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EXETER RACECOURSE CONFIRM AMENDMENTS TO HUNTERS’ CHASES

Published on: www.pointtopoint.co.uk

Exeter Racecourse have today confirmed some changes to their programmed hunters’ chases.

The amendments are intended to allow more opportunity for British pointers, following the impact of Covid-19.

Changes include widening the Intermediate Hunters’ Chase to allow runners from the Wessex and West Midlands point-to-point areas, and allowing qualifiers from the 2019/20 season to line up in the P2P Bumper.

Full race conditions below:

Exeter / Tuesday 6 April 2021 Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Ltd Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)
Weights published on April 1st | Declarations to run must be made by April 4th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON MARCH 31ST
for five yrs old and upwards | about THREE MILES (3m 54yds) | Weights: 11st 12lb each

Exeter / Friday 16 April 2021 Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co Ltd Intermediate Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)

Weights published on April 11th | Declarations to run must be made by April 14th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 10TH
for five yrs old and upwards, which have not won any Steeplechase or Hurdle race under the rules of any Recognised Racing Authority nor any Mens, Ladies or Mixed Open and which, after September 30th 2018, have finished FIRST, SECOND, THIRD or FOURTH in an Intermediate or Conditions point to point (to include Confined, Club Association, Service or Society Point-to-Point races) or have won a Restricted or Maiden race (not including point to point flat races). Only horses with Hunters’ Certificates registered with any of the West Midlands Area, Wessex Area and Devon & Cornwall participating hunts are qualified to enter this race.
about THREE MILES (3m 54yds)
Enter by noon, April 10th and pay £18 stake. Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 14th
Weights: 11st 12lb each. Mares allowed…7lb. Penalties, after 2019, a winner of a steeple chase…4lb Of 2 steeple chases or of a Class 1 to Class 3 steeple chase…8lb
(Half penalties for wins achieved in Novices’ and Maiden Hunters’ Steeple Chases in Great Britain or Ireland)
NB: With reference to the 8lb penalty for at least two Chase wins, a horse may only claim a half penalty if all wins were in Novice or Maiden Hunters’ Steeple Chases
To be ridden by Amateur Jockeys. 18 HC

Exeter / Thursday 22 April 2021 / 7:55pm / Goffs Spring Sales P2P Bumper Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5) (Amateur Riders’ Race) (GBB Race)

Weights published on April 17th | Declarations to run must be made by April 20th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 16TH
for maiden four, five and six yrs old only, which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing and which, after October 2019 and before April 16th, 2021, have, on at least one occasion, finished first, second or third in a Point-to-Point Flat race or any category of Maiden Point-to-Point steeple chase staged in Great Britain
TWO MILES ABOUT ONE FURLONG (2m 175yds)
Weights: 4-y-o……..11st 7lb; 5-y-o and 6-y-o…11st 12lb
Fillies and mares allowed…7lb
The riders shall be: (i) Conditional Jockeys (ii) Overseas Jockeys who are under 26 years of age and who, within the past 6 months, have been eligible to claim
an allowance under the provisions of paragraph 53 of the Weights and Handicapping Code (iii) Amateur Jockeys holding ‘Category A’ or ‘Category B’
permits to ride, or (iv) Amateur Overseas Jockeys eligible under Rule (B)30. The Riders’ Allowances under paragraph 53 of the Weights and
Handicapping Code may be claimed in this Race
Horses placed first, second or third in the official order of finish to this race will be offered a free wildcard entry to the DBS Spring Sales.
ELIMINATION PROCEDURE – Horses will be protected from elimination in order of number of wins gained in Point-to-Point races during the current Point-to-Point season. Should it be necessary to eliminate some but not all horses with the same profile, random balloting will apply. PLEASE NOTE: For the purposes of Trainer’s licences and Trainer’s permits, this race will be treated as a Hunters’ Steeple Chase. The British Horseracing Authority has modified Regulation 34
so that running in this race will not affect a horse’s eligibility for Point-to-Points. If qualified, privately trained horses may run in this race under Rule (C)1 (as modified). (i.e. Horses are not required to be ‘in training’ and may continue to run in Point-to-Points after this race). The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (C)1 and Schedule (F)8 of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race.

Exeter / Thursday 22 April 2021 / 7:25pm / Heavitree and Exeter Supports P2P Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)

Weights published on April 17th | Declarations to run must be made by April 20th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 16TH
for novice five yrs old and upwards. NOTE: For the year 2021, the term ‘Novice’ for Hunters’ Steeple Chases is defined as a horse which has not won a steeple chase
before June 1st, 2020 | about THREE MILES (3m 54yds) | Weights: 11st 10lb each

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cover photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

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

Full results from Cherrybrook available at: www.pointtopoint.co.uk

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

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-1778

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos: Athwenna Irons / WMN

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

GOING: GOOD

MAIDEN

RACE 1: DIVISION 1 (SPONSORED BY CONDY MATHIAS)

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

15 ran; 3l; 1/2l   6m 12s

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

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

8 ran; 4l;  1  1/,4l;    6m 15s

RACE 3: OWNER/TRAINER CONDITIONS (DEVON HAMPERS)

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

12 ran; 1 1/4l  6l  6m 14s

RACE 4: NHS RESTRICTED (PRINT CONCERN)

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

11 ran; 4 1/2l  2l;  6m 11s

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

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

8 ran;  1l;  1½ l    6m 12s

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

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

9 ran;  1 1/2l;  2l  6m 11s

RACE 7: INTERMEDIATE (PENBODE VETS)

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

9 ran;  neck, 5l;  6m 12s

RACE 8: JOINT MEMBERS (TYRE MARKS OF TAVISTOCK)

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

5 ran; 3/4l;  1l;   6m 17s

Cover Photo: Athwenna Irons / WMN

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

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

Printable version of the Racecard

RaceStart timeLink to entries and form for race
1st

13:30

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

Course Updates:

Monday 29th March at 17:07

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

Friday 26th March at 14:55

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

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

Further showers expected towards a bit drier nearer race day.

Sunday 21st March at 21:48

The clerk of the course reports –

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

Planner page

Preview extract:

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

Live Stream

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

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

Telephone Betting

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

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

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

Green zone entry tickets

Participants (Green Zone) will need to apply for tickets and complete a health declaration to be allowed to enter the course.

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

ENTRIES FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Race 1 – Maiden Race, Division 1

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

Preview extract

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


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Race 2 – Maiden Race, Division 2

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

Preview extract

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


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Race 3 – Conditions (Level 3) Race

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

Preview extract

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


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Race 4 – Restricted Race

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

Preview extract

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


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Race 5 – Ladies Conditions Race

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

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


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Race 6 – Mens Open Race

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

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


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Race 7 – Intermediate Race

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

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


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Race 8 – Members Race

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

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


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

Written by: Donna Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Phillips

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

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

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

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

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

There will be two telephone lines available which are:

07810 775119

07711 298746

Livestream

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

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

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

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

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Photo credit: Simon Nott

POINTING RETURNS

  • Posted: Friday, 26th March 2021
  • Author: The PPA

Point to pointing starts again on Monday, the first day government roadmap allows outdoor sport to resume. 

I am delighted to confirm that the fixtures’ enthusiasm has remained undiminished, and we currently have programmed 48 fixtures over 28 days racing until the end of the season. This despite the huge workload caused by covid restrictions and the difficulty of making the finances add up. We should all be very grateful that the HBLB has continued to support us in these difficult times, which has helped make this possible. I can also report that we seem to have a lot of new horses being qualified over past couple of weeks as well as new jockeys, so all set for great racing. 

It now looks probable that Covid protocols will remain in place for the remainder of the season. This means the 2 metre rule and masks will have to be worn all day, and everyone staying within their zone when more than one in place. Furthermore, early declarations will remain in place. This means by Thursday 1200 in normal cases but there are one or two exceptions, including Easter fixtures which are by 1200 Wednesday, March 31. Similarly, we expect pre-registration for e-tickets to attend to remain in place – this normally closes at 1200 on Friday but for Easter it will be Thursday, April 1 at 1200.

Please note that many of the fixtures have adjusted their race cards to fit the new circumstances. PPRC are issuing a hard copy supplement to those who bought the planner and have put up the digital supplement. The first two weeks race cards can be found as pdfs on this website under News & Features: Easter fixtures were put on system on March 19 so you will have to load more stories (click on bottom) to view these.

In terms of those who can go the following is the plan:

– Fixtures resume on March 29 with participants and officials only present

– Owners will be allowed to come back on weekend of 17/18 April with one pilot on the previous weekend at the North Warwickshire. This may disappoint some of you since owners can come back under rules on March 29. However, racecourses have been working under covid restrictions for many months now, whilst this is new for each fixture. We need the sport to resume with no problems and ensure Local Authorities are happy before adding an extra zone etc. 

– The plan is for paying public to return on May 17 as according to government road map. There may be one or two earlier pilots so keep checking. However, please note that social distancing etc will still be in place so all fixtures having to work out what numbers can be safely accommodated and ensure that fits with Local Authorities.

In the meantime, most fixtures are working on having live streaming so we hope that you will all still be able to watch the action at what should be some very competitive fixtures.

Hope to see and speak to many of you over the coming weeks and months.

Peter

CEO PPA

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Point-to-Point Meeting to be held at Cherrybrook over the Easter weekend

The Spooners & West Dartmoor Point to Point will re-open the season at Cherrybrook, near Tavistock on Saturday April 3rd where seven races will be on the card with a start time of 1.30pm. There are Ladies open and Men’s open races and with many horses still in training, the open maiden race could be divided on the day. The Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company is sponsoring both of the Open races and will generously support races at all of the 9 remaining Devon and Cornwall fixtures this season.

The race meeting will be held behind closed doors with no public and there will be live steaming with race commentary and all day presentation with interviews of participants led by former BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and former top jockey Lizzie Kelly.

Livestream access

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

To register for the live streaming, you will need to log on to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Spooners or through the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website – https://pointingdc.co.uk .

Telephone Betting

For those spectators wanting to place a bet, the contact numbers to register are 07810 775119 for Dave Phillips and 07711 298746 for Richard Pittard.

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Planner page

The planner page for the Spooners & West Dartmoor fixture is available on this link: https://pointtopoint.co.uk/

The Spooners organising committee has prepared the course at short notice to enable the season to restart and the area officers hope that crowds can return again in mid May if and when Covid regulations allow.

The Devon & Cornwall season to restart at Cherrybrook


Following the government announcement last week, Devon and Cornwall area horse racing organisers are planning to resume Point to Pointing on Easter Saturday 3rd April at Cherrybrook, near Tavistock.The area Association plans to hold a total of 11 fixtures through to mid June with the first 6 fixtures held behind closed doors with no members of the public and from 17th May hopefully a limited number of the public will be allowed to attend. The fixtures will run under strict Covid rules and with the permission of the local authority. No horse owners will be able to attend until 10 April.

The racing will be live streamed and Point to Point enthusiasts will be able to follow the action through a new Pay Per View system by registering with Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk) and costing £10 for the afternoon’s entertainment. On course cameras, the race commentator and a team of professional horse racing presenters led by Cornelius Lysaght and Lizzy Kelly will bring all the action and atmosphere to Point to Point followers throughout the region. Bookmakers will send two representatives and bets can be placed over the phone.

The programme fixtures are being supported by a centrally administeredgrant from the national horse racing Levy Board and by regional benefactor the Tones & Bridgetown Races Company who are sponsoring races at all of the fixtures. The Devon & Cornwall chairman Frank Yeo and area secretary Gordon Chambers said that the organising committees and voluntary supporters are making a huge effort to run the fixtures and provide a viable programme for Point to Pointing in the west-country.