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Members race (Sponsor – Stags)

1 For The Staff (Ian Chanin) 4-7 fav

2 Lord Samson (Josh Guerriero) 5-2

3 Edeiff’s Lad (Josh Newman) 25-1

5 ran; 3l; 6l;  6m 45s

Trainer: Robert Chanin

Restricted Division 1 (Agrii)

1 Romassor (Tom David) 9-4

2 Un Ami (Chester Williams) 7-4 fav

3 Gosser Time (Joe Ponting) 50-1

10 ran; short head – 10l;  6m 50s

Trainer; Chloe Roddick

Restricted Division 2 (Pennymoor Timber)

1 Illicit Illusion (Sam Drinkwater) 9-4 fav

2 Whenharrymetsally (Will Biddick( 16-1

3 Boardwalk Empire (Tom Ellis) 7-2

11 ran; 3/4l; 6l;  6m 45s

Trainer: Tom Lacey

Mixed Open (Matford Land Rover & family of the late John Pearcey)

1 Certain Flight (Will Biddick)

2 All Great N Theory (David Renney) 18-1

3 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 6-1

17 ran; 2l; 6l;  6m 41s

Trainer: Keith Cumings

PPORA Club Novice Riders’ (Dodson & Horrell)

1 Justabout (Ciaran Gethings) 16-1

2 Tamatown (Alastair Harvey) 5-1

3 Barneys Mate (Christopher Barber) 9-4 fav

10 ran; 1 1/4l; 1l;  6m 56s

Trainer: Gerald Greenway

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 8-1

2 Babeny Bridge (Lizzie Kelly 5-2 fav

3 Paddycards (Claire Hart) 8-1

16 ran; 1 1/2l; 6l;  6m 43s

Trainer: Edward Walker

Club Members Mares & Fillies (Hartnoll Hotel & The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Countryside Alliance)

1 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards) 6-5 fav

2 Popaway (Joe Docker) 5-1

3 Champagne Rosie (Will Biddick) 11-8

6 ran; 5l; 7l;  6m 53s

Trainer: Simon Partridge

Open Maiden Division 1 (Mount Pleasant Inn)

 Part 1

1 Master Hooper (Matt Hampton) 7-2

2 Desert Sting (Ed Glassonbury) 7-2

9 ran won by a distance – only two finished; 7m 2s

Trainer: Julie Purdie

Part 2

1 Thedrinkymeister (Sam Drinkwater) 5-4 fav

2 Mangans Turn (Jack Barber) 6-1

3 Driftwood Haze (Evan David) 8-1

9 ran; 1 1/2l; distance;  6m 52s

Trainer: Tom Lacey

Open Maiden Division 2 (Steve Marsh & friends of the late Robin Barwell)

1 Big Georgie (James Ridley)

2 Bamboleo (Will Telfer) 5-2 fav

3 Corton Ridge (WillBiddick) 8-1

15 ran; 2 1/2l; 6l;  6m 52s

Trainer: Heather Ridley

Dulverton West, Bratton Down, Sunday 19th May 2013 Report

A total of 76 runners in seven races made for competitive racing with going described by jockeys as “near perfect” at Bratton Down.

The afternoon featured a first and last race training double for Ed Walker’s Ottery St Mary stable, and a treble for leading trainer Richard Barber, who had sent five runners from his Dorset yard.

Punter Friendly showed a clean pair of hooves to his fourteen opponents when living up to his name in the opening Restricted. Backed from 7-1 to 5-1, Ed Barretts ‘s mount surged clear of front running Bernshaw after jumping the last to score by four lengths.
“We bought him at Doncaster sales last August and he has grown up a lot. He had been wound up a bit in Ireland,” commented Sylvia Francome, who shares ownership with her husband Richard. The five-year-old looks a useful stayer in the making and was following up his recent Flete Park victory.

Thinkaboutthat just got the better of a prolonged battle with Supreme Duke to complete the Walker stable double in the Confined. This time Robbie Henderson was in the plate and just snatched a neck verdict over Supreme Duke with a late thrust. A progressive seven-year-old who was scoring his fourth successive win, the rangy gelding was acquired from his previous owner Mike Daniell last autumn on behalf of retired farmer Raymond Targett and his wife Evelyn (each into their 80’s if they don’t mind me saying).

Richard Barber saddled an exciting newcomer called V Neck to win his division of the Open Maiden before following up with Bellsinni Ron in the Mixed Open and Barneys Mate in the Novice Riders.
“A bit green,” was how winning jockey Will Biddick described V Neck, who sprinted clear up the hill after coming from well off the pace. The four-year-old, from the family of Hennessy Gold Cup winner Diamond Harry, cost owners Paul Nicholls and Ian Fogg €28,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby sale last June.

Bellsinni Ron cost a lot less than that when offered at Brightwells Cheltenham sales last month, but turned in a convincing staying performance in Richard Barber’s own colours to beat the useful Lucette Annie in the Mixed Open run over the extended four miles. Phine Banks was still in the lead on Horsham Lad when he ran out at the last, leaving Lucette Annie ahead. Jack Barber had been creeping ever closer however on his grandfather’s Dr Massini gelding who headed Lucette Annie on the brow of the hill to win by three lengths.

Barneys Mate, running for the Axe Valley Racing Club, completed the stable treble in the PPORA Novice Riders race run in memory of much missed bookmaker Bob Pittard. 23-year-old Martin McIntyre, who works in the Seaborough yard, maintained his lead for the National Novice Riders title and the Harley Racing Novice Riders award with a patient ride on Barneys Mate.
“The only danger was if he slipped round the bends,” remarked the jockey who now has nine successes to his credit this season. Thirteen-year-old Barneys Mate has now won 18 Point-to- Points plus three under rules and enjoys being turned out in a small paddock for a bit of relaxation.

17-year-old Joe Ponting combines riding with training and took the Intermediate on Robin Butterworth’s well backed Skating Home. “He was never really travelling but gave his all,” remarked Joe, based at Hillsley near Badminton.

In contrast the first division Maiden winner My Rebel travelled like a dream under Leanda Tickle who was partnering her fifth winner of the season. This six-year-old Milan gelding had caught the eye at Trebudannon on Easter Monday and produced a powerful staying performance to win unchallenged. He is trained by Becky Kennen for joint owners Tessa Lake and Alison Schwalm, and had been sourced from Jim Culloty in Ireland.




“It was estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended and there were over 500 cars in the car park. The many police officers on duty were in their new summer dress – collar and ties. The sun shone brightly for the whole afternoon.” 2012 – no, the year was in fact 1949 but plenty of similarities. This newspaper cutting formed a part of the excellent display of photographs and memorabilia on show at Stafford Cross depicting the past 65 years of the Axe Vale point-to-point races.

Mixed Open (Axminster Carpets Ltd)

This produced one of the most extraordinary results of the season with the unconsidered outsider Clew Bay Cove giving his young rider the first success of his career. I think we had all forgotten what a different track Stafford Cross is compared with many courses in the area which demand stamina. The shorter, sharp Axe Vale course was certainly more to the liking of speed merchants on Saturday, and Clew Bay Cove found it right up his street. The winner raced alongside Gunner Be Quick from the fourth last, and the pair shook off Direct Flight and the odds-on favourite Benetwood from the second last. Clew Bay Cove got on top of his rival with 75 yards to run and held on gamely under his 19-year-old owner/rider Dominic Furnell in a race taking well under six minutes. In some areas of the country point-to-point bookmakers impose an upper odds limit by operating as a cartel. Fortunately the Devon & Cornwall layers do not act in this way and outsiders are priced as outsiders – in the case of Clew Bay Cove 200-1 was freely available on more than one board. Although the 12-year-old gelding had failed to score for over four years, he had useful form in Ireland in his younger days, winning five times for leading owner JP McManus. The winning jockey said, “I rode in 15 or 20 points and a few bumpers without success in Ireland and bought Clew Bay Cove for only 500 euros out of his previous stable. He ran three times in Ireland at the beginning of this season before I came over to work for Lucy Wiegersma at Hatherleigh.” I train my horse from there and Lucy’s father has been very helpful to me.

Open Maiden (Everys Solicitors)

Another young jockey partnered his first winner here as Jamie Bargary scorched home on four-year-old Bathwick Scanno. This former David Pipe trained gelding was also the first winner saddled by Teresa Clark who is based at Broomfield on the Quantocks. Bathwick Scanno jumped his way to the front at the fifth fence and was not hard pressed to hold off the late run of Rock of Fife. “He was running away with me,” exclaimed the 18-year-old jockey who comes from Cashel, County Tipperary and works in the Pipe yard. He has only had a handful of rides but is taking himself off to France for further experience in the summer with French champion National Hunt trainer Francois Coutin. Bathwick Scanno is by the top American dirt stallion Aptitude. He was placed on the flat and over hurdles and seems to have a preference for quick ground.

Confined (J & FJ Baker & Co Ltd)

Recent Cothelstone winners Ashclyst and Allerford Jack squared up to each other with Ashclyst, who had recorded a much quicker time on that occasion, sent off 11-8 favourite here under Tom Chanin. Richard Woollacott was content to sit quietly on Allerford Jack who had plenty of support at 5-2, as Ashclyst blazed the trail. The distress signals were out for the favourite entering the home straight however, and Allerford Jack jumped ahead at the final fence. John Daniell and Sam’s Lad passed the favourite for the minor places on the flat. Richard Woollacott has recently obtained his trainers licence and his partner Kayley Jones has taken over the pointto-point side of the yard. Kayley was initiating a double with this winner who was scoring for the fourth time this season. “We will probably keep him going until the end of the season,” said Kayley

Restricted (Martin Diplock)

My Runaway completed the training double for Kayley Jones, this time ridden by Robbie Henderson. Blinkered for the first time, My Runaway was a solid 3-1 second favourite behind Gone That Way who was marginally preferred in the market at 5-2. The favourite fought for the lead with Florence Mary and Wassonthen, but My Runaway always had that trio in his sights and took command at the second last. Gone Thaty ran well to finish second with Dalmatian keeping on to take third spot. Despite being backed from 10’s to 5’s, Wassonthen faded badly in the latter stages and eventually finished in about the same place as Engelbert Humperdinck in the song contest.

Intermediate (Matford Land Rover)

Rilly Goschen’s mount Tenawa looked to be going nowhere leaving the back straight as Tork to Me and Amber Love went on. The situation changed however as Tenawa fought back to head the leaders shortly after jumping the last, and the ten-year-old mare showed plenty of guts on the run-in to hold Amber Love (Darren Edwards) with Googoobarabajagal and Michael Heard staying on into third place. Home bred by her owner/trainer Jane Wilkinson from Ibberton near Sturminster Newton, Tenawa used to be a bit of a handful in her younger days She could not have a better rider however than Rilly, who, if she will forgive me, is at the veteran stage. With over a century of point-to-point winners to her credit, a National Hunt amateur ladies’ championship and a Cheltenham Foxhunters (2004) in her CV, Amaryllis Goschen represents the best example of a woman rider.

Novice Riders’ (Lentells)

It was the turn of the younger brigade with Oxfordshire schoolboy Joe Hill securing his ninth winner in his first season thanks to the useful Ravethebrave. Joe has an unassailable lead for the Wilkinson Sword Trophy for under 21 riders and is well in contention for the National Novice Riders’ title. Ravethebrave proved a cut above his four rivals here. Tres Bien (Josh Newman) just deprived Doof of the runner-up spot but they were only playing for places behind Alan Hill’s expensive Doncaster sales purchase who was winning his fourth novice riders’event of the season. Hill the younger has a long term ambition to train, but meanwhile gets back to his school desk with four more GCSE exams to come during the week.

Hunt Race (Beviss & Beckingsale)

A disappointing turn out with Dr Cerullo (Joe Hill) getting a walk over.



Hunt Race

1 Dr Cerullo (J Hill) walked over


1 Allerford Jack (R Woollacott); 2 John Daniell (Miss A Bush); 3 Sams Lad (Miss B Frost); 11 ran; 1 1/2l; 2l; 5m 47s

Mixed Open

1 Clew Bay Cove (D Furnell); 2 Gunner Be Quick (R Tory); 3 Direct Flight (Miss V Wade); 8 ran; neck; 2l; 5m 45s


1 Tenawa (Miss A Goschen); 2 Amber Love (D Edwards); 3 Googoobarabajagal (M Heard); 7 ran; 2l; head; 5m 46s

Novice Riders’

1 Ravethebrave (J Hill); 2 Tres Bien (J Newman); 3 Doof (Miss V Wade); 5 ran; 12l; head; 5m 51s


1 My Runaway (R Henderson); 2 Gone That Way (J Guerriero); 3 Dalmatian (D Andrews); 7 ran; 2l; 2 1/2l; 5m 50s

Open Maiden

1 Bathwick Scanno (J Bargary); 2 Rock of Fife (Miss S Berry); 3 Gleann Ri (J Ponting); 10 ran; 5l; 8l; 6m 8s