The 88 runners at Bratton Down vastly overshadowed the number of runners at the other seven British point-to-point fixtures at the weekend (Clifton-On Teme could only muster a turn out of 24)
So the scene was set for plenty of betting activity and punters soon got down to action. It was surprising to see The Persuader backed from 8’s into 3-1 fav for the opener, presumably on the strength of his Stevenstone maiden win. He was soon struggling in the rear and the grey seemed ill at ease before Bryony Frost pulled him up at the 15th fence. Nothing could stop record seeking Will Biddick, who would not be denied on course winner Bernshaw (9-2 touched 5’s), locally trained by Claire Hitch. Golden Squirrel (10-1) has been knocking at the door in this class recently and ran on really well to finish second.
There was a very tight finish to the first section of the Bob Pittard Memorial Maiden. Bob would have relished the result as Highland Thistle in first time blinkers became the longest price winner of the season in the area. His previous form figures of ppppp did not exactly inspire confidence and resulted in a 66-1 SP return. Nevertheless the sturdy chestnut won on merit and battled on gamely up the hill to hold the promising Looking For Mick (20s to 16’s) and the well fancied Barber debutant Drift Wood (6-4 to 5-4).
Bugsie Malone (5-4 to evens) retrieved £170 of his 80,000 euros purchase price in the second Maiden division after a spirited battle with The Mystro (9-2 touched 5’s). Biddick needed all of his guile to get Bugsie Malone home in front, but the Mahler youngster was very green and we can expect significant improvement.
Bellflower Boy was solid at 13-2 / 7-1 in the four miles Mixed Open. Bryony Frost timed her challenge to perfection, coming from fourth to first in a sweeping run up the hill to gain a head verdict over Cecile De Volanges (5-2 from 3’s). Both had good recent winning form over four miles. Connections have left the headgear off the winner in his recent races and this tough old campaigner can never be dismissed. Third placed Right Enough (16-1) seems to be running into form and might pick up a race before the end of the season.
Otis Tarda was given a vintage Biddick ride to win the Intermediate. Despite drifting out to 10-1 the winner cruised to the front on a tight rein approaching the final fence. He eventually held on by a neck in a driving finish with Fourstar River (4-1), after carrying his rival to the right inside the last 150 yards.
I thought that Queens Bay (Will Biddick) would be my bet of the day in the last race. Despite being absent from the track for nearly a year this classy mare opened at only 5-4 before closing in to evens. I cannot run fast enough these days so missed the cream of the odds. She won of course so well done Will Biddick – what a day.
The first of three Point-to-Points to be held at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, will be held next weekend by the Dulverton West on Sunday 17th May.
With a back drop view of Exmoor, this course is another of the popular picnic party tracks for all the family to enjoy. Gerald and Victor Dartnall sponsor the Pony racing, which heads up the action at 11.45am, with the main eight race card commencing at 1pm, over 130 entries have been received.
On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies, and many trade stands.
Entrance to the course is £25 car load or £10 car and driver. There will be a bucket collection in aid of Injured Jockey’s Fund and Devon Air Ambulance.
Course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton. Postcode EX31 4SG
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The James Hayes Garden Macinery-sponsored Restricted race heads up the up the main race card, with entry Doyen Dynamo the likely favourite after his one length second at Kingston St Mary. Golden Squirrel was third that day, but could figure after his second to Cracking Habit at Holnicote and would look to appreciate the drying ground. Mangans Turn stayed on well to win at Littlewindsor and could well score for the Jack Barber team.
2nd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 1
COME ON MOTHER
DANCE WITH ME (IRE)
HOICK HOLLOA (IRE)
LOOKING FOR MICK
REGULAR GUY (IRE)
TELL TONY (IRE)
WELL NIGH (IRE)
Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, and of the 20 entered in the first, the Carol Lawrence-trained Aah Bless could follow up on his eight length second to Just Seven at Vauterhill. Come On Mother from the Robert Chanin team is another to have scored a second and third at the Great Trethew meetings. The Jack Barber-trained Driftwood could be interesting on his debut run, with any market support worth noting. This race is sponsored by the Pittard family in memory of Bob Pittard.
3rd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 2
BUGSIE MALONE (IRE)
DERNIERE DANCE (FR)
DON’T DOITTOME (IRE
ITS CRABBIE’S TIME
MY ROSIE B (IRE)
THE MYSTRO (IRE)
TREVAYLOR BOY (IRE)
In the second division of the Open Maiden, Askers Lad and Forrardon Xmoor are just two of the entries having come close in maiden races and look sure to progress soon. Bugsie Malone could run well for the Barber team This division is sponsored by Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors.
4th Race – The Club Members Race
ROBIN WILL (FR)
TERI D TRIXTER (IRE
WAK A TURTLE (IRE)
In the Bratton Down Club Members Conditions race, which is sponsored by Sandhill Racing Phillip & Sarah Hobbs, Whataknight, already on a seasons hat-trick of wins, and Kostaquarta both hold entries in the mid-week Cothelstone meeting, but if the Barber team choose to run here, either horse must be respected. Impact Area from the Harriet Besent team, is on a seasons hat-trick and may have found the ground too lively when pulling up recently at Larkhill.
5th Race – The PPORA Club Members Race
A NEW RISING (IRE)
LUCY’S GIRL (IRE)
MIC’S DELIGHT (IRE)
VERTIGER DORE (FR)
The ultra consistent Mic’s Delight has given owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport a peach of a season and is likely to be sent off favourite here in the PPORA club Members race, which is sponsored by Andrew & Vanessa Maddox.
6th Race – The 4m1f Mixed Open Race
BELLSINNI RON (IRE)
BEST BIDE QUIET
BRIZE NORTON (IRE)
CECILE DE VOLANGES
GYPSY JACK (IRE)
The feature race of the day will be the Brend’s Hotel- sponsored Mixed Open four mile-one furlong race. Entry Bellsinni Ron from the Jack Barber team, could give jockey Will Biddick the win he is looking for which could take him into the record books. Hameldown Tor is also entered and could put up a bold show for owners The Otter Club and jockey Robbie Henderson. Cecile De Volanges is another entry to consider, from the Michael Hawker team, he is already on a seasons hat-trick, including a win earlier this month at Cold Harbour.
7th Race – The Intermediate Race
ACCORDING TO HARRY
CIDER ‘N’ BLACK
GYPSY JACK (IRE)
ON YOUR MAX
OTIS TARDA (IRE)
REDLYNCH ROCK (IRE)
SEDGEMOOR TOP BID
SUNKEN SECRET (IRE)
TURTLE BOYS (IRE)
According To Harry is from a team bang in form, with Nicola Martin sending out winners most weekends. He has claims in the James Pryce Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race having run a head second to Jepeck at the Upcott meeting. Hallo Dolly made a pleasing start to her seasons campaign under Darren Edwards, when coming home five lengths second to Pasternak Jack at Vauterhill, the mare had been off the track for two years and looks likely to improve for the run.
8th Race – The TBA Club Members Mares Race
LUCY’S GIRL (IRE)
There is an extra race this season, which is a mares only club race put on by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Club Members race for Mares & Fillies only, which will close the days event, suggestions would be Miss Gotaway from the Kayley Woollacott team, and Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings yard.
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