GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT ON SUNDAY 23RD JANUARY 2022

It is difficult to know where to start about the betting at Chipley Park where the car parks were overflowing.  It would have made interesting viewing for customers watching the live streaming. When I saw the 13 bookies lined up, I thought it could be unlucky for some. It was.

The single bet of one punter (not me) of £1,100 to win £1,000 on first race favourite Where’s Wilma (returned 4-7) went down the pan as the mare failed to run up to her form and could only finish fourth behind ex-chaser Steel Express (16-1), who was returning from a 691 days break This 10-year-old had not visited the winner’s enclosure for five years, but Martin McIntyre shrewdly dictated the pace to score a shade cleverly. Jabbea (8’s to 6’s) ran well to finish second with Grey Getaway (14-1) a respectable third.

That was just the hors d’oeuvres. The Mares Open Maiden at Chipley produced one of the biggest gambles I have seen on a point-to-point track for over 30 years.

 I wrote in the book, “Axe Vale Point-to-Point” by Jacquie McCullough about a successful betting coup at the mid week Axe Vale fixture in 1989. The horse in question was trained in Wales and went by the name of Katesville on the race card. “Bookmakers were said to have been stung for over £25,000”. I remember that day well- and so do some Devon & Cornwall  bookmakers still trading today.

On Sunday a good looking six-year-old mare called Highland Glory, qualified with the Llangeinor Pentyrch, was the subject of several lively wagers. 12-1 was noted early and she was backed down through all rates to evens, some books showing 8-11. My own interest (not monetary) was attracted by one or two thoughts. Her dam called Highland Retreat was successful for my good friend the late Richard Barber, and was also the first ever winner saddled by Harry Fry in 2012. I was also surprised to see Highland Glory run in some well known colours on Sunday which were not on the race card.  The mare possessed very modest form, ie two pulled ups and tenth of eleven in her three runs. After these modest efforts she was bought for only £2,000 at Goffs last month.

I am indebted to my colleagues Simon Nott and Nick Taylor for collating some of the bets struck about Highland Glory. One book showed bets of £500 – 40 each way; £540-60 e w; £525-50e w; £525-150;  £300  – 150 and £200=100. Another well known layer showed £520-65 each way and £500-100 before scrubbing the board. There were other bets of course. One senior bookie said, “liabilities were standing for more than they have done for many, many years, but business was good so no complaints”.

Well, definitely no complaints from the bookies when Will Biddick produced a peach of a ride on Southfield Megan (7-1) to ease past Highland Glory on the run in. Third placed Polly Sans (8-1) is worthy of a note book entry but another Welsh horse Boss Baby (5-4 to 11-8) who was found wanting yet again.

Feu Des Malberaux (11-2 from 8’s) produced a career best in first time blinkers to win the Maiden under a positive Darren Edwards ride. Placed horses Ask Alfie (3’s to 11-4) and Arv Way There (5-1) showed ability, but Red Cap (5-2 to 9-4 fav) was never jumping or travelling.

Bradley Gibbs is enjoying a great season and a short priced double with Highway Jewel (4-7 to 1-2) and Honey I’m Good (4-7 to 4-6 ) put him on to the 13 winner mark for the season in the saddle, just two behind Will Biddick. Highway Jewel jumped well to beat Singapore Saga (4-1) and Al Shahir (5-2) and is likely to head to the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase in March (or whatever the authorities choose to dumb down the title to this year). It will always be the Foxhunter to me.

I was impressed by the performance of Honey I’m Good in the Restricted. She is potential hunter chase material.

The Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier provided a memorable head to head between Biddick on The Big Sting (evens to 4-5) and Gina Andrews on Indirocco (100-30).  Will Biddick brought The Big Sting to challenge Gina’s mount approaching the third last and they slugged it out up the climb until Indirocco asserted before the last. Dr Rhythm (7’s to 6’s) ran well on his seasonal debut and can be noted on better ground. Port O’Clock (4-1) started very slowly and was always on the back foot.

Killaro Boy (2-1 fav) headed the market for the 14-runner lucky last on the strength of his good Barbury run, but found one too good again as the ex-Christian Williams inmate Cage of Fear (7-1) showed too much foot for him under Ellie Jefferson.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo Credit: Cat Down Photography
(official photographer for the fixture)

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“And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves
Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold,
And the sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.”

From the poem Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas, (1914 – 1953), whose equine namesake sired convincing second race winner Southfield Megan.

The Tiverton Foxhounds featured a riding and training double for Bradley Gibbs, hot on the heels of Will Biddick for this season’s National jockeys’ title, and a head to head duel between Biddick and leading lady rider Gina Andrews in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier.
A very large crowd at Chipley Park brought the overflow car park into use. This popular venue normally offers competitive racing and Sunday’s seven race card proved a treat for spectators.

Gibbs made all the running on the classy Highway Jewel to beat her two opponents Singapore Saga and Al Shahir in the £1,000 INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open Qualifier. A winner of a Cheltenham hunter chase last season, this high class mare will be heading to the Cheltenham festival in March for the prestigious prize formerly known as the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase, and could also take in the final of the INEOS series at Cheltenham in May. The trainer/ rider said, “I hope that Highway Jewel will be our number one for the Foxhunters, fingers crossed, and Premier Magic will be our back up. She (Highway Jewel) missed a month’s work with a sarcoid earlier in the season. We went a sensible pace today and she was popping away. I was delighted,”

INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open winner, Highway Jewel
INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open winner, Highway Jewel, at Chipley Park on Sunday 23rd January 2022

Gibbs moved his training operation from South Wales to Hatfield, Hertfordshire, in 2020 working with his fiancée Claire Sheriff. The combination secured their Chipley double as the promising six-year-old mare Honey I’m Good lived up to her name with an easy victory in the Agrii and Mole Valley Farmers sponsored Restricted. “She came from Ireland sourced from Jimmy Kelly after showing promise in point to points. She now runs for a syndicate of ten and the long term aim is a Mares hunter chase at Cheltenham later this season,” reported Claire.
Will Biddick is riding as well as ever this season after breaking an ankle last May. He retained his lead for this year’s title by landing his 15th winner of the season with a typical waiting ride on Southfield Megan in the Jockey Club and Clarke Willmott Solicitors Mares and Fillies event. Biddick has had this Dylan Thomas six-year-old in his own yard since December after her spell under rules. She runs in the familiar colours of Angela Yeoman and thwarted a substantial gamble on the runner up Highland Glory.

The seven times champion jockey had to give best however to Gina Andrews as the promising Tom Ellis trained Warwickshire mare Indirocco held the efforts of odds-on favourite The Big Sting in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Eight time National champion, Gina. who recently broke Polly Gundry’s all time record of 303 career winners for lady pointing riders, is already in pole position for another title. “Indirocco is a strong stayer and I was eager to set up a soft lead. We got into a lovely rhythm and he jumped super,” said Gina who was having her first ride at Chipley.

First time blinkers helped Feu Des Malberaux land the Mountpleasant Inn and friends of the late Geoff White Open Maiden in the hands of Darren Edwards. The seven-year-old, who jumped soundly out in front all the way, was a first training success for Paul Nicholas, one of two pointers he has at Combe Martin, North Devon. Paul shares ownership with his wife Lesley and blacksmith Keith Parkin and remarked, “I bought him as a three-year-old in Ireland as I particularly like his sire Linda’s Lad”

There was a customary Welsh success at Chipley in the shape of Cage of Fear, who gave his trainer Ellie Jefferson her third winner in the saddle in the Tozers Solicitors and McVeigh Parker PPORA Novice Riders’ event. Cage of Fear pounced on the leaders three out and stayed on strongly on the long pull to the finish.

16-1 outsider Steel Express shocked punters by beating his five higher rated opponents in the Stoneman Engineering, John Pearce& Brian Summers Hunt race. Mike Vanstone trains the winner at Rackenford for owners Nigel MacKenzie, Richard Dening and Sue Quick. Martin McIntyre rode a canny race on the winner who was scoring for the first time since his Exeter bumper success just over six years ago. Some lively activity in the ring included a four figure bet on Where’s Wilma, but the cash stayed in the bookies satchel as the prolific mare could only finish fourth.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo Credit: Cat Down Photography
(Official photographer for the fixture)

RESULTS TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK 23 JAN 2022

Going good to soft

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1 Steel Express (Martin McIntyre) 16-1 led 12th, slight lead two out, kept on well

2 Jabbea (Rob Hawker) 6-1 held up, effort three out, strong chall flat, just held

3 Grey Getaway (Beau Morgan) 14-1 led til 12th, rallied three out, wknd last

6 ran; 1 1/4l  6l;  6m 38s

MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES – JOCKEY CLUB & CLARKE WILLMOTT SOLICITORS

1 Southfield Megan (Will Biddick) 7-1 held up, prog three out, strong run to lead flat

2 Highland Glory (Toby Wynne) evens fav  led 12th, went clear three out, headed flat

3 Polly Sans (Darren Andrews) 8-1  prom, every chance two out, no extra flat

9 ran; 2l; 1 1/2l;  6m38s

OPEN MAIDEN –MOUNTPLEASANT INN & FRIENDS OF THE LATE GEOFF WHITE

1 Feu Des Malberaux (Darren Edwards) 11-2 made all, clear three out, stayed on well

2 Ask Alfie (Will Biddick) 11-4 prog to chase ldrs three out, went 2nd next, kept on, promising

3 Arv Way There (Heidi Stevens) 5-1 prom, ridden three out, grad wknd, promising

11 ran; 10l; 7l;  6m 44s

MIXED OPEN – INEOS GRENADIER

1 Highway Jewel (Bradley Gibbs) 1-2 fav made all, clear three out, comf, impressive

2 Singapore Saga (Darren Andrews) 4-1 in touch, effort four out, kept on without trblg winner

3 Al Shahir (Gina Andrews) 5-2 mstk 4th, chased ldrs, no extra from two out

3 ran; 7l; 3/4l;  6m 29s

INTERMEDIATE – EXETER RACECOURSE

1 Indirocco (Gina Andrews) 100-30 made all,hard pressed three out til asserted last, drew clr flat

2 The Big Sting (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav handy, strong chall three out til no extra apprg last

3 Dr Rhythm (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 hdwy 12th, lost place 15th, stayed on from three out

8 ran; 4 1/2l;  4 1/2l;  6m 42s

RESTRICTED – AGRII & MOLE VALLEY FARMERS

1 Honey I’m Good (Bradley Gibbs) 4-6 fav led 15th, drew clr three out, easily

2 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) 5-2 prom, effort 15th, outpaced from next

3 Nobodydoesitbetter (Martin McIntyre) 4-1 led 8th til 15th, wknd three out

7 ran; 12l;  1l;  6m 41s

PPORA NOVICE RIDERS – TOZERS SOLICITORS & McVEIGH PARKER

1 Cage of Fear (Ellie Jefferson) 7-1 prog 15th, led next, ran on well

2 Killaro Boy (Lewis Saunders)   2-1 fav led 10th & 14th, pushed clr 15th, headed & no extra three out

3 Broadclyst (Anna Johnston) 5-2 chased ldrs 15th, one pace three out, finished 16l  fourth, promoted to 3rd

14 ran; Original distances 5l; 10l;  6m 40s  ; Ballyhowne finished 3rd but disqualified, did not weigh in

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo Credit: Cat Down Photography
(Official Photographer for the fixture)

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After almost two years since the last fixture at Buckfastleigh, it was good to be back there, with a strong line of 11 bookies and a keen crowd of point-to-point enthusiasts. Some familiar big hitting punters have sadly departed in the interim, but there was still a vibrant atmosphere about the ring.

One of the faces still about was up and down the line backing Will Biddick’s mount Next One Please (forced from 6-4 into 4-5) in the opener. This rangy debutant made a bold bid, but was done with after the penultimate. He will atone on better ground. The winner His Own Star (5’s into 7-2) relished the heavy ground. This five -year-old had good placed form on soft ground in France, including cross country races, and improved for his British pointing debut last month at Barbury Castle. He looks a good prospect for the Stuart Sampson yard and gave Darren Andrews his 50th pointing winner. Others to note out of this Maiden are the Soldier of Fortune mare Summerleaze (8-1) who was prominent all the way, and Get on Ron (7’s to 6’s), who fluffed the second last when poised to challenge.

The Restricted favourite Fountains Chief (4-5 to evens) had taken a very early fall at Wadebridge last week, but got as far as the last fence here before exiting to a tired looking fall. His form behind Truckers Pass at the Cornwall Club was gilt edged though, and I would not give up on the six-year-old yet despite the fact that he is fast becoming the bookies best friend. The winner Stevan Steel (5-2 to 2’s) is game and gallops all day. The mount of Darren Edwards, he was left solo at the last.

Chameron (4-6 to 6-4 ) and Hazzaar (2’s to 6-4) started joint favourites for the four runner Mixed Open . Chameron has taken a while to get his act together this season (beat Cousin Pascal in a Leicester hunter chase last year) and was none too fluent here. Ben Sutton survived losing an iron at the last before drawing away in the home straight. Runner up Hazzaar (Tommie O’Brien) , a former Ascot bumper winner, was trying three miles for the first time. He ran well until his stamina gave out and can be noted for a short hunter chase. Danseur du Large (5’s into 7-4) stays well and kept on late under Chloe Emsley.

Molineaux (6-4 to 5-4 fav) jumped really well to give 16-year-old Freddie Gingell his first pointing winner in the Veteran Horses Conditions race. He looks a grand schoolmaster and can set up a sequence in this type of race. Although well beaten behind Molineaux here, Blakerigg (100-7) stayed on well. He was winning races for Nicky Richards three years ago and has joined a shrewd yard.

The punters were in full swing by now and got stuck in again as Jeremy Central (2’s to 6-4), under a confident Biddick waiting ride, strode clear to win the older horses maiden. Bought only recently by Tom Malone at an online auction, the winner had been unlucky when ridden by a claimer in Irish points. Honest Opinion (9-2) ran her usual solid race to finish second (placed on eight occasions), and Pyleigh Court (33’s to 20’s) recovered from a serious blunder at half way to finish a staying on third.
The pay out queues were even longer after the last race as Famous Clermont (4-5 from 4-6) won hard held to defy a 5lbs penalty. Trained by the in-form Christopher Barber, the seven-year-old completed a double for Will Biddick and capped a difficult afternoon for the layers. Hotel du Nord (10-1) stuck to his task well to finish runner up under Charlie Sprake.

I am pleased to say that I joined the pay out queues four times during the afternoon. Last week’s Wadebridge Point-To-Point losses recovered with interest.

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Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

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Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point at Chipley Park on Sunday 23rd January 2022

Westcountry Pointing heads to Chipley Park, where the Tiverton Foxhounds host their event this coming Sunday 23rd January. The action will come thick and fast, attracting top entries from around the country.

The feature race of the day is the INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open race. With a prize fund of £1000, £600 of which will go to the winner, this race promises to be a thriller, with entries from top horses Highway Jewel a Hunter Chase winner at Cheltenham last April for the Bradley Gibbs team, Virak a winner of over £200k under rules and now a winning schoolmaster for Olive Nicholls, Fifty Shades a treble winner between the flags last season for the Nick Williams team, and Singapore Saga (John Heard) another who has won this season when staying on dourly to win at Wadebridge. They could be taken on by a new popular syndicate owned horse, Board of Trade (Ed Walker), with many owners looking forward to this horses future racing in the area.

A total of 92 entries have been received for the seven race card, which starts at 12 Noon. The Stoneman Engineering-sponsored Members race opens the day, and of those entered, Jeremy Central stands out for trainer/owner Tom Malone, having won last weekend at Buckfastleigh, and could score again if recovering from the tiring conditions there. The highly rated mare River Myth, for the Stuart Sampson team, has the benefit of a mares weight allowance, which could prove crucial up the long homeward hill. Where’s Wilma could defy her top weight and give local trainer Michael Watson a hat-trick of wins this season, with the mare already winning at Badbury and Barbury Castle under jockey Matt Hampton .

The Jockey Club and Clarke Willmott-sponsored Mares and Fillies Maiden race could be a steal for outside raider Boss Baby (David Gibbs), having enjoyed some decent place form in Ireland before heading over and finishing a length second at Holnicote last season. They could come up against entry Ask The Lady, for the inform Dean Summersby/ Darren Edwards combination, if progressing from her run at Wadebridge, when finishing fifth.

In the Mount Pleasant Inn & friends of the late Geoff White-sponsored Open Maiden race, which holds 17 entries, Arv Way There (Hugh Tomas), Ask Alfie (Les Jefford) and Red Cap ( Robert Chanin) are all suggestions who, at a glance, look to be progressive on their place form this season.

Whilst in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, Port O’Clock’s connections will be looking for him to follow-up on his Wadebridge win last month for team Summersby. Foot Loose (Aaron Butterfield) a winner at two of the Larkhill meetings this season, had to settle for a one-length second at the first Larkhill November meeting behind The Big Sting, who is also entered here for trainer Chris Barber, with Foot Loose’s connections possibly turning up looking to reverse the placings here. Another exciting entry is Indirocco for trainer Tom Ellis and leading lady rider Gina Andrews , who could steal this if making the trip down.

Bloodstock agent Tom Malone’s entry Jeremy Central under jockey Will Biddick, could be switched to race in the Agrii & Mole Valley Farmers-sponsored Restricted. Will is also booked to ride Benny’s Miracle (Teresa Clark) another with a mares weight allowance. They could be taken on by Honey I’m Good (Bradley Gibbs) looking to follow-up on their 10-length win at Barbury. Also recent Wadebridge Maiden winner, Transition Period, another looking progressive for the Dean Summersby/Darren Edwards combination.

Finally up is the Members Conditions race for Novice riders, and if Virak (Sam Loxton) is saved for this race, then he could give promising young jockey Olive Nicholls her second win on him in a month. Broadclyst (Les Jefford) won at Wadebridge under jockey Anna Johnston, and should be fit, whilst Killaro Boy is another having run well recently when finishing three-lengths second at Barbury for the William Pugh team.

The racecourse organisers would also like to mention sponsors GTH– sponsors of Momento’s. Tom Malone Bloodstock– sponsor of Jockeys prizes, Old Mill Accountants for Best Turned Out and Pennymoor Timber, Mr John Dorse & Mr & Mrs A Brooks – sponsors of Doctors & Paramedics who are among those who have made this meeting possible.

This course offers a must have day out in the country for all the family with a perfect viewing location. Bar, hot and cold food, bookies and country trade-stands are all on offer. Entrance is £15 per person, cash on gate which includes a race card. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.

Online streaming is available via eventbrite at pointingdc/live streaming. Book maker Dave Phillips will take bets over the phone via ringing 07810775119. Course is located at Milverton TA21 0QY.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

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

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REPORT: MODBURY HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH ON SUNDAY 16th JANUARY 2022

“Ghosts of men that here have ridden
Gather at the post unbidden,
Waiting till the old flag falls;
Hear the rattled guard-rails quiver
As they rush them, game as ever!”

From the poem Aintree Calls by William Henry Ogilvie, 1869 – 1963

The old decaying grandstand still looks out forlornly over Buckfastleigh racecourse, now unused and camouflaged by vegetation, but a proud sentinel of days gone by.

A double for Will Biddick and a first winner over jumps for Freddie Gingell were two of the highlights of the card at the first of three meetings scheduled for Buckfastleigh this season.

15mm of overnight rain meant the going had become heavy, soft in places, but a dry afternoon brought out a massive crowd at this historic Devon venue.

Biddick’s double was initiated when the well fancied Jeremy Central stayed on strongly to beat 15 rivals in the Maiden for seven-year-olds and over sponsored by Toad Hall Cottages. “Jumping out of the ground was hard,” remarked the leading rider of this well made gelding, who had recent good placed efforts in Ireland to his name. Taunton bloodstock agent owner/trainer Tom Malone described his seven-year-old as, “ A lovely honest staying chaser in the making,” confiding that he had this race in mind when buying the gelding by Jeremy at an online auction recently. Bloodstock agents don’t buy horses to look at so Jeremy Central is sure to progress and is likely to find a new home soon.

After fracturing his ankle in a fall last May, Will Biddick is already making a strong bid to secure his eighth National jockeys title, and rounded of a good day by riding his 13th winner of the season on Famous Clermont in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Despite carrying a 5lbs penalty this progressive seven-year-old won on the bit under a typically stylish Biddick ride. Christopher Barber trains the winner at Seaborough  for a small syndicate and remarked, “We bought him as a four-year-old at Goffs for only £5,000 and the plan is to go for an Intermediate final at either Exeter or Cheltenham.” The young trainer has plenty of ammunition waiting in the wings with a number of youngsters amongst the 20 strong inmates in his Dorset yard.

There were tears and smiles in a packed winner’s enclosure after Freddie Gingell had steered Molineaux home in the Jockey Club & Retraining of Racehorses Veteran Horse Conditions event. Freddie tragically lost his mother Kim, daughter of Colin Tizzard, to cancer in May 2020.  It was apt that Colin and Freddie’s father Dave were on hand to enjoy a rapturous reception as the young rider returned in the family colours after a stylish performance on his first point-to-point winner.  A prolific winning pony race rider with 56 wins, including at this track,  Freddie said, “I finish school in May. Molineaux is a really nice horse and I was proud to be sat on him”.  Colin, who had legged up his grandson, had trained the 11-year-old to his four wins under rules for John and Heather Snook and remarked, “This is a lovely horse. He is fast and accurate and the ideal schoolmaster. He could run every two weeks until he gets tired.”

Last season’s champion novice rider Ben Sutton, based with the Alan Hill yard,   partnered his second winner this season as Chameron strode clear on the run in to win the Totnes & Bridgetown Mixed Open. The Sam Loxton trained nine-year-old faced only three opponents with Hazzaar and Danseur Du Large chasing him home. The 22-yearold rider confessed that he had lost an iron at the last fence, which was fully three furlongs from the finish at the top of the hill, as the normal final fence in the straight was omitted.  Chameron runs in the colours of the jockey’s father, Nick, who was travelling abroad. Bruton trainer Sam Loxton has six horses in training and rides out Chameron, who could go hunter chasing in due course.

Darren Andrews rode his 50th point-to-point winner on five-year-old His Own Star, backed from 5’s into 7-2 ,in the two and a half miles Tony Glynn Scaffolding Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds. Andrews was content to follow the pace set by the favourite Next One Please and Summerleaze until hitting the front approaching the last. The winner had seven runs as a four-year-old in France in 2021 and was placed five times for David Cottin. His dam won a listed hurdle at Auteuil. He is one of eight pointers now in the care of Stuart Sampson, and runs in the colours of Uffculme owner Ron Alford who was enjoying his first winner. The trainer described his charge as, “ A kind, honest individual but is no great work horse at home.”

The successful jockey was denied a double as his mount Fountains Chief fell at the last when holding a narrow lead in the Stanley Carpets Restricted.  Stevan Steel was the only other horse of the six starters standing and was issuing a strong challenge at the time. Course winner Stevan Steel is trained at Bampton by Janet Ackner, who also owns the striking grey in conjunction with John Spall. “If only every horse was as genuine as he is. He has five gears but thinks he has six.” said the trainer. Successful jockey Darren Edwards reflected on, “ A strong stayer, honest and jumped well on today’s ground.”

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

RESULTS – MODBURY HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH- 16th JANUARY 2022

GOING HEAVY, SOFT IN PLACES; 5th, 12th & 19th fence omitted race 3 onwards

OPEN MAIDEN FOUR TO SIX-YEAR-OLDS, 2 M 4F (SPONSOR TONY GLYNN SCAFFOLDING)

1 His Own Star (Darren Andrews) 7-2 prog 11th,strong run after two out, led last, ran on well, comf
2 Summerleaze (Jake Bament) 8-1 alwys leaders, mstk 11th, close 3rd two out, kept on
3 Get On Ron (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 tracked leaders, close up when mstk two out, no extra
9 ran; 7l;2l;;6m 5s


RESTRICTED (STANLEY CARPETS)

1 Stevan Steel (Darren Edwards) 2-1 made virtually all til headed apprg last, rallied and just 2nd when left alone last
6 ran; winner finished alone


MIXED OPEN (TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY LTD)

1 Chameron (Ben Sutton) 6-4 jt fav led to 4th, close up, led when mstk 16th, mstk last, rallied to lead again by passing last, soon clear
2 Hazzaar (Tommie O’Brien) 6-4 jt fav well in touch, led after two out til headed by passing last, no extra
3 Danseur Du Large (Chloe Emsley) 7-4 narrow lead from 4th til 13th, disp three out, outpaced next
4 ran; 5l; 4l; 7m 12s

VETERAN HORSE CONDITIONS (JOCKEY CLUB & RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES)

1 Molineaux (Freddie Gingell) 5-4 fav keen hold, led 10th, forged clear three out, unchallenged
2 Blakerigg (Chloe Emsley) 14-1 midfield, stayed on well closing stages, took 2nd nr finish
3 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 7-4 alwys leaders, chased winner 15th, rdn & no impression from two out, lost 2nd flat
9 ran; distance; 10l; 7m 7s


OPEN MAIDEN – SEVEN- YEAR-OLDS PLUS (TOAD HALL COTTAGES)

1 Jeremy Central (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav steady hdwy three out, led by passing last, stayed on well
2 Honest Opinion (Darren Edwards) 9-2 tracked leaders, disp lead after two out, challenged last, no extra by passing last
3 Pyleigh Court (Conor Houlihan) 20-1 last when bad mistake 13th, good prog four out, stayed on well, promising
16 ran; 2 1/2l; 2 1/2l; 7m 14s


INTERMEDIATE (EXETER RACECOURSE)

1 Famous Clermont (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav held up, smooth hdwy 16th, led apprg last bend, clear by passing last, won hard held, eased nr finish
2 Hotel Du Nord (Charlie Sprake) 10-1 led from third til headed apprg last bend, good effort
3 Party Tunes (Darren Edwards) 4-1 chased leaders, every chance two out, wknd
9 ran 2 1/2l; 12l; 7m 17s

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – NORTH CORNWALL AT WADEBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 9TH JANUARY 2022

The cosy indoor betting ring at Wadebridge is a real bonus and favourite backers were soon in the lap of luxury with Port O’Clock (4-9 fav from 1-2) and Darren Edwards taking the opener. Broadclyst (evens fav) gave Anna Johnston her first winning ride in the next, making it look easy for us punters after just two races.

 Recent course winner Sykes (15-8 fav) topped the ratings in a good  Mixed Open, but the concession of 10lbs to the younger legs of Singapore Saga (6’s to 3’s) proved just too much for Nicky Martin’s grand veteran.  The winner jumped  quickly and accurately and was in command from four out. Wind Tor (6-1) did her best work in the closing stages to finish third and looks ready to add to her seven pointing wins. Frelia (5-1) lost third spot on the run in and although the Oscar mare gives Bradley Gibbs a hard time nowadays, she can add to her splendid record in the right class.

Darren Edwards is the top rider on the showground and landed the second leg of his treble on Sunday as Transition Period (evens fav) stepped up on his previous run to hold the sustained challenge of promising five-year-old Lighthouse Mill (3’s to 9-4) in what looked a good young horses Maiden. Red Cap (8-1) ran creditably after a long absence, and Sake of Secrecy (10-1) was going as well as any when nearly falling five out.

The eight bookies certainly got the result they needed in the four runner Restricted when hot favourite Fountains Chief (4-6 touched 1-2) blundered at the first then overjumped and fell at the next fence. This left Thewinnertakeitall (7-4 to 6-4) to hold a brave effort from Mustmeetforapint (5-1) to seal a treble for Darren Edwards.

The Dean Summersby yard was in top form and Ask The Lady (2-1 fav) looked the goods in the getting out stakes to give Darren Edward a four-timer. She weakened in the closing stages though, leaving the Bradley Gibbs ridden Ask Dai (9-2) to hold Arv Way There (25’s to 20’s) and Say About It (8-1.)

I had the opportunity to see the live streaming of the Wadebridge meeting a few days later and thought the camera coverage and the highly professional work of presenter Cornelius Lysaght was excellent. Stay at home enthusiasts were also treated to snippets of the betting ring with Simon Nott getting on screen insight from some of the bookies.    

 I expect that both of my readers are anxious to know how my Wadebridge wagers fared. Well let me explain in the typical words of a punter. I should have made a profit, but I didn’t. It was a great start with the first certainty Port O’Clock obliging, closely followed by a lovely even money jolly Broadclyst. I had selected Singapore Saga (6-1 into 3’s), but changed my mind on the day.  From then on it was a kamikaze mission as desperation set in. Too painful to relate. Never mind, there’s never a last race so on we go to Buckfastleigh this weekend with renewed zest.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN

Preview: The Modbury Harriers Point-to-Point at Buckfastleigh, Sunday 16th January 2022

The Totnes & Bridgetown-sponsored Mixed Open race is the feature of the day, and the area has to give a huge thanks to the sponsors, as they have supported the area throughout the Covid crises over the past two years. There are some highly rated ex-National Hunt legendary horses among the entries. Silsol a Grade 2 winning hurdle winner, now in training with Will Biddick, for owners the Orttewell family for talented young jockey Ella Orttewel to ride. Also two of the Sam Loxton-trained entries,  Samategal, a Grade 3 winner of the Greatwood Handicap chase at Newbury   who could give young jockey Olive Nicholls a winning ride here, along with Chameron, who had shown some decent form in France before heading over with wins at Garthorpe and Leicester. Trio For Rio could be the one to steal this if travelling down for the Clive Boultbee-Brooks team, having won a Hunter Chase a Cheltenham last season, his jockey Tommie O’Brien will be  keen to score here. Along with Envoy Special having won at Larkhill in December, for young trainer Christopher Barber, another showing his talent training in the pointing field.

The action kicks off at 12 noon, with the Tony Glynn-Scaffolding sponsored Open Maiden race for 4,5 and 6 year-olds, in which His Own Star (Stuart Sampson) could follow up on his second at Barbury, and had some previous decent place form. Between You And Me (Neil Mclean)  ran third at Chaddelsey Corbett last season. Next One Please could provide a pleasing winner for the Chris Barber team, and could go well on his debut run.

Stanley Carpets-sponsor the Restricted race, which could go the way of Fountains Chief for the Teresa Clark team, if recovering from his early fall at last weekends Wadebridge meeting. Catching the eye is Kings Quay for trainer Matt Hampton, having won his maiden last season by a creditable six-lengths at Cherrybrook, and Lagonda could be one of the outside raiders to figure, if following up on his five- lengths second at Larkhill in December for the James Ridley/Tommie O’Brien partnership.

The 10 year old and over Jockey Club – Retraining of Racehorses and Veteran Condition race follows, which looks equally thrilling. Blackwater Bramble for the Alexandra Dunn team won at this course in December 2018, following that up with two Larkhill wins. However the eye is drawn to Molineaux for young jockey Freddie Gingell and team Tizzard, who could improve on their close second they achieved at Larkhill. That day behind Monsieur Gibraltar ridden by Oliver Nicholls. Here she could have the ride on Samategal, who is the highest rated, and if a clear round of jumping,  could give  jockey Olive Nicholls a win here, if connection chose this over the previous race and do not favour next weekends Larkhill meeting as an option. However entry  Silsol is another who could be switched to this race,  proving equally competitive, and give Ella Orttewell, a deserved win at this track.

Toad Hall Cottages sponsor the Open Maiden race for 7 year-olds and upwards in which Riding Shotgun is the highest rated, and will be high in the betting for the Laura Jones team. Bloodstock agent Tom Malone looks to have a hot entry with recent Irish purchase Jeremy Central. Honest Opinion is another catching the eye for the in form Dean Summersby team and could progress here.

Finally up is the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, which holds a Hunter Chase entry at their finals in April. This looks equally competitive with Famous Clermont ( Chris Barber), Hotel Du Nord (Will Biddick) and Party Tunes (Dean Summersby) among those who the bookies will be juggling with.

This course offers fabulous viewing, easy access alongside the A38 at Dean Prior, hot food and refreshments along with a Real Ale bar and plenty of trade stands. Entry to the course is £15 per person which includes a racecard. Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course postcode is TQ11 OLT. Live streaming is available pointingdc.co.uk via eventbrite live streaming. Betting available by phoning 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.

Photo credit: Megan Cobley Photography

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