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Rescheduled: Preview: Western Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 16th February 2019

Point-To-Point Authority ⭐️ Update on equine influenza at 15:45pm Tue 12 Feb ⭐️

We are pleased to announce that point-to-pointing is set to return from this weekend (16 Feb), subject to the latest requirements regarding vaccinations. Further information here:  

All nine fixtures scheduled to take place this weekend will go ahead as planned. More news – including detail on potential refunds on entries for horses now ineligible to race – can be found here:  

Update from Fixture secretary, Val Mason

The Western point to point is now provisionally rescheduled to run on Saturday 16th February. Thanks to all who have made this possible. Now we all need to cross fingers that the current problems get resolved. All entries stand as made. thank you all. Thank you to South Pool Harriers and Combined Services for allowing us to have this opportunity to run. Going report will follow after the weekend.

Point-To-Point Authority ⭐️ Update on equine influenza ⭐️

The British Horseracing Authority has this afternoon taken the decision that racing will not resume in Britain until Wednesday 13 February at the earliest.

Therefore no point-to-point fixtures will take place this weekend.

Written by : Donna Harris

The Western Hunt hosts the third meeting to be held at The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge this coming Sunday 10th February. Six races are on offer with a start time of 12 noon.

The Tinners Arms-sponsored Ladies race has multiple course winner Chosen Lucky entered who could be an option for Jo Supply to ride. Jo currently heads the leader board for the Byerley Bear trophy which is awarded to the lady jockey gaining most points over the three meetings in ladies races here, which would be a great achievement for Jo who sustained a nasty pelvic injury at the end of last season. The Last But One for Bloodstock Agent and trainer Tom Malone could be another option for Jo Supple to ride and follow up on their win here at the January meeting, but connections may choose the re-arranged South Dorset meeting at Milborne St Andrew on Saturday as a preferred option.

Honest Deed and Hello George are among the entries who could battle out the finish in the Men’s Open race, which is sponsored by Mr & Mrs Peter George. Honest Deed for the Dean Summersby team won the Men’s Open here at the January meeting under Darren Edwards, and should go close again if following up on that form. Hello George has previous form when with the Phillip Hobbs yard, scoring a hurdle race at Newbury in 2017. He is now owned, trained and will be ridden by Nathan Verge who could get a sweet ride out of the now ten-year-old gelding and be the ones to challenge if staying up the gruelling steep home finish.

Hello George also holds an entry in the opening Stimson & Tieken-sponsored Conditions race for veteran and novice riders. This looks like a thriller in store with Chosen Lucky, Mic’s Delight and Rockinrolldixie among the entries. Chosen Lucky won this race at the January meeting under young jockey Liam Harrison. Mic’s Delight had previously held Chosen Lucky and has won at this track twice, the now 15-year-old gelding could put up another bold front running performance under jockey Millie Wonnacott. Rockinrolldixie was the one to deny Mic’s Delight his treble at this course in December, when staying on better up the hill to snatch a four length win under jockey Nathan Vergne.

Bridge Of Spies and Wind Tor stand out as likely favourites in the Intermediate race which is sponsored by a group of farriers. Bridge of Spies (George Beilby) won his restricted race here in January under jockey Nick Lawton, he had previously run second at the December meeting and looks to prefer a left handed track. He should go well if recovering from his recent fourth at Chipley Park two weeks ago. Wind Tor (Ed Walker) looked to be staying on at Chipley Park finishing sixth under Josh Newman in his first outing this season, and could challenge if improving for that run.

Mujadel (Teresa Clark) won his maiden here in January and looks progressive to take the Hutchinson-sponsored Restricted race, his main challenger could come from entry Acadian for trainer Heidi Lewis, who also won his maiden at this course, and was only denied by a head when awarrded second behind Bridge Of Spies in his Restricted race at the January meeting here when ridden by Lee Drowne.

The Open Maiden race holds 19 entries and those catching the eye are Cloudy Music (Dean Summersby) having finished second here in January, Deise Gold runner up here at both previous meetings and should score soon for the Jill Dennis team. Rare Oul Times (Ed Walker) could improve on his third here at the January meeting.

With the huge covered barn containing on course facilities such as hot and cold refreshments and food, bar, bookies and a number of trade stands. The course has excellent track side viewing to get close to the action. Entrance is £10 per person, children under 16 are free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. Postcode PL27 7JE.

Useful Information:

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Preview: North Cornwall Point-to-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday 13th January 2019

Written by : Donna Harris

The second scheduled Point-to-Point meeting to be held at the Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge, takes place this coming Sunday 13th January. Eight races are now on offer, with the Open Maiden race divided. A total of 87 entries have been received. The first race is off at 11.30am

Kivells sponsor the Men’s Open race, in which Navanman’s connections will be hoping for an early season hat-trick of wins. The gelding came home a two-length winner here at the last meeting, having won impressively at Buckfastleigh in November for trainer John Heard and in-form jockey Bryan Carver. This time he could face two new challengers, ex NH recruits The Last But One from the Tom Malone yard, and Johnathan Farrelly’s Portrait King who has won over a hundred thousand in prize money under rules. Portrait King will need to have recovered from his second place at Larkhill last weekend, and may find this race comes too soon.

The Last But One also holds an entry in the Skinners-sponsored Ladies Open race, and could be the likely favourite. Having won a hurdle race at Worcester last July, the gelding has three Chase wins to his credit when in training with Paul Nicholls. Chosen Lucky for the Dean Summersby team could also figure high in the betting, having won eight of his eleven starts to date, which include two wins at the course.

Robin de Souza, another out of the team Summersby yard, is the highest rated in the opening Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Members race. He has won five times at this track under jockey Darren Edwards, and looks to go well fresh. Trainer Joe Tickle has entered My King, who could put up a brave bid, having won his Maiden race here last season.

The Claire Wonnacott team will be hoping that Heaney will go close in the Ray Davies Foods-sponsored race for Novice Riders, having won here last February. Under jockey Millie Wonnacott, Heaney was denied a win by a short head at Buckfastleigh in November. The winner that day, Blackwater Bramble, then scored at the December Larkhill meeting, coming home by 20 lengths ahead of the field. Ex NH entry Earthmoves could be interesting for the Laura Thomas team, having won six races under rules, the ten-year-old gelding could re-kindle some form in Pointing. Entry Rockinrolldixie could well be in the mix, having won at this meeting in December for trainer Carly Mather.

Home Furnishings of Wadebridge sponsor the Restricted race in which Dragon de la Tour could well follow up on his maiden win at this track in December for the Big Brook team. Outside raider Rien du Tout could be a danger, and was impressive when winning his maiden race at Cothelstone for the Charlotte Budd team, coming home the six length winner on good to firm going.

Whilst in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race Wind Tor could be a punters favourite, with the gelding scoring three wins for the Ed Walker team last season. Awesome Tunes is another entry for the Ed Walker team, he would be a popular winner for Cornish owner Ross Oliver, and could add to his wins at Trebudannon and Ottery. Although Mister Robbo could be the one to snatch this for outside Welsh trainer Thomas Faulkner and in form jockey Byron Moorcroft, with a season win at Howick followed up by a three-quarter length second at the December Atherstone meeting.

Finally up is the MRMU Property-sponsored Open Maiden race which has been pre divided with thirteen entered in each. In the first division those catching the eye are Deise Gold, Mujadel and Mountain Las looking to improve on their place form here at the last meeting. With Ex Irish pointer Cloudy Music, Captain Cuckoo, and Inner Loop among connections looking for progression in the second division.

The course at Wadebridge offers a huge covered barn containing hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies, a huge tv screen, and a number of country trade stands. The parking is easily accessed along tarmac avenues, and there is good track-side viewing.

Entrance to the course is £10 per person, max £30 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Location is off the A39 west of Wadebridge. PL27 7JE.

Useful Information:

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Preview: Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, Chapelton Barton, Near Umberleigh, North Devon, Saturday 16th June 2018

Written by: Donna Harris

This Saturday will see the final Point-to-Point of the season take place at Umberleigh where the Torrington Farmers will host their meeting on 16th June. There is always a great party atmosphere, where crowds will gather to watch the final six races of the season, after which there will be three pony races to close the event. The area champions will then be crowned and trophies presented.  Over 90 entries have been received for the main card which starts at 2pm.

The Davisons-sponsored  Men’s Open race could see reigning champion jockey Will Biddick score here on his fathers There’s No Panic who won at this track last season. They could have some strong competition to deal with in five times winner this season Spencer Moon ,for jockey Byron Moorcroft if they can defy top weight, also Alex Edwards on Rockinrolldixie who used to be with the Dean Summersby team. Rockinrolldixie now with Cotswold trainer Diana Ralph, was on a roll when winning at both the Bredwardine and Maismore tracks this season, but then refused to race at Chaddesley Corbett on his next outing. He would need to be on his best form here, but he does go well for jockey Alex Edwards, who is leading the National Mens Championship.

The Ladies Open which is sponsored by Nancekivell & Co, could see jockey Gina Andrews take the ride on There’s No Panic if not going in the Mens race earlier. Gina Andrews is soon to be crowned National Ladies Champion, currently holding joint second place is Isabel Marshall who could have either of the two Alan Hill-trained entries as an option, in Man Of Steel a winner of six this season including a Hunter Chase at Cartmel, and recent runner up at Peper Harow and Edgcot According To Trev . The Francesca Nimmo-trained Darksen and Rendevous Peak  are also to be respected if turning up here for current joint leading  National Lady Novice jockey Alice Stevens to ride.

Tattersalls, Ireland sponsor the opening Members race  which could go the way of Culverwell, a recent one length runner up at Upcott, for the Teresa Clark team under jockey Will Biddick, who although looks to have lost his National Mens title will take the Devon & Cornwall Area title.  Le Clo De La Londe must be respected, a winner here last season for the in form trainer Stuart Sampson, here with the booking of Emma Watson to ride.

Kivells  sponsor the Restricted race in which several outside raiders could turn up including Gowell a Llwyn Ddu winner and runner-up at Brampton Maden and Upcott,  trained and ridden by Byron Moorcroft. Charm Park winner Euro Bond for trainer Joe Tickle, Garthorpe Maiden winner Desert Retreat for the Alan Hill team and Upcott maiden winner Sweet Lady Jane for trainer Kieran Price.

Claire Howarth of the Barum Stud sponsors the Intermediate race in which a suggestions are Peper Harow winner Stage One  (Alan Hill), and Bredwardine winner on good to firm Free Scorpion, another out of the Byron Moorcroft yard. Joey The Kangaroo out of Ledbury trainer Julie Mansell’s yard, could be another to make a journey down to the course and follow up on his nine-length win at the Edcote earlier this month, where he left Free Scorpion back 23 lengths in fourth and would deserve favouritism here.

The Open Maiden being sponsored by Smallridge Brother Ltd has recent Upcott Cross runner up Buckboru entered for trainer Laura Young. Buckboru battled on gamely at Upcott to finish a head second. Here Comes Molly has clocked up two seconds for trainer Tracey Barfoot-Saint. Rockabay is another which could run well for Joe Tickle, and any market support for debutant The Boola Bee for trainer owner/trainer/jockey Kieran Buckley would be worth following.

On course facilities include hot food and refreshments, beer tent, bookies and a large number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car. Under 16’s go free and dogs welcome but must be on a lead at all times. The course is located at Chapleton, Umberleigh. On A377, 5m SE of Barnstaple – EX37 9EB.

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Preview: North Cornwall Point-To-Point, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge – Sunday Jan 10th 2016

Written by: Donna Harris

Point-to-Point horse racing enthusiast will be heading to the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge this weekend to celebrate 30 years of racing at this course. There is sure to be a real party atmosphere after the Christmas and New Year break, when the organisers of the North Cornwall club will be hosting the meeting next Sunday January 10th, combining a display of memorabilia with what promises to be another thrilling day of racing.

An early start time of 11.30am for the eight race card which includes a Ladies Open race, with the Olympic cycling gold medalist, Victoria Pendleton holding an entry on the Alan Hill-trained According To Sarah, could see their first appearance on a track in Cornwall. Victoria rode According To Sarah in a point-to-point at Barbury Castle in December, running on really well until pulling up two fences from home. The Alan Hill team have also entered According To Sarah at the Ampton, Suffold meeting, but it would be a real treat if they were to head to the Wadebridge track. Ray Diamond is another entry in the Three Cornish Farriers-sponsored Ladies Open, having won at this course last month under jockey Olivia Hutchings for Cornwall trainer Jackie Du Plessis, they could again turn out to please the crowd, the horse having previously had a good following when running in National Hunt races.

The Moores of St Wenn-sponsored Members race heads up the days events with Way Before Dawn and Sedgemoor Top Bid looking to be the bookies favourites having won two of their starts last season. Way Before Dawn ran consistently well winning two of his seven starts on soft to heavy going, finishing last season with a second in an Intermediate race behind What About Will at Bratton Down for the Tickle family. Sedgemoor Top Bid also won two of his starts last season under jockey Jamie Thomas and could go well.

Hop Oils sponsor the PPORA Club Members race for Novice riders which has attracted fifteen entries. Working Title looks to stand out for the Drinkwater family, having nine point wins to date including one at this course last month in the Men’s Open. Also entered is last months Novice riders race winner Premier Portrait who will be well fancied having come home one and a half lengths ahead that day of Kirkleigh who also holds an entry. Kirkleigh from the Robert Chanin team was leading until after the last when Gus Levinson on Premier Portrait found an extra gear up the hill and won the race by one and a half lengths.

The Restricted race is sponsored by Ray Davies Foods, this could go the way of Sutton Storm having run second here in December under Micheal Legg for the Angela Davis team. Bob The Butcher could be the main danger, from the in form Welsh raider David Brace under talented jockey Byron Moorcroft. David Brace has a good strike rate at this course, however Bob The Butcher has been lightly raced over the past few seasons and may need the run.

Kivells sponsor the Men’s Open race which has attracted some familiar Hunter Chase winners Big Fella Thanks and Harbour Court. The 13-year old Big Fella Thanks relished the heavy ground at Chaddesley Corbett in December when taking the 13 runner Novice riders race for Noel George who was riding for his father who owns and trains the horse. The Alan Hill team are represented here by the prolific winning gelding Harbour Court, a winner of seven point to points and three Hunter Chases including two at Cheltenham. Harbour Court ran at the Barbury meeting in December under jockey Joe Hill, but had to settle for second that day behind the Jack Barber-trained Ghizao, but looks sure to come on for the run. Doctor Braveheart is another from the David Brace team which could go well and follow up on his recent wins at Black Forest Lodge and the last Wadebridge meeting when winning the Intermediate race. He looks progressive and ready to step up into Open company.

The Open Maiden race, with sponsorship coming from Stephen Scown Solicitors and The Old Inn, St Breward, attracted twenty entries and has been divided due to possible wet ground. My suggestions for recent form would be Sutton storm in Division one if connections decide not to run in the earlier Restricted race which he also holds an entry for, having run second here at the December meeting, and Miss Weld who has also had the benefit of a run when coming home fourth at the last meeting and showed some promise on when in the frame last season on soft and heavy conditions. In Division 2 my suggestions would be Driving well having been another to have run second  at the earlier December meeting at this track, and Follow The Paint having clocked up two seconds here last season and is a consistent sort who looks to act on any going.

The final race of the day is the Cornish Mutual-sponsored Confined race, in which Le Clo De La Londe for the Kayley Woollacott team, could come back to win after his unlucky fall here last month, when travelling well in second in a race won by Doctor Braveheart. Iron Chancellor also stands out among the entries for the Sue Popham team, a previous course winner here and has been in the frame on seven of his nine starts between the flags to date.

A large covered barn encloses hot food, bar, bookies, trade stands and a huge screen for those wishing to stay inside. There will be a display board for photos from when the course was first raced in 1986, for all to see and if anyone has photographs which they would like to display the organisers would be delighted to add them. The North Cornwall Point-to-Point committee would like to invite previous owners /trainers/ jockeys and staff to reminisce with them.

Entry is £10 per head max £30 per car up to five adults. Children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. Discounted tickets are available on-line until 8th January via link http//northcornwall.tickets.co.uk & via website www.wadebridgeracing.co.uk

The course is located off A39 west of Wadebridge – PL27 7JE

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Point-To-Point Races

Going: Good; Good to Firm & Soft in places

Confined; (Devonshire Motors of Barnstaple)

1 Lucys Girl (Jake Bament) 10-1 Chased leader 8th til led after three out, soon clear
2 Robin Will (Jamie Thomas) 4-7 fav left in lead 8th, wknd quickly & headed after three out, no chance from next
3 ran; only two finished; 30l
Owner; Dan Farr; Trainer; Dan Farr

Restricted (Tim Forster Memorial sponsored by Kivells)

1 Carry On Nando (Sean Houlihan) 8-13 fav made most , drew away three out, left alone last
2 ran; Finished Alone
Owner; Mrs J Luscombe & R Candy; Trainer; Gordon Chambers

Men’s Open (Davisons)

1 Findlay’s Find (David Mansell) 5-2 disputed lead 11th til went clear after three out, stayed on strongly
2 Threapwood (Oliver Greenall) 9-2 held up in touch, good hdwy after three out, kept on but not reach winner
3 Bathwick Scanno (Rob Hawker) 5-1 led til 10th, outpaced four out, rallied to 3rd flat
4 ran; 4l; 10l; 6m 42s
Owner; Paul Miles; Trainer; Myfanwy Miles

Ladies’ Open (E J Snell & Sons Ltd)

1 Florence Mary (Lucy Mager) 7-4 fav in touch, prog to lead three out, stayed on well
2 Bay To Go (Hannah Watson) 5-1 chased leaders, went 2nd five out, one pace from two out
3 Tiger D’Oust (Vicky Wade) 7-2 midfield, took 3rd apprg last, not reach leaders
7 ran; 2l; 4l; 6m 41s
Owner; Jeff Fear; Trainer; Emma Mellor

Intermediate (Claire Howarth, The Barum Stud)

1 Kawana Cove (Heidi Lewis) 4-1 disputed lead 11th , led after three out, drew clear next
2 Sedgemoor Top Bid (Jamie Thomas) 11-8 disputed lead 11th til three out, gradually faded
3 Delta Borget (Vicky Wade) 11-2 chased leaders til no extra after three out
4 ran; 8l; 7l; 6m 38s
Owner; David & Heidi Lewis; Trainer; Maria Lewis

Open Maiden (Smallridge Bros Ltd)

1 Come On Louis (Oliver Greenall) 10-1 chased clear leader, lost place four out, rallied two out, ran on well
2 Kilcolman Wizard (Darren Edwards) 4-1 soon well clear, weakened quickly two out
3 Derniere Dance (David Noonan) 13-2 tacked leaders, every chance three out, one pace
10 ran; 4l; 4l; 6m 39s
Owner; Andrew Ralphs; Trainer; Oliver Greenall

National Champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews, with outgoing secretary Gillian Underhill following the conclusion to the 2014-15 season at the Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, at Umberleigh.
National Champions Will Biddick and Gina Andrews, with outgoing secretary Gillian Underhill following the conclusion to the 2014-15 season at the Torrington Farmers Point-To-Point, at Umberleigh. Photo courtesy of Tim Holt

Pony Racing


138cm & Under

1. CHURCHILL – Tamby Welch 
3. HONKY TONK GIRL – Brad Kent
4. MOCKING BIRD – Alfie Godfrey
5. GINGER WIZARD – Chad Bament 
6. BECCA WALK O’ THE WILD SIDE – Molly Landau 
8. MAGIC – Honor Weatherlake
9. PARKHILL PLAYBOY – Joshua Brown

Video of the finish: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Point-to-Point-Pony-Racing/308495205966944/videos/486411528175310/

148cms & under

1. HAWKSFIELD FLYER – Fergus Gillard
2. CALYPSO – Ben Godfrey 
3. BARBOZA – Isabel Hunt 
3. GOODNIGHT – Bruce Young 
5. SHOTGUN MINNIE – Tyler Heard 
6. SPRINGS – Thomasina Eyston

NR DONT TELL DAI – Connor Brace 
NR IGO ZUMINOV – James Armstrong

Video of the finish: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Point-to-Point-Pony-Racing/308495205966944/videos/486412174841912/

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Going: Good

Hunt race – (In memory of Major Jack & Mrs Margaret Lomas)

1 Just Seven (Vicky Wade) 4-7 fav

2 Aah Bless (Matt Hampton) 2-1

3 Lucy’s Girl (Scott Turner) 10-1

4 ran; 10l;10l;  6m 5s

Owner; Roy Smith; Trainer; Roy Smith


Restricted (Davisons Chartered Accountants)

1 Peterbrown (Jake Bament) 3-1

2 Templestatefloresco (Leanda Tickle) 4-1

3 Templeton (Jamie Thomas) 7-4 fav

9 ran; neck; short head;  6m 11s

Owner; Mrs Sally White; Trainer; Karyn Heard

Mixed Open (holidaycottages.co.uk)

1 Parkam Jack (Jamie Thomas) 8-13 fav

2 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin) 7-4

3 A New Rising (Jason Lyttle) 6-1

5 ran; 10l; 12l;  6m 10s

Owner; John Symes; Trainer; Kayley Woolacott

Confined (Kivells)

1 It’s All Or Nothing (David Noonan) 1-2 fav

2 Swansbrook (Leanda Tickle) 5-2

3 Googoobarabajagal (Rob Stoneman) 12-1

4 ran; 1l; 30l;  6m 18s

Owner; Rob White; Trainer; Charlotte Rowe

Intermediate (EJ Wade & Son, Bradworthy)

1 Pasternak Jack (Heidi Lewis) 7-4

2 Hallo Dolly (Darren Edwards) 7-2

3 King Kash (Jamie Thomas) 5-6 fav

3 ran; 5l; 3l;  6m 27s

Owner; Bill Westacott; Trainer; Kayley Woollacott

Open Maiden (Brewer, Harding & Rowe)

1 The Persuader (David Noonan) 5-1

2 Thirtyfirst Dansar (Tom Chanin) 6-1

3 Cove Lodge (Matt Hampton) 5-2

9 ran; 5l; 5l;  6m 26s

Owner: Caroline Prouse; Trainer; Caroline Prouse

Mares Maiden (The Jockey Club)

1 Triggywinkle (Leanda Tickle) 14-1

2 Miss Topping (Jamie Thomas) 5-1

3 My Rosie B (David Noonan) 3-1

5 ran; 2l; 2l;  6m 29s

Owner; Roderick Chelton; Trainer: Roderick Chelton

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Website_SV_Preview_BannerWritten by: Donna Harris

The Stevenstone meeting at Vauterhill, High Bickington, offers a great way to enjoy the scenic countryside on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th. This fixture now has seven races on offer which start with the Lomas family-sponsored Members race at 2pm, which is in memory of Major Jack & Mrs Margaret Lomas. Entries include Just Seven from the Roy Smith yard, looking to follow up on their five lengths second at Littlewindsor. Ahh Bless, trained by Carol Lawrence is another to consider, having been in the frame on two of his outings this season when third at Buckfastleigh and Great Trethew.

Davisons Chartered Accountants-sponsored Restricted race looks very competitive, two of the recent Sarah Prouse-trained winners are entered, Beetle Jack and Cracking Habit both won their maiden races at Upcott Cross, with Cracking Habit clocking up a quick time under jockey Darren Edwards. Templeton from Kayley Woollacotts team ran a good one length second in a 16 runner Restricted at Kilworthy, and Gleannacreim for Charlotte Hawker conections is another to have run well in Restricted company.

In the Holiday Cottages-sponsored Mixed open, Steeltown, another from the Woollacott team, has already has his nose in front this season, winning his race by 22 lengths at Cotley. Welstonedruid is another who could run well after his break since winning at Great Trethew in March.

Jepeck is currently on four wins out of six starts, his latest win came at Upcott Cross, he should run well here in the Kivells-sponsored Confined race. Minella Web, also from the Woollacott team took his Intermediate race at Kilworthy in March in a notably quick time and could be the bookies favourite.

In the Wades-sponsored Intermediate race, Hallo Dolly is an interesting entry, having been off the track for two years, she was in the frame on all six of her starts up until then, including two wins at Trebudannon. Both King Kash after his second to Diamond Brook at Cherrybrook, and Pasternak Jack after his recent Flete Park win under jockey Heidi Lewis could head the field.

Suggestions in the Brewer Harding & Rowe-sponsored Open Maiden race are Whatastormnorm after his notable second and third at the Great Trethew meetings, also entry High Priority from the Keith Cumings team, having scored a four-length second behind Applesolutely at Flete Park.

The final race of the day, is the Jockey Club Mares Maiden race, which is being run in memory of Jane Wickett. Reuben Chapman’s horses have been running well this season, and this race could see Onwegoagain follow up on his recent second to Annwyl at Upcott Cross.

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

The course is located at High Bickington (signed from A377,A3124 & B3217) Post code EX37 9BT. Entrance is £10 car & driver, £20 car driver and passenger, £30 per car load, under sixteens go free.

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Going; Soft

Hunt race (Moores St Wenn Ltd)

1 Benny’s Quest (Ryan Chapman) 1-5 fav made all, easily
2 Tall Storie (Jake Launchbury) 9-2 chased winner throughout
3 Senera (Alice Mills) 9-2 soon bhd, to
3 ran; 12l; 20l; 6mins 46 secs
Owner: R Chapman, Trainer Reuben Chapman

PPORA Club Members’ Novice Riders’ (Hop Oils Ltd)

1 Working Title (Joe Drinkwater), 5-4 fav made all, comf
2 Sobre Tresor (Taylor Pook) 6-1 2nd from 12th, stayed on well
3 Vertige Dore (Hannah Welch) 33-1 in touch til 4 out
11 ran; 8l; 4l; 6m 11s
Owner: P Drinkwater; Trainer S Drinkwater

Ladies’ Open (Cornish Mutual)

1 Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) 2-5 fav made all, ran on strongly
2 Dan Breen (Jo Buck) 5-2 strong chall 3 out, no extra flat
3 Ghizao (Chloe Newton) 8-1 hdwy 12th, wknd 3 out
5 ran; 4l; 6l; 6m 5s
Owner R Knowles; Trainer R Chanin

Restricted (Ray Davies Foods Ltd)

1 Desert Queen (Michael Legg) 4-1 led from 5th, clear 14th, easily
2 Ballanrahan (David Noonan) 8-1 hdwy 14th, stayed on well
3 Railway Benefit (Nick Williams) 11-10 fav went 2nd 14th, no extra from 3 out
10 ran; 12l; 8l; 6m 10s
Owner M Legg, R Clarke, D Jones; Trainer Ben Clarke

Men’s Open (Kivells)

1 Raffa (John Mathias) 5-1 led 14th, ran on well
2 Hameldown Tor (Robbie Henderson) 7-2 4th at 14th, stayed on clsg stgs
3 Minella Fifty (Will Biddick) 5-2 led til 14th, every chance til no extra flat
6 ran; 2l; 2l; 6m 9s
Owner L Fielding-Johnson & R Mitford- Slade. Trainer: R Mitford-Slade

Open Maiden (Stephens Scown Solicitors) Div 1

1 Le Clo De La Monde (Jamie Thomas) 5-1 led 4 out, soon clear
2 Follow The Paint (Bryony Frost) 3-1 fav led 13th til 4 out, held from next
3 Racey Lacey (Will Biddick) 10-1 went 3rd 3 out, not trbl ldrs
11 ran; 12l; 2l; 6m 27s

Div 2

1 Sonoftheking (Darren Edwards) 7-1 led from 7th, pushed clr flat
2 Sisterbrooke (Robbie Henderson) 7-4fav prom, every chance 2 out, no extra
3 Spendajennie (Jamie Thomas) 4-1 cl 2nd & every chance 2 out, no extra flat
13 ran; 3l; 2l; 6m 25s
Owner The Bradley Partnership; Trainer Nicky Martin

Confined (Three Cornish Farriers, R Chapman, A Daniels, C Brandon)

1 Sweet My Lord (Tom Chanin) 4-5 fav led 14th, clr 3 out, v easily
2 Ladyvie (Hannah Welch) 9-2 stayed on to 2nd 2 out, not reach wnr
3 Sir Watty (Darren Edwards) 9-1 led til 14th, wknd 3 out
4 ran; 7l; 14l; 6m 17s
Owner T & Mrs E M Worth ; Trainer; R Chanin

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

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Preview : North Cornwall Point-to-Point Wadebridge Sunday 11th January 2015


The Kivells sponsored Men’s Open looks to be the feature race of the day, at this weekends North Cornwall Point-to-Point to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Sunday Jan 11. Attracting many of the top horses and male jockey’s throughout the country, the winning horse will qualify for the £7,500 Bonhams Mens Open Final HC to be held at Cheltenham on Wednesday 29th April. Entered in this race Hameldown Tor trained by Ed Walker could be the ride for leading area male jockey Robbie Henderson. Minella Fifty from the Claire Hitch team is another entered and has been a winning combination with National Champion jockey Will Biddick aboard, but the gelding is yet to tackle this course. Kirkleigh from the Robert Chanin team is also entered, and could go well after running second here on his season debut last month, under jockey Tom Chanin. Course winners Raffa and Working Title both impressed on their previous runs and should feature if making the return trip.

After the Christmas and New Year break, this meeting promises to be full of action, and an early start time of 11.30am with eight scheduled races, attracting over 80 horses, offers a fabulous day out for all the family. The Moores of St Wenn North Cornwall Members Race heads up the day, and of the entries, Bennys Quest catches the eye, previously in training with Neil Mulholland, when winning three chases and a hurdle race, he could go well for local owner/ trainer Ryan Chapman.

The PPORA Club Members Race for novice riders is sponsored by Hops Oils, entries include the David Brace-trained Welsh raider Cock Of The Rock who looked to have needed the run at Black Forest Lodge in December when coming home fifth. Takamaru could be a ride here for young jockey David Noonan, the combination won here in December and look to be the likely favorites. Also entered is the Chloe Newman-trained Sobre Tresor, the horse is another to have a good record here when taking the Intermediate race at the March meeting under novice jockey Taylor Pook.

Cornish Mutual sponsor the Ladies Open race, in which the first three lady riders past the post will qualify for points towards the AGA iTotal Control Championship. This race could go to course specialist Byerley Bear for jockey Leanda Tickle and the Chanin team, however a new entry among his challengers is the Gerry Supple-trained Dan Breen, a previous Chase and Hurdle winner under rules and had run well at Plumpton last April on good to soft when a close third behind Fergell, he could be the one to put on a brave challenge here.

The Ray Davies Foods sponsored Restricted race is also a qualifier for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point series final to be held at Stratford Racecourse on Friday 29th May, of the entries, Railway Benefit was an impressive 14 length winner of his Maiden race at Black Forest Lodge in November under jockey Nick Williams, and if his connections have kept him fit , he could run well again. The Sweetener from the inform Kayley Woollacott team is another having recently won his maiden race when winning at this course.

The Stephen Scown Solicitors sponsored Open Maiden race has already been divided. In the first division Miss Weld could run well for Devon trainer Lee Glanville under daughter jockey Pippa Glanville, to follow up on their third here at the December meeting, along with According To Harry who also ran well that day under jockey Darren Edwards. Suggestions in the second division could be Sisterbrook and Briefcase.

The Confined race, which is sponsored by the Three Cornish Farriers, concludes the days event, suggestions could be Oscargo from the Sue Popham team, having previously scored in a chase and two hurdle races under rules when in training with Paul Nicholls, and Sir Watty from the Phil Rogers team, having won a restricted here last season under jockey Darren Edwards.

Track improvements have included replacing 16 tonnes of sand donated by local steward Ben Messer-Bennetts.

The course offers track side viewing, with exciting finishes up the stamina sapping hill. The large covered barn contains facilities such as hot food and refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. Easy access to the course which is located off A39 West of Wadebridge Postcode PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 car and driver, £5 per passenger, children under 16 free, dogs on leads welcome.

Useful Information:

Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE

BBC Travel News: Cornwall and Devon

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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 of the Tiverton Staghounds meeting


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


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)