The crowds flocked to the Point-to-Point course at Bratton Down, where glorious sunshine with plenty of exciting race action delighted the crowd, at the penultimate race meeting of the season. The Tiverton Staghounds hosted the event on Sunday, with two races divided on the day, giving a total of eight very competitive races.
Five came under the starters orders for the Winston Pincombe Land Rovers-sponsored Members Race, where the Kayley Woollacott’s entry Le Clo De La Londe had been sent off odds-on favourite. Heidi Lewis had set the pace on the Woollacott team’s other runner Pasternak Jack. For a while it looked to be a Woollacott team win, but jockey Lee Drowne had ridden a patient race on the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally, getting the better of the three way tussle up the home straight to win by one and a half lengths. “She travelled well, jumps and stays, they set a nice gallop and I didn’t panic. It is the second ride for Keith Cumings in two weeks and two wins.” quoted the delighted jockey.
Trainer Nikki Frost clocked up her first of two wins on the day, in the first division of the Open Maiden race, which had been sponsored by Stags. Stop The Press, under champion jockey Will Biddick, came home the ten length winner, ahead of Peggy’s Hero with Queens Law in third. The Frost’s team second winner came when The Greendale Rocket literally rocketed up the hill in the second division of the Restricted race. He flew over the finishing line and jumped another fence before jockey Byron Moorcroft could pull him up. Go On Henry had tried to head the winner up the home straight, but The Greendale Rocket fought back under a strong drive by Moorcroft, to win by a half a length. ” I have driven down from Scotland this morning just to ride for the Frost team.” quoted the jockey, who used to ride as a conditional for Jimmy.
The second division of the Open Maiden went to Askers Lad, giving jockey Alice Mills a win riding in her last Point to Point before turning professional. The Reuben Chapman-trained Onwegoagain had travelled well having led over the final ditch, with Alice keeping a keen hold of Askers Lad, who had previously run out at the last fence at this course before, rode a thrilling finish to win by a length.
Broken Eagle, from the leading National trainer Alan Hill’s yard took the Saul Kidston, Exmoor Hay & Straw Ltd-sponsored Intermediate race, winning by a distance under jockey Jo Hill. Joint owner Jake Exelby was thrilled with his bargain purchase, which they bought out of Doncaster sales. “We will step him up into open company next season, with the possibility of short distance Hunter Chases in the future.”
The Men’s Open was snatched by champion jockey Will Biddick on Queens Bay for the Jack Barber team, coming home seven lengths ahead of Findlay’s Find. The veteran 15 year old Barney’s Mate ran really well in third, having led over the third last fence. “Queens Bay is a lovely horse, she is game, stays well as she has proved today.” said the delighted trainer, who added “Barney’s Mate gave Chris such a good ride, you wouldn’t believe he was 15.” This race had been sponsored by The Poltimore Inn, North Molton.
It Was Me had been sent off odds-on favourite in the Ladies Open, but had to settle for third. The front running Ned White, under Leanda Tickle, had only been headed for a short stretch after the second last when Fiulin put up a challenge, with the 13 year old Ned White relishing the drying ground. He was determined to make his last race before retiring a winning one. His owner Jacqueline Elliot commented on his win saying “He has done us so well, always being placed. We are looking for a good home for him now, maybe along the lines of racehorse rehab.”
The first division of the Witheridge Garage-sponsored Restricted race resulted in the first horse over the line Golanzine, being disqualified for his trainer/jockey Mark Wildsmith missing a marker on the course. The race was awarded to the Andrews family’s Craigbenn under jockey Gina Andrews, who is soon to be awarded the National Ladies title.
Will Biddick was awarded the leading jockey trophy for the most wins over the three Bratton Down meetings. Owners of Whataknight and Queens Bay were jointly awarded the leading horse title.
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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The seasons current leading horse Byerley Bear could take on Gwanako in the Roger Young sponsored Mixed Open, at this weekend’s East Cornwall Point-to-Point, Great Trethew, Sunday March 30th. The two horses met at Wadebridge in December, when the Robert Chanin-trained Byerley Bear won by four lengths.
Gwanako trained by Rosemary Loxton for jockey Megan Nicholls will be looking to reverse the placings, and follow-up on last weekend’s win at Ston Easton. The combination have also scored this season at Larkhill, Milbourne St Andrew (where they destroyed the field by 60 lengths) and won at Charleton Horethorne. Byerley Bear has taken his tally to five wins for the season, and was only just denied six straight wins when awarded a second by judges at Badbury Rings, to the Jack Barber-trained Aikideau. This could turn into a thrilling battle between the two class horses.
This event coincides with Mother’s Day , starting with pony racing at 12 noon, followed by an eight race card commencing at 12.55. Over 100 entries have been received.The picnics are sure to be packed full of treats to compliment the party atmosphere.
The Cornish Times sponsor the opening Members race, which kicks off the main card. Gingers Reflection would be a popular winner here for trainer Christine Gray, having won at Upcott Cross last season in a very respectable time. Another entry, Fountains Cloud won this race last year, and was running well at Wadebridge, before being headed three out.
St Austell Brewery have sponsored the Open Maiden for four and five year olds. Suggestions here would be What About Will trained by Neil Harris, having shown previous form last season when a good second behind All But Grey at Trebudannon, and may be forgiven for pulling up three out at Wadebridge when sent off favourite. Dusky, from the Joe Tickle yard, ran second behind Sangram at Wadebridge and looks to be worth an each-way bet.
The Open Maiden for four,five,six and seven year olds, may well be divided on the day having attracted 34 entries, sponsors are The Jamaica Inn and Dawe,Hawken & Dodd. Those having shown recent form are the Les Jefford-trained Desert Queen, when fourth at Buckfastleigh under jockey Ed Barrett, having made a mistake two out. Way Before Dawn is another to consider having stayed on well when finishing eight lengths second at Buckfastleigh in February. Droim Rua for trainer David Rogers should also be considered, having run well at Buckfastleigh until fading two out, and looks sure to come on for that run.
In the Dodson & HorrellPPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders, Join Together won at Charleton Horethorne under Megan Nicholls for trainer Rosemary Loxton, and Ladyvie for jockey Hannah Welch, has been progressing well, having scored a recent second at Buckfastleigh.
Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race, in which the Gordon Edwards-trained Shanann Star could improve on her six lengths second behind Babeny Bridge, and King’s Bench won at Buckfastleigh and looks ready to step up into Intermediate company.
The Restricted race could see the Keith Cumings-trained Go On Henry follow up on his win at Badbury Rings. Sangram for trainer Nikki Frost was impressive when winning at the first time of asking when making virtually all at Wadebridge under Bryony Frost, coming home twelve lengths ahead of Dusky.
Jeffery’s sponsor the Confined race, Cottage Acre for trainer Karyn Heard, won last weekend at Kilworthy for Bryony Frost, so may not be out so soon, in which case, Great Gusto could give the Frost family another win here.
On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Course is located at Menheniot, (off A38), between Saltash and Liskeard – PL14 3PZ
Entrance £15 car & driver, £20 car and passengers, £5 pedestrians.