Roger Knowles has reported today to Western Secretary Linda Matthews that tragically his horse Byerley Bear is being put down today following an attack of colic overnight. Roger and his trainer Robert Chanin are devastated. He was a superb horse who won 7 Ladies Races out of 7 runs at Wadebridge and won the AGA Championship.
There is a real treat in store this weekend for Point-to-Point horseracing enthusiasts, with two meetings scheduled in the Devon & Cornwall Area.
The first is on Saturday 14th February, where the Western host their meeting at the popular Wadebridge track. This is an ideal way to treat your partner for a day at the races on Valentines day. There are seven races on offer, with easy access to the course, and great track side viewing at the Royal Cornwall Showground. With the weather set fair, it looks like many of the horses that prefer the faster ground will be out. Action is set to take place at 12 noon with the Green Waste Co-sponsored Confined. Of the ten entered, My Sweet Lord from the Robert Chanin team won well here in January, when sent off odds-on favorite to please his backers. Before The War catches the eye after his two comfortable wins at Flete Park last season for trainer Ed Walker.
In the Savills-sponsored Ladies Open, Aiteen Thirtythree from the Parker team has five straight point wins, including a mixed open, he has previously won two Chases under rules and is a Cheltenham Novice hurdle winner on good ground. Beuvron was an impressive 15 length winner of the Ladies Open at Black Forest Lodge under Hannah Welch.
Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race, in which connections of recent Black Forest Lodge winner Tolatetobeearly are looking for a ticket into the final, and a quick fire double could be on the cards for him under novice jockey Taylor Pook. Little Cornham from the Keith Cumings-team ran well recently when second under reigning national champion jockey Will Biddick, who last weekend clocked up his 200th winner.
The Open Maiden race has already been divided, these have been sponsored by Stimson & Tieken and Rosevean Vets. Suggestions in the first division could be Sedgemoor Top Bid and The Mystro after their recent thirds. In the second division Follow The Paint and Wivannie catch the eye.
Peter & Anita George kindly sponsor the Mens Open, and of the eight entered Cock Of The Rock had been unlucky here previously when slipping up on the bend, but then went on to run second behind Harbour Court at Milborn St Andrew under jockey Harry Cobden, having only been headed near the finish. On that form they look to be likely favourties. Working Title could be the main challenger, having previously held Googoobarabajagal also entered, in fifth at the last meeting.
Finally in the Trelawney of Penzance Restricted race, a battle could be on for the prizes between recent winners Sonoftheking from the Nicola Martin team, Genermouse who was a surprise 33-1 at Black Forest Lodge, and the Kayley Woollacott-trained Le Clo De La Londe.
The course boasts a large covered barn containing hot refreshments, bookies, bar and trade stands. Entrance is £10 per car and driver, £5 per passenger with children under 16 free. Course is located off A39 west of Wadebridge. Post code PL27 7JE.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE
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.
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Two fantastic pony races kick off the card at the Mid Devon Point to Point at Black Forest Lodge, Sunday Feb 1st at 11am. There is a full line up, 10 strong field in the 138cm and under, and nine entered in the 148cm and under.
The main card starts at 12 noon, with seven races scheduled and 100 entries received. In the Farmers-sponsored Confined race the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally is entered, is unbeaten in four runs, including a win at this track in December, until slipping up at Wadebridge on her last run. Sweet My Lord from the Robert Chanin team is another to stand out among the entries, having won at Wadebridge earlier this month under jockey Tom Chanin. Also entered is Thinkaboutthat who has shown some decent form and ran well at Larkhill before fading two out.
Bovey Castle sponsor the Men’s Open in which the highly rated, Alan Hill-trained Harbour Court also holds entries at Horseheath and Milborn St Andrew this weekend. Double Bank from the Emma Oliver team took the Men’s Open at Wadebridge in December and followed that win up with a close second in a Hunter Chase at Taunton earlier this month, he looks the likely favourite having been a previous course winner here. Welstonedruid is another who could step up to the challenge having won here at the last meeting.
Tozers sponsor the Ladies Open, in which the prolific winning gelding Byerley Bear is entered, as is his stable mate Ned White. The ground could be a deciding factor as to which one runs, with Ned White preferring the dryer ground, having made all here last January, to destroy his field by twenty lengths for owner Jacqui Elliott. Iron Chancellor from the Sue Popham yard could be a challenger here, another previous course winner, but may need the run.
The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race has attracted a good strong entry of 13. The progressive ICTHEC won his Maiden here in November and then took the Restricted race at Larkhill when dead heating with Jepeck. Based on that form ICTHEC could run well again for trainer/jockey Peter Mason. Full Throttle found top gear here when taking the Restricted at the last meeting, for trainer Laura Thomas. The Kayley Woollacott entry Devon General cannot be left out of the equation, with the yard sending out winners thick and fast. This race is sponsored by Denese Molyneaux Financial Planning.
In the Subaru-sponsored Restricted series race, the Nicola Martin-trained Sonoftheking won well at Wadebridge under jockey Darren Edwards. Another entry Johnny No Cash, trained by Nikki Frost, ran well last season and looked to have needed the run when held at Wadebridge under jockey Hannah Welch. This race is a qualifier for the £10,000 Subaru final to be held at Stratford racecourse on 29th May.
Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, in the first division suggestion could be Miss Weld, The Mystro and Stop The Press. In the second division, Love The Leader catches the eye, having run fourth in Ireland, and is owned/trained by Bloodstock Agent Tom Malone. Stony Road ran second here at the January meeting behind Genermouse, and looks promising. These races are sponsored by Mr R Stuart Jervis and Mr & Mrs M Eldridge.
On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Location is Kenton, nr Exeter of A380. EX6 8HR.
Entrance is £10 per person up to £30 per car. Pedestrians £10.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude
A sunny and dry day resulted in a decent sized crowd. Some good racing with a few class performances and exciting finishes. The ground was sticky soft ground.
14 runners lined up for the opening race on the card. Welstonedruid went off 11-4 favourite and prevailed in a very tight finish with Mic’s Delight. Welstonedruid looked to have settled it shortly after the last but seemed to idle on the run in and almost got beat. Bradley Brook (2-1 out to 5-1) ran quite well in 3rd considering he was carrying a 10lb penalty.
Restricted Div 1
The Restricted was split on the day. Division 1 went to What About Will at 9-1, who was the only runner still galloping in the closing stages and some very weary horses clambered over the last. Kerry Mganga finished 2nd and Bamboleo 3rd, after Gentle Duke stopped to a walk on the run in after jumping the last in a clear 3rd. Larkhill winner Themanfromcork was a disappointing 4-6 favourite.
Restricted Div 2
The favourites flip-flopped in div 2 as Soixante Six was backed into 6-4 favourite while Full Trottle drifted from evens out to 9-4. These two fought out the finish with Full Trottle getting a crucial advantage of a couple of lengths after 2 out and held Soixante Six after the last. They pulled well clear of the 3rd, Sparkling Miss, who shaped with some promise.
A warm contest for the Ladies Open with the 6 runners including multiple winner Byerley Bear, hunter chase 2nd Catspan and the Steve Flook trained pair Foundry Square and Rumbury Grey. Having led, Byerley Bear was headed on the run to 3 out and looked in a bit of trouble but he rallied well under pressure and got the crucial inside line on the final bend as Catspan and Foundry Square challenged. Foundry Square tried to challenge after turning in but couldn’t get to Byerley Bear who won at 4-5. Foundry Square came 2nd (6-4 out to 2-1) and Catspan 3rd.
A very competitive Mens Open and those at the head of the market came to the fore. Steeltown was sent clear of the field early on the final circuit but the gap was gradually closed by a few and Coombe Hill was the one who closed strongly after 2 out. He got to the front with a good jump at the last and the 14yo went on to win from Steeltown. Rosies Peacock, the 2-1 fav, ran well back in 3rd.
Open Maiden Div 1 Part 1
Div 1 of the maiden was split on the day. Part 1 looked a competitive race and produced a very tight finish between According To Harry and Swingbridge. The former, sent off at 4-1, just got the verdict from the 3-1 fav. The Mystro showed some promise in 3rd and should pick up a maiden.
Open Maiden Div 1 Part 2
Nortonthorpelegend’s price fluctuated around evens in Part 2 but he was in trouble early on the final circuit and could never get into the race. Victory went to Genermouse at 25-1 from Stony Road, who ran a promising race in 2nd, and Wivannie in 3rd.
Open Maiden Div 2
Carnage in Div 2 of the maiden. The favourite Loves Blind unseated early on. High Hatton (6-4 out to 4-1) had cruised into the lead when getting rid of James Tudor at the open ditch and the horse that followed him, Thegreendalerocket, unseated too. Very few of the 14 that set off were still going at the finish and it was Infamous Grouse that won to complete a treble for Darren Edwards. Morebutwhen and Gold Relief followed him home.
Visually the most impressive performance came in the last. Repeat Business (4s very early, then 5-2 into 7-4) travelled smoothly throughout and took up the running going across the top of the course. Little Cornham was the only danger at 2 out but Repeat Business quickly pulled clear, putting up a smart performance. Little Cornham was no match for the winner but ran well in 2nd and Argentato ran well in 3rd at 50-1. Supreme Danehill was the 6-4 favourite but could never get into a challenging position and ran below his best.
Good to see plenty of familiar local faces among the crowd and a few rare visitors to these parts.
DARREN EDWARDS was the jockey in form with a sparkling treble on an action packed nine-race card at the Silverton fixture at Black Forest Lodge.
The 30-year-old, whose day job as a chartered surveyor in Leicestershire means regular weekend commuting to the West Country for point-to-point rides, had started this weekend by riding a winner at Larkhill, and lost little time in adding to that success on Sunday.
Edwards paired up with rookie Ashburton, Devon, trainer Chris Honour to win the Men’s Open with that wonderful veteran Coombe Hill.
Now 14-years-old, and with his point-to-point tally already in double figures, Coombe Hill hit the front on the final bend and just fended off the rallying Steeltown by a head.
The delighted trainer said, “I rode 75 winners under rules, including winners for Geoff Thompson who owns Coombe Hill. Geoff kindly sent him to me to train when Charlotte Tizzard gave up. He is a lovely old horse and is the first winner I have saddled with my first runner. I still ride out for Chris Down and Rod Millman, and I hope this is a stepping stone to a training career.”
The first division of the Open Maiden had to be divided on the day, and once again a shrewd ride from Darren Edwards saw him steer six-year-old According To Harry into the winner’s enclosure. This time the verdict was just a short head as The Bradley Partnership owned gelding was all out to hold Swingbridge. “We bought him in Ireland as a four-year-old and he was the last horse sired by Old Vic,” remarked Nicky Martin.
According To Harry was also the first leg of a training double for Nicky Martin who followed up with another six-year-old Infamous Grouse in the same colours in the final Maiden race. “I am completely in shock,” smiled the Exmoor trainer as the 12-1 winner completed the treble for Darren Edwards. She added, “He is a big horse by Oscar who has needed time. We bought him as a three-year-old at the Derby sales but he missed a piece of work recently and I didn’t think he was quite fit enough.”
Thorverton trainer Robert Chanin continued his successful run of form with a second double in seven days. This time, despite being headed at the third last, Leanda Tickle soon had matters under control in the Ladies’ Open as Byerley Bear stretched clear off the home turn to record his hat trick for the season. “He was kicking and bucking round the field after his win last week but will have a little break now,” reported the trainer.
Welstonedruid had set the ball rolling for the yard with a hard fought short head success in the Confined. Ian Chanin had the mount on this ever improving youngster, owned by Andrew and Sue Knox. “He is an out and out stayer and likes soft ground,” commented the trainer, who expects the seven-year-old to step up into Open class.
The Restricted had to be divided on the day on a card which saw 93 runners turn out from a total of 128 entries. Despite continually jumping to the left, What About Will made all to win the first section, ridden by Vicky Wade in her father Keith’s colours. “He was a bit unlucky last time at Larkhill when he met traffic problems but I thought he wanted better ground than this,” reflected trainer Neil Harris.
The other section went to the progressive six-year-old Full Throttle, saddled by Barbury Castle handler Laura Thomas for her father Norman. 26-year-old Sam Painting, who rides out for the yard, had the mount on the sturdy chestnut, who was bought at Newbury sales after winning an Irish Maiden last March. “He failed the vet at the sales but I thought he was worth taking a chance with,” said the owner.
Genermouse can only be described as gigantic and it was a fine training performance by Chloe Newman to have the Generous seven-year-old fit to score on his seasonal debut in his division of the Open Maiden. Home bred by Michael Dare, he was given a positive ride by Josh Newman at odds of 33-1. “He fractured a pelvis and also had a wind op as a five-year-old so we have had to be super patient with him,” reported Chloe.
It was pretty cold when the last race took place, but favourite backers went home on a high as Welsh challenger Repeat Business landed some good bets in impressive style under James Tudor.
1 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 5-2 fav prom. led 14, ran on strongly, just held on
2 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 9-1 in touch, chased winner from 14. ro well flat, just failed
3 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 5-1 held up, stayed on from 3 out
14 ran; short head; 1 1/2l; 6 mins 26 secs
Owner Andrew & Sue Knox; Trainer: Robert Chanin
1 What About Will (Vicky Wade) 8-1 made all, jumped left. drew clr 2 out
2 Kerry Mganga (Nick Williams) 7-1 chased ldrs, effort 3 out, no extra apprg last
3 Bamboleo (Will Telfer) 33-1 lost place 12, ran on agn clsg stgs, took 3rd close home
10 ran; 15l’; 20l; 6m 41s
Owner Keith Wade; Trainer Neil Harris
1 Full Throttle (Sam Painting) 9-4 led 12, asserted 2 out, kept on
2 Soixante Six (Tom Weston) 13-8 fav held up, hdwy 14, cl 2nd 3 out – next, not quicken flat
3 Sparkling Miss (Michael Legg) 12-1 improved 14, effort 3 out, wknd next
11 ran; 1 1/2l; 15l; 6m 31s
Owner Norman Thomas Trainer Laura Thomas
1 Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) 8-11 fav led til hdd briefly 3 out, led agn next, ran on strongly
2 Foundry Square (Gina Andrews) 2-1 effort 4 out, every chance 2 out, no extra last
3 Catspan (Hannah Lewis) 14-1 tracked ldr, slt ld 3 out, outpaced after next
6 ran; 3l; 2l; 6m 37s
Owner Roger Knowles; Trainer Robert Chanin
1 Coombe Hill (Darren Edwards) 7-2 hdwy 4 out, cl 3rd 2 out, led apprg last, held on well
2 Steeltown (Jamie Thomas) 7-2 led 12, clear til pressed 3 out, hdd apprg last, rallied flat, just held
3 Rosie’s Peacock (John Mathias) 2-1 fav went 2nd 12, close up & every chance til hampered & wknd apprg last
11 ran; head; 4l; 6m 35s
Owner Geoff Thompson; Trainer Chris Honour
1 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 4-1 held up & bhd, gd hdwy 4 out, chall 2 out, led last, all out
2 Swingbridge (Sam Painting) 3-1 fav took ld 4 out, slt ld 2 out, hdd last, rallied nr post
3 The Mystro (Will Biddick) 7-2 midfield, some hdwy 3 out, not reach ldrs
10 ran; short head; 20l; 6m 45s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin
Division 1 Part 2
1 Genermouse (Josh Newman) 33-1 led 9, jumped well, stayed on gamely when pressed from 3 out
2 Stony Road (Charlotte Prichard) 5-1 rear, hdwy to chall 4 out, sustained chall from 2 out, no ex flat
3 Wivannie (Bryony Frost) 3-1 led til 8, lost place, ran on agn clsg stgs
9 ran; 2l; 15l; 6m 46s
Owner: Michael dare; Trainer Chloe Newman
Open Maiden Division 2 (Devon Fuels)
1 Infamous Grouse (Darren Edwards) 12-1 held up midfield, led after 15, slt ld last, dvn out
2 Morebutwhen (Claire Hart) 10-1 prog 4 out, effort next, cl 2nd 2 out til last, just held
3 Gold Relief (David Noonan) 50-1 soon rear, gd hdwy 15, ev ch 2 out, no extra flat
14 ran; 1/2l; 3l; 6m 51s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin
Intermediate (The Farriers)
1 Repeat Business (James Tudor) 7-4 held up, hdwy 10, led 4 out, drew clr last, comf
2 Little Cornham (Will Biddick) 9-2 held up, prog 14, went 2nd 4 out, ev chance 2 out, wknd apprg last
3 Argentato (Jordan Nailor) 33-1 made most til after 15, kept on one pace
8 ran; 10l; 20l; 6m 39s
Owner Mrs J Bird : Trainer James Tudor
The first three favourites obliged, but this couldn’t last and punters were on the back foot in the next three until Sweet My Lord landed the odds in the last.
At least everybody was able to seek warm shelter in the huge Wadebridge barn and it doesn’t seem so bad losing money in there.
The Novice Riders’ event attracted a field of 11. Working Title looked very fit and had little difficulty in following up his win at this track just before Christmas. He traded at around 5-4 and will probably be back for more here next month.
In the same race, Cock of the Rock was nicely supported from 5-1 to 4’s to give ex-pony racer Harry Cobden a winning ride. He was travelling well on the inner when slipping up on the bottom bend after the eighth fence.
Early skirmishers had 1-2 about Byerley Bear to beat his four opponents in the Ladies’ Open. He was sent off at 2-5 and prevailed in a spirited battle with the useful ex-David Pipe chaser Dan Breen (solid at 5-2). The Bear will no doubt continue on his winning ways, but Dan Breen, who finished 7th in the 2011 Arkle chase at Cheltenham is worth following in his first season’s pointing. As a coincidence, Ghizao, two places ahead of Dan Breen in that Arkle finished third in this race under his novice rider
I thought that the 10 runners in the Restricted looked a really nice bunch in the parade ring. Black Forest winner Railway Benefit was all the rage, eventually starting at 11-10, but lost ground down the hill and never looked like catching the keen going winner Desert Queen (4-1), and the staying on runner up Ballanrahan (8-1). I also made a favourable note of Whispering Wild (easy to back at 10-1) and Old Grange (12-1) who needed the race after a lay off. The time for this race was only one second slower than the Men’s Open.
Ian Chanin deputised for the injured Chester Williams on warm favourite Babeny Bridge (6-4 to 5-4 fav) in the Men’s race. Will Biddick’s mount Minella Fifty was backed from 3’s into 5-2 and the eventual winner Raffa was nibbled at from 6’s into 5-1. Raffa was again given a positive ride by John Mathias to score for the third time this season. This small eight-year-old must have a big heart because he ran on like a tiger up the finishing hill after the favourite had sprawled badly on landing at the penultimate fence. Hameldown Tor looked in trouble at half way but did his best work near the finish to chase home the winner and would benefit from a stiffer track.
They went 3-1 the field in the first Maiden with Follow The Paint the market choice. This five-year-old was in front for a long way but is not yet the most fluent of jumpers and was left behind from the bottom bend by the Jamie Thomas ridden winner Le Clo De La Londe (6’s to 5’s).
11 of the 13 runners finished in the other Maiden but they were pretty well strung out behind long time leader Sonoftheking who was easy to back at 7-1. The favourite Sisterbrooke (2-1 to 7-4) chased the winner home, with third placed Spendajennie (4-1) looking a likely improver.
All credit to one of our bookmakers, Mike Smith ( pseudonym Hunton), who offered a £20 future free bet in a competition on the Jumping For Fun web site to pick the North Cornwall winners.
No, I didn’t win………
The Point-to-Point season is starting to hot up, and this weekends scheduled meeting is to be hosted by The Silverton Hunt at the popular Black Forest Lodge track, on Sunday Jan 18. There are seven races on the card and over 120 entries have been received.
Best West Tiverton Hotel sponsor the Confined race which heads up the action at 12 noon. Of the 17 entries, Bradley Brook could be sent off favorite if connections choose to run him here. Leaving him out of the equation could result in a dual between ex Victor Dartnall-trained Mic’s Delight, who ran well at the last meeting for novice jockey Jennifer Davenport, and course specialist Welstonedruid who was held in fourth that day.
The Simpkins Edwards-sponsored Restricted race has 23 entered in which Full Throttle had recently scored a second in a Restricted at Cottenham for trainer Laura Thomas. Themanfromcork is another to hold claims, having clocked up his maiden win at Larkhill in December under reigning National champion jockey Will Biddick, for winning owner/trainer Heidi Tinkler.
The Ladies Open sponsored by Belinda Burgess, looks to be hotly contested with familiar names such as the veteran That’s Rythm who has ten Hunter Chase wins, and four Point wins, which include the Ladies race at Chaddesley Corbett last month under jockey Page Fuller. The unbeaten Alan Hill-trained Sharp Suit was the winner of the Connollys Red Mills Hunter Chase final, and the in form Byerley Bear who has already clocked up a double so far this season at Wadebridge for the Robert Chanin team, are among the thirteen entered. Foundry Square is another entry with some solid form behind him, and would be worth noting in the betting ring.
In the Bonhams Men’s Open, Baresi who won the Ladies Open here in November is entered along with prolific point winner Coombe Hill, who also has four Hunter Chase wins to his credit including wins at Cheltenham and Wincanton and is now in training with Chris Honour. Patricktom Boru scored at this course last season, and the twelve year old Rosies Peacock has an impressive 22 Point-to-Point wins for breeder/owner/trainer David Llewellyn including a Lady’s Dudley Cup and could put up another impressive challenge here.
The Open maiden races have already been divided, the first division is sponsored by Wilkinson Grant, in this the Sarah Tickle-trained Way Before Dawn has been knocking at the door of a win, and could improve here on his third at the November meeting. Another entry, Nortonthorpelegend, from the Ollie Greenall team had shown ability when third at Garthorpe last season.
The second division is sponsored by Devon Fuels, Loves Blind ran well at the November meeting here when a close third behind Jepeck and Captain Camelot. Also entered is the Gordon Edwards-trained Briefcase who hinted at ability when fourth at Larkhill.
The Intermediate looks just as competitive with 16 entries, with the ones that catch the eye being the Keith Cumings-trained Little Cornham, the two Kayley Woollacott entries, Devon General and King Cash, and Supreme Danehill who under jockey Darren Edwards, ran second behind Raffa at the Wadebridge meeting in December, had previously finished third here at the November meeting behind the Mythologist and Mister Teddy.
On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Course side disabled parking. Entrance is £10 per head to max £30, children under 16 free. Course is located at Kenton nr Exeter Postcode EX6 8HR.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude