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National Hunt Racecourse; Sponsor of the Devon & Cornwall area intermediate series and host to the final for that series

A sneak preview of our Christmas Holiday Auction

The Devon and Cornwall Area Livestream Team have been hard at work seeking out “pledges” for the Christmas Holiday Auction. Funds raised will be used to support this season’s Livestream Project.

We’ve had a generous response with pledges coming in from the Area and beyond.

Whilst we’re in the firming up final details of many fantastic lots we thought we’d whet your appetite with an early tip off about some that have been finalised so far.

New Year Challenge – learn something new with our quirkiest pledge so far:

Have a go at “tent pegging” – a two hour coaching session for you and your horse with national tent pegging team trainers Michael and Tina Smith

Irish getaway: two nights’ accommodation for two at the legendary Dunraven Arms, County Limerick Ireland and attend a premier Point to Point nearby

Gallop and yard visits with leading trainers including:

  • Nicky Henderson (Berkshire)
  • Colin Tizzard (Dorset)
  • Dan Skelton (Warwickshire)

An oil painting commission by artist Dave Crocker. Take a look at Dave’s work in this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AVH4Syw_lM – where you’ll see lots of familiar horses

A bespoke Birdie cartoon created for the winning bidder by racing’s favourite cartoonist Darren “Birdie” Bird visit   https://birdieracinggifts.co.uk  to see examples of Birdie’s cartoons

Talking of Birdies … join Luke Harvey and a mystery racing guest for a round of golf at Naunton Downs Golf Club where Ben Pauling’s six-furlong hill gallop runs in a gap between two holes on the golf course.  A morning visit to Ben’s new, purpose built training facility is also included.  Read more about Ben’s new yard here: https://www.racingpost.com/news/fore-flashing-light-is-fair-way-to-warn-golfers-on-ben-paulings-new-gallop/512080

Coaching and jockey training including:

1-2-1 coaching with jumping guru Yogi Breisner for the winning bidder and their horse at Yogi’s Oxfordshire yard

3 jockey coaching sessions with Rodi Greene

Raceday tickets and hospitality packages including:

Tickets and Directors” Box Hospitality for 4 people at Exeter Racecourse on Intermediate Hunters’ Chase Final Day

Morning on the gallops followed by racing at Wincanton or Exeter with Jane Williams

2 tickets for the Aintree Foxhunters’ Day

You’ll soon be able to find out more information on these and other lots on our Facebook page @PointingDC and on our website www.pointingdc.co.uk We’ll be updating these regularly with auction news between now and Auction Go Live on 19 December when the full catalogue will be viewable here

Bidding will close on 29 December

We’re very grateful to everyone who has offered their support, pledges are still coming in, and we’d be grateful for more. If you’d like to support the auction with a pledge please contact Frank Yeo fyeo.aginvest@gmail.com by 15 December


EQUINE INFLUENZA: Requirement for unlicensed individuals to present negative nasal swab result on licensed racecourses


The above seeks to notify all connections of horses with registered Hunters’ Certificate for 2018/19; AND APPLIES TO UNLICENSED INDIVIDUALS ONLY.  IF YOU HAVE A LICENCE OR PERMIT TO TRAIN THE MESSAGE BELOW DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU:


Horses will not be allowed to enter the racecourse premises & therefore run, if connections are not in possession of the above documentation in addition to the Health Declaration form.  Please see frequently asked questions below:


What is the requirement before arrival at the racecourse?

A negative result from a nasal swab taken no more than 72 hours before the horse is due to arrive at the licensed racecourse must be emailed to equine@britishhorseracing.com


What is the requirement on arrival at the racecourse?

The negative nasal swab result must be presented to the BHA Veterinary Officer (VO) or Equine Welfare and Integrity Officer (EWIO) on arrival and before the horse is unloaded.  This also applies to equine companions.


All samples must be sent to the Animal Health Trust (AHT), Newmarket….Why can’t I send a sample to my local Veterinary Surgery / laboratory?

The sole use of the AHT laboratory in partnership with the BHA ensures consistency of service in line with BHA’s requirements.


How do I transport the nasal swab sample to the AHT?

By courier or recorded post overnight.


Does the above requirement apply to equine companions?

Yes.  Any horse / pony unloaded onto the racecourse stables must also have a negative result for Equine Influenza.


How long will this restriction last?

The BHA is currently monitoring the situation and the restriction shall remain in place until the end of the season.


How long will it take for the result to come back?

AHT has confirmed a one-day turnaround on receipt of the sample.


When is the AHT Closed?

Saturday afternoon and Sunday.


How can I comply with the 72 hour requirement if the horse is running on a Monday?

The BHA will allow a nasal swab to be taken on the Thursday (but no earlier) prior to running on a Monday.


In order to ensure that no samples are missed, the AHT has made the following request:

Please notify the AHT on or before the Friday using the email address diagnostics@aht.org.uk to inform them of your runner and to ensure they are expecting the sample over the weekend.  The sample can then be specifically identified.  In addition, the form should include details of the e-mail address to which the official report should be sent on the Monday morning – these are usually sent to the submitting veterinary practice but a copy report can also be sent to the trainer.


Cheltenham Hunters’ Steeple Chases Evening Friday 3 May 2019

Given the number of horses trained by unlicensed individuals at the above meeting, nasal swabs taken on Tuesday 30 April will be considered acceptable.  Please follow the same procedure as outlined above.


Exeter and Fakenham Hunters’ Steeple Chases Tuesday 7 May

Nasal swabs taken on Thursday 2 May will be considered acceptable.  Please follow the same procedure as above.


Please do get in touch if you have any further queries.




Lucy Price

Point-to-Point Executive

British Horseracing Authorityhttps://www.britishhorseracing.com/

75 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LS

Direct: +44 20 7152 0049



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

Written by: Donna Harris

Over 100 entries have been received for the South Pool Harriers meeting due to be held at the historic racecourse Buckfastleigh this coming Sunday 17th February. Pony racing heads up the action at 11am, with the main six race card starting at Noon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The course is located off the A38 at Lower Dean. Postcode TQ11 OLT. On course facilities include hot and cold food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Check out all the latest up to date information on the http://www.pointingdc.co.uk website or by following Pointingdc on social media. The committee would also like to mention MST (Medland Sanders & Twose) and Ashburton Motor Works who are other major sponsors for the event and will be bringing their large trade displays.

Useful Information

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

BBC Travel News: Devon; CornwallSomerset;

Upcoming Fixtures:

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

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

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

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

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

Update from Fixture secretary, Val Mason

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

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

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

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

Written by : Donna Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Useful Information:

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

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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

Written by : Donna Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Useful Information:

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

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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

Written by: Donna Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Useful Information

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

BBC Travel News: Devon; CornwallSomerset;

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Dull November brings the blast, when the leaves are whirling fast” – from the poem The Garden Year by Sara Coleridge 1802 – 1852: She was the only daughter of one of the most famous English poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was born at Ottery St Mary in 1772. He died in 1834 so didn’t get to watch any point-to-points at Bishops Court just outside the town, which opened in 1979.

Actually, very pleasant mild Autumn weather prevailed as the Devon & Cornwall area opened the new British point-to-point season at Ottery on softish ground before a sizeable crowd. The afternoon featured riding doubles for Josh Newman and Bradley Gibbs, plus training doubles for Kayley Woollacott and David Brace.

Newman took the opening two and a half miles Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds with a comfortable win on board ex-hurdler The Kings Writ. This rangy six-year-old is owned by David and Steph Stevens and is now in the yard of trainer Kayley Woollacott. “This is one of the couple I nicked off Richard (Woollacott). He was a bit bouncy but outjumped his rivals,” commented the trainer, who confirmed that 25-year-old Josh Newman, a Cheltenham festival winning rider on Midnight Prayer in the 2014 National Hunt Chase, will have the stable rides this season.

It didn’t take long for the successful trainer/rider combination to follow up, thanks to a sound display of jumping from Pointview Gale in winning the three miles Open Maiden. This sturdy ex-Irish gelding drew right away from his opponents after his nearest pursuer Druid Spitfire fell at the second last fence. The eight-year-old runs in the colours of Kayley’s father Martyn and stepmother Nicky Jones.  “He jumped his way there and all he does is jump and gallop,” remarked the Rose Ash trainer.

Welsh pointers invariably do well at the early season Devon & Cornwall meetings, and the enforced late switch of this traditional opening fixture from Black Forest Lodge to Ottery St Mary, proved no exception. Colorado Doc (Conditions Race) and Doc Cody (Restricted) each rewarded supporters from over the Severn Bridge in the hands of 25-year-old jockey Bradley Gibbs. These promising six-year- olds are owned and trained by their Pyle, Bridgend based breeder David Brace. Colorado Doc was given a positive front running ride to hold off fellow Welsh traveller War Path (Hannah Lewis) in the quickest time of the day. “He ran a bit freely early on but is a nice young horse who could have the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow as his target.” said David Brace, who stood the sire of the winning pair, the now deceased Dr Massini.  The Dunraven Bowl hunter chase is sponsored by the winning owner who went on to take the Restricted with his equally talented six-year-old Doc Cody.

The well backed favourite Champione proved a disappointing come back ride for Nick Williams in this event, in which four of the seven-strong field held Welsh certificates. Doc Cody was sent on by Bradley Gibbs two out, and readily drew clear of the only other finisher Minella Mojo round the final bend.  “Doc Cody’s dam Brydferth Ddu, which means Black Beauty, won a Maiden for us and has also bred our winning pointer Bob The Butcher,” explained the owner.

Will Biddick has been playing down his chances of adding to his six Men’s National titles, but quickly got on the scoreboard for the new season as Moreece strode clear to take the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier.

This was yet another Welsh success, since the winner hails from the Pyle yard of Jonathan Lean. “He is only 15.2 but is a little dynamite we had out of Tim Vaughan’s yard,” said owner Sherree Lean, who has her eye on one of the Intermediate finals later in the season.

Top Wood was formerly a useful performer having won over hurdles and fences  for David Pipe, and justified strong market support for new connections to win a decent 12–runner Mixed Open. The winner shook off the attentions of runner up William Money, a second ever race ride for 16-year-old Connor Brace, to score convincingly in the end. The Wealerdealer and The Dapper Fox caught the eye here, staying on well from impossible positions in the closing stages.

Ten-year-old Top Wood is now owned by Johny Weatherby, having been purchased for £15,000 at Ascot sales earlier this year. He is now one of four pointers in the care of Kelly Morgan near Oakham, Rutland. “The change of scenery has probably helped. He can be very keen but a bit quirky and he settled and jumped exceptionally today,” reported the East Midlands based trainer. Talented rider 25-year-old Sam Davies-Thomas, pupil assistant to Dan Skelton, had the mount on the winner.


Results of the Bishops Court Racing 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 Official photographer at the meeting was: Cat Down Photography


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


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Going; Good to soft, soft in places


Open Maiden 4 TO 6 Year olds only;  Two miles and a half (Sponsor; Gingerland Livery Ltd)

1 The Kings Writ (Josh Newman) 7-2 fav disp lead five out, took lead apprg last, ran on well

2 Danseur Du Large (Will Biddick) 5-1 hdwy to 3rd three out, fin well but not reach leader

3 It Has To be (Ed Henderson) 8-1 prom, disp lead five out, every chance til no extra apprg last, promising

12 ran; 6l; short head; 5 m 30s

Owner; David & Steph Stevens; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott


Conditions Race (Best Western Tiverton)

1 Colorado Doc (Bradley Gibbs) 4-5 fav made all, 20l clear 14th, held on well

2 War Path (Hannah Lewis) 8-1 chased leaders, went 2nd three out, stayed on strongly

3 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 5-1 midfield, went 3rd two out

11 ran; 3 1/2l; 6l;  6m 20s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace


Restricted (Ladies of the Hunt)

1 Doc Cody (Bradley Gibbs) 9-4 progress 9th, mstk 13th, effort to slight lead two out, clear last, comf

2 Minella Mojo (Tom Chanin) 10-1 with leaders, led after 13th, every chance til outpaced by winner apprg last, fair effort

7 ran, only two finished; 7l 6m 37s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace


Mixed Open (Heltor)

1 Top Wood (Sam Davies-Thomas) 2-1 fav good hdwy 13th, led four out, clear two out, easily

2 William Money (Connor Brace) 7-2 prom, led 14th no extra from three out, fair effort

3 The Wealerdealer (Lorcan Williams) 3-1 held up in rear, good late hdwy, not reach leaders

12 ran; 8l; 10l;  6m 21s

Owner; Johny Weatherby; Trainer; Kelly Morgan


Open Maiden (A & S Paving. Barnstaple Cross, Crediton)

1 Pointview Gale (Josh Newman) 9-4 fav handy, jumped well, led 13th, left clr two out

2 Ruby Fool (Jake Bament) 6-1 in touch, 3rd four out, left 2nd two out, not reach winner

3 Wilco (Sam Lee) 7-1 in touch til grad wknd three out

9 ran; 25l; 5l;  6m 41s

Owner; Martyn & Nicky Jones; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott


Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Moreece (Will Biddick) 11-2 alwys prom, drew clr apprg last, comf

2 Creative Inerta (Darren Andrews) 11-2 handy, every chance til wknd apprg last

3 The Lizard King (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, mstk two out

5 ran; 20l;10l;  6m 32s

Owner; Sherree Lean; Trainer; Jonathan Lean


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Preview: Black Forest Club Point-to-Point, Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 27th November 2016


Written by: Donna Harris

The wait is over!  Next weekend will see the start of the new Point-to-Point horse racing season which begins at the picturesque course of Black Forest Lodge near Kenton, Exeter on Sunday 27th November, commencing at 12 noon. Over eighty entries have been received for the six race card which have attracted many of the top horses and jockeys’ from around the country.

The Black Forest Club hosts this meeting with its feature race looking to be the Strutt & Parker Mixed Open race. This is a qualifying race for the Timico Mixed Open Finals to be held at Cheltenham in May and has attracted good quality entries. Course specialist Welstonedruid will hold the hopes of starting the season with a win for local trainer Robert Chanin. This could be a stiff ask with entries such as Cheltenham Intermediate Hunter Chase runner up Doctor Braveheart for the David Brace team, who has a good strike rate at this track. Benvolio is another catching the eye, out of the Paul Nicholls yard, the gelding has three Chase wins and two Hurdle wins under rules, and looks to be a notable addition to the Charles Levinson team for his son Gus, who was crowned leading novice rider last season.

The Prydis-sponsored Open Maiden two miles-four furlong race is the first race up, with the Teresa Clark‘s Culverwell looking to improve on his third at Great Trethew. Doc Cody from the David Brace team could improve for his two runs last season, and Bogoss du Perret has been working well at home reports trainer Nikki Frost, and will have jockey Bryony Frost on board.

The Black Forest Club Members race has attracted eighteen entries, notably last years leading horse Premier Portrait which is another from the Levinson team, who won eight of his starts last season. Jepeck holds an entry in both the Members and the Mixed open for the Kayley Woollacott team, a winner of four of his six starts last season, he will be expected to put on another bold show. Mic’s Delight now trained by Claire Wonnacott for the newly formed ‘Bottoms Up’ club syndicate, ran second here last season and will now be ridden by Millie Wonnacott. Doctor Henry, another Dr Massini sired entry of which there are several entered here, ran well last season for owner/trainer/jockey Bronwyn Buttery winning two and runner up in this race last season to Premier Portrait.

Three to note for the Heltor-sponsored Restricted Race are Boygojumping from the Martin Peaty team having put up a good performance when winning his maiden last April on good to firm going. Pink Eyed Pedro could be a danger being another out of the David Brace team, as could Dark Gesture who won his maiden at this track last season under Josh Newman, and could well be in the mix for the Keith Cumings yard.

In the A&S sponsored Open Maiden race, much will depend on the day with the ground conditions, but those that had shown promise in their maiden races last season are Desert Roe, Come On Joey and Miss Weld.

To end the days event Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race, which is a qualifying race for the Exeter Intermediate Point-to-Point Hunter Chase Final to be held in May. This race could see champion jockey Will Biddick score here on Key People which he won a Restricted race on last season. Porlock Bay for owner/trainer Luke Harvey is another entry and a possible ride for Darren Edwards, which could provide a good battle between the two top jockeys.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, trade stands and ringside parking for the disabled. Excellent viewing for all to enjoy offering a great family day out. Entrance fee £10 per head max £30 per car. Children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

Course location is at Kenton, nr Exeter (off A380) 8HR

For a free fixture list send and SAE to Claire Hitch, Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7LD.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Exe Estuary, 2.7 miles from EX6 8HR at the same altitude

BBC Travel News: Devon

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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

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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