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Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point entries and form, Buckfastleigh, 15 March 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:30 Intermediate Race
6th 16:05 Novice Riders Race
7th 16:40 Restricted Race

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
(c) = 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 2014/15 form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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South Pool Harriers Point-To-Point entries & form guide, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 15 February 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12 noon Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 13:10 The Westcountry Champion Chase Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Confined Maiden Race for Horses and Geldings
5th 14:20 Open Maiden Race for Mares & Fillies only
6th 14:55 Restricted Race

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
(c) = 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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Preview: South Pool Point to Point, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 15 February 2015

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On Sunday February 15, The South Pool Harriers will be hosting their meeting at the Buckfastleigh track.  Pony racing kicks of the action at 11am, with the main race card commencing at 12 noon. Over 130 entries have been received.

This meeting includes the Devon & Cornwall classic race known as “The Westcountry Champion Chase” with a total prize fund of £1000 up for grabs, sponsored by Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company Ltd. Entries in this race include Hameldown Tor from the Ed Walker team, connections will hoping that he can improve on his recent second to Raffa at Wadebridge. Steeltown from the Kayley Woollacott team has been in the first two on his last five outings, and ran well at Black Forest Lodge under jockey Jamie Thomas in the Mixed Open, only just being denied a win by a neck to Coombe Hill. Blazing Whale‘s recent third under Robbie Henderson at Chipley Park, could well see him in the mix. Lucette Annie, winner of the 2013 Westcountry Champion Chase is destined for stud, but connections will be hoping that she adds to her impressive tally of eleven Point wins so far, and looks sure to have Darren Edwards on board.

Co-Op Funeral Care sponsor the opening confined race, in which the two Robert Chanin-trained entries Sweet My Lord and Kirkleigh must be respected. Also entered is Indianna Bay from the Jill Dennis team, who was unlucky to fall at the last fence here last season, but could be a danger being a previous course winner. Mic’s Delight was eye catching when finishing a short head second to Welstondruid at Black Forest Lodge, and may give his owner/trainer/ jockey vet Jennifer Davenport her first career success.

The Intermediate is sponsored by Exeter Racecourse, in which Roseyroo is the highest rated but has not yet had the benefit of a run this season. Soul Native under Will Biddick, ran a good second behind Jepeck, with Canshetrain also entered, back in third. Goodnight Vienna is another who could be fancied after his second at Larkhill in January, as could Impact Area after a win at Milborne St Andrew when sent off favourite there.

The Farriers of South Devon sponsor the Confined race for Horses and Geldings. Catching the eye is the Jackie du Plessis-trained Kit Hill, who was travelling well under jockey Jo Buck, before unseating his rider at Larkhill last month. Greendale Rocket from the Nikki Frost team showed promise when coming home third recently at Black Forest Lodge, and Peterbrown had hinted at ability under rules last season when in training with Nick Gifford, and is now trained by Karyn Heard.

In the Maiden race for Mares and Fillies only, Miss Gotaway could be fancied after being placed at this track last season, and was a close half length second in a Maiden at Upcott. Brids Classic ran three lengths-second at Barbury in December and could go close. Follow The Paint is another to have been knocking on the door for a win for the John Heard team. This race is sponsored by The Jockey Club.

Wray & Co Jewellers sponsor the Restricted race, which wraps up the weekends events. Jack Barber has been regularly sending out the winners, and he could well have another here with Ask The Weather Man, who under Will Biddick was denied a win at Larkhill only by a neck to winner Native Pride in a notably quick time. Carheney River could run well for the Karyn Heard team, having progressed quickly last season. Diamond Eclipse is another who could go close, being a previous course winner last year and may go well fresh on his seasonal debut.

The track at Buckfastleigh is easily accessed off the A38  and offers fabulous viewing. There will be plenty of bookies, trade stands and hot refreshments, including a bar.

Entrance to the Buckfastleigh track is £10 per person max £25 per car, under 16s free. Post code TQ11 OLT

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Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form

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

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
(c) = 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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Report: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014

LUCETTE ANNIE loves Upcott Cross and scored her third course success in the Men’s Open. Although soft ground is probably a pre-requisite, all distances come alike to the consistent mare who had won over four miles at this track six weeks ago.

Simon Partridge trains the ten-year-old for owners Chris and Janet Hunphrey. “This will be her last race this season but we will try to get her in early for pointing next year. It would be nice to win another hunter chase with her before she is put into foal,” said the Poundsgate trainer. Lucette Annie was actually emulating her grandam Ancella in achieving her 10th point-to-point victory.

Jockey Darren Edwards, who was recovering from a bout of flu, reported, “I was happy to have some company in this small field until the top of the hill,” The mare strode clear from the third last.

Jamie Thomas rode Steeltown to finish runner up to Lucette Annie, and went one better to land his ninth winner of the season as King Kash just lasted home ahead of Carheney River in the Confined. The winner is owned jointly by John Gardener and John Burrow and is trained by Kayley Woollacott. “King Kash is one of our best horses at home,” remarked Kayley. “He missed last season but ran really well at Cothelstone on his return before some disappointing efforts. First time blinkers and tongue time have helped today,” she added.

Megan Nicholls is going all out in a bid to win the National Novice Riders’ title and a double courtesy of the Rose Loxton trained pair of Current Event and Join Together lifted her tally for the season to 15.

Bryony Frost on Red Penny provided the only opposition to the 1-4 favourite Current Event in the Ladies’ Open, and nearly pulled off a shock when launching a challenge at the penultimate fence. The favourite had a bit in hand however and soon put the issue beyond doubt with a decisive finishing kick. Formerly a winner six times under rules, seven-year-old Current Event has proved invaluable towards Megan’s title bid. He was scoring for the fourth time this month. “This is his first run in a Ladies’ Open and I would think he will now stick to point-to-pointing and hunter chasing. He used to bleed a lot under rules and is now getting his confidence in races,” explained Paul Nicholls.

The Wendy Fogg owned Join Together has also enjoyed his resurgence in the pointing field and was recording his fifth consecutive success of the season in the Novice Riders’ event. This time the young rider was content to wait until the home straight before sending her mount into an unassailable lead.

“These two winners today will be entered for Bratton Down in two weeks time but Gwanako, (who has won seven points this season) is being roughed off,” commented Paul Nicholls.

The veteran pointer Clew Bay Cove retains remarkable enthusiasm and gave his 18-year-old owner/rider Harriet Skinner her second career success in the Confined. Harriett has a pony club and hunting background and works in the yard of Ed Walker where her gallant 14-year-old is trained.

It stayed dry all afternoon, but the ground at Upcott was very soft, with all race times in excess of seven minutes. Bryony Frost still leads the Devon & Cornwall Ladies’ championship, and just failed to add to her 10 winners this season on Wivannie in the first maiden. Catherine Atkinson sent Walker Ridge to the front four fences out and just held off Wivannie in a head bobbing finish. The winner is owned by the Atkinson family – point-to-point supporters in the Cattistock country for years – and is trained by the rider’s mother Nicky. “I have just finished my law degree in London and owe all this to my parents,” said the 28-year-old rider.

Lucy Gardner gave a positive ride to Brave Encounter to win the second Maiden section. This six-year-old, bought as a store at Doncaster three years ago, looks a big, strong chasing type and made virtually all the running. “He travelled easily and is a chaser in the making. He will come back in the autumn and go straight over fences,” said Lucy who trains the gelding for owner Brenda Russell.

MONEY TALKS

Print the Money proved an expensive failure in the Confined. Early 2-1 was snapped up, including a bet of £400 to £200. He was as low as 10-11 as the tapes went up, but could not peg back the winner Clew Bay Cove (5-2 out to 3’s)

Megan Nicholls looks long odds on now to clinch the National Ladies’ Novice title and her two winners each started at prohibitive odds. Current Event  was sent off at 1-4 and duly landed the odds. Join Together was 12th  in last year’s Grand National and this must have seemed a stroll in the park for the 1-3 shot.

I kicked myself for not taking 14-1 about the Restricted winner King Kash (100 to 7 if you ask nicely) in the Restricted. The application of first time blinkers and a tongue strap spoke volumes and his previous running on fast ground could be discounted. In the event however I judge that the fast finishing runner up Carheney River (evens) was unlucky. There was money in this race for Diamond Eclipse (13-2 into 3.s) and Sunset City (25’s to 16’s). These are both in shrewd yards and are worth keeping an eye on.

The majority of the 13 runners in the first Open Maiden took the normal drift out route in the market. An exception was Andy Grey – wonderfully named and grey of course but keeps reminding me of the footballer Andy Gray – seen at 25-1 before settling at 16’s. He had the misfortune to slip up on the bottom bend. Wivannie keeps threatening to win a Maiden and this trip in the soft looked ideal for her. She was cut from 3-1 to 5-2 but again found one too good.

There was plenty of betting activity in the concluding Maiden. The winner Brave Encounter looks a fine prospect and justified support from 10-1 into 11-2. Runner up Sutton Storm drifted from 7-4 to 9-4, whilst Gleann Ri (12’s to 7’s) and Nudge The Nugget (12’s to 6’s) kept on in the closing stages .

RESULTS

Results of the South Tetcott meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following professional photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Horse Events UK, Tim Holt and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

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Sunday 1st June, Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down (near Bratton Fleming)

South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Confined Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 14:55 Restricted Race
5th 15:30 Novice Riders Race
6th 16:05 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 16:40 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

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
(c) = 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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Eggesford Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 14:10 Confined Race
4th 14:45 Devon National Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Restricted Race
6th 15:55 4-7 year old Open Maiden Race
7th 16:30 8 years + Open Maiden Race

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
(c) = 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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Spooners & West Dartmoor entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Restricted Race
3rd 14:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 14:50 Confined Race
5th 15:25 Intermediate Race
6th 16:00 Open Maiden Race

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
(c) = 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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Lamerton Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race, 1st Division
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, 2nd Division
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Confined Race
6th 15:55 Restricted Race
7th 16:30 Intermediate Race

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
(c) = 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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 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.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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SOUTH POOL HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY

THE organisers of the South Pool Harriers deserve enormous credit for enabling this meeting to go ahead.

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the land owners, surplus water had been pumped off the course throughout the week to defeat the recent deluge. There were no problems in getting on and off the course car park.

The going was officially soft with heavy patches, but the jockeys I spoke with reported that the track rode extremely well.

MIXED OPEN

This is the Devon & Cornwall Area classic race for previous winners only with a purse of £1,000. Punters backed last year’s winner Lucette Annie into warm favouritism , but the local mare faced stiff opposition from 11 opponents, which included three times hunter chase winner Kirkleigh, and the in form Iron Chancellor.

Lucette Annie and Googoobarabajagal disputed the lead until Kirkleigh took over after the final ditch. Lucette Annie was a spent force two out, but Minella Stars emerged as the challenger and held a fractional lead when Kirkleigh blundered at the last. Despite his regular habit of idling on the run in, Minella Stars (Robbie Henderson) held off the rallying Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin)  with Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards)  finishing a tired third.

Owned by Robbie’s parents Guy and Sophie Henderson, nine-year-old Minella Stars was having his fifth race of the season having already won at Chaddesley Corbett and Larkhill. “He has won almost as much money as a hunter chase here,” smiled Guy, who trains the ex-Paul Nicholls gelding at Shaftesbury, Dorset. “He enjoys passing horses and will have an entry for the Cheltenham Foxhunter. He has hunted 15 times this season,” added the trainer who has four pointers in his yard this season.

CONFINED

Robbie Henderson, who will surely be to the fore in the Devon & Cornwall area championship this year, had initiated his double on Blazing Whale in the Confined. This Classic Cliché gelding, trained by Ed Walker on behalf of himself and Francis Read, had struck winning form at ChipleyPark and relished the testing ground to score convincingly here. “He may go for a maiden hunter chase at Leicester and is qualified for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate,” said the trainer. Runner up Jive Master had some good bumper form on his CV and was given a fine ride by 20-year-old Callum Curtis, well tutored by his boss Nigel Hawke.

INTERMEDIATE

BabenyBridge had finished a close runner up to Blazing Whale at Chipley, and that clue was sufficient to see him backed into 11-10 favourite for this Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. The five-year-old made no mistake and readily held off the challenge of Shanann Star to score by six lengths. Named after a clapper bridge near Dartmeet, Devon, the winner is owned jointly by his trainer Jane Williams and Roger Stark, BabenyBridge was giving his 16-year-old rider Chester Williams his second winning ride out of only four attempts. “We got the horse at Doncaster sales for £5,000. He is a horse for the future and is better on soft going,” enthused the trainer who is also the young rider’s mother. Course winner Shanann Star missed the whole of last season and made an encouraging come back.

MARES & FILLIES MAIDEN

Another young jockey to shine was 18-year-old Bryony Frost, who followed up her Larkhill winner last Saturday (February 8th) by winning the final two races, saddled by her mother Nikki. Red Penny initiated the double, staying on well to take the Mares and Fillies Maiden at the expense of the Welsh challenger Nurse Brace. Red Penny’s owner Margaret Sherrington had travelled from Staffordshire and said,” I bought her privately as a brood mare because the family goes back to Dawn Run.”

RESTRICTED

The Zara Phillips trained Devils Boys proved an expensive failure in the Restricted, the 11-8 favourite fading out of contention after looking the likely winner coming off the top bend. This gave Bryony the opportunity to complete her double on the home bred family gelding Brackenwood . “He is a real stayer and would go four miles but we nearly missed this race because he had an over reach on Thursday,” explained Nikki Frost.

HORSES & GELDINGS CONFINED MAIDEN

The Confined Maiden for horses and geldings went to Diamond Eclipse in the capable hands of Lucy Gardner. Newcomer Dicky Bob caught the eye in finishing second, but the winner’s experience won the day. The winner is stabled with Emma Loosemore near Crediton. “I have Nick Williams’ resting horses and we bought this one for only £500. He likes soft ground,” reported Emma.

RESULTS

Results of the South Pool Harriers meeting

VIDEO

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Turfpix (Tracy Roberts), Brian Armstrong and David Strange

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