Category Archives: 2012-13 Season

Preview: Dulverton West – Bratton Down, Sunday May 18th

A fantastic day out for all the family is in store this weekend, where the Dulverton West host their Point-to-Point at Bratton Down on Sunday 18th May. The first of three meetings to be held at the course this season. Over 110 entries have been received for the six race card.

With a stunning backdrop view of Exmoor, the picnics will be brimming full of goodies as Pony racing heads up the action at 11.45am. Then follows the main six race card, which starts with the UK Garden Powers James Hayes sponsored Restricted race at 1pm. Of the 25 entered, Carheney River from the Karyn Heard team is fresh from an easy win at Vauterhill, when coming home 30 lengths ahead of his nearest rival O’flo. Also entered is the Richard Barber-trained Its A Close Call, another to have won easily when winning his maiden at Woodford by 20 lengths. Ladfromhighworth is another suggestion, having clocked up a second here last season, and his recent four lengths third at Ston Eston behind the winner Mythologist could see him go close for the Camilla Scott team.

Brewer, Harding & Rowe Solicitors sponsor the Open Maiden, in which Golden Squirell has shown ability in his runs at Larkhill, when third behind Midnight Jade, and Stafford Cross having led until weakening approaching the last fence, in a race won by The Eaglehaslanded. My Rosie B ran a good second at Flete Park behind The Will Biddick-trained and ridden The Doom Bar.

The Brends Hotel sponsored Mixed Open has attracted 14 entries, of which Aiteen Thirtythree, Bellsinni Ron, Lucette Annie and Gone To Lunch are just some to mention with outstanding form this season. This is sure to be the feature race of the day, set over a distance of four miles and one furlong, it will be a true test of stamina and could stage a thrilling battle.

Midnight Breeze, Shanann Star and previous course winner My Rebel are suggestions for the Intermediate race. My Rebel trained by Becky Kennen, was only four and a half lengths third at the recent Vauterhill meeting, having won his restricted at Upcott Cross,he won his maiden here last season and goes well for jockey Leanda Tickle. This race is sponsored by Red Mills.

The PPORA Club Members race is run in memorial of Bob Pittard and sponsored by his family. Both Aiteen Thirtythree and Gone To Lunch hold entries if connections decide to bypass the Mixed Open, but it is worth taking a look at the newcomer Ambitous Pursuit This six year old gelding looks to be full of ability under jockey Pippa Glanville, having won both of their starts at the Flete meetings for the Glanville family, and may score their hat-trick here.

Concluding the days events is the James Pryce Tractors-sponsored Confined race. Robbie Henderson who is currently leading the area jockey’s title, could take the ride on either of the Ed Walker-trained entries Before The War with wins at both Flete meetings, or Blazing Whale having already scored his hat-trick of wins, including the Intermediate at Chipley Park and Mixed Open at Great Trethew. Will Biddick who is currently leading the national jockey’s title may get the leg-up on Minella Fifty,the combination is another already with a hat-trick when winning at Charlton Horethorne, Cothelstone and Stafford Cross, and would be a popular local winner here for the Claire Hitch team

On course facilities include bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a number of trade stands.

Entrance to the course is £10 per car & driver, £20 car and occupants. The course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NEof Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton EX31 4SG.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court (3.5 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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John Beasley publishes the fourteenth Big Green Annual

Big Green Annual 2013
The new 2013 season Big Green Annual was published 14th November 2013 (ISBN 978-0-9537366-4-5). Ring order line 01202 309489 for same day dispatch!

Crash. Splat and I’m on my knees in the mud. Rain bounces off my glistening waterproofs as I struggle to keep my cameras out of the brown stuff. It’s all part of point-to-pointing as any jockey, owner or spectator will tell you and for me it’s all in a day’s work.

Occasionally I have a reality check – usually when I’ve been standing alone in a remote part of a course in the pouring rain. What am I doing here? The answer is of course that once pointing gets into your blood it’s there forever – and we all love it. It really is a shared experience. For me every single person at a point-to-point meeting is part of the huge production. We’re all extras in the four hour movie. Not everyone has a speaking part but from the horny handed farmer to the titled toff, from the bright young things to the crumpled pensioners – at the races everyone has an equally important role to play. My job is to witness and record this unique occasion.

For the past three years I had the good fortune to be employed by AGA who sponsor the Ladies’ Open race series. Up and down the county I travelled and though the action took place at weekends in reality it became a full time job. Quite often the weekend began with a long drive on Friday and rarely ended until Monday, or in the case of Bank Holidays, Tuesday evening. Sometimes the careful planning would go adrift and on one occasion after I had driven north to Darlington on the Friday I awoke to the sound of heavy rain. Things looked bad and it wasn’t long before I got the call from AGA boss, David Simpson, to say the meeting was off – adding that we perhaps should cover the Ladies’ race at Dingley instead – a three hour drive away. With the wipers going double speed I hurtled down the A1 passing Leeds, Doncaster, Chesterfield and so on until I eventually reached Dingley – just in time for the Ladies’ race. That evening I travelled back north to Knutsford for the meeting at Tabley Hall the following day and by the time I got back to Dorset late on Sunday the mileage was showing just under 1000 for the ‘weekend’.

I suppose everyone dreams of writing a book. Little did I know when I first bumped into journalist Carl Evans at the Bournemouth Echo that the dream might come true.  The Racing Post were already publishing my pictures and when Carl moved there we quietly hatched out a plan to publish our own point to point book. Apart from the famous Mackenzie & Selby annual there was nothing else out there. But what about a title? I thought we should call it the ‘Big Book of point to point racing’ – as the M&S was only pocket size. Carl suggested the word ‘green’ should be in there somewhere and so our book became the Big Green Annual. In truth, our enthusiasm was way ahead of our technical know-how and though we beavered away tirelessly we ended up with a modest soft-backed book that received a fairly luke-warm reception. Carl knew a flop when he saw one but I was too stubborn to admit defeat and set about learning desk-top publishing from A to Z. There have been many ups and downs along the way but the fourteenth Big Green Annual was published on 14th November this year.

The Cad’s top 10 South West Maiden Winners of the 2012-13 Point to Point Season

A Westcountry scribe posted the following list of point to point maiden winners that impressed them in the 2012-13 season on the Jumping For Fun discussion forum recently, they felt these horses would be quite likely to go on to make their mark under rules in the coming few years, and that it was the highest quality season for new horses they could remember for some time. Reposted here with permission as three of the horses raced in the Devon & Cornwall area last season.

1. FULL SHIFT – Very impressive at Milborne St Andrew on début, recording the fastest three-mile time of the day. Jumped for fun, and showed both strength and pace at the end of the race to power up the run-in. Bought afterwards by JP McManus and put into training with Nicky Henderson, I’ve no doubt this 4-year-old would easily be capable of winning a bumper before going on to a successful hurdles and chasing career. Could be destined for the top.

2. PORT MELON – A very sleek-looking individual, who could rate very highly in the future judging by his ability shown in the pointing field. Hacked up over 2m4f at Trebudannon on début, he jumped well and won pretty much hard held. Followed up at Woodford with a very high-class display of jumping, speed and stamina over three miles in what was a strong restricted. He has more than enough pace for a bumper and jumps for fun.

3. NET WORK ROUGE – A very impressive looking horse, he jumped well and bolted up on his only start in a Woodford 2m4f maiden. He came there cruising at 4 out looking like he’d just joined in and went right away from the field without coming off the bit. Even accounting for Siege of Troy’s unlucky fall, this was a serious display and in my mind he’d hack up in a bumper. A most exciting 4-year-old.

4. URBAN HYMN – Heavily backed on début, this grand looking horse met a fence down the back wrong at Charlton Horethorne and came down. Out to gain compensation shortly afterwards at Ston Easton, another mistake saw him fail to complete, before we finally saw what he could do at Larkhill. On good ground he led nearly from flag fall and jumped and galloped his rivals into submission. He looked to me to have the subsequently impressive winner Virtuoso Rouge beaten when he departed 3 out and this was a visual performance that the clock backed up. A real stamp, he should make a fine chaser.

5. V NECK – Appeared at Bratton Down in May, where he looked a very strong 4-year-old in the paddock. He cantered round towards the back of the field before steadily making ground on the final circuit when hard on the bridle. At the last he looked to be around 3-4 lengths down when having to swerve, but effortlessly made the ground up on the run-in to saunter to victory. A horse with plenty of boot, with some very efficient jumping noted throughout his début and he should make a decent chaser.

6. TARA POINT – Technically this is a tad sneaky, as I didn’t actually see her win her maiden, but I saw a huge glimpse of ability in the driving snow at Charlton Horethorne on her début. She had effortlessly taken up the running and having jumped nicely to 3 out, victory looked assured, but she got the fence slightly wrong and sadly came down. A month later at Mollington she duly made amends in effortless fashion. In a normal mares bumper I’m sure she’d win easily, and she could be a very useful mare.

7. SILVER WARREN – Ran twice at Kingston St Mary and won twice, with effortless ease. Jumped and travelled for fun in his maiden where he beat Chinatown Boy, who later finished 2nd in a decent Woodford maiden. Silver Warren duly followed up in a restricted, once more giving a fine display of leaping. He is a great looking horse, and should make a decent chaser.

8. BITOFAPUZZLE – She won a mares maiden at Larkhill, with a lovely display of jumping and really striding away on the run-in. She seemed to really enjoy the good to soft going, powering through the ground that was being rained upon and looked to have stamina in abundance. She should make a really nice chaser in due course.

9. THOMAS BROWN – Put up a decent display at Bishops Court to win on début, where he jumped nicely before showing a ready turn of foot to sprint past his rivals on the run in. He soon followed up in a restricted at Larkhill, where he saw every fence on a stride, and won a shade cosily. Looks a very athletic and rangy type of horse, who should do well over obstacles.

10. VAZARO DELAFAYETTE – Gorgeous looking individual, he jumped well on début at Larkhill before showing a ready turn of foot to go clear of his rivals and win with authority. Subsequently bought for £160,000 at the Brightwells Sales by Bryan Drew, to go into training with David Pipe. I’m sure he’d be capable of winning a bumper en route to a decent rules career.

PPA: Last chance for national dinner tickets

The National Dinner is less than a week away – Numbers due to be finalised – hurry hurry you still have a last minute chance to buy a ticket. Contact Kelly Simpson 01285 841923 / kellysimpson@p2pa.co.uk

PPA: The 2013 National Point-to-Point Awards & Dinner

Not long now till the National Awards & Dinner – we are getting excited – get your tickets now so you’re not disappointed. It’s going to be a GREAT night with many lovely people already booked in to be there!!

Date: Saturday 16 November 2013 Time 19:30 (following racing on Saturday)
Where: Cheltenham Raceourse (http://www.cheltenham.co.uk)
Description: In the Owners & Trainers Marquee following racing on Saturday, Day two of the Open Meeting. A discount to anyone who wants to make a weekend of it will be on offer for tickets to go racing on Sunday. Contact the PPA 01285 841920 / info@p2pa.co.uk for more information and to purchase tickets for the event

2012-13 Devon and Cornwall men’s champion jockey: Josh Guerriero

Josh Guerriero
Josh Guerriero – Photo provided by TurfPix – Tracy Roberts

Josh Guerriero, the current Devon and Cornwall men’s champion jockey, had 32 second places last season, and would love to turn those into winners so he can have a taste of national glory.

He is currently working as assistant to Dan Skelton at Skelton’s state-of-the-art training facility in Warwickshire, having previously worked for Victor Dartnell and spent four and a half years with Philip Hobbs.

Amazingly he has no family background in racing and it was just a random meeting with a neighbour when he was 14 that got him riding horses. Josh said: “He had horses and I asked if he needed a hand with anything and hey presto, that was that!”

Asked about that first race ride he said: “I can’t really remember much about my first ride but it felt very fast and luckily it won! Somehow my first three rides were winners, which was surreal and, looking back, I didn’t really appreciate it.”

There are a few prolific winners he has great affection for but his favourite is Christie Beamish, on which he won the Aintree Foxhunters.;

Josh, who is sponsored by James Pryce Tractors, keeps fit by riding out and race riding keeps him fit.

His advice to anyone just starting out is: “I don’t take it too seriously, think of it as schooling and don’t think about the race too much, just enjoy it. To anyone who rides, but in another discipline, was thinking about having a go race riding I would say ‘give it a go, it’s great fun’.”

As to his ambitions for the future? “I would love to be national champion, even just once!”

Josh Guerriero

Dulverton Farmers Dinner and Dance – 30 August

Hosted by the Dulverton Farmers Point-To-Point Committee at Duvale Priory, Bampton on Friday 30th August 2013

7.00pm for Dinner at 8.00pm

In Aid of Course Improvements and the Devon Air Ambulance

  • Black Tie
  • Tickets £45.00 each
  • Tables of 10
  • £5.00 from each ticket to go to the Devon Air Ambulance
  • Photographer
  • A glass of fizz or juice on arrival
  • Auction & Raffle
  • Canapés
  • Dancing to Lance & The Silver Tones
  • 2 Course Dinner with Coffee
  • Carriages at 2.00am

At the time of going to press we are hoping to have a guest speaker but unfortunately this cannot be confirmed

Accommodation can be arranged providing there are enough people wishing to stay.
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Point-to-Point Racing Company: National Point-To-Point Dinner & Dance

News : General : Weatherbys Point-to-Point

NATIONAL POINT-TO-POINT DINNER & DANCE

by The Point-to-Point Racing Company Staff

The National Point-to-Point Awards Dinner & Dance will be held on Saturday, November 16th at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Tickets are available at £75 each, to include a champagne reception and three course dinner, with wine followed by awards presentation and dancing ’til late’. There will be live music from The Chip Shop Boys.

For further information please apply to The Point-to-Point Authority on 01285 841920 or info@p2pa.co.uk

Devon & Cornwall Dinner & Dance Awards Photo Gallery

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The Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Annual Dinner & Dance, and Awards Ceremony

An invitation to order your tickets for the Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Annual Dinner & Dance, and Awards Ceremony. Friday 12th July 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth.

– Welcoming guest speak, Anthony Knott, former owner of Hunt Ball

– Dancing to Decibelle, the ultimate party band!!

– Presentation of area annual awards

– A 3 course dinner with coffee and mints

– A video screening of the season

– Raffle in aid of the IJF

Tickets £45 7pm to 2am

Tickets now available, please phone Katie Squire on 01805 603129 or email katiesquire980@btinternet.com