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Preview: South Pool Harriers Point to Point at Buckfastleigh, Sunday 17th February 2019

Written by: Donna Harris

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 feature race of the day is the Winners Only Mixed Open known as the ‘West Country Champion Chase’ which has a prize of £700 to the winner and is also a qualifier for the Timico Mixed Open Final to be held at Cheltenham in May. 19 entries had been received before the new vaccination rules had been announced on Tuesday morning, which may possibly exclude a few, however it promises still to be a really competitive race. Recent Chipley Park winner Heaney is entered for local trainer Claire Wonnacott and daughter Millie to ride. Heaney is out of the same Dam as Definitly Red, and is giving his connections plenty to be pleased about having won three of his seven starts to date and finished in the frame on the remaining four. Blackwater Bramble for trainer Alexandra Dunn won at this course in November and followed that up with two wins at Larkhill, he holds an entry at Larkhill again and could head for the Conditions race there. Dicky Bob (Verity Nicholls) already on a hat-trick here, is an entry for local jockey Tomasina Eyston to ride, and could add to Dicky Bob’s total of thirteen wins to date. His first outing this season saw him finish a creditable second to Monsieur Gibralter at Larkhill, Navanman (John Heard) is another with wins at this course and his recent second to Virak at Chipley Park could also put him in the mix if he runs here. The Last But One (Tom Malone), Master Baker (Lisa Jefford) and Herbert Park (Ray Alford) all have wins under rules and would prove dangerous if added to the equation.

The opening Hassall Law Ltd Conditions race could see dual Wadebridge winner Raddon Top for the Les Jefford team, follow up on his second in a maiden here last season. He looks progressive and goes well for regular jockey Bryan Carver. Kernel Victor is the highest rated, is also a previous course winner here and could add to his seven wins to date for trainer Ed Walker.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race in which In Arrears for the Gordon Edwards team stayed on well when winning her Restricted by a neck at Chipley Park under Darren Edwards. Her opposition here could be Sixteen Letters for the Big Brook yard, having run second at this course last season and could go well fresh.

Luscombe Maye sponsor the Confined Race for Horses and Geldings. Merchant House (Les Jefford) catches the eye having won a Flat race at Barbury in December under in form jockey Jo Supple, could go well if taking to fences. Minimalistic wouldn’t need to travel far, the seven-year-old gelding is based at Nikki Frost’s yard at Buckfastleigh, and could come on for his three-length second to Raging Fire at Chipley Park.

Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby), Deise Gold (Jill Dennis) and Where’s Wilma (Michael Watson) have all notched up good place form recently and should be high among the betting in the Jockey Club-sponsored Mares Maiden race. Isla’s Dream is an entry for bloodstock agent and trainer Tom Malone, the mare won her division of a Flat race at Barbury and is another youngster who could run well if taking to fences, and also be another winner for jockey Jo Supple.

Finally to close the days event is the Moorland Timber-sponsored Restricted race which has attracted 21 entries. These include recent Chipley Maiden winner Crown Of Thorns who stayed on well to win under jockey Will Biddick. Pancrace (Teresa Clark) is another possibility for Will to ride if the combination head here and not the Larkhill meeting. Trainer/jockey Heidi Lewis has entered Native Gamut, and could be in the mix having run well in second at Wadebridge. Miss Seagreen is another to note, the six-year-old Black Sam Bellamy mare won her Maiden at Larkhill under trainer/jockey Sam Jukes last month.

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.co.uk website or by following Pointingdc on social media. 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.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Buckfastleigh, 1 mile from TQ11 OLT

BBC Travel News: Devon; CornwallSomerset;

Upcoming Fixtures:

  • Saturday 16th February 2019, Rescheduled, Western point-to-point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, post code: PL27 7JE. 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 17th February 2019, Combined Services point-to-point, Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, post code: SP4 8QT. 1st Race now starts at 12:45
  • Sunday 17th February 2019, South Pool Harriers point-to-point, Buckfastleigh Racecourse, post code: TQ11 0 LT. 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 24th February 2019, Countryside Alliance Club (Wessex) point-to-point, Badbury Rings, Nr Wimborne, Dorset post code: DT11 9JL.  1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 24th February 2019, East Cornwall Great Trethew, Menheniot, Liskeard, post code: PL14 3PZ. 1st Race 12 noon

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Rescheduled: Preview: Western Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 16th February 2019

Point-To-Point Authority ⭐️ Update on equine influenza at 15:45pm Tue 12 Feb ⭐️

We are pleased to announce that point-to-pointing is set to return from this weekend (16 Feb), subject to the latest requirements regarding vaccinations. Further information here:  

All nine fixtures scheduled to take place this weekend will go ahead as planned. More news – including detail on potential refunds on entries for horses now ineligible to race – can be found here:  

Update from Fixture secretary, Val Mason

The Western point to point is now provisionally rescheduled to run on Saturday 16th February. Thanks to all who have made this possible. Now we all need to cross fingers that the current problems get resolved. All entries stand as made. thank you all. Thank you to South Pool Harriers and Combined Services for allowing us to have this opportunity to run. Going report will follow after the weekend.

Point-To-Point Authority ⭐️ Update on equine influenza ⭐️

The British Horseracing Authority has this afternoon taken the decision that racing will not resume in Britain until Wednesday 13 February at the earliest.

Therefore no point-to-point fixtures will take place this weekend.

Written by : Donna Harris

The Western Hunt hosts the third meeting to be held at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this coming Sunday 10th February. Six races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon.

The Tinners Arms-sponsored Ladies race has multiple course winner Chosen Lucky entered who could be an option for Jo Supply to ride. Jo currently heads the leader board for the Byerley Bear trophy which is awarded to the lady jockey gaining most points over the three meetings in ladies races here, which would be a great achievement for Jo who sustained a nasty pelvic injury at the end of last season. The Last But One for Bloodstock Agent and trainer Tom Malone could be another option for Jo Supple to ride and follow up on their win here at the January meeting, but connections may choose the re-arranged South Dorset meeting at Milborne St Andrew on Saturday as a preferred option.

Honest Deed and Hello George are among the entries who could battle out the finish in the Men’s Open race, which is sponsored by Mr & Mrs Peter George. Honest Deed for the Dean Summersby team won the Men’s Open here at the January meeting under Darren Edwards, and should go close again if following up on that form. Hello George has previous form when with the Phillip Hobbs yard, scoring a hurdle race at Newbury in 2017. He is now owned, trained and will be ridden by Nathan Verge who could get a sweet ride out of the now ten-year-old gelding and be the ones to challenge if staying up the gruelling steep home finish.

Hello George also holds an entry in the opening Stimson & Tieken-sponsored Conditions race for veteran and novice riders. This looks like a thriller in store with Chosen Lucky, Mic’s Delight and Rockinrolldixie among the entries. Chosen Lucky won this race at the January meeting under young jockey Liam Harrison. Mic’s Delight had previously held Chosen Lucky and has won at this track twice, the now 15-year-old gelding could put up another bold front running performance under jockey Millie Wonnacott. Rockinrolldixie was the one to deny Mic’s Delight his treble at this course in December, when staying on better up the hill to snatch a four length win under jockey Nathan Vergne.

Bridge Of Spies and Wind Tor stand out as likely favourites in the Intermediate race which is sponsored by a group of farriers. Bridge of Spies (George Beilby) won his restricted race here in January under jockey Nick Lawton, he had previously run second at the December meeting and looks to prefer a left handed track. He should go well if recovering from his recent fourth at Chipley Park two weeks ago. Wind Tor (Ed Walker) looked to be staying on at Chipley Park finishing sixth under Josh Newman in his first outing this season, and could challenge if improving for that run.

Mujadel (Teresa Clark) won his maiden here in January and looks progressive to take the Hutchinson-sponsored Restricted race, his main challenger could come from entry Acadian for trainer Heidi Lewis, who also won his maiden at this course, and was only denied by a head when awarrded second behind Bridge Of Spies in his Restricted race at the January meeting here when ridden by Lee Drowne.

The Open Maiden race holds 19 entries and those catching the eye are Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) having finished second here in January, Deise Gold runner up here at both previous meetings and should score soon for the Jill Dennis team. Rare Oul Times (Ed Walker) could improve on his third here at the January meeting.

With the huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot and cold refreshments and food, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course has excellent track side viewing to get close to the action. Entrance is £10 per person, children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. Postcode PL27 7JE.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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Preview: North Cornwall Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 13th January 2019

Written by : Donna Harris

The second scheduled Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge, takes place this coming Sunday 13th January. Eight races are now on offer, with the Open Maiden race divided. A total of 87 entries have been received. The first race is off at 11.30am

Kivells sponsor the Men’s Open race, in which Navanman’s connections will be hoping for an early season hat-trick of wins. The gelding came home a two-length winner here at the last meeting, having won impressively at Buckfastleigh in November for trainer John Heard and in-form jockey Bryan Carver. This time he could face two new challengers, ex NH recruits The Last But One from the Tom Malone yard, and Johnathan Farrelly’s Portrait King who has won over a hundred thousand in prize money under rules. Portrait King will need to have recovered from his second place at Larkhill last weekend, and may find this race comes too soon.

The Last But One also holds an entry in the Skinners-sponsored Ladies Open race, and could be the likely favourite. Having won a hurdle race at Worcester last July, the gelding has three Chase wins to his credit when in training with Paul Nicholls. Chosen Lucky for the Dean Summersby team could also figure high in the betting, having won eight of his eleven starts to date, which include two wins at the course.

Robin de Souza, another out of the team Summersby yard, is the highest rated in the opening Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Members race. He has won five times at this track under jockey Darren Edwards, and looks to go well fresh. Trainer Joe Tickle has entered My King, who could put up a brave bid, having won his Maiden race here last season.

The Claire Wonnacott team will be hoping that Heaney will go close in the Ray Davies Foods-sponsored race for Novice Riders, having won here last February. Under jockey Millie Wonnacott, Heaney was denied a win by a short head at Buckfastleigh in November. The winner that day, Blackwater Bramble, then scored at the December Larkhill meeting, coming home by 20 lengths ahead of the field. Ex NH entry Earthmoves could be interesting for the Laura Thomas team, having won six races under rules, the ten-year-old gelding could re-kindle some form in Pointing. Entry Rockinrolldixie could well be in the mix, having won at this meeting in December for trainer Carly Mather.

Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor the Restricted race in which Dragon de la Tour could well follow up on his maiden win at this track in December for the Big Brook team. Outside raider Rien du Tout could be a danger, and was impressive when winning his maiden race at Cothelstone for the Charlotte Budd team, coming home the six length winner on good to firm going.

Whilst in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race Wind Tor could be a punters favourite, with the gelding scoring three wins for the Ed Walker team last season. Awesome Tunes is another entry for the Ed Walker team, he would be a popular winner for Cornish owner Ross Oliver, and could add to his wins at Trebudannon and Ottery. Although Mister Robbo could be the one to snatch this for outside Welsh trainer Thomas Faulkner and in form jockey Byron Moorcroft, with a season win at Howick followed up by a three-quarter length second at the December Atherstone meeting.

Finally up is the MRMU Property-sponsored Open Maiden race which has been pre divided with thirteen entered in each. In the first division those catching the eye are Deise Gold, Mujadel and Mountain Las looking to improve on their place form here at the last meeting. With Ex Irish pointer Cloudy Music, Captain Cuckoo, and Inner Loop among connections looking for progression in the second division.

The course at Wadebridge offers a huge covered barn containing hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, a huge tv screen, and a number of country trade stands. The parking is easily accessed along tarmac avenues, and there is good track-side viewing.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, max £30 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off the A39 west of Wadebridge. PL27 7JE.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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RESULTS: CORNWALL HUNT CLUB AT WADEBRIDGE SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2018

Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Conditions Race Veteran & Novice Riders (Sponsor Ray Davies Foods)

1 Rockinrolldixie (Nathan Vergne) 4-1 prog four out, led last, ran on strongly
2 Mic’s Delight (Millie Wonnacott) 4-6 fav made most til joined three out, no extra flat
3 Jack The Hat (Mark Robinson) 5-2 with leaders til not quicken from three out
7 ran; 6l; 15l; 6m 5s

Open Maiden

Division 1 (Foot Anstey LLP)

1 Dragon De La Tour (David Prichard) 7-2 alwys prom, led last, stayed on well
2 Captain Cuckoo (Sam Lee) 4-1 prom, 3rd three out, kept on flat
3 Ragged Dream (Hannah Welch) 16-1 led and clear 15th, mstk next, wknd flat
10 ran; 5l; 2l; 6m 12s

Division 2 (Nare Hotel)

1 Shelcomeonfordrun (David Prichard) 12-1 hdwy 12th, 2nd three out, led next, easily
2 Deise Gold (Jake Bament) 12-1 led 8th til 12th, kept on steadily
3 Mujadel (James King) 8-1 led 13th til three out, wknd last
10 ran; 5l; 3l; 6m 7s

Ladies’ Open (R & J Trevarthen)

1 Double Captain (Naomi Sims) 11-4 hdwy 13th, led three out, comf
2 Start Royal (Izzie Marshall) 11-2 led til four out, kept on
3 Purple N Gold (Jo Supple) 6-4 fav in touch, every chance til no extra three out
4 ran; 7l; 1l; 6m 0s

Men’s Open (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Navanman (Bryan Carver) 5-4 fav led/disp throughout, ran on gamely flat
2 Broadclyst (Tom Chanin) 6-4 hdwy four out, every chance last, no extra close home
3 Honest Deed (Darren Edwards) 11-2 in touch, close 3rd three out, no extra flat
8 ran; 3l; 2l; 6m 8s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Kensington Castle (Byron Moorcroft) 5-4 fav held up, led three out, easily
2 In Arrears (Darren Edwards) 11-4 disp ld 13th til 15th, every chance til no extra two out
3 Druid Spitfire (Tom Chanin) 15-8 prom til lost place 13th, kept on same pace
4 ran; 1/2l; neck; 6m 18s

Restricted (Land Promotion Group)

1 Raddon Top (Bryan Carver) 5-1 handy, led four out, stayed on well
2 Bridge Of Spies (Nathan Vergne) 20-1 in touch, 4th three out, stayed on well flat
3 She’s A Gangster (Byron Moorcroft) 5-1 effort from 15th, no extra apprg last
8 ran; 3l; 3l; 6m 6s

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Preview: Silverton & Mid Devon Point to Point at Buckfastleigh 18 Nov 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

Having enjoyed one of the longest Summers for decades, It’s now time to dig out the winter woollies, welly boots and picnics as the Pointing season is about to begin.

The old historic course at Buckfastleigh is the venue for the first meeting on Sunday 18th November, which will be hosted by the Silverton & Mid Devon. There are six races on offer which have attracted 70 entries, with a start time of 12 noon.

There should be some give in the ground after the recent deluge of rain, however trainers will be hoping to have achieved enough fast work in their horses to be competitive here. One such local trainer is Claire Wonnacott who has entered previous Wadebridge and Flete winner Heaney for daughter Millie to ride. Millie is now based working at Neil Mulholland’s yard  and recently rode her first winner under rules, Ladies Dancing for Chris Down. Heaney is among the 13 entries in the Heltor-sponsored Conditions race. Honest Deed from the Dean Summersby team, could be among the entries to challenge, having held Heaney to a head second at the Upcott Cross meeting. Portrait King catches the eye, having won over 100k under rules, including a third in the Topham at Aintree. Portrait King now runs for the Woollacott team under the care of long term stable hand Neil McLean, who is now in charge of the Pointers.

The opening Maiden race for 4,5 & 6 year-olds is sponsored by The Tiverton Hotel. Robin Why Not stands out for the Joe Tickle team, who have an excellent strike rate with maiden horses. Having run second here last season, he could have the booking of area champion jockey Will Biddick, who is looking to break the all time Point-to-Point wins, the title which is currently held by Richard Burton. Bridge of Cally could be an exiting new recruit for the Dean Summersby yard, having had previous National Hunt form when finishing third in a Hurdle race under rules at Southwell last February, and will have the booking here of Darren Edwards to ride.

Seven are entered for the Royal Seven Stars Hotel-sponsored Restricted race, in which Predestined, for local trainer Gordon Chambers could go well. Predestined won his maiden here on heavy going in March and soon followed that run up with a decent second on good to soft at Flete Park, Druid Spitfire has yet to run at this course, but is bred locally by Elizabeth Kessler. He won his maiden at Kilworthy under jockey Tom Chanin, followed by a second at the Vauterhill meeting for the Robert Chanin team.

Navanman stands out in the JL Lightfoot Allingeston Stud, Spreyton-sponsored Mixed Open race, which has attracted eleven entries. A previous course winner here last season, along with a win at the Flete park meeting Navanman has been placed in all of his starts in 2018 to  date, under jockey Rex Dingle for the John Heard yard. Entry O Maonlai for the local Welch family and Hannah Welch to ride looks a promising horse to follow. He has two seconds in Hunter Chase runs earlier this season at Exeter and Newton Abbot courses, whilst in training with Alexandra Dunn.

Sixteen are entered for the Richard Stringer Equine Vet Practice & Mr Richard Mizen-sponsored Open Maiden race. Banco de Logoa is another new recruit for the Dean Summersby team for Darren Edwards to ride, he could be a likely favourite after his second in a hurdle race under rules at Towcester in March, when trained by Seamus Mullins. Outside raider Road to Rome is another to note with National Hunt form when in training with Oliver Sherwood gaining seconds earlier this year in Chase races at Bangor and Ludlow. Road to Rome is now in training with Jospeh O’Shea who is  based in Staffordshire. Moonaro is another to note. Based locally at Kingsbridge for the Edward Darke team,  Moonaro ran second at Bishops Court and Kilworthy tracks earlier this year, and would be a popular local winner. Nikki Frost wouldn’t have to travel far to this track either, and her debutant maiden Cuddle Up under jockey Josh Newman, could be a worthy each way bet.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race which has attracted six entries. Ballycahane from the Nicky Sheppard (Monmouth) yard will have to defy top weight and a long journey to keep his head in front here. Although has proven to be a good stayer and has some solid form with wins at Chaddesley Corbett and Cockleburrow. Point View Gale for the Woollacott team, won his maiden at Bishops Court twelve months ago and ended last season with a win at Cothelstone in  a strong contest having made all that day. The first two past the post qualify for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate series finals to be held at Cheltenham in May.

On course facilities are hot and cold refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Also offers a good disabled parking area Located at Lower Dean off the A38 and offers fabulous viewing. Postcode TQ11 OLT. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free.

A full fixture list for both Devon & Cornwall and Wessex area, can be obtained by sending a SAE to Claire Hitch Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

Useful Information

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 7TH JANUARY 2018

Favourite backers were soon on the front foot at Wadebridge, with the first three jollys obliging – but all at short prices.

The form book will show that Robin De Souza (1-7 to 1-8) beat Rockabay (9’s to 10’s) by a neck in the opener, but Darren Edwards never moved a muscle on the winner and gave his useful mount the easiest possible race. To be fair, the runner-up ran well and this Alflora gelding looks capable of a maiden victory.

Mic’s Delight (5-4 to evens) made all under his owner/trainer/rider in the Novice Riders’ to follow up his December course win. Although now 14 years old, he looked superb, and retains plenty of zest. Skylander (7-2 to 3’s) chased him home with Samingarry (4’s into 7-4) doing good late work to finish third.

I am too slow / old  to rush about now so had to leave the 8-11 Sobre Tresor to the fleet of foot skirmishers. 4-9 ruled at the off in the seven-runner Ladies’ Open. Sobre Tresor duly landed his eighth win on the showground (The fondly remembered Byerley Bear won seven here from seven starts). Follow The Paint (6’s to 11-2) ranged up to the winner at the top of the hill but was shaken off round the final bend.

Two promising types went head to head in the Restricted and each looked fit and well in the paddock. Acadian (4-5 to 10-11) was marginally preferred in the market ahead of  fellow Wadebridge winner in December, Broadclyst who was cut from 5-2 to 6-4. The pair dominated the closing stages with Broadclyst proving the stronger on the climb to the judge. This is a lovely chasing type by Ask and is a must for the note book.

Despite the yard showing good form, first time blinkered Chosen Lucky was ice cold in the betting market and was allowed to drift from 4-5 to 5-4 in a tiny field for the Men’s Open. The eventual winner Supreme Danehill (solid 6-4) is a renowned stayer and plugged on in the gamest fashion under Joe Hill after a slight blemish four from home. Will Biddick’s mount Before The War (3’s into 9-4) was not disgraced in second and will be winning before long. Chosen Lucky (third)  can atone on better ground.

The ex-Dan Skelton hurdler Dragon de la Tour (7-4 fav) was all the rage in the first Maiden and did little wrong in chasing home Ruby Fool (4‘s into 5-2). The Dragon looks nailed on for a Maiden, and the Apple Tree mare Ruby Fool is no longer a bridesmaid. Richard (Ces) Mitford-Slade, who trains the home bred winner, is in such good form he could probably win with a donkey at the moment.

The other Maiden division (slower by 10 seconds) went to My King  (5’s out to 7’s) who came up the final climb better than runner up Fouroclock Fox (evens – 5-4 fav).  Joe Tickle does well with his pointers and had the ex-Nigel Hawke inmate My King looking a picture. Nikki Frost’s charge Gorcombe’s Rascal  (12’s into 5’s in a weak market) was prominent for a long way before finishing third.

There was a whisper for Connies Cross (5-2 to 7-4) in the getting out stakes, but I backed Navanman (4’s to 9-2) on the basis of his two efforts in Opens. The Two Amigos (4-6 to 4-5) proved the punters friend in the end, easily holding Navanman from a long way out.

RESULTS

Report of the North Cornwall meeting

Results of the North Cornwall meeting

VIDEO

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

Live stream commentaries 

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Photographers at the meeting included: Kate Batters, Athwenna Irons, Marcus BathShayoleigh Dabbs and William Devlin.

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 28th January 2018, Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, Milverton, Wellington TA21 0QY.  First Race 12 noon

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REPORT: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 7TH JANUARY 2018

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“He liked the rain-washed Cornish air and smell of ploughed up soil,,,”

From a poem by Sir John Betjeman 1906-1984. This UK Poet Laureate died in the coastal village of Trebetherick, 6 miles from Wadebridge, and is buried in the churchyard there.

The chilly Cornish air on Sunday must have been manufactured in the North Pole.

Darren Edwards reached a personal landmark of 250 career winners in the saddle with a double at the North Cornwall fixture at Wadebridge.

This season had not started well for the reigning Devon & Cornwall area champion jockey with rib injuries sustained at Barbury Castle. However, sitting in the changing room after landing the Confined on The Two Amigos, Edwards said, “that makes 250 winners. I have had 223 point-to-point winners and 27 under rules”.

The popular rider had earlier steered Robin De Souza to a hands and heels victory over Rockabay in the Hunt race. The official neck verdict could have been a lot further as the long odds-on shot was nursed up the hill to the judge with plenty in hand. Dean Summersby, who trains this useful pointer for Eileen and Tony Worth, reported that the eight-year-old seems to have benefited from a recent palate operation. “I just wanted to make him stretch on the bridle”, commented the rider.

Chosen Lucky started favourite for the Summersby/Edwards combination in the Men’s Open, but could only finish third behind all the way winner Supreme Danehill (Joe Hill) and Before The War (Will Biddick). “ It’s his first run of the season and he is nothing but game. It was hard work on this tacky ground,” said the 22-year-old rider of the winner after making their four hour journey from Oxfordshire worthwhile. “He could try to repeat last year’s win in the Lord Ashton of Hyde Cup at Cocklebarrow in three weeks. “We now have him in a new syndicate called The Sunday Night Partnership – so named because we have a hell of a party with Sunday winners,” smiled the young rider.

Course specialists seem very much at home on the undulating Royal Cornwall Showground track. Sobre Tresor (Chloe Emsley) knows every inch of the track and was recording his eighth Wadebridge success in winning the Skinner’s Ladies’ Open from the mare Follow The Paint (Brodie Hampson), who was looking for her fourth course win. “I could see Brodie niggling away at the top of the hill and mine found more and went away,” said the winning rider.

Mic’s Delight gave his owner/trainer/rider Jennifer Davenport a great ride in the Novice Riders’ event. This consistent 14-year-old pointer sailed round in a generous lead to follow up his course success before Christmas. The Modbury based vet who, “does it for fun,” exclaimed that “he jumped amazingly.”

Two promising pointers clashed in the Restricted, each having won their Maidens at the previous Wadebridge fixture. It was Broadclyst who came out on top, drawing effortlessly clear of Acadian on the climb to the judge. Bought as a store by owner Sue Trump, six-year-old Broadclyst is trained by Robert Chanin and was making only his third racecourse appearance. Jockey Tom Chanin was full of praise for his mount saying. “He learnt a lot today. He is a proper chaser and sprinted away up the hill.”

Somerset based mare Ruby Fool had finished runner-up to Broadclyst here last month and duly landed her division of the Open Maiden under 26-year-old Matt Hampton who said. “She is a lovely ride and we found fresh ground on the outer.” Will Biddick’s mount Dragon de la Tour looked a big danger round the final bend, but the mare found extra after jumping the last. Home bred by Lucy Fielding-Johnson, and jointly owned and trained by her partner Richard Mitford-Slade, Ruby Fool is a half sister to their good pointer Raffa. The trainer is enjoying a golden spell at present and produced another home bred in Samuel Jackson to wins at Taunton (100-1) and Bangor recently. “Ruby Fool has been working with Samuel Jackson but needed a head start,” confided the trainer who went on to win with another ex-pointer at Taunton on Tuesday.

My King won the other Maiden for owner Danni Kenealy and trainer Joe Tickle, who had the ex-Nigel Hawke hurdler turned out to perfection for his fencing debut. The six-year-old provided a second career victory for 21-year-old jockey Kieren Buckley who rides out for the Hawke yard. My King was always holding the favourite Fouroclock Fox up the finishing hill although only half a length separated the pair on the line.

RESULTS

Results of the North Cornwall meeting

VIDEO

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Live stream commentaries 

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Photographers at the meeting included: Kate Batters, Athwenna Irons, Marcus Bath Shayoleigh Dabbs and William Devlin.

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 28th January 2018, Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, Milverton, Wellington TA21 0QY.  First Race 12 noon

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REPORT: BISHOPS COURT RACING CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR 

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

Results of the Bishops Court Racing Club meeting

VIDEO

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Official photographer at the meeting was: Cat Down Photography

NEXT FIXTURE

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

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RESULTS: BISHOPS COURT RACING CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT OTTERY ST MARY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017

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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MONEY TALKS: CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2016

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The nine bookmakers joined in the festivities by offering fair odds throughout the card at the Wadebridge Christmas meeting.

This fixture offers a great atmosphere: The bookies are cosily housed in the huge barn, Christmas gifts are available for sale without getting mixed up with the madding crowd on the high street. There is a TV showing all the point-to –point races live from Jeff Guyett’s camera feed, food & drink in plentiful supply, but I couldn’t see Father Christmas – probably a bit early

The Dapper Fox (5-2 to 5-4) was made favourite for the opener.(Novice Riders’) but was always struggling. De Boitron had reasonable form under rules and was cut from 4’s to 3’s for his first run for the new yard, but fell at half way – he is worth bearing in mind. Mic’s Delight took a walk from 3-1 to 11-2 and ran pretty well, but Supreme Danehill (firm at 11-4) jumped well for his novice pilot Izzie Marshall, and was always holding the strong finishing Rusty Nail (8’s to 12’s), who looks sure to atone in similar company.

At one stage it looked as though Premier Portrait (4-5 to 8-11) had met his match in a small, quality field for the Men’s Open. Young jockey Gus Levinson did not panic however, sweeping wide off the home bend and breezing past Consigliere (steady at 5-4 and carrying a7lbs penalty) near the finish. Third placed Welstonedruid drifted (7’s to 12’s) but ran really well and will be winning soon. Foundry Square was not wanted (5’s to 8’s), but this formerly useful hunter chaser looked the part from the Marie McGuinness yard, and can regain his old winning form.

Ohio Gold, from the same yard as Foundry Square, was forced from 5-4 to 4-5 for the three –runner Ladies’ Open, but got rid of his jockey at the third last. By this time Vicky Wade was making the best of her way home on King Of Alcatraz (5-4 to 7-4), and duly took the prize by 20 lengths from Ambitious Pursuit (2’s to 5-2).

Rockinrolldixie (6-4 to evens) initiated a double for Darren Edwards and trainer Dean Summersby in the Restricted. The jockey gave a fair impression of Lester Piggott on the climb for home, taking command as his mount sauntered home on the bit, and peeping round cheekily for non-existent danger. Rockinrolldixie is on the upgrade and can win again. High Priority (8’s out to 12’s) stayed on well as best of the rest.

There was a remarkable gamble in the 10 strong Open Maiden on four-year- old Captain Cook, backed into 4-6 fav.. “We laid small money to 8’s and 7’s then 5’s before the odds collapsed. We even laid £200 at 7-4 and he went off odds-on,” a leading layer told me. Well this Captain Cook proved about as good as our Captain Cook in the Indian test series – ineffective and sunk without trace. To be honest, I suspected a four-year- old wearing a tongue tie for his debut on a testing track would have to be very smart. This equine Captain Cook did not impress in the paddock, but had the services of the talented Jack Andrews. In the race he compounded very quickly in the closing stages and was pulled up. This meant that the price held up on Chosen Lucky who had to carry my money. (5-2 – 9-4 – 5- 2). I backed him because he had run quite well when fourth behind recent impressive bumper winner Neon Wolf in an Irish point in the autumn. There is nothing like proven form. Darren Edwards duly completed his double on this five- year-old.

The “Horses for courses” theory must be centuries old, but proved itself again in the Intermediate when the game young mare Follow The Paint (3’s to 2’s) again showed her liking for the showground track. She only ever wins at Wadebridge (this was her third course success), and she took advantage of Boygojumping’s exuberant early running style (too fast too soon) under a good ride from Jake Bament.

Question: Which horse won his first race at Wadebridge and subsequently won a Hennessy Gold Cup?

Answer: Celestial Gold, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Ashley Farrant won a division of the Open Maiden at Wadebridge in 2003 and went on to win the Hennessy in November 2004

 

RESULTS

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

Report of the Cornwall Club meeting

VIDEO

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PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Roger Peaple, and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News).

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