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Entries and form guide: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:45 Confined Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Mares Maiden Race
7th 17:30 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 09:20

The Stevenstone secretary Caroline Furse reports today, Thursday, that the going at Vauterhill is good/soft with soft patches but drying all the time .No more rain forecast at Vauterhill. Racing Monday May 7.

Preview extract:

Bank Holiday Monday’s meeting is to be held at Vauterhill, High Bickington where there are seven races on offer with a start time of 2pm A total of 90 entries have been received.

Entrance to the course is £10 per car and driver £20 car driver and passenger £30 car load. Under 16’s free course is located at at High Bickington signpost off A377, A3124 AND B3217 Postcode EX37 9BT



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
(c) = course winner


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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Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Sunday 10 April 2016


Written by: Donna Harris

Upcott Cross near Halwill junction is the venue for next weekends Point-to-Point horse racing fixture in the Devon & Cornwall Area. With racegoers still in party mode from the Grand National the day before, they can extend their passion for horse racing by joining in on the atmosphere of the eight race card on offer here which commences at 1pm. Over 100 entries have been received with the Open Maiden race already divided.

The feature race of the day looks to be the Eggesford Champion Mixed Open race sponsored by Simpkins Edwards, with an increase of prize money to £850 this race has attracted some quality entries which include the highly rated Chapoturgeon from the Jack Barber team. Chapoturgeon has won over £120,000 in prize money when running under rules, and was recently unlucky to fall at Cheltenham when running in the Foxhunter Chase, Will Biddick should be back on board this time and will be sent off the likely favorites. Blazing Whale from Devon trainer Ed Walker’s team will be looking to take the spoils, already on a hat-trick of wins this season, which include wins at Wadebridge, Bishops Court and Great Trethew, they could prove the main challengers.

The Nigel Cant Planning-sponsored Members race opens the event in which Follow The Paint for the Heard family would be a popular winner at the family owned track. Follow The Paint has already won two of her four starts so far this season when progressing at the Wadebridge meetings under jockey Jo Buck. Fishy Story from the Stuart Sampson team could figure, having run well at the Buckfastleigh meeting before fading two out finishing fourth that day.

The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate race looks a competitive affair with many of the 15 entered having clocked up wins this season including The Flying Doc for trainer Ed Walker with a win at Didmarton and a second at Larkhill, In The Tub for Bloodstock agent Tom Malone with wins at Larkhilll and Buckfastleigh, Upto Ollie for the Sarah Pidsley team with wins at Bishops Court and Kilworthy. Sonoftheking from the Nicola Martin yard has been runner up in three Intermediates this season and is another suggestion for the short list who could go close and snatch this.

David Pipe sponsors the Open Maiden for 4,5 and 6 year olds in which the Somerset trainer Patrick Bryant’s Pyleigh Brae could run well after his second at Ston Eston,  the Jill Dennis team will be hoping County Road can improve for his third at Buckfastleigh. The Karyn Heard-trained Daylami Days is an interesting debutante with the booking of Will Biddick to ride.

The Restricted race is sponsored by TT Buildings and catching the eye is  Athreeothree from the Jack Barber team, having been knocking on the door of progressing from Maiden company and obliging by winning at Charlton Horethorne last month. Forrardon Xmoor would also look to be one of the bookies favorites, having run second at this meeting last season and was a recent Maiden winner at Buckfastleigh for the Jilly Baskerville team under jockey Vicky Wade.

The Open Maiden race for seven year olds and over has been divided with 17 entries in each. The first division sponsored by Dave Phillips bookmakers, could go the way of the Karyn Heard-trained Back In June or the Frost family’s home-bred Robin Longstride. In the second division Driving Well showed promise at the Wadebridge meetings, and Classical Milano is another debutante from the Jack Barber team who should not be overlooked. Ashgrove Kitchens have kindly sponsored the second division of the Open Maiden.

Finally closing the event is the Chris Hodgson Engineering-sponsored Confined race in which Delphi Mountain for trainer and jockey Emma Watson could follow up on their win at Ston Eston last month, with Commanche Conflict from the Alice Plume team is another to consider having won the Intermediate at the February Black Forest Lodge meeting.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands.Entrance to course is £10 per person up to max £30 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located 2m South of Halwill junction off A3079 Postcode EX21 5AE

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Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Hunt race (Nigel Cant Planning)

1 Cinevator (Harriet Skinner) 2-1 made all, easily
2 Fourstar River (Ian Chanin) 2-5 fav chased winner, no impression from three out

3 ran;15l; only two finished; 6m 56s
Owner: R. Skinner; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Ask The Weatherman (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav led from 9th, stayed on well
2 Roseyroo (Harry Cobden) 11-4 effort three out, every chance next, no extra
3 Dancing Olga (Sean Houlihan) 25-1 improved four out, not trouble leaders

12 ran; 10l; 4l; 6m 46s
Owner; D Martin & P Barber; Trainer; Jack Barber

Confined (Chris Hodgson Engineering)

1 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas) evens fav hdwy 12th, disputed four out, headed flat, rallied to lead near finish
2 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 11-4 progress four out, sustained effort from two out, hard rdn & headed near finish
3 Delphi Mountain (Emma Watson) 12-1 led 13th, disp lead four out til wknd apprg last

11 ran; neck; 5l; 6m 57s
Owner; J Pike; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Mixed Open 4 miles – The Devon National (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav held up, disp lead three out til pushed ahead near finish
2 Reliable Richie (Sean Houlihan) 5-1 led 15th, joined three out, no extra near finish
3 Uncle Keef (Hannah Welch) 25-1 hdwy 19th, went 4th three out, finished well

9 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 8m 39s
Owner; The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Nicola Martin

Restricted (T.T. Buildings Ltd)

1 Boa Island (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav led from 10th, soon clear, unchallenged
2 Winter Soldier (John Mathias) 6-1 hdwy 13th, chased winner from four out, no impression
3 Tourist Board (Leanda Tickle) 100-1 rear, went moderate 3rd three out

13 ran; 30l; 20l; 6m 54s
Owner: I Fogg, P Nicholls & R Webb; Trainer; Jack Barber

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies only (David Pipe)

1 Annwyl (Robbie Henderson) 6-1 led three out, drew clear apprg last
2 Onwegoagain (Vicky Wade) 13-2 led 11th til four out, 3rd two out, rallied flat
3 Queen’s Law (Darren Edwards) 3-1 imprvd 13th, every chance three out, lost 2nd flat

6 ran; 10l; 1l; 7m 10s
Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kemp & Mr M Milne: trainer; Ed Walker

Open Maiden Horses & Geldings

Division 1 (David Phillips, Bookmaker)

1 Beetle Jack (David Noonan) 8-1 hdwy four out, led two out, all out
2 Face To face (John Mathias) 6-1 chased leaders, effort two out, took 2nd near finish
3 Strong Hurricane (Jo Buck) 25-1 led 8th, hit 12th, left in lead again three out, every chance last, wknd flat

11 ran; 1 1/2l; 1 1/2l; 7m 24s
Owner: Sarah Prouse; Trainer; Sarah Prouse

Division 2 (The Prouse Family)

1 Cracking Habit (Darren Edwards) 5-2 fav led three out, soon clear, eased flat
2 Forrardon Exmoor (Vicky Wade) 12-1 made most til three out, gradually wknd
3 Don’t Wait For Me (Matt Hampton) 11-4 lost touch 13th, tailed off

9 ran; 6l; distance; 7m 12s
Owner: Sarah Prouse; Trainer; Sarah Prouse

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Preview: Eggesford Point-to-Point at Upcott Cross Sunday 12 April 2015


Written by: Donna Harris
Horse racing enthusiasts will still be buzzing after the Grand National, and flock to Upcott Cross, where the Eggesford will be staging their Point-to-Point, which features their own four mile Devon National Mixed Open race, this weekend Sunday April 12. With a start time of 1pm, there are eight races on offer and a bumper entry of over 130 horses.

The Nigel Cant Planning-sponsored Members races heads up the days events, in which the Stuart Reddaway-trained Fourstar River could improve on his recent third at Kilworthy. Also entered is Hallo Dolly, having not been seen on the track for two years, her previous form of two Point wins and a third at this track could make her a leading contender.

There follows the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, in which Roseyroo from the Louise Caddle team, could follow up on her second at Ston Easton last month, under Harry Cobden the combination were only denied by a neck. With the Jack Barber team sending out winners each weekend, his entry Ask The Weatherman has to be respected following his wins at Badbury Rings, Charlton Hawthorne and Cotley. Dancing Olga is a previous course winner here, and ran second in an Intermediate at Bratton Down on good to firm.

The Confined race is sponsored by Chris Hodgeson Engineering, this could go the way of According To Harry, he ran three lengths second to Minella Web at Kilworthy, having previously clocked up wins at Black Forest Lodge and Wadebridge. Jepeck for the Kayley Woollacott team won his Restricted at Larkhill and an Intermediate at Chipley Park, he pulled up on good to firm on his latest outing at Larkhill, but may run well here if any rain softens the ground.

The Devon National Mixed Open looks very competitive, Bellsinni Ron was second here last season, and could score under Will Biddick for the Barber team, Dashing John could improve on his third in a Ladies Open last month under Natalie Parker. Bradley Brook is another to consider, having won here last season and follow up on his recent win at Great Trethew. This race is sponsored by Simpkins Edwards.

In the Restricted race sponsored by TT Buildings, Boa Island catches the eye after his 20 length win of a maiden race at Charlton Hawthorne under National leading jockey Will Biddick last month. Peterbrown could go well for Karyn Heard, having taken the maiden race at Kilworthy, when making virtually all of the running to win by five lengths.

David Pipe sponsors the Open Maiden race for mares and fillies, in which Southfield Fairy ran promisingly at Ston Easton when third under jockey Alice Mills, and should be in the mix. Queens Law had hinted at ability last season when finishing second on both of her starts and may go well fresh.

The Open Maiden race for horses and geldings has already been divided. In the first division San Satiro could be a horse for the future, making his debut run here, out of the Jack Barber yard for owner Paul Nicholls. Both Turnstone and Master Max have had the benefit of a run this season, with any market support worth noting. The second division of the open maiden could see the Jill Dennis-trained Mount Prospex go one better than his head second at the recent Kilworthy meeting. Derniere Dance could be worth an each way bet. These races have been sponsored by David Phillips Bookmakers and Sarah Prouse Birthday Celebrations.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands.

The course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079. Postcode EX21 5AE

Entrance to course is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car. Children under 16 free.

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THE worst of the rain relented during the afternoon but there was no respite from the strong, blustery wind at Great Trethew, where the six bookmakers present operated from the cosy shelter of small marquee.

The strength of the wind had caused problems before the first race in which the last fence on the uphill section had to be omitted when it proved impossible to get the wings erected. Fortunately jockeys in the first race reported no adverse effects from the gusty wind in this two and a half miles Maiden won by Jimmy Frost’s four-year-old  Arty Bella. Bryony Frost was content to bide her time on the filly, who shook off another previously un-raced youngster in Applesolutely. “ My brother Hadden bought her at Ascot last June unbroken. She is from the family of Colonian Queen and her grandam was Colonial Princess who won point-to-points. I have done a lot of work on her. She didn’t make a mistake today and I can’t fault her guts,” reported the 19-year-old jockey.

Two progressive young pointers fought out the finish of the Mixed Open. The favourite Blazing Whale was struggling from the top of the hill as seven-year-olds Welstonedruid and Whenharrymetsally dominated the closing stages. It was the Robert Chanin trained Welstonedruid who saw the trip out best after his main rival blundered her chance away at the last. “This is his first Open win. He just keeps galloping and will stay four miles,” said the Thorverton trainer, intimating that Upcott Cross or Flete Park could be next on the agenda. The gelding was something of a chance ride for Tom Chanin, whose brother Ian normally has the ride. “I am just standing in for Ian today because he has gone to the Cotley,” said the winning rider.

Matt Hampton had to settle for second best on Whenharrymetsally, but reached the winner’s enclosure in the Intermediate thanks to Blinding Lights. “He is not a speed horse but stays and we will probably go for the Exeter Racecourse Final,” remarked the winner’s owner/trainer Mary Sanderson.

The Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds attracted 12 runners and went to a previously un-raced youngster in six-year-old Cailleach Annie. The winner drew clear at the last jump as her main pursuer Brandy and Red (Pippa Glanville) got tired. “I got her from Jay Leahy in Cork as a three-year-old but she is big and has taken time to come to herself. She is a half sister to Fear Glic who won over hurdles for me,” explained owner/trainer Jackie Du Plessis. The winner was ridden by 19-year-old David Noonan who is based with David Pipe. “I have now had six point-to-point winners and two under rules said the Irish born jockey.

Although based in Dorset with Anthony Honeyball, Harry Cobden is currently in a narrow lead (from David Noonan) for this year’s Devon & Cornwall male novice riders’ title. The 16-year-old reinforced his lead with a facile victory on Rachael Green’s grey Silver Token in the PPORA Novice Riders’ contest. 

Another novice rider on the score sheet was Jake Bament who took his career total to five when Great Camanoe just outstayed Theatre Goer to win the Restricted. “He was on and off the bridle but battled on well for me,” said the 18-year-old jockey who works for Harry Fry. Great Camanoe, who was repeating his course win three weeks ago, is owned and trained by Rebecca Welch. “Another by Morpeth and he is home bred from a tiny un-raced Rakaposhi King mare bred by my late father,” explained Rebecca.


Results of the East Cornwall meeting


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Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015, the Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Cherrybrook, nr Tavistock.
Easter Monday, 6th April 2015, the Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr St. Columb Major.

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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………



COURSE specialist Byerley Bear dominated the Ladies’ Open under Leanda Tickle. The nine-year-old had mopped up all three Ladies’ races run on the Royal Cornwall Showground last season and again showed his liking for the track with another emphatic victory.

Chloe Roddick’s mount Rebel Du Maquis threatened briefly on the bottom bend, but 4-7 favourite Byerley Bear strode clear of the ex-Paul Nicholls chaser up the final hill. The winner’s trainer Robert Chanin said, “He is stronger than ever this year and has enjoyed his hunting. There are no firm plans but he may go for a hunter chase at Taunton in January.”  Leanda Tickle was equally enthusiastic. “He was at his best and switched on when challenged,” reported Leanda who rides out for Victor Dartnall as well as Robert Chanin and Leslie Jefford.

Double Bank is one of the most genuine pointers in the west country and kept up a relentless gallop to defy a penalty in the Men’s Open at the expense of Kirkleigh and Champagne Rosie. “He jumped his way into the lead and I let him bowl on,” explained regular rider Merv Woodward. The winner is trained for owner Jonathan Cole by Emma Oliver at Teign Valley. “Double Bank has won over trips from two miles 5 furlongs to three and a quarter miles and all types of ground,” explained Emma, who also has an eye on the Taunton hunter chase next month.

“The finishing hill here is like Cheltenham,” quipped John Mathias who came from Wales for one ride. This was the game Raffa who duly followed up his recent Black Forest win with a hard fought success over Supreme Danehill in the Intermediate. Joint owner Lucy Fielding-Johnson said of her home bred seven-year-old, “He loves going up hills but is a bit small and may struggle in Opens”.

It was a good training performance from Spaxton based Teresa Clarke to send out Takamaru to win the Restricted. The eight-year-old had been off the course for 18 months but stripped fit and well to defy the favourite Theatre Goer and Ratline Rosie. Takamaru was bought for the Four 4 Fun Partnership last summer from Ashley Farrant, and spokesman Phil Browne commented, “The partnership was formed over a few drinks at the Blue Ball pub in Triscombe near Taunton and I think there is more to come from this horse.” Successful jockey, 19-year-old  David Noonan hails from Kilbrin, County Cork, and works for David Pipe. “This is my fifth winner and I still qualify as a novice rider,” said the jockey.

The novice rider race on this card went to Working Title, who was a fourth winner for 18-year-old Joe Drinkwater. who works for Tom Lacey. The same horse had provided Joe with his first winner in the corresponding race last season. “He will come back here for an Open in January,” said the jockey’s brother Sam who trains the family owned 12-year-old.

Persistent drizzle descended into gloom for the closing Maiden events which attracted fields of 13 and 12 respectively. Rookie trainer Ben Clarke saddled his first winner with only his second runner when Desert Queen won the first Maiden division. A grand daughter of Dubacilla, Desert Queen pulled hard under Michael Legg but had enough in hand to repel the game effort of Wilde At Heart.

The unlucky departure of Westbrooke at the third last left five-year-old The Sweetener ( Jamie Thomas) clear in the closing Maiden where runner up Sisterbrooke caught the eye. Kayley Woollacott saddled the winner, who is from the family of Grand National winner Comply or Die, for owners Paul Govier and Geoffrey Brown. “Jamie has done a fantastic job with him. He had disappointed for Richard (Woollacott) under rules but has had a wind operation,” stated the Rose Ash trainer.


Results of the Cornwall Club meeting


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Sunday 11th January 2015, North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground.

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 A huge crowd basked in the spring sunshine at Buckfastleigh where race cards were sold out before the first race and the ice cream queue stretched for miles

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A fine treble for Will Biddick took him to the 14-winner mark for the season in his quest for a third successive National jockeys’ title.

A tyre blow out on the A38 near Exeter almost cost Biddick his first two winners as Richard Barber’s horse box carrying Maiden runners Pure Oxygen and Mister Trebus lurched to a halt on the roadside.

Fortunately all was well in the end and Pure Oxygen showed no ill effects when romping home in the first Maiden in the colours of Graham Roach. An expensive purchase as a foal, the strong bodied Pure Oxygen is a half brother to Best Mate. He had pulled too hard in his two races under rules from Harry Fry’s yard and joined the adjacent point-to-point yard of Richard Barber to further his education.

The previously unraced Mister Trebus quickly followed up in the second Maiden, having to be pushed out to hold the fast finishing Miss Gotaway and Kilcrea Mill. “Still very green,” was the jockey’s verdict. This five-year-old was bought in Ireland last June and looks sure to improve further.

The progressive Following Dreams justified 6-4 favouritism in the Mixed Open to complete the Cornish rider’s treble. Alastair Ralph trains this seven-year-old on behalf of his mother Diana and Susan Rimell. A possible tilt at the prestigious Lady Dudley Cup could await this Beneficial gelding.

It was a memorable day for Ashburton teenager Imogen Darke who saddled her first runner Grand Award to win the Hunt race under Alice Mills. Imogen suffered a serious accident four years ago and spent three months in Frenchay hospital. “Her long road to recovery has been difficult. We still don’t know exactly what happened then. She was bringing her pony in and we found her injured,” explained her proud father Ross Darke.

Pony racing graduate Chester Williams has struck up a good association with his mother Jane’s Un Ami this year, and the pair were successful for the third time with a convincing win in the Intermediate. “We tried different tactics this time by holding the horse up,” said Jane.

Robbie Henderson still leads the Devon & Cornwall jockeys title race, and after finishing second to Un Ami on Punter Friendly went on to score on 20-1 outsider King’s Bench in the 17-runner Restricted. Well done to Bookmaker Mike Smith who bets as “Hunton”. Mike offered one quarter the odds each way on the first four places in this event – a very rare if not unique occurrence to tempt the punters.

There was another form upset when the ex-chaser Soulard romped home in the Novice Riders’ contest at 33-1. A winner for David Pipe in his younger days, and successful in a hunter chase at Towcester last year, Soulard became the third career winner in the saddle for his owner/trainer Ian Hargreaves. “I work for Sophie Leech at Westbury on Severn and ride my horse out at lunch times. My two previous wins were each in the Hunt race on this course,” said 23-year-old Ian.


There was a strong market at Buckfastleigh where a total of 80 runners contested the seven races.

DESERT QUEEN was nicely backed in the first Open Maiden. This granddaughter of Dubacilla was cut from 14’s to 10’s and caught the eye in finishing fourth on her racecourse debut. She got a bit tired and would have been closer but for blundering at the last.

MISTER TREBUS was also appearing for the first time in the other division. His home reputation evidently spoke for him and this 40,000 euros Goffs purchase attracted big money from 6-4 to 4-5. He landed the odds under Will Biddick and looks to have a bright future.

In the same race KILCREA MILL ran really well having been supported from 33-1 into 20’s. He made most of the running and was just pipped on the line for second place.

FOLLOWING DREAMS (6-4) was a warm favourite in the Mixed Open and duly obliged to give Will Biddick his hat trick. There was money for course winner INDIANA BAY (4’S to 5-2) and this likeable gelding was chasing the winner hard when he fell at the last. He will be winning soon.

JIVE MASTER 3’s to 9-4) proved disappointing in the Novice Riders’ contest. He just about edged out IDOLE FIRST for favouritism but could not repeat his promising run at the last meeting here and trailed the field until being pulled up.

There was a 33-1 winner of the Novice Riders’ – SOULARD – and the bookies satchels must have been at bursting point when KING’S BENCH beat 16 opponents to win the concluding Restricted at 20-1. BOB LEWIS was the gamble of this race with early 10’s and 8’s cut to 4-1 at the off. The Stuart Sampson trained gelding looked the likely winner three out but had to give best to the eventual winner going to the last. . A feature of this race was the offer of one quarter the odds each way first four places on the Mike Smith board.


Results of the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers meeting


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Sunday 23rd March, Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy (near Tavistock).




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



The Black Forest Club meeting got the new season under way in reasonably pleasant December weather before a good sized crowd at Black Forest Lodge


A small but select field headed by the useful hunter chaser Penmore Mill. who had made the journey from Fred Hutsby’s Warwickshire base. The main opposition included last season’s Cheltenham hunter chase winner Charles Bruce and the former Willie Mullins trained The Midnight Club. It is not very often that a horse who has contested the Cheltenham Gold Cup and two Grand Nationals turns up at Black Forest Lodge. The Midnight Club started favourite in Ballabrigg’s National in 2011.

In the event this former Irish star struggled and was eventually pulled up by Will Biddick who reported that, “He needs a lot further than this and couldn’t handle the course.”  Penmore Mill however could handle the course and turned in an impressive performance, skating home by 15 lengths after an excellent display of jumping under Tom Ellis. Despite looking burly, Charles Bruce ran well to finish runner up and will be seen to better effect over longer distances.

Penmore Mill is likely to be aimed at a Taunton hunter chase next month. Owner Ken Hutsby said, “He is not fully fit yet and has not done a lot of work. He is better on faster ground and his longer term aim this season is probably at Cheltenham in May rather than the Foxhunter.”


The Hutsby yard have had their share of winners at this early meeting over the years and struck again when six-year-old Burtolli Boy was not hard pressed to take the first maiden section. Tom Ellis eased the winner past General Ross at the penultimate fence to score by seven lengths. This Kayf Tara gelding is owned by Leicestershire based John Burton who confided that he rides him out at home together with his daughter Anna before he goes back into training. “We bought him three years ago from the Dunraven Arms. We have had 10 winners but he has always been our favourite. He had a wind op in the summer,” added the owner.

The other division provided a memorable first winner for Cork born jockey Mikey Walton on his first ever race ride  Just one day after celebrating his 19th birthday, the youngster, who works for Jonjo O’Neill,  made all the running on six-year-old Testoftime, yet another Irish import. This Westerner gelding carried the famous McManus colours unsuccessfully in a few outings in his native country before being bought privately last May. His new home is at Butcombe near Bristol airport and he was also giving his owner/trainer Seamus Mackey his first winner. “Testoftime is the only pointer in at the moment. We built the yard ourselves and my wife events. We also specialise in re-training racehorses,” commented the successful owner/trainer.


Plenty of drama here. Six of the seven runners were making their debuts and the field crawled to the first fence where the two leaders promptly stopped and blocked the carriage way. Hannah Lewis was shunted out of the saddle from four-year-old Days Like These and the ensuing traffic jam saw the field shuffling round in strictly come dancing style. Dillydoo and Driftwood Haze scrambled over, only for Dillydoo to refuse and unseat Joe Ponting at the next.  The favourite Mr Bingley had started slowly and worked his way through from his stalking position to take control of the race in the closing stages. Phew! Who would want to be a race reader in a point-to-point field. At least it wasn’t raining. Mr Bingley is stabled with Kayley Woollacott in the ownership of John Symes. Obviously John is a lucky man. “Mr Bingley was a wedding anniversary gift from my wife. I had intended to buy him but she gave me a card and it said Mr Bingley is yours.”

  • 13 of the 14 runners in the Restricted finished the course with 25-year-old Sam Painting steering Credit Crunched to a very easy success. “It is lovely ground out there,” commented the jockey who rides out for Marcus Foley near Swindon. Credit Crunched is trained by Laura Thomas on behalf of her father Norman. Welstonedruid caught the eye in finishing fourth and this course winner can be noted for an early success.
  • It would not be Black Forest without a strong Welsh contingent and two trophies found their way across the Severn Bridge. The Llangeinor qualified Cock of the Rock held on well under 19-year-old Bradley Gibbs to take the club race in the colours of David Brace. “We take him to the beach and he is very fit,” said assistant trainer Robbie Llewellyn on behalf of the owner who is on holiday in Barbados.
  • The Llangeinor supplied first and second in the Intermediate with Tachbury making all the running to beat the favourite Waddingtown Hero by six lengths. Tachbury was the mount of Ed Barrett who is now based with David Pipe. Julie Williams owns and trains Tachbury near Bridgend. “He is the first one I bought four years ago. He can be quite naughty and I have to keep him sweet. I turn him out in the field two or three times a week.” Said Julie.


A day when the punters mainly came out in front. A number of substantial gambles were landed. In the opening maiden Mr Bingley was backed from 2-1 and traded at odds on before landing the spoils. The only other horse backed in the race was Days Like These, 9-1 into 5-2. She exited at the first fence.

Club race winner Cock of the Rock came into 7-4 from an early 4-1 which quickly disappeared.There was some reprieve for the layers in the Restricted when the lightly backed Credit Crunched obliged at around the 8-1 mark in the face of strong support for the ill fated Crannaghmore Mist

David Phillips

Penmore Mill was well backed in the Mixed Open (10-11 into 4-6). The Midnight Club was only lightly backed at 2-1

The other Hutsby winner Burtolli Boy was another well backed favourite to score at 2-1 and 7-4 in the first three miles maiden. .

Minella Duchess failed to oblige her supporters in the other section having traded at 6-4 and 7-4. The winner Testoftime was easy to back at around 5-1

Tachbury touched 6-1 before going off at around 3’s to land another Welsh gamble in the Intermediate.


Results of the Black Forest Club 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 photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic, Brian Armstrong, Equus Prints, and Tim Holt.


REMEMBER the entries deadline for the next Point-To-Point in the Devon & Cornwall area, the Cornwall Club fixture, is 12 noon on Monday 9th December 2013.