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Entries: Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 17th March 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 12:00 Pony Racing
1st 13:00 Restricted Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Intermediate Race
4th 14:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 15:20 Open Maiden Race, Division One
6th 15:55 Open Maiden Race, Division Two
7th 16:30 Members Race

Course Updates:

Sunday, 17 March at 12:00

The going at Buckfastleigh remains SOFT

Saturday, 16 March at 21:44

Pony Racing 12 noon, 1st PtP Race 1.00pm.

Today’s very high winds, with occasional blustery showers, sure challenged our volunteers preparing for Sunday’s Buckfastleigh meeting. But it takes a lot to deter real “pointing” folk and although heavy rain was expected later in the day, with the prospect of a much improved forecast for Sunday they battled on with good humour, vowing to be up early Sunday to finish off the “cosmetics”, bins, banners and bogs, not forgetting the flags for the finish line!

As forecast, the wind and rain has already abated this evening (9pm), so rest assured we intend to be all ready to welcome you to our Course tomorrow, be it to race a pony or pointer, or just to enjoy the spectacle and a flutter, but tip for the day, do wear stout footwear – it is March after all!

I will post an up to date Buckfastleigh Going Report as soon as one is available to me tomorrow and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Thursday, 14 March at 21:54

Local BHA Course Inspector, Claire Wonnacott , walked the course with our Clerk of the Course, John Bond this afternoon and declared the Going at Buckfastleigh to be soft. Rain and strong winds are forecast for Saturday, quietening on Sunday to a moderate breeze.

Please note: On race day arrival, Horse boxes to be parked up in the lorry park but horses must remain boxed until the Horse’s Passport and Health Declaration documents have been presented to the Declarations Desk for inspection before authorisation to unload can be given.

Thursday, 14 March

At 6pm yesterday, The Clerk of the Course reported the Going at Buckfastleigh was Soft. Now we are into March the ground is drying much quicker than in February and the Course walked very well, with a good covering of grass and the fences all moved to fresh ground, as have been the bends. Today, heavy morning rain early on has been replaced by more showery weather and strong winds, with similar forecast for Friday. A further report on the Going and outlook for race day will follow tomorrow afternoon.

Tuesday, 12th March

Buckfastleigh – This afternoon the Clerk of the Course reported the Going to be Soft but it has been a sunny, windy day and preparations for racing are progressing well.

Friday 8th March

The Buckfastleigh Clerk of the Course reported this morning, Friday 8th March, that the Preliminary Going at Buckfastleigh is Good to Soft, Soft in Places. More posts to follow regularly from mid week on. DVSPH PtP Secretary.

Preview extract:

Racegoers are in for a treat next weekend where the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers host their meeting at Buckfastleigh on Sunday 17th March. Having enjoyed Cheltenham festival race week, those attending this meeting will be treated to some competitive racing here, where seven races are on offer, which have attracted over 80 entries. Pony racing, which is sponsored by Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream precedes the main race card with two pony races commencing at 12 noon.

The course at Buckfastleigh offers fantastic viewing, it is easily located off the A38. There will be plenty of trade stands, hot food tent, bar, bookies and a great atmosphere for all the family to enjoy. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children 16 and under free. Dogs on leads welcome. Post code TQ11 OLT.

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
© = 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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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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Pony Racing

Race 1 138cm (m 6f ) OPEN

Race 2 148cm (m 8f ) OPEN

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Entries: East Devon Point-To-Point at Bishops Court on Sunday 3rd March 2019

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 4, 5 & 6 year old Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Club Members Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race
7th 15:30 7 years and older Open Maiden Race

Course updates from John Bradley

Sunday 24th February 2019 at 19:34

Update on the going at Bishops Court, Ottery St MARY. At the moment the going is good, good to soft in places. With light rain forecast on Thursday it is expected to improve. Most of the course is completed. I’m expecting to finish on Thursday.

Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 13:49

No change of going at Bishops Court

Thursday 28th February 2019 at 13:28

Bishops Court passed course inspection by Course inspector Mr Norman Chanin. Going is Good good to soft in places

Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 20:34

Going at Bishops Court unchanged today but with rain forecast this might change slightly

Preview extract:

It’s the turn of the East Devon Hunt to host their meeting at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Sunday 3rd March. Seven races are on offer with a start time of Noon. Over 140 entries have been received and it’s set to be another competitive days racing.

This meeting usually sees the first of the spring weather drawing out picnic racegoers in their hundreds. For those wishing to sample the delights on course there will be plenty of stands offering hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and a number of country trade-stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary. Postcode EX11 1RJ.

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
© = 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 2018/19 form from 2017/18 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2016/17 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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Entries: Rescheduled Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point at Buckfastleigh on Saturday 31st March 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
PR 12:00 Pony Racing
1st 13:00 Restricted Race
2nd 13:35 Mens Open Race
3rd 14:10 Intermediate Race
4th 14:55 Ladies Open Race
5th 15:30 Open Maiden Race, Division One
6th 16:05 Open Maiden Race, Division Two
7th 16:40 Members Race

Course Updates:

Saturday 31st March 2018, 08:36

official confirmation: I’ve spoken to the Buckfastleigh secretary and the inspection was passed and racing is definitely ON.

Saturday 31st Match 2018, 07:35

Following persistent overnight rain, a Buckfastleigh Course Inspection has been called for

8.00am – a further update on this will be posted as soon as possible

Friday 30th March 2018, 13:28

There has been an inspection of the course today by local BHA Inspector, Claire Wonnacott,  Chief Steward, Terry Hamlin & Clerk of the Course John Bond, who have confirmed they are happy for racing to go ahead and that the Going is Heavy.  Note: The way-out from lorry park has been re-organised for ease of exit.  Buckfastleigh is on!

Wednesday, 28 March: posted at 4.15pm

“The Clerk of the Course at Buckfastleigh reports that the Going today remains unchanged at Soft, Heavy in Places.”

Tuesday, 27 March: Posted 3.30pm

The Clerk of the Course reports from Buckfastleigh that the Going there is Soft, Heavy in Places. The Course is looking good and our work-parties are ready for racing to go ahead this Saturday. A further update will follow tomorrow.

Friday 24 March, received 23.37pm

The PtP Secretary for Buckfastleigh reports that arrangements for their re-scheduled meeting on Easter Saturday, 31 March, are now well in hand and it’s all systems go for racing to go ahead there next weekend.  Regular Going reports will be posted during the coming week

Monday 19 March, posted 20.13pm

The Dart Vale postponed fixture will be run on next Saturday 31st March (Easter Saturday) with entries standing.

Friday 16 March, posted 14.36pm

The Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers fixture on this Sunday 18th March is postponed due to access to the lorry park and for services on the course. They are seeking to run on an alternative date.

Thursday 15 March, posted 5.30pm

Following persistent rain on Wednesday which continued overnight, the Clerk of the Course reports the Going today as Heavy, Soft in Places . It has been dry all day today with a drying breeze and preparations continue apace in readiness to race on Sunday.

Tuesday, 13 March, posted 5.25pm

After weekend rain, work parties deferred working on the course yesterday until today.  The Clerk of the Course, John Bond, reports this afternoon that it has been dry and sunny all day and the Going is now Soft, Heavy in Places and conditions drier than he had expected.   They have progressed well with the work in hand,  all  fences and bends have been moved successfully and racing at this meeting will be on all fresh ground with a good covering of grass to the track.   Further bulletins will now follow throughout the week.

Preliminary Going

Preliminary Going is Soft for the DV&HH PtP on Sunday, 18 March 2018.

Following the February meeting, the course was reinstated, all the fences moved and racing will be on all fresh ground with a good covering of grass. Work parties will be on the Course on Monday and a report from the Clerk of the Course will be posted later that day.

Preview extract:

The historic racecourse at Buckfastleigh is where racing enthusiasts can round off their week after the buzz of Cheltenham. this coming Sunday 18th March, when the Dart Vale and Haldon Harriers host their meeting. Seven races will be on offer starting at 1pm, proceeded by pony racing which kicks of the action at 12 noon.

The location of the course offers a view of Dartmoor and is an ideal location for all the family to spend a spring day in the fresh air.

On course facilities are large catering tent offering hot food and refreshments, real ale bar, bookies and a host of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The track is located off A38 at Lower Dean (TQ11 OLT).

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
© = 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 2016/17 form from 2015/16 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2014/15 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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Entries: East Devon Point-To-Point at Bishops Court on Saturday 10th March 2018 OFF

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 4, 5 & 6 year old Open Maiden Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Club Members Race
6th 14:55 Restricted Race
7th 15:30 7 years and older Open Maiden Race

Course updates from John Bradley

Friday 9th March

18:00 Due to the amount of rain this afternoon. A course inspection will be carried out at 08.00 tomorrow to ensure Bishops Court is fit to race. John Bradley – Clerk of course

15:00 John Bradley, Clerk of Course confirms the going is still the same: Soft. Rain expected through out the afternoon this might be revised in the morning to heavy. The course will be testing as is the norm at Bishops Court

5 March 2018 at 20:00

The Clerk of Course reports the going today is Soft.

The work on the East Devon Point-To-Point course is nearly done with just the fences to be dressed this week.

The course inspector is scheduled on course on Thursday.

Preview extract:

After the recent winter chill, Pointing should be back on track in the area next weekend where the meeting is due to be held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Saturday March 10th. Seven races will be on offer with over 80 entries received, and the first race off at 12 noon.

This track offers a fantastic family picnic spot for country loving folk. Offering a great view of the course which attracts plenty of runners, together with bar, hot and cold refreshments, bookies and many trade stands. The course is located at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1RJ. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a maximum of £30 per car, Pedestrians £10 and Children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome.

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
© = 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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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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Entries: South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh, 18th February 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Confined Race
2nd 12:35 Intermediate Race
3rd 13:10 Westcountry Champion Chase Mixed Open
4th 13:55 Confined Maiden Race, for horses & geldings
5th 14:30 Confined Maiden Race, for mares & fillies
6th 15:05 Restricted Race

Going Update

Saturday 17 February 2018 – at 6.30pm

The Clerk of the Course reported the Going remains unchanged, Soft, Heavy in Places.  There was no overnight rain, it’s been another dry, sunny day and we are all set to race tomorrow.  Before racing begins tomorrow, as is usual the Going will be determined by the Chief Steward.

Friday 16 February 2018 15:45

Yesterday Clare Wonnacott, BHA local Inspector, visited the course, found it to be in good order with the Going ” Soft, Heavy in Places”. Today, the Clerk of the Course reports the Going remains unchanged but with a current spell of fine weather set to continue to race day, the course will be drying out further all the time. Preparations are all well in hand to be ready to race on Sunday.

Tuesday 13 February 2018

The Clerk of the Course reports that following overnight rain the Going at Buckfastleigh today is “Soft, Heavy in Places”.

Heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday, and thereafter dry and sunny weather up to and including race day.

Local Course Inspector, Clare Wonnacott, is due to visit and inspect the Course on Thursday when a further Going Report will be posted.

Preview extract:

A fantastic family day of Point-to-Pointing is on offer next weekend with the first of two meetings to take place at the popular track based at Buckfastleigh, South Devon on Sunday February 18. Three pony races head up the action at 11am, with the 148 cm race already divided, followed by the six race card commencing at 12 noon. 111 entries have been received.

With spring just around the corner this venue offers a fun day of racing together with many trade stands giving a warm country feel. There is a large catering tent and bar, with on course bookies.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome.

The course is located at Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh, adjacent to the A38. Postcode TQ11 0LT.

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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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Entries and form guide: Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, 28th January 2018

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:55 Mares Maiden
7th 15:30 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

Friday 26th January 2018

3.30p.m. just come back from the course and the ground is good to soft and soft in places. Keith

Wednesday 24th January 2018

After heavy showers today, Wednesday, the ground for Sunday 28th is now soft with good to soft patches, however forecast is for little or no rain for the next 3 days so no problems envisaged Keith

Saturday 20th January 2018

All systems go for Sunday 28th 1st race 12 noon. Looking great at the moment all fences out and cut off, 4-5″ grass and the ground today was good to soft, soft in places. Trusting another good entry on its way as it does seem to be very popular. See you all then. Keith

Preview extract:

With the Point-to-Point season back in full swing, the stunning location of Chipley Park is where the Tiverton Foxhounds will host their meeting, this coming Sunday January 28th.  Set in over 90 acres of parkland this has been a popular venue since the year 2000. Seven races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon. 124 entries have been received

There are many trade stands which include a Venison and Buffalo Burger stand, Taunton Cider and Zara’s Country Accessories which could be ideal for ladies looking for Cheltenham Festival wear. Bookies, bar and hot food are available. Entrance to the course is £10 per person up to £30 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads are welcome. The organisers would like to give a mention to many of the sponsors who have helped in funding the day, which include Matford Landrover, A.J.D.Nash, Pennymore Timber, John Dorse Hay & Straw, Simon & Annabel Brooks-Ward vet team, The Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton and The Keepers Cottage Kentisbere.

The course is located of the B3167 3 miles from Wellington and 1mile from Milverton. Postcode TA21 0QY.

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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wellington, 3.4 miles from TA21 OQU

BBC Travel News: SomersetDevon;

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Entries: Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Wadebridge, 11th December 2016

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Conditions Race
2nd 12:05 Mens Open Race
3rd 12:40 Ladies Open Race
4th 13:15 Restricted Race
5th 13:50 Intermediate Race
6th 14:25 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 15:00 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

Going Update from Linda Matthews

Further updates will be added here

Sunday 10th December 2017

Published by Linda Matthews at 08:06

Wadebridge is going ahead. Rain has stopped. Windy but the wings are still up. Rained in the night so now good to soft, soft in places. Wind should ease by afternoon.

Saturday 9th December 2017

The Clerk of the Course at WADEBRIDGE has just reported that the GOING is still GOOD TO SOFT & SOFT IN PLACES. It’s dry and calm today but rain is forecast tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunshine and showers but windy. The course is generally well drained.

Please note that horseboxes must park on the tarmac roads. They are wide and there is plenty of room, with easy access to the paddock.

Friday 8th December 2017

The going is still good to soft, soft in places. There is a really good covering of grass and no sign of snow or frost. Some wintry showers today but nothing has settled.

Monday 4th December 2017

We’ve had 114 entries for the Cornwall Club Point to Point. A record! There should be some excellent races. The Open Maiden has been divided and we might have to divide the Conditions Race on the day so we’re starting earlier than scheduled at 11.30am. Please spread the word.

Friday 1st December 2017

The Clerk of the Course, Nick Phillips, has reported that the going is “good to soft, soft in places”.

Wednesday 29th November 2017
The Course Inspector was happy with the course yesterday and reported that the going jowas Good to Soft, Soft in Places.

Preview extract:

Point-to-Point enthusiasts are in for a real treat this weekend with the Cornwall Hunt Club hosting their meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge having attracted 114 entries for the now seven race card. An earlier start time of 11.30am has been implemented to ensure racing finishes in daylight.

The track at Wadebridge offers super viewing, allowing race-goers close to the action whilst experiencing some thrilling finishes. A huge covered barn containing hot refreshments, bar, bookies and a host of trade stands for Christmas shopping is on offer, giving a great festive feel to the day.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person with children under sixteen free. Ample parking accessed via concrete roadways. The Royal Cornwall Showground is located off the A39 west of Wadebridge. Post code PL27 7JE. Check out Pointing DC website and on Facebook for all the latest going, preview, entries and weather watch.

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
© = 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 2017/18 form from 2016/17 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2015/16 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: BISHOPS COURT RACING CLUB AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY 20TH NOVEMBER 2017

 Written by Granville Taylor

I cannot remember an earlier start to a British pointing season. Old timers will recall the days we had to wait until February, but the autumn weather did its best to welcome us to the excellent venue of Ottery St Mary.

So pleasant weather, lovely surroundings and softish ground put a smile on most peoples’ faces, not to mention four out of six winning favourites.

They went 7-2 the field as the flag went down for the 12-runner opener over two and a half miles with the eventual jolly having been cut from an opening show of 5’s. This was the well made six-year-old The Kings Writ, sweating a little but immaculately turned out as usual by Kayley Woollacott. The gelding’s hurdling experience, coupled with fitness saw Josh Newman’s mount pulling away from his rivals in the home straight to score by six lengths. Runner up Danseur du Large (steady ay 5’s) and third placed It Has To Be ( 6’s out to 8’s) look sure to atone before long. Two gambles came unstuck here; Gundahar (20’s to 10’) looked fit but faded to finish seventh and Mystic Court (10’s to 5’s) hit the deck at the fourth when leading.

Colorado Doc landed odds of 4-5 in the Conditions race (touched 4-6 and evens in a place). The six-year-old was given a positive front running ride by Bradley Gibbs and never looked like being caught. War Path (8’s touched 9’s) stayed on well to get within shouting distance of the winner. Mic’s Delight (4’s to 5’s) will be better for the race and Silver Token (14’s touched 16’s) gave a splendid introduction to point-to-pointing to 16-year-old Connor Brace in finishing fourth.

Doc Cody (13-8 out to 9-4) completed a double for David Brace and Bradley Gibbs in the Restricted. The relative generosity of the winner’s SP was due to substantial support for fellow Welsh traveller Champione (3’ to evens), a come back ride after three years absence for top point-to-point jockey Nick Williams. After taking the lead approaching the spinney, Nick’s mount stopped quickly before the second last and was pulled up. Minella Mojo (7’s out to 10’s) chased the winner home and can find a Restricted before long. The triple bumper winner Ghost River (solid 3’s) was well beaten when pulled up at the last but is surely capable of better.

The Mixed Open looked a decent race which went to the heavily backed Rutland based favourite Top Wood. “Our first bet was £600-100”, a leading layer told me before the useful ex-chaser was forced down to 2-1 at the off. Kelly Morgan’s charge, who escaped all the penalties for this race, was given a good ride by Sam Davies-Thomas to skate home by eight lengths. William Money (7-2 from 6’s) chased the winner home (what price his young jockey Connor Brace for the Novices title?). The Wealerdealer ( 3’s from 7-2’s) came from off the pace to finish third whilst fourth home The Dapper Fox (12’s to 10’s) came from the next parish to finish with a flourish (probably looking for Black Forest Lodge). He can score again with more positive handling.  Of the unplaced horses, the ex-Paul Nicholls trained Keltus couldn’t find a friend in the market (2-1 out to 6-1), and Warwick hunter chase winner Poole Master (5’s out to 10’s) couldn’t get in the race after a bad mistake at half way.

By this time the punters were baying for more blood and duly got it as the bold jumping Pointview Gale (9-4 fav from opening 7-4) sailed home in the three miles Maiden to give Josh Newman and trainer Kayley Woollacott their double. He can win again when upped in class. Druid Spitfire (5’s to 4’s) was chasing the winner when coming down at the penultimate and should find a Maiden this season.

The Welsh faces got it wrong in the last. They went for Desert Roe (9-4 to 6-4 fav). but it was the consistent Moreece (9-2 out to 11-2) who took the prize back over the bridge in the hands of Will Biddick.  Runner up Creative Inerta (4’s out to 11-2) will be better for this run. He weakened from two out to finish 20 lengths second.

One of the most heartening sights of the day was to see leading bookie Mike Smith at Ottery after his recovery from serious illness. He will soon be counting his money again.

REPORT: BISHOPS COURT RACING CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017

WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR 

Dull November brings the blast, when the leaves are whirling fast” – from the poem The Garden Year by Sara Coleridge 1802 – 1852: She was the only daughter of one of the most famous English poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was born at Ottery St Mary in 1772. He died in 1834 so didn’t get to watch any point-to-points at Bishops Court just outside the town, which opened in 1979.

Actually, very pleasant mild Autumn weather prevailed as the Devon & Cornwall area opened the new British point-to-point season at Ottery on softish ground before a sizeable crowd. The afternoon featured riding doubles for Josh Newman and Bradley Gibbs, plus training doubles for Kayley Woollacott and David Brace.

Newman took the opening two and a half miles Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds with a comfortable win on board ex-hurdler The Kings Writ. This rangy six-year-old is owned by David and Steph Stevens and is now in the yard of trainer Kayley Woollacott. “This is one of the couple I nicked off Richard (Woollacott). He was a bit bouncy but outjumped his rivals,” commented the trainer, who confirmed that 25-year-old Josh Newman, a Cheltenham festival winning rider on Midnight Prayer in the 2014 National Hunt Chase, will have the stable rides this season.

It didn’t take long for the successful trainer/rider combination to follow up, thanks to a sound display of jumping from Pointview Gale in winning the three miles Open Maiden. This sturdy ex-Irish gelding drew right away from his opponents after his nearest pursuer Druid Spitfire fell at the second last fence. The eight-year-old runs in the colours of Kayley’s father Martyn and stepmother Nicky Jones.  “He jumped his way there and all he does is jump and gallop,” remarked the Rose Ash trainer.

Welsh pointers invariably do well at the early season Devon & Cornwall meetings, and the enforced late switch of this traditional opening fixture from Black Forest Lodge to Ottery St Mary, proved no exception. Colorado Doc (Conditions Race) and Doc Cody (Restricted) each rewarded supporters from over the Severn Bridge in the hands of 25-year-old jockey Bradley Gibbs. These promising six-year- olds are owned and trained by their Pyle, Bridgend based breeder David Brace. Colorado Doc was given a positive front running ride to hold off fellow Welsh traveller War Path (Hannah Lewis) in the quickest time of the day. “He ran a bit freely early on but is a nice young horse who could have the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow as his target.” said David Brace, who stood the sire of the winning pair, the now deceased Dr Massini.  The Dunraven Bowl hunter chase is sponsored by the winning owner who went on to take the Restricted with his equally talented six-year-old Doc Cody.

The well backed favourite Champione proved a disappointing come back ride for Nick Williams in this event, in which four of the seven-strong field held Welsh certificates. Doc Cody was sent on by Bradley Gibbs two out, and readily drew clear of the only other finisher Minella Mojo round the final bend.  “Doc Cody’s dam Brydferth Ddu, which means Black Beauty, won a Maiden for us and has also bred our winning pointer Bob The Butcher,” explained the owner.

Will Biddick has been playing down his chances of adding to his six Men’s National titles, but quickly got on the scoreboard for the new season as Moreece strode clear to take the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier.

This was yet another Welsh success, since the winner hails from the Pyle yard of Jonathan Lean. “He is only 15.2 but is a little dynamite we had out of Tim Vaughan’s yard,” said owner Sherree Lean, who has her eye on one of the Intermediate finals later in the season.

Top Wood was formerly a useful performer having won over hurdles and fences  for David Pipe, and justified strong market support for new connections to win a decent 12–runner Mixed Open. The winner shook off the attentions of runner up William Money, a second ever race ride for 16-year-old Connor Brace, to score convincingly in the end. The Wealerdealer and The Dapper Fox caught the eye here, staying on well from impossible positions in the closing stages.

Ten-year-old Top Wood is now owned by Johny Weatherby, having been purchased for £15,000 at Ascot sales earlier this year. He is now one of four pointers in the care of Kelly Morgan near Oakham, Rutland. “The change of scenery has probably helped. He can be very keen but a bit quirky and he settled and jumped exceptionally today,” reported the East Midlands based trainer. Talented rider 25-year-old Sam Davies-Thomas, pupil assistant to Dan Skelton, had the mount on the winner.

RESULTS

Results of the Bishops Court Racing Club 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 Official photographer at the meeting was: Cat Down Photography

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 10th December 2017, the Cornwall Club Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.

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RESULTS: BISHOPS COURT RACING CLUB POINT-TO-POINT AT OTTERY ST MARY 19TH NOVEMBER 2017

Going; Good to soft, soft in places

 

Open Maiden 4 TO 6 Year olds only;  Two miles and a half (Sponsor; Gingerland Livery Ltd)

1 The Kings Writ (Josh Newman) 7-2 fav disp lead five out, took lead apprg last, ran on well

2 Danseur Du Large (Will Biddick) 5-1 hdwy to 3rd three out, fin well but not reach leader

3 It Has To be (Ed Henderson) 8-1 prom, disp lead five out, every chance til no extra apprg last, promising

12 ran; 6l; short head; 5 m 30s

Owner; David & Steph Stevens; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

 

Conditions Race (Best Western Tiverton)

1 Colorado Doc (Bradley Gibbs) 4-5 fav made all, 20l clear 14th, held on well

2 War Path (Hannah Lewis) 8-1 chased leaders, went 2nd three out, stayed on strongly

3 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 5-1 midfield, went 3rd two out

11 ran; 3 1/2l; 6l;  6m 20s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

 

Restricted (Ladies of the Hunt)

1 Doc Cody (Bradley Gibbs) 9-4 progress 9th, mstk 13th, effort to slight lead two out, clear last, comf

2 Minella Mojo (Tom Chanin) 10-1 with leaders, led after 13th, every chance til outpaced by winner apprg last, fair effort

7 ran, only two finished; 7l 6m 37s

Owner; David Brace; Trainer; David Brace

 

Mixed Open (Heltor)

1 Top Wood (Sam Davies-Thomas) 2-1 fav good hdwy 13th, led four out, clear two out, easily

2 William Money (Connor Brace) 7-2 prom, led 14th no extra from three out, fair effort

3 The Wealerdealer (Lorcan Williams) 3-1 held up in rear, good late hdwy, not reach leaders

12 ran; 8l; 10l;  6m 21s

Owner; Johny Weatherby; Trainer; Kelly Morgan

 

Open Maiden (A & S Paving. Barnstaple Cross, Crediton)

1 Pointview Gale (Josh Newman) 9-4 fav handy, jumped well, led 13th, left clr two out

2 Ruby Fool (Jake Bament) 6-1 in touch, 3rd four out, left 2nd two out, not reach winner

3 Wilco (Sam Lee) 7-1 in touch til grad wknd three out

9 ran; 25l; 5l;  6m 41s

Owner; Martyn & Nicky Jones; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Moreece (Will Biddick) 11-2 alwys prom, drew clr apprg last, comf

2 Creative Inerta (Darren Andrews) 11-2 handy, every chance til wknd apprg last

3 The Lizard King (Darren Edwards) 5-1 prom, mstk two out

5 ran; 20l;10l;  6m 32s

Owner; Sherree Lean; Trainer; Jonathan Lean

 

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