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Preview: Tiverton Staghounds POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down ON Sunday, 6TH June 2021

The final meeting of the Devon & Cornwall 2020-2021 Point-to-Point season takes place this coming Sunday when the Tiverton Staghounds stage their meeting at the Bratton Down track, which boasts a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor.

Over 110 entries have been received for the six races on offer, and with 27 entered in the open maiden, this race could well be divided on the day.

Both the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open and the Men’s Open races have received top entries from around the country. These include Moscow Prices (Lucy Mager), Board Of Trade (Ed Walker), Fox Valley (Tom Ellis) and Summer Sounds for the Fran Nimmo team,  all holding claims in the Ladies race. Whilst in the Men’s Open recent winner Thumb Stone Blues another from the Fran Nimmo team could provide another thrilling battle between him under jockey James King and Chameron for either Jack Andrews or Ben Sutton to ride, With the previous two mentioned also holding entries at the Garthorpe meeting on Saturday, this could leave the race open for Bridge of Spies  to follow up on his impressive win at last Saturday’s meeting under top Novice jockey Conor Houlihan.

The Covid Race tgether with DSSH-sponsored opening Members race could go the way of  Alternative for young Otis Morgan to ride and follow up on their second at Cothelstone.  Broughton’s Rythm looks to be another who could run well here and improve on his third at the meeting last weekend for trainer Bronwen Hurley.

Those catching the eye in the Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Restricted race are Fan Club Aulmer after his win at Mollington, The Kitchen Mechanic (Teresa Clark) and Lucky Lucarno for the Martin Wanless team.

Whilst the Exmoor Hay and Straw-sponsored Intermediate race could see Imogen’s Thunder reproduce his form from the previous meeting here when running a close second under promising young jockey Charlie Sprake. Another catching the eye is Largy Mountain, having won three on the bounce for the Fran Nimmo team and is an option for leading gentleman jockey James King.

The maiden race holds 27 entries and could well be divided on the day. Just some of those having shown promise are Businessman, Craven Bay, Eastern Promise, Honest Opinion and What A Bug. Hat’s off to all the trainers together with their teams who have produced these horses in tip top condition, also owners who have stood by these stunning animals during strict Covid lockdown conditions to compete at the course.

The action starts at 2pm. Tickets can only be obtained prior to the event, via SPECTATOR TICKETS or the Point-to-Point Racing Co website. Children under 16 go free but must apply for ticket online. On course facilities are Bar, bookies hot food and refreshments and trade stands.

There will also be a Tiverton Staghounds live-stream, tickets for which can be bought through eventbrite.

Betting can be accessed by phoning either Richard Pittard 07711298746 or Dave Phillips on 07810775119.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

PREVIEW: South Tetcott POINT-TO-POINT AT Upcott Cross ON BANK Monday, 31st May 2021

Pony racing heads up the action at The South Tetcott meeting at Upcott Cross this coming Monday at 12 noon, followed by the main six race card at 2pm which has attracted over 100 entries and will be a great way to round off the bank holiday weekend.

The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Mixed Open holds good entries with Chameron for trainer Sam Loxton, looking to follow up on his Hunter Chase win at Leicester, and Thumbstoneblues who won at Cothelstone under leading gentleman jockey James King if not running at Kingston Blount on Sunday. Southfield Theatre also holds an entry for the Sara Bradstock team and would be highly followed, but holds an entries at Stratford this Friday and Kingston Blount on Sunday, so connections will decide where he is to run.

The Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd Mixed Open for Novice Riders looks to be another thriller, with Honest Deed who won at Wadebridge, and runner-up here at the last meeting for young jockey Charlotte Summersby. Outside raider Sir Mangan for jockey Ben Sutton, who is already on a seasons hat-trick of wins this season should run well again for the Alan Hill team.

This fast relatively flat track will provide some exciting competitive racing and the opening Conditions  Race Hill Garage-sponsored race has hot entries, such as Party Tunes another for the Dean Summersby team under jockey Darren Edwards. Definate Dilema is one out of the Will Biddick yard who looks to be a runner at Stratford for jockey Conor Houlihan, but if running here would be definitely dangerous. Hadmeathehello ia another to mention who could battle it out if the latter doesn’t run at the Bratton meeting on Saturday.

In the Coodes Insurance-sponsored Restricted race Edabean(Jason Warner), Aclassageld (Martin Wanless) is another outside raider who could go close after his neck third at the Edgecote meeting, where as Don’t Ask Us (Keith Cumings) and Russian Invasion (Dean Summersby) both look good on recent form and could fly the flag for the area.

Aracas for the Luke price team finished runner up here at the previous meeting and holds an entries in both the maiden races that follow and should go close if returning here, along with Honest Opinion for team Summersby and Safe Harbour for the Chris Barber team, who have an excellent strike rate with maiden horses. These races have been sponsored by PRJ Engineering and The FC Cleaning systems.

Racegoers can book tickets online via https://pointingdc.co.uk/tickets for £15 per person or via the Weatherbys Point-to-Point website. Children under 16 go free but must register for e-tickets online, ticket office closes at 6pm Sunday evening.

On course facilities available are bar, refreshments, bookies and trade stands.

The South Tetcott fixture will be live streamed with tickets available through eventbrite or pointingdc.co.uk/live.

Telephone betting is available and you can register with a bookie by ringing either Richard Pittard on 07711298746 or Dave Phillips 07810775119.

Course is located at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESCHEDULED: PREVIEW: Exmoor POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down ON Saturday 29th May 2021

The re-arranged meeting for The Exmoor Foxhounds to stage their day at the popular Bratton Down course takes place this coming Saturday 29th May. This is the second meeting to take place here this season, and again will be opening it’s gates to the public for viewing. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Over 100 entries have been received for this event which promises to be another super day of racing.

Both the Ladies and Men’s Open races have attracted top class entries. In the Bray Leino-sponsored Ladies race Virak stands out for the Sam Loxton team, having won his last four races which include Hunter Chase wins at both Wincanton and Musselburgh under regular jockey Natalie Parker, however he will probably run at Stratford on Friday evening, this could leave the race for Copain de Classe to snatch, he is another ex National Hunt entry for the Loxton team, and could improve on his third to Famous Clermont at Cothelstone, The Roestone for the Robert Chanin team should be there among the finishers if reproducing his win at Cherrybrook under Martin McIntyre.

The Moore Scarrott Accountants-sponsored Men’s Open has attracted another Loxton team entry in Chameron who won a Hunter Chase at Leicester in February. Chameron’s recent run at Cothelstone saw him finishing second having had a few jumping errors which could have cost him the race that day, although he also holds an entry at Upcott Cross on Monday and connection smay choose there for him to run. Upcott Cross winner River Myth entered for trainer Stuart Sampson, will be looking to follow up on her run at Upcott Cross when coming home the four-length winner that day and has the benefit of a mares weight allowance although she too holds an entry for the Upcott meeting. Recent runner up in a Hunter Chase at Leicester The Muclair for the Camilla Scott team can’t be left out of the equation, they had an unlucky fall last time out at Upcott Cross when ridden by Finn Muirhead.

The Muclair is also entered in the opening RSM Beares & B Thorne-sponsored Members race where he could come up against Hadmeathello(Stuart Payne) a Dingley winner, and recent Flete Park second Gunner Vic for the Hugh Thomas team.

In the Rosettes Direct-sponsored Restricted race Edabean ran a close fourth here last weekend and could come back for another try for trainer Jason Warner and leading gentleman jockey James King. Florrie Webb (Will Biddick) won the members race at Cothelstone in April and has the benefit of a mare’s weight allowance, together with The Dartmoor Rose (Charlotte Rowe) won her maiden at Trebudannon and is another with a mare’s weight allowance. 

There are two divisions of the conditions race which are run in the memory of Donna Kingdon. In the first division Where’s Wilma could follow up on her Upcott Cross win under jockey Matt Hampton. Cloudy Music for team Summersby just missed out on a win by a short head at Upcott Cross, Rein du Tout won an Intermediate at Holnicote earlier this month and could repeat that form for jockey Darren Andrews.

In the second division Copain de Classe (Sam Loxton) could come on for his run at Cothelstone where he finished third that day. Pancrace could improve on his second place at Upcott Cross and win this under jockey Robert Hawker. Finally there is Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd-sponsored Open Maiden race which could go the way of Honest Opinion for the Dean Summersby team to follow up on her four-length second at Upcott Cross earlier this month and will be handy here if not another heading to Upcott Cross on Monday, along with Acaras an outside raider looking dangerous after their second at the Upcott Cross meeting. Jimmy Tew has been a worthy place winner in his points so far for the Janet Ackner team andis another catching the eye.

There will be on course facilities bar, food stands, bookies and many trade stands, providing a great day out in the country for all the family. e-tickets can be obtained via visiting https://pointingdc.co.uk/tickets. Under 16’s go free but must also apply for a ticket.

The Exmoor Point-To-Point racecourse is located at Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming EX31 4SG

Live streaming of the Exmoor Point-To-Point is available via the website for those wishing to watch from the comfort of their homes, tickets for which can be purchased from https://www.pointingdc.co.uk/Live.

Betting can also take place for races at the Exmoor Point-To-Point via registering with either Richard Pittard on 07711298746 or Dave Phillips 07810775119.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Photo credit: Megan Cobley Photography

Preview: The Dulverton West POINT-TO-POINT AT Bratton Down MonDAY 17 May 2021

Point-to-Pointing takes a step forward to opening its doors to the public at the Dulverton West meeting, to be held at the stunning Bratton Down track in North Devon next Monday 17th May. This is the first of three meetings to be held at this popular course this season, and promises to be a fabulous event.

This will be a late afternoon/evening meeting,with pony racing heading up the action in the afternoon at 3pm. Two pony races are on offer which have been kindly sponsored by David Pipe and Willie Mullins.

The main six-race card starts at 5pm, over 90 entries have been received. The feature race looks to be the Brends Hotel-sponsored Mixed Open race which offers over £700 in prize money, entries include Board Of Trade for in form Devon trainer Ed Walker who impressively beat Southfield Theatre at Flete Park earlier this month under jockey Chloe Emsley. Eric The Third could go well again for trainer John Heard having won at Trebudannon, and outside raider Barney Dwan (Sally Randall) having won a Ladies Open at Cocklebarrow last season and had a good spin at Cheltenham a Hunter Chase finishing fourth last month and could prove dangerous.

The opening Andrew Maddox-sponsored Restricted race could be a battle between recent winners Edabean and Florrie Webb if not competing at Cothelstone during the week and with Will Biddick on the sidelines having sustained an injury last weekend. Don’t Ask Us for the Keith Cumings team is one who could follow up on a recent  maiden win at Upcott Cross for Jockey Josh Newman. And Mustmeetforapint has been unlucky since winning his maiden at Wadebridge and could bounce back here to challenge.

In the 3-mile Mardons-sponsored Maiden race Benny’s Miracle for the Teresa Clark team ran third at Trebudannon and could be ready to improve, along with Not At All (Jason Warner) placed last season, Jimmy Tew’s third at Holnicote for the Janet Ackner team for Darren Edwards to ride, and Nouva Vita’s third at Flete Park for the Ed Walker team is another who could come on for the run.

The PJ Hobbs( Sandhill Racing)-sponsored Conditions race could be a battle between another Ed Walker-trained inmate Journey Juice who could follow up on his impressive victory at Flete Park when produced by Chloe Emsley for a two length victory. Rolling Dylan is proving to be a great schoolmaster for young jockey Tom Dixon and talented trainer Laura Parker when winning Members race at Holnicote. Phillip Hobbs still has an interest in Rolling Dylan who was impressive when running under rules winning over 56k in prize money.

They also hold entries in the Members Conditions race which is sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd, where either could prove worthy winners, but could come up against another outside raider catching the eye, in the Francesca Nimmo-trained Dr Time who is looking for a hat-trick of wins this season under leading gentleman jockey James King.

Finally up is the Intermediate race with many previously mentioned holding claims if waiting to challenge in this race, along with For Rita who could follow-up on her ten-length win at Flete Park earlier this month. Also Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team and is another in winning form seeking a hat trick of wins this season. This race has been sponsored by James Pryce Tractors.

  • Dulverton West spectator tickets will be available via the pointing.co.uk/tickets website, there is a fee of £15 which includes a racecard.
  • Children under 16 go free but must apply for an e-ticket.
  • Social distancing still must be adhered to at all times.
  • With on site bar, bookies and trade stands, it will be great to get this outdoor event back on track in the beautiful picnic location, which has a back drop view of Exmoor to enjoy.
  • Dulverton West live streaming viewing will be available via registering with eventbrite via the pointingdc.co.uk/Live website.
  • Postcode for the course is EX31 45G.
Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

Preview: The Eggesford POINT-TO-POINT AT Upcott Cross On Sunday 9TH MAY 2021

It’s the turn of the Eggesford to host their Point-to-Point meeting at Upcott Cross situated in the deepest heart of Devon, this coming Sunday May 9th. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. 110 entries have been received, with the Open Maiden race now divided. Once again this is a meeting which will be held behind closed doors,with live viewing available via Eventbrite live streaming.

The Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race, which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, looks to be the feature of the day with over £600 in prize money. Entries include ex National Hunt and multiple Point-to-Point winners Chameron and Virak for trainer Sam Loxton. Virak also holds an entry at Holnicote this weekend, and connections may choose to run him there. Navanman  would be a popular family win at this track for trainer John Heard, and could follow up on his Hunter Chase spin around Cheltenham last month when he came home a creditable one-and-a half  length third. The well bred Galileo-sired gelding Los Alamos for the Luke Price team could go close if turning up here and follow up on his Open win at Trebudannon two weeks ago.

In the opening Chris Hodgson-sponsored Conditions race, Raddon Top could go well for trainer Les Jefford if re-producing his impressive win at Wadebridge and goes well for jockey Conor Houlihan,  The Roestone for the Robert Chanin team also catches the eye on his Cherrybrook Intermediate win last month and goes well for Martin McIntyre. Trainer Camilla Scott holds an entry with The Mulcair who ran second in a Hunter Chase in Leicester in March, and is another who could go well if defying top weight under young Finn Muirhead. Unioniste will run an honest race and should be there in the frame at the finish for the Biddick family team.

The Bridgetown & Totnes Race Co Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race holds a strong entry for the Heard family with Cottage Rose, who was a worthy winner at Flete Park last month. They could come up against outside raider and winner a Higham and Edgcote Ahead Of The Game for the Jason Warner team. Also Danny Archer for team Jefferson, another with recent previous winning form who is progressing fast into Intermediate company. Where’s Wilma is another highly rated and could improve on her recent second in an Open at Flete Park, and goes well for jockey Matt Hampton.

The C & R Construction & Bowen Equus-sponsored Open Maiden race is pre-divided. Those catching the eye in the first division are Everon(Neil mcLean), Loodeen(Charlie Dando) and Whatabug( Sarah Prouse) all having had the benefit of a run and gained place form. The second division could go the way of Jasmin des Bordes (Teresa Clark), Jimmy Tew (Janet Akner) or Thursdayateight( Annabelle Bacon) are suggestions on promising previous recent form.

In the Waie Inn & Ford Fuels-sponsored Restricted race, Will Biddick could have a winning training and riding performance on Florrie Webb to follow up on their win at Cothelstone, if not choosing the Holnicote meeting on Saturday where they also hold an entry. Along with Party Tunes for team Summersby, who could follow up on their impressive 20-length win at Trebudannon two weeks ago under Darren Edwards.

Finally up at the Eggesford Point-To-Point is the Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Ltd-sponsored Conditions race, which also holds plenty of talent with The Last But One (Tom Malone) looking to reproduce the form of his Trebudannon victory. He does hold entries in the earlier races here in which he could run well, along with his Holnicote option entry. Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) will run a sound race under Charlotte Summersby, and The Mulcair for trainer Camilla Scott could opt for this race over his earlier entry.

Cover Photo: Megan Cobley Photography

PREVIEW: Flete Park Races (Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd) Saturday 1st May 2021

The second meeting to be held on the beautiful Flete Park Estate in South Devon, takes place this coming Saturday 1st May. The meeting will again be held behind closed doors due to current Covid restriction, but can be watched online via eventbrite live streaming.

Pony races head up the action at 1pm which have been kindly sponsored by the landowner, Mr Anthony Mildmay-White. The pony races are a great way for our young jockey’s of the future to gain their experience. Many have come through the ranks this way, including Harry Cobden, Harry Skelton, Tyler Heard, Bryony Frost, Megan Nicholls, Tamby Welch and many others. The current races are becoming even more competitive for those wishing to follow their dreams.

The main six race card commences at 2pm and has attracted 77 entries. Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd have added extra sponsorship for four of the races on the card which include the Skinners four- mile Ladies Open race and looks to be the feature of the day. Southfield Theatre is an entry who won over 170k under rules, and has been on the point-to-point scene for the Bradstock family for a number of years since retiring from National Hunt. This 13 year-old gelding is still part owned by his breeder Mrs Angela Yeoman, and is a credit to her stud farm. He also holds an entry in the Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Friday this week, and connections may wish to target him there. Unioniste is another ex National Hunt horse who clocked up some more impressive form under rules gaining 250k in prize money, and now looks to be taking to pointing. He could improve on his second here two weeks ago for the Biddick team who may have young Ella Orttewell aboard, who has already tasted success at this track. Know The Score won here two weeks ago and could provide another winner for the inform Les Jefford team, this time with Jo Supple aboard.

Marchand Petit jointly sponsor the opening Maiden race with Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Co Ltd. This race could go the way of entry Not At All with previous place form for outside raider Jason Warner, and for jockey James King to continue his challenge for the men’s title. Chips For Free (Mary Sanderson) is another with decent previous place form and looks a decent ride for Rob Hawker .

The well bred Dr Time was impressive on winning his maiden race under Josh Newman in style here two weeks ago, and could take the Restricted race which is sponsored by Print Concerns supporting the NHS. Florrie Web also catches the eye being trained by Will Biddick, he won the members race at Cothelstone by eight lengths and could well re-produce that form here. O’Faolains Lad (Stuart Penny) could be another option for Will Biddick to ride, and could go close after his second at Cothelstone,where he could come on for that run.

Next up is the Brewin Dolphin-sponsored Conditions race in which local entry It’s A Steal would be a popular winner for the Lee Glanville team and follow up on their third here at the previous meeting, although they could be up against Journey Juice (Ed Walker) who got the better of them that day and could be the main threat, For Rita (Fran Nimmo) and Our Henrietta (Alice Procter) have both clocked up some decent form and any market support should be noted. If Chill Factor (Will Biddick)  runs here he is likely to put up a brave performance and deny a high weight penalty.

Polo The Mumm was travelling well until unseating his rider close home at the last meeting, and should go well here in the Artemis Morgan and Totnes & Bridgetown- sponsored  Conditions Novice Riders race for jockey Tamby Welch. Charlotte Summersby is booked to have the option of three rides in this, with Cloudy Music for her family team Summersby, and could follow up on their third here at the previous meeting. Another from the team as a possible ride is Chosen Lucky if bouncing back from his run last weekend at Trebudannon, and Eric The Third a winner under Charlotte last weekend at Trebudannon. Syracuse’s Dream got his head in front when winning here at the last meeting at this track, with a good training performance by his patient owner/trainer Deborah Treener, and he could be close at the finish again under young Barnaby Treneer.

Finally up is the two-mile four furlong Maiden race sponsored by The White House Farm and Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co, in which entries Lassue (Will Biddick) finished four-lengths second at Cothelstone, and Aracara ( Luke Price) ran third here at the last meeting, both will be likely favourites if turning up here again.

Flete Park Racing Betting is available by registering at least one hour before the event by ringing either Richard Pittard on  07711298746 or Dave Phillips on 07810775119. Flete Park Racing’s Live stream can be registered through pointingDC.co.uk/live for a fee of £10 plus a  small admin fee.

Preview: Flete Races (Dartmoor) Point-to-Point Flete Park, South Devon, Saturday 17 April 2021

Written by: Donna Harris

The first of two scheduled meetings to take place at the stunning parkland known as Flete Park, goes ahead this Saturday April 17th. The event will take place behind closed doors, although owners will be allowed on the course to watch their horses run. The Dartmoor host this meeting which has seven races on offer, attracting over eighty entries, are scheduled to commence at 2pm. Pony racing proceeds the main race card with two pony races which have attracted ten ponies in each race, head up the action at 1pm. These have been kindly sponsored by land owner Mr AJB Mildmay-White. As a mark of respect there will be a two minutes silence held at 3pm, together with black armbands being worn by officials and participants in respect of the passing, and funeral of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Totnes & Bridgetown Race Company have kindly sponsored two races here, the first  being the opening Members race. This could provide a good battle between previous course winner It’s A Steal, who could follow up on his game third last weekend for the Glanville family, and recent Cherrybrook winner, Static Jack, for the Treneer family. 

The 4 mile Mixed Open race is another to be kindly sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Racing Company, with those likely to be highly fancied in the betting ring are the prolific winning Navanman (John Heard), along with Honest Deed (Dean Summersby), both of which have reversed form with each other and could provide another thrilling finish. Chill Factor is a notable entry who could be in the mix here for Cheltenham Foxhunter winning trainer Will Biddick, with the combination of young Ella Orttewell booked to ride, who won her first race at this track, has been improving fast under the watchful eye of the Biddick team. Cocoa Live ran last weekend at Cothelstone and could find this race comes too soon, although going would suit and has the booking of another promising young jockey from the Biddick team in Charlie Sprake. Ramble On is another outside raider who has good solid form , going wouldn’t be a problem and could add to his win here in 2018. 

The Wainhomes-sponsored  Restricted race could go the way of Dancing Dave who is the highest rated, he won his maiden at this track and ran well at Didmarton last season when finishing third for the Ed Walker team. Mustmeetforapint (Dean Summersby) ran at Cothelstone last weekend finishing third and could follow up here for Darren Edwards. Any market support for Raging Fire (Mike Felton) will be worth noting, with this ex-Irish import showing some promising place form in Ireland before winning his maiden at Chipley Park in 2018, 

In the Maiden race for four and five year olds, sponsored by Francis Clark, Gemini’s Fire, who finished a half length second at Charing, could continue the winning form of young trainer Christopher Barber. Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) also catches the eye if connections choose this race over the later maiden, and having run second to Tiptop Mountain at Wadebridge in December. 

Many look to have chances in the Oriental Club Owners/Trainers race including Bridge Of Spies (George Beilby) having finished second at Cherrybrook, Where’s Wilma(Michael Watson) who won her maiden at this course, followed by a four-length win at Cherrybrook earlier this month under Matt Hampton.  

In the Elizabeth May memorial Conditions race, which has been sponsored by Full Circle Motors, Cloudy Music(Dean Summersby) could improve on his third at Cherrybrook and be a win for the family with daughter Charlotte booked to ride. They maybe taken on by recent Cherrybrook  Members race winner Skylander, who won under Robert Hawker for owner/trainer Richard Morgan.

Finally up is the Luscombe Maye-sponsored Maiden race which has 21 entries and looks to hold plenty of talent which include Spring Break (WillBiddick), Charles Ritz (Ed Walker) and Master Sam Bellamy (Chloe Boxhall) .

Live streaming is available for the meeting which can be accessed through the https://pointingdc.co.uk/Live website to register with eventbrite at a low cost of £10 plus a small admin fee. Betting is also open via registering with either Richard Pittard on 07711298746 or David Phillips on 07810775119, the deadline for registering is one hour before racing commences.

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

Written by: Donna Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preview: Cornwall Club Point-to-Point at Wadebridge ON Sun 6 December 2020

The Cornwall Club Point-To-Point is the first of three scheduled meetings to take place this season at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this Sunday 6th December. It will be a welcome return for trainers, owners and jockeys, who have had to keep their horses ticking over during the Covid lockdown. This meeting will still be behind closed doors, but live race streaming will be available on Facebook and hopefully Youtube.

Betting will also be available remotely by telephone, contact numbers are 07974584712 and 07711298746, with the Bookmakers having worked hard to open accounts for those wishing to place a bet. This can be done by opening up an account by depositing funds into their Paypal account by 6pm on Saturday 5th December. Minimum bet deposits are £30 to open, and individual bets are taken at £10 five minutes before the scheduled race time. Full details can be found on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point Website and Facebook page. Seven races are on offer with an earlier start time of 11.00am. 120 good quality entries have been received.

Helen Humphry & Lotus Therapies sponsor the opening Novice & Veteran riders race which has been pre-divided. In the first division, the Tom Malone – trained Art Mauresque stands out having won at the opening meeting at Bishops Court in October. This French bred gelding had decent form when under rules with Paul Nicholls, having won over £180,00 in prize money, before loosing his way. Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone has sweetened the horse up with a change of scenery and he sets the standard here. However he also holds an entry in both the Men’s Open and Ladies Open races, which may be a preferred option for Art Mauresque, this could leave the door open for the Les Jefford-trained Raddon Top who should go well in the first division of the opener and follow upon his second at the East Devon meeting in October, when coming home two lengths second under Conor Houlihan, who holds the ride again here. Sounds of Italy looks an interesting outside raider for owner/trainer/jockey Finbar Milrane, with his two lengths second at Ampton when last seen, but he also holds an entry at the Chaddesley Corbett fixture, so may head there if conditions suit. Kimble winner Sir Mangan could prove a danger coming out of the red hot Alan Hill’s team. 

In the second division Chosen Lucky could get another win for the Dean Summersby team, with daughter Charlotte on board. Rolling Dylan is an entry for trainer Laura Parker, who has a good strike rate at this track, and the gelding could find his old National Hunt form when in training with Philip Hobbs, who still owns him, and has the booking of promising young jockey Tom Dixon aboard.

The Treavarthen-sponsored Ladies Open race looks to be a thriller in store, with previous course winner The Last But One entered for the Tom Malone team, which could see jockey Jo Supple back in the winners enclosure. They may be challenged by entry Chosen Lucky under Charlotte Summersby if not competing in the earlier Novice race, or the Ed Walker entry Different Gravy. The latter having had decent form under rules when with Nicky Henderson when he clocked up five wins under rules. Once joining the Ed Walker team, Different Gravy’s latest win came at Larkhill in 2018 under jockey Will Biddick, they could be right there at the finish if going well fresh after a long layoff. 

The prolific winning gelding Navanman for the John Heard team could take on Art Mauresque in the Moore’s of St Wenn-sponsored Men’s Open which looks another exciting race. Navanman has already scored a hat-trick at this course and may have the booking of either top jockey’s Will Biddick, if Art Mauresque is chosen to run in an earlier race, or Darren Edwards who has won aboard Navanman. Dr Des catches the eye for Welsh raider Gary Barber after his dual hurdle win and third at Exeter in February this year. Also Different Gravy, mentioned before, if not running in the Ladies race.

The open maiden race has 40 entries and is likely to be divided on the day. Those that catch the eye are A Tipple Or Two who was unlucky when unseating at Bishops Court, and could go well on his previous runner-up form. Honest Opinion who could be another shrewd buy on previous place form, from Ireland for team Summersby.  Great Colewood for the Ed Walker team could follow up on his second at Bishops Court. Old Town Garde for the Chloe Roddick team with the booking of jockey Angus Cheleda is interesting. Moonaro could improve on his place form for trainer Susan Darke,  and The Kitchenmecanic had previous place form in Ireland and could go well for trainer Teresa Clark. The maiden races have been kindly sponsored by Andrew & Susan Pellowe, David Hardie Plumbing & Heating and Hayley Mason.

In the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, Waterloo Warrier is an outside raider to note if travelling down from the Cotswolds for the Angela Slater team, having good previous National Hunt form and ran a half length third at Maisemore in October. Getting Closer for trainer Alan Hill won his Restricted at Horseheath and followed up with a two length second to Fumet O’Oudaries in his Intermediate also at Horseheath. Voie Dans Voie is another to hold some promising form with a previous maiden win at this track and is now trained and ridden by Will Biddick.

Finally up is the Print Concerns NHS Restricted race in which Mustmeetforapint is a previous winner at this track and acts on any going. Starsky could follow up on his win at Bishops Court, and Schiap Hill after his second at Bishops Court. Also Hotel Du Nord could give Will Biddick another training performance and see a promising young jockey Charlie Sprake take a step up the ladder in his career.

Live streaming will be available on facebook.com/PointingDC/Live. Full details and updates will be on the Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point website or visit https://pointingdc.co.uk/

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Thanks also go to The Waterside Meadery, Penzance for sponsoring the jockey prizes, to Amanda Drayson for sponsoring the owners prizes and St Winnow Yachts for tack and turnout

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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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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