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Devon & Cornwall point-to-point area award 2015 and final standings



Leading male rider: Peter Pearn Memorial Cup

Leading male rider Darren Edwards receiving the Peter Pearn Memorial Cup at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point end of season Dinner and Dance


Darren Edwards 123 points
Will Biddick 112  points
Jamie Thomas 85 points
Robbie Henderson 64 points
Matt Hampton 55 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 45 points
David Noonan 43 points
Sean Houlihan 33 points
Jake Bament 24 points

Leading lady rider: JG Kellock Memorial Cup

Leading lady rider Leanda Tickle receiving the JG Kellock Memorial Cup at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point end of season Dinner and Dance


Leanda Tickle 67 points
Jo Buck 47 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Vicky Wade 35 points
Bryony Frost 34 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Heidi Lewis 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Oliva Hutchins 13 points

Leading male novice rider:  

Leading male novice rider David Noonan receiving his award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

David Noonan 43 points
Sean Houlihan 33 points
Harry Cobden 21 points
Jake Bament 24 points
Ryan Chapman 14 points
Hedley Webb 11 points
Joe Drinkwater 8 points
Paul Thomas 6 points

Leading lady novice rider:

Leading lady novice rider Hannah Welch receiving her award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Heidi Lewis 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Emma Watson 8 points
Charlotte Prichard 8 points
Lucy Mager 7 points
Taylor Pook 7 points
Harriet Skinner 4 points

Leading owner: GK Probert Perpetual Challenge Cup :  

The Bradley Partnership (Miss Nicola Martin)  55 points

Owner/rider most points on one horse: Silver Ransome Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Jennifer Davenport received the Owner/rider most points on one horse award and Leading owner/rider/trainer award at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point end of season Dinner and Dance

Jennifer Davenport – Mic’s Delight – 16 points

Leading veteran rider: Orchard Perpetual Challenge Cup;  

Leading veteran rider Alex Muirhead receiving his Orchard Perpetual Challenge Cup award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance


Alex Muirhead    3 points
Kim Courtauld    1 point

Leading horse:  Axminster Carpets Perpetual Challenge Cup

Dicky Bob – Miss Verity Nicholls – 20 points

Leading novice horse: Little Vanity Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Dicky Bob –Miss Verity Nicholls- 20 points

Leading mare ; Cornish Princess Perpetrual Challenge Cup;

Whenharrymetsally  – Mrs Hannah Broggio – 15 points

Leading veteran horse –  Anjubi Perpetual Challenge Trophy:

Bellflower Boy – Ben Robarts – 12  points

Owner/breeder: Seal Marine Perpetual Challenge Trophy

Ziggerson Hill –Miss Jackie Du Plessis – 9 points

Leading owner/rider/trainer: HJ Widdicombe Memorial Perpetual Challenge Trophy:

Jennifer Davenport – Mic’s Delight – 16 points

Rider gaining most points at single meeting: Prideaux Horse Perpetual ChallengeTrophy:  

Will Biddick receiving his Rider gaining most points at single meeting award at the Devon & Cornwall area dinner and dance

Will Biddick – 5 winners and a third = 21 points Dulverton West

Devon & Cornwall Bookmakers Perpetual Challenge Trophy – Rider longest official SP;

Mervyn Woodward – Highland Thistle 66-1 at Dulverton West

Western Morning News Trophy 2015 – best individual performance

Ryan Chapman receiving his award the Western Morning News silver salver from Frank Yeo at the Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Dinner and Dance. He also appeared on the sports page of The Western Morning News following the awards ceremony.

Ryan Chapman:

Ryan and his family are the essence of a pointing family having supported the sport locally for generations. Ryan himself rode as a 16-year-old but had a long break to further his career as a farrier. He shed 5 stones in order to continue riding in point-to-points in the last couple of years.

Riding pointers prepared by the family, and with only a handful of rides, he rode his first winner at Wadebridge in January, and rode a double on Easter Monday at his local Trebudannon track.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 of the Dulverton West 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: Sportography (Mark Johnston), Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Tim Holt, Brian Armstrong, Stephen Wensley, and Roger Peaple


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

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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


138cm & Under Race

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch
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


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


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THE game Devon mare Lucette Annie proved a shining star on a dull, overcast afternoon at Buckfastleigh where the going was predominately soft. This popular chestnut made all the running to score easily in the hands of regular jockey Darren Edwards. She was well clear and looked in command when Robbie Henderson pulled up the favourite The Mythologist almost within the wings of the second last. The favourite looked to be giving vain chase at the time. “He was very tired,” said his jockey.

“Lucette Annie has now won 12 races including four times at Buckfastleigh,” beamed Simon Partridge who trains the mare for owners Janet Humphrey and Clare West. This is almost certainly her last season since a mating with Black Sam Bellamy beckons. “I would like to run her in a hunter chase before then, but she is ground dependent and it would have to be on the soft side or good at least,” added the Poundsgate trainer

The Restricted winner Miss Gotaway (Jamie Thomas) also confirmed a likeness for the track and testing ground by following up her course win last month when overhauling the front running Donpierre (Ben Robarts) approaching the final fence. Home bred by Audrey Goodwin, the Midnight Legend mare looks a decent stayer in the making. “She jumps well, stays all day and is one of the nicest mares in the yard,” enthused trainer Kayley Woollacott.

Dicky Bob also started off his winning sequence on this course last month and was scoring for the third time in succession when turning the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate qualifier into a procession under Jo Buck. The betting suggested a straight fight between Dicky Bob (7-4) and Lotus Pond (11-10) who was seeking his fourth straight win. Peter Bryan sent Lotus Pond into the lead at the sixth fence, but Dicky Bob stuck his grey head in front at the fourth last and sailed well ahead down the hill to win in a canter. A tired Lotus Pond was overhauled by Infamous Grouse for the runner up spot. Jo Buck was partnering her 50th point-to-point winner on Dicky Bob, whose owner/trainer Verity Nicholls considered that her progressive grey, “needs more experience,” when I posed the question whether the Cheltenham final of this event might be on the agenda.

The successful graduation of former pony racing riders has been a feature of Westcountry pointing this year. Hannah Welch, 17 and Harry Cobden, 16, are just two teenagers to emerge, and each added to their previous successes on Sunday.

Hannah’s winner was the hat trick seeking Beuvron who landed odds of 1-4 in the Hunt race. ”He will probably be better with the lighter weights in Ladies’ races and we will go down that route now,” stated Sam Holdsworth, who trains the ex-French gelding for Charles Stanley.

All 12 starters in the Novice Riders’ race got round with Silver Token scoring by seven lengths after a patient ride from Harry Cobden. Ottery winner Mic’s Delight set out to make all under Jennifer Davenport, but the winner had been making stealthy progress under his stylish young rider and seized the initiative running down the hill towards the last bend. This was the second winner of the weekend for Cobden who now has five point-to-points plus a Leicester hunter chase to his credit.

The two divisions of the Open Maiden race also attracted 12 runners in each division with each section going to previously unraced horses. Crosspark caught the eye in the parade ring in the first division, and this Midnight Legend five-year-old was well backed before making a winning debut under Josh Guerriero. Home bred by the Dennis family, Crosspark runs in the colours of Jill Dennis. “We hold this horse in the very highest regard. The dam Blue Shannon also produced It’s a Long Road who won twice for us last month. This is better than giving mother a box of chocolates for mother’s day,” smiled Tim Dennis.

Another home bred in the shape of Wee Saxon opened his account in the other division. Tom Chanin eased the six-year-old into the race along the back straight, but his progress was halted with a mistake at the third last. The Kayf Tara gelding rallied down the hill and headed Oldeddietherebel on the home bend despite running green. Robert Chanin trains the winner for owner Julie Purdie and said, “He is a lovely young horse. We have had him since September but he cut a rear fetlock on Christmas Eve and had to have a month off.” Julie’s husband Sax said, “This horse is bred from a family we have had for forty years.”


Results of the East Cornwall 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: Tracy Roberts of Turfpix


Sunday 22nd March 2015, the Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy (near Tavistock).

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Results: Western Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 14 February 2015


Going: Soft, tacky

Confined (The Green Waste Company)

1 Sweet My Lord (Tom Chanin) 4-7 fav prom, led 3 out, pushed clear
2 Swansbrook (Leanda Tickle) 7-4 hdwy 14, ev ch 3 out, not pace wnr
3 Archie Rice (Bryony Frost) 20-1 late hdwy, nearest at finish
7 ran; 4l; 1l; 6m 19s
Owner; Mr T & Mrs E M Worth; Trainer: Robert Chanin

Ladies’ Open (Savills Cornwall)

1 Beuvron (Hannah Welch) 1-3 fav made all, easily
2 Iron Chancellor (Bryony Frost) 2-1 chased wnr, well held from 3 out
2 ran; 12l; 6m 10s
Owner: Mr C Stanley; Trainer Sam Holdsworth

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Supreme Danehill (Darren Edwards) 11-1 hdwy 11, led 4 out, stayed on well
2 Little Cornham (Will Biddick) evens fav gd hdwy 12, effort 4 out, alwys held
3 Tolatetobeearly (Taylor Pook) 12-1 made most til 4 out, held from next
8 ran; 5l; 6l; 6m 14s
Owner;Mr G F Edwards; Trainer: Gordon Edwards

Open Maiden

Division 1 (Stimson & Tieken)

1 Lucius Fabeo (Olivia Hutchings) 7-2 alwys prom, led after 4 out, held on well
2 Only Gorgeous (Jo Buck) 12-1 slt ld 4 out, ev ch til no extra flat
3 The Mystro (Will Biddick) 5-4 fav made most til 14, no extra from next
9 ran; 1 1/4l; 14l; 6m 19s
Owner Miss O Hutchings; Trainer Olivia Hutchings

Division 2 (Rosevean Veterinary Practice)

1 Racey Lacey (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav made all, pushed out flat, comf
2 Follow The Paint (Robbie Henderson) 7-4 effort 3 out, cl up blnd next, not recvr
3 Bertie’s Way (Darren Edwards) 14-1 kept on clsg stages
11 ran; 9l; 1l; 6m 23s
Owner The Racey Club (Jo Metherall); Trainer Pauline Geering

Men’s Open (Mr & Mrs Peter George)

1 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 6-1 good prog 4 out, led after last, ran on
2 Working Title (Sam Drinkwater) 10-11 fav made most til hdd & no extra after last
3 Bellflower Boy (Ben Robarts) 16-1 with ldrs, wknd 4 out
6 ran; 5l; 12l; 6m 15s
Owner Mr Stuart Jarrett; Trainer Ed Walker

Restricted (Trelawny Subaru, Penzance)

1 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 7-4 led 4 out, slt ld 3 out, asserted flat
2 Le Clo De La Londe (Jamie Thomas) 11-8 fav challd from 4 out, ev ch til no ex flat
3 Genermouse (Josh Newman) 7-1 with ldrs til outpaced 4 out
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicola Martin

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

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Previous winners of the Devon & Cornwall area classic race, The Westcountry Champion Chase at Buckfastleigh

TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES COMPANY Totnes & Bridgetown Races, which dated from 1783, ceased to exist following the closure and requisition of their course at Totnes in 1939 but through the continued existence of the Company, they are able to assist both Point-to-Point Racing and Hunter Chasing.

The Company is pleased to continue its support of the Dart Vale & South Pool Harriers’ Point-to-Points at Buckfastleigh and at February 15th’s meeting is proud to sponsor “The Westcountry Champion Chase”, the Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race which carries total prize money of £1000, with £700 to the Winner.

This race was first run at Buckfastleigh in 2002  as an Area Feature Race but achieved Devon & Cornwall Area Classic Race status in 2006 when the prize money was raised to £1000.

Winners to date include:

(£500 race)

Year Horse Owned by Ridden by
2002 Rimpton Boy Mrs E Hutchinson Miss Polly Gundry
2003 Mister Benjamin Mr P Nicholls Miss Chloe Roddick
2004 Hobbycyr Mr R Kelvin Hughes Miss Polly Gundry
2005 Sandy Duff Miss M McCarthy The Owner

 (£1000 race)

Year Horse Owned by Ridden by
2006 Finewood Mr R Woollacott, Mr L Chilcot & Mr C Elliott Mr Richard Woollacott
2007 Jalons Star Mr B Robarts The Owner
2008 Dare to Dream Mrs A Baker Mr Neil Harris
2009 Rockwithacaveman Mr R Pike Miss Polly Gundry
2010 Bishy Barnaby Mr C Firminger Mr Richard Woollacott
2011 Vintage Class Mr CWW Dupont Mr Michael Miller
2012 For the Stars Mrs E Worth & Ms A Argyrides Miss Jo Buck
2013 Lucette Annie Mr & Mrs C Humphrey Mr Darren Edwards
2014 Minella Stars Mr G & Mrs S Henderson Mr Robbie Henderson
2015 Blazing Whale Mr F Read & Mr E Walker Mr Robbie Henderson
2016 Kirkleigh Mrs Sue Trump; Tom Chanin
2017 Jepeck Mr Jon Pike Mr Jamie Thomas
2018 Rye Cross Mr Clive Bennett Mr Sam Jukes



Hunt race (Sponsor – Stags)

1 Blinding Lights (Matt Hampton) 3-1 effort 14, challd 2 out, drew clr flat

2 Robin Will (John Mathias) 10-11 fav held up, led 2 out, mstk last, no extra flat

3 Donpierre (Ben Robarts) 9-1 led 7 til 3 out, kept on

6 ran; 6l; 1 3/4l;  6m 27s

Owner: Mrs Mary Sanderson; Trainer: Mrs Mary Sanderson


Restricted (Agrii & Hartnoll Hotel)

1 Bien Connu (Will Biddick) 5-2 jt fav handy, left in lead 14, dvn out

2 Mangans Turn (Josh Newman) 5-1 hdwy 13, stayed on well near finish

3 Definitely Rosie (Sarah Bowen) 33-1 prom til 6, rear 13, good late hdwy

15 ran; 1l; short head;  6m 28s

Owner; The Peckmoor Partnership; Trainer Jack Barber


Mixed Open (Matford Land Rover & John Pearcey Memorial)

1 Parkam Jack (John Mathias) 12-1 held up, hdwy 13, led 2 out, held on well

2 Certain Flight (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav hdwy 12, effort 2 out, ev chance, no extra flat

3 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 3-1 chased ldrs 14, fin well

9 ran; 1l; 1/2l;  6m 26s

Owner: John & Floss Symes; Trainer Kayley Woollacott


Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas) 5-2 fav hdwy 14, strong chall to lead last, rdn clr flat

2 Soul Native (Will Biddick) 7-1 imprvd 14, effort 2 out, no extra flat

3 Canshetrain (John Mathias) 6-1 rear, good hdwy 15, ev ch 3 out, no extra next

13 ran; 5l; 4l;  6m 38s

Owner John Pike; Trainer Kayley Woollacott


PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Dodson & Horrell)

1 Silver Token (Harry Cobden) 2-1 fav hdwy 14, cl up 3 out, disp last, ro well flat

2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 4-1 prom, led 15, clr next, kept on well when headed flat

3 Talab (Nick Lawton) 9-1 midfield, good late hdwy

13 ran; 1/2l; 5l;  6m 32s

Owner Rachael Green; Trainer Rachael Green


Club Members Mares & Fillies (TBA & Countryside Alliance)

1 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) 4-9 fav made all, clr apprg last, comfortably

2 Romney Marsh (Hannah Welch) 16-1 tracked ldrs, went 2nd 3 out, kept on

3 Knight Blaze (Matt Hampton) 7-2 with ldrs, effort 15 , kept on

5 ran; 2 1/2l; 2 1/2l;  6m 45s


Open Maiden Division 1 (Mount Pleasant Inn)

1 General Girling (Philip Thomas) 5-2 led 12, joined 3 out, stayed on gamely flat

2 Just Imagine It (Will Biddick) evens fav prom, bad mstk 13, disp 3 out, just held

3 Ziggerson Hill (Olivia Hutchings) 20-1 alwys prom, 3rd from 14, not trbl ldrs

12 ran; neck; 6l;  6m 36s

Owner Caroline Keevil; Trainer Pat Bryant

Open Maiden Division 2 (Robin Barwell Memorial)

1 Midnights’mischief (James Jeavons) 8-1 tk ld 3 out, held on gamely

2 Porlock Bay (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav in touch, challd 3 out, no extra apprg last

3 Follow The Paint (Robbie Henderson) 7-4 chased ldrs, ev ch 3 out, kept on

9 ran; 3l; 3/4l;  6m 47s

Owner Mrs Julie Batho; Trainer Alastair Ralph


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

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Results: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross Bank Holiday Monday 26 MAY 2014

Going: Soft , heavy in places


Confined (Penbode Veterinary Group)

1 Clew Bay Cove (Harriet Skinner) 3-1

2 Print The Money (Sarah Dennis) 10-11 fav

3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 5-1

7 ran; 6l; 5l;  7mins 2 secs


Men’s Open (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) 1-2 fav

2 Steeltown (Jamie Thomas) 13-8

3 Pauillac (Ben Robarts) 50-1

4 ran; 6l; 15l;  7m 9s


Ladies’ Open (T L Rowe Park Homes)

1 Current Event (Megan Nicholls) 1-4 fav

2 Red Penny (Bryony Frost) 5-2

2 ran; 6l;  7m 3s


Restricted (Coodes Solicitors)

1 King Kash (Jamie Thomas) 12-1

2 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) evens fav

3 Kawana Cove (Heidi Lewis) 33-1

8 ran; neck; 20l;  7m 1s


Club Novice Riders’ (PRJ Engineering)

1 Join Together (Megan Nicholls) 1-3 fav

2 Rocklyn (Sarah Pidsley) 50-1

3 Googoobarabajagal (Rob Stoneman) 10-1

5 ran; 25l; 4l;  7m 12s


Open Maiden Division 1 (Dawn West Devon)

1 Walker Ridge (Catherine Atkinson) 7-2

2 Wivannie (Bryony Frost) 5-2 fav

3 Forty Knights (Jim Cole) 14-1

13 ran; neck ; 15l;  7m 30s


Open Maiden Division 2 (FC Cleaning Systems)

1 Brave Encounter (Lucy Gardner) 11-2

2 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 9-4 fav

3 Gleann Ri (Chloe Swaffield) 7-1

11 ran; 2 1/2l; 1 1/4l;  7m 26s


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.


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 of the Axe Vale meeting


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The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath photographic (Marcus Bath), Big Green Annual (John Beasley), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, and Tim Holt


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