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REPORT ON THE DART VALE & HALDON HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2015

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THE game Devon mare Lucette Annie proved a shining star on a dull, overcast afternoon at Buckfastleigh where the going was predominately soft. This popular chestnut made all the running to score easily in the hands of regular jockey Darren Edwards. She was well clear and looked in command when Robbie Henderson pulled up the favourite The Mythologist almost within the wings of the second last. The favourite looked to be giving vain chase at the time. “He was very tired,” said his jockey.

“Lucette Annie has now won 12 races including four times at Buckfastleigh,” beamed Simon Partridge who trains the mare for owners Janet Humphrey and Clare West. This is almost certainly her last season since a mating with Black Sam Bellamy beckons. “I would like to run her in a hunter chase before then, but she is ground dependent and it would have to be on the soft side or good at least,” added the Poundsgate trainer

The Restricted winner Miss Gotaway (Jamie Thomas) also confirmed a likeness for the track and testing ground by following up her course win last month when overhauling the front running Donpierre (Ben Robarts) approaching the final fence. Home bred by Audrey Goodwin, the Midnight Legend mare looks a decent stayer in the making. “She jumps well, stays all day and is one of the nicest mares in the yard,” enthused trainer Kayley Woollacott.

Dicky Bob also started off his winning sequence on this course last month and was scoring for the third time in succession when turning the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate qualifier into a procession under Jo Buck. The betting suggested a straight fight between Dicky Bob (7-4) and Lotus Pond (11-10) who was seeking his fourth straight win. Peter Bryan sent Lotus Pond into the lead at the sixth fence, but Dicky Bob stuck his grey head in front at the fourth last and sailed well ahead down the hill to win in a canter. A tired Lotus Pond was overhauled by Infamous Grouse for the runner up spot. Jo Buck was partnering her 50th point-to-point winner on Dicky Bob, whose owner/trainer Verity Nicholls considered that her progressive grey, “needs more experience,” when I posed the question whether the Cheltenham final of this event might be on the agenda.

The successful graduation of former pony racing riders has been a feature of Westcountry pointing this year. Hannah Welch, 17 and Harry Cobden, 16, are just two teenagers to emerge, and each added to their previous successes on Sunday.

Hannah’s winner was the hat trick seeking Beuvron who landed odds of 1-4 in the Hunt race. ”He will probably be better with the lighter weights in Ladies’ races and we will go down that route now,” stated Sam Holdsworth, who trains the ex-French gelding for Charles Stanley.

All 12 starters in the Novice Riders’ race got round with Silver Token scoring by seven lengths after a patient ride from Harry Cobden. Ottery winner Mic’s Delight set out to make all under Jennifer Davenport, but the winner had been making stealthy progress under his stylish young rider and seized the initiative running down the hill towards the last bend. This was the second winner of the weekend for Cobden who now has five point-to-points plus a Leicester hunter chase to his credit.

The two divisions of the Open Maiden race also attracted 12 runners in each division with each section going to previously unraced horses. Crosspark caught the eye in the parade ring in the first division, and this Midnight Legend five-year-old was well backed before making a winning debut under Josh Guerriero. Home bred by the Dennis family, Crosspark runs in the colours of Jill Dennis. “We hold this horse in the very highest regard. The dam Blue Shannon also produced It’s a Long Road who won twice for us last month. This is better than giving mother a box of chocolates for mother’s day,” smiled Tim Dennis.

Another home bred in the shape of Wee Saxon opened his account in the other division. Tom Chanin eased the six-year-old into the race along the back straight, but his progress was halted with a mistake at the third last. The Kayf Tara gelding rallied down the hill and headed Oldeddietherebel on the home bend despite running green. Robert Chanin trains the winner for owner Julie Purdie and said, “He is a lovely young horse. We have had him since September but he cut a rear fetlock on Christmas Eve and had to have a month off.” Julie’s husband Sax said, “This horse is bred from a family we have had for forty years.”

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 photographers were at the meeting: Tracy Roberts of Turfpix

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 22nd March 2015, the Lamerton Point-To-Point, Kilworthy (near Tavistock).

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REPORT ON THE SOUTH POOL HARRIERS POINT-TO-POINT AT BUCKFASTLEIGH SUNDAY 15th FEBRUARY

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A total of 91 runners contested the seven races on the popular old racecourse at Buckfastleigh which looked in great shape. The card featured The West Country Champion chase with £1000 in prize money.

The big race winner Blazing Whale was given a typically patient ride by Robbie Henderson, making steady progress and staying on tenaciously in the testing conditions to hold the sustained challenge of Rye Cross (Jeremy Mahot). “He definitely needs soft ground. He is an improved horse and is jumping better now,” remarked Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker who shares ownership with Francis Read.

A field of 19 went to post for the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, but as the pace quickened just two shades of grey dominated their rivals down the final hill. Long time leader Argentato looked like pulling off a 33-1 surprise, but he was collared by another imposing grey in the shape of Impact Area running down the hill after the second last. Argentato lost second place to the fast finishing Roseyroo on the run-in.

The winner is nine-years-old, but was having only his fourth race. He is owned and trained on Salisbury Plain by Harriet Besent and was ridden by Louis Muspratt. The delighted young owner said, “I bought him off the internet as a hunter. He finished four fences behind in his Hunt race last year so I didn’t think he was a racehorse. He has now won all three races this season which is astounding.”

Tom Chanin followed up his Wadebridge win on Saturday with a double. The Devon rider took the opener on Sue Trump’s Kirkleigh, who returned to his best form on the soft ground, and just held the favourite Indiana Bay (Josh Guerriero) in a driving finish. Trainer Robert Chanin said, “Kirkleigh had a virus last year and had a wind operation in the summer. He pulled some muscles when he slipped on the bend at Wadebridge before Christmas and his back was wrong.”

Dicky Bob proved more of a test for the same rider when winning the Confined Maiden. Chanin sent his mount clear round the top bend, but a jolting mistake at the second last meant that the reins went right over the horses head and the rider lost his irons. This is where his hunting experience paid off. Chanin somehow retained the partnership and steered his gallant mount home in a style I recall from an old cowboy film. Yelverton based Verity Nicholls owns and trains Dicky Bob (not to be confused with her father’s former superb pointer Dicky Blob). “ Dicky Bob was bred by Jethro and was a gift horse as a yearling, We call him Bob at home and it is nice to keep the old name in mind,” said Verity who trains him on the moor.

Darren Edwards continued his good form at the weekend when Infamous Grouse survived an objection and stewards’ enquiry for possible interference on the run in to take the Restricted at the expense of the well backed Carheney River (John Mathias).

It was a weekend to remember for 17-year-old Olivia Hutchings. Fresh from riding her first ever winner on the previous day, the Saltash jockey denied Darren Edwards a double when Ziggerson Hill took advantage of some wayward antics of runner-up She’s Dapper in one of the divisions of the mares and fillies maiden. Olivia works for Ziggerson Hill’s owner/trainer Jackie du Plessis, who bred her winner.

Another home bred mare took the other section in the shape of Audrey Goodwin’s consistent Miss Gotaway. Trainer Kayley Woollacott remarked, “She is a strong mare but was like a baby last year. She stays well and likes the mud,”

RESULTS

Results of the South Pool Harriers meeting

VIDEO

Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

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The following photographers were at the meeting: The official Photographer was Tracy Roberts, also in attendance were John Beasley, Brian Armstrong and David Strange

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 22nd February 2015, East Cornwall (Feb) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard.

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RESULTS: SOUTH POOL HARRIERS AT BUCKFASTLEIGH 15 FEB 2015


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Going: SOFT

CONFINED (Sponsor: Co-op Funeral Care)

1 Kirkleigh (Tom Chanin) 11-4 made most, ran on strongly
2 Indiana Bay (Josh Guerriero) 5-2 fav went 2nd 2 out, disp last, just held
3 Mic’s Delight (Jennifer Davenport) 6-1 alwys prom, kept on well
14 ran; neck; 8l; 6m 58s
Owner Mrs S Trump; Trainer Robert Chanin

INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Impact Area (Louis Muspratt) 3-1 fav challd 2 out, led last dvn out
2 Roseyroo (Harry Cobden) 5-1 good hdwy 2 out, fin strongly
3 Argentato (Jordan Nailor) 33-1 made most til hdd apprg last
19 ran; 2 1/2l; 2l; 6m 59s
Owner Miss Harriet Besent; Trainer; Miss Harriet Besent

MIXED OPEN – WEST COUNTRY CHAMPION CHASE (Totnes and Bridgetown Races Company)

1 Blazing Whale (Robbie Henderson) 7-2 held up, hdwy 3 out, led last, stayed on well
2 Rye Cross (Jeremy Mahot) 20-1 hdwy 4 out, slt ld 2 out, hdd last, just held
3 Foynes Island (Harry Cobden) 20-1 alwys prom, no extra from 2 out
14 ran: 1/2l; 10l; 7m 3s
Owner; F Read & E Walker; Trainer; Ed Walker

CONFINED MAIDEN – HORSES & GELDINGS (Farriers of South Devon)

1 Dicky Bob (Tom Chanin) 5-2 clr 3 out, bad mstk next, stayed on gamely
2 Peterbrown ((John Mathias) 9-4 fav hdwy 3 out, ev chance til no extra apprg last
3 Flood Tide (Darren Edwards) 25-1 good late progress, not reach ldrs
12 ran; 10l; 9l; 7m 16s
Owner Ms Verity Nicholls; Trainer: Ms Verity Nicholls

MAIDEN – MARES & FILLIES

Division 1 (The Jockey Club)

1 Miss Gotaway (Jamie Thomas) 4-5 fav led after 2 out, ro well when pressed last
2 Frelia (Bradley Gibbs) 6-1 rear, late prog, mstks 2 out & last, do better
3 Stantway Surprise (Michael Legg) 12-1 joined ldrs 15th, no extra apprg last
9 ran; 5l; 12l; 7m 32s
Owner Mrs A Goodwin; Trainer Kayley Woollacott

Division 2 (Ashburton Motor Works)

1 Ziggerson Hill (Olivia Hutchings) 2-1 fav with ldrs from 12th, 2nd 2 out, led flat
2 She’s Dapper (Darren Edwards) 12-1 hdwy 3 out, led next, veered rt last, not recvr
3 Milaneen (John Mathias) 6-1 handy, ev ch 2 out, wknd under press
10 ran; 2l; 4l; 7m 38s
Owner Miss J du Plessis; Trainer; Miss J du Plessis

RESTRICTED (Wray & Co Jewellers)

1 Infamous Grouse (Darren Edwards) 5-1 effort 2 out, slt ld last, edged left dvn out
2 Carheney River (John Mathias) 2-1 fav prom, led 2 out, hdd last, not qkn flat
3 Rainbow Haze (Bradley Gibbs) 5-1 cl up 15th til 3 out
13 ran; 2l; 15l; 7m 19s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer; Mrs Nicola Martin

The full results including all finishers are available on www.pointtopoint.co.uk

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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

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Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk

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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 RESULTS 14 June 2014

Going: Good, good to firm in places

Confined; (Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple)

1 Checkerboard (Bridget Andrews) 16-1
2 Nict de Beauchene (Josh Guerriero) 7-4
3 Gershwinner (Merv Woodward) 12-1

5 ran; short head; 4l; 6m 29s

Restricted (Tim Forster Memorial sponsored by Kivells)

1 Kawana Cove (Jamie Thomas) 2-1
2 Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 5-1
3 Suesacomin (Michael Heard) 20-1

8 ran; 4l; distance; 6m 27s

Men’s Open (Davisons)

1 Findlay’s Find (Dave Mansell) 11-8fav
2 Gallaflynn (Matthew Barber) 5-2
3 Sangfroid (Kristian Hanmer)  20-1

11 ran; 10l; 5l; 6m 19s

Ladies’ Open (E J Snell & Sons Ltd)

1 Templer (Bryony Frost) 12-1
2 Rock of Fife (Chloe Swaffield) 33-1
3 Quadillac (Bridget Andrews) 100-30

7 ran; 7l; 10l; 6m 28s

Intermediate (Claire Howarth, The Barum Stud)

1 Bathwick Scanno (David Noonan) 7-4
2 Rainbow Trout (Mark Wall) 10-11 fav

4 ran; 16l;;only two finished 6m 20s

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

1 Redbridge Rebel (Matthew Barber) 10-1
2 Grey Dream (David Noonan)  4-1
3 Kilcolman Wizard (Michael Heard) 4-1

15 ran; 3l; 4l; 6m 35s

Report: Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 1st June

POINT-TO-POINTING was seen at its best at Bratton Down on Sunday with good ground, quite favourable Exmoor weather, a total of 83 runners and some exciting finishes.

The reigning Devon & Cornwall champion jockey Josh Guerriero will be handing over his title this year, but his new job as assistant trainer to Midlands based Dan Skelton has meant fewer opportunities in the saddle this time

25–year-old Josh showed that he had lost none of his dash with a treble in the first three races. Bernshaw set the ball rolling with a repeat of last year’s win in the Hunt race. Trained locally at Stoke Rivers for her parents Mike and Mella, the blinkered Bernshaw made virtually all the running. “He had not really been firing recently. He can be lazy and a bit artful and had to work hard for this,” commented the trainer

The Restricted had to be divided on the day. Fourstar River was well backed in the first section and came from off the pace to sweep past his rivals on the brow of the hill. “I have been trying to win a race here since 1975 and had several near misses,” said the winner’s owner/trainer Stewart Reddaway, who confessed to having a big bet on his nine-year-old. “He is a high class horse but not easy to train. Charlotte Rowe does a lot of the work and we have to look after his joints and his back,” he added.

Josh Guerriero produced another fine ride to lift the other division with The Mexican Bandit. Once again there was a blanket finish with The Mexican Bandit grimly holding off a five strong posse charging up the hill. “We have only had him for six weeks and he was a 70th birthday present for his owner Diana Scott. He was originally with Ollie Greenall and he came to us via Josh Guerriero and Ed Glassonbury,” said trainer Keith Cumings.

Open races often attract small fields at this time of the season, but they were well filled here. Join Together has been a classy recruit to pointing this year and the former Paul Nicholls chaser took his unbeaten record to six in the space of just 12 weeks when outclassing his 11 opponents in the Ladies’ Open.

Rose Loxton now trains this tough gelding, who has kept his 16-year-old rider Megan Nicholls in pole position for the National Novice Riders’ title. Leanda Tickle set a good pace on the bold jumping Ned White, but had no answer to the winner’s finishing burst. “My instructions were to follow the pace and be patient,” explained the winning rider, who was partnering her 16th winner of the season and could find herself with some good hunter chase rides next year. “Join Together is the sort who could go for the Foxhunter at Cheltenham.” was the long term thought expressed by proud father Paul Nicholls.

Round Tom has been successful in the hunter chase field in the past and the Richard Barber trained gelding started favourite in the 14-runner Men’s Open under Will Biddick. This time the nine-year-old could not quite cope with the wonderful veteran Coombe Hill who stayed on strongly in the hands of Darren Edwards. “He did not run well at Newton Abbot recently and we were thinking of retiring him after this race, but might have second thoughts now,” mused trainer Charlotte Fear (nee Tizzard) who handles the 13-year-old for owner Geoff Thompson.

Fancied horses put the punters in a good mood on Sunday, but Glenwood Present proved a lively outsider when chalked up at 16’s and 20’s before landing the 12-runner Intermediate under Josh Newman. “He had been gurgling and has got his confidence back now with the tongue tie and better ground”, said Nick Taylor, whose wife Tanya trains the sturdy ex-Bob Buckler gelding at Woolminstone for owner Nick Elliott. Glenwood Present was described by his trainer as “Such a sweetie in the yard – we can even lead our daughter’s pony off him.”

O’Flo had run really well at Bratton two weeks ago and the five-year-old grey stepped up to win the first division of the Open Maiden when outstaying the clumsy jumping Crackacan and Grey Dream to give Bryony Frost her 11th winner of the season. “That was a lovely run and she can go into the field now for the summer. Her dam O’Ech won here 10 years ago,” said the winner’s owner/trainer Carol Lawrence who bred her winner from the Vauterhill stallion With The Flow.

Whataknight won the concluding Maiden in good style to give Will Biddick his 36th winner of the season and put him well within sight of his third successive National jockeys’ title. “He was a bit green but jumped well and found a gear or two up the hill,” reported Biddick. Richard Barber saddled the winner for owners Terry Hamlin, Martin Dare and John Snook. “He was a late foal and has come on a lot in the last few weeks,” said the Seaborough, Dorset trainer. West Country pointing enthusiasts will recall Whataknight’s dam What A Mover, who won several points, and by co-incidence had won on the same Bratton Down card as O’Flo’s dam ten years ago.

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PUNTERS 6: BOOKIES 2

Not exactly a blood bath for the layers, but punters certainly had the best of the exchanges with six of the eight favourites or joint favourites obliging.

FOURSTAR RIVER was snapped up at early 4’s in the first Restricted before settling at 2-1 favourite. The lightly raced gelding had delivered the goods only once before at Lower Machen last year, and was played late by Josh Guerriero to land a nicely planned gamble here.

The booking of Gina Andrews may have contributed to ASHTON MAGIC contracting from 14-1 into 10-1 in the same race. The seven-year-old almost fell when leading at the 10th fence and eventually finished last of the nine runners

COOMBE HILL was a worthy winner of the Men’s Open. This veteran pointer had won a hunter chase at Wincanton earlier this season but seemed to be on the downgrade when well beaten at Newton Abbot last month. He gained friends here at 7-2 and 3-1 and gamely overcame the 6-4 favourite ROUND TOM .

GLENWOOD PRESENT ‘S recent Holnicote win seemed to be overlooked as the sturdy gelding was easy to back at 20-1 and 16-1 in a competitive Intermediate. Josh Newman worked his mount into the lead before the final bend before brushing aside his challengers up the final climb.

The bookies were lying in wait in each division of the concluding Maidens. The bonny grey mare O’FLO (2’s to 7-4) shared favouritism with CRACKACAN, who was cut from 5-2 into 7-4. They finished first and second in that order.

The dogs had evidently been barking before the Richard Barber five-year-old WHATAKNIGHT teamed up with champion Will Biddick in the last event. No chances were taken by the layers and just scraps of 6-4 and 7-4 were offered. Once again the chaps with the satchels were proved right and this promising youngster did his job in taking fashion.

RESULTS

Point-To-Point and Pony racing results of the Exmoor 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 & amateur photographers were at the meeting: Baths photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, Clayton Jane, David Strange, John Beasley (Big Green Annual), Helen Stoneman, North Devon Journal, Tim Holt and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

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Sunday 8th June, Tiverton Staghounds Point-To-Point, Bratton Down (near Bratton Fleming)

Results : Exmoor Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 1st June 2014

Going: Good

Hunt race (RSM Beares & Brian Thorne & Son)
1 Bernshaw (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 jt fav
2 Johny No Cash (Emily McMahon 3-1
3 Eslin Bridge (George Hiscock) 2-1 jt fav
5 ran; 4l; 12l; 5m 55s
Trainer: Claire Hitch

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)
Div 1
1 Fourstar River (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav
2 Kings Scout (Conor Smith) 10-1
3 Tandoori (Darren Andrews) 7-1
9 ran; 2l; neck; 5m 59s
Trainer: Stewart Reddaway

Div 2
1 The Mexican Bandit (Josh Guerriero) 2-1 fav
2 On Your Max (Robbie Henderson) 5-2
3 The cat’s Away (Will Biddick) 5-2
8 ran; 1/2l; neck; 5m 57s
Trainer: Keith Cumings

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)
1 Join Togwether (Megan Nicholls) 4-7 fav
2 Ned White (Leanda Tickle) 9-1
3 Print The Money (Sarah Dennis) 9-1
12 ran; 4l; 4l; 5m 44s
Trainer: Rose Loxton

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)
1 Coombe Hill (Darren Edwards) 3-1
2 Round Tom (Will Biddick) 6-4 fav
3 Cottage Acre (Michael Heard) 14-1
14 ran; 1l; 2l; 5m 50s
Trainer Charlotte Fear

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)
1 Glenwood Present (Joshua Newman) 16-1
2 Devon General (Jake Bament) 4-1
3 Colley Row (James Tudor) 3-1 co fav
12 ran; 1l; 1/2l; 5m 58s
Trainer; Tanya Taylor

Open Maiden
Division 1(The Old Station House Inn)
1 O’Flo (Bryony Frost) 7-4 jt fav
2 Crackacan (Darren Edwards) 7-4 jt fav
3 Grey Dream (David Noonan) 15-2
11 ran; 3l; 3l; 6m 1s
Trainer: Carol Lawrence

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)
1 Whataknight (Will Biddick) 7-4 fav
2 Spendajennie (Michael Legg) 14-1
3 Special Boru (Cieran Gethings) 11-2
12 ran; 3l; 1l; 6m 6s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Preview: South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May 2014

Point-to-Point action returns to the course at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, where the South Tetcott hold their meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 26. With over 120 entries for the seven race card, attracting some of the top horses and jockeys, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Pony racing kicks off the action at 12 noon, with two pony races on offer before the main card starts with the Penbode Veterinary Group– sponsored Confined race at 1pm.

Included in the entries for the Confined are the two Karyn Heard-trained horses Carheney River and Cottage Oak, they would be popular winners here at the connections local family owned track. Print The Money from the Sarah Dennis team is another to consider, after his recent runner-up spots at Vauterhill and Trebudannon. Any rain to soften the ground could see Ambitous Pursuit out again to follow up on his wins at Flete Park for the Glanville family. Another entry, Clew Bay Cove won this race last year, under Harriet Skinner.

The Simpkins Edwards sponsored Mens Open could see Keith Cumings-trained Certain Flight add to his tally of 10 Point wins and a Hunter Chase,, and could give current leading jockey Will Biddick another win here. Round Tom from the Richard Barber team may be another option for Biddick to ride, and has strong claims after his win at Little Windsor, when coming home six lengths ahead of recent Hunter Chase winner Iron Chancellor, also entered. Robbie Henderson who is currently second in the jockey championship, may be the challenger on either Blazing Whale or Level Spirit from the Ed Walker team.

T L Rowe Park Homes sponsor the Ladies Open, which looks another exciting race with the two Rose Loxton entries, Gwanako and Current Event as possibilities for Megan Nicholls to ride. Byerley Bear from the Robert Chanin team will be looking to make it eight wins for the season, and is the only horse to have beaten Gwanako so far this season. Double Mead could also be in the mix for Alexandra Dunn after her win at Trebudannon and Hunter Chase win at Fontwell Park this month. Red Penny from the Frost team could spring a surprise here, and is currently sharing second place in the Novice mares table.

Suggestions in the Coodes Solicitors-sponsored Restricted race would be Fresh Fever from the Kayley Woollacott team after his recent second at Holnicote, Four Star River from the Stewart Reddaway yard who clocked up a second at Cothelstone, and Cothelstone Maiden winner Golden Squirell. Recent Holnicote winner and a new addition to the Keith Cumings yard is Mexican Bandit, who could well follow up on his Holnicote win under Josh Guerriero. With this race attracting 27 entries , it may well be divided on the day.

In the Members race for novice riders which is sponsored by PJR Engineering, Megan Nicholls may take some catching on either Current Event or Join Together, challengers could be Mr Gardner for Harriet Skinner who rode her first winner here last year, or Vertige Dore who gave Hannah Welch her first ever Point-to-Point win at Flete Park.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden wrap up the days events, Dawn West Devon and FC Cleaning Systems Inc Cleanmart sponsors these. In the first division options could be Blue Abby, Walker Ridge and Wivannie. In the second division Miss Weld, and Aah Bless look to hold strong claims.

On course facilities include hot refreshments,bar,bookies and trade stands.

Entrance is £10 car & driver. £20 car,driver & one passenger. £25 car,driver & more than one passenger. Walk in £7

Course is located 2 miles South of Halwill junction, off A3079 – EX21- 5AE.

Useful Information

Met Office 5 day forecast: Halwill Junction (1.6 miles)

BBC Travel News: DevonCornwallSomerset;

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Report: Dulverton West Point-To-Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 18th May 2014

THE Westcountry point-to-point season entered its final few weeks on Sunday (May 18th) when the Dulverton West fixture became the first of three meetings to be held in late May and June at Bratton Down.

The scenic views across Exmoor are worth the trip alone, and this time there was the bonus of warm weather. The continuing dry spell also proved a bonus for horses with a preference for fast ground.

This was certainly the case in the 12-runner Restricted with five-year-old Minella Web finishing best of all up the final climb to snatch the race from Carheney River. The winner is a useful looking gelding, trained for Withypool based owner Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey by Kayley Woollacott, who said, “We bought him privately in Ireland where he had run a few times last year and gave him a break. He won at Badbury in February but disappointed since in the soft and he definitely needs this better ground.”

Robbie Henderson had cut the deficit in the race for the Men’s National Championship to five when winning on Minella Web, but title holder Will Biddick was soon in full stride. He restored his lead to six with a hard fought success on Sandra Maltby’s Willow Bird in the Open Maiden which attracted 14 runners. Biddick was content to wait on the Richard Barber trained mare before galvanising his mount for a strong run up the final hill to catch the unlucky O’Flo in the dying strides. A sturdy mare by Midnight Legend whose dam won four chases, Willow Bird was bought at Doncaster sales last May for £6,000 and was having only her third outing.

Gorteenwood was another to relish the drying ground, and was well backed before making virtually all the running to beat his 11 rivals in the Intermediate. His owners Tim and Sue Winzer were given the news as they landed back from holiday at Heathrow airport. “He must have top of the ground,” emphasised the gelding’s trainer Gordon Chambers. Michael Heard gave the winner a positive ride and just had enough in reserve to hold the strong finishing Dancing Olga. Gorteenwood is a tough sort. “He had a suspicion of a leg and missed last year,” reported the trainer.

Reliable Richie is developing into a useful stayer, and the six-year-old followed up his Cornish National win when just outstaying Right Enough in the Mixed Open over the extended four miles. “He could have gone round again. All he does is gallop,” reported jockey Darren Edwards to the winner’s owner/trainer Reuben Chapman.

Aiteen Thirtythree retained his unbeaten record this season with his fourth consecutive success under his young jockey Natalie Parker in the Bob Pittard Memorial PPORA Conditions race. The winner was chased home by another classy performer in Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) – an excellent advert for keeping former National Hunt horses going in a second career. Owner Tracey Parker has obvious pride in her gift horse Aiteen Thirtythree. “He has been in training since last June and will have his shoes off and go in the field now,” she reported.

Another young rider to shine was Chester Williams, who strengthened his hand for the Devon & Cornwall area novice riders’ title when getting Babeny Bridge home in the Confined. The winner had stalked leader Ned White until the last and had to be ridden out to hold the late flourish of What Er Say (Josh Guerriero). “I am in the middle of my A/S exams at West Buckland School and have another exam tomorrow,” said the 16-year-old who certainly passed his race riding test here on Babeny Bridge.

RESULTS

Results of the Dulverton West 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 amateur) photographers were at the meeting: Baths Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Fox Photography, Helen Stoneman, Sportography (Mark Johnson), Tim Holt, Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

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Monday 26th March, South Tetcott Point-To-Point, Upcott Cross (Halwill Junction).

Results: Dulverton West Point-To- Point, Bratton Down, Sunday 18 May 2014

Going: Good to Firm

Restricted (Sponsor – UK Garden Powers)

1 Minella Web (Robbie Henderson) 16-1
2 Carheney River (Rob Hawker) 13-8 fav
3 Last Edition (Ed Barrett) 6-1
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 3l; 5mins 47secs
Trainer: Kayley Woollacott

Open Maiden (Brewer Harding & Rowe – solicitors)

1 Willow Bird (Will Biddick) 9-2
2 O’Flo (Matt Hampton) 6-1
3 Fountains Cider (David Noonan) 15-2
14 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 49s
Trainer: Richard Barber

Mixed Open 4 m 1f (Brend Hotel Group)

1 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards) 8-1
2 Right Enough (Tom Chanin) 2-1
3 Father Owen (Scott Turner) 33-1
7 ran; 4l; 6l; 8m 15s
Trainer Reuben Chapman

Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)

1 Gorteenwood (Michael Heard)
2 Dancing Olga (Ed Barrett) 10-1
3 Turtle Boys (Ben Clarke) 9-2
12 ran; 1 1/2l; 5l; 5m 42s
Trainer: Gordon Chambers

PPORA Club Conditions – Bob Pittard Memorial (The Pittard family)

1 Aiteen Thirtythree (Natalie Parker) 4-5 fav
2 Gone to Lunch (Laura Scott) 9-4
3 Eslin Bridge (George Hiscox) 14-1
6 ran; 2 1/2l; 10l; 5m 53s
Trainer: Kevin Parker

Confined (James Pryce Tractors)

1 Babeny Bridge (Chester Williams) 7-4 fav
2 Whar Er say (Josh Guerriero) 6-1
3 Ned White (Tom Chanin) 6-1
8 ran; 1/2l; 8l; 5m 43s
Trainer: Jane Williams