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Devon & Cornwall area Point-To-Point races

We’re in the news!  Following on from our Dunsmore Livestream we’ve been attracting media attention

“Devon and Cornwall lead the way as livestream takes off” was the headline in Carl Evans’ Racing Post Point to Point Focus column on November 19th.  It’s  now also available to read on the national point-to-point website. You can read Carl’s thoughts – and see inside the new on course production hub – by clicking here Point to Point Focus by Carl Evans  

Area Chairman Frank Yeo found himself in front of the camera for a Star Sports podcast discussing the background and goals of this ambitious project. You can watch the podcast by clicking here Frank Yeo talks to Star Sports

Join us at Wadebridge

Our next livestream comes from Wadebridge on Sunday December 5th and we’ll be bringing you our now familiar format of race action, paddock spotting, interviews, and betting news.

Races will be filmed by Westcountry Videos and the streamed action will be enhanced with additional shots from the robotic cameras positioned around the course.  Cornelius will be interviewing winning connections as the action unfolds, and Simon Nott will be reporting on activity in the betting ring.

Armchair punters will be able to place a bet with bookmaker Dave Phillips by calling 07810 775119

It all adds up to a great afternoon’s entertainment – the next best thing to being there on the day, as well as a chance for competitors and racegoers to relive the action back at home.

How to watch

You can buy your livestream tickets here

Currently on sale are:

Wadebridge Pay To View Tickets giving access to the Wadebridge on the day livestream (and replays that will be available until midday on Tuesday December 7th cost £12 (plus £1.52 eventbrite fee)

Livestream Angel Season Tickets priced at £75 (plus £6.44 eventbrite fee) these give access to all Devon and Cornwall Area Livestreams throughout the season.  This is the best value way to enjoy coverage.  Full terms and conditions of the offer are available here:  Livestream Angel Season Tickets Terms and Conditions

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Cover Photo Credit: Megan Cobley Photography



“How like a winter hath thine absence been from me, the pleasure of the fleeting year”

William Shakespeare

Yes Mr Shakespeare, it has been a difficult year or two. You remember the plague in your time, well we have our own version of the plague nowadays, but we are optimistic that the new point-to-point season will put our sport back on track.

It started off well on Sunday, as despite small fields the Dunsmore Club provided competitive racing in bright sunshine and blue skies before a good sized crowd. The prolific winning gelding Southfield Theatre, owned by Angela Yeoman, made all under Lily Bradstock to upset the favourite Chamelon in the INEOS Grenadier sponsored Mixed Open. This was the first of 16 Open races throughout the country sponsored by this company, culminating in a final at Cheltenham in May.

In form jockey Lily Bradstock had ridden Southfield Theatre’s young half sister to win at Badbury Rings last week, and said of the prolific winning 13-year-old Southfield Theatre, “He loves it and loves his jumping. We will keep going as long as he enjoys it. Mum (the trainer) rides him every day.” Mum is of course Sara Bradstock who rode winners herself as Sara Lawrence, daughter of the late Lord Oaksey.

The reigning Devon & Cornwall champion jockey Darren Edwards got off the mark for the new season as the family mare In Arrears, one of just two pointers owned and trained at Exford by his father Gordon, just overcame front running Inch Rock (Pippa Glanville) to win the Conditions race. Trainer Gordon, a long standing farrier, “rides it, shoes it and schools it” according to his wife Angela. Darren has less long distance travelling this season (he formerly commuted each week from Leicestershire) as he is now based as a partner with Fisher German at Exeter.

Last season’s National champion rider James King was well beaten behind In Arrears when his mount Thumb Stone Blues, a winner of his last four races, faded in the home straight under a hefty 10lbs penalty. The leading rider however went home having ridden a winner thanks to Welsh challenger Accordini, given a perfect waiting ride in the Restricted. The winner is trained at Pyle by Gareth Moore for Caerphilly based owner Justin Hoskins.

Similar waiting tactics paid off for Will Biddick in the Open Maiden, confidently bringing his mount Truckers Pass from off the pace to justify odds-on favouritism when toying with his five rivals. “He is a classy horse and I was able to switch him off,” reported the seven times National Champion jockey. The winner runs in the colours of his trainer, Taunton bloodstock agent Tom Malone, who dashed off to a big spending jaunt the following day at Deauville sales.

Somerset jockey Josh Newman chased home Biddick’s Maiden winner on Evron, but the boot was on the other foot in the Goffs UK Maiden for four and five-year-olds as Newman drove home Park This One to outpoint Biddick’s mount Captain Westie with a strong late run. A nicely bred four-year-old, Park This One is trained by Neil McLean near Crewkerne for owner Ivan Thompson who runs a popular local outlet called The Sausage Shed. The winner was purchased at Goffs UK Summer sales at Doncaster last July and is destined to return to the sales ring.

It was a red letter day for 23 year old jockey Nathan Green who scored his first winner from only his second ride when Moratorium quickened clear of Guerrila Tactics and Broadclyst in the home straight to win the Veteran & Novice Riders event. The Lancashire born rider works at Ben Pauling’s Cotswold yard, alongside Moratorium’s trainer Myles Osborne. Formerly a winner in Ireland for Gigginstown, Moratorium now runs in the colours of the trainer’s stepmother and was yet another sourced from Goffs UK.

Granville Taylor

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




  1. Park This One (Josh Newman) 9-2 hdwy 12th, cl 2nd til led last 150 yds
  2. Captain Westie (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav led 7th til headed last 150 yd

5 ran, only two finished 2l; 6m 17s


  1. In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-2 in touch, effort two out, led flat, dvn out
  2. Inch Rock (Pippa Glanville) 4-1 led til 15th, rallied two out, every chance til no extra flat
  3. The Roestone (Martin McIntyre) 2-1 reminders 13th, outpaced 16th, not challenge

5 ran; 1 ½l; 4l 6m 37s


  1. Moratorium (Nathan Green) 2-1 hdwy 10th, led three out, ridden clear flat
  2. Guerrila Tactics (Finn Muirhead) 4-1 handy on outer, led 14th- 15th, every chance til outpaced apprg last
  3. Broadclyst (Anna Johnston) 15-8 fav slight lead 7th til 13th, well in touch til no extra two out

5 ran; 5l; 4l; 6m 24s


  1. Southfield Theatre (Lily Bradstock) 13-8 made all, jumped well, held on gamely when pressed from three out
  2. Chameron (Ben Sutton) evens fav chased winner from 6th, challenged three out, every chance til no extra flat

3 ran, only two finished; 1 1/4l 6m 22s


  1. Accordini (James King) evens fav held up, went 2nd 15th, led last, quickened readily flat
  2. Eole D’un Regard (Barnaby Treneer) 6-1 keen, led 14th til joined two out, kept on well
  3. Thomas Crown (Will Biddick) 7-1 hdwy 15th, pressed leaders from three out, not quicken from next

6 ran; 2 1/2l, 1l; 6m 34s


  1. Truckers Pass (Will Biddick) 4-9 fav held up, smooth hdwy three out, led last, very easily
  2. Evron (Josh Newman) 9-2 improved 14th, slight lead from three out til last, not pace of winner flat
  3. Das Vinci Rock (Will Knight) 4-1 led til 4th, with leaders, wkng when mistake two out

6 ran; 4l; 25l; 6m 24s

Granville Taylor

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

Cover Photo Credit: Megan Cobley Photography

Love Pointing? Become a Live Stream Angel for just £75

Angels will enjoy access to on-the-day livestream and replays of all the action throughout the Devon and Cornwall Season

Last season Devon and Cornwall Area successfully pioneered live-stream point to point coverage. As the new season begins we’re building on that experience, and planning to offer livestream coverage throughout the coming season.

To fund our production costs without placing any financial burden on individual meetings, as well as a Pay Per View option. we are implementing a number of Area led income streams.

The first of these income streams is our Live Stream Angel Season Ticket Offer.

What is a Livestream Angel Season Ticket?

Priced at just £75 (plus Eventbrite admin fee of £6.44) we are offering 40 Livestream Angel Season Ticket giving access to all Devon and Cornwall livestreams, and replays throughout the season.

This is a substantial discount compared to the Pay Per View cost of £12 (plus Eventbrite fee of £1.52) per meeting, and a great opportunity to grab a bargain whilst supporting the Devon and Cornwall Area Livestream Project.

We’ll use the Angel income to help fund our early season production costs as we develop our other funding streams.

We also guarantee that you won’t lose out financially, if for any reason we stream less than 7 meetings during the 2021 – 2022 season then we’ll make a pro-rata refund on request at the end of the season. (For Terms and Conditions see below).

How can I buy a Livestream Angel Season Ticket?

Just 40 Live Stream Angel Season Tickets are available.

To buy yours please go to

How do Angels view the Livestream?

The Livestream and replays will be viewable via the Eventbrite website. Full details will be sent following purchase of a Livestream Angel Season Ticket and an email will be sent for each fixture containing a link to access the livestream link (they change each time).

Why are Devon and Cornwall Area offering Livestream in 2021 – 2022?

Last Season we introduced Livestreaming to as a service to connections and enthusiasts who were unable to attend due to Covid restrictions and “racing behind closed doors”. We learnt a lot about the production process ,and also about the potential for Livestreaming to strengthen our sport now and in the future.

Some of the ways Livestreaming does this are by:
 by enabling long-standing supporters to remain in contact and enjoy Pointing, even when circumstances prevent them attending in person
 opening up the sport to new audiences who may then be encouraged to come along to fixtures to enjoy live action
 showcasing Devon and Cornwall’s high quality and varied courses to participants from other areas, encouraging them to travel to our Area
 enabling connections who can’t be there on the day to see their horse in action on the day, with just the 5 minute broadcast delay. A real benefit to out of area connections who may have runners elsewhere, or be unable to attend for other reasons
 offering connections who need to be in the lorry park the chance to watch the action as it unfolds additionally the replay facility provides:
 connections with the earliest possible opportunity to review and analyse the action from the race
 nationwide fans with the chance to view all the action – even on days when they’ve spent somewhere else

Terms and Conditions Live Stream Angels Season Ticket
1) Purchasing a Live Stream Angel Season Ticket gives access to all Devon and Cornwall Area Livestreams and replays throughout the 2021 – 2022 Season.
2) Information on how to view the livestream and replays will be sent following purchase of the Live Stream Angel Season Ticket.
3) Livestream is subject to a 5 minute broadcast delay, this is a BHA requirement.
4) Replays are available until 12:00 on the Tuesday following the meeting, this is due to a PPA requirement.

5) In the unlikely event that Devon and Cornwall Area provide less than 7 livestreamed meetings throughout the 2021 – 2022 season a pro-rata refund of the Livestream Angel Season Ticket price will be paid.

Refund calculations will be made based on the total number of meetings streamed throughout the 2021 – 2022 Season as shown in the table below:

Number of Meetings Live Streamed      £
0  Meetings – £75
1 Meeting –  £63
2 Meetings – £51
3 Meetings – £39
4 Meetings – £27
5 Meetings – £15
6 Meetings – £3
7 or more  – £0

The total refund made will not exceed the amount indicated in the table above.

6) A meeting livestream will be considered to have been provided if a minimum of 3 Point To Point races have been streamed from the meeting.
7) No refunds will be made prior to the end of the 2021 – 2022 Season.
8) Refund requests must be made to the Area Secretary by 15 th July 2022. Requested refunds will be processed within 7 days of the request.
9) No refunds can be made in any other circumstances.
10) Regrettably the £ 6.44 Eventbrite admin fee cannot be refunded in any circumstances.
11) Devon and Cornwall Area have no liability for any additional direct or indirect costs incurred by a purchaser as a result of provision, or non-provision, of a livestream or replay.
12) All media rights are retained by the meeting organisers. Livestream/replay copyright is retained by Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Area. Livestream / replay content must not be shared with any third party or via any channel, including Social Media, without prior written permission of Devon and Cornwall Area.

We’re in the news!  Following on from our Dunsmore Livestream we’ve been attracting media attention
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Preview: Dunsmore Racing Club Point-to-Point at Dunsmore, Silverton Devon on Sunday 14th November 2021

Written By: Donna Harris

The INEOS Grenadier – sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day at this weekends fixture, to be held at The Dunsmore Club, Silverton meeting this coming Sunday. Being a Cheltenham Foxhunter qualifier it has attracted top rated entries, which include Thumb Stone Blues for last seasons  point-to-point National winning jockey James King, and Chameron who is equally rated for trainer Sam Loxton, with the booking of jockey Ben Sutton to ride. Southfield Theatre is another who could go well for trainer Sara Bradstock, with the family yard already saddling a winner this season.

This meeting offers quality over quantity of entries and the day starts at 12 noon, with The Goffs UK – sponsored Maiden race for four, five & six year old’s, where the Tom Malone-trained Captain Westie could start his maiden career here with Will Biddick booked to ride. They could come up against Park This One who looks to be the ride for Josh Newman and will be looking to improve on their third at Cothelstone in May for trainer Neil Mclean.

In the first Conditions race  entry Thumb Stone Blues should go close if connections choose this race over the Mixed Open. He could come up against Ridgeway Flyer, who had some decent form under rules when with Paul Nicholls, and could be freshened up in the Pointing field and is now in training with Chloe Newman.

In the second Conditions race, which is sponsored by Angela Prouse Mortgage advisors, Bridge Of Spies could go well if defying top weight for the George Beilby team to follow-up on his Flete Park and Bratton Down wins. The Roestone for team Chanin won at this course two seasons ago, and Broadclyst for the Les Jefford team could be another close at the finish.

The Restricted race looks another exciting race with Clever des Assence having won his maiden race at Cothelstone last season for trainer Laura Jones, and has the booking of regular jockey Natalie Parker booked to ride. They could have the Treneer family trained Eole D’un Regard tracking them hoping to steal the race at the finish and improve on their decent place form last season.

The final race of the day is for Maiden horses of seven year & over in which the highly rated Truckers Pass for the Tom Malone/Will Biddick combination setting the standard with his consistent place form under rules when in training with Philip Hobbs. Kahaleesi looks an interesting entry for the Alan Hill team, with her mares weight allowance and the booking of Izzy Marshall to ride.

On course facilities include hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Live streaming will again take place headed by Cornelious Lysaght. This can be accessed via Live Streaming costs are £12 per view (plus a small Eventbrite admin fee) for the full action packed day of horse racing in Devon and Cornwall and can be seen on your phone or computer after purchasing tickets with the link:

A special offer for 40 tickets to view all the broadcasts throughout the season at a discounted total cost of £75 is being promoted at the beginning of the season from and this offer is expected to be taken up quickly. 

Off course betting is available via Dave Phillips directly on 07810775119. If you do want a bet at this meeting, the following applies.

  • A deposit of £50, must be in my Pay Pal account, at the latest 11.0am on Sunday.
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  • My Pay Pal account can be reached via my telephone at 07810775119
  • Dave Phillips

Entrance to the course is £15  Card or cash on the gate, per person which includes a free racecard. Under 16’s Free. Course is located at Dunsmore, Silverton EX5 4DU.

The entries can be seen in full at:

Donna Harris

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

We’re in the news!  Following on from our Dunsmore Livestream we’ve been attracting media attention
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The ever improving Tiverton mare Where’s Wilma opened her account for the new season when winning the Richard Miller Memorial race at the Portman fixture, watched by a hugecrowd at Badbury Rings, Dorset on Sunday (November 7th).

The mare’s regular rider Matt Hampton was content to drop his mount out in a quality ten runner field. The mare got into top speed coming down the home straight, and neatly side stepped the faller Trainwreck at the third last. Where’s Wilmawent on to collar the leader Exxaro (Conor Houlihan) at the last and won going away.

“She made several jumping errors but quickened nicely,” reported the jockey, partnering the 11-year-old mare for the Not So Innocent Partnership headed by trainer Michael Watson. Where’s Wilma had won three of her four races last season, earning her owners the Leading Horse and Leading Mare awards for the Devon & Cornwall Area.

The successful rider Matt Hampton also trained a winner, as the progressive six-year-old Twig added to his wins at Maisemore Park and Upcott Cross last season in the Novice Riders’ Condition race in the hands of teenager Beau Morgan. The Sally Alner trained Tom Barton (Charlie Sprake) made much of the running, only to be headed and outstayed by Twig after the second last.

It was good to see Will Biddick back in the winner’s enclosure for the first time since his heavy fall at Upcott Cross in May which had left him with a fractured ankle and two torn ligaments. The seven-times National Champion jockey steered home four-year-old debutant Hey Soul Sister, who was stepping straight into Restricted  class and got the better of a spirited duel with Schiap Hill. The winner, looking a nice prospect, was sent off 5-4 favourite, and hails from Christopher Barber’s yard at Mosterton near Crewkerne. Her next appointment is on Friday (Nov 12th) at TattersallsCheltenham November Sales.

The Barber/Biddick combination had to settle for the runner up spot in the Four and Five-year-old  Maiden as the previously unraced Monty Searle could not quite get to grips with the more experienced Southfield Lily, given a positive front running ride by Lily Bradstock.

The former Philip Hobbs inmate Le Ligerien scooted clear down the hill under Tommie O’Brien to win the seven-runner Mixed Open by five lengths from the versatile ex-Irish gelding Sky Marshal (Milo Herbert). A winner three times over hurdles in the colours of David Churches, the eight-year-old, who was winning for the first time over three miles, is in the same ownership and now stabled with Marie McGuinness near Taunton.

The closest finish of the day came in the concluding Open Maiden as Martin (Fly) McIntyre just forced home Dock of the Bay to score by a head from the Darren Edwards ridden Jimmy Tew. Formerly with David Pipe, the seven-year-old is now qualified with the Four Burrow and trained by Leslie Jefford at Payhembury near Honiton for the Otis Partnership.“He is always on the go and we had to have him out of the box to calm him down after the first race today. The idea was to give him time to settle in the race and Fly did that well,” said trainer’s wife Lisa Jefford.

POSTPONED Preview: East Devon Point-To-Point at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary – Saturday 30th October 2021

UPDATE: 20th October 2021 at 09:21

Sadly East Devon’s point to point races, due to be held at Ottery St Mary on Saturday, has had to be postponed due to flooding.

Heavy overnight rain has led to water lying on large parts of the course.

It is hoped the races can be rearranged for a later date – watch this feed for news.

With Pointing getting underway on it’s annual Autumnal start this Saturday, the East Devon host their Point-To-Point meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. This track offers a stunning parkland view, offering a fabulous way for the whole family to enjoy the seven races on offer, which commence at 12 noon. Although the entries are reduced, the quality should provide some competitive racing.

The opening Harris Timber Products members race could see trainer Les Jefford saddle the winner with Broadclyst,  with jockey Conor Houlihan to ride and follow up on the five-lengths second in a Handicap Chase at Warwick last season for Chris Down. Inch Rock could be his main rival here, now trained by Robin Gundry, looks to have the booking of jockey Pippa Glanville to ride and they would be looking to improve on their second place at this track previously.

Mount Vets sponsor the Open Maiden race for four and five year-olds. Captain Westie looks to be a likely favourite having run second in an Irish NH race and is in ownership for Bloodstock Owner/trainer Tom Malone with the booking of Will Biddick to ride. Hey Soul Sister looks a promising young horse for trainer Chris Barber running off a low weight, and So They Say is an entry for local trainer Ed Walker, another who could be one to follow for the future.

In the Micheal Pidsley & Son limited-sponsored Men’s Open race could be a dual finish between Where’s Wilma under jockey Matt Hampton for trainer Michael Watson having run well in second at this meeting last season, and The Mulcair for trainer Camilla Scott who could follow up on their win at Bratton Down last season.

The Paul Whitfield-sponsored Ladies Open entry Cousin Pascal won the Foxhunter Chase in April at Aintree for the Joseph O’Shea team and should be likely favourite here, Hawkhurst is another showing consistency last season and would be expected to run well for the Alan Hill team and notch an early season win for jockey Izzy Marshall.  Copain Des Classe is an entry for owner/ trainer Sam Loxton and this gelding could be one to follow in the pointing field for the future and give his lady jockey’s and connections some successful pointing days out in the future.

Trainwreck holds the highest rating in the Woolfeden-sponsored PPORA Club Conditions race for the Francesca Poste team having previously scored in Ireland under NH rules as a dual hurdle winner, however this could be a race for entry Copain Des Classe’s connections to challenge in this rather than the previous  race.

Envious Editor stands out in the Valley Constructions Restricted race for the Joe O’Shea team having had some decent Irish hurdle place form, Sergeant Brody ran a creditable second at Hexham in May and Schiap Hill is another who will be high in the betting arena having run well in runner-up places at this venue and Wadebridge previously. 

Finally up is the R Greenslade-sponsored Maiden race for six year olds and over, in which Truckers Pass for team Malone with jockey Will Biddick looking to set the standard and Dock Of The Bay for team Jefford  and the Otis partnership, being another who could run well on debut this season.

Entrance to the course is by cash only at £15 per head including a racecard, children under 16 free and Dogs on leads welcome. Live streaming will be available through at £12 per viewing plus a small admin fee. Check out the pointingdc website and pointingdc.eventbrite are offering a seasons package at £75. Betting is available via Dave Phillips 07810775119. The course is located at Bishops Court Postcode EX11 1RJ.

Live Streaming of the Point to Point fixtures will continue to be developed in the Devon and Cornwall this season with the first 3 meetings until the end of this year now fixed and followed by most if not all of the remaining fixtures through until next June. Cornelius Lysaght and Robert Cooper, both nationally known horse racing broadcasters will lead the presentations and interviews, betting information from Simon Nott and race form and tips from racing correspondent Donna Harris.

The team includes Videographers plus technical students from the Falmouth University’s in-house creative agency Mayn Creative who supported the initial programme last year plus Pearce’s Public Address specialists who are supplying robotic wireless cameras around the course, along with a dedicated broadcast van, tailored graphics and video editing software for sale of race recordings on the day, director’s comms and audio requirements this season.

Live Streaming costs are £12 per view (plus a small Eventbrite admin fee) for the full action packed day of horse racing in Devon and Cornwall and can be seen on your Iphone or computer with the link:

A special offer for 40 tickets to view all the broadcasts throughout the season at a discounted total cost of £75 is being promoted at the beginning of the season from and this offer is expected to be taken up quickly.

Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Megan Cobley Photography

We’re in the news!  Following on from our Dunsmore Livestream we’ve been attracting media attention
“Devon and Cornwall lead the way as livestream takes off” was the …
#BettingPeople: FRANK YEO –
#BettingPeople: FRANK YEO – — Read on
It was good to see the line of bookmakers  back in full …
WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR “How like a winter hath thine absence been …


With the new point-to-point season fast approaching, here is another personal reminiscence, this time from Silverton Hunt fixtures past to whet the appetite for exciting days soon to come.

Baily’s Hunting Directory records Silverton Huntinformation from 1863. The Master then was Mr T Webber who held that esteemed office until 1895. According to my records, the first point-to-pointheld by the Silverton was on 23 March 1923 at Newton St Cyres. They raced there from 1923 until 1929 when the fixture was transferred to Shobrookenear Crediton.

Shobrooke was a stiff Devon track, right-handed with some plough and a long, hard pull up to the finish. The Silverton meeting was held at that coursefrom 23 March 1929 until their last fixture there on 3 April 1971, with a break in the war years. It becamea joint meeting with the Tiverton in 1964.Their final combined meeting at Shobrooke in 1971 saw wins in the saddle for Fred Rawle and Grant Cann, but Martin Pipe could only finish runner up ridingFaberstown in the Members’. Mr Pipe went on to carve out a successful career as a trainer!

There was no Silverton fixture in 1972, but on 28 March 1973 the point-to-point went it alone and moved to the East Devon course at Hayes Barton, Clyst Honiton.

The next move was to Thorverton in 1978. I remember going there in 1985 for the final meeting at that course. Chris Down rode a double on Holcombe Lass and Macnab’s Quest, as did Philip Scholfield on Sandsprite and Harvest Hymn. Sara Luxton won the Ladies’ on Isotip, and Philip Rawlerode Dull Light to win the Men’s Open. These were the good old days for us race readers with never more than five or six races.

In 1986 yet another move took the Silverton to Haldon. I must confess that personally I never enjoyed point-to-point racing on the inside of Haldonracecourse, although I had a good view for race reading from the pigeon loft which was the judge’s box in the centre of the course.  I had been used to National Hunt racing at “Devon and Exeter” (who changed it to “Exeter”?). Admittedly some good point-to-point racing ensued at Haldon with generally decent fields, but there were some funny results including in 1992 when a long odds-onfavourite was beaten after a questionable ride. I remember the brilliant Proud Son winning on his debut the following year. He later went on to win the Horse and Hound Cup. In addition such good Ladies’ horses such as Khattaf and For A Lark did their stuff at Haldon over the years.

And so the fixture was taken on to Black Forest Lodge in 1997. There are plenty of good memories of the fixtures at Black Forest Lodge on the Earl of Devon’s land which was a proper point-to-point course with the benefit of quick draining soil. At the early season fixture horses came from Wales and the Midlands which led to competitive racing. My racereporting always saw me on the hill side overlooking the last fence where the whole action could be seenwith a good pair of binoculars. There was only a single occasion when fog descended which forced me to go down between the last fence and the penultimate to see anything of the action. 

As 18-year-old Rachael Blackmore trudged back after her fall from Cheekyrun   in the Silverton Open Maiden on 27 March 2010,  nobody would have dreamt that the young Irish novice jockey would eventually become the first female to ride the winner of the Grand National. This is a true story however and Devon owner/trainer Gordon Chambers readily recalled the occasion, “Yes, Rachael was just getting started. I bought two horses from Ireland from a pal of mine which were ready to run and part of the deal was he would bring them over and stay with me and see them run, and could he also bring over a young girl who had been riding out for him and if I thought she was good enough could she ride them over here. She was very keen and had not had many opportunities. Having watched her, I thought she was good enough !”

It was a shame that this popular viewing course,superbly prepared under  Clerk of the Course Norman Chanin, should be lost for good after the 2018 season. The intention for the Hunt to race at the new Dunsmore, Silverton course was thwarted by the pandemic, although the closely associated DunsmoreClub managed an initial meeting there in November 2019.

Let’s hope that Dunsmore proves a successful new home. The Club meeting this season is on Sunday 14 November. The new season opens on Saturday 30 October at Ottery St Mary with the East Devon fixture.



Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, Sale & MacKenzie ,various years

.Baily’s Hunting Directory

The Continuing Story of Point-to-Point Racing, Michael Williams

Mr Michael Kutapan – Point to Point History & Research( Jumping For Fun web site)

The Pointer (David Coulton


A big gelding called Native Trail won a division of the Silverton Adjacent Hunts’ Maiden in 1983 with Jimmy Frost in the saddle. 

The unbeaten top rated two-year-old of 2021, Native Trail, won the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last week to become favourite for next year’s Derby. It looks as though Godolphin has stolen the name.