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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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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.

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Entries: Exmoor Point-To-Point and Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
12:00 Exmoor Conditions pony races

Pony Championship finals

1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 8 year olds and Up Conditions Race
6th 16:55 5 year olds and Up Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Following the rain earlier this week, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 8.00pm Saturday 01/06/19)

Looking forward to National Pony Racing Championship Finals 12.00 noon and Point to Point 2pm at Bratton Down on Sunday.

We have had over an inch of rain on the course this week. The ground has absorbed the moisture well, the going remains as Good to Firm. ( Updated 4.00pm Friday 31/05/19)

The Course Inspector has just walked the course in the rain and given the current going as Good to Firm. ( Updated 6.00pm Wednesday 29/05/19)

The going at Bratton Down is Good to firm. We had 8mm of rain on Sunday which has eased the going. More rain forecast for this week. As always agri-vator on standby. (Updated 7.00am Monday 27th May)

Update on Bratton Down – It is currently raining at Bratton Down, with more forecast. ( Sunday 26th May 9.00am)

The course is looking well. The agri-vator was used 3 times before racing on 19th and again after. Although the going was given as firm it rode as good to firm, on the consistent good old Bratton turf. Light rain is forecast for the weekend and more early next week. All bends will be moved out onto fresh ground. The agri-vating and grass cover will allow maximum advantage of the heavy dews and rain to come. The agri-vator will be used again should the forecast be wrong. ( Wednesday 22nd May 9.00pm)

Preview extract:

A total of 82 entries have been received for this meeting where it’s the turn of the Exmoor Hunt to host. Pony racing heads up the action with the Exmoor Conditions race sponsored by Teapes Tyres at 12 noon. Followed by The Fergal O’Brien & Treehouse Sporting Colours-sponsored Pony Championship finals. The main six race card follows at 2pm.

The course offers a lovely picturesque backdrop view of Exmoor, together with many trade stands which offer items such as antique trinkets to country clothing and art décor. A large beer tent, together with hot and cold food and refreshments. Plenty of bookies offering value bets on the day, and an Ice cream van to enjoy an afternoon treat in the summer sunshine. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome. Location is Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m North of South Molton- EX31 4SG. Check out the pony racing website ponyracingauthority.co.uk for further information.

Pony Racing Entries

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

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Race 1 – Members Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
2 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
3 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas

Results

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

Preview extract

The opening B Thorne & Son Agric Eng-sponsored Members race has only a few entries, Kapricorne (Rebecca Branton) a 15 length winner at Trebudannon in April, and won at this course last June when coming home the 70 length winner. Debutant entry Miss Tiggy Winkle may be in need of the run, whilst Gunner Vic has failed to complete this season and was a distance behind Kapricorne last season when the two met.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
2 *968/8p-1 CONCEALED AMBITION(IRE) 35+ Kieran Price
3 21-6226p GERTIES GARTER 36 Ed Walker
4 u2u-5512 LURE DES PRES (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
5 323231-f3 SWEET LADY JANE (IRE) 33 Byron Moorcroft
6 1p2dpu-p TUCKS BERGIN (IRE) 34? Alan Rhead
7 /pp-sp21 VINCS VINNIE (IRE) 35+ Ed Walker

Results

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

Preview extract

Vincs Vinnie (Ed Walker) for leading National gentleman jockey Will Biddick, looks to be the likely favourite in the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race, having battled on well to win at Trebudannon. Gerties Garter is another entry from the Ed Walker team and could go well if following up on his seconds at Ston Eston and Bishops Court. Lure de Pres looks an interesting entry, having won his maiden by a neck at Badbury under jockey Nick Lawton, following up that win with a head second to Goldbury at Flete Park under Bryan Carver for the Mike Vanstone team.

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Race 3 – Ladies Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 2-32p332 ALLIE BEAG 37? Alan Hill
2 4524623p BANKHALL (IRE) 38 Emma Jones
3 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
4 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
5 11/*ppp-2p CINEVATOR (IRE) 40? Ella Pickard
6 6p1-p134 COURT DISMISSED (IRE) 37? Alan Hill
7 *3330-1314 DRY OL’PARTY 39 Stuart Payne
8 32-1u632d ITS ALL OR NOTHING 41 Charlotte Rowe
9 3-6743214 LE CLO DE LA LONDE (FR) 36 Emma Watson
10 044-36111 PURPLE ‘N GOLD 42 Leslie Jefford
11 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown
12 1/2-45113 THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 42 Will Biddick
13 *0-673614 TIGER SAM (IRE) 36? Laura Hurley

Results

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

Preview extract

13 are entered for the Bray Lino-sponsored Ladies race which could be another thriller on the day with dual Flete winner There’s No Panic for Ella Orrtewell, and a winner of three straight wins this season is Purple’N Gold under Millie Wonnacott heading the field. The two young jockeys have had an excellent season so far, both enjoying the winners enclosure and not afraid to set the pace.

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Race 4 – Mens Open Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 -7p3465d BETTER DAYS (IRE) 33 Annabel Wheatle
3 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
4 72251313 DANDAN (IRE) 40? Francesca Moller
5 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
6 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
7 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
8 21u12212 GINGILI 40 Jonathan Farrelly
9 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
10 p6115-211 HIGH HATTON 41 Jonathan Tudor
11 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
12 41-403p13 KAPRICORNE (FR) 40 Rebecca Branton
13 R0-f1f211 MATTS LEGACY (IRE) 38 Luke Price
14 -83u35223 MISTER DICK (FR) 37 Jason Warner
15 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
16 p-p5p3252 NAMAKO (FR) 39 Alan Hill
17 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
18 1-2p12221 RAMBLE ON (IRE) 43 Luke Price
19 p1111-121 SPENCER MOON (IRE) 44 Luke Price
20 1-5443122 THEATRE EVENING (IRE) 39 Harriet Brown

Results

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

Preview extract

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open race looks to be the feature of the day at Bratton Down this coming Sunday 2nd June, having attracted 20 quality entries. These include the two Luke Price-trained stable stars, Spencer Moon a previous Hunter Chase winner at Fontwell and subsequent 20 length winner at Monmouth in February. Also Ramble On, who under Byron Moorcroft won the Mixed Open last weekend at Kingston Blount. Jonathan Tudor is another outside raider who holds two entries in the Men’s Open with Desert Roe who defied top weight to beat Jack Snipe at Cothelstone last weekend, also entry High Hatton who under Jack Tudor took the Members Conditions race here at the last meeting. Fly West (Ed Walker) could fly the flag for the area, with a cut in the ground and could improve on his nose second to Hawkhurst at Bitterly.

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Race 5 – 8 Years old and up Conditions Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 f4p-pu335 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 37 Ed Walker
2 u20-22121 BLAZING TOM 41 Jonathan Tudor
3 p0334r26 BLUE BENNY (IRE) 36 Lucy Felton
4 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
5 /83pp/-p3 CHUTE HALL (IRE) 30? Shane Dorrington
6 /p4-pup4 CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 33 Michael Sweetland
7 3321-2111 DESERT ROE (IRE) 43 Jonathan Tudor
8 221-p11p2 DOCTOR’S DIFFER (IRE) 37 George Hiscock
9 /2f11-222p FLY WEST 41 Ed Walker
10 3/-u6321 GERSJOEYCASEY (IRE) 39 Karen York
11 f-645343 GET RHYTHM (IRE) 35 Tim Sleath
12 -24p3323 GOLDEN CRISP (IRE) 37 Elizabeth Scott
13 -p3f11f2 HOLY WATER (IRE) 36 Luke Price
14 4p/-p4p3f HONOURABLE EXIT (IRE) 32 Joe Tickle
15 334-81344 IN THE DOCK 35 Jane Allfrey
16 3pp5-ppp KALASTAR (IRE) 21? Elizabeth Scott
17 33-333115 KERNEL VICTOR 41 Ed Walker
18 p42-332p1 LAWSONS THORNS (IRE) 36 Mike Vanstone
19 pp-43113p MILBERRY (IRE) 35 Norman Mitchell
20 3242/-f425 MOSCOW BLAZE (IRE) 32 Charlotte Fuller
21 54f-54532 ON YOUR MAX 37 Louise Kittow
22 4444*6-43 RAILWAY STORM(IRE) 35 Christopher White
23 *pp-0p2p1 REDKALANI (IRE) 41 Vivian Lloyd
24 3-p337f63 SKYLANDER (IRE) 36 Sam Holdsworth
25 -u904231 VAILLANT CREEK (FR) 40 Abbie Myers
26 0/-upRf45 WHITE CHIEF (IRE) 24 Antony Burks

Results

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

Preview extract

Kernal Victor and Lawsons Thorns catch the eye among the 26 entered for the Conditions race which is sponsored by the Kingdon Family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Kernal Victor won impressively at Cherrybrook coming home the eight length winner that day and then a 10 length victor at Upcott Cross. A cut in the ground could help him bounce back from his defeat at Trebudannon. Lawsons Thorns came home the ten length winner at the last meeting here and could be another winning combination for trainer Mike Vanstone and jockey Bryan Carver. Outside previous winning raiders Blazing Tom and Desert Roe for team Tudor, should both figure high in the betting if turning up here, also the Luke Price entry Holy Water after his wins at Pyle and Lydstep under Byron Moorcroft.

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Race 6 – 5 year olds and up Open Maiden Race

# Dec. Form Name Rating TRAINERS Rider Notes
1 9/p/34p-4p BABY SHERLOCK 30? Roy Smith
2 p/ppp-62 BASHER BRIAN (IRE) 25 Byron Moorcroft
3 R45/-43u6 BRANNOC (IRE) 24 Gail Heywood
4 -p3 CHIPS FOR FREE (IRE) 12 Joe Tickle
5 *37/87/- DIAMOND REGGIE (IRE) Michael Bowen
6 pfp-4 GEE PEE 16 Phillip York
7 /u3-pp GUNNER VIC 0 Hugh Thomas
8 //-pp2234 ITALIAN SYMPHONY (IRE) 23 Jason Warner
9 6346-fpu2 LITLE BRIAN (IRE) 28 Callum Griffiths
10 42p2p4p2 LONG MILE ROAD (IRE) 28 Jason Warner
11 *505-832 MARKMYWORD 25+ Joe Tickle
12 MISS TIGGY WINKLE Hugh Thomas
13 -2p2 QUICK REMARKABLE 22 Jonathan Tudor

Results

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

Preview extract

Finally in the Open Maiden race which is sponsored by The Old Station House Inn at Blackmoor Gate, the Getaway-sired gelding Long Mile Road (Jason Warner) could battle out the finish with the Joe Tickle-trained Markmyword who have both finished runner up in recent meetings. Any market support for Quite Remarkable and Little Brian should also be respected.

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Preview: Modbury Harriers and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co. Ltd, Saturday 4th May 2019

 Written by: Donna Harris

The Modbury Harriers together with the Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company host their meeting on Saturday 4th May, at the popular party course known as Flete Park, near Ermington. Land owner Anthony Mildmay-White has kindly sponsored the Pony racing which heads up the action at 1pm with the main seven race card off at 2pm. 67 entries have been received.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co-sponsored 4m Ladies Open looks to be the feature of the day being a qualifier for the Skinners Ladies Open Final at Stratford-on-Avon at the end of May. The eleven entries include Jack Snipe (Robert Hawker) a winner of four races under rules and already on a season treble with his latest win coming at Milborne St Andrew. Jack Snipe also holds an entry at Holnicote on Sunday, which could leave the door open for two veterans to note, Start Royal (Alan Hill) an impressive winner of 27 Points to date plus two Hunter Chase races. Another veteran to note is the Ladies winner here at the last meeting There’s No Panic for trainer Mike Biddick. Ella Orttewell took the Ladies Open race here at the Dartmoor meeting on There’s No Panic with a bold front running tactic, and could well repeat that form again here and give Ella her second win. It’s A Steal is another entry who could run well for local family the Glanville’s, with mother Lee training for daughter Pippa to ride and hopefully improve on their Members race win at this track two weeks ago. Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) could also turn up to join in the party and would be a worthy challenger having clocked up four wins this season.

Glynn Scaffolding sponsor the Open maiden race which heads up the main action. Minella Beag (Ed Walker) has the benefit of a mares weight allowance and also possible booking of Will Biddick to ride, who having broken the all time Pointing record, will now be looking to win the National gentlemen title. Thewinnertakeitall (Dean Summersby) has shown promise with place form and was an unlucky faller when close up at Cherrybrook.

Worswell Weddings sponsor the Restricted race in which recent Little Windsor winner Could Be Better (Stuart Sampson) looks progressive, along with Dancing Dave (Ed Walker) dead heated at the last meeting here. Lure de Pres (Mike Vanstone) stayed on well to win by a neck at Badbury, whilst Goldbury (Tracey Parker) looked impressive when winning at Wadebridge and could bounce back from a poor run at Milborne St Andrew.

The Marchand Petit-sponsored Conditions race is for horses having won a race under rules, and this could see the Tom Malone owned and trained The Last But One turn up after his neck win at Stafford Cross last weekend. This race is only two miles and four furlongs which should suit the gelding, along with equal weights. Purple’N Gold is also entered for the Les Jefford team and should put up another game effort having won Opens at both Cotley and Trebudannon this season under jockey Millie Wonnacott.

Millie Wonnacott has another chance here today with her family owned Heaney in the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Members race. The combination stayed on well at Exeter last month winning the Hunter Chase.

In the Waycotts-sponsored Open Maiden race for four, five and six-year-olds, Cottage Rose (John Heard) could improve on her second here at the Dartmoor meeting. Also the two Robert Chanin entries Tango Charlie with his second at Milborne St Andrew, and I Prefer Diamonds having run into third also at the Milborne St Andrew track, could both be capable of improvement.

Finally up is the Dial A Shed-sponsored Confined race in which Kernel Victor holds an entry, having won at Upcott last weekend Kernel Victor (Ed Walker) gave Will Biddick his record breaking ride, and could again add to his season total. Skin Flint(Gerry Supple) also won last weekend, his win came at Stafford Cross when he came home the eight length winner of the Restricted race under Bryan Carver. Wind Tor is another entry out of the Ed Walker yard who could challenge and improve on her second here two weeks ago under Josh Newman.

The course has a natural amphitheatre style, with bank-side viewing ideal for car picnics. There will be a host of trade-stands together with hot and cold refreshments including the popular local Surfing Cow Ice cream stand. Also a tented bar together with on course bookies for those wanting a bet to add to the fun of their day. The course is located at Ermington near Ivybridge, PL21 9NX. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.

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Preview: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, Easter Saturday 20th April 2019

 Written by: Donna Harris

The first of two fixtures to be held at the popular picturesque track known as Flete Park, near Ermington, takes place this coming Saturday 20th April. 70 entries have been received for the seven race card which commences at 2pm. Pony racing heads up the action at 1pm, which has been kindly sponsored by course and land owner Anthony Mildmay-White and Anne Kane.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co sponsored four-mile Mixed Open race will be the feature races of the day. It has attracted some good entries to note such as five-time winner this season Navanman from the John Heard team, also the prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally out of trainer Keith Cumings yard, who is on an impressive 15 career wins to date and could have the booking of regular jockey Matt Hampton. The two met here last season when Navanman won by a length, but will now have to defy top weight under regular jockey Bryan Carver.

Local Veterinary Surgeon and owner, Jennifer Davenport, has entered her veteran gelding Mic’s Delight in the opening A Salon Called Fish-sponsored Members race. It could see him finish his career on a win, as he is due to retire soon. He will have the benefit of talented young jockey Millie Wonnacott aboard. Millie, who rides out at Neil Mulholland’s, has just ridden two winners at Exeter in the past ten days, Heany for her mother Claire, and Merchant House for trainer Les Jefford. They could come up against It’s A Steal for local trainer Lee Glanville with daughter Pippa on board. It’s A Steal has previously won two Chase’s under rules in Ireland and ran second in a Handicap Chase at Ludlow in January last season. He could go close at this his local track.

Neetside stands out in the Lycetts-sponsored Restricted Race, having taken her maiden at Cherrybrook with an eight-length win for trainer Jill Dennis. Cornflower Blue, for Exmoor trainer Patrick Picton-Warlow, is another to note with a mare’s weight allowance, and could progress from her seven-length win at Cothelstone in March.

In the Francis Clark-sponsored Open Maiden race for four, five and six year olds, Sylvies Dance for trainer/jockey Will Biddick could get him closer to reaching the all time record for rides, being just five off his target. The mare could improve on her six-length third to Ramillies at Bishops Court. The Dartmoor Rose is another looking progressive, having run second at this course last season for trainer Charlotte Rowe.

The Conditions race sponsored by Rodgers of Plymouth follows, in which AccordingTo Harry catches the eye, having run two-lengths second to Mountain Cliche at Cotley in March, under Darren Edwards for the Nicola Martin team. Art Of Synergy is another to note having run two-lengths back in third in the same race and could improve for that run for trainer Ed Walker for jockey Will Biddick.

Full Circle Motors sponsor the Confined race which has attracted ten entries. Wind Tor (Ed Walker) won at this track last season, she looks to like a cut in the ground, which she found when winning at Buckfastleigh and Bishops Court this season. Another of the Walker team recruits Kernal Victor is entered, and could be a likely favourite having taken the Conditions race at Cherrybrook by ten lengths last month. Beat The Tide is highest rated, and could re-kindle his old form having run a head second at Ston Eston in March under Ben Robarts.

Finally up is the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race, in which Sylvies Dance could run well if not entered in the earlier race for Will Biddick. The Dr Massini-sired Doctor Wong has shown some form when finishing second at Charlton Horethorne, and third at Monmouth both in March. Also Dancing Dave (Ed Walker) should be high in the betting having finished five-lengths second to Deshan last month, and could seal another winning ride for Will Biddick.

To compliment the action, there is a large trade stand area for shopping, together with a tented bar, a number of food stands and bookies, ensuring a super fun day out over the Easter weekend. Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located at Flete Park, Ermington near Ivybridge Postcode PL21 9NX.

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RESULTS: DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT, BUCKFASTLEIGH, 17TH MARCH 2019

GOING: SOFT, HEAVY IN PLACES

POINT-TO-POINT RESULTS

RESTRICTED (ASHBURTON MOTOR WORKS)

1 Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards) 4-1; prom, led four out, stayed on strongly

2 Missyladie (Thomasina Eyston) 7-2went 2nd three out, no extra apprg last

3 Ballybruff (Alastair Harvey) 4-1 led 5th til 15th, one pace clsg stgs

11 ran; 5l; 1 3’4l;  7mins 3 secs

 

MENS OPEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY)

1 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 9-4 alwys handy, led apprg last, ran on well

2 Spencer Moon (Byron Moorcroft) 1-2 fav led  3rd til apprg last, kept on flat

3 Horwood Lad (Kieron Buckley) 7-2 went 3rd three out, not reach ldrs

4 ran; 1 1/2l; 20l;  7m 2s

 

INTERMEDIATE (CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS)

1 Pistol Shoot (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav disp til three out, led apprg last, left clr last

2 Micky Stark (Darren Andrews) 9-1

3 Syracuses Dream (Barnaby Treneer) 8-1

6 ran; 15l; 1l;  7m 10s

 

LADIES OPEN (SKINNER’S PET FOODS)

1 Belharbour Two (Miss Heidi Lewis) 4-1

2 Snuker (Miss Lucinda Hammond) 10-1

3 Current Exchange (Miss Zoe Lewis)14-1

4 ran; 5l; distance; 7m 22s

 

OPEN MAIDEN DIV 1 (WINSTON PINCOMBE, CHULMLEIGH) 2m 4f

1 Matt’s Legacy (Byron Morrcroft) 5-2 jt fav

2 Feu Des Malberaux (Darren Andrews) 5-2 jt fav

3 Dancing Dave (Josh Newman) 6-1

8 ran; 4l; 20l;  6m 16s

 

OPEN MAIDEN DIV 2 (BARTON SAWMILL) 2M 4F

1 Robin Why Not (Darren Andrews) 14-1

2 Falloway Dubreau (Tommie O’Brien) 11-10 fav

3 Tarrytown (Mrs Jo Supple) 33-1

7 ran; 1L;1L;  6m 7s-6s

 

HUNT RACE (CR STANLEY CARPETS, PLYMOUTH LTD)

1 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 4-6 fav

2 Beuvron (Lily Pinchin) 6-1

3 O’ Maonlai (Tamby Welch) 5-4

5 ran; 4l; distance; 7m 19s

 

PONY RACING RESULTS

138cm 6 furlong open race

148cm 8 furlong open race

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Preview: East Cornwall Point-to-Point, Great Trethew Sunday 24 February 2019


Written by: Donna Harris

It is the turn of the East Cornwall to host the next fixture to be held in the area, which will take this coming Sunday February 24th, at the popular course located at Menheniot, Great Trethew. Pony racing heads up the action with two pony races commencing at 11am.

The main event follows at midday, with six races on offer attracting over 100 entries. These include a competitive maiden Flat race for four, five and six-year olds which is sponsored by JRL. Attracting 25 entries this race could well be divided on the day. It looks highly competitive, with recent Barbury runner-up So Socksy (Ben Clarke), Irish imports Exhibit A for the Tracey Parker team, and I Prefer Diamonds for team Chanin, along with Peace Plan(Will Biddick) and Mini Long Stocking who could benefit from a low weight for trainer Joe Tickle.

Next up is the Dawe Hawken & Dodd-sponsored Open Maiden for four,five and six-year olds in which Spring Break from the Will Biddick yard could improve on his third at Barbury. Also entered is Dr Kanaga who could follow upon his maiden flat win at Ffos Las point-to-point course for trainer Ben Clarke. Takeabid is an interesting entry for the Stuart Sampson team, being related to Call Me Sid, Fishy Story and River Myth, and could be a horse to follow for the future.

Prydis and The Kings Head sponsor the Open Maiden race for seven year-olds and over, and one to keep an eye on in the betting arena is Deise Gold for Cornish trainer Jill Dennis, the mare has clocked up some close seconds in Maiden races this season and should get her head in front soon for owner Caroline Furze. They could come up against Skinflint from the Gerry Supple team who ran second to Tide Times at Buckfastleigh in November, also Rare Oul Times (Ed Walker) half length second at Wadebridge last weekend who may find this race comes to soon, as could Thewinnertakesitall (Dean Summersby) who finished third in the same race at Wadebridge.

The feature race of the day is the Mixed Open sponsored by Porsche of Exeter, who will have their large stand and a number of cars on show at the event. Entry Navanman for the John Heard team has already come home in front, with wins at both the Buckfastleigh meeting in November and the Wadebridge December meeting under jockey Bryan Carver. Navanman could come up against Jack Snipe (Robert Hawker) who is equally rated and has won four Chase races under rules when in training with Jeremy Scott, and started off this season’s campaign with a Hunt Members win at Chipley Park. Honest Deed (Dean Summersby) and Heaney (Claire Wonnacott) are also sure to be well fancied after their decent recent outings Wadebridge win for Honest Deed and Chipley Park for Heaney, both were seen in a dual at Upcott Cross last May with a head dividing the two.

Heaney is also entered in the Group Travel-sponsored Conditions race for Novice riders for Millie Wonnacott to ride. Here they may have Chosen Lucky to contend with among the twelve entries. Chosen Lucky has already clocked up two impressive wins this season at Wadebridge under talented young jockey Liam Harrison, and also won this race last season here when ridden by Bryan Carver. It could prove to be another competitive finish if the two are among those battling out the finish.

Finally up is the Jefferys-sponsored Restricted race in which Chipley Park maiden winner Raging Fire (Michael Felton) looks progressive having stormed home at Chipley Park under Will Biddick, coming home three lengths ahead of Minimalistic that day who has since won comfortably at Buckfastleigh. Also the two Joe Tickle-trained entries stand out, another Chipley Park winner George’s Legacy and My King after his Wadebridge win.

The course is a great location for a family day out to enjoy the spring weather, and an opportunity to dust off the picnic baskets, whilst watching some good race action. The course offers bar, hot and cold refreshments and food, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to course is £10 per person (to a max of £40 per car load) with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off the off the A38 between Saltash and Liskeard. Postcode PL14 3PZ.

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RESULTS: SOUTH POOL HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT, BUCKFASTLEIGH, 17TH FEBRUARY 2019

POINT-TO-POINT RESULTS

Going: Soft

Hunt Conditions (Hassall Law Ltd Kingsbridge)

1 Its All or Nothing (Jo Supple) 2-1 led 14th, kept on strongly

2 Norman Conquest (Tom Chanin) 8-1 led early, rallied two out, not catch wnr

3 Kernel Victor (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav moderate late hdwy, not challenge ldrs

5 ran; 5l; 1/2l;  7m 6s

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Wind Tor (josh Newman) 9-4 led to 7th & agn from 14th, stayed on well

2 Jabbea (Nick Lawton) 9-2 good hdwy 3 out, challd last, no extra

3 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 6-4 fav hdwy three out, 3rd when mstk last

6 ran; 2 1/2l; 6l;  7m 20s

 

Mixed Open – Westcountry Champion Chase (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd)

1 Master Baker (Jo Supple) 8-11 fav made all, stayed on strongly

2 The Last But One (Will Biddick) 11-10 chased wnr, no extra apprg last

3 Goulanes (Solomon Wood) 8-1 lost touch 10th

3 ran; 2 1/2l; dist

 

Confined Maiden Horses & Geldings only  – 2miles 5 furlongs (Luscombe Maye)

1 Minimalistic (Josh Newman) 4-6 fav led 12th, soon clear, easily

2 Merchant House (Jo Supple) 5-2 went 2nd apprg last, no chance with wnr

3 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 4-1 went 2nd 13th, no extra from two out

6 ran; 15l; 12l;  5m 54s

 

Open Maiden – Mares & Fillies only (The Jockey Club)

1 Isla’s Dream (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav made all ran on well

2 Neetside (Jake Bament) 6-1 strong chall two out, kept on

3 It’s A Mugs game (Kieren Buckley) 10-1 in touch til outpaced 15th

5 ran; 2l; dist

 

Restricted (Moorland Timber, Ipplepen)

1 Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav stealthy prog 14th, led three out, soon clear

2 Journey Juice (Josh Newman) 7-1 led 5th, kept on steadily

3 Ballybruff (Alistair Harvey) 7-1 stayed on closing stages

10 ran; 10l; 5l;  7m 11s

PONY RACING RESULTS

138cm 6 furlong open race

1 Taylor Fisher, Clear The Track.
2 Jack Dace, Dillans Girl
3 Billy Broomfield, Wee Antony
4 Kelsie Beilby, Veno Star
5 Ruby Fisher-barnett, Wide Valley Spiderman
6 Evan Hughes, Pennway Angharad
7 William Dunlop, Talponciau Perfect Print
8 Artemis Morgan, Menedh Jumping Jack Flash
9 Bruce Vaughan, Reylem Eastern Sunrise

148cm 8 furlong open race

1 Daniel Ellis, O’flynn’s Daughter
2 Megan Bevan, Motor Edd
3 Ivor Herbert, The Mumbler
4 Kelsie Beilby, Shotgun Minnie
5 Talor Hopkins, Don’t Tell Dai
6 Charlotte Summersby, Weebumbee

South Pool Harriers Point-To-Point, Sunday 17th February 2019

Having had time to re-coup following last Sunday’s SPH fixture, I am happy to say that despite all the extra work involved and the negative affect the “equine flu” issue had on our entries, enough equines remained eligible for us to stage both Pony Racing and our Point-to-Point successfully, thanks to the co-operation and goodwill all round.

Of 24 Ponies originally entered we only lost 7, 15 eventually declared giving us 9 in the 138’s and 6 in the 148’s. D&C Area Pony Racing team led by Kelvin Heard, with Angela Heath on Decs., did a marvellous job seeing them in and checking them out, before they could unbox to declare. In some very competitive racing,. Taylor Fisher on Clear the Track won the 138’s and Taylor Hopkins on Don’t Tell Dai won the 148’s. Congratulations to all concerned for making it all happen!

For the main meeting, of 105 entries originally received we had 35 eligible horses declared, spread over the 6 races: 5, 6, 3, 6, 5, 10. Lucy Croft, the Senior Vet and her South Moor Vets’ team did an excellent job processing them all on arrival, along with our own officials in the lorry park. The goodwill and co-operation of everyone involved made for smooth running of the whole operation and sincere thanks go to all. Whilst most races were nicely spread, the smallest field of 3 contested the D&C Area Classic , Totnes & Bridgetown Races’ £1000 “Westcountry Champion Chase” , but a grand tussle to the finish between Master Baker, Jo Supple and The Last But One ,Will Biddick made for an exciting race, with Master Baker taking the spoils. Full results of the day will be appearing in Granville Taylor’s Report, so enough said.

The PtP Committee is sincerely grateful to all those already mentioned above, Terry Hamlin, the Chief Steward, the Doctors and all the other Officials involved, plus our own Volunteer army. All helped make the day run smoothly to the enjoyment of a very supportive crowd in attendance and was very much appreciated. A big thank you to one and all!

Eileen Ashby, DVSPH PtP Secretary

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