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  • Play golf with AP
  • Go schooling with John Francome
  • Get tickets to Badminton Horse Trials

Ed Barrett, severely injured in a point-to-point fall in April, has spoken of his gratitude to fund raisers ahead of an Injured Jockeys Fund auction at Saturday’s National Point-to-Point Awards Dinner (November 14), compered by Luke Harvey.

Barrett, 27, who was working as assistant trainer to Henry Daly when breaking his neck at a meeting in Devon, is now receiving specialist treatment at Oaksey House in Lambourn. Saturday night’s auction involves ten items that can be bought by members of the public via telephone bids.

Reflecting on the past six months, Barrett said: “When I woke up in Plymouth Hospital I couldn’t move anything – four weeks later my big toe twitched, then my little finger. Now I can manage up to 20 metres with a Zimmer frame, but my left side is worse than my right. I can’t move my left hand, but I can close my right hand and grip a fork to eat, which is good.”

Of his emotions he said: “It’s still a shock to me now. I wake up and want to move, but can’t – but I have come a long way. I’ve had help from good physios, and they say I can improve further, but I doubt it. Maybe that’s my pessimistic side, but I’ll keep working on it.

“Fund-raising for the Injured Jockeys Fund since my accident has been brilliant, especially from the West Country – it’s like a big family among point-to-point people down there.”

Saturday’s national dinner, which will see record-breaking Cornishman Will Biddick gain his fourth men’s championship crown, takes place at the Four Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire. Anyone wishing to support Barrett by bidding on auction lots can phone 01793 781990 (answerphone with mobile number).

The items, which include a round of golf with AP McCoy and John Francome, a schooling session with Francome, Badminton tickets, gallops mornings with Philip Hobbs and Jack Barber, Cheltenham evening meeting tickets with dinner, and numerous holiday options, are listed in full on the national website – www.pointtopoint.co.uk.
Bidders can secure:

  • Season admission, car pass and two tickets to Badminton Horse Trials 2016
  • Four members tickets and dinner for four in the Gold Cup Restaurant (including all food but not drink) at Cheltenham’s hunters’ chase evening – April 27, 2016. Donated by Robert Waley-Cohen
  • A morning on the gallops with Jack Barber followed by lunch with Jeremy Barber. Donated by Jeremy Barber
  • A round of golf with John Francome and AP McCoy
  • A morning on the gallops with Phillip Hobbs
  • A schooling session on Mandown (Lambourn) with John Francome
  • Westcott Barton – short break (3/4 nights) in a cottage near Barnstaple, sleeps 4
  • The Cottage-on-the-Green – 1 week in a cottage on the village green at Blisland, Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, sleeps 2
  • Bejowan Cottage – 1 week in to be taken before May 29 at a house at Holywell Bay on the North Cornwall coast, sleeps 6
  • A short break at The Sea Room at Ropehawn, sleeps 2. Donated by Chris Casey
  •  2 nights B&B at the Arundell Arms Hotel, Lifton, Devon, plus a day of fishing. Donated by The Otter Club

Further information from the Point-to-Point Authority: 01793 781990

ED BARRETT IJF CHARITY LUNCH at Trebudannon Point-to-Point Course on Sunday 19th July 2015


A fundraising steak and strawberries lunch is being held at Trebudannon racecourse this summer to raise money to help Ed Barrett who was seriously injured in a fall at Upcott Cross this season.

Tink Gaskell, who runs a catering company and has been involved in point to point racing for many years, is hosting the event and is hoping to get as much as possible sponsored to maximise the money raised.

She said:” I was keen to do something for Ed. He has ridden for me in the past, and catering is what I do. I and my staff are contributing our services and Rundle Weldhen has generously given us the use of the big shed at Trebudannon, and we hope racegoers will turn out in force to make the event a big success.”

The event will be on Sunday, July 19, noon for a 1.30pm lunch and tables can be booked for groups up to 10 if required, but everyone is welcome, whatever the group size. Tickets will be £40 a head and there will be a guest speaker and a silent auction. Any generous donations of prizes for the silent auction are gratefully received. Dress is smart casual.

For more information and to book tickets, or would just like to donate please contact Tink direct on 07968 002593 or tinkerscatering@gmail.com


Devon and Cornwall Point-to-Point Area



Sunday 19th July 2015

Trebudannon Point-to-Point Course (5m E of Newquay, nr A39)

12 for 1.30

Pre-lunch drinks and Canapés

Steak and Strawberries

There will also be after dinner speakers (TBA) and a silent auction

£40.00 per ticket

Please contact Tink Gaskell to purchase tickets and to make donations for the silent auction.

Tel: 07968002593

Email: tinkerscatering@gmail.com

Or write to Tink at:

Pope House, Blisland, Cornwall, PL30 4LA

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OVERNIGHT rain gave way to a cool, blustery afternoon at Bratton Down where it was business as usual with a double for the unstoppable combination of trainer Jack Barber and jockey Will Biddick.

The progressive Whataknight was given a typically patient Biddick ride to win the Men’s Open. “He was rushed off his feet for the first two miles so I had to be patient. You can’t go quick and keep going quick here,” explained the rider on the verge of securing his fourth consecutive National championship. Six-year-old Whataknight remains unbeaten in his four races this season.

Trainer Jack Barber has enjoyed a remarkable season in winning his first trainers championship, increasing his winning tally from 14 last year to 50 this season. His half century came up when Brandevin, making his racecourse debut, overcame greenness to win a section of the Maiden which was divided on the day.

Once again Biddick nursed and educated his mount from the back until swooping to lead up the final climb. “He was really green and ticks every box. There is room for improvement in him,” reported Biddick, who was enjoying his 66th winner of the season and whose career successes in the saddle had topped the 300 mark at Stratford just a few days before. Four-year-old Brandevin was purchased at the Cheltenham breeze up sales last December by Tom Malone. He is now in the ownership of Colm Donlon and Richard Webb. “He has needed time but he works well and jumps well,” said Jack Barber.

The race was marred when Jo Buck was fired into the ground when her mount Strong Hurricane fell at the second fence. Jo was concussed and spent the night in Barnstaple hospital. She was reported to have facial injuries but thankfully a scan revealed no broken bones.

Biddick’s mount Master Max was runner up in the other Maiden division won by Matt Hampton on six-year-old mare Spendajennie. Bought at the Tattersalls Derby sales as a four-year-old, the Old Vic mare is owned by Andrew and Hannah Broggio and is trained by Kayley Woollacott who described her charge as, “ A lovely madam who works and jumps well at home,” Kayley was achieving her 25th pointing winner of the season, in addition to a hunter chase.

Claire Hitch trains just a few miles from the course and saddled Minella Fifty to win the Ladies’ Open after a battle with the consistent Presentandcorrect. The winning rider, 19-year-old Charlotte Prichard, is looking forward to three months working holiday in New Zealand during the summer.

Bernshaw has proved something of a Bratton Down course specialist for the Claire Hitch stable, but could only finish third on this occasion in the Hunt race behind The Mystro. Lee Drowne, who works in the Nigel Hawke yard, sent his mount to the front at the third last before drawing right away from Father Owen. Placed over hurdles in Ireland for Mouse Morris, the winner is now with Keith Cumings, and had been knocking at the door in his English points this season.

The Flying Doc treated her nine Restricted rivals with disdain. The mare was cruising coming to the last and Robbie Henderson only had to let out an inch of rein coming up the hill to overcome A Real Cliché and Winter Garden. “She is a pocket rocket and jumped brilliantly,” confirmed the jockey. Ed Walker bought the Dr Massini seven-year-old for only 4,000 euros at Tattersalls, Ireland last August. She had scored at Didmarton on her English debut in March where she was ridden by Ed Barrett, who subsequently suffered serious injuries in a fall at the Eggesford a few weeks later.

Favourite backers soon knew their fate when long distance traveller Credit Crunched blundered and unseated Johny Bailey at the fifth fence in the Intermediate which was run in memory of Donna Kingdon. What About Will took command entering the final circuit and strode clear after the last. Neil Harris saddled the winner who was partnered by Vicky Wade for her father Keith. “He has sharpened up his jumping after his two recent Hunter chases,” said the trainer.


Results of the Exmoor 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: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), and Roger Peaple


Sunday, 7th June 2015, Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down.

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THE first of three late season fixtures at Bratton Down proved quite an occasion.for the British point-to-point world.

Will Biddick has held the National point to point title for the past three seasons. After beating his previous best seasonal total of 42 winners this year, the next natural objective was to better the previous British record of 56 winners in a season held jointly by brothers Tom and Oliver Greenall.

Will Biddick returns to the paddock at Bratton Down on the Claire Hitch trained Bernshaw, having broken the record for wins in a British point-to-point season.

The Cornish rider lost little time in breaking the record on Sunday by winning the opener on Bernshaw, but why stop there? Biddick went on to partner four more winners as the pressure came off during a memorable afternoon.

“My aim this year was to hold on to the National title but I soon picked up more winners (22 since Easter) and the record became a reality. Ollie and Tom went all the way to Umberleigh when they did it (last meeting of the season in June), but I have done it with four weeks to go at one of my favourite tracks,” said a clearly relieved jockey.

Bernshaw took the 13-runner Restricted in good style for the local yard of Claire Hitch, as a prelude to a trio of successes saddled by Jack Barber, who has supplied the majority of the champion jockey’s winners this year.

Will Biddick on Bugsie Malone holds off The Mystro to win the second division of the Bob Pittard Memorial maiden race

Bugsie Malone was the first of these in a 16 strong Maiden . This promising five-year-old, owned by Graham Roach, was making his racecourse debut and held on well when challenged by The Mystro up the final climb. “He came in late and we have had to do a lot of jumping with him. He is green and will improve,” reported the young trainer.

Will Biddick returns to the winners enclosure on Whataknight with Jack Barber

Six-year-old Whataknight is more the finished article and after opening his account on this course last year has now added a hat trick of wins this season. The Midnight Legend gelding looks a fine prospect and took the Members’ Conditions race for his owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook.

The Barber stables tally was completed when Queens Bay was given a typically patient Biddick ride to win the Mares and Fillies race. “She has had time off and didn’t come in until February,” said Barber who trains this former bumper and hurdles winner for owners Lucy and Robert Dickinson.

Suzy Berry saddled the other leg of the five-timer when her father’s nine-year-old Otis Tarda just got the better of a spirited battle with Fourstar River in the Intermediate.

The Bob Pittard Memorial Maiden provided a major shock when the unconsidered outsider Highland Thistle prevailed in a tight finish under Merv Woodward. Bought as an unbroken four-year-old, the sturdy gelding is trained for owner Andrew Pope by Julie Pocock at Stolford on the edge of the Quantocks. “First time blinkers have made all the difference,” said the trainer as her charge finally put a string of disappointing efforts behind him.

Bryony Frost driving for the line on Bellflower Boy to win the mixed open from Cecile De Volanges

It was a case of dispensing with headgear which has rejuvenated the four miles Mixed Open winner Bellflower Boy. Bryony Frost conjured a storming late run out of this multiple winning chaser who stayed on up the hill to hold the equally strong finishing Cecile De Volanges. “He loves galloping and is as tough as old boots,” exclaimed Culmstock based trainer Stuart Sampson who handles the 12-year-old for owner Ben Robarts, and was completing his first training double as he greeted his fourth winner of the season.

Top Chief was the first leg of the stable double in the PPORA race limited to riders who have won less than 10 races. Jake Bament, who was partnering his fifth winner of the season, works for the Harry Fry yard, and had his mount out in front from half way before shaking off Barneys Mate up the gruelling final hill. John Gardener and Terry Hamlin share ownership of Top Chief who was bought at Doncaster last September after winning twice for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott.

19-year-old Bryony Frost was awarded the newly installed Mike Trickey Memorial Cup for the best ride of the day on Bellflower Boy in the four miles Mixed Open.

After such jubilance, spare a thought for popular local point-to-point jockey Ed Barrett who has recently been transferred to the spinal injuries unit at Oswestry hospital. Ed is improving slowly from serious injuries sustained in a fall at the Eggesford meeting last month.


Results of the Dulverton West 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: Sportography (Mark Johnston), Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Tim Holt, Brian Armstrong, Stephen Wensley, and Roger Peaple


Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2015, South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, nr Halwill Junction, EX21 5AE.

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A strong wind kept the marquees flapping and the temperatures down at Flete Park, but the capacity crowd warmed to some exciting racing and close finishes.

A background of pony racing proved its value as four of the eight races went to horses ridden by teenagers who had emerged from the local pony racing circuit.

Pride of place goes to 18 year old Heidi Lewis who not only enjoyed her first pointing success on Pasternak Jack, but went on to secure a double thanks to her family owned Nudge The Nugget in one of the Maiden divisions.

Heidi made all the running on Pasternak Jack to win the Restricted in the familiar colours of Dick Westacott. The winner is trained by Kayley Woollacott who said, “It was great for Heidi who works full time for us. Mr Westacott has not been well but is here today. Pasternak Jack is very capable but very quirky but he won his Maiden here and loves the track.”

Heidi completed her double with a hard fought success on Nudge The Nugget in a blanket finish to the concluding Maiden. The sturdy seven-year-old just got up to beat Kit Hill with Rainbow Stripes a fast finishing third. The winner was bought by Heidi’s parents David and Maria Lewis last summer and is trained by her mother. “He is not an easy ride but stays well and it was brilliant for Heidi,” said Maria.

Pippa Glanville, also aged 18, followed up her first two wins at her local track last year with a short head Hunt Race success on Ambitious Pursuit. Pippa’s mother Lee trains the gelding and explained, “I was disappointed with his run on Tuesday at Exeter, but hunter chasing is a bit different. He was about to be turned out but we are only ten minutes away and decided to bring him at the last minute.” The winner was given a good ride by his young jockey. She kept her cool when Robbie Henderson issued a strong challenge on hot favourite Before The War, and did well to snatch the verdict on the line.

Bryony Frost has had plenty of race-riding experience since her very successful pony racing days. Currently the reigning Devon & Cornwall lady jockeys’ title holder, Bryony made all the running to win the Conditions event on Malcolm Denmark’s Knight Pass. Trainer Nikki Frost said of this four times winner under rules, “He has been with us for six months and has been working well. He had a broken elbow fixed a couple of years ago and is a lovely, kind horse.”

Robbie Henderson, the leading male rider in the area last year, helped himself to a double with Hameldown Tor and Level Spirit. The pair are owned by The Otter Club and trained by Ed Walker. “It is our first double as owners,” commented Club spokesman Ken Edwards. “The ground came right for us and the course has been beautifully prepared.” he added. Hameldown Tor was given a perfect ride, creeping through to lead at the top of the hill before staying on to win easing up.

After Level Spirit had defied a penalty in good style in the Confined, Robbie spared a thought for fellow rider Ed Barrett, who was seriously injured in a fall at Upcott Cross last weekend. No doubt including his colleagues, he said, “Our thoughts are with Ed every morning.”

In a close finish to the first division of the Maiden, the luckless Follow The Paint was just denied by the late thrust of Sedgemoor Top Bid. Jamie Thomas is riding at the top of his form at present and conjured a renewed effort from this seven-year-old to get up near the post. Joe Tickle, who trains the winner for Danny Kenealy said, “He has been running well with no luck until now. The sunshine and good ground has helped.”

A field of 13 lined up for the two and a half miles Maiden for young horses which was won in good style by Applesolutely. Sean Houlihan was partnering his third winner of the season on this four-year old filly who looks a nice prospect for her owners Lucy Fielding-Johnson and Ces Mitford-Slade.


Results of the Dartmoor 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: Sam Farlap and Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath)


Sunday, 26th April 2015, the Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, nr Seaton.

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Ed Barrett

The Point to Point Authority

Following his fall at Upcott Cross point-to-point last Sunday Ed Barrett remains in a stable condition in the Intensive Care unit at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. His parents and girlfriend Emma would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and offers of support. Ed is not able to take visitors at present as medical investigations are continuing to assess his injury.”



Going: Good with Soft Patches

HUNT RACE (AG Prowse Ltd)

1 Reliable Richie (Ryan Chapman) 2-7 fav made all, comf

2 Betty’s Boy (Ed Barrett) 5-1 chased winner, mistake last, no extra flat

3 Justin Morgan (Kit Courtauld) 4-1 lost touch 7th, tailed off

3 ran’ 5l; distance;  6m 22s

Owner: Reuben Chapman; Trainer; Reuben Chapman


OPEN MAIDEN 2 miles 4 furlongs Four to Seven year olds only

DIVISION 1 (The Sportsman’s Arms, Four Lanes)

1 Torgamah Lad (George Hiscock) 20-1 took lead 7th, soon clear, kept on well

2 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 3-1 chased winner from 7th, stayed on & closing from two out

3 Rainbow Stripes (Ed Barrett) 6-1 nearest at finish

11 ran; 5l; 4l;  4m 57s

Owner; Steve McCracken; Trainer; Steve McCracken


DIVISION 2 (Tremaine Plant)

1 Winter Garden (Sean Houlihan) 9-4 fav with leaders, took lead two out, ridden out

2 Follow The Paint (Ed Barrett) 11-4 chased leaders, took 2nd run in

3 Boymann (Jamie Thomas) 4-1 led til two out, held when blundered last

7 ran; 5l; 3l;  5m 2s

Owner; Reuben Chapman; Trainer; Reuben Chapman


CONFINED (Truro Tractors)

1 Academy General  (Jo Buck) 6-1 good hdwy four out, slt lead last just held on

2 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 4-5 fav led til joined three out, hdd last, rallied close home

3 Knight Pass (Bryony Frost) 5-2 good late progress

6 ran; neck; 2l;  6m 17s

Owner; Duncan Odgers & Pat Shaw; Trainer; Pat Shaw)


LADIES’ OPEN (Carrs Land Rover, Truro)

1 Ziggerson Hill (Jo Buck) 5-2 fav  with leaders til led three out, ran on well

2 Ned White (Leanda Tickle) 3-1 led til three out, kept on

3 Bellflower Boy (Bryony Frost) 11-2 went 3rd two out, finished well

6 ran; 3l; 3l;  6m 7s

Owner; Jackie Du Plessis;  Trainer; Jackie Du Plessis



1 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) 4-5 fav made all, stayed on gamely when pressed from three out

2 Ace High (Sean Houlihan) 5-2 went 2nd 17th, sustained chall three out, stayed on well

3 Batu Ferringhi (Jamie Thomas) 9-2 alwys prom, outpaced three out, rallied flat

6 ran; 1/2l; 1/2l;  7m 16s

Owner: Sue Trump; Trainer; Robert Chanin


RESTRICTED (R & J Trevarthen)

1 I’m All Set (Jamie Thomas) 5-2 took lead 14th, held on well

2 Wee Saxon (Tom Chanin) 6-4 fav chased winner from 14th, kept on

3 Just Seven (Vicky Wade) 8-1 hdwy to 3rd four out, no extra from two out

2l; 2l;  6m 14s

Owner: Claire Hitch, Keith Parkin & Philip Rawle; Trainer; Claire Hitch


OPEN MAIDEN (Lamanver Broodmares)

1 Myladtommy (Ryan Chapman) 10-1 soon prom, led 16th, strongly pressed from next, held on well under press flat

2 Kilcolman Wizard (Ian Chanin) 6-1 went 2nd 11th, sustained chall from three out, disp last, no extra nr finish

3 Kit Hill (Jo Buck) 4-1 behind til four out, stayed on steadily, nearest at finish

12 ran; 1 1/2l; 2l;  6m 27s

Owner; Ryan Chapman; Trainer; Reuben Chapman

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Results: Dulverton West Point-To- Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 18 May 2014

Going: Good to Firm

Restricted (Sponsor – UK Garden Powers)

1 Minella Web (Robbie Henderson) 16-1
2 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) 13-8 fav
3 Last Edition (Ed Barrett) 6-1
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 3l; 5mins 47secs
Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

Open Maiden (Brewer Harding & Rowe – solicitors)

1 Willow Bird (Will Biddick) 9-2
2 O’Flo (Matt Hampton) 6-1
3 Fountains Cider (David Noonan) 15-2
14 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 49s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Mixed Open 4 m 1f (Brend Hotel Group)

1 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 8-1
2 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 2-1
3 Father Owen (Scott Turner) 33-1
7 ran; 4l; 6l; 8m 15s
Trainer Reuben Chapman

Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)

1 Gorteenwood (Michael Heard)
2 Dancing Olga (Ed Barrett) 10-1
3 Turtle Boys (Ben Clarke) 9-2
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 5l; 5m 42s
Trainer: Gordon Chambers

PPORA Club Conditions – Bob Pittard Memorial (The Pittard family)

1 Aiteen Thirtythree (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav
2 Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) 9-4
3 Eslin Bridge (George Hiscox) 14-1
6 ran; 2 1/2l; 10l; 5m 53s
Trainer: Kevin Parker

Confined (James Pryce Tractors)

1 Babeny Bridge (Chester Williams) 7-4 fav
2 Whar Er say (Josh Guerriero) 6-1
3 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 6-1
8 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 43s
Trainer: Jane Williams

Results: Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, Sunday 11 May 2014

Open Maiden 2m 4f  – Colts & Geldings (Sponsor: Carrs Land Rover Truro)

1 Indian Dancer (Darren Edwards) 2-1 fav

2 Boymann (Conor Smith) 3-1

3 Myladtommy (Ryan Chapman) 7-2

6 ran; 4l; 10l;  5m 10s

Trainer: Dean Summersby


PPORA Club Members 10-year-olds and over (RJ Trevarthen – butchers)

1 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 1-3 fav

2 Mr Redwood (Rob Hawker) 10-1

6 ran; only two finished; 12l; 6m 23s

Trainer: Ed Walker


Open Maiden 2m 4f – Mares & Fillies only (The Jockey Club)

1 Paper Lady (Bryony Frost) 3-1

2 Queen’s Law (Leanda Tickle) 7-4 fav

3 Our Georgie Girl (Joshua Newman) 16-1

12 ran; 2l; 2l;  5m 5s

Trainer: Nikki Frost


Mixed Open (Brewin Dolphin)

1 Double Mead (Alexandra Dunn) 7-4 fav

2 Mr Gardner (Harriet Skinner) 8-1

3 Classic Swain (Ben Clarke) 4-1

6 ran; 2l; 1/2l;  6m 18s

Trainer: Alexandra Dunn


Open Maiden (Chris & Sarita Perkins)

1 Dusky (Leanda Tickle) 5-2

2 Miss Weld (Ed Barrett) 14-1

3 Penzflo (Rob Hawker) 7-4 fav

6 ran; 1l; 2l;  6m 35s

Trainer: Joe Tickle


Restricted (Tremaine Plant)

1 Mausfalle (Darren Edwards) 2-1

2 Raffa (John Mathias) 7-4 fav

3 Suesacomin (Jimmy Cole) 25-1

6 ran; 4l; 10l;  6m 19s

Trainer: Dean Summersby

Report: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, Bank Holiday Monday 5 May 2014

JOCKEY Rob Hawker celebrated his 21st birthday at the end of last week and rounded it off in memorable style with a first and last race double at Vauterhill, North Devon, where the rain held off until the fourth race.

Whispering Wild, trained by Michael Watson for a small syndicate, set the ball rolling for the young jockey in the Hunt race. This promising eight-year-old was always holding runner-up Justforthebuzz in the closing stages.

Carheney River rounded off a good day for the rider by giving him his fifth winner of the season in the Open Maiden. Owned jointly by trainer Karyn Heard and Mick Evans, this good looking Flemensfirth gelding was never out of the first two.

“He is lucky to be here because he got himself trapped in the horse box at Trebudannon on Easter Monday and had to be cut out by the fire brigade,” reported Karyn Heard. The nine-year-old showed no ill effects anyway, coming home 30 lengths clear of his 11 rivals.

Steeltown found the Mixed Open easier than his recent Cheltenham hunter chase assignment. He had finished a creditable third in that event, and made virtually all here in the hands of Jamie Thomas. “We bought him at Ascot sales out of Tom Taaffe’s yard and he is a careful jumper,” said John Symes, who owns the former hurdles winner with his wife Floss.

Kayley Woollacott trains Steeltown, and spent a busy afternoon saddling a total of six horses in all. Her yard provided second and third in the Restricted which saw a very easy winner in Harry’s Kap. Jockey Ed Barrett was partnering his fifth winner of the season on this lightly raced gelding who readily followed up his recent success at Upcott Cross. “He knows his job and stays well,” commented owner/ trainer Ray Alford.

The Confined provided a tight finish with front running Ned White gamely holding off the late challenges of Print the Money and Cottage Acre. “He is honest but has not had his ground,” said in-form trainer Robert Chanin, whose son Tom was the successful rider.

Whenharrymetsally was sent clear by Matt Hampton four out in the Intermediate and had enough in reserve to hold the late efforts of Soul Native and My Rebel. The King’s Theatre mare was bought at Fairyhouse as a four-year-old and runs in the colours of Andrew and Hannah Broggio. “She has improved from her last run but really needs softer ground. We will look for a Confined next,” remarked her Bishops Nympton based trainer Keith Cumings.


BankHoliday fare at this North Devon venue with favourites successful in the first three races.

It was difficult to look beyond Whispering Wild  in a weak hunt race (5-4 to evens).

The two market leaders in the second opened very short. The eventual winner Harry’s Kap drifted from 4-6 to evens and runner-up King Kash went out from 6-4 to 2-1

Steeltown’s recent Cheltenham third would have justified long odds-on in the Open against this modest opposition, but a seemingly generous 10-11 was available when the tape went up. He won easily.

Nothing lasts forever and form students were just wide of the mark in the next two races. Print the Money (6-4fav) did his best work when it was too late in the Confined won by Ned White (solid 5-2).

The strong finishing duo Soul Native (2-1 fav) and My Rebel (5-2) were each preferred in the market in the Intermediate, but failed to peg back the game winner Whenharrymetsally (5-2 out to 3’s).

There was little or no value in the closing 12-runner Open Maiden when plenty of no hopers were quoted at less than 100-8 (or 12-1 in today’s parlance) . The gamble on Way Before Dawn from 3-1 into evens looked very optimistic, and he trailed in over 30 lengths behind the winner Carheney River (4-1).


Results of the Stevenstone 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: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), David Strange, Helen Stoneman & Horse Events UK


Sunday 11th May, Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, St Colomb Major (near Newquay)