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Exmoor, Bratton Down, Sunday 2nd June 2013 Report

BRATTON DOWN was seen at its best on Sunday with a massive crowd enjoying the picturesque backcloth of Exmoor on a crystal clear, sunny day.

It was a day to remember for 16-year-old Kieran Buckley who rode his first winner as Vertige Dore just snatched the Men’s Open with a head victory over the favourite Flanshan, with Pastek breathing down their necks in third.

Eight-year-old Vertige Dore is owned and trained by the young jockey’s father Eddie Buckley, the long standing head lad to the Pipe yard at Nicholashayne. A winner four times under rules when in the care of Paul Nicholls and latterly David Pipe, Vertige Dore was a gift horse from the Pipe’s after losing his form last autumn. The winner was never the easiest of rides under rules, but certainly ran kindly for his young rider. “He jumped like a stag but I didn’t want to hit the front too soon and took a pull two out,” explained Kieran, adding, “I am still at Uffculme school but have been riding out at the Pipe’s since I was 11. I have done show jumping and cross country and this was my sixth ride in point-to-points.

The 2011 ladies’ champion Gina Andrews was paying her first visit to Bratton Down. There is a saying when a horse wins easily that he could have gone round again – well Gina’s comfortable Ladies’ Open winner Start Royal did just that. “I had so much trouble pulling him up and couldn’t stop him until we got to the starting area at the other end of the course”, smiled Gina as her mount regally completed a lap of honour. Start Royal had a wind operation before this season and was winning his third Open of the campaign which started when runner-up at Wadebridge last December . He is trained by Alan Hill who jointly owns the gelding in partnership with Mike Avery and Stewart and Hilda Nash.

Josh Guerriero, who has a new role lined up as assistant trainer to Dan Skelton this summer, is enjoying his best season in the saddle, and is assured of his first Devon & Cornwall Area jockeys’ title with 23 winners already under his belt. Josh rode his second double of the week thanks to Bernshaw and Tresor De La Vie.

Bernshaw jumped well to make all in the opening Hunt race. The well backed eight-year-old is trained locally by Claire Hitch for her father Mike Wright. “We bought him at Ascot sales but he got a leg and missed last year. The clerk of the course Phil Rawle has done a good job for me riding him out recently,” said Claire.

Josh Guerriero’s double was completed in the concluding Maiden with an impressive performance from Tresor De La Vie. This six-year-old has a lot to live up to since he was sourced in France by former jockey and now successful bloodstock agent Richard Hobson, whose purchases include Hurricane Fly and Sir Des Champs. Owned by Jean Browning, Tresor De La Vie was also completing a double for his trainer Izzy Dartnall.

Izzy had earlier saddled only the second winner of her career when Letmespeak and Robbie Henderson just got the better of Josh Guerriero’s mount Tallanstown Boy in the first leg of the maiden. Letmespeak is owned by Izzy’s father Victor Dartnall who had bought the eight-year-old locally from Debbie Cole. “We thought he had a chance because he had worked well with Ambion Wood who won for us at Worcester yesterday,” said Victor, who is likely to send his winner summer jumping.

Lilac Wine was a worthy winner of a decent Intermediate, staying on gamely to pip the luckless Ladfromhighworth and Point West in a tight finish. Lilac Wine was ridden by Danny Burton for his father Gerald who is based at Calne, Wiltshire. The 10-year-old mare had been runner up twice this season and was allowed to start at 33-1. “She had a virus last year but seems to have come to herself now,” reported the trainer.

There was almost a 33-1 surprise in the 13-runner Restricted as the unconsidered Bathwick Scanno and Jamie Bargary went into a three lengths lead round the final bend. Darren Edwards was steadily closing on Bradley Brook however and the Nicky Martin trained gelding took command on the brow of the hill to score going away. “We bought him in Ireland as a three-year-old and he has taken time to mature,” said the trainer.


Hunt race (Burges Salmon)
1 Bernshaw (J Guerriero) 2-1; 2 Mister Moonax (Hannah Hawkins) 11-10fav; 3 Johny No Cash (Suzy Berry) 12-1; 6 ran; 4 1/2l; 1/2l; 6m 6s

Restricted (Rosettes Direct)
1 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards) 5-2; 2 Bathwick Scanno (Jamie Bargary) 33-1; 3 Young Jim (Jamie Thomas 25-1; 13 ran; 3l; 15l; 5m 55s

Ladies’ Open (Bray Leino)
1 Start Royal (Gina Andrews); 7-4 fav; 2 Yufo (Vicky Wade) 13-2; 3 How’s My Friend (Amanda Bush)) 4-1; 9 ran; 4l; 2 1/2l; 5m 51s

Men’s Open (Moore Scarrott)
1 Vertige Dore (Kieran Buckley) 5-1; 2 Flanshan (Martin McIntyre) 2-1 fav; 3 Pastek (Martin Peaty) 14-1; 9 ran; head; 1/2l; 6m 1s

Intermediate (Ashley Farrant & the Kingdon family)
1 Lilac Wine (Danny Burton) 33-1; 2 Ladfromhighworth (Vicky Wade) 3-1; 3 Point West (Martin Cooney) 5-2; 9 ran; 1/2l; 1l; 5m 57s

Open Maiden
Division 1 (The Old Station House Inn)
1 Letmespeak (Robbie Henderson) 4-1; 2 Tallanstown Boy (Josh Guerriero) 4-1; 3 Harry’s Kap (Ed Barrett) 9-2; 12 ran; neck; 1/2l; 6m 9s

Division 2 (Slee Blackwell Solicitors)
1 Tresor De La Vie (Josh Guerriero) 3-1 fav; 2 William Percival (Mike Heard) 7-2; 3 Grey Dream (Jamie Bargary) 12-1; 12 ran; 3/4l; 2 1/2l; 6m 1s

Dulverton Farmers, Treborough Hill Preview

Treborough Hill set on Exmoor overlooking the Bristol Channel is the location for this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday March 10. With seven races on the card it is sure to be a great way for all the family to spend Mothers Day, and to add to the stunning scenery the organisers have again hired a large screen for racegoers to enjoy a close view of the racing.

Course specialist Deb’s Dasher lines up in the Hunt Members which kicks off the action at 12.30pm. The gelding took the Confined here last season and went on to take the Mixed Open at Kilworthy for Richard Woollacott two weeks later. His main opponent looks to be the Leslie Jefford trained Delta Borget, who won this race last season and recently scored a second to Hameldown Tor at Badbury Rings.

Next up is the Great Bradley Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds and of the 19 entered Kudu Shine from the in-form Kayley Jones yard ran a good second to Devon Mead at Bishops Court last season, another from the same yard Miss Tinks is gradually making headway and could go close.

The Fallen Stock Company sponsor the Confined in which Dashing John goes well for jockey Natalie Parker the combination having won the Restricted here last season and could improve for this seasons debut when fourth to Barneys Mate at Milborn St Andrew. The consistent John Daniell owned by the Hussey’s Hustlers Club is another to consider having kept on well to take third in a Members race behind Hameldown Tor and Delta Borget at Badbury Rings.

The Dunsters Heat Limited Mixed Open could see the prolific winning mare Sericina add to her tally having found her old form at Great Trethew for trainer/jockey Chloe Roddick, Dear Villez another from the Chloe Roddick yard could be the one to challenge having recently run second behind Lucette Annie in the £1,000 Mixed Open at Buckfastleigh for Josh Guerriero.

Blazing Whale looks set to take the Intermediate which is sponsored by Exeter racecourse, the Ed Walker trained gelding ran third behind Double Bank and Doctor Tom at Black Forest Lodge leaving Delta Borget eight lengths in fourth.

The Mary Sanderson trained Blinding Lights was only just denied a win by a neck to Turthen at Chipley Park and could take the Restricted race here, Ladfromhighworth is another to consider after his second to Robin Will at Buckfastleigh.

The final race of the day is the Open Maiden sponsored by Winston Pincombe Land Rover with 18 entered, Letmespeak showed recent promise when third at Chipley Park.

Course is located on B3224 on the Wheddon Cross to Raleighs Cross road. Post Code TA23 OQW. All on course facilities available. Entry £20 car load £10 car & driver.

Tiverton, Chipley Park, Saturday 2nd February 2013 Report

AFTER three blank weekends in the Devon & Cornwall area, point-to-pointing resumed against a backcloth of wall to wall sunshine at Chipley Park.

A total of 72 runners contested the eight races on very testing going with all race times in excess of seven minutes.

The usual strong contingent at this meeting from Wales produced their normal quota of winners from across the Severn Bridge, with Nick Williams partnering two of them. My Fella initiated the Welsh jockey’s double in the Intermediate. This ten-year-old is owned and trained by Andrew Quick near Cardiff.

Pyle trainer Stephen Bevan sent out eight-year-old George Reid to claim the final Open Maiden under a strong Nick Williams ride in a tight finish. “He has been off the track for two years having broken down on both front legs,” explained the trainer.

The Kayley Jones trained Robin Will (JohnMathias) scored easily in the other Open Maiden division despite jumping violently left in the straight. The fastest Maiden race, which was unusually limited to sponsored horses only, went to 33-1 outsider One and All, nicely ridden by Tom Cheesman for Katherine Mead and reported by connections to be “on the market.”

Course winner Bleuvito (Jeremy Mahot) just held Special Occasion and Carrickmines in a blanket finish to the Mixed Open. Owner/trainer Stanley Turner said, “I will try to get him qualified for the (Cheltenham) Foxhunters. The further he goes the better he is.”

The grey Fountains Cloud looks a progressive sort. He is a half brother to prolific pointing winner Chesnut Annie and revelled in the ground conditions to win the Restricted under Leanda Tickle. “I didn’t think he was fit enough, the last time I galloped him he blew up,” reported owner/trainer David Stephens.

Tired horses produce a slow motion finish to the Novice Riders’ event in which the former grade two winner under rules Nycteos gave his rider Susannah Andrew her second career success at the expense of Fiulin and Oakfield Legend. “He was trained by Paul Nicholls under rules and was given to me by Andy Stewart. He is a most game horse,” exclaimed the delighted rider who produces young horses for the polo field at Shepton Mallet.

Another young lady rider with something to celebrate was Eleri Apps who works in the David Pipe yard and landed her first winner on Turthen in the Hunt race. Now 12-years-old, Turthen was runner up in the Cheltenham Foxhunter four years ago and is trained by Eleri’s father Jonathan near to Chipley Park at Westleigh “We acquired him from Charlie Fox as a schoolmaster two years ago. He had a leg and has been fired, but we have hunted him well this year. He has worn out more shoes than Imelda Marcos,” quipped the trainer.


Hunt Race:

1 Turthen (Miss E Apps); 2 Blinding Lights (M Hampton); 3 Lord Samson (J Guerriero); 4 ran;  neck; head;  7 mins 16 secs

Maiden Sponsored Horses Only

1 One And All (T Cheesman); 2 Lightening Jack (R Henderson); 3 Harry Hedgehog (D Edwards); 8 ran; 6l; 2l;  7m 2s

Mixed Open

1 Bleuvito (J Mahot); 2 Special Occasion (Miss L Gould); 3 Carrickmines (J Guerriero); 10 ran; 3/4l; 3/4l;  7m 4s


1 My Fella (N Williams); 2 Zagova (J Barber); 3 Santiago Sun (D Edwards); 5 ran; 7m 6s

PPORA Novice Riders

1 Nycteos (Miss S Andrew); 2 Fiulin (Miss B Frost); 3 Oakfield Legend (C Flint); 8 ran; 3/4l; 1 1/2l;  7m 16s


1 Fountains Cloud (Miss L Tickle); 2 Popaway (J Docker); 3 Weldesigned (W Biddick); 13 ran; 4l; neck;  7m 5s

Open Maiden Div 1:

1 Robin Will (J Mathias); 2 Gospel Preacher (R Henderson); Duke of Croatia (A Johns); 15 ran; 10l; 3 1/2l;  7m 14s

Open Maiden:Div 2

1 George Reid (N Williams); 2 Canada Coombe (Miss A Mills); 3 Letmespeak (J Guerriero) 9 ran; short head; 6l;  7m 17s