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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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Spooners & West Dartmoor entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 13:00 Members Race
2nd 13:35 Restricted Race
3rd 14:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 14:50 Confined Race
5th 15:25 Intermediate Race
6th 16:00 Open Maiden 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 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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Lamerton Point-To-Point entries and form

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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, 1st Division
3rd 14:10 Open Maiden Race, 2nd Division
4th 14:45 Mixed Open Race
5th 15:20 Confined Race
6th 15:55 Restricted Race
7th 16:30 Intermediate 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 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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QUANTOCK STAGHOUNDS AT COTHELSTONE 2 MARCH

THE second successive blank weekend in the Devon & Cornwall area meant a trip to the neighbouring Wessex area for point-to-point action.

Cothelstone, near Taunton, hosted the Quantock Staghounds fixture on Sunday (2nd March) where a plethora of declared runners led to three races being split on the day. A total of 81 runners contested the ensuing nine races.

Darren Edwards described the going as, “heavy, soft along the home straight,” as rain poured down for the last four races. Darren was in good form with a double, initiated when Coombe Hill upset the odds laid on Kirkleigh in the Mixed Open.

Edwards completed his double when Reliable Richie stepped up on his recent Buckfastleigh second by running on too strongly for Gontdevon in the first Restricted.

Tom Chanin had to play second fiddle on both Kirkleigh and Gontdevon, but got himself on the score sheet thanks to pillar to post winner Five Journeys, saddled by his father Robert, in one of the two and a half mile Maidens for young horses. This took the Thorverton based trainer into double figures for the season.

The other Maiden for young horses went to the Exmoor qualified Twyford, trained by Claire Hitch and ridden by reigning Devon & Cornwall male title holder Josh Guerriero.

John Pearn’s Lightening Jack also holds an Exmoor certificate and the Kayley Woollacott trained gelding just overhauled Carrickmines in the hands of Jamie Thomas to win the Confined.

The fast improving Master Hooper battled on courageously to win the second Restricted at the expense of Honours Insight, staying on strongly for Matt Hampton for Butleigh owner Julie Purdie.

With the crowd and bookmakers dwindling in the face of the weather (only three bookies stayed the course until the last race), Will Biddick collected the final two events. Corton Ridge left some modest form behind him to beat the only other finisher Big Mick in the first section of the Open maiden, and Third Chance received a smooth Biddick ride to win the concluding event.

REPORT: TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT AT CHIPLEY PARK, SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY

AT last this season we were able to enjoy sunshine from a clear blue sky at ChipleyPark. However it was not all plain sailing with lashings of mud around the bookies and paddock which made wellington boots the essential fashion accessory.  

A total of 108 runners contested the 10 races with soft going putting a premium on stamina. All credit to the organisers in defeating the endless wet spell to provide quality racing on soft going which attracted several long distance travellers.“We even had to drain the bottom bend with six inch pipes after it rained again on Saturday night,” said secretary Keith Granger.

The Mixed Open attracted 17 runners which saw champion jockey Will Biddick displaying his artistry with a smooth success on Certain Flight. Backed from 7’s to 4’s, Biddick saved every inch of ground on the rails until edging his mount ahead of the game front running All Great N Theory in the home straight. Keith Cumings trains Certain Flight for owners Richard and Tina Dunsford, and was quick to pay tribute to the rider. “He was given a lovely ride. I was not sure how he would cope with the ground. He has got to go hunter chasing now.” said the trainer, whose daughter Nicky is credited with doing all the work at home and, “won’t let anybody else ride him,” according to the Bishops Nympton trainer.

The Devon mare Lucette Annie revelled in the conditions to score on her seasonal debut in the Mares race. Despite drifting in the betting, the consistent 10-year-old made virtually all and drew away from Popaway and Champagne Rosie over the last two fences to win decisively.” I didn’t really want to make the running,” said winning jockey Darren Edwards. The mare looked really on song and now heads to the valuable Buckfastleigh Mixed Open she won last year. “Our gallops on the farm at Poundsgate have been waterlogged and we missed Wadebridge this year. She is a lot stronger and has done a lot of hill work” remarked Simon Partridge who trains the tough chestnut on behalf of owners Chris and Janet Humphrey.

Ottery St Mary based Ed Walker sent out his first runner of the season, Blazing Whale, to beat the heavily backed favourite Babeny Bridge in the 16-runner Intermediate in the hands of Robbie Henderson. “We have only just started because they all came in fat. Blazing Whale was a bit unlucky last year. He is a proper old fashioned chaser,” commented the trainer, who shares ownership in the Classic Cliché gelding with Francis Read.

Classic Cliché was also responsible for siring the Novice Riders’ winner Justabout, who is out of Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Dubacilla. The winner was ridden by Ciaran Gethings who forced his mount up to beat Tamatown and Barneys Mate in a blanket finish. Justabout won five times under rules but had been in the wilderness a bit since his last victory for Colin Tizzard over two years ago. “Colin told me he had no chance on soft ground,” laughed owner /trainer Gerald Greenway. “Ciaran works for Philip Hobbs and schooled him there the other day, but I ride him out at home,” proclaimed the 74-year-old trainer.

Thorverton trainer Robert Chanin saddled a remarkable seventh consecutive winner in the space of five weeks when For The Staff , owned by Roger Knowles and Annie Argyrides, stayed on well under Ian Chanin to win the Hunt Race. “We wanted to give him an easy race to start him off because he had a few hard races last year,” said the trainer, who has hunter chases in mind with a possible run at Buckfastleigh before t

The first division of the Restricted produced the closest finish of the day as Romassor and Un Ami fought out a neck and neck battle all the way up the final climb. It was the recent Wadebridge winner Romassor who was awarded the verdict by a short head under Tom David. “He is a big horse with an enormous stride who will keep on improving. He is the nearest horse I have had to Sericina,” said trainer Chloe Roddick, who went on to reveal that the progressive six-year-old is likely to return to France where he will run over fences for owners Steven Kemble and Patrick Atkinson.

Illicit Illusion initiated a double for jockey Sam Drinkwater and trainer Tom Lacey in the other Restricted division. The HeronIsland six-year-old, owned by the jockey’s father Paul, just held the sustained challenge of Whenharrymetsally to follow up his Barbury Castle Maiden victory. “This is a lovely course, it’s the first time I have ridden here,” said Sam who went on to complete the double on five-year-old Thedrinkymeister in the first Open Maiden which had to be divided on the day. “This horse is still a bit novicey,” remarked Alice Campbell, representing Tom Lacey who was away on a skiing holiday. Thedrinkymeister is another produce of HeronIsland out of a mare called Keel Row who won a couple of hurdle races for the Queen Mother.

Only two finished in the other division which went to the previously unraced Master Hooper, ridden by Matt Hampton. Julie Purdie owns and trains this sturdy home bred Kayf Tara six-year-old at Butterleigh, Devon. “He is still a bit burly and is the fourth winner out of Rempstone who won a point-to-point for us,” said Julie’s husband Sax.

The 15 runners for the concluding Maiden were despatched at 4.40 in gathering gloom. Big Georgie saw out the trip best under James Ridley to step up on his promising effort at Chaddesley Corbett. This strong gelding is trained by the jockey’s mother Heather for owner Alastair McLeish at Newent, Gloucestershire. “We do plenty of work and jumping over an old cross country course at home,” said the rider.

MONEY TALKS

APPLAUSE FOR AMY was the subject of a minor gamble in the Hunt race (8-1 to 5-1). She hails from Mary Sanderson’s yard which sent out Jabiru to win this race five times, but there was little applause from her supporters as she made a bad mistake on the far side and trailed in a moderate fourth

UN AMI was backed from 9-4 into 7-4 in the first Restricted to follow up his Larkhill success. The French bred grey was touched off by a short head but looks sure to atone soon. His young rider Chester Williams shows considerable promise.

There was money for the winner CERTAIN FLIGHT ( 7’s into 4’s) and third placed HAMELDOWN TOR (10’s to 6’s) in the Mixed Open. Will Biddick gave Certain Flight the perfect ride and the gelding looks ready to follow up. Hameldown Tor stays extremely well and can pick up an Open this season.

BABENY BRIDGE was backed from 7-2 to 5-2 to maintain his unbeaten record in the Intermediate. I thought that the winner Blazing Whale got first run on him but he kept on and was far from disgraced in finishing runner up

RESULTS

Results of the Tiverton 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: Bath Photographic (Marcus Bath), Brian Armstrong, David Strange, Equus Prints (Stephen Wensley),John BeasleyPhil BrittSimon BurgessSporting Prints (Alun Sedgemore), Tim Holt and Turfpix (Tracy Roberts)

NEXT FIXTURE

Sunday 2nd February, Mid Devon Point-To-Point, Black Forest Lodge. Entries for the Mid Devon close at 12 noon, Monday 27th January for the Point-To-Point and this Saturday for the pony racing.

TIVERTON POINT-TO-POINT 19 JAN 2014 RESULTS

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

Tiverton entries and form

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Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 11:30 Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race
2nd 12:05 Restricted Race, Division 1
3rd 12:40 Restricted Race, Division 2
4th 13:15 Mixed Open Race
5th 13:50 Intermediate Race
6th 14:25 Club Members Race for Novice Riders
7th 15:00 Club Members Race for Fillies & Mares
8th 15:35 Open Maiden Race, Division 1
9th 16:10 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.

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