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EXETER RACECOURSE CONFIRM AMENDMENTS TO HUNTERS’ CHASES

Published on: www.pointtopoint.co.uk

Exeter Racecourse have today confirmed some changes to their programmed hunters’ chases.

The amendments are intended to allow more opportunity for British pointers, following the impact of Covid-19.

Changes include widening the Intermediate Hunters’ Chase to allow runners from the Wessex and West Midlands point-to-point areas, and allowing qualifiers from the 2019/20 season to line up in the P2P Bumper.

Full race conditions below:

Exeter / Tuesday 6 April 2021 Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Ltd Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)
Weights published on April 1st | Declarations to run must be made by April 4th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON MARCH 31ST
for five yrs old and upwards | about THREE MILES (3m 54yds) | Weights: 11st 12lb each

Exeter / Friday 16 April 2021 Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co Ltd Intermediate Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)

Weights published on April 11th | Declarations to run must be made by April 14th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 10TH
for five yrs old and upwards, which have not won any Steeplechase or Hurdle race under the rules of any Recognised Racing Authority nor any Mens, Ladies or Mixed Open and which, after September 30th 2018, have finished FIRST, SECOND, THIRD or FOURTH in an Intermediate or Conditions point to point (to include Confined, Club Association, Service or Society Point-to-Point races) or have won a Restricted or Maiden race (not including point to point flat races). Only horses with Hunters’ Certificates registered with any of the West Midlands Area, Wessex Area and Devon & Cornwall participating hunts are qualified to enter this race.
about THREE MILES (3m 54yds)
Enter by noon, April 10th and pay £18 stake. Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 14th
Weights: 11st 12lb each. Mares allowed…7lb. Penalties, after 2019, a winner of a steeple chase…4lb Of 2 steeple chases or of a Class 1 to Class 3 steeple chase…8lb
(Half penalties for wins achieved in Novices’ and Maiden Hunters’ Steeple Chases in Great Britain or Ireland)
NB: With reference to the 8lb penalty for at least two Chase wins, a horse may only claim a half penalty if all wins were in Novice or Maiden Hunters’ Steeple Chases
To be ridden by Amateur Jockeys. 18 HC

Exeter / Thursday 22 April 2021 / 7:55pm / Goffs Spring Sales P2P Bumper Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5) (Amateur Riders’ Race) (GBB Race)

Weights published on April 17th | Declarations to run must be made by April 20th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 16TH
for maiden four, five and six yrs old only, which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing and which, after October 2019 and before April 16th, 2021, have, on at least one occasion, finished first, second or third in a Point-to-Point Flat race or any category of Maiden Point-to-Point steeple chase staged in Great Britain
TWO MILES ABOUT ONE FURLONG (2m 175yds)
Weights: 4-y-o……..11st 7lb; 5-y-o and 6-y-o…11st 12lb
Fillies and mares allowed…7lb
The riders shall be: (i) Conditional Jockeys (ii) Overseas Jockeys who are under 26 years of age and who, within the past 6 months, have been eligible to claim
an allowance under the provisions of paragraph 53 of the Weights and Handicapping Code (iii) Amateur Jockeys holding ‘Category A’ or ‘Category B’
permits to ride, or (iv) Amateur Overseas Jockeys eligible under Rule (B)30. The Riders’ Allowances under paragraph 53 of the Weights and
Handicapping Code may be claimed in this Race
Horses placed first, second or third in the official order of finish to this race will be offered a free wildcard entry to the DBS Spring Sales.
ELIMINATION PROCEDURE – Horses will be protected from elimination in order of number of wins gained in Point-to-Point races during the current Point-to-Point season. Should it be necessary to eliminate some but not all horses with the same profile, random balloting will apply. PLEASE NOTE: For the purposes of Trainer’s licences and Trainer’s permits, this race will be treated as a Hunters’ Steeple Chase. The British Horseracing Authority has modified Regulation 34
so that running in this race will not affect a horse’s eligibility for Point-to-Points. If qualified, privately trained horses may run in this race under Rule (C)1 (as modified). (i.e. Horses are not required to be ‘in training’ and may continue to run in Point-to-Points after this race). The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (C)1 and Schedule (F)8 of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race.

Exeter / Thursday 22 April 2021 / 7:25pm / Heavitree and Exeter Supports P2P Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)

Weights published on April 17th | Declarations to run must be made by April 20th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 16TH
for novice five yrs old and upwards. NOTE: For the year 2021, the term ‘Novice’ for Hunters’ Steeple Chases is defined as a horse which has not won a steeple chase
before June 1st, 2020 | about THREE MILES (3m 54yds) | Weights: 11st 10lb each

Exeter Racecourse | Scheduled Hunter’s Races

On behalf of Exeter Racecourse I am pleased to share the following races and new amendments; Thank you to those of you who have supported us with our race planning conversations recently.  

 Due to the cancellation of the Exeter Intermediate Series, on 16th April we have a new amendment for D&C, Wessex and West Midlands below. We would be very grateful if this can be shared with your community, relationships, and websites as soon as possible, so that we can help the Racing & Pointing community have a near-usual racecourse opportunity this spring on Haldon Hill.

 We continue to review all of our races and consider changes at the end of each season; feedback is welcome. The changes are 16.04.21 and 22.04.21 respectively, we have added in our unchanged races as well for information; please always use Racing Admin for the latest race conditions. With thanks to the generous contributions of our Sponsors again this season

 Daniel Cooper

JCR Clerk of the Course
The Jockey Club

Exeter | Wincanton

M: 07976 413045

For the thrill of it

 

Exeter / Tuesday 6 April 2021 Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Ltd Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)

Weights published on April 1st | Declarations to run must be made by April 4th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON MARCH 31ST

for five yrs old and upwards | about THREE MILES (3m 54yds) | Weights: 11st 12lb each

 

Exeter / Friday 16 April 2021 Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co Ltd Intermediate Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)

Weights published on April 11th | Declarations to run must be made by April 14th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 10TH

for five yrs old and upwards, which have not won any Steeplechase or Hurdle race under the rules of any Recognised Racing Authority nor any Mens, Ladies or Mixed Open and which, after September 30th 2018, have finished FIRST, SECOND, THIRD or FOURTH in an Intermediate or Conditions point to point (to include Confined, Club Association, Service or Society Point-to-Point races) or have won a Restricted or Maiden race (not including point to point flat races). Only horses with Hunters’ Certificates registered with any of the West Midlands Area, Wessex Area and Devon & Cornwall participating hunts are qualified to enter this race.

about THREE MILES (3m 54yds)

Enter by noon, April 10th and pay £18 stake. Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 14th

Weights: 11st 12lb each. Mares allowed…7lb. Penalties, after 2019, a winner of a steeple chase…4lb Of 2 steeple chases or of a Class 1 to Class 3 steeple chase…8lb
(Half penalties for wins achieved in Novices’ and Maiden Hunters’ Steeple Chases in Great Britain or Ireland)
NB: With reference to the 8lb penalty for at least two Chase wins, a horse may only claim a half penalty if all wins were in Novice or Maiden Hunters’ Steeple Chases

To be ridden by Amateur Jockeys. 18 HC

 

Exeter / Thursday 22 April 2021 / 7:55pm / Goffs Spring Sales P2P Bumper Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5) (Amateur Riders’ Race) (GBB Race)

Weights published on April 17th | Declarations to run must be made by April 20th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 16TH

for maiden four, five and six yrs old only, which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing and which, after October 2019 and before April 16th, 2021, have, on at least one occasion, finished first, second or third in a Point-to-Point Flat race or any category of Maiden Point-to-Point steeple chase staged in Great Britain

TWO MILES ABOUT ONE FURLONG (2m 175yds)

Weights: 4-y-o……..11st 7lb; 5-y-o and 6-y-o…11st 12lb
Fillies and mares allowed…7lb

The riders shall be: (i) Conditional Jockeys (ii) Overseas Jockeys who are under 26 years of age and who, within the past 6 months, have been eligible to claim
an allowance under the provisions of paragraph 53 of the Weights and Handicapping Code (iii) Amateur Jockeys holding ‘Category A’ or ‘Category B’
permits to ride, or (iv) Amateur Overseas Jockeys eligible under Rule (B)30. The Riders’ Allowances under paragraph 53 of the Weights and
Handicapping Code may be claimed in this Race

Horses placed first, second or third in the official order of finish to this race will be offered a free wildcard entry to the DBS Spring Sales.
ELIMINATION PROCEDURE – Horses will be protected from elimination in order of number of wins gained in Point-to-Point races during the current Point-to-Point season. Should it be necessary to eliminate some but not all horses with the same profile, random balloting will apply. PLEASE NOTE: For the purposes of Trainer’s licences and Trainer’s permits, this race will be treated as a Hunters’ Steeple Chase. The British Horseracing Authority has modified Regulation 34
so that running in this race will not affect a horse’s eligibility for Point-to-Points. If qualified, privately trained horses may run in this race under Rule (C)1 (as modified). (i.e. Horses are not required to be ‘in training’ and may continue to run in Point-to-Points after this race). The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (C)1 and Schedule (F)8 of the Rules of Racing for the purposes of this race.

 


Exeter / Thursday 22 April 2021 / 7:25pm / Heavitree and Exeter Supports P2P Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (Class 6)

Weights published on April 17th | Declarations to run must be made by April 20th | TO CLOSE BY NOON ON APRIL 16TH

for novice five yrs old and upwards. NOTE: For the year 2021, the term ‘Novice’ for Hunters’ Steeple Chases is defined as a horse which has not won a steeple chase
before June 1st, 2020 | about THREE MILES (3m 54yds) | Weights: 11st 10lb each

 

Creative Inertia is crowned Exeter’s intermediate champion

Creative Inertia was crowned Exeter Racecourse’s intermediate hunter chase series final after a rousing display in which he took up the lead three fences from home and galloped on to record an eight lengths success in the hands of Rex Dingle.Monica Tory’s eight-year-old had qualified for the final at Bishops Court in November where he finished second of the five runners on good to soft going.Tuesday’s drying ground played to his strength and he put up a foot perfect display to land the prestigious race which was the culmination of seven qualifiers in the Devon and Cornwall Area.
The gelding was Crewkerne-based Ben Clarke’s last ever ride as an amateur before he retired from race riding to concentrate on training three years ago. “He’s been placed five times this year, and every time we wanted to run him on better ground, it started raining again! We thought he’d handle today’s drying ground and he did it really well under a good ride from Rex who’s a young amateur going places,” he said.In second place was Nicky Martin’s The Lizard King who also qualified at Ottery St Mary in November. David Rogers, who readies his horses near Newton Ferrers in South Deon, saddled the third placed horse, Brandy and Red who was ridden by Josh Newman. Odds on favourite Mistress Massini was fourth and bringing up the rear was the Gordon Chambers-trained Golander.Racecourse ambassador Bryony Frost rode two winners and narrowly missed out on a third with Triple Chief, trained at Buckfastleigh by her father Jimmy, just losing out by two and a half lengths after running a fine race in defeat in the Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase. The 23-year-old was successful on Max Forte, trained by Chris Down at Cullompton, and Paul Nicholls’ racecourse debutante Rhythm Is A Dancer, the 2-1 favourite in the concluding bumper. Frost made all on the good-looking five-year-old to win by eight lengths.Harry Fry’s Serosevsky relished the quicker ground and galloped to an easy win in the Wonford Inn Exeter National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle in the hands of Niall Madden. The five-year-old took it up after the last to deny odds on favourite Rockpoint a win by one and three quarters of a length. “She loves these conditions and will be on the go all the way through util the autumn,” said Fry.Rockpoint’s trainer Colin Tizzard later saddled Kings Lad to win the Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase. The 11-year-old under Tom Scudamore too it up near the finish and won by two and a half lengths. The favourite, Lip Service was just ran out of it and finished third.The Alan King-trained Tillythetank took the opening Horse and Groom Heavitree Mares’ Maiden Hurdle under Wayne Hutchinson, to deny Donald McCain’s long odds on favourite Secret Escape a win having taken up the lead after the second last.

Intermediate Champion’s trophy awarded at Exeter’s ladies’ night

April 30, 2018 – The prestigious Exeter Racecourse intermediate final takes centre stage on a six race card at Exeter on May 8, when the glitz and glamour descend on Haldon Hill with the fixture coinciding with the course’s annual ladies’ night.

An Intermediate Race is open to any horse, which has not won any flat race (other than a National Hunt Flat Race) under the rules of the Jockey Club or other racing authority or any “Mens”, “Ladies”, “Mixed” Open or Intermediate Race at a point-to-point meeting. Exeter has sponsored the series in the Devon and Cornwall area for more than ten years to support racing at an amateur level.

General manager Jack Parkinson said: “We really enjoy attending our local point-to-points which is invariably an interesting, sociable day out and it’s a great way of extending our support by sponsoring the races.”

Seven qualifiers were staged this season with all runners eligible to run in the final, kicking off at Ottery St Mary in November when Will Biddick guided Moreece to success. The diminutive 15.2hh, who hails from Jonathan Lean’s yard in Pyle, Wales, was a ready winner, scoring by an impressive 20 lengths.

Then it was on to Chipley Park where Glamorgan qualified Jonathan Tudor-trained Blazing Tom landed a nice touch, having been backed from 10-1 into 3’s. The seven-year-old made steady progress under his confident rider to tackle Inch Rock at the penultimate before staying on doggedly for Bradley Gibbs up the final incline.

At Wadebridge The Two Amigos, ridden by Darren Edwards and owned by the Bradley Partnership, scored a very easy victory over the only other finisher Ambitious Pursuit. The Midnight Legend gelding was left well clear when nearest pursuer High Priority departed at the 15th fence.

Palmaria, a winner of a hunter chase at Exeter last month, stepped up to intermediate in emphatic style at the South Pool harriers meeting at Buckfastleigh readily winning in the hands of Bryan Carver for Caroline Keevil.

Ballybane followed up his Buckfastleigh success when staying on gamely to beat Prince of Poets and Creative Inerta at the Lamerton’s fixture at Kilworthy. Melanie Dixon’s progressive gelding was giving 26-year-old David Prichard his second winner of the season.

Dean Summersby saddled Honest Deed to win at Cherrybrook under Darren Edwards at the expense of front running Prince of Poets.

It was back to Ottery St Mary for the penultimate qualifier where the Pidsley family’s Eastern Calm and Christopher Barber were victorious.

Trebundannon in Cornwall provided the location for the last of the qualifiers with the Culverwell Racing Club’s Mistress Massini, trained by Teresa Clarke winning in good style under Will Biddick for the

Jack Parkinson said: “It’s been super series and we’re proud to support point-to-pointing in the Devon and Cornwall area. We very much hope a large contingent of pointing fans head on up to Haldon Hill on ladies’ night and join what’s set to be a cracking conclusion to our season here at Exeter when we have some terrific prizes on offer including a two nights stay at Bayards Cove Inn Dartmouth and more than a £1000 worth of prizes from Hoopers at Torquay.”

For more information on Heavitree Brewery Ladies’ Night visit www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk

Preview: South Pool Point-to-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 18 February 2018

 

Written by: Donna Harris

A fantastic family day of Point-to-Pointing is on offer next weekend with the first of two meetings to take place at the popular track based at Buckfastleigh, South Devon on Sunday February 18. Three pony races head up the action at 11am, with the 148 cm race already divided, followed by the six race card commencing at 12 noon. 111 entries have been received.

This course always has a great atmosphere, with the feature race being The West Country Champion Chase Mixed Open, which holds a total prize fund of £1000. The race is for winners only and has attracted top quality horses  such as recent Wadebridge specialist Sobre Tresor and Barbury winner Saddlers Encore both for the Chloe Newman team. Winner of nine Points including a treble at this track Dicky Bob for trainer Verity Nicholls, Dual Wadebridge winner Mic’s Delight for team Wonnacott, Chipley Park winner Whenharrymetsally for the Keith Cumings team, and Larkhill runner-up with two Hurdle wins under Rules to his C.V Bistouri D’Honore for the Michael Felton yard. This race is also a qualifier for the Timico Mixed-Open final to be held at Cheltenham in May, and the Skinners Ladies Open final to be held at Stratford-upon-Avon in June.

The stunning grey Dicky Bob is also entered in the opening Confined race for Dartmoor trainer Verity Nicholls, but could come up against entry and recent Chipley Park winner Cotillion. The Sadler’s Wells-sired Cotillion also holds an entry at Larkhill, but should be respected on his previous National Hunt form when in training with Ian Williams. Local trainer Sam Holdsworth has two entered with Beuvron and winner of six Points including one at this track last season for local jockey Hannah Welch, and a new French import for the yard Diligent, who was well fancied at Wadebridge and could come on for his third there.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which the Ed Walker-trained Inch Rock stands out after his two length second at Chipley Park, having made most with a bold front running tactical run under jockey Will Biddick finishing two lengths behind the winner that day. Palmaria is also entered, she put up a good performance when winning her Restricted race at Chipley Park for trainer Caroline Keevil and has the booking of promising young jockey Bryan Carver.

Moonaro would be a popular local winner for owners Edward Darke and Susan Eveleigh, if taking the Confined Maiden race for horses and geldings. Moonaro is lightly raced and ran third here last season then followed up with a second at Upcott Cross in April. Gorcombe’s Rascal could be another popular winner on the day for the Nikki Frost team, having been placed third at Wadebridge and then not disgraced having finished his race although out of the frame, when many had pulled up at Milborne St Andrew earlier this month. The Frost team also have Wookey Hole entered here, another promising young recruit who has had the benefit of a run when sixth at Milborne St Andrew two weeks ago. They could come up against entry Sixteen Letters for trainer Claire Harris. The lightly raced gelding ran second at this meeting last season and could be worth following in the betting arena.

Several debutants are entered in the Jockey Club Mares Maiden race, with You’re A Lady catching the eye for the Camilla Scott team, especially with husband Jeremy Scott saddling many winners under Rules recently. One Big Love is another looking promising if following up on her recent Chipley Park head second under jockey Lorcan Williams for trainer Sally Alner.

Finally up is the Restricted race in which Wind Tor, trained by Ed Walker, standing out having been another to win at Chipley Park last month. Eastern Calm for the Stu Sampson team is the highest rated and won at Bishops Court last year.

With spring just around the corner this venue offers a fun day of racing together with many trade stands giving a warm country feel. There is a large catering tent and bar, with on course bookies.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

The course is located at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, adjacent to the A38. Postcode TQ11 0LT.

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Entries: South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh, 18th February 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 13:10 Westcountry Champion Chase Mixed Open
4th 13:55 Confined Maiden Race, for horses & geldings
5th 14:30 Confined Maiden Race, for mares & fillies
6th 15:05 Restricted Race

Going Update

Saturday 17 February 2018 – at 6.30pm

The Clerk of the Course reported the Going remains unchanged, Soft, Heavy in Places.  There was no overnight rain, it’s been another dry, sunny day and we are all set to race tomorrow.  Before racing begins tomorrow, as is usual the Going will be determined by the Chief Steward.

Friday 16 February 2018 15:45

Yesterday Clare Wonnacott, BHA local Inspector, visited the course, found it to be in good order with the Going ” Soft, Heavy in Places”. Today, the Clerk of the Course reports the Going remains unchanged but with a current spell of fine weather set to continue to race day, the course will be drying out further all the time. Preparations are all well in hand to be ready to race on Sunday.

Tuesday 13 February 2018

The Clerk of the Course reports that following overnight rain the Going at Buckfastleigh today is “Soft, Heavy in Places”.

Heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday, and thereafter dry and sunny weather up to and including race day.

Local Course Inspector, Clare Wonnacott, is due to visit and inspect the Course on Thursday when a further Going Report will be posted.

Preview extract:

A fantastic family day of Point-to-Pointing is on offer next weekend with the first of two meetings to take place at the popular track based at Buckfastleigh, South Devon on Sunday February 18. Three pony races head up the action at 11am, with the 148 cm race already divided, followed by the six race card commencing at 12 noon. 111 entries have been received.

With spring just around the corner this venue offers a fun day of racing together with many trade stands giving a warm country feel. There is a large catering tent and bar, with on course bookies.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

The course is located at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, adjacent to the A38. Postcode TQ11 0LT.

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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Point-to-point champion crowned at Exeter’s finale next Tuesday

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April 26, 2016 – The curtain comes down on Exeter’s season next Tuesday when the winner of the prestigious intermediate point-to-point final will be crowned.

Eight qualifying races took place across the Devon and Cornwall point-to-point area and all 45 horses horses that came under starters’ orders are qualified to participate in Tuesday’s grand finale.

The series started at Black Forest Lodge in November. That day the imposing grey Argentato made all under 17-year-old Jordan Nailor who comes from Moreton In the Marsh and works for jumps trainer Charlie Longsford.

At the Tiverton meeting at Chipley Park David Gibbs saddled the consistent mare My Coranna to win for owner Claire Sheriff with his son Bradley on board.

Robin De Souza was the winner at the Western meeting held at Wadebridge with Darren Edwards in the saddle and the intermediate final has been the season-long target for the Dean Summersby-trained six-year-old.

Jo Buck rode the first of her brace of intermediate winners at Ottery St Mary where the Leslie Jefford-trained Master Baker romped home by 20 lengths.

Jo also scored on Its All or Nothing for owner Rob White and trainer Charlotte Rowe at the Spooners and West Dartmoor meeting at Cherrybrook. Charlotte trains the winner at Tedburn St Mary for owner Rob White, who runs the Blacksmith’s Arms pub at Lamerton.

Josh Newman, who is based at Ali Stronge’s yard near Hungerford, won on Sea Bear at Buckfastleigh and at Great Trethew the Kayley Woollacott-trained Devon General won for owners Ruth and Jonn Burow.

John Mathias rode a patient race on Winter Soldier at Kilworthy sending his mount clear up the final hill. Ces Mitford-Slade trains the home bred gelding for himself and joint owner Lucy Fielding-Johnson at their Pontispool Equine Sports Centre at Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton.

Exeter’s General Manager Dan Thompson said: “The racecourse is really pleased to support point-to-pointing which has a terrific following in the Westcountry. The series gives people a chance to get their foot in the door and give hunter chasing a go.” He added: “Our finale is always a really great evening and a lot of point-to-point people come along to cheer on the horses they know and love. Live music after racing will add to the atmosphere.”

Area chairman Gordon Chambers said: “We are so thrilled and pleased to have the continuing support of the racecourse and its fitting that the grand finale takes place at the racecourse’s final meeting of the season.”

The first of six races gets under starters orders at 5.45pm with the intermediate final the fifth race on the card. A free bus to the racecourse leaves Exeter St Davids at 4.05pm and Exeter Bus and Coach Station at 4.20pm and returns 30 minutes after the last race.

Entries for The Wonford Inn, Exeter Intermediate Hunters Chase (Series Final)

  • CARRY ON NANDO
  • CRACKING HABIT
  • DEVON GENERAL
  • HALLO DOLLY
  • HARRY’S KAP
  • ITS ALL OR NOTHING
  • LE CLO DE LA LONDE
  • MASTER BAKER
  • ON ALBERTS HEAD
  • PETERBROWN
  • SEDGMOOR TOP BID
  • SONOFTHEKING
  • THE FLYING DOC
  • UBER ALLES
  • WAY BEFORE DAWN
(15 entries)

To pre-book tickets call the ticket hotline 0844 5793005 or visit www.exeter.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Exeter Racecourse is offering point-to-point enthusiasts an exclusive discount to its finale of the season on Tuesday May 3 when the final of the intermediate series will be held.

2 for 1 pre-booked ticket offer on G&P and Premier tickets. Promo code: devonp2p
Max 4 tickets per customer

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Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final Roll Call of Winners

  •  Tuesday May 5, 2015 The Wealerdealer (I Chanin) 11/4 Mr I Chanin
  • Tuesday May 6 2014 Bradley Brook (N Martin) 3/1 D Edwards
  • Tuesday May 7 2013 King of Alcatraz (RC Smith) 7/4 Miss V Wade
  • Tuesday May 8, 2012 Kirkleigh (R B CHanin) 6/1 Mr I Chanin
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Arbour Hill (Mr H Wilson) 11/4 Mr Mark Wall
  • Tuesday May 4, 2010 Glacial Call (Mrs Nikki Frost) 7/2 Mr R Hawkins
  • Tuesday May 5, 2009 2009 King’s Wood (Ashley Farrant) 11/4 Darren Edwards

About Exeter Racecourse

Exeter Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2012: £142.1m), courses (15) including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, attendances (2012: 1.8m), total prize money (2012: £35.3m), contribution to prize money (2012: £16.5m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket and Lambourn; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing’s people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing. More information is available at http://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

For further information please contact:

Lucy Johnson, PR Exeter Racecourse, lucyjohnsonpr@googlemail.com 07866 497976 01548831548

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Entries About to Close for Goffs UK Exeter Bumper

Entries for Goffs UK new Exeter point-to-point bumper close at noon today, Friday, April 15.

The £5,000 Goffs UK Spring Sales Point-to-Point Bumper takes place at the West Country track on Thursday next week (April 21), and is one of two such races sponsored by Goffs UK. Open to horses stabled in unlicensed yards run by trainers of point-to-pointers, it follows an inaugural race held at Aintree last year. Aintree will again stage a similar bumper on Friday, May 13.

Aimed at showcasing the potential of young British point-to-pointers, each bumper is open to 4-, 5- & 6- year-olds only which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, and which, during the current point-to-point season, have on at least one occasion finished first, second or third in a maiden point-to-point. Each bumper is restricted to amateur riders, although they must hold Category A or B licenses.

The horses finishing first, second or third in each bumper will be offered a free wildcard entry to the Goffs UK Spring Sales that take place in Doncaster on May 17-19.

Entries: Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park – Saturday 16th April 2016

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:55 4-6 year old 2m4f Open Maiden Race
5th 16:30 Club Members Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race
7th 17:35 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Friday 15th April 2016

Following considerable overnight rain the going is now Heavy, soft in places.

Wednesday 13th April 2016

As at Wednesday 13th April 2pm, Dartmoor Clerk of the course Sam Holdsworth reported the going at Flete Park as Good to Soft, Good in Places after three lovely, sunny days.

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 2015/16 form from 2014/15 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2013/14 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 Sunday 10 April 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

Upcott Cross near Halwill junction is the venue for next weekends Point-to-Point horse racing fixture in the Devon & Cornwall Area. With racegoers still in party mode from the Grand National the day before, they can extend their passion for horse racing by joining in on the atmosphere of the eight race card on offer here which commences at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received with the Open Maiden race already divided.

The feature race of the day looks to be the Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, with an increase of prize money to £850 this race has attracted some quality entries which include the highly rated Chapoturgeon from the Jack Barber team. Chapoturgeon has won over £120,000 in prize money when running under rules, and was recently unlucky to fall at Cheltenham when running in the Foxhunter Chase, Will Biddick should be back on board this time and will be sent off the likely favorites. Blazing Whale from Devon trainer Ed Walker’s team will be looking to take the spoils, already on a hat-trick of wins this season, which include wins at Wadebridge, Bishops Court and Great Trethew, they could prove the main challengers.

The Nigel Cant Planning-sponsored Members race opens the event in which Follow The Paint for the Heard family would be a popular winner at the family owned track. Follow The Paint has already won two of her four starts so far this season when progressing at the Wadebridge meetings under jockey Jo Buck. Fishy Story from the Stuart Sampson team could figure, having run well at the Buckfastleigh meeting before fading two out finishing fourth that day.

The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate race looks a competitive affair with many of the 15 entered having clocked up wins this season including The Flying Doc for trainer Ed Walker with a win at Didmarton and a second at Larkhill, In The Tub for Bloodstock agent Tom Malone with wins at Larkhilll and Buckfastleigh, Upto Ollie for the Sarah Pidsley team with wins at Bishops Court and Kilworthy. Sonoftheking from the Nicola Martin yard has been runner up in three Intermediates this season and is another suggestion for the short list who could go close and snatch this.

David Pipe sponsors the Open Maiden for 4,5 and 6 year olds in which the Somerset trainer Patrick Bryant’s Pyleigh Brae could run well after his second at Ston Eston,  the Jill Dennis team will be hoping County Road can improve for his third at Buckfastleigh. The Karyn Heard-trained Daylami Days is an interesting debutante with the booking of Will Biddick to ride.

The Restricted race is sponsored by TT Buildings and catching the eye is  Athreeothree from the Jack Barber team, having been knocking on the door of progressing from Maiden company and obliging by winning at Charlton Horethorne last month. Forrardon Xmoor would also look to be one of the bookies favorites, having run second at this meeting last season and was a recent Maiden winner at Buckfastleigh for the Jilly Baskerville team under jockey Vicky Wade.

The Open Maiden race for seven year olds and over has been divided with 17 entries in each. The first division sponsored by Dave Phillips bookmakers, could go the way of the Karyn Heard-trained Back In June or the Frost family’s home-bred Robin Longstride. In the second division Driving Well showed promise at the Wadebridge meetings, and Classical Milano is another debutante from the Jack Barber team who should not be overlooked. Ashgrove Kitchens have kindly sponsored the second division of the Open Maiden.

Finally closing the event is the Chris Hodgson Engineering-sponsored Confined race in which Delphi Mountain for trainer and jockey Emma Watson could follow up on their win at Ston Eston last month, with Commanche Conflict from the Alice Plume team is another to consider having won the Intermediate at the February Black Forest Lodge meeting.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands.Entrance to course is £10 per person up to max £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located 2m South of Halwill junction off A3079 Postcode EX21 5AE

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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