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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS POINT-TO-POINT, BRATTON DOWN, 7th JUNE 2015

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Bookmaker David Phillips has kindly supplied this week's notes:-

A glorious sunny afternoon at The Tiverton Staghounds meeting at Bratton Down in the heart of Exmoor. The opening race, the Members, was an exciting contest where Whenharrymetsally prevailed in a tight finish with Le Clo de la Londe. Well ridden by Liam Drowne, she was backed at 2/1 with Le Clo de la Londe around 11/10.

In the first maiden anyone who backs Will Biddick horses were rewarded when the Nikki Frost trained Stop the Press won very easily having been backed at 8/1.

The second division of the maiden was memorable because it was Alice Mills’ last ride in a point to point before she turns professional. She won with a well timed run on Askers Lad at a very generous 3/1.

The intermediate was won very easily by the Alan Hill trained and Joe Hill ridden Broken Eagle at around 5/1. The heavily backed favourite The Flying Doc had it all to do when falling. He had been backed from 6/4 into evens.

In the Men’s open the betting was mainly divided between the prolific winner Cock of the Rock and the Barber / Biddick duo with Queens Bay. The nine year old mare Queens Bay prevailed at 2/1 after a good battle with the veteran Barneys Mate.

There was an upset in the Ladies’ Open when the 13 year old Ned White having his last race won easily at 5/1.The disappointing favourite It was Me was turned over at 2/5.

In the restricted the easy to back Golanzine passed the post first only to be disqualified for going the wrong side of a marker.The race was awarded to Craigbienn ridden by the champion ladies rider Gina Andrews, a well backed 4/1 shot.

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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: Tim Holt, Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Roger Peaple and Big Green Annual (John Beasley)

NEXT FIXTURES

Saturday, 13th June 2015, Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh – the season finale and Devon & Cornwall area pony racing finals.

Saturday 27th June 2015, Devon & Cornwall area end of season awards dinner & dance, The New Continental Hotel, Plymouth.

Sunday 19th July 2015, ED BARRETT IJF CHARITY LUNCH, Trebudannon Racecourse

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Report: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point at Bratton Down, Sunday 7th June 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

The crowds flocked to the Point-to-Point course at Bratton Down, where glorious sunshine with plenty of exciting race action delighted the crowd, at the penultimate race meeting of the season. The Tiverton Staghounds hosted the event on Sunday, with two races divided on the day, giving a total of eight very competitive races.

Five came under the starters orders for the Winston Pincombe Land Rovers-sponsored Members Race, where the Kayley Woollacott’s entry Le Clo De La Londe had been sent off odds-on favourite. Heidi Lewis had set the pace on the Woollacott team’s other runner Pasternak Jack. For a while it looked to be a Woollacott team win, but jockey Lee Drowne had ridden a patient race on the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally, getting the better of the three way tussle up the home straight to win by one and a half lengths.  “She travelled well, jumps and stays, they set a nice gallop and I didn’t panic. It is the second ride for Keith Cumings in two weeks and two wins.” quoted the delighted jockey.

Trainer Nikki Frost clocked up her first of two wins on the day, in the first division of the Open Maiden race, which had been sponsored by Stags. Stop The Press, under champion jockey Will Biddick, came home the ten length winner, ahead of Peggy’s Hero with Queens Law in third. The Frost’s team second winner came when The Greendale Rocket literally rocketed up the hill in the second division of the Restricted race. He flew over the finishing line and jumped another fence before jockey Byron Moorcroft could pull him up. Go On Henry had tried to head the winner up the home straight, but The Greendale Rocket fought back under a strong drive by Moorcroft, to win by a half a length. ” I have driven down from Scotland this morning just to ride for the Frost team.” quoted the jockey, who used to ride as a conditional for Jimmy.

The second division of the Open Maiden went to Askers Lad, giving jockey Alice Mills a win riding in her last Point to Point before turning professional. The Reuben Chapman-trained Onwegoagain had travelled well having led over the final ditch, with Alice keeping a keen hold of Askers Lad, who had previously run out at the last fence at this course before, rode a thrilling finish to win by a length.

Broken Eagle, from the leading National trainer Alan Hill’s yard took the Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race, winning by a distance under jockey Jo Hill. Joint owner Jake Exelby was thrilled with his bargain purchase, which they bought out of Doncaster sales. “We will step him up into open company next season, with the possibility of short distance Hunter Chases in the future.”

The Men’s Open was snatched by champion jockey Will Biddick on Queens Bay for the Jack Barber team, coming home seven lengths ahead of Findlay’s Find. The veteran 15 year old Barney’s Mate ran really well in third, having led over the third last fence. “Queens Bay is a lovely horse, she is game, stays well as she has proved today.” said the delighted trainer, who added “Barney’s Mate gave Chris such a good ride, you wouldn’t believe he was 15.” This race had been sponsored by The Poltimore Inn, North Molton.

It Was Me had been sent off odds-on favourite in the Ladies Open, but had to settle for third. The front running Ned White, under Leanda Tickle, had only been headed for a short stretch after the second last when Fiulin put up a challenge, with the 13 year old Ned White relishing the drying ground. He  was determined to make his last race before retiring a winning one. His owner Jacqueline Elliot commented on his win saying  “He has done us so well, always being placed. We are looking for a good home for him now, maybe along the lines of racehorse rehab.”

The first division of the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Restricted race resulted in the first horse over the line Golanzine, being disqualified for his trainer/jockey Mark Wildsmith missing a marker on the course. The race was awarded to the Andrews family’s Craigbenn under jockey Gina Andrews, who is soon to be awarded the National Ladies title.

Will Biddick was awarded the leading jockey trophy for the most wins over the three Bratton Down meetings. Owners of Whataknight and Queens Bay were jointly awarded the leading horse title.

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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: Tim Holt, Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Roger Peaple and Big Green Annual (John Beasley)

NEXT FIXTURES

Saturday, 13th June 2015, Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh – the season finale and Devon & Cornwall area pony racing finals.

Saturday 27th June 2015, Devon & Cornwall area end of season awards dinner & dance, The New Continental Hotel, Plymouth.

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Results: Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, 7th June 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Members Race (Winston Pincombe Land Rovers)

1. Whenharrymetsally (Lee Drowne) 5/4
2. Le Clo De La Londe (Jamie Thomas) 4/5 Fav
3. Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 5/2
5 ran; 6m 8s
Owner; Mrs H. Broggio ; Trainer; Keith Cumings

Open Maiden (Stags)

Division One

1. Stop The Press (Will Biddick) 7/1
2. Peggy’s Hero (Emily Harbour) 14/1
3. Queens Law (Darren Edwards) 14/1
9 ran; 6m 5s
Owner; Mrs M. Denmark; Trainer; Nikki Frost

Division Two

1. Askers Lad (Alice Mills) 6/4
2. Onewegoagain (Darren Edwards) 5/4 Fav
3. Jam Tomorrow (Bryony Frost) 25/1
8 ran; 6m 8s
Owner; Mr G. B. Foot; Trainer; Owner
 

Intermediate Race (Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd)

1. Broken Eagle (Joe Hill) 3/1
2. Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 5/1
3. Fourstar River (Matt Hampton) 2/1
12 ran; 5m 53s
Owner; Mr A. Hill & Mr. J. Exelby; Trainer; Alan Hill
 

Men’s Open (The Poltimore Inn, North Molton)

1. Queens Bay (Will Biddick) 7/4
2. Findlay’s Find (Dave Mansell) 9/1
3. Barney’s Mate (Chris Barber) 20/1
12 ran; 5m 52s
Owner; Mr & Mrs Dickinson; Trainer; Jack Barber
 

Ladies Open (Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

1. Ned White (Leanda Tickle) 5/1
2. Fiulin (Abbie Hughes) 10/1
3. Florence Mary (Lucy Mager) 20-1
8 ran; 5m 58s
Owner; Mrs J & Mr N. Eliot; Trainer; Robert Chanin
 

Restricted Race  (Witheridge Garage)

Division One

1. Craigbienn (Gina Andrews) 3/1
2. Just Seven (Vicky Wade) 7/4 Fav
3. Tikkeche (Josh Newman) 8/1
9 ran;
Owner; The Andrews Family; Trainer; Mr S. Andrews
Note: An accurate race time is not available as Golanzine Crossed the line first, but was disqualified for missing a marker.
 

Division Two

1. The Greendalerocket (Byron Moorcroft) 5/1
2. Go On Henry (Matt Hampton) 8/1
3. Earthpower (Will Biddick) 8/11 Fav
8 ran; 6m 8s
Owner; Mr D. Williams; Trainer; Nikki Frost

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Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point entries and form, Bratton Down, Sunday 7th June 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Open Maiden Race
3rd 15:10 Intermediate Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Ladies Open Race
6th 16:55 Restricted Race

Going (Thurs 4th): Good to soft with good in places

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 v =  void

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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REPORT ON THE DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AT BRATTON DOWN, SUNDAY 17TH MAY 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE first of three late season fixtures at Bratton Down proved quite an occasion.for the British point-to-point world.

Will Biddick has held the National point to point title for the past three seasons. After beating his previous best seasonal total of 42 winners this year, the next natural objective was to better the previous British record of 56 winners in a season held jointly by brothers Tom and Oliver Greenall.

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Will Biddick returns to the paddock at Bratton Down on the Claire Hitch trained Bernshaw, having broken the record for wins in a British point-to-point season.

The Cornish rider lost little time in breaking the record on Sunday by winning the opener on Bernshaw, but why stop there? Biddick went on to partner four more winners as the pressure came off during a memorable afternoon.

“My aim this year was to hold on to the National title but I soon picked up more winners (22 since Easter) and the record became a reality. Ollie and Tom went all the way to Umberleigh when they did it (last meeting of the season in June), but I have done it with four weeks to go at one of my favourite tracks,” said a clearly relieved jockey.

Bernshaw took the 13-runner Restricted in good style for the local yard of Claire Hitch, as a prelude to a trio of successes saddled by Jack Barber, who has supplied the majority of the champion jockey’s winners this year.

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Will Biddick on Bugsie Malone holds off The Mystro to win the second division of the Bob Pittard Memorial maiden race

Bugsie Malone was the first of these in a 16 strong Maiden . This promising five-year-old, owned by Graham Roach, was making his racecourse debut and held on well when challenged by The Mystro up the final climb. “He came in late and we have had to do a lot of jumping with him. He is green and will improve,” reported the young trainer.

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Will Biddick returns to the winners enclosure on Whataknight with Jack Barber

Six-year-old Whataknight is more the finished article and after opening his account on this course last year has now added a hat trick of wins this season. The Midnight Legend gelding looks a fine prospect and took the Members’ Conditions race for his owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook.

The Barber stables tally was completed when Queens Bay was given a typically patient Biddick ride to win the Mares and Fillies race. “She has had time off and didn’t come in until February,” said Barber who trains this former bumper and hurdles winner for owners Lucy and Robert Dickinson.

Suzy Berry saddled the other leg of the five-timer when her father’s nine-year-old Otis Tarda just got the better of a spirited battle with Fourstar River in the Intermediate.

The Bob Pittard Memorial Maiden provided a major shock when the unconsidered outsider Highland Thistle prevailed in a tight finish under Merv Woodward. Bought as an unbroken four-year-old, the sturdy gelding is trained for owner Andrew Pope by Julie Pocock at Stolford on the edge of the Quantocks. “First time blinkers have made all the difference,” said the trainer as her charge finally put a string of disappointing efforts behind him.

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Bryony Frost driving for the line on Bellflower Boy to win the mixed open from Cecile De Volanges

It was a case of dispensing with headgear which has rejuvenated the four miles Mixed Open winner Bellflower Boy. Bryony Frost conjured a storming late run out of this multiple winning chaser who stayed on up the hill to hold the equally strong finishing Cecile De Volanges. “He loves galloping and is as tough as old boots,” exclaimed Culmstock based trainer Stuart Sampson who handles the 12-year-old for owner Ben Robarts, and was completing his first training double as he greeted his fourth winner of the season.

Top Chief was the first leg of the stable double in the PPORA race limited to riders who have won less than 10 races. Jake Bament, who was partnering his fifth winner of the season, works for the Harry Fry yard, and had his mount out in front from half way before shaking off Barneys Mate up the gruelling final hill. John Gardener and Terry Hamlin share ownership of Top Chief who was bought at Doncaster last September after winning twice for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott.

19-year-old Bryony Frost was awarded the newly installed Mike Trickey Memorial Cup for the best ride of the day on Bellflower Boy in the four miles Mixed Open.

After such jubilance, spare a thought for popular local point-to-point jockey Ed Barrett who has recently been transferred to the spinal injuries unit at Oswestry hospital. Ed is improving slowly from serious injuries sustained in a fall at the Eggesford meeting last month.

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 photographers were at the meeting: Sportography (Mark Johnston), Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Tim Holt, Brian Armstrong, Stephen Wensley, and Roger Peaple

NEXT FIXTURES

Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2015, South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, nr Halwill Junction, EX21 5AE.

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RESULTS: DULVERTON WEST POINT-TO-POINT AND PONY RACES– BRATTON DOWN – 17th MAY 2015

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good

Restricted (Sponsor – Hayes Garden Machinery)

1 Bernshaw (Will Biddick) 9-2 clear from 14th, ran on strongly

2 Golden Squirrel (Robb Hawker) 10-1 good headway three out, kept on well

3 Just Seven (Vicky Wade) 9-2 led 9th to 13th, no extra from two out

13 ran; 2l; 2 1/2l;  5m 47s

Owner: Mr & Mrs RME Wright; Trainer; Claire Hitch

Open Maiden – Bob Pittard Memorial

Division 1 (The Pittard Family)

1 Highland Thistle (Merv Woodward) 66-1 left in lead 15th, stayed on gamely

2 Looking For Mick (Rob Hawker) 16-1 good late progress, nearest at finish

3 Driftwood (Will Biddick) 5-4 fav late headway, finished well

15 ran; 1/2l; 1/2l;  5m 54s

Owner; Andrew Pope; Trainer; Julie Pocock

Division 2 (Brewer Harding & Rowe – solicitors)

1 Bugsie Malone (Will Biddick) evens fav headway three out, left in lead last

2 The Mystro (Matt Hampton) 9-2 headway two out, strong chall flat, just failed

3 Don’t Doittome (J Hepburn) 20-1 chased leaders, left 3rd at last

16 ran’ neck; 7l;  5m 55s

Owner; Graham Roach; Trainer; Jack  Barber

Members Conditions (Philip & Sarah Hobbs)

1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 4-7fav led/ disputed til asserted apprg last

2 Fiulin (Robbie Henderson) 11-4 not reach leaders, took 2nd flat

3 Swansbrook (Leanda Tickle) 16-1 tracked leaders, no extra from two out

5 ran; 20l; 6l;  5m 46s

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

PPORA Club Members Riders Conditions (AP & VA Maddox Ltd)

1 Top Chief (Jake Bament) 4-1 made most from 6th, ran on well under pressure flat

2 Barneys Mate (Christopher Barber) 9-2 chased winner from 16th, no extra flat

3 Overclear (Vicky Gravite) 20-1 went 3rd three out, not reach leaders

7 ran; 7l; 6l;  5m 49s

Owner; J Gardener & T Hamlin; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

Mixed Open 4 m 1f (Brend Hotel Group)

1 Bellflower Boy (Bryony Frost) 7-1 held up, 4th at last, strong run flat to lead 75 yards out

2 Cecile De Volanges (Charlie Dando) 5-2 held up, 3rd at last, strong run flat, just failed

3 Right Enough (Matt Hampton) 16-1 led til 8th & agn 21st til after last, kept on

13 ran; head; 3l;  8m 19s

Owner; Ben Robarts; Trainer; Stuart Sampson

Intermediate  (James Pryce Tractors)

1 Otis Tarda (Will Biddick) 10-1 held up, led last, just held on

2 Fourstar River (Ian Chanin) 4-1 prominent, sustained chall flat, just failed

3 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 11-8 fav led two out til last, no extra flat

12 ran; neck; 2 1/2l;  5m 48s

Owner; Tony Berry; Trainer; Suzy Berry

Mares & Fillies TBA (Thoroughbred Breeders Association)

1 Queens Bay (Will Biddick) evens fav tracked leader til led apprg last, comfortably

2 Marlpit Oak (Daniel Sansom) 12-1 chased leaders, stayed on to take 2nd flat

3 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 7-2 not reach leaders, snatched 3rd near line

7 ran; 5l; 4l;  5m 47s

Owner; Robert & Lucy Dickinson; Trainer; Jack Barber

Pony Racing

Point to Point Pony Racing CONFIRMED RESULTS FOR THE DULVERTON WEST AT BRATTON DOWN ON SUNDAY, 17TH MAY 2015

138cm & Under Race

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
2. THE JOBS NOT STRAIGHT – Tyler Heard
3. MOLLY – Connor Brace
4. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament
5. MAYDAY BLACK MINK – Charlie Sprake
6. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
7. CLONAMULLY DANNY BOY – Archie Woollacott
8. CHINKWELL FELIX – Taylor Fisher

NR BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau

148cm & under

1. PEATEAOH – Connor Brace
2. VADLAWALKOVER – Tamby Welch
3. IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong
4. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young
5. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston
6. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard
7. NUALA – Michael Treneer

NR TOUCH CONTROL – Simon Morgan

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Dulverton West Point-To-Point entries, ratings and form guide, Bratton Down, 17th May 2015

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Going: Good (15th May)

Preview extract:

The first of three Point-to-Points to be held at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, will be held next weekend by the Dulverton West on Sunday 17th May.

With a back drop view of Exmoor, this course is another of the popular picnic party tracks for all the family to enjoy. Gerald and Victor Dartnall sponsor the Pony racing, which heads up the action at 11.45am, with the main eight race card commencing at 1pm, over 130 entries have been received.

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

Entrance to the course is £25 car load or £10 car and driver. There will be a bucket collection in aid of Injured Jockey’s Fund and Devon Air Ambulance.

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

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.

1st Race – The restricted race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
0-2p415 ANNWYL 33 Ed Walker
50545-64 BENDARE DUNDAT (IRE 34 Alexander Hutter
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
*60-2125 DOYEN DYNAMO 36? Ed Walker
p1p4p-6R GO ON HENRY (IRE) 32? Keith Cumings
2-pp3352 GOLDEN SQUIRELL 37 Charlotte Budd
-p624622 JOHNNY NO CASH 35 Nikki Frost
3p0-65pp JUST HATTIE 32? Dennis Branton
61u-p321 JUST SEVEN (IRE) 37+ Roy Smith
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
44-64414 NUDGE THE NUGGET 34 Maria Lewis
8f53-212 STEEL BRUSH (IRE) 36 Keith Cumings
f2u-p4pu TALLAND BAY 35 Marcella Bayliss
-955f12 TEMPESTATEFLORESCO 38+ Joe Tickle
/p15-2p3 TEMPLETON (IRE) 37 Kayley Woollacott
pp86-7p4 THE GREAT IAM(IRE) 25? Rebecca Smale
pp8-4r61 THE PERSUADER 34+ Caroline Prouse
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland
/p8p-31 WINTER GARDEN (IRE) 35+ Reuben Chapman

Preview extract:

The James Hayes Garden Macinery-sponsored Restricted race heads up the up the main race card, with entry Doyen Dynamo the likely favourite after his one length second at Kingston St Mary. Golden Squirrel was third that day, but could figure after his second to Cracking Habit at Holnicote and would look to appreciate the drying ground. Mangans Turn stayed on well to win at Littlewindsor and could well score for the Jack Barber team.

2nd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 1

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
2b45-332 AAH BLESS 34 Carol Lawrence
-23 COME ON MOTHER 33+ Robert Chanin
/pff/p-p CRACKON POP 12? Michael Sweetland
p/09/-fp DANCE WITH ME (IRE) 00? Graham Laity
/50-253 DARKGESTURE (IRE) 25 Keith Cumings
DRIFT WOOD Jack Barber
p6-ppppp HIGHLAND THISTLE 00? Julie Pocock
-p HOICK HOLLOA (IRE) 00 Marilyn Burrough
LOOKING FOR MICK Andrew Hawkins
-4 MASTER BAKER 30+ Lisa Jefford
*0-5r MASTER MAX 24? Camilla Scott
pup//-pp MASTER SIDNEY 00 Roy Smith
-ppp25 REGULAR GUY (IRE) 30? Jane Western
u452-335 SPENDAJENNIE (IRE) 30? Kayley Woollacott
-2pfRp48 TALL STORIE 00 David Bryant
-f33 TELL TONY (IRE) 30+ Jill Dennis
-fppp72 THIRTYFIRST DANSAR 29 Joe Tickle
3p-Rp33R UPTO OLLIE 31? Sarah Pidsley
pf-pp325 VILLAGE WHISPERS 25 Julie Bright
pu/p98-p WELL NIGH (IRE) 23? Anna Bucknall

Preview extract:

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, and of the 20 entered in the first, the Carol Lawrence-trained Aah Bless could follow up on his eight length second to Just Seven at Vauterhill. Come On Mother from the Robert Chanin team is another to have scored a second and third at the Great Trethew meetings. The Jack Barber-trained Driftwood could be interesting on his debut run, with any market support worth noting. This race is sponsored by the Pittard family in memory of Bob Pittard.

3rd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/p4-pp ARDANGLASS 00 Gordon Chambers
/4-256 ARNY 24? Ed Walker
4p6-6pp2 ASKERS LAD 30 Graham Foot
-ppp ASTRAL STAR 00 Karyn Heard
-5 BOOTSTRAP MILL 17 Lisa Jefford
BUGSIE MALONE (IRE) Jack Barber
2u27-463 DERNIERE DANCE (FR) 31? Caroline Prouse
73u54344 DON’T DOITTOME (IRE 21 Michael Felton
*9p-fu22 FORRARDON XMOOR 31+ Jilly Baskerville
p/2pp-25 FOXES BRIDGE 30 Douglas Proctor
-pp HARRY PARTRIDGE 00 Carol Lawrence
3-46u2d2 HIGH PRIORITY 31+ Keith Cumings
/fp-p9 ITS CRABBIE’S TIME 19 David Stephens
5/p3-ppp JAM TOMORROW 24? Marily Burrough
25-p2p33 MY ROSIE B (IRE) 26? Stuart Sampson
pppp-pp6 SEENIGORA 00 Angela Davis
/-ppfu3u STRONG HURRICANE 27+ Lizzie Luxton
p-33fu24 THE MYSTRO (IRE) 31 Keith Cumings
/34/-sRp TREVAYLOR BOY (IRE) 00? Kim Tripp

Preview extract:

In the second division of the Open Maiden, Askers Lad and Forrardon Xmoor are just two of the entries having come close in maiden races and look sure to progress soon. Bugsie Malone could run well for the Barber team This division is sponsored by Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors.

4th Race – The Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
p3p-p3p3 DANDOOLEY 30? Julie Pocock
2-322241 FIULIN 42 Ed Walker
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
/3-111p7 IMPACT AREA 41 Harriet Besent
59bu-7pp JOPERO 34 Sam Holdsworth
2p6-p612 KOSTAQUARTA (IRE) 41 Jack Barber
2-538611 PASTERNAK JACK 40+ Kayley Woollacott
6pp-2953 ROBIN WILL (FR) 40 Kayley Woollacott
4p5-4168 SPECIAL OCCASION 36? Sarah Gould
2571237p SUPREME DANEHILL 40 Gordon Edwards
2-622372 SWANSBROOK (IRE) 39 Sue Popham
/upp63-5 TERI D TRIXTER (IRE 35? Nicola Martin
23-c1311 WAK A TURTLE (IRE) 40+ Kayley Woollacott
451-11 WHATAKNIGHT 41+ Richard Barber

Preview extract:

In the Bratton Down Club Members Conditions race, which is sponsored by Sandhill Racing Phillip & Sarah Hobbs, Whataknight, already on a seasons hat-trick of wins, and Kostaquarta both hold entries in the mid-week Cothelstone meeting, but if the Barber team choose to run here, either horse must be respected. Impact Area from the Harriet Besent team, is on a seasons hat-trick and may have found the ground too lively when pulling up recently at Larkhill.

5th Race – The PPORA Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
231-p735 A NEW RISING (IRE) 37? Jill Dennis
2-224433 BARNEYS MATE 39 Jack Barber
p6-p7353 FALCON ISLAND 40 Peter Doggrell
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
-3231221 MIC’S DELIGHT (IRE) 43 Jennifer Davenport
5-4u6063 OVERCLEAR 33 Leslie Jefford
-ppppp RAAPETI 00 Bronwyn Buttery
6-5p5p42 TOP CHIEF 36 Stuart Sampson
6-3p3434 VERTIGER DORE (FR) 33 Rebecca Welch

Preview extract:

The ultra consistent Mic’s Delight has given owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport a peach of a season and is likely to be sent off favourite here in the PPORA club Members race, which is sponsored by Andrew & Vanessa Maddox.

6th Race – The 4m1f Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
543pp321 BELLFLOWER BOY 41 Stuart Sampson
124-34p3 BELLSINNI RON (IRE) 41? Jack Barber
5-7uu572 BEST BIDE QUIET 40? Lisa Jefford
316-23u BRIZE NORTON (IRE) 39 Natasha Seely
4fu21141 CECILE DE VOLANGES 42+ Michael Hawker
3-588p5u FATHER OWEN 35 Janette Branton
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
-22111b5 HAMELDOWN TOR 43 Ed Walker
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
1-64312p RELIABLE RICHIE 41 Reuben Chapman
122f-352 RIGHT ENOUGH 39 Robert Chanin
3326-p03 RIVER INDUS 41 Harriet Tucker
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
26-32483 TALAB 40 Gerald Greenway
p-41p212 WELSTONEDRUID 42 Robert Chanin

Preview extract:

The feature race of the day will be the Brend’s Hotel- sponsored Mixed Open four mile-one furlong race. Entry Bellsinni Ron from the Jack Barber team, could give jockey Will Biddick the win he is looking for which could take him into the record books. Hameldown Tor is also entered and could put up a bold show for owners The Otter Club and jockey Robbie Henderson. Cecile De Volanges is another entry to consider, from the Michael Hawker team, he is already on a seasons hat-trick, including a win earlier this month at Cold Harbour.

7th Race – The Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
73f112f2 ACCORDING TO HARRY 40+ Nicola Martin
86p-p4pp BETH’S STAR 32? Joanne Sleep
p464p-5p CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 32? Michael Sweetland
424/-011 CRACKING HABIT 38+ Sarah Prouse
p49pf/-8 FIRMOUNT BEECH 30? Elizabeth Scott
p371-32p FOURSTAR RIVER 38 Stewart Reddaway
2221p149 GENERAL GIRLING 36 Patrick Bryant
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Prouse
1-pp2fp3 KAWANA COVE 38? Maria  Lewis
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
12-p22p1 ON YOUR MAX 36 Ed Walker
/3414-74 OTIS TARDA (IRE) 37 Anthony Berry
p3p-21p1 PETERBROWN (IRE) 39+ Karyn Heard
5/-fu441 REDLYNCH ROCK (IRE) 36+ Teresa Clark
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
-344fp11 SEDGEMOOR TOP BID 36+ Joe Tickle
-p945385 SUNKEN SECRET (IRE) 33? Lee Glanville
581u2222 TURTLE BOYS (IRE) 38+ Harriet Brown
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland

Preview extract:

According To Harry is from a team bang in form, with Nicola Martin sending out winners most weekends. He has claims in the James Pryce Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race having run a head second to Jepeck at the Upcott meeting. Hallo Dolly made a pleasing start to her seasons campaign under Darren Edwards, when coming home five lengths second to Pasternak Jack at Vauterhill, the mare had been off the track for two years and looks likely to improve for the run.

8th Race – The TBA Club Members Mares Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4p/332-4 ALYSIA’S FLAME 35? Katie Bellamy
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Pouse
*8744-41 KATIE’S MASSINI 32+ Elizabeth Scott
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
22-111p MISS GOTAWAY 40 Kayley Woollacott
*45/3p- QUEEN’S BAY Jack Barber
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
-1s1pb23 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 40? Keith Cumings

Preview extract:

There is an extra race this season, which is a mares only club race put on by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Club Members race for Mares & Fillies only, which will close the days event, suggestions would be Miss Gotaway from the Kayley Woollacott team, and Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings yard.

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Point-to-Point Racing Company: RICHARD BARBER RETIRES

News : General : Weatherbys Point-to-Point.

25 September 2014 RICHARD BARBER RETIRES

by Carolyn Tanner

Richard Barber, one of the two most successful trainers in the history of Point-to-Pointing and Hunter Chasing – the other being the late Joe Turner – has decided to call it a day. “I didn’t want to compete against Jack [his grandson, who made such a fine start to his own training career last season],” he explained solemnly, adding “I might have come off second best!”

His initial winner was Gerry Doyle, who scored under Jacqui Thorne at Nedge in 1986, and he signed off with Whataknight (Will Biddick) at Bratton Down in June.
Rimpton Boy and the evergreen Barneys Mate rank among his most prolific winners, while the innumerable young horses which have begun their racing days under his tutelage before switching to Paul Nicholls and making their name under Rules include See More Business, the Cheltenham Gold Cup hero of 1999.

Multiple victories in a day have been commonplace, the most notable being when he saddled seven winners at Castle Of Comfort in 1998.

He won the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase four times with Fantus (twice), Rushing Wild and Earthmover, and he sent out Trust Fund to take the Aintree equivalent in 2009.

The many jockeys who have enjoyed a fruitful time through their connection to the Barber stable include Justin Fathing and Tim Mitchell, plus champions Polly Curling, Rachael Green and Will Biddick, while eight times champion Polly Gundry got her foot on the ladder to success at the Seaborough yard.

The other retirement in the Barber family is that of Jack, who has hung up his racing saddle at the age of just 23 to concentrate on training, having booted home over 60 winners since opening his account on Thisthatandtother on his debut in 2009.

The majority of his grandfather’s horses have transferred to his own neighbouring yard, and he is taking on the responsibility for the Nicholls youngsters. He currently has over 30 in, with more to come. Will Biddick and Josh Newman will share the riding duties.

Richard will not be idle, as twice a day he will be tending to the gallops which are utilised not only by his and Jack’s Pointers but by the strings of Harry Fry and Anthony Honeyball. He has also awarded himself a new title, announcing “I’m now Chief Criticiser!”

REPORT: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT STAFFORD CROSS SUNDAY 27TH APRIL 2014

HEAVY April showers, which included a vicious hail storm for good measure, punctuated the afternoon at Stafford Cross which featured a second double of the weekend for Will Biddick.

After two successes at Woodford on the previous day, Minella Fifty took the champion jockey to the 30 winner mark in his quest for a third successive title when making all to win the Mixed Open at his leisure in the colours of Exmoor based owner/trainer Claire Hitch.

Biddick added to his score in the last race when newcomer The Eaglehaslanded ran away with the 10-runner Open Maiden. This Milan four-year-old is owned and trained by Paul Nicholls who said, “We bought him at the Land Rover (Goffs) sale and he is a half brother to Pepe Simo who won a lot of races for the yard. He has been very backward and is not a bumper sort, so this is the best way of bringing him on. He will be put away now.”

Fresh from receiving his jump trainers’ trophy at Sandown on the previous day, Nicholls watched his 16-year-old daughter, Megan, win the Novice Riders’ event on Join Together. Rose Loxton now handles this ex-Nicholls inmate for owner Wendy Fogg, and the nine-year-old exuded class to defeat Barneys Mate (Philip Miller) and Francis du Mesnil (Lucy Mager) in a good finish. Megan is battling with Katy Lyons for the National Lady Novice Rider title, and bounced back from a nasty fall on Easter Monday to ride her 8th winner of the season here.

Ed Walker saddled the first two winners on the card in Minutes Later and Level Spirit. Danny Burton was paying his first visit to the track and partnered Minutes Later to win the Hunt race for Ross Willmington, a joint master of the Axe Vale, and Alistair Holder. “This is my first horse and first winner. We bought him at the hunt Christmas auction at Branscombe village hall for a bit of fun,” laughed Ross. Jockey Danny Burton is based with Alan King and was riding his second winner of the campaign.

Robbie Henderson has been chasing Will Biddick hard for the National Men’s title, and Level Spirit became his 22nd winner of the season when just mastering the favourite Notus de la Tour in the Confined. A winner of three of his five races this season for the Otter Club syndicate, nine-year-old Level Spirit was described by his trainer as, “Really tough. It was too tacky for him last time at Upcott Cross.” Biddick has extended his National title lead this weekend such that his challenger confessed, “I have no chance of catching him now.” With seven weeks of the season left , maybe Robbie has been taking mind games tips from the Chelsea football team manager.

Bryony Frost rode her 9th winner of the season when getting Brackenwood, trained by her mother Nikki, home in the Intermediate. David Prichard made a bold bid to steal the race on the mare Roseyroo, but after a neck and neck battle on the long run-in, Brackenwood just got his head in front where it mattered. “Bryony got him into a nice rhythm and he is a genuine horse,” remarked Bryony’s father Jimmy Frost. “He is home bred and was difficult as a youngster and Jamie Thomas did a good job with him when he worked for us,” added Jimmy.

Nikki Frost just missed out on a training double when Donpierre (Ben Robarts) was narrowly denied by Midnight Breeze (Ceiran Gethings) in the Restricted. A lightly raced eight-year-old by Midnight Legend, the winner was bred by his owner Helen Stoneman and is trained by Ollie Bush. “He is the last produce of Fly the Wind and has not been the easiest. He has needed lots of patience and I have nursed him all along,” said the owner. The successful jockey, 19-year-old Ciaran Gethings, shows much promise and is beginning to get rides under rules for his employer Philip Hobbs.

MONEY TALKS

Brackenwood (9-4 into 7-4) and Roseyroo ( 6’s to 9-2) were nicely backed before fighting out the finish of the Intermediate. They finished well clear of their rivals and the form looks solid enough.

Donpierre had caught the eye in finishing fourth on his English pointing debut at Upcott Cross (my official SP 40-1 that day). The Nikki Frost trained gelding was offered at a very tight 7-4 here before easing to a more realistic 11-4 (3-1 in places). He is a winner in waiting but had to give best to the determined Midnight Breeze in the Restricted (3-1 and 100-30).

Lively outsiders in the Restricted included:-
Asian Miner ( 20’s to 12’s) look out for at Holnicote or Bratton Down
Last Minute Notice (20’s to 14’s) – added another “p” to his previous four – bookies friend
Noble Aran (20’s to 14’s) – finished remote fourth, his sole success came on fast ground

Interest in the Open Maiden centred on the previously unraced four-year-old The Eaglehaslanded. The combination of Paul Nicholls as his owner/ trainer and Will Biddick as his jockey sent the bookies into a frenzy and 1-2 was immediately chalked up.
With none of the big hitters prepared to invest, 4-6 and 8-11 became available before the off. The Nicholls gelding readily obliged, but the five-year-old runner-up Garden Whispers (20’s to 10’s) stayed on really well to finish second and Golden Squirell (12’s to 4’s) was far from disgraced in third.

RESULTS

Results of the Axe Vale 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: Bath photographic (Marcus Bath), Big Green Annual (John Beasley), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, and Tim Holt

NEXT FIXTURES

Saturday 3rd May, Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point & Pony Races, Flete Park (near Ivybridge).
Monday 5th May, Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill (near Torrington).

RESULTS: Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday, 27th April 2014

Going: Good to soft, becoming soft

Hunt race (Sponsor; Beviss & Beckingsale Solicitors)
1 Minutes Later (Danny Burton) 4-1
2 Miss Cupcake (Will Biddick) 2-5 fav
3 ran; only two finished; 1 3/4l; 6m 30s
Trained by Ed Walker

Confined (J & FJ Baker & Co Ltd – Harry Parr Memorial Cup)
1Level Spirit (Robbie Henderson) 2-1
2 Notus de la Tour (Tom Chanin) 11-8 fav
3 Rush N Roll (Michael Legg) 12-1
5 ran; 2l; 15l; 6m 4s
Trained by Ed Walker

Mixed Open (Lee Clifford Engineering for the Graham Hollingworth Memorial Cup)
1 Minella Fifty (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav
2 Foynes Island (Rob Hawker) 7-2
4ran; only two finished; won by a distance; 6m 9s
Trained by Claire Hitch

Intermediate (Matford Land Rover – PF Penny Memorial Cup)
1 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 7-4 fav
2 Roseyroo (David Prichard) 9-2
3 Fresh’s Fever (Jamie Thomas) 12-1
8 ran; neck; 25l; 6m 1s
Trained by Nikki Frost

Novice Riders’ (Lentells Chartered Accountants – Graham Stuart Memorial Trophy)
1 Join Together (Megan Nicholls) 1-2 fav
2 Barneys Mate (Philip Miller) 4-1
3 Francis du Mesnil (Lucy Mager) 20-1
7 ran; 1 3/4l; 5l; 6m 8s
Trained by Rose Loxton

Restricted (Martin Diplock – Ruth Wilmington Memorial Cup)
1 Midnight Breeze (Ciaran Gethings) 100-30
2 Donpierre (Ben Robarts) 11-4 fav
3 Spot the Grey (Darren Edwards) 7-2
8 ran; neck ; 12l; 6m 14s
Trained by Ollie Bush

Open Maiden (Scott Rowe Solicitors- Stan Sweetland Memorial Cup)
1 The Eaglehaslanded (Will Biddick) 8-11 fav
2 Garden Whispers (Danny Burton) 10-1
3 Golden Squirell (Rob Hawker) 4-1
10 ran; 10l; 1 1/2l; 6m 20s
Trained by Paul Nicholls