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RESULTS: STEVENSTONE POINT-TO-POINT AT VAUTERHILL, HIGH BICKINGTON, BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 4TH MAY 2015

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Going: Good

Hunt race – (In memory of Major Jack & Mrs Margaret Lomas)

1 Just Seven (Vicky Wade) 4-7 fav

2 Aah Bless (Matt Hampton) 2-1

3 Lucy’s Girl (Scott Turner) 10-1

4 ran; 10l;10l;  6m 5s

Owner; Roy Smith; Trainer; Roy Smith

 

Restricted (Davisons Chartered Accountants)

1 Peterbrown (Jake Bament) 3-1

2 Templestatefloresco (Leanda Tickle) 4-1

3 Templeton (Jamie Thomas) 7-4 fav

9 ran; neck; short head;  6m 11s

Owner; Mrs Sally White; Trainer; Karyn Heard

Mixed Open (holidaycottages.co.uk)

1 Parkam Jack (Jamie Thomas) 8-13 fav

2 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 7-4

3 A New Rising (Jason Lyttle) 6-1

5 ran; 10l; 12l;  6m 10s

Owner; John Symes; Trainer; Kayley Woolacott

Confined (Kivells)

1 It’s All Or Nothing (David Noonan) 1-2 fav

2 Swansbrook (Leanda Tickle) 5-2

3 Googoobarabajagal (Rob Stoneman) 12-1

4 ran; 1l; 30l;  6m 18s

Owner; Rob White; Trainer; Charlotte Rowe

Intermediate (EJ Wade & Son, Bradworthy)

1 Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 7-4

2 Hallo Dolly (Darren Edwards) 7-2

3 King Kash (Jamie Thomas) 5-6 fav

3 ran; 5l; 3l;  6m 27s

Owner; Bill Westacott; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Open Maiden (Brewer, Harding & Rowe)

1 The Persuader (David Noonan) 5-1

2 Thirtyfirst Dansar (Tom Chanin) 6-1

3 Cove Lodge (Matt Hampton) 5-2

9 ran; 5l; 5l;  6m 26s

Owner: Caroline Prouse; Trainer; Caroline Prouse

Mares Maiden (The Jockey Club)

1 Triggywinkle (Leanda Tickle) 14-1

2 Miss Topping (Jamie Thomas) 5-1

3 My Rosie B (David Noonan) 3-1

5 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Owner; Roderick Chelton; Trainer: Roderick Chelton

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Preview: Western Point to Point, Wadebridge, Sat 14 February 2015

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There is a real treat in store this weekend for Point-to-Point horseracing enthusiasts, with two meetings scheduled in the Devon & Cornwall Area.

The first is on Saturday 14th February, where the Western host their meeting at the popular Wadebridge track. This is an ideal way to treat your partner for a day at the races on Valentines day. There are seven races on offer, with easy access to the course, and great track side viewing at the Royal Cornwall Showground. With the weather set fair, it looks like many of the horses that prefer the faster ground will be out.  Action is set to take place at 12 noon with the Green Waste Co-sponsored Confined. Of the ten entered, My Sweet Lord from the Robert Chanin team won well here in January, when sent off odds-on favorite to please his backers. Before The War catches the eye after his two comfortable wins at Flete Park last season for trainer Ed Walker.

In the Savills-sponsored Ladies Open, Aiteen Thirtythree from the Parker team has five straight point wins, including a mixed open, he has previously won two Chases under rules and is a Cheltenham Novice hurdle winner on good ground. Beuvron was an impressive 15 length winner of the Ladies Open at Black Forest Lodge under Hannah Welch.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate race, in which connections of recent Black Forest Lodge winner Tolatetobeearly are looking for a ticket into the final, and a quick fire double could be on the cards for him under novice jockey Taylor Pook. Little Cornham from the Keith Cumings-team ran well recently when second under reigning national champion jockey Will Biddick, who last weekend clocked up his 200th winner.

The Open Maiden race has already been divided, these have been sponsored by Stimson & Tieken and Rosevean Vets. Suggestions in the first division could be Sedgemoor Top Bid and The Mystro after their recent thirds. In the second division Follow The Paint and Wivannie catch the eye.

Peter & Anita George kindly sponsor the Mens Open, and of the eight entered Cock Of The Rock had been unlucky here previously when slipping up on the bend, but then went on to run second behind Harbour Court at Milborn St Andrew under jockey Harry Cobden, having only been headed near the finish. On that form they look to be likely favourties.  Working Title could be the main challenger, having previously held Googoobarabajagal also entered, in fifth at the last meeting.

Finally in the Trelawney of Penzance Restricted race, a battle could be on for the prizes between recent winners Sonoftheking from the Nicola Martin team, Genermouse who was a surprise 33-1 at Black Forest Lodge, and the Kayley Woollacott-trained  Le Clo De La Londe.

The course boasts a large covered barn containing hot refreshments, bookies, bar and trade stands. Entrance is £10 per car and driver, £5 per passenger with children under 16 free. Course is located off A39 west of Wadebridge. Post code PL27 7JE.

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Preview: Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 14 December 2014

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Point to Point horse racing enthusiasts will be heading to the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge this weekend, where the Cornwall Club will be hosting their fixture on Sunday December 14.

It promises to be an exciting day out for all the family, with some super racing, together with a real festive feel to the occasion. The huge covered barn will contain a host of trade stands making it an ideal way to include some Christmas shopping. Seven races are on offer attracting 78 quality entries. The first race, the Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd Cornwall Club Members race for novice riders,heads up the action at 12 Noon. Entered is the Samuel Drinkwater- trained Working Title who won this race last season, but was well held in seventh place two weeks ago at Black Forest Lodge. Cock Of The Rock from the David Brace team looked to have needed the run, when fifth in the same race. Valentine Vic from the Chloe Roddick team finished second here at the January meeting behind another entry Googoobarabajagal, who is now trained by Lucy Gardner for owner and jockey Rob Stoneman.

Next up is the Mens Open race sponsored by Moores of St Wenn Ltd, being a qualifier for the £7,500 Bonhams Mens Open Point-to-Point Championship Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham in April, this race will attract many of the top male jockeys from around the country. The Anglea Davies-trained Champagne Rosie won her Intermediate race here last season, and could well see current National Champion male jockey Will Biddick aboard. Whenharrymetsally is also entered for the Keith Cumings team, she is unbeaten in her last four outings including first time out this season, when winning two weeks ago at Black Forest Lodge. Kirkleigh from the Robert Chanin team has been reported to be schooling well after a summer break, and connections will be hoping he improves on his previous course second here.

The Ladies Open race is an AGA ITotal Control Championiship race, with the first three ladies past the post gaining points towards the championship. This race is sponsored by R J Trevarthen. The Robert Chanin-trained entry Byerley Bear is a course specialist here, having won five times in Ladies Opens, and will be looking to serve it up to his challengers and is the likely ride for Leanda Tickle. Rebel Du Marquis from the Chloe Roddick yard looks an interesting challenger, and could play a major part if fit. Having previously won five Chases and two Hurdle races, his wins include a Ladies Hunter Chase race at Cheltenham under National Leading Lady rider Bridget Andrews.

Hutchinsons Ltd sponsor the Restricted race, in which the Welsh raider Railway Benefit from the Gareth Moore team could take home the spoils. Having won under jockey Nick Williams at Black Forest Lodge two weeks ago, connections could be looking for a quick fire double if the horse stays fit and progresses .

The Intermediate race is a qualifier for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Championship to be held at Cheltenham, this race is sponsored by The Nare Hotel.Entries include the Becky Kennen-trained My Rebel who under Leanda Tickle got the better of Raffa at Upcott Cross in April. Raffa now has the benefit of a recent outing at Black Forest Lodge, where he ran impressively under jockey John Mathias coming home to win, four lengths ahead of Bob The Butcher. Another to catch the eye is the Lee Glanville-trained Milled, who has some good form behind him.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, the first is sponsored by Miller & Son, entries include the John Heard-trained Follow The Paint who ran second under jockey Bridget Andrews at Chaddesley Corbett, and Russian Poet from the Dennis Branton yard, when under jockey Ciarian Gethings ran a promising fourth at the recent Black Forest Lodge meeting.

The second division is sponsored by Harris Begley, in which Sutton Storm previously scored a second at the course for trainer Angela Davis, and The Sweetener for the Kayley Woollacott team, ran well well in a hurdle race in the summer before falling at the last.

On course facilities include bookies, bar, hot food and drinks, trade stands all under large covered barn. Excellent track side viewing and easy parking. Course is located off A39 West of Wadebridge postcode PL27 7JE Entrance is £10 car and driver £5 per passenger, children under 16 free.

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Results: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross Bank Holiday Monday 26 MAY 2014

Going: Soft , heavy in places

 

Confined (Penbode Veterinary Group)

1 Clew Bay Cove (Harriet Skinner) 3-1

2 Print The Money (Sarah Dennis) 10-11 fav

3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 5-1

7 ran; 6l; 5l;  7mins 2 secs

 

Men’s Open (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) 1-2 fav

2 Steeltown (Jamie Thomas) 13-8

3 Pauillac (Ben Robarts) 50-1

4 ran; 6l; 15l;  7m 9s

 

Ladies’ Open (T L Rowe Park Homes)

1 Current Event (Megan Nicholls) 1-4 fav

2 Red Penny (Bryony Frost) 5-2

2 ran; 6l;  7m 3s

 

Restricted (Coodes Solicitors)

1 King Kash (Jamie Thomas) 12-1

2 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) evens fav

3 Kawana Cove (Heidi Lewis) 33-1

8 ran; neck; 20l;  7m 1s

 

Club Novice Riders’ (PRJ Engineering)

1 Join Together (Megan Nicholls) 1-3 fav

2 Rocklyn (Sarah Pidsley) 50-1

3 Googoobarabajagal (Rob Stoneman) 10-1

5 ran; 25l; 4l;  7m 12s

 

Open Maiden Division 1 (Dawn West Devon)

1 Walker Ridge (Catherine Atkinson) 7-2

2 Wivannie (Bryony Frost) 5-2 fav

3 Forty Knights (Jim Cole) 14-1

13 ran; neck ; 15l;  7m 30s

 

Open Maiden Division 2 (FC Cleaning Systems)

1 Brave Encounter (Lucy Gardner) 11-2

2 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 9-4 fav

3 Gleann Ri (Chloe Swaffield) 7-1

11 ran; 2 1/2l; 1 1/4l;  7m 26s

RESULTS: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, 5th May 2014

Going: Good becoming good to soft with soft patches

Hunt race – Stevenstone & Torrington Farmers joint (Sponsor Brian Adams)

1 Whispering Wild (Rob Hawker) evens fav
2 Justforthebuzz (Chester Williams) 9-1
4 ran – only two finished; 2l; 6m 40s
Trainer: Michael Watson

 

Restricted (TT Buildings Ltd)

1 Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) evens fav
2 King Kash (Jamie Thomas) 2-1
3 Pasternak Jack (Jake Bament) 7-1
5 ran; 25l; 5l; 6m 27s
Trainer: Ray Alford

 

Mixed Open (holidaycottages.co.uk)

1 Steeltown (Jamie Thomas) 10-11 fav
2 Googoobarabajagal (Michael Heard) 8-1
3 Numide (Ciaran Gethings) 8-1
5 ran: 15l; 10l; 6m 13s
Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

 

Confined (Kivells)

1 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 5-2
2 Print the Money (Sarah Dennis) 6-4 fav
3 Cottage Acre (Rob Hawker) 7-4
4 ran; 1l; 1l; 6m 18s
Trainer: Robert Chanin

 

Intermediate (EJ Wade & Son, Bradworthy)

1 Whenharrymetsally (Matthew Hampson) 3-1
2 Soul Native (Vicky Wade) 2-1 fav
3 My Rebel (Leanda Tickle) 5-2
8 ran; 1l; 1l; 6m 23s
Trainer: Keith Cumings

 

Open Maiden (ProCam)

1 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) 4-1
2 O’Flo (Bryony Frost) 16-1
3 Way Before Dawn (Leanda Tickle) evens fav
12 ran: 30l; 2l; 6m 23s
Trainer: Karyn Heard

Preview: Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, Monday May 5th

Monday’s Point-to-Point, May 5th, is to be held at Vauterhill, High Bickington, where The Stevenstone will be hosting their first event for two years at the course. The first race is off at 2pm, with six races attracting nearly 100 entries. Extensive drainage work has been completed at the course, which is reported to have a good grass covering.

In the Frilly Frocks sponsored Members race the Neil Harris-trained King Of Alcatraz looks the likely favourite, he won the Intermediate final Hunter Chase at Exeter last year, and has not been out of the frame so far this season under jockey Vicky Wade, including a second in a Hunter Chase in March again at Exeter. His connections may choose to run him a Cheltenham where he holds an entry, in which case  Just Seven was impressive when winning his maiden in a twelve runner race at Trebudannon, coming home five lengths ahead of Myladtommy. Carol Lawrence holds five of the entries, and Ahh Bless should be worth following after leading in a 14-runner Maiden at Kilworthy then finishing second, after being headed by Maidstone Mercury in final 100 yards.

Also with a Cheltenham ticket is Bob Lewis, but if connections decide to bypass his run there, then he could be well fancied to take the TT Buildings Ltd sponsored Restricted race, after his second at Buckfastleigh. Minella Web from the Kayley Woollacott team showed promise when winning her Maiden at Badbury Rings in February, coming home two and a half lengths ahead of Raffa, and is another suggestion.

The Holiday Cottages-sponsored Mixed Open has attracted eleven entries, two of which, being Cottage Acre and Steeltown, look to be Cheltenham contenders this week. That could leave it to the John Pearn-owned Lightening Jack to battle out the finish with the Heard family’s Googoobarabajagal, who is yet to find his form this season, Numide from the Gordon Chambers team, having won at Great Trethew, and Great Gusto for the Frost family, who under Bryony Frost has scored three seconds in a row and must be due a win soon.

Suggestions for the Kivells sponsored Confined race would be the Nicola Martin-trained Bradley Brook, after his wins at Upcott Cross and Kilworthy, and the Keith Cumings-trained Whenharrymetsally after his win at Great Trethew, when holding on well to fend off My Rebel by a length.

Whenharrymetsally  also holds an entry in the E J Wade & Son sponsored Intermediate race, and could again take on Upcott Cross winner My Rebel. Camilla Scott has entered Soul Native, who holds strong claims after his win at Cothelstone, coming home a head in front of Red Penny who has a won since.

The Open Maiden race has attracted 24 entries of which Myladtommy, Pyleigh Princess and Ahh Bless are some suggestions.

The course offers great viewing of the undulating track . All facilities including hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. and is located next door to the Vauterhill Stud.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £20 car and passengers. Location is signed from A377, A3124 and B3217. Postcode EX37 9BT

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RESULTS: Eggesford Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, 13th April 2014

Hunt race (Nigel Cant Planning)

1 Turtle Tim (Will Biddick) evens fav

2 Clew Bay Cove (Harriet Skinner) 4-1

3 Googoobarabajagal (Michael Heard) 3-1

6 ran; 3/4l; distance;  7m 12s

Trained by Sarah Pidsley

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Driftashore (Robbie Henderson) 5-1

2 Pure Oxygen (Will Biddick) 4-7 fav

3 Driftwood Pride (Michael Legg) 12-1

10 ran; 10l; head;  7m 3s

Trained by Sally Randell

 

Confined (Chris Hodgson Engineering)

1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 2-1 jt fav

2 Notus De La Tour (Tom Chanin)5-1

3 The Donserelli (Laura Scott) 20-1

9 ran; 10l; 12l;  7m 4s

Trained by Nicola Martin

 

Mixed Open 4 miles – The Devon National (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Lucette Annie (D Edwards) 6-4

2 Bellsinni Ron (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav

3 Double Dizzy (Joshua Newman) 10-1

6 ran; 8l; 15l;  8m 57s

Trained by Simon Partridge

 

Restricted (T.T. Buildings Ltd)

1 My Rebel (Leanda Tickle) 12-1

2 Third Chance (Sarah Gould) 100-30

3 Raffa (John Mathias) 4-1

14 ran; 1/2l; 1 1/2l;  7m 12s

Trained by Becky Kennen

 

Open Maiden 4 to 7-year-olds only (Dawn West Devon)

1 It’s All Or Nothing (Michael Heard) 33-1

2 Miss Gotaway (Jamie Thomas) 5-1

3 Mount Prospex (Joshua Newman) 25-1

16 ran; 3/4l; 12l;  7m 19s

Trained by Charlotte Rowe

 

Open Maiden  8-year-olds and over (David Phillips Bookmaker)

1 Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) 5-4 fav

2 Pyleigh Princess (Leanda Tickle) 5-1

3 Blue Abbey (Darren Edwards) 5-1

7 ran; head; 20l;  7m 30s

Trained by Ray Alford

Preview: Eggesford Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Sunday April 13

Point-to-Point racing takes place at Upcott Cross this Sunday April 13th, where the Eggesford Hunt host their meeting. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, and the main seven race card starting at 1pm. More than 120 entries have been received.

The feature race of the day, is the Simpkin Edwards sponsored Mixed Open four mile Devon National. Entries in this include Bellsinni Ron from the Richard Barber team, he is on a hat-trick of wins this season, including Charleton Hawthorne, Ston Eston and last weekend at Little Windsor, where he made all under jockey Will Biddick  Lucette Annie trained by Simon Partridge, is a previous course winner here. She loves the soft and goes well for jockey Darren Edwards, having won at Chipley Park in January and followed up with a third at Buckfastleigh. Double Dizzy is an interesting entry, the 13 year-old gelding has won over £100,00 in prize money under Rules, and should have fun now back in Pointing.

Nigel Cant Planning sponsor the opening Members race, in which Googoobarabajagal would be a popular win here for jockey Michael Heard on his grandparents course. Clew Bay Cove won here last season for trainer Ed Walker, finishing ahead of South Western and could reproduce that form to win here.

The Exeter Racecourse sponsored Intermediate looks a very competitive race, with The Mythologist for the Henderson team having scored two from two starts this season. Pure Oxygen is another classy entry from the Richard Barber team, having impressive wins at Buckfastleigh and Cotley under champion jockey Will Biddick. Annie Aces from the Gordon Chambers team, is another to consider, having impressed at Kilworthy coming home a short head in front of Lord Samson. Celia Plunkett’s Squirrel Esquire took the Restricted at Bradfield-On-The-Green in a notably quick time and should not be left out of the equation.

In the Confined race, which is sponsored by Chris Hodgson Engineering, Hameldown Tor for trainer Ed Walker, missed out on a run last weekend after Cherrybrook was cancelled. He should be well fit, and his recent three length second to Ravethebrave at Badbury Rings could see him atone here. Notus De La Tour is an interesting entry, having previously finished second in a Grade 1 Novice Chase, he is now in training with Sam Holdsworth.

Raffa after his win at Kilworthy and Third Chance who was a close second at Cotley, could battle out the TT Building Limited sponsored Restricted race. Mister Trebus is another to consider after his win at Buckfastleigh last month. Druim Rua, for trainer David Rogers destroyed the field at Great Trethew, making all to win unchallenged under Darren Edwards, and looks one to follow.

The Will Biddick-trained and ridden The Doom Bar is entered in the Open Maiden for four,five,six and seven year old’s, the combination were running well at Cottenham before falling four out. Miss Gotaway finished second at Buckfastleigh under Jamie Thomas and could win here for the Kayley Woollacott team. This race is sponsored by Dawn West Devon.

David Phillips Bookmaker sponsors the Open Maiden for horses aged eight years and over, in which Kilcolman Wizard for the Heard family would be a popular win to close the day’s event. Wood Park and Deniere Dance (If connections do not choose to enter in the earlier Members race) also look close to a win soon.

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands.

Entrance is £10 car & driver, £20 car and upto four passengers, £25 car and five passengers or over.

The course is located two miles South of Halwill Junction, off A3079.  Postcode EX21 5AE

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REPORT: WESTERN POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE SATURDAY 15TH MARCH 2014

BYERLEY BEAR has an excellent record at the Royal Cornwall Showground and notched up his fifth Ladies’ Open success of the season with another efficient display of sound jumping and front running in the AGA Ladies’ Open at Wadebridge. The nine-year-old stayed on strongly to beat King of Alcatraz with Wee Fly well held in third.

“He travels so well and picked up when I asked him,” reported Leanda Tickle, whose fine Cheltenham Foxhunter ride on Made in Time on the previous day had ended in a nasty fall at the second last. Byerley Bear’s owner Roger Knowles nominated the East Cornwall at Great Trethew as the next likely target in his quest for the National Leading Horse title.

Byerley Bear’s trainer Robert Chanin has another useful pointer in his yard in Welstonedruid, and this progressive six-year-old won for the fourth time this season with Ian Chanin in the saddle in the Confined.

Described as “uncomplicated” by his trainer, Welstonedruid was making up for his uncharacteristic fall at Didmarton last time. He had to survive quite a lengthy stewards’ enquiry however for possible interference on the run-in this time. The runner up Great Gusto was gradually closing before Bryony Frost switched the challenger 100 yards from home. It was deemed that the incident did not affect the result.

Bryony Frost went one better in the first Open Maiden on her father’s seven-year-old Sangram who was confirming the promise he had shown in Irish points. “I bought him from Gerald Penfold in Ireland and he has pleased in his home work”, said Jimmy Frost.

Sangram was being strongly pressed by Robbie Henderson’s mount Madam Be when she fell at the last, but Henderson took himself to the 10 winner mark for the season in the other section of the Maiden on Fivefortyfive, who stayed on strongly to make a successful racecourse debut. .Home bred by owner Julian Selby, this six-year-old is a half brother to the same owner’s useful Harry’s Farewell. Described as, “so green,” by the jockey, the Ed Walker trained gelding could have a bright future. “He was going to run last spring but he was babyish. He would have run here before Christmas but it was too soft so we have waited until now,” remarked the owner.

The secret of finding winners at Wadebridge lies in the “horses for courses” theory. Apart from Byerley Bear (five times) and Welstonedruid (twice), the Intermediate was fought out between Sobre Tresor and Lightening Jack, both of whom had been successful on the track two months ago. Given a patient ride by novice Taylor Pook, Sobre Tresor came out on top.

Sir Watty made all the running to take the Restricted under Darren Edwards, putting a couple of disappointing runs in the mud behind him. This was a popular success for Westcountry stalwart David Rogers whose colours have been familiar in the area for over 40 years. “He is a lovely horse at home, my retirement horse. I ride him all the time, except schooling,” reported the delighted owner who confided to being “nearly eighty.”

Jamie Thomas had followed his runner up spot on Lightening Jack with another second to Sir Watty on Ratline Rosie, but had lifted his seasonal total to six when getting Bellflower Boy home in the Men’s Open. This five runner event was reduced to two as the favourite Googoobarabajagal was pulled up approaching the final ditch where Almail fell and Ben Robarts was knocked from the saddle of Pauillac. The winner was the first success of the season for Culmstock based trainer Stuart Sampson. At least Ben Robarts, who was celebrating his birthday, gained some consolation since he owns the winner.

MONEY TALKS

LIGHTENING JACK was backed from 5-2 to 6-4 favourite in the Intermediate but could not quite get on terms with SOBRE TRESOR who was receiving 5lbs. The Somerset trained winner was easy to back at 5-2 but readily made up for dislodging his young rider at Barbury and Charlton Horethorne.The Open Maiden was divided on the day with just eight runners in each section.

SANGRAM (4’s to 2’s) made a successful English debut for the Nikki Frost yard in the first division. His main rival proved to be the four-year-old MADAM BE (3’s to 13-8) who looked a big danger when falling at the last.

RESULTS

Results of the Western meeting

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Preview : Western Point-To-Point, Wadebridge Saturday 15 March

The Royal Cornwall Showground is the venue for the re-arranged Western Hunt meeting this Saturday March 15, with six races on the card starting with the Confined race at 12 noon. Welstonedruid from the Robert Chanin team was a course winner here in December, and went on to win at both Black Forest Lodge meetings, he was unlucky to fall at Didmarton when travelling well. The Pauling Geering-trained Searee is also a course winner here, but may need the run.

The Aga Ladies race has course specialist Byerley Bear entered, another from the Robert Chanin team, his challengers could be Lion On The Prowl trained by Alexandra Dunn, having recently been sent of favourite at Charing only to unseat his jockey at the first fence. Wee Fly is another to consider, being a course specialist, goes well for jockey Bryony Frost and is trained locally by Ross Oliver.

Exeter racecourse sponsor the Intermediate in which Lightening Jack won here in January, and could follow up on his recent win at Cothelstone for owner John Pearn. Another entry, Punter Friendly from the Ed Walker team, ran second at Didmarton earlier this month under Robbie Henderson and could find the drying ground to his liking.

The Open Maiden race is sponsored by Savills (Cornwall), and this could go to another Walker/Henderson combination in He’s A Bully, who was travelling well at Didmarton before being hampered and unseating his rider three out. Another suggestion would be the Nikki Frost-trained Sangram who has shown promise in Irish Points scoring two seconds last season.

The Mens Open is a qualifier for the Bonhams Mens Open HC final to be held at Cheltenham on Wednesday 20th April. Blazing Whale could follow up on his wins at Buckfastleigh and Chipley Park, and Googoobarabajagal won here in January for jockey Michael Heard and is already on a hat-trick of wins at this course.

The final race on the card is the Restricted race sponsored by Stimson & Tieken, in which Colley Row trained by Chris Williams won at Howick ealier this month and could repeat that form here. Ratline Rose for owner Lady Earle and trainer Kayley Woollacott will be looking to follow -up on her Maiden win here in January.

The course is located off A39 west of Wadebridge. Postcode PL27 7JE. Entry £10 car & driver, £5 per passenger, children under 16 free.