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MISTER MOONAX may be 14-years-old but proved that age is no barrier when outstaying his three rivals in the featured four miles Ladies’ Open on near perfect going at Flete Park.

Jopero and Hannah Welch took the quartet along until the final ditch, before giving way to Sunken Secret (Pippa Glanville). Mister Moonax had been stalking the leaders however and Hannah Hawkins sent him to the front between the last two fences to score convincingly.

Mister Moonax, wearing his customary cheek pieces and tongue tie, is owned and trained by Hannah’s father Andrew Hawkins on Exmoor. “He loved this undulating course which kept him interested. He likes faster ground, but had Lymphangitis before Christmas which delayed his re-appearance until Easter Monday,” reported Andrew.

Hannah, who will celebrate her 21st birthday in two weeks time, is studying at Exeter University and rides out for Leslie Jefford.

Will Biddick and Robbie Henderson continued their National jockeys title battle with one winner each. Biddick rode his 32nd winner of the season when The Doom Bar easily landed the odds in the Open Maiden. “He jumps and stays,” said the rider, who also trains the five-year-old, who was bought for 9,500 euros at Fairyhouse last August. “He should have won at Kingston (St Mary) but I rode him the wrong way,” confessed the champion jockey, who could soon be tempted by offers for his promising jumper whose dam won a Tramore bumper.

Robbie Henderson is enjoying his best season and reached the 23 winner mark with a comfortable success on Before The War in the Confined. Owned by Stuart Jarrett and trained by Ed Walker, this eight-year-old is, “better in the spring,” thought the rider. The gelding followed up his recent course win at the expense of front running Notus de la Tour.

It was certainly a case of horses for courses at Flete Park on Saturday since Ambitious Pursuit and Right Enough also repeated their Easter course successes

Ivybridge school girl Pippa Glanville had ridden her first winner on Ambitious Pursuit at Easter, and the combination followed up in impressive style when defeating their 11 rivals in the Restricted. Owned and trained by Pippa’s mother Lee, six-year-old Ambitious Pursuit sailed into the lead down the hill and went on to win unchallenged.

The useful looking grey Right Enough was similarly untroubled in landing the Men’s Open, giving jockey Tom Chanin his fourth winner of the season. Robert Chanin trains the nine-year-old for Reg and Mandy Hand and said, “I was worried about the step up in class but he stayed well.”

Sava Bridge had plenty of “P’s” in his previous form figures, but had caught a few eyes when pulled up three fences out at Upcott Cross in his last run three weeks ago. Early 20-1 soon evaporated and 5-1 was being called at the off in the two and a half miles Maiden. Jimmy Cole showed plenty of faith in his seven-year-old and soon had him jumping boldly out in front. He came home untroubled in the end to score by nine lengths. Sava Bridge, who is by the Irish Derby winner Zagreb, had run in Ireland as recently as 9th March.


There was very little value to be had in several of the races at Flete Park where small fields and a Bank Holiday “social” crowd resulted in tight odds

The Doom Bar evoked little interest in the Open Maiden at 1-2 and 4-9 and he duly landed the odds.

Johny No Cash was a surprising 3-1 favourite in the 12-runner Restricted after showing at 4’s. He never looked like winning and the race went to the improving Ambitious Pursuit (4-1)

Nobody got rich on winners Mister Moonax (evens) and Before The War (4-5), but somebody knew something about the two and a half miles Maiden winner Sava Bridge. He couldn’t get his pedigree correct in the race card, but his odds contracted considerably from early 20’s to as low as 5-1 before he ran out a comfortable winner. He had been pulled up at Upcott Cross three weeks ago.


Results of the Modbury Harriers meeting


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The following photographers were at the meeting: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath)


2pm, Sunday 1th May, Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon (near Newquay)

RESULTS: Modbury Harriers Point-To-Point, Flete Park, 3 May 2014

Going: Good, Good to Soft in places


Open Maiden (W Daniels Plant Hire Ltd)

1 The Doom bar (Will Biddick) 4-9 fav

2 My Rosie B (Ed Barrett) 6-1

3 Justin Morgan (Lucy Gardner) 15-2

8 ran; 10l; 15l;  6m 58s

Trainer: Will Biddick


Restricted (Stanley Carpets)

1 Ambitious Pursuit (Pippa Glanville) 4-1

2 Gontdevon (Tom Chanin) 4-1

3 It’s All Or Nothing (Michael Heard) 5-1

12 ran; 9l; 2 1/2l;  6m 46s

Trainer: Lee Glanville


Ladies’ Open four miles George Baskerville Memorial – Sponsor Pinsent Family)

1 Mister Moonax (Hannah Hawkins) evens fav

2 Sunken Secret (Pippa Glanville) 4-1

3 Jopero (Hannah Welch) 5-2

4 ran; 8l; 12l;  8m 18s

Trainer; Andrew Hawkins


Open Maiden 4 to 7-year olds 2m 4f  (Friary Mill Bakery)

1 Sava Bridge (Jimmy Cole) 5-1

2 Paper Lady (Bryony Frost) 8-1

3 High Priority (Will Biddick) 8-1

10 ran; 9l; 5l;  5m 38s

Trainer: Jimmy Cole


Men’s Open (Kitsons)

1 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 2-1

2 Swansbrook (Michael Legg) 1-2 fav

3 Vintage Class (Jamie Thomas) 5-1

3 ran; 8l; 4l;  6m 51s

Trainer: Robert Chanin


Confined (Meadowside & St Francis Care Centre)

1 Before The War (Robbie Henderson) 4-5 fav

2 Notus de lla Tour (Lizzie Kelly ) 5-1

3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 6-1

8 ran; 2 1/2l; 4l;  6m 49s

Trainer: Ed Walker





Exmoor, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2013 Report

BRATTON DOWN was seen at its best on Sunday with a massive crowd enjoying the picturesque backcloth of Exmoor on a crystal clear, sunny day.

It was a day to remember for 16-year-old Kieran Buckley who rode his first winner as Vertige Dore just snatched the Men’s Open with a head victory over the favourite Flanshan, with Pastek breathing down their necks in third.

Eight-year-old Vertige Dore is owned and trained by the young jockey’s father Eddie Buckley, the long standing head lad to the Pipe yard at Nicholashayne. A winner four times under rules when in the care of Paul Nicholls and latterly David Pipe, Vertige Dore was a gift horse from the Pipe’s after losing his form last autumn. The winner was never the easiest of rides under rules, but certainly ran kindly for his young rider. “He jumped like a stag but I didn’t want to hit the front too soon and took a pull two out,” explained Kieran, adding, “I am still at Uffculme school but have been riding out at the Pipe’s since I was 11. I have done show jumping and cross country and this was my sixth ride in point-to-points.

The 2011 ladies’ champion Gina Andrews was paying her first visit to Bratton Down. There is a saying when a horse wins easily that he could have gone round again – well Gina’s comfortable Ladies’ Open winner Start Royal did just that. “I had so much trouble pulling him up and couldn’t stop him until we got to the starting area at the other end of the course”, smiled Gina as her mount regally completed a lap of honour. Start Royal had a wind operation before this season and was winning his third Open of the campaign which started when runner-up at Wadebridge last December . He is trained by Alan Hill who jointly owns the gelding in partnership with Mike Avery and Stewart and Hilda Nash.

Josh Guerriero, who has a new role lined up as assistant trainer to Dan Skelton this summer, is enjoying his best season in the saddle, and is assured of his first Devon & Cornwall Area jockeys’ title with 23 winners already under his belt. Josh rode his second double of the week thanks to Bernshaw and Tresor De La Vie.

Bernshaw jumped well to make all in the opening Hunt race. The well backed eight-year-old is trained locally by Claire Hitch for her father Mike Wright. “We bought him at Ascot sales but he got a leg and missed last year. The clerk of the course Phil Rawle has done a good job for me riding him out recently,” said Claire.

Josh Guerriero’s double was completed in the concluding Maiden with an impressive performance from Tresor De La Vie. This six-year-old has a lot to live up to since he was sourced in France by former jockey and now successful bloodstock agent Richard Hobson, whose purchases include Hurricane Fly and Sir Des Champs. Owned by Jean Browning, Tresor De La Vie was also completing a double for his trainer Izzy Dartnall.

Izzy had earlier saddled only the second winner of her career when Letmespeak and Robbie Henderson just got the better of Josh Guerriero’s mount Tallanstown Boy in the first leg of the maiden. Letmespeak is owned by Izzy’s father Victor Dartnall who had bought the eight-year-old locally from Debbie Cole. “We thought he had a chance because he had worked well with Ambion Wood who won for us at Worcester yesterday,” said Victor, who is likely to send his winner summer jumping.

Lilac Wine was a worthy winner of a decent Intermediate, staying on gamely to pip the luckless Ladfromhighworth and Point West in a tight finish. Lilac Wine was ridden by Danny Burton for his father Gerald who is based at Calne, Wiltshire. The 10-year-old mare had been runner up twice this season and was allowed to start at 33-1. “She had a virus last year but seems to have come to herself now,” reported the trainer.

There was almost a 33-1 surprise in the 13-runner Restricted as the unconsidered Bathwick Scanno and Jamie Bargary went into a three lengths lead round the final bend. Darren Edwards was steadily closing on Bradley Brook however and the Nicky Martin trained gelding took command on the brow of the hill to score going away. “We bought him in Ireland as a three-year-old and he has taken time to mature,” said the trainer.


Hunt race (Burges Salmon)
1 Bernshaw (J Guerriero) 2-1; 2 Mister Moonax (Hannah Hawkins) 11-10fav; 3 Johny No Cash (Suzy Berry) 12-1; 6 ran; 4 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 6s

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)
1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 5-2; 2 Bathwick Scanno (Jamie Bargary) 33-1; 3 Young Jim (Jamie Thomas 25-1; 13 ran; 3l; 15l; 5m 55s

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)
1 Start Royal (Gina Andrews); 7-4 fav; 2 Yufo (Vicky Wade) 13-2; 3 How’s My Friend (Amanda Bush)) 4-1; 9 ran; 4l; 2 1/2l; 5m 51s

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)
1 Vertige Dore (Kieran Buckley) 5-1; 2 Flanshan (Martin McIntyre) 2-1 fav; 3 Pastek (Martin Peaty) 14-1; 9 ran; head; 1/2l; 6m 1s

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)
1 Lilac Wine (Danny Burton) 33-1; 2 Ladfromhighworth (Vicky Wade) 3-1; 3 Point West (Martin Cooney) 5-2; 9 ran; 1/2l; 1l; 5m 57s

Open Maiden
Division 1 (The Old Station House Inn)
1 Letmespeak (Robbie Henderson) 4-1; 2 Tallanstown Boy (Josh Guerriero) 4-1; 3 Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) 9-2; 12 ran; neck; 1/2l; 6m 9s

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)
1 Tresor De La Vie (Josh Guerriero) 3-1 fav; 2 William Percival (Mike Heard) 7-2; 3 Grey Dream (Jamie Bargary) 12-1; 12 ran; 3/4l; 2 1/2l; 6m 1s



It was a memorable day for two promising young lady jockeys at Treborough Hill with Bryony Frost and Natalie Parker each achieving their first winners. Richard Woollacott has over 200 winners in his CV, but his four-timer would have been just as important to him after a wretched start to this season through injury. The racing surface drew much praise and wall to wall sunshine replaced the early mist.

Mixed Open, 4 miles; (Dunster Heat Ltd)

Eleven faced the starter for the first four miles staying test in the area this season. King’s Wood was the punters choice with his proven stamina , but there was good support for King of the Road who ran a personal best over an extended four miles at Cheltenham last May. Matt Hampton soon had King of the Road in front with Cowboyboots and Ice Tea prominent. Richard Woollacott eased Thirtytwo Red into the lead racing into the home straight, and never looked like being caught despite a late flourish from Mister Moonax who ran on strongly under young Hannah Hawkins. Now 11-years-old, Thirtytwo Red is the only pointer in training with Guy Weatherley at Tiverton and started at 20-1. Guy rode this gelding to his first three pointing victories but gave up race riding four years ago. The dice has not rolled in favour of Thirtytwo Red for the past couple of seasons and it was good to see him return to form in a race which took nearly ten minutes.

Confined (Fallen Stock Company)

Richard Woollacott made the worst possible start to the season with his fall at Black Forest Lodge which left him sidelined for nearly three months. His comeback to the saddle at Buckfastleigh last month was a prelude to three blank weeks, but he hit sparkling form at Treborough Hill on Sunday (March 11th) by riding four winners and training three of them. His winner here was the progressive Deb’s Dasher who is steadily climbing the ladder and defied his 6lbs penalty with ease. Dandooley stayed on late to finish second with long time leader Tallow Bridge in third. “Some of our horses have been coughing a bit,” said Richard, adding: “this horse would be better with firmer ground.” In my book he is potentially an open horse.

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

Kirkleigh was a shade of odds-on to complete his seasonal hat trick after wins at Chipley and Great Trethew. In the end he was just touched off by Richard Woollacott’s mount Allerford Jack. Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) went on five out but had pulled hard and did not jump fluently in the home straight. He had to give best to Allerford Jack on the run-in. “Allerford Jack needs to be switched off to make sure he stays,” said Woollacott of his winner. He also trains the gelding for a small syndicate.

Open Maiden (Winston Pincombe LandRovers)

Richard Woollacott capped a memorable day by riding his fourth winner of the day here on the previously unraced Midnight Whisper. The six-year-old showed in front rounding the final bend and stayed on strongly over the line of four fences in the straight. “I didn’t really want to be in front so early but he jumped magic and will stay forever,” said the elated rider/trainer. The strong topped gelding by Midnight Legend is out of Spread The Word, who won four point-to-points and a handicap chase for Pam Pengelly.

Open Maiden 4 to 7-year-olds only, 2m 4f (Great Bradley Estate, Withypool)

Bryony Frost is just embarking on her career and the former pony racing champion partnered her first winner over jumps on Top Green, who ran on well to beat Palfrey Boy and Ellvis. The Frost family need little introduction, and Bryony, who turns 17 next month looks like upholding the family tradition. “He was always going well and I didn’t want to get there too early,” said the delighted youngster. Five-year-old Top Green was placed in cross country races in France before joining the Nikki Frost yard. “Jamie Thomas did a good job with him in his first two points and he will be better on good ground,” said owner Jimmy Frost.

Restricted (A1 Gates & Securities)

It was a good day for youth as well as experience and Dashing John provided 19-year-old Natalie Parker with her first winner in quite a competitive looking event. Mister Trigger held the advantage down the back straight, but was overhauled by Dashing John approaching four out. The winner kept up a relentless gallop up the home straight and extended his advantage to 10 lengths on reaching the judge. This was another family success since Dashing John is owned by the rider’s mother Tracy and trained by her father Kevin at Bilbrook, just three miles from the course. “I work for Philip Hobbs and originally rode out there when I was 13,” said Natalie, who does Colour Squadron at the Hobbs yard and was looking forward to accompanying him to the festival.

Hunt race (Yeo Barton Bloodstock)

Delta Borget was always travelling well and got the better of Prince De Bersy after jumping the third last to win comfortably. Leanda Tickle was riding her fourth winner of the season on the Leslie Jefford trained gelding which gave her the lead for the National Novice Riders’title. Leslie described his winner as, “very genuine and very uncomplicated,”