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Torrington Farmers entries and form

THE TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT RACES TAKES PLACE AT CHAPELTON BARTON, NEAR UMBERLEIGH, NORTH DEVON ON SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 2014

THE grand finale of this year’s British point-to-point season takes place on Saturday (June 14th) at Chapelton Barton, near Umberleigh, North Devon.

The Torrington Farmers have the honour of bringing down the curtain in their traditional festive atmosphere after six and a half action packed months. A total of 93 entries have been received for the six races and the course will be agrivated as necessary to provide the best possible jumping ground.

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Confined Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mens Open Race
4th 15:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Following the concluding point-to-point race at 5.20pm are the Devon & Cornwall Area Finals for ponies under 138cm and under 148cm. These races are sponsored byHatchmoor Veterinary Practice. Pony racing has already revealed dozens of future professional jockeys and spotting them is all part of the fun. This is not quite all because the announcements of the local and National champions take place after racing – usually under a shower of champagne.

This meeting always presents a real party farewell to the season. For those without picnics, quality hot and cold refreshments are available on course, together with a licenced bar and trade stands.

Entrance costs £10 for pedestrians; £10 for a car and driver; £20 for a car, driver and one passenger, and £30 above that. The post code is EX37 9EB, and the course is located 5 miles south east of Barnstaple, just off the A377.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Stevenstone entries and form

 

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:45 Confined Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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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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REPORT: DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK SATURDAY 19TH APRIL

THE car parks were bursting to capacity for the Dartmoor meeting in the glorious setting of Flete Park. A record crowd saw cars having to queue on the surrounding approach roads as punters merged with picnickers on the hill side with not a blade of grass to spare.

It was a memorable day for teenage jockeys Hannah Welch and Pippa Glanville as the youngsters each rode their first point-to-point winner

Hannah set the ball rolling in the opening six-runner Hunt race, getting the useful ex-chaser Vertige Dore’s head in front in a tight finish from Great Gusto (Bryony Frost).
“I rode 46 pony race winners and have had about 16 rides in point-to-points,” said the 16-year-old winning jockey who is studying at King’s College, Taunton. The ex-David Pipe chaser Vertige Dore is currently leased to a syndicate called the Maharajah Group by Sammy Shepherd who was looking forward to her first race ride on the nine-year-old until getting injured in a schooling fall. Vertige Dore is trained locally by Sam Holdsworth who acts as clerk of the course at Flete Park.

Another successful Devon & Cornwall pony racing graduate, 17-year-old Pippa Glanville, steered home her first point-to-point winner in the two and a half miles Maiden riding her mother Lee’s Ambitious Pursuit. “That was amazing and I had a little smile crossing the line,” said Pippa who is studying A/S levels at Ivybridge school. The youngster has had her ups and downs already and was airlifted from Bratton Down in her first season after a fall last year.
Pippa’s parents Lawrence and Lee run a farm on the Flete Park estate and Ambitious Pursuit was bought privately recently through agent Katy Price after a few runs in Ireland.

Robbie Henderson had to play second fiddle in the Maiden on the favourite Madam Bee, but lifted his seasonal total to 21 thanks to a double with Kings Wood and Before The war.

Kings Wood jumped well and made all the running to win the four miles Mixed Open. This veteran stayer was making his seasonal debut in the colours of Robbie’s parents Guy and Sophie. “He is a spring horse and we will look for another stayers race,” commented Guy who trains the gelding at Shaftesbury, Dorset.
When asked if his instructions had been to make the running Guy said amusingly: “It is over to the jockey when the horse box ramp goes up. I just do the training”

Robbie Henderson looks a hot favourite to take his first Devon & Cornwall Area jockeys title and is also chasing Will Biddick hard for the National title. He achieved his double when the Ed Walker trained Before The War mastered Ned White (Tom Chanin) to win the Confined.

Glacial Oscar started favourite for the Henderson team in the Restricted but had to settle for the runner up spot as Tom Chanin went one better this time on Right Enough. Bought at Doncaster two years ago, this scopey grey was sent out by Robert Chanin for owners Reg and Mandy Hand. “He is a decent ground horse and works so well,” commented the trainer who is enjoying his most successful season. The former top Westcountry rider Mandy Hand, now retired, had done the road work on Right Enough but he proved to be, “a naughty boy on the roads,” in Mandy’s words which tested even her vast experience.

Tom Chanin’s other winning ride will not show in the record books. In his role as Master of the Brittania Beagles, Tom won the two furlongs flat race for Clydesdales run in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance service

Matt Hampton rode his eighth winner of the season on Whispering Wild in the three miles Open Maiden. Three of the seven runners charged at the final fence with a chance, but it was eight-year-old Whispering Wild who edged in front close home to beat Way Before Dawn and Stirling Bernie in a blanket finish. This race featured a remarkable recovery by Leanda Tickle who was virtually hanging off of the saddle when Way Before Dawn clouted the 10th fence.
The winner is trained by Michael Watson on behalf of the “Not So Innocent” partnership. I did not have the cheek to enquire about the origin of the syndicate’s name. Michael bought this sturdy gelding privately from Chris Dawson’s Northumberland stud and his belated seasonal debut was attributed to various problems including pulled muscles.

Annie Aces followed up her Kilworthy win by beating her sole opponent Ailanthus in the Intermediate under Michael Heard. “Annie Aces is tough and stays well,” said her trainer Gordon Chambers who handles the ex-Irish mare on behalf of owners Jenny Luscombe and Richard Candy

MONEY TALKS

There was very little inspired money about at Flete Park A huge Bank Holiday “social” crowd put a smile on the bookies faces though as plenty of hopeful pound coins found new homes in the satchels.

I must say however that the bad old “rip off” Bank Holiday prices seem to be a thing of the past. I can remember on some occasions when the layers imposed a 10-1 top limit on the unsuspecting holiday public, so it was good to see 20’s and 25’s chalked up for some outsiders despite the small fields

They went 9-4 the field at the off in a competitive Hunt race. The favourite Numide failed to repeat his Great Trethew form and never looked like winning. Great Gusto  (7-2 after early 3’s) reversed that form with Numide, but the formerly useful chaser Vertige Dore (easy to back at 4-1) just got the better of Great Gusto here.

Glacial Oscar looked the goods in the Restricted but even money seemed very short taking into account his poor run at Larkhill on quite fast ground. He had beaten a modest lot at Treborough Hill on soft ground and can be given another chance on that type of surface. The winner Right Enough has now joined the Robert Chanin yard and was making his seasonal debut hence his generous SP of 12-1

Two of the best backed horses of the day appeared in the Mixed Open. King’s Wood (7-4 to 6-4) dictated throughout and won easily under Robbie Henderson. Lightening Jack (7-2 into 9-4) looked a feasible alternative but never looked like winning

The four-year-old Beetle Jack was backed at around 7-2 and 4-1 in the Maiden and ran well on only his second racecourse appearance. His dam Monty’s Lass was a good race mare for the Prowse family and this youngster could prove useful in time.

It is a pity that the second last fence is a bit hidden in the dip because not many would have seen Leanda Tickle’s acrobatic recovery on the 7-4 favourite Way Before Dawn in the concluding race. Leanda was hanging out of the saddle for some time but somehow clung on and went on to finish second to Whispering Wild (3-1)

RESULTS

Results of the Dartmoor meeting

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath photographic (Marcus Bath), David Strange, Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley), Helen Stoneman, Steven Haywood, and Turf Pix (Tracy Roberts)

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Sunday 27th April, Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross (near Seaton).

RESULTS: DARTMOOR POINT TO POINT, FLETE PARK 19 APR 2014

Hunt race (Sponsor; Mrs Sally Goodman)

1 Vertige Dore (Hannah Welch) 4-1
2 Great Gusto (Bryony Frost) 7-2
3 Sir Watty (Darren Edwards) 3-1
6 ran; 1/2l; 3l; 6m 37s
Trainer: Sam Holdsworth

Restricted (Chrysanthemum Anniversary)
1 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 12-1
2 Glacial Oscar (Robbie Henderson) evens fav
3 Ratline Rosie (Jamie Thomas) 2-1
7 ran; 1 3/4l; 3l; 6m 27s
Trainer: Robert Chanin

Mixed Open Four Miles (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co)
1 King’s Wood (Robbie Henderson) 6-4 fav
2 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 9-4
3 Talab (Darren Edwards) 4-1
4 ran; 9l; 15l; 8m 0s
Trainer: Guy Henderson

Open Maiden 2m 4f (Francis Clark)
1 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 6-1
2 Madam Be (Robbie Henderson) 13-8 fav
3 Beetle Jack (Darren Edwards) 4-1
6 ran; 6l; 15l; 5m 22s
Trainer: Lee Glanville

Intermediate (Rodgers of Plymouth)
1 Annie Aces (Michael Heard) 2-7 fav
2 Ailanthus (Jamie Thomas) 6-4
2 ran; 6l 6m 52s
Trainer: Gordon Chambers

Confined (Full Circle Motors- Elizabeth May Memorial)
1 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 6-4 fav
2 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 7-4
3 Jopero (Hannah Welch) 3-1
4 ran; 20l; 10l; 6m 23s
Trainer: Ed Walker

Open Maiden (Tony Glynn Scaffolding)
1 Whispering Wild (Matt Hampton) 3-1
2 Way Before dawn (Leanda Tickle) 7-4 fav
3 Stirling Bernie (Michael Heard) 5-2
7 ran; neck; 1/2l; 6m 46s
Trainer: Michael Watson

Dartmoor Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:55 2m4f Open Maiden Race
5th 16:30 Intermediate Race
6th 17:05 Confined Race
7th 17:35 Open Maiden Race

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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East Cornwall Point-To-Point, Great Trethew entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:55 Members Race
2nd 13:30 2m4f Open Maiden (4&5 yr old) Race
3rd 14:05 2m4f Open Maiden (4-7 yr old) Race
4th 14:40 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:15 Novice Riders Race
6th 15:50 Intermediate Race
7th 16:25 Restricted Race
8th 17:00 Confined Race

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Preview: East Cornwall Foxhounds Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, Liskeard, Sunday March 30

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 & Horrell PPORA 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.

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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

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHERS

The following photographers were at the meeting: Bath Photographic (Marcus Bath), David ‘AGAman’ Simpson, Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley), presentation photos by Mike Smith and Wild Westcountry (Roy Kemp)

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Sunday 23rd March, Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy (near Tavistock).

WESTERN AT WADEBRIDGE 15 MARCH 2014 RESULTS

Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Confined (The Green Waste Company)

1 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 1-2 fav

2 Great Gusto (Bryony Frost) 6-1

3 Miracle House (Darren Edwards) 7-1

5 ran; 1/2l; 2l;  6m 19s

Trainer: Robert Chanin

Ladies’ Open (AGA)

1 Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) 2-5 fav

2 King of Alcatraz 11-4

3 Wee Fly (Bryony Frost) 4-1

3 ran; 4l; 15l;  6m 12s

Trainer: Robert Chanin

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Sobre Tresor (Taylor Pook) 5-2

2 Lightening Jack (Jamie Thomas) 6-4 fav

3 Tandori (Joshua Newman) 16-1

7 ran; 6l; 4l;  6m 15s

Trainer: Chloe Newman

Open Maiden (Savills Cornwall)

Division 1

1 Samgram (Bryony Frost) 2-1

2 Dusky (Leanda Tickle) 10-1

3 Plug in baby (Michael Heard)7-2

8 ran; 9l; 1 1/2l;  6m 34s

Trainer: Nikki Frost

Division 2

1 Fivefortyfive (Robbie Hendeerson) 5-2

2 Kilcolman Wizard (Michael Heard) 6-1

3 Indian Dancer (Darren Edwards) 12-1

8 ran; 8l; 20l;  6m 27s

Trainer: Ed Walker

Men’s Open (Mr and Mrs Peter George)

1 Bellflower Boy (Jamie Thomas) 3-1

2 For The Staff (Ian Chanin)13-8

5 ran; only two finished; 25l;  6m 11s

Trainer: Stuart Sampson

Restricted (Stimson & Tieken)

1 Sir Watty (Darren Edwards) 12-1

2 Ratline Rosie (Jamie Thomas) 3-1

3 Johny No Cash (Robbie Henderson)5-2

7 ran; 2l; 4l;  6m 19s

Trainer: Philip Rogers