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by Granville Taylor & Donna Harris

THE old turf on the historic Kilworthy track (first used in 1925) was described by jockeys as “absolutely perfect.” for the Lamerton meeting.

The weather was also at its best with the massive crowd basking in sunshine against the scenic backcloth of Dartmoor.

Two winning rides thanks to Mausefalle and Sonoftheking kept Darren Edwards in a commanding position for this year’s Devon & Cornwall championship.

Mausefalle, trained by Dean Summersby, set the ball rolling for Edwards when staying on well to win the Hunt race for the Lamerton president Mike Bickell. “I was delighted to win the Members as dad did 50 years ago. He is a genuine hunter and has hunted all through the season,” said Mike.

Edwards had to work harder to get Sonoftheking home in front in the 16-runner Restricted, just getting the better of Templeton on the climb to the judge. Trainer Nicky Martin reported that her Wadebridge winner, “came from Philip Hobbs and couldn’t run last year after recovering from a twisted gut. He never produced much under rules and Richard Johnson suggested to take him hunting”.

Welsh jockey John Mathias denied Darren Edwards a treble when Minella Web showed plenty of determination to hold hat trick seeking According To Harry in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. The winner got first run at the foot of the hill to score in the colours of Roddy Harvey-Bailey. Winning trainer Kayley Woollacott said, “We bought him in Ireland relatively cheaply. He needs top of the ground and has done it nicely.”

Mathias had earlier scored on Winter Soldier, also saddled by Kayley Woollacott, in a Maiden race which had to be divided on the day. The five-year-old good looking Apple Tree gelding was home bred by Lucy Fielding-Johnson, who shares ownership with Ces Mitford-Slade. Winter Soldier mastered Mount Prospex (Jamie Lyttle) by a head after the pair had battled it out neck and neck from the penultimate. “He was broken as a two-year-old and this was only his second run. He will stick to point-to-pointing this year and could be one for the (DBS) bumper championship,” said Lucy.

Peterbrown jumped well and was always in the box seat in the hands of 18-year-old Jake Bament to win the other section of the Maiden. “Jake gave him a lovely quiet and confident ride,” commented trainer Karyn Heard, adding “He was bought at Ascot last year out of Nick Gifford’s yard for owner Sally White.” The race was marred by a nasty fall for Chester Williams, the reigning area novice title holder, who suffered concussion when Sedgemoor Top Bid came down at the third last.

Jake Bament was partnering his fourth career winner and another novice rider took the spoils in a competitive Mixed Open which was delayed for an hour whilst the medics worked on the stricken young jockey from the previous race. Hedley Webb, who works as a farrier, had ridden his first winner when Loose Preformer, whom he owns and trains, won at Didmarton two weeks ago. This time he conjured a great run out of the former National Hunt horse to pass the favourite Double Bank inside the final 100 yards. Loose Preformer changed hands for £80,000 in his younger days and was one of AP McCoy’s millions of winners in the past.

The well made six-year-old Doyen Dynamo had given notice of his ability when runner up at Didmarton on his British debut and went one better here in the Maiden race dedicated to the late Yvonne Watson, who had enjoyed success as a trainer on this track. Doyen Dynamo was saddled by Ed Walker for owners John Dorse and Mike Roe who acquired him from Ireland last summer. Winning jockey Danny Burton remarked that, “He took a circuit to get jumping but is a very nice horse.”

The consistent Dicky Bob notched his fourth consecutive victory under Jo Buck in the Confined in a tight finish with Diamond Brook and King Kash. Successful just a week ago at Buckfastleigh, the grey turned out again as fresh as paint. Owner/trainer Verity Nicholls said, “He went out in a field the next day bucking. I walked the course yesterday and thought we might as well go for it. If he comes out okay we will probably run on Easter weekend then turn him away.”

Copyright Andy Hughes (@andyhughes01 on Twitter)


Results of the Lamerton meeting


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


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Sunday 29th March 2015, the East Cornwall (2) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, near Liskeard.

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Going: Soft

Hunt members’ (Cornish Times, Liskeard)

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

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

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

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

Owner: Olivia Hutchings; Trainer; Olivia Hutchings

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

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

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

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

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

Owner Mr & Mrs George Welch; Trainer Sam Holdsworth

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

Division 1

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

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

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

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

Owner Mrs Rebecca Welch; Trainer; Mrs Rebecca Welch

Division 2

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

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

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

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

Owner Miss Lucy Gardner; Trainer Miss Lucy Gardner

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

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

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

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

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

Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin

Restricted (Whitehair Engineering, Liskeard)

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

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

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

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

Owner Sarah Tickle; Trainer Sarah Tickle

Confined (Jonathan Blake, Money Management)

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

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

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

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

Owner Mr & Mrs T Winzer; Trainer Gordon Chambers

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

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

On Behalf of Devon & Cornwall Point to Point Association

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

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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………





Leading male rider: Peter Pearn Memorial Cup

Robbie Henderson 102 points
Darren Edwards 74 points
Will Biddick 63 points

Leading lady rider: JG Kellock Memorial Cup

Bryony Frost 64 points
Leanda Tickle 50 points
Vicky Wade 27 points

Leading male novice rider:

Chester Williams 22 points
David Noonan 21 points
Ciaran Gethings 11 points

Leading lady novice rider:

Megan Nicholls 22 points
Hannah Welch 14 points
Natalie Parker 12 points

Leading owner: GK Probert Cup :

Jimmy Frost 36 points

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

Sarah Dennis Print the Money 7 points

Leading veteran rider: Orchard Cup;  ——  (no claimants received)

Leading horse:  Axminster Carpets Cup

Roger Knowles Byerley Bear 25 points

Leading novice horse: Little Vanity Cup:

Shared between five:

Master Hooper Mrs J E Purdie 8 points
Whispering Wild The Notso Innocent Partnership, Mike Watson 8 points
Ambitious Pursuit Mrs L Glanville 8 points
Carheney River Mrs K Heard & Mr M Evans 8 points
O’Flo Mrs C Lawrence & Ms K Lawrence 8 points

Leading mare ; Cornish Princess Cup;

Whenharrymetsally Mrs Hannah Broggio 14 points

Leading veteran horse –  Anjubi Trophy:

Ned White Mrs Jacqui Elliott 11 points

Owner/breeder: Seal Marine Trophy

Carol Lawrence 10 points

Leading owner/rider/trainer: HJ Widdicombe Memorial:

Sarah Dennis Print the Money 7 points

Rider gaining most points at single meeting: Prideaux Horse Trophy:

Robbie Henderson 14 points at Dulverton Farmers

Bookmakers Trophy Rider longest official SP reside in area:  Devon & Cornwall BPA;

Michael Heard It’s All or Nothing 33-1 Eggesford

Western Morning News Trophy – best individual performance

Robert Chanin Achieved a remarkable feat of sending out seven winners from his first eight runners of the season with four separate horses



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report: Torrington Farmers Point-to-Point, Chapleton Barton, near Umberleigh, Saturday June 14 2014

ANOTHER thrilling Point-to-Point season came to a close last weekend, when the Torrington Farmers hosted their meeting at Umberleigh on Saturday.

Sizzling sunshine welcomed the large crowd, who were treated to some first class horse racing action. The drying conditions had favoured the horses who relished the faster going.

The Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple-sponsored Confined race headed up the action, with all eyes watching the two leading ladies, Bridget Andrews and Jacqueline Coward who was just one race behind in the National table. Bridget Andrews had taken up the ride on Checkerboard , from the Devon based Kayley Woollacott’s yard, and set the pace early on. Right Enough had been sent off odds-on favourite, but a mistake at the ditch under jockey Tom Chanin took them out of the race. Jacqueline Cowards mount Meilyr was unable to challenge, and a heavy fall on the final circuit, resulted in Jacqueline heading off to hospital with a suspect dislocated and fractured collar bone, and out of the title race. In the final circuit Nicto De Beauchene under Josh Guerriero, chased the leader over the second last, but Checkerboard loving the going, was pushed out to the line to win by a short head, to give jockey Bridget Andrews the National leading lady title.

Delighted Bridget Andrews quoted ” I had an easy lead, I was given a tip to be in front at bottom of hill.” Bridget only had confirmation of her ride on Checkerboard the day before, from regular yard jockey Jamie Thomas. “One day Jamie might get the favour back,”  Bridget said beaming.

Checkerboards trainer Kayley Woollacott said “He is a different horse this week, he hates the rain, it is the first time this year he has had sunshine on his back and the ground he likes.” She added “He is now up for sale, an ideal novice ride, he even got me around safely early on in the season!.”

There was a delay before the Capt.Tim Forster Memorial Restricted race sponsored by Kivells, whilst awaiting a replacement ambulance to arrive, and the injured Jacqueline Coward to be ferried to hospital. It was a disappointing day for her team, having traveled three of her own horses down from Yorkshire. Once the Restricted race started the well fancied Zakopany from the Luke Price team was sent off favourite, but soon struggled. As the race unfolded, the Maria Lewis-trained Kawana Cove was making eye catching progress under Jamie Thomas, having survived a mistake at the ditch, he took up the running two out. His nearest pursuer Pasternak Jack was ridden by Heidi Lewis, who normally has the ride on her family owned horse Kawana Cove, but had stayed loyal to Pasternak Jack’s connections. A brilliant jump at the last saw Jamie Thomas take the race on Kawana Cove four lengths ahead of the Heidi Lewis-ridden Pasternak Jack.

“Heidi does all the work at home”, stated father David Lewis, “We bought him as a schoolmaster from Richard Barber, we cant believe he was 66-1 last weekend, and has won this as 2-1 second favourite”, Mum Maria had been watching up in the video tower, and was thrilled to see her horse Kawana Cove come home first, but was also willing on the second place Pasternak Jack under daughter Heidi.

Findlay’s Find justified favourtism under jockey David Mansell, in taking the Men’s Open race by ten lengths with a comfortable win, leaving Gallaflynn heading the chasing pack, taking second place under jockey Matthew Barber. Findlay’s Find owner, Paul Miles stated ” We had bought him for £450 and a pony, we turned down an offer of £50,000 when he was five after he won a three and a half miler at MerthyrTidfil, we are considering race options for the future.”

Leading area lady jockey Bryony Frost took the Ladies’ Open race, sponsored by E.J.Snell & Sons, on Templer. This race involved a pile up, seeing two of the challenging horses taken out of the race on the final circuit, by a loose horse. Bryony had ridden a patient race and had managed to avoid the crash, getting Templer, trained by mum Nikki at Buckfastleigh, home seven lengths ahead of  Rock Of Fife ridden by Chloe Swaffield. Jopero under Hannah Welch and Florence Mary under Lucy Mager were the two which were hampered by the loose horse bringing them both down and out of the race.

Jockey Bryony Frost stated ” I was able to miss most of the trouble, I was pushed out into corn field, but just growled at Templer and he picked up again,” she added “I was confident coming up the hill and we were ready to challenge.” Bryony’s father Jim said “Templer won the Isle of Wight Grand National with Haddon, he had previously won eleven National Hunt races, he fell out of love with racing, and a change of yard cheered him up. He now deserves retirement, and will go team chasing for new owner Mike Smith”.

Claire Howarth of The Barum Stud-sponsored the Intermediate race. Of the four runners, Rainbow Trout under Mark Wall was sent off odds-on favourite, but was no match for Bathwick Scanno under jockey David Noonan. Seeing the Novice Men’s title within reach, Noonan kicked on up the final hill, and was eight lengths clear two out, finishing to win by 16 lengths, with Rainbow Trout in second. This put David Noonan needing a win in the Maiden race to snatch the Novice Men’s title from leader Chester Williams.

Bathwick Scanno is owned by the Rising Sun Partnership based near Taunton. Joint owner Norman Cossey stated “We bought the horse through Gerry Supple, he is a very kind horse, very small, only a pony, but loves the firmer ground, all credit to Teresa Clark our trainer.”

All was set with the final Point race of the season, The Smallridge Bro-sponsored Open Maiden race. David Noonan got the leg-up on Grey Dream, another trained by Teresa Clark, and was in with a real chance to follow-up on his second at Bratton the weekend before. All was going Noonan’s way leading the fifteen runner field on the final circuit, but then came the challenge of Redbridge Rebel under Matthew Barber, taking over at the last to win by three lengths, with the gallant Grey Dream in second, and a good run by Kilcolman Wizard under Michael Heard third.

Jockey Matthew Barber quoted ” It was a bit of a tactical race, Redbridge Rebel just took me there, I was a passenger, I thought at the last it was fly or die.”

Trainer Marc Barber said “We plan to give him a couple of weeks off and then may bring him out in July if we can find a Handicap Chase for him.”

Two pony races finished the day’s events. The 138cm went to Cornwalls young Tyler Heard on the five year old The Jobs Not Straight. The 148cm race going to sixteen year old Theo Gillard on Hawksfield Flyer, a talented young jockey who would be well worth following if progressing onto horses next season.

After the summer break, Point-to-Point action for the 2014-2015 looks to start again at the end of November, keep an eye for fixture list on www.horseraces-dc.com


Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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 professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, Tim Holt & Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)


(4 points winner; 2 points second; 1 point third – Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only)



Robbie Henderson      102 points

Darren Edwards          74 points

Will Biddick                63 points

Jamie Thomas              47 points

Michael Heard             37 points

Tom Chanin                37 points



Bryony Frost               60 points

Leanda Tickle              50 points

Vicky Wade                 27 points

Megan Nicholls           22 points

Jo Buck                        14 points

Hannah Welch             14 points



Chester Williams         22 points

David Noonan             15 points

Ciaran Gethings          11 points

Jake Bament                7 points




Megan Nicholls           22 points

Hannah Welch             14 points

Natalie Parker              12 points

Pippa Glanville           10 points

Taylor Pook                8 points

Harriett Skinner          8 points

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Area Jockeys Standings 2014


(4 points winner; 2 points second; 1 point third – Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only)


Robbie Henderson      88 points

Darren Edwards           68 points

Will Biddick               56 points

Jamie Thomas              47 points

Michael Heard             36 points

Tom Chanin                 35 points



Bryony Frost                56 points

Leanda Tickle              47 points

Vicky Wade                 27 points

Jo Buck                         14 points

Megan Nicholls           14 points

Hannah Welch             14 points



Chester Williams         22 points

Ciaran Gethings           10 points

David Noonan              10 points

Joe Drinkwater             6 points



Megan Nicholls           14 points

Hannah Welch             14 points

Natalie Parker              12 points

Pippa Glanville            10 points

Taylor Pook                 8 points

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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