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 Written by Granville Taylor

I cannot remember an earlier start to a British pointing season. Old timers will recall the days we had to wait until February, but the autumn weather did its best to welcome us to the excellent venue of Ottery St Mary.

So pleasant weather, lovely surroundings and softish ground put a smile on most peoples’ faces, not to mention four out of six winning favourites.

They went 7-2 the field as the flag went down for the 12-runner opener over two and a half miles with the eventual jolly having been cut from an opening show of 5’s. This was the well made six-year-old The Kings Writ, sweating a little but immaculately turned out as usual by Kayley Woollacott. The gelding’s hurdling experience, coupled with fitness saw Josh Newman’s mount pulling away from his rivals in the home straight to score by six lengths. Runner up Danseur du Large (steady ay 5’s) and third placed It Has To Be ( 6’s out to 8’s) look sure to atone before long. Two gambles came unstuck here; Gundahar (20’s to 10’) looked fit but faded to finish seventh and Mystic Court (10’s to 5’s) hit the deck at the fourth when leading.

Colorado Doc landed odds of 4-5 in the Conditions race (touched 4-6 and evens in a place). The six-year-old was given a positive front running ride by Bradley Gibbs and never looked like being caught. War Path (8’s touched 9’s) stayed on well to get within shouting distance of the winner. Mic’s Delight (4’s to 5’s) will be better for the race and Silver Token (14’s touched 16’s) gave a splendid introduction to point-to-pointing to 16-year-old Connor Brace in finishing fourth.

Doc Cody (13-8 out to 9-4) completed a double for David Brace and Bradley Gibbs in the Restricted. The relative generosity of the winner’s SP was due to substantial support for fellow Welsh traveller Champione (3’ to evens), a come back ride after three years absence for top point-to-point jockey Nick Williams. After taking the lead approaching the spinney, Nick’s mount stopped quickly before the second last and was pulled up. Minella Mojo (7’s out to 10’s) chased the winner home and can find a Restricted before long. The triple bumper winner Ghost River (solid 3’s) was well beaten when pulled up at the last but is surely capable of better.

The Mixed Open looked a decent race which went to the heavily backed Rutland based favourite Top Wood. “Our first bet was £600-100”, a leading layer told me before the useful ex-chaser was forced down to 2-1 at the off. Kelly Morgan’s charge, who escaped all the penalties for this race, was given a good ride by Sam Davies-Thomas to skate home by eight lengths. William Money (7-2 from 6’s) chased the winner home (what price his young jockey Connor Brace for the Novices title?). The Wealerdealer ( 3’s from 7-2’s) came from off the pace to finish third whilst fourth home The Dapper Fox (12’s to 10’s) came from the next parish to finish with a flourish (probably looking for Black Forest Lodge). He can score again with more positive handling.  Of the unplaced horses, the ex-Paul Nicholls trained Keltus couldn’t find a friend in the market (2-1 out to 6-1), and Warwick hunter chase winner Poole Master (5’s out to 10’s) couldn’t get in the race after a bad mistake at half way.

By this time the punters were baying for more blood and duly got it as the bold jumping Pointview Gale (9-4 fav from opening 7-4) sailed home in the three miles Maiden to give Josh Newman and trainer Kayley Woollacott their double. He can win again when upped in class. Druid Spitfire (5’s to 4’s) was chasing the winner when coming down at the penultimate and should find a Maiden this season.

The Welsh faces got it wrong in the last. They went for Desert Roe (9-4 to 6-4 fav). but it was the consistent Moreece (9-2 out to 11-2) who took the prize back over the bridge in the hands of Will Biddick.  Runner up Creative Inerta (4’s out to 11-2) will be better for this run. He weakened from two out to finish 20 lengths second.

One of the most heartening sights of the day was to see leading bookie Mike Smith at Ottery after his recovery from serious illness. He will soon be counting his money again.



Dull November brings the blast, when the leaves are whirling fast” – from the poem The Garden Year by Sara Coleridge 1802 – 1852: She was the only daughter of one of the most famous English poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was born at Ottery St Mary in 1772. He died in 1834 so didn’t get to watch any point-to-points at Bishops Court just outside the town, which opened in 1979.

Actually, very pleasant mild Autumn weather prevailed as the Devon & Cornwall area opened the new British point-to-point season at Ottery on softish ground before a sizeable crowd. The afternoon featured riding doubles for Josh Newman and Bradley Gibbs, plus training doubles for Kayley Woollacott and David Brace.

Newman took the opening two and a half miles Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds with a comfortable win on board ex-hurdler The Kings Writ. This rangy six-year-old is owned by David and Steph Stevens and is now in the yard of trainer Kayley Woollacott. “This is one of the couple I nicked off Richard (Woollacott). He was a bit bouncy but outjumped his rivals,” commented the trainer, who confirmed that 25-year-old Josh Newman, a Cheltenham festival winning rider on Midnight Prayer in the 2014 National Hunt Chase, will have the stable rides this season.

It didn’t take long for the successful trainer/rider combination to follow up, thanks to a sound display of jumping from Pointview Gale in winning the three miles Open Maiden. This sturdy ex-Irish gelding drew right away from his opponents after his nearest pursuer Druid Spitfire fell at the second last fence. The eight-year-old runs in the colours of Kayley’s father Martyn and stepmother Nicky Jones.  “He jumped his way there and all he does is jump and gallop,” remarked the Rose Ash trainer.

Welsh pointers invariably do well at the early season Devon & Cornwall meetings, and the enforced late switch of this traditional opening fixture from Black Forest Lodge to Ottery St Mary, proved no exception. Colorado Doc (Conditions Race) and Doc Cody (Restricted) each rewarded supporters from over the Severn Bridge in the hands of 25-year-old jockey Bradley Gibbs. These promising six-year- olds are owned and trained by their Pyle, Bridgend based breeder David Brace. Colorado Doc was given a positive front running ride to hold off fellow Welsh traveller War Path (Hannah Lewis) in the quickest time of the day. “He ran a bit freely early on but is a nice young horse who could have the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow as his target.” said David Brace, who stood the sire of the winning pair, the now deceased Dr Massini.  The Dunraven Bowl hunter chase is sponsored by the winning owner who went on to take the Restricted with his equally talented six-year-old Doc Cody.

The well backed favourite Champione proved a disappointing come back ride for Nick Williams in this event, in which four of the seven-strong field held Welsh certificates. Doc Cody was sent on by Bradley Gibbs two out, and readily drew clear of the only other finisher Minella Mojo round the final bend.  “Doc Cody’s dam Brydferth Ddu, which means Black Beauty, won a Maiden for us and has also bred our winning pointer Bob The Butcher,” explained the owner.

Will Biddick has been playing down his chances of adding to his six Men’s National titles, but quickly got on the scoreboard for the new season as Moreece strode clear to take the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier.

This was yet another Welsh success, since the winner hails from the Pyle yard of Jonathan Lean. “He is only 15.2 but is a little dynamite we had out of Tim Vaughan’s yard,” said owner Sherree Lean, who has her eye on one of the Intermediate finals later in the season.

Top Wood was formerly a useful performer having won over hurdles and fences  for David Pipe, and justified strong market support for new connections to win a decent 12–runner Mixed Open. The winner shook off the attentions of runner up William Money, a second ever race ride for 16-year-old Connor Brace, to score convincingly in the end. The Wealerdealer and The Dapper Fox caught the eye here, staying on well from impossible positions in the closing stages.

Ten-year-old Top Wood is now owned by Johny Weatherby, having been purchased for £15,000 at Ascot sales earlier this year. He is now one of four pointers in the care of Kelly Morgan near Oakham, Rutland. “The change of scenery has probably helped. He can be very keen but a bit quirky and he settled and jumped exceptionally today,” reported the East Midlands based trainer. Talented rider 25-year-old Sam Davies-Thomas, pupil assistant to Dan Skelton, had the mount on the winner.


Results of the Bishops Court Racing Club meeting


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The Official photographer at the meeting was: Cat Down Photography


Sunday 10th December 2017, the Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.


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Going; Good to soft, soft in places


Open Maiden 4 TO 6 Year olds only;  Two miles and a half (Sponsor; Gingerland Livery Ltd)

1 The Kings Writ (Josh Newman) 7-2 fav disp lead five out, took lead apprg last, ran on well

2 Danseur Du Large (Will Biddick) 5-1 hdwy to 3rd three out, fin well but not reach leader

3 It Has To be (Ed Henderson) 8-1 prom, disp lead five out, every chance til no extra apprg last, promising

12 ran; 6l; short head; 5 m 30s

Owner; David & Steph Stevens; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott


Conditions Race (Best Western Tiverton)

1 Colorado Doc (Bradley Gibbs) 4-5 fav made all, 20l clear 14th, held on well

2 War Path (Hannah Lewis) 8-1 chased leaders, went 2nd three out, stayed on strongly

3 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 5-1 midfield, went 3rd two out

11 ran; 3 1/2l; 6l;  6m 20s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace


Restricted (Ladies of the Hunt)

1 Doc Cody (Bradley Gibbs) 9-4 progress 9th, mstk 13th, effort to slight lead two out, clear last, comf

2 Minella Mojo (Tom Chanin) 10-1 with leaders, led after 13th, every chance til outpaced by winner apprg last, fair effort

7 ran, only two finished; 7l 6m 37s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace


Mixed Open (Heltor)

1 Top Wood (Sam Davies-Thomas) 2-1 fav good hdwy 13th, led four out, clear two out, easily

2 William Money (Connor Brace) 7-2 prom, led 14th no extra from three out, fair effort

3 The Wealerdealer (Lorcan Williams) 3-1 held up in rear, good late hdwy, not reach leaders

12 ran; 8l; 10l;  6m 21s

Owner; Johny Weatherby; Trainer; Kelly Morgan


Open Maiden (A & S Paving. Barnstaple Cross, Crediton)

1 Pointview Gale (Josh Newman) 9-4 fav handy, jumped well, led 13th, left clr two out

2 Ruby Fool (Jake Bament) 6-1 in touch, 3rd four out, left 2nd two out, not reach winner

3 Wilco (Sam Lee) 7-1 in touch til grad wknd three out

9 ran; 25l; 5l;  6m 41s

Owner; Martyn & Nicky Jones; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott


Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Moreece (Will Biddick) 11-2 alwys prom, drew clr apprg last, comf

2 Creative Inerta (Darren Andrews) 11-2 handy, every chance til wknd apprg last

3 The Lizard King (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, mstk two out

5 ran; 20l;10l;  6m 32s

Owner; Sherree Lean; Trainer; Jonathan Lean


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Going: SOFT

CONFINED (Sponsor: Co-op Funeral Care)

1 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) 11-4 made most, ran on strongly
2 Indiana Bay (Josh Guerriero) 5-2 fav went 2nd 2 out, disp last, just held
3 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 6-1 alwys prom, kept on well
14 ran; neck; 8l; 6m 58s
Owner Mrs S Trump; Trainer Robert Chanin

INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Impact Area (Louis Muspratt) 3-1 fav challd 2 out, led last dvn out
2 Roseyroo (Harry Cobden) 5-1 good hdwy 2 out, fin strongly
3 Argentato (Jordan Nailor) 33-1 made most til hdd apprg last
19 ran; 2 1/2l; 2l; 6m 59s
Owner Miss Harriet Besent; Trainer; Miss Harriet Besent

MIXED OPEN – WEST COUNTRY CHAMPION CHASE (Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company)

1 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 7-2 held up, hdwy 3 out, led last, stayed on well
2 Rye Cross (Jeremy Mahot) 20-1 hdwy 4 out, slt ld 2 out, hdd last, just held
3 Foynes Island (Harry Cobden) 20-1 alwys prom, no extra from 2 out
14 ran: 1/2l; 10l; 7m 3s
Owner; F Read & E Walker; Trainer; Ed Walker


1 Dicky Bob (Tom Chanin) 5-2 clr 3 out, bad mstk next, stayed on gamely
2 Peterbrown ((John Mathias) 9-4 fav hdwy 3 out, ev chance til no extra apprg last
3 Flood Tide (Darren Edwards) 25-1 good late progress, not reach ldrs
12 ran; 10l; 9l; 7m 16s
Owner Ms Verity Nicholls; Trainer: Ms Verity Nicholls


Division 1 (The Jockey Club)

1 Miss Gotaway (Jamie Thomas) 4-5 fav led after 2 out, ro well when pressed last
2 Frelia (Bradley Gibbs) 6-1 rear, late prog, mstks 2 out & last, do better
3 Stantway Surprise (Michael Legg) 12-1 joined ldrs 15th, no extra apprg last
9 ran; 5l; 12l; 7m 32s
Owner Mrs A Goodwin; Trainer Kayley Woollacott

Division 2 (Ashburton Motor Works)

1 Ziggerson Hill (Olivia Hutchings) 2-1 fav with ldrs from 12th, 2nd 2 out, led flat
2 She’s Dapper (Darren Edwards) 12-1 hdwy 3 out, led next, veered rt last, not recvr
3 Milaneen (John Mathias) 6-1 handy, ev ch 2 out, wknd under press
10 ran; 2l; 4l; 7m 38s
Owner Miss J du Plessis; Trainer; Miss J du Plessis

RESTRICTED (Wray & Co Jewellers)

1 Infamous Grouse (Darren Edwards) 5-1 effort 2 out, slt ld last, edged left dvn out
2 Carheney River (John Mathias) 2-1 fav prom, led 2 out, hdd last, not qkn flat
3 Rainbow Haze (Bradley Gibbs) 5-1 cl up 15th til 3 out
13 ran; 2l; 15l; 7m 19s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Mrs Nicola Martin

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

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THE ultra-consistent Double Bank was an impressive winner of the Men’s Open in the hands of Mervyn Woodward as the ground turned sticky and testing at Black Forest Lodge.

Time For Spring kept tabs on the winner until four out, but Double Bank galloped on relentlessly to score unchallenged by 25 lengths for owner Jonathan Cole. “I was a bit concerned to bring him back so soon after his Taunton race but he loves this course,” said Double Bank’s Teign Valley trainer Emma Oliver who intimated that his next outing would be a Wincanton hunter chase. “This is the seventh time I have won on him,” reported his beaming jockey.

Beuvron took the eight runner Ladies’ Open in good style in the colours of Charles Stanley. Already successful over jumps at Paray-Le-Monial, Aix-Les-Bains and Dax over jumps in France, this five-year-old had run promisingly when not fully wound up on his recent British debut at Wadebridge behind the prolific Byerley Bear (an absentee here).

Beuvron headed course winner Iron Chancellor (Gina Andrews) at the third last and soon pulled clear to score by 20 lengths. “We got him out of a claimer for about £14,000 in France. He is a half brother to Grandouet and is a lovely simple horse to train,” said trainer Sam Holdsworth. 17-year-old Hannah Welch, a sixth form pupil at King’s College Taunton, was partnering the second point-to-point winner of her career. Hannah was one of our most successful pony race riders in the area from an early age.

Sue Popham saddled runner up Iron Chancellor in the Ladies’ race, and had earlier occupied the same berth when Swansbrook was short headed by Whenharrymetsally in the Confined. Bishops Nympton trainer Keith Cumings handles the progressive Kings Theatre mare for owners Andrew and Hannah Broggio.

“Whenharrymetsally is only just 16 hands and was a bit bruised when slipping up at Wadebridge. There might be a hunter chase for her in due course,” commented the trainer.

The Newman family based at Woolminstone near Crewkerne enjoyed a successful afternoon with Chloe Newman sending out two winners from her yard. Her nephew Josh Newman rode Sea Bear to win one of the Maiden divisions, and Josh’s girl friend Taylor Pook steered Tolatetobeearly to success in the first Subaru Restricted qualifier in the area. Subaru are to be welcomed as one of the newest National sponsors of a series of Restricted races culminating in a final at Stratford.

Tolatetobeearly was bought for only £3,200 at Ascot sales last June and is owned jointly by his jockey and Nick Taylor. “He is a big barrel of a horse and has taken two races to get fit. He could go to Wadebridge next for a qualifier for the Exeter Intermediate final,” said Nick.

Sea Bear was sent to the front by Josh Newman jumping the fourth last and went on to complete the stable double in the colours of Robert and Janet Gibbs in the concluding Maiden. “Tom Malone bought him in Ireland. He was very skinny when he came but had a really good summer,” commented the trainer. Josh, formerly attached to the Alan King stable, has a Cheltenham festival winner to his credit and now rides out together with Taylor for Jack Barber’s point-to-point yard at Henley near Crewkerne.

Way Before Dawn has been knocking at the door for two seasons and finally came good in the first section of the Maiden. The eight-year-old drew right away from the nine-strong field in the closing stages under Leanda Tickle, whose mother Sarah owns and trains the gelding at Woolhanger near Lynton. “He was bought as a two-year-old and he is the only horse I train on my own on the edge of Exmoor,” said Sarah.

The Intermediate provided the most drama of a bitterly cold afternoon. Well fancied Third Chance ran out when travelling well entering the final mile, and 20-1 outsider Horatio Caine  looked a certain winner until unseating Cordelia Chugg when four lengths ahead at the last. This was not the end of the story however, since Gale Force Lucey, left in front at the last and seeking her hat trick, veered sharply left inside the final 100 yards allowing the fast finishing Tiger Rag (Bradley Gibbs) to steal the race inside the last 75 yards.

Exciting racing – yes.  Cold –yes, I know what the chill factor means now.


Results of the Mid Devon meeting


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The following photographers were at the meeting: Hamish Mitchell, Alun Sedgemore (Sporting Prints) and Helen Stoneman


Sunday 14 February 2015, Western Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.


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Results: Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge 1st Feb 2015


Going: Good to soft, becoming sticky

Confined (Sponsor -: The Landowners & Farriers)

1 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 6-5 alwys prom, cl 2nd 3 out til led nr finish
2 Swansbrook (Leanda Tickle) 8-1 hdwy 15, led 3 out til nr line
3 Delphi Mountain (Emma Watson) 12-1 led 9-15, kept on
6 ran; short head; 8l; 6m 47s
Owner: Mr & Mrs A Broggio; Trainer: Keith Cumings

Men’s Open (Bovey Castle Hotel)

1 Double Bank (Merv Woodward) 4-6 fav led from 6, drew clr 2 out, easily
2 Time For Spring (Peter Mason) 16-1 chased wnr from 10th, no impression
3 Fiulin (Robbie Henderson ) 20-1 handy til outpaced 3 out
8 ran; 25l; 12l; 6m 34s
Owner Mr JD Cole; Trainer: Emma Oliver

Ladies’ Open (Tozers Solicitors)

1 Beuvron (Hannah Welch) 5-1 prom, led 2 out, clr last
2 Iron Chancellor (Gina Andrews) 6-5 fav led 11 til 2 out, no extra
3 Ned White (Leanda Tickle) 11-4 led til 11th, cl 3rd til wknd 3 out
8 ran; 20l; 20l; 6m 33s
Owner: Mr C Stanley; Trainer: Sam Holdsworth

Intermediate (Molyneux Financial Planning)

1 Tiger Rag (Bradley Gibbs) 4-1 tracked ldrs, 4th 2 out, led nr finish
2 Icthec (Peter Mason) 7-4 fav prom til outpaced 3 out, left 2 nd at last
3 Gale Force Lucey (John Mathias) 9-4 hdwy 4 out, left in ld last, swerved & hdd flat
6 ran; 3l; head; 6m 45s
Owner: Mr J Tudor; Trainer: Jonathan Tudor

Restricted ( Subaru)

1 Tolatetobeearly (Taylor Pook) 9-2 led til 13 & agn 4 out, comf
2 Johny No Cash (Hannah Welch) 6-4 fav handy, challd 3 out, soon outpaced
3 Walker Ridge (Catherine Atkinson) 8-1 prom, led 13-15, wknd 3 out
6 ran; 2 1/2l; 10l; 6m 49s
Owner: Mr N Taylor & Miss T Pook: Trainer: Chloe Newman

Open Maiden Division 1 (Roly Stuart Jarvis & Mr & Mrs Mark Eldridge)

1 Way Before Dawn (Leanda Tickle) 7-2 led from 12th, stayed on well
2 Kims Quest (Matt Hampton) 11-4 Stayed on from 4 out, took 2nd flat
3 TheGreendalerocket (Byron Moorcroft) 5-2 fav cl up from 14, 2nd 3 out til tired flat
9 ran; 20l; 2 1/2l; 6m 55s
Owner: Mrs Sarah Tickle; Trainer; Mrs Sarah Tickle

Open Maiden Division 2 (Major AC Arden Memorial Cup)

1 Sea Bear (Joshua Newman) 3-1 handy, led 4 out, held on well flat
2 Stony Road (Charlotte Prichard) 5-4 fav hdwy 10, 2nd 4 out, challd flat, just held
3 Sedgemoor Top Bid (John Mathias) 8-1 mid div til stayed on to take 3rd flat
9 ran; 3/4l; 20l; 6m 45s
Owner; Mr r Gibbs & Mrs J Gibbs; Trainer: Chloe Newman

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

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

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Going: Good to Soft

Open Maiden 4 & 5 Year Olds only 2m 4f (Sponsor: Dyson, Quaintance & Strange)

1 Jepeck (R Henderson) 5-2 held up, led 2 out, ro well

2 Captain Camelot (J Mathias) 8-1 prom, led apprg 3 out, hdd next, no ex apprg last

3 Loves Blind (W Hickman) 20-1 alwys prom, disp ld 5 out, outpaced 3 out, kept on flat

15 ran; 7l; neck;  5 mins 39 secs

Owner: J Pike; Trainer: Kayley Woollacott


Club Members (Chris Webber Memorial – sponsor Mrs A Webber)

1 Whenharrymetsally (M Hampton) 6-1 good hdwy 4 out, led 3 out, hard pressed but held on well flat

2 Killimore Cottage (T Ellis) 3-1 made most til 3 out, rallied apprg last, just held

3 Mic’s Delight (Miss J Davenport) 25-1 chased ldrs from 14 th, ev chance 3 out, no ex apprg last

11 ran; head; 6l;  6m 13s

Owner: Mr & Mrs A Broggio; Trainer: Keith Cumings


Restricted (Heltor)

1 Raffa (J Mathias) 3-1  handy, cl 2nd 13, disp ld when left clr 2 out, mstk last, kept on flat

2 Bob the Butcher(B Gibbs) 6-1 midfield, hdwy 12th, cl 3rd 15th, left 2nd 2 out, not reach wnr

3 Testoftime (R Hawker) 10-1 sn prom, led 10 th  til 4 out, faded 2 out

15 ran; 3l; 20l;  6m 20s

Owner; L Fielding-Johnson & R Mitford-Slade; Trainer R Mitford Slade


Mixed Open (Strutt & Parker, Exeter)

1 Baresi (R Hawker) 12-1 smooth hdwy 4 out, challd 3 out, led next, dvn out

2 Gale Force Oscar (Miss B Hampson) 5-1 not alwys fluent, tracked ldrs 3 out, stayed on well & closing at finish

3 Penmore Mill (T Ellis) 10-11 fav led 5 out til after 3 out, held from next

9 ran; 1 1/2l; 2l;  6m 22s

Owner: The Dog Foxes Club; Trainer: M Hawker


Open Maiden Div 1 (J Edward Sellars)

1 Icthec (P Mason) 7-1 led after half way, forged clr 3 out, pushed out

2 Kims Quest (D Skelly) 7-1 in touch, chased wnr  from 3 out, kept on

3 Way Before Dawn (Miss L Tickle) 5-2 fav handy, not reach ldrs from 2 out, better for race

12 ran: 4l; 5l;  6m 28s

Owner: M Rice; Trainer P Mason


Open Maiden Div 2 (Silverton Hunt Supporters)

1 Railway Benefit (N Williams) 6-4 fav  tk ld 4 out, stayed on strongly

2 General Girling (P Thomas) 8-1 hdwy 4 out, effort next, went 2nd 2 out, no ch wnr

3 Waitnc (R Henderson) 2-1 good hdwy 4 out, in touch 2 out, no ex, promising

12 ran; 10l; 8l;  6m 27s

Owner: S Whinstance; Trainer G J Moore


Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 The Mythologist (R Henderson) 4-5 fav made all, clr 2 out, easily, impressive

2 Mister Teddy (T Ellis) 11-4 chased wnr, wknd 2 out, better for race

3 Supreme Danehill (D Edwards) 6-1 stayed on steadily clsg stgs, do better

10 ran; 1 3/4l; 6l;  6m 26s

Owner; Mr & Mrs G Henderson; Trainer: G Henderson


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

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CONFINED  (Sponsor: Co-op Funeral Care)

1 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 4-7 fav;

2 Jive Master (Callum Curtis) 12-1;

3 Diamond Brook (Lucy Gardner) 12-1;

10 ran; 4l; 8l;  7mins 4 secs

Trainer: Edward Walker


INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 BabenyBridge (Chester Williams) 11-10 fav

2 Shanann Star (Darren Edwards) 12-1

3 Direct Line (Bradley Gibbs) 8-1

12 ran; 6l; 4l;  7m 7s

Trainer: Jane Williams


MIXED OPEN – WEST COUNTRY CHAMPION CHASE (Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company)

1 Minella Stars (Robbie Henderson) 7-1

2 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin)7-2

3 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) evens fav

12 ran; 1 3/4l; 12l;  7m 4s

Trainer: Guy Henderson


CONFINED MAIDEN – HORSES & GELDINGS  (Farriers of South Devon)

1 Diamond Eclipse (Lucy Gardner) 13-8 fav

2 Dicky Bob (Jo Buck) 8-1

3 Tallanstown Boy (Jamie Bargary) 3-1

1 1/4l; 3l;  7m 19s

Trainer: Emma Loosemore


MAIDEN – MARES & FILLIES (The Jockey Club)

1 Red Penny (Bryony Frost) 4-1

2 Nurse Brace (Bradley Gibbs) 7-2 fav

3 Miss Gotaway (Tom David) 13-2

10 ran; 8l; 5l;  7m 23s

Trainer: Nikki Frost


RESTRICTED (Wray & Co  Jewellers)

1 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 6-1

2 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 4-1

3 Lord Samson (Jamie Bargary) 15-2

10 ran;  5l; 7l;  7m 12s

Trainer: Nikki Frost



Confined (Sponsor -: The Farriers)

1 Iron Chancellor (Michael Legg)  2-1 fav;

2 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 12-1;

3 King of Alcatraz (Vicky Wade) 5-2;

10 ran; 10l; 6l;  6m 26s

Winning trainer; Sue Popham


Men’s Open (J Edward Sellars Investment & Wealth Management)

1 Nobby Kivambo (Mark Wall) 12-1;

2 Swansbrook (Michael Legg) 6-1;

3 Bellflowwer Boy (Ben Robarts) 20-1;

16 ran; 4l; 15l;  6m 30s

Trainer: Mark Wall


Ladies’ Open  (AGA)

1 Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) 4-7 fav;

2  Mobaasher (Lucy Gardner) 7-2;

3 Numbercruncher (Alice Mills) 7-1;

8 ran; 8l; 4l;  6m 31s

Trainer: Robert Chanin


Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)

1 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 7-2;

2 Patricktom Boru (Evan David); 7-2;

11 ran; only two finished; 20l;  6m 29s

Trainer: Robert Chanin


Restricted (Tozers Solicitors)

1 Level Spirit (Robbie Henderson) 10-1;

2 George Reid (Nick Williams) 10-1;

3 Just Hattie (Ian Chanin) 20-1;

12 ran; 4l; 2 1/2l;  6m 42s

Trainer: Edward Walker


Open Maiden Division 1 (The Old Thatch Inn, Cheriton Bishop)

1 Thetalkinghorse (Matt Hampton) 6-1;

2 Bamboleo (WillTelfer) 6-4 fav;

3 Diamond Eclipse (Lucy Gardner) 5-1;

12 ran;  3l; 1 1/2l;  6m 41s

Trainer: Keith Cumings


Open Maiden Division 2 (B J Barkwell & Sons)

1 Bob the Butcher (Bradley Gibbs) 8-1;

2 Way before dawn (Leanda Tickle) 20-1;

3 Gift of Dreams (Claire Hart) 10-1;

14 ran 8l; 3l;  6m 53s

Trainer: David Brace

Preview: Tiverton Foxhounds – Chipley Park, Tiverton Sunday January 19

A Bumper entry of over 170 horses have been received for this weekends Point to Point meeting at Chipley Park, Tiverton, Sunday 19th January. With the Restricted race having already been divided, the organizers have gone for an earlier start time of 11.30am, to pack in what promises to be an action packed day.

Stags sponsor the Hunt Members race which heads up the action, For The Staff is now with the inform Robert Chanin yard, having previously won the Mixed Open here in 2012, that day making virtually all coming home three lengths ahead of Ned The Post, he should enjoy the ground and looks the one to beat, having only been denied once in three Point outings, and the trainer is firing out plenty of winners. The Mary Sanderson-trained Blinding Lights could also feature being a previous course winner here, and was only denied a second course win when beaten a neck by Turthen in this race last year.

Un Ami is a major contender in the first division of the Restricted race. Having won his Maiden at Larkhill for young jockey Chester Williams the partnership must be respected. The Chloe Roddick-trained rangy built Romassor should find this course more to his liking than the tighter corners at Wadebridge where he won his Maiden in December. He is an improving sort and is justifying his 38.000 euro price tag out of Fairyhouse, and surely one to follow.

The second division of the Restricted could see the Welsh raider/trainer David Brace take the spoils back to Wales with Dbobe, but the horse is far from a straight forward ride, having dumped his jockey Bradley Gibbs twice. Another entry, Glenwood Present from the Tanya Taylor team looks to be a safer bet, having only been headed in the final 50 yards at Wadebridge in December, finishing a length third to winner Lightening Jack.

Family of the late John Pearcey & Matford Landrover sponsor the Mixed Open, in which Cheltenham bound Kirkleigh, could start his seasons campaign for owner Sue Trump. Kirkleigh finished last seasons Pointing with a win at Little Windsor in a Men’s Open a neck ahead of Bellsinni Ron. Special Occasion out of the Sarah Gould yard could be a challenger here after his second last season at the course, prefers a right-handed track and five Open wins to his credit including getting the better of Certain Flight (also entered) by a neck at Kingston St Mary.

Of the 26 entered in the Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate, Credit Crunched impressed at Black Forest Lodge when coming home 12 lengths ahead of the field at Black Forest Lodge in December, Theatre Queen was sent off odds- on favourite at Wadebridge and had punters counting their winnings before being headed two out, finishing third behind Champagne Rosie and Sobre Tresor. This could go to one of the Welsh raiders Waddington Hero from the Lee Power yard, a dual Irish Point winner finished second behind Tachbury at Black Forest Lodge when well fancied, and looks sure to take an Intermediate home soon.

In the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race Barneys Mate trained by Richard Barber has 21 wins to his credit, and although now 14 years of age is a true schoolmaster, this season could see Barber’s grandson Christopher get the leg up. Working Title for the Drinkwater family obliged at Wadebridge winning the Novice Riders race by 15-lengths for young Joe Drinkwater, and followed that up with a third behind Googoobarabajagal in a Mens Open.

The Fillies and Mares race is sponsored by The Hartnell Hotel, Bolham and The Thoroughbred Breeders Association.The prolific winning mare Lucette Annie could start her seasons campaign, and would look sure to go favourite with ten wins to her credit including seven Opens, including the £1000 winners only race at Buckfastleigh for owner Janet Humphrey.

In the first division of the Open Maiden, sponsored by The Mount Pleasant Inn, Normansland, a suggestion would be The Drinkmeister who ran well under Sam Drinkwater, finishing two lengths second behind Mr McGregor on heavy ground at Chaddesley Corbett in December.

Friends of the Late Robin Barwell sponsor the second division of the Open Maiden in which Go On Henry under jockey Josh Guerriero and out of the Keith Cumings yard could follow up on his second to Flan The Man at Larkhill earlier this month.

The course offers excellent viewing, bar, bookies, hot refreshments and numerous trade stands.

Entrance is £20 per car, £10 car and single occupant.

The course is situated three miles NE of Wellington on B3187. Postcode TA21 OQU


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