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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: SPOONERS & WEST DARTMOOR AT CHERRYBROOK – 3rd APRIL 2021

I don’t need a line of 15 bookmakers to lose money. I did it with only two at Cherrybrook, where point-to-pointing resumed after a four months gap with a tricky eight race card.

Anyway, well done to our bookie friends Dave Philips and Rich Pittard, two intrepid layers who stood like masked highwaymen behind the closed doors. It was a pity for my sake that the Cherrybrook doors weren’t locked.

Wandering Soul (evens – 4-5 fav) started the rot in the opener. Even Will Biddick couldn’t persuade this sturdy Irish beast to get out of third gear. Lightly raced King’s Quay (100-8) had been a bit unlucky in his previous two races, but the Matt Hampton trained and ridden six-year-old put 14 rivals into their place. Berboru (10’s to 6’s) ran fast for two miles but was a spent force when falling at the last. The other horse for money was Oscara (20’s to 14’s) who finished strongly as runner up and can go into the notebook.

The second Maiden went to the more experienced Our Grey Boy (13-2 to 7-2). He comes from the same stable as Oscara (Annie Bacon at Frome), and was nicely handled by Josh Cameron . Exeter University student Will Knight got the 6-4 fav Da Vinci Rock into third place on his first ride, but the well backed This’ll Do (6’s to 4’s) made no show and was pulled up.

I hesitated over Crown of Thorns (4-5/evens fav) in the next, thinking that he may have needed the race and he had a 6lbs penalty.  He who hesitates is lost. Trainer Sarah Pidsley had him spot on and he received a masterful Biddick ride The Dapper Fox (7-2) ran his usual genuine race and was closing at the post.

The Restricted looked a decent contest. The eventual winner Where’s Wilma was backed from 5’s to 3’s and won with her ears pricked. She can progress to Intermediate class. Runner up Arcal Fifty (8’s to 7’s) looked really dangerous going to the penultimate but was held when blundering at the last. I had a small bet on Funky Sensation (3’s to 7-4 fav) on the basis of his NH runs. He came with a promising effort three out but found nil.

Apple’s Queen (3’s to 5-2) is a useful pointer and relished this better ground to beat the ultra consistent Chosen Lucky (5-4 to 4-5 fav) in the Ladies’ Conditions race. I did a bit of each way thieving with third placed Dry Ol’ Party (8’s to 6’s), whose small yard is in such good form with winners at Charing and Dingley since the resumption.

River Myth (7-1) set the pace in a good Men’s Open,  and this game mare was unlucky to be mugged a few yards from the line. It was ex-Irish chaser Static Jack (100-8), who took the prize, literally flying up the run in under novice jockey Michael Treneer. Honest Deed (2’s to 5-4 fav) made it nil out of four for me in finishing third, but can resume winning ways next time. Raddon Top (100-30) looked held when demolishing a wing at the last, leaving Eric The Third (12’s to 8’s) in fourth. Unioniste (8-1) found this company beneath him and lobbed round after running in such races as the Grand National in the past.

It always happens: have a bad day and give up, then your bet for the next race wins. On this occasion it was The Roestone (5-2 fav) in the Intermediate who stuck his tongue out at me (he was actually wearing ear plugs). He looked to have no chance at half way but made steady progress under Fly McIntyre  to head Bridge Of Spies (5-1) on the line.

A lovely sunny day at Cherrybrook with excellent racing; almost a pleasure to lose money….

Cover photo: Athwenna Irons/WMN

The meeting’s official photographer Hazel Mansell Green’s album can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/hazeblingbling/Lf5Ym0

Full results from Cherrybrook available at: www.pointtopoint.co.uk

Entries: East Devon Point-To-Point at Bishops Court on Sunday 3rd March 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 4, 5 & 6 year old Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Club Members Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race
7th 15:30 7 years and older Open Maiden Race

Course updates from John Bradley

Sunday 24th February 2019 at 19:34

Update on the going at Bishops Court, Ottery St MARY. At the moment the going is good, good to soft in places. With light rain forecast on Thursday it is expected to improve. Most of the course is completed. I’m expecting to finish on Thursday.

Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 13:49

No change of going at Bishops Court

Thursday 28th February 2019 at 13:28

Bishops Court passed course inspection by Course inspector Mr Norman Chanin. Going is Good good to soft in places

Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 20:34

Going at Bishops Court unchanged today but with rain forecast this might change slightly

Preview extract:

It’s the turn of the East Devon Hunt to host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Sunday 3rd March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of Noon. Over 140 entries have been received and it’s set to be another competitive days racing.

This meeting usually sees the first of the spring weather drawing out picnic racegoers in their hundreds. For those wishing to sample the delights on course there will be plenty of stands offering hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of country trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Postcode EX11 1RJ.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

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 2018/19 form from 2017/18 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2016/17 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Entries: South Pool Point-To-Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 17th February 2019

Note: As a result of the Equine Influenza outbreak and the subsequent changes to the vaccination rules, some of the entries listed here may have deemed ineligible to run after entry for this meeting.

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st Pony Race 11:00 am 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN
2nd Pony Race 11:20 148cm (m 8f ) OPEN
1st 12:00 noon Conditions Race
2nd 12:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 13:10 Westcountry Champioon Chase, Winners Only Mixed Open Race
4th 13:55 Confined Maiden Race
5th 14:30 Mares Maiden Race
6th 15:05 Restricted Race

Going Update

Thursday 14th February 2019

On a routine visit to Buckfastleigh this afternoon, Claire Wonnacott, the local Course Inspector, walked the Course with John Bond, Clerk of the Course and subsequently declared the Going to be Good to Soft. Following another sunny day, the course is looking really good and the current fine weather is set to continue for the rest of the week.

Eileen Ashby, VSPH PtP Secretary

Preview extract:

Over 100 entries have been received for the South Pool Harriers meeting due to be held at the historic racecourse Buckfastleigh this coming Sunday 17th February. Pony racing heads up the action at 11am, with the main six race card starting at Noon.

The course is located off the A38 at Lower Dean. Postcode TQ11 OLT. On course facilities include hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Check out all the latest up to date information on the http://www.pointingdc website or on the Devon & Cornwall Facebook Page. The committee would also like to mention MST (Medland Sanders & Twose) and Ashburton Motor Works who are other major sponsors for the event and will be bringing their large trade displays.

Pony Racing Entries

138cm (m 6f ) OPEN (DIV I)

1
Billy Broomfield
Wee Antony
2 Kelsie Beilby Veno Star
3 Taylor Fisher Clear The Track
4 William Dunlop Talponciau Perfect Print
5 Ruby Fisher-barnett Wide Valley Spiderman
6
Evan Hughes
Pennway Angharad
7 Bruce Vaughan Reylem Eastern Sunrise
8 Jack Dace Dillans Girl
9 Megan Bew Saltre Coral Reef
10 Artemis Morgan Menedh Jumping Jack Flash
NR Freddie Fletcher Temmas Diamonds Forever
NR Harry Robinson Antsar Peeptoe
NR Sophie Flynn Deehaven Chipmunk

148cm (m 8f ) OPEN

1
Talor Hopkins
Don’t Tell Dai
2
Daniel Ellis
O’flynn’s Daughter
3 Kelsie Beilby Shotgun Minnie
4 Megan Bevan Motor Edd
5 Ivor Herbert The Mumbler
6 Charlotte Summersby Weebumbee
NR Daisy White
Aries
NR Taylor Fisher Our Jeremy
NR Chad Bament Little Rock Star
NR Otis Morgan Tarka
NR Alfie Godfrey Calypso
NR Holly Flynn Perfect Place

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

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 2018/19 form from 2017/18 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2016/17 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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Entries: Tiverton Point-To-Point at Chipley Park on Sunday 27th January 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members Race
2nd 12:05 Restricted Race
3rd 12:40 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:15 Intermediate Race
5th 13:50 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:25 Mares Maiden Race
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
8th 15:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Course Updates:

Sunday 27th January 2019 at 08:35

The going at Chipley today is unchanged good, good to soft. The wind blew the rain away over night and is due to drop during the morning. There is a power line down in Wellington please follow the diversion signs, you need to head for Milverton on the B3187. Postcode is TA21 OQU.

Saturday 26th January 2019 at 16:56

The Ground remains the same at Chipley. Will update fb in the morning, rain is forecast over night.

– Jess Dorse

Friday 25th January 2019 at 19:36

Russell Wescott reports the course is good , good to soft in places.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 18:55

Going update: The clerk of the course recorded the ground as good, good to soft in place today at Chipley. A lot of good horses entered should make for exciting racing, first race at 11:30.

Monday 21st January 2019 at 19:07

Near-record entries at Chipley for this Sunday 27th January, with 177 entries

8 races scheduled on “good” ground
1st race bought forward to 11.30 am

Many Trade stalls, hot and cold food and bar
Great day out for all the family

See you on Sunday

Saturday 19th January 2019 at 19:50

The going was officially given as ‘Good’ on Thursday 17th after inspection. Will keep you posted this week.

Preview extract:

This weekends Point-to-Point fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area takes place at Chipley Park near Wellington on Sunday 27th January. Eight races will be on offer with a start time of 11.30. Over 170 entries have been received.

On course facilities include bar, hot and cold refreshments, bookies, and a number of good trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per head to a maximum of £40 per car. Children under 16 go free. Dogs on leads welcome. Course is located off B3187, Wellington 3m, Milverton 1m, TA21 0QY.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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