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MONEY TALKS: CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2016

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The nine bookmakers joined in the festivities by offering fair odds throughout the card at the Wadebridge Christmas meeting.

This fixture offers a great atmosphere: The bookies are cosily housed in the huge barn, Christmas gifts are available for sale without getting mixed up with the madding crowd on the high street. There is a TV showing all the point-to –point races live from Jeff Guyett’s camera feed, food & drink in plentiful supply, but I couldn’t see Father Christmas – probably a bit early

The Dapper Fox (5-2 to 5-4) was made favourite for the opener.(Novice Riders’) but was always struggling. De Boitron had reasonable form under rules and was cut from 4’s to 3’s for his first run for the new yard, but fell at half way – he is worth bearing in mind. Mic’s Delight took a walk from 3-1 to 11-2 and ran pretty well, but Supreme Danehill (firm at 11-4) jumped well for his novice pilot Izzie Marshall, and was always holding the strong finishing Rusty Nail (8’s to 12’s), who looks sure to atone in similar company.

At one stage it looked as though Premier Portrait (4-5 to 8-11) had met his match in a small, quality field for the Men’s Open. Young jockey Gus Levinson did not panic however, sweeping wide off the home bend and breezing past Consigliere (steady at 5-4 and carrying a7lbs penalty) near the finish. Third placed Welstonedruid drifted (7’s to 12’s) but ran really well and will be winning soon. Foundry Square was not wanted (5’s to 8’s), but this formerly useful hunter chaser looked the part from the Marie McGuinness yard, and can regain his old winning form.

Ohio Gold, from the same yard as Foundry Square, was forced from 5-4 to 4-5 for the three –runner Ladies’ Open, but got rid of his jockey at the third last. By this time Vicky Wade was making the best of her way home on King Of Alcatraz (5-4 to 7-4), and duly took the prize by 20 lengths from Ambitious Pursuit (2’s to 5-2).

Rockinrolldixie (6-4 to evens) initiated a double for Darren Edwards and trainer Dean Summersby in the Restricted. The jockey gave a fair impression of Lester Piggott on the climb for home, taking command as his mount sauntered home on the bit, and peeping round cheekily for non-existent danger. Rockinrolldixie is on the upgrade and can win again. High Priority (8’s out to 12’s) stayed on well as best of the rest.

There was a remarkable gamble in the 10 strong Open Maiden on four-year- old Captain Cook, backed into 4-6 fav.. “We laid small money to 8’s and 7’s then 5’s before the odds collapsed. We even laid £200 at 7-4 and he went off odds-on,” a leading layer told me. Well this Captain Cook proved about as good as our Captain Cook in the Indian test series – ineffective and sunk without trace. To be honest, I suspected a four-year- old wearing a tongue tie for his debut on a testing track would have to be very smart. This equine Captain Cook did not impress in the paddock, but had the services of the talented Jack Andrews. In the race he compounded very quickly in the closing stages and was pulled up. This meant that the price held up on Chosen Lucky who had to carry my money. (5-2 – 9-4 – 5- 2). I backed him because he had run quite well when fourth behind recent impressive bumper winner Neon Wolf in an Irish point in the autumn. There is nothing like proven form. Darren Edwards duly completed his double on this five- year-old.

The “Horses for courses” theory must be centuries old, but proved itself again in the Intermediate when the game young mare Follow The Paint (3’s to 2’s) again showed her liking for the showground track. She only ever wins at Wadebridge (this was her third course success), and she took advantage of Boygojumping’s exuberant early running style (too fast too soon) under a good ride from Jake Bament.

Question: Which horse won his first race at Wadebridge and subsequently won a Hennessy Gold Cup?

Answer: Celestial Gold, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Ashley Farrant won a division of the Open Maiden at Wadebridge in 2003 and went on to win the Hennessy in November 2004

 

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Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

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REPORT: CORNWALL CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2016

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

“When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees and they did make no noise” Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare.

Yes Will, you summed it up well. It was a lovely calm, sunny December day at Wadebridge, all blue sky and even the wind turbines on the hill went round in slow motion.

The Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge hosted the first Cornish point-to-point of the new season before a decent sized crowd

Darren Edwards is already in determined mood to regain the Devon & Cornwall area jockeys’ title he narrowly missed out on to Will Biddick last season.  Having reached a double century of point-to-point winners on the opening day at Black Forest Lodge, the popular rider again justified his regular commute from Leicestershire with a double from his two rides on the showground.

Rockinrolldixie strolled clear of his rivals up the final hill to win the Restricted with Edwards sitting motionless on the progressive seven-year-old. “He is a classy horse, was keen and still pulling at the last,” remarked the rider, who paid tribute to Dean and Emma Summersby for producing the gelding so fit on his seasonal debut. Trainer Dean Summersby commented that, “a stronger run race in a bigger field would help him.”

The Summersby yard, based near Launceston, went on to send out Open Maiden winner Chosen Lucky. This time it was not all plain sailing as the five-year-old was continually pestered by a loose horse until Edwards pressed the button on the bottom bend to secure his double. “This horse is a bit more straightforward than our first winner. He is an out and out stayer,” reported the successful trainer, who bought his charge privately in Ireland after three unplaced point-to-point runs there.

Premier Portrait found a nice turn of foot to narrowly deny Consigliere in the Men’s Open. Gus Levinson was content to bide his time on his prolific winning partner before pouncing on front running Consigliere inside the last 75 yards to score going away. “He will probably go to Chaddesley Corbett at the end of the month then hunter chasing is a possibility,” said Charles Levinson.

Consiglere was far from disgraced as he was giving the winner 7lbs. “He really needs better ground and the Mixed Open at Ampton on 15th January could be next for him,” remarked jockey Joe Hill. After setting off at 5.15am from Oxfordshire, Joe had already saddled the Novice Riders’ winner Supreme Danehill on behalf of his father Alan, who had headed to the Larkhill meeting.

Supreme Danehill was given a positive ride by Izzie Marshall, enjoying the third success of her career. “I had my first ride in this race last year and then had winners on Conkies Lad at Charing and Penshurst,” said the 17-year-old rider who is taking A levels at Claremont College, East Sussex.

Vicky Wade opened her account for the season when the grey King Of Alcatraz made all and finished 20 lengths clear of the only other finished Ambitious Pursuit in the three-runner Ladies’ Open. The winner was left well clear when odds-on favourite Ohio Gold unseated Natalie Parker at the third last. “Nothing would go on so I decided to take control of the race,” said the winning rider after the trio had dawdled in the early stages.

Chilhampton, North Devon, owner/trainer Roy Smith reported that his 10-year-old gelding, winning for the first time since taking a hunter chase at Exeter three years ago was, “Worried that he might not be fit enough. He was coughing early last season and I just have a bit of grass to train him on,”

The seven-runner Intermediate turned into a virtual match on the final circuit between Follow The Paint and Boygojumping, with the mare Follow The Paint taking command at the last to score her third course victory. “She is genuine and thrives on her work. She can be keen but the sit and wait tactics panned out well,” commented trainer John Heard, who handles the mare on behalf of the Beefeaters Syndicate, and paid a nice tribute to winning rider, 20-year-old Jake Bament, who works in the Philip Hobbs yard.

RESULTS

Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

VIDEO

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

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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.

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Preview: Mid Devon Point-to-Point at Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 28th February 2016

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Written by: Donna Harris

A trip back to the popular Point-to-Point horse racing course at Black Forest Lodge is a must for all country loving family folk next weekend where the Mid Devon host their meeting on Sunday Feb 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon and 12.30pm with two pony races on offer.

The main seven race card follows at 1pm and has attracted over 100 entries with the Open Maiden race already having been divided. The feature race of the day looks to be the Tozers Solicitors-sponsored Men’s Open race with ten quality entries headed by the Devon based trainer Emma Oliver’s Double Bank. This 13 year old dual Taunton Hunter Chase winner has won previously at this course and ran well when four lengths third at Wadebridge carrying top weight earlier this month. Those entered to take him on are outside raiders Premier Portrait already on a seasons hat-trick, and would have been four from four had young jockey Gus Levinson not been disqualified for not weighing in. Doctor Braveheart another on a hat-trick of wins is trained by David Brace who has a good strike rate at this course. Tony Star looks an interesting entry having previously been trained by Phillip Hobbs who has a Chase win under rules when ridden by Richard Johnson at Ludlow to his credit.

The Molyneaux Financial Planning-sponsored Ladies Open race also has quality entries with Devon based Hunter Chase veteren Coombe Hill entered. Trained and ridden by Millie Wonnacott. Coombe Hill has a total of six Hunter Chase wins and eleven Point-to-Point wins to his credit, and was narrowly denied a further win when a head second here at the January meeting.The Keith Cumings -trained What About Will should be considered having won his Restricted race at this course last season under jockey Vicky Wade. Outside raiders looking to challenge could be recent Wadebridge winner Sobre Tresor having won by twelve lengths ahead of Ray Diamond and Get It On from the Angela Rucker team who also catches the eye having run a good second in a Ladies Open at Barbury in December.

The Confined race sponsored by supporters of the Mid Devon could go the way of the Dean Summersby-trained Robin De Souza, a winner of all three of his Point starts to date including a win at this track when winning his restricted having stayed on well under Darren Edwards. Also entered is the Sue Popham-trained Iron Chancellor, a Hunter Chase winner who loves the soft going and ran a neck second at Wadebridge earlier this month when sent off odds-on favorite under Sean Houlihan. Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings team is another catching the eye, having won well at Chipley Park in January when beating odds on favorite Posh Totty that day.

Sedgemoor Top Bid could fly the flag for the area if snatching the Intermediate race to follow up on his neck win at Wadebridge under jockey Lee Drowne.  Those looking to challenge could be Chipley Park winner Stony Road, Thorpe Lodge winner Minella Friend and Paddycards who ran second here in the intermediate race at the last meeting. Commanche Conflict looks to be a new recruit for the Alice Plume team and has shown some good place form in Intermediate company last season. The Intermediate race is sponsored by B.J. Barkwell & Sons and the Lyndridge Residential Home.

In the Subaru Restricted race the Harriet Brown-trained Creative Inerta could go well having won his maiden race here in January under jockey Ben Clarke, the combination were travelling well at Barbury two weeks ago before falling three out. Itchymei’mscratch from the Gareth Moore team is another suggestion having finished second in a 17- runner race at Cocklebarrow in January.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden end the days events, those entries having shown promise in the first division are Kilcoman Wizard having clocked up four seconds last season and deserves a win soon, Goodnight Sweetheart after his four lengths second at Larkhill earlier this month and the Ben Clarke-trained Looking Glass for his seconds at Wadebridge and Barbury. With Dark Gesture catching the eye in the second division of the Maiden, having run second here at the last meeting and looks sure to improve for the run, Nothing Personal and Troubleshot are two others showing improvement and could go close. Sponsors for the Open Maiden races are Devon Marquees.

The course offers excellent viewing, bookies, bar, hot refreshments and food, rail side parking for the disabled and many trade stands.

Entrance is £10 per person up to a maximum of £30 per car with five passengers. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

Course is located at Kenton near Exeter off A380 Postcode EX6 AHR

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REPORT ON THE NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT THE ROYAL CORNWALL SHOWGROUND, WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 10TH JANUARY 2016

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

WELSH challengers mounted yet another successful foray at the North Cornwall point-to-point held at the Royal Cornwall Showground..

Jockeys described the going as soft, heavy in places on an afternoon punctuated by blustery rain and hail showers.

The early season Devon & Cornwall fixtures have provided rich pickings for Welsh stables, especially the Pyle, near Bridgend yard of David Brace and his jockey Byron Moorcroft, Bob The Butcher (Restricted race) and Doctor Braveheart (Men’s Open) completed a double for the pair on Sunday, taking Byron Moorcroft to the six-winner mark for the season. Seven-year-old Bob The Butcher, making his first appearance for 13 months, stayed on gamely up the final climb to repel the late thrust of Annwyl. “I think he has a bit more to give yet,” said owner/trainer David Brace, who bred the gelding at his Dunraven Stud. “I had his sire Needle Gun and his dam Brydferth Ddu, who was jet black, and whose name is Welsh for Black Beauty,”

Doctor Braveheart achieved his seasonal hat trick for the same combination in the Men’s Open. Byron Moorcroft dictated the pace against his sole opponent Big Fella Thanks (Noel George), and held on dourly up the hill to score by a length and a half before surviving a stewards’ enquiry for drifting across his rival near the finish. “We didn’t go much of a gallop and my mount hung a bit approaching the last fence,” commented the winning rider.

The aptly named Doctor Braveheart was stepping up to Open class for the first time having won his Intermediate at the showground last month. The horses for courses theory was further emphasised when Premier Portrait proved too strong for his 11 rivals in the Novice Riders Race, and when Ray Diamond took the Ladies’ Open.

The ex-Kim Bailey chaser Premier Portrait had followed up his Black Forest win in November by beating Kirkleigh on this course last month, and the pair provided an action replay of that result this time. Radley schoolboy Gus Levinson has now ridden Premier Portrait to his three victories this season in his father’s colours. “He is more of a stayer and didn’t hang this time. We may run next at Cocklebarrow in two weeks time,” reported the young rider whose busy life style includes fitting in A level studies.

The huge barn at this course is a real asset in bad weather, housing all the facilities, including trade stands and live coverage of the racing on a wide screen. It is a useful refuge for spectators and keeps the bookies in comfort. Hail stones were peppering the barn roof like bullets as the five runners paraded for the ladies’ race. The rain, wind and hail however failed to stop the likeable Ray Diamond from charging up the hill to defeat Rebel Du Maquis by seven lengths in a repeat of the Cornwall Hunt Club Ladies’ run here exactly one month ago. “He didn’t really enjoy it until he was in front,” reported winning jockey Olivia Hutchings, who has struck up a good partnership with this 11-year-old. Olivia works in the yard of Ray Diamond’s owner/trainer Jackie Du Plessis at Saltash. “We will probably stay in Ladies races and he can give Olivia plenty of experience,” said the trainer.

Iron Chancellor won the Confined comfortably under Sean Houlihan to repeat his success in this same race two years ago. Trainer Sue Popham reported, “We have only got two horses in training now. This one may be aimed at a Newton Abbot hunter chase later in the season and his stable mate Swansbrook will go to Black Forest next week.”

Sutton Storm seemed to relish the soft conditions to win the first division of the Maiden. Michael Legg pushed his mount clear round the final bend before going on to score by 12 lengths. The 11-year-old was enjoying a welcome change of luck having been runner up in a better race here last month. The gelding was home bred by his Sparkford, Somerset owner/trainer Angela Davis, who reported, “He suffered a broken rib when brought down in a Wincanton hurdle race which led to complications and major surgery. He is a different horse now and jumps brilliant. He is qualified for the Stratford Subaru Final.”

The other Maiden division saw the mare Follow The Paint turn her bridesmaid status into that of a bride. The six-year-old had been runner up in five maidens last season, and finally came good in the hands of Jo Buck when drawing away from the tiring favourite Looking Glass to score by 15 lengths. This was a first training success for Lydia Svensson, who has taken over three of the horses in John Heard’s yard near Okehampton. “I have worked for John for three seasons and he has given me the opportunity to train this year. Follow The Paint is such a nightmare at home,” she smiled, but Lydia will probably forgive the mare for her memorable success

Joe Tickle trained Sedgemoor Top Bid to win the two runner Members’ race in the colours of Paul Mann. Jamie Thomas made all the running to beat Miller of Glanmire by the length of the run in. “He could be aimed at the Intermediate final at Exeter. He needs better ground and would prefer a right hand course,” reported the trainer.

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Results of the North Cornwall meeting

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RESULTS: NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE 10 JAN 2016

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Going; Soft, heavy in places

Hunt race (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 1-3 fav made all ,clear two out, easily

2 Miller Of Glanmire (Darren Edwards) 2-1 chased winner,in touch til faded two out

2 ran; won by a distance; 7m 14s

Owner; Paul Mann; Trainer; Joe Tickle

PPORA Club Members’ Novice Riders’ (Hop Oils Ltd)

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 7-4 fav handy, strong run two out, led last, rdn out

2 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 2-1 tracked leader final circuit, every chance last, no extra cl home

3 Sobre Tresor (Tom Hawke) 8-1 led 11th til headed last, kept on well

12 ran; 2l; 1/2l; 6m 24s

Owner; Dr Charles Levinson; Trainer; Dr Charles Levinson

Ladies’ Open (3 Cornish Farmers, R Chapman, A Daniels, A Prout)

1 Ray Diamond (Olivia Hutchings) 1-2 fav prom, disputed 14, drew clear flat

2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 7-2 disputed 14, every chance til no extra flat

3 Good Egg (Sarah Rippon) 16-1 in touch til wknd five out

5 ran; 7l; 3 1/2l; 6m 32s

Owner; Jackie Du Plessis; Trainer; Jackie Du Plessis

Restricted (Ray Davies Foods)

1 Bob The Butcher (Byron Moorcroft) 1-3 fav close up, led three out, stayed on strongly

2 Annwyl (Will Gordon) 13-2 prom, outpaced three out, stayed on well flat

3 Shannon Smacker (Josh Pearce) 3-1 lost touch 14th

3 ran; 1 1/2l; 20l; 6m 56s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

Men’s Open (Kivells)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 11-8 made all, in command from three out, stayed on strongly

2 Big Fella Thanks (Noel George) 4-9 fav chased leader, kept on under pressure flat

2 ran; 1 1/2l; 6m 55s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

Open Maiden

Div 1 (Stephens Scown Solicitors)

1 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 11-10 fav handy, led four out, drew clear next, comfortably

2 Bertie’s Way (Darren Edwards) 4-1 headway four out, not reach winner

3 Miss Weld (Pippa Glanville) 8-1 led til four out, kept on flat

8 ran; 12l; short head;

Owner; Mrs Angela Davies; Trainer; Mrs Angela Davies

Div 2 (The Old Inn, St Breward)

1 Follow The Paint (Jo Buck) 3-1 in touch, led four out, ran on strongly

2 Looking Glass (Michael Legg) 5-2 fav keen hold, made most til four out, soon no extra, fin tired

3 Troubleshot (Tom Chanin) 8-1 left third three out, not reach leaders

9 ran; 15l; 12l; 6m 40s

Owner; The Beefeater Partnership (K Heard); Trainer; Lydia Svensson

Confined (Cornish Mutual)

1 Iron Chancellor (Sean Houlihan) 6-4 fav took lead 13th, stayed on strongly

2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 5-1 chased winner from 13th, stayed on one pace

3 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 4-1 chased leaders, no extra from two out

5 ran; 6l; 5l; 6m 34s

Owner: Scott, Meyrick, Bugler Partnership; Trainer; Sue Popham

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – CORNWALL HUNT CLUB 13 DEC 2015

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With only seven bookmakers in attendance the market was naturally weak, but fair play to the seven stalwarts who laid pretty fair odds throughout the card.

Premier Portrait (9-4 into 7-4 fav) followed up his Black Forest victory in the Novice Riders’ contest under his first season jockey Gus Levinson. The young rider looked to have a lot to do entering the home straight but his experienced mount wore down Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) who seemed to be tiring when blundering at the last. Kirkleigh, looking in need of this race, drifted out to 3’s without much support and is worth keeping in mind for an early success on soft ground.. I also made a note of Beuvron, who made a favourable impression after coming over from France earlier this year. Easy to back at 5-2, he looked in need of the race and finished third without being pushed too much. He will improve for this.

The former Cheltenham festival winner Crack Away Jack looked the ticket in the Men’s Open (6-4 into evens fav). He had every chance entering the final circuit but found nothing when push came to shove and could only finish a moderate fourth behind course specialist Working Title (7-4 out to 9-4). This grand campaigner set off in front and stayed there, and is a great credit to the Cotswold based Drinkwater family. The feature of the betting was a plunge on Supreme Danehill who was noted at 14-1 early before closing in to 5-1 at the off.  He was given every chance by Darren Edwards but got tired from the bottom bend and was well held by the winner.  The other eye catcher was third placed Welstonedruid  (7-2 out to 5’s) who stormed up the final climb and is sure to atone on a staying track.

Robert Chanin trains Welstonedruid, and the stable went on to occupy third spot in the Ladies’ Open with Sweet My Lord, who had shown a liking for the showground in the past. Despite being backed from 9-4 into a shade of odds-on (I returned 4-5 fav for the official SP), this ex-Irish gelding never looked like getting to grips with the winner Ray Diamond (2’s out to 5-2) and runner up Rebel Du Maquis (5=2 out to 4’s). Ray Diamond’s jockey Olivia Hutchings took a brave route to squeeze up the inner on the final bend, but her mount put plenty of daylight between himself and the runner up after jumping the last.

I must commend the placing of the four-year-old filly Applesolutely to win the Restricted. This Flete Park winner received weight from all her rivals and was always travelling like a winner under Sean Houlihan. The Apple Tree filly touched 9- 4 before settling at 2’s and upset the odds laid on Welsh Challenger Northgeorge  (5-4 to 10-11).

Doctor Braveheart is a likeable youngster in the care of Welsh wizard David Brace. The Dr Massini six-year-old (5-4 jt fav) stayed on resolutely to beat the other joint favourite Sonoftheking (op evens) to win the Intermediate. Takamaru was backed from 9’s to 4’s here but seemed to go wrong entering the bottom bend and was promptly pulled up.

The closing Open Maiden produced a maximum field of 14, but there was little activity in the ring (I should say in the barn). The bookies are spoilt by operating in the cosy barn, but everyone seemed to have spent their money on the superb Christmas stalls operating in the same barn. The useful looking winner Robin De Souza boasted decent Irish Maiden form and duly obliged under Darren Edwards (5-2 into 5-4). He should be able to follow up in a Restricted.

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Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

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REPORT OF THE CORNWALL HUNT CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT WADEBRIDGE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 13TH 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

REGULAR visitors to the Wadebridge showground point-to-point track would have been pleasantly amazed. There was no rain, the wind turbines on the overlooking hill top were in lazy mode, very mild weather for December,plus the benefit of a big screen in the cosy barn. In addition the course was in great shape

Some of us had to work outside – it was a pleasure

The theory of “horses for courses” once again proved its worth when the ultra consistent veteran Working Title landed his fourth course success at Wadebridge on Sunday (Dec 13) in the Men’s Open clocking the fastest time of the day.

Soon showing a clean pair of hooves to his seven rivals, the Cotswold gelding strode well clear from the second last under his regular partner Joe Drinkwater. The 13-year-old started life by winning a bumper for Nicky Henderson, and has now won nine times between the flags.

“He gave me my first winner at Wadebridge in 2013 and loves it round here. He just pricks his ears and likes to set his own pace,” reported the 19-year-old rider of the family horse trained by Joe’s brother Sam for their father Paul.

The useful former chaser Ray Diamond shrugged off Rebel Du Maquis and Sweet My Lord in the closing stages to take the Ladies’ Open. Owned and trained by Jackie Du Plessis at Saltash, the ten-year-old carries plenty of condition and was nicely handled by Olivia Hutchings, who works in the yard and was riding the fourth winner of her career. “He is such a pet and a great hunter but he may revert to National Hunt as I have Ziggerson Hill for Ladies’ races,” commented the owner/trainer.

Yet another young rider to shine was 16-year-old Gus Levinson who followed up his initial success at Black Forest last month by getting Premier Portrait home in a good finish to the Novice Riders’ contest. The winner drew away from runner-up Kirkleigh half way up the run. “He hung a bit today and may be better going right handed,” reported the winning jockey who has honed his jumping skills with lessons with Yogi Breisner.

Black Forest Lodge form was also upheld by Doctor Braveheart, who followed up his Restricted win on the Devon track by taking the Intermediate at the expense of Sonoftheking. The latter was left in front when Le Clo De La Londe fell at the 13th fence, but Doctor Braveheart made relentless progress to wear down his rival in a slogging match up the final climb. “He is a strong finisher and jumps well,” said jockey Byron Moorcroft who was partnering his third winner of the season. Doctor Braveheart is by the leading British sire Dr Massini who stands at the Dunraven Stud operated by the winner’s owner/trainer David Brace. “It took us about four hours to get here,” said the enthusiastic owner who added, “He will have a little break now and it would be nice to aim for the Dunraven Bowl hunter chase which is a race I sponsor at Chepstow,”

Darren Edwards rode runner-up Sonoftheking in the Intermediate and went one better by winning the Open Maiden on five-year-old Robin De Souza in a maximum field of 14. This promising youngster is trained at Lifton by Dean Summersby for owners Tony and Eileen Worth. “He had good placed form in Irish points and we bought him privately during the summer. He works well and is an out and out stayer.” commented the trainer.

Four-year-old filly Applesolutely took good advantage of her allowances to win the Restricted under a patient ride from Sean Houlihan. Odds-on favourite Northgeorge led from the seventh fence, but Applesolutely was always travelling sweetly and stayed on strongly up the final hill to score convincingly. The home bred winner, by Apple Tree, out of an un-raced Oscar mare, is trained by “Ces” Mitford-Slade on behalf of himself and joint owner Lucy Fielding-Johnson at Pontispool near Taunton. “She has grown a lot during the summer. She won over a shorter distance at Flete Park in April and this was her first run at three miles. There are no big plans for her, although she could be aimed at one of the Intermediate finals next year,” reported the trainer.

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Results of the Cornwall Club meeting

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CORNWALL HUNT CLUB 13 DECEMBER 2015 – RESULTS

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Going: Good to soft, soft in places

 

Club Members’ Novice Riders (Sponsor Home Furnishings (Wadebridge) Ltd

1 Premier Portrait (Gus Levinson) 7-4 fav  soon ldrs, lkd held til strong run to ld last 50yds

2 Kirkleigh (Alastair Harvey) 3-1 prom, led 14th til headed last 50 yds

3 Beuvron (Hannah Welch) 5-2 cl 2nd 4 out, no extra from 2 out

8 ran; 1 1/2l; 4l;  6mins 16secs

Trainer: Dr Charles Levinson

 

Men’s Open (Moore’s St Wenn Ltd)

1 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater) 9-4 made virtually all, drew clr 4 out, easily

2 Supreme Danehill (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, challd & mstk four out, soon held

3 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 5-1 lost touch ldrs 4 out, stayed on well flat

8 ran; 15l; 4l;  6m 12s

Trainer: Sam Drinkwater

 

Ladies’Open (RJ Trevarthen, Wholesale Butcher & Livestock Hauliers)

1 Ray Diamond (Olivia Hutchings) 5-2 with ldrs, cl 3rd 3 out, led flat, stayed on well

2 Rebel Du Maquis (Chloe Roddick) 4-1 took lead after 3 out, hdd flat, no extra

3 Sweet My Lord (Leanda Tickle) 4-5 fav  disputed or slt ld til 3 out, wknd next

6 ran; 8l; 8l;  6m 16s

Trainer: Jackie du Plessis

 

Restricted (Subaru)

1 Applesolutely (Sean Houlihan) 2-1 tracked ldr half way, took lead last, ran on well

2 Sutton Storm (Michael Legg) 12-1 chased ldrs, mstk 3 out, kept on flat

3 Northgeorge (Byron Moorcroft) 10-11 fav led 6th til hdd last, wknd

7 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 25s

Trainer; Richard Mitford-Slade

 

Intermediate (Millerson, Estate Agents)

1 Doctor Braveheart (Byron Moorcroft) 5-4 jt fav  hdwy 12th, challd 2 out, led cl home

2 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 5-4 jt fav made most til headed cl home

4 ran; 2l;  only two finished; 6m 19s

Trainer; David Brace

 

Open Maiden (Mather & Co, Independent Estate Agents)

1 Robin De Souza (Darren Edwards) 5-4 fav tracked ldrs, slt lead 2 out, stayed on well

2 Driving Well (James Cole) 12-1 led 14th, joined 3 out, ev ch til no extra cl home

3 Looking Glass (Joshua Newman) 10-1 chased ldrs, kept on well from 2 out

14 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Trainer; Dean Summersby

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Point-to-Point Preview: Cornwall Club – Wadebridge, Sunday December 13

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Written by: Donna Harris

The first of three Point-to-Point fixtures to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge takes place this coming Sunday 13th December. with six races on the card which include the Moores of St Wenn Ltd Mens Open race. Entries in this race include the previous Cheltenham Festival hurdle winner Crack Away Jack. The 11 year old gelding, now trained by Chloe Roddick in Somerset, was once highly rated and looks an exciting prospect for the pointing season. Having run second in a hunter chase at Southwell last June, he will be well fancied to take this race. His opposition could come in the way of Working Title, trained by Samuel Drinkwater, the gelding has clocked up a total of eight point-to-point wins, including a win at this course last season for jockey Joe Drinkwater.

Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor The Cornwall Club race for Novice riders which heads up the action at 12 noon. With horses such as prolific winning Kirkleigh entered, a winner of nine of his pointing starts and three Hunter Chases, the Robert Chanin-trained gelding finished last season with a Mens Open win at Trebudannon under jockey Tom Chanin, it will be a ride in this race for novice jockey Alistair Harvey. Recent Black Forest Lodge winner Premier Portrait, under jockey Gus Levinson will be looking to repeat that success. Also entered are last seasons winners Beuvron for Hannah Welsh, Ambitious Pursuit for Pippa Glanville and course specialist Sobre Tresor.

The Ladies race is sponsored by Robert Trevarthen, and could go the way of the Jackie Du Plessis-trained Ray Diamond, which would be a popular win for the Cornwall supporters. The horse is another to have been switched from racing under rules, and looks one to follow this season. His main rival could be the Robert Chanin-trained Sweet My Lord, having won at this track last season and looks to be one who could handle conditions if going is on the soft side. Rebel Du Maquis was disappointing last season for owner/trainer and rider Chloe Roddick, but could go well if finding his old form.

Subaru have sponsored the Restricted race, with a series prize at the end of the season being a years loan of a Subaru Forrester vehicle. Entries include recent winner Northgeorge for Welsh trainer Johnathan Tudor and jockey Byron Moorcroft who rode a double at the Black Forest Lodge meeting. Stainless Steel is another outside raider who could figure having graduated when winning his maiden last season for trainer Simon Jones. Another to consider is The Mystro trained by Keith Cumings for the Duckers & Divers club, having also graduated from maiden company last season when winning at Bratton Down and previously run well when third at this track.

Doctor Braveheart is another possible ride for jockey Byron Moorcroft in the Millerson sponsored Intermediate race. They could be the ones to catch having battled to win by a neck at Black Forest Lodge ahead of Champion jockey Will Biddick who was on board Templestatforesco. Sonoftheking could go well if improving after his recent second under jockey Darren Edwards, who looks to have the ride again for the Nicola Martin team.

The Open Maiden race sponsored by The Mather Partnership closes the days events, and of the 20 entries Gold Relief, Miss Weld and Thirtyfirst Dansar are a few to note with place form last season. This race could be divided on the day with sponsors The Old Inn, St Breward stepping up to cover the extra division.

The course at Wadebridge offers a great day out for all the family with a large covered barn which contains bookies, bar, hot refreshments, and a host of trade stands from clothing to gifts and accessories ideal for Christmas shopping. This year will have the addition of a large screen for optimum race viewing. One of the race sponsors, Subaru will also have a display of their vehicles on offer.

The course is located off the A39 W of Wadebridge – PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per person up to a max of £30 per car. Children under 16 free. For racegoers intending to travel via A30 to Bodmin, it might be prudent to allow an extra 5 – 10 minuets of journey time, as there is a speed restriction of 40mph along a stretch of road due to road works over Bodmin Moor. Alternatively, turn off at Kennards House after Launceston and go through Camelford.

Useful Information:

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

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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