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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good / Good to soft

Hunt race (RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son)

1 The Mystro (Lee Drowne)  led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Father Owen (Scott Turner) 10-1 steady hdwy from 15th, went 2nd flat

3 Bernshaw (Darren Edwards) 1-2 fav led til three out, weakend

4 ran; won by distance; 1l; 6m 10s

Owner; Duckers & Divers Club; Trainer; Keith Cumings

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)

1The Flying Doc (Robbie Henderson) 4-1  good hdwy three out, took lead flat, v. easily

2 Winter Garden (Sean Houlihan) 9-2 chased leaders, outpaced after two out, stayed on late

3 A Real Cliché (Will Biddick) 5-2 fav  led 15th til headed 150 yards out

10 ran; 1 1/2l; neck;  6m 13s

Owner; Cow Boys; Trainer; Ed Walker

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)

1 Minella Fifty (Charlotte Prichard) 7-4 fav led from 14th, stayed on well

2 Presentandcorrect (Laura Scott) 11-4 led/ disputed 5th til 13th, pressed leader til no extra flat

3 Fiulin (Leanda Tickle) 5-1 went third two out, not reach leaders

8 ran; 6l; 10l;  6m 11s

Owner; E & Mrs C Hitch; Trainer; Claire Hitch

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 4-6 fav held up, hdwy three out, led 250 yards out, soon clear

2 Parkam Jack (Jamie Thomas) 5-2 held up, hdwy to lead after three out til headed flat

3 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 16-1 prom, led 15th til three out, weakened

5 ran; 5l; 20l;  6m 9s

Owner; T Hamlin; M dare; J Snook; Trainer; Jack Barber

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)

1 What About Will (Vicky Wade) 3-1 led from 14th, drew clear flat, comf

2 Way Before dawn (Leanda Tickle) 5-1 went 2nd 16th, pressed ldr, every chance til wknd flat

3 Redlynch Rock (Rob Hawker) 4-1 hdwy three out, stayed on to take 3rd close home

9 ran; 12l; 3l;  6m 11s

Owner; Keith wade; Trainer; Neil Harris

Open Maiden

Division 1(The Old Station House Inn)

1 Spendajennie (Matt Hampton) 6-1 tracked ldr from 13th, led last, drew clear flat

2 Master Max (Will Biddick) evens fav progress12th, effort & every ch two out, no extra flat

3 Derniere Dance (David Noonan) 10-1 headway three out, stayed on steadily

9 ran; 6l; 6l;  6m 19s

Owner; Andrew & Hannah Broggio; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)

1 Brandevin (Will Biddick) 11-8 fav held up, hdwy three out, quickened to lead 200 yards out

2 The Conjurer (Rob Hawker) 10-1 alwys prom, disputed lead three out til 200 yards out

3 Regular Guy (Darren Andrews) 14-1 chased leaders, 3rd at last, kept on close home

8 ran; 5l; 5l;  6m 23s

Owner; C Donlon; Trainer; Jack Barber

Pony Racing


138cms & Under Race at 1.00pm

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
2. MOCKING BIRD – Alfie Godfrey
3. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
5. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
8. PARKHILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown
9. KISSY – Emily Handel

NR TOBY – Josh Craddock

148cms & under at 1.20pm

1. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
2. CALYPSO – Ben Godfrey
3. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
4. COOL RUNNER – Thomas Doggrell

NR SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
NR TARKA – Michael Treneer

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COURSE specialist Byerley Bear dominated the Ladies’ Open under Leanda Tickle. The nine-year-old had mopped up all three Ladies’ races run on the Royal Cornwall Showground last season and again showed his liking for the track with another emphatic victory.

Chloe Roddick’s mount Rebel Du Maquis threatened briefly on the bottom bend, but 4-7 favourite Byerley Bear strode clear of the ex-Paul Nicholls chaser up the final hill. The winner’s trainer Robert Chanin said, “He is stronger than ever this year and has enjoyed his hunting. There are no firm plans but he may go for a hunter chase at Taunton in January.”  Leanda Tickle was equally enthusiastic. “He was at his best and switched on when challenged,” reported Leanda who rides out for Victor Dartnall as well as Robert Chanin and Leslie Jefford.

Double Bank is one of the most genuine pointers in the west country and kept up a relentless gallop to defy a penalty in the Men’s Open at the expense of Kirkleigh and Champagne Rosie. “He jumped his way into the lead and I let him bowl on,” explained regular rider Merv Woodward. The winner is trained for owner Jonathan Cole by Emma Oliver at Teign Valley. “Double Bank has won over trips from two miles 5 furlongs to three and a quarter miles and all types of ground,” explained Emma, who also has an eye on the Taunton hunter chase next month.

“The finishing hill here is like Cheltenham,” quipped John Mathias who came from Wales for one ride. This was the game Raffa who duly followed up his recent Black Forest win with a hard fought success over Supreme Danehill in the Intermediate. Joint owner Lucy Fielding-Johnson said of her home bred seven-year-old, “He loves going up hills but is a bit small and may struggle in Opens”.

It was a good training performance from Spaxton based Teresa Clarke to send out Takamaru to win the Restricted. The eight-year-old had been off the course for 18 months but stripped fit and well to defy the favourite Theatre Goer and Ratline Rosie. Takamaru was bought for the Four 4 Fun Partnership last summer from Ashley Farrant, and spokesman Phil Browne commented, “The partnership was formed over a few drinks at the Blue Ball pub in Triscombe near Taunton and I think there is more to come from this horse.” Successful jockey, 19-year-old  David Noonan hails from Kilbrin, County Cork, and works for David Pipe. “This is my fifth winner and I still qualify as a novice rider,” said the jockey.

The novice rider race on this card went to Working Title, who was a fourth winner for 18-year-old Joe Drinkwater. who works for Tom Lacey. The same horse had provided Joe with his first winner in the corresponding race last season. “He will come back here for an Open in January,” said the jockey’s brother Sam who trains the family owned 12-year-old.

Persistent drizzle descended into gloom for the closing Maiden events which attracted fields of 13 and 12 respectively. Rookie trainer Ben Clarke saddled his first winner with only his second runner when Desert Queen won the first Maiden division. A grand daughter of Dubacilla, Desert Queen pulled hard under Michael Legg but had enough in hand to repel the game effort of Wilde At Heart.

The unlucky departure of Westbrooke at the third last left five-year-old The Sweetener ( Jamie Thomas) clear in the closing Maiden where runner up Sisterbrooke caught the eye. Kayley Woollacott saddled the winner, who is from the family of Grand National winner Comply or Die, for owners Paul Govier and Geoffrey Brown. “Jamie has done a fantastic job with him. He had disappointed for Richard (Woollacott) under rules but has had a wind operation,” stated the Rose Ash trainer.


Results of the Cornwall Club meeting


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


The following photographers were at the meeting: Wild Westcountry Cornwall (Proceeds go to the Western Hunt), Marcus Bath, and Tim Holt


Sunday 11th January 2015, North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground.

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Preview: Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday June 1 2014

THE second Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the picturesque course of Bratton Down overlooking Exmoor, takes place this weekend on Sunday June 1st. With the championships hotting up, there promises to be some great action in store. Pony racing heads up the day at 1pm with the main six race card starting at 2pm. A massive 144 entries have been received.

Bray Leino sponsor the Ladies Open, which looks to be one of the feature races. Current leading lady jockey and outside raider Bridget Andrews could increase her lead on either Latest Trend or Quedillac. Latest Trend also holds an entry to Stratford this week, as do Start Royal, and How’s My Friend. Challengers could be River Indus after his three lengths second behind Round Tom at Kingston St Mary. Another entry Ned White, will look to set the pace, and was unlucky at the previous meeting when caught in the home straight, finishing a creditable third. Current Event and Join Together won last weekend at Upcott Cross under Megan Nicholls and could be a danger if either turns out again.

In the Moore Scarrot Accountant-sponsored Mens Open, entries include the David Brace OBE- trained Cock Of The Rock currently on six wins for the season, and Dbobe already on his seasons hat-trick. But this could be a straight battle between the two leading male jockeys Will Biddick, who may get the leg-up on Round Tom from the Richard Barber team, and Robbie Henderson on Before The War or Level Spirit from the current area leading trainer, Ed Walker‘s team. Certain Flight is another holding a Stratford entry, and would be the likely favourite if by passing that event, having been unbeaten so far this season for trainer Keith Cumings. Reliable Richie for jockey Darren Edwards are another combination which could play a major part, when stamina led them to a win here two weeks ago over the longer trip.

In the Members race, Bernshaw won this race last season for local trainer Claire Hitch. Elsin Bridge, and Father Owen will be looking to improve on their thirds here at the last meeting. Lightening Jack and Johnny No Cash are entries for owner John Pearn, either could pose a threat if finding their best form and ground to suit. This race is sponsored by RSM Beares & B Thorne & Son Agricultural Engineers.

Rosettes Direct sponsor the Restricted race which has attracted 30 entries, and may well be divided on the day. Golden Squirell had a comfortable maiden win at Cothelstone, Champion Versions from the Alan Hill team ran a good second at Whitfield. Carheney River, Nurse Brace, Last Edition and The Mexican Bandit are just some of the entrants looking capable of winning a restricted before the season’s finished.

Dancing Olga looks to be one of the favourites to take the Intermediate race which is sponsored by Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family in memory of Donna Kingdon. Dancing Olga ran second here two weeks ago, one and a half lengths behind Gorteenwood who broke the course record that day. Ambitious Pursuit could be looking for his hat-trick here after his two Flete Park wins, and Minella Web from the Kayley Woollacott team won here two weeks ago under Robbie Henderson, could be a danger.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow. Suggestions in the first would be Beaujolais Bob, O’flo and Miss Weld. The second division could go to either My Rosie B or Whataknight. These divisions have been sponsored by Old Station Inn at Blackmore Gate and Slee Blackwell Solicitors.

On course facilities include hot food, bar, bookies and trade stands.

Course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton – EX31 4SG

Entrance £10 car & driver, £20 car and passengers.

Useful Information

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

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Rider Profile: Darren Edwards, PPORA southern jockeys’ representative

With less than a week to go before the start of the new pointing season on 1 December, it is difficult not to get a little bit excited about what the new season might have in store.  Perhaps I could end up sitting on the next Salsify or, better still, Bobs Worth?

Chances are that I won’t, but then again apparently people do win the lottery.

I will be entering my 13th season this time around and I am not shy to admit this makes me one of the elder statesmen of the changing tent but, as they say, with age comes experience.  As a youthful teenager I can recall riding against wiley old foxes like Jimmy Frost, Evan Williams, Tim Vaughan, Leslie Jefford and Ashley Farrant.  It is fair to say they would keep you in your place and the new-starters of today could learn a lot from such characters.  However, the demographic of the modern day amateur has changed somewhat and we now operate in a semi-professional environment where a lot of riders are attached to professional yards.

As someone who plies their trade away from the world of horseracing, in my attempt to keep up with this transition, I am for the first time this season training my own pointer, in the hope of improving my fitness.  “Woody”, as he has become affectionately known, arrived with me this autumn since when I have been giving him plenty of work.  He feels like a surefire winner every time I jump on him and I am hoping he has put me spot on for Black Forest Lodge.  The wonders of an equicizer.

Despite the changes that have occurred within pointing in recent years, from a jockey’s perspective, the fundamental principles of approaching a new season remain the same.  For new and old alike, the coming days [if not done already!] will involve checking the Rider’s Qualification Certificate and Medical Record Book are in order, checking tack including saddles, girths, and stirrup leathers, checking bodily attire including helmet, back protector, breeches and boots.  In addition time will be made for studying entries, speaking to trainers or owners, and planning for the all exciting first day of the season.

My advice to anyone having their first ride on Sunday is to arrive at the races early and familiarise yourself with the layout of the course.  Take advice from those that have been in your position before and, most importantly, enjoy yourself.  I certainly will be.

East Cornwall, Great Trethew Preview

An Easter treat is in store for racegoers this weekend with the first of two meetings to be held in the Devon & Cornwall area is the East Cornwall Hunt at Great Trethew on Saturday March 30, with pony racing starting at 12.30pm preceding the main six race card which starts at 1.30pm.

This course is popular for Maiden runners and the first race up is the Open Maiden for 4 & 5-year-olds in which Its A Long Road, trained by Jill Dennis ran well in a Confined Maiden ridden by Josh Guerriero at Buckfastleighin February, when leading until headed in the final 50 yards by Gontdevon. He followed up with a creditable third at the same venue a month later on heavy going behind Reliable Richie and Ratline Rose. Another entry Final Nudge was unlucky at Barbury when leading until being brought down at the last and it will be interesting to see if the David Dennis-trained gelding can score here.

Next up is the Open Maiden for four, five, six and seven-year-olds sponsored by the Jamacia Inn. 30 are entered and this may well be divided on the day. The Robert Chanin-trained Posh Totty ran second here at the previous meeting after a mistake at the last and lost her race by a length to Typical Oscar. Tiger Wild for trainer Leighton McGuiness is another to consider after his third at Wadebridge and is sure to come on for that run.

St Austell Brewery & Green Air Southwest Ltd sponsor the Mixed Open and of the 11 entered. Double Bank will be looking to defend his unbeaten run of three wins this season for trainer Emma Oliver, having taking the Mixed Open at Bishops Court in fine style for jockey Merv Woodward by five lengths over My Fella. Uncle Keef is progressive for trainer Deborah Treneer and could follow up on his second here behind Sericina having gone on to win the Hunt Members at Buckfastleigh on heavy going two weeks ago for jockey Tom Chanin.

The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members race for Novice Riders could see Turthen for jockey Eleri Apps looking to follow up on her win at Kingston St Mary earlier this month when she beat Barneys Mate with current leading novice jockey Martin McIntyre by four lengths.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate and in this Blazing Whale could go well having run a good second to Ruapehu at Buckfastleigh when a mistake at the last may have cost him the race for jockey Ed Barrett. Waldo Pepper is another to come close in an Intermediate when third at Wadebridge for jockey Josh Guerriero and trainer Roy Smith.

Concluding the day’s events is the Restricted sponsored by Blackburn Metals, in which Takamaru for the executors of the Late Donna Kingdon won his Maiden here for trainer Ashley Farrant and jockey Darren Edwards last season by an authoritative 12 lengths. He was also unlucky at Treborough Hill when he was only just denied a win by Deb’s Dasher by three quarters of a length.

Course is located near Menheniot, Off A38 between Saltash and Liskeard – PL14 3PZ. All on course facilities bar, bookmakers and hot refreshments available. Entrance £20 per car load and £15 car & driver.



Plenty of rain during the week meant ground on the soft side at Flete Park, and the times got slower as the going became holding for the latter races. A typically huge Flete Park crowd braved the showers to see a total of 62 runners contest the seven races at this lovely parkland setting.

Mixed Open – Lord Mildmay Memorial – 4 miles (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co Ltd)

Wee Fly is something of a standing dish ar Flete Park and won for the fourth time at this track under a first class ride from Jo Buck. Wee Fly looked very fit in the preliminaries and started 2-1 joint favourite with the Cothelstone winner Teri D Trixter (Neil Harris). Jo was content to sit off the early pace as Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) made the running, but eased her mount into contention at the top of the hill for the final time. Gershwinner, The Patriarch Game and Teri D Trixter all held chances at the second last where the latter blundered away his chance, but Jo Buck timed her challenge to perfection and hit the front on the game Cornish mare inside the final 100 yards. “I would like to help Jo win the title (National Ladies’) and Wee Fly will come back here for the Modbury four-miler in a fortnight,” reported Wee Fly’s owner/trainer Ross Oliver, who does some of the work with his little star in the saddle on Mawgan Porth beach.

Restricted (Gillard Motors Ltd, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge)

Searree was made favourite on the strength of recent wins at Wadebridge and Trebudannon, where he had Direct Flight and Wee Fly behind him. He seemed to find it hard work here on the more testing ground and had little chance from the top of the hill. The best backed horse was Shanann Star who was backed at all rates into 7-2 after being laid early to one regular West Country “face” at 10-1. Darren Edwards stuck to the inside rails like glue, and pushed the Anshan mare clear from the second last .to beat Before The War convincingly. Darren was partnering his 19th winner of the season and his father Gordon commented, “She is an honest mare who jumps well and has gradually improved. She may run under rules in the summer,” Shanann Star is very much a family mare, but had to seek forgiveness during the week from Darren’s mother Angela. “She was feeling well and bucked me off in the field and I ended with cracked ribs,” said Angela trying to raise a smile.

Intermediate – Elizabeth May Memorial (Full Circle Motors, Ivybridge)

Certain Flight (Will Biddick) led from the second fence and ran on strongly when pressed in the closing stages by Googoobarabajagal (Michael Heard) to whom he was conceding 5lbs. The winner is trained by Keith Cumings for owners Richard and Tina Dunsford. “This is not really his ground or track,” said the trainer. His jockey added: “He coped with the ground but did not enjoy it.” He is already qualified for the Intermediate hunter chase final at Exeter and that is likely to be his next objective.

Confined: (Rodgers of Plymouth Ltd)

Direct Flight might be at the veteran stage but proved that he retains plenty of ability with a hard fought success over the useful Brook Castle. Vicky Wade was riding her fourth winner of the season on the tall 14-year-old, who she also trains for owners Roger Grose, Ronald and Jackie Bunney and her father Keith. Direct Flight was a useful hurdler and chaser in his day, latterly for Jeremy Scott. “He lost his way a bit under rules and came to me at Christmas,” said Vicky.

Open Maiden 4 to 7 year olds, 2m 4f: (Francis Clark)

The newcomer Devon Fare was sent off 4-1 favourite in a wide open market but this half sister to Devon Mead showed lots of greenness and was pulled up before the 12th fence. Cloudlass and Palfrey Boy did the early donkey work, but King’s Scout jumped into the lead at the third last under Micheal Nolan. Driftwood Pride (Richard Woollacott) loomed up as the danger down the hill, but despite running down the final fence, King’s Scout had enough in reserve to hold the promising Driftwood Pride. “That’s a relief,” commented the winner’s trainer Ashley Farrant, adding, “we have had a bug in the yard and he is one of only three with a decent blood count at the moment. He has lots of ability, tons of speed and stays well.” King’s Scout was bought at the Derby sales in Ireland as a three-year-old on behalf of owner Laura Claydon. His half brother called Wilton Milan changed hands for £85,000 at last week’s Cheltenham sales and is joining Paul Nicholls.

Open Maiden (Bartons Solicitors)

The ground had become holding when this race was run, resulting in a time in excess of seven minutes. The winner Sparkbridge did it the hard way, slogging it out with nearest rival Gontdevon to pass the judge with two lengths to spare, having survived a last fence blunder. James Legg had the mount on nine-year-old Sparkbridge, bought by his parents Roger and Jenny out of Simon Burroughs’ yard 18 months ago. This Cotley qualified gelding began his career almost seven years ago when narrowly beaten in a two-year-old flat contest at Ayr on his debut. The Legg family have done very well to keep Sparkbridge sweet latterly, and his breeding suggests a distinct lack of stamina. His sire Mull of Kintyre was a six furlongs performer whose progeny have no pretensions to staying three miles in a horse box – until now.

Hunt Race – Bill Goodman Memorial – (Mrs Sally Goodman)

Bryony Frost set a decent pace on Whatcanisay who jumped well out in front. The race changed shape in the final stages however as Barney Again sailed past at the second last with the Irish Maiden winner Sunken Secret left to chase him home. Barney Again has taken well to pointing and was following up his Kilworthy win. He was taking on a huge task on his last appearance when runner up to Buck’s Bond at Trebudannon, and certainly looked the form pick here. “I might have run him in the Restricted but it was soft enough and he probably needs good ground,” commented the winner’s owner/trainer Mike Weir who is appropriately Master of the Dartmoor hounds.