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Champions lead British team for the Anglo-Irish International Point-to-Point Riders’ Challenge

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Great Britain are out to defend their crown in the fourth running of Anglo-Irish International Point-to-Point Challenge.Reigning champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews head the British teams, which will take on their Irish rivals at Inch Point-to-Point, held near Tallow in County Cork, during the Easter holidays on March 23rd. Four men and four women from each country will go head to head in a series of races during the day.

The teams were selected based on their positions in last seasons championships owing to the early staging of this years renewal.  Joining Will Biddick on the GB mens team will be John Mathias, Darren Edwards and Nick Orpwood. The GB womens team, supported by AGA, is unchanged from last years winning quartet: Gina Andrews, Hannah Watson, Claire Hart and Catherine Walton.

Britain has won the Anglo-Irish challenge each year since its inception, beating Ireland by 21 points to 17 when the event was held last May at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire.

Britains team details:

    Will Biddick – 30, is chasing his fifth consecutive mens championship and is currently leading the way

    John Mathias – 24, runner-up in last seasons championship, former national novice title-holder and multiple Welsh champion

    Darren Edwards – 31, currently second in this seasons national championship and the reigning champion in Devon & Cornwall

    Nick Orpwood – 27, Northern champion

    Gina Andrews – 23, double national womens champion

    Hannah Watson – 29, runner-up in last seasons womens championship

    Claire Hart – 32, currently leading the 2015/16 national womens title race and reigning South Midlands champion

    Catherine Walton – 28, Northern area champion

Irish Team Unveiled for Next Month’s International PtP

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The countdown continues to the fourth ever staging of the International Point-to-Point which features the British versus Irish Jockeys Challenge as its centrepiece, which is now little over a month away, and the preparations for the event, which takes place at Inch on Wednesday 23rd March, now step-up a gear with the announcement of the riders who will form the two Irish Teams.

On the Mens side, Derek OConnor, Jamie Codd, Barry ONeill and Rob James will step forward to represent their country at Inch next month. OConnor, the eleven-time Irish Champion, was the first rider to win a UK Point-to-Point race whilst holding an Irish License when scoring at last years challenge in Chaddesley Corbett which sealed victory for the Irish Mens team who will be looking to retain that crown 12 months later. OConnor, who currently heads the Leading Riders table once again this season, is looking forward to the defence of their title in Inch, The jockeys challenge has created a great atmosphere at the participating meetings over the past number of years and the atmosphere is always great in Inch, so it should draw a big crowd for what is always a well-supported fixture. He is joined on the Irish team by Jamie Codd, the 2013/2014 National Champion, who will make his third appearance in the Challenge having missed the inaugural contest through injury, although he has yet to taste success in the series to date, It will be great to bring the challenge to Cork and Im hoping that the change in venue might help change my luck in it so far!

Meanwhile Barry ONeill, who currently sits in second position in the Irish National Championship, is the only rider on the Irish team to have participated in all previous challenge races to date since its in inception in 2013. It will be great to welcome the British team over to one of our most popular meetings of the year and hopefully I can make it fourth time lucky. That trio are joined on the Irish team by Rob James, who will make his debut in the challenge competition next month. The Wexford rider has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks since being crowned leading Novice rider at the end of the 2013/2014 season, and currently sits on the 15 winner mark for the campaign. I was delighted to get the call-up to have the opportunity to represent Ireland as is not something we get to do often in this sport, so I am really looking forward to it. The four riders selected were the top four riders in the National table on Monday 15th February 2016.

The Irish Ladies team features an experienced team of four riders who have all previously been a part of the Challenge contest, withLiz Lalor, Maxine OSullivan, Evanna McCutcheon and Sheila Ahern forming the four-strong line-up. Lalor is the reigning Ladies Champion and once again heads the table this season as she goes in search of a fifth Ladies title, having enjoyed plenty of recent success aboard her fathers star mare Carrigeen Acebo and she is raring to go with this years event. We havent managed to get the win on the board for the Irish Ladies team so far, but hopefully now with home advantage and the big local crowd behind us, we might be able repeat the efforts of Dereks win last year.

Lalor is joined on the team by Maxine OSullivan, a two-time Ladies Champion who visited the winners enclosure last weekend at Cragmore, and Tipperary-based Evanna McCutcheon who is a regular in the Cross Country races between the flags where she has enjoyed particular success aboard the likes of Long Strand and the late Lord Nellorie. Recently she has become synonymous with her handling of the star sprinter Maarek whom she trained to win the Listed Beverly Bullet Spring Stakes in late August before narrowly missing out on the Group 2 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh a month later. The final member of the Ladies team is Sheila Ahern who has enjoyed great International success this season following her recent exploits in the Fegentri series, whilst she also enjoyed a strong start to the current Point-to-Point campaign, recording a brace of victories in the autumn which sees her currently sit in second position in the Ladies title.

The Ladies team was chosen on the total number of career Point-to-Point winners as of Monday 15th February 2016, as had been the case previously.

The system of allocating riders is well established. The entries will be numbered on the race card with the top eight declared runners going into a draw and being allocated to the International teams. Any other runners in the race will have to secure their own rider. Owners and Handlers at Fairyhouse and Chaddesley Corbett in previous years have been generous in their support of this concept and the Inch Committee are hoping that the Cork Waterford connections will show the same level of support to these races which are the 6yo+ Geldings Maiden and 6yo + Mares Maiden.

Inch Point-to-Point PRO Louise Kelly added, Now that both teams have been selected and with just 4 weeks to go until our race meeting, the excitement is really starting to build right across the community down here in Inch, Co Cork. We are delighted to have the best amateur jockeys from both Ireland and the UK coming to our race track to compete in this years running of the International Jockey Challenge. We are a small point to point committee from East Cork with a reputation for producing winners that end up doing extremely well on the big stage and the combination of both good horses and the best amateur jockeys around is sure to make for a thrilling day.

For travel information please visit the P2P.ie website at: http://www.p2p.ie/news.php?news_id=15288

Report: Torrington Farmers Point-to-Point, Chapleton Barton, near Umberleigh, Saturday June 13 2015

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WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR

THE British point-to-point season drew to a close at Umberleigh last Saturday against the background of the traditional end of season party atmosphere. The Torrington Farmers’ meeting ended the six and a half months Devon & Cornwall area campaign stretching back to last November’s opener at Black Forest Lodge.

The prolific Welsh pointer Findlay’s Find has been a great servant to Paul and Myfanwy Miles and showed his liking for the track by repeating last year’s Men’s Open win under David Mansell. The sturdy nine-year-old was scoring for only the second time this season, but his illustrious career CV now shows 22 pointing wins plus a hunter chase.

“We nearly didn’t come after it rained on Friday because he needs fast ground and the firmer the better for him. Dave kept him to the outside for better ground and he really appreciates a test of stamina,” said Paul Miles. Jockey David Mansell is of course vastly experienced but has had a lean year by his standards. “This is my first pointing winner since Barbury Castle last December so I have doubled my score,” joked the rider.

The South Pembrokeshire qualified Rosies Peacock (John Mathias), bidding for his eighth success of the season, started favourite and was prominent until weakening up the final climb to finish last of the four runners. It was left to the Cheshire trained Threapwood (Oliver Greenall) to chase home the winner, with the only West country representative Bathwick Scanno a creditable third…

Florence Mary is another fast ground specialist and found conditions to her liking when taking the Ladies’ Open. The ten-year-old looked in trouble down the back straight but was sent past leader Skating Home after the final ditch to score readily in the colours of Jeff Fear, who described his mare as, “a late season horse.”

The winner was a third pointing success for 17-year-old jockey Lucy Mager, a recruit from pony racing, who has just completed her first year of A levels at King’s Wessex. Florence Mary’s Wedmore based trainer Emma Mellor, due to give birth in two months time, has done well to rejuvenate her charge “She has always been a monkey and was not a great eater. I have changed her diet and her therapist and she lives a bit like a mountain goat. She checks the cows and sometimes goes to the beach at Burnham,” smiled the trainer.

The Confined field was reduced to two when Just Seven crashed out after a circuit, leaving odds-on favourite Robin Will well clear. 10-1 outsider Lucys Girl looked a forlorn hope until the favourite’s stride shortened dramatically after the last ditch, allowing Lucys Girl and young rider Jake Bament to sweep past. The winner, bought cheaply at Ascot sales last July, is owned and trained by Dan Farr just two miles from the course at Atherington.

Carry On Nando finished alone in the Restricted to give Irish born jockey Sean Houlihan his fifth career winner. His mount was well clear when sole opponent Gouranga Society unseated Paul Sheard at the final fence. Owned by Jenny Luscombe and Richard Candy and trained by Gordon Chambers, the winner was also sourced from Ascot sales last July. “He needs top of the ground and would make a super schoolmaster. We gave Sean (Houlihan) his first winner in March,” reported the trainer.

Heidi Lewis is another pony racing recruit and steered Kawana Cove home in the Intermediate. Nine-year-old Kawana Cove is jointly owned by the rider and her father David, and is trained by her mother Maria. The gelding had undergone a lean spell this season after taking the Restricted on this card last June. “He doesn’t like it soft and hates tacky ground,” commented the 18-year-old jockey who works for Kayley and Richard Woollacott and was partnering her fourth career winner.

After finishing runner up on his only other mount of the day, Oliver Greenall celebrated his retirement from the saddle by winning the final race of the season on 12-1 outsider Come On Louis, a horse he also trains near Malpas, Cheshire. The rider has happy memories of Umberleigh having set the then record total of 56 winners in a season with a double there in 2008 (since equalled by his brother Tom in 2009 and recently considerably upped by Will Biddick this year). Sitting in the changing tent afterwards with some relief showing, 28-year-old Oliver with over 200 career winners to his name explained, “This horse is owned by my box driver Andrew Ralphs who couldn’t be here today. My brother Jake bought him as a four-year-old and he has had all sorts of problems. This is the first season we have had a clear run with him. My plan is to concentrate on training pointers next season and to take out a full trainers licence after that.

2014-15 area and national champions (left to right) Leanda Tickle, Darren Edwards, Will Biddick, Gina Andrews and David Noonan.  Photo courtesy of David Simpson of AGA
2014-15 area and national champions (left to right) Leanda Tickle, Darren Edwards, Will Biddick, Gina Andrews and David Noonan. Photo courtesy of David Simpson of AGA

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:  Tim Holt, Western Morning News (Athwenna Irons), Go Pointing, Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, Big Green Annual (John Beasley), David Simpson (AGA) and Roger Peaple P2P and Ponies

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – JOCKEYS’ TITLES 2014/15 LATEST STANDINGS AS OF 7th JUNE 2015


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The latest standings for the area jockeys’ awards up to & including the Tiverton Staghounds  meeting (7th June 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE
Darren Edwards 121 points
Will Biddick 112  points
Jamie Thomas 82 points
Robbie Henderson 64 points
Matt Hampton 55 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 45 points

 

LADIES’ TITLE
Leanda Tickle 67 points
Jo Buck 47 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Bryony Frost 34 points
Vicky Wade 33 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 16 points

 

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE
(5 winners or less at start of season) 
David Noonan 42 points
Sean Houlihan 29 points
Harry Cobden 21 points
Jake Bament 20 points
Ryan Chapman 14 points
Hedley Webb 11 points

 

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE
(5 winners or less at start of season)
Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 16 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Emma Watson    8 points
Charlotte Prichard    8 points
Taylor Pook    7 points

This years End of Season DO!! will be on Saturday 27th June at The New Continental Plymouth.
Tickets available now for the END of Season Awards (15th Apr). Tickets £45 each

To order tickets:
– Facebook message Katie Squire
– Phone 01805 603129
– or email katiesquire980@btinternet.com

Please ask for Bobbie at the New Continental, Plymouth when you call to book a room. Her direct number is 01752 276797.

Anyone with any trophies from last year’s awards or from previous years please let Katie Squire know, and bring them to Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh She will be VERY happy !!!!!!! thanks !!!

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – JOCKEYS’ TITLES 2014/15 LATEST STANDINGS

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The latest standings for the area jockeys’ awards up to & including the Dulverton West meeting (17th May 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE
Darren Edwards 109 points
Will Biddick 90  points
Jamie Thomas 78 points
Robbie Henderson 60 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 44 points

 

LADIES’ TITLE
Leanda Tickle 56 points
Jo Buck 44 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Bryony Frost 33 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points

 

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season) 
David Noonan 40 points
Sean Houlihan 25 points
Jake Bament 20 points
Harry Cobden 17 points
Ryan Chapman 14 points
Hedley Webb 11 points

 

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)
Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 15 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Taylor Pook  7 points

This years End of Season DO!! will be on Saturday 27th June at The New Continental Plymouth.
Tickets available now for the END of Season Awards (15th Apr). Tickets £45 each

To order tickets:
– Facebook message Katie Squire
– Phone 01805 603129
– or email katiesquire980@btinternet.com

Please ask for Bobbie at the New Continental, Plymouth when you call to book a room. Her direct number is 01752 276797.

Anyone with any trophies from last year’s awards or from previous years please let Katie Squire know, and bring them to Upcott Cross, Bratton Down or Chapleton Barton, Umberleigh She will be VERY happy !!!!!!! thanks !!!

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – JOCKEYS’ TITLES 2014/15 – STANDINGS AS OF 4th MAY 2015

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The latest standings for the area jockeys’ awards up to & including the Stevenstone meeting (4th May 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE

Darren Edwards 99 points
Jamie Thomas 69 points
Will Biddick 61  points
Robbie Henderson 54 points
John Mathias 46 points
Tom Chanin 44 points

LADIES’TITLE

Leanda Tickle 53 points
Jo Buck 42 points
Hannah Welch 39 points
Bryony Frost 25 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

David Noonan 38 points
Sean Houlihan 25 points
Harry Cobden 17 points
Jake Bament 16 points
Ryan Chapman 13 points
Hedley Webb 11 points

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE (5 winners or less at start of season)

Hannah Welch 39 points
Pippa Glanville 20 points
Jennifer Davenport 16 points
Heidi Lewis 15 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Taylor Pook  7 points

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RESULTS: EGGESFORD POINT-TO-POINT AT UPCOTT CROSS – 12TH APRIL 2015

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Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Hunt race (Nigel Cant Planning)

1 Cinevator (Harriet Skinner) 2-1 made all, easily
2 Fourstar River (Ian Chanin) 2-5 fav chased winner, no impression from three out

3 ran;15l; only two finished; 6m 56s
Owner: R. Skinner; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Ask The Weatherman (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav led from 9th, stayed on well
2 Roseyroo (Harry Cobden) 11-4 effort three out, every chance next, no extra
3 Dancing Olga (Sean Houlihan) 25-1 improved four out, not trouble leaders

12 ran; 10l; 4l; 6m 46s
Owner; D Martin & P Barber; Trainer; Jack Barber

Confined (Chris Hodgson Engineering)

1 Jepeck (Jamie Thomas) evens fav hdwy 12th, disputed four out, headed flat, rallied to lead near finish
2 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 11-4 progress four out, sustained effort from two out, hard rdn & headed near finish
3 Delphi Mountain (Emma Watson) 12-1 led 13th, disp lead four out til wknd apprg last

11 ran; neck; 5l; 6m 57s
Owner; J Pike; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Mixed Open 4 miles – The Devon National (Simpkins Edwards)

1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 4-5 fav held up, disp lead three out til pushed ahead near finish
2 Reliable Richie (Sean Houlihan) 5-1 led 15th, joined three out, no extra near finish
3 Uncle Keef (Hannah Welch) 25-1 hdwy 19th, went 4th three out, finished well

9 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 8m 39s
Owner; The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Nicola Martin

Restricted (T.T. Buildings Ltd)

1 Boa Island (Will Biddick) 1-2 fav led from 10th, soon clear, unchallenged
2 Winter Soldier (John Mathias) 6-1 hdwy 13th, chased winner from four out, no impression
3 Tourist Board (Leanda Tickle) 100-1 rear, went moderate 3rd three out

13 ran; 30l; 20l; 6m 54s
Owner: I Fogg, P Nicholls & R Webb; Trainer; Jack Barber

Open Maiden Mares & Fillies only (David Pipe)

1 Annwyl (Robbie Henderson) 6-1 led three out, drew clear apprg last
2 Onwegoagain (Vicky Wade) 13-2 led 11th til four out, 3rd two out, rallied flat
3 Queen’s Law (Darren Edwards) 3-1 imprvd 13th, every chance three out, lost 2nd flat

6 ran; 10l; 1l; 7m 10s
Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kemp & Mr M Milne: trainer; Ed Walker

Open Maiden Horses & Geldings

Division 1 (David Phillips, Bookmaker)

1 Beetle Jack (David Noonan) 8-1 hdwy four out, led two out, all out
2 Face To face (John Mathias) 6-1 chased leaders, effort two out, took 2nd near finish
3 Strong Hurricane (Jo Buck) 25-1 led 8th, hit 12th, left in lead again three out, every chance last, wknd flat

11 ran; 1 1/2l; 1 1/2l; 7m 24s
Owner: Sarah Prouse; Trainer; Sarah Prouse

Division 2 (The Prouse Family)

1 Cracking Habit (Darren Edwards) 5-2 fav led three out, soon clear, eased flat
2 Forrardon Exmoor (Vicky Wade) 12-1 made most til three out, gradually wknd
3 Don’t Wait For Me (Matt Hampton) 11-4 lost touch 13th, tailed off

9 ran; 6l; distance; 7m 12s
Owner: Sarah Prouse; Trainer; Sarah Prouse

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DEVON & CORNWALL AREA – JOCKEYS’ TITLES 2014/15 LATEST STANDINGS


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The latest standings for the area jockeys’ awards up to & including the Four Burrow Easter Monday Lamerton meeting (6th April 2015) are:-

MEN’S TITLE  
Darren Edwards 83 points
Jamie Thomas 45 points
John Mathias 42 points
Tom Chanin 40 points
Will Biddick 38  points
Robbie Henderson 31 points

 

LADIES’TITLE  
Leanda Tickle 39 points
Jo Buck 36 points
Hannah Welch 31 points
Bryony Frost 14 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Jennifer Davenport 12 points

 

NOVICE MEN’S TITLE
(5 winners or less at start of season) 
David Noonan 20 points
Harry Cobden 15 points
Sean Houlihan 14 points
Ryan Chapman 13 points
Jake Bament 12 points
Joe Drinkwater 8 points

 

NOVICE LADIES’ TITLE

(5 winners or less at start of season)

Hannah Welch 31 points
Olivia Hutchings 13 points
Jennifer Davenport 12 points
Pippa Glanville 8 points
Taylor Pook 7 points
Emma Watson 5 points
Charlotte Prichard 4 points

REPORT ON THE LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT MEETING AT KILWORTHY, SUNDAY 22nd MARCH 2015

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by Granville Taylor & Donna Harris

THE old turf on the historic Kilworthy track (first used in 1925) was described by jockeys as “absolutely perfect.” for the Lamerton meeting.

The weather was also at its best with the massive crowd basking in sunshine against the scenic backcloth of Dartmoor.

Two winning rides thanks to Mausefalle and Sonoftheking kept Darren Edwards in a commanding position for this year’s Devon & Cornwall championship.

Mausefalle, trained by Dean Summersby, set the ball rolling for Edwards when staying on well to win the Hunt race for the Lamerton president Mike Bickell. “I was delighted to win the Members as dad did 50 years ago. He is a genuine hunter and has hunted all through the season,” said Mike.

Edwards had to work harder to get Sonoftheking home in front in the 16-runner Restricted, just getting the better of Templeton on the climb to the judge. Trainer Nicky Martin reported that her Wadebridge winner, “came from Philip Hobbs and couldn’t run last year after recovering from a twisted gut. He never produced much under rules and Richard Johnson suggested to take him hunting”.

Welsh jockey John Mathias denied Darren Edwards a treble when Minella Web showed plenty of determination to hold hat trick seeking According To Harry in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. The winner got first run at the foot of the hill to score in the colours of Roddy Harvey-Bailey. Winning trainer Kayley Woollacott said, “We bought him in Ireland relatively cheaply. He needs top of the ground and has done it nicely.”

Mathias had earlier scored on Winter Soldier, also saddled by Kayley Woollacott, in a Maiden race which had to be divided on the day. The five-year-old good looking Apple Tree gelding was home bred by Lucy Fielding-Johnson, who shares ownership with Ces Mitford-Slade. Winter Soldier mastered Mount Prospex (Jamie Lyttle) by a head after the pair had battled it out neck and neck from the penultimate. “He was broken as a two-year-old and this was only his second run. He will stick to point-to-pointing this year and could be one for the (DBS) bumper championship,” said Lucy.

Peterbrown jumped well and was always in the box seat in the hands of 18-year-old Jake Bament to win the other section of the Maiden. “Jake gave him a lovely quiet and confident ride,” commented trainer Karyn Heard, adding “He was bought at Ascot last year out of Nick Gifford’s yard for owner Sally White.” The race was marred by a nasty fall for Chester Williams, the reigning area novice title holder, who suffered concussion when Sedgemoor Top Bid came down at the third last.

Jake Bament was partnering his fourth career winner and another novice rider took the spoils in a competitive Mixed Open which was delayed for an hour whilst the medics worked on the stricken young jockey from the previous race. Hedley Webb, who works as a farrier, had ridden his first winner when Loose Preformer, whom he owns and trains, won at Didmarton two weeks ago. This time he conjured a great run out of the former National Hunt horse to pass the favourite Double Bank inside the final 100 yards. Loose Preformer changed hands for £80,000 in his younger days and was one of AP McCoy’s millions of winners in the past.

The well made six-year-old Doyen Dynamo had given notice of his ability when runner up at Didmarton on his British debut and went one better here in the Maiden race dedicated to the late Yvonne Watson, who had enjoyed success as a trainer on this track. Doyen Dynamo was saddled by Ed Walker for owners John Dorse and Mike Roe who acquired him from Ireland last summer. Winning jockey Danny Burton remarked that, “He took a circuit to get jumping but is a very nice horse.”

The consistent Dicky Bob notched his fourth consecutive victory under Jo Buck in the Confined in a tight finish with Diamond Brook and King Kash. Successful just a week ago at Buckfastleigh, the grey turned out again as fresh as paint. Owner/trainer Verity Nicholls said, “He went out in a field the next day bucking. I walked the course yesterday and thought we might as well go for it. If he comes out okay we will probably run on Easter weekend then turn him away.”

Copyright Andy Hughes (@andyhughes01 on Twitter)

RESULTS

Results of the Lamerton 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: Marcus Bath (Offical Photographer), Tavistock Times, Roger Peaple and Andy Hughes

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 29th March 2015, the East Cornwall (2) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, near Liskeard.

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RESULTS: LAMERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT KILWORTHY, SUNDAY 22ND MARCH 2015

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Going: Good

Hunt Race: (Sponsor – Pannell Commercials)

1 Mausefalle (Darren Edwards) 5-2 led two out, stayed on strongly
2 Kawana Cove (Heidi Lewis) 10-1 alwys prominent, kept on well
3 Nomanisanisland (Jimmy Cole) 9-1 led or disputed til two out
7 ran; 3l;3l; 6m 16s
Owner M Bickell; Trainer Dean Summersby

Open Maiden Div 1: (Friends & family of Yvonne Watson )

1 Doyen Dynamo (Danny Burton) 6-4 fav held up, progress three out, challd last, ran on well
2 Steel Brush (Matt Hampton) 5-1 handy, slight lead two out, every chance last, no extra flat
3 Upto Ollie (Leanda Tickle) slight lead three out, outpaced next, stayed on closing stages
12 ran; 3l; 1/2l; 6m 18s
Owner J Dorse & M Roe; Trainer Ed Walker

Open Maiden Div 2 (Langdon Transport Ltd)

Part 1

1 Winter Soldier (John Mathias) 15-8 fav good hdwy three out, disp lead last, just got up
2 Mount Prospex (Jamie Lyttle) 4-1 held up, effort three out, disp lead from next, just held in driving finish
3 Winter Garden (Sean Houlihan) 16-1 hdwy three out, every chance next, wknd flat
9 ran; head; 6l; 6m 16s
Owner R Mitford-Slade & L Fielding-Johnson

Part 2

1 Peterbrown (Jake Bament) 7-4 fav made most, drew clear last, stayed on well
2 Arny (Danny Burton) 10-1 held up, finished strongly
3 Berrysmart (David Sansom) 10-1 late hdwy to take third flat
8 ran; 5l; 4l; 6m 26s
Owner Mrs S White; Trainer Karyn Heard

Mixed Open: (Condy Mathias)

1 Loose Preformer (Hedley Webb) 10-1 handy, went 2nd two out, strong run to lead 100 yards out
2 Double Bank (Merv Woodward) 4-6 fav led from 6th til hdd 100 yards out
3 Raffa (John Mathias) 9-2 chased leaders, went 3rd two out
8 ran; 2l; 3l; 6m 6s
Owner H Webb; Trainer H Webb

Confined: (Dawn West Devon)

1 Dicky Bob (Jo Buck) 4-5 fav with leaders throughout, slight lead two out, stayed on strongly
2 Diamond Brook (Leanda Tickle) 14-1 hdwy three out, took 2nd close home
3 King Kash (Jamie Thomas) 12-1 led/ disputed til two out, kept on
9 Ran; 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 15s
Owner Verity Nicholls; Trainer Verity Nicholls

Restricted: (Tinhay Building Supplies Ltd)

1 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 4-1 held up chall’d two out, led 150 yards out
2 Templeton (Jamie Thomas) 14-1 rapid hdwy to lead two out. looked winner til hdd last 150 yards
3 Its All Or Nothing (David Noonan) 10-1 late hdwy, stayed on well closing stages
16 ran; 1l; 1l; 6m 15s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin

Intermediate: (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Minella Web (John Mathias) 13-2 effort three out, led after next, ran on well flat
2 According To Harry (Darren Edwards) 7-4 fav strong run two out, took 2nd after last, not reach winner
3 Fourstar River (Ian Chanin) 5-2 improved 14th, disputed lead two out til last, no extra flat
12 ran; 3l; short head; 6m 19s
Owner RM Harvey-Bailey; Trainer Kayley Woollacott

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REPORT ON THE EAST DEVON POINT-TO-POINT AT BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY. SATURDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2015

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WILL BIDDICK continued in top form at the East Devon fixture at Ottery St Mary on Saturday (Feb 28), where the rain softened ground rode heavy in places. The Cornish rider followed up his four-timer at Badbury Rings last weekend with a treble which keeps him well ahead of his rivals as he seeks a fourth consecutive National jockeys’ title.

Biddick teamed up with leading trainer Jack Barber to steer Roger Penny’s Earthpower home to a narrow success in a section of the Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds. Pippa Glanville’s bold front running efforts on Miss Weld looked like paying off, but Biddick brought Earthpower through to challenge at the last, and drove his mount ahead on the run in. “This is the first winner I have trained for Mr Penny. He is a nice type by Milan and was lightly raced last year. He had a wind op in the summer,” said the young handler, who took over the promising gelding when his grandfather Richard Barber retired at the end of last season.

The Barber / Biddick combination struck again when Bien Connu made all the running to take the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. This nine-year-old is quickly making up for lost time after a three-years absence, having scored on his comeback run at Chipley Park last month. “This was the plan today to qualify him for the Exeter final,” stated the Henley, Crewkerne trainer. “We had to virtually re-break him when he came in after his long absence. He can be a bit of a monkey and Josh Newman rides him every day,” added Jack.

Will Biddick achieved his hat trick and did what A P McCoy failed to do on Downtown Manhattan in the eight-year-olds and over Open Maiden. The soon to retire champion McCoy failed to reach the frame twice on Downtown Manhattan when the eight-year-old was in training with Jonjo O’Neill, but the well backed Presenting gelding relished the very soft underfoot conditions here under Biddick to beat the John Mathias ridden It’s My Island in the 10-runner field.

Claire Hitch sent out Downtown Manhattan to score from her Exmoor yard, and almost secured a four-timer for Biddick as another of her charges, I’m All Set, just went under in a driving finish in a section of the Open Maiden. This event went to the Welsh challenger Good Grammar who prevailed by a length under a powerful ride by Nick Williams.

Two Devon based jockeys rode their first winners on an action packed afternoon. Delphi Mountain gave 26-year-old Emma Watson her initial success in the well supported Hunt race. Emma did not panic when Robbie Henderson delivered his challenge on odds-on favourite Level Spirit rounding the final bend, and still held a slight lead when the challenger came down at the last. “We bought Delphi Mountain out of Richard Woollacott’s yard and he is owned by my boyfriend Christopher Pike. I work at Culmstock for Stuart Sampson and train the horse myself,” said Emma who was having only her fifth race ride.

Jennifer Davenport opened her account on Mic’s Delight, a horse she also owns and trains in the Novice Riders’ contest. “He came from Victor Dartnall and this horse is a gentleman, an absolute delight and he looks after me,” enthused Jennifer, 33, who is a vet with the South Moor Veterinary practice at Modbury.

It was good to see Jo Buck back in the winner’s enclosure as the strapping grey Dicky Bob, owned and trained by Verity Nicholls was given a positive ride by Jo to open her account for the season when beating Molly Oscar by 10 lengths in the Restricted. “He stays really well and has thrived since he won at Buckfastleigh,” said Verity.

Sue Trump’s useful 10-year-old Kirkleigh defied his 7lbs penalty to take the Mixed Open. The popular Silverton qualified gelding had also been successful at Buckfastleigh two weeks previously (today’s winners Mic’s Delight and Delphi Mountain were behind him on that occasion). Once again forcing the pace and jumping soundly, Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) shrugged off the challenge of Fiulin and drew away after jumping the last. “We will look at a hunter chase at Chepstow next where he will probably get his favoured soft ground,” remarked trainer Robert Chanin.

RESULTS

Results of the East Devon 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: Tim Holt

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 8th March 2015, the rescheduled East Cornwall (Feb) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard. The entries for the fixture stand from the original 22nd February date.

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