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Trainer profile: Keith and Janet Cumings

We are a family run point-to-point livery yard based near South Molton, on the edge of Exmoor, offering a 5 star accommodation for all our horses.  We treat them all as individuals and pride ourselves on attention to detail. We start with roadwork on our quiet country lanes with steep hills, ideal for muscle-building. We train mainly on grass gallops, and frequent trips to the moor, which the horses love. Our all-weather sand and rubber school is ideal for loose schooling and flatwork, also invaluable when winter weather sets in, ensuring that horses do not have to miss a day’s work. We also have use of a superb all-weather gallop and an all-weather schooling ring.

We hunt mainly with the Devon & Somerset Staghounds, and believe in qualifying horses properly, as it is a great way to educate young horses on all sorts of terrain and it introduces them to crowds of horses and people.

Over the years we have enjoyed success with some lovely horses:

Persian Scimitar           (won 7 Hunter Chases in the 80’s)

Flame ‘O’ Frensi          (won 24 points and 2 Hunter Chases)

Khattaf                          (won 26 Ladies Opens)

More recently, Starember Lad, Friar Waddon, Mine’s A Gin, Swiftwood and Touch of Flame were prolific winners, resulting in an excess of 250 winners for the yard so far.

Daughter Jo was National Novice Champion and rode over 100 winners herself. Now married with children, she still rides out regularly.

Bonanza Boy started his career with us, hunting and schooling.

Similarly Gold Cup winner Master Oats came for some hunting and a change of scenery.

Recent winners from the yard, The Disengager, Alpha Native, The Wealerdealer and Typical Oscar have now progressed to the NH scene.

We use top jockeys such as Will Biddick, Josh Guerriero, Sam Allwood, Matt Hampton and Michael Heard, and travel all over the South West.

Horses for this season include, Certain Flight, Go On Henry, Whenharrymetsally and Gone That Way plus a new batch of youngsters sourced from sales in Ireland that are learning their job.

There are full or part shares of Ownership available for the coming season.  We plan to have runners on the opening day of the 2013/14 season at Black Forest Lodge.

Our daughter Nicky heads a competent happy team who work hard to produce fit, well turned out horses.  A huge picnic and drinks basket, makes for a happy day for all.

Read Carolyn Tanner’s trainer feature on the national website at: http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/go/news/Keith_cummings.html

South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh Preview

The old racecourse at Buckfastleigh is the location for this Sunday’s point-to-point, and with the recent hard frosts claiming several race meetings, all roads will lead to the meeting where a bumper day of action is on the cards.

A total of 150 entries have been received in all with a high class mixed open the feature race. Prior to the main card which kicks of at 12 noon, two pony races will take place at 11am and 11.20am. Many top jockeys, including Sam Twiston-Davies and Hadden Frost, have graduated from pony racing and it’s a chance to see future stars in action.

The Farriers of South Devon sponsor the opening Confined Maiden race for horses and geldings only and has attracted 15 entries.

Next up is the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race which is a qualifier for a Hunter Chase final at Exeter on Devon Life Ladies’ Night which takes place on Tuesday, May 8. Twenty three are entered and these include Benedictus who ran well last season when a surprise 20-1 winner in an 18 runner Restricted race in a quick time. Another interesting entry is Buck’s Bond, trained by Richard Barber, looked a likely winner before unseating his rider at the second last on his only run last year.

Then there is The Westcountry Champion Chase Winners Only Mixed Open Race. Sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co this is the Devon and Cornwall Area Classic race, and has a total prize fun of £1000. It has attracted 23 high class runners and looks to be a thrilling battle.

The prolific winner Southwestern could be looking to add to his two wins at Wadebridge already this season. He won this race here last year and is on track for another cracking season for his trainer Camilla Scott and jockey Neil Harris.

Lining up to challenge could be Chapoturgeon. He won the Jewson chase at the Cheltenham festival in 2009 when trained by Paul Nicholls who jointly owns him. He impressed again on his Hunter Chase debut when winning at Newbury last month.

For The Staff won at Chipley Park when pleasing his jockey Jo Buck making virtually all of the running. Trained by Nigel Edmonds the horse is reported to have benefited from a wind operation.

Gwanako, trained by Richard Barber, was second in the Ladies Open at Larkhill in January. He has previously won chases at Ascot and Aintree when ridden by Ruby Walsh. He is likely to be aimed at the Aintree Foxhunters this season.

Mustangsallyrally could improve on his second at Larkhill in January and Bishy Barnaby a previous course winner, needs to find his old form having disappointed his connections on his first run this season in a hunter chase at Warwick.

Wrays & Co Jewellers, Kingsbridge& Plymouth sponsor the Open Maiden Race for Mares and Fillies only. With 29 entered this race could well be split.

Co-Op Funeral Care sponsor the Confined race and 22 are entered. Alpha Native won at Ideford Arch when sent off favourite. Ballybrown had some creditable form in 2009.

PSP Insurance & Financial Solutions Limited sponsor the Restricted. This race has already been divided with 19 entered in each.

In the first division Buck’s Bond was unlucky at Larkhill when sent off the odds on favourite and was hampered and unseated his jockey Will Biddick. Battle Bridge started the season with a win at Tweseldown and followed up with a second at Black Forest Lodge to Delta Borget.

In the second division of the Restricted Blinding Lights impressed at Chipley Park with an easy win. Googoobarabajagal is progressive and worth noting.

The old racecourse at Buckfastleigh provides excellent viewing for all and has easy access off A38. Postcode TQ11 OLT

There are several trade stand, bookies, a licensed bar (with real Ale) and catering marquee serving great hot food/drinks and homemade cakes at affordable prices.

Entry fee £20 per car load £10 car/driver only £7 pedestrians.