon looks to have the option of three rides here, any of which could help him in his bid for the Novice Gentleman’s title on Captain Bucks, Highway One O One and Commanche Red, with Captain Bucks looking his likely ride here against his closest rival Charlie Sprake .

The Pilton Auction House-sponsored Ladies Open holds entries with Monsieur Gibraltar and Virak which could be options for Olive Nicholls to ride, with Monsieur Gibraltar running and winning last weekend, it is likely we could see Virak, a four time Hunter Chase winner and six Point-to-Points out at this meeting to give the leading female Novice Jockey Olive Nicholls a winning end to her first pointing season. Jack Dillinger is an entry who was an eye catching ten length winner at the Bratton Down meeting last weekend, that day under James King, but could see Natalie Parker ride him here.

The following Intermediate race which is sponsored by Claire Howarth Barum Stud, could see Ninth Wave, who finished a close second at Bratton Down last weekend, progress here for Will Biddick under his training title, for jockey Charlie Sprake to end the season on another winner and lead the Novice Men’s jockey’s title race. They could come up against Hitheroadjack who is already on a treble for the season, the latest of which includes an Intermediate race at Trecoed last weekend.

Finally up is the Small Ridge-sponsored Maiden race which holds twelve entries, these include Huriel for outside raider Steve Wynne having run four-lengths second last weekend at Garthorpe, Stopbeatingyourgums for the Luke Price/James King combination and Kates Lane for the Elizabeth Scott team looking to improve on their third at Holnicote last month.

The course is located on the A377, 5m South East of Barnstaple. Postcode EX37 9EB. On course facilities are bar, hot and cold food and refreshments, bookies trade stands. Entrance to the course is £15 per person including a racecard. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

GRANVILLE’S REMINISCENCES – TORRINGTON FARMERS

“The roar of the race-course died behind them, in front were their fates, they rode to find them….”

John Masefield, 1878 – 1967, poet laureate from 1930 – 1967

So that’s it then. A point-to-point season of two halves. It all started well in Devon & Cornwall with the opening of the new Dunsmore course on November 17th 2019. However after some exciting racing the final whistle was blown at Buckfastleigh in mid March, culminating in the loss of 15 area fixtures and of course the remainder of the British season.

This is the last of my personal reminiscences of days gone by, albeit presented as a rather tepid substitute for some of the lost meetings in the Devon & Cornwall area. The Torrington Farmers Hunt has traditionally brought down the curtain at their course at Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh for many years. My first visit to the course was in 1977 when the country was celebrating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Here are my comments on one of the early Umberleigh meetings:-

10th June 1978 – Going Hard

HUNT

1 Black Ace (Andrew Congdon)
2 Courageous Kate (Penny Ogden)
3 High Brooks (A Milton)
3 ran; 2l; dist; 5m 18s SP 7-4

OPEN

1 Zingarella (Eddie Whettam)
2 Cefn Solomon (Paul Hamer)
3 Last Gesture (Richard Mann)
10 ran; 1/2l; 4l; 5m 4s SP 14-1

LADIES OPEN

1 Oakey Coakey (Jenny Hembrow)
2 Torrid (Miss A Allard)
3 Money Penny (Katie Halswell)
9 ran; neck; 2l; 5m 2s SP 5-4 fav

RESTRICTED OPEN

1 Lady Maxine (Ron Treloggen)
2 Petit Homme (Robert Alner)
3 Running Rose (R Hicks)
10 ran; 10l; dist; 5m 2s SP 6-4

ADJACENT HUNTS

1 Moorland Venture (Sue Reynard)
2 Mistic Code (Penny Ogden)
3 Zauditu (Martin Keenor)
3 ran; 8l; 1l; 5m 11s SP 4-5 fav

ADJACENT HUNTS MAIDEN

1 Kensal (Mike Williams)
2 Royal Bella (Stuart Kittow)
3 Golden Flyer (Jimmy Frost)
4 ran; 4l; 7l; 5m 14s SP 4-1

The Hunt race winner Black Ace improved steadily throughout the season. He ran on well here and survived a mistake at the last A tiny gelding by the Schweppes Gold Trophy winner Rosyth, Black Ace gave his owner / rider Andrew Congdon a lot of fun over the years. His daughter Jenny was to follow in his footsteps in this race in later years

Cefn Soloman, in the colours of popular Welsh owner Dilwyn Thomas, was all the rage for the Open after his recent solid effort in a Stratford hunter chase. He was out jumped at the last by the winner Zingarella and had to settle for the runner up spot despite rallying near the post. Eddie Whettam was a very good rider and his family owned mount Zingarella was a useful pointer who found the ground and short trip ideal.

Oakey Cokey owed his solitary win of the season in the Ladies’ to Jenny Hembrow’s jockeyship. Taunton based Jenny was one of the most stylish riders in those days and won this with a sharp race winning move on the blinkered gelding on the final circuit.

The grey mare Lady Maxine enjoyed a profitable season and was scoring for the third time in the Restricted under Ron Treloggen. As a brood mare in due course Lady Maxine produced another pointing winner called Maxine’s Lass. Runner up Petit Homme was a fair pointer in the same Newman colours which can still be seen today, but he was ill at ease on the hard ground.

The consistent mare Moorland Venture was odds on and made all for Sue Reynard in the Adjacents’ before Kensal (Mike Williams) upset the favourite Royal Bella in the Maiden after Misty Express had fallen three out. Kensal was owned by Maurice Maude, one of my press colleagues in those days, and of course the father of Chris Maude. I seem to recall that Maurice told me that Kensal was from the family of 1950 Grand National winner Freebooter, but the memory is less sharp than it was and Maurice passed on many years ago.

From a historical point of view, the Torrington Farmers raced at Cranford St Giles from 1950 until the final meeting there on 27th April 1960. Their 1961 fixture was lost due to foot and mouth disease, and the fixture moved to Horwood, near Bideford the next year, where a succession of late April evening meetings took place throughout the 1960’s. I would think that Horwood was the shortest point-to-point track in the country with times regularly under five minutes.

The 1970 meeting was held at Crimp, Morwenstone, but on 28th April 1971 the long association with Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh began with an evening meeting. Mike Trickey rode the first winner on Barber’s Piece and other successful riders on that night were Chris Popham, Carol Handel, Tony Hartnoll and Charles Micklem.

A significant event happened in 1975 when after a postponement from April 15th the meeting was re-arranged to become the final meeting of the season (on 7th June). At that meeting four times lady champion jockey Sue Aston rode a double on Perfidia and Golden Scot, beating seven pounds overweight Robert Waley-Cohen into second place in the Adjacent Restricted. Sue Aston was an exceptional talent, light years ahead of her time.

From that time in 1975 the Torrington Farmers has retained the June date, with end of season festivities becoming the norm. If I remember correctly, when I first went to Umberleigh the start was near the top of the steep hill on the far side and there was usually some arable ground. The race times in those days suggest that the course length was about two and a half miles. The midsummer date naturally brings variations in ground conditions, mainly very dry, but occasionally very soft. In later years the course has been aggravated when necessary to ease the going. To be honest, it is not the best viewing course and to get a fair view you have to move around the top of the hill, rather like at the old Tweseldown course. The atmosphere is however second to none and it makes you wish the season could go on.

It would take a book to describe the happenings in the past 49 years. Some of the random highlights include a ten-race card in 1983, the year when the course was lengthened to three miles, featuring wins for Cheekio Ora (ridden by four times champion Peter Greenall) and Frevolity (Janine Mills); a Gordon Edwards treble in 1984; a Polly Curling treble in 1993. The little gelding Tijuca gained five Hunt race wins up to 1993. You might be sure that I backed him on another occasion when he unseated with the race at his mercy.

A lot of horses came from far afield over the years to run at the finale and quite a few Umberleigh fixtures decided the National and Area jockeys’ awards. In 2002 Evan Williams took champion jockey status when his Open win on Bonny Boy was enough to take the title from Julian Pritchard by 38 to 37. I remember that year well because when we arrived at the local pub that night, the Rising Sun, the Welsh boys were still singing and had eaten all the food. We ended up with bags of crisps to accompany champagne. It rained all the way home.

I remember chatting in the changing tent with Peter Greenall on the day he retired, not knowing that his sons Oliver and Tom would pick up champion jockey titles in future years. They were all quite regular visitors to Umberleigh, followed in due course by Jake. Quite a family dynasty.
Polly Gundry, who won the Ladies’ title eight times, and the late Richard Woollacott, who won the Men’s title in 2010 were also successful at the course, but young Michael Heard stole the headlines with a treble in the first three races in 2011.

Recent champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews farmed the titles in very recent years and it was good to see them in action at Umberleigh. Local riders Darren Edwards, Jo Supple and Millie Wonnacott all won area titles in the past few years and celebrated in style at the track.

We look forward to a fantastic double celebration at Umberleigh in June 2021 – 50 years since the beginning of racing there and hopefully the end of the dreadful virus. It should be quite a party.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

  • Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, various years
  • The Pointer
  • Sporting Life
  • Sporting Chronicle
  • 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

REPORT AND RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 15th JUNE 2019

Written by Donna Harris

The final Point-to-Point of the current season was held last Saturday where the stage was set for a dual between National Gentleman Champion jockey Will Biddick and reigning Area Gentleman Champion Darren Edwards at the Torrington Farmers meeting at Umberleigh. Will Biddick had three rides booked and at the start of the day and was only one point behind Darren, who only had one ride booked.

The going had been changed after heavy rainfall to Good but Holding in the maize field up the hill. This proved challenging for many of the entries, but a dry day was welcomed by the large crowd who gathered to support the finale.

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

Darren Edwards surged further ahead and sealed his Area Gentleman’s title with a win when his mount Soul Kaliber won the opening Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Members race for owners The Little Acres Racing Syndicate. Trainer Dean Summersby gave all credit to the jockey “He travels down from Leicester every weekend to ride for us. I’m pleased his wife alows it. We have also had a lot of help from our physio’s Catherine Davis and Claire Morshead.” Soul Kaliber was a bargain buy for team Summersby out of Gigginstown. Dean added “ Eddie O’Leary, who works for Gigginstown said he thought the horse had an engine, but they had lost they keys.”

Will Biddick was unable to bridge the gap. With his mount Tucks Bergin finding conditions too testing, was pulled up before the last in the following Kivells-sponsored Restricted Race. This went the way of locally based trainer Roy Smith’s Baby Sherlock. Having only travelled a few miles could have been a factor for Baby Sherlock, along with a patient ride from young jockey Paul John, who managed to come home the three-length winner. Based at Chilhampton, Roy Smith quoted “He came out of David Pipe’s yard on a recommendation by Vicky Wade, great ride by the jockey Paul who runs his own livery and breaking yard at Winkleigh.”

Ruppera Tom & Will Biddick
Ruppera Tom & Will Biddick
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Ruperra Tom did give Will Biddick a great run in the Barum Stud sponsored Intermediate race, to end his season with a win to compliment his regaining the National title, which he has now won for the seventh time. Trained by Mickey Bowen from Fishguard, the horse had survived a five and a half hour journey to compete on ground which wasn’t ideal for him. Owner of Ruperra Tom, Tim Jones explained “ We love this course, both Mickey and I have won here as jockey’s, mine was back in 1988. The horse is my home bred which makes the win even nicer.” Will added “He is a lovely straight forward horse, travelled and jumped well, he picked up after a good jump at the last.”

The Pilton Auctions-sponsored Ladies Open race went to Devon based trainer Les Jefford with his ten-year-old gelding Purple N’ Gold. An ex NH recruit out of David Pipe’s yard, Purple N’Gold clocked up his impressive fifth straight win of the season under 22 year-old jockey Millie Wonnacott, who has now won the area Ladies and Novice Ladies title. She explained “I have many people to thank and these include Tom Scudamore who used to ride him and Jo Supple, who due to injury had to give up her rides on him.” Purple N’ Gold is leased to Lisa Jefford for the Here Comes The Girls Partnership who have had a tremendous season with him.

The Welsh raiders were out in force, with jockey Byron Moorcroft riding two winners on the day, his first in the Baldwins-sponsored Men’s Open. Byron took up the running over the final ditch, on the long odds on favourite Ramble On for trainer Luke Price, to score by ten lengths ahead of Bay To Go. “They went too slow on the first circuit, I had to go on.” explained Byron to owner Kevin Salter. Trainer Luke Price added “ We may keep him Pointing, or go Hunter Chasing, it’s difficult to keep him right and we have pre race bloods done on him regularly.”

The second part of the Moorcroft double came in the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race, when Bryon partnered the Jason Warner trainer favourite Long Mile Road who came home the winner one and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Devon Redway with only two finishers, pleasing punters who had stolen the day from the bookies. Byron is another young jockey who runs his own yard, where he is based in Cowbridge. “ I have to thank both Luke Price and Jason Warner, both whom have got me where I am.” quoted Byron

Going: Good, Holding in maize field up hill

Club Members (Tattersalls Ireland )

1. Soul Kaliber (D. Edwards) 1/2F
2. Ryves Rockey (Miss M Wonnacott) 9/4
3. Le Clo de La Londe (Miss E Watson) 10/1

Time: 6 mins.43.8s
Distances: 7, 8
Winning Trainer: Dean Summersby
Winning Owner: The Little Acres Racing Club

Restricted (Kivells)

1. Baby Sherlock (P. John) 2/1
2. Sweet Lady Jane (B. Moorcroft) 3/1
3. Beau de Table (Miss T Eyston) 28/1

Time: 6mins 52.4s
Distances: 3, 30
Winning Trainer: Roy Smith
Winning Owner: Roy Smith

Men’s Open (Baldwins)

1. Ramble On (B. Moorcroft) 4/9F
2. Bay To Go (J. Armstrong) 20/1
3. Get Rhythm (G. Barfoot-Saunt) 9/2

Time: 6 mins. 50.3s
Distances: 9, 25
Winning Trainer: Luke Price
Winning Owner: Mr Kevin Salter

Ladies Open (Pilton Auctions)

1. Purple N’ Gold (Miss M Wonnacott) 4/11F
2. Mister Dick (Miss L. Mager) 7/2
3 Tiger Sam (Miss H.M. Stevens) 5/1

Time: 7mins 00.3s
Distances: 1, ½
Winning Trainer: Leslie Jefford
Winning Owner: The Here Come The Girls Partnership

Intermediate (The Barum Stud)

  1. Ruppera Tom (Will Biddick) 5/4F
  2. Come On Joey (P.John) 2/1
  3. Syracuse’s Dream (M. Treneer) 9/1

Time: 6mins 39.9s
Distances: 5,8
Winning Trainer: Michael Bowen
Winning Owner: Mr John Rees & Mr Tim Jones

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

  1. Long Mile Road (B. Moorcroft) 4/5F
  2. Devon Redway (D.Andrews) 5/2

Time: 6mins 48.8s
Distances: 1 ¾
Winning Trainer: Jason Warner
Winning Owner: Mr J.S.Warner

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RESULTS: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AND DEVON & CORNWALL PONY RACING FINALS – CHAPLETON BARTON, UMBERLEIGH – 15th JUNE 2019

Going: Good, Holding in maize field up hill

Club Members (Tattersalls Ireland )

1. Soul Kaliber (D. Edwards) 1/2F
2. Ryves Rockey (Miss M Wonnacott) 9/4
3. Le Clo de La Londe (Miss E Watson) 10/1

Time: 6 mins.43.8s
Distances: 7, 8
Winning Trainer: Dean Summersby
Winning Owner: The Little Acres Racing Club

Restricted (Kivells)

1. Baby Sherlock (P. John) 2/1
2. Sweet Lady Jane (B. Moorcroft) 3/1
3. Beau de Table (Miss T Eyston) 28/1

Time: 6mins 52.4s
Distances: 3, 30
Winning Trainer: Roy Smith
Winning Owner: Roy Smith

Men’s Open (Baldwins)

1. Ramble On (B. Moorcroft) 4/9F
2. Bay To Go (J. Armstrong) 20/1
3. Get Rhythm (G. Barfoot-Saunt) 9/2

Time: 6 mins. 50.3s
Distances: 9, 25
Winning Trainer: Luke Price
Winning Owner: Mr Kevin Salter

Ladies Open (Pilton Auctions)

1. Purple N’ Gold (Miss M Wonnacott) 4/11F
2. Mister Dick (Miss L. Mager) 7/2
3 Tiger Sam (Miss H.M. Stevens) 5/1

Time: 7mins 00.3s
Distances: 1, ½
Winning Trainer: Leslie Jefford
Winning Owner: The Here Come The Girls Partnership

Intermediate (The Barum Stud)

  1. Ruppera Tom (Will Biddick) 5/4F
  2. Come On Joey (P.John) 2/1
  3. Syracuse’s Dream (M. Treneer) 9/1

Time: 6mins 39.9s
Distances: 5,8
Winning Trainer: Michael Bowen
Winning Owner: Mr John Rees & Mr Tim Jones

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

  1. Long Mile Road (B. Moorcroft) 4/5F
  2. Devon Redway (D.Andrews) 5/2

Time: 6mins 48.8s
Distances: 1 ¾
Winning Trainer: Jason Warner
Winning Owner: Mr J.S.Warner

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Entries: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Umberleigh, Saturday 15th June 2019

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

Point-To-Point

Racing

The Area pony racing finals

Going

Update from the clerk of the course after last nights rain and showers this morning the going is now good good to soft in places (updated 12:46 Friday 14th June)

Grass has been cut baled and and they’ve all been removed from the course on Wednesday (updated 18:15 Thursday 13th June)

Good going anticipated following significant rainfall over the weekend, and heavy rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday; course will be aggravated if needed (updated 10.30am Monday 10th June)

Good to Firm, some rain this week currently raining heavily. Forecast for rain all week – heavy on Wednesday. Course will be aggravated (updated 12 midday Friday 7th June)

Preview Extract

The grand finale of the current season takes place this coming Saturday 15th June, where the Torrington Farmers stage their meeting at Umberleigh. Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Followed by pony racing action, then the presentation of the national champion jockey’s.

This course has a fabulous atmosphere, with good track side viewing to get close to the action. Many trade stands will be in attendance offering a country show environment. Together with hot and cold locally sourced food and refreshments and a lively beer tent. Bookies will be in attendance offering value bets on the races. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. The course is located on A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

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 2018/19 form from 2017/18 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2016/17 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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Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Warkleigh (2.3 miles)

BBC Travel News: Devon; Cornwall; Somerset;

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Pony Racing Finals Sponsored by Hatchmoor Vet Practice, R & S Ware and Mrs Tia Gillard.

# 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN
1 Freddie Fletcher Temmas Diamonds Forever
2 Jack Dace Nomoranun
3 Harry Robinson Antsar Peeptoe
4 Jacob Robinson Courtdown Woodlark
5 Ruby Fisher-barnett Wide Valley Spiderman
6 Walter Fisher-barnett Wide Valley Batman
7 Taylor Fisher Clear The Track
8 Edward Vaughan Little Replacement

Race 1 – Conditions Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5/f4513-43 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37 Patricia Armstrong
2 213-u4u3u LA MADONNINA (IRE) 37? Abigail Lewis
3 -67432146 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
4 f-54532u3 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
5 p3-p2p33 PRINCE OF POETS 36? Teresa Clark
6 3-542321 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 39 Leslie Jefford
7 12211211 SOUL KALIBER (IRE) 41 Dean Summersby

Results

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

Preview extract

Will Biddick has already won the gentleman’s title, and is neck and neck with Darren Edwards for the area championship. Darren Edwards is currently one point ahead and is booked to ride here on the Dean Summersby-trained Soul Kaliber in the opening Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Conditions race. They could well follow up on their impressive 12-length win last weekend at Bratton Down when Soul Kaliber delighted his syndicate owners ‘The Little Acres Racing Club’ with their fourth win with him this season. The Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey holds an entry and is sure to go well for regular jockey Millie Wonnacott, who has already secured the Ladies area title along with the Lady novice title this season. The combination ran well when taking the Conditions race at Upcott Cross by a length ahead of Cloudy Music last month.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 p/34p-4p1 BABY SHERLOCK 35+ Roy Smith
2 /ppp-621 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 35 Byron Moorcroft
3 -0447uup BEAU DE TABEL (FR) 26? Andrew Quick
4 p4-pup44 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 31 Michael Sweetland
5 968/8p-18 CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) 33 Kieran Price
6 -619 GOGETTHAT (IRE) 25 Max Young
7 75/-7u324 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Will Biddick
8 23231-f33 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 34 Byron Moorcroft
9 p2dpu-p2 TUCKS BERGIN (IRE) 35 Christopher Williams

Results

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

Preview extract

Local trainer Roy Smith has an interesting entry in the Kivells-sponsored Restricted race which follows with Baby Sherlock. He should be well fancied having run well when winning at the Exmoor meeting at Bratton Down under jockey Paul John. This may be a stiffer ask with recent Bratton winner Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft) and the Getaway-sired gelding Tucks Bergin (Chris Williams) who ran second at the Exmoor Bratton meeting behind Lure des Pres, under the jockey on fire James King, who scored a treble at the Tiverton Staghounds meeting at Bratton last weekend, among the nine entries.

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Race 3 – Mens Open Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 5/f4513-43 BAY TO GO (IRE) 37 Patricia Armstrong
2 f-6453432 GET RHYTHM (IRE) 38 Tim Sleath
3 -24p3323p GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
4 5b-272124 LAKE BALATON (IRE) 37 Martin Wanless
5 0-f1f2113 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 40 Luke Price
6 3u352233 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
7 -2p122212 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 41 Luke Price
8 *p-0p2p14 REDKALANI (IRE) 38 Vivian Lloyd

Results

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

Preview extract

Neither Will Biddick nor Darren Edwards look yet to have a ride in the Men’s Open race which is sponsored by Baldwins Group. Entries in this include Bay To Go for area trainer Pat Armstrong, this veteran gelding is a previous dual Hunter Chase winner, but has yet to get his head in front this season. It looks a competitive race with two of the outside raiders standing out in Little Windsor and Kingston Blount Open winner Ramble On (Luke Price) ran a length second last weekend at Bratton, and another Luke Price entry Matt’s Legacy, who has progressed quickly this season winning three for Byron Moorcroft, although has be quirky.

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Race 4 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -0447uup BEAU DE TABEL (FR) 26? Andrew Quick
2 *330-13144 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne
3 -24p3323p GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
4 3u352233 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
5 44-361111 PURPLE ‘N GOLD 42 Leslie Jefford
6 -2p122212 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 41 Luke Price
7 75/-7u324 ST DENYS (IRE) 34? Will Biddick
8 *0-6736143 TIGER SAM (IRE) 34 Laura Hurley

Results

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

Preview extract

Ramble On also holds an entry in the Pilton Auctions-sponsored Ladies race with Jodie Hughes booked to ride, they could improve on their length second at last weekends Bratton meeting. However there could be another party for owners ‘The Here Come The Girls Partnership’ if the Les Jefford-trained Purple N’ Gold makes it five straight wins under jockey Millie Wonnacott. Millie has already won the area Ladies title along with the Novice Ladies title, and is sure to be keen to follow up with another good run.

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Race 5 – Intermediate Race

# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -p53121 AIRPUR DESBOIS (FR) 37 Gareth Moore
2 /ppp-621 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 35 Byron Moorcroft
3 3R/-f4143 COME ON JOEY (IRE) 37 Roy Smith
4 -p3f11f22 HOLY WATER (IRE) 38 Luke Price
5 2-3pp155 PREDESTINED (IRE) 36 Gordan Chambers
6 p3-p2p33 PRINCE OF POETS 36? Teresa Clark
7 p222122 RUPERRA TOM 37 Michael Bowen
8 3-542321 RYVES ROCKY (IRE) 39 Leslie Jefford
9 72353164 SYRACUSE’S DREAM (FR) 37 Deborah Treneer

Results

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

Preview extract

Ryves Rockey holds an entry in the Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race if not running in the earlier Conditions race. Either way it could give the soon to be crowned area Ladies Champion, Millie Wonnacott, a double on the day for the Jefford team. Although it looks to be a potentially hot race, with last weekends Bratton Restricted winner Airpur Debois(Gareth Moore) for James King, Holy Water (Luke Price) a dual season winner, Basher Brian(Byron Moorcroft) another Bratton winner, along with Lower Machen winner Ruperra Tom (Michael Bowen) who is another option ride for James King. James could give up either of his booked mounts to his boss Will Biddick as a possible spare ride which could clinch Will the area tittle if it’s a winner.

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Race 6 – Open Maiden Race


# Dec Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 -4upff5pf COUSIN RITA 12 Helen Llewellyn-Griffiths
2 /fp-7f4 DEVON REDWAY (IRE) 19 Stewart Reddaway
3 ppp-p2p5 DOESN’TBOTHERME(IRE) 19 Martin Wanless
4 5p65754f INNER LOOP 22? Byron Moorcroft
5 42p2p4p2 LONG MILE ROAD (IRE) 31 Jason Warner
6 /-upRf45p WHITE CHIEF (IRE) 24 Antony Burks

Results

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

Preview extract

Finally up to close the season, is the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race. Entry Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) would be a worthy favourite having finished a close short head second at Lower Machen in May. Local entry Devon Redway for Stewart Reddaway wouldn’t have to travel far and could be in the frame if turning up here for jockey Darren Andrews.

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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 15th June 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

The grand finale of the current season takes place this coming Saturday 15th June, where the Torrington Farmers stage their meeting at Umberleigh. Six races are on offer with a start time of  2pm. Followed by pony racing action, then the presentation of the national champion jockey’s.

Will Biddick has already won the gentleman’s title, and is neck and neck with Darren Edwards for the area championship. Darren Edwards is currently one point ahead and is booked to ride here on the Dean Summersby-trained Soul Kaliber in the opening Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored Conditions race. They could well follow up on their impressive 12-length win last weekend at Bratton Down when Soul Kaliber delighted his syndicate owners ‘The Little Acres Racing Club’ with their fourth win with him this season. The Les Jefford-trained Ryves Rockey holds an entry and is sure to go well for regular jockey Millie Wonnacott, who has already secured the Ladies area title along with the Lady novice title this season. The combination ran well when taking the Conditions race at Upcott Cross by a length ahead of Cloudy Music last month.

Local trainer Roy Smith has an interesting entry in the Kivells-sponsored Restricted race which follows with Baby Sherlock. He should be well fancied having run well when winning at the Exmoor meeting at Bratton Down under jockey Paul John. This may be a stiffer ask with recent Bratton winner Basher Brian (Byron Moorcroft) and the Getaway-sired gelding Tucks Bergin (Chris Williams) who ran second at the Exmoor Bratton meeting behind Lure des Pres, under the jockey on fire James King, who scored a treble at the Tiverton Staghounds meeting at Bratton last weekend, among the nine entries.

Neither Will Biddick nor Darren Edwards look yet to have a ride in the Men’s Open race which is sponsored by Baldwins Group. Entries in this include  Bay To Go for area trainer Pat Armstrong, this veteran gelding is a previous dual Hunter Chase winner, but has yet to get his head in front this season. It looks a competitive race with two of the outside raiders standing out in Little Windsor and Kingston Blount  Open winner Ramble On (Luke Price) ran a length second last weekend at Bratton, and another Luke Price entry Matt’s Legacy, who has progressed quickly this season winning three for Byron Moorcroft, although has be quirky.

Ramble On also holds an entry in the Pilton Auctions-sponsored Ladies race with Jodie Hughes booked to ride, they could improve on their length second at last weekends Bratton meeting. However there could be another party for owners ‘The Here Come The Girls Partnership’ if the Les Jefford-trained Purple N’ Gold makes it five straight wins under jockey Millie Wonnacott. Millie has already won the area Ladies title along with the Novice Ladies title, and is sure to be keen to follow up with another good run.

Ryves Rockey holds an entry in the Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race if not running in the earlier Conditions race. Either way it could give the soon to be crowned area Ladies Champion, Millie Wonnacott, a double on the day for the Jefford team. Although it looks to be a potentially hot race, with last weekends Bratton Restricted winner Airpur Debois(Gareth Moore) for James King, Holy Water (Luke Price) a dual season winner, Basher Brian(Byron Moorcroft) another Bratton winner, along with Lower Machen winner Ruperra Tom (Michael Bowen) who is another option ride for James King. James could give up either of his booked mounts to his boss Will Biddick as a possible spare ride which could clinch Will the area tittle if it’s a winner.

Finally up to close the season, is the Smallridge Bros-sponsored Open Maiden race. Entry Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) would be a worthy favourite having finished a close short head second at Lower Machen in May. Local entry Devon Redway for Stewart Reddaway wouldn’t have to travel far and could be in the frame if turning up here for jockey Darren Andrews.

There follows the Area pony racing finals which have been sponsored by Hatchmoor Vet Practice, R & S Ware and Mrs Tia Gillard.

This course has a fabulous atmosphere, with good track side viewing to get close to the action. Many trade stands will be in attendance offering a country show environment. Together with hot and cold locally sourced food and refreshments and a lively beer tent. Bookies will be in attendance offering value bets on the races. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. The course is located on A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Hiscott (2.2 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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