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Dulverton West Point-To-Point entries, ratings and form guide, Bratton Down, 17th May 2015

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Going: Good (15th May)

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The first of three Point-to-Points to be held at the stunning location of Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, will be held next weekend by the Dulverton West on Sunday 17th May.

With a back drop view of Exmoor, this course is another of the popular picnic party tracks for all the family to enjoy. Gerald and Victor Dartnall sponsor the Pony racing, which heads up the action at 11.45am, with the main eight race card commencing at 1pm, over 130 entries have been received.

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

Entrance to the course is £25 car load or £10 car and driver. There will be a bucket collection in aid of Injured Jockey’s Fund and Devon Air Ambulance.

Course is located at Bratton Fleming, 9m NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11m N of South Molton. Postcode EX31 4SG

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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 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.

1st Race – The restricted race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
0-2p415 ANNWYL 33 Ed Walker
50545-64 BENDARE DUNDAT (IRE 34 Alexander Hutter
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
*60-2125 DOYEN DYNAMO 36? Ed Walker
p1p4p-6R GO ON HENRY (IRE) 32? Keith Cumings
2-pp3352 GOLDEN SQUIRELL 37 Charlotte Budd
-p624622 JOHNNY NO CASH 35 Nikki Frost
3p0-65pp JUST HATTIE 32? Dennis Branton
61u-p321 JUST SEVEN (IRE) 37+ Roy Smith
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
44-64414 NUDGE THE NUGGET 34 Maria Lewis
8f53-212 STEEL BRUSH (IRE) 36 Keith Cumings
f2u-p4pu TALLAND BAY 35 Marcella Bayliss
-955f12 TEMPESTATEFLORESCO 38+ Joe Tickle
/p15-2p3 TEMPLETON (IRE) 37 Kayley Woollacott
pp86-7p4 THE GREAT IAM(IRE) 25? Rebecca Smale
pp8-4r61 THE PERSUADER 34+ Caroline Prouse
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland
/p8p-31 WINTER GARDEN (IRE) 35+ Reuben Chapman

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The James Hayes Garden Macinery-sponsored Restricted race heads up the up the main race card, with entry Doyen Dynamo the likely favourite after his one length second at Kingston St Mary. Golden Squirrel was third that day, but could figure after his second to Cracking Habit at Holnicote and would look to appreciate the drying ground. Mangans Turn stayed on well to win at Littlewindsor and could well score for the Jack Barber team.

2nd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 1

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
2b45-332 AAH BLESS 34 Carol Lawrence
-23 COME ON MOTHER 33+ Robert Chanin
/pff/p-p CRACKON POP 12? Michael Sweetland
p/09/-fp DANCE WITH ME (IRE) 00? Graham Laity
/50-253 DARKGESTURE (IRE) 25 Keith Cumings
DRIFT WOOD Jack Barber
p6-ppppp HIGHLAND THISTLE 00? Julie Pocock
-p HOICK HOLLOA (IRE) 00 Marilyn Burrough
LOOKING FOR MICK Andrew Hawkins
-4 MASTER BAKER 30+ Lisa Jefford
*0-5r MASTER MAX 24? Camilla Scott
pup//-pp MASTER SIDNEY 00 Roy Smith
-ppp25 REGULAR GUY (IRE) 30? Jane Western
u452-335 SPENDAJENNIE (IRE) 30? Kayley Woollacott
-2pfRp48 TALL STORIE 00 David Bryant
-f33 TELL TONY (IRE) 30+ Jill Dennis
-fppp72 THIRTYFIRST DANSAR 29 Joe Tickle
3p-Rp33R UPTO OLLIE 31? Sarah Pidsley
pf-pp325 VILLAGE WHISPERS 25 Julie Bright
pu/p98-p WELL NIGH (IRE) 23? Anna Bucknall

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Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow, and of the 20 entered in the first, the Carol Lawrence-trained Aah Bless could follow up on his eight length second to Just Seven at Vauterhill. Come On Mother from the Robert Chanin team is another to have scored a second and third at the Great Trethew meetings. The Jack Barber-trained Driftwood could be interesting on his debut run, with any market support worth noting. This race is sponsored by the Pittard family in memory of Bob Pittard.

3rd Race – The Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
/p4-pp ARDANGLASS 00 Gordon Chambers
/4-256 ARNY 24? Ed Walker
4p6-6pp2 ASKERS LAD 30 Graham Foot
-ppp ASTRAL STAR 00 Karyn Heard
-5 BOOTSTRAP MILL 17 Lisa Jefford
BUGSIE MALONE (IRE) Jack Barber
2u27-463 DERNIERE DANCE (FR) 31? Caroline Prouse
73u54344 DON’T DOITTOME (IRE 21 Michael Felton
*9p-fu22 FORRARDON XMOOR 31+ Jilly Baskerville
p/2pp-25 FOXES BRIDGE 30 Douglas Proctor
-pp HARRY PARTRIDGE 00 Carol Lawrence
3-46u2d2 HIGH PRIORITY 31+ Keith Cumings
/fp-p9 ITS CRABBIE’S TIME 19 David Stephens
5/p3-ppp JAM TOMORROW 24? Marily Burrough
25-p2p33 MY ROSIE B (IRE) 26? Stuart Sampson
pppp-pp6 SEENIGORA 00 Angela Davis
/-ppfu3u STRONG HURRICANE 27+ Lizzie Luxton
p-33fu24 THE MYSTRO (IRE) 31 Keith Cumings
/34/-sRp TREVAYLOR BOY (IRE) 00? Kim Tripp

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In the second division of the Open Maiden, Askers Lad and Forrardon Xmoor are just two of the entries having come close in maiden races and look sure to progress soon. Bugsie Malone could run well for the Barber team This division is sponsored by Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors.

4th Race – The Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
1/pp1-p BERNSHAW 36 Claire Hitch
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
p3p-p3p3 DANDOOLEY 30? Julie Pocock
2-322241 FIULIN 42 Ed Walker
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
/3-111p7 IMPACT AREA 41 Harriet Besent
59bu-7pp JOPERO 34 Sam Holdsworth
2p6-p612 KOSTAQUARTA (IRE) 41 Jack Barber
2-538611 PASTERNAK JACK 40+ Kayley Woollacott
6pp-2953 ROBIN WILL (FR) 40 Kayley Woollacott
4p5-4168 SPECIAL OCCASION 36? Sarah Gould
2571237p SUPREME DANEHILL 40 Gordon Edwards
2-622372 SWANSBROOK (IRE) 39 Sue Popham
/upp63-5 TERI D TRIXTER (IRE 35? Nicola Martin
23-c1311 WAK A TURTLE (IRE) 40+ Kayley Woollacott
451-11 WHATAKNIGHT 41+ Richard Barber

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In the Bratton Down Club Members Conditions race, which is sponsored by Sandhill Racing Phillip & Sarah Hobbs, Whataknight, already on a seasons hat-trick of wins, and Kostaquarta both hold entries in the mid-week Cothelstone meeting, but if the Barber team choose to run here, either horse must be respected. Impact Area from the Harriet Besent team, is on a seasons hat-trick and may have found the ground too lively when pulling up recently at Larkhill.

5th Race – The PPORA Club Members Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
231-p735 A NEW RISING (IRE) 37? Jill Dennis
2-224433 BARNEYS MATE 39 Jack Barber
p6-p7353 FALCON ISLAND 40 Peter Doggrell
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
-3231221 MIC’S DELIGHT (IRE) 43 Jennifer Davenport
5-4u6063 OVERCLEAR 33 Leslie Jefford
-ppppp RAAPETI 00 Bronwyn Buttery
6-5p5p42 TOP CHIEF 36 Stuart Sampson
6-3p3434 VERTIGER DORE (FR) 33 Rebecca Welch

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The ultra consistent Mic’s Delight has given owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport a peach of a season and is likely to be sent off favourite here in the PPORA club Members race, which is sponsored by Andrew & Vanessa Maddox.

6th Race – The 4m1f Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
543pp321 BELLFLOWER BOY 41 Stuart Sampson
124-34p3 BELLSINNI RON (IRE) 41? Jack Barber
5-7uu572 BEST BIDE QUIET 40? Lisa Jefford
316-23u BRIZE NORTON (IRE) 39 Natasha Seely
4fu21141 CECILE DE VOLANGES 42+ Michael Hawker
3-588p5u FATHER OWEN 35 Janette Branton
416-34p1 GARSTIN 40 Sally Alner
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
-22111b5 HAMELDOWN TOR 43 Ed Walker
4-p24441 MANGANS TURN 38 Jack Barber
1-64312p RELIABLE RICHIE 41 Reuben Chapman
122f-352 RIGHT ENOUGH 39 Robert Chanin
3326-p03 RIVER INDUS 41 Harriet Tucker
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
26-32483 TALAB 40 Gerald Greenway
p-41p212 WELSTONEDRUID 42 Robert Chanin

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The feature race of the day will be the Brend’s Hotel- sponsored Mixed Open four mile-one furlong race. Entry Bellsinni Ron from the Jack Barber team, could give jockey Will Biddick the win he is looking for which could take him into the record books. Hameldown Tor is also entered and could put up a bold show for owners The Otter Club and jockey Robbie Henderson. Cecile De Volanges is another entry to consider, from the Michael Hawker team, he is already on a seasons hat-trick, including a win earlier this month at Cold Harbour.

7th Race – The Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
73f112f2 ACCORDING TO HARRY 40+ Nicola Martin
86p-p4pp BETH’S STAR 32? Joanne Sleep
p464p-5p CIDER ‘N’ BLACK 32? Michael Sweetland
424/-011 CRACKING HABIT 38+ Sarah Prouse
p49pf/-8 FIRMOUNT BEECH 30? Elizabeth Scott
p371-32p FOURSTAR RIVER 38 Stewart Reddaway
2221p149 GENERAL GIRLING 36 Patrick Bryant
63-pp666 GYPSY JACK (IRE) 34 Jane Western
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Prouse
1-pp2fp3 KAWANA COVE 38? Maria  Lewis
pu-4467f LIGHTENING JACK 34? Dominic Harvey
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
12-p22p1 ON YOUR MAX 36 Ed Walker
/3414-74 OTIS TARDA (IRE) 37 Anthony Berry
p3p-21p1 PETERBROWN (IRE) 39+ Karyn Heard
5/-fu441 REDLYNCH ROCK (IRE) 36+ Teresa Clark
4p3//-93 RUPERTS VISION 30? Marcella Bayliss
-344fp11 SEDGEMOOR TOP BID 36+ Joe Tickle
-p945385 SUNKEN SECRET (IRE) 33? Lee Glanville
581u2222 TURTLE BOYS (IRE) 38+ Harriet Brown
p8pp-u73 WELL TRAVELLED 34? Martin Sweetland

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According To Harry is from a team bang in form, with Nicola Martin sending out winners most weekends. He has claims in the James Pryce Tractors-sponsored Intermediate race having run a head second to Jepeck at the Upcott meeting. Hallo Dolly made a pleasing start to her seasons campaign under Darren Edwards, when coming home five lengths second to Pasternak Jack at Vauterhill, the mare had been off the track for two years and looks likely to improve for the run.

8th Race – The TBA Club Members Mares Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
4p/332-4 ALYSIA’S FLAME 35? Katie Bellamy
-p CHEEKY BLINDER 00 Helen Bament
2/213/-2 HALLO DOLLY 38+ Sarah Pouse
*8744-41 KATIE’S MASSINI 32+ Elizabeth Scott
056-ppf3 LUCY’S GIRL (IRE) 25? Dan Farr
p7p5f3R1 MARLPIT OAK 35 James Young
103-04pf MISS CUPCAKE 36? Lisa Jefford
22-111p MISS GOTAWAY 40 Kayley Woollacott
*45/3p- QUEEN’S BAY Jack Barber
43216-p3 TIKKECHE 34 Chloe Newman
-1s1pb23 WHENHARRYMETSALLY 40? Keith Cumings

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There is an extra race this season, which is a mares only club race put on by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Club Members race for Mares & Fillies only, which will close the days event, suggestions would be Miss Gotaway from the Kayley Woollacott team, and Whenharrymetsally from the Keith Cumings yard.

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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – MODBURY HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT, FLETE PARK, 2ND MAY 2015

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The opening Maiden race produced a lively betting market. The most surprising move was for the Mike Weir owned and trained A Real Cliché who was seen at 14-1 before dropping in spectacular fashion to his SP of 4-1. A half brother to a winning hurdler, his Irish point to point form was quite moderate and he was bought very cheaply at Ascot in July 2013. Maybe the booking of Will Biddick inspired the gamble. This was his English pointing debut and he was well there until fading from the second last. He can be given another chance. Poor Follow The Paint is the perpetual bridesmaid. She looked sure to break her duck when jumping clear over the last, but was mugged near the post by the fast finishing Bollin Spark (6-1) who came with a storming run under novice rider Hedley Webb.

The majority of the nine runners in the featured four miles Ladies’ Open drifted in the market. Despite a losing run of eight, Bellflower Boy started favourite (7-4 touched 2’s) presumably on the strength of his good effort behind Hameldown Tor over course and distance two weeks ago Bryony Frost sent the favourite to the front after the third last and had the race won by the last jump. Best Bide Quiet had been beaten eleven times since his Maiden win but kept on best of the rest here under young Pippa Glanville to chase the winner home at 50-1

The 5-2 joint favourites rose at the last fence in unison in the two and a half miles Maiden. Whatastormnorm was in the process of throwing down a strong challenge but crashed out, leaving the six-year-old Frost trained mare Milan of Crystal well clear.

After Level Spirit (4-11fav) enjoyed a walk in the park literally in winning the Men’s Open under Robbie Henderson, the last race of the day turned into a thriller. Tamatown has proved difficult to win with for the past couple of years but attracted support from 10’s into 13-2 to win the Confined. He was found wanting again as course specialist Ambitious Pursuit (7-4) held on grimly as Mic’s Delight (4-6 to 4-5 fav) threw down a determined challenge on the run in. The pair were inseparable at the post and a dead heat seemed absolutely the correct result.

RESULTS

Results of the Modbury Harriers meeting

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Sunday,10th May 2015, Four Burrow (2) Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr St Columb Major, Newquay.

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Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point entries and form, Flete Park, Saturday, 2nd May 2015

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

Going: Good to Firm. Watering and raining. (Friday 1st May 2015)

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Another bumper weekend of Point-to-Point horse racing is in store this weekend in the Devon & Cornwall Area, where the Modbury Harriers host their meeting at Flete Park on Saturday 2nd May. The Stevenstone  then stage their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th, at High Bickington.

Pony racing will head up the action at Flete Park, with two pony races commencing at 1pm, followed by the main six race card which starts at 2pm. Picnics will be brimming again, and this course offers fabulous hill park viewing, with the racetrack below, enclosing on course facilities such as bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands.

The course is located at Ermington, nr Ivybridge. Postcode PL21 9NX. Entrance is £10 car & driver, £20 per car and passengers.

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 2014/15 form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 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: MODBURY HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK ON SATURDAY 2nd MAY 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

Another bumper weekend of Point-to-Point horse racing is in store this weekend in the Devon & Cornwall Area, where the Modbury Harriers host their meeting at Flete Park on Saturday 2nd May. The Stevenstone  then stage their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th, at High Bickington.

Pony racing will head up the action at Flete Park, with two pony races commencing at 1pm, followed by the main six race card which starts at 2pm. Picnics will be brimming again, and this course offers fabulous hill park viewing, with the racetrack below, enclosing on course facilities such as bar, bookies, hot refreshments and a host of trade stands.

The opening Daniels Plant Hire-sponsored Maiden race has attracted 21 entries, in which Follow The Paint is a suggestion after his neck second at this meeting two weeks ago. Bollin Spark is another to note having been only a length down in third.

Nudge The Nugget could go well in the Stanley Carpets-sponsored Restricted race, having won his maiden race here for the Lewis team under daughter jockey Heidi Lewis. Doyen Dynamo also catches the eye, after his maiden win at Kilworthy and second in a restricted race at Kingston St Mary. Johnny No Cash is another that could run well for trainer Nikki Frost, having finished second here under Hannah Welch at the Dartmoor meeting.

The Ladies open race has been sponsored by the Pinsent family, and could be a good battle between two of the local ladies. With Bryony Frost having ridden Bellflower Boy well to finish second in the Open race at the Dartmoor meeting here. Hannah Welch will be looking to challenge after putting up a good performance with Ladyvie, having finished second in the confined race that day.

Whatastormnorm could go off favourite in the 2m 4f Open Maiden race, having impressed on both of his outings so far this season for trainer Robert Chanin. Milan Of Crystal ran a creditable third here for the Frost family and looks to have plenty more to offer.

Trainer Ed Walker holds three of the eight entries for the Totnes & Bridgetown Mens Open race, Hameldown Tor was on a hat-trick of wins, including a win here at the latest Dartmoor meeting, jockey Robbie Henderson was then unlucky to be unseated last weekend at the Axe Vale meeting. Level Spirit also won his race at the Dartmoor meeting and could well be back for more. Before The War also has strong claims with two previous wins at this course. Right Enough will need to improve on his previous run, but is a known course specialist.

The Meadowside & St Francis-sponsored Confined race closes the days events. This race could be one for local owner/trainer/jockey Jennifer Davenport on Mic’s Delight. They are yet to compete at this track, but have been in the frame on all six of their starts so far this season, including a win at Bishops Court. One of their main challengers could be Level Spirit, if connections chose this in preference to  the previous Open race for him.

The course is located at Ermington, nr Ivybridge. Postcode PL21 9NX. Entrance is £10 car & driver, £20 per car and passengers.

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REPORT: AXE VALE HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT STAFFORD CROSS SUNDAY 26TH APRIL 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

WILL BIDDICK is marching on towards his half century for the season in his quest for a fourth consecutive National jockeys’ title, and put three more winners in the bag at the Axe Vale meeting. Considering the recent dry spell, the organisers produced remarkably good ground thanks to extensive watering.

Subtle Sovereign was untroubled under the champion’s guidance in beating his two opponents to in win his first Open, easing clear in the home straight. “This was his eighth win in his last nine runs. We will probably wait another year before going hunter chasing,” said Jeremy Barber, whose son Jack was saddling his 38th winner of the season.

The progressive Whataknight soon made it 39 for the Dorset trainer, drawing right away from his rivals at the second last to win the Intermediate, “He is an out and out galloper and just keeps going,” commented Jack, who trains the six-year-old for owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook.

The Barber/Biddick treble was completed when five-year-old Royalzaro beat 12 opponents to win the Restricted. “He was a cheap buy in France and is going the right way,” reported the young trainer.

Kostaquarta almost made if four winners for the yard but came off second best after a protracted battle with Fiulin in the Confined. Now with Ed Walker, the winner is owned by the Carstairs Clan which consists of Guy and Alex Carstairs and their young children Zak, Oliver and Euan. “He was losing ground over his fences in a hunter chase at Newton Abbot the other day and we will stick to pointing for a while now,” said the trainer. Fiulin has a remarkable CV. By Galileo, he fetched 280,000 guineas as a four-year-old. AP McCoy couldn’t win on him, but apart from his pointing wins for previous owner Ross Oliver, the sturdy 10-year-old has won on the flat and over hurdles, and competed at the Cheltenham festival and Royal Ascot. Phew !

Fiulin’s successful jockey Robbie Henderson was out of luck in the Hunt race when 1-4 favourite Hameldown Tor tumbled out of the race when caught by the flailing legs of Miss Cupcake at the 13th fence. This event went to former hurdles winner Moyne Nineoseven who was partnered by Vicky Wade for the Nineoseven Partnership. “I bought him at Ascot last October, He has a few quirks and we have waited for better ground,” said trainer Sarah Pidsley who has four pointers in her yard at Payhembury near Honiton.

Silver Token was a warm favourite for the Novice Riders’ race but gave Harry Cobden a nasty fall when crashing through the wing of the 14th fence. Loose Preformer (Hedley Webb) was left clear but failed to withstand the well timed challenge of Maxi Chop (James King) after jumping the last. Despite an expensive price tag, the seven-year-old did not reach the winner’s enclosure for Paul Nicholls, but is proving a good novice ride and was following up his Hackwood Park win on Easter Monday. “James King and Stan Sheppard are sharing the rides and it was the turn of James today. This horse has bled before and could finish distressed, but has got his confidence back now,” reported trainer Rose Loxton.

It is not always plain sailing, even for champions, and after receiving his trainer’s trophy on a euphoric day at Sandown, it was down to earth, literally, the next day in a field at Stafford Cross. Four-year-old San Satiro carried the champion trainer’s colours in the concluding Maiden. The raw youngster, trained by Jack Barber, only got as far as the fourth fence before virtually stopping and depositing Will Biddick on the Devon turf..

Boymann went on to win the event under Leanda Tickle. The seven-year-old was home bred by owner Paul Mann. “He was unlucky not to win last year when he threw away a race at Trebudannon. He needs good ground and is now my third winner with my last three runners,” exclaimed delighted trainer Joe Tickle.

RESULTS

Results of the Axe Vale 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: John Beasley (Big Green Annual), and Athwenna Irons (Western Morning News)

NEXT FIXTURES

Saturday,2nd May 2015, Modbury Point-To-Point, Flete Park, nr Ermington, Ivybridge, Plymouth.

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May 2015, Stevenstone Point-To-Point, Vauterhill, nr High Bickington, Barnstaple.

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Axe Vale Point-To-Point entries and form, Stafford Cross, Sunday 26th April 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:30 Members Race
2nd 14:10 Confined Race
3rd 14:45 Mixed Open Race
4th 15:20 Intermediate Race
5th 15:55 Club Members Race
6th 16:30 Restricted Race
7th 17:05 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 2014/15

form from 2013/14 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2012/13 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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GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – DARTMOOR POINT-TO-POINT AT FLETE PARK 18th April 2015

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THE BOOKIES came off best at a packed Flete Park where the organisers achieved a total of 67 runners thanks to substantial watering.

Only two favourites out of eight managed to score and any punters with any cash left must have found it hard to find 12-1 and 10-1 winners of the last two races.

Before The War (2-5 to 4-11 fav) set the tone for the afternoon when succumbing to the late thrust of the locally trained Ambitious Pursuit (easy to back at 3-1 and 7-2) in the opener.

Le Clo De La Londe (9-4 fav) has failed to reproduce his early season form recently and could only finish fifth behind his stable companion Pasternak Jack (8’s to 10’s) in the Restricted. Indian Dancer (5‘s to 4’s) and Trumpet Major (7-2 to 3’s) also proved disappointing behind the easy winner.

One or two skirmishers had evens about Hameldown Tor in the featured four miles race. Robbie Henderson’s mount never looked in danger of defeat after being backed in to 4-7 fav .

Henderson gave an equally confident ride to Level Spirit (7-4 out to 5-2) to secure his double in the Confined where the late plunge on course winner Right Enough (5-2 to 2-1 fav) went astray.

Knight Pass started his career by beating subsequently top class Sire De Grugy in a bumper, but has lost time through injury since a quartet of successes under rules. Now with Nikki Frost, he has gradually found his form this season, and made all here to win the Conditions event at 2-1 fav. Probably the best value bet of the day.

I missed the 6-1 early offer about Applesolutely in the DBS young horse qualifier. She traded as little as 7-2 and 3’s at the off. Having noted her debut promise at Great Trethew last month that was probably still a backable price and I am still kicking myself.

A crystal ball would have been handy to search for the last two winners: Sedgemoor Top Bid looked the part but had little to commend him on the form book and his 12-1 SP seemed a bit skinny. He just got up to beat Follow The Plan (7-2 to 4’s) in the last few strides

Nudge The Nugget has had plenty of chances between the flags and his 10-1 SP in the second part of the Open maiden was the second leg of a 121-1 double for his rider Heidi Lewis.

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: Sam Farlap and Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath)

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Sunday, 26th April 2015, the Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, nr Seaton.

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Preview : Axe Vale Point-to-Point, Stafford Cross, Sunday 26 April 2015

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Written by: Donna Harris

Hameldown Tor could be out looking for his fourth win of the season, for owners the Otter Club, in the Lee Clifford Engineering-sponsored Mixed Open at Stafford Cross this weekend. It is the turn of the Axe Vale to host their Point-to-Point meeting, near Seaton, Exeter, on Sunday 26th April. Local trainer Ed Walker scored a double last weekend, with Hameldown Tor taking the Mixed Open at Flete Park, and Level Spirit, another for the Otter Club, took the Confined race. Both are entered again here, and either are options for Robbie Henderson to ride. The challengers could be from the in-form Jack Barber team, with both Posh Totty and Subtle Sovereign having won recently under Will Biddick.

With pony racing heading up the action at 12 noon, this promises to be a great day out for all the family. Nearly 100 entries have been received for the main seven race card, which kicks off with the Beviss & Beckingsale-sponsored Members race at 1.30pm. Hameldown Tor also holds an entry in the members race, without him in the equation, Tandori is one to consider, from the Paul Phillips team, a previous course winner here, and ran a good second at Hackwood Park last month.

J & FJ Baker sponsor the Confined race in which Kostaquarta, another from the Barber team, could run well and follow up on his win at Milborne St Andrew. Louis Pasteur would need to improve on his recent second at Charlton Horethorne, Steeltown and Fiulin both ran well in a Hunter Chase at Exeter on Monday and could figure here if turning out again.

The Intermediate race has been sponsored by Martin Diplock Estate Agents, entry Cold Knight catches the eye, he is progressive and could go one better than his recent second at Andoversford, when sent off favourite that day. Sonoftheking is another to consider, also having run second in an Intermediate race, is also progressing well for the Nicola Martin team.

Harry Cobden won a Handicap Chase at Wincanton, whilst riding Ulck Du Lin for Paul Nicholls last weekend, he then made it to Littlewindsor the same afternoon to win on Cock Of The Rock. Harry’s possible mount in the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice Riders race is Silver Token, having clocked up four wins so far this season they are the likely favourites. Loose Preformer has been impressive, owned/trained and ridden by farrier Hedley Webb, they have won all three of their starts so should go close. Mic’s Delight for owner/trainer jockey Jennifer Davenport is likely to set the pace, and will put up a bold show.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Subaru, this could go the way of another Ed Walker trained entry On Your Max, having run close seconds in two restricted races this season. Both Royalzaro and Angleforcharlie could improve on their recent maiden wins and be in the mix. Gleannacreim from the Charlotte Hawker team, and Sparkling Miss from the Michael Miller team are other entries to note if the going stays on the good side.

The Scott Rowe Solicitors-sponsored Open Maiden race could go the way of the Milan sired San Satiro from the Barber team, the four-year old is yet to make his debut run. He is a half brother to The Eaglehaslanded, who took this race last season, and is owned by champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls, he could be another horse for the future. Whatastormnorm ran well at both Great Trethew meetings, clocking up a second and third. Queens Law looked to find the going to testing when third at Upcott Cross, and is another who could appreciate the drier ground.

On course facilities include bar, hot refreshments, bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance is £10 car & driver, £25 car load, pedestrians £10.

Location is Stafford Cross, nr Seaton (off A3052, 20m from M5 Junction 30 – EX24 6HZ)

Useful Information

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REPORT ON THE DARTMOOR POINT TO POINT AT FLETE PARK, SATURDAY 18TH APRIL

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by GRANVILLE TAYLOR AND DONNA HARRIS

A strong wind kept the marquees flapping and the temperatures down at Flete Park, but the capacity crowd warmed to some exciting racing and close finishes.

A background of pony racing proved its value as four of the eight races went to horses ridden by teenagers who had emerged from the local pony racing circuit.

Pride of place goes to 18 year old Heidi Lewis who not only enjoyed her first pointing success on Pasternak Jack, but went on to secure a double thanks to her family owned Nudge The Nugget in one of the Maiden divisions.

Heidi made all the running on Pasternak Jack to win the Restricted in the familiar colours of Dick Westacott. The winner is trained by Kayley Woollacott who said, “It was great for Heidi who works full time for us. Mr Westacott has not been well but is here today. Pasternak Jack is very capable but very quirky but he won his Maiden here and loves the track.”

Heidi completed her double with a hard fought success on Nudge The Nugget in a blanket finish to the concluding Maiden. The sturdy seven-year-old just got up to beat Kit Hill with Rainbow Stripes a fast finishing third. The winner was bought by Heidi’s parents David and Maria Lewis last summer and is trained by her mother. “He is not an easy ride but stays well and it was brilliant for Heidi,” said Maria.

Pippa Glanville, also aged 18, followed up her first two wins at her local track last year with a short head Hunt Race success on Ambitious Pursuit. Pippa’s mother Lee trains the gelding and explained, “I was disappointed with his run on Tuesday at Exeter, but hunter chasing is a bit different. He was about to be turned out but we are only ten minutes away and decided to bring him at the last minute.” The winner was given a good ride by his young jockey. She kept her cool when Robbie Henderson issued a strong challenge on hot favourite Before The War, and did well to snatch the verdict on the line.

Bryony Frost has had plenty of race-riding experience since her very successful pony racing days. Currently the reigning Devon & Cornwall lady jockeys’ title holder, Bryony made all the running to win the Conditions event on Malcolm Denmark’s Knight Pass. Trainer Nikki Frost said of this four times winner under rules, “He has been with us for six months and has been working well. He had a broken elbow fixed a couple of years ago and is a lovely, kind horse.”

Robbie Henderson, the leading male rider in the area last year, helped himself to a double with Hameldown Tor and Level Spirit. The pair are owned by The Otter Club and trained by Ed Walker. “It is our first double as owners,” commented Club spokesman Ken Edwards. “The ground came right for us and the course has been beautifully prepared.” he added. Hameldown Tor was given a perfect ride, creeping through to lead at the top of the hill before staying on to win easing up.

After Level Spirit had defied a penalty in good style in the Confined, Robbie spared a thought for fellow rider Ed Barrett, who was seriously injured in a fall at Upcott Cross last weekend. No doubt including his colleagues, he said, “Our thoughts are with Ed every morning.”

In a close finish to the first division of the Maiden, the luckless Follow The Paint was just denied by the late thrust of Sedgemoor Top Bid. Jamie Thomas is riding at the top of his form at present and conjured a renewed effort from this seven-year-old to get up near the post. Joe Tickle, who trains the winner for Danny Kenealy said, “He has been running well with no luck until now. The sunshine and good ground has helped.”

A field of 13 lined up for the two and a half miles Maiden for young horses which was won in good style by Applesolutely. Sean Houlihan was partnering his third winner of the season on this four-year old filly who looks a nice prospect for her owners Lucy Fielding-Johnson and Ces Mitford-Slade.

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: Sam Farlap and Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath)

NEXT FIXTURES

Sunday, 26th April 2015, the Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford Cross, nr Seaton.

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DARTMOOR POINT TO POINT RESULTS 18 APR 2015


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Going: Good to Firm (watered)

Hunt race (Sponsor; Mrs Sally Goodman)

1 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 7-2 Tracked leader, effort two out, led near finish
2 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 2-5 fav prom, led two out til headed near finish
3 Vertige Dore (Hannah Welch) 7-1 led til approaching two out
5 ran; short head; 4l; 6m 43s
Owner; Mrs Lee Glanville; Trainer: Mrs Lee Glanville

Restricted (Kitsons Solicitors)

1 Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 10-1 made all, clear from 15th, comfortably
2 Johny No Cash (Hannah Welch) 11-2 chased winner from half way, no impression
3 Carry On Nando (Sean Houlihan) 7-2 3rd from 14th, kept on one pace
7 ran; 8l; 1 1/2l; 6m 32s
Owner; Mr Dick Westacott; Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

Mixed Open Four Miles (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co)

1 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 4-7 fav progress 16th, led three out, drew clear last
2 Bellflower Boy (Bryony Frost) 10-1 chased leaders, stayed on well closing stages
3 Kings Bench (Ciaran Gethings) 6-1 went 2nd after three out, no extra after next
8 ran; 5l; 5l; 8m 7s
Owner: The Otter Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

Open Maiden 2m 4f (Francis Clark)

1 Applesolutely (Sean Houlihan) 3-1 steady hdwy 11th, effort two out, soon led, clear flat
2 High Priority (Josh Newman) 4-1 Headway to challenge two out, outpaced apprg last
3 Milan Of Crystal (Bryony Frost) lost place 11th, stayed on closing stages
13 ran; 6l; 4l; 5m 17s
Owner; Lucy Fielding- Johnson & Ces Mitford-Slade; Trainer: Ces Mitford-Slade

Club Members’ Conditions (Rodgers of Plymouth)

1 Knight Pass (Bryony Frost) 2-1 fav made all, ridden out
2 Delta Borget (Jo Buck) 4-1 pressed leader from three out, no extra apprg last
3 Weston Lodge (Alex Moorhead) 12-1 chased leaders, held in 3rd from three out
8 ran; 5l; 2l; 6m 29s
Owner; Malcolm Denmark; Trainer: Nikki Frost

Confined (Full Circle Motors – Elizabeth May Memorial)

1 Level Spirit (Robbie Henderson) 5-2 progress three out, led next, easily
2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 10-1 prom, slight lead three out, kept on well
3 dh The Dapper Fox (Jack Veysey) 12-1 hdwy from rear two out, finished well
3 dh Tamatown (Alastair Harvey) 20-1 tracked leaders, one pace from three out
8 ran; 2l; 15l; 6m 28s
Owner; The Otter Club; Trainer; Ed Walker

Open Maiden

Division 1 (Tony Glynn Scaffolding)

1 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 12-1 disputed lead 15th, close 2nd last, led near finish
2 Follow The Paint (David Noonan) 4-1 led 8th, joined 15th, slight lead last til headed near finish
3 Bollin Spark (Hedley Webb) 25-1 chased leaders from 14th, took 3rd apprg last, fin strongly
9 ran; 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 40s
Owner; Miss Danny Kenealy; Trainer; Joe Tickle

Division 2 (Tessa Clarke, West Kington Stud)

1 Nudge The Nugget (Heidi Lewis) 10-1 with leaders, stayed on to lead last 50 yards
2 Kit Hill (Jo Buck) 2-1 fav prom. led four out, wide bend after next, slight lead last, headed last 50 yards
3 Rainbow Stripes (Robbie Henderson) 9-4 hdwy three out, outpaced next, fin strongly
9 ran; 1l; 3/4l; 6m 55s
Owner: Mr & Mrs David Lewis; Trainer: Maria Lewis

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