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RESULTS: EAST CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT, GREAT TRETHEW, 8 MARCH 2015

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Going: Soft

Hunt members’ (Cornish Times, Liskeard)

1 Lucius Fabeo (Olivia Hutchings) 9-4 prom, led approaching two out, ran on well flat

2 Bold Perk (Jo Buck) 5-2 led until three out kept on one pace

3 Mon Chevalier (David Noonan) 8-1 improved three out, every chance last, no extra flat

6 ran; 4l; 1l; 7m 3s

Owner: Olivia Hutchings; Trainer; Olivia Hutchings

Open Maiden, 4 and 5-year-olds only, 2m 4f (Prydis, Liskeard)

1 Polo The Mumm (Hannah Welch) 6-4 fav led from third, drew well clear three out, ran on strongly

2 Come On Mother (Matt Hampton) 4-1 progress to third after three out, stayed on to flat 2nd

3 Mystery Edition (Darren Edwards) 3-1 tracked leaders, left 2nd

9 ran; 15l; 3l; 5m 59s

Owner Mr & Mrs George Welch; Trainer Sam Holdsworth

Open Maiden, 4 to 7-year-olds only, 2m 4f (Group Travel, Bodmin)

Division 1

1 Great Camanoe (Jake Bament) 20-1 headway 12th, mstk three out, pushed clear apprg last

2 Whatastormnorm (Tom Chanin) 9-4 fav late headway, nearest at finish

3 Arcs Abound (Matt Hampton) 8-1 prom, every chance after three out, wknd last

8 ran; 3l; 2l; 5m 59s

Owner Mrs Rebecca Welch; Trainer; Mrs Rebecca Welch

Division 2

1 Only Gorgeous (Jo Buck) 8-11 fav led 13th, stayed on well

2 Turnstone (Darren Edwards) 15-2 good hdwy three out, kept on

3 Give A Hoot (Geoff Barfoot-Saunt) 6-1 with leaders until wknd apprg last

9 ran; 2l; 5l; 6m 1s

Owner Miss Lucy Gardner; Trainer Miss Lucy Gardner

Mixed Open (King’s Head Hotel, Altarnun, Launceston)

1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) evens fav held up, rapid hdwy to lead three out, comf

2 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 6-1 alwys leaders, led four out, stayed on steadily from next

3 Babeny Bridge (Chester Williams) 2-1 tracked leaders, every chance three out, not quicken

7 ran; 6l; 4l; 7m 4s

Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin

Restricted (Whitehair Engineering, Liskeard)

1 Way Before dawn (Leanda Tickle) 3-1 led / disputed from 15th until asserted last 75 yards

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 11-10 fav led four out, joined after next, every chance until no extra near finish

3 Sava Bridge (Jimmy Cole) 20-1 led until 13th, outpaced 15th

8 ran; 1l; 20l; 7m 3s

Owner Sarah Tickle; Trainer Sarah Tickle

Confined (Jonathan Blake, Money Management)

1 Minella Ranger (Sean Houlihan) 2-1 alwys leaders, hard pressed two out, ran on well

2 Knight Pass (Bryony Frost) 6-4 fav held up, effort to dispute two out, no extra last

3 Minella Web (Jamie Thomas) 6-1 held up, hdwy 15th, no extra from three out

4 ran; 2l; 25l; 7m 19s

Owner Mr & Mrs T Winzer; Trainer Gordon Chambers

The full results including all finishers are available on www.pointtopoint.co.uk

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Preview: East Cornwall Point to Point – Great Trethew, Sunday 8th March 2015

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On Behalf of Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Association

 
Written by: Donna Harris
 
Next weekend will see the re-arranged East Cornwall Point-to-Point fixture take place at the popular track of Great Trethew, Menheniot on Sunday 8th March. Six races are on offer, and with entries of nearly one hundred horses, this promises to be a great day out. The course is popular for maiden horses experiencing the race course for the first time, with many going on to be future stars.
 
Racing starts at 12 noon with the Cornish Times sponsored Members Race, in which Fountains Cloud is a familiar name here having a good track record for Cornish trainer David Stephens. Having won four times at this course including a win last season, they could well be back for more. Lucius Fabeo ran on well when winning at Wadebridge for owner/trainer/ jockey Olivia Hutchings.Talland Bay from the Marcella Bayliss team, is another entry who ran well in second here last season, and Mon Chevalier from the Christine Gray team would be worth noting in the betting, having run well in a Hunter Chase last June at Newton Abbot. 
 
Prydis sponsor the first of the 2m4f Open Maidens which is for four and five-year olds. This race looks wide open with only a few having already had their first runs. Last Pick from the John Heard yard ran a creditable third of 12 at Milborne St Andrew last month. Both Beetle Jack and L’ane Fou had outings last season when L’ane Fou got the better of Beetle Jack at Flete Park. Any market support for French import Polo The Mumm would be worth noting.
 
The Open Maiden for four,five,six and seven year-olds is sponsored by Group Travel,and has attracted 33 entries. This race could well be divided on the day. Those to note are Only Gorgeous, owned and trained by Lucy Gardner, ran a close second at Wadebridge last month. Spendajennie also entered, put up a good effort at Wadebridge, when coming home third under jockey Jamie Thomas for the Kayley Woollacott team.
In the Kings Head-sponsored Mixed Open, the progressive Raffa from the Mitford-Slade team is already on a hat-trick of wins this season,but he may be due a break after his thirds at Milborne St Andrew and then Badbury Rings. This race then could go the way of the Jane Williams-team Babeny Bridge. The latter having run a good second, under jockey Chester Williams this season, behind Aerial at Larkhill in December. Welstonedruid skipped Cothelstone last weekend in favour of connections running him here, he has had plenty of time to recover from his poor run at Black Forest Lodge, and build on what promised to be a bright future.
White Hair Engineering sponsor the Restricted race, in which Sonoftheking was eye catching when winning his maiden by three lengths, under current area leading gentlemen jockey Darren Edwards. Way Before Dawn had been consistently in the frame before finally winning his maiden at Black Forest Lodge earlier last month, and Theatre Goer is a previous course winner here who should come on for her run at Wadebridge.
The final race of the day is the Johnathan Blake-sponsored Confined, in which Kings Bench from the Marie McGuinness team is a dual course winner here and may come back to try for his hat-trick. Also entered is the Karyn Heard-trained Cottage Acre, who had shown some good form last season including a close third in a Mens Open at Bratton Down.
 
On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies,  and numerous trade stands.
 
Entrance is £25 car driver and two or more passengers, £20 Car, driver and one passenger, £15 car and driver, £6 pedestrians, children under 16 free.
 
Course is located at Menheniot, off A38 between Liskeard and Saltash. Postcode PL14 3PZ

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East Cornwall Point-To-Point entries and form, Great Trethew, 8th March 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 2m4f Open Maiden (4&5 yr old) Race
3rd 13:10 2m4f Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race
4th 13:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 14:20 Restricted Race
6th 14:55 Confined Race

Preview extract

Next weekend will see Point-to-Point horse racing enthusiasts flock to the popular track at Great Trethew, Menheniot on Sunday 8th March 2015. Six races are on offer, and with entries of nearly one hundred horses, this promises to be a great day out. The course is popular for maiden horses experiencing the race course for the first time, with many going on to be future stars.

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

Entrance is £25 car driver and two or more passengers, £20 Car, driver and one passenger, £15 car and driver, £6 pedestrians, children under 16 free.

Course is located at Menheniot, off A38 between Liskeard and Saltash. Postcode PL14 3PZ

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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 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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South Pool Harriers Point-To-Point entries & form guide, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 15 February 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 13:10 The Westcountry Champion Chase Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Confined Maiden Race for Horses and Geldings
5th 14:20 Open Maiden Race for Mares & Fillies only
6th 14:55 Restricted Race

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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – NORTH CORNWALL AT WADEBRIDGE 11 JAN 2015

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The first three favourites obliged, but this couldn’t last and punters were on the back foot in the next three until Sweet My Lord landed the odds in the last.

At least everybody was able to seek warm shelter in the huge Wadebridge barn and it doesn’t seem so bad losing money in there.

The Novice Riders’ event attracted a field of 11. Working Title looked very fit and had little difficulty in following up his win at this track just before Christmas. He traded at around 5-4 and will probably be back for more here next month.

In the same race, Cock of the Rock was nicely supported from 5-1 to 4’s to give ex-pony racer Harry Cobden a winning ride. He was travelling well on the inner when slipping up on the bottom bend after the eighth fence.

Early skirmishers had 1-2 about Byerley Bear to beat his four opponents in the Ladies’ Open. He was sent off at 2-5 and prevailed in a spirited battle with the useful ex-David Pipe chaser Dan Breen (solid at 5-2). The Bear will no doubt continue on his winning ways, but Dan Breen, who finished 7th in the 2011 Arkle chase at Cheltenham is worth following in his first season’s pointing. As a coincidence, Ghizao, two places ahead of Dan Breen in that Arkle finished third in this race under his novice rider

I thought that the 10 runners in the Restricted looked a really nice bunch in the parade ring. Black Forest winner Railway Benefit was all the rage, eventually starting at 11-10, but lost ground down the hill and never looked like catching the keen going winner Desert Queen (4-1), and the staying on runner up Ballanrahan (8-1). I also made a favourable note of Whispering Wild (easy to back at 10-1) and Old Grange (12-1) who needed the race after a lay off. The time for this race was only one second slower than the Men’s Open.

Ian Chanin deputised for the injured Chester Williams on warm favourite Babeny Bridge (6-4 to 5-4 fav) in the Men’s race. Will Biddick’s mount Minella Fifty was backed from 3’s into 5-2 and the eventual winner Raffa was nibbled at from 6’s into 5-1. Raffa was again given a positive ride by John Mathias to score for the third time this season. This small eight-year-old must have a big heart because he ran on like a tiger up the finishing hill after the favourite had sprawled badly on landing at the penultimate fence. Hameldown Tor looked in trouble at half way but did his best work near the finish to chase home the winner and would benefit from a stiffer track.

They went 3-1 the field in the first Maiden with Follow The Paint the market choice. This five-year-old was in front for a long way but is not yet the most fluent of jumpers and was left behind from the bottom bend by the Jamie Thomas ridden winner Le Clo De La Londe (6’s to 5’s).

11 of the 13 runners finished in the other Maiden but they were pretty well strung out behind long time leader Sonoftheking who was easy to back at 7-1. The favourite Sisterbrooke (2-1 to 7-4) chased the winner home, with third placed Spendajennie (4-1) looking a likely improver.

All credit to one of our bookmakers, Mike Smith ( pseudonym Hunton), who offered a £20 future free bet in a competition on the Jumping For Fun web site to pick the North Cornwall winners.
No, I didn’t win………

REPORT ON THE NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT THE ROYAL CORNWALL SHOWGROUND, WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 11TH JANUARY 2015

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DESPITE a biting wind whipping across the showground, the North Cornwall attracted plenty of support from a decent crowd and race cards sold out.

Robert Chanin introduced a useful recruit to English pointing in the shape of nine-year-old Sweet My Lord who took the Confined under Tom Chanin.

Robert said, “We looked for a horse all summer and got this horse through an Irish agent out of Willie Mullins’ yard. He was bought unseen and came to us in July. Plenty of other English trainers were interested but we did the deal and he is now owned by Tony and Eileen Worth. He is Tony’s first horse and we think a lot of him.”

I am not surprised because he scored five times over jumps in Ireland and was rated 134 after his last run at Cork shortly before he was bought. He looks a natural for sub- 3 miles hunter chases.

Sweet My Lord was completing a double for the Thorverton, Devon trainer initiated by Wadebridge specialist Byerley Bear in the Ladies’ Open. Despite losing her whip at the first fence, Leanda Tickle managed to fight off the spirited challenge of Jo Buck on the formerly useful chaser Dan Breen who chased the winner all the way up the finishing  straight.

Owned by Roger Knowles, the big chestnut Byerley Bear is virtually unbeatable on the showground where he was scoring for the seventh time. “He is entered for the Silverton at Black Forest next Sunday,” reported the owner.

It was also a case of horses for courses for Raffa, who had won his Intermediate at this track last month and successfully upgraded to Open status under regular pilot John Mathias. This tough little gelding looked to have the measure of the favourite Babeny Bridge when the latter almost slithered to the ground at the penultimate, and then readily held the staying on Hameldown Tor on the gruelling climb to the judge.

A very consistent home bred gelding by Milan, the eight-year-old is trained at Pontispool, Norton Fitzwarren by Richard (Ces)  Mitford-Slade, who owns him jointly with Lucy Fielding-Johnson. “He was as fat as a barrel when he came in from summer grass on 9th August last year. Apart from going round the farm we take him to various places including the gallops at Spaxton, West Buckland and to Washford. I am a bit big to ride him and Katy Bellamy does a lot of the work,” commented the trainer.

Hameldown Tor’s half sister Desert Queen also obviously relishes Wadebridge and followed up her recent Maiden win there by beating nine opponents in the Restricted.  “She was a bit keen over the first two so I just let her bowl along,” said winning jockey Michael Legg. This could be an under statement because the seven-year-old mare from the Dubacilla family was always firmly in command and never looked like being caught. Although she is for sale, Cricket St Thomas trainer Ben Clarke, assistant trainer to Anthony Honeyball, nominated possible targets including a Warwick mares bumper or a mares hurdle.

Joe Drinkwater rode his fifth career winner when Working Title, who again looked outstanding in the parade ring,  made all the running in the Novice Riders’ event. “He has now won three times here and could come back next month,” said Joe Drinkwater who trains the gelding.

Popular local farrier Ryan Chapman partnered his first winner on Benny’s Quest in the hunt race. Bought privately out of Neil Mulholland’s yard, the winner was more of a two miles horse under rules. “We  hoped he would stay. He is a cracking hunter,” said Ryan’s father Reuben who has five pointers in their yard at St Columb Major.

Now 30 years old, Ryan first rode in points at 16. “I got too big and with the farrier job and had a long break from race riding until a couple of years ago,” explained the tall Cornishman.

Le Clo De La Londe was an easy winner of the first Maiden under Jamie Thomas. “He was bought via agent JD Moore at the Aquana sales in France in July and shown as for sale at our open day. He is now owned by John and Sonia Gardener and jumps awesome,” exclaimed trainer Kayley Woollacott.

The other Maiden division went to the King’s Theatre seven-year-old Sonoftheking who was driven clear on the flat by Darren Edwards to beat the favourite Sisterbrooke, “I thought he needed the race,” reported trainer Nicky Martin. “We got him from Philip Hobbs where he was placed over hurdles but he had a twisted gut and couldn’t run last year. He might go back under rules,” added Nicky.

RESULTS

Results of the North Cornwall meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Marcus Bath, Brian Armstrong, Claire Collings, Cornish Equine Media and Tim Holt

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 18th January 2015, Silverton Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge.

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North Cornwall Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders
3rd 12:40 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:15 Restricted
5th 13:50 Mens Open Race
6th 14:25 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
8th 15:35 Confined Race

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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – REVIEW 2013/14 SEASON

YET ANOTHER SEASON has come and gone and we were privileged in the DEVON & CORNWALL AREA to witness some thrilling racing. Our area is the largest in the country, and our season stretched from 1st December through to mid-June, when the Derby has come and gone and Royal Ascot is imminent. Just three of the scheduled 27 meetings were lost due to bad weather in this particularly wet winter and spring– all due to waterlogging.

Pride of place as far as the local horses are concerned goes to the Silverton qualified nine-year-old Byerley Bear. This sound jumping chestnut recorded six of his seven Open wins in the area, ridden to five of them by Leanda Tickle for owner Roger Knowles.

Byerley Bear is stabled with Robert Chanin who performed quite a feat in saddling seven winners from his first eight runners of the season. Welstonedruid looked a useful stayer in the making, and this sturdy six-year-old was also sent out from Chanin’s Thorverton yard to score four times before mid-March.

One of the most progressive pointers in the area was Bradley Brook who followed up wins at Kilworthy and Upcott Cross by winning the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Chase Final under Darren Edwards.

That ultra game mare Lucette Annie was also partnered regularly by Darren Edwards, and took her career tally into double figures. Two of her three victories came at Upcott Cross in the soft ground she revels in.

Whenharrymetsally just edged out Lucette Annie for the area mares award. The six-year-old by King’s Theatre won three of her five races and looks a nice prospect for the future. Red Penny and Paper Lady were other well bred mares to catch the eye. These were just two of the winners saddled by Nikki Frost.

It was good to see the useful ex-chaser Aiteenthirtythree go through the campaign unbeaten. Two of the gelding’s four successes came in the area. His young rider Natalie Parker excelled when forcing her mother’s ten-year-old up in the last few strides to win the Lamerton Mixed Open.

Robbie Henderson was always chasing Will Biddick’s shadow for the National jockeys’ title (well done Will – at least you are Cornish !). Robbie’s 32 winners provided him with his best ever season, elevating him to his first Devon & Cornwall jockeys’ title. Darren Edwards and Will Biddick were his closest pursuers for  the area prize.

The majority of Henderson’s winners were saddled by Ed Walker. The East Devon qualified Level Spirit won four times for The Otter Club and Hameldown Tor’s consistency was rewarded with two late season wins in the same colours from Walker’s Ottery St Mary base. Blazing Whale was also sent out from the yard to win three times, culminating in a defeat of Ross Oliver’s star West Country mare Wee Fly in the Four Burrow Open at Trebudannon.

Wee Fly’s subsequent Members’ success at the next Trebudannon fixture proved to be her 18th and final victory as the mare was injured in a road accident shortly afterwards. This was quite a blow for her sporting owner/trainer Ross Oliver who has accumulated nearly 40 pointing wins between her and her half brother Let’s Fly.

Mister Moonax earned honourable retirement after his Flete Park four miles Ladies’ Open success, and another 14-year-old, Gone To Lunch, stayed on very gamely to win the Dulverton Farmers four miles event at Treborough Hill in March under a terrific ride from Laura Scott.

It is always heartening in the point-to-point world to see “small” stables enjoy their share of success. In this respect Reuben Chapman’s Reliable Richie lived up to his name. The Cornish eight-year-old proved that staying was his best subject with late season wins at Trebudannon and Bratton Down.

Kayley Woollacott enjoyed a  succesful season and produced winners on the first and last day of the season in Mr Bingley and Checkerboard. In addition Steeltown, Minella Web, King Kash and Devon General earned their keep from the Rose Ash yard, Devon General’s impressive win on Easter Monday at Trebudannon was a prelude to his 15 lengths bumper win at Stratford, with young jockey Jake Bament giving way to A P McCoy in the saddle.

Another recent bumper winner to emerge from the area was Julian Selby’s home bred Fivefortyfive who scored on his pointing debut at Wadebridge before landing a Uttoxeter bumper in mid-June.

Certain Flight has become a flagship performer from the Keith Cumings yard and gained the first of his five wins this season in the Tiverton Open. The yard excelled however with their younger horses and six-year-olds Thetalkinghorse, The Mexican Bandit and Whenharrymetsally all emerged as potential stars.

Master Hooper and Whispering Wild won races in the style of good staying types and Ambitious Pursuit, and Carheney River also look to have a future. Annie Aces was successful on both her starts, whilst Babeny Bridge came into the season with two unbeaten runs as a four-year-old and duly added three more victories to his CV.

The latter’s rider, 16-year-old Chester Williams, took the area novice riders’ award by a single point to thwart the late bid of David Noonan. Another 16-year-old, Megan Nicholls, was the area ladies’ novice champion. Her first point-to-point ride Gwanako was beaten at Wadebridge, but the later exploits of Current Event and Join Together took her ahead of Hannah Welch.

The early season injury to Jo Buck threw the Area Ladies’ title race wide open and Bryony Frost’s best ever season (12 winners) enabled the 19-year-old from Buckfastleigh to retain the title she won last year ahead of Leanda Tickle.

I would just like to pay tribute to the Devon & Cornwall Association bookmakers. The odds offered by the bookmakers who stand in our area is the envy of many other parts of the country. Point-to-pointing is set to resume at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday 30th November – see you there.

Report: Dulverton West Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 18th May 2014

THE Westcountry point-to-point season entered its final few weeks on Sunday (May 18th) when the Dulverton West fixture became the first of three meetings to be held in late May and June at Bratton Down.

The scenic views across Exmoor are worth the trip alone, and this time there was the bonus of warm weather. The continuing dry spell also proved a bonus for horses with a preference for fast ground.

This was certainly the case in the 12-runner Restricted with five-year-old Minella Web finishing best of all up the final climb to snatch the race from Carheney River. The winner is a useful looking gelding, trained for Withypool based owner Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey by Kayley Woollacott, who said, “We bought him privately in Ireland where he had run a few times last year and gave him a break. He won at Badbury in February but disappointed since in the soft and he definitely needs this better ground.”

Robbie Henderson had cut the deficit in the race for the Men’s National Championship to five when winning on Minella Web, but title holder Will Biddick was soon in full stride. He restored his lead to six with a hard fought success on Sandra Maltby’s Willow Bird in the Open Maiden which attracted 14 runners. Biddick was content to wait on the Richard Barber trained mare before galvanising his mount for a strong run up the final hill to catch the unlucky O’Flo in the dying strides. A sturdy mare by Midnight Legend whose dam won four chases, Willow Bird was bought at Doncaster sales last May for £6,000 and was having only her third outing.

Gorteenwood was another to relish the drying ground, and was well backed before making virtually all the running to beat his 11 rivals in the Intermediate. His owners Tim and Sue Winzer were given the news as they landed back from holiday at Heathrow airport. “He must have top of the ground,” emphasised the gelding’s trainer Gordon Chambers. Michael Heard gave the winner a positive ride and just had enough in reserve to hold the strong finishing Dancing Olga. Gorteenwood is a tough sort. “He had a suspicion of a leg and missed last year,” reported the trainer.

Reliable Richie is developing into a useful stayer, and the six-year-old followed up his Cornish National win when just outstaying Right Enough in the Mixed Open over the extended four miles. “He could have gone round again. All he does is gallop,” reported jockey Darren Edwards to the winner’s owner/trainer Reuben Chapman.

Aiteen Thirtythree retained his unbeaten record this season with his fourth consecutive success under his young jockey Natalie Parker in the Bob Pittard Memorial PPORA Conditions race. The winner was chased home by another classy performer in Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) – an excellent advert for keeping former National Hunt horses going in a second career. Owner Tracey Parker has obvious pride in her gift horse Aiteen Thirtythree. “He has been in training since last June and will have his shoes off and go in the field now,” she reported.

Another young rider to shine was Chester Williams, who strengthened his hand for the Devon & Cornwall area novice riders’ title when getting Babeny Bridge home in the Confined. The winner had stalked leader Ned White until the last and had to be ridden out to hold the late flourish of What Er Say (Josh Guerriero). “I am in the middle of my A/S exams at West Buckland School and have another exam tomorrow,” said the 16-year-old who certainly passed his race riding test here on Babeny Bridge.

RESULTS

Results of the Dulverton West meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following (professional and amateur) photographers were at the meeting: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Fox Photography, Helen Stoneman, Sportography (Mark Johnson), Tim Holt, Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

NEXT FIXTURE

Monday 26th March, South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross (Halwill Junction).

Results: Dulverton West Point-To- Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 18 May 2014

Going: Good to Firm

Restricted (Sponsor – UK Garden Powers)

1 Minella Web (Robbie Henderson) 16-1
2 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) 13-8 fav
3 Last Edition (Ed Barrett) 6-1
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 3l; 5mins 47secs
Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

Open Maiden (Brewer Harding & Rowe – solicitors)

1 Willow Bird (Will Biddick) 9-2
2 O’Flo (Matt Hampton) 6-1
3 Fountains Cider (David Noonan) 15-2
14 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 49s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Mixed Open 4 m 1f (Brend Hotel Group)

1 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 8-1
2 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 2-1
3 Father Owen (Scott Turner) 33-1
7 ran; 4l; 6l; 8m 15s
Trainer Reuben Chapman

Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)

1 Gorteenwood (Michael Heard)
2 Dancing Olga (Ed Barrett) 10-1
3 Turtle Boys (Ben Clarke) 9-2
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 5l; 5m 42s
Trainer: Gordon Chambers

PPORA Club Conditions – Bob Pittard Memorial (The Pittard family)

1 Aiteen Thirtythree (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav
2 Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) 9-4
3 Eslin Bridge (George Hiscox) 14-1
6 ran; 2 1/2l; 10l; 5m 53s
Trainer: Kevin Parker

Confined (James Pryce Tractors)

1 Babeny Bridge (Chester Williams) 7-4 fav
2 Whar Er say (Josh Guerriero) 6-1
3 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 6-1
8 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 43s
Trainer: Jane Williams