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Preview: Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr St. Columb Major, Easter Monday, 6th April 2015

Written by Donna Harris
The second of the Point-to-Point meetings over the Easter weekend takes place at Trebudannon, where it is the turn of the Fourburrow to host their event on Bank Holiday Monday April 6, start time 1pm. This course is popular with its natural amphitheatre style providing fantastic viewing. They have eight races on offer including the Bonhams Cornish National Men’s Open race, attracting entries such as Chapoturgeon from the Jack Barber team who was a National Hunt Festival winner. Posh Totty from the same yard is another entry bang in form, having been in the frame on all 12 of her last starts. The prolific winning mare Lucette Annie is also entered, as is Bradley Brook, both hold strong claims if not running at Cherrybrook on Saturday.
The Members race, sponsored by A.G.Prowse heads up the action. Previous course winner Reliable Richie is the pick of the three Reuben Chapman entries, who could improve on his third behind Silver Token and Mic’s Delight at Buckfastleigh.
The Open Maiden has already been divided, Miss Weld ran second here last season, she loves the soft and goes well for young jockey Pippa Glanville. Boyman is another entry with a previous second at this course under jockey Conor Smith.
In the second division of the Open Maiden, Ryalzaro trained by Jack Barber, ran close at Larkhill in January finishing second under Will Biddick. Mount Prospex for the Jill Dennis team would be the one to fear if connections choose this race over Cherrybrook entry, after his head second at Kilworthy.
Mic’s Delight could put claims on the Truro Tractors-sponsored Confined race, having been in the frame on all of his starts this season for owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport. He loves the soft, likes to keep his head in front as he showed when winning at Ottery. Knight Pass for the Nikki Frost yard and Devon General for Kayley Woollacott could be the ones to chase him home.
The Ladies Open race is sponsored by Carrs Landrover Truro, in which Minella Fifty could score again here after his recent win at Milborne St Andrew, when sent off odds on favourite, for the Claire Hitch team. Sweet My Lord connections will be looking for a hat-trick after his two wins at Wadebridge, and was running well at Kilworthy until falling. 
The Restricted race is a qualifier for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point series final to be held at Stratford racecourse on Friday 29th May,  in which entries include On Your Max, who has been knocking at the door for a Restricted win. Templeton was only just denied a win under Jamie Thomas when caught in the final 150 yards by winner Sonoftheking. Im All Set, from the Claire Hitch yard, who won his Maiden at Ston Easton at the second time of asking under Will Biddick. This race is sponsored by Tremaine Plant Hire.
Lamanva Brood Mares sponsor the three mile Open Maiden race, Judge John Deed could make his debut Point run here for the Barber family, who have a good strike rate with maiden horses at this course. Arny and Up To Ollie both ran well at the Kilworthy meeting and should improve for the run.
The course at Trebudannon is located at St Columb Major, signed off A30 and A39. Postcode TR9 4LP. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. On course facilities include bar, bookies, trade stands and hot refreshments. 

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Results : Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 1st June 2014

Going: Good

Hunt race (RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son)
1 Bernshaw (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 jt fav
2 Johny No Cash (Emily McMahon 3-1
3 Eslin Bridge (George Hiscock) 2-1 jt fav
5 ran; 4l; 12l; 5m 55s
Trainer: Claire Hitch

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)
Div 1
1 Fourstar River (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav
2 Kings Scout (Conor Smith) 10-1
3 Tandoori (Darren Andrews) 7-1
9 ran; 2l; neck; 5m 59s
Trainer: Stewart Reddaway

Div 2
1 The Mexican Bandit (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav
2 On Your Max (Robbie Henderson) 5-2
3 The cat’s Away (Will Biddick) 5-2
8 ran; 1/2l; neck; 5m 57s
Trainer: Keith Cumings

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)
1 Join Togwether (Megan Nicholls) 4-7 fav
2 Ned White (Leanda Tickle) 9-1
3 Print The Money (Sarah Dennis) 9-1
12 ran; 4l; 4l; 5m 44s
Trainer: Rose Loxton

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)
1 Coombe Hill (Darren Edwards) 3-1
2 Round Tom (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav
3 Cottage Acre (Michael Heard) 14-1
14 ran; 1l; 2l; 5m 50s
Trainer Charlotte Fear

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)
1 Glenwood Present (Joshua Newman) 16-1
2 Devon General (Jake Bament) 4-1
3 Colley Row (James Tudor) 3-1 co fav
12 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 5m 58s
Trainer; Tanya Taylor

Open Maiden
Division 1(The Old Station House Inn)
1 O’Flo (Bryony Frost) 7-4 jt fav
2 Crackacan (Darren Edwards) 7-4 jt fav
3 Grey Dream (David Noonan) 15-2
11 ran; 3l; 3l; 6m 1s
Trainer: Carol Lawrence

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)
1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 7-4 fav
2 Spendajennie (Michael Legg) 14-1
3 Special Boru (Cieran Gethings) 11-2
12 ran; 3l; 1l; 6m 6s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Results: Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, Sunday 11 May 2014

Open Maiden 2m 4f  – Colts & Geldings (Sponsor: Carrs Land Rover Truro)

1 Indian Dancer (Darren Edwards) 2-1 fav

2 Boymann (Conor Smith) 3-1

3 Myladtommy (Ryan Chapman) 7-2

6 ran; 4l; 10l;  5m 10s

Trainer: Dean Summersby


PPORA Club Members 10-year-olds and over (RJ Trevarthen – butchers)

1 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 1-3 fav

2 Mr Redwood (Rob Hawker) 10-1

6 ran; only two finished; 12l; 6m 23s

Trainer: Ed Walker


Open Maiden 2m 4f – Mares & Fillies only (The Jockey Club)

1 Paper Lady (Bryony Frost) 3-1

2 Queen’s Law (Leanda Tickle) 7-4 fav

3 Our Georgie Girl (Joshua Newman) 16-1

12 ran; 2l; 2l;  5m 5s

Trainer: Nikki Frost


Mixed Open (Brewin Dolphin)

1 Double Mead (Alexandra Dunn) 7-4 fav

2 Mr Gardner (Harriet Skinner) 8-1

3 Classic Swain (Ben Clarke) 4-1

6 ran; 2l; 1/2l;  6m 18s

Trainer: Alexandra Dunn


Open Maiden (Chris & Sarita Perkins)

1 Dusky (Leanda Tickle) 5-2

2 Miss Weld (Ed Barrett) 14-1

3 Penzflo (Rob Hawker) 7-4 fav

6 ran; 1l; 2l;  6m 35s

Trainer: Joe Tickle


Restricted (Tremaine Plant)

1 Mausfalle (Darren Edwards) 2-1

2 Raffa (John Mathias) 7-4 fav

3 Suesacomin (Jimmy Cole) 25-1

6 ran; 4l; 10l;  6m 19s

Trainer: Dean Summersby


Good To Soft


Hunt Race: (Sponsor – Pannell Commercials)

1 Jennys Layla (Vicky Wade) 6-4

2 Tres Bien (Jamie Thomas) 1-2 fav

2 ran; 2 1/2l;  6m 56s


Open Maiden Div 1: (Friends & family of Yvonne Watson & M A Bickell)

1 Maidstone Mercury (Ed Barrett) 8-1

2 Aah Bless (Tim Hampton) 16-1

3 Wood Park (Leo Mahon) 5-1

14 ran; 1 1/2l; short head;  6m 42s


Open Maiden Div 2 (Langdon Transport Ltd)

1 Raffa (John Mathias) 7-4 fav

2 Derniere Dance (Josh Guerriero) 9-1

3 Boymann (Conor Smith) 14-1

12 ran; 6l; 2l;  6m 45s


Mixed Open: (Condy Mathias)

1 Aitenn Thirtythree (Natale Parker) 6-1

2 Double Bank (Merv Woodward) 7-4

3 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) 11-8 fav

8 ran; head; 1/2l;  6m 30s


Confined: (Dawn West Devon)

1 Cottage Acre (Bryony Frost) 6-1

2 Tugboat (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav

3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 8-1

10 ran; 1 1/2l; short head; 6m 36s


Restricted: (Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd)

1 Annie Aces (Michael Heard) 14-1

2 Lord Samson (Darren Edwards) 12-1

3 Gontdevon (Tom Chanin) 7-1

15 ran;  short head; 6l;  6m 34s


Intermediate: (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 9-1

2 Thetalkinghorse (Matt Hampton) 5-4 fav

3 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 7-2

7 ran; 4l; 2l;  6m 46s


Commiserations to Jo Buck, who was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured ankle after a fall from Ross Oliver’s House of Fun in one of the Maiden races.

Jo took the Devon & Cornwall area champion lady rider title in 2011 and 2012. “It’s the same ankle that she broke in that fall at Cheltenham (May 2012),” reported Ross Oliver, who had travelled his six-year-old House of Fun on a 360 miles round trip from his base in Cornwall.

It was a long afternoon at Badbury Rings where a total of 121 runners turned out on remarkably good going. The planned seven-race card was extended to 11 thanks to four events having to be divided on the day which began with a shock 100-1 winner in the opening Conditions race. This was recent Chipley Park failure Dona (Sam Painting), from the Barbury Castle yard of Laura Thomas. The second part of the Conditions race also saw punters in a pickle with Bringinthebranston (Tom David) scoring at 20-1 for Pyle, Bridgend owner/trainer David Brace.

The Silverton qualified Byerley Bear was seeking his fifth successive win of the season in the AGA Ladies’ Open. Despite seeing off the hot favourite Master Medic, Leanda Tickles’s mount was caught by Aikideau in the last stride Last season’s Devon & Cornwall champion lady Bryony Frost rode a fine, patient waiting race on the winner who was following up his recent Larkhill win. Byerley Bear lost little in defeat, “He will go to Wadebridge next,” said owner Roger Knowles.

Another rider in the wars was Camilla Henderson who was injured when Khyber Kim came down in the home straight in the Novice Riders’ contest. “She has a broken nose and was put into a neck brace as a precaution”, said her father, champion National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson. This event went to 16-year-old Sean Bowen on David Brace’s Cock of the Rock, with Devon horses King of the Road and Clew Bay Cove filling the places.

Chester Williams was another 16 –year-old jockey to reach the winner’s enclosure when Un Ami, owned and trained by his mother Jane near Barnstaple, gave the schoolboy rider his third career winner in a Restricted division.

Devon based horses dominated the first divided Maiden. The Tiverton qualified Tackler, trained by Marie McGuinness and ridden by Conor Smith looked a bright prospect scoring in his division by 25 lengths, and the sturdy six-year-old Go On Henry (Josh Guerriero) opened his account for Keith and Janet Cumings in the other section.

Minella Web had run well at Black Forest last month and stepped up on that effort to land another maiden division for the Kayley Woollacott yard at Rose Ash, partnered by Jamie Thomas.

The Ed Walker trained Hameldown Tor stayed on steadily to finish runner-up under Robbie Henderson in the Men’s Open, but could not quite cope with Ravethebrave, (Joe Hill)  who bounced back from a moderate effort at Higham last time out to take the prize to Oxfordshire.

Michael Legg was the only rider to complete a double on the marathon card. He took the first section of the Restricted under Driftwood Pride, and as the light began to fade in the final race he gained a neck verdict on Driving Onwards, just denying the Leslie Jefford representative Last Edition.




The going was soft with heavy patches on the showground and the driving rain and gusty wind refused to relent throughout the afternoon. The huge barn proved to be a haven for rain soaked spectators able to cuddle up with just a handful of bookies.

It proved to be a memorable afternoon for two young jockeys riding their first winners.

.MEMBERS (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

Joaaci found conditions to his liking when just denying last year’s winner Buzz Me In by a short head, giving his rider David Noonan his first success. Despite idling a little after taking command, 14-year-old Joaaci had his wise old head in front where it mattered. Ryan Chapman gave Buzz Me In a most heroic ride and his willing partner deserves consolation.

“We couldn’t find anywhere to school Joaaci because of the wet ground and this is the first time David has sat on him,” said Looe trainer Pat Shaw. The 18-year-old jockey, from Kilbrin, CountyCork, was having his first ride in England after four unsuccessful forays in his native country. “I rode for Eugene O’Sullivan in Ireland and have been with David Pipe since August. I have had a lot of support and advice in the yard, particularly from Gerry Supple,” reported the rider.


The young Irishman almost followed up on Ross Oliver’s Fiulin who started 7-4 favourite. Despite taking up the running by-passing the waterlogged 15th fence, Fiulin was soon found wanting in the soft ground and faded to finish third. This event went to the improving Sobre Tresor who survived a blunder at the last to give Taylor Pook her first win on her first ride. “That was a remarkable effort by the jockey considering her lack of experience,” exclaimed Chloe Newman, who trains the winner on behalf of her mother Ros at Woolminstone near Crewkerne.

The 21-year-old rider, who works for Alan King at BarburyCastle, almost missed the ride having been kicked in the face by a horse at the stables last Friday. “I have got a black eye (which I naively thought was eye shadow) and the stitches glued above my eye came undone during the race,” the young rider told me. She had presented herself to the doctor as a precaution before the race and was intending to visit the local hospital en route home for running repairs.

RESTRICTED (Ray Davies Foods Ltd)

Kayley Woollacott saddled Lightening Jack to win the Restricted and followed up when Ratline Rosie won the Maiden to give 22-year- old Jamie Thomas, who works in the Woollacott yard, his first ever double.

20-1 outsider Lightening Jack just prevailed in a blanket finish to the seven-runner Restricted, just denying the heavily backed Brackenwood and long time leader Glenwood Present. “He was not quite right when he ran at Black Forest Lodge but he is going a lot better now,” commented the trainer who saddled the Bach gelding for John Pearn who acted as a steward at the meeting. “This is my first winner in Cornwall. I bought Lightening Jack from Rob Skinner and he had done lots of hunting, including a day ridden by Paul Carberry,” remarked the popular owner.

 OPEN MAIDEN (Stephens Scown Solicitors)

Jamie Thomas just got Lady Earle’s six-year-old mare Ratline Rosie home to complete the double. Tiger Wild had made a sluggish start, but Conor Smith worked his mount through the field to lead on the bottom bend, only to be mugged by Ratline Rosie in the last stride .“I got her for only £800 as a two-year-old at Doncaster and Jamie gave her a great ride,” remarked the owner.

MEN’S OPEN (Kivells)

Only five went to post but it was quite a competitive affair. The former Paul Nicholls trained Valentine Vic took the eye in the paddock and looked the likely winner jumping the last in company with 11-10 favourite Working Title and Googoobarabajagal. It was Michael Heard’s mountGoogoobarabajagal who produced the most determined effort on the gruelling climb to the post, coming between his two rivals to score by half a length over Valentine Vic, with Working Title a similar distance away in third. “The horses are going through the ground okay and my horse stays forever,” said the rider. The winner, said by his trainer John Heard to, “pull out a bit stiff in the mornings,” (a problem I am quite familiar with) loves Wadebridge, and was adding to his two victories at the track last season.

LADIES’ OPEN (Cornish Mutual)

Byerley Bear had little trouble in beating his sole rival Hilda Wild under Jo Buck in the Ladies’ Open. Trained by Robert Chanin for Roger Knowles, this nine-year-old is now unbeaten in four runs at the showground and now has hunter chasing on his agenda.

CONFINED (Three Cornish Farriers)

The bright yellow silks carried by Michael Legg on Iron Chancellor showed up well in the gathering gloom. Starting at 4-7 this former ‘chase winner came home untroubled to win by a distance. The Alderbrook gelding was bought at Doncaster last May for £5,800 and can make his mark in hunter chases. “He is not over big and I thought he was the least fit of my five horses,” laughed West Buckland trainer Sue Popham.


Results of the North Cornwall meeting


None available


The next meeting is the Silverton Point-To-Point, on Sunday 12th January 2014 at Black Forest Lodge


Going;  Soft, heavy patches

Fences 8 and 15 omitted all races – waterlogged ground


Hunt race

1 Joaaci (David Noonan) 2-5 fav

2 Buzz Me In (Ryan Chapman) 5-1

3 Make or Break (Bryony Frost 3-1

3  ran; short head; 4l;  7m 0s

Trained by Pat Shaw


Men’s Open

1 Googoobarabajagal (Mike Heard) 7-1

2 Valentine Vic (Tom David) 4-1

3 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater) 11-10 fav

5 ran; 1/2l; 1/2l;  6m 38s

Trained by John Heard


Ladies’ Open

1 Byerley Bear (Jo Buck) 1-12 fav

2 Hilda Wild (Suzy Berry) 5-1

2 ran 15l;  6m 29s

Trained by Robert Chanin



1 Lightening Jack (Jamie Thomas) 20-1

2 Brackenwood (Bryony Frost) 2-1 fav

3 Glenwood Present (Josh Newman) 4-1

7 ran; 1/2l; short head;  6m 37s

Trained by Kayley Woollacott


PPORA Club Members’ Novice Riders’

1 Sobre Tresor (Taylor Pook) 3-1

2 Tamatown (Will Gordon) 2-1

3 Fiulin (David Noonan) 7-4 fav

7 ran; 7l; 3l;  6m 32s

Trained by Chloe Newman


Open Maiden

1 Ratline Rosie (Jamie Thomas) 3-1

2 Tiger Wild (Conor Smith) 5-2 jt fav

3 Tikkeche (Josh Newman) 7-1

 9 ran; nose; 10l;  6m 39s

Trained by Kayley Woollacott



1 Iron Chancellor (Michael Legg) 4-7 fav

2 Jopero (Hannah Welch) 7-2

3 Pauillac (Ben Robarts) 3-1

4 ran; distance; 1 1/2l;  6m 38s

Trained by Sue Popham