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REPORT ON THE EAST CORNWALL  POINT-TO-POINT AT GREAT TRETHEW SUNDAY 29thMARCH 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE worst of the rain relented during the afternoon but there was no respite from the strong, blustery wind at Great Trethew, where the six bookmakers present operated from the cosy shelter of small marquee.

The strength of the wind had caused problems before the first race in which the last fence on the uphill section had to be omitted when it proved impossible to get the wings erected. Fortunately jockeys in the first race reported no adverse effects from the gusty wind in this two and a half miles Maiden won by Jimmy Frost’s four-year-old  Arty Bella. Bryony Frost was content to bide her time on the filly, who shook off another previously un-raced youngster in Applesolutely. “ My brother Hadden bought her at Ascot last June unbroken. She is from the family of Colonian Queen and her grandam was Colonial Princess who won point-to-points. I have done a lot of work on her. She didn’t make a mistake today and I can’t fault her guts,” reported the 19-year-old jockey.

Two progressive young pointers fought out the finish of the Mixed Open. The favourite Blazing Whale was struggling from the top of the hill as seven-year-olds Welstonedruid and Whenharrymetsally dominated the closing stages. It was the Robert Chanin trained Welstonedruid who saw the trip out best after his main rival blundered her chance away at the last. “This is his first Open win. He just keeps galloping and will stay four miles,” said the Thorverton trainer, intimating that Upcott Cross or Flete Park could be next on the agenda. The gelding was something of a chance ride for Tom Chanin, whose brother Ian normally has the ride. “I am just standing in for Ian today because he has gone to the Cotley,” said the winning rider.

Matt Hampton had to settle for second best on Whenharrymetsally, but reached the winner’s enclosure in the Intermediate thanks to Blinding Lights. “He is not a speed horse but stays and we will probably go for the Exeter Racecourse Final,” remarked the winner’s owner/trainer Mary Sanderson.

The Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds attracted 12 runners and went to a previously un-raced youngster in six-year-old Cailleach Annie. The winner drew clear at the last jump as her main pursuer Brandy and Red (Pippa Glanville) got tired. “I got her from Jay Leahy in Cork as a three-year-old but she is big and has taken time to come to herself. She is a half sister to Fear Glic who won over hurdles for me,” explained owner/trainer Jackie Du Plessis. The winner was ridden by 19-year-old David Noonan who is based with David Pipe. “I have now had six point-to-point winners and two under rules said the Irish born jockey.

Although based in Dorset with Anthony Honeyball, Harry Cobden is currently in a narrow lead (from David Noonan) for this year’s Devon & Cornwall male novice riders’ title. The 16-year-old reinforced his lead with a facile victory on Rachael Green’s grey Silver Token in the PPORA Novice Riders’ contest. 

Another novice rider on the score sheet was Jake Bament who took his career total to five when Great Camanoe just outstayed Theatre Goer to win the Restricted. “He was on and off the bridle but battled on well for me,” said the 18-year-old jockey who works for Harry Fry. Great Camanoe, who was repeating his course win three weeks ago, is owned and trained by Rebecca Welch. “Another by Morpeth and he is home bred from a tiny un-raced Rakaposhi King mare bred by my late father,” explained Rebecca.

RESULTS

Results of the East Cornwall 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 photographer was at the meeting: Sean Hernon

NEXT FIXTURES

Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015, the Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Cherrybrook, nr Tavistock.
Easter Monday, 6th April 2015, the Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr St. Columb Major.

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RESULTS: EAST CORNWALL AT GREAT TRETHEW 29 MARCH 2015

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Going: Soft becoming heavy

 Open Maiden, 4 and 5-year-olds only, 2m 4f (St Austell Brewery, Cornwall)

1 Arty Bella (Bryony Frost) 5-1 effort three out, led flat, stayed on well

2 Applesolutely (Sean Houlihan) 7-1 handy, slight lead two out, hdd flat

3 Come On Mother (Matt Hampton) evens fav prom, every chance three out, wknd next

7 ran; 2l; 4l;  6m 30s

Owner: Jimmy Frost; Trainer: Mrs Nikki Frost

 

Open Maiden, 4 to 7-year-olds only, 2m 4f (Dawe, Hawken & Dodd, Callington)

1 Cailleach Annie (David Noonan) 8-1 with ldrs, led last, stayed on strongly

2 Brandy And Red (Pippa Glanville) 7-1 disp lead from 7th til two out, no extra flat

3 Whatastormnorm (Tom Chanin) 11-4 with ldrs til outpaced two out

12 ran; 4l; 4l;  6m 5s

Owner; Jackie du Plessis; Trainer Jackie du Plessis

 

Mixed Open (Jamaica Inn)

Welstonedruid (Tom Chanin) 2-1 made most, headed two out, rallied to lead flat

2 Whenharrymetsally (Matt Hampton) 3-1 alwys prom, disp ld 15th, every chance mstk last

3 Lundy Sky (David Noonan) 20-1 kept on steadily from 15th

6 ran; 3l; 5l;  7m 21s

Owner; Mr & Mrs Andrew Knox; Trainer Robert Chanin

 

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Jefferys)

1 Silver Token (Harry Cobden) 1-4 fav held up, led four out, canter

Ned The Post (Tom Humphreys) 4-1 chased ldrs, outpaced from three out

3 Vertige Dore (Hannah Welch) 7-1 led 7th to 15th, lost touch three out

6 ran; 14l; 15l;  7m 30s

Owner: Ms Rachael Green; Trainer; Ms Rachael Green

 

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Blinding Lights (Matt Hampton) 5-2 led to 6th & agn after three out, held on gamely

2 Infamous Grouse (Darren Edwards) 2-1 ridden to chall two out, not quite get up under pressure

3 Way Before Dawn (Leanda Tickle) 5-4 fav led 14th til three out, outpaced next

3 ran; 1l; 10l;  7m 27s

Owner; Mrs Mary Sanderson; Trainer; Mrs Mary Sanderson

 

Restricted (Blackburns Metals Ltd, Plympton)

1 Great Camanoe (Jake Bament) 3-1 went 2nd four out, sustained chall til led close home

2 Theatre Goer (Leanda Tickle) 9-4 in touch, disp lead two out til close home

3 Aah Bless (Matt Hampton) 3-1 led 14th til wknd after three out

6 ran; neck; 8l;  7m 20s

Owner; Mrs Rebecca Welch; Trainer Mrs Rebecca Welch

The www.pointtopoint.co.uk website lists all finishing positions (subscription required)

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 photographer was at the meeting: Sean Hernon

NEXT FIXTURES

Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015, the Spooners & West Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Cherrybrook, nr Tavistock.
Easter Monday, 6th April 2015, the Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr St. Columb Major.

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Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers Point-To-Point entries and form, Buckfastleigh, 15 March 2015

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, Division 2
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:30 Intermediate Race
6th 16:05 Novice Riders Race
7th 16:40 Restricted 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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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA AWARDS 2014  – FINAL LIST

POINTS COUNT IN DEVON & CORNWALL AREA FIXTURES ONLY FOR HORSES QUALIFIED WITH DEVON & CORNWALL AREA PACKS

4 POINTS WIN;  2 POINTS 2ND;  1 POINT 3RD.

 

Leading male rider: Peter Pearn Memorial Cup

Robbie Henderson 102 points
Darren Edwards 74 points
Will Biddick 63 points

Leading lady rider: JG Kellock Memorial Cup

Bryony Frost 64 points
Leanda Tickle 50 points
Vicky Wade 27 points

Leading male novice rider:

Chester Williams 22 points
David Noonan 21 points
Ciaran Gethings 11 points

Leading lady novice rider:

Megan Nicholls 22 points
Hannah Welch 14 points
Natalie Parker 12 points

Leading owner: GK Probert Cup :

Jimmy Frost 36 points

Owner/rider most points on one horse: Silver Ransome Cup;

Sarah Dennis Print the Money 7 points

Leading veteran rider: Orchard Cup;  ——  (no claimants received)

Leading horse:  Axminster Carpets Cup

Roger Knowles Byerley Bear 25 points

Leading novice horse: Little Vanity Cup:

Shared between five:

Master Hooper Mrs J E Purdie 8 points
Whispering Wild The Notso Innocent Partnership, Mike Watson 8 points
Ambitious Pursuit Mrs L Glanville 8 points
Carheney River Mrs K Heard & Mr M Evans 8 points
O’Flo Mrs C Lawrence & Ms K Lawrence 8 points

Leading mare ; Cornish Princess Cup;

Whenharrymetsally Mrs Hannah Broggio 14 points

Leading veteran horse –  Anjubi Trophy:

Ned White Mrs Jacqui Elliott 11 points

Owner/breeder: Seal Marine Trophy

Carol Lawrence 10 points

Leading owner/rider/trainer: HJ Widdicombe Memorial:

Sarah Dennis Print the Money 7 points

Rider gaining most points at single meeting: Prideaux Horse Trophy:

Robbie Henderson 14 points at Dulverton Farmers

Bookmakers Trophy Rider longest official SP reside in area:  Devon & Cornwall BPA;

Michael Heard It’s All or Nothing 33-1 Eggesford

Western Morning News Trophy – best individual performance

Robert Chanin Achieved a remarkable feat of sending out seven winners from his first eight runners of the season with four separate horses

 

Report: Torrington Farmers Point-to-Point, Chapleton Barton, near Umberleigh, Saturday June 14 2014

ANOTHER thrilling Point-to-Point season came to a close last weekend, when the Torrington Farmers hosted their meeting at Umberleigh on Saturday.

Sizzling sunshine welcomed the large crowd, who were treated to some first class horse racing action. The drying conditions had favoured the horses who relished the faster going.

The Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple-sponsored Confined race headed up the action, with all eyes watching the two leading ladies, Bridget Andrews and Jacqueline Coward who was just one race behind in the National table. Bridget Andrews had taken up the ride on Checkerboard , from the Devon based Kayley Woollacott’s yard, and set the pace early on. Right Enough had been sent off odds-on favourite, but a mistake at the ditch under jockey Tom Chanin took them out of the race. Jacqueline Cowards mount Meilyr was unable to challenge, and a heavy fall on the final circuit, resulted in Jacqueline heading off to hospital with a suspect dislocated and fractured collar bone, and out of the title race. In the final circuit Nicto De Beauchene under Josh Guerriero, chased the leader over the second last, but Checkerboard loving the going, was pushed out to the line to win by a short head, to give jockey Bridget Andrews the National leading lady title.

Delighted Bridget Andrews quoted ” I had an easy lead, I was given a tip to be in front at bottom of hill.” Bridget only had confirmation of her ride on Checkerboard the day before, from regular yard jockey Jamie Thomas. “One day Jamie might get the favour back,”  Bridget said beaming.

Checkerboards trainer Kayley Woollacott said “He is a different horse this week, he hates the rain, it is the first time this year he has had sunshine on his back and the ground he likes.” She added “He is now up for sale, an ideal novice ride, he even got me around safely early on in the season!.”

There was a delay before the Capt.Tim Forster Memorial Restricted race sponsored by Kivells, whilst awaiting a replacement ambulance to arrive, and the injured Jacqueline Coward to be ferried to hospital. It was a disappointing day for her team, having traveled three of her own horses down from Yorkshire. Once the Restricted race started the well fancied Zakopany from the Luke Price team was sent off favourite, but soon struggled. As the race unfolded, the Maria Lewis-trained Kawana Cove was making eye catching progress under Jamie Thomas, having survived a mistake at the ditch, he took up the running two out. His nearest pursuer Pasternak Jack was ridden by Heidi Lewis, who normally has the ride on her family owned horse Kawana Cove, but had stayed loyal to Pasternak Jack’s connections. A brilliant jump at the last saw Jamie Thomas take the race on Kawana Cove four lengths ahead of the Heidi Lewis-ridden Pasternak Jack.

“Heidi does all the work at home”, stated father David Lewis, “We bought him as a schoolmaster from Richard Barber, we cant believe he was 66-1 last weekend, and has won this as 2-1 second favourite”, Mum Maria had been watching up in the video tower, and was thrilled to see her horse Kawana Cove come home first, but was also willing on the second place Pasternak Jack under daughter Heidi.

Findlay’s Find justified favourtism under jockey David Mansell, in taking the Men’s Open race by ten lengths with a comfortable win, leaving Gallaflynn heading the chasing pack, taking second place under jockey Matthew Barber. Findlay’s Find owner, Paul Miles stated ” We had bought him for £450 and a pony, we turned down an offer of £50,000 when he was five after he won a three and a half miler at MerthyrTidfil, we are considering race options for the future.”

Leading area lady jockey Bryony Frost took the Ladies’ Open race, sponsored by E.J.Snell & Sons, on Templer. This race involved a pile up, seeing two of the challenging horses taken out of the race on the final circuit, by a loose horse. Bryony had ridden a patient race and had managed to avoid the crash, getting Templer, trained by mum Nikki at Buckfastleigh, home seven lengths ahead of  Rock Of Fife ridden by Chloe Swaffield. Jopero under Hannah Welch and Florence Mary under Lucy Mager were the two which were hampered by the loose horse bringing them both down and out of the race.

Jockey Bryony Frost stated ” I was able to miss most of the trouble, I was pushed out into corn field, but just growled at Templer and he picked up again,” she added “I was confident coming up the hill and we were ready to challenge.” Bryony’s father Jim said “Templer won the Isle of Wight Grand National with Haddon, he had previously won eleven National Hunt races, he fell out of love with racing, and a change of yard cheered him up. He now deserves retirement, and will go team chasing for new owner Mike Smith”.

Claire Howarth of The Barum Stud-sponsored the Intermediate race. Of the four runners, Rainbow Trout under Mark Wall was sent off odds-on favourite, but was no match for Bathwick Scanno under jockey David Noonan. Seeing the Novice Men’s title within reach, Noonan kicked on up the final hill, and was eight lengths clear two out, finishing to win by 16 lengths, with Rainbow Trout in second. This put David Noonan needing a win in the Maiden race to snatch the Novice Men’s title from leader Chester Williams.

Bathwick Scanno is owned by the Rising Sun Partnership based near Taunton. Joint owner Norman Cossey stated “We bought the horse through Gerry Supple, he is a very kind horse, very small, only a pony, but loves the firmer ground, all credit to Teresa Clark our trainer.”

All was set with the final Point race of the season, The Smallridge Bro-sponsored Open Maiden race. David Noonan got the leg-up on Grey Dream, another trained by Teresa Clark, and was in with a real chance to follow-up on his second at Bratton the weekend before. All was going Noonan’s way leading the fifteen runner field on the final circuit, but then came the challenge of Redbridge Rebel under Matthew Barber, taking over at the last to win by three lengths, with the gallant Grey Dream in second, and a good run by Kilcolman Wizard under Michael Heard third.

Jockey Matthew Barber quoted ” It was a bit of a tactical race, Redbridge Rebel just took me there, I was a passenger, I thought at the last it was fly or die.”

Trainer Marc Barber said “We plan to give him a couple of weeks off and then may bring him out in July if we can find a Handicap Chase for him.”

Two pony races finished the day’s events. The 138cm went to Cornwalls young Tyler Heard on the five year old The Jobs Not Straight. The 148cm race going to sixteen year old Theo Gillard on Hawksfield Flyer, a talented young jockey who would be well worth following if progressing onto horses next season.

After the summer break, Point-to-Point action for the 2014-2015 looks to start again at the end of November, keep an eye for fixture list on www.horseraces-dc.com

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton Staghounds 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 professional and amatuer photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, Tim Holt & Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

Torrington Farmers entries and form

THE TORRINGTON FARMERS POINT-TO-POINT RACES TAKES PLACE AT CHAPELTON BARTON, NEAR UMBERLEIGH, NORTH DEVON ON SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 2014

THE grand finale of this year’s British point-to-point season takes place on Saturday (June 14th) at Chapelton Barton, near Umberleigh, North Devon.

The Torrington Farmers have the honour of bringing down the curtain in their traditional festive atmosphere after six and a half action packed months. A total of 93 entries have been received for the six races and the course will be agrivated as necessary to provide the best possible jumping ground.

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Confined Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Mens Open Race
4th 15:45 Ladies Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race

Following the concluding point-to-point race at 5.20pm are the Devon & Cornwall Area Finals for ponies under 138cm and under 148cm. These races are sponsored byHatchmoor Veterinary Practice. Pony racing has already revealed dozens of future professional jockeys and spotting them is all part of the fun. This is not quite all because the announcements of the local and National champions take place after racing – usually under a shower of champagne.

This meeting always presents a real party farewell to the season. For those without picnics, quality hot and cold refreshments are available on course, together with a licenced bar and trade stands.

Entrance costs £10 for pedestrians; £10 for a car and driver; £20 for a car, driver and one passenger, and £30 above that. The post code is EX37 9EB, and the course is located 5 miles south east of Barnstaple, just off the A377.

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Tiverton Staghounds entries and form

Tiverton Staghounds host the penultimate Point-to-Point meeting of the season, this Sunday June 8th, at Bratton Down, Bratton Flemming.

Six races are on offer with a start time of 2pm. Boasting a stunning back drop view of Exmoor, this is a great picnic venue and idyllic way to spend a summers afternoon. Over 120 entries have been received.

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Open Maiden Race
3rd 15:10 Intermediate Race
4th 15:45 Mens Open Race
5th 16:20 Ladies Open Race
6th 16:55 Restricted Race

On course facilities include hot refreshments, bar, bookies and many trade stands. Entrance is £10 per person, maximum £30 car.

Course is located at Bratton Flemming, 9 miles NE of Barnstaple on A399, 11 miles North of South Molton. Post Code 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 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

Produced by Jeff Guyett of Westcountry Videos.

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Exmoor Point-To-Point entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 14:00 Members Race
2nd 14:35 Restricted Race
3rd 15:10 Ladies Open Race
4th 15:45 Men’s Open Race
5th 16:20 Intermediate Race
6th 16:55 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
7th 17:30 Open Maiden Race, Division 2

FORM GUIDE

Key:

f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
(c) = course winner

Abbreviations:

NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2013/14

form from 2012/13 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2011/12 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt

form. The higher the rating the better the form.

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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REPORT: FOUR BURROW POINT-TO-POINT, TREBUDANNON , SUNDAY 11TH MAY 2014

JOCKEY Darren Edwards teamed up with Lifton trainer Dean Summersby in scoring a first and last race double at Trebudannon, which just about escaped the circulating showers. The flags on the winning posts however indicated a very stiff following breeze up the home straight

Indian Dancer had shown promise on this track on Easter Monday and stayed on well in the opening Maiden race to overhaul long time leader Boymann just after the last fence.

“He was keen early, jumped well, and stayed on for me after hitting a flat spot on the last bend,” reported Darren Edwards. A good looking seven-year-old, the winner was bought by Dean Summersby at Ascot sales last October. He is owned by the trainer in conjunction with Belinda Fuller and Eileen Worth. “He has improved with every race but has done enough for the season now,” remarked the trainer.

Mausefalle took Darren Edwards to the 12-winner mark for the season when staying on well up the home straight in the concluding Restricted race, despite fiddling the last two obstacles. Dean Summersby bought the gelding at Doncaster sales last May and was saddling the seven-year-old for owner Mike Bickell.

Double Mead has travelled far and wide this season in her bid to add to her impressive tally of six victories last year. Her Ladies’ Open wins this year have come as far away as Marks Tey and Godstone, and this time the trip down the A30 to Cornwall from her yard at West Buckland near Wellington, Somerset, paid off in the Mixed Open. Alex Dunn rides and trains this mare and had the 12-year-old handily placed until hitting the front just after half way. “We are lucky to have such a good mare. She won here last year and this course is kept in such good condition. We could have gone to Maisemore Park last Monday but we think so much of this mare that we choose her ground carefully. They have moved all the fences to fresh ground and we came here for that reason,” explained the jockey’s mother Katherine Smith-Maxwell who owns the mare.

Robbie Henderson currently leads the Devon & Cornwall jockey’s table by a comfortable margin and his win on Hameldown Tor in the PPORA Club race took him to the 28-winner mark for the season, just six behind National title leader Will Biddick. Hameldown Tor was not hard pressed to hold off Rob Hawker’s mount Mr Redwood. The Ed Walker trained winner runs in the colours of the Otter Club syndicate, whose spokesman Ken Edwards nominated the John Corbett Cup at Stratford as his next likely objective. “He tries hard and has been placed every time this season so we wanted to give him a confidence booster here,” said the jockey.

The Open Maiden race for mares and fillies attracted 12 runners. Paper Lady, ridden by Bryony Frost, stepped up on her recent promising debut in this country at Flete Park by staying on gamely to hold the sustained challenge of the favourite Queen’s Law (Leanda Tickle). Bryony Frost took herself to double figures for the season on this winner who looks a tough sort. The Beneficial mare had been sourced in Ireland through Hadden Frost and Gerald Penfold. “She obviously stays well and we are looking for an owner,” said Jimmy Frost.

Leanda Tickle was narrowly beaten on Queen’s Law and went one better by winning the three miles Open Maiden on Dusky. Leanda was also reaching the 10-winner mark for the season and is hot on the heels of Bryony Frost in her quest for a first area lady jockey’s title. The five-year-old Winged Love gelding Dusky became the first training success for the jockey’s 26-year-old brother Joe Tickle who said, “I have three in training at South Molton including Boymann, who was just beaten in the first race. I broke Dusky in last summer. He is home bred by Rodney Gay, but unfortunately Rodney died last Christmas and never got to see him run. The gelding now runs for Rodney’s widow Vivienne.

There was disturbing news from Ross Oliver about his prolific winning mare Wee Fly who has been a star in the area for some time. Ross told me, “I was driving the lorry home from galloping the horses on the moor when a car came out of nowhere just a mile from home. I had to jam the brakes on and Wee Fly suffered cuts in the accident. She will have to be retired and will be covered eventually. The car driver drove off without stopping.”

MONEY TALKS

HAMELDOWN TOR was virtually unbackable at 1-4 and 1-3 in the race for older horses. and it was surprising to see KNOXHILL ARCHIE, beaten over 30 lengths last time out, supported from 8s’ to 4’s in the same event. MR REDWOOD was cut from 14’s to 10’s,. but at least he ran up to his best form in finishing a commendable runner-up to the hot favourite.

The innovative card put on by the Four Burrow included a Mares maiden which attracted 12 runners. QUEEN’S LAW is on the upgrade and seemed a worthy favourite at 7-4. PAPER LADY had gained a favourable remark in the official form book however after her eye catching run at Flete Park, and started second best in the market at 3-1. These promising youngsters fought out the finish with Paper Lady running on in determined fashion to hold the favourite.

It was difficult to establish a firm favourite in the three miles Open Maiden with only modest form to go on. In the end, punters went for the newcomer Penzflo (5-2 to 7-4). This Luso mare didn’t look particularly imposing in the paddock, and revealed inexperience before finishing third behind DUSKY (5-2) and MISS WELD (14-1).

RESULTS

Results of the Four Burrow May 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: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath)

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Sunday 18th May, Dulverton West Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Exmoor (near Bratton Fleming).