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Gwanako’s retirement

Point-to-Point trainer Rose Loxton announces the retirement of the prolific winning gelding Gwanako. The 11 year old, owned by The Stewart family, had won a total of over £240,00 in prize money in National Hunt. After a short spell with Richard Barber Point-to-Pointing, he joined Rose Loxton’s yard,  and soon took to the change of environment. Giving young jockey Megan Nicholls six Point wins and two seconds, also helped her gain the title of National Novice Lady, leading Wessex Area Lady, and the combination also won the Hunter Chase final at Wincanton in May this year. Gwanako also helped Rose Loxton win the National trainers title, for trainers with eight horses or less.

Rose quoted from her yard in Bruton, “I was unhappy with some heat in his leg, and it was confirmed that he had damaged a ligament in the back of his knee. He had damaged a ligament, when pulling up sore at Kingston Blount last season. The owners were consulted and agreed to retire him, he will now be laid off for the winter, he is going to Gemma Groves home, the groom who looked after him during his National Hunt days when he was at Paul Nicholls yard. The plan is that she can hopefully bring him back into work in the spring for maybe some team chasing.”

It was a double blow for Rose, as within a week, one of her other Pointers in training, Join Together sustained a leg injury whilst working at home. ” It was a freak accident.” Explained Rose. ” He just slipped when turning to canter up the field, he will be out for the rest of the season. One minute we were planning for the Foxhunter at Cheltenham, It just brings you back to earth, makes you approach everything differently.

Needing a companion for Current Event, who is trained at the yard, it was decided that the Sadler’s Wells sired gelding, Prospect Wells, would be transferred from Jack Barber’s yard. “This nine year old gelding has been off the track for 18 months with leg problems. He had run really well in National Hunt winning a Novice Chase. We are really excited to see what he can bring to Pointing.” quoted Rose.

With Megan Nicholls now turning to Flat racing, it looks highly likely that two young male jockey’s working at Ditcheat, Stan Sheppard who has come through the pony racing ranks, and James King who won his first Point-to-Point on Presentandcorrect at Lockinge in 2013, will have the opportunity to take on the rides.

Megan Nicholls tweets about Join Together and Gwanako

gw0zFvl4_normal.jpeg Megan Nicholls (@meg_nicholls11)
14/10/2014 17:33
Gutted to announce that Join Together will be out for the season having had a set back & also Gwanako has been retired at the age of 11 Having been a legend to so many people. Huge thank you to The Stewart Family & looking forward to the season with the rest of the team.

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Trainer Feature: Rose Loxton

Rose Loxton, who finished the season as the National Connolly’s Red Mills Trainer Champion (training seven horses or less) with a total of 17 wins, is based deep in the heart of Somerset at Whaddon Farm in the village of Bruton, writes Donna Harris.

She also has a full time job as assistant head lass for Paul Nicholls, whose Ditcheat yard is six miles away and, with her husband Sam, also runs a beef suckler herd, on 130 acres of hilly land, ideal for training racehorses.

Loxton originated from the west coast of Ireland, by the sea in County Galway, where she rode as a child and hunted with the Galway Blazers and the North Galway hounds. She said: “I worked at a flat racing yard on the Curragh, some 30 years ago. That’s where I met an English guy called Sam, came over to the UK on holiday and never returned. We were soon married. Sam used to ride point to point and rode a couple of winners. In the early days we had a dairy farm and milked cows.”

The couple now have three children, Martina, 28, Freddie, 26 and Polly, 24. Rose has a granddaughter, Millie Rose, and is delighted that her son Freddie is also due to give her another grandchild soon.

While her children did not really take to riding, Loxton had a hunter, Oslot, which she trained to have two seconds and a win at Bratton in 2012 under Leanda Tickle, after he had won a hunter chase. But the horse sadly fractured his shoulder in a hunting accident. “I was all set to give up training,” Loxton explained. “I just couldn’t face it, but then Paul Nicholls offered me a horse called Gwanako, who had lost his way in the National Hunt races, having previously won eight chases and five hurdle races. Paul was looking for a schoolmaster for his daughter Megan to graduate from pony racing onto point to point and I agreed to give him a go.”

“Sam helps me feed and muck out at 6.15am. I travel over to Ditcheat, help out there and come back to ride out at lunchtime. Gemma Groves rides Gwanako out every day come rain, hail or snow. I couldn’t do it without her or Sam. I would also like to thank all the owners for giving me the opportunity, and especially Paul who has also taught me the knack of how to keep a fit horse ticking over and staying fit.”

The Loxton’s farmland is an ideal location for training horses in a quiet environment, with more than 100 acres to ride around, plenty of hills to work up, and regular daily turn out, Gwanako soon started to enjoy his work again. Loxton was able to use Paul’s gallops to gauge how well he was coming on. She said: “I would think he would be blowing a bit up the hills, but when I took him to the gallops, he started to fly up them.”

Gwanako gave Megan her first point to point ride at the Cornwall Hunt Club meeting at Wadebridge in December. The pre-Christmas meeting always has a buzzy atmosphere, with an indoor market and plenty of spectators enjoying the fresh winter air. Loxton said: “We could hardly watch. We were really worried, as the conditions became a bit slippery after a shower of rain. I hadn’t wanted Gwanako to be too fit for Megan’s first ride, I just wanted him not to over jump and for them both to get around safely. Paul was there and we were both worried that if Gwanako and Megan had a fall, it could put them both off racing.” But they were delighted with the result, four lengths second to the prolific winning Byerley Bear. Megan had ridden a steady race in the sticky conditions, and had made an effort to catch Byerley Bear over the last.

Gwanako, owned by the Stewart family, went on to clock up six consecutive wins in Ladies’ Opens, and the combination were unlucky to finish second at Kingston Blount to Ravethebrave, having led until two out, which ended their winning streak.

The Loxton string is completed by two other horses – Join Together owned by Wendy Fogg, and the youngest on the yard and Current Event jointly owned by J Gane. I Fogg and Paul Nicholls.
Join Together, a nine year old gelding, is previous winner of two novice chases at Cheltenham in 2011, and a hurdle race. He had lost his form but was, this season, unbeaten in six points, three in the Devon and Cornwall Area. “His Bratton Down win was one of my favourite moments this season,” Loxton claimed proudly. “Megan led over the last, and drew clear up the hill to win by six lengths.” The horse could be targeted at the Cheltenham Foxhunters next year.

Current Event also had good form behind him, with five chase wins and a hurdle victory but seemed to have lost his confidence after running over Aintree fences. On his first outing pointing with Megan, he fell at the seventh fence at Paxford. But with much TLC from Rose, he was back jumping well again, with a win two weeks later at Little Windsor, in the Novice Riders’ race. The combination went on to win five consecutive races, which included two D&C Area meetings, Upcott Cross and Bratton Down.

The three horses saw Megan Nicholls win the National Ladies’ Novice Riders’ title, the Princess Royal Trophy (national lady novice riders U21), the Devon & Cornwall Ladies’ title, the Wessex Area Ladies’ title, the Wessex Novice title and a third place in the National Ladies’ title – not bad for a first season! Rose intends to continue to support and travel to the Devon & Cornwall Area meetings

Megan’s aspirations for the coming season are to bid for the national ladies’ point to point title. She said: “Rose has done a fabulous job with the horses. They looked great and ran amazingly last season. I will have, hopefully, two extra runners next season, based with Jack Barber – Aerial and Prospect Wells.”

Thank you to Tracy Roberts of www.turfpix.com for the photograph of Join Together and Tim Holt for the photograph of Current Event.

DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – REVIEW 2013/14 SEASON

YET ANOTHER SEASON has come and gone and we were privileged in the DEVON & CORNWALL AREA to witness some thrilling racing. Our area is the largest in the country, and our season stretched from 1st December through to mid-June, when the Derby has come and gone and Royal Ascot is imminent. Just three of the scheduled 27 meetings were lost due to bad weather in this particularly wet winter and spring– all due to waterlogging.

Pride of place as far as the local horses are concerned goes to the Silverton qualified nine-year-old Byerley Bear. This sound jumping chestnut recorded six of his seven Open wins in the area, ridden to five of them by Leanda Tickle for owner Roger Knowles.

Byerley Bear is stabled with Robert Chanin who performed quite a feat in saddling seven winners from his first eight runners of the season. Welstonedruid looked a useful stayer in the making, and this sturdy six-year-old was also sent out from Chanin’s Thorverton yard to score four times before mid-March.

One of the most progressive pointers in the area was Bradley Brook who followed up wins at Kilworthy and Upcott Cross by winning the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunter Chase Final under Darren Edwards.

That ultra game mare Lucette Annie was also partnered regularly by Darren Edwards, and took her career tally into double figures. Two of her three victories came at Upcott Cross in the soft ground she revels in.

Whenharrymetsally just edged out Lucette Annie for the area mares award. The six-year-old by King’s Theatre won three of her five races and looks a nice prospect for the future. Red Penny and Paper Lady were other well bred mares to catch the eye. These were just two of the winners saddled by Nikki Frost.

It was good to see the useful ex-chaser Aiteenthirtythree go through the campaign unbeaten. Two of the gelding’s four successes came in the area. His young rider Natalie Parker excelled when forcing her mother’s ten-year-old up in the last few strides to win the Lamerton Mixed Open.

Robbie Henderson was always chasing Will Biddick’s shadow for the National jockeys’ title (well done Will – at least you are Cornish !). Robbie’s 32 winners provided him with his best ever season, elevating him to his first Devon & Cornwall jockeys’ title. Darren Edwards and Will Biddick were his closest pursuers for  the area prize.

The majority of Henderson’s winners were saddled by Ed Walker. The East Devon qualified Level Spirit won four times for The Otter Club and Hameldown Tor’s consistency was rewarded with two late season wins in the same colours from Walker’s Ottery St Mary base. Blazing Whale was also sent out from the yard to win three times, culminating in a defeat of Ross Oliver’s star West Country mare Wee Fly in the Four Burrow Open at Trebudannon.

Wee Fly’s subsequent Members’ success at the next Trebudannon fixture proved to be her 18th and final victory as the mare was injured in a road accident shortly afterwards. This was quite a blow for her sporting owner/trainer Ross Oliver who has accumulated nearly 40 pointing wins between her and her half brother Let’s Fly.

Mister Moonax earned honourable retirement after his Flete Park four miles Ladies’ Open success, and another 14-year-old, Gone To Lunch, stayed on very gamely to win the Dulverton Farmers four miles event at Treborough Hill in March under a terrific ride from Laura Scott.

It is always heartening in the point-to-point world to see “small” stables enjoy their share of success. In this respect Reuben Chapman’s Reliable Richie lived up to his name. The Cornish eight-year-old proved that staying was his best subject with late season wins at Trebudannon and Bratton Down.

Kayley Woollacott enjoyed a  succesful season and produced winners on the first and last day of the season in Mr Bingley and Checkerboard. In addition Steeltown, Minella Web, King Kash and Devon General earned their keep from the Rose Ash yard, Devon General’s impressive win on Easter Monday at Trebudannon was a prelude to his 15 lengths bumper win at Stratford, with young jockey Jake Bament giving way to A P McCoy in the saddle.

Another recent bumper winner to emerge from the area was Julian Selby’s home bred Fivefortyfive who scored on his pointing debut at Wadebridge before landing a Uttoxeter bumper in mid-June.

Certain Flight has become a flagship performer from the Keith Cumings yard and gained the first of his five wins this season in the Tiverton Open. The yard excelled however with their younger horses and six-year-olds Thetalkinghorse, The Mexican Bandit and Whenharrymetsally all emerged as potential stars.

Master Hooper and Whispering Wild won races in the style of good staying types and Ambitious Pursuit, and Carheney River also look to have a future. Annie Aces was successful on both her starts, whilst Babeny Bridge came into the season with two unbeaten runs as a four-year-old and duly added three more victories to his CV.

The latter’s rider, 16-year-old Chester Williams, took the area novice riders’ award by a single point to thwart the late bid of David Noonan. Another 16-year-old, Megan Nicholls, was the area ladies’ novice champion. Her first point-to-point ride Gwanako was beaten at Wadebridge, but the later exploits of Current Event and Join Together took her ahead of Hannah Welch.

The early season injury to Jo Buck threw the Area Ladies’ title race wide open and Bryony Frost’s best ever season (12 winners) enabled the 19-year-old from Buckfastleigh to retain the title she won last year ahead of Leanda Tickle.

I would just like to pay tribute to the Devon & Cornwall Association bookmakers. The odds offered by the bookmakers who stand in our area is the envy of many other parts of the country. Point-to-pointing is set to resume at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday 30th November – see you there.

Exmoor 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 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Men’s Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 17:30 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

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.

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Report: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014

LUCETTE ANNIE loves Upcott Cross and scored her third course success in the Men’s Open. Although soft ground is probably a pre-requisite, all distances come alike to the consistent mare who had won over four miles at this track six weeks ago.

Simon Partridge trains the ten-year-old for owners Chris and Janet Hunphrey. “This will be her last race this season but we will try to get her in early for pointing next year. It would be nice to win another hunter chase with her before she is put into foal,” said the Poundsgate trainer. Lucette Annie was actually emulating her grandam Ancella in achieving her 10th point-to-point victory.

Jockey Darren Edwards, who was recovering from a bout of flu, reported, “I was happy to have some company in this small field until the top of the hill,” The mare strode clear from the third last.

Jamie Thomas rode Steeltown to finish runner up to Lucette Annie, and went one better to land his ninth winner of the season as King Kash just lasted home ahead of Carheney River in the Confined. The winner is owned jointly by John Gardener and John Burrow and is trained by Kayley Woollacott. “King Kash is one of our best horses at home,” remarked Kayley. “He missed last season but ran really well at Cothelstone on his return before some disappointing efforts. First time blinkers and tongue time have helped today,” she added.

Megan Nicholls is going all out in a bid to win the National Novice Riders’ title and a double courtesy of the Rose Loxton trained pair of Current Event and Join Together lifted her tally for the season to 15.

Bryony Frost on Red Penny provided the only opposition to the 1-4 favourite Current Event in the Ladies’ Open, and nearly pulled off a shock when launching a challenge at the penultimate fence. The favourite had a bit in hand however and soon put the issue beyond doubt with a decisive finishing kick. Formerly a winner six times under rules, seven-year-old Current Event has proved invaluable towards Megan’s title bid. He was scoring for the fourth time this month. “This is his first run in a Ladies’ Open and I would think he will now stick to point-to-pointing and hunter chasing. He used to bleed a lot under rules and is now getting his confidence in races,” explained Paul Nicholls.

The Wendy Fogg owned Join Together has also enjoyed his resurgence in the pointing field and was recording his fifth consecutive success of the season in the Novice Riders’ event. This time the young rider was content to wait until the home straight before sending her mount into an unassailable lead.

“These two winners today will be entered for Bratton Down in two weeks time but Gwanako, (who has won seven points this season) is being roughed off,” commented Paul Nicholls.

The veteran pointer Clew Bay Cove retains remarkable enthusiasm and gave his 18-year-old owner/rider Harriet Skinner her second career success in the Confined. Harriett has a pony club and hunting background and works in the yard of Ed Walker where her gallant 14-year-old is trained.

It stayed dry all afternoon, but the ground at Upcott was very soft, with all race times in excess of seven minutes. Bryony Frost still leads the Devon & Cornwall Ladies’ championship, and just failed to add to her 10 winners this season on Wivannie in the first maiden. Catherine Atkinson sent Walker Ridge to the front four fences out and just held off Wivannie in a head bobbing finish. The winner is owned by the Atkinson family – point-to-point supporters in the Cattistock country for years – and is trained by the rider’s mother Nicky. “I have just finished my law degree in London and owe all this to my parents,” said the 28-year-old rider.

Lucy Gardner gave a positive ride to Brave Encounter to win the second Maiden section. This six-year-old, bought as a store at Doncaster three years ago, looks a big, strong chasing type and made virtually all the running. “He travelled easily and is a chaser in the making. He will come back in the autumn and go straight over fences,” said Lucy who trains the gelding for owner Brenda Russell.

MONEY TALKS

Print the Money proved an expensive failure in the Confined. Early 2-1 was snapped up, including a bet of £400 to £200. He was as low as 10-11 as the tapes went up, but could not peg back the winner Clew Bay Cove (5-2 out to 3’s)

Megan Nicholls looks long odds on now to clinch the National Ladies’ Novice title and her two winners each started at prohibitive odds. Current Event  was sent off at 1-4 and duly landed the odds. Join Together was 12th  in last year’s Grand National and this must have seemed a stroll in the park for the 1-3 shot.

I kicked myself for not taking 14-1 about the Restricted winner King Kash (100 to 7 if you ask nicely) in the Restricted. The application of first time blinkers and a tongue strap spoke volumes and his previous running on fast ground could be discounted. In the event however I judge that the fast finishing runner up Carheney River (evens) was unlucky. There was money in this race for Diamond Eclipse (13-2 into 3.s) and Sunset City (25’s to 16’s). These are both in shrewd yards and are worth keeping an eye on.

The majority of the 13 runners in the first Open Maiden took the normal drift out route in the market. An exception was Andy Grey – wonderfully named and grey of course but keeps reminding me of the footballer Andy Gray – seen at 25-1 before settling at 16’s. He had the misfortune to slip up on the bottom bend. Wivannie keeps threatening to win a Maiden and this trip in the soft looked ideal for her. She was cut from 3-1 to 5-2 but again found one too good.

There was plenty of betting activity in the concluding Maiden. The winner Brave Encounter looks a fine prospect and justified support from 10-1 into 11-2. Runner up Sutton Storm drifted from 7-4 to 9-4, whilst Gleann Ri (12’s to 7’s) and Nudge The Nugget (12’s to 6’s) kept on in the closing stages .

RESULTS

Results of the South Tetcott meeting

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Sunday 1st June, Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down (near Bratton Fleming)

South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Confined Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 14:55 Restricted Race
5th 15:30 Novice Riders Race
6th 16:05 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 16:40 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

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.

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Preview: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May 2014

Point-to-Point action returns to the course at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, where the South Tetcott hold their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 26. With over 120 entries for the seven race card, attracting some of the top horses and jockeys, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Pony racing kicks off the action at 12 noon, with two pony races on offer before the main card starts with the Penbode Veterinary Group– sponsored Confined race at 1pm.

Included in the entries for the Confined are the two Karyn Heard-trained horses Carheney River and Cottage Oak, they would be popular winners here at the connections local family owned track. Print The Money from the Sarah Dennis team is another to consider, after his recent runner-up spots at Vauterhill and Trebudannon. Any rain to soften the ground could see Ambitous Pursuit out again to follow up on his wins at Flete Park for the Glanville family. Another entry, Clew Bay Cove won this race last year, under Harriet Skinner.

The Simpkins Edwards sponsored Mens Open could see Keith Cumings-trained Certain Flight add to his tally of 10 Point wins and a Hunter Chase,, and could give current leading jockey Will Biddick another win here. Round Tom from the Richard Barber team may be another option for Biddick to ride, and has strong claims after his win at Little Windsor, when coming home six lengths ahead of recent Hunter Chase winner Iron Chancellor, also entered. Robbie Henderson who is currently second in the jockey championship, may be the challenger on either Blazing Whale or Level Spirit from the Ed Walker team.

T L Rowe Park Homes sponsor the Ladies Open, which looks another exciting race with the two Rose Loxton entries, Gwanako and Current Event as possibilities for Megan Nicholls to ride. Byerley Bear from the Robert Chanin team will be looking to make it eight wins for the season, and is the only horse to have beaten Gwanako so far this season. Double Mead could also be in the mix for Alexandra Dunn after her win at Trebudannon and Hunter Chase win at Fontwell Park this month. Red Penny from the Frost team could spring a surprise here, and is currently sharing second place in the Novice mares table.

Suggestions in the Coodes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race would be Fresh Fever from the Kayley Woollacott team after his recent second at Holnicote, Four Star River from the Stewart Reddaway yard who clocked up a second at Cothelstone, and Cothelstone Maiden winner Golden Squirell. Recent Holnicote winner and a new addition to the Keith Cumings yard is Mexican Bandit, who could well follow up on his Holnicote win under Josh Guerriero. With this race attracting 27 entries , it may well be divided on the day.

In the Members race for novice riders which is sponsored by PJR Engineering, Megan Nicholls may take some catching on either Current Event or Join Together, challengers could be Mr Gardner for Harriet Skinner who rode her first winner here last year, or Vertige Dore who gave Hannah Welch her first ever Point-to-Point win at Flete Park.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden wrap up the days events, Dawn West Devon and FC Cleaning Systems Inc Cleanmart sponsors these. In the first division options could be Blue Abby, Walker Ridge and Wivannie. In the second division Miss Weld, and Aah Bless look to hold strong claims.

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

Entrance is £10 car & driver. £20 car,driver & one passenger. £25 car,driver & more than one passenger. Walk in £7

Course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21- 5AE.

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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.

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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.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Liskeard (3.3 miles)

BBC Travel News: Cornwall; Devon; Somerset;

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