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REPORT: TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT AT UMBERLEIGH, SATURDAY 16th JUNE 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

The season drew to a close on Saturday, when the Torrington Farmers hosted their meeting at the popular course on the edge of Umberleigh. This meeting always draws a huge crowd, and this year was no different, with not only pointing followers, but many trainers and jockeys had travelled from afar to contest the six final races with championships still to be settled.

The Tattersalls Ireland-sponsored club Members race gave a thrilling start to the day with the Matt Hampton-trained Bohemian Rhapsody under young jockey Charlie Todd scoring one for the area. Seven had set off at the start with Le Clo De La Londe sent off the 5/4 favourite under jockey Emma Watson. This was one for the lads with Charlie Todd on the 3/1 Bohemian Rhapsody taking up the running on the final circuit, and fending off a strong challenge from Bathwick Scanno (Will Biddick) over the last to hold on and win by one and a quarter lengths.  It was Charlie’s first Point-to-Point  win having graduated from pony racing where he had clocked up an impressive 86 winners. He is now based at Ian Williams’s yard having spent some time at Paul Nicholls. “ It’s a great win for Charlie, his father bought Bohemian Rhapsody for him at the start of the National Hunt season, he was unlucky to be unseated last time out at Bratton” stated trainer Matt Hampton. Bathwick Scanno having finished a creditable second has now been retired by trainer Teresa Clark, he deserves credit for running in 50 Point-to-Point races also four races under rules.

The seven runners contesting the Kivells-sponsored Restricted race were all based out of the area. Gowell for trainer/jockey Byron Moorcroft had been sent off even money favourite and had set a good pace from the start until being joined over the final ditch by Midnight Queen under jockey Charlie Price, who had made eye catching progress. Midnight Queen soon stretched to a five length lead over two out and went onto win by a handy six lengths with Euro Bond (Kieran Buckley) in second. Trainer Tim Vaughan had not travelled down from Wales to see his mare win. Jockey Charlie Price, who rides out full time for Vaughan as an amateur jockey commented “ She is a tough little mare, jumped perfectly, Tim bought her off Bradley Gibbs.”

Davisons sponsored the Men’s Open which had only attracted four runners, these again were all based out of the area.  Big Man Doe for trainer Martin Wanless, had been backed into odds on favourite, and did not disappoint his followers.  Under jockey Zak Baker, Big Man Doe had been sent off in front to set the pace and demonstrated some spectacular jumping, this could have cost him the race when Mr Sawyer ( Bradley Gibbs) took up the running over the final ditch having stalked the leader at the start of the second circuit. Then Mr Sawyers challenge came to an end when stalling over the second last giving Big Man Doe’s jockey time to kick on staying on well to score a 15 length win.  Stratford based trainer Martin Wanless was delighted “ We bought Big Man Doe out of Ireland, he will now be turned away for the summer and back pointing again next season if we can get the ground as he won’t go on soft. It’s a good win for Zak who we nickname Ruby after Ruby Walsh.”

Seven lined up for the Nancekivell & Co-sponsored Ladies Open with There’s No Panic from the Biddick team claiming odds on favouritism. There’s No Panic under jockey Vicky Wade had given his backers a good run for their money but this race went the way of Rendezvous Peak who’s jockey Alice Stevens was here to challenge for the National Ladies Novice Jockey title in which she was equal first with Isabel William who is on holiday in Bali. 19 year-old Alice set the pace from the start, was never headed and justified her impressive six length win and gaining her title. There’s No Panic finished in second. The ditch had been bypassed on the second circuit, with jockey Jo Supple sustaining a heavy fall. We wish her well in her recovery.  Stratford-on-Avon based Trainer Francesca Nimmo was delighted for Alice “ We had entered Rendezvous Peak just for Alice to challenge for the title, he has run several times recently but has stayed fit, Alice rides out for us six days a week.”

The bookies took a hit on the well backed Joey Kangaroo in the Barum Stud-sponsored Intermediate race. Having opened at 2-1 Joey Kangaroo (David Mansell) was sent off at 4/6 with Culverwell (Will Biddick) a 7/4 chance of the four runners. Biddick had set the pace with David Mansell keeping Joey Kangaroo settled at the back of the quartet. Culverwell soon struggled to stay with the pace on the second circuit leaving the Fred Hutsby-trained Kinlochspelve, under jockey Sam Lee taking up the running, this was short lived with the huge Joey Kangaroo, who stands an enormous 17hh, eating up the ground with his long strides to assert over two fences from home, clocking up 54 year old Mansell’s  202 winner. “ Joey is trained at home by my wife Julie, we bought him out of Ascot sales, we have had a few issues with him as he is not only tall but long too and needed time to mature, he will stay in yard and we will look forward to running him again next season.”

The final race of the day, the Smallridge Bros Ltd-sponsored Open Maiden Race, went the way of Tiverton based owner/ trainer/ jockey Kieran Buckley with The Boola Bee. Having settled in mid division of the eight runners, Buckley soon asserted over the second last going on to score by an impressive 15 lengths, with Buochas Le Dia (Kieran Price) under Byron Moorcroft in second. Owned jointly by Kieran and his brother Tom who are based near Tiverton, their proud father  Eddie commented “ We bought The Boola Bee out of Doncaster Sales in May this year, Tom is conditional and both Kieran and Tom work for Nigel Hawke, Kieran also rides for Jo Tickle.” It was Kieran Buckley’s first runner and winner as a trainer, and he won the trophy for best riding performance of the day.

There ended another thrilling packed day of Pointing marking the end of the current season. The secretaries of the area wish to thank all of the sponsors and helpers for all the meetings who have made racing possible.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, Marcus Bath, Alun Sedgmore, John Beasley, Athwenna Irons and Megan Cobley

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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LEADING JOCKEYS – DEVON & CORNWALL AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

UP TO & INCLUDING TIVERTON STAG MEETING

MEN

Will Biddick 108 points

Darren Edwards 88 points

Rex Dingle 58 points

Josh Newman 57 points

Bryan Carver 51 points

Matt Hampton 50 points

David Prichard 44 points

LADIES’

Jo Supple 32 points

Millie Wonnacott 17points

Chloe Emsley 15 points

Naomi Sims 14 points

Hannah Welch 12 points

Thomasina Eyston 11 points

Vicky Wade 11 points

MEN NOVICE

Bryan Carver 51 points

Kieren Buckley 41 points

Ed Doggrell 10 points

Barnaby Treneer 9 points

Jack Veysey 8 points

LADY NOVICE

Millie Wonnacott 17 points

Chloe Emsley 15 points

Naomi Sims 14 points

Thomasina Eyston 11 points

Jennifer Davenport 9 points

Abbie Hughes 9 points

Scoring system: 4 points win. 2 points second, 1 point third:- Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only

IMPORTANT

SEE PAGE 51 OF THE PLANNER.

I have received very few claims for our other area awards so far. There are a number to be decided so please address any claims or queries to me as the co-ordinator, thank you

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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 16th June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

This Saturday will see the final Point-to-Point of the season take place at Umberleigh where the Torrington Farmers will host their meeting on 16th June. There is always a great party atmosphere, where crowds will gather to watch the final six races of the season, after which there will be three pony races to close the event. The area champions will then be crowned and trophies presented.  Over 90 entries have been received for the main card which starts at 2pm.

The Davisons-sponsored  Men’s Open race could see reigning champion jockey Will Biddick score here on his fathers There’s No Panic who won at this track last season. They could have some strong competition to deal with in five times winner this season Spencer Moon ,for jockey Byron Moorcroft if they can defy top weight, also Alex Edwards on Rockinrolldixie who used to be with the Dean Summersby team. Rockinrolldixie now with Cotswold trainer Diana Ralph, was on a roll when winning at both the Bredwardine and Maismore tracks this season, but then refused to race at Chaddesley Corbett on his next outing. He would need to be on his best form here, but he does go well for jockey Alex Edwards, who is leading the National Mens Championship.

The Ladies Open which is sponsored by Nancekivell & Co, could see jockey Gina Andrews take the ride on There’s No Panic if not going in the Mens race earlier. Gina Andrews is soon to be crowned National Ladies Champion, currently holding joint second place is Isabel Marshall who could have either of the two Alan Hill-trained entries as an option, in Man Of Steel a winner of six this season including a Hunter Chase at Cartmel, and recent runner up at Peper Harow and Edgcot According To Trev . The Francesca Nimmo-trained Darksen and Rendevous Peak  are also to be respected if turning up here for current joint leading  National Lady Novice jockey Alice Stevens to ride.

Tattersalls, Ireland sponsor the opening Members race  which could go the way of Culverwell, a recent one length runner up at Upcott, for the Teresa Clark team under jockey Will Biddick, who although looks to have lost his National Mens title will take the Devon & Cornwall Area title.  Le Clo De La Londe must be respected, a winner here last season for the in form trainer Stuart Sampson, here with the booking of Emma Watson to ride.

Kivells  sponsor the Restricted race in which several outside raiders could turn up including Gowell a Llwyn Ddu winner and runner-up at Brampton Maden and Upcott,  trained and ridden by Byron Moorcroft. Charm Park winner Euro Bond for trainer Joe Tickle, Garthorpe Maiden winner Desert Retreat for the Alan Hill team and Upcott maiden winner Sweet Lady Jane for trainer Kieran Price.

Claire Howarth of the Barum Stud sponsors the Intermediate race in which a suggestions are Peper Harow winner Stage One  (Alan Hill), and Bredwardine winner on good to firm Free Scorpion, another out of the Byron Moorcroft yard. Joey The Kangaroo out of Ledbury trainer Julie Mansell’s yard, could be another to make a journey down to the course and follow up on his nine-length win at the Edcote earlier this month, where he left Free Scorpion back 23 lengths in fourth and would deserve favouritism here.

The Open Maiden being sponsored by Smallridge Brother Ltd has recent Upcott Cross runner up Buckboru entered for trainer Laura Young. Buckboru battled on gamely at Upcott to finish a head second. Here Comes Molly has clocked up two seconds for trainer Tracey Barfoot-Saint. Rockabay is another which could run well for Joe Tickle, and any market support for debutant The Boola Bee for trainer owner/trainer/jockey Kieran Buckley would be worth following.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a large number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Under 16’s go free and dogs welcome but must be on a lead at all times. The course is located at Chapleton, Umberleigh. On A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Hiscott (2.2 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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Entries: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Umberleigh, Saturday 16th June 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Conditions Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mens Open Race
4th 15:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Going

Thursday 14th June 16:46

The going at Umberleigh is currently firm the aggrivator is being used on the course from today

Monday 11th June 17.00am

Course preparations for the final Point-To-Point of the season at Umberleigh are underway

Saturday 9th June 10.00am

Umberleigh current going is Good, Good to Firm and they will be agrivating

Preview Extract

This Saturday will see the final Point-to-Point of the season take place at Umberleigh where the Torrington Farmers will host their meeting on 16th June. There is always a great party atmosphere, where crowds will gather to watch the final six races of the season, after which there will be three pony races to close the event. The area champions will then be crowned and trophies presented. Over 90 entries have been received for the main card which starts at 2pm.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a large number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Under 16’s go free and dogs welcome but must be on a lead at all times. The course is located at Chapleton, Umberleigh. On A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

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Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Warkleigh (2.3 miles)

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REPORT: TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 10th JUNE 2018

Written By: Donna Harris

Tiverton Staghounds hosted the penultimate Point-to-Point meeting of the season last Sunday where a huge crowd gathered to enjoy some competitive racing at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming.

As expected the outside raiders, trainers and jockey’s turned up to contest the races, most notably the Greenslade Taylor Hunt-sponsored Ladies Open race which went the way of the prolific winning gelding Start Royal for the Alan Hill team. Ni Sin E Mo Ainm for jockey Alexandra Bell, had been backed into odds on favourite, but young jockey Izzie Marshal had set off at a strong pace on Start Royal. The following pack, lead by Ni Sin E Mo Ainm (which stands for That’s Not My Name) tried to challenge but quickly faded. Green Royal under current Joint Leading Lady Novice rider Alice Stevens, briefly took up the running over the last, but hung badly towards the paddock, allowing Start Royal to be driven up again to win the race by six lengths. Delighted Hill commented “He was a 4000 purchase from Ferdy Murphy, he is a lunatic at home, I ride him out every day, he wont go upsides anything else. I just have to pop him up through the woods and over some logs. He has won every year for the past ten years. Although he is 14, we don’t plan to retire him yet.”

The opening Members race had been sponsored by Winston Pincombe Landrovers. The race had only attracted two on the day, with the bookies having made Top Chief (Stuart Sampson) under talented young jockey Bryan Carver the 4/6 fav, with the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally under Matt Hampton at even money. It was a tactical race on the first circuit, with Top Chief soon asserting on the second, and had a healthy lead of about ten lengths over the last. Owned jointly by John Gardener and Terry Hamlin, the delighted owners stated “ If he comes out of this fine, then there is a possibility that he may go summer jumping with Colin Tizzard.”

Six lined up for the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Open Maiden race, with the blinkered Sapphire Noire under Keiran Buckley for the Katherine Hawke team sent off 2-1 favourite. He didn’t disappoint his followers when bouncing back to form, having pulled up previously on their latest outing at Upcott Cross, but taking this race decisively by eight lengths. Katherine Hawke trains the Pointers, whilst her husband Nigel is a familiar face on the National Hunt circuit. She stated “ We are delighted, she has finally found the fast ground that she loves.”

Only two contested the Intermediate race which was sponsored by Exmoor Hay & Straw, with Desert Roe under jockey Jack Tudor, and Give Us Peace ridden by Will Biddick. Desert Roe had been sent off the odds on favourite, and although his form stated he prefers some give in the ground he handled the going perfectly here. It started off as a tightly matched race with little to choose between the two even over the final fence, until Tudor kicked on his mount Desert Roe up the steep hill home, going onto win by nine lengths. Jack Tudor was the youngest jockey to win on the day at only 16 years of age, he works for his father Jonathan and it was his fifth win Pointing. He looks to be a jockey to follow in the future.

Mont Choisy for trainer Mickey Bowen, had been heavily backed into favourite in the Fire Defence Services Mens Open race, but fell at the second last, leaving a clear path for the following pack. This was headed by the Harriet Brown-trained Theatre Evening. Jockey Rex Dingle had no hesitation in squeezing on his mount to battle on up the hill hanging on for a three quarter-length win on Theatre Evening, with Dandan (Tommie O’Brien) in second. Rex Dingle is turning conditional for trainer Antony Honeyball. Theatre Evening is trained by Harriet Brown and owned by her twin sister Charlotte who helps out in the yard, they had five pointers in for the season. “ We bought him out of the yard last month, he can be a bit quirky, he is an ex J J O’Neil horse, we are delighted with the win.”

The Best Western Tiverton Hotel-sponsored Restricted race had attracted three runners, with the other joint current leading Novice Lady rider Isabel Williams on the well fancied Thatchers Brook. Bolling Spark (Hayden Webb) and The Overflow ( Jake Bament) set the pace. Having made an effort to take the lead on the final circuit, it looked as if Thatchers Brook then lost pace, as did the The Overflow who came off the bridle, but it turned into a thrilling finish up the home hill, in which The Overflow for trainer Pippa Moorhouse and jockey Jake Bament rode out a good finish, to win by two lengths, and one back for the area.

Isabel Williams and Alice Stevens remain joint leaders in the National Ladies Novice title and will surely be attending the final meeting this coming weekend. The final Point-to-Point of the season will be this coming Saturday 16th June at Umberleigh North Devon. Postcode EX37 9EB. First race is due off at 2pm.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Holt, and Marcus Bath

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, Devon & Cornwall End of Season Point to Point Dinner & Dance, Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3SP

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Entries: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 10th June 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Open Maiden Race
3rd 15:10 Intermediate Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Ladies Open Race
6th 16:55 Restricted Race

Going

Friday 8th June 9.00pm

The going at Bratton Down is now firm. The fences have been moved. Plus the aggrivator will be used on the course prior to racing.

Tuesday 5th June 8.30am

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, firm in places. The aggrivator is booked to use if we don’t have rain.

Saturday 2nd June at 16:00

The going at Bratton Down remains good to firm. The aggrivator has NOT been needed.

Friday 1st June at 9.00am

Having had an inch of rain over the last couple of days the going is now good to firm at Bratton Down.

Wednesday 30th May at 10.00 am

Bratton Down is firm, although it is raining at present.  Fences have been moved. The aggrivator is booked for Saturday afternoon to ensure safe racing.

Friday 25th May 2018 8.30pm

The going at Bratton Down is good to firm, good in places. The course had 6mm of rain by 8am Friday and it has continued to be damp throughout the day. The fences will all be moved as necessary. Hugh Thomas, Clerk Of Course

Saturday 19th May at 09:19

The going at Bratton Down is now Good to Firm with a really good covering of grass. – Hugh Thomas.

Thursday 17th May 9.30am

The going at Bratton Down is Good – Hugh Thomas

Friday 11th May 2018 at 19:00

The going for Bratton Down on evening of Friday 11th May was the soft side of good with a lovely covering of grass – Hugh Thomas


Early bird tickets are available for all three Bratton Down fixtures from: https://www.futureticketing.ie/client/brattondown/

Preview Extract:

The penultimate Point-to-Point of the season takes place at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming this coming Sunday 10th June where the Tiverton Staghounds host their meeting. There are six races on offer with a start time of 2pm. 77 entries have been received.

There is still much at stake with both area and national championships to be decided as the season draws to a close, many outside raiders have entered here and could well turn up to battle out the finishes.

This course offers a fantastic view of Exmoor, together with some thrilling race action. There is hot and cold food and refreshments, a lively bar, bookies and plenty of room for picnicking and shopping among the various trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person capped to £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. Location of the course is Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG. For further information contact the Secretary Jenny Hayes on 01769540894 or 07979307549 email sheepwashfarm@gmail.com or look on the website http://www.pointingdc.co.uk together with Devon & Cornwall Point-to-Point FB page for up to date information.

Early bird tickets can be purchased from https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Met Office 5 day forecast: Arlington Court

BBC Travel News: Devon; Cornwall; Somerset;

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LEADING JOCKEYS – DEVON & CORNWALL AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

UP TO & INCLUDING 6TH JUNE  (EGGESFORD)

 

MEN

Will Biddick 105 points

Darren Edwards 88 points

Josh Newman 57 points

Rex Dingle 54 points

Matt Hampton 48 points

David Prichard 44 points

Bryan Carver 43 points

 

LADIES’

Jo Supple 32 points

Millie Wonnacott 17points

Chloe Emsley 15 points

Naomi Sims 14 points

Hannah Welch 12 points

Thomasina Eyston 11 points

 

MEN NOVICE

Bryan Carver 43 points

Kieren Buckley 39 points

Ed Doggrell 10 points

Barnaby Treneer 9 points

Jack Veysey 8 points

 

LADY NOVICE

Millie Wonnacott 17 points

Chloe Emsley 15 points

Naomi Sims 14 points

Thomasina Eyston 11 points

Jennifer Davenport 9 points

Abbie Hughes 8 points

 

Scoring system: 4 points win. 2 points second, 1 point third:- Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only

 

IMPORTANT

SEE PAGE 51 OF THE PLANNER.

I have received very few claims for our other area awards so far. There are a number to be decided so please address any claims or queries to me as the co-ordinator, thank you

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Preview: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point at Bratton Down, ‪Sunday 10th June 20‬18

Written by:   Donna Harris

The penultimate Point-to-Point of the season takes place at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming this coming Sunday 10th June where the Tiverton Staghounds host their meeting. There are six races on offer with a start time of 2pm. 77 entries have been received.

There is still much at stake with both area and national championships to be decided as the season draws to a close, many outside raiders have entered here and could well turn up to battle out the finishes.

Fire Defence Services sponsor the Mens Open race in which Spencer Moon stands out for Welsh trainer Kieran Price, a winner of five Points this season latest when destroying the field by 15 lengths unchallenged under jockey Bryon Moorcroft. They will have to defy top weight, as will Carlisle Hunter Chase winner Jimmy The Jet Plane who also holds an entry in the Ladies Open for trainer Francesca Nimmo. Fighting the corner for the area could be Top Chief for the Stuart Sampson team. Top Chief won the Novice riders race here under talented young jockey Bryan Carver, who is leading the area Novice gentleman’s riders title.

Top Chief also holds and entry in the opening Winston Pincombe Landrover-sponsored hunt Members race. This could be an easier option with only four entries, however prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally is entered for trainer Keith Cumings. The mare has won 13 of her starts to date including two this season at Buckfastleigh and Chipley Park. Under jockey Matt Hampton.

Man Of Many Words looks the likely favourite in the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Open Maiden race which follows, having run second at Cothelstone for the Camilla Scott team. Sapphire Noire, for trainer Katherine Hawke is another suggestion after their second at Trebudannon, and although pulled up at Upcott Cross on 28th May, could bounce back here.

Desert Roe and High Priority are suggestions in the Exmoor Hay & Straw-sponsored Intermediate race.  Desert Roe for trainer Jonathan Tudor has finished runner-up twice at Pyle and Trecoed this season, High Priority for the Keith Cumings team may run at Upcott, if not then could be fancied to take this after his two length win at Cotlhelstone last month. Burn Baby Byrne could well turn up to join in the battle, with the booking of Isabel Williams who is currently leading the National Ladies Novice title by a slim margin. Burn Baby Byrne is trained by Evan Williams and looks a promising young mare having won her maiden at Lower Machen in May, then finished a short head second last weekend at Trecoed.

The Greenslade Taylor & Hunt-sponsored Ladies race has also attracted many outside raiders which include the Alan Hill-trained Start Royal, a winner of 25 Points to date he must be respected, although now a veteran at 14, he could retire here on a win here . Jimmy The Jet Plan also holds an entry in the Ladies race and could score jockey Alice Stevens some valuable points. Flying the flag for the area could be Skylander for jockey Tomasina Eyston and trainer Sam Holdsworth. Skylander’s only win this season came at Didmarton in March on soft going, but has some decent place form to his credit.

Hugos Horse is a suggestion in the Best Western Tiverton Hotel-sponsored Restricted race after his maiden  win at the Axe Vale meeting for trainer Rose Loxton. Jacks Ranger for trainer/jockey Mark Wilesmith  is another to note having scored a three length win at Coldharbour, he then unseated his jockey at Chaddelsey Corbett when in second at the last fence . Both Moonlight Flyer (Camilla Scott) having won his maiden here at the first meeting,  and The Overflow (Pippa Moorhouse) who won his maiden here last season, could be battling to keep the prize within the area.

This course offers a fantastic view of Exmoor, together with some thrilling race action. There is hot and cold food and refreshments, a lively bar, bookies and plenty of room for picnicking and shopping among the various trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person capped to £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs only on leads welcome. Location of the course is Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG. For further information contact the Secretary Jenny Hayes on 01769540894 or 07979307549 email sheepwashfarm@gmail.com. Early bird tickets are available from: https://www.futureicticketing.ie/client/brattondown

Useful Information

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

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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Entries and form guide: Eggesford Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Wednesday Evening 6th June 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 17:00 Members Race
2nd 17:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 18:10 Open Maiden 4, 5, & 6 Year Old Race
4th 18:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 19:20 Restricted Race
6th 19:55 Open Maiden Race
7th 20:30 Confined Race

Going

Sunday 3rd June at 15:00

Fences have been moved to fresh ground. Going is Good, Good to Soft in places.  Will be maintained as good ground.

Friday 1st June at 16:00

All the fences have been moved to completely fresh ground as will the bends, light rain today so still good ground – John Heard

Thursday 31st May at 16.30

After steady overnight rain, the going is good, good to soft in places. All fences have been moved onto fresh ground, so the whole course is on fresh ground. We will water to maintain good ground if necessary

Preview extract:

The re-arranged Eggesford meeting, which was postponed from April due to the wet weather, will take place next Wednesday evening June 6th at the course situated at Upcott Cross. Seven races are on offer with the first off at 5pm. 98 entries have been received.

On course facilities are hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies together with trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car and driver, £10 per passenger. Pedestrians £10. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off the A3079 – EX21 5AE

FORM GUIDE

Key:

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

Abbreviations:

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

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

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Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Wednesday Evening 6th June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

The re-arranged Eggesford meeting, which was postponed from April due to the wet weather, will take place next Wednesday evening June 6th at the course situated at Upcott Cross. Seven races are on offer with the first off at 5pm. 98 entries have been received.

The Eggesford Champion Mixed Open ,which is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, holds a total prize fund of £650 and has attracted some top quality entries. These include the Alan Hill-trained Sharp Suit, a horse which has just helped clock up the trainer’s 300th winner between the flags when taking the Timico Mixed Open at Larkhill. This Milan-sired gelding destroyed the field that day, coming home 40 lengths ahead of his nearest rival last Saturday when ridden by jockey James King.

With the area and national titles soon coming to a close there is much still to settle with championships points, many of the outside raiders will descend on the area at the last few meetings. With Darren Edwards currently (as at Friday 1st June) one point ahead of Will Biddick for our gentleman’s jockey title, the Mixed Open could hold the key. Edwards is booked to ride five time season winner Honest Deed for trainer Dean Summersby, whilst Biddick looks booked to ride Barbury and Trebudannon winner Mistress Massini for trainer  Teresa Clark. Both jockey’s may be hoping that the outside raiders, such as Sharp Suit (Alan Hill) and Aerlite Supreme (Evan Williams)  choose other meetings to attend. For ‘N’ Against, Ramble On and Hold Court are also among the 22 strong enteries.

The opening Rangemoors & Ashgrove Kitchens-sponsored Hunt Members race holds only five entries, with Sixteen Letters from the Big Brook team standing out as another possibility for an opportunity for Will Biddick  to level the score with Darren Edwards. Sixteen Letter has won two of his starts this season, latterly at Holnicote when scoring by 2 ¼ lengths that day on good to firm.  Entry Le Clo De La Londe would have to defy top weight to snatch this, and entry Bob Along Mahler for the Stuart Sampson team could be one to follow up on his Vauterhill win, that day under jockey Bryan Carver.

In the Farmco sponsored Intermediate race Sixteen Letters if not running in previous race, should go well for jockey Will Biddick. Also the two Keith Cumings entries could be considered, Colthelstone winner High Priority, and Steel Brush having scored at both the Flete Park and Holnicote meetings.  Give us peace from the Teresa Clark yard came into form when winning at Umberleigh last season and could improve on his recent third at Holnicote.

Diese Gold for trainer Jill Dennis catches the eye in the David Pipe-sponsored Open Maiden race for 4,5 and 6 year-olds, having come a very close third when battling out the finish here at the previous meeting. Entry Robin Why Not gets an mention for his second at the May Bratton fixture, and Sweet Lady Jane for her consistency in gaining place form.

Vauterhill Maiden winner Bob Along Mahler (Stuart Sampson) gets a vote in the TT Buildings-sponsored Restricted race if connections by pass the earlier Members race. Byron Moorcroft has Gowell and Free Scorpion entered, and another trainer double entered in this is the Camilla Scott team with Tree Sparrow and recent Bratton winner Moonlight Flyer as her ammunition.

In the David Phillips Bookmaker-sponsored Open Maiden race Port Navas looked to be an unlucky unseat of his rider at Larkhill due to tack slipping, but could be another winner for Will Biddick who takes the ride this time. Robin Why Not and Sweet Lady Jane also hold an entry in this Maiden race and should be fancied on previous form.

Finally up is the Chris Hodgson Engineering-sponsored Confined race in which River Myth would be well fancied after his Restricted win at the Axe Vale meeting and dead heating at Bratton Down for the Stuart Sampson yard under jockey Darren Andrews.

On course facilities are hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies together with trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 car and driver, £10 per passenger. Pedestrians £10. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21 5AE.

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