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Preview: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 15 March 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

A great way to end Cheltenham Festival week is to go along to the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, where they host their meeting on Sunday 15th March.

Pony racing sponsored by Barton Sawmills heads up the action at 11am. With the main seven race card commencing at 12 noon. The feature race of the day is the £1000 West Country Men’s Open Champion Chase which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd. Entries include previous National Hunt winner Sausalito Sunrise for the Alexandra Dunn team, he won a Hunter Chase at Hexham last season, and started this season with an impressive ten length win at Cocklebarrow in January. Fishy Story for trainer Stuart Sampson, could figure and was impressive when she bounced back from a year’s break when she battled on for a short head win ahead of Sixteen Letters at Milborne St Andrew last month. Three Faces West (Bethan Childs) has strong claims after his win at this track in January under jockey Nathan Vergne, although holds an entry at the Cothelstone meeting on Saturday. Local entry Dicky Bob (Verity Nicholls), now a veteran, knows this track well and could figure here.

The popular grey Dicky Bob also holds an entry in the Skinners Ladies Open race, which may be a preferred option for the gelding, with the booking of local jockey Millie Wonnacott to ride. Millie also looks to have the option of riding her mother’s owned and trained Heaney who was impressive when winning a Hunter Chase at Exeter last April. This race looks very competitive with recent Chipley Park winner Silsol for jockey Ella Orttewell, Badbury Rings winner Master Baker for Jo Supple, and promising young mare Goldbury having the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance and won nicely at the Wadebridge December meeting under Natalie Parker, also among the entries.

The opening Members race is sponsored by Ashburton Motors. This looks to be a battle among the locals, with The Meters Running for the Gordon Chambers yard looking to follow up on his Great Trethew win last weekend. They could come up against Rebecca Welch’s Somewhere To Be who ran second at Wadebridge, but found the conditions tough when pulling up at Great Trethew last weekend, and Moonaro another local entry who has clocked up some decent previous place form for the Kingsbridge based Darke family.

Clever Des Assence (Laura Parker) ran third here at the January meeting, and Steven Steel ( Janet Ackner) with a second at the Didmarton meeting, are just two catching the eye in the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Open Maiden race.

In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, team Summersby’s Banco de Logos ran a decent three length second at Chipley Park and should be among the favourites with jockey Darren Edwards on a winning roll. Outside raider Hard Ground (Gearoid Costello) won his restricted at Higham last month and is the highest rated, but looks to prefer a sound surface which he may not find here unless the ground dries. The Galloping Bear for the Ben Clarke team looks progressive with wins at Ffoss Las and Wadebridge, with the ground not seeming an issue for him could score again for jockey Darren Andrews.

TheWinston Pincombe-sponsored Novice Riders race could go the way of recent Wadebridge winner Raddon Top (Les Jefford) for promising young jockey Conor Houlihan, who will try and fend off multiple Point winner Supreme Danehill (Alan Hill) who is also among the nine entered.

To end the day is a four & five year old Flat race which is sponsored by M1 Plant Engineering, with debutants to note as suggestions being Fevertre (Nicky Martin) The Ramp Sleeper(Teresa Clark) and local entry Allaboutthememories (Lee Glanville).

This track is steeped in history, it offers fantastic viewing, beer tent, hot and cold food and refreshments, on course bookies and a host of interesting trade stands. Easy access along the A38 Post code TQ11 0LT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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Preview: East Cornwall Point-to-Point, Great Trethew Sunday 8 March 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

Racegoers will be hoping that the weather is kind this week and enables the re arranged East Cornwall Hunt meeting to take place at the Great Trethew course on Sunday 8th March. Pony racing heads up the action at 11am and is sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages. The main six race card commences at 12 noon. Over 100 entries have been received.

This meeting holds an exciting point-to-point Flat race for four and five year olds, and  is a good opportunity to see some potential stars of the future. This has been kindly sponsored by Philip Warren Butchers. Most of the 16 entries are experiencing their first time racing, although Le Slithy Tove has the benefit of a fair effort at Barbury Castle in December and could go well for jockey Millie Wonnacott. Trainer Nicky Martin has an interesting five year old entered named Fevertre, and should be high in the market, also Chris Honour’s Grumpy Freya catches the eye. The four year old’s entered do get a decent weight allowance and market support would be worth following for Indigo Breeze (Gearoid Costelloe), Bravo Buddy (Robert Chanin) also Tipsy Hall for trainer Chris Barber.

The Porsche Centre at Exeter sponsor the Mixed Open which has attracted 20 entries.   Navanman for trainer John Heard would looked to have set the standard having already clocked up a seasons treble, but had a hard race at Wadebridge when finishing third and may need more time before returning. Spencer Moon is the highest rated, could make the trip down from Luke Price’s yard. He won his maiden here in 2017 and followed up with another ten Point wins and a Hunter Chase win at Fontwell to add to his form. He may need the run first time out this  season. Three Faces West catches the eye having stayed on well to win recently at Buckfastleigh for trainer Bethan Childs and jockey Nathan Vergne. They then ran eight lengths second at Badbury Rings and should be there at the finish. With The Galloping Bear (Ben Clarke) on a season double, and Goldbury’s Intermediate win at Wadebridge (Laura Parker) also puts them in the mix if progressing.

The Dawe Hawken & Dodd Open Maiden race for 4,5 & 6yr olds holds 28 entries and could well be divided on the day. Les Jefford holds two entries with Upcott Cross runner up Businessman, and Artic Milly who ran one length second to Cottage Rose at Wadebridge in February, both go well for Millie Wonnacott. Team Summersby has entered Party Tunes, another who holds strong claims after his three and a quarter-length second under Darren Edwards, to Freezing Point at Buckfastleigh. Henry’s Regime looks interesting after his third in a Bumper flat race at Taunton and is now trained and ridden by Merv Woodward.

In the Open Maiden for 7yrs and over Exhibit A for the Laura Parker team could improve for their second at Wadebridge. Oyster Pearl looks to have the booking of Will Biddick to ride for trainer Joe Tickle who could find the key to this young mares potential. This race is sponsored by The Kings Head & Prydis.

In the PPORA Novice Riders race which is sponsored by Group Travel, team Summersby is again double handed with Cloudy Music and Clondaw Bunny. Cloudy Music ran well last season with some decent runner up places on four occasions, and looks a good schoolmaster for Charlotte Summersby who will be looking to improve on their place form this season and clock up her first victory. Clondaw Bunny was an unlucky unseat at Larkhill in January, and could again have the booking of promising young jockey Conor Houlihan who himself rode a double at the February Wadebridge meeting. Inch Rock for the Ed Walker team looks the main danger, having previously won his Restricted race at this course, and his recent close third behind stable mate winner Wind Tor at Wadebridge last month under jockey Pippa Glanville must be respected.

Finally up is the Jeffreys-sponsored Restricted race in which another Ed Walker-trained recruit catches the eye in Gio’s Girl. She won her maiden at Flete Park, then missed a season and came back with a 10 length second to Neetside at Wadebridge in December, followed by a length second to Five Gold Bars at Buckfastleigh in January under Will Biddick. Minella Beag is another option here for the Walker/Biddick combination, and could well follow up on their maiden win at Chipley Park in January, although the jockey may have ride commitments at the Charlton Horethorne meeting.

The course offers excellent viewing facilities. On course beer tent , hot and cold food and refreshments, a number of country trade stands.  Entrance is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car load. Children under 16 free. Location is Menheniot off A38 between Saltash and Liskeard PL14 3PZ.

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POSTPONED Preview: South Pool Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16th February 2020

The South Pool Point to Point is POSTPONED. The course is in very good condition but with the worry of high winds and also the car parking we have regretfully made this decision, hopefully will fix a new date A.S.A.P

Written by: Donna Harris

The South Pool Hunt stage their meeting at the historic Buckfastleigh course this coming Sunday February 16th. The Toad Hall Cottages-sponsored Pony races head up the action at 11am, followed by the main race card at 12 noon. Six races on offer which have attracted over 100 entries.

The popular £1000 winners only Mixed Open race, sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Co, is the feature of the day. Last years winner Master Baker, for trainer Les Jefford, could be out again to defend his title under jockey Jo Supple, but there are many challengers entered. These include multiple point winner Navanman for the John Heard team who will be fresh from his win at Chipley Park, along with recent Cocklebarrow winner Sausalito Sunrise, who is an ex Philip Hobbs recruit who briefly went to Olly Murphys yard and now in training with Alexandra Dunn. Silsol is another Chipley Park winner and is an ex Paul Nicholls inmate who holds strong claims for young jockey Ella Orttewell. Don Bersy, Three Faces West and Dicky Bob are also among the entries which is a potential thriller not to be missed

The Tattersalls Cheltenham Open Maiden race for 4&5 year olds starts the main race card off, and entry Revels Hill, for trainer Chris Barber, catches the eye having had the benefit of a run at Milborne St Andrew earlier this month, he could improve for his outing where he travelled well until unseating his rider. Debutants Don’t Rightly Know (Ed Walker), Opening Bid (Stuart Sampson) and the Sophie Lacey-trained Piano Stairs will be worth following if the market suggests.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which has attracted the biggest entry of 26. Five Gold Bars for trainer/jockey Rob Hawker won well here at the last meeting and looks to set the standard if progressing. Journey Juice for the Ed Walker and Will Biddick combination should also be there about having run a decent race here last time, when six-lengths second to Showmetheway in January. Banco de Logos should be among the finishers if following up on his three-length second at Chipley Park for trainer Dean Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards.

In the Hassall Law-sponsored Open Maiden race for geldings aged 6 years and over Party Tunes could be another to score for team Summersby following on from their second here last month, also Young O’Leary for trainer Ian Prichard, is another for the short list also having clocked up a second here at the last meeting in the divided maiden which was run at a faster pace.

The Jockey Club sponsor the mares Open Maiden in which Cottage Rose (John Heard) ran third at Chipley under Fergus Gillard and must be respected. Don’t Rightly Know could figure here if trainer Ed Walker chooses this race over the earlier maiden, and Oyster Pearl is another to catch the eye for the Joe Tickle team who has a good strike rate with maiden horses.

Finally up is the Moorland Timber-sponsored Restricted race in which Gio’s Girl has run two promising seconds including at this track when finishing a length behind Five Gold Bars. Le Tueur’s recent win at Chipley Park under Martyn McIntyre for trainer Chris Barber must be respected, also Wadebridge winner Nicklesonthedime under Josh Newman, and Nobodydoesitbetter’s under Darren Edwards third here in January are two others for the short list.

The course offers a fabulous day out in the country with great viewing, beer tent, hot food, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with under 16’s free. Location is at Dean Prior alongside A38 Postcode TQ11 0LT.

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Upcoming Fixtures:

  • FEB 15 Rescheduled Western Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, nr Wadebridge
  • FEB 16 South Pool Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh Racecourse
  • FEB 23 East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard
  • MAR 1 East Devon Point-To-Point, Bishops Court, nr Ottery St Mary
  • MAR 15 Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh Racecourse
  • MAR 22 Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy, nr Tavistock

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Preview: The Rescheduled Western Point-to-Point at Wadebridge on Sunday 23rd February 2020

Written By: Donna Harris

With the recent deluge of rain and the postponement of the East Cornwall fixture at Great Trethew, the Western Hunt have been able to stage their meeting this coming Sunday 23rd February at The Royal Cornwall Showground. The team organising the event have worked hard to ensure enough Doctor, Veterinary and Official cover for the event to go ahead. Another action packed quality race day will be on offer, with a start time of 12 noon attracting 59 entries, which stand as originally received.

The opening Hog House Animal Feeds Helston-sponsored Novice riders and Veterans Conditions race holds an entry from the Dean Summersby team’s Honest Deed, who must be respected on his two-length second to Navanman at Great Trethew last season. He could be taken on by the Leslie Jefford trained Raddon Top who ran fourth behind Caid du Berlais at Buckfastleigh last month.
In the Open maiden race which is sponsored by The The Old Coastguard Inn Mousehole, Cottage Rose ran second here in January for trainer John Heard and could run well again under jockey Fergus Gillard, also entry Thekitchenmechanic (Teresa Clark) had some good place form in Ireland and has the booking of champion jockey Will Biddick and must be respected. Both Artic Milly (Les Jefford) and Artic Fever (Dean Summersby) cannot be left out of the equation with their consistency, and deserve a win soon.

Nickleonthedime stands out in the Stimson Tiekens Building Surveyors-sponsored Restricted race with his recent Maiden win at this track in January and could go well for the Neil Mclean team. Mujadal impressed last season when winning his maiden here last season for trainer Teresa Clark and has the booking of Will Biddick aboard, they should go close.

Cloudy Music is another from the Summersby team looking to progress, having run third at Buckfastleigh in January. and should go well for jockey Dean Summersby in the H.L. Hutchinson-sponsored Intermediate race, Acadian for trainer Heidi Lewis and jockey Lee Drowne should benefit from the run when second here behind Chosen Lucky also at the January meeting.

The Ladies Open sponsored by The Tinners Arms follows, this may may have multiple course winner Chosen Lucky contest this race, this time to be ridden by young jockey Charlotte Summersby looking for her first win between the flags. They could come up against Goldbury for trainer Laura Parker, again to be ridden by her sister Natalie Parker. Laura trains Goldbury from her parents farm near Minehead, Goldbury won her maiden race here last January, then went onto win her Restricted at Flete Park, and opened this season with an Intermediate win in December, she could well make use of her mares weight allowance and looks to be up for a thrilling battle with Chosen Lucky up the home hill finish.

Finally up is the Logan Rock Inn-sponsored Men’s Open race in which recent Chipley Park winner Navanman could follow up on his impressive form which includes ten wins to date, three in Opens at this course. Navanman is owned by a local consortium and trained by Devon based John Heard. Ex National Hunt recruit Millanisi Boy for the Neil Mclean team, along with the Ed Walker-trained Wind Tor are also among the ten entries and must be respected on previous form.

The large covered barn offers all facilities such as catering, food and bookies along with usual trade stands for country shopping. There was insufficient time to apply for a license to run for the rearranged fixture, so racegoers are invited to bring your own drinks. There are lots of tables in the big barn where you can sit with friends and share a drink. Parking is accessed through tarmac roads. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with under 16’s free. The course is located at The Royal Cornwall Showground off A39 West of Wadebridge. Postcode PL27 7JE.

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Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point, Chipley Park Sunday, Sunday 26th January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

Next weekend it’s the turn of the Tiverton Foxhounds meeting to take place at the popular track known as Chipley Park on Sunday 26th January. There are seven races on offer with a start time of 12 noon. 90 entries have been received.

The Mixed Open is the feature race of the day with a prize fund of £1000, with entry Art Mauresque a recent Cottenham winner, standing out for local bloodstock agent and trainer Tom Malone, with the yard bang in form at the moment. Art Mauresque has previous NH form which includes a win at Cheltenham in a Novice Chase in October 2015. They could be taken on by multiple Point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, he has already clocked up two Open wins this season at the Wadebridge track and will need to defy top weight here. Green Winter for trainer James Ridley is another catching the eye after his one and-a-half length second to Shantou Flyer at Larkhill earlier this month.

The day opens with the Hunt Members race in which entry Jack Snipe could continue the form for Frome based trainer/ jockey Rob Hawker, who also scored at last weekends Buckfastleigh meeting, having bounced back from an injury he sustained at his yard last season. Jack Snipe won under rules when in training with Jeremy Scott, having won at the Newton Abbot, Worcester and Taunton tracks. Art of Synergy could be the ones to chase them home, having had the benefit of two outings this season, the latest when running well to finish fifth at Larkhill.

In the Restricted race Mustmeetforapint stands out for the formidable Dean Summersby team, being another shrewd buy out of Ireland having already pleased his owners with a win at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards. Will Biddick’s entry Sylvies Dance is 5lb better off in the weights, and won her maiden at Flete last season by an impressive 30 lengths. Thechaseison looks an interesting entry, out of Chris Barbers yard, should go well if following up on his eight length win at Larkhill earlier this month.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race holds interesting entries with Rio Brave( Bradley Gibbs) having won three on the bounce last season at Monmouth and the two Bovilston meetings. Awesome Tunes (Carly Mather) was consistent last season with decent place form and a win at Trebuddanon, along with Banco de Logos (Dean Summersby) also having been consistent with wins at Trebudannon and Upcott Cross.

Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) is the pick of the entry in the PPORA Jockey Club Novice Riders race to follow up on his Wadebridge win, and could clock up a first win for young jockey Charlotte Summersby here. Both Ramble On’s (Luke Price) decent form last season, along with Hello George who is trained by Will Biddick for owner Nathan Vergne has runner up form on three occasion this season. The two are equally rated, and could join in the battle up the hill to the finish.

The first Open Maiden is for mares and fillies in which Mini Longstocking (Jo Tickle) and Cottage Rose (John Heard) are just two to mention which look progressive, and Molly Martaline (Keith Cumings) could go well on racecourse debut.

Suggestions in the final race of the day which is the Open Maiden and looks wide open, are ex NH All Kings, Stevan Steel ran an eight length third at Wadebridge behind Mustmeetforapint, and ex Irish Dawnie Boy for trainer David Gibbs could improve on his fourth place in Ireland in October.

The course offers fantastic parkland viewing with a long uphill finishing straight which always provides thrilling finishes. On course facilities are a number of hot and cold food stands, licensed beer tent, on course bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off B3187, 3m Wellington, 1m from Milverton. Postcode TA21 0QY.

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Preview: Modbury Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh on 19 January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three meetings scheduled to take place at the popular Buckfastleigh course this coming weekend is where the Modbury Harriers will host their meeting on Sunday 19th January. It is by kind permission of landowners Richard & Robert Cooper and the Dart Vale & South Pool Hunt, that the Modbury Harriers have been able to relocate at this popular track.

There are six races on offer with a start time of 12 noon, they have attracted over 120 quality entries.

The feature race of the day will be the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Mixed Open race which has an entry from in-form trainer Rose Loxton with Caid Du Berlais, a winner of all of his six Points to date and a Hunter Chase winner at Punchestown for the past two seasons, he sets the standard here if by passing the Larkhill meeting the day before. Local trainer Claire Wonnacott will be hoping her entry Heaney will go well for daughter Millie to ride. Millie Wonnacott will still be on a high from her win on Fingerontheswitch at Kempton Park last weekend. She has previously won a Hunter Chase at Exeter on Heaney, the combination have won four of his nine starts in Points and placed second or third in the remaining five. Crown of Thorns out of the Sarah Pidsley yard won his Restricted race at this course last season, he looks again to have the booking of reigning champion Will Biddick aboard and could be considered. Silsol has decent form under rules having won over 128k and is a ride here for Ella Orttewell, who was a winning combination with There’s No Panic last season. Silsol looks to have potential to get her back in the winners enclosure again. Marcle Ridge is another to catch the eye having won a Hunter Chase at Cheltenham in May although is another to hold an entry at Larkhill on Saturday, and the entry of multiple point winner Soul Kaliber for Darren Edwards and team Summersby who are also in form should make this race one not to be missed.

The Opening Maiden race is sponsored by Tony Glynn Scaffolding and could well be divided on the day with 27 entered. Entry Artic Millie looks to be another ride for jockey Millie Wonnacott here and could be competitive with previous place form, they may be taken on by entry Song Of The Hunter under Will Biddick for Trainer and Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone, the horse had place form before heading over from Ireland. Young O’Leary ran second at the Barbury course in December for the Ian Prichard team and holds the highest rating, whilst Baigngard for Fergus Gilllard, Outonparole(John Heard) also look interesting debutants, and Suzie Suzie Staples is a worthy each way bet on previous place form when second at the Flete Park meeting for trainer Stuart Sampson.

In the Stanley Carpets-sponsored Restricted race Gio’s Girl stands out for Ottery based-trainer Ed Walker having won her maiden at Flete Park under Will Biddick and has already clocked up a creditable second at Wadebridge behind Neetside first time out this season in December. Oscar Mor((Jade Barber) clocked up a two length second to Earth Leader at Little Windsor also in December. The ex Irish import Nobodydoesitbetter won his maiden last season by a healthy 12 lengths for the Andrew Jackson team.

There is a race here sponsored by The Jockey Club and Retraining of Racehorses Veteran Horse Conditions race for older horses. This could be a battle between two popular greys, Dicky Bob, well known in the area and has won 14 of his starts to date, including a treble at this course for Dartmoor trainer Verity Nicholls. They could be taken on by another stylish winning grey Unioniste, now trained by Will Biddick to be ridden by Connor Houlihan. Unioniste is owned by David Maxwell and could again be targeted at Hunter Chases in which he has won three and finished runner up on four occasions. He has won over 176k under Rules when in training with champion trainer Paul Nicholls, which include a win at Cheltenham in 2012 when ridden by Paul’s nephew Harry Derham, who is now his assistant trainer.

The Open Maiden race for 7yrs and over is sponsored by The Favis of Salcombe, and has Barbury runner-up Clever des Assence for Minehead trainer Laura Parker entered, also third at Barbury The Minkle for trainer Antony Fear, and Chicago Lady who was eye catching until fading into fifth at Wadebridge in Dec for the Les Jefford team among the 20 entered.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, where Banco de Logo’s a winner of two last season at Trebudannon and Upcott Cross for team Summersby hold a strong claim here. Along with Dan’s Wee Man (Peter Mason) after his second at Ffos Las, and Magheral Express for trainer Julie Mansell an easy winner at Monmouth last February, all hold decent form among the 19 entries.

The course has two other major sponsors , MST and Ashburton Motor Works who also make the meeting possible along with many smaller local companies. The track is easily located alongside the A38 at Dean Prior TQ11 OLT. Fabulous track-side viewing is on offer along with a catering marquee, licensed bar with real ale,locally sourced food, trade stands and on course bookies to enjoy a flutter whilst spending a day in the country. Entry fee is £10 per person under 16’s free, Dogs on leads welcome.

A full fixture list for both Devon & Cornwall and Wessex area, can be obtained by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

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Preview: North Cornwall Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 12th January 2020

Written by: Donna Harris

The North Cornwall Hunt host their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday 12th January. There are six races on offer with a start time of 11.30am. 60 entries have been received.

The Kivells-sponsored Mixed Open is the feature race of the day and has attracted some class entries which include the ex Nicky Henderson trained Cheltenham hurdle winner under rules Thomas Campbell. Now with Ottery based trainer Ed Walker, Thomas Campbell won at this track in December two and a quarter lengths ahead of The Tom Malone trained The Last But One who also holds an entry in this race. Multiple point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, along with the Luke Price-trained Ramble On also stand out among the eleven entries, ensuring this is a race not to miss.

Chosen Lucky for team Summersby, looks the pick of the opening Moores of St Wenn Landrovers-sponsored Members race. Only four are entered with Chosen Lucky standing out having won 12 of his 17 starts to date, and second or third in his remaining five. He ran a creditable third here behind Thomas Campbell at the December meeting under young novice jockey Charlotte Summersby.

The PPORA Novice Riders race, which is sponsored by Ray Davis Foods, looks really competitive with The Last But One entered which is an option for trainer Tom Malone to consider. Honest Deed also holds an entry, and won at this track last season for team Summersby, Also Kernel Victor(Ed Walker) who was held in third that day, Conor Houlihan has the ride here on Kernel Victor, and will be keen try and reverse those placings. Ramble On also holds an entry in this race for the Luke Price team, although is yet to tackle this track, however a winner of nine of his starts to date could have regular jockey Byron Moorcroft aboard and prove a danger.

The Restricted race which has been kindly sponsored by Mrs N Phillips holds interesting entries with recent Ffos Las Maiden winner The Galloping Bear for trainer Ben Clarke, who won that race unchallenged by 50 lengths when many failed to finish. Gio’s Girl for trainer Ed Walker, ran second here in the Restricted at the December meeting and looks to have the booking of Will Biddick to ride, and Voie Dans Voie an Ex Alan King inmate, also looking progressive having won his Maiden at the December meeting here for trainer Laura Thomas.

Heltor Oils sponsor the Open Maiden race for 4,5&6yr olds with sixteen entries. Nickelsonthedime stands out for the Neil McLean team having run third here having stayed on well up the hill at the December meeting under jockey Josh Newman. Song Of The Hunter must be respected out of Tom Malone’s yard with the booking of Champion jockey Will Biddick. Also Cottage Rose for the John Heard team showed some decent place form last season and could improve on her fifth place here at the December meeting, having raced prominently until fading four out under talent young jockey Fergus Gillard who retains the ride again.

Closing the day is a race for Maidens 7 years and over which is sponsored by Bays Scaffolding, entry Mustmeetforapint could improve on his one length second here in December behind Pheonix Park and clock up another winner for team Summersby who have a good strike rate with maiden horses. Staunton is also an entry to catch the eye, out of Luke Price’s yard has some modest place form under rules and may go well switching to Points.

This venue offers a huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot and cold food and refreshments, seating area, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, with children under 16 free. Access to the course is via tarmac roads with good parking and great track-side viewing. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off A39 West of Wadebridge PL27 7UE. 

Also a full list of fixtures in both the Devon & Cornwall & Wessex Area is available by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch, Higher Sminhayes Farm, Brendon Hill, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0LG

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Preview: Cornwall Club Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 8th December 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

A superb 83 entries have been received for the Cornwall Club meeting to be held at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday December 8th. There are now seven races with the Open Maiden pre-divided and an earlier start time of 11.30am.

Both the Trevarthens-sponsored Ladies Open and the Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Men’s Open hold some class entries with Thomas Campbell, The Last But One, Don Poli, Chosen Lucky and Ramble On entered in both races. The Ladies race also has an interesting recruit to the Tracey Parker yard for daughter Natalie to ride Village Vic. He is a previous dual Cheltenham winner when in training with Phillip Hobbs when ridden by Richard Johnson, winning over £180,000 and rated 164. Thomas Campbell is now with Devon trainer Ed Walker, he too boasts Cheltenham wins being a treble hurdle winner there with earnings over £70,000 when in training with Nicky Henderson. Thomas Campbell is only seven and holds a hurdle rating of 157. Tom Malone’s entry The Last But One won the National Young Horse award last season, and could well follow up on his six Point wins and second in a Hunter Chase at Leicester. Don Poli boasts National Hunt winnings of over £400,000 and a rating of  168 under rules when in training with Gordon Elliot, now trained by Nick Pearce, he will be an interesting entry here. El Bandit is entered in the Men’s Open and now with Will Biddick’s yard, boasts a rating of 143 under Rules with Cheltenham and Aintree wins along with the Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstow when in training with Paul Nicholls, this move to Pointing could well be to the liking for the eight year old gelding.

The opening Humfrey Small Traders-sponsored  Conditions race for Novice and Veteran jockey’s starts the day and could be the preferred option for Tom Malone’s The Last But One and give young jockey Fergus Gillard a win here. Hello George is another entry with a promising young jockey Connor Houlihan hoping he can score here for owner Nathan Vergne. Hello George was only just held in second at the recent Dunmore meeting in November and could well come on for the run. Clondaw Bunny was impressive with his two wins last season at Great Trethew and is an entry for team Summersby, also another option for Fergus Gillard to ride.

There are two divisions of the Open Maiden race which are sponsored by Waterside Meadery and The Nare Hotel. In the first division Queens Legacy, for Champion jockey Will Biddick, could go off favourite having travelled well at Dunsmore before slipping up on the final bend. Mountain Las (Sue Brown) could improve on her recent fourth at the Dunsmore meeting and had decent place form last season.

The second division looks just as hot with I Prefer Diamonds (Robert Chanin), and Mustmeetforapint ( Dean Summersby) are among those looking progressive on previous form. I Prefer Diamonds ran 16L third to Grumpy Charlie at the Milborne St Andrew track in a flat race, and Mustmeetforabeer ran second in a Point in Ireland and looks a promising addition to the Summersby team.

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race is just as tricky to predict with recent Dunsmore winner The Roestone(Robert Chanin), dual winner Cloudy Music(Dean Summersby) has never been out of the first three in all her seven starts to date,  Goldbury a winner here last season for the Tracey Parker team and dual winner last season Bubble O’Clock(Janet Ackner) are among the 13 strong entries.

Finally up is the Tinks Catering-sponsored Restricted race where Jill Dennis’s Neetside was an unlucky runner last season when carried out by a loose horse at Flete Park when travelling well, Trebudannon winner Thewinnertakeitall is another entry here today for team Summersby, and recent Dunsmore winner Iusetoluvheronce was impressive when winning at Dunsmore for Welsh trainer Luke Price. Les Jefford’s Merchant House’s form includes a bumper flat race win at Barbury last season, along with a second in a Maiden at Buckfastleigh under Jo Supple who looks to have the ride here again.

This event always has a festive feel to it, with the large covered barn containing hot and cold food and refreshments, along with bar, bookies and a host of trade stands offering an ideal place for Christmas shopping. The course offers excellent parking accessed through tarmac roads. Postcode PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person with Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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Dunsmore Club Point-to-Point Preview, Silverton Sunday 17 Nov 2019


Written by: Donna Harris

When autumn starts to give way to winter then we know it’s pointing time, and with the build up to the start of the season, along the new course at Dunsmore for the Club meeting near Silverton hosting the first of 25 scheduled for the Devon & Cornwall area, it is no surprise to have attracted some good quality entries on Sunday November 17. Six races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. Over 50 entries have been received.

These include an Open Maiden for 4,5 & 6yr old’s sponsored by the Tiverton Hotel, which is the opener for the day, with a strong entry of 13. Entries include an interesting debutant Queens Legacy for national champion jockey Will Biddick, I Prefer Diamonds for local trainer Robert Chanin, and two from Laura Thomas’s yard Voie Dans Voie a six-year old who’s previous form includes runner-up in a novice Hunter Chase at Taunton last February, and ex- Irish pointer Frank & Honest who looks to be the likely favourite having scored two seconds in Irish Points, the latest by a neck in May.

The Heltor-sponsored Conditions race has previous Cothelstone winner Hello George for 23 year-old  owner/jockey Nathan Vergne entered. Hello George was previously rated 135 when in training with Phillip Hobbs. They could be taken on by nine-time winner Summer Sound (Francesca Nimmo) who under jockey Luke Scott made all when winning at Chaddesley Corbett on good going. Multiple Point-to-Point winner Hawkhurst for trainer Alan Hill is another to catch the eye having won ten of his 16 starts between the flags, although current connections may chose his entry at the Cottenham meeting this weekend as a preferred option.

The Roestone could be one to follow for local trainer Robert Chanin in the Luttrell Arms, Dunster & Porlock Weir Hotel -sponsored Restricted race and wouldn’t  need to travel far to score here, following upon their five length maiden win at Cherrybrook, and previous bumper flat race win at Great Trethew.

Valley Constructions have sponsored the Mixed Open race in which Bishops Road for trainer Thomas David sets the standard, having decent form with a Cheltenham Hunter Chase win under jockey Zac Baker who is currently working for Nigel Twiston-Davies and retains the ride here, of the eight entered they look to be the likely favourite. Don Bersey has previous hurdle form under rules and won an Open Point at Cothelstone by a distance under jockey Bradley Gibbs so could run well if turning up here. Rob The Getaway also looks an interesting entry on breeding and previous French form, he also holds an entry in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race which follows.

Robin Why Not for trainer Joe Tickle is another entered in the Exeter Racecourse  Intermediate and could be well fancied on previous form with wins at Buckfastleigh and Trebudannon when ridden by Darren Andrews. Waterloo Warrior is an entry for trainer Jack Slater, and must be respected on previous form with two wins under jockey James King which include a twenty length victory at Kingston Blount.

Finally up is the Open Maiden sponsored by Gingerland Livery, Cullompton, and of the nine entered the ex Irish import Frank & Honest mentioned earlier, with his previous Irish Point form for trainer Laura Thomas should be high in the betting, also Mountain Las now with trainer Sue Brown, for up and coming young jockey Tamby Welch could get their names among the winners today.

Along with the racing will be great catering facilities such as home made Moore’s Pasties supplied by Exe Valley farm shop, hot sausages and burgers from the local Silverton butchers, along with a pop up bar from Exe Valley Brewery. The course offers a good viewing track to get close to the action, with on course bookies and trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Location is Dunsmore, Silverton EX5 4DU signed off A396.  Dogs on leads welcome.

Directions to Dunsmore Point-To-Point

From the North on M5 there are 2 routes you can use: Route 1 (M5 J27) Turn off at Junction 27 to Tiverton. Tiverton take A396 to Exeter DO NOT TAKE the left turn to Silverton please proceed along A road for 1/2 mile until you get to The Ruffwell Inn turn left opposite (follow signs).
 
Route 2 (M5 28) Turn off at Jt 28 Cullompton into Cullompton. Follow B3181 southbound for about 5 miles to Budlake. Do not follow sat nav to Bradninch with horse boxes.  Turn right to Silverton (Killerton) proceed through Ellerhayes. The course will be signposted left off this road before you reach Silverton.
 
From South M5 come off at Jt 30 or 29 Follow the B3181 through Broadclyst Turn left at Budlake (Killerton) Proceed through Ellerhayes The course will be signposted left off this road before Silverton.

Please remember DO NOT go to Silverton Village or Bradninch Village with horse boxes.

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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